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Friday, May 2
 

12:00pm

KlingonFest Opening Ceremonies
Join us as we begin the Klingon Feast by Singing the Klingon Anthem. Come meet members of the Klingon Empire!

Moderators
avatar for John Miller

John Miller

Lord, House VamPyr/Klingon Assault Group
Lord VamPyr is the honored leader of House VamPyr, one of the most active Klingon Houses in Colorado.

Friday May 2, 2014 12:00pm - 12:55pm
KlingonFest

1:00pm

Klingon Naming
A true Klingon Warrior must have a glorious Klingon name. We will be having a naming ceremony and you will receive a certificate with your new name.

Friday May 2, 2014 1:00pm - 1:55pm
KlingonFest

2:00pm

Cheapass on Kickstarter
James Ernest discusses the four Cheapass Games projects from Kickstarter: what went right, what could have been better. Unexploded Cow; Deadwood Studios, USA; Get Lucky; Pairs.

Speakers
avatar for James Ernest

James Ernest

American Game Designer and Juggler
James Ernest is best known as the owner and lead designer of Cheapass Games. Prior to founding Cheapass, he worked as a juggler at various venues,including Camlann Medieval Village,  and as a freelancer with Wizards of the Coast. He also worked for Carbonated Games.  In 2005, Paizo Publishing created Titanic Games with Ernest and Mike Selinker. Ernest’s... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 2:00pm - 4:00pm
GameFest 1

3:00pm

Basics of Game Design
The game is not the mechanics. James Ernest discusses the basic concepts related to designing a good game, defining "fun," and turning a good idea into a good game. Beginner level game design.

Speakers
avatar for James Ernest

James Ernest

American Game Designer and Juggler
James Ernest is best known as the owner and lead designer of Cheapass Games. Prior to founding Cheapass, he worked as a juggler at various venues,including Camlann Medieval Village,  and as a freelancer with Wizards of the Coast. He also worked for Carbonated Games.  In 2005, Paizo Publishing created Titanic Games with Ernest and Mike Selinker. Ernest’s... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 3:00pm - 5:00pm
GameFest 1

4:00pm

Klingon costuming: Details ma'Ke the Kostume
Not your basic costume talk, but details of a believable costume to develop your character. Take it to the next level; learn makeup with Sec’ca’mete and detailing with DoQ.

Friday May 2, 2014 4:00pm - 4:55pm
KlingonFest

5:00pm

5:00pm

Makeup All the Shades of Gray
Bring old heads and new and learn the art of contouring, the prosthetic process, creating your own character, teeth, props, and weapons. There will be a special Q&A afterwards starring John Paladin, Kate DoQ & many other surprises!

Friday May 2, 2014 5:00pm - 5:55pm
KlingonFest

5:00pm

Probability for Game Designers
What are the odds? James Ernest explains the basics of probability theory as it applies to game design, using examples from casino games and tabletop games. This is recommended primarily for game designers, but also of general interest.

Speakers
avatar for James Ernest

James Ernest

American Game Designer and Juggler
James Ernest is best known as the owner and lead designer of Cheapass Games. Prior to founding Cheapass, he worked as a juggler at various venues,including Camlann Medieval Village,  and as a freelancer with Wizards of the Coast. He also worked for Carbonated Games.  In 2005, Paizo Publishing created Titanic Games with Ernest and Mike Selinker. Ernest’s... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
GameFest 1

5:30pm

6:00pm

Klingon Kostuming
veqa Hol has over 25 years of knowledge building master level costumes.

Friday May 2, 2014 6:00pm - 6:55pm
KlingonFest

6:00pm

Welcome to the Battlestar Stormbringer
Battlestar Stormbringer is the local chapter of the Colonial Ministry of Defense, one of the premier Battlestar Galactica fan clubs. Whether you are a standing member of the crew, or your are interested in joining, stop by and hear the latest in the club’s journey and where we are going in the future.

Moderators
LB

Liam Bootzin

Commander, Battlestar Stormbringer

Friday May 2, 2014 6:00pm - 6:55pm
SF Panel 4

6:00pm

Designing to a Theme
Theme and mechanics should work together. James Ernest describes the basics, and gives examples, of starting with a story or theme and ending up with a game. Medium level game design.

Speakers
avatar for James Ernest

James Ernest

American Game Designer and Juggler
James Ernest is best known as the owner and lead designer of Cheapass Games. Prior to founding Cheapass, he worked as a juggler at various venues,including Camlann Medieval Village,  and as a freelancer with Wizards of the Coast. He also worked for Carbonated Games.  In 2005, Paizo Publishing created Titanic Games with Ernest and Mike Selinker. Ernest’s... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 6:00pm - 8:00pm
GameFest 1

7:00pm

7:00pm

You Got Your Reality In My Fantasy
Both science and fiction have been great places to explore contemporary issues under the guise of fiction, but when is it too much? Can your soapbox overwhelm your prose? Join authors Betsy Dornbusch, Guy Anthony DeMarco, Kal Spriggs, David Boop and Peter Wacks as we try to find balance in the force.

Moderators
avatar for David Boop

David Boop

Author
David Boop is a bestselling Denver-based speculative fiction author. He’s also an award-winning essayist, and screenwriter. His novel, the sci-fi/noir She Murdered Me with Science, will return to print in 2016 from WordFire Press. David has had over fifty short stories published... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Betsy Dornbusch

Betsy Dornbusch

author
Betsy Dornbusch writes epic fantasy. Her short fiction has appeared in over a dozen magazines and anthologies, and she's the author of three novellas and five novels. Her first fantasy novel came out in 2012 and her latest trilogy, BOOKS OF THE SEVEN EYES, wraps up with ENEMY in 2017... Read More →
avatar for Guy Anthony De Marco

Guy Anthony De Marco

Author, Editor, Publisher, Evil Brain Trust, LTD
Guy Anthony De Marco is a speculative fiction author; a Graphic Novel Bram Stoker® and Scribe Award finalist; winner of the HWA Silver Hammer Award; a prolific short story and flash fiction crafter; a novelist; a poet; an invisible man with superhero powers; a game writer; a disabled... Read More →
avatar for Kal  Spriggs

Kal Spriggs

Author
Kal is a professional author of science fiction and fantasy. He has already begun publishing three science fiction series: The Shadow Space Chronicles, the Rising Wolf Series, and the Renegades. The Shadow Space Chronicles is military science fiction and space opera and follows a... Read More →
avatar for Peter Wacks

Peter Wacks

Author
Throughout the course of his life, Peter has acted (Revenge of the Nerds and others), he has designed—and written story-lines for—games (the best-selling Cyberpunk CCG), written novels and other fiction (like Second Paradigm, which landed him a guest speaker gig at Mensa on writing... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 7:00pm - 7:55pm
SF Panel 3

7:00pm

Faster Than Light Speed Dating
Are you lonely, looking for that special someone to enjoy the convention with? Look no further! Come join Faster than Light Speed Dating! Why flee from Cylon tyranny alone? There are no guarantees, but you might find a friend or just have good time.

A Speed Dating panel with a Battlestar Galactica theme for all kinds of Geeks.

Moderators
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Ana MacDonnell

Life sucks, and I'm a lollypop

Friday May 2, 2014 7:00pm - 8:55pm
SF Panel 4

7:00pm

Karaoke Test of Bravery
We sing, both genre-themed songs and regular karaoke songs. Are you brave enough to sing in front of a crowd of crazy supportive people?

Friday May 2, 2014 7:00pm - Saturday May 3, 2014 12:00am
Horror Panel

8:00pm

Cosplay Meet Up
Friday May 2, 2014 8:00pm - 8:55pm
DrWho_Steampunk

8:00pm

Welcome to Night Vale Character Q&A
The Night Vale Community Radio Station, in celebration of Citizen Day, are holding an open Question and Answer session with several notable Night Vale Citizens. Just do not speak or think about the Dog Park…

Moderators
Friday May 2, 2014 8:00pm - 9:25pm
SF Panel 3

8:00pm

Making Low-Budget Independent Science Fiction Films
Since 1999, cinematographer Matt Jacobson has shot three award-winning science fiction feature films with his creative partner, filmmaker Kevin Willmott. These films include the Sundance-favorite, alternate-history mockumentary CSA: Confederate States of America; the post-apocalyptic Western The Battle for Bunker Hill; and the controversial sci-fi satire Destination: Planet Negro! Matt also teaches film and media production at KU’s Oldfather Studios, where fifty years ago, director Herk Harvey made the classic independent horror film, Carnival of Souls. Using clips from all of these films, Matt will talk about how to create and shoot sci-fi on a budget- from coming up with ideas, to making your budget dollar count (especially if all you have IS a dollar!)

Matt will be joined by Mark Steven Grove for this panel. Mark is a Denver-based Filmmaker who has worked in the entertainment industry for over 25 years. Aside from being an accomplished Actor and Stunt Performer, it is his skills behind the camera that have established him as a true Renaissance Man. Gifted in all things action-related, Mr. Grove is a talented Fight Choreographer, Stunt Coordinator, Firearms Handler, Pyrotechnician, and Special Effects Supervisor who has utilized his skills in over 120 professional projects.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Steven Grove

Mark Steven Grove

Man of Action, Rocky Mountain Stunts
Mark Steven Grove is a Denver-based filmmaker who has worked in the entertainment industry for over 25 years. Gifted in all things action-related, Mr. Grove is a accomplished fight choreographer, stunt coordinator, firearms handler, pyrotechnician and special effects supervisor... Read More →


Friday May 2, 2014 8:00pm - 10:00pm
SF Panel 1

8:30pm

Science Fiction Role Models for Women
A discussion and comparison of various powerful women in science fiction and how girls can grow up to be more than just Disney princesses.

