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Edmonton Expo 2015 Programming (inc James Marsters, @ElizaDushku & @amber_benson) | @EdmontonExpo

UPDATED 15/09/15
UPDATED 11/09/15: Buffy Cast Q&A has been moved to 12:00PM

Programming

From panels to Q n' As, workshops to costume contests, this is your source for Expo activity!

Interested in presenting a panel at the 2015 Edmonton Expo?  Our schedule is now full but you can click here to add your panel request to the waitlist.

Please note: All panels are 45 minutes long unless otherwise noted. Panels and content are always subject to change, so we encourage you to check the on-site schedules posted outside the panel rooms to confirm final schedules.

Friday - September 25

The 7 Forms of Lightsaber Combat
Room: Room 104
Time: 3:30PM - 4:15PM

A elegant weapon for a more civilized time. Ever wonder what style Yoda uses? Or Darth Maul? Find out more as we go into detail of each of the forms, with descriptions, their uses in the movies and demonstrations.

Spotlight on Marcus To
Room: Room 109
Time: 3:45PM - 4:30PM

Now in Toronto but originally from Red Deer, Marcus is known for his work on Batwing, Red Robin, Huntress and Soulfire. Come meet another Albertan success story and share in his experiences!

Spotlight on Billy Boyd
Room: Hall D
Time: 4:00PM - 4:45PM

Actor, musician, composer - Billy Boyd is a man of many talents. Check out this entertaining spotlight, and be sure to head on over to room 105/106 Friday night and see Billy's band, Beecake for their only Edmonton show!

How to Survive a Comic Convention
Room: Room 107
Time: 4:00PM - 4:45PM

No matter if you have been to a convention before there are some tips you have to know. We will talk about the do's and don't of attending a Comic-con. Feel free to join us new and old.

Creating Comics at Home!
Room: Room 102-103
Time: 4:00PM - 4:45PM

Come meet some extremely talented comic creators from your own backyard! These talents will talk about what it's like to make a living making comics in Alberta.

Spotlight on Cary Elwes
Room: Room 105-106
Time: 4:15PM - 5:00PM

Cary Elwes has starred in some of pop cultures most beloved, and most profound, films. He'll be taking the stage to answer your questions and chat about his incredible career. As you Wish!

Clone Club Conversation
Room: Room 108
Time: 4:15PM - 5:00PM

Are you a member of Clone Club? Then come and chat with us about your favourite clones and the other characters on the show, we will talk favourite moments! Spoiler warning, we will be talking about all 3 seasons of Orphan Black.

Kirk vs Picard Screening
Room: Room 101
Time: 4:30PM - 5:00PM

Kirk vs Picard is an award-winning indie short by Australian filmmaker John Riddell. This nerdy thrill ride follows two movie obsessed hit men on an interesting day on the job. (30 mins)

Finding Your Audience
Room: Room 104
Time: 4:30PM - 5:15PM

Nick McQuik (comedian) and Matt Watterworth (Filmaker) have both utilized social media to find their audiences and improve upon their careers.

Image Comics - The Local Connection
Room: Room 109
Time: 4:45PM - 5:30PM

Canadians have been at the forefront of comics since their inception, ranging from icons like Joe Shuster to visionaries like Image founder Todd McFarlane. Now, a new class of Canadian artists is emerging and local creators from Image Comics are here to share their experiences and speak about their craft.

Copyright and Creativity Social Lab
Room: Gallery Room H1
Time: 4:45PM - 6:15PM

We are university researchers studying young creators' attitudes to copyright. We are looking for volunteers age 18-24 to take part in a confidential 90-minute focus group discussion. Participants will receive a free book. Academic Panelists: Catherine Burwell & Tom Miller

Mining Moon Screening
Room: Room 107
Time: 5:00PM - 5:45PM

The Canadian short film Mining Moon was nominated and won awards for acting, FX, Best Short, Photography, Costume Design, and Score. Broadcast on Australian TV, it’s coming to Edmonton! Watch a film made by geeks and cosplayers like you!

Cosplay and Beyond
Room: Room 102-103
Time: 5:00PM - 5:45PM

Join Nerdpunk Cosplay as we talk about what happens after you wear your first cosplay! We will talk about photo shoots, contest, tables , and beyond!

One 10 RC Drift
Room: Outdoor
Time: 5:00PM - 6:00PM

One 10 RC Drift is a family oriented club of enthusiasts dedicated to radio controlled drifting. We offer a fun and safe place where kids and adults can come learn to drift their favorite remote controlled cars.

Guardians of the Galaxy
Room: Hall D
Time: 5:15PM - 6:00PM

This is a panel not to be missed by Sci-Fi and superhero fans alike! Join Michael Rooker and Sean gunn as they talk about their time on one of Marvel's greatest successes: Guardians of the Galaxy!

The Flintstones and the Rhetoric of Intelligent Design
Room: Room 101
Time: 5:15PM - 6:00PM

Join Christine Shellska as she discusses the rhetoric of Intelligent Design through the prism of that modern stone aged family, The Flintstones. Academic Panelist: Christine Shellska

Pulling It All Together - Idea to Ready To Publish
Room: Room 108
Time: 5:15PM - 6:00PM

Best-selling indie author, Adam Dreece, shares some strategies for taking those ideas we all have locked inside of us, and getting them to the point of being ready to indie publish or pitch. Get your idea out of your head and read by others!

Spotlight on Steve Englehart
Room: Room 109
Time: 5:45PM - 6:30PM

Steve Englehart is an icon of the Bronze Age of comics, working on classic characters such as Captain America, The Hulk, The Avengers and Dr. Strange at Marvel before being lured to DC Comics to become a lead writer. He is the creator of Marvel`s Star-Lord (who recently appeared in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie) and has continued to work in film and television.

