Philcon 2012

Panels & Workshops

Philcon features a variety of panels, talks, demonstrations and workshops, often led by experts in their fields, on topics ranging from literature, art, science, television, and film to anime, comics,  gaming, costuming, and music.

This is a list of proposed program items only.  Not all proposed items may be part of the final schedule.  We will post our final schedule closer to the con.  Thank you.

Main

  •  Artist Guest of Honor - Phil Foglio Presentation
  •  Dave Kyle - Interview
  •  Meet The Pros / Art Show Opening Reception
  •  Principal Speaker - Catherynne M. Valente
  •  The Dance At The End Of The World!
  •  Uncle Yo - Stand-up Comedy


Literary

  •  30th Century Fashion
  •  50 Shades of Alien Greys - Sex in SF
  •  A Song Of Ice & Fire: The meaningless speculation panel
  •  Amazon: Friend and Foe
  •  Anne McCaffrey Tribute
  •  Are Science Fiction Writers Afraid of "The Singularity"?
  •  Best SF and Fantasy of 2012
  •  Bizarro Fiction
  •  Changing Views of Relative Poverty
  •  Clarion Alumni Panel
  •  Completely Obsolete Notions
  •  Copyrights and wrongs... the basics of copyright
  •  Creating Religions in SF & Fantasy
  •  Disability in Science Fiction
  •  Drugs and the Works of Philip K. Dick
  •  Exoplanets and Science Fiction
  •  Exploring Ender's Game
  •  Extreme Alternate History
  •  Eye Of Argon Reading
  •  Fantastic Mysteries
  •  Fantastic Poetry
  •  Fiction about Itself: Metafiction
  •  Future Psychological Norms
  •  George R.R. Martin's Other Work
  •  God 2.0
  •  Great novels...and why we don't like them.
  •  Harry Potter- 5 Years After
  •  Has the Commercial Impact of Tolkien Harmed Fantasy?
  •  High Fantasy vs. Low Fantasy
  •  How much of Science Fiction's Golden Age is still Golden?
  •  How To Create a Sense of Place
  •  How To Get An Agent
  •  How to Write Sequels Without Being Boring
  •  I'm New To Science Fiction and Fantasy, What do I Read?
  •  If Science Fiction is the New Mainstream , Why Doesn't It Sell Like It?
  •  Interstellar Government
  •  Is Horror Inherently Conservative?
  •  It Came From the Slushpile
  •  John Carter and A Princess of Mars at 100
  •  Killing Hitler For Fun and Profit
  •  Learning about ebooks
  •  Liminality and the Discourse of the Numinous and What Does That Even Mean?
  •  LONDINIUM WINS THE WORLDCON IN A.D. 201
  •  Looking Back on George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four
  •  Lovecraft's Successors
  •  Mainstream Writers Influencing Science Fiction
  •  Making It with Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Supernatural Creatures
  •  Meet The Editors
  •  Narnia: The Books versus The Movies
  •  No Longer Politically Correct
  •  Non-US SF Authors
  •  Old Friends We Keep Coming back To
  •  Post- Apocalyptic Fiction
  •  Punk-Punk
  •  Ray Bradbury Tribute Panel
  •  Re-imagining the Fairy Tale for Adults
  •  Regionalism in Science Fiction and fantasy
  •  Remembering Harry Harrison
  •  Resources for New Writers
  •  Robert E. Howard in his Second Century
  •  Robots in Science Fiction
  •  Science Fiction in the Current Mainstream
  •  SF Quiz Show
  •  Shakespeare in Fantasy
  •  So You Wanna Be A Writer
  •  Space Opera and the Checkout Counter
  •  Space Westerns
  •  Steam Punk vs. Victorian Reality
  •  Still a Better Love Story than...: The Use (and Abuse) of Romance in Literature
  •  Subtle vs. Explicit Horror
  •  Supernatural Magic vs. Mundane Magic
  •  Tarzan and the Myth of Superiority
  •  That Crazy Buck Rogers Stuff
  •  The "Hot New Thing"
  •  The 2 Waves of Steampunk
  •  The Evolution of SF Tropes
  •  The Hunger Games-The Phenomenon
  •  The Impact of the Science Fiction Magazine
  •  The Limits of Taboo Breaking
  •  The Literary Significance of Steampunk
  •  The New Weird
  •  The Nostalgic 1990s
  •  The Reinvention of the Vampire
  •  The Science Fiction Novella
  •  The Science Fiction of Arthur Conan Doyle
  •  The Science Fiction of Gore Vidal
  •  The Space and Time Magazine Panel
  •  The True Home of Edgar Allan Poe: Philly Vs. Baltimore
  •  Time Travel for the Millions
  •  Tricksters, Rogues and Lovable Scoundrels
  •  What makes an SF work endure?
  •  Whatever happened to Psionics?
  •  When they Hold the Olympics on Venus...
  •  Where do you get your Ideas?
  •  Who are the Great Writers of Science Fiction?
  •  Why all this doom and gloom?
  •  Why Don't Zombie Apocalypses Fail?
  •  Women In Fantasy
  •  Writers Workshop - Hour #1
  •  Writers Workshop - Hour #2
  •  Writing Science Fiction Erotica
  •  YA Science Fiction and Fantasy For Everyone
  •  Zombie Romance


