Programming

Panels_Map

 

Important!

Awesome Con has secured ASL Interpreters through Gallaudet Interpreting Services for the following panels:

Title Date Start
Sean Astin Q&A
Saturday 10:45 am
Jewel Staite Q&A
Saturday 12:00 pm
Billie Piper Q&A
Saturday 1:45 pm
Costume Contest
Saturday 3:00 pm
IronE Singleton Q&A
Saturday 4:45 pm
Danai Gurira Q&A
Saturday 6:00 pm
Billie Piper Q&A
Sunday 10:15 am
Sean Astin Q&A
Sunday 11:45 am
Cary Elwes Q&A
Sunday 1:00 pm
Learning to 'March' Congressman John Lewis
Sunday 2:15 pm 
There will also be an interpreter available on a first come, first served basis for any other panel attendees would like to sign up for. This can be done by emailing debbie@awesomecons.com or heading to the Info Booth at the event. 

Photo Ops Schedule (subject to change)

Title Date Start Room/Location Type Price
David Yost / Walter Jones Photo Op Saturday 10:30 AM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $60.00
Jewel Staite Photo Op Saturday 10:55 AM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $40.00
Ron Glass Photo Op Saturday 11:25 AM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $40.00
Billie Piper Photo Op Saturday 11:45 AM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $50.00
Cary Elwes Photo Op Saturday 12:50 PM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $50.00
Dirk Benedict Photo Op Saturday 1:25 PM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $40.00
Sean Astin Photo Op Saturday 2:00 PM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $50.00
Erin Gray Saturday 2:45 PM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $30.00
J. August Richards Photo Op Saturday 3:05 PM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $30.00
Danai Gurira Photo Op Saturday 3:25 PM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $50.00
Gurira / McBride Photo Op Saturday 3:45 PM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $85.00
Singleton / Lintz / McBride Photo Op Saturday 4:00 PM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $95.00
Lintz / McBride Photo Op Saturday 4:00 PM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $70.00
Nicholas Brendon Photo Op Saturday 4:45 PM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $30.00
Billie Piper Photo Op Saturday 5:00 PM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $50.00
Raphael Sbarge Photo Op Saturday 5:45 PM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $30.00
Kevin Sorbo Photo Op Saturday 6:00 PM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $40.00
Simon Fisher Becker Photo Op Saturday 6:25 PM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $30.00
Nicholas Brendon Photo Op Sunday 10:15 AM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $30.00
Raphael Sbarge Photo Op Sunday 10:35 AM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $30.00
Jewel Staite Photo Op Sunday 11:00 AM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $40.00
Ron Glass Photo Op Sunday 11:30 AM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $40.00
Billie Piper Photo Op Sunday 11:50 AM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $50.00
Dirk Benedict Photo Op Sunday 12:55 PM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $40.00
Sean Astin Photo Op Sunday 1:25 PM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $50.00
Cary Elwes Photo Op Sunday 2:05 PM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $50.00
Erin Gray Sunday 2:35 PM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $30.00
Danai Gurira Photo Op Sunday 2:50 PM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $50.00
Gurira / McBride Photo Op Sunday 3:10 PM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $85.00
Singleton / Lintz / McBride Photo Op Sunday 3:25 PM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $95.00
Lintz / McBride Photo Op Sunday 3:25 PM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $70.00
Kevin Sorbo Photo Op Sunday 4:10 PM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $40.00
J. August Richards Photo Op Sunday 4:45 PM Photo Op Area Photo Ops $30.00

Schedule (subject to change)

Title Date Start End Room/Location Type Participants Description
Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Friday) Friday 3:00 PM 5:00 PM 208 Social Ladies and Gentleman, Sci-Fi Speed Dating is back! If you're sick of being single, tired of looking for love in Alderraan places, on track to Terminate your single status, and ready to find your Chosen One... look no further! Sci-Fi Speed Dating has your back!Join the SFSD crew as they guide you through... SCI-FI SPEED DATING at Awesome Con!Each session will consists of 15-25 three-minute dates! It's all anonymous, and totally safe... but most of all... IT'S FUN! This year there are 5 sessions to participate in!Note: Participants must be 18 and over, please have ID ready, participants suspected of being under the influence will be denied entry.
Table Top Gaming Room Friday 3:00 PM 10:00 PM 103 Tabletop Gaming Foam Brain Games Andy and Kristin Looney from Looney Labs will be appearing at Awesome Con 2014! The makers of Fluxx will be bringingtheir unique blend of chaos and humor to our convention!Please see the program book for tournament listings.
Video Gaming Room Friday 3:00 PM 10:00 PM 102 Video Gaming Nexus Gaming Alliance The Nexus Gaming Alliance will be heading up our console game room! NGA, formed in 2010, are a combination of various talents brought together to form the ultimate experience in gaming and bring it to all sorts of events around the country.The NGA is proud to be a part of Awesome Con and provide attendees with the best gaming experience they’ve had.Bringing about 20 or more full console setups, they will be running tournaments and open gaming throughout the weekend. Please see the program book for tournament listings.
Blast-A-Trooper Friday 3:00 PM 8:00 PM K-zone Interactive Allen "Shep" Shepherd Executive Officer Old Line Garrison, the 501st Have fun with this nerf gun-based event where you can donate money to charity and shoot at Stormtroopers and even Darth Vader!
Tweet-up & Red-together! (Friday) Friday 3:15 PM 4:15 PM 203B General Want to meet up with your friends from Twitter or Reddit? We'll have a room where you can go just for that at the beginning of each day. Just tell them to meet you there!
Positively Energizing Young People with Comic Books & Puppetry Friday 4:00 PM 5:00 PM 206 Kids Alex Simmons, Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, Noel MacNeal, Mike Lopez Learn how you can creatively enhance your classroom, library or after school program using comic books, performance and music by adding a unique way to educate young minds. Join Kids Comic Con founder Alex Simmons, Puppeteers Leslie Carrara-Rudolph (Sesame Street), Noel MacNeal (Between The Lions) and educator Mike Lopez, as they share experiences and opportunities you can bring to your students.