Pen & Panel Youth Cartooning Club
Room: Kids Zone Stage
Time: 5:45PM - 6:30PM

Interested in the art of creating comics? It's not as hard as it sounds and it's the most fun you'll ever have inside a box! With interactive lessons and activities, you’ll learn that cartooning is as easy as picking up your pencil and starting!

Alberta Browncoats Society Presents "Serenity"
Room: Room 104
Time: 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Don your best flowery bonnet, grab your rain stick & join the Alberta Browncoats for a charity screening of Serenity (2005). This is a non-ticketed event; donations appreciated. Door prizes. Costumes & Evil Laughs welcome. (180 mins).

SciFi Medicine - How SciFi has Enhanced Modern Medicine
Room: Room 107
Time: 6:00PM - 7:30PM

From Star Trek’s Tricorder to the MRI, from robotic to prosthetic limbs, Sci-Fi has been dreaming up incredible medical technologies for decades! If you want to learn about what Sci-Fi created before real life, this is the place to be!

Women In Comics
Room: Room 102-103
Time: 6:00PM - 6:45PM

Listen to acclaimed artists, writers and painter Camilla D'errico, Gail Simone and Sarah Vaughn talk about their experiences in the industry. Some of their works include Tanpopo, Helmetgirls, Alex + Ada, Sparkshooter, Birds of Prey,and Red Sonja.

What's the Big Idea? A Copyright and Trademark Primer for Artists & Writers
Room: Room 101
Time: 6:15PM - 7:00PM

An Introduction to Canadian Intellectual Property Law for Artists and Writers. Learn the basics of copyright and trademark from a lawyer and artist.

Writing 101: Plots That Work
Room: Room 108
Time: 6:15PM - 7:00PM

From their own experiences with short stories to novels, local authors share their trade secrets and answer your questions about how to craft a plot that works for you.

PWA - Independent Wrestling In Alberta
Room: Room 109
Time: 6:45PM - 7:30PM

Ever wondered what life is like in the world of professional wrestling? Ever wondered what it takes to run a successful wrestling pormotion? Come learn what it takes to be a professional wrestler in the independent wrestling scene.

Geek Girl Gathering featuring Gail Simone
Room: Room 102-103
Time: 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Meet the inspiring Gail Simone and celebrate women & the female positive in geek culture! All genders are invited to this networking event to meet like minded people in a supportive, fun & engaging space!

Democracy means…?
Room: Gallery Room H1
Time: 7:00PM - 8:30PM

Same thing every four years or so… the streets gets filled with poster calling us to go and vote. However, is democracy all about voting? Is there more to it and what is it? Come be part of cutting edge research studying how democracy transpires through ‘go vote posters’. Limited to 18 year old Canadian citizens. Academic Panelist: Ofer Berenstein

Force Start Presents: Epic Fan Fic Dub Fight
Room: Room 101
Time: 7:15PM - 8:00PM

Fan of Fan Fics? Come see why comedians arent allowed to write in this amazing test of witz and skillz

yegDND: An Improvised Game of Dungeons and Dragons
Room: Room 108
Time: 7:15PM - 8:45PM

The DM will lead PCs in a game of D&D. You determine their fate with giant D20's and then see as the results are played out in song, stage combat and improv. Watch one adventure OR the whole campaign!

Burning Down the House of Frankenstein: Horror Cliché History
Room: Room 109
Time: 7:45PM - 8:30PM

Why do so many horror movies end with a burning building? This scholarly talk will chart the surprisingly lengthy history of this cliché across screen, stage, and the written page, offering an in-depth understanding of the significance of the answer. Academic Panelist: Neale Barnholden

Saturday - September 26

Sons of Fenrir
Room: Outdoor
Time: 9:30AM - 11:45AM

The Vikings are coming! We’re pleased to welcome back the Sons of Fenrir from Calgary, who portray life in a roving Norse Warband as accurately as possible. Enjoy the clash of steel in an intense combat demo!

zzDup - Costume Contest Check-In
Room: Gallery Room H1
Time: 10:00AM - 1:00PM

Costume Contest Check-In
Room: Gallery Room H1
Time: 10:00AM - 1:00PM

Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys
Room: Room 101
Time: 10:45AM - 12:00PM

Star Wars created a new universe in our imagination and transformed how we see toys. In 1977, toys started being bought, collected, traded and sold. See their development, history, and influence on kids playing and adults collecting.

Critical Fail an Interactive D&D Adventure
Room: Room 107
Time: 10:45AM - 12:15PM

Like D&D? Regardless, come volunteer for the most ridiculous adventure game in which many will be cruelly slaughtered in the most humorous of ways. *participation is not mandatory

We Talk Comics Live!
Room: Room 102-103
Time: 10:45AM - 11:30AM

The award-eligible We Talk Comics podcast recorded in front of a live studio audience! Two of the hosts of We Talk Comics are joined by a panel of comic creators for news, reviews and hilarious comic talk.

The Size of the Universe
Room: Kids Zone Stage
Time: 10:45AM - 11:30AM

Space is big. In Star Trek, the USS Enterprise visits different sectors and quadrants of our galaxy. In this panel, we will use a variety of scale models to explore the relative sizes of the planets, stars, galaxies, and the distances between them.

Writing 101: Killing With Dialogue
Room: Room 108
Time: 11:00AM - 11:45AM

Alberta authors discuss how to craft memorable dialogue, with or without extra cheese.

Spotlight on Garrett Wang
Room: Room 105-106
Time: 11:15AM - 12:00PM

Garrett Wang, life-long nerd, Star Trek: Voyager alumn, and convention expert is on hand to regale you with his many hilarious tales from sci-fi and beyond.

