On this page, you can find descriptions for all the panels presented at SwampCon, as well as special panels presented by UF students and faculty as part of our Lecture Series.
Our Lecture Series panels will appear in a variety of places to accommodate the needs of our faculty, so make sure to pay extra attention to the description of you want to attend one!
PANEL ROOM 1 (ROOM 2315)
What’s Kpoppin’ | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm | PG-13
Let’s talk all things kpop! From girl groups to guy groups, 1st gen to 4th gen, we’ve got discussion for everyone! Join our interaction lecture style panel for some fun and some prizes! ♡
Does Love Really Never Die? A Roast and Toast of Broadway and Beyond | 1:00 – 2:00 pm | PG-13
Have you subjected yourself to life as a theatre major? Do you know every note of your favorite musical by heart? Or do you dream of sitting in a room full of theatre kids, arguing weather or not Andrew Lloyd Webber has gone too far this time? Whatever the case, I invite you to come join me in roasting and toasting some of our favorite questionably written stage shows and sharing some cringe-worthy theatre horror stories.
What The Fluxx | 3:30 am – 4:30 pm | PG-13
DND 5E: Custom Monster Creation Workshop | 5:30 – 6:00 pm | PG-13
With a lot of prior experience in villain making, I will be using crowd input and my past experience to help us build a custom monster in this workshop to teach people how to stat block, storyline, and get the party attached to a custom monster for your campaign.
Anime Mad Libs | 1:00 – 2:00 pm | PG-13
A classic interactive game where you make the story by filling in the blanks, now with anime!
How to be a [BIG SHOT] with SPAMTON G SPAMTON | 3:00 – 4:00 pm | PG
Play Deltarune themed games and challenges in this panel hosted by SPAMTON himself! Win prizes and hangout with other fans of the Undertale/Deltarune franchise!
PANEL ROOM 2 (ROOM 2320)
Wonders of Tevyat | 12:00 – 1:00 pm | PG-13
Welcome to the world of genshin impact! Come and join your favorite characters from the game for a short adventure in Tevyat. We will be answering questions from the audience in character and will play games such as truth or dare and would you rather! In the end, there will be trivia and a small prize to earn.
J-Club Dance Performance & Workshop |
2:00 – 3:30 pm | G
Come watch UF’s Japanese Club dance team perform some favorite J-pop songs like Hakujitsu by King Gnu, Chopsticks by NiziU, and What is Love by Twice! Afterwards, we will also be teaching choreography from Jujutsu Kaisen’s 1st outro, Lost in Paradise. No dancing experience required! Also open to anyone interested in talking to fellow J-Pop fans!
Voltrons Back | 4:30 – 5:30 pm | PG-13
its been a few years since we’ve last heard from the paladins, but they’re back now! come join them in a journey to the past to reminisce on old memories and catch up on what they’ve missed!
Yandere 101 | 8:00 – 9:00 pm | 18+
Teaching about what a yandere is, some famous yandere, and the past and future of yandere in Japanese animation
Phantom of the Opera 2; The Importance of a Theatrical Canon | 12:00 – 1:00 pm | PG-13
Join me as I rant and rave like a mad man about Love Never Dies, the infamous sequel to Phantom of the Opera, and talk about why an established, respected canon cultivated by the playwright is one of the most essential foundational elements of the script. It is also the easiest to screw up, and we are going to see how Andrew Lloyd Webber did just that.
Star Wars Opinions and Theories | 2:00 – 2:30 pm | PG
In universe far far away… there was a panel where all are free to bring their wildest and craziest Star Wars opinions/theories. We will bring forth the opinions/theories to the Jedi Order and put them to the test.
