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Updated 1/23
PANEL ROOM LOCATIONS:
B110 – GENERAL PROGRAMMING
B114 – GENERAL PROGRAMMING
B119 – GENERAL PROGRAMMING
C120 – GENERAL PROGRAMMING
C123 – GENERAL PROGRAMMING
C124 – SCI-FI SPEED DATING / MARVEL PORTFOLIO REVIEW (SUNDAY)
C126 – MEET & GREET / MARVEL PORTFOLIO REVIEW (SATURDAY)
OREGON BALLROOM 201 – “LAST FAN STANDING” TAPINGS
OREGON BALLROOM 203 – GENERAL PROGRAMMING
OREGON BALLROOM 204 – GENERAL PROGRAMMING

Programming is FREE with your Wizard World wristband unless otherwise noted.

*Listed programming subject to change. Please check wizardworld.com for the most up-to-date Programming information.

*Seating for panels is strictly limited and available on a first-served basis. Only V.I.P. ticket holders are guaranteed seats for designated panels. Panel rooms are not cleared after each session.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 23
4:30-5:15 THE MOST RACIST PANEL EVER! (B110)
The pop culture explosion through gaming, comics, TV, and film has opened up new opportunities for cultural diversity; however, many challenges and obstacles still exists in today's media. In this humorous but poignant discussion, diverse geek experts and comic creators will discuss breaking ethnic stereotypes and what changes need to happen for us to boldly go into the future. Moderated by Tony Kim (Crazy4ComicCon.com.)

4:30-5:15PM TITANS OF INDEPENDENT COMICS WITH BILLY DOGMA’S DEAN HASPIEL, TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN’S SHANNON WHEELER AND DAVID CHELSEA IN LOVE’S DAVID CHELSEA READING FROM THEIR WORK (C120)
The model of comics creators tethered to one or two major publishers, working on adventures of corporately-owned characters is no longer the only game in town. Many of the top talents in comics work either exclusively on their own material, while others work both sides of the street, alternating independent work with mainstream assignments done in their own distinctive styles. Here, speaking about how they have forged their own paths, and also doing dramatized readings from their comics, which will be projected for us to read along with, are some of the most distinctive creators in comics today: Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma; American Splendor), Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man; Villain House) and David Chelsea (David Chelsea in Love; Everybody Gets It Wrong!). The panel is moderated by Danny Fingeroth (Rough Guide to Graphic Novels; Studs Terkel’s Working).

5:00-5:45PM TAKING YOUR COSPLAY TO THE NEXT LEVEL (B119)
Ryan Wells, from Portland OR, has been doing props and sets for various theater and haunt productions throughout the years and only recently started cosplaying in September of 2013 and has already been featured on several cosplay and special effects panels at various conventions throughout the Pacific NW, cosplay websites, web series and Forbes.com. If you've never cosplayed before or you've been doing it for years, theirs always more to learn! Ryan will take you through the beginning steps of how to choose the perfect cosplay, where to start and how to stay motivated along the way.

5:00-6:30PM LOVE IN THE AIR @ PORTLAND COMIC CON – SPEED DATING STYLE (C124)
Ladies and Gentlemen! Are you single and tired of looking for love in Alderraan places? Are you ready to let your geek flag fly? Then it is time to try Sci-Fi Speed Dating! Sci-Fi Speed Dating returns by popular demand! You asked for it, we got it! The fantastic crew from Sci-Fi Speed Dating will host 4 sessions this weekend! If you are single and over 18 head over to the Speed Dating room to sign up for a session! Sci-Fi Speed Dating is Fun, Safe, and it works! They are now responsible for 5 marriages, 19 engagements, 2 babies, and over 100 couples dating seriously. (Questions? Please e-mail inquiries@scifispeeddating.com).

5:30-6:15PM MARVEL COMICS AND MORE! (B110)
Join Blake Garris (Manager of Video & Content Production for Marvel DMG) and Judy Stephens (Producer for Marvel DMG) as they chat about their day-to-day, how they got started at Marvel and answer questions from the fans!

5:30-6:15PM WRITING FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION (C120)
Join former Wizards of the Coast senior managing editor and New York Times best-selling author Philip Athans (Annihilation, The Watercourse Trilogy) for a spirited Q&A session for aspiring writers, with advice from his book, The Guide to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction (Adams Media). Learn the necessity of consistently-applied ³rules² for your fantasy and SF worlds, the vital importance of a strongly-motivated villain and valuable tips for creating a career in the fantasy and SF genres.

6:00-9:00PM SPIKE AND MIKE’S FESTIVAL OF ANIMATION – PAID EVENT (B114)
IT'S BACK!! The Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation comes to Wizard World Portland Comic Con!! Get your tickets now for 3 BRAND NEW, Exciting, Hilarious & Award Winning Festival of Animation screenings as part of The Wizard World Comic Convention! Every ticket buyer will also receive a FREE (yes you read that correctly) Spike and Mike Sick and Twisted DVD with their ticket purchase!! Pick up our ticket at Booth #648 or buy your tickets in advance http://wizardworld.ticketleap.com/spikeandmikefestival/

6:00-6:45PM DOCTOR WHO CELEBRATION (B119)
Join us for a wibbly wobbly time as ‘Whovians’ gather to discuss the latest adventures with our favorite Time Lord and companion. What do you think of Peter Capaldi? What are your thoughts on Season 8? A panel of local Whovian experts will explore the significance of the past 5 decades, thoughts on the 12th Doctor, and speculate on the future of Doctor Who. Moderated by Tony Kim (Crazy4ComicCon.com.)

6:00 – 7:30PM BRUCE CAMPBELL’S “LAST FAN STANDING” (OREGON BALLROOM 201)
Are YOU the ultimate geek? Prove it against hundreds of your fellow pop culture fans in this live taping of Bruce Campbell’s “Last Fan Standing” - a trivia game show coming soon to CONtv! Come to watch or come to play, but make sure to arrive early to secure your buzzer to compete for a chance to go on-stage to possibly win incredible prizes! FREE to all attendees. (Again, seating is limited, so arrive early!)

