Emerald City Comic Con 2020 has been cancelled
Due to COVID-19 concerns and mass cancellations from guests, artists, publishers and other vendors, Emerald City Comic Con has decided to cancel the 2020 show. ECCC will return in December of 2021. More info here.
Fictitious presents “10 Points to Slytherin: Why Good Fans Love Evil Characters” at ECCC 2020
It’s time for one of our favorite shows of the year! But… unfortunately I can’t be at it this year. Never fear, though! Emerald City Comic Con will still feature our signature “10 Points to Slytherin” panel, moderated by our awesome friend Jazzlyn Stone, and featuring an awesome cast of creators from the worlds of fiction, comics, and beyond. Here’s all the info:
10 Points to Slytherin: Why Good Fans Love Evil Characters
Friday, March 13th | 1:45pm-2:45pm | TCC Level 3 – Room 4
Get in touch with your Dark Side! Forget the boring heroes – fandom loves its villains. Loki, Harley Quinn, Kylo Ren… with their fascinating backstories, dangerous aesthetics, and devil-may-care attitudes, it’s easy to see why many fans identify with the bad guys. But what does it say about you when you proudly claim allegiance to Slytherin House, the 501st, or Hydra?
Moderator Jazzlyn Stone explores fan fascination with fictional antagonists along with Alina Boyden (author – STEALING THUNDER), Dearbhla Kelly (comics colorist – RED SONJA), Caitlin Starling (author – THE LUMINOUS DEAD), and Jen Vaughn (narrative designer, Very Very Spaceship game studio).
* Unfortunately, Vita Ayala and Eliot Rahal needed to cancel their ECCC appearances.
Jazzlyn is a freelance comics marketer and avid, casual gamer. Seattle based, her greatest love is a tie between coffee and Donkey Kong Country. You may be familiar with her work with Bombsheller, Make Space Zine, or Cafe Marmalade. Her talents include fostering communities, designing and directing pop-up events, and building solutions to gaps in the system.
Vita Ayala is a queer Afro-Latinx writer out of New York City, where they live with their wife and cat sons. Their work includes The Wilds (Black Mask Studios), Supergirl (DC), Xena: Warrior Princess (Dynamite), Morbius: The Living Vampire (Marvel), Livewire (Valiant), Submerged (Vault), and the upcoming Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire from Serial Box and Marvel.
Alina Boyden is a trans rights activist, author, and PhD candidate in cultural anthropology. As an ACLU client, her case secured healthcare rights for transgender employees in the state of Wisconsin. Her work in cultural anthropology centers on the civil rights struggles of transgender women in India and Pakistan, and consequently she divides her time between the United States and South Asia. When she’s not writing, traveling, or working on her dissertation, she spends her free time indulging in two of her childhood passions – swordplay and flying airplanes. Stealing Thunder is her first novel.
Dearbhla Kelly is a colorist, designer and illustrator based in Dublin, Ireland. Her work includes colors on Queen of Bad Dreams (Vault), Red Sonja (Dynamite), Dejah Thoris (Dynamite) and Paradiso (Image), as well as numerous illustrations that you can find on her website. She enjoys reading good stories, watching terrible tv shows and spending too much time with her three cats.
Eliot Rahal is a Minneapolis-based comics writer and creator best known for his work on Midnight Vista, Hot Lunch Special (Aftershock Comics), Cult Classic (Vault Comics) and Quantum & Woody (Valiant Entertainment).
Caitlin Starling is a writer and spreadsheet-wrangler who lives near Portland, Oregon. Equipped with an anthropology degree and an unhealthy interest in the dark and macabre, she writes horror-tinged speculative fiction of all flavors. Her first novel, The Luminous Dead, is nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. She has two gothic horror tales forthcoming: Yellow Jessamine (novella, Neon Hemlock 2020) and The Death of Jane Lawrence (novel, St Martin’s Press 2021). Caitlin also works in narrative design for interactive theater and games, and has been paid to design body parts. She’s always on the lookout for new ways to inflict insomnia.
Jen Vaughn is the narrative designer at video game company, Very Very Spaceship, and host/GM of the weekly streaming indie-RPG show, Jen Vaughn’s Big Dun-Jen Show on Twitch. Jen also plays D&D in the all-women, family-friendly podcast, d20 Dames, available wherever podcasts are free. You can find more of her RPG work on the DMs Guild/DriveThruRPG such as The Experiments of Dr. Skulldial, Morty Corgi’s Scroll of Mysteries and the Uncaged Anthology. When not recording games, Jen can be found writing and drawing comics like Goosebumps: Download & Die!, Avery Fatbottom: Renaissance Fair Detective or Teenage Wasteland.