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Just because we’re social distancing, doesn’t mean we don’t know how to party! Join us for #AwesomeConOnline. We’re bringing the spirit of Awesome Con to your mobile phone, desktop, tablet: wherever you are virtually, we’ll be too! If you’re in the mood for 3 days of jam-packed awesome online festivities and frivolity, then gear up and get ready for Awesome Con Online.

News and Announcements

🛒 Join the Exhibit Hall & Artist Alley Facebook Group to support artists and vendors!
🏆 We have 2 epic giveaways for you! You can Enter to Win a $25 gift card to Sci-Fi Continuum and you can Enter to Win Tickets to Awesome Con 2021! May the odds be ever in your favor!
👕 Choose your own adventure with a custom print-on-demand Awesome Con Online shirt! Exclusive merch on sale here!
🖊️ Ross Marquand and Zachary Levi autographs (no personalization) on sale now with 100% of proceeds benefiting the Red Cross! Buy now!
📅 Our full programming schedule is now live! See it below.
😜 Share whatever you want and make some cool friends! Our JuSt FoR FuN Thread is live now!
🤩 Guest announcement! Ross Marquand and Zachary Levi will be doing a live Q&A, Saturday, May 2 during Awesome Con Online! This Q&A will be ASL interpreted. Details here.
🎨💬 Our Virtual Artist Alley and Maker’s Market Official Thread is live now!
🖼️ Our Virtual Artist Alley and Maker’s Market Website Showcase is live now!
🛍️💬 Our Virtual Exhibit Hall Official Thread is live now!
🛒 Our Virtual Exhibit Hall Website Showcase is live now!

Special Guests

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 1 | Saturday, May 2 | Sunday, May 3
Times listed for the event are EDT as our show is DC local!

Friday, May 1

Opening Ceremonies – Awesome Con Staff Hangout
Friday | 11:30 AM – 11:45 AM | Livestreamed to Facebook and Zoom | Ft. Kelly Comboni, Ben Penrod, Joe Avino, Nalani Whatley, Sam Veilleux, Michelle Manning, Paul Petyo, Ana-Alyse Castelluccio, Liza Pontonio, Lauren Dabb, Heather Barnes, Leslie Hunsinger
Get to know the staff who is throwing the biggest virtual party this weekend, the staff of Awesome Con! You’ll get a quick run down of who runs the show, how long they’ve worked for Awesome Con, and what their favorite Awesome Con moment of all time is.

Awesome Con Short Film Festival, 2019 Replay, presented by Astray Productions
Friday | 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM | Livestreamed to Facebook | Ft. Joe Carabeo
Spend Friday during Awesome Con Online enjoying a live replay of the 2019 Awesome Con Short Film Festival, presented by Astray Productions. Joe Carabeo (Award winning Director, Astray Productions President, Project Resolution Producer) brings you all 3 days of short films, in 1 neat and appropriately socially distanced package. Grab some popcorn and a seat, as you enjoy hours of science fiction, action, horror, comedy, drama, and documentary films all in one neat little package. Please note that Friday’s Live Stream will NOT be archived on the Facebook page, and it will be deleted after its viewing, to protect the intellectual property of the filmmakers.  See the full Awesome Con Short Film Festival line-up here

Movie Watchalong: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Friday | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Live chat happening in designated thread in our Facebook event 
In the mood for web-slinging action on Friday night? Join staffer Leslie as we watch “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” together! We are constantly seeing this movie on top lists of best animated films, and it received a 97% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so let’s see what the hype is all about. Leslie has never seen it and she’s super excited. Tune in via Amazon Prime, Netflix, YouTube or Google Play. How does it work? We’ll all press play at 5:00 PM ET and then chat about the movie in the Awesome Con Online Facebook event designated thread.

Virtual Cosplay Karaoke, presented by District Karaoke
Friday | 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM | Livestreamed to Facebook
Just because we’re not at Awesome Con doesn’t mean we can’t dress up and sing karaoke together! Hosted by District Karaoke, let’s come together virtually and celebrate how AWESOME we all are! Sign-ups are limited to the first 60 people, and one of the virtual karaoke rooms will be live-streamed to the official Awesome Con Facebook live stream. Don’t forget to bring your favorite cocktail, beer, soda or seltz, and sing your heart out with District Karaoke! Cosplay is encouraged but not required.

