August 15 - August 16, 2020

(Saturday and Sunday)

Online, Everywhere, Free!

Registration opens July 1, 2020!

Wixameret, TAG Fans!

If you love The Atlantis Grail then YOU are a TAG Fan!

Be proud, you're awesome!

Panels * Readings * Q&A Sessions * Special Guests
Media and Hollywood * Science and Astrophysics
Archeology and Ancient Cultures * Languages
Art Show * Costume Contest * Music * Trivia

Meet Our Guests!

Dr. Jeremy Frank
NASA Ames Research Center

Dr. Jeremy Frank is the Group Lead of Planning and Scheduling Group, in the Intelligent Systems Division, at NASA Ames Research Center. He received his Ph. D. from the Department of Computer Science, at the University of California at Davis, in June 1997. He also has a B.A. in Mathematics from Pomona College. Dr. Frank’s work involves the development of automated planning and scheduling systems for use in space mission operations, the integration of technologies for planning, plan execution, and fault detection for space applications, and the development of technology to enable astronauts to autonomously operate spacecraft. Dr. Frank has published over 60 conference papers, nine journal papers, and three book chapters, and received over 40 NASA awards, including the Exceptional Achievement Medal, the Silver Snoopy, and the NASA Engineering and Safety Center Award.

Dr. Michelle Thaller
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Bio details coming soon...

Bridget Landry
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Bridget Landry has worked on robotic space missions for over 30 years, including the Hubble Space Telescope, Mars Pathfinder, the Cassini mission to Saturn and the Curiosity rover. In addition, she has been attending and working cons since she was 13 and is a Master-level costumer with a twisted sense of humor.

Richard Joel
405 Productions

Richard Joel is a native Angelino and the President and founder of 405 Productions Inc. He is an Emmy Nominated and Rose D’or award-winning, TV Creator/Writer/Executive Producer and an award-winning Film Producer. He has worked in all areas of production and development and brings a strong business and creative process to all sides of this business including scripted TV & film as well as the creation of original formats, competition & game shows.

Richard began his producing career with his first short film, “Foursome,” and his first feature, “Wild Heirs.” In 2003, he met the President of Wildrice Productions and was recruited for their unscripted development team. He quickly rose through the ranks to become Head of Alternative TV Development & Production. There, he created, developed and sold an array of projects to multiple cable networks. While still at Wildrice he created and sold an original game show format called, Heads or Tails, to Eyeworks USA, which aired in the UK during Primetime. For the next 3 years he served as Head of Alternative TV Development & Production for Muse Entertainment, USA.

Richard then founded 405 Productions Inc. Conceived as a boutique production house and development shingle by creating original formats, specializing in competition and game shows. Out of the gate, he co-created the hit CW game show and Rose D’or winner, “Oh Sit!,” where he served as Creator, Executive Producer and Writer. The format is currently selling worldwide. 405 Productions has created numerous original formats and then sold/partnered/produced on these formats.

He is quickly expanding 405 Productions Inc. and the Richard Joel brands with scripted and unscripted content for TV & Film domestically and internationally. On the scripted side he is currently working as an EP on an animated feature film in production with A list stars, recently co-produced a SYFY pilot, “99 Problems” written and brilliantly directed by Michael G. Kehoe, with the seasoned John T. Connor as DP and served as Showrunner/EP on a new digital series, “Before We Go,” He produced “Tainted Dreams,” a 2014, 2017 & 2018 Emmy Nominated series for “Best Digital Drama” series on Amazon, and Produced/Executive Produced “The Candle,” a multi-award winning (30 awards / 30 nominations) short horror film / feature-proof of concept, screening in more than 50 film festivals in 13 different countries. Lastly, and most importantly he is super excited and over the moon to be developing/pitching the bestselling sci-fi series of books, The Atlantis Grail for TV from the award winning author Vera Nazarian.

On the unscripted side he is currently partnered with A&E Studios International on a co-production of an original game show format for both Germany and Canada and he recently produced and wrote on the digital-series, “You’ve Been Had...Celebrity Edition!,” a Celebrity driven hidden camera prank show.

Richard graduated Arizona State University with a B.S in Business where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and is currently a member of the WGA, PGA, The Television Academy and SAG-AFTRA. He is a world traveler, previous restaurateur and still fancies himself a bit of a chef. He claims he makes the best BBQ Cajun Honey Pineapple ribs and Old fashions in town! He scuba dives, surfs, snowboards and is a die-hard LA sports fan and a Rams season ticket holder. Go Rams!

