Columbia Geek Culture Gala

A Higher Class of Nerd

Columbia's First Con!

Only at a school like Columbia College Chicago - the largest private arts school in the Midwest - could student organizations be less about Greek pride and sports and more about sci-fi television, anime and manga, and the wizarding world. For the first time, CCC Japanese Anime and Manga, Columbia Whovians, and Muggles Association of Columbia present Columbia’s first “convention”: Columbia Geek Culture Gala.

Happening the weekend before the city of Chicago’s C2E2, CG2 is a student-made con on a smaller scale (and with an art school twist). We will have special guests from Chicago’s entertainment community and beyond, utilizing Columbia’s own alumni network. Panels, screenings, games, and an “Artist Alley’ for Columbia’s creators to showcase their work. And of course, we’ll have a cosplay contest - Columbia style.

While the three student organizations in charge bring something unique to the mix, all celebrate discussion, debate, creativity, diversity, and discovery of new art and popular culture. CG2 is a day for us to bring that together, with the help of other interest groups, to make connections, explore our industries, find new fandoms, and geek out.

Above all, we are ready to unite for a unique student-made event for the “higher class of nerd” in all of us.

This event is to raise money for Child's Play:

This event is free to all Columbia Students, Faculty, and Alumni. For non-Columbia students there will be a $5 suggested donation.

CG2 (Columbia Geek Culture Gala)

Saturday, April 19th, 11am-4pm

1104 S Wabash


For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.

Schedule of Events

For full description of panels, screenings, and panelist bios refer to this flier: (link here)

Main Events

11am to 4pm
  • 10:45 - 11:15am...Check-In
  • 11:10 - 4:00pm...Panels & Screenings (see room schedule)
  • 11(?) - 4(?)...Artist Alley booths open
  • 2:10 - 2:35...Improv Show/Panel Break
  • (?) - (?)...Cosplay Contest ends

Cosplay Contest

Whether you're live role-playing, dressed to kill, or just have an awesome costume to show off, enter in our COSPLAY CONTEST!

Sign your cosplay up at CHECK-IN. Attendees will vote on the best. Winners announced at (???????). First place receives (???????). Second and third place receive (????????).

Artist "Diagon" Alley

An opportunity for students, alumni, and more to show off their creative work, network, and gain fans and followers! Come see some of the work our students have done as well as get more info on our clubs, attendees, and sponsors.

Kings' Landing (Screening Theater)

  • 11:10 - 12:00 Anime Shorts: "Little Witch Academia" & "Death Billards" presented by CCC Japanese Anime and Manga
  • 12:10 - 12:45 Doctor Who Fan Film: "The Doctor's Dream" Screening and Q&A
  • 1:00 - 1:20 Potter Puppet Pals (& other Potter parodies) presented by Muggles Association of Columbia
  • 1:30 - 2:20 X-Files: The Pilot presented by Columbia Critics Society
  • 2:30 - 3:50 MST3k: Space Mutiny presented by

Cyberman Room (801A)

  • 11:10 - 11:45 Shark Tornadoes and Bird Epidemics: The Science of Good Bad Movies with Justin Widerski and Columbia Critics Society
  • 11:55 - 12:35 Big Ideas, Small Budget with Eric Lauryn of CCC Japanese Anime & Manga (JAM)
  • 12:45 - 1:25 It's a Real Robot!!! No, it's a Super Robot!!! with CCC Japanese Anime & Manga (JAM)
  • 1:30 - 2:10 Queer Representation in Visual Storytelling with Common Ground
  • 2:40 - 4:00 Exploring Online TV Fandom with Watercooler Journal

Charizard Room (801B)

  • 11:10 - 11:45 Osamu Tezuka: Godfather of Manga with CCC Japanese Anime & Manga (JAM)
  • 11:55 - 1:25 The Uhura Solution: Diversity in Sci-Fi with Greg Baldino,
  • 1:30 - 2:10 Anime Issues: The Geek Behind the Wheel with CCC Japanese Anime & Manga
  • 2:40 - 3:15 Gaming @ CG2

S.H.I.E.L.D Room (801C)

11:10 - 11:45 Shippers Anonymous with Tayler Reed and Tabitha Rees of Muggles Association of Columbia
11:55 - 12:35 Over and Underrated Movies with Justin Widerski and Columbia Critics Society
12:45 - 1:25 Zombies in History with Crystal Carrazco of Columbia Whovians and ....
1:30 - 2:10 Something "Not Natural" with Jess Kugler and Casey Sue Gillespie
2:40 - 4:00 The Nerdologues! Nerd Improv, Podcasting, & more with Kevin Reader & co. of the Nerdologues

The Room of Requirement (803)

  • 11:10 - 11:45 Three Fates Games: Tips for New Designers with
  • 12:45 - 1:25 Japanese Horror vs. Film with Justin Widerski and CCC Japanese Anime and Manga (JAM)
  • 1:30 - 2:10 Treat Galaxy 5,000 with
  • 2:40 - 3:15 The Comeback of Sherlock Holmes with Gordon (??) of Chicago Nerd Social Club and "I Hear of Sherlock" and Daina (???)
  • 3:20 - 4:00 Anime Issues: The Magical Girl Phenomenon with CCC Japanese Anime and Manga

About Us

CCC Japanese Anime and Manga (JAM)

Meetings: Tuesdays from 7pm-10pm in the 600 Building Rm. 101 (Ferguson Theater)
Upcoming Events: ...

JAM unites students in the celebration and exploration of Japanese comic books and animated films. A diverse body of club members provides a variety of academic and artistic lenses with which to examine art and narration. Together we work to improve, reach, and grasp subjects of mutual interest.

Columbia Whovians

Meetings: Fridays from 4pm-6pm in the 600 Building Rm. 921 Lecture Hall
Upcoming Events: ..

The Columbia Whovians host weekly Doctor Who and Whoniverse-based viewing parties, discussions, trivia nights, and debates. We aim to use Doctor Who as a medium to keep creativity alive as it pushes us to stretch our imagination, reevaluate the human race, and enhance our sense of adventure.

Muggles Association of Columbia

Meetings: Tuesdays @ 3:30 to 5:00 in the Loft
Upcoming Events: "A Very Potter Sequel" screening, Quidditch @ Manifest

The Muggles Association of Columbia brings the magical world of Harry Potter to life by creating a fun environment filled with in-depth discussions, debates, activities, parties, and spreading the fantasy of Harry Potter throughout Columbia College Chicago and its community. Wizards, Witches, and Muggles are all welcomed!

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