Complete Programming List for Comicon 2015

 

Join Educating [Geeks] for a live podcast covering the FX Network hit American Horror Story: Freak Show

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A comparative study of six different ancient religions. Join Far From Home's Research and Mythology division, Far From Home Presents, with this exciting game show style panel. It's fun for the whole family!

We will be delving into a comparative study of six different ancient religions and sorting out which God governs what aspect of life. 

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Location: North 228AB

A favorite Phoenix Comicon panel where you'll get a sneak peak at trailers for exciting upcoming movies.  After the trailers we'll hold a FREE raffle for movie promotional material (T-shirts, baseball caps, special posters and whatever else the studios have sent us).  If you like movies and like free stuff please come on in.
Sponsored by CASFS.org (Central Arizona Speculative Fiction Society).

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Location: North 226ABC

Join professional time travelers Terry and Oliver Holler as they take you BACK through their incredible journey to find one's Density, then inspire you forward into the FUTURE!

who'll be here
  • Oliver Holler
  • Terry Holler
 
Location: North 126C

Join drama teachers from the Scottsdale School District, Phoenix Union School District, and Agua Fria School District to discuss how pop culture can be used to teach acting.

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Location: North 126C

Our Vision For Tomorrow is that our students will exit high school with basic business skills including customer service, cash handling, marketing and event logistics. BOTA clubs equip arts students with basic business skills. Learn about this new tool for arts integration and how it can be used effectively with pop culture arts.

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Author Craig W. Chenery will present on the rich and genre defining history of British zombie cinema

 

who'll be here
  • Craig Chenery
 
Location: North 126C
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Location: North 126C
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Location: North 126C
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Location: North 126C
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Location: North 126C

Sequential art is an art form that uses images deployed in sequence for graphic storytelling or to convey information. Grahpic Novels and Comic Books fall into this category; and animated film does as well. It can be a very powerful instructional tool. This panel will explore best practices in sequential art integration in the classroom and why it is relevant to this new generation of learner.

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Location: North 229AB

You may have heard fan theories about what really happened in the Star Wars Universe. Were the Stormtroopers REALLY terrible shots or was it something else? Don't exhaust ports push things out? Join us as we shed a new light on those Galaxy mysteries!

who'll be here
  • Amber Hunt
  • Dustin Diehl
  • Jordan Lyndell-Lees
 
Location: North 126C

Super Scientists and Extraordinary Educators join forces to mix, mingle and explore best practices in Sci-Tech Integration in the classroom. 

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Location: North 229AB

Last year we presented as much information as the internet had to offer. Now we have cast information, images, storyboards and everything you wanted to know about Star Wars in ONE PLACE!

who'll be here
  • Christopher De Herrera
  • Dianne Althouse
  • Dustin Diehl
  • Joel Cranson
 
Location: North 126C

Join us for our fourth annual fan debate on the topic of Utopian vs Dystopian Socieities. You've spent all weekend listing to others now you get to be the panelist and share your views on the topic. 

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Location: North 126C

If Greg Maguire and Douglas Smith hadn't played in Frank L Baum's world of the Wizard of Oz we wouldn't have Wicked. Conversely, If E.L. James hadn't played in Stephanie Meyer's world of twilight we woudln't have Fifty Shades of Grey. This begs the question, "Is it possible for fan-fic to cros "the line"?  Come share your thoughts on the topic during a facilitated discussion where the audience is the panelist.

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Location: West 213 B

Ever have a question for the Five Nights at Freddy's crew? Want to talk about theories? Well, come on down to the Five Nights At Phoenix Comicon panel where we'll have a lovely chat, play games and have a whole lot of fun! We Love to entertain!

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Location: North 229AB

So we all know that Episode VII is coming out this year - but what about the other rumors? From Films, to Books to Video Games - join us as we gather all knowledge in one place!

who'll be here
  • Dianne Althouse
  • Jerome Lamberth
 
Location: North 229AB

Join us for Geeks Against Humanity, the geeky version of the popular card party game for horrible people. Questions from a black card are asked, players answer with their funniest white card, and the audience votes on which answer wins.

who'll be here
  • Christopher De Herrera
 
Location: North 126C

Author and Educator Todd VanHooser has more than ten years of teaching experience and has published numerous fantasy fiction books, designed a tabletop role-playing game, and written graphic novels. His presentation to students illustrates the importance of reading and becoming the author of their own life through examples of Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey

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Location: North 229AB

The Force may be Awakening but the Galaxy is full of heroes and villains with nothing but a good blaster at their sides. Let's delve into the rich trove of Star Wars 'muggles'- Scoundrels, smugglers, troopers, bounty hunters and assassins, all with no Jedi wizardry at all.

who'll be here
  • Brenda Cranson
  • Jerome Lamberth
  • Jordan Lyndell-Lees
  • Mandalorian Mercs - Shonare Vhekadla Clan
 

Join the Far From Home Research and Mythology division, Far From Home Presents, as we bring you this fun and informative panel which combines science and magic. We bring Dr. Olson on board to give you the possible care instructions for your favorite magical creatures including unicorns, gryphons, and centaurs. She brings the science, we bring the magic, you bring an open mind.