PANEL ROOM 3 (ROOM 2325)
Florida Anime Club: Calling All Anime, Cosplay, and Gaming Enthusiasts in Florida! | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm | G
CALLING ALL ANIME, MANGA, COSPLAY, AND GAMING ENTHUSIASTS IN FLORIDA! Come learn about our Florida Anime Club – a community built across the state of Florida that focuses on everything from anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture. We coordinate both virtual and in-person events to enjoy our similar interests across North, Central and South Florida! We coordinate both virtual and in-person events to enjoy our similar interests across North, Central and South Florida! This will be Florida Anime Club’s 6th Convention Panel! During this panel, Florida Anime Club Founder and President Vix and member and IG Cosplayer @Tsunderee_ will discuss how Florida Anime Club came together, the vision and mission of our club, how to recruit locals to anime events, a presentation of Florida Anime Club’s virtual and in-person meetups, Q&A, anime games and prizes! Participants will receive a raffle ticket to win anime prizes! Florida Anime Club Come learn about our Florida Anime Club – a community built across the state of Florida that focuses on everything from anime, manga, Japanese pop culture and gaming. Example of RL events: Disney World, Disney Springs, Arcade Monsters, Soupa Saiyan, Naroodle, Florida Cons, Anime Movie Nights, Bowling, Roller Skating, Paint balling, Kayaking, Beach BBQs, Cosplay Photoshoots, and so much more! Example of Virtual Events: Among Us, Debate Nights, Super Smash Bros Tournaments, Crossplay Game Nights, Anime Nights, Disney Movie Night, Dungeons and Dragons, Mario Kart, Trivia… I can keep going but come to the panel to find out more!
A Cosplayer Goes Into a Speakeasy: Where Cosplay Meets Cabaret |
1:00 – 2:00 pm | PG-13
In many performance avenues, there are cosplayers hidden amongst the sparkle and shine of singers and lyra artists and burlesque performers. What happens when these cabaret style performers are performing IN FULL COSPLAY?! Join Della-Kate Flower from the Hoggetowne cabaret performance scene as she talks and “reveals” how the two worlds collide and how to transition your costumes back and forth from cosplay to cabaret and back again.
Power Ranger Power Hour 3 Day 1 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm | PG-13
Come join me for the 3rd Power Hour! As usual we will have alot of fun and prizes to give, so you definitely don’t want to miss out!!!
The Secret History of Anime | 7:00 – 8:00 pm | 18+
What does secret Soviet biological research have to do with Fullmetal Alchemist? Did the CIA have a hand in making Serial Experiments Lain? Join this panel as we explore the unlikely, bizarre, and downright suspicious connections between the anime we love and some of the most mysterious people and organizations in history.
Junior Night-Hunt Mayhem | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm | PG-13
The juniors of Mò Xiāng Tóng Xiù‘s Novel, Mo Dao Zu Shi (The Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation) are at the end of a (moderately) successful night-hunt, only to find themselves suddenly swept up into an inn.. and in charge of entertaining the locals?!? Come join us for games, trivia, and all sorts of shenanigans!
Behind Bubble Tea: The History and Art of Boba | 1:00 – 2:00 pm | G
Are you an avid drinker of boba? If so this is the panel for you! Grab a boba and come learn about the history and craft of creating bubble tea. In addition, learn about some of the best boba places in Florida.
Power Ranger Power Hour Day 2 | 3:00 – 4:00 pm | PG-13
Come join me for day 2 of Power Hour and have a blast….again!
PANEL ROOM 4 (ROOM 2330)
Social Deduction GameRoom | 12:30 – 1:00 pm | PG-13
Come play along for some social deduction games! Meet people, make friends, and play games like werewolf, and Spyfall!
Cartooning with Cory | 2:00 – 3:00 pm | G
In this special one-hour Cartooning with Cory workshop, illustrator Cory Laub will teach students to draw popular cartoon characters step-by-step! During the class, which will focus on characters from both anime and western cartoons, students will be engaged in lively discussion about comic books, cartoons, superheroes, and pop culture trivia! This all-ages workshop has been a hallmark of the south Florida art instruction scene for over 20 years–come join the fun!
