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Panels & Presentations


2023 Special Events:

Friday, August 11th; 9pm - 10:30pm - Comedy Night at The Gaslight (35 Main St.)

with Emily Flake, Hilary Campbell Fitzgerald, Billy Kelly, and Victor Varnado!  

No cover charge!  Must be 21+.


Saturday, August 12, 6:45 pm  "Creating Cartoons" Screening and Talkback with Former Simpsons Producer and Writer Larry Doyle at the Arcadia Theatre!

Presentation Location Codes:

ART - Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center, 134 Main St.

AT - Arcadia Theater, 50 Main St.

DC - Deane Center, 104 Main St. - Comic Con Wristband required

DCL - Deane Center Lawn

LIB - Green Free Library, 134 Main St.

Our Q&A - style panels this year will give you the chance to not only hear from, but directly interact with published artists and authors, publishers, actors, collectors, and more!


9:30am - 10:00am Opening conversation with Frank Sasso and former Marvel Art Director Darren Auck - Where Are we Going? - DCL

10:15am - 11:00am “Kickstarting and Self-Publishing Q&A with Jason Lenox, Joe St Pierre DC 2nd Floor Room A


11:00am - 11:45am Kids Comedy Show with Grammy-Nominated Comedian Billy Kelly - DCL


11:15am - 12:00pm Game Design: Adapting a World Q&A with Dan Hundycz and Patrick Thomas - DC 2nd Floor Room B


11:30am - 12:15pm Inventing, Props, and Costumes Q&A with Thomas Ask, Mary Herndon and Katheryn Juarez- ART  

Take a tour of inventiveness with designer, model maker, and artist Tom Ask. Tom will present ideas on how to merge inventing with model making. Tom will also be joined by his students Mary Hendon and Katheryn Juarez who will discuss the approaches to costume and prop design. 


12:00pm - 12:15pm Mindfulness Workshop with "Human Heroes" founder and "American Ninja Warrior" Contestant Parker Hurley - GRN - located at the "Human Heroes" booth

In this 15-minute workshop, we’ll go through a quick mindfulness exercise to bring you back to center. This simple exercise can be used anywhere at any time whenever you’re feeling stressed out or overwhelmed. By paying attention to our five senses, one at a time, we’ll come back to a grounded place in our body and mind. Practice regularly and you can even tap into your own ‘Spider-sense!’ 

12:00pm - 12:45pm Spidey and Me Presentation by Bruce Wechtenhiser - DC 2nd Floor Room A

The “Spidey and Me” presentation showcases one man’s obsession, connection, & immersion into all things "Spidey" these past 55 years! Bruce Wechtenhiser's collection and "stories" have been featured in various media over the past few years, captivating people with his passion and insight. Experience his emotional connection to the character (the hallmark of his collection) through stories (including interactions with comic book greats Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, & John Romita), photos, & rare items he brings for YOU to see! Get caught in the web of his love for Spidey! 


1:00pm - 1:45pm Talking Cartoons Conversation with Larry Doyle and Emily Flake DC 2nd Floor Room B


2:00pm - 2:45pm Storyboarding - Visualizing Ideas and Concepts Q&A with Mary Herndon and Katheryn Juarez - DC 2nd Floor Room A


2:00pm - 2:45pm Are you Ready to Publish? Presentation by John Shableski LIB

Welcome to the world of publishing!  You have a story and you'd like to get published, what are things you need to know about getting your story out into the world?  For every hour of the day there are hundreds of new titles getting published.  How does your story stand out?  What will you do to help people find it?  How does traditional retail work?  How do Libraries and Schools buy books and why should you care?


2:00pm - 2:45pm Costume Stroll and Photo Ops Meet on DCL for photo ops around town in Cosplay

3:00pm - 4:00pm Cosplay Contest and Scavenger Hunt Prizes DCL

4:00pm - 4:45pm So You Want to Act? Q&A with Charlie Schlatter and Brandon T Snider DC 2nd Floor Room A


6:45pm “Creating Cartoons” Screening and Talk-Back with Former Simpsons Producer Larry Doyle AT - Separately Tickets Event; see above for details




11:45am Sunday Kickoff with Charlie Schlatter - DL


12:15pm - 1:00pm Costumes to Couture: Form, Foam, and Function Q&A with Christine A Moore, Amazon Phenomenon, Mary Herndon, and Katheryn Juarez DC Floor 2 Room A


12:00pm - 12:15pm Animal Flow Workshop with Human Heroes founder and American Ninja Warrior Contestant Parker Hurley - GRN - located at Human Heroes Booth

In this 15-minute workshop, we’ll move like some of your favorite animals - gorilla, monkey, panther, and alligator to name a few! Movements are a combination of stretching and body-weight exercises. No experience is required - just an understanding of your own physical body and a desire to have fun!


1:00pm - 2:00pm Sidewalk Chalk Demo with Kathleen Duffy - DCL

1:00pm - 1:45pm Covers vs Stories: Artists’ Approaches Q&A with, Khoi Pham, and Darren Auck DC 2nd Floor Room B


2:00pm - 2:45pm Editing: Publisher & Creator Viewpoints Q&A with “A Kid and A Comic,” Christopher Ring, and Alex Segura - LIB

2:00pm - 2:45pm Costume Stroll and Photo Ops Meet on DCL


2:00pm - 4:00pm Exhibit Reception Josh Crane, “Post Its” (pen and ink), and Lillian Mickey Hard “Retrospective” (paintings) ART


2:00pm - 2:45pm Breathing Life Into Fictional Characters Conversation with Frank Sasso and Charlie Schlatter DC 2nd Floor Room A

3:00pm - 4:00pm Cosplay Contest and Scavenger Hunt Prizes DCL

4:00pm - 4:45pm EVEN MORE Spidey and Me Presentation by Bruce Wechtenhiser - DC 2nd Floor Room A 

The “Even MORE Spidey and Me” presentation is the chance for Bruce Wechtenhiser (one of the world’s biggest Spider-Man fans) to tell even MORE stories of connecting with Spider-Man over the past 55 years! This presentation starts off with a super fast recap of the original Spidey And Me presentation.  More emotions!  More memorabilia!  More SPIDEY goodness! 

Take a spin on the ultimate sequel!

Check out more creators who will be at the Con here:

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