Spotlight on Tom DeFalco
Room: Room 104
Time: 11:30AM - 12:15PM

Tom DeFalco is the former Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics and writer of seminal runs on Spider-Man, Thor, Fantastic Four and hundreds of other comics. A key figure in both the storytelling and the industry of comics, he is also the creator of Spider-Girl and a number of guides to Marvel`s most popular characters.

The Migrating Library - From Caves to Black Holes
Room: Room 109
Time: 11:30AM - 12:15PM

The SF film, Interstellar, suggest a black hole. This brief presentation traces the trajectory from the cave to the black hole, and ,many bear witness to this cleansing of human knowledge and its contemporary role. Academic Panelist: William Anselmi

Spotlight on Ken Kelly
Room: Room 102-103
Time: 11:45AM - 12:30PM

Spanning a 30-year career, Ken he has focused on the sword & sorcery and heroic fantasy subgenres. His work often portrays exotic, enchanted locales and primal battlefields. He is known for Conan the Barbarian, Tarzan and the rock group KISS among others.

Potions Class
Room: Kids Zone Stage
Time: 11:45AM - 12:30PM

Bring your eye of newt and some toe of frog to this Potter-inspired potions class for the younglings at the Expo! Ages 6 - 12 only. Maximum 50 kids so come early,

One 10 RC Drift
Room: Outdoor
Time: 11:45AM - 12:45PM

One 10 RC Drift is a family oriented club of enthusiasts dedicated to radio controlled drifting. We offer a fun and safe place where kids and adults can come learn to drift their favorite remote controlled cars.

Once Upon a Time
Room: Hall D
Time: 12:00PM - 12:45PM

Hailing all the way from Storybrooke and beyond, we have Robin Hood (Sean Maguire) and Zelena (Rebecaa Mader) to talk about the magic of Once Upon a Time.

Time Travel: The History of Canadian Pulp SF
Room: Room 108
Time: 12:00PM - 12:45PM

Many of us are mistaken in thinking there’s no history of pulp magazines in Canada. This talk gives an exciting visual account of Canadian SF pulps and Canadian women’s contributions to the industry. Academic Panelist: Marcelle Kosman

Selling Wolves
Room: Room 101
Time: 12:15PM - 1:00PM

How do we see wolves? How is media related to our perceptions? Can media impact REAL wolves? We discuss the ways pop culture depicts wolves in a variety of media, and the social amplification of risk. Academic Panelists: Victoria Lukasik, Kyle Plotsky and Shelley Alexander

Sleepy Hollow
Room: Room 105-106
Time: 12:30PM - 1:15PM

Don't lose your head over this fantastic panel! Join John Noble and Orlando Jones for a peak into life on the set of Sleepy Hollow.

Spotlight on Bob Camp
Room: Room 104
Time: 12:30PM - 1:15PM

Happy happy joy joy! As co-creator of the ground-breaking The Ren & Stimpy show, Bob Camp is an award-winning cartoonist, comic book artist, director, and producer whose television, film, and comic career has influenced our childhoods since the 1980’s!

Writing Strong Women
Room: Room 107
Time: 12:30PM - 1:15PM

Come learn how to think about characters from the ground up. It will make you laugh and think about strong women characters as well as LGBTQ and male ones.

Intelligent Life in the Universe – Is ET Out There?
Room: Room 109
Time: 12:30PM - 1:15PM

What are the chances that ET is really out there? With the current discoveries of a myriad of exoplanets, the chances of other life in our Universe has becomes more of a high probability over just speculation. Could they have had the technology to travel the spaces between the stars to visit Earth?

A Jack Kirby Influence
Room: Room 102-103
Time: 12:45PM - 1:30PM

Jack Kirby ultimately began his career not in comics, but in the other media where drawings are used. Jack Kirby’s legacy and his influence on subsequent generations has fuelled the Pop Culture as we know it.

Vikings for Kids
Room: Kids Zone Stage
Time: 12:45PM - 1:30PM

Have a thirst for adventure? Learn all about Vikings with the Sons of Fenrir: how they lived, where they roamed, and why they’re so cool! This panel is geared towards children of all ages.

Edmonton Kendo & Naginata Club
Room: Outdoor
Time: 12:45PM - 1:45PM

Kendo, Naginata, and Iiado are modern Japanese martial arts using a variety of blades, suitable for all ages and all skill levels. Learn about them with members of the Edmonton Kendo & Naginata Club!

Costume Contest Stand-By Check-In
Room: Gallery Room H1
Time: 1:00PM - 2:00PM

Spotlight on Ivan Brandon
Room: Room 108
Time: 1:00PM - 1:45PM

Known for his work on titles such as DC's Final Crisis Aftermath: Escape and Kobra and Marvel’s Secret Invasion and Men of War. He is also the co-creator of Image’s Viking, Drifter, and the creator and producer of the Eisner-nominated anthology series 24Seven.

Orange is the New Black
Room: Hall D
Time: 1:15PM - 2:00PM

Shows You Should Be Watching: The 100
Room: Room 101
Time: 1:15PM - 2:00PM

Two seasons of post-apocalyptic, sci-fi adventure in THE 100. Join us for a discussion of design elements, representation of gender and cultural diversity in this nuanced teen, dystopic drama.

Meet the 501st Legion
Room: Room 104
Time: 1:30PM - 2:15PM

You've seen the 501st Legion for years - but do you know what they are all about? Come and learn about why we do what we do, and how you can do it too!

New Advancement in Getting Your Artwork or Comic Book into Print
Room: Room 107
Time: 1:30PM - 2:15PM

Looking to print your art or comic book? Find out what you need to know about submitting your work to commercial printers, and discover previously-unheard of advances and options available to you.

