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Saturday, December 2
 

8:30am

Registration
Saturday December 2, 2017 8:30am - 10:30am
Main Halls

9:00am

Kids' Con Opening Session with Nathan Hale
Come join Nathan Hale as he kicks off the kids' con.

Nathan Hale is an award winning children's book illustrator and author with a background in scientific and natural history illustration. Nathan has worked in natural history museum display, painting scientific murals for museums around the U.S. He studied illustration at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. He divides his time between picture books, natural history/educational illustration and graphic novels.


Books/Graphic Novels Written and Illustrated by Nathan Hale: 
  • The Devil You know
  • Yellowbelly and Plum Go to School
  • The Twelve Bots of Christmas
  • One Trick Pony
  • Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales series

Books/Graphic Novels Illustrated by Nathan Hale Include: 
  • The Dinosaurs' Night Before Christmas
  • Animal House
  • Balloon on the Moon
  • The Dinosaur Sterobook
  • The Jungle Book series
  • Frankenstein's Fright Before Christmas
  • Rapunzel's Revenge - Eisner nominated, "Best Book for Teens," CYBIL  Award winner, YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens, Al Roker's Book Club Pick
  • Calamity Jack

Nathan collects LEGO sets and runs marathons (seven so far--marathons, not LEGO sets.) He creates an ongoing webcomic for children, with new posts every weekday.

- adapted from https://www.kidsreads.com/authors/nathan-hale

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale

"Nathan Hale is an award winning children's book illustrator and author with a background in scientific and natural history illustration. Nathan has worked in natural history museum display, painting scientific murals for museums around the U.S. He studied illustration at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. He divides his time between picture books, natural history/educational illustration and graphic novels... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am
Large Gym 1100 Bulding

9:00am

Opening Session with George O'Connor
Come join George O'Connor as he kicks off the teen con.

Moderators
avatar for Sara Pavone

Sara Pavone

Librarian, Round Rock ISD
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Rqykj_zjeYXX2TMR0C69tJldgg9OjhkkczwzY6kVe14/pub
avatar for Christina Taylor

Christina Taylor

Librarian, RRHS, Round Rock ISD
I am twice an alumna of UT: holding a BA in both English and French with a secondary education teaching certification in English as well as an MS in Information Science with a school librarian certification. Having been an educator since 1999, I left the classroom in 2013 to begin a new adventure as a freshly-minted librarian. In addition to the various professional skills and training that I've gained over the course of my career, I am a certified Google Education Trainer. As a librarian, I revel in introducing users to the concept of the modern library... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for George O'Connor

George O'Connor

"George O'Connor is an author, illustrator and cartoonist. His first graphic novel, Journey Into Mohawk Country, used as its sole text the actual historical journal of the seventeenth-century Dutch trader Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert, and told the true story of how New York almost wasn't. He followed that up... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
Cafeteria 1100 Building

9:00am

Vendors
An assortment of comics and comics related paraphernalia will available for purchase.

Saturday December 2, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Main Halls

9:00am

Kids' Con Vendors
An assortment of comics and comics related paraphernalia will available for purchase.

Saturday December 2, 2017 9:00am - 12:30pm
Kids' Con Main Hall 1100 Building

9:30am

Kids' Con Book Signing: Brian Anderson
Brian Anderson's Zack Proton Series:
  • The Adventures of Commander Zack Proton and the Red Giant!
  • The Adventures of Commander Zack Proton and the Warlords of Nibblecheese!
  • The Adventures of Commander Zack Proton and the Wrong Planet

Speakers
avatar for Brian Anderson

Brian Anderson

"Brian was born during the Mercury space program of the early 1960's. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, but moved to Austin, Texas when he was 25 years old and has been here ever since. | | Brian has a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, a master's degree in marine science from the University of Texas, and a Ph.D. in chemistry, also from the University of Texas. | Before becoming a children's book author, Brian worked a variety of jobs, including census taker, hazardous waste operations, and backstage security at rock concerts. From 2005 to 2011 he taught chemistry at the University of Texas, and currently works as an educational consultant in science. In his spare time he makes custom... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 9:30am - 10:10am
Library 1100 Building

9:30am

Kids' Con Activities
Participants can enjoy the following stations:
  • Superhero Masks
  • Greenscreen Photos
  • Superhero Wristbands
  • Supervillian Target Toss 

Saturday December 2, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Large Gym 1100 Bulding

9:30am

Kids' Con Facepainting
Saturday December 2, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Kids' Con Main Hall 1100 Building

9:30am

Kids' Con Superhero Obstacle Course
In this obstacle course, kids will be able to evade the villanous laser beams, magnify their strength via the blue stones of power, suprise their nemeses using a secret tunnel, cross a lava pit, jump through a burning window, and leap tall buildings!


Saturday December 2, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
1153 1100 Building

9:35am

Kids' Con Author Presentation: Dave Roman
Come hear Dave Roman speak about his experiences as a comic author and illustrator.

