Panels and Screenings for Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) 2013


Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo - C2E2 - Panels and Screenings - HeaderC2E2 2013 - Day Separator - Friday April 26Hunger Games Costume Tour Exhibit
10:00 am – 7:00 pm — Booth #1209
You don’t have to volunteer as tribute this year to get close to the Hunger Games. Get a glimpse at the garb from District 12 and the extravagance hailing from The Capital in the Hunger Games Costumes Exhibit! The exhibition tour will be making its rounds through the nation’s districts with a special stop at C2E2. Fans will have the opportunity to see original movie costumes worn by Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland and more! The exhibit will be located in Booth #1209 and is brought to you by Blacksparrow Productions. Don’t miss your chance to see a piece of Hollywood magic and “may the odds be ever in your favor”!

Creating Your Own Library Mini-Con
11:00 am – 12:00 pm — W476
Conventions have become an important part of the comics experience, allowing fans to gather together and immerse themselves in their passions. Libraries looking for programming can tap into this excitement and utilize their graphic novel collections by creating their own mini-cons. Diamond BookShelf editor Mark Banaszak leads a panel offering tips for librarians looking to create an comic book or anime-themed event, offering tips and advice from previous successful mini-cons, as well as resources for finding guests, exhibitors, and attendees.

Into the Wild: The Adult Reading Round Table Tackles Comics
11:30 am – 12:30 pm — W474
The Adult Reading Round Table is an organization of readers’ advisory and collection development
librarians from all across Chicagoland. For their annual genre study this year, they chose to examine graphic novels – a format many in the group had never spent time with before. Come hear about the genre study and learn new strategies for supporting graphic novels library-wide.

Making Comics Work in the Classroom
11:30 am – 12:30 pm — W470b
Two great organizations that work great together! Reading with Pictures (RWP) joins forces with the Comics Association of Professionals & Educators (CAPE) to provide hands-on teacher training and materials for comics classroom applications. Learn how to benefit from and contribute to our national database of research papers and lesson plans as well as how to earn credits toward Professional Development Continuing Education certification and . Presented by Josh Elder (iVerse Media), Dr. David Rapp (Northwestern University), Christina Blanch, MA (Ball State University), and Jeff Barbanell, MEd (Arizona State University).

Puppet Meltdown
1:30 am – 12:30 pm — Variant Stage
FRIDAY! FRIDAY!! FRIDAY!!! Puppets of all shapes and sizes are ready to crush your jalopy with 8,000 pounds of awesome. Bring you brother, bring your mother, bring that dog! Join us for a collection of short works, geared toward adults, showcasing puppet films and live performances from innovative artists, both local and from across the country. Curated by the talented folks at Sea Beast Puppet Company this show will aim to prove that puppets aren’t just for kids anymore!

U Cre-8 Comics: United Superheroes of America
11:30 am – 12:30 pm — Family Room W375a
Complete the research information page and create a hero from the state’s characteristics (song, bird, flower, motto, etc.) to join the ranks of a national hero initiative!

ComicsPRO Retailer Programming: New Product Lines
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm — W470a
Comics book retailers: are you looking to diversify your product selection? ComicsPRO is a trade association of retailers from around the world. Join us as we discuss new product lines to enhance your store. Get contact lists for vendors and distributors you may not be working with yet!

Showing vs. Telling: It’s All About Visual Literacy, Graphic Novels and the Stories their Images Tell – Learn How Its Done.
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm — W476
Janet Lee (Return of the Dapper Men) and Meryl Jaffe, PhD (Using Content-Area Graphic Texts for Learning) discuss how graphic novels can be used to teach visual literacy and promote communication while inspiring students and budding graphic artists. What feelings and associations does RED or GREEN evoke? Why are some panels organized neatly on one page and are totally outrageous on others? How do evoke the image of “dream”? With growing internet use and technology, scholars believe we’re witnessing a great communication revolution (Kist, 2004, 2010; Dress, 2003; Jaffe & Monnin, 2012). Sales and consumption of graphic novels continues to grow, and newspapers, websites, educators, retailers, and bloggers all rely heavily on graphics and images to communicate, convince, inform, and teach. Visual literacy is integral to our lives and is required content for Common Core Curricula across the country as Governors mandate teaching students to create, read, and comprehend visual images along with classic and non-fiction texts. Creators and consumers of messages must understand how color, font, and images relay information, and how to compose and comprehend visual messages. Graphic novels offer a perfectmotivating format for teaching visual literacy and effective communication. Panelists give an interactive presentation relating how artists, teachers, and learners of all ages can use color, fonts, page/panel formatting, and image to create powerful messages and stories. We relay how graphic novels are outstanding educational tools, and what constitutes ‘bloc-buster’ graphics and graphic novels. There will be time for audience questions, give-aways, and handouts.

Bam! Pow! Drawing Superheroes 101
2:45 pm – 1:45 pm — Family Room W375a
Should my superhero have a cape? Should my superhero breathe fire? Should my superhero have more than one power? Creating superheroes can be hard work! But the best way to learn to create one is to learn some tips and tricks from a superhero expert! Learn to Draw Superheroes the Agnes Garbowska (MyMisiu Gazette, Girl Comics) way. Join in on this fun superhero drawing lesson and be off drawing cute superheroes in no time!

Integrating Comics into the Common Core
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm — W470b
Reading With Pictures presents a practical guide for integrating comics and graphic novels into the Common Core and McREL standards. Our panel of experts – including Prof. David Rapp of Northwestern University, Asst. Prof. Carol Tilley of the University of Illinois and veteran high school teacher and comic creator Jim McClain – will share tips and resources on how to get the most from comics in your classroom as well provide rationales to help convince the naysaying administrators, colleagues and parents.

Pineapple-Shaped Lamps
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm — Variant Stage
The Pineapple-Shaped Lamps comedy troupe will be performing a live shadowcast of Joss Whedon’s hit musical episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, “Once More With Feeling!” Enjoy this spectacular moment in pre-Glee television history in all it’s Whedon-y glory! The viewing of the episode will be accompanied by live reenactments, singing, and dancing! So come join in on all the vampy, undead action and slay the night away with Pineapple-Shaped Lamps! Grrr! Argh!

The Silver Age of Comics in Libraries: Programming, Best Practices, And More
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm — W474
The shelves are just the beginning when you’re dealing with comics in libraries. From cosplay to author events, from art exhibitions to software demonstrations, there’s a whole world of programming opportunities geared toward pop-culture fans. Librarians Lisa Rabey (academic library), Kristin LaLonde (public library), and Andrew McBride (special library) will present on the type of comics and graphic novels they collect, why they collect for their libraries, how their library collections differ, and how they use programming to expand their audiences.

Adding Character to your Character
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm — Interactive Room W375b
Do you find it difficult to “Role Play” in your Role Playing Games? Do you struggle with creating believable and interesting characters in your games, stories, and other creations? Do you want to add more “Play” to your COSPLAY? Explore the basics of character development with hands-on exercises and improvisational games. Taught by Shane Hill, author and developer of the interactive aming performance: RenQuest™. RenQuest™ currently runs at the Bristol Renaissance Faire, the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Los Angeles and the New York Renaissance Faire.

Art as Business Online: Branding & Marketing for Webcomics, Etsy Crafters & More
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm — W476
A panel of professional marketers, indie crafters, & web comic artists and writers provide helpful tips on creating an online brand for your art. This panel is intended to provide artists of various skill levels and mediums an overview of the principles of protecting and promoting your art online. The panel will examine how to get your small business started online, how to grow your audience, legal considerations for your business, and how to market yourself in the digital space. Social media platforms (including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter), eCommerce options (including Etsy, BigCommerce), SEO and paid advertising will be involved in this hour-long discussion.

CSC-1: Kickstarting Your Comics
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm — W473
Sun Bros. Studio and Brothers Wesley and Brad Sun (Sun Bros. Studio) and political scientist Chris Deis (DePaul University) discuss their Kickstarter success with Chinatown and Apocalypse Man.

DC COMICS 101
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm — W471
New to DC Comics? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Come by for a tutorial on the essentials of what make DC Comics one of the leading comic book publishers!

So You Wanna be a Comic Book Retailer, Now What?
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm — W470a
Whether you want to open a comic book store, you’re just starting out in retail, or you just have questions, we’re here to help! Meet with members of ComicsPRO, a retail trade organization for comic book retailers, to talk about your upcoming plans.

Thunderfeet Reading
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm — Family Room W375a
Imagination is the GREATEST superpower! Join children’s author DJ Corchin and nationally syndicated Chicago radio personality Special K from 103.5 Kiss FM for a reading of DJ’s newest book THUNDERFEET! Come join the fun as they read the digital version which includes what every superhero needs, superhero intro music! Afterwards, stop by Artist Alley to pick up a print version signed by both DJ and Illustrator Dan Dougherty.

Silver Age Trivia Challenge!
:00 pm – 3:00 pm — Variant Stage
Writer and Trivia Geek Mark Waid takes on a team of Fans to see who knows more useless information about Marvel and DC Silver Age comics. Join moderator Craig Shutt, writer of the Ask Mr. Silver Age column for the late, lamented Comics Buyer’s Guide, to match your own brain cells against some of the fastest and knowledgeable trivia geeks in fandom!

Wikia Qwizards
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm — W470b
What is the top speed of the Millenium Falcon? Who was the final boss of the original Mega Man? What space opera game did Mark Hamill appear in? If you’re the type of person who has the answers to these kinds of questions, you’ll love Wikia Qwizards — a geek culture quiz show where the contestants write questions for each other. This year at C2E2, Wikia will be staging a live-action version of Qwizards and pulling aspiring geek alpha dogs straight from the show floor. The theme for the quiz is science fiction, encompassing games, movies, TV shows, and (of course) books.  Prepare yourself for two days (a semi-final and final round) of game show action!

Speed Dating
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm — W183a
Looking for love in all the wrong Cantinas? Back again by popular demand is C2E2 Speed Dating, brought to you by our friends at Sci-Fi Speed Dating. Come join us for a round filled with good music, great company and the thrilling potential to meet your own super hero or shinobi! Speed Dating’s blind dates last three minutes, but if sparks fly, you’re set for a lifetime of live. Five sessions will be held at C2E2 and they’re all free for C2E2 fans. Visit room W183a to register onsite. Note this event is only for C2E2 Fans 18 and older.

