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Friday, March 24
 

4:00pm

Keith Baker - Gloom
Keith Baker, gaming’s guest of honor, is running his game, Gloom. Gloom is a card based game in which players tell a story to explain the events of a eccentric family and compete for the greatest tragedy. Signs up are at the gaming signup board outside the Southeast Ballroom, gaming’s main room. Come experience this very cool game.

Artists

Friday March 24, 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Southeast Ballroom

5:00pm

How To Build A Portfolio In A Digital Format
Learn the fundamentals of portfolio building and management in a digital age.


Friday March 24, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Director's Row 1

5:00pm

Comics as Art
You've been doodling your favorite comic characters for a while now - even making your own original heroes, maybe your own comic. Now you'd like to make art pieces of those characters. Drawing characters for art pieces can be very different than for telling a story visually. This panel discusses what goes into getting those high-flying characters from the 4-color page to the gallery wall.


Friday March 24, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Promenade 1

5:00pm

The Gears & Cogs of Steampunk
What makes Steampunk Steampunk? Is it more than gadgets and goggles and exposed corsets?


Friday March 24, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Promenade 3

5:00pm

Art of the Heel Turn
Panelists will discuss the impact felt by fans when their hero becomes the antagonist.

Artists

Friday March 24, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Director's Row 5

5:00pm

Pro Row
Meet your favorite MidSouthCon professional, maybe get their autograph or buy their works. Pro Row is located in the hallway outside of the Tennessee Ballrooms.

Friday March 24, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Pro Row

5:00pm

Dress the Meeple, Clothing Contest
The Meeple spend their time hanging out in the Gaming Room. They stand there looking plain & boring, so we have been asked to dress them up, in our snazziest creations!!! We will be having a contest to see who can create the most awesome outfit. We will cut, glue & sew outfits, for the Meeple & then send them to hangout in the Gaming Room all day Saturday. The Meeple will then be voted on & the winner will receive a gift card (TBD), either by mail or email.


Friday March 24, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Director's Row 4

6:00pm

How to Write Comics with Tom DeFalco
Not so good at drawing people in spandex, but love the words that go into the bubbles above their head? As one of the top writers and editors in the comics industry, our Comics Guest of Honor Tom DeFalco, will give you an overview on how to write the stories that make up the backbone of the 4-color world.

Artists

Friday March 24, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Director's Row 1

6:00pm

History That Never Happened... Or Did It?
Researching the complexities of history to find out what did happen can be tough enough. How do you figure out what might have been? A guide for both time travelers and alternate historians.


Friday March 24, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Promenade 3

6:00pm

Supporting Characters: More Than Just Sidekicks
No hero is an island: the quality of the supporting cast can make or break a story. What kind of supporting characters does your hero or heroine need and what makes them great?


Friday March 24, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Promenade 1

6:00pm

Pro Row
Meet your favorite MidSouthCon professional, maybe get their autograph or buy their works. Pro Row is located in the hallway outside of the Tennessee Ballrooms.

Friday March 24, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Pro Row

7:00pm

Love Live! School Idol Project
Join members Musesouth, a Love Live idol dance cover group, such as our Kotori, Hanayo, Maki and other members. We'll be talking all things JPop Idols and Love Live! School Idol Project. Get tips on how to play the mobile game and more! Ask questions. Muse, Music, Start!

Artists

Friday March 24, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Director's Row 5

7:00pm

Crossing Mediums
Some mediums work well with each other and cross over. Mixed media art using all of your skills.


Friday March 24, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Promenade 1

7:00pm

An Introduction to the Mid-South Cartoonists Association
Early in 1987, a small group of professional cartoonists came together to form The Memphis Cartoonists Group. The name didn’t stick. By December of that year, for the third meeting and first official newsletter, the name had become The Mid-South Cartoonist Association (MSCA). The name has since remained unchanged, with the exception of the word ‘Cartoonist’ becoming plural in 2000. Come to the panel and see what they're all about.

The group was created to bring together cartooning professionals, aspiring professionals and enthusiasts of all ages.


Friday March 24, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Ridgelake

7:00pm

Meet the Guests Setup
Friday March 24, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Grand Ballroom D and E

7:00pm

Opening Ceremony
MidSouthCon 35 officially kicks off as we greet our Guests of Honor, and say hello to our members.


Friday March 24, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Grand Ballroom C

7:00pm

The Appeal of Young Adult Fiction
From Harry Potter to the Hunger games, Young Adult Fiction has captured imaginations of all ages. Why is it so popular for adults? Are we 'dumbing down' our reading? What's trending in YA today?


Friday March 24, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Promenade 3

7:00pm

So, Lets Talk about STAR WARS
Panelists will engage the audience in an open discussion about the Star Wars fandom.


Friday March 24, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Director's Row 1

7:00pm

Ghost Hunting For Beginners
How to get started investigating the paranormal. Finding team members, tools and how to approach evidence review.


Friday March 24, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Promenade 2

7:00pm

Pro Row
Meet your favorite MidSouthCon professional, maybe get their autograph or buy their works. Pro Row is located in the hallway outside of the Tennessee Ballrooms.


Friday March 24, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Pro Row

8:00pm

Dynamic Art in Two Dimensions
The dynamic art and inspiration of comic art. How comic art has influenced traditional art.


Friday March 24, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Director's Row 5

8:00pm

Everyday Cosplay
Cons and cosplay have become a prevalent part of our world and pop culture. Our panelists provide commentary on the ever growing and evolving art of cosplay, and some easy ways to add a little fandom into your day to day wardrobe whether you're on a budget, crunched for time, or just want to keep it casual enough for your alter ego.


Friday March 24, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Ridgelake

8:00pm

Meet the Guests I
Come meet and greet MidSouthCon 35’s Guests of Honor while enjoying some light refreshments.


Friday March 24, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Grand Ballroom D and E

8:00pm

The Story Behind The Game
Designing a game is more than creating rules; the story that inspires the game matters! Games create setting, characters, history, etc. Some of the best role play games, and other game types, have stories that inspire and influence game play. Our panelists are gamers who both create the games and play them. Listen as our panelists as they discuss the stories within the games and the players who play them.