Moderators
avatar for Stephanie Inzana

Stephanie Inzana

Librarian, Blackland Prairie Library, RRISD
Stephanie Inzana is in her seventh year as an elementary librarian. She is the co-chair of the RRISD Armadillo Readers' Choice Committee and serves Program Committee of the Texas Bluebonnet Award Program Committee. #LibrariesRRock

Speakers
avatar for Dave Roman

Dave Roman

Dave Roman is the author/illustrator of the Astronaut Academy series (winner of Maryland’s Black-Eyed Susan Book Award) and writer of the graphic novels Teen Boat! Race for Boatlantis and Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery. He has contributed stories and art to Goosebumps Graphix... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 9:35am - 10:05am
Small Gym 1100 Building

9:45am

Kids' Con Book Signing: Nathan Hale
Books/Graphic Novels Written and Illustrated by Nathan Hale: 
  • The Devil You know
  • Yellowbelly and Plum Go to School
  • The Twelve Bots of Christmas
  • One Trick Pony
  • Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales series

Books/Graphic Novels Illustrated by Nathan Hale Include: 
  • The Dinosaurs' Night Before Christmas
  • Animal House
  • Balloon on the Moon
  • The Dinosaur Sterobook
  • The Jungle Book series
  • Frankenstein's Fright Before Christmas
  • Rapunzel's Revenge - Eisner nominated, "Best Book for Teens," CYBIL  Award winner, YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens, Al Roker's Book Club Pick
  • Calamity Jack

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale

"Nathan Hale is an award winning children's book illustrator and author with a background in scientific and natural history illustration. Nathan has worked in natural history museum display, painting scientific murals for museums around the U.S. He studied illustration at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. He divides his time between picture books, natural history/educational illustration and graphic novels... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 9:45am - 10:15am
Back Hall 1100 Building

10:00am

Kids' Con Drawing Comics Workshop 1 with Gregg Schigiel
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Come learn to draw in this hands-on workshop with Pix creator Gregg Schigiel.

Speakers
avatar for Gregg Schigiel

Gregg Schigiel

Gregg Schigiel is the author/illustrator of the PIX graphic novels (PIX, Vol. 1: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND and PIX, Vol. 2: TOO SUPER FOR SCHOOL) about a teenage superhero who believes that she's a fairy princess. Gregg is also a regular contributor to SPONGEBOB COMICS. Beyond making... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
1168/1169 1100 Building

10:00am

Animation Workshop with Christopher Juarez
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Come to this hands-on workshop to learn with local animation specialist and comic artist, Christopher Juarez.

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Juarez

Christopher Juarez

Owner, Dorky Pig


Saturday December 2, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
1312 1200 Building

10:00am

Illustration Workshop with Leah Lovise
Limited Capacity seats available

Come to this hands-on workshop to learn with Leah Lovise, illustrator and co-creator of the Couri Vine series.

Speakers
avatar for Leah Lovise

Leah Lovise

Art Director, Moon City Media
Leah Lovise is a local illustrator, graphic designer, motion graphic artist, and co-creator of the independently published comic book series called, COURI VINE. Some of her projects include animation for Warner Independent Pictures' A SCANNER DARKLY, post-production graphics for... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
1314 1200 Building

10:00am

It's a Girls' World
Come join Nidhi Chanani, Mariko Tamaki, and Tillie Walden as they discuss their experiences in the largely male-dominated world of comics.

Moderators
avatar for Rebecca Cooper

Rebecca Cooper

Teacher, RRISD-RRHS
I am a certified sign language interpreter, just completed my 6th year of teaching HS, and I am a self proclaimed linguistics nerd. I am fascinated with how people acquire language. If the topic has to do with socio or psycho linguistics, distopian societies, magic, plants, or an... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nidhi Chanani

Nidhi Chanani

Nidhi Chanani was born in Kolkata, India, and raised in Southern California. She holds a degree in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She creates illustrations that capture the love in everyday moments. In 2012 she was honored at the White House as a Champion of Change for her art. Her illustrations are sold in boutiques along the West Coast and she's worked with companies like Disney and Hasbro. Nidhi lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband, daughter, and two... Read More →
avatar for Mariko Tamaki

Mariko Tamaki

Mariko Tamaki is a Canadian writer. Her works include the graphic novels This One Summer (Printz Honor and Caldecott Honor Book) and Skim, both with Jillian Tamaki, and Emiko Superstar (DC Comics), with Steve Rolston. Her solo projects include the young adult novels (You) Set Me on... Read More →
avatar for Tillie Walden

Tillie Walden

Tillie Walden is a cartoonist and illustrator from Austin, Texas. Born in 1996, she is a recent graduate from the Center for Cartoon Studies, a comics school in Vermont. Over the course of her time at CCS she published three books with the London based Avery Hill Publishing. She has already received an Eisner Award nomination and two Ignatz Awards for her early works. When she is not drawing comics, Tillie can be found walking and listening to audiobooks or asleep with a cat. She also enjoys studying architecture and tries to incorporate that passion into her... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Lecture Hall 1100 Building

10:00am

Local Creators Unite!
Limited Capacity seats available

Come join Drew Edwards and Tony Salvagio as they discuss their experiences as local creators in the world of comics.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards

"Comic book writer, horror film historian, music journalist , rock promoter, and showman extraordinaire; these are all guises of the creative force known as Drew Edwards. Edwards is best known as the writer and creator of the long-running underground comic, Halloween Man." | | - ... Read More →
avatar for Tony Salvaggio

Tony Salvaggio

Tony Salvaggio is a VFX artist, designer, and writer. In addition video game art and design, he is also an internationally published author as well as a former columnist for Comic Book Resources.com. The graphic novels he co-authored for Tokyopop and Humanoids have been sold in the US, UK, Turkey, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia, Croatia and digitally in China and Japan. He has also written essays for the Korea Creative Content Agency and has made appearances speaking about writing and graphic novels at a variety of conventions including San Deigo Comic Con, Wizard World Dallas, Wizard World Austin, Comicpalooza, Armadillocon, and... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
1128 1100 Building

10:00am

Six Great Comics in Six Different Genres: Comics for Teens
Limited Capacity seats available

Randy Lander, owner of Rogues Gallery Comics & Games in Round Rock, will talk about six different graphic novel series appropriate for teens across a variety of genres, from westerns to historical fantasy to science-fiction and comedy. He'll also take questions on comic books, graphic novels, and what it's like to run a comic and game store.

