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  • Image for C2E2 2021 | Chicago's Ghostly Urban Legends
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    C2E2 2021 | Chicago's Ghostly Urban Legends

    Join Chicago comic creator Scott Larson ( Visitations 1000 Ways To Die) and paranormal podcasters Patrick Harrington & Rebecca Rivers ( The Ghostly Podcast) as they discuss some of the Windy City's spookiest urban legendsVisitations is the history Of Chicago as seen through the eyes of the residents of the city's oldest cemetery.

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    C2E2 2021 | Timothy Zahn Spotlight

    Best known for his iconic Star Wars novels and the creation of the wildly popular character of Grand Admiral Thrawn, Timothy Zahn is making his return to Chicago! Be there as he discusses his previous works as well as his most recent release, Star Wars Thrawn Ascendancy Book III: Lesser Evil

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    C2E2 2021 | Unnecessary Debates (Virtual Screening)

    Have you ever wanted to hear funny people debate topics you thought should never be debated? Join exciting guests for this unforgettable geek showdown! (Really you may never be able to forget it…) They will debate unimportant questions like: Who wore it better - Gollum or Tarzan? Who has better hair - Krillin or Aang? Come and learn something you never wanted to know!

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  • Image for C2E2 2021 | Celebrating 80 Years of Amazon Warriors
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    C2E2 2021 | Celebrating 80 Years of Amazon Warriors

    On the 80th anniversary of an icon, take a trip to Themyscira with creators who've been there. Stephanie Phillips (Wonder Woman: Evolution), Stephanie Williams (Nubia), Joelle Jones (Wonder Girl), and Will Pfeifer (Amazons Attack) will be on hand to celebrate 80 years of Wonder Woman and talk about the indelible mark she has left on pop culture.

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  • Image for C2E2 2021 | Flowers of the Samurai
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    C2E2 2021 | Flowers of the Samurai

    For centuries, flower arranging (Ikebana) was an art practiced exclusively by samurai warriors and Buddhist priests. This is a demonstration of the kind of flower arranging practiced by these artists with Professor Charles Harris of the Ikenobo School, presented by the Japanese Culture Center.

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  • Image for C2E2 2021 | Nightfire Presents Read Your Fears - (Virtual Screening)
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    C2E2 2021 | Nightfire Presents Read Your Fears - (Virtual Screening)

    Tor, Nightfire, and the HWA Chicagoland Chapter are here to present books for the dead, the living, and everyone in between. Come join authors Catriona Ward (The Last House on Needless Street, Sundial), Thomas Olde Heuvelt (HEX, Echo), Lee Mandelo (Summer Sons), Cassandra Khaw (Nothing But Blackened Teeth), and Gretchen Felker-Martin (Manhunt) as they talk about their new books, the state of horror, and all things frightening. Moderated by Becky Spratford, national Co-Coordinator of the Libraries program for HWA (Horror Writers Association).

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  • Image for C2E2 2021 | Tor Goes International (Virtual Screening)
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    C2E2 2021 | Tor Goes International (Virtual Screening)

    From London to Singapore and back again Tor Tor.com and Nightfire authors can be found spinning their tales from across the globe - and setting them in some international locales as well. Join authors AK Larkwood (The Unspoken Name The Thousand Eyes) Alex Pheby (Mordew) Freya Marske (A Marvellous Light) Kerstin Hall (Star Eater) Neon Yang (The Tensorate Series) Shelley Parker-Chan (She Who Became the Sun) as they take you on a virtual tour of SciFi Fantasy and Horror. Moderator: Alex Pheby

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  • Image for C2E2 2021 | Calling All Book Lovers (Virtual Screening)
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    C2E2 2021 | Calling All Book Lovers (Virtual Screening)

    Tor publishes some of the greatest sci-fi fantasy and horror stories around. This will be a panel to shine a spotlight on some of the exciting books that Tor Tor Teen Tordotcom Publishing Forge and Nightfire have to offer. Join the book lovers from the Tor teams as they share a sneak peek at new and upcoming SFF.