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In light of the recent tragedies in France, Australia and Canada, we explore, through the lens of In the Flesh, how social response biases to tragic events creates institutionalized and sometimes subconscious marginalization of different groups of people. We will also compare the treatment of zombies in this show to zombies in other stories, especially recent well-known ones like The Walking Dead and Warm Bodies.

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You do know the release of Jurassic World is right around the corner, right? Then be sure to join Educating [Geeks] for a live podcast recording as they cover the film that started it all, Steven Spielberg's 1993 groundbreaking film Jurassic Park! (Humans and Dinos welcome)

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Location: North 229AB

Pictionary & Kaiju? Two words thought would mix - but in fact they do! Join us if you have a sharp mind for guessing and imagination as we stretch the minds of our participants to create the newest Kaiju to scare the pants off any Jager defender coming their way!

who'll be here
  • Iria Sokoll
  • Kevin Hislop
 
Location: West 211AB

Come join Arizona's own Thrill The World group as they teach you, step by step, how to dance Michael Jackson's Thriller! Amaze your friends (Human or Zombie) with your thrilling new dance moves, no mere mortal can resist!

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Location: West 105ABC
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Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: West 105ABC
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Location: West 105ABC
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Location: North 229AB

Everyone has a plan with the Force. Some people just aren't cut out to be Jedi and some people would make terrible Sith Lords. Join us as we explore which side of the Force works better for each and every member of our audience. By the end of this panel, you'll know where you belong...

who'll be here
  • Culann Lewis
  • Felix Blinn
  • Michael Whyman
 

Local author Craig W. Chenery will lead an open discussion on overcoming the challenges of creating, attending comicon and pop culture fandom for people living with bipolar disorder, depression and/or social anxiety.

who'll be here
  • Craig Chenery
 
Location: North 229AB

From the Aiig-Tii to the Zeison Sha, many other Force using groups exist in the Star Wars Galaxy. Join us as we take a look at some of the major groups and their perspectives of the Force.

who'll be here
  • Culann Lewis
  • Michael Whyman
 
Location: North 231ABC

Presented by Gareth Von Kallenbach of Skewed and Reviewed, this panel has been a big draw and has drawn capacity crowds so you will want to come early. This is a lively panel that will look at the new Star Wars, Super Hero, Science Fiction, and other films Hollywood is bringing to cinemas in the next 3-4 years. Bring your questions for the Q&A section and make sure you stay for the SWAG.

who'll be here
  • Gareth Von Kallenbach
 
Location: North 229AB

Let's shoot a man into space and force him to watch (and riff on) the worst movies ever made with the company of some homemade robots! MST3K super fans, Kane Black, Joel Cranson, and Brenda Cranson discuss what makes this cult followed TV show stand the test of time... and do a little riffing of their own!

who'll be here
  • Brenda Cranson
  • Joel Cranson
 
Location: North 229AB

Join us for a look at the Sith culture, their manner of dress, and architecture from the time of the Old Republic and beyond!

who'll be here
  • Jerome Lamberth
 
Location: North 229AB

From Jango to Boba Fett - we caught only glimpse of Spartan-Like culture of the Mandolorians. Join us as we explore their language, teachings and what it really means to say "Oya! Time to Hunt!"

who'll be here
  • Mandalorian Mercs - Shonare Vhekadla Clan (4 panelists)
 
Location: North 229AB

A look at the history and present day of Special Effects, both Practical and Visual. Hosted by David Stipes (Star Trek:DS9, Battlestar Galactica (original), and Lon Muckey (Iron Man 3, Robocop, Pacific Rim)

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Join Educating [Geeks] as they cover the controversial 2nd Season of the FOX Network hit Sleepy Hollow

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Location: North 229AB

Spoof N Cinema like you've never seen it before! Join us for a new edition of The Clone Wars that will feature new dialogue and sound effects LIVE in front of your very eyes created by the National Comedy Theater

who'll be here
  • Anthony Thornton
  • Krissy Lenz
 
Location: North 229AB

Spoof N Cinema like you've never seen it before! Join us for a new edition of The Clone Wars that will feature no holds barred 18+ comedy as the hilarious cast of National Comedy Theatre creates new dialogue and sound effects LIVE in front of your very eyes. ~{18+ Show}~

who'll be here
  • Andi Oliver
  • Anthony Thornton
  • Krissy Lenz
  • Paul Broccolo
 
