Jan S. Gephardt

Jan S. Gephardt is a science-fiction novelist, fantasy artist, publisher, and longtime fan from Kansas City. Her XK9 books feature a pack of uplifted police dogs. Look for her nationally-recognized paper sculpture in the Art Show. She and sister G. S. Norwood co-founded Weird Sisters Publishing LLC.

 Jan’s books include a novella, The Other Side of Fear, and two novels so far of the XK9 “Bones” trilogy, What’s Bred in the Bone and The Other Side of Fear. All are set in her far-future science-fiction world. Her uplifted XK9s solve crimes and sniff out bad guys while seeking recognition for their own sapience. They live in a space station with humans and several other species in another star’s planetary system.

Jan has exhibited her fantasy artwork at sf conventions since 1981. Since 2007 she’s developed a unique paper-sculpture technique. Her artwork also has been featured in regionally-exhibited one-person shows, and juried into mainstream national exhibitions all over the United States. She’s a member and former officer of the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA).

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

3:00 PM | Location: Sooner B

Is Your Social Media Managing You?

Finding work/life balance and managing your social media presence is a challenge for many in 2022, especially content creators. Panelists share strategies for social-media self-care while maintaining connections with audiences, plus time-saving tips for boosting your social media presence.

Moderator: Caleb Masters

Panelists: Caleb Masters, Fae Mullens, Jan S. Gephardt, Tracy S. Morris

Tracks: Internet Life, Business & Marketing

5:00 PM | Location: Noble

Author Readings

Authors read selections from their various works.

Moderator: Tim Frayser

Panelists: Tim Frayser, Jan S. Gephardt, Melinda LaFevers, Selina Rosen

Tracks: Writing & Publishing

Noon | Location: Oklahoma G

Science and Religion: A Zero-Sum Relationship?

Some think religious faith precludes scientific objectivity. Others feel that science has outstripped “superstitions” like religion. Still others are calling for a New Enlightenment period in an increasingly misinformed world. How does the speculative-fiction writer address all sides and tell a compelling story?

Moderator: Jan S. Gephardt

Panelists: Jan S. Gephardt, David Carrico, Charles Dane Clark, Rebecca Jackson, B J Thrower

Tracks: Writing & Publishing, Science Fiction, STEM

2:00 PM | Location: Boomer A

Mythology Art 101

Unicorns and griffins and dragons – oh my! Learn simple design and illustration techniques to bring your favorite mythological creatures to life on paper and screen.

Moderator: Jan S. Gephardt

Panelists: Jan S. Gephardt, Mitzi Bartlett, Peri Charlifu, Teddy Harvia, Rachael Mayo

Tracks: Art, Fantasy, Comics

3:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma E - Back Wall Table


One-hour signings.

Tracks: Autographs

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

10:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Crimson Meeting Room

Late Night Artists Chat Vol. 2

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: Mitzi Bartlett

Panelists: Mitzi Bartlett, Blair Bartlett - Alternate Realities Studio, Peri Charlifu, JR Daniels, Muriel Fahrion, Jan S. Gephardt, Teddy Harvia, Rubiee Tallyn Hayes, W J Hodgson, Bekah June, Mike Kennedy, Kimber, Luna Reign Cosplay, Harold Neal, Kathleen M O'Brien

Tracks: Art, General Interest, Meetup

Noon | Location: Boomer A

Wry Wit for Writers: Humorous Fiction

Tips and techniques for writing humorous fiction. Incorporating humor is more than sarcasm, snark, and a few jokes. Timing, focus, placement, tone, motivation, plot impact and character arcs, reader's perceptions, and how much fun you're having writing – all impact the humor of a story...

Moderator: vickey malone kennedy

Panelists: vickey malone kennedy, Phillip Drayer Duncan, Jan S. Gephardt, David J. Pedersen, Sue Sinor, Mel. White

Tracks: Writing & Publishing