Exclusive: The complete 2014 C2E2 panel schedule in one place!

Exclusive: The complete 2014 C2E2 panel schedule in one place!http://ift.tt/1fvdT1T

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With ECCC only a dwindling memory and a box of kleenex from the con crud everyone caught, C2E2 is bearing down on us on April 25-27. Chicago’s biggest comics event will have the usual line-up of guests from all areas of the industry.

However, the website panel listings don’t allow you to see the whole thing at one, but courtesy of ReedPOP’s Marykate Nagourney, here is the whole list of programming in an easy to find way. Highlights include a storytelling panel with Amanda Conner and Cully Hamner, Mark Waid on his digital and retailing exploits, Christina Blanch and Carol Tilley on various comics and academics topics, and the usual MArvel, DC, Dark Horse, Boom and so on panels.

C2E2 2014 Schedule of Panels and Events

Friday, April 25

Title: Closing the Deal: What You Need to Know About Publishing Deals & Contracts
Time: 10:15AM – 11:15AM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Andy Schmidt, Joe Sergi
Description: Your project is going to make millions of dollars-but you have to sign this CONTRACT first–yikes! Join Andy Schmidt (Comics Experience, Marvel, IDW Publishing) and Joe Sergi, attorney at law and author of “Comic Book Law: Cautionary Tales for the Comic Book Creator,” for an in-depth look at comics contracts!

 

Title: How to Play Quidditch 101
Time: 11:00AM – 1:30PM
Location: Interactive Room – S405
Speakers:
Description: The IQA is happy to be returning again to C2E2 for the fourth year in a row to demonstrate the sport of quidditch! Quidditch events in the Interactive Room will consist of demonstration games between local teams as well as free-play games for spectators.

Title: Page 1 – Panel 1 – Storytelling on the Page
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Amanda Conner, Buddy Scalera, Cully Hamner
Description: An all-star cast of experienced, working comic book writers and artists talk about telling an effective story on the page. Learn about how real professional artists break down a script and thumbnail a page. Actual working pros show you how they determine the layout, the story flow and specific panels from a real comic book script. Cully Hamner – Red, Blue Beetle; Amanda Conner – Harley Quinn, The Pro; Plus a surprise artistic addition, not yet announced. Hosted by Buddy Scalera of ComicBookSchool.com.

Title: Graphic Novels: Super Classroom Tools of Tolerance and Taming Aggression!
Time: 11:15AM – 12:15PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Andra Medea, Janet K. Lee, Meryl Jaffe, Ph.D., Talia Hurwich
Description: Graphic novels are at times associated with violence and aggression. Ironically, research has found that they can be used to both help kids gain greater tolerance and to effectively learn how to recognize and tame aggression. This panel of graphic novel artists, educators and conflict specialists shows you how.

Title: How to Start Free Comic Day Programming at Your Library
Time: 11:15AM – 12:15PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Jim Mortensen, Kristin LaLonde
Description: This panel discussion will give librarians practical information about how to get Free Comic Book Day programming started at their library. Panelists will discuss how to get comics, how to work with local shops and what kinds of programming can be offered.

Title: Breaking Into Comics and Staying In!
Time: 11:30AM – 12:30PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Andy Schmidt, C.B. Cebulski, Joshua Williamson, Kyle Higgins, Paul Allor, Robert Atkins, Scott Allie
Description: With the shifting landscape of the comics industry, this is your INVALUABLE guide to breaking into the comics industry. Join Comics Experience Founder Andy Schmidt, with Writers Josh Williamson, Kyle Higgins, Paul Allor, Artist Robert Atkins, Marvel VP CB Cebulski and Dark Horse Comics Editor-In-Chief Scott Allie for the best panel on breaking in ever!

Title: Keep in Touch with Your Imaginary Friend
Time: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: We explore the importance of Fairy Tales, Fables and Make Believe in a world of tweets, selfies and “reality” TV. Discuss how to keep our imaginations sharp and our wits keen by exploring our storytelling past and how it influences the Millenials and beyond.

Title: Editors on Editing
Time: 12:00PM – 1:30PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Buddy Scalera, Dinesh Shamdasani, Ralph Tedesco, Sven Larsen
Description: Meet some of the industry’s top editors. Learn what it takes to break into comics and stay in from an all-star editorial panel. Sven Larsen – Papercutz; Dinesh Shamdasani – Valiant; and Ralph Tedesco – Zenescope. Hosted by Buddy Scalera of ComicBookSchool.com.

 

Title: Cosplay Contest
Time: 12:15PM – 2:00PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers:
Description: Still looking to show off that Batman costume or flaunt the detail in your Captain American suit? Well this is the time to do it! The Friday cosplay contest requires no pre-registration and will be available on a first come first served basis, while space lasts. Please arrive at the C2E2 LIVE! Stage half an hour before the start of the contest.

Title: Super Librarians: Every Hero Has a Story
Time: 12:30PM – 1:30PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Angie Pilkington, Anna Hartmann, Mallorie Graham, Rachel Loutsch, Samantha Helmick
Description: Pick up some free tips and tricks to implement comic culture and heroism into your library programming for children to seniors. Learn how to host your own library comic con and prepare for the 2015 national Super Hero Summer Reading theme.

Title: The Official 1 FIRST COMICS Relaunch Panel!
Time: 12:30PM – 1:30PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Dan Cote, Ken F. Levin, Matt Fillbach, Orlando Harding, Shawn Fillbach, Steve Stern
Description: The legendary comics company, Chicago’s own 1 FIRST COMICS, marks its official re-entry into publishing with advance preview copies of 14 new titles! Come see what one of the industry’s leading imprints has in store for us in 2014!

Title: Teaching Characterization and Inference with Graphic Novels
Time: 12:45PM – 1:45PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Eric Kallenborn, Gareth Hinds, Josh Elder, Mike Jacobson, Ronell Whitaker
Description: Award winning Graphic Novelist Gareth Hinds will be joined by educators and administrators from Community High School District 218 to discuss the use of comics and graphic novels to teach literacy skills in the high school classroom.

Title: Meet the Rebel Legion: Nar Shaddaa Base
Time: 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Location: Fan Village – S100a
Speakers: Augie Webster, Dylan Van Horn, James Norman, Rob Hamilton, Steve Mammen, Steve Szyndrowski
Description: The Rebel Legion is the premiere world-wide Star Wars costuming organization focusing on the heroes of the Star Wars Saga. Our organization is built around creating film quality costumes of Jedi, Pilots, Princesses, Wookiees and more. Nar Shaddaa Base is the local chapter covering Illinois and Wisconsin.

Title: Superhero Obstacle Course
Time: 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: Little Beans Cafe is an imaginative play space and cafe geared towards children ages 6 months – 6 years. Let your little superhero’s imagination run wild as they blast through Little Beans Café’s mini obstacle course!

Title: Dark Horse Presents: Gail Simone
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Gail Simone, Scott Allie
Description: Gail Simone has been making waves since her arrival on the comics scene with a column on Comic Book Resources. Since then, she has written some of the most iconic runs on such titles as Birds of Prey, Batgirl, Red Sonja and, most recently, Tomb Raider for Dark Horse. In honor of this new ongoing, and the collection of her Kickstarter-funded Leaving Megalopolis series, Dark Horse Editor-in-Chief, Scott Allie, leads a career-spanning discussion on one of comics’ most accomplished writers.

 

Title: Science Fiction
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Darryl Gregory, Gary K. Wolfe, John Scalzi, M.D. Waters
Description: “To boldly go where no man has gone before” is the phrase that has greeted many of us who have looked to the heavens in awe. From the far flung reaches of the Milky Way to the mind-bending possibilities of time travel, let Authors John Scalzi (The Human Division), Daryl Gregory (Afterparty) and M.D. Waters (Prototype) tell you what they see when they venture to other dimensions.

Title: Comics & Hollywood – What Creators Need to Know
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Buddy Scalera, Jimmy Palmiotti, Ken F. Levin, Nicholas Brendon
Description: More comics are being turned into films, & creators have important questions about how Hollywood works. Get actionable information from top creators who have navigated the TV & movie business. Plus, unique perspective and insights from an actor who has appeared in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and is writing the comic book series at Dark Horse Comics.

Title: MARVEL: House of Ideas
Time: 1:45PM – 2:45PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Joshua Hale Fialkov, Mark Waid, Ryan Penagos
Description: Love having the best comics in the industry on your mobile devices? Want to know how Marvel stays on the cutting edge of technology? Then this panel is for you, True Believer! Get exciting news about Marvel’s Infinite Comics as well as what’s happening on the Marvel Comics App, Marvel Unlimited and MORE in this can’t-miss panel hosted by Executive Editorial Director of Digital Ryan Penagos, Writer Joshua Hale Fialkov (Amazing Spider-Man: Who Am I? Infinite Comic), Mark Waid (Daredevil) and other Mighty Marvel Guests!

Title: Pitch Perfect: Crafting a Comic Book and Media Pitch that Sells!
Time: 1:45PM – 2:45PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Andy Schmidt, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Joshua Williamson, Kyle Higgins, Paul Allor
Description: You’ve got a great story to tell that has great media potential. But you have to get it down to a page? Impossible! Join experienced editors and writers of multiple media: Josh Williamson, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Kyle Higgins, and Andy Schmidt for pro-tips on how to create pitches that sell!

Title: Publishing Your Indie Game
Time: 1:45PM – 2:45PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Dave Lang, Dave Laskey, David Finseth, Jay Margalus, Russ Lankenau
Description: Releasing a successful indie game gets harder every day. With increasing barriers to publishing, marketing and funding, small game companies need to band together and help each other succeed. Come hear how indie companies Lunar Giant and The Amiable did just that, and how you can do it too.

Title: Fredric Wertham’s Seduction of the Innocent and the Comics Code Authority at 60
Time: 2:00PM – 3:00PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Carol L. Tilley
Description: In 1954, comic books were put on public trial, first by psychiatrist Fredric Wertham in his popular book Seduction of the Innocent and then by the US Senate. These events helped prompt the development of the Comics Code Authority, a censorship body that led to a downturn in the comics sales and stifled creativity. This talk will take you back in time, behind the scenes to learn some of the untold stories of this fateful, notorious year in comics history. Hear how Wertham fabricated some of his evidence against comics! Find out how Senator Estes Kefauver and Wertham got acquainted! Learn about the kids who stood up to Wertham and the Senate to try to save the comics they loved!

Title: Martial Arts with Power Ranger Steve Cardenas
Time: 2:00PM – 3:00PM
Location: Interactive Room – S405
Speakers: Steve Cardenas
Description: Do you want to defend the world from evil just like a Mighty Morphin Power Ranger? Steve Cardenas, better known as Rocky the Red Power Ranger, can show you how! Steve will be holding a martial arts demonstration and class in the Interactive Room for fans of all ages. Space is limited so be sure to arrive early.

 

Title: The Nerdologues Present: Your Stories – C2E2 Edition!
Time: 2:15PM – 3:15PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers: Beth Smith, Chris Geiger, Claire Friedman, Dwight Haesler, Eric Garneau, Joe Gennaro, Kevin Reader, Michael Jando, Steve Persch
Description: The Nerdologues is a sketch comedy ensemble from Chicago. Sketch comedy, you know, like funny ha-ha. Sort of like Monty Python or Saturday Night Live. Except, they tend to base their jokes on true stories from nerds’ lives and pop culture. In addition to sketch comedy, they host other live events, create videos and podcasts. In this show, they will be recording a live podcast that includes stories, songs, sketches and special guests! Visit us at Nerdologues.com and follow us at @nerdologues.

Title: DC Entertainment – ALL ACCESS
Time: 2:45PM – 3:45PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Bobbie Chase, Brian Azzarello, Charles Soule, Dan Jurgens, Greg Lockard, Greg Pak, Jim Chadwick, Kyle Higgins, Nicola Scott, Scott Snyder
Description: At DC Entertainment, there’s never been a better time to be a Fan! Come by for unfiltered access to all things DC Entertainment! Find out what some of DC’s biggest names have to share from behind-the-scenes! Joining the All-Access party will be some of the industry’s top talents, so don’t miss out!

Title: We Are BOOM!
Time: 2:45PM – 3:45PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Filip Sablik, Matt Gagnon, Ross Richie
Description: Last year was a banner year for BOOM! highlighted by the release of our first feature 2 GUNS (starring Denzel Washington & Mark Wahlberg) and new first-look deal with 20th Century Fox. Archaia joined us as a new imprint, we expanded the all-ages KaBOOM! line-up and launched our newest imprint BOOM! Box. Join BOOM! Studios Founder & CEO Ross Richie, VP of Publishing & Marketing Filip Sablik and Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon as we share our mission to create the future of comics…now. We are BOOM! Come Innovate With Us.

Title: Cosplay Q & A with Yaya Han
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Yaya Han
Description: Come for a candid chat with Yaya about all aspects of cosplay. This is your chance to ask her about cosplay-related topics like modeling, makeup, international cosplay scenes and conventions, photography and posing, costume contests and how to prepare for them and more! There are also 15 years worth of Yaya’s interesting stories about going to cons, making costumes, dressing up and traveling worldwide in the name of cosplay in store for you!

Title: Getting the Most out of Graphic Novels in Your Classroom and Library
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: David Cutler, Jenna Goodall, Jim McClain, Josh Elder, Tim Sarrantonio
Description: Reading With Pictures and ALA’s Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries Member Interest Group present a joint panel of experienced educators and librarians. They will discuss best practices for getting the most out of the graphic novels in your classroom or library, share their proven strategies and answer audience questions and concerns.

Title: Spotlight on Patrick Rothfuss
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Patrick Rothfuss
Description: Patrick Rothfuss took the speculative fiction community by storm with his #1 New York Times bestselling Kingkiller Chronicle saga. Join Rothfuss during his C2E2 spotlight panel for the opportunity to have your burning questions about The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear answered!

Title: Inside the Creator’s Studio with Mark Waid and Buddy Scalera
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Buddy Scalera, Mark Waid
Description: Meet Mark Waid like you’ve never met him before…alone on stage. A brutally honest conversation about writing and editing comics; breaking into the industry; staying employed; and the inevitable ups and downs of a career. If you enjoy “Inside the Actor’s Studio,” you’ll love this long-form interview format. Hosted by Buddy Scalera of ComicBookSchool.com.

 

Title: A Data-Driven Comic Universe
Time: 3:15PM – 4:15PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Andy Kahl
Description: Ghostery users have a unique visibility into the data collection technologies that are spread across the web. For independent/digital comic producers, these technologies are essential tools to supporting their art; but for privacy-minded users, they can raise serious concerns. How can comics live on the web without killing reader privacy?

Title: Stand Up Stand Up
Time: 3:30PM – 4:30PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers: Jake McKenzie, James Webb, Keith Paesel, Ken Witzgall, Richard Pollak, Todd Massey
Description: Stand Up Stand Up returns to C2E2 with an all new lineup of Chicago’s finest comedians! We are a free weekly comedy showcase located at The Crocodile (1540 North Milwaukee Avenue) in the Wicker Park neighborhood. Every Thursday at 9:00 PM. Come to laugh. StandUpStandUp.net.

Title: Del Rey Books Spotlight on Science Fiction/Fantasy
Time: 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Kevin Hearne, Tricia Narwani
Description: Join Del Rey Editorial Director Tricia Narwani as she presents current and upcoming sci-fi/fantasy titles from Del Rey and talks with New York Times bestselling Author Kevin Hearne about his Iron Druid series.

Title: World of Tanks: Xbox 360 – Built from the Ground Up
Time: 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Arlette Resendiz, Denny Thorley, Jeff Gregg, Matt Monforte
Description: From the studio that brought the award-winning World of Tanks PC version to Xbox 360, Wargaming West provides an in-depth look at the transition from PC to console market.

Title: Creator Connection
Time: 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Buddy Scalera, Dirk Manning
Description: Meet your next creative partner in this fun, interactive networking session. Many indie titles and careers have been launched through this panel. Bring business cards & samples of your work. This is the panel that has literally helped complete strangers form creative teams and publish comic books. This is the original and best Creator Connection. Be there and launch your career. Hosted by Buddy Scalera of ComicBookSchool.com. Introduction and Inspiration from Dirk Manning. Support James McGill of ComicBookSchool.com.

Title: Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition Presents: End Bulling In Schools
Time: 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers: Carrie Goldman
Description: Join award-winning author and anti-bullying expert Carrie Goldman for a one-hour free workshop on how best to respond to bullying in schools, including strategies to manage cyberbullying, verbal taunts, and victim blaming.

Title: Aw, Yeah! It’s Captain Action Cat and the Timestream CATastrophe
Time: 4:15PM – 5:15PM
Location: S403
Speakers:
Description: An inside look into the new miniseries from Dynamite, Dark Horse, Captain Action and Aw Yeah Comics. Get ready for the wildest crossover of 2014 with Captain Action Cat! Be sure to share the secrets and insights courtesy of the creative minds behind the madness: Art Baltazar, Franco and Chris Smits. We’ll review secrets, explore the back story and even reveal cool previews of this madcap adventure. Also, a sneak peek into the future plans for the Captain Action toys, comics and more. Moderated by Captain Action’s Ed Catto.

 

Title: Digital Comics: The Next Page
Time: 4:15PM – 5:15PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Jim Chadwick, Josh Elder, Mark Waid, Michael Murphey
Description: iVerse and ComicsPlus host an entertaining and engaging dialogue on what’s next for digital comics, especially as it relates to creators, publishers, retailers, librarians and, not the least of all, readers.

Title: MARVEL: Breaking In
Time: 4:15PM – 5:15PM
Location: N426
Speakers: C.B. Cebulski, Charles Soule, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Mark Brooks, Todd Nauck
Description: Are you a writer or artist? Ever dream of working for Marvel? Do you find yourself thinking, “I could do that…if I knew how!” Well, here’s your chance! Join superstar writers and artists, including Mark Brooks (Fearless Defenders), Joshua Hale Fialkov (Amazing Spider-Man: Who Am I? Infinite Comic), Todd Nauck (Nightcrawler) and Charles Soule (She-Hulk), as well as Marvel’s talent scout C.B. Cebulski, to find out the answers on how to get your foot in the door and make your job MARVEL!

Title: Eve Myles Spotlight
Time: 4:45PM – 5:45PM
Location: Main Stage – S406
Speakers: Eve Myles
Description: Join Torchwood’s Gwen Cooper as she recaps her experiences as a member of the Torchwood Institute in the Doctor Who spin-off television show.

Title: Mark Waid, Comics Retailer vs. Mark Waid, Digital Publisher
Time: 5:15PM – 6:15PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Christina Blanch, Mark Waid
Description: In 2012, Mark (Daredevil, Hulk) Waid launched his digital comics site, Thrillbent.com. Last year, Mark (Kingdom Come, Original Sin) Waid purchased a brick-and-mortar comics store in Indiana. Watch them – him! – duke it out to determine the future of comics – print or digital – and find out which will host Waid and Barry Kitson’s EMPIRE relaunch!

Title: The Creative Geniuses Behind Beer Label Art and Design
Time: 5:15PM – 6:15PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Aimee Quinkert, Ian Law, Jourdon Gullet, Oliver Barrett, Phineas Jones, Tim Lehi
Description: This panel will include a discussion with some of craft beer’s top label artists. Tim Lehi (Three Floyd’s), Jourdon Gullett (Solemn Oath), Phineas Jones (Half Acre), Ian Law (Revolution Brewing) and Oliver Barrett (Revolution Brewing).

Title: The Legacy of Crusher Hogan: The Love Affair Between Comics & Wrestling
Time: 5:15PM – 6:15PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Jim Salicrup, Mick Foley, Sven Larsen
Description: From Peter Parker entering the ring in AMAZING FANTASY #15 to CM Punk yelling out “It’s Clobberin’ Time” on RAW, comics and wrestling have enjoyed a long joint history. Join WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley & Papercutz EIC Jim Salicrup as they explore the symbiotic relationship between these subcultures.

Title: DC COMICS 101
Time: 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Bobbie Chase, John Cunningham
Description: New to DC Comics? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Come by for an all-ages tutorial on the essentials of what make DC Comics one of the leading comic book publishers!

 

Title: How to Be a Nerd for a Living: Careers Within Nerd Culture for Everyone
Time: 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Adron Buske, Andy Schmidt, Pat Loika, Wendy Buske
Description: Do you want to work in the industry you’re passionate about, but you’re not sure where you’d fit? This panel of professionals will discuss different types of jobs that exist within pop culture entertainment, gaming, comics and more. Get tips on finding a way to a new career from those already working in the industry. This panel will conclude with a 10 minute Q&A.

Title: End Bullying! Responding to Cruelty in our Culture
Time: 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Carrie Goldman, Chase Masterson, Jessica Gall
Description: Have you or someone you love been a target of bullying? Join this life-changing discussion on how to overcome bullying, and learn strategies to create witnesses and allies out of bystanders. Panelists include Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition Founder Chase Masterson (Doctor Who: Big Finish) and Anti-Defamation League bullying expert Jessica Gall. Special topics include geek bullying, LGBT bullying, cyber-bullying and analyzing how media and entertainment affect our attitudes toward bullying and aggression. Moderated by Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition Founder & Author (and mother of Katie the Star Wars Girl) Carrie Goldman (Harper Collins’ Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear). Surprise Guests TBA!

Title: Comics and the Academy: The Role of Graphic Novels in Higher Education
Time: 5:45PM – 6:45PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Christina Blanch, John Bivens, Josh Elder, Prof. Carol Tilley, Prof. David Rapp, Prof. Len Strazewski
Description: Reading With Pictures presents a wide-ranging look at the increasingly important role that comics play in higher education. Everything from MOOCs and Comic Studies courses to integration in the core curriculum and neurological-based research.

Title: Game of Thrones
Time: 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Location: Main Stage – S406
Speakers: Alfie Allen, Kristian Nairn, Natalia Tena
Description: Winterfell’s icy walls served as a home for many who inhabited Westeros. Some were born and raised there such as Hodor the simpleton stable boy. Others though were forced to live among the Starks as wards and servants like Theon Greyjoy and Osha. Join Kristian Nairn, Alfie Allen and Natalia Tena as they share their stories of filming in exotic (and cold) locations and memories from working on the set of Game of Thrones, and what we might expect in the upcoming season. Winter is coming.

Title: Beer and Comics 2: Electric Boogaloo
Time: 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Barnaby Struve, Brian Azzarello, C.B. Cebulski
Description: Year two of beer and comics at C2E2. Come join us as we talk about the parallels of Craft Beer and Comics that we all love. Featuring Chicago Area craft brewers and local comic creators.

Title: Opening the Clubhouse Doors: Creating More Inclusive Geek Communities
Time: 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Jeffrey Smith, Karlyn Meyer, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Mary Robinette Kowal, Michi Trota, Scott Snyder
Description: As visibility of Fans, creators and organizers from marginalized communities increases, geek communities are having more discussions about diversity, tokenism and re-examining just how “welcoming” geek spaces are. This moderated panel will discuss what “diversity” in geek culture means, what it looks like and why it’s necessary. Sponsored in part by the Chicago Nerd Social Club.

Title: Behind the Voice with Veronica Taylor
Time: 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Veronica Taylor
Description: Veronica Taylor (voice of Ash from Pokémon and Amelia from Slayers) discusses the art of voice acting.

 

Title: Cosplay: Behind the Scenes
Time: 6:45PM – 7:45PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Albert Capoccia, Blythe Bridget Avila, CBJ, Monica Hunt, Ryan “Green” Flennoy, Scott Whipple
Description: Cosplayers from every universe come together to talk about why they do it, how they do it and how you can too! Listen to tales of ingenious heroism. This panel will include a Q&A for tips, tricks and everything in between, as well as the chance to tell your story.

Title: Marvel Heroes: What’s Next?
Time: 6:45PM – 7:45PM
Location: N426
Speakers: David Brevik, Jeff Donais, Matt Group, Ryan Collins
Description: Get the inside scoop on the next big thing in Marvel Heroes, the online action RPG where you battle as your favorite Marvel Hero! Find out details about all of the awesome upcoming content and pick up an in-game giveaway!

Title: Writing for Video Games
Time: 6:45PM – 7:45PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: David A Rodriguez, Jeff Bellio, Lewis Harris

Description: David Rodriguez, Narrative Designer on the blockbuster, Skylanders: SWAP Force game, will give an overview of what it means to be a designer and writer within the game industry. He will review the sorts of specialties that exist within the discipline and then delve into the process of game creation.

Title: “BLOOD GLACIER” Screening
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers:
Description: While investigating global warming at a remote weather station in the German Alps, a science expedition encounters horrific hybrids and mutant monsters including beetle-foxes, giant wood lice and flying killer bugs. IFC MIDNIGHT presents a sneak-preview screening of this new sci-fi horror thriller in the tradition of JOHN CARPENTER’S THE THING. BLOOD GLACIER will be released May 2 in theaters, cable on demand, iTunes, XBox, Playstation, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play and SundanceNow.com.

Title: Wikia Qwizards [LIVE]: Anime, Comics & Star Wars Trivia
Time: 7:45PM – 8:45PM
Location: S402
Speakers:
Description: Wikia presents Qwizards, an exciting live-action collaborative quiz show. In this special C2E2 edition of the popular online series, Fans will face off in a multi-round battle of expert level trivia. Topics range from that galaxy far, far away; to the four-color worlds of superherodom; to the highly stylized fantastical settings of Japanese animation. Round after round, contestants hailing from Wookieepedia, the Marvel Database, DC Database and Final Fantasy communities will fight to out-quiz each other, win awesome prizes and become Wikia’s Ultimate Qwizard. In addition, numerous audience participation rounds will give panel attendees the opportunity to take home their own set of cool prizing and one-of-a-kind collectibles. So come check out the action and put your knowledge to the test!

Title: Three Floyd’s Brewing: Beer, Comics and Chicago
Time: 8:00PM – 9:00PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Barnaby Struve, Brian Azzarello, Nick Floyd, Tim Seeley
Description: The guys behind Chicagoland’s favorite artisanal craft brewery discuss their secret origins, the influence of comics and genre fandom on their beers and their plans for dominating the liquor store shelves and comic stores! Meet Barnaby Struve, Nick Floyd and special comic book guests/Three Floyd’s beer Fans Brian Azzarello and Tim Seeley! And, maybe get a chance to sample some brews!

Title: Zombies and Time Travelers and Vampires, Oh My! Why Geek Culture Matters
Time: 8:00PM – 9:00PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Allison McCracken, Brendan Riley, Katie Wilson, Paul Booth, Sharon Ross
Description: Zombies and time travelers and vampires, oh my! Geek culture has become more popular and more mainstream than ever before. This panel will open up discussion about why geek culture matters to today’s media environment. Join five local scholars from Columbia College and DePaul University as they talk about why they study Geek Culture. With Dr. Paul Booth (Editor of Fan Phenomena: Doctor Who), Dr. Allison McCracken (Author of “At Stake: Angel’s Body, Fantasy Masculinity, and Queer Desire in Teen Television”), Dr. Brendan Riley (Author of “The Undead Gourmet”), Dr. Sharon Ross (Author of Beyond the Box: Television and the Internet) and Ph.D. student Katie Wilson (Author of “‘You Know You Were A ‘90s Kid’: Buzzfeed’s Thin Line Between Nostalgia and Fandom”). Explore topics like the importance of time travel stories and Doctor Who, the true stories of zombies, the deeper meaning of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the relevance of cult television today. Geeks are important – geeks are cool. The panelists will discuss why fandom, geeks and pop culture are important topics for today’s college classes, and what “being a geek” means today. Share your own stories of being a geek as we explore why geek culture matters!

 

Title: C2E2 Friday Night Kickoff with Comedy Mutant’s Brian Posehn and Kyle Kinane
Time: 8:30PM – 10:00PM
Location: Main Stage – S406
Speakers: Brian Posehn, Kyle Kinane
Description: C2E2 celebrates the full breadth of pop culture with a special opening night event on the Main Stage. Brian Posehn and Kyle Kinane of the Comedy Mutant crew will start the show with their collective comedic genius setting the bar for the awesome weekend ahead. Join us and enjoy a comedy event that can’t be missed.

Saturday, April 26

Title: Chicago Steampunk Forum
Time: 10:30AM – 11:30AM
Location: Fan Village – S100a
Speakers:
Description: The Chicago Steampunk community discusses essentials of Steampunk fandom including literature, music, fashion, events, popular culture, and what it means to be a Steampunk in every day life. Bring your finery for show-and-tell and a promenade afterwards.

Title: How to Play Quidditch 101
Time: 11:00AM – 1:30PM
Location: Interactive Room – S405
Speakers:
Description: The IQA is happy to be returning again to C2E2 for the fourth year in a row to demonstrate the sport of quidditch! Quidditch events in the Interactive Room will consist of demonstration games between local teams as well as free-play games for spectators.

Title: Creating Community: Hosting Ladies’ Night at Your Local Comic Shop
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Anissa Espinosa, Caitlin Rosberg, Lauren Burke, Megan Byrd, Wendi Freeman
Description: You may be friendly with the employees at your local comic shop, but how well do you know your fellow shoppers? How often do you talk comics outside of the Internet? Why does it matter? Learn how to build community and change your experience of fandom by hosting Ladies’ Night.
Title: Crowdsourcing: Kickstarting Your Way to Success
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Kenneth Hite, Matt Forbeck, Will Hindmarch
Description: The emergence of Kickstarter and other crowdsourcing services has revolutionized and reinvigorated the marketplace for creator-owned projects. Learn the dos and don’ts of a successful project from an all-star panel (Forbeck, Hite & WIndmarch) of creators who have successfully funded projects that have far exceeded their goals.

Title: DC COMICS – THE NEW 52
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Aaron Kuder, Amanda Conner, Bobbie Chase, Dan Jurgens, Gail Simone, Jimmy Palmiotti, John Cunningham
Description: New and veteran Fans alike are welcomed to be a part of history as the DC team and top-notch talent discuss the books that are shaping this new era of DC Comics! Don’t miss this exclusive look inside the hottest comic line in decades!

Title: Songs of Dragons and the Dungeons in Which They Dwell
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: Spend time with Dan the Bard and his own compositions about rangers and wizards, bards and barbarians, manticores…and owlbears! The music of Dan the Bard is a combination of original and period pieces, heavily influenced by folk music and the humor of filk music.

 

Title: In Defense of YA
Time: 11:15AM – 12:15PM
Location: S402
Speakers: April Genevieve Tucholke, E.C. Blake, Kendare Blake, Lydia Kang, Seth Fishman, Shannon Stoker
Description: Too light, too shallow, too this or too that. YA literature – like Science Fiction and Fantasy – has joined the ranks of genres that often include explanations such as “It’s good…for a YA book,” by those new to it. But for those in the know, YA is just as complex, dark, emotional and beautifully written as any other category of literature. Join Authors Seth Fishman (The Well’s End), Lydia Kang (Control), April Genevieve Tucholke (Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea), Kendare Blake (Antigoddess) and E.C. Blake (Masks) as they discuss the appeal of YA (whether it be SF/F, Horror or Dystopian YA) and why it rules the school.

Title: KISS IT – The 10th Anniversary of HACK/SLASH
Time: 11:15AM – 12:15PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Belinda “Spaced” McNeill, Daniel Leister, Jeff Bohn, Jenny Frison, Josh Baylock, Mike Norton, Tim Seeley
Description: This panel will be a retrospective discussion on the 10 year run of Cassie Hack, Vlad and the gang from Hack/Slash. Our panel will include Hack/Slash creator Tim Seeley, Artists Jenny Frison, Mike Norton and Daniel Leister, as well as Josh Baylock from Devil’s Due and Jeff Bohn, the webmaster of the Hack/Slash website. We will be discussing the first swing of Cassie’s bat to her final issue and the impact that a character like Cassie Hack has on comics. Our panelists will also give insight on what it takes to bring Cassie and the gang to life and much more! There will also be a Q&A with the panelists and an art giveaway.

Title: Minimates Mini-Figures: Marvel Comics, The Walking Dead, Clerks and More!
Time: 11:15AM – 12:15PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Chuck Terceira, Jeff Stephens, Sarah Evans, Zach Oat
Description: The Diamond Select Toys team discusses what’s coming up for the popular 2-inch mini-figure line, including new assortments based on Marvel Comics, Godzilla, The Walking Dead, Battle Beasts, TMNT, Jay & Silent Bob, Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Sin City, Aliens, Pathfinder and more! Stay for the Q&A and prizes!

Title: We Made a Trading Card Game
Time: 11:15AM – 12:15PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Alex Morris, Jim Polpiboon, Mark Kakareka
Description: Guilty 10 Games talk about the development of their card game, Union, which will be announced in March and released holiday weekend. They will also talk about where trading card games are today.

Title: Whose Doctor Is it Anyway?
Time: 11:45AM – 12:45PM
Location: Fan Village – S100a
Speakers:
Description: Some Fans began loving Doctor Who when it was first broadcast on public television; for many current Fans, their Doctor of choice was shown in more recent years. Yet there’s always the question “How can new series Fans get into classic Who?” or “How can classic Fans get into new Who?” or even “Why does it matter?” The Chicago Doctor Who Meetup group is sponsoring a conversation where Fans can learn about great entry points, share recommendations and dive deeply into this classic science fiction series!

Title: 501st Legion Star Wars Blaster Arena
Time: 12:00PM – 1:30PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: Do you have what it takes to be a member of the Imperial Forces? In the Blaster Arena, young Cadets pit their blaster skills against the Empire’s finest troops! Suit up with a squad of Imperial hopefuls and compete against the Stormtroopers of the famous 501st Legion! Remember: Only YOU can restore Order to the Galaxy! New matches start every five minutes in this time slot, but spaces are limited! For cadets age 6-12.

Title: Your Opinion Sucks! ­ Rotten Tomatoes Critics vs. Fans
Time: 12:15PM – 1:15PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Bill Zwecker, Erik Childress, Grae Drake, Matt Atchity, Peter Sobczynski, Richard Roeper
Description: Face off with your favorite Rotten Tomatoes critics when they join Editor-in-Chief Matt Atchity and Senior Editor Grae Drake of Rotten Tomatoes, along with their editorial team, to debate your favorite films.

 

Title: Breaking Bad with RJ Mitte
Time: 12:15PM – 1:15PM
Location: N427
Speakers:
Description: Come listen to Breaking Bad’s RJ Mitte as he discusses the end of AMC’s hit series and his role as Walter White, Jr., the son of a dad willing to go to dangerous extremes to provide for his family.

Title: All Things Fantastic
Time: 12:30PM – 1:30PM
Location: S402
Speakers: C. Robert Cargill, Colleen Lindsay, Douglas Hulick, Katherine Addison, Mary Robinette Kowal, Simon Green, Steve Bein
Description: Heroes and villains, wizards and goblins, fairies and demons…stories told in another realm are full of characters and creatures that stretch the imagination and these authors populate their novels with a host of magical and otherworldly beings. Join Katherine Addison, Steve Bein, C. Rogert Cargill, Simon Green, Douglas Hulick and Mary Robinette Kowal as they discuss all things fantastic.

Title: Gay Character and Creators Panel
Time: 12:30PM – 1:30PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Chad Sell, Gail Simone, Rachel Deering, Rogan Josh, Russell Dauterman, Steve Disme
Description: Brought to you By Geeks OUT (Geeksout.org): Gail Simone joins Chad Sell, Russell Dauterman, Rachel Deering and Rogan Josh to talk about what makes a good gay character and why diversity is important in comics. All hosted by Steve Disme of Comic Book Queers.

Title: Legal Cosplay
Time: 12:30PM – 1:30PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Daliah Saper, Saper Law Attorneys
Description: This panel will be an unscripted conversation between the attorneys at Saper Law Offices, LLC, a Chicago-based intellectual property firm, and members of the audience. We will rely on audience participation to raise intellectual property, rights of publicity and corporate issues as they relate to the comic book industry.

Title: MARVEL: Original Sin
Time: 12:30PM – 1:30PM
Location: N426
Speakers: James Robinson, Jordan White, Mark Waid, Mike Marts, Nick Lowe
Description: Who killed the Watcher? Marvel’s murder mystery mega-event ORIGINAL SIN will bring the heroes of Earth to the remotest corners of the Marvel Universe and force them to confront their own darkest secrets! You’ve got questions and we’ve got answers! Executive Editor Mike Marts, Senior Editor Nick Lowe, Editor Jordan White, James Robinson (Fantastic Four) and Mark Waid (Daredevil) are on hand to give you the scoop.

Title: 501st Legion: Costuming in the Star Wars Galaxy
Time: 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Location: Fan Village – S100a
Speakers: Aimee Jorgensen, Augie Webster, Brian Troyan, Javier Esqueda, Steve Mammen, Thomas Spanos
Description: The 501st Legion, the world’s largest Star Wars costuming group, leads a discussion on Star Wars costuming and their organization! Find out who they are, what they do and how you can create your own screen-accurate villainous Star Wars costume. Join us… Together, we can rule the costuming galaxy!

Title: Bloody Good Fun: Exploring Comedy within the Horror Genre
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Aly Amidei, Brian Amidei, Ele Matelan, Josh Zagoren, Matt Engle, Scott T. Barsotti
Description: Horror and comedy are weird sisters: incisive at their best, groan-inducing at the worst and tireless in their pursuit of THE BIG REACTION. This panel, hosted by horror experts WildClaw Theatre, peers into how the two genres use similar tactics to get a rise out of audiences.

 

Title: Geek Geek Revolution
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: S403
Speakers: John Scalzi, Kevin Hearne, Lydia Kang, Patrick Rothfuss, Seth Fishman
Description: GEEK GEEK REVOLUTION is a no-holds-barred geek culture game show featuring five science fiction/fantasy authors competing for the chance to be TOP GEEK. In addition the audience members will be asked to ‘write-in’ questions in hopes of stumping the authors and winning a prize pack of books. Hold onto your hats, nerf herders, this might get ugly. Featuring authors: Patrick Rothfuss, Kevin Hearne, Seth Fishman and Lydia Kang, and moderated by John Scalzi.

Title: Power Rangers Reunion
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Jason Narvy, Paul Schrier, Steve Cardenas
Description: Steve Cardenas (Rocky the Red Ranger) meets up with fellow Power Rangers cast members, Paul Schrier and Jason Narvy (Bulk and Skull), to rehash their experiences fighting evil in Angel Grove.

Title: Kids Costume Parade
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: Kids 12-and-under can come and show off their costumes in the Kids Costume Parade! To register, please arrive at Family HQ 30 minutes prior to the parade. Space is limited and is not guaranteed, so please be sure to arrive early!

Title: Animation Beyond the Cinema: A Celebration for the Animation Enthusiast
Time: 1:45PM – 2:45PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Alexia Anastasio, Zabrina McIntyre
Description: Do you love everything about animation? Do you love the stories, the art or the way animation can visually transport us? If this sounds like you, then join us for a lively discussion of the ways you can enjoy this creative medium after you’ve left the movie theater.

Title: MARVEL: Spider-Verse
Time: 1:45PM – 2:45PM
Location: N426
Speakers: James Robinson, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Mark Waid, Nick Lowe
Description: It’s the most epic Spider-Man event of all time as every Spider-Man EVER come together to face a world-ending threat! Senior Editor Nick Lowe, Joshua Hale Fialkov (Amazing Spider-Man: Who Am I? Infinite Comic), James Robinson (Fantastic Four), and Mark Waid (Daredevil) will be taking any and all questions from YOU the fans! This is one panel no Spidey fan can miss!

