Cosplay

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

1:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma G

Armor Building Basics

Do you want to make that cool cosplay armor but you don’t know where to begin? This crash course will cover everything you need to know about patterning, tools, materials, and more to get started on your own armor build!

Moderator: Remy Domino

Panelists: Remy Domino, Beku.Cos

Tracks: Cosplay, Maker

4:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Bedlam 2 Boardroom

Body Art 101: Full Coverage Options and Products

Ever wanted to cosplay a colorful character, but had no idea where to start to get realistic-looking blue skin? In this class you will learn about different ways to create full-coverage makeup for cosplay, including mixing your own custom colors, different kinds of body paint and ways to apply them, and airbrushing sweat/transfer-proof, alcohol-based makeup. Your host will go over pricing, sourcing, and removal, as well as an introduction on how to use an airbrush system. (2 hours. Limit 14 participants. $10 fee.)

Moderator: Vanessa Green

Panelists: Vanessa Green

Tracks: Art, Cosplay, Workshop

Noon | Location: Embassy Hotel: Bedlam 2 Boardroom

Build a Dress Form

Use t-shirts, duct tape, and stuffing to build a dress form just for you! BYO old t-shirt you're comfortable transforming into this item. (2 hours. Limit 14 participants. $20 fee.)

Moderator: Lollalotus

Panelists: Lollalotus, Lauren Howard (Stellae Cosplay)

Tracks: Maker, Costuming & Fashion, Cosplay, Workshop

2:00 PM | Location: Boomer B

But Is It Art? (It Is—Deal with it.)

So you're like, into cosplay? No, you're a costume department of one. You're a sewist, a painter, a sculptor, a performer, and so much more. Join in a discussion about cosplay as an art form, and its ever-evolving standards.

Moderator: Hall of Femme

Panelists: Hall of Femme, Alice-of-Hearts, Jovial Juggernaut, Mimic Rae, Moe

Tracks: Art, Costuming & Fashion, Maker, Performing Arts, Cosplay

4:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma A2

Cosplay for Kids

Cosplayers share how to get started in cosplay for our youth-aged cosplay fans!

Moderator: R Karch Photography

Panelists: R Karch Photography, Jovial Juggernaut, Lollalotus, the Lo-Fi Ky

Tracks: Kids, Cosplay

2:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma G

Cosplaying On a Budget with Knightmage

Award-winning creator of over 270 cosplays, Knightmage shares super-saver tips on how to cosplay when you don't have a ton of money in the bank, but you've got a TON of ideas and style.

Moderator: Knightmage

Panelists: Knightmage

Tracks: Cosplay, Maker, Costuming & Fashion

3:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Bedlam 1 Boardroom

Finishing 3D-Printed Pieces

3D print striations got you puzzled? You can use body filler, spot putty, filler primer, UV resin, acetone, and more in the finishing process to get high-quality looks and detail points in your cosplay’s printed pieces. It’s easy to forget when you’re crunching to complete your build and working at home, so we’ll cover best practices for sanding safety and more, too. Join engineer, fabricator, and cosplayer WandererTJ for this informative session for makers.

Moderator: WandererTJ

Panelists: WandererTJ

Tracks: Costuming & Fashion, STEM, Maker, Cosplay

3:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma G

Genderbending for Cosplay

Genderbending, or genderswapping your favorite character adds a new layer of creativity to your cosplay! Learn how to take your unique design from concept to reality, and discuss the benefits of taking creative license with your costumes.

Moderator: Beku.Cos

Panelists: Beku.Cos, Remy Domino

Tracks: Costuming & Fashion, Cosplay

1:00 PM | Location: Boomer A

Guilty Pleasure Anime

Even “bad” anime can be good fun. Stand by your fandom! What are some of your all-time favorite guilty-pleasure animes, and what makes them so bad that they're good? Cosplay encouraged!

Moderator: Jovial Juggernaut

Panelists: Jovial Juggernaut, Crazy Red Artist, Fae Mullens, Clinton Girkin

Tracks: Anime, Fandoms, Cosplay

10:00 PM | Location: University C

Killjoy's Drag Cosplay Spectacular

The Cosplay Spectacular is a revue of drag and cosplay artists from all over Oklahoma (and maybe beyond!). Join us for a fun show featuring hosts L.L.Killjoy and Mica Membrane!

