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Saturday, August 8
 

10:00am AEST

Opening Ceremony
Kicking off Nexus Online, Sam will be welcoming everyone to the event and running us through some important announcements and updates.

A big thanks to all our sponsors! Without you, Nexus Con wouldn’t be possible.

Saturday August 8, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am AEST
Nexus Live

11:00am AEST

Patterns - Making Cosplay the Right Size!
Whether it's a 'simple' dress, an axe, or a full scale evangellion recreation, you're going to need a pattern!
Askar Cosplay is a pro when it comes to creatting patterns. Living by the rule "Measure twice, cut once!", she's learned the hard way that patterns not only save you time, but a LOT of money!

Speakers
avatar for Askar Cosplay

Askar Cosplay

Crafting art is my passion. I joined the ranks of cosplayers around the world in this wonderful hobby, back in 2013, and had the privilege to compete, place, and win with what I've learned from both masters and fellow hobbyists alike. More recently, I have turned my hobby into a second... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am AEST
Nextra Sessions #1

11:00am AEST

Godzilla in the Reiwa Era
Godzilla super fan, Matt, will review the modern era of Japanese Godzilla films to see what has changed, where things are at and what this franchise has that keeps people coming back for more.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Burkett

Matt Burkett

I'm host of the YouTube Channel "MONSTROSITIES: Tokusatsu Vlog" and a life-long fan of Japanese "tokusatsu" (live-action special effects) and daikaiju films ("giant monsters") ... especially Godzilla!Learn more on social media!Youtube: @tokusatsuvlogTwitter: @tokusatsuvlog


Saturday August 8, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am AEST
Nextra Sessions #2

11:00am AEST

Artist Alley Spotlight
Join some of the amazing Artists to see their wares and understand a little about their creative process and niche.
Don't forget to check out our Artist Alley HERE and support these, and other, amazing Australian-based Artists that we've been able to bring together here at Nexus Online.

Saturday August 8, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm AEST
Industry Stream

11:00am AEST

The 'Cool' of Cthulhu
Whether you’re a fan of DnD, or you enjoy Lovecraftian Horror, you’ll love this session with the team from Chaosium.
Call of Cthulhu is one of the world's most popular tabletop RPGs, and you can learn all about it from the creators right here!

Speakers
avatar for Chaosium Inc

Chaosium Inc

Founded by visionary game designer Greg Stafford in 1975, for more than forty years, Chaosium Inc. has captivated gamers, readers and mythic adventures worldwide.Chaosium creates award-winning roleplaying games, board games, and fiction, acclaimed as some of the most engaging and... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm AEST
Nexus Live

12:00pm AEST

Collecting Comics in 2020
With a collection of comics that started 35 years ago, and an unstoppable enthusiasm for graphic novels, Marty joins Nexus Online ready to share all you need to know about making your stash extra special. He regularly attends conventions and has watched the Australian comics industry rise up to a world class standard. Grab a pen for all the hot tips, straight from the Batcave!

Speakers
avatar for Marty Batfreak

Marty Batfreak

With a collection of comics that started 35 years ago, and an unstoppable enthusiasm for graphic novels, Marty joins Nexus ready to share all you need to know about making your stash extra special. He regularly attends conventions and has watched the Australian comics industry rise... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm AEST
Nextra Sessions #2

12:00pm AEST

Star Wars Academia
With a doctorate focussed on pop-culture, it's no wonder Disney asked Dan to write an evaluation of their latest Star Wars trilogy.
In this session, Dan will be sharing his insights into the series, and talking more about how the iconic series has evolved over the last 40 years!

Speakers
avatar for Dan Golding

Dan Golding

Dr. Dan Golding is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication at Swinburne University and the host of Screen Sounds on ABC Classic. His new book, Star Wars After Lucas, is out now and published by the University of Minnesota Press. Dan also made the soundtracks to Untitled Goose... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm AEST
Nextra Sessions #1

12:00pm AEST

Making Armour You Can Move In
Specialising in armour and props, I_Artemis_I represented Australia in the world cosplay summit in 2015, and is representing us again in 2021!
She’s a pro when it comes to crafting armour, and she’s going to be sharing her hot tips with you in this session!

