Programming Schedule

Welcome guests to the Programming Schedule for CONtraflow 2016. The full schedule is below for you to look through or if you like the link will guide you to a PDF version that is yours for the downloading. This is the current schedule and is subject to change. Here first is the Grid lay out of the Schedule, clicking on each image will open a new tab with a larger view. A link below has also been included if you like the link will guide you to a PDF version that is yours for the downloading. This is the current schedule and is subject to change.

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Panel Information

Welcome guests the section below covers the explanation on what each panel will be discussing. The full schedule is below for you to look through or if you like the link will guide you to a PDF version that is yours for the downloading. This is the current schedule and is subject to change.

 

CONtraflow VI Panels

Art

 

The Art of Richard Hescox. Artist Guest of Honor Richard Hescox presents his work for books, movies, computer games and other venues.

Richard Hescox

Saturday, 2pm, Panel Room 4

 

The Delicate Art of Life Casting.  Come learn a few do’s and don’ts of Life Casting, which is the ancient art of molding people – everything from faces, heads, hands and even a full body.  We will cover using Alginate, silicone, and plaster bandages.

Jesse Shoemaker

Saturday, 5pm, Panel Room 1

 

Forgotten Masterpieces of 19th Century Fantasy Art. Artist Guest of Honor Richard Hescox presents his popular slideshow which helps educate new artists as well as fantasy art fans in the rich world of fantasy images that are never seen in published art books, but should be!

Richard Hescox

Sunday, 12pm, Panel Room 4

 

Getting the Shot: Photography as Art. Kimberly Richardson is not only an author, editor, and blender of teas; she is a talented photographer as well. Come listen to her share how to find the art inside your camera.

Kimberly Richardson

Saturday, 3pm, Panel Room 1

 

Illustrating George R. R. Martin’s “A Clash of Kings”. Artist Guest of Honor Richard Hescox presents an in-depth look at a single large project creating over 70 illustrations for a limited edition volume of his book “A Clash of Kings” for Subterranean Press, showing in progress shots and discussing my interaction with George during the project.

Richard Hescox

Friday, 8pm, Panel Room 4

 

“A Trip to Tomorrow”. Artist Guest of Honor Richard Hescox screens and discusses the short satirical cable TV film for which he served as production designer.  “A Trip to Tomorrow” is humorous send-up of all those old “What the Future will be like” films they used to make that always got it all wrong.

Richard Hescox

Saturday, 12pm, Joey Grillot Memorial Film Room

 

Children’s Programming

 

Improv for Young People. Lucy Ferry, with help from Scott Carroll, gets the audience involved in  this fun workshop introducing the art of improvisational theater.

Scott Carroll, Lucy Ferry

Saturday, 12pm, Event One

 

Balloons of Doom Workshop. Learn to make your own balloon sculptures with Doctor Osborn the Magical Mad Scientist.

Darrell Osborne

Saturday, 10pm and Sunday, 12pm, Cadet Lounge

 

Comics

 

Can Superman Be Relevant In 2016 and Still Be Superman? Contemporary takes on Superman in the comics and on the screen always seem to leave his fans unsatisfied. The panelists discuss whether it is possible to produce a version of the character today who remains consistent with the Superman they love.

Jessie Craig, Rick Gualtieri, Drew Hayes, Rob Cerio (moderator)

Saturday, 10am, Panel Room 2

 

The DC Cinematic Universe: Where Is It Going and What Would We Like To See. Or Not. Although the modern era of superhero movies extends at least back as far as the 1989 Batman, as a shared universe, the DCCU is really only getting started. Come talk about what’s going to happen next and what you hope to see.

Jessie Craig, Drew Hayes, J L Mulvihill, Rob Cerio (moderator)

Sunday, 12pm, Panel Room 2

 

The Marvel Cinematic Universe: Where Is It Going and What Would We Like To See. Or Not.  The MCU is huge and growing. Come talk about what’s going to happen next and what you hope to see.

Jessie Craig, Drew Hayes, J L Mulvihill, Rob Cerio (moderator)

Saturday, 6pm, Event Two

 

Marvel vs. DC: Where Are the Major Comics Publishers Going and Do You Still Care?  Marvel and DC comics have gone through a lot of changes in the last few years.  The panelists talk about the trends.

Rick Gualtieri, Ben Herr, Jessie Craig

Saturday, 8pm, Panel Room 1

 

Writing for Comics. What does it take to write and produce a comic or graphic novel? Learn from our panel of pros.

Kurt Amacker, Jessie Craig, Vas Littlecrow Wojtanowicz

Saturday, 3pm, Panel Room 2

 

Costuming  & Cosplay

 

The Bargain Barbarian. Having fun with cosplay without a lot of money.

David Liang

Saturday, 10am, Panel Room 1

 

Basic Lightsaber Construction for Costumers and Cosplayers. What do you do if your Jedi parents weren’t thoughtful enough to leave you their lightsaber or there are no 1000+-year old Jedi master/scoundrel mystics in your section of the galaxy to hand you the extras they have lying around? Come to this fun how-to-build workshop with Game Master extraordinaire (and maybe Jedi Master) Stephen Gill for great hands-on instruction and fun – with none of that pesky hand-losing and/or turning to the Dark Side to ruin the adventure.

Stephen Gill

Saturday, 4pm, Gaming

 

Chainmail Weaving Workshop. Learn the art of creating chain armor in this hands-on workshop by attending artist and craftsman Bryan Jones.

Bryan Jones

Saturday, 4pm, Panel Room 1

 

Cosplay Etiquette. A panel for cosplayers and fans alike! By now we’re all familiar with the wonderful ‘Cosplay is Not Consent’ campaign, but what exactly does that mean? Here we’ll discuss some basic best practices for everyone from cosplayers to photographers to fans, the important role of diversity in cosplay, and even go over some confidence tips for newbies who may be a little intimidated.

Eris Walsh

Friday, 7pm, Joey Grillot Memorial Film Room

 

Historical Weapons.  Learn about the use of weapons from the past in this show and tell.  (NOTE: This panel will include exhibition of actual weapons, including firearms.  All weapons exhibited will be handled safely by participants trained in their use.)

