Convention and Speaking Schedule

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Upcoming events:

JULY 21-24, 2016: San Diego Comic-Con

comicconSuperhero IRL: How Pop Culture Media Brings Justice and Healing (Thursday, July 21: 6:30 -7:30pm) Room 24ABC

Can caped crusaders inspire you to find your inner courage? Calling on top TV and film celebs to rally to end bullying at Pop Culture Hero Coalition’s panel. Experts in psychology and human rights activism will discuss practical strategies to navigate harassment, both online and IRL. Panelists include award-winning author and Coalition co-founder Carrie Goldman (Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear), Andrea Letamendi, Ph.D. (psychologist, The Arkham Sessions), Janina Scarlet, Ph.D. (author, Superhero Therapy), Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley (founders, NOH8 Campaign), Kate Langrall Folb (director, USC Hollywood, Health & Society), United Nations Association president Bettina Hausmann, and Coalition founder Chase Masterson (Star Trek, The Flash).

comicconHollyweird Science: Science Fiction as Inspiration (Thursday, July 21: 7:00 -8:00pm) Room 5AB

While the scientific accuracy depicted in television and film has increasingly come under the microscope in the past decade, science fiction and science-themed productions serve the scientific community in ways other than as entertaining lessons. Many scientists point to series like Star Trek and films like 2001 as their inspiration for choosing their careers. Even the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is looking to Hollywood to inspire America to go to Mars. The panelists share their favorite sci-fi films and TV series (including guilty pleasures), as well as what those productions have meant to them in their careers. Featuring Zack Stentz (The Flash, Lore), Amy Berg (Counterpart, Eureka), Kevin Grazier, Ph.D. (Gravity, Battlestar Galactica), Phil Plait, Ph.D. (Bad Universe, 51 Degrees North), Jessica Cail, Ph.D. (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Zootopia), Andrea Letamendi, Ph.D. (Under the Mask, The Arkham Sessions), and Helen Stringer, (The Gloaming, Paradigm). Session moderated by Aaron Sagers (Syfy Blastr).

comicconRise of the Fangirls: Women in Recent Geek Culture (Saturday, July 23: 11:00 -12:00pm) Room 25ABC

In 2010, nine women gathered onstage in front of a packed and engaged crowd at Comic-Con International to dispel the myth that “Geek Girls, like unicorns, don’t exist.” The subsequent six years have seen an explosion in female representation in geek spaces. Surveys tracking attendance numbers at fan-based events, as well as data regarding women gamers and comic book readers, are suggestive of gender parity within geek culture. Headlines coming out of Comic-Con itself proclaim that “women totally dominate” the event and that we are experiencing the rise of fangirls. But how far have women in geek culture really come since that landmark “Geek Girls Exist” panel? Andrea Letamendi (Pop Culture Hero Coalition), Jamie Broadax (Black Girl Nerds), Kristin Rielly (Geek Girls Network), Suzanne Scott (UT-Austin), Sam Maggs (Bioware, Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy), Marie Poole (Lone Shark Games), and moderator Jennifer K. Stuller (GeekGirlCon, Ink-Stained Amazon) talk about what interventions are being made in the culture, what areas still need work, and what the fangirl future holds.

comicconThe Psychology of the Marvel TV Universe (Saturday, July 23: 7:00-8:00pm) Room 5AB

They’re from different eras. They operate in different parts of the world, not to mention, occasionally, different dimensions! And they fight different villains, sometimes reluctantly. Yet, they’re all very much connected through the same universe and many of the same experiences, including trauma, adversity, and self-discovery. Television writers Craig Titley (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Lindsey Allen (Agent Carter), Christos Gage (Marvel’s Daredevil), and Scott Reynolds (Jessica Jones) join Dr. Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions) to explore the dramatic psychology of the Marvel TV Universe. Moderated by Brian Ward (The Arkham Sessions).

ozOcrqBmThe Arkham Sessions Meet ‘n Greet! (Saturday, July 23: 12:30-1:30pm) Small Press Pavilion, Table Q-12

Join The Arkham Sessions podcast co-hosts Brian Ward and Dr. Andrea Letamendi for this Meet ‘n Greet event at the Fanbase Press booth! Bring your Batman & Psychology questions, record your own submission to the show, or just come say hi! We would love to see you!

See past events for examples of private and public lectures, seminars and panel presentations.

