Fandom Fest 2016 - Schedule of Events


You tube Star Q&A - Main Stage
Time: 8:00pm - 8:30pm



Su Wan, Brashtar: Creating the Languages of Far Cry Primal - Panel Room A (C101)
Hosting: Andrew Byrd, Breanna Byrd
Time: 10:00am - 10:30am

In this panel, we will explain in detail our incredible journey back in time with Ubisoft's game "Far Cry Primal." We will describe the process of creating two entire languages based off of Proto-Indo-European (the source of languages such as English, Spanish, and Russian), how we trained the actors and worked with the directors and writers off and on set, and what we hope this exposure means for the field of historical linguistics. Additionally, there will be a short lesson in Wenja (the main language of the game) as well as a scene reenactment to show the filming process.


DC V.S. Marvel Round Three - Panel Room B (C104)
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am


Agent Carter and Dieselpunk TV - Panel Room (C107)
Hosting: John Pyka, Lynn Bryant
Time: 10:00am - 10:30am

Agent Carter and Dieselpunk on TV – a panel discussion about the Agent Carter TV series, why it is Dieselpunk and why it is important. Discussion of previous episodes and seasons, plus speculation about the future of the franchise.


Cosplay on a Budget/Cosplay 101 - Panel Room (C102)
Hosting: Crystal Edwards, Adrienne Zibart
Time: 10:00am - 10:30am

Whether you're just starting out, or looking to learn new methods with cost efficiency, We're here to help! From your first costume to Armour making on a budget, Join Wakarimasen and Dollface Cosplay for a 1 hour run down on the in and outs of Cosplay and getting the ball rolling!


Con-versations: Meeting your fellow con goers - Panel Room (C111)
Hosting: Steve Conquergood
Time: 10:00am - 10:30am

A panel to meet and interact with fellow con goers. Set up similar to speed dating, the panel is designed to introduce like minded individuals and establish social interactions. A short introduction will be followed by pairing people up for short interval (~5 min) meetings before swapping places. Works well with both PG-13 and R crowds.


Let's Speedrun Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Sega Saturn)!- Panel Room A (C101)
Hosting: Patrick Lankert
Time: 11:00am - 11:30am

Last year I preformed a speedrun of SotN at Fandomfest. This year I will be bringing a double-feature event. The Sega Saturn version of the game contains a completely different run of the game, as well as a Saturn exclusive character, Maria, with which I will perform a second full run of the game! All in under an hour. SotN is one of the original speedrun games, and is well beloved by fans.


Dieselpunk 101 - Panel Room (C107)
Hosting: John Pyka, Lynn Bryant
Time: 11:00am - 11:30am

Dieselpunk 101 – This is a performance panel featuring John Pyka as “Big Daddy Cool” Johnny Dellarocca. John is the producer and host of THE Dieselpunk Podcast, The Diesel Powered Podcast. He is also a 30 year professional live entertainer specializing in Dieselpunk magic, music and variety. In this interactive panel, Johnny opens with a signature performance of Minnie The Moocher (as BDC) then walks the audience through Dieselpunk, followed by Q&A from the audience. The panel concludes with with a magical performance of Mack the Knife by “Big Daddy Cool” to demonstrate Dieselpunk in practice as a fusion genre.


Pulp Productions - Panel Room (C102)
Hosting: Brian Naydol, Aariela Steele
Time: 11:00am - 11:30am

We would like to discuss independent film making and talk about the film we are working on now and will be working on then.


Horror for Juveniles (Goosebumps, Fear Street and more!) - Panel Room B (C104)
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm


Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Speedrun/Glitch Exhibition - Panel Room A (C101)
Time: 12:00pm - 12:30pm


Anthony Michael Hall Q&A - Panel Room (C105/108)
Time: 12:00pm - 12:30pm

Ask Quran - Panel Room (C102)
Hosting: Amanda Miles, Elyssa Warner
Time: 12:00pm - 12:30pm

In Ask Ouran! convention guests will have the opportunity to ask the Ouran High School Host Club their most burning questions, and receive the most delightful answers.


Z Nation Q&A - Panel Room (C103)
Time: 12:00pm - 12:30pm


Pixel Brain Presents: Bagged and Bored The Series - Panel Room A (C101)
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm

"Bagged and Bored is a comedy web series filmed in Louisville Kentucky, and shot on location at The Destination comic book store in St. Matthews! The show follows the retail mis-adventures of store owner Kent Carney and his off beat staff, as they try to keep their business afloat while dealing with crazy customers, sinister podcasters, business rivals, pog warriors, and more! Catch 3 hilarious episodes from their first season followed by a Q&A with members of the cast and crew!" 

Godzilla: From manga, to comics and beyond - Panel Room B (C104)
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm


Chucky Q&A - Panel Room (C105/C108)
Time: 1:00pm - 1:30pm


Jim Parrack / Suicide Squad and True Blood - Panel Room (C103)
Time: 1:00pm - 1:30pm

Shipping Wars - Panel Room (C111)
Hosting: Amanda Miles
Time: 1:00pm - 1:30pm

Shipping Wars (AKA My Ship is Better Than Yours) is an opportunity for lovers of all fandoms to discuss their favorite pairings (ships), crackships, as well as ones they absolutely despise.


