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The Official Schedule of Events for BizarroCon 2012


 4:00pm: REGISTRATION OPENS (Location: Ad House)

8:00-9:00pm: OPENING CEREMONIES (Location: Ad House)

9:00-10:00pm: THIRSTY THURSDAY LIVE (Ross E. Lockhart) — Beer enthusiast and editor extraordinaire Ross E. Lockhart will review a craft beer and suggest possible book pairings. (Location: Ad House)

9:00-10:00pm: NEW BIZARRO AUTHOR SERIES MEETING (Kevin Shamel, Kevin Donihe, Bradley Sands) — Meet and greet for the New Bizarro Author Series authors and editors. If you are one of this year’s NBAS authors, this is where you will learn what will be expected of you over the next twelve months. (Location: Ad House)


8:00-11:00am: WRITER’S WORKSHOP: HIGH CONCEPT BIZARRO (Jeff Burk)— Pitch and critique bizarro book ideas with your bizarro peers and learn what it takes to write bizarro fiction novels that sell based on their ideas alone. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. WORKSHOP FULL (Location: The Mt Hood Room)

8:00-11:00am: WRITER’S WORKSHOP: CHOREOGRAPHY OF VIOLENCE (John Skipp) — Learn how to craft nail-biting edge-of-your-seat action sequences in a workshop setting with your pal, John Skipp. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. WORKSHOP FULL (Location: The Barley Room)

11:30-12:30pm: WRITING FOR A CULT AUDIENCE (Carlton Mellick III) — A one hour lecture and Q&A. Topics will include: cult vs mainstream marketing, the pros and cons of writing fiction with cult appeal, how to build a cult audience, and how to make a living as a cult author. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. WORKSHOP FULL (Location: The Barley Room)

11:30-12:30pm: BIZARRO WRITING EXERCISES (Cameron Pierce) — Feeling creative? Participate in some quick writing activities with your fellow bizarros, including one Cameron Pierce method involving Call of Cthulhu trading cards. (Location: The Mt Hood Room)

12:30-1:30pm: BOOK MARKETING AND AUTHOR PERSONA (Brian Keene) — A one hour lecture and Q&A with bestselling horror author Brian Keene. Learn how to market your books and develop a public persona in the digital age…without being a douche. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. WORKSHOP FULL (Location: The Barley Room)

12:30-1:30pm: THE ARTISTS OF BIZARRO (Alan M. Clark, Nick Gucker, Andrew Goldfarb, Paul Groendes, Chrissy Horchheimer, Liv Rainey-Smith) — Come meet the artists of the bizarro scene and discuss their creative process. (Location: The Mt Hood Room)

1:30-2:30pm: BIZARRO BRIGADE MEETING (Kevin Shamel) — Ask not what the bizarro genre can do for you—ask what you can do for the bizarro genre.  Come brainstorm ways that you, the bizarro reader and writer, can help spread the word of bizarro to the world. Bizarro Brigade members are encouraged to attend. (Location: The Barley Room)

1:30-2:00pm: READING BLOCK ONE — Justin Grimbol and David W Barbee. (Location: The Ad House)

2:00-2:30pm: READING BLOCK TWO — Brian Keene and Robert Devereaux. (Location: The Ad House)

2:30-3:00pm: READING BLOCK THREE — Michael Allen Rose and Spike Marlowe (Location: The Ad House)

3:00-5:00pm: BIZARRO WRITER’S ASSOCIATION MEETING — Annual meeting for the BWA. Due to space limitation, this year’s meeting will be limited to BWA members only. (Location: The Barley Room)

3:00-3:30pm: READING BLOCK FOUR — Christopher Reynaga and MP Johnson (Location: The Ad House)

3:30-4:00pm: READING BLOCK FIVE — Bix Skahill and Edmund Colell (Location: The Ad House)

4:00-5:00pm: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BIZARRO BOOK? (Simon Ore, Mike Antonio, Zoe Welch)— Here’s a panel where you can voice your opinions as bizarro readers. What elements of bizarro would you like to see more of? What would you like to see less?  Your feedback will be given to bizarro editors for consideration. (Location: The Ad House)

5:00-7:00pm: DINNER BREAK

7:00pm-3:00am: ERASERHEAD PRESS PARTY — Time again for another legendary Eraserhead Press Party! Featuring Bizarro Beer and performances by Kevin L Donihe, Carlton Mellick III, Shane McKenzie, Cameron Pierce, Kirsten Alene, and The Slow Poisoner. (Location: The Ad House)


9:00-10:00 am: BIZARRO BRUNCH—Have an excellent gourmet brunch. (Location: The Barley Room)

9:00-10:00am: NBAS BREAKFAST—This year’s new bizarro writers will have a private breakfast with last year’s new bizarro authors and discuss their experiences, give survival tips, and help brainstorm possible promotion methods to better prepare this year’s group. (Location: The Mt. Hood Room)

10:00-10:30: BIZARRO RAFFLE—After breakfast, enter a raffle to win free books, artwork, and other prizes. (Location: The Barley Room)

10:30-11:15 am: CONTROLLED ACCIDENT DEMO—Watch award-winning artist Alan M. Clark as he uses his controlled accident method in a live painting demonstration. (Location: The Ad House)

