Schedule

The following is the schedule of the events for the Grand Rapids Comic-Con on November 9-11, 2018, at the DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids.

A kit on the Grand Rapids Comic-Con specifically written for teachers on educational opportunities is here.

Specific fandom tracks can be downloaded here.

Friday, November 9

A printable schedule for Friday can be downloaded here.

Main Stage

4:15 pm

Walter Koenig

The Journey Of A Sci-Fi Career

Lt. Chekov from the original “Star Trek” and Alfred Bester from “Babylon 5” discusses his lengthy career in movies and television. Hear him share stories from the sets of these iconic television shows. A question and answer session will follow.

5:30 pm

Anastasia Baranova

Having Fun In The Apocalypse

Anastasia discusses her pivotal role in the SyFy Channel hit “Z-Nation”, the major differences between her show and that other zombie apocalypse show, and the challenges to keep the zombie franchise fresh and exciting. A question and answer session will follow.

6:45 pm

Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu

Adventures On The Satellite Of Love

The people behind TV’s Frank and Crow T. Robot from the cult classic “Mystery Science Theater 3000” discuss the creation of the show and share stories about the show’s production, its impact on popular culture, and where the show is headed now.

Grand Gallery A-C

3:15 pm

Cosplay Guests

Cosplay 101

Have you ever wondered how to get started in this awesome hobby? Curious about how our cosplay guests got their starts? Got some first time questions you need answering but not sure who to ask? Just curious about the basics of dressing up like your favorite TV hero? This panel is for you! Come and join our cosplay guests as they discuss how they got started and answer some audience Q&A.

4:30 pm

Julie Dolan

Being A Princess In A Galaxy Far, Far Away

Julie Dolan voices Princess Leia Organa in numerous Star wars video games and TV shows such as “Star Wars Rebels”. Julie discusses the challenges of voicing such an iconic character in the most known sci-fi franchise ever, the expectation from the fans versus her work, and what the galaxy has for her next.

8:00 pm

Grindhouse Film Festival

Check out some of the most hardcore and crazy short films out there today in our salute to the grindhouse-style theaters. Must by 17 to attend.

Grand Gallery D

4:00 pm

Bryan Donihue

Worldbuilding 101: Making a World Make Sense

Bryan Donihue is a game designer and published author. If you are an aspiring author, game designer, or even a GM who wants to create their own setting, Bryan will talk about building a consistent world from scratch as a setting for an RPG, novel, or other work. He will also talk about the steps he takes and the mistakes he’s made in building his current persistent world, The World of Incursion.

5:15 pm

League Of Enchantment

You Can’t Save the World Alone

How a cosplayer can do more and connect with groups to not only help but give back to the communities we live in. How becoming part of a larger group can open doors and makes it a family setting to further the capability of a cosplayer. Come learn about the League Of Enchantment and be part of a team.

6:30 pm

MarcyKate Connolly

The Method in The Magic

Most fantasy novels have a unique magic system, ranging anywhere from simple and direct to highly complex. In this presentation, MarcyKate will talk about tips and tricks to build one’s own fantasy world. The presentation will take a look at examples of magic systems and how they work. Registrants will also participate in an interactive worldbuilding activity with a Q&A to follow.

Grand Gallery E-F

4:00 pm

Joyce Chin and Friends

Breaking In and Staying In The Entertainment Industry

Joyce and the rest of the panelists discuss being “discovered” in mainstream entertainment, the importance of those first chances within the field, and how to stay relevant within your chosen love and profession.

5:15 pm

Derek Padula

The Way Of Goku

From Human to Saiyan! Discover how to transform your mind, body, and spirit—the Goku way! Derek Padula, the author of nine books on the Dragon Ball franchise, will teach you the philosophy of Goku.

