ART & ARTISTS Panels & Workshops for ConGlomeration 2019

Open Your Eyes by Winona Nelson

ConGlomeration’s 2019 Art & Artists program lineup, headlined by Magic: The Gathering illustrator Winona Nelson, includes:

  • Panels and exhibitions that discuss sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and genre aesthetics
  • Workshops and panels to demonstrate artistic techniques and media
  • Interviews with professional genre artists
  • gallery exhibition of genre art with publicly voted awards
  • A charity auction of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror art
  • The aesthetic defacement of playing cards
  • Sci-Fi Pictionary

The programs listed below will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, KY during Easter weekend — April 19-21 — as part of ConGlomeration 2019.

If you want to spend an entire weekend immersed in sci-fi & fantasy art — ConGlomeration 2019 is the place to be.

Interested in more than just awesome art & artists? You can view our full program lineup here.


Want to spend Easter weekend immersed in sci-fi & fantasy art? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Friday, April 19

bruna light of alabaster by winona nelson

ConGlomeration Art Show Open
1-8pm | Crowne Ballroom, Art Show Area
The ConGlomeration Art Show is an exhibition of science fiction and fantasy art in several media — particularly illustrations and sculpture — available free to all attendees.

WORKSHOP: “Life Drawing”
3pm | Crowne Ballroom, Art Show Area
Bring your sketchbook and draw with us! Clothed figures in gesture poses, short poses, and one 25-minute pose. Drawing supplies provided.

WORKSHOP: “Tiny Masterpieces”
4pm | Crowne Ballroom, Art Show Area
Join Lily Alanna in creating a miniature painting of epic proportions. Using an altered playing card as your canvas, create art in five minutes* or less.
(*Actual painting times may vary.)

“Game Illustration”
5pm | Crowne Ballroom, Art Show Area
Join professional game illustrators as they discuss the techniques and tactics necessary to develop and sell art and designs to game publishers.

“ConGlomeration 2019 Opening Ceremonies and Guests of Honor Meet & Greet”
8pm | Elliott
Join us in welcoming the 2019 Guests of Honor — including Artist Winona Nelson — for our big Fandom Family Reunion. Come see who’s here and learn what we’ve got planned for this year’s festivities!

“Writer/Artist ConGlomeration, Part 1: The Inspiration”
10pm | Oldham
Artists, bring an image to serve as a story prompt. Writers, bring a flash fiction piece of 1000 words or less to inspire an art piece. Artist or writer, leave with a piece of inspiration, and return with a completed image or flash-fiction piece Saturday night to show off the results of your unspoken collaboration.

“Exquisite Corpse”
10:30pm | Hancock
A group-drawing extravaganza. Can’t draw? Doesn’t matter! Seemingly unconnected pieces of a drawing combine to make an amazing picture. Come and contribute to the awesomeness!


Want to be a part of an Easter art extravaganza? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Saturday, April 20

ConGlomeration Art Show Open
10a-6pm | Crowne Ballroom
The ConGlomeration Art Show is an exhibition of science fiction and fantasy art in several media — particularly illustrations and sculpture — available free to all attendees.

KIDCON: “Blind Draw”
10am | Oldham
Help! The interdimensional trap is not working correctly. It is no longer giving visuals. We need your help identifying what the trap might contain.

“Artist Jam”
10am | Crowne Ballroom, Art Show Area
Artist Guest of Honor Winona Nelson and ConGlomeration favorite Melissa Gay work together to produce art right before your very eyes. Prepare to be amazed / enchanted / unsettled. We make no promises.

“Sci-Fi Pictionary”
1pm | Crowne Ballroom, Art Show Area
Join Artist Guest of Honor Winona Nelson , Kevin Ward, Darrenn Canton, Cris Griffin and other attending artists as they put their skills to the test in a game of sci-fi-themed Pictionary. Will they crack under the pressure? Art Show maven Lynn Harris will emcee the event with her usual style and grace.

