PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE 2019-04-26T20:41:58+00:00

PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

The programming schedule for 2019 is here!

*Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

*Gaming schedules indicate the start time of tournaments. Tournaments may continue for longer than one hour. Check out the full gaming schedule here.

Schedule Updated: 4/25/2019

Room 101

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Bringing Home the Trophy
Ready to take your ah-maz-ing cosplay on stage? Come find out everything you need to know about contesting – the rules, the awards, did we mention the rules? There will also be whole lotta tips on being confident, staying cool and putting your best foot, armored boot, or paw forward during contest judging. Want to bring home shiny trophies? Or at least not hyperventilate while someone (not so silently) judges you? This panel will help!

2:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Awesome Con Short Film Fest- Sci-Fi/Action /Horror
Complete your day of insanity at Awesome Con by grabbing some popcorn, all your friends, and a seat, as Joe Carabeo (Award winning Director, Astray Productions President, Project Resolution Producer) brings to Awesome Con for the 2nd time, the Awesome Con Short Film Festival: Sci-Fi, Action and Horror Edition! You won’t wanna miss these films that will give you an adrenaline rush, send you to another planet, or give you nightmares. There will also be an exclusive filmmakers Q&A after the screenings afterward moderated by TV host Molly Nevola

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Uncanny Nerd Presents: Essential Comic Reading
Join Mike Slade from Uncanny Nerd and comic book historian “Uncle” Gary as they discuss with each other and the audience the key story arcs which should be considered ESSENTIAL reading for comic fans.

5:00 PM – 5:45 PM
I Love You, #Khalessi! Fandoms in the Digital Age
The popularity of social media has allowed people to connect to their favorite writers, actors, and overall, creative personalities. Sometimes, they even respond back. Does that mean we have formed some sort of relationship with them? When television first entered people’s homes in the 1950s, it was one-sided. Audience members felt an attachment to the nightly news anchor or to Lucy and Ricky Ricardo. Scientists and communication researchers called this a Parasocial Relationship. Today, we have more than just a nightly or weekly screen time with our favorite characters or personalities. We can watch them on our smartphones anytime, anywhere, follow them on social media, and write to them on a regular basis. On top of that, they can actually respond. Through a series of interviews with fans and digital influencers, I developed a proposal to update Parasocial Relationships and what fan culture means in the Digital Age.

6:00 PM – 6:45 PM
Stories of the Rising Sun: Japanese Space Operas
Remember Buck Rogers and his adventures? How about Duck Dodgers? Maybe you soared with Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia. But what about Legend of the Galactic Heroes or Captain Harlock? Space Opera has captured our imaginations for a century, taking us to far away galaxies and planets. Join us as we take a look through Glass Fleet and space operas of anime and manga.

7:00 PM – 7:45 PM
Cosplay Photography – Your Guide to the Best
Photographers want to take great photos. Cosplayers want great photos. How do we get the best? By knowing how it all works. Posing, set up, communication, making the most of your props… Learn some of the tricks to get the most out of your shoot.

8:00 PM – 8:45 PM
Care and Feeding of Cosplay
Ever make a costume only to have it damaged in storage? Wondering the best way to keep your cosplay from having that distinct ‘con-funk’ odor? Maybe you’re just wondering how to keep all your little gadgets and gizmos in one location. Come and learn tips and tricks from two veterans of the cosplay wars and gain what knowledge they have gleaned from years of caring for cosplay and props.

Room 102

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
HBCU Nerds
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have served as unique educational and social environments for scholars of color, and other marginalized communities, since 1865. HBCUs opened its doors to all, especially people of the African descent, at a time when most other institutions had outrageously low quotas…if not refused admission altogether. Why are HBCUs still relevant today? What is the HBCU [nerd] experience?

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
A Galaxy With/Without Jedi
With lightsabers at the core of Star Wars, it’s hard to imagine the saga without the Jedi. But as the franchise continues, do we still need Jedi anchoring our stories? And in-universe, does the galaxy still need Jedi as its protectors?

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Wear Your Fandom: Start Cosplaying
Thinking about cosplaying but don’t know where to start? Our panel of experts will cover the basics of bringing your favorite characters to life, whether or not you can sew.

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM
“Shipping” In Anime, Comics & Film
‘Shipping’- the act of romantically pairing up two or more characters in fiction- is a huge part of consuming media. Whether it’s a canon ship or a crack ship, an OTP (or OT3) or NOTP, ships can unite or divide or even define a fandom. Not sure what any of this means? This panel will fill you in. We’ll be discussing ships from the new hits as well as classics we all know and love, highlighting positive queer representation. Audience participation is HIGHLY encouraged.

5:30 PM – 6:15 PM
The Chilling Legal Adventures of Riverdale
You know the show has tension, but do you know about the fights that happened behind the scenes. Join a panel of experts as they explore the history of Archie Comics with a focus on the legal battles over Josie McCoy, Cheryl Blossom, and Sabrina Spellman.

6:30 PM – 7:15 PM
Historical Costume Hacks
Yes! It’s possible to create wonderful looking historically based costumes without having to find a whale and talk him out of his bones! This panel will cover some of the best tips and tricks for faking 1760’s Paris (or 1805 London) until you make it! We will explore fun short-cut build methods for stays, corsets, bum pads and panniers, and innovative ways to source undergarments, petticoats, fabrics, buttons and shoes. Let’s talk (eighteenth-century tailoring) shop!

7:30 PM – 8:15 PM
Vague Jeopardy
You’ve heard of Jeopardy, you’ve played Jeopardy, but never before were there so many possible answers? Each question has been carefully crafted to have 3-7 real answers….. but only one of them is ACTUALLY worth any points. Good luck 😉

8:45 PM – 9:30 PM
The Walking Dead or: How to Aim for the Head (18+)*
Zombies in video games really became more than just an obstacle in your way with the start of the survival horror genre. Survival Horror is a newer video game genre that saw its start with Alone in the Dark in the early 1990s. But it was with a little title by Capcom called Biohazard that survival horror first received great acclaim. Zombies were back, baby! And as slow and moaning as they have been since the days of Romero.

Biohazard is a series that began as an homage to the zombie B movies of the past. In keeping with the survival traditions of Romero, these zombie games are made to prepare us for a real-life zombie apocalypse. There are plenty of useful lessons that can be learned- RE: don’t go to the police station! They’ll be expecting that! This panel is hosted by a video game lover who is far too analytical for his own good. Do you confuse the T for the G or T-G viruses? Why call it Raccoon City? Come on by and find out all this and more!

*18+ Panels Require a Valid ID to Attend

Room 140

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
‘In the Name of the Doctor’: Politics & Doctor Who
As the longest running science-fiction / fantasy show in history, “Doctor Who” has survived and thrived because of its ability to ‘regenerate’ both its main character and its style and format. One aspect of the show which has remained constant over the course of its 56 years is its frequent use of a science fiction storytelling to comment indirectly – and sometimes not at all subtly – on political and social events, past and present – and event future! With an eye to those who have complained that the show’s recent seasons have become too overtly ‘political,’ this presentation will highlight the rich history of political choices that have been made ‘in the name of the Doctor’ from both the classic and the current eras, and, hopefully facilitate a discussion among the participants on the value and challenges which come from this type of activist storytelling, not only in “Doctor Who” or sci-fi, but other genres.
*ASL Interpreted

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Relaunch or Sink: Successful Second TV Life
For every Hawaii Five-0, there are three or Four Bionic Women. What are the key elements to give a beloved franchise a successful second tv life? We will explore what worked, why it worked, and along with the audience see what beloved franchises are prime for a second life.

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
The U.S. Department of State: Drawing Ambassadors from Galaxies Far Far Away
Think diplomacy—negotiating treaties (Sokovia Accords anyone?), communicating with other nations (thanks Lieutenant Uhura), cooperating on shared interests (let’s all agree not to develop Cylons)…. The U.S. Department of State participates in science diplomacy and popular arts engagement to promote solutions to global challenges. Whether discussing the future of space exploration, negotiating principles concerning the use of Artificial Intelligence, or using comic-book based learning to stop the spread of infectious diseases, a unique team of U.S. diplomats work at the intersection of science fiction, emerging technology, pop culture, and international relations. Come hear our stories, and learn what it takes to be a cultural ambassador using urban art, dance, and film to address critical challenges like human trafficking, corruption, and gender-based violence and how your love of science and sci-fi can help build mutual understanding around the world.
*ASL Interpreted

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Good Omens’ Good Theology?
We’ll be delving into the biblical background of the bestseller and then springboarding into a structured exploration of why this story and its plot devices are popular and resonate with audiences today.

5:00 PM – 5:45 PM
Very Secret, Very Cool, But Not Aliens: The U-2, the A-12, and Area 51
CIA historians will present the development, deployment, and capabilities of the CIA’s most famous spy planes, as well as the testing site they helped make famous. Come learn about the U-2, the A-12 (and the vastly inferior SR-71), and Area 51. Also, join a discussion of studies conducted by Gerald Haines about UFO sightings and the correlation with the operations conducted by these aircraft.

6:00 PM – 6:45 PM
Classic Doctor Who for Beginners: The First Doctor
This Presentation will take a look at all 29 First Doctor Stories. We’ll look at which ones are worth watching, which ones are worth skipping, and which ones would be good for a new viewer who is only familiar with the Modern Series.

7:00 PM – 7:45 PM
Great Hera! Suffrage and the Birth of Wonder Woman
Inspired by the women’s suffrage movement of the 1910s, William Moulton Marston created Wonder Woman in 1941 as a new type of woman he believed should rule the world. Over 75 years later, she continues to be an icon of strength and liberation for generations of young girls and women.

8:15 PM – 9:00 PM
Slash of Our Ancestors: History of Fanfic (18+)*
From hand-typed zines to the AO3, fanfic has undergone huge changes in form, style, content, and visibility. Join us for a conversation about where fanfic came from, and how it got to were we are today.

Future Con: Room 144

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Putting the Pop Culture in STEM Education
Pop culture and STEM are two great tastes that taste great together and when blended just right, allow us to both imagine and create a better future. So why not make sure they complement rather than antagonize one another in education? Come on over and learn about how pop culture can be infused into a STEM classroom, informal STEM ed, and anywhere STEM is being presented to the public. We’ll be talking about the hows, whys and both good and bad examples of mixing pop culture with STEM! If you are an educator, plan to learn about how you can use pop culture in your classroom lessons. If you love pop culture and STEM, plan to geek out among your fellow nerds.

