Want to know more about our panels? Be sure to check out the information listed below!

(Panel schedule and descriptions are subject to change.)

Panel Descriptions

Act Like an Idiot with Kristen McGuire
Sycamore Room – Friday 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
– Hosted by special guest Kristen McGuire –
Improv is the foundation for any type of acting, whether it’s stage, voice over, or just everyday life! Come join Kristen McGuire and participate in fun improv games that will get those creative acting juices flowing!

Adding Action and Emotion to Characters
Meeting Room 210 – Friday 12:45 PM to 1:45 PM
– Hosted by special guest Kayelle Allen –
People respond emotionally in every situation, even if it’s only reading a list of workshops. Should they take this one? That one? Why did they choose a particular topic? What influenced them to make the decision? In a story, characters should make the same kinds of decisions, influenced by their needs. This workshop provides tips on letting readers inside the character’s head to experience that emotional response.

Armor Making
Meeting Room 201 – Friday 6:15 PM to 6:45 PM
– Hosted by special guest KendelB Cosplay –
Join KendelB Cosplay in the cosplay armor making process. This panel will cover materials to use, useful tools, armor construction, painting, attaching and rigging, and Q&A.

Ask a Cartoon Character
Meeting Room 202 – Saturday 2:45 PM to 3:45 PM
Various iconic cartoon characters answer your questions in a fun Q&A type setting.

Ask Italy and Germany (A Hetalia OTP Panel)
Meeting Room 208 – Saturday 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Come ask one of the most shipped OTPs in the Hetalia show! A interactive Q&A that’ll answer all of your questions to the best of our ability while remaining PG.

Black Butler Q&A/Truth or Dare
Meeting Room 210 – Saturday 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
In this panel we will answer any questions the audience wants to ask. We will also have a truth or dare segment.

Black Faces in Speculative Fiction
Meeting Room 210 – Friday 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
A panel on the history and current presence of people of Black African descent as lead characters in speculative fiction.

Bucket Full Of Homestuck
Meeting Room 208- Saturday 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
This is a Q&A panel for Homestuck. There will also be brief games.

CosBeauty 101
Meeting Room 201- Friday 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM
– Hosted by special guest AllieCat Cosplay –
We will discuss and demonstrate various makeup tutorials suited for cosplay, including basic beauty makeup for photoshoots, how to apply minor prosthetics, as well as go over topics such as wigs and contacts to help cosplayers transform into their characters safely, affordably, and convincingly.

Cosplay 101
Meeting Room 201 – Saturday 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
– Hosted by special guest KendelB Cosplay –
Join KendelB in talking about the basics of cosplay. Topics covered will include fabrics to use, how to make patterns, armor making, prop making, posing, genderbending, and more! There will also be a Q&A segment with any questions people may have.

Cosplay for Beginners
Meeting Room 201- Saturday 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
A comprehensive presentation over how to get started in making cosplays for beginners. The presentation will include an overview of how to use patterns, which fabrics to use, acquiring the basic tools to get started, and advice from a self-taught seamstress. For local cosplayers, the best fabric stores found here in Georgia are included. Fabric samples will be brought for everyone to achieve a better understanding of weaves and textures. The panel will also conclude with a brief Q&A for attendees to ask cosplay and/or sewing related questions.

Cosplay Photography: Nail That Photoshoot!
Meeting Room 208 – Friday 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
– Hosted by special guest EmmaTate –
This panel is all about what to expect at a cosplay photo shoot. Whether this is your first photo shoot, or your 20th, you will learn about how to properly reach out to photographers, build business relationships with them, and conduct proper model etiquette at your shoot. You will learn the safety dos and don’ts of a photo shoot, numerous action poses that flatter all body types, and how to bring out the confidence within you to kill your photo shoot!

Creating Characters Readers Love
Meeting Room 210 – Saturday 5:45 PM to 6:45 PM
– Hosted by special guest Kayelle Allen –
In any story, plot is the spine, the various settings are its bones, conflict is its muscle, and characters are its flesh and beauty. In this workshop, you’ll learn a framework on which to build a beautiful story full of living, breathing characters.