Sofia Willingham
Audiobooks Narrator, Voice Actor

Currently living in Portland, Oregon, Sofia Willingham is an accomplished word nerd and voice actress. She has had the privilege of narrating multiple bestselling books for a variety of publishers. She was an APA Audie Award finalist for Release Me by J. Kenner in the erotica category, the first installment of the bestselling Stark series. This early exposure propelled her further into the universe of genres and accents, and she now records and produces audiobooks from the comfort (and dryness) of her approved home studio. Her performances have been regarded as emotionally involving and having the ability to color distinct characters consistently without getting in the way of the story. In her free time, she satisfies her morbid fixation with true crime and often wanders outdoors with an oversized puggle.

Catherine Asaro
Author, Novelist

Catherine Asaro has authored about thirty books, including science fiction, thrillers, and fantasy. Her novel The Quantum Rose and novella “The Spacetime Pool” both won the Nebula® Award. She is a multiple Hugo nominee and a multiple winner of the AnLab from Analog magazine. Her most recents books are The Vanished Seas and Lightning Strike Book II, both of which came out in July 2020.

Catherine has a doctorate in chemical physics from Harvard and a BS in chemistry from UCLA. Her paper “Complex Speeds and Special Relativity” (The American Journal of Physics, April 1996) forms the basis for some of the science in her fiction. She directed the Chesapeake Math Program for many years. Her students distinguished themselves in many national programs, including the USA Mathematical Olympiad, the USA Physics Olympiad, and the Harvard-MIT Math Contest.

Catherine has appeared as a speaker at many institutions and as a Guest of Honor at cons across the US and abroad. She served two terms as president for SFWA and is a member of SIGMA, a think tank that advises the government as to future trends affecting national security. She appears as a vocalist at clubs and conventions. Her most recent single, the Celtic-themed song Ancient Ages, placed on the Blast-FM top 100 in 2020.

Catherine can be reached at www.catherineasaro.net, and she has a Patreon page at www.patreon.com/CatherineAsaro

Craig Martelle
Author, Novelist

I write science fiction with a few forays into fantasy. I have a number of books, nineteen different series with a little something for everyone. I'm a retired Marine, lawyer, and leadership consultant. I put all of that into my books. Justice and honor, characters you want to hang out with. Visit my web page, craigmartelle.com for the latest posts and updates or find me on Facebook, Author Craig Martelle.

Michael G. Kehoe
Writer, Director, Producer

Kehoe is an award winning filmmaker whose debut as a writer, director & producer received critical acclaim for his short film “SECOND DANCE” and was accepted to The Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival. While at Sundance he was approached by Prism Entertainment to direct an action/thriller script he wrote titled “DOMINION” now on Amazon Prime. He went on to direct and produce another award winning dramatic short titled: “NOW DEPARTING”. His next film, he wrote produced and directed, was a drama/thriller in the vein of film noir titled “THE ART OF A BULLET”, which was highly successful in the foreign territories.

He created a production service company that served multi million dollar productions in Hollywood and over seas such as the Mission Impossible franchise starring Tom Cruise, the J.J. Abrams “Star Trek” franchise and remains in contact with JJ and his company Bad Robot. He created a concept series for the Food Network and directed a television special titled “CATERING IMPOSSIBLE” that featured Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Maggie Q and Lawrence Fishburne. This special spawned a number of series for the Food Network such as “Dinner Impossible”, “Restaurant Impossible”, “Hotel Impossible” and many more.

Kehoe won an award at Comic Con for writing and directing his short super hero film he conceived titled: “THE DARK AGENT” and has continued to develop projects under his banner.

In 2015, Kehoe won 34 awards for his short horror film titled “HUSH” and won the prestigious Wes Craven Award. The feature script was then picked up by the producer of the “Halloween” franchise for Kehoe to direct the feature version he wrote titled “THE HATRED” that was released in April of 2017 through Lionsgate and is now featured on AMAZON and iTunes. Kehoe has developed and shot 3 proof of concepts, that are both in post production. “QUEST OF QUEENS”, “99 PROBLEMS” & “THE OTHER ONE”. All 3 are Sci Fi based series.

Kehoe’s is in development to direct a post apocalyptic thriller he penned titled “THE DEFIANT ONE”. He has developed a Sci Fi adventure with producing partner Tommy Harper (Star Wars: The Force Awakens Top Gun), the film, Sci Fi feature is titled “KEFLAVIK” for TrueNorth Kehoe wrote it with Icelandic producer Kristinn Thordarson to be shot on location in Iceland.

