Panels

Schedule of Events


Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Panel Room 1 (Saturday)

The Wonderful World of K-pop (12:00pm-1:00pm)

Have you ever seen the words “K-pop” on a forum and thought to yourself: “What in the world does that mean?” This panel is for you. Are you a hardcore veteran fan that listens to every K-pop song ever created? This panel is also for you.

The Miku, The Myth, The Legend: How The Vocaloid Fandom Came To Be(2:00pm-3:00pm)

Ever wonder how a line of software became so popular as to have entire conventions and concerts dedicated to it? From fan creations to business advertisements, this panel will cover how a musical singing program took the world by storm and gained a following worldwide! We’ll talk about what brings such a dedicated interest in Vocaloid and why we love these charming digital singers so much. Open to fans both new and old.

Naruto Chunin Exams Panel!! (4:00pm-6:00pm)

Three Jounin instructors will train members of the audience to become the next generation of Chunin ninja! In the Naruto world, Jounin is the rank of sensei and Genin the rank of student. To advance as shinobi, there are several steps Genin must take to become Chunin and in our panel, we plan to match those steps through some fun mini     events! We will have three main events throughout the day. First portion of the Chunin exams is a test of knowledge! We will introduce the exam details to our genin. Second portion will be a 1 hour scroll hunt taking place throughout Swampcon.

Zombie Makeover (6:30pm-7:30pm)

Do you love to watch the show Face Off or dream of being an FX artist? Then join FX guru Jeh Howell, of Factory of Effects, as he pulls one lucky attendee up on stage and transforms them into the walking dead! Jeh will be answering questions and giving tips he has learned over his years of makeup and FX experience. (www.facebook.com/factoryofeffects)

How to Raise $20,000 on Kickstarter; Starting a Gaming Company (8:00pm-9:00pm)

Atheris Games is a small tabletop game publishing start-up started by current University of Florida students. Atheris’ first game, Cul-De-Sac Conquest – a game about annoying neighbors, raised over 20k on Kickstarter. Cul-De-Sac Conquest is currently in distribution in the US, Canada and Europe. Atheris is currently working on several other games including, Supernatural Socks, a game about losing socks in the dryer.The team will discuss how the company formed, some of the challenges along the way and how you too can start a gaming company.

Notice me senpai (18+) (9:30pm-10:30pm)

This panel with be a instructional panel on how to get your Sempai’s attention in all the right ways. This panel will be ran by Gainesville’s very own GNU Shaderoom and its host from Santa Fe’s studio 134. Come find out how to get noticed and how to win your Sempai’s heart.

The Beginning of Boys Love (11:00 pm – 12 Midnight)

The women who made the shojo genre were also an integral part making the Boys Love genre what it is today. Come learn about these female creators, their influences, and   some of the earliest BL works.

Panel Room 2 (Saturday)

Convention Survival Guide 101 (11:00am-12:00pm)

Do and Donts on cons, how to prepare, plan, budget, and make the most out of your con experience!

Body Positive Cosplay(1:00pm-2:00pm)

Come take a look into the world of cosplay for the less popular bodies; this is a discussion panel about coming to love yourself and embrace your cosplays, even if society at large might not.

Steven Universe Sing-Along and Q&A (3:00pm-4:00pm)

We are the Crystal Gems! And today, you are too! For one hour, enjoy a sing-along and Q&A panel hosted by your favorite rock aliens from space and their human friends!

SPN Scavenger Hunt – The Start (5:00pm-6:00pm)

Hunt down the listed items like a Winchester and post the photos and videos to social media using #SwampCon and #SPNHunt2017. Get creative and you just might take home a prize! Rules will be explained and checklists distributed at this panel.

Kdramas You Should Be Watching (7:00pm-8:00pm)

Seoulmates Podcast discuss the best dramas South Korea has to offer.

Harry Kassal Stand-Up Comedy Featuring Michael Drake (18+) (9:30pm-10:30pm)

A comedy hour filled with laughs and wonders. We tell jokes.

Vocaloid outside of Miku (11:00pm-12:00pm)

Spend some time with us as we listen to songs and go through news for Vocaloids that don’t usually get a spotlight.

Panel Room 3 (Saturday)

Mew 21 Cosplay- Cosplaying with Invisible an Illness (11:00am-12:00pm)

Come to a discussion on what it’s like to be a cosplayer who has an invisible and/or mental illness. From discrimination, to working on a deadline, to how it affects what you do and what you do during a con. Panelist will share with you how we have learned to adjust and deal with the issues we face in life and cosplay.

