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Thursday, July 21

11:00am PDT

Cosplaying 101: Bringing Your Dreams to Life
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 11, 04:49PM
Catherine M. Fisher (award-winning costumer), Bob Mogg (Steampunk expert extraordinaire), and Birda Hussey Nichols (historic costumer of all trades) discuss the basics in costuming and go over tips, tricks, and techniques to help a beginner costumer get started in the world of cosplaying. Panelists will show you how you can get in on the all the cosplaying fun even if you've never sewn before in your life. Moderated by Melissa Gene Meyer (department assistant for the Masquerade with Comic-Con International), panelists will show you that you don't need to be an expert to make a great costume!

Thursday July 21, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

1:00pm PDT

Inside the World of Geek Cosmetics
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 07, 02:48PM
Whether you want to show off your love for Steven Universe through your nail polish or use eye shadow to express your obsession with Fallout, there are more options to fulfill your geeky cosmetics needs now than ever before. This panel will provide an inside look at the state of geek cosmetics. Moderated by Lisa Granshaw, panelists Sami "Dena" Rees (AFK Cosmetics), Anya Kaiser (Lucky 13 Lacquer), and Caitlin Johnstone (Shiro Cosmetics) will discuss how these products are made, how geek cosmetics have evolved over the years, what the future may hold for the industry, and more. Time will be left for Q&A.

Thursday July 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

2:00pm PDT

Foam Costume/Cosplay Fabrication
Mike Schiffbauer of Dragonfyre Designs, along with Sean Shaw of Shawshank Props, and Malaki Keller of Quantum Creation FX share the exciting secrets of creating your own amazing cosplay props and costumes from foam and other similar media. Make sure you get a front row seat to an hour filled with tips, tricks and a generous Q&A session that will attempt to answer the costume and prop questions you want to have answered. Be sure to stay to the end for the giveaway featuring two amazing ready-to-wear costume helmets!

Thursday July 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

5:00pm PDT

Women of Color in Comics: Race, Gender & the Comic Book Medium
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 15, 03:51PM
The Women in Comics Collective, aka WinC (Pronounced 'Wink'), is an international organization that highlights the merit and craftwork of women working the comic book and multimedia industries. Their membership is comprised of artists, writers, educators, filmmakers, show producers, art gallery directors, cosplayers, game developers, bloggers, and toy makers. They have an on going panel discussion series that has traveled all over the country. This latest installment will focus on female and racial representation in comics, the fandom as well as the industry! Featured panelists are Vanee Matsalia-Smith (English professor, sci-fi writer, Black Girl Nerds contributor), Leen Isabel (artist, Girls Drawin' Girls, Pole Dancing Adventures, co-publisher at Dark Productions, GeekxGirls Cosplay Collective), Jay Justice (professional cosplayer and costumer, Marvel Comics), Kimberly Jesika (publicist, journalist at Huffington Post, publisher at Dollface Entertainment, animator), Ray Felix (artist, publisher, Bronx Heroes Comic Con founder), and Vita Ayala (writer, Black Mask Studios, DC Comics). The panel will be moderated by Regine L. Sawyer (coordinator and founder of The Women in Comics Collective, owner/writer at Lockett Down Productions).

Thursday July 21, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Room 25ABC

6:00pm PDT

Masquerade 101
For costumers, future costumers, and those who simply enjoy watching on-stage costume shows, this overview of fan convention competitions will discuss their workings, their history, how they differ from one convention type to another, the judging process, and what it takes to win. Also included are tips on costume research, planning, fabrication methods, and stage presentations ideas for taking original and re-created designs from concept to stage-ready and have fun doing it! Panelists include Jennifer King (cosplay contest coordinator), Cheryll Del Rosario (award-winning Masquerade costumer and HCC cosplayer since 2003), Allan Lavigne (Bay Area fan costumer and superhero armor fabricator), John Ruff (San Diego Comic-Con/WonderCon Masquerade assistant coordinator), and moderator Martin Jaquish (San Diego Comic-Con/WonderCon Masquerade coordinator for the past 25 years).

