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Thursday, July 21
 

10:00am

Becoming Nerdstrong
Incorporate your love of sci-fi, fantasy, superheroes, and games to begin your fitness adventure. Despite age-old nerd stereotypes, fitness belongs to all of us, including those of us in the geek community. Andrew Deutsch (Nerdstrong Gym founder), David Nett (Nerdstrong Gym partner), Christy Black (Nerdstrong Gym partner), Andrew Seely (Nerdstrong Gym partner), and Blair Herter (Nerdstrong Gym partner, Attack of the Show) discuss body image and confidence in a geek world, their fitness journeys, and the simple ways you can mix your fandom, passions, and gamification into a new, leveled-up life.

Thursday July 21, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

12:00pm

Raising Fankids: Teaching Young Geeks to be Self Confident and Successful
Pasquale Piro (Raising Fankids, 8th grade teacher) moderates a panel discussing techniques and experiences that help kids grow up nerdy without the negative connotation. The panel includes Alissa Piro (middle school teacher, mom), Frankie Desmond (Jack of All Trades costumes, dad), Mike Conrad (father of two), and Maia Nilsson (high school student).

Thursday July 21, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

1:00pm

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
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

3:00pm

Destination: Nerd
Anastasia Washington (Anastationtv, Legion of Leia), CuriousJoi (CuriousJoi, Icon), Brittany Heyden (TenaciousBee Designs), Jasmine Rubero (TheBeheaded), Marlon (Nerd Coolture), Jennifer Kretchmer (producer, actress), Michelle I am Chubby Bunny Bradley (Geek and Sundry, Otaku Movie Anatomy), and Katie Elhoffer (Elhoffer Design) discuss traveling in Nerd style! Moderated by Emily Kelley (GameScribes).

Thursday July 21, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

5:00pm

Fandom Diversified: Changing Dynamics of Nerd Media
The world is entering a new renaissance in geekery. Now, more than ever, media personalities and journalists of color have a poignant and influential voice that resonates throughout nerd culture. From the Gamergate scandal to the advent of BlerdNation, both high and low points are heavily highlighted. This panel will talk to journalists and media personalities about meeting challenges head on, and how they are working to make change. They will get really real about the climate of nerddom today. Panelists includeValerie Complex (freelance writer), Jamie Broadnax (Black Girl Nerds), Rob Salkowitz (Forbes), Jen Yamato (Daily Beast), Cory Vincent (Nerdreactor), and Twitch stream gamer Amethyst Leon.

Thursday July 21, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

7:00pm

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
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

8:00pm

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
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina
 
Friday, July 22
 

10:00am

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
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

12:00pm

How to Build a Geek Brand
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 13, 11:27AM
Do you dream of converting your nerd passion into a full-time career but feel overwhelmed with the next steps? Whether writing your first book, becoming a YouTube personality or creating an innovative product, the road to success can be filled with many obstacles and pitfalls. Join geek pros as they help you get started, discover some shortcuts, and inspire you to make an impact in pop culture. Panelists include Tony B. Kim (founder of Hero Within and Crazy4ComicCon.com), Jamie Broadnax (BlackNerdGirls.com) and Chris Gore (PodCRASH, Film Threat).

Friday July 22, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

1:00pm

Women Below the Line
Sheyne Fleischer (assistant editor, Project Runway, The Bachelor), Alicia Minette (prop master/fabricator, Hellevator, Paradise Run), Sabrina Wichner (miniature VFX artist,Interstellar, Pee-Wee's Big Holiday), Claire Hummel (production design, BioShock Infinite, Fable Legends), and Rachel Noel (narrative designer, Armored Warfare) explore the nontraditional roles of women in the entertainment industry. They will discuss their careers and experiences working in their various fields, focusing on success stories and how to follow your dreams in the industry while exploring gender roles in the creative professions. Moderated by Glenn Freund (League of S.T.E.A.M.).

Friday July 22, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

2:00pm

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
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

4:00pm

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
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

5:00pm

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
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

6:00pm

Simpsons Collector Group
Simpsons collectors of the world, unite! Take a break from the busy convention floor and get a chance to meet and mingle with fellow collectors of Simpsons merchandise from all over the country. This gathering, hosted by the staff of the Simpsons Collectors website, is a great chance to network with other collectors and share your experiences in the hobby with others. Meet the Simpsons collectors you see on the message board and put faces to names.

Friday July 22, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

7:00pm

Community Video Gaming, Local LAN and Live Events
Local gaming and community leaders discuss the gaming scene in and around San Diego. Find out how you can join in on the fun events, including tournaments and social LAN play, as well as how you can start your own communities in your own area.

Friday July 22, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

8:00pm

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
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina
 
Saturday, July 23
 

10:00am

The Business of Geek Fashion
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 13, 12:39PM
Do you ever wonder how the latest Star Wars fashion collection was made or why companies are hosting fashion shows featuring your favorite fandoms? This panel will offer an inside look at the business of geek fashion, examining the major changes that took place in the industry over the last year and what they means for the future. Moderated by Lisa Granshaw, panelists Ed Labay (Hot Topic), Ashley Eckstein (Her Universe), Jon Schindehette (ThinkGeek Denver), and Sara Scargall (WeLoveFine), and Tony Kim (Hero Within) will discuss the process behind creating pop culture apparel and accessories, how geek fashion is expanding into new areas, how the industry has evolved over the years, and recent geek fashion trends. There will be time left for attendees to voice their opinions and ask their questions about geek fashion.

