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Ogden UnCon 2019 Schedule: First Look

The Haunted Mansion Is Creativity cover

I am attending Ogden UnCon as an artist and vendor, which means I will be spending a lot of time at my table with my wife Jenya and author Drue M. Scott selling books and penguins while enjoying the cosplayers and conversations that happen at an event like this. I won’t get much time to do anything more than go to my own panel on Sunday at 11:30 am – “The Haunted Mansion: 50 Years of Creativity.”

However, that can’t stop me from enjoying the idea of going to panels and making up an imaginary schedule of the ones I would attend. Since this is a first look, panels are subject to change. Since this is the first time I have ever attended the Ogden UnCon, it’s hard to say what the entry into events and panels will be like, so I will choose one thing that I absolutely must do and work around that event or panel. Also, it’s important to note that rooms will be cleared in between panels, so being in the room at the panel before the one you won’t help. VIPs get “line teleportation” but must show up 10 minutes before the start of the panel.

Friday Panels

On Friday, it looks like the only question for me would be whether I should go to “The Philosophy of Spoilers” or “How to Turn Your Blog into a Book Production Machine.” I’m not exactly sure what will be discussed in the “Philosophy of Spoilers.” It could go so many ways, and that’s its appeal. Blog-into-book would allow me to learn the philosophy of taking blog posts and turning them into books, which, as you know if you’ve seen either “Penguinate! Essays and Short Stories” or “Penguinate! The Disney Company,” could be extremely useful for me. They happen at the same time, so I’m unsure which I would choose, but I’m leaning toward Blog-into-book even though I think Spoilers could be amazing.

At 1:00, Jack Stauffer who was on the original “Battlestar Galactica” will have a panel. I have met Dirk Benedict at Malta Comics and Pop Culture Expo and Richard Hatch during a Salt Lake Comic Con press conference. Seeing Stauffer on stage would allow me to fill out my BSG check list if I had such a thing. Maybe I should dig out my Viper from the ‘70s.

At 3:00, I would head to “Aim to Misbehave: Firefly/Serenity.” Utah has historically had a large contingent of dedicated Browncoats. This panel is sure to be a blast.

If I can get from the Firefly panel to the Star Trek panel featuring Tracee Lee Cocco at 4:00 pm, I would do so. They are in the same venue and close to each other. I don’t think I would have to choose between the two; it might be possible to check out of the Browncoats rally early to experience the Next Generation.

OMG! “Land of the Lost!” This is one of those shows I grew up with but left my memory until Ogden UnCon reminded me of it. With all of the celebs for this panel, this is the one must-do of the day. There shouldn’t be any problems getting there unless I stop for food. It’s scheduled for 6:00 pm.

Saturday Panels

At 10:30 am, Mort Castle is scheduled to present “The Story of a Story: Imagination + Reality.” I’m interested in hearing his thoughts on imagination because a lot of what’s out there, academically speaking, is tied too closely to creativity. It seems like imagination is often the forgotten ingredient in creating.

At 11:00, “The Land of the Lost” panel gets a second engagement. If I missed the one from the night before, I would definitely hit this one.

What I assume is the major draw for this UnConvention, the “Black Sails” panel is at 1 pm. I haven’t seen any episodes, yet, but I’m going to get Netflix to help me change that, so I’d have some context.

“Run, Holly, Run!” is at 4 pm and will have Kathy Coleman talking about her acting experience and her book. It’s a book I’ll have to pick up, even if I’m not going to the panel. Anyone know where I can get a copy?

Sunday Panels

Sunday would be my packed day. With so many great panels competing for my attention, I would certainly miss out on something. The panels I would go to are dependent on why I was at the UnCon. At 10, “The Bestiary of HP Lovecraft” is competing with Phil Paley’s presentation on creating a safe haven for Monarch Butterflies in your backyard. I used to cover conventions as a social activism journalist, but I enjoyed “The Call of Cthulu.” It’s a toss-up, and they both compete with the 10:30 starting “How to Become an Author of Change” panel, which butts up against “Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion: 50 Years of Creativity” at 11:30.

