August 5-7, 2016

A 3-day celebration of design, entrepreneurship, and creativity at the beautiful Ohio Theatre at PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland, Ohio.

Presented by:


Celebrate With Us!

Get 25% off any single day and 3-day event pass now until July 17th.

Things are getting crazy here in Cleveland after finally seeing a Championship after a 50 years of sadness. We need your help (and hugs and high fives) to celebrate. Use the 'ASN' discount code when purchasing single day and full event passes to receive 25% off.


Weapons of Mass Creation Fest is a chance for us working class creatives to get together, talk shop, and make each other better at what we do.

Stay At The Wyndham

We'll be staying once again at the Wyndham Hotel across the street. When booking online, enter the dates of your stay, then the group code 0804142WE to find available rooms.

You may also call 216-615-3321 and use this code. 

Join The Conversation On Slack

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All day Saturday and Sunday from the Ohio Theatre Stage - Full Schedule

Sean Starr

"Coffee With A Sign Painter"
Saturday · 11am-12pm

Jillian Adel

Saturday · 12:30pm-1:30pm


Jeral Tidwell

Saturday · 2pm-3pm

Lily Rose Lee

Saturday · 3:30pm-4:30pm

Mark Brickey

Saturday · 5pm-6:30pm

Jay Wallace

Sunday · 11am-12pm

Stefan Sagmeister

Sunday · 12:30pm-1:30pm

Wilson Revehl

Sunday · 2pm-3pm

Darius Stubbs

Sunday · 3:30pm-4:30pm

Isabel Urbina Peña

Sunday · 5pm-6pm

Sign Up For Email Updates!

Sign up using your .edu email, and we'll send your student discount code to use when buying your 3-day, single-day, and workshop tickets.


General Admission

Get your 3-Day Pass while supplies last. We'll be in the final stretch at this point, and you don't want to wait too much longer to secure travel and hotel accommodations.


9 workshops happening all weekend covering topics to make you a better creative and a better entrepreneur.

Workshops sold separately. Seats limited.

Cleveland Studio Tour

30-seats are available as we tour some of the coolest creative studios in town with Lolly the Trolly. Only 30 seats made available.

Single Day Passes

Can't make the whole event? You can also buy just for the days you'll be with us in Cleveland.


Get early access to the vendor village, Corel's Painter Brush Battle, Go Media Podcast live, and a day's worth of workshops.


Get full access to Saturday's talks, workshops, live podcasts, as well as the official WMC After Party put on by JakPrints.


Get full access to Sunday's talks, workshops, live podcasts, as well as the RealThread's live T-Shirt Printing session.

Inspire Hope!

A portion of this year’s ticket sales will be donated to The Gathering Place, a non-profit serving the needs of those touched by cancer.

Calling All Illustrators!

Put your skills to the test during Friday's competition!

Help Make WMC7 Happen!

Become An In-Kind or Financial Backer

We need your help to cover the bills, make sure the attendees get some cool swag, and a helping hand to make WMC7 happen.

We aim at the working class creatives, so our budget isn't dependent on the $100 3-day passes we sell. It's dependent on the community at large to pitch in and make this event happen.

Download the WMC7 Sponsorship deck and let's start the conversation.

Are you a Cleveland Creative group?
Get in touch as we want you and your team with us this year.


Ink Wars WMC 2016

When: Friday, August 5th from 6pm-10pm

Where: Ohio Theatre Lobby

What8 illustrators will be putting their skills to the test on Friday night.

Sign up now to get involved.

Cleveland Studio Tour

When: Friday, August 5th from 10:45am-5pm

Where: Meet outside PlayhouseSquare under the marquee.

What: Back by popular demand, we're so happy to welcome the Cleveland studio tour, sponsored by the City of Cleveland Department of Economic Development, back to Weapons of Mass Creation Fest!

Join our Cleveland Studio Tour, which will give you a glimpse into some of the hippest creative firms in our great city.

Buy Tickets @ $40/p


Workshop: Going Big with Lettering

Topic: Sit down with internationally recognized sign painter Sean Starr of Starr Studios in Denton, Texas whose work has been featured on the Discovery Channel, NBC Television, and The Food Network as well as industry publications such as Digital Output Magazine, Juxtapoz, Artforum, Los Angeles Times, Fort Worth Magazine, This Old House and SignCraft, and Signs of the Times Magazines. Sean will share his craft, focusing on how to work with large scale lettering.   

Friday · 8am-10am

Workshop: Creating a Captivating Comic Book Storyline

Topic: John G., just named Scene Magazine 2016's Best Illustrator in Cleveland, will teach you to not only start, but complete your comic book story, so that those half-finished stories in your drawer will become something once and for all.

Friday · 10:30am-12:30pm

Workshop: How to Start and Build a Profitable Design Business

Topic: Whether you’re a solo freelancer working from home or a small group of creative entrepreneurs ready to get to the next level, this is your roadmap to success. With Designer, Author and Partner, and Chief Experience Officer  of Nine Labs, Brad Weaver.

Friday · 10:30am-2:30pm

Workshop: Desk Yoga

Topic: Yoga guru / designer Ann Walter is here to show you how yoga is the perfect tool for inspiration, relaxation and that recharge you are seeking in the middle of your work day.

Friday 3:00pm-3:30pm

FREE! Sign up to reserve your spot.