“Winona Nelson Portfolio Viewing”
2pm | Hancock
Our 2019 Artist Guest of Honor Winona Nelson reviews her work, her career, and her philosophy of art, science fiction, and fantasy.

WORKSHOP: “Watercolor Dragons”
3pm | Crowne Ballroom, Art Show Area
Darrenn Canton walks you through the steps of drawing and painting a dragon. Since dragons are “imaginary”, there is no right or wrong way to draw one. Join us!

KIDCON: “Art Encounter with Winona Nelson”
4pm | Oldham
A hands-on hour of art with our Artist Guest of Honor Winona Nelson.

“Women in Illustration”
5pm | Crowne Ballroom, Art Show Area
Artist Guest of Honor Winona Nelson, Melissa Gay, and Cris Griffin discuss the unqiue challenges, experiences, and opportunities for women in the world of professional illustration.

Art Show Auction
7pm | Elliott
Art Show items that have received three or more written bids go up for voice auction. Bid early and bid often! That art needs to come home with *you* –and your bidding foes must be defeated! ConGlomeration Art Show Awards, themselves pieces of art, are given out at the midpoint of the auction.

“Writer/Artist ConGlomeration, Part 2: The Exhibition”
10pm | Oldham
Artists, bring your completed images (or scupltures) in response to a Friday story prompt. Writers, bring a flash fiction piece of 1000 words in response to a Friday art piece. Audience, revel in the talents and of those who churned out a tiny scrap or creative awesome in just a day, whilst also conning.


Want to spend three days with your long lost art fandom family? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Sunday, April 21

Arlin Embraced by the Moon by Winona Nelson

ConGlomeration Art Show Open
9am-12pm | Crowne Ballroom
The ConGlomeration Art Show is an exhibition of science fiction and fantasy art in several media — particularly illustrations and sculpture — available free to all attendees. Final pickup for Art Show and Art Auction purchases ends at noon!

“Freelancing for Game Publishers”
10am | Franklin
Hosted by Melissa Gay (Artist) and Carol Darnell (Writer/Editor). Experienced games contributors explore what it takes to freelance creative work for games, and delve into some of how the business works.

“Guests of Honor: Last Call”
1pm | Elliott
Final chance to say farewell to the 2019 Guests of Honor as well as a sneak peak at what we have planned for 2020. Come say adieu, get that last autograph, and get the scoop on what’s ahead.


Want to overdose on sci-fi & fantasy art over a long weekend? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Programming questions?
Contact our Programming Directors [programming@conglomeration.info]

KIDCON Panels and Programs for ConGlomeration 2019

Kid Bat-Trooper

ConGlomeration’s 2019 KIDCON lineup includes:

  • Miniature-painting
  • Cosplay and costume workshops
  • Art programs
  • Cookie decorating
  • Puppets
  • Magic
  • Special programs with our Guests of Honor

The programs listed below will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, KY during Easter weekend — April 19-21 — as part of ConGlomeration 2019.

If you want to spend an filled with kid-friendly fandom design specifically for kids 12 and under — ConGlomeration 2019 is the place to be.

Interested in more than just kid stuff? You can view our full program lineup here.


Want to spend Easter weekend indulging in family-friendly fandom? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Friday, April 19

“Miniature Painting for Kids”
2pm | Oldham
Your kiddo can enjoy painting a tabletop game miniature however they feel! All materials provided.

“Gaming for Kids”
4pm | Oldham
Come play! Kids can enjoy card and board games, as well as good old fashioned coloring.

“Royally Crafted”
5pm | Oldham
Come one, come all! Come and visit with princesses! Enjoy coloring, chatting, and other fun activities with some of our favorite royals! Hosted by Another Realm Costuming.

“Kids Foam Weapons”
7pm | Oldham
Alan White of Level Up Lightsaber Dojo adapts his foam “boffer” weapon demonstration for younglings and padawans, teaching the next generation how to combat-cosplay safely and stylishly.

