Schedule

Friday, November 8

Easy to print schedule for Friday here.

Grand Gallery A-C

3:00 pm

Heather Antos

Being an Editor in Comics

Heather Antos has served as an editor for both Marvel and Valiant Comics. Here she discusses the job of editor of comics, her career in the field, and what she has up her sleeve for the future.

4:15 pm

Paul Freeman

My Life As The Bad Guy

Paul has almost always been the bad guy in his roles, from Belloq in Raiders Of The Lost Ark to Ivan Ooze in MMPR: The Movie. Paul discusses his career, where he is headed next, and why he has been typecast as the bad guy so many times.

5:30 pm

Alexis Tipton

Voice Acting As A career

Alex has vocied hundreds of animes including “My Hero Academia”, “Escaflowne”, and “Dragon Ball Super”. She discusses her career, how she became a voice actress for the first time, and what is next for her.

7:30 pm

The Nostalgia Critic and the Cinema Snob

The Critic and the Snob

These two internet critics have been friends for years, but this is the first time they have done a Q&A just about them. Find out how they started, how they discovered each other, and how they combined talents for both Channel Awesome and the Cinema Snob Movies. Now that he’s a cat owner himself, find out what Doug really thinks of Lloyd. It’s two of the nets most beloved characters together at last.

Grand Gallery D

2:30 pm

Mark Kistler

The Magic of Drawing

The host of PBS’ “Imagination Station” will do a drawing demonstration for experts and beginners alike.

4:00 pm

Stuart Sayger and William Messner-Loebs

KISS In The Comics World

The creative team that brings you the new KISS comics discuss the writing and creative process of creating books around one of the most famous rock bands of all time and adding to their indelible legacy.

5:15 pm

Kristie Good and David Pratt

Her Legs Are HOW Long? A Seminar About Drawing People

Having trouble drawing people, or maybe you’ve always wanted to learn? Join Karmada, author and illustrator, for an interactive panel on drawing human body proportions! The first half of the panel we’ll discuss proportions, and the second half we’ll do a follow-along exercise where we draw a person! Sketchbooks are encouraged, but basic paper and pencils will be available for those who don’t carry art supplies with them.

7:30 pm

Chris Goad

Trivia Challenge

Grab some of your nerdiest friends and come down to challenge your knowledge on your favorite fandoms in a friendly Nerd Trivia competition, hosted by QuizQuest Trivia’s Quizmaster Chris Goad.

Grand Gallery E-F

1:45 pm

Leo Leibelman

The Art of Story Boards and Concept Art

Leo has worked on several Hollywood productions in the past as a storyboard and concept art designer. Leo steps you through the process of starting on a film from scratch and creating the fantastic elements of a major motion picture.

3:00 pm

Tony Isabella

Cheesy Monsters Raid Again!

Tony discusses his new book on some of those godawful monster movies of the past and gets a good laugh at their expense. Expect some corny jokes and bad one-liners from our closet Kaiju fan.

5:45 pm

Steve Lavigne

Turtle Talk w Steve Lavigne

Steve joined Mirage Studios in 1985, being the first artist outside of Kevin Eastman to draw the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  He has plenty of interesting stories to share about the early days of the heroes in a  half shell.  Please come with questions.

7:30 pm

“Cover Of Night” premiere

Come to the premiere of the local short film production The Cover of Night! The cast and crew will discuss after the screening.

9:00 pm

Grindhouse Film Festival

Make sure to check out some of the best independent short films out of the horror and sci-fi market geared toward a more adult audience. Must be 17 to attend.

Grand Gallery Overlook A

All day starting at 1:00 pm

Anime Screenings

Come and see anime shows and movies, many straight from Japan thanks to our friends from Crunchyroll.

Grand Gallery Overlook B

2:30 pm

John Giang

Developing Concept Art for Film

The Ind=ustrial Light and Magic concept artist discusses the steps taken to create the big screen movies that you know and love from a concept to screen prospective and the challenges of working with well established characters.

3:45 pm

Various Convention Heads

The Horrors of Running a Convention

Various convention heads running shows in the region discuss all the behind the scenes actions in what it takes to deliver a grade-A con. Prepare for some funny and stupid stories!

5:30 pm

Vic Carrabotta

Horror at Atlas and Timely Comics!

Vic was a featured artist on many horror and suspense titles in the 1950’s while the Mccarthy-style hearings about the evils of comic books were happening. Hear first-hand about the time and what it was like to be involved in those creepy classics.

