Madison Programming

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  • Friday, Nov. 30, 20185:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: Mendota 6

    crafting fictional worlds

    Environment is an important element of storytelling. Comics, TV, and games use it all the time - but it's easy to let the details of your world distract from your story. Whether it's a science fiction / fantasy setting or a real-life location, join Trevor Mueller and learn how to make your world come to life without losing the reader.

  • Friday, Nov. 30, 20185:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: Mendota 7

    krampus: bringing the legend back to life

    Kael Starr of Milwaukee Krampus and Gael Hunter Cosplay will discuss the beginnings and folklore of Krampus and his accomplices.

    Delve into facts of the resurrected Krampus craze in the US and learn its origins overseas.

    Get some ideas on how and where you can partake in the annual festivities and learn a myriad of ways you can create your own Krampus costume.

  • Friday, Nov. 30, 20185:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: Creative Stage

    makeup for cosplay

    Looking great in your cosplay takes more than just a great costume! Ever wonder how your favorite cosplayers always look flawless in their photos and real life? Or what to use to change your skin from a normal human tone to that of an Orion? What in the world is this contouring thing? Come join internationally award winning veteran cosplayer, Mogchelle, and learn some tips and tricks on makeup for cosplay! We’ll go over glamour and special fx makeup and prosthetics applications. If time permits I’ll also pick a lucky random attendee for a demo of eyelash application or zombie flesh!

  • Friday, Nov. 30, 20185:00 PM - 6:30 PM location: Mendota 2

    learn to play pokémon workshop! (additional ticket required)

    Calling all Pokémon fans! Have you ever wanted to learn how to play the official Pokémon Trading Card Game? I mean it’s only been around for 20 years! Like many people, you buy the cards because of your love for Pokémon but haven’t exactly mastered how to play the game with the correct rules. Well now you can learn how to play with the help of Pokémon YouTuber RealBreakingNate! Bring your own deck or learn play with one of our pre-made decks! Come learn to play as RealBreakingNate takes you through the game card. Breaking down what cards do and a step by step play through of the game. Not only will you get an introduction on how to play the game but every paid attendee will walk away with a Burning Shadows booster pack! This is a great opportunity to bond with your child and learn how to play the game together or to finally put all those cards to use after buying them for years on end! *All children under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult! Unpaid adults won't receive a booster pack.

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  • Friday, Nov. 30, 20186:00 PM - 6:45 PM location: Mendota 6

    cosplay 101

    Want to begin cosplaying but don’t know how to get started? Join Wizard World Cosplay Guests 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. 30, 20186:00 PM - 8:00 PM location: Mendota 7

    beyond the comic panels preview screening and artist q&a

    Featuring the creative talents of: Jeff Butler, Mark Kistler, Mark Stegbaur, Mostafa Moussa, Nick Choles, Samantha Gorel, Steve Geiger, Steve Lavine & Tom Cook and filmed at Wizard World Madison 2017, Beyond the Comic Panels is a documentary film that highlights comic book creators on how they started and gives various pointers that can help you achieve your dream of getting into this very creative field. After a preview screening of this "work in progress" film, join producer and cinematographer Jason C. Gares along with Tom Cook, Steve Geiger and Mostafa Moussa in a Q&A session revealing interesting points in their careers and what it was like being filmed for the documentary.

  • Friday, Nov. 30, 20186:30 PM - 7:15 PM location: Mendota 3

    podcasting from idea to show

    Podcasting is bigger than ever! If you have an idea, you can have a show. This panel will show how easy and fun it can be and answer any questions you might have in starting your own podcast.

  • Friday, Nov. 30, 20186:30 PM - 7:15 PM location: Creative Stage

    inking: it’s not tracing

    Ever wonder what a comic book inker really does? Come see veteran Marvel and DC inker Mark Stegbauer show you how inkers play a major role in making your favorite comics come to life! See how it’s not tracing, but an art form itself!

  • Friday, Nov. 30, 20187:00 PM - 7:45 PM location: Mendota 6

    creatures of the night!

    A look at disturbing and terrifying real-life paranormal encounters with The Black Eyed Kids, The Bloody Bones Man, The Faceless and more Frightmare Creatures with host Dave Schrader.

