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PROGRAMMING @ AUSTIN COMIC CONPANEL ROOM LOCATIONS
BALLROOM A / LEVEL 1– GENERAL PROGRAMMING
ROOM 3 / LEVEL 1 – MEET & GREET
ROOM 6 / LEVEL 3 – WORKSHOP PROGRAMMING
ROOM 8 / LEVEL 3 – GENERAL PROGRAMMING
ROOM 9 / LEVEL 3 – GENERAL PROGRAMMING
ROOM 10AB / LEVEL 3 -- GENERAL PROGRAMMING

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

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2

5:00 – 5:45PM NASA TAKES ON THE GALAXY (ROOM 8)
In this presentation we explore the various worlds being considered for colonies and the challenges colonists & NASA face. We start our journey with the moon, a Bigelow AeroSpace inflatable BA 330 (inflatable space-station en route to our next colony) Mars, perhaps another weigh station before we arrive at Europa, then Titan, and then let’s consider the moons of the ALPHA CENTAURI-Binary system! PLUS an introduction to probes that make O2 on Mars and water on the Moon and other handy gadgetry!

5:00 -- 5:45PM BATMAN AT 75! (AND THE TIM BURTON BATMAN MOVIE AT 25!) WITH ALAN J. PORTER, AARON SAGERS AND DANNY FINGEROTH (ROOM 10AB)
While other creators scrambled to cash in on Superman’s sudden popularity by creating more bright, impossible heroes, Bob Kane and Bill Finger gave us Gotham City’s dark and improbably possible Batman. Batman first appeared in Detective Comics #27 (1939) and has gone on to become one of the most recognizable figures in the world. 2014 also marks the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton’s Batman motion picture, the 50th anniversary of Batman’s “New Look,” and the 100th birthday of uncredited Batman co-creator Finger. We’ve assembled an all-star anniversary panel to discuss the Dark Knight’s history and legacy: Alan J. Porter (The Unofficial Batman Collectors Guide; James Bond: The History of the Illustrated 007), journalist Aaron Sagers (Travel Channel, Paranormal Pop Culture), and Danny Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch; Disguised as Clark Kent).

6:00 – 6:45PM HOW TO WRITE COMICS WITH BATMAN'S DAVID MACHO, WITCH DOCTOR'S BRANDON SEIFERT, DR. MUSCLES' AUSTIN TINIUS, HULK'S PAUL BENJAMIN & SPIDER-MAN'S DANNY FINGEROTH (ROOM 8)
Acclaimed comics writers David Macho (Justice League; Batman: Black and White), Brandon Seifert (Witch Doctor; Hellraiser), Austin Tinius (Dr. Muscles; Holli Hoxxx), Paul Benjamin (Spider-Man; Pantheon High) and Danny Fingeroth (Spider-Man; How to Create Comics From Script to Print) show and tell you how to write comics and graphic novels. 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!

6:00 – 6:45PM PARANORMAL CITY: AUSTIN WITH AARON SAGERS (ROOM 10AB)
From classy hotels to bawdy brothels, stately buildings to popular pubs, Austin is a wild west town with wild ghost stories. And beyond a crazy music scene, the Capital of Texas has been home to crazy stories of monsters and urban legends. Join TV host and journalist Aaron Sagers (Travel Channel, Paranormal Pop Culture) and other experts of the unexplained for a spirited, Texas-sized talk about the tall tales, folklore, myths and legends of Austin!

7:00 – 7:45PM LINE. SHAPE. OBJECT. (ROOM 8)
Illustration comes in a bunch of techniques and styles, but drawing is a skill ANYONE can learn! Comic creator, Victor Dandridge, shows you how the combination of lines and shapes can help you draw anything and EVERYTHING you can imagine!

7:00 - 7:45PM COSTUMES + PLAYING = COSPLAY! SO WHAT DOES THAT ACTUALLY MEAN? (ROOM 10AB)
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.

8:00 – 8:30PM ONE-ON-ONE WITH WWE® DIVA PAIGE® (ROOM 8)
Paige is a raven-haired Diva who preaches a simple message: She wants to fight. She gained prominence inside the NXT Arena as the first NXT Women’s Champion before quickly rising the ranks and winning the WWE Divas Championship. A driven competitor, she first began battling when she was 13, following her family of English wrestlers and has never looked back. In this Wizard World panel, join Paige for a special behind-the-scenes look at her life as a WWE Diva!