Grand Gallery Overlook C-D

3:15 pm

Somaiya Daud and Amy Lukavics

Genre and Story Telling

Join authors Somaiya Daud and Amy Lukavics for an in-depth discussion on storytelling and what drew them to their favorite genres. Come learn about how these two long time friends craft story and build worlds in horror and fantasy.

4:30 pm

Timothy Zahn

Writing Books Regarding Copyrighted Franchises

The author of numerous books around Star Wars discusses the challenges of writing books for such an established franchise, the art of following cannon, and meeting the expectations of rabid fans.

5:45 pm

Dan Monroe

Artist Etiquette 101

The artist of numerous celebrity written children’s books will take a semi comedic look at how to, and more importantly, how not to interact with artists of all levels. What should you say, or not say. How do you act, how the artist should act in return.

Grand Gallery Overlook E

1:30 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!

2:45 pm

Starfleet

Join The Adventues On The USS Grand Petoskey

For over four decades, STARFLEET has provided Star Trek fans a way to make friends, have fun, give back to their communities, and show that the dream of Gene Roddenberry can “live long and prosper”.  On the local level, members of the USS Grand Petoskey can gather with other fans for a variety of enjoyable activities. Learn how to enroll and go where no one has gone before.

4:00 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.

5:15 pm

League Of Enchantment

Be A Superhero

Several members discuss the premiere costuming group for superheroes in the area, what they do for the community, and how you can join in the action!

6:30 pm

Eric Anderson

Stargate: Atlants Appreciation

Come join us for a fun look at Stargate Atlantis as this year is the 15th anniversary of the show. We will look at the characters, items, and stories that made it such a great show.

Grand Gallery Overlook F

2:00 pm

Meet the Cosplay Guests

Want to get to know our cosplay guests and what drives their cosplay passions? Have specific questions for one of our guests? Come meet the cosplay guest and find out!

3:30 pm

Knightmage, The Bignickk, and Shamus Smith

Cosplay and Charity

Come learn the many ways you can turn the hobby you love into a charitable act of love.

4:45 pm

Robert Pope
Cartooning Classic Favorites
Join cartoonist/animator/director Robert Pope as he discusses his 30+ years in the cartooning business and draws his favorite characters from Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo, Peanuts, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and more!

6:15 pm

Jedi Council of Michigan
Learn The Ways Of The Force
The Jedi Council of Michigan is a newer organization that celebrates the Jedi way in the Star wars universe. Learn about their organization and how you can become a Padawan and learn the ways of The Force–and how to steer clear of the Dark Side!

Monroe Rooms

3:00 pm

Comfort and Adam with Gail Simone

Let’s Make a Villain
Creating great villains is essential for making great stories – whether you love their every appearance or just love to hate them. Join award nominated husband and wife action faction Comfort and Adam with their very special guest Gail Simone lead this seminar in two parts: first, you’ll learn what makes great villains in both writing and in art. Then, we will invite the audience to participate in creating a new villain which will be designed and drawn live.

4:15 pm

Greg Weisman

Celebrating Twenty Years of Gargoyles

The creator of the famed 90’s franchise discusses over twenty years of “Gargoyles” and the impact the show left on pop culture.

7:30 pm

Aeonica Cosplay

Anime Idol

Anime Idol is a high energy singing and dancing competition which brings many regional and local performers to one stage to compete for best singer, best dancer, and Anime Idol (both).

Main Stage

2:00 pm

Tom Kane

Voice of Yoda, Am I!

Prolific voice actor Tom Kane discusses his many roles including his most iconic, the voice of Jedi master Yoda in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”. Hear him talk, you will.

3:15 pm

Jim Shooter

Comic Book Storytelling

Former Marvel Editor in Chief Jim Shooter explains the principles of visual storytelling.  Using a slide presentation of Jack Kirby’s work on Captain America, Jim walks you through the cinematography of the graphic story and shows you how to make compelling images that deliver your story with power and precision.  Essential knowledge for writers as well as artists.

4:30 pm

Aaron Dismuke, Shannon McCormick, and Samantha Ireland

A Rooster Teeth Panel

Rooster Teeth voice actors Aaron Dismuke, Samantha Ireland, and Shannon McCormick discuss working for the independent animation company and making anime in Texas.

5:45 pm

Josh Malerman

Writing Translated Into Film and TV

The author of Bird Box and writer for the anthology show “Creepshow” discusses the unique challenges of writing for television and having your work translated into film.

Saturday, November 10

Easy to print schedule for Saturday here.

