So next week (OMG how did the time fly?!) I will be an Invited Guest at CONVergence! I’ve got a light schedule of panels (thank you Sigrid & Programming!) but I’ll be there Thursday (6/30) – Monday (7/4) and these are the panels I’ll be on:

Resetting the Default – Friday July 1, 12:30 pm, Edina

Diversity (or lack thereof) can be painful and messy. In movies, games, TV, etc., what are some successful examples of getting away from the default white male character? Panelists: Michi Trota, Tanya DePass (mod), Briana Lawrence, Jonathan Palmer, Trisha Lynn

Token for your Thoughts – Saturday July 2, 11:00 am, Atrium 6

There’s a fine line between diverse representation and tokenism, but where is that line? The panel discusses how to make inclusion of non-white/non-male characters substantive, and whether highlighting diversity bolsters or undermines the effort. Panelists: Tanya DePass, Jonathan Palmer, Mark Oshiro, Ytasha Womack, Rob Callahan (mod)

Your Online Persona – Saturday July 2, 3:30 pm, Atrium 7

Does your online persona affect your book or art sales? What are some basic principles for creators to craft a persona that is both genuine and audience friendly? Panelists: Adam J. Whitlatch, Kavin Senapathy, Melissa Olson, Tanya DePass, Tactical Pinup (mod)

One on One with Cam Banks – Sunday July 3, 2:00 pm Plaza 1

A One on One conversation with Cam Banks, RPG Director at Atlas Games.

If you want to meet up for coffee or a meal, a twitter DM will likely be the best way to get me, or just @’ing me on there. My twitter is @cypheroftyr, and if we know each other well enough that you have my #, then text me.

As always, here’s a 110% free guide to interacting with me at conventions, now a handy page on my site.


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