Programming

 

Online Program Schedule Here!!

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

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.

Gaming – Programming as well as Participation!

Kaffeeklatsches are small group discussions with authors, artists, and other interesting personalities (referred to as hosts). Kaffeeklatsches will be located in the Convention Center in room 2211. Sessions are strictly limited to nine participants each (plus the host). Many hosts…

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Want to meet a creative person you can have a beer with? Literally? “Literary Beers” are small group discussions hosted by creative people (authors, artists, editors and others). Literary Beer sessions will be held in the “Literary Beers” space in…

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This year's academic-track panels, presentations, and round-table programming is hosted by the Campbell Conference (normally held each June at KU's Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction). The theme, "Tomorrow is Now," based on the 1939 World's Fair, both…

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The Art in Science Fiction and Fantasy Has the digital revolution in publishing changed science fiction art? How can new artists break in?  Who are the greatest SF artists of all time? How can you start collecting art? If these…

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The John W. Campbell Conference Normally held annually at the University of Kansas (except for the special joint event in 2007 with SFRA and the Heinlein Centennial), the Conference provides a setting for intelligent discussion about SF centered around the…

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Our children's program is for children aged 6 to 12 and also their parents. Some items are suitable for older kids and teenagers who are also welcome. We plan to have a program for the full weekend involving crafts,…

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    The MidAmeriCon II International Film Festival will showcase the best film shorts, and features from around the world, specializing in the science fiction, fantasy, horror, comedy, documentary, and comic genres. Many film makers will be in attendance with…

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MidAmeriCon II is hosting group readings from a number of prominent speculative fiction magazines

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Need to reserve space for a Special Interest Group?

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Where your story is critiqued, not barbecued Kansas City, Missouri where tomorrow is now, where ley lines and rail lines cross, where vampires roam the streets licking something that might not be barbecue sauce off their fingers. Stories here are…

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Get Carried Away to Another World Twisters scream across our wheat and sunflower fields and dance along our green gullies and Ozark hills, carrying cows and imaginations to far-off lands. Our tales here are tall and twisted, our storytelling heritage…

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Want to learn more about what happens behind the scenes in Programming? Our own Steven Silver has written a great article in Apex magazine that goes into depth about the creation of a convention program as well as showing how…

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