Title: What to Read!
Time: 1:45PM – 2:45PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Adam Withers, Comfort Love
Description: For new, old and lapsed readers. Part 1 is a slide-show presentation of 15 must-read comics and manga from different genres! During Part 2, the audience and your panelists will make a living document of the greatest comics ever made according to you!

 

Title: The Crow – 20th Anniversary Panel
Time: 1:45PM – 2:45PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Ernie Hudson, Michael Massee, Tony Todd
Description: A rare opportunity for C2E2 Fans to “believe in angels” – an up close and personal Q&A with stars Ernie Hudson (Sgt. Albrecht), Tony Todd (Grange) and Michael Massee (Funboy). Don’t miss it!

 

Title: Kosart Effects Studios Demo – LIVE!
Time: 1:45PM – 3:15PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers: J. Anthony Kosar
Description: J. Anthony Kosar, the owner, head instructor and lead artist of Kosart Effects Studios and “Kosart Atelier: School For Entertainment Arts,” and Champion of SyFy’s Face Off Season 4, will do a live FX demo on the Twitch Stage featuring the application of a Kosart original creature FX make-up transformation!

Title: Do It Like a Knight Sword Demo and Lessons
Time: 2:00PM – 4:30PM
Location: Interactive Room – S405
Speakers: Adam Schnider, Davis Vader, Jesse Kulla, Jon Humphreys, Rebbecca Smith
Description: Learn to fight like the original contractors, Medieval Condotierri. Learn to fight the way it was really done, with grace, style, and ruthless efficiency. room for 30 participants, and as many observers as the room will hold. You will have blast.

Title: DC COMICS – Batman
Time: 2:45PM – 3:45PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Bobbie Chase, Brian Buccellato, Dustin Nguyen, James Tynion IV, Jason Fabok, Jim Chadwick, John Cunningham, Peter Tomasi, Scott Snyder
Description: Batman’s crusade against the corrupt and evil has permeated across the DC Universe and beyond! Join some of the hottest creators who are behind the Dark Knight for an exclusive look at what’s in store for the World’s Greatest Detective! There has never been a better time to walk the streets of Gotham City!

Title: Glass Ceilings, Missing Stairs & Gatekeepers: Geeks Still Deal with Sexism
Time: 2:45PM – 3:45PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Carlye Frank, Dawn Xiana Moon, Erin Tipton, Kate Lansky, Laura Koroski, Michi Trota, Susheela Bhat
Description: We’ve established that yes, women can be geeks, so what gives? Why is con harassment still a problem? What other barriers are women facing in geek spaces? Isn’t talking about it just perpetuating the problem? Find out why talking about sexism and fighting for geeky gender equality is still needed. Sponsored in part by the Chicago Nerd Social Club.

Title: Listen to Jimmy
Time: 2:45PM – 3:45PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Amanda Conner, Cully Hamner, Jill Thompson, Jimmy Palmiotti, Nicola Scott
Description: This is your opportunity to go behind the scenes of the comic book industry! Join Jimmy Palmiotti and his guests Cully Hamner, Jill Thompson, Amanda Conner and Nicola Scott as they share their personal stories and the latest and greatest of their careers. Fans will have a chance to get in on the action with a no holds barred Q&A session!

Title: Aw Yeah, Dark Horse!
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Art Baltazar, Franco, Jeremy Atkins, Scott Allie
Description: Art & Franco have taken some of comics’ most well-known characters and re-imagined them for Fans of all ages. To celebrate the anniversary of last year’s announcement of the recently collected Itty Bitty Hellboy at C2E2, as well as the upcoming collection of this dynamic duo’s Kickstarter-funded Aw Yeah Comics!, we have put together an hour of fun, announcements and much more! Bring your big ideas for a chance to woo Dark Horse EIC Scott Allie in the “one minute pitch!” Find out which Dark Horse characters the two will tack next and much much more! This one is guaranteed to be fun for the whole Fan family!

Title: Diamond Select Toys: The Best of All Worlds
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Chuck Terceira, Paul Clarke, Zach Oat
Description: The Diamond Select Toys team will run down every non-Minimates item DST has coming up, from Marvel Comics, Plants vs. Zombies, TMNT, Godzilla, Batman, The Walking Dead, Sin City, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Jay & Silent Bob, Lost in Space, Aliens, Star Wars, Star Trek, Ghostbusters, Universal Monsters and My Little Pony! Stay for the Q&A and prizes!

 

Title: Supernatural City
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Chloe Neill, Jacqueline Carey, Kerrelyn Sparks, Kevin Hearne, Lauren Roy, Mia Garcia
Description: Join Authors Jacqueline Carey (the Agent of Hel series), Kevin Hearne (the Iron Druid Chronicles), Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires), Lauren Roy (Night Owls) and Kerrelyn Sparks (the Love at Stake series) on a guided tour of cityscapes populated by supernatural creatures, both friend and foe.

Title: Teen Wolf with Crystal Reed & Tyler Posey
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: Main Stage – S406
Speakers: Tyler Posey
Description: Come join Crystal Reed (Allison Argent) and Tyler Posey (Scott McCall) as they talks about the perks and dangers of being a student at Beacon Hills High School.

Title: The Moving Target: What Publishers Want and How to Give it to Them
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Andy Schmidt, Jim Gibbons, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Joshua Williamson, Mike Perkins, Paul Allor
Description: Get your project Green-Lit! What is it you need to improve, change, rethink? Join Comics Experience Founder Andy Schmidt, Comics Pros Joshua Fialkov (The Ultimates), Josh Williamson (Ghosted), Mike Perkins (Captain America) and Dark Horse Editor Jim Gibbons to get the inside scoop that helps improve your chances of getting accepted in just one hour!

Title: Bristol Renaissance Faire Knighting Ceremony
Time: 3:15PM – 4:45PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: Queen Elizabeth I is looking for new knights and ladies for her court. Test your mettle and might against the Code of Chivalry and you could be knighted! Brought to you by the Bristol Renaissance Faire.

Title: Nerd Trivia
Time: 3:30PM – 4:30PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers: Kat Dennis, Kelly Davich, Liz Hoffman, Michael Rashid, Rick Fields
Description: We choose people from the crowd to play rounds of trivia based on popular nerd fandoms, such as Star Wars, Doctor Who, Joss Whedon, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, etc. People can volunteer to compete for small prizes or just play along from the crowd.

Title: Behind the Graphics: A Video Game Industry Round Table
Time: 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Allen Turner, Cef Grima, Daniel Loane, Matthew Degen, Nick Schrag, Ryan Wiemeyer
Description: Celebrating our fourth year at C2E2! Join some of Chicago’s game development community as they take you behind the scenes of the video game industry for a moderated panel discussion and Q&A session.

Title: Kickstarter and Comics: Everything You Wanted to Know
Time: 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Amy Chu, Greg Pak, Jill Thompson
Description: Join a representative from Kickstarter who will walk you through how the site works, how to get your project campaign started and answer any questions you may have. Also hear from a panel of fellow comics creators who’ve run successful campaigns about their experiences using Kickstarter and how they made their projects a success.

 

Title: Comics and Pop Music!
Time: 4:15PM – 5:15PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Matt Pizzolo, Patrick A. Reed, Ronald Wimberly, Vivek J. Tiwary
Description: Comic books and pop music are uniquely American art forms, with many common inspirations and a large shared audience. Here, Patrick Reed (Editor of Depth Of Field Magazine) brings together artists and publishers to discuss pop comics from the Beatlemania tie-ins of the 60s to today’s Fan-favorite titles.

Title: MARVEL: Next Big Thing
Time: 4:15PM – 5:15PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Charles Soule, James Robinson, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Mahmud Asrar, Mike Marts, Nick Lowe, Ryan Stegman, Skottie Young
Description: Want to start reading Marvel comics? There’s no better time than Marvel NOW! And there’s no better place to learn about our thrilling and creatively diverse All-New Marvel NOW series than this panel! Don’t miss some exciting discussion of Guardians of the Galaxy and Inhuman titles, plus a surprise announcement or two! Panelists include Executive Editor Mike Marts, Senior Editor Nick Lowe, Mahmud Asrar (Wolverine & the X-Men), Joshua Hale Fialkov (Amazing Spider-Man: Who Am I? Infinite Comic), Charles Soule (She-Hulk), Ryan Stegman (Wolverine), James Robinson (Fantastic Four) and Skottie Young (Rocket Raccoon)!

Title: Turning Your Art Into an Online Business: Branding & Marketing for Creators
Time: 4:15PM – 5:15PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Andy Schmidt, Janet K. Lee, Karen Hallion, Kelly Stephenson, Wendy Buske
Description: Professional artists, crafters and marketers will provide helpful tips on promoting your art and yourself online. Topics such as licensing, targeting your audience through advertising and social media, protecting your designs, time-management and how to maintain an online shop will be discussed. This hour-long panel will conclude with a 10 minute Q&A.

Title: Lost Girl
Time: 4:15PM – 5:15PM
Location: Main Stage – S406
Speakers: K.C. Collins, Kris Holden-Ried, Rick Howland
Description: We are proud to present some of the amazing stars that help to make Prodigy Pictures’ Lost Girl airing on Syfy Channel such a Fan fae-vorite. Join us for a panel discussion featuring everyone’s fae-vorite barkeep and Blood King Rick Howland (Trick), our resident wolf shape-shifter Kris Holden-Ried (Dyson) and the dashingly debonair siren K.C. Collins (Hale) after his big season! Riding the heels of the Season 4 finale, Fans will have a chance to ask questions of the cast.

Title: Bristol Renaissance Faire Pirate Treasure Hunt
Time: 4:30PM – 6:00PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: So you want to sail the seven seas and hunt for treasure? Learn the super-secret pirate salute, help the captain aboard the ship and take home the lost treasure of Misty Island! Brought to you by the Bristol Renaissance Faire.

Title: Comics vs. Comics: Pictionary Battle
Time: 4:45PM – 5:45PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers: Chris Burnham, Ed Greer, Ron Swallow, Tom Franck
Description: Top comic book artists team up with comedians from Comics and Comics in a showdown of Pictionary! These artists may be the top of their field when it comes to cranking out an issue every 30 days, but how will they do in 60 seconds or less?

Title: Discuss Star Wars Books Presented by Chicago Force: Kenobi
Time: 4:45PM – 5:45PM
Location: Fan Village – S100a
Speakers:
Description: Here’s your chance to sit down with Chicago Force for a lively discussion about Star Wars books. Please read Kenobi by John Jackson Miller. Whether you can love it or leave it, all opinions are welcome for this mature and literary look at the Expanded Universe. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Title: Fight Like a Hero (OR VILLAIN!)
Time: 5:00PM – 7:00PM
Location: Interactive Room – S405
Speakers: Brandon Marcial, David Ellis, John Nam, Tony Acevedo
Description: Have you ever wanted to know more about the various fighting styles used by Black Widow, Batman, or Deathstroke? Have you ever thought “I wonder if that move from (x) comic would work in real life?” Here we are to answer those questions! From Wrestling to Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai to Kung Fu, this team of MMA fighters has the answers!

Title: Vertigo: Defy
Time: 5:15PM – 6:15PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Amy Chu, Greg Lockard, John Cunningham, Lee Bermejo, Scott Snyder
Description: Vertigo is back in Chicago and ready to blow your mind with trend-setting comics! From horror to mythic fiction to sci-fi and beyond, join us and see what amazing new ideas are coming your way from the imprint that’s on a mission to defy all your expectations!

Title: “R.U.R.: Genesis” Screening
Time: 5:15PM – 6:15PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Chase Masterson
Description: “R.U.R.: Genesis” is a short film (and teaser for a feature currently in development) based upon the classic 1919 science fiction play by Karel Capek.

Title: Game of Thrones Fan Forum
Time: 5:15PM – 6:15PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Kristian Nairn
Description: Contributors from Wikia’s most popular communities focus their Fan expertise on the book-to-TV mega-hit, Game of Thrones. Joining the panel and lending his first-hand experience to the conversation is series regular Kristian Nairn, a.k.a. Fan-favorite “Hordor.” Come for the geek-out session, dissect the popular HBO series and get your Season Four questions answered!

Title: 24 Reunion
Time: 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Location: Main Stage – S406
Speakers: Carlos Bernard, James Morrison, Louis Lombardi
Description: Carlos Bernard (Tony Almeida), Louis Lombardi (Edgar Stiles) and James Morrison (Bill Buchanan) get together to talk about their time spent defending the country with Jack Bauer on the fan-favorite TV series, 24.

Title: CBLDF: The Comics Code – A Legacy of Censorship
Time: 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Alex Cox
Description: 60 years ago this month, comics were placed under the scrutiny of the United States government, leading to the formation of the Comics Code: a censorship authority that governed comics for more than 50 years! CBLDF reveals the history of how comics were censored & creators affected by the Code!

Title: Dark Horse Builds Characters
Time: 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Donny Cates, Eric Powell, Geof Darrow, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Joshua Williamson, Scott Allie, Tim Seeley
Description: In 2014, comics are more diverse than ever and Dark Horse continues to pride itself on producing the greatest serialized storytelling from some of the biggest names in the industry! From Hellboy to Buffy, to Luke and Leia, some of the most iconic characters in comics and beyond call Dark Horse home. Join us as we talk character development with writers who tell their tales! Editor in Chief, Scott Allie is joined by Project Black Sky scribes Josh Williamson (Captain Midnight) and Joshua Hale-Fialkov (Skyman), as well comics legend Geof Darrow (Shaolin Cowboy), Eric Powell (The Goon), Tim Seeley (Sundowners, The Occultist) and newcomer Donny Cates (Buzzkill) for insight, announcements and much much more!

 

Title: Grimm Fairy Tales: Animated Series – Pilot Episode
Time: 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Ralph Tedesco
Description: Frightening and fun animated adaptation of Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales produced by Zenescope Entertainment, Titmouse Inc. and Schneppzone. Directed by Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse), this pilot episode screening features behind the scenes footage with the amazing cast of voice actors, including Lena Headey, Chris Hardwick, Robert Forster and many more.

Title: Hip-Hop & Comics: Cultures Combining
Time: 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Adam “Illus” Wallenta, Matthew Rosenberg, Patrick A. Reed, Ronald Wimberly, Tyrue “Slang” Jones
Description: Hip-hop and comics reflect each other in many ways– rappers and graffiti artists utilize superheroic imagery and adopt alter-egos; comic creators utilize hip-hop’s rich visual vocabulary. Here, Patrick A. Reed (of Depth Of Field Magazine) brings together graphic and musical luminaries to discuss the ties between these creative cultures.

Title: Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition Presents: End Bulling In Schools
Time: 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: Join award-winning author and anti-bullying expert Carrie Goldman for a one-hour free workshop on how best to respond to bullying in schools, including strategies to manage cyberbullying, verbal taunts, and victim blaming.

Title: Chicago Ghosts with Ghostbusters: Chicago Division
Time: 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Location: Fan Village – S100a
Speakers: Mary Jo Chrabasz, Steve Szyndrowski
Description: Come hear about local ghost stories from your troop outside da loop! Members of the team will discuss some of their favorite local ghost stories, from the north side to the south side and everywhere in between!

Title: The Geek Comedy Hour
Time: 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers: Ed Greer, Ron Swallow, Tom Franck
Description: All Fanboy Stand-Up Comedy from the geekiest group of comedians in the multiverse. From comic books to video games, from anime to Dr. Who, from Star Wars to Star Trek, Comics and Comics has all your nerd comedy bases covered.

Title: GAM3R: Making Your No Budget Gaming Documentary
Time: 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Calvin Theobald, Illych Reyes, Jordan Levinson, Victor Pinto
Description: With a rise in gamers picking up cameras and documenting their communities, we will give advice on how exactly to go about making your indie film or web videos with no budget. Learn from our successes, our failures and pick our brains in a Q&A.

Title: Genre Feminism
Time: 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Claire Llewellyn, Julie Ufema, Lauren Jankowski, Sandra Almazan
Description: Genre still suffers from a lack of diversity. In film, television and literature we are bombarded with stories told through the straight white male gaze. Rampant sexism and harassment are still commonplace in genre spaces. Women’s work is still viewed through a gendered lens, whereas work by men is believed to appeal to everyone. The VIDA count, Women in Horror Recognition Month, Lexi Alexander’s article on sexism in the film industry and the work of Broad Universe are the first steps towards gender equality in genre. How do we continue this momentum? How can we make genre spaces safer for everyone? Let’s have a discussion about the ways to combat sexism (and the other -isms) and make genre a more welcoming place.

 

Title: The Other Dead: When Zombie Animals Attack!
Time: 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Dave Dorman, Digger T Mesch, Joshua Ortega
Description: The Zombie Animal™ invasion is coming to Chicago! Join Joshua Ortega (Gears of War, Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer), Digger T Mesch (Agent 88, Minimates) and Dave Dorman (Star Wars, AvP) to get the latest scoop on IDW’s sleeper horror hit of 2013!

Title: Nerd City: Failing Spectacularly for Success!
Time: 6:45PM – 7:45PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Ben Spencer, Esq., Capt. Jim Kyle, Dr. Jose Gallimore, Max Minor
Description: Join Nerd City for their legendary annual C2E2 panel. Rowdy, under-the-influence and insane, the boys will talk the past, present and future of the brand (including toys, cartoons and failed reality TV shows). Now with more cursing, special guests, stupidity and prizes! See you there, you filthy animals. Fart. Balls.

Title: Supernatural Fan Panel
Time: 6:45PM – 7:45PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Andie Masino, Brian Warnock, Rick Carlson, Tara Andrews, Teresa Masino, Theresa Warnock
Description: Join the coordinators of the Chicago-based Supernatural Fan convention WinchestMidwest for an hour of spoilers and speculation on the hit CW show, “Supernatural.” We’ll discuss Season 9, spoilers for Season 10 and speculate on the upcoming Chicago-based spin off. The room will also be set up with a display of art department props from the last nine seasons. And as a special treat, all panel attendees will receive a C2E2 exclusive Supernatural tote bag.

Title: The Hobbit: There and Back Again – Spoilers and Speculation!
Time: 6:45PM – 7:45PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Anne Giffels, Bill Thomas, Justin Sewell
Description: Smaug the Magnificent has arrived in spectacular fashion, and Bilbo and the dwarves are facing deadly danger. Join TheOneRing.net in a lively discussion about The Hobbit: There and Back Again. The first two movies have generated passionate responses, and the last installment is sure to amaze us all.

Title: C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay
Time: 7:30PM – 9:30PM
Location: Main Stage – S406
Speakers: Ashley Eckstein, Austin Scarlett, Nan Cibula-Jenkins, Yaya Han
Description: Presented by Wikia, the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay makes its debut this April in Chicago as the biggest and most prestigious costume contest in the United States. Veterans of the cosplay circuit and amateurs alike will battle it out for a shot at seizing the Crown and over $10,000 in cash and prizes. For the first time ever, C2E2 will invite cosplayers from across the country to travel to the Windy City to be critiqued by celebrity judges Yaya Han, Ashley Eckstein, Nan Cibula-Jenkins and Austin Scarlett, all whom have prestigious backgrounds in pop culture and costume design. Fans will witness the spectacle and pageantry of a fun-filled competition celebrating the best cosplayers from around the country on Saturday, April 26 on the Main Stage!

Title: World of Warplanes – From Blueprints to Blue Skies
Time: 7:45PM – 8:45PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Brian Willits, Gareth Luke, Garrett Fuller, Nedra Boukhris
Description: Wargaming America takes you through the detailed process of in-game design and development, production and why planes are nothing like tanks.

Title: CODE MONKEY SAVE WORLD writer Greg Pak Reveals All!
Time: 7:45PM – 8:45PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Greg Pak
Description: The CODE MONKEY SAVE WORLD graphic novel, based on the songs of internet superstar musician Jonathan Coulton, is the highest grossing original comics Kickstarter project of all time. Get the inside scoop on every aspect of the book’s development, Kickstarter campaign, and production from writer Greg Pak. ALSO: FREE STICKERS!

 
Title: C2E2 Charity Art Auction
Time: 7:45PM – 9:30PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Steve Borock
Description: YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Please join us for the 2nd Annual Charity Art Auction at C2E2! Come on down and bid with other art enthusiasts for the chance to own a piece of original art from some of your favorite Creators including Adi Granov, Geof Darrow, Chris Samnee, Tim Seeley and many more. All proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and your participation in this event will help support lifesaving research and treatment for the children of St. Jude. HAVE FUN. GET ART. SAVE LIVES.

Title: Ink-Fusion: Where the Worlds of Tattooing and Pop Culture Collide
Time: 8:00PM – 9:00PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Chris Jones, Josh Bodwell, Kelly Rogers, Lu SkyWalker, Marc Draven, Mike Bianco
Description: A look at the funnier things of two very interesting worlds. Ink-Fusion Tattoo festivals have been exploding across the globe in recent years and so have both the industries of professional tattooing and pop culture. Both always evolving to new lights in the media. Come join us as our panel of artists shed light on working with people every day, strange requests, stranger people and how TV portrays it today. What it’s like to work with the likes of Stan Lee, Lucasfilm and what would be our next goals in Tattooing in the entertainment business. Learn how artists survive in such a different type of occupation. We’ll cover all topics with a funny, adult sense of humor. We suggest this panel be for all Fans 18 and over.

Title: “Legends of the Knight” Screening
Time: 8:00PM – 9:30PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Dr. Patrick O’Conner, Dr. Vasilis Pozios
Description: Legends of the Knight weaves together the stirring true stories of individuals who have overcome devastating obstacles, unselfishly given to the community and embraced their inner superhero because of their love of Batman.

Title: “OF DICE AND MEN” A Play by Cameron McNary
Time: 8:00PM – 9:30PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Bennett Bottero, Elliott Sowards, Grace Gimpel, Gwynn Fulcher, Sam Fain, Sawyer Heppes, Tiffany Keane
Description: A hilarious love letter to fantasy games and the people who love them, Of Dice and Men centers around a group of thirty-somethings who share a passion for their epic game of Dungeons & Dragons. Performed and produced by Otherworld Theatre Company.

Sunday, April 27

Title: Martial Arts with Power Ranger Steve Cardenas (Kids 12 and Under)
Time: 10:00AM – 11:00AM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers: Steve Cardenas
Description: Do you want to defend the world from evil just like a Mighty Morphin Power Ranger? Steve Cardenas, better known as Rocky the Red Power Ranger, can show you how! Steve will be holding a martial arts demonstration and class in Family HQ Sunday. For Children 12 and under.

Title: Do It Like a Knight Sword Demo and Lessons
Time: 10:45AM – 1:15PM
Location: Interactive Room – S405
Speakers:
Description: Learn to fight like the original contractors, Medieval Condotierri. Learn to fight the way it was really done, with grace, style, and ruthless efficiency. room for 30 participants, and as many observers as the room will hold. You will have blast.

Title: The Let’s Play Panel
Time: 10:45AM – 11:45AM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: “Chip Cheezum”, “Geop”, “Ironicus”, “Kamoc”, “Voidburger”, Clint Worthington
Description: Let’s Play videos are huge in the gaming community, turning every game into a social experience. Chip, Ironicus, Voidburger, Geop, and Kamoc have been creating their videos for over five years and are here to talk about their experiences, LP as a whole, and make a video live.

 

Title: Marvel Unlimited+ MEMBERS ONLY Event*
Time: 10:45AM – 11:45AM
Location: N426
Speakers: James Robinson, Jason Latour, Ryan Stegman
Description: Join Executive Editorial Director of Digital Ryan Penagos and top Marvel Creators, including Jason Latour (Wolverine & the X-Men), James Robinson (Fantastic Four) and Ryan Stegman (Wolverine) for a private panel discussion of what’s happening inside the Marvel Universe. Get FREE merchandise, sneak peeks of upcoming comics, Q&A Session to answer all your burning questions and more surprises to be announced. Not to be missed! Marvel Unlimited Plus Members ONLY – show your Member Card or confirmation email at the Marvel Booth for a ticket to the event.

Title: The Art of Worldbuilding: A Discussion with Charlaine Harris and Jacqueline Carey, Moderated by Chloe Neill
Time: 10:45AM – 11:45AM
Location: S403
Speakers: Charlaine Harris, Chloe Neill, Jacqueline Carey
Description: Join beloved Authors Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse, Midnight Crossroads) and Jacqueline Carey (Kushiel’s Legacy, Agent of Hel) as they discuss worldbuilding and the art of writing genre fiction in a spotlight panel moderated by Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires).

Title: Masks and Mask Making with Inside Out Art Studio’s Jeff Semmerling
Time: 10:45AM – 11:45AM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers:
Description: Jeff will demonstrate the Power of Masks, inside and outside of the mask. This presentation will include: a glimpse of the leather mask making process he teaches quarterly in his Chicago studio; mask performances including fun audience participation; as well as discussion of how he uses masks and mask making as activities to make learning more memorable in classrooms. Learn secrets to the creation of anything – masks, puppets, props or scenery from cardboard, an exciting FREE medium Jeff uses to make lightweight giants for public spectacles.

Title: TBA
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers:
Description: We can’t talk about this panel just yet, but we promise it’s pretty awesome. Check for updates as we get closer to the Show!

Title: Make Your Own Comics
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Amy Chu, Greg Pak, Jimmy Palmiotti, Ryan Browne
Description: Successful creators talk candidly about their self-publishing experiences. Be prepared to take notes – we’ll cover the pros and cons of putting out your own book, and other tough topics like finding an audience and the money stuff!

Title: Discuss Star Wars Books Presented by Chicago Force: Dark Empire
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: Fan Village – S100a
Speakers:
Description: Here’s your chance to sit down with Chicago Force for a lively discussion about Star Wars books. Please read the Dark Empire graphic novel from Dark Horse. Whether you can love it or leave it, all opinions are welcome for this mature and literary look at the Expanded Universe. We look forward to seeing you there!

Title: Reading with Pictures with Trevor Mueller
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: Come learn about how getting comics in the classroom can be fun and educational. There will be live read-alongs of the upcoming Graphic Textbook! Hosted by Reading with Pictures’ Marketing Director Trevor Mueller. Fun for all ages!

 

Title: Kids Comics Heroes: Raising a Reader
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Aaron Renier, Charles Brownstein, Jeffrey Brown, Jennifer Holm, John Schumacher, Matthew Holm
Description: An all-star panel of kids comics creators and educators discuss ways to get children excited about reading, encourage creativity and cultivate a love of literature using great graphic novels and comics. Panelists include Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm (Babymouse), Charles Brownstein (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund), Aaron Renier (The Unsinkable Walker Bean) and Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son). This panel will be moderated by librarian John Schumacher.

Title: Custom Plush Toymaking 101
Time: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers: Chris Gann
Description: Chris Gann, Owner of Gann Memorials Custom Plush Toys (whose creations include the 15 foot “Stark Bunny” seen in Iron Man 3, My Little Pony Licensed Plush and Brony Con’s plush souvenir ponies), and team will discuss the basics of minimum to large scale (250 to 100,000 piece) toy making.

Title: MASTICATE!: Geek Bar’s Food and Beverage
Time: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Daniel Gerzina, David Zoltan, Laura Green, Tom Kern
Description: Come join Geek Bar Chicago’s own Kung Food Master, Chef Tom Kern, and Queen of Drinky Things, Laura Green, as they speak about what geeks everywhere can expect from the food and beverage programs at Geek Bar when it opens. They will be joined by Geek Bar’s Fleet Admiral, David Zoltan, and hosted by Danial Gerzina, Editor of Eater Chicago, who will lead the discussion. Learn about the geekstropub conception of the dishes, the Companions menu of sharable small plates, the vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free/soy-free options and more. Hear about the amazing themed craft cocktails, the beer selection strategy and the cool science going into the drinks. The floor will be opened for questions.

Title: Superhero Obstacle Course
Time: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: Little Beans Cafe is an imaginative play space and cafe geared towards children ages 6 months – 6 years. Let your little superhero’s imagination run wild as they blast through Little Beans Café’s mini obstacle course!

Title: Defiance
Time: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Grant Bowler, Jaime Murray, Jesse Rath, Tony Curran
Description: Come join the members of Syfy’s show Defiance as they talk about what life’s like in the year 2046, the state of Earth in the future (Hint: it’s much different than the planet we inhabit today) and their interesting alien encounters.

Title: Stan Lee Spotlight
Time: 12:00PM – 12:45PM
Location: Main Stage – S406
Speakers: Stan Lee
Description: Stan Lee is best known for his co-creations, including Spider-Man, The Avengers, X-Men, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and The Fantastic Four. Join the Chairman Emeritus of Marvel and Chairman & Chief Creative Officer of POW! as he reflects on his years in the exhilarating world of comics.

Title: DC COMICS – Superman: The Man of Tomorrow
Time: 12:15PM – 1:15PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Aaron Kuder, Bobbie Chase, Charles Soule, Greg Pak, John Cunningham, Scott Snyder
Description: The Last Son of Krypton is one of the most recognized pop culture icons of all time, and this year, Superman is set to soar to new heights! Come by for exclusive access on what makes The Man of Steel the hero that he is with people that bring him to life!

 

Title: Future of Video Games
Time: 12:15PM – 1:15PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers:
Description: Bringing together some of the top talent in video game design, C2E2 will give you a look at where games are going over the next five years. New technologies, new game design and the growing community of passionate video game players will be discussed on this panel.

Title: I Have No Sewing Machine, But I Must Cosplay! The Sequel
Time: 12:15PM – 1:15PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Laura Scoby, Lindsey Cepak, Meryle Idzerda
Description: After wowing con-goers last year with their cosplay-shenanigans, the crew is back to give more insight into cosplay – with or without sewing skills! Their skill sets have improved, and so has their knowledge that they can impart to fellow geeks of all skill sets!

Title: Building Fantastical Worlds and Dystopias
Time: 12:15PM – 1:15PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Demitria Lunetta, Jaleigh Johnson, Joelle Charbonneau, Kat Falls
Description: Dystopian societies, post-apocalyptic scenarios, enhanced abilities and deadly creatures, both human and other, make the future a not so safe place to be. Join Authors Joelle Charbonneau (The Testing Trilogy), Kat Falls (Inhuman), Jaleigh Johnson (The Mark of the Dragonfly) and Demitria Lunetta (In the After) as they discuss what it takes to survive in the future worlds and fantastical alternate realities they’ve created.

Title: Kids Costume Parade
Time: 12:15PM – 1:30PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: Kids 12-and-under can come and show off their costumes in the Kids Costume Parade! To register, please arrive at Family HQ 30 minutes prior to the parade. Space is limited and is not guaranteed, so please be sure to arrive early!

Title: Geek Songwriting for Geeks by a Geek
Time: 1:15PM – 2:15PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Dan Marcotte
Description: Dan the Bard has written a lot of songs. Seriously, a lot. He has like 9 recorded CDs! In this panel, Dan will reveal the innermost workings of his musical and lyrical brain. You may have to roll a saving throw.

Title: WOLVERINE: 3 Months to Die
Time: 1:15PM – 2:15PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Charles Soule, Jason Latour, Jordan White, Mahmud Asrar, Mike Marts
Description: Wolverine is going to die! But when, and how? The biggest Wolverine event in years kicks off in June with “3 Months to Die” and this panel is the place to find out more! Plus, learn about exciting new developments across the entire X-Men family of titles! Panelists include Executive Editor Mike Marts, Editor Jordan White, Mahmud Asrar (Wolverine & the X-Men), Jason Latour (Wolverine & the X-Men) and Charles Soule (She-Hulk) as they take on all questions!

Title: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars
Time: 1:15PM – 2:15PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Ian Doescher
Description: Ian Doescher, the author of the New York Times best-selling William Shakespeare’s Star Wars and William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back will discuss the intersection of Shakespeare and Lucas’s classic trilogy. Be ready for surprise dramatic readings of your favorite scenes from the trilogy.

 

Title: Warehouse 13
Time: 1:15PM – 2:15PM
Location: Main Stage – S406
Speakers: Allison Scaglitotti, Eddie McClintock, Jaime Murray, Saul Rubinek
Description: Eddie McClintock (Pete Lattimer), Allison Scagliotti (Claudia Donovan), Jaime Murray (H.G. Wells) and Saul Rubinek (Artie Nielsen), the stars of Syfy’s TV show Warehouse 13, will recap their experiences relating to the U.S. government’s secret storage unit that houses supernatural items. This team is responsible for the safe keeping of mysterious objects and for finding more to add to their impressive collection.

Title: How Not To Die!
Time: 1:15PM – 2:15PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers:
Description: Combat in movies, comics and theater need to tell a story, where an actual sword fight is about how not to die. Learn the basics of a real sword fight and How Not To Die!

Title: Charlaine Harris Spotlight
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Charlaine Harris
Description: Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for more than thirty years. In 2008, she became a publishing phenomenon when her Sookie Stackhouse series served as the inspiration for HBO’s True Blood. This May, Harris will publish MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD, the first book in a new series that features all the elements you love from her writing: mystery, humor, small Southern towns and, of course, a touch of the paranormal. Harris will give Fans at C2E2 an early look at her new novel and answer questions during her Spotlight Panel.

Title: Podcasting with Modern Myth Media!
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Chris Clow, John Bierly, Justin Bolger, Katie Sullivan, Paul Hermann, Sean Gerber  ,
Description: Have you ever wanted to start your own podcast to legitimize your pop culture conversations? The Gentlemen of the Modern Myth Media Podcast will show you how to get started while we all have fun chatting about comics, superheroes, movies, science fiction, zombies and everything in between. Join us!

Title: What You Didn’t Know About Pokémon
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Steve Black Jr.
Description: PKMNcast presents a Pokémon panel talking about obscure facts, history and findings about your favorite pocket monsters. Ranging from the Kanto region to the Kalos region, we have a full panel with information you didn’t know! Will have a Q&A too!

Title: Onward, Battle Brothers! Player-Generated Content in the Massive PvP Setting of Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Garrett Fuller, Miguel Caron
Description: PGC is one of the holy grails of game design, but it can take on a whole new meaning in a competitive context. In Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade, players that take command responsibility are playing against each other on a whole different level, and in doing so, create content for the players with their boots on the ground.

Title: Bristol Renaissance Faire Pirate Treasure Hunt
Time: 1:45PM – 3:00PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: So you want to sail the seven seas and hunt for treasure? Learn the super-secret pirate salute, help the captain aboard the ship and take home the lost treasure of Misty Island! Brought to you by the Bristol Renaissance Faire.

 

Title: DC COMICS: ART MASTERS
Time: 2:30PM – 3:30PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Aaron Kuder, Art Baltazar, Franco, Mark ChiarelloDescription: DC Entertainment is proud to have some of the most immensely talented artists working in comics today. Join us for a unique look into their visual approach in shaping some of your favorite books!

Title: Silver Age Pro-Fan Trivia Challenge!
Time: 2:30PM – 3:30PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers: Craig Shutt, Doug Tonks, Jason Fliegel, Jim Caldwell, Mike Chary, Rachel Rose
Description: Writer and Trivia Geek King Mark Waid takes on a team of Fans to see who knows more useless information about Marvel and DC Silver Age comics. Join moderator Craig Shutt, host of the Mr. Silver Age message board at the Captain Comics Round Table (captaincomics.ning.com), to match your own brain cells against some of the fastest and most knowledgeable trivia geeks in fandom!

Title: Valiant First: Rai, Armor Hunters and Beyond
Time: 2:30PM – 3:30PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Atom Freeman, Dinesh Shamdasani, Fred Pierce, Hunter Gorinson, Josh Johns, Warren Simons
Description: The coming of VALIANT FIRST right here begins at C2E2! With ARMOR HUNTERS, the earth-shaking comic book event of 2014 just weeks away, check in with an all-star panel of Valiant insiders to find out what the future holds for X-O Manowar, Unity, Rai, Bloodshot and more!

Title: You Can Be A “Real Life Superhero!”
Time: 2:30PM – 3:30PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Crimson Catalyst, Crusader Prime, Night Vision, Razorhawk, Tea Krulos, The Watchman
Description: “Real Life Superheroes” (or RLSH) are an unusual subculture of people who adopt superhero personas, do charity events and even fight crime. Meet Tea Krulos, Author of “Heroes in the Night: Inside the Real Life Superhero Movement” and an actual panel of RLSH!

Title: “Beardo the Movie” Screening
Time: 2:45PM – 3:45PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers:
Description: “Beardo the Movie” is a documentary on the World Beard and Moustache Championships (WBMC). Held in Anchorage, AK, this biennial competition judges men in eighteen different moustache, partial beard and full beard categories for the title of “Best Facial Hair in the World.”

Title: What Makes Marvel & Puzzle Quest a Match in the Marvel Universe
Time: 2:45PM – 3:45PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Joe Fletcher, Will Jennings
Description: The Marvel Universe is large and expansive with numerous superheroes and villains filled with immersive stories and history and they have now teamed up with Puzzle Quest, the premiere award-winning puzzle-rpg experience. Find out what started the curiosity on how one would pit Iron Man, Spiderman, Captain America and other Marvel Heroes against a host of super villains in a match-3 all-out puzzle battle storyline. And what makes your personal relationship with your Marvel character all the more important in those heated PVP tournaments. Dig deeper into these questions and more with the guys behind the game that has attracted more than 2 million players (and growing) and see what the game has in store next.

Title: Diverse Means for Diverse Worlds Moderated by Racebending.com
Time: 2:45PM – 3:45PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Gabrial Canada, Gail Simone, Gene Ha, Jay Fuller, Marjorie Liu, Ramon K. Perez, Turtel Onli
Description: Racebending.com moderates a discussion with a diverse array of panelists with a focus on crafting fictional worlds where diversity mirrors the real one.

 

Title: Bristol Renaissance Faire Knighting Ceremony
Time: 2:45PM – 4:15PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: Queen Elizabeth I is looking for new knights and ladies for her court. Test your mettle and might against the Code of Chivalry and you could be knighted! Brought to you by the Bristol Renaissance Faire.

Title: Kid’s Quidditch
Time: 3:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: The IQA returns for the fourth year in a row to demonstrate the sport of Quidditch. Quidditch events taking place in the Family HQ will include short “How-To-Play” stations followed by free-play in rotating sessions.

Title: Creating Great Characters: From Your Brain to the Page!
Time: 3:45PM – 4:45PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Andy Schmidt, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Kyle Higgins, Mike Perkins, Robert Atkins
Description: Learn real strategies and techniques for creating engaging characters with unique and iconic looks that connect with your audience! Join Writers Kyle Higgins (Nightwing, The COWL) and Josh Fialkov (The Ultimates, The Bunker) along with Artists Robert Atkins (G.I. Joe, Spider-Man) and Mike Perkins (Captain America). Hosted by Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt.

Title: The State of Play in Tabletop Roleplaying Gaming
Time: 3:45PM – 4:45PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Kenneth Hite, Matt Forbeck, Will Hindmarch
Description: A panel of professional RPG Designers (Matt Forbeck, Ken Hite and Will Hindmarch) discuss the state of RPG play, design and the industry, and they look as far into the future as they can. They’ll spotlight great games you might have missed and highlight designers to watch.

Title: That’s Not a Real Sword!
Time: 3:45PM – 4:45PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers:
Description: The weapons and armor of film and fantasy have a distinct purpose of telling a story. How do real weapons and armor compare? Find out with hands on interactions with real weapons and armor.

