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Friday, May 30
 

12:00pm

To be Deadpool is Not Consent
People believe that dressing up as Deadpool gives them an excuse to act inappropriately and without restraint. Some even believe that they know the character by what friends have told them and what few comics they've read. In this panel, learn what Wade Wilson is all about. History, family, friends, loves, losses, humorous times, sad times, and current story up to his recent marriage, all from a fellow D. Pool cosplayer.

Speakers

Friday May 30, 2014 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Room 140 Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis IN 46225

1:00pm

Cosplay Props and Armor Making
Cosplay Prop and Armor discussion with CosAwesome Studios members around the following topics:

Common Cosplay Materials overview – Foam, Plastic, Worbla, PVC, Fiberglass, Bondo, Putty, etc.

Reusing/Repurposing items for Props and Armor – Quick examples of what you can do with commonly found items.

Fabricating costume pieces – Different tricks and strategies when working with cosplay materials.

Kit-Bashing – Just as it sounds, smash one pre-made kit or prop with another to make a prop all your own.

Painting / Detailing – Really making your props and armor pop and stand out. 

Question and Answer session at the end and also at the CosAwesome fan table.

If we have a projector or screen available we’ll have a member of CosAwesome making a prop or armor piece during the panel.

Speakers

Friday May 30, 2014 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Room 141-142 Indiana Convention Center

3:00pm

The Art of Found Object Costuming
It’s a common dilemma:  You want to cosplay, but you don’t have much cash.  Or you don’t have access to a sewing machine, and wouldn’t know what to do with it if you did.  Or the con is in two days, and you don’t have time to make something from scratch.  Sound familiar?  If so, this panel is for you!  We’ll show you a variety of costumes made for less than $10, plus discuss character selection, making your character recognizable, and how to build a complete costume out of things you have around the house.

Friday May 30, 2014 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Room 141-142 Indiana Convention Center

4:00pm

Cosplay Pics 101: Posing in Costume
Want to look better in your cosplay photos? Want to make quick hallway snapshops look as good as a staged photoshoot? It’s possible with a little posing practice! Come learn the secrets of creating flattering and dynamic poses for any character, as well as the best ways to show off your costume, props and makeup in pictures.

Speakers
avatar for Alena Van Arendonk

Alena Van Arendonk

Alena has been cosplaying for more than a decade and a half, and has provided professional costuming and SFX makeup work for film, live theatre, and museums. She is a member of “…And Sewing Is Half The Battle!”, an Indiana-based cosplay team that has garnered more than 50 awards... Read More →


Friday May 30, 2014 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Room 141-142 Indiana Convention Center

6:00pm

Cosplay =/= Consent aka basic Con and Cosplay Ettiquette
The ‘Cosplay is not Consent’ movement actually reaches out a LOT further than just through being photographed without permission. It’s more of an anti-harassment movement, which can encompass anything from inappropriate gawking/glaring, which can make people feel very uncomfortable, to inappropriate and unwelcome touching or word exchange, which both men and women have been victim to.  Especially in the geek community where many of the people are too shy or afraid to speak up, or worried that by saying no, they’re going to cause an issue of some sort, even though they were just put in a position of feeling violated.  This is just a basic etiquette panel on, “just because you’re at a con, doesn’t mean all rules are out the window!” People still have feelings, there are still boundaries that shouldn’t be crossed just like on the street or in the office, and just because a costume is showing some skin….it’s not an excuse for inappropriate behavior.  Through a series of power point presentation and mini-skits, we’ll go over some do’s and don’ts during certain situations that may and will come up during your convention experience.

Speakers
avatar for Mogchelle Cosplay

Mogchelle Cosplay

Mogchelle Cosplay
Michelle Mussoni, also known in the Cosplay (a play on words meaning Costume Play) world as Cospinay or Mogchelle, started in the costume world by just being an average geek attending a Japanese Animation convention in 1999. Seeing all the other people in costumes around, just looked... Read More →


Friday May 30, 2014 6:00pm - 6:45pm
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
avatar for Paul and Storm

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

Make-up For Costuming
No costume is complete without appropriate makeup!  Makeup can make you truly resemble your character and look better in photos.  Learn how to look more masculine or more feminine, give yourself enormous anime eyes, create alien prostheses, or add special effects. We’ll show you what makeup you need, what products to use (and which to avoid!) and how to achieve the effect you want.