Vera Nazarian
Author, Novelist

Vera Nazarian is the author of The Atlantis Grail series, historical (Renaissance) epic fantasy trilogy Cobweb Bride, and other science fiction and fantasy novels and short works. After many years in Los Angeles, California, she lives with two wacky cats in a small town in Vermont and uses her Armenian sense of humor and her Russian sense of suffering to bake conflicted pirozhki and make art.


PROGRAM SCHEDULE

(scheduling still in progress, all subject to change)

All Times in Eastern Daylight Time
 


TIME

Eastern Daylight Time


PROGRAM TRACK 1

(Live and First-Run Events)


PROGRAM TRACK 2

(Replays, Previously Recorded Events)


Saturday, August 15, 2020

12:00 PM Noon EDT Pharikoneon Chamber - Opening Ceremonies
Nancy Huett, Mistress of Ceremonies
1:00 PM ICS-2 Command Deck - “The Creative Process: Where Do You Get Your Ideas?”
Vera Nazarian, Moderators: Nancy Huett, Susan Franzblau
2:00 PM Atlantis Station SPC Headquarters - "Starlight and Astrophysics: Mindblowing Science"
Catherine Asaro, Dr. Jeremy Frank (NASA), Bridget Landry (JPL), Dr. Michelle Thaller (NASA, Goddard), Vera Nazarian, Moderators: Nancy Huett, David Hubler, Nydia Fernandez Burdick
3:00 PM Poseidon Fleet Cadet Headquarters - "Cassini Mission Presentation"
Bridget Landry (JPL), Moderators: Teri N. Sears, Nydia Fernandez Burdick
4:00 PM Astroctadra Mission Control Room - "Audiobook Narration: Giving the Characters a Voice."
Sofia Willingham, Vera Nazarian, Moderators: Heather Dryer, Shelley Bruce
5:00 PM The Atlantis Grail Stadium - Trivia Games of the Atlantis Grail - Stage #1 and Stage #2
Stage One (Red) at 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Stage Two (Blue) at 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Moderator: Heather Dryer, Teri N. Sears
ICS-2 Command Deck - “The Creative Process: Where Do You Get Your Ideas?”
Vera Nazarian, Moderators: Nancy Huett, Susan Franzblau

REPLAY available, starting now.
6:00 PM Starlight Resonance Chamber - "The Hollywood Connection: From Book to Screen, Bringing a Story to Life in the Age of Covid-19."
Richard Joel (405 Productions), Michael G. Kehoe, Vera Nazarian, Moderators: Teri N. Sears, Shelley Bruce
Atlantis Station SPC Headquarters - "Starlight and Astrophysics: Mindblowing Science"
Catherine Asaro, Dr. Jeremy Frank (NASA), Bridget Landry (JPL), Dr. Michelle Thaller (NASA, Goddard), Vera Nazarian, Moderators: Nancy Huett, David Hubler, Nydia Fernandez Burdick)

REPLAY available, starting now.
7:00 PM Pennsylvania RQC-3 Yellow Dorm - “TAG Fandom Meet and Greet” - TAG Fans, this is YOUR panel! Come and meet your fellow convention members, relax, and socialize!
Moderators: Nydia Fernandez Burdick, Teri N. Sears
Poseidon Fleet Cadet Headquarters - "Cassini Mission Presentation"
Bridget Landry (JPL), Moderators: Teri N. Sears, Nydia Fernandez Burdick

REPLAY available, starting now.
8:00 PM Four-Point Star Window Bedroom - Author Reading: Dream Eight: “The Garden, the Wind, and the Gong” from DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE.
Vera Nazarian
Astroctadra Mission Control Room - "Audiobook Narration: Giving the Characters a Voice."
Sofia Willingham, Vera Nazarian, Moderators: Heather Dryer, Shelley Bruce

REPLAY available, starting now.
9:00 PM Imperial Palace Workroom - “What's Next in The Atlantis Grail Universe?”
Vera Nazarian, Moderators: Nancy Huett, Heather Dryer
10:00 PM Shesep's Bar, Fish Town - "Astra Daimon Round Table: Conversation with Other Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers"
Catherine Asaro, Craig Martelle, Vera Nazarian, Moderators: Nancy Huett, Teri N. Sears
Starlight Resonance Chamber - "The Hollywood Connection: From Book to Screen, Bringing a Story to Life in the Age of Covid-19."
Richard Joel (405 Productions), Michael G. Kehoe, Vera Nazarian, Moderators: Teri N. Sears, Shelley Bruce

