Ted Pennella

Ted is an Oklahoma City-based architect, writer, gamer, and pithy observer of the human condition. As an architect, he's keenly aware of layout, design, and spatial relations, which also benefits him as a storyteller. With short stories published in various anthologies, Ted fills his copious free time with woodworking, friends, family, and endeavoring to create the perfect cheesecake.

02:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma G

A Fantastic Time: Time and Storytelling

How does time as a thematic element play into fantasy and adventure stories? Quests are races against time, time has magical properties, the Nothing is nothing ... Debate mythical or religious beliefs regarding time and its influence on characters and plots. Is it cyclical or linear, or altogether something else?

Moderator: Stephen Patrick

Panelists: Stephen Patrick, Lisa Smedman, David J. Pedersen, vickey malone kennedy, Ted Pennella

Tracks: Fantasy, Pop Culture & Entertainment

Noon | Location: Sooner A

Yoda, the Space Wizard: High Fantasy in the World of Star Wars

Even though it's set in space, Star Wars has its share of knights, damsels, magic, and monsters. Join us in a discussion about the fantasy elements of Star Wars.

Moderator: Phillip Drayer Duncan

Panelists: Carolyn Kay, Phillip Drayer Duncan, Mrs. Babb, Johnnie Johnson, Ted Pennella

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

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

05:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: JQH Boardroom presented by Morningstar Storage

Author Readings

Authors read selections from their various works.

Moderator: -

Panelists: A. Lee Martinez, Madilynn Dale, Ted Pennella

Tracks: Writing & Publishing