Friday March 24, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Promenade 2

8:00pm

How To Not Get Published
Exactly what not to do when submitting to a publisher. Editors share stories from the field and help you learn from others' mistakes.


Friday March 24, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Promenade 3

8:00pm

Everywhere I Look? SUPERHEROES!
Panelists will discuss the entertainment industry obsession with all things superhero and if audiences are getting tired of it.


Friday March 24, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Promenade 1

8:00pm

The Mandala Effect
Shared experiences? Alternate universes? Collective memories both real and fake are explored and discussed.


Friday March 24, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Director's Row 1

8:00pm

Pro Row
Meet your favorite MidSouthCon professional, maybe get their autograph or buy their works. Pro Row is located in the hallway outside of the Tennessee Ballrooms.


Friday March 24, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Pro Row

8:00pm

Interstellar Travel
Solar sails, Breakthrough Starshot. How are we going to get to the stars? Join Science GoH Les Johnson for a fascinating look at the possibilities. Who will do it? How can we support it?

Artists

Friday March 24, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Grand Ballroom C

9:00pm

The Evolution of Anime
Anime through the ages. How has it developed and grown over the years to what it is today? Where is it heading?


Friday March 24, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Director's Row 1

9:00pm

Competitive Costuming
Costume contests are a staple of cons and expos everywhere. Come get insight from our panel on what it’s like to be on both the judging and contestant sides of the equation, and get some tips and advice on what to expect and how to get your costume into that winning category.


Friday March 24, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Promenade 2

9:00pm

Meet the Guests II
Come meet and greet MidSouthCon 35’s Guests of Honor while enjoying some light refreshments.


Friday March 24, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Grand Ballroom D and E

9:00pm

Getting Into Character in Live Action RPGs
One of the biggest benefits for live action roleplaying (LARP) over tabletop games is immersion. Actually getting to submerge yourself in the world in which the game takes place and literally become your character is one of the most rewarding—and difficult—things you can do in a LARP. Come join our panelists as they talk about their experiences getting into character (and all that entails). During this panel, they will talk about accents, costuming, character backstory, and a whole host of other tips and tricks to sliding into a character and making it your own.


Friday March 24, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Promenade 1

9:00pm

Thrills & Chills & Things that Go Bump in the Night
From the supernatural horrors of Stephen King to the 'It could happen to me' chills of Mary Higgins Clark, what makes readers' hearts race?


Friday March 24, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Promenade 3

9:00pm

Stars, Physics, Science and Popularity
Carl Sagan, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Neil DeGrasse Tyson and our panelists - all have worked to improve the overall level of science knowledge and education in the USA and the world. How can we make science popular and inspire the next generation of scientists? How do we Counter the Luddites?


Friday March 24, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Ridgelake

9:00pm

Beat the Geeks
Beat the Geeks, MidSouthCon's own trivia game, is back again this year. Come test your knowledge against the Geeks, the self-proclaimed experts of a various realm of geekdom. Beat them and win prizes and all the prestige that comes with it. This event is done in the format of an old-fashioned trivia game.


Friday March 24, 2017 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Grand Ballroom C

10:00pm

Are You A Werewolf?
Your quiet little 16th century village has suddenly become infested with some very unfriendly werewolves...can you and the other villagers find them before they devour everyone?

Ultimate Werewolf is the ultimate social party game for players of all ages. Each player has an agenda: as a villager, hunt down the werewolves; as a werewolf, convince the other villagers that you're innocent, while secretly dining on those same villagers each night. Dozens of special roles are available to help both the villagers and the werewolves achieve their goals while thwarting their opponents.

The rounds are generally fast paced and the last man standing determines everyone's fate..good or bad.  Which side will you find yourself on? May the best man or wolf win!

Artists

Friday March 24, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Ridgelake

10:00pm

Mass Effects
The Mass Effect Video Game series is widely popular. Join Ernie Carothers, a long-time gamer and personality behind the podcast Pixels and Paper, to discuss the series as a whole, the impact its had on the industry and pop culture, and where the series is heading with its newest entry, Mass Effect: Andromeda, releasing this Spring, with a Q&A with the audience to follow.


Friday March 24, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Director's Row 5

10:00pm

Getting It On
Crafting those NSFW scenes and other romantic elements. Mature audiences only.


Friday March 24, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Director's Row 1

10:00pm

Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones Discussion
This will be an open discussion including but not limited to a brief history of Westeros and the lands beyond the sunset kingdom. We will talk about the tv series vs the books; where they are different where they are similar and things you probably didn't know about your favorite character, with a q&a session. 'When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground'. Who will be victorious and who will be next to die?


Friday March 24, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Promenade 2

10:00pm

Ponyo
A young boy named Sosuke rescues a goldfish named Ponyo, and they embark on a fantastic journey of friendship and discovery before Ponyo’s father, a powerful sorcerer, forces her to return to her home in the sea. In her quest to become human and reunite with Sosuke, Ponyo stumbles upon and releases her father’s magical Water of Life and triggers a gigantic storm.


Friday March 24, 2017 10:00pm - Saturday March 25, 2017 12:00am
Promenade 3

10:00pm

Stargazing with the Memphis Astronomical Society
The Memphis Astronomical Society will set up their telescopes (weather permitting) and see what can be seen despite the bright lights of the city.


Friday March 24, 2017 10:00pm - Saturday March 25, 2017 12:00am
TBA

11:00pm

Can... Can We Still Do THAT?
Panelists discuss things that were once considered entertainment gold that would never work in today's society. This discussion may get intense as our panelists delve into topics that the industry chooses to avoid in today's social climate.


Friday March 24, 2017 11:00pm - Saturday March 25, 2017 12:00am
Director's Row 1

12:00am

2:00am

Dance
Our late night dance!

Artists

Saturday March 25, 2017 2:00am - 4:00am
Grand Ballroom C
 
Saturday, March 25
 

9:00am

Sailor Moon
Let's talk about Sailor Moon! Classic, R, S, Super S, Crystal, Pretty Guardian, Pretty Soldier, Live action, and Musicals! And other!

Sailor Moon. . . past . . . present . . .forever.


Saturday March 25, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Director's Row 5

9:00am

Literacy Mid-South
Come and learn about Literacy Mid-South: a nonprofit organization that was formed to help people of all ages and backgrounds achieve the critical literacy skills they need to navigate the world.


