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Although I spent some time in Ballroom 20 yesterday, I did catch a few panels in smaller rooms that were awesome! What did you all see and what are you looking forward to today? Here are some smaller panels that I think sound interesting that will have little to no wait time!

Disney Hyperion Publishing Panel: Fairy Tale Retellings with a Twist
Room 29AB 11:00AM
The creative team at Disney Publishing discuss how they have taken beloved Disney franchises and reimagined them for a fresh new take on classic stories told from a completely different perspective. This is an official panel by Disney Publishing Worldwide. Featuring Jocelyn Davies (senior editor, Disney Book Group), Brittany Rubiano (editor, Franchise Creative Content), and Serena Valentino (author, Villains series). Moderated by Disney Publishing Worldwide’s Emily Meehan.

Real World Reflected in Fantasy
Room 29AB 12:00PM
What do these powerhouse YA authors have in common? They all are writing groundbreaking, highly acclaimed (or highly anticipated) work that pulls from the trials and tribulations of real life to create mind-bending fantasy. Tomi Adeyemi(Children of Blood and Bone) tackles systemic racism in the Legacy of Orïsha trilogy. Marie Lu (Legend trilogy) contemplates economic disparity and climate change in her series and the upcoming Rebel . Margaret Owen (The Merciful Crow) promotes social justice in her debut. And Hafsah Faizal (We Hunt the Flame) dispels myths about Arabian culture in her first novel. Moderated by Mary Pearson (The Remnant Chronicles, Dance of Thieves), author of the upcoming Vow of Thieves .

Hi Everybody! Bad Medicine in Film and TV
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina 2:00PM
“The knee bone’s connected to the . . . something.” Johnny Kolasinski and Dr.Jackson Vane, hosts of “Hi Everybody! A Bad Medicine Podcast,” are joined by a panel of physicians including Dr. Courtney Nicholas, dr. Salil Chitnis, dr. Lukas Austin Page, and Dr. Greg Winter to discuss some of the most glaring mistakes-and unexpected successes-in science fiction’s depictions of injuries, medical maladies, and how the body works.

Science of Game of Thrones
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina 5:00PM
Now that the Game of Thrones finale has left fans reeling, this fellowship of experts explore the real-world origins behind tales of dragons, magic, wildfire, and more. When science shines its light on the fantastic elements, some of it holds up amazingly well. Featuring Dr. Travis Langley (Game of Thrones Psychology: The Mind Is Dark and Full of Terrors; The Joker Psychology: Evil Clowns and the Women Who Love Them), Roger Freedman (University of California, Santa Barbara), Tamara Robertson (MythBusters Jr., SciJinks), Allen Pan (Sufficiently Advanced, MythBusters), Steve Huff (weapons expert), New York Timesbestselling author Jonathan Maberry (Joe Ledger series, Rot & Ruin, V-Wars), and Jennifer Yen (Baylor College of Medicine). Moderated by Jenna Busch(Legion of Leia, Black Panther Psychology: Hidden Kingdoms). You will believe a dragon can fly!

These are just some of the panels that sound like they are gonna be awesome! Which will you pick?