Title: It’s More than Drawing: Exploring Other Careers in the Comics Industry
Time: 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Mike Norton, Russ Burlingame
Description: While it is an incredible dream, working in the comic industry is not just limited to being an artist. “It’s More than Drawing: Exploring Other Careers in the Comics Industry” will dive into the various professions of the comics industry, what they entail, offer and more.

Title: The Art of Cartoon Animation & Production with Animator/Director Tom Cook
Time: 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Tom Cook
Description: Tom will share the interesting story about how he was hired in the animation industry and then take you through the process of making a TV cartoon like He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Thundarr the Barbarian, The Smurfs or Scooby Doo, from script to screen.

 

Title: C2E2 Team Q & A
Time: 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers:
Description: We hope you had the best time at C2E2 and that your experience was epic. The C2E2 Team will be sitting down with Fans to hear what you thought of the Show, what you’d like to see more of and let you help build C2E2 2015!

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With ECCC only a dwindling memory and a box of kleenex from the con crud everyone caught, C2E2 is bearing down on us on April 25-27. Chicago’s biggest comics event will have the usual line-up of guests from all areas of the industry.

However, the website panel listings don’t allow you to see the whole thing at one, but courtesy of ReedPOP’s Marykate Nagourney, here is the whole list of programming in an easy to find way. Highlights include a storytelling panel with Amanda Conner and Cully Hamner, Mark Waid on his digital and retailing exploits, Christina Blanch and Carol Tilley on various comics and academics topics, and the usual MArvel, DC, Dark Horse, Boom and so on panels.

C2E2 2014 Schedule of Panels and Events

Friday, April 25

Title: Closing the Deal: What You Need to Know About Publishing Deals & Contracts
Time: 10:15AM – 11:15AM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Andy Schmidt, Joe Sergi
Description: Your project is going to make millions of dollars-but you have to sign this CONTRACT first–yikes! Join Andy Schmidt (Comics Experience, Marvel, IDW Publishing) and Joe Sergi, attorney at law and author of “Comic Book Law: Cautionary Tales for the Comic Book Creator,” for an in-depth look at comics contracts!

 

Title: How to Play Quidditch 101
Time: 11:00AM – 1:30PM
Location: Interactive Room – S405
Speakers:
Description: The IQA is happy to be returning again to C2E2 for the fourth year in a row to demonstrate the sport of quidditch! Quidditch events in the Interactive Room will consist of demonstration games between local teams as well as free-play games for spectators.

Title: Page 1 – Panel 1 – Storytelling on the Page
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Amanda Conner, Buddy Scalera, Cully Hamner
Description: An all-star cast of experienced, working comic book writers and artists talk about telling an effective story on the page. Learn about how real professional artists break down a script and thumbnail a page. Actual working pros show you how they determine the layout, the story flow and specific panels from a real comic book script. Cully Hamner – Red, Blue Beetle; Amanda Conner – Harley Quinn, The Pro; Plus a surprise artistic addition, not yet announced. Hosted by Buddy Scalera of ComicBookSchool.com.

Title: Graphic Novels: Super Classroom Tools of Tolerance and Taming Aggression!
Time: 11:15AM – 12:15PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Andra Medea, Janet K. Lee, Meryl Jaffe, Ph.D., Talia Hurwich
Description: Graphic novels are at times associated with violence and aggression. Ironically, research has found that they can be used to both help kids gain greater tolerance and to effectively learn how to recognize and tame aggression. This panel of graphic novel artists, educators and conflict specialists shows you how.

Title: How to Start Free Comic Day Programming at Your Library
Time: 11:15AM – 12:15PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Jim Mortensen, Kristin LaLonde
Description: This panel discussion will give librarians practical information about how to get Free Comic Book Day programming started at their library. Panelists will discuss how to get comics, how to work with local shops and what kinds of programming can be offered.

Title: Breaking Into Comics and Staying In!
Time: 11:30AM – 12:30PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Andy Schmidt, C.B. Cebulski, Joshua Williamson, Kyle Higgins, Paul Allor, Robert Atkins, Scott Allie
Description: With the shifting landscape of the comics industry, this is your INVALUABLE guide to breaking into the comics industry. Join Comics Experience Founder Andy Schmidt, with Writers Josh Williamson, Kyle Higgins, Paul Allor, Artist Robert Atkins, Marvel VP CB Cebulski and Dark Horse Comics Editor-In-Chief Scott Allie for the best panel on breaking in ever!

Title: Keep in Touch with Your Imaginary Friend
Time: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: We explore the importance of Fairy Tales, Fables and Make Believe in a world of tweets, selfies and “reality” TV. Discuss how to keep our imaginations sharp and our wits keen by exploring our storytelling past and how it influences the Millenials and beyond.

Title: Editors on Editing
Time: 12:00PM – 1:30PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Buddy Scalera, Dinesh Shamdasani, Ralph Tedesco, Sven Larsen
Description: Meet some of the industry’s top editors. Learn what it takes to break into comics and stay in from an all-star editorial panel. Sven Larsen – Papercutz; Dinesh Shamdasani – Valiant; and Ralph Tedesco – Zenescope. Hosted by Buddy Scalera of ComicBookSchool.com.

 

Title: Cosplay Contest
Time: 12:15PM – 2:00PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers:
Description: Still looking to show off that Batman costume or flaunt the detail in your Captain American suit? Well this is the time to do it! The Friday cosplay contest requires no pre-registration and will be available on a first come first served basis, while space lasts. Please arrive at the C2E2 LIVE! Stage half an hour before the start of the contest.

Title: Super Librarians: Every Hero Has a Story
Time: 12:30PM – 1:30PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Angie Pilkington, Anna Hartmann, Mallorie Graham, Rachel Loutsch, Samantha Helmick
Description: Pick up some free tips and tricks to implement comic culture and heroism into your library programming for children to seniors. Learn how to host your own library comic con and prepare for the 2015 national Super Hero Summer Reading theme.

Title: The Official 1 FIRST COMICS Relaunch Panel!
Time: 12:30PM – 1:30PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Dan Cote, Ken F. Levin, Matt Fillbach, Orlando Harding, Shawn Fillbach, Steve Stern
Description: The legendary comics company, Chicago’s own 1 FIRST COMICS, marks its official re-entry into publishing with advance preview copies of 14 new titles! Come see what one of the industry’s leading imprints has in store for us in 2014!

Title: Teaching Characterization and Inference with Graphic Novels
Time: 12:45PM – 1:45PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Eric Kallenborn, Gareth Hinds, Josh Elder, Mike Jacobson, Ronell Whitaker
Description: Award winning Graphic Novelist Gareth Hinds will be joined by educators and administrators from Community High School District 218 to discuss the use of comics and graphic novels to teach literacy skills in the high school classroom.

Title: Meet the Rebel Legion: Nar Shaddaa Base
Time: 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Location: Fan Village – S100a
Speakers: Augie Webster, Dylan Van Horn, James Norman, Rob Hamilton, Steve Mammen, Steve Szyndrowski
Description: The Rebel Legion is the premiere world-wide Star Wars costuming organization focusing on the heroes of the Star Wars Saga. Our organization is built around creating film quality costumes of Jedi, Pilots, Princesses, Wookiees and more. Nar Shaddaa Base is the local chapter covering Illinois and Wisconsin.

Title: Superhero Obstacle Course
Time: 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: Little Beans Cafe is an imaginative play space and cafe geared towards children ages 6 months – 6 years. Let your little superhero’s imagination run wild as they blast through Little Beans Café’s mini obstacle course!

Title: Dark Horse Presents: Gail Simone
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Gail Simone, Scott Allie
Description: Gail Simone has been making waves since her arrival on the comics scene with a column on Comic Book Resources. Since then, she has written some of the most iconic runs on such titles as Birds of Prey, Batgirl, Red Sonja and, most recently, Tomb Raider for Dark Horse. In honor of this new ongoing, and the collection of her Kickstarter-funded Leaving Megalopolis series, Dark Horse Editor-in-Chief, Scott Allie, leads a career-spanning discussion on one of comics’ most accomplished writers.

 

Title: Science Fiction
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Darryl Gregory, Gary K. Wolfe, John Scalzi, M.D. Waters
Description: “To boldly go where no man has gone before” is the phrase that has greeted many of us who have looked to the heavens in awe. From the far flung reaches of the Milky Way to the mind-bending possibilities of time travel, let Authors John Scalzi (The Human Division), Daryl Gregory (Afterparty) and M.D. Waters (Prototype) tell you what they see when they venture to other dimensions.

Title: Comics & Hollywood – What Creators Need to Know
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Buddy Scalera, Jimmy Palmiotti, Ken F. Levin, Nicholas Brendon
Description: More comics are being turned into films, & creators have important questions about how Hollywood works. Get actionable information from top creators who have navigated the TV & movie business. Plus, unique perspective and insights from an actor who has appeared in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and is writing the comic book series at Dark Horse Comics.

Title: MARVEL: House of Ideas
Time: 1:45PM – 2:45PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Joshua Hale Fialkov, Mark Waid, Ryan Penagos
Description: Love having the best comics in the industry on your mobile devices? Want to know how Marvel stays on the cutting edge of technology? Then this panel is for you, True Believer! Get exciting news about Marvel’s Infinite Comics as well as what’s happening on the Marvel Comics App, Marvel Unlimited and MORE in this can’t-miss panel hosted by Executive Editorial Director of Digital Ryan Penagos, Writer Joshua Hale Fialkov (Amazing Spider-Man: Who Am I? Infinite Comic), Mark Waid (Daredevil) and other Mighty Marvel Guests!

Title: Pitch Perfect: Crafting a Comic Book and Media Pitch that Sells!
Time: 1:45PM – 2:45PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Andy Schmidt, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Joshua Williamson, Kyle Higgins, Paul Allor
Description: You’ve got a great story to tell that has great media potential. But you have to get it down to a page? Impossible! Join experienced editors and writers of multiple media: Josh Williamson, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Kyle Higgins, and Andy Schmidt for pro-tips on how to create pitches that sell!

Title: Publishing Your Indie Game
Time: 1:45PM – 2:45PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Dave Lang, Dave Laskey, David Finseth, Jay Margalus, Russ Lankenau
Description: Releasing a successful indie game gets harder every day. With increasing barriers to publishing, marketing and funding, small game companies need to band together and help each other succeed. Come hear how indie companies Lunar Giant and The Amiable did just that, and how you can do it too.

Title: Fredric Wertham’s Seduction of the Innocent and the Comics Code Authority at 60
Time: 2:00PM – 3:00PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Carol L. Tilley
Description: In 1954, comic books were put on public trial, first by psychiatrist Fredric Wertham in his popular book Seduction of the Innocent and then by the US Senate. These events helped prompt the development of the Comics Code Authority, a censorship body that led to a downturn in the comics sales and stifled creativity. This talk will take you back in time, behind the scenes to learn some of the untold stories of this fateful, notorious year in comics history. Hear how Wertham fabricated some of his evidence against comics! Find out how Senator Estes Kefauver and Wertham got acquainted! Learn about the kids who stood up to Wertham and the Senate to try to save the comics they loved!

Title: Martial Arts with Power Ranger Steve Cardenas
Time: 2:00PM – 3:00PM
Location: Interactive Room – S405
Speakers: Steve Cardenas
Description: Do you want to defend the world from evil just like a Mighty Morphin Power Ranger? Steve Cardenas, better known as Rocky the Red Power Ranger, can show you how! Steve will be holding a martial arts demonstration and class in the Interactive Room for fans of all ages. Space is limited so be sure to arrive early.

 

Title: The Nerdologues Present: Your Stories – C2E2 Edition!
Time: 2:15PM – 3:15PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers: Beth Smith, Chris Geiger, Claire Friedman, Dwight Haesler, Eric Garneau, Joe Gennaro, Kevin Reader, Michael Jando, Steve Persch
Description: The Nerdologues is a sketch comedy ensemble from Chicago. Sketch comedy, you know, like funny ha-ha. Sort of like Monty Python or Saturday Night Live. Except, they tend to base their jokes on true stories from nerds’ lives and pop culture. In addition to sketch comedy, they host other live events, create videos and podcasts. In this show, they will be recording a live podcast that includes stories, songs, sketches and special guests! Visit us at Nerdologues.com and follow us at @nerdologues.

Title: DC Entertainment – ALL ACCESS
Time: 2:45PM – 3:45PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Bobbie Chase, Brian Azzarello, Charles Soule, Dan Jurgens, Greg Lockard, Greg Pak, Jim Chadwick, Kyle Higgins, Nicola Scott, Scott Snyder
Description: At DC Entertainment, there’s never been a better time to be a Fan! Come by for unfiltered access to all things DC Entertainment! Find out what some of DC’s biggest names have to share from behind-the-scenes! Joining the All-Access party will be some of the industry’s top talents, so don’t miss out!

Title: We Are BOOM!
Time: 2:45PM – 3:45PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Filip Sablik, Matt Gagnon, Ross Richie
Description: Last year was a banner year for BOOM! highlighted by the release of our first feature 2 GUNS (starring Denzel Washington & Mark Wahlberg) and new first-look deal with 20th Century Fox. Archaia joined us as a new imprint, we expanded the all-ages KaBOOM! line-up and launched our newest imprint BOOM! Box. Join BOOM! Studios Founder & CEO Ross Richie, VP of Publishing & Marketing Filip Sablik and Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon as we share our mission to create the future of comics…now. We are BOOM! Come Innovate With Us.

Title: Cosplay Q & A with Yaya Han
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Yaya Han
Description: Come for a candid chat with Yaya about all aspects of cosplay. This is your chance to ask her about cosplay-related topics like modeling, makeup, international cosplay scenes and conventions, photography and posing, costume contests and how to prepare for them and more! There are also 15 years worth of Yaya’s interesting stories about going to cons, making costumes, dressing up and traveling worldwide in the name of cosplay in store for you!

Title: Getting the Most out of Graphic Novels in Your Classroom and Library
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: David Cutler, Jenna Goodall, Jim McClain, Josh Elder, Tim Sarrantonio
Description: Reading With Pictures and ALA’s Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries Member Interest Group present a joint panel of experienced educators and librarians. They will discuss best practices for getting the most out of the graphic novels in your classroom or library, share their proven strategies and answer audience questions and concerns.

Title: Spotlight on Patrick Rothfuss
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Patrick Rothfuss
Description: Patrick Rothfuss took the speculative fiction community by storm with his #1 New York Times bestselling Kingkiller Chronicle saga. Join Rothfuss during his C2E2 spotlight panel for the opportunity to have your burning questions about The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear answered!

Title: Inside the Creator’s Studio with Mark Waid and Buddy Scalera
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Buddy Scalera, Mark Waid
Description: Meet Mark Waid like you’ve never met him before…alone on stage. A brutally honest conversation about writing and editing comics; breaking into the industry; staying employed; and the inevitable ups and downs of a career. If you enjoy “Inside the Actor’s Studio,” you’ll love this long-form interview format. Hosted by Buddy Scalera of ComicBookSchool.com.

 

Title: A Data-Driven Comic Universe
Time: 3:15PM – 4:15PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Andy Kahl
Description: Ghostery users have a unique visibility into the data collection technologies that are spread across the web. For independent/digital comic producers, these technologies are essential tools to supporting their art; but for privacy-minded users, they can raise serious concerns. How can comics live on the web without killing reader privacy?

Title: Stand Up Stand Up
Time: 3:30PM – 4:30PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers: Jake McKenzie, James Webb, Keith Paesel, Ken Witzgall, Richard Pollak, Todd Massey
Description: Stand Up Stand Up returns to C2E2 with an all new lineup of Chicago’s finest comedians! We are a free weekly comedy showcase located at The Crocodile (1540 North Milwaukee Avenue) in the Wicker Park neighborhood. Every Thursday at 9:00 PM. Come to laugh. StandUpStandUp.net.

Title: Del Rey Books Spotlight on Science Fiction/Fantasy
Time: 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Kevin Hearne, Tricia Narwani
Description: Join Del Rey Editorial Director Tricia Narwani as she presents current and upcoming sci-fi/fantasy titles from Del Rey and talks with New York Times bestselling Author Kevin Hearne about his Iron Druid series.

Title: World of Tanks: Xbox 360 – Built from the Ground Up
Time: 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Arlette Resendiz, Denny Thorley, Jeff Gregg, Matt Monforte
Description: From the studio that brought the award-winning World of Tanks PC version to Xbox 360, Wargaming West provides an in-depth look at the transition from PC to console market.

Title: Creator Connection
Time: 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Buddy Scalera, Dirk Manning
Description: Meet your next creative partner in this fun, interactive networking session. Many indie titles and careers have been launched through this panel. Bring business cards & samples of your work. This is the panel that has literally helped complete strangers form creative teams and publish comic books. This is the original and best Creator Connection. Be there and launch your career. Hosted by Buddy Scalera of ComicBookSchool.com. Introduction and Inspiration from Dirk Manning. Support James McGill of ComicBookSchool.com.

Title: Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition Presents: End Bulling In Schools
Time: 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers: Carrie Goldman
Description: Join award-winning author and anti-bullying expert Carrie Goldman for a one-hour free workshop on how best to respond to bullying in schools, including strategies to manage cyberbullying, verbal taunts, and victim blaming.

Title: Aw, Yeah! It’s Captain Action Cat and the Timestream CATastrophe
Time: 4:15PM – 5:15PM
Location: S403
Speakers:
Description: An inside look into the new miniseries from Dynamite, Dark Horse, Captain Action and Aw Yeah Comics. Get ready for the wildest crossover of 2014 with Captain Action Cat! Be sure to share the secrets and insights courtesy of the creative minds behind the madness: Art Baltazar, Franco and Chris Smits. We’ll review secrets, explore the back story and even reveal cool previews of this madcap adventure. Also, a sneak peek into the future plans for the Captain Action toys, comics and more. Moderated by Captain Action’s Ed Catto.

 

Title: Digital Comics: The Next Page
Time: 4:15PM – 5:15PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Jim Chadwick, Josh Elder, Mark Waid, Michael Murphey
Description: iVerse and ComicsPlus host an entertaining and engaging dialogue on what’s next for digital comics, especially as it relates to creators, publishers, retailers, librarians and, not the least of all, readers.

Title: MARVEL: Breaking In
Time: 4:15PM – 5:15PM
Location: N426
Speakers: C.B. Cebulski, Charles Soule, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Mark Brooks, Todd Nauck
Description: Are you a writer or artist? Ever dream of working for Marvel? Do you find yourself thinking, “I could do that…if I knew how!” Well, here’s your chance! Join superstar writers and artists, including Mark Brooks (Fearless Defenders), Joshua Hale Fialkov (Amazing Spider-Man: Who Am I? Infinite Comic), Todd Nauck (Nightcrawler) and Charles Soule (She-Hulk), as well as Marvel’s talent scout C.B. Cebulski, to find out the answers on how to get your foot in the door and make your job MARVEL!

Title: Eve Myles Spotlight
Time: 4:45PM – 5:45PM
Location: Main Stage – S406
Speakers: Eve Myles
Description: Join Torchwood’s Gwen Cooper as she recaps her experiences as a member of the Torchwood Institute in the Doctor Who spin-off television show.

Title: Mark Waid, Comics Retailer vs. Mark Waid, Digital Publisher
Time: 5:15PM – 6:15PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Christina Blanch, Mark Waid
Description: In 2012, Mark (Daredevil, Hulk) Waid launched his digital comics site, Thrillbent.com. Last year, Mark (Kingdom Come, Original Sin) Waid purchased a brick-and-mortar comics store in Indiana. Watch them – him! – duke it out to determine the future of comics – print or digital – and find out which will host Waid and Barry Kitson’s EMPIRE relaunch!

Title: The Creative Geniuses Behind Beer Label Art and Design
Time: 5:15PM – 6:15PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Aimee Quinkert, Ian Law, Jourdon Gullet, Oliver Barrett, Phineas Jones, Tim Lehi
Description: This panel will include a discussion with some of craft beer’s top label artists. Tim Lehi (Three Floyd’s), Jourdon Gullett (Solemn Oath), Phineas Jones (Half Acre), Ian Law (Revolution Brewing) and Oliver Barrett (Revolution Brewing).

Title: The Legacy of Crusher Hogan: The Love Affair Between Comics & Wrestling
Time: 5:15PM – 6:15PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Jim Salicrup, Mick Foley, Sven Larsen
Description: From Peter Parker entering the ring in AMAZING FANTASY #15 to CM Punk yelling out “It’s Clobberin’ Time” on RAW, comics and wrestling have enjoyed a long joint history. Join WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley & Papercutz EIC Jim Salicrup as they explore the symbiotic relationship between these subcultures.

Title: DC COMICS 101
Time: 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Bobbie Chase, John Cunningham
Description: New to DC Comics? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Come by for an all-ages tutorial on the essentials of what make DC Comics one of the leading comic book publishers!

 

Title: How to Be a Nerd for a Living: Careers Within Nerd Culture for Everyone
Time: 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Adron Buske, Andy Schmidt, Pat Loika, Wendy Buske
Description: Do you want to work in the industry you’re passionate about, but you’re not sure where you’d fit? This panel of professionals will discuss different types of jobs that exist within pop culture entertainment, gaming, comics and more. Get tips on finding a way to a new career from those already working in the industry. This panel will conclude with a 10 minute Q&A.

Title: End Bullying! Responding to Cruelty in our Culture
Time: 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Carrie Goldman, Chase Masterson, Jessica Gall
Description: Have you or someone you love been a target of bullying? Join this life-changing discussion on how to overcome bullying, and learn strategies to create witnesses and allies out of bystanders. Panelists include Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition Founder Chase Masterson (Doctor Who: Big Finish) and Anti-Defamation League bullying expert Jessica Gall. Special topics include geek bullying, LGBT bullying, cyber-bullying and analyzing how media and entertainment affect our attitudes toward bullying and aggression. Moderated by Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition Founder & Author (and mother of Katie the Star Wars Girl) Carrie Goldman (Harper Collins’ Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear). Surprise Guests TBA!

Title: Comics and the Academy: The Role of Graphic Novels in Higher Education
Time: 5:45PM – 6:45PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Christina Blanch, John Bivens, Josh Elder, Prof. Carol Tilley, Prof. David Rapp, Prof. Len Strazewski
Description: Reading With Pictures presents a wide-ranging look at the increasingly important role that comics play in higher education. Everything from MOOCs and Comic Studies courses to integration in the core curriculum and neurological-based research.

Title: Game of Thrones
Time: 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Location: Main Stage – S406
Speakers: Alfie Allen, Kristian Nairn, Natalia Tena
Description: Winterfell’s icy walls served as a home for many who inhabited Westeros. Some were born and raised there such as Hodor the simpleton stable boy. Others though were forced to live among the Starks as wards and servants like Theon Greyjoy and Osha. Join Kristian Nairn, Alfie Allen and Natalia Tena as they share their stories of filming in exotic (and cold) locations and memories from working on the set of Game of Thrones, and what we might expect in the upcoming season. Winter is coming.

Title: Beer and Comics 2: Electric Boogaloo
Time: 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Barnaby Struve, Brian Azzarello, C.B. Cebulski
Description: Year two of beer and comics at C2E2. Come join us as we talk about the parallels of Craft Beer and Comics that we all love. Featuring Chicago Area craft brewers and local comic creators.

Title: Opening the Clubhouse Doors: Creating More Inclusive Geek Communities
Time: 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Jeffrey Smith, Karlyn Meyer, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Mary Robinette Kowal, Michi Trota, Scott Snyder
Description: As visibility of Fans, creators and organizers from marginalized communities increases, geek communities are having more discussions about diversity, tokenism and re-examining just how “welcoming” geek spaces are. This moderated panel will discuss what “diversity” in geek culture means, what it looks like and why it’s necessary. Sponsored in part by the Chicago Nerd Social Club.

Title: Behind the Voice with Veronica Taylor
Time: 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Veronica Taylor
Description: Veronica Taylor (voice of Ash from Pokémon and Amelia from Slayers) discusses the art of voice acting.

 

Title: Cosplay: Behind the Scenes
Time: 6:45PM – 7:45PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Albert Capoccia, Blythe Bridget Avila, CBJ, Monica Hunt, Ryan “Green” Flennoy, Scott Whipple
Description: Cosplayers from every universe come together to talk about why they do it, how they do it and how you can too! Listen to tales of ingenious heroism. This panel will include a Q&A for tips, tricks and everything in between, as well as the chance to tell your story.

Title: Marvel Heroes: What’s Next?
Time: 6:45PM – 7:45PM
Location: N426
Speakers: David Brevik, Jeff Donais, Matt Group, Ryan Collins
Description: Get the inside scoop on the next big thing in Marvel Heroes, the online action RPG where you battle as your favorite Marvel Hero! Find out details about all of the awesome upcoming content and pick up an in-game giveaway!

Title: Writing for Video Games
Time: 6:45PM – 7:45PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: David A Rodriguez, Jeff Bellio, Lewis Harris

Description: David Rodriguez, Narrative Designer on the blockbuster, Skylanders: SWAP Force game, will give an overview of what it means to be a designer and writer within the game industry. He will review the sorts of specialties that exist within the discipline and then delve into the process of game creation.

Title: “BLOOD GLACIER” Screening
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers:
Description: While investigating global warming at a remote weather station in the German Alps, a science expedition encounters horrific hybrids and mutant monsters including beetle-foxes, giant wood lice and flying killer bugs. IFC MIDNIGHT presents a sneak-preview screening of this new sci-fi horror thriller in the tradition of JOHN CARPENTER’S THE THING. BLOOD GLACIER will be released May 2 in theaters, cable on demand, iTunes, XBox, Playstation, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play and SundanceNow.com.

Title: Wikia Qwizards [LIVE]: Anime, Comics & Star Wars Trivia
Time: 7:45PM – 8:45PM
Location: S402
Speakers:
Description: Wikia presents Qwizards, an exciting live-action collaborative quiz show. In this special C2E2 edition of the popular online series, Fans will face off in a multi-round battle of expert level trivia. Topics range from that galaxy far, far away; to the four-color worlds of superherodom; to the highly stylized fantastical settings of Japanese animation. Round after round, contestants hailing from Wookieepedia, the Marvel Database, DC Database and Final Fantasy communities will fight to out-quiz each other, win awesome prizes and become Wikia’s Ultimate Qwizard. In addition, numerous audience participation rounds will give panel attendees the opportunity to take home their own set of cool prizing and one-of-a-kind collectibles. So come check out the action and put your knowledge to the test!

Title: Three Floyd’s Brewing: Beer, Comics and Chicago
Time: 8:00PM – 9:00PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Barnaby Struve, Brian Azzarello, Nick Floyd, Tim Seeley
Description: The guys behind Chicagoland’s favorite artisanal craft brewery discuss their secret origins, the influence of comics and genre fandom on their beers and their plans for dominating the liquor store shelves and comic stores! Meet Barnaby Struve, Nick Floyd and special comic book guests/Three Floyd’s beer Fans Brian Azzarello and Tim Seeley! And, maybe get a chance to sample some brews!

Title: Zombies and Time Travelers and Vampires, Oh My! Why Geek Culture Matters
Time: 8:00PM – 9:00PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Allison McCracken, Brendan Riley, Katie Wilson, Paul Booth, Sharon Ross
Description: Zombies and time travelers and vampires, oh my! Geek culture has become more popular and more mainstream than ever before. This panel will open up discussion about why geek culture matters to today’s media environment. Join five local scholars from Columbia College and DePaul University as they talk about why they study Geek Culture. With Dr. Paul Booth (Editor of Fan Phenomena: Doctor Who), Dr. Allison McCracken (Author of “At Stake: Angel’s Body, Fantasy Masculinity, and Queer Desire in Teen Television”), Dr. Brendan Riley (Author of “The Undead Gourmet”), Dr. Sharon Ross (Author of Beyond the Box: Television and the Internet) and Ph.D. student Katie Wilson (Author of “‘You Know You Were A ‘90s Kid’: Buzzfeed’s Thin Line Between Nostalgia and Fandom”). Explore topics like the importance of time travel stories and Doctor Who, the true stories of zombies, the deeper meaning of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the relevance of cult television today. Geeks are important – geeks are cool. The panelists will discuss why fandom, geeks and pop culture are important topics for today’s college classes, and what “being a geek” means today. Share your own stories of being a geek as we explore why geek culture matters!

 

Title: C2E2 Friday Night Kickoff with Comedy Mutant’s Brian Posehn and Kyle Kinane
Time: 8:30PM – 10:00PM
Location: Main Stage – S406
Speakers: Brian Posehn, Kyle Kinane
Description: C2E2 celebrates the full breadth of pop culture with a special opening night event on the Main Stage. Brian Posehn and Kyle Kinane of the Comedy Mutant crew will start the show with their collective comedic genius setting the bar for the awesome weekend ahead. Join us and enjoy a comedy event that can’t be missed.

Saturday, April 26

Title: Chicago Steampunk Forum
Time: 10:30AM – 11:30AM
Location: Fan Village – S100a
Speakers:
Description: The Chicago Steampunk community discusses essentials of Steampunk fandom including literature, music, fashion, events, popular culture, and what it means to be a Steampunk in every day life. Bring your finery for show-and-tell and a promenade afterwards.

Title: How to Play Quidditch 101
Time: 11:00AM – 1:30PM
Location: Interactive Room – S405
Speakers:
Description: The IQA is happy to be returning again to C2E2 for the fourth year in a row to demonstrate the sport of quidditch! Quidditch events in the Interactive Room will consist of demonstration games between local teams as well as free-play games for spectators.

Title: Creating Community: Hosting Ladies’ Night at Your Local Comic Shop
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Anissa Espinosa, Caitlin Rosberg, Lauren Burke, Megan Byrd, Wendi Freeman
Description: You may be friendly with the employees at your local comic shop, but how well do you know your fellow shoppers? How often do you talk comics outside of the Internet? Why does it matter? Learn how to build community and change your experience of fandom by hosting Ladies’ Night.
Title: Crowdsourcing: Kickstarting Your Way to Success
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Kenneth Hite, Matt Forbeck, Will Hindmarch
Description: The emergence of Kickstarter and other crowdsourcing services has revolutionized and reinvigorated the marketplace for creator-owned projects. Learn the dos and don’ts of a successful project from an all-star panel (Forbeck, Hite & WIndmarch) of creators who have successfully funded projects that have far exceeded their goals.

Title: DC COMICS – THE NEW 52
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Aaron Kuder, Amanda Conner, Bobbie Chase, Dan Jurgens, Gail Simone, Jimmy Palmiotti, John Cunningham
Description: New and veteran Fans alike are welcomed to be a part of history as the DC team and top-notch talent discuss the books that are shaping this new era of DC Comics! Don’t miss this exclusive look inside the hottest comic line in decades!

Title: Songs of Dragons and the Dungeons in Which They Dwell
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: Spend time with Dan the Bard and his own compositions about rangers and wizards, bards and barbarians, manticores…and owlbears! The music of Dan the Bard is a combination of original and period pieces, heavily influenced by folk music and the humor of filk music.

 

Title: In Defense of YA
Time: 11:15AM – 12:15PM
Location: S402
Speakers: April Genevieve Tucholke, E.C. Blake, Kendare Blake, Lydia Kang, Seth Fishman, Shannon Stoker
Description: Too light, too shallow, too this or too that. YA literature – like Science Fiction and Fantasy – has joined the ranks of genres that often include explanations such as “It’s good…for a YA book,” by those new to it. But for those in the know, YA is just as complex, dark, emotional and beautifully written as any other category of literature. Join Authors Seth Fishman (The Well’s End), Lydia Kang (Control), April Genevieve Tucholke (Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea), Kendare Blake (Antigoddess) and E.C. Blake (Masks) as they discuss the appeal of YA (whether it be SF/F, Horror or Dystopian YA) and why it rules the school.

Title: KISS IT – The 10th Anniversary of HACK/SLASH
Time: 11:15AM – 12:15PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Belinda “Spaced” McNeill, Daniel Leister, Jeff Bohn, Jenny Frison, Josh Baylock, Mike Norton, Tim Seeley
Description: This panel will be a retrospective discussion on the 10 year run of Cassie Hack, Vlad and the gang from Hack/Slash. Our panel will include Hack/Slash creator Tim Seeley, Artists Jenny Frison, Mike Norton and Daniel Leister, as well as Josh Baylock from Devil’s Due and Jeff Bohn, the webmaster of the Hack/Slash website. We will be discussing the first swing of Cassie’s bat to her final issue and the impact that a character like Cassie Hack has on comics. Our panelists will also give insight on what it takes to bring Cassie and the gang to life and much more! There will also be a Q&A with the panelists and an art giveaway.

Title: Minimates Mini-Figures: Marvel Comics, The Walking Dead, Clerks and More!
Time: 11:15AM – 12:15PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Chuck Terceira, Jeff Stephens, Sarah Evans, Zach Oat
Description: The Diamond Select Toys team discusses what’s coming up for the popular 2-inch mini-figure line, including new assortments based on Marvel Comics, Godzilla, The Walking Dead, Battle Beasts, TMNT, Jay & Silent Bob, Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Sin City, Aliens, Pathfinder and more! Stay for the Q&A and prizes!

Title: We Made a Trading Card Game
Time: 11:15AM – 12:15PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Alex Morris, Jim Polpiboon, Mark Kakareka
Description: Guilty 10 Games talk about the development of their card game, Union, which will be announced in March and released holiday weekend. They will also talk about where trading card games are today.

Title: Whose Doctor Is it Anyway?
Time: 11:45AM – 12:45PM
Location: Fan Village – S100a
Speakers:
Description: Some Fans began loving Doctor Who when it was first broadcast on public television; for many current Fans, their Doctor of choice was shown in more recent years. Yet there’s always the question “How can new series Fans get into classic Who?” or “How can classic Fans get into new Who?” or even “Why does it matter?” The Chicago Doctor Who Meetup group is sponsoring a conversation where Fans can learn about great entry points, share recommendations and dive deeply into this classic science fiction series!

Title: 501st Legion Star Wars Blaster Arena
Time: 12:00PM – 1:30PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: Do you have what it takes to be a member of the Imperial Forces? In the Blaster Arena, young Cadets pit their blaster skills against the Empire’s finest troops! Suit up with a squad of Imperial hopefuls and compete against the Stormtroopers of the famous 501st Legion! Remember: Only YOU can restore Order to the Galaxy! New matches start every five minutes in this time slot, but spaces are limited! For cadets age 6-12.

Title: Your Opinion Sucks! ­ Rotten Tomatoes Critics vs. Fans
Time: 12:15PM – 1:15PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Bill Zwecker, Erik Childress, Grae Drake, Matt Atchity, Peter Sobczynski, Richard Roeper
Description: Face off with your favorite Rotten Tomatoes critics when they join Editor-in-Chief Matt Atchity and Senior Editor Grae Drake of Rotten Tomatoes, along with their editorial team, to debate your favorite films.

 

Title: Breaking Bad with RJ Mitte
Time: 12:15PM – 1:15PM
Location: N427
Speakers:
Description: Come listen to Breaking Bad’s RJ Mitte as he discusses the end of AMC’s hit series and his role as Walter White, Jr., the son of a dad willing to go to dangerous extremes to provide for his family.

Title: All Things Fantastic
Time: 12:30PM – 1:30PM
Location: S402
Speakers: C. Robert Cargill, Colleen Lindsay, Douglas Hulick, Katherine Addison, Mary Robinette Kowal, Simon Green, Steve Bein
Description: Heroes and villains, wizards and goblins, fairies and demons…stories told in another realm are full of characters and creatures that stretch the imagination and these authors populate their novels with a host of magical and otherworldly beings. Join Katherine Addison, Steve Bein, C. Rogert Cargill, Simon Green, Douglas Hulick and Mary Robinette Kowal as they discuss all things fantastic.

Title: Gay Character and Creators Panel
Time: 12:30PM – 1:30PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Chad Sell, Gail Simone, Rachel Deering, Rogan Josh, Russell Dauterman, Steve Disme
Description: Brought to you By Geeks OUT (Geeksout.org): Gail Simone joins Chad Sell, Russell Dauterman, Rachel Deering and Rogan Josh to talk about what makes a good gay character and why diversity is important in comics. All hosted by Steve Disme of Comic Book Queers.

Title: Legal Cosplay
Time: 12:30PM – 1:30PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Daliah Saper, Saper Law Attorneys
Description: This panel will be an unscripted conversation between the attorneys at Saper Law Offices, LLC, a Chicago-based intellectual property firm, and members of the audience. We will rely on audience participation to raise intellectual property, rights of publicity and corporate issues as they relate to the comic book industry.

Title: MARVEL: Original Sin
Time: 12:30PM – 1:30PM
Location: N426
Speakers: James Robinson, Jordan White, Mark Waid, Mike Marts, Nick Lowe
Description: Who killed the Watcher? Marvel’s murder mystery mega-event ORIGINAL SIN will bring the heroes of Earth to the remotest corners of the Marvel Universe and force them to confront their own darkest secrets! You’ve got questions and we’ve got answers! Executive Editor Mike Marts, Senior Editor Nick Lowe, Editor Jordan White, James Robinson (Fantastic Four) and Mark Waid (Daredevil) are on hand to give you the scoop.

Title: 501st Legion: Costuming in the Star Wars Galaxy
Time: 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Location: Fan Village – S100a
Speakers: Aimee Jorgensen, Augie Webster, Brian Troyan, Javier Esqueda, Steve Mammen, Thomas Spanos
Description: The 501st Legion, the world’s largest Star Wars costuming group, leads a discussion on Star Wars costuming and their organization! Find out who they are, what they do and how you can create your own screen-accurate villainous Star Wars costume. Join us… Together, we can rule the costuming galaxy!

Title: Bloody Good Fun: Exploring Comedy within the Horror Genre
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Aly Amidei, Brian Amidei, Ele Matelan, Josh Zagoren, Matt Engle, Scott T. Barsotti
Description: Horror and comedy are weird sisters: incisive at their best, groan-inducing at the worst and tireless in their pursuit of THE BIG REACTION. This panel, hosted by horror experts WildClaw Theatre, peers into how the two genres use similar tactics to get a rise out of audiences.

 

Title: Geek Geek Revolution
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: S403
Speakers: John Scalzi, Kevin Hearne, Lydia Kang, Patrick Rothfuss, Seth Fishman
Description: GEEK GEEK REVOLUTION is a no-holds-barred geek culture game show featuring five science fiction/fantasy authors competing for the chance to be TOP GEEK. In addition the audience members will be asked to ‘write-in’ questions in hopes of stumping the authors and winning a prize pack of books. Hold onto your hats, nerf herders, this might get ugly. Featuring authors: Patrick Rothfuss, Kevin Hearne, Seth Fishman and Lydia Kang, and moderated by John Scalzi.

Title: Power Rangers Reunion
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Jason Narvy, Paul Schrier, Steve Cardenas
Description: Steve Cardenas (Rocky the Red Ranger) meets up with fellow Power Rangers cast members, Paul Schrier and Jason Narvy (Bulk and Skull), to rehash their experiences fighting evil in Angel Grove.

Title: Kids Costume Parade
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: Kids 12-and-under can come and show off their costumes in the Kids Costume Parade! To register, please arrive at Family HQ 30 minutes prior to the parade. Space is limited and is not guaranteed, so please be sure to arrive early!

Title: Animation Beyond the Cinema: A Celebration for the Animation Enthusiast
Time: 1:45PM – 2:45PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Alexia Anastasio, Zabrina McIntyre
Description: Do you love everything about animation? Do you love the stories, the art or the way animation can visually transport us? If this sounds like you, then join us for a lively discussion of the ways you can enjoy this creative medium after you’ve left the movie theater.

