youth Programming for Comicon 2016

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Have you ever wanted to start reading comics but wondered what comics were kid friendly and which are for more mature readers?  Come join us as we explore current, popular, kid-friendly comic books!

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Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

Families come in all different shapes and sizes, but they all share one thing when it comes to Phoenix Comicon, that is the love of pop culture. Whether it be Marvel, Transformers, Pop Funko, DC, or Disney, a real family discusses how sharing their individual passions have created discussions, traditions, and one of a kind experiences.

who'll be here
  • Caitlyn O'Dell
  • Mary O'Dell
  • Sean O'Dell
 

Come and compete against other aspiring artists for some faboulous prizes, and pick up some art tips and techniques along the way. This competition is moderated and judged by local artist Kevin Coultson. Comic artist, Patrick Scullin will also be on hand!

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who'll be here
  • Kevin Coulston
  • Patrick Scullin
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

Various arts and crafts: origami, coloring sheets, games & puzzles, puppets. Face painting and balloon twisting at specific times throughout the day.

See the daily schedule posted in the Art Room for demonstrations, contests, and fun workshops for kids!

who'll be here
  • Jordan Angel
  • Julianne Bonsaver
  • Keda Clark
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

Various arts and crafts: Making crowns and helmets, origami, collages, puppets. Face painting and balloons at scheduled times throughout the day. Featured Artists:

Lily Scribbles, Kevin Coulston

who'll be here
  • Alison Paul
  • Jordan Angel
  • Julianne Bonsaver
  • Keda Clark
  • Kevin Coulston
  • Marisa Dawson
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

Various arts and crafts: Origami, Circuit Boards, Games, Coloring Pages. Featured craft: Wands. Featured Artists: Kevin Coulston, Lily Scribbles.

who'll be here
  • Jordan Angel
  • Julianne Bonsaver
  • Keda Clark
  • Kevin Coulston
  • Marisa Dawson
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

Various arts and crafts: Origami, Circuit Boards, Games, Puppets, Coloring Pages, including activities for Toddlers. Art Contest today at noon! Featured Artists: Kevin Coulston, Patrick Scullin, and Mike Collins.

who'll be here
  • Jordan Angel
  • Julianne Bonsaver
  • Keda Clark
  • Marisa Dawson
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

Join Sylvan Learning as we guide young learners through building and programming an amazing, singing, dancing robot out of Legos.  This activity is ideal for 1st - 5th graders, even if they have no previous robotics or programming experience!  Space is limited.

who'll be here
  • Blythe Feiring
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: West 106ABC Activities

Hear ye, hear ye! Bandits have taken our castle and a huge treasure from us. We need you to get it back! You will start by building marshmallow shooting crossbows, then participants will have a game of skill where they can shoot at targets, then they will battle Knights of our realm. Once the Knights have been defeated, it will be on to storm the castle to victory. At the end, you keep your mini-crossbow, and be rewarded with a piece of treasure! So come and test your skills against our Knights, and save the treasure and castle for the Kingdom!

who'll be here
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

A panel is designed specifically for kids aged 8-13. This event is filled with warm-ups, a high energy talk back period and professional theatrical instruction. The focus of the panel is to help kids feel comfortable taking the stage with learning through play!

who'll be here
  • Adam Blancas
  • Asher Smoote
  • Erik Brevik
  • Karl Brevik
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: North 124B

Do your kids spend their cash creating the perfect costume of their favorite character? Do they watch YouTube videos for make up and costume construction? Then you might be the parent of a cosplayer! Come to our panel and learn the ins and outs of the role you can play as the parent of a cosplayer.

who'll be here
  • Aaron Edwards
  • Abigail Edwards
  • Allison Simmerman
  • Brookah Simmerman
  • Patrick Edwards
  • Sharon Edwards
 
Location: West 101ABC Bookmans Art Room Event Area

Local artist, Kevin Coulston, will take kids through the process of creating their own comic strip.

who'll be here
  • Kevin Coulston
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: West 101ABC Bookmans Art Room Event Area

Learn professional techniques to draw monsters and aliens from local web comic artist, Kevin Coulston.

who'll be here
  • Kevin Coulston
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: West 101ABC Bookmans Art Room Event Area

