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Saturday, October 19 • 10:00am - 10:50am
Who's Our Hero, Anyway?

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Why have one protagonist when you can have a dozen - or none? These days, SFF with loads of characters and no designated hero have a certain appeal. Series like Malazan, A Song of Ice and Fire, and The Walking Dead comics offer fans plenty of options to love, and real danger for your faves. But they also run the risk of a meandering plot and a death-weary audience. What are the benefits of having so much choice in who to root for? Does having tons of characters set us up for disappointment, or is it ultimately the reason we keep turning the page?

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K.V. Johansen

K.V. Johansen is the author of the five-book epic fantasy series Gods of the Caravan Road, which includes the Sunburst-shortlisted Blackdog and the just-released concluding volume, The Last Road, all published by Pyr. She has an M.A. in Medieval Studies from the Centre for Medieval... Read More →

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Éric Desmarais

Éric has had an eclectic career which ranges from casino dealer to canal boat captain to radio station DJ. Since 2009, he’s worked as a layout artist and desktop publisher for the federal government. During his off time he works as a freelance layout artist for various Canadian-based... Read More →
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Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne is the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles, the Seven Kennings trilogy, and co-author of the Tales of Pell. He lives near Ottawa with his family, paints miniatures, plays with dogs, and attempts to take pictures of birds.
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Tanya Huff

Born in Halifax, N.S., raised (mostly) in Kingston ON, Tanya Huff lives in rural Ontario, with her wife Fiona Patton seven cats and two dogs. Her 32 novels and 79 short stories include horror, heroic fantasy, urban fantasy, comedy, and space opera. Her Blood series was turned into... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Salon E - 60 seats