Grand Gallery A-C

11:45 am

Heather Antos, Dirk Manning, K. Lynn Smith, and Travis McIntire

Creating HOPE: Behind The Scenes With The Whole Team

For the first time ever, HOPE writer/co-creator Dirk Manning, artist/co-creator K. Lynn Smith, editor Heather Antos, and publisher Travis McIntire are all in the same room at the same time to talk about the process behind bringing HOPE — the hit comic about a mother who moonlights as a superhero — from inception to creation as the breakout hit comic from Source Point Press! Sure to be informative and entertaining, do not miss this first-time ever panel!

1:15 pm

Various

A Discussion on American Animation

Greg Weisman (producer), Zeno Robinson (voice of Cyborg), Zehra Fazal (voice of Halo), Jason Marsden (voice of Kid Flash) and Christopher Jones (artist) discuss American animation and use an example of a show they all work on together.

2:30 pm

Jennifer Riker and Tony Isabella

Black Lightning Discussion

Tony Isabella (the creator of Black Lightning) and Jennifer Riker (Dr. Helga Jace) discuss the upcoming season of the CW show and what to expect for the new season.

3:45 pm

Sara Karloff

Boris Karloff: My Father

The daughter of the legendary Frankenstein actor shares stores of the person she knew as Dad. Expect home movies and a very unique look at the iconic character actor.

7:00 pm

Ann Robinson

War Of The Worlds Screening

After a screening of War Of The Worlds (1953), star of the film Ann Robinsoin will discuss the movie and take questions from the audience.

Grand Gallery D

2:30 pm

Mark Kistler

The Magic of Drawing

The host of PBS’ “Imagination Station” will do a drawing demonstration for experts and beginners alike.

3:45 pm

Ty Templeton

Anatomy 101 From an Artist’s Perspective

Drawing the human figure isn’t a talent, it’s a skill.  Thinking in three dimensions, and articulating an imagined figure are abilities that can be taught to anyone, and do NOT require some magical “something” that you must be born with. This lecture will reveal the tricks and secrets used by illustrators that allow them to draw people in all sorts of poses from many angles, without a model or a reference.  Bring a pencil and something to draw with, you’re going to want to try this for yourself while you’re there. No previous experience is required.

5:00 pm

Scott Rosema

Drawing Old School

Who need a stinkin’ computer to draw? Scott Rosema does a drawing demonstration old school style. CGI artists are welcome to come and take notes…

Grand Gallery E-F

11:30 am

Shorts Film Festival

Check out a plethora of short films from students and independent film makers from all over the world.

7:30 pm

Aeonica Cosplay

After Hours Karaoke

Come sing your heart out in a fun, casual, and judgement 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!

Grand Gallery Overlook A

All day starting at 11:00 am

Anime Screenings

Come and see anime shows and movies, many straight from Japan thanks to our friends from Crunchyroll.

Grand Gallery Overlook B

12:30 pm

Ming Chen

From Michigan to Comic Book Men

Ming Chen discusses his unique journey from being a nerd in the Detroit region to one of the leads in “Comic Book Men” starring Kevin Smith.

1:45 pm

Allen Stewart

Comics in World War II

During WW II American GI’s overseas read more comic book than children. Allen Stewart of The Hall of Heroes Super Hero Museum will reveal some of the most interesting and historical things that happened during this time that made The Golden Age Era of Comics so amazing!!! Allen will reveal who were the GI’s favorite characters to read and why? The most difficult Superman comic to find depicting Superman as a Racist. How President FDR was responsible for creating Captain America? Why the State Department stopped DC Comics from publishing a Superman story for 6 months? How he is related to the real Sgt. Rock and much more. If you enjoy The Golden Age Era of comics or WW II history don’t miss this panel!!!

3:00 pm

Comfort and Adam with Greg Weisman

Let’s Make a World
Every story needs a setting, but not all worlds are created equal. Come learn what makes fascinating, unique worlds so that your setting can become a character of its own. Award nominated creators Comfort and Adam, along with our very special guest, Greg Weisman, lead this seminar in two parts: first, you’ll learn the basics of world building and design. Then, we will invite the audience to participate in creating a new setting together, exploring the process of constructing a world from scratch.

4:30 pm

Joe Pierzchala, Chad Schultz, Chris Goad, and Nate Lippert

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, The Nate Yard Dogg, 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 GR Comic Con, so bring your favorite memories to discuss!