Saturday March 25, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Promenade 2

9:00am

The Business of Writing
How does marketing work? And is it tax deductable? What do I need to know before I sign that contract? The details of being a writer when you're not writing.


Saturday March 25, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Promenade 3

9:00am

Saturday Morning Cartoons
Come watch classic cartoons!

Saturday March 25, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Grand Ballroom C

9:00am

Phoenix: Dawn Command - Character Workshop with Keith Baker
Come meet Gaming Guest of Honor Keith Baker, who will do an introduction and Q&A about his game Phoenix Dawn. Then he will personally help you build and design a character ready to enter that world setting.

Artists

Saturday March 25, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
26th Floor

10:00am

Anime for Parents: Is This for School?
Anime and Manga are often looked down upon in the classrooms. What is the connection to the literature world, its impact in the world of fine arts with the Neo Surrealist movement, and tactfully present an argument to parents, teachers, and other naysayers of the genre.

What are you kids watching when they are watching anime? Ask questions that you have always wanted to know.


Saturday March 25, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Promenade 3

10:00am

Demystifying Patterns
Delving into all things pattern- where to start, how to best utilize them, and how to make them work for you. Patterns can seem intimidating, but they don’t have to be overwhelming, and can be an amazingly useful tool for any costumer. Our pattern savvy panel can provide tips, tricks, advice, and answer any questions you may have.


Saturday March 25, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Promenade 2

10:00am

Fluxx: Strategy or Just Random Fun
Just about everything in the card game Fluxx fluctuates. From the players to the rules they play by, all conditions of this game can change. Some argue that winners of Fluxx just got lucky, some say there is more to it than that. Is there? The panelists talk about what skills and strategy make a good Fluxx game, as well as the random variables that make this popular Looney Lab game so entertaining.


Saturday March 25, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Director's Row 5

10:00am

Effective Habits of Successful Authors
The writing philosophies and work habits of successful professional authors. How to organize, prioritize, set goals, avoid distractions, and stay motivated.


Saturday March 25, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Director's Row 1

10:00am

Pro Row
Meet your favorite MidSouthCon professional, maybe get their autograph or buy their works. Pro Row is located in the hallway outside of the Tennessee Ballrooms.


Saturday March 25, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Pro Row

10:00am

Semi-Hidden Figures
Women in Science and SF. Recent books and movies have told the story of women in rocketry. The fact that their stories are a major surprise to the general public is concerning. Women have made and will continue to make advances in science. Are they still “Hidden” or have things changed? What about the portrayal of female scientists in SF?


Saturday March 25, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Promenade 1

10:00am

Iron Artist
Artists produce original works in two hours for the charity auction. That will be up for bid later in the day.


Saturday March 25, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ridgelake

10:00am

The Little Mermaid & Dinglehoppers
Come & watch "The Little Mermaid" with our guests Ariel, Prince Eric & Ursula! We will be making dinglehopper necklaces for each child to take home.


Saturday March 25, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Director's Row 4

10:00am

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA)Demo
The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) demonstrates combat, SCA Style

Artists

Saturday March 25, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Grand Ballroom D and E

11:00am

Women in Refrigerators--Revisited
In 1999 comic writer Gail Simone noticed how often female superheroes were killed, assaulted, and/or depowered in some of the most degrading ways, often only in service to the story arc of a male superhero. She and her friends created the Women In Refrigerators website to track how often this has occurred. How far (if at all) have comics come in the last 18 years? Is it a more friendly place to female superheroes? What about for female creators in the industry? This panel will examine these questions.


Saturday March 25, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Promenade 2

11:00am

SciFi AND Fantasy: Finding the Line
From epic space operas to gritty fantasies to any genre that ends in -punk, the 'line' between Science Fiction and Fantasy is being crossed everywhere. Is the even a line? What defines the two and what happens when you sit right in the middle.


Saturday March 25, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Promenade 3

11:00am

The Best of the Bat
Panelists will discuss the various actors who've brought the Dark Knight to life in both live-action and animated, on both the big & small screen.


Saturday March 25, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Promenade 1

11:00am

The Many Voices of Kyle Hebert
With credits ranging from Dragon Ball Z to Hollywood Babble-On, Kyle Hebert has lent his voice to some our favorite properties. Find out what he's in, where he's been, and what's next!

Artists

Saturday March 25, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Director's Row 1

11:00am

Pro Row
Meet your favorite MidSouthCon professional, maybe get their autograph or buy their works. Pro Row is located in the hallway outside of the Tennessee Ballrooms.


Saturday March 25, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Pro Row

11:00am

Commercial Development of Outer Space
So far efforts have been limited to tourism. There are so many resources available in space, including water and energy. Isolating dangerous manufacturing industries off planet can also appear attractive. What will be the next big investment? What should it be? Who will do it?


Saturday March 25, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Grand Ballroom C

12:00pm

The Ins and Outs of Voice Acting
Ever wonder what it takes to become a voice of actor, or what working in the the business actually entails? The panelists answer these questions and more.


Saturday March 25, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Director's Row 1

12:00pm

Star Wars Bag Puppets
Hand puppets are the craft of the hour! We will be making Chewbacca, Darth Vader & Yoda bag puppets. If you are a Star Wars fan, you won't want to miss this!


Saturday March 25, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Director's Row 4

12:00pm

A Q&A with Tom DeFalco
A Question and Answer session with our Comics Guest of Honor Tom DeFalco. Having participated in all levels of the comic book industry, he has a unique perspective on it that few have. He will talk about his experience in the industry and take audience question.


Saturday March 25, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Grand Ballroom C

12:00pm

Cosplay for Fun and Profit
Makeup, costuming, and other cosplay adjacent categories can be amazing and fun hobbies, but for some they can also be a career or a business. This panel is a discussion and Q&A on what it’s like to be involved from a professional standpoint.


Saturday March 25, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Promenade 2

12:00pm

What is Amtgard? (Demo)
Come out to the Amtgard demo. See people fight each other with heavily practice weapons. Fill out some paper work and you too can fight.
Ugly legal notice: Participation in combat requires signing a standard liability waiver after a short explanation of the rules. Anyone under 18 will not be permitted to play without a parent or legal guardian's written consent."