11:00am:  BIZARRO BOOK NOOK OPENS — Your one stop for bizarro books (Location: Mt Hood Room)

11:30-12:15pm: VIRAL BOOK MARKETING (Jeff Burk, Rose O’Keefe, Cameron Pierce, Kevin Shamel) —Tips and tricks for marketing your book online, using blogs to your advantage, and the four emotions that make something go viral. (Location: The Barley Room)

11:30-12:15 pm: FORCED HALLUCINATION DEMO—Watch award-winning artist Alan M. Clark as he uses his Forced Hallucination method in a live painting demonstration (Location: The Ad House)

12:30-1:15pm: THE WRITING LIFE (Brian Keene, Robert Devereaux, Jeremy Robert Johnson, Mykle Hansen, Kevin Shamel) — Maintaining productivity and staying focused on your goals as a writer while facing self-doubt and the obstacles of daily life.  (Location: The Barley Room)

12:30-1:15 pm: ALAN CLARK PAINTS WITH THE EXQUISITE BRUSH, JEFF BURKWatch award-winning artist Alan M. Clark as he uses Jeff Burk’s dreadlocks in a live painting demonstration. (Location: The Ad House)

1:30-2:15pm: WHAT TO DO WITH A POO-FLAVORED DICK (John Skipp, Brian Keene, Shane McKenzie, Robert Devereaux, Jeff Burk) — Shock in bizarro and horror fiction—what has been done, what not to do, and what the hell is even shocking anymore anyway? (Location: The Barley Room)

1:30-2:15pm: READING BLOCK ONE — Alan M. Clark, Ross E. Lockhart, Bradley Sands, David Agranoff (Location: The Ad House)

2:30-3:15pm: READING BLOCK TWO — Andrew Goldfarb, Laura Lee Bahr, Eric Hendrixson (Location: The Barley Room)

3:30—4:30 pm: THE NEW BIZARRO AUTHOR SERIES READING BLOCK—Meet this year’s New Bizarro Author Series. Hear readings and performances from Shane Cartledge, Tamara Romero, G. Arthur Brown, Andrew Wayne Adams, Joe Wargo, and Gabino Iglesias. Hosted by Kevin Shamel and Kevin L. Donihe. (Location: The Barley Room)


5:00—5:30 pm: ASK KEVIN L. DONIHE — All the secrets of the universe are hidden within a single perfect being. And that being is known to us mere mortals as the Kevin L. Donihe. Come and he will bestow upon you his great wisdom. You may ask the Donihe anything you wish. He is never wrong.  (Location: The Ballroom)

5:30 pm: GROUP PHOTO SHOOT (Location: The Ballroom)

5:30-6:30 pm: WONDERLAND BOOK AWARDS DINNER—The Fifth Annual Wonderland Book Award for Best Novel and Best Collection. Come find out the winners and enjoy a fajita buffet. (Location: The Ballroom)

7:00-10:00 pm: THE ULTIMATE BIZARRO SHOWDOWN—After the awards dinner, bizarro authors compete to see who is indeed the weirdest of the weird. Each author must give the most unique and entertaining three minute reading performance of their lives or risk being yanked off stage by the drunk and annoyed audience members. Winners will be given snazzy prizes. Hosted by Mykle Hansen. Judges: Robert Devereaux, Brian Keene, John Skipp (Location: The Ballroom)

11:00-Beyond: BIZARRO AFTER-PARTY—(Location: The Ad House)


10:00-11:30 am: BREAKFAST BUFFET—Nurse your hangover with screwdrivers and bloody marys over a gourmet breakfast buffet. (Location: The Barley Room)

11:30-12:30pm: THE KEVIN L DONIHE ART TOUR Professional art critic and walrus-tamer, Kevin L. Donihe, takes you on a tour of the works of art displayed in the hallways of Edgefield Manor and explains the meaning and history behind these profound masterpieces. (Location: Meet outside the Barley Room)

12:30-1:30pm: SPACEFISH SCREENING (Simon Ore, Gaetano Evangelista, Jim Agpalza, Cameron Pierce, Kirsten Alene) —Watch the pilot episode for the bizarro animated series Spacefish, plus a behind the scenes discussion on the process behind bringing it all together with the creators of the show. (Location: The Barley Room)

1:30-2:30pm: CRAFTING THE SHORT STORY (Cameron Pierce, John Skipp, Ross E. Lockhart, Mykle Hansen)Advice on the craft of writing short stories versus novels.(Location: The Barley Room)

2:30-3:30pm: HOW TO CREATE A KICKASS LITERARY EVENT (Rose O’Keefe, Mykle Hansen, Jeff Burk) Want to throw an awesome reading, book release party, or other writerly shindig? Learn the ins and outs of event coordination with bizarrocon staff members. (Location: The Barley Room)

3:30-4:30pm: CLOSING CEREMONIES (Location: The Barley Room)

3 responses

  1. Pingback: My BizarroCon Schedule or When My Dreads Will Be Used As Paint Brushes « Jeff Burk – Bizarro Author and Editor

  2. Dammit I wish I could be there!

    November 15, 2012 at 4:45 pm

  3. Esther Brown

    Me too!

    November 16, 2012 at 9:18 am

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