Chris and two members of the 501st Legion at the 2019 Geek/Art CONfluence

Geek/Art CONfluence

The Geek/Art CONfluence is an online comic con that will include Cosplay, Gaming, Art, and Panels and Presentations.

The Geek/Art CONfluence is dedicated to providing a diverse, inclusive experience—with a focus on increasing awareness of disabilities within geek culture—in partnership with Syracuse University’s “Cripping” the Comic Con, aka CripCon. Panel sessions will include transcriptions and some panels will feature live sign language interpreters.

Taking place on Saturday, March 20, from 10am-6pm EST across three Zoom streams: Talks, Activities, and Gaming. Zoom links will be listed a week before the event.

Open to everyone, everywhere, free of charge.

SCHEDULE FOR TALKS

10am-11amNina Piazza; James McKay; Ed CattoPanel: “Geek Culture’s Connections to World Culture and History”
11am-NoonBenjamin Marra“Why You Should Self-Publish Your Comics”
Noon-1pmAimee Balint; Elizabeth Williamson; Darlena MariePanel: “Building Identity”
1pm-2pmNatalie Riess“Comics: The Drawing Is the Writing”
2pm-3pmSpecial Collections Research Center staff; Frank Cammuso; Lauren Earl, Alayna Vander Veer, Austin WatersPanel: “Archives and Publishing”
3pm-4pmMaya McKibbin“Power in Stories”
4pm-5pmSam Cowling; Michael Beach; Fiona Haborak and Kimon KeramidasPanel: “Meta!”
5pm-5:30pmConnor Nehls, Isabella Rayne Rossi, Dylan Buck, Bailey Culver“Help! There’s a Party in My Dungeon—A Lesson for Beginners”
5:30pm-6:00pmJudges Kate McKay, Wendell Smith, Sr., and Jay StilipecCosplay Contest Slideshow and Awards

Zoom Link for Talks:

https://syracuseuniversity.zoom.us/j/99942774387?pwd=V3BoYVlTaSs3OUw3dUtHc0o3K2oxUT09

Meeting ID: 999 4277 4387

Passcode: 733884

Visit here for a complete description of every Talk, and further information about our artist speakers here.

SCHEDULE FOR ACTIVITIES

10:00am-11:30amTolkien Reading DayEsgaroth Smial
11:30am-noonShow Off Your CollectionOpen Chat Forum
Noon-1pmPaint Your Own Tabletop Miniatures Along with Us!
(Gilles Stromberg’s workshop has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances)
Chris Wildrick
1:00pm-2:00pmScavenger Hunt501st Legion and Rebel Legion
2:00pm-3:00pmArtist Portfolio ReviewNatalie Riess
3:00pm-4:00pmCosplay DemoBarr Foxx and Dean’s Lyst
4:00pm-5:00pmRelax and Chat about Your Favorite Comics and MoviesOpen Chat Forum
5:00pm-5:30pmWho Wins? Character Battle DebatingChris Wildrick
5:30pm-6:00pmLightsaber Dueling and FormsBen Judkins, Ithaca Sabers/The Gathering of Sabers

Zoom Link for Activities:

https://syracuseuniversity.zoom.us/j/91712775040

Meeting ID: 917 1277 5040

Visit here for a complete description of every Activity.

SCHEDULE FOR GAMES

10:00am-11:00amPlay the Game Read the Story/Floodgate Games: demos and discussionJason Engle, Michael Guigliano
11:00am-NoonAmong Us mobile gameNicole Loresto from the Barnes Center e-sports center
Noon-1:00pmOne Night Ultimate Werewolf online gameKyle Jaymes Davis
1:00pm-2:00pmStory Dice mobile gameKyle Jaymes Davis
2:00pm-4:00pmJackbox gamingGame Club @SU
4:00pm-5:00pmLego Building ChallengeAndrea Buckvold
5:00pm-6:00pmTrivia Game Show on Comics and Gaming, using KahootRob Snow

Zoom Link for Games:

https://syracuseuniversity.zoom.us/j/96356402736

Meeting ID: 963 5640 2736

Visit here for a complete description of all Gaming.