Title: MARVEL: Spider-Verse
Time: 1:45PM – 2:45PM
Location: N426
Speakers: James Robinson, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Mark Waid, Nick Lowe
Description: It’s the most epic Spider-Man event of all time as every Spider-Man EVER come together to face a world-ending threat! Senior Editor Nick Lowe, Joshua Hale Fialkov (Amazing Spider-Man: Who Am I? Infinite Comic), James Robinson (Fantastic Four), and Mark Waid (Daredevil) will be taking any and all questions from YOU the fans! This is one panel no Spidey fan can miss!

Title: What to Read!
Time: 1:45PM – 2:45PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Adam Withers, Comfort Love
Description: For new, old and lapsed readers. Part 1 is a slide-show presentation of 15 must-read comics and manga from different genres! During Part 2, the audience and your panelists will make a living document of the greatest comics ever made according to you!

 

Title: The Crow – 20th Anniversary Panel
Time: 1:45PM – 2:45PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Ernie Hudson, Michael Massee, Tony Todd
Description: A rare opportunity for C2E2 Fans to “believe in angels” – an up close and personal Q&A with stars Ernie Hudson (Sgt. Albrecht), Tony Todd (Grange) and Michael Massee (Funboy). Don’t miss it!

 

Title: Kosart Effects Studios Demo – LIVE!
Time: 1:45PM – 3:15PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers: J. Anthony Kosar
Description: J. Anthony Kosar, the owner, head instructor and lead artist of Kosart Effects Studios and “Kosart Atelier: School For Entertainment Arts,” and Champion of SyFy’s Face Off Season 4, will do a live FX demo on the Twitch Stage featuring the application of a Kosart original creature FX make-up transformation!

Title: Do It Like a Knight Sword Demo and Lessons
Time: 2:00PM – 4:30PM
Location: Interactive Room – S405
Speakers: Adam Schnider, Davis Vader, Jesse Kulla, Jon Humphreys, Rebbecca Smith
Description: Learn to fight like the original contractors, Medieval Condotierri. Learn to fight the way it was really done, with grace, style, and ruthless efficiency. room for 30 participants, and as many observers as the room will hold. You will have blast.

Title: DC COMICS – Batman
Time: 2:45PM – 3:45PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Bobbie Chase, Brian Buccellato, Dustin Nguyen, James Tynion IV, Jason Fabok, Jim Chadwick, John Cunningham, Peter Tomasi, Scott Snyder
Description: Batman’s crusade against the corrupt and evil has permeated across the DC Universe and beyond! Join some of the hottest creators who are behind the Dark Knight for an exclusive look at what’s in store for the World’s Greatest Detective! There has never been a better time to walk the streets of Gotham City!

Title: Glass Ceilings, Missing Stairs & Gatekeepers: Geeks Still Deal with Sexism
Time: 2:45PM – 3:45PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Carlye Frank, Dawn Xiana Moon, Erin Tipton, Kate Lansky, Laura Koroski, Michi Trota, Susheela Bhat
Description: We’ve established that yes, women can be geeks, so what gives? Why is con harassment still a problem? What other barriers are women facing in geek spaces? Isn’t talking about it just perpetuating the problem? Find out why talking about sexism and fighting for geeky gender equality is still needed. Sponsored in part by the Chicago Nerd Social Club.

Title: Listen to Jimmy
Time: 2:45PM – 3:45PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Amanda Conner, Cully Hamner, Jill Thompson, Jimmy Palmiotti, Nicola Scott
Description: This is your opportunity to go behind the scenes of the comic book industry! Join Jimmy Palmiotti and his guests Cully Hamner, Jill Thompson, Amanda Conner and Nicola Scott as they share their personal stories and the latest and greatest of their careers. Fans will have a chance to get in on the action with a no holds barred Q&A session!

Title: Aw Yeah, Dark Horse!
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Art Baltazar, Franco, Jeremy Atkins, Scott Allie
Description: Art & Franco have taken some of comics’ most well-known characters and re-imagined them for Fans of all ages. To celebrate the anniversary of last year’s announcement of the recently collected Itty Bitty Hellboy at C2E2, as well as the upcoming collection of this dynamic duo’s Kickstarter-funded Aw Yeah Comics!, we have put together an hour of fun, announcements and much more! Bring your big ideas for a chance to woo Dark Horse EIC Scott Allie in the “one minute pitch!” Find out which Dark Horse characters the two will tack next and much much more! This one is guaranteed to be fun for the whole Fan family!

Title: Diamond Select Toys: The Best of All Worlds
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Chuck Terceira, Paul Clarke, Zach Oat
Description: The Diamond Select Toys team will run down every non-Minimates item DST has coming up, from Marvel Comics, Plants vs. Zombies, TMNT, Godzilla, Batman, The Walking Dead, Sin City, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Jay & Silent Bob, Lost in Space, Aliens, Star Wars, Star Trek, Ghostbusters, Universal Monsters and My Little Pony! Stay for the Q&A and prizes!

 

Title: Supernatural City
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Chloe Neill, Jacqueline Carey, Kerrelyn Sparks, Kevin Hearne, Lauren Roy, Mia Garcia
Description: Join Authors Jacqueline Carey (the Agent of Hel series), Kevin Hearne (the Iron Druid Chronicles), Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires), Lauren Roy (Night Owls) and Kerrelyn Sparks (the Love at Stake series) on a guided tour of cityscapes populated by supernatural creatures, both friend and foe.

Title: Teen Wolf with Crystal Reed & Tyler Posey
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: Main Stage – S406
Speakers: Tyler Posey
Description: Come join Crystal Reed (Allison Argent) and Tyler Posey (Scott McCall) as they talks about the perks and dangers of being a student at Beacon Hills High School.

Title: The Moving Target: What Publishers Want and How to Give it to Them
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Andy Schmidt, Jim Gibbons, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Joshua Williamson, Mike Perkins, Paul Allor
Description: Get your project Green-Lit! What is it you need to improve, change, rethink? Join Comics Experience Founder Andy Schmidt, Comics Pros Joshua Fialkov (The Ultimates), Josh Williamson (Ghosted), Mike Perkins (Captain America) and Dark Horse Editor Jim Gibbons to get the inside scoop that helps improve your chances of getting accepted in just one hour!

Title: Bristol Renaissance Faire Knighting Ceremony
Time: 3:15PM – 4:45PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: Queen Elizabeth I is looking for new knights and ladies for her court. Test your mettle and might against the Code of Chivalry and you could be knighted! Brought to you by the Bristol Renaissance Faire.

Title: Nerd Trivia
Time: 3:30PM – 4:30PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers: Kat Dennis, Kelly Davich, Liz Hoffman, Michael Rashid, Rick Fields
Description: We choose people from the crowd to play rounds of trivia based on popular nerd fandoms, such as Star Wars, Doctor Who, Joss Whedon, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, etc. People can volunteer to compete for small prizes or just play along from the crowd.

Title: Behind the Graphics: A Video Game Industry Round Table
Time: 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Allen Turner, Cef Grima, Daniel Loane, Matthew Degen, Nick Schrag, Ryan Wiemeyer
Description: Celebrating our fourth year at C2E2! Join some of Chicago’s game development community as they take you behind the scenes of the video game industry for a moderated panel discussion and Q&A session.

Title: Kickstarter and Comics: Everything You Wanted to Know
Time: 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Amy Chu, Greg Pak, Jill Thompson
Description: Join a representative from Kickstarter who will walk you through how the site works, how to get your project campaign started and answer any questions you may have. Also hear from a panel of fellow comics creators who’ve run successful campaigns about their experiences using Kickstarter and how they made their projects a success.

 

Title: Comics and Pop Music!
Time: 4:15PM – 5:15PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Matt Pizzolo, Patrick A. Reed, Ronald Wimberly, Vivek J. Tiwary
Description: Comic books and pop music are uniquely American art forms, with many common inspirations and a large shared audience. Here, Patrick Reed (Editor of Depth Of Field Magazine) brings together artists and publishers to discuss pop comics from the Beatlemania tie-ins of the 60s to today’s Fan-favorite titles.

Title: MARVEL: Next Big Thing
Time: 4:15PM – 5:15PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Charles Soule, James Robinson, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Mahmud Asrar, Mike Marts, Nick Lowe, Ryan Stegman, Skottie Young
Description: Want to start reading Marvel comics? There’s no better time than Marvel NOW! And there’s no better place to learn about our thrilling and creatively diverse All-New Marvel NOW series than this panel! Don’t miss some exciting discussion of Guardians of the Galaxy and Inhuman titles, plus a surprise announcement or two! Panelists include Executive Editor Mike Marts, Senior Editor Nick Lowe, Mahmud Asrar (Wolverine & the X-Men), Joshua Hale Fialkov (Amazing Spider-Man: Who Am I? Infinite Comic), Charles Soule (She-Hulk), Ryan Stegman (Wolverine), James Robinson (Fantastic Four) and Skottie Young (Rocket Raccoon)!

Title: Turning Your Art Into an Online Business: Branding & Marketing for Creators
Time: 4:15PM – 5:15PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Andy Schmidt, Janet K. Lee, Karen Hallion, Kelly Stephenson, Wendy Buske
Description: Professional artists, crafters and marketers will provide helpful tips on promoting your art and yourself online. Topics such as licensing, targeting your audience through advertising and social media, protecting your designs, time-management and how to maintain an online shop will be discussed. This hour-long panel will conclude with a 10 minute Q&A.

Title: Lost Girl
Time: 4:15PM – 5:15PM
Location: Main Stage – S406
Speakers: K.C. Collins, Kris Holden-Ried, Rick Howland
Description: We are proud to present some of the amazing stars that help to make Prodigy Pictures’ Lost Girl airing on Syfy Channel such a Fan fae-vorite. Join us for a panel discussion featuring everyone’s fae-vorite barkeep and Blood King Rick Howland (Trick), our resident wolf shape-shifter Kris Holden-Ried (Dyson) and the dashingly debonair siren K.C. Collins (Hale) after his big season! Riding the heels of the Season 4 finale, Fans will have a chance to ask questions of the cast.

Title: Bristol Renaissance Faire Pirate Treasure Hunt
Time: 4:30PM – 6:00PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: So you want to sail the seven seas and hunt for treasure? Learn the super-secret pirate salute, help the captain aboard the ship and take home the lost treasure of Misty Island! Brought to you by the Bristol Renaissance Faire.

Title: Comics vs. Comics: Pictionary Battle
Time: 4:45PM – 5:45PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers: Chris Burnham, Ed Greer, Ron Swallow, Tom Franck
Description: Top comic book artists team up with comedians from Comics and Comics in a showdown of Pictionary! These artists may be the top of their field when it comes to cranking out an issue every 30 days, but how will they do in 60 seconds or less?

Title: Discuss Star Wars Books Presented by Chicago Force: Kenobi
Time: 4:45PM – 5:45PM
Location: Fan Village – S100a
Speakers:
Description: Here’s your chance to sit down with Chicago Force for a lively discussion about Star Wars books. Please read Kenobi by John Jackson Miller. Whether you can love it or leave it, all opinions are welcome for this mature and literary look at the Expanded Universe. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Title: Fight Like a Hero (OR VILLAIN!)
Time: 5:00PM – 7:00PM
Location: Interactive Room – S405
Speakers: Brandon Marcial, David Ellis, John Nam, Tony Acevedo
Description: Have you ever wanted to know more about the various fighting styles used by Black Widow, Batman, or Deathstroke? Have you ever thought “I wonder if that move from (x) comic would work in real life?” Here we are to answer those questions! From Wrestling to Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai to Kung Fu, this team of MMA fighters has the answers!

Title: Vertigo: Defy
Time: 5:15PM – 6:15PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Amy Chu, Greg Lockard, John Cunningham, Lee Bermejo, Scott Snyder
Description: Vertigo is back in Chicago and ready to blow your mind with trend-setting comics! From horror to mythic fiction to sci-fi and beyond, join us and see what amazing new ideas are coming your way from the imprint that’s on a mission to defy all your expectations!

Title: “R.U.R.: Genesis” Screening
Time: 5:15PM – 6:15PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Chase Masterson
Description: “R.U.R.: Genesis” is a short film (and teaser for a feature currently in development) based upon the classic 1919 science fiction play by Karel Capek.

Title: Game of Thrones Fan Forum
Time: 5:15PM – 6:15PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Kristian Nairn
Description: Contributors from Wikia’s most popular communities focus their Fan expertise on the book-to-TV mega-hit, Game of Thrones. Joining the panel and lending his first-hand experience to the conversation is series regular Kristian Nairn, a.k.a. Fan-favorite “Hordor.” Come for the geek-out session, dissect the popular HBO series and get your Season Four questions answered!

Title: 24 Reunion
Time: 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Location: Main Stage – S406
Speakers: Carlos Bernard, James Morrison, Louis Lombardi
Description: Carlos Bernard (Tony Almeida), Louis Lombardi (Edgar Stiles) and James Morrison (Bill Buchanan) get together to talk about their time spent defending the country with Jack Bauer on the fan-favorite TV series, 24.

Title: CBLDF: The Comics Code – A Legacy of Censorship
Time: 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Alex Cox
Description: 60 years ago this month, comics were placed under the scrutiny of the United States government, leading to the formation of the Comics Code: a censorship authority that governed comics for more than 50 years! CBLDF reveals the history of how comics were censored & creators affected by the Code!

Title: Dark Horse Builds Characters
Time: 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Donny Cates, Eric Powell, Geof Darrow, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Joshua Williamson, Scott Allie, Tim Seeley
Description: In 2014, comics are more diverse than ever and Dark Horse continues to pride itself on producing the greatest serialized storytelling from some of the biggest names in the industry! From Hellboy to Buffy, to Luke and Leia, some of the most iconic characters in comics and beyond call Dark Horse home. Join us as we talk character development with writers who tell their tales! Editor in Chief, Scott Allie is joined by Project Black Sky scribes Josh Williamson (Captain Midnight) and Joshua Hale-Fialkov (Skyman), as well comics legend Geof Darrow (Shaolin Cowboy), Eric Powell (The Goon), Tim Seeley (Sundowners, The Occultist) and newcomer Donny Cates (Buzzkill) for insight, announcements and much much more!

 

Title: Grimm Fairy Tales: Animated Series – Pilot Episode
Time: 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Ralph Tedesco
Description: Frightening and fun animated adaptation of Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales produced by Zenescope Entertainment, Titmouse Inc. and Schneppzone. Directed by Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse), this pilot episode screening features behind the scenes footage with the amazing cast of voice actors, including Lena Headey, Chris Hardwick, Robert Forster and many more.

Title: Hip-Hop & Comics: Cultures Combining
Time: 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Adam “Illus” Wallenta, Matthew Rosenberg, Patrick A. Reed, Ronald Wimberly, Tyrue “Slang” Jones
Description: Hip-hop and comics reflect each other in many ways– rappers and graffiti artists utilize superheroic imagery and adopt alter-egos; comic creators utilize hip-hop’s rich visual vocabulary. Here, Patrick A. Reed (of Depth Of Field Magazine) brings together graphic and musical luminaries to discuss the ties between these creative cultures.

Title: Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition Presents: End Bulling In Schools
Time: 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: Join award-winning author and anti-bullying expert Carrie Goldman for a one-hour free workshop on how best to respond to bullying in schools, including strategies to manage cyberbullying, verbal taunts, and victim blaming.

Title: Chicago Ghosts with Ghostbusters: Chicago Division
Time: 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Location: Fan Village – S100a
Speakers: Mary Jo Chrabasz, Steve Szyndrowski
Description: Come hear about local ghost stories from your troop outside da loop! Members of the team will discuss some of their favorite local ghost stories, from the north side to the south side and everywhere in between!

Title: The Geek Comedy Hour
Time: 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers: Ed Greer, Ron Swallow, Tom Franck
Description: All Fanboy Stand-Up Comedy from the geekiest group of comedians in the multiverse. From comic books to video games, from anime to Dr. Who, from Star Wars to Star Trek, Comics and Comics has all your nerd comedy bases covered.

Title: GAM3R: Making Your No Budget Gaming Documentary
Time: 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Calvin Theobald, Illych Reyes, Jordan Levinson, Victor Pinto
Description: With a rise in gamers picking up cameras and documenting their communities, we will give advice on how exactly to go about making your indie film or web videos with no budget. Learn from our successes, our failures and pick our brains in a Q&A.

Title: Genre Feminism
Time: 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Claire Llewellyn, Julie Ufema, Lauren Jankowski, Sandra Almazan
Description: Genre still suffers from a lack of diversity. In film, television and literature we are bombarded with stories told through the straight white male gaze. Rampant sexism and harassment are still commonplace in genre spaces. Women’s work is still viewed through a gendered lens, whereas work by men is believed to appeal to everyone. The VIDA count, Women in Horror Recognition Month, Lexi Alexander’s article on sexism in the film industry and the work of Broad Universe are the first steps towards gender equality in genre. How do we continue this momentum? How can we make genre spaces safer for everyone? Let’s have a discussion about the ways to combat sexism (and the other -isms) and make genre a more welcoming place.

 

Title: The Other Dead: When Zombie Animals Attack!
Time: 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Dave Dorman, Digger T Mesch, Joshua Ortega
Description: The Zombie Animal™ invasion is coming to Chicago! Join Joshua Ortega (Gears of War, Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer), Digger T Mesch (Agent 88, Minimates) and Dave Dorman (Star Wars, AvP) to get the latest scoop on IDW’s sleeper horror hit of 2013!

Title: Nerd City: Failing Spectacularly for Success!
Time: 6:45PM – 7:45PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Ben Spencer, Esq., Capt. Jim Kyle, Dr. Jose Gallimore, Max Minor
Description: Join Nerd City for their legendary annual C2E2 panel. Rowdy, under-the-influence and insane, the boys will talk the past, present and future of the brand (including toys, cartoons and failed reality TV shows). Now with more cursing, special guests, stupidity and prizes! See you there, you filthy animals. Fart. Balls.

Title: Supernatural Fan Panel
Time: 6:45PM – 7:45PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Andie Masino, Brian Warnock, Rick Carlson, Tara Andrews, Teresa Masino, Theresa Warnock
Description: Join the coordinators of the Chicago-based Supernatural Fan convention WinchestMidwest for an hour of spoilers and speculation on the hit CW show, “Supernatural.” We’ll discuss Season 9, spoilers for Season 10 and speculate on the upcoming Chicago-based spin off. The room will also be set up with a display of art department props from the last nine seasons. And as a special treat, all panel attendees will receive a C2E2 exclusive Supernatural tote bag.

Title: The Hobbit: There and Back Again – Spoilers and Speculation!
Time: 6:45PM – 7:45PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Anne Giffels, Bill Thomas, Justin Sewell
Description: Smaug the Magnificent has arrived in spectacular fashion, and Bilbo and the dwarves are facing deadly danger. Join TheOneRing.net in a lively discussion about The Hobbit: There and Back Again. The first two movies have generated passionate responses, and the last installment is sure to amaze us all.

Title: C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay
Time: 7:30PM – 9:30PM
Location: Main Stage – S406
Speakers: Ashley Eckstein, Austin Scarlett, Nan Cibula-Jenkins, Yaya Han
Description: Presented by Wikia, the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay makes its debut this April in Chicago as the biggest and most prestigious costume contest in the United States. Veterans of the cosplay circuit and amateurs alike will battle it out for a shot at seizing the Crown and over $10,000 in cash and prizes. For the first time ever, C2E2 will invite cosplayers from across the country to travel to the Windy City to be critiqued by celebrity judges Yaya Han, Ashley Eckstein, Nan Cibula-Jenkins and Austin Scarlett, all whom have prestigious backgrounds in pop culture and costume design. Fans will witness the spectacle and pageantry of a fun-filled competition celebrating the best cosplayers from around the country on Saturday, April 26 on the Main Stage!

Title: World of Warplanes – From Blueprints to Blue Skies
Time: 7:45PM – 8:45PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Brian Willits, Gareth Luke, Garrett Fuller, Nedra Boukhris
Description: Wargaming America takes you through the detailed process of in-game design and development, production and why planes are nothing like tanks.

Title: CODE MONKEY SAVE WORLD writer Greg Pak Reveals All!
Time: 7:45PM – 8:45PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Greg Pak
Description: The CODE MONKEY SAVE WORLD graphic novel, based on the songs of internet superstar musician Jonathan Coulton, is the highest grossing original comics Kickstarter project of all time. Get the inside scoop on every aspect of the book’s development, Kickstarter campaign, and production from writer Greg Pak. ALSO: FREE STICKERS!

 
Title: C2E2 Charity Art Auction
Time: 7:45PM – 9:30PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Steve Borock
Description: YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Please join us for the 2nd Annual Charity Art Auction at C2E2! Come on down and bid with other art enthusiasts for the chance to own a piece of original art from some of your favorite Creators including Adi Granov, Geof Darrow, Chris Samnee, Tim Seeley and many more. All proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and your participation in this event will help support lifesaving research and treatment for the children of St. Jude. HAVE FUN. GET ART. SAVE LIVES.

Title: Ink-Fusion: Where the Worlds of Tattooing and Pop Culture Collide
Time: 8:00PM – 9:00PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Chris Jones, Josh Bodwell, Kelly Rogers, Lu SkyWalker, Marc Draven, Mike Bianco
Description: A look at the funnier things of two very interesting worlds. Ink-Fusion Tattoo festivals have been exploding across the globe in recent years and so have both the industries of professional tattooing and pop culture. Both always evolving to new lights in the media. Come join us as our panel of artists shed light on working with people every day, strange requests, stranger people and how TV portrays it today. What it’s like to work with the likes of Stan Lee, Lucasfilm and what would be our next goals in Tattooing in the entertainment business. Learn how artists survive in such a different type of occupation. We’ll cover all topics with a funny, adult sense of humor. We suggest this panel be for all Fans 18 and over.

Title: “Legends of the Knight” Screening
Time: 8:00PM – 9:30PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Dr. Patrick O’Conner, Dr. Vasilis Pozios
Description: Legends of the Knight weaves together the stirring true stories of individuals who have overcome devastating obstacles, unselfishly given to the community and embraced their inner superhero because of their love of Batman.

Title: “OF DICE AND MEN” A Play by Cameron McNary
Time: 8:00PM – 9:30PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Bennett Bottero, Elliott Sowards, Grace Gimpel, Gwynn Fulcher, Sam Fain, Sawyer Heppes, Tiffany Keane
Description: A hilarious love letter to fantasy games and the people who love them, Of Dice and Men centers around a group of thirty-somethings who share a passion for their epic game of Dungeons & Dragons. Performed and produced by Otherworld Theatre Company.

Sunday, April 27

Title: Martial Arts with Power Ranger Steve Cardenas (Kids 12 and Under)
Time: 10:00AM – 11:00AM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers: Steve Cardenas
Description: Do you want to defend the world from evil just like a Mighty Morphin Power Ranger? Steve Cardenas, better known as Rocky the Red Power Ranger, can show you how! Steve will be holding a martial arts demonstration and class in Family HQ Sunday. For Children 12 and under.

Title: Do It Like a Knight Sword Demo and Lessons
Time: 10:45AM – 1:15PM
Location: Interactive Room – S405
Speakers:
Description: Learn to fight like the original contractors, Medieval Condotierri. Learn to fight the way it was really done, with grace, style, and ruthless efficiency. room for 30 participants, and as many observers as the room will hold. You will have blast.

Title: The Let’s Play Panel
Time: 10:45AM – 11:45AM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: “Chip Cheezum”, “Geop”, “Ironicus”, “Kamoc”, “Voidburger”, Clint Worthington
Description: Let’s Play videos are huge in the gaming community, turning every game into a social experience. Chip, Ironicus, Voidburger, Geop, and Kamoc have been creating their videos for over five years and are here to talk about their experiences, LP as a whole, and make a video live.

 

Title: Marvel Unlimited+ MEMBERS ONLY Event*
Time: 10:45AM – 11:45AM
Location: N426
Speakers: James Robinson, Jason Latour, Ryan Stegman
Description: Join Executive Editorial Director of Digital Ryan Penagos and top Marvel Creators, including Jason Latour (Wolverine & the X-Men), James Robinson (Fantastic Four) and Ryan Stegman (Wolverine) for a private panel discussion of what’s happening inside the Marvel Universe. Get FREE merchandise, sneak peeks of upcoming comics, Q&A Session to answer all your burning questions and more surprises to be announced. Not to be missed! Marvel Unlimited Plus Members ONLY – show your Member Card or confirmation email at the Marvel Booth for a ticket to the event.

Title: The Art of Worldbuilding: A Discussion with Charlaine Harris and Jacqueline Carey, Moderated by Chloe Neill
Time: 10:45AM – 11:45AM
Location: S403
Speakers: Charlaine Harris, Chloe Neill, Jacqueline Carey
Description: Join beloved Authors Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse, Midnight Crossroads) and Jacqueline Carey (Kushiel’s Legacy, Agent of Hel) as they discuss worldbuilding and the art of writing genre fiction in a spotlight panel moderated by Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires).

Title: Masks and Mask Making with Inside Out Art Studio’s Jeff Semmerling
Time: 10:45AM – 11:45AM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers:
Description: Jeff will demonstrate the Power of Masks, inside and outside of the mask. This presentation will include: a glimpse of the leather mask making process he teaches quarterly in his Chicago studio; mask performances including fun audience participation; as well as discussion of how he uses masks and mask making as activities to make learning more memorable in classrooms. Learn secrets to the creation of anything – masks, puppets, props or scenery from cardboard, an exciting FREE medium Jeff uses to make lightweight giants for public spectacles.

Title: TBA
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers:
Description: We can’t talk about this panel just yet, but we promise it’s pretty awesome. Check for updates as we get closer to the Show!

Title: Make Your Own Comics
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Amy Chu, Greg Pak, Jimmy Palmiotti, Ryan Browne
Description: Successful creators talk candidly about their self-publishing experiences. Be prepared to take notes – we’ll cover the pros and cons of putting out your own book, and other tough topics like finding an audience and the money stuff!

Title: Discuss Star Wars Books Presented by Chicago Force: Dark Empire
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: Fan Village – S100a
Speakers:
Description: Here’s your chance to sit down with Chicago Force for a lively discussion about Star Wars books. Please read the Dark Empire graphic novel from Dark Horse. Whether you can love it or leave it, all opinions are welcome for this mature and literary look at the Expanded Universe. We look forward to seeing you there!

Title: Reading with Pictures with Trevor Mueller
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: Come learn about how getting comics in the classroom can be fun and educational. There will be live read-alongs of the upcoming Graphic Textbook! Hosted by Reading with Pictures’ Marketing Director Trevor Mueller. Fun for all ages!

 

Title: Kids Comics Heroes: Raising a Reader
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Aaron Renier, Charles Brownstein, Jeffrey Brown, Jennifer Holm, John Schumacher, Matthew Holm
Description: An all-star panel of kids comics creators and educators discuss ways to get children excited about reading, encourage creativity and cultivate a love of literature using great graphic novels and comics. Panelists include Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm (Babymouse), Charles Brownstein (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund), Aaron Renier (The Unsinkable Walker Bean) and Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son). This panel will be moderated by librarian John Schumacher.

Title: Custom Plush Toymaking 101
Time: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers: Chris Gann
Description: Chris Gann, Owner of Gann Memorials Custom Plush Toys (whose creations include the 15 foot “Stark Bunny” seen in Iron Man 3, My Little Pony Licensed Plush and Brony Con’s plush souvenir ponies), and team will discuss the basics of minimum to large scale (250 to 100,000 piece) toy making.

Title: MASTICATE!: Geek Bar’s Food and Beverage
Time: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Daniel Gerzina, David Zoltan, Laura Green, Tom Kern
Description: Come join Geek Bar Chicago’s own Kung Food Master, Chef Tom Kern, and Queen of Drinky Things, Laura Green, as they speak about what geeks everywhere can expect from the food and beverage programs at Geek Bar when it opens. They will be joined by Geek Bar’s Fleet Admiral, David Zoltan, and hosted by Danial Gerzina, Editor of Eater Chicago, who will lead the discussion. Learn about the geekstropub conception of the dishes, the Companions menu of sharable small plates, the vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free/soy-free options and more. Hear about the amazing themed craft cocktails, the beer selection strategy and the cool science going into the drinks. The floor will be opened for questions.

Title: Superhero Obstacle Course
Time: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: Little Beans Cafe is an imaginative play space and cafe geared towards children ages 6 months – 6 years. Let your little superhero’s imagination run wild as they blast through Little Beans Café’s mini obstacle course!

Title: Defiance
Time: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Grant Bowler, Jaime Murray, Jesse Rath, Tony Curran
Description: Come join the members of Syfy’s show Defiance as they talk about what life’s like in the year 2046, the state of Earth in the future (Hint: it’s much different than the planet we inhabit today) and their interesting alien encounters.

Title: Stan Lee Spotlight
Time: 12:00PM – 12:45PM
Location: Main Stage – S406
Speakers: Stan Lee
Description: Stan Lee is best known for his co-creations, including Spider-Man, The Avengers, X-Men, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and The Fantastic Four. Join the Chairman Emeritus of Marvel and Chairman & Chief Creative Officer of POW! as he reflects on his years in the exhilarating world of comics.

Title: DC COMICS – Superman: The Man of Tomorrow
Time: 12:15PM – 1:15PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Aaron Kuder, Bobbie Chase, Charles Soule, Greg Pak, John Cunningham, Scott Snyder
Description: The Last Son of Krypton is one of the most recognized pop culture icons of all time, and this year, Superman is set to soar to new heights! Come by for exclusive access on what makes The Man of Steel the hero that he is with people that bring him to life!

 

Title: Future of Video Games
Time: 12:15PM – 1:15PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers:
Description: Bringing together some of the top talent in video game design, C2E2 will give you a look at where games are going over the next five years. New technologies, new game design and the growing community of passionate video game players will be discussed on this panel.

Title: I Have No Sewing Machine, But I Must Cosplay! The Sequel
Time: 12:15PM – 1:15PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Laura Scoby, Lindsey Cepak, Meryle Idzerda
Description: After wowing con-goers last year with their cosplay-shenanigans, the crew is back to give more insight into cosplay – with or without sewing skills! Their skill sets have improved, and so has their knowledge that they can impart to fellow geeks of all skill sets!

Title: Building Fantastical Worlds and Dystopias
Time: 12:15PM – 1:15PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Demitria Lunetta, Jaleigh Johnson, Joelle Charbonneau, Kat Falls
Description: Dystopian societies, post-apocalyptic scenarios, enhanced abilities and deadly creatures, both human and other, make the future a not so safe place to be. Join Authors Joelle Charbonneau (The Testing Trilogy), Kat Falls (Inhuman), Jaleigh Johnson (The Mark of the Dragonfly) and Demitria Lunetta (In the After) as they discuss what it takes to survive in the future worlds and fantastical alternate realities they’ve created.

Title: Kids Costume Parade
Time: 12:15PM – 1:30PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: Kids 12-and-under can come and show off their costumes in the Kids Costume Parade! To register, please arrive at Family HQ 30 minutes prior to the parade. Space is limited and is not guaranteed, so please be sure to arrive early!

Title: Geek Songwriting for Geeks by a Geek
Time: 1:15PM – 2:15PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Dan Marcotte
Description: Dan the Bard has written a lot of songs. Seriously, a lot. He has like 9 recorded CDs! In this panel, Dan will reveal the innermost workings of his musical and lyrical brain. You may have to roll a saving throw.

Title: WOLVERINE: 3 Months to Die
Time: 1:15PM – 2:15PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Charles Soule, Jason Latour, Jordan White, Mahmud Asrar, Mike Marts
Description: Wolverine is going to die! But when, and how? The biggest Wolverine event in years kicks off in June with “3 Months to Die” and this panel is the place to find out more! Plus, learn about exciting new developments across the entire X-Men family of titles! Panelists include Executive Editor Mike Marts, Editor Jordan White, Mahmud Asrar (Wolverine & the X-Men), Jason Latour (Wolverine & the X-Men) and Charles Soule (She-Hulk) as they take on all questions!

Title: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars
Time: 1:15PM – 2:15PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Ian Doescher
Description: Ian Doescher, the author of the New York Times best-selling William Shakespeare’s Star Wars and William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back will discuss the intersection of Shakespeare and Lucas’s classic trilogy. Be ready for surprise dramatic readings of your favorite scenes from the trilogy.

 

Title: Warehouse 13
Time: 1:15PM – 2:15PM
Location: Main Stage – S406
Speakers: Allison Scaglitotti, Eddie McClintock, Jaime Murray, Saul Rubinek
Description: Eddie McClintock (Pete Lattimer), Allison Scagliotti (Claudia Donovan), Jaime Murray (H.G. Wells) and Saul Rubinek (Artie Nielsen), the stars of Syfy’s TV show Warehouse 13, will recap their experiences relating to the U.S. government’s secret storage unit that houses supernatural items. This team is responsible for the safe keeping of mysterious objects and for finding more to add to their impressive collection.

Title: How Not To Die!
Time: 1:15PM – 2:15PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers:
Description: Combat in movies, comics and theater need to tell a story, where an actual sword fight is about how not to die. Learn the basics of a real sword fight and How Not To Die!

Title: Charlaine Harris Spotlight
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Charlaine Harris
Description: Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for more than thirty years. In 2008, she became a publishing phenomenon when her Sookie Stackhouse series served as the inspiration for HBO’s True Blood. This May, Harris will publish MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD, the first book in a new series that features all the elements you love from her writing: mystery, humor, small Southern towns and, of course, a touch of the paranormal. Harris will give Fans at C2E2 an early look at her new novel and answer questions during her Spotlight Panel.

Title: Podcasting with Modern Myth Media!
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Chris Clow, John Bierly, Justin Bolger, Katie Sullivan, Paul Hermann, Sean Gerber  ,
Description: Have you ever wanted to start your own podcast to legitimize your pop culture conversations? The Gentlemen of the Modern Myth Media Podcast will show you how to get started while we all have fun chatting about comics, superheroes, movies, science fiction, zombies and everything in between. Join us!

Title: What You Didn’t Know About Pokémon
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Steve Black Jr.
Description: PKMNcast presents a Pokémon panel talking about obscure facts, history and findings about your favorite pocket monsters. Ranging from the Kanto region to the Kalos region, we have a full panel with information you didn’t know! Will have a Q&A too!

Title: Onward, Battle Brothers! Player-Generated Content in the Massive PvP Setting of Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Garrett Fuller, Miguel Caron
Description: PGC is one of the holy grails of game design, but it can take on a whole new meaning in a competitive context. In Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade, players that take command responsibility are playing against each other on a whole different level, and in doing so, create content for the players with their boots on the ground.

Title: Bristol Renaissance Faire Pirate Treasure Hunt
Time: 1:45PM – 3:00PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: So you want to sail the seven seas and hunt for treasure? Learn the super-secret pirate salute, help the captain aboard the ship and take home the lost treasure of Misty Island! Brought to you by the Bristol Renaissance Faire.

 

Title: DC COMICS: ART MASTERS
Time: 2:30PM – 3:30PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Aaron Kuder, Art Baltazar, Franco, Mark ChiarelloDescription: DC Entertainment is proud to have some of the most immensely talented artists working in comics today. Join us for a unique look into their visual approach in shaping some of your favorite books!

Title: Silver Age Pro-Fan Trivia Challenge!
Time: 2:30PM – 3:30PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers: Craig Shutt, Doug Tonks, Jason Fliegel, Jim Caldwell, Mike Chary, Rachel Rose
Description: Writer and Trivia Geek King Mark Waid takes on a team of Fans to see who knows more useless information about Marvel and DC Silver Age comics. Join moderator Craig Shutt, host of the Mr. Silver Age message board at the Captain Comics Round Table (captaincomics.ning.com), to match your own brain cells against some of the fastest and most knowledgeable trivia geeks in fandom!

Title: Valiant First: Rai, Armor Hunters and Beyond
Time: 2:30PM – 3:30PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Atom Freeman, Dinesh Shamdasani, Fred Pierce, Hunter Gorinson, Josh Johns, Warren Simons
Description: The coming of VALIANT FIRST right here begins at C2E2! With ARMOR HUNTERS, the earth-shaking comic book event of 2014 just weeks away, check in with an all-star panel of Valiant insiders to find out what the future holds for X-O Manowar, Unity, Rai, Bloodshot and more!

Title: You Can Be A “Real Life Superhero!”
Time: 2:30PM – 3:30PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Crimson Catalyst, Crusader Prime, Night Vision, Razorhawk, Tea Krulos, The Watchman
Description: “Real Life Superheroes” (or RLSH) are an unusual subculture of people who adopt superhero personas, do charity events and even fight crime. Meet Tea Krulos, Author of “Heroes in the Night: Inside the Real Life Superhero Movement” and an actual panel of RLSH!

Title: “Beardo the Movie” Screening
Time: 2:45PM – 3:45PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers:
Description: “Beardo the Movie” is a documentary on the World Beard and Moustache Championships (WBMC). Held in Anchorage, AK, this biennial competition judges men in eighteen different moustache, partial beard and full beard categories for the title of “Best Facial Hair in the World.”

Title: What Makes Marvel & Puzzle Quest a Match in the Marvel Universe
Time: 2:45PM – 3:45PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Joe Fletcher, Will Jennings
Description: The Marvel Universe is large and expansive with numerous superheroes and villains filled with immersive stories and history and they have now teamed up with Puzzle Quest, the premiere award-winning puzzle-rpg experience. Find out what started the curiosity on how one would pit Iron Man, Spiderman, Captain America and other Marvel Heroes against a host of super villains in a match-3 all-out puzzle battle storyline. And what makes your personal relationship with your Marvel character all the more important in those heated PVP tournaments. Dig deeper into these questions and more with the guys behind the game that has attracted more than 2 million players (and growing) and see what the game has in store next.

Title: Diverse Means for Diverse Worlds Moderated by Racebending.com
Time: 2:45PM – 3:45PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Gabrial Canada, Gail Simone, Gene Ha, Jay Fuller, Marjorie Liu, Ramon K. Perez, Turtel Onli
Description: Racebending.com moderates a discussion with a diverse array of panelists with a focus on crafting fictional worlds where diversity mirrors the real one.

 

Title: Bristol Renaissance Faire Knighting Ceremony
Time: 2:45PM – 4:15PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: Queen Elizabeth I is looking for new knights and ladies for her court. Test your mettle and might against the Code of Chivalry and you could be knighted! Brought to you by the Bristol Renaissance Faire.

Title: Kid’s Quidditch
Time: 3:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: The IQA returns for the fourth year in a row to demonstrate the sport of Quidditch. Quidditch events taking place in the Family HQ will include short “How-To-Play” stations followed by free-play in rotating sessions.

Title: Creating Great Characters: From Your Brain to the Page!
Time: 3:45PM – 4:45PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Andy Schmidt, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Kyle Higgins, Mike Perkins, Robert Atkins
Description: Learn real strategies and techniques for creating engaging characters with unique and iconic looks that connect with your audience! Join Writers Kyle Higgins (Nightwing, The COWL) and Josh Fialkov (The Ultimates, The Bunker) along with Artists Robert Atkins (G.I. Joe, Spider-Man) and Mike Perkins (Captain America). Hosted by Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt.