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Saturday, May 2

Modern Journey of the Comic Book: From Creation to Store Shelves and Every Step in Between!
Saturday | 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM | Livestreamed to Facebook | Ft. Andy Schmidt (Moderator), Bon Alimagno (Comics Experience Creators Workshop Director), Travis McIntire (Source Point Press)
Join veteran comics writer, editor, educator and publisher Andy Schmidt, the founder of Comics Experience, the world’s biggest and most effective online comic book school, along with special guests Travis McIntire (Source Point Press President and Editor-in-Chief) and Bon Alimagno (former Marvel Comics Talent Coordinator and Harris Comics Editor-in-Chief, current Comics Experience Creators Workshop Director) for a run through the whole process—writing & art, promoting, pricing, publishing, printing and distribution! There’s so much to learn; we’ll give you a great overview of how the whole process works!

Cosplay craft for a cause: Making Masks for Heroes
Saturday | 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM | Livestreamed to Facebook | Ft. Leslie Hunsinger (moderator), Leigh Targaryen, DizzyLizzy, TKDTikki
Cosplayers, crafters, seamstresses and sewers – unite! The unlikeliest of heroes have emerged to assist our frontline of first responders, and they are armed with sewing machines, thread, elastic and bias tape. Get to know 3 talented cosplayers who are using their craft for a cause, and assembling to arm our most vulnerable medical workers with fabric masks and a little bit of love. You too can be a hero – sign up to make Masks for Heroes.

Careers at NASA: A Brief Glimpse
Saturday | 11:15 AM – 11:30 AM | Livestreamed to Facebook | Ft. Staci Tiedeken, Natalie Curran, Nayi Castro, Dawn Myers
Ever wondered what it might be like to work at NASA? Join four local science fiction fans from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center for a brief overview of some of the career options available, ranging from public engagement to planetary geology to mission operations.

Sci Fi on TV: The Best and the Brightest
Saturday | 11:30 AM – 11:45 AM | Livestreamed to Facebook | Ft. David Bushman (longtime TV curator at The Paley Center for Media), Scott Ryan (founder/editor of The Blue Rose magazine)
Let’s face it, sci fi and fantasy are just great fun, and a great way to escape from the pressures that we all face on a daily basis. But the best sci fi does so much more that that — it uses allegory and metaphor to address our most vexing issues, both as individuals and as a society, shedding light where there’s darkness, inspiring us to surmount whatever obstacles stand in our way, and helping us navigate our way through the treacherous minefields of life. Join David Bushman, longtime TV curator at The Paley Center for Media, and Scott Ryan, founder/editor of The Blue Rose magazine, as we rank our five favorite sci fi/fantasy shows of all time, and then tell us how we are wrong — or right.

Cosplay Tools of the Trade
Saturday | 12:00 PM – 12:15 PM | Livestreamed to Facebook | Ft. Rebecca Ryan
Things to have on hand so that you can create cosplays at a moments notice. Be prepared to make stuff – this will help with building for pop up events, social distancing situations, or if you just have unexpected free time on your hands.

Women of Color in Sci-Fi Media: Positive Representation
Saturday | 12:15 PM – 12:30 PM | Livestreamed to Facebook | Ft. Latisha Jones (aka Leticia Creates), Nineka Wright, Jo Nah Azurin, Halima Magoma-Reed, Allegriana, Eva Green, Nicole Homer, Somaera Choudhary
What does positive representation look like? This panel seeks to answer that questions with modern examples as well as examine what the panelists feel creators “got right” when presenting female characters of color in sci-fi media. This panel was filmed in Washington, DC at Awesome Con 2018 and BlerDCon 2019

When D&D Goes Digital 101: How to play Dungeons & Dragons, and Other Tabletop Role Playing Games Online
Saturday | 12:45 PM – 1:00 PM | Livestreamed to Facebook | Ft. Alain Monyette, Goblins & Growlers, Quid Pro Roll Podcast, Amy Lynn Dzura, Wizards of the Coast Community Manager, D&D Adventures League, Josh Maltby, GoGoblins & Growlers, Quid Pro Roll Podcast, Alex Smith, Alpha Comics & Games, Quid Pro Roll Podcast
Whether you are a hardened campaign veteran, or completely brand new to Role Playing Games, we identify the resources and tell you everything you need to begin playing Tabletop RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons in a digital space.

