Boskone Schedule

Your Schedule for Boskone 57
Worldbuilding Within Epic Fantasy at the Dawn of a Modern Age
Format: Panel
14 Feb 2020, Friday 17:00 – 17:50, Marina 1 (Westin)

Fantasy is real, but so is scientific discovery. When an epic fantasy is set during the transition from a rural society to an emerging, world-transforming industrial age, how does the setting help define the parameters of the story? How does it affect the creation of characters? Is a Victorian-Era feeling inevitable? What other examples can be used as models? When magic is at play, how might it alter the evolution of an industrial revolution?

E. C. Ambrose (M), David B. Coe/ D.B. Jackson, Debra Doyle, Melissa Caruso, Christopher Paniccia (Gridiron Publishing)

Illustrating Children’s Books
Format: Panel
15 Feb 2020, Saturday 13:00 – 13:50, Harbor II (Westin)

Art for children is a special category. It takes a keen talent to evoke the mystery and wonder through which a child views the world. How do artists capture those visuals? How do they know when they are creating the right image for the work? Our artists come together to talk about the wonderfully imaginative world of illustration for children.

Ruth Sanderson, Christopher Paniccia (Gridiron Publishing) (M), Cat Scully (The Deep End Games), Ingrid Kallick

Techniques of Panel-Based Storytelling
Format: Panel
15 Feb 2020, Saturday 17:00 – 17:50, Burroughs (Westin)

Creating comics or a graphic novel: telling your tale with words and pictures, panel after panel. How is it done? What challenges (and opportunities) emerge in this style of narrative?

Paul Di Filippo, Josh Dahl (, David Marshall, Jonathan Hunt, Christopher Paniccia (Gridiron Publishing) (M)

Boskone 57 Book Party
Format: Event
15 Feb 2020, Saturday 18:30 – 19:30, Galleria – Stage (Westin)

Come join the fun at Boskone 57’s Book Party. You’ll meet the authors and publishers who have new books coming out at the con! This is your chance to see what’s new from writers you already love, as well as those you have yet to discover.

Sara Codair (, Dave Seeley (, Mike Squatrito Jr (Association of Rhode Island Authors), Jeff Hecht, Clea Simon, Nicole Givens Kurtz (Mocha Memoirs Press), R.W.W. Greene, Steven Popkes, Gregory Wilson, Errick Nunnally, James Patrick Kelly (writer), Kim Stanley Robinson, Christopher Paniccia (Gridiron Publishing), E. C. Ambrose, Jeffrey A. Carver, Erin Underwood (M), Rick Berry (RickBerryStudio), Patricia Morgan Lang (NESFA Press), Jim Burns

Autographing: Christine Taylor-Butler, Mur Lafferty, Christopher Paniccia, Darrell Schweitzer
Format: Autographing
16 Feb 2020, Sunday 10:00 – 10:50, Galleria – Autographing (Westin)

Christine Taylor-Butler, Mur Lafferty, Christopher Paniccia (Gridiron Publishing), Darrell Schweitzer

The Literary Legacy of C.S. Lewis
Format: Panel
16 Feb 2020, Sunday 11:00 – 11:50, Burroughs (Westin)

C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien were friends. Both created rich imaginary worlds: Lewis’ Narnia portal fantasies and Tolkien’s epic fantasies. Yet much more has been written and discussed about Tolkien’s influence. It’s time to redress the imbalance. Don’t Lewis’ queens Lucy and Susan, and even the White Witch, compare favorably to the lack of female agency in Tolkien’s work, and foretell many later heroines and villainesses? How many of our genre’s school-age protagonists owe their existence to Lewis’ examples? Oh, and don’t forget The Screwtape Letters’ contribution to the satirical fantastic. Is Lewis still influencing fantasy today?

Diana Rowland (M), John Langan, Ginjer Buchanan, Clea Simon, Christopher Paniccia (Gridiron Publishing)