The panel list has been updated!

The updated panel list is here, the new panels are separated here. If you haven’t already filled it out, click on the following link to be taken to the Panelist Registration Form. If you have already registered,  just pick out the new panels that interest you and send an email to containing:

Your original registration email
Panel Number(s) and Title(s)
Your Priority(s) for the panel(s)
Willing to moderate?

If you do not include all this information you won’t be added to the panel!

Email us at if you are having issues with the online registration process—or anything else.

You must register by March 2, 2018. 


Marcon Panelist Registration is Open!

Whether you are a seasoned veteran or new to the MARCON experience, we’d love to listen to you discuss your knowledge and ideas about fantasy and science fiction of all genres and eras; gaming, role-playing, costuming, cosplay, science, society, and other forms of … entertainment. 

Time Frames of Panels: 
Panels will start every 1-1/2 hours throughout the day. Each panel is a 75-minute block, followed by a 15-minute intermission to give time for tear down and set up of programs, presentations—or just to take a “necessary” break. Some presentations will be scheduled for longer time slots out of necessity. If yours is one of these, we will let you know when you receive your schedule. 

Complimentary membership requirements have changed: In order to receive a complimentary membership at Marcon as a panelist, you must schedule for at least 4 panels, or the equivalent of 4 panel-slot’s worth of time/effort. Your mileage may vary. If you have questions about this, ask—that’s one of the things we’re here for. You definitely have the option to request and do more than 4 (scheduling permitting). After all, the Iron Panelist Emeritus is Head of Programming this year.

Panel Moderation: 

A Moderator will be assigned for each panel. Moderators will have a few responsibilities. These are: 
1. Make sure the panel begins and ends on time.
2. Keep track of the questions being asked by the audience. Make sure everyone gets a chance and no one monopolizes.
3. Encourage all panelists have the opportunity to be involved in the discussion.
4. Make sure the panel stays on topic. You are the navigator and helms-being. Stay on course.
5. Be prepared with questions or comments to encourage panel discussion.
6. Conduct a head count for the Programming Staff.
7. Turn in the Moderator Card to the Programming Staff. 

Moderators will receive a copy of the Moderator’s Handbook, formerly known as Cat Wrangling 101, compiled by the Iron Moderator and the Iron Panelists, who welcome your comments and additions. (Wrangling Cats is the subject of ongoing research. Chaos Theory? String Theory? Quantum Physics? Easy by comparison!)

If you would like to be a moderator, please be sure to mark your panelist form accordingly. 

Click on this link to be taken to the Panelist Registration Form.. The panel list may be updated occasionally through the next month. You can (and should) register for panels before the updates. Revisit the posted list periodically, and email us (with the same identification information you filled out on the form) if something appears in these updates that you are interested in doing. We will try to send you notification of major updates to the list.

Email us at if you are having issues with the online registration process—or anything else.

You must register by March 2, 2018. 

Your participation as panelists is greatly appreciated! This doesn’t get said enough.

 Thank you in advance,

Ross Martinek
Mark McKean
Marcon Programming


The current list of prospective panels can be found here. Please note that this is a link to a pdf file, that will be downloaded to your device.



If you are interested in becoming a panelist for next year, please contact us at

Attention Panelists, Presenters and Shadow Cast Members:  The Programming Green Room will again be in the Nationwide Room, located on the first floor; across from Nelson's Convenience Store, near the hotel lobby.  Please stop by and pick up your badge before your first scheduled event.  You must present a valid photo ID in order to sign for your badge.

Tentative Programming Hours At Con:

Friday: 2:00pm – 11:30pm

Saturday: 9:00am – 11:30pm

Sunday: 9:00am – 4:00pm


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