Casual Cosplay Workshop: BYO Projects | 4:00 – 5:30 pm | PG
A cosplay workshop with cosplay guest InquisitiveMeows! Receive help and guidance from a seasoned cosplayer on your own projects. Open to all skill levels!
Let’s Break It Down! E-Sports in North/Central Florida | 12:00 – 12:30 pm | PG
Learn about competitive E-Sports at the College level and beyond from someone currently experiencing their own introduction to the system. Questions encouraged!
FNF2001: Intro to Five Nights at Freddy’s Lore | 2:00 – 3:00 pm | PG-13
A roundabout introduction to the lore of the Five Nights at Freddy’s universe. The main timeline of the games will be disseminated, with periphery subjects under the purview of the books also receiving attention. You’re all cordially invited to take this 30 minute course and you don’t even have to pay tuition. Buckle up, because everything that you thought you knew about FNAF lore from the Bite of ’87 to Purple Guy is wrong!
Intro to Armor Making | 4:00 – 5:00 pm | G
Learn the basics to get started in Foamsmithing. Avera Cosplay is known for her large detailed armor builds and will go over the ins and outs of working with eva foam. Starting with the tools you need, best practices, resources and beginer techniques. She can also answer any of your questions about foam work, thermoplastics and general armor construction.
PANEL ROOM 5 (ROOM 2335)
Strawberry bell idols – µ’s live show! | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm | G
Are you a µ’s fan? Come see strawberry bell idols perform some of your favorite µ’s songs! It’s sure to be the most upbeat and fun live show of all time!
Pokémon Trainers Unite | 1:00 – 2:00 pm | G
Join PikaBelleChu as she discusses over 25 years of Pokémon, from the anime, video games, movies, merchandise and more. Partake in trivia for prizes and fun. So grab your Pokéball and show that your a Pokémon master.
Competing in Cosplay | 3:00 – 4:00 pm | G
Get first hand tips and tricks on competing in cosplay competions from a compeition veteran. Avera Cosplay has competed in some of the largest compeitions in the country such as Blizzcon, The Crown Championships of Cosplay, Holiday Matsuri and Dragon Con. From Build Books to Hydration we will cover it all!
The Meta-Panel: A Panel About Panels | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm | PG
Spend hours viewing panels, but have no clue how to build one yourself? You’re not alone! Learn step by step how to build a panel on just about anything from the ground up!
Characters, Settings, Eras, and Ideas | 1:00 – 2:00 pm | PG
Keeping it interesting. Diverse characters, exotic settings, trips, and times, and ideas that stretch both the reader as well as the writer.
Cosplay 101 | 3:00 – 4:00 pm | G
Wanting to up your cosplay game or not sure where to start? This panel’s for you. This will be a crash course on easy ways to improve your cosplays and where to go to find good cosplay supplies. This panel will have a Q&A section as well as take home materials with the advice given.
PANEL ROOM 6 (ROOM 2355)
Genesis Dance Crew Kpop Random Dance | 4:00 – 6:00 pm | G
Genesis Dance Crew is a K-pop dance cover group based in Gainesville, FL consisting members of different backgrounds coming together over the mutual interest of dance and K-pop! Established in 2018, Genesis has strived to bring exciting and fun performances for different organizations at the University of Florida. Currently, Genesis has been honored to be a part of past events hosted by KUSA, CASA, and FSA! For future content, follow us @genesisdance_crew on Instagram, Genesis Dance Crew on YouTube, and @genesisdancecrew on TikTok.
Theatre Games and Fun! | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm | G
Hop into this panel room to have some fun playing a variety of theatre games! Practice your improv skills, show off your creativity, or just come to have a blast!
DDR Freeplay | 4:00 – 7:00 pm | PG
PANEL ROOM 7 (ROOM 2360)
So you want to be a furry/fursuit maker | 12:00 – 1:30 pm | PG
This panel is to inspire all ages and skill levels to make your own fursuit or to learn about the process of fursuit making and the ever-changing art of fursuits and it’s community
How to Make a CMV! | 3:00 – 4:00 pm | G
Ever wanted to make a music video? Cosplay or otherwise? Or have you done it before and want to bring it to the next level? Come join Rosaleigh, director and producer for both stage and video, for tips and tricks on making your ideas come to life!