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  • Image for C2E2 2021 | Legends, Myths, Fables, and Folklore Creating New Stories from Rich and Epic Histories (Virtual Screening)
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    C2E2 2021 | Legends, Myths, Fables, and Folklore Creating New Stories from Rich and Epic Histories (Virtual Screening)

    From the 14th century alchemist Nicholas Flamel to the West African water spirit Mami Wata, characters of myth, legend, and fairy tale have long inspired authors of fantasy. Join New York Times bestselling authors Michael Scott (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: The Lost Stories Collection), Elizabeth Lim (Six Crimson Cranes), Erin A. Craig (Small Favors), and Natasha Bowen (Skin of the Sea) for a discussion on their favorite fables and how they approach adapting such storied tales into something new and exciting.

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  • Image for C2E2 2021 | Waiter there's some Sci Fi in my Fantasy! (Virtual Screening)
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    C2E2 2021 | Waiter there's some Sci Fi in my Fantasy! (Virtual Screening)

    Rules are meant to be broken right? Whether it's aliens making Faustian bargains tidally-locked fantasy worlds inspired by evolutionary biology kaiju hidden on secret islands or super-powered teens in high tech worlds it's undeniable that readers crave mashups of sci-fi and fantasy. Join a group of category-busting speculative fiction writers for a panel unlike any other featuring James Rollins (The Starless Crown) Ryka Aoki (Light From Uncommon Stars) Tochi Onyebuchi (Goliath) and John Scalzi (The Kaiju Preservation Society). Moderated by Jay Bonansinga (Stan Lee's The Devil's Quintet).

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  • Image for C2E2 2021 | Level Up Your Kids Comics Book Club (Virtual Screening)
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    C2E2 2021 | Level Up Your Kids Comics Book Club (Virtual Screening)

    We are living in a golden age of kids comics! Take your graphic novel book club to the next level with tips and tricks from librarians and teachers who are veteran book club hosts, along with expert advice from real kids. They will share practical strategies to plan, organize, and host book clubs that build community, facilitate critical conversations, promote lifelong literacy, and inspire creative responses. Resources to find inclusive comics and teaching resources will be shared.

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  • Image for C2E2 2021 | Tor Teen Presents It's A Thin Line Between Justice and Vengeance (Virtual Screening)
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    C2E2 2021 | Tor Teen Presents It's A Thin Line Between Justice and Vengeance (Virtual Screening)

    Join fan-favorite YA authors Charlotte Nicole Davis (The Sisters of Reckoning) Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman (All of Us Villains) Mark Oshiro (Each of Us a Desert) Shannon Price (The Endless Skies) Lauren Shippen (Some Faraway Place) and P. Djeli Clark (Master of Djinn) as moderator as they discuss crafting stories and characters out for justice and vengeance in fantasy.

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  • Image for C2E2 2021 | Bingeworthy Graphic Novel Series [Virtual Screening]
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    C2E2 2021 | Bingeworthy Graphic Novel Series [Virtual Screening]

    How does a series installment differ from a stand-alone? How do you pace a series to keep readers invested book to book? Join Rich Moyer (Ham Helsing #1: Vampire Hunter), Miranda Harmon (Mayor Good Boy #1), Chad Sell (The Cardboard Kingdom #2: Roar of the Beast), Sophie Escabasse (Witches of Brooklyn: What the Hex?), and John Gallagher (Max Meow Book 3: Pugs from Planet X), as they discuss how to write the perfect series.

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  • Image for ECCC 2021 | Tis the Season: Hack the Holidays (And Save Your Sanity!)
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    ECCC 2021 | Tis the Season: Hack the Holidays (And Save Your Sanity!)

    To greet the geeks gathering in gratitude for pop culture this Thanksgiving weekend, @SuperheroIRL is screening scenes from movies that show how families — yep, all of ours — drive each other crazy. Join celebs and psychologists for some hilarious holiday stories — and transformative tips — to mobilize your mental health. You’ll need it!

