MarsCon 2019 - 'Legends in our Own Minds'

Program Ideas Page

MarsCon programming is driven by our attendees. Please share in the fun by posting your ideas for programming here—talks you’d like to hear or give, presenters/performers you would recommend, subjects or activities of interest to you and other fans…

If you’ve submitted ideas in years past you already know the plan: read the ideas list… if you see a program event you want to help with drop us an email. If you have an idea for an event that isn’t yet listed jump to the form and tell us about it.

Starting around January our programming staff starts getting in touch with those who have offered suggestions to see if they are still game for the event and to work out details. As always, MarsCon depends on our attendees for much of our programming.


High Tech Costuming Enhancements
Adding electronics to your prop, costume and droid. Making things blink, move, and make noise.

Suggested by Brainstorming on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 21:02:10


Toys in Space
See how toys made on Earth react in zero gravity.

Suggested by Brainstorming on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 21:00:48


Root Beer Tasting
$5 to taste 3 different types of root beer including blonde rootbeer.

Suggested by Brainstorming on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 20:59:37


Would "Real Science" Work in Movies? Budgeting? Audience Acceptance?
Discussion

Suggested by Brainstorming on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 20:58:34


Esperanto: It's Time Has Come
A second language for everyone. Simple rules.

Suggested by Artie on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 20:55:52


Costumers for a Cause
Costumers for a Cause is a Minnesota-based nonprofit group that unites local costuming groups to assist the charitable community by facilitating entertainment and excitement at events. This panel (led by members of Costumers for a Cause) will discuss who we are, what we do, and how costumers can get involved with our group.

Suggested by Kris on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 11:39:17


How to Make a Short Film panel
After 10 years, 30 short films, a pile of nominations and 6 awards, Nathan Block and his Distant Calling Pictures production team are seasoned veterans of indie short film creation. Whether you are seeking to make your own film, aspiring to act or are just film-curious, we'd love to talk to you! Drop by our panel. Everyone gets a free gift just for showing up!

Suggested by Nathan Block on Wednesday, January 09, 2019 at 03:05:13


UFO case studies 2
Case studies of UFO sightings and may include MN sightings

Suggested by Mike Harris on Monday, January 07, 2019 at 22:49:43


UFO Case histories 1
This presentation is on some UFO case histories. This may include MN sightings.

Suggested by Mike Harris on Monday, January 07, 2019 at 22:44:21


MN MUFON and how to file a report
Thia program is basic information on who, MN Mufon is, when they meet, what you may find out at a meeting and how to file a UFO report with our Contact management system.

Suggested by Mike Haris on Monday, January 07, 2019 at 22:37:22


T. Aaron Cisco Author Reading
Locally based author/tv producer, T. Aaron Cisco reads excerpts from his works, and discusses his process, shares stories from his experiences as an author, and the current landscape of indie, speculative fiction from small press and DIY publishers.

Suggested by T. Aaron Cisco on Monday, January 07, 2019 at 13:30:12


Reflections on Black Mirror
Discussion on the critically acclaimed sci-fi/horror anthology that is the heir apparent to the Twilight Zone, and leading the resurgence of televised science fiction anthology

Suggested by T. Aaron Cisco on Monday, January 07, 2019 at 13:28:10


Appeal to the Court of Geek
Less a panel than a mock trial/congressional fandom hearing in which the audience are the tribunal. Is it possible to not only cast doubt on their seemingly universal hate, but actually provide evidence that these are likeable or even - dare we say it- good films? The defendants include the DCEU, Star Trek-Into Darkness, Prometheus,XMen Apocalypse, and other widely abhorred genre movies.

Suggested by T. Aaron Cisco on Monday, January 07, 2019 at 13:26:29


Star Trek Dystopia
Star Trek is widely praised for its seemingly progressive depiction of equality and acceptance. But is that praise deserved? If you truly love something, you accept the lumps with the good, so let's explore some of the ugly truths about life in the 22nd-24th centuries, and what can be done to fix it.

Suggested by T. Aaron Cisco on Monday, January 07, 2019 at 13:24:07


Colorizing Fandom
Cosplayers of color discuss playing characters traditionally/originally depicted as non-POCI (or presenting as different gender), adaptation vs. interpretation, and how the current casting choices in Hollywood/TV impact the local geek scene

Suggested by T. Aaron Cisco on Monday, January 07, 2019 at 13:23:00


99 Problems But A Pitch Ain't One
So you've got an idea for a movie, tv show, graphic novel? Now what? Learn how to prep and package your idea, where to take it, and how to get others (in the decision making seats) excited and interested.

Suggested by T. Aaron Cisco on Monday, January 07, 2019 at 13:20:46


What is Afrofuturism?
Going beyond Black Panther, what is this 'afrofuturism' that getting so much more mainstream attention now? Learn about the history, the contemporary applications, and what makes this subgenre of speculative fiction distinctive.

