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Eagle-Con 2021 will be held virtually on Thursday, March 11, Friday, March 12, and Saturday, March 13.

Our special guest on Thursday is writer Nnedi Okorafor (the Binti trilogy, Black Panther: Long Live the King), who will be awarded the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Award for work that exemplifies and carries forth the same spirit and excellence.

On Friday, legendary actor and activist George Takei (Star Trek, They Called Us Enemy) will be given the Prism Award for outstanding contributions to diversity in science fiction across media.

Our special guest Saturday will be production designer Wynn Thomas (Mars Attacks, Hidden Figures, Da 5 Bloods) who will be presented the Imaginator Award for wondrous achievement in visual conceptualization. Each of this year’s awardees has long been barrier breakers for other writers and artists, building impressively varied careers that have impacted millions in a manner that is at the heart of Eagle-Con’s mission.

More information about this year’s Awardees

 

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Eagle-Con 2021 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, BIPOC, 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 2021 Schedule

  • Thursday, March 11th,  9:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
  • Friday, March 12th,     10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
  • Saturday, March 13th, 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Thursday and Friday will open with a virtual exhibit of artwork based on this year’s theme by Eagle-Con's Founding Sponsor, the Art Directors Guild (Local 800). The virtual panels on Thursday will focus on academic programming. The virtual panels on Friday will focus on academic panels and professional development seminars for students.

Saturday will include a full virtual marketplace alongside the Art Directors Guild Exhibit.

COST: FREE!

Exhibitions by Eagle-Con's Founding Sponsor, the Art Directors Guild (Local 800):

  • Come see the Art Directors Guild’s annual exhibit of their work from your favorite science fiction, fantasy, and horror movies and television shows.
  • The Art Directors Guild will also curate an exhibition of work from the films of this year’s Imaginator award winner Winn Thomas, drawing from features such as Mars Attacks!, Hidden Figures, Get Smart, and Da 5 Bloods.

Vendor's Room:

Check out the awesome merchandise, organizations, and activities in our virtual vendor's room! This year’s vendor's room will include links where you can visit their virtual stores, join them for Zoom meetings, and check out their social media.

More information about this year’s Exhibitors

Thursday, March 11th: Day 1

EXHIBITIONS AND ACTIVITIES

10:00 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.

Art Directors Guild Exhibitions

Room 2 for discussion

Come see the Art Directors Guild exhibit of work from your favorite movies and television shows such as Blade Runner, Star Trek, Aquaman, John Wick, Earth to Ned, Mindhunter, and Lucifer. It will also include an exhibition of work from the films of this year’s Imaginator award winner Wynn Thomas, drawing from features such as Mars Attacks!, Hidden Figures, Get Smart, and Da 5 Bloods.

10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Games

Hosted by U-SU Recreation

Among Us!

Among Us is a multiplayer deduction game where the players are stuck in a spaceship and must all work together, knowing that among them, is an imposter. The game will then end once either side is eliminated or if the ship is fixed. Join us at Eagle-Con for back-to-back games of this hot new mobile game!

Zoom Link: TBD!

10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Vendor's Room

Vendor's Room

 

PANELS

12:20 P.M. - 1:20 P.M.

Session 1 | Black Side of the Moon 1: Literature

Room 1

Join us for a conversation about Afrocentric speculative fiction with one of the field’s leading scholars and one its most exciting novelists.

  • Dr. Isiah Lavender, Professor, University of Georgia, author of Afrofuturism Rising
  • Minister Faust, author of Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad, War and Mir

1:45 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.

Special Event | Octavia Butler Memorial Award Presentation

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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.

  • 2021 Awardee: Nnedi Okorafor prolific best-selling author of Lagoon, the Binti trilogy, the Akata series, Remote Control, Shuri: The Search for the Black Panther, Black Panther: Long Live the King, and much more!
  • This award is given out in honor of Cal State LA alumna Octavia E. Butler to celebrate an author whose writing exemplifies the spirit of her work.
  • Presented by Dr. Libby Lewis (Department of Pan-African Studies)

3:15 P.M. - 4:15 P.M.