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Science Fiction to Fact: The Voyage of Biometrics
Biometrics used to be the stuff of science fiction, very cool and futuristic. But NOW The Future is here and you don’t have to be Tom Cruise in the “Minority Report” to use biometric technology. Every day we open our smartphones and laptops with our face or fingerprint. Airports use it, banks use it, casinos use it, kids and grandmas are using Biometrics technology. IBIA experts will discuss the facts about Biometrics, where it has come from, where it is going and how it will change the way we live.

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Captain Marvel Doesn’t Fly Alone
Captain Marvel may be a superhero pilot, but today’s aerospace technology can take pilots from the heavens to the cosmos to superheroes. Pilots don’t fly alone. Like the Avengers, our aviators have a team of partners to back them up and take them to the next level. Learn how the dedicated scientists and engineers at Lockheed Martin make aircraft and spacecraft fit for real-world superheroes.

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
The Search for Life in the Universe
There are a handful of fundamental questions that remain to be answered. The answers to these questions, besides generating more questions, have the power to change every element of society, our belief systems, and our sense of who we are. Among these sits the question “Are we alone?”. Is the Earth the only life-sustaining planet in the universe? Is extraterrestrial life possible? Is it probable? Could it be intelligent? The information needed to answer these questions span the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, and, of course, astronomy.

In this panel discussion, we will explore the current state of knowledge surrounding extraterrestrial life and habitability, and what it may suggest about the possibilities for life beyond Earth. We will discuss potential life-sustaining environments within the solar system and look further out at extrasolar planets and planetary systems.

5:00 PM – 5:45 PM
The Science of Voltron: Legendary Defender
Come along, Paladins! The Voltron: Legendary Defender series has come to a close, so it’s time to explore some of the best science in the series. We’ll learn about wormholes, crystals, gluon fields, and much more while we discuss how much the series got right (and a few things they got wrong). Kids of all ages are welcome!

6:00 PM – 6:45 PM
Robots in Space: Science, Exploration, and the Search for Life
Robots can make things happen in space that we never thought possible before. We currently find ourselves in an era of “one and done” spacecraft with no way of fixing or refueling the vast majority of satellites in space. In an average year, several billion dollars’ worth of satellites are retired when their fuel supply is exhausted, or when repairable issues render them inoperable. But modern day robotics are poised to change this paradigm forever.

That’s where NASA’s Satellite Servicing Projects Division (SSPD) comes in. SSPD is developing the technologies necessary to make refueling, repairing, and upgrading satellites possible. These technologies go beyond satellite servicing and have crosscutting applications to a variety of pursuits. From extending satellites’ lifespans, thereby prolonging their ability to conduct science and aid us in our daily lives, to refueling and repairing spacecraft on journeys to distant locations, to assembling giant life-finding telescopes, robotics are paving the way to the future of space.

Join SSPD engineers as they walk you through the revolutionary missions NASA is developing to advance satellite servicing and space robotics, and the amazing new opportunities they present.

7:00 PM – 7:45 PM
Science of Aquaman
This panel will discuss the actual science behind Aquaman’s powers. He can communicate with marine life, is adapted to live and thrive in harsh underwater environments and has superhuman strength. All these abilities, including being able to “talk to fish,” as Batman would say, are rooted in science. Come learn about the incredible adaptations that allow life to thrive in the extremes of the deep ocean, the methods scientists use to study the undersea landscape, and the bio-inspired technologies being developed that could allow a human to effectively take on the abilities of Aquaman.

8:00 PM – 8:45 PM
New Discoveries from the Invisible Universe!
Famous in film, TV, and pop culture, iconic observatories like the VLA (Very Large Array), Arecibo, and the amazing new ALMA telescope in Chile are reshaping our understanding of the Universe — especially the parts invisible to our eyes. Come learn about the latest discoveries from the invisible universe, like planet and star formation, the chemistry of life across the galaxy, and the power of distant starbursting galaxies.

9:00 PM – 9:45 PM
Sex & the Sealife (or Blue Chicca-Woo-Woo Planet)
The panel comprises a bunch of nerdy marine biologists who will be discussing some of the bizarre behaviors of marine species, in particular, details about marine reproductive behavior that would make even Aquaman blush.

Room 146

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM
Michael Biehn & Jennifer Blanc-Biehn Q&A
Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn will discuss their exciting career and answer audience questions.
*ASL Interpreted

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
The Women of Science Fiction
Join Gates McFadden, Danielle Panabaker, and Mary McDonnell along with moderator Erin Macdonald as they talk about what it’s like being the women of science fiction.
*ASL Interpreted

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Lou Ferrigno Q&A
Lou Ferrigno will discuss his exciting career and answer audience questions.
*ASL Interpreted

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Sean Schemmel
Sean Schemmel will discuss his exciting career and answer audience questions.
*ASL Interpreted

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM
Jim O’Heir Q&A
Jim O’Heir will discuss his exciting career and answer audience questions.
*ASL Interpreted

5:30 PM – 6:15 PM
Phil LaMarr Q&A
Phil LaMarr will discuss his exciting career and answer audience questions.
*ASL Interpreted

6:30 PM – 7:15 PM
Voice-A-Palooza
VIDEO GAME VOICE ACTORS BEHAVING BADLY. Join professional voice actors as they reinterpret movie scripts, poetry, songs and more in their character voices, read the craziest phrases that YOU provide in their character voices, and create an entirely new video game from YOUR suggestions. A Classic and a MUST NOT MISS.

7:30 PM – 8:15 PM
Mike Colter Q&A
Mike Colter will discuss his exciting career and answer audience questions.
*ASL Interpreted

Room 149

1:30 PM – 3:15 PM
AwesomeMania VII – The Pro Wrestling Fan Panel
AwesomeMania returns for its 7th year of Pro Wrestling Fan Talk with Ben Taylor and Michael Lindenbaum.

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club – Armored Family
The Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club is an international costume club focused on doing good in awesome armor.

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM
From Hotdogs to Smash Bros: Getting Jobs in Gaming
For the past 10 years, I’ve worked in promotional marketing for various video game brands. Most recently, I was at Tyson’s Corner showing-off Super Smash Bros Ultimate to thousands of fans weeks before its release.

How did I get into this line of work? Simple… I started out selling hotdogs.
Crazy right! You would be amazed by how many skills could snag you a job in the gaming industry, no coding or design necessary!

In this panel-workshop, we will discuss some of the unconventional careers in video games and the tools you’ll need to enter those fields.

5:30 PM – 6:15 PM
Playing to Learn
An introduction and discussion of the idea of games and other modern media as vectors for learning, for all ages. Topics include gamification and edutainment.

6:30 PM – 7:15 PM
Local SyFy and Horror Authors
A panel of VA/DC/MD based published authors focused on horror, fantasy, and SyFy

7:30 PM – 8:15 PM
Become a Roleplay Expert (In An Hour Or Less)
Ever wanted to roleplay, but never knew where to start? Welcome to the best concise lesson around! Join Mack and her 4+ years of roleplay experience as we discuss mastering characters from canon and writing your own, on-the-spot thinking, communication with your fellow players, and how to get the most out of every response in everything from literate online roleplaying to LARP. We’ll also discuss common roleplay misconceptions and stigmas and how to productively counter them. It’s more than just “uwu *blushes*”, I PROMISE.

Room 150

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Wiggin’ Out?!?!
Don’t trash it, Fix it! Frustrated by your wig’s tangling and efforts to restore it? Curious about the best way to store and travel with a wig? Want to know how to get the most bang for your buck or ensure you are taking good care of your lovelies? Come join Yoseijira and her 10+ years caring for wigs to learn about the fundamentals of wig care!

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
DC Art Academy
Sharpen your pencils and bring your notebooks, because class is in session! DC is proud to be home to some of the most talented artists working in comics today. Join us for a unique look into their visual approach in shaping some of your favorite stories!

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Writing For Comics: Crafting Perfect Panel Descriptions
You’re the writer, but you’re not the artist–that means you’ve got to inspire an artist to not just draw what the story needs, but to do so in a way that brings the best out of both your writing and his or her art and is compelling for the overall project. If that sounds hard, it’s because it is! And if you think you (or most comics writers, for that matter) know what the function of a panel description is–you’d be surprised! Join Andy Schmidt (Former Marvel and IDW Editor and author of The Comics Experience Guide to Writing Comics and Graphic Novels) for this revealing panel that will transform your comics scripts into an inspirational manifesto for your artists!

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
An Hour with Star Wars Author Timothy Zahn
Join Star Wars author Timothy Zahn as he chats the Thrawn series of Star Wars novels and answers any questions the audience may have.
*ASL Interpreted

5:00 PM – 5:45 PM
Being a Professional Cosplayer
Join the Awesome Con cosplay guests as they discuss what it’s like being a professional cosplayer.

6:00 PM – 6:45 PM
Disability and Mental Health in Doctor Who
From the depictions of Davros as the disfigured villain in the wheelchair to the 12th Doctor’s blindness and Time War trauma, Doctor Who has often depicted disability and mental health in both positive and negative ways. This is a wibbly wobbly panel discussion to explore these themes.
*ASL Interpreted

7:00 PM – 7:45 PM
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The New Legacy
After 25 years this show has gone on to become the most streamed show on Hulu, and Netflix. Why?

8:45 PM – 10:15 PM
Super Art Fight Unleashed! (18+)
What happens when a group of artists are given the opportunity to draw the sickest, most insane topics from one of the most infamous card games around? Find out live and in person – provided you’re over 18+ – and take in a show you’ll never forget, as these retina scarring images will blow you and your friends away, leaving you with a mixture of belly hurt from laughter and regrets, as you cannot unsee what is drawn here!

*18+ Panels Require a Valid ID to Attend

Pride Alley: Room 152

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Fabulous Femmes in Fiction
“Fabulous Femmes in Fiction” features a diverse panel of female writers, artists, and editors. We’ll be discussing the ‘Strong Female Character’ trope, breaking down what goes into telling a great story and sharing our professional experiences in the realms of comics, literature, and theater.