8:00 pm

Chris Goad

Trivia Challenge

Grab some of your nerdiest friends and come down to Friday night of Grand Rapids Comic Con to challenge your knowledge on your favorite fandoms in a friendly Nerd Trivia competition, hosted by Quizmaster Chris Goad. Candy, geeky gifts, and other swag will be up for grabs. Teams must consist of one to four people.

Grand Gallery Overlook A-B

4:30 pm

Robert Pope

The Life of a Cartoonist

Cartoonist and animator ROBERT POPE will discuss his career and explain the ins and outs of making your favorite animated characters come to life on the comic book page-from Charlie Brown to Wile E Coyote, it’s not as easy as it looks!

5:45 pm

KnightMage, Envy the Green Fairy Cosplay, House of a Thousand Glue Sticks

Foam Smithing 101

Foam is a cosplay builder’s best friend and if you’re ready to get started with it, this is the panel for you! Come and learn the basics of working with foam for building props, armor, and all sorts of crazy cosplay contraptions.

7:15 pm

Arie Boon, Caitlin Boon, Audrey Quinn, Dan Wallace

OH SNAP: A Gauntlet of MCU Theories

We’re back for our 3rd consecutive Grand Rapids Comic Con panel on theories and gamification. This time around we’ve used the Reality Stone and changed fandoms to cover the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Be prepared for audience polls, a character draft or two, and lively group discussion regarding theories tailored to Avengers 4. Be prepared for spoilers (specifically character deaths) as we don’t have the Time Stone to undo what you’ve heard.

Grand Gallery Overlook C-D

3:45 pm

Randy Zimmerman and an Assortment of Indie Comic Publishers

The Trials and Tribulations of Indie Publishing

Hear a gaggle of independent comic book publishers discuss their profession, what got them involved in the comic book field in the first place, the tricks of self-publishing, and what indie publishers are truly looking for in new talent. Moderated by Flint Comic publisher Randy Zimmerman.

5:00 pm

Various Michigan Convention Heads

Con Runners Campfire Stories

The leaders and former leaders of several Michigan anime and other nerd-based conventions discuss the operation of a popular arts convention. This is not as easy as it looks, and the group will discuss horror stories within their own events with all kinds of elements. Fans of these kind of shows won’t want to miss this as it will surely convince them to stay attendees rather than con runners!

7:00 pm

Dice Tales: DnD Live!

Come watch performers Cari Scholtens, Chuck Fortenbacher, Liz Brand, and Ross Johnson gather around the table of Gamemaster Brooke Heintz in this live tabletop RP event. Combining the classic fantasy D&D setting of Forgotten Realms with the Pathfinder rules system, this performative evening of fast-paced RP will bring you hours of laughter, thrills, might & magic, and of course, dramatic dice-slinging!

Grand Gallery Overlook E

3:45 pm

Allen Stewart and the Hall of Heroes Museum

Comic Book And The Cold War: A Retrospective

If you love comic book history then you won’t want to miss this exciting and informative panel by Allen Stewart Executive Director of The Hall of Heroes Super Hero Museum. We will start at the end of WWII and discover comic books secrets such as: how a Superman comic almost revealed the secret of The Atom Bomb, how the super heroes and comic books almost ceased to exist due to a lone child psychiatrist’s book “Seduction of the Innocent,” how the Cold War was being fought during both the Silver Age and Bronze Age Era of comics, and how many early Marvel villains were Communists. We’ll also discuss Wonder Woman’s goofiest villain Egg Fu and what if Superman landed in Russia instead of the United States? Don’t miss this fun and educational panel!

5:00 pm

Rob Miller

Armor Fabrication On A Budget

A participant in the SyFy show ‘Face Off” as well as giant prop builder, Rob discusses the art of making armor and larger fabrication items with limited funds and resources.

6:15 pm

Dr. Mortose Commands

Dr. Mortose Commands the Mysterious Audience

Our local monster movie narrator and his gang of goons discuss Horror Hosting locally and internationally and have the audience participate in an experiment. Be afraid! Well, be kinda afraid. OK, how about just concerned?

