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Austin Comic Con

September 18th, 2014

Tens of thousands of fans will converge at the Austin Convention Center on October 2-4 for Austin Comic Con 2014 Wizard World Convention in celebration of all manner of pop culture. This year’s lineup not only includes the standard beloved television and film actors, internet sensations, and comic book artists but also a panel featuring Austin-area pop culture professionals and experts – including me!

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Shane Brown, founder of Haven Entertainment – a startup venue that will feature micro-living rooms for gaming and socializing, originally applied for a Comic Con booth and was pleasantly surprised by Wizard World’s response. “I initially set out to just have a booth for convention-goers to stop by and get information about Haven and our fundraising initiative for a safe and welcoming environment for ALL adults who enjoys comics, video games, and things along those lines,” said Brown. “Wizard World liked the idea so much that they asked me to instead host an entire panel around the idea of diversity in geek culture.”

Shane and I will be joined on the panel by Kathryn Long (technical artist at EA BioWare), Kevin Walsh (game systems designer), Seth Mason (non-profit executive and fiction/design gaming contributor), and Sarah Gunn (fine art photographer and fantasy novelist).

I’m very excited to talk about the role of books like WISHING WILL in pop culture, sci-fi and fantasy. My love of superheroes, video games and the like goes back to my childhood, and it has heavily influenced my writing. But diversity is also a big part of my life, and thankfully that’s something that has long been a component of sci-fi and fantasy thanks to forward-thinking pioneers of geek culture like Gene Roddenberry and his boundary-breaking Star Trek series.

The Diversity in Geek Culture panel is scheduled to be held on Saturday, October 4 from 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM in Room 10AB. To register for Austin Comic Con 2014, visit

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