Schedule 2017


4:00pm: REGISTRATION OPENS (Location: Ad House)

8:00-9:00pm: OPENING CEREMONIES (Location: Ad House)

9:00-10:00pm: THIRSTY THURSDAY LIVE & BIZARRO PICKLE CONTEST (Ross E. Lockhart and Lisa LeStrange) — Beer enthusiast and editor extraordinaire Ross E. Lockhart will review a craft beer and suggest possible book pairings. Lisa LeStrange will be hosting the 2nd annual Pickle Party! You are encouraged to share your favorite pickled items (homemade or store bought). A prize will be awarded for “The Best Pickle in the Universe.” (Location: Ad House)


8:00-11:00am: WRITER’S WORKSHOP: THE KILL SCENE (Instructor: John Skipp)— PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. WORKSHOP FULL. (Location: The Barley Room)

8:00-11:00am: WRITER’S WORKSHOP: HIGH CONCEPT BIZARRO (Instructor: Cameron Pierce)—PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. WORKSHOP FULL. (Location: The Mt Hood Room)

10:00-10:30am: READING BLOCK ONE—Shane McKenzie and Querus Abuttu “Dr Q” (Location: The Ad House)

10:30-11:00pm: READING BLOCK TWO—Sam Reeve and Jaime Dunkle (Location: The Ad House)



11:00-11:30pm: READING BLOCK THREE—Andrew Wayne Adams and Eric Hendrixson (Location: The Ad House)

11:30-12:00pm: READING BLOCK FOUR— Charles Austin Muir and Christopher Lesko (Location: The Ad House)

12:00-12:30pm: ROOSTER REPUBLIC READING BLOCK—John Wayne Comunale and Andrew James Stone (Location: The Ad House)

12:30-1:00pm: READING BLOCK FIVE— G. Arthur Brown and Vince Kramer (Location: The Ad House)

1:00-1:30pm: READING BLOCK SIX—Jeff Burk and Kevin L. Donihe (Location: The Ad House)

1:30-2:00pm: READING BLOCK SEVEN—Chris Meekings and Robert Devereaux (Location: The Ad House)

2:00-2:30pm: READING BLOCK EIGHT—John Skipp and Jennifer Robin (Location: The Ad House)

2:30-3:00pm: READING BLOCK NINE—Autumn Christian and Madeleine Swann (Location The Ad House)

3:00-5:00pm: BIZARRO WRITER’S ASSOCIATION MEETING—Annual meeting for the BWA. Due to space limitation, this year’s meeting will be limited to BWA members only. (Location: The Barley Room)

3:00-3:30pm: READING BLOCK TEN—Jason Rizos and Sam Richard (Location: The Ad House)

3:30-4:00pm: READING BLOCK ELEVEN—Ian Muller and Rick Henley (Location: The Ad House)

4:00-4:30pm: READING BLOCK TWELVE—Brendan Vidito and Garvan Giltinan (Location: The Ad House)

5:00-7:00pm: DINNER BREAK

7:00pm-3:00am: ERASERHEAD PRESS PARTY—Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of BizarroCon with Eraserhead Press! Featuring Bizarro Beer and performances by Amber Fallon, Danger Slater, Carlton Mellick III, Michael Allen Rose, Kirsten Alene, Cameron Pierce and The Slow Poisoner. (Location: The Ad House)


9:00-10:00 am: BIZARRO BRUNCH—Enjoy an excellent gourmet brunch with your BizarroCon pals. (Location: The Barley Room)

10:00am-12:30 pm: ARTIST EXHIBIT & BIZARRO ART CHALLENGE (Jim Agpalza, Erik Wilson, Nick Gucker, and Andrew Goldfarb)—Get to know some of the artists working in the bizarro genre as they show off their work and participate in an art challenge stimulated by audience prompts. (Location: The Ad House)

11:00am: BIZARRO BOOK NOOK OPENS—Your one stop for bizarro books (Location: Mt Hood Room)

11:30-12:15pm: CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT IN BIZARRO FICTION (Mod—Cameron Pierce, Cody Goodfellow, Emma Johnson, Andrew Goldfarb, Tiffany Scandal, Nathan Carson)If you want to give your story life, you must bring your characters to life. This panel will discuss how to create living, breathing characters even in the strangest of bizarro fiction stories. (Location: The Barley Room)

12:30-1:15pm: LIVING YOUR BRAND ONLINE (Mod—Sauda Namir, Michael Allen Rose, Danger Slater, Michael Kazepis, Madeleine Swann, Christoph Paul)What does your day-to-day life say about your personal brand? More than you think! Learn how to become and manage a personality that attracts audiences. (Location: The Barley Room)

