Saturday, June 17th

10AM-7PM

Main Events

  • Trivia Lifeline

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    Trivia Lifeline starts with the audience competing individually on pop culture trivia questions via their phones. Top trivia masters move on to compete with audience members as lifelines. Will you make it to the stage? Will you be the crucial audience member that clinches it for your contestant? Attend and stay tuned. The difference between glory and failure may be in your hands!

  • Fashion Show Sponsored by Everwing & Miss Asian Global Pageant

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    Cosplay meets fashion in a special presentation featuring the characters from the hit game EverWing! You won’t want to miss this unique event where all eight Guardians from EverWing join together for the first time in this cosplay-inspired fashion show.

  • Lil Serpent Costume Contest

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    You’re never too young to cosplay! Come and see all of the little ones in our Lil’ Serpent Costume Contest hosted by Evan Attwood of Fandom Workshop. Get a seat early as space is limited - seating begins 15 minutes prior to the show’s start time.

  • Lucio Panel

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    Think you know everything about Lucio? Think again! Join DSPStanky and Jonny Cruz in a once in a lifetime discussion on everyone’s favorite skating DJ freedom fighter. You might learn some new tips and tricks or just a funny story to share with your friends. Moderated by Hydra Comic Con Staff.

  • Voice Acting for Cartoons

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    Join Rob Paulsen, Stephanie Nadolny, and Catherine Taber as they discuss what it’s like voice acting in cartoons and anime. Gain insight into the industry and how it differs between media formats as well as tips and tricks getting started in the industry. You might even catch a humorous anecdote or two! Moderated by Evan Attwood of Fandom Workshop.

  • Artist Roundtable

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    It’s called a labor of love for a reason. Sit in on a discussion among guest artists as they discuss art careers including getting started, struggling to find acceptance, staying true to one’s dreams, and why in the end they find the effort worth it. Moderated by graphic novelist Svetlana Chmakova.

  • Costume Contest

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    Come and see some of the best cosplayers in the SF Bay Area show off their stuff and compete for cash and prizes in Hydra Comic Con’s Costume Contest! Hosted by Evan Attwood of Fandom Workshop. Make sure to get a seat early as space is limited - seating begins 15 minutes prior to the show’s start time.

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  • Komedio Stand Up Comedy

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    Komedio Comedy has been traversing the convention circuit with their nerd comedy stand up showcase providing giggles and gags for every type of fandom. Komedio boasts a diverse background and dedication to multiple fandoms. Individually accomplished in standup comedy including comedians featured in SF Sketchfest, Komedio hosts a variety of geek themed shows, providing laughs for audiences of all genres and geekdoms.

  • VR Manga: First Look

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    Take a first look at reading manga in VR before it’s released to the public. Learn and discuss the vision of manga and get a chance to win prizes.

  • The Art of Being Evil

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    Being evil isn’t black and white. There are many shades in between as well as different motivations for the characters we love to hate. Join Keith Silverstein, voice actor who portrays villains from shows like Hunter x Hunter, Monster, Bleach, Naruto, Sailor Moon and Monster High, as he explores what makes the characters different from each other. Come and embrace the darkness!

  • Haha at Hydra Con

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    Pokélol, One-Punchline Man, Mobile Suit Pundam...call it what you want, you won’t want to miss this comedy bebop. Local comics/fellow geeks will be Krillin the mic in this stand-up comedy showcase.

  • Star Wars Expanded Universe 101

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    Star Wars lore goes beyond the movies. The 1990s brought us a whole new universe and generations of all new adventures and stories that expand on familiar characters and introduced new ones. However, since Disney bought out Lucasfilm, the original expanded universe is no longer considered canon and have been designated into the “legends” continuity. Disney and Lucasfilm have created an all new canon following the new movies with a plethora of books, comics, and more. This panel will examine how the legends canon has influenced the Star Wars franchise and fandom- with so many media in both continuity, where does one start?