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Gender in SFF Fiction: Women & Nonbinary Authors
From the elusive Strong Female Protagonist to LGBTQ representation, and what an individual author’s responsibility is, this panel will explore what it means to be a female or nonbinary author in the male-dominated genre of sci-fi and fantasy fiction. Join this session and meet the authors behind fictional worlds from across the D.C. region.

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Diversity Amongst the Stars
From Rey and Rose to Finn and Kaz, the Star Wars galaxy looks more like the world we live in every day. Join us for a celebration of the diverse characters we love and a discussion about how the galaxy has changed over the last few years and where we still hope it may go.

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM
Strengthening Geek Culture
A spotlight on queer creators and fans, Strengthening Geek Culture will unite the LGBTQ and allied creators attending Awesome Con through a panel celebrating the diversity and creativity of queer geekdom and LGBTQ contributions to pop culture. We look to promote LGBTQ fans within geek culture – strengthening geek culture overall, and having lots of fun while doing it! Thanks to Awesome Con for providing a platform for all of their fans, guests, exhibitors, and artists!

5:30 PM – 6:15 PM
Exploring Gay and Lesbian Comic Creators
This panel will explore some of the creators and their contributions to producing gay and lesbian comics and how they have influenced the mainstream comic industry to this day. Some of the creators that will be explored are Howard Cruse (Stuck Rubber Baby), Trina Robbins (Wimmen’s Comix), Alison Bechdel (Fun House), and Joe Phils (Joe Boys) to name a few. With each of the creators we cover there works and significances of their comics and how it impacts the current comic and manga world today.

6:30 PM – 7:15 PM
Resistance, Feminism, & Fandom
Science fiction is often a form of social commentary, and engaging with sci-fi fandom means voicing that commentary via social media. As women, people of color, and other LGBT+ participants who are quite visible in fandom during this charged era in American politics, we want to discuss our experiences speaking out on various social platforms even when it may not be the popular thing to do.

7:30 PM – 8:15 PM
Fandom and Wellness Podcast
Fandom and Wellness is the podcast that discusses the complex relationships between fandoms and mental health. Are you a geek boss with depression, a cosplayer with social anxiety, or congoer just looking to nerd out and feel less alone? Join us for our discussion on how inclusion in geek fandoms positively affects mental health.

Room 154

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Law and Order in Comics
Do you believe a man can fly? Do you also wonder how Federal law would regulate him to promote the safety of airplanes? Then this is your program! Join our panel of comic writers and legal experts as they ponder the ethics of Daredevil, She-Hulk’s law practice, and the rest of the law of the comic universe.

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Spotlight on Amy Mebberson & James Silvani
Amy Mebberson and James Silvani will discuss their exciting careers while drawing and answer audience questions.

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
TOP SECRET

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM
Zombies in Film
This presentation will explore the History of Zombies in Film, from the early days when they were portrayed in the context of voodoo to the modern day, where the term is used to apply to the Living Dead.

5:30 PM – 6:15 PM
The State of Awesome Con
Formerly the Kickstarter Backers Panel and 5 Years of Awesomeness, Awesome Con Founder Ben Penrod will take questions and discuss the planning of Awesome Con.

6:30 PM – 7:15 PM
What Makes A Villain
Let’s explore what a Villain is made of. You tell us your favorite Villains and we will tell you ours in this panel. We will discuss what makes an interesting villain and why you hate to love them.

7:30 PM – 8:15 PM
The New Rise of Pro Wrestling
Pro wrestling is pop culture! With a resurgence in independent wrestling and new national televised companies like All Elite Wrestling, Ring Warriors, WOW, MLW, and more, the WWE may get left in the dust. Join in the conversation!

Room 155

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Thinking Like a DO Officer: Einstein as an Asset
In this interactive session, participants will immerse themselves into the world of human intelligence (HUMINT) and learn what it’s like to be a real CIA Directorate of Operations officer. Participants will use an actual letter written by Albert Einstein to President Roosevelt in 1939 to explore the roles of different DO officers in responding to the information he presents. The audience is first introduced to the roles of the Operations Officer, Staff Operations Officer, Collection Management Officer, Targeting Officer, and Language Officer; and then apply the skills of each category to the information in Einstein’s letter.

Main Stage

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Weird Al Q&A
Weird Al will discuss his exciting career and answer audience questions.
*ASL Interpreted

4:15 PM – 5:00 PM
Karate Kid Q&A
The Karate Kid Cast will discuss their exciting career and answer audience questions.
*ASL Interpreted

6:00 PM – 6:45 PM
The Office Q&A
The Cast of The Office will discuss their exciting careers and answer audience questions.
*ASL Interpreted

Awesome Con Jr. Kids Stage

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Story Time with Mr. Isaiah

3:30 PM – 3:35 PM
Amazing Martial Arts Performance “The BEST ONE”
Dynamic Weapon & Martial Arts performance with music!

Demonstration of Incredible Techniques with board breaking!

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Dreamworks Screening

4:45 PM – 4:50 PM
Amazing Martial Arts Performance “The BEST ONE”
Dynamic Weapon & Martial Arts performance with music!

Demonstration of Incredible Techniques with board breaking!

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Reading With Dave

6:00 PM – 6:45 PM
Athletes Without Borders Demo

7:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Super Art Fight Jr.
Watch as artists collide in this no-holds-barred drawing rumble specifically designed for kids!

Awesome Con Jr. Workshops

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
A Piggy’s Tale
Our workshop is harnessing the power of our superhero dog: https://www.today.com/video/special-3-legged-dog-s-power-inspires-owner-s-comic-book-1446708803572

We will start by reading Piggy’s origin story together, then we will learn to draw animals, specifically Piggy and his cat sidekick Simon. All children attending will get a complimentary comic issue #1 of “A Piggy’s Tale” to read along to.

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Cartoon Chef with Mark Mariano
It’s a cooking competition without the cooking! Using ingredients suggested from the crowd, which artist will draw the most creative meal?

5:00 PM – 5:45 PM
Let’s go Lego! with John Gallagher
Cartoonist, John Gallagher, teaches you how to draw Lego versions of your favorite characters.

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Original Character Design Contest presented by Art Way Alliance Artists & Craftsman Supply
Have you created the coolest character this side of the multi-universe? Come show them off during AWA’s Original Character Contest! The character should be your own creation and have a backstory.

Cosplay Photoshoots

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Cartoons Photoshoot
More infor: https://www.facebook.com/events/2183794865266954/


Room 101

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Writing With Purpose
Wanna write about your favorite geeky passions and get paid? Learn expert tips from freelance writers who’ve successfully turned their love of film, literature, and television into paid writing gigs with major sites like Fandor, Diabolique Magazine, HarperCollins, and more. Panelists include Emily Sears of Birth.Movies.Death. and Brad Gullickson of Film School Rejects. The panel will be hosted by Liz Reed, co-creator of Cuddles and Rage and author/illustrator of Sweet Success.

12:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Awesome Con Short Film Fest – Comedy and Drama
Take a break from the insanity of Awesome Con by grabbing some popcorn, all your friends, and a seat, as Joe Carabeo (Award winning Director, Astray Productions President, Project Resolution Producer) bring to Awesome Con for the 3rd time, an Awesome Con Short Film Festival! Day 2 of the festival is the Comedy and Drama Edition! These films will either make you cry, fall out of your seat laughing, or just feel all the feels. There will also be an exclusive filmmakers Q&A after the screenings afterward moderated by TV host Molly Nevola.

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Go Go Power Rangers!
“Alpha, Rita’s escaped! Recruit a team of teenagers with attitude!” Premiered on August 23, 1993. It’s been 25 years since the premiere of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Who can’t forget the cheesy acting and fight scenes? Who can’t forget the horrible dubbing? This panel will discuss and relive EVERYTHING about the old MMPR. This generation doesn’t know what cool television was, let’s relive it!

3:00 PM – 4:45 PM
NINJAS VS ZOMBIES – 10 Year Anniversary
See where the Ninjas Vs. Film Trilogy began with the original 2008 NINJAS VS ZOMBIES (Special Edition), hosted by the writer/director JUSTIN TIMPANE. This award-winning Cult Classic has been called “what would happen if Kevin Smith made a sequel to Army Of Darkness”.

5:00 PM – 5:45 PM
Meet the 501st
Come meet the 501st Legion! Ever wanted to dress up like a Stormtrooper and make people smile? Representatives from Old Line Garrison, the local chapter of the 501st Legion that occupies the Maryland/DC territories will answer all your questions about how to join, our costumes, and our community involvement. There will also be a demonstration of armor building where we will show you how some of the process and how it really isn’t that hard. Now you might ask yourself: Isn’t Star Wars just for boys? NOPE! There will also be a presentation on the “Ladies of the Legion”! Want to be a bad guy that does good? Then this is the panel for you!

6:00 PM – 6:45 PM
THE BIG SCORE: A Celebration of SciFi Soundtracks
This is a history lesson, a celebration, and some deep trivia of the motion picture soundtrack, particularly the soundtrack of science fiction.

7:00 PM – 7:45 PM
OC ReMiX: 20 Years of Honoring Video Game Music
OC ReMix returns to AwesomeCon on the eve of its 20th anniversary! The ancient-in-internet-years organization will discuss where we’ve come, including talking about some of our more recent free album tributes to games like Seiken Densetsu 3 and Skies of Arcadia, as well as our many plans for the future.

8:00 PM – 8:45 PM
These Are a Few of My Favorite Fanfic Tropes
Soulbonds! Amnesia! High School AUs! Revisit your faves, find out which new tropes are taking over, and maybe find someone else who loves ‘huddling for warmth’ stories as much as you do.

9:00 PM – 9:45 PM
Wargaming: Wargame Walkthroughs
What does a professional wargame look like? Who are the participants? How are the wargames designed? What happens after a wargame? Following on from the Wargaming: Gaming for National Security, this panel will examine a series of U.S. and international wargames to explore wargaming techniques and applications. The panel will draw on public historical and contemporary wargames that examine different uses of wargaming. Audience members will be able to use the Q&A to steer the discussion and dive deeper into specific elements of wargaming.