Taylor Anderson, Tim Broome, David Liang, Michael Scott (moderator)

Saturday, 11am, Event Two

 

Steampunk Props and Costumes. Members of the Adventurers League of G.E.A.R.S. will regal you with tales of daring do deep within thrift shops, trash bins and strange basement shops as they inform you just how reasonably you can assemble your first Steampunk costume. Topics will include upcycling, custom fabrication and thrift store treasure mining, even if you’re not a Steampunk some of the techniques and concepts discussed here are useful to the generalized costuming trade.

League of GEARS

Saturday, 11am, Panel Room 4

 

Doctor Who

 

Krewe du Who Presents: Dr. Who and the Crowded Vortex. The Doctor and The TARDIS are but one approach to solving the problem of Time Travel. Join Krewe du Who and CONtraflow author guests as we discuss how some of our favorite Time Travel solutions from print, film and screen stack up against the trusty old TARDIS.

Krewe du Who

Sunday, 1pm, Panel Room 4

 

Krewe du Who Presents: Dr. Who and the First Second of Eternity. Peter Capaldi’s second series delivered some of the most innovative and provocative stories in recent years. ‘Heaven Sent’ was it’s master stroke. Please join Krewe du Who in a spoiler rich discussion of The Doctor’s and Clara’s journey home, the long way around. Don’t forget to bring a tissue 🙂

Krewe du Who

Friday, 7pm, Panel Room 5

 

Krewe du Who Presents: Dr. Who, Time for a Change.  Filming on Doctor Who revived Series 10 is in full swing. Join Krewe du Who and speculate with us on where Steven Moffat’s final series as showrunner will take The Doctor, The TARDIS and his new Companion Bill!

Krewe du Who

Saturday, 3pm, Panel Room 5

 

Fandom & Geek Culture

 

The 2018 New Orleans Worldcon Bid. Although we lost the vote to San Jose, we succeeded in creating awareness of Gulf Coast fandom among fen in other regions.  Plans are afoot to reorganize and try again in the near future. What did we learn, how we will improve the bid next time, and how can you be a part of ensuring our victory?

Rebecca Smith

Saturday, 6pm, Panel Room 3

 

Convention Safety Part 1: General Con Safety. In Part 1 of our two-part panel on convention safety, CONtraflow Chief of Security David Liang and staff discuss how to safe over the weekend while having a good time while following the con rules.

David Liang, Vinnie Prima

Friday, 4pm, Panel Room 5

 

Convention Safety Part 2: Parties.  Before you hit the parties on Saturday night, come to CONtraflow Chief of Security David Liang’s two-part panel on convention safety and learn to how take care of yourself whether you’re attending a party or throwing one.

David Liang, Vinnie Prima, Adam Rivas

Saturday, 5pm, Panel Room 5

 

David Weber’s Honorverse and How You Can Become a Part of It. Members of the Royal Manticoran Navy, the official Honorverse fan association, share their mission to bring an enjoyable and enlightening experience to fans of David Weber’s seminal Honor Harrington series.

HMS Barbarossa

Sunday, 11am, Panel Room 4

 

Fan Film Dos and Don’ts.  The panelists discuss the issues surrounding making your own fan film.

Matthew Foster, Leo King

Saturday, 1pm, Joey Grillot Memorial Film Room

 

Fandom and Its Discontents: Controversies in Science Fiction Fandom from the First Worldcon until Today. Discuss everything from the very first fannish controversy, the banning of the Futurians from the 1939 World Science Fiction Convention to the latest Hugo Awards flap in 50 minutes or less.

Ken Bradley, Frank Schiavo

Saturday, 10am, Panel Room 3

 

I am FANDOM! Hear Me Roar! Fandom Swap Meet. Ever spend untold hours prepping the perfect Cosplay costume only to be greeted with “Who are you supposed to be?” Or mention your favorite book from years gone by, only to equal puzzlement? Come join an open forum discussion to share your Fandom and passion. You may leave with a new compadre and maybe even a new favorite.  And who knows, maybe we’ll “Jump to the left, step to the right………”

Tim Hornsby

Sunday, 10am, Panel Room 4

 

STARFLEET International Conference 2017. Members of the USS New Orleans and USS Neptune discuss talk about the STARFLEET International Conference to be held in Kenner next Summer.

USS Neptune and USS New Orleans

Sunday, 2pm, Panel Room 5

 

Paul M. Patecek Presents: “From Asimov to Zelazny, a Fan’s Tale” . In this intimate panel, Paul shares his journey of becoming a science fiction and fantasy fan, reminiscing on his top ten stories from his formative years.

Paul Patecek

Saturday, 12pm, Panel Room 3

 

Triple B Beatdown. A round table discussion on bullying in the geek culture and the ramifications there of, will include discussions of personal experiences.

League of GEARS

Sunday, 10am, Panel Room 5

 

The Zine Scene: From Earliest Fanzines to Contemporary Zine Culture. Combine an abundance of creativity, a desire for self-expression, an appreciation of DIY culture, and at least a bit of punk rock anti-establishmentarianism, and you may end up with a zine. They’ve been part of fan culture since the 1930s, feature content creators that are not always represented in mainstream media, and are still thriving today. Join librarians, Adele Marrs and Kacy Helwick, for a talk on the history and current culture of the medium, and an intro to creating your own.

Kacy Helwick, Adele Marrs

Friday, 8pm, Panel Room 3

 

Gaming

 

The Five Colors of Mana as a Philosophical System. A look at the five colors of mana in the game Magic: The Gathering as a philosophical system replacing the D&D alignment system as a means of describing a character’s personality, ideology and goals.

Brandon Black

Saturday, 11am, Panel Room 3

 

Happy Birthday, Dave Arneson!  Dungeons and Dragons co-creator Dave Arneson would have been 69 on the Saturday of CONtraflow.  Come celebrate in the gaming area where his spirit lives one.

