August 12, 2018

Fine Arts – Cool-Con:  A Celebration of Cool Art

Fine Arts – Cool-Con: A Celebration of Cool Art

March 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Smith University Center and Thomason Auditorium, Francis Marion University
Alumni Dr
Florence, SC 29506
Open to FMU Students, Faculty and Staff
Dr. Howard Frye

Cool-Con:  A Celebration of Cool Art on Thursday, March 21st from 10 a.m. until 12 noon and 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the University Center Commons.  Cool-Con will feature numerous visiting artists, giving talks and demonstrations throughout the day, including Marvel and DC cartoonists, fantasy and children’s book illustrators, a science fiction and graphic novel writer, a caricaturist, a toy designer, filmmaker and special effects artist, cosplayers, ScienceSouth, Legend Comics, Galactic Comics, and more. Artists will be available throughout the day to discuss their work.

Also at 6 p.m., the 2018 blockbuster film Black Panther will be shown at the Thomason Auditorium in the Lee Nursing Building.

Participants include:

Bryan Ransom, CEO and co-founder of Moondog Animation Studio (Mount Pleasant, SC).
James Sizemore, filmmaker, special makeup effects artist, and owner of Wonder Goblin Toys.
Wayne Miller, science fiction and fantasy illustrator.
A.L. Sirois, fiction writer and former Marvel/DC cartoonist.
Morey Weinstein, airbrush artist and illustrator.
Ethan and Rachel Mongin, illustrators, who have created several independent comics, including  Death Elf and Woose, Gun Bunny, and Churchology.
Chris McJunkin, illustrator (an FMU visual arts alumnus).
Jamal Rouse, video game designer and founder of Salt Gaming, a company specializing in eGaming and hosting gaming tournaments throughout South Carolina.
Vanessa J. Thompson, caricaturist and children’s book illustrator.
Shane Carmichael, cosplayer.
Jess Clapper, cosplayer.
Amy Hinson, cosplayer.
Galactic Comics.
Heroes Hideout.
Legends Comics.

Cool-Con Schedule

10 am – 11 am   A. L. Sirois, (UC, room 218). Sirois is a Pushcart Prize nominated fiction writer/DC and Marvel cartoonist.

11 am – 12 pm  Panel Discussion: Freelance Art, (UC, room 218). Illustrator M. Wayne Miller and A. L. Sirois.

12 pm – 1 pm    Jamal Rouse, (UC, room 218). Video game design.

1 pm – 2 pm       James Sizemore, (UC, room 218). Sizemore is owner of Wonder Goblin toys and a filmmaker.

2 pm – 3 pm       Bryan Ransom, (UC, room 219). Ransom is CEO and co-founder of Moondog Animation Studio in Mount Pleasant, SC. Moondog specializes in 3D animated films, virtual reality, and creating interactive experiences.

3 pm – 4 pm       Panel Discussion: Cosplay, (UC, room 219). Shane Carmichael, Jess Clapper, and Amy Hinson.

4 pm – 5 pm       M. Wayne Miller, (UC, room 219). Miller is an in-demand science fiction and fantasy illustrator.

5 pm – 6 pm       Draw Off Game, (UC, room 219).  FMU students are invited to compete for prizes!  FREE Refreshments.  The FMU Art Club and the Student Government Association are sponsoring the M. Wayne Miller talk and Draw Off event.

6 pm – 8 pm       Film screening: Black Panther – no charge (Thomason Auditorium in the Lee Nursing Building). Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.

The events are sponsored by the Department of Fine Arts and the Campus Activities Board with assistance from the Office of Student Affairs.  They are free and open to FMU students, faculty, and staff.  Funding for the events has been provided by the FMU REAL grant program, the FMU PEAK grant program, the FMU Artist and Lecture Series, the Department of Fine Arts, and the CAB.  Howard Frye and Alex McGill are the organizers of the event.