Grand Gallery Overlook C-D

11:00 am

Derek Padula

Dragon Ball’s 7 Religions

Discover the 7 real-life religions that inspired Dragon Ball’s creation, from Buddhism and Daoism, to Christianity and Satanism. In this presentation, best-selling author and Dragon Ball Scholar Derek Padula will introduce you to Akira Toriyama’s greatest sources of religious inspiration. He will forever change how you see your favorite series.

12:15 pm

Kara Thomas

The Art of Writing Suspense

Young adult thriller author Kara Thomas (The Darkest Corners, Little Monsters, The Cheerleaders, etc) discusses how she crafts suspense in her novels and plots out twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.

1:30 pm

Kristen Simmons

From First Lines to Finish Lines: An Author’s Journey to Publication

Join Kristen Simmons, critically acclaimed author of the Article 5 series, THE DECEIVERS, and other books for teens and adults, as she discusses and answers questions regarding writing, querying, finding an agent, and getting published in today’s market.

2:45 pm

Susan Dennard

How to Write a Book and Get Traditionally Published

This workshop begins with a powerpoint presentation that goes through Susan’s journey to publication as well as the sources of her writing inspiration (music, movies, video games, books, etc.). She then delves into an the basics of writing and a step-by-step how-to for traditional publication. This presentation is very organic and feeds on the attendees — their experience levels as well personal goals — and Susan also opens it up for audience questions at the end.

3:45 pm

Nicole Porter (Feliciano), Simon Cedarquist, and Malcolm Joseph

Hetalia: Ask A Nation

Ever had a question you wanted to ask one of the nations from Hetalia? Come and ask! We’ll take questions of both serious and good humor, just don’t expect the answers to be historically accurate.

5:15 pm

Kristie Good and David Pratt

Time in a Box: Tips for Comic Panel Layouts

Description: A picture’s worth a thousand words, but a terrible layout only spells disaster! Join Karmada , comic artist and illustrator, for a discussion panel about Comic Panel layouts and composition. Whether you’re drawing a single comic strip or a full chapter book, the tips and tricks in this panel will help you tell your story your way!

Grand Gallery Overlook E

11:15 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.

12:30 pm

Jarrett Ardell

Anime Vs. Cartoon

We love anime. And we love cartoons. If it involves the process of moving images frame by frame, that’s pretty cool. But did you ever wonder how anime and western animation diverged to become such different mediums in the past 100 years? Follow along with NoahClue (animation scholar & audio/video producer) as we trace the origins and independent developments that came to define our modern understandings of these 2 different fields of animation.

1:45 pm

Ken Johnson

Saturday Morning Fever

The Saturday morning Cartoon era is one of the most pervasive and influential TV movements in history. so much of our culture, whether we realize it or not, is shaped by the media that we consumed as children. Despite that, so little critical attention is given to this genre. join this panel as we celebrate this underappreciated genre and enjoy this wacky, yet educational look at the world of Saturday morning Cartoons.

3:00 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!

4:15 pm

Thom Zahler and Luke Daab

Freelancing! How to survive it

Thom Zahler and Luke Daab will discuss the ins and outs of being a freelance artist. How do you stay motivated? What kind of bookkeeping system do you use? How do you stock your studio? Thom and Luke will share all their mistakes so you can learn from them and duplicate them precisely!

5:30 pm

Jarrett Ardell

Evolution of Dubbed Anime

Since the 1960s, English voice acting has been a valuable and underrated tool in bridging the language barrier for Western anime fans. From the hammy days of Billie Lou Watt’s Astro Boy, all the way to the modern simulcasts of Clifford Chapin’s Bakugo. Looking back at examples from throughout the decades, host NoahClue breaks down the evolution of dubbed anime to highlight the unsung actors of the microphone.

Grand Gallery Overlook F

11:30 am

Cosplay Guests

Cosplay 101

Have questions about how to start cosplaying? Questions about how to pick who to cosplay or where to find wigs? Please join our cosplay guests for a little Cosplay 101!

1:00 pm

Chaotic Neutral Cosplay

Thermoplastics 101

Ready to start working with Thermoplastics, but not sure where to start? Join Chaotic Neutral as he guides you through the basics of building with plastics!

2:15 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.

3:30 pm

Jarrett Ardell

Cartoons from Around the Globe

There are cartoons from all around the world? Yes you read that right: beyond the borders of America and Japan, you can find amazing works of animation from almost every country on Earth. Grab your passport as we highlight an international assortment of animation studios from around the globe, unlike any cartoons you’ve ever seen before!