Quidditch in Edmonton
Room: Room 109
Time: 1:30PM - 2:15PM

Quiddich has flown from the pages of Harry Potter to become a real sport for muggles, too! Join the Edmonton Aurors to discuss its growing popularity, the adapted rules, and how you can get involved.

The Blair Witch Project
Room: Room 105-106
Time: 1:45PM - 2:30PM

The Blair Witch Project was a ground breaking film in horror, not to mention completely terrifying. Be sure to listen in as Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, and Michael Williams talk about what it was like to be part of this incredible work of Horror History.

Designing for Television with John Gallagher
Room: Room 102-103
Time: 1:45PM - 2:30PM

Maki(Ng) Cool Superhero Science Demonstrations Fun!
Room: Kids Zone Stage
Time: 1:45PM - 2:30PM

Would you like to have superpowers? What is the science behind it and how is it filmed? Join Michael as he performs eye-catching science demonstrations on stage, inspiring unforgettable learning experiences of imagination and making science fun.

Sons of Fenrir
Room: Outdoor
Time: 1:45PM - 3:00PM

The Vikings are coming! We’re pleased to welcome back the Sons of Fenrir from Calgary, who portray life in a roving Norse Warband as accurately as possible. Enjoy the clash of steel in an intense combat demo!

Alex + Ada
Room: Room 108
Time: 2:00PM - 2:45PM

Image Comics` Alex + Ada is a sci-fi drama that tells the thought-provoking story of a young man who has an android delivered into his life which quickly re-shapes his entire worldview. Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn`s will be at Edmonton Expo to offer insight on the creation of their story and to answer questions from fans.

Black Holes and Worm Holes
Room: Room 101
Time: 2:15PM - 3:00PM

Black holes and worm holes are central to many science fiction movie plots. Here we'll explore some of the key concepts, and look at their use in shows such as Star Trek, Contact, Stargate, and Interstellar.

The Flash
Room: Hall D
Time: 2:30PM - 3:15PM

Costume Contest Craftsmanship Award Judging
Room: Gallery Room H1
Time: 2:30PM - 4:30PM

Jurassic World: The Science Behind the Movie
Room: Room 104
Time: 2:30PM - 3:15PM

Jurassic World was a summer hit, and Jurassic Park has entranced moviegoers for over 20 years. Explore a paleontologist’s perspective: What’s real and what’s made up? What’s the impact on science and society?

Steampunk Star Wars
Room: Room 107
Time: 2:30PM - 3:15PM

Steampunk Scholar Mike Perschon looks at the steampunked Star Wars characters and vehicles to explain the three features of the steampunk aesthetic: technofantasy, hyper-Victorianism, and retrofuturism.

Intro to Larping
Room: Room 109
Time: 2:30PM - 3:15PM

Live Action Role Play has a dedicated following but it’s newbie-friendly, too. Tall Tale Events, Edmonton’s first LARPing company, will explain the games running in the Edmonton area so you can join in!

Professional Authors Panel
Room: Room 102-103
Time: 2:45PM - 3:30PM

Award-winning authors discuss a range of subjects from story ideas, through editing and publishing, to media appearances and everything in between about being an author.

Make a Monster with Amy Provonost
Room: Kids Zone Stage
Time: 2:45PM - 3:30PM

Canadian artist-slash-lab tech Amy Provonost (you may know her Star Wars art) wants to hang with the younger crowd at this year’s Expo. If you’re a kid (or a kid at heart) who wants to get your draw on, come meet Amy and Make a Monster!

The Power Rangers
Room: Room 105-106
Time: 3:00PM - 3:45PM

Spotlight on Robert Atkins
Room: Room 108
Time: 3:00PM - 3:45PM

Robert Atkins has worked with Marvel, DC, Mirage and Tsunami. He is known for his work on G.I. Joe for IDW but has also done work on The Amazing Spider Man and TMNT among others. He is the co-creator for Elders of the Runestone, currently at Tsunami Studios.

Quidditch Learn to Play
Room: Outdoor
Time: 3:00PM - 4:15PM

Curious about the fastest-growing sport in Alberta? Come learn how to be a chaser, keeper, beater, seeker, or even a snitch at this learn-to-play quidditch session. Ideal for ages 8 through adult, and very beginner focused.

Where is Everybody?
Room: Room 101
Time: 3:15PM - 4:00PM

Physicist Enrico Fermi once wondered why we haven't seen evidence for alien civilizations. In this talk, U. Alberta astronomer Erik Rosolowsky will discuss this question and how we will answer it.

Playing Along: Let's Play Gamer Communities
Room: Room 104
Time: 3:30PM - 4:15PM

“Let’s Play” videos may seem like nothing more than playthroughs at a glance. Under their surface, though, they allow a community to express and share social, cultural and economic practices via this medium. Academic Panelists: Tom Miller & Catherine Burwell

Indigenous Comic Creators: The Power of Sequential Art
Room: Room 107
Time: 3:30PM - 4:15PM

Edmonton artists Patti Leboucane-Benson and Kelly Mellings (The Outside Circle) join NWT-born author Richard Van Camp (Path of the Warrior, Kiss Me Deadly) to discuss the use of graphic novels to bring awareness and relevance to the struggles of aboriginals.

Writing for Comics with Steve Englehart
Room: Room 109
Time: 3:30PM - 4:15PM

Steve Englehart: A comic book writer and novelist that built his career from DC and Marvel. Steve's career truly skyrocketed in the 70's and 80's with several famous superheroes. Don't miss out!

Spotlight on Stan Lee
Room: Hall D
Time: 3:45PM - 4:30PM

This panel is a must for all True Believers! Stan has a lot of great stories so be sure to join Stan and moderator Garrett Wang as they talk about comics, the MCU, and more!

