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Wednesday, July 4
 

09:00

11:00

Registration
Panelists:

Wednesday July 4, 2018 11:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Veranda 2

12:00

Art Show
Artist setup. Panelists:

Wednesday July 4, 2018 12:00 - 17:00
DoubleTree Plaza 6

12:00

The Bridge
Panelists:

Wednesday July 4, 2018 12:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Shipside

18:00

Parties Primer
Panelists:

Wednesday July 4, 2018 18:00 - 19:00
DoubleTree Atrium 2

21:00

Registration
Panelists:

Wednesday July 4, 2018 21:00 - Thursday July 5, 2018 00:00
DoubleTree Veranda 2

21:00

Volunteers & Information Table
Panelists:

Wednesday July 4, 2018 21:00 - Thursday July 5, 2018 00:00
DoubleTree CONvergence Central Vol Table
 
Thursday, July 5
 

08:00

The Bridge
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 08:00 - Friday July 6, 2018 00:00
DoubleTree Shipside

09:00

Registration
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 09:00 - 22:00
DoubleTree Veranda 2

09:00

10:00

Art Show
Artist setup. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 10:00 - 14:00
DoubleTree Plaza 6

10:00

AuxBridge
CONvergence Operations Auxilary Bridge Location. Convention questions answered. Comments and feedback heard. Daily Sheraton Lost & Found. Official CONvergence Safe Space. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 10:00 - 20:00
Sheraton Quinn

10:00

11:00

Parties Primer
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
DoubleTree Atrium 2

11:00

LAN - Open Gaming
Open LAN gaming on the PCS in 2208 - come see what's new this year! Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 11:00 - 12:30
DoubleTree 2208

11:00

Zombicide Fantasy Era
Necromancers have unleashed a zombie invasion in the age of swords and sorcery! The plague has spread rapidly through the Orc ranks, and it’s up to your group of straggling adventurers to survive, take back the realm, and punish those responsible!! Panelists: Eric Peterson (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 11:00 - 15:30
DoubleTree 2202 Table C

11:00

PFS - Gallows of Madness (part 1)
Part One of a three-day module. The Abyss Approaches! Something wicked—and monstrous—stirs around the rugged Isgeri town of Saringallow, where the hated legacy of noble Chelish diabolists runs deep. Panelists: Pathfinder Society (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 11:00 - 17:00
DoubleTree 2203 Table A

12:00

Gokudo
It all starts when Gokudo steals a pouch from a fortune teller, thinking it contains a gem. Instead, in contains a genie that grants Gokudo three wishes, but he doesn't think very hard about them. He does get his wishes, but not exactly in the way he expected. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:00 - 13:30
DoubleTree Atrium 1

12:00

12:00

Sensory Break Room
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:00 - 23:00
DoubleTree Atrium 5

12:00

CVG Teen Room
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:00 - Friday July 6, 2018 00:00
DoubleTree Atrium 3

12:00

Smokers Paradise
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:00 - Friday July 6, 2018 00:00
DoubleTree Smokers Tent

12:00

Volunteers Den Massage Table
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:00 - Friday July 6, 2018 00:00
DoubleTree Cabana 118

12:00

Programming Operations
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:00 - Friday July 6, 2018 00:30
DoubleTree Lobby Conference Room

12:00

Volunteers Den
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:00 - Friday July 6, 2018 02:00
DoubleTree Cabana 117

12:30

Advances in Agricultural Technology
Let's discuss the last year in agricultural science and legislation. Panelists: Richard Hurley, Jessica Miller, Laura Okagaki-Vraspir, Vernon McIntosh (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Atrium 2

12:30

Adventure in Short Stories
Recent years have seen a fantastic revival in short stories in both fantasy and science fiction. We'll discuss what makes a short story great and talk about some of the best and most experimental stories of recent years. Panelists: Kathryn Sullivan (mod), Tim Lieder, Meredith Gillies, Anthony W. Eichenlaub, Jei Herald-Zamora

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Atrium 4

12:30

Beyond John Williams
John Williams is the man, but he isn't the only one. Who are some other great composers of film scores? Panelists: Kristopher Carter, Duck Washington, Dave Margosian, Scott Keever, Kayla McGrady (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Bloomington

12:30

I Volunteer as Tribute!
Volunteers. We love them. We need them. We couldn't succeed without them. And yet there's a special set of challenges when you depend on people who work for free. How do we get the job done without hurt feelings, missed memos, or dropped balls? Panelists: Sarah Barsness (mod), Mary McKinley, Chase Peterson, Echo Martin, Christopher Baye

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Plaza 3

12:30

Indie Superheroes
It's not just the Big 2 in the superhero game anymore. Independent and small-press comics, prose books, even dance companies are developing compelling new superhero narratives. Come talk about the superheros rising up outside DC and Marvel. Panelists: Gordon Purcell, Terry O'Brien, Sean Casey, Lee Blauersouth (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Atrium 7

12:30

Of Mindfulness and Madness
How can we be mindful in our current environment? How can we find peace when the world seems to be crumbling around us? Panelists discuss Zen, spirituality, and mindfulness in a time of neo-Nazis, Harvey Weinstein, and Trump. Panelists: Steve Bentley, Amanda Larsen, Justine Mastin, Renate Fiora (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Plaza 1

12:30

Sense8 Fan Panel
Cancelled but still popular. Talking about the series and our hopes for the final movie. Panelists: Amy Dekker, Sarah Molasky (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
Sheraton Whalon

12:30

Star Trek: The Next Generation Retrospective
A look back at the series that resurrected Trek for good. Panelists: Rich Wielgosz, Dana Baird, Gabriela Santiago, Steven Baumgartner

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Atrium 6

12:30

X-Files Season 11
Mulder and Scully are back for another season of The X-Files. How does it hold up to the rest of the series? In this panel we discuss what are the best and worst moments of the show's newest season and what lies in store for The X-Files in the future. Panelists: Danielle Indovino cawley (mod), Kristina Winn, Allyson Cygan, Stephan Stomberg, Brittany Kerschner

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Edina

12:30

Reading - Aimee Kuzenski
Panelists: Aimee Kuzenski

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
Sheraton Ames

12:30

Dominion
Come play Dominion, the board game that created the deck-building genre! We’ll have all expansions through Nocturne available along with the revised Second Edition base and Intrigue cards. Setup will be adjusted based on player experience. Panelists: Carl Patten (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
DoubleTree 2205 Table B

12:30

Facepainting
If you've always wanted to be a cat, a dragon, or a superhero, we can make that happen! All ages. Panelists: Jim Shields, John Garner

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30 - 15:00
DoubleTree Plaza 2

12:30

LAN - League of Legends
One of the most popular games in the world. Team tournament matches will be held during the morning, with finals on Saturday afternoon. Also available for team play during open gaming/late night gaming. PERSONAL ACCOUNT REQUIRED** Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30 - 15:30
DoubleTree 2208

12:30

Terran Revenge Fleet
They came for Earth but left the job half done. Earth rebuilt, unified by a single thought: REVENGE! Come join us for Terran Revenge Fleet! An amazing system will have you playing a character within 30 seconds! Panelists: Robert Cudinski (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30 - 15:30
DoubleTree 2202 Table B

12:30

ChessWerks
See what it's like to play with three foot wood. Panelists: Eric Lamansky

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southeast

12:30

PFS - Heroes for Highdelve!
Highdelve is in danger, and only true heroes can save the day! Panelists: Pathfinder Society (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30 - 17:00
DoubleTree 2203 Table B

12:30

PFS - Pathfinder Society - Quests!
A series of one-hour quests allowing new and experienced players to try out Pathfinder Society play! Panelists: Pathfinder Society (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30 - 17:00
DoubleTree 2203 Table C

12:30

SFS - Starfinder Society - Quests!
A series of one-hour quests allowing new and experienced players to try out Starfinder Society play! Panelists: Pathfinder Society (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30 - 17:00
DoubleTree 2203

12:30

My Little Pony: Festival of Lights
The ancient city of Umberfoal, beneath the Badlands in the Southern reaches of Equestria, needs your help! Will you have what it takes to restore Umberfoal and ignite the Festival of Lights after more than a thousand years? Panelists: Jeremy Thigpen (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 12:30 - 19:00
DoubleTree 2202 Table D

13:00

Artemis and Valkyrie Bridge Simulators
Come play in our Artemis Bridge Simulator! This is a cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members on a starship bridge.. Two bridge simulators are running, offset by a 30 min. In-person sign-ups are required. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 13:00 - 22:00
DoubleTree 2204

13:30

Project A-Ko 2: Plot of the Daitokuji Financial Group
Three weeks after the incident that left an alien ship balancing on top of Graviton City, A-Ko and the gang go on summer vacation. Meanwhile, the CEO of the Daitokuji Financial Group arms the local military with new mecha to attack the ship and obtain its advanced technology. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 13:30 - 14:30
DoubleTree Atrium 1

14:00

Appeasing the Fans
How do you write in an established world without alienating the fan base? Panelists: Craig Smith, Mark Redacted (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Plaza 1

14:00

Assistive Technology and Speculative Fiction
How do devices which people today use to help them overcome disabilities overlap with the speculative fiction world? Panelists: Katarina Larsen, David Perry, Lee Blauersouth, Vetnita Anderson (mod), Renate Fiora

Thursday July 5, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Atrium 7

14:00

Build Your YouTube Following
How do you start your own YouTube channel? We'll talk about everything from making your own videos and starting a YouTube channel to getting subscriptions and more. Panelists: Kat Surth, Lindsay Ellis, Steve Sylvestre (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Plaza 3

14:00

Deep Space Nine Fan Panel
Arguably the best Trek series of all time, it is 25 years old this year! How has it aged? Panelists: Jenny Stohl Powell, Cetius d'Raven (mod), Steve Bentley, Taylor Cisco, Brittany Kerschner

Thursday July 5, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Bloomington

14:00

Going Into the Arts Against Advice
How do you pursue your dreams when everyone around you is discouraging you? Come get advice on pursuing your artistic career. Panelists: John Heimbuch, Emma Bull, Scott Keever, Curt Lund (mod), Satish Jayaraj

Thursday July 5, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Edina

14:00

How to Say No to Your Editor
So you got a contract: congratulations! Now you need to defend your ideas against those without your vision. How do you do this and keep a positive relationship? Panelists: Madeleine Vasaly (mod), Lee Harris, Laura Anne Gilman, Kelly McCullough, Elizabeth Bear

Thursday July 5, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Atrium 4

14:00

Spider-Man: Homecoming Fan Panel
Let's talk about what might be the best Spider-Man movie ever. Panelists: Vincent Truitner, John Seavey, Keane Amdahl, Nathan Anderson (mod), Nolan Montcalm

Thursday July 5, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Atrium 6

14:00

Starving Artist (With Child)
Artists with children talk about how they’ve managed to follow their dream of pursuing the unforgiving artistic life while tackling the financial and scheduling challenges of raising a family. Panelists: Carl Zachmann, Amy Dekker, Lisa Snellings

Thursday July 5, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Atrium 2

14:00

Reading - Anne Lyle
Panelists: Anne Lyle

Thursday July 5, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
Sheraton Ames

14:00

2D Con
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 14:00 - 19:00
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 3

14:00

Art Show
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 14:00 - 19:00
DoubleTree Plaza 6

14:00

Artist's Alley
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 14:00 - 19:00
Sheraton Chadwick

14:00

Artists Alley
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 14:00 - 19:00
Sheraton Bloomington Ballroom Hall

14:00

14:00

Dealers Room
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 14:00 - 19:00
Sheraton Bloomington Ballroom

14:00

Fearless Comedy
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 14:00 - 19:00
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 6

14:00

NiCoral
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 14:00 - 19:00
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 4

14:00

Twin Cities Geek
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 14:00 - 19:00
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 2

14:00

Open Board Gaming
Boardgame library provided by our friends at the Source, with a couple of tables open for those who's like to play! Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 14:00 - Friday July 6, 2018 02:00
DoubleTree 2205 Table C

14:00

Sword of Air
Spinoff of the legendary Sword of Barakus CONvergence campaign, we start fresh at Level 1 – players may bring characters generated using the 25-point buy model (3.5 DMG) *or* can play a pre-generated character. Human or Demi-Human only, please. Panelists: Burl Zorn (mod), Jenna Touchette (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 14:00 - Friday July 6, 2018 02:00
DoubleTree 2205 Table A

14:30

Persona 4: The Animation
Shortly after Yuu Narukami's arrival in a small town, mysterious killings begin to occur on foggy days. At the same time, rumors about a strange television channel spread like wildfire; when staring into their TV screen at midnight, a person may see their soul mate. Yuu and his friends attempt to stop the murders by exploring the diabolical secret world of the Midnight Channel. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 14:30 - 16:00
DoubleTree Atrium 1

15:00

Cinema Rex Movie #1
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 15:00 - 17:30
DoubleTree Plaza 4

15:00

Costume Wars Registration
Registration Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 15:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree CONvergence Central C

15:00

Masquerade Registration
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 15:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree CONvergence Central

15:00

CoF2E2
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 15:00 - Friday July 6, 2018 00:00
DoubleTree Cabana 114

15:00

Consuite
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 15:00 - Friday July 6, 2018 00:00
DoubleTree Consuite

15:30

1000 Blank White Cards
Come join us to create an imaginative and freeform card game. Everyone makes cards and joins them together with friends for a social and funny game. Watch the gaming schedule for a time to play! All ages. Panelists: Alicia Beck, Christina Gregerson

Thursday July 5, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Plaza 2

15:30

Radio Auditions
Auditions for Greg Weisman run radio play. 4-5 solo vocalists needed, in addition to speaking-only parts. Link to the music: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pk1no1u08yt2q71/AAC4VjUMtZj_laezMQZIcbhua?dl=0 Panelists: Christopher Jones, Greg Weisman, Kristopher Carter

Thursday July 5, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Plaza 3

15:30

AI in Fiction and Reality
In this panel we will discuss the differences between fictional artificial intelligence and the real thing. How are they different and which of the dangers that fiction warns us about are real? Panelists: Stephanie Zvan, Anthony W. Eichenlaub (mod), Vernon McIntosh, Lee Blauersouth, Walter Parker

Thursday July 5, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Plaza 1

15:30

Asian Dramas (Asian TV Shows)
Come learn about and geek out over Asian dramas. Learn where to find them and how they differ from Western dramas. Panelists: Electra Vincent (mod), Christina Early, Niklas Gamble, Krystal Kubiszewski, Amy Dekker

Thursday July 5, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
Sheraton Ames

15:30

Death Note Fan Panel
Are you a fan of Death Note? With the release of the American Netflix version released last year, let's talk about what we loved and didn't care for in Death Note manga, anime, & movies. Panelists: Lyda Morehouse (mod), Kristopher Pflipsen, Susie Kline, Jei Herald-Zamora

Thursday July 5, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
Sheraton Whalon

15:30

Globalization of Hollywood
As countries outside North America, particularly China, continue to grow their box office muscle, how has globalization changed Hollywood's approach to making movies and what does it mean for the future of film? Panelists: Adam Lueck, Vincent Truitner, Matt Gamble (mod), Rakhi Rajpal

Thursday July 5, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Atrium 4

15:30

History of the North Country Gaylaxians
North Country Gaylaxians does book discussions, party rooms, and has brought Gaylaxicon (and ConFABulous) conventions to Minnesota. This panel discusses the history of the organization, how it has affected LGBTQ fandom in Minnesota and how it has evolved. Panelists: Claudia Slovacek, Donald Kaiser (mod), Victor Raymond

Thursday July 5, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Atrium 7

15:30

Kill It If You Have To
Are we holding onto our pop culture past too tightly? By not letting go of our childhood ideals of Star Wars, Spielberg, and everything 80's, are we forcing the current generation to grow up in the nostalgic fever dream of Generation X? Panelists: Kevin Eldridge, Charlene Holm, Adam Momsen, Caleb Schultz, Gregory Parks

Thursday July 5, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Bloomington

15:30

Ready, Steady, Flash!
Four writers are given a phrase, around which they must each write a piece of flash fiction. Live, in front of the audience. They have 5 MINUTES in which to write it. The audience votes on the best. New for 2018: A special bonus round, and it's scary! Panelists: Paul Cornell, Melinda Snodgrass, Wesley Chu, Amal El-Mohtar, Lee Harris

Thursday July 5, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Edina

15:30

Science Education Watershed Moments
It's been a great 20 years for science education. What were the moments which helped students go from "Huh?" to "Eureka!" Panelists: Renate Fiora (mod), PZ Myers, Jessica Miller, Melanie Reap, michelle cadieux

Thursday July 5, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Atrium 2

15:30

Sword Masters Live
Korean sword art Haidong Gumdo demonstration. See dynamic performances by trained students from White Tiger Martial Arts! Watch, be wowed, and ask questions. Discover your inner warrior today! Panelists: Sarah Wurdeman, Mark Wurdeman, Gabriel Olson-Musel, Melanie Galloway, Simon Gibson, Heather Sigstad, Laura Kreft, Kyle Anderson, George Richard, Chris Kickhafer, Aaron VanderGiessen, Kevin Ehrler, Bill Hedrick

Thursday July 5, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

15:30

Physics of Infinity Stones
Power, Space, Time, Mind, Soul, and Reality - Jim Kakalios describes the real physics behind the stones that empower Thanos' Infinity Gauntlet. Panelists: James Kakalios

Thursday July 5, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Atrium 6

15:30

LAN - Open Gaming
Open LAN gaming on the PCS in 2208 - come see what's new this year! Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 15:30 - 17:00
DoubleTree 2208

15:30

Roll Player (Minions & Monsters)
Compete to create the greatest fantasy adventurer – roll and draft dice to assemble character attribute scores. Purchase weapons and armor to outfit your hero. Train to gain skills and discover your hero’s traits to prepare them for their journey. Panelists: Eric Peterson (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 15:30 - 17:00
DoubleTree 2202 Table C

16:00

The Asterisk War
Ayato Amagiri just transferred into one of the most elite schools for Genestella in the world, where students learn to control their powers and duel in entertainment battles. Ayato, however, has no real interest in dueling - he has a secret motive for joining this prestigious school. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 16:00 - 17:30
DoubleTree Atrium 1

17:00

Pipecleaner Dragons and Critters
Amazing Soft Sculpture Artist Julie Bowman will be teaching all ages how to make wonderful creatures from the Flexible Master of Craft Materials...the Pipecleaner. Modifications are also shown and it can get crazy from there. All ages. Panelists: MythJulie