Title: The State of Play in Tabletop Roleplaying Gaming
Time: 3:45PM – 4:45PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Kenneth Hite, Matt Forbeck, Will Hindmarch
Description: A panel of professional RPG Designers (Matt Forbeck, Ken Hite and Will Hindmarch) discuss the state of RPG play, design and the industry, and they look as far into the future as they can. They’ll spotlight great games you might have missed and highlight designers to watch.

Title: That’s Not a Real Sword!
Time: 3:45PM – 4:45PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers:
Description: The weapons and armor of film and fantasy have a distinct purpose of telling a story. How do real weapons and armor compare? Find out with hands on interactions with real weapons and armor.

Title: It’s More than Drawing: Exploring Other Careers in the Comics Industry
Time: 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Mike Norton, Russ Burlingame
Description: While it is an incredible dream, working in the comic industry is not just limited to being an artist. “It’s More than Drawing: Exploring Other Careers in the Comics Industry” will dive into the various professions of the comics industry, what they entail, offer and more.

Title: The Art of Cartoon Animation & Production with Animator/Director Tom Cook
Time: 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Tom Cook
Description: Tom will share the interesting story about how he was hired in the animation industry and then take you through the process of making a TV cartoon like He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Thundarr the Barbarian, The Smurfs or Scooby Doo, from script to screen.

 

Title: C2E2 Team Q & A
Time: 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers:
Description: We hope you had the best time at C2E2 and that your experience was epic. The C2E2 Team will be sitting down with Fans to hear what you thought of the Show, what you’d like to see more of and let you help build C2E2 2015!

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Richard Corben’s Luke Cage…as you’ve never seen him before

Richard Corben’s Luke Cage…as you’ve never seen him beforehttp://ift.tt/1pOaZbP

Speaking of Marvel and diversity, in 2002, Marvel published a Cage mini written by Brian Azzarello with art by Richard Corben. It was rough, gritty and unforgettable.

However, on one page, Corben—known for his take-no-prisoners, wear-no-pants underground comics—drew Luke Cage au natural. Colorist Jose Villarubia played “Il Braghettone” to this particular incident, putting some shadows on Cage’s manhood. But a Spanish blog has revealed the unexpurgated scenes.

As usual the female toplessness was fine, but male frontal was a no no!

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Richard Corben’s Luke Cage…as you’ve never seen him before

Richard Corben’s Luke Cage…as you’ve never seen him beforehttp://ift.tt/1pOaZbP

Speaking of Marvel and diversity, in 2002, Marvel published a Cage mini written by Brian Azzarello with art by Richard Corben. It was rough, gritty and unforgettable.

However, on one page, Corben—known for his take-no-prisoners, wear-no-pants underground comics—drew Luke Cage au natural. Colorist Jose Villarubia played “Il Braghettone” to this particular incident, putting some shadows on Cage’s manhood. But a Spanish blog has revealed the unexpurgated scenes.

As usual the female toplessness was fine, but male frontal was a no no!

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Deathlok gets his own series spining out of Marvel’s Original Sins mini

Deathlok gets his own series spining out of Marvel’s Original Sins minihttp://ift.tt/PjO5vS

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Marvel’s EIC Axel Alonso and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort were back on a press call to talk about Original SinS wth an S, a companion anthology to Original Sin, the current Marvel Event mini series which kicks off in May. Original SinS (that’s my spelling for emphasis) will launch in June with bi-weekly shipping issues. The core of the anthology will be a Young Avengers serial written by Ryan North of Adventure Time fame, but the rest of the stories will include an eclectic line up of creators including Ramon Villalobos. James Robinson, Don Slott, Charles Soule, Mark Bagley and even Rick Geary, is drawing a Lockjaw story.

The stories will all spin-out of the central mystery of who killed the Watcher but includes more shocking secrets about the Marvel universe. “Everything you have seen and sordid liaison, every tryst, every YouTube video, he has seen it and he knows all. There’s so much that affects so many players within the Marvel Universe, apart form the story of the murder mystery proper, there was so much grist,” said Brevoort.

Several series will spin-out of Original Sins, with a Deathlok story by Nathan Edmundson and Mike Perkins kicking off a regular ongoing by the same team. Brevoort noted that this was the character seen on the Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD so — synergy at Disney/Marvel/ABC is alive and well, whatever you call it now.

The Young Avengers will be back in a story by North. “The Young Avengers are characters with a strong fan base and following. Through the nature of how their series has worked over the years, we haven’t felt the need to publish it at all times, there is always an interest in having more Young Avengers material. It speaks to a certain segment of the audience and it was a logical choice given t he tie-in to Original Sin.”

The Original Sins stories are continuing Marvel’s move towards diversity on the page and behind it.

“There are million ways to make a comic,” said Brevoort. “To say there is one way it narrow and narrow minded. I like all sorts of different styles. An event gives us a chance to give some folks a chance to play with our toys.” Brevoort reminded everyone that long ago Brian Bendis was a quirky indie cartoonist before he was Marvel’s top writer.

Alonso noted he found the diversity of the current line up exciting and said “people are responding to it. Every character can be a hit in the right hands.”

As for the ongoing titles spinning out, aside from Deathlok, both Brevoort and Alonso promised to continue the run of more diverse characters at Marvel. Alonso noted that a female lead character title would spin out of original Sin—the seventh in their line-up, and an 8th series is in the works. “When I look in these new titles I’m very invested in them as I was with the last round of MArvel Now launches, and that was a very diverse and vital round of launches.”

“The move towards diversity wasn’t like a marketing gimmick,” said Brevoort. “We didn’t do it the once and we were done with it. It’s not a changing philosophy, it’s an acknowledgement of the world we live in. This is the world of the 21st century. There are people we should be representing more in our publishing line and we’re going to do that more as we move ahead. That’s just living in the world of 2014.”

Although the actual line-ups were revealed stories in the mini include the Young Avengers five parter by North and Ramon Villalobos; Dan Slott and Mark Bagley on a J. Jonah Jameson story, Rick Geary on Lockjaw, Charles Soule on an Inhumans story, a James Robinson Doctor Doom story, and so on. There will be a Howard The Duck story as well.
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Deathlok gets his own series spining out of Marvel’s Original Sins mini

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Marvel’s EIC Axel Alonso and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort were back on a press call to talk about Original SinS wth an S, a companion anthology to Original Sin, the current Marvel Event mini series which kicks off in May. Original SinS (that’s my spelling for emphasis) will launch in June with bi-weekly shipping issues. The core of the anthology will be a Young Avengers serial written by Ryan North of Adventure Time fame, but the rest of the stories will include an eclectic line up of creators including Ramon Villalobos. James Robinson, Don Slott, Charles Soule, Mark Bagley and even Rick Geary, is drawing a Lockjaw story.

The stories will all spin-out of the central mystery of who killed the Watcher but includes more shocking secrets about the Marvel universe. “Everything you have seen and sordid liaison, every tryst, every YouTube video, he has seen it and he knows all. There’s so much that affects so many players within the Marvel Universe, apart form the story of the murder mystery proper, there was so much grist,” said Brevoort.

Several series will spin-out of Original Sins, with a Deathlok story by Nathan Edmundson and Mike Perkins kicking off a regular ongoing by the same team. Brevoort noted that this was the character seen on the Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD so — synergy at Disney/Marvel/ABC is alive and well, whatever you call it now.

The Young Avengers will be back in a story by North. “The Young Avengers are characters with a strong fan base and following. Through the nature of how their series has worked over the years, we haven’t felt the need to publish it at all times, there is always an interest in having more Young Avengers material. It speaks to a certain segment of the audience and it was a logical choice given t he tie-in to Original Sin.”

The Original Sins stories are continuing Marvel’s move towards diversity on the page and behind it.

“There are million ways to make a comic,” said Brevoort. “To say there is one way it narrow and narrow minded. I like all sorts of different styles. An event gives us a chance to give some folks a chance to play with our toys.” Brevoort reminded everyone that long ago Brian Bendis was a quirky indie cartoonist before he was Marvel’s top writer.

Alonso noted he found the diversity of the current line up exciting and said “people are responding to it. Every character can be a hit in the right hands.”

As for the ongoing titles spinning out, aside from Deathlok, both Brevoort and Alonso promised to continue the run of more diverse characters at Marvel. Alonso noted that a female lead character title would spin out of original Sin—the seventh in their line-up, and an 8th series is in the works. “When I look in these new titles I’m very invested in them as I was with the last round of MArvel Now launches, and that was a very diverse and vital round of launches.”

“The move towards diversity wasn’t like a marketing gimmick,” said Brevoort. “We didn’t do it the once and we were done with it. It’s not a changing philosophy, it’s an acknowledgement of the world we live in. This is the world of the 21st century. There are people we should be representing more in our publishing line and we’re going to do that more as we move ahead. That’s just living in the world of 2014.”

Although the actual line-ups were revealed stories in the mini include the Young Avengers five parter by North and Ramon Villalobos; Dan Slott and Mark Bagley on a J. Jonah Jameson story, Rick Geary on Lockjaw, Charles Soule on an Inhumans story, a James Robinson Doctor Doom story, and so on. There will be a Howard The Duck story as well.
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Exclusive: The complete 2014 C2E2 panel schedule in one place!

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With ECCC only a dwindling memory and a box of kleenex from the con crud everyone caught, C2E2 is bearing down on us on April 25-27. Chicago’s biggest comics event will have the usual line-up of guests from all areas of the industry.

However, the website panel listings don’t allow you to see the whole thing at one, but courtesy of ReedPOP’s Marykate Nagourney, here is the whole list of programming in an easy to find way. Highlights include a storytelling panel with Amanda Conner and Cully Hamner, Mark Waid on his digital and retailing exploits, Christina Blanch and Carol Tilley on various comics and academics topics, and the usual MArvel, DC, Dark Horse, Boom and so on panels.

C2E2 2014 Schedule of Panels and Events

Friday, April 25

Title: Closing the Deal: What You Need to Know About Publishing Deals & Contracts
Time: 10:15AM – 11:15AM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Andy Schmidt, Joe Sergi
Description: Your project is going to make millions of dollars-but you have to sign this CONTRACT first–yikes! Join Andy Schmidt (Comics Experience, Marvel, IDW Publishing) and Joe Sergi, attorney at law and author of “Comic Book Law: Cautionary Tales for the Comic Book Creator,” for an in-depth look at comics contracts!

 

Title: How to Play Quidditch 101
Time: 11:00AM – 1:30PM
Location: Interactive Room – S405
Speakers:
Description: The IQA is happy to be returning again to C2E2 for the fourth year in a row to demonstrate the sport of quidditch! Quidditch events in the Interactive Room will consist of demonstration games between local teams as well as free-play games for spectators.

Title: Page 1 – Panel 1 – Storytelling on the Page
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Amanda Conner, Buddy Scalera, Cully Hamner
Description: An all-star cast of experienced, working comic book writers and artists talk about telling an effective story on the page. Learn about how real professional artists break down a script and thumbnail a page. Actual working pros show you how they determine the layout, the story flow and specific panels from a real comic book script. Cully Hamner – Red, Blue Beetle; Amanda Conner – Harley Quinn, The Pro; Plus a surprise artistic addition, not yet announced. Hosted by Buddy Scalera of ComicBookSchool.com.

Title: Graphic Novels: Super Classroom Tools of Tolerance and Taming Aggression!
Time: 11:15AM – 12:15PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Andra Medea, Janet K. Lee, Meryl Jaffe, Ph.D., Talia Hurwich
Description: Graphic novels are at times associated with violence and aggression. Ironically, research has found that they can be used to both help kids gain greater tolerance and to effectively learn how to recognize and tame aggression. This panel of graphic novel artists, educators and conflict specialists shows you how.

Title: How to Start Free Comic Day Programming at Your Library
Time: 11:15AM – 12:15PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Jim Mortensen, Kristin LaLonde
Description: This panel discussion will give librarians practical information about how to get Free Comic Book Day programming started at their library. Panelists will discuss how to get comics, how to work with local shops and what kinds of programming can be offered.

Title: Breaking Into Comics and Staying In!
Time: 11:30AM – 12:30PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Andy Schmidt, C.B. Cebulski, Joshua Williamson, Kyle Higgins, Paul Allor, Robert Atkins, Scott Allie
Description: With the shifting landscape of the comics industry, this is your INVALUABLE guide to breaking into the comics industry. Join Comics Experience Founder Andy Schmidt, with Writers Josh Williamson, Kyle Higgins, Paul Allor, Artist Robert Atkins, Marvel VP CB Cebulski and Dark Horse Comics Editor-In-Chief Scott Allie for the best panel on breaking in ever!

Title: Keep in Touch with Your Imaginary Friend
Time: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: We explore the importance of Fairy Tales, Fables and Make Believe in a world of tweets, selfies and “reality” TV. Discuss how to keep our imaginations sharp and our wits keen by exploring our storytelling past and how it influences the Millenials and beyond.

Title: Editors on Editing
Time: 12:00PM – 1:30PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Buddy Scalera, Dinesh Shamdasani, Ralph Tedesco, Sven Larsen
Description: Meet some of the industry’s top editors. Learn what it takes to break into comics and stay in from an all-star editorial panel. Sven Larsen – Papercutz; Dinesh Shamdasani – Valiant; and Ralph Tedesco – Zenescope. Hosted by Buddy Scalera of ComicBookSchool.com.

 

Title: Cosplay Contest
Time: 12:15PM – 2:00PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers:
Description: Still looking to show off that Batman costume or flaunt the detail in your Captain American suit? Well this is the time to do it! The Friday cosplay contest requires no pre-registration and will be available on a first come first served basis, while space lasts. Please arrive at the C2E2 LIVE! Stage half an hour before the start of the contest.

Title: Super Librarians: Every Hero Has a Story
Time: 12:30PM – 1:30PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Angie Pilkington, Anna Hartmann, Mallorie Graham, Rachel Loutsch, Samantha Helmick
Description: Pick up some free tips and tricks to implement comic culture and heroism into your library programming for children to seniors. Learn how to host your own library comic con and prepare for the 2015 national Super Hero Summer Reading theme.

Title: The Official 1 FIRST COMICS Relaunch Panel!
Time: 12:30PM – 1:30PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Dan Cote, Ken F. Levin, Matt Fillbach, Orlando Harding, Shawn Fillbach, Steve Stern
Description: The legendary comics company, Chicago’s own 1 FIRST COMICS, marks its official re-entry into publishing with advance preview copies of 14 new titles! Come see what one of the industry’s leading imprints has in store for us in 2014!

Title: Teaching Characterization and Inference with Graphic Novels
Time: 12:45PM – 1:45PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Eric Kallenborn, Gareth Hinds, Josh Elder, Mike Jacobson, Ronell Whitaker
Description: Award winning Graphic Novelist Gareth Hinds will be joined by educators and administrators from Community High School District 218 to discuss the use of comics and graphic novels to teach literacy skills in the high school classroom.

Title: Meet the Rebel Legion: Nar Shaddaa Base
Time: 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Location: Fan Village – S100a
Speakers: Augie Webster, Dylan Van Horn, James Norman, Rob Hamilton, Steve Mammen, Steve Szyndrowski
Description: The Rebel Legion is the premiere world-wide Star Wars costuming organization focusing on the heroes of the Star Wars Saga. Our organization is built around creating film quality costumes of Jedi, Pilots, Princesses, Wookiees and more. Nar Shaddaa Base is the local chapter covering Illinois and Wisconsin.

Title: Superhero Obstacle Course
Time: 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: Little Beans Cafe is an imaginative play space and cafe geared towards children ages 6 months – 6 years. Let your little superhero’s imagination run wild as they blast through Little Beans Café’s mini obstacle course!

Title: Dark Horse Presents: Gail Simone
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Gail Simone, Scott Allie
Description: Gail Simone has been making waves since her arrival on the comics scene with a column on Comic Book Resources. Since then, she has written some of the most iconic runs on such titles as Birds of Prey, Batgirl, Red Sonja and, most recently, Tomb Raider for Dark Horse. In honor of this new ongoing, and the collection of her Kickstarter-funded Leaving Megalopolis series, Dark Horse Editor-in-Chief, Scott Allie, leads a career-spanning discussion on one of comics’ most accomplished writers.

 

Title: Science Fiction
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Darryl Gregory, Gary K. Wolfe, John Scalzi, M.D. Waters
Description: “To boldly go where no man has gone before” is the phrase that has greeted many of us who have looked to the heavens in awe. From the far flung reaches of the Milky Way to the mind-bending possibilities of time travel, let Authors John Scalzi (The Human Division), Daryl Gregory (Afterparty) and M.D. Waters (Prototype) tell you what they see when they venture to other dimensions.

Title: Comics & Hollywood – What Creators Need to Know
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Buddy Scalera, Jimmy Palmiotti, Ken F. Levin, Nicholas Brendon
Description: More comics are being turned into films, & creators have important questions about how Hollywood works. Get actionable information from top creators who have navigated the TV & movie business. Plus, unique perspective and insights from an actor who has appeared in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and is writing the comic book series at Dark Horse Comics.

Title: MARVEL: House of Ideas
Time: 1:45PM – 2:45PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Joshua Hale Fialkov, Mark Waid, Ryan Penagos
Description: Love having the best comics in the industry on your mobile devices? Want to know how Marvel stays on the cutting edge of technology? Then this panel is for you, True Believer! Get exciting news about Marvel’s Infinite Comics as well as what’s happening on the Marvel Comics App, Marvel Unlimited and MORE in this can’t-miss panel hosted by Executive Editorial Director of Digital Ryan Penagos, Writer Joshua Hale Fialkov (Amazing Spider-Man: Who Am I? Infinite Comic), Mark Waid (Daredevil) and other Mighty Marvel Guests!

Title: Pitch Perfect: Crafting a Comic Book and Media Pitch that Sells!
Time: 1:45PM – 2:45PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Andy Schmidt, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Joshua Williamson, Kyle Higgins, Paul Allor
Description: You’ve got a great story to tell that has great media potential. But you have to get it down to a page? Impossible! Join experienced editors and writers of multiple media: Josh Williamson, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Kyle Higgins, and Andy Schmidt for pro-tips on how to create pitches that sell!

Title: Publishing Your Indie Game
Time: 1:45PM – 2:45PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Dave Lang, Dave Laskey, David Finseth, Jay Margalus, Russ Lankenau
Description: Releasing a successful indie game gets harder every day. With increasing barriers to publishing, marketing and funding, small game companies need to band together and help each other succeed. Come hear how indie companies Lunar Giant and The Amiable did just that, and how you can do it too.

Title: Fredric Wertham’s Seduction of the Innocent and the Comics Code Authority at 60
Time: 2:00PM – 3:00PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Carol L. Tilley
Description: In 1954, comic books were put on public trial, first by psychiatrist Fredric Wertham in his popular book Seduction of the Innocent and then by the US Senate. These events helped prompt the development of the Comics Code Authority, a censorship body that led to a downturn in the comics sales and stifled creativity. This talk will take you back in time, behind the scenes to learn some of the untold stories of this fateful, notorious year in comics history. Hear how Wertham fabricated some of his evidence against comics! Find out how Senator Estes Kefauver and Wertham got acquainted! Learn about the kids who stood up to Wertham and the Senate to try to save the comics they loved!

Title: Martial Arts with Power Ranger Steve Cardenas
Time: 2:00PM – 3:00PM
Location: Interactive Room – S405
Speakers: Steve Cardenas
Description: Do you want to defend the world from evil just like a Mighty Morphin Power Ranger? Steve Cardenas, better known as Rocky the Red Power Ranger, can show you how! Steve will be holding a martial arts demonstration and class in the Interactive Room for fans of all ages. Space is limited so be sure to arrive early.

 

Title: The Nerdologues Present: Your Stories – C2E2 Edition!
Time: 2:15PM – 3:15PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers: Beth Smith, Chris Geiger, Claire Friedman, Dwight Haesler, Eric Garneau, Joe Gennaro, Kevin Reader, Michael Jando, Steve Persch
Description: The Nerdologues is a sketch comedy ensemble from Chicago. Sketch comedy, you know, like funny ha-ha. Sort of like Monty Python or Saturday Night Live. Except, they tend to base their jokes on true stories from nerds’ lives and pop culture. In addition to sketch comedy, they host other live events, create videos and podcasts. In this show, they will be recording a live podcast that includes stories, songs, sketches and special guests! Visit us at Nerdologues.com and follow us at @nerdologues.

Title: DC Entertainment – ALL ACCESS
Time: 2:45PM – 3:45PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Bobbie Chase, Brian Azzarello, Charles Soule, Dan Jurgens, Greg Lockard, Greg Pak, Jim Chadwick, Kyle Higgins, Nicola Scott, Scott Snyder
Description: At DC Entertainment, there’s never been a better time to be a Fan! Come by for unfiltered access to all things DC Entertainment! Find out what some of DC’s biggest names have to share from behind-the-scenes! Joining the All-Access party will be some of the industry’s top talents, so don’t miss out!

Title: We Are BOOM!
Time: 2:45PM – 3:45PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Filip Sablik, Matt Gagnon, Ross Richie
Description: Last year was a banner year for BOOM! highlighted by the release of our first feature 2 GUNS (starring Denzel Washington & Mark Wahlberg) and new first-look deal with 20th Century Fox. Archaia joined us as a new imprint, we expanded the all-ages KaBOOM! line-up and launched our newest imprint BOOM! Box. Join BOOM! Studios Founder & CEO Ross Richie, VP of Publishing & Marketing Filip Sablik and Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon as we share our mission to create the future of comics…now. We are BOOM! Come Innovate With Us.

Title: Cosplay Q & A with Yaya Han
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Yaya Han
Description: Come for a candid chat with Yaya about all aspects of cosplay. This is your chance to ask her about cosplay-related topics like modeling, makeup, international cosplay scenes and conventions, photography and posing, costume contests and how to prepare for them and more! There are also 15 years worth of Yaya’s interesting stories about going to cons, making costumes, dressing up and traveling worldwide in the name of cosplay in store for you!

Title: Getting the Most out of Graphic Novels in Your Classroom and Library
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: David Cutler, Jenna Goodall, Jim McClain, Josh Elder, Tim Sarrantonio
Description: Reading With Pictures and ALA’s Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries Member Interest Group present a joint panel of experienced educators and librarians. They will discuss best practices for getting the most out of the graphic novels in your classroom or library, share their proven strategies and answer audience questions and concerns.

Title: Spotlight on Patrick Rothfuss
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Patrick Rothfuss
Description: Patrick Rothfuss took the speculative fiction community by storm with his #1 New York Times bestselling Kingkiller Chronicle saga. Join Rothfuss during his C2E2 spotlight panel for the opportunity to have your burning questions about The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear answered!

Title: Inside the Creator’s Studio with Mark Waid and Buddy Scalera
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Buddy Scalera, Mark Waid
Description: Meet Mark Waid like you’ve never met him before…alone on stage. A brutally honest conversation about writing and editing comics; breaking into the industry; staying employed; and the inevitable ups and downs of a career. If you enjoy “Inside the Actor’s Studio,” you’ll love this long-form interview format. Hosted by Buddy Scalera of ComicBookSchool.com.

 

Title: A Data-Driven Comic Universe
Time: 3:15PM – 4:15PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Andy Kahl
Description: Ghostery users have a unique visibility into the data collection technologies that are spread across the web. For independent/digital comic producers, these technologies are essential tools to supporting their art; but for privacy-minded users, they can raise serious concerns. How can comics live on the web without killing reader privacy?

Title: Stand Up Stand Up
Time: 3:30PM – 4:30PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers: Jake McKenzie, James Webb, Keith Paesel, Ken Witzgall, Richard Pollak, Todd Massey
Description: Stand Up Stand Up returns to C2E2 with an all new lineup of Chicago’s finest comedians! We are a free weekly comedy showcase located at The Crocodile (1540 North Milwaukee Avenue) in the Wicker Park neighborhood. Every Thursday at 9:00 PM. Come to laugh. StandUpStandUp.net.

Title: Del Rey Books Spotlight on Science Fiction/Fantasy
Time: 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Kevin Hearne, Tricia Narwani
Description: Join Del Rey Editorial Director Tricia Narwani as she presents current and upcoming sci-fi/fantasy titles from Del Rey and talks with New York Times bestselling Author Kevin Hearne about his Iron Druid series.

Title: World of Tanks: Xbox 360 – Built from the Ground Up
Time: 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Arlette Resendiz, Denny Thorley, Jeff Gregg, Matt Monforte
Description: From the studio that brought the award-winning World of Tanks PC version to Xbox 360, Wargaming West provides an in-depth look at the transition from PC to console market.

Title: Creator Connection
Time: 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Buddy Scalera, Dirk Manning
Description: Meet your next creative partner in this fun, interactive networking session. Many indie titles and careers have been launched through this panel. Bring business cards & samples of your work. This is the panel that has literally helped complete strangers form creative teams and publish comic books. This is the original and best Creator Connection. Be there and launch your career. Hosted by Buddy Scalera of ComicBookSchool.com. Introduction and Inspiration from Dirk Manning. Support James McGill of ComicBookSchool.com.

Title: Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition Presents: End Bulling In Schools
Time: 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers: Carrie Goldman
Description: Join award-winning author and anti-bullying expert Carrie Goldman for a one-hour free workshop on how best to respond to bullying in schools, including strategies to manage cyberbullying, verbal taunts, and victim blaming.

Title: Aw, Yeah! It’s Captain Action Cat and the Timestream CATastrophe
Time: 4:15PM – 5:15PM
Location: S403
Speakers:
Description: An inside look into the new miniseries from Dynamite, Dark Horse, Captain Action and Aw Yeah Comics. Get ready for the wildest crossover of 2014 with Captain Action Cat! Be sure to share the secrets and insights courtesy of the creative minds behind the madness: Art Baltazar, Franco and Chris Smits. We’ll review secrets, explore the back story and even reveal cool previews of this madcap adventure. Also, a sneak peek into the future plans for the Captain Action toys, comics and more. Moderated by Captain Action’s Ed Catto.

 

Title: Digital Comics: The Next Page
Time: 4:15PM – 5:15PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Jim Chadwick, Josh Elder, Mark Waid, Michael Murphey
Description: iVerse and ComicsPlus host an entertaining and engaging dialogue on what’s next for digital comics, especially as it relates to creators, publishers, retailers, librarians and, not the least of all, readers.

Title: MARVEL: Breaking In
Time: 4:15PM – 5:15PM
Location: N426
Speakers: C.B. Cebulski, Charles Soule, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Mark Brooks, Todd Nauck
Description: Are you a writer or artist? Ever dream of working for Marvel? Do you find yourself thinking, “I could do that…if I knew how!” Well, here’s your chance! Join superstar writers and artists, including Mark Brooks (Fearless Defenders), Joshua Hale Fialkov (Amazing Spider-Man: Who Am I? Infinite Comic), Todd Nauck (Nightcrawler) and Charles Soule (She-Hulk), as well as Marvel’s talent scout C.B. Cebulski, to find out the answers on how to get your foot in the door and make your job MARVEL!

Title: Eve Myles Spotlight
Time: 4:45PM – 5:45PM
Location: Main Stage – S406
Speakers: Eve Myles
Description: Join Torchwood’s Gwen Cooper as she recaps her experiences as a member of the Torchwood Institute in the Doctor Who spin-off television show.

Title: Mark Waid, Comics Retailer vs. Mark Waid, Digital Publisher
Time: 5:15PM – 6:15PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Christina Blanch, Mark Waid
Description: In 2012, Mark (Daredevil, Hulk) Waid launched his digital comics site, Thrillbent.com. Last year, Mark (Kingdom Come, Original Sin) Waid purchased a brick-and-mortar comics store in Indiana. Watch them – him! – duke it out to determine the future of comics – print or digital – and find out which will host Waid and Barry Kitson’s EMPIRE relaunch!

Title: The Creative Geniuses Behind Beer Label Art and Design
Time: 5:15PM – 6:15PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Aimee Quinkert, Ian Law, Jourdon Gullet, Oliver Barrett, Phineas Jones, Tim Lehi
Description: This panel will include a discussion with some of craft beer’s top label artists. Tim Lehi (Three Floyd’s), Jourdon Gullett (Solemn Oath), Phineas Jones (Half Acre), Ian Law (Revolution Brewing) and Oliver Barrett (Revolution Brewing).

Title: The Legacy of Crusher Hogan: The Love Affair Between Comics & Wrestling
Time: 5:15PM – 6:15PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Jim Salicrup, Mick Foley, Sven Larsen
Description: From Peter Parker entering the ring in AMAZING FANTASY #15 to CM Punk yelling out “It’s Clobberin’ Time” on RAW, comics and wrestling have enjoyed a long joint history. Join WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley & Papercutz EIC Jim Salicrup as they explore the symbiotic relationship between these subcultures.

Title: DC COMICS 101
Time: 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Bobbie Chase, John Cunningham
Description: New to DC Comics? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Come by for an all-ages tutorial on the essentials of what make DC Comics one of the leading comic book publishers!

 

Title: How to Be a Nerd for a Living: Careers Within Nerd Culture for Everyone
Time: 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Adron Buske, Andy Schmidt, Pat Loika, Wendy Buske
Description: Do you want to work in the industry you’re passionate about, but you’re not sure where you’d fit? This panel of professionals will discuss different types of jobs that exist within pop culture entertainment, gaming, comics and more. Get tips on finding a way to a new career from those already working in the industry. This panel will conclude with a 10 minute Q&A.

Title: End Bullying! Responding to Cruelty in our Culture
Time: 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Carrie Goldman, Chase Masterson, Jessica Gall
Description: Have you or someone you love been a target of bullying? Join this life-changing discussion on how to overcome bullying, and learn strategies to create witnesses and allies out of bystanders. Panelists include Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition Founder Chase Masterson (Doctor Who: Big Finish) and Anti-Defamation League bullying expert Jessica Gall. Special topics include geek bullying, LGBT bullying, cyber-bullying and analyzing how media and entertainment affect our attitudes toward bullying and aggression. Moderated by Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition Founder & Author (and mother of Katie the Star Wars Girl) Carrie Goldman (Harper Collins’ Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear). Surprise Guests TBA!

Title: Comics and the Academy: The Role of Graphic Novels in Higher Education
Time: 5:45PM – 6:45PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Christina Blanch, John Bivens, Josh Elder, Prof. Carol Tilley, Prof. David Rapp, Prof. Len Strazewski
Description: Reading With Pictures presents a wide-ranging look at the increasingly important role that comics play in higher education. Everything from MOOCs and Comic Studies courses to integration in the core curriculum and neurological-based research.

Title: Game of Thrones
Time: 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Location: Main Stage – S406
Speakers: Alfie Allen, Kristian Nairn, Natalia Tena
Description: Winterfell’s icy walls served as a home for many who inhabited Westeros. Some were born and raised there such as Hodor the simpleton stable boy. Others though were forced to live among the Starks as wards and servants like Theon Greyjoy and Osha. Join Kristian Nairn, Alfie Allen and Natalia Tena as they share their stories of filming in exotic (and cold) locations and memories from working on the set of Game of Thrones, and what we might expect in the upcoming season. Winter is coming.

Title: Beer and Comics 2: Electric Boogaloo
Time: 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Barnaby Struve, Brian Azzarello, C.B. Cebulski
Description: Year two of beer and comics at C2E2. Come join us as we talk about the parallels of Craft Beer and Comics that we all love. Featuring Chicago Area craft brewers and local comic creators.

Title: Opening the Clubhouse Doors: Creating More Inclusive Geek Communities
Time: 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Jeffrey Smith, Karlyn Meyer, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Mary Robinette Kowal, Michi Trota, Scott Snyder
Description: As visibility of Fans, creators and organizers from marginalized communities increases, geek communities are having more discussions about diversity, tokenism and re-examining just how “welcoming” geek spaces are. This moderated panel will discuss what “diversity” in geek culture means, what it looks like and why it’s necessary. Sponsored in part by the Chicago Nerd Social Club.

Title: Behind the Voice with Veronica Taylor
Time: 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Veronica Taylor
Description: Veronica Taylor (voice of Ash from Pokémon and Amelia from Slayers) discusses the art of voice acting.

 

Title: Cosplay: Behind the Scenes
Time: 6:45PM – 7:45PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Albert Capoccia, Blythe Bridget Avila, CBJ, Monica Hunt, Ryan “Green” Flennoy, Scott Whipple
Description: Cosplayers from every universe come together to talk about why they do it, how they do it and how you can too! Listen to tales of ingenious heroism. This panel will include a Q&A for tips, tricks and everything in between, as well as the chance to tell your story.

Title: Marvel Heroes: What’s Next?
Time: 6:45PM – 7:45PM
Location: N426
Speakers: David Brevik, Jeff Donais, Matt Group, Ryan Collins
Description: Get the inside scoop on the next big thing in Marvel Heroes, the online action RPG where you battle as your favorite Marvel Hero! Find out details about all of the awesome upcoming content and pick up an in-game giveaway!

Title: Writing for Video Games
Time: 6:45PM – 7:45PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: David A Rodriguez, Jeff Bellio, Lewis Harris

Description: David Rodriguez, Narrative Designer on the blockbuster, Skylanders: SWAP Force game, will give an overview of what it means to be a designer and writer within the game industry. He will review the sorts of specialties that exist within the discipline and then delve into the process of game creation.

Title: “BLOOD GLACIER” Screening
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers:
Description: While investigating global warming at a remote weather station in the German Alps, a science expedition encounters horrific hybrids and mutant monsters including beetle-foxes, giant wood lice and flying killer bugs. IFC MIDNIGHT presents a sneak-preview screening of this new sci-fi horror thriller in the tradition of JOHN CARPENTER’S THE THING. BLOOD GLACIER will be released May 2 in theaters, cable on demand, iTunes, XBox, Playstation, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play and SundanceNow.com.

Title: Wikia Qwizards [LIVE]: Anime, Comics & Star Wars Trivia
Time: 7:45PM – 8:45PM
Location: S402
Speakers:
Description: Wikia presents Qwizards, an exciting live-action collaborative quiz show. In this special C2E2 edition of the popular online series, Fans will face off in a multi-round battle of expert level trivia. Topics range from that galaxy far, far away; to the four-color worlds of superherodom; to the highly stylized fantastical settings of Japanese animation. Round after round, contestants hailing from Wookieepedia, the Marvel Database, DC Database and Final Fantasy communities will fight to out-quiz each other, win awesome prizes and become Wikia’s Ultimate Qwizard. In addition, numerous audience participation rounds will give panel attendees the opportunity to take home their own set of cool prizing and one-of-a-kind collectibles. So come check out the action and put your knowledge to the test!

Title: Three Floyd’s Brewing: Beer, Comics and Chicago
Time: 8:00PM – 9:00PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Barnaby Struve, Brian Azzarello, Nick Floyd, Tim Seeley
Description: The guys behind Chicagoland’s favorite artisanal craft brewery discuss their secret origins, the influence of comics and genre fandom on their beers and their plans for dominating the liquor store shelves and comic stores! Meet Barnaby Struve, Nick Floyd and special comic book guests/Three Floyd’s beer Fans Brian Azzarello and Tim Seeley! And, maybe get a chance to sample some brews!

Title: Zombies and Time Travelers and Vampires, Oh My! Why Geek Culture Matters
Time: 8:00PM – 9:00PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Allison McCracken, Brendan Riley, Katie Wilson, Paul Booth, Sharon Ross
Description: Zombies and time travelers and vampires, oh my! Geek culture has become more popular and more mainstream than ever before. This panel will open up discussion about why geek culture matters to today’s media environment. Join five local scholars from Columbia College and DePaul University as they talk about why they study Geek Culture. With Dr. Paul Booth (Editor of Fan Phenomena: Doctor Who), Dr. Allison McCracken (Author of “At Stake: Angel’s Body, Fantasy Masculinity, and Queer Desire in Teen Television”), Dr. Brendan Riley (Author of “The Undead Gourmet”), Dr. Sharon Ross (Author of Beyond the Box: Television and the Internet) and Ph.D. student Katie Wilson (Author of “‘You Know You Were A ‘90s Kid’: Buzzfeed’s Thin Line Between Nostalgia and Fandom”). Explore topics like the importance of time travel stories and Doctor Who, the true stories of zombies, the deeper meaning of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the relevance of cult television today. Geeks are important – geeks are cool. The panelists will discuss why fandom, geeks and pop culture are important topics for today’s college classes, and what “being a geek” means today. Share your own stories of being a geek as we explore why geek culture matters!

 

Title: C2E2 Friday Night Kickoff with Comedy Mutant’s Brian Posehn and Kyle Kinane
Time: 8:30PM – 10:00PM
Location: Main Stage – S406
Speakers: Brian Posehn, Kyle Kinane
Description: C2E2 celebrates the full breadth of pop culture with a special opening night event on the Main Stage. Brian Posehn and Kyle Kinane of the Comedy Mutant crew will start the show with their collective comedic genius setting the bar for the awesome weekend ahead. Join us and enjoy a comedy event that can’t be missed.

Saturday, April 26

Title: Chicago Steampunk Forum
Time: 10:30AM – 11:30AM
Location: Fan Village – S100a
Speakers:
Description: The Chicago Steampunk community discusses essentials of Steampunk fandom including literature, music, fashion, events, popular culture, and what it means to be a Steampunk in every day life. Bring your finery for show-and-tell and a promenade afterwards.

Title: How to Play Quidditch 101
Time: 11:00AM – 1:30PM
Location: Interactive Room – S405
Speakers:
Description: The IQA is happy to be returning again to C2E2 for the fourth year in a row to demonstrate the sport of quidditch! Quidditch events in the Interactive Room will consist of demonstration games between local teams as well as free-play games for spectators.

Title: Creating Community: Hosting Ladies’ Night at Your Local Comic Shop
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Anissa Espinosa, Caitlin Rosberg, Lauren Burke, Megan Byrd, Wendi Freeman
Description: You may be friendly with the employees at your local comic shop, but how well do you know your fellow shoppers? How often do you talk comics outside of the Internet? Why does it matter? Learn how to build community and change your experience of fandom by hosting Ladies’ Night.
Title: Crowdsourcing: Kickstarting Your Way to Success
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Kenneth Hite, Matt Forbeck, Will Hindmarch
Description: The emergence of Kickstarter and other crowdsourcing services has revolutionized and reinvigorated the marketplace for creator-owned projects. Learn the dos and don’ts of a successful project from an all-star panel (Forbeck, Hite & WIndmarch) of creators who have successfully funded projects that have far exceeded their goals.

Title: DC COMICS – THE NEW 52
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Aaron Kuder, Amanda Conner, Bobbie Chase, Dan Jurgens, Gail Simone, Jimmy Palmiotti, John Cunningham
Description: New and veteran Fans alike are welcomed to be a part of history as the DC team and top-notch talent discuss the books that are shaping this new era of DC Comics! Don’t miss this exclusive look inside the hottest comic line in decades!

Title: Songs of Dragons and the Dungeons in Which They Dwell
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: Spend time with Dan the Bard and his own compositions about rangers and wizards, bards and barbarians, manticores…and owlbears! The music of Dan the Bard is a combination of original and period pieces, heavily influenced by folk music and the humor of filk music.

 

Title: In Defense of YA
Time: 11:15AM – 12:15PM
Location: S402
Speakers: April Genevieve Tucholke, E.C. Blake, Kendare Blake, Lydia Kang, Seth Fishman, Shannon Stoker
Description: Too light, too shallow, too this or too that. YA literature – like Science Fiction and Fantasy – has joined the ranks of genres that often include explanations such as “It’s good…for a YA book,” by those new to it. But for those in the know, YA is just as complex, dark, emotional and beautifully written as any other category of literature. Join Authors Seth Fishman (The Well’s End), Lydia Kang (Control), April Genevieve Tucholke (Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea), Kendare Blake (Antigoddess) and E.C. Blake (Masks) as they discuss the appeal of YA (whether it be SF/F, Horror or Dystopian YA) and why it rules the school.

