Chicago Nerd Social Club on Panels at Wizard World Chicago 2015

chicago-comic-con-21CNSC is proud to note that several of its board members and group members will be participating as panelists at Wizard World Chicago in Rosemont, IL, this weekend, August 20-23. Here is a list of the six panels featuring CNSC representatives over the weekend:

Friday, August 21, 2015
Geek Wars, 1:30-2:15pm, Room 14
As nerds, we love to have fun but we also like engaging in important cultural topics. Join professional nerds as they battle it out over geek trivia while also discussing relevant social topics like racial stereotyping in comics, feminisms in film, online bullying, and much more. This will be a lively and enlightening conversation that might challenge your view on the pop culture world.

With Sooshe Bot (STEM communicator), Liz Pochop (Team TSD), Caitlin Rosberg (AV Club), Liz Smith (Team TSD), Michi Trota (Chicago Nerd Social Club) Jen Usellis (Klingon Pop Warrior). This panel was organized by Tony Kim (Crazy4ComicCon), who will be moderating the panel.

Marvel V DC: The Dawn of Nerdom, 3:30-4:15pm, Room 14
Nothing has done more to bring our fandom to mainstream than the Marvel and DC films. However, not all films are created equal. Join profession nerds as they compare and contrast decades of great (and not so great) films from our favorite caped crusaders. This is must for superhero cinephile of the Marvel and DC universe. Moderated by Tony Kim (“Crazy 4 Comic Con” on CON Radio)

Panelists include: Aaron Amendola (VstheUniverse), Molly Jane Kremer (Doom Rocket), Stella Cheeks (Plan 9 Burlesque), Caitlin Rosberg (CNSC Board of Organizers), and Terry Gant (Third Coast Comics)

Navigating the Fandom Multiverse, 4:30-5:15pm, Room 14
Follow/Tweet this panel with #FanMultiverse on Twitter
Popular characters and fandoms are no longer limited to existing in one medium with one definitive version. The Spider-Man films have been rebooted three times, Nick Fury wasn’t always a black man, and Jem and the Holograms are both a cartoon and a comic (and soon a live-action movie). This panel will explore how multiple media versions of the same characters and stories allow fans more choices and entry points to fandom, and what this means for those characters and the fans who love them. Panel organized by CNSC Board Member Michi Trota.

Panelists include Keidra Chaney (The Learned Fangirl), Danette Chavez (AV Club), Andrea Hawkins-Kamper (Phandemonium Inc.), Anne Petersen (Chicago Nerd Social Club), and Michi Trota (Uncanny Magazine).

Saturday, August 22, 2015
So You Want to Be a Nerd Organizer, 3:30-4:15pm, Room 14
Follow/Tweet this panel with #NerdOrganizer on Twitter
Whether you’re starting a podcast, a meet-up group, an online community, a con, a magazine, or a social movement, being a nerdy organizer of any kind means figuring out a lot of logistics. How do you choose who to work with? Where do you get started? How do you implement rules? How do you choose guests? On this panel, nerd con runners, community organizers, editors, and producers will share their experiences and advice about what’s worked, and what hasn’t.

Panelists include Megan Byrd (Graham Cracker Comics Ladies Night), Sondra de Jong (Nebula Awards), Tanya DePass (I Need Diverse Games), Thomas Glen (ValorCon), Matthew Peters (Mighty Ink Comics), and Michi Trota (Uncanny Magazine).

Star Wars Fan Panel, 4:30-5:15pm, Room 14
In four months, we will live in a world enlightened by the existence of Star Wars Episode VII! In preparation, we invite you to a panel dedicated to all things Star Wars. Professional nerds will challenge the crowd with Star Wars trivia, discuss the significance of Star Wars culture, and speculate on the future of living in a galaxy far, far away! Panel organized & moderated by Tony Kim (“Crazy 4 Comic Con” on CON Radio).

Panelists include: Dawn Xiana Moon (Raks Geek), Thomas Glen (ValorCon), Megan Byrd (Ladies Night Comics Anthology), Ed Siemienkowicz (Voice of the Republic).

Sunday, August 23, 2015
The Most Racist Panel Ever, 1:00-1:45pm, Room 14
Got your attention now?! So much has changed in our pop culture world – however, there are still many obstacles when it comes to experiencing ethnic or other marginalized heroes in media. Join us for this challenging topic as multicultural nerds discuss the cultural barriers, systemic problems, and the artistic gaps, that keep us from seeing diverse representation in comics, TV, and film. Panel organized & moderated by Tony Kim (“Crazy 4 Comic Con” on Con Radio”).

Panelists include: Tanya DePass (#INeedDiverseGames), Shareef Jackson (writer and podcast/YouTube host), Dawn Xiana Moon (Raks Geek), Jeff Smith (co-founder and former president of Chicago Nerd Social Club)

Thank you to Tony Kim of Crazy4ComicCon for inviting CNSC members to join some of these panels! We’ll see you at Wizard World Chicago!

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