Posted by: J. Thomas Ross | March 4, 2015

Mysticon 2015

The Honor in the Verse Panel with Tedd Roberts and Gray Rinehart, 3-1

The “Honor in the Verse” Panel with Tedd Roberts and Gray Rinehart, 3-1

R2D2 in the hallway, 2-28

R2D2 in the hallway, 2-28

From February 27th through March 1st 2015, people of all ages with an interest in science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, gaming, costuming, horror, robots, writing, film and more gathered at the Tanglewood Holiday Inn in Roanoke, Virginia, for Mysticon 2015. Activities began at 3:00 pm Friday and concluded at 4:00 pm Sunday. The convention was sold out before the opening day again this year. Next year’s author guest of honor will be George R. R. Martin, so if you are interested in attending, register early – early registration also saves you money. [If cost is a concern for you, this convention is a bargain, with both registration fee and hotel rates lower than most.]

The Dealer's Room, 2-28

The Dealers’ Room, 2-28

Chain mail linking in the hall, 2-28

Chain mail linking in the hall, 2-28

The convention offered panels on a wide variety of topics and workshops for arts and crafts – the Casting Workshop; the Prolong Knot Bracelet Workshop; the Turk’s-head Ring Workshop; the Celtic Earrings Workshop; the Sculpting Workshop; the Henna Workshop; and the Art Workshop (drawing a human figure) – and for writing – the Writing Workshop; the Plot Workshop; the Worldbuilding Workshop; and the Indie Publishing Workshop.

 Janine Spendlove at her author reading, 2-28

Janine Spendlove at her author reading, 2-28

Gray Rinehart opening his author reading session with a song, 2-28

Gray Rinehart opening his author reading session with a song, 2-28

Media Guest of Honor Sean Maher answers questions at the "You Can't Stop the Signal" Panel, 2-28

Media Guest of Honor Sean Maher answers questions at the “You Can’t Stop the Signal” Panel, 2-28

Other activities included musical performances, a belly dancing performance, author readings and signings, open gaming, video gaming, the Dealers’ Room, the Art Show, the Drum Circle, the Baen Traveling Road Show & Podcast, the Ghost Hunt, Comedy Magic for the Whole Family, the Match Game, the Roanoke Robotics & Makers Club Workshop and Demonstration, the Astronomy Presentation, a Wrestling Q & A, the Scholarship Auction, and the Costume Masquerade.

 Costumes in the hall, 2-27

Costumes in the hall, 2-27

Lady in black and white, 2-28

Lady in black and white, 2-28

Blue creature lurking in the hall, 2-28

Blue creature lurking in the hall, 2-28

 

 

 

Available to hungry attendees were the Hospitality Suite (for drinks and light snacks throughout the day), 10 Forward Food Concessions (for quick hot food along with snacks and drinks at mealtimes), and the Elephant Walk Lounge, the hotel’s bar and restaurant. For those who wished to dine outside the hotel, a shuttle was available to local stores and restaurants.

The Mysticon Theme Cake by Carla Brindle, 2-28

The Mysticon Theme Cake by Carla Brindle, 2-28

Peter David and Gail Z. Martin on The Eye of Argon panel, 2-27

Peter David and Gail Z. Martin on “The Eye of Argon” panel, 2-27

 

 

 

Also featured in the Hospitality Suite at the convention was the Mysticon Theme Cake – with both chocolate and vanilla portions – which was cut for all to enjoy Saturday evening. On a more somber note, the “Leaves on the Wind” memorial panel – in memory of authors CJ Henderson and Leonard Nimoy and John Jones and other members of fandom – was held on Sunday afternoon. They will all be missed.

Panel: ''What If'' Moments in History" with Jarod Kearney, Paula S. Jordan, Jim Beall, and Tally Johnson, 2-27

Panel: ”What If” Moments in History” with Jarod Kearney, Paula S. Jordan, Jim Beall, and Tally Johnson, 2-27

Match Game panelists John Watts, Mark Davis, Billy Flynn, Allegra Liana, Steven S. Long, Flynnstress, Drew Meyer, and Moderator Rich Sigfrit, 2-28

Match Game panelists John Watts, Mark Davis, Billy Flynn, Allegra Liana, Steven S. Long, Flynnstress, Drew Meyer, and Moderator Rich Sigfrit, 2-28

Special guests at this year’s convention included Media Guest of Honor Sean Maher, Author Guest of Honor Peter David, Industry Guest of Honor Kevin McKeever, Artist Guest of Honor Scott Rorie, Gaming Guest of Honor Christina Stiles, Musical Guest of Honor Bella Morte, Fan Guest of Honor James “Butch” Allen, Master of Ceremonies Rich Sigfrit, and Mysticon 2015 Scholarship Winner Cody Prater.

