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
New Ancestral Myths
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?
Saturday, June 8, 2019 10:00 a.m. | Location: Oklahoma G
Vampires Across the Ages
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.
Sunday, June 9, 2019 11:00 a.m. | Location: Oklahoma G
Virtual Reality: The Ethics and Morals of a New Medium
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?
Sunday, June 9, 2019 Noon | Location: Crimson Meeting Room
What Is a Furry?
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.