Ahead of schedule, and in lieu of a regular column this week focusing on one film, I thought I’d let you all know where I’m going to be at CONvergence this year and what I’ll be covering. I would love to meet anyone who reads this weekly column and hear your thoughts. What have you liked? Have I introduced you to some films you haven’t known about? Have you rediscovered something? What would you like me to focus on in the future? The best thing about TBT is that I’m constantly discovering new films that I want to share, and if there are films you’d love to share and discuss I would love to hear about them.
But I digress. I’m on a few panels this year, all of which have taken quite a bit of research and prep time. They might even turn into a column or two down the road.
Y: The Last Man (Thursday, 7:00–8:00 p.m.)
This Eisner Award–winning dystopian comic chronicles the adventures of the last male human following a global catastrophe. While its run ended in 2008, it’s still a very popular book—come learn why. This should be a fun stroll through one of Vertigo’s greatest and most accessible titles.
Does Terry Gilliam Count as Dystopian? (Friday, 11:30 p.m.– 12:30 a.m.)
How do you feel about Terry Gilliam? Does he deserve a place in the great pantheon of dystopian fiction? This panel will discuss his work from Brazil to Zero Theorem and everything in between. (We might even be able to loop in The Brothers Grimm.) What does his point of view add to the mix? This panel might spur me to revisit all of Gilliam’s films in depth in upcoming TBT columns.
Dystopia of Philip K. Dick: From Page to Screen (Saturday, 7:00–8:00 p.m.)
We’ve probably all seen Philip K. Dick’s stories on screen, whether or not we realized it. From Blade Runner to Total Recall and more, this panel will discuss Dick’s stories and their film translations. Those of you who are frequent readers will have noticed that I already tackled all of his film adaptations in previous columns. Let’s see what others think and what kinds of discussion comes up.
Twin Peaks (Saturday, 8:30–9:30 p.m.)
It’s still got fans and is being resurrected. We’ll discuss the rumors and reminisce. I just recently revisited the entire series in the great “Entire Mystery” Blu-ray box set, which includes 90 minutes of extended and deleted scenes from the woefully underappreciated Twin Peaks film, Fire Walk with Me. This should be a great panel for those of you who never got around to watching the series or movie and for those who want to dig a little deeper into who killed Laura Palmer.
In addition to these panels, I’ll also be playtesting an upcoming board game from local publisher Leder Games, an asymmetric dungeon crawler titled Trove: The Crystal Caverns. We’ll be meeting on Friday at 6:00 p.m. up on the gamer floor, and I’ve been told that all are welcome to try it out. To read a little more about it, check out this sneak peak.
Hope to see you there!