Eagle-Con

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Eagle-Con 2020 dates:
*Thursday, March 5th
*Friday, March 6th
*Panels & Discussions are free to attend on Thursday & Friday in the University - Student Union, 3rd Floor. 

Saturday, March 7th
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Special Guest: Rick Carter, Production Designer for Jurassic Park, Avatar, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

 

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 & Letters, where people of all shapes, sizes, hues, and fandoms can come together to learn, explore, and grow.

 

Eagle-Con 2020 Theme

Life: Artificial, Natural, and Undiscovered

Our conference this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day through an exploration of science fiction and fantasy (SFF) that has shaped our understandings of life. Eagle-Con will include panels and activities that explore such landmark SFF films as Jurassic Park and Avatar along with comic heroes such as Spider-Man. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the “Best of Both Worlds” episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which introduced the cyborg collective species known as The Borg. Eagle-Con will host a number of panels including artists and writers who have brought the aliens, cyborgs, and utopian futures of the Star Trek universe to life.

 

Eagle-Con 2020 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:

Education

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

Professionalization

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.

Fun

To celebrate science fiction and fantasy through entertaining events involving art, fashion, storytelling, games, screenings, and special presentations.


Sponsored by: University-Student Union, Art Directors Guild Local 800, and the College of Arts & Letters. 

 

Eagle-Con 2020 Schedule

Conference Main Events

  • Thursday, March 5th, 12:00-4:30pm, U-SU 3rd Floor
  • Friday, March 6th, 10:00am-2:30pm, U-SU 3rd Floor
  • Saturday, March 7th, 10:30am-4:00pm, U-SU 3rd Floor

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 Thursday will focus on academic programming. The panels on Friday will focus on academic panels and professional development seminars for students.

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 $10 for Cal State LA students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and $15 for unaffiliated community members. Children under 10 are free.

Thursday, March 5th: Day 1

EXHIBITIONS AND ACTIVITIES

12:00 – 4:30 PM

Art Directors Guild Exhibition

U-SU Los Angeles Room B and University Library, 2nd Floor (Palmer Wing Walkway)

Come see the Art Directors Guild exhibit of their work from your favorite science fiction, fantasy, and horror movies and television shows such as Jurassic Park, Avatar, Star Wars, Star Trek, and much more!

12:00 – 4:30 PM

Build a Borg Workshop:

U-SU San Gabriel Room

Come join this free activity where local LA artists will help you transform a teddy bear into a cool member of the Borg collective! No materials necessary: just show up and have fun!

2:00 – 4:30 PM

Board Games Open House:

University Library, 1st Floor (at Café 47)

Take a break from your studies to challenge your fellow students and win prizes by playing board games such as Risk: Captain America Civil War, Alchemists, Terraforming Mars, Talisman, Munchkin X-Men, Plague Inc., Niya, and many others!

PANELS

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Session 1 | Reflections of Life: Accuracy and Representation in Character Design

U-SU Los Angeles Room C

  • Zachary Vernon, Department of Art, Cal State LA
  • James Lien, character designer, Camp WWE and The Adventures of Kid Danger; storyboard revisionist, Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts
  • Robby Cook, character design assistant, Star Trek: Lower Decks, Castlevania, Bless the Harts
  • Miranda Javid, art educator and animator, Department of Art, Cal State LA

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Session 2 | Using Science Fiction to Educate Urban Youth

U-SU Alhambra Room

  • Presenter: Christine Tostado (Liberal Studies alumna), “Science Fiction and the Special Education Classroom”
  • Presenter: Lizvette Flores (Liberal Studies alumna), “Using Post-Apocalyptic and Dystopian Narrative to Mentor Urban Youth”

1:45 - 2:45 PM

Session 3 | Octavia Butler Memorial Award Presentation

U-SU Los Angeles Room C

Cal State LA alumna Octavia Butler produced over a dozen novels and numerous short stories, won several awards including Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards, was given a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant, and inspired generations of readers, authors, and scholars. The Octavia Butler Memorial Award was created to honor those authors whose work exemplifies the spirit of the visionary Octavia Butler.

  • 2020 Awardee: Steven Barnes, prolific author of novels such as Lion’s Blood, The Descent of Anansi, and Twelve Days as well as screenwriter for episodes of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Andromeda, Stargate SG-1, and The Outer Limits.
  • Presented by Dr. Libby Lewis (Department of Pan-African Studies)

3:15 - 4:15 PM

Session 4 | Art Directors Guild Panel: Getting into the Entertainment Industry

U-SU Los Angeles Room C

Join us for this panel discussion of young professionals sharing their knowledge and experiences of how to break into southern California’s largest industry.

