’17 Panels/Events

‘Everybody Gets a God!’

Sunday evening at 8:30PM in the Chastain Ballroom of the Westin, speakers and audience members alike discussed the new Neil Gaiman show, American Gods. Erika A. Pratt, Damian Allen, Father Bryan Small, John Hartness, Wendy Hembrock, and Thomas Mariani were moderated by Carol Malcolm in the panel “Coming to America: An American Gods Fan Panel.” Though based on the book… Read more →

Dudes with Boobs: How to Write Strong Women in the Military

Aspiring writers looking to craft realistic woman at war, not stereotypical dudes with boobs or worse, attended an hour-long workshop in the Hyatt Hanover on Friday at 5:30PM with Janine K. Spendlove. Like any good story, you need to know the main character’s background. Spendlove is an active duty US Marine who’s been in for 17 years and was the… Read more →

Four Actors Walk Into a Bar…

On Sunday afternoon, congoers packed into the Hilton’s Grand Salon to see a slew of really interesting actors chat about creating iconic moments onscreen. The guests? The incomparable John Cusack, his frequent co-star and talented character actor Ned Bellamy, the easy-going Sean Gunn from Gilmore Girls and the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, and Ashley Scott, who has proven her… Read more →

The Masterpiece: 40 Years of Star Wars

Fans gathered in the Hilton Grand West Sunday afternoon to discuss the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope. Tom Hutchens, Caitlin Pleasher, Chadwick Miller, Charlotte Errity, Kevin Reitzel, and Michael Morris brought different generational perspectives and experiences that spanned the gamut of Star Wars fandom. Panel moderator Tom Hutchens began by asking the panel to share their… Read more →

Is It Real Life? AR and VR

As Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) become more mainstream, questions turn to the future. The professionals at the “Augmented and Virtual Reality” panel on Friday at 1PM in Westin Augusta E-G discussed what is coming in this emerging field. Roger Altizer, Mike Capps, Maribeth Gandy, and Blair MacIntyre talked hardware, software, and creators. Though the discussion was dominated… Read more →

AmericasMart 2: The Hidden Gems of Floor 3

AmericasMart 2: The Hidden Gems of Floor 3

Give your inner child a treat. Visit floor 3 (yes, there are three floors in Building 2) of AmericasMart, and you’ll find some amazing, little-known gems. I ventured behind the first building to the second, managed to find the escalators to the second floor of building 2, and heard that those escalators way over on the right side led to… Read more →

We’ve Got Movie Sign! MST3K’s Mads Riff on ‘Raiders’

Veterans of the “little Minnesotan puppet show” Mystery Science Theater 3000 Trace Beaulieu (Crow and Dr. Clayton Forrester) and Frank Conniff (TV’s Frank) have been cracking on movies, good and bad, professionally for nearly 30 years. Along with their co-host Carolina Hidalgo, their current project is the podcast Movie Sign with The Mads, where they discuss a movie they’ve seen… Read more →

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