How to Make A CMV: Editing | 5:00 – 6:00 pm | G
You have your footage, now what do you do with it? Join Rosaleigh, director and producer, for learning tips and tricks in editing your music videos and scenes!
PANEL ROOM 8 (ROOM 2365)
So you want to compete in cosplay? | 12:00 – 1:30 pm | G
Welcome to the world of cosplay! While cosplay is fun, exciting, and full of meeting new friends and people, there is another side of cosplaying that seems really scary to some people. That is Cosplay competitions. Cosplay competitions can be very fun, a new and enriching experience, as well as something that will help you push yourself to the next level of your cosplay journey. While comoeting in cosplay is not for everyone, i always encourage those interested in competing to give it a try! Here in this panel, we will talk about how to prepare for a competition and what to expect when your finally going into prejudging or walking the stage! We will also talk about what to watch out for with your cosplay construction or design when going into a competition. I will also have a segment towards the end to helo answer any questions you may have about competitions so i can help with more specific worries you may have!
Nuts and Bolts of the Writing Process: | 2:00 – 3:00 pm | PG
The foundations of the writing process, with a hard look at the steps to take. From the blueprints of your idea to the finished product, eager to find a buyer.
Cosplaying White Black: a Guide to being a Better Ally | 4:00 – 5:00 pm | PG
This panel will include tips and advice to keep in mind when it comes to engaging black cosplayers, and bettering yourself as an ally as well as insight into how the cosplay experience can differ for a black cosplayer vs others.
Noise Complaint – Q&A with the cast | 6:00 – 7:00 pm | G
We talk about what its like to perform at cons, be in the company, how we rehearse, and take audience questions
Webcomic Debut– Cory Laub’s “The Human Spirit” | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | PG-13
In this panel, writer and illustrator Cory Laub will debut his new webcomic, “The Human Spirit.” The story of Jerney Axelrod, a man whose death leads him to discover life, “The Human Spirit” is a supernatural action-thriller that will launch on Mr. Laub’s website, CoryLaub.com, mid-2022. Mr. Laub will discuss his comic, its characters and storylines, preview concept art and the first few strips, and talk about his general art process and the process of creating comics. Additionally, he will provide some basic instruction in storytelling techniques (both visual and written), take questions, and discuss the world and business of comics and fandom.
Accessibility in the Cosplay Scene | 4:00 – 5:00 pm | G
Join KiiCosplays for a one-hour presentation and discussion about the intersection of disability and cosplay, especially when it comes to congoing. Panel will be presented digitally.
LECTURE HALL (CHAMBER)
Professional Dance in the World of Conventions | 1:00 – 2:00 pm | G
How Noise Complaint went from an idea for a professional dance company, to a tap dance theatre company that specializes in performing at conventions. The ins and outs of being a professional tap dancer and how its different in this industry than it would be if we were more traditional
What is Dramaturgy, Anyway? | 3:00 – 4:00 pm | PG
Identity and Representation in Design | 1:00 – 2:00 pm | PG-13
GUEST PANELS (AUDITORIUM)
A History of Game Shows | 12:00 – 1:00 pm | PG
Kdramas You Should Be Watching | 2:00 – 3:00 pm | PG
Come discover the best TV South Korea has to offer with Seoulmates Podcast.
AMV Contest | 4:00 – 5:00 pm | PG
People’s Pannel Swampcon 1v1 Edition | 6:00 – 7:00 pm | PG
Match Game / HolleyWood Squares Hour | 8:00 – 10:00 pm | PG-13
The Challangers | 12:00 – 1:00 pm | PG
Guess That Kpop Tune! | 2:00 – 3:00 pm | PG
Think you know Kpop? Come guess songs for prizes and vibe out with fellow fans. Hosted by Seoulmates Podcast.