Arisia 2017 Schedule

I’ll be at Arisia January 13-16, 2017, in Boston, Massachusetts.

My schedule:

Saturday, 11:30 am, Hale
Victoria Janssen, Hildy Silverman, Sonya Taaffe

Sunday, 10:00 am, Marina 2
“Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make Fantasy”
Victoria Sandbrook-Flynn [moderator], Victoria Janssen, Randee Dawn, Ariela Housman, Henry White
From Susan Pevensie’s lipstick to fan-hate for Sansa Stark, feminine characters often get shortchanged by fantasy authors and fans alike, losing out in comparison with the Strong Female Protagonist archetype. Why does this happen? Which feminine characters manage to succeed against this stereotype? Is the trend changing, and why?

Sunday, 5:30 pm, Faneuil
“Art Schooled: Style in Comics”
Victoria Janssen [moderator], Ken Gale, Mercy E. Van Vlack, Kevin Eldridge
Ever wondered what it means when something is “Kirby-esque”? What’s everyone’s deal with Rob Liefeld? Why did Multiversity Batman go hard on leg day? Traditions in art style has driven comics and the way they’re read for decades – let’s talk favorites, influences, pouches, and how the various ways in which people are drawn influence readership and representation.

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen [she, her] currently writes cozy space opera for Kalikoi. The novella series A Place of Refuge begins with Finding Refuge: Telepathic warrior Talia Avi, genius engineer Miki Boudreaux, and augmented soldier Faigin Balfour fought the fascist Federated Colonies for ten years, following the charismatic dissenter Jon Churchill. Then Jon disappeared, Talia was thought dead, and Miki and Faigin struggled to take Jon’s place and stay alive. When the FC is unexpectedly upended, Talia is reunited with her friends and they are given sanctuary on the enigmatic planet Refuge. The trio of former guerillas strive to recover from lifetimes of trauma, build new lives on a planet with endless horizons, and forge tender new connections with each other.
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