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  • Friday, Nov. 22, 20195:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: ROOM 210

    the geek's guide to literary theory

    Once upon a time, some teacher may have tried to convince you of the right way to read a piece of literature. Lit theory is not about the "right" or "wrong" way to read a text. It's like a wibbly wobbly group of lenses through which we view writing in order to gain a greater understanding of the work. What's more, nerd and geek culture are already masters at several of these lenses. Join writer and educator M. Todd Gallowglas to find out what lenses you already use as well as other ways to examine literary texts, yours and others, in order to deepen your understanding of the craft of fiction. Plus, you'll sound hella smart at parties.

  • Friday, Nov. 22, 20195:30 PM - 6:15 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    once upon a toon

    Cartoonist and storyteller Joe Wos presentS his program featuring storytelling and live cartoon illustration. This all ages show features original stories and folktales with a twist. Joe draws the stories as he tells them! It's like watching a picture book be created before your very eyes. Join Joe on a pun-filled adventure for all ages!

  • Friday, Nov. 22, 20196:00 PM - 6:45 PM location: ROOM 208

    cosplay 101

    Want to begin cosplaying but don’t know how to get started? Join Wizard World Cosplay Guests SparkleStache, Camislyce, McThor and Captain Kaycee in a discussion that will provide you with a guideline on crafting supplies, wigs, contacts, makeup, etc! Bring your questions for this Q&A and get some answers!

  • Friday, Nov. 22, 20197:00 PM - 7:45 PM location: ROOM 210

    peanuts family album

    Everyone knows Charlie Brown and Snoopy, but did you know that Charles M. Schulz created more than 70 original characters for the Peanuts comic strip? Some became world-famous icons, but many . . . did not. Lex Fajardo (Kid Beowulf), Shaenon K. Garrity (Skin Horse), Joe Wos (MazeToons), and moderator Andrew Farago(Cartoon Art Museum) look back at some of their favorite forgotten Peanuts characters, from Charlotte Braun and Shermy to Tapioca Pudding and Truffles!

  • Friday, Nov. 22, 20197:00 PM - 7:45 PM location: ROOM 208

    the collector's corner

    Collectors unite! Whether it's exclusives, high-end items, or niche goodies, collectors travel the world to find the missing items for their sets. This panel of professional collectors share their tips for how to stay sane in long lines, snipe the best deals online, and network with others in your field. Find out how to expand, maintain, display, and even profit from your collection!

  • Friday, Nov. 22, 20197:30 PM - 8:15 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    foam 101

    Come learn foam basics to help you on your next costume adventure. Complete with a demo of building foam armor from scratch.

  • Friday, Nov. 22, 20198:00 PM - 8:45 PM location: ROOM 210

    evil animated

    "Mirror, mirror on the wall who's the baddest of them all?" Find out as cartoon historian Joe Wos list the top ten meanest of the mean animated movie villains to ever terrorize the silver screen. From devilish Disney denizens to more surprising forgotten fiends, we will discuss the finer points of what makes a truly great cartoon villain.

  • Friday, Nov. 22, 20198:00 PM - 8:45 PM location: ROOM 208

    nerdprov!

    Laugh your Asgard off with improvisers from San Jose’s own ComedySportz San Jose, as they make up scenes on the spot, Whose Line Is It Anyway style, all while using your nerdiest suggestions and featuring cosplay volunteers from the audience. With your ComedySportz New York host, Mike Gregorek.

  • Saturday, Nov. 23, 201911:00 AM - 11:45 AM location: ROOM 210

    marvel fan challenge

    Nothing has done more to bring our fandom to mainstream than the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, not all MCU films are created equal. From the first Iron Man to Captain Marvel, join professional nerds as they debate the last decade of Marvel films until there is an ultimate winner. Audience members will also be invited to join in on the panel discussion! This is a must for any superhero fans! Moderated by Tony Kim and the Hero Within Team.

