Program Schedule

Camden Comic Con 2017
Workshops
Talks
Panels
Music
Kids Zone
Gaming
Film
Workshops
Talks
Panels
Music
Kids Zone
Gaming
Film
11:00 - 11:45
YOU Can Be a Puppeteer! With Noel MacNeal (Bear in the Big Blue House)

Want to try your “hand” at being a puppeteer? Noel MacNeal, star of Disney’s Bear in the Big Blue House, will conduct a “puppeteering workshop”. You can learn the “secrets” of lip-sync and manipulation used by the professionals who bring your favorites from Sesame Street and the Muppets to life. Using resources from his book “10 Minute Puppets”, Noel will help you make your own a simple puppet to perform.

Presenter: 
Noel MacNeal

Location:

Multi-Purpose Room Left, Campus Center Main Level

11:00 - 11:30
Social Media & Marketing For Comics

A lesson/tutorial for aspiring & established comic creators on how best to utilize social media and an online presence to build and support their career, including insight on crowdfunding campaigns and the do’s/don’ts of social media. This is a slideshow presentation with open discussion and a Q&A afterwards.

Presenter:

Marc Lombardi

Location:

Viewing Room, Campus Center Lower Level

11:00 - 11:45
Birth of the Superhero w/ Fred Van Lente

Where do all those powers, costumes, secret identities and origins come from? Join author Fred Van Lente as he explores these themes while referencing his beloved Comic Book History of Making Comics.

Presenter:

Fred Van Lente

Location:

South A

 

11:00 - 11:45
Rascals, Rogues, and Fiendish Foes: Devising a Hive of Villainy w/ Robert Repici

“Deep within a bleak and dismal swamp, hidden beneath its murky waters, lies the headquarters of the most sinister villains of all time…”

Reunite with fervent storyteller Robert Repici and conspire with a band of fellow scalawags, scoundrels, and frenzied pop culture firebrands to carry out a multifarious (and/or nefarious) sequel of sorts to last year’s successful superhero creation workshop, an ensuing endeavor once again revolving around the “pure, boundless force of Imagination,” yet with the mission this time being to explore the rival, reverse end of the spectrum, that of the proverbial “Dark Side,” where—following the ascent of a noble, heroic arch-nemesis—all with an unabashed love for roguish deeds and mischievous schemes will be invited and, yes, incited to give rise to their own, unique super-villain, bringing their deviations to life through a wily blend of invention, improvisation, and devised performance.

We all still have stories to share, characters to create, rabble-rousers within. (And, hey, they say villains are the heroes of their own stories…) Feed the need. Dare to be devious. Let loose your inner Lex Luthor, your own “evil genius.”

Presenter:
Robert Repici

Location:

Black Box Theater, Fine Arts Bldg., Gordon Theater/Stedman Gallery Side

11:00 - 18:00
All Things Fun! Presents Table Top Gaming!

Join All Things Fun! for table top gaming all day long!

Location: Multi-Purpose Room Right, Campus Center

For more information, see the Gaming section.

11:30 - 13:00
Inside the Art of Sequential Visual Storytelling

This seminar explores the principles, and techniques of sequential visual storytelling – the art at the heart of comics and other visual media.

It is based on Carl Potts’ many years of experience as a top editor/creator at Marvel and on my book, The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics: Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling. While at Marvel, Carl discovered and mentored many top talents including Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, June Brigman, Scott Williams, Larry Stroman, Art Adams, Mike Mignola and Jon Bogdanove.

Carl has given the seminar at Google NY, DC Comics, Princeton Univ., San Diego ComicCon, NYCC, The Society of Illustrators, Syracuse Univ. Blizzard, Blue Sky and many other conventions and schools. He currently teaches on site at School of Visual Arts in NYC and online for Academy of Art University.

Ages:
High school and above

Presenter:
Carl Potts
Location:
South BC, Campus Center Lower Level

11:45 - 12:45
Comics Outside Comics: The Artform’s Adventures in Academia, Fashion, Sales, Vice and Theoretical Physics

The comics artform is bursting way beyond the panel-borders of the traditional graphic fanbase. Big businesses, museums, schools and foundations and rum and vape and coffee brands are hiring comics creators to tell their stories (or sometimes just give their audiences some extra entertainment). Some of the medium’s best talents have been making a second career of this, and on this panel we’ll talk to several, including Frank Espinosa & Sajan Saini (Ferragamo shoes; Princeton Plasma Physics Lab), Bishakh Som (Immigrant Justice Network), Andrea Tsurumi and Josh O’Neil (Philadelphia Museum of Art, Locust Moon), Derick Howard Jones (Red-Eye Vapor), and Damian Duffy (cartoonist/Library Sciences PhD). Come hear them give a unique view of how to make it in — and out of — comics!

