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Friday, May 29
 

11:30am

Geek Dating 101
Trying to find that special someone? Here are the basics to finding and keeping that person.

Moderators
Speakers
CC

Chuck Carte

South Stanly High
I never know what to put here... I am a school teacher by day, a writer and filmmaker by night, and a Ghostbuster by birth.


Friday May 29, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Concord G (Programming)

1:00pm

Metropolis
1927 silent classic

Friday May 29, 2015 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Fairway B (Programming)

2:30pm

Con Etiquette
A few basic rules to make sure everyone at the Con has a wonderful time!

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Nia

Nia

Nia and Cerulean run the KidsTrack for ConCarolinas


Friday May 29, 2015 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Concord J (Main Programming II)

2:30pm

What's New in Geek TV
What geek shows should you be watching? What shows should you just avoid?

Moderators
MK

Micki Knop

Organizer, Charlotte Geeks
I follow pop culture, sci-fi TV, bad movies (especially from the 60's and 70's). I am an avid reader and used to work in the publishing industry. My curiosity knows no bounds and love to learn about knew things each and every day.

Speakers
CC

Chuck Carte

South Stanly High
I never know what to put here... I am a school teacher by day, a writer and filmmaker by night, and a Ghostbuster by birth.


Friday May 29, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Concord I (Programming)

2:30pm

The Year in Science
Discussion of the newest breakthroughs in science.

Moderators
avatar for Stephen Euin Cobb

Stephen Euin Cobb

Contributing Editor, Space and Time Magazine
I have interviewed over 350 people for my work as an author, magazine writer, futurist, and award-winning podcaster. During the last ten years I have produced over 450 episodes of my weekly podcast, THE FUTURE AND YOU, which explores, through interviews, panel discussions, and commentary, all the ways the future will be different from today. | | A contributing editor for SPACE AND TIME MAGAZINE, I have also been a regular contributor for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jim Craig

Jim Craig

There are more things that interest me than can fit in this space. But, for the con, I'm happy to talk about science (especially astronomy and evolution) and science fiction (especially the history of the genre). | | I'll be easy to spot. Just look for the red hat.
avatar for Dr. Ben Davis

Dr. Ben Davis

Ben Davis has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and an M.S. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the University of Notre Dame. He taught at the college level for several years on a number of technical subjects ranging from computer programming to mathematics to, of course, astronomy and physics. In the late nineties, he took up a career in software and industrial controls engineering (robot programming and electronics are fun as they seem). As a lifelong fan of... Read More →
avatar for James Maxey

James Maxey

I'm the author of two epic fantasy series (Dragon Age/Bitterwood and Dragon Apocalypse/Greatshadow), a superhero duet (Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn) and a steampunk Oz novel (Bad Wizard). My short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, with the best of my work appearing in the collection There is No Wheel. I live in Hillsborough, NC with my wife Cheryl and too many cats. I teach numerous workshops on writing... Read More →


Friday May 29, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Concord C (Programming)

2:30pm

Writing for the Next Generation
The influx of Young Adult literature in media has made writing for a younger audience a very enticing opportunity. How far should you tame your writing for a younger audience and how to keep them reading your work.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jake Bible

Jake Bible

Bram Stoker Award nominated-novelist, short story writer, independent screenwriter, podcaster, and inventor of the Drabble Novel, Jake has entertained thousands with his horror and sci/fi tales. He reaches audiences of all ages with his uncanny ability to write a wide range of characters and genres. Jake is the author of the bestselling Z-Burbia series set in Asheville, NC, the Apex Trilogy (DEAD MECH, The Americans, Metal and Ash) and the Mega... Read More →
avatar for Terry W Ervin II

Terry W Ervin II

Author
Terry W. Ervin II is an English and science teacher who enjoys writing fantasy and science fiction. His First Civilization’s Legacy Series (fantasy) includes FLANK HAWK and BLOOD SWORD, and SOUL FORGE. | | Terry’s debut science fiction novel, RELIC TECH, is the first in the Crax War Chronicles. He is working on the sequel, RELIC RESCUE, which should be released and available before ConCarolinas 2015. | | In addition to writing... Read More →
avatar for Andi O'Connor

Andi O'Connor

Andi O'Connor


Friday May 29, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Carolina A/B (Writer's Track)

3:00pm

Intro to Sched.org
Gah! New Technology! How does it work? James Fulbright takes you through the minutae of sched.org

Speakers
avatar for James Fulbright

James Fulbright

Con Chair/President, ConGregate Productions
James Fulbright was introduced to AD&D by a friend in 1979. After joining his first gaming group, his friends convinced to start attending conventions like StellarCon and Hexacon. It wasn’t long before attending cons led him to start helping out with those cons, which, in turn, led to running StellarCon (which he did for far too long). Over the years, James has also helped out with RavenCon, was on the founding board of ConCarolinas... Read More →


Friday May 29, 2015 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Concord J (Main Programming II)

3:30pm

Nerdiquette 101
This panel discusses some common do’s and don'ts of convention and “nerd scene” behavior, such as: What’s the best way to compliment someone on their costume? How can you approach someone to ask to take a photo without making them feel uncomfortable? And, most importantly, how do you help get someone or even yourself out of an awkward or potentially dangerous situation? Join members of the Nerdiquette team as they discuss “nerd-etiquette” and offer constructive solutions on dealing with these and many other related convention-scene issues.

Moderators
avatar for James Fulbright

James Fulbright

Con Chair/President, ConGregate Productions
James Fulbright was introduced to AD&D by a friend in 1979. After joining his first gaming group, his friends convinced to start attending conventions like StellarCon and Hexacon. It wasn’t long before attending cons led him to start helping out with those cons, which, in turn, led to running StellarCon (which he did for far too long). Over the years, James has also helped out with RavenCon, was on the founding board of ConCarolinas... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joey Paquette Starnes

Joey Paquette Starnes

Founder/Organizer, The Charlotte Geeks
Hey there! My name is Joey and I'm the founder/organizer of The Charlotte Geeks - a social club here in North Carolina that meets together 3-4 times a month for geeky good times, as well as hosting our annual Geek Gala each Halloween and our weekly podcast, Guardians of the Geekery! My fandoms include Doctor Who, Orphan Black, all things Marvel and most things British as well as a few dancing addictions like DWTS and SYTYCD. Get your Geek on!
avatar for Micki Stith

Micki Stith

Traveling Model/Cosplayer, FanDames Initiative
Talk to me about cosplay, Battlestar Galactica, Rocky Horror Picture Show, modeling, photography and whatever else. I have too many opinions.


Friday May 29, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Concord J (Main Programming II)

3:30pm

Beginning Paramornal Investigations
Find out what it takes to be a paranormal investigator. Learn about the basic equipment used, where to find it, and what all is involved in seeking out the paranormal. And learn how what you see on ghost hunting reality shows is more “show” than “reality.”

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter

New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter has written the Jane Yellowrock series and the Rogue Mage series, as well as the Rogue Mage Role Playing Game. The Soulwood series will be a paranormal crime solving trilogy featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram. Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she has written action adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. Under all her pen names, she has more than 30 books in print in 29 countries. | | Faith is a... Read More →
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of GHOSTS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA UPCOUNTRY, GHOSTS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA MIDLANDS, GHOSTS OF THE PEE DEE (all for The History Press) and CIVIL WAR GHOSTS OF SOUTH CAROLINA (for Post Mortem Press) and has a story in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH (from Mocha Memoirs Press). Tally currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the... Read More →
avatar for Alex Matsuo

Alex Matsuo

Founder & Director, Association of Paranormal Study
Alex Matsuo is an actor, dramaturg, playwright by day, and a podcaster, paranormal researcher and author by night. Alex currently hosts the radio show "The Wicked Domain" on LiveParanormal.com and has previously hosted the radio shows "ParaNation" and "Paranormal Insider Radio." She also runs a podcast for the North Carolina theatre community called, "Triangle On Stage." She is the founder of the Association of Paranormal Study... Read More →


Friday May 29, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Concord H (Programming)

3:30pm

The Eventual A.I. Uprising
From The Terminator and Person of Interest to I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream, science fiction has been predicting the rise of artificial intelligence. Are we doomed? Is there anything we can do to prevent disaster?

Moderators
avatar for James Maxey

James Maxey

I'm the author of two epic fantasy series (Dragon Age/Bitterwood and Dragon Apocalypse/Greatshadow), a superhero duet (Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn) and a steampunk Oz novel (Bad Wizard). My short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, with the best of my work appearing in the collection There is No Wheel. I live in Hillsborough, NC with my wife Cheryl and too many cats. I teach numerous workshops on writing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jake Bible

Jake Bible

Bram Stoker Award nominated-novelist, short story writer, independent screenwriter, podcaster, and inventor of the Drabble Novel, Jake has entertained thousands with his horror and sci/fi tales. He reaches audiences of all ages with his uncanny ability to write a wide range of characters and genres. Jake is the author of the bestselling Z-Burbia series set in Asheville, NC, the Apex Trilogy (DEAD MECH, The Americans, Metal and Ash) and the Mega... Read More →
avatar for Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Self-Publishing Guru, Chris Kennedy Publishing
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author and speaker, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator with over 3,000 hours flying attack and reconnaissance aircraft, an elementary school principal and an instructional systems designer for the Navy. Chris is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Chris’ full length novels include the Occupied Seattle... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Ledford

Rebecca Ledford

Literary Guest
Rebecca Ledford is the Manager of Phase 5 Publishing, LLC, a small publisher of science fiction, fantasy, and horror based in Western North Carolina. After graduating UNCA with a BA in psychology, she worked at a photo/graphics store, the Mössbauer Effect Data Center as a publication assistant, and a law firm in Asheville. In her limited spare time, she enjoys making things (all sorts of things), listening to music, indulging in photography... Read More →
avatar for Edward McKeown

Edward McKeown

Science fiction double feature and I might build a creature,


Friday May 29, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Carolina C (Writer's Track)

4:00pm

GrafiTEE Party and Live Candy Crush
Come design your own t-shirt and do some live action candy crushing! (Safety Goggles provided. And yes, we got the idea from the commercial.)

Speakers
avatar for Nia

Nia

Nia and Cerulean run the KidsTrack for ConCarolinas


Friday May 29, 2015 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Gazebo @ Rocky River Terrace

4:00pm

The Book/Movie/Show Was Better!
A civil discussion of some of the more popular adaptations in media. Nerf guns will be available should a disagreement come to a duel.

Moderators
avatar for Kelly Lockhart

Kelly Lockhart

Baen Books
ConCarolinas co-founder Kelly Lockhart has been a regular presence on the convention scene since he was a teenager back in the mid-80s. Over the years, he has done a little bit of everything in fandom: running costume contests, art shows, consuites, computer gaming rooms, working with the media, helping out with parades, overseeing convention operations, co-chairing a WorldCon bid, serving on multiple con committees, and being a panelist and... Read More →

Speakers
MK

Micki Knop

Organizer, Charlotte Geeks
I follow pop culture, sci-fi TV, bad movies (especially from the 60's and 70's). I am an avid reader and used to work in the publishing industry. My curiosity knows no bounds and love to learn about knew things each and every day.


Friday May 29, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Carolina A/B (Writer's Track)

4:00pm

The Phantom of the Opera
A screening of the 1925 silent classic

Friday May 29, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Fairway B (Programming)

4:00pm

Selling and Pitching Workshop for Writers
Writer John Hartness discusses the nuts and bolts of profiling buyers, tailoring your pitch to different people and the importance of being different from everyone else.

Speakers

Friday May 29, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Piedmont Workshops (Workshops)

5:00pm

No Sew Costuming
Not every costume has to be created from scratch with needle and thread. Come join our panelists as they discuss creative, no-sew ways to build costumes from purchased, recycled, and/or found items.

Moderators
CC

Chuck Carte

South Stanly High
I never know what to put here... I am a school teacher by day, a writer and filmmaker by night, and a Ghostbuster by birth.

Speakers
avatar for Gregory French

Gregory French

Gregory French is a New York native who currently lives in South Carolina. He got his start in professional acting when a friend asked him to be in a commercial he was shooting. That commercial led to several others, and before long, Greg was acting on the big screen. He has appeared on the television shows Under the Dome, Revolution, Vampire Diaries, Banshee, and Sleepy Hollow, but is best known for his many appearances on The Walking Dead... Read More →
MP

Matthew Penrick

Owner/Designer, Ribbons and Rivets
I have been working in costume design and fabrication for nine years now. I originally began working strictly with leather, but have since then branched out in to using plastics, foams, metals and fabrics. I am also a cosplayer so I make many costumes for myself as well and am a fitness enthusiast which ties in to many of my cosplays.
avatar for Micki Stith

Micki Stith

Traveling Model/Cosplayer, FanDames Initiative
Talk to me about cosplay, Battlestar Galactica, Rocky Horror Picture Show, modeling, photography and whatever else. I have too many opinions.


Friday May 29, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Concord H (Programming)

5:00pm

Opening Ceremonies
WE'RE BACK! Come celebrate the opening of ConCarolinas 2015! We will be honoring the life of ConCarolinas Founder and first ConChair, Fred Grimm. If you have a Hawaiian shirt, please wear it!

Moderators
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Asaro

Catherine Asaro

Catherine Asaro is an author of science fiction, fantasy and thrillers, and has written over twenty-five novels, as well as short stories and non-fiction. Her acclaimed Ruby Dynasty series combines adventure, hard science, math, romance and fast-paced action. Among her numerous distinctions, she has won the Nebula® and Analog Reader’s Choice awards. Her most recent books are the anthology she edited, The Nebula Awards Showcase 2013... Read More →
avatar for Matt Busch

Matt Busch

Pres, yo., Kaleidoscope Koi Entertainment, LLC
In the early 90’s, Busch began his career in Hollywood, working in every aspect of the movie business, from concept design and storyboards to poster design and advertising. Simultaneously, he began illustrating books, magazines, posters, comics, trading cards and toys for notable pop culture properties, including LORD OF THE RINGS, INDIANA JONES, THE CROW, HEROES, G.I. JOE, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, The HULK, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, RESERVOIR... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Carroll

Jessica Carroll

Jonathan and Jessica are a cosplaying couple with plenty of years in the hobby under their belts. But their love of costuming doesn’t simply start or end with wearing the costumes; for them it’s an art form. Jonathan is a certified personal trainer and bodybuilder. He integrates this into his own costuming and to help his clients (many of whom he has met at conventions and the like) live a healthy lifestyle and meet their goals... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Carroll

Jonathan Carroll

Jonathan and Jessica are a cosplaying couple with plenty of years in the hobby under their belts. But their love of costuming doesn’t simply start or end with wearing the costumes; for them it’s an art form. Jonathan is a certified personal trainer and bodybuilder. He integrates this into his own costuming and to help his clients (many of whom he has met at conventions and the like) live a healthy lifestyle and meet their goals... Read More →
avatar for Joel Hodgson

Joel Hodgson

Joel Hodgson is best known for creating the Peabody award-winning movie riffing sci-fi series Mystery Science Theater 3000. He was also the host of the series for the first 100 episodes. Recently, MST3K has been included in several “top 100 TV shows of all time” lists, including Entertainment Weekly and Time Magazine, as well as being included in the “top 25 cult shows” list in TV Guide. Joel Hodgson – Media... Read More →
avatar for Michael Hogan

Michael Hogan

Michael Hogan (c. 1949) is a Canadian actor known for his roles as Colonel Saul Tigh in the Battlestar Galactica series, Billy in The Peanut Butter Solution and the voice of Armando-Owen Bailey in the Mass Effect series. Hogan was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario in 1949, raised in North Bay, Ontario and studied at National Theatre School of Canada. He made his film debut in the Peter Fonda trucker picture High-Ballin’ (1978). He and his... Read More →
avatar for Pineapple Shaped Lamps

Pineapple Shaped Lamps

Pineapple-Shaped Lamps is a comedy theatre troupe based in North Carolina. Founded in 2010, they have mounted a number of critically acclaimed and award-winning productions. Initially created to perform shadow casts of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” PSL has expanded its repertoire. They have performed the fan favorite shadow cast of “Once More with Feeling,” the musical episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.&rdquo... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Lockhart

Kelly Lockhart

Baen Books
ConCarolinas co-founder Kelly Lockhart has been a regular presence on the convention scene since he was a teenager back in the mid-80s. Over the years, he has done a little bit of everything in fandom: running costume contests, art shows, consuites, computer gaming rooms, working with the media, helping out with parades, overseeing convention operations, co-chairing a WorldCon bid, serving on multiple con committees, and being a panelist and... Read More →
avatar for Rich Molinelli

Rich Molinelli

Rich has worked in many fields but has found a great home working in the trading card and illustration field.  He has worked with clients who have dealt with Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Voltron, He-man and the Masters of the Universe, Image Comics Invicible, Thundercats, Transfromers and many more.  Recent work includes Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hobbit and Game of Thrones as well as his... Read More →
avatar for Judith O'Dea

Judith O'Dea

Stage and film actress Judith O’Dea began her career over five decades ago at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. But for most film and theatre goers, Judith is best remembered as Barbra in the George A. Romero 1968 horror film classic Night of the Living Dead.   This epic film changed her life and definitely remains one of her all-time favorite career highlights.   Since then, she has appeared in over 22 theatrical productions and 13... Read More →
avatar for John Scalzi

John Scalzi

John Scalzi is a fan of pie and oxygen, not necessarily in that order.
avatar for Lin Zy

Lin Zy

As a child Lin Zy made crafts, designed illustrations, and made puppets. Years later she still does all those things only now as a professional. Even early on Lin Zy’s mom and dad knew their daughter’s life would be intertwined with anything and everything creative. “I knew that I loved art and design but I never knew I would want to persue it as a career. So i took after my mom and went to Cosmetology school. Hey it’s... Read More →


Friday May 29, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Concord A/B (Main Programming I)

5:00pm

Setting the Mood
Using words to create a distant planet or alien creature is never an easy task. How do you do this without wearing out your thesaurus? How much is too much detail?

Moderators
avatar for A J Hartley

A J Hartley

A.J. Hartley is the international and NY Times bestselling author of a dozen novels including the mystery/thrillers The Mask of Atreus, On the Fifth Day, What Time Devours and Tears of the Jaguar and the young adult fantasy adventures Act of Will and Will Power. The first of his Darwen Arkwright children’s fantasy trilogy (Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact) came out from Penguin/Razorbill in 2011 and won SIBA’s best YA novel of 2012. He... Read More →

Speakers
WS

Wendy S Delmater

Editor and Publisher, Abyss & Apex Magazine
Short fiction, writing, editing.
avatar for Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter

New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter has written the Jane Yellowrock series and the Rogue Mage series, as well as the Rogue Mage Role Playing Game. The Soulwood series will be a paranormal crime solving trilogy featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram. Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she has written action adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. Under all her pen names, she has more than 30 books in print in 29 countries. | | Faith is a... Read More →


Friday May 29, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Carolina C (Writer's Track)

5:30pm

Writing Characters With Disabilities
It seems like either all characters are able-bodied or it’s only the bad guys who get a limp, lisp, twitch or some other (unflattering) physical tag. Let’s talk about creating realistic and respectful characters—good and bad—with visible and non-visible disabilities, and discuss books that have done it right (or not).

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Carter

Rebecca Carter

Specializing in short format horror, all three of her collections of short stories have debuted in the top 50 horror slots on amazon. The latest collection "After Dusk" focuses on what the consequences of letting go of our humanity.
avatar for Dahlia Rose

Dahlia Rose

Literary Guest
Dahlia Rose is the best-selling author of contemporary, military and paranormal romance with a hint of Caribbean spice. She was born and raised on a Caribbean island and now currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her five kids, who she affectionately nicknamed “The Children of the Corn,” and her biggest supporter and longtime love. She has a love of erotica, dark fantasy, sci-fi, and the things that go bump in the night... Read More →


Friday May 29, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Carolina A/B (Writer's Track)

6:00pm

Selling Your Filk
So, you've written a filk song. Where are some of the places you can marketing your filk.

Speakers
avatar for Hawthorne and Holly

Hawthorne and Holly

Hawthorn & Holly
avatar for Blibbering Humdingers

Blibbering Humdingers

These mischievous masters of musical hi-jinx will wizard-rock the tea towel right off of your house elf. Hailing from Cary, NC, Scott & Kirsten have been singing together for over 20 years. They formed the Blibbering Humdingers in 2007 upon the release of the final Harry Potter book. True to their name (an obscure Luna Lovegood reference) they mostly perform original, comedic pop-songs about the wizarding world of Harry Potter – in a... Read More →


Friday May 29, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Harrisburg B (Programming)

6:00pm

Getting Into the Local Film Industry
A discussion of the state of the local film industry and how you can get involved. Also, we'll have several "How would you do that?" scenarios and ask our award-winning panelists

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for John Dondero

John Dondero

The Diddlist Diddle in all the Land, 13th Floor EFX
I once did a thing, I am not sure what that thing was, and whether or not I enjoyed it. Also is it Whom or Who?
avatar for Christine Parker

Christine Parker

Owner, Adrenalin/SickChickFlicks


Friday May 29, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Kannapolis A (Film Panels)

6:00pm

Southern Goth
Discussion of the Goth scene in the Southeast

Moderators
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of GHOSTS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA UPCOUNTRY, GHOSTS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA MIDLANDS, GHOSTS OF THE PEE DEE (all for The History Press) and CIVIL WAR GHOSTS OF SOUTH CAROLINA (for Post Mortem Press) and has a story in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH (from Mocha Memoirs Press). Tally currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel SHADOW AND FLAME (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin and VENDETTA: A DEADLY CURIOSITIES NOVEL in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books) and the... Read More →
avatar for Valentine Wolfe

Valentine Wolfe

Valentine Wolfe are Purveyors, Performers, and Composers of the finest Macabre Melodies for Voice, Double Bass, and Electronics. Proudly providing elegant decadence for Living, Dead, and Otherwise, since 2006.


