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Preliminary Draft Program Grid for James Maxey

This is the Preliminary Draft program schedule. James Maxey 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 4:00 pm: The League of Substitute Heroes and the Inferior Five (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists: Drew Bittner, Scott Edelman (M), L. Jagi Lamplighter, James Maxey
While many people are familiar with Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Iron Man, the X-Men, and the Justice League; Marvel and DC have many other second and third tier superheroes. When DC started the Vertigo line, they had some success with reviving more obscure characters in a newer, darker, often antiheroic persona. This brought them both success (Sandman) and failure (Kid Eternity anyone?). Which more obscure and or silly DC and Marvel superheroes would you like to see revived and revamped? For instance, the Head of Programming believes it's time for a revival of 'mazing man, Queen's own superhero.
Friday 6:00 pm: The Greatest Animated Films (Ends at: 6:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: Jim Freund, Larry Hodges, James Maxey, Sherin Nicole (M), Michael A. Ventrella
A debate over a list of the greatest animated films. Can we agree on a top ten list for the best or will the panel erupt into fisticuffs?
Friday 9:00 pm: Meet the YA authors (Ends at: 9:55 pm) Suite 1209
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Paolo Bacigalupi, Holly Black, Annette Klause, L. Jagi Lamplighter, James Maxey, Diana Peterfreund, Jon Skovron, Janine Spendlove, Michael A. Ventrella
Last year's meet and greet YA authors in a casual setting was such an awesome party that we decided to do it again this year!

Sponsored by MidAmericon II, the 2016 Worldcon.

Friday 10:00 pm: Meet the YA Authors (Continued) (Ends at: 11:55 pm) Suite 1209
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Paolo Bacigalupi, L. Jagi Lamplighter, James Maxey, Diana Peterfreund, Janine Spendlove, Michael A. Ventrella
The meet and greet continues, although some people will have to come and go for other programming.

Sponsored by MidAmericon II, the 2016 Worldcon.

Saturday 2:00 pm: Reading (Maxey) (Ends at: 2:25 pm) Frederick
Panelists: James Maxey
Saturday 4:00 pm: Author Table Maxey / Shvartsman (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Author's hallway table
Panelists: James Maxey, Alex Shvartsman
Saturday 6:00 pm: The Suck Fairy and Feet of Clay (Ends at: 6:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists: Barbara Krasnoff (M), Natalie Luhrs, James Maxey, Sunny Moraine
What do you do when you reread your beloved childhood classics and find they have been visited by the suck fairy and are now sexist, racist, etc? What do you do when you find out that that author that got you through junior high turns out to have giant size 30 clod-hopping feet of clay or was actually kind of evil? How do we deal with problematic works and authors?
Saturday 7:30 pm: Mass Signing (Ends at: 8:25 pm) Salon A
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Sarah Avery, Paolo Bacigalupi, Holly Black, Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen, Neil Clarke, Tom Doyle, Andy Duncan, Scott Edelman, Jim Freund, Charles E. Gannon, Max Gladstone, David G. Hartwell, Alma Katsu, Pamela K. Kinney, Barbara Krasnoff, Dina Leacock, James Maxey, Will McIntosh, Mike McPhail, Sunny Moraine, James Morrow, Sarah Pinsker, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Lawrence M. Schoen, Darrell Schweitzer, Alex Shvartsman, Jon Skovron, Alan Smale, Bud Sparhawk, Janine Spendlove, Genevieve Valentine, Michael A. Ventrella, Lawrence Watt-Evans
The Saturday evening mass autographing session.
Saturday 11:00 pm: History in Science Fiction and Fantasy (Ends at: 11:55 pm) Boardroom
Panelists: Sam Lubell, James Maxey, Alan Smale (M)
Time travel is a major theme in science fiction, touching the past with the future and the present. Alternate history is also popular. Many fantasy novels will "file the numbers off" past cultures and historical events as a jumping off point. Panelists will discuss the ways in which the past is used in genre fiction.
Sunday 10:00 am: Writing About Climate Change (Ends at: 10:55 am) Bethesda
Panelists: Paolo Bacigalupi, D. Douglas Fratz (M), Max Gladstone, David Keener, James Maxey
Climate change is the new nuclear winter. Post-apocalyptic novels used to be set in a post nuclear detonation landscape; now they're set in environmentally wrecked futures. Most of these books are dystopian and theoretically predictive. Why do authors write the way they write about climate change?

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