Saturday July 23, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

12:00pm

Building A Superhero Body
Rehan Jalali (bestselling author and nutritionist to the stars), Latreal Mitchell (top celebrity fitness expert and TV personality), and Grant Roberts (leading celebrity fitness and nutrition expert), a.k.a. the Bod Squad, discuss tips to getting that chiseled superhero physique!

Saturday July 23, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

1:00pm

Little Lulu and John Stanley Fan Group
One of the most memorable kids' comics ever created (yet with wide "all ages" appeal), Little Lulu has maintained a worldwide fan following and has inspired a growing interest in the more obscure works of Lulu's long-anonymous writer, the great John Stanley. Come and learn more, and join in for a scripted reading of a Golden Age Little Lulu story. All are welcome!

Saturday July 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

2:00pm

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
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

3:00pm

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
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

4:00pm

We Are All Heroes: The Changing Landscape of Comics, Geekdom, and Fanboy Culture
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 19, 02:40PM
This panel will explore the diverse world of comics, geekdom and fanboy culture. Panelists include Murs (rapper/actor), Jamie Broadnax (Black Girl Nerds), Miguel Gomez (The Strain), Henry Simmons (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Eric Pumphrey (Reckless Tortuga) and Chuck Creekmur (All Hip Hop). Moderated by Ryan Ford (EVP, Cashmere Agency).

Saturday July 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

5:00pm

I'm in the Nerd Business
How do you create and sustain a business that caters to the geek lifestyle without exploiting the very people to whom you provide services? Entrepreneurs whose businesses cater to a predominantly nerdy or geeky clientele will discuss how these businesses started, how they sustain their service to their clients and compete with big conglomerates looking to capitalize on the geek marketplace, and how they sell goods and market services to a community seeking authenticity, without falling into the trap of pandering or gimmicks. Panelists include Matthew Arevalo (Loot Crate), Janelle Badali (Badali Jewelry), and David Nett (Nerdstrong Gym). Moderated by Brian Ward (The Arkham Sessions, Shout! Factory).

Saturday July 23, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

6:00pm

The Geek Shall Inherit: The Evolution of Geek Culture
Dr. Billy San Juan (Star Wars Psychology, Star Trek Psychology) hosts a discussion on the past, present, and future of geek culture. Experts include Brian Kibler (professional gamer and content creator), Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology, Doctor Who Psychology), Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy,Star Wars Psychology), Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia, Most Craved), Alan Kistler (Doctor Who: A History, The Walking Dead Psychology), and Cary Kazmaier (manager, Artifex, U.S. Navy ret.).

Saturday July 23, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

7:00pm

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
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

8:00pm

Bronies: Fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Andrew Ho (guest relations, BronyCAN), Carlos Marquez (representative, Bronies Tijuana), Joseph Noblit (vendor manager, Pacific PonyCon), Louis Rosales (administrative head, Horse News), Sonya Hipper (founder, BABSCon), and Steve Stern (blog author, Equestria Daily) talk about the fandom of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, especially on the West Coast. Moderated by James Udan (vice president, Order of the Friendship).

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

10:00am

Fangirl Foods: Food Network's Chef Duff Goldman
Chef Duff Goldman (Food Network's Ace of Cakes, Cake Masters) is the leading man in establishing nerd-themed desserts long before it became popular. Now, the world accepts superhero cakes as the norm. Join Chef Duff and moderator Jessica Tseang (Fangirl Foods, Girl on Geek) on answering: Where does Chef Duff see the future of fandom and foodies? Will the fad ever die out? Or will this be a genre that sticks around for quite some time?

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

11:00am

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
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

12:00pm

Ball-Jointed Dolls Collectors Group
Doll creators, owners and enthusiasts discuss the world of ball-jointed resin dolls from companies such as Volks, Fairyland, Luts, Iplehouse, and many others. Panelists will share the artistic process behind the creation and customization of ball-jointed dolls, as well as information about the expanding BJD collector community. You'll have the opportunity to learn the basics about BJDs and pick up tips on customizing, maintaining, and photographing these beautiful dolls. Share the beauty of your own unique doll, or just see the many dolls on display. From tiny to towering, it's a great opportunity to experience the different types of dolls in the world of BJDs. Make new friends, both real and resin!

Sunday July 24, 2016 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 32AB

1:00pm

Browncoats Meeting Room
Calling all big damn heroes! Come join fellow Firefly fans as the California Browncoats share news of the 'verse, artist Zac Pensol (project director, ToyVault) gives an insider's view into designing Firefly board games, and whatever fruity oaty goodness can be squeezed in. The red button's been pressed, calling you to find us!

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

2:00pm

Bam! Whack! Boom!: Psychological and Personality Influences on Pop Culture
Why do people identify with Batman but not Iron Man? Or Kylo Ren but not Han Solo? Or Avengers but not Justice League? These decisions inform everything from movies, spinoff ideas, fan loyalty, sales, and toy production. Results from a multiyear research study examining over 650 pop culture characters conducted by Keith W. Beard, Psy.D. (professor, department of psychology, Marshall University), April Fugett, Ph.D. (professor, department of psychology, Marshall University), Britani Black, Elijah Wise, Josh Carter, and Jacob Mills (doctoral students, Marshall University) demonstrate how personality and psychological factors inform character preference and brand allegiance, particularly in a market where new releases may influence character recognition and popularity. These results and additional information will be discussed.

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

3:00pm

Disney Pin Trading and Collecting: A Whole New Online World
Lenny Schas (CEO PinPics), Christian Hoff (actor), Holland Hayes (actor), Chris Henning (artist), Terri Trainor (lead programmer), and Sandi Bois (avatar characters) explore the current and exciting future of the next-generation online world of pin trading and collecting.

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