All programs, panels and guests are subject to change and cancellation. Refer back to this official schedule for any changes.
Friday – February 10
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Come for a sneak preview. Tour the site and check out what’s in store for the Central Coast when the doors officially open on Saturday.
Saturday – February 11
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Oh, the Horror!
The horror genre is no longer just for books and movies. Host Jesse Banda will lead a discussion with panelists Nick Black (Oh My Geek! podcast) and fantasy author Davidson L. Haworth (The Defenders of Prali trilogy, The Icarus Project) about how horror has been able to evolve from cinema and make its way across comics and television.
12:15 PM – 1:00 PM
The Art of the Pitch
You have an idea that you think would make a great TV show, but you have no idea what it takes to make that happen. Our featured guest, Andie Bolt (owner Red Bolt Films, MTV, Nerdist) will share her experiences and will lead a discussion on how to make projects stand out to studio executives. This is an opportunity that no aspiring director nor screenwriter will want to miss.
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Alex Schumacher (The Unemployment Adventures of Aqualung, The World’s Crummiest Umbrella) will lead a forum with locals Ace Continuado (Dark Horse Comics, Zenescope) and Ray Zepeda Jr. (Tragic Hero Comics) about creating comics from scratch! This panel will give fans a chance at seeing comics from a local perspective with a focus on the burgeoning indie section of comics and the possibilities of creating comics without a publisher.
2:30 PM – 3:45 PM
Join The Empire! – While many had hopes of joining the Rebellion, you’ve always had dreams of teaming up with Darth Vader and helping him rule the galaxy. Members of the 501st Legion tell you what it takes and how you can join Vader’s Legion.
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The Masquerade Cosplay Contest
Join us for The Masquerade — a special portion of the night dedicated to cosplayers hoping to strut their stuff. All are welcome to participate, so long as you’re in a costume. We’ll have awards for best of show and best in category. Contestants can sign-up in the lobby throughout the day.
See you on Sunday!
Sunday – February 12 – KIDS DAY
11:00 PM – 11:45 PM
Do you like comics? Anime? Magic: The Gathering? Animated movies? If you answered yes to any of those there is a fan group you can be a part of. Our Millenium Charter High School panelists will discuss the different types of fan groups that exist and how they help fans feel closer to their passion.
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Featured Artists Panel
Central Coast Pop Expo is proud to present a cast of featured guests that you can’t miss! Ji Jun of HyperGeeky will moderate a panel with stars Sajad Shah (VP of Hound Comics, IDW), Adelso Corona (Marvel’s Deadpool, DC Comics Deathstroke), Marat Mychaels (Marvel’s Deadpool Corp., Brigade, Deadpooh) and Ace Continuado (Dark Horse Comics, Zenescope). This panel is for anyone looking to break into the mainstream comics world.
1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Cosplay For All Ages
The cosplay world is growing and people from all walks of life want to join in on the fun. Hear from members of the Mandalorian Mercs and 12 year old Molly ‘Fashionista’ Flanagan about how they started and what techniques they use to create brand new secret identities.
2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Featured Guest: Andie Bolt
Central Coast Pop Expo is proud to feature Andie Bolt in this intimate Q&A. Andie will discuss how her comedy skills led to her working with will.i.am and touring with The Black Eyed Peas and how that began a journey to digital and television comedy creation. You won’t want to miss this exclusive opportunity.
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Oh My Geek! Presents: The Happiest Panel On Earth
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work at The Happiest Place on Earth™? Now is your chance to find out! Join the hosts of the Oh My Geek! Podcast as they chat with the Skippers who brought the magic to life on a daily basis on The World Famous Jungle Cruise™. Prepare yourself for fun, silliness and trivia. This panel is one that every Disney fan will not want to miss! (Trivia sign-ups in the lobby prior to the panel. Limited spaces. All ages.)
Friday – Sunday
Central Coast Pop Expo Exhibits
Exclusive Disney Memorabilia Exhibit
Central Coast Pop Expo attendees will have an opportunity to see items from a private collection of Disneyland™ memorabilia which includes an original park map and exclusive items that were provided only to Disney™ Cast Members. This is the first time these are being displayed in public by their owner and are a must see for every Disney™ fan.
The Art of Ron Dias
Central Coast Pop Expo is proud to present The Art of Ron Dias. Ron began his animation career with Disney Studios in 1956 where he worked as an inbetweener and clean-up animator on Sleeping Beauty. Ron’s desire to become involved in animation was sparked when, at the tender age of 6, he saw Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He was so taken by the film and its beautiful art that he decided, then and there, that he would someday become an animation artist. While Ron started his career in animation, he made his mark on this art form and spent the bulk of his career painting beautiful backgrounds for some of our favorite animated features and TV shows. His talents were used on Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid (TV Series), Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, Jonny Quest, The Secret of NIMH, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and the groundbreaking video games Dragon’s Lair and Space Ace.
Central Coast Pop Expo is proud to be able to present this exclusive exhibit to our attendees thanks to the generosity of Artistic Hangups.