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 — including Author Guest of Honor Timothy Zahn and Michael Z. Williamson — 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!

You can view our full program lineup here.

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
  • Official Star Wars fan films
  • Talking Star Trek with official fan groups
  • The nerdiest Easter church service you ever saw
  • Podcasts, podcasts, podcasts!

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.

“Chairmen’s Corner”
2pm | Elliott
Have comments/suggestions about Louisville’s Geek Family Reunion? Want to get more involved to keep ConGlomeration growing? Here’s your chance to talk directly with the Committee Chairmen.

“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 and 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!

“What Would Thrawn Do?”
8:30pm | Elliott
Grand 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!

SCREENING: “Star Wars: Hand of the Empire
10pm | Elliott
Created as a fundraiser for Norton Children’s Hospital and exhibited to rave reviews at Star Wars Celebration, this Lucasfilm-endorsed fan film depicts the conflict between a Rebel commandos, Imperial Stormtroopers and Mandalorian mercenaries as they race to retrieve a secret experiment sought by none other than Emperor Palpatine himself.

“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

“Chairmen’s Corner”
9am | Elliott
Have comments/suggestions about Louisville’s Geek Family Reunion? Want to get more involved to keep ConGlomeration growing? Here’s your chance to talk directly with the Committee Chairmen.

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.

PODCAST RECORDING: “The Hidden Twilight Zone & Star Trek Connection”
10am | Elliott
You have entered a realm that explores two iconic television programs and how they boldly went where no show had gone before. Join Nayr & Kavura of the StarPodLog and StarPodTrek podcasts as they discuss the common links between Rod Serling’s and Gene Roddenberry’s creations that changed the landscape of science fiction forever.

“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. Guest-starring Author Guest of Honor Timothy Zahn!

“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.

PODCAST RECORDING: “Jammed Transmissions – Star Wars Podcast”
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 | Coronet Ballroom
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.

“Cosplay Masquerade Photo Op Center”
10pm | Elliott
Opportunity to get that perfect photo of your favorite Cosplay Masquerade participant. Bring your own camera or phone and celebrate with our Cosplayers!

“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.

“Chairmen’s Corner”
12pm | Elliott
Have comments/suggestions about Louisville’s Geek Family Reunion? Want to get more involved to keep ConGlomeration growing? Here’s your chance to talk directly with the Committee Chairmen.

“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]

 

ANIME Viewings and Panels for ConGlomeration 2019

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

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt Bandit Flower
  • Panels and screenings that discuss anime culture
  • Chances to discover new anime to obsess over
  • Anime-oriented tabletop and video-gaming
  • Cosplay
  • Karaoke

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 main-lining anime with a few hundred fellow otaku — ConGlomeration 2019 is the place to be.

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


Want to spend Easter weekend immersed in anime? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Friday, April 19

El Hazard The Wanderers anime

VIEWING: “El Hazard: The Wanderers”
12pm | Hancock
When a school experiment goes wrong, the explosion transports Makoto, Jinnai, his sister Nanami, and their teacher Mr. Fujisawa to the strange and magnificent world El Hazard. Makoto and Fujisawa land squarely in the Kingdom of Roshtaria, and quickly befriend the princess Rune Venus. Jinnai allies himself with the Bugrom, a race of giant insects bent on taking over El Hazard, while his sister tries to eke out her own living in the desert. Makoto searches desperately for a way to return home, all the while fighting off the Bugrom, enlisting the help of the elemental Holy Priestesses, and stopping the demon god Ifurita from destroying everything.

“Anime-Inspired Gaming”
2pm | Hancock
Board games, video games, anime in everything. Sit for a bit and play anime tie-in games or inspired works we’ve come up with anime-themed rule sets for.

“Let’s Play Otome”
4pm | Hancock
Like anime AND gaming? Want to be the hero of your own anime? Need something casual to play? Look no further, otome games are definitely for you! So let’s explore some popular games and where to find them! Suggested ages teen and older, please.

“Author a Crazy Anime Plot!”
5pm | Hancock
Ideas assemble! Think you can build an anime out of random topics and smoosh it together in an unholy marriage of funny, weird, and stuff that just doesn’t make sense? Come prove it as we form improvised teams and bubblegum together a fun composition competition.

“Gunpla 101”
7pm | Hancock
Gunpla (Gundam models) have different scales, complexity, and ages. Come learn about where to get started and tips on tricks to make your kits look great. Hosted by Shawn Burke of Red Comet Customs, a Gunpla & diorama customizing service.

“Build Your Gunpla”
8:30pm | Hancock
Bring your own Gunpla (Gundam model kit) or buy a new kit from the Dealers Room. Put in action the tips learned in our 101 class. Hosted by Shawn Burke of Red Comet Customs, a Gunpla & diorama customizing service.

“K-POP Karaoke Party!”
9:30pm | 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!