Grand Gallery Overlook F

All Day Until Midnight

Anime Screenings

Make sure to take a few minutes to relax and check out some of the newest anime coming out of Japan and around the world on our Crunchyroll stream. Schedule posted outside of the room.

River Overlook

All Day Until Midnight

Gaming Room

Lots of board, card, and electronic gaming activities will be happening all weekend in River Overlook, so make sure to take some time to enjoy a game or two with old and new friends.

Monroe Room

4:00 pm

Jen Cohn

The Wonderful World Of Overwatch

Jen Cohn, the voice of Pharah in the Overwatch franchise, will discuss the trials and tribulations of the life of a voice actor in this franchise and how she combines her Hollywood career with being a wife and a mother.

5:15 pm

Michael Golden

On Storytelling

Sit down and have a session with one of the best storytellers in the business, creator of Rogue from the X-Men, & former senior art director of Marvel Comics.  Good for anyone interested in learning how to write a good story. Be it for comics, film, animation, Michael answers your questions!

6:30 pm

David Hayter

The Adventures Of Voice Acting A Black Op

David Hayter discusses voicing one of the most famous video game characters in Snake in Metal Gear Solid and the challenges of the voice acting profession. A question and answer session will follow.

8:00 pm

Christopher Paolini

The Process of Eragon

How does one create a major fantasy franchise as a teenager with a good idea? World renowned author Christopher Paolini will step you through the journey of The Inheritance Cycle and Eragon and how perseverance, exposure, and a little luck brought him out of the mountains of Montana to the national literary spotlight. A truly inspirational story for aspiring writers everywhere!

9:30 pm

Channel Awesome

Nostalgia Critic Q&A

Have some aching questions for the near-sighted one himself?  Well now’s your chance to ask!  Join Doug Walker and the Nostalgia Critic gang as they answer all the questions you have about their characters, the website, or Channel Awesome!

Saturday, November 10

A printable schedule for Saturday can be downloaded here.

Main Stage

11:00 am

James Tynion IV and Steve Orlando

Being the Scribes For The Batman

James (writer for Detective Comics and the Batman/TMNT crossover) and Steve (Batman: Shadow) discuss the challenges and pitfalls of writing such an iconic character as The Batman, placing him in different universes, and meeting the expectations of a rabid fan base.

12:15 pm

Jake Busey

Following in the Family Business

Jake is a second generation actor in the second stage of his acting career, currently being seen in “NCIS” and “Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and the movies The Predator and The Ghost In The Graveyard. Jake will discuss his career, his big breaks in both Starship Troopers and The Frighteners, and having a famous father such as Gary.

1:30 pm

Kevin Eastman

The Creation of Pop Culture Legends

The co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise will show a slideshow in relation to his career and take questions from the audience.

2:45 pm

Danielle Colby and Knightmage

Vintage Clothing and Cosplay

Knightmage, the reigning king of cosplay, and Danielle Colby, the queen of rust, will combine forces to discuss the cosplay phenomenon and how to incorporate vintage clothing into costuming. Danielle will answer questions afterwards on “American Pickers”.

5:00 pm

Costume Contest

Watch numerous fans strut their stuff in their best cosplay to win cash and prizes.

Grand Gallery A-C

11:00 am

Film Festival

Check out some of the best independent and student short films from all over the world. Two 95-minute blocks followed by an awards ceremony.

4:00 pm

David Hayter, Eric and Julia Lewald, and Len Uhley

Writing The X-Men For The Big And Small Screen

Screenwriters David Hayter (X-Men, X-Men 2) and Len Uhley (“X-Men: TAS”) as well as producer Eric Lewald (“X-Men: TAS”) discuss translating the classic mutant group from the pages of comic books to the big and small screen and the challenges that pre-conceived notions, tradition, and expectations create for the writers.

