Over the years SMASH! has been the proud host of many amazing and insightful panels and workshops. Ranging from guests to cosplay, and academics to art, there is something for everyone! Check out some of our past panels and workshops below.

2016 Panels

Colour Lab (Colour Theory For Beginners)

Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm 
Date: Sunday, August 21st
Location: Panels Room

Description coming soon!

Comic/Manga Scriptwriting for Beginners

Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
Date: Saturday, August 20th
Location: The Classroom

In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of comic and manga scriptwriting--structure, formats, panel descriptions, dialogue/captions, and different styles of scriptwriting (Alan Moore vs. Marvel method). We will also work through some of the aspects of the visual language of comics--types of shots, page layouts (grids, panel counts per page, splash pages, double page spreads, etc.) and panel transitions, as well as having a go at writing a comic script.

Cosplay Bullying

Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm 
Date: Saturday, August 20th
Location: Panels Room

Listen in on a panel revolving around the key issues of bullying, in particular, addressed to cosplayers. Our panelist, a cosplayer since 2007, talks about her experiences and thoughts on the very nature of this topic and how we need to raise awareness to everyone in order to become stronger as a community.

Cosplay Life Drawing

Times: 
11:00am - 12:00pm
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Dates: Saturday, August 20th & Sunday, August 21st
Location: The Classroom

What's it about, you ask? Well, have you ever wondered what happens when you combine cosplay with drawing? It's exactly what it sounds like!

We invite local cosplayers to lend their time and their wonderful costumes to pose for a drawing session for our young, hopeful artists. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned artist, drawing from real life is excellent practice and a fun way to learn about drawing the human figure. 

Cosplay Photography Panel

Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm 
Date: Saturday, August 20th
Location: Panels Room

Cosplay and photography have gone hand in hand since the beginning. Here we go through what's involved in a successful cosplay shoot, share our experiences over the years and we'll also do a mini shoot to show how easy it can be! Beyond the costume itself, we'll also discuss other important aspects such as shoot location, gear, etiquette and any possible weird situations you should be prepared for. Come along and see how the magic is done!

Down the rabbit hole in CLAMP world! (Dissecting CLAMP)

Time: 10:00am - 11:00am 
Date: Saturday, August 20th
Location: Panels Room

CLAMP fans let's have fun fangirling/ fanboying, analyzing and also talking about our pet peeves! Everyone is welcome though, so just jump in and get to know these amazing artists.

The first 10 attendees will get a small bag of Oreos, so make sure you come a bit earlier. Come to participate in quizzes, too, and win a Mokona plushie!

Evolution of Cats in Japanese Imagery by Dr. Bryce

Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Date: Sunday, August 21st
Location: Mini Stage

Why cats? Why neko-mimi? What are they and why do they intrigue us? Today’s societies are penetrated by diverse imagery of cats, from the most famous cat, Hello Kitty, Jiji in Kiki’s Delivery Service, Chiyo’s father in Azumanga Daioh, Nyanko sensei in Natsume Yūjincho, to a girl neko-mimi who helps you learn quantum theories. 
This panel will look at a wide range of imagery of cats in manga, anime and character goods and examine the metaphorical significances, along with the related concept of moe, to explore the perception of self, others and human relationships.

Gender representations in Otome Games by Dr. Sumiko Iida

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm 
Date: Saturday, August 20th
Location: Panels Room

Tune in with Dr. Sumiko Iida on her introduction to Japanese pop culture products and what we can learn from them. She will be presenting part of her study in regards to gender representation in otome games where attendees can share their opinion on the differences in male and female representation and the extent that societal influence has in these games.

Go! Go! Nihon - Live and Study in Japan

Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Date: Sunday, August 21st
Location: Mini Stage

Go! Go! Nihon is a free support service that helps students that have always dreamed of living and studying in Japan. We provide assistance with helping you pick the perfect school, navigating the confusing visa application process, as well as, tons of additional support before and after you come to Japan. At this presentation, you'll learn more about how to succeed in Japan as a student and beyond.

Goldy Armour-Making Workshop

Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm 
Date: Sunday, August 21st
Location: The Classroom

Description coming soon!

Hachioji P Panel

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Date: Saturday, August 20th
Location: Mini Stage

The ‘Prince of Vocaloid’, Hachioji P is a an internationally recognised music creator, remixer and DJ of Vocaloid music. Having recently performed for the Miku Expo in the US, Hachioji P will not only be performing at the SMASH! 10th Anniversary Event, but will be hosting a panel about his work too!