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  • Image for ECCC 2021 | Calling All Book Lovers (Virtual Screening)
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    ECCC 2021 | Calling All Book Lovers (Virtual Screening)

    Tor publishes some of the greatest sci-fi, fantasy, and horror stories around. This will be a panel to shine a spotlight on some of the exciting books that Tor, Tor Teen, Tordotcom Publishing , Forge, and Nightfire have to offer. Join the book lovers from the Tor teams as they share a sneak peek at new and upcoming SFF.

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  • Image for ECCC 2021 | Unnecessary Debates [VIRTUAL SCREENING]
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    ECCC 2021 | Unnecessary Debates [VIRTUAL SCREENING]

    Have you ever wanted to hear funny people debate topics you thought should never be debated? Join exciting guests for this unforgettable geek showdown! (Really you may never be able to forget it…) They will debate unimportant questions like: Who wore it better - Gollum or Tarzan? Who has better hair - Krillin or Aang? Come and learn something you never wanted to know!

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  • Image for ECCC 2021 | Mechas, Con Artists, and Mages... Oh My!
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    ECCC 2021 | Mechas, Con Artists, and Mages... Oh My!

    From giant fighting mechas to magic that is sung and crafty heists with plot twists you won’t see coming, these powerhouse YA authors deliver standout reads in the sci-fi and fantasy genres. Join Margaret Owen (Little Thieves), and Zoe Hana Mikuta (Gearbreakers), and Julia Ember (Ruinsong) as they talk about everything from writing a swoon-worthy romance to action-packed fight scenes, bone-chilling curses, and protagonists you can’t help but adore! This panel will be moderated by Cossette Woo (Teatimelit).

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  • Image for ECCC 2021 | Crafting Asian-Inspired Narratives
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    ECCC 2021 | Crafting Asian-Inspired Narratives

    From deeply-rich characters to fantastical worlds, join a panel of writers as they discuss Eastern influences in their work. These powerhouse authors will discuss the impact of culture, history, and media used to inspire their own creations and touch on the processes of crafting Asian-inspired narratives. Featuring Fonda Lee (The Green Bone Saga) and Zoe Hana Mikuta (Gearbreakers).

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  • Image for ECCC 2021 | Authors on Writing Advice and the Business of Publishing
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    ECCC 2021 | Authors on Writing Advice and the Business of Publishing

    Ever wanted to know what it takes to make it as an author? Join a panel of seasoned industry professionals as they talk about the best writing advice they ever got, what advice they’d give to aspiring authors and break down the business of being a full-time writer. Featuring Fonda Lee, John Scalzi, James Rollins, Madeleine Roux and Charlie Jane Anders.

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  • Image for ECCC 2021 | Beyond the Stars - Worldbuilding in Science Fiction
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    ECCC 2021 | Beyond the Stars - Worldbuilding in Science Fiction

    The greatest science fiction is all about grappling with the question “What else is there?” Whether it’s exploring far-off galaxies or looking ahead to our tomorrow, these authors have seen beyond what is to what could be. Join them as they discuss how they created whole new worlds that still feel real and relatable and what issues they hoped to confront while leaving the present behind.

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  • Image for ECCC 2021 | Warriors, Witches and Women Who Rule Worlds
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    ECCC 2021 | Warriors, Witches and Women Who Rule Worlds

    With princesses who slay their own dragons and damsels who get themselves out of distress these authors speak about the role of the strong female character in speculative fiction. Featuring Greta Kelly (THE FROZEN CROWN & THE SEVENTH QUEEN), J.S. Dewes (THE DIVIDE SERIES), Genevieve Gornichec, (THE WITCH'S HEART), Sara Bond (GRAVITY'S HEIR), A.J. Super (THE SEVEN STARS SAGA), and Jaye Viner (JANE OF BATTERY PARK)

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  • Image for ECCC 2021 | Spotlight on Jarrett Melendez & Chef's Kiss
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    ECCC 2021 | Spotlight on Jarrett Melendez & Chef's Kiss

    The Spotlight on Jarrett Melendez panel will preview the food and comics writer’s debut graphic novel Chef’s Kiss. Melendez will discuss his forthcoming queer YA story about an aspiring writer who takes a temporary job in a restaurant and soon develops a crush on a super dreamy chef.