Moderators
Friday May 2, 2014 8:30pm - 9:25pm
SF Panel 2

9:00pm

Echoes in Space Karaoke
Echoes in Space Karaoke is a professional grade Karaoke experience with a library of over 120,000 songs brought to you by the USS Tiburon

Friday May 2, 2014 9:00pm - Saturday May 3, 2014 12:00am
KlingonFest

9:30pm

The Rocky Mountain Whedon Shadowcasters Rehearsal
If you’re interested in joining the cast as an extra dancer, duck, homeless guy, or henchman for either of the sing-along shadowcast shows on Saturday, join us at our open rehearsal!

Moderators
avatar for Erin Card

Erin Card

Designer/Owner, Ampersand Creations

Friday May 2, 2014 9:30pm - Saturday May 3, 2014 12:00am
SF Panel 3
 
Saturday, May 3
 

8:30am

Introduction to Ray Harryhausen

This year, May 7th marks the one-year anniversary of the passing of Ray Harryhausen. For the majority of today’s filmgoers, this isn’t a significant event.

For many others, like myself who grew up in the era before science fiction and fantasy movies were multi-million dollar productions requiring entire armies of effects artists, it’s a time for sadness and reflection.

Even if you don't know who Ray Harryhausen was, you've probably seen his work. The master animator is best known for breathing life into giant, writhing serpents, sword-wielding skeletons, and marauding dinosaurs in such fantasy adventure and monster movies as The 7th Voyage of Sinbad(1958), Jason and the Argonauts (1963), and Clash of the Titans (1981). Harryhausen was an innovator, and in many ways the father of the modern special effects craft and industry.

Harryhausen's trademark action sequences featuring animated model figurines always pictured interacting with, or more often, fighting with human foes, or crushing them, or biting them in half or flying away with them might seem clunky and old-fashioned when measured by today's standards. But in their day, the effects Ray pioneered were cutting-edge. He painstakingly filmed his "creatures" frame by frame. The process was exhausting: The 4 minute, 37-second skeleton and human fight sequence from Jason and the Argonauts reportedly took four and a half months to photograph and he had to readjust and film around 184,800 movements of the puppets.

Then, using his patented "Dynamation" technique, those skeletons and serpents could interact on screen with actors in a remarkable realistic way. The Dynamation process combined foreground and background footage by photographing miniatures in front of a rear-projection screen. Sometimes, he shot sequences through a partially-masked glass pane. Live footage would later be superimposed on the masked portion of the frame, and voila, the creature or creatures seemed to exist in the midst of "real" human-scaled action, or even appear to move in front of and behind "live" elements. Ray also carefully controlled lighting and color balance to make sure the image quality of his animated sequences matched the quality of the live action. His effects were more convincing than the standard use of optical printing and mattes. This was before green screen, folks.

Perhaps because of his hermetic production style and the fact that he produced half of his films outside of Hollywood (living in London since 1960), reducing his day-to-day interaction with other more traditional, but still influential Hollywood effects artists, none of Harryhausen's films were nominated for a special effects Oscar. Harryhausen himself says the reason was that he worked in Europe.

 During the 1980s and early 1990s, those of Harryhausen's growing legion of fans who had graduated into the professional film industry, started lobbying the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to acknowledge Harryhausen's contribution to the film industry and he was finally awarded a Gordon E. Sawyer Award for "technological contributions [which] have brought credit to the industry" in 1992, with actor Tom Hanks as the Master of Ceremonies and long time friend Bradbury, presenting the Oscar. After the presentation to Harryhausen, actor Tom Hanks told the audience, "Some people say Casablanca or Citizen Kane...I say Jason and the Argonauts is the greatest film ever made!"


Moderators
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Kevin Atkins

Tech Support Manager, The Noerr Programs
Our beloved Master of Ceremonies, Kevin, has been with the convention for over 30 years, but he amazingly shows very little wear and tear. Kevin is famous for his corny internet jokes which he unleashes whenever there is a pause in the action onstage. Because we have bugged him so... Read More →

Saturday May 3, 2014 8:30am - 8:45am
Main Events

9:00am

Kreepy Kids Krafts

Peri Charlifu will be on hand to help the kids make fun scary spiders and creepy bats.


Moderators
Saturday May 3, 2014 9:00am - 9:55am
Horror Panel

9:00am

Klingon Kulture
Admiral K’Var and friends are back to educate all on Klingon kulture — among other things! Come see Admiral K’Var in his element and come asking questions that need answers.

Saturday May 3, 2014 9:00am - 9:55am
KlingonFest

9:00am

Genderbending in Science Fiction and Fantasy
There’s been a lot of talk about sexism in fandom and SFF fiction and film. Most of this talk centers around female fans and characters, but here we’ll tackle both genders. What are some good examples of characters who step outside the gender box and how can we treat our characters to make them more inclusive and intriguing.

Moderators
avatar for Betsy Dornbusch

Betsy Dornbusch

author
Betsy Dornbusch writes epic fantasy. Her short fiction has appeared in over a dozen magazines and anthologies, and she's the author of three novellas and five novels. Her first fantasy novel came out in 2012 and her latest trilogy, BOOKS OF THE SEVEN EYES, wraps up with ENEMY in 2017... Read More →

Saturday May 3, 2014 9:00am - 9:55am
SF Panel 3

9:00am

Turning Your Game Into a Business
Keith Avallone of PLAAY Games has made the jump from hobby gamer to game business, and shares his “journey” with you straight from the “School of Hard Knocks.” He’ll outline his view on the most effective way to get started, discuss the one thing that will ensure your game business will fail, and reveal the marketing mistake almost everyone makes.

Speakers

Saturday May 3, 2014 9:00am - 10:00am
GameFest 1

9:00am

Junkyard Derby
Take “Junkyard Wars” and a pinewood derby, mix’em together, and you get the Junkyard Derby! Kids will have two hours to build a junk car out of random junk supplied weighing no more than 8 oz. The challenge will be to build a junkyard car that rolls the furthest down a ramp and along a straight-away. The three cars that roll the farthest will win engineering prizes!

Sponsored by the USS-Pioneer Engineering department.

Moderators
ED

Ed Dougherty

Ten Forward

Saturday May 3, 2014 9:00am - 10:55am
SF Panel 4

9:30am

WhoFest Meet and Greet
Saturday May 3, 2014 9:30am - 10:25am
DrWho_Steampunk

10:00am

Honor Kahless
Learn how Kahless brought honor to the Klingon Empire.. Fleet Admiral K'var will show you the way!

Saturday May 3, 2014 10:00am - 10:55am
KlingonFest

10:00am

Wild and Wonderful Facets of the Universe
It isn’t all wobbly-wobbly and timey-wimey. Join the 4th Doctor for an exploration of the wild and wonderful facts and theories about the Universe and our ongoing quest for knowledge. Brought to you by the Denver Astronomical Society.

Moderators
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Sorin

Founder, AstroBox
Science communicator and founder of AstroBox (http://astrobox.rocks) and Eclipse Kit (http://eclipsekit.com) to bring astronomical events and space science to everyone. Sharing a passion for space and the wonders of the Cosmos. Astronomical artist at http://SorinSpaceArt.com and board... Read More →

Saturday May 3, 2014 10:00am - 10:55am
SF Panel 1

10:00am

Star Trek Outpost Live!
Beam in to this two-part experience and learn what it takes to create an audio drama from the crew that produces the Parsec Award-winning fan audio drama, Star Trek: Outpost. Learn the ins and outs (including how easy it is!) of audio production as we take volunteers from the audience to record a “minisode” of Star Trek: Outpost. After recording the session on the first day with audience participation, we will mix the “minisode” overnight and play it back for the audience and volunteer actors the following day. The final production will eventually air as part of the Star Trek: Outpost podcast which is posted monthly on www.startrekoutpost.com and www.giantgnome.com.

Moderators
Saturday May 3, 2014 10:00am - 11:55am
SF Panel 2

10:00am

Gaming Industry Round Table
Back by popular demand, this is an open session where gaming topics are posed to our designer and author guests concerning the game industry as a whole. Bring your pressing questions and see how a panel of experienced designers and authors respond during this laid back and always entertaining event.

Moderators
avatar for Dave Koster

Dave Koster

GameFest, Petrie\'s Family Games

Speakers
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Timothy B Brown

Game Industry Legend
For the last twenty years, Timothy has been a designer at Game Designers’ Workshop, an editor at Challenge magazine, and the director of product development at TSR, Inc. Marc Miller, Frank Chadwick, Lester Smith, and Timothy Brown of GDW designed the new game Traveller: 2300 (1986) as an expansion of the original Traveller role-playing game. Brown went... Read More →
SB

Sean Brown

President, Mr. B Games
Sean Brown has been in the game industry for almost 10 years. He is the President of Mr. B. Games and is a designer/developer and co-designer of dozens of published games.
avatar for James Ernest

James Ernest

American Game Designer and Juggler
James Ernest is best known as the owner and lead designer of Cheapass Games. Prior to founding Cheapass, he worked as a juggler at various venues,including Camlann Medieval Village,  and as a freelancer with Wizards of the Coast. He also worked for Carbonated Games.  In 2005, Paizo Publishing created Titanic Games with Ernest and Mike Selinker. Ernest’s... Read More →


Saturday May 3, 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
GameFest 1

10:30am

Episode Idea Write-Up
Is there a fan script rattling around in your head that needs writing down? Do you wish there were? Bring a notebook and a pen and work with other liter for that extra boost to get going.

