These are the times and descriptions of all panels being hosted at this year’s con. The schedule is subject to change as the date of the con approaches. All panels are kid friendly and open to all attendees.


Cecil Con Contact:

Cecil College
Shawn Markey

Phone: 443-907-1451

If you would like to host a panel at the convention then please fill out the application. We’d like to have you attend to make Cecil Con a success!


Room A (Tech Center: Room 218)

Mario's Timeline - Panel - Cecil ConMario’s Timeline

Time: 12-12:50pm
Category: Video Gaming

In recent years Nintendo tried their best efforts to put the Legend of Zelda franchise in a chronological order which left some fans feeling unresolved. So what if someone tried to put Mario’s timeline together? Would fans be elated or would it break into controversy? Panelist Brandon S. Boas decided to do the unthinkable – try his best to actually figure out Mario’s Timeline. Join in this fun discussion which takes your through Mario’s history and through the many pipes he’s traveled.

Panelist: Brandon S. Boas
Brandon is the Video Game Master at Cecil Con – find him in the Video Game Center.

Speedrunning: The Panel

Time: 11-11:50am
Category: Video Gaming

Speedrunnning has captivated many gamers, causing them to push games well past their intended limits. In this interactive panel our host Bregermann will take you on a journey into speedrunning answering such questions as what speedrunning is, why people partake in it and how to choose a game to run. Technical questions such as setup and using programs such as LiveSplit and OBS to maximize the quality of your experience will also be covered. All this and quite possibly a live speedrun await!

Panelists: Jeremy Bregermann
Find Jeremy in the Video Game Center where he’ll be at the Luna Wolf Studios booth showcasing ‘Habberdashery’ and many other awesome games!

Q & A with the Angry Video Game Nerd

Time: 4-4:50pm
Category: Video Games

Angry Video Game Nerd (AVGN) is an American comedy retrogaming web series, created by and starring James Rolfe. The series centers on Rolfe’s character “The Nerd”, a short-tempered and foul-mouthed video game fanatic who delivers commentary on retro games he considers to be of poor quality. While the series began with Rolfe simply playing games while delivering a running commentary, the show would eventually grow in scope to encompass sketches featuring guest characters, reviews of gaming consoles and peripherals, and short lectures about video game history and culture.

Angry Video Game Nerd is considered one of the pioneers of internet review videos, being highly influential on the style and format of subsequent video reviewers as well as being responsible for helping to bring the concept into the mainstream

Panelist: James Rolfe a.k.a. The Angry Video Game Nerd
James is signing autographs at his table in the Vendor Hall from 12:30-3:30pm.

Room B (Phys Ed Room 221)

For the Love of Baord Games - Cecil Con North East, MDRunning a Kickstarter:
Board Game Insights

Time: 12-12:50am
Category: Writing/Tabletop

Erin Dean’s book is a milestone in the tabletop community. “For the Love of Board Games” was a successful 2018 Kickstarter project collecting passionate interviews Erin had with famous modern designers. Ask Questions and learn about both gaming and the writing process.

Panelists: Erin Dean, Matt Lowder
Erin Dean has a table in the Vendor Hall with books available for sale and signings. Stop by and visit her!

Haiku and Beyond: A History and How-To of Japanese Poetry

Time: 1-1:50pm
Category: Creative Writing

Most people have heard of the Haiku, but Japanese poetry had a history of over 1000 years before the Haiku took the form we know it as today. The publishers of Local Gems Press will explore the history of Japanese poetry and discuss the forms.

Panelists: James P. Wagner, Nick Hale
Local Gems Press has a table in the Artist/Author Alley with books available for sale and signings. Stop by and visit them!

Fantasist Enterprises - Cecil Con Vendor HallFiction Fundamentals: Hook ’Em Fast—Crafting an Opening Scene to Grab Agents, Editors, and Readers

Time: 2-2:50pm
Category: Writing

What makes an opening scene of a short story or novel effective? How do you “hook” a reader from the beginning and keep them reading more? In this workshop, editor, publisher, and educator W. H. Horner will work with participants to analyze effective opening scenes of published short stories and novels. By examining what works, participants will add effective techniques to their writing repertoire in order to craft opening scenes that will grab and keep the attention of agents, editors, and readers alike.

Panelists: William H. Horner
William is at the Fantasist Enterprises table in the Artist/Author Alley with books available for sale and signings. Stop by and visit him!

Illustration by the amazing Sheila Sunshine – find her in the Artist Alley

Pink is the Leader

Time: 3-3:50pm
Category: Animation

Think Pink! Panelist Meredith S. K. Boas takes you on an all pink odyssey from 80’s to present day animated favorites, exploring the power of pink and why it’s the (hair) color of so many female leaders. Let’s talk about Moon Dreamers, Rose Petal Place, Jem and the Holograms, Madoka Magica, Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Trolls, My Little Pony, Glitter Force, all the way to Power Rangers, Care Bears, Rainbow Brite, Sailor Moon, and beyond.

Panelist: Meredith S. K. Boas
Meredith is the Cecil Con Event Coordinator and owner of Grunge Muffin Designs.