“Kids Wing Zone”
8pm | Oldham
Quick and easy methods to build four types of kid-sized costume wings: Angel or Bird wings that are soft and light, Butterfly or Dragonfly wings that are shiny and fun, Fairy wings that are sheer for a fantasy look, and Bat or Dragon wings with a leathery web. The techniques used can be leveled up for more advanced cosplay. Supplies and volunteers are limited so while everyone is welcome, we would appreciate if the older kids helped the younger members complete their wings first.


Want to be make your younglings part of fandom? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Saturday, April 20

“Miniature Painting for Kids”
8am | Oldham
Your kiddo can enjoy painting a tabletop game miniature however they feel! All materials provided.

“Blind Draw”
10am | Oldham
Help! The interdimensional trap is not working correctly. It is no longer giving visuals. We need your help identifying what the trap might contain. 

“Olivander’s Workshop”
11am | Oldham
Get crafty and make your own wand! The young and young-at-heart are all invited to handcraft your own magic wand. All ages welcome, just please supervise your first-years.

“Alien Archaeology”
1pm | Oldham
Join the space science team and uncover alien artifacts sent in by the explorer team!

SNACK: “Cookie Decorating”
2pm | Hospitality Suite (626)
Come hang out with the ConSuite crew and decorate some cookies!

John Cowgell, AKA Pocket the Fool

“Make Puppets with Pocket”
3pm | Oldham
Come sit a spell with Pocket the Fool, and learn how to make your very own puppets, as well as how to operate them and make silly voices. All supplies will be included… except for imagination… you will have to bring that yourself. Special appearances by some of Pocket’s menagerie of puppets!

“Art Encounter with Winona Nelson”
4pm | Oldham
A hands-on hour of art with our Artist Guest of Honor Winona Nelson.

“Mundane Magic”
5pm | Oldham
Create your own “magic potion” from ordinary ingredients!

“Gaming for Kids”
7pm | Oldham
Come play! Kids can enjoy card and board games, as well as good old fashioned coloring.


Want to give your kids the gift of fandom? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Sunday, April 21

Magic wand

“Royally Crafted”
10am | Oldham
Come one, come all! Come and visit with princesses! Enjoy coloring, chatting, and other fun activities with some of our favorite royals! Hosted by Another Realm Costuming.


Want to share the joy of fandom with the next generation? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Programming questions?
Contact our Programming Directors [programming@conglomeration.info]

WRITING & PUBLISHING Panels & Workshops for ConGlomeration 2019

Star Wars - The Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn

ConGlomeration’s 2019 Writing & Publishing lineup, featuring Author Guest of Honor Timothy Zahn, includes:

  • Interviews with award-winning professional authors
  • Panels and workshops that hone your writing techniques
  • Panel discussions on how to succeed as a professional writer
  • Discussions on the state of the sci-fi and fantasy book genres
  • All the excuses to talk Star Wars we can find

The programs listed below will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, KY during Easter weekend — April 19-21 — as part of ConGlomeration 2019.

If you want to spend an entire weekend talking sci-fi & fantasy writing with both fans and professionals — ConGlomeration 2019 is the place to be.

Interested in more than just writing? You can view our full program lineup here.


Want to spend Easter weekend honing your genre writing skills? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Friday, April 19

Star Wars Screenplay

“Writing Compelling Dialog”
1pm | Perry
Ever wonder how writers manage that witty line or perfect turn of phrase as their characters mouth off to each other on the page? Join us to discuss the ins and outs of writing authentic and compelling dialog.

“Writing Compelling Characters”
2pm | Perry
From Doctor Who to Han Solo, to Spock, these fictional characters speak to us and move us, making their stories epic in a way that can’t be put into words. Come join us to discuss what makes a compelling character and how to write characters that will have your readers rooting for them long after they’ve put the book down.

WORKSHOP: “Short Fiction Dive Board”
3pm | Perry
Are you a short story writer? Have you wanted to submit your work online, but don’t know where to start or how? This workshop will give you a quick 101 lesson on submitting short fiction to markets — including how to find markets, submission etiquette, navigating short story contracts, and more. Once we’ve gone through the basics, we can go through the steps of submission together to submit your work to your chosen market!