Speakers
avatar for Randy Lander

Randy Lander

Randy Lander is the owner of Rogue's Gallery Comics and Games, a | comic shop in Round Rock, Texas - just outside Austin.


Saturday December 2, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
1315 100 Building

10:00am

Vendors
An assortment of comics and comics related paraphernalia will available for purchase.

Saturday December 2, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Main Halls

10:00am

Comics Curriculum for Literacy
Limited Capacity seats available

Come join Dan Rucker in order to learn about ways to teach comics, increase literacy skills, and improve personal enjoyment.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Rucker

Dan Rucker

"The Comic Book Dad has been a high school English teacher for over 20 years, a parent for over 10 years, an employee in the greatest comics store in Austin TX for over 3 years, and a constant reader for over 35 years. All of that stuff is going on at the same time, so you can't add the numbers up to get his age. Although some days, it may feel like you could multiply them. CBD also writes under his alias, Daniel J. Rucker... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
1408 1200 Building

10:05am

Kids' Con Author Signing: Dave Roman
Dave Roman's Astronaut Academy Series
  • Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity
  • Astronaut Academy: Re-Entry

Other Titles by Dave Roman

  • Teen Boat! 
  • Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery
  • X-Men: Misfits (co-author)
  • The Last Airbender: Zuko’s Story (co-author)

Speakers
avatar for Dave Roman

Dave Roman

Dave Roman is the author/illustrator of the Astronaut Academy series (winner of Maryland’s Black-Eyed Susan Book Award) and writer of the graphic novels Teen Boat! Race for Boatlantis and Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery. He has contributed stories and art to Goosebumps Graphix... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 10:05am - 10:50am
Back Hall 1100 Building

10:10am

Kids' Con Author Presentation: Brian Anderson
Come join Brian Anderson as he discusses his experiences as a comic creator.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Brian Anderson

Brian Anderson

"Brian was born during the Mercury space program of the early 1960's. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, but moved to Austin, Texas when he was 25 years old and has been here ever since. | | Brian has a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, a master's degree in marine science from the University of Texas, and a Ph.D. in chemistry, also from the University of Texas. | Before becoming a children's book author, Brian worked a variety of jobs, including census taker, hazardous waste operations, and backstage security at rock concerts. From 2005 to 2011 he taught chemistry at the University of Texas, and currently works as an educational consultant in science. In his spare time he makes custom... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 10:10am - 10:40am
Small Gym 1100 Building

10:30am

Kids' Con Drawing Comics Workshop 2 with Gregg Schigiel
Limited Capacity seats available

Come learn to draw in this hands-on workshop with Pix creator Gregg Schigiel.

Speakers
avatar for Gregg Schigiel

Gregg Schigiel

Gregg Schigiel is the author/illustrator of the PIX graphic novels (PIX, Vol. 1: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND and PIX, Vol. 2: TOO SUPER FOR SCHOOL) about a teenage superhero who believes that she's a fairy princess. Gregg is also a regular contributor to SPONGEBOB COMICS. Beyond making... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 10:30am - 11:00am
1168/1169 1100 Building

10:30am

Kids' Con Activities
Participants can enjoy the following stations:
  • Superhero Masks
  • Greenscreen Photos
  • Superhero Wristbands
  • Supervillian Target Toss 

Saturday December 2, 2017 10:30am - 11:15am
Large Gym 1100 Bulding

10:30am

Kids' Con Facepainting
Saturday December 2, 2017 10:30am - 11:15am
Kids' Con Main Hall 1100 Building

10:30am

Kids' Con Superhero Obstacle Course
In this obstacle course, kids will be able to evade the villanous laser beams, magnify their strength via the blue stones of power, suprise their nemeses using a secret tunnel, cross a lava pit, jump through a burning window, and leap tall buildings!

Saturday December 2, 2017 10:30am - 11:15am
1153 1100 Building

10:45am

Kids' Con Author Presentation: Sara Varon
Come join Sara Varon as she discusses her experiences as a comic creator.  She’ll show her work, demonstrate her work process, and talk about where she gets ideas and inspiration.  She’ll also give you a sneak peak of her forthcoming book ‘New Shoes’!

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Sara Varon

Sara Varon

Sara Varon is a printmaker, graphic novelist, and children's book author/illustrator living in Brooklyn. Her books include Odd Duck, Bake Sale, Robot Dreams, Chicken & Cat, and Chicken & Cat Clean Up. They have received many accolades--among others, Odd Duck was selected by... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 10:45am - 11:15am
Small Gym 1100 Building

11:00am

Vendors
An assortment of comics and comics related paraphernalia will available for purchase.