Location: North 229AB

Join us in a galaxy far far away for a contest of galactic proportions! Come test your wits along with members of the Star Wars Universe for Fabulous Prizes & Credits!

who'll be here
  • Todd Filek
 
Location: North 229AB

Sure, we all know lightsabers and hyperdrives, but what about the other fun Star Wars tech devices? From synthflesh to cortosis armor, explore the tech of a galaxy far, far away.

who'll be here
  • Christopher De Herrera
  • Dustin Diehl
  • Mandalorian Mercs - Shonare Vhekadla Clan
 
Location: North 229AB

Join us for a recap of what Season 1 revealed to us as we expand on character information as well as what Season 2 may have in store for us!

who'll be here
  • Brenda Cranson
  • Dianne Althouse
  • Joel Cranson
 
Location: North 229AB

Prepare for blasphemy! George Lucas used an ancient technique called “ring composition” to reach a level of storytelling sophistication in his six-part saga that is unprecedented in cinema history.That means the prequels just might some of the most amazing feats of cinematic brilliance the world has ever seen. Come watch as we highlight some of the facts surrounding this theory. Could this be possible or is this just a load of bantha poodoo?

who'll be here
  • Cheryk Manning
  • Jim Miller
 
Location: North 126C

SUPERHEROES: A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE is the first documentary to examine the dawn of the comic book genre and its powerful legacy, as well as the evolution of the characters who leapt from the pages over the last 75 years and their ongoing worldwide cultural impact. Among the notable on-camera talents in the film are Stan Lee, Adam West, Lynda Carter, Puliter Prize winners Michael Chabon and Jules Feiffer, and interviews iwth the late greats Joe Simon (co-creator of Captain America) and Jerry Robinson (who helped create the Joker). Hosted and Narrated by Liev Schreiber.

TRUTH, JUSTICE, AND THE AMERICAN WAY (1938-1958)

During the Depression, the popularity of dozens of superhero characters opens the door for a new generation of artists and writers. World War II creates a patriotic fervor for star-spangled adventurers to represent the American spirit at war and on the home front, but in the 1950's, superheroes are caught in the fire of government scrutiny and regulation.

GREAT POWER, GREAT RESPONSIBILITY (1959-1977)

In the 1960's, a new breed of superhero emerges in the pages of Marvel Comics, inspried by the age of atomic energy and space travel and, in turn, inspiring the pop culture and pop artists of the time. Spider-Man, the Hulk, and others are the first to have "problems" with which an adult audience can identify, and contemporary social issues make their way into comic books. Black powerhouses such as the Black Panther and Luke Cage appear ont the scene and the pages of "Green Lantern/Green Arrow" explode with relevant storylines, as comic books are forced to confront th ereality of an increasingly complex world.

A HERO CAN BE ANYONE (1978-Present)

This episode captures the enthusiasm for superheroes as they are embraced in all forms of media and by all demographics, beginning with the historic "Superman" movie featuring Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steele. In 1986, Batman is overhauled as The Dark Knight to reflect the nocturnal underside of his character, and Watchmen brings new sophistication to comic book narratives, illuminating a violent and polarized world. In the burgeoning new millennium, superheroes have take over popular culture with feature films, television shows and video games complementing a new generation of web-based comics that bring superhero adventures to every corner of the world.

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Location: North 126C

TRUTH, JUSTICE, AND THE AMERICAN WAY (1938-1958)

During the Depression, the popularity of dozens of superhero characters opens the door for a new generation of artists and writers. World War II creates a patriotic fervor for star-spangled adventurers to represent the American spirit at war and on the home front, but in the 1950's, superheroes are caught in the fire of government scrutiny and regulation.

 

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 
Location: North 126C

GREAT POWER, GREAT RESPONSIBILITY (1959-1977)

In the 1960's, a new breed of superhero emerges in the pages of Marvel Comics, inspried by the age of atomic energy and space travel and, in turn, inspiring the pop culture and pop artists of the time. Spider-Man, the Hulk, and others are the first to have "problems" with which an adult audience can identify, and contemporary social issues make their way into comic books. Black powerhouses such as the Black Panther and Luke Cage appear ont the scene and the pages of "Green Lantern/Green Arrow" explode with relevant storylines, as comic books are forced to confront th ereality of an increasingly complex world.

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 
Location: North 126C

A HERO CAN BE ANYONE (1978-Present)

This episode captures the enthusiasm for superheroes as they are embraced in all forms of media and by all demographics, beginning with the historic "Superman" movie featuring Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steele. In 1986, Batman is overhauled as The Dark Knight to reflect the nocturnal underside of his character, and Watchmen brings new sophistication to comic book narratives, illuminating a violent and polarized world. In the burgeoning new millennium, superheroes have take over popular culture with feature films, television shows and video games complementing a new generation of web-based comics that bring superhero adventures to every corner fo the world.

who'll be here No panelists scheduled at this time.
 