  • The Legends of EverWing & The Next Generation of Mobile Gaming

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    Enter the kingdom of EverWing! Come and meet the creators of the hit Instant Game and learn how they built the fantastic realm which delights millions of players. “The Legends of EverWing” panel will feature Jimmy Griffith, Head of Blackstorm Games, Jeff Himmelman, Art Director at Blackstorm Games, and Tom Fairfield, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at Blackstorm, which built the cutting-edge technology that EverWing is based upon. A Facebook Game of the Year award winner, EverWing has captured the hearts of players around the world - come and hear how the creators accomplished this feat, along with tips, tricks and hints at what will be coming in future!

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  • Promote Your Work!

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    What are the wackiest ways people promote their books, comics, or art? Which methods really draw fans to the table? Posters? Silly hats? Contests? Parties? Do book trailers, Facebook advertising, eBay, really work? Where do you get reviews? Valerie Estelle Frankel, editor of Self Promo Stories: Authors’ Boldest, Cleverest & Wackiest Strategies to Sell their Books will share her favorites and send you off with a variety of unconventional ideas.

  • Self Publishing Your Work

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    What’s the best software or format for self-publishing? Where do you get a cover artist? Join experienced self-publishers as they discuss the real deal of self-publishing; where to go, what software to use, and more.

  • Geeks in Journalism

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    Do you dream of being a geek journalist? Have you ever wanted to start your own news outlet? It may seem easy but there’s more than meets the eye. This panel covers on how to make a name for yourself and build your own media outlet while debunking many of the myths associated with online media. It’s a chance to get insight from a professional journalist with over five years of experience.

  • Anthropology of SF

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    This interactive discussion examines cultural themes in science fiction such as the historical and cultural contexts of select science fiction works. In addition, science fiction in literary, film, and serial form, is explored as progressive, participatory, contemporary myth. Specific topics include: Science fiction as a cultural mirror and teacher, and fandom culture.

  • The Heroine’s Journey

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    You know all about the classic hero’s journey—now learn about the heroine’s! We’ll chart the heroine’s journey step-by-step from ancient myths to modern reimaginings like Coraline and The Wizard of Oz. Rather than a sword, the questing heroine wields magic slippers, a mirror, a chalice. Only after she has defeated her dark side or the wicked witch, that she becomes a bestower of wisdom in this beloved pattern favored by fantasy readers and writers.

  • Nerd Rage!

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    Star Trek vs. Star Wars! Buffy vs. Tomb Raider! Superman vs. Dragonball! Geeky debates welcomes nerds who rage over them. Join some of Bay Area’s funniest and nerdiest stand-up comics from Komedio network for a raucous, no-holds-barred free-for-all, as they debate some of the biggest and hottest topics in all of geekdom. Are you ready to rage?

  • Batman VS Superman

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    Gotham City and Metropolis represent deeper cultural themes. Their primary significance is seen through respective representations of the social issues, existing in the urban environment, holding cross cultural significance in respect to contemporary urban cultural history. Discussion between urban visions of darkness vs. utopic urban life is explored, highlighting how both franchises maintain the comic status as a form of contemporary mythos.

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  • History of Anime Conventions

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    Admission to anime cons used to cost a “mere $2.” Scarlet Rhapsody discusses the origins of anime cons and their birth from the science fiction and fantasy scene as well as “con wars” during the 90s between the Anime Con and Anime America crowd, the early days of fandom get-togethers and how it’s grown with mainstreaming of anime.

  • Overwatch Worldwide Q and A

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    Come join Bentobox Studios’ Overwatch discussion on art, gameplay, cosplay and trivia! Trivia winners will be awarded with prizes! A free sketch will also be provided by Bobby upon request.

  • Traveling to Cons Survival Guide

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    Have you been wanting to go to cons that are far away? Learn all the basics from how to plan the trip and learn to budget in this panel! You\'ll get tips from various veteran con goers.

  • Let Me Tell You About Webcomics

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    If you like webcomics, this panel is for you! Join the creator of Epic Chaos!, Melissa McCommon and EC! coloring assistant Liz Granado as they give you an in depth look into the creation of webcomics, hilarious stories about working on them, and discussions about some of the other well known comics on the ‘net. An hour of fun and education awaits you!

