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Oh look, I posted something, blimey. ANYWAY. Here is my schedule for the WORLD FANTSY CONVENTION in Dublin. Why not pop by and say hello. Or if you want a book signed or just a chat grab me after something and I'll be more than happy to (time allowing).  If I seem a bit distracted, dazed or confused then don't worry, that's just normal for me.

The popularity of Anti-Heroes in Comics

Format: Panel

15 Aug 2019, Thursday 11:30 - 12:20, Odeon 3 (Point Square Dublin)

Deadpool, Harley Quinn, The Punisher, Ghost Rider: in many ways insane, evil individuals - hardly what we would call heroes! And yet they are some of the most popular and interesting comics characters around! Are they better-written characters (and if so, why)? Do readers, and creators, need a counterpoint to all the feats of noble heroism to which action heroes are typically inspired?
RJ Barker (Orbit) (M)  Michael Carroll , CE Murphy Helena Nash  Kieron Gillen

Talking animal characters in SFF

Format: Panel

15 Aug 2019, Thursday 18:00 - 18:50, Wicklow Hall-1 (CCD)

Science fiction and fantasy have a long history of anthropomorphic animals in both children’s and adult novels. What is the attraction of talking animals? Can they be seen as a commentary on the human condition? What are the pitfalls and opportunities offered by this anthropomorphism?

Lise Andreasen (M) Robert V. S. Redick (Talos, Gollancz, Penguin Random House) ), RJ Barker (Orbit), Virginia, Adrian Tchaikovsky


The portrayal of disability in art

Format: Panel

17 Aug 2019, Saturday 14:30 - 15:20, Odeon 4 (Point Square Dublin)

People with disabilities are woefully under-represented in art of all kinds. What are the right and wrong ways to portray disability? How can we encourage artists to increase this representation and to do it in a fair and realistic manner?

RJ Barker (Orbit) , Marina Berlin  Leo Adams, Day Al-Mohamed (Invalid Corps Film) (M). Ira Alexandre (Lady Business)

Born sexy yesterday

Format: Panel

18 Aug 2019, Sunday 14:00 - 14:50, Wicklow Hall 2A (Dances) (CCD)

Too many heterosexual relationships in SFF, especially on screen, are still rooted in stereotype and cliché: conveniently fragile women, toxically entitled men, and pervasive, usually unacknowledged, power imbalances. Which relationships in current popular media buck this trend to provide more thoughtful depictions of love and partnership?

R.W.W. Greene (New Hampshire Writers' Project), Ciaran Roberts (Six to Start) ), RJ Barker (Orbit), Nikki Ebright (Nikki Abridged, Shiny Garden), Atlin Merrick (Improbable Press) (M)

Autographs: Sunday at 15:00

Format: Autographing

18 Aug 2019, Sunday 15:00 - 15:50, Level 4 Foyer (CCD)

Rebecca Gomez Farrell , Pat Cadigan, Derwin Mak , RJ Barker (Orbit) , Kathryn Sullivan ), Rebecca Roanhorse.

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