Session 2 | The Writer's Room

Room 1

Join us and our community partner 826LA for this panel discussion of professional writers sharing their knowledge and experiences of how to make a career out of writing.

  • Moderator: Hannibal Tabu, writer and head comics reviewer at BleedingCool.com, and winner of the 2019 Cultural Trailblazer award from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
  • Panelist: Stephanie Williams, writer for SyFyFanGrrls and comics such as Living Heroes
  • Panelist: Ryan Thomas Riddle, journalist, editor, and executive producer at Avaaz Media

4:30 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.

Session 3 | War of the Worlds: A (remote) collaboration/adaptation for 2020

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In the Fall of 2020, the Dept. of Theatre and Dance at Cal State LA decided to create a virtual, remote production of HG Wells's War of the Worlds. Using OBS software, Zoom, and a Production Team of professionals and students, this production went live for 7 performances including a festival in Brazil. In this workshop, meet the collaborators - student designer, OBS engineer, director, and actors.

  • Panelist: Professor Stephen Rothman (Director)
  • Panelist: Professor Meredith Greenburg (Prod. Mgr)
  • Panelist: Laura Hernandez (Prod. Designer)
  • Panelist: Karla Galaviz (OBS Engineer)
  • Panelist: Frank Ramirez (Actor)
  • Panelist: Dane Gbrayes (Actor)

Friday, March 12th: Day 2

EXHIBITIONS AND ACTIVITIES

10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Art Directors Guild Exhibitions

Exhibition Room

Come see the Art Directors Guild exhibit of work from your favorite movies and television shows such as Blade Runner, Star Trek, Aquaman, John Wick, Earth to Ned, Mindhunter, and Lucifer. It will also include an exhibition of work from the films of this year’s Imaginator award winner Wynn Thomas, drawing from features such as Mars Attacks!, Hidden Figures, Get Smart, and Da 5 Bloods.

10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Games

Hosted by U-SU Recreation

10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. Jack Box Games – Lie Swatter

Lie Swatter is a true-or-false guessing game featured in the Jackbox Party Pack and consists of three rounds each game. In Lie Swatter, players are given a fact and must quickly decide if it’s True or a Lie. Get it wrong and the bug gets squashed! But get it right…and the bug also gets squashed, but you get points!

Zoom Link: TBD!

11:00 A.M. - 2:30 P.M. Super Smash Bros. Tournament

Want to test your Super Smash Bros. Ultimate skills at your favorite Cal State LA convention? Sign-up for this tournament to compete for the virtual crown! Players must have access to a Switch, SSBU game, and Nintendo Online account.

Registration Link: TBD!

Zoom Link: TBD!

10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Vendor's Room

Vendor's Room

OG Collectibles!

PANELS

10:00 A.M. - 10:50 A.M.

Session 4 | Art Directors Guild Panel: Props and Set Dressing

Room 1

Join us for this panel discussion about the careers and working process of creating props and sets for film and television.

  • Moderator: Mimi Gramatky, Production Designer, Art Director, former President of The Art Directors Guild, Educator USC Cinema School of the Arts
  • Panelists: Jan Pascale,Oscar nominated Set Decorator, Motion Picture Academy Peer Group Governor
  • Panelist: Jack Taylor, production designer and art director
  • Panelist: Scott Moses, production designer and art director

11:00 A.M. - 11:50 A.M.

Session 5 | Street Art and [email protected] Futurism

Room 1

Join us for a conversation about street writing and [email protected] futurism with one of its foremost practitioners and one of the country’s leading scholars of the art form.

  • Nuke, legendary Boyle Heights street writer and muralist
  • Dr. Victor Viesca, Department of Liberal Studies, Cal State LA

12:00 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.

Session 6 | Art Directors Guild Panel: What is Art Direction?