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  • Image for ECCC 2021 | Nightfire Presents: Read Your Fears (Virtual Screening)
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    ECCC 2021 | Nightfire Presents: Read Your Fears (Virtual Screening)

    Tor, Nightfire, and the HWA Chicagoland Chapter are here to present books for the dead, the living, and everyone in between. Come join authors Catriona Ward (The Last House on Needless Street, Sundial), Thomas Olde Heuvelt (HEX, Echo), Lee Mandelo (Summer Sons), Cassandra Khaw (Nothing But Blackened Teeth), and Gretchen Felker-Martin (Manhunt) as they talk about their new books, the state of horror, and all things frightening. Moderated by Becky Spratford, National Co-Coordinator of the Libraries program for HWA (Horror Writers Association).

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  • Image for ECCC 2021 | Tor Teen Presents It's a Thin Line Between Justice and Vengeance (Virtual Screening)
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    ECCC 2021 | Tor Teen Presents It's a Thin Line Between Justice and Vengeance (Virtual Screening)

    Join fan-favorite YA authors Charlotte Nicole Davis (The Sisters of Reckoning) Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman (All of Us Villains) Mark Oshiro (Each of Us a Desert) Shannon Price (The Endless Skies) Lauren Shippen (Some Faraway Place) and P. Djeli Clark (Master of Djinn) as moderator as they discuss crafting stories and characters out for justice and vengeance in fantasy.

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  • Image for ECCC 2021 | Waiter, there’s some Sci Fi in my Fantasy!
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    ECCC 2021 | Waiter, there’s some Sci Fi in my Fantasy!

    Rules are meant to be broken right? Whether it’s aliens making Faustian bargains tidally-locked fantasy worlds inspired by evolutionary biology kaiju hidden in an alternative world accessible from ours, or super-powered teens in high tech worlds it’s undeniable that readers crave mashups of sci-fi and fantasy. Join a group of category-busting speculative fiction writers for a panel unlike any other featuring James Rollins (The Starless Crown) Ryka Aoki (Light From Uncommon Stars) Tochi Onyebuchi (Goliath) and John Scalzi (The Kaiju Preservation Society). Moderated by Jay Bonansinga (Stan Lee’s The Devil’s Quintet).

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  • Image for MCM London 2021 | Women in Pop Culture
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    MCM London 2021 | Women in Pop Culture

    Join Helen O’Hara, Tasha Suri, C.L Clark and Everina Maxwell as they discuss the increasingly positive changes with regards to women in popular fiction, as well as some of the challenges that they still face.

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    MCM London 2021 | Diverse State of Mind

    How is the entertainment industry tackling diversity? What more can be done via TV, Movies, Games, and Streaming to be more inclusive and support minorities. We discuss these issues and more with our panelists Laura Kate Dale, MC Fixer, and Tazziii.

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  • Image for MCM London 2021 | Fantasy Worldbuilding 101
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    MCM London 2021 | Fantasy Worldbuilding 101

    What makes a world complete? How do you create multi-dimensional story arcs for characters and keep readers glued to your story? Join Claire North, RJ Barker, TL Huchu, Stark Holborn, Ben Aaronovitch, and RA Williams and learn from some of the best as they dive into the depths of world-building from their work.

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  • Image for MCM London 2021 | Debuting in 2021: What Worked What Didn't And What We Learned From It
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    MCM London 2021 | Debuting in 2021: What Worked What Didn't And What We Learned From It

    A lot of things had to change in 2021 including how books were released. Join five traditionally published authors who debuted this year to learn how they shifted tactics to launch their books in a mostly virtual world. They will share what worked and what flopped and what takeaways they will use for their next book. This panel will cover topics such as preorder campaigns giveaways social media strategies how to virtually connect with readers and more!

