It’s a busy one. Also, be sure to stop by the fan table for the Worldcon bid for Dublin 2019, and come to our party on Saturday night! The full program for Loncon 3 is here.
Tove Jansson’s Moomins: Their Legacy and Influence
Thursday 12:00 – 13:30, Capital Suite 13 (ExCeL)
It’s 100 years since the birth of Finnish author/artist Tove Jansson, the award-winning creator of the beloved Moomins. Moomins appeared in novels, illustrated books, comic book strips and today are celebrated with their own theme park called Muumimaailma (Moomin World).
Why did Jansson’s Moomins capture the attention and affection of the panellists, and how do Moomins continue to fire the imagination of new generations despite being nearly seventy years old?
What is the legacy of the Moomins, and how do they continue to influence European comic books today?
Kathryn (Kate) Laity (M), Lynda Rucker, Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson, Mary Talbot, Karrie Fransman
Horror Without Monsters
Thursday 13:30 – 15:00, Capital Suite 8 (ExCeL)
It’s often said that some of the most frightening horror fictions stir fear without ghouls or gore. Is this true? What are the psychological horror tales that stay with us past the final page? Does the greatest terror lie within ourselves?
Jonathan Oliver (M), F. Brett Cox, Elizabeth Hand, Sarah Pinborough, Lynda Rucker
Fantasy and Medievalism
Friday 13:30 – 15:00, Capital Suite 7+12 (ExCeL)
High fantasy is almost invariably set in invented worlds inspired by medieval Europe. Can we put this down to the legacy of Tolkien and to genre works being in close conversation with each other? Or is there something about the place that medieval Europe occupies in our imagination that makes it a perfect companion for tales of epic striving and larger-than-life Good versus Evil? Either way, does this help or hinder the genre?
Kathryn (Kate) Laity (M), Suanna Davis, Robin Hobb, Marieke Nijkamp, Lynda Rucker
Comic Book Networking: It’s Not Just The Interwebs
Friday 19:00 – 20:00, Capital Suite 3 (ExCeL)
Social media – Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter – are all de rigeur for networking for creators and fans, but what about all the other ways to meet your audience, your favourite creators, or just to talk to people about comic books?
What are the benefits of comic book reading groups, conventions, comic book jams/drawing sessions, or networking meetings like Laydeez do Comics?
In a virtual world, there’s still a lot of meeting face-to-face going on.
Maura McHugh (M), Lynda Rucker, Kurt Erichsen, Yen Ooi, Meg Frank
Reading: Lynda Rucker
Saturday 21:00 – 21:30, Capital Suite 13 (ExCeL)
Master of Dark Arts – an insight into editing for writers
Sunday 15:00 – 16:30, Capital Suite 5 (ExCeL)
Editor Stephen Jones is interviewed by Lynda E. Rucker about being an editor of short dark fiction, providing insight for new and current writers and afterwards answering questions from the floor. Advice and pointers, pitfalls, how a professional editor should deal with writers and what a writer’s expectations of editors should be will be among the topics covered.
Lynda Rucker (M), Stephen Jones