Worldbuilding and Magic Friday 4:00 PM 5:00 PM 201 Literary Jon Skovron, Lea Nolan, Stuart Jaffe, Jessica Spotswood, Mindy Klasky, Gail Martin, Matthew Bowman, Eric Menge What makes a believable fantasy world and a realistic magical system? Share your favorites and find out how bestselling authors build worlds you'll never forget!
Part Time Writer, Full Time World Friday 5:15 PM 6:15 PM 201 Literary Lindsay Smith, Jean Marie Ward, Janine K. Spendlove How do you balance a full time job, parenting, writing, and *perish the thought* actually having some hobbies or perhaps even a social life? Everyone handles it differently; come to find out tips and advice as to how.
Drink Like a Man (21+) Friday 6:30 PM 7:30 PM 206 Video Gaming Jason Taylor, Kenneth Beasley, Patrick Silver, Aaron Williams Join Nexus's Crew of classy gents, as they teach some basic mixology, then how to class it up, as well as Ken revealing a trick to avoiding hangovers entirely.
Geek Comedy Tour Friday 8:00 PM 12:00 AM DC Improv Comedy Tim Loulies, Derek Williams, CB Wilkins, David Carter, James Rodatus, Joe Deeley, Kyle Phalen, and Enrique Hernandez To extend the awesome fun, Awesome Con is teaming up with the DC Improv to present the Geeks Comedy Tour, featuring Tim Loulies, Derek Williams, CB Wilkins, David Carter, James Rodatus, Joe Deeley, Kyle Phalen, and Enrique Hernandez hosted in the Comedy Lounge. Show starts at 8pm, Friday the 18th. Tickets $15. If you are a geek and you like comedy about geeks, you will laugh.More Info about the Geek Comedy Tour here:http://www.geekcomedytour.com/Get Tickets here: http://dcimprov.laughstub.com/event.cfm?id=308904
Table Top Gaming Room Saturday 10:00 AM 10:00 PM 103 Tabletop Gaming Foam Brain Games Andy and Kristin Looney from Looney Labs will be appearing at Awesome Con 2014! The makers of Fluxx will be bringingtheir unique blend of chaos and humor to our convention!Please see the program book for tournament listings.
Video Gaming Room Saturday 10:00 AM 7:00 PM 102 Video Gaming Nexus Gaming Alliance The Nexus Gaming Alliance will be heading up our console game room! NGA, formed in 2010, are a combination of various talents brought together to form the ultimate experience in gaming and bring it to all sorts of events around the country.The NGA is proud to be a part of Awesome Con and provide attendees with the best gaming experience they’ve had.Bringing about 20 or more full console setups, they will be running tournaments and open gaming throughout the weekend. Please see the program book for tournament listings.
Blast-A-Trooper Saturday 10:00 AM 7:00 PM K-zone Interactive Allen "Shep" Shepherd Executive Officer Old Line Garrison, the 501st Have fun with this nerf gun-based event where you can donate money to charity and shoot at Stormtroopers and even Darth Vader!
Charity Auction Saturday 10:00 AM 6:00 PM 203B Special Toni Smith Join us for a silent auction benefitting Child's Play. Auction items include one of a kind collector items, handmade items including a quilt of cross stitched squares of video game scenes, autographed items, and even a guest appearance in an on-line comic. (Note: All donations through the charity auction will be tax deductible.)
Tweet-up & Red-together! (Saturday) Saturday 10:15 AM 11:15 AM 203A General Want to meet up with your friends from Twitter or Reddit? We'll have a room where you can go just for that at the beginning of each day. Just tell them to meet you there!
First Contact: Improbable Dream or Worst Nightmare? Saturday 10:15 AM 11:15 AM 206 General Bill DeSmedt, Linda Billings, Steven Dick, Charles Gannon What are the merits and demerits of "activating" the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) by transition from passive listening to deliberate sending of messages to targeted star systems?
Working With a Small Press Saturday 10:30 AM 11:30 AM 209C Literary Rori Shay, Tanya Spackman, Lea Nolan How is a small press different than other types of publishing? What can I expect when working with a small press?
Ron Glass Q&A Saturday 10:45 AM 11:45 AM 207A Media Ron Glass Ron Glass will discuss his exciting career and answer audience questions.
Sean Astin Q&A (Saturday) Saturday 10:45 AM 11:45 AM 202 Media Sean Astin Sean Astin will discuss his exciting career and answer audience questions.
The Other Side of the Table: Lessons from Creators (Washington DC Edition) Saturday 10:45 AM 11:45 AM 209B Comics Joe Carabeo, Carolyn Belefski, Steve Conley, Matt Dembicki, Arsia Rozegar Creating your product is only half the work it takes to succeed in the comics industry. What about the other half that we don't see as clearly after the product is released to the world? This important panel will explore what it is like to be on the other side of the table, as a creator. We will discuss what it takes to exhibit at conventions, promote yourself, gain a loyal audience, and hopfully survive the life as comic book creator in today's wild west industry - from the POV of professionals already behind the table. Moderated by filmmaker/ comic writer Joe Carabeo.
Saturday Morning Cartoons Gets Funky Saturday 11:00 AM 12:00 PM 204C Kids Pamela Thomas, Loreen Williamson With Pamela Thomas & Loreen Williamson. Based on their traveling exhibition “Funk Turns 40…” this panel takes audiences back to the ‘70s when black characters became popular in main stream cartoon shows. Enjoy scenes and learn the story behind The Jackson 5, Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids, the Harlem Globetrotters, and more.
Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse 101 Saturday 11:00 AM 12:00 PM 209A General Daniel Palmer A beginner's guide to everything ANYONE should know about zombies and the pending zombie apocalypse! Whether you're new to the zombie scene or an expert zombie hunter looking for pointers to share at your next Walking Dead debate, this panel is for you! Stay to the end to get a chance to get your own zombie related questions answered.
Ernie Hudson Q&A Saturday 11:15 AM 12:15 PM 207B Media Ernie Hudson Ernie Hudson will discuss his exciting career and answer audience questions.
