With barely ten days remaining before Botcon 2016 kicks off in Louisville, we finally have the official schedule and list of panels that will be held, and there's quite a bit happening. A Beast Wars anniversary panel on Friday, along with a Stan Bush and Vince DiCola panel, the usual Hasbro and TCC panels on Saturday, and then a Botcon retrospective Sunday afternoon. There much more than that, too, and we have the event sheet and schedule copied below, so keep reading to find out everything in store this year!
2016 Script Reading “The Hot Rod” – Join us as Judd Nelson, David Kaye, Venus Terzo, Gregg Berger and Frank Todaro take part in the 2016 BotCon script reading. Written by John-Paul Bove and Jesse Wittenrich. You don’t want to miss this Friday afternoon main event!
HASBRO TRANSFORMERS - BEHIND THE SCENES: The Hasbro Design and Marketing
teams will give a peek under the hood of new products coming out this year including reveals in their GENERATIONS and ROBOTS IN DISGUISE ranges. The team will share insightful details into the inspiration and style of the new figures. Be sure to bring your burning questions for a Q&A session.
Judd Nelson Q&A – Our Saturday afternoon main event! The panel fans have been waiting 20 years to see. Come be a part of history as Judd Nelson makes his first ever
Transformers convention appearance. This moderated panel will cover his amazing film and television career with a spotlight on his role as Hot Rod in Transformers: The Movie and his appearance on Transformers: Animated.
Transformers Collectors’ Club Roundtable – Join the Club staff as they answer your questions about the Club, figure creation, manufacturing and the announcement of future exclusives! Panel hosts - Brian Savage, Lanny Lathem, David S. Lane and Pete Sinclair.
Transformers Filmfest – Join us for a great time watching what chaos your fellow fans have created for the big screen. It’s always a riot!
Stan Bush & Vince DiCola Q&A – Join Stan and Vince as they recount their time working on the original 1986 Transformers: The Movie and to discuss the current projects they are working on.
Cybercast –The hosts of Cybercast Podcast will be broadcasting live from BotCon, highlighting the events of the weekend with maybe even a special guest or two stopping by to reach out to everyone watching the events of BotCon 2016 from all over!
Beast Wars 20th Anniversary Panel – David Kaye and Venus Terzo will be on hand for this panel to discuss their respective roles in bringing 1996’s Beast Wars series to CGI life. This is sure to be a fun panel as there will be plenty of great stories for fans of the Beast Wars series.
Venus Terzo Q&A – Join us as Frank Todaro sits down one on one with Venus to ask her selected questions from the audience regarding her role as Blackarachnia on Beast
Wars, what she is up to now and everything in-between!
Gregg Berger Q&A – Frank Todaro takes the interview chair again as he talks with Gregg about his work on the original Generation 1 Transformers series and voicing one of its most iconic characters, Grimlock!
TCC Magazine Panel – Join Pete Sinclair as he hosts this panel highlighting the print offerings from Fun Publications with Special Guest John-Paul Bove via Skype to discuss this year’s IDW BotCon produced comic!
The Art of Transformers – Join some of the leading Transformers artists of today as they discuss their work on the comics, packaging art and other projects that help make Transformers the amazing brand that it is!
Hayato Sakamoto’s Transformathematics – From character designs on More Than Meets The Eye to Unite Warriors and G1 material, be there as TF artist Hayato Sakamoto and host Andrew Hall delve deep into unknown TF lore!
Cosplay w/Rosemary Ward – A look behind the curtain, or the costume in this case. Join Rosemary as she talks about the boom of Transformers Cosplay and some of the unique challenges in bringing everyone’s favorite robots to virtual life.
BotCon Over the Years – A look back at BotCon and the impact it has had on the Transformers brand.
Wednesday, April 6
8 AM-4:30 PM Horses and Kentucky Bourbon Tour
8 AM-4 PM Transformers Customizing Class
8:30 PM Golden Ticket Package Pick-Up
9:30 PM Tour and Class Package Pick-Up
Thursday, April 7
8 AM-5 PM Caving and Museum Tour
8 AM-4 PM Transformers Customizing Class
4:00 PM Golden Ticket Package Pick-up
5:00 PM Golden Ticket Store Opens
6:00 PM Registration Package Pick-up Opens
6:00 PM Club Store Opens
8-10 PM Exhibitor drop off - load in
Friday, April 8
7:30 AM-2 PM Exhibitor Setup
8:30-9:30 AM Club Store opens for Exhibitors Only
9-11 AM Autographs: David Kaye, Venus Terzo & Gregg Berger
9-9:50 AM TCC Magazine/Comic Panel with Pete Sinclair & John-Paul Bove
10 AM-Noon Club Store opens for all Registered Guests
9:30 AM Walk-up Late Registration
9:00-Noon Contest Setup
10:00-10:50 Panel: Stan Bush & Vince DiCola
11:00-11:50 Panel: Transformers Filmfest
Noon-12:50 Panel: Beast Wars 20th Anniversary
1:00-1:50 Panel: Script Reading starring Judd Nelson, David Kaye, Venus Terzo & Gregg Berger
2:00 PM Private Sales Room Experience Opens
1:00-3:00 PM Contest Judging
2:30-4:30 PM Autographs: David Kaye, Venus Terzo & Gregg Berger
3:30-6:00 PM Autographs: Judd Nelson (Friday VIP)
5:00 PM Private Sales Room Experience Ends
7:30 PM Golden Ticket Meet Up
8:00 PM Hall of Fame Human Inductees Presentation at 4th Street Live!
8:30 PM Stan Bush & Vince DiCola in concert at 4th Street Live!
Saturday, April 9
7:30 AM Exhibitor Set-up
8:30 AM Registered Guests Private Preview
9 AM Early Bird Entry
9 AM-11:30 Autographs: Judd Nelson (SATURDAY VIP)
10 AM General Admission
10-11 AM Autographs: Aaron Archer
10:00-10:50 Panel: Venus Terzo Q&A
11:00-11:50 Panel: Hasbro Product preview
Noon-12:50 Panel: Gregg Berger Q&A
12:30-3 PM Photo Session: Judd Nelson (ALL VIPs)
1:00-1:50 Panel: Transformers Cosplay - Rosemary Ward
1-3:00 PM Autographs: Venus Terzo, Gregg Berger
2:00-2:50 Panel: Aaron Archer Q&A
3:00-3:50 Panel: Transformers Collectors’ Club Roundtable
4:00-4:50 Panel: Judd Nelson Q&A
5:00 PM Exhibit Hall Closes
7:30 PM Casino Night Awards Dinner and Auction
Sunday, April 10
9:00 AM Exhibitor Set-up
9:30 AM Registered Guests and General Admission
10:00-10:50 Panel: The Art of Transformers
10 AM-Noon Autographs: Venus Terzo, Gregg Berger & Aaron Archer
11:00-11:50 Panel: Hayato Sakamoto w/ host Andrew Hall
Noon-12:50 Panel: Cybercast Podcast
1:00-1:50 Panel: BotCon Over the Years
3:30 PM Show Closes