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The Comic Book Club of Ithaca
PO Box 701
Ithaca, NY 14851

is proud to present

Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22, 2020
Saturday 10 AM - 6 PM, Sunday 11 AM - 4 PM
Saturday evening gaming 7 PM - 11 PM

Campus Center and Williams Hall • Ithaca College • 953 Danby Rd. • Ithaca, NY

Guests and vendors are in Emerson Suites 10-6 Saturday and 11-4 Sunday
As of March 4, the schedule is complete.
Once you've purchased tickets, download the free GrowTix Gather Events app (not the Checkin app) from your phone's app store and start building your personal schedule.
Activities for Kids
All events are located in Williams unless otherwise noted

Saturday March 21

10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Zombie Maze - 1st floor
Pick up your Nerf Blaster and join the fight against the hoard of Zombies roaming the first floor!

X-treme Hopscotch Challenge - 3rd floor
Try to get through the third floor by successfully crossing dozens of connected hopscotch trails!

Graphic Novel Reading Room - 202
Take a load off and come find our quiet zone! Filled with pillows and bean bags, this is the perfect space to read your new comics, look at some of the novels we’ve provided, or just enjoy some peace and quiet.

Superman Movies - 225
Join us for a Superman Marathon! Starting with the 2013 documentary Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle at 10 am, Superman (1978) at 11 am, followed by Smallville episodes at 3 pm, and Supergirl at 5 pm.

Fantasy Crafts - 221
Whether you’re a pixie or a paladin, these fantasy-themed crafts are for you. Come make your own shields, fairy wands, crowns and tiaras, and origami dragons in our forest.

Gorgekeep Tower – 210
This is your invitation to be a wizard for a day! Make your very own magic wand, fuzzy monster book, personalized buttons, and enjoy the movies playing in the background.

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Make Me a Superhero - 222
Every hero has an origin story, so pick yours and suit up! Kids can pick a cape, decorate a mask, and get their own superhero logo, all of which they are welcome to debut on our Cosplay Runway.

Clay Sculpting - 219
We supply the air-dry clay and workspace, so you bring the creativity! After you finish your masterpiece, you can pick it up at the end of the day and take it home.

Quidditch - 211
Learn to play Quidditch with the world-renowned Ithaca College Quidditch team.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Drag Queen Story Hour – 202
Come listen to some of the lovely Queens from the Ithaca community read aloud from one of many great children's graphic novels.

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Cosplay Runway - Emerson Suites
A fun, non-competitive showcase of any cosplayers at the convention that want to participate! There will be a sign-up sheet at the cosplay repair station where you can put your preferred name, character name, and anything else you would like to add. Then, at the allotted time, you’ll be lined up and allowed to strut your stuff down the carpet with everyone having a chance to take their best pictures!

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Comic Drawing for Kids - 222
Work with artist Jim Brenneman to draw your very own comic book!

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Smash Brothers Casual Play - 309
Ultimate and Super Smash Bros. Come meet new people and learn to play or practice your skills. All Ages. (Smash Brothers Club of IC)

3:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Lightsaber Building and Training for Kids - 218
Signup Required

Channel the Force and build the lightsaber that suits you best! Then learn from the best sword trainers in town and become the padawan you were meant to be. Sign up in the William’s Lobby!

Sunday March 22

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Zombie Maze - 1st floor
Pick up your Nerf Blaster and join the fight against the hoard of Zombies roaming the first floor!

X-treme Hopscotch Challenge - 3rd floor
Try to get through the third floor by successfully crossing dozens of connected hopscotch trails!

Graphic Novel Reading Room - 202
Take a load off and come find our quiet zone! Filled with pillows and bean bags, this is the perfect space to read your new comics, look at some of the novels we’ve provided, or just enjoy some peace and quiet.

Fantasy Crafts - 221
Whether you’re a pixie or a paladin, these fantasy-themed crafts are for you. Come make your own shields, fairy wands, crowns and tiaras, and origami dragons in our forest.