Moderator: L.L.Killjoy

Panelists: L.L.Killjoy, GatorDunn, Mica Membrane, Phoenix Noire, Yakisoba Michaels

Tracks: Music, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Performing Arts, Cosplay

Noon | Location: Embassy Hotel: Bedlam 1 Boardroom

Live Cosplay Studio Photography How-To

Please bring your cameras to this workshop (cellphones don't count). Participants will be taught the basics of photography, photographer etiquette, model etiquette, and will have the opportunity to photograph a cosplayer in a studio setup. We will interact with a live model while also getting the opportunity to take photos at the same time. Whether you are a novice or an expert, this is an opportunity to sharpen your skills. (2 hours. Limit 14 participants. $10 fee.)

Moderator: Squirrelly Jedi Photography

Panelists: Squirrelly Jedi Photography

Tracks: Maker, Cosplay, Art, Workshop

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

Photoshop Skills for Cosplay Shoots

Learn how to turn your cosplay photos into something eye-catching, unique, and magical by using Photoshop. R Karch Photography gives you the step-by-step process on changing backgrounds, adding lights, adding weather effects, making images pop, and more. (1 hour. Limit 14 participants. $5 fee.)

Moderator: R Karch Photography

Panelists: R Karch Photography

Tracks: Cosplay, Maker, Art, Workshop

4:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma G

So You Want to Enter a Costume Contest?

Tips for everything costume contests—preparing your application; brainstorming your ideas; how prejudging works; and what the awards are. Plus, how to deal with stage fright while upping your stage presence to enjoy your time in the spotlight as an awesome creative.

Moderator: Knightmage

Panelists: Buck Berlin, Carousel Costumes, Cal Custard, Kekkuda, Knightmage

Tracks: Costuming & Fashion, General Interest, Cosplay

5:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma G

Suiting Up with the 501st

Learn how to cosplay with The Force, for charity! Members of the Oklahoma Garrison of the 501st Legion talk about building their iconic Star Wars costumes, how to Troop, demonstrate suiting up Return of the Jedi's Boushh, plus share info about the joining the Legion and other area Star Wars orgs.

Moderator: Oklahoma Garrison of the 501st Legion

Panelists: Steven Manning, Oklahoma Garrison of the 501st Legion

Tracks: Cosplay, Maker, Fandoms

4:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma A1

What's Your Superhero Costume?

Kids make-and-take. Assemble and embellish your own superhero cosplay. (Supplies provided.)

Moderator: Lauren Howard (Stellae Cosplay)

Panelists: Lauren Howard (Stellae Cosplay), Alice-of-Hearts, La Blanke, Fae Mullens

Tracks: Kids, Cosplay

Noon | Location: Oklahoma G

Your Origin Story: Beginning Cosplay

Whether it be handmade, store-bought, or some combination of the two, panelists discuss getting started cosplaying. Everyone starts somewhere!

Moderator: Hall of Femme

Panelists: Hall of Femme, Mimic Rae, Rynaga

Tracks: Cosplay, Costuming & Fashion

11:00 AM | Location: Oklahoma A1

Agents of SHIELD Shield Making

Have you got what it takes to be an Agent of SHIELD? Join veteran agents to make your own shield and join SHIELD!

Moderator: Heroic Inner Kids

Panelists: Heroic Inner Kids

Tracks: Maker, Cosplay, Kids

5:00 PM | Location: Boomer B

Art Imitating Life, Imitating…

Since the earliest times, we have experienced the world and shared that experience by creating works of art. New ideas emerge from creative expression. Examine this symbiotic journey, as how art eventually becomes reality and vice versa.

Moderator: Jan S. Gephardt

Panelists: Jan S. Gephardt, Daniel Erickson, Dara Fogel, PhD, Chaz Kemp, Tracy S. Morris, Steven E. Wedel

Tracks: Art, Anime, Cosplay, Film & TV, Internet Life, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Writing & Publishing

10:00 AM | Location: Oklahoma G

Catastrophic Cosplay

Sometimes a seam pops, sometimes a design is too ambitious, sometimes bad deals are made or things get really...weird. We'll cover it all! Cosplayers happily discuss their favorite disastrous cosplay experiences, and how this helped them improve.