So, while I would love to attend the Author of Change Panel, I’m leaning toward Monarch Butterflies, which gives me enough time to get to my own panel.

I’ve got stiff competition during the same time as my panel. Tracee Lee Cocco of Star Trek fame is at 11:30. Chris Kattan is at noon as is the “new Lost in Space” panel. How do you choose? I’ll miss those because I’ll be presenting on the Haunted Mansion and creativity.

This is my bare bones UnCon schedule if I were to go as a fan. As a reporter, I would stuff the schedule more. Of course, there are a lot of panels, things to do, artists on the floor you should visit, and I haven’t covered most of them. So, which panels would you attend? And which artists, vendors and activities are looking forward to the most? Leave your comments below.

You can get tickets to Ogden UnCon here (takes you off site). Don’t miss out on penguins or books, preorder your swag from our table here and have it waiting for you at our table. Remember, members of our Patreon Penguinators get a discount at our table at all the events we attend.

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Penguinate.com going to Ogden UnCon June 7 to 9, 2019

Booth set up for Lilac City Comicon

Penguinate.com is going to Ogden UnCon in Utah from June 7 to 9, 2019! We’re bringing penguins, posters and books, and our proposal for the panel “The Haunted Mansion: 50 Years of Creativity” was accepted!

The guest list includes Toby Stephens from “Black Sails” and “Lost in Space” (2018), Naomi Grossman from “American Horror Story,” and Sophia the robot, the world’s first artificial intelligent citizen. Fans of Sid and Marty Krofft’s “Land of the Lost” will be able to meet the stars of the show from the mid-1970s; Phil Paley (Cha-Ka), Kathy Coleman (Holly) and Wesley Hure (Will) are all scheduled to be in Ogden.

Chris Kattan is scheduled to be at Ogden UnCon. (The Saturday Night Live Alum and star of “Corky Romano” is also scheduled for Lilac City Comicon 2019; I hope he doesn’t think we’re stalking him! Maybe we can carpool.)

Organized by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop participant Russ Adams, Ogden UnCon is set up to be an unconventional and untamed con experience. Many activities will take place late into the night with some scheduled for 24 hours of con-goer participation. As with any convention, guests and panels are subject to change. Get your tickets to Ogden UnCon.

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Lilac City Comicon 2019: The Hottest Ticket this year!

Booth set up for Lilac City Comicon

Lilac City Comicon 2019 will be on June 1 and 2, 2019 at the Spokane Convention center, and penguinate.com will be there again! Our second year will be bigger and better with your participation. “The Haunted Mansion Is Creativity” is scheduled to be released for the convention, and I am scheduled to give a presentation during the weekend focused on the information in my book – “The Haunted Mansion: 50 Years of Creativity.”

My presentation doesn’t have to be your main reason for going. You might also go because you love our penguins and want to pick one up from the artist herself! Join our Patreon and you’ll get an amazing discount on all your penguinate.com table purchases. (Preorder page will be posted shortly, but if you want to reserve your penguin or have one made for in time for the convention, contact us; you’ll get convention prices and skip the postage costs!) Or maybe you just want to get a Russian lobby card (mini movie poster) of a favorite movie.

Nathan O’Brien and his team have lined up some amazing stars, including Jon Heder and Chris Kattan. I’m super excited about seeing Hacksaw Jim Duggan! HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Randy Havens from “Stranger Things” and Falk Hentschel from DC’s “Legends of Tomorrow” are also scheduled to appear. As at any comic convention, guests are subject to change due to acting schedules and for other reasons.

Lilac City Comicon 2019 is already shaping up to be one of the hottest tickets for this year. We look forward to seeing you there! Penguinate.com is one of many sponsors for Lilac City Comicon 2019. Be sure to preorder your penguinate.com items!