Sherri Craig

Saturday, 2pm, Gaming

 

Historical Weapons.  Learn about the use of weapons from the past in this show and tell.  (NOTE: This panel will include exhibition of actual weapons, including firearms.  All weapons exhibited will be handled safely by participants trained in their use.)

Taylor Anderson, Tim Broome, David Liang, Michael Scott (moderator)

Saturday, 11am, Event Two

 

The Physics of Space Combat.  We’ve seen dozens of depictions of space combat from movies, television and board games. How would it really work?

Michael Scott

Saturday, 1pm, Panel Room 3

 

Pokémon GO: The Art of Catching Them All. You’ve got to catch them all.  We talk about how.

Cheri Cerio, C.J. Slaughter

Saturday, 10am, Event One

 

Media and Literature

 

Android vs. Replicant: Blade Runner Exploration. With the upcoming sequel on the horizon, this presentation will cover the first Blade Runner movie, with a specific look at the deviations from Philip K Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” original work. We now know Han didn’t shoot first, now learn why Deckard wasn’t an android.

Tim Hornsby

Saturday, 1pm, Panel Room 4

 

“The Acquired Taste”. Alexander S. Brown screens a short film adapted from his short story by the same title.  “The Acquired Taste” is dedicated to the memory of horror artist James Powell. (18+ Only or accompanied by an adult)

Alex Brown

Saturday, 6pm, Joey Grillot Memorial Film Room

 

Acting 101. Have you ever wanted to be an actor? Are you already an actor and looking to improve your character building skills? Or just wanted to know about acting in general? Then join Scott – a classically trained character actor with over 15 years of experience – for an Acting 101 class. We will cover character building, scene breakdowns, and all the tips and tricks you can only learn from the stage. Set in an open discussion format, everyone will have a chance to ask, act, and learn.

Scott Carroll

Saturday, 10am, Joey Grillot Memorial Film Room

 

Adults and YA Literature.  YA literature appeals to more than just its traditional audience.  How does that change the way the writers and readers

Taylor Hoch, Sonnet Ireland

Saturday, 4pm, Panel Room 5

 

Ash vs. Evil Dead. Talking about the latest incarnation of the Evil Dead – the Starz TV series now beginning its second season on Sunday.  Have you set your DVR? Groovy.

Kurt Amacker

Friday, 11pm, Panel Room 2

 

The Axanar Litigation and the Future of Fan Films. The lawsuit by CBS Paramount and the makers of the Star Trek crowdfunded fan film Axanar may have lasting implications for fan-made films based on popular franchises.  Science fiction author and practicing attorney Louise  Herring-Jones and Matthew Foster, film critic and Director of the Dragon*Con Film Festival, discuss what’s happening and what it means.

Louise Herring-Jones, Matthew Foster

Saturday, 7pm, Event Two

 

Baen Traveling Road Show. Join publisher Toni Weisskopf in discussing Baen Books and Baen authors. There will be prizes. (110 minutes)

Toni Weisskopf

Sunday, 12pm, Event Two

 

The COG Panel. Want to know what the evil geniuses of the Consortium of Genius are up to?  Come to this panel to find out!

Jesse Craig, Sherri Craig

Saturday, 10pm, Panel Room 2

 

Cultural Appropriation or Building Diversity: An Exploration Of Issues Involving Real World Cultures In Fantasy and Science Fiction. Panelists take an extended look at the challenges of promoting diversity. (80 Minutes)

Kirsten Corby, Chris Hayes,  Louise Herring-Jones, Kimberly Richardson, Eris Walsh, Vas Littlecrow Wotjanowicz, Brandon Black (moderator)

Sunday, 11am, Event One

 

Dark Fantasy. Explore fantasy’s gothic side.

Alex Brown, Charles Gramlich, Kimberly Richardson

Saturday, 7pm, Panel Room 2

 

Epic Fantasy: The Next Big Thing.  Panelists discuss the future of high fantasy.

Gail Martin, Eva Vanrell

Saturday, 11am, Panel Room 5

 

Fan Film Dos and Don’ts.  The panelists discuss the issues surrounding making your own fan film.

Matthew Foster, Leo King

Saturday, 1pm, Joey Grillot Memorial Film Room

 

Fear in the French Quarter Book Launch Party. Come celebrate the launch of Stephanie Osborn’s newest novel, set in New Orleans.

Stephanie Osborn

Saturday, 10pm, Panel Room 5

 

Forgotten Worlds: Overlooked Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers from Yesterday Who You Should Read Today. Our panelists talk about their favorite authors who you may never have heard of.

Charles Gramlich, Michael Scott, Frank Schiavo

Sunday, 3pm, Panel Room 2

 

Friday Night Schlock at Midnight Part VI: Schlock Lives! Despite popular demand and much like Jason from Friday XIII but more scary, Schlock lives! (110 minutes)

Alfred Richard

Friday, 12am, Joey Grillot Memorial Film Room

 

Game of Thrones WTH!!! We all realize that when novels transfer to film adaptations the original story line and characters must undergo some revision. But the revisions in HBO’s “Game of Thrones” series have left us baffled and frustrated. From a magickal standpoint, the paranormal abilities of some characters have been greatly compromised. Let’s get together and VENT!

            Charlotte Pipes

Saturday, 12pm, Panel Room 2

 

Gender and Its Role in Science Fiction and Fantasy. How gender affects our view of the fantastic.

Ben Herr, Kimberly Richardson, Vas Littlecrow Wotjanowicz

Friday, 10pm, Panel Room 4

 

Get To Know Scott Bunny and Erisaurus. Writers Scott Carroll and Eris Walsh have been asked many questions and asked to do many untoward things during their time on the road. In this show we will discuss some of the most inappropriate, hilarious, and inappropriately hilarious events that have happened during conventions (not everything makes it into the comic). With an open floor and practically any question allowed, we will entertain with stories and jokes, and possibly end the night in a sing off…

Scott Carroll, Eris Walsh

Saturday, 4pm, Panel Room 2

 

Improv and Comedy: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? In an Improv show whose format is lovingly stolen from the wildly popular “Whose Line Is It Anyway” Scott hosts a series of classic improv games (scenes from a hat, questions only, etc.) with participants and suggestions from the audience, made up of you wonderful people who are reading these words right now. By reading you are contractually obligated to be present in the room and have fun. If you do not have fun, the will find you. Prizes will be given out to those who participate and make the best suggestions. (18+ Only)

Scott Carroll

Saturday, 10pm, Panel Room 1

 

Join or Die. Inspired by the History Channel talk show with Craig Ferguson, members of the USS Harlequin Star Trek club and guests discuss the latest seasons of six TV series; Orphan Black, Supergirl, Preacher, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, and The Walking Dead; and try to decide which is the best of the crop.

