Schedule

Friday, November 12

Main Stage in Ballroom B

No programming

Main Stage in Ballrooms C-D

No programming

Monroe Room

2:00 pm

Travis McIntire and Renee Witterstaetter

What Publishers Really Want

The publishers from Source Point Press and Arrow Comics and a former editor for Marvel Comics discuss what publishers really want in new writing and art talent. You may be surprised what you hear.

3:30 pm

Allen Stewart

Appraising Your Collection

The curator of the HALL Of Heroes Super Hero Museum and a professional appraiser for the History Channel’s “American Pickers” will step through the appraisal of rare and unique collectibles, what they are worth, and what one should be looking for when adding to a collection that is more of an investment.

5:00 pm

Neil Ross, Morgan Lofting, and Michael Bell

A Transformers Panel

Three of the original cast members of the Transformers animated series discuss the show and the impact it has had on popular culture. Questions will be taken after the panel.

7:00 pm

Claudia Christian

My Struggles With Alcoholism

Claudia speaks freely about her past issues with alcoholism and how it impacted her career. Claudia also shares what has helped her beat the dreaded addiction day in and day out.

Grand Gallery A-C

1:30 pm

Nostalgia Critic

Nostalgia Critic Q&A

Have some aching questions for the hair challenged 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!

3:00 pm

Ryan Parrott

Q&A With Ryan Parrott

Ryan Parrott will discuss his career writing for the Power Rangers franchise, including working on copyrighted properties and keeping the legacy of the famed franchise alive. It’s Morphin Time!

4:30 pm

Kyle Higgins

Bringing Your Own Creation To Life

Kyle is the owner of the Radiant Black comic line, and in this panel he will discuss the satisfaction of bringing your own character to vivid life. He will also discuss the unique challenges of owning your own property.

6:00 pm

Jae Lee

Creating Covers For DC Comics

The cover artist for Batman/Superman and Watchmen discusses the creative process behind designing eye catching art for mega publisher DC Comics. Jae will also discuss the expectations of his job from employers and take questions from the audience.

7:30 pm

ILoveKimPossibleALot

Screening & Trivia With ILoveKimPossibleAlot

Bring your favorite pair of PJ’s, and enjoy a fun, laid back panel as we watch some episodes from the Disney channel hit show “Kim Possible” with YouTuber “ILoveKimPossibleAlot”! If you have seen the show before, or this is your first time watching it, expect a fun treat! Stay after for some Q and A with ILoveKimPossibleAlot, and Kim Possible themed trivia with special prizes!

Grand Gallery D

2:30 pm

Joe Corroney

Illustrating A Galaxy Far, Far Away

Star Wars artist Joe Corroney discusses being a licensed artist for LucasFilm and the Disney empire, the expectations of the copyright owners to the artists, and fulfilling those requirements. Joe will also talk working with copyrighted materials and fan expectations.

4:00 pm

Erik Hodson

How to freaking draw!

Anyone can learn to draw! In this practical guide for beginners and beyond, illustrator Erik Hodson breaks down his Toolbox methodology that he developed during his time in education. This system breaks traditional thinking that “talent” is required in order to put pen to paper.

5:30 pm

Bob Hall

Creation Of Educational Comics

Bob is now actively working in the creation of educational comics in topics such as measles and COVID-19. Bob will discuss the unique aspect of comic creation for educational clients, the expectations of those clients, and how to make these comics interesting yet educational. Free samples will be available.

7:30 pm

Christopher Goad

Trivia Challenge

Grab some of your nerdiest friends and and come down to challenge your knowledge on your favorite fandoms in a friendly Nerds Trivia competition, hosted by QuizQuest Trivia’s quizmaster Christopher Goad. A trophy for the winning team!

Grand Gallery E-F

1:45 pm

Cosplay Guests

Meet The Cosplayers

Here is your chance to meet all of our  cosplay guests in one sitting and ask them questions about anything you wish. Just don’t get too personal!

3:15 pm

Knightmage and Bebe Alkaid Cosplay

“Fire Cosplays and Hotter Sauces”

Join Bebe Alkaid Cosplay and Knightmage as they tackle some of the hottest sauces in the world while giving tips on how to spice up your cosplay from creative hacks to epic posing.

