Nancy Northcott

Nancy Northcott is a lifelong fan of comics, science fiction, fantasy, and history. She's the author of The Herald of Day, the first book in the Boar King's Honor historical fantasy trilogy, and the Light Mage Wars paranormal romantic suspense novels. Collaborating with Jeanne Adams, she writes the Outcast Station space opera series.

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Website: http://www.nancynorthcott.com

Under the Bat Signal

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Four comic book creators formed the “Batman & The Heroes of Gotham” panel on Friday afternoon in the Hyatt International North. Moderator Jami Jones, artists Craig Rousseau, Alex Sinclair, and Babs Tarr, and writer Gail Simone discussed the continuing appeal of the Batman family. Jones opened the panel by asking each of the creators to name the Bat books on which they initially worked. For Rousseau, it was Batman Beyond, based on the animated series. Sinclair first worked on Batman:
 
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A Weapon Through the Ages

A Weapon Through the Ages

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On Sunday afternoon in the Hyatt, Thomas Riley and Josh Waters presented “The Evolution of the Medieval Sword.” They explored the changes in swords by function and typography. The program focused on European swords because the katana has not changed in hundreds of years. The discussion began with an explanation of the parts of a medieval arming sword, which is a one-handed sword or the sword a knight would carry when he was armored and armed. The sword was not
 
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Intellectual Property and Fandom: An Interview with Courtney Lytle

Intellectual Property and Fandom: An Interview with Courtney Lytle

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Courtney Lytle is a practicing attorney and an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law. She specializes in intellectual property law, an area of particular interest to fandom in general and to fanfic writers, cosplayers, and fan artists in particular. She regularly speaks about intellectual property at professional conferences and fan conventions. Daily Dragon (DD): What does intellectual property law cover? Courtney Lytle (CL): Intellectual property law includes patents (which basically protects inventions such as machines, new medicines, and
 
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Killjoys: Johnny and Lucy, Live and in Person

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Any Killjoys fan knows two things: The Warrant is All, and keep your hands off John Jaqobis or Lucy will electrocute you. That didn’t keep the crowd from showing Aaron Ashmore (Jaqobis) and Tamsen McDonough (Lucy) all the love at the “Killjoys Cast: Upgrades of Awesome” panel Sunday afternoon in the Hilton Grand West ballroom. It was clear that Ashmore and McDonough were having a lot of fun as the answers to the questions fans asked ranged from risqué to
 
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Teen Heroes Come Into Their Own

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Moderator Tony Barletta and artists George Perez and Joe Benitez made up the “Teen Titans Through the Years panel” on Friday afternoon in the Hyatt. Barletta opened the discussion by noting that there was a Teen Titans series in the 1960s featuring sidekicks of DC lead heroes. The series reboot in the 1980s featured Robin, Wonder Girl, and Kid Flash from the prior series with new characters Starfire, Cyborg, and Raven as the New Teen Titans. Perez added that there
 
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Myths and Magic: An Hour with Ilona Andrews

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On Saturday morning, the Ilona Andrews writing team, Gordon and Ilona Andrews, entertained questions from their fans in the Hyatt Centennial I. Moderator Carol Malcolm kicked off the discussion by asking the pair how they collaborate. Gordon answered that he generally writes the male characters while his wife writes the women and that they do the fight scenes together. He has a military background, majored in history, and studied mythology. The Slavic myths, however, are more Ilona’s specialty. When asked
 
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Armed and Capable: Women in Combat Sports

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The Women in Combat Sports panel on Friday morning offered a discussion of women’s participation in different sports involving physical conflict. Morgan Hampe moderated a panel that included Amy Graham, Kristin Story, Dawn Assumma, Jayelle Barnes, and Christine Napolitano. The panelists began by explaining the different sports in which they’re involved. Story engages in historical European martial arts (HEMA). Her love of swordplay drew her to the sport. Those involved in HEMA take old combat manuals and use them to
 
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Blurring the Genre Lines in Fantasy

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The members of the Genre Bending panel on Friday afternoon in the Fantasy Literature track discussed figuring out where the lines are between different subgenres of fantasy. Chris Kennedy, the moderator, noted that 64 subgenres of fantasy, including erotic and Christian, came up in his search as he prepared for the panel. He then asked the other panelists, L. Jagi Lamplighter, Griffin Barker, Quincy J. Allen, David Coe, and Christopher Ruocchio, what they considered to be urban fantasy. Lamplighter responded
 
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