Moderator: Court's Cosplay

Panelists: Alice-of-Hearts, Aoi Kitsu, Carousel Costumes, Jovial Juggernaut

Tracks: Costuming & Fashion, Maker, Cosplay

4:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma G

Cosplay for Fun or Cosplay FTW

Each cosplayer has their own reason(s). From scene-accurate builds, OCs, or first-time store-bought and found constructions, cosplay is art for everyone. Come learn the differences, share your own, maybe even learn something new!

Moderator: Mimic Rae

Panelists: Mimic Rae, Chaotic Neutral Cosplay, John Eads, Luna Reign Cosplay, Tall Chick Cosplay

Tracks: Art, Costuming & Fashion, Maker, Cosplay

8:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma HIJ

Costume Contest

SoonerCon's 30th annual Masquerade Costume Contest! Sponsored by Bernina OKC, TNT Cosplay Supply, OKC Fabric Market, and One Stop Anime.

Moderator: John Eads

Panelists: John Eads, Beku.Cos, Kekkuda, Knightmage, Remy Domino

Tracks: Maker, Costuming & Fashion, Art, Performing Arts, Cosplay

10:00 AM | Location: Embassy Hotel: JQH Boardroom

Costume Contest Prejudging Sessions

All interested costume-contest contestants must attend their assigned prejudging session in full costume. Questions? Find the Costuming Info table near Con HQ/Registration. (3 hours; various timeslots assigned by SoonerCon's costuming staff.)

Moderator: Beku.Cos

Panelists: Beku.Cos, Kekkuda, Knightmage, Remy Domino

Tracks: Maker, Cosplay, Contest, Costuming & Fashion, Performing Arts

5:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma G

Create an OC Cosplay

Want to join the cosplay craze, but can't find the right character that fits your personality? Create your own original character! Pick a name, develop your story, and design your costume. The options are limitless! Panelists discuss designing an OC cosplay concept.

Moderator: The Singing Costumer

Panelists: Vanessa Green, Kekkuda, Kathleen M O'Brien, Raiva, TattedSith Cosplay

Tracks: Art, Cosplay, Costuming & Fashion, Maker

Noon | Location: Sooner B

Elevator to Success! What’s Your Pitch?

What’s an elevator pitch? It’s a brief explanation, presented in the time it takes to take an elevator ride. This skill is invaluable in sharing your work without being a bore or being too aggressive. Our panelists help you develop your own elevator pitch for fun and profit!

Moderator: Rosemary Clement-Moore

Panelists: Rosemary Clement-Moore, Jerry Bennett, Julia S. Mandala, Caleb Masters, Alan J Porter

Tracks: Art, Performing Arts, Music, Gaming, Business & Marketing, Cosplay, Writing & Publishing, Maker

3:00 PM | Location: Boomer A

Fan Art vs. Original Art

While fan art is intended as a tribute to the original work, some creators and collectors are concerned. It’s use of an artists' intellectual property by someone else—particularly when put out for sale. Where does homage end and plagiarism begin?

Moderator: Chaz Kemp

Panelists: Chaz Kemp, JR Daniels, Brenna Deutchman, Jovial Juggernaut, Harold Neal, Scott Zrubek

Tracks: Internet Life, Writing & Publishing, Cosplay, Gaming, Art, Business & Marketing

3:00 PM | Location: Sooner B

Fursuiting 101

A crash course in everything fursuiting related! From building the suit, suiting up for the first time, and how to move and perform in your suit! This panel is an all-ages panel focused on fursuit performing and fursuit building.

Moderator: Cal Custard

Panelists: Cal Custard, Kekkuda, Moe

Tracks: Anime, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Costuming & Fashion, Maker, Cosplay

1:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma HIJ

Harry Potter Sorting Ceremony

"There's nothing hidden in your head The Sorting Hat can't see, So try me on and I will tell you Where you ought to be." - Sorting Hat's Song, 1991 Come first-year wizards and witches! Get sorted into your Hogwarts house by the Sorting Hat!

