Insomniac at Escapist Expo

Hello Insomniacs and fans alike! I’m QA Tester Stephanie Lyons here with some exciting news from our North Carolina studio. This weekend, the Escapist will be holding its first Escapist Expo here in Durham, North Carolina and they’ve asked Insomniac to take part. What is the Escapist and what’s the Expo all about? Well, I’m glad you asked. The Escapist is an online magazine that has been covering and celebrating the video gaming world and culture for the past seven years. The Escapist Expo is a way to bring the fans, games and developers all together for one fantastic celebration of games, gamers and the people who write about them. So, why Durham? Well, in addition to housing the central office for the Escapist, Durham is home to quite a few game developers, including Epic Games, Red Storm and of course, Insomniac. Durham was also named the fifth geekiest city in the U.S and the Escapist wants to bring that geeky culture all together in one weekend.

For this year’s Expo, the Escapist asked some of our resident Insomniacs to join the celebration by holding an open panel for our fans. We are thrilled to announce that our talented team of animators—Nina Fricker, Josh Huber, Brent Whittington, Paul Robbins, and Jason Buch– will discuss hand-keyed animation in the Ratchet and Clank franchise at 3 p.m. on Friday, 9/14. Veteran programmers Jim Van Verth and Garner Halloran will discuss How to Get a Job in the Industry at 1:30 p.m. on 9/14. And talented Designer Randy Greenback is participating in The Future of the Shooter panel at 3 p.m. on Saturday, 9/15. It’s a chance to meet part of the team and catch a glimpse of the process that brings everyone’s favorite Lombax to life. We hope you’ll take the weekend to join us in celebrating the industry, the Escapist and our incredible Insomniac team. The Escapist Expo will be held this weekend on September 14, 15 and 16th in the Durham Convention Center in Downtown Durham.


Friday, September 14th @ 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dagobah Room
Animation in Insomniac’s Games
It takes a lot to make a videogame character come to life, including silky smooth animation. Insomniac Games is known for creating the easy movements of Spyro the Dragon, and Ratchet & Clank, and their artists use traditional animation techniques to bring out the cartoony movements of the characters. A bevy of animators from their North Carolina studio will let you in on their secrets.

Nina Fricker
Josh Huber
Brent Whittington
Paul Robbins
Jason Buch

Friday, September 14th @ 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
King’s Landing
How to Get a Job in the Industry
Making games is the greatest job in the world, but how do you actually get it? Veterans from the worlds of tabletop and videogames share their experience and expertise, providing tips and insight on how to turn your passion for gaming into a career.

Dan Yarrington
Garner Halloran
Jim Van Verth
Greg Tito

Saturday, September 15th @ 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
King’s Landing
Future of the Shooter
Shooters have evolved a lot since the wireframe days of Battlezone. From cross-genre fusion to the use of real world military ops, hear our panel of industry experts talk about what makes a good shooter today and what the genre can to do to evolve beyond its current format and settings.

Greg Tito
Richard Dansky
Quinn Del Hoyo
Randy Greenback
Jim Brown

  • Detroit

    Nice 🙂

  • Magnum

    Very excited to see how this new convention turns out. Hope they’ll have a crew filming all the panels too.

  • RiseUp44

    maybe a stupid question but any chance of a stream of the video of the panels?? I would be interested in watching if so

  • Draicus

    Awesome. Maybe I can get out to Durham this weekend. *ponderous chin stroke*

  • DarkRebel

    Looks like some great panel discussions

  • Cron-Z

    That would be a good idea!


    Seems like it will be exciting.