Screening - The Morningside Monster (with Q&A with director Chris Ethridge) Saturday 11:15 AM 1:15 PM 204AB Screenings Chris Ethridge A horror/thriller set against the backdrop of a quiet town torn apart by ritualistic murders. As more victims turn up, Sheriff Tom Haulk and Deputy Klara Austin desperately track the killer, pitting them against friends, enemies, and each other. Starring Nicholas Brendon, Tiffany Shepis, Robert Pralgo, Catherine Taber, Amber Chaney. There will be a brief Q&A with director and co-producer Chris Ethridge after the film.Bonus! See the trailer for Star Wars: Dark Awakening before the screening.
Rise and Prevalence of Dystopian Science Fiction in Pop Culture Saturday 11:15 AM 12:15 PM 206 General Lewis Groswald et al. What is behind the rise of dystopian science fiction and fantasy in pop culture today, and the corresponding decrease of optimistic science fiction?
Leslie and Lolly Make Stuff Up Saturday 11:30 AM 12:30 PM 201 Kids Leslie Carrara-Rudolph Leslie Carrara-Rudolph and her puppet side kick “Lolly Lardpop” will explore ways to bring ideas to life through art, music, puppetry and storytelling. This performance /workshop gives the audience a chance to participate in the creative process by using their voices, bodies, and imaginations.
Give Me That Action Art! Saturday 11:45 AM 12:45 PM 203A Kids Jamal Y. Igle Jamal Y. Igle (artist on DC, Marvel, and creator/artist on the new series Molly Danger) will give hands-on workshop on drawing exciting comic characters in action. From flight to fights, Jamal knows the way to make it look really cool.
Writing Fantasy Saturday 11:45 AM 12:45 PM 209C Literary Jean Marie Ward, Eliza Knight, Stuart Jaffe, Ronald Garner In publishing today, fantasy is a crowded field that encompasses the supernatural and paranormal, high fantasy and more science fiction-ish elements such as time travel and alternate realities. Join a collection of experienced writers to learn what both publishers and fans expect from writer today.
Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Saturday) Saturday 12:00 PM 2:00 PM 208 Social Ladies and Gentleman, Sci-Fi Speed Dating is back! If you're sick of being single, tired of looking for love in Alderraan places, on track to Terminate your single status, and ready to find your Chosen One... look no further! Sci-Fi Speed Dating has your back!Join the SFSD crew as they guide you through... SCI-FI SPEED DATING at Awesome Con!Each session will consists of 15-25 three-minute dates! It's all anonymous, and totally safe... but most of all... IT'S FUN! This year there are 5 sessions to participate in!Note: Participants must be 18 and over, please have ID ready, participants suspected of being under the influence will be denied entry.
Jewel Staite Q&A Saturday 12:00 PM 1:00 PM 202 Media Jewel Staite Jewel Staite will discuss her exciting career and answer audience questions.
Kickstarter Backers' Panel (Backers only!) Saturday 12:00 PM 1:00 PM 207A Special Andrew WK and other special guests Kickstarter backers ONLY, join us for this fun special event just for you!
Comics Writers on Writing Saturday 12:00 PM 1:00 PM 209B Comics Bob Greenberger; Andrew Aydin, Jeremy Whitley, Mike Raicht, Joe Harris, Rob Balder, Victor Dandridge Learn about how these experienced comics writers approach and succeed in their craft!
Cosplay on a Budget Saturday 12:15 PM 1:15 PM 204C Costuming Steampunk Family Costumes are fun, but not everyone has a fortune to spend recreating Iron Man’s armor or their favorite movie alien. We will cover basic prop modding and finishing, found object assembly, closet & thrift shop cosplay, sewing tips and tricks.
The "Free Drawings for Total Strangers" Roadshow Saturday 12:15 PM 1:15 PM 209A Comics Jason Thomas, Dave Stewart, Jennifer Teeter "Free Drawings for Total Strangers" (FDfTS.com) is the popular webcomic, often compared to riding down a hill in a cardboard box. Freebies from the Red Rocket Farm booth in Artist's Alley and a truly odd multimedia presentation. You will hate this.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Q&A Saturday 12:30 PM 1:30 PM 207B Media David Yost; Walter Jones Walter Jones and David Yost will discuss their exciting careers and answer audience questions.
For the Love of (Genre) Literature Saturday 12:30 PM 1:30 PM 206 Literary Michael Dirda Come hear Washington Post book critic Michael Dirda discuss and recommend his favorite tomes from the realms of genre literature.
Comics Artists Unite! (Saturday) Saturday 12:45 PM 1:45 PM 201 Comics Bryan Tillman, Bryan Turner, S.L. Gallant, Mark Wheatley, Greg LaRocque, Chris Pyrate Join a panel of experienced comics artists as they talk about their careers and experiences in the comics industry.
Yes, There Are Girl Gamers. No, Their Anatomy Doesn't Affect Their Playing Saturday 1:00 PM 2:00 PM 209C Video Gaming Amanda Cumpton, Raychel Randall, Kenneth Beasley Nexus Gaming Aliiance's resident Gaming Ladies, and the Nexus chiefs, host a panel discussing the silly behavior of men online.
Drawing Spooks & Spectres Saturday 1:00 PM 2:00 PM 203A Kids Batton Lash With Batton Lash (cartoonist/creator of the fun and clever Supernatural Law, about attorneys who defend monsters). Kids will have a blast creating a few monsters with Batton, and then creating some on their own.
The Rise of the Anthology Saturday 1:00 PM 2:00 PM 209B Literary Ana Blaze, Eliza Knight, Ronald Garner For the longest time, the traditional wisdom was that anthologies were not popular enough with science fiction/fantasy readers to make them worth publishing. Recently, though, several small presses are finding a great deal of success publishing anthologies. Why? Has the market changed, or was there always an untapped audience for these books? Is it a niche market that is easier to access with the proliferation of small presses?
J. August Richards Q&A Saturday 1:15 PM 2:15 PM 207A Media J. August Richards J. August Richards will discuss his exciting career and answer audience questions.