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Join us for this panel discussion of what is involved in being an Art Director, how to pursue a career in film and television, and why understanding art departments is crucial for every aspect of production in film and television.

  • Moderator: Mimi Gramatky, Production Designer, Art Director, former President of The Art Directors Guild, Educator USC Cinema School of the Arts
  • Panelists: TBD!

1:45 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Session 7 | Star Trek and Infinite Diversity

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As a franchise, Star Trek has always advocated for the slogan “infinite diversity in infinite combinations.” Through the decades, Star Trek has continued to break new ground with sympathetic depictions of diversity in regard to race, gender, sexuality, identity, and ability. Join us for this panel discussion of Star Trek's progressive legacy as we celebrate this year’s Prism Award Winner, George Takei.

  • Moderator: Casey Bernay, Director of Education, Art Director’s Guild
  • Panelist: Michael Okuda, 2014 Prism Awardee and scenic art supervisor (Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country / The Next Generation / First Contact / Deep Space Nine / Voyager / Enterprise)
  • Panelist: Denise Okuda, 2014 Prism Awardee and scenic artist (Star Trek: Generations / Insurrection / Deep Space Nine / Voyager / Enterprise)

3:15 P.M.- 4:30 P.M.

Special Event | Eagle-Con Prism Award Presentation

Main Room

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

  • 2021 Awardee: George Takei, who portrayed Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek tv-series and movies, and has gone on to dozens of other memorable roles in his legendary career. George Takei is also the author of the recent graphic novel They Called Us the Enemy, which is based on his experiences in the United States’ World War II concentration camps.
  • Award Presented by Dr. Patrick Sharp, Department of Liberal Studies

Saturday, March 13th: Day 3

EXHIBITIONS AND ACTIVITIES

10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Art Directors Guild Exhibitions

Exhibition Room

Come see the Art Directors Guild exhibit of work from your favorite movies and television shows such as Blade Runner, Star Trek, Aquaman, John Wick, Earth to Ned, Mindhunter, and Lucifer. It will also include an exhibition of work from the films of this year’s Imaginator award winner Wynn Thomas, drawing from features such as Mars Attacks!, Hidden Figures, Get Smart, and Da 5 Bloods.

10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Games

Hosted by U-SU Recreation

10:00 A.M.- 12:00 P.M. Skribbl.io

Skribbl.io is an online multiplayer drawing and guessing game for the whole family. One game consists of a few rounds in which every round someone must draw their chosen word and others must guess it to gain points! Join us for this game during Eagle-Con for a special sci-fi and superhero-themed twist!

Zoom Link: TBD!

10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Vendor's Room

Vendor's Room

OG Collectibles!

11:00 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.

Dropshop Digital presents a life drawing workshop with Pierre Bernard Jr.

Activity Room 1

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 cosplaying as cyborgs and aliens. Drop-in throughout the day for mini-workshops and bring the whole family!

  • Model: Vailence Martyn

DropShop Logo, large capital D surrounded by simple blue frame

PANELS

9:20 A.M.- 10:20 A.M.

Session 8 | Graphic and Logo Design for Comics

Room 1

  • 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

10:30 A.M.- 11:30 A.M.

Session 9 | Black Side of the Moon 2: Comics and Superheroes

Room 1

Join us for our ongoing conversation about Afrofuturism as we discuss the history and recent developments in the Comics industry and superhero franchises with a panel of amazing creative talent.

  • Panelist and Moderator: Hannibal Tabu, writer and head comics reviewer at BleedingCool.com, and winner of the 2019 Cultural Trailblazer award from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
  • Panelist: Dr. Jalondra Davis, UC Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow, UC San Diego, Department of Ethnic Studies.
  • Panelist: Milton Davis, author and editor (Gunman’s Peace, Steamfunk, Cyberfunk) and owner of MVmedia.
  • Panelist: Robert K. Jeffrey II, writer (DC Comics New Talent Showcase 2018, Ret: Con, Radio Free Amerika, Mine to Avenge)

Session 10 | Animation Spotlight – Spencer Wan

Room 2

Fans of animation should join us for a conversation with rising star Spencer Wan to talk about his work, career, and upcoming projects!