Haikyuu Q&A

Time: 10:00am - 11:00am 
Date: Sunday, August 21st
Location: Panels Room

Haikyuu is a volleyball anime with a unique cast of characters. Hosts of this panel will be roleplaying the characters of Haikyuu and giving the audience a chance to interact with these characters. Audience members will be able to ask the characters a series of questions that they would like answered. Along with this, there will be a sequence of small interactive games to participate in with the chance of winning a prize from the hosts of this panel. All Haikyuu fans and cosplayers are encouraged to come and participate in this panel with us.

How to become a Professional Video Game Artist by Katie Huang

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Date: Sunday, August 21st
Location: Mini Stage

This panel focuses on the very intricate nature of the Video Game Industry. Anyone who’s curious about the following should most definitely see this panel!
- Katie’s 7 years of personal experience as a game artist.
- Design process in the Games industry from start to finish (Initial Prototype/ Pre-production/ Assets Production/Compilation/Polish)
- Design Thinking in games (Gameplay requirement/ World building / Design Principles)
- Design Requirement & Differences between different genres (2D vs 3D, Platform & hardware, genre...etc)
- What type of artist would be suitable for the gaming industry (How to break down your strength & weakness and know which industry to get into)
- What do people look for in portfolios, and tips on building your career as an artist in the game industry.
- How to get Anime-related jobs in the game industry.

Hyouka & Sora no Woto: Historiographer's glasses on!

Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm 
Date: Saturday, August 20th
Location: Panels Room

This panel explores how modern historiographers work and the concept of trauma through the anime Hyouka and Sora no Woto. If you thought history was boring, give it a second chance now!

The attendees will get in a lottery for a 20$ Kinokuniya gift card.

International Exchange through Sub-Cultures with Goldy

Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm 
Date: Saturday, August 20th
Location: The Classroom

Exploring Japanese popular culture’s role as an international communication tool that transcends language and can encourage even more overseas guests to visit Japan.

Itasha Panel

Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm 
Date: Saturday, August 20th
Location: Panels Room

Francis Zhang discusses the intricate concept of Itasha Cars and the details behind the making of an Itasha car. 

Japanese Fashion Show

Time: 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Date: Saturday, August 20th
Location: Mini Stage

Get a glimpse into the whimsical world of j-fashion, with a showcase of everything cool and kawaii, from the frills and elegance of lolita to the poppy pastel sweetness of fairy kei and everything in between! Our cute models will show off a variety of different styles, while we give you insights about the fashion and tips and tricks on how to put together a perfect look.

Japanese Fashion Sub-Cultures

Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm 
Date: Saturday, August 20th
Location: Panels Room

Ever looked up images of Japanese fashion and thought to yourself ‘How do I replicate this, and where on earth could I get it from?’ This panel has you covered! From ‘Ganguro’ to ‘Shironuri’, you will find all of the information you need to begin your inspiring fashion adventure! We will be discussing outstanding figures within the Japanese fashion sub-culture community, the general rules that define different Japanese fashion sub-cultures, and how this creativity has been appropriated within Australia.

Lolita Fashion - Current trends in style, make-up and brands

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm 
Date: Sunday, August 21st
Location: Panels Room

Lolita Fashion has changed dramatically over the last decade thanks to a technological boom. With trends shifting from the classic over-the-top look to a more mature defined style, a growth in independent brands both locally and internationally and the changing face of Harajuku culture, the latest trends can be hard to keep up with. Luckily, the Lolitas of the Sydney Lolita Community are here to help!

This panel will bring you up to speed with the current trends in Lolita fashion, provide makeup tips, tell you how to survive online sales, auctions and an explanation on navigating Taobao and explore some of the less discussed topics surrounding Lolita fashion.

This will include a short showcase of the current trends in Lolita Fashion accompanied with a discussion, tips on co-coordinating the current styles of Lolita fashion, a live makeup tutorial, a discussion of the public perception of Lolita, our own take on why we wear Lolita with some myth busting and following with a Q&A to round out the panel.
Attendees will also have the chance to win a secret prize!

Madman Industry Panel

Time: 11:30pm - 12:30pm
Date: Sunday, August 21st
Location: Mini Stage

Description coming soon!

Painting with Concept Artist, Evan Shipard

Times/Dates:
4:00pm - 5:00pm, Saturday, August 20th
3:00pm - 4:00pm, Sunday, August 21st
Location: The Classroom

Evan Shipard is a professional concept artist, illustrator and digital matte painter from Sydney, Australia. Evan has worked for some of the biggest visual effects companies and studios in the world, within the areas of both post and pre–production. His list of film projects include 300, X-men Origins: Wolverine, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer and many more. Evan recently finished working as a concept artist on the new sequel in the Alien franchise with director, Ridley Scott. Evan will demonstrate the tips and tricks he uses to paint a piece of conceptual artwork, by using a live model as a starting point. The workshop will comprise of two sessions. The first session will focus on the drawing of the image, and the second session will involve the painting of the image in a traditional medium. Don't miss this awesome opportunity to learn from one of Australia's foremost Concept Artists during a live demonstration!

