Con season begins! Oregon nerds, I’m returning back to one of my favorite cities for Portland Comic Con this Friday thru Sunday! Hosted by Wizard World, I am honored to be moderating some great panels. Besides my own personal social channels, you can also catch me on CONtv‘s Periscope and Facebook LIVE during the weekend. They will be making the content available from the show on Sunday by 3p. Sign up and check it out! Here are the panels I will be hosting:
7:00-7:45PM MARVEL VS DC: THE DAWN OF NERDOM (B110)
Nothing has done more to bring our fandom to mainstream than the Marvel and DC films. However, not all films are created equal. Join profession nerds as they compare and contrast decades of great (and not so great) TV shows and films from our favorite caped crusaders. This is must for superhero cinephile of the Marvel and DC universe.
1:00-1:45PM MEETING THE COMPANIONS: ARTHUR DARVILL & ALEX KINGSTON (OREGON BALLROOM 201)
Companions with a connection, Doctor Who’s Rory Williams & River Song, Arthur Darvill (Legends of Tomorrow) and Alex Kingston (Arrow), sit down to discuss how the Doctor has changed their lives, their connections to the DC Extended Universe, the importance of stage acting, and whatever questions you may have in this fan-oriented Q&A.
2:30-3:15PM EVERYTHING’S SHINY, CAP’N: JEWEL STAITE (OREGON BALLROOM 204)
Viewers of the cult-favorite Firefly know Kaylee Frye as being the optimistic, sweet member of the crew. How does Jewel Staite compare to her beloved character? Come to this Q&A, ask your questions about Firefly, Wonderfalls, the Killing or her other roles, and find out for yourself (spoiler: she’s just as sweet!)
4:30-5:15PM STAR WARS FAN PANEL (C123)
There has been an awakening… can you feel it? The future of fandom has irrevocably been changed with the release of The Force Awakens. Join professional nerds as we discuss 4 decades of Star Wars, challenge the audience in trivia, and speculation on what the future of the Star Wars universe. Hosted by Tony Kim (@Crazy4ComicCon.com)
5:15-6:00PM THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU: MATT SMITH (OREGON BALLROOM 201)
English TV actor, thespian and film director, Matt Smith, is joining Wizard World for an inside look into his journey as actor. Best known for his portrayal of the wibbly-wobbly Doctor in the BBC’s Doctor Who, Matt Smith has not only left his indelible mark on the 50-year-old legacy, but also taught us that bow ties and fish sticks with custard are cool. Smith began carrying the mantel of Time Lord back in 2009 as the youngest Doctor in the show’s history, and just retired his sonic screwdriver during the sentimental and heartfelt Christmas Special episode this past December. Join us for this discussion with Matt Smith as he shares his favorite memories of traveling through time, his growth as an actor over the past 4 years, and how being the iconic Doctor has changed his life.
12:30-1:15PM “I’M NOT A SIDEKICK…” A DIVERSITY IN POP CULTURE DISCUSSION (B110)
The pop culture explosion through comics, TV and film has opened up new opportunities for cultural diversity; however, many obstacles still exist. In this humorous but poignant discussion, diverse geek experts discuss breaking ethnic stereotypes, current casting decisions and what changes need to happen for us to boldly go into the future.