In the blue corner, standing at 6’3” and weighing in at 245 pounds, the Deranged Man from the Desert, the redheaded stepchild of science fiction, the writer that articulates your desires and scares you with the coming future, DAN ERICKSON! Publishing on Amazon.com and daringly doing so with an editor and a spellchecker, he comes to SoonerCon for another year of magic, mystery, questions and answers, and too many giggles for a funeral.
Fresh off publishing Divine Fire II: Mortal Coil and voicing Audibles of all his works, Erickson is here to talk about the publishing industry, social changes, sexual outlaws, and the vibrant world of Poetry Slam. He trained and fought as a cage fighter as his midlife crisis and studies with awe the world of science and sexuality. Come sit next to him, you won’t be bored.
Sunday, June 9, 2019 1:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A
Aahh!!! Real Monsters: Tentacles in SF
We'll talk about the intrusion by tentacles into sci-fi and fantasy. Let's discuss their metaphorical uses and celebrate just how cool cephalopods actually are. From Verne to Lovecraft to Tolkien’s “Watcher in the Water” to John Carpenter’s The Thing to Star Wars and Arrival, what's so creepy about tentacles?
Sunday, June 9, 2019 2:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner A
How Not to be the Creepy Person in the Corner
There she is, looking radiant in her Squirrel Girl cosplay. So what do you do now? You want to talk to her, but it feels awkward. How to approach this situation without coming across as "That Guy?" A candid talk on the increasing difficulty of meeting new people and picking up on social cues.
Sunday, June 9, 2019 3:00 p.m. | Location: Sooner B
Art of The Long Game: Maintaining Momentum and Not Giving Up
It’s easy to be super motivated when your art business is brand-new. But keeping momentum is hard, with the setbacks and problems that every artist faces. Our panel of artists share strategies that will keep you focused and productive!