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Panels and Activities
All events are 50 minutes unless otherwise noted.
Activities for Kids
All events are located in Ithaca Falls room unless otherwise noted

Saturday April 22

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Graphic Novel Reading Room - Six Mile Creek Room
Take a load off and come find our quiet zone! 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.

1:00 pm - 1:30 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 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 April 23

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Graphic Novel Reading Room - Six Mile Creek Room
Take a load off and come find our quiet zone! 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.

1:00 pm - 1:30 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 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!

Panels and Activities

Saturday April 22

11:20 am

Keynote Address - Klingenstein Lounge
Ed Catto kicks off ITHACON 46!

11:30 am

Spotlight on Mike Gold - Klingenstein Lounge

12:00 pm

The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Panel - Clark Lounge
Thirty years ago, the entire nation paid attention to comics and to the Death of Superman. What started out as a joke, or a stunt, during an annual creators' retreat turned into one of the most memorable stories ever published by DC Comics. Featuring Roger Stern and Glenn Whitmore, two creators who were there.

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 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!

1:30 pm

A Pictopia to Call One's Own: Universes, Avatars, and Faking the 1963 Annual! - Clark Lounge
Since the dawn of superheroes, characters have collided in shared universes, to the delight of fans and profit of publishers everywhere. Since the 1990s, comics creators have deconstructed the "universe" idea with works like In Pictopia, Watchmen, 1963, Big Bang, Astro City, Bizarre Heroes, and more. Don Simpson, creator of Megaton Man, discusses his involvement in many of those experiments, as well as his forthcoming X-Amount of Comics: 1963 (WhenElse?!) Annual — the unauthorized completion of a legendary unfinished universe thirty (sixty?) years after the fact!

2:00 pm

How Not to Succeed in Comics - Klingenstein Lounge
You’ve been to the “How to Make It in Comics” panel a million times... finally, a panel on how NOT to make it! Former Vertigo Editor Will Dennis leads a no-holds-barred discussion on topics like career mismanagement, social media gaffes, financial snafus, and more! Come join the fun as Will lifts the lid on all the MISTAKES he’s made (and see others making!)

How Are CNY Schools and Libraries Using Graphic Novels & Comics To Develop Literacy and Better Human Beings? - Taughannock Falls Room (3rd floor)
What role do comics have in growing readers, both young and old? If you were going to introduce someone to reading for the first time, what comic would you give them? Join Ithaca-based educator Mike Reiff and Penn Yan-based librarian Alex Andrasik for an interactive panel on the development of literary programming around the usage of graphic novels, comics, and other sequential art. Learn about recent and ongoing programming, classes, and thinking around how we can all use graphic novels to grow as readers, and help those that matter to us most read too.

2:30 pm

Spotlight on AHOY! Comics - Clark Lounge
The creative entrepreneurs behind AHOY Comics, publisher Hart Seeley and Chief Creative Officer Frank Cammuso return to ITHACON to review their amazing titles (The Wrong Earth, Billionaire Island, My Bad) and look ahead to their new initiatives (G.I.L.T., Justice Warriors).

3:00

Translating Comics to Other Media: What Works and What Doesn’t - Klingenstein Lounge
with Bob Harrison, columnist and Head Comic Reviewer at Pop Culture Squad.

3:30 pm

A Wave Blue World: Building a Small Press Publishing Company from the Ground Up - Clark Lounge
Join A Wave Blue World’s Co-Publisher Tyler Chin-Tanner and Production Designer Pete Carlsson for a deep dive into the real-world entrepreneurial adventures of a launching and running a new publishing start-up. Plus: get an exclusive sneak peek into upcoming A Wave Blue World Titles!

4:00 pm

From the Southern Tier to the Fifth Dimension: How Upstate New York Helped to Create The Twilight Zone - Klingenstein Lounge
Nicholas Parisi, author of Rod Serling: His Life, Work, and Imagination, discusses the deep ties between upstate New York and The Twilight Zone’s creator, who was born in Syracuse, grew up in Binghamton, and taught at Ithaca College for more than a decade.

4:30 pm

Digital vs. Physical: Comics and Consumerism - Clark Lounge
with Dr. Matt Graham and Dr. Rusty Strough of U. Maine
The way that people consume media has changed, from reading a physical newspaper to checking the latest stories on your phone. For the comic book industry, however, the collectibility of the physical object has been a major source of consumerism for many years. In our research, we look at the digitization of comics and collectibility. In this panel, we're going to ask one simple question: do you redeem the digital comic code from your Marvel comics? In answering this question, we're going to talk about trends in the comic book industry as it relates to digital vs. physical comics. We'll be talking about personality and psychological determinants of preference and how comic publishers can increase readership.