Superhero Fitness Hula Hooping Challenge
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm — Interactive Room W375b
The Superhero Fitness Hula Hoop Challenge is here to show you that fitness can be FUN! Cynthia Narcisi, Sketch Card Artist and certified Hoopnotica Fit instructor, will lead you through a fun and engaging class teaching you how to use a hula hoop to get an excellent workout. Hoops are provided. No experience necessary. Ages 15 and up.

CSC-2: The Future of Comic Publication and the Academy
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm — W473
Stanford Carpenter (Institute for Comics Studies) moderates a discussion on how the funding, production, and distribution of comics is changing with John Jennings (University of Buffalo) on exhibiting comics, Rising Star Award winner Spike Trotman (Templar, Arizona)on Kickstarter, Jiba Anderson (Illinois Institute of Art) on print on demand technology.

New Frontiers in Digital Comics
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm — W476
iVerse and ComicsPlus host an engaging and entertaining dialogue on what the future holds for digital comics, especially as it relates to creators, publishers, retailers, librarians, and, most of all, readers. Comics legend and digital impresario Mark Waid joins iVerse CEO Michael Murphey, independent comic creator Michael Moreci (Hoax Hunters), webcomics superstar Jen Brazas (Mystic Revolution) and school/library expert Josh Elder (Reading with Pictures) to discuss and debate what’s just over the digital horizon…and the opportunities for everyone who has a stake in the industry. Moderated by iVerse director of business development Steve May.

The Cyanide & Happiness panel
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm — W470a
Kris Wilson and Dave McElfatrick of hit webcomic (and animation show) Cyanide & Happiness will be answering any and all of your questions, from anything about their upcoming projects to how they keep their hair so nice.

The Making of Defiance, a Living Transmedia World
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm — W471
In April of 2013, the largest, most ambitious transmedia project in history comes to life when Defiance debuts on television and launches its online game component. In Defiance, what happens in the online game affects the show on Syfy channel, and vice versa on a future-Earth where once-recognizable iconic American cities have been drastically transformed after a long alien and human war. Humans and aliens are now desperately trying to co-exist and rebuild a civilization together as the show and game depict dramatic events in both St. Louis and San Francisco. Five years in the making, this will be one of television and interactive gaming’s greatest events.

Kill Shakespeare: Dramatic Stage Reading
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm — Variant Stage
A comic book comes to life in this unique theatre production of the acclaimed IDW series Kill Shakespeare. The stage show tells the story of this mash-up adventure using projections of the images from the comic combined with actors reading out the dialogue, creating sound effects and the music live. Now touring worldwide to packed crowds, this show is being presented by Chicago’s award-winning Strawdog Theatre Company.

MARVEL: House of Ideas
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm — W474
Love having the best comics in the industry on your mobile devices? Want to know how Marvel stays on the cutting edge of technology while bringing you fans what you’ve come to love? Well this panel is for you True Believer! Get exciting news about Marvel’s Infinite Comics, as well as what’s anel is for you True Believer! Get exciting news about Marvel’s Infinite Comics, as well as what’s happening on the Marvel Comics App, Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited and more in this can’t-miss panel hosted by Arune Singh, Ryan Penagos, and other Mighty Marvel Guests!

Playing a Hero in MMO’s
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm — W470b
Matt Miller, former lead designer for City of Heroes, aka “Positron” will present a panel discussing what it means to play a hero in MMORPGs like World of Warcraft and Star Wars: The Old Republic. Matt will give tips on how to make your gameplay more engaging and what games cater better towards role-playing and evoking your inner hero. Citing examples used in City of Heroes, Matt will explain how game designers attempt to elevate the player to “hero status” in a genre where every character is expected to do the same quests and missions. Matt will take questions at the end of the panel, answering what he can about designing MMOs.

U Cre-8 Comics: United Superheroes of America
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm — Family Room W375a
Complete the research information page and create a hero from the state’s characteristics (song, bird, flower, motto, etc.) to join the ranks of a national hero initiative!

CSC-3: White Scripts, Black Supermen: Comics and Identity
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm — W473
Director Jonathan Gayles (Georgia State University) shows excerpts from his documentary White Scripts, Black Supermen and with commentators featured in the film–Stanford Carpenter (Institute for Comics Studies) and John Jennings (University of Buffalo) discusses the the degree to which early Black superheroes generally adhered to common stereotypes about Black men as well as other issues of identity in comics.

Graphic Novel Ideation with Brian Haberlin & Renee Witterstaetter: From Start to Finish
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm — W470a
Join industry veterans, Renee Witterstaetter and Brian Haberlin, as they explain the real world, “brass tacks” considerations and workflows of bringing the idea in your mind to a finished, published book. Includes case studies that also cover recent technological innovations (e.g. augmented reality) in the medium.

Making Comics the Avatar Way
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm — W471
Join creator Mike Wolfer (Lady Death, Stitched, Crossed) and Vice President of Publishing, Jim Kuhoric, in a discussion on Avatar Press newest announcements! What new project is Mike Wolfer working on? What favorite industry creators are bringing their personal projects to Avatar Press? orking on? What favorite industry creators are bringing their personal projects to Avatar Press? These questions and more will be answered at the Avatar Press / Boundless C2E2 Panel, where die-hard Avatar Press and Boundless fans will hear first!

The Cliff Dwellers and Palette & Chisel
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm — W476
Join Artist/Designer/Animator and die-hard Chicagoan J.J. Sedelmaier as he moderates a presentation on two of Chicago’s historic artists’ organizations, The Cliff Dwellers and the Palette & Chisel Academy. Joining Sedelmaier will be archivists Stuart Fullerton of the Palette & Chisel and Leslie Recht of The Cliff Dwellers. The presentation will consist of Powerpoint presentation, discussion and Q&A.

Building Your First Video Game
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm — W470b
Have you ever wanted to build your own video game? Have you ever wanted to leanr what the first steps are? C2E2 is happy to get together some of the top game designers in Chicago to talk about what it takes to build a game from the ground up. Whether you are looking an independent or major game developer this panel will give you the tools to really know where to begin. We will be taking questions from the audience on game design, concept, and developing for the mobile market.

DC Entertainment – ALL ACCESS
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm — W474
A lot can happen in a year! Come by for unfiltered access to DC Comics as we talk all things DC!  Find out what we have to share from behind-the-scenes at your favorite and most talked about comic Publisher! Joining the All-Access party will be some of the industry’s top talents!

Stand Up Stand Up
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm — Variant Stage
Stand Up Stand Up is a unique, hip weekly comedy showcase featuring both local and national stand up comedians and musical acts. Our goal is to provide quality, intelligent, creative, artistic, and diverse entertainment to Chicago’s nightlife scene. We are located in the Wicker Park neighborhood at The Crocodile (1540 N Milwaukee Ave), and you can see us every Thursday night at 9pm. 21+. Come to laugh. http://fb.com/STANDUPStandUp

Fight like a hero (OR VILLAIN!)
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm — Interactive Room W375b
Tae Kwon Do, Jiu Jitsu, Hapkido,Judo, Muay Thai, Silat, Eskrima, Bu Kyuku Ryu, Karate, Wing Chun, any many more styles will be taught here! Ever wonder just how Batman can take on so many guys at once? Or how Black Widow takes down men twice her weight class? Here’s your chance to uys at once? Or how Black Widow takes down men twice her weight class? Here’s your chance to learn their moves! Any questions about the history of any of the aforementioned styles will also be addressed. Stick around for the debate between who are the best fighters between comic heroes and villains!

Speed Dating
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm — W183a
Looking for love in all the wrong Cantinas? Back again by popular demand is C2E2 Speed Dating, brought to you by our friends at Sci-Fi Speed Dating. Come join us for a round filled with good music, great company and the thrilling potential to meet your own super hero or shinobi! Speed Dating’s blind dates last three minutes, but if sparks fly, you’re set for a lifetime of live. Five sessions will be held at C2E2 and they’re all free for C2E2 fans.

Let’s Make a Character
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm — W476
Join Comfort Love and Adam Withers, the three-time Harvey Award nominated creators of the upcoming How-To book, The Complete DIY Guide for Comics Self-Publishing, who will not only talk about how to make a great character, but will create a new character on the spot with the audience’s help. The seminar will be broken into two halves: first, Comfort and Adam will take you through the concepts of what it takes to make an awesome character. In the second, they will invite audience participation in creating a new character which will be concepted and drawn on the spot.

MARVEL: Breaking In
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm — W471
Are you a writer or artist? Ever dream of working for Marvel? Do you find yourself thinking “I could do that…if I knew how!” Well, here’s your chance! Join superstar writers and artists inculding Ryan Stegman (Superior Spider-Man), Shawn Crystal (Deadpool), Declan Shalvey (Venom), Jordie Bellaire (Journey into Mystery), and Ramón Pérez (Wolverine & the X-Men), as well as Marvel’s talent scout C.B. Cebulski to find out the answers on how to get your foot in the door and make your job MARVEL!

Raven Girl: Audrey Niffenegger on Her New Illustrated Novella
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm — W470a
Audrey Niffenegger, internationally best selling author of The Time Traveler’s Wife, discusses her forthcoming illustrated novella, Raven Girl. Niffenegger’s third illustrated novel is a dark modern fairy tail about an extraordinary raven girl trapped in a human body. The raven girl feels imprisoned by her arms and legs and covets wings and the ability to fly. She reluctantly grows into a young woman, until one day she meets an unorthodox doctor who is willing to change her. Complete with Audrey Niffenegger’s bewitching etchings, Raven Girl explores the bounds of transformation and possibility. Niffenegger will discuss her new book and the creative journey that led her to create Raven Girl, including the book’s connection with a new ballet of the same name, debuting at the oyal Ballet in London in spring of 2013.

The Rose of Versailles Screening
5:15 pm – 6:30 pm — W473
General Jarjayes – so desperate for a son to preserve the family name and noble standing – names his newborn daughter “Oscar” and chooses to raise her as a boy. Fourteen years later, Oscar is a masterful duelist, marksman, and the newly appointed Commander of the French Royal Guards. Her first task: to protect Marie Antoinette, who is engaged to the French prince and future king, Louis-Auguste. But even though the planned marriage should provide both countries with some much needed peace and prosperity, the French court is a dangerous place – and Marie’s youthful naïveté makes her an easy target for those who wish to see the monarchy overthrown. Oscar soon finds herself both defending Marie’s reputation from those that seek to discredit her and protecting her life from those that wish to kill her.

Costume Contest
5:45 pm – 6:45 pm — Variant Stage
C2E2 is presenting three costume contests for fans to get up on stage, show off, and maybe take home a prize or two. NEW THIS YEAR: PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED! We will be providing more information on registration soon.