Mad Science Lab – 210
Unleash your inner mad scientist with our slime making, potions brewing, monster building, and kinetic sand table!

Kid Heroes Screening - 225
Join us for a screening of Hilda at 11 am, Gravity Falls at 12:30 pm, Miraculous Ladybug at 2 pm, and DC Super Hero Girls at 3 pm

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Nerdcraftin’ Time! - 219
Work with Nerdcrafter Amanda to make your own Buttons & Sprites as well as learn some tips n’ tricks to make sprites at home! You can find both Amanda and Riccy at their table in Emerson Suites after this activity to say hi and check out their other crafts!

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Coding and Coloring with IC Women in Computing – 309
For ages 7-12. Join IC Women in Computing for introductory code activities and arts and crafts! Make a paper robot, play programming games, or make a binary bracelet to learn more about computing, bit by bit!

Quidditch - 211
Learn to play Quidditch with the world-renowned Ithaca College Quidditch team.

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Smash Brothers Tournament - 309
A competitive tournament for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Super Smash Bros. Melee. Come meet new people and compete in two age brackets: 12 and under and 13 and up. (Smash Brothers Club of IC)

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

All Ages Writing Workshop – 222
Learn how to write stories for any medium with Ithaca College students Cole Herrmann and Thomas Petite.

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Iron Cosplay - 219
This is a “no experience necessary”, team-based competition! Each team will be given a box full of miscellaneous materials and then a different character prompt (ex. fairy or pirate) and then a limited amount of time to turn one of your team members into that character! This fun, fast paced, insanity is great to sign up with friends or to meet totally new people who are nerdy and want to flex their creative muscles.

2:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Lightsaber Building and Training for Kids - 218
Signup Required

Channel the Force and build the lightsaber that suits you best! Then learn from the best sword trainers in town and become the padawan you were meant to be. Sign up in the William’s Lobby!

Panels and Activities
All events are 1 hour unless otherwise noted

Saturday March 21

11:00 am

Local Creators Panel - Klingenstein
Ithaca and the Finger Lakes foster creativity and entrepreneurism in so many ways. We’ll find out what makes it special for local pop culture creators & artists as they reveal their own origin stories and preview upcoming projects!

11:30 am

Trevor Von Eeden Creator Spotlight - Clark
A conversation with the ground-breaking artist who at age 16 became DC Comics' youngest artist, and the first black comic artist to be offered steady employment. Trevor co-created Black Lightning (now a CW TV show) and fans have loved his work on Batman, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Thriller and The Original Johnson.

12:00 pm

Pop Culture Squad: Commentary and Current Events in Geek Culture Today - Klingenstein
Join Publisher/Co-Founder Adriane Nash, Head Comics Reviewer Bob Harrison and Columnist Mike Gold for an in-depth look at the trials & tribulations of running an entrepreneurial site, as we pull back the curtain for an insider’s look at the state of Geek Culture today.

12:30pm - 1:00 pm

Cosplay Runway - Emerson
A fun, non-competitive showcase of any cosplayers at the convention who want to participate! There will be a sign-up sheet outside of Emerson Suites where you can put your preferred name, character name, and anything else you would like to add. Then, at the allotted time, you’ll be lined up and allowed to strut your stuff down the carpet with everyone having a chance to take their best pictures!

1:00 pm

Jamal Igle Creator Spotlight - Klingenstein
Join award-winner artist of AHOY Comics' The Wrong Earth as he discusses his long career as artist on DC series such as Supergirl, Firestorm, The Ray and Zatanna, ground-breaking work on Black, and his own creation Molly Danger.

1:30 pm

Comic Movies That You Didn’t Know Were Comic Movies - Clark
Film historian Michael Rieff presents a look at movies such as Road To Perdition, Ghost World, and Snowpiercer.