Living Like a Viking - Today!
Room: Room 102-103
Time: 3:45PM - 4:30PM

The Sons of Fenrir talk about the work and research that goes into recreating the Viking world in the 21st Century. From training to historical accuracy in a Viking village, see how they make a world of living history.

Potions Class
Room: Kids Zone Stage
Time: 3:45PM - 4:30PM

Bring your eye of newt and some toe of frog to this Potter-inspired potions class for the younglings at the Expo! Ages 6 - 12 only. Maximum 50 kids so come early.

Writing 101: Building Alternate Worlds
Room: Room 108
Time: 4:00PM - 4:45PM

Published authors share their experiences building alternate worlds and answer your questions about how to create your own.

Voice Acting with Mark Meer and Will Friedle
Room: Room 105-106
Time: 4:15PM - 5:00PM

Join Will Friedle and Mark Meer to find out more about the world of Voice Acting and what it's like to voice some of pop cultures most beloved characters!

Edmonton Kendo & Naginata Club
Room: Outdoor
Time: 4:15PM - 5:30PM

Kendo, Naginata, and Iiado are modern Japanese martial arts using a variety of blades, suitable for all ages and all skill levels. Learn about them with members of the Edmonton Kendo & Naginata Club!

Cosplay Meets Couture
Room: Room 101
Time: 4:15PM - 5:00PM

Cosplay Meets Couture explores the intersection where costumes meet high fashion. Replicas, mash-ups, and interpretations are all key parts of cosplay. You’ll see intricate hand-made outfits from a wide array of fandoms.

The Role of Women in the Works of J. R. R. Tolkien
Room: Room 104
Time: 4:30PM - 5:15PM

There are few female characters in Tolkien’s major works – but does that diminish their strength of character and impact on the story? A frank discussion on women’s roles in both the books and films.

Witch, Please: Fandom, Feminism, and Harry Potter
Room: Room 107
Time: 4:30PM - 5:15PM

Join the hosts of local podcast Witch, Please (http://ohwitchplease.ca) for an explicitly feminist discussion of the world of Harry Potter, and help us answer burning questions such as: Why is there no sex ed on the Hogwarts curriculum? Academic Panelists: Hannah McGregor, Marcelle Kosman and Neale Barnholden

DIY Filmmaking in Edmonton
Room: Room 109
Time: 4:30PM - 5:15PM

Want to make movies? Metro Cinema & Mostly Water Theatre have answers! On an iPhone or on a film shoot, the panel attempts to cover it all. From first steps to rejection & guerilla marketing, the curators of Metro Shorts want to share secrets!

Star Wars Darth Bane: Path of Destruction Directors Cut
Room: Room 102-103
Time: 4:45PM - 5:30PM

The vision of producers JD Buzz and Trevor Schneider, the Lucasfilm Fan Film submission with over 225,000 views. It includes the original score and scenes cut by Disney. Watch it on a big screen! Meet a few of the actors including Darth Bane!

Maki(Ng) Cool Superhero Science Demonstrations Fun!
Room: Kids Zone Stage
Time: 4:45PM - 5:30PM

Would you like to have superpowers? What is the science behind it and how is it filmed? Join Michael as he performs eye-catching science demonstrations on stage, inspiring unforgettable learning experiences of imagination and making science fun.

Artificial Worlds - How Video Games Create a Universe
Room: Room 108
Time: 5:00PM - 5:45PM

Ever wonder how a video game creates an illusion of reality? This one-person panel will explore the backstage of computer games, showing you how the tricks are done. You may never play a game the same way again. Academic Panelist: Dr. Jim Parker

How to Identify Bootlegs
Room: Room 101
Time: 5:00PM - 5:45PM

Tired of getting tricked by bootlegs on auction sites, or by less than honest vendors? Learn tricks for spotting bootlegs, and learn about sites from which it is safe to buy, and that sell only 100% legitimate merchandise.

Dragon Age: Inquisition Developer Q&A
Room: Room 105-106
Time: 5:30PM - 6:15PM

Sit down with the Dragon Age team for an open discussion of the series and a chance to ask any questions you might have.

Costume Contest Staging
Room: Room 107
Time: 5:30PM - 6:30PM

The 404s Present: The Missing Episode of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Room: Room 104
Time: 5:30PM - 6:15PM

You thought you've seen every episode, but there are some things you just can't show on television. Watch as The 404s recreate the Missing Episode of S.H.I.E.L.D. This is your chance to see exactly what got left on the editor's floor.

Black Holes Built Our Cosmos
Room: Room 109
Time: 5:30PM - 6:45PM

Trillion Theory by Ed Lukowich is based his 3 books ‘Trillion Years Universe Theory,’ 'Black Holes Built our Cosmos' and ‘The Trillionist’ novel. Trillion Theory rivals Big Bang depicting how our universe began and grew to its prodigious size.

Sons of Fenrir
Room: Outdoor
Time: 5:30PM - 7:00PM

The Vikings are coming! We’re pleased to welcome back the Sons of Fenrir from Calgary, who portray life in a roving Norse Warband as accurately as possible. Enjoy the clash of steel in an intense combat demo!

Saber Guild - Echo Base Temple, Live Show
Room: Hall D
Time: 6:00PM - 6:30PM

This side may not have cookies; but who can say no to lightsabers? Edmonton’s own Saber Guild- Echo Base Temple will be performing their live show “The Force Experience”. Enjoy a fully choreographed lightsaber routine in customized costumes.

Edmonton Science Theater 3000
Room: Room 102-103
Time: 6:00PM - 6:45PM

Tribute to the cult classic Mystery Science Theater 3000. Professional comedians doing a live riff of an old sci-fi movie! Equally entertaining for fans of the show or n00bs with tired feet: this panel is a drop in/ drop out laugh riot.