Saturday May 3, 2014 10:30am - 11:25am
DrWho_Steampunk

11:00am

Gorram Browncoats!
Join fellow local Browncoats for a discussion centered on Joss Whedon’s Firefly/Serenity ‘Verse. Learn about our upcoming group activities, Shindigs and the July CSTS charity screening of Serenity. Share with us your love of this shiny tv series and film. Join us on our website at www.denvercsts.com.

Moderators
Saturday May 3, 2014 11:00am - 11:55am
SF Panel 4

11:00am

Overcoming Barriers in Sci Fi
Primarily about sexism but also ableism and racism, and how to be heard when your voice is a perceived minority. This is about writing/publishing/directing/etc for science fiction, not the characters thereof

Moderators
Saturday May 3, 2014 11:00am - 11:55am
SF Panel 3

11:00am

History of Avistrum
In this special presentation brought to you by your Head Girls and House Prefects, you will learn more about the history of Avistrum, its Founders and perhaps some theories how to repair the remaining portions of the Founders Fountain.

Saturday May 3, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Avistrum

11:30am

The Man, The Myth, The Doctor
Saturday May 3, 2014 11:30am - 12:25pm
DrWho_Steampunk

12:00pm

What’s the Scariest Movie You’ve Ever Seen?

Join authors Stephen Graham Jones, Guy Anthony De Marco, Mark Stone, Travis Heerman, Carrie Vaughn and Jeanne Stein for an interactive discussion.


Speakers
avatar for Travis Heermann

Travis Heermann

Author
Author of the Ronin Trilogy, The Wild Boys, and Rogues of the Black Fury. Role-playing writer for Legend of Five Rings, d20 System, and the MMORPG, EVE Online.
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Stephen Graham Jones

Author
This Bram Stoker Award Finalist is the author of over 20 novels, Most recently, The Gospel of Z and The Least of My Scars.
avatar for Guy Anthony De Marco

Guy Anthony De Marco

Author, Editor, Publisher, Evil Brain Trust, LTD
Guy Anthony De Marco is a speculative fiction author; a Graphic Novel Bram Stoker® and Scribe Award finalist; winner of the HWA Silver Hammer Award; a prolific short story and flash fiction crafter; a novelist; a poet; an invisible man with superhero powers; a game writer; a disabled... Read More →
avatar for Jeanne Stein

Jeanne Stein

Author
Author of the award winning Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles
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Mark Stone

Author
Author of the award-winning BSI series. ForWord nominated and Publisher’s Weekly Starred Reviewwriter.
avatar for Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn

Author
Best-selling Colorado Author of the Kitty Norville series.


Saturday May 3, 2014 12:00pm - 12:55pm
Horror Panel

12:00pm

The Mellow Hour
Come create tasty treats that you can eat! We will be using marshmallows to create and play games. Challenge your friends to a no-hands smores-eating race, or take part in our castle-building contest to win a prize. There will be games, candy and lots of fun. All ages are welcome to come play!

Moderators
Saturday May 3, 2014 12:00pm - 12:55pm
SF Panel 4

12:00pm

Combat in Science Fiction and Fantasy
A discussion of the good, the bad, and the ugly scenes of combat and action in Science Fiction and Fantasy. To include the differences between games, movies, and literature and examples of each. Also a discussion of the morality and emotional impact both upon the audience and the characters involved. Hosted by Kal Spriggs and featuring Josh Vogt and Amanda Montandon.

Moderators
avatar for Kal  Spriggs

Kal Spriggs

Author
Kal is a professional author of science fiction and fantasy. He has already begun publishing three science fiction series: The Shadow Space Chronicles, the Rising Wolf Series, and the Renegades. The Shadow Space Chronicles is military science fiction and space opera and follows a... Read More →

Saturday May 3, 2014 12:00pm - 12:55pm
SF Panel 2

12:00pm

I Am A Super Nerd
The folks from I Am A Super Nerd Podcast bring you the latest Nerd News and Rumors from movies, TV, comics, games and more! Rumors from Avengers 2, Star Wars Episode VII, Batman vs Superman! Nerd News from Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, Batman TV “Gotham” and more! – IamASuperNerd.com

Moderators
AF

Austin Faux

Photo/Video

Saturday May 3, 2014 12:00pm - 12:55pm
SF Panel 3

12:30pm

WhoFest Costume Contest
How cool is your cosplay? Could you be the poster boy for the Boeshane Peninsula? Does your Tenth come first? Put your costume creation against others. Winners will receive prizes.

Saturday May 3, 2014 12:30pm - 1:55pm
DrWho_Steampunk

1:00pm

Ship Battle Tactics - Top Gun Training
Learn Klingon Battle tactics. Learn Klingon Top Gun Air Combat training. Leave this class knowing how to out manuver your lesser enemy.

Saturday May 3, 2014 1:00pm - 1:55pm
KlingonFest

1:00pm

Crossplay and Genderbending
What makes you want to make a costume of a particular character? What if your decisions lead you to a character of a different gender or sex? No matter what you identify as, your love of a character may drive you to either twist your own body to fit or change the character’s look to fit yours. Come join our discussion on transforming yourself or the characters to make your dream cosplay!

Moderators
avatar for Erin Card

Erin Card

Designer/Owner, Ampersand Creations

Saturday May 3, 2014 1:00pm - 1:55pm
SF Panel 2

1:00pm

Getting a Job in Video Games
The Video Game industry is a fast-growing and exciting industry. But those games require people to help create them. Get the inside story on how to break into the video game industry from (insert name) of the Boulder-based Backflip Studios! Come for an informative discussion and learn what it takes to find that dream job, and hear about the upcoming classes soon to be available through the D.E.A.D. Academy!

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Olson

Thomas Olson

Lead Artist at Backflip Studios – Computer Games company in Boulder Colorado


Saturday May 3, 2014 1:00pm - 1:55pm
SF Panel 3

1:00pm

The Quest for Mars
Did you sign up to go to Mars? Know somebody else who did? Know somebody you WISH had signed up to go? Can’t wait to find out whether or not there’s life there? Whatever your interest in Mars, come find out what’s awaiting our first intrepid explorers to travel to the Red Planet. Mars is not just Barsoom any more! It may LOOK like a dry, dusty desert planet, but it’s WAY more than that! StarFest regular, science video producer and astronomer Carolyn Collins Petersen takes us on a trip to Mars, using the latest and greatest info from the spacecraft exploring it. Come early for good seats — and, bring your favorite Mars question to ask!

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Collins Petersen

Carolyn Collins Petersen

Space Science Writer and Producer, Loch Ness Productions
Ms. Collins Petersen is CEO of Loch Ness Productions, a unique multimedia production company, specializing in cosmically creative content about astronomy and space science for domed theaters, science centers and Web sites. She is the author of The Spacewriter’s Ramblings (http://www.thespacewriter.com... Read More →


Saturday May 3, 2014 1:00pm - 1:55pm
SF Panel 1

1:00pm

Indie Filmmakers' Panel

Our filmmakers, actors, producers, and writers talk all aspects of making indie horror.  With Bizjack Flemco, Zachary Helm, The Mihm Crew,  and others.


Speakers
avatar for Dave Franco

Dave Franco

Director
The seeds of Dave’s love of horror were planted when Dave was a mere nine years old. An avid reader, Dave’s mom decided he was ready for Stephen King’s “Christine,” and the rest is history. Dave has carried this passion into visual storytelling in both the narrative and... Read More →
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Ben Martinez

Director
Ben Martinez didn’t have many friends growing up. The cinema was his second home and closest companion. From an early age, Ben showed an interest in filmmaking by using his dad’s VHS camera, his little brother and an army of Ninja Turtle action figures. After graduating from... Read More →
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Kris Simms

Screenwriter
As a screenwriter, Kris’s genre is clearly the thriller and has been influenced by everyone from Alfred Hitchcock and Rod Sterling to Wes Craven and Oren Peli. Kris has a master’s degree in Information Resources, with an emphasis in film research, from the University of Arizona... Read More →
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Jonathan TIersten

Actor, Musician
To the casual observer taking only a cursory glance at the career of Jonathan Tiersten, one might only know him from his iconic role of Ricky in the legendary horror film “Sleepaway Camp.” While Jonathan “JT” Tiersten completely owned the role of Ricky and relishes it to this... Read More →


Saturday May 3, 2014 1:00pm - 2:55pm
Horror Panel

1:00pm

Make a Fantasy Leather Bracer
This will be a hands-on demonstration on how to make a leather bracer. There will be a $15 fee to cover leather and materials, but you will walk away with a leather bracer. You will learn basic leather tooling! Tandy Leather of Sheridan is sponsoring and supplying materials for this panel. Limited to the first 25 participants in the room.

Moderators
Saturday May 3, 2014 1:00pm - 2:55pm
SF Panel 4

2:00pm

The Marvel Madness Panel

This panel will cover Bob Hall’s years working for Marvel Comics and the many amazing characters he worked on and the many industry professionals he had the opportunity to work with.


Speakers
avatar for Bob Hall

Bob Hall

Artistic Director, Flatwater Shakespeare Company


Saturday May 3, 2014 2:00pm - 2:55pm
ComicFest Panel

2:00pm

Richard Elfman --Forbidden Zone 2
Richard talks about the long awaited sequel to his cult classic film.

