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Friday, September 30 • 12:00 - 12:50

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Do we include the nonverbal language of aliens and humans in our writing, shows, movies, and games? "Power poses... fake it until you become it." Panelists discuss the value of nonverbal language in storytelling.

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Stephanie Johanson

co-owner, assistant editor, art director..., Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Art Director Guest of Honour | | Stephanie Johanson is the art director, assistant editor, on-staff artist, and co-owner of Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine. How the heck do you start up a science fiction magazine? | | The idea came to Stephanie around 4:00 AM one Sunday morning in 2003. Excitedly she woke up her husband. “Why don’t we start up a science fiction magazine?”“Oh, that sounds interesting,” Karl mumbled. “I’ll think about it in the morning,” and rolled over and went back to sleep. | | You’d think further discussion over coffee at breakfast would introduce sanity to the concept. Not at all. Before they knew it they were taking courses in bookkeeping, marketing, and promotion. They made the mistake of asking other Canadian magazine publishers for advice. They received plenty of advice. Despite all the warnings and cautionary tales, they went ahead with their project anyway. | | Initially they chose the traditional route, namely hard copy print production with distribution by mail (subscription) and book stores. This involves a lot of record keeping, not to mention continually rising printing costs. Currently they are leaning more and more toward digital distribution. | | To date they have produced 26 issues, averaging three issues a year whenever possible. In addition to wading through the fiction slush pile, Stephanie chooses the cover art. On occasion, she provides the cover art herself. | | Being a West Coast artist, her trademark signature is a landscape with an unobtrusive fantasy element which takes a keen eye to spot. For example, her cover for Neo-opsis #15 illustrates what appears to be a typical Vancouver Island shoreline, till you take a closer look. A detailed look reveals a mermaid grasping a rock to hold herself out of the surf while glaring at the painter. | | Another work of hers is an interior view of a massive cave which opens on to the ocean. Only careful study reveals a dragon lurking in the shadow of a boulder. This is typical of her work. She loves to paint from nature but chooses to accent the natural with elements of the supernatural since, after all, myth and legend historically has often been inspired by unusually hallowed and hauntingly beautiful landscapes. | | Though most of her art has focused on natural fantasy, Stephanie is proud to consider herself a “science fiction activist” which is to say, someone who actively advocates and promotes the creative nature of the science fiction and fantasy genre in all its aspects (remarkably similar to the mandate of VCON itself, in fact). | | Another major aspect of Stephanie’s art is soapstone carving. Occasionally she teaches courses in this demanding art form which she has thoroughly mastered. Her ability to convert a lump of rock into a living sculpture with free flowing form which strikes the observer as perfectly natural is extraordinary. Beautiful carvings they be. | | Samples of her artwork can be found at the magazine website... Read More →

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Aviva Bel'Harold

Dyslexic author Aviva Bel'Harold has written several YA books, 3 self published, 1 hybrid and the latest fully published through Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy. She does several signing a month as well as speaking in schools and other events.
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Karl Johanson

Editor, Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
VCON 41 Editor Guest of Honour | | Karl Johanson is not just an exceptional editor of a marvelous magazine, he is—behind his unassuming exterior—a mad genius whose team is, against all logic, constantly pulling off these completely astounding projects. | | During the 1990s, Karl co-edited the Canadian SF newsletter, Under the Ozone Hole with John Herbert. The UTOH team, which included Stephanie Johanson as illustrator and Monica Spencer as proofreader, racked up an astonishing four Aurora Awards during its run. By providing news, reviews, and eclectic (often satirical) content, UTOH was one of the key factors in developing a cohesive national Canadian fandom. | | In 1994 Karl applied to work at Sanctuary Woods Multimedia, because why not ask? While chatting with the general manager, Karl happened to mention that one of his hobbies was spotting science flaws in SF shows such as Star Trek, and trying to justify them during the commercials. He had the job before he got home: turned out part of the job was to... Read More →
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Claire McCague

Simon Fraser University
Claire McCague is a research scientist, musician and writer. She performs regularly with the Sybaritic String Band and her other worldly plays have been featured in festivals across Canada. Her humorous first contact novel, The Rosetta Man, published by EDGE, is her first novel.

Friday September 30, 2016 12:00 - 12:50
05 - Medium Programming 1 (with AV) Green Timber 2 (2nd Floor)

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