The Wonders of the Night Sky
Room: Room 108
Time: 6:00PM - 6:45PM

Take a look at wonderful night sky photographs taken by local amateur and professional astronomers, from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, that really showcase the beauty in the natural world at night.

What Is a Makerspace?
Room: Room 101
Time: 6:15PM - 7:00PM

The Edmonton New Technology Society is Edmonton's Makerspace. Ever wonder what a makerspace is? Come and find out.

Edmonton Expo Costume Contest
Room: Hall D
Time: 6:30PM - 8:30PM

Join host Mark Meer and our Cosplay Guest judges as they take in some of the best Cosplays that the Expo has to offer!

Geek Music Comedy Concert with Rock/Paper/Cynic
Room: Room 104
Time: 6:30PM - 7:00PM

What happens when robots fall in love, philosophers slay zombies and gaming groups break up? The geek comedy music stylings of Rock/Paper/Cynic answer the questions nobody's asking.

Sunday - September 27

Edmonton Kendo & Naginata Club
Room: Outdoor
Time: 10:00AM - 11:45AM

Kendo, Naginata, and Iiado are modern Japanese martial arts using a variety of blades, suitable for all ages and all skill levels. Learn about them with members of the Edmonton Kendo & Naginata Club!

Spotlight on Brett Breeding
Room: Room 102-103
Time: 10:45AM - 11:30AM

A longtime comic inker for Avengers, Thor and several Superman titles, Brett has also done artwork for licensed products of our favorite characters. Join him for an in-depth look at his history in comics, current work on digital titles, and his interest in wildlife photography!

Table Top RPGs For Beginners
Room: Room 108
Time: 11:00AM - 11:45AM

Have you ever played Dungeons and Dragons before? Want to? Come learn from Game Masters with over two decades of experience and check off another box in your nerd cred score card.

Grimm
Room: Room 105-106
Time: 11:15AM - 12:00PM

Fans of monsters, magic, and more, check out this Grimm panel featuring Grimm stars David Giuntoli, Bitsie Tulloch, and Sasha Roiz!

Teen's Talk- The Walking Dead
Room: Room 101
Time: 11:15AM - 12:00PM

Ever thought you were too young to talk about The Walking Dead? Fear no more this group of teens will discuss everything about both the comic and TV series based around this fandom. Q & A style no need to be afraid there’s no dead inside.

Democracy means…?
Room: Gallery Room H1
Time: 11:15AM - 12:45PM

Same thing every four years or so… the streets gets filled with poster calling us to go and vote. However, is democracy all about voting? Is there more to it and what is it? Come be part of cutting edge research studying how democracy transpires through ‘go vote posters’. Limited to 18 year old Canadian citizens. Academic Panelist: Ofer Berenstein

Writing for Comics with Tom DeFalco
Room: Room 104
Time: 11:30AM - 12:15PM

Ever wonder who truly put vision into Spiderman and made him come alive? Look no further! Tom DeFalco is a comics writer and editor for Marvel. His big start and well known association came from Spiderman!

Martial Arts Meets Pop-Culture
Room: Room 107
Time: 11:30AM - 12:15PM

KYEAH! Martial Arts have played a main role in our lives; between movies and books it has become part of us. This panel will cover both Pop-Culture influence and the health aspects of Martial Arts from both a mental and physical perspective.

Community Fan Activism: Edmonton Potterwatch
Room: Room 109
Time: 11:30AM - 12:15PM

Explore how Harry Potter and similar fandoms create community-minded activists and find out how Edmonton Potterwatch is impacting the local community.

From Smurfs to Smut: Franco-Belgian Comics
Room: Room 102-103
Time: 11:45AM - 12:30PM

The evolution of Franco-Belgian comics focusing on the now legendary character Natacha as she evolved from nice to naughty in context of social and cultural change in the Western world. Profusely illustrated. Academic Panelist: Gary Kelly

Maki(Ng) Cool Superhero Science Demonstrations Fun!
Room: Kids Zone Stage
Time: 11:45AM - 12:30PM

Would you like to have superpowers? What is the science behind it and how is it filmed? Join Michael as he performs eye-catching science demonstrations on stage, inspiring unforgettable learning experiences of imagination and making science fun.

One 10 RC Drift
Room: Outdoor
Time: 11:45AM - 12:45PM

One 10 RC Drift is a family oriented club of enthusiasts dedicated to radio controlled drifting. We offer a fun and safe place where kids and adults can come learn to drift their favorite remote controlled cars.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Room: Hall D
Time: 12:00PM - 12:45PM

One of Whedon's biggest triumphs: Buffy the Vampire Slayer has become a pop culture staple since its debut in 1997. Take a seat and listen to Eliza Dushku, James Marsters, and Amber Benson as they reflect on this ground breaking series.

"The Brick Strikes Back" - Lego Revival, Coming Out of the Dark Ages
Room: Room 108
Time: 12:00PM - 12:45PM

Have a passion for LEGO? Whether it be building unique creations or amassing large collections, we see little plastic bricks as more than just toys; to us, Lego is a means of both expressing our creativity and satisfying our desire to build the next great masterpiece or maybe its just our midlife crisis.

Publishing Secrets with Renegade Arts Entertainment
Room: Room 101
Time: 12:15PM - 1:00PM

An in depth look at the comic publishing industry with expert commentary from Alexander Finbow of Renegade Arts Entertainment. Also featuring insights from other industry veterans.

Spotlight on Natalia Tena
Room: Room 105-106
Time: 12:30PM - 1:15PM

From Harry Potter to Game of Thrones, Natalia Tena has been in her share of fandom's favorite franchises. Take a seat and hear about what it's like to be Tonks, Osha, and more!