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3

2:00 – 2:45PM JASON DAVID FRANK MEET & GREET – PAID EVENT (ROOM 3)

2:00 - 2:45PM CHALLENGES OF A YOUTUBE STARTUP (ROOM 8)
The landscape of online video has changed and it's harder than ever for new channels to find an audience. Hear first-hand experience and advice from the new "Weird Girls" channel on the challenges and rewards of jumping in to the world of YouTube in a time of increasing quality, over-saturation of content, tiny CPMs, growing budgets, disgruntled creators, and competing platforms. Moderated by Lori Kendall of ComicsOnline.com.

2:00 – 2:45PM FROM CAP’S SHIELD TO AGENTS OF SHIELD TO GROOT! MARVEL COMICS AT 75 WITH DANNY FINGEROTH & JACK AYRES (ROOM 6)
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. Danny Fingeroth (Spider-Man; The Stan Lee Universe; longtime Marvel writer/editor, researcher on Taschen’s upcoming 75 Years of Marvel: From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen) and Jackson Ayres (Comics Through Time; Texas A&M University) present an illustrated tour through the more than seven decades of the phenomenon that is Marvel.

2:30 – 3:15PM COSABILITY: DISABLED AND PROUD (ROOM 10AB)
Come learn how to integrate your disability into your CosPlay. Share tips, tricks, and real life examples of awesome Cosplay. Imagine the CosAbilities!

3:00 – 3:45PM HOW TO DRAW COMICS WITH PHIL NOTO AND ANDREW MANGUM: PENCILING AND INKING (ROOM 8)
Phil Noto has drawn comics including: Black Widow; Uncanny X-Men; Astonishing X-Men; Before Watchmen: Minutemen; Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9; Thunderbolts, X-23; Uncanny X-Force; Avengers: The Origin; Wolverine And Jubilee; World’s Finest; Batgirl; Birds of Prey; and Superman/Supergirl: Maelstrom. Andrew Mangum began his career at Digital Webbing Presents as an inker in 2001. By 2006, he was fully illustrating for Zenescope Entertainment. Andrew’s known primarily for his dark, hyper-detailed art style, as well as his versatility as both an inker and illustrator. He has worked on many titles for DC, Dark Horse, Image, Dynamite, and indy publishers Zenescope, Castle-Rain and Arcana. Andrew has also done illustrations for album covers and movie storyboards. He recently finished illustrating Wilder (a project he co-owns, co-created and written by Mark Kidwell), is illustrating Jack The Lantern: Salvation from Castle-Rain Entertainment, and is a featured cover artist on Evil Ernie from Dynamite. At this incredible panel, Phil and Andrew discuss their careers, gives tips on breaking in, and demonstrate how they draw. Moderated by Danny Fingeroth (How to Create Comics From Script to Print; Darkhawk).

3:00 – 3:45PM IT WAS SCIFI…NOW IT’S SCIFACT: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS & REMAINING PREREQUISITES REGARDING VARIOUS TECHNOLOGIES (ROOM 6)
Specific products that illustrate cases where scientists, engineers, and companies have recently brought science fiction to reality. Out of the SciFi in Arthur C. Clarke’s Fountains of Paradise or the movie Total Recall or even the lovable robot Rosie from the Jetsons will all be part of the discussion. We will discuss areas such as the Space Elevator, Faster Travel, Reliable Communications, Medical Advances, Robotics, Autonomous cars, Comfort or laziness, Safety, Weaponry & Energy. Near term & longer term possibilities will be explored and expectations will be reviewed.

3:30 – 4:15PM WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A WRITER W/ K.M. TOLAN (ROOM 10AB)
A panel on how to know if you are ready to enter the professional writing arena, and the avenues open to you. Presented by K.M. Tolan, a published SF/F author with Champagne Books, the discussion will be a Q&A format dealing with all aspects of fiction writing and how to break in to today's market.

