Panels & Workshops For The 2018 Cincinnati Comic Expo

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Friday September 14

Comic Classroom

4:00pm to 5:00pm: Sketch Duel- Rollout Hour

Sketch Duel with Jose Delbo, Mike Krome, and Scott Beaderstadt

5:00pm to 6:00pm: Writing Workshop with Ellie Ann

6:00pm to 7:00pm: Sketch Duel- Devil’s Punch

Sketch duel with Josh Blaylock, K Lynn Smith, and Sherard Jackson

7:00pm to 8:00pm: Creating Heroes Out of Wire

This panel will be used to discuss the process of making heroes out of wire. I will talk about how I got started what I use for inspiration and how I create figurines out of wire. I will also discuss movies, TV shows, Comic books, and Pop culture. I believe it could be a great time for all.

Cosplay Lair

4:00pm to 5:00pm: Cosplay 101 presented by Ohio River Cosplayers

A panel to encourage and inspire new and potential Cosplayers to the fantastic world of Cosplay. Getting started, ideas, resources, and lots of ideas to get the imagination off the ground.

5:00pm to 6:00pm: Competitive Cosplay Tips

This panel will discuss the ins and outs of competing in craftsmanship competitive cosplay. What do judges look for? What makes a costume stand out? How do you pick the right costume to compete in? How do you step up your game–Tips from experienced cosplayers that have both successfully competed and judged many competitions.

6:00pm to 7:00pm: Cosplay 101 with Knightmage

Come learn some tips and tricks, the ups and downs and the ins and outs in this fun free form discussion all about the magical world of cosplay.

7:00pm to 8:00pm: Foam VS. Worbla: Armor Crafting Discussion and Q&A

With this panel we will go over the differences between crafting armor with EVA foam vs. crafting with Worbla. Each of us will create the same piece of armor, each one with the opposite material, and we will talk about the differences in technique, our thoughts on the material, tips and tricks for working with it, and how to finish and wear it. At the end, we will open the panel to discussion with the audience so that they can ask specific questions about armor crafting and get the help they are looking for!

Cincinnatus Stage

6:00pm to 7:00pm: The #conlife: How to Get the Most out of your Con Experiences

Whether this is your first con or your 100th, whether you’re at SDCC or the con with no name at your local comic book shop, there are a few secrets to having a great time, every time! “Professional” con-goers will give you the low-down on how to live your best #conlife.

7:00pm to 8:00pm: COSPLAY for SMILES – JOIN THE TEAM

“Cosplay for Smiles” and how to get involved and join the team want to join a team of Cosplayers that cheer up hospitalized kids? If you’re into Cosplay and this sounds like a cool way to cosplay, CGM has a team that visits places like the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House, and local libraries, Kids centered benefits, community fairs etc. “Cosplayers for Smiles” focus is on characters that are recognizable to most kids – examples include Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Spider-man, Jedi, Storm troopers, Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen, etc. Current or Recognizable Classic characters, even Mascot style cosplay ie. like a Minion suit or furry cosplay. We will be meeting to talk about opportunities and how to join the team, the requirements all the details and of course answering questions. Please feel free to wear your cosplay. We will be taking photos of your Costume so we can submit it for approval by Children’s Hospital with your application. If you don’t have a costume yet, talk to us. Cincinnati Geek Meet (CGM) has a costume pattern Library and an experienced Seamstress to help you with your costume.

Fandom Forever

5:00pm to 6:00pm: The Eddsworld Fan Movie Panel

An exclusive look at behind-the-scenes footage from the much-anticipated animated web film, The Eddsworld Fan Movie, and a Q&A with one of the producers of the film.

6:00pm to 7:00pm: Indie Comic Creators of the Ohio Valley!

Some of the most creative indie artists and writers from the Ohio Valley region talk about their current projects, discuss tips and tricks behind their creative processes, answer your questions and give advice about creating comics… and more! Stick around for some free giveaways!

7:00pm to 8:00pm: The Creative and Financial Journey of Creating Comics and Graphic Novels

From the source idea for creating a character or story to the development and financial undertaking to publish. Topics to be discussed: A. Your time has a value 1.Creating the character and story, it’s free. 2. Writing the story, all on your time. B. Sourcing Illustrators 1. Building a good relationship 2. Always have a contract 3. Budget, what can you afford to pay or can you collaborate. C. Printing Cost 1. Finding the right company for you 2. List of three companies I have used and what each had to offer. Miscellaneous Cost 1. Lettering 2.Editor 3. Colorist 4. Marketing Strategy Q & A time