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


Saturday, April 20

Dual Parallel Trouble Adventure

“Forgotten Cartoons of the ’80s and Early ’90s”
8am | Hancock
Go old-school with your anime appreciation as we discuss some of the forgotten classics of the early days of the anime invasion of America.

“History of Japan for Otaku”
9am | Hancock
Get a crash course in Japanese history optimized to help you understand and appreciate the themes and references in your favorite anime series.

VIEWING: “Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure”
10am | Hancock
What if you took Evangelion and parodied it, making it more slice of life comedy and about family and food? Let’s discuss the fun but rarely known 1999 series Dual!, and it’s connections to Tenchi Muyo!

“Who’s That Robot: Mecha Trivia”
11am | Hancock
Robots big and small, we have ’em all! We give the clues, and you guess which bot fills those shoes!

“Sailor Moon’s Mythology”
1pm | Hancock
When Naoko Takeuchi created her award-winning series, she pulled from Greek and Roman mythology. Learn the background and depth behind Sailor Moon’s characters and villains and everything in between!

“Anime Cons in Review”
2:30pm | Hancock
Haven’t been to many conventions? Come discuss with our panel of veteran con attendees who have been to over 50 conventions across the US and their thoughts on what’s worthwhile out there.

“Yoko Kanno’s Music & Watanabe’s Vision”
3:30pm | Hancock
Director Shinichirō Watanabe and Composer Yoko Kanno have worked together on many anime series, most notably Cowboy Bebop. We’ll explore these series and how Kanno’s music affects the stories Watanabe creates.

“Japanese Folklore as the Key to Anime”
5pm | Hancock
To fully appreciate anime you need to know the myths that much of it draws from. Travel back to a time when Japan wasn’t an island in the Pacific Ocean. We’ll talk about the gods Izanagi and Izanami and how they created the islands of Japan, along with Amaterasu, Susanoo, Tsukuyomi and many others you may have never heard of!

“You Should Be Watching: Anime Recommendations”
7pm | Hancock
Looking for something new to get into? Need to beak out of a shonen slump? Join us for some choice picks of great anime and trailers from a variety of genres.

“War for the Grail! A Fate/101 Panel”
8:30pm | Hancock
A bloody battle with heroes summoned from across all mythos and time. This multiverse spans a huge variety of games, anime, and alternate timelines. Join us as we try to unravel these threads of Fate.

VIEWING: “Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt Bandit Flower”
10pm | Hancock
During the One Year War of U.C. 0079, the Earth Federation’s “Moore Brotherhood” and the Principality of Zeon’s “Living Dead Division” engage in a fierce battle in the “Thunderbolt Sector.” Io Fleming, a Federation Gundam pilot, and an amputee ace sniper Zeon pilot Daryl Lorenz, will clash brutally with experimental giant robot suits to the backdrop of jazz and some of the best graphics the Gundam series has yielded to date. Recommended only for late teens 18+ and adults due to adult content.


Want to spend three days watching and talking anime? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Sunday, April 21

Record of Lodoss War anime

“Year to Year Guide for G1 Transformers”
9am | Hancock
The Bumblebee live-action film has reminded all of us of the glory that is G1 Transformers. Comes refresh yourself on the canon and characters of the franchise that secretly introduced many Americans to anime.

“Anthropomorphism in Anime”
10am | Hancock
Animal characters with human personalities and characteristics. Human intelligence and facial expressions, speaking, walking on two legs, and wearing clothes. All are staples of anime, and we’ll discuss as many as you can think of.

“The Record of Lodoss War”
11:30am | Hancock
D&D the anime? Started in the 80’s as a transcript of D&D, RoLW has spawned multiple continuations and sold over 10 million copies in Japan alone. Considered one of the original early epic story anime, come explore the saga of the Lodoss War.


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


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

GAMING Panels and Workshops for ConGlomeration 2019

RPG

ConGlomeration’s 2019 Gaming lineup includes:

  • Panels and workshops on game mastering
  • Tips and tricks for making more compelling RPG characters
  • Advice on working in the games industry
  • Hands-on miniature painting

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. This goes hand-in-hand with our 50-hour tabletop Game Room.

If you want to spend an entire weekend discussing, creating, and playing tabletop games with a few hundred fellow game-geeks — ConGlomeration 2019 is the place to be.

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


Want to spend Easter weekend upping your tabletop game? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Friday, April 19

Xwing Miniatures

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.

“Anime-Inspired Gaming”
2pm | Hancock
Board games, video games, anime in everything. Sit for a bit and play anime tie-in games or inspired works we’ve come up with anime-themed rule sets for.

“The Paths We Take in Videogames”
2pm | Franklin
Let’s discuss the paths we take and choices we make in videogames, what they say about us, and how they illustrate who we are.

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

“What a Character!”
3pm | Franklin
John “Pocket the Fool” Cowgell explains “Giving life to the voices in your head.” How to create memorable characters for your RPG, Con, or Haunt Experience!