Thursday July 21, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Room 23ABC

7:00pm PDT

Marvel Goes Steampunk
Crossing over into every genre, Steampunk has transformed some of our favorite Marvel characters into some of the steamiest superheroes and villains in the galaxy. Celebrating the incredible artists who create such wonderful fan art and the cosplayers who make the costumes a reality, come enjoy a walk on the wild side with everyone from Ant-Man and Deadpool to Spider-man and Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters as they are re-imagined in Steampunk style! Panelists include C. J. DeAngeles, Diana Given, Christine Quimbo, and a surprise artist guest. Moderated by Gaslight Gathering Steampunk Convention's director of programming, Anastasia Hunter.

Thursday July 21, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

7:00pm PDT

Props and Weapons: Supersize It
Learn how to make props and weapons that are larger than life without breaking your back. Veteran prop builder Mike Syfritt, along with guest panelists, will demonstrate how to make oversized props and weapons that are lightweight and con friendly. Stay until the end of the panel for a chance to win one of these oversized props! They will be giving away a WOW Doom Hammer.

Thursday July 21, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Room 30CDE

8:00pm PDT

The 501st Legion: Star Wars Villainous Costuming
An introduction to the creation of fan-made villain costumes from all seven Star Wars movies and beyond. Legion members from the Imperial Sands and Southern California Garrisons will provide an overview of the creative process that bring Stormtroopers, Tusken Raiders, Boba Fett, or Kylo Ren from the silver screen in to reality. Dean Amstutz (ISG membership liaison) will discuss the membership journey, from initial interest through final approval. Lesley Farquhar (ISG commanding officer) will present information on the history, organization. and mission of the 501st Legion as "Bad Guys Doing Good"! Kevin Weir (Imperial Surplus Armor, KW Designs owner) will relate his process for working with hard armor parts. Jazlynne Wilson (ISG member) will speak about soft fabric construction. Dawn Bright (Flagship Eclipse Detachment executive officer) will discuss the process and requirements for bringing a new canon costume into the Legion. Todd Mullin (ISG executive officer) moderates.

Thursday July 21, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina
Friday, July 22

10:00am PDT

Cosplay Makeup 101
Perfect your cosplay by having great makeup to go with it. This panel covers beauty makeup, appliance application, special fx makeup, sculpting, molding, casting, and wig styling. Dawn Banks (Makeup By Siryn, Batgirl Spoiled lead makeup designer), Ashley Troub (The Nerdist, winning look SDCC Her Universe fashion show), Kelton Ching (SDCC 2014 Apocalypse makeup demo, Blizzcon 2015 4th place winner), Keaghlan Ashley (Face Off, makeup design on Severus Snape and the Marauders), and Chrissy Lynn (Super Power Beat Down's Darth Maul, League of Steam's White Wolf) will answer your questions about makeup to match your costuming and cosplay, including tips and tools of the trade. Moderated by cosplayer Mac Beauvais (Monstrous Makeup Manuals 1 & 2 model, actress in The Gloaming).

Friday July 22, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

11:00am PDT

Cosplaying 102: Taking It To The Next Level and Beyond
Catherine M. Fisher (award-winning costumer), Mike Schiffbauer (master prop maker and costumer), Bob Mogg (Steampunk expert extraordinaire), and Ryan Wells (internationally known costuming genius) pick up where Cosplaying 101 left off. They will discuss advanced costuming techniques such as sculpting, mold making, resin casting, FX makeup and more. Moderated by Melissa Gene Meyer (department assistant for the Masquerade with Comic-Con International).

Friday July 22, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

1:00pm PDT

Ice Age to Space Age Costumes: Designing for Film
The Costume Designers Guild Local 892 members discuss designing costumes for films, from The Solutrean to Star Trek: Beyond. Panelists include Ruth E. Carter (Chi-Raq), Sharen Davis (The Solutrean), Sanja Hays (Star Trek: Beyond), and Shawna Trpcic (The Cabin in the Woods). They are happy to answer audience questions about the process of filming today and how they work with the directors to create the looks. Christopher Lawrence (The Space Between Us) moderates this panel.