7:00 pm

The Mads of MST3K

Trace Beaulieu (Crow T Robot) and Frank Conniff (TV’s Frank) from the original “Mystery Science Theater 3000” will publicly eviscerate a bad movie and take questions from the audience.

9:30 pm

Chiodo Bros.

Killer Klowns From Outer Space Screening

The creators of the 80s seminal classic will screen the film and take questions from the audience. Make  sure to be there on time for a special gag we believe all of you will enjoy!

Grand Gallery D

11:30 am

Harp Twins

Q&A With Camille and Kennerly

Camille and Kennerly will do a question and answer panel so you can learn more about them, their videos on YouTube, and the art of playing the harp.

12:45 pm

Stacey Filak

The Life Of A New Author

New best-selling author Stacey Filak discusses the changing face of publication, the different routes people can take to get there, and the pros and cons of each. She plans to discuss traditional vs. self-publishing, how and why to get an agent, the truth of the dollars and cents of publishing, the surprises she has experienced as a debut author, and other helpful hints for those looking to get into publishing.

2:00 pm

Mindee Arnett

Path to Publication: A Guide to Writing and Selling Speculative Fiction

In this workshop, Mindee shares her tips, strategies, and tools on everything from selecting a strong story concept idea, to writing a solid draft, to how to find an agent and publisher. Using a powerpoint presentation, she goes through the ups and downs of her own journey to publication with an emphasis on sharing the learning resources she has found the most helpful. Attendees are encouraged to participate along the way, and the workshop concludes with a question and answer session.

3:15 pm

Derek Padula

How to Name Your Comic Book Characters, Dragon Ball Style

Learn how to name the people, places, and things in your comics like the ones in Dragon Ball, the world’s most-recognized anime and manga. Derek Padula, the author of nine books on the Dragon Ball franchise, will teach you the process.

Grand Gallery E-F

11:00 am

Ricou Browning

The Legend of The Creature From the Black Lagoon

The actual stunt man in the rubber suit for the classic sci-fi/horror film The Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954) discusses film making back in that era, the landmark special effects of the film, and how the film and his role have become iconic within pop and monster culture.

12:15 pm

Tim Rose

It’s a Trap! The Career of a Puppeteer

Tim discusses his career in the puppeteering industry, working on such diverse projects as several characters in the Star Wars universe, Howard The Duck, Labyrinth, and The Dark Crystal. A question and answer session will follow.

1:30 pm

Andrea Lorenzo Molinari, Robert X. Molinari

The Roots of the Supernatural as Theme in Comics/Graphic Novels

This panel will explore some of the historical roots of the use of sequential art to address supernatural/spiritual/religious themes. It will also highlight and discuss some examples of how creators are employing these themes today.

2:45 pm

Carla Perez

At Last! After 10,000 Years I am at Your Con!

Every 90’s kid knows Rita Repulsa, the evil mastermind in “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers”, whose monsters would cause havoc on Angel Grove. Rita discusses her fairly long career in playing the iconic character including her appearance in the “Power/Rangers” mature short a few years back.

4:00 pm

Makiia Lucier

The Writing Life: From Inspiration to Publication (and Everything In Between)

Every writer is different. Not only in terms of what they write, whether it is fantasy, mystery, historical fiction, or sci-fi. But how they write differs greatly. In this presentation, Makiia discusses how a story goes from being a vague idea rattling around in her head to an actual book on a bookstore or library shelf. Included is a behind the scenes look at the revision process, cover design, title selection, and thoughts on why authors should never (ever!) read their reviews.

8:00 pm

J83 Enntertainment

After Hours Karaoke

Come sing your heart out in a fun, casual, and judgment free setting! We have all kinds of music and a wifi hotspot to pull down even more from the internet and an aux cable to use music from your phone! Hosted by J83 Entertainment, who is a panelist, cosplayer, photographer, and karaoke host whom one can find at conventions across the midwest.

Grand Gallery Overlook A-B

11:00 am

Envy the Green Fairy Cosplay, KnightMage, House of a Thousand

Glue sticks and Friends!

