PANELS

 

  Saturday Panels June 1, 2024  
11:00a Bruce Wechtenhiser Spidey and Me: Over 50 years of connecting and collecting The “Spidey & Me: over 50 years of connecting and collecting” presentation showcases one man’s obsession, connection, & immersion into all things “Spidey” these past 55 years! Bruce Wechtenhiser’s collection & “stories” have been featured in various media, captivating people with his passion & insight. Experience his emotional connection to the character (the hallmark of his collection) through stories (including Lee, Ditko, Romita interactions), photos, & rare items he brings for YOU to see! Get caught in the web of his love for Spidey!
12:00p Comicsburgh From Script to Store This will continue the series of discussion on comic creation, then working with distribution and stores.
1:00p Josh Blaylock/Tom Scioli Keeping Nestaliga alive Josh and Tom talk about keeping GI Joe and Transformers alive in comics.
2:00p Mark Morales and Wayne Faucher I’m not a tracer! Talk inking comics with some of the best in the business.
3:00p Frank Bennett It’s All Paranormal to me In this 55 minute, DVD-backed panel presentation, Paranormal Author and Teacher, Frank J Bennett speaks about his own experiences with strange and bizarre paranormal beings and creature, compares them to experiences reported by others, this to show similarities and the characteristics they share in common. Q&A, audience participation and opportunities to win prizes.
4:00p Greg Wilson RPG Live. A guide to being a better DM Actually, We’re Playing–Speculative fiction author, TwitchTV host, and online/offline DM Gregory A. Wilson has been GMing for over thirty-five years, now with multiple sponsored TTRPG campaigns streamed on his channel and live D&D events in front of large audiences at conventions, conferences, and historic theaters. In this panel/talk, he draws on his extensive experience as a professional writer, public speaker, and channel host to discuss the finer points of running Actual Play TTRPG shows online in both live and recorded formats, and what benefits and pitfalls one needs to consider in putting such shows together, whether they have a regular audience of a couple of people or a massive crowd like Critical Role.
5:00p Nathan Jefffers “NjjStudio” Creating Comics 101 Nathan Jeffers creator of the bestselling graphic novel series D.S.R. Deep Space Rescue, covers everything you need to know about creating your very own comic! From story, to artwork, to coloring, and lettering! Learn the process from start to finish! It’s “Creating Comics 101”!

 

  Sunday June 2, 2024  
11a Don Simpson Megaton Man’s 40th Anniversary—1984 to 2024! Over a four-decade-long career, Pittsburgh-based cartoonist-creator Don Simpson has drawn everything from King Kong to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—but he’s still best known for his satirical superhero Megaton Man. Celebrating forty years since the debut of Megaton Man #1 in December 1984, the Man of Molecules went on to team up with the Savage Dragon, normalman, the Flaming Carrot, and even The Tick—a character inspired in part by Megaton Man. Don will look back on the one-shot that turned into a series, mini-series, and an ever-expanding universe of Bizarre Heroes, and now, the Multimensions of alternate realities! Don will also preview The Complete Megaton Man Universe Volume I, a 600-page omnibus collecting the 1980s comics in a lavish hardbound format, coming this year from Fantagraphics Underground!
12p Bruce Wechtenhiser EVEN MORE Spidey and Me: Over 50 years of connecting and collecting The “EVEN MORE Spidey & Me: over 50 years of connecting and collecting” presentation (the sequel to “Spidey & Me”) is a 2nd swing into one man’s obsession, connection, & immersion into all things “Spidey” these past 55 years! Due to time constraints for convention panel sessions, the stories featured in this sequel just couldn’t be included in the original presentation. Bruce Wechtenhiser’s collection & “stories” have been featured in various media, captivating people with his passion & insight. Experience his emotional connection to the character through stories, photos, & rare items he brings for YOU to see! Get caught in the web of his love for Spidey!
1p Uniquely Panda and Manda Leota Creative Cosplay Creative Cosplay panel for con talking about how to make your costumes your own
2p Aaron Dowen Small Press Publishing / Indie Comics SPP- This panel discusses what it is like creating and publishing comic books, finding talent, working with teams, all the way through publishing and distribution. (Usually works best bringing in some additional tabling artists and writers)
3p Logan Russell & Megan O’Russell Self Publishing: Finding success off-platform Sci-fi author Logan Russell brings over five years of self publishing experience to this panel. Logan will give a broad overview of what goes into creating your first book and provides tips on how to stand out in a crowded marketplace. Perfect for beginners wanting to learn about the writing and publishing process.