Chaz Kemp

Bram Stoker Award finalist Chaz Kemp embraces a dynamic watercolor style that incorporates vibrancy and color into fantasy, Steampunk and cyberpunk art in a way that is rarely seen. The influence of Alphonse Mucha is evident in his award-winning work that combines the artistic energy of the Roaring 20s with the untamed diversity of the modern era. His current project is the steampunk/fantasy world called Ashelon, which he created with his wife and award-winning author, Carolyn Kay.

2:00 PM | Location: University C

Creating Compelling and Unique Book-Cover Illustrations

Artists, illustrators, and comic creators share the business of book covers. What matters to both publishers AND writers when selling and making cover art? Do these considerations clash with reader expectations?

Moderator: Jan S. Gephardt

Panelists: Jan S. Gephardt, Jerry Bennett, Chaz Kemp, Elizabeth Leggett

Tracks: Art

4:00 PM | Location: Boomer B

Retrofuture: Visions of the Future from the Past

From robots that clean and tablet computers, to jetpacks and flying cars. Join the fun as our panelists discuss how the past saw the future! What did they get right, what did they get laughably wrong?

Moderator: Mel. White

Panelists: Mel. White, Mark Alfred, Tim Frayser, Sheila Hartney, Chaz Kemp, Kathleen M O'Brien

Tracks: History, Culture & World Affairs, Science Fiction, Pop Culture & Entertainment, STEM

10:30 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Crimson Meeting Room

Late Night Artists Chat Vol. 1

This is a chance for artists and fans to meet in a relaxed setting to talk all things art! Ask questions, share ideas, and socialize. (Hotel side)

Moderator: Crazy Red Artist

Panelists: Crazy Red Artist, Cal Custard, Brenna Deutchman, EBA Comedy, Hall of Femme, Lyde Van Hoy, Carolyn Kay, Kekkuda, Chaz Kemp, Knightmage, Lollalotus, Madi, Mimic Rae, Moe, Michael Mosley, R Karch Photography, WandererTJ, ET Wardwell, Mel. White, Scott Zrubek

Tracks: Art, General Interest, Meetup

11:00 AM | Location: Sooner B

They're Literally Fireballing Everything: RPG Game Management

DMs and longtime players offer advice on managing difficult campaigns, problematic personalities, deficient RP interactions, and wacky game mechanics for a richer roleplaying-game experience for all. Topics include communication skills, kinds of players, catering to players and DMs alike, as well as essential Session 0 discussion points and campaign check-ins.

Moderator: Dennis McDonald

Panelists: Dennis McDonald, Joshua Cook, Lyde Van Hoy, Chaz Kemp, Seth Skorkowsky, Karen Thrower

Tracks: Gaming

2:00 PM | Location: Sooner A

Comic Book History 101

A (brief) history of the hundred years of comic books, from the Golden Age to the Modern Age. What's worth reading today?

Moderator: Alan J Porter

Panelists: Alan J Porter, Tim Frayser, Sally Hamilton, Chaz Kemp, Matthew Price, ET Wardwell

Tracks: Comics, History

3:00 PM | Location: Boomer A

Fan Art vs. Original Art

While fan art is intended as a tribute to the original work, some creators and collectors are concerned. It’s use of an artists' intellectual property by someone else—particularly when put out for sale. Where does homage end and plagiarism begin?

Moderator: Chaz Kemp

Panelists: Chaz Kemp, JR Daniels, Brenna Deutchman, Jovial Juggernaut, Harold Neal, Scott Zrubek

Tracks: Internet Life, Writing & Publishing, Cosplay, Gaming, Art, Business & Marketing

5:00 PM | Location: Boomer B

Art Imitating Life, Imitating…

Since the earliest times, we have experienced the world and shared that experience by creating works of art. New ideas emerge from creative expression. Examine this symbiotic journey, as how art eventually becomes reality and vice versa.

Moderator: Jan S. Gephardt

Panelists: Jan S. Gephardt, Daniel Erickson, Dara Fogel, PhD, Chaz Kemp, Tracy S. Morris, Steven E. Wedel

Tracks: Internet Life, Film & TV, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Writing & Publishing, Art, Anime, Cosplay

7:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Interior Courtyard - Atrium

Literary Beers

Join panelists in the hotel lounge for lively conversation. BYO beverages, please.

Moderator: Rosemary Clement-Moore

Panelists: Rosemary Clement-Moore, Daniel Erickson, Everyday Futurist, Shai Fenwick, Mark Finn, Dara Fogel, PhD, Tyrell Gephardt, Sally Hamilton, Sheila Hartney, Carolyn Kay, Chaz Kemp, vickey malone kennedy, Melinda LaFevers, Julia S. Mandala, A. Lee Martinez, Tracy S. Morris, Michael Mosley, Ethan Nahté, Ted Pennella, Rook Riley, Rie Sheridan Rose, Seth Skorkowsky, Karen Thrower, Mel. White, Craig Wolf

Tracks: Food & Drink, Writing & Publishing, Meetup, General Interest

11:00 AM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Crimson Meeting Room

Designing Book Covers with Chaz Kemp

Grab your laptop, iPad, or notebook and join award-winning artist and illustrator Chaz Kemp to learn how to design a book cover. Chaz will help you understand WHY certain elements are important so you can get started ASAP on your book-cover project. For artists and authors. (1 hour. Limit 28 participants.)

Moderator: Chaz Kemp

Panelists: Chaz Kemp

Tracks: Art, Writing & Publishing, Workshop

1:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma A1

Build Your Own Comic-Book Hero/Villain

Join the fun—help cast a villain or hero in the next big comic book. We'll create a superhero or supervillain in under an hour. (Supplies provided. Kid-friendly.)

Moderator: Jerry Bennett

Panelists: Jerry Bennett, Chaz Kemp, Mike Kennedy

Tracks: Art, Kids, Comics