Programming Schedule Listing


Friday, July 1st
2:00 PM Main Programming

We Don't Talk About Cthulhu    (1 Hour)
This is the panel in which we discuss all the beings you shouldn't talk about and why they are so popular in fiction.
Participants:Elizabeth Davis, Sara Deurell, Rachel Lulich

Indianapolis Ballroom A-B

Mental Illness and Conventions   (1 Hour - Rating: PG)
I have been dealing with being an introvert, depression and anxiety for most of my life, but I also love to attend conventions. In this panel we will discuss my personal ways of dealing with mental illnesses and attending conventions. Bring questions and ideas for ways you cope.
Participants:Todd Wiley, Rachel Frend, TammyJo Eckhart

Indianapolis Ballroom D

The Weird and Wonderful World of Carrie Fisher   (1 Hour - Presentation - Rating: PG-13)
The life and history of notorious actress, writer and pop icon Carrie Fisher. Moderated by the Gal's Guide Library.
Participants:Leah Leach

Willkie Room

Motley Kids Whimsical World   (3 Hours - Workshop - Rating: G)
Grow a Truffula Tree (because Thneeds we don't need), make a paper planet, and build some weird and wonderful creatures from our crafting supplies! We're building a whimsical world in the Motley Kids room and you're invited to join us!

3:00 PM Main Programming

The Worst of Trek - TNG Seasons 4-7   (1 Hour)
Join Beckie Margedant, RJ Sullivan and more as we lovingly talk about the dregs of the second half of TNG!
Participants:Ricky Lile, R.J. Sullivan, Beckie Margedant, Keith R. A. DeCandido

Indianapolis Ballroom C

Has Superman Gotten His Cape Tangled in a Mess?   (1 Hour)
What's going right and wrong on Superman and Lois?
Participants:Mike Suess

Grand Ballroom 7-8

Vampires: Are They Still Interesting?   (1 Hour, 30 Minutes - Expert Panel)
Vampires have been the subject of popular culture for well over a century now. While some publishers and critics love to proclaim that no one cares, the amount of material released across all media grows. If they are still interesting, why? Our panelists will share their opinions on if vampires are still interesting to create and "consume."
Participants:TammyJo Eckhart, T. Lee Harris

4:00 PM Main Programming

My First Meme   (1 Hour)
Social media and the internet have made memes ubiquitous, but they go back much further than that. Talk about your first memes, favorite memes and more.
Participants:Elizabeth Davis

Indianapolis Ballroom D

Make Dragon and Cat Ornaments With Ruth Thompson   (1 Hour)
Ruth provides supplies and tools. Any skill level, using air-dry clay, cookie cutters and paint.

5:00 PM Main Programming

Keith DeCandido Reading   (1 Hour)
Our Author Guest of Honor reads from his many and varied work.

Indianapolis Ballroom A-B

Getting Started Writing Fiction: A Practical Guide   (1 Hour - Presentation - Rating: PG)
The basic steps for writers to start writing novel-length fiction. User-friendly.
Participants:James Zarzana, Dan R. Arman, Sara Deurell

Indianapolis Ballroom C

Fund Your Creativity With Patreon   (1 Hour - Expert Panel)
Bring your fans and followers along for your journey.
Participants:James Barnes

Indianapolis Ballroom D

Collecting for Collectors   (1 Hour)
What do you collect and display? Where do you find your treasures?
Participants:Rachel Frend, Mike Suess, T. Lee Harris

6:00 PM Main Programming

Unexpected Takes With Leading Indiana Film Critics    (1 Hour - Expert Panel)
Join some of Indiana's most thoughtful and iconoclastic film journalists when Emily Wheeler (Midwest Film Journal/EmilyWheelerfilm.com) and Matt Hurt (ObsessiveViewer.com/Obsessive View podcast) join Lou Harry (MFJ contributor) for a freewheeling discussion about the movies. As a heads up: Emily picked "The Matrix: Resurrections" as her best of 2021, and only one of Lou's 10 most satisfying films of the year was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.
Participants:Lou Harry

Indianapolis Ballroom A-B

Cosplay Photography - Be Dynamic & Make Magic!    (1 Hour)
Want to create amazing movement and dynamic actions in your photos? Come learn from professional photographer Lacy Clagg and her assistant. Great for aspiring photographers and cosplayers! They will demo with lighting and gear while explaining amazing tips on how to pose, angle of shots and more. Clagg has 20 years of photography knowledge she is happy to share, and to answer any question you might have.