Screening - The Color of Magic (Part 1) Saturday 1:30 PM 3:30 PM 204AB Screenings Watch the two-part television adaptation of the bestselling novels The Color of Magic and The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett. The fantasy film stars David Jason, Sean Astin, Tim Curry and Christopher Lee as the voice of Death.
What is ‘Science Fiction’? Saturday 1:30 PM 2:30 PM 209A General Greg Smith et al. A free-wheeling discussion between panelists and the audience about what does—or does not—count as science fiction.
Participants: Flying V" Saturday 1:30 PM 2:30 PM 204C Performance Flying V For those who wish to see the Star Wars legend in the original Elizabethen, Flying V presents a special, one hour greatest hits edition staged reading of this hilarious adaptation - featuring an all star cast of your favorite local actors.
Star Wars Discussion Panel Saturday 1:30 PM 2:30 PM 206 General Timothy Zahn, Rod Hannah, Leanne Hannah, Bria LaVorgna, John Fass Morton Chat about Star Wars and all of its associated fun with John Fass Morton (Dak, Star Wars), Timothy Zahn (Star Wars Expanded Universe novelist), Rod & Leanne Hannah ("Blue Milk Special" Star Wars webcomic), and Bria LaVorgna (writer, Tosche Station)!
Billie Piper Q&A (Saturday) Saturday 1:45 PM 2:45 PM 202 Media Billie Piper Billie Piper will discuss her exciting career and answer audience questions.
Veronica Taylor Q&A Saturday 1:45 PM 2:45 PM 207B Media Veronica Taylor Veronica Taylor will discuss her exciting career and answer audience questions.
Graphic Novels in Schools Saturday 2:00 PM 3:00 PM 201 Comics Michael Cavna; Matt Dembicki; Andrew Aydin; Teresa Logan As popular as graphic novels are, some educators and librarians don't believe comics are worthy of entering their schools as part of the curriculum -- despite all the reports that graphic novels are an especially powerful teaching tool for visual learners and "reluctant readers." We're here to debunk that prejudicial thinking as nothing but ignorant hokum. Through talk and video, come see and hear this spotlight on great graphic novels for students.
Drawing with Greg LaRocque Saturday 2:15 PM 3:15 PM 203A Workshop (Comics) Greg LaRocque Join Greg LaRocque for a workshop on Comic Art with an open discussion as he draws.
Have Heroes Gotten Smaller? Saturday 2:15 PM 3:15 PM 209C Literary Stuart Jaffe, Steven Lyle Jordan, Gail Martin Have our heroes changed? Epic fantasy heroes used to have a moral compass, qualities that made them the "good guy". What’s behind the shift to protagonist-but-not-heroic or anti-hero? Are non-heroes a reflection of reality TV culture or cultural cynicism?
Dirk Benedict Q&A Saturday 2:30 PM 3:30 PM 207A Media Dirk Benedict Dirk Benedict will discuss his exciting career and answer audience questions.
Representation is Important Saturday 2:30 PM 3:30 PM 209B Comics Jeremy Whitley, Amy Chu, Laura Lee Gulledge, Alex Simmons, Alitha Martinez Comics have a reputation for being for white guys of a certain age. However, we live in a world where a young black boy can be Spider-Man and a Muslim girl from New Jersey can be Ms. Marvel. Come and learn what comics creators are doing to help the diversity of the world change comics and hopefully help those comics change the world.
The Carolyn and Joe Show Presents: "Back from the Dead" Lets talk with the Walking Deads' Daniel Thomas May, Travis Love and Vincent Ward Saturday 2:45 PM 3:45 PM 207B Media Joe Carabeo, Carolyn Belefski, Daniel Thomas May, Travis Love and Vincent Ward Join Carolyn and Joe as they interview the Walking Deads' Daniel Thomas May, Travis Love and Vincent Ward live on their podcast!
Writers Unite: Pitching/Writing Your Comic Creations Saturday 2:45 PM 3:45 PM 209A Comics Jim Zub Comics have grabbed the imagination of readers all over the world and publishers are looking for fresh ideas from a new generation of talent. Listen closely as Jim Zub (Samurai Jack, Skullkickers, Legends of the Dark Knight, and more) discusses pitching his series to publishers and offers advice on how to climb to the top of the treacherous submission mountain, along with comic writing techniques and amusing anecdotes.
The Art of John Alvin Saturday 2:45 PM 3:45 PM 204C General Leslie Combemale , Andrea Alvin The late John Alvin created iconic posters for over 200 movies including ET, Blade Runner, & The Lion King. This panel is a one on one interview with his Alvin & Associates art partner Andrea Alvin & will examine the making of these classic images, using original art including ET, Star Wars, & Lion King. She will also discuss the upcoming book release The Art of John Alvin for the first time. Moderated by John & Andrea's longtime friend Leslie Combemale of ArtInsights Animation and Film Art Gallery.
From Dreams to Reality: How Science Fiction has served as an inspiration for lifelong careers and activities in space exploration Saturday 2:45 PM 4:15 PM 206 General Michael Gold, Pam Melroy, Tim Huges, Peter Marquez From landing on the Moon to the development of satellites, science fiction has served as an inspiration for space exploration and development. This panel will explore how science fiction is reflected in innovative new space activities and has led to life-long careers in the space industry.
Saturday Costume Contest (Individual) Saturday 3:00 PM 4:30 PM 202 Costuming Compete for the prize of best costume in this contest for individual entrants!
Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Saturday) Saturday 3:00 PM 5:00 PM 208 Social Ladies and Gentleman, Sci-Fi Speed Dating is back! If you're sick of being single, tired of looking for love in Alderraan places, on track to Terminate your single status, and ready to find your Chosen One... look no further! Sci-Fi Speed Dating has your back!Join the SFSD crew as they guide you through... SCI-FI SPEED DATING at Awesome Con!Each session will consists of 15-25 three-minute dates! It's all anonymous, and totally safe... but most of all... IT'S FUN! This year there are 5 sessions to participate in!Note: Participants must be 18 and over, please have ID ready, participants suspected of being under the influence will be denied entry.