6:30-7:15PM VIPs OF SELF-PUBLISHING (B110)
Self-publishing creator, Victor Dandridge, heads a forum-style discussion on the practices of self-publishing comic books. Guided with his own years of experience as both a comic book fan and creator, Victor aims to lead this discussion, interacting with the attending audience, to share ideas for comic book production, marketing and distribution.

6:30-7:15PM GETTING RESPECT: COMICS GO TO COLLEGE WITH DARK HORSE’S DIANA SCHUTZ, TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN’S SHANNON WHEELER, PSU’S SUSAN KIRTLEY & PSU’S JON HOLT (C120)
Comics and graphic novels have come into their own as subjects worthy of—indeed, demanding—attention from academia. Historians and cultural theorists teach courses, hold conferences, and publish books on various aspects of sequential art, and colleges and universities teach courses in comics as literature and social history as well as how to make them. Here, to give an overview of various ideas about and approaches to comics studies are a cross-section of comics scholars and teachers, including: Diana Schutz (longtime Dark Horse executive editor and instructor at Portland Community College), Shannon Wheeler (creator of Too Much Coffee Man, and instructor at Portland State University), Susan Kirtley (Director of Rhetoric and Composition at Portland State University; author of Lynda Barry: Girlhood Through the Looking Glass) and Jon Holt (assistant professor of Japanese literature and manga, Portland State University). The panel is moderated by Danny Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch; Disguised as Clark Kent).

7:00 – 7:45PM COSTUMES + PLAYING = COSPLAY! SO WHAT DOES THAT ACTUALLY MEAN? (B119)
Join Wizard World’s Damian Beurer and an assembly of top-notch cosplayers who will tell you everything you need to know about dressing up in costumes and going out in public. From wardrobe malfunctions to crazy fans, to how to construct your own costumes and even how to go to the bathroom (you know, in costume), this cosplay squad will give you the inside skinny on the ultimate in spandex fandom. We’ll share photos, take questions from the audience, and hopefully inspire you to join in.

8:30 – 10:30PM CREATOR PRO AM: DRINK & DRAW
All artist and writers are invited to come and compete in this live drawing and writing competition! You bring the creativity and we will take care of the rest! Scenarios and scenes will be described to the artist and writers, where you will have 1 hour to compete. Stay through to the end where one writer and one artist will be selected to win amazing prizes such as Corel PainterX3, Artograph lightpad and a Canson prize pack. Additional prizes will be given throughout the night brought to you by Corel, Canson, Royal Talens and Artograph. Location: Rontoms, 600 East Burnside St. Free with your Wizard World wristband. 21+

SATURDAY, JANUARY 24
10:30-11:00AM HULK SMASH: LOU FERRIGNO (B119)
This Hulk isn’t computer generated. The original, incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno, makes a rare Q&A appearance to discuss his time as the big green superhero, how he stays in such amazing shape, his former title as Mr. Universe, his family & so much more!

11:00-11:45AM HOW TO KEEP YOUR SANITY DURING A ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE (B110)
A psychologists perspective on the impact a zombie apocalypse has on the psychological well-being on the individual and society. Who is prepared and who isn't when the time comes? You can have all of the cutting moon swords and can of beans in the world but if you aren't psychologically healthy the group will shoot you in the leg and leave you behind so they can escape. A discussion of the characters and their sanity as well as strategies to be prepared and survive the walking dead.

11:00 – 11:45AM JASON DAVID FRANK MEET AND GREET – PAID EVENT (C126)
Here’s your chance to meet the original Green Power Ranger Jason David Frank in a more private setting, away from the convention crowds. Make sure to bring your questions because JDF will have your answers. Must purchase separate ticket for this event.

11:00 – 12:30PM BRUCE CAMPBELL’S “LAST FAN STANDING” (OREGON BALLROOM 201)
Are YOU the ultimate geek? Prove it against hundreds of your fellow pop culture fans in this live taping of Bruce Campbell’s “Last Fan Standing” - a trivia game show coming soon to CONtv! Come to watch or come to play, but make sure to arrive early to secure your buzzer to compete for a chance to go on-stage to possibly win incredible prizes! FREE to all attendees. (Again, seating is limited, so arrive early!)

11:30-12:15PM HOW TO WRITE COMICS WITH ASTRO CITY’S KURT BUSIEK, THOR’S MICHAEL AVON OEMING, BUFFY’S CHRIS GAGE, WITCH DOCTOR’S BRANDON SEIFERT & SPIDER-MAN’S DANNY FINGEROTH (C120)
Accomplished comics writers Kurt Busiek (Astro City; Thunderbolts), Michael Avon Oeming (Thor; The Mice Templar), Christos Gage (Superior Spider-Man; Avengers Academy), Brandon Seifert (Witch Doctor; Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird), and Danny Fingeroth (Spider-Man; How to Create Comics From Script to Print) show and tell you how to write comics and graphic novels, going from initial idea to outline to script to finished story. Plus, the panelists will answer your questions about both the creative and business sides of the comics writing profession, including how to find an artist to work with (hint: a comics convention is the number one place!) and how to write exciting dialogue!

11:30-12:15PM GENETIC ENGINEERING: STAR TREK VS REALITY (C123)
Star Trek makes social commentaries on race, social justice, and religion as well as science. Genetic engineering is a technology where writers can show how all of these issues converge. From eugenics – “Space Seed” (TOS), “Masterpiece Society” (TNG), and “Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013) to gene therapy – “Doctor Bashir, I Presume” (DS9) to manipulating DNA in embryos- “Lineage” (VOY) we are closer than ever to being able to change a person's genetic makeup. What does it mean for people who want designer babies? Dr. Lehmann interviewed script writers and scientists while writing her book “All You Need To Know About Disability Is On Star Trek.” She has put together a humorous but accurate look at genetic engineering as seen on Star Trek. Sprinkled with short summaries about where we are at in our current genetic sciences. How long until doctors will be able to cure genetic disorders or create designer babies? We are a lot closer than you may think!