Speakers
avatar for I_Artemis_I

I_Artemis_I

I-Artemis-I (or Natalie) is a multi-award winning cosplayer. Known for her armour (mainly leatherwork), prop work and beards, Natalie has won many awards for her cosplay skills, notably Madman National Cosplay Champion 2016, and selected as one of the World Cosplay Summit representatives... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST
Nexus Live

12:00pm AEST

So, You Want to Make Games?
Join Matt Dyet to learn a little about what goes into the creative process of designing and producing games in the current era.
Matt will draw from his years of experience as a Games Design Lecturer at SAE, Games Producer and President of "Let's Make Games".

Speakers
avatar for Matt Dyet

Matt Dyet

Lovingly called “Game Dad” by his friends, Matt has been doing games production out of Western Australia for the past 6 years. In that time he’s worked on a variety of games for numerous companies, from relaxing meditative indie VR titles to serious games that teach kids the... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST
Industry Stream

1:00pm AEST

Big Brain Time: Learning Through Anime
Explore Japan's history, language and culture through anime! How many of your favourite series actually have ties to real historical times and places in Japan? How can you use anime to learn the Japanese language or master at a Japanese pastime? Join Sare as she takes us through these questions and more in 'Big Brain Time: Learning Through Anime'"

Speakers
avatar for Sare Cosplay

Sare Cosplay

Sare is aSydney-based (but Coffs Harbour born and bred) award winning cosplayer with over ten years' experience.She has represented Australia at the ‘Haneda International Anime Music Festival’ in Japan as an Anisong Performer, and has been a guest judge at ‘SMASH! Sydney Anime... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2020 1:00pm - 1:45pm AEST
Nextra Sessions #2

1:00pm AEST

Special Effects Make-Up
Join award winning artist, Soylent Cosplay, to learn some tips and tricks of the trade for special effects makeup. Soylent will be happy to answer audience questions during this session.
You can also observe these tips and tricks in action when Soylent's Makeup Demonstration is aired in the Nextra Sessions

Speakers
avatar for Soylent Cosplay

Soylent Cosplay

Soylent Cosplay (also known as Jen) is a cosplayer from Sydney, Australia who specialises in makeup and special effects! She is most well known for her Liara T'Soni (Mass Effect), Darth Talon (Star Wars Legacy), and Hela (Thor Ragnarok). She is a professional cosplayer and makeup... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm AEST
Industry Stream

1:00pm AEST

Diversity Panel
It’s 2020 and we’ve come a long way in terms of equality, but we still have a long way to go.
In this session, we’ll be talking with the panel about diversity in the creative industries, especially representation of women, people of colour, and the LGBTQI+ community in games.

Speakers
avatar for Giselle Rosman

Giselle Rosman

Big Ant Studios
A longstanding community leader in Australia, Giselle runs the Melbourne chapter of the International Game Developers’ Association (IGDA), has been Executive Producerof Global Game Jam (GGJ) and has run the Melbourne jam site since 2011. Giselle's work in the community was recognised... Read More →
avatar for Jess Zammit

Jess Zammit

Queerly Represent Me
Jess Zammit is a games journalist, psychology researcher and diversity advocate and consultant from NSW, Australia.Jess is one of the directors of not-for-profit organisation Queerly Represent Me, which works to promote diversity and representation in games and within the games industry... Read More →
avatar for Rubii Red

Rubii Red

Rubii Red is a proud Lama Lama woman from Coen, in the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, but has grown up in Naarm (Melbourne).From a young age Rubii was always interested in the arts, and video games. Through her love of art she shares the stories, the experiences of First Nations... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm AEST
Nexus Live

1:00pm AEST

Writing for Tabletop RPGs: Getting Started
Aspiring to become an RPG creator? Chaosium vice president Michael O'Brien and best selling DM's Guild author M.T. Black present a helpful guide for your first steps for writing, producing, and ultimately getting published in the world of tabletop RPGs.

Speakers
avatar for Chaosium Inc

Chaosium Inc

Founded by visionary game designer Greg Stafford in 1975, for more than forty years, Chaosium Inc. has captivated gamers, readers and mythic adventures worldwide.Chaosium creates award-winning roleplaying games, board games, and fiction, acclaimed as some of the most engaging and... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm AEST
Nextra Sessions #1

2:00pm AEST

Special Effects Make-Up Demo
Building off our earlier Special Effects Make-Up Interview with Soylent Cosplay we now get to see those skills in action. This creation took a whopping 3 hours to perfect, but in this time lapsed session you can see it done in a little under an hour. 