Participation in the submission portion is not mandatory, but if you would like to submit a story during the latter half of the workshop, please bring an internet-capable device and a digital copy of a story you would like to submit.

“Dissecting Star Wars”
4pm | Elliott
The Star Wars franchise is a worldwide phenomenon that has captured the imaginations of millions. But what about the story has made it so successful? Why do we love the world and characters so? Join Author Guest of Honor Timothy Zahn and a panel of Star Wars enthusiasts to dissect the universe and find out what has made it what it is today.

WORKSHOP: “Worldbuilding in Sci-Fi & Fantasy”
4pm | Perry
An introductory workshop designed to get your feet wet in the ocean of worldbuilding. Structured to help inspire you to build better worlds for your books, games, etc. Includes general information, tips, resources, and a collaborative worldbuilding session to put things into practice.

“Writing Great Plot Twists”
5pm | Elliott
If you’ve ever read any of Author Guest of Honor Timothy Zahn‘s books, you’ve read a great plot twist. Zahn is a master of weaving intriguing stories with rich plots that inevitably blindside you with a brilliant twist at the end. Join us as we ply Timothy Zahn with questions and get to the bottom of how, exactly, he writes such great twists.

“Author Readings”
5pm | Perry
A collection of our Attending Authors will read from one of their published works. Looking to find your next great sci-fi or fantasy book obsession? This is the place!

“Writing Science Fiction”
7pm | Perry
From Asimov to Zahn, from Star Wars to Star Trek, science fiction has been our geek culture’s bread and butter for decades. Join experts in the writing field to talk about the important elements of writing science fiction and how to get started yourself.

“ConGlomeration 2019 Opening Ceremonies and Guests of Honor Meet & Greet”
8pm | Elliott
Join us in welcoming the 2019 Guests of Honor — including Author Timothy Zahn — for our big Fandom Family Reunion. Come see who’s here and learn what we’ve got planned for this year’s festivities!

“Writer/Artist ConGlomeration, Part 1: The Inspiration”
10pm | Oldham
Artists, bring an image to serve as a story prompt. Writers, bring a flash fiction piece of 1000 words or less to inspire an art piece. Artist or writer, leave with a piece of inspiration, and return with a completed image or flash-fiction piece Saturday night to show off the results of your unspoken collaboration.


Want to be a part of Easter author extravaganza? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Saturday, April 20

Star Wars - Thrawn Alliances by Timothy Zahn

“Author Readings”
8am | Perry
A collection of our Attending Authors will read from one of their published works. Looking to find your next great sci-fi or fantasy book obsession? This is the place!

“To Self-Publish, or Go Traditional?”
9am | Perry
These days, publishing options run the gambit from the do-it-yourself world of self-publishing to the high gates of traditional publishing. But which path should you choose? At this panel, hear from authors both traditionally published and self-published to learn more about which path is right for you.

“Writing Thrawn”
10am | Perry
It’s the character we all know and love (or love to hate), the brilliant admiral, the wily tactician, the chilling villain. Join us as we hear from Author Guest of Honor Timothy Zahn about what went into the creation of this iconic character and what the future holds for our very own Admiral Thrawn.

“Finding Your People: Why Writing Groups Matter”
11am | Perry
Good writing is not made in a vacuum, but lucky for us, connecting with other writers has never been easier! This panel will explore the myriad of ways you can find your people: whether that’s finding an existing group, creating your own, or turning to the internet to find your writing tribe.

“A World in an Hour”
11am | Elliott
Hosted by Brian Cooksey (Play On Target and Armor Goes Clank). An audience-participation exercise which will produce a setting suitable for gaming or fiction.

“Success as an Indie Author”
1pm | Perry
Trying to make it as an independent author can be confusing and not a little frightening. Everything depends on you, and it’s up to you to make or break yourself in the field. Join some successful indie authors as they discuss ways to set yourself up for success and build your platform so that you can write stories you love and sell them to people who will love them just as much.

