Panel Schedule

The views and opinions expressed on any panel are those of the the persons appearing on the panel and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Atlanta Science Fiction and Fantasy Expo, Challenges Games and Comics, or any affiliates.

Day 1
Mar 11 2017
Day 2
Mar 12 2017
Day 3
Mar 03 2018

Starship Farragut “Conspiracy of Innocence”

Screening of the Star Trek fan film “Starship Farragut: Conspiracy of Innocence” followed by Q&A with screenwriter Bobby Nash!
Bobby Nash

Anti-Blackness in Fandom

Writer Talynn Kel will discuss how fandoms can intersect with anti-Blackness and provide tools for people to deal with it in their lives.
Talynn Kel

Intro to Tabletop Role-Playing Games

RPG enthusiast Ted Skirvin will present a “bottom-up” primer intended for people who have no experience with this game genre.
Ted Skirvin

SciFi, Marvel, and More Pottery

Join That Pottery Place owner Shannon Brown for a discussion of her superhero-inspired painted pottery.
Shannon Brown

eSports: From Pub to Pro

eSports exposes future generations to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM), as a medium for learning, entertainment, and future careers. For example, designing a video game involves systems thinking,...
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Asante Bradford
Andrew Greenberg
Erich Thomas
Jakita O. Thomas, Ph.D.

The African Origin of Superheroes

Join Borther G, author of the “Shades Of Memnon” historical fantasy series (winner 2009 Octavia Butler Humanitarian Award at the 2009 Book Expo NY), for a stunning, eye opening multimedia presentation...
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Gregory “Brother G” Walker

Fandom Sketch Battle

Split into two teams, attendees will play a charades-styled game, where they are challenged to draw their favorite fandom characters at lightening speeds.
Allyssa Lewis

Religion, Fandom, and Modern Mythology

Join religious scholars Jonathan Brown, Jeremy Green and Katy Hinman for a look at the role faith plays in the engagement of sci-fi and fantasy. Modern sci-fi and fantasy stories share...
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Jeremy Green
Katy Hinman
Johnathan Brown

Cosplay in Non-Canon Bodies

You want to cosplay, but you’ve been told you aren’t “canon”. Join Talynn Kel, Barr Foxx Cosplay and Thrill Builds for a frank discussion of body type, race, physical ability,...
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Barr Foxx Cosplay
Talynn Kel
Thrill Builds Cosplay

Getting Your Film into a Festival

Successful film submitting takes more than what is outlined in the application requirements. Gain insight from veteran film judges on what it really takes to get your film accepted.
Allyssa Lewis

Costume Designing for Functionality and Aesthetics

Join Dean’s Lyst, Barr Foxx Cosplay, Fiona Leonard and Coretoonz for this informative panel discussion providing tips on how to design for functionality while maintaining integrity. This panel discussion will...
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Fiona Leonard
Corey Isaac
Walter Dean
Barr Foxx Cosplay

Japanese Lolita Fashion 101

Come learn about the cute street fashion from Japan called Lolita! If you like Victorian and Edwardian inspired clothes and acute attention to detail, then this fashion might be for...
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Brittany Anne
Heather Alexander
Lovely Lunette
Cheyenne Skirvin

Silver Age Comic Book to Animation Adaptations

Author Mark McCray and comic creator Kristofer Pearce will host a panel discussing the Silver Age comic book to cartoon adaptations for the DC and Marvel comics of that era....
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Solomon Cormier
Kristofer Pearce
Mark McCray

Pepakura for Cosplay Construction

Join costumer/prop maker, Thrill Builds, for an introductory to Tamasoft’s Pepakura software. Topics will include the difference between the paid and free versions of the software. Resources for files and...
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Thrill Builds Cosplay

I AM BlackSci-Fi.com

Since its inception BlackSci-Fi.com’s goal has been to be “the premier site for the latest updates on Sci-Fi, Sci-Fact and Fantasy entertainment, news, people, places, and events and the measure...
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William Satterwhite
Robert Jeffrey II

Art Made Simple

GAS-ART GIFTS will conduct hands-on art sessions for people of all ages! Drop-in sessions are $5 for thirty minutes Saturday and Sunday between noon and 3 PM. No appointment necessary! Join...
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R. Gregory Christie

Mind Bubble’s “Catan for Cheaters”: Sneak Peak!

In mid-March 2017, the educational non-profit Mind Bubble will launch its Spring Fundraiser: Catan for Cheaters! Co-Founder, Daniel Peterso will host an introduction to Mind Bubble’s services, cover the rules for...
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Emily Peterson
Daniel Peterson

Gamemastering 101

If you have thought about standing tall on the other side of the game masters’ screen and running a game or if you have recently taken the step and want...
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Dan “Toby” Williamson

Copyrights and Trademarks for Fandom and Cosplay

Who owns the copyright to my fan cosplay, the pictures I share online and the costumes I build from scratch? What is the difference between my original character art and...
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Tiffany M. Simmons
Deborah Gonzalez, Esq.
Daniel Flores
Allyssa Lewis

Tuskegee Heirs

Join the creators of Tuskegee Heirs, Greg Burnham and Marcus Williams, as they discuss their journey from the highly successful Kickstarter, their new apparel deal with RageOn comics, to the...
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Marcus Williams
Greg Burnham

The Monster Panel

Produced and moderated by writer/filmmaker Jeff Carroll!, The Monster Panel is traveling sci-fi panel which has the energy of a Hip Hop event. It is a fun, entertaining and informative...
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Jeff Carroll

Stories Through Sound

Learn how to tell your whole story through sound! From the inflection of the actors to creating the sound effects that make your story seem real, the Atlanta Radio Theatre...
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Matt Goodson
Chris Jones
David Benedict

You wrote something. Now what?