Speakers
avatar for RIchard Elfman

RIchard Elfman

Director, Author
Richard grew up in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles (Boyz n the Hood (1991)), was a semi-professional boxer, food and wine critic and successful stage director. He is also a noted Afro-Latin percussionist and the founder of the original Mystic Knights of the Oingo-Boingo.  Richard has directed six feature films and is currently working on a... Read More →


Saturday May 3, 2014 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Horror Panel

2:00pm

Klingon Language 101
Come learn the Klingon Language. General VamPyr will be teaching the language of the warriors. You will be learning phrases and words that will impress Martok! Learn to count to 10 in Klingon! Learn the Skill of Klingon Cursing. More information can be found on our website http://www.housevampyr.com.

Saturday May 3, 2014 2:00pm - 2:55pm
KlingonFest

2:00pm

Business Priciples for Geeks
Turning your hobby into a business (hopefully) without going bankrupt.

Moderators
Saturday May 3, 2014 2:00pm - 2:55pm
SF Panel 2

2:00pm

Captain Controversy
An in-depth discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of the captains that navigate through the science fiction/fantasy worlds. If time and interest allows, a debate to determine the best captain of all time will occur.

Moderators
Saturday May 3, 2014 2:00pm - 2:55pm
SF Panel 3

2:00pm

Defense Against the Dark Arts
Learn some new methods in how to protect yourself and others from the menacing Dark Arts.

Speakers
avatar for Clark Dowling

Clark Dowling

Headmaster, Avistrum Academy


Saturday May 3, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Avistrum

3:00pm

Trona Pinnacles Today: Secret “Lost in Space” Location Shooting Sites Revealed
William Hedges, noted expert on the “Lost in Space” television series, will give a fascinating presentation on the facts behind secret exterior shooting locations used on “Lost in Space.” The original studio sets of the series were struck forty-six years ago, but the exterior filming sites still look just like they did back then, and you can visit them today. A trip to California’s Trona Pinnacles and Red Rock Canyon will take you to the fictional planet Priplanus where giant Cyclops roamed, spaceships crash landed, rocketbelts flew and the chariot crossed the barren desert. Find out how these shots match up with what is there today and where to find the specific locations.

Speakers
avatar for William Hedges

William Hedges

I have always enjoyed science fiction books and TV, having grown up with up with Heinlein, Lost in Space and Star Trek. Watching those TV shows got me interested in how they were made, and since then I've been an amateur filmmaker and replica prop builder. Once, as a 5 year old... Read More →


Saturday May 3, 2014 3:00pm - 3:55pm
SF Panel 1

3:00pm

Alternate History in Fantasy and Science Fiction
A look at the special appeal of changing up history and the behind-the-scenes strategies authors use to make it work. Hosted by Tonya De Marco and featuring Travis Heermann, Vivian Caethe, Guy Anthony De Marco, Lou Berger, Mark Stone and Jacob Spriggs.

Moderators
avatar for Tonya L. De Marco

Tonya L. De Marco

Model • Artist • Writer, Cosplay Artist
Tonya L. De Marco is a Costume Designer, published Cosplayer, Alternative Model, and Author. She lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.She’s been hooked on costumes and costuming since she was a preteen. Growing up reading about the wonderful characters and places... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lou J Berger

Lou J Berger

Author, Lou J Berger, Author
Lou J Berger resides in Denver, Colorado with three kids, two Sheltie dogs and a kink-tailed cat. He's published several short stories and is an active member of SFWA (www.sfwa.org). He worries about the kink-tailed cat's intentions.
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Travis Heermann

Author
Author of the Ronin Trilogy, The Wild Boys, and Rogues of the Black Fury. Role-playing writer for Legend of Five Rings, d20 System, and the MMORPG, EVE Online.
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Guy Anthony De Marco

Author, Editor, Publisher, Evil Brain Trust, LTD
Guy Anthony De Marco is a speculative fiction author; a Graphic Novel Bram Stoker® and Scribe Award finalist; winner of the HWA Silver Hammer Award; a prolific short story and flash fiction crafter; a novelist; a poet; an invisible man with superhero powers; a game writer; a disabled... Read More →
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Kal Spriggs

Author
Kal is a professional author of science fiction and fantasy. He has already begun publishing three science fiction series: The Shadow Space Chronicles, the Rising Wolf Series, and the Renegades. The Shadow Space Chronicles is military science fiction and space opera and follows a... Read More →
avatar for Mark Stone

Mark Stone

Author
Author of the award-winning BSI series. ForWord nominated and Publisher’s Weekly Starred Reviewwriter.


Saturday May 3, 2014 3:00pm - 3:55pm
SF Panel 4

3:00pm

Want to Be a Video Game Artist?
Join Backflip Studios artist(s) as they discuss what it takes to become an artist in the exciting world of video games! And find out about upcoming classes being offered through the D.E.A.D. Academy that can help you get there! Bring your questions.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Olson

Thomas Olson

Lead Artist at Backflip Studios – Computer Games company in Boulder Colorado


Saturday May 3, 2014 3:00pm - 3:55pm
SF Panel 3

3:00pm

Whedonverse
Buffy, Firefly, Avengers, Serenity, Agents of Shield, and so many more. Celebrate the many worlds of Joss Whedon with a lively audience interactive panel. We’ll be debating our favorites and discussing the future. “Joss is Boss!”

Moderators
Saturday May 3, 2014 3:00pm - 3:55pm
SF Panel 2

4:00pm

My Time Under the (Batman) Cape
This panel will cover Norm Breyfogle’s time on the Batman titles during his over 6 year adventure working for DC Comics.

Speakers
avatar for Norm Breyfogle

Norm Breyfogle

Illustrator: Batman Beyond and Archies Comics
Norm Breyfogle was born on February 27, 1960 in Iowa City, Iowa. From a very early age, Norm liked to draw. When he was 12 years old, he began taking private lessons from commercial artist Andrew Benson. Around this time, he also won his first award at a town and country art show... Read More →


Saturday May 3, 2014 4:00pm - 4:55pm
ComicFest Panel

4:00pm

The Dayton and Kevin Show
Join writer guys Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore for a relaxed and fun discussion—yes, audience participation is welcomed—about sci-fi and pop culture in general. Topics likely will include their latest projects, including their work on the brand-spankin’ newStar Trek: Seekers novel series coming this summer from Pocket Books. Kevin might even spill the beans on various genre-related happenings from within the walls of Hallmark Cards. In and around all of that, you’ll be able to pump them for information about the latest happenings in Star Trek publishing at Pocket. Don’t miss what happens when Dayton and Kevin get an unsupervised panel room for an entire hour—and next year, when someone asks why they’re not sitting in Authors’ Alley anymore, you’ll know WHY!

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Dilmore

Kevin Dilmore

Author, Author - Writer
Kevin Dilmore was a newspaper reporter and long-time contributing writer to Star Trek Communicator Magazine before breaking into fiction writing. In addition to novels and short stories, both solo and with writing partner Dayton Ward, Kevin also contributed the author interviews in 2003's "Star Trek: Signature Collection" releases. Kevin is a long time memeber of the Starfest Family... Read More →
avatar for Dayton Ward

Dayton Ward

Author
Dayton Ward is a science fiction author primarily known for his Star Trek novels and short stories, which began with publication in the Strange New Worlds anthology series. Long time member of the Starfest family.


Saturday May 3, 2014 4:00pm - 4:55pm
SF Panel 4

4:00pm

Thrice More into the Breach
You finished your novel/short story and/or screenplay. Think you’re done? Think again! Now it’s time to edit your own work. The whys, hows and what-to-look-fors can be as varied as the writing itself. Join this group of pros as they discuss their way of tackling the revision beast. Betsy Dornbusch, Christie Golden, Travis Heerman, Tonya DeMarco and Peter Wacks.

Moderators
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David Boop

Author
David Boop is a bestselling Denver-based speculative fiction author. He’s also an award-winning essayist, and screenwriter. His novel, the sci-fi/noir She Murdered Me with Science, will return to print in 2016 from WordFire Press. David has had over fifty short stories published... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Betsy Dornbusch

Betsy Dornbusch

author
Betsy Dornbusch writes epic fantasy. Her short fiction has appeared in over a dozen magazines and anthologies, and she's the author of three novellas and five novels. Her first fantasy novel came out in 2012 and her latest trilogy, BOOKS OF THE SEVEN EYES, wraps up with ENEMY in 2017... Read More →
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Christie Golden

Author
Award-winning and seven-time New York Times bestselling author Christie Golden has written forty-five novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy and horror.  Among her many projects are over a dozen Star Trek novels, a dozen for gaming giant Blizzard’s... Read More →
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Travis Heermann

Author
Author of the Ronin Trilogy, The Wild Boys, and Rogues of the Black Fury. Role-playing writer for Legend of Five Rings, d20 System, and the MMORPG, EVE Online.
avatar for Tonya L. De Marco

Tonya L. De Marco

Model • Artist • Writer, Cosplay Artist
Tonya L. De Marco is a Costume Designer, published Cosplayer, Alternative Model, and Author. She lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.She’s been hooked on costumes and costuming since she was a preteen. Growing up reading about the wonderful characters and places... Read More →
avatar for Peter Wacks

Peter Wacks

Author
Throughout the course of his life, Peter has acted (Revenge of the Nerds and others), he has designed—and written story-lines for—games (the best-selling Cyberpunk CCG), written novels and other fiction (like Second Paradigm, which landed him a guest speaker gig at Mensa on writing... Read More →


Saturday May 3, 2014 4:00pm - 4:55pm
SF Panel 2

4:00pm

Wonderflex and Worbla Made Easy
Ironman, Halo, Deadspace, Doctor Who and Mass Effect – can you do it? YES! Do you want to add dimension to your costume or make armor that has people trying to figure out if it’s real metal? We’ll talk about two favorite materials for creating futuristic and fantastical armor and share tips and techniques for getting started. Creating epic armor isn’t as scary as it seems. This one you won’t want to miss!

