2021 Panels/Events, check back closer to Dec. 10th for the 2022 panels!

Please note all panels and timings are subject to change.

Room 202 (2nd Floor)

11:15 – 12:15 Nightmares & Dayscreams SFX Make-up Panel
Join Nightmares & Dayscreams' Michele Clauser as she guides you through some of the basics of creating unbelievable creatures with special effects makeup! Learn how you can use household items and easily obtainable makeup and latex to transform yourself and others into something devilish or divine, or how more advanced tools can create effects limited only by your imagination. Enter a discussion of the history SPX in film and stage and find out how with a little makeup and a lot a creativity the classic monsters of your nightmares were created.

12:40 – 2:10 Being Comfortable Being a Geek
We're having an open discussion about the difficulties and discomfort of living as a geek and the solutions we've found to overcome them. "Being Comfortable Being a Geek" is all about helping one another find their comfort level as a member of the geek community from any walk of life. Join us for an uplifting conversation where all fandoms are welcome!

2:40 – 3:40 So, you Want to be a Writer? - with John French
John L. French is the editor of 7 anthologies, has had twenty 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. This is a fanatic learning opportunity for aspiring writers of any kind.

Room 203 (2nd Floor)

10:45 – 11:45 Comic-Con How-To: Proper Pitching and Promoting Yourself with Bryan "Kaiser" Tillman
You will learn about presentation, body language, elevator pitches, standing out, interview skills, and how to make an opportunity when there isn’t one. Bryan "Kaiser" Tillman is currently an illustration Professor at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. He is also the owner and CEO of Kaiser Studio Productions, a production studio for comics, toys, animation, and games.

12:10 – 1:10 Inking Tips, Tricks, and Techniques with Frank Percy
Join professional inker Frank Percy as he guides attendees through the basics of comic book inking. Frank will show how different inking techniques to can be implemented to embellish and enhance pencils creating vibrant comic pages full of eye catching contrast, textures, and effects. Don't miss your opportunity to learn more about this essential art form from an artist whose credits include The Punisher, Justice League, Lost Universe, and many more!

Room 204 (2nd Floor)

1:30 – 2:30 Outtake Productions Screening & Meet and Greet
Outtake Productions is the production company of multiple award winning digital series including Or So the Story Goes,- a horror anthology that brings to life classic children's literature in a modern day setting) & Block Watch,- a comedic mockumentary following a small town neighborhood watch group.

Meet the producers and cast members and get an inside look into their projects as well as a Con exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming series, Kith & Kin,- a dark comedy/thriller about three sisters that return to their home in the smoky mountain of North Carolina to discover their parents are harboring a dark secret.

Melissa Malone (Showrunner 'Or So the Story Goes' & 'Kith & Kin'
Diann Gogerty (Cast for OSTSG and Kith & Kin, Assistant Director for Kith & Kin)

Room 205 (2nd Floor)

11:00 – 12:00 Cosplay is limitless
Learn the power you have within. Join us and take a closer look into how cospositivity can help you use it as a platform for antibullying, children’s charity, to help you over come social anxiety and so much more. Cosplay not only allows us to look like our favorite superheroes, we can also become one. We can become one by promoting cospositivity. We stress and promote how important it is to cosplay from the heart whoever you want whenever you want; having acceptance to all shapes, sizes, colors, genders and skill level. Spreading how important it is to be kind to all cosplayers because they were brave enough to cosplay, put a lot of thought into it and do it out of the love for a fandom or character. We also discuss how to become heroes by incorporating charity with cosplay. We all care about something so let’s support each other, appreciate the craft, creativity and hard work that goes into cosplay but most of all let’s all have fun and do good while doing so.

12:30 – 1:30 Establishing Shots!: Dynamic Background Design
In this seminar/panel presentation, Dr. Elvin A. Hernandez discusses how backgrounds and layouts can affect storytelling possibilities for animation, comics, and gaming (it is connected to lessons presented in his book “Set the Action!”, a textbook on background design for media artists published by Focal Press). Topics covered will include the overall focus of the environment within a story, the mood desired, layout for best use, authenticity of design and the treatment of backgrounds as characters within a visual narrative.

1:50 – 2:50 So, you want to Cosplay?: Introduction to Cosplay Crafting... Tips, Tricks, and Techniques.
Join local makerspace M4 Reactor as they share Tips, Tricks, and Techniques in using a variety of tools, and materials in building cosplays. In this introductory level panel, you will learn the steps in creating your own pieces as M4 discusses patterns, sealing, strapping, and finishing. The panel 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.

