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Track Highlights: Literature!

The Literature Track covers everything bookish, from what you should be reading to how to improve your writing. Thinking of starting that short story or novel?  Want to know what’s hot in the field of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, from Star Wars to Stephen King and all things in between? Writers working in the field of speculative fiction discuss relevant issues on everything from shop talk on the craft of writing to changes and standards in the world of…

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Track Highlights: Action Adventure!

  Are you into Action? Are you up for adventure? The Penguicon Action Adventure Track has a long standing tradition of awesomeness. Track Highlights! Mad Max Meets the Real World. Post-apocalyptic vehicle display!  They’re built using scavenged parts, envisioning what such vehicles might be like in a dramatically changed future.  (Sorry, no flamethrowers.) Engineer’s Guide to Self Defense Back by demand yet again, simple and easy to learn/utilize techniques to defend yourself in a variety of situations. Audience suggestions and…

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Mary Robinette Kowal, 2018 Penguicon Guest of Honor

We are happy to announce our 2nd Guest of Honor from Writing Excuses Podcast– Mary Robinette Kowal! Mary  is the author of historical fantasy novels: The Glamourist Histories series and Ghost Talkers. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel, and has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, several Year’s Best anthologies and her collections…

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Track Highlight: DIY!

The DIY Track is focused on doing things yourself. Whether it be a new craft or odd jobs around the home or even running your own business, DIY wants to help you learn. Our panels will give people an opportunity to pick up new tools to use in their daily lives, a new hobby, or even an interest in a new branch of creativity. DIY featured guest is Chad Sinke.   Chad Sinke is a Professional Electric Engineer who graduated from…

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Track Spotlight: Life

Penguicon Life Track covers socializing, productivity, tattoos, career building, and everything else having to do with the unpaid side of work/life balance. Learn to hack your life in the life track! Track Highlights! LGBTQ Labor History: The Importance of Undoing Heteronormative History The presentation will consist of a lecture with corresponding visual aids covering both conventionally known as well as lesser known aspects of US LGBTQ labor (collective bargaining) history. The importance of understanding and establishing a comprehensive LGBTQ labor…

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Penguicon Update and What’s Next?

Ahhh… woke up to a new day, wet and muggy-but-cold lovely ‘Michigan spring’-like weather, and pouring rain a pleasant dew filling the air… what could top that? I know! Staff! Did you know that Penguicon is run completely by volunteers?  Did you know that being staff can provide you with skills that you can use on your resume?  Did you know that we are looking for a few awesome people like you to join our ranks as staff?  Want to know…

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Track Spotlight: Media

The Media Track is intended to be a broad approach, combining video, film, social media, and other creative fields both online and offline for creators and fans of any medium. Panels for creators and entrepreneurs will have tips, tricks, and other information on photography, podcasting, comics and other mediums that are emerging into the media field. We’ll also be showing films in our theater all during the weekend! Here’s a sneak peak on what we’ve got planned so far! Track…

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Track Spotlight: Gaming

Gaming Track is staple for many a Penguiconner! We are changing things up this year (as always)! Gaming will have it’s own room! In addition to our awesome gaming area and library, U-Con will be bringing their board game library to share (here is a list of their games). Our relationship with U-Con has been great and we are happy to have them back for the third year in a row! Remember that Umbird we adopted from Overworld in this kickstarter…

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Track Spotlight: Mayhem

######L33t-Haxxor-Communication######## I have briefly taken over the Penguicon Communications account to tell you what is really going on with Mayhem this year. Sure, Penguicon will have the old favorites like Chaos Machine and Giant Jenga. There are some things brewing that they have not told you about. Network Capture the Flag(CTF)! – Learn to hack and defend against hackers in a simulated town. Battlebots! Drone racing! Details on these events will be leaked as soon as I can crack the…

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Track Spotlight: Food!

  Penguicon food track is a longstanding fan favorite. This year we have some classics and some new events! The Food track will include tastings and general demos on cooking and mixology. Want to bring your favorite food to Penguicon? Teach us how to spice things up? Make your favorite drink for a thirsty and appreciative audience? Need some inspiration? Here are a few we are excited about! Let’s Eat Sushi! LN2 Ice Cream Stanky Cheeses We want you to…

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