Past events:

MARCH 25-27, 2016: WonderCon (Los Angeles, CA)

Finding Your Inner Superhero: How Pop Culture Media Brings Justice and Healing (Fri 12:00-1:00pm) Room 502B.  Can caped crusaders inspire you to find your inner courage? The Pop Culture Hero Coalition presents a powerful discussion about real-life heroism with a spotlight on Paul Dini and his powerful, soon to be released autobiographical graphic novel Dark Night: A True Batman Story (Vertigo, June 2016). Dini (Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond) will be joined by experts in psychology, education, and human rights activism. The panel will explore topics such as bullying, online harassment, hate crimes, and other interpersonal adversities. Ann Burroughs (Amnesty chairman of the board) will be joining United Nations Association president Bettina Hausmann (Global Ted Fellow), Suleiman Bahkit (founder, Aranim Comics, Hero Factor), Dr. Andrea Letamendi (host, The Arkham Sessions, Under the Mask), and coalition founder Chase Masterson (Star Trek, The Flash). Join this riveting discussion on how fictional characters in comics, film, and TV can teach us to overcome bullying and become heroes in our everyday lives!

Hollyweird Science (Fri 5:00-6:00pm) Room 502B.  For science fiction productions, there is an implied bargain between the screenwriter and the audience: “Suspend your disbelief on one or two fantastic notions, and other parts of the story will be grounded in the believable.” The genre is predicated on the expectation of one or two key inaccuracies per story. In recent years, however, both experts and fans have been nitpicking even the fundamental story conceits of films such as Gravity, Interstellar, and The Martian. From the “anything goes” storytelling approach of 1950s and 1960s sci-fi, these panelists will explore whether or not the science accuracy pendulum of audience expectation has swung too far in the other direction. Panelists are Jaime Paglia (showrunner Eureka, Scream), Deric A. Hughes (Warehouse 13, The Flash), Kevin R. Grazier, Ph.D. (science advisor, Gravity, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), Jessica Cail, Ph.D. (science advisor, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Zootopia), and Andrea Letamendi, Ph.D. (clinical psychologist, The Arkham Sessions, Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics).

The Psychology of the Marvel TV Universe (Fri 6:00-7:00pm) Room 502B.  They’re heroes from different eras. They operate in different parts of the world, not to mention occasionally different dimensions! And they fight different villains, sometimes reluctantly. Yet, they’re all very much connected through the same universe and many of the same experiences, including trauma, adversity, and self-discovery. Writers D. J. Doyle (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Jose Molina and Lindsey Allen (Agent Carter), Scott Reynolds (Jessica Jones, Iron Fist) and Christos Gage (Daredevil) join Dr. Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions) to explore the dramatic psychology of the Marvel TV Universe. Moderated by Brian Ward (The Arkham Sessions).

Not Your Sidekick: Heroes of Color Take Center Stage (Fri 7:00-8:00pm) Room 502B.  From Marvel’s Kamala Khan to Star Wars‘s Finn, characters of color are finally taking on the pilot’s seat/captain’s chair/chosen one’s mantle and being positioned front and center in entertainment. But how far has it come and how far does it still have to go? A dynamic group of creators and expert commentators who have all had a hand in crafting powerful protagonists of color will discuss issues of representation and authenticity, writing from their experiences, the unique pressure put on diverse characters, and how audiences can best support these characters to usher in a whole new era of POC heroes. With Marc Bernardin (Genius), Shalisha Francis (Minority Report), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The 100, The Middleman), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex) and Dr. Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions).

 

FEBRUARY 13-14, 2016: San Diego Comic Fest

Screen shot 2016-03-13 at 12.47.57 PMThe Mock Trial of the Winter Soldier – The Prosecution (The Avengers) and the Defense (The Defenders) teams will battle it out to decide whether James “Bucky” Barnes was unable to appreciate the wrongfulness of his acts in Captain America: The Winter Soldier due to, as the law defines it, “a severe mental disease or defect.” Presided over by a real judge, United States Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal, and featuring real psychologists as expert witnesses, the mock trial will be a huge exercise in law, psychology and ethics.

