Program Schedule

Camden Comic Con 2018
Workshops
Talks
Panels
Music
Kids & Youth
Green Screen
Gaming
Film
Workshops
Talks
Panels
Music
Kids & Youth
Green Screen
Gaming
Film
10:00 - 14:00
Green Screen Experience

Take a photo of yourself and friends on Mars, with a dinosaur, or in many other realistic or fantastic scenes. Print, text, or email your photos to others. While you visit, speak with staff from the Office of Information Technology about the IT services on campus and employment for students! Special Edition Backgrounds for CCC!

 

BLACK BOX THEATER

Fine Arts Building

 

 

10:00 - 18:00
Super Smash Bros Tournament

Join the RUC Smash Club for their tournament and friendlies all day long!

 

RAPTOR ROOST

Campus Center, Lower Level

 

RUC Smash fosters the best Super Smash Brothers players on campus. We hold tournaments, friendly matches, and crew battles.

10:00 - 18:00
Tabletop Gaming

Join All Things Fun! for open tables and tournaments all day long.

Heroclix, Dice Masters, and more!

 

MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM RIGHT

Campus Center, Upper Level

 

 

11:00 - 12:00
Watching Wakanda: Reactions & Responses to Black Panther

Invited speakers as well as audience members will share their own experiences related to the film, the character, and the comics. Featuring Dr. Andre Carrington, Dr. Walter Greason, and Dr. Mahdi Ibn-Ziyad.

 

MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM LEFT

Campus Center, Upper Level

 

André Carrington’s research focuses on the cultural politics of race, gender, and genre in 20th century Black and American literature and the arts. His first book, “Speculative Blackness“, interrogates the meanings of race and genre through studies of science fiction, fanzines, comics, film and television, and other speculative fiction texts.

 

11:00 - 11:45
Paper Cut Characters

Use cut paper and drawing materials to create characters of your own design with illustrator Christine Larsen!

 

SOUTH BC

Campus Center Lower Level

 

Originating from the Pine Barrens of central Jersey, Christine is a Harvey Award Nominated cartoonist and Illustrator, creating art for comics, book covers, stories, posters and websites. She has worked with clients such as Dark Horse, IDW, BOOM Studios, DC Online, Simon & Scheuster and Cartoon Network.

11:00 - 11:45
Round Three: Fight!

Performance Workshop!

Reunite once more with fervent storyteller Robert Repici and collaborate with a collection of fellow architects, adventurers, and super-enthused creative artists to carry out a multifarious “three-quel” of sorts to the dynamic character creation workshops of the past two years, a culminating endeavor once again revolving around the “pure, boundless force of Imagination,” yet with the aim this time being to explore the deep, seemingly dichotomous discord between archetypal heroes and villains, where—following the rekindled spark of conflict—all with an ardent love for dramatic crisis and calamity will be encouraged (if not outright provoked!) to compose and present their very own final confrontations, bringing forceful, climactic, two-character clashes to life through a fiery blend of invention, improvisation, and devised performance.

 

WEST AB

Campus Center, Lower Level

 

ROBERT REPICI is a writer, educator, and arts aficionado hailing from Philadelphia suburbia. An alumnus of Rutgers University and Arizona State University, his research and writings delve primarily into the realms of narrative theory, film authorship, genre evolution, extra- and meta-textuality, transmedia storytelling, “Theatre of the Absurd,” and socio-cultural superhero stories (both of the “real” and “surreal” varieties).

11:00 - 14:00
Student Designed Tabletop Games

Join RU-C Student Game Designers as they walk you through playing their newly crafted tabletop games!

 

Games Include: 

Splitting Heirs

Heshero’s Bounty

Monster Arena

 

RAPTOR ROOST

Campus Center, Lower Level

 

This class served as the introduction to the business of video games and understanding game design and production. With the advent of indie developer revolution, the games industry has undergone significant changes. Long gone are the production and distribution barriers of the past – but many still exist that game developers need to have knowledge of. In this class we dove into all aspects of a game’s production to provide a critical understanding of the steps needed to create a successful title. This course was broken down into Game Design and Game Industry modules where we broke down game mechanics, business practices and other essential skills needed to design a successful title.

11:00 - 14:00
Portrait Painting Demo – From Life

Watch as the artist Dorian Vallejo demonstrates his technique of painting a portrait from life with oil paints in a single sitting.

 

FINE ARTS ROOM 238

Fine Arts Building, 2nd Floor

 

Born into an artistic family, Dorian Vallejo’s career began in his late teens when he began illustrating book covers while attending the School of Visual Arts in New York. As the field increasingly began to incorporate the use of computer-generated images, Vallejo felt the need to pursue other avenues with his art. His love of traditional media and the figure, drew him to portraiture and to focus on personal work, which shows in galleries. These days Vallejo spends most of his time creating paintings and drawings for sale through galleries.