4:45 pm

Various Convention Heads

Convention Horror Stories

Think running a con is easy? Think twice! Various convention heads in the region gather together to share all the behind-the-scenes action in what it takes to deliver a grade-A convention. Prepare for some funny and stupid stories!

6:15 pm

Cosplay Guests

Cosplay 101

Have a question 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 and prepare to learn!

7:30 PM

100th Anniversary Screening Of Nosferatu

Celebrate the centennial of the classic German expressionist film that was the dawn of the modern horror film. We will be showing the original “red tint” version complete with an organist to give the feel of what a Victorian Era viewer would have experienced back then.

9:30 PM

Grindhouse Film Festival

Make sure to check out some of the best independent short films in the horror and science fiction genres geared toward a MORE MATURE AUDIENCE. Must be 17 or older to attend.

Grand Gallery Overlook A

Anime Screenings All Day! Check out the schedule posted outside of the room for your favorite anime playing all day until midnight

Grand Gallery Overlook B

2:45 pm

Starfleet

The Adventures Of The USS Grand Petoskey

For over four decades, Starfleet has provided Star Trek fans a way to make friends with similar interests, 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 activities. This panel will show you how to join in the fun.

4:15 pm

501st Legion Of Stormtroopers/Rebel Legion

What is the 501st?

Join The Empire and support our troops! Have you ever seen those people dressed in those amazing Star Wars outfits and wanted to join them? Here is your opportunity to learn more about the charity costume troupe and learn what they are all about.

Grand Gallery Overlook C-D

1:00 pm

Bryan Donihue

World Building 101 for Authors and GameMasters

Are you an aspiring author? Gamemaster who wants to create amazing worlds for their players to wreck? Bryan will talk about about the similarities of worldbuilding for both books and TTRPGs, as well as the important differences. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion at the end.

2:30 pm

Demitria Lunetta and Kate Karyus Quinn

Writing Books for Reluctant  Teen Readers

Join authors Kate Karyus Quinn and Demitria Lunetta as they discuss their Young Adult books and how to get kids turning those pages. Both authors have nearly ten years experience writing YA and have published multiple novels for teens, including Hi-Lo books (for reluctant readers) as well as books in verse. Great for educators and parents!

4:00 pm

 Jodi Meadows

The Publishing Process

Want to know how to get your book published? I’ll take you through the entire publishing process— from writing the first draft, to editing, to getting covers, to seeing the book in print for the first time. Q&A at the end.

5:30 pm

C.M. McGuire

The Publishing Industry 101

What is an agent? How do I query? What’s the right path for me? These questions and more will be answered when you learn how the publishing industry works in this panel.

Grand Gallery Overlook E

1:15 pm

Eric Anderson

Stargate SG-1: Retroactive

Join us for an overview of SG-1. Favorite characters, moments, and items found in this wonderful show.

2:45 pm

Dan Dougherty and Seth Damoose

Creating A Cop With No (Literal) Spine

Dan and Seth are the creative team behind the indie series Floppy Cop on Source Point Press. They will share the creative process from concept to final printing, and working with an independent publisher for distribution.

4:15 pm

Dirk Manning

WRITE OR WRONG: “Creating Comics By the Numbers”

Whether you’re a writer or an artist, finding the time, energy, and finances to create comics can be daunting to the point where it completely stifles the creative process. Writer Dirk Manning (TALES OF MR. RHEE, BUTTS IN SEATS, WRITE OR WRONG, etc.) not only understands this struggle and has found ways to overcome and thrive by analyzing the numbers that will help you survive and thrive! If you’re interested in creating comics – or you are a current creator looking for some more tips – make the time to attend this informative and entertaining panel and Q&A session by a comic writer whose creator-owned graphic novels have raised over $400K on Kickstarter to date! Plan on taking notes…

5:45 pm

Scott Rosema

Getting Into the Comic Book/Fantasy Art Business: Stories from the Frontline

Learn some of the techniques and approaches Scott used during his 42 years of doing professional art to get work and build a career in the comics and illustration industry. Some drawing will be done and LOTS of fun stories and answers to your questions!

