Saturday January 12 (Floor 10-6)

Summit Panel Room (1st Stage) is located downstairs  Appalachian Panel Room (2nd Stage) is located upstairs

1:00 Summit Panel Room

Illustrated History Books presented by The International Civil Rights Center & Museum

Join a discussion with the creators of sci-fi comic, Tuskegee Heirs, as they talk about how a futuristic book helps modern readers connect to history. We’ll also have a representative from Greensboro’s International Civil Rights Center & Museum to help us understand how readers might respond better to history in a comic than a traditional textbook.

2:00 Summit Panel Room

Queer Comics

Times continue to be tough for minorities, especially those of gender and sexuality. Join creators and superfans representing a variety of identity as we talk about the best queer representation in comics!

2:00 Appalachian Panel Room

Ways To Be Wicked With The Winchesters

Join Sam, Dean, and the crew as we run down the worst of the worst! Sit down for a wickedly fun q&a with the characters of supernatural. This panel will be rated PG-13 and may not be suitable for younger audiences.

3:00 Summit Panel Room

Beast Boy Speaks!

Greg Cipes has a long career in voice acting, including Beast Boy in Teen Titans Go! What got him into one of the greatest comic book cartoons ever? What animal would he most want to be? And if he was a DJ, would he call himself Beatz Boy? All this and more in a live interview!

3:00 Appalachian Panel Room

If the Hero of Time Was Black

Alchemist, poet, and future physician Ashley Harris performs selected poems from her new book entitled “If the Hero of Time was Black”. This work explores heroism, ancestry, and stereotypes around blackness in the Legend of Zelda and how they connect to our world today. She will also have a discussion with the audience about the major themes of the poems and speak on how the book came about.

4:00 Summit Panel Room

The Ethics of Star Trek

Star Trek has spent much screentime dealing with ethical issues, so much so that episodes have been described as morality plays.  Trek can be an opportunity to explore what’s most important to us.  Come discuss issues like the Prime Directive while avoiding modern US politics!

4:00 Appalachian Panel Room

Foam: Prime, Paint, and Seal

There’s now one perfect way that works for every foam project. Whether it’s a rigid props or an armor piece that has to move with you come learn the best materials, tools, and techniques to finish your foam project and make it last!

5:00 Summit Panel Room

Black Heroes Matter presented by The International Civil Rights Center & Museum

Join us as we check in on the state of racial diversity in comics today. What’s getting better? What’s getting worse? And what does the success of the Black Panther movie mean for the future of the industry?

Sunday January 13 (Floor 11-5)

12:00 Summit Panel Room

Discover Discovery

For the first time in over a decade, Star Trek has returned to a weekly episodic format. Now that we have had the opportunity to experience the first season of Star Trek Discovery, as fans, what are our impressions? What did they get right? What did they get “wrong”? What can we expect for the Second Season in 2019? Join the members of the USS Charon, a chapter of Starfleet International, as we look back on and discuss the first season in the latest incarnation of the Star Trek phenomenon and explore Star Trek Discovery!

1:00 Summit Panel Room

Breaking In To Cartoons!

We know you love watching animated series. Now, you can meet artists Katy Farina and Rian Sygh and voice actor Greg Cipes (Beast Boy) to learn more about what goes into making these shows and how you can go from your side of the TV to theirs!

2:00 Summit Panel Room

Nerd Slam

The Nerd Slam is a winner take all contest in which contestants will be putting their wits on the line against other opponents. The unique part of this contest is that all participants will be putting their own individual knowledge of their favorite show, video game, comic, etc against others with their own Nerd Specialty as well. Think Wolverine(comics) vs Dragonball Z (manga) in a bracket style King of the Hill WINNER TAKE ALL!!

3:00 Summit Panel Room

What is Gender? Crossplay, Genderbend, and Defying Expectations

It’s 2018 – Why would your cosplay have an outdated relationship to gender? Learn the positives and pitfalls when it comes to adapting great comic and anime characters to a broader spectrum of gender identity and expression!

4:00 Summit Panel Room

Cosplay Contest