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  • Image for MCM London 2021 | The 540 Doors to Valhalla: Norse Myths in Fantasy Fiction
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    MCM London 2021 | The 540 Doors to Valhalla: Norse Myths in Fantasy Fiction

    As numerous as the doors to Valhalla are the ways in which the Norse Myths have been retold in fiction outside & beyond Marvel. Join Norse fantasy authors Francesca Simon Joanne Harris & Professor Carolyne Larrington with book blogger Becky Hill in an online discussion on the Norse Myths in Fantasy Fiction. Which Norse legends inspired them? How did they renew old stories? Why does the Norse Pantheon still capture the imagination? Discover & explore this exciting sub-genre.

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  • Image for MCM London 2021 | Development to Deliverables Film School Hour (Based on Top Selling Book)
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    MCM London 2021 | Development to Deliverables Film School Hour (Based on Top Selling Book)

    Our panel will discuss the process of making your film from the very start to the moment you hand it off to the distributor and all the in-betweens. It's film school in an hour. We answered questions on all aspects of film from development to prep to production to post to the deliverables you'll need to provide to any distributor and how they differ and how to prepare for all of this at the start. Based on our top selling book.

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  • Image for NYCC 2021 | The Women Who Built Fandom
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    NYCC 2021 | The Women Who Built Fandom

    Ever since Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley published "Frankenstein" over two hundred years ago women have been at the forefront of science-fiction and science-fiction fandom. Women created the first media conventions; Women organized letter-writing campaigns to television studios; Women were costuming publishing fanzines writing fan fiction and creating fan art long before the days of live tweets and reaction videos. Our panelists will celebrate the history of the women who laid the groundwork for modern-day fandom as we aspire to carry on their legacy.

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  • Image for NYCC 2021 | #BroadwayToHollywood: A New Age of Musicals
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    NYCC 2021 | #BroadwayToHollywood: A New Age of Musicals

    Take a look at what it takes to bring the magic of a Broadway Musical to new mediums in this behind-the-scenes look at “Hamilton,” “In The Heights,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Wicked,” “Beetlejuice,” “Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical,” and “Tick, Tick… Boom!” Get insight from talented creatives as they discuss the impact Broadway has had on Hollywood productions and how Hollywood has been instrumental in expanding the audience! Featuring Composer/ Music Director Alex Lacamoire (“Hamilton,” “In The Heights”), Music Producer Bill Sherman (“In The Heights,” “Tick, Tick… Boom!”), Makeup Designer/ Department Head Stevie Martin (“Dear Evan Hansen,” “Respect”), Makeup Designer Joe Dulude II (“Wicked,” “Beetlejuice,” “Jesus Christ Superstar Live”), and Composer/ Music Supervisor Daniel Mertzlufft (“Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical”). Moderated by Actor and Singer, Joshua Henry (“Hamilton,” “Tick, Tick… Boom!”)

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  • Image for NYCC 2021 | Disney’s Winnie the Pooh to The Very Hungry Caterpillar
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    NYCC 2021 | Disney’s Winnie the Pooh to The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Rockefeller Productions: Nostalgia through Puppetry. Jonathan Rockefeller will speak with appearances by The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Paddington, The Golden Girls, The Cast from Friends (our new show beginning in November) and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger. Jonathan will discuss the inspiration and creative process and will feature video as well as live puppets. Jonathan was mentored by Baz Lurhmann so there is a lot to discuss.

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  • Image for NYCC 2021 | Help the AstroNuts Find the Perfect Planet! Or else.
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    NYCC 2021 | Help the AstroNuts Find the Perfect Planet! Or else.

    National Ambassador for Young People's Lit Jon Scieszka and International Illustrator/Open Source Collage Master Steven Weinberg are going to spill the beans about the Top Secret NNASA (Not NASA) program of 4 superpowered animal astronauts built to find a Goldilocks Planet to save all humanity. Combining real hardcore climate science, goofy action, and mind-blowing illustrations, Jon and Steven will tell the whole truth about how the AstroNuts can only find the Perfect Planet with your help.