Artists

Saturday March 25, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Grand Ballroom D and E

12:00pm

The Art of the Short Story
A short story is a very different experience from a novel, for both readers and writers. Short fiction authors discuss their approaches and what's required to make a short story pop.


Saturday March 25, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Promenade 1

12:00pm

The Ultimate Fantasy Vacation
From snow skiing in Narnia to mountain climbing in Middle-Earth to seeking glory in Westeros, panelists discus the best and worst fantasy world to take a holiday in.


Saturday March 25, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ridgelake

12:00pm

Ghost Hunting - Protect Yourself
A guide to safe paranormal investigating both physically and spiritually.


Saturday March 25, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Director's Row 5

12:00pm

Pro Row
Meet your favorite MidSouthCon professional, maybe get their autograph or buy their works. Pro Row is located in the hallway outside of the Tennessee Ballrooms.


Saturday March 25, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Pro Row

12:00pm

Total Eclipse of the Sun
Looking out for carnivorous plants aside, total eclipses are fascinating and so very rare. This August, Tennessee will be in the viewing path of one. Join the Memphis Astronomical society for a presentation and Q & A session including tips on viewing this amazing event.


Saturday March 25, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Promenade 3

1:00pm

Let's Make Some Music with The Bluff City Barnacles
We will be making homemade instruments & then learn the best way to play them. We will be instructed by our very own local pirate band, "The Bluff City Barnacles"!! Come and get crafty.


Saturday March 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Director's Row 4

1:00pm

Masquerade Tech Rehearsal
Masquerade participants Tech Rehearsal (closed to the public)

Saturday March 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Grand Ballroom C

1:00pm

The Works of Keith Baker: The Complete Guide
Keith Baker is best known for designing the Eberron Campaign Setting for D&D and the card game Gloom, but he's also spent a decade developing MMORPGs and is currently developing card games and RPGs with his own company, Twogether Studios. Join Keith for a casual Q&A, and bring your questions about Gloom, Eberron, Phoenix: Dawn Command, game design, or anything else!


Saturday March 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Promenade 1

1:00pm

Butchering Your Baby
But, but, that image/scene/character inspired my whole book! Do I really have to... Often the answer is yes, yes you do. Learn how to work with writer's groups, beta readers, editors, and be your own worst critic.


Saturday March 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Promenade 2

1:00pm

Salacious Stories of a Con Insider with Allan Gilbreath
Join Allan Gilbreath as he digs through his years of experience on the con scene to bring you the most salacious stories of civilians and celebrities. You'll never look at a Con the same way again.


Saturday March 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ridgelake

1:00pm

No Spoilers! The Future of Doctor Who
The tenth series of Doctor Who starts in April, and it is the end of the line for both Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat. What does the future hold for Doctor Who?


Saturday March 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Grand Ballroom D and E

1:00pm

The Collaborative Art of Filmmaking
Panelists will discuss the art of filmmaking, and the need to surround yourself with reliable & like minded individuals.


Saturday March 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Promenade 3

1:00pm

Ghost Hunting Adventures
Tales of daring, danger and paranormal activity we have encountered on investigations.


Saturday March 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Director's Row 1

1:00pm

Pro Row
Meet your favorite MidSouthCon professional, maybe get their autograph or buy their works. Pro Row is located in the hallway outside of the Tennessee Ballrooms.


Saturday March 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Pro Row

1:00pm

The Year in Space - with Science GoH Les Johnson
Join our Science GoH, NASA’s Les Johnson and hear about the exciting developments of the past year.

Artists

Saturday March 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Grand Ballroom C

2:00pm

Voice Acting: Anime vs Video Games
Are there major differences between voice acting for video games and anime? Find out in this discussion of the different mediums of voice acting. 


Saturday March 25, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Director's Row 5

2:00pm

Interpreting What the Client Wants
Learning to communicate with the client can be a difficult task. Professional artists give tips and insight on how to bring their vision to life. Whether it's a book cover or an advertisement or custom sculpture.


Saturday March 25, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Promenade 1

2:00pm

Children's Masquerade & Dance
The kids work so hard on their costumes & then have to wait sooooo late for the evening Masquerade. Many of the kiddos rarely make it that late. So this year, we are having AFTERNOON Masquerade, JUST FOR THE KIDS!!!
Each child will get a chance to strut their stuff & show off their costume!

We will then have a dance party to celebrate all of the awesome, cool, nifty, fun & funky costumes that the kiddos have on!

The dance music will be provided by the piratical group "The Bluff City Barnacles". Lasers, lights & pirates!!

As the dance winds down, we will parade through the lower level of the Con!



Saturday March 25, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand Ballroom D and E

2:00pm

Editing in a Visual Medium
Editing is a vital part of bringing a publication to market whether it's the latest Great American Novel or the next exciting adventure of your Caped Crusader. This panel will examine the differences and similarities that go into editing a graphic format like a comic book series versus a literary format like a novel or anthology.


Saturday March 25, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ridgelake

2:00pm

Makeup/FX Showcases
Join A.G. Howard of Howardart Studios for a special panel and makeup showcase!


Saturday March 25, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Promenade 2

2:00pm

Build All The Worlds!
Games and stories both require world building. What kind of needs do they share and how can learning about one benefit the other? Join panelists as they discuss the similarities and differences


Saturday March 25, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand Ballroom C

2:00pm

Write What You Don't Know
You've always heard "Write what you know." Well obviously none of us 'know' about space travel, alternate histories, or fire-breathing dragons. How some research and common sense can help you write what you don't know.


Saturday March 25, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Promenade 3

2:00pm

Divination - Paranormal Insight
Tarot, Runes, Pendulums and other forms of divination and how they are used. What insights may we receive?


Saturday March 25, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Director's Row 1

2:00pm

Pro Row
Meet your favorite MidSouthCon professional, maybe get their autograph or buy their works. Pro Row is located in the hallway outside of the Tennessee Ballrooms.


Saturday March 25, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Pro Row

3:00pm

Color Pages & Light Sabers...Oh My!!!
We will have some Star Wars & Star Trek coloring pages. We will also be making some pint size, kid friendly, light sabers!! They are safe to swing around with no fear of harm if someone gets bopped by one!!!