5:00 pm

ARKHAMITES: A Fan-made Batman Musical - IC Square Stage (1st floor)

Sunday April 23

11:00 am

Ithaqa Comic: Reinventing Lovecraftian Horror - Klingenstein Lounge
Join Michael Watson, the creator of Upstate New York's most prominent indie comic ITHAQA to discuss reinventing one of the oldest genres of sci-fi and horror.

Darth Bane as a Christ Figure - Taughannock Falls Room (3rd floor)
with Syracuse University professor Chris Wildrick
Ancient Sith Lord Darth Bane is Star Wars’ version of a Christ figure. Bane marks the split between before and after the Sith Lords, like how Jesus falls between the Old and the New Testaments. Fighting against the Pharisees of his time, Bane paved the way for his descendants to bring about the second coming of the Sith. Bane fits the Sith prophecy of the savior, known as the Sith’ari.

11:30 am

Colors, Creativity, and Comics - Clark Lounge
Join veteran colorist Glenn Whitmore pulls back the curtain on the secrets of putting red into the comics! Also, the First Annual ITHACON Coloring Contest finalists will be reviewed, and a winner selected.

12:00 pm

Molly Danger with Jamal Igle - Klingenstein Lounge

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Cosplay Runway - Emerson Suites

1:30 pm

Journey to YOUR Story - Clark Lounge
Join USA Today bestselling authors Megan J. Parker & Nathan Squiers to discuss storytelling fundamentals, different publishing outlets, and more on the craft of writing & storytelling.

2:00 pm

Podcasting 101 - Klingenstein Lounge
A Q&A session with Johnathan Chalmers of Painted Frog Mediaa and a panel of podcasters.from hobbyists and students to start-ups and professionals.

2:30 pm

Take Your Stinking Paws Off Me: A Fresh Look at Planet of the Apes - Clark Lounge To an entire generation of fans, Planet of The Apes “started” when the first movie debuted on network TV in September 1973. The world was never the same again. But if Rod Serling had stayed involved it could have been entirely different. Join Gemstone Publishing president J.C.Vaughn and Rod Serling expert Nick Parisi in an engaging look back at a classic.

3:00 pm

Q&A with Arkhamites!: A Fan-made Batman Musical - Klingenstein Lounge
Come let us know what you think about Gotham’s worst! A post-performance Arkhamites Q&A panel with the co-creators and cast, taking you behind the scenes on what it’s like bringing larger-than-life ideas to the stage

Gaming
Calling all gamers! Attend ITHACON and meet us in Williams Hall to participate in all things gaming. With the purchase of an ITHACON ticket, you will have access to free play areas for leisurely gaming, six gaming tournaments, and designated rooms for board games. Tournament games include Super Smash Bros, Gang Beasts, Street Fighter, Mario Kart, Pac-Man, and Rocket League. Show off your skills and have a chance to win cash and merchandise prizes. All gaming participants receive a gaming swag bag.

Saturday April 22

10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Gang Beast Tournament - Williams 210

10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Video Games Free Play - Williams 218

Video Games Free Play - Williams 317

Board Games Free Play - Williams 219

Board Games Free Play - Williams 224

Retro Gaming - Williams 221

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Mario Kart Tournament - Williams 225

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Street Fighter 2 Tournament - Williams 211

Sunday April 23

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Rocket League Tournament - Williams 210

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Pac Man Tournament - Williams 211

Video Games Free Play - Williams 218

Video Games Free Play - Williams 317

Board Games Free Play - Williams 219

Board Games Free Play - Williams 224

Retro Gaming - Williams 221

Cosplay Activities

Cosplay Repair Station
Did a seam rip? Would duct tape save you if you only had some? Is your wig too heavy for the number of bobby pins you brought? Did you get a papercut but you absolutely CANNOT get blood anywhere on your costume? There will be a booth set up where we will attempt to provide all the quick fixes so that way a cosplay malfunction doesn't ruin your con experience!

Cosplay Runway
Both Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 pm
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!

Cosplay Consent Policy: We take the safety of our guests incredibly seriously at ITHACON, and we would like to emphasize that cosplay does not mean consent. We will not tolerate anybody being touched or harassed, especially as a result of their cosplay. If you find yourself in an uncomfortable or dangerous situation, please report it to any staff member of ITHACON, who will relay the offense to campus security. Anyone who commits an offense will be removed from the convention.

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 clear, 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 a kind of 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 when you leave the convention.

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Last updated March 24, 2023