2:00 pm

Keynote Address: Mike Gold - Klingenstein
Mike Gold has enjoyed a phenomenal career: co-founding First Comics, serving as Senior Editor at DC Comics (rejuvenating characters like The Flash, Green Arrow, Hawkman, The Shadow, Blackhawk, Flash Gordon and The Question), as a columnist and co-founder of ComicMix and Pop Culture Squad, and the host of the long-running column "Inside the Gold Mind"". A recipient of the Hero Initiative’s Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award at the Harvey Awards, Mike has been recognized for co-founding the National Runaway Switchboard as well as his impressive activism and volunteerism focusing on sex education, drug education and youth services.

Lightsaber Training for Teens and Adults – Williams 218
Signup Required

Learn from the best sword trainers in town and become the padawan you were meant to be. Sign up in the William’s Lobby!

2:30 pm

Adapting Games Panel - Clark
This panel offers a deep dive exploring how games are adapted for all ages, including one initiative specifically designed to improve mental health.

3:00 pm

Stephanie Phillips Creator Spotlight - Klingenstein
Bursting onto the scene recently, writer Stephanie Phillips has impressed both new and long-time fans with her work on DC’s Wildcat, Dark Horse Comics' Butcher Of Paris, Aftershock's Descendent, and Black Mask's Devil Within. This innovative writer will also be discussing her newest series Artemis and the Assassin from Aftershock Comics!

3:30 pm

LGBT+ Fandom Panel - Clark
Geek Culture is more inclusive than ever! Join us as we explore the current trends, recent triumphs and ongoing struggles for LGBT fandom in today’s ever-changing world.

4:00 pm

Rebooting the Legends Panel - Klingenstein
How do creators keep long-time characters relevant to both old and new audiences? Join Mike Gold, Jamal Igle, Tom Peyer, Roger Stern and Jamal Igle as they reveal their unique approaches to rebooting characters like The Flash, Supergirl, The Atom, Blackhawk, Firestorm, Green Arrow and more!

4:30 pm

Aftershock Comics Publisher Spotlight - Clark
Since their launch in 2015, Aftershock has been shaking it up with titles like Dark Ark, Pestilence, Undone by Blood and The Man who F@$&ed Up Time. What makes them tick and what are their goals? We’ll also take a special look at titles like Decendent and Artemis and the Assassin from writer Stephanie Phillips.

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fan Filksinging Karaoke - Emerson Cafe

Sunday March 22

11:00 am

Women in Fandom: Comics Culture Edition - Clark
Join ITHACON chair Darlynne Overbaugh as she leads a guided session for women, from enthusiast to professional, to connect, learn and share through comics culture.

11:30 am

From Silent Films to Web Comics: Ithaca NY’s contribution to the Arts, Writing and Media - Klingenstein
Ithaca’s cinematic history is explored, starting with silent films like The Lottery Man, The Crusher, and Beatrice Fairfax (all filmed and produced in Ithaca), to the Ithaca-centric writings of John Steinbeck, Carl Sagan, and Rod (Twilight Zone) Serling, and even the contemporary creators of today. Join Nick Sagan, Michael Watson, Stephen Frug and moderator Patrick Pinney for this unique celebration.

12:00 pm

Arr, maties, ‘tis Pirates in Comics! - Clark
Comics have long embraced so many genres – superheroes, science fiction, romance, westerns, but in this panel we turn our attention to Pirate Comics. Join writer Stephanie Phillips as she discusses her upcoming series, A Man Among Ye from Image Comics. And Ithaca College’s own Ed Catto celebrates Golden Age pirate stories showcasing his new book Pirates: A Treasure Of Comics To Plunder, Arrr! from Clover Press and Yoe Books.

12:30 pm

AHOY! Comics Publisher Spotlight - Klingenstein
This unique publisher burst onto the scene with innovative titles like Second Coming, Snifter of Terror, Bronze Age Boogie, Planet of the Nerds and The Wrong Earth. Publisher Hart Seely, EiC Tom Peyer, Artist Jamal Igle and CCO Frank Cammuso discuss their unique vision and their Quixotic Quest as they continue to publish top-notch comics.

