Friendship Is ConFusion

Friday5:00 PM5:50 PMModerating PanelsPetoskeyModerators are the hardest role to pin down, but possibly the the most important. What are the benefits of stepping up as a moderator? What are the responsibilities? How do you handle panelists going off track, or worse? How do you manage the dreaded "more of a comment than a question" from the audience?Justin Landon (M), Mark Oshiro, Janet Harriett, Gillian RedfearnFANDOM
Friday9:00 PM9:50 PMThe NerdaissanceBallroom A&BIn the comedic fanfiction system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups. The audience who enjoys and laughs and the Nerdiassance, who write and perform for them. These are their stories. 18+. ID will be required.Ericka Kahler, Joe Harvey, Adam Clifford, Mary Brandt, Molly Zigler, Mary Ann MeadFANDOM
Saturday10:00 AM10:50 AMBoard Gaming for FamiliesIsle RoyaleBoard games are a great family activity, but how do you manage competitiveness when you all have to live under the same roof? Mur Lafferty (M), Eric Guy, Suzette MariottiFANDOM
Saturday10:00 AM10:50 AMOnly 80s Kids RememberKeweenawGen X nostalgia is all the rage, from the Transformers and GI Joe films, to the Voltron and Ghostbusters reboots, to Netflix's Stranger Things. Come claim your birthright as a child of the 80s, and talk about what these looks-back get right and wrong.Vanessa Ricci-Thode, Jen Talley, Joe Hill, Daniel AbrahamFANDOM
Saturday10:00 AM10:50 AMFrom Fanfic to ProficManitouMany of science fiction and fantasy's authors have come out of fandom. What's the transition like? Why do so many talented writers stay in fanfic? What does writer with professional aspirations get out of fic?Matthew Alan Thyer, Dira Lewis, Angela Carina BarryFANDOM
Saturday11:00 AM11:50 AMThe Faces of FandomKeweenawIt's easy to think fandom is an unchanging monolith, but fandom has always had many faces, and it grows and changes all the time, and different fandoms have their own distinct cultures. How do fandoms differ (SFF, media, fanfic, music, sports, etc) and what traits do they share (participatory vs. consumer fandom)?Mari Brighe (M), Joel Zakem, Mark Oshiro, Bernadette Bosky, Arthur D. Hlavaty, Julie WinninghamFANDOM
Saturday12:00 PM12:50 PMIt Takes an Intergalactic VillageKeweenawFinding and surrounding your life with positive influences that will help your kids become productive, insightful, and best of all nerd-class citizens.Karen Burnham, Matthew Alan Thyer, Vanessa Ricci-Thode, Andrew Zimmerman JonesFANDOM
Saturday2:00 PM2:50 PMEye Contact is Not ConsentIsle RoyaleConsent is now a word we hear all the time in the fannish landscape. What is consent? What behaviors and interactions does consent encompass? Is consent only about sex and/or touching, or does it extend to verbal interactions as well? What role does it play in fannish interaction? What our are responsibilities as convention staff and convention attendees to understand and enforce consent?Rhiannon Kelley (M), Mari Brighe, Cassy S., Jeanne SzaramaFANDOM
Saturday4:00 PM4:50 PMFans & HealthBallroom A&BFans sometimes think they need to run a marathon (or run period) or completely change their eating habits to be "healthy." Not so. Learn from a couple of fans, with completely different health challenges, how each of us have gotten healthierAndrea Dale (M), Tom Smith, Bernadette Bosky, Cylithria Dubois, Elizabeth ShackFANDOM
Saturday5:00 PM5:50 PMDisnerd Game ShowSaugatuckProve that you are the ultimate Disnerd! Test your knowledge of all things Disney in this game show that spans from classic to modern Disney!Sarah Lynn (M)FANDOM
Saturday6:00 PM6:50 PMQueer Eye for Sci FiLeelanauQueerness in science fiction has always been part of the genre. Join panelists as they discuss the history of queerness within the genre, their experiences within the community, and the future of queer science fiction.Mark Oshiro, Mari BrigheFANDOM
Saturday8:00 PM8:50 PMDefense Against The Dark Arts: Defending From Harassment OnlineManitouOnline harassment is a serious threat. Come learn practical strategies for how to defend yourself and others from harassment and abuse. We'll cover mental health first aid, digital and physical security, and practical help you can offer to friends who are experiencing harassment, with a focus on how to avoid escalating the situation.Annalee Flower HorneFANDOM
Saturday8:00 PM8:50 PMFriendship and Flirting in FandomSt. ClairIf you find navigating or initiating social interactions of the platonic or romantic kind draining, challenging, or downright baffling, you're not alone in SF&F fandom by a long shot. While making great connections comes more naturally for some than others, anyone can learn tricks to help read social cues, overcome anxiety, and leave a great impression on people you meet - be it someone you're a fan of or a fellow fan.Mishell Baker (M), Mark Oshiro, Seleste deLaney/Julie Particka,FANDOM
Saturday10:00 PM10:50 PMMark Reads After DarkBallroom A&BMark Oshiro reads from erotic sci-fi savant and national treasure Chuck Tingle, and other examples of hilarious adult literature. 18+. ID will be required.Mark OshiroFANDOM
Sunday11:00 AM11:50 AMNerd Culture CultivationKeweenawRaising humans that you WANT to have conversations with.Rhiannon Kelley, Anna Carey, Jen Talley, Stacey Filak, Andrea DaleFANDOM
Sunday1:00 PM2:50 PMPenguicon Planning MeetingSt. ClairJoin the organizers of tech/sf con Penguicon as they ramp up for their April event with their Con Committee meeting, open to all!Penguicon ConComFANDOM