Grand Gallery Overlook F

3:45 pm

Derek Padula

Dragon Ball Psychology

Discover the psychology of Goku, Vegeta, and the Dragon Ball villains! Dragon Ball Scholar Derek Padula will guide you through the minds of your favorite characters. From what makes the Z Warriors happy, to Cell’s pursuit of perfection.

5:15 PM

 Varian Grant

Independent Publishing and Distribution Is An Art Form

Varian Grant (Liberty Distribution Service) is a grizzled veteran of the independent comic book scene, and he will discuss the world of being your own boss and publishing your own dream materials. He will also discuss some of the less creative ends of self-publishing, such as crowdfunding, marketing, promotion, and fulfillment.

6:45 PM

Timothy Ouellette

Let’s Talk About Inu-Hime!

20 years ago, I luckily came across the first episode of Inuyasha on Adult Swim and became a huge fan ever since! Now that we’ve been blessed with Yashahime, we can continue to praise the work that probably made a lot of us fans of anime in the first place. Come share your memories of the show and the current goings-on with the sequel!

Saturday, November 13

Main Stage In Ballroom B

11:00 am

Kyle Higgins and Ryan Parrott

The Art Of Writing Nostalgic Properties

Kyle and Ryan both talk about writing comic books for the Power Rangers franchise. They will discuss adding to the storied franchise, expectations from fans, sticking to canon, and other challenges.

12:30 pm

Austin Tindle

An Animated Guy!

Austin has had an extensive career in anime as a voice actor, and in this panel he will discuss his unique career and what it takes to be a voice actor in shows like “Tokyo Ghoul” and “My Hero Academia”.

2:00 pm

Johnny Yong Bosch

Power Rangers and Bleach

Johnny Yong Bosch discusses his roles in “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” and “Bleach” along with other anime titles. Questions will be taken from the audience.

3:30 pm

Dylan Playfair, Tyler Johnston and James Daly

How Are Ya Now?

The cast members from “Letterkenny” share backstage stories about the Canadian comedy and its impact on American audiences. A Q&A will follow.

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.

Main Stage at Ballroom C-D

11:30 am

Claudia Christian

Q&A With Claudia

Claudia discusses her acting career, from the days as the lead ion “Babylon 5” to voice acting in video games and for Disney. Claudia will also discuss the recent announcement on a “Babylon 5” reboot and her involvement in the new series.

1:00 pm

Dirk Benedict

An Action Hero Tells His Stories

The star of the 70s/80s hit shows “The A-Team” and “Battlestar Galactica” shares war stories from the set and and working with such people as diverse as Lorne Greene and Mr. T.

2:30 pm

Michael Bell, Sgt. Slaughter, Morgan Lofting, and Neil Ross

Yo, Joe! The 40th Anniversary Of G.I. Joe

The cast members from “GI Joe: An All-American Hero” discusses the animated series and its impact on popular culture and society. Yo, Joe!

4:00 pm

Maria Straatsma and others

Life On LEGO Masters

Contestants from season 2 of Fox’s “LEGO Masters” will present a panel discussion to answer all your questions about the show. How did they get on the show? Did they get to eat and sleep during challenges? Is Will really that funny? Ask all your burning questions!

Monroe Room

12:30 pm

Thom Zahler and Luke Daab

Keeping Your Balance

When should you do a creator owned project? When should you work for a company? When and why do you do each? Thom Zahler and Luke Daab will walk you through how they balance working for employers and working for themselves.

2:00 pm

Shawn Coss

Art and Advertising : Learning how to market the artist on social media

Hang out with Shawn Coss of Any Means Necessary and formerly of Cyanide and Happiness as he explains the ins and outs of learning how to advertise on Facebook and Instagram. His insight comes directly from working with Facebook marketing and understanding the new changes to ads post Apple ios 14 updates.

3:30 pm

ILoveKimPossibleALot

Starting A Fan Project With ILoveKimPossibleAlot

Have you ever wanted to start any kind of fan project in your favorite fan community but don’t know where to start? Perhaps your idea requires others like fandom voice actors, artists, animators, and others in the field to help see your creative vision? But how do you find such people, and how do you make sure your project is a success?  Look no further! If you have dreams for a huge epic tale or just want tips on how to produce meaningful content, this is the panel for you! Join ILoveKimPossibleAlot in a workshop-like panel where we discuss the first steps of reaching out to others, making sure your ideas are good, and to make sure whatever project you reach for is a success! Since this is a discussion based panel, please plan to bring questions and see what it really takes to run a successful fan project!