Saturday March 25, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Director's Row 4

3:00pm

Quick Sketch for Charity Auction
Our talented guest artists show off their skills by quickly sketching images from ideas called out by the audience. The resulting drawings will then be placed in our charity auction.
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Saturday March 25, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand Ballroom D and E

3:00pm

The Golden Age of Comic Book Movies - Fool's Gold?
Logan just premiered to rave reviews. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Wonder Woman, Spiderman: Homecoming, and Justice League are all due out this year to high expectations. And the past 15 years has seen everything from Kick-Ass to Deadpool to Scott Pilgrim vs. The World show up on the big screen. Are we really in a golden age of Comic Book Movies, or are these just formulaic films dressed up in bright spandex?


Saturday March 25, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Promenade 2

3:00pm

Cospositivity
#cospositivity has become an official movement focused on promoting a safe and positive community for all cosplayers. This panel will discuss some of the issues that come into play for cosplayers of various shapes, sizes, genders, ages, and kinds, as well as gives tips on how to make cosplay work for you so you can put your best foot forward and have fun no matter what.


Saturday March 25, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Director's Row 1

3:00pm

The Cultural Effects of Gaming
The past few years have certainly had some highs and lows, much of which is reflected in all sorts of media sources, including the games we play. From gamergate to the old stereotypes about such topics as nerds playing D&D, the evolution of the femaile gamer, cosplay is not consent, etc., this panel examines how our culture effects our gameplay, and how gamers potentially influence our society.


Saturday March 25, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Promenade 1

3:00pm

Keeping the Mystery Mysterious
Authors discuss how to keep the reader in the dark until the end.


Saturday March 25, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Promenade 3

3:00pm

Meet the Darrell Award Finalists
An introduction to the Darrell Award Finalists and their works.


Saturday March 25, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Director's Row 5

3:00pm

Star Wars, Star Trek, Halo, and More: The Comics and Fiction of John Jackson Miller
Memphis native and New York Times best-selling author John Jackson Miller talks about his work on Star Wars, Star Trek, Halo, and More.


Saturday March 25, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand Ballroom C

3:00pm

Pro Row
Meet your favorite MidSouthCon professional, maybe get their autograph or buy their works. Pro Row is located in the hallway outside of the Tennessee Ballrooms.


Saturday March 25, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Pro Row

3:00pm

Science Behind the Scenes
Real life science behind the SF cinema and literary cliches. Transporters. Warp drive. Phasers. Tunnels in space or time. Cryosuspension. Auto-Docs. Artificial wombs and Artificial Intelligence. What is the scientific basis behind these advances? Do they make internal sense? Can we make excuses for crazy ideas retroactively and get a No-Prize?


Saturday March 25, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ridgelake

4:00pm

Fan Art: How Close is Too Close to Copyright
Fan art of famous characters. How accurate can you get before copyright infringement becomes an issue?


Saturday March 25, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Promenade 1

4:00pm

Fire Breathing Dragon!
They're fierce! They're formidable! They are hand held, cute & friendly!! Come make a handheld fire breathing dragon!!


Saturday March 25, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Director's Row 4

4:00pm

Batman: An Examination in Hyper-Realism
Inspired by pulp magazines of the 1930's, Batman has been a figure of immense interest since his inception. Children around the world don black and blue capes to be him. But what would it take to become Batman, and how long would the adventure last? This panel will explore how Batman fits within our reality.


Saturday March 25, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Promenade 3

4:00pm

Dal Coger: First Fan Remembered
Science Fiction fans will tell of their memories of First Fandom member Dal Coger.


Saturday March 25, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Director's Row 5

4:00pm

Diversity vs. Tokenism
Writing beyond your race, sex, age, or orientation without stereotyping or tokenizing your characters.


Saturday March 25, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ridgelake

4:00pm

Jack Campbell: The Influences of a Storyteller
Come join Author Guest of Honor Jack Campbell as he discusses the authors and works that influenced and helped him develop his storytelling, from Greek classics to Japanese anime and everything in between.

Artists

Saturday March 25, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand Ballroom C

4:00pm

Social Media: How It Can Make or Break Your Brand
Panelists will discuss the positives & negatives of using social media to market your brand.


Saturday March 25, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Promenade 2

4:00pm

Pro Row
Meet your favorite MidSouthCon professional, maybe get their autograph or buy their works. Pro Row is located in the hallway outside of the Tennessee Ballrooms.


Saturday March 25, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Pro Row

4:00pm

Kinetic Energy for Good or Evil
Asteroid collisions with Earth have been blamed for extinctions and both good and bad movies. Protecting the Earth is of prime importance and many scientists and speculative fiction authors are tackling the problem now. Collisions are only the most spectacular manifestations of Kinetic energy, Science Fiction authors also love to throw rocks. From tossing cargo containers at the Earth in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress to the Kinetic warheads in our GoHs Lost Fleet series, the future is not just phasers and light sabers.


Saturday March 25, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Director's Row 1

5:00pm

Dubbing Anime
Have fun and dubbing little segments of animes!


Saturday March 25, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Director's Row 5

5:00pm

Cosplay Basics & Survival Tactics
Every cosplayer started somewhere, and even the best sometimes find themselves needing to go back to basics from time to time. Learn the basics of cosplay, what essentials every cosplayer should have in their closet, and how to get started (or get even better!) Get some advice, tips and tricks that can be helpful whether you're just starting out, are pressed for time or resources, or find yourself in the middle of a cosplay disaster/emergency.


Saturday March 25, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Promenade 2

5:00pm

RiverSide Opera Character Handout
Meet with the Storytellers and their team of narrators to go over and select characters for the Vampire LARP: Riverside Opera Ascent. Here you can get a character and find out how to become someone else, at least for a bit.


Saturday March 25, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Ridgelake

5:00pm

Character Building: It's Good for You
From the basic (What do I name them?!) to the more complex (I need strengths AND flaws?!). Making your characters interesting and memorable.


