Monday, 25 March 2013

Eastercon 2013 Schedule

Eastercon 2013, or Eight Squared as its embarrassing, sherry-tippling gran likes to call it in front of its mates, looks set to be by far my busiest 'Con yet - and not only in terms of official writerly stuff, either, since with the deadline for Prince Thief coincidentally on the Sunday and a file crash recently robbing me of three days' work, there's a fair chance I'll either be working or clawing at the walls in grubby, sleep deprived terror throughout every free moment of the weekend.

That said, I shall endeavor to maintain a stern and sober (well, soberish) facade for my public appearances, because they look set to be lots of fun.  I get to talk at people about a whole host of my favourite subjects, from comics to movies to comics again, and - assuming that someone has the good sense to bar the doors from the outside - they can't even run away.  Then on the Sunday, when I'm at my most hungover and spiritually bankrupt, I'll be doing my best to wax intelligent upon the subject of older female characters in Fantasy and why, let's face it, there aren't any.

(Except in Prince Thief and the second volume of Endangered Weapon B that I'm currently writing, obviously.)

Okay, here we go then.  Copied and pasted from the official e-mail?  You bet your pantaloons!  You did read that bit about the Prince Thief deadline, right?

Friday 4pm Main "Superheroes on Films"
Faster than a speeding bullet, superheroes have escaped from comics to films and found a whole new audience! How have they changed in moving to Hollywood – is there a formula, when is it worth breaking, and what should be done next? CE Murphy moderates Jacey Bedford, Susan Booth and David Tallerman.
Friday 7pm Conservatory "Genre Get-Together: Fantasy"
Meet authors and get books signed!
Friday 9pm Boardroom "Graphic Novel Selections"
It’s easy to miss good comics these days, with so much going past. Our panel recommend some personal favourites from all areas of the medium. With Stephen Aryan, CE Murphy, Alys Sterling and David Tallerman.
Sunday 10am Main "Maiden, Mother, Who? Older Women in Genre Fiction"
There are plenty of kick-ass young heroines these days, but their mentors are nearly always male. Where are the older women in genre fiction, and why aren’t they written about, or put on TV, more? Fran Dowd moderates Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Ian Sales, David Tallerman and Freda Warrington.

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