’16 Panels/Events

Not Just Programmers: Finding Unusual Video Gaming Jobs

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The international panel of experts at the “Unusual Jobs in the Video Game Industry” panel have extremely diverse backgrounds and hold interesting jobs in a field primarily known for artists, programmers, and coders. The full room in the Westin at 5:30PM Saturday was excited to learn about alternatives to break into a field many of them interact with for entertainment on a daily basis. The panel was composed of Roger Altizer, tester, journalist, college professor; Jose Zagal, engineering education research;
 
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Vikings: A Different World

Vikings: A Different World

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The fourth season of Vikings, the popular television series that airs on the History Channel, is on its midseason break and returns this month. Panelists Kathryn Hines, Kirk Keplinger, Erika Pratte, and Philip Greco were introduced by moderator Jessa Phillips to a full room Saturday evening in the Marriott. With all the action and changes so far this season, the panel and audience were eager to dive into the who, what, when, and why of it all. Phillips started the discussion
 
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Anderson and Moesta Address Writer’s Intensive Workshop

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Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta enlightened participants and alumni of Jody Lynn Nye‘s Writer’s Intensive Workshop, discussing craft and publishing on Friday afternoon. Authors, publishers, editors, motivators, Anderson and Moesta run WordFire Press and have produced the Superstars writing seminars. The dynamic duo began with the progression from casual to professional writing. Anderson said that writing short stories used to be the thing to do, then the writer would get an agent (or be approached by one) and a
 
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Gothic Homemaking World Premiere with Voltaire

Gothic Homemaking World Premiere with Voltaire

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Aurelio Voltaire, author of What is Goth? and Paint It Black: A Guide to Gothic Homemaking (often an item on books-you-didn’t-think-existed lists), premiered his new web series, Gothic Homemaking, at Dragon Con 2016. Voltaire took to the stage in the packed Hilton Crystal Ballroom Sunday evening, explaining how the idea for the web series came about as he was moving back to his small New York City apartment and was ready for a new look. This look, he said, needed
 
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The Awesome Brandon Sanderson, Continued

The Awesome Brandon Sanderson, Continued

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While navigating an exceptionally busy schedule of appearances at Dragon Con, Brandon Sanderson made the time to answer a few more questions for the Daily Dragon, as promised: Daily Dragon (DD): We’re thrilled to have you back at Dragon Con. What do enjoy most about the con? Brandon Sanderson (BWS): The sheer vibrancy of it. Some other big cons feel a little…inauthentic. You never get that at Dragon Con. It can be stuffy and crowded, but you don’t feel that
 
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Niche Markets in eBooks and Print (for Writers)

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The small stage in the Hilton 208-209 meeting room was filled to capacity Sunday afternoon with panelists for the “Niche Markets in eBooks & Print (for Writers).” Gail Z. Martin, Nico Murray, Alex Hovelich, Tyra Burton, Andrew Greenburg, Holly Bryant-Simpson and Elaine Calloway joined moderator Sascha Illyvich to discuss various types of niches and how to market yourself to your specific audience. Illyvich began the session with the question, what exactly is a niche market? The panel collaborated on the
 
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Cosplay Duos at Dragon Con

Cosplay Duos at Dragon Con

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Cosplay is one of the highlights of Dragon Con. Everyone gets involved—young and old, some of them serious costumers, others just out to have fun. And cosplaying with a buddy seems to double their enjoyment. This reporter stopped a few of these gutsy, creative, awesome cosplaying pairs to discover a little more about them. The first pair I found was Harley Quinn from Arkham Asylum (Katie Ledbetter) and Poison Ivy (Andrea Peng). Katie, a six-time veteran of Dragon Con, shared
 
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