Gilded Moon Cosplay- Social Networking and You! (1:00pm-2:00pm)

Social networking is a huge part of our society, and therefore a huge part of being an artist! Come talk with us as we share our experiences with different networking sites, creating our own websites, and the tricks we found to keep our pages active and engaging!

Mew 21 Cosplay- Wig Basics 101: Cutting, Dying and Styling (3:00pm-4:00pm)

Join this group of panelist who will take you through the basics of cosplay wigs. Including how to properly cut wigs, what products and different tricks for styling wigs and different techniques for dying several brands of wigs.

Denailism Cosplay- Beauty Makeup Basics:Techniques for In and Out of Cosplay (5pm-6pm)

Join us for a demonstration of some important beauty makeup techniques that work for both cosplay and real life! We’ll run you through the basics of keeping your foundation in place to contouring and highlighting, plus a versatile anime eye look you can use for any costume! Plus trivia and prizes!

Gilded Moon Cosplay- The Beauty in Cosplay: Body paint and character makeup (7pm-8pm)

Body paint and makeup are key elements to certain cosplays. Come learn about different kinds of body paints, the difference air brush makeup can make, and join me for a demonstration by a working facepainter and airbrush artist!

Yummy Yummy ~ Food Anime! (8:30-9:30)

Do you have a burning passion for cooking? Do you drool at the sight of burning meat? Then check out some of your anime counterparts and bask in the glory of anime food ~~

Kiteera Cosplay-  Cosplay 101 (10:30pm-11:30pm)

Never done a cosplay before? Where do you start? What project do you choose? How do you make it? Come join Kiteera as she talks about getting into cosplay and where to begin on this fun pathway. Topics discussed will include but are not limited to: Drawing inspiration, nailing down what project to tackle, making your cosplay versus buying it versus commissioning, confidence in your cosplay, and more!

 

Panel Room 4 (Saturday)

Love Live Field Day ft. L-Nav (12:00pm-1:00pm)

Come join us in a series of games suited for any school idol! In this audience participation panel, everybody will be split up into sub-units to compete with and against members of μ’s in games to win prizes. The unit with the most points will become the new Love Live champions!

Two Rooms and a Boom (2:00pm-3:00pm)

‘Two Rooms and a Boom’ is a social deduction party game for a large group.  Two teams will compete to either save or bomb the president.  The game is timed and can take as little as 10 minutes to complete; We will be playing multiple games to allow everyone the chance to try out all the social abilities and fun.

Just Dance Party (4:00pm-5:00pm)

Come join The Dancing Scouts once again as we play Just Dance and have an all out dance party with some of everyone’s favorite songs! Come dressed in cosplay or as yourself, you’ll never know who might show up!

So You Think You Know K-pop: Dance Edition (6:00pm-7:00pm)

Back for a second year to test your K-pop knowledge and this time I’m wondering: how well do you know your K-pop choreography? Come join the fun and see if you really know how to dance to the chorus of various K-pop songs! I’ll play a number of K-pop choruses and if you know it, get up and join! Even if you don’t know the actual choreography, but know the gist–get up and dance anyway! You know you want to. I know you want to. Throw caution to the wind and let your inner K-pop dancer shine~! (Depending on how much I can prepare, there may be a contest that involves prizes. Who knows. Guess you have to check it out to find out.)

Werewolf (8:00pm-9:00pm)

One morning, you wake up to find out that something had attacked someone in your village! It is now the job of the townsfolk to find out who is the killer! Come play to find out!

Disney Sing Along (10:00pm-11:00pm)

We play our favorite Disney songs and sing along! No one leads and no-one follows because we will all belt it out and have fun! 

 

Panel Room 5 (Saturday)

Writing the Character (or World) With Whom You Disagree (11:00am-12 Noon)

Ugly Truths About Publishing I Wish I’d Known Starting Out (12:30pm-1:30pm)

Music in Video Games (2:00pm-3:00pm)

Music is an important but often overlooked aspect of video games. Of course, we all appreciate games with “good” soundtracks, but how does music actually define a game and how is this different from the use of music in films or dance?

Denialism Cosplay- Cosplay Makeup for Dudes (3:30pm-4:30pm)

You’ve put a ton of work into your costume, so don’t neglect your makeup! Come learn the basics of how to chisel your face into that of a bishounen god. We’ll show you how to go from otaku to husbando with a live makeup demonstration, including contouring and covering eyebrows. Trivia and prizes!

So Bad It’s Good (14+) (5:00pm-6:00pm)

Bringing awareness to anime that are so bad that they bring enjoyment…to me.