Friday July 22, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Room 23ABC

2:00pm PDT

Cosplaying with your Kids
Kim Henderson McAndrew and Scout McAndrew (9 O'Clock Bedtime Cosplay/raisingaheronotavillain.com), Shawn Richter (Gavin's Dad) and Gavin Richter (Kid Coulson), and Sage la and Michael Pomichter (CosPlay Michael/The Hangin' With Show) discuss cosplaying with your kid, tips on how to get started, sources for assembling a cosplay, and social media tips. Moderated by Anastasia Washington (Anastationtv/Legion of Leia).

Friday July 22, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

2:30pm PDT

Comics Arts Conference #8: Costumes and Copyright
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 22, 09:41AM
From the Yellow Kid's expressive nightshirt to last year's Supreme Court ruling on Spider-Man's web shooters, what characters wear is an integral part of comics culture - and lawsuits. Professor Susan Scafidi (founder of the Fashion Law Institute, Fordham Law School), Jeff Trexler (Fashion Law Institute, Fordham Law School), and Cindy Levitt (Senior Vice President Merchandise and Marketing, Hot Topic) explore the legal dimension of comics couture, covering such issues as collaborations between the fashion and entertainment industries; fandom, cosplay, and emerging designers; the impact of comics on fashion; diversity and cultural appropriation; the representation of fashion-related intellectual property theft; the perception of comics and fashion in statutes and court cases; the regulation of identity and gender norms; and current controversies involving the translation of two-dimensional style to the physical realm.

Friday July 22, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Room 26AB

4:00pm PDT

Cosplay: Let's Get Serious
Cosplay By McCall's, the leading brand of sewing patterns created for and in collaboration with cosplayers and cosmakers, and The Overstreet Guide to Cosplay engage in a thought-provoking, insider's look at this flourishing and increasingly influential expression of fandom. Moderator Ed Catto (Bonfire Agency) is joined by Kathy Wiktor (Cosplay by McCall's), Carrie Wood (Overstreet Guide), Gillian Conahan (Cosplay by McCall's Blog), Mark Huesman (Overstreet Guide), Kelly Cerone (Anachronism in Action), and Eddie Newsome (Overstreet Guide) to talk about the creators, genres, and trends driving growth of cosplay in terms of participation, relevance, and creativity.

Friday July 22, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

4:30pm PDT

Creating Creatures, Characters and Makeup for Film/Television
Neville Page (Avatar, Star Trek films, Face Off) and Glenn Hetrick (Hunger Games films, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Face Off) share the latest techniques of design and fabrication as well as their approach to creating a complete character.

Friday July 22, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Room 8

5:00pm PDT

From Cosplayer to Hollywood Creative
A panel of costume designers, the producers of the film Cosplay Dreams 3D, professional cosplayers, and Hollywood creatives will reveal to cosplayers what skills are in demand in today's film and TV industry. Learn how professional cosplayers are using their skills to forge a variety of career opportunities in the entertainment industry, and leverage your cosplay skills to meet industry contacts. You'll gain the knowledge that could elevate your hobby into a career!

Friday July 22, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

8:00pm PDT

Halo Costuming and Props with the 405th
Want to build your own Halo costume armor and props but don't know where to start or what to do? The 405th Infantry Division is here to help! Panelists will discuss the how-tos and pros and cons of the many methods used to create props and armor from the Halo universe, followed by a Q&A to help you get started on your armor building journey. Panelists include Benedict Choy (foam, laser-cutting, software), Cary Gunnar Lee and John Paul Pollio (pepakura and painting), and Alec Richter (vacuform and 3D printing). Moderated by Tyler Perfect (405th Pacific SoCal Battalion CO).

