I'm going to be at Arisia this weekend. (See here.)
Here's my schedule:
826 Boston as Setting Fri 6:30 PM
The subway line to Cambridge inspired H.P. Lovecraft to visions of subterranean Antarctic horror; Hal Clement drowned Beantown under dozens of feet of water. Why Boston? Who's writing about here lately? What scenic SFnal and fantastical possibilities do our fair city present?
Panelists: Cecilia Tan mod, Margaret Ronald, Steve E Popkes, Alexander Jablokov, Robert Davies
10 Frankenstein, Now? Sat 9:30 AM
We all know the story of Frankenstein and his monster, but is science on the way to creating life now? Wars have had a heavy toll on soldiers' lives, but many more are surviving what was once a fatal injury. Now there are prosthetics that can actually make an injured person walk, an ear hear, and an eye see. How close are we to building our own "Modern Prometheus" out of spare, both organic and artificial?
Panelists: Karl G Heinemann mod, Jeanne Cavelos, Thomas A. Amoroso, Steve E Popkes, Ian Keville Schleifer
216 The Best International Comics Sat 3:30 PM
What comics are out there beyond America and Japan? What countries venerate the art form like no other? What's the best material out there, and what's available here in the United States?
Panelists: René Walling mod, Steve E Popkes, Jaime Garmendia, Susan Soares, Roho
32 Things Everyone Loves (But I Don't) Sun 9:30 AM
Ah, "Star Wars," "E.T.," "Lord of the Rings," "Blade Runner," "Star Trek" -- all so beloved, how can anyone not like them? This is a panel for people who haven't hopped on the bandwagon for these or other popular films. Find out why, and discover why you're not alone.
Panelists: Karl G Heinemann mod, Daniel M Kimmel, Jennifer Pelland, Steve E Popkes, Elayna Jade Smolowitz
862 The Best Webcomics You're Not Reading Sun 3:30 PM
They range from wretched to wonderful, from the most mundane to the freakiest of the fantastic. We're going to discuss what we consider to be the best of the best from various genres--and we're sure to cover some you haven't heard of yet.
Panelists: Alexander C Danner mod, Steve E Popkes, Everett Soares, Dirk Tiede, Shaenon Garrity