Saturday December 2, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Main Halls

11:15am

Kids' Con Cosplay Fashion Show & Art Contest Awards
Saturday December 2, 2017 11:15am - 12:00pm
Large Gym 1100 Bulding

11:15am

Kids' Con Book Signing: Sara Varon
Books by Sara Varon:
  • Sweaterweather
  • President Squid
  • Odd Duck
  • Bake Sale
  • Chicken & Cat
  • Robot Dreams
  • Chicken & Cat Clean Up
  • The Present
  • Sweaterweather (& other short stories)

Speakers
avatar for Sara Varon

Sara Varon

Sara Varon is a printmaker, graphic novelist, and children's book author/illustrator living in Brooklyn. Her books include Odd Duck, Bake Sale, Robot Dreams, Chicken & Cat, and Chicken & Cat Clean Up. They have received many accolades--among others, Odd Duck was selected by... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 11:15am - 12:00pm
Back Hall 1100 Building

11:15am

Book Signing: Mariko Tamaki, Nidhi Chanani, & Leah Lovise
Books by Nidhi Chanani:
  • Pashmina
  • Misty: The Proud Cloud
  • Everyday Love: The Art of Nidhi Chanani


Books by Mariko Tamaki:
  • Saving Montgomery Sole
  • The Secret Loves of Geek Girls: Expanded Edition
  • This One Summer
  • Fake ID
  • Emiko Superstar
  • (You) Set Me on Fire

Books by Leah Lovise:
  • Couri Vine Book 1: Young People for the Leader
  • Couri Vine Book 2: Journey to the Planet Earth


Speakers
avatar for Nidhi Chanani

Nidhi Chanani

Nidhi Chanani was born in Kolkata, India, and raised in Southern California. She holds a degree in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She creates illustrations that capture the love in everyday moments. In 2012 she was honored at the White House as a Champion of Change for her art. Her illustrations are sold in boutiques along the West Coast and she's worked with companies like Disney and Hasbro. Nidhi lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband, daughter, and two... Read More →
avatar for Leah Lovise

Leah Lovise

Art Director, Moon City Media
Leah Lovise is a local illustrator, graphic designer, motion graphic artist, and co-creator of the independently published comic book series called, COURI VINE. Some of her projects include animation for Warner Independent Pictures' A SCANNER DARKLY, post-production graphics for... Read More →
avatar for Mariko Tamaki

Mariko Tamaki

Mariko Tamaki is a Canadian writer. Her works include the graphic novels This One Summer (Printz Honor and Caldecott Honor Book) and Skim, both with Jillian Tamaki, and Emiko Superstar (DC Comics), with Steve Rolston. Her solo projects include the young adult novels (You) Set Me on... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Library 1100 Building

11:15am

Illustration Workshop with Gregg Schigiel
Limited Capacity seats available


Come learn to draw in this hands-on workshop with Pix creator Gregg Schigiel.

Speakers
avatar for Gregg Schigiel

Gregg Schigiel

Gregg Schigiel is the author/illustrator of the PIX graphic novels (PIX, Vol. 1: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND and PIX, Vol. 2: TOO SUPER FOR SCHOOL) about a teenage superhero who believes that she's a fairy princess. Gregg is also a regular contributor to SPONGEBOB COMICS. Beyond making... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
1312 1200 Building

11:15am

Illustration Workshop with Tillie Walden
Limited Capacity seats available

Come learn to draw in this hands-on workshop Tillie Walden.

Speakers
avatar for Tillie Walden

Tillie Walden

Tillie Walden is a cartoonist and illustrator from Austin, Texas. Born in 1996, she is a recent graduate from the Center for Cartoon Studies, a comics school in Vermont. Over the course of her time at CCS she published three books with the London based Avery Hill Publishing. She has already received an Eisner Award nomination and two Ignatz Awards for her early works. When she is not drawing comics, Tillie can be found walking and listening to audiobooks or asleep with a cat. She also enjoys studying architecture and tries to incorporate that passion into her... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
1313 1200 Building

11:15am

Kids In Space
Limited Capacity seats available

Comics. The final frontier. These are the voyages of Zack Proton and the Astronaut Academy?! Come join Brian Anderson and Dave Roman as they discuss comics in space.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Brian Anderson

Brian Anderson

"Brian was born during the Mercury space program of the early 1960's. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, but moved to Austin, Texas when he was 25 years old and has been here ever since. | | Brian has a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, a master's degree in marine science from the University of Texas, and a Ph.D. in chemistry, also from the University of Texas. | Before becoming a children's book author, Brian worked a variety of jobs, including census taker, hazardous waste operations, and backstage security at rock concerts. From 2005 to 2011 he taught chemistry at the University of Texas, and currently works as an educational consultant in science. In his spare time he makes custom... Read More →
avatar for Dave Roman

Dave Roman

Dave Roman is the author/illustrator of the Astronaut Academy series (winner of Maryland’s Black-Eyed Susan Book Award) and writer of the graphic novels Teen Boat! Race for Boatlantis and Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery. He has contributed stories and art to Goosebumps Graphix... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
1168/1169 1100 Building

11:15am

Maverick & Little Mavs Reading Lists
Limited Capacity seats available

Come join representatives from the Texas Library Association's Maverick and Little Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List committees as they introduce their respective reading lists, explain how graphic novels support literacy as well as how the lists can be used to that end, and conclude with a speed round of book talks from the recent lists.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert

Information Literacy Specialist, Aldine ISD
avatar for Christina Hicks

Christina Hicks

Christina Hicks is the youth services librarian for the Friendswood Public Library and former chair of the Texas Library Association's Texas Maverick Grahic Novel Reading List Committee. She is an active volunteer who is full of enthusiasm and passion when it comes to young adult... Read More →
avatar for Maya McElroy

Maya McElroy

Librarian K-5, Austin ISD
Howdy! I am currently the chair for the Little Mavericks Graphic Novel Reading List, and I'm excited to share some of the 2017 recommended titles with you. Comics, graphic novels - whatever you want to call them - are some of my favorite books in the library, and I love sharing... Read More →
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Diane Sikkenga

teacher librarian, Ruth Barron Elementary School
Chocolate! No, just kidding. We're at Teen Comic Con to talk comics and graphic novels. So, who are some of your favorite illustrators? Show me some of their work :-)


Saturday December 2, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
1315 100 Building

11:15am

Re-imagined Horrors
Limited Capacity seats available

Historically, horror has spanned everything from slasher to the archetypal gothic, but authors Drew Edwards and David Bowles have reimagined this genre in Halloween Man and Clockwork Curandera, respectively. Come join them as they discuss their work and experiences.

