Schedule subject to change
|Saturday - Large Panel Room|
Back for the second year, Nerdfight is live, witty, and violent; complete
with audience participation. Join moderator Bobby Roberts (Welcome to that Whole Thing) and host Mikey Neilson (Chronicles of the Nerds) as they bring you a group of some of the best warriors of nerd that this city has to offer.
Curious to find out what all these costumed convention goers are all about? Want to join in but don't know where to start? Join Holly, who has been an active cosplayer for over 10 years, in this introductory panel. From choosing a character to acquiring materials, the basics of this awesome hobby will be covered.
|Voice Acting for Games with Cas Anvar|
Join Cas Anvar (Actor: Lost, Neverland, Source Code, Altaïr from Assassin's Creed, Raahman from Black OPS II, Star Wars the Clone Wars) as he explores how his passions for Games, Scifi, and Comics influence and affect his career in Acting and in Hollywood. It will explore the difference between Film and TV acting and Voice Acting for Games and Cartoons, the process of creating a world class game, The Audition process and more as he tells insider stories, Discusses the future of video games and the Assassin's Creed Franchise.
There will be General Q&A throughout the panel and some stories from Altair as well.
|Concept to Print: Bringing a Character to Life with Meghan Ashley|
Marvel's official model for Mystique, Meghan Ashley, will discuss the process of taking a character from art concept, through production, and finally to print from her work with Mike Mayhew during the Mystique Comic Book, Spectral Motion FX house for X-Men: First Class, her current work bringing Poison Ivy to life in the web series "Batgirl: Spoiled", and more!
|Cosplay is not Consent: Preventing the Objectification of Female Cosplayers from a Male Perspective|
A well-understood issue that has reached a head in popular media is the objectification and assumptions made about female cosplayers in the video game/anime community. Is cosplaying a sexy character for attention or empowerment? What messages are being sent and, most importantly, how are these messages being perceived? We will dissect assumptions and provide a psychological and philosophical rationalization for the disconnect between expectation and realization between sexes from the persective of the all-too-often aggressor, the male.
|Origins and Avatars: Identifying with Heroes|
At this year's queer panel we will be discussing the childhood and adolescent relationships our panelist's had with their favorite fictional characters from fantasy, sci-fi, anime, video games, and more. We'll explore how and why these particular characters were important to them. What attributes drew them toward these characters, and why these particular characters spoke to them over others. Now as adults we'll attempt to unpack the significance of these relationships looking back through a queer lens.
|Bad Trivia for Bad Prizes|
This is not your average trivia game! Come in and test your wits on a variety of questions ranging from cartoons, sci-fi, comics, anime, videogames to dogs and history. The questions are really up in the air, and in all honesty, so are the prizes. You know what they say, another's trash could be your treasure.
|Nerdlesque: The New Burlesque|
Nerdlesque is fantastical alchemy combining burlesque and sexy, brave, beautiful nerds of all shapes, sexes and sizes. Phasers replace feather boas and D20s replace pastie tassels in this new and exciting trend of modern burlesque. As nerd culture merges with the mainstream, nerdlesque too is evolving the art of burlesque. Imagine a lady Spock doing a striptease. Across the world, performers are creating genre-defining acts: some serious, most sexy and fun. These acts harken back to the history of burlesque while also tickling our modern-day geek fantasies. This panel is a powerpoint presentation exploring the history and significance of this new mode of performing fandom. Presented by Jo Jo Stiletto, the Professor of Nerdlesque and author of the upcoming book Nerdlesque: The New Burlesque.
|Saturday - Small Panel Room|
|Anime Screening; Polar Bear's Café|
Shirokuma Café revolves around a Canadian white bear that quits his boring job and starts a cafeteria near a zoo. He loves telling tall tales and always brags about himself. According to him, he was picked up by a human couple who owns a diner while he was drifting around on an iceberg.