12:00-12:45PM TALES OF THE CON (B110)
Come meet the infamous face of Jesse Lagers (mustache included) as featured on SyFy’s Heroes of Cosplay. He’ll be talking about his experiences with the show, lessons learned and hilarious stories that probably shouldn’t be told (aka Tales from the Con).

12:00-12:45PM WORLD OF WARCRAFT COMPOSER JASON HAYES PRESENTS: BEHIND THE MUSIC WITH “CRITICAL HIT” (B114)
Join World of Warcraft composer Jason Hayes and his acclaimed video game tribute band Critical Hit as they join their fans in a Wizard World exclusive Q&A! From Tetris to Legend of Zelda to Skyrim to Final Fantasy and beyond, Critical Hit performs original arrangements and electrifying live performance for fans all over the U.S.! Now here is your chance to get to know the band behind the music!

12:00-12:45PM NAMES IN THE HUNGER GAMES (B119)
Who was Cinna? What do the hawthorn and primrose symbolize? Names have great significance in Suzanne Collins’s books, referencing sixteen characters out of Shakespeare, all from a particular era of Rome. Bringing details from myths, herbal guides, military histories, and the classics, English professor and award-winning pop culture author Valerie Estelle Frankel sheds light on the deeper meanings behind Panem’s heroes and villains in this hottest of YA trilogies.

12:00-1:00PM LOVE IN THE AIR @ PORTLAND COMIC CON – SPEED DATING STYLE (C124)
Ladies and Gentlemen! Are you single and tired of looking for love in Alderraan places? Are you ready to let your geek flag fly? Then it is time to try Sci-Fi Speed Dating! Sci-Fi Speed Dating returns by popular demand! You asked for it, we got it! The fantastic crew from Sci-Fi Speed Dating will host 4 sessions this weekend! If you are single and over 18 head over to the Speed Dating room to sign up for a session! Sci-Fi Speed Dating is Fun, Safe, and it works! They are now responsible for 5 marriages, 19 engagements, 2 babies, and over 100 couples dating seriously. (Questions? Please e-mail inquiries@scifispeeddating.com).

12:30-1:15PM ZOMBIE SURVIVAL TACTICS (C120)
Join Zombies vs Cheerleaders writer Heather Finley as she talks defeating undead foes with Ireland Reid (model/cosplayer), Alex Bubb (international MMA fighter and animator at Happy Trails Animation), Jes Aldrich (YouTuber, channel: JesAtomic), and Jesus Areyano (geek extraordinaire). Blood, bites, and beatings, this group is ready to survive. Prizes will be available for audience participation. Let the apocalypse begin!

12:30-1:15PM HIGH STAKES COMICS (C123)
Comic books tend to raise the stakes as high as possible, which can mean lots of death and destruction — sometimes writers sacrifice individual characters, and sometimes whole worlds. Join Paul Tobin (Eisner-award-winning author of Bandette, Legends of the Dark Knight, The Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men: First Class), Chris Sebela (High Crimes, Alien VS Predator, Captain Marvel, Escape From New York), and Daniel H. Wilson (Earth 2: World’s End, Robopocalypse, Zombies VS Robots) to discuss gods vs. mortals, destruction on a planetary scale, and how to thread a story through all the spectacle and gore.

12:30-1:15PM ONE-ON-ONE WITH ALAN TUDYK (OREGON BALLROOM 203)
Wash, Steve the Pirate, King Candy, Duke, Green Arrow.. his list of characters goes on-and-on! One of film and television’s most versatile performers, Alan Tudyk, swings by Wizard World Comic Con to talk his many on-screen and voice-over roles in Firefly, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen and the rest of his laundry list of credits!

12:30–1:15PM BEHIND THE MASK WITH CAITY LOTZ (OREGON BALLROOM 204)
Protecting the streets of Starling City, Sara Lance A.K.A. “The Canary” was a force to be reckon with. Caity Lotz brought her to life in The CW’s Arrow and now you can meet her in person on the Wizard World stage! Get a peek behind the curtain of one of TV’s hottest shows and bring your questions for this awesome Q&A!

1:00–1:45PM NEED INPUT! A PANEL FOR COSPLAY RESEARCH (B110)
Kat the Red is an award winning veteran cosplayer that has attended conventions all over the country, all with the pursuit of one question: Why do we cosplay? In her widely toured panel, Kat the Red questions the cosplay community in search of answers to an assortment of cosplay-related questions: Why do people cosplay? How do cosplayers choose their characters? What do cosplayers absorb from their transformations into comic book, anime and video game characters? These and other questions will be asked and then answered by you - the cosplay community of Wizard World! Come contribute to an academic conversation on cosplay! In the pursuit of a Masters degree in Cosplay Studies, Kat the Red needs your input! Come contribute to the study and research of cosplay - for science!

1:00-1:45PM FROM ELECTRIC YOUTH TO ELECTRIC LEGEND: DEBBIE GIBSON (B119) She’s sold over 16 million albums worldwide.. and she’s been in Mega Python vs. Gatoroid! Join the “Original Pop Princess” Debbie Gibson as she makes a rare comic con to reflect upon her incredible music career, her transition to Broadway and television, the craziness of her SyFy movie, life on reality TV and so much more.

1:00-2:30PM LOVE IN THE AIR @ PORTLAND COMIC CON – SPEED DATING STYLE (C124) Ladies and Gentlemen! Are you single and tired of looking for love in Alderraan places? Are you ready to let your geek flag fly? Then it is time to try Sci-Fi Speed Dating! Sci-Fi Speed Dating returns by popular demand! You asked for it, we got it! The fantastic crew from Sci-Fi Speed Dating will host 4 sessions this weekend! If you are single and over 18 head over to the Speed Dating room to sign up for a session! Sci-Fi Speed Dating is Fun, Safe, and it works! They are now responsible for 5 marriages, 19 engagements, 2 babies, and over 100 couples dating seriously. (Questions? Please e-mail inquiries@scifispeeddating.com).