This engineering challenge fires up participants to create a spinning top from everyday materials. Learn about engineering, design, and have fun!

who'll be here
  • Dana Hansen
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: West 106ABC Activities

This engineering design challenge has participants working together on an impossible design task! Participants will be moving materials and working out logistics problems as they complete this entertaining and complex task.

who'll be here
  • Dana Hansen
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

You should come see the some of the Arizona Autobots, along with special guests Roxy Almblade and Kevin O'Connor and how they built costumes based off cartoons and video games and the difficulties of bringing it to life. The panel will focus mostly on beginning construction techniques and detailing and painting, as well as choosing and scaling characters based on build and personality. The use of foam, cardboard templates and FIRE will be discussed!!!

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Are you a geek parent who is interested in meeting other geek parents? Are you interesting in coordinating family-friendly activities for the convention weekend but don't know where to start? Join us for the Blue Ribbon Army Geek Family Meet-Up. Families of the Blue Ribbon Army, as well as representatives of Phoenix Comicon Youth and Family Programming will be on hand to answer questions about what Phoenix Comicon has to offer. Face Painters, balloons, and crafts will be available.

who'll be here
  • Jen Hinds
  • Matt Hinds
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

Ghostbusters are waging high tech battles with supernaturals but it all starts with the jumpsuit. Join us as we talk about the costumes of the main film characters and non-humans, like a certain "marshmallow man" and Slimer! We will show you what they wore and how you can replicate many of the outfits from buying things off the shelf to fabricating your own! Topics of the many incarnations and designs of the characters through out the comics, games and cartoon will be shared.  There is no limit to what you can create! We will look into what we know so far about the new film and the costumes made for it as well! 

www.phoenixghostbusters.com

who'll be here
  • Charles Kuwanyaioma
  • Joseph Lilagan
  • Mark Worley
  • Phoenix Ghostbusters
 
Location: West 101ABC Bookmans Art Room Event Area

The Phoenix based violin/percussion ensemble Tandem Duo will present "Girl Power in Music," a combination interactive performance and presentation on everything from decoding dress code lingo, to stage presence, to schlepping your own gear. Attendees will have the opportunity to perform with Tandem Duo and learn the tricks of the trade to be powerful individuals in the music industry.

who'll be here
  • Sugar & Carbs
  • Tandem Duo (2 panelists)
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

We all have our favorite fandoms: Young Justice, Legend of Korra, Arrow, Harry Potter, etc. but what happens when we notice our favorite show, book or movie lacks diversity? Or doesn't give positive representations of people of our gender, race or sexual orientation? Should we stop loving it? Do we just ignore it? No! This panel is an open discussion about how to continue enjoying our favorite favorite books, television shows, or movies etc. while also confronting the things we find problematic within them.

who'll be here
  • Breanna Bang
  • Ravenn Bang
 
Location: North 226A

The Lion Guard has roared new life into classic Lion King story. It's added new lore of its own to Pride Rock. This panel will look at how these changes have made an impact on the storyline.

who'll be here
  • Alyssa Garetson
  • Christal Beauclaire
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: West 101ABC Bookmans Art Room Event Area
No work of fiction has done more to shape the way humans imagine science and its impact than Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s enduring tale of creation and responsibility.
Researchers from ASU’s Frankenstein Bicentennial Project and The Center for Science and the Imagination will be on hand with a discussion and a series of maker activities that use the Frankenstein myth as a springboard for science education, imagination, and artistry. Children will be creating a project to take home.
who'll be here
  • ASU Center for Science and the Imagination
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: West 101ABC Bookmans Art Room Event Area
No work of fiction has done more to shape the way humans imagine science and its impact than Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s enduring tale of creation and responsibility.
Researchers from ASU’s Frankenstein Bicentennial Project and The Center for Science and the Imagination will be on hand with a discussion and series of maker activities that use the Frankenstein myth as a springboard for science education, imagination, and artistry. Children will be creating a project to take home.
 
who'll be here
  • ASU Center for Science and the Imagination (3 panelists)
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

Come explore the equipment and gadgetry that accessorize Ghostbuster costumes in the new and classic films as well as the cartoons. Let us show you what it takes to build a proton pack and the many ways you can approach it. Ever wonder how to track down many of the found items used as simple props on set and the sources to find them? What does it take to make the more complex props? Join us as we show you where to look and how you can learn yourself. We ain't afraid of no prop, neither should you!

www.phoenixghostbusters.com

who'll be here
  • Charles Kuwanyaioma
  • Joseph Lilagan
  • Mark Worley
  • Phoenix Ghostbusters
 

Come join us for this EXCLUSIVE look at the return of Keen Halloween! Secrets! Insider information! All kinds of Halloween goodness! 

