TerrifiCon is dedicated to giving comic book fans the chance to hear how their favorite stories came to be. In the past we had the creative teams behind such epics as Marvel's Secret Wars, DC's The Death of Superman, 30 Years of Writing Spider-Man, Denny O'Neil and Klaus Janson discussing the Dark Knight and more. This year we continue that tradition with panels featuring top industry writers and artists. Here's some of what we have planned this year and where the fans can find out the secrets behind classic comics and more! 


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2018 TERRIFICON MAIN PANEL ROOM ​SCHEDULE 
(located in EARTH BALLROOM A)


FRIDAY, AUGUST 17
4:00-5:00  DC Comics' Long Lost Love with Barbara Friedlander - Host: Paul Kupperberg
5:00-6:00 The Psychology OF Wolverine with Dr. Suzana Flores and Roy Thomas- Host: John Siuntres

6:00-7:00  Forging the Infinity Gauntlet with Jim Starlin, Ron Lim, Joe Rubenstein  - Host: John Siuntres
7:00-8:00  Staying Cool with Henry Winkler - Host: Paul Kupperberg
8:00-9:00  Venom: 30 Years of the Sinister Symbiote with Creator David Micheline, writer Larry Hama, artist Ron Frenz and current artist Ryan Stegman - Host: John Siuntres 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18
10:30-11:30  Toys and Comics a look at GI Joe, Micronauts, He-Man and Super Powers with Larry Hama, Michael Golden and Paul Kupperberg - Host: Mike Zapcic
11:30-12:30  Hail King T'Challa the Black Panther with writers Don McGregor, Christopher Priest, artist Bob Almond and Afua Richardson - Host: John Siuntres 
12:30-1:30  A Tour through Marvel's Cosmic History with Roy Thomas and Jim Starlin - Host: John Siuntres 
1:30-2:30  What's New at Marvel Comics with Editor-In-Chief C.B. Cebulski, writers Charles Soule and Nick Spencer - Host: John Siuntres 
2:30-3:30  80 Years of Superman with Roger Stern, Peter Tomasi, Jerry Ordway, and Paul Kupperberg - Host: John Siuntres 
3:30-4:30  The Last Stand X-Comic Book Men; Ming Chen, Bryan Johnson and Mike Zapcic - Host Mitch Hallock 
4:30-5:30 Sound Check for Blues Brothers: Closed to Public
5:45-6:45  SPECIAL PRESENTATION MARVEL COMICS THE LAST 45 YEARS- Marvel Editors-in-Chief Look at 45 years of Marvel with Roy Thomas and C.B. Cebulski- Hosts: Mitch Hallock and John Cimino

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19
10:00-11:00  Tougher Than The Rest: MIchael Jai White talks about growing up in Connecticut and his path to Hollywood in Spawn, The Dark Knight, Arrow and Black Dynamite - Hosts: Joe Stuber
11:00-12:00  Guarding the Galaxy with Pom Klementieff - Host: Joe Stuber
12:00-1:00  Heroic Voices: Classic Cartoon Voiceovers Actors with Paul Soles, Larry Kenney, Greg Cipes, Charile Schlatter and Khary Peyton- Host: Joe Stuber
1:00-2:00  Drew Powell:Gotham's Lovable Bad Guy Butch/Solomon Grundy - Host: Joe Stuber

2:00-3:00  Robin - The Hero's Journey from sidekick to titan to death to resurrection to Nightwing a look at the history of Batman's loyal companion - Robin with Denny O'Neil, Jim Starlin, Mike W. Barr, Tim Seeley and Peter Tomasi - Host: John Siuntres 
3:00-4:00  Costume Contest Hosted by: Ming Chen

​2018 TERRIFICON AUXILIARY PANEL ROOM ​SCHEDULE 
(located in FALLING LEAVES MEETING ROOM NEAR CTGAMER ARENA


FRIDAY, AUGUST 17

5:00-6:00  Michael Golden: The Art of Storytelling workshop.   45 minutes with one of the best storytellers in the business, as he talks to you and answers questions about how to take your storytelling to the next level.  Great for both artists and writers. 
6:00-7:00  Cosplay & Social Media: Outside of cons, cosplay lives on social media. Learn how to establish and grow your social media accounts, discover what cosplay feature pages look for in content and collaborations, discover how to grow your accounts. Social media etiquette and good practices for crediting and descriptions will be covered as well. 

7:00-8:00  CT Podsquad: CT podcasts come together for a panel on podcasting, how we got into podcasting and any advice on getting into the industry. Hosts: Steven Christina Jr. of Super Retro Throwback Reviews, John Ameta of Pint O' Comics
8:00-9:00  Cospositivity / Body Positivity: With all the negative aspects in the cosplay community (body shaming, bullying, etc.), how do you remain positive? Join our cosplay guests for an honest and encouraging discussion about cospositivity and celebrating the wins in the community. 


SATURDAY, AUGUST 18
11:00-12:00  LGBTQIA+ in Horror: Join cosplay guest Brandon Clarke for a discussion about LGBTQIA+ visibility in horror books and why we love the horror genre. 

