Press release: Join TEDxFSCJ for an upcoming adventure event, “Unmasked,” where we will explore the recent themes, identities and fandoms that define nerd culture. A panel of experts will discuss everything from comics, to cosplay, to conventions that have become defining icons of today’s popular culture.

Hosted by The Short Box podcast’s Badr Milligan and Cesar Cordero, we will look behind the mask in discussing how this culture functions as creative lifestyle and lucrative marketplace; how comic books and TV intersect; how nerd culture empowers minority storytelling; and how comic-cons and e-sports have reinvented community and belonging.

Panelists include:
* Li Hoang, e-sports photographer
* Zack Kaplan, comic book writer and Jacksonville native working in Los Angeles
* Max Michaels, co-producer of Ancient City Con and Jekyll Comic Con
* Ann Marie Scarpinito, cosplayer
* Ryan Paul Thompson, founder of GAAM (Games, Art And Music)

Guests should arrive early to tour the interactive exhibits. Hosted by the FSCJ Guild of Geeks, the pre-event experience will feature a behind-the-scenes look at GAAM Founder Ryan Thompson’s livestreams, interviews with The Short Box podcasters, and a digital media journey through cosplay spaces and places.

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COST: Free. This event is open to the public but registration is required.

WHEN: Thursday, December 5, 2019
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m., the event will start promptly at 7 p.m. (Seats that go
unclaimed by 6:50 p.m. may be released to individuals on the waiting list.)

Bryan-Gooding Planetarium
1025 Museum Circle
Jacksonville, Florida 32207