  • Friday, Nov. 30, 20187:30 PM - 8:30 PM location: Mendota 3

    marvel vs dc: the great debate

    Which company has better heroes, villains, cartoons, movies, storylines, etc? Join comic industry pro’s, cosplayers and professional nerds as they discuss all aspects of this age old rivalry and with the help of the crowd declare a winner.

  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 201811:00 AM - 11:45 AM location: Creative Stage

    drawing the marvel way with steve geiger

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  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 201811:00 AM - 12:30 PM location: Mendota 2

    introduction to sculpting workshop (additional ticket required)

    Learn how to sculpt and model your own clay creations with Expert Sculptor & Prop builder Calen Hoffman of “Propcustomz". The workshop will provide everything attendees need to make their own mini clay sculpt! Several physical pre-made examples will be shown along with attendees receiving one on one instructions throughout the course of the workshop! Come for the fun and leave with your own creation!

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  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 201811:30 AM - 12:15 PM location: Mendota 7

    breaking into film and game production

    Interested in learning what it takes to land a job in film/game production? Join professional animator, Thomas Estrada as he shares his inspiring story and offers practical advice for those looking to break in! Learn about the different types of jobs available, the various challenges that await and how your skills can cross industries to arm you with greater opportunities. Thomas will discuss the reality of working in animation and offer insight into how studios differ to one another. Don’t miss this opportunity to gather valuable advice on how to break into your future career.

  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 201812:00 PM - 12:45 PM location: Mendota 3

    trailer park

    Wizard World will be screening some of the newest and most anticipated trailers from upcoming movies/tv series and discussing them with you the fans! Join RealBreakingNate to discuss our initial thoughts and fears for each trailer, and maybe learn a thing or two about the latest and greatest news regarding newly announced film and tv projects.

  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 201812:00 PM - 12:45 PM location: Creative Stage

    how to be a pro inker with mostafa moussa and jeremy clark

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  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 201812:30 PM - 1:15 PM location: Mendota 6

    the art of self publishing

    It's never been harder to be published, but it's never been easier to make a comic. Join guest Trevor Mueller and learn everything you need to know about making your ideas into stories, from conception in your head to holding a psychical copy of your book in your hand!

  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 201812:30 PM - 1:15 PM location: Mendota 7

    diversity in cosplay

    The panel will cover racial diversity in cosplay, everything that entails! The positive and sometimes negative experiences one would have being a minority cosplayer. This team of cosplayers will also cover barriers and breakthroughs that can come across in the cosplay community based on their experiences. Hosted by Papa Bear Cosplay

  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 20181:00 PM - 1:45 PM location: Mendota 3

    security gaps in hogwarts

    As early as book one, we are told that Hogwarts is the safest place in the world, yet by the end of the first book, we are left wondering if Hagrid was being a little misleading in that claim. Detention in the Forbidden Forest, trolls in the girl’s bathroom, giant three headed dogs, a ‘protected’ Hallow that a trio of 11 year olds can retrieve, corrupted professors, and not to mention the fact that the Dark Lord makes an appearance himself. All that in just the first book! Throughout the course of the panel, our panelists take an in depth look at why saying Hogwarts is the safest place in the world couldn’t be farther from the truth. The panel leaves no stone unturned, with topics ranging from the basilisk, Marauder’s Map, dementors, Dumbledore’s actions, insider threats (Sorry Hagrid), Dolores Umbridge and more! Bring your house pride!

  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 20181:00 PM - 3:00 PM location: Mendota 2

    working with worbla workshop (additional ticket required)

    Worbla is a more commonly known word heard within the cosplay crafting community in armor builds. But what is it? How do you use it? Where can I get it? Come join internationally award winning cosplayer, Mogchelle, for a hands on workshop so you can try your hand at creating your own piece of armor! Materials for this workshop will all be provided, and you get to bring home the piece you make! In this workshop we will go step by step in creating a basic bracer(s) and how to add details to it. From patterning to forming, this workshop will prepare you for your next steps!

