2018 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.

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Day 1
Mar 03 2018
Day 2
Mar 04 2018

ASFE Kickoff and Peachy Parade Performance

3…2…1…Blast Off! Join us and members of Peachy Parade for the official start of Year IV!
Peachy Parade

Peachy Maid Cafe

Hours Saturday, March 3 – 10AM to 2PM Sunday, March 4 – 12PM to 2PM We’re coming back to our roots with peach flavored treats and a corresponding lunch menu...
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Peachy Maid Cafe

How to Light Up Your CyberPunk + SteamPunk Cosplay

Learn the fundamentals of closing the circuit to add the lights to any Cosplay project! We will demonstrate some simple easy to use wearable tech that includes led lights, lilypad...
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Aisha Flores
Wayman Humphrey
Kelsi Jackson 
Dan Flores
Thrill Builds Cosplay

Facebook Live Master Class Edition

In this session, professional artists will share their top 5 tips to promoting your arts and crafts on Facebook. You will learn to: Engage with your niche audience Build community...
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Yalanda Lattimore
Ray “sQuishiepuss” Geier
Wayman Humphrey
Dan Flores
Allyssa Lewis

Call of Cthulhu

Join William Miller for Call of Cthulhu session(s).
William Miller

Q&A with Game Biz Pros

This panel will be focused on the editorial and writing aspects of the tabletop game business. The panelists all have professional experience in the biz.
Ted Skirvin

Intro to Cosplay

Ever wanted to cosplay but didn’t know where to start? Join Chris and Riki, veterans in the Costume Community. Who have taken a hobby that they were passionate about and...
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Christopher Donio
Riki “Riddle” Lecotey

Catan to Twilight Imperium: Board Gaming 101

Learn the basics of the Board Gaming hobby! This panel will introduce people not familiar with the hobby, but interested in checking it out, to the categories of available games, game play...
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Thomas Faine

Intro to Tabletop RPGs

This panel will be geared towards folks who have never played a tableop RPG. A basic rundown of the concepts involved will be followed by a Q&A session.

Gundam for Everyone

An intro-level panel about gundam, including its history, the community, and model kits.
Zonga Fielding and the South Eastern Gundam Club

Cosplay Your Way

A panel designed to encourage individuals to overcome their fears with cosplay, be body positive and choose desired characters regardless of race, size, age, gender or experience!
Sherita Dunbar
Myron “Smoove Cosplaya” Abernathy
Andrew Michael Phillips
Barr Foxx Cosplay

Surviving Your First Kickstarter Campaign

Panelists Robert Jeffery II, John McGuire and Dedren Snead discuss the process, preparation and pitfalls when it comes to utilizing Kickstarter to fund your comic book. This workshop will offer...
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Dedren Snead
John McGuire
Robert Jeffrey II

So you’ve written a book… Now what?

Your hard work has paid off and you’ve finally finished your novel? Now what do you do? Join a panel of authors for a discussion of some of the publishing...
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Bobby Nash

Becoming a Commissioner

Costumers Dean’s Lyst and Thrill Builds discuss their experience recreating the Dora Milaje for Marvel’s Becoming series and working as commissioners. Tips on selecting and working with commissioners will also...
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Walter Dean
Thrill Builds Cosplay

Exercise Your Creativity

Exercise Your Passion by starting right now with what you have! Whatever your talent, whatever your hobby, whatever your creativity, i’ts important that you start developing your ideas and produce....
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Dan Flores

How to Get on the Set

Working actor John Nyrere Frazier shares insights into the Atlanta film market. Topics will include: Break down of film statistics for the Atlanta area Information on sci-fi and fantasy projects currently...
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John Nyrere Frazier

Creating Immersive Science Fiction in Virtual Reality

In today’s rapidly changing world of entertainment, the demands on conceptualizers and creators have become even greater than a decade ago. Developing more immersive content driven stories than ever, the...
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Dwight Clark

Gundam VS Tournament

Hosted in the Gundam Garage, this tournament is utilizing the newest Gundam fighting game. The tournament format is 2v2, single elimination with prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Sign...
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Zonga Fielding and the South Eastern Gundam Club