Title: KISS IT – The 10th Anniversary of HACK/SLASH
Time: 11:15AM – 12:15PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Belinda “Spaced” McNeill, Daniel Leister, Jeff Bohn, Jenny Frison, Josh Baylock, Mike Norton, Tim Seeley
Description: This panel will be a retrospective discussion on the 10 year run of Cassie Hack, Vlad and the gang from Hack/Slash. Our panel will include Hack/Slash creator Tim Seeley, Artists Jenny Frison, Mike Norton and Daniel Leister, as well as Josh Baylock from Devil’s Due and Jeff Bohn, the webmaster of the Hack/Slash website. We will be discussing the first swing of Cassie’s bat to her final issue and the impact that a character like Cassie Hack has on comics. Our panelists will also give insight on what it takes to bring Cassie and the gang to life and much more! There will also be a Q&A with the panelists and an art giveaway.

Title: Minimates Mini-Figures: Marvel Comics, The Walking Dead, Clerks and More!
Time: 11:15AM – 12:15PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Chuck Terceira, Jeff Stephens, Sarah Evans, Zach Oat
Description: The Diamond Select Toys team discusses what’s coming up for the popular 2-inch mini-figure line, including new assortments based on Marvel Comics, Godzilla, The Walking Dead, Battle Beasts, TMNT, Jay & Silent Bob, Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Sin City, Aliens, Pathfinder and more! Stay for the Q&A and prizes!

Title: We Made a Trading Card Game
Time: 11:15AM – 12:15PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Alex Morris, Jim Polpiboon, Mark Kakareka
Description: Guilty 10 Games talk about the development of their card game, Union, which will be announced in March and released holiday weekend. They will also talk about where trading card games are today.

Title: Whose Doctor Is it Anyway?
Time: 11:45AM – 12:45PM
Location: Fan Village – S100a
Speakers:
Description: Some Fans began loving Doctor Who when it was first broadcast on public television; for many current Fans, their Doctor of choice was shown in more recent years. Yet there’s always the question “How can new series Fans get into classic Who?” or “How can classic Fans get into new Who?” or even “Why does it matter?” The Chicago Doctor Who Meetup group is sponsoring a conversation where Fans can learn about great entry points, share recommendations and dive deeply into this classic science fiction series!

Title: 501st Legion Star Wars Blaster Arena
Time: 12:00PM – 1:30PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: Do you have what it takes to be a member of the Imperial Forces? In the Blaster Arena, young Cadets pit their blaster skills against the Empire’s finest troops! Suit up with a squad of Imperial hopefuls and compete against the Stormtroopers of the famous 501st Legion! Remember: Only YOU can restore Order to the Galaxy! New matches start every five minutes in this time slot, but spaces are limited! For cadets age 6-12.

Title: Your Opinion Sucks! ­ Rotten Tomatoes Critics vs. Fans
Time: 12:15PM – 1:15PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Bill Zwecker, Erik Childress, Grae Drake, Matt Atchity, Peter Sobczynski, Richard Roeper
Description: Face off with your favorite Rotten Tomatoes critics when they join Editor-in-Chief Matt Atchity and Senior Editor Grae Drake of Rotten Tomatoes, along with their editorial team, to debate your favorite films.

 

Title: Breaking Bad with RJ Mitte
Time: 12:15PM – 1:15PM
Location: N427
Speakers:
Description: Come listen to Breaking Bad’s RJ Mitte as he discusses the end of AMC’s hit series and his role as Walter White, Jr., the son of a dad willing to go to dangerous extremes to provide for his family.

Title: All Things Fantastic
Time: 12:30PM – 1:30PM
Location: S402
Speakers: C. Robert Cargill, Colleen Lindsay, Douglas Hulick, Katherine Addison, Mary Robinette Kowal, Simon Green, Steve Bein
Description: Heroes and villains, wizards and goblins, fairies and demons…stories told in another realm are full of characters and creatures that stretch the imagination and these authors populate their novels with a host of magical and otherworldly beings. Join Katherine Addison, Steve Bein, C. Rogert Cargill, Simon Green, Douglas Hulick and Mary Robinette Kowal as they discuss all things fantastic.

Title: Gay Character and Creators Panel
Time: 12:30PM – 1:30PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Chad Sell, Gail Simone, Rachel Deering, Rogan Josh, Russell Dauterman, Steve Disme
Description: Brought to you By Geeks OUT (Geeksout.org): Gail Simone joins Chad Sell, Russell Dauterman, Rachel Deering and Rogan Josh to talk about what makes a good gay character and why diversity is important in comics. All hosted by Steve Disme of Comic Book Queers.

Title: Legal Cosplay
Time: 12:30PM – 1:30PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Daliah Saper, Saper Law Attorneys
Description: This panel will be an unscripted conversation between the attorneys at Saper Law Offices, LLC, a Chicago-based intellectual property firm, and members of the audience. We will rely on audience participation to raise intellectual property, rights of publicity and corporate issues as they relate to the comic book industry.

Title: MARVEL: Original Sin
Time: 12:30PM – 1:30PM
Location: N426
Speakers: James Robinson, Jordan White, Mark Waid, Mike Marts, Nick Lowe
Description: Who killed the Watcher? Marvel’s murder mystery mega-event ORIGINAL SIN will bring the heroes of Earth to the remotest corners of the Marvel Universe and force them to confront their own darkest secrets! You’ve got questions and we’ve got answers! Executive Editor Mike Marts, Senior Editor Nick Lowe, Editor Jordan White, James Robinson (Fantastic Four) and Mark Waid (Daredevil) are on hand to give you the scoop.

Title: 501st Legion: Costuming in the Star Wars Galaxy
Time: 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Location: Fan Village – S100a
Speakers: Aimee Jorgensen, Augie Webster, Brian Troyan, Javier Esqueda, Steve Mammen, Thomas Spanos
Description: The 501st Legion, the world’s largest Star Wars costuming group, leads a discussion on Star Wars costuming and their organization! Find out who they are, what they do and how you can create your own screen-accurate villainous Star Wars costume. Join us… Together, we can rule the costuming galaxy!

Title: Bloody Good Fun: Exploring Comedy within the Horror Genre
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Aly Amidei, Brian Amidei, Ele Matelan, Josh Zagoren, Matt Engle, Scott T. Barsotti
Description: Horror and comedy are weird sisters: incisive at their best, groan-inducing at the worst and tireless in their pursuit of THE BIG REACTION. This panel, hosted by horror experts WildClaw Theatre, peers into how the two genres use similar tactics to get a rise out of audiences.

 

Title: Geek Geek Revolution
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: S403
Speakers: John Scalzi, Kevin Hearne, Lydia Kang, Patrick Rothfuss, Seth Fishman
Description: GEEK GEEK REVOLUTION is a no-holds-barred geek culture game show featuring five science fiction/fantasy authors competing for the chance to be TOP GEEK. In addition the audience members will be asked to ‘write-in’ questions in hopes of stumping the authors and winning a prize pack of books. Hold onto your hats, nerf herders, this might get ugly. Featuring authors: Patrick Rothfuss, Kevin Hearne, Seth Fishman and Lydia Kang, and moderated by John Scalzi.

Title: Power Rangers Reunion
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Jason Narvy, Paul Schrier, Steve Cardenas
Description: Steve Cardenas (Rocky the Red Ranger) meets up with fellow Power Rangers cast members, Paul Schrier and Jason Narvy (Bulk and Skull), to rehash their experiences fighting evil in Angel Grove.

Title: Kids Costume Parade
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: Kids 12-and-under can come and show off their costumes in the Kids Costume Parade! To register, please arrive at Family HQ 30 minutes prior to the parade. Space is limited and is not guaranteed, so please be sure to arrive early!

Title: Animation Beyond the Cinema: A Celebration for the Animation Enthusiast
Time: 1:45PM – 2:45PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Alexia Anastasio, Zabrina McIntyre
Description: Do you love everything about animation? Do you love the stories, the art or the way animation can visually transport us? If this sounds like you, then join us for a lively discussion of the ways you can enjoy this creative medium after you’ve left the movie theater.

Title: MARVEL: Spider-Verse
Time: 1:45PM – 2:45PM
Location: N426
Speakers: James Robinson, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Mark Waid, Nick Lowe
Description: It’s the most epic Spider-Man event of all time as every Spider-Man EVER come together to face a world-ending threat! Senior Editor Nick Lowe, Joshua Hale Fialkov (Amazing Spider-Man: Who Am I? Infinite Comic), James Robinson (Fantastic Four), and Mark Waid (Daredevil) will be taking any and all questions from YOU the fans! This is one panel no Spidey fan can miss!

Title: What to Read!
Time: 1:45PM – 2:45PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Adam Withers, Comfort Love
Description: For new, old and lapsed readers. Part 1 is a slide-show presentation of 15 must-read comics and manga from different genres! During Part 2, the audience and your panelists will make a living document of the greatest comics ever made according to you!

 

Title: The Crow – 20th Anniversary Panel
Time: 1:45PM – 2:45PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Ernie Hudson, Michael Massee, Tony Todd
Description: A rare opportunity for C2E2 Fans to “believe in angels” – an up close and personal Q&A with stars Ernie Hudson (Sgt. Albrecht), Tony Todd (Grange) and Michael Massee (Funboy). Don’t miss it!

 

Title: Kosart Effects Studios Demo – LIVE!
Time: 1:45PM – 3:15PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers: J. Anthony Kosar
Description: J. Anthony Kosar, the owner, head instructor and lead artist of Kosart Effects Studios and “Kosart Atelier: School For Entertainment Arts,” and Champion of SyFy’s Face Off Season 4, will do a live FX demo on the Twitch Stage featuring the application of a Kosart original creature FX make-up transformation!

Title: Do It Like a Knight Sword Demo and Lessons
Time: 2:00PM – 4:30PM
Location: Interactive Room – S405
Speakers: Adam Schnider, Davis Vader, Jesse Kulla, Jon Humphreys, Rebbecca Smith
Description: Learn to fight like the original contractors, Medieval Condotierri. Learn to fight the way it was really done, with grace, style, and ruthless efficiency. room for 30 participants, and as many observers as the room will hold. You will have blast.

Title: DC COMICS – Batman
Time: 2:45PM – 3:45PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Bobbie Chase, Brian Buccellato, Dustin Nguyen, James Tynion IV, Jason Fabok, Jim Chadwick, John Cunningham, Peter Tomasi, Scott Snyder
Description: Batman’s crusade against the corrupt and evil has permeated across the DC Universe and beyond! Join some of the hottest creators who are behind the Dark Knight for an exclusive look at what’s in store for the World’s Greatest Detective! There has never been a better time to walk the streets of Gotham City!

Title: Glass Ceilings, Missing Stairs & Gatekeepers: Geeks Still Deal with Sexism
Time: 2:45PM – 3:45PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Carlye Frank, Dawn Xiana Moon, Erin Tipton, Kate Lansky, Laura Koroski, Michi Trota, Susheela Bhat
Description: We’ve established that yes, women can be geeks, so what gives? Why is con harassment still a problem? What other barriers are women facing in geek spaces? Isn’t talking about it just perpetuating the problem? Find out why talking about sexism and fighting for geeky gender equality is still needed. Sponsored in part by the Chicago Nerd Social Club.

Title: Listen to Jimmy
Time: 2:45PM – 3:45PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Amanda Conner, Cully Hamner, Jill Thompson, Jimmy Palmiotti, Nicola Scott
Description: This is your opportunity to go behind the scenes of the comic book industry! Join Jimmy Palmiotti and his guests Cully Hamner, Jill Thompson, Amanda Conner and Nicola Scott as they share their personal stories and the latest and greatest of their careers. Fans will have a chance to get in on the action with a no holds barred Q&A session!

Title: Aw Yeah, Dark Horse!
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Art Baltazar, Franco, Jeremy Atkins, Scott Allie
Description: Art & Franco have taken some of comics’ most well-known characters and re-imagined them for Fans of all ages. To celebrate the anniversary of last year’s announcement of the recently collected Itty Bitty Hellboy at C2E2, as well as the upcoming collection of this dynamic duo’s Kickstarter-funded Aw Yeah Comics!, we have put together an hour of fun, announcements and much more! Bring your big ideas for a chance to woo Dark Horse EIC Scott Allie in the “one minute pitch!” Find out which Dark Horse characters the two will tack next and much much more! This one is guaranteed to be fun for the whole Fan family!

Title: Diamond Select Toys: The Best of All Worlds
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Chuck Terceira, Paul Clarke, Zach Oat
Description: The Diamond Select Toys team will run down every non-Minimates item DST has coming up, from Marvel Comics, Plants vs. Zombies, TMNT, Godzilla, Batman, The Walking Dead, Sin City, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Jay & Silent Bob, Lost in Space, Aliens, Star Wars, Star Trek, Ghostbusters, Universal Monsters and My Little Pony! Stay for the Q&A and prizes!

 

Title: Supernatural City
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Chloe Neill, Jacqueline Carey, Kerrelyn Sparks, Kevin Hearne, Lauren Roy, Mia Garcia
Description: Join Authors Jacqueline Carey (the Agent of Hel series), Kevin Hearne (the Iron Druid Chronicles), Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires), Lauren Roy (Night Owls) and Kerrelyn Sparks (the Love at Stake series) on a guided tour of cityscapes populated by supernatural creatures, both friend and foe.

Title: Teen Wolf with Crystal Reed & Tyler Posey
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: Main Stage – S406
Speakers: Tyler Posey
Description: Come join Crystal Reed (Allison Argent) and Tyler Posey (Scott McCall) as they talks about the perks and dangers of being a student at Beacon Hills High School.

Title: The Moving Target: What Publishers Want and How to Give it to Them
Time: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Andy Schmidt, Jim Gibbons, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Joshua Williamson, Mike Perkins, Paul Allor
Description: Get your project Green-Lit! What is it you need to improve, change, rethink? Join Comics Experience Founder Andy Schmidt, Comics Pros Joshua Fialkov (The Ultimates), Josh Williamson (Ghosted), Mike Perkins (Captain America) and Dark Horse Editor Jim Gibbons to get the inside scoop that helps improve your chances of getting accepted in just one hour!

Title: Bristol Renaissance Faire Knighting Ceremony
Time: 3:15PM – 4:45PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: Queen Elizabeth I is looking for new knights and ladies for her court. Test your mettle and might against the Code of Chivalry and you could be knighted! Brought to you by the Bristol Renaissance Faire.

Title: Nerd Trivia
Time: 3:30PM – 4:30PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers: Kat Dennis, Kelly Davich, Liz Hoffman, Michael Rashid, Rick Fields
Description: We choose people from the crowd to play rounds of trivia based on popular nerd fandoms, such as Star Wars, Doctor Who, Joss Whedon, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, etc. People can volunteer to compete for small prizes or just play along from the crowd.

Title: Behind the Graphics: A Video Game Industry Round Table
Time: 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Allen Turner, Cef Grima, Daniel Loane, Matthew Degen, Nick Schrag, Ryan Wiemeyer
Description: Celebrating our fourth year at C2E2! Join some of Chicago’s game development community as they take you behind the scenes of the video game industry for a moderated panel discussion and Q&A session.

Title: Kickstarter and Comics: Everything You Wanted to Know
Time: 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Amy Chu, Greg Pak, Jill Thompson
Description: Join a representative from Kickstarter who will walk you through how the site works, how to get your project campaign started and answer any questions you may have. Also hear from a panel of fellow comics creators who’ve run successful campaigns about their experiences using Kickstarter and how they made their projects a success.

 

Title: Comics and Pop Music!
Time: 4:15PM – 5:15PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Matt Pizzolo, Patrick A. Reed, Ronald Wimberly, Vivek J. Tiwary
Description: Comic books and pop music are uniquely American art forms, with many common inspirations and a large shared audience. Here, Patrick Reed (Editor of Depth Of Field Magazine) brings together artists and publishers to discuss pop comics from the Beatlemania tie-ins of the 60s to today’s Fan-favorite titles.

Title: MARVEL: Next Big Thing
Time: 4:15PM – 5:15PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Charles Soule, James Robinson, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Mahmud Asrar, Mike Marts, Nick Lowe, Ryan Stegman, Skottie Young
Description: Want to start reading Marvel comics? There’s no better time than Marvel NOW! And there’s no better place to learn about our thrilling and creatively diverse All-New Marvel NOW series than this panel! Don’t miss some exciting discussion of Guardians of the Galaxy and Inhuman titles, plus a surprise announcement or two! Panelists include Executive Editor Mike Marts, Senior Editor Nick Lowe, Mahmud Asrar (Wolverine & the X-Men), Joshua Hale Fialkov (Amazing Spider-Man: Who Am I? Infinite Comic), Charles Soule (She-Hulk), Ryan Stegman (Wolverine), James Robinson (Fantastic Four) and Skottie Young (Rocket Raccoon)!

Title: Turning Your Art Into an Online Business: Branding & Marketing for Creators
Time: 4:15PM – 5:15PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Andy Schmidt, Janet K. Lee, Karen Hallion, Kelly Stephenson, Wendy Buske
Description: Professional artists, crafters and marketers will provide helpful tips on promoting your art and yourself online. Topics such as licensing, targeting your audience through advertising and social media, protecting your designs, time-management and how to maintain an online shop will be discussed. This hour-long panel will conclude with a 10 minute Q&A.

Title: Lost Girl
Time: 4:15PM – 5:15PM
Location: Main Stage – S406
Speakers: K.C. Collins, Kris Holden-Ried, Rick Howland
Description: We are proud to present some of the amazing stars that help to make Prodigy Pictures’ Lost Girl airing on Syfy Channel such a Fan fae-vorite. Join us for a panel discussion featuring everyone’s fae-vorite barkeep and Blood King Rick Howland (Trick), our resident wolf shape-shifter Kris Holden-Ried (Dyson) and the dashingly debonair siren K.C. Collins (Hale) after his big season! Riding the heels of the Season 4 finale, Fans will have a chance to ask questions of the cast.

Title: Bristol Renaissance Faire Pirate Treasure Hunt
Time: 4:30PM – 6:00PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: So you want to sail the seven seas and hunt for treasure? Learn the super-secret pirate salute, help the captain aboard the ship and take home the lost treasure of Misty Island! Brought to you by the Bristol Renaissance Faire.

Title: Comics vs. Comics: Pictionary Battle
Time: 4:45PM – 5:45PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers: Chris Burnham, Ed Greer, Ron Swallow, Tom Franck
Description: Top comic book artists team up with comedians from Comics and Comics in a showdown of Pictionary! These artists may be the top of their field when it comes to cranking out an issue every 30 days, but how will they do in 60 seconds or less?

Title: Discuss Star Wars Books Presented by Chicago Force: Kenobi
Time: 4:45PM – 5:45PM
Location: Fan Village – S100a
Speakers:
Description: Here’s your chance to sit down with Chicago Force for a lively discussion about Star Wars books. Please read Kenobi by John Jackson Miller. Whether you can love it or leave it, all opinions are welcome for this mature and literary look at the Expanded Universe. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Title: Fight Like a Hero (OR VILLAIN!)
Time: 5:00PM – 7:00PM
Location: Interactive Room – S405
Speakers: Brandon Marcial, David Ellis, John Nam, Tony Acevedo
Description: Have you ever wanted to know more about the various fighting styles used by Black Widow, Batman, or Deathstroke? Have you ever thought “I wonder if that move from (x) comic would work in real life?” Here we are to answer those questions! From Wrestling to Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai to Kung Fu, this team of MMA fighters has the answers!

Title: Vertigo: Defy
Time: 5:15PM – 6:15PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Amy Chu, Greg Lockard, John Cunningham, Lee Bermejo, Scott Snyder
Description: Vertigo is back in Chicago and ready to blow your mind with trend-setting comics! From horror to mythic fiction to sci-fi and beyond, join us and see what amazing new ideas are coming your way from the imprint that’s on a mission to defy all your expectations!

Title: “R.U.R.: Genesis” Screening
Time: 5:15PM – 6:15PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Chase Masterson
Description: “R.U.R.: Genesis” is a short film (and teaser for a feature currently in development) based upon the classic 1919 science fiction play by Karel Capek.

Title: Game of Thrones Fan Forum
Time: 5:15PM – 6:15PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Kristian Nairn
Description: Contributors from Wikia’s most popular communities focus their Fan expertise on the book-to-TV mega-hit, Game of Thrones. Joining the panel and lending his first-hand experience to the conversation is series regular Kristian Nairn, a.k.a. Fan-favorite “Hordor.” Come for the geek-out session, dissect the popular HBO series and get your Season Four questions answered!

Title: 24 Reunion
Time: 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Location: Main Stage – S406
Speakers: Carlos Bernard, James Morrison, Louis Lombardi
Description: Carlos Bernard (Tony Almeida), Louis Lombardi (Edgar Stiles) and James Morrison (Bill Buchanan) get together to talk about their time spent defending the country with Jack Bauer on the fan-favorite TV series, 24.

Title: CBLDF: The Comics Code – A Legacy of Censorship
Time: 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Alex Cox
Description: 60 years ago this month, comics were placed under the scrutiny of the United States government, leading to the formation of the Comics Code: a censorship authority that governed comics for more than 50 years! CBLDF reveals the history of how comics were censored & creators affected by the Code!

Title: Dark Horse Builds Characters
Time: 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Donny Cates, Eric Powell, Geof Darrow, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Joshua Williamson, Scott Allie, Tim Seeley
Description: In 2014, comics are more diverse than ever and Dark Horse continues to pride itself on producing the greatest serialized storytelling from some of the biggest names in the industry! From Hellboy to Buffy, to Luke and Leia, some of the most iconic characters in comics and beyond call Dark Horse home. Join us as we talk character development with writers who tell their tales! Editor in Chief, Scott Allie is joined by Project Black Sky scribes Josh Williamson (Captain Midnight) and Joshua Hale-Fialkov (Skyman), as well comics legend Geof Darrow (Shaolin Cowboy), Eric Powell (The Goon), Tim Seeley (Sundowners, The Occultist) and newcomer Donny Cates (Buzzkill) for insight, announcements and much much more!

 

Title: Grimm Fairy Tales: Animated Series – Pilot Episode
Time: 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Ralph Tedesco
Description: Frightening and fun animated adaptation of Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales produced by Zenescope Entertainment, Titmouse Inc. and Schneppzone. Directed by Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse), this pilot episode screening features behind the scenes footage with the amazing cast of voice actors, including Lena Headey, Chris Hardwick, Robert Forster and many more.

Title: Hip-Hop & Comics: Cultures Combining
Time: 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Adam “Illus” Wallenta, Matthew Rosenberg, Patrick A. Reed, Ronald Wimberly, Tyrue “Slang” Jones
Description: Hip-hop and comics reflect each other in many ways– rappers and graffiti artists utilize superheroic imagery and adopt alter-egos; comic creators utilize hip-hop’s rich visual vocabulary. Here, Patrick A. Reed (of Depth Of Field Magazine) brings together graphic and musical luminaries to discuss the ties between these creative cultures.

Title: Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition Presents: End Bulling In Schools
Time: 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: Join award-winning author and anti-bullying expert Carrie Goldman for a one-hour free workshop on how best to respond to bullying in schools, including strategies to manage cyberbullying, verbal taunts, and victim blaming.

Title: Chicago Ghosts with Ghostbusters: Chicago Division
Time: 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Location: Fan Village – S100a
Speakers: Mary Jo Chrabasz, Steve Szyndrowski
Description: Come hear about local ghost stories from your troop outside da loop! Members of the team will discuss some of their favorite local ghost stories, from the north side to the south side and everywhere in between!

Title: The Geek Comedy Hour
Time: 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers: Ed Greer, Ron Swallow, Tom Franck
Description: All Fanboy Stand-Up Comedy from the geekiest group of comedians in the multiverse. From comic books to video games, from anime to Dr. Who, from Star Wars to Star Trek, Comics and Comics has all your nerd comedy bases covered.

Title: GAM3R: Making Your No Budget Gaming Documentary
Time: 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Calvin Theobald, Illych Reyes, Jordan Levinson, Victor Pinto
Description: With a rise in gamers picking up cameras and documenting their communities, we will give advice on how exactly to go about making your indie film or web videos with no budget. Learn from our successes, our failures and pick our brains in a Q&A.

Title: Genre Feminism
Time: 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Claire Llewellyn, Julie Ufema, Lauren Jankowski, Sandra Almazan
Description: Genre still suffers from a lack of diversity. In film, television and literature we are bombarded with stories told through the straight white male gaze. Rampant sexism and harassment are still commonplace in genre spaces. Women’s work is still viewed through a gendered lens, whereas work by men is believed to appeal to everyone. The VIDA count, Women in Horror Recognition Month, Lexi Alexander’s article on sexism in the film industry and the work of Broad Universe are the first steps towards gender equality in genre. How do we continue this momentum? How can we make genre spaces safer for everyone? Let’s have a discussion about the ways to combat sexism (and the other -isms) and make genre a more welcoming place.

 

Title: The Other Dead: When Zombie Animals Attack!
Time: 6:30PM – 7:30PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Dave Dorman, Digger T Mesch, Joshua Ortega
Description: The Zombie Animal™ invasion is coming to Chicago! Join Joshua Ortega (Gears of War, Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer), Digger T Mesch (Agent 88, Minimates) and Dave Dorman (Star Wars, AvP) to get the latest scoop on IDW’s sleeper horror hit of 2013!

Title: Nerd City: Failing Spectacularly for Success!
Time: 6:45PM – 7:45PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Ben Spencer, Esq., Capt. Jim Kyle, Dr. Jose Gallimore, Max Minor
Description: Join Nerd City for their legendary annual C2E2 panel. Rowdy, under-the-influence and insane, the boys will talk the past, present and future of the brand (including toys, cartoons and failed reality TV shows). Now with more cursing, special guests, stupidity and prizes! See you there, you filthy animals. Fart. Balls.

Title: Supernatural Fan Panel
Time: 6:45PM – 7:45PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Andie Masino, Brian Warnock, Rick Carlson, Tara Andrews, Teresa Masino, Theresa Warnock
Description: Join the coordinators of the Chicago-based Supernatural Fan convention WinchestMidwest for an hour of spoilers and speculation on the hit CW show, “Supernatural.” We’ll discuss Season 9, spoilers for Season 10 and speculate on the upcoming Chicago-based spin off. The room will also be set up with a display of art department props from the last nine seasons. And as a special treat, all panel attendees will receive a C2E2 exclusive Supernatural tote bag.

Title: The Hobbit: There and Back Again – Spoilers and Speculation!
Time: 6:45PM – 7:45PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Anne Giffels, Bill Thomas, Justin Sewell
Description: Smaug the Magnificent has arrived in spectacular fashion, and Bilbo and the dwarves are facing deadly danger. Join TheOneRing.net in a lively discussion about The Hobbit: There and Back Again. The first two movies have generated passionate responses, and the last installment is sure to amaze us all.

Title: C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay
Time: 7:30PM – 9:30PM
Location: Main Stage – S406
Speakers: Ashley Eckstein, Austin Scarlett, Nan Cibula-Jenkins, Yaya Han
Description: Presented by Wikia, the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay makes its debut this April in Chicago as the biggest and most prestigious costume contest in the United States. Veterans of the cosplay circuit and amateurs alike will battle it out for a shot at seizing the Crown and over $10,000 in cash and prizes. For the first time ever, C2E2 will invite cosplayers from across the country to travel to the Windy City to be critiqued by celebrity judges Yaya Han, Ashley Eckstein, Nan Cibula-Jenkins and Austin Scarlett, all whom have prestigious backgrounds in pop culture and costume design. Fans will witness the spectacle and pageantry of a fun-filled competition celebrating the best cosplayers from around the country on Saturday, April 26 on the Main Stage!

Title: World of Warplanes – From Blueprints to Blue Skies
Time: 7:45PM – 8:45PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Brian Willits, Gareth Luke, Garrett Fuller, Nedra Boukhris
Description: Wargaming America takes you through the detailed process of in-game design and development, production and why planes are nothing like tanks.

Title: CODE MONKEY SAVE WORLD writer Greg Pak Reveals All!
Time: 7:45PM – 8:45PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Greg Pak
Description: The CODE MONKEY SAVE WORLD graphic novel, based on the songs of internet superstar musician Jonathan Coulton, is the highest grossing original comics Kickstarter project of all time. Get the inside scoop on every aspect of the book’s development, Kickstarter campaign, and production from writer Greg Pak. ALSO: FREE STICKERS!

 
Title: C2E2 Charity Art Auction
Time: 7:45PM – 9:30PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Steve Borock
Description: YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Please join us for the 2nd Annual Charity Art Auction at C2E2! Come on down and bid with other art enthusiasts for the chance to own a piece of original art from some of your favorite Creators including Adi Granov, Geof Darrow, Chris Samnee, Tim Seeley and many more. All proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and your participation in this event will help support lifesaving research and treatment for the children of St. Jude. HAVE FUN. GET ART. SAVE LIVES.

Title: Ink-Fusion: Where the Worlds of Tattooing and Pop Culture Collide
Time: 8:00PM – 9:00PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Chris Jones, Josh Bodwell, Kelly Rogers, Lu SkyWalker, Marc Draven, Mike Bianco
Description: A look at the funnier things of two very interesting worlds. Ink-Fusion Tattoo festivals have been exploding across the globe in recent years and so have both the industries of professional tattooing and pop culture. Both always evolving to new lights in the media. Come join us as our panel of artists shed light on working with people every day, strange requests, stranger people and how TV portrays it today. What it’s like to work with the likes of Stan Lee, Lucasfilm and what would be our next goals in Tattooing in the entertainment business. Learn how artists survive in such a different type of occupation. We’ll cover all topics with a funny, adult sense of humor. We suggest this panel be for all Fans 18 and over.

Title: “Legends of the Knight” Screening
Time: 8:00PM – 9:30PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Dr. Patrick O’Conner, Dr. Vasilis Pozios
Description: Legends of the Knight weaves together the stirring true stories of individuals who have overcome devastating obstacles, unselfishly given to the community and embraced their inner superhero because of their love of Batman.

Title: “OF DICE AND MEN” A Play by Cameron McNary
Time: 8:00PM – 9:30PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Bennett Bottero, Elliott Sowards, Grace Gimpel, Gwynn Fulcher, Sam Fain, Sawyer Heppes, Tiffany Keane
Description: A hilarious love letter to fantasy games and the people who love them, Of Dice and Men centers around a group of thirty-somethings who share a passion for their epic game of Dungeons & Dragons. Performed and produced by Otherworld Theatre Company.

Sunday, April 27

Title: Martial Arts with Power Ranger Steve Cardenas (Kids 12 and Under)
Time: 10:00AM – 11:00AM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers: Steve Cardenas
Description: Do you want to defend the world from evil just like a Mighty Morphin Power Ranger? Steve Cardenas, better known as Rocky the Red Power Ranger, can show you how! Steve will be holding a martial arts demonstration and class in Family HQ Sunday. For Children 12 and under.

Title: Do It Like a Knight Sword Demo and Lessons
Time: 10:45AM – 1:15PM
Location: Interactive Room – S405
Speakers:
Description: Learn to fight like the original contractors, Medieval Condotierri. Learn to fight the way it was really done, with grace, style, and ruthless efficiency. room for 30 participants, and as many observers as the room will hold. You will have blast.

Title: The Let’s Play Panel
Time: 10:45AM – 11:45AM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: “Chip Cheezum”, “Geop”, “Ironicus”, “Kamoc”, “Voidburger”, Clint Worthington
Description: Let’s Play videos are huge in the gaming community, turning every game into a social experience. Chip, Ironicus, Voidburger, Geop, and Kamoc have been creating their videos for over five years and are here to talk about their experiences, LP as a whole, and make a video live.

 

Title: Marvel Unlimited+ MEMBERS ONLY Event*
Time: 10:45AM – 11:45AM
Location: N426
Speakers: James Robinson, Jason Latour, Ryan Stegman
Description: Join Executive Editorial Director of Digital Ryan Penagos and top Marvel Creators, including Jason Latour (Wolverine & the X-Men), James Robinson (Fantastic Four) and Ryan Stegman (Wolverine) for a private panel discussion of what’s happening inside the Marvel Universe. Get FREE merchandise, sneak peeks of upcoming comics, Q&A Session to answer all your burning questions and more surprises to be announced. Not to be missed! Marvel Unlimited Plus Members ONLY – show your Member Card or confirmation email at the Marvel Booth for a ticket to the event.

Title: The Art of Worldbuilding: A Discussion with Charlaine Harris and Jacqueline Carey, Moderated by Chloe Neill
Time: 10:45AM – 11:45AM
Location: S403
Speakers: Charlaine Harris, Chloe Neill, Jacqueline Carey
Description: Join beloved Authors Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse, Midnight Crossroads) and Jacqueline Carey (Kushiel’s Legacy, Agent of Hel) as they discuss worldbuilding and the art of writing genre fiction in a spotlight panel moderated by Chloe Neill (Chicagoland Vampires).

Title: Masks and Mask Making with Inside Out Art Studio’s Jeff Semmerling
Time: 10:45AM – 11:45AM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers:
Description: Jeff will demonstrate the Power of Masks, inside and outside of the mask. This presentation will include: a glimpse of the leather mask making process he teaches quarterly in his Chicago studio; mask performances including fun audience participation; as well as discussion of how he uses masks and mask making as activities to make learning more memorable in classrooms. Learn secrets to the creation of anything – masks, puppets, props or scenery from cardboard, an exciting FREE medium Jeff uses to make lightweight giants for public spectacles.

Title: TBA
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers:
Description: We can’t talk about this panel just yet, but we promise it’s pretty awesome. Check for updates as we get closer to the Show!

Title: Make Your Own Comics
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Amy Chu, Greg Pak, Jimmy Palmiotti, Ryan Browne
Description: Successful creators talk candidly about their self-publishing experiences. Be prepared to take notes – we’ll cover the pros and cons of putting out your own book, and other tough topics like finding an audience and the money stuff!

Title: Discuss Star Wars Books Presented by Chicago Force: Dark Empire
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: Fan Village – S100a
Speakers:
Description: Here’s your chance to sit down with Chicago Force for a lively discussion about Star Wars books. Please read the Dark Empire graphic novel from Dark Horse. Whether you can love it or leave it, all opinions are welcome for this mature and literary look at the Expanded Universe. We look forward to seeing you there!

Title: Reading with Pictures with Trevor Mueller
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: Come learn about how getting comics in the classroom can be fun and educational. There will be live read-alongs of the upcoming Graphic Textbook! Hosted by Reading with Pictures’ Marketing Director Trevor Mueller. Fun for all ages!

 

Title: Kids Comics Heroes: Raising a Reader
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Aaron Renier, Charles Brownstein, Jeffrey Brown, Jennifer Holm, John Schumacher, Matthew Holm
Description: An all-star panel of kids comics creators and educators discuss ways to get children excited about reading, encourage creativity and cultivate a love of literature using great graphic novels and comics. Panelists include Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm (Babymouse), Charles Brownstein (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund), Aaron Renier (The Unsinkable Walker Bean) and Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son). This panel will be moderated by librarian John Schumacher.

Title: Custom Plush Toymaking 101
Time: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers: Chris Gann
Description: Chris Gann, Owner of Gann Memorials Custom Plush Toys (whose creations include the 15 foot “Stark Bunny” seen in Iron Man 3, My Little Pony Licensed Plush and Brony Con’s plush souvenir ponies), and team will discuss the basics of minimum to large scale (250 to 100,000 piece) toy making.

Title: MASTICATE!: Geek Bar’s Food and Beverage
Time: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Daniel Gerzina, David Zoltan, Laura Green, Tom Kern
Description: Come join Geek Bar Chicago’s own Kung Food Master, Chef Tom Kern, and Queen of Drinky Things, Laura Green, as they speak about what geeks everywhere can expect from the food and beverage programs at Geek Bar when it opens. They will be joined by Geek Bar’s Fleet Admiral, David Zoltan, and hosted by Danial Gerzina, Editor of Eater Chicago, who will lead the discussion. Learn about the geekstropub conception of the dishes, the Companions menu of sharable small plates, the vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free/soy-free options and more. Hear about the amazing themed craft cocktails, the beer selection strategy and the cool science going into the drinks. The floor will be opened for questions.

Title: Superhero Obstacle Course
Time: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: Little Beans Cafe is an imaginative play space and cafe geared towards children ages 6 months – 6 years. Let your little superhero’s imagination run wild as they blast through Little Beans Café’s mini obstacle course!

Title: Defiance
Time: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Grant Bowler, Jaime Murray, Jesse Rath, Tony Curran
Description: Come join the members of Syfy’s show Defiance as they talk about what life’s like in the year 2046, the state of Earth in the future (Hint: it’s much different than the planet we inhabit today) and their interesting alien encounters.

Title: Stan Lee Spotlight
Time: 12:00PM – 12:45PM
Location: Main Stage – S406
Speakers: Stan Lee
Description: Stan Lee is best known for his co-creations, including Spider-Man, The Avengers, X-Men, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and The Fantastic Four. Join the Chairman Emeritus of Marvel and Chairman & Chief Creative Officer of POW! as he reflects on his years in the exhilarating world of comics.

Title: DC COMICS – Superman: The Man of Tomorrow
Time: 12:15PM – 1:15PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Aaron Kuder, Bobbie Chase, Charles Soule, Greg Pak, John Cunningham, Scott Snyder
Description: The Last Son of Krypton is one of the most recognized pop culture icons of all time, and this year, Superman is set to soar to new heights! Come by for exclusive access on what makes The Man of Steel the hero that he is with people that bring him to life!

 

Title: Future of Video Games
Time: 12:15PM – 1:15PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers:
Description: Bringing together some of the top talent in video game design, C2E2 will give you a look at where games are going over the next five years. New technologies, new game design and the growing community of passionate video game players will be discussed on this panel.

Title: I Have No Sewing Machine, But I Must Cosplay! The Sequel
Time: 12:15PM – 1:15PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Laura Scoby, Lindsey Cepak, Meryle Idzerda
Description: After wowing con-goers last year with their cosplay-shenanigans, the crew is back to give more insight into cosplay – with or without sewing skills! Their skill sets have improved, and so has their knowledge that they can impart to fellow geeks of all skill sets!

Title: Building Fantastical Worlds and Dystopias
Time: 12:15PM – 1:15PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Demitria Lunetta, Jaleigh Johnson, Joelle Charbonneau, Kat Falls
Description: Dystopian societies, post-apocalyptic scenarios, enhanced abilities and deadly creatures, both human and other, make the future a not so safe place to be. Join Authors Joelle Charbonneau (The Testing Trilogy), Kat Falls (Inhuman), Jaleigh Johnson (The Mark of the Dragonfly) and Demitria Lunetta (In the After) as they discuss what it takes to survive in the future worlds and fantastical alternate realities they’ve created.

Title: Kids Costume Parade
Time: 12:15PM – 1:30PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: Kids 12-and-under can come and show off their costumes in the Kids Costume Parade! To register, please arrive at Family HQ 30 minutes prior to the parade. Space is limited and is not guaranteed, so please be sure to arrive early!