OCTOBER 10, 2015: ConTV LIVE at New York Comic Con!

con-tvPanel: How to be a Professional Geek

Day: Saturday, October 10 @ 1pm

Panelists: Dr. Andrea Letamendi, Jennifer Landa, & George Shaw (hosted by Tony Kim & Erin Darling)

 

 

OCTOBER 3, 2015: Pomona Reads! A Celebration of Books

maxresdefaultPanel: Why Kids Should Read Comics

Day: Saturday, October 3, at NOON PST

Panelists: Marv Wolfman, Gerry Conway, Dr. Andrea Letamendi (hosted by Craig Miller)

Should kids read comics? An educational discussion at the Pomona library about the benefits of comic books and superhero stories.  All ages welcome!

SEPTEMBER 12-13, 2015: Long Beach Comic Con

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Panel: The Psychology of Daredevil

Day: Saturday, September 12, 10:30 – NOON PT

Panelists: Christos Gage, Ruth Fletcher Gage, Andrea Letamendi, Tommy Walker, Peter Shinkoda.

Panel Description: Join Dr. Andrea Letamendi, who has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Christos and Ruth Gage, writers on Netflix’s original Daredevil series, and actors Tommy Walker (Francis) and Peter Shinkoda (Nobu) as they discuss the intersection of psychology and comic books, specifically focusing on the characters they write and play on Daredevil. Hosted by Comic Vine’s Tony Guerrero.

AUGUST 31, 2015: UCLA

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Speaker at UCLA Student Leadership Event: Motivation, Purpose, and Leadership: Discovering what Drives You

Workshop: Up, Up, and Away! From Origin Story to a Soaring Career: A Workshop in Self-Discovery and Innovation

Future leaders will explore their own “origin stories,” identify challenges and vulnerabilities, and embrace their strengths related to developing and pioneering a professional career path unique to their “mission.”

 

JULY 8-12, 2015: San Diego Comic-Con


comicconThe Science of Science Fiction (Thursday, July 9: 8:00 -9:00pm) Room 5AB

For science fiction productions, there is an implied bargain between the screenwriter and the audience: Suspend your disbelief on one or two fantastic notions, and the rest of the story will be grounded in the believable. The genre is, in essence, predicated on the expectation of one or two key inaccuracies per story. In recent years, though, experts and fans alike have been nitpicking even the main story conceits of films like Gravity and Interstellar. From the “anything goes” storytelling approach of the 1950s and 1960s sci-fi, our panelists discuss whether or not the scientific accuracy pendulum of audience expectations has swung too far in the other direction. The panel will be moderated by Kevin Grazier, Ph.D. (science advisor for Defiance and Battlestar Galactica) and will feature psychologists Andrea Letamendi, Ph.D., and Jessica Cail, Ph.D., as well as Kevin Murphy (showrunner for Defiance and Caprica), Nicole Perlman (writer, Guardians of the Galaxy), Andre Bormanis (writer, Star Trek and Threshold), and Rick Loverd (program director of the Science and Entertainment Exchange).

comicconPush Boundaries Forward: Gender, Diversity and Representation in Comics (Friday, July 10: 10:00 -11:00am) Room 4

The face of comics is changing. A diverse panel examine what indie/web publishing has been doing right, how mainstream comics can catch up, and what creators and fans can do to be heard. Moderator Amy Chu (Girl’s Night Out) leads panelists Maigrhread Scott (The Third Witch, Lantern City), IDW Publishing editor Sarah Gaydos, Derek Charm (The Powerpuff Girls: Super Smash-Up!), Dr. Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions podcast), Christian Beranek (Validation), and BOOM! Studios brand communications manager Christine Dinh in a sincere, thoughtful discussion on the topic of gender, diversity, and representation in mainstream comics.

comicconBuilding the Modern Super(Heroine) (Friday, July 10: 6:30 -7:30pm) Room 26AB

More and more, heroines are being positioned front and center on the page and screen-Katniss, Agent Carter, Tris, Furiosa, Wonder Woman, and Captain Marvel, just to name a few. What do creators and fans want out of a powerful female protagonist? How can you pay tribute to the heroines of the past while still looking toward the future? What’s the difference between writing established heroines and creating your own? And how can one best position and support these characters to usher in a whole new era of totally bad ass (super)heroines across all platforms? This dynamic group of creators and expert commentators will discuss the challenges of building modern heroines in a variety of mediums. With Cecil Castellucci (Stone in the Sky), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), Andrea Letamendi (psychologist, The Arkham Sessions), Jose Molina (Agent Carter), and Babs Tarr (Batgirl). Moderated by Amy Ratcliffe (Star Wars online).

