Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Event: Comicpalooza, Texas' largest Comic and Pop Culture Celebration

This year, from June 17-19, Houston was host to Comicpalooza, the largest annual multi-genre, comic book, science fiction, anime, gaming and pop culture convention in the Southern US. I was lucky enough to be a guest panelist in the Comicpalooza Literary Track, and attend the event along with other local and state authors.

The Literary Track brings together the creative minds in writing and offers learning opportunities including panels on the craft and business of writing, hands-on writing workshops, and entertaining discussions about different genres in writing and literature. This year, the offering was ample and varied, and Convention's attendees could choose to attend panels that ranged from the Storytelling of Star Wars, and Horror Explorations in Literature to the Ins and Outs of Self-Publishing. There was even a critique workshop. 

My first panel was The Changing Image of the Vampire, and together with moderator Mari Mancusi
and fellow panelists Dicey Grenor and Leslie S. Klinger, we discussed how the image of the vampire changed over history, in literature, on stage and on screen, touching on the works of Stoker, Anne Rice, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and even Twilight. Klinger, who is considered to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on Dracula, gave a brilliant overview of the vampire myth and enlightened us with his knowledge of the topic.

Check the video presentation of the panelists here:

My second panel was Lost in Translation: Language Barriers in Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Along with panelist and moderator Tex Thompson, we discussed language barriers in literature and the comics, including cultural differences, nuances in languages, interpretation and misunderstandings, using as examples movies like Enemy Mine, Star Trek episodes, and novels like Out of the Silent Planet, by C.S. Lewis. With an engaged and highly sci-fi educated audience, we had a great time exchanging ideas and learning more about this intriguing topic.

Check below for more information on the writers and industry experts with whom I had the pleasure
of interacting in these exciting panels!

Mari Mancusi:
Dicey Grenor:
Leslie S. Klinger:
Tex Thompson:

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