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

Come join the winners of the Pheonix Comicon  award from the AZ Science and Engineer Fair for Kids Science Talks. They will be talking about their winning science fair projects and competing in science communication.   

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
Professional Development Credit Available!
 
Location: West 101ABC Bookmans Art Room Event Area

Learn to draw your own My Little Pony. Artist Lily Scribbles is back to demonstrate techniques to draw your favorite characters from the series and how to create your own Pony.

who'll be here
  • Alison Paul
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: West 105BC Lego Lounge- Sponsored by Boo

Express yourself with Lego bricks during this free build time. Come let your creativity flow while you design and build anything you can imagine in the Lego Lounge! Anything you make can be awesome!

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: West 105BC Lego Lounge- Sponsored by Boo

Express yourself with Lego bricks during this free build time. Come let your creativity flow while you design and build anything you can imagine in the Lego Lounge! Anything you make can be awesome!

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: West 105BC Lego Lounge- Sponsored by Boo

Express yourself with Lego bricks during this free build time. Come let your creativity flow while you design and build anything you can imagine in the Lego Lounge! Anything you make can be awesome!

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 
Location: West 105BC Lego Lounge- Sponsored by Boo

Express yourself with Lego bricks during this free build time. Come let your creativity flow while you design and build anything you can imagine in the Lego Lounge! Anything you make can be awesome!

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: West 105BC Lego Lounge- Sponsored by Boo

Express yourself with Lego bricks during this free build time. Come let your creativity flow while you design and build anything you can imagine in the Lego Lounge! Anything you make can be awesome!

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 
Location: West 105BC Lego Lounge- Sponsored by Boo

Express yourself with Lego bricks during this free build time. Come let your creativity flow while you design and build anything you can imagine in the Lego Lounge! Anything you make can be awesome!

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

So you’ve built a Lego kit, now what?  Whether you’re a kid with a small collection or an Adult Fan Of Lego, we’ll let you in on our tips and tricks for using your bricks for different projects and how we coordinate large projects!

 

So you bought the kit, flowed the instructions, and built the model.  Now what?  Join our crew of LEGO Customizers and explore the possibilities of fine art, household furnishings, and maybe even LEGO clothing!

who'll be here
  • Dave Shaddix
  • David Oakes
 

If you have wanted to dance like the characters in Cinderella, Firefly, or a Knight's Tale, this is the perfect afternoon session to get up and move. Kids and families are invited to learn some English and Irish Community set dances! No experience or partner is necessary! Just come, have fun, and learn some steps to practice at home.

who'll be here
  • Alex Canto
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: West 101ABC Bookmans Art Room Event Area

A hands on arts and crafts event where you design your very own pair of Mickey Mouse Ears. An array of materials will be provided to make your ears unique.

who'll be here
  • Ana Pacheco
  • Cookieplay Productions (2 panelists)
  • Richard Simon
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: West 101ABC Bookmans Art Room Event Area

Learn about those clever creatures, Trolls, from local author and teacher, JJM Czep. Create your own mask by gethering up treasures just like the Trolls do!

who'll be here
  • Jenn Czep
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: West 105A

Anyone can become a hero under the right (or wrong) circumstances, but a SUPERHERO takes it to the next level. What should you do if you think someone in your life is struggling?  How can you combat the real life bad guys of Anxiety, Depression, and other mental illnesses?  Like Batman, you don’t need special powers to become a superhero – just the right resources. Join us to stock your Mental Health Utility Belt with practical knowledge and skills as we discuss this very important topic.

who'll be here
  • Christin Pike
  • Jared Dinehart, PhD
 
Location: West 105A

Discover the wonderful world of mermaids with Mermaid Odette. Learn about where they live, swim, eat, and more in this exciting interactive panel where you can see and feel a mermaid's tail and some of her favorite items on display. Also get a chance to learn how to transform your little one with mermaid costume ideas and become one with the sea!

