Speaking

Adron Buske speaking at Podcast Movement.

I'm a frequent speaker at pop culture conventions around the country, presenting seminars about the craft of storytelling, entertainment careers, and ways to power-up your life using concepts from gaming. I also speak at universities and social events. I have been a main stage presenter and celebrity interviewer at Planet Comicon (Kansas City), Emerald City Comicon (Seattle), and Podcast Movement (Chicago).

My extensive experience as an interviewer through my work in podcasting and radio makes me a highly adept panel moderator. I've shared the stage and had phenomenal conversations with a wide array of personalities, including filmmakers, animation professionals, comic creators, authors, and more.

Below is a (probably not comprehensive) list of my previous speaking engagements. (Last updated August 9, 2018.)

RollaCon 2018 — Missouri University of Science & Technology

October 2018

Keynote Speaker, “The Torn Identity: Deciding Who We Are, in a World that Wants to Decide for Us”


Missouri University of Science & Technology

August 2018

Keynote Speaker, “Inclusion & Community Development”
A Seminar for incoming resident advisors and student body government


San Diego Comic-Con International

July 2018

Moderator, “Finding Comfort in the Apocalypse”
With Cory Doctorow, Elizabeth Hand, Douglas Holgate, Andrew Smith, Emily Suvada, Scott Westerfeld

Moderator, “Here There Be Dragons: Creating Fresh Stories in Fantasy”
With Tomi Adeyemi, Jason Denzel, R.F. Kuang, Robert Jackson Bennett, Mary E. Pearson


Emerald City Comic Con – Seattle, WA

March 2018

Moderator, “Storytelling Spotlight with Jonathon Coulton”
With Jonathan Coulton, Molly Lewis, Patrick Rothfuss, Anne Wheaton

Moderator, “Marketing (Isn’t) Magic: How to Promote Your Art (and Yourself) Without Selling Your Soul”
With Rob Boffard, Jaimie Cordero, Danielle Davis, Jordan Dené Ellis, Ashlie Hammond, Fonda Lee

Moderator, “10 Points to Slytherin: Why Good Fans Love Evil Characters”
With David Accampo, Erica Harrell, Alex Marshall (aka Jesse Bullington), Annalee Newitz, Desirée Proctor

Moderator, “How to be a Nerd for a Living: Discovering Careers in Pop-Culture”
With Mike Collins, Jaimie Cordero, Jordan Dené Ellis, Adam P. Knave, Fonda Lee


Planet Comicon – Kansas City, MO

February 2018

Mainstage Interviewer, “Let’s Get Dangerous with Jim Cummings”
Featuring “Winnie the Pooh” and “Darkwing Duck” voice actor Jim Cummings

Mainstage Interviewer, “Water Tower Talk with the Animaniacs”
Featuring Animanaics & Pinky & The Brain voice actors Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, and Maurice LaMarche

Mainstage Interviewer, “The World of Remnant Q&A With the Cast of RWBY”
Featuring RWBY voice actors Lindsay Jones, Kara Eberle, Arryn Zech, Barbara Dunkelman, Elizabeth Maxwell, and Michael Jones

Mainstage Interviewer, “The Steven Universe Hour with Zach Callison”
Featuring Stephen Universe star Zach Callison

Moderator, “Something Something Danger Zone! Behind the scenes of Archer”
With Kevin Mellon and Trinity Animation

Seminar Speaker, “Podcast Peptalk: How to Produce Your Own Show”

Seminar Speaker, “Real Life Power-Up: Leveling Up Personally & Professionally”


Wizard World – St. Louis, MO

February 2018

Moderator, “The High Cost of Resurrection: The Ramifications of Bringing Characters Back to Life”
With Ryan Dalton, J.R. Frontera, Kristin Helling, Melody Meiners


RollaCon – Missouri University of Science and Technology

November 2017

Featured Speaker, “Character Class: Discovering Your Vocational Identity”


PixelPop Festival – St. Louis, MO

August 2017

Moderator, “Life Balance (for Video Game Creators)”
With Rebekah Saltsman, Mary McKenzie, Monique Parasram


San Diego Comic Con International

July 2017

Moderator, “The Animated Life: A Peek Behind the Cels”
With Mike Collins, Andrea Fernandez, Marie Lum, Shadi Petosky, Rachel Vine

Moderator, “10 Points to Slytherin: Why Good Fans Love Evil Characters”
With Jane Espenson, Rebecca Zanetti, Christine Boylan, Tomi Adeyemi, Erica Schultz, Kendall Ashley


Planet Comicon – Kansas City, MO

April 2017

Seminar Speaker, “Real Life Power-Up: Leveling Up Personally & Professionally”

Moderator, “Comic Book Storytellers: Artists who write and writers who draw!”
With Amanda Conner, Shannon Denton, Ande Parks, Phil Hester, Colleen Doran

Mainstage Interviewer, “The World of RWBY Planet Comicon Q&A”
Featuring Arryn Zech, Elizabeth Maxwell, Kara Eberle, and Jessica Nigri

Moderator, “Be More Animated: The Secrets of Animation”
With Shannon Denton, Kevin Mellon, Joel Adams

Moderator, “Something Something Dangerzone: How To Make Archer”
With Kevin Mellon

Moderator, “Making Comics: How Comic Book Artists Tell Visual Stories”
With Greg Smallwood, Chad Hardin, Jeremy Haun, Kyle Strahm, Megan Levens