Friday July 22, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina
Saturday, July 23

10:00am PDT

Avatar the Last Airbender: Legend and Legacy
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 15, 05:11PM
The story of Aang and Korra has ended in one form but continues in graphic novels and through the fans. Moderated by Avatar_Mom, the panel showcases fan talent and conversations with a panel of professionals from the series. Giancarlo Volpe (director, Avatar the Last Airbender, producer,Green Lantern the Animated Series), Aaron Ehasz (head writer, Avatar the Last Airbender), Alyana Moneda (costume artist) and Jack DeSena (voice actor, Sokka) share stories and marvel with the fandom. The panel also hosts a cosplay contest open to all levels of skill. Hopefuls must be in the panel room to be considered.

Saturday July 23, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Room 25ABC

11:00am PDT

Dressing the Characters: The Designers Behind the Costumes
The Costume Designers Guild Local 892 is thrilled to bring the designers of some of your favorite television characters to Comic-Con. Terry Dressbach (Outlander), Ann Foley (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Giovanna Melton (Agent Carter), Kiersten Ronning (Supergirl), and Luis Sequeira (Strain) will discuss the process of designing costumes for television characters no matter what world the characters live in.

Saturday July 23, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Room 23ABC

11:30am PDT

Monster High
Welcome to Monster High! Be the first to experience exclusive scenes from upcoming movies with new character introductions and real-time commentary from the creators! The panel, hosted by "Draculaura" (voice actress Debi Derryberry), also allows for fan Q&A with toy and packaging designers and content creators. There will also be fan costume contest with fantastic prizes for the winners.

Saturday July 23, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Room 5AB

2:00pm PDT

Adding Dimension to Your Cosplay Make Up
Jeff Barkley (SkinTricks Makeup FX artist) discusses and applies a prosthetic makeup to demonstrate how much more effective a three-dimensional makeup can be compared to two-dimensional, painted makeup. He will be joined by professional cosplayers Trey Barkley (Sparrow's Flight Cosplay) and Desiree Preston (Enasni Volz) to answer any questions about wearing prosthetics while in costume.

Saturday July 23, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

3:00pm PDT

Designer Cosplay: Bringing Originality to Cosplay Through Redesign and Collaboration
Ivy Doomkitty (SyFy's Heroes of Cosplay, professional cosplayer), Zach Fischer (illustrator), Deela Designs (cosplayer, fashion designer), and Kelton FX (cosplayer, MUA) discuss the nuances of custom cosplay design from concept to crafting and offer tips and tricks to help create mind-blowing unique designs that are sure to set you apart from the crowd.

Saturday July 23, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

4:00pm PDT

Superhero Textiles: Construction & Deconstruction
The Motion Picture Costumers Local 705 present the journey your favorite superhero fabrics take both before and after becoming a wearable garment. Industry leading artisans Marilyn J. Madsen (costume manufacturing foreperson, Captain America Civil War, Hunger Games: Mockingjay), Mary Ellen Fields (owner, Bill Hargate Costumes; Batman v Superman, Man of Steel), Dorothy Bulac-Eriksen (specialty costumer,Guardians of the Galaxy Vo.l 2, Fantastic Four), Doug Stewart (textile artist-ager/dyer, X-men Apocalypse, 10 Cloverfield Lane), Maureen O'Heron (costume buyer, Interstellar, Ender's Game), and other treasured talents discuss and answer questions about your favorite superheroes' costume trials and tribulations.

Saturday July 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Room 9

6:45pm PDT

Cosplay as Storytelling
Cosplay is more than simply dressing like a character. It's a deep dive into narrative and performance. Slightly obsessive tendencies abound! Legendary obsessive, maker and Mythbuster Adam Savage, of Tested, will be joined by other famed cosplayers and fabricators to delve into the roots of costuming, looking at it from all sides: the creative, the technical, and the personal. Right smack in the midst of one of the most stunning collections of cosplay in the world: San Diego Comic-Con.

