Sunday, January 27, 2013
It should be fun!
I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie - Friday, 02-08-2013 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm - Botanic Garden B (Special Events - Programming)
Long novels are often reviled, but they give the author a change to build an extremely in depth world for readers to lose themselves in, as well as more time and space to develop realistic characters. Who makes the best use of all those words and pages? Why is longer better?
Michael Lee, Marah Searle-Kovacevic, Joy Ward (M)
Fandom a-GoGo: Fannish Productions - Saturday, 02-09-2013 - 10:00 am to 11:30 am - Botanic Garden B (Special Events - Programming)
For generations, fans have expressed their love of SF/F by making things like fanzines, fanart, fanfic, and fancasts that celebrate our genres and communities. These fans discuss their productions and others that you might want to check out.
James Bacon, Michael Lee (M), Lynne M. Thomas, Ben Yalow
The Obligatory 50th Anniversary Doctor Who Panel - Saturday, 02-09-2013 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm - Botanic Garden B (Special Events - Programming)
After 50 years, 11 Doctors, and 47 companions, what is there left to say about Doctor Who? Believe it or not, quite a lot, as our panelists will demonstrate.
Tonya Foust, Michael Lee (M), Rich Lukes, Jody Lynn Nye, Michael D. Thomas
A Hard Hobbit to Break - Saturday, 02-09-2013 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm - Botanic Garden A (Special Events - Programming)
We've all seen a third of the movie: Bilbo! Gandalf!! Hot Singing Dwarves (with beards, not a euphemism)!!! Gollum!!!! Peter Jackson's J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth is back! It's time to speculate about the forthcoming two thirds of the trilogy.
David Abzug, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Lee (M), Susan Stoltze, Tom Trumpinski -
So Awful, It's Awesome: Guilty Pleasures - Saturday, 02-09-2013 - 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm - Birch A
Do you love mega sharks battling giant octopuses? Was Richard Grieco your favorite Loki? Is Sherlock Holmes better when he battles unbelievable CGI dinosaurs? These panelists talk about their favorite so bad it's awesome things from the past few years.
David Abzug, Tere de la Torre, Michael Lee, Dave McCarty (M), Leane Verhulst
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
My Arisia Schedule
Doctor Who: The Dissertation of the Daleks — Media, Panel — 1hr 15min — Revere (2)
We continue our celebration of all things Who with a look at the Daleks, one of the Doctor's oldest and most persistent adversaries. Why are they so popular? When will they return? And how can they be stopped now that they don't need to climb stairs?
Samantha Dings, Forest Handford, Victoria Janssen, Michael Lee, Adam Lipkin (m)
How Fans Hurt and Help Public Faces of Fandom — Fan Interest, Panel — 1hr 15min — Burroughs (3E)
Last year, Stephen King said Stephenie Meyer "can't write," and the "Twi-hards" came to defend her. Twilight boards were filled with reasonable discussions of the criticism, while sites like the Entertainment Weekly blog were filled with ill-informed attacks on King. Many fans have said they would never read the Twilight books because of the public image of Meyer's fanbase. How does the public face of fans help or hurt an author? Can fans do anything to change the perception of their fandom?
Randee Dawn, Shana Fuqua, Michael Lee, Paula Lieberman, Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert
I'm not throwing a party for CONvergence (or anything else) this year (I'm taking the year off of doing that) -- but I'm sure to be around the convention, volunteering (because you do), and finding ways to keep myself busy.
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Chicon 7 - Back from the Worldcon
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Chicon, Magpies, and Me
|Fri Aug 31 9:00:am||Fri Aug 31 10:30:am||British SF Television: Why Are Their Programs So Good?|
|Gold Coast||From Doctor Who to Red Dwarf to Primeval, SF programs on British TV have been good. Why is that?|
|Fri Aug 31 4:30:pm||Fri Aug 31 6:00:pm||Star Wars at 35|
|Gold Coast||May 2012 marked the 35th anniversary release of the original Star Wars. How did this film change SF movies and what would the world look like if it had never been? Are today's kids seeing it as the first movie in the series or are they now watching it in episode order? And if the latter, why would anyone continue after The Phantom Menace?|
|Sat Sep 1 6:00:pm||Sat Sep 1 7:30:pm||Doctor Who: Is It Still a Kid's Show?|
|Buckingham||Has the "kids show" gotten more grown up with the last three Doctors? Was it an adult show even before the original cancellation? When, and how, did the transition happen, if it did?|
We're going to have some small-group Krushenko's discussions in the Minnesota Magpie party suite during the convention as well. (The room will be available at con)
|FRI||3:00 PM||History of Minnesota Fandom|
(Eric Heideman, facilitator)
|FRI||4:30 PM||Classic MN SF Authors Clifford D. Simak, Gordon R. Dickson,
John Sladek and beyond|
(Eric Heideman, facilitator)
|SAT||3:00 PM||Minnesota-Based Conventions and Organizations|
(Michael Lee, facilitator)
|SAT||4:30 PM||The Minnesota Writing Scene|
(Eric Heideman, facilitator)
|SUN||3:00 PM||Why Minnesota Will Never Host a WorldCon|
(Michael Lee, facilitator)
Also, the Minnesota Magpie party suite will be hosted by different groups each night. It'll be one of the major places that I'll be during the evening hours.