Queen City Panel Room

6:00pm to 7:00pm: Spotlight on Sean Schemmel

7:00pm to 8:00pm: Spotlight on Katrina Law

8:00pm to 9:00pm: Spotlight on Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Saturday September 15

Comic Classroom

11:00am to 12:00pm: Sketch Duel- Aw Shucks

Sketch duel with Art Baltazar, Scoot McMahon, Alejandro Rosado, and Kurt Wood

12:00pm to 1:00pm: Writing for Comics 101

1:00pm to 2:00pm: Sketch Duel- Awesome Hour

Sketch duel with Buzz, Johnny Desjardins, and Dawn McTeigue

3:00pm to 4:00pm: Sketch Duel- Fun Inc

Sketch duel with Thom Zahler, Jay Fosgitt, and Thomas Grummett

4:00pm to 5:00pm: Coloring Outside the Lines: Diversity in Indie Comics Publishing

Why do creators choose to house their works with indie publishers or print their work themselves? Aiesha Little (co-founder, Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance, freelance writer) and Jay B. Kalagayan (creator & writer, MeSseD Comics) lead a diverse panel of independently published creators who are using indie publishing to find their voices in the comic book industry.

5:00pm to 6:00pm: Sketch Duel- Expo Bash

Sketch duel with Andy Bennet, David Michael Beck, and Alex Saviuk

6:00pm to 7:00pm: Aw Yeah Comics

Join us to meet the awesome creators of the Aw Yeah Universe! Learn how we get our ideas and hear what our next secret projects are! The future of all-ages comics is in our hands! It’s gonna be cool.

Cosplay Lair

11:00am to 12:00pm: Cosplay and Charity

Come learn the many ways to turn the hobby you love into a charitable act of love.

12:00pm to 1:00pm: Cosplay with Anxiety and Autism

Many of us have anxieties, some of us are on the Autism spectrum. We have personal experience in both–this panel will offer real life coping technique suggestions to be able to spend a day at a convention, and tips on how to make costumes that you can cope with regardless of your limitations. Everyone has issues, but cosplay can actually help you push your boundaries, or just help you cope while having fun.

1:00pm to 2:00pm: Rampage to the Rock

Creator of such videogame classics as RAMPAGE, XENOPHOBE and GENERAL CHAOS, Brian F Colin is a vastly experienced Game Designer, Artist, Animator and Development Group Leader with over 80 video game titles to his credit…. including the creation of some of the most-popular, highest-earning & best-selling titles in video game history!

Join us as he shares first-hand, anecdotal insights into the early days of arcade game design development, as well as stories straight from the sets and locations of the new RAMPAGE Movie, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

2:00pm to 3:00pm: Creating Costumes From a Galaxy Far Far Away: A Star Wars Costuming Panel

This panel will focus on the different types of Star Wars costumes within the films and how to replicate them on any budget. We will cover all aspects from research, to planning, the design process, creating a mock-up, makeup, wigs, weathering and more!! This panel is for any Star Wars fan who desires to make a costume, from the casual cosplayer to 501st/Rebel Legion status and anywhere in between!

3:00pm to 4:00pm: Cosplay on a Budget

It doesn’t need to be expensive to be awesome. Come learn ways to make your cosplays on a budget.

4:00pm to 5:00pm: Cospositivity – Cosplay is for Everyone

A panel to encourage and inspire, and to promote that Cosplay is open to all, regardless of Gender, race, religion, size, or any other unrealistic stereotype. We want to encourage EVERYONE to be ANYTHING their heart desires, and give examples of those whom have overcome stereotypes in hopes to break the link of boundaries.

Cincinnatus Stage

11:00am to 12:00pm: Ask An Avenger

Spend some time with Tony Stark and Steve Rogers in this fun, Marvel’s “Avengers” Q&A Cosplay panel! Join us for crime-fighting, world-saving, Capsicle and Shellhead exclusive shenanigans!

12:00pm to 1:00pm: Podquesters – A Dungeons and Dragons Comedy Show

Do you like Dungeons and Dragons and love to laugh? Then we have a panel for you. Podquesters is an improvised comedy DnD podcast where four friends get together and try to upset the dungeon master with their shenanigans. Our video episodes and more information can be viewed at

1:00pm to 2:00pm: Belly Dance Fusion for Cosplay -a dance workshop exploring experimental bellydance techniques fused with cosplay themes

Traditional Belly Dance/Fusion Dance Workshop and Performance. Some of the Fusion styles include Steampunk, MadMax Inspired PostHolocaust, StarTrek, etc. I teach an amazing collection of signature style dance that complements these eccentric themes, or I can stick with the Traditional Belly Dance. Participants will learn a combination of acting through attitude, posture and gestures, and a mix of theatrical dance, folk dance and dare we say…. some sexy, sinuous belly dance moves? I am first and foremost a Belly dance Instructor and Performer. However, my love for fantasy and futuristic, has definitely pushed me to explore experimental bellydance fusion techniques and dance, all the while drawing from my lengthy and eclectic history of dance genres and theatrical training.