Room 206 (2nd Floor) Ocean City Film Fest Screening Room

11:00 Ocean City Film Festival Showcase:
Melvin's Curse
Two surfers cross a mer-man, unleashing a terrible curse. 10 minutes

They Breed us to Feed
A man contemplates the mysterious forces behind his beach town's economy. 5 minutes

An artificially intelligent robot's emotional capacity is tested...with potentially lethal results. 5 minutes

It's Mermaid Time
A young girl hunts for mermaids along Ocean City's coast. 19 minutes

The Scare
A brief anthology of horror unfolds on a man's rideshare through Salisbury. 15 minutes

Two entities named Mac and Pam become mysteriously drawn to one another. 16 minutes

Will Gibbons is hired by the government to interview an alien in captivity. 14 minutes

Q&A with filmmakers and OCFF organizers

2:00 The Misadventures of Local Man
Episode I
In a town crippled by Covid-19, a local man, recently laid-off from his job, struggles to fit into the new normal. Pushed to the edge by illegal activity in his home town he puts on a mask and cape and becomes Local Man. Patrolling the streets of his hometown by night Local Man promotes patronage of local businesses, and standing up for the locals of his small town. 10 minutes

Episode II
A local superhero continues to fight for justice in this second installment of “The Misadventures of Local Man”. In episode 2, Local Man teams up with Beach Babe to stop a graffiti artist from denigrating their hometown. Little do they know, there is a far greater evil afoot. 22 minutes

Q&A with DAM Productions

Room 215 (2nd Floor)

10:45am Saber Guild: Adult Lightsaber Training

In the Adult Intro to Lightsaber Choreography class, participants will experience an introductory course to learn the basics of wielding a Lightsaber. Saber Guild’s seasoned members will demonstrate a variety of movements and techniques used when learning lightsaber combat choreography. Along with these skills, participants get acquainted with how to use a stunt Lightsaber, handle it safely, and how to work safely with a partner. Participants will learn three established sets that we use in our regular performances and a Force Move. At the conclusion of this training class, we will create a “show off” opportunity for their Lightsaber training archives.

Ages: 15 - and up
Time: 20 - 30 minutes
Number of Participants: 10
Lightsabers for use in the class will be provided

11:45am Saber Guild: Kids Lightsaber Training

The younglings will take their first steps into a larger world during this introductory course to Lightsabers and the Force. Saber Guild’s elite Jedi will demonstrate their skills before introducing the younglings to the Force and guiding them through the first form of Lightsaber combat: Shii-Cho. Once the younglings understand this form, the instructors will teach them how to use their lightsaber for defense, showing them basic dodges, blocks, and Force moves to protect themselves from the Empire or the First Order. The younglings might have the chance to use what they have learned against Saber Guild’s Sith. At the conclusion of this training class, we will create photo opportunities for parents including a class photo and the younglings will receive a certificate for their studies in Lightsaber training.

Kids Lightsaber Training
Ages: 6-14
Time: 20-25 minutes
Number of Participants: 20
Lightsabers for use in the class will be provided

12:45am Saber Guild Lightsaber Stage Performance

The combined Saber Guild temples of the Northeast United States present a production made just for The 2021 Ocean City Comic Con. Saber Guild is a non-profit, all-volunteer, international organization that specializes in lightsaber stage choreography and education. Don't miss this spectacular lightsaber performance which is perfect for Star Wars fans of all ages.

Performing Arts Center (1st floor off main lobby)

12:00pm – 2:00pm Super Art Fight!
SUPER ART FIGHT IS THE GREATEST LIVE ART COMPETITION IN THE KNOWN UNIVERSE. Created in 2008 in Baltimore, Maryland by artists Jamie Noguchi and Nick DiFabbio, SAF has grown over the past decade into an absolutely can't miss live event, mixing elements of pro-wrestling styled storytelling and character work, live art, and improvised humor.

To date, Super Art Fight has produced hundreds of live events, including shows across the United States and into Canada; appearances at such big conventions as Otakon, Anime Expo, MAGFest, and Awesome Con; features in the pages of The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and Wired; and regular engagements at such legendary rock-and-roll venues as Baltimore's Ottobar and Washington DC's The Black Cat.

Want to see artists collide in one-on-one or tag-team action? Can they stand tall against the ridiculous topics from the crowd-sourced Wheel of Death? Are you ready to cheer your favorites on to victory?

There's only one way to get started...
3-2-1...ART FIGHT!

Where? When?

Roland E. Powell Convention Center 4001 Coastal Hwy. Ocean City, MD 21842

Sat. Dec. 10th 2022

Admission: $12

Kids 9yo & younger free w/ paying adult, $1 off in Costume, $1 off with a non-perishable food item for Diakonia.

Ocean City Comic Con!