Friday, April 24th, 5:30pm-6:15pm
The Female Superhero: What is the Female Protagonists’ Secret Weapon?
With the rise of female protagonists transforming the hollywood hero and leading literary figures, the perspectives for women leaders is rapidly evolving. Hear Genese Davis (The Holder’s Dominion, MMORPG.com) Audrey Kearns (Geek Girl Authority, Five Truths and a Lie) Pam van Hylckama Vlieg (D4EO Literary Agency) PJ Perez (Pop Goes the Icon) and Chelle Dey (Shenanigans) discuss the secret to their favorite female characters and how creators are knocking down cultural barriers, societal sexism, as well as influencing pop culture and the entertainment industry at large.
Audrey Kearns is a writer, actor and producer. She is the founder and publisher of the pop culture website, Geek Girl Authority. She has created and hosted many podcasts including Kneel Before Aud where she interviews geek patriots in the movie, television and gaming industry. She is also the co-creator of the wildly popular storytelling show 5 Truths and a Lie which has a residency in Los Angeles and boasts many celebrity storytellers from the science fiction, fantasy, gaming and actual science communities. Audrey also wrote and produced a one-person show called Obsessively Okay which somehow managed to combine her Obsessive Compulsive Disorder battles with her love for Star Trek cosplay. If that’s not nerdy enough for you, then just ask her to show you the two separate asthma inhalers she carries in her pockets at all times.
Chelle earned her master’s degree in writing and editing at Portland State University in 2011. Her focus on children’s fiction helped cultivate her love of whimsy and humor. Chelle’s story, Shenanigans, is a pseudological, futuristic biography of her true-life friendship with her best friend, who in this story is literally her partner in crime. Set in the year 2059, the story predicts the adventures of two old friends in their eighties who have never truly grown up. With plenty of witty dialog and slapstick action, these two ladies will teach you that old age is no obstacle for fun—and it will not keep you out of trouble either. A Portland, Oregon native, Chelle currently resides in southern California. She works in an urban habitat as an Unaccredited Corporate Anthropologist, documenting the behavior of her friends and coworkers for plotline fodder. For more information, visit the website at: http://www.sassyoldcats.com
Pj Perez is the founder of Pop! Goes the Icon, a Las Vegas-based publishing company specializing in comic books, graphic novels and illustrated fiction. He’s also the creator of the webcomics The Utopian and Sequential Madness, a former magazine and newspaper editor, and an award-winning freelance journalist. More about Pop! Goes the Icon can be found online at www.popgoestheicon.com
Pam van Hylckama Vlieg
Pam van Hylckama Vlieg started her literary career as assistant to Laurie McLean, of Foreword Literary Agency, in early 2012. By April Pam was promoted to Associate Agent. In her first two years as an agent, Pam brokered 24 deals, with such publishers as Knopf, Scholastic, NAL, ACE, Grand Central, and others. She joined D4EO in June 2014, where she will continue to build her list. She has a passion for genre fiction as well as MG, YA, and New adult fiction.
Genese Davis is an American author, host, columnist, and media personality. She is the author of The Holder’s Dominion, a next-generation thriller heralded as a breakthrough novel by Publishers Weekly. Her writing expertise expands across various genres including thriller, fantasy, gamer-lit, and new adult, as well as screenplay, playwriting, and video game lore. Davis is an in-demand host, speaker, and moderator for TV, radio, web-series, conventions, academic fairs, publishing workshops, and literary and entertainment expos. Davis is a featured columnist at MMORPG.com, and she is the founder of The Gamer In You. She was awarded the iGR Woman of the Year for her outstanding efforts in debunking stereotypes and for bringing the video game industry the first new adult, gaming-thriller, The Holder’s Dominion.