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Wednesday, July 30
 

1:00pm

FanFic Meetup
Are you a fanfic fan? Writer? Come meet up with your fellow fanfictionophiles and discuss your favorite pairings, AUs, and the world of fanfiction.

Speakers
AM

Amanda McAllister

Leaky News
Amanda McAllister is a managing editor at LeakyNews and author of the upcoming book "I Recognize You From the Internet: Exploring Fame and Fandom in the Age of Social Media."


Wednesday July 30, 2014 1:00pm - 1:40pm
W101 A

1:00pm

Star Trek Meetup
Explore the final frontier with your fellow Trekkies! (Yes Trekkies. Trekkers can sit outside.) Discuss all of the series, your favorite captains, and Wesley Crusher's sweaters.

Speakers
avatar for Leah Cornish

Leah Cornish

Creative Programming, LeakyCon
Leah does all of the Leaky things. It's pretty much a sickness at this point.


Wednesday July 30, 2014 1:00pm - 1:40pm
W102 A

1:00pm

Star Wars Meetup
Long ago, in a galaxy far far away....Come meet up with your fellow Jedi and discuss everything about the series, including the upcoming movies!

Speakers
avatar for Brad Ausrotas

Brad Ausrotas

Creative Programming, GeekyCon
Brad was born and raised in the proud nation of Canada. He is a writer, musician, gamer, huge nerd, and chaotic neutral. He is a fan of craft beer, bands you've never heard of, and fast cars.


Wednesday July 30, 2014 1:00pm - 1:40pm
W102 B

1:00pm

What are you reading?
Answer one of life's most engaging questions: what are you reading? Come prepared to talk about the books you are reading at the moment and your favorite books you have read in the past. You'll leave with new book recommendations, for sure.

Speakers
JT

Jenna Tackett

Jenna is primarily a writer, page designer, and professor. When she isn't playing on social media for work (or for fun), she tends to sing along with musicals and read tons of fiction. And fangirl with her fellow Mischief Management staffers, of course.


Wednesday July 30, 2014 1:00pm - 1:40pm
W101 B

2:00pm

Alumni Meetup
For all of our past attendees! Come meet up with your old friends and aquaintances from LeakyCons past. Maybe you'll run into some long lost yet familiar faces!

Speakers
avatar for Lizzie Keiper

Lizzie Keiper

Creative Programming, GeekyCon
Lizzie Keiper is a member of the Creative Programming team for GeekyCon. She is so excited that she gets to help create the magic that happens at GeekyCon. Lizzie lives in Nashville, TN. She has been with GeekyCon since the beginning, and she loves all things geeky! (Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Supernatural, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Daredevil, Welcome to Night Vale - to name just a few. DFTBA)


Wednesday July 30, 2014 2:00pm - 2:40pm
W101 A

2:00pm

Canada Meetup
Canadian, eh? Come on over and chat aboot the Great White North with LeakyCon's resident Canadian.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Ausrotas

Brad Ausrotas

Creative Programming, GeekyCon
Brad was born and raised in the proud nation of Canada. He is a writer, musician, gamer, huge nerd, and chaotic neutral. He is a fan of craft beer, bands you've never heard of, and fast cars.


Wednesday July 30, 2014 2:00pm - 2:40pm
W101 B

2:00pm

Party of One Meetup
Came to LeakyCon all by yourself? Plenty of our most frequent attendees do! This meetup is a great place for you to start finding new LeakyCon friends who share your interests and passions.

Speakers
avatar for Colin Mueller

Colin Mueller

Intern, Humana
Colin Mueller is a senior at Penn State University studying Information Science and Technology. You may recognize him by his ungodly height and perfect hair.


Wednesday July 30, 2014 2:00pm - 2:40pm
W102 B

2:00pm

Presenter Meetup
Presenter with a question? Curious about presenting? Come hang out with LeakyCon's programming coordinator as she answers questions, chats, and maybe even does an interpretive dance regarding programming.

Speakers
AV

Amudha Venugopalan

Amudha Venugopalan cannot sit still. When she's not working for Leaky, Mudha is working on her second degree in Marine Zoology, falling deeper into fandom madness, writing, or feeding her insatiable coffee addiction. If she somehow manages to find free time, you can bet she's on a trip to the ocean.


Wednesday July 30, 2014 2:00pm - 2:40pm
W102 A

3:00pm

Gryffindor Meetup
Gryffindors, unite! Come meet up with your fellow housemates and talk about Quidditch, the Weasleys, and best laid plans.

Speakers

Wednesday July 30, 2014 3:00pm - 3:40pm
W101 B

3:00pm

Hufflepuff Meetup
Calling all finders! Come meet up with your fellow house-mates and talk about friends, loyalty, and the best underrated house in Hogwarts.

Speakers
avatar for Lizzie Keiper

Lizzie Keiper

Creative Programming, GeekyCon
Lizzie Keiper is a member of the Creative Programming team for GeekyCon. She is so excited that she gets to help create the magic that happens at GeekyCon. Lizzie lives in Nashville, TN. She has been with GeekyCon since the beginning, and she loves all things geeky! (Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Supernatural, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Daredevil, Welcome to Night Vale - to name just a few. DFTBA)


Wednesday July 30, 2014 3:00pm - 3:40pm
W101 A

3:00pm

Ravenclaw Meetup
Wit beyond measure is your greatest treasure! Come meet up with your fellow Ravenclaw students, embrace your individuality and intelligence, and celebrate everything that makes you a Ravenclaw!

Speakers
AM

Amanda McAllister

Leaky News
Amanda McAllister is a managing editor at LeakyNews and author of the upcoming book "I Recognize You From the Internet: Exploring Fame and Fandom in the Age of Social Media."


Wednesday July 30, 2014 3:00pm - 3:40pm
W102 A

3:00pm

Slytherin Meetup
Wearing the green and silver is about way more than just "it's good to be bad." Come hang out with your fellow Slytherins, make new friends, and plan world domination.

Speakers
avatar for Dani Palmer

Dani Palmer

Staff Photographer, International Quidditch Association
Dani has been doing this for 5 years now. What exactly “this” is may be ambiguous, but involves having been a Slytherin since the age of 9 and this zany Leaky/Geeky community in every way possible, from writing for personal and help blogs on the topic of the con to volunteering as head of Slytherin House. As a disability and LGBTQIA+ advocate and photographer by trade, Dani spends most time using fandom circles to engage in bettering the... Read More →


Wednesday July 30, 2014 3:00pm - 3:40pm
W102 B

5:00pm

Open at the Close: The LeakyCon Wizarding World of Harry Potter Park Event
This event is not included with your LeakyCon registration. You can only purchase a ticket to this event after you have a LeakyCon registration. Please see our event page for more information.

Wednesday July 30, 2014 5:00pm - Thursday July 31, 2014 2:00am
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando
 
Thursday, July 31
 

10:00am

Marketplace Open
Take a stroll through the LeakyCon Marketplace, featuring a whole host of vendors including the official LeakyCon Store, Canvas Warriors, Amery Studios, Whimsic Alley, and Lootcrate!  Get your merch, check out our photobooth and signing areas, meet up with your friends, and in general get ready for a weekend of awesome! 

Thursday July 31, 2014 10:00am - 5:00pm
Marketplace

11:00am

Central Florida Harry Potter Fans Meetup
Live in Central Florida? Come meet up with some local Harry Potter fans to chat, play some games, and make connections with the local fandom. This meetup is sponsored by the Central Florida Slug Club and Tampa Bay's Portkey to Magic.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Murphy

Heather Murphy

Slytherin Head of House, Central Florida Slug Club
Heather Murphy lives between the muggle world (where she dreams of being the next C.J. Cregg) and the wizarding world (where she dreams of writing/directing The Wizarding West Wing.) Currently Heather is the Slytherin Head of House for the Central Florida Slug Club, sometimes running the social media sites for the organization but mostly spending her free time finding ways to give house points to the Slytherins before the House Cup Competition... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Penatzer

Melissa Penatzer

Melissa Penatzer is the organizational genius who makes up one third of the Central Florida Slug Club's leadership team, where she serves as Hufflepuff Head of House. When she's not planning Slug Club events, you can find her sneaking around Hogwarts touching rare artifacts she's not supposed to touch, experimenting with the muggle form of duplication charms (known as "crafting"), or having a pint at the Hog's Head
CS

Claudia Sieling

Claudia Sieling wanted the amazing bond that she experienced with fellow HP fans to continue. She became Gryffindor Head of House for the Central Florida Slug Club (2012 -2013) and founded Tampa Bay’s Portkey to Magic Harry Potter club for adults. Her dream job would be to work in set/ graphic design in the upcoming Harry Potter movie(s). Claudia previously attended LC London.


Thursday July 31, 2014 11:00am - 11:40am
W105 A

11:00am

Gleek Attack
Get your Gleek on! Come meet your fellow Gleeks to discuss all things Glee, from the move to New York to the latest dramas and scandals!

Speakers
AM

Amanda McAllister

Leaky News
Amanda McAllister is a managing editor at LeakyNews and author of the upcoming book "I Recognize You From the Internet: Exploring Fame and Fandom in the Age of Social Media."


Thursday July 31, 2014 11:00am - 11:40am
W105 B

11:00am

How Do You LeakyCon?
Whether you are brand new to LeakyCon or have been before, there is always something to learn about the ins and outs of this unique con. This panel presents information on what to expect, the presenters’ picks for must see events, and plenty of lessons that they have learned in the years they have attended. Think of them as the Mauraders - here to help you get all the great mischief of LeakyCon managed!

Speakers
avatar for Rein Desdemona

Rein Desdemona

Editor, GeekyNews
Rein Desdemona, known outside the con-verse as Jessie Carter, has been involved in fandom at various levels for 18 years. When not perusing Netflix, she is busy covering the latest hot topics for GeekyNews. She previously attended LeakyCon '11, '12, '13, and '14 and this is her 3rd year as a panelist and moderator.
BJ

British Joe

British Joe is your average fanboy, from the North-West of England, "working" as a musician. (Yes, he’s British. Yes, he has an accent. No, he can’t introduce you to Dan and Phil.) From competing in LeakyStars to leading panels on his interests of Fanfiction and Pokemon, Joe is very excited to be back at LeakyCon!
avatar for Dani Palmer

Dani Palmer

Staff Photographer, International Quidditch Association
Dani has been doing this for 5 years now. What exactly “this” is may be ambiguous, but involves having been a Slytherin since the age of 9 and this zany Leaky/Geeky community in every way possible, from writing for personal and help blogs on the topic of the con to volunteering as head of Slytherin House. As a disability and LGBTQIA+ advocate and photographer by trade, Dani spends most time using fandom circles to engage in bettering the... Read More →
avatar for Abby Ritter

Abby Ritter

Specialized Recreation Aide, The Arc of Oneida-Lewis
Abby is many things: a music therapist, former figure skater, disability and LGBTQ+ activist, and, above all, a professional fangirl. She has been attending Mischief Management conventions since 2012, and has been shouting/crying her face off during panels since 2013. She was a LeakyStars finalist in at LeakyCon Portland. The proudest moment of her life was playing her arrangement of Accio Deathly Hallows for Hank Green with the LeakyCon Pep Band... Read More →


Thursday July 31, 2014 11:00am - 11:40am
W101

11:00am

LGBTQ+ Meetup
Come hang out with with a ton of your fellow LGBTQ+ peeps. Are you an ally? You're welcome too. Make friends and take part in a panel discussion about your experience being LGBTQ+ in the fandom communities.

Speakers
KK

Keith Kurson

Keith Kurson is 23 years old and lives in San Francisco. When he isn't working on making things for the Internet he is scoping out the best burritos in the world. Find him @keithkurson.
avatar for Colin Mueller

Colin Mueller

Intern, Humana
Colin Mueller is a senior at Penn State University studying Information Science and Technology. You may recognize him by his ungodly height and perfect hair.


Thursday July 31, 2014 11:00am - 11:40am
W109

11:00am

My Little Pony Meetup
Calling all My Little Pony lovers to join in a meet up of fun, laughing, and Pinkie Pie party time! Bring on your pony love for a small swap meet at the end.

Speakers

Thursday July 31, 2014 11:00am - 11:40am
W106

11:00am

Volunteer Meetup
Are you a longtime volunteer? First-time volunteer? Never volunteered before, but you would very much like to volunteer? Come meet with our volunteer coordinators and veteran volunteers to meet the faces that help make LeakyCon a thing.

Speakers

Thursday July 31, 2014 11:00am - 11:40am
W102

12:00pm

18+ Meetup
Finally old enough to drink Firewhiskey! Too bad we're in Florida.  Come meet others who are now over the age line and can do all the awesome things you can. Like vote.

Speakers
avatar for Colin Mueller

Colin Mueller

Intern, Humana
Colin Mueller is a senior at Penn State University studying Information Science and Technology. You may recognize him by his ungodly height and perfect hair.


Thursday July 31, 2014 12:00pm - 12:40pm
W102

12:00pm

30+ Meetup
Did you graduate from Hogwarts quite a while ago? Leave the hardships of the real world behind and meet others like you. 

Speakers
MB

Mardie Baldo

Mardie is a 56 year old social media/fanfic junkie who masquerades as a mild mannered Nurse Consultant by day. By night, she can be found in wizard robes, StarKid or Warbler attire, or wearing bright rainbow colors.
TS

Trish Saunders

Trish Saunders is a 40 something Gleek and HP fan who has to credit fandom for putting her back together. This is her first ever con, and she is looking forward to the insanity


Thursday July 31, 2014 12:00pm - 12:40pm
W105 A

12:00pm

Miyazaki Fan Meetup
This is a chance to meet up with other fans of celebrated filmmaker, Hayao Miyazaki. Even if you don't know his name, you may recognize some of his works, including My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, and his latest (and possibly final) film, The Wind Rises.

Speakers
FL

Ferrell Lamothe

Ferrell Lamothe is a 26 year old Chicago transplant from the Massachusetts area who has a passion for film and art. She is currently attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she is getting her second degree, a B.F.A in Art Studio. She has always had a passion for all things Harry Potter, film, theater, music, and much much more. This is her first LeakyCon, and she is really excited to meet everyone. She hopes that she can... Read More →
MP

Meghan Pendrick

Meghan Pendrick is so excited to be attending LeakyCon 2014 as her first LeakyCon experience! Miyazaki's films were a fantastic part of her childhood, especially Kiki's Delivery Service and Laputa: Castle in the Sky, and so presenting a panel dedicated to these works of art is a dream come true and an honor. She'd love to bond with those that attend and make many new friends both at the panel and throughout the convention!


Thursday July 31, 2014 12:00pm - 12:40pm
W106

12:00pm

The Spoon Theory
A safe, upbeat, secure, and comfortable place for everyone to chat and get to know other members within the fandoms dealing with a visible or invisible (or both!) illness.

Speakers
avatar for Molly Tracy

Molly Tracy

Camp Broadway
Molly believes all magic comes with a price, but not this con. She's here to discuss ships, conspiracies and who's hotter--Hook or Robin? Emma or Regina? Everyone is welcome to chat with her!


Thursday July 31, 2014 12:00pm - 12:40pm
W105 B

12:00pm

Under 18 Meetup
Under 18? At LeakyCon? Come meet your fellow attendees that look in from outside the age line! Our staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Speakers

Thursday July 31, 2014 12:00pm - 12:40pm
W101

12:00pm

Whovian Meetup
Alright Whovians! Grab your scarves, sonic screwdrivers, psychic paper, bananas, bowties, and favorite hats to geek out over the most popular alien in all of space and time!

Speakers
EP

Emma Popkin

This is Emma's second LeakyCon but first time presenting. She's watched Doctor Who since 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. Some other fandoms she's in are Starkid, Nerdfighter, Sherlock, Glee, and of course, Harry Potter.


Thursday July 31, 2014 12:00pm - 12:40pm
W109

12:00pm

The Tumblr Ask Box I
The Tumblr Ask Box is open! Welcome to the real-world version of the Tumblr ask box, brought to you by Tumblr itself. Each session will feature a lineup of special guests who will hit the hot seat for 10 minutes of nonstop Q&A, in as rapid-fire of a manner as we can manage. Only, there's a twist: we aren't going to tell you ahead of time who is slated for which session. Life at LeakyCon is like your Tumblr dashboard: you never know what you're gonna get. 

There are two ways to submit questions for these sessions: send them in via the LeakyCon ask box and tag it #askboxlive, or simply be present at one of these sessions and jump up and down in front of a moderator's face. 

Moderators
RF

Rachel Fershleiser

Rachel Fershleiser heads literary outreach at Tumblr. Previously she was the Community Manager at Bookish and the Director of Public Programs at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, where she now serves on the board of directors. She is also the co-creator of Six-Word Memoirs and co-editor of the New York Times bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning and three other books.

Thursday July 31, 2014 12:00pm - 1:20pm
W300

1:00pm

Costuming Meetup
Welcoming beginners and experts; those who sew and those who wear the final products. Come and exchange tips, tricks, and glamour shots with other people who have been bitten by the cosplay bug! Cosplayers from any fandom are welcome to join the fun. Also welcome are photographers, amateur or professional, who may want to network or build portfolios by coordinating with any of the cosplayers present!

Speakers
avatar for Emily G

Emily G

I'm a 26yo nerd from Virginia who loves HP, StarKid, WTNV and a bunch of other dumb stuff with less active fandoms (but that I love no less passionately!). I'm pretty easy to make friends with and I will gladly eat a sandwich with you at any time, anywhere! ♥


Thursday July 31, 2014 1:00pm - 1:40pm
W105 A

1:00pm

Night Vale Meetup
Do not enter the dog park.

Speakers
avatar for Lizzie Keiper

Lizzie Keiper

Creative Programming, GeekyCon
Lizzie Keiper is a member of the Creative Programming team for GeekyCon. She is so excited that she gets to help create the magic that happens at GeekyCon. Lizzie lives in Nashville, TN. She has been with GeekyCon since the beginning, and she loves all things geeky! (Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Supernatural, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Daredevil, Welcome to Night Vale - to name just a few. DFTBA)


Thursday July 31, 2014 1:00pm - 1:40pm
W105 B

1:00pm

SuperWhoLock Meetup
Started in LeakyCon Portland, the SuperWhoLock meetup is back! If you like Supernatural, Doctor Who, Sherlock, or any combination thereof, stop by this informal meetup. Join other fans of this oddly popular television crossover fandom for a relaxed chat. Bring your ideas, your opinions, and your ships! Fans of Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures, and all other Doctor Who spinoff series will be eagerly welcomed as well. Squeeing encouraged. Keep calm, get the salt, and text Sherlock!

Speakers
GC

Ginger Carter

ConGeek
I'm Ginger, what more do you need to know?
avatar for Rein Desdemona

Rein Desdemona

Editor, GeekyNews
Rein Desdemona, known outside the con-verse as Jessie Carter, has been involved in fandom at various levels for 18 years. When not perusing Netflix, she is busy covering the latest hot topics for GeekyNews. She previously attended LeakyCon '11, '12, '13, and '14 and this is her 3rd year as a panelist and moderator.
JK

Jen Koch

Graphic Designer
Jen has been an avid fan of Supernatural for five years, a Doctor Who fan for a bit less, and an eager participant in fandom at large for over a decade. A Nerdfighter, artist, active fanwriter and frequent participant in the SuperWho community on Tumblr and Ao3, Jen is here for her second LeakyCon. She is 31, a full-time graphic designer, and shares her small Iowa apartment with two cats.


Thursday July 31, 2014 1:00pm - 1:40pm
W101

1:00pm

Teen Wolf Meetup
If you're a fan of werewolves, lacrosse, or Derek Hale's inability to pick a girlfriend, this meetup is for you! We'll be talking pain, anguish, and the terrible loss of Isaac's scarves. Dubstep choreographed fight scenes may take place. You've been warned.

Speakers
avatar for Leah Cornish

Leah Cornish

Creative Programming, LeakyCon
Leah does all of the Leaky things. It's pretty much a sickness at this point.
AM

Amanda McAllister

Leaky News
Amanda McAllister is a managing editor at LeakyNews and author of the upcoming book "I Recognize You From the Internet: Exploring Fame and Fandom in the Age of Social Media."


Thursday July 31, 2014 1:00pm - 1:40pm
W102

1:00pm

Unofficial Nerdfighter Meetup
Nerdfighters Unite! Come hang out and DFTBA at this unofficial Nerdfighter meetup! Discuss your favorite videos, side projects, punishments, and challenges!

Speakers
avatar for Runa Zaman

Runa Zaman

Hi! I'm a 23 year old Nerdfighter who is slightly obsessed with YA fiction. DFTBA :)


Thursday July 31, 2014 1:00pm - 1:40pm
W109

1:00pm

Wicked Meetup
The Wicked fandom, both book and Musical, is fascinating in its own right - it is emotional, powerful and incredibly moving. This is a chance for fellow Wicked fans to share their stories through the world of Oz and themselves.

Speakers
GL

Gemma Lyons

Gemma Lyons is a 21 year old undergrad student back in sunny England, wanting to bring the world closer together through fandom.
avatar for Manja Netter

Manja Netter

Sunbeam House Services
Manja got hooked after LeakyCon London 2013 so much she made the trip from Ireland to Orlando in 2014 and couldn't imagine spending her holiday any other way than at Geekycon this year. Manja is a 35 year old Gryffindor, and Wicked and Cosplay are possibly her two favorite things. Manja also has a deep love for Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and all things Broadway. Because no one will accept her wizard currency in the Muggle world, Manja is... Read More →


Thursday July 31, 2014 1:00pm - 1:40pm
W106

2:00pm

(Official!) Tumblr Meetup
Come to the Tumblr meetup to get pumped up about all the different fandoms represented at LeakyCon and meet some of the fans who make our online community so vibrant, hilarious, and animated. For the first time, Tumblr is here in person to help us run the party. Remember to tag your spoilers!

Speakers
AF

Amandalyn Ferri

Amandalyn Ferri runs Community Outreach and Events for Tumblr. Before working at Tumblr she worked at CollegeHumor putting jokes on t-shirts for BustedTees.com. Most commonly she is referred to as America's Sweetheart and is exceptionally good at hanging out. She is very passionate about Grease 2, Shark Tanks, and the ups and downs of Amanda Knox.
RF

Rachel Fershleiser

Rachel Fershleiser heads literary outreach at Tumblr. Previously she was the Community Manager at Bookish and the Director of Public Programs at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, where she now serves on the board of directors. She is also the co-creator of Six-Word Memoirs and co-editor of the New York Times bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning and three other books.
KK

Keith Kurson

Keith Kurson is 23 years old and lives in San Francisco. When he isn't working on making things for the Internet he is scoping out the best burritos in the world. Find him @keithkurson.
avatar for Colin Mueller

Colin Mueller

Intern, Humana
Colin Mueller is a senior at Penn State University studying Information Science and Technology. You may recognize him by his ungodly height and perfect hair.


Thursday July 31, 2014 2:00pm - 2:40pm
W109

2:00pm

Fandom Ink Meetup
This gathering is open to all fans with tattoos representing their favorite fandoms, as well as those who have considered getting one but have not yet gone under the needle. Come prepared to share stories behind your tattoos and discuss the factors that influenced the designs. If you have a tattoo inspired by Harry Potter, Star Wars, Doctor Who, or any other fandom, come meet others who share your dedication.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Zimmerman

Megan Zimmerman

Megan is thrilled to bring Fandom Ink back to GeekyCon. She looks forward to meeting fans of body art and hearing their stories. This proud Gryffindor is a recent transplant to Chicago, where she hopes to discover what she can do with her B.A. in English.


Thursday July 31, 2014 2:00pm - 2:40pm
W106

2:00pm

Sherlock Meetup
Keep calm because Sherlock lives. Join other Sherlockians and discuss what's up next for BBC's favorite consulting detective


Thursday July 31, 2014 2:00pm - 2:40pm
W101

2:00pm

Supernatural Meetup
Grab the salt, SPNFamily! Join up with other fans to discuss what challenges the brothers and their trusty Imapla will face in the future. Discuss ships, villains, and everyone's favorite angel.

Speakers
avatar for Leah Cornish

Leah Cornish

Creative Programming, LeakyCon
Leah does all of the Leaky things. It's pretty much a sickness at this point.
avatar for Lizzie Keiper

Lizzie Keiper

Creative Programming, GeekyCon
Lizzie Keiper is a member of the Creative Programming team for GeekyCon. She is so excited that she gets to help create the magic that happens at GeekyCon. Lizzie lives in Nashville, TN. She has been with GeekyCon since the beginning, and she loves all things geeky! (Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Supernatural, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Daredevil, Welcome to Night Vale - to name just a few. DFTBA)


Thursday July 31, 2014 2:00pm - 2:40pm
W102

2:00pm

Whedonverse Meetup
Open to Browncoats, Scoobies, demons, and Dolls - come celebrate and discuss the worlds and works of Joss Whedon. Topics will bounce from the small screen to the big screen and might even wander into the comic book pages. #StabStabRegret

Speakers
DH

Dee Hogan

I'm a writer, a translator, a book worm, and a basketball fan. I have bachelor's degrees in English and East Asian studies and a master's degree in Creative Writing, which basically means I am so nerdy that others nerds shove me into lockers. | | To pay the bills, I work as a technical writer. To not pay the bills, I write young adult novels, watch far too much anime, and cheer very loudly for the Kansas Jayhawks.


Thursday July 31, 2014 2:00pm - 2:40pm
W105 B

2:00pm

Wizard Rock Meetup
Come meet some of your favorite wizard rockers along with other fans who love music all about The Boy Who Lived.

Speakers
TT

Tonks & the Aurors

Tonks & the Aurors is a Wizard Rock that was founded in August 2007 and originally based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Fronted by Steph Anderson, the band quickly gained popularity among wizard rock fans after Matt Maggiacomo of the Whomping Willows dubbed Steph “The Bruce Springsteen of Wizard Rock”. Since those early days, Tonks & the Aurors has been extremely prolific in their musical releases, and has gained the attention... Read More →
AD

Adam Dubberly

Musician
Adam Dubberly is a singer/songwriter based out of Austin, Texas. Formerly of wizard rock fame with his band The Mudbloods, Dubberly’s pursuits are now with his band Harvey Dowd. | | You can hear and download Adam’s music and sign up for his mailing list by visiting http://www.harveydowdmusic.com.
LF

Lauren Fairweather

Lauren Fairweather is a full-time nerdy musician, YouTube partner (devilishlypure), and wizard rocker. Her songs feature catchy melodies over acoustic guitar or ukulele and cover a variety of topics including, most recently, 'The Prince’s Tale' chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Lauren is also a member of prominent wizard rock band The Moaning Myrtles and groundbreaking collaborative YouTube channel fiveawesomegirls. In... Read More →
TB

The Blibbering Humdingers

Scott & Kirsten Vaughan have been making music together since 1992, and started doing wizard rock in 2007. They live in Cary, NC with their two kids. By day Scott manages advertising projects at a creative services agency and Kirsten is a professional costumer. In addition to the Harry Potter fandom they’re also into the SCA, steampunk, Dr Who, D&D, Star Wars and all kinds of nerdiness.
MM

Matt Maggiacomo

Matt was born in 1979 and spent the first six years of his life exploring the wilderness of Tarkiln, RI. This one time, he caught a bullfrog so big that his mother exclaimed, 'I reckon that's the biggest dern bullfrog I EVER saw.' But Matt's favorite activity was...
DA

Draco and the Malfoys

Draco and the Malfoys are a wizard rock band founded in Woonsocket, Rhode Island in 2004. The group is composed of half-brothers Brian Ross and Bradley Mehlenbacher, who perform under the persona of Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter book series. | | Since the band’s formation in 2004, they have released two full-length studio albums, one extended play release and have collaborated on four compilation albums. | | In late 2013 in a... Read More →
HA

Harry and the Potters

Harry and the Potters are a wizard rock band made up of brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge. They started the band in 2002, when Joe was 15 and Paul was 23, and they played their first show in a shed in their parent’s backyard. Harry and the Potters are often referred to as the first wizard rock band. They have released numerous albums since their inception including their self titled album Harry and the Potters, Priori Incantatem, and Voldemort... Read More →


Thursday July 31, 2014 2:00pm - 2:40pm
W105 A

3:00pm

The Tumblr Ask Box II
The Tumblr Ask Box is open! Welcome to the real-world version of the Tumblr ask box, brought to you by Tumblr itself. Each session will feature a lineup of special guests who will hit the hot seat for 10 minutes of nonstop Q&A, in as rapid-fire of a manner as we can manage. Only, there's a twist: we aren't going to tell you ahead of time who is slated for which session. Life at LeakyCon is like your Tumblr dashboard: you never know what you're gonna get. 

There are two ways to submit questions for these sessions: send them in via the LeakyCon ask box and tag it #askboxlive, or simply be present at one of these sessions and jump up and down in front of a moderator's face. 

Thursday July 31, 2014 3:00pm - 4:20pm
W300

5:00pm

LeakyCon Opening 2014 Ceremonies
The openings are only getting geekier and more wizardly. Put this in your schedule. We haven't listed the full roster of guests appearing in this opening because, as any LeakyCon veteran will tell you, anything can happen and you never know who is going to show up (and if you do, be a good human and don't tell. We like to surprise people at LeakyCon). 

Speakers
TN

Tessa Netting

Tessa Netting is an actor, singer, and parody mastermind who will stop at nothing until all of her dreams and goals are accomplished. Tessa took to YouTube, creating tessaROXX TV, and quickly became nationally known for fusing Broadway and pop culture in her parodies. The most logical next step, in her mind, is television. Last January, Tessa moved to Los Angeles to expand and utilize her talents, both in front of the camera and as a creative... Read More →


Thursday July 31, 2014 5:00pm - 6:30pm
MainStage

7:00pm

Marketplace Open
Take a stroll through the LeakyCon Marketplace, featuring a whole host of vendors including the official LeakyCon Store, Canvas Warriors, Amery Studios, Whimsic Alley, and Lootcrate!  Get your merch, check out our photobooth and signing areas, meet up with your friends, and in general get ready for a weekend of awesome! 

Thursday July 31, 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Marketplace

7:30pm

The First Annual LeakyCon vs HPA Quidditch Match
It's a grudge match for the ages... or, at least, it will be. Join us as a bunch of nerds take on a bunch of other nerds in a live demonstration of nerdy sportsmanship at the nerdiest event in the world. It's nerdfest on a broomstick, and we're playing for glory. This should be fun. And embarrassing.

Thursday July 31, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Marketplace

7:30pm

Disney Singalong
Love Disney movies? This is for you. Love to sing? This is also for you. Both? Then you definitely do not want to miss it.

Speakers
DB

Dominic Barnes

Dominic Barnes has been gracing your living rooms for only two years, but he has loved every single second of it and is honored that the fans have brought him to where he is today! He has appeared on the TV show Greek, and he had an extremely brief stint on ABC’s Suburgatory. You probably know him best as the sassy dancin’ fool Warbler Trent on FOX’s hit TV show Glee!
JC

Jon Cozart

Jon Cozart is an Internet personality with over 46 million views on YouTube.com/Paint, where he takes fandom to a whole new level. His most successful works include "Harry Potter in 99 Seconds" and "After Ever After."
JE

Jackie Emerson

Jackie is best known for her portrayal of Foxface in The Hunger Games. From a young age, she pursued her interests in both acting and singing. In 2006, she took part in the Disney recording band Dev2.0. She has since then participated in many voice-overs for both radio and television. She has also performed in numerous professional productions with Reprise, The Los Angeles Opera, and LA TheaterWorks. Jackie is an avid musician who spends the rest... Read More →
TM

Titus Makin, Jr.

Titus Makin Jr. was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He found an interest in gymnastics, dance, and acting at a young age. He attended The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (School of Film and Television) for a two-year professional training program. Titus was a reccurring  character on Fox’s hit show Glee and co-starred in new ABC Family original movie A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song. He also appeared on the CW... Read More →
CM

Curt Mega

Curt is an actor, writer and singer originally from Dallas, Texas, best known for his four season recurring role as “Warbler Nick” on Fox’s Glee. He began his professional career on stages in and around Dallas before transitioning to Los Angeles in January of 2010 to pursue a career in film and television. In addition to his acting credits, Curt is a new media producer and writer and has toured the country performing... Read More →
TN

Tessa Netting

Tessa Netting is an actor, singer, and parody mastermind who will stop at nothing until all of her dreams and goals are accomplished. Tessa took to YouTube, creating tessaROXX TV, and quickly became nationally known for fusing Broadway and pop culture in her parodies. The most logical next step, in her mind, is television. Last January, Tessa moved to Los Angeles to expand and utilize her talents, both in front of the camera and as a creative... Read More →


Thursday July 31, 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm
W109

9:00pm

LeakyCon Rock Concert I
LeakyCon music events are always epic - don't miss this one! Featuring:


The Blibbering Humdingers
Tonks & the Aurors
Molly Lewis
Gred and Forge
Draco and the Malfoys 

Speakers
TT

Tonks & the Aurors

Tonks & the Aurors is a Wizard Rock that was founded in August 2007 and originally based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Fronted by Steph Anderson, the band quickly gained popularity among wizard rock fans after Matt Maggiacomo of the Whomping Willows dubbed Steph “The Bruce Springsteen of Wizard Rock”. Since those early days, Tonks & the Aurors has been extremely prolific in their musical releases, and has gained the attention... Read More →
GA

Gred and Forge

Jarrod Perkins plays as George Weasley in his one-man band. He plays all the instruments and at concerts hooks up his iPod and plays the main guitar part and sings. Perkins has released three CDs: Half the Band I Used To Be, Pitches Witches Riches and Up to No Good. He has also released EPs entitled “What Witches Want” and “We Had Class”.
TB

The Blibbering Humdingers

Scott & Kirsten Vaughan have been making music together since 1992, and started doing wizard rock in 2007. They live in Cary, NC with their two kids. By day Scott manages advertising projects at a creative services agency and Kirsten is a professional costumer. In addition to the Harry Potter fandom they’re also into the SCA, steampunk, Dr Who, D&D, Star Wars and all kinds of nerdiness.
ML

Molly Lewis

Young songwriter Molly Lewis, according to Wikipedia, writes “comedic songs on pop culture topics that trend toward the nerdy.” Her original songs and covers, accompanied by her masterful ukulele playing, have earned her over 4.5 million views on YouTube. Her cover of the Jonathan Coulton song “Tom Cruise Crazy” won her the “Ukulele Video of the Year” award from UkuleleHunt.com, and earned her the attention... Read More →
DA

Draco and the Malfoys

Draco and the Malfoys are a wizard rock band founded in Woonsocket, Rhode Island in 2004. The group is composed of half-brothers Brian Ross and Bradley Mehlenbacher, who perform under the persona of Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter book series. | | Since the band’s formation in 2004, they have released two full-length studio albums, one extended play release and have collaborated on four compilation albums. | | In late 2013 in a... Read More →


Thursday July 31, 2014 9:00pm - Friday August 1, 2014 1:00am
MainStage
 
Friday, August 1
 

8:00am

Autograph Lottery Drawing

LeakyCon 2014 Signing & Photo Booth Procedures

LeakyCon is one of very few conferences that offers autograph sessions at no additional cost; however, registration for LeakyCon does not guarantee you access to any autograph session. In an effort to eliminate waiting time and run the signings at LeakyCon 2014 efficiently, we have borrowed a procedure from one of the only other conferences to offer free signatures, San Diego Comic-Con.

Please note that LeakyCon Lit signings are only open to those LeakyCon guests who have a pass for that track.  Rock signings will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If you have a RockStar pass, then the following only concerns you if you would like to enter the drawing for an additional signing pass over and above that which comes with your registration.

Access to all autograph sessions will be granted via drawings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. Attendance at this drawing is the only way to assure your spot in the signing, unless you are a RockStar (see above).

Raffle drawings are for autograph sessions only and will take place at 8 a.m. in Room 109 on the same day as the session in question. Photo booth sessions are open to all attendees on a first come, first served basis and will proceed as detailed below. Photo booth sessions do not require a wristband. Autograph and photo booth sessions will take place in the LeakyCon Marketplace (Exhibit Hall WA1).

So here’s how it works:

Drawing Procedure (Signings)

  1. Please line up in Room 109 at the time listed above to enter the drawing for the signing wristband you wish to have.  There will be multiple lines, each marked with the wristband you may obtain.

  2. There will be a volunteer at the front of each line with a bag of tickets.

  3. When you reach the front of the line, you will pull a ticket out of the bag.

  4. If you pull out a winning ticket, then you have gained access to the signing. You will be directed to a second volunteer who will present you with the wristband necessary for entry to that signing, and should reconvene in the LeakyCon Marketplace (Exhibit Hall WA1) at the time of the signing.

  5. If you pull a non-winning ticket, then you have not gained access to that signing, You may try again the next day, or, if you wish, you may return to the end of the line.


The bags will contain the correct number of tickets to assure that all of the signings are full and that, to the best of our ability to judge, no one will wait in line unnecessarily.

All of the drawings for the day’s signings will take place at the same time. When you arrive for the drawing, you should choose the signing session you are most interested in and stand in that line first. Once you have drawn for that signing, you may stand another line, if you like. This should be a fast process so don’t worry about making it through multiple lines!

Ok, so you have your wristband... what next?

Signing Procedure

  1. If you won a wristband at the morning lottery, please line up in the signing area at the allotted signing time. There is no need to line up early. Everyone who receives a wristband will be granted access to the appropriate signing. However, it is recommended that you line up closer to the beginning of the signing rather than closer to the end.  The signing will end at its appointed time, and we need to move things along - we know you’re ready to go to your next bit of programming, so we don’t want to hold you up!

  2. You may only have one item signed at each signing. You may not bring in items for your friends who didn’t get wristbands. One person - one item. This is the only way we can get things going with the speed they need to be respectful to everyone.

  3. After you get your items signed, please leave the signing area promptly.

  4. You may not take photographs or videos of yourself with our special guests, or engage in any other activity that will hold up the lines. If you do so, then your pass may be revoked.


Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!



Friday August 1, 2014 8:00am - 8:50am
W109

9:00am

A Downton Discussion
Are you as obsessed with Downton Abbey as the rest of the world? Do you have a love/hate relationship with everybody's favorite gay butler? Join in a tea party and talk about the worldwide phenomenon, Downton Abbey! From storyline, characters, cinematography, butler etiquette, to Sybil and whatever else you can think of, come talk with fellow fans while drinking tea and eating those little sandwiches with the crusts cut off.