Title: Geek Songwriting for Geeks by a Geek
Time: 1:15PM – 2:15PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Dan Marcotte
Description: Dan the Bard has written a lot of songs. Seriously, a lot. He has like 9 recorded CDs! In this panel, Dan will reveal the innermost workings of his musical and lyrical brain. You may have to roll a saving throw.

Title: WOLVERINE: 3 Months to Die
Time: 1:15PM – 2:15PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Charles Soule, Jason Latour, Jordan White, Mahmud Asrar, Mike Marts
Description: Wolverine is going to die! But when, and how? The biggest Wolverine event in years kicks off in June with “3 Months to Die” and this panel is the place to find out more! Plus, learn about exciting new developments across the entire X-Men family of titles! Panelists include Executive Editor Mike Marts, Editor Jordan White, Mahmud Asrar (Wolverine & the X-Men), Jason Latour (Wolverine & the X-Men) and Charles Soule (She-Hulk) as they take on all questions!

Title: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars
Time: 1:15PM – 2:15PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Ian Doescher
Description: Ian Doescher, the author of the New York Times best-selling William Shakespeare’s Star Wars and William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back will discuss the intersection of Shakespeare and Lucas’s classic trilogy. Be ready for surprise dramatic readings of your favorite scenes from the trilogy.

 

Title: Warehouse 13
Time: 1:15PM – 2:15PM
Location: Main Stage – S406
Speakers: Allison Scaglitotti, Eddie McClintock, Jaime Murray, Saul Rubinek
Description: Eddie McClintock (Pete Lattimer), Allison Scagliotti (Claudia Donovan), Jaime Murray (H.G. Wells) and Saul Rubinek (Artie Nielsen), the stars of Syfy’s TV show Warehouse 13, will recap their experiences relating to the U.S. government’s secret storage unit that houses supernatural items. This team is responsible for the safe keeping of mysterious objects and for finding more to add to their impressive collection.

Title: How Not To Die!
Time: 1:15PM – 2:15PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers:
Description: Combat in movies, comics and theater need to tell a story, where an actual sword fight is about how not to die. Learn the basics of a real sword fight and How Not To Die!

Title: Charlaine Harris Spotlight
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Charlaine Harris
Description: Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for more than thirty years. In 2008, she became a publishing phenomenon when her Sookie Stackhouse series served as the inspiration for HBO’s True Blood. This May, Harris will publish MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD, the first book in a new series that features all the elements you love from her writing: mystery, humor, small Southern towns and, of course, a touch of the paranormal. Harris will give Fans at C2E2 an early look at her new novel and answer questions during her Spotlight Panel.

Title: Podcasting with Modern Myth Media!
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Chris Clow, John Bierly, Justin Bolger, Katie Sullivan, Paul Hermann, Sean Gerber  ,
Description: Have you ever wanted to start your own podcast to legitimize your pop culture conversations? The Gentlemen of the Modern Myth Media Podcast will show you how to get started while we all have fun chatting about comics, superheroes, movies, science fiction, zombies and everything in between. Join us!

Title: What You Didn’t Know About Pokémon
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers: Steve Black Jr.
Description: PKMNcast presents a Pokémon panel talking about obscure facts, history and findings about your favorite pocket monsters. Ranging from the Kanto region to the Kalos region, we have a full panel with information you didn’t know! Will have a Q&A too!

Title: Onward, Battle Brothers! Player-Generated Content in the Massive PvP Setting of Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade
Time: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
Location: N427
Speakers: Garrett Fuller, Miguel Caron
Description: PGC is one of the holy grails of game design, but it can take on a whole new meaning in a competitive context. In Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade, players that take command responsibility are playing against each other on a whole different level, and in doing so, create content for the players with their boots on the ground.

Title: Bristol Renaissance Faire Pirate Treasure Hunt
Time: 1:45PM – 3:00PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: So you want to sail the seven seas and hunt for treasure? Learn the super-secret pirate salute, help the captain aboard the ship and take home the lost treasure of Misty Island! Brought to you by the Bristol Renaissance Faire.

 

Title: DC COMICS: ART MASTERS
Time: 2:30PM – 3:30PM
Location: N426
Speakers: Aaron Kuder, Art Baltazar, Franco, Mark ChiarelloDescription: DC Entertainment is proud to have some of the most immensely talented artists working in comics today. Join us for a unique look into their visual approach in shaping some of your favorite books!

Title: Silver Age Pro-Fan Trivia Challenge!
Time: 2:30PM – 3:30PM
Location: C2E2 LIVE! Stage
Speakers: Craig Shutt, Doug Tonks, Jason Fliegel, Jim Caldwell, Mike Chary, Rachel Rose
Description: Writer and Trivia Geek King Mark Waid takes on a team of Fans to see who knows more useless information about Marvel and DC Silver Age comics. Join moderator Craig Shutt, host of the Mr. Silver Age message board at the Captain Comics Round Table (captaincomics.ning.com), to match your own brain cells against some of the fastest and most knowledgeable trivia geeks in fandom!

Title: Valiant First: Rai, Armor Hunters and Beyond
Time: 2:30PM – 3:30PM
Location: S403
Speakers: Atom Freeman, Dinesh Shamdasani, Fred Pierce, Hunter Gorinson, Josh Johns, Warren Simons
Description: The coming of VALIANT FIRST right here begins at C2E2! With ARMOR HUNTERS, the earth-shaking comic book event of 2014 just weeks away, check in with an all-star panel of Valiant insiders to find out what the future holds for X-O Manowar, Unity, Rai, Bloodshot and more!

Title: You Can Be A “Real Life Superhero!”
Time: 2:30PM – 3:30PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Crimson Catalyst, Crusader Prime, Night Vision, Razorhawk, Tea Krulos, The Watchman
Description: “Real Life Superheroes” (or RLSH) are an unusual subculture of people who adopt superhero personas, do charity events and even fight crime. Meet Tea Krulos, Author of “Heroes in the Night: Inside the Real Life Superhero Movement” and an actual panel of RLSH!

Title: “Beardo the Movie” Screening
Time: 2:45PM – 3:45PM
Location: S404ab
Speakers:
Description: “Beardo the Movie” is a documentary on the World Beard and Moustache Championships (WBMC). Held in Anchorage, AK, this biennial competition judges men in eighteen different moustache, partial beard and full beard categories for the title of “Best Facial Hair in the World.”

Title: What Makes Marvel & Puzzle Quest a Match in the Marvel Universe
Time: 2:45PM – 3:45PM
Location: S401cd
Speakers: Joe Fletcher, Will Jennings
Description: The Marvel Universe is large and expansive with numerous superheroes and villains filled with immersive stories and history and they have now teamed up with Puzzle Quest, the premiere award-winning puzzle-rpg experience. Find out what started the curiosity on how one would pit Iron Man, Spiderman, Captain America and other Marvel Heroes against a host of super villains in a match-3 all-out puzzle battle storyline. And what makes your personal relationship with your Marvel character all the more important in those heated PVP tournaments. Dig deeper into these questions and more with the guys behind the game that has attracted more than 2 million players (and growing) and see what the game has in store next.

Title: Diverse Means for Diverse Worlds Moderated by Racebending.com
Time: 2:45PM – 3:45PM
Location: S402
Speakers: Gabrial Canada, Gail Simone, Gene Ha, Jay Fuller, Marjorie Liu, Ramon K. Perez, Turtel Onli
Description: Racebending.com moderates a discussion with a diverse array of panelists with a focus on crafting fictional worlds where diversity mirrors the real one.

 

Title: Bristol Renaissance Faire Knighting Ceremony
Time: 2:45PM – 4:15PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: Queen Elizabeth I is looking for new knights and ladies for her court. Test your mettle and might against the Code of Chivalry and you could be knighted! Brought to you by the Bristol Renaissance Faire.

Title: Kid’s Quidditch
Time: 3:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: Family HQ – S100c
Speakers:
Description: The IQA returns for the fourth year in a row to demonstrate the sport of Quidditch. Quidditch events taking place in the Family HQ will include short “How-To-Play” stations followed by free-play in rotating sessions.

Title: Creating Great Characters: From Your Brain to the Page!
Time: 3:45PM – 4:45PM
Location: S401ab
Speakers: Andy Schmidt, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Kyle Higgins, Mike Perkins, Robert Atkins
Description: Learn real strategies and techniques for creating engaging characters with unique and iconic looks that connect with your audience! Join Writers Kyle Higgins (Nightwing, The COWL) and Josh Fialkov (The Ultimates, The Bunker) along with Artists Robert Atkins (G.I. Joe, Spider-Man) and Mike Perkins (Captain America). Hosted by Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt.

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Margaret Trauth on Decrypting Rita: “I’m in an Intensely Experimental Phase Right Now” [Interview]

Margaret Trauth on Decrypting Rita: “I’m in an Intensely Experimental Phase Right Now” [Interview]http://ift.tt/1pLYoWF

Every so often a comic arrests you on the spot, and you’re drawn wholly into a new world, style, and story. It happens sometimes completely by chance, which is what happened when I first came across the webcomic Decrypting Rita, by Margaret Trauth. Starting out with a single world, the series quickly develops and shows us multiple simultaneous realities at once – as the series is told in a horizontally scrolling format, Trauth is able to really experiment with the way stories can be told, and the use of design, colour, pacing is utterly engrossing.

I was left with a distinct need to find out more about how the story came about, and how this comic is put together. And happily, she was more than happy to talk to me about her work, and how she processes it. This is one of the most interesting interviews that I’ve had the pleasure to do for The Beat, I would suggest – and I hope you find it as fascinating as I did!

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Steve: Probably your best known work currently is the side-scrolling webcomic – and Kickstarter success – Decrypting Rita. This is one of those stories which works best the less you know about it perhaps, but how would you describe the general premise of the story?

Margaret: It’s about a robot lady who’s dragged outside of reality by her ex-boyfriend. She’s got to pull herself together across four parallel worlds before a hive-mind can take over the planet.

That is, assuming it hasn’t already.

Steve: What first stands out is obviously the nature of the comic, which is told in a side-scrolling landscape format. What made you decide to use that format for the story?

Margaret: The core formal consideration here is that I’m telling two or more stories in parallel on every single page. That was one of the initial things I wanted to explore with this comic. Initially I was going to have more timelines splitting off from each other, ala Rebecca Dart’s lovely little book “Rabbit Head”, but the story didn’t end up supporting that very well. My initial doodles that became the seed for Rita were based around traditional portrait pages!

The landscape format comes from the medium I’m doing it for. It’s presented first on the screen, and reading portrait comics on a screen is a real pain in the butt. You’re constantly scrolling up and down, you can never really appreciate the design of the whole page unless you have a huge monitor. My last project solved this dilemma with square pages, which I largely thought of in terms of the double-page spreads; for this one, I just think about everything that way. I print each page you see on-screen as a spread when I make the books; there’s a big gutter down the center where nothing important to the story can ever be placed.

As the comic went on, it started sprawling across the page boundaries. I think that’s an inevitable consequence of those two choices; it’s really hard to fit anything like a complete thought into half of one landscape page. So the panels started slipping across the edges to hint to the reader that the thought continued after a page turn.

Steve: Do you see digital comics less as a like-for-like equivalent of the standard 20-page print comic; and more of a place to experiment like this on page layouts, formats, and structure?

Margaret: No. You can do some wild things in the constraints of the standard page. Dave Sim did some really amazing things in ‘Cerebus’ (I got lucky; ‘Reads’ coincided with a time in my life when I rarely visited a comic shop, so I could enjoy his experiments without the lingering taint of the raging misogyny that he really laid bare in that story arc.). Phil Foglio’s done some gorgeously designy layouts that really served the story. Matt Howarth’s early work really broke comics down into its component parts and reassembled it into something strange and glorious.

There is more freedom to experiment once you shed the unnecessary constraint of a standard size with its roots in what was the cheapest thing that worked. My early comics loves included broadsheet-sized comics like Little Nemo and Krazy Kat (thanks to the wonderful Smithsonian Book of Newspaper Comics), and all the Asterix albums I could get my hands on; I’ve been quite impressed by Chris Ware’s modern broadsheet-sized work, despite my disinterest in stories about sad, lonely people living empty lives. I’ve seen comics done as related panels on cards, that the reader is invited to shuffle. You can do all kinds of crazy things on paper.

I don’t think working digitally is inherently experimental. There’s lots of people doing very traditional stuff; a lot of the lore of How To Succeed In Web Comics is from people working in the form of the daily comic strip, which is an incredibly conservative and limiting format. There’s just no room to do wild layouts there. There are certainly exciting new possibilities in the computer – infinite canvas, limited animation, hypertext, minigames, who knows what – but for every When I Am King or Homestuck, there’s plenty of successful web-based work that obeys much the same physical limits as anything DC or Marvel publishes.

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There’s also lots of things left to do in physical paper. I’ve never seen anyone do what I’m doing with spot gloss in the printed version of Rita. I suddenly wonder if anyone’s ever done a comic with pop-up elements, for instance! That would be totally rad. Turn a wheel to see a hidden succession of panels! Follow a character through a teetering house, opening doors along with them! Filing that idea away for, um, 2017 or so, unless someone beats me to it. Please feel free to beat me to it, because I really want to see this but don’t want to have to learn paper engineering and do it myself.

Steve: As the comic scrolls left to right, the reader is responsible for investing momentum into your story, in a sense – they’re actively involved in continuing the narrative. When planning the comic, was this something you had in mind? 

Margaret: Yes and no. Not explicitly, but in some ways, this comic is my response to the chapter on time in Scott McCloud’s “Understanding Comics”. The reader’s actively involved in continuing the narrative in every comic; giving you all these parallel timelines to read really makes it obvious. How do you read it? Do you try to read each page as a whole? Do you follow one timeline for a few pages, then jump back and follow another? Do you skip around in the book at utter random?

The whole story is laid out in space before you, already crystallized. It’s purely the observer that gives it any sequence of time. Every single comic book is like this. I’m just rubbing your face in it.

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From Understanding Comics, by Scott McCloud

It is possibly at this point that I should mention that parts of Rita come from sudden flashes of fully-formed imagery that I had while very, very stoned. I have spent time while stone cold sober trying to visualize reality from a point of view where time is merely an illusion created by our consciousness moving along the time dimension, and there’s definitely some of that going on in the comic.

I may have a hidden agenda in trying to get you to think this way – though at this point I think it’s mostly hidden from myself, as well. To borrow a line from the appendices of the Illuminatus! Trilogy, “This book has programmed the reader in ways that he or she will not understand for a period of months (or perhaps years).”

Steve: Momentum is typically described as one of the more difficult things to convey in art, and yet your action sequences seem incredibly kinetic. How do you lay out the pages? Do you work on paper first and then transfer to digital, or is this all done on a computer?

Margaret: It’s 99% digital. I’ll spend time doodling stuff in sketchbooks now and then, but it’s rarely more than just exploring the flow of the story. The real meat happens in Illustrator.

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Illustrator really comes at the task of drawing from a different place than most programs; one of the things I really rely on for Rita is the fact that it has a huge drawing surface to work on, of which the “canvas” is merely one small rectangle. I’ll put the previous page just to the left of the canvas, and my sketches and dialogue for one page will often turn into sketches and dialogue for several pages, sprawling off to the right. I’ll copy all of this stuff into the next page, move them to the left one page’s worth (I do that so often that I have a macro for it), finesse the arrangement to best fit on the page, and repeat until I’ve run out of sketch.

(Oh, and for people who’ve played with Illustrator and wonder how on earth I get all these fluid drawings out of what most folks find to be a very precise and pernickety program? Go watch this video, in which I explain my key settings and methods. http://ift.tt/1s8ajQL)

A lot of the kineticness of the individual panels comes from my time in animation. A lot of animators fall in love with the “smear”, a kind of highly distorted drawing you’ll find when you start single-stepping a cartoon. It’s a stylized version of the blurs you see when single-stepping footage of fast real-world action; animators tend to start playing around and drawing, say, thirty eyes, twelve noses, and sixty-seven fingers in a single frame of a character crossing the screen. They can become these amazing pieces of abstract art, hidden beneath the surface. I loved drawing these, and I’ll take any excuse to stick one of these in my comics that I can.

More broadly, I kinda feel like my philosophy of drawing comics is that at least half of my action panels should be an inbetween rather than a key pose. Off-balance, in motion, distorted, fluid, alive.

Steve: The colouring as well comes across as a choice you made. This is a digitally coloured comic, and the colours separate – and conjoin – the various narratives which run alongside one another. How did you decide on the colouring palette for the series?

Margaret: A big part of beginning any large project, for me, is working out the limits of the colors; I’m often interested in using them as a channel for information and symbolism, rather than coloring things realistically. The number cards in my Tarot deck were done largely in black, white, and a color unique to the suit, with occasional mix-ins of the colors of the other suits. My unfinished comic “Five Glasses of Absinthe” has two (occasionally three) colors per spread mixed in whatever way I feel like, keyed completely off of the lead character’s emotional state.

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For Rita, the initial image that popped into my head was what became the second page. A barely-defined Rita, climbing the side of a building. All in blues and whites. There was really no conscious thought to it; this was the fully-formed vision the Muses presented to me.

I decided to limit things to white and two colors per world, with no gradients, no transparency, and a minimum of hatching, in an attempt to keep things simple to draw. And then of course I promptly started doing some disgustingly complicated backgrounds now and then because I can’t keep things simple.

Steve: Thematically, was there an intentional purpose of your use for blue in the more sci-fi story, brown in the more [initially!] real-world story, and so on? 

Margaret: Not really. The blue was a requirement from wherever the story came from in the first place. The other colors were chosen to contrast with it. There’s a certain amount of “what feels right for this world” going on – the world where Rita’s a dragon is orange and brown because I wanted it to feel closer to the red/yellow normal world, and the Skylands are green because, well, that’s kind of the color of the lead of Five Glasses of Absinthe, which also takes place there. Not that I ever actually used representative colors in that story either.

Steve: The more I read of the comic, the more craft I notice in your structure and design. What’s your artistic background? Who are your influences?

Margaret: The short version is “Animation burn-out”. I spent some time in animation school, and ended up hanging around Spümcø for several years. In a non-drawing role, for a bunch of complicated reasons. Which is part of why I drifted out of the industry. As I mentioned elsewhere in this interview, a lot of the action drawings in Rita are me finding an excuse to do wild smear drawings. I still miss animation sometimes but I wouldn’t go back to it; it’s a colossal amount of work and it’s really hard to do a project that’s not full of compromises due to the sheer number of people and dollars involved.

Influences. Hmm. Let’s be alphabetical here:

M.C. Escher, Fleischer Studios, Phil Foglio, Edward Gorey, Walt Kelly, John K., Matt Howarth, George Herriman, Al Hirschfeld, Carol Lay, Winsor McCay, Mike Mignola, Ralph Steadman, WB cartoons.

Not all of these are influences I wear on my sleeve, but I think they’ve all been important in shaping my work. Rita, in particular, I’d say owes the most to Howarth, Mignola, and WB shorts out of this list. Matt’s work is full of parallel-universe shenanigans; “Savage Henry”, about a dimension-hopping music act, is my favorite of his various ongoing projects. I would love to see some major reprint efforts of his stuff someday.

Mignola, obviously I learnt a ton about chiaroscuro from his work, which I think really informs how I’m doing the three-color worlds of Rita. And the WB stuff, well, it’s just your basic solid cartooning with occasional crazy action, you know?

Steve: Where did the idea for this series in particular come from? How did you get the initial premise of the story together and then thread it together into a comic?

Margaret: Ah, this is a dense little knot of history.

The short version is “I got really stressed during a breakup, and hid in my studio smoking a lot of weed until I moved out on my own”. The long version…

I’d moved from Boston to Seattle with my boyfriends. We were living in a house with several of their friends. It turned out I really, really didn’t get along with these friends, and there was a nasty breakup when my boyfriends went back on their promise to move out with me if it didn’t work out – living with them turned out to be a thing he really, really needed, just as much as not living with them turned out to be a thing I really, really needed.

I’d been working on a comic with one of those boyfriends. “Five Glasses of Absinthe”, a story about a thief who steals something too valuable to sell, fucks up all her relationships, and has a lot of kinky sex. We’d done the first chapter, and had the rest of it in various stages of completion, from “loose outline” to “second draft script and full chapter thumbnails”. And loose ideas for two sequels set later on in the same world. I was getting ready to really get going on the second chapter of it when the breakup happened.

It was definitely time for me to be making comics, but there was no way in hell I was going to work on Absinthe any more. I mean, I held a lighter to the corner of the folder full of notes on chapter 2 of that at one point. Until I managed to move out, I spent a lot of time alone in my studio, getting very stoned, drawing stuff, and pondering what on earth I was going to work on. I wasn’t ready to work on “The Drowning City”, a dark angsty story I’ve been slowly piecing together since 1995. I didn’t think the other ideas I’ve had kicking around for a while felt worth developing into a full comic, not just then. So I just kind of let the back of my brain work on it.

I got the idea for doing a comic with several parallel worlds. I did some little doodles thinking about interesting things I could do with the panels in that. I liked it but didn’t have a story, so I put it away.

I bought a copy of the catalog from the 1965 MOMA exhibit “The Responsive Eye”, a major exhibition of Op art. I’ve always been fascinated with Op ever since reading Ed Emberly’s “The Wizard of Op” as a kid; I’ve done a few pieces using Op techniques over the years. I did a drawing inspired by Yaacov Agam’s pieces that change based on your viewpoint, called “A Moment Outside”.

Its imagery came, in part, from a brief vision of being surrounded by an infinite tessellation of color-cycling stylized eyes, of the kind that keep showing up in Rita. Did I mention that I spent a lot of my time hiding in my studio being very very stoned? For a while I was followed around now and then by networks of watching eyes whenever I’d close mine. I’m really not sure of the objective reality of those, but it’s certainly an experience that fed into what would become Rita. I don’t want to get all Alan Moore here, but I’ve dabbled in chaos magic just enough to be really unsure about what “reality” really is. Really.

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I started attending Indigo Blue’s school of burlesque dancing and learning a lot about how to better inhabit my body. There is definitely something of what I learnt there in the way I pose Rita in the early action sequence. The blue may or may not be a coincidence.

And then I read a discussion on Sean Witzke’s blog about Steranko’s first issue of Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD (http://ift.tt/1s8ak75). I took a healthy bong hit, and took a shower. As my mind wandered around, I had a sudden vision of what became the second page of Rita: a white, feminine silhouette – that I knew was a robot – climbing a building, rendered starkly in blues and whites. I finished my shower and went straight to the computer to draw this.

Then I typed “EDUCATING RITA” on it in a Saul Bass-looking font — I knew her name was Rita, I didn’t have to give this any thought, it was just there along with the image — and thought that sounded good until it was pointed out that there’s an Oscar-winning movie of the same name and maybe I should change it. I really don’t watch many movies. Maybe this was cryptomnesia, maybe not. Either way, I filled a page of my sketchbook with alternate titles; “Decrypting Rita” was the clear stand-out. It wasn’t until about halfway through the first book that I remembered that “Rita” is one of the several shortenings of my full name; I prefer the inexplicable short form of “Peggy” so it took a while.

I started drawing the next few pages and posting them on my blog. People liked them. So I started asking myself questions: who’s this woman? Who’s this voice giving her directions? What does she want? I really had no idea going in, but it feels like it came together surprisingly fast; it worked well with my vague ideas of doing a multiple-world comic, I pulled the eye images out of that riff on Agam and started using them for a mysterious Thing watching the goings-on from the space behind the panels. At times it really felt like it was writing itself. Tom was just going to be some hired assassin until he opened his mouth and revealed himself to be Rita’s crazy ex, then completely broke her reality for her because he thought she’d like it.

Ultimately, I think it may be some sort of exploration of various ideas of mystical transcendence and enlightenment. There’s a sequence I have planned for the end where I really hope to capture something of the slippery nature of the vast thoughts that can run through your mind when very high, and can’t be put into words afterwards. We’ll see if I can make it work in words, pictures, and the spaces in between them.

Somewhere in the first rush of pages I moved out of that bad situation to an apartment all by myself, alone in the University District.

Oh, and if you’re wondering, I mostly patched things up in that relationship. The ex I wrote Absinthe with is now my “ex with benefits”; I see him regularly, and he’s had some very thoughtful questions to ask about Rita’s story as it evolves. I’ll probably be resuming work on our collaboration once I finish Rita, along with doing that long-simmering angstfest I mentioned not wanting to work on so soon after a nasty breakup. Happy endings!

Steve: Do you think of yourself as an experimental artist? Your design – especially once we reach the second volume – seems to really expand, and you seem to always be pushing forward.

Margaret: Part of it is that I had to teach you to read the comic in the first volume! I made myself hold back and introduce the whole parallel worlds thing slowly, to give readers time to make sense of it.

I’m definitely experimenting in this comic; I keep on trying to find new ways to weave these storylines together that suit what’s going on in them at the moment, and to suggest that all these parallel worlds are getting increasingly tangled with each other. I often refer to it as my PhD thesis on the nature of time in comics. I’m not sure I’d classify myself as an experimental artist so much as someone who’s in an intensely experimental phase right now; my next project is going to play some other games with the form, but I’m going to really relish only telling one story at a time once I finish Rita. I won’t say I’ll never do another parallel-stories comic like Rita, but I’m pretty sure it’ll be a long time before I decide to do it for another 300 or so pages!

I also kind of need to keep surprising the reader in this story. I want you to sympathize with Rita’s utter lack of a real idea of what’s going on, even though you have more information than any particular incarnation of Rita has. At the end of the story, well, you probably won’t have a definite idea of What Really Happened, but if I’ve done things right, you’ll have two or three very compelling theories of that. So I have to keep on shaking up the panels just enough to keep you on your toes, without throwing you completely out of the story.

I’m also of the mind that I don’t want to stagnate. Some of my idols really aren’t producing work any different from what they were making when I was first discovering them in the eighties; I can see a lot more of their consistent flaws than I could when I was a kid. I still love what they do, I still eagerly follow some of them, but my eyes are so much sharper now. Some of them have even lost a certain edge to their work. I’m hoping to avoid that as long as I can; I want to keep myself fresh by playing with different techniques and ideas. That next project is going to be much more painterly than Rita, which will force me to confront some of the holes I know I have in my skills.

Take your best work so far. Put it where you can see it regularly. Try to top it. When you do, repeat this. That’s the advice I give beginning artists, and I try to follow that myself. I don’t want to rest on my laurels. Maybe that makes me something you could describe as “experimental”? And maybe eventually I’ll come to a place where I feel I don’t need to push myself any further in any particular artistic direction. I don’t know. All I know is that I’m not at that place yet, and I’ll be perfectly happy if I never get there.

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Steve: The story speaks to the idea of an internal and external monologue, and of inhabiting different worlds. As a trans woman, do you see this as an element of autobiography, almost? How personal is the story to you?

Margaret: It’s… more about myself than I really intended it to be, I think.

Blue-world Rita is definitely my Mary Sue. I’m a transhumanist at heart, not just a transgendered person. I’d love to be able to separate my consciousness from the network of meat that it started running on and be able to pour it into different, stylish bodies, back it up, and play around with who and what I am. The whole story is quite possibly triggered by her difficult-yet-charismatic ex. There are lots of casual mentions of the kind of three-person romantic relationships I’ve had.

At times, I seriously wonder about the reality of the world I live in. It seems to be a lot more malleable than I thought it was as I was growing up. This story’s definitely about that slightly-paranoid PKD kind of place. The flashback to the conversation with the normal-world Kim was a way to talk to the part of myself that pretty much believes what she says there. A hundred pages later, it’s pretty obvious who won that argument – if life’s a game, I’ve decided to keep playing it and try to rack up the highest score I can. Assuming I’m not just a colorful NPC.

But I’ve taken deliberate steps to make it not About The Transition. Rita, no matter who she is, is happy in her skin. She’s very much the person she wants to be, whether that’s a robot, a skyfaring wizard, a normal human, or a dragon. Well, maybe normal-world Rita isn’t quite who she’d like to be; she and her friends are trapped in the same sorts of problems that most people I know are.

“The Drowning City”, my next project, now that’s gonna be a definite trans metaphor. That’s about a girl who’s slowly turning into a monster. That metaphor is quite obvious, and I’m willing to let it be there, what with the story also being set in my hometown of New Orleans and touching upon what it felt like to move back three days before Katrina. And some other bits of personal angst as well. And creepy rapey elves and magical graffiti and destined heroes and prophecies and magic swords and stuff. It’s not what you’d call autobiographical, but it sure is holding a funhouse mirror up to a lot of the things I’ve had to work through. I’m probably going to lose a lot of whatever audience I build up for Rita when I start doing that thing.

If Rita’s about the transition at all, it’s about what happens when the transition is over.

Steve: Do you feel that the American comic industry speaks to trans readers and creators? I was trying to think of trans characters in mainstream comics, and the only one came to mind at both DC and Marvel – and they were both created last year. 

Margaret: Oh god no, not at all. Not explicitly – there are certainly things that resonate by accident. I was a big fan of DC’s ‘Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld’ when I was growing up, for instance, in no small part because the basic setup of ‘kid gets magical gem that portals her to an alternate world where she’s a powerful and beautiful princess’ was a fantasy I could totally inhabit, despite a little voice in my head telling me that this was totally not supposed to be a fantasy that appealed to a boy. Adding a bit of cross-world gender-swapping wasn’t exactly a stretch when you were suspending your disbelief that far. Or now and then one of the kids in “Dial H For Hero” would get a cross-gender hero for one issue.

But really? Trans issues did not exist to most people until the past decade or two. It took me a good while to figure out what was going on and that I could do something about it; I really envy today’s trans kids, who can hear about it in their teens and see it as something they can actually do. Or even younger. I think as we start to see more trans creators ,more creators with trans acquaintances, and easier transitions, we’ll start seeing more trans characters, too. Ones whose transition is not really a subject for deep discussion or narrative interest, just something that casually comes up now and then.

I’ve only done an explicitly trans character once; the title character of “Five Glasses of Absinthe” is a woman with a penis. Nobody in the story cares about this in the least; she presents as female, gets female pronouns from everyone, and is generally considered hot and sexy (if you can look past the fact that she’s kinda crazy and incredibly self-centered). That’s mostly the world I inhabit, and I’d like it to be the world more people live in.

The only Marvel or DC comic I read right now is Hawkguy, so I haven’t seen how DC and Marvel have handled those token trans characters myself. I’ve vaguely heard good things about them; they certainly seem to be less sensationalistic and othering than, say, the transwoman in that one Sandman story, or Grant Morrison’s majgickqal drag queen persona showing up in The Invisibles!

(And tangentially? I’d kind of like to see not just trans minor characters or superheros in the cape books, but trans supervillains as well. For whom the transition is a side-note rather than the reason they’re a criminal. Which I’m quite sure will be hard to do without an uproar, even if the entire creative team involved is full of Pronoun Trouble.)

Steve: Decrypting Rita has now been successful twice on Kickstarter – for the first and second collected volumes. How has your experience on Kickstarter been? I note that your second Kickstarter hit a higher goal than the first, so is there a sense of progression there, for you?

Margaret: I LOVE KICKSTARTER. Kickstarter is the best thing to happen to small-press comics since whatever technologic/economical shift set off the B&W boom of the eighties. I basically use it as a pre-order system: this is how much it’ll cost me to do a print run of the book at a reasonable cost per book, if I can’t get that then OH WELL.

My first volume hit its very modest goal in two days, despite launching on a weekend (everyone says never do that), then managed to barely get close enough to my stretch goal that I shrugged and made next to no profits so I could have spot gloss throughout the story, which enhances it a lot. The second volume HAD to have a minimum goal around the final level of the first; it would seem really weird to have spot gloss be a crucial part of the story in the first part and not the second.

There’s a definite progression. I’m really hoping that my audience will have expanded enough by the Kickstarter for book 3 that I can pass 10k, mostly on just selling the book. That seems to be the point when a campaign takes on a life of its own just from the sheer inertia of all those people sharing it with their friends, and a few of those friends happening to be major connectors or tastemakers who can reach a huge new pool of potential buyers

I’m also kind of hoping that this progression eventually leads to someone being interested in taking over some chunk of pre-press, shipping, and promotion, whether it be a traditional publisher of books, or one of the new hybrids emerging out of online collectives. I had a taste of that when Lo Scarabeo dealt with printing my Tarot deck in China, translating the book into several European languages, getting it into stores all across Europe, and sending a big pile to Llewellyn here in the States.

There is no way I could get that kind of reach on my own without investing almost all of my time in that part of the business. I’d gladly trade 100% of the profits and 100% of the work for like 20% of the profits on a print run a couple orders of magnitude larger that just sort of happens without me doing much. But until then, I guess I’ll just keep trying to make each campaign build on the lessons I learnt the last time.

(I’ve also been playing with Patreon; after about a month of that, I’m pulling in a whole five bucks per page. Which is pretty good given that the extent of my promoting that has been a couple of tweets and a diffident link at the end of every fourth chapter. It is also turning out to be a surprisingly useful extra carrot to hold in front of myself sometimes – right now my id doesn’t care how little I get paid, it just cares that finishing a page means an external reward!)

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Steve: What advice would you give for other creators looking to head onto Kickstarter? 

Margaret: You need one of two things: a serious track record, or a definite chunk of the final product.

Tim Schaefer could go onto Kickstarter, say “Hey guys, I wanna make a point and click adventure, wanna give me four hundred thousand bucks? I have no idea what it’ll be about, but I’m sure it’ll be cool!”, and make three million dollars. Tim Schaefer has also been making video games since 1988, with his name on some of the best-loved examples of the point-and-click adventure genre.

You are probably not Tim Schaefer. You will probably need to have a playable prototype of your game, a big chunk of your comic, half of your concept album, whatever, available online for people to check out and say “woo this is awesome I want to see more!” The link to that should be one of the first things in the text portion of your pitch.

Make a video. Tell people why your project is cool, tell people why you’re passionate about making it.

Don’t assume people know you, or your work. Sure, that’s your initial sales. And that can be a big part of them. But ultimately I think Kickstarter is great for growing your audience, as it asks all of your existing audience to tell their friends about this cool thing they pledged for and want to see happen. You need to sell your book or whatever to THOSE people, who are hearing about this thing you’re making for the very first time.

Reach out to new places. Part of why the second volume did better than the first was me getting a mention on Boing Boing, because I dropped them a note myself. Figure out the places where your audience goes looking for new amusements, and throw out a link to your thing – expect it to not get run, but be happy if it does. You should do this kind of thing now and then, not just before your campaign, but it’s not like I actually follow THAT advice myself.

The more work you do up front, the easier it is to set an achievable goal. I spent a year and a half drawing the first third of Rita; it was all there online when I launched the first Kickstarter. You could read it all for free and be done with it at that point. Or you could get it in a convenient single package that sits on your shelf, with some cool physical effects. (If you can make your thing a cool physical artifact, that’s a bonus.)

Either way, I wasn’t asking for enough money to support myself for a year while I drew the comic, with only chapter 1 on display; I just wanted $2.5k to completely pay for a modest print run. (About four times the number of people who pledged on the first campaign; I didn’t make much profit off that at all – but I had about 300 books sitting in my closet, and selling them has been a big chunk of why I attended ten cons in 2013, and broke even at almost all of them, including the one I had to travel all the way across the US to attend.)

If you’re gonna be making a print run, plan to print a lot more than just your KS backers.

I like to keep it simple. I’ve played with things beyond just the book, and they really don’t bring in enough money to be worth the extra hassle. The tiers for volume 3 are going to be “pdfs of all three books”, “volume 3 + pdfs”, “all three volumes” (limited by stock on hand), and a couple “volume 3 + drawing, some level of sponsorship, and I’ll throw in 1 and 2 if you want them as well”. No prints, no shirts, no stickers, no nothing. Because I have to draw that stuff, and I have to make it get printed, and I have to pack it and ship it, and ugh I just want it to all be over with and can I please get back to drawing the next comic instead.

There’s a nasty productivity sink there where I feel like I can’t work on drawing more comics until I’ve gotten the book out the door, and I really don’t want to work on the book because it’s boring, and suddenly it becomes drastically important that I complete this quest chain in Skyrim or something like that. Especially because I seem to end up printing in the dead of winter when I have no energy anyway.

If your basic deliverable is purely digital, then you probably need to hassle with some extra thing. I don’t have any experience with those so I can’t say for sure. I just know that I don’t EVER want to have to wrangle more than just the book ever again unless I have people to deal with that for me. Scale changes these things, if you’re planning a project that needs several people working for a while to make it happen then please ignore these last couple paragraphs and go talk to someone who’s done big multi-person projects with lots of add-ons and options.

Steve: Aside from the third volume of Decrypting Rita, which I believe is coming up later this year, what else are you working on at the moment? Where can people find you and your work online? 

Margaret: Let’s see. There’s a short story in the works for the back of Image’s ‘Prophet: Earth War’ about the power of massage, and a short piece about a demonic booty call for Heavy Metal. I’m also slowly getting things together for my next project after Rita, a dark urban fantasy called “The Drowning City”. That’s described more fully earlier on in this interview; the last piece of the puzzle came to me in winter of 2012. I’ll also be resuming work on “Five Glasses of Absinthe”, the sexy prog-rock fantasy I was about to get back to when my co-creator/scriptwriter/boyfriend became my ex-boyfriend, and I started Rita on my own instead. I will need to work on something silly while working on Drowning City.

The main place to find my stuff online is my web site, http://egypt.urnash.com. You’ll find Rita, the first chapter of Absinthe, and a bunch of standalone art, as well as my blog, and links to my presences on DeviantArt, FurAffinity, Live Journal, Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.

I guess that’s about it. Holy crap I sure can go on, especially given how stripped-down my comics are. Thanks for reading this far!

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Margaret Trauth on Decrypting Rita: “I’m in an Intensely Experimental Phase Right Now” [Interview]

Margaret Trauth on Decrypting Rita: “I’m in an Intensely Experimental Phase Right Now” [Interview]http://ift.tt/1pLYoWF

Every so often a comic arrests you on the spot, and you’re drawn wholly into a new world, style, and story. It happens sometimes completely by chance, which is what happened when I first came across the webcomic Decrypting Rita, by Margaret Trauth. Starting out with a single world, the series quickly develops and shows us multiple simultaneous realities at once – as the series is told in a horizontally scrolling format, Trauth is able to really experiment with the way stories can be told, and the use of design, colour, pacing is utterly engrossing.

I was left with a distinct need to find out more about how the story came about, and how this comic is put together. And happily, she was more than happy to talk to me about her work, and how she processes it. This is one of the most interesting interviews that I’ve had the pleasure to do for The Beat, I would suggest – and I hope you find it as fascinating as I did!

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Steve: Probably your best known work currently is the side-scrolling webcomic – and Kickstarter success – Decrypting Rita. This is one of those stories which works best the less you know about it perhaps, but how would you describe the general premise of the story?

Margaret: It’s about a robot lady who’s dragged outside of reality by her ex-boyfriend. She’s got to pull herself together across four parallel worlds before a hive-mind can take over the planet.

That is, assuming it hasn’t already.

Steve: What first stands out is obviously the nature of the comic, which is told in a side-scrolling landscape format. What made you decide to use that format for the story?

Margaret: The core formal consideration here is that I’m telling two or more stories in parallel on every single page. That was one of the initial things I wanted to explore with this comic. Initially I was going to have more timelines splitting off from each other, ala Rebecca Dart’s lovely little book “Rabbit Head”, but the story didn’t end up supporting that very well. My initial doodles that became the seed for Rita were based around traditional portrait pages!