comicconWhy Comics are Good for Mental Health, and Mental Health is Good for Comics (Saturday, July 11: 11:00-12:00pm) Room 25ABC

As public awareness of mental health issues increases and the stigma associated with mental disorders and their treatment recedes, will mental health advocacy in comic books become more widely embraced? As with efforts to better represent women in comics have paid off in terms of new readers, can more accurate portrayals of mental disorders unlock a new demographic? Forensic psychiatrists H. Eric Bender, M.D. and Praveen R. Kambam, M.D. (Broadcast Thought) discuss why accurate mental health depictions matter and how less stigmatizing and more creative representations can benefit both patients and publishers alike. Gail Simone (Batgirl, Red Sonja) will talk about her efforts to accurately represent people with mental disorders and her consultation with psychologist Andrea Letamendi, Ph.D. (Under the Mask,The Arkham Sessions) on the depiction of posttraumatic stress disorder and its treatment in DC Comics’ Batgirl. Clinical psychologist Janina Scarlet, Ph.D. (Superhero Therapy) will share moving stories of patients inspired by accurate comic book depictions of mental disorders in their recovery from mental illnesses. Forensic psychiatrist Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D. (Broadcast Thought) will discuss his short story, Aura. Attorney Jeff Trexler (The Beat, The Comics Journal) will moderate.

comicconThe Psychology of Star Trek vs. Star Wars: Ep. V (Saturday, July 11: 7:30-8:30pm) Room 24ABC

Geeky psychologists Dr. Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions) and Dr. Ali Mattu (The Psych Show) step into the pop culture ring to debate the psychology of teamwork, rebellion, and galactic war. Panelists include Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise), Thom Zahler (Love and Capes), Consetta Parker (Rancho Obi-Wan), and Amy Ratcliffe (Star Wars Insider). Join a side, but remember: phasers and lightsabers are no match for this battle of wits! Refereed by Brian Ward (Comics, Assembled!)

 

fanboy-comicsThe Arkham Sessions Meet ‘n Greet! (Sunday, July 12: 11:00-12:00pm) Small Press Pavilion, Table O-04

Join The Arkham Sessions podcast co-hosts Brian Ward and Dr. Andrea Letamendi for this Meet ‘n Greet event at the Fanboy Comics booth! Bring your Batman & Psychology questions, record your own submission to the show, or just come say hi! We would love to see you!

 

May 30, 2015: TEDxUCLA (Los Angeles, CA)

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APRIL 3-5, 2015: WonderCon (Anaheim, CA)

A Mad World: Exploring Insanity in Fiction (Sat 6:30-7:30pm) Room 208.  From “psychopathic” villains to asylums for the “criminally insane,” mental health issues permeate television, film, and comics. But just how realistic are these depictions? What impact do these presentations have on audiences? Psychologist Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions) and writers Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost; The Middleman), Brenden Fletcher (Batgirl, Black Canary), Jody Houser (IDW’s Orphan Black; Avengers: No More Bullying), Mairghread Scott (Windblade, Swords of Sorrow), and Zack Stentz (ACME, X-Men: First Class) discuss the importance of accuracy, inclusion, and the promotion of more psychologically dynamic characters in fiction. Moderated by Brian Ward (Shout! Factory).

End Bullying! Responding to Cruelty in Our Culture (Sun 10:30-11:30am) Room 208.  Convert kryptonite into your own personal strength with Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition’s powerful panel! Back by popular demand, the panel will include a discussion on geek, cyber, LGBT, and racial bullying, becoming a hero IRL, and analyzing how media and entertainment affect people’s attitudes toward bullying and aggression. Learn strategies to end bullying from celebs and experts including Anthony Breznican (senior writer, Entertainment Weekly; author, Brutal Youth), Deric Hughes (supervising producer, Beauty and the Beast), Dr. Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions), Jenna Busch (founder, Legion of Leia), and Coalition founder Chase Masterson (The Flash, Star Trek: DS9).

Building the Modern (Super)Heroine (Sun 1:00 – 2:00pm) Room 207.  With Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel finally set to hit the big screen, female superheroes are on everyone’s mind. What do creators and fans want out of a powerful female protagonist? How do we pay tribute to the heroines of the past while still looking toward the future? What’s the difference between writing established heroines and creating your own, and how can we best position and support these characters to usher in a whole new era of totally badass superheroines? A dynamic group of writers, editors, and expert commentators discuss the challenges of building modern heroines in a variety of mediums. With Cecil Castellucci (Stone in the Sky), Becky Cloonan (Gotham Academy), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), Andrea Letamendi (psychologist, Arkham Sessions ), Jose Molina (Agent Carter), and Babs Tarr (Batgirl). Moderated by Amy Ratcliffe (StarWars.com).