Speakers
KA

Kim Alvarez

Uniqlo
Kim Alvarez is a full-time nerd, part-time adventurer, an old soul. She's always wearing Christmas socks and probably fiddling with her pocket watch.


Friday August 1, 2014 9:00am - 9:40am
W101

9:00am

Wizard Warz
Wizard Warz is an interactive dueling tournament in real time using infrared Magic Wands and Curse-O-Meters. Sixteen volunteers will be trained to use the wands and then the Dueling Tournament will begin. Cast your spells with an audience cheering and see who wins the competition!

Speakers

Friday August 1, 2014 9:00am - 9:40am
W103

9:00am

Anxiety, Depression and a Drug Called Fandom
Fandom has been used for years as an outlet for emotional turmoil and as an escape from the stresses and negativity of every day life. Many can say that fandom has helped them through the hardest times in their lives, and those suffering from depression and anxiety (as well as many other forms of distress) have found solace in communities, writing, drawing, and participating in fandom in a variety of ways. In the age of the internet this has become even more prevalent with people forming support groups within their fandoms. This panel will discuss the positive and negative points of using fandom as a coping mechanism, both from a personal and a psychological point of view.


Speakers
avatar for Rein Desdemona

Rein Desdemona

Editor, GeekyNews
Rein Desdemona, known outside the con-verse as Jessie Carter, has been involved in fandom at various levels for 18 years. When not perusing Netflix, she is busy covering the latest hot topics for GeekyNews. She previously attended LeakyCon '11, '12, '13, and '14 and this is her 3rd year as a panelist and moderator.


Friday August 1, 2014 9:00am - 9:40am
W106

9:00am

Autographs: Dana Ritterbusch, Ginny DiGuiseppi, and Jon Cozart

No wristband is required for this signing!

Signing Procedure

  1. You may only have one item signed at each signing. You may not bring in items for your friends who didn’t get wristbands. One person - one item. This is the only way we can get things going with the speed they need to be respectful to everyone. 

  2. After you get your items signed, please leave the signing area promptly.

  3. You may not take photographs or videos of yourself with our special guests, or engage in any other activity that will hold up the lines. If you do so, then your pass may be revoked.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!


 


Speakers
JC

Jon Cozart

Jon Cozart is an Internet personality with over 46 million views on YouTube.com/Paint, where he takes fandom to a whole new level. His most successful works include "Harry Potter in 99 Seconds" and "After Ever After."
GD

Ginny DiGuiseppi

Ginny DiGuiseppi co-founded Not Literally Productions with Dana Ritterbusch and Erik Tande in 2011, where she indulges her nerdy passions by making music videos and comedy. She loves to read, write, sing, draw, and argue with other people online. She hopes one day to be a young adult novelist, but will settle for now for being kinda famous on the internet.
DR

Dana Ritterbusch

Dana Ritterbusch is one of the founding members of Not Literally Productions.  Driven mainly by the fandoms that fuel her, she co-creates fan content around the Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones fandoms and more.  Her work has been featured on The Mary Sue, The Huffington Post, i09, and more.  She lives in Denver, CO, where she enjoys lifting, marathoning Netflix, and drinking wine while surfing Pinterest.


Friday August 1, 2014 9:00am - 9:50am
Signing Booths (Marketplace)

9:00am

Autographs: Dominic Barnes, Titus Makin Jr., Curt Mega

No wristband is required for this signing!

Signing Procedure

  1. You may only have one item signed at each signing. You may not bring in items for your friends who didn’t get wristbands. One person - one item. This is the only way we can get things going with the speed they need to be respectful to everyone. 

  2. After you get your items signed, please leave the signing area promptly.

  3. You may not take photographs or videos of yourself with our special guests, or engage in any other activity that will hold up the lines. If you do so, then your pass may be revoked.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

 


Speakers
DB

Dominic Barnes

Dominic Barnes has been gracing your living rooms for only two years, but he has loved every single second of it and is honored that the fans have brought him to where he is today! He has appeared on the TV show Greek, and he had an extremely brief stint on ABC’s Suburgatory. You probably know him best as the sassy dancin’ fool Warbler Trent on FOX’s hit TV show Glee!
TM

Titus Makin, Jr.

Titus Makin Jr. was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He found an interest in gymnastics, dance, and acting at a young age. He attended The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (School of Film and Television) for a two-year professional training program. Titus was a reccurring  character on Fox’s hit show Glee and co-starred in new ABC Family original movie A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song. He also appeared on the CW... Read More →
CM

Curt Mega

Curt is an actor, writer and singer originally from Dallas, Texas, best known for his four season recurring role as “Warbler Nick” on Fox’s Glee. He began his professional career on stages in and around Dallas before transitioning to Los Angeles in January of 2010 to pursue a career in film and television. In addition to his acting credits, Curt is a new media producer and writer and has toured the country performing... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 9:00am - 9:50am
Signing Booths (Marketplace)

9:00am

Autographs: Joe Moses, Tessa Netting, Jackie Emerson, Devin Lytle

No wristband is required for this signing!

Signing Procedure

  1. You may only have one item signed at each signing. You may not bring in items for your friends who didn’t get wristbands. One person - one item. This is the only way we can get things going with the speed they need to be respectful to everyone. 

  2. After you get your items signed, please leave the signing area promptly.

  3. You may not take photographs or videos of yourself with our special guests, or engage in any other activity that will hold up the lines. If you do so, then your pass may be revoked.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!


Speakers
JE

Jackie Emerson

Jackie is best known for her portrayal of Foxface in The Hunger Games. From a young age, she pursued her interests in both acting and singing. In 2006, she took part in the Disney recording band Dev2.0. She has since then participated in many voice-overs for both radio and television. She has also performed in numerous professional productions with Reprise, The Los Angeles Opera, and LA TheaterWorks. Jackie is an avid musician who spends the rest... Read More →
DL

Devin Lytle

Devin is a founding member of Team StarKid and was a cast member of the shenanigans y’all know as A Very Potter Musical, Me and My Dick, and others. These days, Devin is creating her own comedic sketch series dubbed POST GRAD, which details all the nitty gritty little details college forgot to teach us. Devin also teaches pole dancing at Sheila Kelley S Factor and is a huge advocate for the female rights. She works with... Read More →
JM

Joe Moses

Joe Moses first rose to Internet stardom portraying Severus Snape in StarKid Production's A Very Potter Musical. He is the creator of the viral sensations The Potion Master's Corner and The Joe Moses One-Man Showses (JMOMS). Since its original run in August of 2011, the ever-changing JMOMS has sold out theaters in NYC and across the country. Joe stays connected to his fans and releases new content using social media sites, where he maintains an... Read More →
TN

Tessa Netting

Tessa Netting is an actor, singer, and parody mastermind who will stop at nothing until all of her dreams and goals are accomplished. Tessa took to YouTube, creating tessaROXX TV, and quickly became nationally known for fusing Broadway and pop culture in her parodies. The most logical next step, in her mind, is television. Last January, Tessa moved to Los Angeles to expand and utilize her talents, both in front of the camera and as a creative... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 9:00am - 9:50am
Signing Booths (Marketplace)

9:00am

LeakyCast Presents: 'Sharknado 2: The Other One'
Sad that you are going to miss the premiere of future cinematic classic Sharknado 2: The Other One because you are at LeakyCon? LeakyCast has your back. Dynamic duo Ian Ziering and Tara Reid are reprising their roles from last summer’s SyFy hit and pop culture phenomenon Sharknado. There are cameos from basically everyone on the planet. There is no known plot other than “sharks in a tornado.” There is no way it will be good. There is no way it will not be amazing. Join LeakyCast for a screening of the film**, complete with potentially witty and definitely snarky commentary. Until they bring Mystery Science Theater 3000 back, this is the best you are going to get.  **In case of emergency, Sharknado Classic will be riffed in place of The Other One.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Ausrotas

Brad Ausrotas

Creative Programming, GeekyCon
Brad was born and raised in the proud nation of Canada. He is a writer, musician, gamer, huge nerd, and chaotic neutral. He is a fan of craft beer, bands you've never heard of, and fast cars.
avatar for Leah Cornish

Leah Cornish

Creative Programming, LeakyCon
Leah does all of the Leaky things. It's pretty much a sickness at this point.
AM

Amanda McAllister

Leaky News
Amanda McAllister is a managing editor at LeakyNews and author of the upcoming book "I Recognize You From the Internet: Exploring Fame and Fandom in the Age of Social Media."


Friday August 1, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am
W109

9:00am

Marian, Lost in Fiction
Marian, Lost in Fiction is a full-length musical that tells the wonderful adventures of Marian, a small town assistant librarian. Join them as they adventure through Hogwarts, the Arena, Narnia, Neverland, Baker Street, Brooklyn, Longbourn, and Oz. Written by Ginger Potter and Mallory Vance, it is an original script with musical numbers parodied from Broadway and popular tunes.

Speakers
GP

Ginger Potter

Ginger Potter is a jack of all trades. Since she was born, Ginger has found some way to be involved in theater. Within the Harry Potter fandom, Ginger was the lighting designer for The Final Battle, Warlock's Hairy Heart, Mischief Managed, and Wands by Wands by Wizards and stage manager for The Untold Tales of Beedle the Bard. Her geeky interests include Harry Potter, LOTR, Doctor Who, Whedonverse, video games, anime, history, and any book that... Read More →
MV

Mallory Vance

Mallory Vance has been obsessed with Harry Potter since the age of ten and doesn’t see that slowing down anytime soon. She loves every aspect of the fandom and tries to be as involved as possible. In 2010 she co-created The Final Battle, which was performed at Infinitus and LeakyCon 2011. She reads and writes fanfiction, is a serious Wizard Rock fan, and volunteers for the Harry Potter Alliance. Besides Harry Potter, Mallory also has a... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 9:00am - 10:40am
W102 A

10:00am

Not Literally, Live!
Some of our favorite geeky lampooners are back, doing a live presentation of some of their YouTube hits!

Speakers
GD

Ginny DiGuiseppi

Ginny DiGuiseppi co-founded Not Literally Productions with Dana Ritterbusch and Erik Tande in 2011, where she indulges her nerdy passions by making music videos and comedy. She loves to read, write, sing, draw, and argue with other people online. She hopes one day to be a young adult novelist, but will settle for now for being kinda famous on the internet.
DR

Dana Ritterbusch

Dana Ritterbusch is one of the founding members of Not Literally Productions.  Driven mainly by the fandoms that fuel her, she co-creates fan content around the Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones fandoms and more.  Her work has been featured on The Mary Sue, The Huffington Post, i09, and more.  She lives in Denver, CO, where she enjoys lifting, marathoning Netflix, and drinking wine while surfing Pinterest.


Friday August 1, 2014 10:00am - 10:30am
MainStage

10:00am

Crazy Potter Questions
Have wizards been to the moon? Can your horcrux be an individual grain of sand? How would Mr. Weasley react to Twitter? These questions all have one thing in common: there are no right answers. The Harry Potter universe is great since it is large and overarching, but many of the details have not been filled in. As such, it is possible for the fans to have a lighthearted and informal conversation about these questions. It would be a great chance for LeakyCon attendees to discuss these (admittedly ridiculous) questions and see what can be discovered!

Speakers
NP

Nick Penner

Nick Penner is from Waterloo, ON, Canada. Ever since he was first introduced to the Harry Potter books, he has spent much time thinking up and discussing incredibly ludicrous questions about the Harry Potter universe. When not talking about Harry Potter, Nick Penner can be found working as a web developer, studying political science, playing Quizbowl, or watching his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs. He hopes to meet many fellow Canadians and... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 10:00am - 10:40am
W106

10:00am

Mark Does Stuff
Join series creator Mark Oshiro as he talks about the massive, Hugo-nominated Mark Reads and Mark Watches world, how Harry Potter changed the entire direction of his life, and what fiction he will be destroying himself with in the future.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro

Fan Guest of Honor, Mark Does Stuff
What if you could re-live the experience of reading a book (or watching a show) for the first time? Mark Oshiro provides just such a thing on a daily basis on Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since 2009, Mark has been subjecting himself to the emotional journey that one takes when they enter a fictional world for the first time. He mixes textual analysis... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 10:00am - 10:40am
W105

10:00am

Eros, Thanatos, and Captain Jack Harkness
Freud theorized that humanity is conflicted by two distinct drives: Eros, the inclination to seek love, and Thanatos, the inclination to seek death. While the rest of humanity may find these drives incompatible, there is one 51st century Time Agent that lives in perfect harmony with both Love and Death: Captain Jack Harkness. This panel will discuss how Jack Harkness’ immortality allows him to defy this elemental statute of Freudian psychology.

Speakers
CE

Carol Eshleman

Archbishop Rummel High School
Past Speaking includes: on Potter - Ascendio, St. Andrews University in Scotland, University of North Alabama, UNC Charlotte; on Chaucer - UNC Chapel Hill. Has had guest posts on the Hogwarts Professor blog. Received Master's Degree in English with concentrations in Teaching and British Literature with a reading ability in Latin from the University of New Orleans. Lives in New Orleans with her husband Roch, her children Vito and Lizzie, and her... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 10:00am - 10:40am
W101

10:00am

WELCOME TO THE LIT TRACK/FANFIC COFFEE HOUR

This is the kickoff panel for all of Lit Track! Meet the authors! Hear all about what’s going on. And to wake you up and get you ready for the day, some of our authors will read some fanfic they’ve written. Yeah. You heard us. We’re starting the day with fanfic. *drops mic* *walks away*



Moderators
AB

Amber Benson

Amber Benson is most well known for her role as Tara McClay on the hit show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In addition to acting, she has written and directed three feature films and an animated web series for the BBC. In 2009, she added author to her resume when adult urban fantasy, Death’s Daughter, as well as her children’s book, Among the Ghosts, were published. She made her very first LeakyCon appearance in Chicago as a... Read More →
MJ

Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of ten YA novels (including SUITE SCARLETT, SCARLETT FEVER, 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES, THE NAME OF THE STAR, and THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH). She has also done many collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). Maureen has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University. She has been nominated... Read More →
RW

Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is the author of The Waking Dark, The Book of Blood and Shadow, the Cold Awakening trilogy, and several other books for children and teens. (Maybe you caught the TV miniseries adaptation of her Seven Deadly Sins series... and if you haven’t, you’re missing out.) She grew up in Philadelphia, moved to New York as soon as she got the chance, and, for her very first task at her very first job out of college, was assigned... Read More →

Friday August 1, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
W110

10:00am

Photo Booth: Maxwell Glick and Mary Kate Wiles

Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

 


Speakers
MG

Maxwell Glick

Maxwell Glick has been a working actor in Los Angeles since moving there from New York.  He has been involved with online series and YouTube in many projects, most importantly as Spencer Gilman on the groundbreaking show lonelygirl15 and was nominated for an IAWTV Award for his performance in Night of the Zombie King.  He also starred in the online hit zombie musical Rigamortis: A Zombie Love Story.  His... Read More →
MK

Mary Kate Wiles

Mary Kate Wiles plays Lydia Bennet in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Sansa Stark in School of Thrones. Mary Kate is from Fayetteville, Arkansas and graduated from USC with degrees in Theatre and English Literature and also studied abroad at The British American Drama Academy in London. She also currently stars as Zelda in Squaresville and can be seen in films Dreamworld and Dark Woods and the soon-to-be released The Sound and the Shadow and Murder... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Photo Booth A (Marketplace)

10:00am

The Tumblr Ask Box III
The Tumblr Ask Box is open! Welcome to the real-world version of the Tumblr ask box, brought to you by Tumblr itself. Each session will feature a lineup of special guests who will hit the hot seat for 10 minutes of nonstop Q&A, in as rapid-fire of a manner as we can manage. Only, there's a twist: we aren't going to tell you ahead of time who is slated for which session. Life at LeakyCon is like your Tumblr dashboard: you never know what you're gonna get. 

There are two ways to submit questions for these sessions: send them in via the LeakyCon ask box and tag it #askboxlive, or simply be present at one of these sessions and jump up and down in front of a moderator's face. 

Moderators
RF

Rachel Fershleiser

Rachel Fershleiser heads literary outreach at Tumblr. Previously she was the Community Manager at Bookish and the Director of Public Programs at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, where she now serves on the board of directors. She is also the co-creator of Six-Word Memoirs and co-editor of the New York Times bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning and three other books.

Friday August 1, 2014 10:00am - 11:20am
W300

10:00am

Friendship Through Fandom: 2.0
MASK (MAssachusetts StarKids) members will discuss the importance of fandoms in making friends, as well as talking about making friendships via fandom/internet, finding people in your fandoms, and keeping fandoms a safe and friendly environment. There will also be fun games: "Fan Fic Mad-lib," "Tumblr Tags," and "Name That Cosplay." Come enjoy a fun and open forum to really learn about the wonderful people you can meet in a fandom!

Speakers
MM

MASK (Massachusetts StarKids)

MASK (Massachusetts StarKids) was formed in early 2012 by Nicole Vancura as a way for Massachusetts-based StarKid fans to communicate. Over the past year, we have expanded throughout New England, New York City, and even Chicago! Together, we have organized flashmobs at the Boston Apocalyptour and Six Flags New England, attended LeakyCon '12 and 13, organized a Boston Glow* event, attended Airport For Birds in Chicago (where we met honorary MASKie... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 10:00am - 11:40am
W103

10:00am

Autographs: Doctor Who

This signing requires a wristband.

LeakyCon 2014 Signing & Photo Booth Procedures

LeakyCon is one of very few conferences that offers autograph sessions at no additional cost; however, registration for LeakyCon does not guarantee you access to any autograph session. In an effort to eliminate waiting time and run the signings at LeakyCon 2014 efficiently, we have borrowed a procedure from one of the only other conferences to offer free signatures, San Diego Comic-Con.

Please note that LeakyCon Lit signings are only open to those LeakyCon guests who have a pass for that track.  Rock signings will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If you have a RockStar pass, then the following only concerns you if you would like to enter the drawing for an additional signing pass over and above that which comes with your registration.

Access to all autograph sessions will be granted via drawings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. Attendance at this drawing is the only way to assure your spot in the signing, unless you are a RockStar (see above).

Raffle drawings are for autograph sessions only and will take place at 8 a.m. in Room 109 on the same day as the session in question. Photo booth sessions are open to all attendees on a first come, first served basis and will proceed as detailed below. Photo booth sessions do not require a wristband. Autograph and photo booth sessions will take place in the LeakyCon Marketplace (Exhibit Hall WA1).

So here’s how it works:

Drawing Procedure (Signings)

  1. Please line up in Room 109 at the time listed above to enter the drawing for the signing wristband you wish to have.  There will be multiple lines, each marked with the wristband you may obtain.

  2. There will be a volunteer at the front of each line with a bag of tickets.

  3. When you reach the front of the line, you will pull a ticket out of the bag.

  4. If you pull out a winning ticket, then you have gained access to the signing. You will be directed to a second volunteer who will present you with the wristband necessary for entry to that signing, and should reconvene in the LeakyCon Marketplace (Exhibit Hall WA1) at the time of the signing.

  5. If you pull a non-winning ticket, then you have not gained access to that signing, You may try again the next day, or, if you wish, you may return to the end of the line.


The bags will contain the correct number of tickets to assure that all of the signings are full and that, to the best of our ability to judge, no one will wait in line unnecessarily.

All of the drawings for the day’s signings will take place at the same time. When you arrive for the drawing, you should choose the signing session you are most interested in and stand in that line first. Once you have drawn for that signing, you may stand another line, if you like. This should be a fast process so don’t worry about making it through multiple lines!

Ok, so you have your wristband... what next?

Signing Procedure

  1. If you won a wristband at the morning lottery, please line up in the signing area at the allotted signing time. There is no need to line up early. Everyone who receives a wristband will be granted access to the appropriate signing. However, it is recommended that you line up closer to the beginning of the signing rather than closer to the end.  The signing will end at its appointed time, and we need to move things along - we know you’re ready to go to your next bit of programming, so we don’t want to hold you up!

  2. You may only have one item signed at each signing. You may not bring in items for your friends who didn’t get wristbands. One person - one item. This is the only way we can get things going with the speed they need to be respectful to everyone.

  3. After you get your items signed, please leave the signing area promptly.

  4. You may not take photographs or videos of yourself with our special guests, or engage in any other activity that will hold up the lines. If you do so, then your pass may be revoked.


Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

 


Speakers
JM

James Moran

James broke into screenwriting after winning a contest for the Sci Fi Channel with his film script, Cheap Rate Gravity, which was later produced. He also wrote the screenplays for Severance and Cockneys vs. Zombies.
NT

Nina Touissaint-White

Actress
Nina Toussaint-White portrayed Melody Pond in season six of Doctor Who. She also starred as Syd Chambers on BBC’s EastEnders. She also worked on ITV2′s Switch and BBC’s Uncle.


Friday August 1, 2014 10:00am - 11:50am
Signing Booths (Marketplace)

10:00am

Autographs: Hannah Hart

This signing requires a wristband.

LeakyCon 2014 Signing & Photo Booth Procedures

LeakyCon is one of very few conferences that offers autograph sessions at no additional cost; however, registration for LeakyCon does not guarantee you access to any autograph session. In an effort to eliminate waiting time and run the signings at LeakyCon 2014 efficiently, we have borrowed a procedure from one of the only other conferences to offer free signatures, San Diego Comic-Con.

Please note that LeakyCon Lit signings are only open to those LeakyCon guests who have a pass for that track.  Rock signings will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If you have a RockStar pass, then the following only concerns you if you would like to enter the drawing for an additional signing pass over and above that which comes with your registration.

Access to all autograph sessions will be granted via drawings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. Attendance at this drawing is the only way to assure your spot in the signing, unless you are a RockStar (see above).

Raffle drawings are for autograph sessions only and will take place at 8 a.m. in Room 109 on the same day as the session in question. Photo booth sessions are open to all attendees on a first come, first served basis and will proceed as detailed below. Photo booth sessions do not require a wristband. Autograph and photo booth sessions will take place in the LeakyCon Marketplace (Exhibit Hall WA1).

So here’s how it works:

Drawing Procedure (Signings)

  1. Please line up in Room 109 at the time listed above to enter the drawing for the signing wristband you wish to have.  There will be multiple lines, each marked with the wristband you may obtain.

  2. There will be a volunteer at the front of each line with a bag of tickets.

  3. When you reach the front of the line, you will pull a ticket out of the bag.

  4. If you pull out a winning ticket, then you have gained access to the signing. You will be directed to a second volunteer who will present you with the wristband necessary for entry to that signing, and should reconvene in the LeakyCon Marketplace (Exhibit Hall WA1) at the time of the signing.

  5. If you pull a non-winning ticket, then you have not gained access to that signing, You may try again the next day, or, if you wish, you may return to the end of the line.


The bags will contain the correct number of tickets to assure that all of the signings are full and that, to the best of our ability to judge, no one will wait in line unnecessarily.

All of the drawings for the day’s signings will take place at the same time. When you arrive for the drawing, you should choose the signing session you are most interested in and stand in that line first. Once you have drawn for that signing, you may stand another line, if you like. This should be a fast process so don’t worry about making it through multiple lines!

Ok, so you have your wristband... what next?

Signing Procedure

  1. If you won a wristband at the morning lottery, please line up in the signing area at the allotted signing time. There is no need to line up early. Everyone who receives a wristband will be granted access to the appropriate signing. However, it is recommended that you line up closer to the beginning of the signing rather than closer to the end.  The signing will end at its appointed time, and we need to move things along - we know you’re ready to go to your next bit of programming, so we don’t want to hold you up!

  2. You may only have one item signed at each signing. You may not bring in items for your friends who didn’t get wristbands. One person - one item. This is the only way we can get things going with the speed they need to be respectful to everyone.

  3. After you get your items signed, please leave the signing area promptly.

  4. You may not take photographs or videos of yourself with our special guests, or engage in any other activity that will hold up the lines. If you do so, then your pass may be revoked.


Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!



Speakers
HH

Hannah Hart

Hannah Hart is an American internet personality and comedian. She is best known for starring in My Drunk Kitchen, a weekly series on YouTube. Apart from her main channel, she also runs a second channel where she talks about life in general and gives her opinions on various topics.


Friday August 1, 2014 10:00am - 11:50am
Signing Booths (Marketplace)

10:00am

Autographs: Harry Potter Actors

This signing requires a wristband.

LeakyCon 2014 Signing & Photo Booth Procedures

LeakyCon is one of very few conferences that offers autograph sessions at no additional cost; however, registration for LeakyCon does not guarantee you access to any autograph session. In an effort to eliminate waiting time and run the signings at LeakyCon 2014 efficiently, we have borrowed a procedure from one of the only other conferences to offer free signatures, San Diego Comic-Con.

Please note that LeakyCon Lit signings are only open to those LeakyCon guests who have a pass for that track.  Rock signings will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If you have a RockStar pass, then the following only concerns you if you would like to enter the drawing for an additional signing pass over and above that which comes with your registration.

Access to all autograph sessions will be granted via drawings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. Attendance at this drawing is the only way to assure your spot in the signing, unless you are a RockStar (see above).

Raffle drawings are for autograph sessions only and will take place at 8 a.m. in Room 109 on the same day as the session in question. Photo booth sessions are open to all attendees on a first come, first served basis and will proceed as detailed below. Photo booth sessions do not require a wristband. Autograph and photo booth sessions will take place in the LeakyCon Marketplace (Exhibit Hall WA1).

So here’s how it works:

Drawing Procedure (Signings)

  1. Please line up in Room 109 at the time listed above to enter the drawing for the signing wristband you wish to have.  There will be multiple lines, each marked with the wristband you may obtain.

  2. There will be a volunteer at the front of each line with a bag of tickets.

  3. When you reach the front of the line, you will pull a ticket out of the bag.

  4. If you pull out a winning ticket, then you have gained access to the signing. You will be directed to a second volunteer who will present you with the wristband necessary for entry to that signing, and should reconvene in the LeakyCon Marketplace (Exhibit Hall WA1) at the time of the signing.

  5. If you pull a non-winning ticket, then you have not gained access to that signing, You may try again the next day, or, if you wish, you may return to the end of the line.


The bags will contain the correct number of tickets to assure that all of the signings are full and that, to the best of our ability to judge, no one will wait in line unnecessarily.

All of the drawings for the day’s signings will take place at the same time. When you arrive for the drawing, you should choose the signing session you are most interested in and stand in that line first. Once you have drawn for that signing, you may stand another line, if you like. This should be a fast process so don’t worry about making it through multiple lines!

Ok, so you have your wristband... what next?

Signing Procedure

  1. If you won a wristband at the morning lottery, please line up in the signing area at the allotted signing time. There is no need to line up early. Everyone who receives a wristband will be granted access to the appropriate signing. However, it is recommended that you line up closer to the beginning of the signing rather than closer to the end.  The signing will end at its appointed time, and we need to move things along - we know you’re ready to go to your next bit of programming, so we don’t want to hold you up!

  2. You may only have one item signed at each signing. You may not bring in items for your friends who didn’t get wristbands. One person - one item. This is the only way we can get things going with the speed they need to be respectful to everyone.

  3. After you get your items signed, please leave the signing area promptly.

  4. You may not take photographs or videos of yourself with our special guests, or engage in any other activity that will hold up the lines. If you do so, then your pass may be revoked.


Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!



Speakers
SB

Scarlett Byrne

Scarlett began her acting career in 2008 as Chloe Daniels in an episode of the British TV drama Doctors. Her career took off in 2009 when she landed the role of Pansy Parkinson for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II. Since then she has appeared in several short videos written by fellow Potter star Jessie Cave, and most recently appeared on the... Read More →
ED

Ellie Darcey-Alden

Ellie played Young Lily in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and, in a fandom double-whammy, she recently appeared in the Doctor Who Christmas episode “The Snowmen.” She has been in the TV series Robin Hood and Holby City, as well as the recent film Welcome to the Punch. This is her fourth LeakyCon!
RJ

Robbie Jarvis

Robbie Jarvis played young James Potter in the movie adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. He has also appeared in the Nickelodeon show Genie In The House and did vocal work for The History Boys. He has also guest starred in episodes of Waking the Dead for the BBC and ITV’s Trial & Retribution.
HM

Hugh Mitchell

Hugh Mitchell played the camera-carrying Colin Creevey in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets film. Since then, he has appeared in several films including The Da Vinci Code (Young Silas) and the British horror-comedy Tormented (Tim).
NS

Nick Shirm

Nick Shirm portrayed Zacharias Smith in the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix film and video game. He worked on the British film Sixty Six.
CS

Charlotte Skeoch

Charlotte Skeoch portrayed Hannah Abbot in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and the Order of the Phoenix, and Deathly Hallows Part 2 video games. She also played Hayley on the popular BBC television show EastEnders. She has also written film reviews for the Huffington Post, as well as contributed to several other blogs.


Friday August 1, 2014 10:00am - 11:50am
Signing Booths (Marketplace)

10:00am

Marketplace Open
Take a stroll through the LeakyCon Marketplace, featuring a whole host of vendors including the official LeakyCon Store, Canvas Warriors, Amery Studios, Whimsic Alley, and Lootcrate!  Get your merch, check out our photobooth and signing areas, meet up with your friends, and in general get ready for a weekend of awesome! 

Friday August 1, 2014 10:00am - 6:00pm
Marketplace

11:00am

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Join PotterCast hosts John Noe and Frankie Franco as they discuss the latest development in Harry Potter news, the three-film series based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Speakers
FF

Frankie Franco

Frankie Franco III (more commonly known on PotterCast as “Frak”) is from Southern California, earned his BFA in Illustration from California State University Fullerton, and is of the House of the noble and distinguished Rowena Ravenclaw. When he is not obsessing over Potter, Frak works as a freelance illustrator and a high school substitute teacher. In his free time, he draws, draws, and sometimes draws. Frak was honored to join the... Read More →
JN

John Noe

Director, Awesome Guy Productions
John Noe likes to do awesome things. He has been involved with the Harry Potter fandom for 12 years now, and helps keep bar at the Leaky Cauldron as well as hosting the wizarding world's most awesome radio show, PotterCast. John is also the Producer of Finding Hogwarts, a documentary about the Harry Potter fandom. The Potter character John Dawlish was given his first name by J.K. Rowling in his honor, and he would like to remind you of that... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 11:00am - 11:40am
W102 A

11:00am

The Mistreatment of Cordelia Chase
Cordelia Chase is one of the most fascinating characters of the Buffyverse. She goes from the stereotypically mean cheerleader in Buffy the Vampire Slayer to a beloved friend and hero on Angel. Then, in season four of Angel, the show began to play to a well-worn science fiction trope. This plot choice changed the character and had wider cultural implications that deserve to be discussed. Join and talk about everything you love about Cordelia and everything you really didn’t love about season four.

Speakers
avatar for Rachael

Rachael

Front Desk Clerk, Holiday Inn
Hello. I'm Rachael. =)
avatar for Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro

Fan Guest of Honor, Mark Does Stuff
What if you could re-live the experience of reading a book (or watching a show) for the first time? Mark Oshiro provides just such a thing on a daily basis on Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since 2009, Mark has been subjecting himself to the emotional journey that one takes when they enter a fictional world for the first time. He mixes textual analysis... Read More →
avatar for Abby Ritter

Abby Ritter

Specialized Recreation Aide, The Arc of Oneida-Lewis
Abby is many things: a music therapist, former figure skater, disability and LGBTQ+ activist, and, above all, a professional fangirl. She has been attending Mischief Management conventions since 2012, and has been shouting/crying her face off during panels since 2013. She was a LeakyStars finalist in at LeakyCon Portland. The proudest moment of her life was playing her arrangement of Accio Deathly Hallows for Hank Green with the LeakyCon Pep Band... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 11:00am - 11:40am
W106

11:00am

What Snape Deserved
Snape deserved something more than what he was shown to have. He did not have a pet or a family. Even with Charity Burbage's claim of friendship and the seemingly friendly rivalry between Snape and McGonagall, he was almost friendless. Harry and Dumbledore both have avian familiars, Bellatrix had Rodolphus, and even Voldemort had Nagini, so why did Snape not have someone or something like that? Come talk about Snape as a character, his hobbies, past choices, and what made him who he was.

Speakers
avatar for Savannah Currier

Savannah Currier

Savannah has been an active part of fandom communities for majority of her 22 years. A native Floridian Slytherin, she spends much of her time discussing fandoms with her friends, reading fanfiction, and writing. She can often be found wandering her University campus in her wizard robes, usually singing Wrock music, and making friends along the way. Feel free to come by and chat if you run into her!


Friday August 1, 2014 11:00am - 11:40am
W105

11:00am

The Hobbit from Book to Film: Has Peter Jackson Crafted Another Masterpiece or Jumped the Shark?
The latest Hobbit installment, Desolation of Smaug, has fans in an uproar over departures from the book: new characters, scenes worthy of a theme park, love triangles in a book originally written with no female characters, dwarves who now not only confront the Dragon, but balance for a while on his nose... What is a Tolkien fan to think? What drives these artistic decisions when translating a fantasy book to its film form? Is Jackson's version too hot, too cold, or just right? Come debate!

Speakers
JW

Jim Wert

Curator, Nerd Cave & Tolkien Museum
Husband, proud father of four, serious Tolkien/Lewis geek, presbyter, management consultant, closet thespian, appreciator of fine ales,occasional Madeye clone


Friday August 1, 2014 11:00am - 11:40am
W101

11:00am

The Evolution of Interactive Storytelling with Pemberley Digital
In this session the Emmy Award-winning interactive team from Pemberley Digital will walk you through their iconic, immersive, online shows! This presentation and Q&A will walk you through the story design, interactive strategies, and workflow from The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Welcome to Sanditon, and Emma Approved.

Speakers
BS

Bernie Su

Bernie Su was an Executive Producer and the Head Writer of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. He also served as an Executive Producer and Director of Welcome to Sanditon. He is the Executive Producer, Co-Creator, Head Writer, and Director of Emma Approved. | | Outside of Pemberley Digital projects, Bernie was the writer and director of LOOKBOOK: the series, a scripted dramatic series for the popular fashion social network LOOKBOOK.com. This narrative... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 11:00am - 11:40am
W109

11:00am

Diversity in YA

We wondered what to say about this panel, as the title sums up what we think.  We assume a lot of you agree. But how does this happen? What’s the reality of writing diverse characters in today’s publishing market? What do we even mean when we say diverse books? Are we all talking about the same thing? This panel gets into some of the specifics of past, present, and future.


Speakers
LH

Laurie Halse Anderson

Author
Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in Northern New York, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes. You can follow her adventures on Twitter... Read More →
AD

Alaya Dawn Johnson

Author
Alaya (rhymes with papaya) lives, writes, cooks, and (perhaps most importantly) eats in Mexico City. Her literary loves are all forms of speculative fiction, historical fiction, and the occasional highbrow novel. She plays the guitar badly and eats very well, particularly during canning season. She has published five novels for adults and young adults, including The Summer Prince, which was longlisted for the National Book Award in 2013.
VJ

Varian Johnson

Author
Varian Johnson is the author of four novels, including The Great Greene Heist, a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2014. His novels for older readers include My Life as a Rhombus, named to the Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List and the New York Public Library “Stuff for the Teen Age” list, and Saving Maddie, a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book. Varian was born in Florence, South... Read More →
CK

Cheryl Klein

Cheryl is the senior editor at Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.). In her book Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults, Cheryl leads readers to discover what must be done to polish a manuscript for children and young adult readers. Her impressive editorial experience includes award-winning novels and picture books, such as the final books of the Harry... Read More →
ML

Malinda Lo

Author
Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels including most recently the sci-fi duology Adaptation and Inheritance (Little, Brown). Her first novel, Ash, a retelling of Cinderella with a lesbian twist, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. Her novel Huntress was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Malinda is co-founder... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
W110A

11:00am

Tumblr Talks

Do you Tumbl? A lot? All the time? Do you want to know the secrets of Tumblr? Join Rachel Ferchleiser from Tumblr HQ in this behind-the-scenes discussion about how Tumblr and the reading community work together. This panel reblogs you.

 


Speakers
RF

Rachel Fershleiser

Rachel Fershleiser heads literary outreach at Tumblr. Previously she was the Community Manager at Bookish and the Director of Public Programs at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, where she now serves on the board of directors. She is also the co-creator of Six-Word Memoirs and co-editor of the New York Times bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning and three other books.
MJ

Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of ten YA novels (including SUITE SCARLETT, SCARLETT FEVER, 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES, THE NAME OF THE STAR, and THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH). She has also done many collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). Maureen has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University. She has been nominated... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
W110B

11:00am

Photo Booth: Dayeanne Hutton and James Brent Issacs

Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

Speakers
DH

Dayeanne Hutton

Dayeanne is thrilled to pieces to be making her internet debut as Harriet in Emma Approved! As the product of two theatrically involved parents, acting in both theatre and film has been central in her upbringing and survival. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago, she is happy to be back home in California and working in Los Angeles. Some recent projects include the psychological thriller, Washed, coming out in 2014, as well as... Read More →
JB

James Brent Isaacs

James Brent Isaacs plays Bobby Martin in Emma Approved. | | James is an actor and writer born and raised in New Jersey. He got into acting at an early age because pretty girls were trying out for the school play and he knew he’d be the only boy in the show so they’d have to date him. This backfired, but his love of acting was born nevertheless! You can also catch James over at Geek & Sundry where he vlogs under the name... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Photo Booth B (Marketplace)

11:00am

Photo Booth: Jon Cozart

Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

Speakers
JC

Jon Cozart

Jon Cozart is an Internet personality with over 46 million views on YouTube.com/Paint, where he takes fandom to a whole new level. His most successful works include "Harry Potter in 99 Seconds" and "After Ever After."


Friday August 1, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Photo Booth A (Marketplace)

11:00am

The Family Business: Supernatural Comes to LeakyCon
SPNFamily, this is your panel! Come hear stories and ask questions and maybe, if we ask nicely, get some dish about season ten of television's hottest paranormal property, Supernatural.

Moderators
avatar for Leah Cornish

Leah Cornish

Creative Programming, LeakyCon
Leah does all of the Leaky things. It's pretty much a sickness at this point.