USS Harlequin

Sunday, 3pm, Panel Room 5

 

The Most Important Science Fiction Films. Film critic and historian Matthew Foster discusses the most important science fiction films.

Matthew Foster

Saturday, 5pm, Joey Grillot Memorial Film Room

 

The Most Important Science Fiction Novels. Southeastern Louisiana University lecturers Sherri Craig and Chris Genre discusse the most important long form science fiction.

Sherri Craig, Chris Genre

Sunday, 12pm, Panel Room 5

 

The Most Important Science Fiction Short Stories.  Author Taylor Hoch discusses the most important short form science fiction.

Taylor Hoch

Saturday, 1pm, Panel Room 5

 

Myths and Legends: Using Fantasy to Bring Mythology to Life. Panelists explore how to tell stories using real world myths.

Alys Arden, Taylor Hoch, Eva Vanrell

Sunday, 11am, Panel Room 5

 

New Orleans Worst Film Festival.  Four hours of NOWFF’s signature cinematic awfulness. (230 excruciating minutes)

Alfred Richard

Friday, 8pm, Joey Grillot Memorial Film Room

 

Paul M. Patecek Presents: “From Asimov to Zelazny, a Fan’s Tale” . In this intimate panel, Paul shares his journey of becoming a science fiction and fantasy fan, reminiscing on his top ten stories from his formative years.

Paul Patecek

Saturday, 12pm, Panel Room 3

 

Pulp Fiction: Then and Now. Discuss the twists and turns of sensationalist and adventure fiction, from the turn of the 20th Century to today.

Kurt Amacker, Jim Gavin, Charles Gramlich

Friday, 8pm, Panel Room 2

 

Reading From On to the Asteroid. Writer and space scientist Les Johnson reads from his latest near-future science fiction novel, co-authored with Travis Taylor.

            Les Johnson

Friday, 10pm, Panel Room 3

 

Saturday Night Mystery Movie. A CONtraflow tradition, we screen another classic. (110 minutes)

Ken Bradley

Saturday, 8pm, Joey Grillot Memorial Film Room

 

The Science of The Expanse. Join our panelists as they discuss the real science involved The Expanse, the SyFy television series adapted from books by S.A. Corey, which takes the challenges of life in space seriously.

            Les Johnson, Jim McDonald, Diana Rowland, Michael Scott (moderator)

Friday, 9pm, Panel Room 4

 

Spiritual Themes in Fantasy and Science Fiction. Vas Littlecrow Wotjanowicz explores spirituality as found in fantasy and science fiction.

Vas Littlecrow Wotjanowicz

Saturday, 1pm, Panel Room 1

 

The Story of Omni Magazine. Author Guest of Honor Ben Bova, former editor of Omni, tells the story of Omni magazine, a full-sized glossy publication in print from 1978 to 1995. Omni included articles on science and parapsychology; and works of science fiction and fantasy.

Ben Bova

Saturday, 6pm, Panel Room 5

 

Storytime with Leopold and Loeb. Join brother and sister Leopold and Loeb as they tell a classic fairy tale with the help of the audience in this Vaudeville inspired show. (18+ Only)

Scott Carroll and Eris Walsh

Friday, 8:30pm, Event One

 

The Suicide Radio Show. Join Scott Carroll, Rob Cerio, and Eris Walsh as they take old radio show scripts and read through them for your amusement. The kicker? None of them know which show they will be reading until they get on stage. Even better? You the audience get to participate! Enjoy, as we stumble through clunky dialogue and poorly written scenes.

Scott Carroll, Rob Cerio, Eris Walsh

Saturday, 8pm, Event Two

 

“A Trip to Tomorrow”. Artist Guest of Honor Richard Hescox screens and discusses the short satirical cable TV film for which he served as production designer.  “A Trip to Tomorrow” is humorous send-up of all those old “What the Future will be like” films they used to make that always got it all wrong.

Richard Hescox

Saturday, 12pm, Joey Grillot Memorial Film Room

 

TundaMinous Present: CajuNerd Videography. From TundaMinous to Coullion Quest and beyond, Ash Reese screens new episodes of his popular comic videos and answers your questions. (18+ Only)

Ash Reese

Saturday, 10pm, Joey Grillot Memorial Film Room

 

Urban Fantasy or Horror. The panelists discuss when urban fantasy crosses the line into horror and whether it makes a difference.

Kurt Amacker, Gail Martin, Diana Rowland

Sunday, 10am, Panel Room 4

 

Using Folklore in Fiction. Stories that bring legends to life.

Alys Arden, Jessie Craig, Eva Vanrell

Friday, 9pm, Panel Room 2

 

What Do You Recommend?  A panel of our guests talks about what the classic science fiction and fantasy they love that you may not have read yet – but should

Sherri Craig, Charles Gramlich, Toni Weisskopf

Saturday, 11am, Panel Room 2

 

When Genres Collide: The Perils and Pleasures of Mixing Popular Fiction Genres.  Mixing genres can be fun and satisfying.  Like any mixture, though, there are right and wrong ways to break the rules.

Kimberly Daniels, Jim Gavin, Diana Rowland

Saturday, 2pm, Panel Room 1

 

Why Late ’70s/’80s Nostalgia Feels So Good. From TV and movies like Stranger Things and Super 8 to countless references, remakes, revivals and parodies, panelists talk about nostalgic trends in pop culture.

