Costumes Contest — Saturday only!
Pop! The Comic Culture Club will once again be presenting the Akron Comicon costume contest. Trophies will be awarded by Pop! to the winners of the best hero and best villain in the following categories: kids 12 and under, teens 13-17, adults 18 and over. Trophies will also be awarded for best craftsmanship and best of show. Judging will take place starting at 5pm on Saturday.
All panels will take place on the first floor of the convention center.
SATURDAY SCHEDULE (Show opens at 10am and closes at 6pm)
11pm MONSTERFESTMANIA PRESENTS THE SON OF GHOUL & COUNT BASIL
Join the author of the bestselling books Cleveland TV Tales Volumes 1&2, Mike Olszewski, as he interviews the longest running costumed TV horror host, The Son of Ghoul, along with Dick Tracy Scribe, Mike Curtis, also known as Count Basil, and learn about their careers on TV and get a firsthand preview of the retro sci-fi and horror show: Monsterfestmania!
12pm BATMAN TV SERIES PANEL FEATURING JIM BEARD
Fifty Years of ZOK! ZOWIE! and ZLOPP! Join GOTHAM CITY 14 MILES editor/writer Jim Beard in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1966-68 BATMAN television series. Jim will Z-ZWAP you through questions, discussions, and debates on the Bat-show you love...and hate!
1pm TONY’S TIPS LIVE!
Join Tony Isabella, creator of Black Lightning, co-creator of Misty Knight and Tigra, 44-year veteran of the comic industry for a lively discussion of well, everything. We'll talk comic books, giant monster movies, blogging and anything else that comes to mind. You can ask questions and sometimes the answers might actually match them.
2pm BATMAN PANEL FEATURING MIKE W. BARR, ALAN DAVIS AND ALAN GRANT!
Join Batman scribe, Mike W. Barr as he reminisces with Batman artist Alan Davis, and fellow Batman scribe Alan Grant.
3pm ALTERED REALM PRESENTS ADDY MILLER & TIM PROCTOR
FROM THE MEGA HIT TV-SHOW THE WALKING DEAD!
Meet Addy Miller “The Teddy Bear Walker” from season one, and walker Tim Proctor from seasons 5-6, courtesy of Altered Realm Radio and get the behind the scenes scoop on their experiences on one of the most popular shows on TV.
Tim will also be available on the live call-in show on Altered Realm Radio from 8pm-12am following the Akron Comicon on Saturday night. If you didn't get your questions in be sure to call 330-673-2428 to the studio at KRMAradio.com.
4pm THE POWER OF COSPLAY! – Hosted by the Rubber City Cosplayer’s Ryan Dyke & Codey Stanley.
The journey of cosplay has to start somewhere, and it's different for everyone. Whether it's being inspired by a friend, seeing a cool costume in a movie, or just dressing up for Halloween. With cosplay, you have to make the costume so you like it, and you are comfortable with it. You don't want to compare yourself to others, but rather look to others for inspiration. If you feel excited and are happy with what you end up with, then that is a successful cosplay! In this panel, you'll hear from you the cosplayers of Rubber City Cosplay, Sapphire Zebra, Ashen Wolf Cosplay, and Far Far Away Cosplay, and their personal stories on how the power of cosplay has influenced their lives, and they'll share how far they've come with their costumes. And, always remember, cosplay is for all!
4:30 COSTUME CONTEST presented by POP! The Comic Culture Club & Rubber City Cosplay with Mike Travis!
SUNDAY SCHEDULE (Show opens at 11am and closes at 5pm)
12pm INDIE LINK PRESENTS HOW TO CREATE COMICS
The panel features Ted Sikora from Apama, Dan Gorman and Joseph A. Michael of Atomic Blonde, Femforce, and Only Human. Also, joining the panel is Dirk Manning and Mike Sangiocomo. Learn what it takes to make your very own idea become reality in the pages of a graphic novel. Join a community of creators at www.IndieLink.us for additional resources, interviews, tips, and tricks on creating and publishing your own book!
1pm P. CRAIG RUSSELL: THE ART OF GRAPHIC STORY TELLING
Join P. Craig Russell for a special LIVE presentation with the acclaimed creator teaching the art of graphic storytelling. Lessons include how to properly introduce your story, how to establish and visualize the emotional dynamics of your characters, the introduction of characters, the introduction and use of props, effective page composition, the use of parallel narrative and more.
2pm DICK TRACY PANEL FEATURING MIKE CURTIS & JOE STATON
Mike Curtis and Joe Staton have revitalized one of the longest running newspaper comics in the history of the medium! Join these 3-time award winners and learn about their plans for America’s greatest Police Detective—Dick Tracy!
3pm MEET CAPTAIN AMERICA & CAPTAIN MARVEL
Join moderator Bryan Pixler of Superhero 101 and Little Hollywood Ohio, for a Q&A with the 70s TV Captains: Reb Brown (Captain America) and Jackson Bostwick (Captain Marvel). Meet the heroes behind the secret identities!