Thursday July 5, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Plaza 2

17:00

Aging in Pop Culture
Fresh off the heels of Logan and before Indiana Jones 5, panelists discuss pop culture’s handling of aging. As CONvergence turns 20, it’s a good time to remember we’re all getting older. What does that mean for us in the pop culture world? Panelists: Tim Lieder, Mary Jo Pehl, Gregory Parks

Thursday July 5, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Plaza 3

17:00

Breaking the Holographic Ceiling: Female Leadership in Star Trek
Ever since Number One in "The Cage", there have been many great female leaders in the Star Trek universe. Let's talk about their evolution. Panelists: Taylor Cisco, Laura Okagaki-Vraspir (mod), Aaron Coker, Brittany Kerschner, Jennifer Manna

Thursday July 5, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Atrium 4

17:00

Evolution of the Vampire
How has the western concept of vampires changed over the past two hundred years? How did the demands of fiction and drama alter a much older tradition to make it more marketable, and why are we still fascinated? Panelists: John Heimbuch, Brian Forrest (mod), bricklyn holtgrave, Amanda Alexander, Dana Baird

Thursday July 5, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Atrium 6

17:00

Fandom First
Geekdom and speculative fiction are often at the forefront of progressive movements. How does pop culture influence the real world? Panelists: David Perry, Josiah Mannion (mod), Vetnita Anderson, Justine Mastin, Renate Fiora

Thursday July 5, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Plaza 1

17:00

Handmaid's Tale
Atwood's 1985 dystopian novel, now a Hulu series, about a US overthrown by a totalitarian Christian theocracy continues to ring true amid the events of this decade. Panelists: Danielle Indovino cawley, Miriam Krause, Kris Coulter, Laura Bidgood (mod), Sarah Molasky

Thursday July 5, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Bloomington

17:00

In Terry Gilliam's Wildest Dreams
Let's talk about the demented (in a good way) mind of Terry Gilliam. Starting with his trilogy of imagination ("Time Bandits", "Brazil", and "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen") and going up through his latest picture, "The Zero Theorem". Panelists: Alexis Nordling, Niles Schwartz, Garrick Dietze, Michael Carus (mod), Kt Schaefer

Thursday July 5, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Atrium 2

17:00

Putting the CON in Consent
Let's talk about enthusiastic consent, particularly in fandom spaces. We'll be looking at how to ask for consent from partners, ranging from photos to romance. Panelists: Harris O'Malley, Michelle Farley, Antoinette Pajak, Rakhi Rajpal (mod), Kerry Peterson

Thursday July 5, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Atrium 7

17:00

Keeping Up with the Cardassians
A makeup demo! Using new and interesting materials, Special Effects Makeup Artist Bill Hedrick will transform his volunteer into one of the Cardassians (from Star Trek, not reality TV), showing techniques and products you can use for your cosplay. Panelists: Bill Hedrick, Hal Bichel

Thursday July 5, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
Sheraton Whalon

17:00

Mars Rovers Past and Present
Actual Rocket Scientist and Alumni Guest of Honor Bridget Landry reviews what we've learned from past Mars rover missions and looks at what's to come! Panelists: Bridget Landry

Thursday July 5, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Edina

17:00

Reading - Cath Schaff-Stump
Panelists: Cath Schaff-Stump

Thursday July 5, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
Sheraton Ames

17:00

Matrix Tag
Will you help Neo win the war for Zion or Agent Smith to subjugate humans? Red pill or blue pill? Do both! Matrix Tag is played in the hallways of the con and is designed for adults and teens. But what is it? You must experience it for yourself. Panelists: Shannon Green

Thursday July 5, 2018 17:00 - 19:00
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southeast

17:00

GPS Charity Auction
Preview only. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 17:00 - 19:00
DoubleTree Atrium 8

17:00

LAN - Starcraft and SC2
Starcraft and SC2 in LAN gaming – Bot stomps, Versus modes, and the new co-op mode in Starcraft 2. **PERSONAL ACCOUNT REQUIRED** Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 17:00 - 20:30
DoubleTree 2208

17:00

PFS - Pathfinder Society - Quests!
A series of one-hour quests allowing new and experienced players to try out Pathfinder Society play! Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 17:00 - 22:00
DoubleTree 2203 Table C

17:00

SFS - Starfinder Society - Adventure
A five-hour adventure for Starfinder Society play! Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 17:00 - 22:00
DoubleTree 2203

17:00

SFS - Starfinder Society - Quests!
A series of one-hour quests allowing new and experienced players to try out Starfinder Society play! Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 17:00 - 22:00
DoubleTree 2203 Table B

17:30

Not-So-Silent-Planet Open Mic Sign-Up
Sign up to participate in the Not-So-Silent-Planet Open Mic Panelists: Ben San Del

Thursday July 5, 2018 17:30 - 18:30
Sheraton Gibson Hall

17:30

The Fandom Menace
Lost your saucer? Your space nuts gone far-out? Went where no man has gone before? The Fandom Menace will help you navigate with a Spocktacular video and music show featuring classic themes from your (parents'?) favorite SF & fantasy movies and TV shows. Panelists: Nick Rezmerski

Thursday July 5, 2018 17:30 - 18:30
Sheraton Gibson

17:30

Cinema Rex Movie #2
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 17:30 - 19:00
DoubleTree Plaza 4

17:30

Basilisk
The centuries-long war between the Iga and Kouga ninja clans is stopped by order of the powerful warlord Ieyasu Tokugawa. Years later, the heirs of the two clans have fallen in love. They aim to bring real peace through their marriage, but their hopes are dashed when flames of rivalry between their clans are reignited, and they are dragged into another war. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 17:30 - 19:30
DoubleTree Atrium 1

18:00

Big Fun Radio Funtime
Big Fun Radio Funtime presents old time radio plays for a new time audience. Sit back, close your eyes, and let the funny sounds transport you to different places and times. There might be aliens, vampires, monster trucks, or even shoe salesmen but it will all be fun. Maybe even Big Fun! Presented by Fearless Comedy Productions. Panelists: Tim Wick

Thursday July 5, 2018 18:00 - 19:00
DoubleTree Main Stage

19:00

Animated Paper Circuits
Come enjoy some electrical theory while building animated LED circuits using paper! Presented by Spark Y. All ages, under 10 may need assistance. Panelists: Destiny Ziebol

Thursday July 5, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
DoubleTree Plaza 2

19:00

The Not-So-Silent Planet: A Speculative Open-Mic
Have you ever imagined a world whose laws of physics differ from our own? Welcome to the Twin Cities’ first open-mic dedicated to speculative fiction! Sign up for 5-7 minutes and tell us about a place of which we’ve never dreamt. Panelists: phillip low, Ben San Del

Thursday July 5, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
Sheraton Gibson

19:00

American Gods Fan Panel
Taking a look at the first and next season of American Gods. Panelists: Laura Bidgood, Lauren Wells, Anthony Pecoraro, Christina Myers (mod), Jim Tincher

Thursday July 5, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
DoubleTree Bloomington

19:00

Ash vs.the Evil Dead Fan Panel
Panelists: Deb Brazil, Jennifer Manna (mod), Matt Allex, Megan Slawson

Thursday July 5, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
Sheraton Whalon

19:00

Avengers: Infinity War Fan Panel
Thanos is on the war path and the Avengers and their allies are the only ones who stand (and may fall?) in his path. Join us for a discussion of the film that's the beginning of the end of Marvel Studios's Phase Three! Panelists: Aaron Coker (mod), Keely Cooper, nick jaworski, Eric Zawadzki, Satish Jayaraj

Thursday July 5, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
DoubleTree Atrium 6

19:00

Climate of Westeros and Essos
Climate models use real physical processes and can be used to simulate the climate of the world portrayed in Game of Thrones. What parts of that world are similar to Earth? Discuss the effects of global warming on such cities as Braavos or King's Landing. Panelists: Craig Smith, Jessica Miller, Michael Zecca (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
DoubleTree Atrium 7

19:00

Cute Animals in Science Fiction
What are the most adorable alien species? From tribbles to whatever those things in Episode VIII are. Panelists: Nicole LaBat, Brittany Kerschner (mod), Kris Coulter, Amy Stomberg

Thursday July 5, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
DoubleTree Atrium 4

19:00

Friends of Bill W
Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
DoubleTree Atrium 2

19:00

Mapping the Landscape
Fantasy writers and fans discuss the importance of maps in fantasy fiction. Panelists: Douglas Hulick, Kathryn Sullivan, Ruth Berman, Jamie Riedesel (mod), Anne Lyle

Thursday July 5, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
DoubleTree Plaza 3

19:00

Masculinity Detox
Let's talk about deconstructing, dismantling, and destroying the detrimental, malicious impact of hegemonic masculinity (and other forms of negative masculine expression) within the geek community. Panelists: Lee Cygan, Elliott Dean, Harris O'Malley (mod), Steve Bentley, Antoinette Pajak

Thursday July 5, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
DoubleTree Edina

19:00

Speculative Biology 101
Biologists explain the "real science" behind sci-fi and fantasy universes' various life forms. Panelists: PZ Myers, Laura Okagaki-Vraspir, Vernon McIntosh (mod), Renate Fiora (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
DoubleTree Plaza 1

19:00

Opening Ceremony
It's a glamorous red-carpet extravaganza as we welcome our many Guests of Honor to the Doubletree for four days of fabulous fandom! This star-studded affair will get you pumped up to celebrate the 20th anniversary of CONvergence like nothing else. Master of Ceremonies Tim Wick is joined by Connie for an award show like no other. Panelists: Kurt Larson, Eleanor Arnason, Elizabeth Bear, Wesley Chu, Paul Cornell, Amal El-Mohtar, Lee Harris, Kelly McCullough, Mary Jo Pehl, Victor Raymond, Lisa Snellings, Melinda Snodgrass, Greg Weisman, Michael Wilson, Dawn Krosnowski, Vincent Truitner, Tamora

Thursday July 5, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
DoubleTree Main Stage

19:00

Reading - Mark McPherson
Panelists: Mark McPherson

Thursday July 5, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
Sheraton Ames

19:00

Cinema Rex Movie #3
This showing is captioned Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 19:00 - 22:00
DoubleTree Plaza 4

19:30

Klingon Wedding
Experience the great Klingon bonding of the souls of two warriors! Rarely seen and never forgotten! The gods will fear, howl, and tremble! The union of Alex and Ra will be sealed by the elders of the Klingon Empire. Panelists: Bill Hedrick

Thursday July 5, 2018 19:30 - 20:30
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southeast

19:30

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
Lelouch Lamperouge, exiled prince of Britannia, finds himself caught in the crossfire when Japanese resistance forces attempt to regain independence. A mysterious girl gives him Geass, the "Power of Kings," which allows him to escape and seek revenge against Britannia. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 19:30 - 21:30
DoubleTree Atrium 1

20:30

13 Reasons Why
A panel of experts in Sexual Assault, Suicide, and Teenage Mental Health will gather to discuss the issues presented on the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why. Panelists: Shelly Chermack, Elise Muellerleile, Tai Haye, Elizabeth Reynolds (mod), Justine Mastin

Thursday July 5, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
DoubleTree Plaza 3

20:30

Babylon Five Fan Panel
Babylon 5: the series that pioneered the idea of the arc and the long-term plan, as well as breaking ground in many other ways. Let's talk about it on the 20th anniversary of it's finale. Panelists: Alexandra Howes (mod), Craig Finseth (mod), Jon Olsen, Mark Goldberg, Kirsten Roepke-Karsen

Thursday July 5, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
DoubleTree Plaza 1

20:30

Dealing with Social Anxiety at Convergence
We love Con, but many struggle. Social anxiety affects many CONvergence attendees and it can greatly affect the CON experience. Let's talk about ways to get through the con and have the best possible experience while dealing with social anxiety. Panelists: Jason Dean, Stephanie Zvan (mod), Justin Lewis, Rob Callahan, Kelso Rowland

Thursday July 5, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
DoubleTree Atrium 2

20:30

Every Country has a Monster
We'll look at monsters from other countries and how other cultures portray ghosts, vampires, and other classic creatures. Panelists: Ty Blauersouth (mod), Melissa Olson, Amanda Alexander, Brittany Kerschner, Jay Seevers

Thursday July 5, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
DoubleTree Atrium 7

20:30

Justice League & the DC Cinematic Universe
Following up on the success of Wonder Woman, did the DC universe continue to right the ship with the Justice League film? Panelists: Mariah Kaercher, Craig Smith, Dave Margosian (mod), Taylor Cisco

Thursday July 5, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
DoubleTree Bloomington

20:30

Religion in TV Fiction
Shows like "American Gods", "Last Kingdom", "Game of Thrones" and many more address the issues of religion and the gods we've believed in. Share your beliefs of how religion is used in televised fiction. Panelists: Eowyn Ward, Josiah Mannion, Brandy Danaki, Elliot Besmann, Michael Carus (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
DoubleTree Atrium 4

20:30

Representation Matters
Why is seeing someone who looks like us is important in media? Panelists: Rory Ni Coileain, Jonathan Palmer, Cat Choy (mod), Rakhi Rajpal, Morgan Strickland

Thursday July 5, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
DoubleTree Atrium 6

20:30

Swamp Thing: Roots to Branches
Created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson in 1971, Swamp Thing is a character that has been touched by many creators: Alan Moore, Brian K. Vaughan, Grant Morrison, and recently, Scott Snyder. Hear how the character has changed. Panelists: Dani Torrents, Jesse Haller, Kevin Eldridge, Lathan Murrell, Sean Casey (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
Sheraton Ames

20:30

Virtual Gender in Video Gaming
Are avatars representing real or idealized body types or ideas? Does diversity exist during character creation? What companies are doing a good job? Panelists: Elliott Dean, Erik Blackstad, Lee Cygan, Lara Richardson (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
Sheraton Whalon

20:30

Women in STEM - The Road Not Taken
Women in STEM fields who got to where they are by taking the long way around. What advantages and hardships did they run into along the way? What advice can they give people who are on a similar path? What struggles do they face as women in their field? Panelists: Sarah Molasky, Heather Dickinson, Kris Coulter, Melanie Galloway, Sarah O'Connor (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
DoubleTree Edina

20:30

David Perry
David Perry plays folk, rock, country, and Celtic from a weird mix of originals and covers. Be ready to shout, "Hit Somebody!" Panelists: David Perry

Thursday July 5, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
Sheraton Gibson

20:30

Smackdown 2018: Beverage Mascot Blitzkrieg
Drink delegates turn deadly, as our board of beverage buffs determine which will kill and which will be spilled! Panelists: Tim Wick (mod), Tim Uren, Melissa Kaercher, Christopher Jones, Duck Washington, Joseph Scrimshaw, Kelvin Hatle, Paul Cornell, Lindsay Ellis

Thursday July 5, 2018 20:30 - 21:45
DoubleTree Main Stage

20:30

LAN - Open Gaming
Open LAN gaming on the PCS in 2208 - come see what's new this year! Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 20:30 - 22:00
DoubleTree 2208

20:30

Modify Your T-Shirt
Bring an old t-shirt, and turn it into a new style of top, or into a bag or a scarf. Or use one from our stash. All ages, under 10 may need assistance. Panelists: Electra Vincent, Katie Nave, Angie Anderson

Thursday July 5, 2018 20:30 - Friday July 6, 2018 00:30
DoubleTree Plaza 2

21:00

Space Lounge
Is your party in need of rest, refreshment, entertainment, or enhancement? Space Lounge is the intergalactic way station of the future you've been questing for. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 21:00 - Friday July 6, 2018 02:00
DoubleTree Veranda 8

21:30

Doomkitten and Dogbone (18+)
Doomkitten & Dogbone are the comedy music duo you never knew you needed in your life. For mature listeners with childlike humor who enjoy big words. You can find them at www.facebook.com/Doomandbone and https://doomkittendogbone.bandcamp.com/releases. Panelists: Doomkitten, Dogbone

Thursday July 5, 2018 21:30 - 22:30
Sheraton Gibson

21:30

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans
A representative of the Martian independence movement is targeted for assassination by Earth's military peacekeeping organization. The attack might turn out to be the catalyst that leads Mars' army of child soldiers to forge their own destiny. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 21:30 - 23:30
DoubleTree Atrium 1

22:00

Trailer Park
See what the future holds as Rex dishes out trailers for hot upcoming releases, as well as some independent shorts and other fun stuff. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
DoubleTree Plaza 4

22:00

Attack the Block Fan Panel
Have you seen this movie featuring some actors you would recognize from Doctor Who? Panelists: Alexis Nordling, Tim Lieder, Charlene Holm, Damarra Atkins (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
Sheraton Whalon

22:00

Community Fan Panel
NBC's Community was a bastion of pop culture references, incredible humor, and meta-fun. This panel will explore the nerdiest parts of the show's six seasons (and a movie?) and attempt to discover all the tiny Easter eggs we missed the first time around. Panelists: AlysshaRose Jordan, Jacob Gulliver (mod), David Brennan, Lis Morton

Thursday July 5, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
DoubleTree Bloomington

22:00

Flirting 101
Flirtation is just one part of human interaction, but so many of us don't understand it. We interact so much more than just vocally. Recognizing body language and facial expressions can not only help with romance but also in the rest of your life. Panelists: Michelle Farley, Catherine Buechner, Sonni de Soto, Harris O'Malley, Rakhi Rajpal

Thursday July 5, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
DoubleTree Atrium 7

22:00

Guests Uncensored
Put the kids to bed and come to this panel where our Guests of Honor talk about anything they want to talk about....anything. Panelists: Melinda Snodgrass, Lee Harris, Greg Weisman, Paul Cornell, Victor Raymond

Thursday July 5, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
DoubleTree Atrium 6

22:00

IT Fan Panel
Let's discuss and compare the Stephen King book, "IT", with the 90s mini-series and the recent film. How and why things were changed and updated. Panelists: Matt Allex, Molly Glover, Megan Slawson, Ian Bryan (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
DoubleTree Atrium 4

22:00

Painting Miniatures
Want to know where can you get the best miniatures, what paints should you use, and an explanation of dry brushing? This panel is for you. Panelists: Laura Thurston, Deborah Spiesz, Michael Carus (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
Sheraton Ames

22:00

Supernatural Fan Panel
Still going after all these years! What's keep the series alive in the hearts of its fans? Will it ever jump the shark (or has it already done so)? Panelists: Nicole LaBat (mod), Jennifer Lundstrom, Jennifer Manna, Brittany Kerschner, Justine Mastin

Thursday July 5, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
DoubleTree Plaza 1

22:00

Video Games That Need to Die
What video game franchises just need to go away? Panelists: Kieran Stomberg, Ryan Placzkowski (mod), Stephan Stomberg, Michael Spaulding