Moderators
avatar for Erin Card

Erin Card

Designer/Owner, Ampersand Creations

Saturday May 3, 2014 4:00pm - 4:55pm
SF Panel 1

5:00pm

Dancing with Weapons
Integrating weapons and dance – basic oriental dance moves with weapons. Detailing a form of ancient art of Mok’bara.

Saturday May 3, 2014 5:00pm - 5:55pm
KlingonFest

5:00pm

Building My First Lightsaber: From Fanboy to Bestselling Author

Kevin J. Anderson, bestselling “Star Wars,” “Dune,” and “X-Files” author tells the inspiring story of growing up as a fan of science fiction and fantasy. Like so many, all he wanted was to be a writer -- and he did it. Join the journey of Kevin building his first lightsaber, and be inspired to build your own first lightsaber!


Speakers
avatar for Kevin J. Anderson

Kevin J. Anderson

Author
Kevin J. Anderson has written 50 national bestsellers and has over 23 millions books in print worldwide in thirty languages. He has been nominated for the Nebula Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the SFX Readers’ Choice Award; in 2012 at San Diego Comic Con he received the Faust... Read More →


Saturday May 3, 2014 5:00pm - 5:55pm
SF Panel 1

5:00pm

Star Trek vs Star Wars
This panel will discuss the greatest ongoing sci-fi debate: which one is better, Star Trek or Star Wars? The presentation will contrast and compare the two sci-fi adventures in various ways, including who had the bettter special effects, space gadgets, storyline, characters, and music. Which made the most money? Which affected us more socially and culturally? Which was more realistic? In the end, the audience’s final vote about which is the best will speak for itself.

Moderators
Saturday May 3, 2014 5:00pm - 5:55pm
SF Panel 3

5:00pm

Light Up Your Costumes
Get hands-on in this wearable electronics make-and-take! SparkFun Electronics will provide the materials for you to sew together a flexible, wire-free, solderless circuit. While we’re at it, learn about the many ways you can use wearable electronics in your crafts and cosplay!

Moderators
avatar for Dia Campbell

Dia Campbell

TechStylist, Sparkfun Electronics
Dia works for Sparkfun Electronics, where she specializes in wearable and sewable electronics, and co-hosts a web series called 'ElectriCute', demonstrating and explaining wearable electronics for crafts and costumes.Website: http://www.sparkfun.comEmail: dia@sparkfun.comTwitter... Read More →

Saturday May 3, 2014 5:00pm - 7:00pm
SF Panel 4

6:00pm

Writing on the Dark Side

What makes writing horror and dark fantasy different from other stories?  Where does the inspiration come from?  With Guy Anthony De Marco, Stephen Graham Jones, Jeanne Stein, Mark Stone, Peter J. Wacks, Sam Knight, Carrie Vaughn and Travis Heermann.


Speakers
avatar for Travis Heermann

Travis Heermann

Author
Author of the Ronin Trilogy, The Wild Boys, and Rogues of the Black Fury. Role-playing writer for Legend of Five Rings, d20 System, and the MMORPG, EVE Online.
avatar for Stephen Graham Jones

Stephen Graham Jones

Author
This Bram Stoker Award Finalist is the author of over 20 novels, Most recently, The Gospel of Z and The Least of My Scars.
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Sam Knight

Author
While doing research for a Western story, Sam Knight wasn’t too surprised to find out that, once upon a time, half of his family had been on the wrong side of the law. It stands to reason that when your great-great-grandfather was a marshal, someone in the family had to be a horse... Read More →
avatar for Guy Anthony De Marco

Guy Anthony De Marco

Author, Editor, Publisher, Evil Brain Trust, LTD
Guy Anthony De Marco is a speculative fiction author; a Graphic Novel Bram Stoker® and Scribe Award finalist; winner of the HWA Silver Hammer Award; a prolific short story and flash fiction crafter; a novelist; a poet; an invisible man with superhero powers; a game writer; a disabled... Read More →
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Jeanne Stein

Author
Author of the award winning Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles
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Mark Stone

Author
Author of the award-winning BSI series. ForWord nominated and Publisher’s Weekly Starred Reviewwriter.
avatar for Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn

Author
Best-selling Colorado Author of the Kitty Norville series.
avatar for Peter Wacks

Peter Wacks

Author
Throughout the course of his life, Peter has acted (Revenge of the Nerds and others), he has designed—and written story-lines for—games (the best-selling Cyberpunk CCG), written novels and other fiction (like Second Paradigm, which landed him a guest speaker gig at Mensa on writing... Read More →


Saturday May 3, 2014 6:00pm - 6:55pm
Horror Panel

6:00pm

Diplomacy 101: Dealing with Alien Species and Cultures or Do You Really Need a Protocol Droid to Speak Bocce?
In this class we will look at the amazing range of sentient beings in the galaxy – from Jawas to Genosians, from Bothans to Rodians. We will examine what makes each species unique and we will experience such exciting cultural festivities as the Ewok Celebration Song and Wookiee Life Day.

Moderators
Saturday May 3, 2014 6:00pm - 6:55pm
SF Panel 1

6:00pm

The Power of Podcasts
Geekstreetsociety radio is an online radio station, and we want to express the importance of podcasts on the geek culture.

Moderators
Saturday May 3, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
SF Panel 3

6:00pm

All-House VamPyr Meeting
Be there to receive your awards. If you want to join our house or find a ship to belong to, this is your chance.

Saturday May 3, 2014 6:00pm - 7:55pm
KlingonFest

7:00pm

The Appeal of Horror – Why do we like to be scared?
A discussion on why we like to be scared. Panelists: Guy Anthony De Marco, Mark Stone, Sam Knight, Quincy J Allen, and Stephen Graham Jones

Speakers
avatar for Quincy J. Allen

Quincy J. Allen

Author
Quincy J. Allen has been published in multiple anthologies, online and print magazines, as well as in one omnibus. His steampunk version of Steampelstiltskin is under contract with Fairy Punk Studios, and he’s written for the Internet radio show RadioSteam. His novel Chemical Burn—a... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Graham Jones

Stephen Graham Jones

Author
This Bram Stoker Award Finalist is the author of over 20 novels, Most recently, The Gospel of Z and The Least of My Scars.
avatar for Sam Knight

Sam Knight

Author
While doing research for a Western story, Sam Knight wasn’t too surprised to find out that, once upon a time, half of his family had been on the wrong side of the law. It stands to reason that when your great-great-grandfather was a marshal, someone in the family had to be a horse... Read More →
avatar for Guy Anthony De Marco

Guy Anthony De Marco

Author, Editor, Publisher, Evil Brain Trust, LTD
Guy Anthony De Marco is a speculative fiction author; a Graphic Novel Bram Stoker® and Scribe Award finalist; winner of the HWA Silver Hammer Award; a prolific short story and flash fiction crafter; a novelist; a poet; an invisible man with superhero powers; a game writer; a disabled... Read More →
avatar for Mark Stone

Mark Stone

Author
Author of the award-winning BSI series. ForWord nominated and Publisher’s Weekly Starred Reviewwriter.


Saturday May 3, 2014 7:00pm - 7:55pm
Horror Panel

7:30pm

8:00pm

8:00pm

What “They” Don’t Want You to Know

Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society Presents:

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a mystical healer? How about a famous psychic or someone communicating with the Dead with special tools?  Bryan & Baxter will share their experiences to see how easy it is to make people believe you have these magical talents. They will also look into some of the more controversial claims that they have examined and discovered to be less than real.


Moderators
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Bryan and Baxter

Paranormal Unapologists
Bryan and Baxter host a weekly paranormal internet radio show broadcast from Warningradio.info. Together, they use solid scientific methods to investigate paranormal locations and reports in an effort to quantify claims and debunk the side-show promoters in the field that give credible... Read More →

Saturday May 3, 2014 8:00pm - 9:55pm
Horror Panel

10:00pm

Q&A with the Filmmakers, Cast and Crew -- Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer
Discussion of Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer

Saturday May 3, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
SF Panel 1

10:00pm

Paranormal Mysteries

The Movie Presented by Bryan and Baxter and the cast and crew of the film.


Moderators
avatar for Bryan and Baxter

Bryan and Baxter

Paranormal Unapologists
Bryan and Baxter host a weekly paranormal internet radio show broadcast from Warningradio.info. Together, they use solid scientific methods to investigate paranormal locations and reports in an effort to quantify claims and debunk the side-show promoters in the field that give credible... Read More →

Saturday May 3, 2014 10:00pm - 11:55pm
Horror Panel
 
Sunday, May 4
 

8:00am

Women of Westeros
Women of Westeros and Girls of Game of Thrones Sugar, spice and everything nice? That’s certainly NOT what the little girls of George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones series are made of! Clever, crafty and courageous, these witty and winsome women are raised in a culture to bear children as the men in their lives use them as pawns in the Game of Thrones. But these ladies seldom sit serenely and tend to tenaciously tackle the same conflicts and issues just as deftly as their male counterparts. Come join us and debate how the ladies in HBO’s Game of Thrones series gain, wield and use power. (SPOILER ALERT: We will be discussing the current events happening in the Game of Thrones episodes that have aired on HBO by May 2-4 2014.)

Moderators
Sunday May 4, 2014 8:00am - 8:55am
SF Panel 1

8:45am

Introduction to Ray Harryhausen

This year, May 7th marks the one-year anniversary of the passing of Ray Harryhausen. For the majority of today’s filmgoers, this isn’t a significant event.