Live Q&A with Ross Marquand (ASL Interpreted)
Saturday | 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM | Livestreamed to Facebook and Zoom, details here | Ft. Ross Marquand
Head to Alexandria’s Safe-Zone and hang out with Ross Marquand! Ross Marquand is best known for portraying Aaron on The Walking Dead and Red Skull in the Avengers films. Ask him anything during this Live Zoom Q&A. Important details on how it will work can be found here!

Live Q&A with Zachary Levi (ASL Interpreted)
Saturday | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Livestreamed to Facebook and Zoom, details here | Ft. Zachary Levi
Zachary Levi has had an incredible career as the starring role in Chuck, Flynn Rider in Disney’s Tangled, and Shazam! From his passion about nerd culture and his fans, to his Hollywood career, you’ll get to hear it all straight from Zachary. Ask him anything during this Live Zoom Q&A. Important details on how it will work can be found here! Please note: the Q&A may continue on Zoom after 3:00 PM however the Facebook Live will resume to regularly scheduled panels at 3:10 PM. You are able to stay on Zoom if it runs over.

Fanthropy: Geek Out, Get Fit, Save the World
Saturday | 3:10 PM – 3:30 PM | Livestreamed to Facebook | Ft. Keir Hansen, Brian Biggs
No one knows passion and dedication like a fan. When you can harness that energy to do good for yourself and the world, amazing things happen. When fandom and philanthropy combine, you get ‘fanthropy’. Also tune in to see a highlight reel of those sweaty selfies submitted to #AwesomeConFunRun as we highlight the committed community who participated in our Virtual Fun Run!

My Favorite Alien
Saturday | 3:45 PM – 4:00 PM | Livestreamed to Facebook | Ft. Nicole Funari (Moderator), Stacy Moore, Lexy Thompson, Garret Shelenhamer, Christopher Robinson
The Movies that Matter podcast team each chooses a favorite movie alien to visit earth and explains the benefits to humanity.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe with Nerdy Notions
Saturday | 4:00 PM – 4:15 PM | Livestreamed to Facebook | Ft. Sasha Kaplan, Michael Lindenbaum
Nerdy Notions with Sasha Kaplan presents to you a special Awesome Con Online edition as she discusses the Marvel Cinematic Universe with producer and contributor Michael Lindenbaum.

Pro Wresting with AwesomeMania
Saturday | 4:30 PM – 4:45 PM | Livestreamed to Facebook | Ft. Ben Taylor, Michael Lindenbaum
Ben Taylor and Michael Lindenbaum bring to you a special edition of the popular pro wrestling fan panel AwesomeMania to Awesome Con Online as they discuss pro wrestling and about how they got into wrestling.

An Introduction to the World of Fanfiction
Saturday | 5:00 PM – 5:15 PM | Livestreamed to Facebook | Ft. Larissa Zak
Ever considered writing fanfiction but didn’t know where to start? In this panel I will discuss some of the basics, including what fanfiction is, how to draw inspiration for writing, where to publish online, and other various topics.

Super Art Fight NEO
Saturday | 5:15 PM – 5:30 PM | Livestreamed to Facebook | Ft. Super Art Fight
The Greatest Live Art Competition in the Known Universe has moved online, and they’ve got an artistic throw down exclusive for Awesome Con! Get ready to laugh and be amazed as artists collide on a digital canvas, and YOU pick the winner!

Awesome Questions with District Trivia
Saturday | 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM | Live in our Facebook event
Organize your own team to play, fly solo, or challenge your family members! ALL are welcome to play and prove they know enough random stuff to earn the most points! Questions will be across all topics, fandoms, general knowledge, pop culture, and more! Family friendly.

Movie Watchalong: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (The Movie)
Saturday | 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Live chat happening in designated thread in our Facebook event
Grab your pizza, your bo staff or katana, and a couple of friendly talking turtles for a Saturday night movie watchalong! Join staffer Heather as we watch “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” together! It’ll be a shell of a time! Tune in via Amazon Prime, Netflix, YouTube, ITunes, Vudu, or Google Play. How does it work? We’ll all press play at 8:00 PM ET and then chat about the movie in the Awesome Con Online Facebook event designated thread.