“Writing As A Career”
2pm | Perry
Writing as a career is not for the faint of heart, nor for the lover of sleep, sanity, or a steady income. Yet there are those possessed with a certain passion who have forged ahead anyway. Join us to hear from several career authors — including Author Guest of Honor Timothy Zahn — on how they got to where they were and how they make the life work for them.

“SIGMA Sci-Fi Think Tank”
3pm | Perry
SIGMA is the science fiction think tank founded by Dr. Arlan Andrews, Sr., when he worked at the White House Science Office where 40 science fiction and game writers provide futurism consulting to the US government. Come listen to Dr. Andrews recount his experience with the organization.

“The Care and Feeding of Your Editor”
4pm | Perry
An author’s relationship with their editor/s is vital to the success of a story. Knowing how to self edit effectively, as well as implement the edits suggested to you by your editor, takes time and practice. Join several professional editors as they discuss the principles of editing and how to get the most from your editor so that your story becomes the best it can be.

“Don’t Quit Your Day Job”
5pm | Perry
Even some of the most well known professional authors have day jobs, and some of the most niche indie authors have made writing their full time profession. Before you decide to become a full time writer, a few seasoned professionals speak some hard truths and encouraging possibilities of life as a full-time wordsmith.

“Writing Collaboratively”
7pm | Perry
What does it take to write collaboratively? How do multiple authors logistically share one piece of work? Who writes what parts? How do you stop yourself from killing your writing partner? Authors who have written collaborative works will share their answers to these common questions and problems.

“Writing Fantasy”
8pm | Perry
Fantasy fiction has shaped our culture from ancient myths and fairy tales to current blockbusters and cult-followed classics. Join a panel of fantasy authors to discuss the elements of great fantasy writing and how to make your fantasy story the masterpiece it deserves to be.

“Author Readings”
9pm | Perry
A collection of our Attending Authors will read from one of their published works. Looking to find your next great sci-fi or fantasy book obsession? This is the place!

“Writer/Artist ConGlomeration, Part 2: The Exhibition”
10pm | Oldham
Artists, bring your completed images (or scupltures) in response to a Friday story prompt. Writers, bring a flash fiction piece of 1000 words in response to a Friday art piece. Audience, revel in the talents and of those who churned out a tiny scrap or creative awesome in just a day, whilst also conning.


Want to spend three days in the company of professional sci-fi & fantasy writers? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Sunday, April 21

Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus by Lydia Sherrer

“I Wrote a Book! Now What?”
10am | Perry
Are you an aspiring author, or perhaps just thinking about wanting to be an author? It can be confusing and difficult to get started, so come join a panel of self published authors to discuss tips on how to get started with such things as cover art, editing, getting your book on Amazon, and more!

“Freelancing for Game Publishers”
10am | Franklin
Hosted by Melissa Gay (Artist) and Carol Darnell (Writer/Editor). Experienced games contributors explore what it takes to freelance creative work for games, and delve into some of how the business works.

“Weird West, Steampunk, Dieselpunk: Mixing History with Sci-Fi & Fantasy”
11am | Perry
Interested in recreating the past? Action-adventure, mystery, chills, thrills and machines that never were! If you’d like to know more about Steampunk and related genres, this is the place to be.

“Querying Agents & Traditional Publishers”
12pm | Perry
Are you interested in submitting your work to a traditional publisher, but don’t know how to approach them? Join Lynn West, publisher at Dreamspinner Press, to discuss successful strategies for getting your work noticed by agents and traditional publishers.

“Guests of Honor: Last Call”
1pm | Elliott
Final chance to say farewell to the 2019 Guests of Honor as well as a sneak peak at what we have planned for 2020. Come say adieu, get that last autograph, and get the scoop on what’s ahead. (If you haven’t met Author Guest of Honor Timothy Zahn by now, this is your last chance!)


