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Norwescon 2018: Panel Roundup

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The sun is struggling through the clouds, flowers are blooming on every tree, and you know what that means? It’s Norwescon time!

Norwescon is the Pacific Northwest’s premier science fiction and fantasy convention and one of the largest SFF conventions in the US.

We’re super excited to be a part of the con and to get the chance to soak up the wisdom of these amazing presenters.

Check out our roundup of not-to-be-missed panels and make sure to stop by our table all weekend long!


Artemis | noon-midnight

What it is: Artemis is a spaceship bridge simulator where players assume the jobs of captain, helm, science, communication, engineering, and weapon control. Together you operate your ship and defend the sector from evil aliens.

Why we’re excited for it: The idea of a bunch of individuals working together for a common goal sounds like an inspiring way to spend the weekend. Not to mention, we’ve always wanted to be on a spaceship bridge crew . . .

Panel and guests at Norwescon 2018


3D Printing and Costuming | 4:00pm–5:00pm

What it is: A 101-level discussion on getting into 3D printing for prop and costume making.

Why we’re excited for it: We LOVE makers. In fact, we host the Seattle Mini Maker Faire to celebrate the maker spirit annually, so this will be a great way to get ready for this year’s faire!


Words to Images | 6:00pm –7:00pm

What it is: How does a writer collaborate with an artist to create the visuals of an imaginary world?

Why we’re excited for it: It’s not a secret that we’re comics crazy at the moment as the anticipation builds for the opening of MARVEL: Universe of Super Heroes. We’re excited to absorb these professional’s tips on the illustrative process.


 Dragon doll on a ledge


Comic Book Adaptations | 10:00am–11:00am

What it is: A panel of fans and professionals discuss the good and the bad in comic book-related movies over the years.

Why we’re excited for it: One of the most exciting parts of the last decade has been watching our favorite comic book characters come to life on the big and small screen.


Writing Comics for the Younger Generation | noon–1:00pm

What it is: The younger generation seems to desire a more intersectional comics experience. How will this affect the comics be written?

Why we’re excited for it: We’re excited for the continued expansion of intersectionality in comics and can’t wait to see what these esteemed writers have to say!


Art and Craft Open House: Minecraft Theme | 12:30pm–1:30pm

What it is: Minecraft-themed actives and crafts for young guests.

Why we’re excited for it: A huge portion of the MoPOP office has taken up crafting in their free time. We even have our own realm! We’re always ready for more Minecraft.

 Meeting at Norwescon


Superhero Yoga | 10:00am–11:00am

What it is: Go boldly into your Norwescon Saturday energized for the day’s activities with power poses, deep breathing, and muscle relaxation.

Why we’re excited for it: Who hasn’t struck a pose like Spider-Man or imagined leaping like the Hulk?


Crossing the Streams: SF, Fantasy, and Horror Cross-Genres | 10:00am-11:00am

What it is: When and why does the writer enter the spaces between science fiction and fantasy and horror? What are the pitfalls, tragedies, or rewards of exploring these unmarked territories?

Why we’re excited for it: MoPOP currently has three galleries dedicated to the exploration of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, so we’re no stranger to the blurring of those lines. We’re excited to hear this panel of experts explore this phantasmagoria.


Writing Comics | noon–1:00pm

What it is: This panel explores how writing comics is different from other forms of storytelling from pacing and plotting to conveying imagery to an artist.

Why we’re excited for it: Who hasn’t wanted to write a comic at one time or another? This panel will help demystify the processes. Plus Donna Barr and G. Willow Wilson on one panel?! Yes, please.

 Visitor posing with sword and shield


Food as Science Fiction | 11:00am–noon

What it is: From corn-fed cattle to genetically modified apples, your grocery store is practically a SF novel itself these days. This panel will explore technological advances in food and fiction books that address these issues.

Why we’re excited for it: This is a topic that’s evolving in real time and is sure to impact the sci-fi stories created in the decades to come.


Evolution of Nerd Music | noon–1:00pm

What it is: Want to know how nerd music got started and where it’s going next? From nerdcore to chiptunes, this panel will explore it all.

Why we’re excited for it: We’re always on the lookout for new music, and we’re giant nerds, so this panel is a match made in heaven.

Make sure to stop by our table this weekend for fun comics-themed ribbons and other fun surprises!

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Adrienne is a writer and editor from Seattle and is MoPOP's Content Wizard (patent pending).