Thursday July 5, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
DoubleTree Atrium 2

22:00

Why Do We Ship?
Geeks love to ship characters. Why do we do it and what are some of our favorite characters to ship? Panelists: Donavon Indovino Cawley, Susan Willson, Teresa Kramer, Christina Myers, Katherine Berger Tremaine

Thursday July 5, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
DoubleTree Edina

22:00

Not-So-Silent Planet: A Speculative Podcast (Season Finale!)
Welcome to the Twin Cities' very own podcast dedicated to original speculative fiction! Join us for our FINAL show, and have your jaded chuckles recorded for posterity. Panelists: phillip low, Ben San Del, Pat Harrigan, Joshua Scrimshaw

Thursday July 5, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
DoubleTree Plaza 3

22:00

Sci-Fi Erotica Read-Aloud
Grab your friends and join us as we dive into another carefully curated selection of the "best" in scifi erotica. Panelists: Kristina Winn, Katie Rodriguez MacInnes, Kate Cornish, Katherine Affeldt, Scott Raleigh, Molly Hair, Windy Bowlsby

Thursday July 5, 2018 22:00 - 23:15
DoubleTree Main Stage

22:00

LAN - 18+ Open Gaming
Grown-up open gaming time on the LAN PCs – put the kids to bed and come join the geeky fun! Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 22:00 - Friday July 6, 2018 02:00
DoubleTree 2208

23:00

Horror Show Hotdog Horror Shorts Festival
The crew of the locally produced podcast Horror Show Hotdog has curated shorts to be shown at the Twin Cities Horror Festival. They’ve chosen their favorites from past festivals to be shown in Cinema Rex. Panelists: Matt Allex, Megan Slawson

Thursday July 5, 2018 23:00 - Friday July 6, 2018 00:00
DoubleTree Plaza 4

23:00

A Roundabout with Zombies
Ever want to not just kill the zombies, but work with a team? If so, this is the late-night game for you! Panelists: Quinn Caerwyn (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 23:00 - Friday July 6, 2018 03:00
DoubleTree 2201a

23:30

Late Night Music Circle
A late night gathering of musicians where you can sing, play or just listen. Panelists: Dave Stagner

Thursday July 5, 2018 23:30 - Friday July 6, 2018 00:30
DoubleTree Plaza 1

23:30

Blade's 20th Anniversary
1998 marked the unlikely beginnings of the superhero boom with the release of "Blade", starring Wesley Snipes. Let's spend an hour talking about the movie, the franchise, and the world it created. Panelists: Craig Smith, John Seavey, Jonathan Palmer, Matt Gamble (mod), Lathan Murrell

Thursday July 5, 2018 23:30 - Friday July 6, 2018 00:30
DoubleTree Atrium 7

23:30

Bug-Out Bag
How to make your own bug-out bag to prepare for the zombie apocalypse. Panelists: Kristina George, Nick Krekeler (mod), Holly Chamas, Tanya -, nick jaworski

Thursday July 5, 2018 23:30 - Friday July 6, 2018 00:30
Sheraton Ames

23:30

Geeky Stuff in Therapy
Come hear about how therapists have incorporated nerdy interests into their therapy practices, and how therapy clients have used their geeky interests in their pursuit of better mental health! Panelists: Maddie Coulter (mod), Jasmine Marshall, Justine Mastin, Taiana Hayes

Thursday July 5, 2018 23:30 - Friday July 6, 2018 00:30
DoubleTree Atrium 2

23:30

Gothic Fiction
The science fiction/fantasy genre was born on a dark and stormy night with Frankenstein. What other dark and lovely fiction is out there today? Panelists: Melissa Olson, Tim Lieder, Amanda Alexander, Brittany Kerschner (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 23:30 - Friday July 6, 2018 00:30
DoubleTree Atrium 4

23:30

It's a CONvergence CONspiracy!
Your favorite conspiracy theorists are back, and this time, we're exposing the truth behind CONvergence itself. 20 years of fandom and fun? More like 20 years of dark, hidden conspiracies! Don't attend this panel unless you can handle The Truth! Panelists: Molly Glover, Nick Glover, Tim Wick, Jeremy Stomberg

Thursday July 5, 2018 23:30 - Friday July 6, 2018 00:30
DoubleTree Atrium 6

23:30

Kink Talk
A discussion on the social mechanics of engaging in fetish play and relationships. How you mentally plan out goals. How to initiate discussions on play. Talking about various kinds of play practice and safety and fun. Panelists: Anj Olsen, Lauren Wells, Sonni de Soto, Christopher Baye, Michael Carus (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 23:30 - Friday July 6, 2018 00:30
DoubleTree Edina

23:30

Misogyny in the Geek Community
Casual misogyny is a huge problem in our nerd/geek world. This panel will be about how our culture has become more mainstream, how the sexism in our communities has become more noticeable, and what we can do to fight back. Mansplanning denied! Panelists: Lara Richardson, Harris O'Malley, AlysshaRose Jordan, Michelle Farley, Cat Choy (mod)

Thursday July 5, 2018 23:30 - Friday July 6, 2018 00:30
DoubleTree Bloomington

23:30

The Gifted Fan Panel
"The Gifted" is a live-action show set in the X-Men universe. Is it a success and is it a sign of where the X-Men property can evolve away from comics canon? Panelists: Jim Radloff (mod), Dirk Ykema

Thursday July 5, 2018 23:30 - Friday July 6, 2018 00:30
Sheraton Whalon

23:30

Cinema Surgery
Junkfood Cinema host Brian Salisbury and programmer Adam Lueck take a scalpel to three of their favorite cult films suffering from a bad case of schlockitis. In the course of the show, the guys will see if they can stitch together a healthier Hollywood. Panelists: Brian Salisbury, Adam Lueck

Thursday July 5, 2018 23:30 - Friday July 6, 2018 00:30
DoubleTree Plaza 3

23:30

Zwaremachine
Live electronic band performance combining visuals with custom lighting and stage design for a unique venue experience. Zwaremachine are known for various stunts including walking through walls, time-shifting, and designing futuristic sonic weaponry. Panelists: Ryan Ruckus, Mach Fox, Adam01

Thursday July 5, 2018 23:30 - Friday July 6, 2018 00:30
Sheraton Gibson

23:30

Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 1: Beginnings
Two best friends encounter a creature that claims he can grant wishes if they agree to become magical girls and fight witches. Fighting is dangerous, but the appeal of a wish is too strong to ignore. Soon, they are confronted with the harsh truth behind their powers and the ultimate price of their wishes. Panelists:

Thursday July 5, 2018 23:30 - Friday July 6, 2018 01:00
DoubleTree Atrium 1

00:00

CVG Teen Room
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 00:00 - 01:00
DoubleTree Atrium 3

00:00

Cinema Rex Movie #4
This showing is captioned Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 00:00 - 02:00
DoubleTree Plaza 4

00:00

Icosahedron Wonderland (dance)
Our Thursday night dance features a scramble of our DJs serving up tasty portions of retro dance, mashups, classic club songs, and featuring a block of electro-swing music to spin around our dance floor to. See the video signage outside our room for additional information and schedule updates. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 00:00 - 05:00
DoubleTree Main Stage

00:00

CoF2E2
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 00:00 - 06:00
DoubleTree Cabana 114

00:00

Consuite
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 00:00 - Saturday July 7, 2018 00:00
DoubleTree Consuite

00:00

Smokers Paradise
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 00:00 - Saturday July 7, 2018 00:00
DoubleTree Smokers Tent

00:00

The Bridge
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 00:00 - Saturday July 7, 2018 00:00
DoubleTree Shipside

01:00

Penguindrum
For the Takakura family, destiny is an ever-spinning wheel. When their little sister is miraculously saved from death by a souvenir penguin hat, twins Kanba and Shouma are sent on a wild goose chase for the Penguin Drum by the entity residing in the hat. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 01:00 - 02:30
DoubleTree Atrium 1

02:00

Cinema Rex Movie #5
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 02:00 - 04:00
DoubleTree Plaza 4
 
Friday, July 6
 

07:00

The Wonderful World of Puss 'n Boots
Pero, a sword-wielding musketeer cat, is guilty of the ultimate crime: rescuing mice from certain doom. On the run, he befriends a boy who is mistreated by his family. While seeking their fortune, they encounter a beautiful princess and must save her when she is kidnapped. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 07:00 - 08:30
DoubleTree Atrium 1

08:30

A Journey Through Fairyland
Michael loves to garden, but it constantly makes him late for orchestra practice and he gets kicked out of music school. Asleep that night, he meets a fairy who takes him to fairyland, where both flowers and music come alive. His interests might not be mutually exclusive, after all. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 08:30 - 10:00
DoubleTree Atrium 1

09:00

Registration
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 09:00 - 22:00
DoubleTree Veranda 2

09:00

09:00

Programming Operations
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 09:00 - Saturday July 7, 2018 00:30
DoubleTree Lobby Conference Room

09:30

Geek Craft: Ornaments and Lights
It is never too early to decorate your favorite spaces. Make pretty, decorative spheres slathered in glue and comics. Make pretty, decorative "Guiding Lights" or Night Lights that look like your favorite animal, plant, or superhero. Or do both! All ages. Panelists: Angie Anderson, Dierdre Schultz

Friday July 6, 2018 09:30 - 10:30
DoubleTree Plaza 2

09:30

Anime for Kids
Panelists: James Horvath (mod), Jessica Silver

Friday July 6, 2018 09:30 - 10:30
DoubleTree Atrium 2

09:30

Cooking for Geeks
We'll discuss making meals at home that will feed your inner nerd. Panelists: Brian Hinshaw, Steve Bentley, Kathryn Yee, Hertzey Hertz, Adam Poetter (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 09:30 - 10:30
DoubleTree Edina

09:30

Cosplay Tips
Come get ideas for how to make your hall costume stand out. Panelists: Laura Oliver, Sara Huebschen, Amy Dekker, Rae Lundquist, Michael Wilson

Friday July 6, 2018 09:30 - 10:30
DoubleTree Plaza 1

09:30

Geeks at School
How to fly your geek flag at school. Panelists: Raederle Sterling (mod), Renate Fiora, Taiana Hayes, Jei Herald-Zamora

Friday July 6, 2018 09:30 - 10:30
DoubleTree Atrium 7

09:30

George Lucas Retrospective
Has George Lucas gotten a bad rap? Panelists look back on his complete works and discuss whether all the hatred over the last 20 years has been justified or overblown. Panelists: Vincent Truitner, Matt Gamble, bricklyn holtgrave, Shaun Duke (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 09:30 - 10:30
DoubleTree Atrium 6

09:30

In Defense of: Timothy Dalton as James Bond
Was Timothy Dalton all that bad? Come and argue with us. It will be fun. Panelists: John White, Ty Blauersouth, Lyda Morehouse (mod), Nathan Anderson, Jeremy Stomberg

Friday July 6, 2018 09:30 - 10:30
DoubleTree Bloomington

09:30

Local Businesses
If you want to buy local, here are some businesses you should support. Panelists: Elise Matthesen, Elizabeth Jankowski, Anj Olsen, Art Allen (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 09:30 - 10:30
DoubleTree Plaza 3

09:30

Not My Fandom
This panel of "experts" will discuss Supernatural, Doctor Who, Twin Peaks, & Game of Thrones. Come ask questions but expect frustrating answers, as the only knowledge they have about the subject matter comes from memes, T-shirt sayings, & fanfic. Panelists: Autumn Patterson, Elisabeth Doree, Stephanie Doree, Kate Schmidt, Curt Lund (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 09:30 - 10:30
DoubleTree Atrium 4

09:30

Reading - Abra Staffin-Wiebe
Panelists: Abra Staffin-Wiebe

Friday July 6, 2018 09:30 - 10:30
Sheraton Ames

09:30

Reading - Naomi Kritzer
Panelists: Naomi Kritzer

Friday July 6, 2018 09:30 - 10:30
Sheraton Whalon

10:00

Azumanga Daioh
There certainly isn't a shortage of peculiar girls in Yukari-sensei's homeroom class. Their many adventures are filled with constant laughter, surreal absurdity, and occasionally even touching commentary on the bittersweet, temporal nature of high school. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00 - 12:00
DoubleTree Atrium 1

10:00

Cinema Rex Movie #6
This showing is captioned Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00 - 12:00
DoubleTree Plaza 4

10:00

Costume Wars Registration
Registration Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00 - 13:00
DoubleTree CONvergence Central C

10:00

10:00

Artist's Alley
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00 - 18:00
Sheraton Chadwick

10:00

Artists Alley
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00 - 18:00
Sheraton Bloomington Ballroom Hall

10:00

10:00

Dealers Room
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00 - 18:00
Sheraton Bloomington Ballroom

10:00

2D Con
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00 - 19:00
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 3

10:00

Art Show
Quick sale available. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00 - 19:00
DoubleTree Plaza 6

10:00

10:00

Fearless Comedy
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00 - 19:00
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 6

10:00

NiCoral
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00 - 19:00
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 4

10:00

Twin Cities Geek
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00 - 19:00
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 2

10:00

AuxBridge
CONvergence Operations Auxilary Bridge Location. Convention questions answered. Comments and feedback heard. Daily Sheraton Lost & Found. Official CONvergence Safe Space. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00 - 20:00
Sheraton Quinn

10:00

10:00

CVG Teen Room
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00 - Saturday July 7, 2018 00:00
DoubleTree Atrium 3

10:00

Volunteers Den
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 10:00 - Saturday July 7, 2018 02:00
DoubleTree Cabana 117

11:00

Art-Go-Round
Artists of skill level from novice to professional collaborate to make art master pieces using various media. Open to all ages. You might even get to go home with an amazing picture! All ages. Panelists: John Garner, Nikita Woltersen, Vincent Truitner

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
DoubleTree Plaza 2

11:00

Space Lounge: Just-One-Hour Electric Elevensies!
Be ye halfling, centaur, goblin, or fae- if you hunger for piles and piles of phat beats, feast upon Just One Hour Electric Elevensies on the dance floor. One hour of getting down in our electronic underground. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
DoubleTree Veranda 8

11:00

A Wrinkle in Time Movie
Come discuss the latest adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's novel. Panelists: Dee Eisel (mod), Ty Blauersouth, Raederle Sterling, Christina Myers, Elizabeth Bear

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
DoubleTree Edina

11:00

Acting for Stage, Screen, and Microphone
What are the differences between voice, stage, and screen acting? How do you change your processes and performances to fit the medium? Panelists: Marina Sirtis, Brian Forrest (mod), Aimee Kuzenski, Greg Weisman, Dawn Krosnowski

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
DoubleTree Atrium 4

11:00

ASL 101
Come learn about ASL. Bring your questions. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
DoubleTree Atrium 2

11:00

Creativity
Are just certain people creative? Can creativity be learned and practiced? What are the benefits and drawbacks of being creative? We will discuss the topic and share some tips and warnings. Panelists: Jon Olsen (mod), Lauren Addy, Holly Chamas, Lisa Snellings, Satish Jayaraj

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
DoubleTree Atrium 7

11:00

Empire of the Petal Throne
The land of Tekumel is one of the oldest and most detailed gaming worlds and the Tekumel Foundation is dedicated to preserving and promoting this. Come and hear from the panel what's new, what is coming out, and some secrets only the insiders know. Panelists: Victor Raymond

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
DoubleTree Plaza 3

11:00

Plug-in Electric Vehicles
Considering a plug-in electric vehicle or curious to learn more? Panelists will share their experiences and enthusiasm for EV-related topics including 2nd gen. 200+ mile range vehicles, deployment of fast charging infrastructure in Minnesota, and more. Panelists: Dante Carter, Michael Bearfoot, Erik Haggstrom, Timmy Nguyen, Stephen Ronning, Birch Hansen

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
Sheraton Whalon

11:00

Sealion's Guide to Logical Fallacies
Getting frustrated by circular or pointless arguments on the internet? This is the panel for you! This panel of pseudo-experts will discuss the Logical Fallacies and other frequently employed tactics to derail civil discussion and ruin conversations. Panelists: Molly Glover, Nick Glover, Tim Wick, Gregory Parks, Brianne Bilyeu, Stephanie Zvan

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
DoubleTree Bloomington

11:00

T'ai Chi
Twin Cities T'ai Chi Ch'uan Studio (tctaighi.org) offers a T'ai Chi session(s) at CONvergence. Panelists: Kimberly Husband

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

11:00

Women of the New Star Wars
Looking at all the kick ass women we’ve been getting in the Star Wars universe. Panelists: Katarina Larsen, Amal El-Mohtar, Keely Cooper, Teresa Kramer, Amy Stomberg

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
DoubleTree Atrium 6

11:00

World Building
How do you create a world in which your characters lives and operate? What questions need to be asked and answered? Panelists: Danith McPherson (mod), Kelly McCullough, Elisa Hansen, Ytasha Womack, Jamie Riedesel

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
DoubleTree Plaza 1

11:00

Candles Enough
We are an eclectic mix of filk, pop, and parodies. We believe there is light at the end of any tunnel, and sometimes that light is giggling. Our set is intended to be comfortable for people with sensory sensitivity. Find us at: facebook.com/candlesenough Panelists: Sarah Ravely, Kelly Reich

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
Sheraton Gibson

11:00

Reading - Tamora Pierce
Panelists: Tamora Pierce

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
Sheraton Ames

11:00

Signing - Anne Lyle
Panelists: Anne Lyle

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

11:00

Signing - Cath Schaff-Stump
Panelists: Cath Schaff-Stump

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
DoubleTree Autograph Table B

11:00

LAN - Open Gaming
Open LAN Gaming on the PCs in 2208 – come on up and warm up for the day's tournaments! Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00 - 12:30
DoubleTree 2208

11:00

Saber Legion Tournament
Watch The Saber Legion's best fighters fight for the chance to be the TSL CONvergence tournament champion! www.saberlegion.org Panelists: Terry Birnbaum, Brian Williams, Kristen McConnell, Micheal Brudenell, Jimmy Sourile, Charley Cummings, Aaron Rahkola

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00 - 13:00
Sheraton Garden Court

11:00

Marvel Legendary (with Expansions)
Deck-building game set in the Marvel Comics Universe (MCU). Battle other players with heroes, villains, and if you’re strong enough, take on the Mastermind! Panelists: Eric Peterson (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00 - 14:30
DoubleTree 2202 Table C

11:00

PFS - Gallows of Madness (part 2)
Part Two of a three-day module. The Abyss Approaches! Something wicked—and monstrous—stirs around the rugged Isgeri town of Saringallow, where the hated legacy of noble Chelish diabolists runs deep. Panelists: Pathfinder Society (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00 - 17:00
DoubleTree 2203 Table A