April 2, 2015: Geek Week at UCLA

11012871_849432591789199_2198201907264995662_n Nerd Girl Panel: Exploring the work of women in geek culture and examining tough topics in nerd communities with Erin Cahill (Pink Time Force Power Ranger, How I met your Mother), Ivy Noelle Weir  (American Library Association Emerging Leaders Class of 2015), Marissa Lee (Co-Creator of Racebending.com, Fat Pink Cast) and Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble (Asst.Professor, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies).

 

February 22, 2015: Surviving the Walking Dead! How to Combat Burnout, Stress, and Fatigue

Surviving the Walking DeadFeeling sluggish? Forgetting things? Experiencing urges to snap at strangers? Dragging your body around like a zombie?

Want to learn how you can identify and cope with burnout and stress? I teamed up with Nerdstrong Gym to give this seminar in psychological self-care!

November 16, 2014: Yale Club of Los Angeles

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“The Psychology of Superheroes” (Guest speaker)

 

November 1-2, 2014: Comikaze

comikaze_logo_1200x800 End Bullying! Bring Out Your Inner Superhero (Sunday, November 2: 2:00-3:00pm) Room 406AB

Learn the formula for converting kryptonite into your own personal strength! Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition presents a powerful discussion for this earth-shaking, life-changing panel. Topics include geek, cyber, & LGBT-bullying, and how our favorite characters onscreen can teach us to overcome bullying & become heroes in our everyday lives.

October 24, 2014: USC School of Social Work

screen480x480Prevention and Evidence-Based Interventions for Bullying among School-Aged Children (Guest lecturer)

 

 

 

October 17-19, 2014: San Diego Comic Fest

Comic-FestThe Arkham Sessions (Saturday, October 18: 12:00-12:50pm) – A live recording of our podcast on the Psychology of Batman’s Universe!

Insanity for Authors, Artists and Filmmakers with David Gerrold and the Arkham Sessions (Sunday, October 19: 11:00-11:50am) – How is psychology and psychological illness portrayed in entertainment?

 

SEPTEMBER 27-28, 2014: Long Beach Comic Con

logo_lbcc_largeThe Psychology of Harley Quinn (Sunday, September 28: 2:00-3:00pm) Room 103AB

Psychologist Dr. Andrea Letamendi will be joined by the superstar team of Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner as they examine the mind of the complex Harley Quinn. Hosted by Comic Vine’s Tony Guerrero.

 

JULY 23-27, 2014: San Diego Comic-Con


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The Science of Science Fiction (Friday, July 25: 6:00 -7:00pm) Room 7AB

In Hollywood, everybody “knows” that scientists are typically treated as supervillains or anti-social nerds. But more and more, scientist characters are playing the hero. In a panel sponsored by the IEEE and moderated by IEEE Spectrum editor Stephen Cass (Coming Soon Enough),  Kevin Grazier (Defiance), Andrea Letamendi, Ph.D. (Under the Mask), Jessica Cail, Ph.D. (The Hunted) and Phil Plait (The Bad Astronomer) along with writers and producers Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy), and the team of Zack Stenz and Ashley E. Miller (Fringe) will debate whether scientists have truly escaped stereotypes.

 

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The Psychology of Star Trek vs. Star Wars: Part IV (Saturday, July 26: 8:30 -9:30pm) Room 26AB

Step into the pop culture ring with geeky psychologists Dr. Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions) and Dr. Ali Mattu (Super Fantastic Nerd Hour) as they bring their popular, intergalactic sci-fi battle back to San Diego Comic-Con for round 4! Special guests Sam Witwer (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Being Human) and Rod Roddenberry (Trek Nation, Roddenberry Entertainment) join our psych pros to debate, tackle and explain some of the most fascinating aspects of both universes. Join a side and cast your vote as they crown one the winner! Impartially refereed by Brian Ward (Shout! Factory).