For many others, like myself who grew up in the era before science fiction and fantasy movies were multi-million dollar productions requiring entire armies of effects artists, it’s a time for sadness and reflection.

Even if you don't know who Ray Harryhausen was, you've probably seen his work. The master animator is best known for breathing life into giant, writhing serpents, sword-wielding skeletons, and marauding dinosaurs in such fantasy adventure and monster movies as The 7th Voyage of Sinbad(1958), Jason and the Argonauts (1963), and Clash of the Titans (1981). Harryhausen was an innovator, and in many ways the father of the modern special effects craft and industry.

Harryhausen's trademark action sequences featuring animated model figurines always pictured interacting with, or more often, fighting with human foes, or crushing them, or biting them in half or flying away with them might seem clunky and old-fashioned when measured by today's standards. But in their day, the effects Ray pioneered were cutting-edge. He painstakingly filmed his "creatures" frame by frame. The process was exhausting: The 4 minute, 37-second skeleton and human fight sequence from Jason and the Argonauts reportedly took four and a half months to photograph and he had to readjust and film around 184,800 movements of the puppets.

Then, using his patented "Dynamation" technique, those skeletons and serpents could interact on screen with actors in a remarkable realistic way. The Dynamation process combined foreground and background footage by photographing miniatures in front of a rear-projection screen. Sometimes, he shot sequences through a partially-masked glass pane. Live footage would later be superimposed on the masked portion of the frame, and voila, the creature or creatures seemed to exist in the midst of "real" human-scaled action, or even appear to move in front of and behind "live" elements. Ray also carefully controlled lighting and color balance to make sure the image quality of his animated sequences matched the quality of the live action. His effects were more convincing than the standard use of optical printing and mattes. This was before green screen, folks.

Perhaps because of his hermetic production style and the fact that he produced half of his films outside of Hollywood (living in London since 1960), reducing his day-to-day interaction with other more traditional, but still influential Hollywood effects artists, none of Harryhausen's films were nominated for a special effects Oscar. Harryhausen himself says the reason was that he worked in Europe.

 During the 1980s and early 1990s, those of Harryhausen's growing legion of fans who had graduated into the professional film industry, started lobbying the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to acknowledge Harryhausen's contribution to the film industry and he was finally awarded a Gordon E. Sawyer Award for "technological contributions [which] have brought credit to the industry" in 1992, with actor Tom Hanks as the Master of Ceremonies and long time friend Bradbury, presenting the Oscar. After the presentation to Harryhausen, actor Tom Hanks told the audience, "Some people say Casablanca or Citizen Kane...I say Jason and the Argonauts is the greatest film ever made!"



Moderators
avatar for Kevin Atkins

Kevin Atkins

Tech Support Manager, The Noerr Programs
Our beloved Master of Ceremonies, Kevin, has been with the convention for over 30 years, but he amazingly shows very little wear and tear. Kevin is famous for his corny internet jokes which he unleashes whenever there is a pause in the action onstage. Because we have bugged him so... Read More →

Sunday May 4, 2014 8:45am - 9:00am
Main Events

9:00am

Compare Star Trek Religions with Earth Religions
The USS Silverthorne presents a discussion comparing the Star Trek universe’s religions with actual Earth faiths. For example, the Klingon religion is very akin to Catholicism. These will be explored in detail.

Moderators
Sunday May 4, 2014 9:00am - 9:55am
SF Panel 3

9:00am

Starfleet Region 17 Meet and Greet
Come find out what world’s largest Star Trek Fan Club — STARFLEET the International Star Trek Fan Association — is all about. We’ll tell you all about us and what the different chapters are doing, and we’ll invite you to help us recognize some members for all their hard work.

Moderators
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Bran Stimpson

Regional Coordinator, STARFLEET Region 17
Newly elected Regional Coordinator for STARFLEET Region 17. STARFLEET Region 17 covers the states of Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado. STARFLEET the International STAR TREK Fan Association Inc is the worlds largest and oldest STAR TREK Fan group.

Sunday May 4, 2014 9:00am - 9:55am
SF Panel 2

9:00am

An Introduction to Steampunk
What the heck is this thing that everyone is talking about, and why is Deadpool wearing goggles? It’s more than just “Jules Verne” and “Wild Wild West.”

Sunday May 4, 2014 9:00am - 9:55am
DrWho_Steampunk

9:00am

Conjuring Hoaxes

Our annual coffee and donut panel with Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society.  Bryan & Baxter will examine some famous paranormal hoaxes and see how they were created. They will also show you some hilarious hoaxes that they have created to shed the light on some of the bizarre paranormal claims of the media.


Moderators
avatar for Bryan and Baxter

Bryan and Baxter

Paranormal Unapologists
Bryan and Baxter host a weekly paranormal internet radio show broadcast from Warningradio.info. Together, they use solid scientific methods to investigate paranormal locations and reports in an effort to quantify claims and debunk the side-show promoters in the field that give credible... Read More →

Sunday May 4, 2014 9:00am - 10:55am
Horror Panel

10:00am

Creating Inclusion
This panel will explore how we can use nerd culture to build inclusive communities. The hotbed of nerd power has the potential to reach a wide audiences and connect people who are actively working in their communities. Sometimes, however, people do not always feel welcome and included and are instead met by gatekeepers who guard over their domains making it difficult to connect in ways that are inspiring and generate change.  Presented by Hush Comics, this panel will touch on the community its member have created as well as show the audience how we all are one happy, nerdy community. 

Moderators
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Jene Conrad

Hush Comics
Hush Comics is an up-and-coming idea of Adrian Puryear and Sherif Elkhatib. With the help from our friend John Soweto, we are making Hush Comics a reality. We have spent a majority of our lives in Aurora, Colorado and share a dream of opening up a comic book store here in Denver. When... Read More →

Sunday May 4, 2014 10:00am - 10:55am
SF Panel 2

10:00am

Sci Fi Influencing Reality
From cell phones to tablets to NASA working with warp drive and cold fusion. What does the future look like and is Star Trek a reality? Hosted by Tonya De Marco and featuring Travis Heermann, Vivian Caethe, Guy Anthony De Marco, Lou Berger and Mark Stone.

Moderators
avatar for Tonya L. De Marco

Tonya L. De Marco

Model • Artist • Writer, Cosplay Artist
Tonya L. De Marco is a Costume Designer, published Cosplayer, Alternative Model, and Author. She lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.She’s been hooked on costumes and costuming since she was a preteen. Growing up reading about the wonderful characters and places... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lou J Berger

Lou J Berger

Author, Lou J Berger, Author
Lou J Berger resides in Denver, Colorado with three kids, two Sheltie dogs and a kink-tailed cat. He's published several short stories and is an active member of SFWA (www.sfwa.org). He worries about the kink-tailed cat's intentions.
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Vivian Caethe

Author
When not fighting crime, Ms. Caethe also writes and edits. The author of multiple short stories and novellas, her work has appeared in various magazines and anthologies. She lives with her husband in Colorado. Check her latest novel out on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/VivianCaethe... Read More →
avatar for Travis Heermann

Travis Heermann

Author
Author of the Ronin Trilogy, The Wild Boys, and Rogues of the Black Fury. Role-playing writer for Legend of Five Rings, d20 System, and the MMORPG, EVE Online.
avatar for Guy Anthony De Marco

Guy Anthony De Marco

Author, Editor, Publisher, Evil Brain Trust, LTD
Guy Anthony De Marco is a speculative fiction author; a Graphic Novel Bram Stoker® and Scribe Award finalist; winner of the HWA Silver Hammer Award; a prolific short story and flash fiction crafter; a novelist; a poet; an invisible man with superhero powers; a game writer; a disabled... Read More →
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John Jackson Miller

Author
Best selling writer of Star Wars: Knight Errant and Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith. His e-book series has more than a million downloads. Additionally, he is famous as a Comic Book historian.
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Mark Stone

Author
Author of the award-winning BSI series. ForWord nominated and Publisher’s Weekly Starred Reviewwriter.


Sunday May 4, 2014 10:00am - 10:55am
SF Panel 4

10:00am

Star Trek Outpost Live! Part 2
Part 2 from yesterday's panel -- hear the minisode that we produced yesterday

Moderators
Sunday May 4, 2014 10:00am - 10:55am
SF Panel 3

10:00am

Disney's Love Affair with Steampunk
Disney was Steampunk before Steampunk had a name! An examination of Walt’s love of innovation and how that is carrying through to the now.

Sunday May 4, 2014 10:00am - 10:55am
DrWho_Steampunk

11:00am

Lightsaber Combat 101: How to Properly Use a Lighsaber, or Training That Won’t Cost You an Arm or a Leg
Witness a demonstration of saber-fighting skill by two talented Jedi. Learn techniques of swordplay and, for some, a chance to practice with the masters.

Moderators
Sunday May 4, 2014 11:00am - 11:55am
SF Panel 1

11:00am

Geek and Gamer Girls
With the great conversations we had last year, we would like to invite you back to tackle a new set of topics that face women in the geek and gamer world. This year some of the issues we will discuss include how your avatar in the game has more clothing on when undressed than in full high-level armor and the silly unrealistic poses of female super heroes.

Moderators
Sunday May 4, 2014 11:00am - 11:55am
SF Panel 2

11:00am

Is Short Still Sweet?
Does selling short fiction mean someone will buy your novel? How has e-publishing changed the way authors get noticed? Are the markets changing too quickly to make a difference in your career? Authors David Boop, Betsy Dornbusch, Sam Knight, Peter Wacks, Dayton Ward and John Jackson Miller.

