Infinitus is thrilled to announce our Friday and Saturday Keynote Luncheon speakers; we have been working to put together these panels for years and we are so pleased to be able to present them as part of Infinitus, as each panel represents the impossible possibility of fans and creativity.
Saturday’s luncheon speaker will be Franchise Creative Director for Electronic Arts’ Bright Light studio, Kelvin Tuite, who has worked on various Harry Potter video games; tickets to the luncheon are $50, and it begins at noon on Saturday. Kelvin will give a behind the scenes perspective on aspects of Harry Potter video game creation.
Friday’s lunch “FTW: Fandom-Trained Writers” will feature fanfic writers turned pro: Naomi Novik, Karen Healey, R.J. Anderson, Ali Wilgus, and Sarah Rees Brennan. At the lunchtime panel, they will discuss making the transition between fanfic writer and published novelist, their writing processes and their feeling about fanfic for their original stories. Tickets to the Friday luncheon are $75, and it begins at noon.
Naomi Novik is the Chair of the Organization for Transformative Works, New York Times-bestselling author of the award-winning Temeraire historical fantasy series, and an active participant and creator in online fandoms since 1994, publishing stories and vids in more than 42 fandoms and founding several fan-run institutions. The next Temeraire novel, Tongue of Serpents, will be released on July 13.
R.J. Anderson is the author of 2009′s Knife a.k.a. Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter and its sequel, Rebel a.k.a. Wayfarer, will be released on June 22. She has been involved in the Harry Potter fandom since 2000, as well as Doctor Who, House, M.D. and Sherlock Holmes and more.
Karen Healey has been involved in various fandoms since 1996, including Sailor Moon, Improfanfic, Harry Potter, Marvel Comics, X-Men Movieverse, and Leverage. She is the author of YA urban fantasy Guardian of the Dead, which is set in her homeland of New Zealand, and deals with the problems and power of inherited stories. She is a Ph.D candidate at the University of Melbourne, and her dissertation, officially titled “Power and Responsibility: The Contemporary Superhero Comic as Fan Text“, is privately titled, “Superhero Comics: Totally Fic, Guys.” She drinks absurd amounts of Diet Coke.
Ali Wilgus has created renowned Harry Potter fanart, and written fanfic as well. Her professional work in comics and animation includes projects for Del Rey Manga, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon Magazine, Dancing Diablo and Flickerlab, and her first novel, Last Airbender: Prequel: Zuko’s Story, was released in May.
Sarah Rees Brennan was born and raised in Ireland by the sea, where her teachers valiantly tried to make her fluent in Irish (she wants you to know it's not called Gaelic) but she chose to read books under her desk in class instead. The books most often found under her desk were Jane Austen, Margaret Mahy, Anthony Trollope, Robin McKinley and Diana Wynne Jones, and she still loves them all today.
After college she lived briefly in New York and somehow survived in spite of her habit of hitching lifts in fire engines. She began working on The Demon’s Lexicon while doing a Creative Writing MA and library work in Surrey, England. Since then she has returned to Ireland to write and use as a home base for future adventures. Her Irish is still woeful, but she feels the books under the desk were worth it.