Speakers
avatar for Soylent Cosplay

Soylent Cosplay

Soylent Cosplay (also known as Jen) is a cosplayer from Sydney, Australia who specialises in makeup and special effects! She is most well known for her Liara T'Soni (Mass Effect), Darth Talon (Star Wars Legacy), and Hela (Thor Ragnarok). She is a professional cosplayer and makeup... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2020 2:00pm - 2:45pm AEST
Nextra Sessions #2

2:00pm AEST

Comic Q&A
Fan Favorites, Darren and Dean, return to Nexus Online to provide insights into their trade to help people understand what its like to work in the Comic Arts industry.

Speakers
avatar for Darren Close

Darren Close

Darren Close is an Australian comics creator. He has primarily self-published comics about his character Killeroo for the last 20 years, most recently the GANGWARS anthology. He also founded the OzComics website, which later became a weekly drawing challenge on Facebook.Having published... Read More →
avatar for Dean Rankine

Dean Rankine

Comic Artist and Writer best known for his work on Simpsons Comics.Contributed work to; "Rick and Morty" and "Invader Zim".Illustrated "Timmy the Ticked-Off Pony and the Poo of Excitement" - written by Magda Szubanski.Creator of the Ledger Award winning "Itty Bitty Bunnies in Rainbow... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm AEST
Industry Stream

2:00pm AEST

Creations from WETA Workshop
Wilf Robinson, head of WETA Workshop Collectibles, and the team at WETA got together to show us a bit of what they do and to answer your questions!
Come and see what the New Zealand team who breathed life into 'The Hobbit' and 'Lord of the Rings' are doing now!

Speakers
avatar for WETA Workshop

WETA Workshop

WETA Workshop
With seventeen manufacturing departments housed in one facility, Weta Workshop has the technology, techniques and talented crew to tackle almost any creative brief. For more than thirty years we’ve crafted hundreds of thousands of weapons; detailed miniatures; immersive attractions... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm AEST
Nextra Sessions #1

2:00pm AEST

*Honk* (Untitled Goose Music) *Honk*
The world went honking mad over the shenanigans in Untitled Goose Game!
Dan Golding, the creator of the Untitled Goose Game soundtrack, is here to talk to us about his creative process, and how he approached the musical accompaniment of this goosey tale.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Golding

Dan Golding

Dr. Dan Golding is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication at Swinburne University and the host of Screen Sounds on ABC Classic. His new book, Star Wars After Lucas, is out now and published by the University of Minnesota Press. Dan also made the soundtracks to Untitled Goose... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm AEST
Nexus Live

3:00pm AEST

Making Comic Books
Since 1995, Killeroo has grown from a one page strip to a full blown award winning comic series.
As a self published comic artist and writer, Darren has more than made a name for himself on the world stage.
In this session, he'll be talking about everything that goes into creating comics, from his creative process, to self publishing.

Speakers
avatar for Darren Close

Darren Close

Darren Close is an Australian comics creator. He has primarily self-published comics about his character Killeroo for the last 20 years, most recently the GANGWARS anthology. He also founded the OzComics website, which later became a weekly drawing challenge on Facebook.Having published... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2020 3:00pm - 3:45pm AEST
Nextra Sessions #1

3:00pm AEST

Done with the Dungeon?
Do you love DnD? Want to try something different? The panelists here all agree Dungeons and Dragons is great, but it's merely the tip of the tabletop iceberg. All panelists will share their own "RPG origin story" (which often does start with D&D), but then broaden your horizons to the myriad of other RPG opportunities there are out there beyond.

Panelists: Michael O'Brien (Chaosium), Ian Cooper (Chaosium), Brian Holland (Chaosium and Paradox Interactive), Alex Catton (Writer), Hayley Gordon (Storybrewers).

Speakers
avatar for Chaosium Inc

Chaosium Inc

Founded by visionary game designer Greg Stafford in 1975, for more than forty years, Chaosium Inc. has captivated gamers, readers and mythic adventures worldwide.Chaosium creates award-winning roleplaying games, board games, and fiction, acclaimed as some of the most engaging and... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2020 3:00pm - 3:45pm AEST
Nextra Sessions #2

3:00pm AEST

Complete Guide to Cosplay Comps
Having represented Australia in international cosplay competitions, and judging at several major Australian events, Sare Cosplay and I_Artemis_I have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to cosplay competitions.
In this session, they’ll be sharing all their pro tips and answering any questions you may have!
Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re a competition veteran, you’ll definitely learn something new in this session!