Friday May 29, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Concord G (Programming)

6:00pm

The Future of Star Wars
Now that Disney owns the Star Wars brand, what’s in store for the future of the franchise? Join our panelists as they discuss the new Star Wars television programs, upcoming film(s), and merchandise, and speculate on where the genre may go from here.

Moderators
avatar for James Fulbright

James Fulbright

Con Chair/President, ConGregate Productions
James Fulbright was introduced to AD&D by a friend in 1979. After joining his first gaming group, his friends convinced to start attending conventions like StellarCon and Hexacon. It wasn’t long before attending cons led him to start helping out with those cons, which, in turn, led to running StellarCon (which he did for far too long). Over the years, James has also helped out with RavenCon, was on the founding board of ConCarolinas... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Lockhart

Kelly Lockhart

Baen Books
ConCarolinas co-founder Kelly Lockhart has been a regular presence on the convention scene since he was a teenager back in the mid-80s. Over the years, he has done a little bit of everything in fandom: running costume contests, art shows, consuites, computer gaming rooms, working with the media, helping out with parades, overseeing convention operations, co-chairing a WorldCon bid, serving on multiple con committees, and being a panelist and... Read More →
avatar for Amy H. Sturgis, Ph.D.

Amy H. Sturgis, Ph.D.

Professor, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Amy H. Sturgis earned her Ph.D. in Intellectual History from Vanderbilt University. Her primary fields include Science Fiction/Fantasy Studies and Native American Studies. | | Sturgis is the author of four books on Native American and U.S. history as well as more than forty scholarly and mainstream essays on historical and speculative fiction topics. She has edited five books on science fiction and fantasy subjects. In 2006, Sturgis was... Read More →


Friday May 29, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Concord I (Programming)

6:00pm

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
A screening of the 1920 silent classic

Friday May 29, 2015 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Fairway B (Programming)

6:00pm

Worbla Workshop
A demonstration of how to work with Worbla

Speakers

Friday May 29, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Blueridge (Workshops)

6:30pm

Paranormal in Literature
How do you write the paranormal effectively? Authors talk about creating effective paranormal plots and worlds and discuss what works with readers and which paranormal ploys fall short.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Carter

Rebecca Carter

Specializing in short format horror, all three of her collections of short stories have debuted in the top 50 horror slots on amazon. The latest collection "After Dusk" focuses on what the consequences of letting go of our humanity.
avatar for Sharon Stogner

Sharon Stogner

Owner, Devil in the Details Editing Services
Sharon is the co-creator of the I Smell Sheep website (www.ismellsheep.com). A quirky multi-media review site of Speculative Fiction that also provides author/actor guest posts, interviews, convention coverage and other WTF-ery. She is also a freelance fiction editor (www.devilinthedetailsediting.com). Born and raised in NC she currently lives in the triad area with her husband and their two daughters. She has a BS in Biology from UNC and a... Read More →


Friday May 29, 2015 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Concord H (Programming)

6:30pm

Law Enforcement in Fantasy Fiction
Much of the time, police and first responders in fantasy fiction don't necessarily behave the way they would in the real world. Is it distracting to read police characters constantly breaking the rules? How much reality is necessary for an effective story?

Moderators
avatar for Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter

New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter has written the Jane Yellowrock series and the Rogue Mage series, as well as the Rogue Mage Role Playing Game. The Soulwood series will be a paranormal crime solving trilogy featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram. Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she has written action adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. Under all her pen names, she has more than 30 books in print in 29 countries. | | Faith is a... Read More →

Speakers
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Jeanne Adams

Award-Winning Author
A lifelong reader and writer of fantasy and suspense, award-winning author Jeanne Adams is an extrovert in an introverted profession. So, she's always up for talking...about ANYTHING! Geekery of all kinds, reading, books, baseball, dogs and dog-showing, suspense, and body disposal. | | Jeanne writes Romantic Suspense both for a New York publisher (Kensington) and both Urban Fantasy and Suspense independently. You can find her books... Read More →
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Tamsin Silver

My pen name is Tamsin Silver and I'm originally from Michigan, though I currently live in New York City. I did a brief stint here in the south (10 years) where I graduated from Winthrop University with a BA in Theatre (Performance & Directing emphasis) with a minor in English (Shakespeare & Creative Writing emphasis). I've run a few theatre companies in my time and I was a performer for around 20 years...but my first love was story telling, so... Read More →
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Michael G. Williams

Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →


Friday May 29, 2015 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Carolina C (Writer's Track)

6:30pm

Asylum: The Lost Interrogations (M)
Asylum "The Lost Interrogations " a dark parody series about one of the most iconic comic book villains of all time. Q&A with the filmmakers to follow.

Friday May 29, 2015 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Kannapolis B (Film Screenings)

7:00pm

Mikey Mason in Concert
Mikey Mason brings his brand of wonderful comedy tunes back to ConCarolinas!

Speakers
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Mikey Mason

Mikey Mason (She Don’t Like Firefly, Best Game Ever) is a full-time standup comedian whose work has been featured on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, DrDemento.com, Nerdist.com, MTV Geek News, SyFy’s Blastr.com, Time Magazine’s Techland, and on theFuMP.com. He has made multiple appearances both on NBC and at the legendary House Of Blues, headlined on all four coasts and performed at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, Geek... Read More →


Friday May 29, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Concord A/B (Main Programming I)

7:00pm

Beginning Podcasting
Learn all about how to get started in Podcasting. Learn the basic of Podcasting, like what equipment you need, how to build your show, creating content, why programming is important, how and where to broadcast your show, and, most importantly, how to do it all on as little a budget as possible!

Moderators
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alex Matsuo

Alex Matsuo

Founder & Director, Association of Paranormal Study
Alex Matsuo is an actor, dramaturg, playwright by day, and a podcaster, paranormal researcher and author by night. Alex currently hosts the radio show "The Wicked Domain" on LiveParanormal.com and has previously hosted the radio shows "ParaNation" and "Paranormal Insider Radio." She also runs a podcast for the North Carolina theatre community called, "Triangle On Stage." She is the founder of the Association of Paranormal Study... Read More →
avatar for Jim Ryan

Jim Ryan

I am a writer, a podcaster, a tabletop gamer and an occasional voice actor. | | It only gets confusing when I try to do all four at once...


Friday May 29, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Concord C (Programming)

7:00pm

Royalty, Nobles, Thieves and Beggars
A discussion of race, class, and economic assumptions in epic fantasy.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Author
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly paranormal romance, dark fantasy and horror. A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexxx is a native South Carolinian who lives with a ghost hunter and an epileptic wiener dog. She has published several novels, novellas and short stories various publishers including Ellora’s Cave. She also wears an editor’s hat as A.C. Thompson. Recently, she’s been... Read More →


Friday May 29, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Carolina A/B (Writer's Track)

7:30pm

Agents of SHIELD
A breakdown of the most recent series and a discussion of the mid season filler - Agent Carter!

Moderators
avatar for Joey Paquette Starnes

Joey Paquette Starnes

Founder/Organizer, The Charlotte Geeks
Hey there! My name is Joey and I'm the founder/organizer of The Charlotte Geeks - a social club here in North Carolina that meets together 3-4 times a month for geeky good times, as well as hosting our annual Geek Gala each Halloween and our weekly podcast, Guardians of the Geekery! My fandoms include Doctor Who, Orphan Black, all things Marvel and most things British as well as a few dancing addictions like DWTS and SYTYCD. Get your Geek on!

Speakers
avatar for James Fulbright

James Fulbright

Con Chair/President, ConGregate Productions
James Fulbright was introduced to AD&D by a friend in 1979. After joining his first gaming group, his friends convinced to start attending conventions like StellarCon and Hexacon. It wasn’t long before attending cons led him to start helping out with those cons, which, in turn, led to running StellarCon (which he did for far too long). Over the years, James has also helped out with RavenCon, was on the founding board of ConCarolinas... Read More →
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Nancy Northcott

Nancy Northcott’s childhood ambition was to grow up and become Wonder Woman. Around fourth grade, she realized it was too late to acquire Amazon genes, but she still loved comic books, science fiction, fantasy and YA romance. A sucker for fast action and wrenching emotion, Nancy combines the romance and high stakes she loves in the books she writes. | | Nancy has written freelance articles and taught at the college level. Her most... Read More →


Friday May 29, 2015 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Concord I (Programming)

7:30pm

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Panelists
Well, it's finally over. Let's discuss all 9 hours of The Hobbit!

Moderators
avatar for Amy H. Sturgis, Ph.D.

Amy H. Sturgis, Ph.D.

Professor, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Amy H. Sturgis earned her Ph.D. in Intellectual History from Vanderbilt University. Her primary fields include Science Fiction/Fantasy Studies and Native American Studies. | | Sturgis is the author of four books on Native American and U.S. history as well as more than forty scholarly and mainstream essays on historical and speculative fiction topics. She has edited five books on science fiction and fantasy subjects. In 2006, Sturgis was... Read More →

Speakers
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Gollum

Shhhh!  Youse no sees this page.
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Chuck Carte

South Stanly High
I never know what to put here... I am a school teacher by day, a writer and filmmaker by night, and a Ghostbuster by birth.
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Carol Cowles

Programming Director, ConCarolinas


Friday May 29, 2015 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Concord G (Programming)

7:30pm

Pineapple Shaped Lamps
Sketch comedy with PSL!

Speakers
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Pineapple Shaped Lamps

Pineapple-Shaped Lamps is a comedy theatre troupe based in North Carolina. Founded in 2010, they have mounted a number of critically acclaimed and award-winning productions. Initially created to perform shadow casts of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” PSL has expanded its repertoire. They have performed the fan favorite shadow cast of “Once More with Feeling,” the musical episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.&rdquo... Read More →


Friday May 29, 2015 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Concord J (Main Programming II)

7:30pm

Nosferatu
A screening of the 1922 silent classic

Friday May 29, 2015 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Fairway B (Programming)

7:30pm

Open Filk
Time for some filk! Bring your instruments and take a turn!

Friday May 29, 2015 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Harrisburg B (Programming)

8:00pm

Looking Your Worst
Join expert makeup artists as they talk about and teach you how to create truly horrifying makeup effects.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Micki Stith

Micki Stith

Traveling Model/Cosplayer, FanDames Initiative
Talk to me about cosplay, Battlestar Galactica, Rocky Horror Picture Show, modeling, photography and whatever else. I have too many opinions.


Friday May 29, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Concord H (Programming)

8:00pm

Fantasy the World Over
So much fantasy takes place in large, iconic cities like NYC, LA, London and New Orleans. But there are so many other amazing locations to set a story. Why do certain cities seem to get all the attention? How important is setting to the success of a story? What are some of the underused places we'd like to see in fantasy, and what makes them right for the genre?

Moderators
avatar for Misty Massey

Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for A J Hartley

A J Hartley

A.J. Hartley is the international and NY Times bestselling author of a dozen novels including the mystery/thrillers The Mask of Atreus, On the Fifth Day, What Time Devours and Tears of the Jaguar and the young adult fantasy adventures Act of Will and Will Power. The first of his Darwen Arkwright children’s fantasy trilogy (Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact) came out from Penguin/Razorbill in 2011 and won SIBA’s best YA novel of 2012. He... Read More →
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Andi O'Connor

Andi O'Connor


Friday May 29, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Carolina C (Writer's Track)

8:00pm

A Band Called Death
A documentary on the 1970s punk trio Death, and their new-found popularity decades after they disbanded. Q&A with the filmmakers to follow.

Friday May 29, 2015 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Kannapolis B (Film Screenings)

8:30pm

Valentine Wolfe in concert
Valentine Wolfe brings their signature brand of Victorian Chamber Metal back to ConCarolinas.

Speakers
avatar for Valentine Wolfe

Valentine Wolfe

Valentine Wolfe are Purveyors, Performers, and Composers of the finest Macabre Melodies for Voice, Double Bass, and Electronics. Proudly providing elegant decadence for Living, Dead, and Otherwise, since 2006.


Friday May 29, 2015 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Concord A/B (Main Programming I)

8:30pm

Climate Change: Why is There a Debate?
Discussion of how climate change will affect Earth and why this has become such a political hot topic.

Moderators
avatar for James Maxey

James Maxey

I'm the author of two epic fantasy series (Dragon Age/Bitterwood and Dragon Apocalypse/Greatshadow), a superhero duet (Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn) and a steampunk Oz novel (Bad Wizard). My short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, with the best of my work appearing in the collection There is No Wheel. I live in Hillsborough, NC with my wife Cheryl and too many cats. I teach numerous workshops on writing... Read More →

Speakers

Friday May 29, 2015 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Concord C (Programming)

8:30pm

Creating a Series
Keeping track of characters and plotlines while writing a multi-volume series can be difficult. Learn some tips and tricks on how to keep your series fresh and your continuity solid.

Moderators
Speakers
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Terry W Ervin II

Author
Terry W. Ervin II is an English and science teacher who enjoys writing fantasy and science fiction. His First Civilization’s Legacy Series (fantasy) includes FLANK HAWK and BLOOD SWORD, and SOUL FORGE. | | Terry’s debut science fiction novel, RELIC TECH, is the first in the Crax War Chronicles. He is working on the sequel, RELIC RESCUE, which should be released and available before ConCarolinas 2015. | | In addition to writing... Read More →
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Chris Kennedy

Self-Publishing Guru, Chris Kennedy Publishing
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author and speaker, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator with over 3,000 hours flying attack and reconnaissance aircraft, an elementary school principal and an instructional systems designer for the Navy. Chris is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Chris’ full length novels include the Occupied Seattle... Read More →


Friday May 29, 2015 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Carolina A/B (Writer's Track)

9:00pm

The Golem
A screening of the 1920 silent classic

Friday May 29, 2015 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Fairway B (Programming)

9:00pm

Those Winchester Boys
Supernatural is still going strong and has been renewed for an 11th season. What is the appeal of those Winchester Boys?

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Carter

Rebecca Carter

Specializing in short format horror, all three of her collections of short stories have debuted in the top 50 horror slots on amazon. The latest collection "After Dusk" focuses on what the consequences of letting go of our humanity.


Friday May 29, 2015 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Concord G (Programming)

9:00pm

We Are Groot!
From its soundtrack to its humor - Guardians of the Galaxy was a smash hit! Let's discuss the phenomenon and what the future holds for our band of misfits.

Moderators
avatar for John Dondero

John Dondero

The Diddlist Diddle in all the Land, 13th Floor EFX
I once did a thing, I am not sure what that thing was, and whether or not I enjoyed it. Also is it Whom or Who?

Speakers
avatar for Joey Paquette Starnes

Joey Paquette Starnes

Founder/Organizer, The Charlotte Geeks
Hey there! My name is Joey and I'm the founder/organizer of The Charlotte Geeks - a social club here in North Carolina that meets together 3-4 times a month for geeky good times, as well as hosting our annual Geek Gala each Halloween and our weekly podcast, Guardians of the Geekery! My fandoms include Doctor Who, Orphan Black, all things Marvel and most things British as well as a few dancing addictions like DWTS and SYTYCD. Get your Geek on!


Friday May 29, 2015 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Concord I (Programming)

9:30pm

Fact or Fiction: Aliens
In this open discussion, one panelist takes the side of fact while the other panelist takes the side of fiction. Our moderator acts as the judge (and sometimes peacekeeper). And the audience is asked to pick a side and participate to help decide the case one way or the other to prove once and for all if this is fact or fiction.

Moderators
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M. Doc Geressy

CEO, Bathurst Industries
M. Doc Geressy is a professional broadcaster, costumer, movie car motorhead expert, actor, designer, and paranormal investigator. When Doc is not doing all this stuff, he is the Campus Director of the Connecticut School of Broadcasting's Charlotte Campus where he also teaches broadcasting. | | Spending 20 years in radio as Viva Doc Vegas and with shows like Johnboy & Billy and Bob & Tom, Doc is the creator and host of the The Sci-Fried... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Self-Publishing Guru, Chris Kennedy Publishing
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author and speaker, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator with over 3,000 hours flying attack and reconnaissance aircraft, an elementary school principal and an instructional systems designer for the Navy. Chris is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Chris’ full length novels include the Occupied Seattle... Read More →


Friday May 29, 2015 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Concord H (Programming)

9:30pm

Cover Art or How to Attract the Eye of Your Reader
You can never take back a first impression. How to find or commission cover art that will attract readers.

Moderators
avatar for Sharon Stogner

Sharon Stogner

Owner, Devil in the Details Editing Services
Sharon is the co-creator of the I Smell Sheep website (www.ismellsheep.com). A quirky multi-media review site of Speculative Fiction that also provides author/actor guest posts, interviews, convention coverage and other WTF-ery. She is also a freelance fiction editor (www.devilinthedetailsediting.com). Born and raised in NC she currently lives in the triad area with her husband and their two daughters. She has a BS in Biology from UNC and a... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chris A. Jackson

Chris A. Jackson

I am a sailor and a writer. Usually I do both at once, but lately I've been ashore writing even more. I write Pathfinder Tales for Paizo Publishing, and some shorter fiction for other gaming publishers. I also have an award-winning series of nautical fantasy (yes, there are pirates) with Dragon Moon Press, and several successful self-published titles, including the kindle best seller, the Weapon of Flesh trilogy. More titles coming later this... Read More →
avatar for Roy Mauritsen

Roy Mauritsen

guest
Author of "Shards of the Glass Slipper" fairy tale novel series and award winning digital fantasy artist. Book cover designer and art director for Padwolf Publishing and Perseid Press. Recently released enhanced audiobook with music and sound effects for Queen Cinder, Book I of his Shards of the Glass Slipper series.
avatar for Dahlia Rose

Dahlia Rose

Literary Guest
Dahlia Rose is the best-selling author of contemporary, military and paranormal romance with a hint of Caribbean spice. She was born and raised on a Caribbean island and now currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her five kids, who she affectionately nicknamed “The Children of the Corn,” and her biggest supporter and longtime love. She has a love of erotica, dark fantasy, sci-fi, and the things that go bump in the night... Read More →


Friday May 29, 2015 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Carolina C (Writer's Track)

9:30pm

RIFF THIS MOViE
Come and watch our esteemed (insert laugh track) panel of riffers tear into some cinematic trash! What movie are we riffing - COME AND SEE!

Moderators
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast... Read More →

Speakers
CC

Carol Cowles

Programming Director, ConCarolinas
avatar for Pineapple Shaped Lamps

Pineapple Shaped Lamps

Pineapple-Shaped Lamps is a comedy theatre troupe based in North Carolina. Founded in 2010, they have mounted a number of critically acclaimed and award-winning productions. Initially created to perform shadow casts of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” PSL has expanded its repertoire. They have performed the fan favorite shadow cast of “Once More with Feeling,” the musical episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.&rdquo... Read More →


Friday May 29, 2015 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Concord J (Main Programming II)

9:30pm

Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages
1922 Silent Classic

Friday May 29, 2015 9:30pm - Saturday May 30, 2015 12:00am
Fairway B (Programming)

9:30pm

Filking the Night Away
Late night filk jam. Filk until the sun comes up!

Friday May 29, 2015 9:30pm - Saturday May 30, 2015 1:00am
Harrisburg B (Programming)

10:00pm

Unfilmable: Lovecraft in Cinema
Lovecraft scholars and filmmakers talk about what works, what doesn't, and why when trying to bring the Old Ones to the silver screen.

Moderators
avatar for Sarah L. Covert

Sarah L. Covert

Founder/Editor, She Never Slept

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ray Williams

Michael Ray Williams

Actor, all around badass, MadOnes Films
I'm an actor at heart, but an all around film/theatre extraordinaire.


Friday May 29, 2015 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Kannapolis A (Film Panels)

10:00pm

Transhumanism
A frank discussion of transhumanism and how it may benefit mankind.

Moderators
avatar for Stephen Euin Cobb

Stephen Euin Cobb

Contributing Editor, Space and Time Magazine
I have interviewed over 350 people for my work as an author, magazine writer, futurist, and award-winning podcaster. During the last ten years I have produced over 450 episodes of my weekly podcast, THE FUTURE AND YOU, which explores, through interviews, panel discussions, and commentary, all the ways the future will be different from today. | | A contributing editor for SPACE AND TIME MAGAZINE, I have also been a regular contributor for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ben Davis

Dr. Ben Davis

Ben Davis has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and an M.S. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the University of Notre Dame. He taught at the college level for several years on a number of technical subjects ranging from computer programming to mathematics to, of course, astronomy and physics. In the late nineties, he took up a career in software and industrial controls engineering (robot programming and electronics are fun as they seem). As a lifelong fan of... Read More →
avatar for James Maxey

James Maxey

I'm the author of two epic fantasy series (Dragon Age/Bitterwood and Dragon Apocalypse/Greatshadow), a superhero duet (Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn) and a steampunk Oz novel (Bad Wizard). My short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, with the best of my work appearing in the collection There is No Wheel. I live in Hillsborough, NC with my wife Cheryl and too many cats. I teach numerous workshops on writing... Read More →


Friday May 29, 2015 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Concord C (Programming)

10:00pm

Gender Issues in Alternate History
Once upon a time, it was common in conversation to use descriptors that are now considered horribly insulting. When writing alternate history, how do we handle gender and racial issues in a way that accurately reflects history without offending modern sensibilities? Or is that even possible?