Sherri Craig, Ash Reese

Saturday, 8pm, Panel Room 5

 

Paranormal

 

Ghost, Angel, or Alien. The audience will be encouraged to describe their own personal encounters with supernatural beings. Our talented panel of judges will discuss the encounter     and try to decide if the supernatural being was a ghost, an angominiel or an alien.

Charlotte Pipes, Kalila Smith, Rob Cerio

Panel Room 1, 7pm, Panel Room 1

 

Ghosthunting in the Real World: Reality vs. Fiction.  Learn about paranormal investigation from people who have really done it.

Rob Cerio, J L Mulvihill, Kalila Smith

Saturday, 1pm, Panel Room 2

 

The Haunted History of New Orleans.  Hear tales from one of the most haunted cities in America.

Trisha Baker, Kalila Smith

Saturday, 10pm, Panel Room 4

 

Paranormal Self Defense. Bothered by metaphysical beasties? Do you sense paranormal activity and wish you could protect yourself? Come and learn some basic safety protocols that you can use at a moment’s notice, the next time you feel unsettled by the unseen.

Charlotte Pipes

Saturday, 5pm, Panel Room

 

Science

 

Exoplanets. As of September 1, 2016, 3,518 planets around stars other than our own have been confirmed in 2,635 planetary systems since 1988. Aerospace educator Kathy Beauford offers her a presentation on this new phase of discovery in the final frontier.

Kathy Beauford

Sunday, 1pm, Panel Room 2

 

Mars: Are We Ever Going To Get There? Les Johnson and Author Guest of Honor Ben Bova discuss the challenges and realities of manned Mars exploration.

Ben Bova, Les Johnson

Saturday, 10am, Event Two

 

Settling In On Mars: Make It Don’t Take It. Long-term occupation of Mars would require an extraordinary effort in terms of supplies and logistics.  Kathy Beauford and Les Johnson discuss strategies to develop those resources once we’re already there.

Kathy Beauford, Les Johnson

Saturday, 2pm, Panel Room 2

 

What the Future Holds.  Author Guest of Honor Ben Bova shares his vision of the future.

Ben Bova

Sunday, 11am, Event Two

 

Close Encounters: What Would Aliens Really Be Like? Space aliens in fiction are often depicted as virtually identical to humans or to anthropomorphic animals from Earth.  Our panelists use what we know about biology to speculate on creatures from other worlds.

Charles Gramlich, Chris Hayes, Stephanie Osborn

Sunday, 1pm, Panel Room 5

 

The Physics of Space Combat.  We’ve seen dozens of depictions of space combat from movies, television and board games. How would it really work?

Michael Scott

Saturday, 1pm, Panel Room 3

 

Quack Medicine. A discussion of the continuing profession of quackery and pseudo-science in the medical field, from its early routes with snake oil salesmen to more modern issues.

League of GEARS

Saturday, 9pm, Panel Room 1

 

Robots from the Future!  The Promise and the Peril of Artificial Intelligence. The possibilities of artificial intelligence bring with them a host of issues.  Our panelists discuss some of them.

Sherri Craig, Kimberly Daniels, Jim McDonald

Saturday, 6pm, Panel Room 2

 

The Science of The Expanse. Join our panelists as they discuss the real science involved The Expanse, the SyFy television series adapted from books by S.A. Corey, which takes the challenges of life in space seriously.

            Les Johnson, Jim McDonald, Diana Rowland, Michael Scott (moderator)

Friday, 9pm, Panel Room 4

 

Space Update. Learn what’s new in space exploration.

Les Johnson

Sunday, 2pm, Panel Room 4

 

Who’s Being Irrational? How Our World View Affects Our Opinion of Scientific Data. A panel discussion of how our world view and politics affects our acceptance and opinion of scientific data from Climate Change to GMO food.

Les Johnson, Jim McDonald, Stephanie Osborn

Saturday, 7pm, Panel Room 4

 

Star Trek

 

50 Shades of Trek. In this panel the USS NEW ORLEANS attempts to put more an adult twist on the series. Includes material from various sources of Star Trek Fandom. Guaranteed to be saucy.  (18+ Only)

USS New Orleans

Friday, 11pm, Panel Room 4

 

Alpha Quadrant: Star Trekking with the Krewe of Chewbacchus. Learn about the Star Trek-themed sub-krewe which takes to the streets each carnival season with the Krewe of Chewbacchus.

USS New Orleans

Saturday, 9pm, Panel Room 2

 

The Axanar Litigation and the Future of Fan Films. The lawsuit by CBS Paramount and the makers of the Star Trek crowdfunded fan film Axanar may have lasting implications for fan-made films based on popular franchises.  Science fiction author and practicing attorney Louise  Herring-Jones and Matthew Foster, film critic and Director of the Dragon*Con Film Festival, discuss what’s happening and what it means.

Louise Herring-Jones, Matthew Foster

Saturday, 7pm, Event Two

International Conference 2017. Members of the USS New Orleans and USS Neptune discuss talk about the STARFLEET International Conference to be held in Kenner next Summer.

USS Neptune and USS New Orleans

Sunday, 2pm, Panel Room 5

 

STARFLEET and Me. Members of the USS Harlequin teach new recruits the ins and outs of STARFLEET International and the STARFLEET Marine Corps

USS Harlequin

Saturday, 4pm, Panel Room 3

 

Star Trek and the Future. Star Trek is known for predicting many of the technological advancements we have today.  How much does the show have to say about the future?

USS New Orleans

Saturday, 8pm, Panel Room 4

 

Star Trek: Animated. The crew of the USS New Orleans shares a look at the animated series.

USS New Orleans

Sunday, 10am, Joey Grillot Memorial Film Room

 

Star Trek: To Infinity and Beyond.  The golden age of Star Trek fan films is now.  The crews of the USS New Orleans discuss the series and films currently in production – made by and for the fans.

