SoonerCon 28 Event Schedule

SoonerCon Event Schedule

SoonerCon 28 is June 7-9 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Plan your SoonerCon weekend now by clicking on a guest profile to see their appearance schedule or download a PDF of the event schedule using the buttons below.

Friday, June 7, 2019 3:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner B

Before and After the Apocalypse

What happens after the world ends? How has the threat of apocalypse changed how we live, how we work, how we govern in the modern age? What's the state of the grid, and all the things we take for granted?

Panelists: Dr. Marc DiPaolo, Tim Frayser, Michelle Muenzler, Jeff Provine, Haileigh Todd, Adam J. Whitlatch

Tracks: Science Fiction, STEM, History, Pop Culture & Entertainment

Tags: Panel

Friday, June 7, 2019 4:00 p.m. | Location: Boomer A

It Was the Aliens

Mankind has been telling stories of invasion for centuries. Modern books and movies are full of stories of how the world would end by aliens. Join our discussion on the alien invasion in pop culture and how it's influenced the apocalyptic genre in general.

Panelists: Mark Alfred, Ethan Nahté, Harold Neal, Joey "Okie Space Queen" Rodman, Selina Rosen, Ann Shelby

Tracks: Supernatural & Paranormal, Pop Culture & Entertainment

Tags: Panel

Friday, June 7, 2019 5:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma H

Take One Con-Quest

Come along and join the show of a lifetime as Take One Improv takes con-goers into a world of fun with a variety of improv games, stand-up, dramatic readings of internet nonsense, lip-sync showdowns, and beloved movies and television shows re-cast with characters that definitely don’t belong. Join us for a randomly wild ride! Note: this panel is rated PG-13

Panelists: Take One Improv

Tracks: Pop Culture & Entertainment

Tags: Performance

Saturday, June 8, 2019 10:00 a.m. | Location: Boomer A

IDIC and Speculative Fiction’s Highest Ideals

“Infinite diversity in infinite combinations.” “I grok in fullness.” “Fear is the mind-killer.” “After all this time? Always.” “What’s the point in two hearts if you can’t be a bit forgiving now and then?” “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” How do these and other inspirations from sf illuminate our reality?

Panelists: Peter Pixie, Dara Fogel, Ph.D., Carolyn Kay, Marguerite Reed, The Dream, Scott Zrubek

Tracks: Culture & World Affairs, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Tags: Panel

Saturday, June 8, 2019 11:00 a.m. | Location: Boomer A

Far-Fetched Doomsdays

Meteors and nuclear war are so last century. Come up with new, intricate, and implausible ways for mankind to check out, or life on Earth to end.

Panelists: Phillip Drayer Duncan, Rhonda Eudaly, Tyrell Gephardt, Michelle Muenzler, Selina Rosen, Adrian Simmons

Tracks: Science Fiction, STEM, History, Pop Culture & Entertainment

Tags: Panel

Saturday, June 8, 2019 Noon | Location: Oklahoma G

Building My First Lightsaber

How bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson went from small-town fanboy to international bestselling author, with work for Lucasfilm, Star Wars, Batman, X-Files, and the band Rush.

Panelists: Kevin J. Anderson

Tracks: Writing & Publication, Pop Culture & Entertainment

Tags: GoH

Saturday, June 8, 2019 Noon | Location: University C

Why Godzilla Matters

A conversation with Matt Frank, kaiju comic artist, about why Godzilla and the giant-monster genre is important and not just meaningless schlock.

Panelists: Matt Frank

Tracks: Pop Culture & Entertainment, Film & TV, Fandoms, Art

Tags: GoH

Saturday, June 8, 2019 3:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma H

Take One Improv Comedy Show

Take One Improv puts on a short-form improv comedy show, similar to Whose Line Is It Anyway, that is suitable for all ages. A tried-and-true comedy show performed across the nation for the last 10 years, which has left a trail of laugher in its wake. This show involves audience participation and guarantees a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Panelists: Take One Improv

Tracks: Pop Culture & Entertainment

Tags: Performance

Saturday, June 8, 2019 4:00 p.m. | Location: Boomer A

Droid Building 101 with OKC R2-D2 and Others!

Everyone's favorite astromech droid shows off his secrets and makers share progress on their latest droid projects.

Panelists: James Dock, Paul Barrett, K-9, OKC R2-D2

Tracks: Maker, STEM, Pop Culture & Entertainment

Tags: Panel

Saturday, June 8, 2019 4:00 p.m. | Location: Boomer B

Dungeons and Dragons: 45 Years Strong

D&D was first published in 1974, making it a venerable 45 years old. How has it changed over the years? How is it stronger than ever these days? Do you remember the "Satanic Panic" of the 80s? And what about that Tom Hanks movie?

Panelists: Magician Michael Corley, Dennis McDonald, Rook Riley, Seth Skorkowsky, Christina Stiles, Karen Thrower

Tracks: Gaming, Pop Culture & Entertainment

Tags: Panel

Saturday, June 8, 2019 9:30 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma H

Intermission with Take One Improv

Take One Improv entertains with dynamic, laugh-'til-your-belly-hurts improv comedy scenes during the SoonerCon Masquerade Costume Contest judging intermission.

Panelists: Take One Improv

Tracks: Pop Culture & Entertainment

Tags: Performance

Sunday, June 9, 2019 11:00 a.m. | Location: Sooner B

The Defeated Foes of Godzilla

Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah are just a few of the kaiju titans Godzilla has fought over the years. Who are your favorites, and how do they stack up?

Panelists: Caleb Haldane, Dan Erickson, Matt Frank, Nick Johnson, A. Lee Martinez, Terry Southard

Tracks: Film & TV, Pop Culture & Entertainment

Tags: Panel

Sunday, June 9, 2019 2:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner B

Golden Age Comics - Art and Influence

Panelist R. Cat Conrad, has had to cancel this year's appearance. This Presentation will be post-poned indefinitely.

Pop-culture enthusiast and artist R. Cat Conrad connects the Lichtenstein dots in this presentation and discussion on Golden Age comics as the foundation for much of what we see in SF and movies today.

Panelists:

Tracks: Comics, Pop Culture & Entertainment

Tags: Presentation

Sunday, June 9, 2019 3:00 p.m. | Location: Oklahoma G

Sixty Years in the Zone

This retrospective on The Twilight Zone’s 60th anniversary is just an excuse to reminisce about our favorite episodes -- or the ones that creeped us out the most. All iterations of TZ are fair game.

Panelists: Wm. Mark Simmons, Mark Alfred, Brian Trent, Craig Wolf

Tracks: Film & TV, Pop Culture & Entertainment

Tags: Panel

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