The landscape format comes from the medium I’m doing it for. It’s presented first on the screen, and reading portrait comics on a screen is a real pain in the butt. You’re constantly scrolling up and down, you can never really appreciate the design of the whole page unless you have a huge monitor. My last project solved this dilemma with square pages, which I largely thought of in terms of the double-page spreads; for this one, I just think about everything that way. I print each page you see on-screen as a spread when I make the books; there’s a big gutter down the center where nothing important to the story can ever be placed.

As the comic went on, it started sprawling across the page boundaries. I think that’s an inevitable consequence of those two choices; it’s really hard to fit anything like a complete thought into half of one landscape page. So the panels started slipping across the edges to hint to the reader that the thought continued after a page turn.

Steve: Do you see digital comics less as a like-for-like equivalent of the standard 20-page print comic; and more of a place to experiment like this on page layouts, formats, and structure?

Margaret: No. You can do some wild things in the constraints of the standard page. Dave Sim did some really amazing things in ‘Cerebus’ (I got lucky; ‘Reads’ coincided with a time in my life when I rarely visited a comic shop, so I could enjoy his experiments without the lingering taint of the raging misogyny that he really laid bare in that story arc.). Phil Foglio’s done some gorgeously designy layouts that really served the story. Matt Howarth’s early work really broke comics down into its component parts and reassembled it into something strange and glorious.

There is more freedom to experiment once you shed the unnecessary constraint of a standard size with its roots in what was the cheapest thing that worked. My early comics loves included broadsheet-sized comics like Little Nemo and Krazy Kat (thanks to the wonderful Smithsonian Book of Newspaper Comics), and all the Asterix albums I could get my hands on; I’ve been quite impressed by Chris Ware’s modern broadsheet-sized work, despite my disinterest in stories about sad, lonely people living empty lives. I’ve seen comics done as related panels on cards, that the reader is invited to shuffle. You can do all kinds of crazy things on paper.

I don’t think working digitally is inherently experimental. There’s lots of people doing very traditional stuff; a lot of the lore of How To Succeed In Web Comics is from people working in the form of the daily comic strip, which is an incredibly conservative and limiting format. There’s just no room to do wild layouts there. There are certainly exciting new possibilities in the computer – infinite canvas, limited animation, hypertext, minigames, who knows what – but for every When I Am King or Homestuck, there’s plenty of successful web-based work that obeys much the same physical limits as anything DC or Marvel publishes.

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There’s also lots of things left to do in physical paper. I’ve never seen anyone do what I’m doing with spot gloss in the printed version of Rita. I suddenly wonder if anyone’s ever done a comic with pop-up elements, for instance! That would be totally rad. Turn a wheel to see a hidden succession of panels! Follow a character through a teetering house, opening doors along with them! Filing that idea away for, um, 2017 or so, unless someone beats me to it. Please feel free to beat me to it, because I really want to see this but don’t want to have to learn paper engineering and do it myself.

Steve: As the comic scrolls left to right, the reader is responsible for investing momentum into your story, in a sense – they’re actively involved in continuing the narrative. When planning the comic, was this something you had in mind? 

Margaret: Yes and no. Not explicitly, but in some ways, this comic is my response to the chapter on time in Scott McCloud’s “Understanding Comics”. The reader’s actively involved in continuing the narrative in every comic; giving you all these parallel timelines to read really makes it obvious. How do you read it? Do you try to read each page as a whole? Do you follow one timeline for a few pages, then jump back and follow another? Do you skip around in the book at utter random?

The whole story is laid out in space before you, already crystallized. It’s purely the observer that gives it any sequence of time. Every single comic book is like this. I’m just rubbing your face in it.

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From Understanding Comics, by Scott McCloud

It is possibly at this point that I should mention that parts of Rita come from sudden flashes of fully-formed imagery that I had while very, very stoned. I have spent time while stone cold sober trying to visualize reality from a point of view where time is merely an illusion created by our consciousness moving along the time dimension, and there’s definitely some of that going on in the comic.

I may have a hidden agenda in trying to get you to think this way – though at this point I think it’s mostly hidden from myself, as well. To borrow a line from the appendices of the Illuminatus! Trilogy, “This book has programmed the reader in ways that he or she will not understand for a period of months (or perhaps years).”

Steve: Momentum is typically described as one of the more difficult things to convey in art, and yet your action sequences seem incredibly kinetic. How do you lay out the pages? Do you work on paper first and then transfer to digital, or is this all done on a computer?

Margaret: It’s 99% digital. I’ll spend time doodling stuff in sketchbooks now and then, but it’s rarely more than just exploring the flow of the story. The real meat happens in Illustrator.

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Illustrator really comes at the task of drawing from a different place than most programs; one of the things I really rely on for Rita is the fact that it has a huge drawing surface to work on, of which the “canvas” is merely one small rectangle. I’ll put the previous page just to the left of the canvas, and my sketches and dialogue for one page will often turn into sketches and dialogue for several pages, sprawling off to the right. I’ll copy all of this stuff into the next page, move them to the left one page’s worth (I do that so often that I have a macro for it), finesse the arrangement to best fit on the page, and repeat until I’ve run out of sketch.

(Oh, and for people who’ve played with Illustrator and wonder how on earth I get all these fluid drawings out of what most folks find to be a very precise and pernickety program? Go watch this video, in which I explain my key settings and methods. http://ift.tt/1s8ajQL)

A lot of the kineticness of the individual panels comes from my time in animation. A lot of animators fall in love with the “smear”, a kind of highly distorted drawing you’ll find when you start single-stepping a cartoon. It’s a stylized version of the blurs you see when single-stepping footage of fast real-world action; animators tend to start playing around and drawing, say, thirty eyes, twelve noses, and sixty-seven fingers in a single frame of a character crossing the screen. They can become these amazing pieces of abstract art, hidden beneath the surface. I loved drawing these, and I’ll take any excuse to stick one of these in my comics that I can.

More broadly, I kinda feel like my philosophy of drawing comics is that at least half of my action panels should be an inbetween rather than a key pose. Off-balance, in motion, distorted, fluid, alive.

Steve: The colouring as well comes across as a choice you made. This is a digitally coloured comic, and the colours separate – and conjoin – the various narratives which run alongside one another. How did you decide on the colouring palette for the series?

Margaret: A big part of beginning any large project, for me, is working out the limits of the colors; I’m often interested in using them as a channel for information and symbolism, rather than coloring things realistically. The number cards in my Tarot deck were done largely in black, white, and a color unique to the suit, with occasional mix-ins of the colors of the other suits. My unfinished comic “Five Glasses of Absinthe” has two (occasionally three) colors per spread mixed in whatever way I feel like, keyed completely off of the lead character’s emotional state.

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For Rita, the initial image that popped into my head was what became the second page. A barely-defined Rita, climbing the side of a building. All in blues and whites. There was really no conscious thought to it; this was the fully-formed vision the Muses presented to me.

I decided to limit things to white and two colors per world, with no gradients, no transparency, and a minimum of hatching, in an attempt to keep things simple to draw. And then of course I promptly started doing some disgustingly complicated backgrounds now and then because I can’t keep things simple.

Steve: Thematically, was there an intentional purpose of your use for blue in the more sci-fi story, brown in the more [initially!] real-world story, and so on? 

Margaret: Not really. The blue was a requirement from wherever the story came from in the first place. The other colors were chosen to contrast with it. There’s a certain amount of “what feels right for this world” going on – the world where Rita’s a dragon is orange and brown because I wanted it to feel closer to the red/yellow normal world, and the Skylands are green because, well, that’s kind of the color of the lead of Five Glasses of Absinthe, which also takes place there. Not that I ever actually used representative colors in that story either.

Steve: The more I read of the comic, the more craft I notice in your structure and design. What’s your artistic background? Who are your influences?

Margaret: The short version is “Animation burn-out”. I spent some time in animation school, and ended up hanging around Spümcø for several years. In a non-drawing role, for a bunch of complicated reasons. Which is part of why I drifted out of the industry. As I mentioned elsewhere in this interview, a lot of the action drawings in Rita are me finding an excuse to do wild smear drawings. I still miss animation sometimes but I wouldn’t go back to it; it’s a colossal amount of work and it’s really hard to do a project that’s not full of compromises due to the sheer number of people and dollars involved.

Influences. Hmm. Let’s be alphabetical here:

M.C. Escher, Fleischer Studios, Phil Foglio, Edward Gorey, Walt Kelly, John K., Matt Howarth, George Herriman, Al Hirschfeld, Carol Lay, Winsor McCay, Mike Mignola, Ralph Steadman, WB cartoons.

Not all of these are influences I wear on my sleeve, but I think they’ve all been important in shaping my work. Rita, in particular, I’d say owes the most to Howarth, Mignola, and WB shorts out of this list. Matt’s work is full of parallel-universe shenanigans; “Savage Henry”, about a dimension-hopping music act, is my favorite of his various ongoing projects. I would love to see some major reprint efforts of his stuff someday.

Mignola, obviously I learnt a ton about chiaroscuro from his work, which I think really informs how I’m doing the three-color worlds of Rita. And the WB stuff, well, it’s just your basic solid cartooning with occasional crazy action, you know?

Steve: Where did the idea for this series in particular come from? How did you get the initial premise of the story together and then thread it together into a comic?

Margaret: Ah, this is a dense little knot of history.

The short version is “I got really stressed during a breakup, and hid in my studio smoking a lot of weed until I moved out on my own”. The long version…

I’d moved from Boston to Seattle with my boyfriends. We were living in a house with several of their friends. It turned out I really, really didn’t get along with these friends, and there was a nasty breakup when my boyfriends went back on their promise to move out with me if it didn’t work out – living with them turned out to be a thing he really, really needed, just as much as not living with them turned out to be a thing I really, really needed.

I’d been working on a comic with one of those boyfriends. “Five Glasses of Absinthe”, a story about a thief who steals something too valuable to sell, fucks up all her relationships, and has a lot of kinky sex. We’d done the first chapter, and had the rest of it in various stages of completion, from “loose outline” to “second draft script and full chapter thumbnails”. And loose ideas for two sequels set later on in the same world. I was getting ready to really get going on the second chapter of it when the breakup happened.

It was definitely time for me to be making comics, but there was no way in hell I was going to work on Absinthe any more. I mean, I held a lighter to the corner of the folder full of notes on chapter 2 of that at one point. Until I managed to move out, I spent a lot of time alone in my studio, getting very stoned, drawing stuff, and pondering what on earth I was going to work on. I wasn’t ready to work on “The Drowning City”, a dark angsty story I’ve been slowly piecing together since 1995. I didn’t think the other ideas I’ve had kicking around for a while felt worth developing into a full comic, not just then. So I just kind of let the back of my brain work on it.

I got the idea for doing a comic with several parallel worlds. I did some little doodles thinking about interesting things I could do with the panels in that. I liked it but didn’t have a story, so I put it away.

I bought a copy of the catalog from the 1965 MOMA exhibit “The Responsive Eye”, a major exhibition of Op art. I’ve always been fascinated with Op ever since reading Ed Emberly’s “The Wizard of Op” as a kid; I’ve done a few pieces using Op techniques over the years. I did a drawing inspired by Yaacov Agam’s pieces that change based on your viewpoint, called “A Moment Outside”.

Its imagery came, in part, from a brief vision of being surrounded by an infinite tessellation of color-cycling stylized eyes, of the kind that keep showing up in Rita. Did I mention that I spent a lot of my time hiding in my studio being very very stoned? For a while I was followed around now and then by networks of watching eyes whenever I’d close mine. I’m really not sure of the objective reality of those, but it’s certainly an experience that fed into what would become Rita. I don’t want to get all Alan Moore here, but I’ve dabbled in chaos magic just enough to be really unsure about what “reality” really is. Really.

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I started attending Indigo Blue’s school of burlesque dancing and learning a lot about how to better inhabit my body. There is definitely something of what I learnt there in the way I pose Rita in the early action sequence. The blue may or may not be a coincidence.

And then I read a discussion on Sean Witzke’s blog about Steranko’s first issue of Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD (http://ift.tt/1s8ak75). I took a healthy bong hit, and took a shower. As my mind wandered around, I had a sudden vision of what became the second page of Rita: a white, feminine silhouette – that I knew was a robot – climbing a building, rendered starkly in blues and whites. I finished my shower and went straight to the computer to draw this.

Then I typed “EDUCATING RITA” on it in a Saul Bass-looking font — I knew her name was Rita, I didn’t have to give this any thought, it was just there along with the image — and thought that sounded good until it was pointed out that there’s an Oscar-winning movie of the same name and maybe I should change it. I really don’t watch many movies. Maybe this was cryptomnesia, maybe not. Either way, I filled a page of my sketchbook with alternate titles; “Decrypting Rita” was the clear stand-out. It wasn’t until about halfway through the first book that I remembered that “Rita” is one of the several shortenings of my full name; I prefer the inexplicable short form of “Peggy” so it took a while.

I started drawing the next few pages and posting them on my blog. People liked them. So I started asking myself questions: who’s this woman? Who’s this voice giving her directions? What does she want? I really had no idea going in, but it feels like it came together surprisingly fast; it worked well with my vague ideas of doing a multiple-world comic, I pulled the eye images out of that riff on Agam and started using them for a mysterious Thing watching the goings-on from the space behind the panels. At times it really felt like it was writing itself. Tom was just going to be some hired assassin until he opened his mouth and revealed himself to be Rita’s crazy ex, then completely broke her reality for her because he thought she’d like it.

Ultimately, I think it may be some sort of exploration of various ideas of mystical transcendence and enlightenment. There’s a sequence I have planned for the end where I really hope to capture something of the slippery nature of the vast thoughts that can run through your mind when very high, and can’t be put into words afterwards. We’ll see if I can make it work in words, pictures, and the spaces in between them.

Somewhere in the first rush of pages I moved out of that bad situation to an apartment all by myself, alone in the University District.

Oh, and if you’re wondering, I mostly patched things up in that relationship. The ex I wrote Absinthe with is now my “ex with benefits”; I see him regularly, and he’s had some very thoughtful questions to ask about Rita’s story as it evolves. I’ll probably be resuming work on our collaboration once I finish Rita, along with doing that long-simmering angstfest I mentioned not wanting to work on so soon after a nasty breakup. Happy endings!

Steve: Do you think of yourself as an experimental artist? Your design – especially once we reach the second volume – seems to really expand, and you seem to always be pushing forward.

Margaret: Part of it is that I had to teach you to read the comic in the first volume! I made myself hold back and introduce the whole parallel worlds thing slowly, to give readers time to make sense of it.

I’m definitely experimenting in this comic; I keep on trying to find new ways to weave these storylines together that suit what’s going on in them at the moment, and to suggest that all these parallel worlds are getting increasingly tangled with each other. I often refer to it as my PhD thesis on the nature of time in comics. I’m not sure I’d classify myself as an experimental artist so much as someone who’s in an intensely experimental phase right now; my next project is going to play some other games with the form, but I’m going to really relish only telling one story at a time once I finish Rita. I won’t say I’ll never do another parallel-stories comic like Rita, but I’m pretty sure it’ll be a long time before I decide to do it for another 300 or so pages!

I also kind of need to keep surprising the reader in this story. I want you to sympathize with Rita’s utter lack of a real idea of what’s going on, even though you have more information than any particular incarnation of Rita has. At the end of the story, well, you probably won’t have a definite idea of What Really Happened, but if I’ve done things right, you’ll have two or three very compelling theories of that. So I have to keep on shaking up the panels just enough to keep you on your toes, without throwing you completely out of the story.

I’m also of the mind that I don’t want to stagnate. Some of my idols really aren’t producing work any different from what they were making when I was first discovering them in the eighties; I can see a lot more of their consistent flaws than I could when I was a kid. I still love what they do, I still eagerly follow some of them, but my eyes are so much sharper now. Some of them have even lost a certain edge to their work. I’m hoping to avoid that as long as I can; I want to keep myself fresh by playing with different techniques and ideas. That next project is going to be much more painterly than Rita, which will force me to confront some of the holes I know I have in my skills.

Take your best work so far. Put it where you can see it regularly. Try to top it. When you do, repeat this. That’s the advice I give beginning artists, and I try to follow that myself. I don’t want to rest on my laurels. Maybe that makes me something you could describe as “experimental”? And maybe eventually I’ll come to a place where I feel I don’t need to push myself any further in any particular artistic direction. I don’t know. All I know is that I’m not at that place yet, and I’ll be perfectly happy if I never get there.

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Steve: The story speaks to the idea of an internal and external monologue, and of inhabiting different worlds. As a trans woman, do you see this as an element of autobiography, almost? How personal is the story to you?

Margaret: It’s… more about myself than I really intended it to be, I think.

Blue-world Rita is definitely my Mary Sue. I’m a transhumanist at heart, not just a transgendered person. I’d love to be able to separate my consciousness from the network of meat that it started running on and be able to pour it into different, stylish bodies, back it up, and play around with who and what I am. The whole story is quite possibly triggered by her difficult-yet-charismatic ex. There are lots of casual mentions of the kind of three-person romantic relationships I’ve had.

At times, I seriously wonder about the reality of the world I live in. It seems to be a lot more malleable than I thought it was as I was growing up. This story’s definitely about that slightly-paranoid PKD kind of place. The flashback to the conversation with the normal-world Kim was a way to talk to the part of myself that pretty much believes what she says there. A hundred pages later, it’s pretty obvious who won that argument – if life’s a game, I’ve decided to keep playing it and try to rack up the highest score I can. Assuming I’m not just a colorful NPC.

But I’ve taken deliberate steps to make it not About The Transition. Rita, no matter who she is, is happy in her skin. She’s very much the person she wants to be, whether that’s a robot, a skyfaring wizard, a normal human, or a dragon. Well, maybe normal-world Rita isn’t quite who she’d like to be; she and her friends are trapped in the same sorts of problems that most people I know are.

“The Drowning City”, my next project, now that’s gonna be a definite trans metaphor. That’s about a girl who’s slowly turning into a monster. That metaphor is quite obvious, and I’m willing to let it be there, what with the story also being set in my hometown of New Orleans and touching upon what it felt like to move back three days before Katrina. And some other bits of personal angst as well. And creepy rapey elves and magical graffiti and destined heroes and prophecies and magic swords and stuff. It’s not what you’d call autobiographical, but it sure is holding a funhouse mirror up to a lot of the things I’ve had to work through. I’m probably going to lose a lot of whatever audience I build up for Rita when I start doing that thing.

If Rita’s about the transition at all, it’s about what happens when the transition is over.

Steve: Do you feel that the American comic industry speaks to trans readers and creators? I was trying to think of trans characters in mainstream comics, and the only one came to mind at both DC and Marvel – and they were both created last year. 

Margaret: Oh god no, not at all. Not explicitly – there are certainly things that resonate by accident. I was a big fan of DC’s ‘Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld’ when I was growing up, for instance, in no small part because the basic setup of ‘kid gets magical gem that portals her to an alternate world where she’s a powerful and beautiful princess’ was a fantasy I could totally inhabit, despite a little voice in my head telling me that this was totally not supposed to be a fantasy that appealed to a boy. Adding a bit of cross-world gender-swapping wasn’t exactly a stretch when you were suspending your disbelief that far. Or now and then one of the kids in “Dial H For Hero” would get a cross-gender hero for one issue.

But really? Trans issues did not exist to most people until the past decade or two. It took me a good while to figure out what was going on and that I could do something about it; I really envy today’s trans kids, who can hear about it in their teens and see it as something they can actually do. Or even younger. I think as we start to see more trans creators ,more creators with trans acquaintances, and easier transitions, we’ll start seeing more trans characters, too. Ones whose transition is not really a subject for deep discussion or narrative interest, just something that casually comes up now and then.

I’ve only done an explicitly trans character once; the title character of “Five Glasses of Absinthe” is a woman with a penis. Nobody in the story cares about this in the least; she presents as female, gets female pronouns from everyone, and is generally considered hot and sexy (if you can look past the fact that she’s kinda crazy and incredibly self-centered). That’s mostly the world I inhabit, and I’d like it to be the world more people live in.

The only Marvel or DC comic I read right now is Hawkguy, so I haven’t seen how DC and Marvel have handled those token trans characters myself. I’ve vaguely heard good things about them; they certainly seem to be less sensationalistic and othering than, say, the transwoman in that one Sandman story, or Grant Morrison’s majgickqal drag queen persona showing up in The Invisibles!

(And tangentially? I’d kind of like to see not just trans minor characters or superheros in the cape books, but trans supervillains as well. For whom the transition is a side-note rather than the reason they’re a criminal. Which I’m quite sure will be hard to do without an uproar, even if the entire creative team involved is full of Pronoun Trouble.)

Steve: Decrypting Rita has now been successful twice on Kickstarter – for the first and second collected volumes. How has your experience on Kickstarter been? I note that your second Kickstarter hit a higher goal than the first, so is there a sense of progression there, for you?

Margaret: I LOVE KICKSTARTER. Kickstarter is the best thing to happen to small-press comics since whatever technologic/economical shift set off the B&W boom of the eighties. I basically use it as a pre-order system: this is how much it’ll cost me to do a print run of the book at a reasonable cost per book, if I can’t get that then OH WELL.

My first volume hit its very modest goal in two days, despite launching on a weekend (everyone says never do that), then managed to barely get close enough to my stretch goal that I shrugged and made next to no profits so I could have spot gloss throughout the story, which enhances it a lot. The second volume HAD to have a minimum goal around the final level of the first; it would seem really weird to have spot gloss be a crucial part of the story in the first part and not the second.

There’s a definite progression. I’m really hoping that my audience will have expanded enough by the Kickstarter for book 3 that I can pass 10k, mostly on just selling the book. That seems to be the point when a campaign takes on a life of its own just from the sheer inertia of all those people sharing it with their friends, and a few of those friends happening to be major connectors or tastemakers who can reach a huge new pool of potential buyers

I’m also kind of hoping that this progression eventually leads to someone being interested in taking over some chunk of pre-press, shipping, and promotion, whether it be a traditional publisher of books, or one of the new hybrids emerging out of online collectives. I had a taste of that when Lo Scarabeo dealt with printing my Tarot deck in China, translating the book into several European languages, getting it into stores all across Europe, and sending a big pile to Llewellyn here in the States.

There is no way I could get that kind of reach on my own without investing almost all of my time in that part of the business. I’d gladly trade 100% of the profits and 100% of the work for like 20% of the profits on a print run a couple orders of magnitude larger that just sort of happens without me doing much. But until then, I guess I’ll just keep trying to make each campaign build on the lessons I learnt the last time.

(I’ve also been playing with Patreon; after about a month of that, I’m pulling in a whole five bucks per page. Which is pretty good given that the extent of my promoting that has been a couple of tweets and a diffident link at the end of every fourth chapter. It is also turning out to be a surprisingly useful extra carrot to hold in front of myself sometimes – right now my id doesn’t care how little I get paid, it just cares that finishing a page means an external reward!)

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Steve: What advice would you give for other creators looking to head onto Kickstarter? 

Margaret: You need one of two things: a serious track record, or a definite chunk of the final product.

Tim Schaefer could go onto Kickstarter, say “Hey guys, I wanna make a point and click adventure, wanna give me four hundred thousand bucks? I have no idea what it’ll be about, but I’m sure it’ll be cool!”, and make three million dollars. Tim Schaefer has also been making video games since 1988, with his name on some of the best-loved examples of the point-and-click adventure genre.

You are probably not Tim Schaefer. You will probably need to have a playable prototype of your game, a big chunk of your comic, half of your concept album, whatever, available online for people to check out and say “woo this is awesome I want to see more!” The link to that should be one of the first things in the text portion of your pitch.

Make a video. Tell people why your project is cool, tell people why you’re passionate about making it.

Don’t assume people know you, or your work. Sure, that’s your initial sales. And that can be a big part of them. But ultimately I think Kickstarter is great for growing your audience, as it asks all of your existing audience to tell their friends about this cool thing they pledged for and want to see happen. You need to sell your book or whatever to THOSE people, who are hearing about this thing you’re making for the very first time.

Reach out to new places. Part of why the second volume did better than the first was me getting a mention on Boing Boing, because I dropped them a note myself. Figure out the places where your audience goes looking for new amusements, and throw out a link to your thing – expect it to not get run, but be happy if it does. You should do this kind of thing now and then, not just before your campaign, but it’s not like I actually follow THAT advice myself.

The more work you do up front, the easier it is to set an achievable goal. I spent a year and a half drawing the first third of Rita; it was all there online when I launched the first Kickstarter. You could read it all for free and be done with it at that point. Or you could get it in a convenient single package that sits on your shelf, with some cool physical effects. (If you can make your thing a cool physical artifact, that’s a bonus.)

Either way, I wasn’t asking for enough money to support myself for a year while I drew the comic, with only chapter 1 on display; I just wanted $2.5k to completely pay for a modest print run. (About four times the number of people who pledged on the first campaign; I didn’t make much profit off that at all – but I had about 300 books sitting in my closet, and selling them has been a big chunk of why I attended ten cons in 2013, and broke even at almost all of them, including the one I had to travel all the way across the US to attend.)

If you’re gonna be making a print run, plan to print a lot more than just your KS backers.

I like to keep it simple. I’ve played with things beyond just the book, and they really don’t bring in enough money to be worth the extra hassle. The tiers for volume 3 are going to be “pdfs of all three books”, “volume 3 + pdfs”, “all three volumes” (limited by stock on hand), and a couple “volume 3 + drawing, some level of sponsorship, and I’ll throw in 1 and 2 if you want them as well”. No prints, no shirts, no stickers, no nothing. Because I have to draw that stuff, and I have to make it get printed, and I have to pack it and ship it, and ugh I just want it to all be over with and can I please get back to drawing the next comic instead.

There’s a nasty productivity sink there where I feel like I can’t work on drawing more comics until I’ve gotten the book out the door, and I really don’t want to work on the book because it’s boring, and suddenly it becomes drastically important that I complete this quest chain in Skyrim or something like that. Especially because I seem to end up printing in the dead of winter when I have no energy anyway.

If your basic deliverable is purely digital, then you probably need to hassle with some extra thing. I don’t have any experience with those so I can’t say for sure. I just know that I don’t EVER want to have to wrangle more than just the book ever again unless I have people to deal with that for me. Scale changes these things, if you’re planning a project that needs several people working for a while to make it happen then please ignore these last couple paragraphs and go talk to someone who’s done big multi-person projects with lots of add-ons and options.

Steve: Aside from the third volume of Decrypting Rita, which I believe is coming up later this year, what else are you working on at the moment? Where can people find you and your work online? 

Margaret: Let’s see. There’s a short story in the works for the back of Image’s ‘Prophet: Earth War’ about the power of massage, and a short piece about a demonic booty call for Heavy Metal. I’m also slowly getting things together for my next project after Rita, a dark urban fantasy called “The Drowning City”. That’s described more fully earlier on in this interview; the last piece of the puzzle came to me in winter of 2012. I’ll also be resuming work on “Five Glasses of Absinthe”, the sexy prog-rock fantasy I was about to get back to when my co-creator/scriptwriter/boyfriend became my ex-boyfriend, and I started Rita on my own instead. I will need to work on something silly while working on Drowning City.

The main place to find my stuff online is my web site, http://egypt.urnash.com. You’ll find Rita, the first chapter of Absinthe, and a bunch of standalone art, as well as my blog, and links to my presences on DeviantArt, FurAffinity, Live Journal, Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.

I guess that’s about it. Holy crap I sure can go on, especially given how stripped-down my comics are. Thanks for reading this far!

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2014 Reuben Award nominees are out

2014 Reuben Award nominees are outhttp://ift.tt/1pR4sez

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The “Reuben Awards”, aka the divisional awards presented by the National Cartoonist Society to deserving creators in comic strips, illustrations, animation and even comics, have been announced. The MAIN Rueben nominees (given to a deserving cartoonist for a lifetime of work) were announced a few weeks ago, are:

Wiley Miller (NonSequitur)

Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine)

Hilary Price (Rhymes with Orange)

Mark Tatulli (Lio)

The rest of the nominees have come out and here they are. Of some note — the webcomics category, which has been a source of some confusion and controversy but now has a board of advisors and is now divided into short form and long form categories. The awards will be presented Saturday, May 24th at the annual NCS meeting, this year held in San Diego.

(Above an image from Jay Fosgitt’s Bodie Troll, probably the least known of the comic book nominees.)

Editorial Cartoons

• Clay Bennett

• Adam Zyglis

• Mike Ramirez

Newspaper Illustration

• Bob Eckstein

• Miel Prudencio Ma

• Dave Whamond

Feature Animation

• Mike Giamo: Production Design Frozen (Disney)

• Hayao Miyazaki: Director, The Wind Rises (Disney)

• Jonathan del Val: Animator of Lucy character, Despicable Me 2 (Illumination)

TV Animation

• Craig McCracken, Wander Over Yonder (Disney)

• Paul Rudish, Disney Channel’s Mickey Mouse shorts (Disney)

• Douglas Sloan And Art Edler Brown, Dragons: Riders of Berk (Dreamworks)

Newspaper Panels

• Dave Coverly

• Scott Hilburn

• Mark Parisi

Magazine Gag Cartoons

• Matt Diffee

• Bob Eckstein

• Mike Twohy

Advertising/Product Illustration

• Cedric Hohnstadt

• Sean Parkes

• Rich Powell

Greeting Cards

• Glenn McCoy

• Mark Parisi

• George Schill

Comic Books

• Sergio Aragones, Sergio Aragones Funnies

• Jay Fosgitt, Bodie Troll

• Chris Samnee, Daredevil

Graphic Novel

• Dan E Burr, On The Ropes

• Rick Geary, Madison Square Tragedy

• Andrew C Robinson, The 5th Beatle

Magazine Illustration

• Daryll Collins

• Anton Emdin

• Dave Whamond

Online — Long Form

• Jenn Manley Lee, Dicebox

• Dylan Meconis, Family Man

• Eddie Pittman, Red’s Planet

• Jeff Smith, Tuki

Online — Short Form

• Jim Horwitz, Watson

• Ryan Pagelow, Buni

• Mike Twohy, New Yorker Online

Book Illustration

• Matt Davies

• William Joyce

• CF Payne

Newspaper Comic Strips

• Isabella Bannerman, Six Chicks

• Terri Libenson, Pajama Diaries

• Mark Tatulli, Lio

Via

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2014 Reuben Award nominees are out

2014 Reuben Award nominees are outhttp://ift.tt/1pR4sez

201404021105.jpg

The “Reuben Awards”, aka the divisional awards presented by the National Cartoonist Society to deserving creators in comic strips, illustrations, animation and even comics, have been announced. The MAIN Rueben nominees (given to a deserving cartoonist for a lifetime of work) were announced a few weeks ago, are:

Wiley Miller (NonSequitur)

Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine)

Hilary Price (Rhymes with Orange)

Mark Tatulli (Lio)

The rest of the nominees have come out and here they are. Of some note — the webcomics category, which has been a source of some confusion and controversy but now has a board of advisors and is now divided into short form and long form categories. The awards will be presented Saturday, May 24th at the annual NCS meeting, this year held in San Diego.

(Above an image from Jay Fosgitt’s Bodie Troll, probably the least known of the comic book nominees.)

Editorial Cartoons

• Clay Bennett

• Adam Zyglis

• Mike Ramirez

Newspaper Illustration

• Bob Eckstein

• Miel Prudencio Ma

• Dave Whamond

Feature Animation

• Mike Giamo: Production Design Frozen (Disney)

• Hayao Miyazaki: Director, The Wind Rises (Disney)

• Jonathan del Val: Animator of Lucy character, Despicable Me 2 (Illumination)

TV Animation

• Craig McCracken, Wander Over Yonder (Disney)

• Paul Rudish, Disney Channel’s Mickey Mouse shorts (Disney)

• Douglas Sloan And Art Edler Brown, Dragons: Riders of Berk (Dreamworks)

Newspaper Panels

• Dave Coverly

• Scott Hilburn

• Mark Parisi

Magazine Gag Cartoons

• Matt Diffee

• Bob Eckstein

• Mike Twohy

Advertising/Product Illustration

• Cedric Hohnstadt

• Sean Parkes

• Rich Powell

Greeting Cards

• Glenn McCoy

• Mark Parisi

• George Schill

Comic Books

• Sergio Aragones, Sergio Aragones Funnies

• Jay Fosgitt, Bodie Troll

• Chris Samnee, Daredevil

Graphic Novel

• Dan E Burr, On The Ropes

• Rick Geary, Madison Square Tragedy

• Andrew C Robinson, The 5th Beatle

Magazine Illustration

• Daryll Collins

• Anton Emdin

• Dave Whamond

Online — Long Form

• Jenn Manley Lee, Dicebox

• Dylan Meconis, Family Man

• Eddie Pittman, Red’s Planet

• Jeff Smith, Tuki

Online — Short Form

• Jim Horwitz, Watson

• Ryan Pagelow, Buni

• Mike Twohy, New Yorker Online

Book Illustration

• Matt Davies

• William Joyce

• CF Payne

Newspaper Comic Strips

• Isabella Bannerman, Six Chicks

• Terri Libenson, Pajama Diaries

• Mark Tatulli, Lio

Via

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Richard Corben’s Luke Cage…as you’ve never seen him before

Speaking of Marvel and diversity, in 2002, Marvel published a Cage mini written by Brian Azzarello with art by Richard Corben. It was rough, gritty and unforgettable.

However, on one page, Corben—known for his take-no-prisoners, wear-no-pants underground comics—drew Luke Cage au natural. Colorist Jose Villarubia played “Il Braghettone” to this particular incident, putting some shadows on Cage’s manhood. But a Spanish blog has revealed the unexpurgated scenes.

As usual the female toplessness was fine, but male frontal was a no no!

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Deathlok gets his own series spinning out of Marvel’s Original Sins mini

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Art by Mark Brooks.

Marvel’s EIC Axel Alonso and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort were back on a press call to talk about Original SinS wth an S, a companion anthology to Original Sin, the current Marvel Event mini series which kicks off in May. Original SinS (that’s my spelling for emphasis) will launch in June with bi-weekly shipping issues. The core of the anthology will be a Young Avengers serial written by Ryan North of Adventure Time fame, but the rest of the stories will include an eclectic line up of creators including Ramon Villalobos. James Robinson, Don Slott, Charles Soule, Mark Bagley and even Rick Geary, is drawing a Lockjaw story.

The stories will all spin-out of the central mystery of who killed the Watcher but includes more shocking secrets about the Marvel universe. “Everything you have seen and sordid liaison, every tryst, every YouTube video, he has seen it and he knows all. There’s so much that affects so many players within the Marvel Universe, apart form the story of the murder mystery proper, there was so much grist,” said Brevoort.

Several series will spin-out of Original Sins, with a Deathlok story by Nathan Edmundson and Mike Perkins kicking off a regular ongoing by the same team. Brevoort noted that this was the character seen on the Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD so — synergy at Disney/Marvel/ABC is alive and well, whatever you call it now.

The Young Avengers will be back in a story by North. “The Young Avengers are characters with a strong fan base and following. Through the nature of how their series has worked over the years, we haven’t felt the need to publish it at all times, there is always an interest in having more Young Avengers material. It speaks to a certain segment of the audience and it was a logical choice given t he tie-in to Original Sin.”

The Original Sins stories are continuing Marvel’s move towards diversity on the page and behind it.

“There are million ways to make a comic,” said Brevoort. “To say there is one way is narrow and narrow minded. I like all sorts of different styles. An event gives us a chance to give some folks a chance to play with our toys.” Brevoort reminded everyone that long ago Brian Bendis was a quirky indie cartoonist before he was Marvel’s top writer.

Alonso noted he found the diversity of the current line up exciting and said “people are responding to it. Every character can be a hit in the right hands.”

As for the ongoing titles spinning out, aside from Deathlok, both Brevoort and Alonso promised to continue the run of more diverse characters at Marvel. Alonso noted that a female lead character title would spin out of original Sin—the seventh in their line-up, and an 8th series is in the works. “When I look in these new titles I’m very invested in them as I was with the last round of MArvel Now launches, and that was a very diverse and vital round of launches.”

“The move towards diversity wasn’t like a marketing gimmick,” said Brevoort. “We didn’t do it the once and we were done with it. It’s not a changing philosophy, it’s an acknowledgement of the world we live in. This is the world of the 21st century. There are people we should be representing more in our publishing line and we’re going to do that more as we move ahead. That’s just living in the world of 2014.”

Although the actual line-ups were revealed stories in the mini include the Young Avengers five parter by North and Ramon Villalobos; Dan Slott and Mark Bagley on a J. Jonah Jameson story, Rick Geary on Lockjaw, Charles Soule on an Inhumans story, a James Robinson Doctor Doom story, and so on. There will be a Howard The Duck story as well.
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To Do: Graphic Brighton with David Lloyd, Chris Riddell, Hannah Berry etc. on May 24th

To Do: Graphic Brighton with David Lloyd, Chris Riddell, Hannah Berry etc. on May 24thhttp://ift.tt/1pQv9A3

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Alex Fitch tell us that he’s one of three people organising a one-day comic symposium set for the University of Brighton in England. The day will include panels, talks, workshops and so on.

Guests include Chris Riddell, David Lloyd, John Higgins, Nicola Streeten, Hannah Berry, Corinne Pearlman, Daniel Locke, Joe Decie, Neil Evans (a.k.a. Nelson Evergreen), Lawrence Elwick, Ian Williams, Paul O’Connell, Nye Wright, Hannah Eaton, Paul Collicutt and Tim Pilcher.

Tickets are on sale now.

9.30 – 5.30, Saturday 24th May 2014,
University of Brighton Faculty of Arts

56-58 Grand Parade, Brighton BN2 0JY

 

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To Do: Graphic Brighton with David Lloyd, Chris Riddell, Hannah Berry etc. on May 24th

To Do: Graphic Brighton with David Lloyd, Chris Riddell, Hannah Berry etc. on May 24thhttp://ift.tt/1pQv9A3

graphic_brighton_final_a6_web.jpg

Alex Fitch tell us that he’s one of three people organising a one-day comic symposium set for the University of Brighton in England. The day will include panels, talks, workshops and so on.

Guests include Chris Riddell, David Lloyd, John Higgins, Nicola Streeten, Hannah Berry, Corinne Pearlman, Daniel Locke, Joe Decie, Neil Evans (a.k.a. Nelson Evergreen), Lawrence Elwick, Ian Williams, Paul O’Connell, Nye Wright, Hannah Eaton, Paul Collicutt and Tim Pilcher.

Tickets are on sale now.

9.30 – 5.30, Saturday 24th May 2014,
University of Brighton Faculty of Arts

56-58 Grand Parade, Brighton BN2 0JY

 

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Margaret Trauth on Decrypting Rita: “I’m in an Intensely Experimental Phase Right Now” [Interview]

Every so often a comic arrests you on the spot, and you’re drawn wholly into a new world, style, and story. It happens sometimes completely by chance, which is what happened when I first came across the webcomic Decrypting Rita, by Margaret Trauth. Starting out with a single world, the series quickly develops and shows us multiple simultaneous realities at once – as the series is told in a horizontally scrolling format, Trauth is able to really experiment with the way stories can be told, and the use of design, colour, pacing is utterly engrossing.

I was left with a distinct need to find out more about how the story came about, and how this comic is put together. And happily, she was more than happy to talk to me about her work, and how she processes it. This is one of the most interesting interviews that I’ve had the pleasure to do for The Beat, I would suggest – and I hope you find it as fascinating as I did!

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