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.
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Emcee'd by Aaron "OKpants" Sechrist.
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Special Events at WMC7
Friday, August 5th • 8pm-10pm
8 illustrators will be putting their skills to the test on Friday night. 7 have been chosen. Will you be the lucky 8th artist chosen to illustrate on the night of the fest?
Friday, August 5th • 10:45am-5pm
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!
Saturday, August 6 • 8:15am-9:15am
Channeling just a smidgen of the great Richard Simmons, Dj Tone Def will help you find your dance flow. Come wake up, sweat out last nights toxins, let your hair down and flow! All levels welcome, let's party! Ohio Theatre Lobby - bring a towel or yoga mat! Free and open to the public
Saturday, August 6 • 6:45pm
Let's relax together after an incredible day of workshops, talks and community. New to the fest? This is a must-attend, because some Jakprints after-party silliness is going down later and we all need to know each other pretty well by then. Swag provided by Dribbble. RSVP here.
JakPrints After Party
Saturday, August 6th • 9pm-2am
Join us at Twin Lanes Bowling Alley 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!
Workshops (Free-$60 a seat)
Friday · 8am-10am
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. Sean will share his craft, focusing on how to work with large scale lettering.
Friday · 10:30am-12:30pm
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-2:30pm
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 · 2:45pm-3:15pm
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.
*We're offering a free yoga class to all on Saturday in the Ohio Theatre lobby at 8:15 am. Bring a yoga mat or towel!*
Friday · 3:30-5:30 pm
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.
Saturday · 8am-10am
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 · 10:00am-11:00am
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.
Sunday · 8am-10am
Transitioning from school to the work force? Matt Vojacek, Principal & Animation Director of Zwelly Co., will calm your fears and impart necessary wisdom.
Sunday · 10:30am-12:30pm
Mamie Kanfer Stewart, Founder & CEO at Meeteor, is going to show you how to make meetings the best part of your day. Seriously.
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WMC7 Sponsors & Backers
Cleveland Creatives Sponsors
In-Kind and Web-Only Supporters
#ALLINCLE Backers and Special Thanks to:
Adam Reifsnyder & Corina Chang
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"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.
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