Moderator: Heroic Inner Kids

Panelists: Heroic Inner Kids, Fae Mullens, Robert Mullens, Raiva

Tracks: Kids, Fandoms, Cosplay

Noon | Location: University C

Improv Techniques for Cosplay

You've perfected your D. Va build, fashioned your Belle for the ball, embroidered every line of trim for Megumin's hat, cloak and skirt, and are ready to morph into action with your Green Ranger. Now what? Cosplay isn't just for posing and pics! Have fun interacting in character with other congoers using these tried-and-true improv techniques.

Moderator: EBA Comedy

Panelists: EBA Comedy, Crazy Red Artist

Tracks: Performing Arts, Cosplay

5:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: JQH Boardroom

Let's Make a Tail!

Stumped on how to add that extra pizzazz to your costume? Want to get started on fursuit making? Let’s start with something fun! Let’s make a tail! Instructional panel on how to make tails for cosplay and fursuit use. We will be building a small tail together, but panel will go over multiple sizes and types. (1.5 hours) Limit 14 participants.

Moderator: Cal Custard

Panelists: Cal Custard

Tracks: Cosplay, Maker

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

Light Up Your Costumes: A Gemma Wearable Processor How-To

This introductory workshop will teach you the basics of CircuitPython using a Gemma M0 processor. The Gemma has an onboard DotStar LED, so no soldering will be necessary. We’ll even build a basic prop for you to show off! We will have appropriate software for PC and Mac laptops. If your computer doesn’t use either operating system, then a text editor will work. There’s just an extra step you need to take, and we’ll show you what to do. (If you’ve used Python before, you may have Mu or EMACS on your laptop. If so, you’re good to go!) (2 hours. Limit 12 participants. $15 fee.)

Moderator: Julie Barrett

Panelists: Julie Barrett

Tracks: Cosplay, Maker, STEM, Costuming & Fashion, Workshop

2:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma G

Makeup Demo with Knightmage!

Knightmage is known for his bang-up makeup designs and fun social-media vids with on-budget cosplays featuring TONS of characters from pop culture. All skill levels are welcome for this special make-up demo for achieving color contrast in makeup for your next costume.

Moderator: Knightmage

Panelists: Knightmage

Tracks: Cosplay, Art

1:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma G

Return of the Seminar: How to Become an Evil Overlord

Expert overlords coach newcomers on many topics, such as lair construction, the ever-important costume, the best weapons, and the care and feeding of minions. (And disposing of those who mess up.)

Moderator: Phillip Drayer Duncan

Panelists: Phillip Drayer Duncan, Sherri Dean, John Ferguson aka Count Gregore, Jovial Juggernaut, Kimber, Julia S. Mandala

Tracks: Writing & Publishing, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Fandoms, Cosplay, Anime

3:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma G

Social Media for Cosplayers

Whether it’s just a fun hobby or you’re looking to build your own cosplay brand, social media is an integral part of the cosplay experience! Join us as we discuss the best ways to use these tools, break down what they mean, and talk about which platforms best fit your cosplay style.

Moderator: Beku.Cos

Panelists: Beku.Cos, Remy Domino

Tracks: Cosplay, Business & Marketing

2:00 PM | Location: North Hallway

Star Wars Parade

Calling all fans and cosplayers to witness this march of rebels, Imperialists, Jawas, and other Star Wars character favorites throughout the convention floor.

Moderator: Oklahoma Garrison of the 501st Legion

Panelists: Oklahoma Garrison of the 501st Legion, JediOKC, John Eads

Tracks: General Interest, Cosplay, Fandoms

1:30 PM | Location: North Hallway

Star Wars Parade Meet-up

If you're in Star Wars costuming, head over to the line-up spot for assignment from the 501st for your spot to walk in the con floor parade.

Moderator: Oklahoma Garrison of the 501st Legion

Panelists: Oklahoma Garrison of the 501st Legion, John Eads, JediOKC

Tracks: Meetup, Cosplay, General Interest, Fandoms

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: Embassy Hotel: JQH Boardroom

Thanks, It Has Pockets!

Navigating the con floor without your essentials is unthinkable - but where does Superman carry his credit card? How does Spider-Man use a touchscreen? From zentai suits to heavy armor, you can learn simple ways to add functionality to any costume to make them work in the real world without compromising your style. (1 hour. Limit 14 participants.)