Indianapolis Ballroom D

How Sci-Fi Gets It Right: What if All We're Telling You Comes True?   (1 Hour - Presentation - Rating: PG)
Topics to include pandemics, loss of democracy, permanent poverty, control and restriction of media, the internet and computers, and medical/ethical issues dealing with human transplants or additions.
Participants:James Zarzana, Jo Boone, Mark Wandrey, Rachel Lulich

7:00 PM Main Programming

Opening Ceremonies   (1 Hour - Audience Participation)
Welcome by Toastmaster/con chair, introduction of guests, good times for all.

8:00 PM Main Programming

Marc Gunn Concert 1   (1 Hour - Performance)
Hear our Music Guest of Honor.

Indianapolis Ballroom A-B

Author Reading and Q&A with Jo Boone   (1 Hour - Author Reading - Rating: PG-13)
Hear Jo Boone read selections from her sci-fi novel The Magnetar. Reading will be followed by a brief Q&A.
Participants:Jo Boone

Indianapolis Ballroom C

Tony Stark vs. Thunderbolt Ross: A Debate   (1 Hour)
After a series of dangerous incidents involving Mutants and Scientifically Enhanced Individuals, the United Nations proposed the Sokovia Accords. While this attempt at controlling a potentially undesirable segment of Earth's population has been signed by the President and the Secretary of State, only Congress has the authority to commit the U.S. to an international treaty. Now Anthony Stark and Gen. Thaddeus Ross have agreed to appear before a Select Congressional Committee to provide their advice on whether Congress should adopt the Sokovia Accords, or declare them to be contrary to the federal nature of U.S. society.
Participants:Travis Clemmons, Rachel Frend

Indianapolis Ballroom D

Bechdel: The Cartoonist and the Test   (1 Hour - Presentation - Rating: PG-13)
The history of the tragic-comic writer and the movie test. Moderated by the Gal's Guide Library.
Participants:Leah Leach

9:00 PM Indianapolis Ballroom A-B

Sneak Peek at Almost Partners   (1 Hour - Author Reading)
I have a new series coming out which combines social science fiction, feminist fiction and the erotic into Almost Partners. Come listen to a sneak peek about the series and ask any questions you want. I might even have a release date by this time.
Participants:TammyJo Eckhart

Indianapolis Ballroom D

Writing in a Shared Universe   (1 Hour - Expert Panel - Rating: PG)
Collaborating on a shared universe is one of the most exciting and frustrating things you can do, but there are incredible rewards possible. Listen to authors who've participated in and led these endeavors to better understand their benefits and pitfalls.
Participants:Mark Wandrey, Jon Osborne

Grand Ballroom 7-8

Open Filking 1   (4 Hours - Audience Participation)
Stop by anytime, to share a song or just listen to the music. Ending time TBD.

10:00 PM Main Programming

Creepin' It Burly   (1 Hour - Performance)
A burlesque and drag troupe based in Indianapolis.

