GUEST SPOTLIGHT: Five Questions with John Peel


Leading up to the con, we’ll be spotlighting some of our guests, what to expect at the con, and what they personally are looking forward to! Up first is author John Peel. John has been a guest at our sister event, (Re)Generation Who, for the last two years. Now he’s crossing over to join us at Intervention!

John has written tie-ins for several series, including Doctor Who and Star Trek, as well as his own book series, 2099 and Diadem. Our attendees will have a chance to chat with him about all of these, as well as his personal experiences as a writer.

InterventionCon: At Intervention, we take time to spotlight both fandom favourites and lesser-known creators. Is there a lesser-known creator you think our attendees should know about?

John Peel: Far too many! One would have to be my friend Alan Brennert. Alan’s written some well-loved “Batman” comics, he’s story-edited and written for TV shows Like “Wonder Woman”, “Buck Rogers” and “The Twilight Zone”. Currently he’s writing some well-received novels such as “Honolulu” and “Molokai”. And, along with all of that, he’s a very nice fellow (even if he does like to laugh at my mis-pronouncing Spanish street names in LA…)

IC: Is there anything about your career now that you wish you’d known when you were just starting out?

JP: That an awful lot of editors who claim they’d love to read your latest manuscript are lying. If I’d known that, it would have saved me a lot of time and anxiety.

IC: If an attendee were to walk up to you at the event, what would you be most excited to chat with them about?

JP: Me. Well, my stories! If they liked or hated them, what they enjoyed, what they think might have made them better. That’s the best way for me to gauge whether or not I’m doing the right thing, and hopefully to improve. No matter how much you’ve written, there’s always room for improvement, isn’t there?

IC: Which of our other guests are you looking forward to seeing at Intervention?

JP: Well, I have to confess that would be Dwight Schultz. I watched “The A-Team” purely to see what craziness he’d get up to. And when he was cast as Barclay on “Star Trek – The Next Generation”, I knew we’d be in for a treat, and he didn’t disappoint. I do want to get him to autograph something that might surprise him (no, not an H.M. Murdock figure mint in box – though I do have one!) – one of my novels. I like the idea of him signing one of my own books to me… I should add that it’s because Barclay is a character in it!

IC: Is there anything else you’re looking forward to at the con?

JP: Meeting the staff and the fans again. I know that sounds like I’m kissing up, but it’s quite true – I have such a wonderful time with everyone, and (despite my fabled British reserve) I get and give a lot of very sincere hugs. These conventions wouldn’t be nearly as much fun if all of these wonderful people weren’t involved. I’d name names, except I ain’t no squealer.


Read more about all our guests for 2016 on our Guest page — more will be announced soon! To join John Peel and the rest of the Intervention family in Rockville this September, be sure to register now!


Performer Spotlight: Antipode Belly Dance



Geeky bellydancing troupe Antipode was a big hit at (Re)Generation Who this year with their “Miss Evil Universe” pageant and their performance of the “Time Warp” with Rocky Horror‘s own Patricia Quinn. They’ll be joining us again this year at Intervention with a new show — featuring the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood!

What will happen in this retelling of the story? Join us Saturday night at 9 PM in the Large Panels Room to find out!

And if you enjoy what they do, why not learn for yourself? Antipode will be holding a “Learn to Geeky Bellydance” panel Sunday at 1 PM in Panel Room 2.



Guest Spotlight: “Archie” VP Harold Buchholz comes to Intervention!

Harold Buchholz of Archie Comics

Intervention is all about bringing professionals in the field together with aspiring creators. This yeah, Archie fans will have a chance to meet up with Harold Buchholz, the Senior Vice President of Publishing and Operations at Archie Comics. Harold’s career spans two decades, including work on his own comics, “Apathy Kat” and “WildLion.” He’s also helped hundreds of artists just like you at all stages of their career move forward and get published.

Harold will be appearing on panels throughout the weekend to discuss the comics industry, working in an established franchise like Archie Comics, and what it’s like to make your career in the field you love. There’s still time to grab weekend tickets, so don’t miss your chance!


Guest Spotlight: Indie Filmmakers Jabraan Ismail, Michael C. Dougherty, and Mary Ratliff

Over the years, Intervention has expanded its scope to include creators beyond the webcomic world. This year, we’re bringing in lots of indie filmmakers and storytellers to share their experiences with you, and we’d like to introduce you to just a few of them today!


Jabraan Ismail is the director of the award-winning documentary We Wanna Make a Movie, which has been lauded at many film festivals. He’s also had a hand in work for Hallmark Television, the American Cancer Society, and LLP Productions, as well as the feature films Elf-Man and Exists. He’ll be at Intervention 6 to share experiences from his seven years of production work and national travel for film, commercials, and more to help you step into the world of filmmaking!



Filmmaker and producer Michael C. Dougherty is the president and co-founder of Big Damn Films, the makers of the popular fan film Browncoats: Redemption. BDF’s films go the extra mile in crowdfunding, charity fundraising, and raising awareness of causes: the aforementioned Browncoats: Redemption raised over $117,000 for charity. His next film, Z*Con, promises to accomplish the same. Michael will be at Intervention to help you learn what it takes to get your work seen, raise awareness of causes, and leverage social media to promote your work.



Writer and producer Mary Ratliff is a highly experienced writer and director, having had a hand in short films, a webseries, commercials, and more. Her production company, Nine Hour Films, has released many projects, included the recently completed Good Game, a documentary following professional gamers. She, too, has found creative and innovative ways to use the Internet and social media to bring attention to her work, including screenings on Twitch.tv and participation in the first Humble Bundle to include films. And she’s ready to help you learn to do the same!

There are still more guests to spotlight before the con. Keep an eye out to see who’s ready to meet you at Intervention and help you learn to make your creative projects soar!


New Guest Announcements: Michael “Mookie” Terracciano and Garth Graham!

We’re just a few weeks away from Intervention 6, but we’re not done announcing guests!

First up, we’re very happy to be welcoming back Michael Terracciano and Garth Graham!

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Michael and Garth both have quite a webcomics pedigree, with the former being the creator of Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire and the latter running both Comedity and Finder’s Keepers. The two now work together on the sci-fi webcomic Star Power, which updates every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Both Michael and Garth will be available to chat with throughout the weekend, and will be sharing their experiences and expertise on our panels.

Look out for more guest spotlights over the next few days!

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