Kelly McCorkendale

Kelly McCorkendale is a dog-lover, avid quilter, and occasional creative writer who loves the color orange and boycotts cable (except Game of Thrones because, well, what if winter is coming!?). After college, she realized poets weren’t in demand, so she shipped off to Madagascar with Peace Corps. Since then, she’s found a niche working on health systems in Africa but has a long-list of life tasks yet to be fulfilled--such as perform blackmail, learn a trade, and become a competitive eater. She has an MA in International Education, believes rice is the elixir of life, and, in high school, won the best supporting actress honor for the state of Missouri. She may also recite poetry (her first love) when imbibing in alcohol.

The Puppetry and Possibilities of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

The Marriott Imperial Ballroom faded slowly into darkness Saturday afternoon as screens flanking either side of the stage lit up with color and sound for a good old-fashioned trailer. Not for a feature film, but a ten-episode TV series that had been released the day before on Netflix—The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. The trailer was truly spectacular, showing glimpses… Read more →

Catherine Tate: A One-Woman Zeitgeist

Catherine Tate is a one-woman zeitgeist. A red-headed goddess of sorts, entering the Hilton Grand Salon on Friday by saying “Thank you for coming. Let’s start a cult.” Yes, let’s. You, Ms. Tate, shall be our supreme leader. You may know Tate from Doctor Who as the indelible Donna Noble (no pun intended)—a companion of the 10th Doctor, played by… Read more →

Stranger and Stranger Things: The Cast Spills All

Stranger and Stranger Things: The Cast Spills All

Stranger Things—Netflix’s ultimate ode to the 1980s and nerd culture—came screaming back July 4, 2019 after an 18-month hiatus. Bloodier. Funnier. And sadder. With the characteristic humor, horror, and heart that has made it a cultural phenomenon, something cast members Cary Elwes, Shannon Purser, and Mark Steger were happy to dish about Friday at 5:30PM in the Sheraton Grand Ballroom…. Read more →

Steve Whitmire

Steve Whitmire: The Heart of a Puppeteer

You may not know his face, but you know his voice. Or, at least versions of it. Kermit the Frog. Ernie. Rizzo the Rat. Beaker. Wembley. This is the legacy of Steve Whitmire, a Muppeteer from 1979 to 2016, who stopped by the Hyatt Hanover on Friday afternoon to talk about his storied career, which included taking over that beloved… Read more →

Evangeline Lilly: Saint, Sinner, Writer, Wasp

Evangeline Lilly: Saint, Sinner, Writer, Wasp

Evangeline Lilly may be most recognizable these days as the Wasp in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), but she considers herself a writer first. And a dirty thief (wink, wink—more on that later). But, Sunday in the Marriott during her first appearance at Dragon Con, she showed con-goers that her megawatt smile fronts a truly magnanimous soul—jumping off stage in… Read more →

No (Future) Spoilers, Just Feelings with Mantis and Wong

In Avengers: Infinity War, the mad titan Thanos snaps his fingers and—spoiler alert!—half the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) disintegrates into dust. Around the world, a collective jaw dropped in shock and sadness. And while Benedict Wong and Pom Klementieff will not divulge the fates of their characters—Wong, Doctor Strange’s trusty comrade, and Mantis, the resident empath for the Guardians of… Read more →

Being Bad and Good with the Cast of Black Lightning

Being Bad and Good with the Cast of Black Lightning

The cast of Black Lightning—Marvin Jones III, China McClain, Christine Adams, and Nafessa Williams—is bad, bad, bad. And by bad, I mean awesome. Thoughtful. Radiant and beautiful—like literally blinding to the naked eye. And full of joy, fierce pride, spirituality, and strength when talking about being at the vanguard of diversity in superheroes, specifically, and science fiction, generally—a fact acknowledged… Read more →

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