Crisis on Infinite Perezes Saturday 3:15 PM 4:15 PM 201 Comics Bob Greenberger; George Perez George Perez worked on the original Crisis on Infinite Earths and has gone on to draw in possibly the greatest number of shared universes. Join George and Bob Greenberger as they walk through the comparisons and contrasts between publishing pantheons.
Doodle! Scribble! Draw! Saturday 3:30 PM 4:30 PM 203A Kids Mark Mariano Hosted by Mark Mariano. We've all doodled in our notebooks when we're bored--but who knew that sloppy drawings could win the day? Join in a frenetic game where you and professional comic artists pit your scribbles against one another in a series of improvisational drawing quests. Do you have the courage to doodle silly things for a crowd? And will the crowd have the imagination necessary to help the teams complete the quests and win the Doodle Scribble Draw championship belts?
Meet the 501st Saturday 3:30 PM 4:30 PM 209C General Allen "Shep" ShepherdExecutive Officer Old Line Garrison, the 501st Come see the 501st Legion (Star Wars) in action as they answer any questions you might have about costuming and joining the 501st.
An Afternoon with Pinky & the Brain (with Rob Paulsen & Maurice LaMarche) Saturday 3:45 PM 4:45 PM 207A Media Rob Paulsen; Maurice LaMarche Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche will discuss their exciting careers and answer audience questions.
Screening: "Every Other Day Is Halloween" The Art of Hosting Horror Movies Saturday 3:45 PM 5:45 PM 204AB Screenings Count Gore de Vol; Steve Niles, Curtis Prather, Mark Wheatley The official documentary detailing the career and impact of television personality Dick Dyszel, whose popular characters “Bozo the Clown,” “Captain 20” and the iconic “Count Gore De Vol” have inspired generations of fans and artists.
The Nerdpocalypse Podcast Saturday 3:45 PM 4:45 PM 209B Podcast Jay Jacksonrao, Micah Payne, Jack Rous, and Carrie Wood. Weekly podcast that started it all. Focusing on all things nerdy from movies, science, technology, comics to the strange and bizarre stories from around the internet. The Nerdpocalypse Podcast aims to entertain as well as engage in intelligent conversation about what makes up our nerdy world!
Erin Gray Q&A Saturday 4:45 PM 5:45 PM 207A Media Erin Gray Erin Gray will discuss her exciting career and answer audience questions.
Comic Book Law for the Comics Creator--Intellectual Property Saturday 4:00 PM 5:00 PM 209A Comics Joe Sergi Since the creation of comics, there has been legal conflict and confusion. Join Joe Sergi, attorney and author of the upcoming Comic Book Law for the Comic Book Creator for a discussion of copyright and trademark law as it relates to comic creation.
"My Dalek Has a Puncture" with Simon Fisher-Becker Saturday 4:30 PM 6:00 PM 206 Media Simon Fisher-Becker A light-hearted evening with SIMON FISHER-BECKER, better known to Sci-Fi fans as DORIUM MALDOVAR from the BBC’s hugely successful drama series, Doctor Who.Simon gives an insight into how he became an actor, what is needed today if YOU want to be an actor, and a general idea of how to prioritise options, opportunities and challenges in life, highlighting pitfalls and silver linings.* Parental Guidance: Mild adult themes and occasional expletives.
Pro Wrestling Today: The New Movement Saturday 4:30 PM 5:30 PM 201 General Joe Carabeo, Mike Jones After an extremely successful Pro Wrestling Today panel held at the first ever Awesome Con, Joe Carabeo is bringing it back for round 2! What can happen in year in the Pro Wrestling world? Find out, as certain Awesome Con guests (Including DC101’s Mike Jones & Astray Productions’s Joe Carabeo) talk the talk and walk the walk about how they feel about today's current pro wrestling product, its storylines, it's superstars, and maybe even a surprise. Pro Wrestling fans unite, this is the panel that will make you chant YES! YES! YES!
Mass Literary Signing Saturday 4:30 PM 6:00 PM Exhibit Floor, 533/632 Literary G.D. Falksen, Ronald Garner, Gail Z. Martin, Rori Shay, Jon Skovron, Lindsay Smith, Janine K. Spendlove, Jessica Spotswood, Timothy Zahn, Charles E. Gannon Several of our literary guests will be on hand to sign books and items for you!
IronE Singleton Q&A Saturday 4:45 PM 5:45 PM 202 Media IronE Singleton IronE Singleton will discuss his exciting career and answer audience questions.
Gaming Myths Saturday 4:45 PM 5:45 PM 209C Video Gaming Kenneth Beasley, Jason Taylor Join Jason and Ken as they debunk myths related to gaming.
Dr. Who / Torchwood Cosplay and Fanfilms Panel Saturday 4:45 PM 5:45 PM 204C Screenings Jay Justice, Brian Terranova, Justin Whitmore, Alice Bryson, Joellen Leigh, Salem Reign Together Brothers Productions and Terrasolo Pictures will be presenting their Doctor Who/Torchwood fan series, Legacy! Afterwards there will be a Q&A with the cast on the making of the series, hosted by creators Brian Terranova and Jay Justice.
Book Reviewer Workshop with Michael Dirda Saturday 4:45 PM 5:45 PM 203A Workshop Michael Dirda Learn the ins and outs of writing a stellar and useful book review from Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post book critic Michael Dirda.
Steampunk Show and Tell Saturday 5:00 PM 6:00 PM 209B Steampunk Steampunk Family Steam curious? Come and be inspired. Seasoned veteran? Share your knowledge and show off your death ray. Compare notes and learn tricks and tips for developing your steampunk persona (or participating without one).
Trekoff! Saturday 5:00 PM 6:00 PM 207B General Justin Timpane, Alexia Poe Star Trek meets the improv as the hilarious, foul mouthed, and internationally popular Trekoff Podcast brings its popular live show back to Awesome Con! Sexy, wild, and sometimes inspiring, we bring funny to the final frontier!