11:00

Let's Play D&D 5th ed.
Ever wanted to experience D&D or get your role-playing fix? In this newcomer-friendly game, we create a party of first-level adventurers and take them through a brief adventure. Panelists: Charles Roberts (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00 - 19:00
DoubleTree 2202 Table D

11:00

Steam Century Mystery
Come play in this year's Steam Century Mystery - all are welcome, costumes encouraged! Use your investigative talents to discover clues, piece together evidence, and thwart vicious evildoers in style! Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00 - 19:00
DoubleTree 2201

11:00

GPS Charity Auction
Bidding open. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00 - 19:00
DoubleTree Atrium 8

11:00

Artemis and Valkyrie Bridge Simulators
Come play in our Artemis Bridge Simulator! This is a cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members on a starship bridge.. Two bridge simulators are running, offset by a 30 min. In-person sign-ups are required. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 11:00 - 22:00
DoubleTree 2204

12:00

12:00

Ouran High School Host Club
Looking for a quiet place to study, honor student Haruhi Fujioka stumbles upon the Host Club, where the school's handsomest boys with too much time on their hands entertain young ladies who also have too much time on their hands. By a comedy of errors, Haruhi is forced to join the club. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 12:00 - 14:00
DoubleTree Atrium 1

12:00

Sensory Break Room
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 12:00 - 23:00
DoubleTree Atrium 5

12:00

CoF2E2
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 12:00 - Saturday July 7, 2018 00:00
DoubleTree Cabana 114

12:00

Volunteers Den Massage Table
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 12:00 - Saturday July 7, 2018 00:00
DoubleTree Cabana 118

12:30

Iron Pen
Stretch your creative muscles by writing a 100-word story based on a surprise prompt item. Entries will be judged during the weekend and the winners announced at the end of the convention. Judges may include some of the Guests of Honor. Ages 13+. Panelists: Heather Bufkin

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Plaza 2

12:30

CONvergence Time Capsule
CONvergence is twenty years old! What was happening in 1999 when our convention started--top movies, TV shows, books and more? Panelists: Elise Matthesen, Jon Olsen (mod), Miriam Krause

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
Sheraton Whalon

12:30

Fat Positivity & Representation
Fat bodies are everywhere in real life, but where do we see them reflected in the media? What can we do to contribute to fat representation and create body-positive spaces within our communities as fans, creators, and people? Come join our discussion. Panelists: Diana Fitzwater (mod), Catherine Buechner, Jasmine Marshall, Echo Martin, Genevieve Alberti

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Atrium 7

12:30

Kids Ask a Writer
Specifically for kids - ask writers about what they do and how they do it. Panelists: Roy Booth, Chrysoula Tzavelas, Tyler Tork (mod), Mary Jo Pehl, Abra Staffin-Wiebe

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Plaza 3

12:30

Laughing (at/with) (the) (G/g)od(s)
Aristophanes and Moliere. Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett. Monty Python and South Park. Throughout history, comedians have found religion to be a fertile ground for satire. Where should lines be drawn when wrestling with the most profound of truths? Panelists: phillip low (mod), Hertzey Hertz, Elliot Besmann, Amanda Larsen, Elizabeth Ess

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Plaza 1

12:30

Parents and Kids Meetup
Open meet up for kids and their parents to mingle, share ideas, and make friends. Panelists: Madeline Fleigle-Lee, Fiona Furlong, Danielle Robinson

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

12:30

Suitable For Everyone?
Age is meaningless when content is awesome. Where's the fine line between child and adult programming? What makes YA YA? Panelists: Katarina Larsen, Tamora Pierce, Raederle Sterling (mod), Greg Weisman, Meredith Gillies

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Atrium 4

12:30

Superhero Movies - Are They Done Yet?
There are a lot of super hero films coming out these days. When does that trend end and how soon should it? Panelists: John Seavey, Dave Margosian (mod), Keane Amdahl, Nolan Montcalm, Eleanor Arnason

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Bloomington

12:30

Surviving as a Writer
It's hard being a genre writer, especially after your first piece has been published or purchased. We'll cover what you do next and how you can both function and have fun along your chosen career path. Panelists: Laura Anne Gilman (mod), Craig Smith, Adam Whitlatch, Melissa Olson, Wesley Chu

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Atrium 2

12:30

The Orville Fan Panel
Panelists: Michael Zecca (mod), Jeanne Mealy, Laura Okagaki-Vraspir, Walter Parker, Justin Grays

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Edina

12:30

Ionosphere Casting Shadows
When does a guitar not sound like a guitar? Todd Madson's soothing ambient space guitar soundscapes allows for a way to de-stress from a day of panels, people, and activity. Expect a special tribute to the late con photographer Baron Dave Romm. Panelists: Todd Madson

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
Sheraton Gibson

12:30

Physics of Everyday Things
Based on his latest book, Jim Kakalios will explain the basic physics that surrounds us in our daily life - from toasters to flat screen TVs to wrist fitness monitors. Panelists: James Kakalios

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Atrium 6

12:30

Reading - Amal El-Mohtar
Panelists: Amal El-Mohtar

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
Sheraton Ames

12:30

Signing - Marina Sirtis
Panelists: Marina Sirtis

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Autograph Table D

12:30

Signing - Melinda Snodgrass
Panelists: Melinda Snodgrass

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Autograph Table B

12:30

Signing - Michael "Knightmage" Wilson
Panelists: Michael Wilson

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

12:30

Signing - Naomi Kritzer
Panelists: Naomi Kritzer

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Autograph Table C

12:30

Mystic Vale
A dying king has cursed the Valley of Life, and your clan of druids seeks to restore the land. Mystic Vale is both deck-building and card-building. Panelists: Carl Patten (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30 - 14:00
DoubleTree 2205 Table B

12:30

Electric Cars Up Close
Don't just talk about electric cars, get up close and personal! Sit in one, talk to the owner,s and be part of the future! Play your cards right, maybe get a ride in an electric car! Panelists: Dante Carter, Michael Bearfoot, Erik Haggstrom, Timmy Nguyen, Stephen Ronning, Ashley Ronning, Birch Hansen

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30 - 15:00
DoubleTree Outdoors

12:30

LAN - League of Legends
One of the most popular games in the world. Team tournament matches will be held during the morning, with finals on Saturday afternoon. Also available for team play during open gaming/late night gaming. PERSONAL ACCOUNT REQUIRED** Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30 - 15:30
DoubleTree 2208

12:30

Terran Revenge Fleet
They came for Earth but left the job half done. Earth rebuilt, unified by a single thought: REVENGE! Come join us for Terran Revenge Fleet! An amazing system will have you playing a character within 30 seconds! Panelists: Robert Cudinski (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30 - 15:30
DoubleTree 2202 Table B

12:30

ChessWerks
See what it's like to play with three foot wood. Panelists: Eric Lamansky

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southeast

12:30

PFS - Pathfinder Society - Quests!
A series of one-hour quests allowing new and experienced players to try out Pathfinder Society play! Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30 - 17:00
DoubleTree 2203 Table B

12:30

SFS - Starfinder Society - Quests!
A series of one-hour quests allowing new and experienced players to try out Starfinder Society play! Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 12:30 - 17:00
DoubleTree 2203 Table C

13:00

Cinema Rex Movie #7
with English subtitles Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 13:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Plaza 4

14:00

Pop Up Cards
Learn how to make your own pop up greeting cards with one of our Guests of Honor. All ages, under 10 may need assistance. Panelists: Lisa Snellings

Friday July 6, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Plaza 2

14:00

Book Club - Truitner/Cisco/low
Guest of Honor Vincent Truitner and Invited Participants Taylor Cisco and phillip andrew bennett low invite you to listen to and discuss their works. Panelists: Vincent Truitner, phillip low, Taylor Cisco

Friday July 6, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
Sheraton Ames

14:00

Cosplaying as a Family
How does costuming change when you're trying to please a whole bunch of people, rather than just yourself. Oh, and all of the costumes have to work together and be ready at the same time. Panelists: Katarina Larsen, Amy Fischer, Deb Brazil, Steven Theiss, Amanda Fineran

Friday July 6, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Atrium 2

14:00

Dinosaur Fan Panel
Like dinosaurs? So do we! Come discuss your favorites and what they mean to you. Panelists: Matt Kessen, Cynnthia Verbrugge, Elizabeth Bear, Adam Poetter (mod), Eleanor Arnason

Friday July 6, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Edina

14:00

Evolution of a Book Series
How does one published book become a trilogy, then a series, then a media franchise? Panelists: Craig Smith, Patrick Tomlinson (mod), Wesley Chu, Kelly McCullough

Friday July 6, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Atrium 4

14:00

Gargoyles
A panel about Gargoyles with involved Guests of Honor. Panelists: Greg Weisman, Marina Sirtis

Friday July 6, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Main Stage

14:00

Highlander Fan Panel
Come celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Highlander series - there can be only one (unless we want to mention Highlander: The Raven while we're at it). Panelists: Cetius d'Raven (mod), Adam Whitlatch, Lee Fillingsness, Renate Fiora

Friday July 6, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
Sheraton Whalon

14:00

How to be a Good Ally
People of Color will explain how you can be an good ally to improve race relations in the geek community. Panelists: AlysshaRose Jordan (mod), Cat Choy, Rakhi Rajpal, Rita Walaszek, Victor Raymond

Friday July 6, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Plaza 1

14:00

Riffing
Making fun of movies isn’t as easy as it sounds. Panelists: Duck Washington, Bill Stiteler (mod), Meghan McManus, Mary Jo Pehl

Friday July 6, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Atrium 7

14:00

Rise and Fall of Joss Whedon
He’s a geek icon, but after the lukewarm receptions of Age of Ultron and Justice League, and following the affair scandal and accusations of false feminism, is it time to stop worshiping at the alter of Joss? Panelists: Rachel Traynham, Tim Lieder, Josiah Mannion, Miriam Krause (mod), Sarah Molasky

Friday July 6, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Bloomington

14:00

Shieldmaidens of Geekdom
Discuss the need and purpose of creating spaces for those who identify as female to meet other females/femmes to participate in geek-orientated activities such as The Source's Shieldmaiden Sundays. Panelists: Chandra Reyer, Meredith Gillies, Lisa Olson, Elspeth Lee, Quinn Mogil

Friday July 6, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Plaza 3

14:00

Judging a Book by Its Cover
Two competing teams of "literary experts" explain the plot of a book, based only upon the cover art they see on the screen. Panelists: Miss Shannan Paul, Paul Cornell, Lee Harris, Jerry Belich, Dawn Krosnowski, Sharon Stiteler, Tim Wick (mod), Nick Glover, Molly Glover, Melissa Kaercher

Friday July 6, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Atrium 6

14:00

Tanya Brody
Tanya Brody once again graces HarmCon with her special blend of original and traditional folk, with a few fun covers thrown in for good measure. Hear her sing some favorite tunes, and learn a few new ones, as she accompanies herself on harp and guitar. Panelists: Tanya Brody

Friday July 6, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
Sheraton Gibson

14:00

Signing - Jim Kakalios
Panelists: James Kakalios

Friday July 6, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

14:00

Signing - Tamora Pierce
Panelists: Tamora Pierce

Friday July 6, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Autograph Table C

14:00

Full Metal Panic!
Sousuke Sagara must go undercover at a high school to protect Kaname Chidori, a girl with mysterious powers. He was raised on a battlefield and has no idea how to act like a normal student; luckily, he's much more useful in a gunfight. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 14:00 - 16:00
DoubleTree Atrium 1

14:00

Assassin's Guild Boffing Practice
Are you not feeling particularly competitive and just want to hit friends, loved-ones, or other con-goers with foam padded weapons? Feel free to do so in this practice event. No need to feel intimidated, relax, and have fun fighting! Panelists: David Bianchi

Friday July 6, 2018 14:00 - 16:00
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

14:00

Open Board Gaming
Boardgame library provided by our friends at The Source and table space open for those who are looking for a quick game Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 14:00 - Saturday July 7, 2018 02:00
DoubleTree 2205 Table C

14:00

Sword of Air
A spinoff of the legendary Sword of Barakus CONvergence campaign, we start fresh at Level 1 – bring characters generated using the 25-point buy model (3.5 DMG), *or* play a pre-generated character. Humans & Demi-Humans only, please! Panelists: Burl Zorn (mod), Jenna Touchette (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 14:00 - Saturday July 7, 2018 02:00
DoubleTree 2205 Table A

14:30

Costume Wars Orientation
If you have registered for the Costume Wars Show, come line up and get last-minute tips for the show. Panelists: Michael Wilson

Friday July 6, 2018 14:30 - 14:45
Sheraton Garden Court

15:00

Cinema Rex Movie #8 w/GoH Viin Truitner
Guest of Honor Vin Truitner will say a few words before the film and then stick around for a Q&A after to discuss his work on the movie. Panelists: Vincent Truitner

Friday July 6, 2018 15:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Plaza 4

15:00

Costume Wars
Costume Wars performance. Panelists: Michael Wilson

Friday July 6, 2018 15:00 - 18:00
Sheraton Garden Court

15:30

Newtonian Ducky Races
Do you have what it takes to get your rubber ducky to the finish line first? Build your duck a custom car utilizing basic physics and then race it against other ducks. All ages, under 10 may need assistance. Panelists: Sandy Darst, Geoff Wessendorf, James Kakalios

Friday July 6, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Plaza 2

15:30

Cosplay Project Management
Any costume is a project with distinct pieces, each with their own timelines. How do you break down the process and create realistic timelines and budgets? Do you already have the skills or are you learning something new? Panelists: Ty Blauersouth, Paul Haga, Kaerie -, Dana Baird (mod), Melissa Sowers

Friday July 6, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
Sheraton Whalon

15:30

Crafting an Elevator Pitch
Coming up with that paragraph that will sell everyone on your great idea is pivotal to make it a reality, whether it's a play or the next better mouse trap. How's it done? Get advice from creators in various fields. Panelists: Lana Johnson (mod), Taylor Cisco, Melinda Snodgrass, Lee Harris

Friday July 6, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Atrium 7

15:30

How Did I Get Here?
The path to success can be direct or a long and winding road. Listen to some of our Guests of Honor share their stories. Panelists: Lindsay Ellis, Victor Raymond

Friday July 6, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Bloomington

15:30

Keeping Creatively Energized
How do you keep the creative ideas flowing? How do you continue to create? Panelists: Emilie Peck, Cath Schaff-Stump, Deborah Frethem, Wesley Chu, Abra Staffin-Wiebe

Friday July 6, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Plaza 1

15:30

Kids Ask a Scientist
Specifically for kids - scientists answer your questions about science. Panelists: Steven Theiss, Jessica Miller, Laura Okagaki-Vraspir, Steve Sylvestre, Renate Fiora (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Atrium 4

15:30

Life Cycles of the Inanimate
Biological things are born grow and die. But what about ideas, books, fashion, or even conventions? Do they follow a similar path? Do similar rules apply? Panelists: Sarah Soderlund, Lisa Snellings, Craig Finseth

Friday July 6, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Atrium 2

15:30

Stranger Things: Season 2
Let's just spend a little more time with 80’s nostalgia and kids in peril! Panelists: David Brennan (mod), Sarah O'Connor, Kevin Eldridge, Kiah Nelson, Meghan McManus

Friday July 6, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Atrium 6

15:30

The Third Doctor
Let’s take a closer look at the third Doctor, played by John Pertwee. Panelists: Bryon Stump, Paul Cornell, Gabriela Santiago (mod), Justin Lewis

Friday July 6, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Edina

15:30

We Deliver!
Comedians will tell you: it’s all about the delivery. Storytellers, emcees, comics, and spoken word performers provide their best tips and tricks for effective onstage delivery. Panelists: Elizabeth Ess, Stephan Stomberg, Ben San Del (mod), Mary Jo Pehl, Miss Shannan Paul

Friday July 6, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Plaza 3

15:30

Scott Keever
Scott Keever is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who specializes in solo guitar from Celtic to Balkan, jazz to classical. He has performed regionally with Cats Laughing, Lojo Russo & Funks Grove, Zurround, The Sweet Colleens, and Orkestar Bez Ime. Panelists: Scott Keever

Friday July 6, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
Sheraton Gibson

15:30

Reading - Ytasha Womack
Panelists: Ytasha Womack

Friday July 6, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
Sheraton Ames

15:30

Signing - Amal El-Mohtar
Panelists: Amal El-Mohtar

Friday July 6, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

15:30

Signing - Greg Weisman
Panelists: Greg Weisman

Friday July 6, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Autograph Table C

15:30

Signing - Kelly McCullough
Panelists: Kelly McCullough

Friday July 6, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Autograph Table B

15:30

LAN - Open Gaming
Open LAN gaming on the PCs in 2208 - warm up for Overwatch, get in a little League of Legends, or check out Starcraft2! Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 15:30 - 17:00
DoubleTree 2208

15:30

Shootin' Ladders
This is NOT the Chutes & Ladders you remember! Arm your gingerbread man with the best guns you can find, and do unto others (but do it first) while climbing up ladders and sliding down chutes! Panelists: Eric Peterson (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 15:30 - 17:00
DoubleTree 2202 Table C

15:30

Signing - Marina Sirtis
Panelists: Marina Sirtis

Friday July 6, 2018 15:30 - 18:00
DoubleTree Autograph Table D

16:00

Log Horizon
After the latest update of the MMORPG Elder Tale prevents the players from logging out, socially awkward college student Shiroe sets out to discover the limits of his new reality. He must learn to work with players and NPCs alike to bring stability to the virtual city. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 16:00 - 17:30
DoubleTree Atrium 1

17:00

Art of the Dress Costume Runway Show
Art of the Dress is the show for costumers who want an opportunity for their outfits to be seen in front of an audience but don’t wish to participate in the structured judging of Masquerade. Come show off your cosplay under the bright lights of our stage for all to appreciate! Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 17:00 - 17:30
DoubleTree Main Stage

17:00

Harisen Daiko Preview
A quick preview of the thundering taiko drums that await in Harisen Daiko's Sunday performance on Mainstage (home of the Taiko Sci Fi medley!). Stop by the garden court to get a taste of Harisen BRINGING THE BOOM! Panelists: Kristin Grandt, Scott Grandt, Melissa Green, Marit Hanson, Holly Johnson, James Sammartano, Jill McTavish, Christopher Stephan, Tristan Stephan, Vanessa Stephan, Steve Sylvestre, Frederick Sylvestre, Al Zdrazil

Friday July 6, 2018 17:00 - 17:30
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