Though he has lost all contact with his Canadian family, he has discovered a new home in serving the diners' clientele, thanks to the kind couple. His café is an embodiment of his personality. The place is always packed with many regulars, animals and humans, who are drawn by his charismatic magnetism.
|[ S ] ENGAGE TRICKSTER MODE|
JANE: HEY! HEYYYYY! • JANE: HEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY NEW FRIENDS!!! • KARKAT: HEY! LISTEN!! • JANE: THANK YOU DEARY!!! USEFUL FOR ONCE HOOHOOHOOOOOO • KARKAT: YAY • JANE: WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLAY SOME GAMES WITH US?????? WE'VE GOT SOME FOR YOU!! • KARKAT: THEY'D BE A BUCKETLOAD OF FUN!! • JANE: YES! YES!!! PLEASE COME PLAY WITH US DEARS!!
(This is an improvisational game panel, anyone may come and interact. We hope you'll come and have an enjoyable time!)
|The New Kind; Showing and Q&A|
Join writer and director Peter Hyoguchi as he presents his web series, The New Kind. Lauded by iO9 and Wired, The New Kind is sure to dazzle and delight Sci-Fi fans of all ages.
In our near future, a young girl and boy's psychic love is the key to our evolutionary transformation. Yuka and Darvin are the next genetic stage of human being called "The New Kind". Hidden in their DNA is a forbidden secret that the shadow rulers of planet Earth are desperately trying to crush before time runs out. Thousands of miles separate the teenage couple and they must use their New Kind abilities to find each other and complete an ancient, galactic prophecy.
|Movie Screening; Browncoats: Redemption|
Browncoats: Redemption takes place three months after the signal is sent out regarding the events on Miranda. Captain Laura Mathews and the crew of Redemption are unintentionally thrown into a situation that some view as the potential catalyst for the second unified rise of the Independents against the Alliance, since Unification Day.
The Alliance is looking for a scapegoat for Miranda, while those unhappy with the Alliance are looking for a rallying cry to take action.
Through all this, a secret about Laura is exposed that shakes to the very core of the crew, threatening to break it up, challenge the trust that she's earned with the Browncoats, and undo all the efforts she has put into place to keep a sense of peace in her life since the Unification War.
|Anime Screening; Attack on Titan|
Many years ago, the last remnants of humanity were forced to retreat behind the towering walls of a fortified city to escape the massive, man-eating Titans that roamed the land outside their fortress. Only the heroic members of the Scouting Legion dared to stray beyond the safety of the walls - but even those brave warriors seldom returned alive. Those within the city clung to the illusion of a peaceful existence until the day that dream was shattered, and their slim chance at survival was reduced to one horrifying choice: kill - or be devoured!
|Anime Screening; Puella Magi Madoka Magika
She has a loving family and best friends, laughs and cries from time to time… Madoka Kaname, an eighth grader of Mitakihara middle school, is one of those who lives such a life. One day, she had a very magical encounter. She doesn't know if it happened by chance or by fate yet. This is a fateful encounter that can change her destiny - This is a beginning of the new story of the magical witch girls.
|Sunday - Large Panel Room|
|All Aboard the Jolly Boat!|
Jump in the Jolly boat and join PDXYAR for a shore to shore voyage wherein all the mysteries of a sea voyage will be explained through skits and shanties! PDXYAR will take you from recruitment to raising the anchor, from shore to sharing out booty, and from running with the wind to rumming under a table! All with musical accompaniment that you can learn and take part in! Shanty booklets will be passed out, tunes will be taught and audience participation is gloriously encouraged. Come along now, PDXYAR ships out shortly!
|Monster Kid Radio World Premier|
Be there as Portland's newest podcast launches with a live recording of Episode #1 of Monster Kid Radio! For 5+ years, podcaster Derek M. Koch has produced podcasts devoted to zombie movies/media (Mail Order Zombie, 2008-2013) and Hammer Films (1951 Down Place, 2011-current), and now he's launching a new podcast devoted to the fandom and appreciation of fantasy, sci-fi, and horror movies of the 30s-60s/70s. In the first episode of Monster Kid Radio, Derek is joined by local writer/blogger Chris McMillan from The Shadow Over Portland to talk about some of their favorite classic monster movies. Be there as they record LIVE and take YOUR QUESTIONS about these classic films!