Anime

  •  Ancient Anime
  •  Anime & Manga in the New Media Age
  •  Anime for the Non-Expert
  •  Anime One Night Stands
  •  Anime Paranormal
  •  Awesome Animation Not from Japan
  •  Cross-Cultural Influences of Japanese Anime on American Sci-Fi and Fantasy
  •  Final Fantasy 2.0
  •  From Astro Boy to Naruto: the Animes that Captured our Culture
  •  History of Anime Opening/Closing Themes
  •  In Their Own Words - The Business of Voice Acting
  •  Intro to the World of Anime Collectibles
  •  Mahou Shoujo Evolution!
  •  Memorable Scenes in Science Fiction & Fantasy Anime
  •  Most Heinous Monsters and Villians in Anime [18+]
  •  Samurai in Love [18+]
  •  Science in Anime
  •  SCREENING: Eden of the East (Eps 1-2)
  •  SCREENING: Eden of the East (Eps 3-4)
  •  SCREENING: Evangelion 2.22: You Can (Not) Advance (Hour 1)
  •  SCREENING: Evangelion 2.22: You Can (Not) Advance (Hour 2)
  •  SCREENING: Fractale (Eps 1-2)
  •  SCREENING: Fractale (Eps 3-4)
  •  SCREENING: Haibane Renmei (Eps 1-2)
  •  SCREENING: Haibane Renmei (Eps 3-4)
  •  SCREENING: Serial Experiments Lain (Eps 1-2)
  •  SCREENING: Serial Experiments Lain (Eps 3-4)
  •  SCREENING: Steins;Gate (Eps 1-2)
  •  SCREENING: Steins;Gate (Eps 3-4)
  •  SCREENING: Summer Wars (Hour 1)
  •  SCREENING: Summer Wars (Hour 2)
  •  Speak Sci-Fi in Japanese
  •  The Obession with the French in Anime and Manga Culture
  •  Uncle Yo - Stand Up for Geeks
  •  Uncle Yo Presents: Surviving a Mecha Attack
  •  Vampires in Anime
  •  Zenkaikon/Delaware Anime Society Meet & Greet


Art

  •  Basic Artistic Composition
  •  Deadly Dinos and Killer Kaiju: The Art Of The Giant Monster
  •  Effective Habits of Aspiring Artists
  •  Making Money Flow Towards the Artist
  •  Ralph McQuarrie - Star Wars and Beyond
  •  SF and Fantasy Photography
  •  Telling Stories In Your Art
  •  The Art of the Book Cover


Not Just for Kids

  •  Alien Life in the Seas
  •  Children & Family Concert
  •  CSI: Philcon
  •  Design a Mars Lander
  •  Friendship in Sci Fi and Fantasy
  •  Ghost Stories (recommended for kids 10+ with their parents)
  •  Hogwarts Knitting Club
  •  How Did They Do That? Stop Motion Animation in Science Fiction/Fantasy Film
  •  Maskmaking/Arts & Crafts
  •  Science Fiction Word Search
  •  Worldbuilding and Mapping
  •  Zombie Preparedness


Comics

  •  52 Shades of DC Comics - One Year Later
  •  Digital Comics
  •  Is Image Comics the new sci-fi king of comics?
  •  Kirby! The King's science fiction legacy
  •  Non-Superhero Comics
  •  Science fiction's NEW golden age of comics
  •  Steampunk in comics
  •  The greatest science fiction comic OF ALL TIME!
  •  What if I had Superpowers?
  •  Who are the Sci fi superheroes?


Costuming

  •  50 Shades of Browns - Steampunk, From Inspiration to Creation
  •  Cosplay on a Budget: Using thrift stores, discount department stores, and creati
  •  Costume and Cosplay Stage Presentation
  •  Costume Gimmicks and Special Effects
  •  Decorative Embellishment for costumes
  •  Fashion History
  •  Hand sewing techniques
  •  Meet and Greet the Sick Pups!
  •  Men’s Costuming - The Essentials
  •  My BEST Quickie... Costume, that is!
  •  Planning, Designing & Building an Anime Costume
  •  Rocking the Spandex – How to Make that Costume Fit!
  •  Stretch Fabrics & Spandex: Making Aliens, and other good uses
  •  Wearing your Underwear on the Outside
  •  What Does the Future of SF /Fantasy & Historical Costuming Hold?


