* schedule subject to change



6:00pm – Creators Stage - Josh Herdman: Becoming Harry Potter's Goyle - Actor and MMA fighter Josh Herdman discusses his experiences playing Malfoy henchman Gregory Goyle in ALL 8 Harry Potter films! Moderated by Chicago's own Chuck Lindsay of Chuck Load of Comics, this will be a magical look into everyone's favorite world of wizards!  

8:00pm – Creators Stage - ODDITY FILES Podcast - ODDITY FILES the podcast is an award winning weekly podcast from paranormal investigators Kitsie Duncan & Clayton Abbott from the hit Amazon Prime show ODDITY FILES. It's a paranormal podcast that tells creepy stories about hauntings, monsters and otherworldly creatures.  They add just enough sarcasm and humor,  so you can still sleep with the lights on.


11:30am – Creators Stage - Astrotorf Customs - Check out sneaker artist extraordinaire Brad Torf of Astrotorf Customs as he demonstrates his world-renowned creative process of designing the coolest sneakers in the universe!

12:00pm – Kids Zone - Draw your own Superhero cape! - Join ACE and Disney Artist Jaime Rodriguez as he helps you design your own superhero cape!

12:00pm – Main Stage - A Conversation With Gwendoline Christie - GOT and Star Wars fans, gather 'round as Gwendoline Christie (better known to some as Ser Brienne of Tarth, and to others as Captain Phasma of Star Wars) speaks about her involvement in two of the world's most beloved franchises. Moderated by Angélique Roché (@AngeliqueRoche)

12:30pm – Creators Stage - Drawing the MCU with Andy Park - Get the inside scoop from Marvel Studios' Director of Visual Development, Andy Park, as he speaks with moderator Chuck Lindsay of Chuck Load of Comics about his experiences serving as a concept artist on several MCU films, including Captain Marvel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, and Ant-Man and The Wasp!

1:15pm – Main Stage - A Conversation With Norman Reedus - Everyone's favorite zombie hunter, Norman Reedus (aka Daryl Dixon) talks about his time starring on The Walking Dead, and what's coming up next!  Moderated by Angélique Roché (@AngeliqueRoche)

2:00pm – Creators Stage - Create the next hit Sci-Fi TV series with Morgan Gendel - Why put up with series you don’t like when you can create your own, just for fun? The panel venue becomes a warp-speed simulated Writers Room as TV writer Morgan Gendel, winner of the Hugo Award for the famed “INNER LIGHT” episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, draws on his experience writing for Star Trek, Spider-Man, Dresden Files, The 100, Law & Order and others to lead attendees through the steps of series creation. No creative ideas left behind as we collaborate on the selection of arena, main characters and the Season One plotline. A pleasant time is guaranteed for all! 

2:15pm – Main Stage - ACE Universe Cosplay Contest - Presented by Disney's Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, strut your stuff representing your favorite fandom in our ever popular Cosplay Contest! 

2:30pm – Kids Zone - Draw Like a Superhero! - Join ACE and Disney Artist Jaime Rodriguez as he shows you how to draw a superhero!

3:00pm – Creators Stage - Live Disney Painting with Clinton Hobart! Watch Licensed Disney Fine Artist Clinton Hobart paint live! One lucky winner from the audience will take home the one of a kind masterpiece created by Clinton on stage. Join our main stage for your chance to win!

4:00pm – Kids Zone - Drawing Disney! - Join ACE and Disney Artist Jaime Rodriguez as he shows you how to draw your favorite Disney character!

4:30pm – Main Stage - A Conversation With Brie Larson & Tessa Thompson - Captain Marvel and Valkyrie come together on the ACE stage to discuss their experiences as kick-butt stars of the MCU (and beyond)! Moderated by Angélique Roché (@AngeliqueRoche)

5:00pm – Creators Stage - Bosslogic: Drawing a Universe - Acclaimed movie poster and meme artist @bosslogic discusses his process live on the Creators Stage with moderator Chuck Lindsay! 