Presenter:

Adam McGovern

Panelists:

Frank Espinosa, Sajan Saini, Andrea Tsurumi, Bishakh Som, Derick Howard Jones, Josh O’Neil, & Damian Duffy (by skype)

Location:

Executive Meeting Room, Campus Center Lower Level Comics Outside Comics

11:45 - 12:15
Hell and Back: Helena as Kore and Shaman in Orphan Black

The myth of the descent of a goddess into hell and her return to the land of the living as an intermediary between the two realms is a central one in the development of the female psyche. Among the many goddesses and heroines associated with this mythic pattern are Persephone, Inanna, Psyche, and Eurydice, who in their various ways and for various reasons descend into hell, are transformed by what happens to them there and by interactions with shadow-goddesses who serve as mentors or opponents, and return to the world of the living (or fail to do so) with matured powers and abilities.

This talk will examine these mythic stories and associations as they relate to Helena, the character who most dramatically exemplifies this pattern and whose thought processes are the most tied to religion, superstition, symbolism, and her own sense of special destiny. In her quest for family and for meaning, Helena makes descent after descent into hell, encountering evil kings (Tomas, Henrik, Pouchy) and female false guides (Rachel, Bonnie, Virginia). Her experiences enable her to serve as an angel of death (her vicious killings of other clones and of Henrik, and later her remarkably tender scenes killing Parsons and Rudy) and shaman (shape-shifting when impersonating other clones, and very specific shamanic imagery in her brief but bloody return at the end of season four).

Presenter:

Janet Croft

Location:

Viewing Room, Campus Center Lower Level

12:00 - 18:00
Dungeons & Dragons in the Digital Studies Center

Join the Digital Studies Center (Fine Arts Bldg, Room 215) for a four-hour session of the legendary Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game. A Dungeon Master will guide participants through various adventures, and there is no minimum time commitment. Players can join for 5 minutes or 4 hours. All ages are welcome, and visitors can observe or participate. Come ready to roll crits!

Moderators:

Jim Brown & Robert A. Emmons Jr.

Location:
MODLab, Digital Studies Center, Fine Arts Building, Second floor, Room 215

12:00 - 12:45
Cartoon Beach Party

Do you love Scooby-Doo, Spongebob Squarepants or Mickey Mouse? Would you like to wow your friends by drawing these characters & more? Join educator & co-creator of “Life’s A Beach”, Mike Lopez, for this fun workshop where you will learn to draw your favorite cartoon characters, as well make-up your own. Participants will learn the tricks of the trade to create their own comic strips.

Presenter:

Mike Lopez

Location:

Multi-Purpose Room Left, Campus Center Main Level

12:30 - 13:00
Power of Comics in Education

Comics and graphic novels are amazing classroom resources to assist in student engagement and to create analytical readers and writers. Tim Smyth is a high school social studies teacher and reading specialist who successfully integrates this medium with his students. During this session, proven lesson plans and resources will be shared for educators of all levels.

Presenter:
Tim Smyth

Location:

Viewing Room, Campus Center Lower Level

12:30 - 13:00
Planet Frankenstein: Cult Horror Films w/ Newt Wallen

“From the cold dead heart of an abandoned deep space prison planet, LILITH the psychotic queen of the Vampires is raising an army of zombie monster hybrids to bring hell on Earth. Mans only hope is a tired old werewolf astronaut and the three beautiful and deadly daughters of the legendary Frankenstein Monster. Welcome to a new age of Gods and Monsters. Welcome to PLANET FRANKENSTEIN!”

Underbelly’s Newt Wallen takes you through the weird, wild, monstrous and sexy cult movie madness from his upcoming PLANET FRANKENSTEIN and MIDNIGHT SHOW features as well as look back at web hits from Silvermania and Underbelly.

Ages:

Mature: Parental Discretion Advised

Presenter:

Newt Wallen

Location: 

Black Box Theater, Fine Arts Bldg., Gordon Theater/Stedman Gallery Side

 

12:45 - 13:15
Milestone Media’s Icon: Between Radicalism and Respectability

This presentation features Keith Green, Director of Africana Studies at RU-C, as he explores the respectability politics of Milestone Media’s Icon comic book.  Green argues that the African American superhero, Icon, broke new ground for comic strips, even as it played into and critiqued politically conservative ideas about black behavior and racial uplift.

Presenter:

Keith Green

Location:

South A, Campus Center Lower Level

13:00 - 13:45
Drawing My Little Pony! w/ Diana Leto

Is your favorite pony Rainbow Dash or Pinkie Pie? Or do you like Fluttershy or Applejack? Illustrator Diana Leto, cover artist from IDW’s My Little Pony , will teach children how  to bring their most treasured ponies to life in this drawing workshop.