Pop Culture Journalism: Getting Started In The Industry

Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm 
Date: Sunday, August 21st
Location: Panels Room

Being a 2-year old Japanese pop culture website that has started from nothing and has worked it's way up to somewhat successful - having made contacts with representatives from Madman Entertainment, Bandai Namco Games, Nintendo, etc - we at SnapThirty feel as though we could teach audiences at SMASH! exactly what they need to start their own online pop culture-centric publication, giving them the information and confidence to make a start on something they have been dreaming about for years of their life.

Starting a Sewing Kit - The Essentials and Beyond

Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm 
Date: Sunday, August 21st
Location: Panels Room

Want to start sewing your own cosplays or outfits?  Walk into a fabric store and feel overwhelmed?  Why are there 4 different types of needles for a sewing machine?  Why do I need a pair of fabric scissors and some for paper?  Do I even need a sewing machine? Come and learn what the basic skeleton of a Sewing Kit looks like and what you'll need to start off, or if you already have the basics see what can help make your sewing experience smoother.

The BentoNet: Publishing in Print and Global Distribution by Queenie Chan

Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm
Date: Saturday, August 20th
Location: Mini Stage

"The BentoNet" is a new book retail website that is designed to connect small press publishers with indie bookstores. If you list your books on this website, customers can buy the books and then pick them up in a participating bookstore of your choosing. It runs entirely off print-on-demand, which allows the printing of a single book in whichever continent is closest to your customer. "The BentoNet" aims to be an online marketplace that will raise awareness of indie books and comics, and to give creators a cheap way to distribute their work globally. Come along and learn more about print-on-demand, and how "The BentoNet" works!

The Five Minute Cosplay Challenge!

Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm 
Date: Saturday, August 20th
Location: The Classroom

Seasoned cosplayers will know the struggle of making, fixing or repairing a costume at the last possible minute. Nothing motivates a cosplayer like a looming deadline. Five-minute cosplay is the panel that puts these last-minute cosplay skills to the test. This panel will be running live games which small groups of contestants will compete. A theme will be shown on the screen and contestants have 5 minutes to recreate that theme using the unique materials provided. It could be a disaster or it could be a masterpiece? There will be duct tape and safety pins flying everywhere. So come along to the panel to either watch or participate. Who knows what excitement can happen in just 5 minutes.

About the panellist:
Rob Bukey is a cosplayer, comedian, YouTuber and nerd. He was once kicked out at Supanova for spilling cabbages all over the floor. My Cabbages!

The Great Yaoi Debate

Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Date: Saturday, August 20th
Location: Mini Stage

Come join us as we tackle issues important to the yaoi-loving community, debating critical topics such as bishounen and friendship.

These life-changing, community pillars will be fought over at the Absolute, somewhat Great, Yaoi Debate.

Be aware, this is a gathering of Yaoi fans, earmuffs may be advised.

The old is the new: Hanabi (fireworks) in Manga/Anime by Dr. Bryce

Time: 9:30am - 10:30am
Date: Sunday, August 21st
Location: Mini Stage

Chime into a friendly discussion with Dr. Bryce on her concept on the integration of “the old and the new” in reference to Hanabi (fireworks) in Japanese pop culture. Today, hanabi displays have regained life, not only due to aesthetic appreciation but also by providing an empathetic site for intimacy. Shy young couples in yukata (cotton kimono) may touch hands for the first time, whilst they are looking up at the stunning eruption of ‘flowers of fire’. Today’s hanabi events are similar to a site for cosplay or temporal theme parks where participants enjoy the experience of the old culture, as their own.

Tips to Improve your Cosplay Skit

Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm 
Date: Sunday, August 21st
Location: The Classroom

Each year cosplay competitions are inundated with skits ranging from dance, song, drama and comedy. Often many acts fall short on impressing judges or lack elements that prevent them from winning the prize. This panel will provide practical tips on how to create the WOW factor in your acts and leave audiences impressed well after you leave the stage.  You will also get an opportunity to get in groups and present a short skit of your own! All participants will receive prizes!

WCS Australia Team Report Panel

Time: 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Date: Saturday, August 20th
Location: Mini Stage

Hosted by the returning WCS team, who will present their journey in Japan and their experience meeting other cosplayers and perform at the WCS Championship. Future teams shouldn’t miss this chance to get cosplay tips and advice!