Moderators
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel SHADOW AND FLAME (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin and VENDETTA: A DEADLY CURIOSITIES NOVEL in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books) and the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for A J Hartley

A J Hartley

A.J. Hartley is the international and NY Times bestselling author of a dozen novels including the mystery/thrillers The Mask of Atreus, On the Fifth Day, What Time Devours and Tears of the Jaguar and the young adult fantasy adventures Act of Will and Will Power. The first of his Darwen Arkwright children’s fantasy trilogy (Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact) came out from Penguin/Razorbill in 2011 and won SIBA’s best YA novel of 2012. He... Read More →
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

I'm a writer of fantasy, scifi, and horror (in that order). I'm an editor of the same, plus a former-editor of erotica. I'm an English professor--a medievalist, though I teach much more than just medieval lit. I'm a hockey fan. I'm a cat owner. For a sample of my work, check out The Big Bad and The Big Bad II, co-edited by me and John Hartness.
avatar for Misty Massey

Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →


Friday May 29, 2015 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Carolina A/B (Writer's Track)

10:00pm

Hatchet County (M)
In 1869, a small group of men battle a demonic evil unleashed in Hatchet County, Virginia. Believing themselves victorious, the posse disbands; two members stay to watch over the area and all is quiet for the next four years. In 1873, Hell breaks loose in Hatchet County! This time all of its citizens, along with their two protectors, are forced to fight against 7 powerful demons, each representing the one of the 7 deadly sins. Q&A with filmmakers to follow.

Friday May 29, 2015 10:00pm - Saturday May 30, 2015 12:00am
Kannapolis B (Film Screenings)

10:00pm

Butterbeer Bash! w/Blibbering Humdingers, Hawthorne and Holly and DJ Torch!
Put on your Hogwarts best, grab some butterbeer and join us for a more adult Harry Potter themed concert!

Speakers
avatar for Hawthorne and Holly

Hawthorne and Holly

Hawthorn & Holly
avatar for Blibbering Humdingers

Blibbering Humdingers

These mischievous masters of musical hi-jinx will wizard-rock the tea towel right off of your house elf. Hailing from Cary, NC, Scott & Kirsten have been singing together for over 20 years. They formed the Blibbering Humdingers in 2007 upon the release of the final Harry Potter book. True to their name (an obscure Luna Lovegood reference) they mostly perform original, comedic pop-songs about the wizarding world of Harry Potter – in a... Read More →


Friday May 29, 2015 10:00pm - Saturday May 30, 2015 1:00am
Concord A/B (Main Programming I)

10:30pm

I am SHERlocked
Sherlock Holmes has been around for over 100 years, yet he is STILL going strong. A discussion of the new series and some of the old series.

Moderators
avatar for Brian Holloway

Brian Holloway

Theatre Instructor, Union County Public Schools
Costume designer with over 27+ years experience for film television, and stage. Make-Up Supervisor and actor for Star Trek: New Voyages/PHASE II for 8+ years. Owner of Material Worlds Costuming. Convention moderator and panelist yearly at a variety of conventions. Professional actor for over 22 years with credits ranging from musical theatre tours to Shakespeare companies including RSC-A.

Speakers
CC

Chuck Carte

South Stanly High
I never know what to put here... I am a school teacher by day, a writer and filmmaker by night, and a Ghostbuster by birth.
avatar for John Dondero

John Dondero

The Diddlist Diddle in all the Land, 13th Floor EFX
I once did a thing, I am not sure what that thing was, and whether or not I enjoyed it. Also is it Whom or Who?
avatar for Tamsin Silver

Tamsin Silver

My pen name is Tamsin Silver and I'm originally from Michigan, though I currently live in New York City. I did a brief stint here in the south (10 years) where I graduated from Winthrop University with a BA in Theatre (Performance & Directing emphasis) with a minor in English (Shakespeare & Creative Writing emphasis). I've run a few theatre companies in my time and I was a performer for around 20 years...but my first love was story telling, so... Read More →
avatar for Micki Stith

Micki Stith

Traveling Model/Cosplayer, FanDames Initiative
Talk to me about cosplay, Battlestar Galactica, Rocky Horror Picture Show, modeling, photography and whatever else. I have too many opinions.


Friday May 29, 2015 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Concord I (Programming)

10:30pm

Ghost Stories
Listen to Tally Johnson spin a tale that will chill your bones and terrify your mind.

Moderators
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of GHOSTS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA UPCOUNTRY, GHOSTS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA MIDLANDS, GHOSTS OF THE PEE DEE (all for The History Press) and CIVIL WAR GHOSTS OF SOUTH CAROLINA (for Post Mortem Press) and has a story in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH (from Mocha Memoirs Press). Tally currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Valentine Wolfe

Valentine Wolfe

Valentine Wolfe are Purveyors, Performers, and Composers of the finest Macabre Melodies for Voice, Double Bass, and Electronics. Proudly providing elegant decadence for Living, Dead, and Otherwise, since 2006.


Friday May 29, 2015 10:30pm - Saturday May 30, 2015 12:30am
Piedmont Workshops (Workshops)

11:00pm

Vampires vs Werewolves
Team Edward. Team Jacob. Team Dracula. Team Wolfman. Team Kate Beckinsale from Underworld. Which is better? The Werewolf or the Vampire? Join the open discussion to decide once and for all which reigns supreme!

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Carter

Rebecca Carter

Specializing in short format horror, all three of her collections of short stories have debuted in the top 50 horror slots on amazon. The latest collection "After Dusk" focuses on what the consequences of letting go of our humanity.
avatar for Nico Murray

Nico Murray

owner, Lorem Books
goldsmithing, vodka, fire, boots, cupcakes, vampires, travel. | | ( I'm canadian but I seriously can't skate, ski and I know nothing of hockey)
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Michael G. Williams

Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →


Friday May 29, 2015 11:00pm - Saturday May 30, 2015 12:00am
Concord H (Programming)

11:00pm

Southern Ghouls Do It Better!
Supernatural and urban fantasy set in the south.

Moderators
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Alexandra Christian

Author
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly paranormal romance, dark fantasy and horror. A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexxx is a native South Carolinian who lives with a ghost hunter and an epileptic wiener dog. She has published several novels, novellas and short stories various publishers including Ellora’s Cave. She also wears an editor’s hat as A.C. Thompson. Recently, she’s been... Read More →

Speakers
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Jeanne Adams

Award-Winning Author
A lifelong reader and writer of fantasy and suspense, award-winning author Jeanne Adams is an extrovert in an introverted profession. So, she's always up for talking...about ANYTHING! Geekery of all kinds, reading, books, baseball, dogs and dog-showing, suspense, and body disposal. | | Jeanne writes Romantic Suspense both for a New York publisher (Kensington) and both Urban Fantasy and Suspense independently. You can find her books... Read More →
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Jake Bible

Bram Stoker Award nominated-novelist, short story writer, independent screenwriter, podcaster, and inventor of the Drabble Novel, Jake has entertained thousands with his horror and sci/fi tales. He reaches audiences of all ages with his uncanny ability to write a wide range of characters and genres. Jake is the author of the bestselling Z-Burbia series set in Asheville, NC, the Apex Trilogy (DEAD MECH, The Americans, Metal and Ash) and the Mega... Read More →
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Nancy Northcott

Nancy Northcott’s childhood ambition was to grow up and become Wonder Woman. Around fourth grade, she realized it was too late to acquire Amazon genes, but she still loved comic books, science fiction, fantasy and YA romance. A sucker for fast action and wrenching emotion, Nancy combines the romance and high stakes she loves in the books she writes. | | Nancy has written freelance articles and taught at the college level. Her most... Read More →


Friday May 29, 2015 11:00pm - Saturday May 30, 2015 12:00am
Carolina C (Writer's Track)

11:30pm

Bars, Beers, Whiskey and Wine (M)
Let's raise a glass and talk about our favorite fictional taverns and the role of pubs, inns and roadhouses in SF/F.

Moderators
avatar for A J Hartley

A J Hartley

A.J. Hartley is the international and NY Times bestselling author of a dozen novels including the mystery/thrillers The Mask of Atreus, On the Fifth Day, What Time Devours and Tears of the Jaguar and the young adult fantasy adventures Act of Will and Will Power. The first of his Darwen Arkwright children’s fantasy trilogy (Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact) came out from Penguin/Razorbill in 2011 and won SIBA’s best YA novel of 2012. He... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel SHADOW AND FLAME (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin and VENDETTA: A DEADLY CURIOSITIES NOVEL in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books) and the... Read More →
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Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →


Friday May 29, 2015 11:30pm - Saturday May 30, 2015 12:30am
Carolina A/B (Writer's Track)

12:00am

Midnight Madness (M)
Hellyfish and The Bride Screening

Saturday May 30, 2015 12:00am - 1:00am
Kannapolis B (Film Screenings)

12:00am

Freaks
1932 classic. One of us! One of us!

Saturday May 30, 2015 12:00am - 1:00am
Fairway B (Programming)

12:00am

The Big, Fat Trivia Challenge
Join trivia Goddess Mikki Knop and a variety of Con guests and they test their knowledge of all things geeky!

Speakers
MK

Micki Knop

Organizer, Charlotte Geeks
I follow pop culture, sci-fi TV, bad movies (especially from the 60's and 70's). I am an avid reader and used to work in the publishing industry. My curiosity knows no bounds and love to learn about knew things each and every day.


Saturday May 30, 2015 12:00am - 2:00am
Concord J (Main Programming II)
 
Saturday, May 30
 

9:00am

Saturday Morning Cartoons
A selection of Sid & Marty Croft shows!

Saturday May 30, 2015 9:00am - 11:00am
Fairway B (Programming)

9:30am

Getting Your Kids into Gaming
Introducing your children to the world of gaming

Moderators
avatar for Robert Hudson

Robert Hudson

Freelance Game Designer/Writer
Talk to me about my work for HERO Games, Misfit Studios, or Gunmetal Games, or the pulps and pulp characters/adventures, or, heck, anything. =)

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Northcott

Nancy Northcott

Nancy Northcott’s childhood ambition was to grow up and become Wonder Woman. Around fourth grade, she realized it was too late to acquire Amazon genes, but she still loved comic books, science fiction, fantasy and YA romance. A sucker for fast action and wrenching emotion, Nancy combines the romance and high stakes she loves in the books she writes. | | Nancy has written freelance articles and taught at the college level. Her most... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Concord G (Programming)

10:00am

How Would Religion Deal with Extraterrestrial Life?
How would established religion deal with proof of extraterrestrial life?

Moderators
ES

Edmund Schubert

Editor, InterGalactic Medicine Show

Speakers
avatar for Jim Craig

Jim Craig

There are more things that interest me than can fit in this space. But, for the con, I'm happy to talk about science (especially astronomy and evolution) and science fiction (especially the history of the genre). | | I'll be easy to spot. Just look for the red hat.


Saturday May 30, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Concord C (Programming)

10:00am

Editors and Agents
Our panel of editors and agents discuss how they do what they do and how they can help you with your writing career.

Moderators
ES

Edmund Schubert

Editor, InterGalactic Medicine Show

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Owner, Editor, Clicking Keys
Melissa Gilbert teaches college writing, works as a freelance editor at Clicking Keys, writes twice monthly for Magical Words, and tells stories (writing as Melissa McArthur). Her current publications include a short story, “The Chase,” in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH: THE PARANORMAL ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES published by Mocha Memoirs Press and the Maggie the Gatherer series. Melissa is utterly fascinated by books; she... Read More →
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

I'm a writer of fantasy, scifi, and horror (in that order). I'm an editor of the same, plus a former-editor of erotica. I'm an English professor--a medievalist, though I teach much more than just medieval lit. I'm a hockey fan. I'm a cat owner. For a sample of my work, check out The Big Bad and The Big Bad II, co-edited by me and John Hartness.
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Stogner

Sharon Stogner

Owner, Devil in the Details Editing Services
Sharon is the co-creator of the I Smell Sheep website (www.ismellsheep.com). A quirky multi-media review site of Speculative Fiction that also provides author/actor guest posts, interviews, convention coverage and other WTF-ery. She is also a freelance fiction editor (www.devilinthedetailsediting.com). Born and raised in NC she currently lives in the triad area with her husband and their two daughters. She has a BS in Biology from UNC and a... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Carolina A/B (Writer's Track)

10:00am

Filk and Cookies
Bring the kids as our filking guests perform for our younger Con-goers. Juice and cookies provided.

Moderators
avatar for Blibbering Humdingers

Blibbering Humdingers

These mischievous masters of musical hi-jinx will wizard-rock the tea towel right off of your house elf. Hailing from Cary, NC, Scott & Kirsten have been singing together for over 20 years. They formed the Blibbering Humdingers in 2007 upon the release of the final Harry Potter book. True to their name (an obscure Luna Lovegood reference) they mostly perform original, comedic pop-songs about the wizarding world of Harry Potter – in a... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Hawthorne and Holly

Hawthorne and Holly

Hawthorn & Holly


Saturday May 30, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
Harrisburg B (Programming)

10:00am

Gallirey Pirate Radio
Davey Beauchamp and friends record another episode of GPR!

Speakers

Saturday May 30, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
Kittyhawk (Live Podcasts)

10:00am

Allen Wold's Writer's Workshop
Join Allen Wold and other writer guests for an in depth writer's workshop. Limited seating available.

Moderators
Speakers
WS

Wendy S Delmater

Editor and Publisher, Abyss & Apex Magazine
Short fiction, writing, editing.
avatar for Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Self-Publishing Guru, Chris Kennedy Publishing
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author and speaker, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator with over 3,000 hours flying attack and reconnaissance aircraft, an elementary school principal and an instructional systems designer for the Navy. Chris is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Chris’ full length novels include the Occupied Seattle... Read More →
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Rebecca Ledford

Literary Guest
Rebecca Ledford is the Manager of Phase 5 Publishing, LLC, a small publisher of science fiction, fantasy, and horror based in Western North Carolina. After graduating UNCA with a BA in psychology, she worked at a photo/graphics store, the Mössbauer Effect Data Center as a publication assistant, and a law firm in Asheville. In her limited spare time, she enjoys making things (all sorts of things), listening to music, indulging in photography... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
Piedmont Workshops (Workshops)

10:00am

ConCarolina Film Festival (M)
We've had a record number of entries for this year's film fest. Come and see what treasures we've discovered!

Saturday May 30, 2015 10:00am - 1:00pm
Kannapolis B (Film Screenings)

10:30am

Star Wars Costuming - So, Your Want to BE a Stormtrooper, Rebel Princess or Bounty Hunter
With the release of the long-awaited new Star Wars film scheduled for this year, Star Wars costumes will be in high demand. Join members of the various Star Wars costuming groups such as the 501st, the Rebel Legion, and the Mandalorian Mercs as they discuss how to build various costumes from the Star Wars universe.

Moderators
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Brian Holloway

Theatre Instructor, Union County Public Schools
Costume designer with over 27+ years experience for film television, and stage. Make-Up Supervisor and actor for Star Trek: New Voyages/PHASE II for 8+ years. Owner of Material Worlds Costuming. Convention moderator and panelist yearly at a variety of conventions. Professional actor for over 22 years with credits ranging from musical theatre tours to Shakespeare companies including RSC-A.

Speakers
avatar for Gregory French

Gregory French

Gregory French is a New York native who currently lives in South Carolina. He got his start in professional acting when a friend asked him to be in a commercial he was shooting. That commercial led to several others, and before long, Greg was acting on the big screen. He has appeared on the television shows Under the Dome, Revolution, Vampire Diaries, Banshee, and Sleepy Hollow, but is best known for his many appearances on The Walking Dead... Read More →
MP

Matthew Penrick

Owner/Designer, Ribbons and Rivets
I have been working in costume design and fabrication for nine years now. I originally began working strictly with leather, but have since then branched out in to using plastics, foams, metals and fabrics. I am also a cosplayer so I make many costumes for myself as well and am a fitness enthusiast which ties in to many of my cosplays.


Saturday May 30, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Concord H (Programming)

10:30am

A to Z of Weird Film
Writer, actor, FX Genius and high school science teacher, Bill Mulligan is a cinematic scholar on some of the weirdest movies ever made... so come find out his list of the top 26 and even submit some of your own!

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for John Dondero

John Dondero

The Diddlist Diddle in all the Land, 13th Floor EFX
I once did a thing, I am not sure what that thing was, and whether or not I enjoyed it. Also is it Whom or Who?
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Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert is a movie fan and critic whose taste turned to the dark side when he discovered the worst Hollywood had to offer. He reviews these movies in the most comedic nature on his site, www.fail-flix.com, where he rips into them with all of the grace of a rabid were-buffalo in an antique China shop run by pygmies. The Best of the Worst films are great and all, but Jason really can't resist something that promises to be unwatchable... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Kannapolis A (Film Panels)

10:30am

Crown Tournament of Anarchia (SCA Armored Combat Tournament)
Huzzah! Come watch the SCA battle it out!

Saturday May 30, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Gazebo @ Rocky River Terrace

10:30am

Michael Hogan Q & A
Michael Hogan discusses his roles on Battlestar Galactica, Haven, Teen Wolf and what's coming up.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Hogan

Michael Hogan

Michael Hogan (c. 1949) is a Canadian actor known for his roles as Colonel Saul Tigh in the Battlestar Galactica series, Billy in The Peanut Butter Solution and the voice of Armando-Owen Bailey in the Mass Effect series. Hogan was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario in 1949, raised in North Bay, Ontario and studied at National Theatre School of Canada. He made his film debut in the Peter Fonda trucker picture High-Ballin’ (1978). He and his... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Concord A/B (Main Programming I)

10:30am

Secret Squirrels and Danger Girls
The life of an intelligence operative is full of thrills and romance, at least in books and movies, although in real life, most of us hate the idea of being surveilled by people in the dark. What about the spy world makes it so exciting for us to experience in books and movies? What are some of the best spy adventures? How have the stories evolved in the years since the Cold War ended?

Moderators
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel SHADOW AND FLAME (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin and VENDETTA: A DEADLY CURIOSITIES NOVEL in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books) and the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jeanne Adams

Jeanne Adams

Award-Winning Author
A lifelong reader and writer of fantasy and suspense, award-winning author Jeanne Adams is an extrovert in an introverted profession. So, she's always up for talking...about ANYTHING! Geekery of all kinds, reading, books, baseball, dogs and dog-showing, suspense, and body disposal. | | Jeanne writes Romantic Suspense both for a New York publisher (Kensington) and both Urban Fantasy and Suspense independently. You can find her books... Read More →
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Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Northcott

Nancy Northcott

Nancy Northcott’s childhood ambition was to grow up and become Wonder Woman. Around fourth grade, she realized it was too late to acquire Amazon genes, but she still loved comic books, science fiction, fantasy and YA romance. A sucker for fast action and wrenching emotion, Nancy combines the romance and high stakes she loves in the books she writes. | | Nancy has written freelance articles and taught at the college level. Her most... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Carolina C (Writer's Track)

11:00am

Doctor Who 4th Doctor Scarf Guinness World Record Set
We will be setting the first ever Guinness World Record for the longest chain of Doctor Who Scarves in one place!

Speakers
avatar for Jada Diaz

Jada Diaz

ConChair, ConCarolinas
#SamSam2016 Campaign Manager - Sam Sam 2016: Catnip, Laps, and Naps!


Saturday May 30, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Harrisburg Hallway

11:00am

Fitness in Fandom
Many activities in fandom can be sedentary. Why it is important to eat right and exercise in order to be the best fan you can be!

Moderators
avatar for Jonathan Carroll

Jonathan Carroll

Jonathan and Jessica are a cosplaying couple with plenty of years in the hobby under their belts. But their love of costuming doesn’t simply start or end with wearing the costumes; for them it’s an art form. Jonathan is a certified personal trainer and bodybuilder. He integrates this into his own costuming and to help his clients (many of whom he has met at conventions and the like) live a healthy lifestyle and meet their goals... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Carroll

Jessica Carroll

Jonathan and Jessica are a cosplaying couple with plenty of years in the hobby under their belts. But their love of costuming doesn’t simply start or end with wearing the costumes; for them it’s an art form. Jonathan is a certified personal trainer and bodybuilder. He integrates this into his own costuming and to help his clients (many of whom he has met at conventions and the like) live a healthy lifestyle and meet their goals... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Concord I (Programming)

11:00am

Turning Your Hobby into a Profession
How to make money doing what you love to do!

Moderators
avatar for Mikey Mason

Mikey Mason

Mikey Mason (She Don’t Like Firefly, Best Game Ever) is a full-time standup comedian whose work has been featured on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, DrDemento.com, Nerdist.com, MTV Geek News, SyFy’s Blastr.com, Time Magazine’s Techland, and on theFuMP.com. He has made multiple appearances both on NBC and at the legendary House Of Blues, headlined on all four coasts and performed at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, Geek... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Roy Mauritsen

Roy Mauritsen

guest
Author of "Shards of the Glass Slipper" fairy tale novel series and award winning digital fantasy artist. Book cover designer and art director for Padwolf Publishing and Perseid Press. Recently released enhanced audiobook with music and sound effects for Queen Cinder, Book I of his Shards of the Glass Slipper series.
avatar for Nico Murray

Nico Murray

owner, Lorem Books
goldsmithing, vodka, fire, boots, cupcakes, vampires, travel. | | ( I'm canadian but I seriously can't skate, ski and I know nothing of hockey)


Saturday May 30, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Concord G (Programming)

11:00am

Baen Traveling Road Show
Come see what's new at Baen Books!