Speakers
AB

Amber Benson

Amber Benson is most well known for her role as Tara McClay on the hit show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In addition to acting, she has written and directed three feature films and an animated web series for the BBC. In 2009, she added author to her resume when adult urban fantasy, Death’s Daughter, as well as her children’s book, Among the Ghosts, were published. She made her very first LeakyCon appearance in Chicago as a... Read More →
AG

Adam Glass

Adam Glass is currently a Writer/Executive Producer on Supernatural for the CW. When Adam is not writing for TV or films he’s writing graphic novels. Marvel Comics’ Deadpool Suicide Kings & DC Comics’ Suicide Squad 1 & 2 were all New York Times Bestsellers. Other books Adam has written for Marvel are Deadpool Pulp, Luke Cage Noir, Deadpool Team Up and Luke Cage Origins... Read More →
AH

Alaina Huffman

Alaina Huffman portrays Abaddon in the hit CW series Supernatural. You might also recognize Alaina from her role as Lt. Tamara Johansen on Stargate Universe or as Black Canary on Smallville.
RT

Robbie Thompson

Robbie Thompson is a writer for the hit CW television show Supernatural.


Friday August 1, 2014 11:00am - 12:20pm
MainStage

12:00pm

A Soufflé is a Recipe: fandom-inspired cooking
Anyone is invited to participate in this recipe exchange for fandom-inspired cooking and baking. Just pick a geeky dish you have done and with the recipe to share and a photo or two to show it off, tell all about it. And if you have not tried your hand at any yet, come to learn some fandom-inspired treats to make. Leave with new recipes, advice, and ideas!

Speakers
GV

Guillermina Vitale

Guillermina Vitale is 27-year-old almost Pychologist and teacher from Argentina, known online as ladysugarquill. She's been in fandom ever since Sailor Moon back in the '90s and is currently obsessed with Doctor Who. A Harry Potter fan since 2001, she's a proud member of La Oreja de Van George, and gave a lecture about the books at the 2013 Azabache festival. She is also a classical ballerina currently studying musical theatre, an obsessive... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 12:00pm - 12:40pm
W103

12:00pm

College Prep with Buffy, Veronica, and the Fresh Prince
In grade school, many of us turn to the media for an idea of what college life is "really" like. Without people IRL to help flesh out this picture, this can have both positive and negative results. What do some of our most popular TV shows have to tell us about college? In which areas do we need to send the writers back to school? To stay streets ahead, you will want to attend this program.

Speakers
avatar for Maggie Brevig

Maggie Brevig

Maggie is a development officer for a social justice organization, and often contemplates (with varying levels of frustration) the way the D.C. metro area is portrayed by Hannibal, Scandal, House of Cards, and Bones. The rest of her brain is split between volunteering for the Harry Potter Alliance and Girl Scouts, contributing to the Newsflash Podcast, protecting Iris West at all costs on the #IrisWestDefenseSquad, and analyzing representation in... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 12:00pm - 12:40pm
W101

12:00pm

Snape: Not The Hero We Deserve
Snape has largely been considered a heroic character within the Potter fandom, with apologists going so far as to suggest that he did nothing wrong. However, anyone who reads the books with a critical eye knows that Severus Snape, one of the most well-written and interesting characters of the series, was a complete toolshed. This panel, which will be open to screaming and boos from the audience, is designed to separate impressions of Snape's value as a literary character from his values as a person within the books.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Ausrotas

Brad Ausrotas

Creative Programming, GeekyCon
Brad was born and raised in the proud nation of Canada. He is a writer, musician, gamer, huge nerd, and chaotic neutral. He is a fan of craft beer, bands you've never heard of, and fast cars.


Friday August 1, 2014 12:00pm - 12:40pm
W105

12:00pm

Steeped in Enthusiasm
Welcome to the world of Fandom Teas. For the uninitiated, “fandom teas” are blends of teas created and curated to tie in with characters and other aspects of popular fandoms. Whether you have a cabinet at home packed full of fandom teas or have no experience with loose leaf or blended teas at all, this panel will help you dip your toe in and find fellow brew enthusiasts. We will discuss the characteristics of common teas as well as the decision making process in selecting blend components to give attendees a grasp on what teas among the vast variety might suit their tastes. Several blends will be on hand for attendees to investigate in person.

Speakers
avatar for Dani Palmer

Dani Palmer

Staff Photographer, International Quidditch Association
Dani has been doing this for 5 years now. What exactly “this” is may be ambiguous, but involves having been a Slytherin since the age of 9 and this zany Leaky/Geeky community in every way possible, from writing for personal and help blogs on the topic of the con to volunteering as head of Slytherin House. As a disability and LGBTQIA+ advocate and photographer by trade, Dani spends most time using fandom circles to engage in bettering the... Read More →
SP

Sara Paulson

Sara Paulson is an early childhood education major at University of Arkansas, where she also plays that pesky muggle sport, Quidditch, and sometimes is on the sidelines of a game with her bassoon. When she's not busy with school or work, you can find her watching Pokemon or wrocking out while sipping some tea. Sara has now been to 4 of the 6 LeakyCons and has been a proud Slytherin since the age of 8.


Friday August 1, 2014 12:00pm - 12:40pm
W102 A

12:00pm

LBD: One Year Later
Sit down with Bernie Su, Maxwell Glick, and Mary Kate Wiles of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries a year after they snatched our hearts right out of our subscription boxes. Find out what the cast and crew has been up to, hear some untold tales from set, and ask the team any of your outstanding burning questions.

Moderators
EB

Emily Bytheway

Editor, LeakyNews
Emily first read Harry Potter in the spring of 2000 (shortly before the publication of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and joined the Harry Potter fandom in fall of 2001. Since then, she's written some (very bad) fanfiction, served as a moderator at the Sugar Quill, participated as second chair for the Ron/Hermione side in the Nimbus 2003 live shipping debate, co-coordinated Scribbulus: The Leaky Cauldron's Essay Project, and currently... Read More →

Speakers
MG

Maxwell Glick

Maxwell Glick has been a working actor in Los Angeles since moving there from New York.  He has been involved with online series and YouTube in many projects, most importantly as Spencer Gilman on the groundbreaking show lonelygirl15 and was nominated for an IAWTV Award for his performance in Night of the Zombie King.  He also starred in the online hit zombie musical Rigamortis: A Zombie Love Story.  His... Read More →
BS

Bernie Su

Bernie Su was an Executive Producer and the Head Writer of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. He also served as an Executive Producer and Director of Welcome to Sanditon. He is the Executive Producer, Co-Creator, Head Writer, and Director of Emma Approved. | | Outside of Pemberley Digital projects, Bernie was the writer and director of LOOKBOOK: the series, a scripted dramatic series for the popular fashion social network LOOKBOOK.com. This narrative... Read More →
MK

Mary Kate Wiles

Mary Kate Wiles plays Lydia Bennet in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Sansa Stark in School of Thrones. Mary Kate is from Fayetteville, Arkansas and graduated from USC with degrees in Theatre and English Literature and also studied abroad at The British American Drama Academy in London. She also currently stars as Zelda in Squaresville and can be seen in films Dreamworld and Dark Woods and the soon-to-be released The Sound and the Shadow and Murder... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 12:00pm - 12:40pm
W109

12:00pm

I Made You. You're Perfect.

Authors make characters. Good ones. Bad ones. And dreaaaammmy ones. But there’s a fine art to making a love interest. How do you make an appealing character. What’s a manic pixie dream character? Can good characters do bad things? This panel wants to take things to the next level with you.


Speakers
GF

Gayle Forman

Author
Gayle Forman is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author and journalist. She is the author of Just One Day, Just One Year, and the companion e-novella Just One Night, as well as the New York Times bestsellers If I Stay and Where She Went. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughters.
LG

Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman is the New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians, likened to an adult Harry Potter by the New York Times, and the sequels The Magician King and The Magican Land. Lev is a journalist and writes for Time as a book critic and lead technology writer. He has also written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. Portland... Read More →
LM

Lauren Myracle

Author
Lauren Myracle is the author of squillions of books for tweens and teens, including The Infinite Moment of Us, the best-selling Internet Girls series, horror novels Bliss and Rhymes with Witches, and Shine, winner of the 2012 Walden Award for YA fiction. Lauren feels amazingly lucky to be able to do what she loves and actually get paid for it, and she is hugely honored by the response of her fans, who call her books "awesome" and "soooooo... Read More →
SP

Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins has always worked with books - first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. She's the author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and the upcoming Isla and the Happily Ever After. She and her husband live in the mountains of North Carolina. Every room of their house is painted a different color of the rainbow.
RR

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell earned a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995 and, at 24, became the youngest-ever – and first female – columnist at the Omaha World-Herald. Though her first novel, Attachments, is set in a newsroom, it couldn’t be less of a true story. She met her husband in junior high and can hardly get him to read her books, let alone her emails. Her second novel, Eleanor & Park &ndash... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 12:00pm - 12:50pm
W110A

12:00pm

The Book Clinic with Doctors Black and Westerfeld

Are you writing a book? Is it broken? Are you deeply confused as to how this happened? Did the plot flatline? Do you just know something is wrong but can’t figure out what? Book doctors Holly Black and Scott Westerfeld are here to help. Like Dr. House, they can diagnose the problem. It’s often not what you think. It’s never lupus.


Moderators
RW

Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is the author of The Waking Dark, The Book of Blood and Shadow, the Cold Awakening trilogy, and several other books for children and teens. (Maybe you caught the TV miniseries adaptation of her Seven Deadly Sins series... and if you haven’t, you’re missing out.) She grew up in Philadelphia, moved to New York as soon as she got the chance, and, for her very first task at her very first job out of college, was assigned... Read More →

Speakers
HB

Holly Black

Author
Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, and two new forthcoming novels, The Iron Trial (the first book of the Magisterium series with Cassandra Clare) and The Darkest Part of the Forest. She has been a finalist for the... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 12:00pm - 12:50pm
W110B

12:00pm

Autographs: LeakyCon Musicians I

No wristband is required for this signing!

Signing Procedure

  1. You may only have one item signed at each signing. You may not bring in items for your friends who didn’t get wristbands. One person - one item. This is the only way we can get things going with the speed they need to be respectful to everyone. 

  2. After you get your items signed, please leave the signing area promptly.

  3. You may not take photographs or videos of yourself with our special guests, or engage in any other activity that will hold up the lines. If you do so, then your pass may be revoked.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!


Speakers
TT

Tonks & the Aurors

Tonks & the Aurors is a Wizard Rock that was founded in August 2007 and originally based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Fronted by Steph Anderson, the band quickly gained popularity among wizard rock fans after Matt Maggiacomo of the Whomping Willows dubbed Steph “The Bruce Springsteen of Wizard Rock”. Since those early days, Tonks & the Aurors has been extremely prolific in their musical releases, and has gained the attention... Read More →
GA

Gred and Forge

Jarrod Perkins plays as George Weasley in his one-man band. He plays all the instruments and at concerts hooks up his iPod and plays the main guitar part and sings. Perkins has released three CDs: Half the Band I Used To Be, Pitches Witches Riches and Up to No Good. He has also released EPs entitled “What Witches Want” and “We Had Class”.
TB

The Blibbering Humdingers

Scott & Kirsten Vaughan have been making music together since 1992, and started doing wizard rock in 2007. They live in Cary, NC with their two kids. By day Scott manages advertising projects at a creative services agency and Kirsten is a professional costumer. In addition to the Harry Potter fandom they’re also into the SCA, steampunk, Dr Who, D&D, Star Wars and all kinds of nerdiness.
ML

Molly Lewis

Young songwriter Molly Lewis, according to Wikipedia, writes “comedic songs on pop culture topics that trend toward the nerdy.” Her original songs and covers, accompanied by her masterful ukulele playing, have earned her over 4.5 million views on YouTube. Her cover of the Jonathan Coulton song “Tom Cruise Crazy” won her the “Ukulele Video of the Year” award from UkuleleHunt.com, and earned her the attention... Read More →
DA

Draco and the Malfoys

Draco and the Malfoys are a wizard rock band founded in Woonsocket, Rhode Island in 2004. The group is composed of half-brothers Brian Ross and Bradley Mehlenbacher, who perform under the persona of Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter book series. | | Since the band’s formation in 2004, they have released two full-length studio albums, one extended play release and have collaborated on four compilation albums. | | In late 2013 in a... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Signing Booths (Marketplace)

12:00pm

Photo Booth: Jackie Emerson and Devin Lytle

Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

Speakers
JE

Jackie Emerson

Jackie is best known for her portrayal of Foxface in The Hunger Games. From a young age, she pursued her interests in both acting and singing. In 2006, she took part in the Disney recording band Dev2.0. She has since then participated in many voice-overs for both radio and television. She has also performed in numerous professional productions with Reprise, The Los Angeles Opera, and LA TheaterWorks. Jackie is an avid musician who spends the rest... Read More →
DL

Devin Lytle

Devin is a founding member of Team StarKid and was a cast member of the shenanigans y’all know as A Very Potter Musical, Me and My Dick, and others. These days, Devin is creating her own comedic sketch series dubbed POST GRAD, which details all the nitty gritty little details college forgot to teach us. Devin also teaches pole dancing at Sheila Kelley S Factor and is a huge advocate for the female rights. She works with... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Photo Booth B (Marketplace)

12:00pm

Autographs: Potter Puppet Pals

No wristband is required for this signing!

Signing Procedure

  1. You may only have one item signed at each signing. You may not bring in items for your friends who didn’t get wristbands. One person - one item. This is the only way we can get things going with the speed they need to be respectful to everyone. 

  2. After you get your items signed, please leave the signing area promptly.

  3. You may not take photographs or videos of yourself with our special guests, or engage in any other activity that will hold up the lines. If you do so, then your pass may be revoked.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

 



Friday August 1, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Signing Booths (Marketplace)

12:00pm

The Tumblr Ask Box IV
The Tumblr Ask Box is open! Welcome to the real-world version of the Tumblr ask box, brought to you by Tumblr itself. Each session will feature a lineup of special guests who will hit the hot seat for 10 minutes of nonstop Q&A, in as rapid-fire of a manner as we can manage. Only, there's a twist: we aren't going to tell you ahead of time who is slated for which session. Life at LeakyCon is like your Tumblr dashboard: you never know what you're gonna get. 

There are two ways to submit questions for these sessions: send them in via the LeakyCon ask box and tag it #askboxlive, or simply be present at one of these sessions and jump up and down in front of a moderator's face. 

Moderators
CK

Cheryl Klein

Cheryl is the senior editor at Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.). In her book Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults, Cheryl leads readers to discover what must be done to polish a manuscript for children and young adult readers. Her impressive editorial experience includes award-winning novels and picture books, such as the final books of the Harry... Read More →

Friday August 1, 2014 12:00pm - 1:20pm
W300

12:30pm

The Hogwarts Alumni Association 2014
Six - count em, six! - actors from the Harry Potter movies are here to discuss life at Hogwarts!

Moderators
Speakers
SB

Scarlett Byrne

Scarlett began her acting career in 2008 as Chloe Daniels in an episode of the British TV drama Doctors. Her career took off in 2009 when she landed the role of Pansy Parkinson for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II. Since then she has appeared in several short videos written by fellow Potter star Jessie Cave, and most recently appeared on the... Read More →
ED

Ellie Darcey-Alden

Ellie played Young Lily in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and, in a fandom double-whammy, she recently appeared in the Doctor Who Christmas episode “The Snowmen.” She has been in the TV series Robin Hood and Holby City, as well as the recent film Welcome to the Punch. This is her fourth LeakyCon!
RJ

Robbie Jarvis

Robbie Jarvis played young James Potter in the movie adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. He has also appeared in the Nickelodeon show Genie In The House and did vocal work for The History Boys. He has also guest starred in episodes of Waking the Dead for the BBC and ITV’s Trial & Retribution.
HM

Hugh Mitchell

Hugh Mitchell played the camera-carrying Colin Creevey in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets film. Since then, he has appeared in several films including The Da Vinci Code (Young Silas) and the British horror-comedy Tormented (Tim).
NS

Nick Shirm

Nick Shirm portrayed Zacharias Smith in the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix film and video game. He worked on the British film Sixty Six.
CS

Charlotte Skeoch

Charlotte Skeoch portrayed Hannah Abbot in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and the Order of the Phoenix, and Deathly Hallows Part 2 video games. She also played Hayley on the popular BBC television show EastEnders. She has also written film reviews for the Huffington Post, as well as contributed to several other blogs.


Friday August 1, 2014 12:30pm - 1:20pm
MainStage

1:00pm

Queer Eye for the Magi: Queerness in Harry Potter
Join Mark Oshiro (of Mark Reads / Mark Watches) as he hosts a discussion about the presence of queerness in the Harry Potter world, from Dumbledore to headcanons to fanfiction.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Oshiro

Mark Oshiro

Fan Guest of Honor, Mark Does Stuff
What if you could re-live the experience of reading a book (or watching a show) for the first time? Mark Oshiro provides just such a thing on a daily basis on Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since 2009, Mark has been subjecting himself to the emotional journey that one takes when they enter a fictional world for the first time. He mixes textual analysis... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 1:00pm - 1:40pm
W102 A

1:00pm

Engaging in Positive Fandom: A Discussion
These days, fandom can be really exciting. Creators get instant feedback, fans can interact with the people they admire, and both interactions can create inspiring and fulfilling relationships. But how do we make sure to encourage those relationships to remain positive? What are appropriate and inappropriate ways to be a fan or have fans? How do fans remain positive and passionate without tipping into idolatry and obsession, and how do creators engage their audience without taking advantage of admiration and devotion? 

These are going to be difficult questions to answer, and the leadership of LeakyCon and the HP Alliance have been looking for a way forward. This group of fans and creators want to hear your thoughts and ideas on the subject, as well as share some of their own experiences and thoughts. Improving the world of fan engagement for everyone is important, and we want to start the conversation on how to do it right here, right now, with you. 



Moderators
LC

Laura Castleman

As the daughter of two librarians, Laura Castleman grew up reading voraciously: but she will always have a special place in her heart for Harry Potter.  After getting her bachelor's degree in Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon, she has worked for the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), and Indiana University's Sexual Assault Crisis Service (SACS... Read More →

Speakers
PD

Paul DeGeorge

Paul is a fandom innovator. He plays in Harry and the Potters, co-founded the Harry Potter Alliance, created the Snitchwich, and orchestrated the Nerds for Obama campaign last fall. He is the executive director of the Harry Potter Alliance.
avatar for Dani Palmer

Dani Palmer

Staff Photographer, International Quidditch Association
Dani has been doing this for 5 years now. What exactly “this” is may be ambiguous, but involves having been a Slytherin since the age of 9 and this zany Leaky/Geeky community in every way possible, from writing for personal and help blogs on the topic of the con to volunteering as head of Slytherin House. As a disability and LGBTQIA+ advocate and photographer by trade, Dani spends most time using fandom circles to engage in bettering the... Read More →
MT

Meghan Tonjes

Musician, Vlogger and YouTube personality, Meghan’s videos have garnered over 15 million views. As a guest on The Ellen Degeneres Show, she shared her music and publicly detailed her past with bullying during the ‘It Gets Better’ initiative. Featured on Upworthy.com, her video entitled “I AM FAT” quickly went viral and encouraged her audience to reclaim the word ‘fat’ without all of the negative... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 1:00pm - 1:40pm
W105

1:00pm

Songwriting for Geeks and Nerds
The speakers on this panel are all used to writing music for a very specific set of people: us! Get a chance to talk about the process of writing and performing this type of music and what it's like when the rest of the world starts to pay attention.

Speakers
AD

Adam Dubberly

Musician
Adam Dubberly is a singer/songwriter based out of Austin, Texas. Formerly of wizard rock fame with his band The Mudbloods, Dubberly’s pursuits are now with his band Harvey Dowd. | | You can hear and download Adam’s music and sign up for his mailing list by visiting http://www.harveydowdmusic.com.
LF

Lauren Fairweather

Lauren Fairweather is a full-time nerdy musician, YouTube partner (devilishlypure), and wizard rocker. Her songs feature catchy melodies over acoustic guitar or ukulele and cover a variety of topics including, most recently, 'The Prince’s Tale' chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Lauren is also a member of prominent wizard rock band The Moaning Myrtles and groundbreaking collaborative YouTube channel fiveawesomegirls. In... Read More →
ML

Molly Lewis

Young songwriter Molly Lewis, according to Wikipedia, writes “comedic songs on pop culture topics that trend toward the nerdy.” Her original songs and covers, accompanied by her masterful ukulele playing, have earned her over 4.5 million views on YouTube. Her cover of the Jonathan Coulton song “Tom Cruise Crazy” won her the “Ukulele Video of the Year” award from UkuleleHunt.com, and earned her the attention... Read More →
MM

Matt Maggiacomo

Matt was born in 1979 and spent the first six years of his life exploring the wilderness of Tarkiln, RI. This one time, he caught a bullfrog so big that his mother exclaimed, 'I reckon that's the biggest dern bullfrog I EVER saw.' But Matt's favorite activity was...


Friday August 1, 2014 1:00pm - 1:40pm
W109

1:00pm

The Real Restricted Section: Saving 'Undesirable' and Banned Books
What do Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen, Huckleberry Finn, Atticus Finch, and Holden Caulfield have in common, aside from being among the most beloved and influential literary characters? Answer: If a small group of people had their way, you never would have heard of them.

Despite the modern times we live in, the Restricted Section is very much a real place, and books are disappearing from shelves and out of the hands of young readers due to complaints about the content, the author, and other issues. This presentation will share key topics such as the differences between “challenged,” “banned,” and “restricted” and what these concepts mean for books. Learn about the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights, and how libraries are trying to uphold their positions as gatekeepers to information for all patrons. Most importantly, find out why books like Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and countless others are still on the chopping block in many libraries—and what we can do about it before it is too late.

Speakers
KP

Kate Powers

Kate Powers is a licensed library media specialist, focusing on youth services and information literacy. Her interests, besides banned books, Harry Potter, Anakin Skywalker, Matilda Wormwood, and supporting the freedom to read and information access, includes running ridiculously long distances for many hours for fun, writing her own stories, and drinking strong tea (Earl Grey, black), coffee with almond milk, and any and all craft beers... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 1:00pm - 1:40pm
W103

1:00pm

Worldbuilding!

Let’s make a WHOLE NEW WORLD! But first, lets figure out all the rules of how this world works. NO BIG DEAL, RIGHT? Some people love the worldbuilding part of writing a story; others quake. This is a panel about constructing the framework, establishing logic, making magic, building societies—and making it all make sense.


Speakers
HB

Holly Black

Author
Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, and two new forthcoming novels, The Iron Trial (the first book of the Magisterium series with Cassandra Clare) and The Darkest Part of the Forest. She has been a finalist for the... Read More →
AD

Alaya Dawn Johnson

Author
Alaya (rhymes with papaya) lives, writes, cooks, and (perhaps most importantly) eats in Mexico City. Her literary loves are all forms of speculative fiction, historical fiction, and the occasional highbrow novel. She plays the guitar badly and eats very well, particularly during canning season. She has published five novels for adults and young adults, including The Summer Prince, which was longlisted for the National Book Award in 2013.
KK

Kazu Kibuishi

Illustrator, Graphic Novelist
Kazu Kibuishi is the Eisner-nominated creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet series of graphic novels as well as Copper, and Daisy Kutter. He is also the cover artist of the recently released 15th anniversary editions of the Harry Potter series written by J.K. Rowling, and the founder and editor of the Flight Anthologies, a critically acclaimed comic series. Kazu Kibuishi lives in Seattle, Washington with his family. Find him on... Read More →
ML

Malinda Lo

Author
Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels including most recently the sci-fi duology Adaptation and Inheritance (Little, Brown). Her first novel, Ash, a retelling of Cinderella with a lesbian twist, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. Her novel Huntress was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Malinda is co-founder... Read More →
SW

Scott Westerfeld

Author
Scott Westerfeld is the author of the bestselling Uglies and Leviathan series. His books have won the Aurealis Award, the Victorian Premier's Award, the Philip K Dick Special Citation, and have been named NY Times Notable Books and BBYA Top Ten Children's Books of the Year. His latest novel, Afterworlds, is about a young writer navigating the world of YA publishing. It comes out September 23, 2014.


Friday August 1, 2014 1:00pm - 1:50pm
W110B

1:00pm

Writing the Tough Stuff

YA literature doesn’t shy away from hard topics. Sexual assault, death, substance abuse, eating disorders, violence, unplanned pregnancy…these are things that play a role in many lives. How do you about writing about some of these real-life problems? How do you research such a book? How do you negotiate some of these rough scenes in the most effective way possible? How can books help people heal? And why do so many people want to ban books that discuss the realities of life? This panel will contain discussion of topics that may be difficult for some—but these are things that need to be talked about.


Speakers
LH

Laurie Halse Anderson

Author
Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in Northern New York, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes. You can follow her adventures on Twitter... Read More →
VJ

Varian Johnson

Author
Varian Johnson is the author of four novels, including The Great Greene Heist, a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2014. His novels for older readers include My Life as a Rhombus, named to the Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List and the New York Public Library “Stuff for the Teen Age” list, and Saving Maddie, a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book. Varian was born in Florence, South... Read More →
LM

Lauren Myracle

Author
Lauren Myracle is the author of squillions of books for tweens and teens, including The Infinite Moment of Us, the best-selling Internet Girls series, horror novels Bliss and Rhymes with Witches, and Shine, winner of the 2012 Walden Award for YA fiction. Lauren feels amazingly lucky to be able to do what she loves and actually get paid for it, and she is hugely honored by the response of her fans, who call her books "awesome" and "soooooo... Read More →
SP

Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins has always worked with books - first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. She's the author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and the upcoming Isla and the Happily Ever After. She and her husband live in the mountains of North Carolina. Every room of their house is painted a different color of the rainbow.


Friday August 1, 2014 1:00pm - 1:50pm
W110A

1:00pm

Photo Booth: Team StarKid

Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

Speakers
JA

Julia Albain

Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Julia is an actor, director, producer and writer based in Chicago IL. She received her BFA in Theater Performance from the University of Michigan and is a proud alumni of the school. In recent years Julia produced and directed two national concert tours in association with StarKid Productions and Live Nation, as well as worked on countless other shows, appearances and projects. She is currently signed with Writer's... Read More →
DD

Denise Donovan

Denise joined Team StarKid in 2011 when she portrayed the ditzy Starship Ranger February in Starship. She also choreographed the dances in Starship. She has worked as an actress, dancer, choreographer, and yoga and personal fitness instructor.
BH

Brian Holden

Brian Holden is very happy to be coming back to LeakyCon! Leaky has been a constant in his life ever since Team StarKid's inception! A lot has changed since we debuted A Very Potter Sequel. Most recently, Brian has had the opportunity to create a sketch show with The Second City (Airport For Birds) and he directed the newest StarKid Production, Twisted! So thanks to all the fans who help make these wonderful things happen, and thanks to... Read More →
NL

Nick Lang

Nick Lang is best known for his roles of Robin in Holy Musical B@man and Kevin Bushwald in Little White Lie. He starred in A Very Potter Sequel as Arthur Weasley, Sorty, Scarfy and Peter Pettigrew. He also starred in Starship as The Caller Bug and Mister Bug. Along with his brother Matt, Nick has directed all Team StarKid productions.
JP

Jim Povolo

Jim Povolo is an actor best known for his performances in Team StarKid’s A Very Potter trilogy, Holy Musical B@man, and Starship.
BR

Brian Rosenthal

Brian Rosenthal is an actor/singer currently based in Los Angeles. Regional: Michigan Shakespeare Festival (Julius Caesar, All’s Well That Ends Well), The Peterborough Players (TheTorchbearers, The Foreigner). University of Michigan: Line, Hair, Speech And Debate, Victoria Station, The Diver, etc. Additionally, Brian is a proud company member of Team StarKid (A Very Potter Musical, A Very Potter Sequel, A Very Potter Senior... Read More →
DS

Dylan Saunders

A San Francisco native who now calls Los Angeles home, Dylan currently appears in the original web series The Clan from Reckless Tortuga Productions. Regional theatre credits include: Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, New Leaf Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, The National Theatre’s Connections Festival, Apostrof Theatre Festival, as well as eight productions as an original member of the... Read More →
MS

Meredith Stepien

Meredith Stepien grew up in Pinckney, Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan, where she met her fellow StarKids. After college, she moved to Chicago, where she currently resides. Aside from StarKid productions, she has pursued a life in standup comedy, and she continues to pursue her passion for percussion. She plays music with Nick Gage (composer for Holy Musical B@tman) and her band Jim and the Povolos. She loves swimming and Jane... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Photo Booth A (Marketplace)

1:00pm

Autographs: Amber Benson

This signing requires a wristband.

LeakyCon 2014 Signing & Photo Booth Procedures

LeakyCon is one of very few conferences that offers autograph sessions at no additional cost; however, registration for LeakyCon does not guarantee you access to any autograph session. In an effort to eliminate waiting time and run the signings at LeakyCon 2014 efficiently, we have borrowed a procedure from one of the only other conferences to offer free signatures, San Diego Comic-Con.

Please note that LeakyCon Lit signings are only open to those LeakyCon guests who have a pass for that track.  Rock signings will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If you have a RockStar pass, then the following only concerns you if you would like to enter the drawing for an additional signing pass over and above that which comes with your registration.

Access to all autograph sessions will be granted via drawings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. Attendance at this drawing is the only way to assure your spot in the signing, unless you are a RockStar (see above).

Raffle drawings are for autograph sessions only and will take place at 8 a.m. in Room 109 on the same day as the session in question. Photo booth sessions are open to all attendees on a first come, first served basis and will proceed as detailed below. Photo booth sessions do not require a wristband. Autograph and photo booth sessions will take place in the LeakyCon Marketplace (Exhibit Hall WA1).

So here’s how it works:

Drawing Procedure (Signings)

  1. Please line up in Room 109 at the time listed above to enter the drawing for the signing wristband you wish to have.  There will be multiple lines, each marked with the wristband you may obtain.

  2. There will be a volunteer at the front of each line with a bag of tickets.

  3. When you reach the front of the line, you will pull a ticket out of the bag.

  4. If you pull out a winning ticket, then you have gained access to the signing. You will be directed to a second volunteer who will present you with the wristband necessary for entry to that signing, and should reconvene in the LeakyCon Marketplace (Exhibit Hall WA1) at the time of the signing.

  5. If you pull a non-winning ticket, then you have not gained access to that signing, You may try again the next day, or, if you wish, you may return to the end of the line.


The bags will contain the correct number of tickets to assure that all of the signings are full and that, to the best of our ability to judge, no one will wait in line unnecessarily.

All of the drawings for the day’s signings will take place at the same time. When you arrive for the drawing, you should choose the signing session you are most interested in and stand in that line first. Once you have drawn for that signing, you may stand another line, if you like. This should be a fast process so don’t worry about making it through multiple lines!

Ok, so you have your wristband... what next?

Signing Procedure

  1. If you won a wristband at the morning lottery, please line up in the signing area at the allotted signing time. There is no need to line up early. Everyone who receives a wristband will be granted access to the appropriate signing. However, it is recommended that you line up closer to the beginning of the signing rather than closer to the end.  The signing will end at its appointed time, and we need to move things along - we know you’re ready to go to your next bit of programming, so we don’t want to hold you up!

  2. You may only have one item signed at each signing. You may not bring in items for your friends who didn’t get wristbands. One person - one item. This is the only way we can get things going with the speed they need to be respectful to everyone.

  3. After you get your items signed, please leave the signing area promptly.

  4. You may not take photographs or videos of yourself with our special guests, or engage in any other activity that will hold up the lines. If you do so, then your pass may be revoked.


Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!



Speakers
AB

Amber Benson

Amber Benson is most well known for her role as Tara McClay on the hit show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In addition to acting, she has written and directed three feature films and an animated web series for the BBC. In 2009, she added author to her resume when adult urban fantasy, Death’s Daughter, as well as her children’s book, Among the Ghosts, were published. She made her very first LeakyCon appearance in Chicago as a... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Signing Booths (Marketplace)

1:00pm

Autographs: Supernatural

This signing requires a wristband.

LeakyCon 2014 Signing & Photo Booth Procedures

LeakyCon is one of very few conferences that offers autograph sessions at no additional cost; however, registration for LeakyCon does not guarantee you access to any autograph session. In an effort to eliminate waiting time and run the signings at LeakyCon 2014 efficiently, we have borrowed a procedure from one of the only other conferences to offer free signatures, San Diego Comic-Con.

Please note that LeakyCon Lit signings are only open to those LeakyCon guests who have a pass for that track.  Rock signings will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If you have a RockStar pass, then the following only concerns you if you would like to enter the drawing for an additional signing pass over and above that which comes with your registration.

Access to all autograph sessions will be granted via drawings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. Attendance at this drawing is the only way to assure your spot in the signing, unless you are a RockStar (see above).

Raffle drawings are for autograph sessions only and will take place at 8 a.m. in Room 109 on the same day as the session in question. Photo booth sessions are open to all attendees on a first come, first served basis and will proceed as detailed below. Photo booth sessions do not require a wristband. Autograph and photo booth sessions will take place in the LeakyCon Marketplace (Exhibit Hall WA1).

So here’s how it works:

Drawing Procedure (Signings)

  1. Please line up in Room 109 at the time listed above to enter the drawing for the signing wristband you wish to have.  There will be multiple lines, each marked with the wristband you may obtain.

  2. There will be a volunteer at the front of each line with a bag of tickets.

  3. When you reach the front of the line, you will pull a ticket out of the bag.

  4. If you pull out a winning ticket, then you have gained access to the signing. You will be directed to a second volunteer who will present you with the wristband necessary for entry to that signing, and should reconvene in the LeakyCon Marketplace (Exhibit Hall WA1) at the time of the signing.

  5. If you pull a non-winning ticket, then you have not gained access to that signing, You may try again the next day, or, if you wish, you may return to the end of the line.


The bags will contain the correct number of tickets to assure that all of the signings are full and that, to the best of our ability to judge, no one will wait in line unnecessarily.

All of the drawings for the day’s signings will take place at the same time. When you arrive for the drawing, you should choose the signing session you are most interested in and stand in that line first. Once you have drawn for that signing, you may stand another line, if you like. This should be a fast process so don’t worry about making it through multiple lines!

Ok, so you have your wristband... what next?

Signing Procedure

  1. If you won a wristband at the morning lottery, please line up in the signing area at the allotted signing time. There is no need to line up early. Everyone who receives a wristband will be granted access to the appropriate signing. However, it is recommended that you line up closer to the beginning of the signing rather than closer to the end.  The signing will end at its appointed time, and we need to move things along - we know you’re ready to go to your next bit of programming, so we don’t want to hold you up!

  2. You may only have one item signed at each signing. You may not bring in items for your friends who didn’t get wristbands. One person - one item. This is the only way we can get things going with the speed they need to be respectful to everyone.

  3. After you get your items signed, please leave the signing area promptly.

  4. You may not take photographs or videos of yourself with our special guests, or engage in any other activity that will hold up the lines. If you do so, then your pass may be revoked.


Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!



Speakers
AG

Adam Glass

Adam Glass is currently a Writer/Executive Producer on Supernatural for the CW. When Adam is not writing for TV or films he’s writing graphic novels. Marvel Comics’ Deadpool Suicide Kings & DC Comics’ Suicide Squad 1 & 2 were all New York Times Bestsellers. Other books Adam has written for Marvel are Deadpool Pulp, Luke Cage Noir, Deadpool Team Up and Luke Cage Origins... Read More →
AH

Alaina Huffman

Alaina Huffman portrays Abaddon in the hit CW series Supernatural. You might also recognize Alaina from her role as Lt. Tamara Johansen on Stargate Universe or as Black Canary on Smallville.
RT

Robbie Thompson

Robbie Thompson is a writer for the hit CW television show Supernatural.


Friday August 1, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Signing Booths (Marketplace)

1:00pm

The so VERY Fetch 10th Anniversary Mean Girls Party
ʺShe doesn't even go here!ʺ ʺYou go Glen Coco!ʺ ʺYour mom's chest hair!ʺ If you have spent any time on the internet this past decade, you know these phrases like Gretchen Wieners knows everybody's business. This year, one of the most recognizable teen movie of the 2000s turns ten years old. It is only right to celebrate the milestone together here at LeakyCon. In this session, you are welcome to come and watch this film with other not-so-mean girls (and boys!). Fans will be quoting the movie the whole time, as well as participating in trivia, and lots andlots of laughs. See you there with mouse ears on (and PS, your hair looks sexy pushed back).

Speakers
JH

Jocelyn Hannusch

Starship Rangers
For long you live and high you fly, for smiles you give and tears you cry, for all you touch and all you see is all your life will ever be- | Pink Floyd


Friday August 1, 2014 1:00pm - 2:40pm
W101

1:30pm

This Panel is Emma Approved

Pemberley Digital changed the scape of modern storytelling with the Emmy Award winning The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. This year they're taking on another Austen Classic, Emma, with the same brand of wit and sparkle. Join the cast and crew for an enlightening discussion!