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  • Image for NYCC 2021 | In Conversation with Soman Chainani & Marie Lu
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    NYCC 2021 | In Conversation with Soman Chainani & Marie Lu

    #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu, hailed by The New York Times as “the doyenne of dystopia,” has just concluded her darkest series yet with STEELSTRIKER, the highly anticipated finale to the Skyhunter duet. Join Marie as she discusses her decade-long relationship with dystopian YA fiction, concluding the Skyhunter series, and what’s next, with Soman Chainani (Beasts and Beauty).

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  • Image for NYCC 2021 | Greater Than Fiction: Real Life Stories of Tragedy and Triumph!
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    NYCC 2021 | Greater Than Fiction: Real Life Stories of Tragedy and Triumph!

    Join Priya Huq (PIECE BY PIECE: THE STORY OF NISRIN’S HIJAB), Ian Rosenberg and Mike Cavallaro (FREE SPEECH HANDBOOK), Marc Hartzman (CHASING GHOSTS), Kristen Radtke (SEEK YOU), and Marisabina Russo (WHY IS EVERYBODY YELLING?) as they discuss embracing the power of storytelling to share true tales of faith and family in the past and present, being a world citizen, the supernatural history of America, and loneliness and its manifestations with Patty Hawkins.

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  • Image for NYCC 2021 | Cheesy Line-Reading Contest
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    NYCC 2021 | Cheesy Line-Reading Contest

    Calling all actors! Do you think you can deliver the most famously cheesy lines from your favorite movies and TV shows better than the pros? Compete against other Comic-Con attendees to see who will be the next Nicolas Cage or Hayden Christensen or just sit back and cheer on your favorites. You'll laugh! You'll groan! You might even cry! Either way, it's sure to be a memorable time.

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  • Image for NYCC 2021 | Podlander Drunkcast: an Outlander Podcast Live (*cough* and filthy) fanfic!
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    NYCC 2021 | Podlander Drunkcast: an Outlander Podcast Live (*cough* and filthy) fanfic!

    One of the world's most popular/profane Outlander podcasts returns to its most ludicrous format: The composition of live fanfic as guided by the audience and dolled up by their own prodigiously weird minds. (Not recommended for kids unless you're super cool about your kid's swearing and talking about doin' it.) The accents will be bad, the innuendo plentiful, and the singing completely unnecessary.

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  • Image for NYCC 2021 | Total Eclipse of the Witch
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    NYCC 2021 | Total Eclipse of the Witch

    The rising popularity of witches across format and genre has put a spell on all of us - hear from creators about why we're all so bewitched, and all the different kinds of fictional witches to love. Join Rebecca Mock (SALT MAGIC), Ann Aguirre (WITCH, PLEASE), Rachel Griffin (THE NATURE OF WITCHES), and Scarlett St. Clair (KING OF BATTLE & BLOOD) as they get their witch on with Phoebe Cramer (Publishers Weekly).

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  • Image for NYCC 2021 | Creating the After-verse: Featuring Anna Todd & Wattpad Books (Virtual Screenings)

    NYCC 2021 | Creating the After-verse: Featuring Anna Todd & Wattpad Books (Virtual Screenings)

    Anna Todd is the bestselling author of the After series producer of the film adaptations and entrepreneur whose loyal fanbase has followed her journey since she began posting on Wattpad almost a decade ago. But how did her story which was once confined to smartphones become the global phenomenon that it is? Anna Todd and studio executives Aron Levitz and Ashleigh Gardner will walk the audience through the process from start to finish take questions and discuss what comes after After.