Moderators
avatar for Rebecca Cooper

Rebecca Cooper

Teacher, RRISD-RRHS
I am a certified sign language interpreter, just completed my 6th year of teaching HS, and I am a self proclaimed linguistics nerd. I am fascinated with how people acquire language. If the topic has to do with socio or psycho linguistics, distopian societies, magic, plants, or an... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. David Bowles

Dr. David Bowles

Author, Cinco Puntos Press | Tu Books
A product of an ethnically diverse family with Latino roots, I have lived most of my life in the Río Grande Valley of south Texas, where I teach at the University of Texas. Recipient of awards from the Texas Institute of Letters and Texas Associated Press, I have written several... Read More →
avatar for Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards

"Comic book writer, horror film historian, music journalist , rock promoter, and showman extraordinaire; these are all guises of the creative force known as Drew Edwards. Edwards is best known as the writer and creator of the long-running underground comic, Halloween Man." | | - ... Read More →
avatar for Tony Salvaggio

Tony Salvaggio

Tony Salvaggio is a VFX artist, designer, and writer. In addition video game art and design, he is also an internationally published author as well as a former columnist for Comic Book Resources.com. The graphic novels he co-authored for Tokyopop and Humanoids have been sold in the US, UK, Turkey, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia, Croatia and digitally in China and Japan. He has also written essays for the Korea Creative Content Agency and has made appearances speaking about writing and graphic novels at a variety of conventions including San Deigo Comic Con, Wizard World Dallas, Wizard World Austin, Comicpalooza, Armadillocon, and... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
1128 1100 Building

11:15am

The Middle Years
Come join keynote speakers George O'Connor and Nathan Hale as they discuss their experiences writing for middle grade audiences. 

Moderators
avatar for Stephanie Inzana

Stephanie Inzana

Librarian, Blackland Prairie Library, RRISD
Stephanie Inzana is in her seventh year as an elementary librarian. She is the co-chair of the RRISD Armadillo Readers' Choice Committee and serves Program Committee of the Texas Bluebonnet Award Program Committee. #LibrariesRRock

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale

"Nathan Hale is an award winning children's book illustrator and author with a background in scientific and natural history illustration. Nathan has worked in natural history museum display, painting scientific murals for museums around the U.S. He studied illustration at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. He divides his time between picture books, natural history/educational illustration and graphic novels... Read More →
avatar for George O'Connor

George O'Connor

"George O'Connor is an author, illustrator and cartoonist. His first graphic novel, Journey Into Mohawk Country, used as its sole text the actual historical journal of the seventeenth-century Dutch trader Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert, and told the true story of how New York almost wasn't. He followed that up... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Lecture Hall 1100 Building

11:15am

Reader to Collector: How to Make Comics a Life-long Hobby
Limited Capacity seats available

Come join Dan Rucker in order to learn about comic reading and collecting.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Dan Rucker

Dan Rucker

"The Comic Book Dad has been a high school English teacher for over 20 years, a parent for over 10 years, an employee in the greatest comics store in Austin TX for over 3 years, and a constant reader for over 35 years. All of that stuff is going on at the same time, so you can't add the numbers up to get his age. Although some days, it may feel like you could multiply them. CBD also writes under his alias, Daniel J. Rucker... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
1408 1200 Building

12:00pm

Vendors
An assortment of comics and comics related paraphernalia will available for purchase.

Saturday December 2, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Main Halls

1:00pm

Vendors
An assortment of comics and comics related paraphernalia will available for purchase.

Saturday December 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Main Halls

1:45pm

Book Signing: George O'Connor, Dave Roman, Brian Anderson, Sara Varon, & Tony Salvaggio
Books by Dave Roman:
  • Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity
  • Astronaut Academy: Re-Entry
  • Teen Boat! 
  • Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery
  • X-Men: Misfits (co-author)
  • The Last Airbender: Zuko’s Story (co-author)


Books by Brian Anderson:
  • The Adventures of Commander Zack Proton and the Red Giant!
  • The Adventures of Commander Zack Proton and the Warlords of Nibblecheese!
  • The Adventures of Commander Zack Proton and the Wrong Planet


Books by Sara Varon:
  • Sweaterweather
  • President Squid
  • Odd Duck
  • Bake Sale
  • Chicken & Cat
  • Robot Dreams
  • Chicken & Cat Clean Up
  • The Present
  • Sweaterweather (& other short stories)


Books by George O'Connor:
  • The Olympians series
  • Fable Comics
  • Journey Into Mohawk Country
  • Ball Peen Hammer
  • If I Had a Triceratops
  • If I Had a Raptor
  • Uncle Bigfoot
  • Sally and the Some-thing
  • Ker-splash!
  • Kapow!