2:00pm to 3:00pm: Fan Fic Open Mic

Have you written short stories, poems, or songs about your fandoms? Do you have an interpretive dance routine for the theme music of your favourite geeky TV show? Throw on your beret and give us your best performance (in 5 minutes or less). All genres & fandoms welcome.

3:00pm to 3:30pm: Thesken Live Art

Mark Thesken is a LIVE SPEED PAINTER, creating his one of a kind paintings in MINUTES!

Set to music and unfolding before the viewers’ eyes, Mark’s LIVE paintings have been described as “Art in Motion”, LIVE Art” and “Kamikaze art”.

4:00pm to 4:30pm: Thesken Live Art

Mark Thesken is a LIVE SPEED PAINTER, creating his one of a kind paintings in MINUTES!

Set to music and unfolding before the viewers’ eyes, Mark’s LIVE paintings have been described as “Art in Motion”, LIVE Art” and “Kamikaze art”.

5:00pm to 6:00pm: How to Start a YouTube Channel with ‘Iconic Comic’

Hi there! Our names are Alex and Quinn and we run a YouTube Channel named Iconic Comic. We are super nerds who love to geek out about Marvel, DC, Star Wars, and anything in between. We would like to hold a panel discussing how to start and run a successful YT Channel. In just over a year on YT we have gained over 8,000 subscribers, have been featured at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles, and are closing in on 2,000,000 views on our channel. With our current growth rate, we will be well over 10K subscribers in the next few months. With this panel we would like to share tips and instructions on how to start a channel, go over needed equipment, identify your passions, build a relationship with your audience, and many other helpful instructions to be successful on YT. Our panel would last about 45 minutes, 30 min. for the workshop and 15 min. for a Q&A afterwards. We think this could be a very helpful seminar for many people who have always thought about starting a channel but were afraid to start.

Fandom Forever

11:00am to 12:00pm: Fandom and Your Mental Health

I am a doctoral student who has completed my research on how online science fiction fandom affects mental health in adult women. This panel will be me sharing the results of that study, which were almost entirely positive. The following themes with regards to fandom and mental health will be discussed: -Non-judgmental fandom culture -Relationships -Mental health -Fandom as a coping skill -Negativity The aim of the panel is to not only share results, but discuss the implications of these results in the lives of fans themselves, as well as the overall field of mental health.

12:00pm to 1:00pm: You Can’t Kill the Dog and Other Plot Devices

A look into plotting an exciting work that keeps the reader asking for more without alienating them. It will cover plot structure and investigate how a plot/character driven plot works.

1:00pm to 2:00pm: What Star Wars Can Teach Us about Resistance

From A New Hope to The Last Jedi, the Star Wars universe is full of stories featuring rebellion and resistance to injustice. Join us for a lively discussion of lessons we can learn from characters like General Leia Organa Solo about leading resistance efforts.

2:00pm to 3:00pm: Spotlight on Paul Blake

3:00pm to 4:00pm: The History & Future of Steampunk

Join the Ohio Steampunk Society for an exploration of Steampunk. What is it? How did come to be? Where is it going?

4:00pm to 5:00pm: A Steven’s Guide to the Universe

“A Steven’s Guide” is a traveling panel on all things “Steven Universe.” Join us for a discussion of some of the latest episodes, some of your favorite moments and predictions for the future of Steven and the other Crystal Gems. With comedy, singing and even a little bit of Crystal Gem magic, anything is possible when you “Believe in Steven.”

5:00pm to 6:00pm: Family Don’t End in Blood

Supernatural has become the longest running genre TV show in American Broadcast History. Over 13 years, it has brought together a family that cares for each other, that has raised millions of dollars for various charities, and that has committed themselves to making the world a better place. We may not have vampires and werewolves to fight, but the Supernatural family is fighting monsters every day, and winning. This panel would discuss the impact Supernatural has had on its fans, including the charities it has spawned, like Always Keep Fighting and, of course, Random Acts. It will let fans connect over how much the family has meant to them, friendships that have been made, support that was given when it didn’t seem to come from anywhere else. We would love to have a collection jar for Random Acts if such a thing is allowed. We will talk about GISHWHES and Get Kind, and, of course, a little bit about our three boys, saving people and hunting things.