1:00 pm

ITHACON at 45 - Clark
Only one other comic convention (San Diego Comic-Con) has ever reached 45 years. Join founder Bill Turner and long-time ITHACON folks Tim Gray, Carmela Merlo, and others as they celebrate the triumphs and reminisce about 45 years of ITHACON.

Lightsaber Training for Teens and Adults – 218 Williams
Signup Required

Learn from the best sword trainers in town and become the padawan you were meant to be. Sign up in the William’s Lobby!

All Ages Writing Workshop – 222 Williams
Learn how to write stories for any medium with Ithaca College students Cole Herrmann and Thomas Petite.

1:30 pm

The Tyranny and Majesty of Action Comics Weekly - Klingenstein
No one could predict what would happen when DC decided to publish their long-running title, Action Comics on a weekly basis. Mike Gold, Roger Stern and Tom Peyer were all there - and they relive the anxiety and deadlines that allowed them to still create well-loved stories of Superman, Blackhawk, Green Lantern and more!

2:00 pm

YA Comics Today - Clark
The YA category for books, and especially comics/graphic novels is exploding. Frank Cammuso, creator of Edison Beaker Creature Seeker and Salem Hyde discusses his approach the changing realities of this dynamic segment.

Comic Drawing for Teens and Adults – 222 Williams
A workshop with award-winning artist Steve Ellis, who teaches you to draw your own comic book.

2:30 pm

Indie Comics panel - Klingenstein
Making it work as a creative entrepreneur in comics is more challenging than ever. Find out what the real story is!

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

ITHACON Talkback - Clark
Whew- it’s been a busy 45 years, and it surely will have been a busy comic con this year too. We’re anxious to hear your thoughts as we prepare for the next 45 years. Join the ITHACON committee for an honest talkback focusing on what went right, what went wrong and how we can improve.

Gaming
All daytime gaming is in Williams Hall
Saturday evening gaming is in Emerson Cafe (first floor of Campus Center/Phillips Hall)

Saturday March 21

10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Open Board & Card Gaming - 313
Bring your favorite board game or borrow one to be learned and enjoyed. Discover board gaming groups in your community.

Quest, Outbound Hope - Second floor lounge
Learn about Quest Adventure Gaming of Watkins Glen, NY, specializing in immersive, live-action games, megagames, and events. Learn about our flagship event The Outbound Hope Mission - hosted aboard the USS Edson in Bay City, Michigan - and hear about our upcoming projects like Windfall War, Starfall Academy and more! (Quest, Outbound)

DPH - Second floor lounge
Demo DPH games Psychological Warfare; Cats: A Sad But Necessary Cycle of Predatory Behavior; Affliction: Salem 1692; The Gate of R'lyeh; Usurp the King (not yet released); and In Tents by local game designer Dan Hundycz.

When Gods Collide, MetaCheckers - Second floor hall
When Gods Collide is a new fantasy themed version of MetaCheckers: Battle 4. In When Gods Collide, players can choose to be one of four ancient deities: The Egyptian god Amun-Ra, Babylonian god Marduk, Greek god Zeus, or Norse god Odin. Who will prevail on this day of battle? This advanced 4 player chess battle happens on a landscape with chasms, obstacles and odd corners. But beware! Knights may jump over the chasms. (MetaDreams LLC)

Alkemia Demo - Second floor lounge
Become the next Grand Alchemist in this resource management, item crafting, alchemy themed tabletop game. (Kinsoul Studios)

Steepseers - Second floor lounge
Save your kind by inspiring the people's belief in your fortune telling abilities in this tea brewing and resource gathering game. (Kinsoul Studios)

Outbound Hope Simulation - 302
Come experience a simulation as one of the crew members of a space-bound starship! This will give you a taste of the Outbound Hope live action role playing (LARP) game. (Quest Adventure Gaming)

11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Magic: The Gathering Learn to Play – 313
For beginners who want to learn to play, or just free play time for practice games of Magic: The Gathering (Heroes and Villains)

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Pokemon – 317
Enjoy battling with your favorite Pokemon in 2 player card games. Bring your cards or borrow cards while there to learn the game. (Alex)

