Kevin Shirley

Dr. Strange: Mastering Magical Characters is Hard

Dr. Strange: Mastering Magical Characters is Hard

Magic is both a blessing and a curse, particularly for a writer. How does an author keep a character with virtual God-like powers in check? Comics and Pop Art track moderator Michael Bailey welcomed Richard Case, Barry Kitson, Brian Reber, and Roy Thomas to AmericasMart 2 on Friday morning to look back at their experience writing, promoting, animating, and managing… Read more →

It’s All About The Story with Prequels

In light of the Netflix premiere of the Dark Crystal prequel series, and the development of Amazon’s Lord of the Rings prequel series, the High Fantasy track launched Dragon Con 2019 with a Friday morning in Marriott L401 by exploring the format of prequels, and their lure. Alan Isom, Steve Saffel and Constance G.J. Wagner took a look at the… Read more →

The Hearts and Minds of Discovery

The Trek Track welcomed Mary Chieffo, Anson Mount, Ethan Peck, and Shazad Latif to a “Star Trek: Discovery Q&A” in the Marriott Atrium Ballroom Friday afternoon. A warm and welcoming crowd lined up to ask questions during the hour-long session. To no one’s surprise, the first question was about the potential of a Pike spinoff. The “Captain,” Anson Mount, spoke… Read more →

Master of His Craft

The Trek Track began the final day of Dragon Con by welcoming David R. George III to the Hilton Galleria. George is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has written eighteen Star Trek novels to date. As to the session’s title, “Rewriting the Rules,” George was a bit uncomfortable, as he wasn’t sure that he was “rewriting” anything. Upon reflection, he did note… Read more →

The Build: Making Your Own Droid

The Build: Making Your Own Droid

If you roam around the Marriott at any time during Dragon Con, you’ll invariably run into at least one R2-D2, BB-8, and/or mouse droid. They are amazing feats of construction, virtually indistinguishable from what we’ve seen on the screen. The men and women who build them assembled Sunday evening in Marriott to discuss the process. Christina Cato, David Ferreira, Matt… Read more →

Beowulf and High Fantasy

Beowulf and High Fantasy

The High Fantasy track welcomed Constance G.J. Wagner and Alicia Fox-Lenz to the Marriott for the second of two considerations of Beowulf, the Anglo-Saxon poem that had such a profound impact upon JRR Tolkien, and by extension contemporary fantasy. Wagner began the hour by trying to place the poem into a larger mythic context. Using the episode “Darmok” from Star… Read more →

A Most Remarkable Hour: Heroes of Middle-earth

A Most Remarkable Hour: Heroes of Middle-earth

Kristen Cairns welcomed the fans to the Marriott Imperial Ballroom to spend an hour with the “Heroes of Middle-earth.” John Noble, Craig Parker, Dean O’Gorman and Graham McTavish settled into their seats to, once again, enthrall a Dragon Con crowd. All are veterans of Dragon Con and Craig Parker declared it the “craziest” gathering of people. To him, Dragon Con… Read more →

Star Trek: Discovery—Born Out of Its Day and Time

The Hilton Grand Salon hosted a Star Trek: Discovery panel on Saturday that included Jayne Brook (Admiral Cornwell), Mary Chieffo (L’Rell), Jason Isaacs (Captain Gabriel Lorca), Kenneth Mitchell (Kol), and Trek Track director/moderator Garrett Wang. The audience lined up for the Q&A, and in an early question, guests were asked to gauge where their series stood in comparison to its… Read more →

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