Special FX Makeup for Cosplay Saturday 5:15 PM 6:15 PM 209A Costuming Becky Hawk Learn how to make zombies, cuts, bruises, gore and more in this workshop for special fx makeup geared toward cosplayers. Join Cinema Makeup School graduate Becky Hawk as she shows you how it's done! Not for the faint of heart!
The Voice Actor Radio Show with Rob Paulsen, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, Richard Horvitz, & Veronica Taylor Saturday 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 207A Media Rob Paulsen; Maurice LaMarche; Phil LaMarr; Richard Horvitz; Veronica Taylor A major motion picture like you've never experienced it before. Come hear some of the best voices in the animation business do scenes from a popular comic book movie in their iconic voices.
Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Saturday) Saturday 6:00 PM 8:00 PM 208 Social Ladies and Gentleman, Sci-Fi Speed Dating is back! If you're sick of being single, tired of looking for love in Alderraan places, on track to Terminate your single status, and ready to find your Chosen One... look no further! Sci-Fi Speed Dating has your back!Join the SFSD crew as they guide you through... SCI-FI SPEED DATING at Awesome Con!Each session will consists of 15-25 three-minute dates! It's all anonymous, and totally safe... but most of all... IT'S FUN! This year there are 5 sessions to participate in!Note: Participants must be 18 and over, please have ID ready, participants suspected of being under the influence will be denied entry.
Danai Gurira Q&A Saturday 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 202 Media Danai Gurira Danai Gurira will discuss her exciting career and answer audience questions.
Awesome Con-cert - with Rare Candy, Adam WarRock, and Andrew WK Saturday 9:00 PM 12:00 AM The Black Cat Performance Rare Candy; Adam WarRock; Andrew WK This year’s Awesome Con-cert will be held at the Black Cat in downtown Washington DC. Special guest, Andrew W.K. will be headlining in a solo performance on Saturday night, April 19th. Additional ticket required.Show starts at 9:00pm.Opening act Adam WarRock will also be performing his lyrical nerd-core specialties.And local favorite Rare Candy brings their unique brand of video game inspired tunes.
Table Top Gaming Room Sunday 10:00 AM 3:00 PM 103 Tabletop Gaming Foam Brain Games Andy and Kristin Looney from Looney Labs will be appearing at Awesome Con 2014! The makers of Fluxx will be bringingtheir unique blend of chaos and humor to our convention!Please see the program book for tournament listings.
Video Gaming Room Sunday 10:00 AM 5:00 PM 102 Video Gaming Nexus Gaming Alliance The Nexus Gaming Alliance will be heading up our console game room! NGA, formed in 2010, are a combination of various talents brought together to form the ultimate experience in gaming and bring it to all sorts of events around the country.The NGA is proud to be a part of Awesome Con and provide attendees with the best gaming experience they’ve had.Bringing about 20 or more full console setups, they will be running tournaments and open gaming throughout the weekend. Please see the program book for tournament listings.
Blast-A-Trooper Sunday 10:00 AM 5:00 PM K-zone Interactive Allen "Shep" ShepherdExecutive Officer Old Line Garrison, the 501st Have fun with this nerf gun-based event where you can donate money to charity and shoot at Stormtroopers and even Darth Vader!
Billie Piper Q&A (Sunday) Sunday 10:15 AM 11:15 PM 202 Media Billie Piper Billie Piper will discuss her exciting career and answer audience questions.
Tweet-up & Red-together! (Sunday) Sunday 10:15 AM 11:15 AM 203B General Want to meet up with your friends from Twitter or Reddit? We'll have a room where you can go just for that at the beginning of each day. Just tell them to meet you there!
Shoutcasting: Enhancing the Gaming Experience Sunday 10:30 AM 11:30 AM 206 Video Gaming Liz Gossens, Alejandro Peruga-Martinez, Ryan Jones, Alan Gebhardtsbauer Wonder what it takes to shoutcast for eSports like Starcraft, LoL, or DOTA? Join our group of amateur casters to learn what it’s like to sit at the caster’s desk. This can’t-miss event is for anyone interested in the mysterious world of shoutcasting!
Comic Book Digital Coloring Workshop Sunday 10:45 AM 11:45 AM 204AB Workshop (Comics) Arsia Rozegar Learn how to color comics just like the pros with Digital Comic Colorist, Arsia Rozegar (credits include Marvel's The Hulk and Iron Man). Arsia will demonstrate step-by-step techniques on how to color comic pages using Adobe Photoshop.
Timothy Zahn Q&A Sunday 10:45 AM 11:45 AM 209B Literary Janine K. Spendlove; Timothy Zahn Come join bestselling author Timothy Zahn for a Q&A about Star Wars, Terminator, his vast catalogue of original fiction, and so much more!
Creating Those Crazy Kids of Riverdale Sunday 11:00 AM 12:00 PM 201 Kids Dan Parent, Alex Simmons Dan Parent (Archie artist, creator of Kevin Keller, etc.) and Alex Simmons (Archie, Batman, & Scooby Doo writer) will give an exciting behind the scenes look at how they come up with characters that better reflect the world. And kids will have chance to create a few of their own.
Puppetry Workshop: The Magic of Noel MacNeal Sunday 11:15 AM 12:15 PM 203A Kids Noel MacNeal Want to try your "hand" at being a puppeteer? Emmy nominated puppeteer Noel MacNeal ("Bear in the Big Blue House," "Sesame Street") will conduct a "puppeteering workshop" for AwesomeCon kids based on his best-selling book "10 MINUTE PUPPETS." Learn the "secrets" of lip-sync and manipulation used by professional puppeteers, and get to make a simple puppet, and manipulate professionally made puppets!
Social Media for Authors and Readers Sunday 11:15 AM 12:15 PM 209C Literary Eliza Knight, Christi Barth, Gail Martin, Ronald Garner, Ana Blaze Social media connects readers and authors; Kickstarter funds book projects; podcasts extend content. Find out how, why and what to do to be part of the revolution!
Writing Dynamic Characters Sunday 11:15 AM 12:15 PM 204C Literary Matthew Bowman How do you flesh out characters without overloading the reader? Editor Matthew Bowman dissects characterization, personality, and description so you'll never have a cardboard character again! Unless you're writing about cardboard cutouts. That's cool too.
