Sy-Con 2019

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Keynote Speaker: Wayne Gladstone

10:00 - 10:45 AM in the Theater.  Ages 13+.

Wayne Gladstone is the author of the Internet Apocalypse Trilogy for Thomas Dunne books. He was a founding columnist for He is also the creator and star of the Hate by Numbers online video series. His writing has appeared on McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Comedy Central's Indecision and in the collections You Might Be A Zombie and Other Bad News and The McSweeney's Joke Book of Book Jokes. He lives in New York.

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J.K. Rowling and the Creation of Harry Potter

Presented by Clive Young

11:00 - 11:45 AM in the Theater.  All Ages.

Believe it or not, 2017 marks 20 years since the world’s most famous wizard first hit print with the UK edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Celebrate the anniversary with this fast-paced program, exploring how author J.K. Rowling developed Harry and his magical wizarding world; we’ll look at her creative process, recurring themes and more, as well the cultural impact that her books and movies have had in the Muggle world.

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What's Your Fandom? Q&A

Presented by Clive Young

12:00 - 12:30 PM in the Theater.  All Ages.

What do The Beatles, Sports, and Game of Thrones have in common? They all have fandoms! Pop-Culture Expert Clive Young will do a Q&A about what defines a fandom as well as Pop-Culture fandoms you may not know you already have! Moderated by Reader’s Services Librarian Jean Simpson.

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Making Comics!

Presented by David Gallaher

12:00 - 12:45 PM in Room B.  All Ages.

Comics and sequential art are an ancient and valuable art that extends around the globe. From stories of Calvin & Hobbes to Superman to Sailor Moon to Boondocks, the visual language of comics helps children develop a love of reading while broadening their visual vocabulary and storytelling skills. In this workshop, award-winning comics author David Gallaher will discuss the history, production, and theory of comic storytelling, while empowering students to deconstruct and create their own comics from plot to the printed page. You don’t need to be a great artist to be a great cartoonist. Please bring your imagination, paper, and something to write with.

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