  • Saturday, Nov. 23, 201911:30 AM - 12:15 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    so you want to create a board game

    In an era of technology, board games maintain dominance as the primary way for friends and families to spend time together. Whether it's an old-time classic, a trading card game, or the latest top-rated title from Europe, board games have become a way for designers to blend story, strategy, and imagination. A panel of board game creators and aficionados come together to share their tips for how to design, market, and publish your very own board game.

  • Saturday, Nov. 23, 201911:30 AM - 1:15 PM location: ROOM 208

    geekfest short film screenings: best shorts & web series

    Don't miss the Final Screening of the Best shorts and web series screened during the GeekFest 2019 Tour-

    Paleonaut (Eric McEver, 16 mins) A scientist studying the first human time traveller falls in love with her subject. But if her research succeeds they will become separated by eons of history. She must find a way to connect with him across the ages or lose him forever. Starring Tomoko Hayakawa, Yasushi Takada, Eric Boardman, Balaji Manohar. RATED PG

    Narcoleap (Kate Green, 9 mins) When college student Kelsey Atkins unexpectedly begins to leap into the bodies of other people during her bouts of narcolepsy, she becomes a target in the deadly world of military espionage. Starring Chelsey Reist, Madison Smith, Austin Eckert, Aleks Paunovic, Nicole Oliver. RATED PG

    Hot N Nerdy (Robert Vornkahl, 15 mins) A nostalgic sitcom pilot about two socially awkward comic nerds whose lives are completely changed when they’re befriended by the first girl they’ve ever seen at a comic book convention. Set in the year 2000, this is a heartfelt and humorous look back at a time before cons went mainstream. Starring Galya Loeb, Justin Chesney, Keland Alaka’i Sarno, Chandler Lovelle, Jonathan Hyppolite, Bella McGrath, Paolo Kossi. RATED PG-13

    CC (Kailey Spear, Sam Spear, 14 mins) AIDCC28002025, known as CC, is an AID (Artificially Intelligent Device). She has been leased by Cloverhill Nanny Agency to Lena Howard to take care of her daughter, Adelaide. When a violent incident occurs between CC and Lena, an investigative team must determine what happened. Starring Jewel Staite, Sharon Taylor, Audrey Wise Alvarez RATED PG-13

    Little Man of Steel (Larry Ziegelman, 10 mins) Lois and Clark go on their next great adventure – condom-shopping. Starring Kimberly Leemans, Kyle Bares RATED PG-13

    Live (Director, Taryn O’Neill, 13 mins) An online ‘livecaster’ with a dangerous brand has a crisis of conscience over her volatile career choice in a future world where jobs are limited and conflict is currency. Starring Taryn O’Neill, Tyler Wiseman RATED PG-13

  • Saturday, Nov. 23, 201912:00 PM - 12:45 PM location: ROOM 210

    animation celebration: top 10 animated tv characters

    Cartoon historian and former executive director/founder of the ToonSeum, Joe Wos gives a sneak peek at the top ten animated television characters from his upcoming book "Animation Celebration: The 100 greatest characters in television animation." Did you favorite make the top ten? Attend this presentation to find out! The list is sure to trigger a lively debate!

  • Saturday, Nov. 23, 201912:00 PM - 12:45 PM location: JUNIOR BALLROOM

    how to write comics with ron marz

    Acclaimed comics writer Ron Marz takes you behind the curtain for a peek at the process of putting together a comic script. Invaluable insight from the man who has written everything from the legendary Marvel vs. DC crossover to Star Wars!

  • Saturday, Nov. 23, 201912:30 PM - 1:15 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    artist demo with lex fajardo

    Meet cartoonist Lex Fajardo and discover how he writes, draws, and creates his action-adventure graphic novel series Kid Beowulf during this live demo and presentation.

  • Saturday, Nov. 23, 20191:30 PM - 2:15 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    makeup 101

    Join Wizard World Cosplay Guests to learn the basics of makeup and other SFX techniques to transform your cosplay!

  • Saturday, Nov. 23, 20192:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: ROOM 210

    diagnosing heroes and villains: mental illness fact & fiction

    Mental illness is often used as a motivation for heroism and villainy in books, movies, and TV shows. But how accurate are these portrayals? Is the Joker really psychotic? Does Two-Face really have a split personality? What underlies The Punisher's need for revenge? Dr. Billy and a panel of psychology experts examine your favorite characters, discuss their diagnoses, and shed light on the stigmas behind mental illnesses.

