Heroes, Villains and Special Effects

Sep 22, 2012 10:00am - 5:00pm

Explore the science behind entertainment and meet experts in the fields of special effects, make-up artistry, video game design and simulation, comic book art, and staged combat.

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The Human PoWeR Lab with Ben Robertson

See a THOUGHT-CONTROLLED, lightweight, air-powered exoskeleton! This device uses a non-invasive technique called surface electromyography (EMG) to listen in to motor commands sent from the spinal cord to control muscle movement of the legs. These signals are processed in real time and fed back into our powered exoskeleton to assist or enhance human movement. Laboratory staff will be on hand to both demonstrate the technology, and allow visitors to “test-drive” our thought-controlled artificial muscles!

The Human PoWeR (Physiology of Wearable Robotics) Lab is part of the newly established Rehabilitation Engineering Center in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at NC State and UNC Chapel Hill.


How to Make Your Home-Made Movie Look Big Budget!
with Brent Bowers and Todd Britt

Learn more about micro-budget film making with local Graphic Artist, Musician, Writer and Film Maker, Brent Bowers and Todd Britt, a specialist in physical makeup effects. Explore computer generated effects and chroma-keying.


11:00 am  Special Performance!

Kids Are Music

Kids Are Music will present their new show about what makes a hero, how to use courage and honor when becoming a hero, and how to be brave even when things get scary. They share their message through song about believing in each other and making heroes out of every one of us.



Ultimate Comics

Meet the “Ultimates” from Ultimate Comics and learn more about graphic storytelling and character drawing. Ultimate Comics and the Museum will also have a swap table available for any books you’d like to swap.
* Please bring T for Teen and younger-rated books for swap. Thanks!



The Escapist Magazine, from Themis Media


The mouthpiece of the gaming generation, The Escapist aims to capture and celebrate the contemporary video gaming lifestyle and the diverse global video game culture by way of in-depth features, thought provoking articles and relevant columns authored by leading video game authorities, as well as cutting-edge video shorts, engaging forums and robust social media elements that incorporate the video gaming experience. The Escapist launched it’s first expo centered around gaming culture here in Durham in September.


Simulation and Game Development Department

from Wake County Technical Community College

Meet Walter Rotenberry and the team from Wake Tech’s Simulation and Game Program and learn more about the process behind conceptualization, modeling,  mapping and programming of video games.

The Simulation and Game Development curriculum provides a broad background in simulation and game development with practical applications in creative arts, visual arts, audio/video technology, creative writing, modeling, design, programming and management.


Sci-Fi Genre

Meet the team from Durham’s own Sci-Fi Genre, a store that specializes in comics, games, toys and collectibles.



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Durham, NC 27704

(919) 220-5429




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