Room 102

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
No One To Save
The official celebration of the release of C3 Comics’ 1st standalone story ‘NO ONE TO SAVE’. To give a description of the story would be to ruin it completely, so instead, FREE copies will be given to the first 15 people to attend. A lively reading and a follow-up discussion on the underlying themes of this story and its’ potential ramifications will gladly be open for debate. The Writer and Artist will be available to give their thoughts, inspiration and creative struggles behind bringing this story to life as well.

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM
Everything Could Possibly Go Wrong
Think completing that manuscript means you’ve finished your novel? Think again. Your first draft is full of plot holes and inconsistent characterization. It has too little conflict and too many continuity errors. It’s overwritten. It’s underwritten. Everything that could possibly go wrong probably has.

So do you give it up? Throw the whole thing in the trash?

Of course not. You revise.

In Everything Could Possibly Go Wrong, experienced editors and published authors come together to discuss the revision process in all its intimidating and unavoidable glory. Together they’ll share their personal experience, provide advice, and help all of Awesome Con’s aspiring writers understand this less heralded—and absolutely essential—stop on the long and winding road to publication.

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Women of Color in Sci-Fi Television
When a young Whoopi Goldberg saw Nichelle Nichols on Star Trek, she said to her mother, “I saw a black woman on TV and she ain’t no maid!” Seeing Ms. Nichols inspired her to pursue a career as an entertainer and later, to take the role of Guinan on Star Trek: The Next Generation. This panel will highlight and celebrate the various women of color who have graced our screens in our favorite sci-fi television shows as well as review their impact across cultures and generations.

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
The Depiction of Latinx, Asian, and Other Minority Communities in Pop Culture and its Effects
A lot of minorities are quite simply invisible or simply don’t have a voice in pop-culture as creators or characters. More presence means more opportunity for stories.
*ASL Interpreted

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Put the “Play” Back in Cosplay; Get into Character
So what does the “play” in cosplay really mean? Join us for an in-depth exploration of characterization and how to master becoming your character-done with tons of fun, games, and improv of course! Come prepared to play!
*ASL Interpreted

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM
The Whovian Review Presents: The Women of Doctor Who
From 1963 through today, women have played a prominent role in Doctor Who. We will look at how the role of women has evolved throughout the history of the program: from shrieking damsels in distress to strong heroines and even to the Doctor herself. We will also discuss the importance that women have played in the show, including rescuing the Doctor, being rescued by the Doctor, and challenging the Doctor in times of crisis.

5:30 PM – 6:15 PM
Dark Horse Comics: Behind the Books 
Are you interested in working at a comics publishing company? Dark Horse wants to give you insight into the many opportunities waiting for you in the comic industry! Join Dark Horse staff members from various departments for a conversation about working at a major publisher and what it takes to make your favorite books!

6:30 PM – 7:15 PM
20 Years Later: The Phantom Menace
It’s been 20 years since the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy debuted. Join fans of all ages as we take a look back at The Phantom Menace and discuss what we love about it and how the fan reaction has evolved over the years.

7:30 PM – 8:15 PM
Cheesy Line-Reading Contest
Awesome Con’s most talked about panel returns for a third year! Acting can be difficult, especially when you’re given atrocious or ridiculous dialogue. Come join other Awesome Con attendees in a competition to see who can deliver the most hilariously terrible dialogue in TV and movie history. May the cheesiest actor win!

8:30 PM – 9:15 PM
Slightly Off-Key: Great Soundtracks to Bad Movies
Ever watch a movie where the soundtrack has been totally rad, but the movie is crap? We have. Let us share these stinkers with you.

Room 140

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Pop Culture as Social Emotional Learning Tool
Do you love pop culture and helping young people in their personal growth? Want to know how you can bring your love of pop culture and comics into your curriculum? If you work with young people as an educator, camp counselor, or other youth worker and want to gain more knowledge on how to help your young people through the skill of purposeful use of activity, come to this workshop were sample lessons will be modeled and tools for planning effective youth gatherings will be explored; all with a fandom twist!

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
From Cave Art To Superheroes: Comic Books & Social Commentary
An educational and humorous interactive visual arts presentation tracing the historical creation and development of comic books and their characters, and particularly how comics addressed social issues of the day (including such topics as war, sex, civil rights, women’s liberation, politics, censorship, violence, and terrorism).

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Some Heroes Wear Cardigans: Librarians at CIA
Madam Pince in Harry Potter. Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Dr. Barbara Gordon in Batman. Librarians and libraries have been depicted in pop culture a variety of ways throughout the years, but are often portrayed as sidekicks. The librarians at the CIA think differently. Come hear them talk about what it’s like to be a librarian working in espionage and discuss why they think some heroes wear cardigans.

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Ranking the Doctors
In this Panel, the Panelists will come up with, reveal, and argue over their rankings of the Doctors from Doctor Who.

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Disabilities and Tabletop Gaming
This comes on the heels of a previous Disabilities and Computer/Video Gaming panel presented in 2018. A tabletop version is a natural extension of that. This panel will focus on the positives and negatives of playing tabletop games and what is being done to overcome limitations.
*ASL Interpreted

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Disabled Female Images In Comics #Sexy
Disabled Female Superhero’s in Comics #Sexy – A panel presentation and audience discussion on Disabled Female Images in Comics. Do female charters lose their Femininity due to their disability? How are their romantic storylines portrayed, or are they ignored altogether? Do they lose the romantic storyline due to their disability? (I.e. Jessica Jones, Oracle, Alicia Masters is a blind woman who fell in love with Fantastic Four member Ben Grimm) come help us discuss.

5:00 PM – 5:45 PM
Supernatural: Bible Canon vs Bible Fanon
Is the Biblical basis of Supernatural’s characters and plot more or less bizarre than the hit TV show’s versions? Join us as we delve into the different versions of angels, demons, leviathan, purgatory, and Nephilim, and explore why these entities continue to intrigue and inspire across the centuries.

6:00 PM – 6:45 PM
GAME OF THRONES: What Makes Characters Great?
Tyrion Lannister (and all the Lannisters, really), Gregor Clegane (The Hound), Petyr Baelish (Littlefinger), Arya Stark, Ser Bronn, Biranne Of Tarth, Varys, Joffrey Baratheon, and the list goes on and on… Just the mention of each of these names and others is sufficient to invoke excitement, respect, intrigue, affection, and even deep loathing from the viewers that have come to know them over seven brilliant seasons. Through crafty writing and masterful portrayals by excellent actors, popular culture has been gifted with dynamic characters that grip our imaginations with mystery and intrigue as we watch them evolve. What are the qualities of writing, acting, and character development that have set the GOT ensemble on such a higher tier than other shows? On the cusp of an earth-scorching final season, join us and share what you think makes these characters great!

8:15 PM – 9:00 PM
TREKOFF: LIVE! – The Hilarious NSFW Sci-fi Show (18+)*
Star Trek, Star Wars, Dr. Who, NOTHING is off limits when our hosts get going. Games, Sexy Talk, and frank discussion of everything from the final frontier and beyond in this live version of the wildly popular podcast!

*18+ Panels Require a Valid ID to Attend

Future Con: Room 144

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Star Wars and Star Trek Science Tag-Team Fight
Four scientists, two biologists, and two physicists argue for the supremacy of their chosen fandom’s science. Four scientists enter! Four leave! (Because this isn’t a bat’leth or lightsaber duel.) The format is each scientist presents a few examples of exceptionally good or bad science from their (or their opponent’s) fandom and discusses in some detail, and the audience is then invited to comment or ask questions.

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Peering into the James Webb Space Telescope
Explaining the science, engineering, and technologies behind NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. Launching in 2021, Webb will observe the universe in infrared light, and will be ~100 times more powerful than the Hubble Space Telescope.

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
There and Back Again: NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Sample Return Mission
Launched on September 8, 2016 (the 50th anniversary of the airing of the first episode of Star Trek), the Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification and Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission is now conducting operations at near-Earth asteroid Bennu, from which it will collect a surface sample and return it to Earth for detailed study. OSIRIS-REx seeks to answer the questions that are central to the human experience: Where did we come from? What is our destiny? Asteroids, the leftover debris from the solar system formation process, can answer these questions and teach us about the history of the Sun and planets.

The OSIRIS-REx team members will discuss how, despite navigational complexity, they have been successfully guiding the spacecraft through scientific discoveries, even breaking planetary records. Navigation and maneuver experts will describe how they reached Bennu and then placed the spacecraft in orbit around the asteroid. Project scientists will describe the remarkable scientific details that have already come back from Bennu, including the detection of water bound to the surface minerals.

Join OSIRIS-REx on this adventure!

https://www.asteroidmission.org/
https://www.nasa.gov/osiris-rex

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
A Conversation with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Commercial Space Leaders
NASA’s Administrator, Jim Bridenstine, will join space leaders to discuss exciting new developments at NASA and in the space industry.

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Harry Potter and the Genetics of Wizarding
Witches and wizards can do many forms of magic. They can easily break the rules of physics by changing shape and size, creating energy and teleporting on a whim. One of the things they cannot do with magic is to create witches or wizards. The use of magic is an inherited genetic trait. Here we describe some aspects of the Wizarding gene, explain where Muggle-borns and squibs come from and explain why you didn’t get an owl on your 11th birthday.

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
The Higgs Boson and Dark Matter
We’ve found evidence for the Higgs boson, completing the Standard Model! But the existence of dark matter suggests that there’s physics beyond the Standard Model. How did we find the Higgs boson, and how might it be connected to dark matter?

5:00 PM – 5:45 PM
Astronomy 101 Through Science Fiction
Welcome to Astronomy 101! Always wanted to learn astronomy? Science Fiction fan? Dr. Erin Macdonald will take us through the first semester of astronomy with hardly any math and a whole lot of science fiction references. We’ll blaze through the science of planets, the solar system, and stars at warp speed; come ready to learn!