  • Saturday, Nov. 23, 20192:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    kids costume contest

    Hosted by Kato Kaelin and Wizard World Cosplay Guests!

  • Saturday, Nov. 23, 20192:30 PM - 3:15 PM location: ROOM 208

    comics in the classroom

    Cartoonists Joe Wos and Lex Fajardo discuss the changing face of comics in the classroom. Discover how the use of comics has been used by teachers, librarians, and creators to help engage reluctant readers and turn them into life-long readers.

  • Saturday, Nov. 23, 20192:30 PM - 3:15 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    how to ink comics with walden wong

    Walden Wong is a well-respected comic book artist/inker and has a wide range of experience in the industry. He has worked for practically every publisher including DC, Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, and VIZ media. Come join Walden Wong to see how he inks comic books.

  • Saturday, Nov. 23, 20193:00 PM - 3:45 PM location: ROOM 210

    batman: the definitive history of the dark knight

    Celebrate 80 years of The Dark Knight with author Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum) as he looks back at The Caped Crusader's history, from the pages of Detective Comics #27 to The Gotham Guardian's big screen adventures.

  • Saturday, Nov. 23, 20193:30 PM - 4:15 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    cosplay on a budget

    Want to start cosplaying but don’t want to lay out a lot of cash? Join Wizard World Cosplay Guests SparkleStache & Captain Kaycee for innovative tips on breaking into the field! They’ll discuss why cosplay is okay for any budget, where to look to find cheap cosplays, and ways to achieve the character’s look without an expensive cosplay.

  • Saturday, Nov. 23, 20194:00 PM - 4:45 PM location: ROOM 210

    cinema's best of the worst

    "Oh hai Wizard World." Join pop culture historian, Joe Wos, for a discussion on what makes for a truly "great" bad movies. Joe will share a few of his picks for movies you will love to hate and welcomes audience discussion for picks on the best of the worst! From the "Citizen Kane" of bad cinema- Plan 9 from Outer Space to more obscure awful fare, we will watch previews and clips that will leave you writhing in the aisles.

  • Saturday, Nov. 23, 20194:30 PM - 5:15 PM location: ROOM 208

    between the ropes: the life of a wrestler

    You know them as real-life superheroes who display magnificent feats of strength and agility. But behind the masks and attire are human beings who sacrifice their bodies, and even their relationships, to give audiences the show-of-a-lifetime. From long hours to balancing other careers, our panelists give you a rare insider's look into the wrestling business.

  • Saturday, Nov. 23, 20195:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: ROOM 210

    epic cosplay scenery in photos

    Join Wizard World Cosplay Guest Captain Kaycee for this panel discussing location scouting for cosplay photoshoots and how areas around Sacramento can be used for photos!

  • Saturday, Nov. 23, 20195:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    working in comics with walden wong

    Walden Wong is a well-respected comic book artist/inker and has a wide range of experience in the industry. He has worked for practically every publisher including DC, Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, and VIZ media. Come join Walden Wong as he discusses working in comics.

  • Saturday, Nov. 23, 20195:30 PM - 6:15 PM location: ROOM 208

    dungeons & dragons & improv

    Join comedians and tried-and-true geeks from San Jose’s own COMEDYSPORTZ SAN JOSE as they play a live D&D game. These Wizards of Sacramento will embark on an epic quest built entirely from audience suggestions. With New York based DM & host Mike Gregorek, video-projected dice, and YOU cheering along with every Critical Hit!