Belly Dancing - Panel Room (C111)
Time: 2:00pm - 2:30pm


Stan Lee Q&A - Panel Room B (C104/105)
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm


The Star Wars Universe - Panel Room B (C104)
Time: 2:30pm - 3:30pm


Ultraman / Godzilla Q&A - Panel Room (C105/108)
Time: 3:30pm - 5:30pm


C Thomas Howell Q&A - Panel Room (C103)
Time: 3:30pm - 4:00pm


You Tube Stars Meet & Greet - Panel Room A (C101)
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm


Laurel K. Hamilton Author Spotlight (Discussion of Author's Work) - Panel Room B (C104)
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm


Paul Sarvino Q&A - Panel Room (C103)
Time: 4:30pm - 5:00pm


Kent McCord Q&A - Panel Room (C103)
Time: 5:30pm - 6:00pm


Cosplay Contest - Panel Room (C105/108)
Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm


VIP PARTY - Panel Room A (C101) & B (C104)
Time: 7:00pm - 9:30pm


Body Art Show - Panel Room (C105/108)
Time: 7:30pm - 8:30pm


Harry Potter Discussion Forum - Panel Room (C102)
Hositng: Amanda Miles, Emma Scheldorf
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm

During the Harry Potter Discussion, the panelists and audience will discuss various issues raised among the series including but not limited to: implications of the Wizarding World and Magic, Political Issues, and Mythology


Kevin Smith Photo Ops - Panel Room B (104/105)
Time: 7:00pm - 7:30pm


Tales From The Flip-Side: Swingin’ Magic of Big Daddy Cool and Lana LaMoore - Panel Room (C103)
Hosting: Johnny Dellarocca, Lana LaMoore
Time: 8:00pm - 8:30pm

Tales From The Flip-Side: Swingin’ Magic of Big Daddy Cool and Lana LaMoore - Interactive magic, music and comedy revue where the audience becomes the stars! Take a time travel trip back to the Diesel era with Big Daddy Cool & Lana LaMoore as the stories from the novel Tales From The Flip-Side come to life on stage! Imagine what a floor show in the classic supper clubs of the swing and jazz era might look like fused with Dieselpunk magic, music, and dance. Take a pinch of the musical Chicago, add a teaspoon of Cabaret, and a generous portion of Dick Tracy and you are half-way there! Created for grown-up audiences, but still family friendly!


Feel Anonymous - Panel Room (C102)
Hosting: Elyssa Werner, Amanda Miles
Time: 8:30pm - 9:00pm

Have you ever been sad about a show/game that you love and didn’t have anyone to talk to about it? Well this panel is for you. This panel is basically like an AA meeting but with stuff that you are into. What is extra fun about this panel is that if you happen to be cosplaying that day you can talk about your in character feelings. Even though this panel and all people involved will try to create a supportive environment this will not be a good time to share feelings about your own personal life.


Kevin Smith Movie / Q&A - Panel Room B (104/105)
Time: 9:00pm - 12:30am


Tuesdays with Mobot - Forming your own geeky gathering - Panel Room (C102)
Hosting: Tuesdays with Mobot
Time: 9:30pm - 10:00pm

A discussion and Q&A on how to form and sustain a weekly gathering of geeky friends as well as talking about the diversity of the group, what we do each week, food themes, field trips and other things the group does together as we've grown and become like a family. Aaron and Moira Taylor have been hosting such a group for around 10 years. It has continued to grow to a multi-generational group of more than 20 people with a variety of fandoms.
You can find our blog and other info on our page on Facebook as well as Twitter (@mobotblog) and Instagram.


Con-Going for the Brave at Heart (18+) - Panel Room (C107)
Time: 10:00pm - 10:30pm


The Dragon Pit: League After Dark (18+) - Panel Room (C103)
Time: 10:00pm - 10:30pm


Fandom karaoke - Panel Room (102)
Hosting: Elyssa Werner, Amanda Miles
Time: 10:30pm - 11:00pm

Have you ever wanted to sing your heart out to one of your favorite tunes from your favorite tv show, game, or movie? Have you ever wanted to do this in front of a large group of people who are just about as nerdy as you are? Well this is a panel for you!!
Because so many people might participate I would like to ask if all people could narrow down their songs to a time limit of 3 minutes. Please no songs with profanity or inappropriate meanings behind them.


Bad Yaoi (18+) - Panel Room (C107)
Hosting: Elyssa Werner, Tyuk Hightower
Time: 11:00pm - 11:30pm

In this panel about a Fujoshi's (or Fundanshi's) favorite pass time, we will be discussing the bad plotlines, stories, art and the all-around terrible aesthetics that not only the panelists have seen/read but also what the audience themselves have experienced. This panel will also discuss the probable negative effects that some of these series have on the lgbtq+ community. We will also be discussing yaoi culture and how it has developed into what it is today. This won’t be a very information dense panel and allot of the panel will be consumed by a formal/informal forum between the audience and the panelists. The main point of this panel is just to discuss yaoi bad or not bad and how the fans and or the series discussed have affected the world around them.
Warning: this is not a spoiler free panel and there will be a disclaimer about this in the beginning of said panel.