Saturday, July 2nd
9:00 AM Main Programming

The Past (and Future?) of Underwater SFF   (1 Hour)
From Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" on, a lot can happen beneath the waves. How has this subgenre developed? And in our current climate moment, what might it become?
Participants:Jo Boone, Elizabeth Davis, Mark Wandrey

Indianapolis Ballroom A-B

The Good and the Bad of Star Wars on TV   (1 Hour)
The Mandalorian has seen two seasons and the book of Boba Fett has just concluded its first season. What was there to like and dislike about these two shows?
Participants:John F. Allen, Dan R. Arman, Mike Suess, R.J. Sullivan, Leah Leach

10:00 AM Indianapolis Ballroom A-B

Pub Trivia Returns!   (2 Hours - Contest)
I've got questions. Your team's got answers. And if enough of those answers are correct, you'll win stuff. You might even win stuff if you get them all wrong. You just won't have first choice. If you've been here before, you know the tradition. If not, you'll be welcomed for a good time. Arrive solo and we'll put you on a team. Or bring your friends for an already formed squad.
Participants:Lou Harry

Indianapolis Ballroom D

Turn Your Pet Into a Dragon With Ruth Thompson   (1 Hour - Audience Participation)
Supplies and tools provided. Any skill level; fun sketch sessions with pencil/inks. Bring printed pics of your pets to turn them into dragons!

Willkie Room

Motley Kids Into the Unknown   (5 Hours)
Explore hidden wonders with the Motley Kids, and make dragon eggs and hidden treasure bottles; shrink down small and build gnome houses; go undersea and make sea monsters and mermaid jewels. And when you've done all that, blast off with us on a hunt for moon rocks!

Grand Ballroom 7-8

Are Streaming Services Diluting Fandom?   (1 Hour, 30 Minutes - Expert Panel)
How many streaming services can you name? How many can you afford to subscribe to? Now consider that almost all of them offer some original content that falls into the science fiction, fantasy or horror genres, as well as their subgenres. Is there so much content now that it is becoming too hard for us all to discuss shows? What qualifies as a "hit" when not everyone has access to the same set of entertainment media? Our panelists will share their opinions about the state of streaming services and how it may impact fandom going forward.
Participants:TammyJo Eckhart, Rachel Frend, John F. Allen, R.J. Sullivan

11:00 AM Main Programming

Meet the Romulans: What Makes A Good Alien?   (1 Hour, 30 Minutes - Workshop - Rating: PG)
From Star Trek's Romulans to Ender's Game's Buggers, Star Wars' Wookies to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's Vogons, what makes an alien species unique and compelling? Author Jo Boone will help you workshop an alien species for your story, covering topics like biology, environment, sociology and interactions with the weirdest aliens of all: Humans.
Participants:Jo Boone, Keith R. A. DeCandido, Rachel Lulich

Indianapolis Ballroom C

Starfleet Command Meeting   (1 Hour)
Meet the local fan club based on the Star Trek universe.

12:00 PM Indianapolis Ballroom A-B

True You 101: A Reading   (1 Hour)
I will read sections from my 2020 YA novel, True You 101. I will also answer questions the audience may have about this LGBTQIA urban fantasy book set in a magic school in NYC.
Participants:TammyJo Eckhart

Indianapolis Ballroom C

E-books: The Future of Books?   (1 Hour)
Discussion of the platform.
Participants:E Susan Baugh, T. Lee Harris

Indianapolis Ballroom D

Disney: The Home for All Things Marvel and Star Wars   (1 Hour - Audience Participation)
This panel will be an open discussion on the wide variety of Marvel and Star Wars TV programming featured on Disney, and theories for upcoming shows and how they may relate to the Marvel and Star Wars film franchises.
Participants:John F. Allen, Rachel Frend, Leah Leach, R.J. Sullivan, Mike Suess

Grand Ballroom 7-8

Meet the Circle of Janus   (1 Hour)
CoJ is the Indianapolis sci-fi club that puts on InConJunction each year.

1:00 PM Indianapolis Ballroom C

Star Treks   (1 Hour)
What's going on in the world of Star Trek today and its variety of shows?
Participants:Mike Suess, R.J. Sullivan

Indianapolis Ballroom D

Meow! Let's Make Cat Ears With Ruth Thompson!   (1 Hour)
Artist Guest of Honor Ruth Thompson provides the tools, materials, fabric and headbands. Make and decorate your own cat-ears headband you can wear at the con.