Moderators
EB

Emily Bytheway

Editor, LeakyNews
Emily first read Harry Potter in the spring of 2000 (shortly before the publication of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and joined the Harry Potter fandom in fall of 2001. Since then, she's written some (very bad) fanfiction, served as a moderator at the Sugar Quill, participated as second chair for the Ron/Hermione side in the Nimbus 2003 live shipping debate, co-coordinated Scribbulus: The Leaky Cauldron's Essay Project, and currently... Read More →

Speakers
BB

Brent Bailey

Actor, YouTuber
Brent Bailey plays Alex Knightley in Emma Approved. Brent Bailey, Born in Tucson, Arizona on July 4, 1983. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Brent graduated from Desert Mountain High School in 2001 and went on to attend DeVry University – Arizona where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and a Master’s in Business. Brent began his acting career in 2005 and joined SAG three months later. Brent was first seen in... Read More →
DH

Dayeanne Hutton

Dayeanne is thrilled to pieces to be making her internet debut as Harriet in Emma Approved! As the product of two theatrically involved parents, acting in both theatre and film has been central in her upbringing and survival. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago, she is happy to be back home in California and working in Los Angeles. Some recent projects include the psychological thriller, Washed, coming out in 2014, as well as... Read More →
JB

James Brent Isaacs

James Brent Isaacs plays Bobby Martin in Emma Approved. | | James is an actor and writer born and raised in New Jersey. He got into acting at an early age because pretty girls were trying out for the school play and he knew he’d be the only boy in the show so they’d have to date him. This backfired, but his love of acting was born nevertheless! You can also catch James over at Geek & Sundry where he vlogs under the name... Read More →
JS

Joanna Sotomura

Joanna Sotomura plays Emma Woodhouse in Emma Approved. Joanna was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. After graduating from Loyola Marymount University, Joanna was cast in her first feature film Madison County. Since then, she has had the fortune of working such shows as Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and Video Game High School as well as the features The Poising and Geek USA.
BS

Bernie Su

Bernie Su was an Executive Producer and the Head Writer of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. He also served as an Executive Producer and Director of Welcome to Sanditon. He is the Executive Producer, Co-Creator, Head Writer, and Director of Emma Approved. | | Outside of Pemberley Digital projects, Bernie was the writer and director of LOOKBOOK: the series, a scripted dramatic series for the popular fashion social network LOOKBOOK.com. This narrative... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm
MainStage

2:00pm

Wandlore - A Complex and Mysterious Magic
No other symbol identifies a wizard more clearly than the instrument that channels his or her most powerful magic: the magic wand. Go beyond the very basic view with which most wizards approach their wands and discuss the importance of wand loyalties and the ʺfeelingsʺ that wands develop. Come look deeper into the wands of our favorite wizards and attempt to unlock their mysteries.

Speakers
GL

Greg Laslo

Greg Laslo is the founder and Master Wandmaker of the Hungarian Wand Shop. Greg became a fan of Harry Potter by reading the first book to his children nearly 14 years ago and has loved the Potter world ever since. He has been making wands for over seven years, and the study of wandlore and wand properties has been a passion for him.


Friday August 1, 2014 2:00pm - 2:40pm
W102 A

2:00pm

Hogwarts: Castle or Character
Do you think the Hogwarts Castle is alive? Is it a sentient being or just a lifeless old building? Did magic bring the castle to life, or does it seem alive because of magic? Are the halls enchanted or do they act on their own free will? Is Hogwarts really a one of a kind castle? This panel will discuss all of these things and more about the castle so many of us wish to call home.

Speakers
SD

Stephanie DeNormand

Steph deNormand has been a Harry Potter fan since The Sorcerer's Stone was first released. She is a Ravenclaw, and is often seen telling anyone who will listen exactly why social justice activism is so important. This is Steph's second LeakyCon, however when she is not exploring convention centers she can be found with her nose in a book or eyes glued to a laptop screen. She also enjoys playing a variety of instruments, including pop and rock... Read More →
KK

Katelyn Kelly

Katelyn Kelly is a Slytherin and a student at FAU studying Political Science. This is her fourth LeakyCon but her first time presenting, and she is very excited to experience a new part of Leaky.
JM

Jenna Muezenberger

Jenna Muenzenberger is a proud Hufflepuff! As part of her coursework, she can be found obsessing over social media while watching movies and television. When she's not claiming to be 'studying,' she can also be found reading, playing numerous musical instruments, and dancing around her room. This will be her third LeakyCon and her first year as a panelist.
avatar for Abby Ritter

Abby Ritter

Specialized Recreation Aide, The Arc of Oneida-Lewis
Abby is many things: a music therapist, former figure skater, disability and LGBTQ+ activist, and, above all, a professional fangirl. She has been attending Mischief Management conventions since 2012, and has been shouting/crying her face off during panels since 2013. She was a LeakyStars finalist in at LeakyCon Portland. The proudest moment of her life was playing her arrangement of Accio Deathly Hallows for Hank Green with the LeakyCon Pep Band... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 2:00pm - 2:40pm
W103

2:00pm

LeakyNews Does Comics
Join the LeakyNews managing editors as they try to talk about everything going on in comics right now. The editors want to dissect the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the potential DC Cinematic Universe, and everything in-between. How has Marvel Now changed our favorite mutants? Is the New 52 holding up? Are the steps taken by publishers to widen their audience - creating new heroes of different gender, religion, and sexuality - working? What is going on outside of the big publishers? And most of all - what comics are YOU geeking out about? Whether you're just peeking into the world of panels, or you routinely dust off your first-run, mint condition Dazzler series, we want you to join in the conversation!

Speakers
avatar for Brad Ausrotas

Brad Ausrotas

Creative Programming, GeekyCon
Brad was born and raised in the proud nation of Canada. He is a writer, musician, gamer, huge nerd, and chaotic neutral. He is a fan of craft beer, bands you've never heard of, and fast cars.
avatar for Leah Cornish

Leah Cornish

Creative Programming, LeakyCon
Leah does all of the Leaky things. It's pretty much a sickness at this point.


Friday August 1, 2014 2:00pm - 2:45pm
W105

2:00pm

Hannah Hart Previews Her New Book!
Join the tipsy YouTube sensation, comedian Hannah Hart, as she previews her new book, My Drunk Kitchen. Be some of the first to hear the dish and even possibly get your hands on it!

Speakers
HH

Hannah Hart

Hannah Hart is an American internet personality and comedian. She is best known for starring in My Drunk Kitchen, a weekly series on YouTube. Apart from her main channel, she also runs a second channel where she talks about life in general and gives her opinions on various topics.


Friday August 1, 2014 2:00pm - 2:45pm
W109

2:00pm

LeakyCon Lit Signing I
(Only registrants of LeakyCon Lit may attend this signing.)

Speakers
LH

Laurie Halse Anderson

Author
Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in Northern New York, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes. You can follow her adventures on Twitter... Read More →
HB

Holly Black

Author
Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, and two new forthcoming novels, The Iron Trial (the first book of the Magisterium series with Cassandra Clare) and The Darkest Part of the Forest. She has been a finalist for the... Read More →
GF

Gayle Forman

Author
Gayle Forman is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author and journalist. She is the author of Just One Day, Just One Year, and the companion e-novella Just One Night, as well as the New York Times bestsellers If I Stay and Where She Went. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughters.
LG

Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman is the New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians, likened to an adult Harry Potter by the New York Times, and the sequels The Magician King and The Magican Land. Lev is a journalist and writes for Time as a book critic and lead technology writer. He has also written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. Portland... Read More →
AD

Alaya Dawn Johnson

Author
Alaya (rhymes with papaya) lives, writes, cooks, and (perhaps most importantly) eats in Mexico City. Her literary loves are all forms of speculative fiction, historical fiction, and the occasional highbrow novel. She plays the guitar badly and eats very well, particularly during canning season. She has published five novels for adults and young adults, including The Summer Prince, which was longlisted for the National Book Award in 2013.
MJ

Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of ten YA novels (including SUITE SCARLETT, SCARLETT FEVER, 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES, THE NAME OF THE STAR, and THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH). She has also done many collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). Maureen has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University. She has been nominated... Read More →
VJ

Varian Johnson

Author
Varian Johnson is the author of four novels, including The Great Greene Heist, a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2014. His novels for older readers include My Life as a Rhombus, named to the Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List and the New York Public Library “Stuff for the Teen Age” list, and Saving Maddie, a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book. Varian was born in Florence, South... Read More →
KK

Kazu Kibuishi

Illustrator, Graphic Novelist
Kazu Kibuishi is the Eisner-nominated creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet series of graphic novels as well as Copper, and Daisy Kutter. He is also the cover artist of the recently released 15th anniversary editions of the Harry Potter series written by J.K. Rowling, and the founder and editor of the Flight Anthologies, a critically acclaimed comic series. Kazu Kibuishi lives in Seattle, Washington with his family. Find him on... Read More →
ML

Malinda Lo

Author
Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels including most recently the sci-fi duology Adaptation and Inheritance (Little, Brown). Her first novel, Ash, a retelling of Cinderella with a lesbian twist, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. Her novel Huntress was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Malinda is co-founder... Read More →
LM

Lauren Myracle

Author
Lauren Myracle is the author of squillions of books for tweens and teens, including The Infinite Moment of Us, the best-selling Internet Girls series, horror novels Bliss and Rhymes with Witches, and Shine, winner of the 2012 Walden Award for YA fiction. Lauren feels amazingly lucky to be able to do what she loves and actually get paid for it, and she is hugely honored by the response of her fans, who call her books "awesome" and "soooooo... Read More →
SP

Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins has always worked with books - first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. She's the author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and the upcoming Isla and the Happily Ever After. She and her husband live in the mountains of North Carolina. Every room of their house is painted a different color of the rainbow.
RR

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell earned a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995 and, at 24, became the youngest-ever – and first female – columnist at the Omaha World-Herald. Though her first novel, Attachments, is set in a newsroom, it couldn’t be less of a true story. She met her husband in junior high and can hardly get him to read her books, let alone her emails. Her second novel, Eleanor & Park &ndash... Read More →
RW

Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is the author of The Waking Dark, The Book of Blood and Shadow, the Cold Awakening trilogy, and several other books for children and teens. (Maybe you caught the TV miniseries adaptation of her Seven Deadly Sins series... and if you haven’t, you’re missing out.) She grew up in Philadelphia, moved to New York as soon as she got the chance, and, for her very first task at her very first job out of college, was assigned... Read More →
SW

Scott Westerfeld

Author
Scott Westerfeld is the author of the bestselling Uglies and Leviathan series. His books have won the Aurealis Award, the Victorian Premier's Award, the Philip K Dick Special Citation, and have been named NY Times Notable Books and BBYA Top Ten Children's Books of the Year. His latest novel, Afterworlds, is about a young writer navigating the world of YA publishing. It comes out September 23, 2014.


Friday August 1, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Signing Booths (Marketplace)

2:00pm

Photo Booth: The Characters of AV Byte
Hipster Ariel? Sherlock? The musical masters at AV Byte regularly embody your favorite characters on YouTube, and we couldn't resist the chance to do some geeky photos with them.

Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

Friday August 1, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Photo Booth A (Marketplace)

2:00pm

The Tumblr Ask Box V
The Tumblr Ask Box is open! Welcome to the real-world version of the Tumblr ask box, brought to you by Tumblr itself. Each session will feature a lineup of special guests who will hit the hot seat for 10 minutes of nonstop Q&A, in as rapid-fire of a manner as we can manage. Only, there's a twist: we aren't going to tell you ahead of time who is slated for which session. Life at LeakyCon is like your Tumblr dashboard: you never know what you're gonna get. 

There are two ways to submit questions for these sessions: send them in via the LeakyCon ask box and tag it #askboxlive, or simply be present at one of these sessions and jump up and down in front of a moderator's face. 

Moderators
AF

Amandalyn Ferri

Amandalyn Ferri runs Community Outreach and Events for Tumblr. Before working at Tumblr she worked at CollegeHumor putting jokes on t-shirts for BustedTees.com. Most commonly she is referred to as America's Sweetheart and is exceptionally good at hanging out. She is very passionate about Grease 2, Shark Tanks, and the ups and downs of Amanda Knox.

Friday August 1, 2014 2:00pm - 3:20pm
W300

2:30pm

"Frankenstein M.D." Exclusive Preview
It's alive! Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Emma Approved wizards Pemberley Digital have teamed up with PBS Digital Studios to create Frankenstein M.D., and LeakyCon attendees will be seeing the first two episodes live before anyone else in the world.

This reimagining of Mary Shelley's groundbreaking science fiction novel features Victoria Frankenstein, an obsessive and egocentric prodigy, in the lead role, creating a new female heroine for the timeless story and the type of modern twist on classic lore in which the team at Pemberley Digital specializes. 

Speakers
AL

Anna Lore

Newcomer and rising star Anna Lore is from the great Midwest, where she first set foot on stage at the age of six. Since then, her love for entertaining has taken her from live theater to improv and sketch comedy and more. Anna has been in Los Angeles for just over two years and has spent half that time in her car, but is blessed to have spent the other half doing what she loves. You might recognize her from the recent viral YouTube video... Read More →
BS

Bernie Su

Bernie Su was an Executive Producer and the Head Writer of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. He also served as an Executive Producer and Director of Welcome to Sanditon. He is the Executive Producer, Co-Creator, Head Writer, and Director of Emma Approved. | | Outside of Pemberley Digital projects, Bernie was the writer and director of LOOKBOOK: the series, a scripted dramatic series for the popular fashion social network LOOKBOOK.com. This narrative... Read More →
SZ

Steve Zaragoza

Steve is a well-known YouTube comedian, actor, writer, movie nerd, toy collector and self-proclaimed “goofball man baby.” He is the current host of SourceFed and SourceFedNERD and has appeared on numerous other YouTube channels and shows, including Epic Meal Time, Soul Pancake’s The Flipside, The Fine Bros’ YouTubers React and The Annoying Orange Show. You can also find him as the voice of Ned on... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 2:30pm - 3:20pm
MainStage

3:00pm

Hogwarts vs. Middle-earth
Come participate in an open discussion/smackdown as fans participate in a spirited debate that contrasts and connects two of the most compelling fantasy worlds ever created. We'll talk about Britishness, wizard guides, heroism, friendship, magic, and more. Come to support Dumbledore's Army or the Nine Walkers or both!

Speakers
JW

Jim Wert

Curator, Nerd Cave & Tolkien Museum
Husband, proud father of four, serious Tolkien/Lewis geek, presbyter, management consultant, closet thespian, appreciator of fine ales,occasional Madeye clone


Friday August 1, 2014 3:00pm - 3:40pm
W103

3:00pm

How Does Your Hogwarts House Define You?
Are students at Hogwarts sorted based on who they are or who they could be? Do we sort too soon? Is the Sorting Hat ever wrong? Join in on a discussion of House traits and how they define us. We explore what the Sorting Hat sees in each student being sorted and whether or not those characters live up to the traits their Hogwarts House is known for.

Speakers
LD

Leigh Davis

Leigh Davis is a second year Library Science graduate student at Indiana University who loves fandom, history, event planning, and being an all-around nerd. She's currently working full-time as the Student Services Assistant at Collins Living-Learning Center, a residence hall at Indiana University-Bloomington.


Friday August 1, 2014 3:00pm - 3:40pm
W105

3:00pm

FYeahCopyright & Fanworks
Calling all fanfic writers, cosplayers, musicans, app creators, and fandom fans! Learn all about the current state of Fair Use, copyright, and transformative works from Attorney Heidi Tandy, and get answers to questions about what is next for fandomers who like to get creative.

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Tandy

Heidi Tandy

Attorney, Heidi Tandy
Heidi is a copyright/trademark attorney with a focus on brand protection and fair use; she is Of Counsel with Price Benowitz. | Heidi wrote the chapter on Harry Potter in SmartPopBooks' FIC, founded FictionAlley and FYeahCopyright, and serves on the Legal Committee for the Organization for Transformative Works. She's been part of the Harry Potter Fandom panel at Comic Con since 2008.


Friday August 1, 2014 3:00pm - 3:40pm
W102 A

3:00pm

"The Book Was Better": Having Your Books Made Into a Movie

We’ve all seen movies based on books we love—but what’s it actually like to write a book and see it turned into a film? What’s the process? What happens when material is changed? How do you deal with the nerves, the highs, and the lows? Our panel of authors have been through it and have lived to tell the tale.


Speakers
LH

Laurie Halse Anderson

Author
Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in Northern New York, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes. You can follow her adventures on Twitter... Read More →
HB

Holly Black

Author
Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, and two new forthcoming novels, The Iron Trial (the first book of the Magisterium series with Cassandra Clare) and The Darkest Part of the Forest. She has been a finalist for the... Read More →
GF

Gayle Forman

Author
Gayle Forman is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author and journalist. She is the author of Just One Day, Just One Year, and the companion e-novella Just One Night, as well as the New York Times bestsellers If I Stay and Where She Went. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughters.
JG

John Green

Author
John Green is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, and two other books for young adults. He is also the co-author, with David Levithan, of Will Grayson, Will Grayson. The movie adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars was released in June 2014, directed by Josh Boone. John is the co-creator with his brother Hank of the popular YouTube channels vlogbrothers and Crash Course.
RW

Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is the author of The Waking Dark, The Book of Blood and Shadow, the Cold Awakening trilogy, and several other books for children and teens. (Maybe you caught the TV miniseries adaptation of her Seven Deadly Sins series... and if you haven’t, you’re missing out.) She grew up in Philadelphia, moved to New York as soon as she got the chance, and, for her very first task at her very first job out of college, was assigned... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
W110A

3:00pm

I Love Trash

Is there such thing as a bad book? Or a book you should feel guilt for reading? Why is one person’s trash another person’s treasure? Should we ever feel guilty about reading? And why do so many of those books labeled as “guilty pleasure” seem to be written by women? What roles do sexism, snobbery, and taste play in our reading choices?


Speakers
AB

Amber Benson

Amber Benson is most well known for her role as Tara McClay on the hit show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In addition to acting, she has written and directed three feature films and an animated web series for the BBC. In 2009, she added author to her resume when adult urban fantasy, Death’s Daughter, as well as her children’s book, Among the Ghosts, were published. She made her very first LeakyCon appearance in Chicago as a... Read More →
LG

Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman is the New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians, likened to an adult Harry Potter by the New York Times, and the sequels The Magician King and The Magican Land. Lev is a journalist and writes for Time as a book critic and lead technology writer. He has also written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. Portland... Read More →
AD

Alaya Dawn Johnson

Author
Alaya (rhymes with papaya) lives, writes, cooks, and (perhaps most importantly) eats in Mexico City. Her literary loves are all forms of speculative fiction, historical fiction, and the occasional highbrow novel. She plays the guitar badly and eats very well, particularly during canning season. She has published five novels for adults and young adults, including The Summer Prince, which was longlisted for the National Book Award in 2013.
LM

Lauren Myracle

Author
Lauren Myracle is the author of squillions of books for tweens and teens, including The Infinite Moment of Us, the best-selling Internet Girls series, horror novels Bliss and Rhymes with Witches, and Shine, winner of the 2012 Walden Award for YA fiction. Lauren feels amazingly lucky to be able to do what she loves and actually get paid for it, and she is hugely honored by the response of her fans, who call her books "awesome" and "soooooo... Read More →
SP

Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins has always worked with books - first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. She's the author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and the upcoming Isla and the Happily Ever After. She and her husband live in the mountains of North Carolina. Every room of their house is painted a different color of the rainbow.
RR

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell earned a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995 and, at 24, became the youngest-ever – and first female – columnist at the Omaha World-Herald. Though her first novel, Attachments, is set in a newsroom, it couldn’t be less of a true story. She met her husband in junior high and can hardly get him to read her books, let alone her emails. Her second novel, Eleanor & Park &ndash... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
W110B

3:00pm

The Buffy Horror Picture Show
Welcome to the Buffy Horror Picture Show! Come enjoy a screening of the musical spectacular episode "Once More with Feeling" from the incredible Joss Whedon show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. However, there is a twist: there will also be a live shadow cast who will be acting out the episode alongside the video. This is a Rocky Horror-style performance, so audience participation is required. Sing along, shout out your jokes, quote some of the wittiest lines ever written, and swoon at the sheer hotness of Spike. Make sure you have your fake fangs and a spare pair of underwear to throw at the car parking ticket lady. It's going to be a slaying good time!

Speakers
avatar for Deanna Gardner

Deanna Gardner

Legal Assistant, Culos & Company
Deanna is a Legal Assistant who uses her breaks to doodle new cosplays to make on the weekend, when she is not spending her time watching Netflix with her cats or attempting to take over the world. She can be found lurking online as the admin for GeekyCon & LeakyCon Cosplay Community on Facebook, where she is always available to lend a helping hand.
CW

Courtney Withrow

Courtney Withrow considers LeakyCon to be the highlight of her summer.


Friday August 1, 2014 3:00pm - 4:20pm
W101

3:30pm

Photo Booth: Tessa Netting and Joe Moses

Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

Speakers
JM

Joe Moses

Joe Moses first rose to Internet stardom portraying Severus Snape in StarKid Production's A Very Potter Musical. He is the creator of the viral sensations The Potion Master's Corner and The Joe Moses One-Man Showses (JMOMS). Since its original run in August of 2011, the ever-changing JMOMS has sold out theaters in NYC and across the country. Joe stays connected to his fans and releases new content using social media sites, where he maintains an... Read More →
TN

Tessa Netting

Tessa Netting is an actor, singer, and parody mastermind who will stop at nothing until all of her dreams and goals are accomplished. Tessa took to YouTube, creating tessaROXX TV, and quickly became nationally known for fusing Broadway and pop culture in her parodies. The most logical next step, in her mind, is television. Last January, Tessa moved to Los Angeles to expand and utilize her talents, both in front of the camera and as a creative... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Photo Booth A (Marketplace)

3:30pm

Autographs: Team StarKid

This signing requires a wristband.

LeakyCon 2014 Signing & Photo Booth Procedures

LeakyCon is one of very few conferences that offers autograph sessions at no additional cost; however, registration for LeakyCon does not guarantee you access to any autograph session. In an effort to eliminate waiting time and run the signings at LeakyCon 2014 efficiently, we have borrowed a procedure from one of the only other conferences to offer free signatures, San Diego Comic-Con.

Please note that LeakyCon Lit signings are only open to those LeakyCon guests who have a pass for that track.  Rock signings will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If you have a RockStar pass, then the following only concerns you if you would like to enter the drawing for an additional signing pass over and above that which comes with your registration.

Access to all autograph sessions will be granted via drawings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. Attendance at this drawing is the only way to assure your spot in the signing, unless you are a RockStar (see above).

Raffle drawings are for autograph sessions only and will take place at 8 a.m. in Room 109 on the same day as the session in question. Photo booth sessions are open to all attendees on a first come, first served basis and will proceed as detailed below. Photo booth sessions do not require a wristband. Autograph and photo booth sessions will take place in the LeakyCon Marketplace (Exhibit Hall WA1).

So here’s how it works:

Drawing Procedure (Signings)

  1. Please line up in Room 109 at the time listed above to enter the drawing for the signing wristband you wish to have.  There will be multiple lines, each marked with the wristband you may obtain.

  2. There will be a volunteer at the front of each line with a bag of tickets.

  3. When you reach the front of the line, you will pull a ticket out of the bag.

  4. If you pull out a winning ticket, then you have gained access to the signing. You will be directed to a second volunteer who will present you with the wristband necessary for entry to that signing, and should reconvene in the LeakyCon Marketplace (Exhibit Hall WA1) at the time of the signing.

  5. If you pull a non-winning ticket, then you have not gained access to that signing, You may try again the next day, or, if you wish, you may return to the end of the line.


The bags will contain the correct number of tickets to assure that all of the signings are full and that, to the best of our ability to judge, no one will wait in line unnecessarily.

All of the drawings for the day’s signings will take place at the same time. When you arrive for the drawing, you should choose the signing session you are most interested in and stand in that line first. Once you have drawn for that signing, you may stand another line, if you like. This should be a fast process so don’t worry about making it through multiple lines!

Ok, so you have your wristband... what next?

Signing Procedure

  1. If you won a wristband at the morning lottery, please line up in the signing area at the allotted signing time. There is no need to line up early. Everyone who receives a wristband will be granted access to the appropriate signing. However, it is recommended that you line up closer to the beginning of the signing rather than closer to the end.  The signing will end at its appointed time, and we need to move things along - we know you’re ready to go to your next bit of programming, so we don’t want to hold you up!

  2. You may only have one item signed at each signing. You may not bring in items for your friends who didn’t get wristbands. One person - one item. This is the only way we can get things going with the speed they need to be respectful to everyone.

  3. After you get your items signed, please leave the signing area promptly.

  4. You may not take photographs or videos of yourself with our special guests, or engage in any other activity that will hold up the lines. If you do so, then your pass may be revoked.


Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!



Speakers
JA

Julia Albain

Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Julia is an actor, director, producer and writer based in Chicago IL. She received her BFA in Theater Performance from the University of Michigan and is a proud alumni of the school. In recent years Julia produced and directed two national concert tours in association with StarKid Productions and Live Nation, as well as worked on countless other shows, appearances and projects. She is currently signed with Writer's... Read More →
DD

Denise Donovan

Denise joined Team StarKid in 2011 when she portrayed the ditzy Starship Ranger February in Starship. She also choreographed the dances in Starship. She has worked as an actress, dancer, choreographer, and yoga and personal fitness instructor.
BH

Brian Holden

Brian Holden is very happy to be coming back to LeakyCon! Leaky has been a constant in his life ever since Team StarKid's inception! A lot has changed since we debuted A Very Potter Sequel. Most recently, Brian has had the opportunity to create a sketch show with The Second City (Airport For Birds) and he directed the newest StarKid Production, Twisted! So thanks to all the fans who help make these wonderful things happen, and thanks to... Read More →
NL

Nick Lang

Nick Lang is best known for his roles of Robin in Holy Musical B@man and Kevin Bushwald in Little White Lie. He starred in A Very Potter Sequel as Arthur Weasley, Sorty, Scarfy and Peter Pettigrew. He also starred in Starship as The Caller Bug and Mister Bug. Along with his brother Matt, Nick has directed all Team StarKid productions.
JP

Jim Povolo

Jim Povolo is an actor best known for his performances in Team StarKid’s A Very Potter trilogy, Holy Musical B@man, and Starship.
BR

Brian Rosenthal

Brian Rosenthal is an actor/singer currently based in Los Angeles. Regional: Michigan Shakespeare Festival (Julius Caesar, All’s Well That Ends Well), The Peterborough Players (TheTorchbearers, The Foreigner). University of Michigan: Line, Hair, Speech And Debate, Victoria Station, The Diver, etc. Additionally, Brian is a proud company member of Team StarKid (A Very Potter Musical, A Very Potter Sequel, A Very Potter Senior... Read More →
DS

Dylan Saunders

A San Francisco native who now calls Los Angeles home, Dylan currently appears in the original web series The Clan from Reckless Tortuga Productions. Regional theatre credits include: Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, New Leaf Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, The National Theatre’s Connections Festival, Apostrof Theatre Festival, as well as eight productions as an original member of the... Read More →
MS

Meredith Stepien

Meredith Stepien grew up in Pinckney, Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan, where she met her fellow StarKids. After college, she moved to Chicago, where she currently resides. Aside from StarKid productions, she has pursued a life in standup comedy, and she continues to pursue her passion for percussion. She plays music with Nick Gage (composer for Holy Musical B@tman) and her band Jim and the Povolos. She loves swimming and Jane... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Signing Booths (Marketplace)

4:00pm

Once More with Subscriptions
Creating musicals specifically for the YouTube audience is a whole new twist on the tradition of the Great White Way. Join these music-men-and-women to discuss the tricks of the trade.

Moderators
DL

Devin Lytle

Devin is a founding member of Team StarKid and was a cast member of the shenanigans y’all know as A Very Potter Musical, Me and My Dick, and others. These days, Devin is creating her own comedic sketch series dubbed POST GRAD, which details all the nitty gritty little details college forgot to teach us. Devin also teaches pole dancing at Sheila Kelley S Factor and is a huge advocate for the female rights. She works with... Read More →

Speakers
GD

Ginny DiGuiseppi

Ginny DiGuiseppi co-founded Not Literally Productions with Dana Ritterbusch and Erik Tande in 2011, where she indulges her nerdy passions by making music videos and comedy. She loves to read, write, sing, draw, and argue with other people online. She hopes one day to be a young adult novelist, but will settle for now for being kinda famous on the internet.
MG

Maxwell Glick

Maxwell Glick has been a working actor in Los Angeles since moving there from New York.  He has been involved with online series and YouTube in many projects, most importantly as Spencer Gilman on the groundbreaking show lonelygirl15 and was nominated for an IAWTV Award for his performance in Night of the Zombie King.  He also starred in the online hit zombie musical Rigamortis: A Zombie Love Story.  His... Read More →
AN

Antonius Nazareth

Antonius Nazareth formed the popular YouTube channel AVbyte with his brother Vijay. Together they write, direct and produce fandom-based musical videos such as “Frozen – The Musical featuring Disney Princesses,” and “Facebook – The Musical.”
VN

Vijay Nazareth

Vijay Nazareth formed the popular YouTube channel AVbyte with his brother Antonius. Together they write, direct and produce fandom-based musical videos such as “Frozen – The Musical featuring Disney Princesses,” and “Facebook – The Musical.”
DR

Dana Ritterbusch

Dana Ritterbusch is one of the founding members of Not Literally Productions.  Driven mainly by the fandoms that fuel her, she co-creates fan content around the Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones fandoms and more.  Her work has been featured on The Mary Sue, The Huffington Post, i09, and more.  She lives in Denver, CO, where she enjoys lifting, marathoning Netflix, and drinking wine while surfing Pinterest.
MK

Mary Kate Wiles

Mary Kate Wiles plays Lydia Bennet in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Sansa Stark in School of Thrones. Mary Kate is from Fayetteville, Arkansas and graduated from USC with degrees in Theatre and English Literature and also studied abroad at The British American Drama Academy in London. She also currently stars as Zelda in Squaresville and can be seen in films Dreamworld and Dark Woods and the soon-to-be released The Sound and the Shadow and Murder... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 4:00pm - 4:40pm
W110

4:00pm

Achieving Performance Perfection with Potter: Improv Workshop
After its successes in Boston, Orlando, and Portland, the Gryffinpuff Improv Troupe is back for Orlando 2014! This program will work to develop improvisational and performance skills using the works of J.K. Rowling as a starting point. The program will teach classic improv games and help teach stage technique and rules with a nerdy twist! Games will include Portland favorites such as Wizarding World's Worst, the Slug Club, and the Hogwarts Mystery Dating Game Show.

Speakers
avatar for Leah Cornish

Leah Cornish

Creative Programming, LeakyCon
Leah does all of the Leaky things. It's pretty much a sickness at this point.
SR

Sarah Ryan

Sarah has a masters in library science from the University at Buffalo. She enjoys writing and is a senior staffer at HarryPotterFanFiction.com. She was a member of the Gryffinpuff Improv Troupe at LeakyCon 2009, 2011, and 2013.


Friday August 1, 2014 4:00pm - 4:40pm
W103

4:00pm

What Would Dumbledore Do
For years, fans have had the chance to attend workshops with the HPA's creator Andrew Slack: diving deep into creativity and past the muggle mindset. This time, Andrew is taking it up a few notches in a playful (and vulnerable) interactive workshop that explores the power of story, our human experiences, and the magic of our imagination. Panel will include activities, discussion, and meditation.

Moderators
AS

Andrew Slack

Andrew is a teacher, social organizer and human rights activist, comedian, actor, and writer. He spent years performing sketch comedy for hundreds of colleges across the US, only to stop touring so that he could devote himself full time to the HP Alliance, which he co-founded in 2005. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University, Andrew is dedicated to learning and extrapolating how modern myth, new media, and expressive therapy can transform... Read More →

Friday August 1, 2014 4:00pm - 4:40pm
W105

4:00pm

Live Plot Twist: Make Your Favorite Novels Your Own
The authors will open up the conversation by explaining what world building is and giving their favorite examples from famous novels. The world shapes the character's behavior, and the two must be symbiotic. The room will be divided into three groups named after locations that appear in Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and The Hunger Games. Each group will have 15 minutes to create an alternate plot twist to the story, while staying within the confines of the world's established apsects. The winning group will all recieve swag, so come create your own twist!

Speakers
RH

Ryan Hill

Ryan Hill used to spend his time reading and writing instead of doing homework. This resulted in an obsession with becoming a writer, but also a gross incompetence in the fields of science and mathematics. | His debut novel, The Book of Bart, releases in May 2014. He lives in Raleigh, NC, with his dog/shadow Maggie.


Friday August 1, 2014 4:00pm - 5:20pm
W102 A

4:30pm

The Annual Guinness World Record Attempt

In 2012, we decided to don our finest footie-pajamas and take a stab at breaking a world record! In 2013, we continued the tradition by showing off our marvelous mustaches! This year we will all be kings and queens as we don fabulous paper crowns together. Be part of history!


Friday August 1, 2014 4:30pm - 5:00pm
MainStage

4:30pm

Photo Booth: Joanna Sotomura and Brent Bailey

Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

Speakers
BB

Brent Bailey

Actor, YouTuber
Brent Bailey plays Alex Knightley in Emma Approved. Brent Bailey, Born in Tucson, Arizona on July 4, 1983. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Brent graduated from Desert Mountain High School in 2001 and went on to attend DeVry University – Arizona where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and a Master’s in Business. Brent began his acting career in 2005 and joined SAG three months later. Brent was first seen in... Read More →
JS

Joanna Sotomura

Joanna Sotomura plays Emma Woodhouse in Emma Approved. Joanna was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. After graduating from Loyola Marymount University, Joanna was cast in her first feature film Madison County. Since then, she has had the fortune of working such shows as Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and Video Game High School as well as the features The Poising and Geek USA.


Friday August 1, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Photo Booth B (Marketplace)

4:30pm

YA Jeopardy

Yes, it’s your favorite classic game show, in the all-YA edition. Our authors compete against each other, AND SOME OF YOU!


Speakers
LH

Laurie Halse Anderson

Author
Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in Northern New York, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes. You can follow her adventures on Twitter... Read More →
JG

John Green

Author
John Green is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, and two other books for young adults. He is also the co-author, with David Levithan, of Will Grayson, Will Grayson. The movie adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars was released in June 2014, directed by Josh Boone. John is the co-creator with his brother Hank of the popular YouTube channels vlogbrothers and Crash Course.
MJ

Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of ten YA novels (including SUITE SCARLETT, SCARLETT FEVER, 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES, THE NAME OF THE STAR, and THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH). She has also done many collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). Maureen has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University. She has been nominated... Read More →
VJ

Varian Johnson

Author
Varian Johnson is the author of four novels, including The Great Greene Heist, a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2014. His novels for older readers include My Life as a Rhombus, named to the Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List and the New York Public Library “Stuff for the Teen Age” list, and Saving Maddie, a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book. Varian was born in Florence, South... Read More →
ML

Malinda Lo

Author
Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels including most recently the sci-fi duology Adaptation and Inheritance (Little, Brown). Her first novel, Ash, a retelling of Cinderella with a lesbian twist, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. Her novel Huntress was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Malinda is co-founder... Read More →
SP

Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins has always worked with books - first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. She's the author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and the upcoming Isla and the Happily Ever After. She and her husband live in the mountains of North Carolina. Every room of their house is painted a different color of the rainbow.
RR

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell earned a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995 and, at 24, became the youngest-ever – and first female – columnist at the Omaha World-Herald. Though her first novel, Attachments, is set in a newsroom, it couldn’t be less of a true story. She met her husband in junior high and can hardly get him to read her books, let alone her emails. Her second novel, Eleanor & Park &ndash... Read More →
RW

Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is the author of The Waking Dark, The Book of Blood and Shadow, the Cold Awakening trilogy, and several other books for children and teens. (Maybe you caught the TV miniseries adaptation of her Seven Deadly Sins series... and if you haven’t, you’re missing out.) She grew up in Philadelphia, moved to New York as soon as she got the chance, and, for her very first task at her very first job out of college, was assigned... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 4:30pm - 5:50pm
W109

4:30pm

Photo Booth: Alaina Huffman

Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

Speakers
AH

Alaina Huffman

Alaina Huffman portrays Abaddon in the hit CW series Supernatural. You might also recognize Alaina from her role as Lt. Tamara Johansen on Stargate Universe or as Black Canary on Smallville.


Friday August 1, 2014 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Photo Booth A (Marketplace)

5:00pm

Redefining Humanity Through Wizards, Time Lords, and Zombies
In the modern era, humanity is constantly discovering new ways to enhance and extend the human life in manners never before dreamed possible. Stories such as Harry Potter, Doctor Who, and The Walking Dead have captured their audiences by forcing them to question what it means to be human. What is Voldemort’s most inhuman characteristic? How does the Wizarding World define “human”? What did the Last Human teach Rose about inhumanity? What makes the Doctor so definitively nonhuman? How do Rick and his companions navigate a changing definition of humanity during a zombie apocalypse? These are the focal points for this investigation into the very essence of humankind.

Speakers
CE

Carol Eshleman

Archbishop Rummel High School
Past Speaking includes: on Potter - Ascendio, St. Andrews University in Scotland, University of North Alabama, UNC Charlotte; on Chaucer - UNC Chapel Hill. Has had guest posts on the Hogwarts Professor blog. Received Master's Degree in English with concentrations in Teaching and British Literature with a reading ability in Latin from the University of New Orleans. Lives in New Orleans with her husband Roch, her children Vito and Lizzie, and her... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 5:00pm - 5:40pm
W103

5:00pm

How to Succeed in Sing-Alongs (Without Really Trying)
Broadway lovers from around the world are invited to join in for some toe-tappin', mega-belting fun! There will be fangirling about our favorite shows, stars, and dreams, as well as some wonderful sing-alongs to our favorite Broadway tunes. Whether you are an aspiring performer or just a die-hard fan, this is the time and place to come and embrace everything we love about theatre (including, but not limited to, Aaron Tveit's perfect hair). Let us "seize the day" and remember to "measure your life in love."

Speakers
JB

Jordan Betts

Jordan Betts is a business management student back in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She has been an avid Harry Potter fan since childhood. Along with Harry Potter, Jordan is active in almost every other fandom you can imagine, including Doctor Who (she recently got to meet Matt Smith!), Supernatural, and Game of Thrones.
KE

Kelsey Everett

Kelsey Everett, of Soddy Daisy, Tennessee was happy to say that she was perfectly abnormal, thank you very much. Kelsey began reading Harry Potter when she was in the fourth grade to impress her Fluffy obsessed crush. Instead of finding love on the playground, she found love inside the pages of her book and has been a devoted fan ever since. Kelsey was one of the co-creators of Leakycon Portland's Starkid flash mob.
JH

Jocelyn Hannusch

Starship Rangers
For long you live and high you fly, for smiles you give and tears you cry, for all you touch and all you see is all your life will ever be- | Pink Floyd


Friday August 1, 2014 5:00pm - 5:40pm
W101

5:00pm

Potions 101 with Hannah Hart
There is a new Potions Master (sorry Snape!) in town, and her name is Hannah Hart. Professor Hart is here to teach you some proper potion making...with a twist.

Speakers
HH

Hannah Hart

Hannah Hart is an American internet personality and comedian. She is best known for starring in My Drunk Kitchen, a weekly series on YouTube. Apart from her main channel, she also runs a second channel where she talks about life in general and gives her opinions on various topics.