4:00 – 4:45PM INSIDE ANIMATION --- A LOOK AT THREE SHORTS BY AWARD WINNING ARTIST KONSTANTIN KOMARDIN (ROOM 8)
Moderated by Nicholas Vanover

4:30 – 5:15PM THE FAM TOUR – PAID EVENT (ROOM 9)

4:30 – 5:15PM CON RADIO LIVE - JOIN US FOR THE "CON SMASH” PODCAST (ROOM 10AB)
Con Radio is a brand new podcast service that covers all things pop culture - from movie & TV news to comic reviews, action figures to pro wrestling, the scary to the geeky! Join us for the latest recording of Con Radio's premiere program "Con SMASH," featuring special guests to be announced, prize giveaways and more, hosted by Mo Lightning (Voice of Wizard World, WrestlingAudio.com) and Aaron Sagers (Editor At Large of Blastr.) Learn more by following us @radioforgeeks and @consmash.

5:00 – 5:45PM VENDOR/ARTIST ALLEY: BEGINNER 101 (ROOM 6)
Do you or a friend/family member have a creative talent in art, crafting, or product to sell? Have you or this friend/family member considered running a booth at a comic convention, but don't know where or too afraid to start? If the answer to either question is yes then this is a panel you don't want to miss! Hosted by Ali Morgainne the owner of Hoshikko Ink, this panel will give you the tools you need to start a booth. This session covers topics such as, how to grow your talent, how to set up an effective table, how to present yourself to customers, what to sell (and what not to), creative advice from other artist/vendors, Q&A session and lots more! So come join us today for a welcoming and informative panel you won't regret!

5:00 – 5:45PM HOW NOT TO HAVE YOUR PROFESSIONAL FANBOY HEART BROKEN: WORK IN THE INDUSTRIES YOU LOVE WITH THE CHILDHOOD PROPERTIES YOU ADORE—AND NOT HATE EVERYONE! With CREIGHTON, GRAEBER, AND CURRY (ROOM 8)
Is it possible to work in an industry you love with the childhood properties you adore—and still be a fan? Panelists talk about successfully turning comic books and other pop-culture icons into video games, movies, animated shorts, toys, and more. We’ll also explore positive partner interactions -- while still talking about the real-world challenges of brand and legal approvals. Panelists include: Adam Creighton (GM of Panic Button; Disney Infinity, Disney Infinity Marvel Super Heroes), Brad Graeber (CEO Powerhouse Animation, DC Universe Online), and Patrick Curry (Director, Unity Austin; the Marvel Gaming Universe).

5:30 – 6:10PM THROUGH THE STARGATE WITH CHRISTOPHER JUDGE (ROOM 9)
You have seen Christopher Judge in Stargate SG-1; The Dark Knight Rises; Stargate: Continuum; Stargate: The Ark of Truth, and have heard his voice as Magneto in X-Men: Evolution. Join him in his very own Wizard World panel where he shares stories from his career and will take questions from you!

5:30 – 6:15PM THE CAT: A SUBPAR GUIDE TO SUPERHEROING (ROOM 10AB)
Join the creators of The Cat webseries to discuss their show and their experience making an independant web show. They will show a couple of episodes and have a Q&A afterwards.

6:00 - 7:30PM MARVEL PORTFOLIO REVIEW (ROOM 3)
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 5:00-7:00PM on Thursday and 4:00-6:00PM on Friday at the Wizard World Information Booth #727
• Portfolios MUST contain your contact information. This includes your full name, cell phone number, and e-mail address.
• Portfolio reviews will happen Friday from 6:00-7:30PM and Saturday from 1:00-2:30PM in ROOM 3. 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 3PM ON FRIDAY AND 11 AM ON SATURDAY AT THE WIZARD WORLD INFORMATION BOOTH #727

6:00 – 6:45PM MODERN STORYTELLING: EVOLVING MEDIUMS AND CLASSICAL THEMES (ROOM 8)
This panel will discuss the philosophy and the development of the historical epic, from Homer to Plato to Virgil to Dante to Milton to C.S Lewis and Tolkien. How the evolution of the story-telling medium in graphic novels and film opens new horizons for classic themes to emerge in new forms from 300 to The Matrix.

6:00 – 6:45PM QUIDDITCH 101 (ROOM 6)
How can I start a team? Do you really fly? How does the snitch work? Find out everything you need to know by talking to professional players all across Texas! Come to the Quidditch 101 session to ask your questions and learn more about Quidditch!

6:30 – 7:00PM ONE-ON-ONE WITH CHAD ROOK (ROOM 9)
In October of 2014, Chad Rook will join the world of DC Comics as the new villain on the “Arrow” spin-off show, “THE FLASH.” Chad can also be seen in such features as “The Wingman,” “Brotherhood,” “Killer Bash,” “Replay,” “Texas Road” and “Pestilence.” His TV appearances span across numerous series such as “John Doe,” “The Selection,” “Sanctuary,” “Supernatural,” “Shattered,” “Alcatraz” and “Cult.” Join Chad for his very first Wizard World panel and bring your questions for the audience Q&A!

