Ogden Panels… A Second Look

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!