1:30–2:15PM WWE® SUPERSTAR DANIEL BRYAN® AND WWE® DIVAS THE BELLA TWINS® (B114)
Moderated by Mo Lightning.

1:30-2:15PM BUFFY BIRTHDAY PARTY (C120)
Dark Horse Comics is hosting a party celebrating Buffy Summer’s birthday (Just a bit belatedly—Her birthday is January 19th.)! At this special panel, there will be Buffy Trivia, Buffy “Hush” Pictionary, and more—fun times with PRIZES! Plus, find out what it’s like to continue the Whedonverse in comics with Dark Horse Editor Sierra Hahn, writer Christons Gage, and artist Rebekah Isaacs! Happy Birthday, Buffy!

1:30-2:15PM X-MEN’S CHRIS CLAREMONT AND MASTER OF KUNG FU’S PAUL GULACY: MARVEL FROM THE ‘70s TO TODAY (C123)
Two comics legends talk about their beginnings in the Marvel Comics of the ‘70s and about their career journeys—and whatever else comes up when two such titanic talents get together! Writer Chris Claremont has encountered more success than most writers ever dream of. Best known for his initial unbroken 17-year run on The Uncanny X-Men, his stories have achieved best-seller status, won numerous awards, and are trendsetters for the industry. He has also written seminal characters such as Batman and Superman; originated several creator-owned series, and authored nine novels. Paul Gulacy is an acclaimed comic book artist with over 40 years in the field, and has also worked in magazine illustration, in animation, and for high-profile advertising agencies. He made his initial mark on the world at Marvel with Master of Kung Fu, later moving on the projects including Batman, James Bond, Catwoman, and many more. Current works include the 75th Anniversary Celebration of Wolverine with writer Len Wein. The panel is moderated by Danny Fingeroth (Spider-Man; The Stan Lee Universe).

1:30-2:15PM NO “BONES” ABOUT IT: KARL URBAN (OREGON BALLROOM 203)
What do Star Trek, Star Trek- Into The Darkness, Dredd, Pathfinder, Priest, Doom, The Bourne Supremacy, The Chronicles of Riddick, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Ghost Ship all have in common? The talents of Karl Urban! Come meet the man behind so many memorable characters on the Wizard World stage in this special Q&A session!

1:30-2:15PM LIFE’S NO FAIRYTALE WITH GRIMM’S SASHA ROIZ (OREGON BALLROOM 204)
Meet one of the stars of the hit supernatural drama, Grimm, Captain Renard himself, Sasha Roiz, as he takes you behind-the-scenes of the NBC program! What’s it like to have his character be a Zauberbiest and to be from a royal lineage? What can we expect from next season? Sasha answers these questions and much more.

2:00-2:45PM JESSICA AND THE MARZIPALS: COSPLAY, COMMUNITIES AND CREATORS (B110)
The hardest part of any project is that first leap of faith to start it. Well... writer's block, teaching yourself editing software, or perfecting your molding skills are also challenges, but those can be overcome with enough determination and candy sprinkles. Join Jessica Merizan (SyFy's "Heroes of Cosplay" & veteran community manager) as she discusses taking that initial step toward creating, bringing your visions to life, the importance of collaborative and positive online spaces to share your work, and why you already have everything you jump into whatever it is you want to do. Horror stories and wacky high jinks also included!

2:00-2:45PM WETA WORKSHOP: CHARACTER CREATION THROUGH PROSTHETICS, HAIR AND MAKE UP (B119)
Warren Dion Smith, make up and effects artist at Weta Workshop, takes us through a transformation of a Weta character using prosthetics and makeup and techniques used on set from the latest films. This will be a real time make up demonstration where Warren will discuss techniques, materials and answer questions during the demonstration.

2:30-3:15PM ANSWER THIS! TRIVIA (B114)
Are you a geek culture expert? Now is your chance to prove it! Answer This! is a real game show. Come be a contestant or watch from the audience as we find out who knows their stuff. Did we mention there will be special guests? Oh, well, there will be special guests! And prizes! We can’t forget about the prizes! Prizes will be given out to both contestants and the audience for correct answers!

2:30-3:15PM BENDIS & OEMING’S POWERS: FROM COMICS TO TV with MICHAEL AVON OEMING (C120)
Since 2000, Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming’s Powers has been published as series of miniseries, first from Image and then from Marvel’s Icon imprint. Powers is the saga of homicide detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, who investigate cases involving superhumans, referred to as “powers.” Now, in 2015, Sony Pictures Television is bringing Powers to the small screen in an all-new, live-action, hour-long drama being distributed on the PlayStation Network, with Bendis and Oeming on board as producers. Today, Oeming will talk about how the comic series was translated into a TV show, and will give some hints about what Powers fans can expect from the video version of the series.

2:30-3:15PM DARK HORSE MANGA- AN AFTERNOON WITH CARL HORN (C123)
Dark Horse’s history with Japanese comics can be traced back to the company’s earliest years, with a legacy that includes such legendary series as Oh My Goddess, Lone Wolf & Cub, Berserk, and many more! Now the publisher continues to publish some of the industry’s bestselling titles like Neon Genesis Evangelion, Oreimo: Kuroneko, Panty & Stocking with Garter Belt, Satoshi Kon’s Opus, Unofficial Hatsune Mix (as seen on David Letterman) and the works of the creative powerhouse, CLAMP. Join Dark Horse’s resident manga guru and editor extraordinaire, Carl Horn, for a look at the past, present and future of manga at Dark Horse!

2:30-3:15PM BORN TO ACT: YAPHET KOTTO (OREGON BALLROOM 204)
Alien, Live & Let Die (007), The Running Man, Homicide: Life on the Street, Midnight Run – his credits go on & on! To say that Yaphet Kotto has a lot of stories to tell would be an understatement! Join this well-versed actor as he reflects upon many of these legendary films & TV projects in this fan-based Q&A.