USS New Orleans

Saturday, 11am, Joey Grillot Memorial Film Room

 

Star Wars

 

Basic Lightsaber Construction for Costumers and Cosplayers. What do you do if your Jedi parents weren’t thoughtful enough to leave you their lightsaber or there are no 1000+-year old Jedi master/scoundrel mystics in your section of the galaxy to hand you the extras they have lying around? Come to this fun how-to-build workshop with Game Master extraordinaire (and maybe Jedi Master) Stephen Gill for great hands-on instruction and fun – with none of that pesky hand-losing and/or turning to the Dark Side to ruin the adventure.

Stephen Gill

Saturday, 4pm, Gaming

 

Episode VIII: The Fan Theories Awaken.  Speculation runs wild every time there’s a new Star Wars film.  Join our panelists as they share their ideas about what it all means and what’s coming next.

Brian Held, J L Mulvihill

Friday, 10pm, Panel Room 1

 

Steampunk

 

How Can Steampunk Grow As A Genre?  The term “steampunk” first appeared in the late 1980’s, although of course the precursors of the sub-genre go back much further.  With the steam explosion in the 21st Century, the panelists discuss where it can from here.

J L Mulvihill, Stephanie Osborn, Kimberly Richardson

Friday, 7pm, Panel Room 2

 

I, Steampunk. An introduction on the wide and wacky world of Steampunk involving the literary, cinematic and cultural sources of the movement. In addition the crew of the Adventurers League of G.E.A.R.S. Will attempt to dispel many long standing rumors and myths about steampunk and the culture that surrounds it.

League of GEARS

Friday 4pm, Panel Room 4

 

Quack Medicine. A discussion of the continuing profession of quackery and pseudo-science in the medical field, from its early routes with snake oil salesmen to more modern issues.

League of GEARS

Saturday, 9pm, Panel Room 1

 

Steampunk Props and Costumes. Members of the Adventurers League of G.E.A.R.S. will regal you with tales of daring do deep within thrift shops, trash bins and strange basement shops as they inform you just how reasonably you can assemble your first Steampunk costume. Topics will include upcycling, custom fabrication and thrift store treasure mining, even if you’re not a Steampunk some of the techniques and concepts discussed here are useful to the generalized costuming trade.

League of GEARS

Saturday, 11am, Panel Room 4

 

Victorian Dance Class. If you’ve ever wondered what the appropriate dances would be for a Steampunk Cotillion, concert or tea dance, your curiosity will be satisfied here.

Rebecca Smith

Saturday, 8pm, Panel Room 2

 

Writing and Publishing

 

Alternate History: How Much Needs To Be History and How Much Needs To Be Alternate.  Authors discuss striking the right balance between history and alternate history.

Taylor Anderson, Louise Herring-Jones, Gail Martin

Saturday, 5pm, Panel Room 4

 

Building Memorable Characters.  Panelists discuss how to put together characters whom readers will never forget.

Kimberly Daniels, Jason Fedora, Leo King

Saturday, 5pm, Panel Room 2

 

Dark Fantasy. Explore fantasy’s gothic side.

Alex Brown, Charles Gramlich, Kimberly Richardson

Saturday, 7pm, Panel Room 2

 

Epic Fantasy: The Next Big Thing.  Panelists discuss the future of high fantasy.

Gail Martin, Eva Vanrell

Saturday, 11am, Panel Room 5

 

Getting Started As an Editor.  Learn how to get into the profession of bringing out the best in writers’ work.

Ben Bova, Toni Weisskopf, Brandon Black (moderator)

Friday, 7pm, Panel Room 4

 

Historical Science Fiction: Using Conspiracy Theories, Hidden History and Sensational Speculation To Create Compelling Fantasy Worlds.  Finding stories in the past.

Rick Gualtieri, Louis Herring-Jones, Vas Littlecrow Wotjanowicz

Friday, 9pm, Panel Room 5

 

“How do you write good dialogue?” she asked.  “If you come to this panel, you’ll learn how.”

Alys Arden, Eva Vanrell

Sunday, 1pm, Panel Room 1

 

How Is Small Press Publishing Different? What to expect when your book is picked up by a small press publisher and how that differs from the major houses and self-publishing.

Allan Gilbreath, John Hartness, Candice Huber

Saturday, 10am, Panel Room 4

 

How Not To Write a Novel.  What to do if you don’t want people to read what you write.

Jim Hodgson, Jason Fedora, Eva Vanrell

Friday, 8pm, Panel Room 5

 

How to Turn a Good Idea into a Story with a Plot.  The panelists discusses how to plot your story from beginning to end.

Ben Herr, Chris Hayes, Leo King

Saturday, 10am, Panel Room 5

 

It Was A Dark and Stormy Night: How to Begin Your Story and Keep People Reading. Great beginnings are like the first stage of a rocket.  Learn how to give your writing the boost it needs to take flight.

Alex Brown, Kimberly Daniels, Rob Kroese

Sunday, 12pm, Panel Room 1

 

The Joy of Self-Publishing.  Learn how to publish your book yourself and love it.

Robert Bevan, Candice Huber, Robert Kroese, Vas Littlecrow Wotjanowicz (moderator)

Saturday, 4pm, Panel Room 4

 

Making the Fantastic Make Sense in the Modern World: Creating Modern Fantasy.  How to build fantasies with our everyday reality.

Robert Bevan, Rick Gualtieri, Drew Hayes

Sunday, 2pm, Panel Room 2

 

Making the Move from Fan Fiction to Original Fiction. Panelists discuss how to go from cover artist to writing stories based on your own ideas.

Brandon Black, Jim Gavin, Chris Hayes

Saturday, 7pm, Panel Room 1

 

Mind-Games, Mystery, and Re-Making Reality. Once a misunderstood sub-genre, Meta-Fiction has become more adventurous and accessible, allowing writers the freedom to bend or even break traditional rules of storytelling. Crossing genres and provoking minds, these books won’t just change the way you read, but also how you see the world. Presented by the New Orleans Public Library.

Zach Bartlett, Aime’ Lohmeyer

Friday, 4pm, Panel Room 1

 

Myths and Legends: Using Fantasy to Bring Mythology to Life. Panelists explore how to tell stories using real world myths.