How do I get my Comic Book Character into a Video Game?
5:45 pm – 6:45 pm — W470b
Bringing together the best in Comic Books and Video Games this year at C2E2 we wanted to host a panel about getting your comic book characters into a video game. From design ideas, to buidlign games, to ways to talk with developers and publisher, this panel hopes to offer some guidance for game designers and comic book developers alike. The panelists are proven veterans from the game market who have worked on titles about superheores. We hope you walk away with some great ideas for games as well as new directions for your comic book characters!

JMS New Series Panel
5:45 pm – 6:45 pm — W474
J. Michael Straczynski speaks! (Despite our requests to the contrary.) HEAR the latest news from Studio JMS in comics, TV and film! SEE terrifying glimpses of projects yet to come!  EXPERIENCE the awe and wonder of…of…okay, fine, look, he’s gonna talk about stuff you might be interested in, so swing on by, it’ll be fun. Would we like about a thing like that?

SUPERHERO FITNESS
6:15 pm – 7:15 pm — Interactive Room W375b
Hey Superfans, do you have the body of a Brainiac but would rather have the physique of a Superman? Do you feel more like the Blob than the Hulk? Then this is the ONE panel you won’t want to miss! Morph Personal Training will give you tips to make you look and feel like the Superhero of your dreams! Morph Personal Training is comprised of THE premiere health and fitness gurus–2002 Mr. Natural Australia, Marcus Warren and Fitness Model and Competitor, Joey Thurman creators of the revolutionary ProCycle12 fitness program. Their esteemed clientele will share their real life success stories.. 2012 “Geek Fitness Challenge” Winner Garrett Gray will share how a comic book geek got from fat to fit with Marcus and Joey’s guidance and lost 52 pounds in 4 months. Mr. Brent Berger will reveal the benefits of his “can’t miss” workouts with Morph Personal Training that has him in the best shape of his life. Nicole Paprosky will disclose how a girl who LOVES to eat would otherwise be in “BIG” trouble without the excellent shape obtained from her workouts with Marcus and Joey. No super powers are needed to transform this panel’s expert advice into your physical reality. Beautiful “Super” Model Maria Thurman will emcee this fun “must see” event. Panelists will dress up as their favorite Superheroes to show off their Superhero shape! Free giveaways are in store! The power is in your hands! Attend this fun panel and start your super fit journey today!

Beer & Comics
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm — W470a
Join representatives from Revolution, 3 Floyds, Aracde, Goose Island Breweries, and the Comic Industries as they discuss the simulatries of making some of the world’s best beer and world’s best comics.

Digital First Comics: The new trend
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm — W476
Digital first comic releases have electrified fans by breaking print publishing conventions and pushing the boundaries of comic storytelling. Now you can join the major players in the Digital First movement – Thrillbent’s Mark Waid, and comiXology co-founder John D. Roberts to hear all about the future of the medium. Special surprise guest too!

Felicia Day Q&A
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm — W471
The 6th season of The Guild has ended, but we have plenty more to share! Join the show’s creator, writer and star Felicia Day in this Q&A.

Revolutionary Girl Utena Screening
6:45 pm – 8:00 pm — W473
“Never lose that strength or nobility, even when you grow up.” When Utena was just a child and in the depths of sorrow, she found salvation in those words. They were the words of a prince, who wrapped her in his rose-scented embrace and bestowed upon her both a ring and the promise that it would lead her to him again. She never forgot the encounter. In fact, she was so impressed that she aspired to be like the prince and also help those in need. Now a spirited teenager, Utena attends the prestigious Ohtori Academy. However, her strong sense of chivalry soon places her at odds with the school’s student council and thrusts her into a series of mysterious and dangerous duels against its members.

Costuming in the Star Wars Galaxy
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm — W475b
Join members of the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion for a forum discussion on costume construction and the two largest Star Wars costuming organizations on the planet! Get expert knowledge on what it takes to recreate film-accurate uniforms from some of the world’s most respected costumers, and learn about the exciting lives they lead and charitable missions they undertake! Join us… Together, we can rule the costuming galaxy!

Future of Gaming from Consoles to Online
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm — W470b
C2E2 is bringing some of the top professionals in games to talk about the ever changing game market. From the switch to new consoles, to the rise in mobile gaming, these experts will outline what we will all be playing in the next decade. Also, the panel will focus on buying game vs. free to play and other changes coming to the market.

Spotlight on Nick Spencer
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm — W474
From Image Comics mind-bending best-seller “Morning Glories” to Marvel Comics latest launch of “Secret Avengers,” writer Nick Spencer is one of the brightest young talents in comic books. Come see him discuss his work including his latest creator-owned hit “Bedlam,” fan favorite runs on “T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents” and “Cloak an Dagger” and more of his cutting-edge comics as moderated by Comic Book Resources News Editor Kiel Phegley.

DREDD and beyond: the whole wide world of 2000 AD’
7:45 pm – 8:45 pm — W471

HEAD SMASH reveals a new cover design by Tim Bradstreet
7:45 pm – 8:45 pm — W476
Join Vlad Yudin, creator of HEAD SMASH as he unveils the incredible new cover art by Tim Bradstreet. Tim Bradstreet’s work can be found in the pages of Marvel’s Punisher and Blade series, as well as Clive Barker’s Age of Desire and Dark Horse’s Hard Looks and Another Chance to Get It Right. Tim Bradstreet himself may even make an appearance to talk about working on the project with Vlad Yudin and his take on the lead character, SMASH! Vlad will also lead a talk and take questions on the upcoming release of his graphic novel, HEAD SMASH

C2E2 2013 - Day Separator - Saturday April 27Hunger Games Costume Tour Exhibit
10:00 am – 7:00 pm — Booth #1209
You don’t have to volunteer as tribute this year to get close to the Hunger Games. Get a glimpse at the garb from District 12 and the extravagance hailing from The Capital in the Hunger Games Costumes Exhibit! The exhibition tour will be making its rounds through the nation’s districts with a special stop at C2E2. Fans will have the opportunity to see original movie costumes worn by Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland and more! The exhibit will be located in Booth #1209 and is brought to you by Blacksparrow Productions. Don’t miss your chance to see a piece of Hollywood magic and “may the odds be ever in your favor”!

Comix Chix with Kate Kotler – LIVE
11:00 am – 12:00 pm — W473
A live version of the weekly podcast hosted on GeekNation, Kate Kotler gathers some of the most awesome female comic creators, journalists and uber-fans to discuss events, past and present that shape women’s experiences in the comics industry.

Grimm Fairy Tales Animated
11:00 am – 12:00 pm — W476
Come check out the horrific re-imagining of the Grimm Fairy Tales from Zenescope Entertainment and Titmouse Inc. The full pilot episode will be shown to the public for the first time ever in the U.S.!!! The gory and sexy style that is synonymous with the Zenescope brand will be on display.  Find out how the project came to fruition, and what big names have gotten involved in the project.

How to Play Quidditch 101
11:00 am – 12:00 pm — Interactive Room W375b
Have you ever wished YOU could play quidditch? Now you can! Join the International Quidditch Association at C2E2 on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 for some excitement and fun! The IQA will be leading demonstration matches between two official Quidditch teams on both days. After each demo match, the IQA will open up the pitch for pick-up games! Fans can join in and play with each other for a one hour period. This is something you don’t want to miss! Come see quidditch in full-action and find out why it’s the sport everyone’s talking about!

MARVEL: Age of Ultron
11:00 am – 12:00 pm — W471
Witness the dawning of the Age of Ultron! Ultron has defeated the heroes of the Marvel Universe and conquered the world! You’ve got questions & these people have answers! Creators Rick and conquered the world! You’ve got questions & these people have answers! Creators Rick Remender (Uncanny Avengers), Brandon Peterson (Age of Ultron) and more are on hand to lay out what’s going on with the epic battle between Ultron and Marvel’s mightiest heroes!

Writing for Television
11:00 am – 12:00 pm — W470a
TV writer-producer and Chicago native Steve Kriozere will present an overview and discussion of working in the field of scripted television. Kriozere is an Executive Producer, co-creator and director of Femme Fatales, the Cinemax television series which Entertainment Weekly hailed as a “badass chick anthology.” His other credits as writer-producer include USA Network’s Necessary Roughness, N.C.I.S, Castle, V.I.P., Sliders, MTV’s Animated Spider-Man and the SyFy Channel original movie “Dead and Deader.” Kriozere also dipped his toe in the world of comic books, writing the original graphic novel “Elvis Van Helsing,” published by AiT/PlanetLar, and contributed stories to the upcoming “New Adventures of the Human Fly” graphic novel.

Speed Dating (GLBT Session Only)
11:00 am – 1:00 pm — W183a
Looking for love in all the wrong Cantinas? Back again by popular demand is C2E2 Speed Dating, brought to you by our friends at Sci-Fi Speed Dating. Come join us for a round filled with good music, great company and the thrilling potential to meet your own super hero or shinobi! Speed Dating’s blind dates last three minutes, but if sparks fly, you’re set for a lifetime of live. Five sessions will be held at C2E2 and they’re all free for C2E2 fans. GLBT Session Only!

Alphabet City Live Reading
11:30 am – 12:00 pm — Family Room W375a
Enter Thomas Finley’s world of Alphapet City! Thomas will unleash 26 amazing animals and read out loud. These colorful characters entertain creatures of all ages!

Creating Comics The ComiXology Way
11:30 am – 12:30 pm — W475b
Everyone is talking about the digital only Atomic Robo comic made exclusive with and for comiXology! From early experiments like Box 13 and Valentine to more recent efforts like Power Play and Marvel’s Infinite Comics, comiXology’s Guided View has ushered in a new era in comic book creation! Now, you can find out what it takes to create amazing Guided View comics straight from comiXology co-founder John D. Roberts and comiXology’s PR and marketing maven Chip Mosher. Also both will field questions about comiXology’s new self-publishing portal, comiXology Submit.

ItsJustSomeRandomGuy
11:30 am – 12:30 pm — Variant Stage
The YouTube sensation (and creator of the “Hi, I’m a Marvel…and I’m a DC” Mac/PC parody videos) is back at New York Comic Con! In previous years, RandomGuy has premiered new episodes of the parody series “Marvel/DC: Happy Hour” and “Marvel/DC: Zero Hour.” What new videos will he premiere this time? Come find out! Plus Q&A and more!

