2014 Scheduled Appearances
This is tentative. I may well fly out for Paizocon in July, and I might head out to Archon or a few other things, but right now I only have two appearances definitely scheduled.
Detroit January 17-19 2014
Why Does Bones Need to be a White Guy?
Christian Klaver, Stina Leicht, Seleste deLaney, Howard Andrew Jones, Gretchen Ash
9pm Friday – Southfield
The character of Ellen Ripley in Alien was originally written as a man. Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica benefited from a change of gender in the newest incarnation of the show. For a very long time, the assumption has seemed to be that a character is a white male by default, unless the story requires otherwise. When this assumption is challenged, the results can be wonderful. Here we discuss some of our favorite instances of the gender or race-swapped character, and look at why this makes some already compelling stories even more so.
Historical Fantasy with Howard Andrew Jones
11am Saturday – Rotunda
Brigid Collins, Brian McClellan, Kameron Hurley, C.C. Finlay, Howard Andrew Jones
1pm Sunday – Erie
Legends generally take time. History has a weight that helps to propel the present and inform a culture. In building an epic backstory in fantasy or science fiction, how does one do that? Flat out stating “there is a legend of this thing with a badger” only serves to make an audience look for the badger, so how does one craftily insert these details without a reader taking conscious notice? Who does this well, and what can we learn from some others who have done it less well?
Gaming and Writing
Carrie Harris, Saladin Ahmed, Howard Andrew Jones, Brian McClellan
2pm Sunday – Rotunda
Indianapolis, IN — August 14-17, 2014