 

comiccon Superheroines! Power, Responsibility, and Representation (Sunday, July 27: 1:30 -2:30pm) Room 23ABC

Moderated by Racebending.com, we’ve assembled an intersectional all-women (social) Justice League of graphic novelists, artists, and cultural commentators to explore the topic of women in the superhero world!   Featured panelists include Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men), Marguerite Bennett (Batman)  Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl), Dr. Andrea Letamendi (UnderTheMaskOnline.com), Joanna Estep (Bold Riley), and Jules Rivera (Valkyrie Squadron).


comicconEnd Bullying! Responding to Cruelty in our Culture (Sunday, July 27: 3:00 -4:00pm) Room 24ABC

Have you or someone you love been a target of bullying? Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition is back by popular demand with this powerful discussion on how to overcome bullying. Learn strategies to create witnesses and allies out of bystanders. Panelists include Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition founder actress Chase Masterson (Doctor Who: Big Finish), founder/moderator Carrie Goldman (author, Harper Collins’Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear), Brad Bell (Husbands), Anthony Breznican (author, Brutal Youth), Ashley Eckstein (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Jane Espenson (Husbands), Dr. Andrea Letamendi (The Psychology of Star Trek vs. Star Wars), and representatives from the United Nations Association and Anti-Defamation League. Special topics include geek bullying, LGBT bullying, cyber-bullying, and analyzing how media and entertainment affect attitudes toward bullying and aggression. “From now on, Comic-Con convention-goers will come for cosplay, entertainment, freebies, autographs-and healing.” CNN.


comicconThe Battle for Multicultural Heroes (Sunday, July 27: 4:00 -5:00pm) Room 28DE

The pop culture explosion through gaming, comics, TV, and film has opened up new opportunities for cultural diversity; however, many challenges and obstacles still exists in today’s media. In this humorous but poignant discussion, diverse geek experts will discuss breaking ethnic stereotypes and what changes need to happen for us to boldly go into the future. Panelists include Linda Le (professional cosplayer), Andre Meadows (Black Nerd Comedy), psychologist Dr Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions), and Tony B Kim (Crazy4ComicCon.com).

 

APRIL 18-20, 2014: WonderCon (Anaheim, CA)

The Psychology of Star Trek vs. Star Wars (Sat 7:30-8:30pm) Room 213. Psychologists and actors from both universes engage in an epic sci-fi battle as they throw down the science behind Star Trek and Star Wars. Guests include Chase Masterson (Deep Space Nine) and Catherine Taber (The Clone Wars). With Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Dr. Ali Mattu.  Moderated by Brian Ward.

Batgirl Begins Again (Sun 1:30-2:30pm) Room 210BCD. Celebrating Batgirl’s real-world popularity and fictional trauma recovery with writer Gail Simone and psychologist Dr. Andrea Letamendi. Moderated by Dr. Travis Langley.

The Battle for Multicultural Heroes (Sat 10:30-11:30am) Room 208. Discussing the impact of diversity in story-telling. Guest panelists include Andre Meadows, Tony Kim, Emily Ong and Dr. Andrea Letamendi.

 

MARCH 22, 2014: Geek Girls Night at Brave New World Comics (Los Angeles, CA)

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NOVEMBER 14, 2013: Hillsides Children’s Mental Health Agency (Los Angeles, CA)

 

PrintThe Psychology of Superheroes: What Comic Books can Teach us About Adversity, Healing, and Psychological Resilience (Guest Lecturer)

 

 

 

 

OCTOBER 19-20, 2013: Geek Girl Con (Seattle, WA)

8-10-12_C1_Things_-_Geek_Girl_Con-550x344Deconstructing the Mary Sue Myth (Saturday, October 19th: 10:00-10:50am) RM303

Explore the idea of the “Mary Sue” character and how it relates to the creation, interpretation, and reception of female characters in genre and geek-centric works. What does the term mean, and why has it become so widespread? How does it relate to the idea of “strong female characters”? And how can creators and consumers of pop culture move beyond problematic terms like these to forge the best characters possible? Speakers include Amber Benson, Sarah Kuhn, Cecil Castellucci, Dr. Andrea Letamendi. Moderated by Javier Grill0-Marxauch.

Race in Costuming and Performance (Saturday, October 19th: 11:00-11:50am) RM303

Chaka Cumberbatch, professional cosplayer and author of “I’m a Black Female Cosplayer and Some People Hate It” discusses appropriation, appreciation, and race in costuming and performance in an attempt to proactively and positively combat racism. Also joining this panel is Shanghai Pearl – burlesque performer and instructor. Moderated by Dr. Andrea Letamendi.