The Future of Graphic Novels and Motion Comics: A look at the not-so-distant-future of interactive graphic storytelling
11:30 am – 12:30 pm — W470b
Storytelling is a human activity that dates back to our earliest ancestors. It is in our nature to tell stories, share experiences and express what goes on in our imaginations to others. Over time, imaginative storytelling has evolved on a massive scale. What was once spread through word-of-mouth stories, paperback novels and black and white comic books can now be found in breathtaking graphic novels and motion comics that come to life on your screen. Comics and graphic novels have their own unique form of story telling. From X-Men and Spiderman to The Walking Dead and Sin City, there has been a clear evolution in the comic industry from simple narratives to complex sagas. From paper comics to a touchscreen interactive experience, the next step in the comic industry is on the horizon. Comic creation tools are improving, providing an increasing quality of paper comics and the ability to directly interact with the product of your imagination is spreading among popular devices. Join comic industry experts from a variety of backgrounds and industry levels as they discuss what’s next in the evolution of comics, the technology behind it and what it means for the future of the industry.

Travel Channel’s “Toy Hunter” – This is not your ordinary child’s play!
11:30 am – 12:30 pm — W474
This is not your ordinary child’s play! Travel Channel reveals the big business of buying and selling toys and collectibles in the original series “Toy Hunter.” This series follows acclaimed toy dealer and expert Jordan Hembrough, owner of Hollywood Heroes, a New Jersey-based vintage and modern collectibles company, as he travels across the country hunting for the most sought-after pieces. The second season of “Toy Hunter,” scheduled to premiere in 2013, follows Hembrough as he continues his quest to convince reluctant sellers, stay under budget, and avoid the unforeseen roadblocks as he tracks down the holy grail of vintage toys and collectibles. For this toy hunter, poking through cramped attics and rummaging around dirty garages to score vintage items is all in a day’s work! Come listen to “Toy Hunter” host Jordan Hembrough and Travel Channel executives speak about the network’s popular series, and get insight on how these vintages toys are found and the stories behind them!

Caricature Drawings!
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm — Family Room W375a
Thomas Finley will draw free caricatures, sure to energize everyone’s inner hero!

Spotlight on Brian Wood
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm — W471
Creator Brian Wood has established himself as a writer who can both build worlds and destroy them, without the confines of genre. With books ranging from the politically conscious (DMZ, The Massive) to the fantastical (Northlanders, Conan the Barbarian), his voice is truly unique and cuts through the noise every time. Join us as we discuss past, present and future projects, including the smash hit series, Star Wars. from Dark Horse.

Ten Years of Marvel Minimates! 50 Series of Awesomeness!
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm — W470a
Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Marvel Minimates line, some of the team behind the popular mini-figure brand are here to talk about their plans for Iron Man 3, The Wolverine, Thor: The Dark World and the fan-choice Series 50! Diamond Select Toys Director Chuck Terceira and Marketing Supervisor Zach Oat will also share info about the other Minimates lines, including Tomb Raider, The Walking Dead and Battle Beasts, as well as submit to a Q&A session and debut the next stop-motion animated Battle Beasts episode! Plus, there’ll be a Minimates prize drawing at the end of the panel!

WildClaw Presents: Deathscribe! Writing and Producing Horror Radio Plays
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm — W473
WildClaw Theatre, Chicago’s Horror Theatre Company, brings you a small taste of its Annual Deathscribe Horror Radio Play Festival! Our panel of Chicago actors, playwrights, foley artists, and artists will discuss the challenges of writing and producing audio dramas with a focus on creation, execution, foley work, voice acting, and finding your audience. Then watch and listen as we perform a spooky radio play complete with foley work!

Star Wars Academy
12:15 pm – 2:15 pm — Interactive Room W375b
Put on a helmet, take up a blaster, and enlist in the Star Wars Academy! Join members of the 501st Legion’s Midwest Garrison and the Rebel Legion’s Nar Shaddaa Base in this interactive experience that lets kids play the role of Stormtrooper cadets! Get trained in marksmanship, navigate an obstacle course, recover the stolen Death Star plans, and engage in a laser shoot-out to the finish! For ages 6 to 12 only. Starting every 5 minutes in this time slot. Nerf blasters provided. Donations to charity are gladly accepted!

Behind the Graphics: A Video Game Industry Round Table
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm — W470b
Join members of Chicago’s Game Development community as they take you behind the scenes of the video game industry for a moderated panel discussion and Q&A session.

DC COMICS – THE NEW 52
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm — W474
DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 is one of the most exciting events in the industry’s history! And we’re not done making news by a long shot! Come by and be a part of history as we discuss what’s coming next in this exciting time for DC Entertainment!

Imaginative Sci-Fi Authors of C2E2!
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm — W475b
Join authors E.B. Hudspeth (The Ressurectionist, Quirk), Jeffrey Brown (Vador and Son, Top Shelf) and more as they talk about their imaginative Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels (and selves!)

Nerd Trivia
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm — Variant Stage
A trivia challange based on some of your favorite nerd themes! Project 891 Theatre Co’s Nerd Trivia takes your favorite nerd subjects (such as Doctor Who, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Battlestar Galactica, Harry Potter, Buffy and many more) and presents trivia challanges that are 3 rounds of 10 questions each on each theme. Nerd-tastic prizes for the winning team!

Chicago Ghosts presented by Ghostbusters: Chicago Division
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm — W473
Presented by Ghostbusters: Chicago Division, your troop outside da loop, this panel will cover some of the best stories of this haunted city. Wondered about the Iroquois Theatre Fire? Puzzled about which mummy at the Field likes to walk? Come listen to these tales and more! Visit our website at http://ghostbusterschicago.com to learn more about our team!

IDW Publishing Presents: The Greatest Panel In History
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm — W470a
IDW Publishing Presents: The Greatest Panel In History New creator-owned books? Ever-larger licensed titles? All-new creators, and even some major crossover events? How about prizes just for attending? Yep, we’ve got all that and more, in THE GREATEST PANEL IN HISTORY. Join IDW CEO & Publisher Ted Adams, VP of Marketing Dirk Wood, and Doctor Who writer Andy Diggle, along with a host of other great guests, as we blow the door open on upcoming projects for 2013. Be there! Room 470A

Injustice: Gods Among Us
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm — W471
Get the inside scoop on the highly-anticipated video game Injustice: Gods Among Us, from NetherRealm Studios, creators of the definitive fighting game Mortal Kombat. Get a behind-the-scenes look from Ed Boon, creative director at NetherRealm Studios and co-creator of Mortal Kombat. He will be joined by other members from the development team to discuss the story, characters and art direction of this bold new videogame franchise.

The State of Play in Tabletop Roleplaying Gaming
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm — W476
From bold indie sensations like FIASCO and HILLFOLK to the rumblings of D&D NEXT (5th Edition), this panel brings you up to speed on the ever-wider world of tabletop roleplaying games. A panel of professional RPG designers (Matt Forbeck, Ken Hite, and Will Hindmarch) discusses the state of RPG play, design, and the industry, and looks as far into the future as they can. They’ll spotlight great games you might have missed and highlight designers to watch.

POW! Kids Storytelling
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm — Family Room W375a
Performing teacher Anya Clingman turns audience
Captain Anya. Best for ages 3 to 8.

Batman Q&A
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm — IGN Theater
Come join Burt Ward, Adam West and Julie Newmar, a trifecta of Batman alum, for a special Q&A!

CBLDF presents A HISTORY OF CENSORSHIP IN COMICS
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm — W475b

FANTASTICAL WORLDS: Magical & Mythological Delights
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm — W470b
From swords and sorcery to magic and monsters, these authors interweave fantastical elements and mythology into their books to create genre-bending page-turners. Authors discuss the fantasy elements in each of their adventures. Find out what draws readers into the fascinating worlds they’ve created!

MARVEL: Superior Spider-Man
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm — W474
Doctor Octopus has taken over Spider-Man’s body and vowed to become a SUPERIOR Spider-Man! But what lies in store for the web-slinger? Find out the details right here! That’s right, True Believers! Creators Josh Fialkov (Alpha), Ryan Stegman (Superior Spider-Man), Chris Samnee (Daredevil) Declan Shalvey (Venom), and more will be taking any and all questions from YOU the fans! This is one panel that no Spidey fan can miss!

PoP! Double Dare – Presented by PanelsOnPages.com
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm — Variant Stage
On your mark. Get set. GO! The most ridiculous game show from your childhood comes to C2E2 with a distinctively nerdy flair brought to you by the crew from PanelsOnPages.com. There’s trivia, physical challenges, plenty of surprises and even an obstacle course specially catered to the PoP!ulation at C2E2. Come sign up at the PoP! booth or email popcast@panelsonpages.com for your chance to win sweet prizes and fifteen minutes (or about an hour) of fame.

Speed Dating
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm — W183a
Looking for love in all the wrong Cantinas? Back again by popular demand is C2E2 Speed Dating, brought to you by our friends at Sci-Fi Speed Dating. Come join us for a round filled with good music, great company and the thrilling potential to meet your own super hero or shinobi! Speed Dating’s blind dates last three minutes, but if sparks fly, you’re set for a lifetime of live. Five sessions will be held at C2E2 and they’re all free for C2E2 fans.

POW! Kids SuperHero Training Drills
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm — Family Room W375a
Superheroes never know where their superwork will take them, so they must be physically prepared for any number of challenges and terrains. Join us as we direct your energetic, hero-to-be through key SUPER activities to enhance their coordination and fitness level. POW!Kids will assist their new recruits in performing a myriad of physical challenges. Best for ages 5 to 9.

How to Play Quidditch 101
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm — Interactive Room W375b
Have you ever wished YOU could play quidditch? Now you can! Join the International Quidditch Association at C2E2 on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 for some excitement and fun! The IQA will be leading demonstration matches between two official Quidditch teams on both days.  After each demo match, the IQA will open up the pitch for pick-up games! Fans can join in and play with each other for a one hour period. This is something you don’t want to miss! Come see quidditch in full-action and find out why it’s the sport everyone’s talking about!

DC Comics: Superman 101
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm — 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm — W471
The Last Son of Krypton is one of the most recognized pop culture icons of all time, and this year, Superman is set to soar to new heights! Come by for a panel on what makes The Man of Steel the hero that he is with the talent that bring him to life!

I have no sewing machine, but I must Cosplay!
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm — W473
Be it helping internet new sites get hits or upsetting the internet at large, Cosplay has grown in popularity over the years and you probably want in on the action by now. But not everyone can sew, so what do you newbie, WHAT DO YOU DO? Join our panelists as they throw out several vague suggestion at you at the hopes that sound good! Marvel as they point out how who not to throw your money at on the internet! Shrug as they suggest what soon-to-be irrelevant social media platform to use to show off your “work”. Laugh because you feel bad for them and their frail egos need the attention. Warning- may contain humor, and a less than serious look at some aspects of the hobby.