Visual Novels, What were you thinking? (18+) - Panel Room (C103)
Time: 11:00pm - 11:30pm



Kid's Costume Contest - Main Stage
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm


The Cosplays of River Song - Panel Room A (C101)
Time: 11:00am - 11:30am

Journey with River Song cosplayer Always River as she takes you through a timeline of River's more than 20 outfits, exhibits pieces from her personal cosplay collection, and provides tips on how to find both screen-accurate and alternate pieces to build your River Song cosplay. Already a River Song cosplayer or simply a fan of Professor Song? Come join the party - just beware of spoilers!


Veronica Ross Author's Spotlight (Discussion of Author's Works, such as the Divergent Series) - Panel Room (C102)
Time: 11:00am - 11:30am


The World of X-Men - Panel Room (C103)
Time: 11:00am - 11:30am


J.K. Rowling Author's Spotlight (Discussion of Author's Work) - Panel Room (C102)
Time: 11:00am - 11:30am


Dead 7 Q&A - Panel Room B (C104/105)
Time: 11:00am - 11:30am


"I Promise I'm a Geek too" / Women in Fandom - Panel Room A (C101)
Hosting: Amelia Kiefer
Time: 12:00pm - 12:30pm

For budding young fangirls looking for a good laugh and a little empathy. Panelists tell funny stories about times when they had to "defend their geek cred" to fanboys.


Batman V.S. Superman (A chracter discussion) - Panel Room B (C104)
Time: 12:00pm - 12:30pm


Boba Fett Q&A - Panel Room (C105/108)
Time: 12:00pm - 12:30pm


Belly Dancing - Panel Room (C107)
Time: 12:00pm - 12:30pm


Growing Up in Fandom - Panel Room (C102)
Hosting: Amelia Kiefer
Time: 12:00pm - 12:30pm

Family friendly panel that discusses raising children in a geeky household. Panelists will look back fondly on memories and reflect on how it formed them into the geek they are today.


Horror / John Dugan, Casey Hendershot, Danny Hicks - Panel Room (C111)
Time: 12:00pm - 12:30pm


World of Warcraft: In Books, Gaming and Movies
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm


Fandom for the Young at Heart (Rated Teen) - Panel Room A (C101)
Hosting: Amelia Kiefer
Time: 1:00pm - 1:30pm

Have you ever told someone that you're a fan of a show/game/book and been looked at like you're crazy liking something for kids? You are not alone! Come commiserate and laugh with your fellow "too old" geeks. **Strong language may happen in this one.**


Ghostbusters in Several Mediums - Panel Room B (C104)
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm


Supernatural With Colin Ford Q&A - Panel Room (C105/108)
Time: 1:00pm - 1:30pm


Avengers Assemble! - Panel Room (C107)
Hosting: John Pyka, Bryant Lynn
Time: 1:00pm - 1:30pm

Avengers Assemble! – John Pyka, “Big Daddy Cool” credits Star Wars Movies and Avengers Comics for making him who he is today. As the host of Tales From The Geek on Comics Price Guide and now Comixstravaganza on and iTunes, as well as a former moderator and contributor to, John is recognized as an Avengers authority. In this Panel John helps fans dissect the differences between the movie canon and the comics canon and why it matters.


Destiny, Become Legend - Panel Room (C102)
Hosting: Phillip Mudd, Bethany Wheeler
Time: 1:00pm - 1:30pm

We will be discussing Destiny, The Game. Our panel will dive into current state of affairs with the game thus far, speculations on the large expansions yet to come, and our dreams with what Bungie is going to give us for Destiny 2. We will be getting into Raids, Lore, Crucible, and more. Let's show them what we got. Become Legend.


Podcasting 101 - Panel Room (C105/108)
Hosting: John Pyka, Bryant Lynn
Time: 1:30pm - 2:00pm

Podcasting 101 – Few people are as qualified to speak about podcasting as the producer and host of The Diesel Powered Podcast and Comixstravaganza Network. John Pyka has been in the audio and podcasting game for over 13 years! Topics covered include: What is Podcasting? Why Podcasting? The Difference between audio and video casting. How to get started. Hosting and Distribution options. Building an Audience. Monetizing your Podcast. This is a panel/workshop that really gives the audience real-world practical information they can use.

Life of an Author Today - Panel Room A (C101)
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm


Walking Dead Q&A - Panel Room (C105/108)
Time: 2:00pm - 2:30pm


Cosfluff - Panel Room (C107)
Hosting: Elyssa Werner
Time: 2:00pm - 2:30pm

This panel will feature a power point featuring how to be a plus size cosplayer including some tips and tricks of the hobby. A discussion on the positives and the negatives of being a plus size cosplayer will also take place. At the end of the panel people can ask questions about plus size cosplay or even give some look into their own experiences. This is an all ages panel.


Writing Horror - Panel Room (C012)
Time: 2:00pm - 2:30pm


Publishing in the Modern Day
Time: 2:30pm -3:30pm