Speakers
avatar for I_Artemis_I

I_Artemis_I

I-Artemis-I (or Natalie) is a multi-award winning cosplayer. Known for her armour (mainly leatherwork), prop work and beards, Natalie has won many awards for her cosplay skills, notably Madman National Cosplay Champion 2016, and selected as one of the World Cosplay Summit representatives... Read More →
avatar for Sare Cosplay

Sare Cosplay

Sare is aSydney-based (but Coffs Harbour born and bred) award winning cosplayer with over ten years' experience.She has represented Australia at the ‘Haneda International Anime Music Festival’ in Japan as an Anisong Performer, and has been a guest judge at ‘SMASH! Sydney Anime... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm AEST
Nexus Live

3:00pm AEST

Getting a Job in Games
The games industry is has become one of the fast growing industries of our time, and it's not showing any signs of slowing down!
So, how do you start a career in game development?
This panel features 3 veterens from the Australian games industry sharing their insights into the professional world of games.
Who knows? One of them could even be your next boss!

Speakers
avatar for Morgan Jaffit

Morgan Jaffit

Morgan Jaffit is a 20 year veteran of the global games industry creating games for PC, consoles, mobile, and alternate gaming platforms including virtual and augmented reality. In 2010 he co-founded Defiant Development, and led them to create the critically and commercially successful... Read More →
avatar for Giselle Rosman

Giselle Rosman

Big Ant Studios
A longstanding community leader in Australia, Giselle runs the Melbourne chapter of the International Game Developers’ Association (IGDA), has been Executive Producerof Global Game Jam (GGJ) and has run the Melbourne jam site since 2011. Giselle's work in the community was recognised... Read More →
avatar for Matt Dyet

Matt Dyet

Lovingly called “Game Dad” by his friends, Matt has been doing games production out of Western Australia for the past 6 years. In that time he’s worked on a variety of games for numerous companies, from relaxing meditative indie VR titles to serious games that teach kids the... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm AEST
Industry Stream

4:00pm AEST

Prop Making 101
Need a prop to to round out your cosplay?

I_Artemis_I and Askar Coplay will work through some basics on working with different mediums, including wood, foam and plastic, to forge your weapon and bring your cosplay to life.

Speakers
avatar for I_Artemis_I

I_Artemis_I

I-Artemis-I (or Natalie) is a multi-award winning cosplayer. Known for her armour (mainly leatherwork), prop work and beards, Natalie has won many awards for her cosplay skills, notably Madman National Cosplay Champion 2016, and selected as one of the World Cosplay Summit representatives... Read More →
avatar for Askar Cosplay

Askar Cosplay

Crafting art is my passion. I joined the ranks of cosplayers around the world in this wonderful hobby, back in 2013, and had the privilege to compete, place, and win with what I've learned from both masters and fellow hobbyists alike. More recently, I have turned my hobby into a second... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2020 4:00pm - 4:45pm AEST
Nextra Sessions #2

4:00pm AEST

Queerly Represent Me
One of the largest queer-focused diversity organisations in the games industry, Queerly Represent Me was founded to give voice to the queer community.
Jess, one of the leaders of QRM, will be sharing her experiences, and talking about some of the best representations of the LGBTQI+ community in recent games.

Speakers
avatar for Jess Zammit

Jess Zammit

Queerly Represent Me
Jess Zammit is a games journalist, psychology researcher and diversity advocate and consultant from NSW, Australia.Jess is one of the directors of not-for-profit organisation Queerly Represent Me, which works to promote diversity and representation in games and within the games industry... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm AEST
Nexus Live

4:00pm AEST

The World of Constructed Languages
Stuart is a teacher of French, English, Indigenous, & Constructed Languages, and he will take his audience at Nexus Pop Culture Con on a journey to the world of languages that have been constructed specifically for the TV and film industry, for example; the Klingon language; where it is spoken and to which language family it belongs, number of speakers and percentage of children speaking it; basic knowledge in a language such as greetings; unique characteristics; and information about where it might be possible to continue to learn the language in Australia or online. A Klingon language workshop will also be conducted during Stuart's presentation!  

