11:00am-11:45am: Making Space: Accessibility and Diversity in Geek Culture
Room 405 – Panelists: Suzanne Skaar, MA, CDMS, Alease Frieson (Tacoma business owner, producer), Anna Nepomuceno, Stephanie Anne Johnson and Naarah McDonald
We will discuss the importance of making space for diverse content creators, new narratives, and a wider range of characters, as well as how to create accessible and welcoming environments.
11:00am-11:45am: What’s Your Gamer Type?
Room 407 – Panelists: Regina McMenomy, Isabela Oliveira, Nicole Tanner
Are you a goal driven gamer that collects trophies or achievement points? Do you make up back stories for your game characters or think about how and why they do what they do? Do you create a version of yourself when you game with avatars that look or act like you do out of game? Are you more likely to play in a solo or social setting? Come to this interactive panel hosted by Dr. Regina McMenomy as she interviews a panel of gamers and learn more about yourself through your gamer type.
12:00pm-12:45pm: Right here, Write Now
Room 405 – Panelist: Robin Hobb
Do you want to be a writer, but think you lack the tools? Do you find yourself full of ideas for stories, poems and books, but without the time to write any of them? Do you have a folder full of half finished stories, or character sketches? Come to Right here, Write now. Let’s talk about how to get started, how to finish things, and what tools are truly essential for a writer.
12:00pm-12:45pm: Four-Color Reality: How Comic Books and the Real World Shape Each Other
Room 407 – Panelist: T. Andrew Wahl
Discover how our nation’s past, present, and possible future can be revealed in the comics we consume.
1:00pm: Kids Costume Contest (12 and Under)
1:00pm-1:45pm: Make Comics Workshop with Eben Burgoon
Room 405 – Panelists: Eben Burgoon of Starburns Industries
Comic book storyteller Eben Burgoon (B-Squad, Tiny Wizards, Eben07) provides a 45-minute hands-on workshop to create little mini-comics and learn about the process of making comics. These internationally acclaimed workshops are fantastic for adults and children & all materials are provided. Participants are welcome to keep their completed mini-comic as a keepsake.
1:00pm-1:45pm: The Flash of Earth-90: A Look Back at the Original “Flash” TV Series
Room 407 – Panelist: David Goehner
Prepare yourself for CW-TV’s upcoming “Crisis On Infinite Earths” with this primer on the 1990s’ version of the “Flash” TV series that starred John Wesley Shipp. We’ll cover the origin of the CBS show, background details about the cast members, a quick review of every episode with production details, connections between the first TV series and the current Grant Gustin show, and even the original program’s numerous “Star Trek’ connections!
2:00pm-2:45pm: Feet First in Halo with the 405th Infantry Division
Room 405 – Panel by Skookum Props, Hanamaru Photography, Pernicious Cosplay
Have you ever wanted to build your own armored cosplay? The 405th Infantry Division is the premier community of Halo costume and prop builders. All the information you need to build a costume is online, but it can feel overwhelming to start. This panel is designed to show you the different methods of construction and weigh the pros and cons of each. Start building in confidence with the support of this worldwide community!
2:00pm-2:45pm: Creating Geek Content
Room 407 – Panelists: Joel the Geek, Luna Lryik, Nw Nerd podcast, Billy the Brick and Shiri S
Have you ever wanted to make a podcast about your love for GOT? did you think it would be cool to make a video of your Star Trek fan fic? Did you ever want to live stream as you played fortnite? Do you want to do one or all these and don’t know where to start? Well then this is the panel for you! We will talk about how to make a podcast, a vlog, a blog or live stream!
3:00pm-3:45pm: Protecting Your Creative Works: Nuts and Bolts of Intellectual Property Law
Room 405 – Panelist: Roger Atreya
What is the difference between copyright, trademark, and patent? How does it apply to an artistic work? What can an artist do to prevent unauthorized use or sale of his or her artistic work? What are the rights and obligations for an artist who is either employed as free-lancer or work-for-hire? What is fair use?
These questions and more about how intellectual property law protects an artist’s creation will be answered at the presentation.
3:00pm-3:45pm: Gear of War Franchise
Room 407 – Panelists: Joshua Ortega, Jason M. Hough, Grace Rajendran
Join writer Joshua Ortega (Gears of War, Spiderman, Red Sonja) as he basks in the brilliant genius of author Jason M. Hough (Gears of War, Mass Effect, this panel description). If our panelists stay on topic, which is by no means a given, they’ll discuss writing in different mediums for a variety of franchises, including Gears of War, Star Wars, and Mass Effect. Insightful audience questions are encouraged, as are softball questions that make the panelists seem really smart. Very patiently moderated by Grace Rajendran (Events Producer at the University Bookstore).
4:00pm-4:45pm: LIONS short film
Room 407 – Panelists: Brian Dorsey
Showing of military sci-fi short film LIONS, shot entirely in Kitsap and Jefferson counties in WA. Run time is 15 minutes. Q&A following the showing about independent film process in WA state and the film itself. LIONS is currently a selection for the Artemis Film festival in LA as well as others. The creator/writer/producer will lead the discussion with the possible of other cast and crew being available as well. IMDB Page
4:00pm-4:45pm: Choose Your Own Adventure: Selecting the Perfect Location for Your Cosplay
Costume Area on Show Floor – Panelists: Eric Manix, Hoptown Spidey, Overcast Cosplay, Rage Goddess, Joel the Geek
You worked so hard on that cosplay. Don’t you want to show it off in the best possible setting? Cons are great for seeing friends and meeting new people but they may not be the best way to set up a photo shoot. Join us as we walk you through how to find the right location to match your cosplay, find like minded fellow cosplayers, and even find the perfect photographer to bring it all together.