Thu - MNSTf/Minicon/Mpls in 2073
Fri - Seamstress Guild
Sat - Geek Partnership Society (GPS)
Sun - CONvergence
I'm really excited about this -- it is going to be a full, and exciting, week. Hope to see you there!
Sunday, August 12, 2012
I've got more planned than I did last year at Reno -- I'm on multiple panels (and I'll mention those once the schedule is final and public), I'm helping keep an eye on social media and tweeting from @chicon_7, and I'm helping to put together the suite representing Minnesota during the convention.
We know what nights the various groups are going to be hosting in the room:
|Thursday||MNSTF/Minicon/Minneapolis in 2073||9:00 PM - LATE|
|Friday||The Seamstress Guild||9:00 PM - LATE|
|Saturday||Geek Partnership Society||After Masquerade - LATE|
|Sunday||CONvergence||After Hugo Ceremony - LATE|
We're also hoping to have some other things in the room, especially for people that are helping us fund the room. (If you're able to help, let me know!)
I'm really excited by this and hope to see you there!
Sunday, July 15, 2012
CONvergence 2012 in Aftermath
I had some fun panels that I was on -- the Avengers panel was a highlight, with Lyda Morehouse correctly predicting that the Winter Soldier was in Captain America's future, and the love of Shwarma just increasing. I was happy to spread the convention love at our Conventions beyond CONvergence panel, since there are so many things beyond the one weekend both locally and around the country, and there are so many successful different flavors.
I completed a 25 year goal of mine to have Sophie Aldred at a Minnesota convention, and her appearance on a totally warped version of Just A Minute was epic beyond belief.
I was also very happy to see that we had people playtesting the upcoming version of Dungeons and Dragons -- and the future of D & D panel was a particular highlight. I might actually have to play a game sometime, as it has probably been 20 years since I last played the RPG, but I have fond memories (and have enjoyed the recent board games my brother has worked on).
The musical highlight of the weekend was seeing Marian Call perform, and I hope she comes back to Minneapolis again so I can see her perform again.
I joke occasionally that we're on the road to Fafnircon, and that's a possible future that we need to manage towards. Our current facilities do cap us at a point, even if there isn't an explicit cap in place. And that building can still handle larger conventions -- we aren't the largest convention that building has seen, and that building has now hosted multiple generations of science fiction, fantasy, and related fans, so it really is a home away from home for all of us.
And of course, coming next year is CONvergence 2013:
I can't wait.
Monday, June 25, 2012
My CONvergence 2012 Schedule
There are a lot of things that I'm looking forward to on the Schedule. Three highlights of mine:
- Marian Call, Mainstage Thursday 8:30 PM
- Sophie Aldred (Ace from Doctor Who) - especially her mainstage interview, and I've wanted her to come to Minneapolis since she was first in the series in the late 1980s.
- Dungeons & Dragons Next Playtesting - I doubt I'll get a chance to do this myself, but there will be a lot of opportunities to playtest the upcoming version of the definitive fantasy role playing game, and I hope people have a lot of fun with it.
- Convergence Events Open Meeting (Thursday, 9:30 AM)
- Learn about what CONvergence Events is working on outside of CONvergence. If you love the convention, here is your chance to enjoy our events all year round!
- The Avengers (Saturday, 11:00 AM)
- By the time the convention arrives, we will know if the combined testoserone on screen was a success or failure. Did Joss satisfy the faithful? Are we looking forward to a sequel or dreading it?
- If I Could Restart The Universe (Saturday, 12:30 PM)
- The 52 reboot gave DC writers the chance to build a new universe for their character. if you could build a new Comic universe for your favorite character, what would you do?
- Conventions Beyond CONvergence (Saturday, 2:00 PM)
- There are a lot of other conventions out there from the large Dragonconand Comiccon, the historic Worldcons, and conventions like Diversicon, Arisia, or Capricon in every city around the country. What makes each unique?
- Matt Smith Continued (Saturday, 5:00 PM)
- The Doctor, River, Rory and Amy Pond returned to do battle with The Silence and all manner of other things that go bump in the cosmos. Discuss your favorite moments from the second half of Matt Smith's second season!
- Once Upon a Time (Sunday, 12:30 PM)
- This show remixes fairy tales with a modern take for weekly television. What makes this show such a huge success?
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