6:00 PM – 6:45 PM
Superhero and Sci-Fi Science: Ask Us Anything!
The best part of almost any panel at a convention like this? The Q&A! We’re pulling together experts from science as well as pop culture to field your questions that you’ve been dying to ask about what happens when science meets pop culture. Is there something like Wolverine’s healing factor in real life? Will we be overrun by a clone army someday? Why aren’t transporters a thing? Are we living in The Matrix and just don’t know it? Where’s my lightsaber, my laser gun, my flying car, and jetpack? Got more? Bring ‘em on! We’ll be talking about the things that could be real, things that can’t be real and everything in between and teach you how to tell the difference. Bring your questions and your curiosity and get ready for a fast-paced, rollicking good time with science! *no fights, please…

7:00 PM – 7:45 PM
Understanding (Humanoid) Evolution via Star Trek!
Have you ever wondered why most alien life depicted on Star Trek strongly resembles us, Earthlings? Come explore the possibility of humanoid or other forms of life on other planets with Mohamed Noor, a professor of biology at Duke University, editor-in-chief of the research journal Evolution, and lifelong Trekkie. Drawing on relevant scenes from the series, Noor presents evidence for the existence of a common ancestor for life on Earth and clarifies misconceptions about evolutionary biology. He discusses the science of evolution and how we might use modern evolutionary approaches to understand the origins of extraterrestrial life— if and when such life is found. A major in biology isn’t required to enjoy Noor’s presentation. But you might leave with a greater understanding of evolution, and, perhaps, a greater appreciation for Star Trek. It’s only logical.

8:00 PM – 8:45 PM
Intelligence Super Models: 3D Modeling in the Intelligence Community
Join U.S. Intelligence Community experts on digital and physical 3D modeling who will demonstrate and discuss their experiences impacting national security missions. 3D modelers will exhibit a variety of capabilities utilized by NGA and CIA across the 3D disciplines, including leveraging imagery and geospatial information to visualize human activities that occur on the Earth.

9:00 PM – 9:45 PM
CRISPRing Our Way to GATTACA
It’s only been 16 years since the Human Genome Project finished (and 22 years since GATTACA). But genetics is now rocketing forward so fast that sci-fi can’t even keep up. Scientists now have CRISPR — a way to edit single letters of a cell’s DNA. They’ve CRISPR’d bacteria, mice, dogs and…babies. Yes. Babies. But how does CRISPR work? How reliable is it? And where should humanity draw the gene-editing line? Just because we COULD get to GATTACA or generate some X-men…should we? This panel will bring together scientists bioethicists, science writers and sci-fi fans to talk about what gene editing is, how it works and what it could learn from science fiction.

Room 146

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Amy Jo Johnson Q&A
Amy Jo Johnson will discuss her exciting career and answer audience questions.
*ASL Interpreted

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Germ Warfare: A Very Graphic History
Join world-renowned author Max Brooks (World War Z) for a conversation about his newly-released graphic novel on the dangers posed by biological agents. Members of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense will also be present to discuss the novel and its message about the threat of biological attacks and naturally occurring outbreaks in the 21st century.
*ASL Interpreted

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Mary McDonnell Q&A
Mary McDonnell will discuss her exciting career and answer audience questions.
*ASL Interpreted

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Kevin Sorbo Q&A
Kevin Sorbo will discuss his exciting career and answer audience questions.
*ASL Interpreted

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Steven Universe Q&A
The voices of Steven Universe will discuss their exciting careers and answer audience questions.
*ASL Interpreted

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
WWE© Legend and Hall of Famer, Sting™ Q&A
WWE© Legend and Hall of Famer, Sting™ will discuss his exciting career and answer audience questions.
*ASL Interpreted

5:00 PM – 5:45 PM
Tara Strong Q&A
Tara Strong will discuss her exciting career and answer audience questions.
*ASL Interpreted

6:00 PM – 6:45 PM
Spotlight on Max Brooks
Max Brooks will discuss his exciting career and answer audience questions.
*ASL Interpreted

Room 149

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Meet Insight Comics
Come see what Insight Comics has cooking for 2019 and beyond! Hosted by Executive Editor for Insight Comics, Mark Irwin, this panel will have a slideshow of upcoming titles, a Q&A about upcoming properties and creators, a chance to share your portfolio or pitch, and some surprises!

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM
3D Printable Prop Designing 101
An introduction to designing props and accessories with 3D printing

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Ape Canyon: Adventures in Indie Filmmaking
Awesome Con is a great place to hear the latest on beloved big-budget franchises and animated favorites. But what do you do if you want to get your own movie off the ground? What does it take to create a story, plan a budget, raise the money, and find a cast and crew–much less shoot an actual film? Join the filmmakers and cast of Ape Canyon, a cryptozoological dramedy you’ve never heard of, to learn more about the process, the pitfalls, and the wonders of indie filmmaking–and why, for all the challenges, it’s worth the struggle.

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
So You Want to Stream Content?
Interested in sharing your mad gaming skills, your creative passions, or your recent dungeon crawl on Twitch, YouTube, or Mixer? Tee wrote the book on how to do it. Ask him (and the panelists) anything.

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Everything You Need To Know To Write Like You Want
Have dreams of one day seeing your stories published – or just want to write better fanfiction? We will break down the fundamental rules and archetypes behind strong writing and compelling stories, with a few hilarious examples and lots of hands-on practice. Let us help you avoid triteness, tropes and other troubles with this crushingly candid panel.

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM
Murder at Teal Pond: Inspiration for Twin Peaks
In July 1908, 20-year-old Hazel Drew suddenly quit her job as a domestic at the home of a college professor in upstate New York, without explanation. The following night, she was seen walking alone along a remote stretch of wooded road, picking raspberries — the last time she was ever seen alive. Her lifeless body was discovered four days later floating in a pond. Cause of death: a blow to the back of the head. The murder was never solved. Hazel Drew likely to be forgotten today except for one thing: Mark Frost, co-creator of TV’s “Twin Peaks,” heard stories about the Drew murder while vacationing in the area as a young boy, and used it as inspiration for the death of Laura Palmer. Join David Bushman and Mark Givens, authors of an upcoming book on the murder, as they dissect the mystery and bungled investigation.

5:30 PM – 6:15 PM
The 90 Day Book Challenge!
Author Manuel Godoy challenges you to write your first book in the next 90 days and he is giving you the tools you will need to pull it off. He also will train you on how to sell it as well.

7:30 PM – 8:15 PM
What Kind Of Pokémon Trainer Are You?
How do you play Pokémon? What Pokémon are on your team? Do you value power, or are you in it for the adventure? Or maybe you’re just on Team Skull? In this panel, learn about how different player and Pokémon types tie in to personalities, using themes and the Meyers-Briggs spectrum.

8:45 PM – 9:15 PM
Metal Gear Origins. The History of Metal Gear (18+)*
Metal Gear was a groundbreaking game that stands the test of time, now come and learn about the game’s time line, characters and story of the Metal Gear franchise.

*18+ Panels Require a Valid ID to Attend

Room 150

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
The Importance of the Black Voice in Comics
With the popularity of 2018’s Black Panther, it has become impossible to ignore the influence of strong black characters in movies, but also in comics. This panel explores the power of black narratives in comic books and spotlights black artists as they work to share stories that are empowering, thought-provoking, and reflective of their own realities.

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Making Comics with Laura Lee
Calling all curious creators! In this interactive presentation, local Eisner Award-nominated author Laura Lee Gulledge walks you thru her process for writing, designing, and drawing out graphic novels which you can apply to make a fun 6-page mini-comic. (***Free handouts included!) Time permitting, she will also demonstrate DRAWING LIVE to make a fun crowd-sourced comic with the help of your input. All ages welcome.

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
DIVERSITY OR DEATH!
After last years “Aggressively Diverse” panel, we had to come up with an even more intense title. So, here we are, discussing again what’s next for diversity in comics and pop culture and how we get there, even if we have to drag the culture with us.

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Legendary Comics 2019 and Beyond
Legendary Comics is part of Legendary Entertainment, the company behind such films as GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS and POKÉMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU. Join the Legendary Comics team for an insightful chat where they will be sharing secrets about their upcoming comic releases including the just-announced LUPINA and POKÉMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU. See sneak peaks for LOST IN SPACE: COUNTDOWN TO DANGER, the comic continuation of the hit television series; WEBTOON titles ACURSIAN, Richard Dinnick’s (Doctor Who) new series ROB, FIREBRAND “season two,” the latest news on the comic book “Monsterverse,” and a few other surprises! All attendees will receive an exclusive Legendary Comics giveaway!

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
The Building Blocks of Quality Characters
Join Oni Press Publisher James Lucas Jones alongside creators in a head-to-head competition where characters are built with literal children’s building blocks.

5:00 PM – 5:45 PM
DC Celebrates 80 Years of Batman Comics
Eighty years after his debut, Batman continues to be one of the most popular and iconic Super Heroes of all time. Meet some of the key players in the Dark Knight’s world who create and bring you the best Batman comics stories ever. Buckle up for an incredible ride in the Batmobile and hear what these creators have to say about one of your all-time favorite DC Super Heroes!

6:15 PM – 8:15 PM
Super Art Fight!
Watch as artists collide in this no-holds-barred drawing rumble! A proud part of Awesome Con since its inception, Super Art Fight presents a unique mixture of Pro Wrestling styled characters and storytelling, live art, and improvised humor, which is sure to leave you laughing, cheering, and enjoying every minute! Cheer your favorites to victory, but watch out for the insane topics provided by the crowdsourced Wheel of Death. Whether its your first time or you’re a veteran member of the SAF Army, no two shows are alike, and the action always surprises!

8:30 PM – 9:15 PM
Star Wars’ Multimedia Storytelling Empire
Since 2013, the Lucasfilm Story Group has focused on making the Star Wars saga a cohesive story that spans films, TV shows, novels, video games, and comic books. For the first time ever, franchise media overlap in timeline, characters, and plots, allowing for truly multimedia storytelling. Join us as we discuss Star Wars’ integrated storytelling methods, our favorite tales from the franchise, and what media we think Lucasfilm should experiment with in the future.

Pride Alley: Room 152

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
We ARE Gaymers! Be Proud!
For many of us, gaming is a way to relax, unwind, and have fun; and for most of us, gaming has become a core part of who we are. Unfortunately for a few of us, having this passion for gaming has made us come across some negative responses as “That’s for children,”

“You still play with cartoons? Grow up,” and my personal favorite, “Do something productive, that’s a waste of time”… Clearly, we don’t feel that way, but where is that coming from? and how much of it is true? I want to create a discussion where we talk about our experience with these comments and how we dealt with them. Maybe this talk can help others down the road!

