Friendship Is ConFusion

Friday6:00 PM6:50 PMCostuming From Video Games and AnimeSaugatuckFrom 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.Cassy S., Suzette MariottiCOSTUMING
Friday7:00 PM7:50 PMSorting Hat Chats in Fandom and WritingSaugatuckGryffindor! Ravenclaw! Hufflepuff! Slytherin! What does your Hogwarts House does say about you? How can you translate that into better understanding characters in TV shows, books, movies, and your own writing? This brilliant Harry Potter fanon sorting system may surprise you with insights into how you see the world, and how you operate within it. Join us to learn how to use Sorting Hat Chats for fun and profit! Or, at least, for fun.Navah Wolfe (M), DongWon Song, Annalee Flower Horne, Amal El-MohtarLITERATURE
Friday8:00 PM8:50 PMReading: Kate Elliott, Elise KovaSaugatuckAuthors read from current or forthcoming worksKate Elliott, Elise KovaLITERATURE
Saturday10:00 AM10:50 AMInterstellar Colonies: A Hubristic Fantasy?SaugatuckNovels like Kim Stanley Robinson's novel Aurora suggests that extrasolar colonies are unlikely to succeed, even if we can overcome the challenge of "getting there." Is this pessimism justified by the science? Is it worth trying anyway? Or do we need to accept the Solar System as our one and only home?Patrick S. Tomlinson (M), Karen Burnham, David John Baker, Janet Harriett, Ken Schrader, Bob TrembleyLITERATURE
Saturday11:00 AM11:50 AMWhat's What in YA?SaugatuckWhat are the popular trends and reads in YA and YA genre fiction right now?Merrie Haskell (M), Mary G. Thompson, Susan Dennard, Elly BlakeLITERATURE
Saturday12:00 PM12:50 PMThose Who Don't Remember History Are Doomed To Wear UnitardsSaugatuckNothing dates a science fictional future faster than costumes that are just present trends taken to extremes. The costumes with the most staying power are those that draw from--and exist in conversation with--fashion's long and storied history. Costumers and costume history buffs discuss how to use our past to design the fashions of the future.Annalee Flower Horne (M), Sarah Gailey, Doreen (ANN LONG) White, Suzette MariottiCOSTUMING
Saturday1:00 PM1:50 PMEverything I Need To Know About Storytelling, I Learned From Daffy DuckSaugatuckWe take a look at the classic "Duck Amuck" and how it demonstrates story structure, characterization, and some of the classic tropes of horror. Yes, horror.Janet Harriett (M), Mallory O'Meara, Scott H. Andrews, Mur LaffertyLITERATURE
Saturday2:00 PM2:50 PMUsing Physics Dangerously to Inspire Laughter and ThoughtSaugatuckScientifically blowing your mind 3 times in 50 minutes! Panelists are limited to 10 minute discussions based on three topics that are tied to lighthearted videos about Physics. Come learn, have fun, ask questions and be inspired.Andrew Zimmerman Jones, Tobias Buckell, Daniel DuganSCIENCE
Saturday3:00 PM3:50 PMKnot Your Typical Confusion Science PanelSaugatuckLearn a variety of basic knots and how to use them for innocent and not-so-innocent purposes, from the experts from Aegis ConsultingSal Sanfratello, Karilyn Warsinski, Morgan Stutler, Jen Nagle, Todd NagleSCIENCE
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 PMKaren Burnham Q&ASaugatuckCome ask Science Guest of Honor Karen Burnham all your burning questions about her work!Karen BurnhamCONFUSION
Saturday7:00 PM7:50 PMReading: Mishell Baker, Janet Harriett, Jim C. HinesSaugatuckAuthors read from current or forthcoming worksMishell Baker, Janet Harriett, Jim C. HinesLITERATURE
Saturday8:00 PM8:50 PMBill Messner-Loebs reads Jonny Quest!SaugatuckBill reads his Jonny Quest comic book story "Reputation" -- with all the glorious artwork!Bill Messner-LoebsART
Sunday10:00 AM10:50 AMThe Riddle of Challenge ArtSaugatuckA growing trend in the arts online is 30 Art Challenges like #Drawlloween & #Inktober, here's a look at a few themes, the results, and a discussion of why they're a great way to flex your artistic muscles, regardless of skill level.Ben Rodriguez (M), Katherine Erickson, Pablo Defendini, Brigitte Winter, Dustin PatrickART
Sunday11:00 AM11:50 AMHow the **** Do I Make This???: Stump the Costume ExpertsSaugatuckA lively and popular discussion returns! Come ask a panel of experienced costumers your toughest questions about how to build oddball, unique, or just plain difficult things, from articulated wings to suits that light up when you talk.Suzette Mariotti (M), David M. Stein, Andrea Johnson, Doreen (ANN LONG) White, Suzette MariottiCOSTUMING
Sunday12:00 PM12:50 PMAll According to Keikaku*SaugatuckOur panelists discuss the unexpected plot twists of trying to express the same story using words from a different language, and how translation impacts the reader's perception of a story. (Keikaku means "Plan")Carl Dayagdag (M), Gail Carriger, Gustavo Navarrete, David ReyesLITERATURE