Writing 101: The Basics of Story Structure, Characterization, etc. (7:00pm-8:00pm)

How To Design A Tabletop Game (9:00pm-11:00pm)

Atheris Games is a small tabletop game publishing company that has created several tabletop game projects. The idea of this panel is to form teams and actually work to try to create a small tabletop game from idea to prototype. We will enforce constraints on what components the game can include. The game must be less than 108 cards and cannot contain any other components.

The process will start with a short (5 minute) brainstorming session for theme ideas where each person will individually come up with ideas. Each person will chose their best idea and we’ll form small teams. As a team we’ll decide which theme we’ll be working with and make any changes that the team thinks could make the theme better (15-20 minutes). The team should take around 15-30 minutes to gather an idea of what card types to include, what each card will need, etc. Afterwards all the teams that are interested in finishing their game will use blank cards, sticky notes and card sleeves to quickly prototype their game and play it within their group (30-60 minutes). Finally, any team that is interested in playing their game with others during the rest of the con are free to do so.

 

Florida Whammy (Saturday 5:30pm – 7 pm)

Special Events (Saturday)

SakuraNatsu Fairy Tail Dance Show (4:30pm-5:30pm)

The SakuraNatsu Dance Team has worked hard to choreograph dances that tell the story of one of our favorite anime. We hope you will join us for an awesome time!

Aµ’s: First Live!! (7:00pm-8:00pm)

Hi everyone!! We are Aµ’s, a Love Live dance group based in central Florida!! The nine of us have worked together to create an entertaining and exciting show, complete with dancing (duh), AMUSEing competitions, laughter, and even some small prizes… We all hope you’ll join us for an afternoon of music and fun with the members of µ’s!! See you there!! “I’m sure your dream’s power can set things in motion… With your blazing heart, you can definitely clear the way to the future! I believe in you, so START!!” -START:DASH!!


Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Panel Room 1 (Sunday)

Starship Republic: A Star Trek Fan-film (10:30am-11:30am)

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek we would like to introduce our fan-film Starship Republic and host a discussion on the Star Trek universe.

So you want to make AMV’s (12 Noon-1:00pm)

Ever thought about making AMV’s but didn’t know where to start? Now you can learn the basics on how to get started!

Lifts for Cosplay (2:00pm-3:00pm)

Have you told yourself that you were going to start lifting for yourself or for cosplay?     Then this panel is for you! We will dispel myths about lifting and provide the necessary     information and resources for you to start lifting tomorrow!

How to Start a Podcast on the Cheap (4:00pm-5:00pm)

Are you broke? Want to start podcasting? Seoulmates Podcast will tell you how to get     started for the least amount of money.

SPN Scavenger Hunt – The End (6:00pm-7:00pm)

Hunt down the listed items like a Winchester and post the photos and videos to social media using #SwampCon and #SPNHunt2017. Get creative and you just might take home a prize! Winners will be determined at this panel.

Shingeki no Sleep (7:30pm-8:30pm)

YOU’RE INVITED TO A SLEEPOVER!

All your favorite characters from Attack on Titan/Shingeki no Kyojin together in their pajamas goofing off. With audience participation Truth or Dare and Q&A this is a sleepover you don’t want to miss. Welcome to Shingeki no Sleep!

 

Panel Room 2 (Sunday)

Japanese kimono at a glance (11:00am-12 Noon)

A brief basic explanation of the traditional kimono, the history of the garment, and info about the different items and how they are used to create the whole outfit. Followed by a quick quick quiz with the winner helping in a demonstration on how to properly wear one. Lastly a short time for Q&A.

Tokyo Disney (1:00pm-2:00pm)

Did you know Disney World had an adorable sister resort? Come learn about the two great theme parks that comprise Tokyo Disney Resort and all the wonderful food, characters, and attractions that make Tokyo Disney so unique.

Guess That Kpop Tune (3:00pm-4:00pm)

Compete for prizes by guessing audio clues from Kpop acts, new and old. Hosted by     Seoulmates Podcast.

Laser Cutting for fun and profit (5:00pm-6:00pm)

Explore the exciting ways laser cutting can make intricate crafts with the push of a button! Free samples and a giveaway at the end.

Havoc in the swamp comedy (18+) (7:30pm-8:30pm)

Jay Dragon one of Gainesvilles goofy pranksters taking on stand up and his weight to put on a comedy show for the ages. Come watch him take on hecklers and gravity during a special of utter funniness and humor.