11:15 - 11:45
Comics in the Classroom

Comics and graphic novels serve as powerful tools in the classroom for reading, writing, and engagement. Attendees will be walked through tested lesson plans that can be used in any classroom and level with educator & historian Tim Smyth.

 

SOUTH A

Campus Center, Lower Level

 

Tim Smyth is a high school social studies teacher who travels the country presenting on using comics in the classroom. He has been published by multiple outlets, including PBS, Diamond Bookshelf, and others. He also writes curriculum for comics publishers, including the Laurie Halse Anderson graphic novel Speak. Many lesson plans and resources can be found on historycomics.net

11:30 - 12:30
Intro to Dungeons & Dragons

So you want to learn more about playing Dungeons & Dragons but don’t know where to start. Mountains of books, crazy dice, and what the heck is a “saving throw”? Have no fear, you can learn the basics of the game in no time in a fun, pressure-free environment with Brian Stillman.

 

VIEWING ROOM

Campus Center, Lower Level

 

Brian Stillman has more than 20 years experience as a professional journalist and filmmaker, working in both the print and documentary worlds. He’s a producer on the Netflix documentary series The Toys That Made Us (The Nacelle Co.), and in 2014, he released the documentary Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys through his own production company, X-Ray Films. Plastic Galaxy is distributed world-wide by Gravitas, LLC, and is available on Amazon Prime, Hulu, iTunes, and most other digital outlets. Brian has written articles and produced videos for numerous magazines, web sites, and non-profits, including Guitar World (where he was also an associate editor), Future Music, Super 7, the music magazine Revolver (where he was also managing editor), and the New York Post. He is co-editor, with ArtOrder’s John Schindehette, of the upcoming The Owlbear Almanac: The Handbook of the Owlbear Appreciation Society.

11:45 - 12:30
Making Comics!

This comic workshop is for everyone and especially great for parents, if their child wants to pursue their dream in comics. Presented by Phil McNulty & Ryan Brady.

 

EXECUTIVE MEETING ROOM

Campus Center, Lower Level

 

Philip McNulty & Ryan Brady are comic creators who love the medium so much, they teach to inspire anyone to pursue a career in comics and the arts.

12:00 - 12:45
Cartooning for Kids

A hands-on workshop in which we learn about creating an interesting and memorable cartoon character, and design our own original characters with writer/artist Kristen Gudsnuk.

 

SOUTH BC

Campus Center Lower Level

 

Kristen Gudsnuk is the writer and artist of the comic series Henchgirl, from Dark Horse Comics. She is also the writer and artist of the upcoming middle-grade graphic novel Making Friends from Scholastic, and the artist of the new series Modern Fantasy from Dark Horse. She also illustrated the VIP book series by Jen Calonita.

12:00 - 12:30
Political Cartooning: From Nast to “Nasty”

A look into the world of satirical & political cartooning from generating ideas to getting them published with Rich Feldmann!

 

SOUTH A

Campus Center, Lower Level

 

Rich Feldmann’s cartoons have been published in The New Yorker, Princeton University Press, The History Press, Le Figaro, and other magazines and journals.

 

 

12:30 - 13:30
The Power of Fantasy

Panel featuring Gail Simone, Jamar Nicholas, Tee Franklin, and moderated by Adam McGovern.

 

MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM LEFT

Campus Center, Upper Level

 

For years we’ve heard that superheroes and other action genres are “male power fantasies” — but now so many characters and creators from a range of gender identities and cultures are showing their strength. For readers and writers who belong to dominant social groups, stories of characters like them who save the day and achieve amazing feats can be just a vision of what they can expect in life; for female-identified readers, people of color and those on a spectrum of sexuality, stories they can see themselves in are more a vision of a never-realized equality that might yet be. And of course, geeks and nerds of all kinds can relate to being kept low on the social ladder. How do fantasy places like Wakanda and Themyscira empower us to make reality match up with their ideals? Do flawed versions of the old-school model of heroes like Logan or Batman send a message that no one is perfect and we all need each other’s help? To be recognized and become your super-self do you have to rise through trauma like Jessica Jones, or can approval and happiness build heroes, like America Chavez or Moon Girl, as much as it did Superman himself? Join a panel of cultural theorists on human diversity, and pop creators of empowering characters, to discuss these ideas!

12:30 - 13:45
How To: DIY Cosplay Props

Making A Cosplay Prop Out Of Insulation (Pink) Foam with Tom Mulholland.

 

This seminar will show a summary version and demonstration of the process of planning, prepping, cutting, and carving a cosplay prop out of the pink insulation foam that can be bought at most home centers (Home Depot, Lowes, etc.)

 

WEST AB

Campus Center, Lower Level

 

Mulholland Art is a traditionally trained local artist who has more recently branched out into new media like cosplay and video work. He is also a metal fabricator at a Philadelphia based company.