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Murder in the Frostiron Fells, D&D 5th edition - 320
A brutal killer is on the loose in a frontier town. The citizens of this remote village have beseeched brave adventurers for aid. Can you discover the identity of the killer before they strike again? Character levels 4-6. 4-6 players. Ages 12+. (Augusto)

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Honey Heist by Grant Howitt - 320
Join us for a one-page d6-based RPG. Materials and instruction provided. You have a fool-proof plan to steal all of the honey from ITHACON 2020. You will also be a bear wearing a fancy hat! 2-5 players. Ages 12+. (Olivia)

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Magic: The Gathering Tournament – 313
Tournament using the Pioneer format (most recent) (Heroes and Villains)

Tokyo Masks RPG - 317
In a world of Heroes... In a time of Action... When dramatic voice-overs and special effects rule the screen... TOKYO MASKS, a new superhero show from the producers who brought you Advanced Dimensional Green Ninja Educational Preparatory Super Elementary Fortress 555 brings a fresh take on Super Hero Role-Playing! Don your cape, strap on your utility belt, fire up the engines on your invisible motorbike and grab some snacks because you're in for some excitement! Up to 16 players. Ages 14+. (Brian Keller)

12:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Wrong Earth Escape Room - 310
You've been transported to a parallel universe with villains trying to keep you from succeeding. Can you escape and make it back to your own Earth? This room is based on AHOY Comics' Wrong EarthSessions at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15 run 30 minutes each.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Horrible Geese by Alex C. - 320
Join us for a one-page d6-based RPG. Materials and instruction provided. It's a lovely day at ITHACON 2020, and you are horrible geese. It's time to cause some problems. 2-5 players. Ages 12+. (Olivia)

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Smash Brothers Casual Play - 309
Ultimate and Super Smash Bros. Come meet new people and learn to play or practice your skills. All Ages. (Smash Brothers Club of IC)

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Star Wars Force and Destiny RPG - 320
On a mission from LUKE SKYWALKER, Jedi apprentices race against DARK FORCES to find an ANCIENT JEDI ARTIFACT. 1-6 players. (Marina)

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

For the Queen - 317
For the Queen is a diceless, GM-less, card-based, story building game. Choose a Queen from a deck of 14 beautifully-illustrated cards, and then use the prompt cards to tell a story of duty, love, betrayal, doubt, and devotion. No previous RPG experience is necessary. 2-5 players. All Ages. (Mike F.)

7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

After Hours Gaming
Emerson Cafe (First floor of Campus Center)

Open Board & Card Gaming - Emerson Cafe
Bring your favorite board game or borrow one to be learned and enjoyed. Discover board gaming groups in your community.

Trophy Dark: The Forest of Blades - Emerson Cafe
Trophy Dark is a fantasy/horror game about doomed treasure-hunters seeking riches from an enchanted forest that does not want them there. Those who somehow manage to survive will be forever changed. In this incursion, the hunters seek to recover lost weapons of legend from an ancient battlefield now reclaimed by the forest. Will you claim a trophy, or will the forest make a trophy of you? 2-4 players. Mature themes. (Mike F.)

When Gods Collide, MetaCheckers - Emerson Cafe
When Gods Collide is a new fantasy themed version of MetaCheckers: Battle 4. In When Gods Collide, players can choose to be one of four ancient deities: The Egyptian god Amun-Ra, Babylonian god Marduk, Greek god Zeus, or Norse god Odin. Who will prevail on this day of battle? This advanced 4 player chess battle happens on a landscape with chasms, obstacles and odd corners. But beware! Knights may jump over the chasms. (MetaDreams LLC)

Sunday March 22

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Open Board & Card Gaming - 313
Bring your favorite board game or borrow one to be learned and enjoyed. Discover board gaming groups in your community.