  • Moderators: Andrew Stumme, Art Directors Guild
  • Panelist: Sara Escamilla, graphic designer, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet, Vida
  • Panelist: Sarah Gonzales
  • Panelist: Michael Allen Glover, art director, Ghosted and Dirty John, assistant art director, Supergirl

4:30 - 7:30 PM

Special Event | Art Directors Guild Exhibition Opening Reception

University Library, 2nd Floor (Palmer Wing Walkway)

Enjoy refreshments with your friends and peruse this unique concept-to-post-production exhibit of art created by this year’s Imaginator Award winner, Rick Carter, and his art department team, including work from Jurassic Park, Avatar, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Friday, March 6th: Day 2

EXHIBITIONS AND ACTIVITIES

10:00 AM – 12:50 PM

Art Directors Guild Exhibition

U-SU Los Angeles Room B and University Library, 2nd Floor (Palmer Wing Walkway)

Come see the Art Directors Guild exhibit of their work from your favorite science fiction, fantasy, and horror movies and television shows such as Jurassic Park, Avatar, Star Wars, Star Trek, and much more!

Build a Borg Workshop:

U-SU San Gabriel Room

Come join this free activity where local LA artists will help you transform a teddy bear into a cool member of the Borg collective! No materials necessary: just show up and have fun!

PANELS

10:00 -  10:50 AM

Session 5 | Science Fiction in Real Life: What Every Professional Should Know

U-SU Los Angeles Room C

What is the real history of science fiction? Professor Patrick B. Sharp from Cal State LA’s department of Liberal Studies will discuss what professionals need to know about the genre: from the pioneers such as Mary Shelley to sub-genres such as space opera and speculative traditions such as Afrofuturism, science fiction has always provided a way to upend conventional thinking through entertainment.

  • Presenter: Patrick B. Sharp (Darwinian Feminism and Early Science Fiction, Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction)

Session 6 | Turn Sound On

U-SU Alhambra Room

Turn Sound On is an online series, featuring a fully original, animated stand-up comedian.  ‘TG’ (the face of Turn Sound On) makes some very astute observations, which he feels compelled to share with the world, fresh from the comedy stage of Instagram. Each Turn Sound On episode uncovers the bizarre backstory behind TG’s stand-up act, by delving into his world of mischief, and frankly, utter nonsense.In the spirit of ‘Life: Natural, Artificial and Undiscovered,’ meet the ‘real-life’ creator as well as the master animator behind Turn Sound On’s debut episode, and learn all about the creative journey in turning vision into reality, and bringing it to the world. Check out @turnsoundon on Instagram. Oh, and warn your eyes – they’re about to get rolled.

11:00 -  11:50 AM

Session 7 | Eagle Con Prism Award Presentation

U-SU Los Angeles Room C

The Prism Award is given every year for outstanding contributions to diversity in science fiction and fantasy across media.

  • 2020 Awardee: Brandon Easton, writer for comics such as Star Trek: Year Five and Marvel Action: Spider-Man as well as screenwriter for tv shows such as Agent Carter, Avengers Assemble, and Transformers: War for Cybertron.
  • Award Presented by Christopher Johnson, author of Blackwelder 2164 and Director, New Student and Parent Programs at Cal State LA

12:00 -  1:30 PM

Session 8 | Workshopping with the Pros

Come to one of the following professional development workshops led by working experts in the entertainment industry and get practical tips for preparing yourself for the job market in creative industries:

U-SU Alhambra Room (Room 305)

  • Writing - a workshop led by Prism Award winner Brandon Easton on how to break into screenwriting, comic writing, and the Hollywood industry.

U-SU Los Angeles Room C (Room 308C)

  • Art and Film – a workshop led by Casey Bernay, Director of Education at the Art Directors Guild on breaking into the different careers working behind the camera on television shows, movies, news, and entertainment.

Saturday, March 7th: Day 3

EXHIBITIONS AND ACTIVITIES

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Art Directors Guild Exhibition

U-SU Los Angeles Room B

Come see the Art Directors Guild exhibit of their work from your favorite science fiction, fantasy, and horror movies and television shows such as Jurassic Park, Avatar, Star Wars, Star Trek, and much more!

Vendors Room

U-SU Los Angeles Room A

Check out the awesome merchandise, organizations, and activities in our vendors room! Vendors and organizations will include the Southland Ghostbusters, OG Collectibles, Margaret Mannatt Fine Books, Que Lico Arts, Nellii Bug, Megan Shirk, Matt Makes Zac Watch Horror Movies, and Turn Sound On.

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Build a Borg Workshop:

U-SU San Gabriel Room

Come join this free activity where local LA artists will help you transform a teddy bear into a cool member of the Borg collective! No materials necessary: just show up and have fun!

Game Room Challenge:

U-SU San Gabriel Room

Come challenge friends old and new in board games such as Risk: Captain America Civil War, Alchemists, Terraforming Mars, Talisman, Munchkin X-Men, Plague Inc., Niya, and many others!

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Student Film Festival:

U-SU Pasadena Room (Room 307)

Join our student filmmakers as they screen and discuss their work!

