Scott Zrubek

As a fan, he persisted for five years to get the rights to publish a collection of his favorite author’s short stories. As a convention runner, he’s helped to put on a number of Worldcons, World Fantasy Conventions, and innumerable ArmadilloCons.

As an artist, he dabbles in leather, stained glass, woodworking, and chainmail.

Away from the con scene he’s developing the data infrastructure for the upcoming space station around the moon, and teaches aikido.

1:00 PM | Location: Boomer B

Top Priority: Self-Care for Artists

If you want to be a productive and happy artist, self-care is a must! If you're not healthy, happy, rested, fed, and hydrated, your work can suffer. Our panel discusses things to do to make self-care a part of your daily routine!

Moderator: Sara Felix

Panelists: Sara Felix, Blair Bartlett - Alternate Realities Studio, Rubiee Tallyn Hayes, Carolyn Kay, Tall Chick Cosplay, Scott Zrubek

Tracks: Art, Health & Wellness

3:00 PM | Location: Boomer B

Finding Your Artistic Passion

You're never too old or too young to find your art bliss! Art can be therapy, art can be a business, or art can just be art! Let's talk about how we can find this bliss and how to sustain it so it serves us and fulfills our lives.

Moderator: Peri Charlifu

Panelists: Peri Charlifu, Muriel Fahrion, Rubiee Tallyn Hayes, Rachael Mayo, Scott Zrubek

Tracks: Health & Wellness, Art, Maker

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: General Interest, Meetup, Art

Noon | Location: Noble

Author Readings

Authors read selections from their various works.

Moderator: Tracy S. Morris

Panelists: Tracy S. Morris, Rook Riley, Karen Thrower, Scott Zrubek

Tracks: Writing & Publishing

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

1:00 PM | Location: Sooner B

The Art of the Long Game: Keeping Momentum, Staying the Course

It’s easy to be super motivated when your business is brand new! But keeping momentum is hard. Setbacks and unexpected problems will face every artist. Our panel of professionals will talk about strategies that keep you focused and productive!

Moderator: Tommy B. Smith

Panelists: Tommy B. Smith, Blair Bartlett - Alternate Realities Studio, Rubiee Tallyn Hayes, Christina Stiles, Kim Ventrella, Scott Zrubek

Tracks: Maker, Cosplay, Art, Gaming, Business & Marketing, Writing & Publishing