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM
All Your Faves are Gay 2: 2 Gay 2 Curious
Last year “All Your Faves are Gay” was a panel and a party. Now we’re back. Come hang out with comic book creators who are and who create LGBTQ+ characters in comics. We’ll talk about everything from doing rep right to what comics’ beautiful rainbow colored future looks like.

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Pro Wrestling Connection for Marginalized Fans
Centering women, non-binary, & LGBTQ+ voices in wrestling fandom-these fans have crucial perspectives to share. If you’ve never felt comfortable at a wrestling panel before, this one’s for you.

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Crossplay 101
An introductory lecture about what crossplay is and educating how to crossplay safely.

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Racism and Stereotypes in Anime
Media reflects how its society views the world, anime is no exception. We will explore examples of racist and stereotypical portrayals of minority group characters and the possible origin of such portrayals. Come join us to critically analyze the media that we love.

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM
Representation Matters, So Make It Good
Stories matter. More diverse media representation is incredibly important, but not all representation is created equal. The result of years of narrative research, this panel lays out a comprehensive and easy to follow guide to creating healthy and compelling queer characters and stories, with examples and suggestions across media and genres. Write stronger characters, tell better stories, and maybe save a life when you join us in making queer lives visible.

5:30 PM – 6:15 PM
The BLERD Panel
Picking up where we left off last year, the BLERD Panel will give the black nerd state of the union with comedy, connection and community!

6:30 PM – 7:15 PM
Toxic Fan Culture: What Can We Do?
“How dare they! A black Stormtrooper? A female Ghostbuster? That character’s not gay!” Are we too possessive, too entitled, or just passionate? We’ll discuss the behaviors in fandom that create toxic environments and what we can do to create more positive interactions. We can disagree – or even dislike an aspect of a story – without going on the attack.

7:30 PM – 8:15 PM
Marvel’s LGBT Legacy
Celebrating 80 years in 2019, Marvel has a long history of good, bad, and ugly representation, particularly when it comes to LGBTQIA characters. From Arnie Roth to America Chavez, come and find out which heroes got the short end of the stick and which are truly marvels of LGBT representation.

Room 154

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Going From the Basement to Mainstream
Learn what it takes to get you a great idea from out of your basement and into the hands of the mainstream market. Learn about marketing, networking, pitching and more.

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM
Dark History Meets Dark Fantasy and SF
History provides plenty of instances of monsters, tragic-comic blunderers, and over-the-top villains. Though their lives and actions were real, some of these still might not be believed in fiction, while others have clearly inspired popular modern tales of evil, horror, and frightful incompetence. How can you use the tragedies and follies of the past as inspiration for your own stories? What are the particular problems of the dark side of military history? Five authors of history-infused SF/F/H will discuss how you can improve your own creative work (and help you decide when to stop your research into the abyss of the past).
*ASL Interpreted

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
The Awesome Power of Comics in Education
Comics are an amazing way to engage students in all subjects and levels. Not only do they serve as a perfect hook, but also help to teach 21st Century skills, create analytical readers/writers, and provide a window into the changing global society around us. Tim Smyth is a high school social studies teacher and reading specialist who integrates this medium with great success. During this session, you will be walked through tested lesson ideas that you can use in class the very next day!

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Talk Back to the Critics!
A local favorite comes to Awesome Con! Join DC film critics Travis Hopson (News Channel 8, Punch Drunk Critics), Jen Chaney (Vulture), Roxana Hadadi (Pajiba.com), and Jason Fraley (WTOP Entertainment Editor) for a spirited conversation about all things movies; the bests and definitely the worsts! This is your chance to talk back and let the critics know what you think!

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
TELLING STORIES VISUALLY
Pure process-talk with Jeff Parker and guests Mitch Gerads and Sandy Jarrell as they show you the work that leads to the final comics page. You’ll see lots of concept art that never saw print. A perfect panel for writers who want to know how to work with artists and artists who want to see how other pros get to the right moment to make a story great.
*ASL Interpreted

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM
Comic Book Law: IP Piracy on the High ©s
Intellectual property is a creator’s most valuable asset. And pirates out there who want to steal it. In today’s digital world, these pirates don’t have hooks or wear parrots and their attacks have become extraordinarily complex and sophisticated. Join attorney Joe Sergi as he provides an overview on how to protect your intangible assets from these pirates.
*ASL Interpreted

6:30 PM – 7:15 PM
World Building in Fiction
From Game of Thrones to the Marvel Universe, one of the hallmarks of a captivating story is the carefully crafted world its set in. Six novelists will discuss the ins and outs of creating immersive and inclusive worlds and how to keep readers and fans coming back for more!
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Room 155

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Thinking Like a DO Officer: Einstein as an Asset
In this interactive session, participants will immerse themselves into the world of human intelligence (HUMINT) and learn what it’s like to be a real CIA Directorate of Operations officer. Participants will use an actual letter written by Albert Einstein to President Roosevelt in 1939 to explore the roles of different DO officers in responding to the information he presents. The audience is first introduced to the roles of the Operations Officer, Staff Operations Officer, Collection Management Officer, Targeting Officer, and Language Officer; and then apply the skills of each category to the information in Einstein’s letter.

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Thinking Like a DO Officer: Einstein as an Asset
In this interactive session, participants will immerse themselves into the world of human intelligence (HUMINT) and learn what it’s like to be a real CIA Directorate of Operations officer. Participants will use an actual letter written by Albert Einstein to President Roosevelt in 1939 to explore the roles of different DO officers in responding to the information he presents. The audience is first introduced to the roles of the Operations Officer, Staff Operations Officer, Collection Management Officer, Targeting Officer, and Language Officer; and then apply the skills of each category to the information in Einstein’s letter.

Main Stage

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Jon Bernthal Q&A
Jon Bernthal will discuss his exciting career and answer audience questions.
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12:15 PM – 1:00 PM
Riverdale Q&A
The Riverdale Cast will discuss their exciting careers and answer audience questions.
*ASL Interpreted

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Princess Bride Q&A
The Princess Bride Cast will discuss their exciting careers and answer audience questions.
*ASL Interpreted

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM
Star Trek: Next Generation Q&A
The Star Trek: Next Generation Cast will discuss their exciting careers and answer audience questions.
*ASL Interpreted

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
John Barrowman Q&A
John Barrowman will discuss his exciting career and answer audience questions.
*ASL Interpreted

7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Awesome Con Costume Contest Presented by Trove Costume Rentals
Watch as beginners and advanced contestants alike compete to be Awesome Con’s best in show! Costumes spanning the worlds of comics, movies, television, anime, manga, musicals, books, and games are all eligible for entry – as well as original characters inspired by these themes.
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Awesome Con Jr. Kids Stage

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Dreamworks Screening

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Kids Costume Parade (Open to the First 30 Kids)
Part of Awesome Con Jr! Awesome Con is excited to announce the Kids Costume Parade! Registration is limited to the first 30 kids (and their parents).

1:00 PM – 1:05 PM
Amazing Martial Arts Performance “The BEST ONE”
Dynamic Weapon & Martial Arts performance with music!

Demonstration of Incredible Techniques with board breaking!

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
National Wildlife Federation Animal Show with Naturalist David Mizejewski
Join David Mizejewski of the National Wildlife Federation for a super cool animal show!

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Reading With Dave

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Saber Guild Corellia’s Live Lightsaber Performance
Come see Saber Guild Corellia put on an amazing choreographed lightsaber performance LIVE for all ages to enjoy! Jedi will face off against Sith in an epic clash of lightsaber blades and Force moves to see who will rule the galaxy!

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Saber Guild Padawan Training (Ages 6-13)
Come have your child learn the ways of the Force and art of the lightsaber from a true Jedi Master. After learning the breakdown of lightsaber combat and defense all padawans will then demonstrate what they have learned and their mastery over the Force. Lightsaber will be provided.

5:00 PM – 5:05 PM
Amazing Martial Arts Performance “The BEST ONE”
Dynamic Weapon & Martial Arts performance with music!

Demonstration of Incredible Techniques with board breaking!

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Intro to Spells for Young Witches and Wizards
Our magic instructors will teach introductory lessons in spells to prepare students before they get their magic school letters or to help improve their marks at their chosen Academy of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This is a guided imaginative play session that will engage young fans in the magic of the Harry Potter books. No previous experience reading the books or seeing the films is necessary. They will surely be excited to dive in after this session! Intro to Spells is designed and directed by Clay Dockery.

6:15 PM – 7:00 PM
Athletes Without Borders Demo

Awesome Con Jr. Workshops

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Draw a Little Dream with Chris Mariano
Chris Mariano interviews kids and parents about their strangest dreams. Professional artists bring their dreams to life on the drawing board.

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Make a Pokemon with John Gallagher
Cartoonist John Gallagher helps you create and draw your very own Pokemon!

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Fan Art Design Contest presented by Art Way Alliance Artists & Craftsman Supply
Can you draw the most Spectacular Spider-man? Have you impressed people with your superb drawings of Superman? Impress our judges with your best drawing of your favorite comic book or cartoon character during AWA’s Fan Art contest!

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Scribble Scramble! with Mark Mariano
It’s time for the most epic drawing competition you have ever seen! Everyone competes in a series of quick-thinking drawing quests for the ultimate prize: The Scribble Scramble Championship belt. Your doodling destiny awaits!

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Paper Bag Puppets with John Gallagher
We supply paper bags and art supplies. You supply the imagination and voice when you create your own paper bag puppet! What will YOU create? We can’t wait to see!

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Superhero University with Chris Mariano (OPEN TO FIRST 30 KIDS)
You won’t be able to fly and it won’t give you superpowers, but you will learn all the ins and outs of superheroes from the industry’s top professors. PLUS you’ll have fun making your own cape and superhero mask! Come to this workshop as a kid, leave as a superhero!

5:00 PM – 5:45 PM
The AaaaWoooooo Werewolf Workshop with Chris Flick
Have a howling good time as cartoonist Chris Flick shows you how to draw werewolves of all shapes and sizes.

6:00 PM – 6:45 PM
The Three Tier Toon with Mark Mariano
Artists of all ages and skill are welcome join in as we work together to create funny, strange, and bizarre works of art. Each amazing masterpiece will take three artists to complete, so the more the merrier!