Friday August 1, 2014 5:00pm - 5:45pm
MainStage

5:00pm

A Panel in Space and Time
Come and Q&A about our favorite Doctor! Our panelists have inside knowledge of what it's like to live inside the creation of the most wibbly-wobbly timey wimey story of all time.

Speakers
ED

Ellie Darcey-Alden

Ellie played Young Lily in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and, in a fandom double-whammy, she recently appeared in the Doctor Who Christmas episode “The Snowmen.” She has been in the TV series Robin Hood and Holby City, as well as the recent film Welcome to the Punch. This is her fourth LeakyCon!
JM

James Moran

James broke into screenwriting after winning a contest for the Sci Fi Channel with his film script, Cheap Rate Gravity, which was later produced. He also wrote the screenplays for Severance and Cockneys vs. Zombies.
NT

Nina Touissaint-White

Actress
Nina Toussaint-White portrayed Melody Pond in season six of Doctor Who. She also starred as Syd Chambers on BBC’s EastEnders. She also worked on ITV2′s Switch and BBC’s Uncle.


Friday August 1, 2014 5:00pm - 5:45pm
W110

6:00pm

Lounging with Maureen and Robin

Every year, by this point, Lit Track organizers Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman are exhausted, dazed, and saying stupid things. Which is why every year we showcase this moment in a lounge. They just sit there in front of some microphones and ramble and try to answer questions. This has become a beloved tradition. It’s a chance for us all to get closer. You’ll probably all be in line for John’s signing, so just file in when you’re done. We’ll be the ones slouched in the front.


Speakers
MJ

Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of ten YA novels (including SUITE SCARLETT, SCARLETT FEVER, 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES, THE NAME OF THE STAR, and THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH). She has also done many collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). Maureen has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University. She has been nominated... Read More →
RW

Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is the author of The Waking Dark, The Book of Blood and Shadow, the Cold Awakening trilogy, and several other books for children and teens. (Maybe you caught the TV miniseries adaptation of her Seven Deadly Sins series... and if you haven’t, you’re missing out.) She grew up in Philadelphia, moved to New York as soon as she got the chance, and, for her very first task at her very first job out of college, was assigned... Read More →


Friday August 1, 2014 6:00pm - 6:50pm
W110

6:00pm

Photo Booth: Nick Shirm and Hugh Mitchell

Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

Speakers
HM

Hugh Mitchell

Hugh Mitchell played the camera-carrying Colin Creevey in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets film. Since then, he has appeared in several films including The Da Vinci Code (Young Silas) and the British horror-comedy Tormented (Tim).
NS

Nick Shirm

Nick Shirm portrayed Zacharias Smith in the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix film and video game. He worked on the British film Sixty Six.


Friday August 1, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Photo Booth B (Marketplace)

6:00pm

Photo Booth: Scarlett Byrne and Charlotte Skeoch

Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

Speakers
SB

Scarlett Byrne

Scarlett began her acting career in 2008 as Chloe Daniels in an episode of the British TV drama Doctors. Her career took off in 2009 when she landed the role of Pansy Parkinson for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II. Since then she has appeared in several short videos written by fellow Potter star Jessie Cave, and most recently appeared on the... Read More →
CS

Charlotte Skeoch

Charlotte Skeoch portrayed Hannah Abbot in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and the Order of the Phoenix, and Deathly Hallows Part 2 video games. She also played Hayley on the popular BBC television show EastEnders. She has also written film reviews for the Huffington Post, as well as contributed to several other blogs.


Friday August 1, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Photo Booth A (Marketplace)

6:00pm

Team Quiz: Think You Know Your Fandom?
Think you know your Potter, your fandom lore, your geekery? Come here and prove it. Josh Wittge leads a quiz event where the think-they-know-it-alls team up to try and win honor, glory, swag, and most of all, bragging rights. This is always a big hit, so make sure to get there early!

Moderators
Friday August 1, 2014 6:00pm - 8:30pm
W109

6:30pm

John Green Signing
(Only registrants of LeakyCon Lit may attend this signing.)

Speakers
JG

John Green

Author
John Green is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, and two other books for young adults. He is also the co-author, with David Levithan, of Will Grayson, Will Grayson. The movie adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars was released in June 2014, directed by Josh Boone. John is the co-creator with his brother Hank of the popular YouTube channels vlogbrothers and Crash Course.


Friday August 1, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Signing Booths (Marketplace)

9:00pm

LeakyCon Rock Concert II
LeakyCon music events are always epic - don't miss this one! Featuring:

Adam Dubberly
Meghan Tonjes
The Whomping Willows
Lauren Fairweather
Harry and the Potters

Speakers
AD

Adam Dubberly

Musician
Adam Dubberly is a singer/songwriter based out of Austin, Texas. Formerly of wizard rock fame with his band The Mudbloods, Dubberly’s pursuits are now with his band Harvey Dowd. | | You can hear and download Adam’s music and sign up for his mailing list by visiting http://www.harveydowdmusic.com.
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Lauren Fairweather

Lauren Fairweather is a full-time nerdy musician, YouTube partner (devilishlypure), and wizard rocker. Her songs feature catchy melodies over acoustic guitar or ukulele and cover a variety of topics including, most recently, 'The Prince’s Tale' chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Lauren is also a member of prominent wizard rock band The Moaning Myrtles and groundbreaking collaborative YouTube channel fiveawesomegirls. In... Read More →
HA

Harry and the Potters

Harry and the Potters are a wizard rock band made up of brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge. They started the band in 2002, when Joe was 15 and Paul was 23, and they played their first show in a shed in their parent’s backyard. Harry and the Potters are often referred to as the first wizard rock band. They have released numerous albums since their inception including their self titled album Harry and the Potters, Priori Incantatem, and Voldemort... Read More →
MT

Meghan Tonjes

Musician, Vlogger and YouTube personality, Meghan’s videos have garnered over 15 million views. As a guest on The Ellen Degeneres Show, she shared her music and publicly detailed her past with bullying during the ‘It Gets Better’ initiative. Featured on Upworthy.com, her video entitled “I AM FAT” quickly went viral and encouraged her audience to reclaim the word ‘fat’ without all of the negative... Read More →
TW

The Whomping Willows

The Whomping Willows is actually The Greatest Band On The Planet. This honor was bestowed upon the band by Treebeard and the Ents of Fangorn Forest, after a weeklong Entmoot. Frontman Matt Maggiacomo has a full-body tattoo of himself, only two inches taller. That’s why he appears to be 5’10” when, in fact, he is only 5’8”.


Friday August 1, 2014 9:00pm - Saturday August 2, 2014 1:00am
MainStage
 
Saturday, August 2
 

8:00am

Autograph Lottery Drawing

LeakyCon 2014 Signing & Photo Booth Procedures

LeakyCon is one of very few conferences that offers autograph sessions at no additional cost; however, registration for LeakyCon does not guarantee you access to any autograph session. In an effort to eliminate waiting time and run the signings at LeakyCon 2014 efficiently, we have borrowed a procedure from one of the only other conferences to offer free signatures, San Diego Comic-Con.

Please note that LeakyCon Lit signings are only open to those LeakyCon guests who have a pass for that track.  Rock signings will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If you have a RockStar pass, then the following only concerns you if you would like to enter the drawing for an additional signing pass over and above that which comes with your registration.

Access to all autograph sessions will be granted via drawings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. Attendance at this drawing is the only way to assure your spot in the signing, unless you are a RockStar (see above).

Raffle drawings are for autograph sessions only and will take place at 8 a.m. in Room 109 on the same day as the session in question. Photo booth sessions are open to all attendees on a first come, first served basis and will proceed as detailed below. Photo booth sessions do not require a wristband. Autograph and photo booth sessions will take place in the LeakyCon Marketplace (Exhibit Hall WA1).

So here’s how it works:

Drawing Procedure (Signings)

  1. Please line up in Room 109 at the time listed above to enter the drawing for the signing wristband you wish to have.  There will be multiple lines, each marked with the wristband you may obtain.

  2. There will be a volunteer at the front of each line with a bag of tickets.

  3. When you reach the front of the line, you will pull a ticket out of the bag.

  4. If you pull out a winning ticket, then you have gained access to the signing. You will be directed to a second volunteer who will present you with the wristband necessary for entry to that signing, and should reconvene in the LeakyCon Marketplace (Exhibit Hall WA1) at the time of the signing.

  5. If you pull a non-winning ticket, then you have not gained access to that signing, You may try again the next day, or, if you wish, you may return to the end of the line.


The bags will contain the correct number of tickets to assure that all of the signings are full and that, to the best of our ability to judge, no one will wait in line unnecessarily.

All of the drawings for the day’s signings will take place at the same time. When you arrive for the drawing, you should choose the signing session you are most interested in and stand in that line first. Once you have drawn for that signing, you may stand another line, if you like. This should be a fast process so don’t worry about making it through multiple lines!

Ok, so you have your wristband... what next?

Signing Procedure

  1. If you won a wristband at the morning lottery, please line up in the signing area at the allotted signing time. There is no need to line up early. Everyone who receives a wristband will be granted access to the appropriate signing. However, it is recommended that you line up closer to the beginning of the signing rather than closer to the end.  The signing will end at its appointed time, and we need to move things along - we know you’re ready to go to your next bit of programming, so we don’t want to hold you up!

  2. You may only have one item signed at each signing. You may not bring in items for your friends who didn’t get wristbands. One person - one item. This is the only way we can get things going with the speed they need to be respectful to everyone.

  3. After you get your items signed, please leave the signing area promptly.

  4. You may not take photographs or videos of yourself with our special guests, or engage in any other activity that will hold up the lines. If you do so, then your pass may be revoked.


Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!



Saturday August 2, 2014 8:00am - 8:50am
W109 A

9:00am

IT RHYMES! A Hannibal Discussion
NBC's Hannibal has churned stomachs, broken hearts, and inspired a shocking amount of clever--and not-so-clever--puns. Along the way, the symbiosis between viewers and creators has illustrated possibilities for network television programs in the post-network era. Join fellow Fannibals to discuss matters such as the show's relationship to earlier versions of Thomas Harris' story, current television trends, and the wider Fullerverse. How does livetweeting affect viewing practices and how badly we all want to help Will Graham?

Speakers
avatar for Maggie Brevig

Maggie Brevig

Maggie is a development officer for a social justice organization, and often contemplates (with varying levels of frustration) the way the D.C. metro area is portrayed by Hannibal, Scandal, House of Cards, and Bones. The rest of her brain is split between volunteering for the Harry Potter Alliance and Girl Scouts, contributing to the Newsflash Podcast, protecting Iris West at all costs on the #IrisWestDefenseSquad, and analyzing representation in... Read More →
RW

Robin Whittle

At LeakyCon 2012, Robin collaborated with her best friend, Maggie Brevig, on both a lecture about technology in magical fantasy worlds ('Sufficiently Advanced Technology') and a roundtable discussion of female teenaged action heroes ('Buffy, Korra, and Katniss: Action Girls in the Media'). She is currently working on a masters degree in literature.


Saturday August 2, 2014 9:00am - 9:40am
W102 A

9:00am

Lost in Translation- Is Magic a Universal Language?
Translating a book is never easy; translating Harry Potter is even worse. Made up words, alliterations, word play, and names with cultural and historical meanings - how do you translate them? Translators have to make choices, and different translators have made different choices. A German Harry Potter book is not the same as a Dutch one, or a Spanish one, and that does not even take non-European languages into consideration. Does the magic get lost in translation or is magic an universal language? Take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly. Do jokes fall flat? Does a name lose meaning or has the translator created a beautiful word that perfectly matches its English counterpart?

Speakers
avatar for Marion Delaunay

Marion Delaunay

American Horror Story: Asylum
This facebook is a horcrux.
LH

Linde Heddes

Jaarbeurs Utrecht
Linde Heddes discovered the overwhelmingly diverse international fandom in 2008, and hasn't looked back to the Dutch discussion boards since. Fanfiction reading has become the number one activity, wrock a not uncommon sound, with some social media activity thrown in for good measure. Beyond the fandom and volunteering at LeakyCon, she is still studying as a proud Ravenclaw, dabbles in photography as well as crafts, and is an avid traveler.
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Manja Netter

Sunbeam House Services
Manja got hooked after LeakyCon London 2013 so much she made the trip from Ireland to Orlando in 2014 and couldn't imagine spending her holiday any other way than at Geekycon this year. Manja is a 35 year old Gryffindor, and Wicked and Cosplay are possibly her two favorite things. Manja also has a deep love for Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and all things Broadway. Because no one will accept her wizard currency in the Muggle world, Manja is... Read More →
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Stephanie Vallarino

Stephanie Vallarino, 24, born in California but lived in Mexico City her whole life, is attending her 5th LeakyCon this year. She has been part of the Potter fandom since 1999. When she isn't reading or obsessing over a new show or movie, she spends her time baking, coming up with desserts based on fictional characters or talking to the family she has made online.


Saturday August 2, 2014 9:00am - 9:40am
W102 B

9:00am

The Potter and the Pilgrim: Alchemical Parallelism by Chaucer and Rowling
Geoffrey Chaucer and J.K. Rowling have something in common: both of these authors rely strongly on alchemical imagery to construct their plots and establish their thematic elements. This panel will explore the symbols of alchemy used in Fragment VIII of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. The Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale and the Second Nun’s Tale utilize parallel alchemical structures that suggest a motif of spiritual superiority over the materialistic physical realm. This structure will be likened to the overarching alchemical architecture of the Hogwarts Saga, displaying how Rowling, as a modern author, harnessed the literary strategy of the Father of English Literature.

Speakers
CE

Carol Eshleman

Archbishop Rummel High School
Past Speaking includes: on Potter - Ascendio, St. Andrews University in Scotland, University of North Alabama, UNC Charlotte; on Chaucer - UNC Chapel Hill. Has had guest posts on the Hogwarts Professor blog. Received Master's Degree in English with concentrations in Teaching and British Literature with a reading ability in Latin from the University of New Orleans. Lives in New Orleans with her husband Roch, her children Vito and Lizzie, and her... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 9:00am - 9:40am
W103

9:00am

Shakespeare VS. Sondheim: The Broadway Battle
In the world of Broadway and the West End, people are often drawn to the show-stopping songs and exquisite dances of the musical. Even if a person is not a “hardcore” theatre fan, many know the lyrics to songs from shows such as Wicked, West Side Story, and Evita. However, most people aren’t very familiar with plays past The Crucible or Equus. In this roundtable discussion, we intend to discuss the accessibility of a play versus a musical, the disparity between the two genres, and why such a battle exists in the first place. In case things get a little too heated, we have a few sing-alongs planned as well!

Speakers
MC

Miranda Caddell

Wizard, The Puffskein Experience
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Abby Ritter

Specialized Recreation Aide, The Arc of Oneida-Lewis
Abby is many things: a music therapist, former figure skater, disability and LGBTQ+ activist, and, above all, a professional fangirl. She has been attending Mischief Management conventions since 2012, and has been shouting/crying her face off during panels since 2013. She was a LeakyStars finalist in at LeakyCon Portland. The proudest moment of her life was playing her arrangement of Accio Deathly Hallows for Hank Green with the LeakyCon Pep Band... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 9:00am - 9:40am
W101

9:00am

Autographs: Emma Approved

This signing requires a wristband.

LeakyCon 2014 Signing & Photo Booth Procedures

LeakyCon is one of very few conferences that offers autograph sessions at no additional cost; however, registration for LeakyCon does not guarantee you access to any autograph session. In an effort to eliminate waiting time and run the signings at LeakyCon 2014 efficiently, we have borrowed a procedure from one of the only other conferences to offer free signatures, San Diego Comic-Con.

Please note that LeakyCon Lit signings are only open to those LeakyCon guests who have a pass for that track.  Rock signings will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If you have a RockStar pass, then the following only concerns you if you would like to enter the drawing for an additional signing pass over and above that which comes with your registration.

Access to all autograph sessions will be granted via drawings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. Attendance at this drawing is the only way to assure your spot in the signing, unless you are a RockStar (see above).

Raffle drawings are for autograph sessions only and will take place at 8 a.m. in Room 109 on the same day as the session in question. Photo booth sessions are open to all attendees on a first come, first served basis and will proceed as detailed below. Photo booth sessions do not require a wristband. Autograph and photo booth sessions will take place in the LeakyCon Marketplace (Exhibit Hall WA1).

So here’s how it works:

Drawing Procedure (Signings)

  1. Please line up in Room 109 at the time listed above to enter the drawing for the signing wristband you wish to have.  There will be multiple lines, each marked with the wristband you may obtain.

  2. There will be a volunteer at the front of each line with a bag of tickets.

  3. When you reach the front of the line, you will pull a ticket out of the bag.

  4. If you pull out a winning ticket, then you have gained access to the signing. You will be directed to a second volunteer who will present you with the wristband necessary for entry to that signing, and should reconvene in the LeakyCon Marketplace (Exhibit Hall WA1) at the time of the signing.

  5. If you pull a non-winning ticket, then you have not gained access to that signing, You may try again the next day, or, if you wish, you may return to the end of the line.


The bags will contain the correct number of tickets to assure that all of the signings are full and that, to the best of our ability to judge, no one will wait in line unnecessarily.

All of the drawings for the day’s signings will take place at the same time. When you arrive for the drawing, you should choose the signing session you are most interested in and stand in that line first. Once you have drawn for that signing, you may stand another line, if you like. This should be a fast process so don’t worry about making it through multiple lines!

Ok, so you have your wristband... what next?

Signing Procedure

  1. If you won a wristband at the morning lottery, please line up in the signing area at the allotted signing time. There is no need to line up early. Everyone who receives a wristband will be granted access to the appropriate signing. However, it is recommended that you line up closer to the beginning of the signing rather than closer to the end.  The signing will end at its appointed time, and we need to move things along - we know you’re ready to go to your next bit of programming, so we don’t want to hold you up!

  2. You may only have one item signed at each signing. You may not bring in items for your friends who didn’t get wristbands. One person - one item. This is the only way we can get things going with the speed they need to be respectful to everyone.

  3. After you get your items signed, please leave the signing area promptly.

  4. You may not take photographs or videos of yourself with our special guests, or engage in any other activity that will hold up the lines. If you do so, then your pass may be revoked.


Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!



Speakers
BB

Brent Bailey

Actor, YouTuber
Brent Bailey plays Alex Knightley in Emma Approved. Brent Bailey, Born in Tucson, Arizona on July 4, 1983. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Brent graduated from Desert Mountain High School in 2001 and went on to attend DeVry University – Arizona where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and a Master’s in Business. Brent began his acting career in 2005 and joined SAG three months later. Brent was first seen in... Read More →
DH

Dayeanne Hutton

Dayeanne is thrilled to pieces to be making her internet debut as Harriet in Emma Approved! As the product of two theatrically involved parents, acting in both theatre and film has been central in her upbringing and survival. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago, she is happy to be back home in California and working in Los Angeles. Some recent projects include the psychological thriller, Washed, coming out in 2014, as well as... Read More →
JB

James Brent Isaacs

James Brent Isaacs plays Bobby Martin in Emma Approved. | | James is an actor and writer born and raised in New Jersey. He got into acting at an early age because pretty girls were trying out for the school play and he knew he’d be the only boy in the show so they’d have to date him. This backfired, but his love of acting was born nevertheless! You can also catch James over at Geek & Sundry where he vlogs under the name... Read More →
JS

Joanna Sotomura

Joanna Sotomura plays Emma Woodhouse in Emma Approved. Joanna was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. After graduating from Loyola Marymount University, Joanna was cast in her first feature film Madison County. Since then, she has had the fortune of working such shows as Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and Video Game High School as well as the features The Poising and Geek USA.


Saturday August 2, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am
Signing Booths (Marketplace)

9:00am

Autographs: Maxwell Glick, Mary Kate Wiles

This signing requires a wristband.

LeakyCon 2014 Signing & Photo Booth Procedures

LeakyCon is one of very few conferences that offers autograph sessions at no additional cost; however, registration for LeakyCon does not guarantee you access to any autograph session. In an effort to eliminate waiting time and run the signings at LeakyCon 2014 efficiently, we have borrowed a procedure from one of the only other conferences to offer free signatures, San Diego Comic-Con.

Please note that LeakyCon Lit signings are only open to those LeakyCon guests who have a pass for that track.  Rock signings will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If you have a RockStar pass, then the following only concerns you if you would like to enter the drawing for an additional signing pass over and above that which comes with your registration.

Access to all autograph sessions will be granted via drawings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. Attendance at this drawing is the only way to assure your spot in the signing, unless you are a RockStar (see above).

Raffle drawings are for autograph sessions only and will take place at 8 a.m. in Room 109 on the same day as the session in question. Photo booth sessions are open to all attendees on a first come, first served basis and will proceed as detailed below. Photo booth sessions do not require a wristband. Autograph and photo booth sessions will take place in the LeakyCon Marketplace (Exhibit Hall WA1).

So here’s how it works:

Drawing Procedure (Signings)

  1. Please line up in Room 109 at the time listed above to enter the drawing for the signing wristband you wish to have.  There will be multiple lines, each marked with the wristband you may obtain.

  2. There will be a volunteer at the front of each line with a bag of tickets.

  3. When you reach the front of the line, you will pull a ticket out of the bag.

  4. If you pull out a winning ticket, then you have gained access to the signing. You will be directed to a second volunteer who will present you with the wristband necessary for entry to that signing, and should reconvene in the LeakyCon Marketplace (Exhibit Hall WA1) at the time of the signing.

  5. If you pull a non-winning ticket, then you have not gained access to that signing, You may try again the next day, or, if you wish, you may return to the end of the line.


The bags will contain the correct number of tickets to assure that all of the signings are full and that, to the best of our ability to judge, no one will wait in line unnecessarily.

All of the drawings for the day’s signings will take place at the same time. When you arrive for the drawing, you should choose the signing session you are most interested in and stand in that line first. Once you have drawn for that signing, you may stand another line, if you like. This should be a fast process so don’t worry about making it through multiple lines!

Ok, so you have your wristband... what next?

Signing Procedure

  1. If you won a wristband at the morning lottery, please line up in the signing area at the allotted signing time. There is no need to line up early. Everyone who receives a wristband will be granted access to the appropriate signing. However, it is recommended that you line up closer to the beginning of the signing rather than closer to the end.  The signing will end at its appointed time, and we need to move things along - we know you’re ready to go to your next bit of programming, so we don’t want to hold you up!

  2. You may only have one item signed at each signing. You may not bring in items for your friends who didn’t get wristbands. One person - one item. This is the only way we can get things going with the speed they need to be respectful to everyone.

  3. After you get your items signed, please leave the signing area promptly.

  4. You may not take photographs or videos of yourself with our special guests, or engage in any other activity that will hold up the lines. If you do so, then your pass may be revoked.


Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

 


Speakers
MG

Maxwell Glick

Maxwell Glick has been a working actor in Los Angeles since moving there from New York.  He has been involved with online series and YouTube in many projects, most importantly as Spencer Gilman on the groundbreaking show lonelygirl15 and was nominated for an IAWTV Award for his performance in Night of the Zombie King.  He also starred in the online hit zombie musical Rigamortis: A Zombie Love Story.  His... Read More →
MK

Mary Kate Wiles

Mary Kate Wiles plays Lydia Bennet in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Sansa Stark in School of Thrones. Mary Kate is from Fayetteville, Arkansas and graduated from USC with degrees in Theatre and English Literature and also studied abroad at The British American Drama Academy in London. She also currently stars as Zelda in Squaresville and can be seen in films Dreamworld and Dark Woods and the soon-to-be released The Sound and the Shadow and Murder... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am
Signing Booths (Marketplace)

10:00am

Make a Video with Tessa Netting
Last year, Tessa created a magical video starring all of you at this session; come along to be part of new magic!

Saturday August 2, 2014 10:00am - 10:40am
W105

10:00am

LeakyNews Does Fan Journalism
Since 2011, LeakyNews has been bringing you all of your fandom news. They have been with you every step of the way, cheering and booing and generally geeking out. Now, they are going to do it live! Come see the LeakyNews staff give insight into the world of fan journalism and how to navigate the line between fan and journalist, and discuss the latest hot button issues.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Ausrotas

Brad Ausrotas

Creative Programming, GeekyCon
Brad was born and raised in the proud nation of Canada. He is a writer, musician, gamer, huge nerd, and chaotic neutral. He is a fan of craft beer, bands you've never heard of, and fast cars.
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Leah Cornish

Creative Programming, LeakyCon
Leah does all of the Leaky things. It's pretty much a sickness at this point.
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Amanda McAllister

Leaky News
Amanda McAllister is a managing editor at LeakyNews and author of the upcoming book "I Recognize You From the Internet: Exploring Fame and Fandom in the Age of Social Media."


Saturday August 2, 2014 10:00am - 10:40am
W102 A

10:00am

The Ladies' Room
Devin, Jackie, and Scarlett are here to have some quality girl time to disucss real issues and challenges in life and art together.

Speakers
SB

Scarlett Byrne

Scarlett began her acting career in 2008 as Chloe Daniels in an episode of the British TV drama Doctors. Her career took off in 2009 when she landed the role of Pansy Parkinson for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II. Since then she has appeared in several short videos written by fellow Potter star Jessie Cave, and most recently appeared on the... Read More →
JE

Jackie Emerson

Jackie is best known for her portrayal of Foxface in The Hunger Games. From a young age, she pursued her interests in both acting and singing. In 2006, she took part in the Disney recording band Dev2.0. She has since then participated in many voice-overs for both radio and television. She has also performed in numerous professional productions with Reprise, The Los Angeles Opera, and LA TheaterWorks. Jackie is an avid musician who spends the rest... Read More →
DL

Devin Lytle

Devin is a founding member of Team StarKid and was a cast member of the shenanigans y’all know as A Very Potter Musical, Me and My Dick, and others. These days, Devin is creating her own comedic sketch series dubbed POST GRAD, which details all the nitty gritty little details college forgot to teach us. Devin also teaches pole dancing at Sheila Kelley S Factor and is a huge advocate for the female rights. She works with... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 10:00am - 10:40am
W106

10:00am

Love and Mirrors: Percy Bysshe Shelley and House Lannister
Percy Bysshe Shelley considered the search for love a quest to find one’s other half. “We are born into the world and there is something within us which from the instant that we live and move thirsts after its likeness” (Shelley, “On Love”). Jamie and Cersei Lannister take this definition of love to its most extreme end. Explore the relationship of House Lannister’s twins in term’s of Shelley’s definition of love. Investigate the romantic affairs of Tyrion Lannister as he seeks to be acknowledged as more than a “halfman.”

Speakers
CE

Carol Eshleman

Archbishop Rummel High School
Past Speaking includes: on Potter - Ascendio, St. Andrews University in Scotland, University of North Alabama, UNC Charlotte; on Chaucer - UNC Chapel Hill. Has had guest posts on the Hogwarts Professor blog. Received Master's Degree in English with concentrations in Teaching and British Literature with a reading ability in Latin from the University of New Orleans. Lives in New Orleans with her husband Roch, her children Vito and Lizzie, and her... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 10:00am - 10:40am
W102 B

10:00am

Mina Lima
Moderators
Speakers
EL

Eduardo Lima

Eduardo Lima received a degree in in visual communications in Rio de Janeiro and worked for several years in editing for the Brazilian film industry. He moved to London in 2001 to pursue a career in graphic design, soon landing a job on the Harry Potter film franchise. Through a happy coincidence, one of his coworkers was Miraphora Mina. The next nine years were spent sitting opposite one another – designing, bantering, and conjuring up the... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 10:00am - 10:40am
MainStage

10:00am

Quidditch: A History
Meet with representatives from the International Quidditch Association and learn the history of the real-life sport! Discuss the sport of quidditch, from its founding at Middlebury College in 2005 to the seventh annual World Cup, to feature 80 teams in South Carolina this April. IQA representatives, including members of Quidditch UK, will illustrate the sport's unique appeal to both Harry Potter fans and players from a more athletic background, and will provide information on how to start a team at one's own high school, college, or community.

Speakers
LA

Logan Anbinder

Logan is the International Quidditch Association'€™s Mid-Atlantic Regional Director. He is also the former president of the University of Maryland’s team and acts as one of the IQA's Convention Representatives. He has given presentations and organized demonstration matches at cons such as Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo. You will see him around the LeakyCon pitch as he organizes the LeakyCup for a second year.


Saturday August 2, 2014 10:00am - 10:40am
W103

10:00am

Between Two Mandrakes with Maureen Johnson and John Green

Your friend Maureen talks book-things with her friend, Famous Writing-Man John Green. Arrive early. Sit close. Sit very close. No, not that close. Yes, where you are now. That’s good. Now we can begin.


Speakers
JG

John Green

Author
John Green is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, and two other books for young adults. He is also the co-author, with David Levithan, of Will Grayson, Will Grayson. The movie adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars was released in June 2014, directed by Josh Boone. John is the co-creator with his brother Hank of the popular YouTube channels vlogbrothers and Crash Course.
MJ

Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of ten YA novels (including SUITE SCARLETT, SCARLETT FEVER, 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES, THE NAME OF THE STAR, and THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH). She has also done many collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). Maureen has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University. She has been nominated... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 10:00am - 10:50am
W110

10:00am

Photo Booth: Amber Benson

Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

Speakers
AB

Amber Benson

Amber Benson is most well known for her role as Tara McClay on the hit show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In addition to acting, she has written and directed three feature films and an animated web series for the BBC. In 2009, she added author to her resume when adult urban fantasy, Death’s Daughter, as well as her children’s book, Among the Ghosts, were published. She made her very first LeakyCon appearance in Chicago as a... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Photo Booth B (Marketplace)

10:00am

Photo Booth: Dominic Barnes, Titus Makin Jr., Curt Mega

Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

Speakers
DB

Dominic Barnes

Dominic Barnes has been gracing your living rooms for only two years, but he has loved every single second of it and is honored that the fans have brought him to where he is today! He has appeared on the TV show Greek, and he had an extremely brief stint on ABC’s Suburgatory. You probably know him best as the sassy dancin’ fool Warbler Trent on FOX’s hit TV show Glee!
TM

Titus Makin, Jr.

Titus Makin Jr. was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He found an interest in gymnastics, dance, and acting at a young age. He attended The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (School of Film and Television) for a two-year professional training program. Titus was a reccurring  character on Fox’s hit show Glee and co-starred in new ABC Family original movie A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song. He also appeared on the CW... Read More →
CM

Curt Mega

Curt is an actor, writer and singer originally from Dallas, Texas, best known for his four season recurring role as “Warbler Nick” on Fox’s Glee. He began his professional career on stages in and around Dallas before transitioning to Los Angeles in January of 2010 to pursue a career in film and television. In addition to his acting credits, Curt is a new media producer and writer and has toured the country performing... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Photo Booth B (Marketplace)

10:00am

Photo Booth: Nina Toussaint-White

Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

Speakers
NT

Nina Touissaint-White

Actress
Nina Toussaint-White portrayed Melody Pond in season six of Doctor Who. She also starred as Syd Chambers on BBC’s EastEnders. She also worked on ITV2′s Switch and BBC’s Uncle.


Saturday August 2, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Photo Booth A (Marketplace)

10:00am

The Tumblr Ask Box VI
The Tumblr Ask Box is open! Welcome to the real-world version of the Tumblr ask box, brought to you by Tumblr itself. Each session will feature a lineup of special guests who will hit the hot seat for 10 minutes of nonstop Q&A, in as rapid-fire of a manner as we can manage. Only, there's a twist: we aren't going to tell you ahead of time who is slated for which session. Life at LeakyCon is like your Tumblr dashboard: you never know what you're gonna get. 

There are two ways to submit questions for these sessions: send them in via the LeakyCon ask box and tag it #askboxlive, or simply be present at one of these sessions and jump up and down in front of a moderator's face. 

Moderators
AF

Amandalyn Ferri

Amandalyn Ferri runs Community Outreach and Events for Tumblr. Before working at Tumblr she worked at CollegeHumor putting jokes on t-shirts for BustedTees.com. Most commonly she is referred to as America's Sweetheart and is exceptionally good at hanging out. She is very passionate about Grease 2, Shark Tanks, and the ups and downs of Amanda Knox.

Saturday August 2, 2014 10:00am - 11:20am
W300

10:00am

The Art of Spying in Harry Potter
Join spy novelist Lynn Boughey and CIA vetran Peter Earnest - authors of the book The Art of Spying in Harry Potter - as they delve into the world of Harry Potter and spycraft! Learn different ways to break codes, gather intelligence, recruit spies, find double agents and moles, and more! Let them lead you down the rabbit hole of J.K. Rowling's references to Shakespeare and others, and discuss how Severus Snape is the best double agent in literary history! Stick around for trivia and a Q & A with the authors with a chance to win your very own special LeakyCon edition of the book!

Speakers
LB

Lynn Boughey

Auror Office, art of spying
Lynn and Peter Earnest have written Harry Potter and the Art of Spying. Lynn is an attorney who lives in Red Lodge Montana and practices law in North Dakota. He has served on several national committees relating to military matters and has taught university-level courses in political science, terrorism, international relations, criminal law, and criminal procedure. Lynn was the first person from North Dakota to receive the Truman... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 10:00am - 11:40am
W109 B

10:00am

Marketplace Open
Take a stroll through the LeakyCon Marketplace, featuring a whole host of vendors including the official LeakyCon Store, Canvas Warriors, Amery Studios, Whimsic Alley, and Lootcrate!  Get your merch, check out our photobooth and signing areas, meet up with your friends, and in general get ready for a weekend of awesome! 

Saturday August 2, 2014 10:00am - 6:00pm
Marketplace

11:00am

That Wasn't My Book!
Come discuss how the transition between mediums affects the presentation of story, tone, and character in the context of a few popular book-to-movie adaptations. What gets lost in translation, and what gets enhanced? Which changes are necessary, and which are problematic? How should a book and its movie adaptation be related for fans, and how should they be separated? And most importantly, how do book-to-movie adaptations affect fans?

Speakers
GD

Ginny DiGuiseppi

Ginny DiGuiseppi co-founded Not Literally Productions with Dana Ritterbusch and Erik Tande in 2011, where she indulges her nerdy passions by making music videos and comedy. She loves to read, write, sing, draw, and argue with other people online. She hopes one day to be a young adult novelist, but will settle for now for being kinda famous on the internet.
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Maxwell Glick

Maxwell Glick has been a working actor in Los Angeles since moving there from New York.  He has been involved with online series and YouTube in many projects, most importantly as Spencer Gilman on the groundbreaking show lonelygirl15 and was nominated for an IAWTV Award for his performance in Night of the Zombie King.  He also starred in the online hit zombie musical Rigamortis: A Zombie Love Story.  His... Read More →
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Tessa Netting

Tessa Netting is an actor, singer, and parody mastermind who will stop at nothing until all of her dreams and goals are accomplished. Tessa took to YouTube, creating tessaROXX TV, and quickly became nationally known for fusing Broadway and pop culture in her parodies. The most logical next step, in her mind, is television. Last January, Tessa moved to Los Angeles to expand and utilize her talents, both in front of the camera and as a creative... Read More →
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Dana Ritterbusch

Dana Ritterbusch is one of the founding members of Not Literally Productions.  Driven mainly by the fandoms that fuel her, she co-creates fan content around the Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones fandoms and more.  Her work has been featured on The Mary Sue, The Huffington Post, i09, and more.  She lives in Denver, CO, where she enjoys lifting, marathoning Netflix, and drinking wine while surfing Pinterest.


Saturday August 2, 2014 11:00am - 11:40am
W103

11:00am

Twisting Fairy Tales: Once Upon a Time
Since when do princesses kick butt and crickets offer psychiatric counselling? Come join us for a discussion on how Once Upon a Time has rewritten the fairy tale universe, fleshed out back stories, and created new threads of connection between all our favorite characters.

Speakers
avatar for Rein Desdemona

Rein Desdemona

Editor, GeekyNews
Rein Desdemona, known outside the con-verse as Jessie Carter, has been involved in fandom at various levels for 18 years. When not perusing Netflix, she is busy covering the latest hot topics for GeekyNews. She previously attended LeakyCon '11, '12, '13, and '14 and this is her 3rd year as a panelist and moderator.
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British Joe

British Joe is your average fanboy, from the North-West of England, "working" as a musician. (Yes, he’s British. Yes, he has an accent. No, he can’t introduce you to Dan and Phil.) From competing in LeakyStars to leading panels on his interests of Fanfiction and Pokemon, Joe is very excited to be back at LeakyCon!
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Rory Lynne

RoryLynne has been slythering to Leaky since 2012 and this is her first year presenting. She’s a proud gay snake, who, outside of Harry Potter, enjoys musical theatre, dancing, Once Upon A Time, Teen Wolf, Sleepy Hollow and other fandoms. She's also breaking into the world of cosplay, so if you see Poison Ivy wandering around, feel free to say hi!
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Dani Palmer

Staff Photographer, International Quidditch Association
Dani has been doing this for 5 years now. What exactly “this” is may be ambiguous, but involves having been a Slytherin since the age of 9 and this zany Leaky/Geeky community in every way possible, from writing for personal and help blogs on the topic of the con to volunteering as head of Slytherin House. As a disability and LGBTQIA+ advocate and photographer by trade, Dani spends most time using fandom circles to engage in bettering the... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 11:00am - 11:40am
W102 B

11:00am

Potter Puppet Pals Live!
Join Puppet Harry, Ron, and Hermione and their friends for a special adventure. Beware of any strange noises. Especially mysterious ticking sounds.


Saturday August 2, 2014 11:00am - 11:40am
MainStage

11:00am

Alohomora
Alohomora! was created to fill the void following the final Harry Potter movie release. Led by a rotation of voices of the weekly podcast, fans can now re-read the books alongside tens of thousands online and across the world. The podcast also has a real fan (yes, a real fan! YOU!) come on the show to share their own theories and partake in the fun by being a Guest Fan Host. Hosts Kat Miller, Caleb Graves, Eric Scull, Laura Reilly, Noah Fried, and Michael Harle return to LeakyCon to explore themes, ideas, and theories straight from the Potter series. Special fandom guests including Warwick Davis, Ellie Darcey-Alden, Rohan Gotobed, Benedict Clarke, and Lev Grossman are staples of the show, so this is one conversation you don't want to miss. Come join them as they Open the Dumbledore!


