What is Eagle-Con?
Eagle-Con is a 3-day convention that brings together science fiction, fantasy, comic books, and superheroes, as well as insider views of these highly creative genres. Situated on the campus of Cal State LA, home of the “Golden Eagles,” Eagle-Con explores issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, identity, ability, and representation in science fiction and fantasy across media while also celebrating the boundless imaginations of artists and writers that turn ordinary humans into life-long devotees of these genres. With generous support from our founding sponsor, the Art Directors Guild, as well as the continued support of key partner the University-Student Union, Eagle-Con is a university-level event hosted by the College of Arts and Letters, where people of all shapes, sizes, hues, and fandoms can come together to learn, explore, and grow.
Eagle-Con 2019 Theme
Amazing Abilities and the Body Fantastic
When it comes to the human form, we sometimes perceive bodies as “normal” or “ideal” while stigmatizing others as abnormal, inferior, or monstrous. True, Science Fiction and Fantasy (SFF) have been guilty in the past for reinforcing notions of the ideal “super” body, inferior races, and alien “creatures” – so called because of the ways they deviate from the norm. But SFF also affords us unique opportunities to challenge conceits about bodily superiority, while showing the power and beauty of a vast array of fantastic bodies, all of which will be explored at Eagle-Con 2019!
Eagle-Con 2019 Mission Statement
Eagle-Con at Cal State LA is a student-centered, community-welcoming event that celebrates science fiction and fantasy across media. Eagle-Con’s mission is three-fold:
To educate the students of Cal State LA and members of the Greater Los Angeles community about the history, impact, and continued necessity of the contributions of women, people of color, the LGBTQIA-identified, the differently-abled, and the variously-aged to the science fiction and fantasy genres; and to explore diverse identity representations and expressions within these genres while creating spaces for new voices, creators, and small and independent publishers and producers of the same.
To provide opportunities for students to learn about these genres from artists, writers, and professionals working in southern California’s entertainment industries, network with these professionals, and imagine how they might one day join their ranks
To celebrate science fiction and fantasy through entertaining events involving art, fashion, storytelling, games, screenings, and special presentations
SCHEDULE (FOR DETAILED SCHEDULE CLICK HERE)
Lead Up Events
- Wednesday, February 27, 3:00-4:00pm. U-SU Theatre
- Monday, March 4 – Wednesday, March 6, 12:00-5:00pm Fine Arts Gallery
Conference Main Events
- Thursday, March 7, 12:00-4:30pm, U-SU 3rd Floor and Fine Arts Gallery
- Friday, March 8, 10:00am-2:30pm, U-SU 3rd Floor and Fine Arts Gallery
- Saturday, March 9, 10:30am-4:00pm, U-SU 3rd Floor and Fine Arts Gallery
Thursday and Friday will open with an exhibit of artwork based on this year’s theme by Eagle-Con's Founding Sponsor, the Art Directors Guild (Local 800). The panels on these days will focus on academic programming and include the presentation of the Prism Award. Thursday and Friday will be free of charge, and will include the second annual Eagle-Con Student Film Festival.
Saturday will include a full marketplace alongside the Art Directors Guild Exhibit. It will feature a number of panels filled with industry professionals. Saturday’s entry fee is $5 for Cal State LA students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and $10 for unaffiliated community members. Children 10 years old and under are free.