Spotlight on Kevin Eastman
Room: Room 104
Time: 12:30PM - 1:15PM

Co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kevin Eastman’s also helped in the fight for creator rights with Tundra Publishing and was involved with Heavy Metal magazine. He is currently working on the latest incarnation of the Turtles with IDW.

Breaking Into the Video Games Industry
Room: Room 107
Time: 12:30PM - 1:15PM

You’ve been to school (or maybe you haven’t). Now what? Learn more about ways you can get noticed by talent scouts and how to break into the video games industry.

The 404s Present: Improv Against Humanity III
Room: Room 109
Time: 12:30PM - 1:15PM

The 404s are bringing the laughs with their take on the popular party game Cards Against Humanity. Come join The 404s as they take your suggestions and cards from the deck to create Improv gold.

The Hunger Games: Starving for Truth
Room: Room 102-103
Time: 12:45PM - 1:30PM

Understanding the themes of social responsibility in The Hunger Games series. Increase your awareness of oppression and decide how to take action against it. Academic Panelist: Amy Rederburg

Quidditch Learn to Play
Room: Outdoor
Time: 12:45PM - 2:45PM

Curious about the fastest-growing sport in Alberta? Come learn how to be a chaser, keeper, beater, seeker, or even a snitch at this learn-to-play quidditch session. Ideal for ages 8 through adult, and very beginner focused.

Copyright and Creativity Social Lab
Room: Gallery Room H1
Time: 1:00PM - 2:30PM

We are university researchers studying young creators' attitudes to copyright. We are looking for volunteers age 18-24 to take part in a confidential 90-minute focus group discussion. Participants will receive a free book. Academic Panelists: Catherine Burwell & Tom Miller

Cosplay Masters
Room: Hall D
Time: 1:15PM - 2:00PM

Join some of the world's best cosplayers to find out a few tips and tricks of the trade! This panel will feature Ivy Doomkitty, Monika Lee, Nathan DeLuca, Riddle, and Jessica Nigri.

Let’s Get Serious – Changing the Rational of Programming in Fan Conventions
Room: Room 101
Time: 1:15PM - 2:00PM

Interested in how conventions are put together? Have they always looked this way? Take a look at how conventions have changed and the evolution of content driven programming. Academic Panelist: Ofer Berenstein

The Horrors & Joys of Horror Fiction Writing
Room: Room 108
Time: 1:15PM - 2:00PM

Have you ever wondered what results when indie authors self-publish? Indie Horror and Dark Fantasy authors Erika Knudsen and Matthew Gillies share on writing, editing, publishing and marketing self-published novels.

Bob Camp's Favourite Ren and Stimpy Episode
Room: Room 104
Time: 1:30PM - 2:15PM

Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen! Come and ask Bob Camp about his FAVOURITE Ren & Stimpy episodes, the amazing storylines, and the best moments from all 54 episodes of this award-winning comedic cartoon series!

Portfolio Review with Robert Atkins
Room: Room 107
Time: 1:30PM - 2:15PM

Ever wonder what to include in your portfolio when applying for professional comic work? Join Robert Atkins, a penciler, inker, and colourist within the comic industry, for a Portfolio Review panel that will discuss what to include and why.

Writing 101: Finding Your (Narrative) Voice
Room: Room 109
Time: 1:30PM - 2:15PM

Veteran authors discuss the choices they’ve made in writing stories, novels, comics, and video games before answering your questions on how to choose the right voice.

Spotlight on Sebastian Roche
Room: Room 105-106
Time: 1:45PM - 2:30PM

Fluent in four languages and starring in some of pop culture's most memorable roles, Sebastian Roche has a lot to talk about. Don't miss this informative and entertaining panel from the man behind Balthazar, Mikael Mikaelson, and more.

Fury Road, Road of the Furies
Room: Room 102-103
Time: 1:45PM - 2:30PM

Heroic ages occur after the fall of empires, birthing tales like Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Contrasting ancient epics with Mad Max: Fury Road, Mike Perschon investigates how Furiosa and her warrior women reveal modern visions of heroism.

Destination: Mars!
Room: Kids Zone Stage
Time: 1:45PM - 2:30PM

U. Alberta astronomer Erik Rosolowsky will lead a discussion about what it takes to start a base on another planet. Where should humans go next?

yegDND: The story behind "The Greatest Story Ever Told"
Room: Room 101
Time: 2:15PM - 3:00PM

One man dreamt of a “Giant D20”; this is how DND and improve all began. yegDND have overcome many dragons to reach thousands of audience members; now they will discuss the ins and outs of fantasy improve and how it all began. One day not so long ago…

Science Fiction or Science Fact? Science Applications in the Real World
Room: Room 108
Time: 2:15PM - 3:00PM

Super computers, 3D printers, Invisibility cloaks what will science discover next? Many of our technologic revelation have been due to SciFi franchises; explore the fandoms and how we apply what we learned in the real world.

Spotlight on B.J. Britt
Room: Hall D
Time: 2:30PM - 3:15PM

In keeping with the MCU tradition, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has become an instant hit among fans. Join B.J. Britt to hear about life on the set of this hit series.

The Marvel Bullpen
Room: Room 104
Time: 2:30PM - 3:15PM

The Marvel Bullpin has generated some of the most iconic characters in popular culture and some of the most beloved comic stories of all time. Join former Marvel Editor-in-Chief Tom DeFalco and Bronze Age staple Steve Englehart for insight into how Marvel`s iconic stories came to life.

Dinner with Mr. Darcy
Room: Room 107
Time: 2:30PM - 3:15PM

Learn all about the food of Jane Austen's world. From pound cake to white soup, we have you covered. Plus, learn about food across different social classes. All are welcome, from casual movie lovers to enthusiastic Janeites.