Saturday August 2, 2014 11:00am - 11:40am
W106

11:00am

The First Ever LeakyCon "Make Magic" Fellowship Presentation
Presenting the photography project “Fiction Happens," the first winner of our Make Magic fellowship. We are so excited to share Amanda's vision with all of you!

Saturday August 2, 2014 11:00am - 11:40am
W101

11:00am

Disabilities in YA
Come discuss how and if disabilities are represented in YA literature. With a focus on The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Harry Potter, take an indepth look and theorize on how a disabled person would be required to adapt in these other universes. What would happen to a disabled citizen of Panem? Would this effect the reaping? What if a muggle born who was disabled was invited to Hogwarts, would they be required to be cured before admittance? Does being able to choose a faction help the disabled assimilate?

Speakers
avatar for Abby Ritter

Abby Ritter

Specialized Recreation Aide, The Arc of Oneida-Lewis
Abby is many things: a music therapist, former figure skater, disability and LGBTQ+ activist, and, above all, a professional fangirl. She has been attending Mischief Management conventions since 2012, and has been shouting/crying her face off during panels since 2013. She was a LeakyStars finalist in at LeakyCon Portland. The proudest moment of her life was playing her arrangement of Accio Deathly Hallows for Hank Green with the LeakyCon Pep Band... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 11:00am - 11:40am
W102 A

11:00am

Dumbledore's Army Meeting
Attention DA members, check your galleons. See you there. Newcomers welcome.

Speakers
LB

Lauren Bird

Lauren Bird is the Spokesperson & Digital Content Strategist for the Harry Potter Alliance. She is LeakyCon's resident wizard wedding planner as well as a lifelong proponent of pizza-based activism. When not portraying The Boy Who Videoblogged, Lauren can be found on YouTube answering the age-old question, Will It Waffle?
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Paul DeGeorge

Paul is a fandom innovator. He plays in Harry and the Potters, co-founded the Harry Potter Alliance, created the Snitchwich, and orchestrated the Nerds for Obama campaign last fall. He is the executive director of the Harry Potter Alliance.
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Matt Maggiacomo

Matt was born in 1979 and spent the first six years of his life exploring the wilderness of Tarkiln, RI. This one time, he caught a bullfrog so big that his mother exclaimed, 'I reckon that's the biggest dern bullfrog I EVER saw.' But Matt's favorite activity was...
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Andrew Slack

Andrew is a teacher, social organizer and human rights activist, comedian, actor, and writer. He spent years performing sketch comedy for hundreds of colleges across the US, only to stop touring so that he could devote himself full time to the HP Alliance, which he co-founded in 2005. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University, Andrew is dedicated to learning and extrapolating how modern myth, new media, and expressive therapy can transform... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 11:00am - 11:40am
W105

11:00am

Improv with Jon Cozart
Dive into the world of improv with your fearless leader, Jon Cozart, and friends!

Speakers
JC

Jon Cozart

Jon Cozart is an Internet personality with over 46 million views on YouTube.com/Paint, where he takes fandom to a whole new level. His most successful works include "Harry Potter in 99 Seconds" and "After Ever After."


Saturday August 2, 2014 11:00am - 11:40am
W109 A

11:00am

Autographs: AV Byte

This signing requires a wristband.

LeakyCon 2014 Signing & Photo Booth Procedures

LeakyCon is one of very few conferences that offers autograph sessions at no additional cost; however, registration for LeakyCon does not guarantee you access to any autograph session. In an effort to eliminate waiting time and run the signings at LeakyCon 2014 efficiently, we have borrowed a procedure from one of the only other conferences to offer free signatures, San Diego Comic-Con.

Please note that LeakyCon Lit signings are only open to those LeakyCon guests who have a pass for that track.  Rock signings will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If you have a RockStar pass, then the following only concerns you if you would like to enter the drawing for an additional signing pass over and above that which comes with your registration.

Access to all autograph sessions will be granted via drawings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. Attendance at this drawing is the only way to assure your spot in the signing, unless you are a RockStar (see above).

Raffle drawings are for autograph sessions only and will take place at 8 a.m. in Room 109 on the same day as the session in question. Photo booth sessions are open to all attendees on a first come, first served basis and will proceed as detailed below. Photo booth sessions do not require a wristband. Autograph and photo booth sessions will take place in the LeakyCon Marketplace (Exhibit Hall WA1).

So here’s how it works:

Drawing Procedure (Signings)

  1. Please line up in Room 109 at the time listed above to enter the drawing for the signing wristband you wish to have.  There will be multiple lines, each marked with the wristband you may obtain.

  2. There will be a volunteer at the front of each line with a bag of tickets.

  3. When you reach the front of the line, you will pull a ticket out of the bag.

  4. If you pull out a winning ticket, then you have gained access to the signing. You will be directed to a second volunteer who will present you with the wristband necessary for entry to that signing, and should reconvene in the LeakyCon Marketplace (Exhibit Hall WA1) at the time of the signing.

  5. If you pull a non-winning ticket, then you have not gained access to that signing, You may try again the next day, or, if you wish, you may return to the end of the line.


The bags will contain the correct number of tickets to assure that all of the signings are full and that, to the best of our ability to judge, no one will wait in line unnecessarily.

All of the drawings for the day’s signings will take place at the same time. When you arrive for the drawing, you should choose the signing session you are most interested in and stand in that line first. Once you have drawn for that signing, you may stand another line, if you like. This should be a fast process so don’t worry about making it through multiple lines!

Ok, so you have your wristband... what next?

Signing Procedure

  1. If you won a wristband at the morning lottery, please line up in the signing area at the allotted signing time. There is no need to line up early. Everyone who receives a wristband will be granted access to the appropriate signing. However, it is recommended that you line up closer to the beginning of the signing rather than closer to the end.  The signing will end at its appointed time, and we need to move things along - we know you’re ready to go to your next bit of programming, so we don’t want to hold you up!

  2. You may only have one item signed at each signing. You may not bring in items for your friends who didn’t get wristbands. One person - one item. This is the only way we can get things going with the speed they need to be respectful to everyone.

  3. After you get your items signed, please leave the signing area promptly.

  4. You may not take photographs or videos of yourself with our special guests, or engage in any other activity that will hold up the lines. If you do so, then your pass may be revoked.


Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!



Speakers
MC

Michelle Cameron

Michelle Cameron portrays Queen Elsa in the AVbyte musical video “Frozen: A Musical feat. Disney Princesses."
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Tiger Darrow

Tiger Darrow portrays Snow White in the AVbyte Disney Princess musical videos.
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Molly Gallagher

Molly Gallagher portrays "Hipster Disney Princess” in the AVbyte Disney Princess musical videos.
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Antonius Nazareth

Antonius Nazareth formed the popular YouTube channel AVbyte with his brother Vijay. Together they write, direct and produce fandom-based musical videos such as “Frozen – The Musical featuring Disney Princesses,” and “Facebook – The Musical.”
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Vijay Nazareth

Vijay Nazareth formed the popular YouTube channel AVbyte with his brother Antonius. Together they write, direct and produce fandom-based musical videos such as “Frozen – The Musical featuring Disney Princesses,” and “Facebook – The Musical.”
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Elizabeth Oldak

Elizabeth Oldak portrays Belle in the AVbyte Disney Princess musical videos.
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Travis Slavin

Travis Slavin has appeared in several AVbyte video musicals portraying Sherlock Holmes and The Doctor.


Saturday August 2, 2014 11:00am - 11:50am
Signing Booths (Marketplace)

11:00am

Photo Booth: Ellie Darcey-Alden and Joseph Darcey-Alden

Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

Speakers
ED

Ellie Darcey-Alden

Ellie played Young Lily in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and, in a fandom double-whammy, she recently appeared in the Doctor Who Christmas episode “The Snowmen.” She has been in the TV series Robin Hood and Holby City, as well as the recent film Welcome to the Punch. This is her fourth LeakyCon!


Saturday August 2, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Photo Booth A (Marketplace)

11:00am

Photo Booth: Robbie Jarvis

Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

Speakers
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Robbie Jarvis

Robbie Jarvis played young James Potter in the movie adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. He has also appeared in the Nickelodeon show Genie In The House and did vocal work for The History Boys. He has also guest starred in episodes of Waking the Dead for the BBC and ITV’s Trial & Retribution.


Saturday August 2, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Photo Booth B (Marketplace)

11:00am

The Return of "I Was a Teenage Writer"

We do it every year because it’s awesome. See and hear some of today’s top YA writers reading from some of their early—very early—works. Works that possibly should have been destroyed, but thankfully, were not. We’ve all got to start somewhere.


Moderators
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Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of ten YA novels (including SUITE SCARLETT, SCARLETT FEVER, 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES, THE NAME OF THE STAR, and THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH). She has also done many collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). Maureen has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University. She has been nominated... Read More →

Speakers
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Holly Black

Author
Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, and two new forthcoming novels, The Iron Trial (the first book of the Magisterium series with Cassandra Clare) and The Darkest Part of the Forest. She has been a finalist for the... Read More →
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John Green

Author
John Green is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, and two other books for young adults. He is also the co-author, with David Levithan, of Will Grayson, Will Grayson. The movie adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars was released in June 2014, directed by Josh Boone. John is the co-creator with his brother Hank of the popular YouTube channels vlogbrothers and Crash Course.
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Alaya Dawn Johnson

Author
Alaya (rhymes with papaya) lives, writes, cooks, and (perhaps most importantly) eats in Mexico City. Her literary loves are all forms of speculative fiction, historical fiction, and the occasional highbrow novel. She plays the guitar badly and eats very well, particularly during canning season. She has published five novels for adults and young adults, including The Summer Prince, which was longlisted for the National Book Award in 2013.
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Varian Johnson

Author
Varian Johnson is the author of four novels, including The Great Greene Heist, a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2014. His novels for older readers include My Life as a Rhombus, named to the Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List and the New York Public Library “Stuff for the Teen Age” list, and Saving Maddie, a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book. Varian was born in Florence, South... Read More →
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Kazu Kibuishi

Illustrator, Graphic Novelist
Kazu Kibuishi is the Eisner-nominated creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet series of graphic novels as well as Copper, and Daisy Kutter. He is also the cover artist of the recently released 15th anniversary editions of the Harry Potter series written by J.K. Rowling, and the founder and editor of the Flight Anthologies, a critically acclaimed comic series. Kazu Kibuishi lives in Seattle, Washington with his family. Find him on... Read More →
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Malinda Lo

Author
Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels including most recently the sci-fi duology Adaptation and Inheritance (Little, Brown). Her first novel, Ash, a retelling of Cinderella with a lesbian twist, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. Her novel Huntress was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Malinda is co-founder... Read More →
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Lauren Myracle

Author
Lauren Myracle is the author of squillions of books for tweens and teens, including The Infinite Moment of Us, the best-selling Internet Girls series, horror novels Bliss and Rhymes with Witches, and Shine, winner of the 2012 Walden Award for YA fiction. Lauren feels amazingly lucky to be able to do what she loves and actually get paid for it, and she is hugely honored by the response of her fans, who call her books "awesome" and "soooooo... Read More →
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Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell earned a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995 and, at 24, became the youngest-ever – and first female – columnist at the Omaha World-Herald. Though her first novel, Attachments, is set in a newsroom, it couldn’t be less of a true story. She met her husband in junior high and can hardly get him to read her books, let alone her emails. Her second novel, Eleanor & Park &ndash... Read More →
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Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is the author of The Waking Dark, The Book of Blood and Shadow, the Cold Awakening trilogy, and several other books for children and teens. (Maybe you caught the TV miniseries adaptation of her Seven Deadly Sins series... and if you haven’t, you’re missing out.) She grew up in Philadelphia, moved to New York as soon as she got the chance, and, for her very first task at her very first job out of college, was assigned... Read More →
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Scott Westerfeld

Author
Scott Westerfeld is the author of the bestselling Uglies and Leviathan series. His books have won the Aurealis Award, the Victorian Premier's Award, the Philip K Dick Special Citation, and have been named NY Times Notable Books and BBYA Top Ten Children's Books of the Year. His latest novel, Afterworlds, is about a young writer navigating the world of YA publishing. It comes out September 23, 2014.


Saturday August 2, 2014 11:00am - 12:20pm
W110

12:00pm

Fandom: A History
Want to channel your inner Hermione Granger? Want to get in touch with the founding fathers of fandom? Come join this workshop focusing on fandom over the past hundred years. The workshop will discuss the different types of media used: literature, comics, television, film, and the Internet. Come to learn more about the development of fans and fan culture, and join in on the discussion!

Speakers
avatar for Katie

Katie

Teaching credential candidate. @MercyhurstU grad. Coffee aficionado. Feminist. Fangirl. Writer. Photographer. Traveler. Blogger. Gluten Free Baker.


Saturday August 2, 2014 12:00pm - 12:40pm
W103

12:00pm

The Lost Boys: The Rise and Fall of Tom Riddle and Draco Malfoy
By most accounts, Tom Riddle and Draco Malfoy are just not good people. While the two do make a lot of poor choices where they could have avoided them and have done some truly reprehensible things, this panel takes a look at the question of how much the two boys' upbringings had to do with the adults they became and the choices they made. We will take a look at the long term effects and wide scope that childhood abuse and neglect can have and examine popular ideas of sociopathy versus the more complex reasons that can lie behind the behaviors we see in Riddle and Malfoy. Rowling’s masterful backgrounds and the histories behind Harry’s enemies provide a rich environment to explore the ideas of good, evil, and whether the two are truly so black and white.

Speakers
avatar for Dani Palmer

Dani Palmer

Staff Photographer, International Quidditch Association
Dani has been doing this for 5 years now. What exactly “this” is may be ambiguous, but involves having been a Slytherin since the age of 9 and this zany Leaky/Geeky community in every way possible, from writing for personal and help blogs on the topic of the con to volunteering as head of Slytherin House. As a disability and LGBTQIA+ advocate and photographer by trade, Dani spends most time using fandom circles to engage in bettering the... Read More →
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Sara Paulson

Sara Paulson is an early childhood education major at University of Arkansas, where she also plays that pesky muggle sport, Quidditch, and sometimes is on the sidelines of a game with her bassoon. When she's not busy with school or work, you can find her watching Pokemon or wrocking out while sipping some tea. Sara has now been to 4 of the 6 LeakyCons and has been a proud Slytherin since the age of 8.


Saturday August 2, 2014 12:00pm - 12:40pm
W102 B

12:00pm

An Afternoon with Curt and Dom
 If you enjoy seeing Curt and Dom on your TVs and Twitter feeds, then come see them do their thing in person! It's a fun-filled afternoon of music and laughter; singing favorite songs, reciting some fanfic? Who knows what will happpen. Titus will even be performing some of his original music fresh off his new EP! 

Speakers
DB

Dominic Barnes

Dominic Barnes has been gracing your living rooms for only two years, but he has loved every single second of it and is honored that the fans have brought him to where he is today! He has appeared on the TV show Greek, and he had an extremely brief stint on ABC’s Suburgatory. You probably know him best as the sassy dancin’ fool Warbler Trent on FOX’s hit TV show Glee!
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Titus Makin, Jr.

Titus Makin Jr. was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He found an interest in gymnastics, dance, and acting at a young age. He attended The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (School of Film and Television) for a two-year professional training program. Titus was a reccurring  character on Fox’s hit show Glee and co-starred in new ABC Family original movie A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song. He also appeared on the CW... Read More →
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Curt Mega

Curt is an actor, writer and singer originally from Dallas, Texas, best known for his four season recurring role as “Warbler Nick” on Fox’s Glee. He began his professional career on stages in and around Dallas before transitioning to Los Angeles in January of 2010 to pursue a career in film and television. In addition to his acting credits, Curt is a new media producer and writer and has toured the country performing... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 12:00pm - 12:40pm
W109 B

12:00pm

How Fandom is Changing the World
From Project for Awesome to Equality FTW to Coverflip: as fandom grows, so too does the impact it has on the world. Join many of our fandoms’ leading thinkers and innovators for a conversation about how your fandoms give you the power to change the world.

Moderators
AS

Andrew Slack

Andrew is a teacher, social organizer and human rights activist, comedian, actor, and writer. He spent years performing sketch comedy for hundreds of colleges across the US, only to stop touring so that he could devote himself full time to the HP Alliance, which he co-founded in 2005. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University, Andrew is dedicated to learning and extrapolating how modern myth, new media, and expressive therapy can transform... Read More →

Speakers
LB

Lauren Bird

Lauren Bird is the Spokesperson & Digital Content Strategist for the Harry Potter Alliance. She is LeakyCon's resident wizard wedding planner as well as a lifelong proponent of pizza-based activism. When not portraying The Boy Who Videoblogged, Lauren can be found on YouTube answering the age-old question, Will It Waffle?
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Amandalyn Ferri

Amandalyn Ferri runs Community Outreach and Events for Tumblr. Before working at Tumblr she worked at CollegeHumor putting jokes on t-shirts for BustedTees.com. Most commonly she is referred to as America's Sweetheart and is exceptionally good at hanging out. She is very passionate about Grease 2, Shark Tanks, and the ups and downs of Amanda Knox.
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Hannah Hart

Hannah Hart is an American internet personality and comedian. She is best known for starring in My Drunk Kitchen, a weekly series on YouTube. Apart from her main channel, she also runs a second channel where she talks about life in general and gives her opinions on various topics.
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Meghan Tonjes

Musician, Vlogger and YouTube personality, Meghan’s videos have garnered over 15 million views. As a guest on The Ellen Degeneres Show, she shared her music and publicly detailed her past with bullying during the ‘It Gets Better’ initiative. Featured on Upworthy.com, her video entitled “I AM FAT” quickly went viral and encouraged her audience to reclaim the word ‘fat’ without all of the negative... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 12:00pm - 12:40pm
W109 A

12:00pm

Webcomic Workshop
Have you ever wanted to make a webcomic, and wondered "Where do I start?!" Join Paige Lavoie, creator of the series Pumpkin Spiced. and jump into the discussion on the different types of comics you see online, participate exercises in drawing , brainstorming, and make new friends who love comics just as much as you do.

Speakers
PL

Paige Lavoie

Artist, Self Employed
Paige Lavoie is an artist, writer and fuzzy sock enthusiast who loves using the art of comics and storytelling to bring her characters to life (even the undead ones).


Saturday August 2, 2014 12:00pm - 12:40pm
W102 A

12:00pm

Leading as a Lady
The landscape is changing, albeit too slowly, for female representations in traditional and digital media. These women have played Hell-knights, aliens, entrepreneurs, vampires, witches, and more, and are here to talk about life for ladies in the ever-changing entertainment world. 

Moderators
avatar for Leah Cornish

Leah Cornish

Creative Programming, LeakyCon
Leah does all of the Leaky things. It's pretty much a sickness at this point.

Speakers
AB

Amber Benson

Amber Benson is most well known for her role as Tara McClay on the hit show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In addition to acting, she has written and directed three feature films and an animated web series for the BBC. In 2009, she added author to her resume when adult urban fantasy, Death’s Daughter, as well as her children’s book, Among the Ghosts, were published. She made her very first LeakyCon appearance in Chicago as a... Read More →
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Scarlett Byrne

Scarlett began her acting career in 2008 as Chloe Daniels in an episode of the British TV drama Doctors. Her career took off in 2009 when she landed the role of Pansy Parkinson for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II. Since then she has appeared in several short videos written by fellow Potter star Jessie Cave, and most recently appeared on the... Read More →
AH

Alaina Huffman

Alaina Huffman portrays Abaddon in the hit CW series Supernatural. You might also recognize Alaina from her role as Lt. Tamara Johansen on Stargate Universe or as Black Canary on Smallville.
JS

Joanna Sotomura

Joanna Sotomura plays Emma Woodhouse in Emma Approved. Joanna was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. After graduating from Loyola Marymount University, Joanna was cast in her first feature film Madison County. Since then, she has had the fortune of working such shows as Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and Video Game High School as well as the features The Poising and Geek USA.
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Mary Kate Wiles

Mary Kate Wiles plays Lydia Bennet in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Sansa Stark in School of Thrones. Mary Kate is from Fayetteville, Arkansas and graduated from USC with degrees in Theatre and English Literature and also studied abroad at The British American Drama Academy in London. She also currently stars as Zelda in Squaresville and can be seen in films Dreamworld and Dark Woods and the soon-to-be released The Sound and the Shadow and Murder... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 12:00pm - 12:45pm
MainStage

12:00pm

Autographs: Team StarKid

This signing requires a wristband.

LeakyCon 2014 Signing & Photo Booth Procedures

LeakyCon is one of very few conferences that offers autograph sessions at no additional cost; however, registration for LeakyCon does not guarantee you access to any autograph session. In an effort to eliminate waiting time and run the signings at LeakyCon 2014 efficiently, we have borrowed a procedure from one of the only other conferences to offer free signatures, San Diego Comic-Con.

Please note that LeakyCon Lit signings are only open to those LeakyCon guests who have a pass for that track.  Rock signings will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If you have a RockStar pass, then the following only concerns you if you would like to enter the drawing for an additional signing pass over and above that which comes with your registration.

Access to all autograph sessions will be granted via drawings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. Attendance at this drawing is the only way to assure your spot in the signing, unless you are a RockStar (see above).

Raffle drawings are for autograph sessions only and will take place at 8 a.m. in Room 109 on the same day as the session in question. Photo booth sessions are open to all attendees on a first come, first served basis and will proceed as detailed below. Photo booth sessions do not require a wristband. Autograph and photo booth sessions will take place in the LeakyCon Marketplace (Exhibit Hall WA1).

So here’s how it works:

Drawing Procedure (Signings)

  1. Please line up in Room 109 at the time listed above to enter the drawing for the signing wristband you wish to have.  There will be multiple lines, each marked with the wristband you may obtain.

  2. There will be a volunteer at the front of each line with a bag of tickets.

  3. When you reach the front of the line, you will pull a ticket out of the bag.

  4. If you pull out a winning ticket, then you have gained access to the signing. You will be directed to a second volunteer who will present you with the wristband necessary for entry to that signing, and should reconvene in the LeakyCon Marketplace (Exhibit Hall WA1) at the time of the signing.

  5. If you pull a non-winning ticket, then you have not gained access to that signing, You may try again the next day, or, if you wish, you may return to the end of the line.


The bags will contain the correct number of tickets to assure that all of the signings are full and that, to the best of our ability to judge, no one will wait in line unnecessarily.

All of the drawings for the day’s signings will take place at the same time. When you arrive for the drawing, you should choose the signing session you are most interested in and stand in that line first. Once you have drawn for that signing, you may stand another line, if you like. This should be a fast process so don’t worry about making it through multiple lines!

Ok, so you have your wristband... what next?

Signing Procedure

  1. If you won a wristband at the morning lottery, please line up in the signing area at the allotted signing time. There is no need to line up early. Everyone who receives a wristband will be granted access to the appropriate signing. However, it is recommended that you line up closer to the beginning of the signing rather than closer to the end.  The signing will end at its appointed time, and we need to move things along - we know you’re ready to go to your next bit of programming, so we don’t want to hold you up!

  2. You may only have one item signed at each signing. You may not bring in items for your friends who didn’t get wristbands. One person - one item. This is the only way we can get things going with the speed they need to be respectful to everyone.

  3. After you get your items signed, please leave the signing area promptly.

  4. You may not take photographs or videos of yourself with our special guests, or engage in any other activity that will hold up the lines. If you do so, then your pass may be revoked.


Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!



Speakers
JA

Julia Albain

Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Julia is an actor, director, producer and writer based in Chicago IL. She received her BFA in Theater Performance from the University of Michigan and is a proud alumni of the school. In recent years Julia produced and directed two national concert tours in association with StarKid Productions and Live Nation, as well as worked on countless other shows, appearances and projects. She is currently signed with Writer's... Read More →
DD

Denise Donovan

Denise joined Team StarKid in 2011 when she portrayed the ditzy Starship Ranger February in Starship. She also choreographed the dances in Starship. She has worked as an actress, dancer, choreographer, and yoga and personal fitness instructor.
BH

Brian Holden

Brian Holden is very happy to be coming back to LeakyCon! Leaky has been a constant in his life ever since Team StarKid's inception! A lot has changed since we debuted A Very Potter Sequel. Most recently, Brian has had the opportunity to create a sketch show with The Second City (Airport For Birds) and he directed the newest StarKid Production, Twisted! So thanks to all the fans who help make these wonderful things happen, and thanks to... Read More →
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Nick Lang

Nick Lang is best known for his roles of Robin in Holy Musical B@man and Kevin Bushwald in Little White Lie. He starred in A Very Potter Sequel as Arthur Weasley, Sorty, Scarfy and Peter Pettigrew. He also starred in Starship as The Caller Bug and Mister Bug. Along with his brother Matt, Nick has directed all Team StarKid productions.
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Jim Povolo

Jim Povolo is an actor best known for his performances in Team StarKid’s A Very Potter trilogy, Holy Musical B@man, and Starship.
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Brian Rosenthal

Brian Rosenthal is an actor/singer currently based in Los Angeles. Regional: Michigan Shakespeare Festival (Julius Caesar, All’s Well That Ends Well), The Peterborough Players (TheTorchbearers, The Foreigner). University of Michigan: Line, Hair, Speech And Debate, Victoria Station, The Diver, etc. Additionally, Brian is a proud company member of Team StarKid (A Very Potter Musical, A Very Potter Sequel, A Very Potter Senior... Read More →
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Dylan Saunders

A San Francisco native who now calls Los Angeles home, Dylan currently appears in the original web series The Clan from Reckless Tortuga Productions. Regional theatre credits include: Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, New Leaf Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, The National Theatre’s Connections Festival, Apostrof Theatre Festival, as well as eight productions as an original member of the... Read More →
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Meredith Stepien

Meredith Stepien grew up in Pinckney, Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan, where she met her fellow StarKids. After college, she moved to Chicago, where she currently resides. Aside from StarKid productions, she has pursued a life in standup comedy, and she continues to pursue her passion for percussion. She plays music with Nick Gage (composer for Holy Musical B@tman) and her band Jim and the Povolos. She loves swimming and Jane... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Signing Booths (Marketplace)

12:00pm

The Dumbledore Debate
In what was considered a controversial move by many, JK Rowling “outed” Albus Dumbledore as a gay man in October of 2007 during her reading of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at Carnegie Hall. Reactions from the public met a wide range of emotion, but overall, it appeared that many people were pleased that Rowling had made the choice to divulge yet another piece of canon information to the ever-hungry fans. The decision to disclose this information in the way that she did, however, did sparked a debate that still rages among fans today. Should Rowling have revealed the beloved professor’s sexuality within the seven books of the series or was what she did enough? The panelist will continue this debate and invite those in attendance to join in on the discussion as well.

Speakers
avatar for Rachael

Rachael

Front Desk Clerk, Holiday Inn
Hello. I'm Rachael. =)
MC

Miranda Caddell

Wizard, The Puffskein Experience
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Denise Hemphill

Batgirl
Traveling to other galaxies, peanut butter cups, and my invisible critter crew. It includes a dragon so don't piss her off.
BJ

British Joe

British Joe is your average fanboy, from the North-West of England, "working" as a musician. (Yes, he’s British. Yes, he has an accent. No, he can’t introduce you to Dan and Phil.) From competing in LeakyStars to leading panels on his interests of Fanfiction and Pokemon, Joe is very excited to be back at LeakyCon!
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Mark Oshiro

Fan Guest of Honor, Mark Does Stuff
What if you could re-live the experience of reading a book (or watching a show) for the first time? Mark Oshiro provides just such a thing on a daily basis on Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since 2009, Mark has been subjecting himself to the emotional journey that one takes when they enter a fictional world for the first time. He mixes textual analysis... Read More →
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Abby Ritter

Specialized Recreation Aide, The Arc of Oneida-Lewis
Abby is many things: a music therapist, former figure skater, disability and LGBTQ+ activist, and, above all, a professional fangirl. She has been attending Mischief Management conventions since 2012, and has been shouting/crying her face off during panels since 2013. She was a LeakyStars finalist in at LeakyCon Portland. The proudest moment of her life was playing her arrangement of Accio Deathly Hallows for Hank Green with the LeakyCon Pep Band... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 12:00pm - 1:20pm
W105

1:00pm

The Second Annual Body Image and a Way-Too-Conscious Culture Panel
Last year, Jackie Emerson and Devin Lytle got together to explore the ever-present body pressures that exist for the youth of today, and people are still talking about it. This year the topic gets an added voice this year in Dominic Barnes, fresh off several years guest starring on the it show "Glee." This group will pull from personal experiences to discuss the power that exists when you trust your own body and love yourself.

and Southern belle  Devin Lytle of StarKid fame join forces to discuss the ever present body conscious pressures that exist for the youth of today. Pulling from personal experiences, these two ladies share the power that exists from trusting your own body and loving yourself. 

Speakers
JE

Jackie Emerson

Jackie is best known for her portrayal of Foxface in The Hunger Games. From a young age, she pursued her interests in both acting and singing. In 2006, she took part in the Disney recording band Dev2.0. She has since then participated in many voice-overs for both radio and television. She has also performed in numerous professional productions with Reprise, The Los Angeles Opera, and LA TheaterWorks. Jackie is an avid musician who spends the rest... Read More →
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Devin Lytle

Devin is a founding member of Team StarKid and was a cast member of the shenanigans y’all know as A Very Potter Musical, Me and My Dick, and others. These days, Devin is creating her own comedic sketch series dubbed POST GRAD, which details all the nitty gritty little details college forgot to teach us. Devin also teaches pole dancing at Sheila Kelley S Factor and is a huge advocate for the female rights. She works with... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 1:00pm - 1:40pm
W109 A

1:00pm

We Survived the Harry Potter Ship Wars. Ask Us How?
No, really--ask us! Find out about the infamous Ron/Hermione vs. Harry/Hermione shipping wars from two who were on the front line. From the origins of ship names to the live ship debate at Nimbus 2003, this panel will either give you combat flashbacks to "the good old days," or have you laughing at the ridiculousness of snarking, trolling, pointing, and laughing. Sock puppeting and weeks-long debates about the exact usage of semicolons and Quidditch World Cup seating arrangements, all over the romantic pairing of three fictional teenagers. On a deeper level, we will also talk about how shipping and theorizing affected our opinions of the books, as expectations were fulfilled or dashed with each new book release, and how those experiences still shape our fandom today-- and how we managed to "survive" as Harry Potter fans through it all. Whether you are wanting to relive old times or find out what you missed out on, this panel will certainly be worth your time!

Speakers
EB

Emily Bytheway

Editor, LeakyNews
Emily first read Harry Potter in the spring of 2000 (shortly before the publication of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and joined the Harry Potter fandom in fall of 2001. Since then, she's written some (very bad) fanfiction, served as a moderator at the Sugar Quill, participated as second chair for the Ron/Hermione side in the Nimbus 2003 live shipping debate, co-coordinated Scribbulus: The Leaky Cauldron's Essay Project, and currently... Read More →
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Pam Nail

Pam Nail has been a member of the Harry Potter fandom since 2003. Though less active these days, she was a frequent participant on several forums (particularly Sugar Quill, Fiction Alley Park, and Chamber of Secrets Forums) and on LiveJournal. Her current fandom obsession is Hannibal.


Saturday August 2, 2014 1:00pm - 1:40pm
W102 A

1:00pm

The Hobbit vs. The Lord of the Rings: A Fan-Based Discussion
What started as a simple children's book in The Hobbit eventually morphed into the full-blown, mythic epic of The Lord of the Rings. Come join a spirited discussion of Professor Tolkien's two most popular works. What do these books have in common? Where do they diverge? What's the difference between Bilbo's Adventure and Frodo's Quest? Which makes for a better movie?

Speakers
JW

Jim Wert

Curator, Nerd Cave & Tolkien Museum
Husband, proud father of four, serious Tolkien/Lewis geek, presbyter, management consultant, closet thespian, appreciator of fine ales,occasional Madeye clone


Saturday August 2, 2014 1:00pm - 1:40pm
W101

1:00pm

What Says Quinapalus?: Artifical Fools in Modern Media
Shakespeare's wise and witty fools are among the most insightful characters in the literary canon. Robert Armin called these figures "artificial fools," stressing that their foolishness was feigned, and that they were, in fact, highly intelligent. Their songs, quips, and jests provide invaluable commentary on the themes of their respective plays, and they frequently use humor to guide other characters' development. This lecture will read modern characters such as Finnick Odair, Stiles Stilinski, and the Fresh Prince as descendants of Shakespeare's artificial fools in order to better understand their narrative purpose. The lecture will further make the case that Boy Meets World's Eric Matthews exemplifies the tradition.

Speakers
RW

Robin Whittle

At LeakyCon 2012, Robin collaborated with her best friend, Maggie Brevig, on both a lecture about technology in magical fantasy worlds ('Sufficiently Advanced Technology') and a roundtable discussion of female teenaged action heroes ('Buffy, Korra, and Katniss: Action Girls in the Media'). She is currently working on a masters degree in literature.


Saturday August 2, 2014 1:00pm - 1:40pm
W103

1:00pm

AV Byte Live
Join your favorite princesses and detectives as they perform pieces from some of the most loved AV Byte videos!

Speakers
MC

Michelle Cameron

Michelle Cameron portrays Queen Elsa in the AVbyte musical video “Frozen: A Musical feat. Disney Princesses."
TD

Tiger Darrow

Tiger Darrow portrays Snow White in the AVbyte Disney Princess musical videos.
MG

Molly Gallagher

Molly Gallagher portrays "Hipster Disney Princess” in the AVbyte Disney Princess musical videos.
AN

Antonius Nazareth

Antonius Nazareth formed the popular YouTube channel AVbyte with his brother Vijay. Together they write, direct and produce fandom-based musical videos such as “Frozen – The Musical featuring Disney Princesses,” and “Facebook – The Musical.”
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Vijay Nazareth

Vijay Nazareth formed the popular YouTube channel AVbyte with his brother Antonius. Together they write, direct and produce fandom-based musical videos such as “Frozen – The Musical featuring Disney Princesses,” and “Facebook – The Musical.”
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Elizabeth Oldak

Elizabeth Oldak portrays Belle in the AVbyte Disney Princess musical videos.
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Travis Slavin

Travis Slavin has appeared in several AVbyte video musicals portraying Sherlock Holmes and The Doctor.


Saturday August 2, 2014 1:00pm - 1:40pm
MainStage

1:00pm

Twelve Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches: Lessons from Ron's Wooing of Hermione
On Ron's seventeenth birthday he received the book Twelve Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches. Ron was obviously impressed with the book; he gave a copy of it to Harry on Harry's 17th birthday five months later. This presentation speculates – humorously – about what Ron might have learned from the book by comparing his behavior before and after he read it. Ron seems to have learned such classic fail-safe charms as listening, complimenting, flirting, faithfulness, and being a shoulder to cry on. A book that can get those lessons through to a 17 year-old boy is "pure gold" indeed. If it worked for Ron, maybe it would work for some of us other clueless males as well.

Speakers
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David Martin

David Martin is proud to be a Hufflepuff and has been involved with Harry Potter since 2004. He is a regular member of Potterdelphia; he is a husband, a father, and a grandfather. He is currently a semi-retired college teacher of computer science. And he wishes that Hermione had ended up with him rather than with Ron.


Saturday August 2, 2014 1:00pm - 1:40pm
W102 B

1:00pm

The War Against YA

There seems to be a certain trend in the media to portray YA books in a dismissive light. Why is the narrative? Time to ask some big questions about what YA is, how we judge the value of a book, and how media coverage of books affects reading behavior.


Speakers
LH

Laurie Halse Anderson

Author
Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in Northern New York, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes. You can follow her adventures on Twitter... Read More →
GF

Gayle Forman

Author
Gayle Forman is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author and journalist. She is the author of Just One Day, Just One Year, and the companion e-novella Just One Night, as well as the New York Times bestsellers If I Stay and Where She Went. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughters.
LG

Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman is the New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians, likened to an adult Harry Potter by the New York Times, and the sequels The Magician King and The Magican Land. Lev is a journalist and writes for Time as a book critic and lead technology writer. He has also written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. Portland... Read More →
ML

Malinda Lo

Author
Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels including most recently the sci-fi duology Adaptation and Inheritance (Little, Brown). Her first novel, Ash, a retelling of Cinderella with a lesbian twist, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. Her novel Huntress was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Malinda is co-founder... Read More →
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Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins has always worked with books - first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. She's the author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and the upcoming Isla and the Happily Ever After. She and her husband live in the mountains of North Carolina. Every room of their house is painted a different color of the rainbow.


Saturday August 2, 2014 1:00pm - 1:50pm
W110B

1:00pm

This Panel Is Graphic

It’s graphic novel time! How are graphic novels created? How do you balance the story and art? If adapting a novel, how do you make the leap from text to illustration? What advantages are there to the graphic novel format, or limitations?


Moderators
AB

Amber Benson

Amber Benson is most well known for her role as Tara McClay on the hit show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In addition to acting, she has written and directed three feature films and an animated web series for the BBC. In 2009, she added author to her resume when adult urban fantasy, Death’s Daughter, as well as her children’s book, Among the Ghosts, were published. She made her very first LeakyCon appearance in Chicago as a... Read More →

Speakers
HB

Holly Black

Author
Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, and two new forthcoming novels, The Iron Trial (the first book of the Magisterium series with Cassandra Clare) and The Darkest Part of the Forest. She has been a finalist for the... Read More →
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Kazu Kibuishi

Illustrator, Graphic Novelist
Kazu Kibuishi is the Eisner-nominated creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet series of graphic novels as well as Copper, and Daisy Kutter. He is also the cover artist of the recently released 15th anniversary editions of the Harry Potter series written by J.K. Rowling, and the founder and editor of the Flight Anthologies, a critically acclaimed comic series. Kazu Kibuishi lives in Seattle, Washington with his family. Find him on... Read More →
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Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell earned a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995 and, at 24, became the youngest-ever – and first female – columnist at the Omaha World-Herald. Though her first novel, Attachments, is set in a newsroom, it couldn’t be less of a true story. She met her husband in junior high and can hardly get him to read her books, let alone her emails. Her second novel, Eleanor & Park &ndash... Read More →
SW

Scott Westerfeld

Author
Scott Westerfeld is the author of the bestselling Uglies and Leviathan series. His books have won the Aurealis Award, the Victorian Premier's Award, the Philip K Dick Special Citation, and have been named NY Times Notable Books and BBYA Top Ten Children's Books of the Year. His latest novel, Afterworlds, is about a young writer navigating the world of YA publishing. It comes out September 23, 2014.