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

“Let’s Play Otome”
4pm | Hancock
Like anime AND gaming? Want to be the hero of your own anime? Need something casual to play? Look no further, otome games are definitely for you! So let’s explore some popular games and where to find them! Suggested ages teen and older, please.

“Don’t Be the @$$ at the Game Table”
4pm | Franklin
Gaming is a team sport, but a lot of us nerds never learned how to play well with others. A still-in-recovery “difficult gamer” talks about lessons learned and how you — as GM or player — can make gaming more fun for yourself and the other people at your table. 

“The Infamous GM Panel”
7pm | Franklin
The annual tradition continues. ConGlomeration’s most experienced (and nefarious) game masters discuss how to up your skill at hosting, planning, plotting, and surviving tabletop roleplaying game sessions as a GM.

GROUP GAME: “Little Red Riding Hood Murder Mystery”
10pm | Franklin
Step into the fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood as she and the village try to figure out who killed grandmother. Is it the “big bad” Wolf, the woodsman, the butcher, or Red herself? Walk into tale if you dare, but don’t get lost in the woods or you could be the next victim.


Want to spend three days gaming your brains out? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Saturday, April 20

CCG

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
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.

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

“Foam Sword Construction”
10am | Franklin
Learn to forge sturdy foam swords from easily accessible materials for lightsaber duels, Human vs. Zombies-style games, and more. Anything you make is yours to take home. Stick around for sword fighting and game demos. Limited to 15 participants. Participants under 12 years old will need adult permission. Unlimited observers.

“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. Guest-starring Author Guest of Honor Timothy Zahn!

“Beyond Tabletop — Miniature Painting Class”
1pm | Franklin
It’s time to get those long-neglected minis painted and onto the game table! This 2-hour hands-on class will demonstrate how to paint a miniature to a basic tabletop quality and beyond. Shading, blending and highlighting as well as other techniques will be covered as we paint together. Each participant will receive a free miniature. All materials supplied.

KIDCON LARP: “Super Secret Spy Academy”
1pm | Jefferson
Someone has stolen the super secret plans for ConGlomeration 2020! If they can’t be found, there wont be a convention next year. ConGlom is looking for a few good spies to decode secret messages, lift fingerprints, solve puzzles, and track the criminals. Join Elder Entertainment and help us nab the culprit, recover the stolen goods, and save the con! This is a Kid-Friendly LARP for anyone between the ages of 8 and 13. Children as young as 6 are welcome if a parent wishes to register and play with them! Please note the game requires minimal reading abilities and focus. SSSA is being run by professional teachers/child care workers, and we look forward to spending time with your kiddos while you enjoy the con!

“Podcasting About Games”
3pm | Franklin
Hosted by Brian Cooksey (Play on Target) and Mark Kinney (All Games Considered). General discussion about podcasting techniques and tricks, with maybe a small teaser for the new Armor Goes Clank podcast.

“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.

“How an English Major Runs an RPG”
4pm | Franklin
Learn how to use story beats, timebound plotting, character arcs and, above all, the classic three-act structure to create better roleplaying game characters and run better RPG campaigns.

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

LARP: “Monster’s Ball”
7pm | Jefferson
Minimum age 18; Up to 20 players. The Fairfield-Marshes of Innsmouth cordially invite you to the wedding of their daughter Cordelia. Family and friends will be coming from far and deep to celebrate the joining of the two very prominent families, and the matriarch guarantees a good time will be had by all. When the bride walks down the aisle and takes her “sacred vows,” however, the groom may be getting more than he bargained for. Its an Innsmouth wedding! Come join the Marsh clan as they celebrate; they may be losing a daughter, but you could be gaining gills! Praise Cthulhu!

GROUP GAME: “Murder at the Huthbert Inn”
8pm | Franklin
Welcome to the Huthbert Inn, a historic bed and breakfast. Everything seems lovely and calm until one of the other guests is found dead in their room. Could it be foul play or possibly the famed ghost of the inn? Step into the parlour to gather the clues and figure out what happened or if someone else will be haunting the inn.

“Dystopia Rising LARP: Intro and Q&A”
10pm | Franklin
The Kentucky branch of the Dystopia Rising LARP explains what their LARP is about and answer any questions about what it is like to play.


Want to spend Easter weekend designing and debating tabletop games? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


Sunday, April 21

Board Game

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.

“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.

“Inclusivity in Games”
11:30am | Franklin
Panel hosted by Mayghin Levine. Non-traditional gamers (women, LGBTQ+, racial minorities) talk about their experiences in gaming and how everyone can make games more inclusive and welcoming for a diversity of players.

“The Tavern at the End of the Con”
12:30pm | Franklin Room
The alcohol is imaginary but the memories are real. Unwind for the last hour of ConGlomeration and share the best and “truest” tales of the events of this year’s convention.


Want to spend Easter surrounded by gaming goodness? Register for ConGlomeration 2019!


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

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