A retrospective look at the making of Michael Jackson's ground breaking music video and album Thriller. Get a behind the scenes tour of the film makers, make up effects, dancers, musicians and artists responsible for creating some of the most influential music and images of all time. Stick around, immediately following will be the "Dance The Thriller Panel" to teach you all the dance moves. 

who'll be here
  • Jason Alofs
 
Location: North 126C

Many people know Dr. Seuss as the man behind "The Cat in the Hat"; but how many know that "Yertle the Turtle" was modelled after HItler?  THE POLITICAL DR SEUSS reveals how popular children's author Theodore Geisel advocated social change, teaching generations of children not only how to be better readers but better people as well.

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Location: North 126C

Join a panel of experts representing formal and infomal arts education from the classroom to the policy makers as we explore the role that Pop Culture Arts plays in arts education.

Lynn Tuttle is Director of Arts Education at the Arizona Department of Education. Her duties include acting as a liaison to the state's arts educators, providing professional development in arts education, Arizona's Academic Arts Standards and arts assessment and promoting quality arts education progams in Arizona's schools. She has keynoted for the Kennedy Center's 2013 Partners in Education conference. Lynn serves as President for the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education and is one of hte leaders in the revision of the National Voluntary Arts Education Standards. Lynn holds degrees from the Peabody Consevatory of Music,Johns Hopkins University and the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

David Bolman is the Provost for the University of Advancing Technology. The University of Advancing Technology is the technophile's college experience—a community uniquely suited to provide students passionate about technology an ideal place to live and grow. UAT is a private university that merges the values of the traditional academy with the modern technology campus, a fusion that enhances our ability to fulfill the mission of educating students in the fields of advancing technology who innovate for our future.

Todd Van Hooser is an author, publisher and educator. He teaches English for Desert Edge High School in the Agua Fria School District. Todd is a the cutting edge integrating pop culture arts into his formal classroom instruction and his informal afterschool programs.

Steve Deschenes is a visual artist and educator. He teacher visual art for K-8 students in the Liberty School District. Steve's innovative approach to art makes creating fun and relevant for his students while instilling strong art foundations.

 

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A look into the more adult themed myths of Ancient Greece and Rome. Join Far From Home's Research and Mythology division, Far From Home Presents, with this dark and sensual panel as we dig deep into the erotic past. Come hear about long forgotten aspects of ancient Greece such as incubi, the Bacchanalia, the true origins of the Minotaur and more.

This panel is for adults only, 18 and up please. Children will be turned away at the door so we can help protect their innocence. 

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Location: North 229AB

From the films, to the books, to the various animated series, this trivia challenge has something for every fan. Have fun testing your Star Wars knowledge and maybe even win some cool prizes in the process! No Jedi mind tricks allowed!

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Location: North 226ABC

With E3 around the corner, get the latest on what games will be coming out in the next year and beyond as well as the latest on the Playstation 4 and the new Xbox console with Gareth Von Kallenbach of Skewed and Reviewed. Gareth has worked in the gaming industry and has covered the latest in games, industry news, and tech for over two decades. This is a lively panel with images, video, and Q&A as well as the SWAG table and you will not want to miss this.

who'll be here
  • Gareth Von Kallenbach
 
Location: North 229AB

What is it with Aliens & Charades? Well if you believe you have what it takes - join us as we have invited the Tusken Raiders to challenge your ears and imagination in the first ever Tusken Charades contest!

who'll be here
  • Jordan Lyndell-Lees
  • Todd Filek
 
Location: North 126C

EDSITEment is a partnership among the National Endowment for the HumanitiesVerizon Foundation, and the National Trust for the Humanities.

EDSITEment offers a treasure trove for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality material on the Internet in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies.

Explore EDSITEment resources for use with SUPERHEROES: A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE in formal and informal classrooms.

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Location: North 126C

Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series (Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse) has become a perennial favoarite for fantasy loving teens and adults alike. The series has also been heaviliy criticized for its portrayal of unhealthy dating relationships in teens. In this panel we will explore the Adolescent Development Themes highlighted in the books/movies and look at how these themes can be used to teach students about developmental issues including self image, depression, risk taking behavior and romantic relationships.. 

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Location: North 229AB

Fighting with a lightsaber is more than just swinging a deadly weapon around at your opponent. For every teach there is form, finesses and style. Join us as we explore and demonstrate the use of an elegant tool of justice.

who'll be here
  • Culann Lewis
  • Felix Blinn
  • Michael Whyman
 
Location: West 211AB

"Far From Home Presents" an exploration of the origins of Halloween. 

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