Saturday August 2, 2014 1:00pm - 1:50pm
W110A

1:00pm

The Tumblr Ask Box VII
The Tumblr Ask Box is open! Welcome to the real-world version of the Tumblr ask box, brought to you by Tumblr itself. Each session will feature a lineup of special guests who will hit the hot seat for 10 minutes of nonstop Q&A, in as rapid-fire of a manner as we can manage. Only, there's a twist: we aren't going to tell you ahead of time who is slated for which session. Life at LeakyCon is like your Tumblr dashboard: you never know what you're gonna get. 

There are two ways to submit questions for these sessions: send them in via the LeakyCon ask box and tag it #askboxlive, or simply be present at one of these sessions and jump up and down in front of a moderator's face. 

Moderators
AF

Amandalyn Ferri

Amandalyn Ferri runs Community Outreach and Events for Tumblr. Before working at Tumblr she worked at CollegeHumor putting jokes on t-shirts for BustedTees.com. Most commonly she is referred to as America's Sweetheart and is exceptionally good at hanging out. She is very passionate about Grease 2, Shark Tanks, and the ups and downs of Amanda Knox.

Saturday August 2, 2014 1:00pm - 2:20pm
W300

1:00pm

Autographs: Doctor Who

This signing requires a wristband.

LeakyCon 2014 Signing & Photo Booth Procedures

LeakyCon is one of very few conferences that offers autograph sessions at no additional cost; however, registration for LeakyCon does not guarantee you access to any autograph session. In an effort to eliminate waiting time and run the signings at LeakyCon 2014 efficiently, we have borrowed a procedure from one of the only other conferences to offer free signatures, San Diego Comic-Con.

Please note that LeakyCon Lit signings are only open to those LeakyCon guests who have a pass for that track.  Rock signings will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If you have a RockStar pass, then the following only concerns you if you would like to enter the drawing for an additional signing pass over and above that which comes with your registration.

Access to all autograph sessions will be granted via drawings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. Attendance at this drawing is the only way to assure your spot in the signing, unless you are a RockStar (see above).

Raffle drawings are for autograph sessions only and will take place at 8 a.m. in Room 109 on the same day as the session in question. Photo booth sessions are open to all attendees on a first come, first served basis and will proceed as detailed below. Photo booth sessions do not require a wristband. Autograph and photo booth sessions will take place in the LeakyCon Marketplace (Exhibit Hall WA1).

So here’s how it works:

Drawing Procedure (Signings)

  1. Please line up in Room 109 at the time listed above to enter the drawing for the signing wristband you wish to have.  There will be multiple lines, each marked with the wristband you may obtain.

  2. There will be a volunteer at the front of each line with a bag of tickets.

  3. When you reach the front of the line, you will pull a ticket out of the bag.

  4. If you pull out a winning ticket, then you have gained access to the signing. You will be directed to a second volunteer who will present you with the wristband necessary for entry to that signing, and should reconvene in the LeakyCon Marketplace (Exhibit Hall WA1) at the time of the signing.

  5. If you pull a non-winning ticket, then you have not gained access to that signing, You may try again the next day, or, if you wish, you may return to the end of the line.


The bags will contain the correct number of tickets to assure that all of the signings are full and that, to the best of our ability to judge, no one will wait in line unnecessarily.

All of the drawings for the day’s signings will take place at the same time. When you arrive for the drawing, you should choose the signing session you are most interested in and stand in that line first. Once you have drawn for that signing, you may stand another line, if you like. This should be a fast process so don’t worry about making it through multiple lines!

Ok, so you have your wristband... what next?

Signing Procedure

  1. If you won a wristband at the morning lottery, please line up in the signing area at the allotted signing time. There is no need to line up early. Everyone who receives a wristband will be granted access to the appropriate signing. However, it is recommended that you line up closer to the beginning of the signing rather than closer to the end.  The signing will end at its appointed time, and we need to move things along - we know you’re ready to go to your next bit of programming, so we don’t want to hold you up!

  2. You may only have one item signed at each signing. You may not bring in items for your friends who didn’t get wristbands. One person - one item. This is the only way we can get things going with the speed they need to be respectful to everyone.

  3. After you get your items signed, please leave the signing area promptly.

  4. You may not take photographs or videos of yourself with our special guests, or engage in any other activity that will hold up the lines. If you do so, then your pass may be revoked.


Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!



Speakers
ED

Ellie Darcey-Alden

Ellie played Young Lily in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and, in a fandom double-whammy, she recently appeared in the Doctor Who Christmas episode “The Snowmen.” She has been in the TV series Robin Hood and Holby City, as well as the recent film Welcome to the Punch. This is her fourth LeakyCon!
JM

James Moran

James broke into screenwriting after winning a contest for the Sci Fi Channel with his film script, Cheap Rate Gravity, which was later produced. He also wrote the screenplays for Severance and Cockneys vs. Zombies.
NT

Nina Touissaint-White

Actress
Nina Toussaint-White portrayed Melody Pond in season six of Doctor Who. She also starred as Syd Chambers on BBC’s EastEnders. She also worked on ITV2′s Switch and BBC’s Uncle.


Saturday August 2, 2014 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Signing Booths (Marketplace)

1:00pm

Autographs: Harry Potter Actors

This signing requires a wristband.

LeakyCon 2014 Signing & Photo Booth Procedures

LeakyCon is one of very few conferences that offers autograph sessions at no additional cost; however, registration for LeakyCon does not guarantee you access to any autograph session. In an effort to eliminate waiting time and run the signings at LeakyCon 2014 efficiently, we have borrowed a procedure from one of the only other conferences to offer free signatures, San Diego Comic-Con.

Please note that LeakyCon Lit signings are only open to those LeakyCon guests who have a pass for that track.  Rock signings will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If you have a RockStar pass, then the following only concerns you if you would like to enter the drawing for an additional signing pass over and above that which comes with your registration.

Access to all autograph sessions will be granted via drawings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. Attendance at this drawing is the only way to assure your spot in the signing, unless you are a RockStar (see above).

Raffle drawings are for autograph sessions only and will take place at 8 a.m. in Room 109 on the same day as the session in question. Photo booth sessions are open to all attendees on a first come, first served basis and will proceed as detailed below. Photo booth sessions do not require a wristband. Autograph and photo booth sessions will take place in the LeakyCon Marketplace (Exhibit Hall WA1).

So here’s how it works:

Drawing Procedure (Signings)

  1. Please line up in Room 109 at the time listed above to enter the drawing for the signing wristband you wish to have.  There will be multiple lines, each marked with the wristband you may obtain.

  2. There will be a volunteer at the front of each line with a bag of tickets.

  3. When you reach the front of the line, you will pull a ticket out of the bag.

  4. If you pull out a winning ticket, then you have gained access to the signing. You will be directed to a second volunteer who will present you with the wristband necessary for entry to that signing, and should reconvene in the LeakyCon Marketplace (Exhibit Hall WA1) at the time of the signing.

  5. If you pull a non-winning ticket, then you have not gained access to that signing, You may try again the next day, or, if you wish, you may return to the end of the line.


The bags will contain the correct number of tickets to assure that all of the signings are full and that, to the best of our ability to judge, no one will wait in line unnecessarily.

All of the drawings for the day’s signings will take place at the same time. When you arrive for the drawing, you should choose the signing session you are most interested in and stand in that line first. Once you have drawn for that signing, you may stand another line, if you like. This should be a fast process so don’t worry about making it through multiple lines!

Ok, so you have your wristband... what next?

Signing Procedure

  1. If you won a wristband at the morning lottery, please line up in the signing area at the allotted signing time. There is no need to line up early. Everyone who receives a wristband will be granted access to the appropriate signing. However, it is recommended that you line up closer to the beginning of the signing rather than closer to the end.  The signing will end at its appointed time, and we need to move things along - we know you’re ready to go to your next bit of programming, so we don’t want to hold you up!

  2. You may only have one item signed at each signing. You may not bring in items for your friends who didn’t get wristbands. One person - one item. This is the only way we can get things going with the speed they need to be respectful to everyone.

  3. After you get your items signed, please leave the signing area promptly.

  4. You may not take photographs or videos of yourself with our special guests, or engage in any other activity that will hold up the lines. If you do so, then your pass may be revoked.


Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!



Speakers
SB

Scarlett Byrne

Scarlett began her acting career in 2008 as Chloe Daniels in an episode of the British TV drama Doctors. Her career took off in 2009 when she landed the role of Pansy Parkinson for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II. Since then she has appeared in several short videos written by fellow Potter star Jessie Cave, and most recently appeared on the... Read More →
ED

Ellie Darcey-Alden

Ellie played Young Lily in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and, in a fandom double-whammy, she recently appeared in the Doctor Who Christmas episode “The Snowmen.” She has been in the TV series Robin Hood and Holby City, as well as the recent film Welcome to the Punch. This is her fourth LeakyCon!
RJ

Robbie Jarvis

Robbie Jarvis played young James Potter in the movie adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. He has also appeared in the Nickelodeon show Genie In The House and did vocal work for The History Boys. He has also guest starred in episodes of Waking the Dead for the BBC and ITV’s Trial & Retribution.
HM

Hugh Mitchell

Hugh Mitchell played the camera-carrying Colin Creevey in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets film. Since then, he has appeared in several films including The Da Vinci Code (Young Silas) and the British horror-comedy Tormented (Tim).
NS

Nick Shirm

Nick Shirm portrayed Zacharias Smith in the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix film and video game. He worked on the British film Sixty Six.
CS

Charlotte Skeoch

Charlotte Skeoch portrayed Hannah Abbot in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and the Order of the Phoenix, and Deathly Hallows Part 2 video games. She also played Hayley on the popular BBC television show EastEnders. She has also written film reviews for the Huffington Post, as well as contributed to several other blogs.


Saturday August 2, 2014 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Signing Booths (Marketplace)

1:30pm

Photo Booth: Hannah Hart

Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

Speakers
HH

Hannah Hart

Hannah Hart is an American internet personality and comedian. She is best known for starring in My Drunk Kitchen, a weekly series on YouTube. Apart from her main channel, she also runs a second channel where she talks about life in general and gives her opinions on various topics.


Saturday August 2, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Photo Booth A (Marketplace)

2:00pm

In Defense of Fan Fiction
Fanfiction is a very polarizing topic. It seems that someone will either love or hate it and it can be difficult to express what the appeal of fanfic really is. As an author and occasional fanfic writer, I think it’s not only fun to read, it bolsters the creative mind and offers writers skills to add to their repertoire! This will be a silly, casual, but step-by-step talk outlining the things that make fanfic not just a fun hobby but actually beneficial to your writing career.

Speakers
NH

Nika Harper

I'm an author and show host, geeky video-game type, and I like craft beer.


Saturday August 2, 2014 2:00pm - 2:40pm
W105

2:00pm

Snake Tales: How Spin Sullied Slytherin's Reputation
Hagrid’s warning of “There's not a single witch or wizard who went bad who wasn't in Slytherin” is one of the most recognizable lines from the Potter franchise. This quote set the stage to paint Slytherin house as Death Eaters in waiting, fickle and power hungry, but how true is that statement and how much bearing should it have on the core of Slytherin identity? This panel addresses the issues of narrator bias and logical flaws in presenting a case for the merits of being a Slytherin, while providing counterpoints to common misconceptions and misinformation about what being a Slytherin really means. Check your assumptions at the door and take a closer look at what wearing the green and grey actually says about a person.

Speakers
avatar for Savannah Currier

Savannah Currier

Savannah has been an active part of fandom communities for majority of her 22 years. A native Floridian Slytherin, she spends much of her time discussing fandoms with her friends, reading fanfiction, and writing. She can often be found wandering her University campus in her wizard robes, usually singing Wrock music, and making friends along the way. Feel free to come by and chat if you run into her!
BJ

British Joe

British Joe is your average fanboy, from the North-West of England, "working" as a musician. (Yes, he’s British. Yes, he has an accent. No, he can’t introduce you to Dan and Phil.) From competing in LeakyStars to leading panels on his interests of Fanfiction and Pokemon, Joe is very excited to be back at LeakyCon!
RL

Rory Lynne

RoryLynne has been slythering to Leaky since 2012 and this is her first year presenting. She’s a proud gay snake, who, outside of Harry Potter, enjoys musical theatre, dancing, Once Upon A Time, Teen Wolf, Sleepy Hollow and other fandoms. She's also breaking into the world of cosplay, so if you see Poison Ivy wandering around, feel free to say hi!
avatar for Dani Palmer

Dani Palmer

Staff Photographer, International Quidditch Association
Dani has been doing this for 5 years now. What exactly “this” is may be ambiguous, but involves having been a Slytherin since the age of 9 and this zany Leaky/Geeky community in every way possible, from writing for personal and help blogs on the topic of the con to volunteering as head of Slytherin House. As a disability and LGBTQIA+ advocate and photographer by trade, Dani spends most time using fandom circles to engage in bettering the... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 2:00pm - 2:40pm
W102 B

2:00pm

The Presence of the Past
The Harry Potter novels take place in a history-saturated world, with continual nods to prior events: from the Mauraders in during their school years to way back 1000 years before the main timeline. This discussion will delve into the relevance and the presence of the past in the Harry Potter world.

Speakers
avatar for David Martin

David Martin

David Martin is proud to be a Hufflepuff and has been involved with Harry Potter since 2004. He is a regular member of Potterdelphia; he is a husband, a father, and a grandfather. He is currently a semi-retired college teacher of computer science. And he wishes that Hermione had ended up with him rather than with Ron.


Saturday August 2, 2014 2:00pm - 2:40pm
W102 A

2:00pm

When Factors Become Factions: Five Factor Personality Theory and Roth's Divergent World
Explore the use of the Five Factor Personality Theory in Veronica Roth's Divergent. Disucss how the factions line up with these personality factors, and the corrupt/dysfunctional relationships that form from developing only one personality facet. Go indepth into the Darwinian approach of the Dauntless training, its affect on the mental health of their initiates and members, its shift from heroic bravery to corruption and brutality, and the imagery in the book. Take a personality test and find out your faction!

Speakers
LF

Louise Freeman

Psychology Professor, Mary Baldwin College


Saturday August 2, 2014 2:00pm - 2:40pm
W103

2:00pm

A Q&A with Kazu Kibuishi
This wizard behind the beautiful new US Harry Potter books will share his stories, artwork and writing, as well as answer your questions!

Speakers
KK

Kazu Kibuishi

Illustrator, Graphic Novelist
Kazu Kibuishi is the Eisner-nominated creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet series of graphic novels as well as Copper, and Daisy Kutter. He is also the cover artist of the recently released 15th anniversary editions of the Harry Potter series written by J.K. Rowling, and the founder and editor of the Flight Anthologies, a critically acclaimed comic series. Kazu Kibuishi lives in Seattle, Washington with his family. Find him on... Read More →
CK

Cheryl Klein

Cheryl is the senior editor at Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.). In her book Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults, Cheryl leads readers to discover what must be done to polish a manuscript for children and young adult readers. Her impressive editorial experience includes award-winning novels and picture books, such as the final books of the Harry... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 2:00pm - 2:40pm
W109 B

2:00pm

Rocking the Hogwarts Libraries: Tales from Wizard Rock Tours
Join our panelists as they relive the times when wizard rockers criss-crossed the country, and started making concert venues of libraries and punk rockers out of Harry Potter fans.

Moderators
avatar for Brad Ausrotas

Brad Ausrotas

Creative Programming, GeekyCon
Brad was born and raised in the proud nation of Canada. He is a writer, musician, gamer, huge nerd, and chaotic neutral. He is a fan of craft beer, bands you've never heard of, and fast cars.

Speakers
JD

Joe DeGeorge

Joe DeGeorge is Harry Potter, Year 4, in the band Harry and the Potters.
PD

Paul DeGeorge

Paul is a fandom innovator. He plays in Harry and the Potters, co-founded the Harry Potter Alliance, created the Snitchwich, and orchestrated the Nerds for Obama campaign last fall. He is the executive director of the Harry Potter Alliance.
AD

Adam Dubberly

Musician
Adam Dubberly is a singer/songwriter based out of Austin, Texas. Formerly of wizard rock fame with his band The Mudbloods, Dubberly’s pursuits are now with his band Harvey Dowd. | | You can hear and download Adam’s music and sign up for his mailing list by visiting http://www.harveydowdmusic.com.
LF

Lauren Fairweather

Lauren Fairweather is a full-time nerdy musician, YouTube partner (devilishlypure), and wizard rocker. Her songs feature catchy melodies over acoustic guitar or ukulele and cover a variety of topics including, most recently, 'The Prince’s Tale' chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Lauren is also a member of prominent wizard rock band The Moaning Myrtles and groundbreaking collaborative YouTube channel fiveawesomegirls. In... Read More →
MM

Matt Maggiacomo

Matt was born in 1979 and spent the first six years of his life exploring the wilderness of Tarkiln, RI. This one time, he caught a bullfrog so big that his mother exclaimed, 'I reckon that's the biggest dern bullfrog I EVER saw.' But Matt's favorite activity was...


Saturday August 2, 2014 2:00pm - 2:40pm
W109 A

2:00pm

I Made You. Now I'm Going to Kill You.

Sometimes, in the course of events, an author has to knock off a character. Sometimes this makes readers upset.  “WHY????” the reader writes, in a fervent email to the author. “WHY DID YOU DO THAT???” In this panel, you’ll find out why, and learn a little about the art and science of character-killing. 


Speakers
AD

Alaya Dawn Johnson

Author
Alaya (rhymes with papaya) lives, writes, cooks, and (perhaps most importantly) eats in Mexico City. Her literary loves are all forms of speculative fiction, historical fiction, and the occasional highbrow novel. She plays the guitar badly and eats very well, particularly during canning season. She has published five novels for adults and young adults, including The Summer Prince, which was longlisted for the National Book Award in 2013.
MJ

Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of ten YA novels (including SUITE SCARLETT, SCARLETT FEVER, 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES, THE NAME OF THE STAR, and THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH). She has also done many collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). Maureen has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University. She has been nominated... Read More →
JM

James Moran

James broke into screenwriting after winning a contest for the Sci Fi Channel with his film script, Cheap Rate Gravity, which was later produced. He also wrote the screenplays for Severance and Cockneys vs. Zombies.
LM

Lauren Myracle

Author
Lauren Myracle is the author of squillions of books for tweens and teens, including The Infinite Moment of Us, the best-selling Internet Girls series, horror novels Bliss and Rhymes with Witches, and Shine, winner of the 2012 Walden Award for YA fiction. Lauren feels amazingly lucky to be able to do what she loves and actually get paid for it, and she is hugely honored by the response of her fans, who call her books "awesome" and "soooooo... Read More →
SW

Scott Westerfeld

Author
Scott Westerfeld is the author of the bestselling Uglies and Leviathan series. His books have won the Aurealis Award, the Victorian Premier's Award, the Philip K Dick Special Citation, and have been named NY Times Notable Books and BBYA Top Ten Children's Books of the Year. His latest novel, Afterworlds, is about a young writer navigating the world of YA publishing. It comes out September 23, 2014.


Saturday August 2, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
W110B

2:00pm

The Process P*rn Panel

It’s time to get down and dirty and talk about how we do it. How do we write books? Outlines? Off the cuff? In order? In random sections? On file cards? By hand? On computer? In the dead of night? At all hours? During the day, like a normal? And how many times do we do it over again? This panel has no shame.


Speakers
HB

Holly Black

Author
Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, and two new forthcoming novels, The Iron Trial (the first book of the Magisterium series with Cassandra Clare) and The Darkest Part of the Forest. She has been a finalist for the... Read More →
LG

Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman is the New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians, likened to an adult Harry Potter by the New York Times, and the sequels The Magician King and The Magican Land. Lev is a journalist and writes for Time as a book critic and lead technology writer. He has also written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. Portland... Read More →
VJ

Varian Johnson

Author
Varian Johnson is the author of four novels, including The Great Greene Heist, a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2014. His novels for older readers include My Life as a Rhombus, named to the Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List and the New York Public Library “Stuff for the Teen Age” list, and Saving Maddie, a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book. Varian was born in Florence, South... Read More →
ML

Malinda Lo

Author
Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels including most recently the sci-fi duology Adaptation and Inheritance (Little, Brown). Her first novel, Ash, a retelling of Cinderella with a lesbian twist, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. Her novel Huntress was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Malinda is co-founder... Read More →
RR

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell earned a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995 and, at 24, became the youngest-ever – and first female – columnist at the Omaha World-Herald. Though her first novel, Attachments, is set in a newsroom, it couldn’t be less of a true story. She met her husband in junior high and can hardly get him to read her books, let alone her emails. Her second novel, Eleanor & Park &ndash... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
W110A

2:00pm

LeakyStars
Cheer on the finalists as they compete to become the third LeakyStars winner. Our first winner, Sarah Wood, will be there to perform too!  

Moderators
DB

Dominic Barnes

Dominic Barnes has been gracing your living rooms for only two years, but he has loved every single second of it and is honored that the fans have brought him to where he is today! He has appeared on the TV show Greek, and he had an extremely brief stint on ABC’s Suburgatory. You probably know him best as the sassy dancin’ fool Warbler Trent on FOX’s hit TV show Glee!
CM

Curt Mega

Curt is an actor, writer and singer originally from Dallas, Texas, best known for his four season recurring role as “Warbler Nick” on Fox’s Glee. He began his professional career on stages in and around Dallas before transitioning to Los Angeles in January of 2010 to pursue a career in film and television. In addition to his acting credits, Curt is a new media producer and writer and has toured the country performing... Read More →

Speakers
AB

Amber Benson

Amber Benson is most well known for her role as Tara McClay on the hit show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In addition to acting, she has written and directed three feature films and an animated web series for the BBC. In 2009, she added author to her resume when adult urban fantasy, Death’s Daughter, as well as her children’s book, Among the Ghosts, were published. She made her very first LeakyCon appearance in Chicago as a... Read More →
JC

Jon Cozart

Jon Cozart is an Internet personality with over 46 million views on YouTube.com/Paint, where he takes fandom to a whole new level. His most successful works include "Harry Potter in 99 Seconds" and "After Ever After."
MG

Maxwell Glick

Maxwell Glick has been a working actor in Los Angeles since moving there from New York.  He has been involved with online series and YouTube in many projects, most importantly as Spencer Gilman on the groundbreaking show lonelygirl15 and was nominated for an IAWTV Award for his performance in Night of the Zombie King.  He also starred in the online hit zombie musical Rigamortis: A Zombie Love Story.  His... Read More →
MT

Meghan Tonjes

Musician, Vlogger and YouTube personality, Meghan’s videos have garnered over 15 million views. As a guest on The Ellen Degeneres Show, she shared her music and publicly detailed her past with bullying during the ‘It Gets Better’ initiative. Featured on Upworthy.com, her video entitled “I AM FAT” quickly went viral and encouraged her audience to reclaim the word ‘fat’ without all of the negative... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm
MainStage

3:00pm

In the Writing Zone
This will be a sort of lightning-round writing workshop overviewing tactics for getting “in the zone.”Discussion will include easy places to find inspiration, how to start your project, and how to manage expectations by creating a low-risk, low-pressure environment.

Speakers
NH

Nika Harper

I'm an author and show host, geeky video-game type, and I like craft beer.


Saturday August 2, 2014 3:00pm - 3:40pm
W105

3:00pm

Types of Learning: Structured and Organic (Or Why Does Harry Keep Skipping Magic Lessons and Why Does Tumblr Hate School?
Join this teacher and student duo in a roundtable discussion of education, fandom, Harry Potter, and Tumblr. Explore the strange situation wherein Tumblr seems to mostly host complaints about going to school, while users spend their free time in what is essentailly academic study. Delve into the Golden Trio and their motivation for skipping classes in favor of researching in the library. Enjoy an indepth look at the differences between structured and organic learning, ask whether school will ever be as fun as Tumblr, and marvel at the fact that Hermoine ever found the time to study.

Speakers
J

jnsarber@gmail.com

Jessie Sarber is an English teacher with a Master's in Teaching, and she is currently teaching high schoolers reading skills in St. Louis. For her, teaching is a natural consequence of being a nerd--she is so excited about literature and writing that she wants to share it with everyone. She's never known how not to be a nerd, and this big beautiful world of fandom that fans have built is one of her favorite places to nerd out about sci-fi stories... Read More →
SS

Sarah Sarber

Sarah Sarber is hella smart. She writes essays... in Grinnell, Iowa. Her favorite movie is Twelve Angry Men, and one time she met Jo Biden at a steakfry and he told her she had a beautiful smile.


Saturday August 2, 2014 3:00pm - 3:40pm
W103

3:00pm

Tolkien's Dragons
It is the Year of Smaug and we have just experienced one of the most dramatic dragons ever to hit the silver (or golden) screen. What is the story with Tolkien and dragons? This panel will dicuss his lifetime desire to integrate them into his fantasy world, how he defines and designs them, and even how to defeat them. Bonus points if you can name all six.

Speakers
JW

Jim Wert

Curator, Nerd Cave & Tolkien Museum
Husband, proud father of four, serious Tolkien/Lewis geek, presbyter, management consultant, closet thespian, appreciator of fine ales,occasional Madeye clone


Saturday August 2, 2014 3:00pm - 3:40pm
W101

3:00pm

Geek to Screen: Turning Your Passion into Television
James Moran, Adam Glass, and Robbie Thompson turned their enthusiasm into careers writing geeky television shows. Join them to discuss how it all happened and what it's like to pursue their passions professionally.

Moderators
avatar for Leah Cornish

Leah Cornish

Creative Programming, LeakyCon
Leah does all of the Leaky things. It's pretty much a sickness at this point.

Speakers
AG

Adam Glass

Adam Glass is currently a Writer/Executive Producer on Supernatural for the CW. When Adam is not writing for TV or films he’s writing graphic novels. Marvel Comics’ Deadpool Suicide Kings & DC Comics’ Suicide Squad 1 & 2 were all New York Times Bestsellers. Other books Adam has written for Marvel are Deadpool Pulp, Luke Cage Noir, Deadpool Team Up and Luke Cage Origins... Read More →
JM

James Moran

James broke into screenwriting after winning a contest for the Sci Fi Channel with his film script, Cheap Rate Gravity, which was later produced. He also wrote the screenplays for Severance and Cockneys vs. Zombies.
RT

Robbie Thompson

Robbie Thompson is a writer for the hit CW television show Supernatural.


Saturday August 2, 2014 3:00pm - 3:40pm
W110A

3:00pm

Game of Owns Podcast Live!
Acclaimed author George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series will span seven books, five of which are published. And from them, HBO has adapted "Game of Thrones," a hugely popular fantasy TV series. In doing this, however, the fan base became divided. There are those who have read the books, and those who remain blissfully ignorant of them, choosing instead to rely on TV for the full story. This year at LeakyCon, the hosts of Game of Owns will guide panel discussion exploring the benefits of each position, with help from other popular book-to-screen adaptations, including the recent magical 7-book series, "Harry Potter."


Saturday August 2, 2014 3:00pm - 3:40pm
W109 A

3:00pm

The Human Marvel: Complex Heroes of the Marvelverse
The Marvel Comics Universe has exploded onto movie screens in recent years with the Avengers blockbuster and affiliated movies. Comics have been around pretty much as long as fandom has, so why the recent explosion in popularity? Marvel brings a unique and relatable humanity to their heroes, with depictions of disability, characters of varying sexualities, women that are not sidekicks, and dynamic motives/personalities. In this panel, we will discuss the mechanics behind what makes the Marvel-verse so appealing, tackling questions like why Loki is simultaneously irresistible and abhorrent, why Bucky Barnes is so vital to the Captain America movieverse, and how Iron Man turns the billionaire playboy trope on its head. We will also look into what we want to see moving forward and discuss recent progress in representation with Young Avengers and the new Miss Marvel.

Speakers
RL

Rory Lynne

RoryLynne has been slythering to Leaky since 2012 and this is her first year presenting. She’s a proud gay snake, who, outside of Harry Potter, enjoys musical theatre, dancing, Once Upon A Time, Teen Wolf, Sleepy Hollow and other fandoms. She's also breaking into the world of cosplay, so if you see Poison Ivy wandering around, feel free to say hi!
avatar for Dani Palmer

Dani Palmer

Staff Photographer, International Quidditch Association
Dani has been doing this for 5 years now. What exactly “this” is may be ambiguous, but involves having been a Slytherin since the age of 9 and this zany Leaky/Geeky community in every way possible, from writing for personal and help blogs on the topic of the con to volunteering as head of Slytherin House. As a disability and LGBTQIA+ advocate and photographer by trade, Dani spends most time using fandom circles to engage in bettering the... Read More →
NS

Natalia Sluzky

Natalia "Pansy" Sluzky has been attending LeakyCon since 2011. After quickly falling in love with the convention, she became a volunteer and has been a Costume Contest judge twice. This is her first year getting involved with being on panels. She is usually found running around in her Pansy costume and this year will be adding Natasha "Black Widow" Romanoff to the mix. Be sure to come say "Hi!"


Saturday August 2, 2014 3:00pm - 3:40pm
W102 A

3:00pm

The Joe Moses One Man Showses
The Joe Moses One Man Showses has a proud history of being completely awesomely crazy at LeakyCon. We are sure Joe will be keeping that tradition. 

Speakers
DB

Dominic Barnes

Dominic Barnes has been gracing your living rooms for only two years, but he has loved every single second of it and is honored that the fans have brought him to where he is today! He has appeared on the TV show Greek, and he had an extremely brief stint on ABC’s Suburgatory. You probably know him best as the sassy dancin’ fool Warbler Trent on FOX’s hit TV show Glee!
JC

Jon Cozart

Jon Cozart is an Internet personality with over 46 million views on YouTube.com/Paint, where he takes fandom to a whole new level. His most successful works include "Harry Potter in 99 Seconds" and "After Ever After."
JE

Jackie Emerson

Jackie is best known for her portrayal of Foxface in The Hunger Games. From a young age, she pursued her interests in both acting and singing. In 2006, she took part in the Disney recording band Dev2.0. She has since then participated in many voice-overs for both radio and television. She has also performed in numerous professional productions with Reprise, The Los Angeles Opera, and LA TheaterWorks. Jackie is an avid musician who spends the rest... Read More →
TM

Titus Makin, Jr.

Titus Makin Jr. was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He found an interest in gymnastics, dance, and acting at a young age. He attended The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (School of Film and Television) for a two-year professional training program. Titus was a reccurring  character on Fox’s hit show Glee and co-starred in new ABC Family original movie A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song. He also appeared on the CW... Read More →
CM

Curt Mega

Curt is an actor, writer and singer originally from Dallas, Texas, best known for his four season recurring role as “Warbler Nick” on Fox’s Glee. He began his professional career on stages in and around Dallas before transitioning to Los Angeles in January of 2010 to pursue a career in film and television. In addition to his acting credits, Curt is a new media producer and writer and has toured the country performing... Read More →
JM

Joe Moses

Joe Moses first rose to Internet stardom portraying Severus Snape in StarKid Production's A Very Potter Musical. He is the creator of the viral sensations The Potion Master's Corner and The Joe Moses One-Man Showses (JMOMS). Since its original run in August of 2011, the ever-changing JMOMS has sold out theaters in NYC and across the country. Joe stays connected to his fans and releases new content using social media sites, where he maintains an... Read More →
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Tessa Netting

Tessa Netting is an actor, singer, and parody mastermind who will stop at nothing until all of her dreams and goals are accomplished. Tessa took to YouTube, creating tessaROXX TV, and quickly became nationally known for fusing Broadway and pop culture in her parodies. The most logical next step, in her mind, is television. Last January, Tessa moved to Los Angeles to expand and utilize her talents, both in front of the camera and as a creative... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 3:00pm - 3:45pm
MainStage

3:00pm

LeakyCon Lit Signing II
(only registrants of LeakyCon lit may attend this signing)

Speakers
LH

Laurie Halse Anderson

Author
Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in Northern New York, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes. You can follow her adventures on Twitter... Read More →
HB

Holly Black

Author
Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, and two new forthcoming novels, The Iron Trial (the first book of the Magisterium series with Cassandra Clare) and The Darkest Part of the Forest. She has been a finalist for the... Read More →
GF

Gayle Forman

Author
Gayle Forman is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author and journalist. She is the author of Just One Day, Just One Year, and the companion e-novella Just One Night, as well as the New York Times bestsellers If I Stay and Where She Went. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughters.
LG

Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman is the New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians, likened to an adult Harry Potter by the New York Times, and the sequels The Magician King and The Magican Land. Lev is a journalist and writes for Time as a book critic and lead technology writer. He has also written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. Portland... Read More →
AD

Alaya Dawn Johnson

Author
Alaya (rhymes with papaya) lives, writes, cooks, and (perhaps most importantly) eats in Mexico City. Her literary loves are all forms of speculative fiction, historical fiction, and the occasional highbrow novel. She plays the guitar badly and eats very well, particularly during canning season. She has published five novels for adults and young adults, including The Summer Prince, which was longlisted for the National Book Award in 2013.
MJ

Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of ten YA novels (including SUITE SCARLETT, SCARLETT FEVER, 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES, THE NAME OF THE STAR, and THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH). She has also done many collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). Maureen has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University. She has been nominated... Read More →
VJ

Varian Johnson

Author
Varian Johnson is the author of four novels, including The Great Greene Heist, a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2014. His novels for older readers include My Life as a Rhombus, named to the Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List and the New York Public Library “Stuff for the Teen Age” list, and Saving Maddie, a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book. Varian was born in Florence, South... Read More →
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Kazu Kibuishi

Illustrator, Graphic Novelist
Kazu Kibuishi is the Eisner-nominated creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet series of graphic novels as well as Copper, and Daisy Kutter. He is also the cover artist of the recently released 15th anniversary editions of the Harry Potter series written by J.K. Rowling, and the founder and editor of the Flight Anthologies, a critically acclaimed comic series. Kazu Kibuishi lives in Seattle, Washington with his family. Find him on... Read More →
ML

Malinda Lo

Author
Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels including most recently the sci-fi duology Adaptation and Inheritance (Little, Brown). Her first novel, Ash, a retelling of Cinderella with a lesbian twist, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. Her novel Huntress was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Malinda is co-founder... Read More →
LM

Lauren Myracle

Author
Lauren Myracle is the author of squillions of books for tweens and teens, including The Infinite Moment of Us, the best-selling Internet Girls series, horror novels Bliss and Rhymes with Witches, and Shine, winner of the 2012 Walden Award for YA fiction. Lauren feels amazingly lucky to be able to do what she loves and actually get paid for it, and she is hugely honored by the response of her fans, who call her books "awesome" and "soooooo... Read More →
SP

Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins has always worked with books - first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. She's the author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and the upcoming Isla and the Happily Ever After. She and her husband live in the mountains of North Carolina. Every room of their house is painted a different color of the rainbow.
RR

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell earned a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995 and, at 24, became the youngest-ever – and first female – columnist at the Omaha World-Herald. Though her first novel, Attachments, is set in a newsroom, it couldn’t be less of a true story. She met her husband in junior high and can hardly get him to read her books, let alone her emails. Her second novel, Eleanor & Park &ndash... Read More →
RW

Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is the author of The Waking Dark, The Book of Blood and Shadow, the Cold Awakening trilogy, and several other books for children and teens. (Maybe you caught the TV miniseries adaptation of her Seven Deadly Sins series... and if you haven’t, you’re missing out.) She grew up in Philadelphia, moved to New York as soon as she got the chance, and, for her very first task at her very first job out of college, was assigned... Read More →
SW

Scott Westerfeld

Author
Scott Westerfeld is the author of the bestselling Uglies and Leviathan series. His books have won the Aurealis Award, the Victorian Premier's Award, the Philip K Dick Special Citation, and have been named NY Times Notable Books and BBYA Top Ten Children's Books of the Year. His latest novel, Afterworlds, is about a young writer navigating the world of YA publishing. It comes out September 23, 2014.


Saturday August 2, 2014 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Signing Booths (Marketplace)

3:00pm

Sorting Characters from Other Fandom
Is Sherlock a Ravenclaw? Is the Doctor a Hufflepuff? Is Dean Winchester a Gryffindor? Come discuss Hogwarts Houses and the methodology behind sorting, and debate how to sort characters from a wide multitude of fandoms including Doctor Who, Supernatural, Teen Wolf, Sherlock, and the Whedonverse!

Speakers

Saturday August 2, 2014 3:00pm - 4:20pm
W102 B

3:00pm

Crafter and Fan Art Sale
At the Craft Fair you will find an eclectic assortment of artists with original and handmade fandom inspired items. Aspiring crafters can find inspiration while perusing the tables. Shoppers will be thrilled with the unique items they can find. Offerings from previous years include paper goods, housewares, ceramics, bath products, jewelry, craft kits, accessories, clothing, comics, knits, curios, collectibles, artwork, and so much more!  

Saturday August 2, 2014 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Marketplace

4:00pm

The Doctor and the Rose: Alchemy and Time Lords in Russell T. Davies Era
Throughout his travels through space and time, the Doctor has gone through many transformations and has a host of companions. Throughout the Russell T. Davies era of Doctor Who, however, the Doctor embarked on a journey that seems strikingly similar to the metamorphosis that occurs during the alchemical process. Explore and delve into the deeper symbols at work during this story arc and examine the 10th Doctor's three main companions, Rose, Martha, and Donna, and their corellation to the three main stages of alchemy.

Speakers
CE

Carol Eshleman

Archbishop Rummel High School
Past Speaking includes: on Potter - Ascendio, St. Andrews University in Scotland, University of North Alabama, UNC Charlotte; on Chaucer - UNC Chapel Hill. Has had guest posts on the Hogwarts Professor blog. Received Master's Degree in English with concentrations in Teaching and British Literature with a reading ability in Latin from the University of New Orleans. Lives in New Orleans with her husband Roch, her children Vito and Lizzie, and her... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 4:00pm - 4:40pm
W103

4:00pm

The Future of Pokemon
Talk about the latest installments of the Pokémon series and what they have brought to the franchise and experience. Look forward and theorize where the outrageously successful world of Pokémon is headed.