Speakers
avatar for Stuart A Blair

Stuart A Blair

Stuart is a keynote speaker at literary events, French festivals, pop culture festivals, and comic conventions around Australia, and he is currently on his national speaking tour - Tintin Unmasked. His area of specialisation is classic European comic book literature, and 1950's and... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm AEST
Industry Stream

4:00pm AEST

Speaking Simulator Sound Design
Ever thought about a career in voice acting? How about creating your own version of 'simlish'?
While creating and implementing the sound design for Speaking Simulator, these were some of the challenges that Andrew faced!
He joined us to talk all about the sound design in Speaking Simulator and to give us a sneak peak into the world of adaptive audio for games.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Curnock

Andrew Curnock

Described by his childhood piano teacher as “the worst student” she'd ever had, Andrew has forged a career making music and sound for a diverse range of media platforms. Having written music for film, television, and even making cheesy mobile phone ringtones, his first game soundtrack... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm AEST
Nextra Sessions #1

5:00pm AEST

Day 1 Wrap Up
Wrapping up the first day of Nexus Online, we’ll be giving you an update on the online art and cosplay competitions, as well as checking in on some of the eSports results!

Saturday August 8, 2020 5:00pm - 5:30pm AEST
Nexus Live
 
Sunday, August 9
 

9:00am AEST

Dean's Doodles - LIVE!
In this comic version of Mr. Squiggle, you can submit some lines or squiggles and watch as they transform into one of Dean’s Doodles!
Dean will be turning audience submissions into comic works of art LIVE!
You can submit some scribbles for Dean to Doodle, here: https://forms.gle/cbi9hCmi2ejZxryQ6

Speakers
avatar for Dean Rankine

Dean Rankine

Comic Artist and Writer best known for his work on Simpsons Comics.Contributed work to; "Rick and Morty" and "Invader Zim".Illustrated "Timmy the Ticked-Off Pony and the Poo of Excitement" - written by Magda Szubanski.Creator of the Ledger Award winning "Itty Bitty Bunnies in Rainbow... Read More →


Sunday August 9, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am AEST
Nexus Live

9:00am AEST

Wardrobe Malfunction & Cosplay Repairs
The Cosplay Repair Guild is an alliance of caring and fun cosplayers who wish to provide top notch and professional repair service to any and all in need at a convention or other event at which they attend.
In this session, they're sharing some of their top tips for fixing your cosplay and avoiding disaster!

Speakers
avatar for Cosplay Repair Guild

Cosplay Repair Guild

We are a group of Cosplay Repair folk who have formed a guild. We give professional-level free service to any and all cosplayers who need emergency repairs at events we attend. We always conduct our service with a smile and we love to have fun while we're doing our job! Our current... Read More →


Sunday August 9, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am AEST
Nextra Sessions #1

9:00am AEST

Game Audio: What is Adaptive Music?
Although he thinks it's pretty dorky, 'Emotional Architecture' is the only way Andrew can describe the way he approaches composing music for video games.
Adaptive music techniques have provided games composers with an extraordinary set of tools to make stories and characters come to life!
In this session, Andrew will give us a sneak peek into his creative process, and tell us all about the process of writing adaptive music for games.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Curnock

Andrew Curnock

Described by his childhood piano teacher as “the worst student” she'd ever had, Andrew has forged a career making music and sound for a diverse range of media platforms. Having written music for film, television, and even making cheesy mobile phone ringtones, his first game soundtrack... Read More →


Sunday August 9, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am AEST
Industry Stream

10:00am AEST

66 years of Godzilla
With 66 years behind it, Godzilla is one of the longest running movie franchises around. So, it's easy to imagine that there is a LOT of context and history that comes with this iconic story.
Matt is a Godzilla super fan, and in this session he's going to get us all up to speed!
But don't worry, there won't be a quiz!

Speakers
avatar for Matt Burkett

Matt Burkett

I'm host of the YouTube Channel "MONSTROSITIES: Tokusatsu Vlog" and a life-long fan of Japanese "tokusatsu" (live-action special effects) and daikaiju films ("giant monsters") ... especially Godzilla!Learn more on social media!Youtube: @tokusatsuvlogTwitter: @tokusatsuvlog


Sunday August 9, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am AEST
Nextra Sessions #1

10:00am AEST

Crafting Cosplay Commissions
Ever wanted to make money from your Hobby? Learn how these 2 cosplay artists have been able to do exactly that.
Cosplay Chris and Askar Cosplay will share a little about their journey from hobby to business, the design process and some of their best (and weirdest) costumes they've been asked to make.