  • Nerds N Hip-Hop

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    Dedicated to Nerds, Hip-Hop Heads, and us in-betweens! ‘Hip-Hop & Nerds’ is about a strong but commonly overlooked connection between rap music and geek culture. Join nerdMOB as they introduce the connection, examine why it’s overlooked, and discuss how the two worlds are more alike than we think.

  • Useless Skills to Impress Your Friends

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    Come learn basics circus skills and hear crazy stories about life in the circus. There will be lessons on basic and contact juggling, plate spinning, and balancing. Interesting tales will be told by a professional circus performer of fourteen years.

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  • Intermediate & Advanced Sci-fi Weapons & Props

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    Learning to use production grade materials such as MDF should be on the roadmap of every serious propmaker. Learn the techniques necessary to create realistic props that will last years.

  • Wings 101: How to Make Wings for Cosplay!

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    Have you ever wondered what goes into making wings for your cosplay? In this panel, we will be covering the basics of what goes into making feathered wings, bat wings, as well as animatronic moving wings!

  • Decorate a Ray Gun

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    We use Sharpies and other kid safe materials to decorate a small ray gun that has built in sound and LEDs. There will be a $5 charge required to cover gun and materials. Get a chance to take home your very own ray gun!.

  • 3 2 1 and Pose!

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    You’ve got the costume, now get ready to pose in this instructional posing workshop by Steff Von Schweetz. Learn tips and tricks to not only be more believably in-character, but look good doing it. How many ways can you pose on a chair? By the time the panel is over, you should have at least a dozen in your arsenal.

  • Foam Workshop

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    Evil Ted, with 30 years of movie and television experience, will show you the tips and tricks he has learned over the years to make realistic props and weapons out of foam. Q&A to follow.

  • Geek Networking

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    This panel opens up a chance to network with your fellow geeks, find new connections, and a foot in the door to talent and job options!

Video Games

  • Marvel vs Capcom 3 Tournament

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    Who hasn’t lost hundreds of quarters on the original arcade versions of this fighting mashup. Come play the latest iteration with your friends and hopefully not too many cheap combos.

  • Injustice 2 Tournament

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    Think you have what it takes to lead Batman to victory? Maybe you’re a fan of Superman’s overwhelming power. Regardless your playstyle you should test your skills in this superhero brawler!

  • Goldeneye 64 Tournament

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    It’s never too late to enjoy a classic! Come and test your O.G. FPS skills in the game that proved you could play shooters on console.

Card Games

  • Pokémon TCG Tournament (Standard Format)

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    Do you have what it takes to be the very best? The best there ever was? It’s card gaming that’s the real test. To win is your cause! Bad song puns aside come and compete against your friends to see who is the best (card) trainer at the con!

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Tournament (Advanced Format)

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    It\'s time to duel! Show everyone that you don\'t need an ancient pharaoh spirit to be a champion card gamer!

Theater

  • Max Fleischer's Superman

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    Straight from the golden age of American animation we’re proud to present these classic public domain cartoons for a new generation to enjoy. Created between 1941 to 1943 witness some amazing history in film format with everyone’s favorite superhero.

  • Sailor Moon Crystal

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    Usagi Tsukino is a clumsy but kind teenage girl who transforms into the powerful guardian of love and justice, Sailor Moon. Meeting allies along the way who share similar fates, Usagi and her team of planetary Sailor Guardians fight to protect the universe from forces of evil and total annihilation.

  • Poyopoyo

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    Seemingly too cute for many, this will be a comedy for all ages and types! Follow this unique family and its spherical cat, in a warm-hearted comedy for the winter!

  • Dragon Ball Super

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    With Earth at peace, our heroes have settled into normal lives. But they can’t get too comfortable. The powerful God of Destruction Beerus has awoken to a prophecy revealing his demise at the hands of an even more formidable being. When his search for the Saiyan God brings him to Earth, can Goku and his friends take on their strongest foe yet?

  • Sword Art Online

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    When would-be players log-in to a virtual world for the first time they’re thrilled - until they discover they can’t leave until the final boss is defeated! Plus, anyone who dies in the game dies in real life!