Mystery Authors of C2E2
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm — W476
Join authors Gregory Lamberson (Medallion), Ben H. Winters (The Last Polieceman, Quirk), Brandon Easton (Lion Forge), Joelle Sellneras (Lion Forge) and more as they talk about their different writing experiences and novels within the Mystery Genre!

Comics And Pop Music
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm — W475b
Comic Books and pop music started out as disposable forms delivered in small doses. Both forms became emblematic of youth culture and rebellion in the mid 20th century, faced endless censorship attempts, and have suffered critical reception from dismissive to derisive. Here, Patrick Reed (editor of Depth Of Field magazine) brings together a panel of artists and publishers to discuss the ties between music and graphic storytelling, their common inspirations, the creative and commercial potential in combining the two media, and the history of pop comics– from the Beatlemania tie-ins of the 60s to today’s fan-favorite titles.

JMS Spotlight
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm — W474
Joe’s Comics, the imprint that brought you Midnight Nation and Rising Stars, is pleased to debut its first new offering here at C2E2: Ten Grand, written by JMS and drawn by Ben Templesmith. A special C2E2 convention-only variant cover will be distributed at the panel, which will also discuss some of the other titles coming your way from Joe’s Comics, by way of Image.

The Big Quiz Thing
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm — Variant Stage
Hey, you, comics geek…want a real challenge? The ultimate trivia spectacular is coming to C2E2, and it wants to see how smart you really are. The Big Quiz Thing, Chicago’s favorite live quiz show, presents four rounds of the world’s greatest multimedia team trivia, on comics, movies, sci fi, TV and all that other stuff you know so well, for big prizes and big glory. Hosted by quizmaster Noah Tarnow. For more on the Big Quiz Thing, visit bigquizthing.com.

Q&A with Chandler Riggs
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm — IGN Theater
Actor Chandler Riggs, most commonly known for his role as the pint-sized zombie killer Carl Grimes on AMC’s The Walking Dead, comes to C2E2! Join him for a Q&A on his previous, current and upcoming work.

Legal Cos Play
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm — W473
This panel will be an unscripted conversation between the attorneys at Saper Law Offices, LLC, a Chicago-based intellectual property firm, and members of the audience. We will rely on audience participation to raise intellectual property, rights of publicity, and corporate issues as they relate to the comic book industry. Other attendees will learn through this hour-long dialogue. Preference will be given to audience members dressed in costume!

Star Wars Origami
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm — W476
Master folder Chris Alexander, author of STAR WARS ORIGAMI, will demonstrate and teach the master folding techniques to make Star Wars origami figures. Attendees will fold an exclusive model along with art from the movies. Materials included!

The CHEW Panel
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm — W470a
John Layman and Rob Guillory, the creators of the multi-Eisner and Harvey Award-winning, New York Times Best-selling and much-beloved CHEW sit down for an all-encompassing panel that will no doubt run off the rails and degrade into fart jokes. Learn the origins of this strange comic and what lies ahead! Marvel at Layman’s utter cynicism! Behold Rob’s unnatural love of pie! YOU WILL LOVE IT

VALIANT 2013: HARBINGER WARS AND BEYOND
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm — 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm — W471
Everything you need to know about the Valiant Universe in 2013 will be revealed right here! With HARBINGER WARS just getting started, what surprises lay in wait for the brutal first collision of BLOODSHOT and HARBINGER? Can X-O MANOWAR conquer the forces of PLANET DEATH? Where — and when — are ARCHER & ARMSTRONG headed next? And what surprise heroes will SHADOWMAN draft into his battle against the Deadside? Join Valiant CCO Dinesh Shamdasani, Executive Editor Warren Simons, and a slew of surprise to guests to find out the answers to what the future holds. Plus no fan will want to miss an exclusive round of announcements that will rock 2013! The future of the Valiant Universe starts right here, only at C2E2!

Crafts & Coloring with Wooby & Peep
4:15 pm – 5:15 pm — Family Room W375a
Meet the characters of the new children’s picture book WOOBY & PEEP through fun crafts and coloring activities. Work out your creative passions through crayons, glue-stick your way to giddiness, and construct a character to take home. Plus fun giveaways, autographed by the author herself.

FUTURTISTIC FRIGHT: Science-Fiction Novelists Imagine Far-Future Worlds
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm — W475b
Get your fill of Telepaths, Tech Wars, space odysseys and alien forces on this science fiction panel.  What happens when technology takes over, aliens invade, and civilizations are on the brink of destruction? Authors discuss the technological catastrophes, supernatural occurrences, and galaxy quests in the pages of their science-fiction.

J Scott Campbell Q&A
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm — W470b
Best known for the co-creation of the comic book series Gen, Danger Girl, and Wildsiderz, along with his work as an artist on the Spider-Man series, J Scott Campbell is here to discuss his impressive career within the comic book industry.

The Nerdologues
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm — Variant Stage
The Nerdologues is a comedy show created by a group of comedians from Chicago. The Nerdologues explore and lampoon Nerd and pop culture through hilarious sketches, viral videos (on the internet!) and personal stories. The Nerdologues have performed at San Fran Sketchfest, Chicago Sketchfest, Milwaukee Comedy Festival, Second City’s Donny’s Skybox, iO Chicago, C2E2, and the New York City Comic Con. They ask the important questions, like: “Why don’t the doors on the Death Star fail open?” That’s an egregious engineering error. nerdologues.com ; @nerdologues

Comedy Mutant with Brian Posehn, Myq Kaplan and Mike Drucker
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm — IGN Theater
C2E2 is bringing you a side-splittingly funny FREE comedy event! C2E2’s Comedy Show will feature Comedy Mutant comedians Brian Poshen (The WB’s Mission Hill, Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Program), Myq Kaplan (Last Comic Standing) and Mike Drucker (Saturday Night Live). Don’t miss out on your chance to enjoy this knee-slapping stand-up performance!

Modern Swordplay Demo
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm — Interactive Room W375b
See what medieval swordsman ship really looked like! The Chicago Swordplay Guild is going to demonstrate their skill and shed some light on what the martial arts of the medieval world looked like. Movies and myths imply that that swordsman ship in Europe was crude, thuggish, and untrained. We’ll show you that is was fast, elegant, and mercilessly efficient with entertaining displays with the long sword, rapier and dagger, sword and buckler, and combat in full medieval armor. There will be time for Q&A, and show and tell of actual swords, armor and training gear. If you ever wanted to see the real thing up close, here’s your chance!

Speed Dating
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm — W183a
Looking for love in all the wrong Cantinas? Back again by popular demand is C2E2 Speed Dating, brought to you by our friends at Sci-Fi Speed Dating. Come join us for a round filled with good music, great company and the thrilling potential to meet your own super hero or shinobi! Speed Dating’s blind dates last three minutes, but if sparks fly, you’re set for a lifetime of live. Five sessions will be held at C2E2 and they’re all free for C2E2 fans.

Advanced Digital Inking Techniques with Brian Haberlin
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm — W476
Learn how to digitally ink and take all your black-and-white artwork to the next level. Comics artist Brian Haberlin will delve into Photoshop’s treasure trove of features old and new, that not only enhance comic applications but make possible countless creative pen and ink opportunities rarely seen before. If you’re serious about your black-and-white artwork, this session is a must.

Dark Horse Spring Fever!
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm — W471
Join Dark Horse Comics director of public relations, Jeremy Atkins, and editor-in-chief Scott Allie for exclusive announcements, information on upcoming titles, and even a surprise guest or two!  Whether you’re daydreaming of a galaxy far far away, spending your nights fighting vampires, or trying to unlock the secrets of an organization bent on controlling people’s minds, this is one panel you won’t wanna miss!

VIZ Media Panel
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm — W470a
Get the latest updates & exciting news from VIZ Media staff on your favorite manga and anime!  You’ll also get the scoop on upcoming releases & projects from VIZ Manga, WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP, kids publishing, Neon Alley channel, and more! Plus, be the first to hear about an exclusive collector’s item, available only during C2E2!

American Ghost Hunter Film Screening
5:15 pm – 7:00 pm — W473
Executive-produced by Ryan Buell (star of A&E’s “Paranormal State”) and Chad Calek (also from “State”), “American Ghost Hunter” is a no-holds-barred documentary film about an Iowa family torn apart by alleged paranormal activity. Legendary writer/director Frank Miller (director of “Sin City” and creator of “300”) praised the documentary, calling it a “convincing” film. The film is slated to be released in the fall, but attendees of C2E2 will be one of the first audiences to see this “fantastic, sad and beautiful film” (author Stefan Petrucha, “The X-Files”).

Marvel Heroes: Get Ready for Action
5:45 pm – 6:45 pm — W470b
The Marvel MMO you’ve been waiting for is almost here! Get the inside scoop on the next big thing in Marvel gaming from Gazillion Entertainment. Find out new details about this groundbreaking action RPG MMO, including a first sneak peek at future post-launch content! Pick up a unique giveaway, exclusive to C2E2 and only at this panel!

Supernatural Fan Panel
5:45 pm – 6:45 pm — W475b
Join the coordinators of the Chicago-based Supernatural fan convention WinchestMidwest for an open discussion on the hit CW show, “Supernatural”. Filled with video clips from all 8 seasons, this panel will entertain and inform both new and old fans. So gas up the 1967 Impala and take a ride with us into the world of Sam and Dean Winchester for an hour of Supernatural spoilers and speculation! There will also be a display of art department props from the last eight seasons in the room. And as a special treat, the first 100 panel attendees will receive a goodie bag filled with C2E2 Exclusive Supernatural swag.

Vertigo: A View from the Cutting Edge of Comics
5:45 pm – 6:45 pm — W474
Join the writers and artists behind the acclaimed and award-winning brand for a panel about the weird, the wild and the always unexpected with all-star talent!

Wikia Cosplay Contest
5:45 pm – 6:45 pm — Variant Stage
Wikia’s Lifestyle vertical matches its user’s passion for pop culture topics like comic books, video games, movies, and TV shows with the lifestyle motifs that are a large part of those worlds. So when it came to planning a Lifestyle track for Wikia’s C2E2 participation, we thought the best way to extend that mission would be through fashion and pop culture. Translation: cosplay! Specifically, Wikia will be working with C2E2 to sponsor a cosplay contest focusing on the theme of “heroes” and “villains.” Come to the event as your favorite from any existing media (comics, anime, film, television, etc.) or create a good guy/bad guy of your own. The choice is yours! You’ll just have to impress our panel of expert judges (distinguished members of the Wikia community) for the chance to win big prizes!