Alys Arden, Taylor Hoch, Eva Vanrell

Sunday, 11am, Panel Room 5

 

Narrative in Film. Explore the craft of telling a story through film.

Rob Cerio, Matthew Foster, Leo King

Sunday, 11am, Panel Room 2

 

Narrative in Video Games. Explore the craft of telling a story through gameplay.

Leo King

Saturday, 8pm, Panel Room 3

 

Selling Your Books and Yourself: Marketing For Writers In The 21st Century.  Getting the word out about what you’ve written.

Alex Brown, Allan Gilbreath, John Hartness

Friday, 7pm, Event Two

 

Setting the Mood: The Art of Creating Emotions in Readers. How to make your readers feel what you want them to feel.

Jim Gavin, Allan Gilbreath

Friday, 10pm, Panel Room 2

 

So You’ve Written A Novel, Now What?  The panelists discuss how to find to prepare your manuscript for submission, whether an agent is right for you, and how to find the right publisher.

Trisha Baker, John Hartness, Toni Weisskopf, Brandon Black (moderator)

Sunday, 3pm, Panel Room 1

 

So You’ve Written a Short Story, Now What? Learn how to navigate the markets for short fiction, from finding magazines to formatting digital submissions and handling rejections.

Zach Bartlett

Saturday, 6pm, Panel Room 4

 

The Sound of Arms: Writing Convincing Combat Scenes. Painting a picture without slowing down the action.

Taylor Anderson, Gail Martin, Diana Rowland

Sunday, 11am, Panel Room 1

 

Using Folklore in Fiction. Stories that bring legends to life.

Alys Arden, Jessie Craig, Eva Vanrell

Friday, 9pm, Panel Room 2

 

When Genres Collide: The Perils and Pleasures of Mixing Popular Fiction Genres.  Mixing genres can be fun and satisfying.  Like any mixture, though, there are right and wrong ways to break the rules.

Kimberly Daniels, Jim Gavin, Diana Rowland

Saturday, 2pm, Panel Room 1

 

Worldbuilding Dos And Don’ts. What to do and what not to do when creating the background of your story.

Taylor Anderson, Taylor Hoch, Leo King, Gail Martin

Friday, 10pm, Panel Room 5

Write What You Know: “But I’m Not a Vampire!”  “Write what you know” is a standard trope told to every wannabe writer. But what exactly does that mean? How can you write about werewolves and vampires and creatures if you aren’t one?

Kurt Amacker, Trisha Baker, Diana Rowland, Candice Huber (moderator)

Saturday, 6pm, Panel Room 1

 

Write Your Words Right.  Come join J L Mulvihill and author guests as they discuss descriptive writing over a nice cup of tea. But be prepared to work because it’s not all tea and crumpets! (80 Minutes)

Jason Fedora, J L Mulvihill, Kimberly Richardson

Saturday, 11am, Panel Room 1

 

Writer’s Block: Myth or Madness? The panelists explore the issues surrounding what is commonly known as writer’s block.

Jason Fedora, John Hartness, Chris Hayes, Jim Hodgson

Saturday, 9pm, Panel Room 5

 

Writing Fiction with Real Science. Learn how to make sure your science is accurate in your fiction writing while still keeping your readers on the edge of their seats.

Ben Bova, Chris Hayes, Les Johnson, Stephanie Osborn, Jim McDonald (moderator)

Saturday, 3pm, Panel Room 4

 

Writing for Comics. What does it take to write and produce a comic or graphic novel? Learn from our panel of pros.

Kurt Amacker, Jessie Craig, Vas Littlecrow Wojtanowicz

Saturday, 3pm, Panel Room 2

 

Writing Funny. Learn to add laughs to your story with some our author guests.

Robert Bevan, Jim Hodgson, Robert Kroese, Jim McDonald, Rob Cerio (moderator)

Saturday, 11am, Event One

 

Writing Great Subplots. The panelists discuss ways to give your story complexity.

Alex Brown, Ben Herr, Jason Fedora

Sunday, 2pm, Panel Room 1

 

Miscellaneous

 

The 21st Century Library, “Talk about Bigger on the Inside” Learn about the new, innovative, and relevant resources that the modern library has to offer including; Downloadable E and Audio-books, Stream video, music, and databases and the new twist taken on traditional collections as well

Sara Melton

Saturday, 3pm, Panel Room 3

 

Alien Invasion: They Walk Among Us. They came from outer space, and now they walk among us. Come join the fun as we talk about alien films and such in the sci-fi genre. We will even touch on eerie topics such as UFO sightings, abductions and close encounters that supposedly happened in real life!  DISCLAIMER: This is not a radical discussion. This is simply a fan appreciation panel.

Awesome Geeks

Saturday, 12pm, Panel Room 4

 

Anybody’s Game. A game show style contest of knowledge over 5 categories played over 3 rounds.  Contestants will be chosen from the audience at random.  Prizes will be awarded to all contestants.  Science Fiction, Fantasy, Comic Books, Gaming and “New Orleans and Fandom” are the 5 categories.  Come find out if the game is yours, because it is Anybody’s Game.  Presented by Area 51.  Hosted by The High Priest of Bob.

Area 51

Saturday, 3pm, Joey Grillot Memorial Film Room

 

Authors & Dragons Podcast. Live (at least at the beginning) and in person! Come watch a party of fantasy authors try to make it through a game of pathfinder without dying. Will they succeed? Probably not, but it will still be fun to watch them try!

 

         Robert Bevan, Rick Gualtieri, John Hartness, Rob Kroese, Drew Hayes (dm)

Saturday, 1pm, Event One

 

Awards Ceremony.  CONtraflow gives out its annual awards for individual, fan, professional contributions to New Orleans and Gulf Coast Science Fiction and fandom.

Jessica Styons

Saturday, 5pm, Event Two

 

Dorks, Dice and Dungeons. Dorks, Dice and Dungeons is part tabletop RPG, part game show, part improv comedy. Join the audience to laugh and cheer, boo and hiss. Join us onstage to be the object of those aforementioned emotional outbursts. In any case, brave players will square off against deadly encounters in a mad dash for imaginary cash and prizes.