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Asaro

Catherine Asaro

Catherine Asaro is an author of science fiction, fantasy and thrillers, and has written over twenty-five novels, as well as short stories and non-fiction. Her acclaimed Ruby Dynasty series combines adventure, hard science, math, romance and fast-paced action. Among her numerous distinctions, she has won the Nebula® and Analog Reader’s Choice awards. Her most recent books are the anthology she edited, The Nebula Awards Showcase 2013... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Lockhart

Kelly Lockhart

Baen Books
ConCarolinas co-founder Kelly Lockhart has been a regular presence on the convention scene since he was a teenager back in the mid-80s. Over the years, he has done a little bit of everything in fandom: running costume contests, art shows, consuites, computer gaming rooms, working with the media, helping out with parades, overseeing convention operations, co-chairing a WorldCon bid, serving on multiple con committees, and being a panelist and... Read More →
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Concord J (Main Programming II)

11:00am

Kaiju Action Theatre
Join us as we celebrate everyone's favorite giant mutant turtle, Gamera! Riffing allowed!

Saturday May 30, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Fairway B (Programming)

11:00am

Origami Workshop
Learn how to make Origami

Speakers

Saturday May 30, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Blueridge (Workshops)

11:30am

Theater of the Mind
Podcasting is entertainment. And entertainment means creativity. Learn from podcasters how to go above and beyond the perceived limitations of the mind into an entirely different realm of creating compelling content that audiences will crave.

Moderators
avatar for M. Doc Geressy

M. Doc Geressy

CEO, Bathurst Industries
M. Doc Geressy is a professional broadcaster, costumer, movie car motorhead expert, actor, designer, and paranormal investigator. When Doc is not doing all this stuff, he is the Campus Director of the Connecticut School of Broadcasting's Charlotte Campus where he also teaches broadcasting. | | Spending 20 years in radio as Viva Doc Vegas and with shows like Johnboy & Billy and Bob & Tom, Doc is the creator and host of the The Sci-Fried... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alex Matsuo

Alex Matsuo

Founder & Director, Association of Paranormal Study
Alex Matsuo is an actor, dramaturg, playwright by day, and a podcaster, paranormal researcher and author by night. Alex currently hosts the radio show "The Wicked Domain" on LiveParanormal.com and has previously hosted the radio shows "ParaNation" and "Paranormal Insider Radio." She also runs a podcast for the North Carolina theatre community called, "Triangle On Stage." She is the founder of the Association of Paranormal Study... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Concord C (Programming)

11:30am

Let's Run a Kickstarter
It may seem easy (heck, that one guy got 50K just to make potato salad!) but running a successful Kickstarter campaign takes more work than you might guess. We'll talk about what makes a great Kickstarter, what doesn't, and the most effective tips to help you achieve your funding goals.

Moderators
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

I'm a writer of fantasy, scifi, and horror (in that order). I'm an editor of the same, plus a former-editor of erotica. I'm an English professor--a medievalist, though I teach much more than just medieval lit. I'm a hockey fan. I'm a cat owner. For a sample of my work, check out The Big Bad and The Big Bad II, co-edited by me and John Hartness.

Speakers
avatar for Tamsin Silver

Tamsin Silver

My pen name is Tamsin Silver and I'm originally from Michigan, though I currently live in New York City. I did a brief stint here in the south (10 years) where I graduated from Winthrop University with a BA in Theatre (Performance & Directing emphasis) with a minor in English (Shakespeare & Creative Writing emphasis). I've run a few theatre companies in my time and I was a performer for around 20 years...but my first love was story telling, so... Read More →
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Micki Stith

Traveling Model/Cosplayer, FanDames Initiative
Talk to me about cosplay, Battlestar Galactica, Rocky Horror Picture Show, modeling, photography and whatever else. I have too many opinions.


Saturday May 30, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Carolina A/B (Writer's Track)

11:30am

Joel Hodgsen: Riffing Myself
Joel Hodgson of MST3K riffs himself.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Hodgson

Joel Hodgson

Joel Hodgson is best known for creating the Peabody award-winning movie riffing sci-fi series Mystery Science Theater 3000. He was also the host of the series for the first 100 episodes. Recently, MST3K has been included in several “top 100 TV shows of all time” lists, including Entertainment Weekly and Time Magazine, as well as being included in the “top 25 cult shows” list in TV Guide. Joel Hodgson – Media... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Concord A/B (Main Programming I)

12:00pm

Meet the PSL
Comedy Special Guests The Pineapple Shaped Lamps dicuss their brand of humor and how they do what they do!

Speakers
avatar for Pineapple Shaped Lamps

Pineapple Shaped Lamps

Pineapple-Shaped Lamps is a comedy theatre troupe based in North Carolina. Founded in 2010, they have mounted a number of critically acclaimed and award-winning productions. Initially created to perform shadow casts of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” PSL has expanded its repertoire. They have performed the fan favorite shadow cast of “Once More with Feeling,” the musical episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.&rdquo... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Kannapolis A (Film Panels)

12:00pm

Advanced Paranormal Investigations
This is the second panel in the paranormal investigation series. This panel addresses getting into paranormal investigation as more than just a hobby. Panelists discuss more in depth and advanced equipment and techniques for the more professional investigator as opposed to the shade tree thrill ghost hunter.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of GHOSTS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA UPCOUNTRY, GHOSTS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA MIDLANDS, GHOSTS OF THE PEE DEE (all for The History Press) and CIVIL WAR GHOSTS OF SOUTH CAROLINA (for Post Mortem Press) and has a story in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH (from Mocha Memoirs Press). Tally currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Concord H (Programming)

12:00pm

The Well-Dressed Puppet
Come and make your own puppet with Cheralyn Lambeth. Children welcome with supervision. There is a $5 fee for this workshop.

Speakers

Saturday May 30, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Harrisburg B (Programming)

12:00pm

Magical Objects
From The One Ring to Excalibur to Mjölnir, there are lots of stories featuring objects of power. What makes a great magic object? Is there anything that's just too far over the top? Let's talk about the best and worst magic items in fiction and mythology.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter

New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter has written the Jane Yellowrock series and the Rogue Mage series, as well as the Rogue Mage Role Playing Game. The Soulwood series will be a paranormal crime solving trilogy featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram. Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she has written action adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. Under all her pen names, she has more than 30 books in print in 29 countries. | | Faith is a... Read More →
avatar for Misty Massey

Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →
avatar for Andi O'Connor

Andi O'Connor

Andi O'Connor


Saturday May 30, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Carolina C (Writer's Track)

12:00pm

Costume Contest Pre-Judging
Room closed for Costume Contest Pre-Judging

Saturday May 30, 2015 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Concord I (Programming)

12:30pm

Doctor Who 101
So, you want to watch Doctor Who, but you're not sure what is going on. What's a Time Lord? Why does his face keep changing? Here's a primer for you to get you on your way.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jim Ryan

Jim Ryan

I am a writer, a podcaster, a tabletop gamer and an occasional voice actor. | | It only gets confusing when I try to do all four at once...


Saturday May 30, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Concord G (Programming)

1:00pm

Catherine Asaro Concert
Author Special Guest Catharine Asaro and her band in concert!

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Asaro

Catherine Asaro

Catherine Asaro is an author of science fiction, fantasy and thrillers, and has written over twenty-five novels, as well as short stories and non-fiction. Her acclaimed Ruby Dynasty series combines adventure, hard science, math, romance and fast-paced action. Among her numerous distinctions, she has won the Nebula® and Analog Reader’s Choice awards. Her most recent books are the anthology she edited, The Nebula Awards Showcase 2013... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Concord J (Main Programming II)

1:00pm

Geeky News Hour
Come and hear the latest happenings in the geekoverse, covering everything from movies, TV, Books, Gaming and More!

Moderators
MK

Micki Knop

Organizer, Charlotte Geeks
I follow pop culture, sci-fi TV, bad movies (especially from the 60's and 70's). I am an avid reader and used to work in the publishing industry. My curiosity knows no bounds and love to learn about knew things each and every day.

Speakers

Saturday May 30, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Kannapolis B (Film Screenings)

1:00pm

Will We Ever Go to Mars?
We seemed to have stalled in our space exploration. Will we ever leave Earth? Will it be a federal or private venture?

Moderators
avatar for Jim Craig

Jim Craig

There are more things that interest me than can fit in this space. But, for the con, I'm happy to talk about science (especially astronomy and evolution) and science fiction (especially the history of the genre). | | I'll be easy to spot. Just look for the red hat.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Euin Cobb

Stephen Euin Cobb

Contributing Editor, Space and Time Magazine
I have interviewed over 350 people for my work as an author, magazine writer, futurist, and award-winning podcaster. During the last ten years I have produced over 450 episodes of my weekly podcast, THE FUTURE AND YOU, which explores, through interviews, panel discussions, and commentary, all the ways the future will be different from today. | | A contributing editor for SPACE AND TIME MAGAZINE, I have also been a regular contributor for... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Ledford

Rebecca Ledford

Literary Guest
Rebecca Ledford is the Manager of Phase 5 Publishing, LLC, a small publisher of science fiction, fantasy, and horror based in Western North Carolina. After graduating UNCA with a BA in psychology, she worked at a photo/graphics store, the Mössbauer Effect Data Center as a publication assistant, and a law firm in Asheville. In her limited spare time, she enjoys making things (all sorts of things), listening to music, indulging in photography... Read More →
avatar for James Maxey

James Maxey

I'm the author of two epic fantasy series (Dragon Age/Bitterwood and Dragon Apocalypse/Greatshadow), a superhero duet (Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn) and a steampunk Oz novel (Bad Wizard). My short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, with the best of my work appearing in the collection There is No Wheel. I live in Hillsborough, NC with my wife Cheryl and too many cats. I teach numerous workshops on writing... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Concord C (Programming)

1:00pm

Live Action Slush
Three authors will listen to their reader read aloud the first pages of submitted manuscripts, and stop the reader when they all hear what would have stopped them if they were the editors considering purchasing the stories. They will then discuss what the writers can do to improve their manuscripts to make them salable. This workshop is usually standing-room-only, so come early!

Speakers
avatar for Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter

New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter has written the Jane Yellowrock series and the Rogue Mage series, as well as the Rogue Mage Role Playing Game. The Soulwood series will be a paranormal crime solving trilogy featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram. Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she has written action adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. Under all her pen names, she has more than 30 books in print in 29 countries. | | Faith is a... Read More →
avatar for Misty Massey

Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Carolina A/B (Writer's Track)

1:00pm

Dracula
1931 classic starring Bela Lugosi.

Saturday May 30, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Fairway B (Programming)

1:00pm

Mauled Men, Drowned Dames and Crispy Critters: A Body Disposal Primer for Writers
The forensics of body disposal

Speakers
avatar for Jeanne Adams

Jeanne Adams

Award-Winning Author
A lifelong reader and writer of fantasy and suspense, award-winning author Jeanne Adams is an extrovert in an introverted profession. So, she's always up for talking...about ANYTHING! Geekery of all kinds, reading, books, baseball, dogs and dog-showing, suspense, and body disposal. | | Jeanne writes Romantic Suspense both for a New York publisher (Kensington) and both Urban Fantasy and Suspense independently. You can find her books... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Piedmont Workshops (Workshops)

1:30pm

Mikey Mason in Concert
Mikey Mason brings his brand of wonderful comedy tunes back to ConCarolinas!

Speakers
avatar for Mikey Mason

Mikey Mason

Mikey Mason (She Don’t Like Firefly, Best Game Ever) is a full-time standup comedian whose work has been featured on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, DrDemento.com, Nerdist.com, MTV Geek News, SyFy’s Blastr.com, Time Magazine’s Techland, and on theFuMP.com. He has made multiple appearances both on NBC and at the legendary House Of Blues, headlined on all four coasts and performed at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, Geek... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Concord A/B (Main Programming I)

1:30pm

I Want to Make a Costume, Where Do I Begin?
Now that you have an idea of the costume you want to make, what’s your next step? This panel covers the basics of beginning your costume/cosplay build, from where to find resources and materials, to basic construction techniques, to tips for adding the perfect finishing touches.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Amber Michael

Amber Michael

Art Director/ Freelance Makeup Artist, Joh Harp FX
I am a Twenty-eight year old makeup artist (SPFX, Beauty,Bodypainting), painter, and amateur photographer living in North Carolina. Exploring the woods that surrounded my childhood home was a favorite pastime. As an only child, I spent hours creating my own fun amongst the trees and dreaming up lands of fairies and magical creatures. To this day, I create with my childhood memories held close to my heart. Back inside the house I was surrounded... Read More →
MP

Matthew Penrick

Owner/Designer, Ribbons and Rivets
I have been working in costume design and fabrication for nine years now. I originally began working strictly with leather, but have since then branched out in to using plastics, foams, metals and fabrics. I am also a cosplayer so I make many costumes for myself as well and am a fitness enthusiast which ties in to many of my cosplays.
avatar for Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an author, costumer, YouTube Show Host, Actress, Makeup Artist and all around crazy person for all the stuff she juggles. | Her stories have been published in numerous anthologies and she has even written a cookbook (Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Series Ate Cookbook.) | She has worked on many films as an actress and special fx makeup artist including Plan 9 (the remake of the original Ed Wood film), The... Read More →
avatar for Micki Stith

Micki Stith

Traveling Model/Cosplayer, FanDames Initiative
Talk to me about cosplay, Battlestar Galactica, Rocky Horror Picture Show, modeling, photography and whatever else. I have too many opinions.


Saturday May 30, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Concord H (Programming)

1:30pm

Open Filk
Grab your guitars and sing us your favorite filks!

Saturday May 30, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Harrisburg B (Programming)

1:30pm

What MovIe SHOULD have been on MST3K
Join cinephile and movie-making madman, Bill Mulligan, as he presents his list of the best worst movies that SHOULD have been on Mystery Science Theatre 3000, but just never made the cut... which should have been called LONG before these films were ever released.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for John Dondero

John Dondero

The Diddlist Diddle in all the Land, 13th Floor EFX
I once did a thing, I am not sure what that thing was, and whether or not I enjoyed it. Also is it Whom or Who?
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert is a movie fan and critic whose taste turned to the dark side when he discovered the worst Hollywood had to offer. He reviews these movies in the most comedic nature on his site, www.fail-flix.com, where he rips into them with all of the grace of a rabid were-buffalo in an antique China shop run by pygmies. The Best of the Worst films are great and all, but Jason really can't resist something that promises to be unwatchable... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Kannapolis A (Film Panels)

1:30pm

First Contact
Coming up with new and unique alien life forms is a challenge. What are the best ways to create the next amazing race of creatures.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Edward McKeown

Edward McKeown

Science fiction double feature and I might build a creature,
avatar for Amy H. Sturgis, Ph.D.

Amy H. Sturgis, Ph.D.

Professor, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Amy H. Sturgis earned her Ph.D. in Intellectual History from Vanderbilt University. Her primary fields include Science Fiction/Fantasy Studies and Native American Studies. | | Sturgis is the author of four books on Native American and U.S. history as well as more than forty scholarly and mainstream essays on historical and speculative fiction topics. She has edited five books on science fiction and fantasy subjects. In 2006, Sturgis was... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Carolina C (Writer's Track)

2:00pm

SCA Youth Combat Demo
Join the SCA for a Youth Combat Demonstration!

Saturday May 30, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Gazebo @ Rocky River Terrace

2:00pm

John Scazi Q & A
Author Guest of Honor discusses his work and his upcoming projects.

Speakers
avatar for John Scalzi

John Scalzi

John Scalzi is a fan of pie and oxygen, not necessarily in that order.


Saturday May 30, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Concord I (Programming)

2:00pm

The Worlds of Terry Pratchett
From Discworld to Good Omens, we discuss the life and career of the late Sir Terry Pratchett

Moderators
avatar for A J Hartley

A J Hartley

A.J. Hartley is the international and NY Times bestselling author of a dozen novels including the mystery/thrillers The Mask of Atreus, On the Fifth Day, What Time Devours and Tears of the Jaguar and the young adult fantasy adventures Act of Will and Will Power. The first of his Darwen Arkwright children’s fantasy trilogy (Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact) came out from Penguin/Razorbill in 2011 and won SIBA’s best YA novel of 2012. He... Read More →

Speakers
DK

Debra Killeen

I'm the author of the 5-volume fantasy series the Myrridian Cycle and a new trilogy, Unholy War, the first volume of which is now available. Favorite topics include writing, science fiction/fantasy, books in general, alternative health, Reiki, knitting, etc.
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Concord G (Programming)

2:00pm

Guardians of the Geekery (M)
The Guardians of the Geekery record live at ConCarolinas. Meet the Guardians as they record live at ConCarolinas.

Moderators
avatar for Joey Paquette Starnes

Joey Paquette Starnes

Founder/Organizer, The Charlotte Geeks
Hey there! My name is Joey and I'm the founder/organizer of The Charlotte Geeks - a social club here in North Carolina that meets together 3-4 times a month for geeky good times, as well as hosting our annual Geek Gala each Halloween and our weekly podcast, Guardians of the Geekery! My fandoms include Doctor Who, Orphan Black, all things Marvel and most things British as well as a few dancing addictions like DWTS and SYTYCD. Get your Geek on!

Speakers
CC

Carol Cowles

Programming Director, ConCarolinas


Saturday May 30, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Kittyhawk (Live Podcasts)

2:30pm

Children's Costume Parade
Join in the Children's Costume Parade through the convention center ending with a children's costume fashion show through Main Programming in Concord A/B!

Speakers
avatar for Nia

Nia

Nia and Cerulean run the KidsTrack for ConCarolinas


Saturday May 30, 2015 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Harrisburg Hallway

2:30pm

Sci-Fi Whose Line Is it?
Join Podcasting's Rich Sigfrit and others for Sci-Fi Whose Line!

Moderators
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Pineapple Shaped Lamps

Pineapple Shaped Lamps

Pineapple-Shaped Lamps is a comedy theatre troupe based in North Carolina. Founded in 2010, they have mounted a number of critically acclaimed and award-winning productions. Initially created to perform shadow casts of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” PSL has expanded its repertoire. They have performed the fan favorite shadow cast of “Once More with Feeling,” the musical episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.&rdquo... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Concord J (Main Programming II)

2:30pm

Media Ethics
Where do we draw the line of good sense and good taste in the media? With all the podcasting and independent reporting and social media, do we as individuals have an obligation to hold to certain standards when delivering information to the populace whole?

Moderators
avatar for M. Doc Geressy

M. Doc Geressy

CEO, Bathurst Industries
M. Doc Geressy is a professional broadcaster, costumer, movie car motorhead expert, actor, designer, and paranormal investigator. When Doc is not doing all this stuff, he is the Campus Director of the Connecticut School of Broadcasting's Charlotte Campus where he also teaches broadcasting. | | Spending 20 years in radio as Viva Doc Vegas and with shows like Johnboy & Billy and Bob & Tom, Doc is the creator and host of the The Sci-Fried... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Ledford

Rebecca Ledford

Literary Guest
Rebecca Ledford is the Manager of Phase 5 Publishing, LLC, a small publisher of science fiction, fantasy, and horror based in Western North Carolina. After graduating UNCA with a BA in psychology, she worked at a photo/graphics store, the Mössbauer Effect Data Center as a publication assistant, and a law firm in Asheville. In her limited spare time, she enjoys making things (all sorts of things), listening to music, indulging in photography... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Concord C (Programming)

2:30pm

Creating Characters that Work
Sometimes no matter your good intentions, your characters just don't turn out to be people anyone wants to read about. How can you design a character that grabs readers by the heart? What sort of attributes will guarantee that readers will stick around to the end of the story?

Moderators
avatar for Edward McKeown

Edward McKeown

Science fiction double feature and I might build a creature,

Speakers
avatar for James Maxey

James Maxey

I'm the author of two epic fantasy series (Dragon Age/Bitterwood and Dragon Apocalypse/Greatshadow), a superhero duet (Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn) and a steampunk Oz novel (Bad Wizard). My short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, with the best of my work appearing in the collection There is No Wheel. I live in Hillsborough, NC with my wife Cheryl and too many cats. I teach numerous workshops on writing... Read More →
avatar for Tamsin Silver

Tamsin Silver

My pen name is Tamsin Silver and I'm originally from Michigan, though I currently live in New York City. I did a brief stint here in the south (10 years) where I graduated from Winthrop University with a BA in Theatre (Performance & Directing emphasis) with a minor in English (Shakespeare & Creative Writing emphasis). I've run a few theatre companies in my time and I was a performer for around 20 years...but my first love was story telling, so... Read More →
avatar for Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the writing world, she is an award winning author primarily known for her War of the Seasons fantasy series. She has several short stories published in various speculative fiction anthologies, to include tie-in work for Star Wars. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse (BU), Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Carolina A/B (Writer's Track)

2:30pm

Doctor Who: Lucky 13
During an alternate reality version of his 13th regeneration, The Doctor continues his incredible adventures throughout time and space in this special fan film mini-series for charity. Q&A with filmmakers to follow.

Speakers
avatar for John Dondero

John Dondero

The Diddlist Diddle in all the Land, 13th Floor EFX
I once did a thing, I am not sure what that thing was, and whether or not I enjoyed it. Also is it Whom or Who?


Saturday May 30, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Kannapolis B (Film Screenings)

2:30pm

Frankenstein
1931 classic starring Boris Karloff

Saturday May 30, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Fairway B (Programming)

3:00pm

Filk 101
Join filking guests as they discuss the basics of creating a filk song.