Grand Ballroom 7-8

The Mandalorian   (1 Hour)
Is Grogu a foodie, a hungry child or both?
Participants:E Susan Baugh, Rachel Lulich

2:00 PM Indianapolis Ballroom A-B

Ray Bradbury's Abiding Influence   (1 Hour - Presentation)
An overview of Bradbury's literary accomplishments and the thematic content of his work that remains relevant in the 21st century. Presented by the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies.
Participants:Jordan Brinker, Carrie Cooper

Grand Ballroom 7-8

Pirates!    (1 Hour - Presentation - Rating: R)
Learn about the real history of Blackbeard, The Gentleman Pirate, Anne Bonnie, Mary Reid and more! Moderated by the Gal's Guide Library. Rated R.
Participants:Leah Leach

2:30 PM Main Programming

Charity Auction   (1 Hour - Audience Participation)
To benefit Indy Reads and Second Helpings.

3:00 PM Indianapolis Ballroom A-B

Worldbuilding   (1 Hour)
How to come up with and present the reader with a well-built story world.
Participants:Mark Wandrey, T. Lee Harris, Keith R. A. DeCandido, Sara Deurell

Indianapolis Ballroom D

Promote Your Creativity with Podcasting   (1 Hour - Expert Panel)
How to take advantage of this burgeoning platform.
Participants:Rachel Frend, James Barnes

4:00 PM Indianapolis Ballroom A-B

Black Speculative Fiction: What Is It and Why Is It Important?   (1 Hour - Expert Panel)
This panel will define Black Speculative Fiction and why it is so important to genre fiction as a whole; introduce a variety of subgenres where the protagonists are Black and perhaps most of the characters; and answer questions of what positive representation looks like, and what readers can expect to get out of it.
Participants:John F. Allen

Indianapolis Ballroom C

Star Trek & Desilu & Paramount & NBC   (1 Hour - General Discussion)
From the autumn of 1966 through the spring of 1969, Gene Roddenberry and his associates faced a constantly changing landscape as they attempted to maintain the quality and the ratings of the original incarnation of Star Trek. Come join us for a discussion of how the original show was gradually nibbled to death by production studio accountants and broadcast network executives who never quite understood the needs and the potential of an odd science fiction program that eventually evolved into a major media franchise almost two decades later.
Participants:Travis Clemmons

Indianapolis Ballroom D

Cosplay Life Drawing With Ruth Thompson   (1 Hour)
Artist Guest of Honor Ruth Thompson provides supplies and tools. Any skill level, fun sketch sessions with pencil/inks. Sketching session with cosplayers at the con.

5:00 PM Main Programming

Marc Gunn Concert 2   (1 Hour - Performance)
Once again, join our Music Guest of Honor.

Indianapolis Ballroom A-B

Heroine's Journey for Writers   (1 Hour - Workshop - Rating: PG)
Layout and uses for the writing method of an internal writing style developed by Maureen Murdock. Presented by Gal's Guide Library.
Participants:Leah Leach

Indianapolis Ballroom D

The Shadow: Can You Update a Legend?   (1 Hour - General Discussion)
In 2021, best-selling author James Patterson released his take on The Shadow, a popular pulp magazine and radio character from 1930s, 40s and 50s. Many of the hard-core Shadow fans reacted negatively. Is it possible to update the character successfully for old and new fans?

6:00 PM Indianapolis Ballroom A-B

Spider-man in Multimedia   (1 Hour)
What has Spider-man been up to on television (animated and live-action) and in the movies from the '60s to the present day? What have been the best and the worst of these shows and movies?
Participants:R.J. Sullivan, Mike Suess

Indianapolis Ballroom C

Self-Defense Workshop   (1 Hour - Demonstration)
Fourth-degree black belt Keith R.A. DeCandido teaches attendees some simple techniques to defend yourself from being physically assaulted. Comfortable clothes recommended.
Participants:Keith R. A. DeCandido

Grand Ballroom 7-8

New Doctor Who   (1 Hour)
The scene where I fell in love with the first female Doctor Who on TV.
Participants:E Susan Baugh, Rachel Frend, Rachel Lulich

7:00 PM Main Programming

InConJunction Masquerade   (1 Hour - Contest)
InCon's annual costume contest, open to all. Fun, creativity and prizes.