Speakers
avatar for Alena Van Arendonk

Alena Van Arendonk

Alena has been cosplaying for more than a decade and a half, and has provided professional costuming and SFX makeup work for film, live theatre, and museums. She is a member of “…And Sewing Is Half The Battle!”, an Indiana-based cosplay team that has garnered more than 50 awards... Read More →


Saturday May 31, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
Room 140 Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis IN 46225

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 →
avatar for Ragtag Studios

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

7:30pm

Cosplay Contest
Join us for our premier cosplay event featuring guest judges Raychul Moore and Nicole Marie Jean!  Cash prizes and trophies for contest winners.

Details TBA. 

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
avatar for Jessica Lynn Gonzalez

Jessica Lynn Gonzalez

Jessica LG is one of teh true rising stars of cosplay!
avatar for Nicole Marie Jean

Nicole Marie Jean

Nicole Marie Jean is a cosplayer, artist, sculptor and designer from Boston, Massachusetts. Nicole began her journey into the cosplay and convention world in 2011. It was the previously year that she discovered what cosplay was. Nicole fell in love with the idea of being able to... Read More →
avatar for Raychul Moore

Raychul Moore

Raychul Moore is a well-known and frequent face in the cosplay and gaming communities.  Typically an attendee of major conventions, Raychul comes to PopCon as a special guest for her talent as a cosplayer and her excellent ability to self-market, self-promote, and self-publish. Raychul... Read More →


Saturday May 31, 2014 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Main Stage Indiana Convention Center
 
Sunday, June 1
 

1:00pm

Beginners Guide to Cosplay Sewing
Been dying to get into Cosplay, but you’ve never sewed a stitch in your life and don’t know where to start? Got a few costumes under your belt but you need some tips and tricks to take your work to the next level? Join costumer and seamstress Rose Hipps as she walks you through some essential costuming information for beginners, such as:

Taking your measurements – the foundation of any well fitted garment. Lots of people struggle with altering clothing or patterns to fit them properly. Having accurate measurements can speed up the process and help you get the best results every time, right from the beginning of the project, and is also very important when purchasing or commissioning items from other crafters.

Learn to analyze source material to look for material clues as well as identify basic garment shapes.
Is that shiny bit in your research image satin or pvc? Is that a circle skirt? or is it gored? pleated or gathered? Learning to see these shapes can speed the process when developing your patterns and help you avoid wasted materials.

Get some basic sewing tips on fitting, fasteners and finishing.
These three things can make your break your costume and are often the ones beginner costumers struggle with the most. Learn tricks to fit the garment to your body with or  without a helper, learn to plan head for fastening and gets tips on how to apply zippers, hooks and snaps properly and how to make your garments look just as great on the inside as the outside.

Learn to use your google-fu and walk away with a master resource list to get you started on your next project.
The internet is a wonderful resource for beginners, with a wealth of suppliers, tutorials and other information which can sometimes seem overwhelming. We’ll cover favorite resources for a variety of areas such as armour, historical garments, corsetry and supplies.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Rose Hipps

Rose Hipps

Rose learned to love costumes at a young age, going to living history sites and reenactments with her family. Her love of historical clothing and costumes lead her to pursue a career in the world of theatrical costuming. She earned a BFA in Costume Design from College of Santa Fe... Read More →


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

2:00pm

We Cosplay and So Can You
Cosplay discussion with CosAwesome Studios members around the following topics:

Picking a cosplay for you – Suggestions of how to pick a cosplay and some reasons why we have cosplayed certain characters.

Knowing your character – Suggestions on how to really get into character, know the details, etc.

Etiquette of cosplay – What to say and not say to a costumer when addressing their costume, picture taking, their character, etc.

Costumed heroes and bullies – Examples of how to be a hero (Charity event worker, work with kids) and how to deal with Cosplay bullying.

Building Vs. Buying costumes – Quick run down of opinions on crafting and commissioning a costume.

Competitive cosplay – Do’s and don’ts of contests

Photo shoots vs con floor – Planning your costumes and surroundings for photo shoots and con floor events.

Question and Answer session at the end and also at the CosAwesome fan table.

Speakers

Sunday June 1, 2014 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Room 143-144 Indiana Convention Center