Moderators
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David Boop

Author
David Boop is a bestselling Denver-based speculative fiction author. He’s also an award-winning essayist, and screenwriter. His novel, the sci-fi/noir She Murdered Me with Science, will return to print in 2016 from WordFire Press. David has had over fifty short stories published... Read More →

Speakers
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Betsy Dornbusch

author
Betsy Dornbusch writes epic fantasy. Her short fiction has appeared in over a dozen magazines and anthologies, and she's the author of three novellas and five novels. Her first fantasy novel came out in 2012 and her latest trilogy, BOOKS OF THE SEVEN EYES, wraps up with ENEMY in 2017... Read More →
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Sam Knight

Author
While doing research for a Western story, Sam Knight wasn’t too surprised to find out that, once upon a time, half of his family had been on the wrong side of the law. It stands to reason that when your great-great-grandfather was a marshal, someone in the family had to be a horse... Read More →
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John Jackson Miller

Author
Best selling writer of Star Wars: Knight Errant and Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith. His e-book series has more than a million downloads. Additionally, he is famous as a Comic Book historian.
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Peter Wacks

Author
Throughout the course of his life, Peter has acted (Revenge of the Nerds and others), he has designed—and written story-lines for—games (the best-selling Cyberpunk CCG), written novels and other fiction (like Second Paradigm, which landed him a guest speaker gig at Mensa on writing... Read More →
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Dayton Ward

Author
Dayton Ward is a science fiction author primarily known for his Star Trek novels and short stories, which began with publication in the Strange New Worlds anthology series. Long time member of the Starfest family.


Sunday May 4, 2014 11:00am - 11:55am
SF Panel 3

11:00am

Steampunk THIS!
Just glue some gears on it… wait, what? How can you make THAT Steampunk? An audience-participation competition in which YOU draw random objects with a Steampunk twist!

Sunday May 4, 2014 11:00am - 11:55am
DrWho_Steampunk

11:00am

Make a Steampunk Leather Bracer
This will be a hands on demonstration on making a steampunk leather bracer. There will be a $15 fee to cover leather and material used, but you will walk away with a steampunk leather bracer. You will learn basic leather tooling! Tandy Leather of Sheridan is sponsoring and supplying materials for this panel. Limited to the first 25 participants in the room.

Moderators
Sunday May 4, 2014 11:00am - 12:55pm
SF Panel 4

12:00pm

Are Radio Plays the Future of Sci Fi?
Video may have killed the radio star, but it’s time for radio come crawling back out of the grave. Join Giant Gnome Productions with a discussion of how new technology is making radio plays like “Welcome to Nightvale” a very real future for science fiction and fantasy.

Moderators
Sunday May 4, 2014 12:00pm - 12:55pm
SF Panel 2

12:00pm

Become a Mad Scientist In Your Spare Time
Ever wanted to explore a galaxy far, far away? Visit Planets of Doom? Search out signals from ET? Help oceanographers explore the sea bottom? Want to track genetic mysteries? Then, Citizen Science is for you! Science video producer, astronomer and StarFest regular Carolyn Collins Petersen presents ways that just about anybody can “do” Big Science, including some tasty astronomy projects. It’s called “Citizen Science,” and it appeals to the Mad Scientist in all of us. Come hear and see what YOU can do with just a little training and instruction. Who knows? You might help a scientist make a momentous discovery. At the end of the talk, we’ll have time for the popular “Stump the Astronomer” Q&A session! Bring your astronomy and space science questions! Come early to get a good seat.

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Collins Petersen

Carolyn Collins Petersen

Space Science Writer and Producer, Loch Ness Productions
Ms. Collins Petersen is CEO of Loch Ness Productions, a unique multimedia production company, specializing in cosmically creative content about astronomy and space science for domed theaters, science centers and Web sites. She is the author of The Spacewriter’s Ramblings (http://www.thespacewriter.com... Read More →


Sunday May 4, 2014 12:00pm - 12:55pm
SF Panel 1

12:00pm

The Mounted Warrior
The Order of Epona, an equestrian performance group based in Ft Collins, CO, presents this panel on the mounted warrior. What was his role through the ages and his role in fantasy? We'll also discuss the resurgence of mounted skill at arms. Visit our website at <a href="http://orderofepona.wix.com/orderofepona">http://orderofepona.wix.com/orderofepona</a>.

Moderators
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Taylor Swanson

Owner, Order of Epona

Sunday May 4, 2014 12:00pm - 12:55pm
SF Panel 3

12:00pm

Steampunk Music Roundtable
What IS Steampunk Music? How does a group get qualified as Steampunk? Is it their costumes, their lyrics? Join us for examples of some of our favorites.

Sunday May 4, 2014 12:00pm - 12:55pm
DrWho_Steampunk

12:00pm

Muggle Studies
Don't miss this fun and inventive class which is returning to Avistrum after many years! Muggle Studies is being taught by a new professor, Desmond Cubrick. He is a high ranking agent in the Auror Deparment and specializes in a new division called "Wizard Gadgetry". Come see the marvelous things you can build when you apply magic to muggle objects!

Sunday May 4, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Avistrum

12:00pm

Kickstarter 101: Jump Into Crowdfunding
Don Lloyd of Knight Works has been seriously designing board games for the past 15 years. In early 2011 crowdfunding was fairly new. Out of 1,500+ successful projects in the tabletop game category Don had the 43rd successful project. Don will cover the top ten reasons why a Kickstarter project fails and how to avoid those mistakes.

Speakers

Sunday May 4, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
GameFest 1

1:00pm

Christie Golden
Come spend an hour with Christie as she reads from some of her novels and answers all your questions!

Speakers
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Christie Golden

Author
Award-winning and seven-time New York Times bestselling author Christie Golden has written forty-five novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy and horror.  Among her many projects are over a dozen Star Trek novels, a dozen for gaming giant Blizzard’s... Read More →


Sunday May 4, 2014 1:00pm - 1:55pm
SF Panel 2

1:00pm

Life Is But A Dream … Or Is It?
Dream narratives take two forms: active knowledge (they know they’re in the dream like “Inception”), or hidden knowledge (they don’t know like in “Vanilla Sky”). Is one way of playing with dreams more satisfying than the other? Does one leave your audience feeling betrayed? Join authors David Boop, Josh Vogt, Guy Anthony DeMarco, John Jackson Miller and Sam Knight as they travel to the dreamscape.

Moderators
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David Boop

Author
David Boop is a bestselling Denver-based speculative fiction author. He’s also an award-winning essayist, and screenwriter. His novel, the sci-fi/noir She Murdered Me with Science, will return to print in 2016 from WordFire Press. David has had over fifty short stories published... Read More →

Speakers
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Sam Knight

Author
While doing research for a Western story, Sam Knight wasn’t too surprised to find out that, once upon a time, half of his family had been on the wrong side of the law. It stands to reason that when your great-great-grandfather was a marshal, someone in the family had to be a horse... Read More →
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Guy Anthony De Marco

Author, Editor, Publisher, Evil Brain Trust, LTD
Guy Anthony De Marco is a speculative fiction author; a Graphic Novel Bram Stoker® and Scribe Award finalist; winner of the HWA Silver Hammer Award; a prolific short story and flash fiction crafter; a novelist; a poet; an invisible man with superhero powers; a game writer; a disabled... Read More →
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John Jackson Miller

Author
Best selling writer of Star Wars: Knight Errant and Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith. His e-book series has more than a million downloads. Additionally, he is famous as a Comic Book historian.


Sunday May 4, 2014 1:00pm - 1:55pm
SF Panel 3

1:00pm

Stargate Cheyenne Mountain Virtual Tour
You've seen it on Stargate, have you ever wondered what the real Cheyenne mountain complex is like? We'll be happy to show you! Our panel will contrast the real facility with what you see on the show, and we'll also be talking about Stargate costuming, props & weapons.

Moderators
Sunday May 4, 2014 1:00pm - 1:55pm
SF Panel 1

1:00pm

Digging into Steampunk -- Books, Music, Movies, Games, oh my!
So you want to be Steampunk but you don’t know how to get started? Music, movies, games, and books you should check out to get you hooked

Sunday May 4, 2014 1:00pm - 1:55pm
DrWho_Steampunk

1:00pm

Using Randomness in Games
If you don't understand randomness, you're probably using it wrong. James Ernest discusses the right and wrong ways (and reasons) to incorporate random elements in strategy game design. Medium to Expert level game design.

Speakers
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James Ernest

American Game Designer and Juggler
James Ernest is best known as the owner and lead designer of Cheapass Games. Prior to founding Cheapass, he worked as a juggler at various venues,including Camlann Medieval Village,  and as a freelancer with Wizards of the Coast. He also worked for Carbonated Games.  In 2005, Paizo Publishing created Titanic Games with Ernest and Mike Selinker. Ernest’s... Read More →


Sunday May 4, 2014 1:00pm - 3:00pm
GameFest 1

2:00pm

Galactic History 101: Tracing the History of Empire and Rebellion, or How Long Ago is “a Long, Long Time Ago”?
How did the Empire rise and fall? What were the important events in the development and success of the rebellion?  Who were the important movers and shakers in the history of each? Most importantly, what would you have done if you were in their situation? Be prepared to demonstrate your own ability to decide the fate of the Empire!

Moderators
Sunday May 4, 2014 2:00pm - 2:55pm
SF Panel 1

2:00pm

The Pros and Cons of Fanfiction
A look at the positive and negative effects that fanfiction has on gender, identity, and sexuality.