Gunpla Tabletop Battle Demo

This is a tabletop war game based on the Japanese Giant Robot sci-fi franchise known as Gundam. Using Gundam plastic models, or Gunpla, resembling giant robots, or mobile suits from...
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Zonga Fielding and the South Eastern Gundam Club

Blending the Secular and Sacred in Speculative Fiction

How to blend subjects that traditionally have a sacred meaning into fantasy and science fiction without causing great offense.
Violette L. Meier

The Cheese Grinder/Cheese Wedge

This is a round robin style play tournament. Six players sit down and play begins. When one character is killed, the next player takes that person’s seat at the table...
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Bart Hewitt

Thermoplastics and Foam

Fosshape, Worbla, and L200 – The Engineer Guy team will teach you about thermoplastic materials and the best ways to use them for cosplay!
The Engineer Guy

One Board Family Live Podcast

Join the One Board Podcast team for a live recording of an episode for the second season of the show! Topics will include discussions about the games they’ve recently played, a review of the “Top...
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Ric White

Wonder Women and Super Girls: The Women of Comics On and Off the Page

A look at the history and evolution of female characters and creators in the American comic book industry.
Anya Martin
Carrie Tupper
Nancy A. Collins

Lip-Sync Animation Tutorial

No matter what program or medium you choose, learning the fundamental techniques of lipsyncing can be applied! No matter what program or medium you choose, learning the fundamental techniques of lipsyncing...
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Allyssa Lewis

How Do I Make That?

Bring your questions about your dream costumes, props and projects and The Engineer Guy team will provide answers about the techniques and materials best suited to make your dream come true!...
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The Engineer Guy

Name That Fandom

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

Cosplay Over 30

Some people do it as a hobby, some people do it as a lifestyle! We all know that Cosplay is not limited to the youngest of convention goers. There are...
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Crysstal Hubbard

Gunpla 101

Welcome all to an introduction to mecha model kits. Learn what’s available from what companies and pick up on basic and intermediate building tips.
Hunter Wheeler

Anti-Blackness in Fandom

Anti-Blackness is pervasive in media. Learning to recognize it and protect yourself from it are critical skills. This forum will help attendees learn to recognize anti-Blackness when they encounter it and create...
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Talynn Kel

The Voices in Your Head

Writers, directors, and techies from The Atlanta Radio Theatre Company discuss the creation of SF/Fantasy/Horror audio drama, how it is crafted, and why it is so effective using examples from...
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Getting Your Film into a Festival

Successful film submissions take 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

Designing Functional Cosplay

This panel is a talk back designed to help attendees learn how to design functional cosplay, while maintaining the integrity of their desired character. Attendees will get a chance to...
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Fiona Leonard
Corey Isaac
Walter Dean
Barr Foxx Cosplay

Axanar: The Ultimate Star Trek Fan Film

Prelude to Axanar stood the Star Trek world on its head when released in 2014. Having survived a lawsuit by CBS, and being favorably compared to Star Trek Discovery, what...
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Alec Peters

Writing Good Science Fiction Characters

This writing workshop is for science fiction writers of all ages. We’ll dive into strategies to create science fiction characters suitable for a variety of settings and plots, and we’ll...
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Mind Bubble

Uppping Your Art Game / Portfolio Review

Regardless of your current situation, you could do better. Join this fact-driven open discussion on what can be done to improve your current art game!
Allyssa Lewis

Live Perfomance

Join the Atlanta Radio Theatre for a live performance!