Panel Room 3 (Sunday)

PikaBelleChu- 20th Anniversary Pokemon Panel (10:30am-11:30am)

20 years of Pokemon with trivia, games, prizes

Mew 21 Cosplay- Translating 2D into 3D (Basics): The Struggles of Creating Cosplays with Cartoon Physics  (12:00pm- 1:00pm)

We’ve all been there; you’ve found this amazing character and design. Then you go to start making it and realize there’s no way to get things to lay like that in real life or defy the laws of gravity. This panel cover a wide variety of basic topics such as patterning,     casting, wigs and the different tools that will help you achieve that animated look.

Exploring Anime Music with Wendi Shi (2:00pm-3:00pm)

Meet Wendi Shi, a New Age musician who composes anime and fantasy-themed music. Her albums “Autumn” and “Songs from Distant Lands” are available in over 95 countries. As an Eastern girl raised in a Western world, Wendi incorporates cultural elements from over the world in her music and art. She finds inspirations from many things in life and recreates them musically.

Mew 21 Cosplay- Sailor Moon Cosplay 101: The Basics of the Senshi Fuku (4:00pm-5:00pm)

One of the most iconic cosplays for females is a Sailor Scout. There are many variations and styles of fuku but they all have the same basic structure. Join Sailor Moon Cosplayers who have made their own variations of the Sailor Fuku. From butt bows to tiaras, we will share with you our knowledge of tutorials, techniques and material suggestions to make your very own! We’ll also share with you our personal victories and defeats in making them so you can go into your fuku making experience armed with the knowledge to achieve your goal of being a Sailor Senshi.

Undertale: This Panel Fills You With Determination (6:00pm-7:00pm)

You see that there’s an Undertale panel. It fills you with DETERMINATION. Come visit your favorite monsters, newly freed from the Underground, and ask us questions in this wonderful Q&A session!

Citrus Project: Florida Grown Idol Inspired Group! (8:00pm-9:00pm)

Citrus is a project among friends to create a Florida idol group that brings sunshine and cheer to audiences all around! Through their performances, they hope to unite fans of Japanese pop music as well as introduce new music to potential fans. Please cheer on the members of Citrus as they sing and dance just for you!

Panel Room 4 (Sunday)

SwampCon Art Room (10:30am -12:30pm)

Yeehaw! Swing by, grab a partner, and enjoy some good old fashioned drawing and coloring in the arts room. Come relax with us!

Writing Workshop with Richard Lee Buyers, Armand Rosamilia, and William Hatfield(2:00pm-4:00pm)

Fake It ‘Til You Make It Cosplay: Sewing Basics (5:00pm-6:00pm)

Want to sew your own cosplay outfits but don’t know where to start? This interactive panel with taking you from faking it to making it with sewing basics. Discover sewing alternatives along with an introduction to hand and machine sewing.

Cards Against Humanity (17+) (7:00pm- 8:00pm)

Well kids, Social Anxiety Party Games has received Cards Against Humanity for Christmas so let’s play and see who has the worst sense of humor!

 

Panel Room 5 (Sunday)

Homestuck Q/A (11:00am-12:00pm)

Come hang out and ask questions to some of your favorite Homestuck characters!

Plotters vs. Pantsers (Planning the Story in Advance vs. Winging It) (1:00pm-2:00pm)

FNAF: The Truth? (2:30pm-3:30pm)

Five nights at Freddy’s, a game that took the indie gaming world by storm. Since 2014, this game has been making theorist work overtime from little Easter eggs to layouts of the games rooms. Now with the new game of Sister Location, a branch off from the game series. We finally now get a more clear picture of this indie games Let’s talk about how this game became such a smashing hit to the lore deep inside. Maybe this time, we will hit the truth.

Guess that Anime’s Song (4:00pm-5:00pm)

A fun trivia game/panel for anime fans. Guess what anime opening/closing theme is being played and you win. Winners receive a small prize.

Table Top Roleplaying: The Next Generation (5:30pm-6:30pm)

For those that have heard of table top games or are just interested in what it may be, this is the panel for beginners of all kinds. Table top roleplaying games have been around for decades as a great form of entertainment and building social skills for people around the world over. This is a great panel to start your journey into what a table top game is and what it can mean for you.

Electronics in Cosplay (7:00pm-8:00pm)

Want to spruce up your cosplay with LEDs, speakers, or moving parts? Electronics in Cosplay will go over the basics of circuit design, LED mounting, and electronic costume design, as well as advice on where to buy components and where to learn basic programming. No experience needed! Hosted by cosplayer and SwampCon veteran Robert Witt.