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Wednesday, February 27

3:00-4:00 pm

Brandon Easton: Inside the Entertainment Industry

U-SU Theatre

Eagle-Con celebrates Black History Month at Cal State LA by welcoming educator, podcaster and multiple-award-winning writer Brandon Easton for an intimate discussion about his personal experience navigating today’s entertainment industry as a Black man, his upcoming Netflix collaboration, and his take on the future for other People of Color interested in science fiction and fantasy.

Leading the conversation is writer, scholar and Department of Liberal Studies Professor Dr. Patrick B. Sharp. A Q&A will follow.

 

 

 

Monday, March 4

12:00-5:00pm

Art Directors Guild Exhibition

Fine Arts Gallery

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 5

12:00-5:00pm

Art Directors Guild Exhibition

Fine Arts Gallery

 

 

 

Wednesday, March 6

12:00-5:00pm

Art Directors Guild Exhibition

Fine Arts Gallery

 

 

 

Thursday, March 7: Day 1

10:00am – 2:00pm

Project Cosplay Runway

U-SU Plaza

The Eagle Signal is On! It’s time to answer the call. Get that fabric & strut your stuff! Become the superhero you’ve always dreamed of! Sign up to create & walk the runway at the USU Plaza. Costume design will occur from 10am-12:50pm in the Montebello Room on the 3rd floor of the USU. The runway competition will begin at 1pm in the USU Plaza. Sign up at http://bit.ly/EagleconCosplay to register to participate.

12:00 – 4:15pm

Art Director’s Guild exhibition

U-SU Los Angeles Room and Fine Arts Gallery

Come see the Art Directors Guild exhibit of their work from your favorite science fiction, fantasy, and horror movies and television shows such as Black Panther, Babylon 5, Solo, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and much more! 

12:30-1:30pm

Session 1: Colonialism and the Body in Science Fiction

U-SU Alhambra Room

  • Moderator: Stina Attebery (Cal State LA, Department of Liberal Studies)
  • Presenter: Stephanie Martinez (Cal State LA, Department of Chicana/o Studies) “The Coloniality of A.I. Bodies: Toward a Decolonial Reading of Hosts in the Future-Past of Westworld”
  • Presenter: Lando Tosaya (Cal State LA alumna) “Sleeping with the Enemy: Octavia Butler’s Dawn”

Session 2: Writing LGBTQ+ Characters with Amazing Abilities

U-SU San Gabriel Room

  • Moderator: Alex Espinoza
  • Panelist: Christopher Johnson (Cal State LA), author of Blackwelder 2164
  • Panelist: Elizabeth Watasin, author of The Dark Victorian Series (Risen, Ice Demon, Bones)

1:45-2:45pm

Session 3: Women Making Indigenous Futurist Art and Games

U-SU Alhambra Room

  • Presenter: Stina Attebery (Cal State LA, Department of Liberal Studies) “Oil, Water, and Lightning: Theorizing Indigenous New Materialisms in Thunderbird Strike
  • Presenter: Kimberly Robertson (Cal State LA, Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) “Postcards from An Otherwise World: Native Feminist Creative Futurities”

Session 4: “I See Me” Make Your Own Comics Workshop

U-SU San Gabriel Room

  • The “I See Me” comic book workshop was created to bring comic book readers together in order to celebrate their diversity. This year’s workshop will include a short PowerPoint presentation on research involving race, gender, sexuality, and ability within the comic book industry. After the presentation participants of all ages will be given an 8-panel template to create their own comic that is representative of their lives and reality.

3:15-4:15pm

Session 5: Art Directors Guild Roundtable: Getting into the Industry

U-SU Los Angeles Room B

  • Moderator: Mimi Gramatky (Past President, Art Directors Guild)
  • Panelist: Andy Stumme, art department (Torchwood, Scandal)
  • Panelist: Shawna Trpcic, costume designer (Torchwood, Powers, The Cabin in the Woods, Dollhouse, Angel, Firefly, Dr. Horrible’ s Sing-Along Blog)
  • Panelist: Adam M. West, costumer, Teen Wolf, Marvel’s Most Wanted, 300: Rise of an Empire)
  • Carly Sertic, graphic designer (Grimm, The OA)
  • Randy Kizer, production designer / art director (VR promos for Assassin's Creed and Dunkirk, VR theme park attraction, Across Dark)

5:00-7:30pm

Art Directors Guild Exhibition Opening Reception

Fine Arts Gallery

  • Come see this unique concept-to-post-production exhibit of the art behind Spider-Man: Homecoming created by this year’s Imaginator Award winner, Oliver Scholl, and his art department team. 