Ash Reese

Saturday, 3pm, Event One

 

Dreams and Creativity.  H.P. Lovecraft once wrote, “At night, when the objective world has slunk back into its cavern and left dreamers to their own, there come inspirations and capabilities impossible at any less magical and quiet hour. No one knows whether or not he is a writer unless he has tried writing at night.”  Author Jim McDonald and author and psychologist Dr. Charles Gramlich and explore the connection between dreams and creativity.

Charles Gramlich, Jim McDonald

Saturday, 2pm, Panel Room 5

 

Fantastic Fandoms Trivia Quiz! Put your Nerdy Knowledge to the Test for 3-Rounds of Trivia on all the things we love to Geek-Out about, from Doctor Who to Doctor Strange, Harry at Hogwarts to Harley Quinn and everything in between. Individuals or Teams of up to 4 Welcome. Winners get bragging rights and some very special prizes. Presented by the New Orleans Public Library.

Kacy Helwick, Aime’ Lohmeyer

Saturday, 4pm, Joey Grillot Memorial Film Room

 

The Five Colors of Mana as a Philosophical System. A look at the five colors of mana in the game Magic: The Gathering as a philosophical system replacing the D&D alignment system as a means of describing a character’s personality, ideology and goals.

Brandon Black

Saturday, 11am, Panel Room 3

 

The Future of Religion.  Our panelists speculate on the role and form of religion in the years to come.

Ben Herr, Fr. Jeff Millican, Jim McDonald

Saturday, 12pm, Panel Room 5

 

Geek Tank Radio. Allan Gibreath talks about his radio show and podcast.

Allan Gilbreath

Saturday, 2pm, Panel Room 3

 

How to Live Your Dream and Do What You’ve Always Wanted! Everyone has a dream – to be writer or an artist, to open a bookstore, to open a bar, to move to Iceland. So, how can you actually make your nerdy dreams into reality?

Alicia Dardar, Brian Held, Candice Huber, Ash Reese

Sunday, 10am, Panel Room 2

 

Immortality and the Law.  Who wants to live forever?  In the latest installment of the popular “and the Law” series, we’ll discuss the real world implications of immortality.

Raymond Boudreau, Louise Herring-Jones, Frank Schiavo, Rob Cerio (moderator)

Friday, 4pm, Event One

 

Jim Hodgson’s Nerd Open Mic Night. Ever wanted to try standup comedy, but your references are so nerdy even nerds say, “…what?” This is the open mic for you. Come one, come all. Bring your tightest five minutes of material on any subject you want and get a taste of what standup is all about. Got jokes about Greedo? Great! But you can get a hell of a lot nerdier than that. Got a Harry Potter one-liner that’ll blow our hair back? Good! But you can dig deeper. Bring as well your heartiest laughs to support your fellow comics as they give it a try too. Fortune favors the bold! (18+ Only)

Jim Hodgson

Friday, 10pm, Event One

 

Podcasting. Podcasters talk about how they share what they talk about and get people to listen.

Owen Cotter, David Ducobier, Allan Gilbreath, Drew Hayes, Brian Held (moderator)

Sunday, 3pm, Event One

 

Prayer Service. A short non-denominational Christian prayer service followed by a social.

Raymond Boudreau

Sunday, 10am, Event Two

 

Self-Defense Workshop. In the tradition of Denzil Miracle’s Klingon Close Combat Demonstration, Vinnie Prima gives a workshop on defending yourself.

Vinnie Prima, Adam Rivas (with Randolph as Crewman Number Six)

Saturday, 12pm, Poolside

 

Storytelling. Allan Gilbreath teaches you how to tell stories.

Allan Gilbreath

Friday, 8pm, Panel Room 1

 

Adults Only

 

50 Shades of Trek. In this panel the USS NEW ORLEANS attempts to put more an adult twist on the series. Includes material from various sources of Star Trek Fandom. Guaranteed to be saucy.  (18+ Only)

USS New Orleans

Friday, 11pm, Panel Room 4

 

“The Acquired Taste”. Alexander S. Brown screens a short film adapted from his short story by the same title.  “The Acquired Taste” is dedicated to the memory of horror artist James Powell. (18+ Only or accompanied by an adult)

Alex Brown

Saturday, 6pm, Joey Grillot Memorial Film Room

 

Tattoo Fandom: Show and Tell Take 2. Are you into fandom? Are you into tattoos? Come out to show and tell for adults. This not school anymore. Show off your ink, tell your stories,  if your ink is fan oriented all the better. (18+ Only)

Alex Cannon

Saturday, 11pm, Panel Room 4

 

Gonzo Japanese Horror. Gore, violence, and all out weirdness is just some of what you can expect from the most outrageous Japanese horror.  Some of the bad craziness will be running wild in the Joey Grillot room late Saturday night. (18+ Only) (230 minutes)

Thom Mathes

Saturday, 11pm, Joey Grillot Memorial Film Room

 

Grownup Sci-Fi Storytime and Craft. Let two librarians take you to other worlds as they read Science Fiction stories while you make a theme appropriate craft. (21+ Only)

Adrienne Johnson, Adrienne Stock

Saturday, 9pm, Panel Room 3

 

Improv and Comedy: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? In an Improv show whose format is lovingly stolen from the wildly popular “Whose Line Is It Anyway” Scott hosts a series of classic improv games (scenes from a hat, questions only, etc.) with participants and suggestions from the audience, made up of you wonderful people who are reading these words right now. By reading you are contractually obligated to be present in the room and have fun. If you do not have fun, the will find you. Prizes will be given out to those who participate and make the best suggestions. (18+ Only)

Scott Carroll

Saturday, 10pm, Panel Room 1

 

Storytime with Leopold and Loeb. Join brother and sister Leopold and Loeb as they re tell a classic fairy tale with the help of the audience in this Vaudeville inspired show. (18+ Only)

Scott Carroll and Eris Walsh

Friday, 8:30pm, Event One