D.C T.V Talk
Meeting Room 208 – Friday 7:45 PM to 8:45 PM
The Complete Nerd Authority, the #1 fandom group in Alabama, brings you D.C T.V Talk and Marvel T.V Talk. The new TV season starts in late September early October. We will be discussing potential theories and current plot lines for shows like The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Agents of Shield and upcoming Netflix series such as Daredevil and the up and coming Luke Cage.

D.C. Universe: The Good, The Bat and The Martha’s
Meeting Room 208 – Friday 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
As DC plays catch-up with Marvel, we discuss the current state of affairs in the DC Universe, from their Films, Shows and Rebirth comics.

Dreams
Sycamore Room – Friday 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
– Hosted by special guest Erin Fitzgerald –
As an ECKist Erin has spent 20 years studying her dreams as a tool to get answers and insights into daily living. Join this workshop and discussion on the spiritual nature of dreams.

Evil Dead with Cosplay, Inc.
Sycamore Room – Saturday 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
– Hosted by special guest Cosplay, Inc. –
Come hang out with Ash as he battles the evil dead and tells you behind the scene facts that only the deadites know!

Group Cosplay Q&A
Meeting Room 201- Friday 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
A Q&A about the ins-and-outs of forming a group cosplay! We’ll cover everything from how to organize a group, communication, construction, and how to get supplies for a large group of people!

Group Cosplay Q&A has been cancelled.

Hidden Anime Gems
Meeting Room 210 – Saturday 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Come and view trailers from anime of the 80’s, 90’s, and 2000’s (2000-2008). These are anime that may not be known or have been forgotten!

How to Critique Yourself
Meeting Room 210 – Friday 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
– Hosted by special guest Kayelle Allen –
How to re-read your own writing and find typos, point of view changes, continuity issues, and character inconsistencies.

I Dream of Streams: A Workshop
Meeting Room 208 – Friday 5:15 PM to 6:15 PM
Ever wondered how to live stream from Twitch or YouTube , or just get the fundamentals of livestreaming? This workshop will go over the basics of what you need, can, how and what you can stream! I would love to inspire others to start live streaming, as it is a fun way to either show you playing video games, or showing the creative process of a piece of art that you are creating, while sharing it with everyone else!
I Dream of Streams: A Workshop has been cancelled.

Kpop Korner
Meeting Room 210 – Saturday 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
We’re bringing South Korea to Columbus. So bring your dancing shoes. We’ll be a doing random Kpop dance challenges, a Q&A, we’ll be giving away some prizes, and a dance contest. But don’t worry if you have two left feet. We’ll be doing an impression contest for some Kpop goodies and Japanese sweets.

Love Your Cosplay Body
Meeting Room 201 – Friday 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
– Hosted by special guests Gwennie-Pig Cosplay, Story Teller Cosplay, and Ember Tay Cosplay –
This panel is a body positive panel. We will be talking about how to love your body more, and feel more confident in your cosplay. We will also be talking about a few tips and tricks on cosplaying.

Making !DUBSTEP! (Also Getting It Heard By Professionals)
Meeting Room 210 – Friday 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM
This panel will cover some brief topics on how to get started in making music especially in the field of dubstep, finding professional feedback from major to indie label professionals, and learning how to craft your own style in music production.

Making Mascot/Fursuits
Meeting Room 210 – Saturday 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM
Ever wondered what went into building your average mascot or fursuit head and body suit? Come here to find out, and get some tips and tricks to help you make your own!

Marvel T.V Talk
Meeting Room 208 – Saturday 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
The Complete Nerd Authority, the #1 fandom group in Alabama, brings you D.C T.V Talk and Marvel T.V Talk. The new TV season starts in late September early October. We will be discussing potential theories and current plot lines for shows like The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Agents of Shield and upcoming Netflix series such as Daredevil and the up and coming Luke Cage.

