Possibilities Imagined Here
- Focus: Media Multiverses
Conference Main Events:
- Thursday, March 10, 10:00am-7:15pm
- Friday, March 11, 10:00am-6:30pm
- Saturday, March 12, 9:00am-4:30pm
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 by this year’s Imaginator award winner Dawn Brown, drawing from her work on projects such as Terminator: Dark Fate, Star Trek, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and The X-Files.
On hold for 2022. We look forward to our Vendor’s room returning in 2023.
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 L.A., 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 2022 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, 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
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.
Sponsored by: University-Student Union, Art Directors Guild Local 800, and the College of Arts & Letters.
Thursday, March 10th
10:50am-12:05pm – Lemonade Award Presentation for acts of kindness which further science fiction community. Author Nalo Hopkinson presents the award and leads a discussion with authors Jaymee Goh and K. Tempest Williams.
12:20-1:30pm – Breaking into the Entertainment Industry of LA. Get first-hand advice from leading members of entertainment industry unions on how to prepare yourself and find work in Southern California’s largest industry.
1:40-2:50pm – Concept Illustration for Costumes. Hear how the costumes for film, television, and videogames are designed and created from some of Hollywood’s leading artists such as Warren Manser (Black Panther, Batman vs. Superman, Thor, Spider-Man).
3:00-4:15pm – Afrofuturism in Comics. Scholars and Black comics creators discuss the history and importance of Afrofuturism in comics and graphic novels, from The Black Panther to the work of John Jennings.
4:30-5:45pm – Octavia E. Butler Memorial Award presentation and discussion with legendary graphic novelist and comics scholar, Professor John Jennings, the author of Black Kirby: In Search of the MotherBoxx Connection who has also adapted the work of Octavia Butler (Parable of the Sower, Kindred) and Nnedi Okorafor (After the Rain) into graphic novel form.
6:00-7:15pm – Imaginator Award Presentation and discussion with set designer and concept artist Dawn Brown, who has helped create the look of such shows as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Terminator: Dark Fate, Star Trek, The X-Files, and The Hunger Games.
Friday, March 11th
10:30-11:45am – How to Write for Media. Come to this seminar on writing with screenwriters Oscar Balderrama (Arrow, Naomi) and David Gerrold (Star Trek, Babylon 5).
12:00-1:15pm – Student Film Festival. Come see and discuss the work of this year’s EagleCon student filmmakers!
1:30-2:45pm – The Business of Entertainment. Come hear John Lynch, the Executive Vice President of Production at Paramount TV, and a panel of working professionals discuss the business of modern media and California’s creative industries.
3:00-4:30pm – Lemonade Award presentation, performance, and discussion with The 501st Legion, the all-volunteer Star Wars organization that promotes interest in the Star Wars universe through high-quality cosplay and making contributions to their communities through costumed charity work.
Saturday, March 12th
9:20-10:20am – Art Departments in the 21st Century. Come listen to the creators behind the look of such landmark properties as Game of Thrones and The Matrix as they give you the behind-the-scenes view.
9:20-10:20am – The Independent’s Day In The Time of COVID! Independent comics creators share their stories about how they thrived during the pandemic and provided diverse alternatives to large corporate brands.
10:30-11:30am – Star Trek across Generations. Writers and artists who have helped make Star Trek a multi-generational and multi-media franchise discuss their work from The Original Series to Lower Decks.
10:30-11:30am – VERSUS! Who’d Win Battles Between your Favorite Comics Characters? Advocates argue the merits of the case with help from audience!
11:40am-12:40pm – Imagining the Fights of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Hollywood specialists such as Jane Wu (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) explain how they design the flow and look of your favorite fight scenes.
11:40am-12:40pm – The Art of Editing Comic Books. Some of the industry’s most experienced voices explain just what editing is and how it can make or break a project
12:50-1:50pm – Visual Effects in the 21st Century. Pioneers of digital special effects such as John F. K. Parenteau (Star Trek: Into Darkness, The OA, Iron Man) talk about what young filmmakers and digital artists need to know about this key part of the entertainment industry.
12:50-1:50pm – Diversity in Dungeons & Dragons. The author of the new, more diverse D&D book discusses his work and leads a short campaign with the help of Cal State LA students.
2:00-3:00 – Imaginator Award Super Panel. Previous awardees Rick Carter (Jurassic Park, Avatar, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Wynn Thomas (Mars Attacks!, Hidden Figures), and Oliver Scholl (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Independence Day) discuss their love of science fiction and legendary careers in Hollywood.
3:10-4:30pm – Award Winners Roundtable. EagleCon closes with a roundtable of this year’s awardees John Jennings, Dawn Brown, Jaymee Goh, and K. Tempest Bradford discussing the importance of diversity in science fiction and their contributions to the genre.