Speakers
BJ

British Joe

British Joe is your average fanboy, from the North-West of England, "working" as a musician. (Yes, he’s British. Yes, he has an accent. No, he can’t introduce you to Dan and Phil.) From competing in LeakyStars to leading panels on his interests of Fanfiction and Pokemon, Joe is very excited to be back at LeakyCon!


Saturday August 2, 2014 4:00pm - 4:40pm
W102 A

4:00pm

So You Wanna Be a TV Writer
Using everyday local newspaper stories, James Moran will build an outline from scratch and recreate the atmosphere of a writers’ room where attendees will be able to contribute to the creativity. "It's fun, and silly, and terrifying, and can easily go catastrophically wrong," he says. Sounds like fun to us!

Moderators
JM

James Moran

James broke into screenwriting after winning a contest for the Sci Fi Channel with his film script, Cheap Rate Gravity, which was later produced. He also wrote the screenplays for Severance and Cockneys vs. Zombies.

Saturday August 2, 2014 4:00pm - 4:45pm
W109 A

4:00pm

Autographs: LeakyCon Musicians II

No wristband is required for this signing!

Signing Procedure

  1. You may only have one item signed at each signing. You may not bring in items for your friends who didn’t get wristbands. One person - one item. This is the only way we can get things going with the speed they need to be respectful to everyone. 

  2. After you get your items signed, please leave the signing area promptly.

  3. You may not take photographs or videos of yourself with our special guests, or engage in any other activity that will hold up the lines. If you do so, then your pass may be revoked.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!


Speakers
AD

Adam Dubberly

Musician
Adam Dubberly is a singer/songwriter based out of Austin, Texas. Formerly of wizard rock fame with his band The Mudbloods, Dubberly’s pursuits are now with his band Harvey Dowd. | | You can hear and download Adam’s music and sign up for his mailing list by visiting http://www.harveydowdmusic.com.
LF

Lauren Fairweather

Lauren Fairweather is a full-time nerdy musician, YouTube partner (devilishlypure), and wizard rocker. Her songs feature catchy melodies over acoustic guitar or ukulele and cover a variety of topics including, most recently, 'The Prince’s Tale' chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Lauren is also a member of prominent wizard rock band The Moaning Myrtles and groundbreaking collaborative YouTube channel fiveawesomegirls. In... Read More →
HA

Harry and the Potters

Harry and the Potters are a wizard rock band made up of brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge. They started the band in 2002, when Joe was 15 and Paul was 23, and they played their first show in a shed in their parent’s backyard. Harry and the Potters are often referred to as the first wizard rock band. They have released numerous albums since their inception including their self titled album Harry and the Potters, Priori Incantatem, and Voldemort... Read More →
MT

Meghan Tonjes

Musician, Vlogger and YouTube personality, Meghan’s videos have garnered over 15 million views. As a guest on The Ellen Degeneres Show, she shared her music and publicly detailed her past with bullying during the ‘It Gets Better’ initiative. Featured on Upworthy.com, her video entitled “I AM FAT” quickly went viral and encouraged her audience to reclaim the word ‘fat’ without all of the negative... Read More →
TW

The Whomping Willows

The Whomping Willows is actually The Greatest Band On The Planet. This honor was bestowed upon the band by Treebeard and the Ents of Fangorn Forest, after a weeklong Entmoot. Frontman Matt Maggiacomo has a full-body tattoo of himself, only two inches taller. That’s why he appears to be 5’10” when, in fact, he is only 5’8”.


Saturday August 2, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Signing Booths (Marketplace)

4:00pm

The Lying Games

Join your favorite authors in a fantastic final lit event—two great games brought into one. We’ll have rounds of authors telling lies (or truths?) about themselves. Can they fool the other authors? How good are they at making stories up in real time? Mixed in, we’ll have a bit of Ex Libris, the ultimate book nerd party game.


Speakers
LH

Laurie Halse Anderson

Author
Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in Northern New York, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes. You can follow her adventures on Twitter... Read More →
AB

Amber Benson

Amber Benson is most well known for her role as Tara McClay on the hit show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In addition to acting, she has written and directed three feature films and an animated web series for the BBC. In 2009, she added author to her resume when adult urban fantasy, Death’s Daughter, as well as her children’s book, Among the Ghosts, were published. She made her very first LeakyCon appearance in Chicago as a... Read More →
GF

Gayle Forman

Author
Gayle Forman is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author and journalist. She is the author of Just One Day, Just One Year, and the companion e-novella Just One Night, as well as the New York Times bestsellers If I Stay and Where She Went. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughters.
LG

Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman is the New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians, likened to an adult Harry Potter by the New York Times, and the sequels The Magician King and The Magican Land. Lev is a journalist and writes for Time as a book critic and lead technology writer. He has also written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. Portland... Read More →
AD

Alaya Dawn Johnson

Author
Alaya (rhymes with papaya) lives, writes, cooks, and (perhaps most importantly) eats in Mexico City. Her literary loves are all forms of speculative fiction, historical fiction, and the occasional highbrow novel. She plays the guitar badly and eats very well, particularly during canning season. She has published five novels for adults and young adults, including The Summer Prince, which was longlisted for the National Book Award in 2013.
MJ

Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of ten YA novels (including SUITE SCARLETT, SCARLETT FEVER, 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES, THE NAME OF THE STAR, and THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH). She has also done many collaborative works, such as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), and The Bane Chronicles (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). Maureen has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University. She has been nominated... Read More →
VJ

Varian Johnson

Author
Varian Johnson is the author of four novels, including The Great Greene Heist, a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book of 2014. His novels for older readers include My Life as a Rhombus, named to the Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List and the New York Public Library “Stuff for the Teen Age” list, and Saving Maddie, a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book. Varian was born in Florence, South... Read More →
ML

Malinda Lo

Author
Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels including most recently the sci-fi duology Adaptation and Inheritance (Little, Brown). Her first novel, Ash, a retelling of Cinderella with a lesbian twist, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. Her novel Huntress was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Malinda is co-founder... Read More →
LM

Lauren Myracle

Author
Lauren Myracle is the author of squillions of books for tweens and teens, including The Infinite Moment of Us, the best-selling Internet Girls series, horror novels Bliss and Rhymes with Witches, and Shine, winner of the 2012 Walden Award for YA fiction. Lauren feels amazingly lucky to be able to do what she loves and actually get paid for it, and she is hugely honored by the response of her fans, who call her books "awesome" and "soooooo... Read More →
SP

Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins has always worked with books - first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. She's the author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and the upcoming Isla and the Happily Ever After. She and her husband live in the mountains of North Carolina. Every room of their house is painted a different color of the rainbow.
RR

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell earned a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995 and, at 24, became the youngest-ever – and first female – columnist at the Omaha World-Herald. Though her first novel, Attachments, is set in a newsroom, it couldn’t be less of a true story. She met her husband in junior high and can hardly get him to read her books, let alone her emails. Her second novel, Eleanor & Park &ndash... Read More →
RW

Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is the author of The Waking Dark, The Book of Blood and Shadow, the Cold Awakening trilogy, and several other books for children and teens. (Maybe you caught the TV miniseries adaptation of her Seven Deadly Sins series... and if you haven’t, you’re missing out.) She grew up in Philadelphia, moved to New York as soon as she got the chance, and, for her very first task at her very first job out of college, was assigned... Read More →
SW

Scott Westerfeld

Author
Scott Westerfeld is the author of the bestselling Uglies and Leviathan series. His books have won the Aurealis Award, the Victorian Premier's Award, the Philip K Dick Special Citation, and have been named NY Times Notable Books and BBYA Top Ten Children's Books of the Year. His latest novel, Afterworlds, is about a young writer navigating the world of YA publishing. It comes out September 23, 2014.


Saturday August 2, 2014 4:00pm - 5:50pm
W110

4:00pm

"Starship: Requiem" Reading
A special, exclusive reading of Starship: Requiem, a sequel to the romantic sci-fi comedy space odyssey known as Starship. Join us as MegaGirl and Noodles go on new adventures!

Speakers
JA

Julia Albain

Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Julia is an actor, director, producer and writer based in Chicago IL. She received her BFA in Theater Performance from the University of Michigan and is a proud alumni of the school. In recent years Julia produced and directed two national concert tours in association with StarKid Productions and Live Nation, as well as worked on countless other shows, appearances and projects. She is currently signed with Writer's... Read More →
DD

Denise Donovan

Denise joined Team StarKid in 2011 when she portrayed the ditzy Starship Ranger February in Starship. She also choreographed the dances in Starship. She has worked as an actress, dancer, choreographer, and yoga and personal fitness instructor.
BH

Brian Holden

Brian Holden is very happy to be coming back to LeakyCon! Leaky has been a constant in his life ever since Team StarKid's inception! A lot has changed since we debuted A Very Potter Sequel. Most recently, Brian has had the opportunity to create a sketch show with The Second City (Airport For Birds) and he directed the newest StarKid Production, Twisted! So thanks to all the fans who help make these wonderful things happen, and thanks to... Read More →
NL

Nick Lang

Nick Lang is best known for his roles of Robin in Holy Musical B@man and Kevin Bushwald in Little White Lie. He starred in A Very Potter Sequel as Arthur Weasley, Sorty, Scarfy and Peter Pettigrew. He also starred in Starship as The Caller Bug and Mister Bug. Along with his brother Matt, Nick has directed all Team StarKid productions.
JP

Jim Povolo

Jim Povolo is an actor best known for his performances in Team StarKid’s A Very Potter trilogy, Holy Musical B@man, and Starship.
BR

Brian Rosenthal

Brian Rosenthal is an actor/singer currently based in Los Angeles. Regional: Michigan Shakespeare Festival (Julius Caesar, All’s Well That Ends Well), The Peterborough Players (TheTorchbearers, The Foreigner). University of Michigan: Line, Hair, Speech And Debate, Victoria Station, The Diver, etc. Additionally, Brian is a proud company member of Team StarKid (A Very Potter Musical, A Very Potter Sequel, A Very Potter Senior... Read More →
DS

Dylan Saunders

A San Francisco native who now calls Los Angeles home, Dylan currently appears in the original web series The Clan from Reckless Tortuga Productions. Regional theatre credits include: Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, New Leaf Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, The National Theatre’s Connections Festival, Apostrof Theatre Festival, as well as eight productions as an original member of the... Read More →
MS

Meredith Stepien

Meredith Stepien grew up in Pinckney, Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan, where she met her fellow StarKids. After college, she moved to Chicago, where she currently resides. Aside from StarKid productions, she has pursued a life in standup comedy, and she continues to pursue her passion for percussion. She plays music with Nick Gage (composer for Holy Musical B@tman) and her band Jim and the Povolos. She loves swimming and Jane... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 4:00pm - 6:00pm
MainStage

4:00pm

Autographs: Supernatural

This signing requires a wristband.

LeakyCon 2014 Signing & Photo Booth Procedures

LeakyCon is one of very few conferences that offers autograph sessions at no additional cost; however, registration for LeakyCon does not guarantee you access to any autograph session. In an effort to eliminate waiting time and run the signings at LeakyCon 2014 efficiently, we have borrowed a procedure from one of the only other conferences to offer free signatures, San Diego Comic-Con.

Please note that LeakyCon Lit signings are only open to those LeakyCon guests who have a pass for that track.  Rock signings will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If you have a RockStar pass, then the following only concerns you if you would like to enter the drawing for an additional signing pass over and above that which comes with your registration.

Access to all autograph sessions will be granted via drawings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. Attendance at this drawing is the only way to assure your spot in the signing, unless you are a RockStar (see above).

Raffle drawings are for autograph sessions only and will take place at 8 a.m. in Room 109 on the same day as the session in question. Photo booth sessions are open to all attendees on a first come, first served basis and will proceed as detailed below. Photo booth sessions do not require a wristband. Autograph and photo booth sessions will take place in the LeakyCon Marketplace (Exhibit Hall WA1).

So here’s how it works:

Drawing Procedure (Signings)

  1. Please line up in Room 109 at the time listed above to enter the drawing for the signing wristband you wish to have.  There will be multiple lines, each marked with the wristband you may obtain.

  2. There will be a volunteer at the front of each line with a bag of tickets.

  3. When you reach the front of the line, you will pull a ticket out of the bag.

  4. If you pull out a winning ticket, then you have gained access to the signing. You will be directed to a second volunteer who will present you with the wristband necessary for entry to that signing, and should reconvene in the LeakyCon Marketplace (Exhibit Hall WA1) at the time of the signing.

  5. If you pull a non-winning ticket, then you have not gained access to that signing, You may try again the next day, or, if you wish, you may return to the end of the line.


The bags will contain the correct number of tickets to assure that all of the signings are full and that, to the best of our ability to judge, no one will wait in line unnecessarily.

All of the drawings for the day’s signings will take place at the same time. When you arrive for the drawing, you should choose the signing session you are most interested in and stand in that line first. Once you have drawn for that signing, you may stand another line, if you like. This should be a fast process so don’t worry about making it through multiple lines!

Ok, so you have your wristband... what next?

Signing Procedure

  1. If you won a wristband at the morning lottery, please line up in the signing area at the allotted signing time. There is no need to line up early. Everyone who receives a wristband will be granted access to the appropriate signing. However, it is recommended that you line up closer to the beginning of the signing rather than closer to the end.  The signing will end at its appointed time, and we need to move things along - we know you’re ready to go to your next bit of programming, so we don’t want to hold you up!

  2. You may only have one item signed at each signing. You may not bring in items for your friends who didn’t get wristbands. One person - one item. This is the only way we can get things going with the speed they need to be respectful to everyone.

  3. After you get your items signed, please leave the signing area promptly.

  4. You may not take photographs or videos of yourself with our special guests, or engage in any other activity that will hold up the lines. If you do so, then your pass may be revoked.


Photo Booth Procedure

  1. Admittance to the Photo Booth is done on a first come, first served basis. Please line up in the photo booth area at the allotted photo booth time. Individuals lining up ahead of the photo booth time will be turned away.

  2. You will be called up individually or in a small group to pose with our special guests. One photo will be taken by our photo booth photographer.

  3. Once your photo has been taken, please leave the photo booth area promptly.

  4. Photos will be released via the LeakyCon Facebook page following LeakyCon 2014. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook to find your photo.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!



Speakers
AG

Adam Glass

Adam Glass is currently a Writer/Executive Producer on Supernatural for the CW. When Adam is not writing for TV or films he’s writing graphic novels. Marvel Comics’ Deadpool Suicide Kings & DC Comics’ Suicide Squad 1 & 2 were all New York Times Bestsellers. Other books Adam has written for Marvel are Deadpool Pulp, Luke Cage Noir, Deadpool Team Up and Luke Cage Origins... Read More →
AH

Alaina Huffman

Alaina Huffman portrays Abaddon in the hit CW series Supernatural. You might also recognize Alaina from her role as Lt. Tamara Johansen on Stargate Universe or as Black Canary on Smallville.
RT

Robbie Thompson

Robbie Thompson is a writer for the hit CW television show Supernatural.


Saturday August 2, 2014 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Signing Booths (Marketplace)

5:00pm

Dance Against the Dark Arts: We Love Weasleys!
For the fourth straight year, Dance Against the Dark Arts is returning to LeakyCon with a completely overhauled version of their most popular programs - this time with a Weasley twist! This workshop will focus on using movement and physicality to create unique characters, in much the same way that artists and writers create characters. Participants will explore the movement patterns of their favorite members of the Weasley family and learn to incorporate those physical characters into fun and innovative choreography. ALL skill levels are welcome, from ickle firsties to those studying for their N.E.W.T.s! Wear comfortable clothing and bring water!

Speakers
MH

Maddy Herzog

Dance Against the Dark Arts is made up of Central Ohio natives Madeline Wilson, Alicia Wilson, and Maddy Herzog. They have been performing since they were four, three, and two years old, respectively. Their dance training includes ballet, pointe, tap, modern, lyrical, contemporary, Irish, hip-hop, break dance, swing, stilt-walking, and musicals ranging from Footloose to Oklahoma! Maddy is a high school senior who has performed in shows that... Read More →
AW

Alicia Wilson

Dance Against the Dark Arts is made up of Central Ohio natives Madeline Wilson, Alicia Wilson, and Maddy Herzog. They have been performing since they were four, three, and two years old, respectively. Alicia is currently a sophomore Dance major. Their dance training includes ballet, pointe, tap, modern, lyrical, contemporary, Irish, hip-hop, break dance, swing, stilt-walking, and musicals ranging from Footloose to Oklahoma!. All three performed... Read More →
MW

Madeline Wilson

Madeline Wilson took her first dance class at age four and has since studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, stilt walking, and more. She has performed as a Beauxbatons dancer for hp-ohio's Harry Potter Weekend at Loveland Castle three years in a row. While attending the first LeakyCon, she noticed that dancers were the only artistic community that was not represented in the fandom, so Dance Against the Dark Arts was created. Madeline fills... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 5:00pm - 5:40pm
W101

5:00pm

Make it IRL
Get off Tumblr and level up. Learn how to use your magic powers to make IRL gifs happen in your hometown through this interactive workshop. Recommended for BAMFs interested in HPA chapters, Nerdfighter meetups, increasing awesome, and causing a ruckus.

Speakers
LB

Lauren Bird

Lauren Bird is the Spokesperson & Digital Content Strategist for the Harry Potter Alliance. She is LeakyCon's resident wizard wedding planner as well as a lifelong proponent of pizza-based activism. When not portraying The Boy Who Videoblogged, Lauren can be found on YouTube answering the age-old question, Will It Waffle?
PD

Paul DeGeorge

Paul is a fandom innovator. He plays in Harry and the Potters, co-founded the Harry Potter Alliance, created the Snitchwich, and orchestrated the Nerds for Obama campaign last fall. He is the executive director of the Harry Potter Alliance.
MM

Matt Maggiacomo

Matt was born in 1979 and spent the first six years of his life exploring the wilderness of Tarkiln, RI. This one time, he caught a bullfrog so big that his mother exclaimed, 'I reckon that's the biggest dern bullfrog I EVER saw.' But Matt's favorite activity was...
AS

Andrew Slack

Andrew is a teacher, social organizer and human rights activist, comedian, actor, and writer. He spent years performing sketch comedy for hundreds of colleges across the US, only to stop touring so that he could devote himself full time to the HP Alliance, which he co-founded in 2005. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University, Andrew is dedicated to learning and extrapolating how modern myth, new media, and expressive therapy can transform... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 5:00pm - 5:40pm
W109 B

5:00pm

Autographs: Mina Lima

No wristband is required for this signing!

Signing Procedure

  1. You may only have one item signed at each signing. You may not bring in items for your friends who didn’t get wristbands. One person - one item. This is the only way we can get things going with the speed they need to be respectful to everyone. 

  2. After you get your items signed, please leave the signing area promptly.

  3. You may not take photographs or videos of yourself with our special guests, or engage in any other activity that will hold up the lines. If you do so, then your pass may be revoked.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!


 



Speakers
EL

Eduardo Lima

Eduardo Lima received a degree in in visual communications in Rio de Janeiro and worked for several years in editing for the Brazilian film industry. He moved to London in 2001 to pursue a career in graphic design, soon landing a job on the Harry Potter film franchise. Through a happy coincidence, one of his coworkers was Miraphora Mina. The next nine years were spent sitting opposite one another – designing, bantering, and conjuring up the... Read More →


Saturday August 2, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Signing Booths (Marketplace)

6:00pm

How to Eclipse Without Really Trying
Ever wanted to try out some new dance moves at the Esther Earl Rocking Charity Ball? This interactive workshop will teach participants a new way to dance to Total Eclipse of the Heart. There will be sections with popular dances such as the wobble, the electric slide, and the macarena. This workshop will get your heart rate pumping and get you excited for the Ball! All skill levels are welcome!

Speakers
avatar for Lori Haynes

Lori Haynes

Administrative Assistant, Patriot Trans Inc.
As a 22-year-old Divergent Ravenclaw Earth Bender, Lori Haynes is grateful to have a place like LeakyCon to call home. This year marks her third time attending, second time volunteering, and first time presenting at LeakyCon. At home when she’s not exploring the streets of Chicago, she studies Engineering and works as an administrative assistant at a Taxi company. She is most excited about seeing old friends, meeting new friends, and... Read More →
KR

Katy Rico

Katy Rico loves soil, the color pink, and cows. She is fluent in sarcasm, and making people feel bad that they aren't from Chicago. Orlando will be her third LeakyCon, her first major road trip, and her first time presenting.


Saturday August 2, 2014 6:00pm - 6:40pm
W101

6:00pm

LeakyCast Presents: The Great Debate
LeakyCast hosts Leah Cornish and Brad Ausrotas love each other... but disagree on a lot of things. The time has come for them to duke it out and debate for your entertainment. Covering a wide range of topics, from Supernatural to the Marvel movies, to other topical issues as they arise. These two will split the audience down the middle, engaging as they go. May the best debater win!

Moderators
AM

Amanda McAllister

Leaky News
Amanda McAllister is a managing editor at LeakyNews and author of the upcoming book "I Recognize You From the Internet: Exploring Fame and Fandom in the Age of Social Media."

Speakers
avatar for Brad Ausrotas

Brad Ausrotas

Creative Programming, GeekyCon
Brad was born and raised in the proud nation of Canada. He is a writer, musician, gamer, huge nerd, and chaotic neutral. He is a fan of craft beer, bands you've never heard of, and fast cars.
avatar for Leah Cornish

Leah Cornish

Creative Programming, LeakyCon
Leah does all of the Leaky things. It's pretty much a sickness at this point.


Saturday August 2, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
W109

8:30pm

Esther Earl Rocking Charity Ball
Saturday August 2, 2014 8:30pm - Sunday August 3, 2014 1:00am
MainStage
 
Sunday, August 3
 

10:00am

MuggleNet, the Fandom, and You
MuggleNet.com looks back at its best moments and invites you to share your best memories. We'll highlight current endeavors as we look to the next great chapters in covering the Potter world we all love.


Sunday August 3, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
W101

10:00am

Let's Play: The Return of Pale and Twitchy
Last year their attempt to beat GLADoS was as fruitless and futile as it was accidentally entertaining. (And it actually resulted in their YouTube channel, Pale and Twitchy.) This year Anthony Rapp is in New York, starring on Broadway in "If/Then," but he'll be joining us via the magic of the Internet for a gaming battle that has more funny ways to die than awesome ways to win. Come laugh right along with us!

Speakers
AR

Anthony Rapp

While best known for originating the character of Mark Cohen (off-screen and on) in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Rent, Anthony is also a writer, musician, activist, humanitarian and director. Anthony made his Broadway debut in 1981 in a musical based on The Little Prince. Since then he has also created memorable roles Adventures in Babysitting, Dazed and Confused, A Beautiful Mind, Six Degrees of Separation (stage and film), and more. He... Read More →


Sunday August 3, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
MainStage

10:00am

Book Club - The Silkworm
Come discuss the much anticipated sequel to Cuckoo's Calling, The Silkworm, at book club!

Speakers
avatar for Colin Mueller

Colin Mueller

Intern, Humana
Colin Mueller is a senior at Penn State University studying Information Science and Technology. You may recognize him by his ungodly height and perfect hair.


Sunday August 3, 2014 10:00am - 11:20am
W102

10:00am

RockStar Signing
(You must be a rockstar registrant to attend this signing - ALSO PLEASE NOTE: NONE of the attendees of this signing are guaranteed, only optional and dependent on schedules.)

Signing Procedure

  1. You may only have one item signed at each signing. You may not bring in extra items for your friends. One person - one item. This is the only way we can get things going with the speed they need to be respectful to everyone. 

  2. After you get your items signed, please leave the signing area promptly.

  3. You may not take photographs or videos of yourself with our special guests, or engage in any other activity that will hold up the lines. If you do so, then your pass may be revoked.

Please remember that there will be a lot of LeakyCon guests at each signing and photo booth session. Respect your fellow fans - they are just as excited as you are!

We want to allow as many guests to attend each signing as possible, but in order to do so, we need your help. We need your patience, your calm, and your awesome attitude. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

 

Speakers
BB

Brent Bailey

Actor, YouTuber
Brent Bailey plays Alex Knightley in Emma Approved. Brent Bailey, Born in Tucson, Arizona on July 4, 1983. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Brent graduated from Desert Mountain High School in 2001 and went on to attend DeVry University – Arizona where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and a Master’s in Business. Brent began his acting career in 2005 and joined SAG three months later. Brent was first seen in... Read More →
DB

Dominic Barnes

Dominic Barnes has been gracing your living rooms for only two years, but he has loved every single second of it and is honored that the fans have brought him to where he is today! He has appeared on the TV show Greek, and he had an extremely brief stint on ABC’s Suburgatory. You probably know him best as the sassy dancin’ fool Warbler Trent on FOX’s hit TV show Glee!
MC

Michelle Cameron

Michelle Cameron portrays Queen Elsa in the AVbyte musical video “Frozen: A Musical feat. Disney Princesses."
JC

Jon Cozart

Jon Cozart is an Internet personality with over 46 million views on YouTube.com/Paint, where he takes fandom to a whole new level. His most successful works include "Harry Potter in 99 Seconds" and "After Ever After."
TD

Tiger Darrow

Tiger Darrow portrays Snow White in the AVbyte Disney Princess musical videos.
GD

Ginny DiGuiseppi

Ginny DiGuiseppi co-founded Not Literally Productions with Dana Ritterbusch and Erik Tande in 2011, where she indulges her nerdy passions by making music videos and comedy. She loves to read, write, sing, draw, and argue with other people online. She hopes one day to be a young adult novelist, but will settle for now for being kinda famous on the internet.
MG

Molly Gallagher

Molly Gallagher portrays "Hipster Disney Princess” in the AVbyte Disney Princess musical videos.
DH

Dayeanne Hutton

Dayeanne is thrilled to pieces to be making her internet debut as Harriet in Emma Approved! As the product of two theatrically involved parents, acting in both theatre and film has been central in her upbringing and survival. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago, she is happy to be back home in California and working in Los Angeles. Some recent projects include the psychological thriller, Washed, coming out in 2014, as well as... Read More →
JB

James Brent Isaacs

James Brent Isaacs plays Bobby Martin in Emma Approved. | | James is an actor and writer born and raised in New Jersey. He got into acting at an early age because pretty girls were trying out for the school play and he knew he’d be the only boy in the show so they’d have to date him. This backfired, but his love of acting was born nevertheless! You can also catch James over at Geek & Sundry where he vlogs under the name... Read More →
EL

Eduardo Lima

Eduardo Lima received a degree in in visual communications in Rio de Janeiro and worked for several years in editing for the Brazilian film industry. He moved to London in 2001 to pursue a career in graphic design, soon landing a job on the Harry Potter film franchise. Through a happy coincidence, one of his coworkers was Miraphora Mina. The next nine years were spent sitting opposite one another – designing, bantering, and conjuring up the... Read More →
TM

Titus Makin, Jr.

Titus Makin Jr. was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He found an interest in gymnastics, dance, and acting at a young age. He attended The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (School of Film and Television) for a two-year professional training program. Titus was a reccurring  character on Fox’s hit show Glee and co-starred in new ABC Family original movie A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song. He also appeared on the CW... Read More →
CM

Curt Mega

Curt is an actor, writer and singer originally from Dallas, Texas, best known for his four season recurring role as “Warbler Nick” on Fox’s Glee. He began his professional career on stages in and around Dallas before transitioning to Los Angeles in January of 2010 to pursue a career in film and television. In addition to his acting credits, Curt is a new media producer and writer and has toured the country performing... Read More →
AN

Antonius Nazareth

Antonius Nazareth formed the popular YouTube channel AVbyte with his brother Vijay. Together they write, direct and produce fandom-based musical videos such as “Frozen – The Musical featuring Disney Princesses,” and “Facebook – The Musical.”
VN

Vijay Nazareth

Vijay Nazareth formed the popular YouTube channel AVbyte with his brother Antonius. Together they write, direct and produce fandom-based musical videos such as “Frozen – The Musical featuring Disney Princesses,” and “Facebook – The Musical.”
EO

Elizabeth Oldak

Elizabeth Oldak portrays Belle in the AVbyte Disney Princess musical videos.
DR

Dana Ritterbusch

Dana Ritterbusch is one of the founding members of Not Literally Productions.  Driven mainly by the fandoms that fuel her, she co-creates fan content around the Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones fandoms and more.  Her work has been featured on The Mary Sue, The Huffington Post, i09, and more.  She lives in Denver, CO, where she enjoys lifting, marathoning Netflix, and drinking wine while surfing Pinterest.
TS

Travis Slavin

Travis Slavin has appeared in several AVbyte video musicals portraying Sherlock Holmes and The Doctor.
JS

Joanna Sotomura

Joanna Sotomura plays Emma Woodhouse in Emma Approved. Joanna was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. After graduating from Loyola Marymount University, Joanna was cast in her first feature film Madison County. Since then, she has had the fortune of working such shows as Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and Video Game High School as well as the features The Poising and Geek USA.


Sunday August 3, 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Signing Booths (Marketplace)

10:00am

Marketplace Open
Take a stroll through the LeakyCon Marketplace, featuring a whole host of vendors including the official LeakyCon Store, Canvas Warriors, Amery Studios, Whimsic Alley, and Lootcrate!  Get your merch, check out our photobooth and signing areas, meet up with your friends, and in general get ready for a weekend of awesome! 

Sunday August 3, 2014 10:00am - 1:00pm
Marketplace

11:00am

"Crazy For You" Screening
Crazy For You is a short film written and directed by James Moran and produced by Jennifer Handorf, and starring Arthur Darvill of Doctor Who fame. Join James for this special showing of this romantic comedy ... about a serial killer.

Speakers
JM

James Moran

James broke into screenwriting after winning a contest for the Sci Fi Channel with his film script, Cheap Rate Gravity, which was later produced. He also wrote the screenplays for Severance and Cockneys vs. Zombies.


Sunday August 3, 2014 11:00am - 11:45am
W109

11:00am

A Very Potter...Not Quite! Outtakes from the Potter Musicals
Team StarKid will celebrate their five-year anniversary at this retrospective panel where they will answer questions, share stories and read some of the deleted scenes from their “Very Potter Musical” series.

Speakers
JA

Julia Albain

Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Julia is an actor, director, producer and writer based in Chicago IL. She received her BFA in Theater Performance from the University of Michigan and is a proud alumni of the school. In recent years Julia produced and directed two national concert tours in association with StarKid Productions and Live Nation, as well as worked on countless other shows, appearances and projects. She is currently signed with Writer's... Read More →
DD

Denise Donovan

Denise joined Team StarKid in 2011 when she portrayed the ditzy Starship Ranger February in Starship. She also choreographed the dances in Starship. She has worked as an actress, dancer, choreographer, and yoga and personal fitness instructor.
BH

Brian Holden

Brian Holden is very happy to be coming back to LeakyCon! Leaky has been a constant in his life ever since Team StarKid's inception! A lot has changed since we debuted A Very Potter Sequel. Most recently, Brian has had the opportunity to create a sketch show with The Second City (Airport For Birds) and he directed the newest StarKid Production, Twisted! So thanks to all the fans who help make these wonderful things happen, and thanks to... Read More →
NL

Nick Lang

Nick Lang is best known for his roles of Robin in Holy Musical B@man and Kevin Bushwald in Little White Lie. He starred in A Very Potter Sequel as Arthur Weasley, Sorty, Scarfy and Peter Pettigrew. He also starred in Starship as The Caller Bug and Mister Bug. Along with his brother Matt, Nick has directed all Team StarKid productions.
JM

Joe Moses

Joe Moses first rose to Internet stardom portraying Severus Snape in StarKid Production's A Very Potter Musical. He is the creator of the viral sensations The Potion Master's Corner and The Joe Moses One-Man Showses (JMOMS). Since its original run in August of 2011, the ever-changing JMOMS has sold out theaters in NYC and across the country. Joe stays connected to his fans and releases new content using social media sites, where he maintains an... Read More →
JP

Jim Povolo

Jim Povolo is an actor best known for his performances in Team StarKid’s A Very Potter trilogy, Holy Musical B@man, and Starship.
BR

Brian Rosenthal

Brian Rosenthal is an actor/singer currently based in Los Angeles. Regional: Michigan Shakespeare Festival (Julius Caesar, All’s Well That Ends Well), The Peterborough Players (TheTorchbearers, The Foreigner). University of Michigan: Line, Hair, Speech And Debate, Victoria Station, The Diver, etc. Additionally, Brian is a proud company member of Team StarKid (A Very Potter Musical, A Very Potter Sequel, A Very Potter Senior... Read More →
DS

Dylan Saunders

A San Francisco native who now calls Los Angeles home, Dylan currently appears in the original web series The Clan from Reckless Tortuga Productions. Regional theatre credits include: Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, New Leaf Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, The National Theatre’s Connections Festival, Apostrof Theatre Festival, as well as eight productions as an original member of the... Read More →
MS

Meredith Stepien

Meredith Stepien grew up in Pinckney, Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan, where she met her fellow StarKids. After college, she moved to Chicago, where she currently resides. Aside from StarKid productions, she has pursued a life in standup comedy, and she continues to pursue her passion for percussion. She plays music with Nick Gage (composer for Holy Musical B@tman) and her band Jim and the Povolos. She loves swimming and Jane... Read More →


Sunday August 3, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
MainStage

11:00am

The Tumblr Ask Box VIII
The Tumblr Ask Box is open! Welcome to the real-world version of the Tumblr ask box, brought to you by Tumblr itself. Each session will feature a lineup of special guests who will hit the hot seat for 10 minutes of nonstop Q&A, in as rapid-fire of a manner as we can manage. Only, there's a twist: we aren't going to tell you ahead of time who is slated for which session. Life at LeakyCon is like your Tumblr dashboard: you never know what you're gonna get. 

There are two ways to submit questions for these sessions: send them in via the LeakyCon ask box and tag it #askboxlive, or simply be present at one of these sessions and jump up and down in front of a moderator's face. 

Moderators
CK

Cheryl Klein

Cheryl is the senior editor at Arthur A. Levine Books (an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.). In her book Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults, Cheryl leads readers to discover what must be done to polish a manuscript for children and young adult readers. Her impressive editorial experience includes award-winning novels and picture books, such as the final books of the Harry... Read More →

Sunday August 3, 2014 11:00am - 12:20pm
W300

12:00pm

Not the Last PotterCast
John, Melissa, and Frankie were totally serious about ending PotterCast at the end of last year's LeakyCon. But then J.K. Rowling announced that she's writing sixteen books and four hundred movies and there's a new park and maybe a Harry Potter play, musical, biopic, and epic historical drama for TBS in the works. Basically, every time we think we're out, she pulls us back in. So we're back! We'll discuss the lastest in HP, play some games, discuss the confeerence, and have a nice, relaxing, podcast together. With fewer tears this time.

Speakers
FF

Frankie Franco

Frankie Franco III (more commonly known on PotterCast as “Frak”) is from Southern California, earned his BFA in Illustration from California State University Fullerton, and is of the House of the noble and distinguished Rowena Ravenclaw. When he is not obsessing over Potter, Frak works as a freelance illustrator and a high school substitute teacher. In his free time, he draws, draws, and sometimes draws. Frak was honored to join the... Read More →
JN

John Noe

Director, Awesome Guy Productions
John Noe likes to do awesome things. He has been involved with the Harry Potter fandom for 12 years now, and helps keep bar at the Leaky Cauldron as well as hosting the wizarding world's most awesome radio show, PotterCast. John is also the Producer of Finding Hogwarts, a documentary about the Harry Potter fandom. The Potter character John Dawlish was given his first name by J.K. Rowling in his honor, and he would like to remind you of that... Read More →


Sunday August 3, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
MainStage

12:00pm

Cockneys vs. Zombies Screening
Join James Moran for a special screening of the film he penned, Cockneys vs. Zombies: "The Bow Bells Care Home is under threat and the McGuire's – Andy, Terry, and Katy – need to find some way to keep their grandfather and his friends in the East End, where they belong. But, when you're robbing a bank, zombie invasions makes things a lot harder. Equipped with all the guns and ammo they can carry, it's up to the gang to save the hostages, their grandfather, and East London from zombie Armageddon." (Viewer discretion advised.)

Speakers
JM

James Moran

James broke into screenwriting after winning a contest for the Sci Fi Channel with his film script, Cheap Rate Gravity, which was later produced. He also wrote the screenplays for Severance and Cockneys vs. Zombies.


Sunday August 3, 2014 12:00pm - 2:00pm
W109

1:00pm

LeakyCon 2014 Closing Ceremonies
It's Esther Day, and we are going to celebrate it in style at this year's closing ceremonies, with some special activities designed to help make this celebration of love and community come alive. You'll also want to be here for an exciting announcement about the future of this conference. Mysterious! But you know we don't play around with statements like that. See you there!

Speakers
FF

Frankie Franco

Frankie Franco III (more commonly known on PotterCast as “Frak”) is from Southern California, earned his BFA in Illustration from California State University Fullerton, and is of the House of the noble and distinguished Rowena Ravenclaw. When he is not obsessing over Potter, Frak works as a freelance illustrator and a high school substitute teacher. In his free time, he draws, draws, and sometimes draws. Frak was honored to join the... Read More →
JN

John Noe

Director, Awesome Guy Productions
John Noe likes to do awesome things. He has been involved with the Harry Potter fandom for 12 years now, and helps keep bar at the Leaky Cauldron as well as hosting the wizarding world's most awesome radio show, PotterCast. John is also the Producer of Finding Hogwarts, a documentary about the Harry Potter fandom. The Potter character John Dawlish was given his first name by J.K. Rowling in his honor, and he would like to remind you of that... Read More →
AS

Andrew Slack

Andrew is a teacher, social organizer and human rights activist, comedian, actor, and writer. He spent years performing sketch comedy for hundreds of colleges across the US, only to stop touring so that he could devote himself full time to the HP Alliance, which he co-founded in 2005. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University, Andrew is dedicated to learning and extrapolating how modern myth, new media, and expressive therapy can transform... Read More →


Sunday August 3, 2014 1:00pm - 3:00pm
MainStage