NerdaCon’s (Unofficial) Dating Game
Meeting Room 208- Friday 5:45 PM to 6:45 PM
This dating game is like other dating game held at conventions. a interaction panel where panel attendees have a enjoyable time, make friends, and maybe win some prizes!

NerdaCon’s R.F.A. Party – A Mystic Messenger Fan Panel
Meeting Room 208- Saturday 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
We will discuss the game Mystic Messenger, a popular Korean-based mobile dating sim, by going over the general plot, introducing the characters, and discussing the gameplay mechanics for fans new and old (will include videos, audio, and screenshots aplenty!). As the party continues, we’ll play trivia games for small prizes, suited for diehard fans – minor spoilers imminent!

(Not) Going for Broke: The Frugal Con Survival Guide
Meeting Room 201 – Saturday 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
– Hosted by special guests Tiki Twoflower and Whimsical Capt’n J –
Do you feel financially inadequate? Don’t know how to cosplay on a budget? Want to go to all the cons but can’t find the funds? Bring your questions for Tiki Twoflower and Whimsical Capt’n J, two of the most frugal spenders in the cosplay world. We’ll answer how to be a thrifty con-goer from planning to cosplay to attendance and beyond.

Otaku Toybox
Meeting Room 208 – Saturday 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM
A panel on how to start collecting Japanese merchandise. It’ll also cover how to maintain/care for your merchandise, and how to properly spot fakes.

Paths to Publication
Meeting Room 210 – Saturday 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
– Hosted by special guests Jeremy Hicks, pdmac, and Richard Fierce –
This panel will cover the various paths to publication available to aspiring writers, from traditional and vanity presses to self-publication. The panelists will discuss the pros and cons of these various routes and attempt to provide answers to those seeking more information on becoming a published writer.

Posing & Photoshoots 101
Meeting Room 201 – Saturday 1:15 PM to 2:15 PM
– Hosted by Socksy Cosplay, Siege Works Photography, and special guest Story Teller Cosplay –
Tips and tricks for posing in cosplay and photoshoots! We’ll be covering basic and advanced posing, as well as working with photographers and getting comfortable in front of the camera.

Roommates:Gotta Catch ’em All! – A Pokemon/Three’s Company Crossover
Meeting Room 208 – Friday 12:45 PM to 1:45 PM
This may be a weird crossover to you, but it works! Come join us as we look for the similarities between the lovable Pokemon in the regions and the lovable roommates in Santa Monica!

Ruby Rapture: Cosplay, Burlesque, and Everything in Between
Meeting Room 201 – Friday 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM & Saturday 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
– Hosted by special guest Ruby Rapture –
Join Ruby Rapture as she demonstrates,discusses, and answers all your questions about cosplay and burlesque.

Ruby Rapture Presents: “Thriller”
Meeting Room 205 – Saturday 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
– Hosted by special guest Ruby Rapture –
“Thriller” workshop taught by Ruby Rapture. This workshop includes beginner and intermediate dance moves. All genders welcome. Flexible clothing is recommended but not required and don’t forget to stay hydrated!

Setting Questions, Spiking Answers: A Haikyuu! Fan Panel
Meeting Room 208 – Friday 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM
This panel is going to be a Q&A for fans to ask questions to their favorite Haikyuu characters. There will also be games, and fans will have a chance to get pictures with their favorite characters.

The “Play” in Cosplay: Bringing Your Characters to Life
Meeting Room 201 – Friday 7:45 PM to 8:45 PM
– Hosted by special guests Tiki Twoflower and Whimsical Capt’n J –
Cosplay is a combination of costuming and play, but not as much focus is placed on the “play” of cosplaying. Experienced cosplayers and actors Tiki Twoflower and Whimsical Capt’n J will discuss the basics behind getting into character as well as advanced techniques and tricks for truly bringing your cosplay characters to life.

The Cosplayer’s Crash Course
Meeting Room 201 – Friday 3:45 PM to 4:45 PM
Making an amazing costume is challenging. Even more so when n it’s something you’ve never done before. This panel is truly a cosplay cram session where we explain various techniques such as pattern drafting, armor and prop fabrication, and anything else panel attendees have questions about!

