A Q&A with Olaniyan Thurmon, who portrayed Teen Groot in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame! He will also discuss his efforts to educate people about and prevent bullying. And of course, YOU will get to ask your questions about Groot, the blockbuster Avengers films or his other work.
A Q&A with Catherine Sutherland, Nakia Burrise and Brennan Mejia where YOU can ask your questions about all things Power Rangers!
Geek Wellness Education presents a discussion (most likely via Zoom, depending on the status of COVID at the time) with clinical psychologist, award winning author and full-time geek, Dr Janina Scarlet. Superhero Therapy refers to incorporating characters from geek culture, including Superheroes and other characters from comic books, as well as characters from fantasy, science fiction, and video games into evidence-based therapy (such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy). Dr Scarlet, a Ukrainian-born refugee, survived Chernobyl radiation and persecution. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 12 with her family and later, inspired by the X-Men, developed Superhero Therapy to help patients with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Dr. Scarlet is the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award by the United Nations Association for her work on Superhero Therapy. Her work has been featured on Yahoo, BBC, NPR, Sunday Times, CNN, CW, ABC, The New York Times, Forbes, the Nerdist, BuzzFeed, and many other outlets. She was also portrayed as a comic book character in Gail Simone’s Seven Days graphic novel. Dr. Scarlet currently works at the Center for Stress and Anxiety Management in San Diego.
Have you ever watched improv comedy and thought “I’d LOVE to try that?” Well, here’s your chance! Animator, improviser & Dave’s Toys vendor Dave Gau brings his two and half decades of improv experience to HEROES ASSEMBLE! Come laugh, play, have fun, and learn how improv can benefit you in all that you do. From personal presentation, self-confidence, and communication, to storytelling, teamwork and so many other skills, it’s a great way to spend an hour of your Saturday!
As a longtime member of CSz Worldwide, Dave has taught and performed improv with the international troupe ComedySportz® on stages across the country, including Richmond, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Austin and many other cities since 1996. Find out more at davegau.com
RPG Helpdesk is a Q&A style panel. The opening of the panel is general information for all RPG players (communication, safety tools, systems, etc.) provided by host Jesse Galena. Then the majority of the panel is the audience asking questions about tabletop RPGs; whatever you're interested in or need help with. Everything from making enjoyable NPCs, to useful prepping techniques to dealing with a problem player or whatever you bring up.
Visit Jesse at https://rexiconjesse.com/
Victims and Villains is a non-profit organization that creates content through podcasts and film reviews to educate and engage individuals on mental health awareness and suicide prevention through pop culture. All of their content is made with the intent to connect individuals to the right mental health resources, break stigma surrounding mental health and remind you of your value as a human being.
I met them a few years back when I volunteered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and they had a booth set up. I think it's great that GWE aren't the only ones out there promoting mental health in the geek community...and I am a firm believer that we're all stronger when we work together...so they'll be doing a panel, and they'll have a table so you can stop by and chat with them anytime.