Taste of Medieval Swordplay
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm — Interactive Room W375b
Learn From the Midwest’s finest Western Martial Arts instructors. a one hour session on the basics of the Medieval Long Sword, or the elegant Rapier of the Italian renascence. Either way, you will get lesson on how to use it and basic theory that drives medieval fighting schools. If have ever wanted to fight like a knight, or a duelist, this is your chance to try it for free! Don’t miss this opportunity! All needed gear will be provided, just bring your self. Spectators welcome.

Bruce Boxleitner’s LANTERN CITY
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm — W471
LANTERN CITY is a new steampunk inspired television series in development by Executive Producers and Co-Creators, Bruce Boxleitner (TRON, BABYLON 5) and Trevor Crafts. LANTERN CITY will provide a rich world for both fans of steampunk and epic series television enthusiasts and ask the viewer the pivotal questions: “How far would you go to be with the person you love?”, and “What lengths would you go to in order to survive?”. Bruce, Trevor and series writer Matthew Daley will be at C2E2 to providing information and answer questions on the series, and show the current trailer and series concept art. Additionally as a C2E2 exclusive, cast member Mira Furlan (BABYLON 5, LOST) will be joining the panel to discuss her role as Martha Ellen Gray. Definitely not a panel to miss! For more information on this exciting steampunk series and the producers, and cast, please check out the Lantern City website at http://www.lanterncitytv.com, FB: Facebook/lanterncitytv.com, and Twitter: #lanterncitytv.

Comicpreneurs: Secrets of Successful Pop Culture Start-ups
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm — W476
Get a rare look behind the scenes as leading pop culture entrepreneurs share their secrets of building successful pop culture businesses! Join author and futurist Rob Salkowitz (Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture), comiXology co-founder John Roberts, Ted Adams of IDW Publishing and Dinesh Shamdasani of Valiant for a unique view of the business side of pop culture.

Nerd City
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm — W470a
The boys are back. Hosting their FOURTH C2e2 panel, Nerd City brings their signature dose of mayhem to the con festivities yet again. Infamous for troublemaking and their twisted sense of humor, this year’s panel, as always, features special guests, booze-fueled insanity, and prizes! Prizes, I say! Be there or regret it for the rest of your Nerdy life.

Chicago Comics From The Chicago Scene
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm — W470b
Ever wonder how Chicago’s best-known comic creators teamed up to make the Windy City’s scene soar? Learn all about Chi-Town’s four-color community in a special panel featuring “Hack/Slash” and “Revival” creator Tim Seeley and his Four Star Studio mates, indie icons like “Incredible Change-Bots” artist Jeffrey Brown, “Cry Yourself To Sleep” cartoonist Jeremy Tinder, “Life With Mr. Dangerous” cartoonist Paul Hornschemeier and many more local artists. Moderated by Comic Book Resources News Editor Kiel Phegley.

Peter Davison Q&A and Doctor Who Screening
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm — W474
The Doctor time travels to C2E2! Join the discussion with the actor who played the lead role in Doctor Who as he discusses his high-profile career. After the Q&A there will be a special screening of the last episode starring Peter Davison, “Doctor Who: The Caves of Androzani”, brought to C2E2 by THE ULTIMATE-TV.

ZETMAN Screening
7:15 pm – 8:15 pm — W473
Don’t miss this intense dark action anime, presented by VIZ Media, with characters designed by creator Masakazu Katsura (VIDEO GIRL AI, TIGER & BUNNY and more)! “ZET,” the one who is entrusted with the future of mankind. “ALPHAS,” the one who is searching for the meaning of true justice. They will be the ones who will change the world. Is it coincidence or fate that brings these two heroes together? Soon, the two will learn what fate has in mind for them…

C2E2 Charity Auction
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm — W475b
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Please join us for the 2nd Annual Charity Art Auction at C2E2! Come on down and bid with other art enthusiasts for the chance to own a piece of original art from some of your favorite creators including Olivier Coipel, Geof Darrow, Ethan Van Sciver, Katie Cook, Joe Prado, Chris Samnee, Tim Seeley, Agnes Garbowska, Chris Giarrusso, David Petersen, Mico Suayan & Joe Staton. All proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and your participation in this event will help support lifesaving research and treatment for the children of St. Jude. HAVE FUN. GET ART. SAVE LIVES.

An Evening with Kevin Smith
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm — IGN Theater
SOLD OUT. Fans must have previously purchased a ticket to this event. Both a C2E2 Badge and “An Evening with Kevin Smith” ticket are required to enter this event. Join us for “An Evening with Kevin Smith” in the Main Events Hall at C2E2. Spend some time with the legendary filmmaker, actor and writer Kevin Smith! Most known for the world he created in Clerks, and since expanded in Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Clerks II, has also written, directed, and produced projects including Cop Out and Red State. In the comics world, he’s penned stories for heroes including Spider-Man, Daredevil, Green Arrow, Batman, and Green Hornet. Online, he is behind the SModcast podcast and SModcast Internet Radio channel featuring regular weekly podcasts from Smith and over 20 of his contemporaries and collaborators. On television, he stars in his own reality television series, Comic Book Men on AMC. *Please note: this is a separate ticketed event and is currently sold out. Check back for ticket pick-up instructions.

Husbands: Television and Beyond
7:45 pm – 8:45 pm — W471
Brad Bell and Jane Espenson created Husbands, a marriage equality sitcom with the simple hope of giving life to a show they believed in. Two years later, the show is a critical smash, a popular success, and now a comic book hard cover collection. With moderator Mathew Aaron, Bell and Espenson discuss the future of Husbands and the studio-free creative process. Includes a screening.

Keep Your Pants On 2: Electric Boogalloo
7:45 pm – 8:45 pm — W476
The smash-hit geek dating panel from C2E2 2011 is back! Join BleedingCool.com dating columnists Kate Kotle & Elliott Serrano, along with some surprise, for an evening of fun and hijinx as they talk about “dating for geeks, nerds and the like.”

My Journey Into The Unknown: “Paranormal State’s” Ryan Buell Panel Lecture/Discussion
7:45 pm – 8:45 pm — W470a
Ryan Buell, star of the hit TV series “Paranormal State” will share some of his most terrifying encounters at C2E2, including his time working with the Catholic Church to assess cases of demonic possession, alien encounters and spirits from beyond. Buell will also unveil details about his upcoming book and new TV show project.

Wikia Expert Showcase
8:15 pm – 9:15 pm — W470b
The Wikia Expert Showcase is an ongoing video series where members from Wikia.com’s most active and robust communities join in a rapid-fire, moderated discussion on fun pop culture topics. Entire episodes are dedicated to the likes of “Star Wars v2.0,” “The ongoing depiction of Iron Man on the big screen,” “The *new* Final Frontier and where Paramount plans to Trek in it,” etc.  Wikia will be hosting a “live” version of the series at C2E2, focusing on the convention’s largest studio panel. Join us as key members of the Wikia community (as well as a surprise celebrity guest or two) dissect C2E2’s most popular presentation — lending an “expert” voice to the true fans.  Program specifics and panel guests will be announced soon!

BERSERK THE GOLDEN AGE ARC I – THE EGG OF THE KING Screening
8:30 pm – 10:00 pm — W473
VIZ Media brings the arms and armor action of BERSERK to C2E2! Produced by the acclaimed Studio 4C, the first installment in the movie trilogy follows Guts, a lone mercenary, as he travels a land where a hundred-year-old war is taking place. His ferocity and ability to kill enemies attracts the attention of Griffith, leader of the mercenary group “The Band of the Hawk,” and Guts is recruited to the unit. Thanks to their continued victories on the battlefield, the bond between Guts and Griffith deepens, but despite all their success, Guts begins to question his reasons for fighting for Griffith’s dream. Unknown to Guts, this unyielding dream is about to bestow a horrible fate on them both!

C2E2 2013 - Day Separator - Sunday April 28Hunger Games Costume Tour Exhibit
10:00 am – 5:00 pm — Booth #1209
You don’t have to volunteer as tribute this year to get close to the Hunger Games. Get a glimpse at the garb from District 12 and the extravagance hailing from The Capital in the Hunger Games Costumes Exhibit! The exhibition tour will be making its rounds through the nation’s districts with a special stop at C2E2. Fans will have the opportunity to see original movie costumes worn by Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland and more! The exhibit will be located in Booth #1209 and is brought to you by Blacksparrow Productions. Don’t miss your chance to see a piece of Hollywood magic and “may the odds be ever in your favor”!

Ben’s Bubble Show
11:00 am – 12:00 pm — Variant Stage
Ben’s bubble Show is a unique form of entertainment that combines art and science with a touch of magic. Ben uses his bare hands and a few simple tools to create beautiful, humorous, and mind boggling soap bubble sculptures. He even puts people inside bubbles! Outdoors, he creates giant bubbles-some as big as a car. He also makes bubble blizzards… hundreds of softball sized bubbles in just a few seconds. Add some humor and audience participation and you get one of a kind entertainment that’s sure to please young and old alike.

Crowdsourcing: Kickstarting Your Way to Success
11:00 am – 12:00 pm — W470a
The emergence of Kickstarter and other crowdsourcing services has revolutionized and reinvigorated the marketplace for creator-owned projects. Creators are finding an entirely new audience for their works, and crowdsourcing is breaking down the barriers in comics, prose, gaming, technology and design. Join us as Jason Wood – co-host of the 11 O’Clock Comics podcast and backer of several dozen Kickstarter campaigns, moderates an all-star panel (Stegman, Browne, Forbeck, Hite & WIndmarch) of creators who have successfully funded projects that have far exceeded their goals. Learn the Dos and Don’ts of a successful project, from inception to delivery, from people that have done it many times over.

Derf Backderf on My Friend Dahmer
11:00 am – 12:00 pm — W473
Derf Backderf is the author of critically acclaimed, original graphic novel, My Friend Dahmer. Backderf, a high school classmate Jeffery Dahmer’s, gives a unique perspective on the notorious serial killer. To the public, Dahmer was a monster who committed unthinkable atrocities. To Backderf, he was “Jeff,” a high school friend with whom he had shared classrooms, hallways and car rides. Using a combination of his own memories and journals, conversations with old friends, and Dahmer’s interviews and transcripts, writer-artist Backderf unveils a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a disturbed young man–a shy kid, a teenage alcoholic, and a misfit who never quite fit in with his classmates–struggling against the morbid urges emanating from the deep recesses of his psyche.