Moderator: Hall of Femme

Panelists: Hall of Femme

Tracks: Maker, Cosplay

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

11:00 AM | Location: Oklahoma G

Wear Five Layers in 100 Degree Weather Without Dying

It's important to ensure your costume and prop(s) will be functional in the weather and for long-term wear during your costumed function. Making sure different fabrics are breathable or include a cooling vest, have moisture barriers, etc. can mean the difference between weathering or ruining a costume.

Moderator: Robert Mullens

Panelists: Robert Mullens, Cal Custard, James Dock, Fae Mullens, Raiva, the Lo-Fi Ky

Tracks: Cosplay, Maker, Health & Wellness, Costuming & Fashion

11:00 AM | Location: Oklahoma G

3D Printing for Cosplay

With 3D printing becoming more and more accessible, we cover some of the best practices that one can expect when utilizing the technology for cosplay. Providing examples, RedDirt3D business owner Christopher Parker walks convention guests through the ins and outs of 3D printing, how to overcome hardships, and get the best looking prop possible.

Moderator: RedDirt3D

Panelists: RedDirt3D

Tracks: Maker, STEM, Cosplay

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

Body Art 102: Detailing Techniques

As any cosplayer can tell you, everything is in the details. Once you put down your base makeup layer, what’s next? This class will go over products and techniques to take your character to the next level. Learn how to get that superhero musculature, how to give yourself dimension and texture, and how to make an inhuman character look more authentic. Class will include body paint, powders, and airbrush techniques. (2 hours. Limit 14 participants. $10 fee.)

Moderator: Vanessa Green

Panelists: Vanessa Green

Tracks: Art, Cosplay, Workshop

2:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma G

Cosplanning

Planning for Cosplayers! Make your next cosplay endeavor a surefire success with a quick course on Cosplay Planning. We'll go over setting your budget, managing your time, picking your materials, and more.

Moderator: Remy Domino

Panelists: Remy Domino, Beku.Cos

Tracks: Costuming & Fashion, Cosplay

3:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma G

Costuming and Cosplay for Body Positivity

As the saying goes, if you want a Slave Leia bikini body, just put on a Slave Leia bikini. Cosplay is not fashion gatekeeping. Panelists share their experiences and tips for maintaining body positivity. Let's talk about body positivity and why it matters for creativity and wellness in cosplay.

Moderator: R Karch Photography

Panelists: R Karch Photography, Carousel Costumes, Sherri Dean, Knightmage, Kathleen M O'Brien

Tracks: Cosplay, Health & Wellness, Costuming & Fashion

1:00 PM | Location: University C

Cutthroat Iron Cosplay

Four cosplayers have 30 minutes to quick-construct the best costume using provided materials. A theme or required material is included, and basic cosplay materials are provided along with some not-so basic options to use. The audience is the judge of this creative contest. May the best cosplay win!

Moderator: Buck Berlin

Panelists: Buck Berlin, Chaotic Neutral Cosplay, Cal Custard, Lollalotus, the Lo-Fi Ky

Tracks: Gaming, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Contest, Costuming & Fashion, Art, Anime, Cosplay, Maker

2:30 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: JQH Boardroom

Doom Box Treasures - You Kept That Junk For A Reason

Let’s face it - we all have at least one box full of random stuff that we thought we might use for a cosplay someday. Well, it’s time to put its contents to good use! Learn about using simple techniques, sourcing materials from unexpected sources, and finally justify your hoarding tendencies to make functional costumes and sturdy props on a budget. (1 hour. Limit 14 participants.)

Moderator: Hall of Femme

Panelists: Hall of Femme

Tracks: Cosplay, Maker

2:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma HIJ

EBA Comedy's Cosplay Combat

Join EBA in the fights of the century as cosplayers from our own audience roll their own fates and fight in mock combat. Will the dice be in their favor?

Moderator: EBA Comedy

Panelists: EBA Comedy, Crazy Red Artist

Tracks: Cosplay, Anime, Performing Arts

1:00 PM | Location: Oklahoma G

Final Touches and Details

Little touches can make a costume. There's a lot more than your garment when it comes to finishing your cosplay, but you can do it! Shoes, wigs, make-up, props—come learn to embellish your favorite costume for a fully polished LOOK.