17:00

Radio Auditions
Auditions for Greg Weisman run radio play. 4-5 solo vocalists needed, in addition to speaking-only parts. Link to the music: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pk1no1u08yt2q71/AAC4VjUMtZj_laezMQZIcbhua?dl=0 Panelists: Christopher Jones, Greg Weisman, Lee Harris, Kristopher Carter

Friday July 6, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Plaza 3

17:00

Zombify Your Plushie
Julie Bowman will show you how to turn a cute and adorable Plush Creature into an even cuter and more adorable Plush Zombie. All ages, under 10 may need assistance. Panelists: MythJulie

Friday July 6, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Plaza 2

17:00

Casual Chat with Guest Authors
Guest of Honor authors answer audience questions and chat about whatever is on their minds. Panelists: Eleanor Arnason, Elizabeth Bear, Amal El-Mohtar, Tamora Pierce

Friday July 6, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Edina

17:00

Character Actors
Let's gush about some of our favorite actors who aren’t leads. Panelists: Alexis Nordling, Matt Gamble, Brandy Danaki, Nathan Anderson (mod), Brian Salisbury

Friday July 6, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Atrium 4

17:00

Clothes Make the Character
Learn how costuming and costume design can reveal or conceal information about characters in fiction. Panelists: Ty Blauersouth (mod), Danith McPherson, Rae Lundquist, Peregrine Johnson

Friday July 6, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
Sheraton Whalon

17:00

CONvergence Events Open Meeting
Get an update on the latest with the organization that runs CONvergence with members of the CONvergence Events Board of Directors. Panelists: Ishmael Williams, Nadim Khalidi, Amy Mills, Lauren Sindt, Stephanie Zuercher, Liz Hernandez, Margaret Eastman, Thomas Keeley, Jonathan Palmer

Friday July 6, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Atrium 2

17:00

Enterprising Individuals Live!: The Measure of a Man
Picard defends Data in a trial for his right to exist! Join us for a live taping of the Enterprising Individuals podcast as we talk with Melinda Snodgrass about writing Star Trek: The Next Generation's first truly great episode, "The Measure of a Man!" Panelists: Ella Pearson, Aaron Coker, Bridget Landry, Gabriela Santiago (mod), Melinda Snodgrass

Friday July 6, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Plaza 1

17:00

Marvel Villain Retrospective
Villains are, arguably, one of the weaknesses of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Which villains have really worked and which have fallen short? Panelists: Jess Banks, Keely Cooper, John Seavey (mod), Kelly McCullough, bricklyn holtgrave

Friday July 6, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Atrium 6

17:00

That Doctor Looks Like a Lady
Doctor Who has finally cast its die with a female lead. What do we like about the new direction of the series? Panelists: Michael Shappe, David Brennan, Alexander Seymour, Anne Lyle (mod), Justin Lewis

Friday July 6, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Bloomington

17:00

Batman: the Golden Age
Award-winning playwright phillip low has created an adaptation of the Batman's earliest appearances! Come listen to a full-cast reading of Bill Finger's self-made world's great detective. Panelists: Kelvin Hatle, phillip low (mod), Joshua Scrimshaw, Tim Uren, Duck Washington

Friday July 6, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Atrium 7

17:00

Reading - Taylor Cisco
Panelists: Taylor Cisco

Friday July 6, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
Sheraton Ames

17:00

Signing - Paul Cornell
Panelists: Paul Cornell

Friday July 6, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Autograph Table B

17:00

Signing - Roy C Booth
Panelists: Roy Booth

Friday July 6, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Autograph Table C

17:00

Signing - Ytasha Womack
Panelists: Ytasha Womack

Friday July 6, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

17:00

Firefly (board game)
Based on the Firefly TV series: Start with a captain and a ship. Hire and equip a crew to find and complete jobs to keep flying while avoiding deadly Reavers, Alliance Patrols, and other captains who may be pirates, or even do some pirating yourself. Panelists: Stan Carlson (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 17:00 - 20:30
DoubleTree 2202 Table D

17:00

LAN - Overwatch
Overwatch ended the crisis, and helped maintain peace, inspiring an era of exploration, innovation, and discovery. But, after many years, Overwatch was disbanded. Now, conflict is rising again - are you with us? **PERSONAL ACCOUNT REQUIRED** Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 17:00 - 20:30
DoubleTree 2208

17:00

Para-thulu-zombi-noia!
Trust No One; keep your laser pistol and powder of ibn ghazi ready! Mother computer sends YOU, an elite troubleshooter, on a mission of utmost importance, to help keep at bay the things from beyond space and time. OH, THE INSANITY! Panelists: Robert Cudinski (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 17:00 - 20:30
DoubleTree 2202 Table B

17:00

PFS - Pathfinder Society - Adventure
A five-hour adventure for Pathfinder Society play! Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 17:00 - 22:00
DoubleTree 2203 Table C

17:00

SFS - Starfinder Society - Quests!
A series of one-hour quests allowing new and experienced players to try out Starfinder Society play! Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 17:00 - 22:00
DoubleTree 2203 Table B

17:30

Poetry Slam Sign-Up
Sign up for Poetry Slam event. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 17:30 - 18:30
Sheraton Gibson Hall

17:30

Cirque de Vingt
Help Celebrate 20 years with CONvergence's very own circus! Witness performances of many styles: belly dance, acrobats, comedy, sideshow, and high flying aerial artists--all with signature geeky themes of course! Step right up to the Mainstage, these are acts not to miss! Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 17:30 - 18:30
DoubleTree Main Stage

17:30

Random Fractions
This Chicago-area duo blends guitar and bass with vocal harmonies in original songs about life, the universe, and just about everything along with some unexpected covers for a fantastically fun musical journey. Panelists: Cathy McManamon, Jason Neerenberg

Friday July 6, 2018 17:30 - 18:30
Sheraton Gibson

17:30

King of Thorn
160 people are put into a cold sleep to escape a deadly virus. When they awaken, they find the facility deserted and covered with thorns, and are soon attacked by monsters. Seven survivors escape, trying to discover what has happened to the world. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 17:30 - 19:30
DoubleTree Atrium 1

18:00

Cinema Rex Movie #9
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 18:00 - 20:30
DoubleTree Plaza 4

19:00

Hydraulic Arm Build
Using cardboard, syringes, tubing and water, build a moving arm that can pick up and move small objects. Instruction on theory and some design advice will be given; style, beauty, and hydraulic grace is up to you. By Spark Y. All ages, under 10 with help Panelists: Destiny Ziebol

Friday July 6, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
DoubleTree Plaza 2

19:00

Improv for Cosplayers
We all fall in love with characters for many reasons: from confidence to timidness, from sassy to clumsy. Come and join us in learning how to walk, talk, and interact with others as your favorite characters. Presented by Fearless Comedy Productions Panelists: Brynn Berryhill (mod), Eric Thompson, James Fairbairn, Jena Young, Angela Fox

Friday July 6, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
Sheraton Garden Court

19:00

A World Without Bees
The bee population continues to decline. What do we do about a world without bees? Panelists: Dirk Ykema, Jessica Miller, Arthur Kneeland, Sharon Stiteler (mod), Brittany Kerschner

Friday July 6, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
Sheraton Whalon

19:00

Cosplay For a Cause
How can you use your love of cosplay to bring joy to others and raise money for charities? Panelists: Todd Murray, Sara Huebschen, Amanda Fineran, Michael Wilson, Paul Haga

Friday July 6, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
DoubleTree Plaza 3

19:00

Friends of Bill W
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
DoubleTree Atrium 2

19:00

Guilty Pleasures
Bad movies we love and why we love them. Panelists: Mark McPherson, bricklyn holtgrave, Aaron Coker, Elisa Hansen, Shaun Duke (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
DoubleTree Edina

19:00

Live Action Disney
Disney has started creating live action versions of their own animated films. Come discuss the successes and failures of those already made and propose your wish list. Panelists: Michelle Farley, Charlene Holm, Meghan McManus, Kayla McGrady (mod), Lindsay Ellis

Friday July 6, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
DoubleTree Bloomington

19:00

Stories Don’t Just Happen
Stories aren’t magic - they come from somewhere. Come listen to creators talk about their process Panelists: Melinda Snodgrass, Cath Schaff-Stump, Kelly McCullough, Ytasha Womack, Chrysoula Tzavelas

Friday July 6, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
DoubleTree Atrium 4

19:00

Year in Comics
Let's talk about comics that came out in the last year. Panelists: Lee Harris, Nick Glover, Meredith Gillies, Sean Casey (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
DoubleTree Atrium 7

19:00

Joseph Scrimshaw's REALITY STRIKES BACK
Join comedian Joseph Scrimshaw (Screen Junkies, ForceCenter, RiffTrax) for an hour of “geek-flavored” comedy about going outside and talking to other humans! Thrill to tales of social anxiety escape rooms, trying to save Toys R Us, Han Solo going to Denny’s, and more! Panelists: Joseph Scrimshaw

Friday July 6, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
DoubleTree Main Stage

19:00

Odd Salon
Odd Salon (oddsalon.com), the San Fran org presenting short talks on Adventure, Science, Literature, & Weird Stuff is sending Information Society's Kurt Larson to present three speakers on the theme: 'Science Fact Is Stranger Than Science Fiction!' Panelists: Kurt Larson (mod), Amber Guetebier, Lindsay Lelivelt

Friday July 6, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
DoubleTree Plaza 1

19:00

Reading - Cynthia Booth
Panelists: Cynthia Booth

Friday July 6, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
Sheraton Ames

19:00

Mysterium
A group of psychics are conducting a séance to solve a mysterious murder at a haunted mansion. The ghost (one of the players) can only give clues in the form of images. Run out of time and the ghost vanishes for a year. Panelists: Carl Patten (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 19:00 - 20:30
DoubleTree 2205 Table B

19:00

Space Lounge: Teens Only
Ages 13-20. Make smoothies, DJ, or just have all the awesomeness of Space Lounge for your teen-self and friends during this Teen/Space-Lounge cooperative event! No alcohol will be allowed into the room. No non-teens other than staff allowed into the room. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 19:00 - 21:00
DoubleTree Veranda 8

19:00

CONvergence Poetry Slam
Nerds have words, and we want to hear them! Show up, sign up, and if the lottery gods are kind you (yes, you) may be drawn to read two three-minute poems to an audience of drunken strangers, and watch your heart and soul assigned numeric value. Panelists: Allison Broeren, phillip low, Dan Marlow, Cole Sarar, Bryan Worra, Lyda Morehouse, Ben San Del, Pat Harrigan, Sam Cook

Friday July 6, 2018 19:00 - 21:00
Sheraton Gibson

19:00

2018 Midwest Sci-Fi Short Film Festival
This year, to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Convergence, we will be featuring a retrospective of the best sci-fi short films to screen at the festival over the past eight years. Panelists: Troy LaFaye

Friday July 6, 2018 19:00 - 21:30
DoubleTree Atrium 6

19:30

Attack on Titan
Centuries ago, mankind was slaughtered to near extinction by monstrous titans, forcing humans to hide in fear behind enormous concentric walls. The fragile calm is shattered when a colossal titan breaches the supposedly impregnable outer wall, reigniting the fight for survival. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 19:30 - 21:30
DoubleTree Atrium 1

20:30

Chainmaille 101
A basic European 4 in 1 chainmaille lesson for those who have always been curious. We will use links that can be worked without tools, so ages 11+ should be able to enjoy themselves. Ages 11+. Panelists: Brandon Kline

Friday July 6, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
DoubleTree Plaza 2

20:30

Rex’s Super Happy Fun Time
It is Convergence’s 20th year and Rex wanted to celebrate by playing lots of his favorite fun short videos that he has stockpiled over the years, along with some new recent ones. So come for 5 minutes, come for 20 minutes, or come for the whole show. It is going to be a super happy fun time!!! Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
DoubleTree Plaza 4

20:30

Anime 101
An introduction to Anime. What are the conventions? What are some good starting points? Panelists: James Horvath, Scott Jamison, Michael Grimm (mod), Chrysoula Tzavelas, Jessica Silver

Friday July 6, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
Sheraton Whalon

20:30

Art Show Meetup
Meet some of the artists who have works on display in the Art Show. We'll have a somewhat free-form tour of the show with Q&A as we go. Afterwards you are welcome to stick around for refreshments and chatting outside the Art Show. All are welcome! Panelists: Christine Mitzuk, Aric Stewart, Tania Richter

Friday July 6, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
DoubleTree Plaza 6

20:30

Dr. Who Companions
Come discuss your favorite and your least favorite companions. Panelists: AMBER RADEN, Elizabeth Jankowski, Lorine Menzuber (mod), Kirsten Roepke-Karsen, Nolan Montcalm

Friday July 6, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
DoubleTree Bloomington

20:30

Dream Narratives
From William Shakespeare to Lewis Carroll to Neil Gaiman, ambitious authors are addicted to dreams as a narrative device. What's going on when we're asleep that is so terribly compelling to fantasy writers? Panelists: Kurt Larson, Emma Bull, Kristin Tipping, Ruth Berman, Daniel Mauleon

Friday July 6, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
DoubleTree Atrium 2

20:30

Game of Thrones: Comparing Books to TV
As both an epic book series and an epic television series, "Song of Ice and Fire" and "Game of Thrones" make choices to fit their formats and audiences. Discuss the point of view narration, the ages of characters, character names, and more. Panelists: Lindsay Bell (mod), Christina Marie, Lis Morton, Meghan McManus

Friday July 6, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
DoubleTree Edina

20:30

Genealogy: Uncovering the Secrets of Your Family Tree
In the spirit of CON history, let's talk about family history. From Ancestry to 23andMe, there are more ways to get connected. Join our panelists to learn about the secrets in their family trees and find out how to start exploring your own. Panelists: Sarah Barsness (mod), Kathryn Yee, Brynn Berryhill, Dustin Peyton

Friday July 6, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
DoubleTree Plaza 3

20:30

Jack Kirby Fan Panel
By age 19, Jack Kirby was working as a professional artist. He went on to co-create most of the Marvel Universe in the 1960s. A career lasting 5 decades, we will talk about the man and our favorite works of his. Panelists: Stuart West, Jesse Haller, James Kakalios, Roy Booth (mod), Sean Casey

Friday July 6, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
DoubleTree Plaza 1

20:30

Paranormal Minnesota
Where are there ghosts in Minnesota? Panelists: Wendy Fossum, Sarah Soderlund (mod), Todd Powell, Jei Herald-Zamora

Friday July 6, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
Sheraton Ames

20:30

When is Star Trek Space Opera?
Space Opera is a subgenre of science fiction and sometimes Star Trek falls into that subgenre, but very often it does not. So when is Star Trek Space Opera, anyway? Panelists: Alexis Nordling (mod), Taylor Cisco, Justin Grays

Friday July 6, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
DoubleTree Atrium 4

20:30

Working with a Co-Author
What’s it like to write a novel when you aren’t doing it alone? Panelists: Amal El-Mohtar, Jennifer Allan, Adam Whitlatch, Cynthia Booth, Eric Zawadzki (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
DoubleTree Atrium 7

20:30

Powerpoint Karaoke
Four "experts" must each give a PowerPoint presentation with slides they have never seen before, and the slides make no sense! Panelists: Bill Stiteler (mod), Melissa Kaercher, Joseph Scrimshaw, Tim Uren, Duck Washington, Molly Glover, Sharon Stiteler, Andrea Ropella, Tim Wick

Friday July 6, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
DoubleTree Main Stage

20:30

LAN - Open Gaming
Open LAN gaming on the PCs in 2208 - come get some! Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 20:30 - 22:00
DoubleTree 2208

20:30

Fiasco!
Inspired by cinematic tropes, Fiasco is a group storytelling game in which character ambitions run high, impulse control is low, and chaos reigns supreme. Characters will lose, die, and fail despite or likely because of their well laid plans. Panelists: Robert Cudinski (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 20:30 - Saturday July 7, 2018 01:00
DoubleTree 2202 Table B

21:00

Space Lounge
Is your party in need of rest, refreshment, entertainment, or enhancement? Space Lounge is the intergalactic way station of the future you've been questing for. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 21:00 - Saturday July 7, 2018 02:00
DoubleTree Veranda 8

21:30

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Keiichi Maebara has just moved to a quiet little village. As the village prepares for its annual festival, he discovers that there have been several murders and disappearances in recent years connected to the festival and the village's patron god. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 21:30 - 23:00
DoubleTree Atrium 1

21:30

Cinema Rex Movie #10
Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 21:30 - Saturday July 7, 2018 00:00
DoubleTree Plaza 4

22:00

Aro/Ace Relationships
Come talk about topics related to identities that fall on the asexual or aromantic spectrums. Share your experiences and insight or ask questions if you're unsure. Discuss representation and share recommendations. Meet others like you here at Con. Panelists: Meg Thiel, Dirk Ykema, Laura Thurston, Charlene Holm, Genevieve Alberti

Friday July 6, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
DoubleTree Atrium 7

22:00

Cafe Blue: Positive Sexuality In Comics and Animation
Want to discuss the progressive nature of Nightwing's butt? Interested in theories on the intimate physiology of The Hulk? Come nerd-out on the positive sexuality of your favorite animated and comic characters. Panelists: John Seavey (mod), Susan Willson, Erik Blackstad, Greg Weisman, Lathan Murrell

Friday July 6, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
DoubleTree Bloomington

22:00

Farscape Fan Panel
A discussion of the science fiction series set in space aboard a living ship. Panelists: Donavon Indovino Cawley, Elizabeth Bear, Aaron Coker, Brittany Kerschner, Michael Zecca (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
DoubleTree Plaza 3

22:00

John Carpenter Fan Panel
John Carpenter has made some great films and some other films. We’ll talk about the great ones...and the other ones. Panelists: Kyle Dekker, Tim Lieder, Matt Gamble, Nathan Anderson, Brian Salisbury (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
DoubleTree Edina

22:00

Pay to Play
Downloadable content and micro-transactions have been around for a while now and show no signs of going away. How has this altered gaming, for good or ill? Panelists: Allyson Cygan, Kieran Stomberg, Sean Sullivan, Chase Peterson

Friday July 6, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
Sheraton Ames

22:00

Pounded in the Butt by the Chuck Tingle Fan Panel
Talking about Chuck Tingle and his work. Panelists: Kristina Winn, Rory Ni Coileain, Lyda Morehouse (mod), Jonathan Palmer, Sharon Stiteler

Friday July 6, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
DoubleTree Atrium 4

22:00

Twin Peaks: Digging Deep into The Return
Now that David Lynch's return to Twin Peaks has ended, what now? We will cover theories, thoughts, and cherry pie. Panelists: Alexandra Howes, Sheva Rosenberg (mod), Pat Harrigan, Niles Schwartz, Lis Morton

