This Thursday, I'm headed to fabulous Detroit for ConFusion, which is without a doubt my favorite annual Science Fiction and Fantasy convention.
Here's where you can find me at the con:
5PM Friday - What About Peaceful Societies? - Erie Room
Utopias are often described to be perfect, peaceful societies. Peaceful societies in Sci-Fi are almost without fail a reference to enforced peace and a situation to be escaped from - the dystopic novel. But what happens to peaceful societies that aren't part of a dystopia world? Can any society truly be peaceful? And what's the conflict worth writing about in an inherently peaceful society?
10AM Sat - We Have Alwats Fought (In Real Armor) - Michigan Room
When it comes to armor, women in genre fiction tend to get the short end of--well, everything. We’ll look at real women’s armor from history through the present day, and discuss how to design science fiction and fantasy armor for women that’s as impressive as it is protective.
5PM Sat - Clothing Your Characters - Warren Room
They say ‘clothes make the man,’ but they also make his physical and social world. Help our panel of writers and costumers build and dress a fictional world, and learn how you can use costume details to enhance the depth and verisimilitude of your work.
7PM Sat - The Masquerade!
I'm helping out behind the scenes at this year's masquerade. If you're coming and you're into costumes, I really encourage you to enter--we have an excellent lineup of judges, and our prizes include a free ticket to next year's ConFusion. It's a great show.
11AM Sun - Costuming From Ink and Pixel - Allen Park Room
From anime to comic books to CGI and video games, animated worlds are full of iconic, stylish characters. But it often takes a little work to translate their costumes into the real world. Come learn how to examine your source material to choose the right fabric, colors, and construction techniques to bring your favorite animated characters to life.
ConFusion has a reputation for taking good care of guests and putting on a great con. I'm really looking forward to hanging out with friends from cons past and meeting fabulous new people.
Will I see you there?