Filk

  •  Cat Faber Filk Concert
  •  Filk - 2 30 minute filk Concerts - Performers TBA
  •  Filk - Early Bird Filking
  •  Filk - Friday evening Concert
  •  Filk - Memorial Circle
  •  Filk - Open Filk - Friday Evening
  •  Filk - Open Filk - Saturday Evening
  •  Filk - Saturday afternoon open filk
  •  Filk - Saturday evening Concerts - 2 30 minute concerts
  •  Filk - Songwriting panel
  •  Filk - Sunday concert
  •  Filk - Theme Circle - Northeastern Travels
  •  Filk - Theme Circle - Space songs
  •  Filk - Theme Circle 1
  •  Filk - Theme Circle Classic Filk Songs
  •  Filk - Theme Circle Pegasus Floating Category 1
  •  Filk - Theme Circle Pegasus Floating Category 2
  •  Filk 101: Intro to Filk
  •  Filk Gripe session & Dead Cheese Steak Circle
  •  Glen Raphael CD release concert
  •  Home Recording vs Studio recording vs Live recording
  •  How to plan an album
  •  Philcon @ Con Songwriting contest


Gaming

  •  50 Shades of Black - Whatever Happened To "The World Of Darkness"?
  •  Beyond D&D
  •  Dungeons and Dragons: Edition Wars!
  •  Game Design for Fun and (Probably Not a Lot Of ) Profit!
  •  Role Playing Games: from The West to The East and Back Again!
  •  The Best Game EVAR!


Media

  •  50 Shades of Greyscale - The Great Black & White SF Films
  •  50 Years of The Doctor
  •  Adventure Time! The best SF-fantasy show you may not be watching
  •  Cable TV and Beyond : The Post-Broadcast Era
  •  Crossover TV
  •  Cult Classics Without The Cult
  •  Fringe - The Final Season
  •  Grimm and Once Upon A Time
  •  Keep Flying: Ten Years of FIREFLY
  •  Making your own SF short film
  •  Movies and Video Games
  •  Ninja, Pirate, Monkey, Robot - The 10th Anniversary!
  •  Saturday Morning Breakfast Serial
  •  Shadowcasting for Fun (But Probably Not Profit)
  •  Star Trek:The Next Generation at 25
  •  STAR WARS at 35: ...This Is Now.
  •  STAR WARS at 35: That Was Then...
  •  The 2012-2013 TV Season
  •  The Avengers vs. The Dark Knight: Marvel and DC on Film
  •  There's More To British TV Than Doctor Who
  •  Time Keeps On Slippin', Slippin', Slippin'...


Science

  •  50 Shades of Grey Goo - Nanotechnology
  •  Biohacking and the Biopunk Movement
  •  Cosmology and Its Discontents
  •  Edison Vs. Tesla! YOU Decide!
  •  Inside Other Minds: Can we Ever Really Imagine an Alien Psychology?
  •  Life Extension I: The SCIENCE of Immortality
  •  Life Extension II: The IMPACT of Immortality
  •  Neil Armstrong: Remembering the First Man on the Moon
  •  Not Your Father's Dinosaurs
  •  Private Space Development
  •  Red Rover, Red Rover: Curiosity on Mars
  •  Remaking the Earth through Geoengineering
  •  Rise of the Robots, Part II - The Impact
  •  Rise of the Robots: Part I - The Science
  •  The Higgs Boson
  •  This is Your Brain on Technology
  •  Who am I, what am I, where am I? - Consciousness and the Brain


Cutting Edge

  •  "Ghost Hunting" - Science or Chicanery?
  •  50 Shades of Power: Internet Strategy
  •  Accidental Immortality: the Internet and Death.
  •  Cloak of Invisibility: Metamaterial impact on society
  •  D-I-Y in the Modern Age
  •  Getting a (Kick)start(er) on That Project!
  •  Have you seen my show yet?: Resources for developing your videos, etc.
  •  How not to be seen: Antisurvaillance in the panoptic age
  •  Magic Window: Augmented Reality through your Cellphone
  •  Nice Liver. Where'd you get it:
  •  Sharing Matter: Thingiverse and the Makerbot universe.
  •  The Philcon Fantasy and Science Fiction Music Panel: Mp3's Welcome
  •  This Guy said it was Good: Living in the age of Public Relations


Fandom

  •  50 Shades of Earl Grey - The Steampunk Movement
  •  50 Shades of Sucker-bait - How to Hook People For Your Event
  •  An Unofficial History Of Fandom
  •  But I Didn't MEAN to create a Condescending Stereotype!
  •  Con-Running 101 - So you REALLY want to run a con...?
  •  Do You Want to Date My Avatar?
  •  Geeking in the Real World: Sharing Your Fandom Passions Without Scaring People
  •  Help! My Fandom is Changing!
  •  One Foot off of the Grid: Steps Towards Self-Sufficient Living
  •  Philcon 101
  •  Radical Growth: Post-Nuclear Families
  •  Starting Your Own Business, pt. 1: Planning and Paperwork
  •  Starting Your Own Business, pt. 2: Source Materials, Funding, and Continuing On
  •  Stories From The Fannish Underground
  •  Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse and other Black Swan Events.
  •  The Fallacy of A Geek Hierarchy
  •  The Philly Geek Meet-and-Greet
  •  When Flirting Goes Wrong, or, How to Avoid (Being Called) a Creeper

 

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