Friday July 6, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
Sheraton Whalon

22:00

Westworld Fan Panel
Panelists: Craig Smith, Michael jankowski, Mark Goldberg, Michelle Farley (mod), Scott Holm

Friday July 6, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
DoubleTree Atrium 6

22:00

Worst Magic Items Ever
What magic items aren't work their weight? Which items should be more problematic then they're presented (*cough* the Glaive in "Krull")? Come vilify (or maybe vindicate) your least favorites. Panelists: Naomi Kritzer, Eric Zawadzki (mod), Bill Stiteler

Friday July 6, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
DoubleTree Atrium 2

22:00

Naughty Bawdy Brigade (18+)
We, the Mistresses of the Naughty Bawdy Brigade entertain you with songs, jokes, limericks, and a whole lot of double entendre. We plan to entrance or entrap (your choice) you with our assets. Check us out at https://www.facebook.com/MBessMNellNBB/ Panelists: Tracy Fuller, Anna Miller-Sherman, Amanda Nerud

Friday July 6, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
Sheraton Gibson

22:00

Secrets of the Mysterious Old Radio
Join us for a special live recording of The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society podcast. Panelists: Tim Uren, Joshua Scrimshaw, Eric Webster, Kai Stewart

Friday July 6, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
DoubleTree Plaza 1

22:00

Vilification Tennis
Vilification Tennis is a structured improvisational show where competitors engage in a battle of insults. The show is never the same because the competitors keep changing and the material is constantly evolving. We feel that there is humor inherent even in the most taboo subjects and we are, therefore, willing to make fun of things that most people would think aren't the least bit funny. Like your mom. Beware- this show is not for those with delicate sensibilities. (We will need to clear the room after this performance to prepare for music.) Panelists: Tim Wick, Molly Glover, Nick Glover

Friday July 6, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
DoubleTree Main Stage

22:00

Joking Hazard
Do you like to laugh? Do other people wince when you tell stories? Joking Hazard is the game for you! You and your sick friends use cards to try and make the most offensive comic strip possible. (18+ ONLY, ID REQUIRED) Panelists: Bob Wagner (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 22:00 - 23:30
DoubleTree 2202 Table A

22:00

Sandbox After Dark: Art is Skin Deep
Sandbox After Dark presents: Body Painting! You paint, we paint, it's fun for everybody! GoH Michael 'Knightmage' Wilson will also discuss his preferred paints. Ages 18+. Bring ID. Panelists: Jim Shields, John Garner, Michael Wilson

Friday July 6, 2018 22:00 - Saturday July 7, 2018 00:30
DoubleTree Plaza 2

22:00

LAN - 18+ Open Gaming
Grown-up time on the LAN PCs - the kiddos are in bed, so come get your game on! Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 22:00 - Saturday July 7, 2018 02:00
DoubleTree 2208

23:00

Redline
Held once every five years, everyone wants to stake their claim to fame at Redline, the most deadly racing tournament in the universe. All the while, organized crime and militaristic governments want to leverage the race to their own ends. Can a high speed romance survive a race of mass destruction? Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 23:00 - Saturday July 7, 2018 01:00
DoubleTree Atrium 1

23:00

A Roundabout with Zombies
Ever want to not just kill the zombies, but work with a team? If so, this is the late-night game for you! (NOTE: Teams not included, and are found separately – role-playing happens more often than combat) Game is PG-13 at least! Panelists: Quinn Caerwyn (mod)

Friday July 6, 2018 23:00 - Saturday July 7, 2018 03:00
DoubleTree 2201a

23:30

Late Night Music Circle
A late night gathering of musicians where you can sing, play or just listen. Panelists: Dave Stagner

Friday July 6, 2018 23:30 - Saturday July 7, 2018 00:30
DoubleTree Plaza 1

23:30

American Vandal Fan Panel
A panel about the Netflix series American Vandal. Panelists: Lis Morton (mod), Janet Lano, Laura Bidgood

Friday July 6, 2018 23:30 - Saturday July 7, 2018 00:30
Sheraton Ames

23:30

Crime Scare of '80s Action Films
Cops using violence to stop crime was totally cool in the '80s. Discuss whether or not these films have any ramifications in our current social climate. Panelists: Alexis Nordling, Niles Schwartz, Nick Krekeler (mod), Tanya -, Lathan Murrell

Friday July 6, 2018 23:30 - Saturday July 7, 2018 00:30
DoubleTree Edina

23:30

Next Big Monster
Zombies had their day in the sun. Vampires also had their day in the...well, maybe not the sun, but you get what I'm saying. Horror and fantasy writers and publishers debate what creature will or should be the next big monster sensation, and why. Panelists: Sarah Soderlund (mod), Kristin Tipping, SA Sidor, Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Jei Herald-Zamora

Friday July 6, 2018 23:30 - Saturday July 7, 2018 00:30
DoubleTree Atrium 4

23:30

Orphan Black Wrap Up
Come celebrate the characters, science, and themes developed over the five seasons of Orphan Black. What has its impact been on pop culture? How have BBC America and Canadian productions impacted the sci-fi landscape? The #CloneClub contintues! Panelists: AlysshaRose Jordan (mod), Sarah O'Connor, Kiah Nelson, Josiah Mannion, Lorine Menzuber

Friday July 6, 2018 23:30 - Saturday July 7, 2018 00:30
Sheraton Whalon

23:30

Pun-El
Once again, the English language (and a few others) gets pun-ched, pun-ked, and pun-ji'd without fear of flying fruit! The Pun-El returns. Speech class was never like this! Panelists: Art Allen, Lee Harris, Edward Eastman, Margaret Eastman, Brian LaBounty

Friday July 6, 2018 23:30 - Saturday July 7, 2018 00:30
DoubleTree Bloomington

23:30

Slash Panel
Come one, come all, & let’s get together for the annual panel to discuss same-sex shipping & fanfiction! We’ll talk recent trends in tropes & ships, and share recs for what we’ve been reading. (This is panel is rated “lemon”, as in “you should probably"). Panelists: Jo Thrace, Kes, Skazka 9000, Bess Stuvenoxend (mod), Teresa Kramer

Friday July 6, 2018 23:30 - Saturday July 7, 2018 00:30
DoubleTree Atrium 7

23:30

The Dysk: The World of Sir Terry Pratchett
Discworld is the stage for some of the most ingenious characters and stories ever created. We lost Sir Terry in 2015, but wit and his artful social commentary live on. Join us for discussion of this incredible world-builder. Panelists: Michelle Curtis, Assad Khaishgi (mod), Barbara Skoglund

Friday July 6, 2018 23:30 - Saturday July 7, 2018 00:30
DoubleTree Atrium 2

23:30

Get Thee Behind Me, Santa: A Filthy Children's Time-Travel Farce for Adults Only
It's December 21st, 2012, and something's gone terribly wrong with the timeline. Now it's up to Saint Nicholas, a soft-boiled detective, and an unknown carpenter's son named Jesus of Nazareth to set things right! Panelists: phillip low

Friday July 6, 2018 23:30 - Saturday July 7, 2018 00:30
DoubleTree Plaza 3

23:30

Killer B's Improv Movie Show
As clips of strange movies play onscreen, a team of voice actors and musicians create a whole new soundtrack... without ever seeing the movies before! It's film, improv comedy, and live music all in one, plus a 75% chance of rubber-suit monsters! Panelists: Dawn Krosnowski, Melissa Kaercher, Jerry Belich, Scott Keever, Kelvin Hatle, Molly Glover, Tim Uren, Joseph Scrimshaw, Matt Kessen, Duck Washington, Lauren Haven, Kristopher Carter

Friday July 6, 2018 23:30 - Saturday July 7, 2018 00:30
DoubleTree Atrium 6

23:30

The Nerdlesque Strikes Back! (18+)
Nerdy burlesque performers assemble! Back at HarmCon for year 3 of geek- and pop culture-infused burlesque and cabaret performance art! We’ll showcase a medley of your favorite characters through the dazzling, humorous, and sexy scope of burlesque! Panelists: Mona Montague, Opiumm Hayze, Holliedazzle, Sinasaurus Vex, Joy Coy, Champagne Lorraine

Friday July 6, 2018 23:30 - Saturday July 7, 2018 00:30
Sheraton Gibson

23:30

Boss Level (dance)
Get ready to get your groove on as we pull out all the stops for a night of intense dancing and tunes until dawn. Not only will this night feature two special guests, but the CONvergence gogos are back for their 5th year of dancing, shaking their behinds together all night long to some awesome music! See our video signage for additional info and updates to our schedule. Panelists:

Friday July 6, 2018 23:30 - Saturday July 7, 2018 05:00
DoubleTree Main Stage

00:00

CVG Teen Room
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 00:00 - 01:00
DoubleTree Atrium 3

00:00

Cinema Rex Movie #11
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 00:00 - 02:00
DoubleTree Plaza 4

00:00

CoF2E2
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 00:00 - 06:00
DoubleTree Cabana 114

00:00

Consuite
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 00:00 - Sunday July 8, 2018 00:00
DoubleTree Consuite

00:00

Smokers Paradise
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 00:00 - Sunday July 8, 2018 00:00
DoubleTree Smokers Tent

00:00

The Bridge
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 00:00 - Sunday July 8, 2018 00:00
DoubleTree Shipside

01:00

Hellsing Ultimate
Hellsing is an organization dedicated to destroying the supernatural forces that threaten the very existence of humanity. Their ultimate weapon is the vampire Alucard, who works against his own kind as an exterminator. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 01:00 - 02:30
DoubleTree Atrium 1

02:00

Cinema Rex Movie #12
This showing is captioned Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 02:00 - 04:00
DoubleTree Plaza 4
 
Saturday, July 7
 

07:00

Kaiba
In a world where memories exist in memory chips separate from the body, death of the body no longer means death of the soul. A man named Kaiba wakes up in an empty room with no memories, a mysterious hole in his chest, and a locket holding the picture of a woman. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 07:00 - 09:00
DoubleTree Atrium 1

08:00

Masquerade Performer Orientation
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 08:00 - 09:00
DoubleTree Main Stage

09:00

Fighting Foodons
An 11-year old boy bands together with his younger sister and a young boy who has a large appetite to battle an evil empire by using their Foodons - strange monsters that are created from various foods. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 09:00 - 11:00
DoubleTree Atrium 1

09:00

Masquerade Technical Rehearsal
Performers will be assigned a 15 minutes slot during this time. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 09:00 - 16:00
DoubleTree Main Stage

09:00

Registration
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 09:00 - 22:00
DoubleTree Veranda 2

09:00

09:00

Programming Operations
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 09:00 - Sunday July 8, 2018 00:30
DoubleTree Lobby Conference Room

09:30

Crayon's Corner
KIDS!! Bring your parents to this Exciting Story and Activity Hour. Crayon (Caryn Lengeek) leads this wonderful CONvergence staple. Ages 12 and under. Panelists: Caryn Lengkeek

Saturday July 7, 2018 09:30 - 10:30
DoubleTree Plaza 2

09:30

Fitness for Geeks
Ways to get your geek on and keep yourself fit. Panelists: Lindsay Bell, Diana Fitzwater, Rachel Tanquist, Sarah Molasky, Kurt Fleschner (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 09:30 - 10:30
DoubleTree Edina

09:30

How to Be an Action Hero
The heroes of action movies have a lot of interesting, unique skills and traits that let them win the day. Here we discuss those skills and traits. How would one learn them? How useful are they in real life. What traits of action heroes are problematic? Panelists: Christina Marie, Scott Jamison, Lathan Murrell, Amanda Day (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 09:30 - 10:30
DoubleTree Atrium 6

09:30

Kid Friendly Streaming
What great content for kids you can find on Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services? Panelists: Katarina Larsen, Lorine Menzuber (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 09:30 - 10:30
DoubleTree Atrium 7

09:30

Magic: The Gathering's Color Pie
When it comes to developing a solid M:tG deck, one should first understand the color pie. Whether you have been playing for years and want to talk about the colors' motives or are newer to the game and want to learn about them, we are here for you. Panelists: Alexis Nordling, Wendy Hoskin (mod), Matthew Everhart

Saturday July 7, 2018 09:30 - 10:30
DoubleTree Plaza 3

09:30

Selling on Etsy
If you are handcrafting products, how can you connect with buyers? Panelists: Elise Matthesen, Angela Jones-Parker, Holly Chamas, Lisa Snellings, Jay Seevers

Saturday July 7, 2018 09:30 - 10:30
DoubleTree Atrium 2

09:30

The Big Lebowski 20 Years On
It debuted to little fanfare but has grown to iconic status. This fan panel discusses why The Big Lebowski has had such an enduring legacy. Panelists: John White, Wendy Fossum, Tim Lieder, Nathan Anderson (mod), Bill Stiteler

Saturday July 7, 2018 09:30 - 10:30
DoubleTree Bloomington

09:30

Dragons of Middle-Earth: The Puppet Show!
Learn about the mighty dragons that plagued Middle-earth in a funny and informative manner...puppet style. It's safe to laugh at these live dragons! Panelists: Daniel Lindskog, Jessica Lindskog, Corinne Lindskog

Saturday July 7, 2018 09:30 - 10:30
DoubleTree Plaza 1

09:30

Reading - Adam J. Whitlatch
Panelists: Adam Whitlatch

Saturday July 7, 2018 09:30 - 10:30
Sheraton Whalon

09:30

Reading - Justine Mastin
Panelists: Justine Mastin

Saturday July 7, 2018 09:30 - 10:30
Sheraton Ames

09:30

U of M Raptor Center
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 09:30 - 12:00
DoubleTree Atrium 4

09:30

PFS - Gallows of Madness (part 3)
Part Three of a three-day module. The Abyss Approaches! Something wicked—and monstrous—stirs around the rugged Isgeri town of Saringallow, where the hated legacy of noble Chelish diabolists runs deep. Panelists: Pathfinder Society (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 09:30 - 17:00
DoubleTree 2203 Table A

10:00

Cinema Rex Movie #13
This showing is captioned Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00 - 11:00
DoubleTree Plaza 4

10:00

Klingon Bat'leth Tournament
Calling all Warriors! Come join the battle! Lift high the Sword of Honor and battle your frenimies in this tournament. Class and certification for all participants starts one hour before the event. Entry fee of only $10. All proceeds go to battle DiCom. Panelists: George Richard

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00 - 13:00
Sheraton Garden Court

10:00

2D Con
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 3

10:00

Art Show
Quick sale available. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Plaza 6

10:00

Artist's Alley
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00 - 18:00
Sheraton Chadwick

10:00

Artists Alley
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00 - 18:00
Sheraton Bloomington Ballroom Hall

10:00

10:00

10:00

Dealers Room
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00 - 18:00
Sheraton Bloomington Ballroom

10:00

Fearless Comedy
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 6

10:00

10:00

Nerd Dads
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 7

10:00

NiCoral
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 4

10:00

Twin Cities Geek
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 2

10:00

UGO Podcast
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree CONvergence Central 5

10:00

10:00

AuxBridge
CONvergence Operations Auxilary Bridge Location. Convention questions answered. Comments and feedback heard. Daily Sheraton Lost & Found. Official CONvergence Safe Space. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00 - 20:00
Sheraton Quinn

10:00

CVG Teen Room
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00 - Sunday July 8, 2018 00:00
DoubleTree Atrium 3

10:00

Volunteers Den
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 10:00 - Sunday July 8, 2018 02:00
DoubleTree Cabana 117

11:00

Cardboard Table Top Pinball
Be a wizard! A pinball wizard! We will make our own pinball machines out of cardboard. All ages, under 10 may need assistance. Panelists: Renee Petersen

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
DoubleTree Plaza 2

11:00

Love Letters to the Ancestors from Chicago
Guest of Honor Ytasha Womack screens the short film she directed. Panelists: Ytasha Womack

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
DoubleTree Plaza 3

11:00

Bad Player, No XP
How can you as a game master ensure a safe space for your gaming group and deal with troublesome players without creating additional tension? Panelists: Mark Redacted, Joseph Jay-Dixon, Brian Casey (mod), Maddie Coulter, Cam Banks

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
DoubleTree Atrium 2

11:00

How to be a Citizen Scientist
How you can help scientists do their work? Panelists: Richard Hurley, PZ Myers, Jessica Miller, Sarah Molasky (mod), michelle cadieux

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
DoubleTree Atrium 7

11:00

It Was a Different Time
You don’t have to go back far to find blatantly racist, sexist, or homophobic moments in otherwise great media. How do we reconcile with our non-woke pop culture past? What in today’s pop art will we look back on with similar discomfort decades from now? Panelists: AlysshaRose Jordan, Tim Lieder, Miss Shannan Paul, David Rust (mod), Cat Choy

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
DoubleTree Plaza 1

11:00

Remembering "The Iron Giant"
Looking back at one of the best films from 1999. Panelists: Adam Lueck, Vincent Truitner, Dave Margosian, Elizabeth Bear, Vetnita Anderson (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
DoubleTree Bloomington

11:00

Star Trek: Discovery Panel
New Trek on TV! What do we love and what do we think could be better? Panelists: Ben Walker, Joan Verba, Michael Shappe (mod), Shawn Smith, Gabriela Santiago

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
DoubleTree Atrium 6

11:00

Thor: Ragnarock Fan Panel
What did we love and hate about Thor: Ragnarock? Panelists: Amal El-Mohtar, Emma Bull, John Seavey (mod), Allyson Cygan, Todd Murray

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
DoubleTree Edina

11:00

Unit 418: An Adventure in Comic Making and Story Writing
Get a first look behind the curtain into the mind of the madwoman responsible for the web comic, Unit 418. Meet the characters and hear their story followed by how it was developed and produced straight from the mouth of the author and illustrator! Panelists: Lauren Addy

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
Sheraton Whalon

11:00

Ravenscroft Musicke Guild
We're just like Voltron, except we have violins, viola, cello, harp, and recorders instead of robot lions. And we mix covers of TV and movie themes with Renaissance ballads, instead of defending the planus Arus. Okay; I guess we're nothing like Voltron. Panelists: Stephanie Claussen, Katherine Kilde, Chris Mortika, Kathleen O'Laughlin, Kerry Peterson, Eve Zabronsky

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
Sheraton Gibson

11:00

Reading - Scott Lynch
Panelists: Scott Lynch

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
Sheraton Ames

11:00

Signing - Marina Sirtis
Panelists: Marina Sirtis

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
DoubleTree Autograph Table D

11:00

Signing - Mark McPherson
Panelists: Mark McPherson

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
DoubleTree Autograph Table B