Speakers
avatar for Cosplay Chris

Cosplay Chris

Speciality Costumer based in Sydney who specialises in mostly superhero costumes and tutorials on YouTube!Cosplay Chris is keen to share the experience he has gained cosplaying and crafting commision pieces.Learn more on social media!Facebook: @CosplayChrisInstagram: @cosplay_chr... Read More →
avatar for Askar Cosplay

Askar Cosplay

Crafting art is my passion. I joined the ranks of cosplayers around the world in this wonderful hobby, back in 2013, and had the privilege to compete, place, and win with what I've learned from both masters and fellow hobbyists alike. More recently, I have turned my hobby into a second... Read More →


Sunday August 9, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am AEST
Industry Stream

10:00am AEST

The Music of Florence
In this session, we’ll be talking with Kevin about the BAFTA Award winning soundtrack he composed for ‘Florence’.
We’ll also be chatting about his other musical works in video games, and getting a sneak peak into the world of game audio.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Penkin

Kevin Penkin

Kevin Penkin, based in Melbourne, is a BAFTA-nominated composer for Japanese animation and video games.He is best known for composing the award-winning score to 'Made in Abyss', and the music to the BAFTA award-winning game 'Florence'.Learn more on social media!Twitter: @kevinpenkinInstagram... Read More →


Sunday August 9, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am AEST
Nexus Live

11:00am AEST

Let's play Jackbox Games!
Join us as we play Jackbox games! Have fun but remember to keep it PG!

Sunday August 9, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am AEST
Nextra Sessions #1

11:00am AEST

Painting with Style!
Everyone knows how good a fresh coat of paint can look, but it’s easy to forget how important painting style is when bringing objects to life!
In this session, the team from Hasfoundry will paint two identical props in two different styles to demonstrate just how much of an impact it can have!

Speakers
avatar for Henchwench

Henchwench

Henchwench is a cosplayer and professional prop maker. With a background in costume and props, she started early as a teenager working at Weta Workshop on Lord of the Rings, and moved on to later complete a degree in costume at NIDA.In 2016, she won the Australian Championships of... Read More →
avatar for Scrap Shop Props

Scrap Shop Props

Gamer. Cosplayer. Cat person. Not actually made of cats."I left my engineering degree and pursued cosplay full-time! Since then I've gone on to work for many of the largest video game companies in the world for launch, promotional & booth events. I have a knack for bringing in game... Read More →


Sunday August 9, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm AEST
Nexus Live

11:00am AEST

So, You Want to be a Writer?
With many years of experience and over 30 published novels, Ian will be providing insights to help you add a professional touch to your writing. 

Speakers
avatar for Ian Irvine

Ian Irvine

Ian Irvine, an Australian marine scientist, has also written 34 novels, an anthology of shorter stories, and various other short stories for children and adults.His novels include the Three Worlds fantasy sequence (THE VIEW FROM THE MIRROR, THE WELL OF ECHOES, THE SONG OF THE TEARS... Read More →


Sunday August 9, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm AEST
Industry Stream

12:00pm AEST

Tintin Unmasked
Was Hergé, the author of Tintin books, actually Tintin incognito? Did he use his character to survive the Second World War? Join pop culture historian, Stuart A. Blair, as he delves into the history and influences behind the creation of the character Tintin, and the mysteries of his controversial creator Hergé, as well as the context, stereotypes, representations and controversies in comic book literature including the early Tintin albums.

Speakers
avatar for Stuart A Blair

Stuart A Blair

Stuart is a keynote speaker at literary events, French festivals, pop culture festivals, and comic conventions around Australia, and he is currently on his national speaking tour - Tintin Unmasked. His area of specialisation is classic European comic book literature, and 1950's and... Read More →


Sunday August 9, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm AEST
Nextra Sessions #1

12:00pm AEST

Guest Play: Call of Cthulhu
We’re throwing the guests in the deep end with this session! None of them have played Call of Cthulhu before, and now they’re playing with the creators LIVE!
If you’re looking for a laugh, or a great intro to the game, definitely come check out this Guestplay session!

Sunday August 9, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST
Nexus Live

12:00pm AEST

Made in Abyss: Behind the Music
BAFTA winning composer, Kevin Penkin, is here to talk to you about composing in the Anime industry. Focussing on his work for Made in Abyss, he'll be telling us all about his creative process, and just what it takes to get music right for an anime series.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Penkin

Kevin Penkin

Kevin Penkin, based in Melbourne, is a BAFTA-nominated composer for Japanese animation and video games.He is best known for composing the award-winning score to 'Made in Abyss', and the music to the BAFTA award-winning game 'Florence'.Learn more on social media!Twitter: @kevinpenkinInstagram... Read More →


Sunday August 9, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST
Industry Stream

12:00pm AEST

Smash Bros Comp #1
Check out the Smash Bros tournament and cheer on your favourites!

