’18 Panels/Events

Science Track Asks the Burning Question: Does it Fart?

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Daily Dragon, now in scratch ‘n’ sniff! Look for it in the Tuesday print edition. Oh. Wait. DD director says that idea stinks. And there’s no Tuesday print edition. Few questions twist your gut and are more pressing than “Does it Fart?” Audience members in the Hilton Porcelain Crystal Ballroom on Sunday explored all the things they never knew they wanted to know about farting, including what specifically constitutes a fart, and voted on whether or not it’s truly a
 
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Divining the Future

Divining the Future

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Sunday morning at 10AM in the Sheraton, a group of around 50 attendees met to have their fortunes read in at the morning tarot reading. Beginning like the drum circle did, unofficially with a few like-minded people coming together to read and be read, the tarot readings have now been given their own room and time slots. Friday evening was the first of the tarot card readings and was heavily attended, bordering on chaos, according to volunteer Chris Moore. The
 
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Master of His Craft

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The Trek Track began the final day of Dragon Con by welcoming David R. George III to the Hilton Galleria. George is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has written eighteen Star Trek novels to date. As to the session’s title, “Rewriting the Rules,” George was a bit uncomfortable, as he wasn’t sure that he was “rewriting” anything. Upon reflection, he did note that his novels tend to be considerably longer than the traditional Star Trek titles. When he began writing, the average length of a
 
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Novel Experience

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Novelists Anthony Frances, E.K. Johnston, and Diana Peterfreund generously shared their expertise during the “How to Write a Damn Good Book” panel on Monday in Hyatt Embassy CD. The three talented authors spent the hour discussing the tips and tricks they’ve learned about writing during their writing careers. Writers often hear the adage about having to write a few bad novels before being able to write a good one, but how many is a few? Francis said he only wrote
 
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An Hour with The Librarians

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As we all know, sometimes our favorite TV shows get cancelled. But The Librarians fans didn’t let that stop them from showing up to support actors Christian Kane and John Kim on Saturday evening in the Westin Peachtree Ballroom. Well, at the start, it was just Kim, as Kane was nowhere to be seen. He wandered in about five minutes later. That was the last time he’d wait for Kim in the hotel room, he joked. While we waited for Kane’s fashionably
 
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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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Barrowman and Tate: Dragon Con’s Greatest Show

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If you thought Monday at Dragon Con was a slow day, meant for packing, unwinding, and breathing, you thought wrong. Because at the “10th Doctor Companions: Donna Noble & Captain Jack Harkness” panel at 1:30AM on Monday in the Marriott Atrium Ballroom, Barrowman and Tate were in the house, and they brought it down with their own brand of live, unfiltered, good-ole-fashioned, inappropriate fun. Talking about kissing David Tennant, flubbing English at the worst times, meeting George Lucas, and eating
 
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Writer’s Block Vanquished

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J.D. Blackrose led a panel of celebrated authors, S. M. Stirling, Janny Wurts, and Alethea Kontis, in a Saturday evening panel that identified myriad ways to conquer writer’s block, that ubiquitous inability to bring on words that plagues many writers. Addressing the pervasive problem, Blackrose noted that writer’s block is pretty universal and asked what we can do to fight it. Stirling said that he first gets the cat off his keyboard, but he added that if there is a
 
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