Well, adding to the underlying excitement that is the release of Thorn of Dentonhill, I’ll be attending Boskone, February 13th-15th. I’m quite excited- first of all to attend a con where I’ll be able to mention Thorn in conjunction with the phrase, “And you can get it in the dealer’s room” or words to that effect. Moreover, it’s looking like a fantastic con all around, with a lot very cool people in attendance.
Here’s my schedule:
Are We Living in the Superhero Renaissance?
Saturday 10:00 – 10:50, Harbor III (Westin)
Marvel and DC heroes and heroines keep ka-powing at us from every screen and page, reviving the comics industry along the way. Why is the superhero biz suddenly so mega-ultra super? Why is this kind of storytelling so compelling? Is it just the special effects — or do we yearn for superheroes to save us from ourselves? Or from something else?
Carrie Vaughn (M), Jack M. Haringa, Daniel M. Kimmel, Marjorie Liu, Marshall Ryan Maresca
Films That Changed Everything
Saturday 12:00 – 12:50, Burroughs (Westin)
Until recently, science fiction and fantasy films were few and far between. Now, SF/F movies have taken over the theater box offices. What changed? More importantly, which films changed everything? Why were these films so important to SF/F, to mainstream cinema, and to the audience?
Bob Devney (M), Daniel M. Kimmel, Marshall Ryan Maresca, Steven Sawicki
SF Theater Renaissance
Saturday 14:00 – 14:50, Burroughs (Westin)
Science fiction theater has been around for a while, but it’s just now starting to hit a wider audience. SF theater companies have appeared, SF theater festivals have been produced, and SF plays have been anthologized. Are we in an SF theater renaissance? Panelists discuss some of their favorite plays, what they would still like to see, and what might be next for SF theater.
Marshall Ryan Maresca (M), Andrea Hairston, James Patrick Kelly, A. Vincent Ularich, Jen Gunnels
Boskone’s Multi-Author Book Party
Saturday 18:00 – 19:30, (Galleria-Stage)
Fans and readers: come meet the presses who have come to the convention! Join us for Boskone’s Multi-Author Book Party, and see what’s new from authors you already love, as well as those you have yet to discover.
Reading: Marshall Ryan Maresca
Saturday 20:30 – 20:55, Griffin (Westin)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Sunday 11:00 – 11:50, Marina 2 (Westin)
From comics to movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has succeeded in keeping comic book fans interested and engaging new ones. With the weekly television show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the reach extends. How does the show expand the storytelling toolkit of comics and/or the movies? Which elements have been successful and which could use some improvement?
Jack M. Haringa (M), LJ Cohen, Jim Mann, Marshall Ryan Maresca, John Langan
On top of that, Thorn of Dentonhill was listed as one of SFF180’s “15 in ’15: Highly Anticipated SFF“. Not too shabby at all.