3:00-3:45PM COSPLAY FILMMAKING: 101 (B110)
Cosplay Filmmaking: 101 is a special presentation on how to make your own Cosplay action film utilizing today's technology and resources. Presented by Herofest Action Film Festival creator, DESCIPLE of Collective Entertainment, the panel will cover everything from camera gear to costume designs, from self-distribution to propmaking. Don't miss this presentation that dares to expand the Cosplay community through making movies.

3:00-3:45PM “FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING” ACTION FIGURE PANEL (B119)
What kind of collector are you? Feeling the need to vent your frustration at Mattel's lack of a DC-themed line or the current state of Marvel Legends? Need help deciding which Funko POP figure to buy? Join Ballz from Wrestlingaudio.com in this light-hearted discussion of the latest action figure news and rumors.

3:00 – 3:45PM THE “THIS WEEK IN MARVEL” PODCAST FEATURING MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.’s MING-NA WEN AND BRETT DALTON (OREGON BALLROOM 203)
This Week in Marvel is the official podcast of Marvel.com focusing on news and new releases--from comics to video games to toys to TV to film and beyond! Join host Blake Garris for a live recording featuring some familiar faces: Agents Melinda May and Grant Ward haven’t always seen eye-to-eye, but we’re sure both Ming-Na Wen and Brett Dalton will agree that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just keeps getting better and better! Step inside the world of Agent Coulson’s team as they talk the future of the show, how AoS could continue to factor into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, how they approach their characters and more.

3:30-4:15PM FINDING THE LOST GIRL: KSENIA SOLO (B114)
She’s Kenzi in Lost Girl. She’s Veronica in Black Swan. She’s Peggy on AMC’s Turn: Washington’s Spies. But at Portland Comic Con, she’s just going to be.. herself! Join Ksenia Solo in a discussion about her many memorable on-screen roles, her future behind the scenes, her work with charity organizations like Stand For the Silent & more!

3:30-4:15PM THE ART OF SATURDAY MORNING CARTOON PRODUCTION WITH ANIMATOR & DIRECTOR TOM COOK (ROOM C120)
Wizard World is proud to present world-renown animator Tom Cook (Tarzan; Flash Gordon; He-Man and the Masters of the Universe; She-Ra Princess of Power) to Portland! This panel will be a demonstration of the steps taken to bring an idea from script to screen. Cook will begin with a short story of how he became an animator back in the late 1970s and then describe the different departments in an animation studio and what they do to move the development of the cartoon forward. Tom will have a few scenes he has worked on over the years on video and then will open the floor for questions about either the process or any other question you may have. So come out and see first-hand how your favorite cartoons were made!

3:30-4:15PM VIXENS, HORROR AND COSPLAY? OH MY! (C123)
Meet the Vixens of Horror, a Portland group that’s into the dead and things that go bump in the night. Listen in on how horror and cosplay coincide, how to live the horror life and play the Vixens of Horror trivia!

3:30-4:15PM ONE-ON-ONE WITH POWER RANGER: JASON DAVID FRANK (OREGON BALLROOM 204)
Come see the original Green Power Ranger, Jason David Frank live on the Wizard World stage. Don’t miss your chance to ask your questions in this special audience Q&A session and learn more about his reality TV show My Morphin Life.

4:00-4:45PM WORKING WITH WORBLA (B110)
Come join Arielle with Air Bubbles Cosplay to discuss basic tips and tricks for working with worbla from making breast plates to shoulder and shin armor! Bring questions and comments and don't be afraid to share your own techniques.

4:00-4:45PM SECRETS OF THE PORTLAND MST3K MEETUP GROUP (B119)
Come meet the folks who are keeping Mystery Science Theater 3000 alive in the PDX area. With footage from the show's history, info on our shows, and a Q&A session, with one lucky guest winning a prize so amazing, we haven't thought of it yet.

4:00-5:30PM LOVE IN THE AIR @ PORTLAND COMIC CON – SPEED DATING STYLE (C124)
Ladies and Gentlemen! Are you single and tired of looking for love in Alderraan places? Are you ready to let your geek flag fly? Then it is time to try Sci-Fi Speed Dating! Sci-Fi Speed Dating returns by popular demand! You asked for it, we got it! The fantastic crew from Sci-Fi Speed Dating will host 4 sessions this weekend! If you are single and over 18 head over to the Speed Dating room to sign up for a session! Sci-Fi Speed Dating is Fun, Safe, and it works! They are now responsible for 5 marriages, 19 engagements, 2 babies, and over 100 couples dating seriously. (Questions? Please e-mail inquiries@scifispeeddating.com).

4:00PM MARVEL PORTFOLIO REVIEW (C126)
Marvel editor will be conducting portfolio reviews. Here's what you need to know:
• Portfolios will need to be dropped off between the hours of 3:00-7:00PM on Friday and 11:00-6:00PM on Saturday at the Wizard World Information Booth #319.
• Portfolios MUST contain your contact information. This includes your full name, cell phone number, and e-mail address.
• Portfolio reviews will happen Saturday starting at 4:00PM and Sunday from 11:30-1:30PM in ROOM C124. If you will not or cannot be present at this time, do not leave your portfolio.
• Do not leave original work with us. Whatever your portfolio contains, make sure you keep the original work. We cannot be responsible for any lost or misplaced work.
• Please respect the Marvel editors time and opinions.
• Focus on your sequentials. While cover artwork is important, most new artists are hired to do interiors.
• Review sessions are limited to artists only.
• Not all submissions will be chosen for review.
PORTFOLIO REVIEW SCHEDULE WILL BE POSTED AT 11AM ON SATURDAY AND 11AM ON SUNDAY AT THE WIZARD WORLD INFORMATION BOOTH #319.