Moderator, “How to Be a Nerd For A Living: Discovering Careers in Pop-Culture”
With Sarah Andersen, Shannon Denton, Kara Eberle, Julia Kaye, Jeffrey Moy


Emerald City Comicon – Seattle, WA

March 2017

Moderator, “Marketing (Isn’t) Magic – Promoting Your Art Without Selling Your Soul”
With Jaimie Cordero, Jordan Dené Ellis, Amanda Nuckolls, Tara Theoharis

Moderator, “The Animated Life – A Peek Behind the Cels”
With Victoria Ying, Mike Collins, Steph Laberis

Seminar Speaker, “Real Life Power-Up – Leveling Up Personally & Professionally”


PixelPop Festival – St. Louis, MO

October 2016

Moderator, “Voice Acting for Games”
With Jenny Gibbons, Carol Mertz, Ryan Winzen

Moderator, “Play in Public”
With Stuart Keating, Kristina Goodwin, Ben Triola

Moderator, “Game Artists”
With Anita Tung, TJ Hughes, Anthony Amato

Moderator, “Game Concepting”
With Gene Kelly, Matthew Seniour, Liz Gattra

Moderator, “Life Before Going Indie”
With Samantha Kalman, Mary McKenzie, Jenny Gibbons, Ryan Winzen


San Diego Comic-Con International

July 2016

Moderator, “Death & the High Cost of Resurrection”
With Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire), Andy Schmidt, Anthony Ferrante, Mary Robinette Kowal, Paul Cornell


Podcast Movement – Chicago

July 2016

Stage Presenter for Aaron Mahnke (Creator of Lore)


Planet Comicon – Kansas City, MO

May 2016

Moderator, “How to be a Nerd for a Living: Discovering Careers in Pop-Culture”
With Ming Chen, Holly Messinger, Freddie Williams II

Moderator, “Secrets of Visual Story: Drawing Comics”
With Freddie Williams II, Mark Texeira, Brian Hurtt, Jeremy Haun

Moderator, “Image Comics: Creator Owned Everything”
With Jason Hurley, Jeremy Haun, Howard Chaykin, Rick Burchett

Moderator, “The Making of Archer”
With Kevin Mellon

Moderator, “Star Wars Universe: Beyond Film”
With Kevin J Anderson, Jeffrey Moy, Todd Aaron Smith, Darryl Woods


So You Want to Start a Podcast? A St. Louis on the Air Event

June 2016

Panelist, “So You Want to Start a Podcast?”
Live St. Louis Public Radio Event and Recorded Broadcast on St. Louis on the Air
With Kameel Stanley, Alex Ihnen, Dustin Bryson, Wendy Buske


Emerald City Comicon – Seattle, WA

April 2016

Moderator, “Marketing (Isn’t) Magic: Promoting Your Art Without Selling Your Soul”
With Jaimie Cordero, Danielle Davis, Jen Vaughn


Wizard World Comic Con – St. Louis, MO

April 2016

Moderator, “How to Be a Nerd For A Living: Finding Your Career in Pop Culture”
With Rachael Stott, Rick Burchett, Ellie Ann, Carol Mertz


Project Comic Con – St. Louis, MO

October 2015

Panelist, “Achievement Unlocked! Promoting and Profiting from Your Passion”
With Carol Mertz, Carolyn Noe, Rori!, Em Piro


PixelPop Festival – St. Louis, MO

September 2015

Speaker, “Nerd For A Living Presents: Be Your Own Hero”


SHE in the Pub – St. Louis, MO

August 2015

Featured Speaker, “Be Your Own Hero: Leveling Up Personally & Professionally”
Presented by Super Heroines, Etc.


Nerdy Networking – St. Louis, MO

July 2015

Speaker, “The Power of Pivot”
Presented by Super Heroines, Etc. and Nerd For A Living


Planet Comicon – Kansas City, MO

March 2015

Panel Moderator, “The Business of Self-Promotion: Marketing Your Art or Small Business Online”
With Victoria Gedvillas, Alexi Vandenberg

Panel Moderator, “How to be a Nerd For A Living”
With Ande Parks, Monika Lee, Dayton Ward, Kevin Mellon

Panel Moderator, “The Making of Archer”
With Kevin Mellon


Wizard World Comic Con – Chicago, IL

August 2014

Panelist, “What’s the Story? Creating Stories that Captivate”
With Adam Simon, Jon Schnepp, Allen Turner

Panel Moderator, “How to Be a Nerd For a Living: Career Paths Within Nerd Culture”
With Jenny Frison, Jon Schnepp, Josh Blaylock, Kurt Lehner

Panelist, “Building your Creative Platform: Everything You Need to Know About Self Promotion”
With Ryan Morrow


Wizard World Comic Con – St. Louis, MO

April 2014

Panelist, “The Hero’s Journey: Exploring Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and More”
With Genese Davis, Rhiannon Paille, Jeffrey Johnson, Christopher Boll

Panelist, “Turning Your Art Into an Online Business: Branding & Marketing for Creators”
With Ashley Schonberg, Rhiannon Paille, Amanda Nuckolls


Wizard World Comic Con – Chicago, IL

August 2013

Panelist, “Online Marketing for Artists & Creators”
With Wendy Buske, Kelly Stephenson


C2E2 – Chicago, IL

April 2013

Panelist, “Art as Business Online”
With Amanda Nuckolls, Kelly Stephenson, Wendy Buske


Wizard World Comic Con – St. Louis, MO

March 2013

Panelist, “Creating and Marketing Web-Comics”
With Rick Burchett, Yale Stewart, Gene Kelly, Matthew Seniour