4:45 pm

Eric Anderson, Caleb Sumney, and Mandie Aiken

Hope and Grit in Superhero Stories

Come enjoy a discussion on how superhero stories can use hope and grit to inspire us or to depress us. How do these different things affect us? Is there such a thing as to a hope which is to giddy? Is grit overdone in our modern times?

Monroe Room

1:30 pm

Paul Blake

The Life and Times of Greedo

Paul discusses the short life of Greedo, his career in the movies, and answers the inevitable question of “who shot first”.

2:45 pm

Jim Shooter

Comic Book Writing

Former Marvel Editor in Chief Jim Shooter tells you what you need to know to create and write comics stories.  Using slides and examples, Jim explains how to get an idea, the art and architecture of stories, how to write well and successfully, and more—revealing fundamentals of the craft that will help you bring your creations to life.  Essential knowledge for artists as well as writers.

4:00 pm

David Nakayama

The Art Of The Cover

Marvel cover artist for such titles as Deadpool, Ant Man and The Wasp, and Spider-Man wades through the creative process of creating an eye-catching and appealing cover for a title. Hey, it’s the first thing you see, right?

7:30 pm

The Entire Channel Awesome gang

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!

Main Stage

11:45 am

Various

Power Rangers Villains Reunion

Barbara Goodson (voice of Rita), Kerrigan Mahan (voice of Goldar), Paul Freeman (Ivan Ooze), Paul Schrier (Bulk), Jason Narvy (Skull), and Vernon Wells (Ransik from “Time Force”) discuss their roles as the bad guys in the Power Rangers franchise and their endless battle against those goody goody Rangers.

1:00 pm

Gail Simone

My Life In Comics

Probably the premiere female writer in the field, Gail Simone has written for Wonder Woman, Domino, Batgirl, and a ton of other female characters. Gail discusses her career and what she has coming next.

2:15 pm

Tobin Bell

My Job Is A Killer

The Jigsaw Killer in the Saw films discusses his classical training as an actor, how he fell into the Saw films, and how they have redefined his career.

3:30 pm

Patrick Warburton

It’s All Coming Together

Prolific voice and character actor Patrick Warburton discusses his many roles on TV and movies and where his career is headed next.

5:00 pm

Costume Contest

Check out the homemade costumes from fans at the show and see them compete to win cash and those enviable trophies for the mantle.

Sunday, November 10

Easy to print Sunday schedule is here.

Grand Gallery A-C

11:30 am

Paul Schrier and Jason Narvy

The Adventures of Bulk and Skull

Bulk and Skull have had quite an adventure in the Power Rangers franchise, from goofy bullies to the heart and soul of the series. Hear their stories on playing the iconic duo and how it led to a lifelong friendship.

12:45 pm

Chloe Hollings and Carolina Ravassa

An Overwatch Panel

Anjali (voice on Sombra) and Carolina (Symmetra) discuss thr worldwide gaming phenomenon, their role in the franchise, and where they are battling next.

2:00 pm

Doug Walker

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 and the production of the Nostalgia Critic videos.

Grand Gallery D

2:30 pm

Mark Kistler

The Magic of Drawing

The host of PBS’ “Imagination Station” will do a drawing demonstration for experts and beginners alike.

Grand Gallery E-F

11:45 am

William Messner-Loebs

My Artistic Run on Wonder Woman

William Messner-Loebs drew some of the most iconic images of Wonder Woman in her history with his historic run on the character for DC Comics. Learn from the man himself on the character development of the time and how those indelible images are very collectible today.

1:00 pm

Charlie Carden, April Carden, Shamus Smith, Candy Callender, Miranda Bolton, and Ryan Bolton

What Star Trek Has Brought to the World of Science

An exploration of the technological, medical and scientific innovations brought to the real world by the over 50 year legacy of STAR TREK.

2:15 pm

Guy Gilchrist

A Career Retrospective

Guy will be sharing stories of working with Jim Henson, Michael K Frith, and what it was like at Muppets HQ, as well as reminiscing about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Bugs Bunny and Looney Tunes, his career in children’s books, toys and comics and taking your questions!

Grand Gallery Overlook A

All day starting at 11:00 am

Anime Screenings

Come and see anime shows and movies, many straight from Japan thanks to our friends from Crunchyroll.

Grand Gallery Overlook B

11:15 am

Travis McIntire and Ken Johnson

The Endless Search For New Talent

Travis McIntire (Source Point Press) and Ken Johnson (Deadmen Ink) discuss the process of finding new talent to work on their books and what they are really looking for in new people to write and draw their titles. You may be surprised!