Cosplay Over 30

Our #over30cosplay panel is exciting and focuses on a target audience of older cosplayers and how our topic categories affect over 30 cosplayers, and how we can help them with any questions they may have. We’re not just a regular cosplay 101 panel, but rather an informative and helpful discussion about how to deal with all of these cosplay topics and issues when you are over 30, especially with all the unique things that older cosplayers deal with and how to make cosplay a meaningful family event.

12:15 pm

Santana Maynard, Chaotic Neutral Cosplay

Cosplay Positivity: Feeling Confident in Yourself and Your Cosplay

Have you ever struggled with feeling positive about your cosplay or how you look in it?? So have we!! The truth is, cosplay is for everyone one and we’d like to share some of our experiences  and encourage you to love what you cosplay!

1:30 pm

Chaotic Neutral Cosplay and Santana Maynard

Thermo Plastics 101

Ready to learn about the basics of thermo plastics, where and when to use them? Got some questions you want answered before you’re ready to start plastic smithing? Need some cheaper alternatives to the name brand plastics? Come and join us and we’ll talk about how not to burn yourself with a heat gun!

2:45 pm

Mike Grell

A Thirty Year Comic Career Discussed

Famed Green Arrow and Warrior artist Mike Grell will discuss his career including his influence on the hit CW show “Arrow”. A question and answer session will follow.

7:00 pm

Couch Potatoes Unite!

Trekking Through the Final Frontier: The CPU! Voyage Into the Neutral Zone

We took on DC vs Marvel. You were there when we pitted Star Trek against Star Wars, picking space battles galore. Now, Couch Potatoes Unite! embarks upon more (un)necessary nerdy fighting as we enter the Neutral Zone! This time, in honor of guest Walter Koenig, we pit characters, ships, villains, and other aspects of Star Trek generations/incarnations against each other! Kirk or Picard? The Enterprise or DS9? Romulans or Borg? Hop aboard with Kylie Piette, Kyle Brown, Nick Milbratz, and Sarah Milbratz as we tempt war Trekking Through the Final Frontier!

Grand Gallery Overlook C-D

11:00 am

Charlie Carden, April Carden, Marjorie Steele

Star Trek: Into the Next 50 Years

Trek is back! Talk about exciting new developments in one of entertainment’s greatest Sci-Fi franchises!

12:15 pm

Len Uhley and Eric Lewald

NIGHTCRAWLER: An Animated X-Men Consideration of Faith

Meet the writer of the first superhero cartoon to tackle the theme of faith.  Len Uhley, writer of the X-MEN:TAS episode “Nightcrawler”, will show and discuss his work with showrunner Eric Lewald.  Find out how they dealt with a topic that Hollywood often considers taboo.

1:30 pm

Comfort and Adam

Let’s Make a Character  (with Dirk Manning)

Comfort and Adam, along with special guests Dirk Manning will not only talk about how to make a great character, but will create a new character on the spot with the audience’s help. The seminar will be broken into two halves: first, Comfort and Adam will take you through the concepts of what it takes to make an awesome character. In the second, all the panelists will invite audience participation in creating a new character which will be concepted and drawn on the spot.

2:45 pm

Joe Pierzchala, Chad Shultz, Chris Goad

Pro Wrestling Talk presented by The Undisputed Podcast of the World

The Undisputed Podcast of the World presents the Undisputed Panel of the World! This panel will double as a live episode of our local pro wrestling podcast, where hosts Trebuchet, Chad “Showtime” Shultz, and Chris Goad will break down the latest wrestling news and events, special subjects in wrestling history, and much more! We also will be covering topics and questions from fans at Grand Rapids Comic-Con, so bring your favorite memories to discuss!