Making Your Own Comics Sunday 11:30 AM 12:30 PM 209A Comics Amy Chu, Steve Niles, Jamal Igle Successful creators Amy Chu, Steve Niles and others talk candidly about the WHY and HOW of self publishing comics. Be prepared to take notes - we'll cover tough topics like collaboration, print vs. digital, finding an audience, and the money stuff!
Sexism, Violence, and Geekdom Sunday 11:30 AM 12:30 PM 206 General Dominic Goodall, Ann Marie Brokmeier, Elizabeth Bass, Samuel Lee Join Howard County's Sexual & Domestic Violence Center as they discuss depictions of masculinity, femininity, and gender based violence in the geek community.
Sean Astin Q&A (Sunday) Sunday 11:45 AM 12:45 PM 202 Media Sean Astin Sean Astin will discuss his exciting career and answer audience questions.
Nicholas Brendon Q&A Sunday 11:45 AM 12:45 PM 207A Media Nicholas Brendon Nicholas Brendon will discuss his exciting career and answer audience questions.
Phil LaMarr Q&A Sunday 12:00 PM 1:00 PM 207B Media Phil LaMarr Phil LaMarr will discuss his exciting career and answer audience questions.
Screening - The Color of Magic (Part 2) Sunday 12:00 PM 2:00 PM 204AB Screenings Watch the two-part television adaptation of the bestselling novels The Color of Magic and The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett. The fantasy film stars David Jason, Sean Astin, Tim Curry and Christopher Lee as the voice of Death.
Crafty Thinking: Turning Your Hobby Into a Business Sunday 12:00 PM 1:00 PM 209B General Toni Smith; Nicole , Dana, Donna , and Liz and Jimmy Interested in making a business out of that hobby you love? Come join our diverse panel of small business owners to talk about the joys and headaches of the homemade business.
3D Printing and Cosplay Sunday 12:30 PM 2:00 PM 204C Costuming Sean McCoy, Natasha Spokish Come see a live 3D printing demonstration! Learn about 3D printing technology and how you might be able to use it for your costumes and props. We'll be designing a model, preparing it to print, and printing it out during the session. We'll also have a large assortment of finished props to check out, and a long Q&A session for any questions you might have!
History of Gaming Sunday 12:30 PM 1:30 PM 209C Video Gaming Kenneth Beasley, Jason Taylor From the pre-golden age games, to the modern and a look into the future, Nexus offers a bit of insight and a history lesson.
Mini-Comic Workshop with Laura Lee Gulledge Sunday 12:30 PM 1:30 PM 203A Workshop (Comics) Laura Lee Gulledge Want to make your own comics? Mini-comics are a great way to get started! Laura Lee gives a mini crash-course in comic storytelling basics using interactive discussion, live drawing, and sketchnoting. You will fold your own eight page mini-comics as well as receive helpful handouts (covering topics like camera angles) to inspire you to make your own. This will be fun and informative for both kids and adults! Ages 8 and up.
Comics Artists Unite! (Sunday) Sunday 12:30 PM 1:30 PM 201 Comics Doug Sneyd, John K. Snyder III, Jerry Gaylord, Penelope Gaylord, Tom Feister Join a panel of experienced comics artists as they talk about their careers and experiences in the comics industry.
Women in Comics Sunday 12:45 PM 1:45 PM 209A Comics Teresa Logan, Carolyn Belefski, Michael Cavna, Juana Medina Comics professionals Juana Medina, Carolyn Belefski, Michael Cavna, & Teresa Roberts Logan will discuss women in cartoon-land: characters & creators, the changing world of comics, & how they make their livings with pen, paper, & a mouse or two.
ActionAGoGo presents... A Fan Discussion on How to Make Movies the Marvel Way Sunday 12:45 PM 1:45 PM 206 Comics Troy-Jeffrey Allen, Derek Scarzella, Ulysses Campbell, Julian Lytle, Alexander Lupp Marvel has shifted the Hollywood landscape, but is it good for film and comics? Join ActionAGoGo.com's Derek Scarzella, Troy-Jeffrey Allen, and a room full of Marvellites as we discuss the future of comics, superheroes, and Hollywood.
Cary Elwes Q&A Sunday 1:00 PM 2:00 PM 202 Media Cary Elwes Cary Elwes will discuss his exciting career and answer audience questions.
Andrew W.K. Lecture Sunday 1:00 PM 2:00 PM 207A Media Andrew W.K. Andrew W.K. turns his musical message of positive partying and self-confidence into a free-form motivational seminar, inspiring people far beyond his music. Come hear Andrew W.K. speak and take you on an unforgettable voyage of truth, wisdom, and party bliss.
Raphael Sbarge Q&A Sunday 1:15 PM 2:15 PM 207B Media Raphael Sbarge Raphael Sbarge will discuss his exciting career and answer audience questions.
Kickstarter 101 Sunday 1:15 PM 2:15 PM 209B Comics Batton Lash, Jackie Estrada, Steve Conley Kickstarter is a game changer for the DIY indie comics creator. This panel goes from A to Z on setting up a Kickstarter project and seeing it through. Pledges, premiums and publishing will be discussed.
Reading - Timothy Zahn, Janine K. Spendlove Sunday 1:15 PM 2:15 PM 203B Reading Janine K. Spendlove; Timothy Zahn Timothy Zahn and Janine K. Spendlove pair up to read from their works.
Sci-Tech Heroes! Sunday 1:45 PM 2:45 PM 203A Kids Alex Simmons Alex Simmons (Archie & DC Comics writer, & founder of Kids Comic Con) take kids on an eye opening tour of how to create their own super-powered heroes and villains using science and technology.
Preparing a Manuscript for Submission Sunday 1:45 PM 2:45 PM 209C Literary Tanya Spackman, Mindy Klasky Learn how to prepare a manuscript so your words are more likely to be read by editors and agents.