Indianapolis Ballroom A-B

Day Unto Night: A Reading   (1 Hour)
I will read sections from my 2021 experimental novel, Day Unto Night. I will answer questions from the audience about the book and why I choose to write in the form of a fix-up that crosses genres.
Participants:TammyJo Eckhart

Indianapolis Ballroom D

Star Trek Bingo   (1 Hour - Gaming - Rating: G)
Looking for a fun activity to spend an hour at? Come play a game modeled on classic BINGO to win fun and fabulous prizes.

8:00 PM Indianapolis Ballroom D

Make Your Own! Figures, Art Supplies and Good Messy Fun   (2 Hours - Rating: G)
We're back again, offering InCon attendees a craft break. Come in, grab a figure (or bring your own) and some materials, and join us for some creative time!

9:00 PM Main Programming

Going ... Going ... Gone (Live-Action Comedy)   (1 Hour, 30 Minutes - Performance - Rating: G)
A live-action comedy that lets the audience participate in the final sale at Ed's, an auction house filled with spontaneous stories and surprising revelations. Usually a $10 show on Indy's famed Mass Ave, it's free for this special reappearance at InConJunction. Featuring Lou Harry, Chris Canary, Karen Brady and Rob Pyatt, Ph.D.
Participants:Lou Harry

Indianapolis Ballroom A-B

Randomly Randy   (1 Hour)
A panel of four or five individuals is seated at a table which contains a collection of adult-oriented novels, The Collected Works of Shakespeare and a few other books. One by one, each panel member does a reading of a sentence or short paragraph from one of the books they have chosen for that turn. And the mismatched nature of where one person stops reading from their book and the following person begins from a different book often creates hilarious results.
Participants:Travis Clemmons, Elizabeth Davis, TammyJo Eckhart, Keith R. A. DeCandido

Grand Ballroom 7-8

Open Filking 2   (4 Hours - Audience Participation)
Stop by anytime, to share a song or just listen to the music. Ending time TBD.

10:00 PM Indianapolis Ballroom A-B

The Business of Writing & Publishing   (1 Hour - Presentation - Rating: G)
If you are an author, editor, illustrator, publisher, or a creative of any type selling a product or service, this presentation is for you. Learn what it really means to be a business today. Your definition and the government's may differ. A few things you will learn: Do I have a hobby or a business? Choosing a legal structure. What if someone has the same name as you? What taxes do you have to pay? What counts as income and how do you report it? What can I deduct to save money? Can being a business protect me? Come to the presentation to find out more. Let's get about the business of being a business.
Participants:James Barnes

11:30 PM Main Programming

Rocky Horror Picture Show   (2 Hours, 30 Minutes - Audience Participation)
Presented by Transylvanian Lip Treatment.

Sunday, July 3rd
10:00 AM Main Programming

Stories Behind the Songs   (1 Hour)
Music Guest of Honor Marc Gunn talks about his songs.

Indianapolis Ballroom A-B

B.O.M.M. Writing Method   (1 Hour - Demonstration - Rating: PG)
Dr. Leah Leach has developed the Born of Many Mothers writing method to bring out more mythic elements that are entwined with compassion. Includes a guided meditation. Presented by the Gal's Guide Library.
Participants:Leah Leach

Indianapolis Ballroom C

Why Did It End Like That? The Worst Endings   (1 Hour - Round Table Discussion)
What show or movie ending really got you riled up? Join us for a fun filled discussion about The Absolute Worst Ever. Warning: there will definitely be spoilers.
Participants:Elizabeth Davis, Mark Wandrey, Beckie Margedant, Mike Suess

Indianapolis Ballroom D

Drawing Dragons & Cats With Ruth Thompson   (1 Hour - Audience Participation)
Artist Guest of Honor Ruth Thompson provides supplies and tools. Any skill level; fun sketch sessions with pencil/inks.

