The title was unwieldy, but the theme of the “These Are My People/Aliens/Zombies/Vampires/Dragons!: Building Community in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy World” panel at NYCC on Saturday was clear: building community in genre is all about positive engagement and respect.
The panel brought together a varied mix of SF/F authors and artists, including N.K. Jemisin (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms), Daniel José Older (Half-Resurrection Blues), Richard Kadrey (Sandman Slim series), YA author Arwen Elys Dayon (Seeker series), Nicholas Sansbury Smith (ORBS), cartoonist Jerzy Drozd, and Trevor Pryce and Sanford Greene, collaborators on An Army of Frogs: A Kulipari Novel.
Moderator Petra Mayer of NPR Books facilitated a conversation with panelists about how to engage with fans, how to build community as a creator, and how to use social media practice to your creative advantage.