Tim Frayser

Tim Frayser has been telling stories his whole life. Writer, cartoonist, photographer, martial artist, podcaster and traveler, his first novel, Memoirs of an Ex-Zombie, was published in 2013. He volunteers at the annual Burning Man Festival and is a past chairman of Conestoga in Tulsa. His webcomic Cherry Street appears weekly in his Facebook page.

2:00 PM | Location: Sooner B

Anti-Heroes and Why We Love Them

Killmonger, Homelander, Deadpool—the entire Doom Patrol and Suicide Squad. What makes one a villain and another an antihero? While superheroes dominate the landscape, there’s a growing trend of fan affection for the not-so-straight shooters of the super squad. Why are antiheroic characters so popular, and how is this shaping pop-culture storytelling?

Moderator: ET Wardwell

Panelists: ET Wardwell, Sherri Dean, John Eads, Tim Frayser

Tracks: Writing & Publishing, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Gaming, Film & TV, Comics, Cosplay

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

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

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

Literary Beers

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

Moderator: Julie Barrett

Panelists: Julie Barrett, La Blanke, Brook Bullock, Charles Dane Clark, Dr Paisley, Phillip Drayer Duncan, J.H. Fleming, Tim Frayser, Caleb Haldane, Nick Johnson, Bekah June, Mike Kennedy, Kimber, Dennis McDonald, Paula Helm Murray, Pigeon, Alan J Porter, James Simpson, Bradley H Sinor, Sue Sinor, A C Smart, Stevo the Gutter Nerd, ET Wardwell, Steven E. Wedel, Mario Wytch

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

9:30 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Suite 204 (Upstairs)

SoonerCon @ Midnight: Worst Book Ever

Join us with your beverage(s) of choice in hand as intrepid writers lay on their best purple prose to create titles and openings for the Worst Book Ever, hosted by Larry "Dr. Trek" Nemecek! (Max occupancy 30 at one time.)

Moderator: Larry Nemecek

Panelists: Larry Nemecek, Phillip Drayer Duncan, Daniel Erickson, Mark Finn, Tim Frayser, vickey malone kennedy, Tracy S. Morris

Tracks: Pop Culture & Entertainment, Writing & Publishing, General Interest

11:00 AM | Location: Boomer B

Fandom Past, Present, and Future

Conventions have been happening, officially, since 1939's Worldcon. But...why? Panelists share nerdkind's lore about con traditions, the history of sf fandom, and how congoers today are defining pop-culture trends and building new media markets.

Moderator: Larry Nemecek

Panelists: Larry Nemecek, Aaron Bossig, Sara Felix, Tim Frayser, Kimber, Paula Helm Murray

Tracks: General Interest, History, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Culture & World Affairs

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

4:00 PM | Location: University C

Open Filk Jam

Calling all filkers to join in for this round-robin filk music jam session! Listeners very welcome, too.

Moderator: Melinda LaFevers

Panelists: Melinda LaFevers, Tim Frayser, Mel. White

Tracks: Music, Fandoms, Performing Arts, Meetup

Noon | Location: Sooner B

Entertaining the Climate Crisis

According to the 2022 World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report, climate change is THE greatest global threat today. Speculative fiction is uniquely suited to explore these issues. From the wry satirical allegory of Don't Look Up, to Solarpunk futures, to biodiversity and ecosystem loss, natural disasters, survivalism, and what hope the future holds, how can we explore climate change in our specific media?

Moderator: Tyrell Gephardt

Panelists: Tyrell Gephardt, Tim Frayser, Brian A. Hopkins, Carolyn Kay, Caleb Masters, Selina Rosen

Tracks: General Interest, Science Fiction, Writing & Publishing, Pop Culture & Entertainment, STEM, Culture & World Affairs, Film & TV

3:00 PM | Location: Sooner B

Biodiversity in ST: Discovery: Why It STILL Matters in Trek

How does “Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations” play out? Whales working alongside the crew? Humans with multiple lifetimes of experiences? Discuss inclusion near and far in various Star Trek properties.

Moderator: Gwenna Laithland

Panelists: Aaron Bossig, Tim Frayser, Rebecca Jackson, Ted Pennella, ET Wardwell

Tracks: Fandoms, STEM, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Film & TV