Programs and panels included:

Panel: "What Are We Ignoring - The Tech That SF Overlooks" with Charles Matheny, Darcy Wold, Michael Solontoi, and Jim Beall, 3-1

Panel: “What Are We Ignoring – The Tech That SF Overlooks” with Charles Matheny, Darcy Wold, Michael Solontoi, and Jim Beall, 3-1

  • Alternate History: “What If” Moments in History
  • Art: Art Portfolio Review; The Art of Science; Fandom Art; Master Studies – How to Improve Your Art in 6 Weeks; My Art’s Better Than Your Art; Tools of the Trade; Techniques in Review – What Makes Art?; Art in Video Gaming
  • Children’s Activities: Puppet Crafts; Agents of Shield Disguise Training
  • Comics: Super Team, Assemble!; Bringing the Comic Book World to the TV or Big Screen
  • Competitions: Iron Costumer; Iron Author
  • Panel: "Women in Space" with Michael Solontoi, Kim Headlee, and Paula S. Jordan, 3-1

    Panel: “Women in Space” with Michael Solontoi, Kim Headlee, and Paula S. Jordan, 3-1

  • Costuming: Penny Pinching: Budget Costuming; Introduction to Cosplay Materials and Costuming
  • Fandom: Closet Geek or Geek Chic?; Nerdiquette 101; Raising the Next Generation of Geeks; Geek Trivia for Candy; FanTastic
  • Fashion: Fashions in the Future
  • Film: Top 10 Animated Shows of All Time; Crashing Without Burning; One Hour Film School; Women in Film; Guilty Pleasures; Kill Your Darlings; Weird Movies; What Makes an Animated Film?
  • Panel: "Fantasy World Building" with R. S. Belcher, Michael A. Ventrella, Liz Long, Steven S. Long, Gail Z. Martin, 2-27

    Panel: “Fantasy World Building” with R. S. Belcher, Michael A. Ventrella, Liz Long, Steven S. Long, and Gail Z. Martin, 2-27

  • Gaming: Advanced Game Mastering; Gaming on a Budget; Good Game; Women in Gaming; Roll the Dice – How to Choose a Gaming System
  • Horror: RIP; Horror A to Z; The Psychology of Horror
  • LARP [Live Action Role Playing]: All Dressed Up and Ready to LARP
  • Miscellaneous: Harassment Policies and Why They’re Important; Things They Never Said; Media Mashup – Adapting Books, TV, and Movies to Roleplaying Games
  • Panel: "Exposition in Science Fiction and Fantasy" with Paulla S. Jordan, Kim Headless, Marcia Colette, and Michael D. Pederson, 2-28

    Panel: “Exposition in Science Fiction and Fantasy” with Paulla S. Jordan, Kim Headless, Marcia Colette, and Michael D. Pederson, 2-28

  • Music: Write a song with Bella Morte
  • Myths and Legends: Mythology – Beyond Greek & Norse; Contemporary Cthulhu
  • Paranormal: How Spooky is Spooky?; The Weird South; Virginia Paranormal; elementals and Other Things That Go Bump in the Night
  • Podcasting: Geek Radio Daily; Gallifrey Pirate Radio
  • Robotics: Meet Robotech; Giant Robot Rumble
  • Panel: "The Psychology of Horror" with Mike Allen, R. S. Belcher, Jarrod Kearney, Christopher G. Moore, KT Pinto, and John Johnson, 2-28

    Panel: “The Psychology of Horror” with Mike Allen, R. S. Belcher, Jarrod Kearney, Christopher G. Moore, KT Pinto, and John Johnson, 2-28

  • Science: 30 Years of the Space Shuttle – From the Eyes of a NASA Employee; Nuclear Follies; Women in Space; The Perils of Commercial Spaceflight; Real Alien Worlds
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy: Art & Music in Fantasy/Science Fiction; Did SF Create Flying Saucers?; When Did Sci-Fi Become Mainstream?; More Than Swords – The Military and Fantasy; Sonic Waves – The Effects of Doctor Who in Popular Culture; Villains We Love to Hate; You Can’t Stop the Signal; The Force Re-awakens – Star Wars in the News; Honor in the Verse
  • Social Media: Tooting Your Own Horn with Social Media; Almost Famous; Crowdfunding Your Project
  • Steampunk: Science Fiction and Six-Guns
  • Trading Cards: Swap You Skywalker for Vader
  • Writing: Creating Ongoing Characters; Fantasy World Building; Fire the Canon; Exposition in Science Fiction and Fantasy; Putting the Science in Science Fiction; Ending Stories with a Bang or a Whimper; Aliens in SF; Script to Page; Wear This, Not That; Making Politics Work in Fiction; What Are We Ignoring? The Tech that SF Overlooks; Writing 21st-Century Sequels to 19th-Century (and Earlier) Novels

    Congratulations to the Mysticon staff and volunteers for pulling off another special convention!

    Brian Stillman, Christopher Moore, and A R Kelly on the "Kill Your Darlings" panel, 3-1

    Brian Stillman, Christopher Moore, and Dan A. R. Kelly on the “Kill Your Darlings” panel, 3-1

    52 - Bill Mulligan and Christine Parker on the Kill Your Darlings panel, 3-1

    Bill Mulligan and Christine Parker on the “Kill Your Darlings” panel, 3-1

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