Our downstairs panel space is in the Armory Cafe this year. Our upstairs panel space is in the same spot as last year near the second floor vendors.

Con Survival Tips

11:30pm - 12:20pm, Upstairs Panel Space


  • Katt Ciampa

  • ChinMo Crawford

The hosts of the ConQuest podcast offer up our tips for the best ways to make the most of your convention going experience!

Fandom Online

12:00pm - 12:50pm, Downstairs Panel Space


Fandom exploded into the spotlight with the coming of internet and social media. From message boards to Twitter, Livejournal to Tumblr, to Archive of Our Own, My Space to Soundcloud, and Usenet to Amino - join us for a brief history of online interactions among fans, and sometimes creators, including safety tips and positivity hacks.

From Mary Shelley to the Doctor - The History of Women in Science Fiction

12:30pm - 1:20pm, Upstairs Panel Space


  • Tracey Michienzi, Ladies of Comicazi, Co-Organizer of ELS Gameday, Whovian, Trekie and all around science fiction fan

  • Caitlin Walsh, writer and fandom enthusiast

  • Gillian Daniels, science fiction and fantasy writer, independent comic artist

  • Tana Ford, comic books artist

Science Fiction has always been a place for groundbreaking ideas, but it is more than Lucas, Roddenberry or Bradbury. How did Lucille Ball change science fiction on the small screen? What science fiction was written on a dare? Join us for a discussion of the history of women in science fiction and why they are so important to the conversation about science fiction and its place in today's society.

Wonder Woman - Bringing the Past into the Future

1:00pm - 1:50pm, Downstairs Panel Space


  • Donna Martinez

  • Juliet Kahn

  • Cassandra Lease

Wonder Woman was created with classical mythology at its center and with the upcoming 'Wonder Woman: Historia', the Amazing Amazon will return to her roots! Diana of Themyscira will also be revisiting the totally radical 80's in 'Wonder Woman 1984', the sequel to her 2017 blockbuster film. Join us as we discuss what's in store for the future of the world's most famous super heroine!

The Making of a Toy

1:30pm - 2:20pm, Upstairs Panel Space


  • Catrina Cerise-Arana, art director manager at Boss Fight Studio

  • Erik Arana art director at Boss Fight Studio

How do toys get made today? What is it like running an independent toy design studio? Trina and Erik share their knowledge and experience in the world of toys.

Disneybounding...and Beyond!

2:00pm - 2:50pm, Downstairs Panel Space


Disneybounding is a kind of casual cosplay - reminiscent of the character, but still appropriate for everyday wear. Our panelists discuss their experiences with Disneybounding. Learn how they get inspiration for their outfits, where they shop, and what it’s like Disneybounding in the Disney parks and in the rest of the world.

Design for Animation

2:30pm - 3:20pm, Upstairs Panel Space


How do animators approach design? How does design help to express character, story, and ideas? What’s unique about creating a design that will move? Join us as we discuss the possibility and challenges of designing in animation.

Gaming 101

3:00pm - 3:50pm, Downstairs Panel Space


Want to get into board games or table top RPGs but aren't quite sure where to start? Do you get easily overwhelmed by game days? Do terms like “d12” and “crit” confuse you? Join the women of ELS Game Day as they talk terms, games, and helping others try gaming in a way that makes them comfortable.

Queer Manga

3:30pm - 4:20pm, Upstairs Panel Space


  • Morgana Santilli, Manga Reviewer and Former Manager of Comicopia

  • Juliet Kahn, Comics Journalist and Sales Associate at Hub Comics

  • Lexi Lockwell, Sales Associate at Comicopia

Literature for, by, and about LGBTQIA+ individuals is more and more prevalent in North American publishing, and manga is no exception. Join Lexi, Juliet, and Morgana as they cover the history of queerness in manga, from the origins of boys’ love and yuri, to geicomi, to autobiographical manga like Nagata Kabi’s My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness, or chi’s The Bride Was a Boy. There will be discussion of what makes a story queer, who the audiences are for these various types of manga, and who is creating them.

Depiction and Treatment of Women in Popular Culture

4:00pm - 4:50pm, Downstairs Panel Space


  • Avram Baskin, pop culture fan and dad of a 15 year old daughter

  • Robin Brenner, teen librarian at the Brookline Public Library, editor-in-chief of No Flying No Tights

  • Clarissa Hadge, bookstore manager and children’s book buyer for Trident Booksellers & Cafe

  • Kasey Myers, Costumer and performer, Multitudes Cosplay

  • Obi Little, Character Designer and Visual Development Artist

From Wonder Woman’s old role as the secretary of the Justice Society of America, to female super heroes drawn in anatomically impossible ways, to the sexist trolling of Kelly Marie Tran, Daisy Ridley, and Brie Larson, there is a long history of unfavorable and demeaning depictions and treatment of women in popular culture. The panel will discuss these issues, progress that has been made in recent years to provide more favorable depictions and role models that women of all ages can identify with, and what still can be done.