Business & Marketing

Noon | Location: Boomer A

Going Indie After a Lifetime of Trade

Got a passion project no publisher wants? A short-story collection languishing in your old file?. New stories, but no place to sell them? Thanks to changing tech, an indie writer can get the same level of distribution as any NY Times bestseller, and release their works far faster than the glacially slow trade market. This panel discusses the pros and cons of independent publishing.

Moderator: vickey malone kennedy

Panelists: J.H. Fleming, Phillip Drayer Duncan, Steven E. Wedel, Tommy B. Smith, vickey malone kennedy

Tracks: Writing & Publishing, Business & Marketing

2:00 PM | Location: Boomer A

The Age of the Mega Media Machine

Comcast, Disney, Paramount, Warner Bros, Fox: The top 5 media corporations own a majority of the media we consume worldwide. Netflix is a close sixth, piloting the streaming model we enjoy today. That's A LOT of control over message and narrative. As Wilde said, "Things are because we see them, and what we see, and how we see it, depends on the Arts that influenced us.

Moderator: Daniel Erickson

Panelists: Caleb Masters, Daniel Erickson, Dr Paisley, Kevin Dilmore, Matthew Price, Scott Zrubek

Tracks: Pop Culture & Entertainment, Business & Marketing, Film & TV, History, Writing & Publishing, Art

10:00 AM | Location: Oklahoma G

Commission Work: The Joys, Hurts, Strange and Unusual

Seasoned artists share tips to make commission transactions smoother or less painful as you're getting started in the art business. Learn how to place an order so both the artist and the buyer end up happy.

Moderator: Peri Charlifu

Panelists: Joshua Cook, Mimic Rae, Peri Charlifu, Scott Zrubek, Tim Chessmore

Tracks: Art, Business & Marketing, Comics

11:00 AM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Crimson Meeting Room

Assemble. Engage. Transform. How We Built the New Soonercon Brand

Curious about Soonercon's new look? Who is this Ripley Raccoon character anyhow? How does this shape the con's story going forward? Join this panel discussion to learn about the collaborative process behind the new Soonercon brand, led by our award-winning strategic creative partner Robot House.

Moderator: Brian Winkeler, Founder, Robot House

Panelists: Amber Hanneken, Brian Winkeler, Matthew Cavanaugh

Tracks: Business & Marketing, General Interest

3:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Crimson Meeting Room

The Robot House Guide to Personal Brand Building for Independent Creatives

It can be quite overwhelming to figure out your brand. Sure, you know that your work fits into certain genres of interest, but how do you know what your brand is, and how can you use it to elevate engagement and grow your fanbase? Brian Winkeler, founder of strategic brand creative agency Robot House, shares his ready pro tips in this interactive discussion designed for independent creatives looking to define and articulate their brand.

Moderator: Brian Winkeler, Founder, Robot House

Panelists: Brian Winkeler

Tracks: Business & Marketing, Workshop

10:00 AM | Location: Boomer B

You Want How Much for That Image?

We all want artists fairly compensated. But who determines what needs to be licensed and the most economical way to do so when creating new artworks? Join us to discuss image sources, licensing, and how to avoid getting ripped off.

Moderator: Peri Charlifu

Panelists: Elizabeth Leggett, Julie Barrett, Peri Charlifu, Scott Zrubek, Tim Chessmore

Tracks: Art, Business & Marketing

10:00 AM | Location: Sooner A

OGL Smashdown: Leaders vs. Creatives

With the recent changes to the D&D Open Gaming License (OGL), some see a growing disconnect between corporate leadership and content creatives. Why? How does it affect fandom, and what can be done to remedy it? Let’s figure out how to protect our fandoms from the steady march toward profit over creativity.

Moderator: Pigeon

Panelists: Ash King, Chaz Kemp, Jacob Blackmon, Pigeon

Tracks: Gaming, Culture & World Affairs, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Business & Marketing

10:00 AM | Location: University C

Turn Fandom into Your Job

There's money to be made in being a geek artist/maker/writer etc., if you can turn your passion into your profession. Join our panelists as they discuss tips, tricks, and how-tos on turning your interests into income.

Moderator: FoxDaddy

Panelists: Buck Berlin, FoxDaddy, Kevin Dilmore, Liz Campbell, Robert Daniels, What’s Up Fandom Podcast

Tracks: Business & Marketing, Maker, Cosplay, Costuming & Fashion, Writing & Publishing, Art, Content Creation & Podcasting, Gaming, Comics

Noon | Location: Boomer B

Digital Art, the Future, and the Artist

The digital art industry has changed a lot recently with the advent of AI technology and other software tool innovations. It’s not just a push-button way to make art. What is the future of art in its digital form? How will it impact artists in traditional media? After all, with new technologies come new methods of creative manipulation and evolving aesthetics ...

Moderator: Eric Osborn

Panelists: Chaz Kemp, Eric Osborn, James Farr, Peri Charlifu, Rachael Mayo, Tim Chessmore

Tracks: Art, Business & Marketing, Comics, Culture & World Affairs, Pop Culture & Entertainment

2:00 PM | Location: Sooner A

Helpful Peer-Review Critique Techniques for Writers

As writers, we often depend on each other for critique. It's not always comfortable or easy to give constructive criticism about someone's pride and joy. Join us to discuss how we, the writing community, can help each other improve our works in a pleasant and constructive way. Writers groups and beta readers welcome!

Moderator: Allison Stein

Panelists: Allison Stein, Craig Wolf, Julia S. Mandala, Sally Hamilton, Tommy B. Smith

Tracks: Writing & Publishing, Business & Marketing

3:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma G

Networking in Your Niche

The geek community is worldwide. Networking should be easy, right? Well … Shopping your story or cover art? Trying to make new friends? Want to learn a new skill or need a maker-space resource? Join this panel to hear from our peopling gurus for pro tips on making meaningful introductions, building relationships with new folks, finding collaboration touchpoints, and maintaining lasting connections with others.

Moderator: Jan S. Gephardt

Panelists: Amber Hanneken, Jan S. Gephardt, Liz Campbell, MadiHatter, Mimic Rae

Tracks: Business & Marketing, General Interest, Meetup

3:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Bedlam 1 Boardroom

How to Work and Survive as an RPG Freelancer

From time management skills to communicating with your employer, to understanding the OGL and so on, this is about the skills and abilities needed to survive the world of RPG freelance.

Moderator: Jacob Blackmon

Panelists: Jacob Blackmon

Tracks: Gaming, Business & Marketing, Workshop