4:00-4:45PM PROTECTING STARLING CITY WITH ARROWS’S STEPHEN AMELL (OREGON BALLROOM 203)

4:30-5:15PM A BACKSTAGE PASS TO LAIKA ANIMATION STUDIO (B114)
LAIKA has become the world's most ambitious, creative and fearless animation studio. LAIKA staff will talk about the remarkable creativity at LAIKA, from the CG-classic Moongirl (2005) to the Oscar-nominated stop-motion features ParaNorman (2012) and Coraline (2009). The studio's latest film, The Boxtrolls, debuted in theaters back on September 26, 2014. Production puppets will be on display. For more information check out www.laika.com.

4:30-5:15 DARK HORSE BUILDS CHARACTER (C120)
Dark Horse Comics kicks off 2015 at Wizard World, right here in Portland! Join Dark Horse president and publisher Mike Richardson, editor in chief Scott Allie, and publicist Aub Driver for a sneak peek at some of the year’s most newsworthy comics and programs, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Archie vs. Predator, The Strain, and more!

4:30-5:15PM U CRE-8 COMICS PRESENTS: CHARACTER CRAFTERS (C123)
Are you the next GREAT comic creator?! Take the Raconteur's challenge and design your own character from start to finish! Establish powers, design costume ideas, create an origin story and more with U Cre-8 Comics -- the PERFECT jumpstart to YOUR comic universe!

4:30-5:15PM STEALING SCENES WITH KATEE SACKHOFF (OREGON BALLROOM 204)

5:00-5:45PM PORTLAND SUPERHEROES COALITION – COSPLAY BEYOND THE CONS (B110)
The PSC is a group of comic & movie-accurate cosplayers who volunteer at various charity events/fundraisers/hospitals in Oregon. Join the PSC as they talk about the volunteer aspect of cosplay and the good it does in the community.

5:00-5:45PM THE FUTURE OF STORYTELLING (B119)
Advanced technology is creating a new era of storytelling in a variety of novel mediums, from iPhones to the Oculus Rift. Join author Daniel H. Wilson (Robopocalypse, Earth 2: World’s End), game developer Nick Lambert of Mountain Machine Studios, and startup specialist Rick Turoczy (Portland Incubator Experience and Oregon Storyboard Project) to discuss their experience building a “playable sci-fi story” app called Mayday! Deep Space, and how artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and speech recognition are changing the way we experience our beloved stories.

5:30-6:15PM SYMBOLS IN GAME OF THRONES (B114)
With dragons, dogs, wolves, ravens, and so many more, animal symbolism is endlessly significant in Game of Thrones. Discover their meanings in heraldry, in Celtic myth, and other clever correspondences. What do red, green, black, and grey symbolize, in heraldry and fiction? Why does Daenerys wear so much blue? What about golden roses? As George R.R. Martin’s characters chomp on bloody beef, blood oranges, red wine, beets, and pomegranates, they foreshadow the inevitable bloodbaths. Thus the intricately crafted world of books and show has endless depth, revealed in this spoiler-free talk for fans of every flavor.

5:30-6:15PM FROM CAP’S SHIELD TO AGENTS OF SHIELD TO GROOT! MARVEL COMICS AT 76 WITH MARVELS’ KURT BUSIEK, SPIDER-MAN’S DANNY FINGEROTH, AND SHE-HULK’S RENEE WITTERSTAETTER (C120)
In 1939, Marvel Comics #1 debuted, unleashing The Sub-Mariner and The Human Torch on the world, and launching what would come to be known as the Marvel Universe. Kurt Busiek (Marvels; Untold Tales of Spider-Man), Danny Fingeroth (Spider-Man; The Stan Lee Universe; longtime Marvel writer/editor, researcher on Taschen’s 75 Years of Marvel: From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen), and Renee Witterstaetter (editor of She-Hulk and author of Excess: The Art of Michael Golden) present an illustrated tour through the more than seven decades of the phenomenon that is Marvel.

5:30-6:15PM PUBLISHING YOUR TABLETOP GAMING (C123)
Publisher of Alien Frontiers and a dozen other tabletop games David MacKenzie is joined by Independent Tabletop Game Design House Bonsai Games’ Levi Mote & Sarah Sharp to answer your questions about how to get a tabletop game designed and published.

5:30 – 6:15PM HOWL AT THE MOON WITH TYLER POSEY (OREGON BALLROOM 204)
Tyler Posey stars on the award-winning MTV show “Teen Wolf,” which received a Teen Choice Award for “Choice Summer TV Show”. Breaking into the comedy world, Tyler received much praise for his recent guest appearances on Comedy Central’s “Workaholics” and TV Land’s “The Exes.” He has done extensive work in television, including recurring roles on ABC Family’s “Lincoln Heights” and ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters.” His previous feature work includes films such as COLLATERAL DAMAGE, alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, and MAID IN MANHATTAN with Jennifer Lopez. He has established himself as a sought after young actor in both film and television. Tyler joins his fans in Portland for a very rare Wizard World panel appearance!

6:00-7:30PM LOVE IN THE AIR @ PORTLAND COMIC CON – SPEED DATING STYLE (C124)
Ladies and Gentlemen! Are you single and tired of looking for love in Alderraan places? Are you ready to let your geek flag fly? Then it is time to try Sci-Fi Speed Dating! Sci-Fi Speed Dating returns by popular demand! You asked for it, we got it! The fantastic crew from Sci-Fi Speed Dating will host 4 sessions this weekend! If you are single and over 18 head over to the Speed Dating room to sign up for a session! Sci-Fi Speed Dating is Fun, Safe, and it works! They are now responsible for 5 marriages, 19 engagements, 2 babies, and over 100 couples dating seriously. (Questions? Please e-mail inquiries@scifispeeddating.com).

6:00-6:50PM WORLD OF WARCRAFT COMPOSER JASON HAYES PRESENTS CRITICAL HIT IN CONCERT (OREGON BALLROOM 203)
Join World of Warcraft composer Jason Hayes and his acclaimed video game tribute band Critical Hit as they join their fans in a Wizard World Costume Contest pre-concert! From Tetris to Legend of Zelda to Skyrim to Final Fantasy and beyond, Critical Hit performs original arrangements and electrifying live performance for Portland Comic Con!