 

 

12:45 - 13:30
Eye of the Beholder: The Art of D&D

Get a sneak peek of the upcoming documentary Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons & Dragons plus a Q&A discussion about the film and the art of this beloved role playing game; with Brian Stillman.

 

VIEWING ROOM

Campus Center, Lower Level

 

Brian Stillman has more than 20 years experience as a professional journalist and filmmaker, working in both the print and documentary worlds. He’s a producer on the Netflix documentary series The Toys That Made Us (The Nacelle Co.), and in 2014, he released the documentary Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys through his own production company, X-Ray Films. Plastic Galaxy is distributed world-wide by Gravitas, LLC, and is available on Amazon Prime, Hulu, iTunes, and most other digital outlets. Brian has written articles and produced videos for numerous magazines, web sites, and non-profits, including Guitar World (where he was also an associate editor), Future Music, Super 7, the music magazine Revolver (where he was also managing editor), and the New York Post. He is co-editor, with ArtOrder’s John Schindehette, of the upcoming The Owlbear Almanac: The Handbook of the Owlbear Appreciation Society.

12:45 - 13:45
Writing the Graphic Novel (For Teens!)

Teens will learn the basics of how to write a graphic novel, to include thinking visually, visual storytelling considerations, style, format, character creation, caption and dialogue use. Bring your imagination, creativity, a notebook and something to write with! No art skills required!

 

EXECUTIVE MEETING ROOM

Campus Center, Lower Level

 

Joe is the author of Peanut Butter & Brains, Peanut Butter & Aliens, and the forthcoming Peanut Butter & Santa Claus (Abrams) picture books as well as the forthcoming Junior Monster Scouts chapter book series (Simon & Schuster). He teaches Creative Writing at Rowan University and is faculty for the Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Sierra Nevada College’s low-residency MFA program.

13:00 - 13:30
Eating at the Round Table

Love food? Love Medieval Times? You’ll love this discussion of King Arthur’s Round Table as both political ideal and convivial space with Aaron Hostetter.

 

SOUTH A

Campus Center, Lower Level

 

Political Appetites: Food in Medieval English Romance, 2017.

13:00 - 13:45
Make-A-Story Workshop

Fill in the blanks and get your creative juices flowing as you combine pieces of characters, settings and narration into your own unique storybook/comic with artist Ellen Stedfeld. “Once upon a time, on a dark and stormy night there was a…”

 

SOUTH BC

Campus Center, Lower Level

13:45 - 15:15
Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys

Screening of the documentary “Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys,” followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.

 

VIEWING ROOM

Campus Center, Lower Level

 

Brian Stillman has more than 20 years experience as a professional journalist and filmmaker, working in both the print and documentary worlds. He’s a producer on the Netflix documentary series The Toys That Made Us (The Nacelle Co.), and in 2014, he released the documentary Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys through his own production company, X-Ray Films. Plastic Galaxy is distributed world-wide by Gravitas, LLC, and is available on Amazon Prime, Hulu, iTunes, and most other digital outlets. Brian has written articles and produced videos for numerous magazines, web sites, and non-profits, including Guitar World (where he was also an associate editor), Future Music, Super 7, the music magazine Revolver (where he was also managing editor), and the New York Post. He is co-editor, with ArtOrder’s John Schindehette, of the upcoming The Owlbear Almanac: The Handbook of the Owlbear Appreciation Society.

14:00 - 15:00
Anatomy & Figure Drawing

This workshop will delve into the elements of understanding and drawing the figure, gesture drawing, as well as anatomy and constructive methods for approaching the figure, with Brian McAndrews.

 

EXECUTIVE MEETING ROOM

Campus Center, Lower Level

 

Brian has a background in figurative painting, and is an instructor at Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy in Camden, NJ.

16:00 - 17:00
Gail Simone Spotlight

This casual Q&A with author Gail Simone will take the audience through her incredible career so far, and perhaps give a glimpse into what’s ahead! Moderated by Yissel Ayala.

 

MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM

Campus Center, Upper Level

 

Gail Simone is a multiple-award-winning, fan favorite author of comics and animation, having written much-beloved runs on WONDER WOMAN, DEADPOOL, BIRDS OF PREY, SECRET SIX and many more titles for the likes of Marvel and DC Comics. Her creator-owned smash hit LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS, with co-creator/artist Jim Calafiore, was the number one best-selling title on Comixology. She is currently working on DOMINO for Marvel Comics, CLEAN ROOM for Vertigo Comics, CROSSWIND for Image Comics, and the new PLASTIC MAN series for DC Comics.

 

Yissel is a co-founder of the international meet up organization, Geek Girl Brunch, and a design contributor to comics including Gail Simone’s Clean Room. Known on social media as @TheDesignerGeek, she’s an avid reader, moderator extraordinaire, hates writing her own bio.

17:00 - 18:00
From Screens to Strings: Geek Anthems in Concert

 

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!

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