Sunday August 9, 2020 12:00pm - 1:45pm AEST
Nextra Sessions #2

1:00pm AEST

The Art of Storytelling
Whether you’re an aspiring author or a GM looking for some inspiration, this session with Ian Irvine is bound to stir the muses.
Ian will be telling us all about his creative process and what makes a story worth telling!

Speakers
avatar for Ian Irvine

Ian Irvine

Ian Irvine, an Australian marine scientist, has also written 34 novels, an anthology of shorter stories, and various other short stories for children and adults.His novels include the Three Worlds fantasy sequence (THE VIEW FROM THE MIRROR, THE WELL OF ECHOES, THE SONG OF THE TEARS... Read More →


Sunday August 9, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm AEST
Nexus Live

1:00pm AEST

Games Development Brainstrust
Want to ask a question about Game Development, well now's your chance! Join us as we sit down with three industry experts and get answers for all your questions!

Speakers
avatar for Morgan Jaffit

Morgan Jaffit

Morgan Jaffit is a 20 year veteran of the global games industry creating games for PC, consoles, mobile, and alternate gaming platforms including virtual and augmented reality. In 2010 he co-founded Defiant Development, and led them to create the critically and commercially successful... Read More →
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Giselle Rosman

Big Ant Studios
A longstanding community leader in Australia, Giselle runs the Melbourne chapter of the International Game Developers’ Association (IGDA), has been Executive Producerof Global Game Jam (GGJ) and has run the Melbourne jam site since 2011. Giselle's work in the community was recognised... Read More →
avatar for Matt Dyet

Matt Dyet

Lovingly called “Game Dad” by his friends, Matt has been doing games production out of Western Australia for the past 6 years. In that time he’s worked on a variety of games for numerous companies, from relaxing meditative indie VR titles to serious games that teach kids the... Read More →


Sunday August 9, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm AEST
Industry Stream

2:00pm AEST

Hasfoundry: A Crafting Career
Hasfoundry blurs the line between games and reality by bringing in game items to life. Working with companies like Blizzard, Hasfoundry have been able to make a career from crafting by bringing to life creatures like the Stormwind guard and Horde orc grunt from World of Warcraft's 2018 expansion.

Speakers
avatar for Henchwench

Henchwench

Henchwench is a cosplayer and professional prop maker. With a background in costume and props, she started early as a teenager working at Weta Workshop on Lord of the Rings, and moved on to later complete a degree in costume at NIDA.In 2016, she won the Australian Championships of... Read More →
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Scrap Shop Props

Gamer. Cosplayer. Cat person. Not actually made of cats."I left my engineering degree and pursued cosplay full-time! Since then I've gone on to work for many of the largest video game companies in the world for launch, promotional & booth events. I have a knack for bringing in game... Read More →


Sunday August 9, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm AEST
Industry Stream

2:00pm AEST

Psychology of Gaming
Technology is an important part of our lives, video games have become commonplace, and the conversation of ‘how much is too much’, is always a hot topic.
Dr. John Hurley is a gamer, and also an expert in the field of psychology and the impact of video games on our brains. In this session, he’ll be sharing his thoughts and research into video games, addiction, and healthy practices for you and your family.

Sunday August 9, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm AEST
Nexus Live

2:00pm AEST

Smash Bros Comp #2
Check out the Smash Bros Tournament and cheer on your favourites!

Sunday August 9, 2020 2:00pm - 3:45pm AEST
Nextra Sessions #2

3:00pm AEST

Ultimate Cosplay Brainstrust
If you’ve ever wanted to ask a cosplay pro a question, NOW IS THE TIME!
Whether you’re just getting started, or you’re a cosplay veteran, this session is for you.
Join our panel of cosplaying experts as they answer all your questions.

