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3710. The Pantheon among Hogwarts Professors
The Hogwarts teachers as they sit along their long table reflect the ancient mythologies, from Dumbledore, Zeus to Professor Sprout as Demeter or Hathor. Argus Filch is guardian of the gates at Hogwarts, Minerva is its font of wisdom. Dour Snape, always excluded, has many correspondences to Hades as he lurks underground. But which archetypes are missing from the ﾓHogwarts Pantheonﾔ? Are they just reenacting the Roman gods, or are there other, closer correspondences? Exploring all these archetypes can deepen our understanding of the characters when the Hogwarts pantheon is revealed as a chorus of quibbling gods and Harry their appointed hero.
Valerie Estelle Frankel
FRI 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, New Orleans
3715. Social Media and Fandom
What impact has the rapid explosion of social media outlets had on science fiction and fantasy fandom? Does it bring more fans together or scatter them into specialized groups? Are some forms of social media more effective than others? A diverse panel shares their thoughts and experiences.
Shannon Muir, Taliesin Jaffe, Valerie Estelle Frankel, Joyce McCarthy, Mark Oshiro
FRI 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm, Boston
3732. The Heroine's Journey
You know all about the classic heroﾒs journeyﾗnow learn about the heroineﾒs! Weﾒll chart the heroineﾒs journey step-by-step from ancient myths to modern reimaginings like Coraline and The Force Awakens. Rather than a sword, the questing heroine wields magic slippers, a mirror, a chalice. Only after she has defeated her dark side, the wicked witch, can she grow into a bestower of wisdom in this beloved pattern favored by fantasy readers and writers. Like the heroﾒs journey, this pattern is useful for those who enjoy reading and analyzing literature, and also those who want to write it, especially fantasy and coming of age stories. Today the heroine is gaining power as big budget films like the Narnia and The Hunger Games series fill the screens. Itﾒs an important reminder that fantasy is not just for boys.
Valerie Estelle Frankel
SAT 10:00 am - 11:15 am, New Orleans
Tech: projector, Microphone
3746. How Game of Thrones Will End: The Influences Driving the Show and All the Paths It May Take
Game of Thrones takes its story from many influences: the War of the Roses, King Arthur, Norse and Celtic myth as well as modern classics. Will the story end like Lord of the Rings or completely invert it? How about Ragnarok with its three-year Winter of the Winds and Winter of the Wolf? Pop culture author Valerie Estelle Frankel examines the sources and predicts the likeliest Game of Thrones ending. By tracing the prophecies of the early books, which correspond directly to the steps of the heroineﾒs journey, Daenerysﾒs surprising path becomes clear as she will ﾓwake the dragonﾔ and harness a surprising magic. Is Jon Snow destined to be her lover, her nemesis, her sacrifice, or all three? And what of Bran? Or Tyrion? What does Varys really want? In the end, the key to salvation lies in the forgotten lore hidden at Oldtown and Dragonstone, in the words of the Faceless Men and the Red Priests. For the endless winter is dark and full of terrorsﾅand itﾒs coming. No show spoilers, but lots of speculation.
Valerie Estelle Frankel
SAT 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Chicago
3755. The Changing Face of Comics: How Diversity Makes More Fans
The panel is meant to discuss how the inclusion of characters in the hero space that are not traditionally seen is helping to spread fandom.
Nikia Chaney, , Valerie Estelle Frankel, Gregg Castro, Taliesin Jaffe
SAT 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Chicago
Tech: projector, sound, VGA, HDMI, Microphone
3763. DC Nation
DC Entertainment has launched an Extended Universe. Flash, Arrow and Supergirl are very well recieved successes. The Movies are making a space for themselves while Marvel Phase 3 plays out. The Animated Universes are growing and expanding. Join us as we discuss the future of the DC film and television universe.
Marv Wolfman, Taliesin Jaffe, Donald F. Glut, Valerie Estelle Frankel
SAT 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, Marquis 2
3793. Working without an agent
Do you really need an agent? Hear what you can do without one.
James C. Glass, Mel Gilden, Valerie Estelle Frankel, S.P. Hendrick, Maria Alexander
SUN 10:00 am - 11:15 am, New Orleans
3796. The Social Politics of Romantic Fantasy
Romantic Fantasy is often characterized not just by sword and sorcery, but a focus on social structure and geopolitical intreigue. How have romantic fantasy stories changed in response to shifting sociopolitical climates?
Laura Frankos, Barbara Hambly, Valerie Estelle Frankel, Leslie Ann Moore
SUN 11:30 am - 12:45 pm, Boston