  • Moderator: Zachary Vernon, Professor, Cal State Los Angeles
  • Panelist: Spencer Wan, visual development artist (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2), character designer and animation director (Castlevania), and animation supervisor (The Owl House).

11:40 A.M. - 12:40 P.M.

Session 11 | Noir is the New Black

Room 1

Come listen to a discussion with the creators of the new graphic novel Noir is the New Black, a project of 13 hard-boiled and gritty detective stories featuring the work of 25 black writers, artists, colorists, and letterers

  • Moderator: Fabrice Sapolsky, writer (Spider-Man Noir) and founder of Fair Square Comics
  • Panelist: Hannibal Tabu, writer for Noir is the New Black and head comics reviewer for BleedingCool.com
  • Panelist: Gary Phillips, writer
  • Panelist: Roxxy Haze, writer
  • Panelist: Erika Hardison, writer
  • Panelist: TC Harris, co-editor and writer

Session 12 | Fantastic Families of Affinity: LUCIFER

Room 2

Join in the conversation about family and fantasy with the talented artists behind Lucifer and dozens of your other favorite shows.

  • Moderator: Mimi Gramatky, Production Designer, Art Director, former President of The Art Directors Guild, Educator USC Cinema School of the Arts
  • Panelist: Alex Hajdu, production designer (Lucifer, The Walking Dead) and art director (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, upcoming Spider-Man sequel)
  • Panelist: Tim Eckel, art director (Lucifer, Heroes, CSI)
  • Panelist: Tom Wagman, set designer (Lucifer)
  • Panelist: Karin McGaughey, set decorator (Lucifer, Agents of SHIELD)
  • Panelist: Joe Mason, graphic artist (Lucifer, Man of Steel)
  • Panelist: Ava Dishian, art department coordinator (Lucifer, Radium Girls)

12:50 P.M. - 1:50 P.M.

Session 13 | VERSUS!

Room 1

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

  • Judge: Hannibal Tabu, head comics reviewer for BleedingCool.com

Session 14 | The World of Game of Thrones

Room 2

Join the team responsible for building the visual world of the HBO mega-hit and talk with them about the show’s legacy and their upcoming projects!

  • Panelist and moderator: Deborah Riley, production designer (Game of Thrones) and set designer (The Matrix)
  • Panelist: Hauke Richter, art director (Game of Thrones, Treadstone)
  • Panelist: Nick Wilkinson, art director (Game of Thrones, Cursed)

2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Session 15 | The Writer’s Journey: AMA (Ask Me Anything) with Brandon Easton

Room 1

Join 2020 Prism Award Winner and writer Brandon Easton (Future State: Superman of Metropolis, Marvel Action Spider-Man, Star Trek: Season Five) for a panel on how to enter and persevere in the world of writing for the media industries.

Session 16 | The Work and Worlds of Wynn Thomas

Room 2

A discussion of the speculative and science fiction worlds of production designer Wynn Thomas with his collaborators and colleagues.

  • Moderator: Mimi Gramatky, Production Designer, Art Director, former President of The Art Directors Guild, Educator USC Cinema School of the Arts
  • Panelist: Wynn Thomas (Mars Attacks!, Hidden Figures, Get Smart, Da 5 Bloods)
  • Panelist: Robert Townsend, producer, director, and actor (Black Lightning, Meteor Man)
  • Jeremy Woolsey, art director (Hidden Figures, Da 5 Bloods)

3:10 P.M. - 3:40 P.M.

Special Event | Imaginator Award Presentation

Main Room

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.

  • 2021 Awardee: Wynn Thomas, production designer (Mars Attacks!, Hidden Figures, Get Smart, Da 5 Bloods)
  • Award Presented by Dean Linda Essig (Cal State LA, College of Arts and Letters).

 

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