7:30 pm

Lochlan O’Neil

Dashcon Was My Idea

Lochlan is the person who came up with the original concept for Dashcon, one of the biggest flops in nerd convention history. For the first time in a public forum, Lochlan will discuss what happened with Dashcon, the original ideas for the Tumblr convention, and what happened to the players in operating this show.

Grand Gallery A-C

11:30 am

Bob Hall

Marvel In The 1970’s and 80’s

Bob discusses breaking into the comic book profession back in the day when Stan Lee ran the joint, as well as working with some of the most iconic creators in the history of the field., Expect some fun stories and a unique history lesson.

1:00 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 adore but everyone else loathes?  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!

2:30 pm

Captain Wallace’s Artsy Adventures

The Captain’s Adventure with the Slither-dee-dee!

An hour long kids show for children of all ages! Captain Wallace and his pirate crew will take the kids on an artsy adventure of music, art, and entertainment. Make sure to bring your wee ones for a break from the hustle and bustle of the show. For kids and parents alike!

4:00 pm

Athena Finger

My Grandfather and the Creation Of The Dark Knight

Athena Finger’s grandfather was Bill Finger, now credited with the co-creation of Batman, Robin, The Joker, and many of the early Batman characters. In this presentation, Athena will discuss the original plans for the caped crusader and how her grandfather made changes that are far more recognizable to fans today, and the trials and tribulations on getting her ancestor the recognition he deserved in the creation of one of the most important characters in comic book history.

7:00 pm

Peter Pan Screening

Come and see the classic 1953 animated film from Walt Disney Studios.

8:45 pm

Margaret Kerry

Disney Animation In The 1950s

Margaret was the model for Tinker Bell for the 1953 film Peter Pan, and in this panel she will discuss how the animation process worked back in those times and what she had to do in order to help create that Disney magic.

10:00 pm

Channel Awesome

Channel MST

 Join the entire Channel Awesome crew as they riff while watching a movie of epically horrible proportions.  See if they are up to the standards of Joel, Mike, Jonah, Crow and Tom Servo as they improvise their way to the grisly end.

Grand Gallery D

12:00 pm

Maca Gil

Drawing for a Living – My First Steps into Working for Animation and Comics

Join Maca Gil as she goes through her personal journey and first experiences working for the animation and comics industry. In what aspects was college useful, studying art through the internet, and answering the questions my younger self (eager about drawing) would have had.

1:30 pm

Eric Anderson and Joseph Lalonde

Escapism: Helpful or Destructive?

Is escapism through fiction bad? Useful? Come along as we discuss the pros and cons of escaping with your favorite stories and hobbies.

3:00 pm

Jeremy Clark

“Inking In Comics”

The TMNT artist discuss the dos and don’ts associated with the job as well as what tools he utilizes while working on each project, deadlines, the collaborative nature of working with both penciler and colorist, as well as traditional vs digital format.

7:00 pm

Vince Locke

The Process Of Designing Album Covers

Vince Locke has been the designer of the covers for over 30 years for world famous death metal band Cannibal Corpse.  Vince will share the beginning to end process of designing one of these blood-soaked projects, including time lapse videos of the latest cover, a bit of how he works, the creative process of development, and the back and forth of sketches with the band. Must be 17 or older to attend.

Grand Gallery E-F

11:00 am

Film Festival

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

4:00 pm

Erica Schroeder

A Career in Voice Acting

The voice actress who has done over 50 voices in the Pokemon franchise as well as work in “Astonishing X-Men,” “Yu-Gi-Oh,” and “One Piece” discusses her career in animation, what it takes to make a career in her field, and what is next on the horizon for her.

7:30 pm

Aeonica Cosplay

Karaoke!

Come and sing your heart out in a fun, casual and judgment free setting! We have all kinds of music and a Wi-Fi hotspot to pull down even more from the internet and an aux cable to use music from your phone!

Grand Gallery Overlook A

Anime Screenings All Day! Check out the schedule posted outside of the room for your favorite anime playing all day until midnight.