  • Saturday, Nov. 23, 20197:00 PM - 8:30 PM location: JUNIOR BALLROOM

    wizard world costume contest

    Hosted by our very own superheroes, the Wizard World Comic Con 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! Categories include Best in Show, Best Hero, Best Villain, Best Group and Best Anime (Prize Package Sponsored by RightStufAnime.com) Anyone interested in participating can sign-up at the COSPLAY CORNER inside the exhibition floor on Saturday. Registration closes at 5PM! We’ll see you there! (Recommended for ages 13+)

  • Sunday, Nov. 24, 201911:00 AM - 11:45 AM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    flaming piles of garbage: how to write your first draft

    Do you have a novel, short story, poem, or script idea, but can't seem to get through the first draft? There are so many hurdles, from finding the time to overcoming writers block, from doing research to being a perfectionist. A panel of accomplished writers share the tools they use to overcome those hurdles, and what to do after your first draft is complete. After all, the first draft isn't supposed to be perfect! It's supposed to be a flaming pile of garbage.

  • Sunday, Nov. 24, 201911:30 AM - 12:15 PM location: ROOM 210

    cosplay is not consent

    Join Wizard World Bay Area Cosplay Guests SparkleStache & Captain Kaycee for this discussion on proper etiquette when interacting with cosplayers and how you can help create a safe harassment free space for all the attendees!

  • Sunday, Nov. 24, 201911:30 AM - 12:15 PM location: ROOM 208

    geekfest screenings: best fan films (adults 18+)

    Don't miss the Final Screening of the Best fan films screened during the GeekFest 2019 Tour-

    Star Wars: The Toys Awaken (Raymond Montemayor, 7 mins) On the opening night of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a seven-year-old girl’s Star Wars toys come to life. They learn who they are and set off on an adventure to help their young companion as she heads out to watch The Force Awakens. Starring Edwin Frank Ortiz, Taylor Koster, Whitton Frank, Robert Nixon, David S. Dawson, Maliya Montemayor, Nora Montemayor, Raymond Montemayor, Cecilia Martin. Rated PG

    The Lightsaber Maker (Jeremy Brown, 12 mins) Valin Horn is the galaxy’s only maker of Artisanal Lightsabers. This is his story. Starring Scott Patey. Rated PG

    Deadpool The Musical 2 (Julian Higgings, 12 mins) He’s back! That “Merc with a Mouth” just can’t stop singing! This time, they’ve pulled out all the stops with an insane, action-filled medley of some of your all-time favorite Disney movie songs, Join the R-rated, NSFW, musical mayhem as our favorite singing anti-hero, Deadpool, sings and slays his way through a series of Disney songs and superhero teams, from the X-Men to the Avengers and more. RATED R

  • Sunday, Nov. 24, 201912:00 PM - 12:45 PM location: CREATIVE STAGE

    the art of pareidolia: seeing faces everywhere

    Do you look at a building and see a face smiling back at you? Pareidolia is the act of seeing faces in objects. Join cartoonist Joe Wos as he literally draws inspiration from everyday objects with extraordinary expressions!

  • Sunday, Nov. 24, 201912:30 PM - 1:15 PM location: ROOM 208

    a long time ago...star wars: the pre-disney years

    Take a look back as we compare and contrast the Star Wars universe then and now with Star Wars comics writer Ron Marz. Ron will share his memories of working on one of the most iconic properties in pop culture fandom as he looks back on his own personal journey through the Star Wars galaxy.

  • Sunday, Nov. 24, 20191:30 PM - 2:15 PM location: ROOM 210

    four steps to engaging fiction

    You have characters. You have a plot. Now you have to put them together in a way that's going to make your audience fall in love with both. Every truly engaging story has a voice that speaks to the audience. Come and learn four steps you can use to discover the voice that will draw the reader in and get them to fall in love with your story. Be sure to bring a pencil and paper or remember to charge your tablet or laptop.

  • Sunday, Nov. 24, 20191:30 PM - 2:15 PM location: ROOM 208

    the psychology of horror

    Fear protects us from danger. Yet, so many of us seek the scariest movies and creepiest stories. What compels us to search for the very things that keep us awake at night? Why are we fascinated with murderers, monsters, and mayhem? A panel of horror experts discusses the reasons we so fervently seek the worst of nightmares.

  • Sunday, Nov. 24, 20192:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

    kids costume contest

    Hosted by Kato Kaelin and Wizard World Cosplay Guests!