Expectations for Behavior at the CON

Be nice!

The point of the CON is to provide a friendly, positive, inclusive, geeky space for a day, for the benefit of people who have not had the chance to experience that kind of thing for a long time.

Harassment, insults, bigotry, and villainous behavior in general will not be tolerated. We may remove anyone who does not uphold this expectation through their speech or behavior.

Questions?

Email Chris Wildrick at cwildric@syr.edu.

Our Facebook site is here and our Facebook Event page is here.


Activities

We will feature a full-day Zoom stream of activities from 10am-6pm. Visit the Schedule, Activity Descriptions, and Zoom Link below. SCHEDULE 10:00am-11:30am Tolkien Reading Day Esgaroth Smial 11:30am-noon Show Off Your Collection Open Chat Forum Noon-1pm Paint Your Own Tabletop Miniatures Along with Us!(Gilles Stromberg’s workshop has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances) Chris WildrickContinue reading “Activities”

Cosplay Entries

We are currently accepting submissions for our online Cosplay Contest! Please visit here for the rules! Here are the wonderful entries we have so far, from both the Photo and Video categories. The call for entries for the contest has closed. I will still post any new costumes, but they won’t be eligible for judgingContinue reading “Cosplay Entries”

Gaming

We will host a variety of free online games during the CON, including both video games and a role-playing game. All players are welcome. Our priority is fun for all. We will feature a full-day Zoom stream of gaming from 10am-6pm. Check out the Schedule, Descriptions, and Zoom Link below. SCHEDULE 10:00am-11:00am Play the GameContinue reading “Gaming”

Accessibility and Inclusion at the 2021 Geek/Art CONfluence

The Geek/Art CONfluence is dedicated to providing a diverse, inclusive experience—with a focus on increasing awareness of disabilities within geek culture—in partnership with Syracuse University’s “Cripping” the Comic Con, aka CripCon. Please visit https://crippingthecon.com for more information about the CripCon. To learn more about what “cripping” means, please visit: https://crippingthecon.com/more-on-what-cripping-means/. The three Artist Speakers’ presentationsContinue reading “Accessibility and Inclusion at the 2021 Geek/Art CONfluence”

Shops, Vendors, Artists, & Groups

We want to highlight some regional geek-culture businesses, vendors, artists, and groups. Email Chris if you’re interested in participating. Collectibles Galore: 25% off any toys or new or old comics–except slabs–if you give the code “Mighty Vike” during your purchase. Good from March 20-April 30. Comix Zone: will offer a $25 gift card as aContinue reading “Shops, Vendors, Artists, & Groups”

Art

SYRACUSE ART MUSEUM PRESENTATION OF COMICS, CARICATURES, AND CARTOON ART The Syracuse Art Museum put together an online collection of their comics holdings just for the CON: click here to check it out. The collection features selections from the Art Museum’s permanent collection exploring cartoon, caricature, and comic art. It includes original drawings for NewContinue reading “Art”

Panels & Presentations

We will feature three artist speakers and four panels composed of faculty and students from multiple universities, as well as other members of the geek community. We will feature a full-day Zoom stream of activities from 10am-6pm. Check out the Schedule, Panel Descriptions, and Zoom Link below. SCHEDULE 10am-11am Nina Piazza; James McKay; Ed CattoContinue reading “Panels & Presentations”

Cosplay Call

THE CALL FOR ENTRIES IS NOW CLOSED. Check out the entries here. You can vote for the Audience Choice Awards on Facebook, for both Photo and Video categories, by clicking on their links. The winners of all the categories will be revealed during the live Zoom of the CON from 5:30-6:00pm (EST) on March 20.Continue reading “Cosplay Call”

More details coming soon.