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Friday, May 30
 

3:00pm

Roller Derby Q&A
Roller derby is currently one of the quickest growing amateur sports. There are 323 leagues registered with the Women's Flat Track Derby Association, and 34 teams registered with the Men's Roller Derby Association. Come learn more about this amazing sport and what it means to those who play it.

Friday May 30, 2014 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Room 143-144 Indiana Convention Center

3:00pm

The Unlockable Characters
When four seasoned comedians realized that they could merge their love for nerd pop-culture and Stand-up, the Unlockable Characters were formed. Touring clubs and conventions all around the country, this quartet of laugh inducing ninjas revel in entertaining an audience that is often overlooked at standard venues. With a production of the utmost quality and a show specifically geared toward its varying audiences, the Unlockable Characters stand-out among its competition. Be it Anime, Comic Books, Video games or Sci-fi, these comedic scholars are well versed, despite the cost of their high school popularity.

Moderators
avatar for Johnny Dellarocca

Johnny Dellarocca

Owner, BDC Entertainment Network
Johnny Dellarocca is a walking talking reminder of a time long past. He describes his entertainment style as Dieselpunk - a fusion of the styles and aesthetics of the past, with the sensibilities of contemporary culture.  Johnny fuses magic with high energy vocal swing music and... Read More →

Friday May 30, 2014 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Main Stage Indiana Convention Center

4:00pm

Nerd-prov
INDYPROV is an Emmy® Award nominated improvisational comedy troupe and his been performing for over a decade. Join us for an improv show based on your suggestions about all things nerdy! We will visit comics, gaming, Dr. Who and all things geek like! Audience interaction highly encouraged!

Friday May 30, 2014 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Room 143-144 Indiana Convention Center

7:30pm

Free Concert with Paul & Storm
Join us for our PopCon Kick Off Concert featuring our special guest headliners, Paul & Storm!  This concert is FREE for all PopCon fans with a valid Friday/3-Day pass for the convention.

With Support From The Harp Twins and Playboy Psychonauts, and with "Big Daddy Cool" as MC, this concert is sure to take the roof off the convention center!

Moderators
avatar for Johnny Dellarocca

Johnny Dellarocca

Owner, BDC Entertainment Network
Johnny Dellarocca is a walking talking reminder of a time long past. He describes his entertainment style as Dieselpunk - a fusion of the styles and aesthetics of the past, with the sensibilities of contemporary culture.  Johnny fuses magic with high energy vocal swing music and... Read More →

Speakers
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Paul and Storm

Paul and Storm (Paul Sabourin and Greg “Storm” DiCostanzo) have been writing and performing funny songs together for a long, long time, starting with their stint together in a cappella band Da Vinci’s Notebook. Their music has appeared on pretty much every type of media... Read More →


Friday May 30, 2014 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Main Stage Indiana Convention Center
 
Saturday, May 31
 

10:00am

Saturday Morning Cartoons - Magic of Big Daddy Cool
Speakers
avatar for Johnny Dellarocca

Johnny Dellarocca

Owner, BDC Entertainment Network
Johnny Dellarocca is a walking talking reminder of a time long past. He describes his entertainment style as Dieselpunk - a fusion of the styles and aesthetics of the past, with the sensibilities of contemporary culture.  Johnny fuses magic with high energy vocal swing music and... Read More →


Saturday May 31, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Sam Ash Stage Indiana Convention Center

11:00am

How to Break into the Business of Art
To some, it may seem like a career in the fine and/or applied arts is an impossible dream. The reality is different. This panel will address some of the challenges related to breaking into the business and entering the marketplace. Hear the first-hand experiences of two respected “young guns”--alumni Joseph Crone and Lowell Isaac,  who are in the early stages of building their careers-and an esteemed Herron professor - Vance Farrowwho is currently educating the next generation of artist and illustrators.