Books Co-authored by Tony Salvaggio:
  • Clockwerx
  • Psy-Comm





Speakers
avatar for Brian Anderson

Brian Anderson

"Brian was born during the Mercury space program of the early 1960's. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, but moved to Austin, Texas when he was 25 years old and has been here ever since. | | Brian has a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, a master's degree in marine science from the University of Texas, and a Ph.D. in chemistry, also from the University of Texas. | Before becoming a children's book author, Brian worked a variety of jobs, including census taker, hazardous waste operations, and backstage security at rock concerts. From 2005 to 2011 he taught chemistry at the University of Texas, and currently works as an educational consultant in science. In his spare time he makes custom... Read More →
avatar for George O'Connor

George O'Connor

"George O'Connor is an author, illustrator and cartoonist. His first graphic novel, Journey Into Mohawk Country, used as its sole text the actual historical journal of the seventeenth-century Dutch trader Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert, and told the true story of how New York almost wasn't. He followed that up... Read More →
avatar for Dave Roman

Dave Roman

Dave Roman is the author/illustrator of the Astronaut Academy series (winner of Maryland’s Black-Eyed Susan Book Award) and writer of the graphic novels Teen Boat! Race for Boatlantis and Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery. He has contributed stories and art to Goosebumps Graphix... Read More →
avatar for Tony Salvaggio

Tony Salvaggio

Tony Salvaggio is a VFX artist, designer, and writer. In addition video game art and design, he is also an internationally published author as well as a former columnist for Comic Book Resources.com. The graphic novels he co-authored for Tokyopop and Humanoids have been sold in the US, UK, Turkey, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia, Croatia and digitally in China and Japan. He has also written essays for the Korea Creative Content Agency and has made appearances speaking about writing and graphic novels at a variety of conventions including San Deigo Comic Con, Wizard World Dallas, Wizard World Austin, Comicpalooza, Armadillocon, and... Read More →
avatar for Sara Varon

Sara Varon

Sara Varon is a printmaker, graphic novelist, and children's book author/illustrator living in Brooklyn. Her books include Odd Duck, Bake Sale, Robot Dreams, Chicken & Cat, and Chicken & Cat Clean Up. They have received many accolades--among others, Odd Duck was selected by... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Library 1100 Building

1:45pm

Animation Workshop with Christopher Juarez
Limited Capacity seats available

Come to this hands-on workshop to learn with local animation specialist and comic artist, Christopher Juarez.

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Juarez

Christopher Juarez

Owner, Dorky Pig


Saturday December 2, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
1312 1200 Building

1:45pm

Illustration Workshop with Leah Lovise
Limited Capacity seats available

Come to this hands-on workshop to learn with Leah Lovise, illustrator and co-creator of the Couri Vine series.

Speakers
avatar for Leah Lovise

Leah Lovise

Art Director, Moon City Media
Leah Lovise is a local illustrator, graphic designer, motion graphic artist, and co-creator of the independently published comic book series called, COURI VINE. Some of her projects include animation for Warner Independent Pictures' A SCANNER DARKLY, post-production graphics for... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
1314 1200 Building

1:45pm

Illustration Workshop with Mariko Tamaki and Tillie Walden
Limited Capacity seats available

Come learn to draw in this hands-on workshop Mariko Tamaki and Tillie Walden.

Speakers
avatar for Mariko Tamaki

Mariko Tamaki

Mariko Tamaki is a Canadian writer. Her works include the graphic novels This One Summer (Printz Honor and Caldecott Honor Book) and Skim, both with Jillian Tamaki, and Emiko Superstar (DC Comics), with Steve Rolston. Her solo projects include the young adult novels (You) Set Me on... Read More →
avatar for Tillie Walden

Tillie Walden

Tillie Walden is a cartoonist and illustrator from Austin, Texas. Born in 1996, she is a recent graduate from the Center for Cartoon Studies, a comics school in Vermont. Over the course of her time at CCS she published three books with the London based Avery Hill Publishing. She has already received an Eisner Award nomination and two Ignatz Awards for her early works. When she is not drawing comics, Tillie can be found walking and listening to audiobooks or asleep with a cat. She also enjoys studying architecture and tries to incorporate that passion into her... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
1308 1200 Building

1:45pm

Illustration Workshop with Paulo J. Hernandez
Limited Capacity seats available

Come to this hands-on workshop to learn with local illustrator Paulo J. Hernandez.

Speakers
avatar for Paulo J. Hernandez

Paulo J. Hernandez

Paulo J. Hernandez was born in El Paso, TX in 1982. The youngest of five he found himself growing up with welfare holidays and hand me downs and from his older brothers, and on the rare occasion his sister. Finding himself with a lack of other entertainment Paulo soon took to creating his own characters by drawing them. Paulo currently lives in Austin, TX and is still pursuing his dream of inspiring the world to laugh, cry and appreciate life with his artistic talents... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
1313 1200 Building

1:45pm

Cultural Influence in Comics
Limited Capacity seats available

Comics can provide an interesting critique of society--influencing culture as well as reflecting it. Come join Nidhi Chanani and David Bowles as they discuss how their works demonstrate cultural significances in their own right.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Dr. David Bowles

Dr. David Bowles

Author, Cinco Puntos Press | Tu Books
A product of an ethnically diverse family with Latino roots, I have lived most of my life in the Río Grande Valley of south Texas, where I teach at the University of Texas. Recipient of awards from the Texas Institute of Letters and Texas Associated Press, I have written several... Read More →
avatar for Nidhi Chanani

Nidhi Chanani

Nidhi Chanani was born in Kolkata, India, and raised in Southern California. She holds a degree in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She creates illustrations that capture the love in everyday moments. In 2012 she was honored at the White House as a Champion of Change for her art. Her illustrations are sold in boutiques along the West Coast and she's worked with companies like Disney and Hasbro. Nidhi lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband, daughter, and two... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
1128 1100 Building