6:30 – 7:15PM WORLD BUILDING: THE STEPS TO CREATING A SETTING (ROOM 10AB)
Setting, setting, setting! It’s all about setting! Whether you’re creating a comic, writing a book, or making an RPG, you’ve got to have an exciting setting. Join Cracked Monocle, esteemed world-builders of Tephra: the Steampunk RPG, as we discuss how to make an exciting world. We’ll talk about how to avoid the traps that so many settings fall into, how to make your setting feel true, and ways to make people feel like they’re really a part of the setting. Hosted by Daniel Burrow & Alex Whisenhunt.

7:00 – 7:45PM MARTIAL ARTS AND THE ART OF THE FIGHT SCENE (ROOM 8)
There is nothing lowbrow about kick-ass action scenes! At least not according to Steve Bein, an award-winning novelist and a multiple black belt with over twenty years of experience in martial arts. Join Steve in an interactive discussion about what makes for great fights and gripping action sequences in fiction.

7:00 – 7:45PM DECADE OF THE DEAD: A ZOMBIE-VERSARY WITH AARON SAGERS (ROOM 6)
Ten years ago, the dead came back to life in a big way, and the zombie genre has been shambling along ever since. From 28 Days Later, Shaun Of The Dead, The Zombie Survival Guide, The Walking Dead comic, Dawn of the Dead remake and more, 2003/04 was a period that kickstarted the current wave of undead heads. Join zombie guru Aaron Sagers, Editor At Large of Blastr.com and zombie fiend, and other experts as he discusses the important Zombie-versary, and why the era was so important. Zombies encouraged to attend!

7:15 – 8:00PM INSIDE THE MIND OF MANU BENNET (ROOM 9)
Wizard World is pleased to be joined by rising star, Manu Bennett! Having portrayed Crixus in the STARZ Original Series Spartacus: Vengeance, Manu has taken his rugged good looks and acting chops to the big screen in Peter Jackson’s thrilling epics, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. On the small screen, you can catch Manu as the mysterious Slade Wilson (Deathstroke) on the hit CW series Arrow. Manu will answer fan questions in a special Wizard World Austin Q&A!

9:30PM – 11:30PM CREATOR PRO AM: DRINK & DRAW
Come join host Rob Prior for the 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. Located at Chicago House, 9:30pm-11:30pm, 607 Trinity Street, Austin, TX 78701.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4

10:30 - 11:15AM THE FAM TOUR – PAID EVENT (BALLROOM A)

11:00 – 11:45AM JASON DAVID FRANK MEET & GREET – PAID EVENT (ROOM 3)

11:00 – 11:45AM COMICS PODCASTING AND BLOGGING (ROOM 6)
This panel will focus on podcasting and blogging as it relates to comics and comics culture. Panel participants will come from different perspectives of comics reading – mainstream, alternative, indie – and have varying experiences in covering comics reviewing, comics analysis, and comics/pop culture news. This will be an informative panel, providing a how-to introduction to those interested in podcasting and blogging about comics culture. Panelists will strongly encourage audience questions and participation, since much of the purpose of the panel is to inform and encourage audience members interested in social media as a platform to sharing ideas about comics and pop culture.

11:30 – 12:15PM BREAKING THE STEREOTYPES: FEMALES IN COMICS (ROOM 10AB)
Comics aren’t just a guy’s world anymore. More and more females are coming out as comic fans and showing their geek pride! Even with all the strides we have made we continue to take steps back. Join the hosts of Jackalopes of Fire TV, Cilla and Chuck Hagle as they break down the stereotypes and discuss the misconceptions, progress, and future of females in the comic fandom and comic books.

12:00 - 12:45PM STORYTELLING WITH MICHAEL GOLDEN (ROOM 6)
Join groundbreaking storyteller Michael Golden – known for his work on Dr. Strange, The ‘Nam, G. I. Joe and Batman – as he shares his fundamental rules for how to craft your story and take it to the professional level.

