Looks like it will be awesome fun times. Seriously, if you're looking for a pleasant and jolly medium-sized Twin Cities con, Marscon is one to check out. This year, they're hosting presentations from the U. of MN Bee Squad and the Bell Museum of Natural History as well as fannish things, a music track, local writers and sundry media-related events.
Here's what I'm doing:
The Dark Side of the Fey
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Saturday 11:00 am
Traditionally capricious and dangerous, the fey are now often portrayed very differently. Why have we moved toward a purely cuddly and kindly fey? What authors are bucking the trend to draw on the more traditional characteristics and who does it well? Why does this work? What purpose do tales of the dark fey serve? Why should we “stay on the path”?
With: S.N. Arly, mod.; William Alexander, Haddayr Copley-Woods, Catherine Lundoff, Kathryn Sullivan
The Rise of Women Superheroes
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Saturday 01:00 pm
Let’s talk about some awesome female superheroes who have become breakout sensations in recent years! Why do we love them so much, and how can we get more?
With: Lyda Morehouse, Christopher Jones, mod.; Cynthia Booth, Catherine Lundoff, Chandra Reyer
Broad Universe Rapid Fire Readings
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Saturday 02:00 pm
An annual MarsCon event. Members of Broad Universe do short readings from their recent work.
With: Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Kathryn Sullivan
Bandana Square Cons Party
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Saturday 08:30 pm
Co-hosted by Con-Sarnit Eight, Friday and Saturday, June 5 and 6; Diversicon 22, July 24-26, with Guest of Honor Ytasha L. Womack and Special Guest Rob Callahan; and Arcana, October 23-25, with Guest Editor Catherine Lundoff.
Not Fae Away…?
Room 419 (Krushenko’s) — Sunday 11:00 am
The evolution of the popular concept of fairies. What caused the fairy migration (in literature) from rural to urban settings? How did the move affect them? Did they become nastier or nicer? Works examined will include Lisa Goldstein’s Strange Devices of the Sun and Moon, Emma Bull’s War for the Oaks, and the “Borderlines” anthologies.
With: Rick Gellman, mod.; William Alexander, Catherine Lundoff, Kathryn Sullivan
Sleepy Hollow (TV)
III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) — Sunday 12:00 pm
We’re a couple of seasons into the adventures of Abbie and Ichabod and their valiant crew. The show has a diverse cast and a diverse fan base with deeply held opinions on what works and what doesn’t. Let’s get together and discuss.
With: Catherine Lundoff, mod.; Haddayr Copley-Woods, Joellyn Ackerman
The careful reader will note that I'm called out as the Editor GOH for Arcana this year, which is a thing that JUST happened. More soon! :-)