…you are? Cool. I’m not, ’cause I still have to pack, prepare, and read a ton of stuff before I launch myself into your sweaty, BBQ-sauced embrace. I’m going be at MidAmeriCon II, aka Worldcon, aka That Time I Almost Died From Meat Poisoning.

If I’m not at the Angry Robot Books table, I will eating BBQ. And, when I’m not doing either of those, I’ll be at these places. Come on by and say hi.

Thursday 16:00 – 17:00, 2208 (Kansas City Convention Center)

Debut Author Showcase

Authors whose first published works have either just happened or are about to occur talk about their first sales, whether their perceptions of themselves as authors has changed, and what their next steps are as they break into publishing.

Adam Rakunas, Martin Shoemaker, Dr Nick Wood, Ken Schneyer (M), Chelsea Mueller, Becky Chambers

Thursday 18:00 – 19:00, 2206 (Kansas City Convention Center)

Knock on Wood. From Squirrel Girl to Lumberjanes

What the junk?! In the last couple of years we’ve seen the growth of comics that might superficially appear to be aimed at a YA audience, however these titles are hitting the mainstream with a vengeance. Marvel are leading the pack with Squirrel Girl, Ms Marvel and Captain Marvel, but there’s also a vast amount of Indie work coming through such as Lumberjanes, Space Dumplin’, Kaos Komics and Footloose. Our panel discuss why these titles are so popular, and what they have to offer both new and established audiences.

Tom Galloway, Jason Sanford, Adam Rakunas, Rebecca Schwarz (M), Catherine Lundoff

Friday 09:00 – 10:00, Marriott Lobby (Kansas City Marriott Downtown)

Wrun With Writers

Strolling with the Stars has been a Worldcon fixture, but what about those who want something a little more pulse-pounding? Something a little more sweaty? Something that will help shake off those morning doldrums and jump-start the day with a three-mile run? Mur Lafferty and Adam Rakunas would like you to bring your running shoes on Friday morning at 9am for a casual, no-drop fun run around the area. All participants get bragging rights and exclusive ribbons!

Adam Rakunas, Mur Lafferty

Friday 17:00 – 18:00, 3501F – A/V (Kansas City Convention Center)

The Future of Food

As part of “The Future of” series we look at Food.
Food scarcity is a global issue, food povery is a growing issue in affluent countries where food is not scarce but wealth is increasingly divided. Food technology in production and farming methods continue to change and develop. Our panel considers some of the serious issues that impact upon the future of food and ask whether we really expect to be eating food from the yeast vats, artificially grown meat tissue or whether we will all become vegan.

Beth Cato, Adam Rakunas, Cat Rambo, Fran Wilde, Megan O’Keefe

Saturday 10:00 – 11:00, 2206 (Kansas City Convention Center)

Comics Confrontational! Social Issues in Recent Comics

Comics often address social issues in a very direct way. This year, we’ve seen comics like Bitch Planet, The Wicked and The Divine and Ms Marvel address issues from both a lighthearted approach and with more serious intent (Bitch Planet even has a reader’s guide and questions for discussion), and the ‘big name’ producers – Marvel, DC and Image, are all working hard to produce diverse comics and protagonists. Our panelists examine how modern comics are making strides towards representing important social, cultural and political issues.

Ms Sumana Harihareswara, Adam Rakunas, Arkady Martine, Goldeen Ogawa, Belinda McBride (M)