4:00 pm

Ryan Claytor, Zack Kruse

Michigan State University Comics Studies

Ryan Clator (MSU Comics Studio Professor) and Zack Kruse (MSU PhD Candidate) will discuss the high-caliber comics resources at Michigan State University, such as the MSU Special Collections Library (the largest public collection of comic books in the world), the annual MSU Comics Forum (comicsforum.msu.edu), the MSU Comic Art and Graphic Novel Podcast (msucomics.libsyn.com), scholarship opportunities, and the recently minted Comic Art and Graphic Novel Minor (tinyurl.com/MSUComicsMinor).

Grand Gallery Overlook E

11:45 am

501st Legion of Stormtroopers/Rebel Legion

What Is The 501st/Rebel Legion?

Join the Empire and support our troops! Have you ever seen those guys dressed in those amazing Star Wars outfits and wanted to join them? Here is your opportunity to learn about the charity costumed troupe and learn about how you can join them in all the fun.

1:00 pm

The Finest

Recruitment in the Fight Against Cobra

The Finest is a GI Joe cosplay charity group that has chapters all over the country yet is just starting in Michigan. Learn how you can be involved in this new group. Yo, Joe!

2:15 pm

Great Lakes Ghostbusters Coalition

We Want You!

Got ghosts? Find out more about the local chapter of the Ghostbusters, what kind of activities do they participate, and how you can get involved. Who ya gonna call?

3:30 pm

R2-D2 Builders Club

Put Your Droid Skills to the Test

Ever wanted to build your own R2-D2 unit or another droid from the Star Wars universe? Members of the R2-D2 Builders Club will be available to answer your questions and let you know how to join them.

GG Overlook F

All Day Until Midnight

Anime Screenings

Make sure to take a few minutes to relax and check out some of the newest anime coming out of Japan and around the world on our Crunchyroll stream. Schedule posted outside of the room.

River Overlook

All Day Until Midnight

Gaming Room

Lots of board, card, and electronic gaming activities will be happening all weekend in River Overlook, so make sure to take some time to enjoy a game or two with old and new friends.

Monroe Rooms

11:00 am

Elise Kova

How to be a “Real” Author: Self Publishing v.s. Traditional Publishing

If you’re interested in publishing a novel, it can be hard to know who to trust your book baby with. As an author who’s stepped on both sides of the publishing fence, Kova shares her experiences, perspectives, and the tales of others to give you helpful tips on how to choose the right publishing path.

12:15 pm

Adrian Paul

There Can Be Only One

Adrian Paul discusses his career as being Duncan MacLeod in “Highlander: The Series”, including how he received the coveted role, the influence of the series on popular culture, and all those epic sword duels throughout the series. A question and answer session will follow.

1:30 pm

Channel Awesome

Movies Everybody Disagrees with You On

Have you ever had that movie you love but everyone else hates, or that movie you hate but everyone else loves?  Well now’s your chance to make your voice heard!  Join Doug Walker and the Nostalgia Critic gang in discussing what and why certain films get more attention than others should, and see if your movie is celebrated or despised as much as you think!

3:30 pm

Harp Twins

Concert

Sit back and relax while listening to the Harp Twins’ magical harps and listen to the twin sisters banter between each other.

7:30 pm

Kara Eberle, Jen Brown and Elizabeth Maxwell

Discussing All Things RWBY

Kara (voice of Weiss), Jen (Pyrrha), and Elizabeth (Winter) discuss the “RWBY” franchise and its immediate impact on the anime scene and pop culture as a whole. A question and answer session will follow.

9:00 pm

TheOdd1sOut and SomeThingElseYT

Ask The Guys Anything

TheOdd1sOut and SomeThingElseYT discuss their unique career in the world of YouTube,  how they choose the unique topics in which to discuss on their channel, and how they make them interesting. Who knows, maybe they will even discuss Soooobway! They will also take questions from the audience.

Sunday, November 11

A printable schedule for Sunday can be downloaded here.

