Shore Leave 32 Schedule

If it’s July, then it’s time for Shore Leave. The con is once more at the Hunt Valley Inn and for what feels like the 100th time, I’ll be in attendance. Actually, I have missed four of the previous 31 shows so I guess I’m a regular.

The highlight of the weekend, for me anyway, is seeing Kate in person after her six month stint in Iraq. We get to bring her home for two weeks thereafter, which we’re looking forward to.

In addition to emcee duties, I’ll be found at the following activities:

Friday, July 9

7 pm–9 pm — The 2nd Annual Shore Leave Comedy Roast: Funeral for the Career of Michael Jan Friedman (VALLEY ROOM)
Featuring David Mack, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Ilsa J. Bick, Marco Palmieri, Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, special guest Peter David, and cameo appearances by several notable Star Trek writers, and pre-recorded celebrity video clips by actress Felicia Day and lead vocalist Eric Bloom of Blue Öyster Cult.

10 pm–Midnight — Meet the Authors (HUNT-VALLEY FOYER)

Come and meet the convention’s author guests, buy the latest releases, and get them autographed! For the first time, I will be bringing out-of-print books to sell during the Meet the Authors event and maybe at other times during Sunday. Bring cash and I’ll happily autograph anything.

Saturday, July 10

10 am —Spotlight (VALLEY ROOM)
As usual, I’ll open the programming day with chit chat about what’s going on with my various projects then we’ll dim the lights and show movie trailers. A great way to start your day.

1 pm  — Superheroes From Comics to Film and TV (SALON A)
We’ll see if I get to say something considering I share the dais with Greg Cox, Kevin Dilmore, Dave Galanter, David Mack, Glenn Hauman, Alan Kistler, Mike W. Barr.

2 pm —Writers Workshop (CONCIERGE)
Howard Weinstein masterminds this event but of late, he’s asked me to come and talk a bit about the business aspects of writing since he foolishly thinks I have a successful freelance career after three years.

5 pm — LOST: The Authors’ Forum (HUNT)
Hear what a bunch of writers who never worked on the show think of it and its finale. Featuring Marco Palmieri, David Mack, Howard Weinstein, Ann Crispin, and Keith R.A. DeCandido

Sunday, July 11

10am — Bob & Howie Show (VALLEY)
The cons knows your tired from last night’s Ten Forward dance or 2nd Annual Robbie Greenberger Memorial Poker Tournament, so they have me and Howie get up and kill an hour. It’s become a bit of an institution so we must be doing something right.

Noon — You’ve Seen the Show, Now Read the Comic (SALON E)
Glenn Hauman, David Mack, Dave Galanter, Keith R. A. DeCandido, David Mack, Alan Kistler, Mike W. Barr

5 pm — Mystery Trekkie Theater (VALLEY/HUNT)
Peter David, Michael Jan Friedman, and I once more skewer an episode of a Star Trek series. A fine way to close out what looks to be a terrific con.

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I heartily recommend the Saturday at 11am performance by the Boogie Knights.

If you’re attending Shore Leave, I look forward to seeing you there!

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