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Sunday, May 3

Bites of Terror Live Diorama Build with Cuddles and Rage
Sunday | 10:00 AM – 10:15 AM | Livestreamed to Facebook | Ft. Liz Reed
Watch Cuddles and Rage build a diorama set from their new mixed media graphic novel Bites of Terror. Liz, the duo’s main sculptor, will walk you through their top tips and tricks for building 3D scenes using everyday materials. Get a sneak peek and a behind-the-scenes look at their new book on bitesofterror.com

8-bit character pixel art demo with Triple7SP
Sunday | 10:15 AM – 10:30 AM | Livestreamed to Facebook | Ft. Triple7SP
Hi there, this is Triple7SP. We are 8-bit 256 color character artists that have more then 10 years of experience under our belt. We have created numerous characters throughout the years both from old and new franchises that we hold near and dear to our hearts. Please check out our entire character catalog of over 170+ different characters on https://triple7sp.myshopify.com/ (FREE shipping on all orders and use code 777 to get 15% off) or follow us on instagram.com/triple7sp. We will be explaining a bit about what are actually 8 bit graphics, what are some of the limitations associated with our craft, and what we actually do.

Home-Made Mask Making with Sarah’s Stiches
Sunday | 10:45 AM – 11:00 AM | Livestreamed to Facebook | Ft. Sarah Egan
We will turn everyday items into masks which can be used on the go.

Cat/Dog Cosplay: Our Little Fur Babies Join the Fun with Eclipse Pop
Sunday | 11:00 AM – 11:15 AM | Livestreamed to Facebook | Ft. Jeremiah Smallwood, Nicole Williams and Dezi (our cat)
Cosplay doesn’t have to be us, our little fur babies can join the fun! Join us as we showcase our cat Dezi wearing some costumes and hats. We want this to be an interactive experience, please post your pet dressed up for a chance to win a prize! It can your dog, cat or any pet you have. Be creative! We will also be showing some of our cute animal related plushies.

Picture This! A Drawing Demo with Steve Light
Sunday | 11:30 AM – 11:45 AM | Livestreamed to Facebook | Ft. Steve Light
Peek inside the art studio of author-illustrator Steve Light, then join him for a drawing demo of characters from one of his upcoming picture books. You might even get to meet his furry assistant! Steve Light is the author-illustrator of many Candlewick Press titles, including the picture books Have You Seen My Dragon?; Swap!; and Builders & Breakers and the board books Black Bird Yellow Sun; Mama Tiger, Tiger Cub; and Up Cat Down Cat. His newest picture book, Road Trip! A Whiskers Hollow Adventure, welcomes readers to a whimsically detailed world where inhabitants zip around tree branches in unique vehicles and treasure can be found in the unlikeliest of places (even a mud puddle!). Road Trip! A Whiskers Hollow Adventure will be published in February 2021. Steve Light lives in New York City with his wife.

Transfiguring Adoption: Transforming Fandoms into Lifesaving Passions
Sunday | 11:45 AM – 12:00 PM | Livestreamed to Facebook | Ft. Darren Fink and Laura Chromzack
Transfiguring Adoption exists to nurture foster and adoptive children by giving a HOOT about their families. Our community uses media such as the Harry Potter series or the latest Disney movie to help empower foster and adoptive parents to walk children through past trauma. We need people just like YOU to join our community. Discover how you can join our tribe and call this movement your own. www.transfiguringadoption.com

Cuddle Up For A Cause – Spreading Autism Awareness & Acceptance Through Nerdy Crafting!
Sunday | 12:15 PM – 12:30 PM | Livestreamed to Facebook | Ft. Karen Isik
Join us in our first ever virtual comic-con experience as we outline who we are, our mission, and how we can help geek out both your and your pets!

Blaster Builds with Al The Geek
Sunday | 12:30 PM – 12:45 PM | Livestreamed to Facebook | Ft. Al The Geek
You will get a look into the nerf based props that Al makes. From large combinations to, short sidearms he will give a look at the world of modifying nerf for cosplay or for nerf wars. As well as post apocalyptic shoulder pads and modified masks that you can use for your next costume idea.

Tom Servo Inkwash Demo with Ted Woods
Sunday | 1:00 PM – 1:15 PM | Livestreamed to Facebook | Ft. Ted Woods
Inkwash is a rather uncommon technique within the comics industry, so here’s a rare look into how the shading and layering is done on everyone’s favorite candy-machine-headed robot who makes fun of lousy movies!

Artist Alley: Drawing and Art Supply Tutorial with Peter Vasquez
Sunday | 1:15 PM – 1:30 PM | Livestreamed to Facebook | Ft. Peter Vasquez
Hi, it’s Peat from Fat Guy Inc Studios. Today we’re gonna draw a little bit and talk about what supplies i use and where you can get them!!!