12:30 pm

Ming Chen

World Domination Through Podcasting

Ming Chen discusses his own podcast, the basics of the field, and how one can start their own podcast to take over the world.

1:45 pm

Allen Stewart

Comic Books 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!

Grand Gallery Overlook C-D

11:00 am

Kirk Scroggs

DC Comics Through The Lens of Kids

Join Kirk for a rambunctious, interactive, kid-friendly dip in the depths of DC Comics with Swamp Kid and Swamp Thing. Be prepared for doodling, Mad Libs, and, of course, mutant monster madness!

12:15 pm

Elly Blake

Beyond the Hero’s Journey

Structure is a vital piece of the story puzzle, with turning points arriving on time to keep readers engaged and satisfied. But whether plotter or pantser, it’s easy to go off track and lose the shape of your story as you draft. That’s when looking at structure methods can help. From beat sheets to the snowflake method, we’ll take a brief look at various structure methods as a jumping off point for plotting or revising.

1:30 pm

Sarah Rees Brennan

Fellowship In Imaginary Lands

Writing in the Sabrina universe, which has had so many different spins on it, and in the Shadowhunters universe, and how that is different from making up fantasy lands from scratch. Thinking about the skillset needed for both, the difference between urban fantasy and the fantasy of other worlds, and inviting people along for a fantastical journey.

2:45 pm

Derek Padula

Dragon Ball Fashion

Discover the real-life fashion trends that inspired the clothing worn by Goku, Bulma, Krillin, Vegeta, and other popular characters from Dragon Ball. In this presentation, best-selling author and Dragon Ball Scholar Derek Padula will introduce you to Akira Toriyama’s greatest sources of fashion inspiration. He will forever change how you see your favorite series.

Grand Gallery Overlook E

11:15 am

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?

12:30 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.

1:45 pm

The MCU: Theories Beyond Endgame

Arie Boon, Caitlin Boon, Audrey Quinn, and Dan Wallace

We’re back for our 4th consecutive Grand Rapids Comic Con panel on fan theories! This year we’ll be discussing the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Be prepared to discuss key moments from the end of Phase 3 of the MCU, audience polls, and lively group discussion regarding theories tailored to future installments of the franchise. We are a spoiler-heavy panel, so be warned: with the Infinity Stones back where they belong, we can’t undo what you’ve heard.

Grand Gallery Overlook F

11:30 am

Knightmage

Foamsmithing 101

Ready to start working with foam but not sure where to start? Join Knightmage as he guides you though the basics of building with foam!

1:00 pm

Chaotic Neuutral Cosplay

Cosplay Positivity: Mental Health Edition

Are you a cosplayer who struggles with depression or anxiety, or want to know how to support your fellow coplayers who do? Dealing with internet trolls or cosplay burnout? Come join Chaotic Neutral as he talks about building support in the community, how cosplay has helped him with his struggle and ways to cope with online bullying and peer pressure in the cosplay community.

2:15 pm

Joel Bartlett, Paco Cruz, and Jake Karadsheh

CTRL+P: Printing and Pre-Press For Conventions

This presentation introduces artists and vendors on graphic design and file preparation for most printed media. We will discuss how to translate color that you see on the screen to printed media, introduce you to printing terms, and give you insider knowledge into the digital printing industry. Learn about common products and items to show off your artwork, plus what items you absolutely need to be a successful convention artist.

Monroe Rooms

12:15 pm

Greg Weisman

Television Production 101

The producer of “Young Justice Outsiders”, “The Spectacular Spider-Man”, and “Gargoyles” discusses the career of a television producer, what the job entails, and the challenges of animation versus live action production.

1:30 pm

Gail Simone, Heather Antos, K.Lynn Smith, and Comfort Love

Women In Comics

Gail Simone, Heather Antos, K.Lynn Smith, and Comfort Love are four women making waves in the comic book profession. They will discuss the comic book profession from a female perspective and give insight on a  changing industry.

Main Stage

12:00 pm

Ross Marquand

Guarding Stones and Dodging Zombies

One of the stars from “The Walking Dead” and the Avengers movies discusses his career, where he is headed, and what is coming next.

1:15 pm

Tony Todd

That Distinctive Voice!

Tony’s deep, booming voice and dominating stature has placed him as the heavy in the Candyman and Final Destination films as well as a Klingon in the Star Trek franchise. Find out what makes him tick.

3:00 pm

Kids Costume Contest/Star Wars Costume Contest

Watch the kids at the show strut their stuff for a chance to win a trophy for best costume. Also check out the Star Wars specialty costume contest right afterwards.