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  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 20181:30 PM - 2:15 PM location: Mendota 6

    idw transformers comics: more than meets the page

    IDW has just ended the longest running single continuity of Transformers fiction in the franchises history. This panel will be a retrospective on the different eras of their Transformers comics from when they got the license in 2006, to when they had a soft reboot in 2012, through the continuity's ending with the recent Unicron event.

  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 20181:30 PM - 2:15 PM location: Mendota 7

    you tube 101: where do i begin?

    YouTube is one of the greatest platforms of our generation! A place where you can voice an opinion, share your love of a fandom, or just post daily updates about your cat! Whatever it is you want to do you can do it on YouTube and YES you can make a living out of it all you naysayers! BUT…getting started on YouTube can be one of the scariest journeys on the interwebz and in life! With over 300 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute how do you get noticed? Join YouTubers RealBreakingNate and Spyros Heniadis as they break down all the details that go into having your own channel and answers whatever questions you may have. Don’t forget to like, comment, and SUBSCRIBE

  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 20182:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: Mendota 3

    disney trivia against the disney brothers

    Calling all Disney fans! Join us as audience members battle it out against the stars of ‘Walt Before Mickey’, Jon Heder and Thomas Ian Nicholas, in this epic trivia event! Questions could cover anything….Disney Movies, Parks, and even Walt Disney himself! There will be tons of fun and even more laughs! So come test your skills and win some prizes along the way! Hosted by Lani Sarem

  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 20182:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: Creative stage

    prop building - how to finish a 3d model

    Come join James Wulfgar of Wulfgar Weapons and Props as he goes over the how to's of finishing 3D models! From adhesives, print line removal, to panting, learn from a professional prop maker!

    Please feel free to bring questions and 3D printed pieces!

  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 20182:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: Arena

    dark arts and magic: a conversation with john constantine himself, matt ryan

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  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 20182:30 PM - 3:15 PM location: Mendota 6

    cosplay photography: get started shooting amazing cosplay photos

    Join YouTuber and cosplay photographer Spyros Heniadis with Cosplayer and SFX artist Noelle Hetzel for a live cosplay photoshoot demonstration. Spyros and Noelle will discuss and demonstrate how to use lighting and posing to create amazing cosplay portraits, and, if you have a DSLR or Mirrorless camera with a flash hotshoe, you can take your own photo of Noelle as well!!

  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 20182:30 PM - 3:15 PM location: Mendota 7

    “saturday morning to the future, the history of animation” with legendary animator and director tom cook

    Join Tom Cook for a trip through animation history starting with Saturday morning cartoons all the way to what’s on television right now.

  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 20183:00 PM - 3:45 PM location: Mendota 3

    hangin’ with hercules: a conversation with kevin sorbo

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  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 20183:00 PM - 3:45 PM location: Arena

    saving people, discussing things: a supernatural conversation with ruth connell & lisa berry

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  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 20183:30 PM - 4:15 PM location: Mendota 6

    writing for comics

    Comics are written very differently from other media. Trevor Mueller explains the ins and outs of this unique storytelling medium and how to make your stories come to life!

  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 20183:30 PM - 4:15 PM location: Mendota 7

    women of voice acting

    Women play a huge roll in the world of voice acting not only Anime but many other genres as well, join Patricia Summersett (Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild), Erica Schroeder (Pokemon, Yo-Gi-Oh) and Samantha Newark (Jem and the Holograms) for an in depth discussion on all things voice acting!

  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 20184:00 PM - 4:45 PM location: Mendota 3

    man of steel: a conversation with dean cain

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  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 20184:00 PM - 4:45 PM location: Arena

    a charmed life: a conversation with holly marie combs, brian krause and drew fuller

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  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 20184:00 PM - 4:45 PM location: Creative Stage

    cosplay portrait editing: creating amazing cosplay photos in the edit

    Join cosplay photographer Spyros Heniadis as he takes the photo created during the Cosplay Photography panel and brings it to life using simple editing techniques. If you want to take your photo editing to a new level, or if you've got questions about photography, photo editing, YouTube, or anything else, you can hang out and learn with Spyros while he edits!

