Academia / Comic Writer / Panelist Guest / Writer
Known to her kids as “Indiana Mom,” Dr. Mel. is a scientist, writer, artist, comic-book creator, poet, storyteller, filker, and World of Warcraft player (not necessarily in that order.) She makes use of her degree in Egyptology as an adjunct professor at Richland College, teaching fun ed courses to senior citizens. She is currently continuing the Duncan & Mallory series (originally done with Robert Asprin) with her new coauthor, John DeLaughter. With DeLaughter, she’s co-written and illustrated several projects with John DeLaughter, somof which can be found on Amazon and Smashwords.
Friday, June 7, 2019 3:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A
Writers, artists, and editors discuss recent works which combine characters from ancient myths with modern themes, situations, and aesthetic trends in order to create stories about today's concerns with mythical resonance. What do they actually say about ourselves in the current moment?
Panelists: Mel. White, Lou Antonelli, Carolyn Kay, Michael R. Martin, Caleb Masters
Tracks: Writing & Publication, Art, Comics
Friday, June 7, 2019 4:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A
Even though it's set in space, Star Wars has its share of knights, damsels, and monsters. Join us in a discussion about the fantasy elements of Star Wars.
Panelists: Mel. White, Sherri Dean, James Dock, Tyrell Gephardt, Haileigh Todd, E.T. Wardwell
Tracks: Fandoms, Film & TV, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Friday, June 7, 2019 8:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma G
Join the crew from Yard Dog Press as they offer their usual brand of comedy.
Panelists: Selina Rosen, Tim Chessmore, Sherri Dean, Linda L. Donahue, Phillip Drayer Duncan, Rhonda Eudaly, Tim Frayser, James Hollaman, vickey malone kennedy, Lee Killough, Julia S. Mandala, Ethan Nahté, Bradley H. Sinor, Sue Sinor, Laura J. Underwood, Mel. White
Tracks: Writing & Publication, Performing Arts
Saturday, June 8, 2019 9:00 a.m. | Location: Embassy Hotel: Interior Courtyard - Fountain
Join panelists in the hotel breakfast area for intimate conversation. BYO coffee, please.
Panelists: Capt. Sean MacTaggart, David Carrico, Kimber E. Chessmore, Hazel Conley, Linda L. Donahue, Phillip Drayer Duncan, John Eads, Shai Fenwick, J.H. Fleming, Tim Frayser, Caleb Haldane, Chelsea Haldane, Rubiee Tallyn Hayes, Nick Johnson, Bekah June, Carolyn Kay, Chaz Kemp, vickey malone kennedy, Lee Killough, Melinda LaFevers, Michael R. Martin, Caleb Masters, Tim Morgan, Michelle Muenzler, Kathleen M. O'Brien, David "Oak" Rice, Joey "Okie Space Queen" Rodman, Sir William Rothmeyer, Sissy Space, Seth Skorkowsky, Terry Southard, Tex Thompson, Haileigh Todd, Kim Ventrella, E.T. Wardwell, Mel. White
Tracks: General Interest, Food & Drink
Saturday, June 8, 2019 10:00 a.m. | Location: Oklahoma G
Long a staple of Urban Fantasy, vampires first appear in folklore, and were markedly different from Stoker's Count; even more so from Yarbro's noble St. Germain, or the sparkles from Twilight. We discuss the influences of those early roots, and look at the many changes.
Panelists: Wm. Mark Simmons, Rachel Caine, Sherri Dean, Trakena Prevost, Tommy B. Smith, Mel. White
Tracks: Writing & Publication, Fantasy
Saturday, June 8, 2019 7:00 p.m. | Location: Embassy Hotel: Interior Courtyard - Atrium
Join panelists in the hotel for lively conversation. BYO beverage, please.
Panelists: Kevin J. Anderson, Alexandra Bohannon, David Carrico, Sherri Dean, Dr. Marc DiPaolo, Phillip Drayer Duncan, Dan Erickson, J.H. Fleming, Tim Frayser, vickey malone kennedy, Julia S. Mandala, A. Lee Martinez, Caleb Masters, Dr. Laura-Isobel McCall, Ethan Nahté, Kathleen M. O'Brien, Eric Osborn, Cary Osborne, Ted Pennella, Rook Riley, Adrian Simmons, Wm. Mark Simmons, Tex Thompson, Brian Trent, Kim Ventrella, Toni Weisskopf, Mel. White, Adam J. Whitlatch
Tracks: General Interest, Food & Drink
Saturday, June 8, 2019 10:00 p.m. | Location: Boomer A
Open Filk in the round.
Panelists: Mel. White
Sunday, June 9, 2019 11:00 a.m. | Location: Oklahoma G
Virtual reality, like all new media of human interactions, opens a new can of worms regarding ethics. What are the limits of user privacy? How do we protect children? What kinds of applications may inform these choices?
Panelists: Mel. White, Dara Fogel, Ph.D., Maureen McHugh, Tim Morgan, Wm. Mark Simmons, Austin Tindle
Tracks: Internet Life, Culture & World Affairs, STEM
Sunday, June 9, 2019 Noon | Location: Crimson Meeting Room
Furries. Is it just a specialized form of anthropomorphic cosplay? Or is it more than that, or maybe something else entirely? How are fursuit mechanics different from other types of costuming? Are furries "dressing up," or are they revealing their true inner selves? Let’s talk about it.
Panelists: Capt. Sean MacTaggart, Tyrell Gephardt, Terry Southard, Mel. White
Tracks: General Interest, Cosplay