Presenter:

Diana Leto

Location:

Multi-Purpose Room Left, Campus Center Main Level

 

13:00 - 14:00
How to Become A Professional Geek and Do What You Love

Join three marketing geeks and a nostalgianeer as they discuss how they incorporate their nerdy activities into their daily lives and careers – and get paid for it. From blogging and podcasting to sales and event management, discover how you can be paid to be a full-time geek.

Presenters:

Tara M. Clapper, Chris Bell, Tina Degenhart, Penelope Daniels.

Location:
Executive Meeting Room – Campus Center Lower Level

13:15 - 14:00
Anatomy & Figure Drawing

In this figure anatomy session we will look at a few constructive approaches to drawing the human figure. We will start our investigation of the figure via gesture drawings, how can we capture the action! Secondly, we will learn the “Loomis” method for building the human head. Lastly, we will look at individual parts of the body such as the hand and feet. This approach to drawing the figure will give any aspiring comic artist a grounding in constructive approaches to the human form.

Presenter:

Brian McAndrews

Location:

South BC, Campus Center Lower Level

13:30 - 14:00
Beowulf in Pop Culture

Join Aaron Hostetter, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, RU-C English Dept.  for a discussion on the presence of the Old English poem Beowulf in various media formats, including movies, TV, video games, and graphic novels.

Presenter:

Aaron Hostetter

Location:

South A, Campus Center Lower Level

14:00 - 14:45
Get In TOON!

Learn from master cartoonist Michael Grassia, the basic cartooning skills needed to create your own characters and backgrounds with nothing more than some simple shapes and your imagination.

Presenter:

Michael Grassia

Location:

MPR Left, Campus Center Main Level

14:00 - 14:30
Tales from the Upside Down: Communication and Relation in Stranger Things

Stranger Things is well known for its it’s eerie Sci-Fi tone, amazing cast, and tilt on the traditional coming of age tale, but beyond the special effects and espionage this show makes resonating point about family, friendship, communication and relationship. The use of the fantastical serve to create a platform for the discussion of how dynamics endure. I will analyze various key characters and their relationships/ how those relationships are established, sustained and broken throughout the first season of the show. Topics including voyeurism, adolescence, queer identity, and innocence will all be explored as they relate to the central motif.

Presenter:
Alexis Wilson

Location:
Viewing Room, Campus Center Lower Level

14:15 - 15:00
Animation and VFX: A Technical Art

In this talk we take a look at the sometimes under appreciated Animation & VFX process in hopes to inform viewers of the immense amount of time that is spent in creating films. Artistic and Technical skills are required in this process and more times than not it’s a combination of these skills that produces the amazing images we see on screen.

Presenter: 
Eric Thivierge

Location:

South BC, Campus Center Lower Level

14:15 - 15:00
Make Your Own Comic or Art Book

Jon Schindehette has been helping creatives get their art books and comics produced, distributed, and into the hands of their customers. Learn about the tips and tricks there are to keep from shooting yourself in the foot, and providing your customers with an amazing experience.

Presenters:
Jon Schindehette

Location:

Executive Meeting Room, Campus Center Lower Level

16:00 - 17:00
Share Your Story w/ Amy Chu, Larry Hama, Dean Haspiel & Fred Van Lente

Join these incredible professionals, and learn about their individual journeys into the world of comics. They may even have some words of wisdom for those seeking to break in!

Presenters:

Amy Chu (Red Sonja, KISS), Larry Hama (G.I. Joe, Wolverine), Dean Haspiel (American Splendor), Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong, Marvel Zombies)

Moderator:

Robert Repici

Location:

Executive Meeting Room, Campus Center Lower Level

 

17:00 - 18:00
From Screens to Strings: The Elegance String Quartet Performs Geek Anthems

 

BLACK BOX THEATER, FINE ARTS

Join the Elegance String Quartet as they perform over a dozen Geek Anthems pulled from television, movies, and video games.

Featuring music from:

Game of Thrones

Batman

Lord of the Rings

Zelda

Star Wars

Harry Potter

Skyrim

…and more!

 

 

17:30 - 20:00
Writer’s House Presents: ‘Coraline’

Co-sponsored by the Campus Center and Division of Student Affairs.

Neil Gaiman’s children’s novella has been retold and adapted in many genres. Join us for a conversation with Eric Thivierge, of the RU-C Animation Department, to discuss some of the methods for translating adapted works to screen via computer generated and conventional animation.

Date & Time
April 8, 2017
5:30 pm-8:00 pm

Location
Writers House
305 Cooper St.
Camden, NJ

Admission Information
Free

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