6:30-7:15PM GEEKS UNITE WITH THE CAST OF A&E’S EPIC INK ON POP-CULTURE TATTOOS (C123)
Joe Pomparelli, founder of GeeksterInk, the social network giant that connects fans of geek art & culture through tattoos, moderates a discussion on the international phenomenon of geeky, nerdy fanboy ink. The cast of A&E's hit nerdy-reality-comedy, Epic Ink, will amaze you with their fanboy obsessions and geek knowledge. They'll discuss the creation, filming and inside secrets of the show. You'll also get to watch exclusive Epic Ink clips. Followed by an audience Q&A with the cast members, covering everything from getting a tattoo to designing a tattoo. They may even show you some of their secret tattoos. You won't want to miss it.

7:00-10:00PM SPIKE AND MIKE’S FESTIVAL OF ANIMATION – PAID EVENT (B114)
IT'S BACK!! The Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation comes to Wizard World Portland Comic Con!! Get your tickets now for 3 BRAND NEW, Exciting, Hilarious & Award Winning Festival of Animation screenings as part of The Wizard World Comic Convention! Every ticket buyer will also receive a FREE (yes you read that correctly) Spike and Mike Sick and Twisted DVD with their ticket purchase!! Pick up our ticket at Booth #648 or buy your tickets in advance http://wizardworld.ticketleap.com/spikeandmikefestival/

7:00-9:00PM WIZARD WORLD COSTUME CONTEST (OREGON BALLROOM 203)
Hosted by our very own superheroes Mo Lightning & Billy Patterson, the Wizard World Portland Comic Con (adult) costume contest is no joke. The best of the best will be dressed to impress in their superhero & pop culture finest, so be prepared for some serious cosplay. Grab your buddies and suit up to take a chance at bringing home the gold! Anyone interested in participating can sign-up at the Information booth (#319) on Saturday. Brought to you by the Stewart Beavers Institute.

9:00PM – CLOSE OFFICIAL WIZARD WORLD AFTER PARTY
Just because the show floor is closed doesn’t mean the party skips a beat! Don’t miss the hottest event of the Wizard World weekend! Head on over to the Official Wizard World Comic Con After Party at Fifth Avenue Lounge, 125 NW 5th Ave. Free cover with WW wristband before 10:30pm. Relaxed dress code. 21+

SUNDAY, JANUARY 25
11:30-12:15PM CREATE-A-COMICS-STORY WITH X-MEN’S CHRIS CLAREMONT AND THE FOX’S DEAN HASPIEL (C120)
Ever wonder what it would be like to collaborate on making comics with top professionals? In this fun-and-educational session, superstar writer Chris Claremont (X-Men; Fantastic Four) and celebrated artist Dean Haspiel (The Fox; Billy Dogma) create a new character and story before your eyes, incorporating audience members' ideas and suggestions! Come see—and join in—the creative process! The panel will be moderated by longtime Marvel writer and editor Danny Fingeroth (Spider-Man; How to Create Comics from Script to Print).

11:30-12:15PM FOR THE LOVE OF STAR TREK (C123)
A six-member panel will talk about what they love about Star Trek, answering questions such as: What is your favorite series, movie, and reoccurring star? This is a positive discussion, where attendees will be encouraged join the discussion and ask questions!

11:30-1:30PM MARVEL PORTFOLIO REVIEW (C124)
Marvel editor will be conducting portfolio reviews. Here's what you need to know:
• Portfolios will need to be dropped off between the hours of 3:00-7:00PM on Friday and 11:00-6:00PM on Saturday at the Wizard World Information Booth #319.
• Portfolios MUST contain your contact information. This includes your full name, cell phone number, and e-mail address.
• Portfolio reviews will happen Saturday starting at 4:00PM and Sunday from 11:30-1:30PM in ROOM C124. If you will not or cannot be present at this time, do not leave your portfolio.
• Do not leave original work with us. Whatever your portfolio contains, make sure you keep the original work. We cannot be responsible for any lost or misplaced work.
• Please respect the Marvel editors time and opinions.
• Focus on your sequentials. While cover artwork is important, most new artists are hired to do interiors.
• Review sessions are limited to artists only.
• Not all submissions will be chosen for review.
PORTFOLIO REVIEW SCHEDULE WILL BE POSTED AT 11AM ON SATURDAY AND 11AM ON SUNDAY AT THE WIZARD WORLD INFORMATION BOOTH #319.

11:30-12:15PM JASON DAVID FRANK MEET AND GREET – PAID EVENT (C126)
Here’s your chance to meet the original Green Power Ranger Jason David Frank in a more private setting, away from the convention crowds. Make sure to bring your questions because JDF will have your answers. Must purchase separate ticket for this event.

11:30 – 1:00PM BRUCE CAMPBELL’S “LAST FAN STANDING” (OREGON BALLROOM 201)
Are YOU the ultimate geek? Prove it against hundreds of your fellow pop culture fans in this live taping of Bruce Campbell’s “Last Fan Standing” - a trivia game show coming soon to CONtv! Come to watch or come to play, but make sure to arrive early to secure your buzzer to compete for a chance to go on-stage to possibly win incredible prizes! FREE to all attendees. (Again, seating is limited, so arrive early!)

12:00-12:45PM KEEPING THE FAITH WITH ELIZA DUSHKU (OREGON BALLROOM 204)
Best known for her television roles as Faith on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, as well as the two Fox series, Tru Calling and Dollhouse, Eliza Dushku takes to the Wizard World stage for an up-close experience with her fans! She’ll share stories, give a behind-the-scenes look at her career, and answer your burning questions!

12:30-1:15PM THE HEROINE’S JOURNEY (C120)
Many know Joseph Campbell’s theory of the hero’s journey, the idea that every man grows to adulthood while battling his dark alter-ego. Now mythologist Valerie Estelle Frankel, author of From Girl to Goddess, the first book on the heroine’s journey in myth, explores the epic girl’s plot. We’ll journey step-by-step through ancient myths of Coatlicue and Durga to the butt-kicking girls of Divergent and The Hunger Games, upsetting popular notions of the passive, helpless heroine.