  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 20184:00 PM - 5:30 PM location: Mendota 2

    foam building workshop (additional ticket required)

    Have you ever wanted to learn the fine art of foam crafting? Join Papa Bear Cosplay as he guides you through your first foam build. He will help you by presenting how to build them, answering questions, showing tricks, etc.

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  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 20184:30 PM - 5:15 PM location: Mendota 7

    gribble talk: fan theories and conspiracies

    Everybody loves a good conspiracy theory, but none more than Arlen’s favorite conspiracy theorist: Dale Gribble. Dale himself has been lucky enough to stop by some of these so called “Conventions” to talk about some of his very favorite fan theories, and whether or not they make sense. Was Jar Jar Binks actually a Sith Lord? Was Scooby Doo a test subject from the Cold War, on the lam from Soviets? Was Jack Dawson actually a time traveler sent back to the Titanic? Was it really poisoned wine that killed Vizzini in the Battle of Wits with the Dread Pirate Roberts? Has Dale unlocked the secret to why Ash Ketchum doesn’t age? Hosted by a professional character actor, be prepared to bring your favorite crazy theories and join the discussion on how our favorite fandoms might be different than we believe them to be.

    Dale Gribble is presented by Karl Brevik, a member of SAG/AFTRA. Fans of King of the Hill enjoy getting the chance to see one of TV’s favorite conspiracy theorists in action while fans of every other fandom get the chance to talk about the theories that are most important to them.

  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 20184:30 PM - 5:15 PM location: Mendota 6

    evil: from serial killers to slenderman

    From urban legends to comic books to true crime, evil permeates our pop culture. Hear about real cases of evil and how they influenced movies and TV with Madison haunted historian Mike Huberty, Milwaukee paranormal researcher Allison Jornlin, Waukesha Ghost tour guide Wendy Lynn Staats, and Chicago ghost story author, Scott Markus. From Ed Gein and Psycho to John Wayne Gacy and evil clowns, the Slenderman to famous demonic possessions, the crew behind Wisconsin paranormal and pop culture podcast, See You On The Other Side, discuss the real life evils hiding under the fiction.

  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 20185:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: Arena

    back to hogwarts: a conversation with matthew lewis

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  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 20185:00 PM - 5:45 PM location: Mendota 3

    cosplay and film prop building q&a

    Hosted by James Wulfgar from Wulfgar Weapons and Props!

  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 20186:00 PM - 6:45 PM location: Mendota 3

    the nerd off

    Just because we are all nerds doesn’t mean we are all on the same side or know what the heck we are talking about when it comes to a fandom. During this panel hosted by YouTuber RealBreakingNate two audience members at a time will debate on which is better and why. For example a single round debate could be who would win in a battle Batman vs. Iron Man or which franchise is better Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter? Has this description already started an argument? Then this is your type of panel. Oh and did I mention…..PRIZES!

  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 20186:30 PM - 7:15 PM location: Mendota 6

    haunted heartland: weird wisconsin

    Terrifying real life accounts of vengeful ghosts, haunted houses and haunted history of some of Wisconsin's most malevolent true hauntings and weird phenomena, from Beasts, UFO's, Ghosts & More. (Special guests to be announced)
    Moderated by Dave Schrader of DarknessRadio.com

  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 20187:30 PM - 9:00 PM location: Arena

    wizard world costume contest

    Hosted by our very own superhero RealBreaking Nate, 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 SHIELD LABS Booth on Saturday. Registration closes at 5PM! We’ll see you there! (Recommended for ages 13+)

  • Sunday, Dec. 2, 201811:00 AM - 11:45 AM location: Creative Stage

    drawing the marvel way with steve geiger

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  • Sunday, Dec. 2, 201811:00 AM - 12:30 PM location: Mendota 2

    introduction to resin casting workshop (additional ticket required)

    A step by step introductory to making silicone molds and solid urethane resin cast, along with hands on resin casting with professional Maker & Prop builder Casey McBroom of “Shield Labs". This workshop will involve a walk through on making various types of Silicone molds. An in depth Q&A on the process along with pre-made examples and resource guides. Attendees will also make and take home their very own Resin Castings from molds provided at the Workshop!