Saturday March 25, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Promenade 1

5:00pm

Stunts and Stage Combat
From stage to film to video games, the entertainment industry relies on the skills of professional stunt performers to do some of the craziest things. Learn what it's like to do motion capture for your favorite video games, to be an action hero (or villain) in a movie, and to be a gladiator on the stage. Featuring award-winning fight choreographer and stunt coordinator Jyo "Six" Carolino.

Artists

Saturday March 25, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Promenade 3

5:00pm

Alientology
An overview of UFOlogy and aliens. Who are they, Where are they from and what might they want?


Saturday March 25, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Director's Row 1

5:00pm

Pro Row
Meet your favorite MidSouthCon professional, maybe get their autograph or buy their works. Pro Row is located in the hallway outside of the Tennessee Ballrooms.


Saturday March 25, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Pro Row

5:00pm

Trolls: The Movie & Making Troll Hair
Come in & watch the new "Trolls" movie & stick around to make your own troll hair! We will have a variety of colors to choose from.


Saturday March 25, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Director's Row 4

5:00pm

Banquet & Darrell Awards
Good food, Guest Speeches, and the Darrell Award presentations. Tickets are $25.00 and available at registration.


Saturday March 25, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Grand Ballroom D and E

6:00pm

Studio Ghibli and the Re-Unretirement of Hayao Miyazaki
The works and influence of Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki and what his (re)unretirement might be bringing us.


Saturday March 25, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Director's Row 1

6:00pm

Niche Costuming
Cosplaying in a group with dedicated themes comes with its own advantages, and challenges. Learn how to navigate original ideas and creations while still sticking within an intended genre with representatives from some of the local groups that costume within a specific category- The SCA, Clockwork Mechanalists, and Midsouth Buccaneers.


Saturday March 25, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Promenade 1

6:00pm

Gamers Diversified
Once upon a time, the gaming community was its stereotype. Regardless of whether you pictured a D&D game or a bunch of players around a video game, those players were white, young, and male. But today the average gamer is older, Is just as likely to be a girl, and gamers have become more racial diverse than ever before. Our panelists evaluate the diversity of gamers, then and now.


Saturday March 25, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Director's Row 5

6:00pm

Mythology in Fantasy
How do folklore and legends influence fantasy? Does an understanding of mythology make for better speculative fiction? Are there lesser-known myths that you can use for inspiration?


Saturday March 25, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Promenade 3

6:00pm

Pro Row
Meet your favorite MidSouthCon professional, maybe get their autograph or buy their works. Pro Row is located in the hallway outside of the Tennessee Ballrooms.


Saturday March 25, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Pro Row

6:00pm

Painting with Melissa Gay
Come produce an original piece of art work with the talented Melissa Gay. All skill levels welcome.


Saturday March 25, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Promenade 2

7:00pm

SCA: The Artisans
The Society for Creative Anachronism is best known for their armored combat, but there is far more to the SCA than fighting. Come see a presentation on the arts and sciences of the SCA.

Artists

Saturday March 25, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Promenade 3

7:00pm

Fantastic Beasts & the World of Harry Potter
Many things are afoot in the world of Harry Potter. Join the panelists in an open discussion of the past, present, and future of the Harry Potter Universe.


Saturday March 25, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Promenade 1

7:00pm

KONG: Skull Island -- Build up to Godzilla vs. Kong
Kong has returned in his new movie and is in training for a possible rematch with the Godzilla in 2020.
Panelists discuss the high and low points of KONG: Skull Island, and what they hope will be next in Legendary's Monsterversue.


Saturday March 25, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Director's Row 5

7:00pm

Cryptids, Bigfoot, Sea Monsters and More!
Discussion of cryptids and other legendary monsters. Hear a first hand account of a Bigfoot encounter!


Saturday March 25, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Director's Row 1

7:00pm

Pro Row
Meet your favorite MidSouthCon professional, maybe get their autograph or buy their works. Pro Row is located in the hallway outside of the Tennessee Ballrooms.

Saturday March 25, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Pro Row

7:00pm

Art & Charity Auction
Come and bid on your favorite items from the art shows. Also bid on donated items to benefit our charities.


Saturday March 25, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Grand Ballroom C

7:00pm

Keith Baker - Pheonix: Dawn Command
Keith Baker, gaming’s guest of honor, is running his game, Phoenix: Dawn Command. Phoenix: Dawn Command is a card-based roleplay game in which supernatural characters defy death to defend their fantasy world. Signs up are at the gaming signup board outside the Southeast Ballroom, gaming’s main room. Come experience this very cool game.

Artists

Saturday March 25, 2017 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Southeast Ballroom

7:00pm

Vampire the Masquerade: Riverside Opera
This Live Action Roleplaying Game follows the gossip and intrigue following the scandals behind the Kindred of Memphis, known to some as the Mad City run by the White King, at least as of late. This event is run by the a long-running established group of gamers that compose Riverside Opera. More information of the game for this conventions can be found at their facebook community page: https://www.facebook.com/events/180105799145980/.




Saturday March 25, 2017 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Ridgelake

8:00pm

Americanizing Japanese Anime
There are a lot of different approaches to turning Japanese Anime around for an American market. How can studios remain true to the original? Who has done it right and who has screwed it up?


Saturday March 25, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Director's Row 5

8:00pm

Masquerade Workmanship Judging
Masquerade Workmanship Judging

Saturday March 25, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Promenade 1

8:00pm

Black Eyed Kids and Shadow People
A look into the worldwide sightings and experiences of people who have encountered these paranormal entities.


Saturday March 25, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Director's Row 1

8:00pm

Pro Row
Meet your favorite MidSouthCon professional, maybe get their autograph or buy their works. Pro Row is located in the hallway outside of the Tennessee Ballrooms.


Saturday March 25, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Pro Row

9:00pm

Get Over It!
Geek is the new black. Or orange, maybe? One thing is for sure, the goldmine of pop-arts source material has lured many storytellers to the table and even more harsh critics. Lively debate ensues as we discuss whether our geek obsession with details affecting our ability to enjoy modern media. Should we loosen up or stick to our ray-guns? Let's find out! Does the existing fan-base rob itself of enjoying new stories and new ideas? Did your childhood install insurmountable baggage through cartoons and comics? A critique of critiques may reveal surprising ideas.


Saturday March 25, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Director's Row 5

9:00pm

We Don't MAKE Monsters...We REVEAL Them
Panelists will discuss make-up F/X for film & haunts.