Tabletop Gaming

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Learn to Sign and Play: Coup
Do you want to learn sign language while having a good time outwitting your friends? Coup is a fun and quick bluffing card game, where players use their influences to become the last person standing. We have a team of gamemasters who are fluent in sign language and are ready to teach this game of betrayal and backstabbing. Video link with instructions in sign language and English captions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZipAki30buo
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Cosplay Photoshoots – Outside Room 206

11:15 AM – 12:15 AM
Video Game Characters vs Comic Book Characters Photoshoot

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Harry Potter Cosplay Photoshoot
More info: https://www.facebook.com/tgtsnbn/

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Pokemon Cosplay Photoshoot
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/332601444042175/

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Superheros in your Community Cosplay Photoshoot
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/654725771634222/

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Game of Thrones vs. Lord of the Rings Cosplay Photoshoot
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/630323787440501/

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Video Game Characters Cosplay Photoshoot
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2072748139475238/


Room 101

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Meet The Rebel Legion
The Rebel Legion is an international Star Wars costuming organization created by, of, and for people interested in creating costumes from the Star Wars mythos. Research, create, build and improve your costumes in a place where costumers with similar passions share skills, tips, and ideas. Jedi, Rebel Pilots, Troopers, Princesses and even Wookiees…. we’ve got them all….and we’re always looking for more. The Rebel Legion’s members create and wear costumes of the hero characters from the Star Wars saga, which includes but is not limited to the films, comics, books, games, and television shows based on the Star Wars saga. Come visit our panel to ask questions on how YOU can join The Rebel Legion.

12:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Awesome Con Short Film Fest – Documentaries And More
What better way to finish your Awesome Con experience than enjoying the last day of the 3rd year of the Awesome Con Short Film Festival. Joe Carabeo (Award winning Director, Astray Productions President, Project Resolution Producer) brings to you Day 3 of the festival featuring the coolest documentaries you’ve probably ever seen! Everything you will watch is real, the stories are real, the emotions are real, the documentaries are real and you’ll love em. You won’t want to miss these films. There will also be an exclusive filmmakers Q&A after the screenings afterward moderated by TV host Molly Nevola.

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Kingdom Hearts III: But Is It Really?
Much as first mentioned in 2010, all KH fans knew it would be a lengthy journey; longer than any expected, some say…

As someone who’s always maintained that it would be worth it (and is far too analytical for his own good) come by and share your stories on how right (or wrong I guess) we all were!

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Smalltalk (A Journey Into All Things Superman)
Discussing the various portrayals of Superman in media throughout history, mainly focused on the show Smallville. We also discuss several facets surrounding the superhero phenomenon we live in today.

Room 102

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
WE SPOKE OUT: Comic Books and the Holocaust
An amazing but forgotten chapter in comics history and American history. Long before the Holocaust was widely taught in public schools or presented in films such as “Schindler’s List,” American teenagers were learning about the Nazi genocide from comic books such as Batman, Captain America, and the X-Men. This panel will focus on the remarkable comic book stories from the 1950s through 1980s that introduced an entire generation to this difficult but vitally important subject.

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Resin 101: Intro to Materials
We will talk about the different types of resin with a focus on personal safety and proper practices…We will also be sharing the interesting history behind how resin came to be, and what supplies you can use to make your next accessory/prop super awesome!

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM
Building The Star Trek Future
Post-Scarcity Utopias and How We Get There
A discussion of how (and whether) fictional post-scarcity utopias could function in real life. Should we be aiming for the Star Trek future? What needs to happen before we get there?
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1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Warp Speed Ahead With Star Trek: Discovery
In a follow-up to last year’s panel on Star Trek: Discovery, we’ll dig deeper into what season two brings for our newest crew, the role it plays in the bigger Trek timeline, and how it continues to grapple with the social issues Star Trek is known for tackling.
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2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Makeup for Cosplay
Step up your cosplay game with makeup that makes your character come to life! Join Cinema Makeup School grad, Becky Hawk, as she guides you through the basics of character makeup, beauty, gore, prosthetics and more!

Room 140

11:00 AM – 11;45 AM
Heroes of Diversity: Representation Rising
As comic books become increasingly mainstream through their translation to television and movies, the importance of representation rises as well. Our panel of creators, educators, and advocates will discuss many popular series & films with a focus on positive queer, POC & disability representation as well as cultural impact.
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12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Dumbledore’s Army is Still Recruiting!
The Harry Potter Alliance DC chapter discusses how fandom can fuel activism. Learn about what HPA-DC does in the DC area as well as nationally, and how you can join Dumbledore’s Army without a Hogwarts Letter!

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Hidden in Plain Sight: Glomar Explorer & Virginia Hall
The CIA Museum will present two different ways the United States gathered intelligence right under the nose of its adversaries.

· In the 1970s, Howard Hughes built a giant, deep-sea mining vessel to extract manganese nodules from the floor of the Pacific Ocean. In reality, the entire project was a CIA covert collection operation to raise a sunken Soviet submarine. Learn about the most audacious collection mission of the Cold War!

· Virginia Hall, the most decorated American civilian woman from World War II, and perhaps the original Agent Carter. Hall served in the Office of Strategic Services, the predecessor to CIA. Working behind enemy lines, she collected information and assisted American and Allied forces, all while being actively hunted by the Nazis. Sound familiar? It should!

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Twenty Years of “Mystery Men”
Twenty years later, the superhero parody movie “Mystery Men” is more relevant than ever before. Join us for a stroll down memory lane to a more innocent time of Smash Mouth, fart jokes, strong female characters, and classic ’90s hijinks. Be sure to bring your superhero and supervillain concept ideas for our Mystery Men Tryouts!

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
My Hero Academia: Subverting the Superhero Trope
In a world where a new superhero movie comes out every few months, one story will rise above the rest to save us from “superhero fatigue.” Join us for a discussion about how My Hero Academia tells a story about superheroes that avoids the usual pitfalls yet still manages to pay homage to the genre.

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Survivor: The Greatest Game You Will Never Play
Back in 2000, SURVIVOR was the hot new reality show and while society remembers it for the scenes of Hatch walking around naked and Gervase eating bugs the show excelled for the evolution of its challenges. Any true gamer should be able to acknowledge the stellar challenge design. For this panel, we will observe the evolution of contests from backyard game -> carnival game -> real challenges, discuss which puzzles and contraptions can be made in your own backyard, and compare some of our favorite table-top games to select aspects of the show.

Future Con: Room 144

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Space Food’s Next Step: What You’re Afraid to Ask
Last year, DreamUp’s panelists discussed the future of space gastronomy at Awesome Con. This year, we’re thinking about what comes next. All humans need to eat, digest, and soon thereafter, dispose of their waste. That’s right, we’re talking about space toilets (and what happens to the food in an astronaut’s body before it gets there!). Where waste goes in space is a question asked by children and adults alike, and if they don’t ask it, they’re definitely thinking about it. Our panelists will discuss what happens when an astronaut eats, what differences exist in the digestive process on Earth and in a microgravity environment in space, and what kinds of research experts and citizen-scientists alike are conducting to answer the questions about life in space that you were afraid to ask but dying to know.

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Should You Really Get Your DNA tested?
More than 15 million Americans have spat into tubes or swabbed the inside of their cheeks to have their DNA tested by companies claiming to be able to uncover your ethnic ancestry, reveal the risk of developing genetic diseases or even recommend a diet, exercise regime or wine based on your genes. But there are side effects to finding out about that secret second cousin. Police even used relatives’ DNA, available for free on the Internet, to track down the Golden State Killer suspect and other rape and murder suspects. People are left with many questions surrounding this technology. How do the tests work? How accurate are they? Just what do you give a company when you give them your DNA? Are the police going to start investigating me (or my family) if I get my DNA tested? We will bring together science journalists and a bioethicist to help answer these burning questions and more.

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Small Steps and Giant Leaps: The Past, Present, and Future of NASA’s Exploration of the Moon
50 years ago, NASA sent astronauts to the Moon in the Apollo program. At the time, we knew very little of what we would find there. What was the Moon made of? Would we find life? How did the Moon form? Over the past 50 years, we have gained valuable information about lunar geology and resources. In this session, scientists discuss how current lunar research has built on science from the last 50 years and serves as a foundation for the future of lunar exploration. What will we discover in the next 50 years?

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
The Story and Science of Gravitational Waves
In 2015 our quest to study and explore the universe took a giant leap forward with the discovery of gravitational waves. The LIGO Scientific Collaboration has detected ripples in spacetime from the collision of black holes as well as a neutron star merger that showed up in every spectrum possible. Dr. Erin Macdonald (a former member of LIGO) will discuss the history behind the detection, share some fun stories, and what these discoveries mean for astrophysics going forward.

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Supermassive Black Holes: Monsters in the Universe!
Black holes, these enigmatic objects have fascinated us for over 100 years, and we are now tantalizingly close to seeing them directly. Lurking in the centers of almost all galaxies, supermassive black holes are the true monsters in the universe. When they feed on passing gas and stars, they burst to life and power some of the most energetic astrophysical phenomena in the universe. Colliding black holes produce gravitational waves we are just starting to observe, and their extreme environments provide exquisite laboratories for the study of the laws of physics in ways we can’t hope to do on earth. Join moderator Dr. Joe Pesce and a panel of world-class experts as we discuss the facts surrounding these awesome monsters in the universe!

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Hidden Worlds: Jupiter and its Moons
Come hear NASA scientists and engineers talk about the secrets hidden inside Jupiter and its awesome moons. We’ll discuss the Juno mission which is currently at Jupiter returning amazing images of Jupiter’s clouds and investigating its mysterious interior and origin. We’ll talk about Jupiter’s planet-sized moons which are thought to possibly have subsurface oceans and the necessary ingredients for life. We’ll talk about NASA’s current plans to send robotic missions to explore these exotic places.

Room 146

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Greg Cipes Q&A
Greg Cipes will discuss his exciting career and answer audience questions.
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12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Danielle Panabaker Q&A
Danielle Panabaker will discuss her exciting careers and answer audience questions.
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1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Theo Rossi Q&A
Theo Rossi will discuss his exciting career and answer audience questions.
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2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Milo Ventimiglia Q&A
Milo Ventimiglia will discuss their exciting career and answer audience questions.
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Room 149

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Dugongs & Dragons – Live Recording of a Marine Science-Themed D&D Game Podcast
The time of heroes was over. It was a time for … not-quite-so-heroes! Join the live recording of Dugongs and Seadragons, a podcast featuring an international collection of nerdy-ass marine biologists playing Dungeons and Dragons.

