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Here There Be Dragons: Creating Fresh Stories in Fantasy

Fictitious October 3, 2018 68


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Here There Be Dragons - Recorded Live at San Diego Comic Con 2018

Fictitious Podcast Presents the “Here There Be Dragons” Speaker Panel from San Diego Comic-Con 2018

At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con (basically the world series of pop culture and geekery), Fictitious host Adron Buske presented and moderated the panel “Here There Be Dragons: Creating Fresh Stories in Fantasy”. The panel — held Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 7:30 in the evening — drew a huge, excited crowd to the large 24ABC event room. Our featured guests speakers were Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone), Robert Jackson Bennett (Foundryside), Jason Denzel (Mystic Dragon), R.F. Kuang (The Poppy War), and Mary E. Pearson (Dance of Thieves).

Here There Be Dragons panel speakers - front to back: Robert Jackson Bennett, R.F. Kuang, Tomi Ademyemi, Jason Denzel, and Mary E. Pearson
Here There Be Dragons panel speakers – front to back: Robert Jackson Bennett, R.F. Kuang, Tomi Ademyemi, Jason Denzel, and Mary E. Pearson

The official panel description: Every genre has its tropes, and Fantasy has many: swords and sorcerers, castles and cavalries, dungeon crawls and dazzling dragons. But with more than a century of fantastical storytelling behind us, how does a writer deliver fresh, exciting ideas while giving readers what they want and expect? Adron Buske (host of the Fictitious podcast) talks with a group of professional genre authors about writing to market, how to subvert cliches and expectations, and blazing new trails on the well-trod map of Fantasy.

Here There Be Dragons panel audience
Here There Be Dragons panel audience

It’s an excellent and enlightening conversation. And since Jason DenzelR.F. Kuang, and Robert Jackson Bennett were the first three guests on this season of Fictitious, it feels like a good time to share the discussion from SDCC.

Here There Be Dragons speakers taking questions from the audience - left to right: Adron Buske, R.F. Kuang, Robert Jackson Bennett, Tomi Adeyemi, Jason Denzel, and Mary E. Pearson
Here There Be Dragons speakers taking questions from the audience – left to right: Adron Buske, R.F. Kuang, Robert Jackson Bennett, Tomi Adeyemi, Jason Denzel, and Mary E. Pearson
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