C2E2 is coming this weekend! You can find me there on SUNDAY.

The Thomases will only be doing one day of C2E2– SUNDAY. I have a couple of panels!

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM  With Great Power: Mentoring the Next Generation of Geeks S405A

How can we open doors for new creators? What are some of the biggest challenges in advocating for greater inclusion of under-represented stories and perspectives in our fields? This panel of writers, editors, filmmakers, and nerdy community leaders will lead a vibrant discussion about what it means to provide mentorship and guidance to fresh voices looking to make their mark in geek culture. Audience Q&A to follow panelist discussion. Sponsored in part by Chicago Nerd Social Club. Lynne M. Thomas, Ytasha Womack, Wesley Sun, Michi Trota, Aaron J. Amendola (M)

12:00 – 1:00 PM Ode to Sidekicks S405a

Frodo wouldn’t have made it to Mordor without Samwise Gamgee, and Daenerys Targaryen owes her success to her fire-breathing buddies. Harry Dresden & Bob, Rachel Morgan & Jenks, and Batman & Robin–they work so much better together than separately. More often than not, sidekicks are the ones responsible for getting our heroes across the finish line, so join a panel of authors as they shine a spotlight on some of the best unsung heroes of SFF: the humble, yet completely essential sidekicks. Kelley Grant, Lynne M. Thomas (M), Judd Winick, Christina Henry, Jaleigh Johnson, Lexie Dunne

SIDEKICKS PANEL followed by autographing at table 21. Books by the authors on the panel will be available for sale! I’m moderating the panel, so I won’t be at the entire autographing session, but will likely hang for a few minutes as they get underway, so if you happen to have one of my collections you’d like signed, feel free to ask. 🙂

Otherwise, keep a lookout for Michael and Caitlin, who will be trying to meet a whole bunch of her favorite wrestlers, and hopefully Melissa Benoist from Supergirl, too.


About Lynne M. Thomas

Lynne M. Thomas is a nine time Hugo Award winning editor and podcaster. In her day job, she is Head of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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