Chaz Kemp

Chaz loves SteamPunk, CyberPunk, and Fantasy. SteamPunk and CyberPunk are all about creatively defying authority and forging your own path. It’s resistance as art. Fantasy is all about visualizing your dream and then defying the odds to achieve it, no matter who you are or what you look like. This is why Chaz draws culturally diverse characters in the Art Nouveau style.  Publishers and corporations say that diverse characters don’t sell. He loves proving them wrong. Defying the odds is what defines him, and forging his own path is what drives him. Art is Rebellion. You can find him here: https://linktr.ee/chazkemp.

Noon | Location: Sooner A

Retro Anime

Come along with us for a walk down anime memory lane with clips ranging from 1970 to 2000. We take a look at the evolution of anime's "golden era" over time, how styles have changed, and how the culture and world at the time influenced our favorite media. Embrace your inner nostalgia and bring questions you're dying to have answered about the early years of anime!

Moderator: Caleb Haldane

Panelists: Caleb Haldane, Evan T. Wardwell, Clinton Girkin, Red Bard, Chaz Kemp

Tracks: Anime, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Film & TV

03:00 PM | Location: Boomer A

Greek Gods for the Modern Mortal

From Greek mythology to modern-day heroes, we explore the Percy Jackson series' impact on literature and pop culture. We celebrate its varied characters and imaginative storytelling. Join us for an exploration of Percy's enduring magic that will entertain.

Moderator: Chaz Kemp

Panelists: C.C. Caldwell, Alice-of-Hearts, Mrs. Babb, Chaz Kemp

Tracks: Fantasy, Film & TV, Writing & Publishing

07:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Interior Courtyard - Atrium

Literary Beers

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

Moderator: -

Panelists: Rook Riley, Carolyn Kay, Michael "Gecko" Adams, Dara Fogel, PhD, Tracy S. Morris, A C Smart, Shai Fenwick, Kimber E Chessmore, Scott Zrubek, Chaz Kemp, Mark Finn, vickey malone kennedy, Stephen Patrick, Brenna Deutchman, Neal Hallford

Tracks: Meetup, General Interest, Writing & Publishing, Art

09:00 AM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Interior Courtyard - Atrium


Join panelists in the hotel breakfast area for intimate conversation. BYO coffee, please.

Moderator: -

Panelists: Daniel Erickson, Carolyn Kay, Mike Kennedy, Mark Alfred, Craig Wolf, Liz Campbell, David Rike, Sally Hamilton, Paul Carlson, Shai Fenwick, C.C. Caldwell, Kimber E Chessmore, Mel White, Madilynn Dale, Ela Evella, Kathleen M. O'Brien, Chaz Kemp, vickey malone kennedy, Elijah Farmer, Demi Gray, Brenna Deutchman

Tracks: Meetup, General Interest, Professional Development

02:00 PM | Location: Boomer B

Separating Art from Artist ... or Author

Fans are bound to encounter beloved stories and art created by individuals whose personal actions or beliefs are disappointing. Is it possible to separate the art from the artist and continue to enjoy these works? While there are no easy answers, we aim to foster reflection and understanding of the complex relationship between creator and creation.

Moderator: Chaz Kemp

Panelists: Dara Fogel, PhD, Robert Daniels, M. Scott Carter, Chaz Kemp, Ted Pennella

Tracks: Art, Film & TV, Pop Culture & Entertainment

11:00 PM | Location: Boomer B

Late Night Artists Chat

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.

Moderator: Michael "Gecko" Adams

Panelists: Tim Frayser, Michael "Gecko" Adams, C.C. Caldwell, Jerry Bennett, Scott Zrubek, W. J. Hodgson, Mrs. Babb, Chaz Kemp, Rubiee Tallyn Hayes, Sara Felix, FoxDaddy, Brenna Deutchman

Tracks: Art, General Interest, Meetup

11:00 AM | Location: Boomer A

Build Your Own Pantheon

How to create your own array of gods and goddesses for a new world. Will you have a god of hiccups, or a goddess of lint? How will your divinities be served or worshipped? What is their role and how does a religious system enhance the worlds fantastic?

Moderator: Chaz Kemp

Panelists: David Carrico, Lisa Smedman, Paul Carlson, Selina Rosen, Chaz Kemp, Laura J. Underwood

Tracks: Fantasy, Writing & Publishing

03:00 PM | Location: University B

Agents of Chaos in Storytelling

Shakespeare’s Puck, DC’s Harley Quinn, Arcane's Jinx. Debate the indispensable character who shakes things up – the jester or class clown, even a wisecracking bad guy like Loki of Norse lore or Efnysien of Welsh mythology. Love or hate them, stories wouldn't be the same without the trickster.

Moderator: Chaz Kemp

Panelists: Carolyn Kay, Craig Wolf, M. Scott Carter, Chaz Kemp, Ash King, vickey malone kennedy

Tracks: Writing & Publishing, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Science Fiction, Fantasy