12:30-1:15PM JET CITY SABRE GUILD: THE FORCE EXPERIENCE (C123)
Jet City Saber Guild welcomes all Padawans to join Jedi Knights Kaden Sunspeare and Verryn Nova in The Force Experience. Learn how Jedi use the Force by watching Kaden and Verryn train with each other. Help defeat the evil Sith who have infiltrated Portland and have a surprise for our Knights. Toy sabers will be provided after the show for Padawans to participate in Jedi training.

1:00-1:45PM THE WALKING DEAD’S SARAH WAYNE CALLIES (OREGON BALLROOM 204)
She’s endured the zombie apocalypse, now learn about the newest projects keeping Sarah Wayne Callies busy! Join the (former) star of cable’s #1 drama, Lori Grimes, as she relives her adventures escaping the walkers.. and dealing with Rick & Shane!

1:30-2:15PM PLANTS VS ZOMBIES!! (C120)
Ready your PEASHOOTERS! Dark Horse Comics brought you the official Plants vs. Zombies comic series as well as The Art of Plants vs. Zombies, released in a partnership with PopCap Games, creators of the smash-hit video game. Now meet some of the people behind these hilarious, all-ages, action-filled zombie romps—Jeremy Vanhoozer, creative director of Plants vs. Zombies at PopCap; Philip Simon, Dark Horse PVZ editor; PVZ artist Ron Chan, and surprise guests!

1:30-3:00PM SUPERHERO BASIC TRAINING WORKSHOP – YOUR SUPERPOWERS AT WORK (C123)
Sure, it's easy to be a superhero at Comic Con, but what about outside of here, such as at work? How can you show up with all of your skills, talents and abilities to astound and even inspire co-workers? In this workshop, you'll get the chance to explore what its like to ACT like a superhero in other parts of your life.

Be forewarned that this is an interactive workshop, not a panel or a presentation: don't come expecting to be entertained (though you will be), come to this session because you want to learn something new about yourself and what it means to be a superhero in your own life.

Come in, do the work, have fun, change your life. 'Nuff Said. (Led by Adam Marx (SuperheroTeamTraining.com).

1:30 – 2:00PM THE GREEN POWER RANGER HALF-HOUR OF POWER (C126)
Attention children of all-ages, their parents and anyone else that loves karate. Come KICK IT with Jason David Frank in this special ½ hour long karate class.

2:00-3:30PM LOVE IN THE AIR @ PORTLAND COMIC CON – SPEED DATING STYLE (C124)
Ladies and Gentlemen! Are you single and tired of looking for love in Alderraan places? Are you ready to let your geek flag fly? Then it is time to try Sci-Fi Speed Dating! Sci-Fi Speed Dating returns by popular demand! You asked for it, we got it! The fantastic crew from Sci-Fi Speed Dating will host 4 sessions this weekend! If you are single and over 18 head over to the Speed Dating room to sign up for a session! Sci-Fi Speed Dating is Fun, Safe, and it works! They are now responsible for 5 marriages, 19 engagements, 2 babies, and over 100 couples dating seriously. (Questions? Please e-mail inquiries@scifispeeddating.com).

2:00-2:30PM MICHAEL ROOKER VERSUS THE AUDIENCE (OREGON BALLROOM 204)
Michael Rooker, who burst on the scene more than two decades ago in the title role in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, also had key roles in Cliffhanger, The Bone Collector, Mississippi Burning, Sea of Love and Days of Thunder. While many have fit the brute, villain and psychopath type, he has also shown versatility in numerous “good guy” roles in his career, none more apparent than the love-hate fan favorite Merle Dixon on AMC’s acclaimed series, The Walking Dead. Moreover, Rooker’s star continues to rise as with Marvel’s intergalactic superhero team, Guardians of the Galaxy. Being casted as the game hunter, Yondu Udonta of the Zatoan tribe, Rooker has brought his signature flair to the role and marked his stamp onto the Marvel Universe. Don’t wait to join Michael Rooker in this special Q&A!

2:30-3:15PM 405TH HOOD’S HELLIONS: ARMOR AND PROP-BUILDING (C120)
General armor building techniques and resources for the beginner to the expert. Pepakura to 3D printing. Topics to include cardboard, foam and custom templating.

2:30 – 3:00PM BEHIND THE ROLE: GIANCARLO ESPOSITO (OREGON BALLROOM 204)
Giancarlo Esposito is a celebrated television, film and stage actor whose acting career spans over several decades. He’s recently earned rave reviews and awards buzz starring as Gustavo 'Gus' Fring in AMC’s critically acclaimed award-winning series Breaking Bad opposite Bryan Cranston, as well as playing Major Tom Neville on the hit series Revolution.

3:15-4:00PM WIZARD WORLD KID’S COSTUME CONTEST (OREGON BALLROOM 204)
Calling all kids ages 10 and under to come out and strut your stuff at the Wizard World Portland Comic Con Kids Costume Contest! You won’t want to miss this Kodak moment packed with a whole lot of fun, laughs and prizes for all participants! Brought to you by the Stewart Beavers Institute.

4:00-5:30PM LOVE IN THE AIR @ PORTLAND COMIC CON – SPEED DATING STYLE (C124)
Ladies and Gentlemen! Are you single and tired of looking for love in Alderraan places? Are you ready to let your geek flag fly? Then it is time to try Sci-Fi Speed Dating! Sci-Fi Speed Dating returns by popular demand! You asked for it, we got it! The fantastic crew from Sci-Fi Speed Dating will host 4 sessions this weekend! If you are single and over 18 head over to the Speed Dating room to sign up for a session! Sci-Fi Speed Dating is Fun, Safe, and it works! They are now responsible for 5 marriages, 19 engagements, 2 babies, and over 100 couples dating seriously. (Questions? Please e-mail inquiries@scifispeeddating.com).

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