12:30 – 1:15PM INSIDE STARLING CITY W/ KATIE CASSIDY (ROOM 9)
Starling City can feel a little bit safer with Katie Cassidy (Laurel Lance) around to help protect its citizens. Join the star of the hit CW show, Arrow, as she discuss her part on the hit show, share a detail or two about the upcoming season, her exciting roles outside of Arrow & much more!

12:30 – 1:15PM INDIE FILM MAKING (ROOM 10AB)
Independent Film Maker Mike Mayhall (Jake's Road) and lead Actress/Producer Leticia Jimenez (Straight A's, Jake's Road) discuss the pitfalls, surprises and work that goes into producing a low budget film. From conception to distribution and what it took to get their film “Jake's Road” on the shelves and in the stores.

1:00 – 1:45PM CHARMED REUNION W/ SHANNEN DOHERTY, HOLLY MARIE COMBS, AND BRIAN KRAUSE (BALLROOM A)
A supernatural one-hour drama from Spelling Television, the beloved “Charmed” chronicled the conflicts and the love among three vastly different sisters and their need to come together to fulfill an ancient witchcraft prophecy. Wizard World brings together three of its stars Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs and Brian Krause for a special reunion! Hear what paths their careers have taken since “Charmed” and have your questions answered during the audience Q&A! This is a truly unique panel you don’t want to miss!

1:00 - 2:30PM MARVEL PORTFOLIO REVIEW (ROOM 3)
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 5:00-7:00PM on Thursday and 4:00-6:00PM on Friday at the Wizard World Information Booth #727
• Portfolios MUST contain your contact information. This includes your full name, cell phone number, and e-mail address.
• Portfolio reviews will happen Friday from 6:00-7:30PM and Saturday from 1:00-2:30PM in ROOM 3. 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 3PM ON FRIDAY AND 11 AM ON SATURDAY AT THE WIZARD WORLD INFORMATION BOOTH #727

1:00 – 1:45PM HOW DO I GET INTO THE GAME INDUSTRY? W/ KINGSISLE ENTERTAINMENT (ROOM 6)
A discussion about getting into the game industry. Texas has a lot of great video game companies and many of them are hiring. They want to hire the right people with the right skills. Find out what skills you should have to excel in art production, game design, programming, or even sound! Whether you want to design your own game or work for a large game company, this panel will have something for you.

1:30 – 2:15PM ONE-ON-ONE WITH MARVEL’S DEATHLOK – J. AUGUST RICHARDS (ROOM 9)
Do you know what S.H.I.E.L.D. stands for? You can bet this (former) agent does! Join one of the stars of ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., J. August Richards, as he talks Mike Peterson’s growth into Deathlok, his future in the Marvel Universe and what it was like portraying Charles Gunn in the fan-favorite television show Angel.

1:30 – 2:15PM U CRE-8 COMICS PRESENTS: CHARACTER CRAFTER (ROOM 10AB)
Are you the next GREAT comic creator?! Join self-publisher, Victor Dandridge and take The Raconteur's challenge! Design your own character from start to finish, establishing powers, costume ideas, origin story and more with U Cre-8 Comics -- the PERFECT jumpstart to YOUR comic universe!

2:00 – 2:30PM ONE-ON-ONE WITH SUMMER GLAU (BALLROOM A)

2:00 – 2:45PM BRINGING BALANCE TO THE FANDOMS (ROOM 6)
Even though geekdom includes people of all genders, shapes, and sizes, we don't normally see that reflected in our media. Sit down and talk with the team behind "Weird Girls" about their experience breaking down stereotypes. Moderated by Lori Kendall of ComicsOnline.com.

2:30 – 3:15PM ONE-ON-ONE WITH THE GREEN POWER RANGER: JASON DAVID FRANK (ROOM 9)
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.

2:30 – 3:15PM THE ART OF SATURDAY MORNING CARTOON PRODUCTION WITH ANIMATOR/DIRECTOR TOM COOK (ROOM 10AB)
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 Austin! 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!

3:00 – 3:45PM OUT OF THE SHIRE WITH SEAN ASTIN (BALLROOM A)
Back in 2001, moviegoers became familiar with names such as Frodo, Sauron, Gollum, Mordor and many others thanks to the release of Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Join one of the movies’ stars, Sean Astin, as he discusses his time as Samwise Gamgee as well as the rest of his impressive list of credits that include The Goonies, Rudy and the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon.