Speakers
avatar for I_Artemis_I

I_Artemis_I

I-Artemis-I (or Natalie) is a multi-award winning cosplayer. Known for her armour (mainly leatherwork), prop work and beards, Natalie has won many awards for her cosplay skills, notably Madman National Cosplay Champion 2016, and selected as one of the World Cosplay Summit representatives... Read More →
avatar for Cosplay Chris

Cosplay Chris

Speciality Costumer based in Sydney who specialises in mostly superhero costumes and tutorials on YouTube!Cosplay Chris is keen to share the experience he has gained cosplaying and crafting commision pieces.Learn more on social media!Facebook: @CosplayChrisInstagram: @cosplay_chr... Read More →
avatar for Sare Cosplay

Sare Cosplay

Sare is aSydney-based (but Coffs Harbour born and bred) award winning cosplayer with over ten years' experience.She has represented Australia at the ‘Haneda International Anime Music Festival’ in Japan as an Anisong Performer, and has been a guest judge at ‘SMASH! Sydney Anime... Read More →
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Soylent Cosplay

Soylent Cosplay (also known as Jen) is a cosplayer from Sydney, Australia who specialises in makeup and special effects! She is most well known for her Liara T'Soni (Mass Effect), Darth Talon (Star Wars Legacy), and Hela (Thor Ragnarok). She is a professional cosplayer and makeup... Read More →


Sunday August 9, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm AEST
Nexus Live

3:00pm AEST

Game Audio Panel
Everything you ever wanted to know aout making music for games, and more! This panel is here to answer all your questions about music in games!

Speakers
avatar for Dan Golding

Dan Golding

Dr. Dan Golding is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication at Swinburne University and the host of Screen Sounds on ABC Classic. His new book, Star Wars After Lucas, is out now and published by the University of Minnesota Press. Dan also made the soundtracks to Untitled Goose... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Penkin

Kevin Penkin

Kevin Penkin, based in Melbourne, is a BAFTA-nominated composer for Japanese animation and video games.He is best known for composing the award-winning score to 'Made in Abyss', and the music to the BAFTA award-winning game 'Florence'.Learn more on social media!Twitter: @kevinpenkinInstagram... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Curnock

Andrew Curnock

Described by his childhood piano teacher as “the worst student” she'd ever had, Andrew has forged a career making music and sound for a diverse range of media platforms. Having written music for film, television, and even making cheesy mobile phone ringtones, his first game soundtrack... Read More →


Sunday August 9, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm AEST
Industry Stream

4:00pm AEST

Creative Industries Panel
The creative industries gives us all a lot of joy, and a lot of ways to enjoy our time at home! Join our panel of creative industies experts and ask them anything you like! Whether it's getting a job, or tips on project management, they're hear to answer all of your questions!

Speakers
avatar for Giselle Rosman

Giselle Rosman

Big Ant Studios
A longstanding community leader in Australia, Giselle runs the Melbourne chapter of the International Game Developers’ Association (IGDA), has been Executive Producerof Global Game Jam (GGJ) and has run the Melbourne jam site since 2011. Giselle's work in the community was recognised... Read More →
avatar for Ian Irvine

Ian Irvine

Ian Irvine, an Australian marine scientist, has also written 34 novels, an anthology of shorter stories, and various other short stories for children and adults.His novels include the Three Worlds fantasy sequence (THE VIEW FROM THE MIRROR, THE WELL OF ECHOES, THE SONG OF THE TEARS... Read More →
avatar for Henchwench

Henchwench

Henchwench is a cosplayer and professional prop maker. With a background in costume and props, she started early as a teenager working at Weta Workshop on Lord of the Rings, and moved on to later complete a degree in costume at NIDA.In 2016, she won the Australian Championships of... Read More →
avatar for Scrap Shop Props

Scrap Shop Props

Gamer. Cosplayer. Cat person. Not actually made of cats."I left my engineering degree and pursued cosplay full-time! Since then I've gone on to work for many of the largest video game companies in the world for launch, promotional & booth events. I have a knack for bringing in game... Read More →


Sunday August 9, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm AEST
Industry Stream

4:00pm AEST

Guest Quiz Show
We’ll be putting the nerdy knowledge of our guests to the test with this Quiz!
Come and play along, or suggest some nerd trivia!

Sunday August 9, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm AEST
Nexus Live

5:00pm AEST

Closing Ceremony
It’s been a huge weekend full of talks, panels, interviews, competitions, and eSports… and now it’s time to say goodbye...
In this final session, we’ll find out who won the art and cosplay competitions, the eSports tournaments, and say our thanks to everyone who helped make this event awesome!


Sunday August 9, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm AEST
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