5:00pm: Adult costume Contest (13 and Over)
Sunday Panel Schedule
11:00am-11:45am: Fantasy Cartography Crash Course
Room 405 – Panelist: Abrian Curington
Fantasy maps are surprisingly simple, once you know the fundamentals. Really, it’s just laying things down in the right order! In this talk, we’ll go over how maps can enhance your storytelling. We’ll walk through the basics of getting your world down on paper, fictional or not, in a real-time demo, then talk about what goes into making them look great.
Bring a short description of your world, and we may use it for the demo!
11:00am-11:45am: Book of Nightmares Scary Story Workshop
Room 407 – Panelists: Eben Burgoon of Starburns Industries
Parents! Do you have a mini-Stephen King living in your house? Starburns Industries Press hosts a 45-minute writing workshop to extract scary and spooky stories from young authors aged 13 and under. All completed stories may be submitted to Starburns Industries Press reps for inclusion in their upcoming horror anthology — “The Book of Nightmares”.
Any selected works may be included in the book and the young authors will go through the publishing process, receive notes and revision, and be paid for their writing if included in the book.
12:00pm-12:45pm: Selling Your Comics to a Comic Shop
Room 405 – Panelist: Michael Fitzgerald (Destiny City Comics) and Anne Bean (Emerald Comics Distro)
Learn from a comic book retailer on how to sell your comic book to a comic book store.
12:00pm-12:45pm: The Making of Saga of Rex Film
Room 407 – Panelist: Michel Gagne
Renowned animator Michel Gagne will be going behind the scenes in bringing his comic book creation, Saga of Rex, to the big screen.
12:00pm-12:45pm: Buck Rogers with Gil Gerard and Felix Silla
It’s the 40th Anniversary of Buck Rogers and we have both Gil Gerard (Buck Rogers) and Felix Silla (Twiki) reminisce on series telling stories.
1:00pm-1:45pm: Fantastic Beasts: History and Lore
Room 405 – Panelist: Grace Amundsen B
Discussing the scientific phenomenon behind history and mythology’s most fantastic beasts, from the unicorn to the dragon. I will instruct my audience to work under the assumption that ancient people weren’t idiots. Based on the evidence of their eyes, and playing a centuries long game of telephone, dinosaur bones become evidence of giants. We will discuss creature origins in concepts of chimera (how do you describe an elephant using only other animals), primal fears, illness (Galen and the history of medicine contributing to theories on airborne miasmas, werewolves, vampires, succubi from night terrors), distrust of wild areas (ancient fear of being cast out, unfamiliarity with the area), mythology (adding a feature to make something an allegory), misunderstanding of decomposition (size, color, and shape changes), unusual mutations (size, color), deep sea gigantism, lack of precision in language (600k words in English- best guess in Latin is only about 1200), and touch on cryptozoology in areas like giant squid and the history of the platypus. I’ll talk about how this can be used to place fantasy creatures plausibly in a modern or scientific setting, or to challenge assumptions. There’s a lot of audience interaction, and questions I pose to the audience as part of the talk. I’ve given it before, twice, at other conventions with high turnout and good success.
1:00pm-1:45pm: Simpsons / Tacoma Art Museum
Room 407 – Panelists: Margaret Bullock & William Heeter
Information coming soon.
1:00pm-1:45pm: Power Rangers with Carla Perez and Melody Perkins
Lobby Mainstage – Hosted by Mad Bros Media
Carla Perez (Rita Repulsa) starred in the original Might Morphin’ Power Rangers as well as Power Rangers Zeo and Power Rangers in Space and Melody Perkins (Astronema) in Power Rangers in Space and Pink Ranger in Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. They’ll be on stage talking their experience in the Power Rangers universe and taking questions from the audience.
2:00pm-2:45pm: How to Costume in a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Room 405 – By Garrison Titan and Rebel Legion
Have you thought about joining the empire, fighting for the Rebels or training as a Jedi? Come join us in this Q and A on what it takes to be a member of these clubs and what drives us to raise money for charity, while cosplaying in the Star Wars universe.
3:00pm-3:45pm: How to be Confident in Cosplay
Room 405 – Panelist: E-Cosplay
Ever feel like a potato in your cosplay? Fear not! This panel will teach you about how to feel confident! From learning about poses, meeting other people, there are plenty of tips available at this panel. Story time also will occur as I’ve cosplayed a decade, worked at cons, but life finds a way to make a story or two.
3:00pm-3:45pm: Are you Afraid of “Are you Afraid of the Dark” live podcast
Room 407 – Panelists: Derek Lounsbury, Bri Cummings, Andrew Lippincott
We are a weekly podcast that goes through episodes of are you afraid of the dark, one by one. Sometimes funny, sometimes insightful, always nostalgic.
Join me in exploring confidence and making new friends.