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22 February 2013 @ 09:59 am
I'll be at Portland Comic Con Feb. 22-24  
The first Wizard World Portland Comic Con begins today at the Oregon Convention Center. I've never been to any kind of comic con before, but I'm going to this one, because I'm on programming. On Saturday 2/23, you'll see me on the following panel:
4:00 – 4:45PM SCIENCE FICTION WRITERS: IMAGINING OUR FUTURE What roll [sic] does speculative fiction, and in particular science fiction, play in creating the future? When faced with so many potential catastrophes can science fiction provide hope? Or is science fiction at it strongest when it reveals our fears? Can the types of stories we tell influence the future we create? Come interact with Portland based science fiction authors William Hertling (Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears, A.I. Apocalypse), David D. Levine (Space Magic, Tk’Tk’Tk) and Daniel H. Wilson (Robopocalypse, How to Survive a Robot Uprising and A Boy and His Bot) along with Chris Claremont as we tackle these questions and more. Moderated by Erik Wecks (Wired’s GeekDad) (ROOM C124)

1) I would like to apologize for the lack of any women or people of color on this panel. I did suggest several women to invite (sadly, I do not know any prominent PoC SF writers in Portland) but, for reasons unknown to me, they were either not invited or were unable to attend.

2) Any suggestions for a first-time comic con attendee? I don't expect San Diego levels of overwhelming, but it's a new environment for me and I would like to avoid any faux pas if possible.
deborahjross on February 22nd, 2013 06:04 pm (UTC)
Oooh, very cool! Expecting a report!
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on February 22nd, 2013 07:52 pm (UTC)
wear comfy shoes, the cement floors are very hard, and if you walk around the main floor, your feet will dislike you.
Luke McGuffholyoutlaw on February 22nd, 2013 09:34 pm (UTC)
Isn't Steve Barnes from Portland?
David D. Levinedavidlevine on February 22nd, 2013 10:15 pm (UTC)
He lived in Vancouver, WA for a while but moved away some years ago. He's now in Atlanta.
Luke McGuffholyoutlaw on February 22nd, 2013 10:19 pm (UTC)
And the panel I remember being on with him was on the order of 17 years ago.

In any case, hope you have fun on the panel and at the convention!
janeehawkinsjaneehawkins on February 22nd, 2013 11:31 pm (UTC)
All I know about comic cons I learned from watching The Guild. Somehow, I suspect you don't need advice on what to do if a steampunk hot air balloon falls on your head. :-)

I look forward to hearing about your experiences! I sometimes wander into Wired's GeekDad during my midnight web cruises, and he is almost always interesting.
Queen of the Surface Streetsironymaiden on February 23rd, 2013 12:21 am (UTC)
I was stunned to discover that most comics artists will draw things for you. For free. You'll see many fans walking around with sketchbooks to present at the various booths.
scarlettina: Geek Crossingscarlettina on February 23rd, 2013 03:35 pm (UTC)
You know what this means, don't you? We need a comic artist's take on Dr. Talon!
David D. Levinedavidlevine on February 23rd, 2013 04:58 pm (UTC)
Great idea! I'll see what I can do about that.