Moderator: Carousel Costumes

Panelists: Carousel Costumes, Kekkuda, Mimic Rae, Kathleen M O'Brien, TattedSith Cosplay

Tracks: Cosplay, Costuming & Fashion, Maker

Noon | Location: Oklahoma G

Getting into Character: Putting the "Play" in Cosplay

It’s more than the way you dress. It’s the way you walk, the way you talk, the way you present yourself. Cosplay experts reveal how they make their cosplay come to life. When should you be your character, and when should you be you?

Moderator: Alice-of-Hearts

Panelists: Alice-of-Hearts, James Dock, Madi, Moe, Robert Mullens, Tall Chick Cosplay

Tracks: Cosplay

11:00 AM | Location: Boomer B

How to Turn Fandom into Your Job

There's money to be made in being a geek artist/maker/writer etc., if you can turn your passion into your profession. Join our panelists as they discuss tips, tricks, and how-tos on how to turn your interests into income.

Moderator: Amber Hanneken

Panelists: Amber Hanneken, JR Daniels, Bekah June, Melinda LaFevers, Tracy S. Morris, David J. Pedersen

Tracks: Podcasting, Art, Gaming, Business & Marketing, Cosplay, Maker, Writing & Publishing

10:00 AM | Location: Boomer B

I Will NEVER Make That Again

#neveragain: Artists, costumers, crafters and makers share ugly truths about the toughest creation they've ever made, and how it shaped their work going forward. Pics or it didn't happen!

Moderator: Kathleen M O'Brien

Panelists: Kathleen M O'Brien, Julie Barrett, Tim Chessmore, Cal Custard, Dara Fogel, PhD, WandererTJ

Tracks: Art, Cosplay, Maker, Costuming & Fashion

11:00 AM | Location: Oklahoma HIJ

Kids Costume Contest

SoonerCon's annual Kids Costume Contest on the main stage (ages 5-12), featuring costumes imagined and made by younglings. Participants can pre-register online or onsite Friday and Saturday during registration hours at the Costuming Info Table. Sign-ups are first come, first served with a cap of 30 participants. Prizes sponsored by Bernina of OKC.

Moderator: John Eads

Panelists: John Eads, Aoi Kitsu, Heroic Inner Kids, Kekkuda, Knightmage, Leslie Raymond

Tracks: Contest, Cosplay, Costuming & Fashion, Kids, Maker

1:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: JQH Boardroom

Pattern Hacking for Cosplay

Do you have a hard time finding a sewing pattern for the cosplay you want to make? And when you do find one, it's super confusing to use? Learn how to break down your cosplay's design to pick the best sewing pattern(s). We'll also cover how to read and understand the pattern instructions. (1 hour. Limit 14 participants.)

Moderator: Whitney Sews

Panelists: Whitney Sews

Tracks: Cosplay, Maker, Workshop

10:00 AM | Location: Oklahoma G

Psy-Cosplay

What are the social and mental-health benefits of cosplay? We discuss the psychology behind character development and various sociological elements of cosplay, emphasizing why we choose to be someone or something else.

Moderator: Knightmage

Panelists: Knightmage, Aoi Kitsu, Lauren Howard (Stellae Cosplay), Rynaga, TattedSith Cosplay, the Lo-Fi Ky

Tracks: Costuming & Fashion, Cosplay

10:00 AM | Location: Boomer A

Reimagining the Hero's Journey for SF

What does a good hero story look like today in spec fic? High tech, low tech, otherworldly and fantastic settings aside, how has the hero's journey changed in 2022? What stories need telling now? What's it mean to be a hero, anyway?

Moderator: Rhonda Eudaly

Panelists: Rhonda Eudaly, Brook Bullock, David Carrico, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Daniel Erickson, A C Smart

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

1:00 PM | Location: Sooner B

The Art of the Long Game: Keeping Momentum, Staying the Course

It’s easy to be super motivated when your business is brand new! But keeping momentum is hard. Setbacks and unexpected problems will face every artist. Our panel of professionals will talk about strategies that keep you focused and productive!

Moderator: Tommy B. Smith

Panelists: Tommy B. Smith, Blair Bartlett - Alternate Realities Studio, Rubiee Tallyn Hayes, Christina Stiles, Kim Ventrella, Scott Zrubek

Tracks: Business & Marketing, Writing & Publishing, Maker, Cosplay, Art, Gaming