Suggested by T. Aaron Cisco on Monday, January 07, 2019 at 13:19:07


Zombify your plush
Take a plush, make some cuts, use red paint, add yarn guts and Vola, ZOMBIE! Oh yeah, we add leaking brains, too....

Suggested by julie Bowman on Wednesday, January 02, 2019 at 18:12:36


Pipecleaner Dragons and other Wee Beasties
Basic dragon making then samples of other creatures. Have a great simple spider pattern made with a pompom, goggly eyes and pipecleaners...

Suggested by Julie Bowman on Wednesday, January 02, 2019 at 18:08:54


Reading of Two Authors
Trudy has been reading ever since she learned how. And she's been writing almost as long! Now she wants to entertain others by reading passages from some of her own published works, as well as those of her husband, John Lars Shoberg.

Suggested by Trudy V Myers on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 10:11:26


Future Archeologists Look at Today's Earth
Panelist will bring several small items commonly found on Earth today, and try to imagine what they are/were for. Audience participation encouraged. Try to imagine you have no idea what this thingamabob actually is.

Suggested by Trudy V Myers on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 10:06:11


The Perfect Place to Retire
Panelist will give some details about known planets outside our solar system and let the audience decide if it sounds like the place where they would want to retire. Or at least visit.

Suggested by Trudy V Myers on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 09:56:33


Dissecting a Dragon
Some have suggested that dragons were based on dinosaurs. Panelist will present some suggestions on how a dinosaur might have acquired the powers of a dragon for the audience to discuss.

Suggested by Trudy V Myers on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 09:51:44


High level creativity.
Creativity is common to all fields and peoples, yet it is rarely understood. What there were simple rules and tools you could use to be more creative in your work, art and life? Well, friend, there are. You could invent, share, create and discover with the best of them.

Suggested by David Otto Walbridge on Friday, December 28, 2018 at 21:51:15


Comedy writing.
Want to write the funny? Come and learn the techniques and tools for writing jokes, scripts and books. Hear from the pros how its done - we might even be funny. It's as simple as one, two, badger.

Suggested by David Otto Walbridge on Friday, December 28, 2018 at 21:50:02


So you want to wear the kilt...
How does on wear it? Is a great one necessary? Do I have to be Irish/Scottish/Latvian? What is worn underneath? Can anyone wear one? What kinds are there? How do you make one? You have questions; we have answers. (And kilts.)

Suggested by David Otto Walbridge on Friday, December 28, 2018 at 21:45:35


Branding for writers and artists: The character you play off-stage.
The character you play off-stage. Is this uber-connected digital age, we are all brands. Luckily, you get to choose how you present yourself, your art and your business to the world; you get to pick who you are. Letâ s talk about Branding for writers and artists

Suggested by Dave Walbridge on Friday, December 28, 2018 at 21:27:53


Tools for writers - what we use and why
What tools make writing easier? What are the pros using to get faster, stay organized and ergonomically healthy. A panel of professional writers discusses useful tools; software, hardware and wetware that works

Suggested by Dave Walbridge on Friday, December 28, 2018 at 21:25:28


Managing your own career -- For artists, writers, actor and other creatives
How do you decide important career and life decisions? Especially if youâ re in a non-traditional career? How do you grow? Market? Transition? Work & retire? Where do you go for advice? We will talk to creative type on how to manage your own career and where to get useful help

Suggested by Mr. Dave on Friday, December 28, 2018 at 21:19:10


Steven Universe and Its Slow Building Arc
Have you been watching Steven Universe? Here's a chance to discuss the new episodes as well as the slow reveal of its back story.

Suggested by Kathryn Sullivan on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at 00:45:45


Body Positivity in Cosplay
When actual humans come in all sizes, shapes, and colors and fictional characters don't, it can be difficult to find confidence to put on a costume and show it off to the world. This panel covers the challenges and rewards of accepting your body and becoming the characters you love.

Suggested by Kris on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 10:36:20


Chocolate Ceremony
suggested at planning meeting...oh, and, yum!

Suggested by CLB on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 14:44:26


Conversational Klingon Insults
suggested at planning meeting

Suggested by CLB on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 14:43:37


Klingons on Parade
suggested at planning meeting

Suggested by CLB on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 14:42:47


Coloring contest
Time to add some color and fun to black and white programs and illustrations!

Suggested by CLB on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 14:41:48


Greggo's Game Shows
Since 1999, Greg Wicker has produced professional quality fan interaction panels that replicate classic game shows while integrating trivia and tropes of beloved fandoms. Japanese pop culture, especially anime and video games, are his primary fandom of focus, but he's also covered comic books, tabletop gaming, Pokemon, Doctor Who, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and other SF/fantasy fandoms. Game shows that Greggo has recreated include Press Your Luck, Password, Hollywood Squares, Card Sharks, Sale of the Century, Celebrity Family Feud and many others.