A foul aquatic foe has captured most of the Cephalosquad – a band of not-quite-so intrepid heroes. The remaining adventurers have to gather a gang of allies to help rescue their crew from the watery peril. Will they prevail, or will they fail…?

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM
Big League Writing for Teenagers
Hear the writer and creator of Oceanborn: A new Musical speak about her experience as a musical theatre writer and sci-fi/fantasy writer. At 19, Morgan is one of the youngest writers on the scene, as well as one of the most decorated. Her short stories have won awards nationally and internationally, and her musical has been described as revelatory. Come hear Morgan speak to her experiences writing at a professional level while still a teenager, and gain knowledge of the ins and outs of the theatre world, the literary world, and the writing scene, as well as tips for your own writing.

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Making a Living from the Dead, from Con to Coin
Turning your passion into profit. How comic and horror con fans have found their niche, become creators, artists, and authors, and now grow their business through cons.

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Run The Tables: Tips and Tools for GM’s
Looking to pick up some new tricks to take back to your tabletop RPG group? This panel will cover web-based tools as well as general tips that GM’s of any experience level can apply to their games. We will focus on 5e Dungeons & Dragons, but these skills are easily transferable to other systems. This panel is part lecture, part open discussion so come with any questions!

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
The Other Side of the Table: Lessons from Creators
Are you a creator considering exhibiting in Artist Alley at comic conventions? This panel will give you tips and suggestions on how to create your professional appearances on the other side of the table and new promotion tactics. We will discuss your metamorphosis from attendee to exhibitor!

Room 150

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Comics & Coffee: Awesome Con Edition LIVE!
It’s coffee break time! Amy Chu, writer of Poison Ivy and Red Sonja), Dan Parent, legendary Archie Comics artist, and veteran Portland writer and artist Jeff Parker (James Bond, Batman ’66 and many more Marvel and DC titles) dish on the latest in comics and pop culture over their favorite caffeinated beverage. Bring your own (or tea if you like) and join us for a candid chat on what’s hot and not this year.

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
TOP SECRET

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Helping Kids Understand the World Through Nonfiction, Fact-Based Fiction, and Real Science
National Geographic Kids Editors talk about writing exciting non-fiction for kids, how to infuse your story with a good dose of real science, and how to keep ’em coming back for more of the good stuff: facts.

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
The Superheros of DC
Featuring some of the most talented and iconic storytellers in comics, the DC universe continues to blow fans away with epic tales. The creative talent behind some of DC’s hottest titles will serve as your tour guides for this journey through their incredible stories.

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Spotlight on Superstar Creators Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner
From their past works like Painkiller Jane, Jonah Hex, The Pro, Starfire, Marvel Knights to the fan favorite run on Harley Quinn and much more, this longtime creative team has worked for almost every industry leader. Now is your chance to listen to their stories, hear about upcoming projects, ask questions for all their titles, seek advice for your projects and so much more! Join the team at this interactive panel!

Pride Alley: Room 152

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Female Characters in Science Fiction
In movies, television, and books, female characters have often played a role in the science fiction genre. However, their role has changed over the past few decades – instead of just being the love interest or helpless female, they are now often the hero and main character.

Come join members of The Royal Manticoran Navy (“The Official Honor Harrington Fan Association”) and the Colonial Ministry of Defense (a Battlestar Galactica fan organization) as we discuss and explore the role and portrayal of women in the science fiction genre:
Who are your favorite female characters and why?
Do men and women relate to the characters in the same way?
What traits make a good female character?
What makes us appreciate certain characters or dislike characters?
Are female characters simply male characters with a name change?
Are they a reflection of society at that time?

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM
Cos-Itivity
This panel is designed to be a safe space for cosplayers to discuss their experiences with cosplay. Mediated by the panelists, we will be sharing our experiences as well as opening the floor for others to discuss theirs.

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Bullying in the Cosplay Community; How To Survive
From trolls in the comment section to actual threats to your safety, we have all been a victim of Cosplay Bullying at some point or another. Come to this panel to hear our stories and learn how to combat the toxic behavior thrown your way.

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl
Writers of the sci-fi/fantasy media that we consume have mostly grown beyond the normal tropes that female/LGBT characters fell into for so long, but new tropes have arisen in their place. This panel examines what media – TV, film – is succeeding in growing beyond both old and new tropes, and what still needs to find its footing with informed audiences.

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
We Have Always Been Here: The Women Who Built SF
From Mary Shelley onwards, the history of science fiction and SF fandom is a history built by women — many of whom have since been written out of the narrative. Let’s talk about their contributions as writers, artists, fans, and organizers, without which the history of fandom would look very, very different.

Room 154

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
CUTE ANIMALS ON FIRE: Super Art FIght’s Card Game!
The Greatest Live Art Competition in the Known Universe has an awesome new card game, Cute Animals on Fire, which they kickstarted last year. Now, they’ve brought it to Awesome Con and want to play it with YOU! Join SAF roster members, audience members, and maybe even yourself, as we draw live!

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM
Sketchbook Dares
Calling all sketchbook lovers! In this interactive presentation Laura Lee Gulledge will demonstrate DRAWING LIVE a couple of her favorite drawing activities that are featured in her latest book “Sketchbook Dares: 24 Ways to Draw Out Your Inner Artist” plus she’ll share how sketchbooks can help you find your voice, build confidence, and even lead to making graphic novels. Come draw with us! All ages welcome.

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Inkers – What Do They Do?
Is inking truly an art form, or do inkers simply ‘trace’? Here to explain the ins and outs of inking are Klaus Janson, the author of The DC Comics Guides To Penciling And Inking as well as inker for Batman: The Dark Knight, Daredevil, Thor, Spider-Man, etc., Dave Johnson, cover artist and storyteller extraordinaire of 100 Bullets, Batman, Detective, Superman: Red Son, etc., and Mitch Gerads, acclaimed artist of Mr. Miracle, The Sheriff Of Babylon, The Activity, and more. Moderated by Mark Irwin, longtime inker for Marvel and DC, and now Executive Editor for Insight Comics.

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Collaboration in Comics: The Learning Curve
Each creative collaboration is different, and working with others to create your vision may be challenging. The collaborators of The Underfoot graphic novel series discuss their process and what you can do to get the most out of your collaboration.

Room 155

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Thinking Like a DO Officer: Einstein as an Asset
In this interactive session, participants will immerse themselves into the world of human intelligence (HUMINT) and learn what it’s like to be a real CIA Directorate of Operations officer. Participants will use an actual letter written by Albert Einstein to President Roosevelt in 1939 to explore the roles of different DO officers in responding to the information he presents. The audience is first introduced to the roles of the Operations Officer, Staff Operations Officer, Collection Management Officer, Targeting Officer, and Language Officer; and then apply the skills of each category to the information in Einstein’s letter.

Room 206

10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Funko Swap Meet
This event will provide individuals attending Awesome Con the ability to bring their Funko items to include Pops!, Dorbz, Mystery Minis, and any other Funko products to trade with like-minded Funatics! MACC regularly hosts events where its members are allowed to buy, sell, and trade ALL THINGS POP CULTURE collectible related and we’re excited to bring this to Awesome Con. Attendance is limited to 60 people, first come-first served. For more information, click here.

Main Stage

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Wallace Shawn Q&A
Wallace Shawn will discuss his exciting career and answer audience questions.
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12:15 PM – 1:00 PM
Jason Isaacs Q&A
Jason Isaacs will discuss his exciting career and answer audience questions.
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2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Weird Science Q&A
The Cast of Weird Science will discuss their exciting careers and answer audience questions.
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Awesome Con Jr. Kids Stage

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Dreamworks Screening

11:30 AM – 11:35 AM
Amazing Martial Arts Performance “The BEST ONE”
Dynamic Weapon & Martial Arts performance with music!

Demonstration of Incredible Techniques with board breaking!

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Kids Costume Parade (Open to the First 30 Kids)
Part of Awesome Con Jr! Awesome Con is excited to announce the Kids Costume Parade! Registration is limited to the first 30 kids (and their parents).

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Reading With Dave

2:00 PM – 2:05 PM
Amazing Martial Arts Performance “The BEST ONE”
Dynamic Weapon & Martial Arts performance with music!

Demonstration of Incredible Techniques with board breaking!

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Athletes Without Borders Demo

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Monster Battle Time KO!
Three teams of artists go head-to-head in the biggest Monster Battle Time of the season! This year we have three teams of stellar cartoonists to design your monsters and battle for ultimate artistic glory! Free comics to all attendees!

Awesome Con Jr. Workshops

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
The Drawing Drawing with Mark Mariano
Random words, thoughts, and ideas, combined with the artistic talent of all levels make this the most incredible interactive workshop you will ever attend. Sit back and enjoy the show or grab a marker and join in. This collaborative art experiment is sure to yield plenty of laughs and fantastic art that you can win!

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Comic Cover Design Contest presented by Art Way Alliance Artists & Craftsman Supply
Draw your own comic book illustration that shows an original or established character in a dynamic pose and interesting environment. Contestants must also include eye-catching text to advertise the character. Today, We’re judging a book by its cover.

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Drawing People You Know with Chris Flick
Join cartoonist, Chris Flick, for a lesson in drawing fun and silly caricatures.

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Create Your Own Superhero Symbol with Carolyn Belefski
Every hero needs a logo! Many superheroes have personal branding on their outfits and My Little Pony characters even have cutie marks! Join artist and designer Carolyn Belefski and learn how to incorporate graphic design elements to create an icon and establish your own powerful visual identity.

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Cat Crusader Versus Your Vile Villain! With John Gallagher
Comic creator, John Gallagher, shares his insight on making comics and helps you create a silly villain and a perilous plot. How will the heroic Cat Crusader save the day? That’s up to you!

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
The Childhood Challenge with Chris Mariano
Kids face off against the adults in a drawing contest that celebrates childhood! Both sides will draw products, toys, TV Shows, and characters from their childhood. The opposing side has to guess what it is.