who'll be here
  • The Renegades
 
Location: West 101ABC Bookmans Art Room Event Area

Moon Mermaid will be reading her story, Moon Mermaid and the Treasure of Friendship! She wil be available for taking "shelfies" with kids of all ages! Moon will be charming children with stories of her adventures and making a fun take away sea craft.

who'll be here
  • Moon Mermaid
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: West 106ABC Activities

Ever want to try out all those fun looking instruments in the percussion section of a band? Here is your chance to play with drums and have hands on time with triangles, cymbals and loads of other fun stuff. Warning! It might get noisy. We hope!

who'll be here
  • Sugar & Carbs
  • Tandem Duo (2 panelists)
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: West 106ABC Activities

Ever want to try out all those fun looking instruments in the percussion section of a band? Here is your chance to play with drums and have hands on time with triangles, cymbals and loads of other fun stuff. Warning! It might get noisy. We hope!

who'll be here
  • Sugar & Carbs
  • Tandem Duo (2 panelists)
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

Join us for an EXCITING & UNBELIEVABLE preview for this year’s Fan Fest! We have a NEW Location! NEW Dates! NEW Geeky Nerdy FUN!

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
 

Festival block details coming soon!

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Comicon Staff
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

Have your younglings learn the first form of Lightsaber Combat, Shii-Cho, from the teachers at Phoenix Lightsaber Academy.
Initiates will be equipped with pool noodle lightsabers for their safety. Fundamentals of blocking, striking and stance work will be taught as well as emphasis on the Jedi Code. Minimum age is 5 years old.

who'll be here
  • Phoenix Lightsaber Academy
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: West 101ABC Bookmans Art Room Event Area

Hear a pirate story and create a hat and sword to become your own pirate character!

who'll be here
  • Jenn Czep
  • JJ Zbylski
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: West 106ABC Activities

Can you run, jump and climb your way to safety in our Jumping Zombie Wasteland? See a thrilling performance, be taught the necessary tools of survival and test your new acquired skills in our infection simulator!

who'll be here
  • Scottsdale Parkour and Freerunning
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: West 106ABC Activities

Can you run, jump and climb your way to safety in our Jumping Zombie Wasteland? See a thrilling performance, be taught the necessary tools of survival and test your new acquired skills in our infection simulator!

who'll be here
  • Scottsdale Parkour and Freerunning
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

A stage, all the world is; a player, you are. Join us for laughs, fun, and acting instruction! Get personalized tips and tricks from an experienced stage actress while you recite from Ian Doescher's "Verily, A New Hope"! Fun for all personality types, from the star-in-the-spotlight to the wallflower. No judgement, no pressure, just acting! Ages 12-18. We welcome an audience, so please join us for the laughs!

who'll be here
  • Lyric Jensen
  • Matea Jensen
  • R.B. Knight
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

Judge us by our size do not. Young Star Wars fans show off their fandom, discover how to create their own costumes, and become part of a community of young costumers. Children ages 0-17 years old can join The Galactic Academy. This panel is designed for youth and parents to attend together. Join us for our first annual group picture of all Galactic Academy Cadets.

who'll be here
  • Kevin Brown
  • Wendy Wright (2 professionals)
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

Join us for an interactive discussion panel for kids who want to talk about Star Wars, show off their cosplays, and explore more than just the movies!

who'll be here
  • Blythe Feiring
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

Have you ever wanted to see superheroes and super villains doing everyday things?! Think you can match wits with Batman? Out-laugh the Joker? Well now is your chance! Team up with the heroes and villains of the Justice League of Arizona and battle it out in an ultimate game of Superhero Family Feud, Harley Quinn style! Families get the chance to Team up with their favorite DC Superheroes and Villains for this interactive and crazy game of Family Fued! Work as a Team with Superman, Batman, The Joker, Wonder Woman, The Flash and More as you race to find the best answer to DC Comics themed questions!

who'll be here
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

A children's show centered on the Little Sith that's always being picked on. Laugh your way through some heartwarming moments as the Little Sith finds his destiny!

who'll be here
  • Syndicate Saber Arizona
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: West 106ABC Activities