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  • Sunday, Dec. 2, 201811:30 AM - 12:15 PM location: Mendota 6

    cosplay on a budget

    Cosplay doesn’t need to be expensive to be awesome! Come learn from Wizard World Cosplay Guests, about the different ways to make your cosplays on a budget.

  • Sunday, Dec. 2, 201811:30 AM - 12:15 PM location: Mendota 7

    webtoons

    These are exciting times to be a comic book artist and easier than ever to get into the field. Webtoons is taking comics by storm and to a new whole level, Join comic artist Dustin Pageloff as we talk about webcomics and how Webtoons is making webcomics go mainstream."

  • Sunday, Dec. 2, 201812:00 PM - 12:45 PM location: Arena

    one on one with sci fi legend william shatner

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  • Sunday, Dec. 2, 201812:00 PM - 12:45 PM location: Mendota 3

    return to halloweentown: a conversation with kimberly j. brown

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  • Sunday, Dec. 2, 201812:30 PM - 1:15 PM location: Mendota 7

    j. jonah jameson v. the crowd

    J. Jonah Jameson himself is being flown in from New York on his latest press tour to discuss a variety of topics such as why Spider-Man is a menace, why Spider-Man can’t be trusted, why Spider-Man isn’t a hero and why we would be better off without Spider-Man. Have a differing opinion? That means it’s up to you, the audience, as guest reporters to this press conference to prove it. Square off against a professional character actor to see if you can be the reporter that forces the Daily Bugle’s editor to announce a rare retraction. Listen to Jameson’s editorial, hear him answer the panel’s reporters and then prepare your own defense of Spider-Man in this interactive, entertaining, performance based panel.

    J. Jonah Jameson is presented by Karl "Captain K" Brevik, a member of SAG/AFTRA, that has been featured by Marvel.com as this character. Stan Lee himself has called him "J. Jonah Jameson in real life." See for yourself as he tries to talk his way out of anything thrown his way. Full of audience participation, it’s a mix of a stand up act, a roast, a Q&A and a good old fashioned share of Spider-Man knowledge.

  • Sunday, Dec. 2, 201812:30 PM - 1:15 PM location: Mendota 6

    krampus: bringing the legend back to life

    Kael Starr of Milwaukee Krampus and Gael Hunter Cosplay will discuss the beginnings and folklore of Krampus and his accomplices.

    Delve into facts of the resurrected Krampus craze in the US and learn its origins overseas.

    Get some ideas on how and where you can partake in the annual festivities and learn a myriad of ways you can create your own Krampus costume.

  • Sunday, Dec. 2, 20181:00 PM - 1:45 PM location: Arena

    a conversation with the magicians, jason ralph

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  • Sunday, Dec. 2, 20181:00 PM - 1:45 PM location: Mendota 3

    a very brady q&a with barry williams

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  • Sunday, Dec. 2, 20181:00 PM - 1:45 PM location: Creative Stage

    wig selection, care and styling: beginner to intermediate

    Wigs are becoming more and more used in cosplay as the years go by. But the knowledge on where to purchase, how to care for, is still a bit puzzling. In this panel we’ll go over various types of wigs, places they can be purchased, and how to care for them so they last you a long time! Internationally award winning cosplayer, Mogchelle, will be leading this panel, which will also include a demo of how to create and add hair wefts, gravity defying spikes, crazy curls and more! Learn about various affordable wig and effective wig care and styling products, and how to store your wigs properly!

  • Sunday, Dec. 2, 20182:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: Mendota 7

    pokémon game show

    Calling all Pokémon fans! Join RealBreakingNate as audience members battle it out in this epic game show event! You might just have to answer a simple trivia question OR you could get stuck with a Pokémon dare challenge! Either way there will be tons of fun and even more laughs! So come test your Poke skills and win some prizes along the way!

  • Sunday, Dec. 2, 20182:00 PM - 2:45 PM location: Mendota 6

    cursed hollywood

    We take a look at unusual activity during the filming of some of the most famous movies in history. From Poltergeist to Passion of the Christ, eerie and unexplained phenomena to untimely deaths of celebrities associated with the films. Hosted by Dave Schrader of MidnightInTheDesert.com