7:30-9:30pm

Performance of Qui Nguyen’s play She Kills Monsters (directed by Sara Guerrero; for tickets go to www.calstatela.edu/theatredance and click BUY TICKETS)

State Playhouse

Dive into the world of fantasy role-playing games! She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

 

 

 

Friday, March 8: Day 2

10:00am – 2:30pm

Art Directors Guild exhibition

U-SU Los Angeles Room and Fine Arts Gallery

Come see the Art Directors Guild exhibit of their work from your favorite science fiction, fantasy, and horror movies and television shows such as Black Panther, Babylon 5, Solo, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and much more! 

10:00-10:50am

Session 6: Reproduction and Race in Science Fiction

U-SU Alhambra Room

  • Moderator: Melissa Saywell (Cal State LA, Dept. of Liberal Studies)
  • Presenter: Miranda Butler, (UC Riverside, Dept. of English) “The Monster Novel's Monstrous Author: Fantastic Sickness in Dacre Stoker's Dracul.”
  • Presenter: Jalondra Davis (Cal State LA, Department of Liberal Studies/WGSS)  “Blackness Disrupted: Nicole Sconiers, Black Politics, and Black Feminine Excess”

Session 7: TurnSoundOn: What Am I Doing Here, And How I Made It Happen (so far).

U-SU San Gabriel Room

  • At Eagle-Con 2019, come and meet the ‘real-life’ creator behind TurnSoundOn.  And in the spirit of ‘Amazing Abilities and the Body Fantastic,’ learn more, first-hand, about being creative with your interests, overcoming obstacles, and chasing your dream.
  • TurnSoundOn is home to a FULLY original, animated stand-up comedian. Each week, a new episode is released fresh from the comedy stage via Instagram. The face of Turn Sound On, simply known as ‘TG,’ makes some very astute observations, and yes, he feels compelled to share them with the world.

11:00-11:50am

Session 8: New Bodies for New Futures in the History of Science Fiction

U-SU Los Angeles Room

  • Moderator: Libby Lewis (Cal State LA, Dept of Pan-African Studies)
  • Presenter: Patrick B. Sharp (Cal State LA, Liberal Studies)—“Angles, Amazons, and Feminist Eugenics in Early Science Fiction”
  • Presenter: Josh Pearson (Cal State LA, Liberal Studies)—”Gender Fluidity, Elective Embodiment, and Utopia in Iain M. Banks's Culture Series”

Session 9: Animating Amazing Abilities

U-SU Alhambra Room

  • Moderator: Zachary Vernon (Cal State LA, Art Department)
  • Panelist: Brooke Keesling, Director, Community and Culture, The Animation Guild Local 839 IATSE and visual effects production coordinator (Hugo, Green Lantern, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Inception)
  • Panelist: Robby Cook, Animator (Castlevania,It’s a Small World,Henry Danger: Motion Comics)

Special Demonstration: The Cal State LA Motion Capture Studio

TVFM Building Soundstage (TVFM 115)

  • Demonstration Leader: Randee Trabitz (Cal State LA, Dept of Theatre and Dance)

12:00-2:00pm

Special Event: Screening and Discussion of The Bionic Woman

U-SU Los Angeles Room B

Join us for a special screening (via the NBC streaming app), lecture, and discussion of The Bionic Woman, the legendary 1970s television show that helped change the popular debate about gender and the body (and that inspired the concept of “cyborg feminism”).

  • Panelist: Sharon Sharp (Cal State Dominguez Hills, Department of Television, Film and Media)
  • Panelist: Patrick Sharp (Cal State LA, Department of Liberal Studies
  • Panelist: Josh Pearson (Cal State LA, Department of Liberal Studies

 

7:30-9:30pm

Performance of Qui Nguyen’s play She Kills Monsters (directed by Sara Guerrero; for tickets go to www.calstatela.edu/theatredance and click BUY TICKETS)

State Playhouse

Dive into the world of fantasy role-playing games! She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

 

 

 

Saturday, March 9: Day 3

10:00am – 4:30pm

Art Directors Guild exhibition

U-SU Los Angeles Room C

Come see the Art Directors Guild exhibit of their work from your favorite science fiction, fantasy, and horror movies and television shows such as Black Panther, Babylon 5, Solo, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and much more! 

Vendors Room

U-SU Los Angeles Room A

Come see all the awesome merchandise! Artists, authors, and special guests will also have signings, so keep your eyes on the signs at the event for details.

10:00-11:00am

Face-Painting for Kids

U-SU Alhambra Room

  • Christina Tostado (Cal State LA, Liberal Studies alumna)

11:00-1:50pm

Drawing workshop with Pierre Bernard Jr.!

U-SU Los Angeles Room A

Want to learn how to draw awesome characters from science fiction and fantasy? Special guest instructor Pierre Bernard Jr. from the Art Directors Guild (and the Conan O’Brien show) will teach you how with live models. Drop in throughout the day for mini-workshops and bring the whole family!

