Epic Theology

Finding God through the lens of an artist


Calgary Expo

We’re at the Calgary Expo Again!

Hey all,

Bonus post this week. For those who haven’t heard, I’ll be at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo again this year. I’m teaching another panel, which is awesome, but we’ve also been accepted into their short film screening for our film Star of Wonder!

Last year, I taught a panel session on post-apocalyptic media and what it can teach us about surviving today (you know, before the zombies rise or we run out of gas or the nukes go off). It was well attended, with between 80 and 100 people showing up. I had a blast with both the teaching portion and the Q&A that followed. I got a lot of feedback for an article that I want to write sometime in the near future.

This year, I’m going to be teaching on Disney films and what they teach us about being an adult. I’ll be going through some recent and classic films and explore both the helpful messages (friends are important), and the less so (getting married at 16 is always a good idea). We will look at some modern markers of adulthood and see how Disney reinforces or subverts those markers.


On a related note, I’m excited that the voice actors of Belle, Ariel, and Pocahontas will be at the Expo this year, so there will be plenty of Disney love to go around.

This panel will be in the Palomino Room D at 7:00PM on Friday, April 27th. If you are going to be at the Expo on Friday evening, come check out some great Disney discussion! If you aren’t, then buy a ticket anyways and come hang out!

I’m also very excited to screen Star of Wonder in front of a public audience. We got great feedback from the church when it was screened there just before Christmas, but this will be the first time the film is being shown to the general public. I think the Steampunk-Christmas adventure will go over well, but having never been to one of the Expo screenings, I don’t have any idea what to expect.


Star of Wonder will be screened in the Quarter Horse room (right next to the Palomino rooms) at 1:00PM on Friday, April 27th. Again, if you’d like to see the film on a bigger screen than your computer, come join us for a fun adventure!

If you can’t make it to the screening, the film can also be seen here.

I’m quite excited for the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo this year. I have some people I want to connect with, some art to buy, and some geekiness to celebrate. If you’re going to attend, please let me know. I would love to share an overpriced Coke with you and chat about whatever nerdiness is your cup of tea (mine is often tea itself, but that’s for another post).

I hope you are all surviving this extended winter (if your local weather is anything like mine) and having a great week.

*Edit – the date and time of the Screening has been changed from the original post*


Presenting at Comic-Con

Hey friends,

I have some more exciting news. In a couple weeks, I will be presenting a panel at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo!

The Calgary Expo draws over 100 000 people every year. Nerds and geeks and misfits of all sorts descend upon Calgary’s Stampede Grounds to revel in our shared passion for comics and film and other assorted nerdery. It’s amazing to see so many people comfortable in their own skin and eager to get excited with other people. And this year, I get to be involved.

On Friday, April 28th, I will be teaching a panel on post-apocalyptic media and what it teaches us about living today. We will be looking at the protagonists and themes from The Walking Dead, The Road, and Mad Max: Fury Road and hopefully gleaning a few useful thoughts for our lives in the 21st century.

I loved the Expo last year. I got to take my brother and we nerded out over video games and movies and art. We did some improv, learned about teapot racing, and got to hear from some of our favourite actors. I was able to connect with other Christians who prefer to be IN the Expo with the masses rather than outside protesting (not really an issue in Calgary, but definitely in other places).

This year, I get to be even more involved, which allows me to give back to this community. And if we can shine a light and show that themes of hope and redemption can be found even in the darkest of places (seriously, if you haven’t read The Road, give it a go…but be sure you’re ready…it’s heavy), then my job is done.

I am excited that this is my life. I get to make art, hang out with the misfits and freaks, and serve my God by serving others. It really doesn’t get much better than that.

So, if you’re going to be at the Expo, or if you’re really interested in what I have to say about the end of the world, come by on Friday. I’ll be in Palamino FG from 2:00-2:45PM. If I don’t know you in real life, but you’re reading this anyways, please come say hi. I’d love to meet you!

I hope you all have a blessed Easter.


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