Our panel discussions were hosted by experts and fans alike. They were scheduled throughout the day in our two panel rooms, one upstairs and one downstairs.
The Bechdel Test and Fandom
12:00 - 12:50PM, Downstairs Panel Room
Janet Gershen-Siege, freelance science fiction author and blogger for Adventures in Career Changing
D.R Perry, writer of Paranormal Humor, Alternate History, and LARP.
There just aren't a lot of female heroes out there, still. And the ones who are out there often have no one to talk to other than men. What does it mean when films, books, and television programs fail the Bechdel Test in 2017? Is there a more systemic problem? How can it be fixed? What can indies do? How about consumers?
Women in Comics Retail
12:30 - 1:20PM, UPstairs Panel Room
Reflections on changes in the industry, predictions for the future, insights into the day-to-day life of a comic shop worker (it's not exactly sitting around reading books & passing judgement) & DEEP DISH on the books & creators we love & hate!
Accessibility and Creativity in Cosplay: How to Make Cosplay for Everyone
1:00 - 1:50PM, Downstairs Panel Room
Rhea McCullough- Moderator
Melanie Anne Coombs
As cosplay becomes a more and more popular way of expressing fandom, people are making it work for them in various creative ways. Our panel of cosplayers will discuss how to cosplay on a budget, cosplay for people of varying abilities, and other burning questions from newbies and experts alike.
Wonder Woman Conquers the World!
1:30 - 2:20PM, Upstairs Panel Room
Juliet Kahn from Hub Comics
Donna Martinez, Comics track co-manager for Arisia
Marianna Martin, Editor-In-Chier for Genretastic.com
This summer, Diana of Themyscira conquered the world is an unstoppable blockbuster movie that out shined all her DC predecessors! Join our panelists as the delve into the comics history that inspired the film. We'll talk favorite stories, characters, creative teams and show our love for all things Wonder Woman.
One True Pairings, Shipping, and the Romance Genre
2:00 - 2:50PM, Downstairs Panel Room
Bestselling novelist Gwenda Bond
Podcaster and long-time Lois Lane fan Maya Kesh
Shipping is part of the fabric of fandom communities. We all have an OTP, like Lois and Clark or Diana and Steve. But there's also an entire fictional genre devoted to shipping, romance, that contains heroes and relationships similar to the pairings that fandom loves. Join us for a walk through romance in comics and how that relates to the feminist genre of romance.
Working in Audiodrama
2:30 - 3:20PM, Upstairs Panel Room
Lisa McQuilkin: Actor. "A.S.H.le" from Hadron Gospel Hour
Tanja Milojevic: Producer/Creator/Actor, The Penumbra Podcast
Simone De Boudoir: Actor, Edict Zero, What's The Frequency, Electric Vicuna productions, Campfire Radio Theater
Audio drama podcasts are on the rise. No longer relegated to a small number of dedicated listeners, Audio dramas are finding their way to car radios, living rooms, and live stages. We invited several local voice actors and creators to discuss the process, rewards, and unique challenges of audio-only entertainment.
Women in Games: From Designing to Playing and Nurturing the Next Generation
3:00 - 3:50PM, Downstairs Panel Room
Tracey Michienzi, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of ELS Game Day
Savannah Camacho, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of ELS Game Day
Emily Care Boss, Independent Game Designer/ Publisher, Black and Green Games
Adri Kliger, Co-Organizer of Women in Games, Boston
Meg Stivison, game designer for Small Monsters Games
Sarah Zaidan, comics artist and game designer
Have you ever looked around just to notice that you are the only woman in your game group? Ever feel like you don't belong in the hobby? Trust us, you aren't alone. The number of women who admit to gaming as a hobby are rising, and we are going to talk about it. Our esteemed panelists will discuss women's roles in the gaming industry, equality in gaming, and how to create a positive gaming environment to set a good example to women gamers of the future.
The Expanded Universe: The Art of Fan Fiction
3:30 - 4:20PM, Upstairs Panel Room
Taylor Hendel- Moderator
Even our favorite books and movies can leave us wanting more, whether we're wondering how else things might have played out, wish more time had been spent on certain plot points, crave more queer or minority characters, or just want to see what happens next. Fanfiction is the way some folks explore their favorite fictional universes, putting the characters and/or setting in new contexts. Come learn more about this ever-growing art form from a variety of perspectives.
The Comic Book Spectrum: Modes of Creation
4:00 - 4:50PM, Downstairs Panel Room
The Women in Comics Collective International is an organization that highlights the merit and craft work of women working in the comic book industry. Their on going panel series 'The Comic Book Spectrum' discusses the various aspects of the industry that help keep the medium current and expansive. This installment will focus on the different ways comic books are produced, distributed and how they continue to thrive in an ever changing, multimedia industry.