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  • Image for NYCC 2021 | Take a Stand with Politically Charged YA Fiction
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    NYCC 2021 | Take a Stand with Politically Charged YA Fiction

    Rebellious spirits reign supreme in Marie Lu (STEELSTRIKER), Marie Rutkoski (THE HOLLOW HEART), and Carolyn Tara O’Neil’s (DAUGHTERS OF A DEAD EMPIRE) harrowing thrillers about the price we pay for change. Join these authors as they discuss writing YA fiction that helps explore and process sociopolitical issues.

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  • Image for NYCC 2021 | FRIENDS FOREVER! Spotlight on Shannon Hale & LeUyen Pham
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    NYCC 2021 | FRIENDS FOREVER! Spotlight on Shannon Hale & LeUyen Pham

    Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham are the New York Times bestselling creators of the Friends series of graphic novel memoirs, which includes the newly released finale: FRIENDS FOREVER. They are also best friends in real life. In their new installment, young Shannon is in eighth grade, and life is more complicated than ever! Join Shannon and LeUyen as they discuss the graphic novel memoir genre, ending the Friends series.

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  • Image for NYCC 2021 | Love In the Time of the Pandemic
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    NYCC 2021 | Love In the Time of the Pandemic

    The unqualified success of romance in multiple mediums is a testament to the passion of its readers and authors, and it provides a much-needed HEA in uncertain times. Journalist Lily Herman will discuss the joys of Happily Ever After, or at least Happy For Now, with Brigid Kemmerer (DEFY THE NIGHT), K.M. Jackson (HOW TO MARRY KEANU REEVES IN 90 DAYS), and Christina Lauren (THE SOULMATE EQUATION).

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  • Image for NYCC 2021 | Romance in Dark Fantasy for Teens
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    NYCC 2021 | Romance in Dark Fantasy for Teens

    Join powerhouses Marie Lu (STEELSTRIKER), Marie Rutkoski (THE HOLLOW HEART), and Victoria Lee (A LESSON IN VENGEANCE), as they discuss the sizzling romances in their upcoming cinematic YA novels, the challenges of writing love stories against the backdrop of high-stakes drama, and whether or not happily-ever-after is even possible in the world of dark fantasy with Ryan La Sala (THE HONEYS).

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  • Image for NYCC 2021 | Beaten to a Pulp: Publishing Entrepreneurs in Today’s Crime Fiction
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    NYCC 2021 | Beaten to a Pulp: Publishing Entrepreneurs in Today’s Crime Fiction

    The days of fiction writers just turning in a completed manuscript and sitting back while the publisher markets the book are look are long gone. Today’s authors have become Hidden Entrepreneurs, actively finding, developing and managing new ways to reach and connect with audiences. Authors Alex Segura (Miami Midnight, Poe Dameron: Free Fall), J. C. Vaughn (Second Wednesday, McCandless & Co.) and Charles Ardai (Hard Case Crime) will be revealing, and debating, the best ways to build audiences in their chosen niche – crime fiction. Moderated by Ithaca College’s Ed Catto.

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    NYCC 2021 | The Heart of Storytelling

    More often than not, the stories that resonate intensely with us as readers, come from very real life experiences. Join these four authors as they talk about how they bring these stories of autism, learning disabilities, and psychological challenges to the page. Moderator: Janna Morishima Panelists: Rosemary Rivera, Mario Menjivar, Tracy White, Claudia Addeo.

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  • Image for NYCC 2021 | So you want to create a Graphic Medicine Book Club?
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    NYCC 2021 | So you want to create a Graphic Medicine Book Club?

    Graphic novels are becoming increasingly part of the classroom experience in higher education there has been a larger emphasis on stories of illness and health being presented in this format and the field of Graphic Medicine keeps growing in popularity. Trying to rally together institutional support identify appropriate content for students and share resources to meet regularly can be difficult. Hear firsthand experiences from educators and artists who have created a space both in-person and online for reading discussing and teaching these kinds of texts. By engaging in a conversation about the successes challenges and best practices for forming these kinds of meeting groups and spaces to explore graphic medicine texts collaboratively other educators can learn strategies to create similar programming in their schools and libraries.