1:45pm

Nathan Hale
Moderators
avatar for Barbara Ludden

Barbara Ludden

Round Rock ISD

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale

"Nathan Hale is an award winning children's book illustrator and author with a background in scientific and natural history illustration. Nathan has worked in natural history museum display, painting scientific murals for museums around the U.S. He studied illustration at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. He divides his time between picture books, natural history/educational illustration and graphic novels... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Lecture Hall 1100 Building

1:45pm

Superheroes and Fairy Tales
Limited Capacity seats available

Cartoonist Gregg Schigiel discusses how he generates ideas and stories by asking questions, and how that process resulted in PIX, his superhero/fairy tale mash-up series. And he’ll explain his process for creating a graphic novel and show his evolution as an artist over his life, using samples from his teen years and earlier!

Moderators
avatar for Rebecca Cooper

Rebecca Cooper

Teacher, RRISD-RRHS
I am a certified sign language interpreter, just completed my 6th year of teaching HS, and I am a self proclaimed linguistics nerd. I am fascinated with how people acquire language. If the topic has to do with socio or psycho linguistics, distopian societies, magic, plants, or an... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Gregg Schigiel

Gregg Schigiel

Gregg Schigiel is the author/illustrator of the PIX graphic novels (PIX, Vol. 1: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND and PIX, Vol. 2: TOO SUPER FOR SCHOOL) about a teenage superhero who believes that she's a fairy princess. Gregg is also a regular contributor to SPONGEBOB COMICS. Beyond making... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
1168/1169 1100 Building

1:45pm

Comics In Class
Limited Capacity seats available

Modern comics originated in 1933 and flourished right through the Depression and WWII--even getting notice in the educational community--until Wertham’s Seduction of the Innocent turned the public and educational establishment against them and the resulting Comics Code Authority gutted the complexity and relevance of content. Although comics' narrative and artistic sophistication were rebuilt, and extended, through underground comics and have become increasingly popular with youth, they continue to be poorly understood by the general public and often deemed to be of low value. However, a new generation of savvy librarians and educators are bringing them into libraries and classrooms as promoters of literacy and as teaching tools. Come join Drew Edwards as he discusses the benefits of comics in class.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards

"Comic book writer, horror film historian, music journalist , rock promoter, and showman extraordinaire; these are all guises of the creative force known as Drew Edwards. Edwards is best known as the writer and creator of the long-running underground comic, Halloween Man." | | - ... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
1408 1200 Building

2:00pm

Vendors
Saturday December 2, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Main Halls

3:00pm

Book Signing: Tillie Walden, Nathan Hale, Gregg Schigiel, David Bowles, Drew Edwards
Books by Tillie Walden:
  • Spinning
  • A City Inside
  • I Love This Part
  • The End of Summer
  • On a Sunbeam (Fall 2018)


Books by Nathan Hale:
  • The Devil You know
  • Yellowbelly and Plum Go to School
  • The Twelve Bots of Christmas
  • One Trick Pony
  • Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales series


Pix by Gregg Schigiel:
  • Pix, Vol. 1: One Wierdest Weekend
  • Pix, Vol. 2: Too Super for School


Books by David Bowles:
  • Clockwork Curandera 
  • Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico
  • Chupacabra Vengeance
  • Lords of the Earth
  • Ghosts of the Rio Grande Valley
  • A Kingdom Beneath the Waves (Garza Twins, Bk. 2)
  • Border Lore: Folktales and Legends of South Texas 
  • The Smoking Mirror (Garza Twins, Bk. 1)
  • Strange Texas Tales That Never Die, Vol. 1-4
  • Shattering and Bricolage
  • Creature Feature: 13 Frightening Folktales of the Rio Grande Valley
  • Mexican Bestiary
  • The Seed: Stories from the River’s Edge


Halloween Man series by Drew Edwards:
  • Issue #1: Cry Havoc and let slip the APES of war!
  • Issue #2: Eye of the Beholder Part 1
  • Issue #3: Eye of the Beholder Part 2
  • Issue #4: The Bombshell Experiment
  • Issue #5: Burlesque Theater of Blood!
  • Issue #6: Monster-sized Halloween special!
  • Issue #7: The Terrible Fruit Bats Part One
  • Issue #8: The Terrible Fruit Bats Part Two
  • Issue #9: The Terrible Fruit Bats Part 3
  • Issue #10: Wake Me Up When September Ends...
  • Issue #11: 15th Anniversary Special!
  • Issue #12:  Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • Issue #13: Welcome to the World of Tomorrow!
  • Issue #14: American Nightmare: Part 1: The Town the Dreaded Sundown!
  • Issue #15: American Nightmare Part 2: The Devil Rides Out!
  • Issue #16: American Nightmare Part 3: Drag Me to Hell!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. David Bowles

Dr. David Bowles

Author, Cinco Puntos Press | Tu Books
A product of an ethnically diverse family with Latino roots, I have lived most of my life in the Río Grande Valley of south Texas, where I teach at the University of Texas. Recipient of awards from the Texas Institute of Letters and Texas Associated Press, I have written several... Read More →
avatar for Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards

"Comic book writer, horror film historian, music journalist , rock promoter, and showman extraordinaire; these are all guises of the creative force known as Drew Edwards. Edwards is best known as the writer and creator of the long-running underground comic, Halloween Man." | | - ... Read More →
avatar for Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale

"Nathan Hale is an award winning children's book illustrator and author with a background in scientific and natural history illustration. Nathan has worked in natural history museum display, painting scientific murals for museums around the U.S. He studied illustration at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. He divides his time between picture books, natural history/educational illustration and graphic novels... Read More →
avatar for Gregg Schigiel

Gregg Schigiel

Gregg Schigiel is the author/illustrator of the PIX graphic novels (PIX, Vol. 1: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND and PIX, Vol. 2: TOO SUPER FOR SCHOOL) about a teenage superhero who believes that she's a fairy princess. Gregg is also a regular contributor to SPONGEBOB COMICS. Beyond making... Read More →
avatar for Tillie Walden

Tillie Walden

Tillie Walden is a cartoonist and illustrator from Austin, Texas. Born in 1996, she is a recent graduate from the Center for Cartoon Studies, a comics school in Vermont. Over the course of her time at CCS she published three books with the London based Avery Hill Publishing. She has already received an Eisner Award nomination and two Ignatz Awards for her early works. When she is not drawing comics, Tillie can be found walking and listening to audiobooks or asleep with a cat. She also enjoys studying architecture and tries to incorporate that passion into her... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Library 1100 Building

3:00pm

Illustration Workshop with Leah Lovise
Limited Capacity seats available

Come to this hands-on workshop to learn with Leah Lovise, illustrator and co-creator of the Couri Vine series.

Speakers
avatar for Leah Lovise

Leah Lovise

Art Director, Moon City Media
Leah Lovise is a local illustrator, graphic designer, motion graphic artist, and co-creator of the independently published comic book series called, COURI VINE. Some of her projects include animation for Warner Independent Pictures' A SCANNER DARKLY, post-production graphics for... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
1314 1200 Building

3:00pm

Illustration Workshop with Paulo J. Hernandez
Limited Capacity seats available

Come to this hands-on workshop to learn with local illustrator Paulo J. Hernandez.

Speakers
avatar for Paulo J. Hernandez

Paulo J. Hernandez

Paulo J. Hernandez was born in El Paso, TX in 1982. The youngest of five he found himself growing up with welfare holidays and hand me downs and from his older brothers, and on the rare occasion his sister. Finding himself with a lack of other entertainment Paulo soon took to creating his own characters by drawing them. Paulo currently lives in Austin, TX and is still pursuing his dream of inspiring the world to laugh, cry and appreciate life with his artistic talents... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
1313 1200 Building

3:00pm

George O' Connor
Come join George O'Connor.

Speakers
avatar for George O'Connor

George O'Connor

"George O'Connor is an author, illustrator and cartoonist. His first graphic novel, Journey Into Mohawk Country, used as its sole text the actual historical journal of the seventeenth-century Dutch trader Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert, and told the true story of how New York almost wasn't. He followed that up... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lecture Hall 1100 Building

3:00pm

Mariko Tamaki
Limited Capacity seats available

Come join Mariko Tamaki as she discusses her experiences as a comic creator.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Mariko Tamaki

Mariko Tamaki

Mariko Tamaki is a Canadian writer. Her works include the graphic novels This One Summer (Printz Honor and Caldecott Honor Book) and Skim, both with Jillian Tamaki, and Emiko Superstar (DC Comics), with Steve Rolston. Her solo projects include the young adult novels (You) Set Me on... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
1315 100 Building

3:00pm

Nidhi Chanani
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Nidhi Chanani

Nidhi Chanani

Nidhi Chanani was born in Kolkata, India, and raised in Southern California. She holds a degree in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She creates illustrations that capture the love in everyday moments. In 2012 she was honored at the White House as a Champion of Change for her art. Her illustrations are sold in boutiques along the West Coast and she's worked with companies like Disney and Hasbro. Nidhi lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband, daughter, and two... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
1168/1169 1100 Building

3:00pm

Vendors
An assortment of comics and comics related paraphernalia will available for purchase.

Saturday December 2, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Main Halls

3:00pm

Graphics For Kids
Limited Capacity seats available

Come join Brian Anderson, Dave Roman, and Sara Varon as they discusses their experiences writing for young children. 

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Brian Anderson

Brian Anderson

"Brian was born during the Mercury space program of the early 1960's. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, but moved to Austin, Texas when he was 25 years old and has been here ever since. | | Brian has a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, a master's degree in marine science from the University of Texas, and a Ph.D. in chemistry, also from the University of Texas. | Before becoming a children's book author, Brian worked a variety of jobs, including census taker, hazardous waste operations, and backstage security at rock concerts. From 2005 to 2011 he taught chemistry at the University of Texas, and currently works as an educational consultant in science. In his spare time he makes custom... Read More →
avatar for Dave Roman

Dave Roman

Dave Roman is the author/illustrator of the Astronaut Academy series (winner of Maryland’s Black-Eyed Susan Book Award) and writer of the graphic novels Teen Boat! Race for Boatlantis and Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery. He has contributed stories and art to Goosebumps Graphix... Read More →
avatar for Sara Varon

Sara Varon

Sara Varon is a printmaker, graphic novelist, and children's book author/illustrator living in Brooklyn. Her books include Odd Duck, Bake Sale, Robot Dreams, Chicken & Cat, and Chicken & Cat Clean Up. They have received many accolades--among others, Odd Duck was selected by... Read More →


Saturday December 2, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
1408 1200 Building

4:15pm

Cosplay Fashion Show & Contest Awards
Saturday December 2, 2017 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Cafeteria 1100 Building