3:00 – 3:45PM SOCIAL MEDIA AND CONTRACTS FOR SELF PUBLISHERS (ROOM 6)
Comic book distribution has never been easier thanks to the digital revolution. From webcomics to Comixology Submit, the cost to get your project into readers’ hands has never been lower. But building a team for your project and finding an audience once your done does carry some legal risk. Ryan Garcia, a social media attorney, law professor, and comic book writer, provides practical tips on creating contracts for your creative team and using social media to promote your project.

3:30 – 4:15PM REBECCA MADER: ONE WICKED WOMAN (ROOM 9)
From comedy to drama to fantasy, Rebecca Mader can do it all! You’ve seen her in The Devil Wears Prada, The Men Who Stare at Goats, Ceremony, The Big Bang, Iron Man 3, and most recently in Once Upon a Time as the as delightfully evil and compelling Wicked Witch of the West. She joins us for her very first Wizard World panel where she’ll share stories from her career and turn to YOU for questions!

3:30 – 4:15PM DIVERSITY IN GEEK CULTURE (ROOM 10AB)
Shane Brown, founder of the Gay Austin Geeks, and panelists will be talking about diversity in various areas of geek culture. Industry professionals will be giving their perspective on what Diversity in Geek Culture means to them. All panelists are members of the LGBT geek community in Austin, Texas and knowledgeable in various industries that pertain to geek culture.

4:00 – 4:30PM MICHAEL ROOKER VS. THE AUDIENCE (BALLROOM A)
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!

4:00 – 4:45PM BREAKING INTO THE VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY W/ESCAPE HATCH (ROOM 6)
While breaking into the video games industry doesn’t require secret knowledge, it isn’t easy either. Join video game industry veteran Garry Gaber and producer Melissa Gaber, both of Escape Hatch Entertainment, as they participate in a 45 minute Q&A session about “How to Break into Video Games”. Don’t miss this opportunity to pick the brain of industry veteran Garry Gaber, formerly of LucasArts Entertainment, who has been running his own studio since 2004 as well as acting as director of the Game Development Institute at Austin Community College.

Garry Gaber is a veteran American game designer, writer, studio head and educator. He is the project leader of Starlight Inception, a space combat game on Steam, Sony PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. Gaber began his career at LucasArts Entertainment Company, creating art for "Jedi Knight" "Shadows of the Empire" and "Rebel Assault II" before becoming a project leader on the highly successful games "Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds" and "Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds Clone Campaigns", a franchise that has sold over 1,000,000 units worldwide. After moving to Austin, TX, Gaber founded Escape Hatch Entertainment, where he designed and created several serious game titles geared toward game-based education before launching a successful Kickstarter for StarlightInception. Gaber also acts as Director of the Game Development Institute at Austin Community College, where he helps to train and mentor tomorrow’s industry gaming professionals. To learn more, visit eschatch.com.

Melissa Gaber is an expert business manager and administrator while also a graduate student. She is the producer of Starlight Inception, a space combat game on Steam, Sony PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. Melissa Gaber began her career working for her father’s group health and life insurance company so many years ago. It was here that she learned the values of hard work and always putting the client first. In October of 2004, she joined the executive management team of Escape Hatch Entertainment, where she acts as Vice President and Producer. Melissa received an Associate of Science degree as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with Departmental Honors. Currently Melissa attends St. Edward’s University where she majors in Counseling. She anticipates graduating with a Master of Arts in Counseling in May 2015. To learn more, visit eschatch.com.

4:30 – 5:15PM MARVEL VS DC: THE BATTLE FOR SUPER CINEMA & TV (ROOM 9)
Whether your loyalties lie with the Justice League or the Avengers, the stage is set for a live-action face-off between two comic giants on the big and small screen. As Marvel expands its connected universe on TV, Netflix and movies, DC has joined the action with a slate of shows and a whole lot of movies in the works. What does the battle mean for fans, and who will win? Join nerdy journalist Aaron Sagers, Editor At Large of Blastr.com, and other experts as we discuss this super showdown. Bring your loyalties and get ready for a great debate!

4:30 – 5:15PM HOW TO START YOUR OWN PODCAST AND KICK ASS AT IT (ROOM 10AB)
Sit down with a group of local podcasters and learn the complete technical and creative process of starting your own podcast. How to find your own style to stand out amongst all the others and make it last. Whether you want to start a podcast or have no idea what a podcast is, this is sure to be the panel to see! Hosted by David Martinez (Loitering And...), Damon Miller (The Pop Pod), William Howser (Zombie Life Podcast), Angel Mascareno (The Pop Pod) and Michael Holland (Loitering And...)

