*2018 panels so far, more TBA!


Cosplay: A Community
As cosplay grows, it's important that we as a community grow with it. Join us as we discuss the benefits of making cosplay a welcoming hobby for everyone. Regardless of age, gender, race, sexuality, or costuming experience, cosplay is meant to be shared and celebrated by all. Presented by Kati Coe Cosplay.


Vintage for Cosplay and Everyday
“Vintage for Cosplay and Everyday” From “The Greatest Showman” to “Agent Carter” to today, Vintage for Cosplay and Everyday will guide you through the times. Vintage for Cosplay and Everyday shares amazing tips on vintage hair, makeup and clothing in the cosplay world as well as for everyday. Join Carter Cosplay as she speaks about transforming cosplays from normal to vintage as well as everyday wear. Learn some makeup tips and get the dirt on pincurls in a modern society. Also, learn the most popular brands and how to get started in the Vintage era.


Or So the Story Goes
"Or So the Story Goes" is an award winning horror web series, utilizing teens in both the cast and crew. Each season brings to life a classic children's tale with a dark, modern twist. This season- a home invasion thriller based on "Jack and the Beanstalk". Get a con exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming season and discuss building a web series with members of the cast and crew, concluding in a game of fairy tale trivia (with prizes)!  www.orsothestorygoes.com


Be Your Own Superhero!
Presented by Visionary Comics. We may not live in a world where people fly or lift cars, but we can all discover our own super-powers and be a real super-hero! Join a fun workshop and learn about the great heroes and heroines of comics who are more popular today than ever! Learn what it takes to be a real super-hero, and design your own superhero look! This is an active and artistic workshop for children and youth ages 6 and up.


The Definition of "Geek"
Are you comfortable being a geek? If yes, why? If no, why not? How can we help each other be more comfortable being who we are? This panel will open the discussion on the definition of "geek" and how it has changed in recent years. We will discuss how our level of comfort with this and other labels has changed as more obscure pastimes such as reading comic books, playing video games and watching anime has bled over into the mainstream.

As a collective, the Loading Snacks Crew prides itself on being geeks that don't fall into the mold of the typical stereotype. We are very proud of who we are and are very comfortable with the term "geek". However, it hasn't always been that way for us and we're sure that others have struggled with finding a comfort zone. We feel that it is important to discuss the observations we have made over the years that have helped us cope with our own lack of self esteem and over time, reach the level of pride we currently have.

The discussion will cover aspects of television, film, music and fashion. We will open with a look into our personal journeys as geeks with participation from the audience. During this time we will delve into the parallels of geekdom and how they apply to the likes of sports, cars and any other hobby that isn't traditionally seen as "geek".

Included will be examples such as football enthusiasts wearing the jersey of their favorite player, on their favorite team every Sunday during football season and women who dressed to the nines to go see the first Sex and the City movie. We will compare this behavior to cosplay both in and out of conventions most notably with regard to movie premiers such as Star Wars.

We'll also discuss how the trend of super hero films over the last decade or so has affected the availability of fashion that conforms to popular culture, how it influences said culture, and how that change has made many people more comfortable putting what they love on display for all to see.

We will round out the panel with questions from the audience and by asking, "Are you comfortable being a geek?". We will live stream the panel on Facebook as well as on our Instagram pages. The panel will also be recorded and edited for use on our on our YouTube channel.


So, you want to Cosplay?: Introduction to Cosplay Crafting by The M4 Reactor
Join us as we share tips and tricks of using a variety of materials and tools in building a cosplay. In this introductory level panel, we will show you the steps to creating your own pieces as we discuss patterns, sealing, strapping, and finishing. We will cover using standard methods and materials, and some that you probably never thought of.

This panel is brought to you by The M4 Reactor, a grass-roots community effort to create a Makerspace in Salisbury, MD. They offer access to 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC and woodworking machines.


Dreams to Reality: The Power of Props - with Levy Metal
Levin Lewis of Levy Metal Enterprises will explain the ins and outs of Prototyping, 3D printing, Molding, Casting, and finishing as well as other methods and techniques that are used to create some of the products on the market today. Levy Metal will be presenting a workshop on mold making and casting, showing how versatile and consistent a method it can be for prop production. The importance of creativity, art, engineering, passion, and determination to make dreams become a reality will all be discussed. Levy Metal has committed to the idea of completely custom creations for the better part of a decade completely self-funded, they can make your wildest ideas come to life. Following the panel, Levy Metal will be making other BIG announcements pertaining to the company and future products. The new dream team have been working together roughly 8 months and have begun producing fantastic products from all realms of nerddom. With the ability to work with a wide range of materials and in many different mediums, they're able to create anything that a supernerd can imagine.


So, you Want to be a Writer? - with John French
In addition to working as a supervisor in Crime Scene Sciences Section of the Baltimore Police Department, John L. French is the editor of five anthologies, has had thirteen books published (so far) and has written over 100 short stories. Join John as he offers ten tips to beginning writers on how to write, what to write (and not write), proofing and editing, and what to do with a story when it’s finished.