Join writers Bobby Nash, Milton Davis, and Robert Jeffrey as they discuss what happens after (or during) writing a book (novel, comic, short story, etc). Enjoy this insightful look into each writers...
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Bobby Nash
Milton Davis
Robert Jeffrey II

Convention Arcana Pt.1: Real Magic and Its Influence on Popular Fandoms

Esoteric Scholar and practicing Occultist, Cass De Vair, will host a panel discussion covering Magic as a historic phenomenon and how it has shaped and influenced key aspects of Science Fiction and...
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Cass De Vair

Lip-Sync Animation Tutorial

No matter what program or medium you choose, learning the fundamental techniques of lipsyncing can be applied. Join Alyssa Lewis, Founder of My Animated Life, for this in-depth workshop.
Allyssa Lewis

Dr. Law’s Photolab

We are Dr. LAW’s PhotoLab, a group of dynamic individuals headed by Leigh “Dr. LAW” Willis, who are committed to fun, fantasy, friendships and photos. At Dr. LAW’s Photolab, our...
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Jeffrey Hall
Latoya Simmons
Leigh “Dr. Law” Willis

ARTC Live!

Featuring the following exciting performances! Rory Rammer, Space Marshal: The Last Boojum – Written by Ron N. Butler, Directed by Paige SteadmanARTC’s fan-favorite serial returns with a brand new episode!...
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Atlanta Radio Theatre Company

Portfolio Review and Career Path Planning

Public review and consultation of artist portfolios with career guidance. Please bring your portfolios in either tangible or digital format on your laptop/phone/tablet. If you would like a public critique...
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My Animation Life

Doctor Who: What’s On the Horizon

The new season of Doctor Who is just one month away! We’ll be talking about what’s in store for us this year – two new companions, new aliens, the return...
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R. Alan Siler

Getting Started in Cosplay

This panel is a primer for cosplay beginners or those interested in advancing their current level of engagement. Topics of discussion include closet cosplays/thrifting, mass production purchases, commissions and entry-level crafting...
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Walter Dean
Thrill Builds Cosplay

DICE, KICKSTARTER, CASH-IN

Have an original adventure, series of monsters, or tabletop game? Interested in crowdfunding its publication? Join Egg Embry and Leland Beauchamp for a a beginner’s guide to monetizing your tabletop...
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Leland Beauchamp
Egg Embry

Writers in the Age of Social Media

Join author Violette Meier for a discussion around how social media can aid writers in finding their audience, advertise their work, and making valuable connections.
Violette L. Meier

Art Made Simple

GAS-ART GIFTS will conduct hands-on art sessions for people of all ages! Drop-in sessions are $5 for thirty minutes Saturday and Sunday between noon and 3 PM. No appointment necessary! Join...
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R. Gregory Christie

Star Trek Fandom in Atlanta

Star Trek fandom is alive and thriving in Atlanta!  From the Star Trek fan club, USS Republic, to the annual Star Trek convention, Treklanta, there’s plenty of activities in and...
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Eric L. Watts

Character Design Workshop

Join illustrator James “Mase” Mason for a walk through of character design basics including live creation of a new character.
James “Mase” Mason

Let’s Make An Animation

In this 4-hour workshop, attendees will go through the entire animation pipeline and create an animated short film.
Allyssa Lewis

When the Going Gets Weird, the Weird Go Pro

Weird fiction is on the rise and perhaps one of the most dynamic literary movements within speculative fiction today. Hosted by author Anya Martin, join Martin and writers Gerald L....
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Michael Wehunt
Gerald Coleman
Anya Martin
Nicole Kurtz

So, You Wanna Make a Webcomic?

Join the creative team behind the “Kamikaze’ webcomic for an educational walk through the process of what people should keep in mind when creating a webcomic. Tips, tricks of the...
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Kamikaze

Digital Drawing Session

Join industry professionals for a live drawing demo. Featured software will include the Sketchable App, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Draw, Adobe Sketch, Adobe Photoshop and Manga Studio/Clip Studio.
The Madd Penciler 
Kelsi Jackson 
DeForrest
James Eugene
Dustin A. Bolton
Daniel Flores

Freelance Writing and the 9 to 5

By day, mild-mannered 9 to 5-er, but by night they create worlds! Join freelance writers as they discuss keeping a balance between the daily rigors of their 9-5s and writing careers. Panelists...
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Nicole Kurtz
John McGuire
William Satterwhite
Robert Jeffrey II

Science Fiction Character Creation and Development: Setting Continuity

Join authors TJ Morris and Glenn Price for a discussion around character and setting dynamics in sci-fi. Science Fiction Character Creation and Development:  We discuss our processes for making characters...
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TJ Morris
Glenn Price

Get Your Weight Up: Finding Art Sponsors and Art Patrons

Join an open roundtable discussion of working creatives sharing info, resources and art life advice to bridge the gap between the artist and art business fundamentals, to help artists become...
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Kat Goduco
Dubelyoo
Havana Nguyen
Daniel Flores
Allyssa Lewis

Get Your Weight Up: Say No To Starving Artist Mentality!

Stop with the word Starving! Join this open discussion, led by working creatives, around why artists must elevate their mentality and move into their art career with confidence and art...
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Havana Nguyen
Marcus Williams
Greg Burnham
Dawud Anyabwile
Allyssa Lewis