Saturday March 25, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Director's Row 1

10:00pm

Taboo Topics in Speculative Fiction
From menstruation to menopause, erectile dysfunction, physical and mental disabilities, to just plain getting old, why does speculative fiction shy away from such mundane topics? Does it get in the way of telling good stories?


Saturday March 25, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Director's Row 1

10:00pm

Masquerade
See the best costumes the Mid-South has to offer and special “halftime” performances by Just Larry


Saturday March 25, 2017 10:00pm - Sunday March 26, 2017 12:00am
Grand Ballrooms C, D, & E

11:00pm

Everyone Deserves One Good Scare
Panelists discuss the popularity of Horror and the primal need to be scared.


Saturday March 25, 2017 11:00pm - Sunday March 26, 2017 12:00am
Director's Row 1

12:00am

Dance
Come dance the night away at MSC’s annual midnight dance

Artists

Sunday March 26, 2017 12:00am - 3:00am
Grand Ballrooms C, D, & E

12:00am

Are You A Werewolf?
Your quiet little 16th century village has suddenly become infested with some very unfriendly werewolves... can you and the other villagers find them before they devour everyone?

Ultimate Werewolf is the ultimate social party game for players of all ages. Each player has an agenda: as a villager, hunt down the werewolves; as a werewolf, convince the other villagers that you're innocent, while secretly dining on those same villagers each night. Dozens of special roles are available to help both the villagers and the werewolves achieve their goals while thwarting their opponents.

The rounds are generally fast paced and the last man standing determines everyone's fate.. good or bad.  Which side will you find yourself on? May the best man or wolf win!

Artists

Sunday March 26, 2017 12:00am - 4:00am
Ridgelake
 
Sunday, March 26
 

9:00am

Kaffeeklatsch I
Enjoy breakfast at a table with one of our Guests of honor. The signup sheets for the Sunday morning Kaffeeklatsches are located at the bottom of the escalators. Space is extremely limited so sign up early.


Sunday March 26, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Rook's Corner Restaurant

9:00am

Sunday Morning Cartoons
Start your morning off right with some of these classic cartoons.

Sunday March 26, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
Director's Row 1

10:00am

Anime Cosplay
Learn all about cosplaying your favorite anime characters.

Artists

Sunday March 26, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Director's Row 5

10:00am

What Drives an Artist?
What drives an artist through all of his or her career stages from the proverbial starving artist to success?


Sunday March 26, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Ridgelake

10:00am

Kaffeeklatsch II
Enjoy breakfast at a table with one of our Guests of honor. The signup sheets for the Sunday morning Kaffeeklatsches are located at the bottom of the escalators. Space is extremely limited so sign up early.


Sunday March 26, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Rook's Corner Restaurant

10:00am

Psychological Benefits of Gaming
Gaming is therapeutic. It brings out the best or worst of us, land it lets us learn about ourselves and our capabilities. Gaming can be a necessary social outlet and tool of growth. Whether you are the nerd, the awkward kid, or have a disability, playing games can bring out the best in you.


Sunday March 26, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Promenade 2

10:00am

Creating Creatures in Science Fiction & Fantasy
When it comes to designing life forms in Fantasy and SciFi, the sky really is the limit. But what does it take for those beings to be believable and memorable?


Sunday March 26, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Grand Ballroom C

10:00am

Morning Tea with the Goth Librarian
Start the day off right by joining Kimberly Richardson for tea and conversation.


Sunday March 26, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Director's Row 4

10:00am

Plotting & Pacing: Keeping the Reader Hooked
Balancing description and movement, narrative and action. You've already hooked the reader, how do you reel them in?


Sunday March 26, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Promenade 1

10:00am

Pro Row
Meet your favorite MidSouthCon professional, maybe get their autograph or buy their works. Pro Row is located in the hallway outside of the Tennessee Ballrooms.

Sunday March 26, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Pro Row

10:00am

Predicting the Future
Workshop with Max Nelson. Presentation and interactive workshop. Learn how to predict the future starting with the general approach and case studies, followed by interaction guided applications of the method with the audience/participants.

Artists

Sunday March 26, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Promenade 3

11:00am

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
My Little Pony Friendship is Magic! Come all ye Bronies and Pegasisters while we talk about about this wonderful show, appropriate for all ages.


Sunday March 26, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Director's Row 4

11:00am

Are You Ready to Show Off Your Work?
Determining whether or not to submit your work for an art show, experienced artists give tips on what to expect as you take the next steps.


Sunday March 26, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Director's Row 1

11:00am

Fine, I'll Do It Myself! Publishing Comics Independently vs. Traditionally
Sometimes you can't find anyone interested in publishing your comic, but you know there's an audience out there for it somewhere. Going your own road and publishing independently can be an option, but is it the best? A look at independents comics/comic strip publishing versus traditional publishers/syndicates.


Sunday March 26, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Director's Row 5

11:00am

It's All in the Details
They say "the devil is in the details," and that's very true for costuming. This panel will discuss how to put those finishing touches on your masterpiece.


Sunday March 26, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Promenade 2

11:00am

Game Design from Concept to Reality
Ever had a great idea for a game, but wasn't sure how to make it take shape? Come have our experts teach you how to take your game from concept to reality. In this panel, they will go through all the steps required to bring a game to life.


Sunday March 26, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Promenade 1

11:00am

How Hard is Writing 'Hard' Science Fiction?
How scientifically accurate does 'hard' science fiction have to be? What are good resources for non-scientists? How detailed can your tech be without painting yourself into a corner and how much can you explain without losing the reader?


Sunday March 26, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Grand Ballroom C

11:00am

Is There Such a Thing as Too Many Books?
For those fans who are having trouble finding their bed, fridge, pet, etc. because they are running out of space to store their books, this panel explores how others have solved the dilemma of storage and organization of a large book collection.


Sunday March 26, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Promenade 3

11:00am

Publishing with Small Press
What defines small press, how does it work, and is it right for you?


Sunday March 26, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ridgelake

11:00am

Pro Row
Meet your favorite MidSouthCon professional, maybe get their autograph or buy their works. Pro Row is located in the hallway outside of the Tennessee Ballrooms.