  • Model: Liz Ruiz
  • Model: Vailence Martyn

10:30-11:30am

Session 10. Babylon 5: “We Fly to Space for a Living” with the VFX team from Season 1

U-SU Los Angeles Room B

  • Panelist: Everett Burrell, digital artist and makeup effects creator for Babylon 5 (and visual effects supervisor, Altered Carbon, Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy)
  • Panelist: Tim Wilcox, visual effects, Babylon 5 (and digital/concept illustrator, Runaways, Cowboys and Aliens, Jurassic Park III)
  • Panelist: Kevin Kutchaver, digital effects animator, Babylon 5 (and visual effects artist, Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Xena, X2: X-Men United)
  • Panelist: Mark Kochinski, 3D supervisor, Babylon 5 (and digital / visual effects artist, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Hellboy)

Session 11. VERSUS! Who’d Win Battles Between your Favorite Comics Characters?

U-SU Alhambra Room

  • Judge: Hannibal Tabu
  • Thunderdome panelists: Tyler McPhail and James Thomson Esquire debate who would win in fights between your favorite comics characters, with help from audience!

11:40am-12:40pm

Session 12. Babylon 5: “We Make the Aliens”

U-SU Los Angeles Room B

  • Panelist: Everett Burrell, digital artist and makeup effects creator for Babylon 5 (and visual effects supervisor, Altered Carbon, Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy)
  • Panelist: Ron Pipes, makeup artist for Babylon 5 (and Star Trek V, Star Trek VI, Firefly, Serenity, the reboot Star Trek, Westworld)
  • Panelist: Casey Bernay, Director of Education and Special Projects, Art Directors Guild (and makeup artist, the original Battlestar Galactica)

Session 13. Spotlight: Tony Puryear

U-SU Alhambra Room

  • Moderator: Hannibal Tabu
  • Special Guest: Tony Puryear

Join us for a conversation with the first African American screenwriter to write a $100 million summer blockbuster with his 1996 script for the Arnold Schwarzenegger film, Eraser. He has written films for Oliver Stone, Jerry Bruckheimer and Will Smith. As a comics artist/writer, Puryear co-created, co-writes and draws the critically-acclaimed graphic novel series Concrete Park from Dark Horse Comics.

12:50-1:50pm

Session 14. Babylon 5: “We Designed the Future” with the Production Design Team

U-SU Los Angeles Room B

  • Panelist: John Iacovelli, Production Designer, Babylon 5 (and Crusade, The Book of Daniel)
  • Panelist: Roland Rosenkranz, Art Director, Babylon 5 (and Agents of SHIELD, production designer, Scorpion)
  • Panelist: Mark Walters, Art Director, Babylon 5 (and Transformers: Age of Extinction, Transformers: The Last Knight)
  • Panelist: Alan Kobayashi, Graphic Artist, Babylon 5 (and The X-Files, Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: Enterprise)

Session 15. The Creative Liberation Panel

U-SU Alhambra Room

Come join this panel where artistic creatives speak freely about comics and what they think about everything related to being in the comics industry.

  • Moderator and Panelist: MD Marie, Writer, Vindication (Top Cow Press)
  • Panelist: Barbra J. Dillon, Editor-In-Chief, Fanbase Press
  • Panelist: Megan Shirk, a.k.a. Zombie Teddie, Illustrator and Writer of Thorn in My Side, Horror Frying
  • Panelist: Anne Agnew, Writer and Animator, Nine Twilights

2:00-3:00pm

Session 16. Meet the Artists Behind Spider-Man: Homecoming and Suicide Squad

U-SU Los Angeles Room B

  • Moderator: Mimi Gramatky, Past President, Art Directors Guild
  • Panelist: Oliver Scholl, Production Designer, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Suicide Squad, Independence Day, The Dark Tower
  • Panelist: Mike Fantasia, Location Manager, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Ant-Man and the Wasp, The Amazing Spider-Man
  • Panelist: Jeffrey Simon, Assistant Art Director, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Edge of Tomorrow

3:10-4:00pm

Imaginator Award for wondrous achievement in visual conceptualization

U-SU Los Angeles Room B

  • 2019 Awardee: Oliver Scholl, Production Designer for Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Dark Tower, Venom, Suicide Squad, Independence Day

Award Presented by Dean Linda Essig (Cal State LA, College of Arts and Letters) and Chuck Parker (Executive Director, Art Directors Guild)

This year Eagle-Con proudly adds a new award celebrating the achievements of the people in the art department of the entertainment industry. The Imaginator Award is for wondrous achievement in visual conceptualization. It is awarded based on the recipient’s body of work and relevance to the theme. Oliver Scholl’s illustrations for shows such as Earth 2 and A. I.—as well as his production design for films such as Suicide Squad, Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Dark Tower, and Venom—have made outstanding contributions to worlds and characters that show the power and beauty of a vast array of fantastic bodies.

7:30-9:30pm

Performance of Qui Nguyen’s play She Kills Monsters (directed by Sara Guerrero; for tickets go to www.calstatela.edu/theatredance and click BUY TICKETS)

State Playhouse

Dive into the world of fantasy role-playing games! She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

 

 

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