Moderators
Sunday May 4, 2014 2:00pm - 2:55pm
SF Panel 3

2:00pm

What Will Be the Next Genre Classic?
We just celebrated the 50th anniversary of “Doctor Who”, we are close to the 50th of “Star Trek”, and we still talk about films like “Forbidden Planet”, “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and “Metropolis”. We have also not forgotten the classic Universal Pictures monster movies! So what about the next 50 years? What film, TV or franchise will we be talking about at StarFest 2064? Hosted by the Time Shifters crew and anyone else we can wrangle into the room. Come by and share your thoughts!

Moderators
avatar for Christopher Page

Christopher Page

Owner, Time Shifters & Orphaned Entertainment
I spend my time balancing home, work and play like most people. Though it seems there is a lot of the first 2 and not so much of the 3rd. Play is usually spending time working on Time Shifters and Orphaned Entertainment.

Sunday May 4, 2014 2:00pm - 2:55pm
SF Panel 2

2:00pm

Steampunk Basic Costuming
Quick! You have a Steampunk event and nothing to wear! Some tips, tricks and tutorials to get you going.

Sunday May 4, 2014 2:00pm - 2:55pm
DrWho_Steampunk

2:00pm

Foam Combat
Feeling Stressed? Need to get some exercise? Perhaps you need to get your geek on a bit more often or would like to engage with a solid community of like-minded folks? Such things can be had with Amtgard. Amtgard is a medieval fantasy recreation organization. Note that we said recreation, not Re-Creation. While we do fight with facsimiles of historic weapons and make custom costumes, there is nothing that says you can’t decide the outcome or be the hero. Play a Goblin or a Monk or even the wicked witch of Denver — the choice is entirely yours.

Moderators
Sunday May 4, 2014 2:00pm - 3:55pm
Atrium

3:00pm

My Life in Comics: Over Five Decades of Experience
This panel will be about discovering what all three guests went through during their time as comic book industry professionals. Together they have all worked for the TOP 5 publishers and several independent companies. 

Speakers
avatar for Norm Breyfogle

Norm Breyfogle

Illustrator: Batman Beyond and Archies Comics
Norm Breyfogle was born on February 27, 1960 in Iowa City, Iowa. From a very early age, Norm liked to draw. When he was 12 years old, he began taking private lessons from commercial artist Andrew Benson. Around this time, he also won his first award at a town and country art show... Read More →
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Bob Hall

Artistic Director, Flatwater Shakespeare Company
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John Jackson Miller

Author
Best selling writer of Star Wars: Knight Errant and Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith. His e-book series has more than a million downloads. Additionally, he is famous as a Comic Book historian.


Sunday May 4, 2014 3:00pm - 3:55pm
ComicFest Panel

3:00pm

Dreams to Dollars -- Making it as an Artist in Denver
So you have a desire to find work in the world of art, but your dreams and talents or expensive degree aren’t working out for you? Can’t find a job doing what you do? Find out how three friends decided to take their future into their own hands and create the kind of work they wanted to do. Join Amber Vojensky, Paul Regalado and Brian Weathers of Nightmill, a local design and animation house, and learn how they made it all happen for themselves.

Speakers
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Paul Regalado

Creative Director at Nightmill. Paul knows how to manage artists and clients to create images that people are willing to pay money for.
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Amber Vojensky

Art Director at Nightmill. She has a solid background in traditional art, illustration, design and 3D work.


Sunday May 4, 2014 3:00pm - 3:55pm
SF Panel 3

3:00pm

Fantastical Races
Fantasy has long been peopled by mostly Caucasian characters. What stories are we seeing lately that include other races (real or made-up) and how can we step outside stereotypes to our creative benefit? What are some mistakes panelists feel they’ve made in depicting (or not!) characters of other races, and where do they feel they’ve succeeded? This is intended to be an anger-free, no-judgment panel filled with thoughtful dialogue and ideas.

Moderators
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Betsy Dornbusch

author
Betsy Dornbusch writes epic fantasy. Her short fiction has appeared in over a dozen magazines and anthologies, and she's the author of three novellas and five novels. Her first fantasy novel came out in 2012 and her latest trilogy, BOOKS OF THE SEVEN EYES, wraps up with ENEMY in 2017... Read More →

Sunday May 4, 2014 3:00pm - 3:55pm
SF Panel 2

3:00pm

Sherlock: Observation and Deduction
Exactly how much of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes can be seen in the BBC series Sherlock? This panel is a comparison of the original stories written by Doyle to the BBC’s modern-day take on the world’s most famous detective. It will show how much has come from the original stories to what has been tweaked in the series. Warning: there will be spoilers if you haven’t seen the series. There will be a raffle for prizes, but you must be present at the end to win.

Moderators
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Ana MacDonnell

Life sucks, and I'm a lollypop

Sunday May 4, 2014 3:00pm - 3:55pm
SF Panel 1

3:30pm

Dark Images: Horror in Graphic Novels

Combining the use of the written word and images to tell a truly horrifying tale. With panelists Guy Anthony De Marco, Peter J Wacks, Kathryn S. Renta, and Stan Yan.


Speakers
avatar for Guy Anthony De Marco

Guy Anthony De Marco

Author, Editor, Publisher, Evil Brain Trust, LTD
Guy Anthony De Marco is a speculative fiction author; a Graphic Novel Bram Stoker® and Scribe Award finalist; winner of the HWA Silver Hammer Award; a prolific short story and flash fiction crafter; a novelist; a poet; an invisible man with superhero powers; a game writer; a disabled... Read More →
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Kathryn S. Renta

Author
Kathryn S. Renta is an award winning artist and recent immigrant to Colorado. She grew up in California with a vivid imagination and unquenchable curiosity. With an intense fear of blank pages, she set out to fill every single one she could. That included sketchbooks, notebooks, journals... Read More →
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Peter Wacks

Author
Throughout the course of his life, Peter has acted (Revenge of the Nerds and others), he has designed—and written story-lines for—games (the best-selling Cyberpunk CCG), written novels and other fiction (like Second Paradigm, which landed him a guest speaker gig at Mensa on writing... Read More →
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Stan Yan

Artist
Stan Yan is best known for his comic art and zombie caricature work, with credits which include an extended run on the geek-culture inspired, SubCulture (Ape Entertainment, Action Lab), his self-published slice-of-life series, The Wang, and spot illustration work for The Westword... Read More →


Sunday May 4, 2014 3:30pm - 4:25pm
Horror Panel

4:00pm

Closing Ceremonies Battlestar Stormbringer
As we come to the close of another StarFest, the crew of Stormbringer will gather to present her annual Awards and Promotions. Come applaud your friends and share in the spirit of fan comraderie.

Moderators
LB

Liam Bootzin

Commander, Battlestar Stormbringer

Sunday May 4, 2014 4:00pm - 4:25pm
SF Panel 4

4:00pm

Xenobiology 101: Strange and Bizarre Creatures I Have Known or Would You Rather Be Swallowed by a Sarlacc or a Space Slug?
Not only will we look at a variety of creatures from across the known galaxy, but we will be also be creating our own creatures that might exist on a variety of worlds. This session will also include the graduation ceremony for those students who have completed the four-course Jedi Academy program.

Moderators
Sunday May 4, 2014 4:00pm - 4:55pm
SF Panel 1

4:00pm

Closing Ceremonies
Come tell your stories of con. Come wish us farewell!

Sunday May 4, 2014 4:00pm - 4:55pm
KlingonFest

4:00pm

Comic Book, Movie, Video Game and Creature FX Art Classes!
Have you always wanted to learn how to get into one of these great fields, but didn’t think there was a way in Denver? Now there is! The Denver Entertainment Art and Design Academy (D.E.A.D. Academy) is a locally-based entertainment art school that provides a Los Angeles – style education in art for comic books, movies, video games and creature FX. Come on down and learn how we can help you reach your goals!

Speakers
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Zak Hennessey

DEAD Academy Instructor
Founder and Instructor at the Denver Entertainment Art and Design Academy. He teaches Heroic Figure Invention, Character Design, Creature Design, Introduction to Comic Books, Action Anatomy and more.


Sunday May 4, 2014 4:00pm - 4:55pm
DrWho_Steampunk

4:30pm

Light Up Your Costumes
Get hands-on in this wearable electronics make-and-take! SparkFun Electronics will provide the materials for you to sew together a flexible, wire-free, solderless circuit. While we’re at it, learn about the many ways you can use wearable electronics in your crafts and cosplay!

Moderators
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Dia Campbell

TechStylist, Sparkfun Electronics
Dia works for Sparkfun Electronics, where she specializes in wearable and sewable electronics, and co-hosts a web series called 'ElectriCute', demonstrating and explaining wearable electronics for crafts and costumes.Website: http://www.sparkfun.comEmail: dia@sparkfun.comTwitter... Read More →

Sunday May 4, 2014 4:30pm - 6:00pm
SF Panel 4

5:15pm

Trailer Park - Movie Previews and commentary
Join our own movie expert Phil Watson with help from Kevin Atkins as they give you a taste of the movies coming out this summer. Lots of behind the scenes info and possible spoilers to get you excited about what Hollywood has in store for you.

*This is a Reserved Seating Event. Anyone wishing to use their reserved seat must be in their chair 5 minutes prior to this event. After that time, unclaimed reserved seats will be open to General Admission attendees. 

Speakers
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Kevin Atkins

Tech Support Manager, The Noerr Programs
Our beloved Master of Ceremonies, Kevin, has been with the convention for over 30 years, but he amazingly shows very little wear and tear. Kevin is famous for his corny internet jokes which he unleashes whenever there is a pause in the action onstage. Because we have bugged him so... Read More →

Staff
PW

Philip Watson

Special Events

Sunday May 4, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Main Events