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Escape Velocity 2018

  • Gaylord National Resort 201 Waterfront Street Oxon Hill, MD, 20745 United States (map)
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Come join us for the 3rd annual Escape Velocity, now back at the National Harbor! Come celebrate Science-Fiction in all its amazingness. From Dr. Who to Anime, come join Art Way Alliance for our various panels and workshops! 

Friday, May 25, 2018

Creative Character Design for Narrative Writing with Bryan Tillman (Teacher's Workshop)

9:00am - 9:45am

Bryan Tillman, author of Focal Press’s Creative Character Design, talks about ways to bridge the gap between the technique of drawing characters and the theory of good character design. Topics include archetypes, color, design, silhouettes, story, and much more.

Ready Player One Avatar Word Drawing Challenge with Darren Soto

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Using only random words provided by AWA (nouns, verbs, adverbs etc.) attendees will create an original avatar character that you would use to log into the world of Ready Player One. With the help of your design guide Darren Soto this drawing challenge is sure to impress.

The Good of Gaming: Using video games to expose STEAM fields to the next generation! with TAG Labs

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Ever wondered how video games can be used to engage students in the classroom? Video Games serve as an amazing gateway into a career in STEAM. Learn about the exciting facets of STEAM as it relates to video games and how T.A.G. Labs uses those facets to engage underrepresented youth in DC. We will finally talk about the state of the video game industry and different careers available in the video game industry.

Drawing Characters with S.T.E.A.M. with C. Edward Sellner of Visionary Comics

3:30pm– 4:30pm

Attendees will learn how to design a character based on one or all of the elements of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in their design. Character design is the art of creating a character for use in books, comics, video games, television, movies and other fictional mediums. Designers outline everything about the character they envision from appearance and strengths to personality and weaknesses.

Draw Dr. Who Characters - TBD

 4:30pm – 5:30pm

You know Who, but do you know how to draw your favorite Drs. and their companions? Come learn how to draw everyone and everything from the Dr. Who universe with Kurenai Kiba. From the first doctor to Daleks to the TARDIS itself, you don’t want to miss out on how to depict your favorite incarnation. If time permits, maybe Keir can teach you how to depict yourself as a Time Lord. (This event is to be determined.) 

 Comic Covers Design 101 with Dan Nokes

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Dan Nokes hosts a workshop entailing how to design your basic comic book cover from concept to completion. From the dos to the don'ts, come learn the trade secrets of masters and journeymen alike!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Pokemon Go & Draw with Dennis Johnson

11:30pm – 12:30pm

Join AWA Artists as they show you how to draw some of your favorite Pokemon characters. From the original 151 to the new Sun & Moon starters, these artists know them all. Participants may even help to create their own creatures!  Bring your Pokedex and creativity!

 Finding My Identity in Cosplay with Kurenai Kiba

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Though it brings happiness to millions around the world, cosplay can get a bit perplexing. If you have any questions, bring them to me! Together we will be going through any and all questions that may be plaguing you so you can leave the con inspired and ready to tackle your projects head on.

The History and Art of Anime Styles with Pauil Kohberger

2:30pm – 3:30pm

The roots of Japanese comics and animation stretch back over a hundred years. From their beginnings as kamishibai, or slideshows, to the contemporary shows and films of today, this panel will discuss various artists and classic works.

Be Your Own Superhero with C. Edward Sellner of Visionary Comics

4:00pm – 5:00pm

We may not live in a world where people fly or lift cars, but we can all discover our own super-powers and be a real super-hero! Join a fun workshop and learn about the great heroes and heroines of comics who are more popular today than ever! Learn what it takes to be a real super-hero, and design your own superhero look! This is an active and artistic workshop for children and youth ages 6 and up.

Hit Confirm: a Brief History of Character Design for Video Games with Tyrone Barnes

 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Video games are the only mainstream art form in which the audience is not just present, but rather participating in the story.  It’s characters are not ones to simply be watched, but “used.”  How does one find a way to make a compelling character that is just as much fun to use as to watch?  Game designers have come up with a lot of answers to this question over the years. Come sit down with Tyrone Barnes to see a brief summary of them!  Q&A afterwards.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Intro to Game Design Theory (So You Want To Make Games?) with Jake Heagy

11:30pm – 12:30pm

Game design is the art of conceptualizing goals, rules, challenges, and rewards to define board games, card games, role-playing games, video games… you name it.  With the rising popularity of board games and video games, the need for strong design is becoming ever more essential. In this workshop, students will learn to theorize and analyze popular video games and attempt to convert those games into paper and pencil games. As a class, we will decide on a popular video game and discuss the elements of that game (the rules, characters, challenges, rewards, etc.) that make it unique. From there we will interpret the elements and figure out ways that we can adapt them into a board or card game format. (Ages 10 & up)


Fight of the Century: Biopunk, Sports, and Sci-Fi with Nick Allen & Troy-Jeffrey Allen

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Nick & Troy-Jeffrey Allen are the creators of FIGHT OF THE CENTURY, a biopunk sports drama. Join them as they discuss sports, science, "cheating to win", and how all these things inspired the creation of their wide-screen sci-fi epic.


World Development in Fantasy & Sci-Fi Story Telling with Tyrone Selby

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Tyrone Selby from Spark-Flow Studios guides writers aspiring to create works of pure fiction to create worlds that are completely unrealistic.... however totally believable!

Earlier Event: March 30
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