Want to overdose on writing advice over a long weekend? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Programming questions?
Contact our Programming Directors [programming@conglomeration.info]

ConGlomeration Welcomes Winona Nelson as Our 2019 Artist Guest of Honor

Elvish Mystic Magic The Gathering card by Winona Nelson
“Elvish Mystic” Magic: The Gathering card by Winona Nelson

ConGlomeration is pleased to announce that Winona Nelson will be our 2019 Artist Guest of Honor.

As our Artist Guest of Honor, Winona’s original paintings and prints will appear in our Science Fiction & Fantasy Art Show Easter weekend — April 19-21, 2019 — at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, KY as part of ConGlomeration 2019. She will also headline our Arts & Artists programming all weekend long.

Winona is a freelance illustrator, working in science fiction and fantasy, video games, trading card games, and comics. You know, the good stuff!

Fans will recognize Winona’s work from Kabam’s The Hobbit: Kindoms of Middle Earth and Ravenmarch, the indie comics UNIKRON and Artifice, and, of course, several Magic: The Gathering cards.


Want to spend Easter weekend studying art with Winona Nelson? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Winona was born in 1983 and grew up in Duluth, Minnesota. She has drawn all her life and began painting digitally as a teenager.

She studied classical realism and art for the entertainment industry at the Safehouse Atelier in San Francisco, then worked as a concept artist at Flagship Studios and Planet Moon Studios.

Her fine art often focuses on the stories and history of her tribe, the Ojibwe of Minnesota, and on the experiences of women and minorities.


Want to learn art techniques from a professional sci-fi & fantasy illustrator? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Chandra Pyromancer Magic The Gathering card by Winona Nelson
“Chandra Pyromancer” Magic: The Gathering card by Winona Nelson

Winona freelances full time, working in illustration, concept art, comics, and fine art. Clients include Naughty Dog, Final Form Games, Kabam, Night Shade Books, Warhammer Black Library, and Wizards of the Coast. Past publications include Women of Wonder, Spectrum 17, Spectrum 18, Spectrum 19, Spectrum 20, Gorilla Artbook, Exotique 2, and Exotique 4.

Winona has participated in gallery exhibitions in Connecticut, Seattle, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and New York City. She lives in Philadelphia with artist beau Anthony Palumbo and their gentleman cat, Diego.

You can learn more about Winona on her Facebook page, Twitter feed, or her website, www.winonanelsonart.com.


Want to spend a weekend one of the artists behind your favorite Magic cards? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Winona Nelson’s ConGlomeration 2019 Appearances

Below you’ll find all the scheduled programming events for Winona Nelson during ConGlomeration 2019. But Winona is “part of the family” now, so rather than micromanage every moment of her time, she’ll also be hanging out in community spaces, signing prints in the Art Show, enjoying free snacks in the Hospitality Suite, and maybe even throwing down some dice in our Game Room. You can absolutely find Winona at the times and places below, but she’ll also be part of our broader fandom family reunionCome join us!

Friday, April 19

“ConGlomeration 2019 Opening Ceremonies and Guests of Honor Meet & Greet”
8pm | Elliott
Join us in welcoming the 2019 Guests of Honor — including Artist Winona Nelson — for our big Fandom Family Reunion. Come see who’s here and learn what we’ve got planned for this year’s festivities!

Saturday, April 20

“Artist Jam”
10am | Crowne Ballroom, Art Show Area
Artist Guest of Honor Winona Nelson and ConGlomeration favorite Melissa Gay work together to produce art right before your very eyes. Prepare to be amazed / enchanted / unsettled. We make no promises.

“Sci-Fi Pictionary”
1pm | Crowne Ballroom, Art Show Area
Join Artist Guest of Honor Winona Nelson, Kevin Ward, Darrenn Canton, Cris Griffin and other attending artists as they put their skills to the test in a game of sci-fi-themed Pictionary. Will they crack under the pressure? Art Show maven Lynn Harris will emcee the event with her usual style and grace.

“Winona Nelson Portfolio Viewing”
2pm | Hancock
Our 2019 Artist Guest of Honor Winona Nelson reviews her work, her career, and her philosophy of art, science fiction, and fantasy.