11:00 AM – 1:50 PM

Drawing workshop with Pierre Bernard Jr.!

U-SU San Gabriel Room

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: Vailence Martyn
  • Model: Lizbeth Ruiz

12:50 – 1:50 PM

Portfolio Review Workshop with Zen from Aspen Comics

U-SU Pasadena Room (Room 307)

Bring your graphic design portfolio and get feedback and advice from an industry professional.

PANELS

10:30 -  11:30 AM

Session 10 | Animation: Bringing Superheroes to Life

U-SU Los Angeles Room C (Room 308C)

  • Moderator: Anne Agnew, writer, DC Super Hero Girls, Thunderbirds Are Go
  • Panelist: Geoffrey Thorne, producer and writer, Avengers Assemble: Black Panther's Quest and writer, Justice League Action and Ultimate Spider-Man
  • Panelist: Drew Graziano, production manager, Unikitty! and animation department, American Dad
  • Panelist: Dou Hong, character designer, Young Justice, Ben 10: Omniverse, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

11:40 AM - 12:40 PM

Session 11 | Life on Mars? Making Aliens and Heroes in Hollywood

U-SU Los Angeles Room C (Room 308C)

Come join a conversation with the artists behind Mars Attacks! and dozens of your other favorite movies.

  • Moderator: Mimi Gramatky, Past President, Art Directors Guild
  • Panelist: Wynn Thomas, production designer (Mars Attacks!, Hidden Figures, Get Smart, Malcolm X, Do The Right Thing) and current Governor of the Motion Picture Academy
  • Panelist: Michael L. Fink, visual effects (Mars Attacks!, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, X-Men, Batman Returns)
  • Panelist: Timothy Burgard, storyboard artist (Mars Attacks!, Justice League, Jurassic World, Thor)
  • James Hegedus, supervising art director, Mars Attacks!, illustrator / concept artist, Captain America: The First Avenger, Forrest Gump, The Rocketeer

Session 12 | Voice Actor Forum

U-SU Alhambra Room (Room 305)

  • Special Guest: Damion Poitier, actor, The Flash, Captain America: Civil War, True Blood; stunt performer, Thor: The Dark World, Dollhouse, Star Trek; voice actor, Lost Planet 3, Payday 2
  • Moderator: Hannibal Tabu, head comics reviewer for Bleeding Cool

12:50 - 1:50 PM

Session 13 | Star Trek: Aliens Through the Years

U-SU Los Angeles Room C (Room 308C)

The celebration of Star Trek continues with a panel discussion with the artists and creators who brought the aliens in the series to life, from the Borg and the Breen to the Ferengi and the Klingons.

  • Panelist: Karen Westerfield, makeup artist, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise, Spider-Man, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
  • Panelist: Dan Curry, visual effects supervisor, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise
  • Panelist: Geoffrey Mandel, scenic artist, Star Trek: Voyager and Enterprise, graphic designer, X-Men: First Class and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

12:50 - 1:50 PM

Session 14 | VERSUS!

U-SU Alhambra Room (Room 305)

Who’d Win Battles Between your Favorite Comics Characters? Advocates argue the merits of the case with help from audience!

  • Judge: Hannibal Tabu, head comics reviewer for Bleeding Cool
  • Thunderdome panelists: Tyler McPhail of the Grand Geek Gathering and Michael Young of NERDSoul

2:00 - 3:00 PM

Session 15 | The Work and Worlds of Rick Carter

U-SU Los Angeles Room C (Room 308C)

A discussion of the science fiction worlds of Production Designer Rick Carter—and his movies such as Jurassic Park, Avatar, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker—with the people who helped create them.

Session 16 | Graphic and Logo Design for Comics

U-SU Alhambra Room (Room 305)

  • Moderator: Hannibal Tabu, head comics reviewer for Bleeding Cool
  • Panelist: Zen of H.C.M.P. (High Concept Media Properties), graphic artist and letterer, Aspen Comics

3:10 - 3:40 PM

Session 17 | Imaginator Award Presentation

U-SU Los Angeles Room C (Room 308C)

The Imaginator Award is for wondrous achievement in visual conceptualization. This award celebrates the standout achievements of people in the art departments of the entertainment industry. It is awarded based on the recipient’s body of work and relevance to the theme.

  • 2020 Awardee: Rick Carter, production designer for Jurassic Park, Avatar, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Star Wars: The Last Skywalker
  • Award Presented by Dean Linda Essig (Cal State LA, College of Arts and Letters) and Chuck Parker (Executive Director, Art Directors Guild)

4:00 - 5:30 PM

Closing Reception

University Library, 2nd Floor (Palmer Wing Walkway)

Come join our Eagle-Con panelists for a closing reception at the Art Directors Guild exhibit of Rick Carter’s work and the University Library’s exhibit of women’s science fiction through the ages.