I’m excited for the next stop on my convention tour around the United States. Starting on Friday is the Ohio Comic Con in Columbus. Previous known as the Mid-Ohio Con, I’m looking forward to not only visiting the city for the first time but meeting some awesome Ohio-an (?) nerds. The Captain himself, William Shatner will be there to send this convention into warp speed. Here is my moderation schedule with some familiar and new panels in the mix- with a surprise or two that I can’t mention just yet.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th
4:00 – 4:45PM THE SECRETS TO UNLOCKING CREATIVITY
As an artist, writer, actor, musician or creator, there is nothing more challenging than the development of the creative process. Is art birthed from the spontaneous or is it a result of a carefully crafted rhythm and structure? In this panel, artist Dave Aikins (SpongeBob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer) artist/director Rob Prior (Heavy Metal; Spawn the Impaler) and writer/artist Thom Zahler (Love and Capes) describe how to overcome creative obstacles, how to problem solve, and what are the keys to unleashing creativity. Moderated by Tony Kim (ROOM E161)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st
12:00 – 12:45PM DOCTOR WHO: 50TH ANNIVERSARY FAN PANEL
Join us for a wibbly wobbly time as ‘Whovians’ gather to celebrate 50 years of adventures with our favorite Time Lord. An amazing panel of Ohio Who experts will lead a discussion about the significance of this past 5 decades, the end of the Matt Smith era, and thoughts on the new Doctor- Peter Capaldi. Come bring your questions/comments and join in on the conversation! (TERRACE BALLROOM / SECOND FLOOR)
3:00 – 3:45PM WONDER WOMEN OF THE 21ST CENTURY
We couldn’t imagine our favorite comic book, TV show, or film without our beloved super heroines, however the journey for them has not been easy. Whether it’s cultural barriers or societal sexism, super women have had to fight more than just crime in order to survive. Come join artist Humberto Ramos (Amazing Spider-Man; Impulse; Crimson,) The “Pop Culture Professor” Dr. Rebecca Housel and discuss the challenges and obstacles of creating relevant female protagonists in today’s male dominated industries. Moderated by Tony Kim (ROOM E170)
5:00 –6:30PM GEEK GIRLS VS NERD BOYS
Join this battle of the sexes as geek girls square off against nerd boys for universal supremacy. Not only will this be filled with all kinds of fun nerd trivia, but interwoven will be a relevant discussion about gender in comics and pop culture. What defines a geek girl? Do girls read comics? What about the lack of female creators in comics, TV, and film? This 90 minute panel will be crazy, funny, and very poignant. (ROOM E161)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd
11:30 – 12:15PM BATTLE FOR MULTICULTURAL HEROES
The pop culture explosion through gaming, comics, TV, and film has opened up new opportunities for cultural diversity; however, many obstacles still exists. In this humorous but poignant discussion, diverse geek experts will discuss breaking ethnic stereotypes and what changes need to happen for us to boldly go into the future. Moderated by Tony Kim (ROOM E170)
Check out the complete listing of panels at the Ohio Comic Con homepage. See you in Columbus!