12:00-1:00  The IndyCast: presents The Magic of John Williams with Podcasters Laird Malmed, Ron Longo, Joe Stuber and Mitch Hallock
1:00-2:00  “Don’t Be Creepy!” How To Be a Cosplay Handler: While we all enjoy seeing amazing cosplayers, someone who typically goes unrecognized is their handler. Join experienced cosplay handler Dan Scott Now and seasoned cosplayer/handler C3Cosplay as they discuss the real MVPs of cosplay: handlers! Learn practical tips about the care and feeding of your cosplayer – logistics, travel, booth assistance, costume prep and navigating the con -- and enjoy discussions about the hilarity of the craziness that happens behind the scenes. 

2:00-3:00  The Angry Geeks Show with Lewis Perry and Jeremy Courtney
3:00-4:00  Q&A with UndeadDu: From cosplay to comic book covers, join cosplay guest UndeadDu to discuss her cosplay career, her comic book covers for Dynamite Comics, and more!

4:00-5:00  Restoring History- The Deconstruction of Reprinted Comics. Do comic fans actually care about comic book art? Digital art restoration artist, Michael Kelleher, discusses the history of comic art production and how it relates to the often degraded reproduction of classic artwork. Host: Mike Zapcic
5:00-6:00  Diversity in Cosplay: LGBTQIA+, PoC, Male, Plus-Size, and Cosplayers with Disabilities -- the cosplay community is a beautifully diverse place. Join several cosplayers to talk about all the wonderful shapes, sizes, colors, ages, sexualities, and identities that contribute to the ever-growing cosplay community. 


SUNDAY, AUGUST 19
11:00-12:00  Building Cosplay Armor: EVA Foam Tips & More: For the beginner or seasoned foamsmith. Join experienced cosplayers Kati Coe and Sharon Rose as they discuss basic and advanced techniques of EVA foam design, armor and prop construction, heat forming, detailing, sealing, paint finishing, and more.

12:00-1:00  So you want to make a comic? There’s never been a better time to publish your own comic. But knowing how to start, and more importantly finish, can be daunting. This panel will give you tips, tricks and insights to help get your book out of your head and into readers’ hands, with plenty of time for Q&A with our DIY experts. Host comic book writer George O'Connor and writer/artist Kristen Gudsnuk

1:00-2:00  Mego Madness with Art Baltazar and John Cimino - Host: Mike Zapcic​
2:00-3:00  Men in Cosplay: One demographic that is often overlooked in the cosplay world is the guys. Join the male cosplay guests for a discussion about their experiences as males cosplayers, how to stand out in a female dominated field, and costuming tips.


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UNTAMED: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF MARVEL'S WOLVERINE 

with Dr. Suzana E. Flores and Roy Thomas (Saturday) 
Wolverine. Logan. Weapon X. By any name, Marvel Comic's savage, brooding antihero is, in his own words, the best at what he does--killing with gratuitous precision. Paradoxically violent yet humane, the beer-swilling, cigar-smoking mutant with retractable claws is universally misjudged in the Marvel Universe yet esteemed by fans worldwide. Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Suzana Flores explores Wolverine's development from bit character to modern legend over more than four decades, with a focus on his enduring appeal as an allegory for resilience through torment.

ABOUT THE PANELIST: 
Dr. Suzana E. Flores is a TEDx speaker, clinical psychologist, and author of Untamed: The Psychology of Marvel's Wolverine(McFarland Publishing) and Facehooked: How Facebook Affects Our Emotions, Relationships, and Lives. (Reputation Books) with international book deals in South Korea and Poland.  In her newest book, UNTAMED, Dr. Flores interviewed famed Wolverine and X-Men writers and illustrators including: Roy Thomas, Len Wein, John Romita Sr., John Romita Jr., Joe Rubinstein, Adam Kubert and Paul Jenkins among others. For the first time ever, Dr. Flores has provided comic book fans with an exploration of Marvel's most famous and feisty mutant through a psychological lens. 
As a psychological expert and commentator, Dr. Flores has appeared on national and international newscasts, podcasts, radio and talk shows including: The Howard Stern Network, PBS, Al Jazeera, WCIU Channel - "The U,"​ National Public Radio (NPR), WGN Radio Chicago, Univision Television News, Mundo FOX, Charlotte News WSOC-TV and radio broadcasts out of Germany, U.K. and Canada.   Dr. Flores has been quoted in The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Time.com, CNBC.com, ABC.com, CBS.com, Esquire.com, Men's Health Magazine, Everyday Health Magazine, Mashable.com, The Nation Magazine, SheKnows.com, New Parent Magazine, La Raza Newspaper, Newlyweds.com, Upwave.com and Moms.me.

Dr. Flores recently completed a TEDx Talk entitled, "Untamed: What Wolverine Teaches Us About Rage." In her hometown of Chicago, Dr. Flores has earned a Masters in Counseling from Loyola University and a Doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Argosy University. 




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