Moderators
avatar for Blibbering Humdingers

Blibbering Humdingers

These mischievous masters of musical hi-jinx will wizard-rock the tea towel right off of your house elf. Hailing from Cary, NC, Scott & Kirsten have been singing together for over 20 years. They formed the Blibbering Humdingers in 2007 upon the release of the final Harry Potter book. True to their name (an obscure Luna Lovegood reference) they mostly perform original, comedic pop-songs about the wizarding world of Harry Potter – in a... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Hawthorne and Holly

Hawthorne and Holly

Hawthorn & Holly


Saturday May 30, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Harrisburg B (Programming)

3:00pm

Cause and FX
From practical effects to digital to make-up and beyond, the once singular world of FX has exploded into a vast star system where there's literally, something for everyone. Find out our panelists favorite effects shots/scenes; Movies that relied TOO much on effects; Movies that needed to use practical when they used digital (I AM LEGEND, I'm look right at you.) But also the advantages of digital fx -- no mess, easy retakes, full control.

Also, we'll have several "How would you do that?" scenarios and ask our award-winning panelists how they would attack it, maybe even see if the audience has some ideas as well.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jesse Knight

Jesse Knight

Owner, Jesse Knight FIlms
I have been making lo/no budget movies for over 20 years.
avatar for Amber Michael

Amber Michael

Art Director/ Freelance Makeup Artist, Joh Harp FX
I am a Twenty-eight year old makeup artist (SPFX, Beauty,Bodypainting), painter, and amateur photographer living in North Carolina. Exploring the woods that surrounded my childhood home was a favorite pastime. As an only child, I spent hours creating my own fun amongst the trees and dreaming up lands of fairies and magical creatures. To this day, I create with my childhood memories held close to my heart. Back inside the house I was surrounded... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kannapolis A (Film Panels)

3:00pm

The End of the World
Asteroids? Zombies? Volcanoes? Aliens? Mutant Ants? Tribbles? What are some of the ways the world can end? And what is the mostly likely scenario to happen? And the most important question that panelist will answer, how do you survive the apocalypse?!

Moderators
avatar for Amy H. Sturgis, Ph.D.

Amy H. Sturgis, Ph.D.

Professor, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Amy H. Sturgis earned her Ph.D. in Intellectual History from Vanderbilt University. Her primary fields include Science Fiction/Fantasy Studies and Native American Studies. | | Sturgis is the author of four books on Native American and U.S. history as well as more than forty scholarly and mainstream essays on historical and speculative fiction topics. She has edited five books on science fiction and fantasy subjects. In 2006, Sturgis was... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Carter

Rebecca Carter

Specializing in short format horror, all three of her collections of short stories have debuted in the top 50 horror slots on amazon. The latest collection "After Dusk" focuses on what the consequences of letting go of our humanity.
avatar for Dr. Ben Davis

Dr. Ben Davis

Ben Davis has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and an M.S. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the University of Notre Dame. He taught at the college level for several years on a number of technical subjects ranging from computer programming to mathematics to, of course, astronomy and physics. In the late nineties, he took up a career in software and industrial controls engineering (robot programming and electronics are fun as they seem). As a lifelong fan of... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Concord H (Programming)

3:00pm

What is in a Name?
Why do writers use pseudonyms? Why do some writers have multiple pen names? How vital is market branding to a writer's continuing career?

Moderators
Speakers
DK

Debra Killeen

I'm the author of the 5-volume fantasy series the Myrridian Cycle and a new trilogy, Unholy War, the first volume of which is now available. Favorite topics include writing, science fiction/fantasy, books in general, alternative health, Reiki, knitting, etc.
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Carolina C (Writer's Track)

3:00pm

ConCarolinas Costume Contest
Time to suit up, dress up and show your finest! Pre-register for the contest. There will be limited spots and a pre-judging prior to the contest!

Speakers
avatar for Brian Holloway

Brian Holloway

Theatre Instructor, Union County Public Schools
Costume designer with over 27+ years experience for film television, and stage. Make-Up Supervisor and actor for Star Trek: New Voyages/PHASE II for 8+ years. Owner of Material Worlds Costuming. Convention moderator and panelist yearly at a variety of conventions. Professional actor for over 22 years with credits ranging from musical theatre tours to Shakespeare companies including RSC-A.


Saturday May 30, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Concord A/B (Main Programming I)

3:00pm

Armor Building Workshop
From Star Wars stormtrooper/bounty hunter armor, to Ringwraith gauntlets, to Game of Thrones leatherwork, this panel offers construction techniques and tips on building various types of armor from a variety of materials.

Speakers
MP

Matthew Penrick

Owner/Designer, Ribbons and Rivets
I have been working in costume design and fabrication for nine years now. I originally began working strictly with leather, but have since then branched out in to using plastics, foams, metals and fabrics. I am also a cosplayer so I make many costumes for myself as well and am a fitness enthusiast which ties in to many of my cosplays.


Saturday May 30, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Blueridge (Workshops)

3:30pm

Have Computers Made the Paintbrush Obsolete
Digital art vs. traditional pen and ink. Can they both get along?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Roy Mauritsen

Roy Mauritsen

guest
Author of "Shards of the Glass Slipper" fairy tale novel series and award winning digital fantasy artist. Book cover designer and art director for Padwolf Publishing and Perseid Press. Recently released enhanced audiobook with music and sound effects for Queen Cinder, Book I of his Shards of the Glass Slipper series.


Saturday May 30, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Concord G (Programming)

3:30pm

Costuming for EVERY body
Cosplay is for everyone. Learn how to use your assets and cosplay no matter what your size, shaper or gender!

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jessica Carroll

Jessica Carroll

Jonathan and Jessica are a cosplaying couple with plenty of years in the hobby under their belts. But their love of costuming doesn’t simply start or end with wearing the costumes; for them it’s an art form. Jonathan is a certified personal trainer and bodybuilder. He integrates this into his own costuming and to help his clients (many of whom he has met at conventions and the like) live a healthy lifestyle and meet their goals... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Carroll

Jonathan Carroll

Jonathan and Jessica are a cosplaying couple with plenty of years in the hobby under their belts. But their love of costuming doesn’t simply start or end with wearing the costumes; for them it’s an art form. Jonathan is a certified personal trainer and bodybuilder. He integrates this into his own costuming and to help his clients (many of whom he has met at conventions and the like) live a healthy lifestyle and meet their goals... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Concord I (Programming)

4:00pm

Cause and FX Workshop
The companion to the Cause and FX panel, this would be more of a workshop where people could ask questions about how to achieve high-level effects (digital, practical, or both) and get direct feedback from the panelists on how to make their own movie magic.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for John Dondero

John Dondero

The Diddlist Diddle in all the Land, 13th Floor EFX
I once did a thing, I am not sure what that thing was, and whether or not I enjoyed it. Also is it Whom or Who?
avatar for Jesse Knight

Jesse Knight

Owner, Jesse Knight FIlms
I have been making lo/no budget movies for over 20 years.
avatar for Amber Michael

Amber Michael

Art Director/ Freelance Makeup Artist, Joh Harp FX
I am a Twenty-eight year old makeup artist (SPFX, Beauty,Bodypainting), painter, and amateur photographer living in North Carolina. Exploring the woods that surrounded my childhood home was a favorite pastime. As an only child, I spent hours creating my own fun amongst the trees and dreaming up lands of fairies and magical creatures. To this day, I create with my childhood memories held close to my heart. Back inside the house I was surrounded... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Kannapolis A (Film Panels)

4:00pm

Playtime with the Charlotte Geeks
Come play some fun games with the Charlotte Geeks

Speakers
avatar for Nia

Nia

Nia and Cerulean run the KidsTrack for ConCarolinas
MK

Micki Knop

Organizer, Charlotte Geeks
I follow pop culture, sci-fi TV, bad movies (especially from the 60's and 70's). I am an avid reader and used to work in the publishing industry. My curiosity knows no bounds and love to learn about knew things each and every day.


Saturday May 30, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Harrisburg B (Programming)

4:00pm

Creationism & Evolution
A civil discussion of Creationism and Evolution

Moderators
avatar for Jim Craig

Jim Craig

There are more things that interest me than can fit in this space. But, for the con, I'm happy to talk about science (especially astronomy and evolution) and science fiction (especially the history of the genre). | | I'll be easy to spot. Just look for the red hat.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ben Davis

Dr. Ben Davis

Ben Davis has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and an M.S. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the University of Notre Dame. He taught at the college level for several years on a number of technical subjects ranging from computer programming to mathematics to, of course, astronomy and physics. In the late nineties, he took up a career in software and industrial controls engineering (robot programming and electronics are fun as they seem). As a lifelong fan of... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Concord C (Programming)

4:00pm

Portraying War in Fantasy
The panel explores the treatment of war in fantasy: how has its presentation changed over the years? Are readers ready to read stories about recent wars such as the ones in Afghanistan and Iraq? Are there fantasies that have played a role in changing cultural opinion about war?

Moderators
avatar for Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the writing world, she is an award winning author primarily known for her War of the Seasons fantasy series. She has several short stories published in various speculative fiction anthologies, to include tie-in work for Star Wars. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse (BU), Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of... Read More →

Speakers
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Chris Kennedy

Self-Publishing Guru, Chris Kennedy Publishing
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author and speaker, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator with over 3,000 hours flying attack and reconnaissance aircraft, an elementary school principal and an instructional systems designer for the Navy. Chris is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Chris’ full length novels include the Occupied Seattle... Read More →
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Andi O'Connor

Andi O'Connor


Saturday May 30, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Carolina A/B (Writer's Track)

4:00pm

Bride of Frankenstein
1935 classic starring Boris Karloff and Elsa Lancaster

Saturday May 30, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Fairway B (Programming)

4:00pm

Concert Block: Blibbering Humdingers/Alter ID/Hawthorne & Holly
It's a musical extravaganza! Come join musical guests Blibbering Humdingers, Hawthorne and Holly and Alter ID

Speakers
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Hawthorne and Holly

Hawthorn & Holly
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Blibbering Humdingers

These mischievous masters of musical hi-jinx will wizard-rock the tea towel right off of your house elf. Hailing from Cary, NC, Scott & Kirsten have been singing together for over 20 years. They formed the Blibbering Humdingers in 2007 upon the release of the final Harry Potter book. True to their name (an obscure Luna Lovegood reference) they mostly perform original, comedic pop-songs about the wizarding world of Harry Potter – in a... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Concord J (Main Programming II)

4:00pm

ConCarolinas Film Festival and Awards Ceremony (M)
We've had a record number of entries for this year's film fest. Come and see what treasures we've discovered!

Saturday May 30, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Kannapolis B (Film Screenings)

4:00pm

From Drabble to Draft
A Step by Step Guide On How To Turn Micro-Fiction Into A Novel

Speakers
avatar for Jake Bible

Jake Bible

Bram Stoker Award nominated-novelist, short story writer, independent screenwriter, podcaster, and inventor of the Drabble Novel, Jake has entertained thousands with his horror and sci/fi tales. He reaches audiences of all ages with his uncanny ability to write a wide range of characters and genres. Jake is the author of the bestselling Z-Burbia series set in Asheville, NC, the Apex Trilogy (DEAD MECH, The Americans, Metal and Ash) and the Mega... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Piedmont Workshops (Workshops)

4:30pm

How to Survive a Zombie Outbreak
Whether they are rising from the dead or just flesh eating monsters, the threat of disease is real. And the threat of a zombie outbreak is not far removed from reality. Panelist talk about ways a zombie outbreak could start, some of the best and worst places to go when it happens, what are the most dangerous things to look out for, and how to survive long term in a post-outbreak world.

Moderators
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M. Doc Geressy

CEO, Bathurst Industries
M. Doc Geressy is a professional broadcaster, costumer, movie car motorhead expert, actor, designer, and paranormal investigator. When Doc is not doing all this stuff, he is the Campus Director of the Connecticut School of Broadcasting's Charlotte Campus where he also teaches broadcasting. | | Spending 20 years in radio as Viva Doc Vegas and with shows like Johnboy & Billy and Bob & Tom, Doc is the creator and host of the The Sci-Fried... Read More →

Speakers
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Gregory French

Gregory French is a New York native who currently lives in South Carolina. He got his start in professional acting when a friend asked him to be in a commercial he was shooting. That commercial led to several others, and before long, Greg was acting on the big screen. He has appeared on the television shows Under the Dome, Revolution, Vampire Diaries, Banshee, and Sleepy Hollow, but is best known for his many appearances on The Walking Dead... Read More →
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Kelly Lockhart

Baen Books
ConCarolinas co-founder Kelly Lockhart has been a regular presence on the convention scene since he was a teenager back in the mid-80s. Over the years, he has done a little bit of everything in fandom: running costume contests, art shows, consuites, computer gaming rooms, working with the media, helping out with parades, overseeing convention operations, co-chairing a WorldCon bid, serving on multiple con committees, and being a panelist and... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Concord H (Programming)

4:30pm

Nature as a Character
Where would Dorothy be without that tornado? How to utilize nature and natural phenomenon as a driving force in your work.

Moderators
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Nancy Northcott

Nancy Northcott’s childhood ambition was to grow up and become Wonder Woman. Around fourth grade, she realized it was too late to acquire Amazon genes, but she still loved comic books, science fiction, fantasy and YA romance. A sucker for fast action and wrenching emotion, Nancy combines the romance and high stakes she loves in the books she writes. | | Nancy has written freelance articles and taught at the college level. Her most... Read More →

Speakers
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Faith Hunter

New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter has written the Jane Yellowrock series and the Rogue Mage series, as well as the Rogue Mage Role Playing Game. The Soulwood series will be a paranormal crime solving trilogy featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram. Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she has written action adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. Under all her pen names, she has more than 30 books in print in 29 countries. | | Faith is a... Read More →
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Chris A. Jackson

I am a sailor and a writer. Usually I do both at once, but lately I've been ashore writing even more. I write Pathfinder Tales for Paizo Publishing, and some shorter fiction for other gaming publishers. I also have an award-winning series of nautical fantasy (yes, there are pirates) with Dragon Moon Press, and several successful self-published titles, including the kindle best seller, the Weapon of Flesh trilogy. More titles coming later this... Read More →
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Debra Killeen

I'm the author of the 5-volume fantasy series the Myrridian Cycle and a new trilogy, Unholy War, the first volume of which is now available. Favorite topics include writing, science fiction/fantasy, books in general, alternative health, Reiki, knitting, etc.


Saturday May 30, 2015 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Carolina C (Writer's Track)

5:00pm

Acting!!! 101
Where do I get head shots from? Should I actually read ALL the details of a casting notice? How can I get famous? Acting is not an easy business to break into, so why not find out from some of the most award-winning and experienced acting talent gracing ConCarolinas this year, just what you can do to get ahead. More of an interactive/informative workshop than a sit down Q&A type panel.

Moderators
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Michael Ray Williams

Actor, all around badass, MadOnes Films
I'm an actor at heart, but an all around film/theatre extraordinaire.

Speakers
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John Dondero

The Diddlist Diddle in all the Land, 13th Floor EFX
I once did a thing, I am not sure what that thing was, and whether or not I enjoyed it. Also is it Whom or Who?
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Brian Holloway

Theatre Instructor, Union County Public Schools
Costume designer with over 27+ years experience for film television, and stage. Make-Up Supervisor and actor for Star Trek: New Voyages/PHASE II for 8+ years. Owner of Material Worlds Costuming. Convention moderator and panelist yearly at a variety of conventions. Professional actor for over 22 years with credits ranging from musical theatre tours to Shakespeare companies including RSC-A.
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Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an author, costumer, YouTube Show Host, Actress, Makeup Artist and all around crazy person for all the stuff she juggles. | Her stories have been published in numerous anthologies and she has even written a cookbook (Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Series Ate Cookbook.) | She has worked on many films as an actress and special fx makeup artist including Plan 9 (the remake of the original Ed Wood film), The... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Kannapolis A (Film Panels)

5:00pm

Bellydance 101
Learn the basics of Bellydancing from The League of Extraordinary Bellydancer


Saturday May 30, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Concord I (Programming)

5:00pm

The New Who Review
Dr. Who is the longest running science-fiction television program in broadcast history, with a huge following spanning generations of fans. Come join our panelists as they discuss the newest Dr. Who, and speculate on the future of this popular series.

Moderators
Speakers
CC

Chuck Carte

South Stanly High
I never know what to put here... I am a school teacher by day, a writer and filmmaker by night, and a Ghostbuster by birth.
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John Dondero

The Diddlist Diddle in all the Land, 13th Floor EFX
I once did a thing, I am not sure what that thing was, and whether or not I enjoyed it. Also is it Whom or Who?
avatar for Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an author, costumer, YouTube Show Host, Actress, Makeup Artist and all around crazy person for all the stuff she juggles. | Her stories have been published in numerous anthologies and she has even written a cookbook (Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Series Ate Cookbook.) | She has worked on many films as an actress and special fx makeup artist including Plan 9 (the remake of the original Ed Wood film), The... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Concord G (Programming)

5:00pm

Charity Auction to Benefit NCSaRD
Join us as we, once again, host our charity auction to benefit the North Carolinas Search and Rescue Dog Association!

Speakers
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Concord A/B (Main Programming I)

5:00pm

Puppetry Workshop
Join puppet builder and performer Cheralyn Lambeth as she walks you through building your own simple hand puppet, either of one of your favorite sci-fi/adventure characters, or one of your own design! Sign-up is required.

Speakers

Saturday May 30, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Blueridge (Workshops)

5:00pm

Poprika Podcast (M)
Welcome to The Poprika Podcast! This is the group associated with my pop culture podcast, Poprika. I'll be discussing movies, TV, video games, books, anime, and anything else that comes across the brain. I'll also be spinning some quality hip hop in between sections so you can nod along and enjoy the show. All that and more hosted by ME, one half of the award winning podcast Dirty Boys Radio. Follow me on Twitter: @seedalicious and @seedlessnseattl

Speakers

Saturday May 30, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Kittyhawk (Live Podcasts)

5:00pm

Charity Auction Pickup
Room closed for pick up of charity auction wins.

Saturday May 30, 2015 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Harrisburg B (Programming)

5:30pm

It's 2015 - Where's My Flying Car?
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Back to the Future film trilogy, and it’s interesting to note what technology from the films has actually come to pass (and what hasn’t). Join our panelists as they discuss which “future technologies” from the second Back to the Future film are now actually, or may soon be, a reality.

Moderators
MK

Micki Knop

Organizer, Charlotte Geeks
I follow pop culture, sci-fi TV, bad movies (especially from the 60's and 70's). I am an avid reader and used to work in the publishing industry. My curiosity knows no bounds and love to learn about knew things each and every day.

Speakers
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Rebecca Ledford

Literary Guest
Rebecca Ledford is the Manager of Phase 5 Publishing, LLC, a small publisher of science fiction, fantasy, and horror based in Western North Carolina. After graduating UNCA with a BA in psychology, she worked at a photo/graphics store, the Mössbauer Effect Data Center as a publication assistant, and a law firm in Asheville. In her limited spare time, she enjoys making things (all sorts of things), listening to music, indulging in photography... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Concord C (Programming)

5:30pm

What's An Award Worth?
Lately lots of folks have been talking about how the big awards like the Hugos and Nebulas work, and whether or not it even matters if writers win such things. Are they just popularity contests? Are they skewed in a particular direction? Are the right books even being nominated? Is there a better way to recognize truly exceptional work?

Moderators
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Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →

Speakers
WS

Wendy S Delmater

Editor and Publisher, Abyss & Apex Magazine
Short fiction, writing, editing.
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Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is... Read More →
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John Scalzi

John Scalzi is a fan of pie and oxygen, not necessarily in that order.
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Edmund Schubert

Editor, InterGalactic Medicine Show


Saturday May 30, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Carolina A/B (Writer's Track)

5:30pm

The Wolf Man
A screening of the 1941 classic

Saturday May 30, 2015 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Fairway B (Programming)

6:00pm

Heroes of Crossplay
Crossplay—the art of doing a gender-opposite cosplay—has been steadily growing in popularity, and quite a few book/movie characters are favorite choices for crossplays, either as a serious recreation, a mash-up, or even as a funny parody. How do you create a believable (or perhaps not-so-believable!) costume recreation of your favorite gender-opposite book or movie character? This panel offers tips and tricks for finding useful resources and creating a crossplay, whether as a serious recreation, a mash-up, or simply for laughs.

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday May 30, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Concord H (Programming)

6:00pm

Blogging for Writers
Blogging and writing don't always use quite the same skill sets. In this panel, we'll talk about ways to employ blogs, tweets and other forms of social media to increase visibility and popularity without alienating potential readers.