The Film Scouts Podcast
Meeting Room 210 – Saturday 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Join the Film Scouts in going over the recent movie news and commenting on each news along with the audience. This panel will include different debates on movies and comics, etc.
The Film Scouts Podcast has been cancelled.

The Late Knights Live Show
Meeting Room 210 – Friday 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Late Knights is an hour long podcast in which Kevin Ray & Joseph Fouts tell stories, review video games, book, movies, and discuss general life stuff…sometimes. For NerdaCon v11, everything stays the same except MORE OF IT. Before the show, “Outset Island” will be performing live, they will be giving away a blind box to a lucky audience member, and will ask the audience to briefly review some of their favorite video games, books, and movies. An unfiltered amateur hour (and a half).

The Writing Process
Meeting Room 210 – Saturday 3:15 PM to 4:15 PM
– Hosted by special guests Jeremy Hicks, pdmac, and Richard Fierce –
The writing process: ideas for stories, when to write, character development, plot development, editing and more.

Toriyama Forgot: Super Saiyan Electric Bluegaloo
Meeting Room 208 – Friday 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
In the long and confusing timeline of Dragonball there exists one man who confuses it even more: Akira Toriyama. We’ll discuss the happenings and plot holes in the Dragonball universe.

Transformers: The Franchise and Fandom Beyond the Movies
Meeting Room 208 – Saturday 5:15 PM to 6:15 PM
A brief multimedia overview and introduction to the vast Transformers franchise (animated series, comics, and more) and fandom (where to find fans online and at gatherings). Free Transformers comics will be given away, and audience input is encouraged.

Trivia with BrainBlast Trivia
Meeting Room 208 – Friday 5:15 PM to 6:15 PM
Meeting Room 210 – Saturday 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Understanding Cosplay: Also Known As – Explaining Cosplay to Your Family
Meeting Room 201- Saturday 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
This panel will be a discussion on how cosplay affects a person. The goal of this panel is to help people (and parents specifically) to understand WHY we dress up as fictional characters. Every cosplayer gains something from dressing up. Whether its an outlet to learn new skills or an escape mechanism to help with social anxiety, we all have reasons for loving this hobby. The panel will have time for audience members to give their take on the topics under discussion and for asking questions.

Versus: The Panel
Meeting Room 210 – Saturday 5:45 PM to 6:45 PM
Goku vs. Superman. Red vs. Ash Ketchum. We’ll take multiple characters and debate who is the better of the two!

V.O. Workshop
Sycamore Room – Saturday 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
– Hosted by special guest Erin Fitzgerald –
Join Erin in a discussion on getting into voice acting and some fun exercises to try and find out if it’s something you might be up to exploring.

Voice Acting Q & A
Sycamore Room – Friday 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM and Saturday 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
– Hosted by special guests Ben Diskin, Christian Potenza, Erin Fitzgerald, Kristen McGuire, and Ivan Sherry –
A Q & A session with Ben Diskin, Christian Potenza, Erin Fitzgerald, Kristen McGuire, and Ivan Sherry covering topics you want to talk about: animation, commercial VO, video games, how to get into VO, and whatever else you want to know!

Whose Line is it Anyway V.3
Meeting Room 201- Friday 6:15 PM to 6:45 PM
Back by popular demand for a third year in a row, the world famous improv comedy game with a geeky twist is back at NerdaCon. Audience participation is highly encouraged as many classic games make their return as well as some inaugural ones. Warning: Be prepared to laugh!
Whose Line is it Anyway V.3 has been cancelled.

Worbla Armor: The Easiest Way to Make Cosplay Armor!
Meeting Room 201 – 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
– Hosted by special guest EmmaTate –
This panel is everything you want to know about Worbla, the most popular armor making material, and its endless possibilities. We go over basic techniques, how to sculpt intricate details, painting your armor, and attaching it to your body. Live demonstrations and examples will be present! For beginner to intermediate cosplayers.