Saturday July 23, 2016 6:45pm - 7:45pm PDT
Room 6DE

7:00pm PDT

All About Live Action Role Playing
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 13, 04:14PM
LARP, or live-action role playing has been depicted (semi-accurately) in movies likeKnights of Badassdom and Role-Models; TV shows like ABC's The Quest and CW's Supernatural; comic books like LARP! (Dark Horse), and novels like It's All Fun and Games, debuting this weekend from Nerdist in partnership with Inkshares. But what is LARP, really, and how can you join the fun? Panelists will explain the current state of LARP and where it is going, from using apps to record health and power levels like a real-life video game to larping in the classrooms as pedagogy. They'll help you begin or improve your game with tons of info and some unbelievable giveaways. Featuring Dave Barrett (author, It's All Fun & Games), Kristin Brumley (creator, Basic Adventuring 101 webseries, Cake Golem Productions larp marketing), Ford Ivey (creator, NERO Larp and Legacy game system), Mark Mensch (creator, Adventures Unlimited, author, Alliance LARP Tales of Fortannis anthologies), Cheyenne Rain (creator of LARP House webseries), Alec Patton (Chula Vista high school teacher) and moderator Aaron Vanek (editor-in-chief, Larp World Magazine, co-creator of the LARP Census).

Saturday July 23, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

8:30pm PDT

Comic-Con International Masquerade
The Ballroom 20 stage becomes a showplace for a fun competition of creativity, with impressive re-created and original costumes crafted by our talented attendees, presented in front of an audience of thousands. Not a dance or party, but a talent show on a stage, with trophies, cash prizes and other awards for the top entries. Doors open for audience seating at 8:00, but the line for choice seating will begin hours earlier. Since the ballroom can fill up, tickets are required for seating inside and will be given out free at noon to those lined up near the ballroom. Any tickets that remain will be given out at the Masquerade Desk after 3:00. The Master and Mistress of Ceremonies will again be writer/artists Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio of Studio Foglio/Girl Genius, and there will be special entertainment during the Judging Intermission. Ballroom 20. Overflow seating available in the Sails Pavilion, 5AB, and 6A (tickets not required for those rooms).

Saturday July 23, 2016 8:30pm - 11:30pm PDT
Ballroom 20
Sunday, July 24

11:00am PDT

Do You Wanna Build a Mando
The members of Haran'galaar (San Diego chapter) and Manda'galaar (Los Angeles chapter) discuss the process of building Mandalorian armor, the application process, what happens after you're approved, and why exactly they troop.

Sunday July 24, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

1:00pm PDT

Kids Crafts: Introduction to Steampunk
Starr Wilde (Steampunk artist and owner of Steampunk Fortress) introduces the origins of the Steampunk genre, examples in books, film/tv and the variety of ways that Steampunk can be expressed through art. Ofelia de Romanus (Steampunk artist/blogger) will discuss Steampunk in video games and introduce the hat project. Attendees will be given hat or bracelet/keychain project and assemble them with assistance if needed. There will be a Q&A session to answer any questions.

Sunday July 24, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Room 30CDE

2:30pm PDT

Comic-Con Masquerade Replay
Saturday night's impressive costuming event is reviewed by the Masquerade crew, audience questions are answered, and a big-screen video of all the costume entries is presented for those who missed the show, those who were in it, and those who simply want a second look at this year's fun fan event. Entrants can also pick up any of their materials left over from the show. Featuring Martin Jaquish (Comic-Con/WonderCon Masquerade coordinator), John Ruff (Masquerade assistant coordinator), Ian Branson (Masquerade technical assistant).

Sunday July 24, 2016 2:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
Room 8

4:00pm PDT

Steampunk as a Maturing Visual Aesthetic
David L. Drake (Drake & McTrowell), Andrew Fogel (League of Steam), Bob Mogg (The Iron Tailor), and Rocky Olivares (Meowkernaut, comics) discuss how Steampunk's visual aesthetic has progressed, diversified, and matured over the last decade, including the influences and methods for achieving this progressive style and the specific tools, techniques, and materials used in recent projects. Moderated by Katherine L Morse (Drake & McTrowell).

Sunday July 24, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Room 28DE

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