Moderators
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Alexandra Christian

Author
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly paranormal romance, dark fantasy and horror. A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexxx is a native South Carolinian who lives with a ghost hunter and an epileptic wiener dog. She has published several novels, novellas and short stories various publishers including Ellora’s Cave. She also wears an editor’s hat as A.C. Thompson. Recently, she’s been... Read More →

Speakers
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Jeanne Adams

Award-Winning Author
A lifelong reader and writer of fantasy and suspense, award-winning author Jeanne Adams is an extrovert in an introverted profession. So, she's always up for talking...about ANYTHING! Geekery of all kinds, reading, books, baseball, dogs and dog-showing, suspense, and body disposal. | | Jeanne writes Romantic Suspense both for a New York publisher (Kensington) and both Urban Fantasy and Suspense independently. You can find her books... Read More →
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Melissa Gilbert

Owner, Editor, Clicking Keys
Melissa Gilbert teaches college writing, works as a freelance editor at Clicking Keys, writes twice monthly for Magical Words, and tells stories (writing as Melissa McArthur). Her current publications include a short story, “The Chase,” in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH: THE PARANORMAL ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES published by Mocha Memoirs Press and the Maggie the Gatherer series. Melissa is utterly fascinated by books; she... Read More →
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Alex Matsuo

Founder & Director, Association of Paranormal Study
Alex Matsuo is an actor, dramaturg, playwright by day, and a podcaster, paranormal researcher and author by night. Alex currently hosts the radio show "The Wicked Domain" on LiveParanormal.com and has previously hosted the radio shows "ParaNation" and "Paranormal Insider Radio." She also runs a podcast for the North Carolina theatre community called, "Triangle On Stage." She is the founder of the Association of Paranormal Study... Read More →
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Tamsin Silver

My pen name is Tamsin Silver and I'm originally from Michigan, though I currently live in New York City. I did a brief stint here in the south (10 years) where I graduated from Winthrop University with a BA in Theatre (Performance & Directing emphasis) with a minor in English (Shakespeare & Creative Writing emphasis). I've run a few theatre companies in my time and I was a performer for around 20 years...but my first love was story telling, so... Read More →
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Sharon Stogner

Owner, Devil in the Details Editing Services
Sharon is the co-creator of the I Smell Sheep website (www.ismellsheep.com). A quirky multi-media review site of Speculative Fiction that also provides author/actor guest posts, interviews, convention coverage and other WTF-ery. She is also a freelance fiction editor (www.devilinthedetailsediting.com). Born and raised in NC she currently lives in the triad area with her husband and their two daughters. She has a BS in Biology from UNC and a... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Carolina C (Writer's Track)

6:00pm

Fix it in Post (M)
A filmmaker's guide to surviving the apocalypse. Q&A with filmmakers to follow.

Speakers
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Christine Parker

Owner, Adrenalin/SickChickFlicks


Saturday May 30, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Kannapolis B (Film Screenings)

6:30pm

Author/Artist Collaborations
Creating the best cover and book artwork with authors.

Moderators
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Rebecca Ledford

Literary Guest
Rebecca Ledford is the Manager of Phase 5 Publishing, LLC, a small publisher of science fiction, fantasy, and horror based in Western North Carolina. After graduating UNCA with a BA in psychology, she worked at a photo/graphics store, the Mössbauer Effect Data Center as a publication assistant, and a law firm in Asheville. In her limited spare time, she enjoys making things (all sorts of things), listening to music, indulging in photography... Read More →

Speakers
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Roy Mauritsen

guest
Author of "Shards of the Glass Slipper" fairy tale novel series and award winning digital fantasy artist. Book cover designer and art director for Padwolf Publishing and Perseid Press. Recently released enhanced audiobook with music and sound effects for Queen Cinder, Book I of his Shards of the Glass Slipper series.


Saturday May 30, 2015 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Concord G (Programming)

6:30pm

Marvel Movies!
Avengers: Age of Ultron is out, soon to be followed by Antman. Is Marvel continuing to produce awesome movies, or are we getting to a bit of superhero fatigue.

Moderators
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James Fulbright

Con Chair/President, ConGregate Productions
James Fulbright was introduced to AD&D by a friend in 1979. After joining his first gaming group, his friends convinced to start attending conventions like StellarCon and Hexacon. It wasn’t long before attending cons led him to start helping out with those cons, which, in turn, led to running StellarCon (which he did for far too long). Over the years, James has also helped out with RavenCon, was on the founding board of ConCarolinas... Read More →

Speakers
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John Dondero

The Diddlist Diddle in all the Land, 13th Floor EFX
I once did a thing, I am not sure what that thing was, and whether or not I enjoyed it. Also is it Whom or Who?
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Jim Ryan

I am a writer, a podcaster, a tabletop gamer and an occasional voice actor. | | It only gets confusing when I try to do all four at once...
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Micki Stith

Traveling Model/Cosplayer, FanDames Initiative
Talk to me about cosplay, Battlestar Galactica, Rocky Horror Picture Show, modeling, photography and whatever else. I have too many opinions.


Saturday May 30, 2015 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Concord I (Programming)

6:30pm

The Butterfly Circus/Doug Jones Q&A
A screening of the short film sensation, "The Butterfly Circus," followed by a Q&A session with one of the film's stars, the amazing Doug Jones.

Moderators
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Michael Ray Williams

Actor, all around badass, MadOnes Films
I'm an actor at heart, but an all around film/theatre extraordinaire.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Jones

Doug Jones

Doug Jones is perhaps one of the most brilliant actors of our time. Some say he is this generations “Boris Karloff”! Fans will long remember Doug for his work as THE SILVER SURFER in FANTASTIC FOUR RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER. He’s also the life and soul of ABE SAPIEN in HELLBOY and HELLBOY II THE GOLDEN ARMY (based on the popular Dark Horse comic book, returning to his role of ABE SAPIEN as well a taking... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Concord J (Main Programming II)

7:00pm

League of Extraordinary Belly Dancers
Watch these ladies show off their skills


Saturday May 30, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Concord A/B (Main Programming I)

7:00pm

Writing in a Shared World
What are the pitfalls of trying to share a world with other writers? What are the benefits? Are there rules to follow, or is it every writer for themselves?

Moderators
avatar for Kelly Lockhart

Kelly Lockhart

Baen Books
ConCarolinas co-founder Kelly Lockhart has been a regular presence on the convention scene since he was a teenager back in the mid-80s. Over the years, he has done a little bit of everything in fandom: running costume contests, art shows, consuites, computer gaming rooms, working with the media, helping out with parades, overseeing convention operations, co-chairing a WorldCon bid, serving on multiple con committees, and being a panelist and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chris A. Jackson

Chris A. Jackson

I am a sailor and a writer. Usually I do both at once, but lately I've been ashore writing even more. I write Pathfinder Tales for Paizo Publishing, and some shorter fiction for other gaming publishers. I also have an award-winning series of nautical fantasy (yes, there are pirates) with Dragon Moon Press, and several successful self-published titles, including the kindle best seller, the Weapon of Flesh trilogy. More titles coming later this... Read More →
avatar for Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the writing world, she is an award winning author primarily known for her War of the Seasons fantasy series. She has several short stories published in various speculative fiction anthologies, to include tie-in work for Star Wars. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse (BU), Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Carolina A/B (Writer's Track)

7:00pm

Wait, Wait...Don't Phase Me!
Join host M. Doc Geressy, announcer Chuck Carte, and three Con Carolina Guest panelists for an interactive show that lets audience members participate in geeky versions of Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! games including Who’s Our Geeky Panelist?, Geeky Limerick Challenge, and Bluff the Geek! Audience members also get to enjoy laughing at the jokes and interaction of the panelists as they strut their geeky stuff!

Speakers
CC

Chuck Carte

South Stanly High
I never know what to put here... I am a school teacher by day, a writer and filmmaker by night, and a Ghostbuster by birth.
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M. Doc Geressy

CEO, Bathurst Industries
M. Doc Geressy is a professional broadcaster, costumer, movie car motorhead expert, actor, designer, and paranormal investigator. When Doc is not doing all this stuff, he is the Campus Director of the Connecticut School of Broadcasting's Charlotte Campus where he also teaches broadcasting. | | Spending 20 years in radio as Viva Doc Vegas and with shows like Johnboy & Billy and Bob & Tom, Doc is the creator and host of the The Sci-Fried... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Concord C (Programming)

7:00pm

Ribbons to Rivets
Create a Leather cuff/bracelet. There is a $15 fee for this workshop.

Moderators
MP

Matthew Penrick

Owner/Designer, Ribbons and Rivets
I have been working in costume design and fabrication for nine years now. I originally began working strictly with leather, but have since then branched out in to using plastics, foams, metals and fabrics. I am also a cosplayer so I make many costumes for myself as well and am a fitness enthusiast which ties in to many of my cosplays.

Speakers

Saturday May 30, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Blueridge (Workshops)

7:00pm

Independent and Self Publishing Workshop
The pros and cons of self-publishing.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Self-Publishing Guru, Chris Kennedy Publishing
A bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy author and speaker, Chris Kennedy is a former naval aviator with over 3,000 hours flying attack and reconnaissance aircraft, an elementary school principal and an instructional systems designer for the Navy. Chris is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Chris’ full length novels include the Occupied Seattle... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Piedmont Workshops (Workshops)

7:00pm

Hammer Horror Marathon (M)
A selection of fine movies from the House of Hammer!

Saturday May 30, 2015 7:00pm - Sunday May 31, 2015 1:00am
Fairway B (Programming)

7:30pm

Period Costuming
The basics of tackling a period costume.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an author, costumer, YouTube Show Host, Actress, Makeup Artist and all around crazy person for all the stuff she juggles. | Her stories have been published in numerous anthologies and she has even written a cookbook (Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Series Ate Cookbook.) | She has worked on many films as an actress and special fx makeup artist including Plan 9 (the remake of the original Ed Wood film), The... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Concord H (Programming)

7:30pm

Crucible of Realms Podcast
Live world-building! Jim Ryan and his co-hosts from the Crucible of Realms podcast (http://www.crucibleofrealms.com/) will lead a brainstorming session to build a fictional setting from scratch. Plus, the audience gets to participate! This session will be released as an episode of the podcast and the world created will be open to anyone to use.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Ryan

Jim Ryan

I am a writer, a podcaster, a tabletop gamer and an occasional voice actor. | | It only gets confusing when I try to do all four at once...


Saturday May 30, 2015 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Kittyhawk (Live Podcasts)

7:30pm

The Short of It
The art of writing a short story.

Moderators
Speakers
WS

Wendy S Delmater

Editor and Publisher, Abyss & Apex Magazine
Short fiction, writing, editing.
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Terry W Ervin II

Author
Terry W. Ervin II is an English and science teacher who enjoys writing fantasy and science fiction. His First Civilization’s Legacy Series (fantasy) includes FLANK HAWK and BLOOD SWORD, and SOUL FORGE. | | Terry’s debut science fiction novel, RELIC TECH, is the first in the Crax War Chronicles. He is working on the sequel, RELIC RESCUE, which should be released and available before ConCarolinas 2015. | | In addition to writing... Read More →
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Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Carolina C (Writer's Track)

8:00pm

When Reality Interferes with Gaming
Look, we all just want to game. Why is the real world impacting the gaming world? No filiming or recording this panel

Moderators
avatar for Robert Hudson

Robert Hudson

Freelance Game Designer/Writer
Talk to me about my work for HERO Games, Misfit Studios, or Gunmetal Games, or the pulps and pulp characters/adventures, or, heck, anything. =)

Speakers
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Concord G (Programming)

8:00pm

The Walking Dead: Season Five in Review
Let's bid farewell to departed characters and discuss what's in store for Rick Grimes and the gang. Carol's Cookies will be served! SPOILERS!

Moderators
avatar for Gregory French

Gregory French

Gregory French is a New York native who currently lives in South Carolina. He got his start in professional acting when a friend asked him to be in a commercial he was shooting. That commercial led to several others, and before long, Greg was acting on the big screen. He has appeared on the television shows Under the Dome, Revolution, Vampire Diaries, Banshee, and Sleepy Hollow, but is best known for his many appearances on The Walking Dead... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Carter

Rebecca Carter

Specializing in short format horror, all three of her collections of short stories have debuted in the top 50 horror slots on amazon. The latest collection "After Dusk" focuses on what the consequences of letting go of our humanity.


Saturday May 30, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Concord I (Programming)

8:00pm

Bombshell Bloodbath (M)
Bombshell Bloodbath is Italian style zombie splatter film influenced by Lucio Fulci and Umberto Lenzi. Written and Directed by Brett Mullen .

Saturday May 30, 2015 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Kannapolis B (Film Screenings)

8:30pm

Valentine Wolfe in concert
Valentine Wolfe brings their signature brand of Victorian Chamber Metal back to ConCarolinas.

Speakers
avatar for Valentine Wolfe

Valentine Wolfe

Valentine Wolfe are Purveyors, Performers, and Composers of the finest Macabre Melodies for Voice, Double Bass, and Electronics. Proudly providing elegant decadence for Living, Dead, and Otherwise, since 2006.


Saturday May 30, 2015 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Concord A/B (Main Programming I)

8:30pm

Crashing Without Burning
Any independent filmmaker who's been working for any length of time has run into a serious setback on one or more projects - whether it’s lost footage, a major effect or shot gone wrong, or a major performer having to drop out before a project has been completed. What did they do, and were they able to salvage the projects? Join this panel for tips and tricks to keep your film alive!

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jesse Knight

Jesse Knight

Owner, Jesse Knight FIlms
I have been making lo/no budget movies for over 20 years.
avatar for Christine Parker

Christine Parker

Owner, Adrenalin/SickChickFlicks
avatar for Michael Ray Williams

Michael Ray Williams

Actor, all around badass, MadOnes Films
I'm an actor at heart, but an all around film/theatre extraordinaire.


Saturday May 30, 2015 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Kannapolis A (Film Panels)

8:30pm

Steampunk and the Victorians that Never Were
How faithful does Steampunk need to be to the real Naughty Nineties? How much of what we think we know about Victorians is real—and how much was hushed up?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for A J Hartley

A J Hartley

A.J. Hartley is the international and NY Times bestselling author of a dozen novels including the mystery/thrillers The Mask of Atreus, On the Fifth Day, What Time Devours and Tears of the Jaguar and the young adult fantasy adventures Act of Will and Will Power. The first of his Darwen Arkwright children’s fantasy trilogy (Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact) came out from Penguin/Razorbill in 2011 and won SIBA’s best YA novel of 2012. He... Read More →
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel SHADOW AND FLAME (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin and VENDETTA: A DEADLY CURIOSITIES NOVEL in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books) and the... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Carolina A/B (Writer's Track)

8:30pm

Doctor Who Trivia Challenge
How well do you think you know Doctor Who? Bring your sonic screwdriver, but no asking K9 for answers!

Speakers

Saturday May 30, 2015 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Concord J (Main Programming II)

9:00pm

Horror Costuming
So you want to make a horror movie character, where do you start? This panel discusses ways to create your own horror character through costuming and/or make-up.

Moderators
avatar for Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an author, costumer, YouTube Show Host, Actress, Makeup Artist and all around crazy person for all the stuff she juggles. | Her stories have been published in numerous anthologies and she has even written a cookbook (Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Series Ate Cookbook.) | She has worked on many films as an actress and special fx makeup artist including Plan 9 (the remake of the original Ed Wood film), The... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Gregory French

Gregory French

Gregory French is a New York native who currently lives in South Carolina. He got his start in professional acting when a friend asked him to be in a commercial he was shooting. That commercial led to several others, and before long, Greg was acting on the big screen. He has appeared on the television shows Under the Dome, Revolution, Vampire Diaries, Banshee, and Sleepy Hollow, but is best known for his many appearances on The Walking Dead... Read More →
avatar for Amber Michael

Amber Michael

Art Director/ Freelance Makeup Artist, Joh Harp FX
I am a Twenty-eight year old makeup artist (SPFX, Beauty,Bodypainting), painter, and amateur photographer living in North Carolina. Exploring the woods that surrounded my childhood home was a favorite pastime. As an only child, I spent hours creating my own fun amongst the trees and dreaming up lands of fairies and magical creatures. To this day, I create with my childhood memories held close to my heart. Back inside the house I was surrounded... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Concord H (Programming)

9:00pm

The Bad Ones
We all love a good rogue or anti-hero. How to make your bad boy (or girl) just bad enough to love.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Owner, Editor, Clicking Keys
Melissa Gilbert teaches college writing, works as a freelance editor at Clicking Keys, writes twice monthly for Magical Words, and tells stories (writing as Melissa McArthur). Her current publications include a short story, “The Chase,” in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH: THE PARANORMAL ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES published by Mocha Memoirs Press and the Maggie the Gatherer series. Melissa is utterly fascinated by books; she... Read More →
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

I'm a writer of fantasy, scifi, and horror (in that order). I'm an editor of the same, plus a former-editor of erotica. I'm an English professor--a medievalist, though I teach much more than just medieval lit. I'm a hockey fan. I'm a cat owner. For a sample of my work, check out The Big Bad and The Big Bad II, co-edited by me and John Hartness.


Saturday May 30, 2015 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Carolina C (Writer's Track)

9:30pm

Welcome Back to Westeros!
Game of Thrones is finally back and it's taking a few detours away from the books! A season five discussion. SPOILERS - both book and show!!

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday May 30, 2015 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Concord I (Programming)

9:30pm

Your Life is an Open Book
Social media has opened up our lives to everyone who has a computer. What are some of the pros and cons of living your life on-line.

Moderators
avatar for Kelly Lockhart

Kelly Lockhart

Baen Books
ConCarolinas co-founder Kelly Lockhart has been a regular presence on the convention scene since he was a teenager back in the mid-80s. Over the years, he has done a little bit of everything in fandom: running costume contests, art shows, consuites, computer gaming rooms, working with the media, helping out with parades, overseeing convention operations, co-chairing a WorldCon bid, serving on multiple con committees, and being a panelist and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Euin Cobb

Stephen Euin Cobb

Contributing Editor, Space and Time Magazine
I have interviewed over 350 people for my work as an author, magazine writer, futurist, and award-winning podcaster. During the last ten years I have produced over 450 episodes of my weekly podcast, THE FUTURE AND YOU, which explores, through interviews, panel discussions, and commentary, all the ways the future will be different from today. | | A contributing editor for SPACE AND TIME MAGAZINE, I have also been a regular contributor for... Read More →
avatar for James Maxey

James Maxey

I'm the author of two epic fantasy series (Dragon Age/Bitterwood and Dragon Apocalypse/Greatshadow), a superhero duet (Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn) and a steampunk Oz novel (Bad Wizard). My short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, with the best of my work appearing in the collection There is No Wheel. I live in Hillsborough, NC with my wife Cheryl and too many cats. I teach numerous workshops on writing... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Concord G (Programming)

9:30pm

40 Years of Rocky Horror (M)
We've been doing the Time Warp for 40 YEARS! What is it about Rocky that keeps us coming back for more, more, more? Is it the Meatloaf?

Speakers

Saturday May 30, 2015 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Concord C (Programming)

9:30pm

Filking the Night Away
Late night filk jam. Filk until the sun comes up!

Saturday May 30, 2015 9:30pm - Sunday May 31, 2015 1:00am
Harrisburg B (Programming)

10:00pm

Mother, Matron and Crone
Who are your favorite “mature” female characters in SF/F? How accurately do genre novels portray women who aren’t the pretty young thing? What kind of roles would you like to see for “women of a certain age”?

Moderators
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

I'm a writer of fantasy, scifi, and horror (in that order). I'm an editor of the same, plus a former-editor of erotica. I'm an English professor--a medievalist, though I teach much more than just medieval lit. I'm a hockey fan. I'm a cat owner. For a sample of my work, check out The Big Bad and The Big Bad II, co-edited by me and John Hartness.

Speakers
DK

Debra Killeen

I'm the author of the 5-volume fantasy series the Myrridian Cycle and a new trilogy, Unholy War, the first volume of which is now available. Favorite topics include writing, science fiction/fantasy, books in general, alternative health, Reiki, knitting, etc.
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel SHADOW AND FLAME (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin and VENDETTA: A DEADLY CURIOSITIES NOVEL in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books) and the... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Carolina A/B (Writer's Track)

10:00pm

Nerd-Vana Burlesque
Nerd-Vana Burlesque comes to ConCarolinas! Mature audiences only. Come shake a tassel and enjoy the show!

Moderators
avatar for Rich Sigfrit

Rich Sigfrit

To say that I enjoy podcasting and new media would be a gross understatement. My credits include mentions in high school and collegiate papers, newspapers, Podcasting for Dummies, and Advanced Podcasting Tricks. I have been called an innovator, having created the first fandom podcast (RotO), the first podcast for an Independent Wrestling Federation (Halo: Hardwired), and distributed the first comic book made available via podcast feed (Podcast... Read More →

Speakers

Saturday May 30, 2015 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Concord A/B (Main Programming I)

10:00pm

Night of the Living Dead/Judith O'Dea Q & A
A screening of the classic Night of the Living Dead hosted by star Judith O'Dea

Moderators
avatar for Michael Ray Williams

Michael Ray Williams

Actor, all around badass, MadOnes Films
I'm an actor at heart, but an all around film/theatre extraordinaire.

Speakers
avatar for Judith O'Dea

Judith O'Dea

Stage and film actress Judith O’Dea began her career over five decades ago at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. But for most film and theatre goers, Judith is best remembered as Barbra in the George A. Romero 1968 horror film classic Night of the Living Dead.   This epic film changed her life and definitely remains one of her all-time favorite career highlights.   Since then, she has appeared in over 22 theatrical productions and 13... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 10:00pm - Sunday May 31, 2015 12:00am
Kannapolis B (Film Screenings)

10:00pm

Grind Pulp Podcast (M)
Grind Pulp Podcast was created for the discussion of film and short fiction selections related to Grind Pulp.

Speakers
GP

Grind Pulp Podcast

Andrew Crevier Higgins, Jason Jeronimo Brown, Manga Matt Plummer,  and Matt Starnes.


Saturday May 30, 2015 10:00pm - Sunday May 31, 2015 12:00am
Kittyhawk (Live Podcasts)

10:00pm

Sci-Fi Karaoke
Come sing the night away. Located in the bar.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah L. Covert

Sarah L. Covert

Founder/Editor, She Never Slept


Saturday May 30, 2015 10:00pm - Sunday May 31, 2015 1:00am
Rocky River Lounge

10:30pm

How to Tell a Good Ghost Story
Behind every good ghost story is a good storyteller. Learn the importance of storytelling elements in the ghost story sub-genre and discover the art of being a good storyteller.