Superhero Obstacle Course
11:00 am – 12:00 pm — Family Room W375a
Little Beans Cafe is an imaginative playspace and cafe geared towards children ages 6 months-6 years . Join us and let your little superhero’s imaginations run wild as they blast through our mini obstacle course.

U Cre-8 Comics Presents: Character Crafters
11:00 am – 12:00 pm — Family Room W375a
Are you the next GREAT comic creator?! Take the Raconteur’s challenge and design your own character from start to finish! Establish powers, design costume ideas, create an origin story and more with U Cre-8 Comics — the PERFECT jumpstart to YOUR comic universe!

Kidditch – Quidditch Training for Kids
11:00 am – 1:00 pm — Interactive Room W375b
Are you a Harry Potter fan? Or do you like to run around and have fun? Join the International Quidditch Association and play “Kidditch” (Kids Quidditch)! We’ll be introducing this sport to kids of all ages by explaining the rules and teaching them how to play. Kids will be able to run around with brooms, toss around the quaffle, throw bludgers or chase the snitch in a designated “training” area. They will also participate in mini games to give quidditch a try. Most importantly, we want everyone to make friends and have a great time! Brooms up!

Vintage Toys & Pop Culture Auction
11:00 am – 3:00 pm — W476
Presented by Blacksparrow Auctions, the Vintage Toys & Pop Culture Auction features one of the largest collection of original Kenner Star Wars action figures, each graded by AFA. The auction also includes original artwork used for vintage coloring books and jigsaw puzzles that showcase the Pink Panther, Bugs Bunny, Jonny Quest, The Flintstones, Masters of the Universe, Popeye, and much more. Original mint in box Star Trek action figures from the 1960s will be in this auction, as well as Silver Age CGC-graded comics, such as Amazing Spider-Man #1 and Fantastic Four #1. The highlight item is an exceptional rare 1978 Kenner hand-painted hardcopy prototype 15″ scale figure of Darth Vader. This is the ultimate Star Wars collectible. Blacksparrow Auctions is honored to work with ReedPop to bring this live auction to C2E2.

Creative Dramatics
11:30 am – 12:00 pm — Family Room W375a
Join Lil Buds Theater for a basic introduction to the dramatic arts, concentrating on imagination and collaborative work. They will be using children’s literature as a basis for dramatic creations. Best for ages 3 to 6.

Getting Ready for Action – Captain Action in 2013
11:30 am – 12:30 pm — W475b
Captain Action, the original superhero action figure, returned to toy shelves last year to overwhelming collector enthusiasm. But the world’s “Original Action Figure” is only getting started.  Join toy company Round 2, Animation House G7 and Dynamite Comics for a peek behind-the-curtain look at the exciting 2013 Action Plans. Panelists include Mike Murphy (Chief Designer, Round 2 Toys), Nick Barrucci (Publisher, Dynamite Comics), Tom Tataronowicz (G7 Animation), J. C. Vaughn (Publisher, Gemstone). Moderated by Ed Catto (Retropreneur, Captain Action).

The Business of Making Comics with Michael Golden
11:30 am – 12:30 pm — W470b
Long considered one of the best storytellers in sequential art, come to this one on one session with the legendary artist of “The ‘Nam,” “G.I. Joe,” “Dr. Strange,” “The Micronauts,” “Batman Family,” and much, much more! Plenty in insider tips from Michael on the business, notes on storytellling and a chance to have your questions answered by the renowned illustrator and storyteller.

VALIANT 2013: THE CRAFT OF COMICS WITH WARREN SIMONS
11:30 am – 12:30 pm — W474
Ever wonder how your favorite Valiant comics are made? Now’s your chance to find out as Valiant Executive Editor and Marvel veteran Warren Simons goes behind the scenes of his favorite titles past and present. In this candid discussion between Simons and some of the industry’s top talent, find out what it takes to put together a compelling story from start to finish, how to make your series stand apart, and just how the editorial process functions at the highest levels. Plus, watch and wait for a few Valiant secrets that might just come spilling through the cracks.

Talk Like a Pirate (& Leave with Treasure!)
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm — Family Room W375a
So you want to sail the seven seas and hunt for treasure? Learn the super-secret pirate salute, help the captain aboard the ship and take home the lost treasure of Misty Island! Brought to you by the Bristol Renaissance Faire.

Kids Costume Parade
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm — Variant Stage
Come join us at high noon for a kids only costume showdown! Open to attendees 12 and under, C2E2 will be hosting this special contest just for our future costumers and cosplayers. NEW THIS YEAR: PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. More information to come soon on registration.

Theater Games
12:15 pm – 12:45 pm — Family Room W375a
Through acting games and exercises, students will hone basic acting and theatre skills such as vocal production and character creation, and will master the art of creative collaboration. Brought to you by Lil Buds Theater. Best for ages 7+.

Exorcising the Spectre of the Fake Geek Girl: Discussing geek culture, gate-keeping and sexism
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm — W473
This moderated panel will demystify the spectre of the “fake geek girl” that’s been haunting geek culture. Do “fake geek girls” really exist? If so, does it even really matter? Why is there the perception that they are invading geek spaces? Is it really about keeping geek culture “authentic” or about keeping certain people out? And who gets to define what makes one a “real geek” anyway? Six diverse and very opinionated Chicago panelists will tackle these questions and more by discussing some of the blog posts and videos that sparked debate over this topic last year, and sharing their experience of what it’s really like to be geeky women navigating their way through the gates of geek culture. A Q&A session will follow discussion with the panelists. The panel is sponsored in part by the Chicago Nerd Social Club.

FUNimation Channel – The C2E2 Channel Panel
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm — W470a
FUNimation Channel, the only channel in the United States airing anime programming 24/7 on TV in HD, is hosting its debut panel at C2E2. Find out what’s hot, what’s new and what’s coming to the channel.

We Are BOOM!
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm — W471
BOOM! Vice President of Publishing & Marketing Filip Sablik and Editor Shannon Watters reintroduce BOOM! Studios to the world of comics. This won’t be your average publisher panel droning on and on through a series of press releases and stale cover images. Find out what makes BOOM! Studios different than every other comic publisher in the market and why 2013 will be a transformative year for us. Come Innovate With Us.

Become a Knight
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm — Family Room W375a
Queen Elizabeth I is looking for new knights and ladies for her court. Test your mettle and might against the Code of Chivalry and you could be knighted! Brought to you by the Bristol Renaissance Faire.

POW! Gadget Making
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm — Family Room W375a
Superheroes often build machines that make their jobs easier, whether it be a supercomputer, a walkie-talkie, or a honing device. In honor of Earth Day, POW!Kids will use recycled materials to construct their very own gadgets to aid them in the search and capture of evil doers in Chicago and abroad. Best for ages 3 to 9.

Aw Yeah Comics Drawing Competition and Hullabaloo with Art Baltazar & Franco
12:45 pm – 1:15 pm — Variant Stage
Art Baltazar and Franco, the fan-favorite creators behind Tiny Titans and Superman Family Adventures, take the stage for an old fashioned showdown! Learn from the pros as they sketch your favorite comic book characters in a contest against the audience and each other! Who will win this challenge of the super friends? Come on down to find out!

Hobbit Headlines from The OneRing.net
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm — W475b
The Hobbit is here! For more than a decade TheOneRing.net (TORn) has brought fans world-wide the latest happenings on the world of J.R.R. Tolkien in books, live events and film. After a great start, Tolkien fans are eagerly awaiting the next two installments of The Hobbit, and TORn is in the middle of the action! Peter Jackson, a long-time friend to TORn, is back in the director’s chair and TORn’s reporters have been working overtime to find out the latest news and scoops. Expect to be informed, surprised and thrilled about the rumors and developments for the next two movies during this one hour panel.

MARVEL: X-Men
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm — W474
As new mutants emerge around the world, the mutant race may just be able to bounce back! Or at least it COULD, without the looming threats of Apocalypse, the Sentinels, and Cyclops himself!  Join us for an all-star panel featuring Rick Remender (Uncanny Avengers), Brian Wood (X-Men), Ramón Pérez (Wolverine & the X-Men), and more to get all the details about what’s coming next for Marvel’s mutant heroes!

Writing for Comics
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm — W470b
Join top comic writers Justin Jordan (Strange Talent of Luther Strode, Deathstroke), Josh Fialkov (I, Vampire, Echoes) and Andy Schmidtfor a discussion and instructive tips on the art of writing for comics. Writers and editors speak about the process of writing and how the game is played. Want to know how stories come about and learn how to do it yourself—this is the place to start! Presented by Comics Experience’s Andy Schmidt.

Danger Dolphin & Entertaining Elephant Live Reading
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm — Family Room W375a
Dive into danger and embrace excitement as Thomas Finley orates the adventures of Danger Dolphin and Entertaining Elephant!

Reading with Pictures – Live Reading
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm — Variant Stage
Come learn about how getting comics in the classroom can be fun and educational. There will be live read-alongs of our favorite stories from the Harvey-Award nominated anthology, and the latest news about how you can help get comics into schools and libraries near you! Hosted by Reading with Pictures Marketing Director Trevor Mueller. Come join us for this engaging panel that’s fun for all ages!

POW! Story Telling
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm — Family Room W375a
Family Room W375a
Performing teacher Anya Clingman turns audience suggestions into one-of-a-kind superhero stories inspired by the classics tales of the DC and Marvel universes. All POW!Kids are invited to blast off to a world of singing, dancing, and imagination with Captain Anya. Best for ages 3 to 8.

Archaia Entertainment Presents: Comics Storytelling and the Lost Art of 3D
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm — W471
Join creators with a special perspective on 3D storytelling in comics for an uncensored discussion of the medium’s benefits and drawbacks, as well as a wide-ranging survey of the highs and lows of 60 years of 3D comics, only at C2E2 2013! Pioneered by a cabal of industrious creators in the early 1950s, anaglyph 3D comics experienced a boom at roughly the same mid-century moment as 3D movies first appeared in cinemas nationwide. 60 years later, 2012 saw the passing of two of the field’s pioneers: comics legend Joe Kubert, one of the format’s credited inventors, and Ray Zone, the famed conversion artist on the most notable 3D comics of the last 30 years. To pay tribute to these lost giants and celebrate the 2013 release of their ambitious, all-3D graphic novel THE JOYNERS IN 3D from Archaia, writer R.J. Ryan (Syndrome) and New York Times Bestselling illustrator David Marquez (All-New X-Men, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man) have invited a panel of creatives from across comics to dig deep into the medium’s checkered history of using 3D as a storytelling tool. The multimedia presentation will include big-screen glimpses of comics’ most famous—and most forgettable—3D projects, as well as a brief, exclusive sneak peek at Ryan & Marquez’s epic 3D melodrama, THE JOYNERS IN 3D. Moderated by Word Balloon podcast host John Siuntres.