Quest, Outbound Hope - Second floor lounge
Learn about Quest Adventure Gaming of Watkins Glen, NY, specializing in immersive, live-action games, megagames, and events. Learn about our flagship event The Outbound Hope Mission - hosted aboard the USS Edson in Bay City, Michigan - and hear about our upcoming projects like Windfall War, Starfall Academy and more! (Quest, Outbound)

DPH - Second floor lounge
Demo DPH games Psychological Warfare; Cats: A Sad But Necessary Cycle of Predatory Behavior; Affliction: Salem 1692; The Gate of R'lyeh; Usurp the King (not yet released); and In Tents by local game designer Dan Hundycz.

When Gods Collide, MetaCheckers - Second floor hall
When Gods Collide is a new fantasy themed version of MetaCheckers: Battle 4. In When Gods Collide, players can choose to be one of four ancient deities: The Egyptian god Amun-Ra, Babylonian god Marduk, Greek god Zeus, or Norse god Odin. Who will prevail on this day of battle? This advanced 4 player chess battle happens on a landscape with chasms, obstacles and odd corners. But beware! Knights may jump over the chasms. (MetaDreams LLC)

Outbound Hope Simulation - 302
Come experience a simulation as one of the crew members of a space-bound starship! This will give you a taste of the Outbound Hope live action role playing (LARP) game. (Quest Adventure Gaming)

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Princess Bride RPG - 320
Fencing. Fighting. Revenge. Giants. Monsters. Chases. Escapes. True Love. Miracles. In this cooperative story-telling game, each player takes on the role of a character within The Princess Bride universe to succeed in your quest. 2-6 players. Ages 13+. (Michael Dixon)

Masks (PbtA) - 320
The league of evil is recruiting! Will your team help stop the ensuing crime spree, or seek membership for yourselves? Majority decides if players are heros or villains. 2-6 players. Ages 10+. (Marina)

Escape from Dinosaur Island RPG - 317
Somewhere, there exists a mysterious island where dinosaurs still walk the Earth! Whether they somehow avoided extinction, or were created by science, or fell through a rift in time has yet to be answered. But they are here, as are the people who built high-tech facilities, their purpose unknown. You're here, too... just in time for everything to go south. Can you escape from Dino Island? 2-5 players. All ages. (Mike F.)

Smash Brothers Tournament - 309
A competitive tournament for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Super Smash Bros. Melee. Come meet new people and compete in two age brackets: 12 and under and 13 and up. (Smash Brothers Club of IC)

12:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Wrong Earth Escape Room - 310
You've been transported to a parallel universe with villains trying to keep you from succeeding. Can you escape and make it back to your own Earth? This room is based on AHOY Comics' Wrong EarthSessions at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15 run 30 minutes each.

Cosplay

Saturday March 21

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Cosplay Runway - Emerson Suites
A fun, non-competitive showcase of any cosplayers at the convention that want to participate! There will be a sign-up sheet at the cosplay repair station where you can put your preferred name, character name, and anything else you would like to add. Then, at the allotted time, you’ll be lined up and allowed to strut your stuff down the carpet with everyone having a chance to take their best pictures!

Sunday March 22

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Iron Cosplay - 219
This is a “no experience necessary”, team-based competition! Each team will be given a box full of miscellaneous materials and then a different character prompt (ex. fairy or pirate) and then a limited amount of time to turn one of your team members into that character! This fun, fast-paced insanity is great to sign up with friends or to meet totally new people who are nerdy and want to flex their creative muscles.

Weapons Disclaimer

While we understand that many characters carry weapons that are central to their costumes, this is still a college campus and so we beg you to follow our rules. We request that you only display your weapons in the spaces designated as part of ITHACON. No real weapons will be allowed in the convention whatsoever. That being said, fake guns will be allowed as long as they have a clearly visible orange tip to signify that they are not real. All weapons must be empty; please check to make sure chambers do not contain projectiles (beebees, pellets, etc.). Prop swords, scythes, clubs, etc. must be blunted with foam as to ensure that they cannot cause any harm. If you are asked by someone working at the convention or Public Safety to give up your weapon, you MUST COMPLY. Your weapon will be returned to you as you leave the convention.

Last updated March 9, 2020