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Ogden Panels… A Second Look

Lilac City Comicon 2019

Ogden UnCon has updated their panel schedule, and I thought I would put together a sample schedule of what I would do if I weren’t at Space 227 selling books, penguins and posters. It’s always nice to put together a wish list and imagine how the UnCon would go. So, here’s what I would do:

Friday – Starting at 9 am.

The vendor floor opens at 9 am, so that would give me about a half hour to get my bearings and see what’s available. It may not be enough time to see everything, but it’s enough to give me a head start because I know I want to support some smaller artists and find that amazing gift or collectible.

WHY AM I NOT ELIGIBLE FOR “Dragons, Dinosaurs and Pirates, Oh my!”? Since I am not between the ages of 5 and 16, even those these subjects suit me to a T, I would choose “How to Turn Your Blog into a Book Production Machine” or “The Philosophy of Spoilers.” Today, I’m leaning toward the former since it would be great as a writer to have a plan for blogging and book writing. Because those both start at 10:30, I would have more time on the floor to see what vendors are there and what goodies I could get.

At noon, it would be between “the Village People” and “Till All Are One: Transformers Franchise.” I’m leaning toward the Transformers thing because I have no real idea what it is about, but the Village People are iconic. Young Man! Which would you choose?

I would attempt to hustle on over to see Jack Stauffer at 1 pm for the BSG cred. I’ve seen Richard Hatch, and I spent a lot of time with Dirk Benedict when he came to Malta. It would be cool to get another perspective on the original BSG.

Amy Hill would be the next panel I would want to attend at 2 pm, but I wouldn’t prioritize her over the Firefly panel at 3 pm. At 4 pm it would be the Star Trek panel with Traccee Lee Cocco, but if I couldn’t get into that panel, the 4:30 “Women in Gaming” panel would be great! I’d finish the day off with “The Land of the Lost” at 6 pm.

Saturday – Starting at 9 am.

The morning is reserved for the floor as I spend the first hour talking with artists and authors and finding a special item to remember Ogden UnCon by. (Maybe a stuffed white penguin…) It’s important to support those who are starting out; this is my time to do it.

At 10:30, I’d hit up “The Story of a Story” unless I missed “the Land of the Lost” panel yesterday. At 11:30, I’d enjoy a trip down memory lane with “The History of D&D.” Then I’d probably grab something to eat and wait for the 1:30 panel: “Animatronics: Behind the Mask.” I’d follow that up with Sophia the Robot’s panel at 3:30 panel – just to keep the theme going. While some of the after-hours panels look amazing. I know I’m going to need some rest to finish off Sunday strong. Though I would still be interested in a couple of the 18+ panels because those are usually the most fun.

Sunday – Starting at 9 am.

Sunday is the last day to make someone’s UnCon great. This is when I make my purchases and find the best things available within my budget. Then, I usually step over my budget by $20 because I just really got to have something.

For some reason, 10 am Sunday is stacked with amazing panels, including “Monarch Butterflies,” “Remembering Game Shows,” and “The Bestiary of Hp Lovecraft.” Add to those the 10:30 panels “Lost in Space (new)” and “How to Become an Author of Change,” and there are a lot of choices that are all right. Since I know I would want to see my own panel “The Haunted Mansion: 50 Years of Creativity” at 11:30 am, I would probably opt for “Monarch Butterflies” Who’s ever seen that at a regular convention?

At 1:30, I would check out the Naomi Grossman panel, and at 3:30, I would make my way over to “The Business Called Art.” That would be my last panel of the UnCon. Hopefully, I would have found time to get everything I wanted from the floor as well.

Remember to stay fueled and hydrated while at Ogden UnCon. We’re all there to have fun. Let’s have a great Unconventional Convention!

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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.

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