Suggested by Mr. Arthur on Monday, October 08, 2018 at 02:28:37


For the Love of Miniatures
(TBA - still working on that part)

Suggested by Laura Thurston on Monday, September 24, 2018 at 21:24:26


History and Future of Sci Fi with MORE-on Productions
MORE-on productions is known for pulling ideas from the past into its modern films. in this panel, Director Michael Butt will discuss science fiction films of the past and where the genre is headed in the future.

Suggested by Michael Butt on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 10:10:06


Captain Marvel: Hoping for a Hero
Captain Marvel will be out in theaters next week. What are you hoping for? Time to share squees and what caught your attention in the trailers.

Suggested by Kathryn Sullivan on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 15:49:05


What FANISH podcasts Do you Follow?
So what podcasts do you regularly listen to? Why? Big Picture Science ? Lets discuss.

Suggested by Ben on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 14:37:09


Svengoolie panel
How to entice this potentially awesome GOH to our corner of fandom.

Suggested by CLB on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 13:19:01


Streaming Series's: What's great, what's not not so great, and what's so awesomely bad it shouldn't be missed?
Lost in Space, The First, Altered Carbon, Iron Fist, Handmaid's Tail, Star Trek: Discovery, anyone? How about The Expanse?

Suggested by CLB on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 13:17:27


Babylon 5: A 25th Anniversary Celebration Panel
We are gray. We stand between the darkness and the stars. In the days of the great Centauri Republic, there was a show. The last, best hope for televised sci fi. Discuss.

Suggested by CLB on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 12:02:31


50th Anniversary: Apollo 11
Reminiscing & discussing what we have accomplished since.

Suggested by CLB on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 11:57:18


Who's Your Favorite Doctor & Why?
Mainly Doctor Who faves, but this can be open to other great doctors in science and science fiction. Note, this is not a rant against your least favorite Doctor panel.

Suggested by CLaBee on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 11:53:06


Who Really Will Survive the Apocalypse?
Discussion & debate. Bring your favorite character archetype and examples from fiction and real life to support your arguments.

Suggested by CLaBee on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 11:47:24


George Lucas's Greatest Mistake: The Holiday Special
Discussion

Suggested by CLaBee on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 11:43:28


Boba Fett vs Jango Fett
Debate with supporting evidence

Suggested by CLaBee on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 11:42:03


Transforming Superheroes
Panel discussion with audience participation

Suggested by CLaBee on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 11:39:40


Qigong/Breathwork for Relaxation
Learn simple Qigong/breathwork exercises to relax the body, center the mind, and stimulate the Qi (inner life force). Can be done standing or seated.

Suggested by Twin Cities T'ai Chi Studio on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 07:17:50


Qigong/Breathwork for Relaxation
Learn simple Qigong/breathwork exercises to relax the body, center the mind, and stimulate the Qi (inner life force). Can be done standing or seated.

Suggested by Twin Cities T'ai Chi Studio on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 07:17:10


T'ai Chi: Gentle Movement for Health
Learn a simple five-posture T'ai Chi practice you can do anytime, anywhere. Boosts balance, immune system, and well-being; lowers blood pressure and anxiety. Can be done standing or seated.

Suggested by Twin Cities T'ai Chi Studio on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 07:14:47


T'ai Chi: Gentle Movement for Health
Learn a simple five-posture T'ai Chi practice you can do anytime, anywhere. Boosts balance, immune system, and well-being; lowers blood pressure and anxiety. Can be done standing or seated.

Suggested by Twin Cities T'ai Chi Studio on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 07:13:45


T'ai Chi Fan
Learn how to use a handheld fan as an ornament and a weapon guided by T'ai Chi Ch'uan movements.

Suggested by Twin Cities T'ai Chi Studio on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 07:11:30


Bitcoin vs. the world
The Bitcoin network consumes as much electricity as countries the size of Ireland or Denmark. A single Bitcoin transaction uses enough power to run a typical home for 9 days. Why is Bitcoin so needy? Is a green cryptocurrency possible?

Suggested by Rich on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 22:49:05


In retrospect, I'm not sure this 'fire' thing was such a good idea.
A Luddite looks back to a simpler time when you could become a respected elder in your community simply by surviving to age 25.

Suggested by Rich on Friday, March 09, 2018 at 12:12:49


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MarsCon 2019

“Legends In Our Own Mind”

March 1-3, 2019
Hilton Minneapolis/St Paul Airport/Mall of America
3800 American Blvd. E.
Bloomington, MN 55425

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