  • Hunter x Hunter

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    Twelve-year-old Gon Freecss is determined to become the best Hunter possible in hopes of finding his father, who was a Hunter himself and had long ago abandoned his young son. However, Gon soon realizes the path to achieving his goals is far more challenging than he could have ever imagined.

  • My Hero Academia

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    Izuku has dreamt of being a hero all his life a challenge for a kid with no superpowers. That’s right, in a world where eighty percent of the population has some kind of super-powered “quirk,” Izuku was unlucky enough to be born completely normal. But that’s not enough to stop him from enrolling in one of the world’s most prestigious hero academies.

Autographs (Saturday)

Rob Paulsen

  • Rob Paulsen Autographs

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    At booth G5. Autographs - $25. Phone calls, videos, and voice recordings - $40. Photos - $15.

  • Rob Paulsen Autographs

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    At booth G5. Autographs - $25. Phone calls, videos, and voice recordings - $40. Photos - $15.

  • Rob Paulsen Autographs

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    At booth G5. Autographs - $25. Phone calls, videos, and voice recordings - $40. Photos - $15.

  • Rob Paulsen Autographs

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    At booth G5. Autographs - $25. Phone calls, videos, and voice recordings - $40. Photos - $15.

Stephanie Nadolny

Jonny Cruz

Keith Silverstein

Catherine Taber

Sunday, June 18th

10AM-5PM

Main Events

  • Voice Acting for Video Games

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    Join Rob Paulsen, Stephanie Nadolny, and Catherine Taber as they discuss what it’s like voice acting in cartoons and anime. Gain insight into the industry and how it differs between media formats as well as tips and tricks getting started in the industry. You might even catch a humorous anecdote or two! Moderated by Evan Attwood of Fandom Workshop.

  • nWay's Power Rangers: Legacy Wars

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    Attention Rangers! Join nWay as they discuss their fun mobile game Power Rangers: Legacy Wars and enter a tournament where you can compete and win prizes! Learn more by stopping by their booth.

  • Artist Roundtable

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    It’s called a labor of love for a reason. Sit in on a discussion our guest artists as they discuss art careers including getting started, struggling to find acceptance, staying true to one’s dreams, and why in the end they find the effort worth it. Moderated by graphic novelist Svetlana Chmakova.

  • Overwatch Voice Actor Q&A

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    The world could always use more heroes, or in this case more voice actors! Join Keith Silverstein and Jonny Cruz in a Q&A about their experiences playing some of the most memorable characters in recent memory. Expect to laugh at the best moments and cry at the sad times.

  • Pop-Culture Pictionary

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    Laugh yourself sick as someone fails to draw a simple Spider-Man but manages to paint a brilliant masterpiece that successfully portrays the sadness we all feel when confronted with the conundrum that is Neon Genesis Evangelion. A Pictionary panel: Make, draw, guess, and win!

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  • History of Lupin III

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    50 years of stealing hearts all over the world, from the mind of Monkey Punch, one of the most popular characters in Japanese pop culture was born. Scarlet Rhapsody’s and resident Lupin fanboy, Jared, hosts a panel exploring the good, bad, and silly of this long running Japanese hit series.

  • DSPStanky Q&A

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    It’s rare for a player to be considered the best of anything in the world. It’s even rarer to do so twice on two different platforms. Come hear from DSPStanky how he became known as one of the best console Lucio players, transitioned to be one of the best PC Lucio players, all the while becoming a premier streamer and voice for the Overwatch community.

  • Steam and Dieselpunk Superheroes

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    Retrofuturism has introduced a fantastical new line with the DC Bombshells -- all heroines set in World War II. This adaptation mirrors the best of steampunk rewritings such as Gotham by Gaslight, JLA: Age of Wonder, The Golden Age, Batman: Leatherwing, Batman/Houdini, and more. Marvel offers retellings in the alt-Battleworld, J. Michael Straczynski’s Golden Age-style The Twelve, and 1602: Witchhunter Angela. Find out who’s doing it right, and how they are related to steampunk.