How artist Amanda Preske uses broken circuit boards to make jewelry & art
Sunday | 1:45 PM – 2:00 PM | Livestreamed to Facebook | Ft. Amanda Preske
Amanda has a background in chemistry but a love for art. Her passions collided to create Circuit Breaker Labs, her business that transforms electronic waste into art, accessories, and jewelry. Working from her Capitol Heights, MD studio, she uses woodworking and metalsmithing techniques to bring her vision to life. Tune in to get the inside scoop on her studio and see how she turns trash into treasure.

Virtual Costume Contest hosted by Mikal Mosley
Sunday | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Livestreamed to Facebook 
Just because we’re social distancing, doesn’t mean we don’t want to show off our awesome cosplays! Our Virtual Costume Contest will air, with your host, costume designer and professional cosplayer Mikal Mosley! Check out the best and brightest in this mini digital cosplay showcase, featuring fans from 3 categories: Kids, Solo and Group. The winners will win a badge to Awesome Con December 11-13! Step into our virtual Main Stage and cheer on your favorite costumed characters.

Bigger than our pockets: the importance of community and social justice within the geek chic clothing company, Little Petal
Sunday | 3:00 PM – 3:15 PM | Livestreamed to Facebook | Ft. Little Petal: Danielle Reichman, Lisette Cardilla, Leanna Stager, Amanda Albert, Ann Yelverton, Jessica Kipouros, Lexi Haddad, Asha Singh / Ill Go With You: Organizer J, FanMail: Jenny Cheng and Rose Del Vecchio, Mostly Harmless Designs: Sarah Burton, Bleed Geeks: Ezra Love and Erin Whitt Hilker, Galaxy Gear Boutique: Amber Johnson
Little Petal is a one woman shop that creates geek chic convertible dresses custom made to your measurements. In the process, the Little Petal Alliance has become a community that rallies behind dresses with TARDIS deep pockets and social justice causes. Join several of my customers turned best friends as they show off versatile ways to wear their dresses while discussing the values that bring us together: body positivity, inclusiveness, mental health awareness, charity work, comfort, and just a love of all things nerdy. Please stay to the end, where we made space to highlight some of my favorite LGBTQIA+/POC brands to tell you about themselves. Featuring: I’ll Go With You (offers trans and gender-nonconforming folks a way to feel safer in gendered spaces), BleedGeeks (comfy reusable cloth products meant to replace disposables), Galaxy Gear Boutique (handmade clothing and accessories out of this world), Mostly Harmless Designs (huggable crocheted plushies with geek and LGBTQIA+ themes), and Fanmail/ Charmed: Box of Shadows (quarterly subscription box for the original Charmed series).

Making magic: A live wand creation demonstration with Mack Daddy Magic Wands
Sunday | 3:15 PM – 3:30 PM | Livestreamed to Facebook | Ft. Mack Daddy Magic Wands
Get to know Mack Daddy Magic Wands and watch the creation of a wand from scratch! Learn about the entire wand creation process. We will talk about wood characteristics and how they should mesh with the individual using the wand. We will also discuss the various groups who love our wands: from cosplayers, to Wiccans, to woodworkers, to kids, even actual magicians! We’ll move into a discussion about the environment, and trees being under attack and overharvested as well as how we can be environmentally responsible. Finally we’ll polish and finish the wand and reveal our beautiful piece of natural art. See more at https://www.mackdaddymagicwands.com or https://www.facebook.com/MackDaddyMagicWands

Bring Me to Life: Live Drawing by Chauer from Dedkitty Studios
Sunday | 3:30 PM – 3:45 PM | Livestreamed to Facebook | Ft. Chauer
Grab any utensil, a sheet of paper/tablet and tag along in making a mini comic using your own OC (Original Character) while bringing them to life! Join Chauer and her character Askil, from her beginning webcomic Macchimonto, and follow along in a few simple steps in how to bring your OC to life through small nonverbal actions!

Movie Watchalong: Tangled
Sunday | 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Live chat happening in designated thread in our Facebook event
And at last I see, the liiiight! Join staffer Lauren as we watch “Tangled” together! Tune in via Amazon Prime, Disney+, YouTube, ITunes, Vudu, Netflix, or Google Play. How does it work? We’ll all press play at 4:00 PM ET and then chat about the movie in the Awesome Con Online Facebook event designated thread.

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