The DREAD Fleet presents another one of a kind show! This year we showcase Pirates and Plumbers! With scenes from J.J. Zbylski's Flushed as well as some other surprise guest appearances! Prepare yourself for amazing plunger battles, terrifying siren spells, and a chanty singalong you might never unclog from your ears! All ages welcome!

who'll be here
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: West 101ABC Bookmans Art Room Event Area

Learn some needlework basics to create a yarn chain to use in making scarves, bracelets, hair pieces and just about everything.

who'll be here
  • Marisa Dawson
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: West 101ABC Bookmans Art Room Event Area

The Pillowcase Project is a fun safety project for children developed and designed by The Red Cross. Learn about the Project and the way it empowers children. Children decorate their own pillowcase to take home.

who'll be here
  • The American Red Cross (4 panelists)
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

There are a lot of children's television out there that try to teach kids something new, but does that necessarily make them fun to watch? The goal of this panel is to show children and parents ten shows that made learning genuinely fun for all ages and where to go to watch them.

who'll be here
  • Cynthia Shepard
  • Erika Shepard
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

You watch the Oscars, the Golden Gloves, the People Choice Awards and now, the Villain of the Year Awards! That's right! These bad guys are taking over and finally hashing it out. Who’s the most diabolical? The most deluded? Who has the best outfit? We invite you to decide! Who is the best of the bad guys? This is a full audience participation panel where you the audience will be the judge of which bad guys are bad enough to win these awards.

who'll be here
  • Breanna Bang
  • Ravenn Bang
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

Sing along to Joss Whedon’s 2008 online sensation, starring Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, and Felicia Day, with a combined screening and shadowcast performed by local geek group We Do The Weird Stuff. What is shadowcasting? We pantomime the musical to the best of our abilities, encouraging improvised lines, prop-based antics, and most importantly, audience participation!

who'll be here
  • Cameron Peacock
  • Cheryk Manning
  • Huntington Keith
  • Jacqueline Chikos
  • Lonnie Gray
  • Mary Brockmeier
  • Megan White
  • Sean Johnson
 
Location: North 226BC

Disney princesses have come a long way since Snow White, in fact there are some current ones that will hit you with a frying pan. This panel will look at the evolution of the Disney Princess and compare and contrast their evolution in characteristics.

who'll be here
  • Casey Pryor
  • Hunter Brown
  • Kat Alarcon
  • Sarah Ferguson
  • Very Awesome Girls-Phoenix
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 

Can you bend steel? Punch through walls? Lift tons? Fight crime with a batarang? See if you have what it takes to do the impossible and become a legend! Come join the Justice League Arizona as iconic DC superheroes themselves help you find your inner strength and make superheroes out of you! Kids 12 and under.

who'll be here
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: West 106ABC Activities

Can you bend steel? Fight crime with a batarang? See if you have what it takes to do the impossible and become a legend! Come join the Justice League Arizona as iconic DC superheroes themselves help you find your inner strength and make superheroes out of you! Kids 12 and under.

who'll be here
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: West 101ABC Bookmans Art Room Event Area

For all kids who need to laugh, this cartooning class will be the most fun they can have while learning!  This entertaining program combines Young Rembrandts’ innovative, hands-on teaching method with light-hearted subject matter that engages children, their sense of humor and their vivid imaginations.  Maintaining a quick pace and drawings that tell a story help kids to stay on-task, learn from their mistakes, find new solutions to a problem and communicate ideas and concepts through pictures - skills with lifetime benefits! 

 

who'll be here
  • LeeAnn Jensen
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: West 101ABC Bookmans Art Room Event Area

When it comes to art, age doesn't matter. Anyone can be an artist! Come learn to draw SUPER HEROES in a cute chibi style. Hosted by a professional artist with over 16 years of drawing experience.

who'll be here
  • Anastasia Eleftheriou
  • George (Bo) Eleftheriou
  • KatDensetsu
  • MaryAnne Eleftheriou
  • Melissa Bhagwandin
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
Location: West 101ABC Bookmans Art Room Event Area

Zombie Dog artists will demonstrate techiques of drawing comics for all aspiring young artists.Learn about the creative process behind Zombie comics and practice speciic ways ta add detail and perfect your own characters.

who'll be here
  • Jon Sanborn
Strongly Recommended for Youth!
 
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