Moderators
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of GHOSTS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA UPCOUNTRY, GHOSTS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA MIDLANDS, GHOSTS OF THE PEE DEE (all for The History Press) and CIVIL WAR GHOSTS OF SOUTH CAROLINA (for Post Mortem Press) and has a story in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH (from Mocha Memoirs Press). Tally currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Concord H (Programming)

10:30pm

Creatures of the Night (M)
Are vampires still the go-to creatures of the night, or should they be packing their coffins and making room for the next blood sucking creature?

Moderators
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Author
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly paranormal romance, dark fantasy and horror. A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexxx is a native South Carolinian who lives with a ghost hunter and an epileptic wiener dog. She has published several novels, novellas and short stories various publishers including Ellora’s Cave. She also wears an editor’s hat as A.C. Thompson. Recently, she’s been... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert is a movie fan and critic whose taste turned to the dark side when he discovered the worst Hollywood had to offer. He reviews these movies in the most comedic nature on his site, www.fail-flix.com, where he rips into them with all of the grace of a rabid were-buffalo in an antique China shop run by pygmies. The Best of the Worst films are great and all, but Jason really can't resist something that promises to be unwatchable... Read More →
avatar for Dahlia Rose

Dahlia Rose

Literary Guest
Dahlia Rose is the best-selling author of contemporary, military and paranormal romance with a hint of Caribbean spice. She was born and raised on a Caribbean island and now currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her five kids, who she affectionately nicknamed “The Children of the Corn,” and her biggest supporter and longtime love. She has a love of erotica, dark fantasy, sci-fi, and the things that go bump in the night... Read More →
avatar for Tamsin Silver

Tamsin Silver

My pen name is Tamsin Silver and I'm originally from Michigan, though I currently live in New York City. I did a brief stint here in the south (10 years) where I graduated from Winthrop University with a BA in Theatre (Performance & Directing emphasis) with a minor in English (Shakespeare & Creative Writing emphasis). I've run a few theatre companies in my time and I was a performer for around 20 years...but my first love was story telling, so... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Carolina C (Writer's Track)

10:30pm

Pineapple Shaped Lamps
Hilarity ensues with PSL!

Speakers
avatar for Pineapple Shaped Lamps

Pineapple Shaped Lamps

Pineapple-Shaped Lamps is a comedy theatre troupe based in North Carolina. Founded in 2010, they have mounted a number of critically acclaimed and award-winning productions. Initially created to perform shadow casts of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” PSL has expanded its repertoire. They have performed the fan favorite shadow cast of “Once More with Feeling,” the musical episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.&rdquo... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 10:30pm - Sunday May 31, 2015 12:00am
Concord J (Main Programming II)

11:00pm

Orphan Black
This Canadian series has really taken off! What is it about this show that draws fans?

Moderators
avatar for Joey Paquette Starnes

Joey Paquette Starnes

Founder/Organizer, The Charlotte Geeks
Hey there! My name is Joey and I'm the founder/organizer of The Charlotte Geeks - a social club here in North Carolina that meets together 3-4 times a month for geeky good times, as well as hosting our annual Geek Gala each Halloween and our weekly podcast, Guardians of the Geekery! My fandoms include Doctor Who, Orphan Black, all things Marvel and most things British as well as a few dancing addictions like DWTS and SYTYCD. Get your Geek on!

Speakers
avatar for Nia

Nia

Nia and Cerulean run the KidsTrack for ConCarolinas


Saturday May 30, 2015 11:00pm - Sunday May 31, 2015 12:00am
Concord I (Programming)

11:00pm

How Hollywood Gets Science Wrong….Or Right
Hollywood tends to have a skewed view of science. What are some of the most scientifically correct movies and what are the worst?

Moderators
avatar for Kelly Lockhart

Kelly Lockhart

Baen Books
ConCarolinas co-founder Kelly Lockhart has been a regular presence on the convention scene since he was a teenager back in the mid-80s. Over the years, he has done a little bit of everything in fandom: running costume contests, art shows, consuites, computer gaming rooms, working with the media, helping out with parades, overseeing convention operations, co-chairing a WorldCon bid, serving on multiple con committees, and being a panelist and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jim Craig

Jim Craig

There are more things that interest me than can fit in this space. But, for the con, I'm happy to talk about science (especially astronomy and evolution) and science fiction (especially the history of the genre). | | I'll be easy to spot. Just look for the red hat.
avatar for Chris A. Jackson

Chris A. Jackson

I am a sailor and a writer. Usually I do both at once, but lately I've been ashore writing even more. I write Pathfinder Tales for Paizo Publishing, and some shorter fiction for other gaming publishers. I also have an award-winning series of nautical fantasy (yes, there are pirates) with Dragon Moon Press, and several successful self-published titles, including the kindle best seller, the Weapon of Flesh trilogy. More titles coming later this... Read More →
MK

Micki Knop

Organizer, Charlotte Geeks
I follow pop culture, sci-fi TV, bad movies (especially from the 60's and 70's). I am an avid reader and used to work in the publishing industry. My curiosity knows no bounds and love to learn about knew things each and every day.
avatar for James Maxey

James Maxey

I'm the author of two epic fantasy series (Dragon Age/Bitterwood and Dragon Apocalypse/Greatshadow), a superhero duet (Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn) and a steampunk Oz novel (Bad Wizard). My short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, with the best of my work appearing in the collection There is No Wheel. I live in Hillsborough, NC with my wife Cheryl and too many cats. I teach numerous workshops on writing... Read More →


Saturday May 30, 2015 11:00pm - Sunday May 31, 2015 12:00am
Concord G (Programming)

11:30pm

The Problem of the Controversial
So you're a political liberal, but your favorite writer regularly posts extreme rants against gay marriage on her Facebook. Or the main character of your favorite movie uses sexual violence as his preferred wooing technique. Is it possible (or acceptable) for you to enjoy controversial shows, books or artists without being seen as a hypocrite? And how do you handle the inevitable argument when someone else calls you out?

Moderators
avatar for Misty Massey

Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for A J Hartley

A J Hartley

A.J. Hartley is the international and NY Times bestselling author of a dozen novels including the mystery/thrillers The Mask of Atreus, On the Fifth Day, What Time Devours and Tears of the Jaguar and the young adult fantasy adventures Act of Will and Will Power. The first of his Darwen Arkwright children’s fantasy trilogy (Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact) came out from Penguin/Razorbill in 2011 and won SIBA’s best YA novel of 2012. He... Read More →
avatar for Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is... Read More →
ES

Edmund Schubert

Editor, InterGalactic Medicine Show


Saturday May 30, 2015 11:30pm - Sunday May 31, 2015 12:30am
Carolina A/B (Writer's Track)

12:00am

The Science of Scaring
Why do audiences love to be scared? Panelists and filmmakers discuss what makes audiences squirm in their seats and what kind of tactics scare the best.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of GHOSTS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA UPCOUNTRY, GHOSTS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA MIDLANDS, GHOSTS OF THE PEE DEE (all for The History Press) and CIVIL WAR GHOSTS OF SOUTH CAROLINA (for Post Mortem Press) and has a story in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH (from Mocha Memoirs Press). Tally currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the... Read More →


Sunday May 31, 2015 12:00am - 1:00am
Concord H (Programming)

12:00am

Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down (M)
Is 50 Shades of Grey all there is in the field of erotica? How does one titillate your audience without overdoing it? What are some of the best titles to add to your sexy reading shelf?

Moderators
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Author
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly paranormal romance, dark fantasy and horror. A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexxx is a native South Carolinian who lives with a ghost hunter and an epileptic wiener dog. She has published several novels, novellas and short stories various publishers including Ellora’s Cave. She also wears an editor’s hat as A.C. Thompson. Recently, she’s been... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

I'm a writer of fantasy, scifi, and horror (in that order). I'm an editor of the same, plus a former-editor of erotica. I'm an English professor--a medievalist, though I teach much more than just medieval lit. I'm a hockey fan. I'm a cat owner. For a sample of my work, check out The Big Bad and The Big Bad II, co-edited by me and John Hartness.
avatar for Nico Murray

Nico Murray

owner, Lorem Books
goldsmithing, vodka, fire, boots, cupcakes, vampires, travel. | | ( I'm canadian but I seriously can't skate, ski and I know nothing of hockey)
avatar for Dahlia Rose

Dahlia Rose

Literary Guest
Dahlia Rose is the best-selling author of contemporary, military and paranormal romance with a hint of Caribbean spice. She was born and raised on a Caribbean island and now currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her five kids, who she affectionately nicknamed “The Children of the Corn,” and her biggest supporter and longtime love. She has a love of erotica, dark fantasy, sci-fi, and the things that go bump in the night... Read More →


Sunday May 31, 2015 12:00am - 1:00am
Carolina C (Writer's Track)

12:00am

Rocky Horror Picture Show
It's time to TIME WARP! Where your best heels, grab a boa and join Frankie and the gang for another night of debauchery. Mature Audiences Only

Speakers

Sunday May 31, 2015 12:00am - 2:00am
Concord A/B (Main Programming I)

12:30am

Adult Toys of the Future (M)
Come discuss the future of adult toys, from what toys may be on the horizon to the legal aspects of the business of pleasure.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for M. Doc Geressy

M. Doc Geressy

CEO, Bathurst Industries
M. Doc Geressy is a professional broadcaster, costumer, movie car motorhead expert, actor, designer, and paranormal investigator. When Doc is not doing all this stuff, he is the Campus Director of the Connecticut School of Broadcasting's Charlotte Campus where he also teaches broadcasting. | | Spending 20 years in radio as Viva Doc Vegas and with shows like Johnboy & Billy and Bob & Tom, Doc is the creator and host of the The Sci-Fried... Read More →
MK

Micki Knop

Organizer, Charlotte Geeks
I follow pop culture, sci-fi TV, bad movies (especially from the 60's and 70's). I am an avid reader and used to work in the publishing industry. My curiosity knows no bounds and love to learn about knew things each and every day.


Sunday May 31, 2015 12:30am - 1:30am
Concord J (Main Programming II)
 
Sunday, May 31
 

10:00am

Superheroes on TV
The Flash, Arrow, Legends, Daredevil and more

Moderators
avatar for Joey Paquette Starnes

Joey Paquette Starnes

Founder/Organizer, The Charlotte Geeks
Hey there! My name is Joey and I'm the founder/organizer of The Charlotte Geeks - a social club here in North Carolina that meets together 3-4 times a month for geeky good times, as well as hosting our annual Geek Gala each Halloween and our weekly podcast, Guardians of the Geekery! My fandoms include Doctor Who, Orphan Black, all things Marvel and most things British as well as a few dancing addictions like DWTS and SYTYCD. Get your Geek on!

Speakers
avatar for Chris A. Jackson

Chris A. Jackson

I am a sailor and a writer. Usually I do both at once, but lately I've been ashore writing even more. I write Pathfinder Tales for Paizo Publishing, and some shorter fiction for other gaming publishers. I also have an award-winning series of nautical fantasy (yes, there are pirates) with Dragon Moon Press, and several successful self-published titles, including the kindle best seller, the Weapon of Flesh trilogy. More titles coming later this... Read More →
avatar for Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an author, costumer, YouTube Show Host, Actress, Makeup Artist and all around crazy person for all the stuff she juggles. | Her stories have been published in numerous anthologies and she has even written a cookbook (Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Series Ate Cookbook.) | She has worked on many films as an actress and special fx makeup artist including Plan 9 (the remake of the original Ed Wood film), The... Read More →


Sunday May 31, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Concord I (Programming)

10:00am

Getting into the Gaming Industry
The how tos and how nots of getting into the gaming industry

Moderators
avatar for Robert Hudson

Robert Hudson

Freelance Game Designer/Writer
Talk to me about my work for HERO Games, Misfit Studios, or Gunmetal Games, or the pulps and pulp characters/adventures, or, heck, anything. =)

Speakers

Sunday May 31, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Concord G (Programming)

10:00am

Raising Scientifically Minded Children
Want to raise the next scientific genius? How to bring more science into your children's lives.

Moderators
avatar for Jim Craig

Jim Craig

There are more things that interest me than can fit in this space. But, for the con, I'm happy to talk about science (especially astronomy and evolution) and science fiction (especially the history of the genre). | | I'll be easy to spot. Just look for the red hat.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Asaro

Catherine Asaro

Catherine Asaro is an author of science fiction, fantasy and thrillers, and has written over twenty-five novels, as well as short stories and non-fiction. Her acclaimed Ruby Dynasty series combines adventure, hard science, math, romance and fast-paced action. Among her numerous distinctions, she has won the Nebula® and Analog Reader’s Choice awards. Her most recent books are the anthology she edited, The Nebula Awards Showcase 2013... Read More →
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Stephen Euin Cobb

Contributing Editor, Space and Time Magazine
I have interviewed over 350 people for my work as an author, magazine writer, futurist, and award-winning podcaster. During the last ten years I have produced over 450 episodes of my weekly podcast, THE FUTURE AND YOU, which explores, through interviews, panel discussions, and commentary, all the ways the future will be different from today. | | A contributing editor for SPACE AND TIME MAGAZINE, I have also been a regular contributor for... Read More →
avatar for Terry W Ervin II

Terry W Ervin II

Author
Terry W. Ervin II is an English and science teacher who enjoys writing fantasy and science fiction. His First Civilization’s Legacy Series (fantasy) includes FLANK HAWK and BLOOD SWORD, and SOUL FORGE. | | Terry’s debut science fiction novel, RELIC TECH, is the first in the Crax War Chronicles. He is working on the sequel, RELIC RESCUE, which should be released and available before ConCarolinas 2015. | | In addition to writing... Read More →
avatar for James Maxey

James Maxey

I'm the author of two epic fantasy series (Dragon Age/Bitterwood and Dragon Apocalypse/Greatshadow), a superhero duet (Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn) and a steampunk Oz novel (Bad Wizard). My short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, with the best of my work appearing in the collection There is No Wheel. I live in Hillsborough, NC with my wife Cheryl and too many cats. I teach numerous workshops on writing... Read More →


Sunday May 31, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Concord C (Programming)

10:00am

Live Action Slush Session Two
Three authors will listen to their reader read aloud the first pages of submitted manuscripts, and stop the reader when they all hear what would have stopped them if they were the editors considering purchasing the stories. They will then discuss what the writers can do to improve their manuscripts to make them salable. This workshop is usually standing-room-only, so come early!

Speakers
avatar for Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter

New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter has written the Jane Yellowrock series and the Rogue Mage series, as well as the Rogue Mage Role Playing Game. The Soulwood series will be a paranormal crime solving trilogy featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram. Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she has written action adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. Under all her pen names, she has more than 30 books in print in 29 countries. | | Faith is a... Read More →
avatar for Misty Massey

Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →


Sunday May 31, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Piedmont Workshops (Workshops)

10:00am

When Plots Take Over
Sometimes you just can't seem to end a book! How to recognize when your plot have spiraled out of control and your work is bogging down.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jake Bible

Jake Bible

Bram Stoker Award nominated-novelist, short story writer, independent screenwriter, podcaster, and inventor of the Drabble Novel, Jake has entertained thousands with his horror and sci/fi tales. He reaches audiences of all ages with his uncanny ability to write a wide range of characters and genres. Jake is the author of the bestselling Z-Burbia series set in Asheville, NC, the Apex Trilogy (DEAD MECH, The Americans, Metal and Ash) and the Mega... Read More →
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

I'm a writer of fantasy, scifi, and horror (in that order). I'm an editor of the same, plus a former-editor of erotica. I'm an English professor--a medievalist, though I teach much more than just medieval lit. I'm a hockey fan. I'm a cat owner. For a sample of my work, check out The Big Bad and The Big Bad II, co-edited by me and John Hartness.


Sunday May 31, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Carolina A/B (Writer's Track)

10:00am

The Invisible Man
A screening of the 1933 classic starring Claude Rains

Sunday May 31, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am
Fairway B (Programming)

10:00am

Wire Wrapping Workshop
Learn the basics of wire wrapping. Additional fee may apply.

Speakers

Sunday May 31, 2015 10:00am - 12:00pm
Blueridge (Workshops)

10:30am

Making Up
Come join our panel of make-up experts as they share their knowledge on using make-up to enhance your costume.

Moderators
avatar for Brian Holloway

Brian Holloway

Theatre Instructor, Union County Public Schools
Costume designer with over 27+ years experience for film television, and stage. Make-Up Supervisor and actor for Star Trek: New Voyages/PHASE II for 8+ years. Owner of Material Worlds Costuming. Convention moderator and panelist yearly at a variety of conventions. Professional actor for over 22 years with credits ranging from musical theatre tours to Shakespeare companies including RSC-A.

Speakers

Sunday May 31, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Concord H (Programming)

10:30am

Female Filmmakers In Force
Whether it's in front of or behind the camera, or both, the female filmmakers of the world are a powerful force to be reckoned with.

Moderators
avatar for Christine Parker

Christine Parker

Owner, Adrenalin/SickChickFlicks

Speakers
avatar for Amber Michael

Amber Michael

Art Director/ Freelance Makeup Artist, Joh Harp FX
I am a Twenty-eight year old makeup artist (SPFX, Beauty,Bodypainting), painter, and amateur photographer living in North Carolina. Exploring the woods that surrounded my childhood home was a favorite pastime. As an only child, I spent hours creating my own fun amongst the trees and dreaming up lands of fairies and magical creatures. To this day, I create with my childhood memories held close to my heart. Back inside the house I was surrounded... Read More →
avatar for Judith O'Dea

Judith O'Dea

Stage and film actress Judith O’Dea began her career over five decades ago at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. But for most film and theatre goers, Judith is best remembered as Barbra in the George A. Romero 1968 horror film classic Night of the Living Dead.   This epic film changed her life and definitely remains one of her all-time favorite career highlights.   Since then, she has appeared in over 22 theatrical productions and 13... Read More →


Sunday May 31, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Kannapolis B (Film Screenings)

10:30am

I Love It - So Why Won't It Sell?
You've written the book you wanted to write. You love it - so why won't the publishers publish the darn thing? A look at the ins and outs of getting your work published

Moderators
avatar for A J Hartley

A J Hartley

A.J. Hartley is the international and NY Times bestselling author of a dozen novels including the mystery/thrillers The Mask of Atreus, On the Fifth Day, What Time Devours and Tears of the Jaguar and the young adult fantasy adventures Act of Will and Will Power. The first of his Darwen Arkwright children’s fantasy trilogy (Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact) came out from Penguin/Razorbill in 2011 and won SIBA’s best YA novel of 2012. He... Read More →

Speakers
WS

Wendy S Delmater

Editor and Publisher, Abyss & Apex Magazine
Short fiction, writing, editing.
avatar for Rebecca Ledford

Rebecca Ledford

Literary Guest
Rebecca Ledford is the Manager of Phase 5 Publishing, LLC, a small publisher of science fiction, fantasy, and horror based in Western North Carolina. After graduating UNCA with a BA in psychology, she worked at a photo/graphics store, the Mössbauer Effect Data Center as a publication assistant, and a law firm in Asheville. In her limited spare time, she enjoys making things (all sorts of things), listening to music, indulging in photography... Read More →
ES

Edmund Schubert

Editor, InterGalactic Medicine Show
avatar for Sharon Stogner

Sharon Stogner

Owner, Devil in the Details Editing Services
Sharon is the co-creator of the I Smell Sheep website (www.ismellsheep.com). A quirky multi-media review site of Speculative Fiction that also provides author/actor guest posts, interviews, convention coverage and other WTF-ery. She is also a freelance fiction editor (www.devilinthedetailsediting.com). Born and raised in NC she currently lives in the triad area with her husband and their two daughters. She has a BS in Biology from UNC and a... Read More →


Sunday May 31, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Carolina C (Writer's Track)

10:30am

Sci-Fried Eggs Live Podcast
Join the Sci-Fried Eggs as they broadcast live from Con Carolinas. See how the podcast comes together and ask questions of the guests on the show. Show up in costume for a chance to be part of the special Con Carolinas Cosplay Roulette segment and show off your costume to the world. After the broadcast, the Sci-Fried Eggs will host a short Q&A to answer questions about the show and podcasting.

Moderators
avatar for M. Doc Geressy

M. Doc Geressy

CEO, Bathurst Industries
M. Doc Geressy is a professional broadcaster, costumer, movie car motorhead expert, actor, designer, and paranormal investigator. When Doc is not doing all this stuff, he is the Campus Director of the Connecticut School of Broadcasting's Charlotte Campus where he also teaches broadcasting. | | Spending 20 years in radio as Viva Doc Vegas and with shows like Johnboy & Billy and Bob & Tom, Doc is the creator and host of the The Sci-Fried... Read More →

Speakers
CC

Chuck Carte

South Stanly High
I never know what to put here... I am a school teacher by day, a writer and filmmaker by night, and a Ghostbuster by birth.


Sunday May 31, 2015 10:30am - 12:30pm
Kittyhawk (Live Podcasts)

11:00am

SETI Project
A dicussion of the SETI project

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Ben Davis

Dr. Ben Davis

Ben Davis has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and an M.S. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the University of Notre Dame. He taught at the college level for several years on a number of technical subjects ranging from computer programming to mathematics to, of course, astronomy and physics. In the late nineties, he took up a career in software and industrial controls engineering (robot programming and electronics are fun as they seem). As a lifelong fan of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jim Craig

Jim Craig

There are more things that interest me than can fit in this space. But, for the con, I'm happy to talk about science (especially astronomy and evolution) and science fiction (especially the history of the genre). | | I'll be easy to spot. Just look for the red hat.


