Every year the schedule at Anomaly Con gets bigger, bolder, and with cooler guests. I’m happy to say this is my third year at the event. It’s been such an experience to watch it grow in the way that it has. The panels at Anomaly Con are also tackling heavier topics, and the Safety/Sexuality panels I’m on I’ll take particular pride in as a husband and father.
|So Charming, Not Creepy||Join our gentlemen (and ladies) of class in discussing how to approach people and be friendly (or even strike up a romance) without being that creep. A lesson on etiquette, common sense and fandom with respect. C. Kemp, J. Vogt, J. Brawner, T.A. Fowler.||Fri 6pm|
|Sympathetic Villains||We love to hate them, or just can’t resist rooting for them to be redeemed. Why is our culture fascinated with sympathetic villains, and what does that say about us? T.A. Fowler, L. Shields, S. West, S. Ficklin, A. Kessler||Sat 9am|
|Things I Learned From Books (That I Should Have Learned From…)||Sexuality and surprises in fiction, and the stories we read that opened our eyes to a bigger world. Did you get “the talk” from a book? This one’s for you. T. A. Fowler, J. Campbell, J. Brawner, P. Nihiser||Sat 12pm|
|What’s Your Sign?||Author Branding for Success. Without a brand, how will they know what books to read? B. Cherf, T.A. Fowler||Sat 5pm|
|Evolving the Writing Process||Have an idea, but can’t seem to get started? The answer isn’t always just “Write write write!” V.A. Hughes, T.A. Fowler, J. Vogt, J. Nye||Sun 1pm|
|Becoming Uncomfortable||Difficult Conversations to expand our understanding of community. Being willing to ask–and answer–the hard questions. T.A. Fowler, L.J. Hachmeister, Ay-leen the Peacemaker, A. Rogers, M. Mohanraj, C. Rose (M)||Sun 2pm|
2) The Costumes
Every year the costumes are more impressive. There are always surprises.
3) Fellow Artists and Writers
Every year Anomaly Con recruits a bevy of talent to make the experience more impactful than the year before. This year there are new faces I cannot wait to meet, and familiar ones that I haven’t seen in a while. The podcast, Beyond the Trope, will be there and we actually just spoke for their 50th episode about author brands and platforms. You can hear it over on iTunes or Stitcher.
4) Meeting a fellow Fowler
In addition to my presence, there will be an unrelated Fowler there, Megan. For our name being common, I’ve met very few. Happy to meet one that also is involved in the creative community.
5) The Last Year I Don’t Need a Table
Later this year will see the release of my non-fiction work, The Writer’s Conquest: Establish Your Brand. A book that walks writers and creative types through the process of establishing a brand that audiences can support, and want to engage. Official release date coming soon, but for now, I’m just so excited that this will be my last year at conventions, such as AnomalyCon, where I don’t need a table.
See you all there, if you haven’t bought tickets yet, they will be available at the door. Find out more at the AnomalyCon Official Website.