4:45 – 5:30PM HOWL AT THE MOON WITH TYLER POSEY (BALLROOM A)
Tyler Posey stars on the award-winning MTV show “Teen Wolf,” which just premiered the second half of Season 3 on January 6th, 2014. Last year, the show 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 Austin for his very first Wizard World panel appearance!

5:00 – 5:45PM WIZARD 101 / PIRATE 101 DISCUSSION PANEL W/ KINGSISLE ENTERTAINMENT (ROOM 6)
KingsIsle Entertainment develops and publishes high-quality online family games that appeal to a wide audience. We have released two titles: Wizard101 and Pirate101. Both are multiplayer online adventure games that are fun for all ages and playable on a personal computer. Developers from both titles will be at the panel discussing everything you want to know about both games and the video game industry in general.

5:30 – 6:15PM WIZARD WORLD KID’S COSTUME CONTEST (ROOM 9)
Calling all kids ages 10 and under to come strut your stuff at the Wizard World Austin 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!

5:30 – 6:15PM FANFIC IN THE MAINSTREAM (ROOM 10AB)
Fanfiction is not just a 12 year old girl writing a Mary Sue anymore. From “50 Shades of Gray” to “Outlander” to “Doctor Who” we see more and more examples of Fanfiction in the main stream. Hosts of Jackalopes of Fire TV, Cilla and Chuck Hagle discuss how fanfiction has grown and continues to grow past the stigma of a pre-teen fangirl into a respectable craft.

5:45 – 6:30PM BRUCE CAMPBELL VERSUS THE AUDIENCE (BALLROOM A)
Best known for his roles on the big screen in cult classics Army of Darkness and Evil Dead, as well as his role as Same Axe in the hit TV series Burn Notice, Bruce Campbell has proven to be a force to be reckoned with as an actor, director and author. Don’t miss your chance to ask him your most interesting questions as he makes an appearance at Wizard World Austin Comic Con.

6:00 – 7:30PM WHY TEACH BATMAN IN COLLEGE?! COMICS AND ACADEMIA WITH COMICS SCHOLARS ROYAL, AYRES, CANNON, FRIEDENTHAL, McCLANCY & DELWICHE (ROOM 6)
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. 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 (and to answer the question “Why teach BATMAN in college?”) is a cross-section of comics scholars and teachers, including: Jackson Ayres (Texas A&M University), Sam Cannon (University of Texas at Austin), Andrew Friedenthal (St. Edward’s University), Kathleen McClancy (Texas State University), and Aaron Delwiche (Trinity University). The panel is moderated by Derek Parker Royal (The Comics Alternative).

6:30 – 7:15PM ONE-ON-ONE WITH SMALLVILLE’S ALISON MACK (ROOM 9)

6:30 – 7:15PM ARE YOU PREPARED FOR A ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE? (ROOM 10AB)
Stay safe, by staying prepared with practical prepping for real world disasters and emergencies based upon being prepared for the absolute worst case scenario; the zombie apocalypse! Hosted by the Zombie Response Team Morgan Garcia, Joshua Garcia, and Noel Burns!

7:00 - 9:00PM WIZARD WORLD COSTUME CONTEST (BALLROOM A)
Hosted by our very own superheroes Mo Lightning & Billy Patterson, the Wizard World Austin 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! With special guest judges including the Green Power Ranger, Jason David Frank! Anyone interested in participating can sign-up at the Information booth on Saturday! We’ll see you there!

9:00 – CLOSE WIZARD WORLD AFTER PARTY
Do you like to dance? Do you like music? Just because the show floor is closed doesn’t mean the party skips a beat. Freshen up, change your digs and head on over to the Official Wizard World Austin Comic Con After Party at Chicago House, 9:30pm-11:30pm, 607 Trinity Street, Austin, TX 78701.
Join tens of thousands of fellow fans as they converge on the Austin Convention Center to celebrate the best in pop culture. Austin Comic Con brings it all - Movies, Comics, Toys, Video Gaming, Games, TV, Graphic Novels, Horror, Wrestling, MMA, Original Art, Collectibles, Anime, Manga & More! This is Austin’s best new Comic Con! Austin Comic Con is brought to you by the group who produces the most widely attended Comic Con tour!

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