6:15pm – Main Stage - A Conversation With Tom Holland & Jake Gyllenhaal- Swing by the main stage for this once-in-a-lifetime conversation with Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) who will speak about their recent mega-hit film, Spider-Man: Far From Home! Moderated by Angélique Roché (@AngeliqueRoche)


11:00am – Main Stage - Digital vs. Traditional Drawing - Join successful artists Erin Lefler, Brianna Garcia, Veronica Fish, and Andy Fish as they debate the differences, pros, and cons of digital vs traditional drawing methods. Moderated by Angélique Roché (@AngeliqueRoche)

11:30am – Kids Zone - Kids Costume Contest – Join Jaime Rodriguez as he helps the next generation of cosplayers show their best costumes in our Kids Zone! 

12:00pm – Main Stage - A Conversation With Kit Harington – Winter has come to the ACE Main Stage as Jon Snow himself, Kit Harington, recalls his incredible portrayal of one of the most beloved characters in TV history. Moderated by Karama Horne (@theblerdgurl)

12:30pm – Creators Stage - Creator Law 101 – Brian Saucier is an attorney at the Chicago firm of Mandell Menkes LLC where he represents writers, artists, musicians,  journalists, filmmakers, fashion designers, journalists, and other businesses in the areas of copyright, trademark, First Amendment and defamation, and litigation. Brian is a co-author of CreatorLaw, a blog providing legal and business insights for creators of comics, games, video games and other media, and has given presentations on legal and business issues at comic and pop-culture conventions across the country. Brian is also a contributing legal editor for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Christopher Caira has over 20 years of experience representing clients ranging from individual creators to fortune 500 companies, helping them navigate legal issues ranging from contracts to taxes to compliance. Nearly a decade ago he founded CreatorLaw as a way to help provide guidance and information to the creative community. He’s an experienced lecturer and has traveled to dozens of conventions all over the world.

12:45pm – Kids Zone - Draw your own Superhero cape! - Join ACE and Disney Artist Jaime Rodriguez as he helps you design your own superhero cape!

1:15pm – Main Stage - A Conversation With Kiernan Shipka & Ross Lynch – There's a chill in the air as the stars of the hit Netflix series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina bring their magic to the ACE stage! Moderated by Angélique Roché (@AngeliqueRoche)

2:00pm – Creators Stage - Write or Wrong: The 10 Commandments of Working With Artists – Dirk Manning (Source Point Press, Image Comics, Devil’s Due, Big Dog Ink, Zenescope, and more) brings the informative and entertaining style used in his book WRITE OR WRONG: A WRITER’S GUIDE TO CREATING COMICS to life in in this panel presentation/Q&A session geared towards helping writers successfully connect with and create comics! Topics of this panel will include strategies writers should heed when approaching potential artistic collaborators, how to publish and promote your work, and an open-forum Q & A session where your specific questions can be addressed by someone who’s been where you are and wants to help you succeed. Dirk is a knowledgeable, motivating, and experienced presenter, so if you’re an aspiring writer interested in creating comics, don’t miss this panel!

2:30pm – Kids Zone - Draw Like a Superhero! - Join ACE and Disney Artist Jaime Rodriguez as he shows you how to draw a superhero!

3:00pm – Main Stage - A Conversation With Chris Hemsworth – Thunder will strike the ACE Main Stage as the God of Thunder, Chris Hemsworth, joins us for a conversation with moderator Karama Horne about his beloved portrayal of Thor, as well as his extensive work outside of the MCU. Moderated by Karama Horne (@theblerdgurl)

3:45pm – Creators Stage - Sam Weller: A Ray Bradbury Retrospective – Ray Bradbury was one of the most influential writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy of the 20th Century. His work, including FAHRENHEIT 451 and THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES, helped shape generations of creators, from Stephen Spielberg to DAvid Bowie. Bradbury worked in books, but also television, film, comics and even architecture. He passed away in 2012 at the age of 91. Please join Bradbury's authorized biographer, two-time Bram Stoker Award-winner Sam Weller, as he leads a panel discussion on the towering pop cultural influence of Bradbury. Joining Sam will be three-time Stoker Award Horror and comic book writer Mort Castle, WALKING DEAD writer Jay Bonansigna and others.

4:30pm – Main Stage - A Conversation With Taron Egerton – It's time to Crocodile Rock with Taron Egerton, as he ends the weekend on a high note discussing his incredible performance as Elton John in the hit film Rocketman. Don't go breaking our hearts by missing this panel! Moderated by Karama Horne (@theblerdgurl)




Arizona 2019 | January 11-12-13

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