Speakers
avatar for Vance Farrow

Vance Farrow

Associate Professor, Herron School of Art and Design
Farrow received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing from Murray State University in 1993, and an MFA in drawing from the University of Cincinnati in 1996. He taught at the Art Academy of Cincinnati until his eventual move to Indianapolis where he currently teaches as an Assistant Professor... Read More →
avatar for Lowell Isaac

Lowell Isaac

I'm a life­long car­toon­ist, illus­tra­tor, and writer– with expe­ri­ence in film, comics, adver­tiz­ing, and chil­drens books. I stud­ied at the Art Insti­tute of Chicago, worked as a free­lance sto­ry­board and con­cept artist in Los Ange­les, and recieved my... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Vance Farrow

Vance Farrow

Associate Professor, Herron School of Art and Design
Farrow received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing from Murray State University in 1993, and an MFA in drawing from the University of Cincinnati in 1996. He taught at the Art Academy of Cincinnati until his eventual move to Indianapolis where he currently teaches as an Assistant Professor... Read More →


Saturday May 31, 2014 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 140 Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis IN 46225

12:30pm

Dungeons & Dragons Improv-active
The hilarious cast of the D’n’DUI podcast is going to be doing a live podcast show, and want IndyPopConians to participate. Think Who’s Line Is It Anyway, if it were run by Chris Hardwick.

The members of D’n’DUI are going to be bringing their characters to life in a fast-paced, free for all session of D&D and are going to use the audience to help write and tell the story. Let’s say Audience Member Dave volunteers, he is now transformed into Golbin Hex Master Dave! GHMD is now a character in the scene and then gets to go home with a belly full of laughs and some sweet swag. The whole affair is going to be recorded for podcast goodness!

Come check it out and roll the die!

 

Saturday May 31, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Sam Ash Stage Indiana Convention Center

3:00pm

Action Figure Customization
See exclusive figures and what goes into making them.

Get tips from the pros.

Ask them questions about their work.

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Sillof

Jamie Sillof

Sillof's Workshop
My work has been featured online on blogs, websites, and online news services.  In newspapers at the local, national and international levels.  In  books and magazines nationally and world wide.   On television in local news, national news, cable, and overseas.   In independent... Read More →



Saturday May 31, 2014 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Room 140 Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis IN 46225

4:00pm

Joan of Dark- knitting for nerds
Joan of Dark has published two books on knitting that left the mainstream generic scarves and sweaters.  She has instead journeyed down the path of roller derby, sci-fi, and many different geeky interstets. 


Saturday May 31, 2014 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Room 140 Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis IN 46225

6:00pm

KickStarter - How to Be Successful
Many of our exhibitors, guests, and panelists have completed successful KickStarter campaigns. We'll bring together a panel of the most, and least, successful to talk about their experiences using KickStarter.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Bancroft

Tom Bancroft

Tom Bancroft is a Disney animator from the Long Beach, California area who is best known for his creation of the Mulan character, Mushu. He stayed with Disney for about thirteen years, working on approximately nine features until he left in 2000. Since leaving Disney, Tom has been... Read More →
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Ragtag Studios

Ragtag Studio is an independent game development company founded in 2011. The team is comprised of friends and industry veterans, Matt Carter, Chris Cobb, and Shawn Halwes. After developing games together for more than a decade for studios such as Activision, Ion Storm, and Disney... Read More →


Saturday May 31, 2014 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Room 143-144 Indiana Convention Center
 
Sunday, June 1
 

10:00am

Magic You Can Do!
"Big Daddy Cool" Johnny Dellarocca teaches you some easy to master magic routines that you can perform like a master immediately. Free Illustrated hand-outs for each participant!

Speakers
avatar for Johnny Dellarocca

Johnny Dellarocca

Owner, BDC Entertainment Network
Johnny Dellarocca is a walking talking reminder of a time long past. He describes his entertainment style as Dieselpunk - a fusion of the styles and aesthetics of the past, with the sensibilities of contemporary culture.  Johnny fuses magic with high energy vocal swing music and... Read More →


Sunday June 1, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
Room 143-144 Indiana Convention Center

1:00pm

Learn To Draw with Guy Gilchrist!
Nancy and Muppets artist Guy Gilchrist teaches you the real work of cartooning! 

Speakers
avatar for Guy Gilchrist

Guy Gilchrist

Syndicated Writer/Cartoonist of Nancy & The Muppets Guy Gilchrist cut his cartoon teeth on the stylings of Walter Lantz (Woody Woodpecker), Dr. Seuss and Walt Disney. After high school, Guy was already working on his own children’s books and working for Weekly Reader Books... Read More →


Sunday June 1, 2014 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Room 141-142 Indiana Convention Center

2:00pm

Naptown Roller Girls
Meet the Naptown Roller Girls and talk derby with the crew.

Sunday June 1, 2014 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Room 140 Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis IN 46225