Queen City Panel Room

11:00am to 12:00pm: Spotlight on G.I. Joe

Panel discussion with Mary McDonald-Lewis, Bill Ratner, and Michael Bell. 

12:00pm to 1:00pm: Spotlight on Karl Urban 

1:00pm to 2:00pm: Spotlight on Clark Gregg

2:00pm to 3:00pm: Spotlight on Charlet Chung

3:00pm to 4:00pm: Spotlight on Cary Elwes

4:00pm to 5:00pm: Spotlight on LeVar Burton

5:00pm to 6:00pm: Spotlight on Benedict Wong

6:00pm to 7:00pm: 9th Annual Cincinnati Comic Expo Costume Contest

Sunday September 16

Comic Classroom

11:00am to 12:00pm: Sketch Duel- Stick Fight

Sketch duel with Stephane Roux, Dave Aikins, and Joe Benitez

12:00pm to 1:00pm: Writing for the Beginning Creator 2

What does it take to get a piece of writing from idea to publish? We’ll walk you through some of the basics and give you guidelines you can apply to your current work.

1:00pm to 2:00pm: Live Comic Making

Join Dave Scheidt and Scoot McMahon, the creators of Wrapped Up, as Scoot does a bunch of really cool creative stuff and Dave talks about his love for pizza.  All of this while they create fun comic strips using your ideas!

2:00pm-3:00pm: Kraven’s Last Hunt Panel

3:00pm to 4:00pm: Sketch Duel- Legends

Sketch duel with Darryl Banks, Neal Adams, and Michael Golden

Cosplay Lair

11:00am to 12:00pm: Star Wars Prop Building

This panel will be a 101 on star wars prop building hosted by Adam Watney (Watney Props) and Lauren Lys (Hand Of The Emperor Cosplay). Both have built props from Star Wars and are very knowledgeable. Guests will be taught some basics of star wars prop building and will have the opportunity to ask questions. We will be bringing props that we have built to be shown at our panel. We will have detailed progress photos and instructions on how to create some of the props from Star Wars.

12:00pm to 1:00pm: Through the Eyes of a Judge

We’ve been asked quite a few times for critiques of costumes (both entered in the contest and on the con floor). ‘How could I make this better?’ ‘What can I do to take my costuming to the next level’, ‘What are Judges looking for when I enter the CCE costume contest’? This would be a panel that is an Q&A open forum where cosplayers could wear, or bring their cosplay to ask industry professional costumers any construction/dye/armor/aging question they like. This would be a positive and constructive discussion. We have over a decade of costuming experience in Cosplay/Film/TV, let us use it to help you break through some costume barriers.

1:00pm to 2:00pm: Creative Cosplay–From Mash-Ups to Crossplay!

This panel will be all about having fun creating original ideas with your cosplay. Learn how to create a “mash-up”, tips on crossplay and genderbends, or just new and fun ideas with a character to make it your own.

2:00pm to 3:00pm: Bodypaint for Cosplay

As a finalist of the show Skin Wars and makeup manager of The Dent Schoolhouse I know a thing or two about bodypaint. As a cosplayer I know a thing or 4 about making sure the bodypaint I’m using is the right paint for the job. In this panel I will talk about all the kinds of bodypaints and their best application, the best tools for the job, as well as demonstrate techniques for making your bodypaint the best it can be. I will demo on members of the audience and if they want to bring their makeup kit to be reviewed and to follow along that would be great!

3:00pm to 4:00pm: Makeup and SFX

Come watch as a model will be made up into a character with makeup to demonstrate how to use various products. (**Audience Member Participation Needed**)

Cincinnatus Stage

11:00am to 12:00pm: How to Get Started in Movies!

I’ve developed a simple “How To” seminar on how to get your foot in the door as an actor or performer in the feature film and television business.

12:00pm to 1:30pm: Trash Can Cosplay Competition

Come on stage and join a team of fellow creators to make an original costumed character using only the scraps you are given. Do you have the creativity to become the Trash Can Cosplay Champions?

2:00pm to 2:30pm: Thesken Live Art

Mark Thesken is a LIVE SPEED PAINTER, creating his one of a kind paintings in MINUTES!

Set to music and unfolding before the viewers’ eyes, Mark’s LIVE paintings have been described as “Art in Motion”, LIVE Art” and “Kamikaze art”.