The Psychology of Cosplay: Culture, Consent, and Misconceptions (Saturday, October 19th: 3:00-3:50pm) RM301

Cosplayers are receiving more attention recently in the media, from high-profile reality shows to small scale local projects drawing more and more attention to this cultural practice. What are the fundamental reasons to cosplay? What are the psychological commonalities among people that wear costumes as part of their fandom? What are the repercussions„–both positive and negative„–of participating in this subculture? Clinical Psychologist Dr. Andrea Letamendi is joined by cosplayers Jessica Merizan, Chaka Cumberbatch and Kimi Hughes to discuss these issues and share the results of an intensive research study of over 800 cosplayers. Costumes encouraged!

JULY 17-21, 2013: San Diego Comic-Con

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The Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con (Thursday, July 18: 6:00-7:00pm) Room 7AB

Actresses, stuntwomen, creative cosplayers, outspoken bloggers, gamers, and comic book creators…which women are movers and shakers on the convention scene? Is the con a place where fangirls feel forced to fit fantastic expectations, or is it a place where they can unleash who they really are? To discuss whether fandom really is different for women, Action Flick Chick Katrina Hill (Fanhattan, CraveOnline) has assembled a team of women dangerous in their own right: Chaka Cumberbatch (Princess Mentality Cosplay), Ashley Eckstein (HerUniverse), Erin Gray (Buck Rogers, Heroes for Hire), Dr. Andrea Letamendi (UnderTheMaskOnline.com), Jessica Merizan (BioWare), Morgan Romine (Frag Dolls), and America Young (Stan Lee’s World of Heroes).

 

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Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics (Thursday, July 18: 7:00-8:00pm) Room 6DE

The all-new documentary Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics investigates the inner workings of the most nefarious collection of baddies in comics history. Join Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment for a first-look at a Comic-Con exclusive teaser version of the film, then hear from some of the experts themselves on a panel that will feature bestselling comic book writer and DC Entertainment chief creative officer Geoff Johns, Entertainment Weekly editor Geoff Boucher, and distinguished representatives of DC Comics’s storied history, including Kevin Shinick (Robot Chicken, MAD), Andrea Romano (Batman: The Animated Series), Dr. Andrea Letamendi (Batgirl) and more. Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics is narrated by everyone’s favorite villain, Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars films), and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on October 25, 2013.

comicconThe Psychology of Star Trek vs. Star Wars (Friday, July 19: 7:30-8:30pm) Room 24ABC.

Join Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Dr. Ali Mattu as they bring their popular intergalactic sci-fi battle to SDCC! These two geeky psychologists will debate the science behind the characters, universes, and fandom of two of the most legendary franchises in pop culture. Special guest panelists John Champion (Mission Log: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast), Bryan Young (StarWars.com) and moderator Brian Ward (Shout! Factory).

 

April 9, 2013: University of California, Riverside

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The Psychology of Cosplay: Culture, Consent, and Misconceptions (Guest Speaker)

 

 

 

MARCH 29-31, 2013: WonderCon (Anaheim, CA)

The Psychology of Star Trek vs. Star Wars (Friday Mar 29 1:30-2:30pm) Room 213AB. Psychologists and writers from both universes engage in an epic sci-fi battle as they throw down the science behind the heroes, villains, galactic governments and even the fandom of Star Trek and Star Wars. Guests include Hugh Sterbakov and Larry Nemecek.

Dangerous Women of WonderCon (Friday Mar 29 2:30-3:30pm) Room 203. Which women are the movers and shakers on the convention scene? Who are the innovators and game changers breaking barriers in the world of fandom? Is the convention experience really different for women? Speakers include Katrina Hill, Jenna Busch, Emma Caulfield, Jane Espenson, Andrea Letamendi, Jessica Merizan, Luci Romberg, Dana Braziel-Solovy and America Young.

The Filter of Fiction: Batman, Spider-Man and Real-life Trauma (Sunday Mar 31 11:30-1:00pm) Room 210BCD.  Psychologists and writers discuss how comics help us learn about overcoming crises and adversity in real-life situations. Comic writers include Marv Wolfman and Bryan Q. Miller.

October 11-14, 2012: New York Comic-Con

The Psychology of Cosplay: I was joined by Dr. Robin Rosenberg as we discussed the Psychology of Cosplay. Featured cosplayers included Jill Pantozzi, Holly Conrad, and Bill Doran.