|Jen Van Meter Presents: Punk Rock and Comics|
Jen Van Meter, author of the punk rock family-comedy/adventure series Hopeless Savages, talks about the influence of music and broader pop culture on her work, collaborating with the many artists who've worked on the series (Christine Norrie, Chynna Clugston, Ross Campbell, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Becky Cloonan, Meredith McClaren + many more) and her work for Marvel and DC on Black Cat, Hawkeye, Black Lightning and others. Q & A will be welcome. Moderated by Lucas Schmit.
|Podcasting 101 - The How's, Why's, and WTFs|
Join Dawn Taylor (Ham-Fisted Radio, Legion of News, The Rick Emerson Show) as she forces a panel of "experts" to share the secrets to starting your own successful podcast. Panelists include Bobby Roberts (Welcome to That Whole Thing, cortandfatboy), J.J. Hawkins (Mars Needs Podcasts), Mary-Suzanne Lamkins (Podcast Alley producer for Stumptown Comics Fest), and Mikey Neilson (Chronicles of the Nerds, Nerdfight).
|The Morality of Bioshock: Infinite|
Which is the lesser evil? Liberation of a captive innocent at the cost of hundreds of lives or the ignorance of injustice for the preservation of a false peace? Those that have played Bioshock Infinite have wrestled with this dilemma through the duration of the game. We explore the psychological and philosophical considerations for why this dilemma exists and celebrate the perseverance of human morality from the perspective of one of the most anticipated games of 2013.
||The Struggles of Self-Publishing
What does it take to move your ideas and art into the reality of a printed book. As Floating Dock Comics, Rick and I have done it ten times during the past three years, but each effort presents new problems and new struggles.
|Quizzical Empire Trivia|
Do you know what TARDIS stands for? Which animated superhero series was a spinoff of "Ducktales?" Test your knowledge of movies, TV, comics, toys, and more at this fast-paced trivia game presented by Quizzical Empire. Play
solo or in a team of up to 4 for bragging rights, trivial glory, and maybe
even a prize or two.
|Geek Campfire (18+)|
Good evening fellow adult gamers, techies, fanatics, etc! Want to wear your favorite geeky pajamas, gather around a nice [electrical] campfire, munch on some snacks, trade some scary convention stories, all while enjoying the nerdy atmosphere set by the soothing sounds of chocobos and lightsabers? Come and enjoy some silly times with your friends or come meet new ones! Or just sit back and relax, read some of your comics, and enjoy some time off while we all talk about the pros and cons about being adult nerds!
|Sunday - Small Panel Room|
|Anime Screening; Guin Saga|
The ancient kingdom of Parros has been invaded by the armies of Mongaul, and its king and queen have been slain. But the "twin pearls of Parros," the princess Rinda and the prince Remus, escape using a strange device hidden in the palace. Lost in Roodwood, they are rescued from Mongaul soldiers by a strange leopard-headed man, who has no memories except for the words "Aurra" and "Guin," which he believes to be his name
|Cosplay Iron Chef|
Everyone loves cosplaying. Everyone loves getting their picture taken. And everyone spends the night before con working on costumes because they procrastinated until the very last second. Why not show off these mad skills in a little contest? Contestants will be split into teams and have one hour to make a costume of their choice with supplies given. Winners will be chosen based off character likeness, creativity, practicality and teamwork.
|Printing Your First Zine|
If you're an artist looking to expand into print, or just someone interested in putting together a zine, this panel is for you! This talk will cover everything from planning to execution, as well as the good, bad, and ugly of self-publishing! Organizing and printing your first book can be a lot of work, but this panel will be an invaluable source of information for inexperienced self-publishers. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions, so bring your best ideas and come prepared to learn something!
|Kaylee's Craft Swap|
Better than the scrap yard on Ariel, certainly less work. Bring all your unwanted crafting pretties, find some shiny you never knew you wanted. The PDX Browncoats invite you to share all the bits and bobs you no longer want: yarn, fabric, glitter, trim, anything goes. If we wind up with any leftovers, we'll be donating those to SCRAP.
|Anime Screening; ???|
We will play whatever looks good! Come in and pick your favorite title from the Crunchyroll library.