Major Keys for Story and Character Creation

In this interactive seminar on the writer/illustrator relationship dynamic for comic books, we will divide the participants into writing teams and show them how to execute basic narrative design elements.
M. Jayson Graham

Martial Arts in Fiction

A panel discussing the real world of martial arts and how it intersects with science fiction and fantasy. For example: Japanese Swordsmanship and Jedi. This panel will include a history...
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Jaredd Wilson

Critical Failures: Authors and Audiobook Production

A light-hearted forum discussing the ins-and-outs of writing, self-publishing and audiobook production from the perspectives of Comedy/Fantasy author Robert Bevan (Critical Failures), and his audiobook production team, Travis Navarra and...
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Travis Navarra
Robert Bevan
Jonathan Sleep

Let’s Animate

Come knowing nothing, but leave having created an awesome animation! Go through the entire animation pipeline with industry professionals. Attendees create an animated short film and go through the entire...
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Allyssa Lewis

Gundam Themed Events Hosted By The South Eastern Gundam Club

The Southeastern Gundam Club will be joining this year’s Expo and the group is planning activities for the entire weekend. They are the largest group of Gunpla enthusiast in the South Eastern United...
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Peachy Maid Cafe

Hours Saturday, March 3 – 10AM to 2PM Sunday, March 4 – 12PM to 2PM We’re coming back to our roots with peach flavored treats and a corresponding lunch menu...
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Peachy Maid Cafe

VR Gaming Environments

Jami Becker of Nomad Candy leads a spirited chat about Sci-Fi and Fantasy VR environments from Games to Virtual Museums.
Drew Pearson
Jesse Jacobson
Cathy Hackl
Dean Velez
Jak Wilmot
Jami Becker

Worldbuilding: Beyond the Basics

Who Are We? Alan & Carrie Tupper and Havana Nguyen are a collective of passionate creative powerhouses based in Atlanta, GA. They are the creators of the award-winning diverse sci-fi...
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Kamikaze

Creating Immersive Science Fiction in Virtual Reality

In today’s rapidly changing world of entertainment, the demands on conceptualizers and creators have become even greater than a decade ago. Developing more immersive content driven stories than ever, the...
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Dwight Clark

Mecha 101

We are here to present the history of mecha within the popular culture and source it back to each major point in it’s history. Describe and present the differences of...
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Zonga Fielding and the South Eastern Gundam Club

Enigma: an Improv Role Playing Game Show

An ageless, cosmic evil set on Earth’s destruction has been booked. Our only chance to save the planet is to play along with the twisted imagination based scenarios given to...
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Peter Akeley

Star Trek Fan Films – Past, Present and Future

Axanar creator Alec Peters, is joined by Star Trek: First Frontier VFX Supervisor and model builder Matt Green to discuss Star Trek fan films, from the past, present and future.
Alec Peters

HG Custom Contest

1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be awarded!
Zonga Fielding and the South Eastern Gundam Club

Peachy Parade Live!

Join Atlanta-based odorite performers, Peachy Parade, for a live performance!
Peachy Parade

Games and Education

Explore and discuss games of all kinds as media for many kinds of learning. Bring your stories or not. David will have data and as much research support as you...
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David Millians

The ABCs of Game Development

Learn the steps necessary to plan, develop and create a video game. This Panel will just be a overview of some concepts used to create and develop our indie project...
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Radi Lewis

Improv SciFi and Fantasy

This is going to be a small group of improv to do a comedic rendition of Who’s Line Is it Anyway? For fantasy Scifi and Comedy purposes. The goal is...
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Kimberly “Kimmiko” Ware

Live-Action DC Superheroes of the Small Screen

Over the past six years, we have seen an explosion of DC superheroes take over the small screen thanks to the trail blazed by Smallville! The Emerald Archer, the Scarlet...
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Jasmine Alexander
Rebecca Johnson
Cammien Ray
Jordan Valdés

VR Gaming

Introduction to VR Gaming platform.
Rob Mathis

Gundam in America: A Brief History

The impact of Gundam has been known longer than you might think in America. Take a look for where Gundam first got marketed from the early novels to Gunpla in...
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Dustin Kopplin

Must Read Comics – for Parents and Kids!

Everyone remembers the very first comic they read. Now’s the time to foster the next generation of readers. Discover the stories and characters that will make a lasting impact in...
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Kyle Puttkammer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Trivia

Do you think you know everything there is to know about Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Well then why not come and try your hand at our trivia hour! We will...
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Megan McClain