Main Stage

11:00 am

Shea Fontana and Agnes Garbowska

Talking DC Super Hero Girls to the Kids

The co-creator and major artist for the DC Super Hero Girls franchise will discuss the creation of every little girl’s favorite super hero team and their influence on the future readers of comic books everywhere. This panel is specifically geared towards children and you have to be a kid to ask a question.

12:15 pm

Tony Isabella

Black Lightning and My Road To Diversity

The creator of Black Lightning (now a hit series on the CW) and Misty Knight (who appears in Netflix’s Luke Cage and other Marvel shows), talks about the career path that led him to seek out writing assignments on characters of color and to create characters like Black Lightning and Misty Knight. You’ll learn secrets behind the comics as Tony talks about his career and answers your questions.

1:30 pm

John Ratzenberger

THAT Voice From Pixar Films

John has voiced numerous characters for Pixar, including The Underminer (The Incredibles), Hamm (Toy Story), and Mack (Cars). John will discuss his storied career with Pixar as being the only person who has loaned his voice to every major film they have made. Who knows, maybe he’ll discuss “Cheers” too! Question and answer to follow.

2:45 pm

Children’s and “RWBY” Themed Cosplay Contests

Prepare for “awws” as we watch the little ones parade across the main stage. Also, the costume contest around the anime sensation “RWBY” will shortly follow.

Grand Gallery A-C

11:00 am

Doug Jones and Ricou Browning

Doug Jones Talks Shop With Ricou Browning

Doug Jones (Hellboy, The Shape Of Water) will interview Ricou Browning (The Creature From The Black Lagoon) on their uniqueness in the field as underwater special effects masters, the challenges of rubber suit acting, and being that guy where everybody knows your character but not your face.

12:15 pm

Eric and Julia Lewald with Len Uhley

X-MEN: THE ANIMATED SERIES Celebrates 25 Years

In 1993, the Fox network premiered a cartoon that would change Hollywood and Pop Culture.  Within weeks, the network shot from distant last place to number one, Marvel got their first hit, and tens of millions of people were introduced to the world of comic book superheroes.  Hear behind-the-scenes stories from people who made the show happen.

1:30 pm

Chiodo Bros.

The Art Of Traditional Special Effects

The Chiodo Bros. created the look of a lot of nerd-based films including Team America: World Police, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, the Critters franchise, and Killer Klowns From Outer Space. Hear from the traditional special effects masters on the creative process on how to make the incredible and unexpected come to life.

Grand Gallery D

12:30 pm

Mandalorian Mercs

Bounty Hunters For The Empire Want You!

Find out what it takes to join the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club, how they make their armor, and hear from the mercs themselves about their group!

1:45 pm

Santana Maynard and Chaotic Neutral

Cosplay Intro to Cosplay Makeup and Wigs

Ready to get started in the basics of making yourself look like someone else? Join us as we discuss and answer the basics of both practical and SFX Cosplay makeup and everyone’s favorite subject: wigs!

Grand Gallery E-F

12:45 pm

Charlie Carden, April Carden, Marjorie Steele

The Women of Marvel Comics

Description: Take a walk through history at the evolution and revolution of female characters in Marvel Comics since the dawn of the Silver Age in 1961!

2:00 pm

Mark Fertig

Take That, Adolf! The Fighting Comic Books of the Second World War

Through a series of vibrant, stirring, and often shocking cover images, Fantagraphics author Mark Fertig will explain how the fledgling comic book industry came into its own during the war years. From Captain America to Wonder Woman, government propaganda to cringe-inducing racism, and isolationism to victory, Fertig will explain how comics helped win the war, and how the war helped comics cement an everlasting place in American culture.

Grand Gallery Overlook A-B

11:15 am

Dan Monroe

Creating and Drawing Characters for Children

Well known children illustrator Dan Monroe shows the process of creating characters and art that children will love. From the initial concept to final rendering, a quick course on my workflow when working with clients and projects.