Indie Author Publishing
Room: Room 109
Time: 2:30PM - 3:15PM

Ever wanted to publish a book? Not sure how things will go? Adam Dreece speaks about his past 18 months on the Indie Author Publishing scene. The in’s and out’s on how he wrote and published four books in that time.

The Steampunk Sport of Parasol Duelling
Room: Room 102-103
Time: 2:45PM - 3:30PM

Join the Elegant Ladies Madame Saffron Hemlock's Parasol Duelling League as we demonstrate the elegant and exciting sport of Parasol Duelling as practiced during the reign of Queen Victoria.

Democracy means…?
Room: Gallery Room H1
Time: 2:45PM - 4:15PM

Same thing every four years or so… the streets gets filled with poster calling us to go and vote. However, is democracy all about voting? Is there more to it and what is it? Come be part of cutting edge research studying how democracy transpires through ‘go vote posters’. Limited to 18 year old Canadian citizens. Academic Panelist: Ofer Berenstein

Maki(Ng) Cool Superhero Science Demonstrations Fun!
Room: Kids Zone Stage
Time: 2:45PM - 3:30PM

Would you like to have superpowers? What is the science behind it and how is it filmed? Join Michael as he performs eye-catching science demonstrations on stage, inspiring unforgettable learning experiences of imagination and making science fun.

Edmonton Kendo & Naginata Club
Room: Outdoor
Time: 2:45PM - 3:45PM

Kendo, Naginata, and Iiado are modern Japanese martial arts using a variety of blades, suitable for all ages and all skill levels. Learn about them with members of the Edmonton Kendo & Naginata Club!

Spotlight on Brian O'Halloran
Room: Room 105-106
Time: 3:00PM - 3:45PM

He's not even supposed to be here today! Well, actually he is. What a better way to celebrate the Clerks franchise in anticipation of Clerks III than checking out Brian O'Halloran in this entertaining panel.

From Sounds to Sentences: How to Create a Language
Room: Room 101
Time: 3:15PM - 4:00PM

Ever wonder what goes into creating a fictional language? Come learn how a few basic linguistic principles and a little creativity can be used to enhance any setting with a unique, authentic language. Academic Panelists: Joey Windsor & Corey Telfer

Spotlight on Gail Simone
Room: Room 104
Time: 3:30PM - 4:15PM

Gail is known for DC's Birds of Prey, Secret Six, Deadpool, Wonder Woman, Batgirl and many more. She is one of the most critically acclaimed, popular and influential women in the industry. She can currently be found doing Red Sonja with Dynamite Entertainment.

How To Start Your Career in The Alberta Film Industry
Room: Room 107
Time: 3:30PM - 4:15PM

A crash course in starting your career in the Alberta Film & Television Industry. Meet some of Alberta's best filmmakers and learn how you can make your film dreams come true!

The Revolution Will Be Written: Fan Fiction 101
Room: Room 109
Time: 3:30PM - 4:15PM

This panel will introduce the basics of fan fiction and show how fans interact with the source texts, engage with political and social issues, and collaborate with other fans to build communities.

Spotlight on Jenna Coleman
Room: Hall D
Time: 3:45PM - 4:30PM

Doctor Who has become a sci-fi phenomenon with an incredibly passionate fan base. Jenna Coleman will be taking to the stage to talk about her role on this iconic series, and to answer some of your must-ask questions.

Force Start Presents: Epic Reading of Harry Potter 1
Room: Room 102-103
Time: 3:45PM - 5:15PM

Attention Harry Potter Fans: Come see this epic live reading of the movie that started it all. It will be a BLAST. (90 min)

The Steampunk Sport of Parasol Duelling - Outdoor Demo
Room: Outdoor
Time: 3:45PM - 4:45PM

Join the Elegant Ladies Madame Saffron Hemlock's Parasol Duelling League as we demonstrate the elegant and exciting sport of Parasol Duelling as practiced during the reign of Queen Victoria.

Building a Better Jurassic Park
Room: Room 108
Time: 4:00PM - 4:45PM

Is an island resort filled with caged dinosaurs a good or a very bad idea? From containing raptors to curing sick Triceratops, paleontologist Scott Persons explores how an actual dinosaur zoo could be brought to life... with a minimum of casualties.

Spotlight on Michael Dorn
Room: Room 105-106
Time: 4:15PM - 5:00PM

Star Trek: TNG, Star Trek: DS9, Gargoyels, Castle, Ted 2, and the list goes on. Join pop culture favorite Michael Dorn for 45 minutes of stories, questions, and answers.

Space Travel: Reality vs Sci-Fi
Room: Room 101
Time: 4:15PM - 5:00PM

Join research scientists from the University of Calgary as they look at the history of space travel and compare it to the development of space travel in sci-fi.

Real Science, Fake Worlds: Zombies
Room: Room 104
Time: 4:30PM - 5:15PM

Ever wonder how a zombie plague might work? Could a zombie survive the harsh Canadian winter? Have your questions about the theoretical zombie apocalypse answered by real-life microbiologists, epidemiologists, and other scientists! Academic Panelists: Aaron Lucko, Caroline Corbett, Domonique Carson and Patrick Leslie

10 Years of Supernatural
Room: Room 107
Time: 4:30PM - 5:15PM

Join us to discuss the 10 year anniversary of Supernatural. Why do we keep coming back to the adventures of the Winchester brothers? What can other shows learn from the longevity of Supernatural?

The Alien Trilogy as Version and Subversion of Beowulf
Room: Room 109
Time: 4:30PM - 5:15PM

In this presentation, Mike Perschon explores the unintentional intertextual correspondences between Alien, Aliens, and Alien 3 and the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf.

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