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Semi-Final Program Grid for Sherin Nicole

This is the Semi-Final program schedule. Sherin Nicole may or may not actually be on these items, but probably will. However, due to circumstances beyond our control, modifications to the program can occur throughout the convention.

Friday 5:00 pm: Saturday Morning Cartoons (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Matt Betts, E.C. Myers, Sherin Nicole, Steve Stiles, Michael A. Ventrella (M)
Once we could only watch cartoons on Saturday morning, now they get entire channels. What are the best sf/fantasy cartoons ever? What did you learn from them? How have cartoons influenced other media and even reality?
Friday 6:00 pm: Buffy and Ripley and Honor Harrington - Women of SF/Fantasy (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Panelists: Annette Klause, Sherin Nicole, Diana Peterfreund, Jon Skovron, Janine Spendlove (M)
She's got a big sword and knows how to use it. That's good enough, isn't it? A discussion of truly well written female leads and why they have become so popular recently.
Friday 7:00 pm: Are Prose Superheroes Still Novel? (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
Panelists: Day Al-Mohamed, Matt Betts, Andrew Fox, James Maxey (M), Sherin Nicole
Although more frequent now, why are there so few costumed superheroes in prose? Do fancy costumes just work better in visual media? Or does urban fantasy featuring people with paranormal abilities satisfy the need?
Friday 8:00 pm: Grim or Grin? (Ends at: 8:55 pm)
Panelists: Carolyn Ives Gilman, Alma Katsu, Jason Jack Miller (M), Sherin Nicole, Michelle D. Sonnier
Why has entertainment become so dark, with even superhero movies going grim and gritty, Game of Thrones bringing new meaning to "disastrous wedding", and games becoming more violent? What does this say about society? Where's the comic relief?
Saturday 5:00 pm: White Out (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Day Al-Mohamed, Philippa Ballantine, Sherin Nicole (M), Diana Peterfreund, Jon Skovron
LeGuin complained that many Earthsea covers whitewashed the characters (as did the SciFi movie). The worlds of many fantasy/SF novels seem to be overwhelmingly white and European. Why do writers (and cover artists) do this? How can we bring diversity into our genres? Is it getting better? Are non-white authors and hero(ines) still rarities?
Saturday 6:00 pm: Blood in Southern Waters (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Panelists: Meriah Lysistrata Crawford, Andrew Fox (M), Sherin Nicole, Betsy A. Riley
Is it something in the water, but why are there so many vampires in the South? From Anne Rice to Charlaine Harris to L.J. Smith it seems all vampires that don't sparkle live in the South. Why?
Sunday 3:00 pm: Cover Girls (and Guys) (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Alethea Kontis, Mike McPhail (M), Sherin Nicole, Steve Stiles
What makes for a good cover? How much realism is needed, or should realism be avoided? Michael Whelan, John Picacio, and Darryl Sweet have different styles, but are well liked.

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