Face Painting
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm — Family Room W375a
Unlock your animal spirit or super hero with Thomas Finley’s free face painting!

FOES, FANGS & FUR: A Look Inside Urban Fantasy Novels:
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm — W470a
Vampires have staked their claim on readers and werewolves have certainly taken a bite out of pop-fiction. But these paranormal creatures aren’t the only ones that run havoc in the pages of urban fantasy novels. Authors discuss the villains, vixens, magic, and mayhem in their novels —from witches to gargoyles to zombies and beyond!

Misfit Heights Screening
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm — W473
A zombie puppet musical! Misfit Heights is a film about an apartment building populated by puppets. When a mad scientist’s plan to rule the world with an army of undead goes wrong, it’s up to the last few survivors to fight their way into his secret lab. They try to put an end to his evil plan before they become zombies, or the buildings superintendent returns from vacation and evicts them

Star Wars Academy
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm — Interactive Room W375b
Put on a helmet, take up a blaster, and enlist in the Star Wars Academy! Join members of the 501st Legion’s Midwest Garrison and the Rebel Legion’s Nar Shaddaa Base in this interactive experience that lets kids play the role of stormtrooper cadets! Get trained in marksmanship, navigate an obstacle course, recover the stolen Death Star plans, and engage in a laser shoot-out to the finish! For ages 6 to 12 only. Starting every 5 minutes in this time slot. Nerf blasters provided. Donations to charity are gladly accepted!

ART MASTERS: DRAWING DC
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm — W474
What does it take to remake a universe? Immensely talented artists! Join DC Comics artists for a unique peek into their visual approach in shaping DC Comics!

FIRST COMICS
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm — W475b
Chicago’s own FIRST COMICS continues its re-launch roll-out with exclusive sneak previews of the FIRST wave of titles, and a special limited edition ashcan for all panel attendees! Panel guests include: Matt Sturges (Jack of Fables), The Fillbach Bros. (Clone Wars), Steve Stern (Frickin’ Butt Kickin’ Zombie Ants), Dan Cote (Zen), Joe Staton (E-Man), Dave Justus (Public Relations), and Omaha Perez (Holmes). Special Guests Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Connor and “The Terror Twins” Directors Sylvia and Jen Soska also join! With First Comics Art Director Alex Wald and Publisher Ken F. Levin.

Meet R.L. Stine who has been Giving Us Goosebumps for 20 Years!
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm — W470b
In July 1992, Scholastic introduced a monthly book series by R.L. Stine called Goosebumps: Welcome to the Dead House. Twenty years later, Goosebumps is now one of the best-selling children’s series of all-time—with more than 300 million books sold in 32 languages. The Goosebumps series made R.L. Stine a worldwide publishing celebrity (and Jeopardy answer), and Goosebumps was named the world’s bestselling book series of all time in the 2003 Guinness Book of World Records. Aimed at kids ages 8–12, Goosebumps was a phenomenon. Goosebumps Most Wanted is the latest line of Goosebumps books by author R.L. Stine, described as “a brand new take on terror” features the return of several of the series’ most infamous villains! Attend this Q&A author session for a fun, bone-chilling interview with the man behind the scare. If you dare! Book signing to follow program.

POW! Kids Interactive Mission
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm — Family Room W375a
Hey Super-Kids! The Joker has stolen the Crystals of Atlantis and is planning to use them to tear the world apart. On this mission, POW!Kids will create a plan and work as a team using their chosen superpowers to stop The Joker from carrying out his plot of destruction. Since The Joker’s keen skills are calibrated to humans over 18 years old, it will require the youthful, energetic minds of kids to out-do, out-smart and out-think, this green haired villain. Best for ages 4 to 8.

Dinosaurs Alive! by Brookfield Zoo
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm — Variant Stage
Journey back millions of years with Brookfield Zoo as they take you on a unique pre-historic experience. Learn how dinosaurs are still the coolest extinct animals that continue to influence pop culture. There will be some dinosaur trivia, games and prizes. Then head over to the Family Room for a sneak peek of Brookfield Zoo’s new exhibit “Dinosaurs Alive!” which is opening April 6.

Star Wars Origami for Kids
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm — Family Room W375a
Master folder Chris Alexander, author of STAR WARS ORIGAMI, will demonstrate and teach the master folding techniques to make Star Wars origami figures. Attendees will fold an exclusive model along with art from the movies. Materials included!

Story Time Adventures
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm — Family Room W375a
Take a break from all the crowds and chaos of the convention floor for a moment of whimsy and fun. Join Agnes Garbowska (MyMisiu Gazette, Girl Comics) as she reads out loud her exciting all-ages fantasy adventure story, “Boo Bear and Flo”, illustrated by herself and written by Jack Briglio (Growing Up Enchanted, Scooby Doo)! She’ll need your help as the characters in her stories need voices of their own! Children and adults are encouraged to join in on this story time since it’s bound to get the room bouncing!

MARVEL: Next Big Thing
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm — W471
From New York City to the edge of the Milky Way and everywhere in between, we’ve got the top talent on hand to talk about all of your favorite heroes and villains as well as make a few surprise announcements! Panelists include Kieron Gillen (Iron Man), Tony Moore (Deadpool), and more as they take on all questions!

Super-Fly Podcast: Live at C2E2
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm — W470a
For two years and 130+ shows, The “gentlemen” that run Super-Fly Comics and Games have been podcasting about all aspects of the comic business, giving their fractured and hilarious take on the podcasting about all aspects of the comic business, giving their fractured and hilarious take on the goings on of the funny little thing called comics. In that short time, the hosts of the Super-Fly Podcast (on the PanelsOnPages.com PoP!Cast Network) have lent their years of experience in comic retailing to the show and are bringing the funny to Chicago. A Q+A will make sure that you can hold your favorite Super-Fly host accountable for the things they’ve said over the years. Look for possible special guests and a great time. Viva la Moon!

*Captain Cornelius Cartoon’s Cartoon Lagoon Screening
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm — W473
This brand new animated/puppet show adventure, available now on DVD, plumbs the depths of Cartoon Lagoon in search of the best and the worst cartoons ever made. (“I didn’t expect to laugh as much as I did. In short, Cartoon Lagoon is a laugh riot.” – TheOtherView.com) Join Wet Willy Jones and Axel Rodd McGee on their undersea quest aboard the MANTA RAY, a cartoon-retrieving vessel commanded by Captain Cornelius Cartoon.

Comic Art–How to make a living doing it!
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm — W470b
Join artists Robert Atkins and Rob Anderson for a discussion with former Marvel and IDW Comics editor Andy Schmidt on how to make a living as an artist. From how to get work, how to interview and network, all the way up to how to just draw some kick ass material that will get you noticed!  Presented by Comics Experience!

It’s Super Effective – a Pokémon Panel
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm — W475b
It’s Super Effective is the most popular Pokémon Podcast on the web. With over 250 5-Star reviews on iTunes, and the winner of two Shorty-Awards for “Best Podcast on Twitter”, PKMNcast knows how to move a crowd! With that being said, we are happy to keep you entertained with all the Pokémon needs you have in your life. If your a serious Pokémon Trainer, you don’t want to miss this show! From Pokémon news to video games, from TCG to Anime, and from the movie to the toys…  PKMNcast is not shy to cover it all.

Wikia Qwizards
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm — W474
What is the top speed of the Millenium Falcon? Who was the final boss of the original Mega Man? What space opera game did Mark Hamill appear in? If you’re the type of person who has the answers to these kinds of questions, you’ll love Wikia Qwizards — a geek culture quiz show where the contestants write questions for each other. This year at C2E2, Wikia will be staging a live-action version of Qwizards and pulling aspiring geek alpha dogs straight from the show floor. The theme for the quiz is science fiction, encompassing games, movies, TV shows, and (of course) books.  Prepare yourself for two days (a semi-final and final round) of game show action!

Brookfield Zoo Crafts & Activities
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm — Family Room W375a

How to Play Quidditch 101
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm — Interactive Room W375b
Have you ever wished YOU could play quidditch? Now you can! Join the International Quidditch Association at C2E2 on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 for some excitement and fun! The IQA will be leading demonstration matches between two official Quidditch teams on both days.  After each demo match, the IQA will open up the pitch for pick-up games! Fans can join in and play with each other for a one hour period. This is something you don’t want to miss! Come see quidditch in full-action and find out why it’s the sport everyone’s talking about!

Songs of Dragons and the Dungeons in Which They Dwell
3:45 pm – 4:15 pm — Variant Stage
Spend time with Dan the Bard and his own compositions about rangers and wizards, bards and barbarians, manticores…and owlbears! The music of Dan the Bard is a combination of original and period pieces, heavily influenced by folk music and the humor of filk music. Dan is the music director at the Bristol Renaissance Faire and has been performing since 1995. He has also performed at GENCON in Indiana, CODCON in Glen Ellyn, and GARYCON in Lake Geneva. Hear what happened this one time… at Bard Camp…

C2E2 Team Panel Q&A
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm — W473
We hope you had the best time at C2E2 and that your experience was epic. The C2E2 Team will be sitting down with Fans to hear what you thought of the show, what you’d like to see more of and let you help build C2E2 2014!

Wooby and Peep Stage Reading
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm — Family Room W375a
Bring the kiddos to an engaging reading from the picture book WOOBY AND PEEP and see what happens when an unlikely friendship forms between a pensive bear who has a passion for petunias and a peppy bird who has a knack for creating disasters with just a touch of her wingtip.

Writing for Video Games
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm — W470a
David Rodriguez, Narrative Designer on the upcoming Skylanders: SWAP Force game, will give an overview of what it means to be a Designer and Writer within the game industry. We will review the sorts of specialties that exist within the discipline and then delve into the process of game creation within a corporate structure, focusing on the different levels of collaboration required to create a successful product. Lastly, we will talk about what you can do if you are looking for a career in the industry and then move into Q & A.

Storytime with the Ghost Busters: Chicago Division
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm — Variant Stage

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