KIDCON: “Art Encounter with Winona Nelson”
4pm | Oldham
A hands-on hour of art with our Artist Guest of Honor Winona Nelson.

“Women in Illustration”
5pm | Crowne Ballroom, Art Show Area
Artist Guest of Honor Winona Nelson, Melissa Gay, and Cris Griffin discuss the unqiue challenges, experiences, and opportunities for women in the world of professional illustration.

Sunday, April 21

“Guests of Honor: Last Call”
1pm | Elliott
Final chance to say farewell to the 2019 Guests of Honor as well as a sneak peak at what we have planned for 2020. Come say adieu, get that last autograph, and get the scoop on what’s ahead.


Want to be a part of the Winona Nelson panel experience? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Guests of Honor questions?
Contact our Programming Chairs [programming@conglomeration.info]

GENERAL FANDOM Panels & Programs for ConGlomeration 2019

Easter is Coming

ConGlomeration’s 2019 General Fandom program lineup, directed by the Louisville Anime Community, includes:

  • Talking Star Wars with Timothy Zahn
  • Talking Star Trek with official fan groups
  • The nerdiest Easter church service you ever saw

The programs listed below will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, KY during Easter weekend — April 19-21 — as part of ConGlomeration 2019.

If you want to spend an entire weekend immersed in sci-fi & fantasy fandom — ConGlomeration 2019 is the place to be.

Interested in specific fan festivities? You can view our full program lineup here.


Want to spend Easter weekend immersed in sci-fi & fantasy fandom? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Friday, April 19

Star Wars - Thrawn Alliances by Timothy Zahn

Console Video Game Arena
12pm-10pm | Madison
Sponsored by Card N All Gaming, enjoy multiple high-definition console stations for free play or multi-player mini-tournaments.

Artemis Starship Simulator
12pm-10pm | Knox
Provided by the Louisville Artemis Mission Exploits team, join a crew of six to command a Starfleet-style vessel on a mission of exploration, rescue and combat against the wonders and menaces of the galaxy. Sign-ups in the Game Room.

“Dissecting Star Wars”
4pm | Elliott
The Star Wars franchise is a worldwide phenomenon that has captured the imaginations of millions. But what about the story has made it so successful? Why do we love the world and characters so? Join our 2019 Author Guest of Honor Timothy Zahn and a panel of Star Wars enthusiasts to dissect the universe and find out what has made it what it is today.

VIEWING: “The Green Winter Project”
7pm | Elliott
Preview the newest independent sci-fi web series from UNM Micro-Studios ANDtv. Half Firefly, a quarter Stargate SG-1 and just a dash of Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Green Winter Project has to be seen to be believed.

“ConGlomeration 2019 Opening Ceremonies and Guests of Honor Meet & Greet”
8pm | Elliott
Join us in welcoming the 2019 Guests of Honor — including Author Timothy Zahn — for our big Fandom Family Reunion. Come see who’s here and learn what we’ve got planned for this year’s festivities!

“What Would Thrawn Do?”
8:30pm | Elliott
Gran Moff Tarkin did not believe the rebels could pose a threat to the Death Star, but what would Thrawn do? Darth Vader pursued the Millennium Falcon into an asteroid field, but what would Thrawn do? The Emperor allowed Luke Skywalker the use of his lightsaber during his captivity on the second Death Star, but what would Thrawn do? Join Author Guest of Honor and Grand Admiral Thrawn creator Timothy Zahn for a light- (or perhaps dark-) hearted commentary on various scenes of the Empire’s decision points from the perspective of Thrawn!

“K-POP Karaoke Party!”
9pm | Grant
Ready to rock out? It doesn’t matter if you’re not fluent in Korean or even if you’ve never heard of KPOP! Give us your best try at lip-syncing, dancing, and mumbling along for a chance to win, or just come hang out and enjoy the show!