Grand Gallery Overlook B

11:15 am

The Finest

Recruitment In The Fight Against COBRA

The Finest is a G.I. Joe costumed charity group that that has chapters all over the country. The Michigan chapter is growing quickly, and in this panel you can learn what it takes to join in the fight against COBRA. Yo, Joe!

12:45 pm

Great Lakes Ghostbusters Coalition

We Want You!

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

2:15 pm

Royal Manticoran Navy

Come Sail Away With Us

The Royal Manticoran Navy is a cosplay group in the area which is the Official Honor Harrington Fan Association based on David Webber’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.

3:45 pm

Knightmage and Bebe Alkaid Cosplay

Makeup 101

Come learn the basics of cosplay makeup and other sfx that will take your cosplays to the next level.

Grand Gallery C-D

11:00 am

Jake Burt

Buffy, Jaws, and Your Own Backyard: Strange Sources of Inspiration in KidLit

Award-winning author Jake Burt shares the weird ways he comes up with story ideas, offers tips on how to develop your own, and answers all your questions…especially the ones about ghouls.

12:30 pm

Nick Martell

How to Get an Agent, Get Published, and Not Lose your Mind in the Process

As someone who just recently entered the publishing field in the past five years, I’m able to speak as to what it’s like for someone currently aspiring to be a writer in a literary format. I’d take them through the steps they need to know with first hand knowledge about how to make queries and send them to agents, what the submission process is like once a book is send to editors for acquisition, and how to balance your mental state since half of publishing is essentially waiting for a response to come in. Publishing is a tricky business that can be hard to find definite answers and I’d hope to provide some insight into that process.

2:00 pm

Tricia Levenseller

Generating Story Ideas

Sometimes we don’t have dreams about the perfect story ideas. Sometimes the lightbulb moments don’t come on their own. That’s okay! You can still be a writer! Come learn techniques to help you create unique ideas for your stories! There will be plenty of time for Q&A afterward.

3:30 pm

Kelly Coon

How I Went From 106 Rejections to a 6-Figure Book Deal

Listen in as Kelly Coon, author of the YA fantasy duology Gravemaidens and Warmaidens, walks you down a publishing path filled with failures, which ultimately led to the simple choice that changed the rest of her life. Q & A to follow.

Grand Gallery Overlook E

12:15 pm

Allen Stewart

Comics In World War II

If the truth be told, during WWII more American GI’s were reading comic books than the children at the home front. Allen Stewart of the Hall Of Heroes Super Hero Museum will reveal some of the most interesting and historical aspects that happened during this time and how comics contributed to the war effort against the Axis powers.

1:45 pm

Dirk Manning

WRITE OR WRONG: How to Manage Your Brand As a Creator

Writer Dirk Manning (BURIED BUT NOT DEAD, HAUNTED HIGH-ONS, WRITE OR WRONG) discusses how to build your personal brand as an aspiring writer or artist in order to get others to notice your creator-owned comics in this informative and entertaining panel! Topics discussed include networking, successfully working with other creators, Kickstarter, and more! Doing the “desk work” is only the first step — but what comes next? Hear this veteran creator guide you through the steps to success!

3:15 pm

Timothy Ouellette

Living the RPG Life!

Do you consider yourself an RPG veteran? It’s hard to play all of them that are out there, so allow me to bring to light some of the more obscure ones and likely mention those that are a little more well-known, but deserve the recognition for being awesome.

Grand Gallery Overlook F

10:00 am

Costume Contest Judging

Planning on entering the costume contest? Star with going to pre-judging which will happen here. Make sure to wear your submitted outfit.

3:00 pm

Comfort And Adam

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. Six-time Harvey Award nominated husband and wife action faction Comfort Love and Adam Withers lead this seminar in two parts: first, you’ll learn what makes great villains in both writing and in art. Then, Comfort & Adam will invite the audience to participate in creating a new villain which will be designed and drawn live.

7:00 pm

Nicholas Vallan

Jackbox with Hampter

Join tnrvevo and his pal Hampter as we play some games from the Jackbox Party Pack Series!

Sunday, November 14

Main Stage in Ballroom B

11:00 am

Charlaine Harris

Q&A Session With Charlaine Harris

The writer of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and the literary inspiration for HBO’s “True Blood” will talk about her writing process and what she thinks has shaped it and how it has progressed. She will also answer your questions.