REPLAY available, starting now.
11:00 PM The Atlantis Grail Stadium - Trivia Games of the Atlantis Grail - Stage #3 and Stage #4
Stage Three (Green) at 11:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Stage Four (Yellow) at 11:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Moderator: Elizabeth Logotheti, Shelley Bruce


Sunday, August 16, 2020

12:00 AM Midnight EDT Pharikoneon Chamber - Opening Ceremonies
Nancy Huett, Mistress of Ceremonies

REPLAY available, starting now.
1:00 AM Imperial Palace Workroom - “What's Next in The Atlantis Grail Universe?”
Vera Nazarian, Moderators: Nancy Huett, Heather Dryer

REPLAY available, starting now.
2:00 AM Shesep's Bar, Fish Town - "Astra Daimon Round Table: Conversation with Other Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers."
Catherine Asaro, Craig Martelle, Vera Nazarian, Moderators: Nancy Huett, Teri N. Sears

REPLAY available, starting now.
3:00 AM
4:00 AM
5:00 AM
6:00 AM
7:00 AM
8:00 AM Vimana Yellow Habitat Deck - Author Reading: "I Want to Paint the Sky" from SALT OF THE AIR.
Vera Nazarian
9:00 AM Imperial Poseidon Museum - Art Show Contest
Moderator: Elizabeth Logotheti, Nydia Fernandez Burdick
10:00 AM Sekar Mehet Museum, New Deshret - Costume Contest
Moderator: Teri N. Sears, Shelley Bruce
11:00 AM The Atlantis Grail Stadium - Trivia Games of the Atlantis Grail - Final Tie-Breaker Championship Round
Champions of Sections One, Two, Three, and Four, compete in the Final Tie-Breaker Round to crown the ultimate TAG Con Trivia Games of the Atlantis Grail Champion.
Moderator: Elizabeth Logotheti, Shelley Bruce

12:00 PM Pharikoneon Chamber - Closing Ceremonies - Eoseiara Intergalactic Singalong!
Nancy Huett, Mistress of Ceremonies

REPLAYS of all remaining events available four (4) hours after their inital airing.


Convention Committee Volunteers

(The TAG Con Astra Daimon)

Shelley Bruce, Nydia Fernandez Burdick, Elanor Dean, Heather Dryer, Susan Franzblau, David Hubler, Nancy Huett, Elizabeth Logotheti, Teri N. Sears.


Convention Swag for Your Goodie Bag!

Take this Atlantean Color Quadrant Quiz to find out YOUR Color Quadrant!

Don't forget to personalize your name on both sides, front and back of the badge!

Don't forget to personalize your name on both sides, front and back of the badge!


Get some additional TAG Swag! For you, your friends, and you convention goodie bag!

  • The Atlantis Grail Store on Zazzle for all kinds of fun swag and merchandize inspired by the Atlantis Grail Series, including mugs, t-shirts, buttons, totes, holiday ornaments, and more. The TAG Con 2020 Swag is all there!


Visit the official hangouts for TAG Fans online:


More TAG Fan Resources:

  • TAG DOT FAN is your one-stop starting place for all your fandom questions!

  • YouTube Channel with exclusive video content including chapter readings by the author! The video recordings of various events of this convention will eventually end up there! Don't forget to subscribe to the Channel!

  • Atlantean Calendar Date Converter, a fun website gadget to enjoy! Find out your Atlantean Birthday, see Fun Facts and TAG Quotes and more!

  • Official website of The Atlantis Grail Series: TheAtlantisGrail.comEverything is here! Up-to-date Status Updates on the next TAG novel or TAG novella writing progress and release schedule, the Color Quadrant Quiz, forthcoming TAG books, novellas, audiobooks, hardcover and paperback editions, movie/TV series film option info, Music of the Atlantis Grail, wiki, videos, prequel series, etc.

  • New to the series? Start reading the books here: QUALIFY (The Atlantis Grail Book #1) is free in all digital formats!

  • Have questions? Want your books autographed? Check the official TAG website FAQ!


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Official Rules of Conduct:
  1. Be kind and courteous, respect others, and strive to create a welcoming environment.

  2. Respect everyone’s privacy. Do not share anything outside the convention without express permission of the person(s) involved.

  3. No politics or controversial subjects.

  4. No spam of any kind. Self-promotion and off-topic links are not permitted unless there are designated areas for such. Posts deemed inappropriate are subject to deletion.

  5. No bullying or hate speech, no disparaging comments of any kind. No discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, identity, or culture. If, for whatever reason, you feel bullied or threatened by another participant, please let the event organizers know so we may address the situation.

  6. Failure to adhere to these rules may result in your removal from the event and possible banishment from future events.



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