(You may note the regretable absence of a live reading- I had one, but it was scheduled for Monday, and we’re leaving on Monday, so I had to turn that one down and it was too late to get a new slot. Sad face.)
15:00 – 16:00, The Bar (ExCeL)
[Comments- My first literary beer! I’m so excited!]
Autographing 3 – Mur Lafferty
16:30 – 18:00, Autographing Space (ExCeL)
Escape Pod podcast recording
19:00 – 20:00, Capital Suite 8 (ExCeL)
Mur Lafferty (M), Alasdair Stuart (M)
[Comments- They wanted a live Escape Pod, so Al Stuart is going to perform the intro and outtro, and I’ll be narrating a story.]
Setting Up Your Comic Book Press: New and Old Models Examined
15:00 – 16:30, Capital Suite 13 (ExCeL)
A discussion on how setting up a comic book press, or web comic, has never been easier – except for all drawbacks. An examination of the various ways to fund, create, and distribute comics books in the 21st century: including Patreon, Kickstarter, ComiXology, web comics, and good old-fashioned print comics.
Kaja Foglio (M), Mur Lafferty, CE Murphy, Debbie Lynn Smith, Ian Sharman
So You Want To Be a Podcaster
16:30 – 18:00, Capital Suite 8+11 (ExCeL)
Everything you need to know about podcasting in one panel! What sort of microphone do you need? Which editing software is best? How should you plan and structure your show? How do you develop an audience? What are the differences between reading and podcasting fiction and non-fiction? Come, listen, learn — and then create.
Alasdair Stuart (M), Gabrielle de Cuir, Mur Lafferty, Emma Newman, Miquel Codony Bodas
[Comments- Now I have “Do You Want to Build A Snowman” going through my head.]
Making Old Tropes New: Vampires
11:00 – 12:00, Capital Suite 10 (ExCeL)
The vampire has been defined and redefined a thousand times over the centuries. Today’s vampires range from the sexy and sparkling to the dessicated and gothic. Does the evolution of the vampire speak to its enduring attraction? Why is it a continually recycled myth? How have you used the vampire in a new and interesting way, and why did you make that choice?
Alys Sterling (M), Keffy R. M. Kehrli, Mur Lafferty, Marianna Leikomaa, Kim Newman
So grim. Much serious. Wow.
15:00 – 16:30, Capital Suite 9 (ExCeL)
Science fiction and fantasy have a long history of both comic writing and essentially light-hearted adventures. However, more and more it seems authors want to take themselves seriously, focusing more on the darker elements of story telling. Is genre too po-faced outside the work of certain specifically ‘comedy’ writers? Why do so many writers steer clear of trying to be funny?
Ellen Klages (M), Tanya Huff, Mur Lafferty, Darren Nash, Connie Willis, Simon R Green
[Comments- Dear 30-year-old Mur: whatever it is, don’t worry. You’ll be on a humor panel with Connie Willis someday. O_O]