12:30-1:30pm: THE WORD HORDE READING HOUR—Ross Lockhart, Michael Griffin, Nathan Carson, and Tiffany Scandal.  (Location: The Ad House)

1:30-2:15pm: BIZARRO IN POPULAR CULTURE: From Twin Peaks to Swiss Army Man (Mod—John Skipp, Jeff Burk, Leza Cantoral, Garrett Cook, G. Arthur Brown, Jim Agpalza)How is bizarro creeping into mainstream media? What are examples of this? How is it being accomplished? And what can we do to encourage this trend? (Location: The Barley Room)

1:30-2:30pm: THE BROKEN RIVER READING HOUR—Michael Kazepis, Cody Goodfellow, Mark Jaskowski, and Kelby Losack.  (Location: The Ad House)

2:30-3:15pm:  WORLD BUILDING AND ATMOSPHERE (Mod—Ross Lockhart, Mike Griffin, Kevin L. Donihe, Laura Lee Bahr, Autumn Christian, Eric Hendrixson)Bizarro fiction is known for its surreal landscapes and unconventional settings. How do you create a strange world while still keeping your story grounded and accessible to readers? This panel of writers will share their approaches to world building. (Location: The Barley Room)

2:30-3:30pm: THE CLASH BOOKS READING HOUR—Christoph Paul, Leza Cantoral, Maxwell Bauman, and Garrett Cook. (Location: The Ad House)

3:30-4:15pm: TIPS FOR WRITING EXTREME HORROR (Mod—Jeff Burk, Shane McKenzie, John Skipp, Amber Fallon, Robert Devereaux, Querus Abuttu) Learn how to stretch the boundaries of decency with your storytelling. (Location: The Barley Room)

3:30-4:30 pm: THE NEW BIZARRO AUTHOR SERIES READING BLOCK—Meet the writers in this year’s New Bizarro Author Series. Hear readings and performances from Larissa Glasser, Caleb Wilson, and Katy Quinn. Hosted by Garrett Cook (Location: The Ad House)


5:30 pm: GROUP PHOTO SHOOT (Location: The Ballroom)

5:30-6:30 pm: WONDERLAND BOOK AWARDS DINNER—The Tenth Annual Wonderland Book Award for Best Novel and Best Collection of 2016. Celebrate as the winners are announced and enjoy a fajita buffet. (Location: The Ballroom)

7:00-10:00 pm: THE ULTIMATE BIZARRO SHOWDOWN—After the awards dinner, bizarro authors compete to see who is indeed the weirdest of the weird. Each author must give the most unique and entertaining three minute reading performance of their lives or risk being yanked off stage by the drunk and annoyed audience members. Winners will be given snazzy prizes. Hosted by Michael Allen Rose and Sauda Namir. (Location: The Ballroom)

11:00pm-3:00am: WONDERLAND BOOK AWARDS AFTER-PARTY—(Location: The Ad House)


10:00-11:30 am: BREAKFAST BUFFET—Enjoy a delectable gourmet brunch with your BizarroCon pals. (Location: The Barley Room)

12:30-1:30pm: THE WEIRD IN A POST-WEIRD WORLD (Mod—Jason Rizos, Cody Goodfellow, Mark Jaskowski, Emma Johnson, Andrew James Stone, Madeleine Swann.)  How can authors of weird, horror, and bizarro fiction make an impact in a world where readers are both increasingly immune to being shocked and increasingly resistant to having their core values assailed? How can writers avoid creating echo chambers and instead push these genres to new frontiers? (Location: The Barley Room)

1:30-2:30pm: THE ROAD TO PUBLICATION (Mod—Michael Kazepis, Ross Lockhart, Hugo Camacho Cabeza, Rose O’Keefe, Don Noble, Nicholas Day)From editing to printing, publishers discuss what it takes to get a book in front of an audience. (Location: The Barley Room)

2:30-4:00pm: BIZARRO FILM SCREENING—Watch some short films by your friendly bizarro filmmakers. Hosted by John Skipp. (Location: The Barley Room)

4:00-5:00pm: CLOSING CEREMONIES (Location: The Barley Room)

5:30-6:30pm: THE KEVIN L. DONIHE GHOST HUNT—Renowned paranormal investigator and master psychic, Kevin L. Donihe, guides you on a spiritual tour of the Edgefield Manor—one of the most haunted locations in the Pacific Northwest. (Location: The Ad House)