*Ann is offering a free yoga class to all on Saturday in the Ohio Theatre lobby at 8:30 am. Bring a yoga mat or towel!*

Workshop: Creating a Killer Portfolio

Topic: Animation Professional & Visual Storyteller Katia Oloy, animation director Matt Vojacek, illustrator Oliver Barrett, and Art Director Chris Comella discuss the characteristics of a great portfolio. Warning: workshop leaders will be telling it like it is. Bring your laptop and online portfolio or a hardcopy of your portfolio to this workshop please.

Friday 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Workshop: Why T-Shirts Matter and How to Design Something People Will Love to Wear

Topic: In this interactive workshop, the Real Thread team will show you what makes a great t-shirt and how shirts can grow a brand. Every class participant will have the opportunity to design a t-shirt, with the winner receiving a free run of their winning design, printed back at RT headquarters. Participants will also get to live-screen print an exclusive, limited designed t-shirt from the event. Students will need to download Adobe Capture prior to this class.

Saturday · 8am-10am


Workshop: Art & the Heart: Creating your own labyrinth

Topic: We are thrilled to be donating a portion of our ticket sales this year to The Gathering Place, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of those touched by cancer. Kristina Austin, Marketing Director at The Gathering Place, will be on-site to provide a free workshop to our attendees touched by cancer or curious about their services, all of which are completely free. In Art and the Heart, you will learn how the labyrinth can help us open our hearts to stillness and reflection while using art to create your own labyrinth.

Saturday · 10:30am-11:30am

JakPrints After Party

When: Saturday August 6th from 9pm-2am

Where: Twin Lanes Bowling Alley located at: 1812 E. 30th St. Cleveland, OH 44114 (Just minutes from the Playhouse Square)

WhatJoin us for the official WMC After-Party brought to you by Jakprints and A.I.D ( Adventures in Design) with Special host and DJ Mark Brickey. Enjoy FREE Bowling, drink and food specials, Karaoke, billiards and tons of space to reconnect and create some unforgettable memories with friends. This is a bash you won’t want to miss, see you there!


Workshop: After Art School - Get Your First Job

Topic: Transitioning from school to the work force? Matt Vojacek, Principal & Animation Director of Zwelly Co., will calm your fears and impart necessary wisdom.

Sunday · 8am-10am

Workshop: Meetings with Impact: Plan and Run Effective Meetings

Topic: Mamie Kanfer Stewart, Founder & CEO at Meeteor, is going to show you how to make meetings the best part of your day. Seriously.

Sunday · 10:30am-12:30pm

Want a Backstage Tour of PlayhouseSquare?

Tours last approximately 90 minutes and include views and history of the lobbies, auditoriums, and backstage areas. More information.

WMC7 Sponsors & Backers

WMC relies on it's community to make this event happen.

If you can pitch in on any of that, please don't hesitate. Reach out to us now and get involved. Here's the WMC7 Sponsorship Deck (pdf).

Presenting Sponsor

Find Go Media in the State Theatre Lobby all weekend and give them a big ol' hug.

WMC Super Friend

Always supporting us. Always providing this community with an excellent mail campaign manager. These guys rock!

Cleveland Studio Tour

This year's studio tour has been brought to us by The City of Cleveland's Department of Economic Development. Take part in the Cleveland Studio Tour and see why it's great to be in Cleveland now more than ever.

Vendor Village Sponsor

This year's Vendor Village has been brought to you by our friends at Dropbox. Definitely find them at their table and don't forget to sign up for their workshop on Friday!

Live Printing Experience

Get a t-shirt printed live on Sunday from the State Theatre Lobby. Also make sure to catch their workshop on Friday!

Official After Party

Join us Saturday night for some bowling, karaoke, and hangout with the rest of the WMC Community.

Ink Wars @ WMC7

This year's Ink Wars is taking place from the Ohio Theatre Lobby Friday night. Blick is providing all of the supplies.

#RespectTheCraft Sponsors

In-Kind and Web-Only Sponsors


Visit these artists to check out what they're working on in the Dropbox Vendor Village.

Want to become a vendor? Scroll up and fill out the vendor form. Or, reach out to Heather and Bryan via email.

Need your phone charged up? Find a JakPrints charging station throughout venue.


"We Are Weapons" is a new podcast series that puts the spotlight on you.

Every week, we sit down to talk with a member of the WMC community. Whether it's a content contributor, a sponsor, or an attendee, we get an idea about why they support this event. Plus, if they're contributing in some way, we get a teaser of what we can expect come August.

Want to share your story? Schedule an interview:

What's WMC Fest?

WMC is the premier design and entrepreneurship conference in the Midwest. Each year, working class creatives get together to talk shop, share their stories, and get inspired. Join the community and the fun by coming to Cleveland this August.


What You Said About WMC6

Attend WMC6? We need your feedback!

Did you attend or support the fest in some way? We want your feedback. We'll be sending invites to everyone who bought tickets with their emails to join our conversation on Slack. You can also ask for access, or send any other general feedback and ideas, to


Thank You!

We're excited for another year of inspiration, motivation and community! With a new team in place, you can expect a combination of innovation and a dedication to our original mission — that is, a celebration of a collective passion for art, design and entrepreneurship. Be a part of a movement in the making. We hope to see you there.

Join Us On Slack

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Heather Sakai

Chief Inspiration Officer

bryan garvin
Bryan Garvin

Level 4 Dwarven Fighter

Aaron Sechrist

WMC7 Emcee

Lauren Hudac

Happy Relations Director

Carlos Basabe

Digital Arts Curator

Olivia Arnette

Public Relations

Simone Dugay

Sultan Of Speakers

Alita Petras

Social Media Manager

Simon Birky Hartmann

French Culturist

Shaylei Willadsen
Shaylei Willadsen

Volunteer Coordinator