3:00pm to 4:00pm: Everything you Love is Terrible

A Series of Shouts by The Mark: My name is Mark Borison. I am an entertainer of all sorts. I host multiple YouTube series (most notably for one of Google’s partner companies here locally), I host a popular radio show called The Weekly Hookup for the top independent radio station in Cincinnati called Radio Artifact, and have done this show for other comic cons before. One of the things I believe I could offer would be access to my wide social network of followers. “Everything you Love is Terrible” is an updated version of my last panel. I perform comedic media criticism about all things pop culture, as curated by myself and with heavy audience participation. New Netflix shows? Terrible. Your favorite bands recent record release? Awful. The entire menu at Applebee’s? Truly bad. All in jest, and all for fun, I try to poke fun at the things we love, while taking a few shots at myself. It’s a great time for everyone involved!

Fandom Forever

11:00am to 12:00pm: Comic Book Nostalgia: Reflections on Our Collections

For this panel, we will discuss when and why we started collecting comics, early comic book memories, the love and care of our comics, and what a “valuable” comic means to a collector. Sometimes we buy and collect titles not because they are going to help send our children to college, but because we find the stories and art compelling. And sometimes we want to put together an entire run of a title simply because of the memories they invoke in us. For whatever reason you collect comics, you will feel nostalgic as we discuss our comic book memories, from childhood to adulthood, including the sometimes heartbreaking decisions of having to cull our comic book collection. I run a blog called “Cool Comics In My Collection” in which I often take a nostalgic turn when discussing comic books. The blog is published weekly and I’ve never missed a deadline (new episodes come out every Thursday). I’ve had four guest hosts, including author Kevin G. Summers, who has published some official Star Trek stories, and Hank Garner, the host of The Author Podcast Stories, which is one of the most popular podcasts among writers and fans. I recently commissioned artist Dan Gorman to draw, ink, and color an official logo for my blog, and in a recent issue of the magazine Non-Sport Update, Dan was named as the third best sketch card artist in the industry. I’m on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media, with my blog and comic book talk in general. My website and blog can be found at:

12:00pm to 1:00pm: Villainesses: The Bad Women of Games, Film & TV

From evil queens and witches, to sinister seductresses, to calculating political players, these women have played key roles in the stories we’ve come to love. We’ll look back at the archetypal villainesses in fairy tales and fast-forward to the present where villainesses are often more complicated.

1:00pm to 2:00pm: Wonder Women- Females in Fantasy and Science Fiction

We’ll explore feminine tropes in speculative fiction and look at famous female contributions to the genre.

2:00pm to 3:00pm: Cosplay for a Cause

20 states, 5,400 miles, 1 mission…“Make a difference, one smile at a time.”

Join the thrilling journey of Colorado Captain, a Captain America cosplayer who set out on his Harley to promote charity from Denver to New York, via a cross country motorcycle ride, “Cap Across America.” With $5000 raised out on the road in 2017, the 2nd annual charity ride is underway!

This panel aims to use the exciting story of “Cap Across America” to educate and inspire the cosplay community into action!

Dressed as our star-spangled super hero, Colorado Captain mounts his Harley and rides daily in order to raise funds for charity, and make a difference one smile at a time. Colorado Captain annually rides across the United States, visiting hospitals and refugee centers throughout the nation. This cross-country motorcycle ride supports charities such as the International Rescue Committee and CAP for Kids by raising awareness and encouraging donations. The trip is documented on social media, generating publicity for the aforementioned charities as well offering a fun and engaging method for educating viewers charitable cosplay as they join Colorado Captain on morale boosting trips to hospitals, refugee centers, and even stops that include some of the country’s most wonderful and historic locals. It is intended to be educational and entertaining for all ages, promoting both the beauty of America and the spirit of charity, opportunity, and honor living in the heart of this nation. The trip begins in Denver and progresses across to the east coast, culminating in visits to points of interest such as Mt. Rushmore, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Ride for Kids, The Tour of Honor, and Washington D.C., finally ending at the finish line of NYCC 2018!

3:00pm to 4:00pm: Science in Comics

Science tickled our imagination from the creation of the first superhero, Superman, to kids’ adventures comic like Howtoons. Join me, C. A. Preece writer of CheMystery, to look at the journey of science in comics and wonderful imaginative world of the science of superheroes.

Queen City Panel Room

11:00am to 12:00pm: Spotlight on Manu Bennett

12:00pm to 1:00pm: Spotlight on Peter Mayhew

1:00pm to 2:00pm: Spotlight on Chris Rankin

2:00pm to 3:00pm: Spotlight on Summer Glau

3:00pm to 4:00pm: Spotlight on Charles Martinet

Workshops and panels, the academics of comicon

Learn little known facts about the making of your favorite TV show, how to draw your favorite anime characters, or how to hold a light saber properly. During the 2018 Cincinnati Comic Expo we’ll have another great line up of engaging programs just for you.

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