Willkie Room

Motley Kids Sunday in the Park   (2 Hours - Rating: G)
We're on our way to Paris with the Motley Kids for some café aprons, paper flowers, macaron crafts and mini journals. Come relax in our imaginary park on the Seine!

Grand Ballroom 7-8

Non-Denominational Chapel Service   (1 Hour)
All faiths welcome.

11:00 AM Main Programming

Ray Bradbury in Hollywood   (1 Hour - Presentation)
Ray Bradbury is known as a genre fiction writer, but did you know that he also had an impressive career in Hollywood as a screenwriter? From the Academy Award-winning film MOBY DICK (directed by the legendary John Huston) and IT CAME FROM OUTTER SPACE (one of the first good 3D films), to film adaptations of his own works (The Halloween Tree, The Illustrated Man, Fahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Comes), Bradbury left an enduring legacy in the American film tradition.
Participants:Jordan Brinker, Carrie Cooper

Indianapolis Ballroom A-B

Best Book I Read Since the Last InConJunction   (1 Hour, 30 Minutes - Expert Panel)
This annual panel of folks will share their lists of books they think you should check out. Some will be brand-new, while others will be favorites they re-read since our last convention.
Participants:James Zarzana, TammyJo Eckhart, Dan R. Arman, Sara Deurell

Indianapolis Ballroom C

Are You Game?   (1 Hour - Rating: PG)
We're not a game show, but we can play one on TV! Join us for an hour of interactive games good for the whole group! Everyone is welcome, adults and children alike!
Participants:Beckie Margedant

12:00 PM Main Programming

Q&A with Keith DeCandido   (1 Hour - Q & A)
InConJunction 41's Author Guest of Honor discusses his varied career.
Participants:Keith R. A. DeCandido

Indianapolis Ballroom D

Make Dragon Cat Toys With Ruth Thompson   (1 Hour - Audience Participation)
Ruth provides the tools, materials, fabric and dried catnip. Fun and functional dragon cat toys you make and take home with you.

Grand Ballroom 7-8

Anthologies - What About Them?   (1 Hour - Expert Panel - Rating: PG-13)
An anthology, a collection of short- to medium-length stories, are popular ways to get your name out. Come learn how to best participate and succeed in an anthology. We'll also discuss doing your own anthology!
Participants:Mark Wandrey, Jon Osborne

1:00 PM Main Programming

Mother of Frankenstein   (1 Hour - Presentation - Rating: PG-13)
The history of Mary Shelly inventing the horror genre. The early death of her mother Mary Wollstonecraft, and the dare from Lord Bryon. Moderated by the Gal's Guide Library.
Participants:Elizabeth Davis, Leah Leach, Sara Deurell

Indianapolis Ballroom A-B

The Organized Writer   (1 Hour - Expert Panel)
Insight and tips on how to become and stay organized as a writer: administration, calendars, convention schedules, email, sales, social media, workload, writer's platform, writing schedules and so much more!
Participants:John F. Allen, Dan R. Arman, T. Lee Harris

Indianapolis Ballroom C

E-books: Find Them For Free   (1 Hour)
Some are free to read, then return, and some are free to keep. While your local library is the first option to getting free e-books to read, there are several other places to get them as well - some to read, then return, and others you get to keep on your e-reader or PC.
Participants:Elizabeth Davis, E Susan Baugh

Grand Ballroom 7-8

Pagan Service   (1 Hour)
Come celebrate the God and Goddess. Led by Deanna Roberts-Blair. Open to all.

2:00 PM Main Programming

Rap With the Con Chair   (1 Hour - General Discussion)
Join 2022 Con Chair Kat Robertson to discuss this year's InConJunction.

Indianapolis Ballroom A-B

Character Creation   (1 Hour)
Tips on creating well-developed, original characters.
Participants:T. Lee Harris, Keith R. A. DeCandido, Sara Deurell

3:00 PM Main Programming

Closing Ceremonies   (1 Hour)
Share your best memories of this InConJunction, and get a taste of next year.