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  • Image for NYCC 2021 | From Graphic Novels to Horror Thrillers: How Different Audiobooks are Narrated
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    NYCC 2021 | From Graphic Novels to Horror Thrillers: How Different Audiobooks are Narrated

    This panel explores the intricacies of transforming books into audiobooks through the art of narration. Featuring Kristen Radtke author/narrator of SEEK YOU, Grady Hendrix author of FINAL GIRL SUPPORT CLUB, and Andrea Bartz author of WE WERE NEVER HERE, the trio discusses the differences in their written words versus the audiobook form, and how they ensure the same emotionally-charged prose of suspense, loneliness, and horror come across through expert narration. SEEK YOU is a wide-ranging exploration of our inner lives and public selves. Narrated by author Kristen Radtke it digs into the ways in which we attempt to feel closer to one another and the distance that remains. Via the lenses of gender and violence technology and art Radtke ushers us through a history of loneliness and longing and shares what feels impossible to share. Kristen Radtke has established herself as a pioneer of the graphic essay. Her work has appeared in THE NEW YORK TIMES THE ATLANTIC VOGUE GQ and OXFORD AMERICAN. She is the art director of THE BELIEVER and she has contacts and fans everywhere. FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP is a wickedly witty homage to the classic “final girl” trope from horror and slasher films from NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Grady Hendrix. Andrea Bartz is a Brooklyn-based journalist and author of the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller and Reese Book Club Pick WE WERE NEVER HERE about a backpacking trip with deadly consequences in this “eerie psychological thriller . . . with alluring locales, Hitchcockian tension, and possibly the best pair of female leads since Thelma and Louise” (BookPage), from the bestselling author of The Lost Night and The Herd. To purchase books from these authors and more, please visit our official bookseller RJ Julia: https://www.rjjulia.com/new-york-comic-con-virtual-sessions

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  • Image for NYCC 2021 | The Future Is Mobile: Leveraging Digital Media for Libraries & Classrooms
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    NYCC 2021 | The Future Is Mobile: Leveraging Digital Media for Libraries & Classrooms

    As readers, we love our comics whether we get them as floppies or trades! But what about digital platforms? In this panel, we’ll look at all things digital, whether it’s digital storytelling, our favorite webcomics, or the digital databases that feed our addictions. We’ll explore how we can use these digital mediums to promote literacy in our online libraries and classrooms. You’ll leave this panel with a curated reading list to help you start your own digital engagement.

    By Metaverse team
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    NYCC 2021 | STEAM Power!

    STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Math) education has become the norm for curriculum across the country. Often, it starts too late. Out-of-school learning is imperative for children. It is important for them to start STEAM education at a young age in order to establish their own learning path. Who better to get them safely on that path than a bunch of superheroes? The merger of STEAM-based learning comics and cosplay is a natural fit. It opens the world of STEAM to the very young in a way that is hands-on accessible and engaging. The art of cosplay covers many of the basic tenets of STEAM curriculum. Teaching children utilizing cosplay can be a strong bridge between formal and informal learning. Together the panel will bring ideas on how to make the world of STEAM immersive educational open and alive for the very young.

    By Metaverse team
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    NYCC 2021 | How to Sell Your Books into Schools and Public Libraries

    The use of graphic novels and manga in libraries and classrooms continues to grow at a rapid pace. Every day, more teachers and librarians are bringing the comics they love into their environments and yet so many publishers and authors are challenged in understanding what it takes to get books into this multi-billion dollar market. Join us for a direct conversation on what it takes to get your books into this rapidly growing market. Christina Taylor, Melissa Jacobs, and Stephanie Anderson (NYPL Bookops) Moderated by Heidi McDonald (Publshers Weekly)

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    Comics vs. Illustrated Books: The Ultimate Showdown!

    Join us for a lively debate about what makes a comic a comic. What differentiates a comic from a graphic novel from an illustrated book? Who gets to decide? We’ll try to solve this debate once and for all (or at least go out swinging!).

    By Metaverse team