Sunday March 26, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Pro Row

11:00am

Amtgard (Demo)

Visit the Amtgard to demo. See people fight each other with heavily padded practice weapons. Fill out some paper work and you too can swing sticks.

 

Legal notice: Participation in combat requires signing a standard liability waiver after a short explanation of the rules. Anyone under 18 will not be permitted to play without a parent or legal guardian's written consent.


Artists

Sunday March 26, 2017 11:00am - 1:00pm
Grand Ballroom D and E

12:00pm

Wearable Art for the Everyday or Cosplay
Discussion on jewelry and other wearable art that can be created for cons or everyday wear.


Sunday March 26, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Director's Row 5

12:00pm

Has Marvel Comics Lost Their Collective Minds?
Storytelling at Marvel Comics has taken a nosedive over the past few years (with minor exceptions). Civil War II, for example, is regarded as one of the worst comic events in a while, but Marvel just seems to throw in some earplugs, ignore the responses, and continue allowing the same creative teams to tarnish the characters. How did it get this way and what can be done to fix it?


Sunday March 26, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ridgelake

12:00pm

How to Be A Good Play Tester
A playtest is a game designer’s way to test for flaws within a game before it is officially published. But what makes a proper study of a game, and what skills and criteria are needed to be a good playtester? Our panelists share their experiences with the trials, tribulations, and pleasures of testing out a game to ensure its fun for all to play.


Sunday March 26, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Promenade 2

12:00pm

Keith Baker - Ilimat
Keith Baker, gaming’s guest of honor, is running his newest game, Ilimat. Ilimat just went through its kickstarter and has not yet been officially released. This game is a card game that has a outdated yet modern feel to it and can be played in fifteen minute rounds. Signs up are at the gaming signup board outside the Southeast Ballroom, gaming’s main room. Come experience this innovative pre-release.

Artists

Sunday March 26, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Southeast Ballroom

12:00pm

The Pervasiveness of Pulp
Learn how pulp fiction is everywhere you look and why it's growing so fast.


Sunday March 26, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Promenade 3

12:00pm

There's a Romance in my Book!
Romance has spread from mass market series to many other genres. What makes it so popular and how is it changing them... and is it for the better?


Sunday March 26, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Promenade 1

12:00pm

You Sound Familiar
Panelists will discuss voice acting, podcasting, and audio theater.


Sunday March 26, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Director's Row 1

12:00pm

Pro Row
Meet your favorite MidSouthCon professional, maybe get their autograph or buy their works. Pro Row is located in the hallway outside of the Tennessee Ballrooms.


Sunday March 26, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Pro Row

12:00pm

Mars
Our most attractive neighbor and subject of many best selling movies and books. What do we know about Mars? How are we going to get there? How do we generate interest in going to Mars?  What special obstacles stand in our way?


Sunday March 26, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Grand Ballroom C

1:00pm

Props, Accessories, and Armor
This panel will discuss how to create special X and build props; answer questions about the best way to make something work for your costume and show off easy ways to create "magic" to go with the look to make a costume perfect.


Sunday March 26, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Grand Ballroom D and E

1:00pm

The Telestrations of the MSC Artists
Telestrations is a game of miscommunications: the audience will write down a short phrase or scene, which will be given to the first artists who will quickly sketch it out. The resulting drawing will then be passed to the next artist in line, who will try to interpret the meaning behind the drawing and sketch it out himself/herself. The process continues until the last artists finishes and we how well the message passed down the line.


Sunday March 26, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Grand Ballroom C

1:00pm

All-time Greatest Anti-Heroes
What defines an anti-hero? Why do they capture the imagination so much, and which ones are the greatest?


Sunday March 26, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Promenade 3

1:00pm

Military in SF/F: Reality vs. Writing
What does a military career actually look like? How accurately are modern, historical or even fantastical militaries portrayed in fiction? What can the military models of yesterday and today tell us about tomorrow?


Sunday March 26, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ridgelake

1:00pm

Taken - Alien Abduction Discussion
Discussion about alien abductions and those who claim to have had contact with ET's.


Sunday March 26, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Promenade 1

1:00pm

Pro Row
Meet your favorite MidSouthCon professional, maybe get their autograph or buy their works. Pro Row is located in the hallway outside of the Tennessee Ballrooms.


Sunday March 26, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Pro Row

1:00pm

Tech on Trek - The Science of Star Trek
Just like the title. Join our experts on the science behind the technology in the Trek universe


Sunday March 26, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Director's Row 1

2:00pm

Sculpting Your Fantasy (or How I Built a TARDIS)
Derek Parnell discusses woodworking and scuplting methods that were used in building a Tardis.


Sunday March 26, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Promenade 3

2:00pm

Whisker Wise
A history of mustache, beard, facial hair, and manly grooming products. Along with how-tos on the care, keeping (and application) of facial hair, both real and artificial.


Sunday March 26, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Promenade 2

2:00pm

First Impressions
What makes an opening good? What should it cover? How long should it be? Panelists read and discuss their favorite story openings.


Sunday March 26, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Promenade 1

2:00pm

Making & Breaking Gender Roles in Speculative Fiction
Gender stereotypes in speculative fiction and how to avoid or subvert them.


Sunday March 26, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ridgelake

2:00pm

Magic in Science Fiction & Fantasy
A look at the use of magic in fantasy literature and films. Fringe science may explain where some ideas come from.


Sunday March 26, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Director's Row 1

2:00pm

Pro Row
Meet your favorite MidSouthCon professional, maybe get their autograph or buy their works. Pro Row is located in the hallway outside of the Tennessee Ballrooms.


Sunday March 26, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Pro Row

2:00pm

Anime On Demand
First come first serve. Come choose an anime from our library to watch!


Sunday March 26, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Director's Row 5

3:00pm

Dark and Stormy Night
It was a dark and stormy night... Professional guests tell a story from con goers' prompts with unpredictable (and usually hilarious) results! Parents be warned, this panel may not be suitable for younger audiences.


Sunday March 26, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand Ballroom C

4:00pm

Closing Ceremony
Join us as we wrap up another wonderful Con, hear some parting words from our Guests, and conduct our prize drawings.


Sunday March 26, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand Ballroom C