  • Anthropology of X-Men

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    The X-Men comics justify the use of the comic medium as a viable means of social communication and address a number of social issues that remain alive and well in contemporary culture and is one of the primary reasons for the success of the franchise. Let’s exam the X-Men comics and reveal the power of comics as mythos and how it acts as mirror and guide to continued cultural evolution.

  • The Man The Movie The Monsters He's Played and The Stories He Has To Tell!

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    Evil Ted’s worked in The Guyver, Return of the Living Dead 3 and Kung Fu Rascals, among others. He does a great zombie. He’ll talk about suit work and share stories about the days before monsters were CGI creations.

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  • Reboot or Ripoff, the good, bad and ugly of reboots and reimaginings

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    Many franchises have been rebooted or re-imagined. When does this change to “bait and switch” marketing or go so far from the concept of the original that it offends those who loved the original? This is intended to be a civil discussion of the topic with audience participation, but probably won’t definitively resolve whether proper Cylons are Chrome.

  • Social Significance of Hulk Science

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    Explore the connection between science and society, how both drive the evolution of the other, and how such evolution impacts us on a cultural level. Let’s discuss how technology and man relate and the ethical gray areas of technology as it pertains to society and man. The Hulk allows us to examine man’s relationship with technology, ethical dilemmas presented by technology, and how it drives culture change.

  • Pursuing your Passions: Cosplay, Podcasts, Blogs and Beyond

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    Ever dreamed of seeing your face on a flyer, win an award as a cosplayer, host a panel at a convention, or looked forward to releasing your next podcast? Us too! Over the past few years, we’ve enjoyed some personal successes and would love to share our experiences with you. We will be talking about how our experience as convention attendees has led us into pursuing related passions and finding access points as cosplayers and panelists, and creating our own content as bloggers and podcasters. Additionally, we want to discuss the steps taken to gain acceptance as panelists at conventions such as FanimeCon and Silicon Valley Comic Con, becoming a face on a national campaign and becoming an award winning costumer/ cosplayer. We want to help encourage people to take their first steps in achieving their personal goals in the convention world.

  • Developing Awesome Characters

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    We’ve all come up with awesome ideas for a character for a story, OC, RP character, or even a fan character, we’ve all done it! However, some of us have a hard time making the characters relatable or interesting, but never fear! Join comic artist Melissa McCommon, and illustrator Liz Granado for an hour of tips, tricks, & stories of how the girls created and developed their comic and RP characters, and how you can bring your characters to life! (not really, but we’re working on that)

  • Wonder Woman & Female Fandom

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    From heroines, female fandom merchandise, to lunch box and U.N. controversies, this panel explores the importance of strong female characters in comics, merchandise for female fans, issues surrounding superhero role models in mainstream culture and to better educate the realm relating to education in the sciences and overall roles of women in mainstream culture. Explore the significance of Wonder Woman and how she plays a part in comic and cultural evolution throughout time.

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  • Geeky Asian Cooking Hacks

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    Learn to cook healthy with healthy hacks through Japanese, Korean, Indian cooking and more!

  • Missing in Action: Women in Comics

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    We always hear that there are not enough strong heroines in the comic book medium. WRONG! Eri Kagami and Jared the Greek of Scarlet Rhapsody explore many independent women that have been involved in saving the world in one form or another. We will go through various heroine oriented comics to slice of life. Who knows…your next cosplay idea might come from this panel!

  • Overwatch Party

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    Are you an Overwatch fan? Think you have what it takes to move the payload? Join some of your favorite overwatch heroes as they battle it out to capture the objective. Who will emerge on top? Choose your teams wisely in this Overwatch interactive game with a Mario party twist! Earn loot boxes and other prizes!

  • Improv 101 & Workshop

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    Fully Unscripted presents everything you need to know to get started in improvisational acting. These skills work for long-form, short-form, scripted acting, and even help you in life. Think you’re not funny? No problem! Ask questions, play games, and have fun.

  • Ask Us Anything!

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    Have questions for Hydra Comic Con staff? Want to know what the future holds? Come here to ask your questions and tell us what you liked about the con!