Sunday May 31, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Concord I (Programming)

11:00am

Joel Hodgsen Q & A
Media Guest of Honor Joel Hodgsen discusses his time on MST3K and his newest project Other Space.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Joel Hodgson

Joel Hodgson

Joel Hodgson is best known for creating the Peabody award-winning movie riffing sci-fi series Mystery Science Theater 3000. He was also the host of the series for the first 100 episodes. Recently, MST3K has been included in several “top 100 TV shows of all time” lists, including Entertainment Weekly and Time Magazine, as well as being included in the “top 25 cult shows” list in TV Guide. Joel Hodgson – Media... Read More →


Sunday May 31, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Concord A/B (Main Programming I)

11:30am

Filmmaker FAQ
Got a question about pre-production? Dying to know how to fix something in post-production? Curious about how to make a movie in the first place?!? Then come to this panel to find out all the behind-the-scenes bits of brilliance from our award-winning panelists (writers, directors, actors, DPs, editors, MUAs)

Moderators
avatar for Christine Parker

Christine Parker

Owner, Adrenalin/SickChickFlicks

Speakers
avatar for John Dondero

John Dondero

The Diddlist Diddle in all the Land, 13th Floor EFX
I once did a thing, I am not sure what that thing was, and whether or not I enjoyed it. Also is it Whom or Who?
avatar for Jesse Knight

Jesse Knight

Owner, Jesse Knight FIlms
I have been making lo/no budget movies for over 20 years.


Sunday May 31, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Kannapolis A (Film Panels)

11:30am

Meet the Fan Groups
Come meet representatives from various local fan groups such as the Klingon Assault Group, Star Fleet, and others, and learn how you can join.

Speakers
avatar for Joey Paquette Starnes

Joey Paquette Starnes

Founder/Organizer, The Charlotte Geeks
Hey there! My name is Joey and I'm the founder/organizer of The Charlotte Geeks - a social club here in North Carolina that meets together 3-4 times a month for geeky good times, as well as hosting our annual Geek Gala each Halloween and our weekly podcast, Guardians of the Geekery! My fandoms include Doctor Who, Orphan Black, all things Marvel and most things British as well as a few dancing addictions like DWTS and SYTYCD. Get your Geek on!


Sunday May 31, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Concord G (Programming)

11:30am

The Disneyfication of Geekdom
Disney now owns Marvel, Star Wars and Ghibli. What else is the mouse eyeing and is this a good or bad thing for geekdom.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for James Fulbright

James Fulbright

Con Chair/President, ConGregate Productions
James Fulbright was introduced to AD&D by a friend in 1979. After joining his first gaming group, his friends convinced to start attending conventions like StellarCon and Hexacon. It wasn’t long before attending cons led him to start helping out with those cons, which, in turn, led to running StellarCon (which he did for far too long). Over the years, James has also helped out with RavenCon, was on the founding board of ConCarolinas... Read More →
avatar for Micki Stith

Micki Stith

Traveling Model/Cosplayer, FanDames Initiative
Talk to me about cosplay, Battlestar Galactica, Rocky Horror Picture Show, modeling, photography and whatever else. I have too many opinions.


Sunday May 31, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Concord I (Programming)

11:30am

Ask a Podcaster
Ask podcasting panelist anything! What are their favorite podcasts? Who do they look up to in the podcasting world? What inspired these people to start a podcast? Whatever questions you have about podcasting and the people who do it, the floor is open

Speakers
avatar for Alex Matsuo

Alex Matsuo

Founder & Director, Association of Paranormal Study
Alex Matsuo is an actor, dramaturg, playwright by day, and a podcaster, paranormal researcher and author by night. Alex currently hosts the radio show "The Wicked Domain" on LiveParanormal.com and has previously hosted the radio shows "ParaNation" and "Paranormal Insider Radio." She also runs a podcast for the North Carolina theatre community called, "Triangle On Stage." She is the founder of the Association of Paranormal Study... Read More →
GP

Grind Pulp Podcast

Andrew Crevier Higgins, Jason Jeronimo Brown, Manga Matt Plummer,  and Matt Starnes.
avatar for Jim Ryan

Jim Ryan

I am a writer, a podcaster, a tabletop gamer and an occasional voice actor. | | It only gets confusing when I try to do all four at once...


Sunday May 31, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Concord C (Programming)

11:30am

Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
Gail Martin, Misty Massey and Janine Spendlove, all members of Broad Universe - take turns reading from their works.

Moderators
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel SHADOW AND FLAME (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin and VENDETTA: A DEADLY CURIOSITIES NOVEL in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books) and the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jeanne Adams

Jeanne Adams

Award-Winning Author
A lifelong reader and writer of fantasy and suspense, award-winning author Jeanne Adams is an extrovert in an introverted profession. So, she's always up for talking...about ANYTHING! Geekery of all kinds, reading, books, baseball, dogs and dog-showing, suspense, and body disposal. | | Jeanne writes Romantic Suspense both for a New York publisher (Kensington) and both Urban Fantasy and Suspense independently. You can find her books... Read More →
avatar for Emily Lavin Leverett

Emily Lavin Leverett

I'm a writer of fantasy, scifi, and horror (in that order). I'm an editor of the same, plus a former-editor of erotica. I'm an English professor--a medievalist, though I teach much more than just medieval lit. I'm a hockey fan. I'm a cat owner. For a sample of my work, check out The Big Bad and The Big Bad II, co-edited by me and John Hartness.
avatar for Misty Massey

Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Northcott

Nancy Northcott

Nancy Northcott’s childhood ambition was to grow up and become Wonder Woman. Around fourth grade, she realized it was too late to acquire Amazon genes, but she still loved comic books, science fiction, fantasy and YA romance. A sucker for fast action and wrenching emotion, Nancy combines the romance and high stakes she loves in the books she writes. | | Nancy has written freelance articles and taught at the college level. Her most... Read More →


Sunday May 31, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Carolina A/B (Writer's Track)

11:30am

The Creature from the Black Lagoon
A screening of the 1954 classic.

Sunday May 31, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Fairway B (Programming)

12:00pm

American Gothic
Authors talk about the history of the macabre and horror in literature and how it has change and developed throughout the centuries.

Moderators
avatar for Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson

Tally Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of GHOSTS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA UPCOUNTRY, GHOSTS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA MIDLANDS, GHOSTS OF THE PEE DEE (all for The History Press) and CIVIL WAR GHOSTS OF SOUTH CAROLINA (for Post Mortem Press) and has a story in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH (from Mocha Memoirs Press). Tally currently serves as Special Services Coordinator for the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Author
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly paranormal romance, dark fantasy and horror. A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexxx is a native South Carolinian who lives with a ghost hunter and an epileptic wiener dog. She has published several novels, novellas and short stories various publishers including Ellora’s Cave. She also wears an editor’s hat as A.C. Thompson. Recently, she’s been... Read More →
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Amy H. Sturgis, Ph.D.

Professor, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Amy H. Sturgis earned her Ph.D. in Intellectual History from Vanderbilt University. Her primary fields include Science Fiction/Fantasy Studies and Native American Studies. | | Sturgis is the author of four books on Native American and U.S. history as well as more than forty scholarly and mainstream essays on historical and speculative fiction topics. She has edited five books on science fiction and fantasy subjects. In 2006, Sturgis was... Read More →


Sunday May 31, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Concord H (Programming)

12:00pm

Jane Austen in the 20th Century
From The Lizzie Bennett Diaries to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, it's clear there's been a resurgence in popularity of Jane Austen's work. Let's talk about what makes people love it so.

Moderators
avatar for James Maxey

James Maxey

I'm the author of two epic fantasy series (Dragon Age/Bitterwood and Dragon Apocalypse/Greatshadow), a superhero duet (Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn) and a steampunk Oz novel (Bad Wizard). My short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, with the best of my work appearing in the collection There is No Wheel. I live in Hillsborough, NC with my wife Cheryl and too many cats. I teach numerous workshops on writing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the writing world, she is an award winning author primarily known for her War of the Seasons fantasy series. She has several short stories published in various speculative fiction anthologies, to include tie-in work for Star Wars. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse (BU), Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of... Read More →


Sunday May 31, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Carolina C (Writer's Track)

12:00pm

Sci-Fi Story Time
Science Fiction story time and coloring for the kids.

Speakers
avatar for Nia

Nia

Nia and Cerulean run the KidsTrack for ConCarolinas


Sunday May 31, 2015 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Harrisburg B (Programming)

12:00pm

ConCarolinas Film Festival (M)
We've had a record number of entries for this year's film fest. Come and see what treasures we've discovered!

Sunday May 31, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Kannapolis B (Film Screenings)

12:30pm

Judith O'Dea Q & A
A chance to sit down with Judith O'Dea, star of the original "Night of the Living Dead," for a Q&A session about making of this seminal cinematic classic that will thrill and chill you! This time, Barbra's coming to get YOU!!!

Moderators
avatar for Michael Ray Williams

Michael Ray Williams

Actor, all around badass, MadOnes Films
I'm an actor at heart, but an all around film/theatre extraordinaire.

Speakers
avatar for Judith O'Dea

Judith O'Dea

Stage and film actress Judith O’Dea began her career over five decades ago at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. But for most film and theatre goers, Judith is best remembered as Barbra in the George A. Romero 1968 horror film classic Night of the Living Dead.   This epic film changed her life and definitely remains one of her all-time favorite career highlights.   Since then, she has appeared in over 22 theatrical productions and 13... Read More →


Sunday May 31, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Concord J (Main Programming II)

1:00pm

You've Made Your Movie, Now What?
So now that you've made your movie, Hollywood will come calling and fortune and glory will be yours any day now, right? RIGHT?!? Wrong. Just because you made the movie doesn't mean that the world knows that you made it, so find out from our panel of award-winning experts all about promotion, marketing, distribution, and the potential pitfalls and perils that can come with making art.

Moderators
avatar for Christine Parker

Christine Parker

Owner, Adrenalin/SickChickFlicks

Speakers
avatar for John Dondero

John Dondero

The Diddlist Diddle in all the Land, 13th Floor EFX
I once did a thing, I am not sure what that thing was, and whether or not I enjoyed it. Also is it Whom or Who?
avatar for Jesse Knight

Jesse Knight

Owner, Jesse Knight FIlms
I have been making lo/no budget movies for over 20 years.
avatar for Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an author, costumer, YouTube Show Host, Actress, Makeup Artist and all around crazy person for all the stuff she juggles. | Her stories have been published in numerous anthologies and she has even written a cookbook (Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Series Ate Cookbook.) | She has worked on many films as an actress and special fx makeup artist including Plan 9 (the remake of the original Ed Wood film), The... Read More →


Sunday May 31, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Kannapolis A (Film Panels)

1:00pm

Finding the Funny Side
Comedy guests discuss making fun of the things we love and adore!

Moderators
avatar for Mikey Mason

Mikey Mason

Mikey Mason (She Don’t Like Firefly, Best Game Ever) is a full-time standup comedian whose work has been featured on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, DrDemento.com, Nerdist.com, MTV Geek News, SyFy’s Blastr.com, Time Magazine’s Techland, and on theFuMP.com. He has made multiple appearances both on NBC and at the legendary House Of Blues, headlined on all four coasts and performed at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, Geek... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Pineapple Shaped Lamps

Pineapple Shaped Lamps

Pineapple-Shaped Lamps is a comedy theatre troupe based in North Carolina. Founded in 2010, they have mounted a number of critically acclaimed and award-winning productions. Initially created to perform shadow casts of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” PSL has expanded its repertoire. They have performed the fan favorite shadow cast of “Once More with Feeling,” the musical episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.&rdquo... Read More →
avatar for Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams

Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →


Sunday May 31, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Concord I (Programming)

1:00pm

Doctor Who Through a Woman's Eyes
Let’s talk about #12 and Clara, Companions new and old and how the ‘madman in a blue box’ in all his regenerations looks when viewed from the perspective of female fans.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel SHADOW AND FLAME (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin and VENDETTA: A DEADLY CURIOSITIES NOVEL in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books) and the... Read More →
avatar for Angela Pritchett

Angela Pritchett

Media Arts Guest
Angela Pritchett is an author, costumer, YouTube Show Host, Actress, Makeup Artist and all around crazy person for all the stuff she juggles. | Her stories have been published in numerous anthologies and she has even written a cookbook (Shut Up and Eat! The Unofficial Doctor Who Series Ate Cookbook.) | She has worked on many films as an actress and special fx makeup artist including Plan 9 (the remake of the original Ed Wood film), The... Read More →
avatar for Joey Paquette Starnes

Joey Paquette Starnes

Founder/Organizer, The Charlotte Geeks
Hey there! My name is Joey and I'm the founder/organizer of The Charlotte Geeks - a social club here in North Carolina that meets together 3-4 times a month for geeky good times, as well as hosting our annual Geek Gala each Halloween and our weekly podcast, Guardians of the Geekery! My fandoms include Doctor Who, Orphan Black, all things Marvel and most things British as well as a few dancing addictions like DWTS and SYTYCD. Get your Geek on!


Sunday May 31, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Concord G (Programming)

1:00pm

Stereotypes and How to Avoid Them
Characters tend to fall into certain categories. Learn how to keep your characters fresh and to avoid some of the more obvious stereotypes.

Moderators
avatar for Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the writing world, she is an award winning author primarily known for her War of the Seasons fantasy series. She has several short stories published in various speculative fiction anthologies, to include tie-in work for Star Wars. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse (BU), Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Owner, Editor, Clicking Keys
Melissa Gilbert teaches college writing, works as a freelance editor at Clicking Keys, writes twice monthly for Magical Words, and tells stories (writing as Melissa McArthur). Her current publications include a short story, “The Chase,” in AN IMPROBABLE TRUTH: THE PARANORMAL ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES published by Mocha Memoirs Press and the Maggie the Gatherer series. Melissa is utterly fascinated by books; she... Read More →
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A J Hartley

A.J. Hartley is the international and NY Times bestselling author of a dozen novels including the mystery/thrillers The Mask of Atreus, On the Fifth Day, What Time Devours and Tears of the Jaguar and the young adult fantasy adventures Act of Will and Will Power. The first of his Darwen Arkwright children’s fantasy trilogy (Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact) came out from Penguin/Razorbill in 2011 and won SIBA’s best YA novel of 2012. He... Read More →
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Faith Hunter

New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter has written the Jane Yellowrock series and the Rogue Mage series, as well as the Rogue Mage Role Playing Game. The Soulwood series will be a paranormal crime solving trilogy featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram. Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she has written action adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. Under all her pen names, she has more than 30 books in print in 29 countries. | | Faith is a... Read More →
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Michael G. Williams

Writer, gamer, athlete, LGBTQ activist & advocate. | | Michael G. Williams writes wry suburban horror: stories of monsters, macabre humor and the deceptively picturesque. He is the author of the novels PERISHABLES (2012 Laine Cunningham Novel Award), TOOTH & NAIL, DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, and the forthcoming ATTEMPTED IMMORTALITY. Michael is on the development team for WRAITH: THE OBLIVION 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and co-creator of the... Read More →


Sunday May 31, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Carolina A/B (Writer's Track)

1:00pm

The Butterfly Circus/Doug Jones Q&A
An encore screening of the short film sensation, "The Butterfly Circus," followed by a Q&A session with one of the film's stars, the amazing Doug Jones.

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Doug Jones

Doug Jones is perhaps one of the most brilliant actors of our time. Some say he is this generations “Boris Karloff”! Fans will long remember Doug for his work as THE SILVER SURFER in FANTASTIC FOUR RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER. He’s also the life and soul of ABE SAPIEN in HELLBOY and HELLBOY II THE GOLDEN ARMY (based on the popular Dark Horse comic book, returning to his role of ABE SAPIEN as well a taking... Read More →


Sunday May 31, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Concord A/B (Main Programming I)

1:00pm

The Mummy
A screening of the 1932 classic starring Boris Karloff

Sunday May 31, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Fairway B (Programming)

1:30pm

Real People in Unreal Worlds
When using real people as characters in fiction, what liberties can authors take? What do creators owe to history? The panel will discuss where historical truth meets literary license.

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Misty Massey

Literary Guest
Misty Massey is the author of MAD KESTREL, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and KESTREL'S VOYAGES, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.)  She is a co-editor of THE WEIRD WILD WEST anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net).  When she's not writing, Misty studies... Read More →

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Sunday May 31, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Carolina C (Writer's Track)

1:30pm

Nerf War
Bring your own NERF and battle until the end of Con!

Sunday May 31, 2015 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Concord H (Programming)

2:00pm

Michael Hogan Q & A
Michael Hogan discusses his roles on Battlestar Galactica, Haven, Teen Wolf and what's coming up.

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Michael Hogan

Michael Hogan (c. 1949) is a Canadian actor known for his roles as Colonel Saul Tigh in the Battlestar Galactica series, Billy in The Peanut Butter Solution and the voice of Armando-Owen Bailey in the Mass Effect series. Hogan was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario in 1949, raised in North Bay, Ontario and studied at National Theatre School of Canada. He made his film debut in the Peter Fonda trucker picture High-Ballin’ (1978). He and his... Read More →


Sunday May 31, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Concord J (Main Programming II)

2:00pm

Final Filk
Time for the last filking session of ConCarolinas 2015. Filk the Con away!

Sunday May 31, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Harrisburg B (Programming)

2:30pm

What Genre is This?
Once upon a time, the genres were pretty broad. Nowadays it's hard to know what marketing niche you fall into, even though its spot on the bookshelf can make or break a book's success. We'll talk about the importance of knowing your genre (and its subcategory) and we'll help the audience determine exactly what genre their own works represent.

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Jake Bible

Bram Stoker Award nominated-novelist, short story writer, independent screenwriter, podcaster, and inventor of the Drabble Novel, Jake has entertained thousands with his horror and sci/fi tales. He reaches audiences of all ages with his uncanny ability to write a wide range of characters and genres. Jake is the author of the bestselling Z-Burbia series set in Asheville, NC, the Apex Trilogy (DEAD MECH, The Americans, Metal and Ash) and the Mega... Read More →
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Terry W Ervin II

Author
Terry W. Ervin II is an English and science teacher who enjoys writing fantasy and science fiction. His First Civilization’s Legacy Series (fantasy) includes FLANK HAWK and BLOOD SWORD, and SOUL FORGE. | | Terry’s debut science fiction novel, RELIC TECH, is the first in the Crax War Chronicles. He is working on the sequel, RELIC RESCUE, which should be released and available before ConCarolinas 2015. | | In addition to writing... Read More →
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Roy Mauritsen

guest
Author of "Shards of the Glass Slipper" fairy tale novel series and award winning digital fantasy artist. Book cover designer and art director for Padwolf Publishing and Perseid Press. Recently released enhanced audiobook with music and sound effects for Queen Cinder, Book I of his Shards of the Glass Slipper series.


Sunday May 31, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Carolina A/B (Writer's Track)

3:00pm

Supernatural Detectives
Urban fantasy is all about solving the mystery. Let's talk about our favorite fantastic detectives in fantasy books, television and movies.

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Alexandra Christian

Author
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly paranormal romance, dark fantasy and horror. A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexxx is a native South Carolinian who lives with a ghost hunter and an epileptic wiener dog. She has published several novels, novellas and short stories various publishers including Ellora’s Cave. She also wears an editor’s hat as A.C. Thompson. Recently, she’s been... Read More →
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Faith Hunter

New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter has written the Jane Yellowrock series and the Rogue Mage series, as well as the Rogue Mage Role Playing Game. The Soulwood series will be a paranormal crime solving trilogy featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram. Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she has written action adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. Under all her pen names, she has more than 30 books in print in 29 countries. | | Faith is a... Read More →
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Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel SHADOW AND FLAME (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin and VENDETTA: A DEADLY CURIOSITIES NOVEL in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books) and the... Read More →
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Tamsin Silver

My pen name is Tamsin Silver and I'm originally from Michigan, though I currently live in New York City. I did a brief stint here in the south (10 years) where I graduated from Winthrop University with a BA in Theatre (Performance & Directing emphasis) with a minor in English (Shakespeare & Creative Writing emphasis). I've run a few theatre companies in my time and I was a performer for around 20 years...but my first love was story telling, so... Read More →


Sunday May 31, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Carolina C (Writer's Track)

3:30pm

Con Wrap: How Did We Do?
Wait! Before you head out, let us know what you thought of the Con! How did you like the new hotel? What were the hits and misses? Please be gentle, we're tired!

Sunday May 31, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Concord A/B (Main Programming I)

4:00pm

Do I Need a Writing Group?
What makes a good group? What signals a bad one? What are the pros and cons of in-person groups versus online? Are writing groups for you?

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Janine K. Spendlove

Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the writing world, she is an award winning author primarily known for her War of the Seasons fantasy series. She has several short stories published in various speculative fiction anthologies, to include tie-in work for Star Wars. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse (BU), Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of... Read More →

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Edward McKeown

Science fiction double feature and I might build a creature,
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Nancy Northcott

Nancy Northcott’s childhood ambition was to grow up and become Wonder Woman. Around fourth grade, she realized it was too late to acquire Amazon genes, but she still loved comic books, science fiction, fantasy and YA romance. A sucker for fast action and wrenching emotion, Nancy combines the romance and high stakes she loves in the books she writes. | | Nancy has written freelance articles and taught at the college level. Her most... Read More →
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Gray Rinehart

Gray Rinehart is the only person to have commanded an Air Force tracking station, written speeches for Presidential appointees, had music on "The Dr. Demento Show," and been nominated for a literary award. Gray is a Contributing Editor (the "Slushmaster General") for Baen Books, and his fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov's Science Fiction, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and elsewhere. He is... Read More →


Sunday May 31, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Carolina A/B (Writer's Track)