Working as a Concept Artist in the Australian Film Industry

Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
Date: Saturday, August 20th
Location: Panels Room

Wayne Haag will share his extensive experience working on major Hollywood films such as The Wolverine and Maze Runner. Wayne is one of Australia's foremost concept artists. His credits include The Fifth Element, and the first two The Lord of the Rings films. Wayne is currently working at Fox Studios on a new film in the Alien franchise with director, Ridley Scott. Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear about how blockbuster films are made from the ground up!
Wayne will present an overview of his work with a slide show of awesome visuals. In addition to the presentation, Wayne, and his co-host, Paul Bajada, will provide invaluable insights about how to break into the industry.  Both Wayne and Paul are instructors at a new commercial illustration school in Sydney called Production Art Department, or PAD for short. Wayne and Paul will discuss the importance of learning the principles that enable you to draw believable characters and environments directly from your imagination.

Yuegene Fay Wig & Makeup Tutorials

Wig Tutorial - Time: 10:30am - 11:30am, Saturday, August 20th
Makeup Tutorial - 10:30am - 11:30am, Sunday, August 21st
Location: Mini Stage

After making her debut back in the early 2000s, Yuegene Fay is now an internationally renowned cos­player, having portrayed an extensive range of characters across manga, anime, gaming, and music. These cosplays include Mikasa Ackerman from Attack on Titan, Kamui Gakupo from Vocaloid, and Rin Matsuoka from Free!. Come join her for tutorials on cosplay wigs & makeup!

Yuri Panel

Time: 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Date: Sunday, August 21st
Location: Panels Room

Girls, girls, girls! Maybe with a side of extra girls.
Come along and have some fun discussing yuri across various media.

Yuri: It's more than just illicit content and salacious videos.

Come along and join our knowledgeable panel as we discuss Yuri and its place in popular culture and the media.

This is a fun discussion panel, but be warned, you may just learn something.

Please be aware that this is a mature panel.

Previous Years

Anime Funerals

It’s the panel that puts the FUN into Funeral. You won’t make it to the end of your favourite anime series without one of the characters you love dying. But do we stop to process our grief? Well, Anime Funerals is a panel that lets you reminisce the life and death of your favourite anime characters. Come and share that character’s life achievements, what that character meant to you and your reaction to their death. Together we can get through this!

Anime and Video Game Music

This panel will examine the relationship between your favourite music and the roles they play in your favourite anime series and video games. Why is it so important? From Anime OP’s that you love to sing/scream at the top of your lungs in the shower or car, to the memorable character themes and boss battle music from the most intense RPG’s, our panelists, who all study music at a university level, will discuss what makes good and bad music for each medium, as well as our own favourite pieces from various anime and games, and why we love theme.

Anime Aerobics

Ever wanted to bust a move to an anime soundtrack? Maybe twist and shout in your favourite cosplay outfit? What if you could do both WHILE getting in shape? Come join Covert Fangirl as she leads you through a beginners aerobics class tailored for the ultimate fan! With a soundtrack full of upbeat anime and video game music, this class will definitely get your energy levels beyond 9000!

Drawing Skills: Anatomy

Draw attention to your work for all the right reasons by learning to draw anatomically correct figures. This session will highlight common mistakes in drawing the body in manga, and will show how to correct them. Practice techniques during the session to improve poses and facial construction, and bring your own work for feedback. Make sure it is your manga style people notice, not your implausible anatomy.

Making Manga Workshop

This insightful workshop headed by Sydney Comics Guild members Alex Hammond and Han Nguyen will cover the basics of what is so unique about the visual language of comics and Japanese manga, and will give a practical demonstration on how to select comic panels and how to lay out each page and panel to tell a story.

Cosplay Props, Armour and 3D Printing

Making the armour and props of your favourite character can be tricky to get right, not to mention expensive. But not to worry! Join Jarrah Brouwer, Chris Wolfe, Newton Thaiposri and Kayla Erin in this panel for tips on the best way of making the armour and props for your cosplay and the use of 3D printing in the preparation of a cosplay.

Introduction to Cosplay

Are you interested in Cosplay but don’t know where to begin? Do you want to start cosplaying but it looks too expensive for you? Well look no further! This Cosplay panel is for you! Cosplaying is a hard hobby to tackle with no experience, from props to costumes to wigs - we don’t really know where to start! This panel will break down the Cosplay process to easier steps and help cosplayers who are on a budget make their cosplay on pocket change (maybe not literally).

Cats in Japanese Imagery

Why cats? Why neko-mimi? What are they and why do they intrigue us? From the likes of Hello Kitty, Chiyo’s father in Azumanga Daioh, and Nyanko-sensei in Natsume Yūjincho, to a generic neko-mimi girl who helps you learn quantum theories, cats have a wide range of diverse imagery that we have all come to recognise in popular media and culture. As pets, they have been with us for a long time and have inspired the creation of diversified icons in society. Apart from looking at the wide range of cat imagery Japanese popular culture, this panel will also examine the related concept of moe, exploring the perception of self, others and human relationships.