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  • Getting Started in Cosplay

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    Cosplay should be a rewarding experience, not a daunting challenge! Join fellow cosplayers in a roundtable discussion on how they approach their cosplays. Expect to learn tips and tricks, where to get the best prices on supplies, and just general lessons learned. Moderated by Bekalou Cosplay.

  • The Wonders of Markers

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    An informational panel on alcohol based markers, with a concentration on Copics. Looking for a way to step up your traditional drawings but don’t quite know where to start? We can help. Join us for an hour of fun and education!

  • Intro to 3D Printing for Cosplay

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    The use of a 3D printer for making cosplay is a relatively new discovery, but how do you start and what do you even do? Join experienced cosplayers as they take you through where to purchase your own and how to make the most out of it for your cosplay crafts!

  • Disneybounding

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    Have you been on Main Street and wonder why people dress in Minnie’s signature polka dots or Snow White’s blue top and yellow skirt, complete with the red bow? It’s Disneybounding! Disneybounding has grown in the past few years and spawned dress up days in parks such as Villains’ Day, Pokemon Day, etc. Learn more and get inspired at Scarlet Rhapsody’s Disneybounding 101 panel.

Video Games

  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Tournament

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    Who knew when it was first introduced that the quirky fighting game based on Nintendo characters would become one of the premiere fighting games in the world. Show your skill and answer the ultimate question of who would win - Mario vs. Link

  • Mario Kart 8 Tournament

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    Come and see where you stack up in the latest iteration of the classic party racing game. Just watch out for those blue shells!

Card Games

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Tournament (Advanced Format)

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    It’s time to duel! Show everyone that you don’t need an ancient pharaoh spirit to be a champion card gamer!

  • Magic: The Gathering TCG Tournament (Standard Format)

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    Dust off your decks from the original trading card game and see if you have what it takes to be a master planeswalker.

Theater

  • R.O.D the TV

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    From bulletproof dragons to lock-picks, a paper master manipulates paper to their will. In Hong Kong, three young paper masters, Anita, Maggie and Michelle, use their formidable skills to protect Nenene, an author targeted by a mad bomber. As their bodyguard duties take them to Tokyo, they will be educated on the dangers of literacy!

  • HEROMAN

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    Joey was working hard. One day he finds an abandoned toy and fixes it. One evening a lightning hits Joey\'s home. The electric sparks surround the toy, and Joey witnesses the birth of \"Heroman\". Now, Joey and Heroman are Earth\'s only defense against the evil insectoid Skrugg aliens, unknowingly summoned to Earth by Joey\'s science teacher.

  • Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time

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    Class is in session at a certain high school. While the teacher isn\'t looking, a boy named Seki-kun is playing games by himself on his desk, while the girl who sits next to him, Yokoi-san, observes (or interferes or participates). Each time, Seki-kun\'s games reach unimaginable levels

  • Case Closed

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    The son of a world famous mystery writer, Shinichi Kudo, has achieved his own notoriety by assisting the local police as a student detective. He has always been able to solve the most difficult of criminal cases using his wits and power of reason.

  • Squid Girl

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    Squid Girl has come to the land from the depths of the sea to conquer humanity for its pollution of the ocean. Unfortunately she isn’t very talented so it remains to be seen whether she will be able to subjugate humankind!

  • Samurai Flamenco

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    Masayoshi Hazama: a man who has become a superhero with no superhuman powers. Hidenori Goto: a cop who found out the true identity of “the superhero”. This is the story of the birth of a true hero featuring these two young men with a touch of comedy as they search for the true meaning of becoming a hero of justice in this world!

Autographs (Sunday)

Rob Paulsen

  • Rob Paulsen Autographs

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    At booth G5. Autographs - $25. Phone calls, videos, and voice recordings - $40. Photos - $15.

  • Rob Paulsen Autographs

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    At booth G5. Autographs - $25. Phone calls, videos, and voice recordings - $40. Photos - $15.

Stephanie Nadolny

Jonny Cruz

Keith Silverstein

Catherine Taber