12:30 pm

 Eric Stuart, Megan Hollingshead, and Erica Schroeder

Pokemon Cast Q&A

The original cast members for “Pokemon” discuss the show and the 25th anniversary of the classic anime series and its impact on popular culture.

2:00 pm

Josh Petersdorf

Video Games Are Me

Josh is a major voice in video games, including League Of Legends, Starcraft II, and Overwatch. Josh discusses his career, what brought him to being a voice actor in gaming, and where his career is headed next.

3:30 pm

Kids Costume Contest

Come watch all the kids at the show strut their costumes for your approval and the obligatory “oohs” and “aahs”. One will win a “best of show” prize!

Main Stage in Ballrooms C-D

11:30 am

Karan Ashley

Go Go Power Rangers!

Karan was the Yellow Ranger on the original “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”. She will discuss her history with the show and how that role has changed her life.

1:00 pm

P.J. Soles

Like, A Totally Cool Panel

P.J. has been immortalized on celluloid by being killed by Michael Myers, Captain Spaulding, and Carrie White, plus dancing through a spray painted high school with the Ramones. Lots of stories on her five decades in film, and a Q&A afterwards.

2:30 pm

Margaret Kerry

I Was The “Straight Man” To The Three Stooges

Margaret is one of the very few people who is still alive and worked with Moe Howard and Larry Fine of Three Stooges fame. In this panel, she will discuss her experiences with working with the classic comedic team and share stories of the famed comedians.

Monroe Room

11:30 am

Marty Grabstein

Have A Little Courage

The voice actor behind the voice of Courage in “Courage The Cowardly Dog” discusses his career playing the famed pooch and the character’s resurgence performing with “those meddling kids” in the newest Scooby-Doo film.

1:00 pm

Bob Hall

Comics As Theater and Theater As Comics

Bob has had a duo career in both comics as well as local theater. Bob will discuss the combination of the two through his experience with the creation of “The Passion Of Dracula,” which received a short run on cable TV. Bob will also show how a lot of Stan Lee’s work can be tied to Shakespeare.

2:30 pm

Channel Awesome

What’s so Funny?

Learn from internet hit Doug Walker and his actor cohorts (aka The Nostalgia Critic Gang) all the various types of humor you can use in filming, performing, or just everyday life.  Ask questions, perform sketches, and discover your inner funny bone.

Grand Gallery A-C

11:30 am

Kate Karyus Quinn, Demitria Lunbetta, and Maca Gil

ANTI/HERO, Creating a Middle Grade Graphic Novel

Join authors Demitria Lunetta and Kate Karyus Quinn, and Artist Maca Gill, as they discuss their fun middle grade graphic novel Anti/Hero from DC Kids.  Ever wondered how a graphic novel gets created? Come find out! Great for kids and parents!

1:00 pm

Captain Wallace’s Artsy Adventures

 Drawing with the Captain and Crew!

The fine captain and his crew explain their public access television show and how they impact our community with the arts, and entertainment.  Kids will also have the opportunity to be involved in a drawing session with us.

2:30 pm

Sgt. Slaughter

My Career In The WWF/WWE

Sgt. Slaughter is a wrestling Hall Of Famer and headlined matches at Wrestlemania, and is currently an ambassador for World Wrestling Entertainment. The Sarge will discuss his career and answer questions from the audience.

Grand Gallery D

12:00 PM

Comfort and Adam

How to Draw Anything

Want to draw better? Sure – we all do! Come get some help from the guy who can draw it all: Adam Withers, one half of the award-nominated comic duo Comfort & Adam will spend the entire panel taking audience requests and showing how to draw anything you want to know. Hands? Feet? Perspective? Whatever you’re struggling with, he’ll lend a hand and cover as many of your questions as he can!

1:30 PM

Corinne Roberts

How to Draw Mythical Creatures

Use basic shapes and simple line techniques to create imaginative Mythical Creatures! No prior drawing experience needed in this follow-along program. Supplies needed are simple pencil, paper and eraser.

3:00 pm

Jay Fosgitt, K. Lynn Smith, and Dan Dougherty

Sketch Duel!