12:30 pm

Rebecca Ross

The Shape of Stories: How Emotional Stakes Can Help You Structure Your Novel

This workshop will focus on three points that Rebecca has found helpful in structuring a novel—the staircase (elevation) of stakes, the breath, heart and bones of a plot, and the rule of three climaxes. She’ll be sharing a powerpoint that will assist with graphics, a plot template, and further examples. Rebecca will also welcome audience questions at the end.

Grand Gallery Overlook C-D

11:00 am

Knightmage and Envy the Green Fairy Cosplay

Cosplay and Charity

Cosplaying for a Cause can be the best thing about dressing up. If you’re curious about taking that step, come join us as we discuss our experiences and how you can get started!

12:15 pm

Dirk Manning and K. Lynn Smith

From NIGHTMARE to HOPE: The Journey of Making Creator-Owned Comics

Join creators Dirk Manning (NIGHTMARE WORLD, TALES OF MR. RHEE) and K Lynn Smith (PLUME, HOPE) as they discuss the parallels and differences of their journeys in making creator-owned comics while sharing advice for aspiring creators about self-publishing, collaboration, and balancing paying work and “day jobs” with creating original comic work with no guarantee of immediate financial returns. Expect advice, laughter, and some major surprises!

1:30 pm

Comfort and Adam with Thom Zahler

Let’s Build a Team

Making one great character is challenge enough – but what if you need to create an entire team of characters? Whether building a team of equals or just building a supporting cast for your protagonist, there is an art to fleshing out a complete roster of characters. Join Comfort and Adam with guest Thomas Zahler to learn the basics of teambuilding and design. Then, we will invite the audience to help in creating a small team which will be designed and drawn live.

Grand Gallery Overlook E

11:00 am

Brent Clark Rogers

Native Americans In The DC Universe

DC Comics historical scribe Brent Clark Rogers takes a look at the numerous depictions of Native American superheroes. These will be reviewed and will show how these cultures have been depicted in the pages of DC Comics over the years.

12:15 pm

That ONE Team

Introduction to FIRST Robotics

FIRST Robotics team #4967 That ONE Team will be demonstrating their competition robots and talking about FIRST Robotics and their team. FIRST is a program to get students ages K-12 to pursue engineering and STEM interests.

1:30 pm

Royal Manticoran Navy

Come Sail Away with Us

The Royal Manticoran Navy is a cosplay club in the area which is the Official Honor Harrington Fan Association based on David Weber’s Honorverse and other sci-fi reading. Check out what the club has to offer in the area and how you can join them in their adventures.

Grand Gallery Overlook F

All Day Until 5:00 pm

Anime Screenings

Make sure to take a few minutes to relax and check out some of the newest anime coming out of Japan and around the world on our Crunchyroll stream. Schedule posted outside of the room.

River Overlook

All Day Until 5:00 pm

Gaming Room

Lots of board, card, and electronic gaming activities will be happening all weekend in River Overlook, so make sure to take some time to enjoy a game or two with old and new friends.

Monroe Room

11:00 am

Kara Eberle and Elizabeth Maxwell

The Bond Between Schneesters

It’s not easy being a Schnee, but at least they have each other.  Join Kara Eberle and Elizabeth Maxwell for a Q&A about any and all things “RWBY” related.

12:15 pm

TheOdd1sOut and SomeThingElseYT

Making a Living on YouTube.

The guys discuss their unique career choices by making a living on YouTube making videos about life in general. They discuss the pros and cons of such a career choice, the pitfalls that this career can bring, the evils of demonetization, and what they feel their futures hold.

1:30 pm

James Jude Courtney

My Job is a Killer!

James will discuss being the heavy in numerous films and TV shows such as “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and Halloween (2018) and the challenges of playing a character such as Michael Myers that has no lines and has such an expectation among die-hard fans who already know his every move.

3:30 pm

Harp Twins

Concert

Sit back and relax while listening to the Harp Twins’ magical harps and listen to the twin sisters banter between each other.