Creative Collaborations Sunday 2:00 PM 3:00 PM 209A Comics Eric Menge, Julie Wright, Rob Balder, Phil Kahn Thinking about working with another creator? Creators Eric Menge, Julie Wright, Rob Balder, and Phil Kahn discuss how to work together, helpful tools to use, and how to manage your workflow. All without driving each other crazy.
Sci-Fi Speed Dating (Sunday) Sunday 2:00 PM 4:00 PM 208 Social Ladies and Gentleman, Sci-Fi Speed Dating is back! If you're sick of being single, tired of looking for love in Alderraan places, on track to Terminate your single status, and ready to find your Chosen One... look no further! Sci-Fi Speed Dating has your back!Join the SFSD crew as they guide you through... SCI-FI SPEED DATING at Awesome Con!Each session will consists of 15-25 three-minute dates! It's all anonymous, and totally safe... but most of all... IT'S FUN! This year there are 5 sessions to participate in!Note: Participants must be 18 and over, please have ID ready, participants suspected of being under the influence will be denied entry.
Steampunk 101 with G.D. Falksen Sunday 2:00 PM 3:00 PM 206 Steampunk G.D. Falksen Curious about steampunk? Join author G. D. Falksen as he discusses the steampunk genre and subculture and answers your questions on the subject.
LEARNING TO 'MARCH' Sunday 2:15 PM 3:15 PM 207A Comics Andrew Aydin and John Lewis Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin will discuss their collaboration (with artist Nate Powell) on the award-winning and New York Times best selling graphic novel memoir series MARCH. The first volume, MARCH: Book One, tells the story of John Lewis' experiences growing up as the son of sharecroppers in rural Alabama, how he came to meet Dr. King and became one of the pivotal leaders of the Nashville Sit-In Movement.
Kevin Sorbo Q&A Sunday 2:15 PM 3:15 PM 207B Media Kevin Sorbo Kevin Sorbo will discuss his exciting career and answer audience questions.
Screening - I Know That Voice (with Q&A with Rob Paulsen) Sunday 2:15 PM 4:15 PM 204AB Screenings Rob Paulsen Watch voice acting documentary I Know That Voice, featuring over 100 voice actors and executive produced by voice actor John DiMaggio, produced by Tommy Reid, and directed by Lawrence Shapiro. The film will be followed by a brief Q&A with voice actor Rob Paulsen, who is featured in the documentary.
Screening - Rude Dude (with Q&A with director Ian Fischer) Sunday 2:15 PM 4:15 PM 204C Screenings Ian Fischer Legendary comic book artist Steve "The Dude" Rude decides to quit the field and become a fine artist. This decision has devastating effects on his wife, children, and himself. Directed by Ian Fischer (whose upcoming documentary is called Superhero Nation, about America's love affair with Superheros and what it says about American Culture).
Super Art Fight Sunday 2:15 PM 4:15 PM 201 Performance Super Art Fight The Greatest Live Art Competition in the Known Universe makes their return to Awesome Con, after packing a room to the gills (and infuriating fire marshals) last year. Presenting their unique form of creative combat, a mixture of live art, improv commentary and pro-wrestling styled characters and storytelling, Super Art Fight is a live event you DON'T want to miss. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll blow out your voice cheering - the one thing you won't be is bored. For more details on this amazing live event, check out their website at SuperArtFight.com
Sunday Costume Contest (Group) Sunday 2:30 PM 4:00 PM 202 Costuming Compete for the prize of best costume in this contest for groups of entrants!
Comics, Not Just For Adults Anymore! Sunday 2:30 PM 3:30 PM 209B Kids Jeremy Whitley, Jamal Igle, Mike Raicht, Laura Lee Gulledge The days of being able to buy comics from a drug store spinner rack are long gone and parents can't hand their kids any issue of Batman off the shelf anymore. But the grim and gritty hasn't taken over the entire comics market. Come have fun and learn about the comics that you and your kids can stay up late reading in bed!
Reading - Gail Z. Martin Sunday 2:30 PM 3:30 PM 203B Reading Gail Z. Martin Come hear Gail Martin read from one of her selected works.
Drawing SHeroes! Sunday 3:00 PM 4:00 PM 203A Kids Alitha Martinez Kids can join artist Alitha Martinez (BatGirl, Iron Man, New Guardians, etc.) as she demonstrates how to draw the super girls of comics, and shares some of her life as an artist.
Young Adult Literature Sunday 3:00 PM 4:00 PM 209C Literary Cristin Terrill, Lindsay Smith, Jon Skovron, Lea Nolan, Jessica Spotswood, Mindy Klasky Join our knowledgeable panelists as they talk all about Young Adult literature.
Nexus Arcade Sunday 3:15 PM 4:15 PM 206 Video Gaming Kenneth Beasley, Jason Taylor, Patrick Silver Nexus will be unveiling a modern tribute to a classic Game Show. Nexus Arcade will have trivia and gaming challenges. You will not want to miss this.
Creative Character Design Sunday 3:15 PM 4:15 PM 209A Comics Bryan Tillman Bryan Tillman, author of Focal Press’s Creative Character Design, talks about ways to bridge the gap between the technique of drawing characters and the theory of good character design.Topics include archetypes, color, design, silhouettes, story, and much more.
Richard Horvitz Q&A Sunday 3:30 PM 4:30 PM 207A Media Richard Horvitz Richard Horvitz will discuss his exciting career and answer audience questions.
Crowdfunding Your Book Sunday 3:45 PM 4:45 PM 209B Literary Tanya Spackman, Janine K. Spendlove, Ronald Garner Crowdfunding can be a viable alternative to traditional publishing/project funding, but there are several questions you need to answer before you launch a project. To crowdfund or not to crowdfund? How do I create a successful crowdfunding project? What are the dos and don'ts? Equity or reward-based? Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Gofundme, how do I choose? This panel will address these questions and more.

 

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Programming Rooms Policy
Rooms 202, 207A, and 207B will be cleared after each panel. If you attend a panel in one of these rooms and wish to attend the next panel in that same room, you will need to exit the room and enter the queue that is designated for the upcoming panel. No cutting in line. No holding spots in line for others.

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