Three artists use their pens and markers and duel it out over a sketch. Audience members can ask questions while the competition is going on, and the sketches will be given away at the end to audience members.

Grand Gallery E-F 

11:00 am

Bebe Alkaid Cosplay and Knightmage

Intermediate Foam Sculpting

Bebe Alkaid has been featured in numerous photoshoots and a few magazine covers centering on her skill with adapting foam into fantastic armor, and she teaches a few tricks of the trade to more seasoned cosplayers. Something for everyone to learn a thing or two including techniques, tools, ways to make your cosplays look and feel better and some simple light or special effects installation. And also maybe touch on a few advanced techniques to boot.

12:30 pm

Sweets4aSweet Cosplay

Cosplay Over 30

Cosplaying can present you with many challenges. But for people over 30, there can be a whole set of challenges that younger cosplayers don’t experience! Join Sweets4aSweet as she discusses tips and tricks to surviving Cosplaying Over 30!

2:00 pm

Dr. Mortose

Taking Time Off From Conquering The World

Our local cable TV horror movie host will screen a very bad movie and riff it throughout. Expect some MST3K craziness and some unique weirdness from the future leader of the known world. Be afraid!

Grand Gallery Overlook A

Anime Screenings All Day! Check out the schedule posted outside of the room for your favorite anime playing all day until 5 pm.

Grand Gallery Overlook B

10:15 am

Indie Volt radio

The Breakfast Buzz

Join in and participate in an international podcast listened to by over 80,000 people. Randy Zimmerman and Varian Grant host some interviews, field some questions, and have a few surprises in store.

12:45 pm

League Of Enchantment

Looking To Be A Hero?

Then look no farther! The League Of Enchantment is a costumed club that visits hospitals in superhero and princess outfits and brighten up the days of kids who are less fortunate. Attend the panel and find out how you can join in.

2:15 pm

Mandalorian Mercs

Bounty Hunters For The Empire Want You

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

Grand Gallery Overlook C-D

12:30 pm

Marion G. Harmon

My Life As An Independent Writer

The creator and writer of the Wearing The Cape series of books discusses the world of being an independent writer, including self-publishing, creating in the fairly recent superhero lit genre as well as RPG games, and managing a Kickstarter campaign.

2:00 pm

Megan Mackie

ConQuest: The Art of Selling at Cons

Congratulations! You’ve written a book, created some art, published a comic book, knitted the world’s cutest bunny. Now what? In this panel I will go over the basics of what actionable steps you need to take to start selling these marvelous creations at Cons. Come! Get your questions answered or if you’re just curious, everyone is welcome.

3:30 pm

Bryan Donihue

Self-Publishing for Fun… And Maybe Profit

Got a story buried in your mind? Thinking about writing that next hit game or supplement? Bryan will talk about and answer question about the self-publishing process, including what has and has not worked for him. Topics like editing, layout, covers, writing tools, marketing and even conventions and shows will be covered. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion throughout.

Grand Gallery Overlook E

12:15 pm

Allen Stewart

Comic Books And The Cold War: A Retrospective

If you love comic book history then you don’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 book secrets such as the following: how a Superman comic book almost revealed the secret of the Atomic Bomb; how the superheroes 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 indeed Communists. We’ll also discover Wonder Woman’s goofiest villain Egg Fu and what if Superman landed in Russia instead of the United States.

1:45 pm

Joseph Lalonde

Reel Leadership: Discovering Leadership Through Film

You rarely hear about the intersection of business leadership and entertainment. This is changing with Reel Leadership. In this panel, Joseph Lalonde will present multiple leadership lessons you will find in modern movies such as Spider-Man, X-Men, Justice League, and more. A Q&A will also happen for those with questions.

Grand Gallery Overlook F

11:00 am

Derek Padula

Dragon Ball Scholar Q&A
Dragon Ball Scholar Derek Padula is here to answer your questions! From the original Dragon Ball to Dragon Ball Z, GT, and Super. We’ll discuss the culture, fandom, games, history, merchandise, or anything else you want to talk about!

12:30 pm

Ken Johnson and Emily Zelasko

Horror Comics and Micro Publishing

Ken and Emily are the  creative team behind the micro press title Corpse Corp, through Deadmen Ink. They will discuss the creative process and the unique challenges of running through a very small company for distribution.