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Shore Leave 39 - Friday

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Friday July 7, 2016

I arrived at Shore Leave 39 at 2:30 pm and checked into the hotel ( Marriott Delta Hotels Hunt Valley (formerly the Hunt Valley Inn Wyndham Grand)). A few of the actor guests were already set up in the main hall. I unloaded some of my stuff then went to the registration desk and got my badge, then unloaded the car. My group immediately went to the autograph line to snag a few pictures before the crowd arrived.

Shore Leave 39 - Friday - the autograph line with Mike Dopud and Jodelle Ferland
The autograph line with Mike Dopud and Jodelle Ferland,
both stars from the SyFY Dark Matter series

There is always a lot going on, even during the shorter days of Friday and Sunday. Since the panels overlap, it's impossible to attend them all, or even a majority of them. Here are the panels listed for Friday:

Friday Panels
The Expanse: Ring Around the Roci
As the second season ended, a surprise move could shake the solar system to its core. What’s in store for Season 3?
Lorenzo Heard (M), Annie White, John White

Public Face on Social Media
In this age of explosive politics and oversaturation, where do writers fit into social media and social responsibility?
Jenifer Rosenberg (M), Stephen Kozeniewski, Lorraine Anderson, Laura Ware

Killjoys: Double Dutch
Last season saw Dutch discover a secret about her past, we meet D’Avin and John’s father, and the team went their separate ways at the end of the season. How will our favorite bounty hunters go on?
Annie White (M), John White

Holy Adam West Tribute, Batman!
POW! West is of course best known for portraying the lead role in the campy Batman series that ran from 1966 until 1968.
Randy Hall (M), Wayne Hall

Why We Write
Writing is hard, lonely work. It often doesn’t pay well. So why do we do it? What makes the job worth it? Or are we all just masochists?
Laura Ware (M), Heather E. Hutsell, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Melissa Scott, Hildy Silverman, Peter David

DC Women Warriors: Ultimate Face-off
You asked for it! And now for the ladies! Sixteen of the most acclaimedhand-to-hand combatants in DC are squaring off for you to debate and choose who is the greatest DC woman warrior!
Andrew Kelley (M), Beverly Stark, Charles Davidson

Carrie Fisher, in Memoriam
This legendary actress played one of the most iconic characters ever. How did her loss affect you?
Rigel Ailur (M), Laura Ware, Susan Olesen, Diane Lee Baron

What’s Your Favorite Star Trek?
We fans still love Star Trek—some version more than others. What’s your favorite, and why? Come join this good-natured argument over your best (or least) loved Star Trek incarnation.
Dayton Ward (M), Howard Weinstein, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Dave Galanter, Scott Pearson, Amy Imhoff

Deep Space Nine: Star Trek’s New Generation
Many fans weren’t born when this series aired. Do the new “binge watchers” see it differently than we did?
Randy Hall (M), Wayne Hall, Lorenzo Heard

If I Had a Publishing Empire
Everyone has complaints about how publishing works these days. So how would you fix it? Hear our panelists’ ideas—and offer a few of your own!
Stephen Kozeniewski (M), Aaron Rosenberg, Mary Fan, Richard C. White

Twin Peaks: It Is Happening Again
That show you love is coming back in style! Twin Peaks: The Return picks up 25 years later. Can David Lynch catch lightning in a bottle again?
Annie White (M), John White

Star Trek Lit as Science Fiction
Star Trek authors discuss how their work—and Star Trek literature in general—fits (or breaks) the mold of the science fiction genre. Do Star Trek stories draw on classic sci-fi? Do they advance the genre?
Derek Attico (M), Christopher L. Bennett, John Coffren, Dave Galanter

The World-changing Potential of Fandom
What can the world learn from the success of fan communities?
Morgan Stallard (M), C.E. Dorsett

Star Trek Beyond: not that bad, was it?
It came out too late for discussion last year, so let’s talk now!
Michael Schilling (M), Michael Garman

DC Warriors: Ultimate Face-off
Sixteen of the most acclaimed hand-to-hand combatants in DC are squaring off for you to debate and choose who is the greatest DC warrior!
Andrew Kelley (M), Beverly Stark, Charles Davidson

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Past and Present
Authors from the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds anthologies discuss the contest, its impact on their careers inside and outside of Star Trek, the culture of the Trek writing community, and writing episode-length Trek adventures.
Derek Attico (M), Dayton Ward, Lorraine Anderson, John Coffren, Laura Ware, Scott Pearson, Kelli Fitzpatrick

Star Wars n’ Stuff
News from the Star Wars Universe
T.A. Chafin

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: In a Mirror Darkly
This past season of S.H.I.E.L.D. left almost everyone with dropped jaws and new perspectives into the psycho emotional workings of almost every character we’ve come to love or even hate!
Andrew Kelly (M), Beverly Stark

Supergirl: Alien Central
Ever since Kara Zor-El Danvers adopted the identity of Supergirl, National City has encountered a flood of beings from other worlds. Are they as “human” as the other people in the show?
Randy Hall (M), Wayne Hall, Lorenzo Heard

In addition to the panels, there is also the art show, autographs, tea parties, sungazing, and stargazing!

I did stop into the art show. Unfortunately, there was not a lot on display compared to previous years. I was hoping to do something for the show, but time has not been my friend for the last six months. Maybe next year.

Mike Dopud was the speaker for this night. He had a lot of stories about being a stuntman (and the injuries had suffered), the challenges of the roles he's had, and about the food when shooting a movie (it was very good and he didn't have to pay for it). He said Paris was his most interesting filming location. Here are a couple of pictures of him during his talk:

Mike Dopud at Shore Leave 39
Mike Dopud at Shore Leave 39

Mike Dopud at Shore Leave 39
Mike Dopud at Shore Leave 39

After Mike Dopud finished, the comedy group Luna-C came on to do their sketches. They are a regular at Shore Leave and other conventions.

Luna-C at Shore Leave 39

Once Luna-C was done, it was 11:00 pm. The "Meet the Pros" author event was going on in the hall outside the main rooms. A couple of books were bought and signed by the authors. More on that later!

It's now almost 1:00 am and I need to get to sleep!

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  1. Ooo, what books did you get signed?

    I thought those were pictures of Rik Mayall (British Actor), but as he died in 2014, it couldn't be! LOL

    1. We didn't get too many books this year, but we did get a number of signatures from local (or reasonably so) authors. I'll have more on that in another post.

      I've never seen Dark Matter, so I wasn't familiar with the actors in the pictures. Mike Dopud was quite friendly and a good speaker. I talked with him briefly at the autograph table. He seemed to be having a good time, too.


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