11:00

Signing - Patrick S. Tomlinson
Panelists: Patrick Tomlinson

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
DoubleTree Autograph Table C

11:00

Signing - Taylor Cisco
Panelists: Taylor Cisco

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00 - 12:00
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

11:00

Rose of Versailles
In 1755, Marie Antoinette is born in the royal family of Austria and raised in luxury. In France, a girl is born in the family of the Commander of the Royal Guards and raised as a man. Marie Antoinette and Oscar meet as the clock ticks toward the end of the French royalty. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00 - 13:00
DoubleTree Atrium 1

11:00

Assassin's Guild Boffing Tournament
Welcome to the 12th annual Assassin's Guild Boffing Tournament! Compete against your fellow con-goer by hitting each other with foam padded weapons! Trophies will be awarded to the top combatants! Panelists: David Bianchi

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00 - 13:30
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

11:00

LAN - League of Legends
One of the most popular games in the world. Team tournament matches will be held during the morning, with finals on Saturday afternoon. Also available for team play during open gaming/late night gaming. PERSONAL ACCOUNT REQUIRED** Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00 - 15:30
DoubleTree 2208

11:00

The Kessel Run
Can *you* do it in less than 12 parsecs? Star Wars X-Wing meets MarioKart power-ups – ready… set… GO! Panelists: Eric Peterson (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00 - 15:30
DoubleTree 2202 Table C

11:00

Masquerade Workmanship Judging
Performer judging times will be assigned. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00 - 16:00
DoubleTree MainStage Green Room

11:00

SFS - Starfinder Society - Quests!
A series of one-hour quests allowing new and experienced players to try out Starfinder Society play! Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00 - 17:00
DoubleTree 2203 Table B

11:00

PFS - Pathfinder Society - Quests!
A series of one-hour quests allowing new and experienced players to try out Pathfinder Society play! Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00 - 19:00
DoubleTree 2203 Table C

11:00

GPS Charity Auction
Bidding closes at 8:00 PM. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00 - 19:00
DoubleTree Atrium 8

11:00

Artemis and Valkyrie Bridge Simulators
Come play in our Artemis Bridge Simulator! This is a cooperative game in which up to 6 players assume the role of different crew members on a starship bridge.. Two bridge simulators are running, offset by a 30 min. In-person sign-ups are required. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:00 - 22:00
DoubleTree 2204

11:30

Cinema Rex Movie #14 w/live riff
In honor of Convergence’s 20 year anniversary we are celebrating by riffing a film as old as the convention itself! Come prepared to laugh and cringe. Panelists: Bill Stiteler, Jeremy Stomberg, Duck Washington

Saturday July 7, 2018 11:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Plaza 4

12:00

Sensory Break Room
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:00 - 23:00
DoubleTree Atrium 5

12:00

CoF2E2
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:00 - Sunday July 8, 2018 00:00
DoubleTree Cabana 114

12:00

Volunteers Den Massage Table
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:00 - Sunday July 8, 2018 00:00
DoubleTree Cabana 118

12:30

NerdCore 101
Love Fandom? Love music? Love WRITING MUSIC? This panel is for you. Local Nerdcore artists walk through their process for creating the music they love to perform. Engage with them in their process and try some of it out yourself, workshops style! Panelists: Dante Quinn, Jason Kruger, Tim Wick, Maren Aalgaard, Morgan Strickland

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Plaza 3

12:30

Personalize Your Water Bottle
You volunteered and got a cool water bottle - yay! But how do you keep track of it? By decorating it in the Sandbox, of course! Come on in and make your water bottle truly your own! All ages. Panelists: Angie Anderson

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Plaza 2

12:30

Radio Play Rehearsal
Rehearsal for Greg Weisman radio play. Panelists: Kristopher Carter, Greg Weisman, Marina Sirtis, Tanya Brody, Windy Bowlsby, Natalie Nowytski, Lee Harris, Christopher Jones

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Atrium 6

12:30

A Passenger on the Cruise Ship "Mental Health"
We use fandom as an escape, and as such, we want to see ourselves represented. Panelists will open up about their cognitive disorders and all things geek, including: representation, how different media help us cope, and some creators that are like us. Panelists: Michael jankowski, Barbarajean Hartos-Hord, Maddie Coulter (mod), Brynn Berryhill, Kelso Rowland

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Bloomington

12:30

Almost Our World
How do you build a fictional world inspired by our concerns for the real world we live in, be they environmental or political? Come learn from writers who will describe their process. Panelists: Tamora Pierce, Laura Anne Gilman (mod), Wesley Chu, Elizabeth Bear, Satish Jayaraj

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Plaza 1

12:30

Comics for Kids
Come discuss titles appropriate for 12 and unders. Panelists: Gillian Chan, John Seavey, Jennifer Klumpp, Cynthia Booth, Sean Casey (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Atrium 2

12:30

Get Off My World! A Doctor Who Live Podcast
Local podcasters Joshua, Kelvin, Pat, and Ariel are joined by special guest Joseph Scrimshaw for a live recording of their Doctor Who discussion podcast Get Off My World! Join us for deep nerdy discussion, inflammatory opinions, and major Doctor Who love. Panelists: Kelvin Hatle, Joseph Scrimshaw, Joshua Scrimshaw, Pat Harrigan, Ariel Leaf

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
Sheraton Whalon

12:30

Literary Awards
Does getting a literary award help your career? What's the impact, both positive and negative, of being recognized for your work with a big, heavy, piece of metal or glass? Panelists: Amal El-Mohtar, Lyda Morehouse, Naomi Kritzer (mod), Eleanor Arnason

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Atrium 7

12:30

Roles of Women in Entertainment
Women don't just wear pink hats and protest 45. They also make us laugh, cry, and even scream at our TVs. Let's celebrate the ways women are taking over the entertainment world as directors, writers, producers, and on screen. Panelists: Christina Marie, AlysshaRose Jordan (mod), Melinda Snodgrass, Mary Jo Pehl, Ytasha Womack

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Edina

12:30

The Faithful Sidekicks
The Faithful Sidekicks make (mostly) funny acoustic rock music about all the nerdy/geeky things - catchy original songs for all the fandoms we love delivered with a side of snark. http://www.thefaithfulsidekicks.com Panelists: Eric Distad, Jen Distad

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
Sheraton Gibson

12:30

Reading - Kelly McCullough
Panelists: Kelly McCullough

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
Sheraton Ames

12:30

Signing - Adam Whitlatch
Panelists: Adam Whitlatch

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Autograph Table B

12:30

Signing - phillip andrew bennett low
Panelists: phillip low

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30 - 13:30
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

12:30

Dominion
Come play Dominion, the breakthrough board game that created the deck-building genre! We’ll have all expansions through Empire available with the revised Second Edition base and Intrigue cards. Setup will be adjusted based on player experience. Panelists: Carl Patten (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30 - 16:00
DoubleTree 2205 Table B

12:30

ChessWerks
See what it's like to play with three foot wood. Panelists: Eric Lamansky

Saturday July 7, 2018 12:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southeast

13:00

Assassination Classroom
When a mysterious creature chops the moon down to a permanent crescent, the students of class 3-E of Kunugigaoka Middle School find themselves confronted with an enormous task: assassinate the creature responsible for the disaster before Earth suffers a similar fate. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 13:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Atrium 1

13:00

Space Lounge: Classic Video Game Tournament
Elimination-style competition on a 2-player glass table-top arcade machine featuring games ranging from the classic to the bizarre. (Space Limited) Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 13:00 - 16:00
DoubleTree Veranda 8

13:30

Cinema Rex Movie #15
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 13:30 - 15:30
DoubleTree Plaza 4

14:00

Fairy Doors and Space Portals
Create your entry to a whole new world. Miniature wooden doors to decorate the bases of trees, walls, or even your bookcase. All ages. Panelists: Dierdre Schultz

Saturday July 7, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Plaza 2

14:00

Group Signing
This signing is for Invited and other Participants to sign their work. Panelists: Roy Booth, Cynthia Booth, Patrick Tomlinson, Taylor Cisco, Adam Whitlatch, Mark McPherson, Laura Anne Gilman, Melissa Olson, Steve Sylvestre, Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Harris O'Malley, Justine Mastin

Saturday July 7, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

14:00

Ant Man & the Wasp Fan Panel
The movie just came out but we're gonna talk about it. SPOILER WARNING! Panelists: John Seavey, Keane Amdahl (mod), James Kakalios, Jim Tincher

Saturday July 7, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Bloomington

14:00

Creating with a Multilingual Mind
How does speaking and thinking in multiple languages influence the artistic process? Join a panel of multilingual creatives to hear about the advantages, frustrations, and experiences of producing with a multilingual mind. Panelists: Sarah Soderlund (mod), SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE, Josiah Mannion, Rob Callahan, Dustin Peyton

Saturday July 7, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
Sheraton Whalon

14:00

Disney Version
What happens to a perfectly innocent property when Disney gets its hands on it? What's lost and what's gained in the translation? Panelists: Brittany Kerschner (mod), Rita Walaszek, Lindsay Ellis, Jei Herald-Zamora

Saturday July 7, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Edina

14:00

Gaming and Technology in Education
"Why is my child playing an MMO for math homework?" "...and your character lost their health check and died of gangrene in social studies today?" Join us in reviewing some of the games used today in education to help students learn at their level. Panelists: Katarina Larsen, Kurt Larson, Melanie Reap, Curt Lund (mod), Renate Fiora

Saturday July 7, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Plaza 3

14:00

I'll Know What I Want When I See It
Talk about the process of creating art and props when those in charge don't really know what they want. How to go about obtaining specifications, requirements, and nice-to-haves. Panelists: Scott Keever, Lauren Addy, Angela Jones-Parker, Lisa Snellings

Saturday July 7, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Atrium 7

14:00

Tamora Hangs with Teens
Guest of Honor Tamora Pierce hangs out in the Teen Room. Panelists: Tamora Pierce

Saturday July 7, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Atrium 3

14:00

Death at a Convention
CONvergence partner Fearless Comedy Productions presents a murder mystery at CVG2108! One of our panelists is too annoying to survive. Help figure out who killed them. Panelists: Paul Cornell, Tim Wick, Dawn Krosnowski, Andrea Ropella, Angela Fox, Matt Kessen, Cara White, Eric Thompson

Saturday July 7, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Plaza 1

14:00

Galactic Hot Pants
Modular Synth Lord​ Orathkar ​emerges from oblivion to put your brain in a blender, joined by​ Admiral Astroprobe on vocals and acoustic guitar. ​Each audience member receives a singularity.​ Youtube channel: https://youtu.be/R6mvrY_JqiY Panelists: Kevin Campbell, Niles Randolph

Saturday July 7, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
Sheraton Gibson

14:00

Radio Play
Join Greg Weisman and his CONvergence-assembled cast for a radio play. Panelists: Kristopher Carter, Greg Weisman, Marina Sirtis, Tanya Brody, Windy Bowlsby, Natalie Nowytski, Lee Harris, Christopher Jones

Saturday July 7, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Atrium 6

14:00

Dangerous When Bored
Come and learn about what CONvergence's support enables and the latest workings of GPS and how you can get your geek on the rest of the year. Share your ideas, feedback, and questions. Find out how you can get involved. #EnableAllTheSquee Panelists: Ann Roubik (mod), Seth Chmelik, Sarah Sexton, Kathye Coyle

Saturday July 7, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Atrium 2

14:00

Reading - Elanor Arnason
Panelists: Eleanor Arnason

Saturday July 7, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
Sheraton Ames

14:00

Signing - Kelly McCullough
Panelists: Kelly McCullough

Saturday July 7, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Autograph Table B

14:00

Signing - Mary Jo Pehl
Panelists: Mary Jo Pehl

Saturday July 7, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

14:00

Signing - Melinda Snodgrass
Panelists: Melinda Snodgrass

Saturday July 7, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
DoubleTree Autograph Table C

14:00

Minnesota Herpetological Society
Curious about scaly, creepy, crawly critters? Join members of the Minnesota Herpetological Society for a hands-on presentation of their native and exotic cold-blooded companions. Panelists: Rose Maunu

Saturday July 7, 2018 14:00 - 16:00
DoubleTree Atrium 4

14:00

Pokemon Pop-Up
Two years ago, Ian and Wendy rolled a natural 20 for love. Now we want you to join us for our handfasting. Come for the vows, stay for the chance to face off with Kanto region's gym leaders and elite 4. All in the name of nerdy love! Panelists: Wendy Hoskin

Saturday July 7, 2018 14:00 - 16:30
Sheraton Garden Court

14:00

Masquerade Registration
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 14:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree CONvergence Central

14:00

Dialect
Dialect is cooperative storytelling game about a community, their language, and what it means for that language to be lost. Panelists: Lauren Sindt (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 14:00 - 19:00
DoubleTree 2202 Table E

14:00

Let's Play D&D 5th ed.
Ever wanted to experience D&D or get your role-playing fix? In this newcomer-friendly game, we create a party of first-level adventurers and take them through a brief adventure. Panelists: Charles Roberts (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 14:00 - 19:00
DoubleTree 2202 Table D

14:00

Open Board Gaming
Boardgame library, courtesy of our friends at The Source, and table open for those looking for a bit of boardgaming with friends. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 14:00 - Sunday July 8, 2018 02:00
DoubleTree 2205 Table C

14:00

Sword of Air
A spinoff of the legendary Sword of Barakus CONvergence campaign, we start fresh at Level 1 – players may bring characters generated using the 25-point buy model (3.5 DMG) *or* can play a pre-gen. Humans or demi-Humans only, please! Panelists: Burl Zorn (mod), Jenna Touchette (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 14:00 - Sunday July 8, 2018 02:00
DoubleTree 2205 Table A

15:00

Nisekoi
Raku Ichijou is a first year in high school and the sole heir to an intimidating yakuza family. To improve relations with a rival family, he must pretend to date the rival chief's daughter. Unfortunately, they fall in hate at first sight. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 15:00 - 17:00
DoubleTree Atrium 1

15:30

A Natural 20: Paper Dice
Cut, fold, and tape or glue paper into a D20 die. All ages. Panelists: Sean Berry

Saturday July 7, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Plaza 2

15:30

Group Signing
This signing is for Invited and other Participants to sign their work. Panelists: Roy Booth, Cynthia Booth, Patrick Tomlinson, Anthony W. Eichenlaub, Taylor Cisco, Adam Whitlatch, Steve Sylvestre, phillip low, Rob Callahan, Harris O'Malley, Sarah Soderlund

Saturday July 7, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

15:30

Blade Runner 2049
There was a new Blade Runner film. What did you think? Should we get another in the series? Panelists: Craig Smith, Michael Grimm (mod), Sarah O'Connor, Walter Parker, Eleanor Arnason

Saturday July 7, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Edina

15:30

Diversity in Role Playing
Does role playing have a diversity problem? If so, what can be done to solve it? Panelists: Katherine Berger Tremaine (mod), David Rust, Maddie Coulter, Victor Raymond, Meredith Gillies

Saturday July 7, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Plaza 1

15:30

Finish Your Book
Many people have started a book but few ever get finished. What’s the secret? Published authors share their tips on getting words written, chapters finished, and books completed. A little tough love for authors stuck on page 57. Panelists: Lee Harris, Laura Anne Gilman (mod), Wesley Chu, Elizabeth Bear, Naomi Kritzer (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Atrium 7

15:30

Genre Fiction for Kids and Young Adults
Even the oldest fans were kids once. What genre properties did you enjoy in your youth? What properties do you wish existed for young fans today? Panelists: Vincent Truitner, Dee Eisel, Raederle Sterling (mod), Lis Morton, Vetnita Anderson

Saturday July 7, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Plaza 3

15:30

MST3K Fan Panel
Talk about the return of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and classic episodes. Panelists: John Seavey (mod), Kelly Fredrickson, Jasmine Marshall, Mary Jo Pehl, Jeremy Stomberg

Saturday July 7, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Bloomington

15:30

Why Can't Composers Be Authors?
While directors, cinematographers, and other artists are lauded for having a distinct style, why is it that composers get a bad rap for scores that sound the same? Maybe it's time to show some appreciation for Zimmer, Elfman, and others? Panelists: Kurt Larson, Kristopher Carter, Lindsay Bell (mod), Scott Keever, Nathan Anderson

Saturday July 7, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Atrium 2

15:30

Year in Anime
What is the best new anime from the last year? Panelists: James Horvath (mod), Ryan Placzkowski, Anthony Pecoraro, Chrysoula Tzavelas, Jessica Silver

Saturday July 7, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
Sheraton Whalon

15:30

CONvergence Stand-Up Comedy Showcase
An hour of stand-up comedy featuring an all-star lineup of veteran CONvergence performers. Panelists: Corey Adam, Miss Shannan Paul, Ben San Del, Joseph Scrimshaw

Saturday July 7, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
Sheraton Gibson

15:30

Geeks Without God Live
Geeks Without God returns for their sixth anniversary to discuss being godless geeks! Panelists: Tim Wick, Melinda Snodgrass, Molly Glover, Nick Glover

Saturday July 7, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Atrium 6

15:30

Reading - Melissa F. Olson
Panelists: Melissa Olson

Saturday July 7, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
Sheraton Ames

15:30

Signing - Christopher Jones
Panelists: Christopher Jones

Saturday July 7, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Autograph Table C

15:30

Signing - Greg Weisman
Panelists: Greg Weisman

Saturday July 7, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Autograph Table B

15:30

Signing - Tamora Pierce
Panelists: Tamora Pierce

Saturday July 7, 2018 15:30 - 16:30
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

15:30

Inn Fighting
From the creators of Three-Dragon Ante comes the dice game of the D&D world – treachery and chaos abound, as every game promises a new (and hilarious) tavern-brawling experience! Panelists: Eric Peterson (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 15:30 - 17:00
DoubleTree 2202 Table C

15:30

LAN - Open Gaming
Open gaming time on the PCs in 2208 - come warm up for Overwatch, or try your hand at one of the other games in the LAN library! Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 15:30 - 17:00
DoubleTree 2208

15:30

Cinema Rex Movie #16
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 15:30 - 18:00
DoubleTree Plaza 4

15:30

Signing - Marina Sirtis
Panelists: Marina Sirtis

Saturday July 7, 2018 15:30 - 18:00
DoubleTree Autograph Table D

16:30

Space Lounge: Transdimension al Courier Kickstarter Launch Party
A launch party for DISCREPANCY, an inter-temporal short film, set in the world of John Heimbuch's "The Transdimensional Couriers Union". Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 16:30 - 17:30
DoubleTree Veranda 8

