Programming will begin at 1:00pm on Wednesday, August 17 and end around 4:00pm on Sunday, August 21.
The MidAmeriCon II program will explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations, and boldly go… OK, maybe not that, exactly, but…
Our program will consist of lively, knowledgeable, articulate people interacting with each other and with the convention community on a variety of fascinating subjects. Rather than being a stagnant reflection of the past, it will reflect on the issues the have brought us to the current day to help us determine where we are now and where we might be going in the future. Although we will include some traditional panel items we will also seek to explore diverse topics in new and thought-provoking ways.
Expect great things… and help us get there!
Here is just a couple of examples of the type of programming we plan to have:
Comics and Graphic Novels Program
The program for comics and graphic novels presents a wide range of panels, talks, presentations and live jams that reflect the huge diversity of creative work available to SFF fans. We will explore some of the ways in which comics affect our lives, the ways they have been translated to the big (and small) screen, and how they are created. Our panelists will recommend new titles and look at reboots, as well as discussing some of the changes we have seen in the industry, from comics aimed at young adults to issues around creativity and digital distribution. Our panelists and speakers are fans, creative contributors, and producers with international experience at making and enjoying comics and graphic novels.
Young Adult Programming
Our Young Adult programming includes an exciting selection of panels, workshops, and activities for teens as well as “young at heart” members who enjoy reading and writing YA fiction. From steampunk to romance, action, and film, our YA programming explores the fun in fiction while also tackling some tough questions about ethics, love, and nontraditional families. Panelists include Guest of Honor Tamora Pierce, Gail Carriger, Stina Leicht, Rebecca Moesta, Cerece Rennie Murphy, Greg van Eekhout, and other fabulous authors in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and more!
Book Clubs provide an opportunity to talk about a book we have all read. Here is the list of Book Clubs we’ll have at the con, read a book (or all five) and check the Pocket Program for the time and place:
- Thursday afternoon: Francis Hardinge’s The Lie Tree.
- Friday morning: Lois McMaster Bujold’s Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen.
- Friday afternoon: Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella “Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.”
- Friday afternoon: Frank Herbert’s Dune.
- Saturday afternoon: Robert A. Heinlein’s Between Planets.