2:00 PM | Location: Sooner B

Anti-Heroes and Why We Love Them

Killmonger, Homelander, Deadpool—the entire Doom Patrol and Suicide Squad. What makes one a villain and another an antihero? While superheroes dominate the landscape, there’s a growing trend of fan affection for the not-so-straight shooters of the super squad. Why are antiheroic characters so popular, and how is this shaping pop-culture storytelling?

Moderator: ET Wardwell

Panelists: ET Wardwell, Sherri Dean, John Eads, Tim Frayser

Tracks: Film & TV, Comics, Cosplay, Writing & Publishing, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Gaming

Noon | Location: Boomer B

How to Design a New Creature

Designing vampires, werewolves, and other mythological creatures. Which parts should be incorporated into our own renderings and artworks? What new traits can be added, while still making them recognizable? How do we avoid derivative or stale monsters? Let’s make monsters terrifying again!

Moderator: Mike Kennedy

Panelists: Mike Kennedy, Mitzi Bartlett, Lyde Van Hoy

Tracks: Art, Writing & Publishing, Supernatural & Paranormal, Horror, Fantasy, Comics

4:00 PM | Location: Sooner B

I Can See a Trope from My Backyard!

Tropes are comfortable standbys for storytelling. But sometimes the cringe factor outweighs the narrative need. When's a trope welcome, and what do we really need to start leaving behind?

Moderator: A. Lee Martinez

Panelists: A. Lee Martinez, Aaron Bossig, Mark Finn, Sally Hamilton, Rook Riley, Tommy B. Smith

Tracks: Pop Culture & Entertainment, Film & TV, Gaming, Writing & Publishing, Comics

2:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Bedlam 1 Boardroom

Sticking the Landing: Superhero Drawing

Comic artist Johnnie Johnson invites you to bring your sketchpad or drawing tablet and learn some live tips for drawing an epic superhero landing pose. (1 hour. Limit 14 participants.)

Moderator: Johnnie Johnson

Panelists: Johnnie Johnson

Tracks: Art, Comics

Noon | Location: Boomer B

70s Sci-Fi and Fantasy

The 70s brought lasting franchises to the big screen and small, some still going strong! Alien, Superman, Star Wars, Wonder Woman, Westworld, Battlestar Galactica, the list goes on! Can you define the 70s’ “certain something”?

Moderator: Matthew Price

Panelists: Matthew Price, Mark Alfred, James Hollaman, Ethan Nahté, Sue Sinor, ET Wardwell

Tracks: Fantasy, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Science Fiction, Fandoms, Comics

2:00 PM | Location: Sooner A

Comic Book History 101

A (brief) history of the hundred years of comic books, from the Golden Age to the Modern Age. What's worth reading today?

Moderator: Alan J Porter

Panelists: Alan J Porter, Tim Frayser, Sally Hamilton, Chaz Kemp, Matthew Price, ET Wardwell

Tracks: History, Comics

Noon | Location: Embassy Hotel: Crimson Meeting Room

Dynamic Figure Drawing with JEO Creations

Bring your sketchpad and join us for a lesson on constructing and composing figures in dynamic poses! Learn the basics of constructing figures utilizing proportion and composition. Attendees will learn about its history from the great masters of art and comics. Join Eric Osborn (“We Promised Utopia,” “Hiro Doggie: Space Corgi,” Enigma Machine,” Literati Press Art Director) for a lecture and live demo on dynamic drawing techniques! For more information on the artist, go to (1 hour. Limit 28 participants.)

Moderator: Eric Osborn

Panelists: Eric Osborn

Tracks: Comics, Art, Workshop

2:00 PM | Location: Boomer A

Mythology Art 101

Unicorns and griffins and dragons – oh my! Learn simple design and illustration techniques to bring your favorite mythological creatures to life on paper and screen.

Moderator: Jan S. Gephardt

Panelists: Jan S. Gephardt, Mitzi Bartlett, Peri Charlifu, Teddy Harvia, Rachael Mayo

Tracks: Art, Fantasy, Comics

10:00 AM | Location: Oklahoma HIJ

Superhero School

New World Comics presents Avengers Assembled, featuring MCU and comic-book favorites. Learn about your favorite Avengers! Ask them about their adventures and take time for pictures.

Moderator: Buck Berlin

Panelists: Buck Berlin, La Blanke, Hazel Conley

Tracks: Cosplay, Performing Arts, Comics

4:00 PM | Location: Sooner A

The Hero's New Reality

The Hero's Journey, one of the most appealing narrative structures, takes a person from the ordinary to extraordinary then back again. How do these steps define a hero? How do our encounters with fictional heroes shape our worldviews when we face similar challenges IRL?

Moderator: Dara Fogel, PhD

Panelists: Dara Fogel, PhD, Pigeon, Alan J Porter, Selina Rosen, Bradley H Sinor

Tracks: Cosplay, Writing & Publishing, Gaming, Comics, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Film & TV

1:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma A1

Build Your Own Comic-Book Hero/Villain

Join the fun—help cast a villain or hero in the next big comic book. We'll create a superhero or supervillain in under an hour. (Supplies provided. Kid-friendly.)

Moderator: Jerry Bennett

Panelists: Jerry Bennett, Chaz Kemp, Mike Kennedy

Tracks: Art, Kids, Comics

3:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma A1

Cartooning for Kids

WingNuts cartoonist Teddy Harvia shares his line-art tricks for youth-aged funnies makers of all ages. Drawing supplies provided.

Moderator: Teddy Harvia

Panelists: Teddy Harvia

Tracks: Kids, Comics, Art

Noon | Location: Boomer B

Commission Work: The Joys, Pitfalls and Just Plain Weirdness!

Seasoned artists share their tips to make commission transactions smoother or less painful as you're getting started in the art business. Learn how to place an order so both the artist and the buyer end up happy.

Moderator: Daniel Erickson

Panelists: Daniel Erickson, Mitzi Bartlett, Johnnie Johnson, Elizabeth Leggett, Harold Neal, Eric Osborn

Tracks: Business & Marketing, Comics, Art