“Open Filking”
10pm | Perry
“Filking”? No, it is not illegal (mostly). Yes, it is a lot of fun. No, you don’t have to play an instrument or even carry a tune (Oh c’mon, I’ve heard Mark “sing”). Pull up a chair, or some floor and relax.


Want to be a part of Easter fandom extravaganza? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Saturday, April 20

Platykirk and Spoctypus by Erik Appelhof

Console Video Game Arena
10am-10pm | Madison
Sponsored by Card N All Gaming, enjoy multiple high-definition console stations for free play or multi-player mini-tournaments.

Artemis Starship Simulator
10am-10pm | Knox
Provided by the Louisville Artemis Mission Exploits team, join a crew of six to command a Starfleet-style vessel on a mission of exploration, rescue and combat against the wonders and menaces of the galaxy. Sign-ups in the Game Room.

“Starfleet Wants YOU!”
1pm | Elliott
Meet the local representatives of the foremost Star Trek fan group in this quadrant of the galaxy.

“Winona Nelson Portfolio Viewing”
2pm | Hancock
Our 2019 Artist Guest of Honor Winona Nelson reviews her work, her career, and her philosophy of art, science fiction, and fantasy.

“Jammed Transmissions Live Podcast Recording”
3pm | Elliott
Come join the studio audience for a live recording of Jammed Transmissions – A Star Wars Podcast. Legendary Star Wars novelist and Author Guest of Honor Timothy Zahn will talk shop with JT crew and you don’t want to miss it.

“SIGMA Sci-Fi Think Tank”
3pm | Perry
SIGMA is the science fiction think tank founded by Dr. Arlan Andrews, Sr., when he worked at the White House Science Office where 40 science fiction and game writers provide futurism consulting to the US government. Come listen to Dr. Andrews recount his experience with the organization.

VIEWING: “The Green Winter Project”
5pm | Elliott
Preview the newest independent sci-fi web series from UNM Micro-Studios ANDtv. Half Firefly, a quarter Stargate SG-1 and just a dash of Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Green Winter Project has to be seen to be believed.

Art Show Auction
7pm | Elliott
Art Show items that have received three or more written bids go up for voice auction. Bid early and bid often! That art needs to come home with *you* and your bidding foes must be defeated! ConGlomeration Art Show Awards, themselves pieces of art, are given out at the midpoint of the auction.

COSPLAY MASQUERADE!
8pm | Coronet Ballroom
Performers to the green room. Audience to the peanut gallery. MC, rock the mic! It’s time for one and all to join in the cosplay, competition, and camaraderie of the ConGlomeration Masquerade! All ages welcome, and be sure to stay for our intermission performers, Level Up Lightsaber Dojo.

“Open Filking”
10pm | Perry
“Filking”? No, it is not illegal (mostly). Yes, it is a lot of fun. No, you don’t have to play an instrument or even carry a tune (Oh c’mon, I’ve heard Mark “sing”). Pull up a chair, or some floor and relax.


Want to spend three days meet your long lost fandom family? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Sunday, April 21

Cylon Easter Bunny

“ConGlomeration All-Faith Chapel”
9am | Elliott
Brother Dave Mattingly leads us in a celebration of diversity and unity in faith. Everyone…yes, even you, welcome.

Console Video Game Arena
10am-1pm | Madison
Sponsored by Card N All Gaming, enjoy multiple high-definition console stations for free play or multi-player mini-tournaments.

Artemis Starship Simulator
10am-10m | Knox
Provided by the Louisville Artemis Mission Exploits team, join a crew of six to command a Starfleet-style vessel on a mission of exploration, rescue and combat against the wonders and menaces of the galaxy. Sign-ups in the Game Room.

“Guests of Honor: Last Call”
1pm | Elliott
Final chance to say farewell to the 2019 Guests of Honor as well as a sneak peak at what we have planned for 2020. Come say adieu, get that last autograph, and get the scoop on what’s ahead.


Want to overdose on sci-fi & fantasy over a long weekend? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Programming questions?
Contact our Programming Directors [programming@conglomeration.info]

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