Dragoncon in Atlanta, Georgia
Title: Visions of the Future: YA Sci-Fi Worldbuilding
Time: Fri 01:00 pm Location: A707 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: YA science fiction is full of visions of the future, both realistic & fantastical. Come join us to discuss talk about the plausibility, technology, & consequences of your favorite YA futures from the Hunger Games, Scythe, Warcross, Ready Player One, Want, & more!
Panelists: Jonathan Maberry, Diana Peterfreund, CB Lee, Cecil Castellucci, Michael Chatfield, Natalie Simpson(M), Claudia Gray
Title: Women Making Great Comics
Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: 204I - Mart2 (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: It's easy to make average comics...but it takes talent to make great comics! Find out from top comics creators about what not just makes comics good, but what makes them great!
Panelists: Erica Henderson, Cecil Castellucci, Jill Thompson, Jenevieve Broomall, Jami Jones(M), M. M. Chen, Afua Richardson
Title: Beyond Text: Comics & Graphic Novels in YA
Time: Fri 05:30 pm Location: A707 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: Whether they're superhero sagas, anime tie-ins, personal memoirs, or stand-alone stories, we are seeing both YA stories in traditional comics & graphic novels published in YA. Come chat with our amazing panelists about how comics & graphic novels are impacting & expanding YA!
Panelists: Cecil Castellucci, Margaret Robbins(M), Catherine M. Scully, Comfort Love, Adam Withers
Title: YA Genres: What's Hot?
Time: Sat 10:00 am Location: Embassy CD - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: The Y/A market is screaming hot. But where do you fit in? Pros discuss sub-genres, their requirements, & the markets.
Panelists: Nancy Knight(M), Cecil Castellucci, Diana Peterfreund, Lindsay Ribar, Sarah Glenn Marsh, Kelly Lynn Colby
Title: YA Mixtapes: The Playlists Behind Your Favorite Books
Time: Sat 04:00 pm Location: A707 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: An awesome new YA trend is including playlists that inspired your favorite authors or bring a character to life. We'll talk with our guests about the music that inspired them & introduce you to some of our favorites!
Panelists: Cecil Castellucci, K.N. Lee, John G. Hartness, C. Taylor-Butler, Matt Hall(M), D.R. Perry
Title: From DC's Vertigo to Young Animal Comics
Time: Sun 02:30 pm Location: 204I - Mart2 (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: Years ago, Vertigo started as an imprint for comics with DC heroes to appeal to more sophisticated sensibilities of older audiences. Recently, DC's Young Animal imprint did the same thing. Hear from creators who worked at Vertigo & Young Animal to see how one paved the way for the other.
Panelists: Richard Case, Cecil Castellucci, Shawn Crystal, Jill Thompson, Colleen Doran, Tony Barletta(M)
Title: Writing YA: Crafting Characters
Time: Sun 05:30 pm Location: A707 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: What makes a great character in a YA? How do we write teens that actually sound like teens? What makes these characters feel like real people who matter to our lives? Come join our authors as we dig into how to build compelling, realistic characters in YA.
Panelists: Cecil Castellucci, Diana Peterfreund, Cinda Williams Chima, L.L. McKinney, Natalie Simpson(M), Michelle Schusterman
Title: Creating Star Wars Art & Comics
Time: Sun 08:30 pm Location: A706 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: They are artists first, but they can also be known as illustrators & comic book masterminds. Our panel discusses their creative processes & how they broke into the business & just how awesome it is to draw Star Wars.
Panelists: Christian Waggoner, Chrissie Zullo, Robert Hendrickson, Cecil Castellucci, Ed Binkley, Mike Baron