17:00

Geek Slink Belly Dance
Come learn a geeky-slinky choreography that ANYONE can do! All abilities, all ages, sizes, and character classes are welcome. Geek Slink director Shannon Townsend invites you to come shake it and learn some of her geek-tastic moves. Panelists: Shannon Townsend

Saturday July 7, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

17:00

Sewing 101: Bag of Holding
Brush up on your hand sewing skills, or come learn for the first time, while making a small pouch to carry dice or other treasures. All ages, under 10 may need assistance. Panelists: MythJulie

Saturday July 7, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Plaza 2

17:00

Introduction to GMing
Join us and our panel of experienced GMs as they guide you through the do's and don'ts of running your own tabletop role-playing game. It does not matter if you are new or experienced in gaming, there is always something to learn. As always, roll well. Panelists: Aaron Berndt, Sarah Ravely, Terry O'Brien, David Rust (mod), Brian Casey

Saturday July 7, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Atrium 7

17:00

Junkfood Cinema Live!
Junkfood Cinema, the weekly cult and exploitation filmcast so good, it just has to be fattening. Hosted by Brian Salisbury and novelist/screenwriter C. Robert Cargill (Doctor Strange), JFC is devoted to the unabashed love of movies of all quality levels. Panelists: Brian Salisbury

Saturday July 7, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Plaza 1

17:00

Klingon Christmas Carol 2018
Find out what's new and different this year! Discussion will be lead by a veteran KCC actor and the panel will include the artistic staff. May include a bat'leth fight demonstration and/or group singing. Panelists: Lana Rosario (mod), Dawn Krosnowski, Jena Young, Gregory Parks, Angela Fox

Saturday July 7, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Atrium 4

17:00

Legacy of Star Trek
What is the lasting impact of one of the longest-lasting franchises in science fiction? Panelists: Joan Verba (mod), Michael Shappe, Donavon Indovino Cawley, Rory Ni Coileain, Melinda Snodgrass

Saturday July 7, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Atrium 6

17:00

Movie Year in Review
A lot of movies that came out in the last year. What were the highs and lows? Panelists: Niles Schwartz, Mark McPherson, Michael May (mod), Nolan Montcalm, Kt Schaefer

Saturday July 7, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Edina

17:00

On Point: How Weapons & Violence Tell the Story
Learn from actors, fight coordinators, historians, and martial artists how the story is told with fighting and weapons; how the character is made; how the performances remain safe while being entertaining and see the weapons from your favorite movies. Panelists: Lee Fillingsness, Amanda Day, Nick Klaus, Luis Rosa

Saturday July 7, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
Sheraton Garden Court

17:00

Thoughts on Patreon
Patreon is a crowdfunding platform that has allowed a new generation of creative minds to live off their work, but just how potent is Patreon? How else can we support our favorite artists? Panelists: Elise Matthesen, Lisa Snellings, Steve Sylvestre (mod), Jay Seevers

Saturday July 7, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Atrium 2

17:00

Understanding the Hugo Awards
There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the Hugo Awards for the last few years. What’s it all about? Panelists: Lyda Morehouse, Scott Lynch (mod), Shaun Duke

Saturday July 7, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
Sheraton Whalon

17:00

Know-It-All Panel
The Know-It-All Panel doesn't know what they are going to talk about until the audience tells them! From Solving the Millennial Problem to Explaining Gravitational Theory, this erudite team of improvisers and their special guests are ready to enlighten. Panelists: Andrea Ropella, Susanne Becker, James Fairbairn, Tim Wick, Eric Thompson

Saturday July 7, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Bloomington

17:00

Reading - Rob Callahan
Panelists: Rob Callahan

Saturday July 7, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
Sheraton Ames

17:00

Signing - Cynthia Booth
Panelists: Cynthia Booth

Saturday July 7, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Autograph Table B

17:00

Signing - Eleanor Arnason
Panelists: Eleanor Arnason

Saturday July 7, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

17:00

Signing - Melissa F. Olson
Panelists: Melissa Olson

Saturday July 7, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
DoubleTree Autograph Table C

17:00

your name
One day, Mitsuha awakens in a room that is not her own and suddenly finds herself living her dream life in Tokyo - but in another body! Elsewhere, Taki finds himself living Mitsuha's life in the humble countryside. In pursuit of an answer to this strange phenomenon, they begin to search for one another. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 17:00 - 18:45
DoubleTree Atrium 1

17:00

Matrix Tag
Will you help Neo win the war for Zion or Agent Smith to subjugate humans? Red pill or blue pill? Do both! Matrix Tag is played in the hallways of the con and is designed for adults and teens. But what is it? You must experience it for yourself. Panelists: Shannon Green

Saturday July 7, 2018 17:00 - 19:00
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southeast

17:00

Meteorites! Coming to a Planet Near You!
Meteorite collecting is a lifelong exploration into both history and science. Come see a collection of hundreds of specimens and a comprehensive presentation on the topic. Stay after for a chance to hold a piece of The Moon and Mars! Panelists: John Shea

Saturday July 7, 2018 17:00 - 19:00
DoubleTree Plaza 3

17:00

Firefly (board game)
Based on the Firefly TV series: Start with a captain and a ship. Hire and equip a crew to find and complete jobs to keep flying while avoiding deadly Reavers, Alliance Patrols, and other captains who may be pirates, or even do some pirating yourself. Panelists: Stan Carlson (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 17:00 - 20:30
DoubleTree 2202 Table C

17:00

LAN - Overwatch
Overwatch ended the crisis, and helped maintain peace, inspiring an era of exploration, innovation, and discovery. But, after many years, Overwatch was disbanded. Now, conflict is rising again - are you with us? **PERSONAL ACCOUNT REQUIRED** Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 17:00 - 20:30
DoubleTree 2208

17:00

Para-thulu-zombi-noia!
Trust No One; keep your laser pistol and powder of ibn ghazi ready! Mother computer sends YOU, an elite troubleshooter, on a mission of utmost importance, to help keep at bay the things from beyond space and time! OH THE INSANITY! Panelists: Robert Cudinski (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 17:00 - 20:30
DoubleTree 2202 Table B

17:00

SFS - Starfinder Society - Quests!
A series of one-hour quests allowing new and experienced players to try out Starfinder Society play! Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 17:00 - 20:30
DoubleTree 2203 Table B

17:00

PFS - Pathfinder Society - Quests!
A series of one-hour quests allowing new and experienced players to try out Pathfinder Society play! Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 17:00 - 22:00
DoubleTree 2203 Table A

17:30

Masquerade (doors)
House opens. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 17:30 - 18:00
DoubleTree Main Stage

17:30

SlytherPuff
SlytherPuff is a local Wizard Rock Duo who perform original and cover songs about their favorite fandoms, including Harry Potter, Marvel, Mad Max, and more! Maren brings the Slyther, and Morgan brings the Puff! Panelists: Morgan Strickland, Maren Aalgaard

Saturday July 7, 2018 17:30 - 18:30
Sheraton Gibson

18:00

Masquerade Show Call
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 18:00 - 19:00
DoubleTree MainStage Green Room

18:00

Cinema Rex Movie #17 w/GoH Lindsay Ellis
Guest of Honor Lindsay Ellis will be on hand before the film to compare and contrast this film and its sequel. This showing is captioned Panelists: Lindsay Ellis

Saturday July 7, 2018 18:00 - 20:00
DoubleTree Plaza 4

18:00

Masquerade
The CONvergence Masquerade is where those friends you used to have who disappeared for seven months in preparation for this convention can finally be seen again. Come see what they locked themselves away for. Showcasing the talents of costumers spanning all skill levels from beginners to masters, awards are given by judges for both workmanship and presentation. Performance. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 18:00 - 20:30
DoubleTree Main Stage

18:45

Barefoot Gen
In the summer of 1945, Gen is a young boy living a difficult yet satisfying life in the city of Hiroshima. He spends most of his time helping his family to survive. Little do they know, on the 6th of August, their lives are about to change dramatically. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 18:45 - 20:00
DoubleTree Atrium 1

19:00

Peter the Great (18+)
Peter the Great is a stand-up comedian and cosplayer who takes an innuendo-fueled and whimsically dark spin on geek fandoms and nerd culture at sci-fi, fantasy, comic, anime, and gaming conventions! Follow him on social media @PetertheGreatMN Panelists: Peter the Great

Saturday July 7, 2018 19:00 - 19:30
Sheraton Gibson

19:00

DIY Spectrometers
Bring your cell phone for this activity, and we will use it to view and measure the properties of light. Presented by Spark Y. All ages, under 10 may need assistance. Panelists: Destiny Ziebol

Saturday July 7, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
DoubleTree Plaza 2

19:00

Friends of Bill W
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
DoubleTree Atrium 2

19:00

Grant Writing for Artists
Funding your artistic projects can feel overwhelming, but it's an important piece of bringing them to life. This panel of grant recipients will provide their tips, tricks, and personal experiences on funding their art through grants. Panelists: Carl Zachmann, John Heimbuch (mod), Natalie Nowytski, Katie Simning, Scott Keever

Saturday July 7, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
Sheraton Whalon

19:00

State Of Horror
The horror genre is an oft overlooked genre within fiction. Let's talk about why there's so much appeal for sci-fi/fantasy fans. Panelists: Roy Booth (mod), Michelle Curtis, Ann Laabs, Stephan Stomberg, Kelso Rowland

Saturday July 7, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
DoubleTree Atrium 7

19:00

Whitewashing
In what ways do we see progress in how TV, movies, and streaming are changing their representation of people of diversity in key roles? Let's talk about positive shows like "Atlanta", "Blackish", and others while noting whitewashing as a real issue. Panelists: Jess Banks, Christina Marie, Cat Choy, Miss Shannan Paul (mod), Morgan Strickland

Saturday July 7, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
DoubleTree Bloomington

19:00

Writing Your Own Character
When you are a character in your own work, there needs to be a separation between your persona and the real you. What do you want your fans to know about you, what do you keep private, and how do you make those decisions? Panelists: Craig Smith, Melissa Olson, Lindsay Ellis, Aaron Rahkola

Saturday July 7, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
DoubleTree Plaza 3

19:00

I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue
This is a British radio game show: basically an excuse for four panelists and the host to play childish games for an hour. Come watch our panelists play Mornington Crescent and One Song to the Tune of Another! Panelists: Marina Sirtis, Lee Harris, Windy Bowlsby, Scott Lynch, Paul Cornell

Saturday July 7, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
DoubleTree Atrium 6

19:00

Obsessed Podcast: MCU
A live recording of Joseph’s hit comedy podcast about liking things a lot. This episode, Joseph and his guests obsess over the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Who will be the most obsessed???? Panelists: Ben San Del, Sara Scrimshaw, Tim Wick, Joseph Scrimshaw

Saturday July 7, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
DoubleTree Edina

19:00

Reading - Tyler Tork
Panelists: Tyler Tork

Saturday July 7, 2018 19:00 - 20:00
Sheraton Ames

19:00

Red Dragon Inn - Saturday Night 21+ Edition
The adventuring is done for the day, and the adventurers have returned to The Red Dragon Inn to make merry: drink, brawl, and gamble! Be the last adventurer standing with gold in your pockets or end up sleeping in the barn! Panelists: Carl Patten (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 19:00 - 20:30
DoubleTree 2205 Table B

19:00

tech - Art Auction
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 19:00 - 21:00
DoubleTree Atrium 4

19:00

Mega Panel
The panel where we talk about anything and everything *except* the CONvergence Masquerade. If you are interested in everything *except* the masquerade, this is the panel for you! Panelists: Melissa Kaercher, Jeremy Stomberg, Nick Glover, Derek Mahr, Molly Glover

Saturday July 7, 2018 19:00 - 21:30
DoubleTree Plaza 1

19:00

PFS - Heroes for Highdelve!
Highdelve is in danger, and only true heroes can save the day! Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 19:00 - 23:30
DoubleTree 2203 Table C

19:30

Masquerade Halftime Show
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 19:30 - 20:30
DoubleTree MainStage Green Room

20:00

Cinema Rex Movie #18
with English subtitles Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 20:00 - 21:00
DoubleTree Plaza 4

20:00

Empire of Corpses
By the 19th century, reanimated corpses are programmed by humans to act as laborers. Medical student John Watson is on a hunt to obtain Doctor Victor Frankenstein's notes, which he believes hold the key to the secrets of the soul currently missing from reanimation technology. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 20:00 - 22:00
DoubleTree Atrium 1

20:30

Mini Nebula Jars
Have you ever wanted your own personal nebula? Now you can make one to wear everywhere! All ages, under 10 may need assistance. Panelists: Nikita Woltersen

Saturday July 7, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
DoubleTree Plaza 2

20:30

Black Panther Movie Fan Panel
What did we love and hate about the Black Panther film? Panelists: Ytasha Womack, Keane Amdahl, Jonathan Palmer, Morgan Strickland, Damarra Atkins (mod)

Saturday July 7, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
DoubleTree Atrium 6

20:30

Licensed Comic Books
Working with licensed comic book properties has some unique challenges and constraints. How does one get this kind of work and keep within those boundaries? Panelists: Gordon Purcell, Christopher Jones, Erik Evensen

Saturday July 7, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
DoubleTree Atrium 7

20:30

Polyamory 101
Configurations, lexicons, myths, and resources. Polyamory means “many loves” - but there is not just one way to be poly. Come discuss polyamory, what it means, and ways to navigate more than one love. Panelists: Carl Zachmann, John Heimbuch (mod), Kelso Rowland, Justin Grays, Kerry Peterson

Saturday July 7, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
DoubleTree Atrium 2

20:30

Star Trek: The Original Series Fan Panel
OK, we have new Trek, but it all started with the original series. Let’s look back at the reasons this series has lasted as long as it has. Panelists: Alexandra Howes (mod), Taylor Cisco, Aaron Coker, Jasmine Marshall, Steven Baumgartner

Saturday July 7, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
DoubleTree Bloomington

20:30

The Tick Fan Panel
The new Tick and, of course, the classic Tick. All about the Tick. Spoon! Panelists: Jeff Spain (mod), Elizabeth Bear, Kristopher Pflipsen, Lara Richardson

Saturday July 7, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
Sheraton Whalon

20:30

Vampire Movies
The best and worst of movies about bloodsuckers. Panelists: Tim Lieder, Matt Gamble (mod), bricklyn holtgrave, Josiah Mannion, Elisa Hansen

Saturday July 7, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
DoubleTree Edina

20:30

Writing Violence in Violent Times
Creating science fiction and fantasy offer an escape from the real world, but what if the real world is more scary than your imagination? Panelists: Melissa Olson, Gabriela Santiago (mod), Abra Staffin-Wiebe

Saturday July 7, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
DoubleTree Plaza 3

20:30

Feng Shui Ninjas
FENG SHUI NINJAS are provided AS IS. No warranty expressed or implied. ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS. Listen at your own risk! Click "I agree" to listen to this concert. Panelists: Justin Hartley, John Kentner, Tami Murck, Dave Stagner

Saturday July 7, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
Sheraton Gibson

20:30

Reading - SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE
Panelists: SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE

Saturday July 7, 2018 20:30 - 21:30
Sheraton Ames

21:00

Art Auction
Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 21:00 - Sunday July 8, 2018 01:00
DoubleTree Atrium 4

22:00

50 Shades of NOPE!
Sex and romance tropes in fiction--why do they work in movies and NOT in real life? Panelists: Jim Radloff, Harris O'Malley, Michelle Farley (mod), Cat Choy, Sonni de Soto

Saturday July 7, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
DoubleTree Edina

22:00

Bond, James Bond
A look at 007 through the lens of Ian Fleming's works. We will be focusing heavily on the book series, with some discussion of how the films contrast. Panelists: Jeremy Stomberg (mod), Alee Baker, Paul Cornell

Saturday July 7, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
DoubleTree Atrium 6

22:00

British Comedies
Looking beyond Monty Python. No bad accents allowed! Panelists: Elizabeth Jankowski (mod), Lee Harris, Walter Parker, Lorine Menzuber, Damarra Atkins

Saturday July 7, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
DoubleTree Bloomington

22:00

Fermentation
Fermentation spans the globe and all of human history, but our focus is your kitchen. Panelists will discuss how bacteria, yeasts, and other microorganisms ferment plant and animal matter to create delicious food and drink. Panelists: Doug Yoder, Jessica Silk, Lauren Lenzen

Saturday July 7, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
DoubleTree Plaza 3

22:00

Gotham Fan Panel
Panelists: Nick Thyes (mod), Craig Smith, Kevin Eldridge

Saturday July 7, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
Sheraton Whalon

22:00

Kristopher Carter Listening
Kristopher Carter will present his new EP for CONvergence attendees! Panelists: Kristopher Carter

Saturday July 7, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
DoubleTree Atrium 2

22:00

Lovecraftian Horror
There is a lot of writing about the elder gods HP Lovecraft could have never envisioned. Let’s look at some of our favorites. Panelists: Michelle Curtis, Craig Finseth, Skazka 9000

Saturday July 7, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
Sheraton Ames

22:00

Reflecting on Black Mirror
Black Mirror fans reflect on the show's four seasons. What are its best episodes? Sharpest insights? Scariest moments? Coolest ideas? Audience input encouraged! Panelists: Taylor Cisco, Kiah Nelson, Charlene Holm, Curt Lund (mod), Laura Bidgood

Saturday July 7, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
DoubleTree Plaza 1

22:00

Stepping Out of the Shadows
Every few years a horror film makes it way to the general public and is loved, accepted, and even awarded in the mainstream; however, the stigma on the horror genre remains. We will discuss the impact of this negative view on fans and the genre itself. Panelists: Megan Slawson, Andrea Ropella, Matt Allex, Garrick Dietze, Caleb Joseph

Saturday July 7, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
DoubleTree Atrium 7

22:00

Fearless Stand-Up Showcase (18+)
Laugh along with four local comedians from Fearless Comedy Productions, a non-profit company bringing comedy to the Twin Cities. Nothing is off limits at this 18+ showcase. Panelists: Pher Sturz, Cara White, Jason Kruger, Aiden In A Kilt

Saturday July 7, 2018 22:00 - 23:00
Sheraton Gibson

22:00

Afro Samurai
The only way to claim the godly powers of the Number One headband is to win the Number Two headband and challenge the current owner to a duel. Years ago, Afro's father was killed for the Number One headband. Now, Afro must fight through a myriad of foes to gain his revenge. Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 22:00 - 23:30
DoubleTree Atrium 1

22:00

Cinema Rex Movie #19
This showing is captioned Panelists:

Saturday July 7, 2018 22:00 - Sunday July 8, 2018 00:00
DoubleTree Plaza 4

22:00