Armor Academy: Chainmail!
Want to learn how to make chainmail? Well good news! It's not that hard! Well, kind of hard, but not too bad. In this panel, we will teach the traditional European four-in-one weave, used for armor from the Roman Empire through middle ages, and send you home with a small piece forged by your own hands! There will be a ten dollar materials fee to participate in this panel, but any may observe. Sign up at the Thundersteel Armoury table in Artist Alley to reserve your spot!
Armor Academy: Scale mail!
Since the dawn of time, scale armor has been the coolest of all the armors. And now you too can learn how to make it! In this panel, we will teach the basic art of scale mail weaving, and send you home with a small piece of scale armor forged by your own hands! There will be a fifteen dollar materials fee to participate in this panel, but any may observe for free! Sign up at the Thundersteel Armoury table in artist alley to reserve your spot!
Armory Academy: Japanese Chainmail!
It's true! Not only did the Japanese make chainmail, but they made it differently from everyone else in the world! In this panel, we will teach the basics of traditional Japanese-style chainmail weaving, and send you home with a small piece forged by your own hands! There will be a ten dollar materials fee to participate in this panel, but any may observe for free! Sign up at the Thundersteel Armoury table in artist alley to reserve your spot!
My Battleship Can't Be This Cute: A Kantai Colle Panel
Come everyone and learn about the Japanese browser biased game of Kantai Colle. Learn how you can play and sign up, what you need to know and much more.
WTH!?! is Moe
An informal discussion on what moe is, how it has affected anime and Japanese culture, and why it is not ruining your favorite show.
'You Are the Weakest Link' with Lady Deadpool
A game of the popular British show: 'You Are the Weakest Link' with your host; Lady Deadpool. Audience volunteers will play quick rounds where they can win various levels of prizes; from stickers to other small toys of the nerdy/otaku variety. The contestants will work together during a round to build up prizes by answering steadily harder questions about anime, manga, nerdy terminology, and popular Japanese video games. At the end of each round the contestants will vote of who they think is the 'weakest link'!
Gotham Night Watch - A Tribute to Batman: The Animated Series
Gotham Night Watch is an outreach of my book series of the same name. Recently I wrote and published a book called The Man Who Watched Batman Vol 1. This panel will talk about not only my book, but about the incredible influence that BTAS has had on both nerd culture, and the history of animation. This series has been influential not only to american animation but to anime as well.
In Defense of Saturday Morning Anime
Every kid remembers waking up Saturday morning, grabbing a bowl of cereal, and watching their favorite cartoon, but kids in the 90's were the first generation to witness a new and world-changing phenomenon: Saturday Morning Anime. Children's anime are more responsible for the American anime boom than most people realize. Some lived forever, some fell into obscurity This panel lets us explore these shows big and small. From A to Dragon ball Z.
Yukirin & Rira Live!
Do you enjoy J-pop, anime theme songs, and vocaloid? Then come see Michigan natives Yukirin and Rira perform! Both girls have been singing and dancing for years and want to share their love for performing with all of you! Hope to see you there!!
Basic 3D rendering for Reference ~ Hosted by Arvin Candelaria
This panel will discuss the process behind creating a basic 3D digital model.These models can be used as a reference for drawing manga.
Developing Concept Art ~ Hosted by Cosmic Embers Production Studio
Starting from a random idea and working to a finished product can be hard! Especially when working with other people's visions. Learn how an industry professional gets from a pencil and napkin picture to a poster masterpiece.
Film Special Effects with Free and open source software ~ Hosted Cosmic Embers Production Studio
The ability to create stunning 3D special effects for films has typically been restricted to those who can afford extremely expensive, high end, special effects software. Today quaility special effects can be achieved entirely with free open source software. Simulating explosions, physical destruction seen in both large and small budget Hollywood movies and bringing to life anything a skilled artist can imagine. Come explore the entirely free software that makes it possible for us at Cosmic Embers Production Studio!
Cosmic Embers, behind the scenes of the ultra low budget sci-fi mini series
Come explore how this ultra low budget, Sci-Fi film is being made without compromise. Your hosts, the very creators themselves.
Inside 3D Animation - Open Panel ~ Hosted by Jen Gustafson
An informal, open discussion on what it's like to work in the industry, with Q&A of the audience's choosing. I will also touch base on schooling requirements, demo reel tips that recruiters are looking for, cover letter tips, networking ideas, and what it is like to work in an animation pipeline.
Attack on Titan | Salute to Kaizoku
Need some Attack on Titan in your life? Here the panel for you! Learn what we did to make our cosplay and props. It's "ask your character anything" and we will answer as the character. Ask us, the cosplayers, on what we did to become your favorite character. Brief info on the anime and breakdown of building/buying elements of cosplay.
Q & A with Sweets4aSweet Cosplay
Join Sweets4aSweet Cosplay in an interactive Q & A about all things cosplay! Pick her brain with cosplay-related questions about wigs, makeup, prop building and costume design. Learn tricks of the trade and helpful suggestions! Do you have a question for Sweets? Ask away!
Confidence in Cosplay ~ Hosted by Sweets4aSweet Cosplay
Join Sweets4aSweet Cosplay in a discussion about conquering body image issues and gaining confidence in cosplay. Everyone can cosplay, regardless of weight, height, race, gender or even financial status! Learn ways to boost your self-confidence, and deal with bullying and adversity in cosplay! Q & A session with Sweets4aSweet to follow.
FMA: Through the eyes of Maes Hughes: ~ Hosted by Sonny Strait
Its never easy being backup to an unstable individual. Especially when he plays with fire. Oh! have you seen the latest pics of my daughter! Isn't she adorable?! I will show you those later. I have a story tell. It deals with the factual truth of what really happens in Central Command.
Web Comics with THE Sonny Strait
You WILL believe that a voice actor CAN draw! Sonny Strait is here to tell you how its done and how to have fun doing it.
Meet Sonny Strait
Meet the voice behind Krillin, Usopp, Maes Hughes, and Tom the Robot from Adult Swim!
Digital Manga Production Process - Hosted by Arvin Candelaria
This panel will discuss the process behind creating digital manga. It will cover page layout, sketching, and digital inking. It will also discuss the preparation of files for independent publishing through sites like Ka-Blam! and Comixpress.