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Thursday, July 20


UDON Entertainment: 2017
UDON Entertainment is known for publishing high-quality art books, manga, comics, and now collectible items. Erik Ko (chief of operations) and Matt Moylan (director of publishing) discuss all the exciting new projects planned for 2017-2018, including a new Street Fighter comic announcement, new art book reveals, and a few other surprises!

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 8


Young Adult Graphic Novel and Manga Collection Essentials: What Titles Every Library Should Carry
Librarians share their compiled knowledge on the best new and classic graphic novel and manga titles that are essential for any library's young adult collection. They will be discussing current trends in graphic novel publishing as it relates to greater diversity within the genre as well as discuss how to utilize individual comic book issues and webcomic selections in your collection. They will cover how to use graphic novels and manga as a way of supporting Common Core curriculum and as a method of encouraging hi-lo readers. They will also have a segment on crossover appeal: how to get your comic book reading patrons to like manga and vice versa. They'll conclude with some of their most anticipated graphic novels, comics, and manga for the rest of 2017 and the start of 2018. With panelists Loren Spector (young adult librarian III, Memorial Library), Marissa Thompson (young adult librarian, North Hollywood Library), Jennifer Siron (young adult librarian, Chatsworth Library), Danica Sheridan (young adult librarian, Silver Lake Library), Angela Ocana (Santa Clara City Library), Kelly Quinn Chiu (Santa Clara City Library), and Steven Torres-Roman (San Diego Public Library).

Thursday July 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library


Netflix Films: Bright and Death Note
Netflix presents a special sneak peek at David Ayer's new action-thriller film, Bright, set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time. Stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, and Édgar Ramírez, and director David Ayer will debut exclusive footage from the film and answer audience questions. Attendees will also be treated to a first look at the new movie Death Note, based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. Cast and filmmakers from this edgy thriller will debut footage and share details of the project's transition from fan-favorite graphic novel to film.

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Hall H


VIZ Media Panel
The VIZ crew talks about some of your favorite manga titles, including Naruto, One-Punch Man, Tokyo Ghoul, Sailor Moon, and much more. They'll also be making announcements, showing off exclusive first looks at new titles, and giving away prizes.

Thursday July 20, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 7AB


Manga Publishing Pros Industry Roundtable
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 13, 07:41PM
For over 30 years, manga has had its share of challenges in North America. But with more titles available in English on the same day as Japan and more variety available in both print and digital formats, manga is definitely here to stay and on the rise once more. Get a taste of what's hot, what's not, and what's next for manga in North America and Japan from top publishing pros, including Leyla Aker (senior vice president of publishing, VIZ Media), Ben Applegate (associate director of publisher services, Penguin Random House), Erik Ko (chief of operations, Udon Entertainment), Michael Gombos (director of international licensing, Dark Horse Comics), JuYoun Lee (editor-in-chief, Yen Press), and perhaps a few special guests. Moderated by David Brothers (4thletter!, Comics Alliance).

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 29AB


Lost in Translation
The economy is steadily growing stronger and so are sales of manga and anime. But are the steady sales helping all the portions of the industry? And with the renewed interest in manga out there, are there enough quality series to feed the hunger, or is there a danger of oversaturation? Freelancers and industry insiders discuss the art and business of translated entertainment, share stories, and take audience questions. Panelists include William Flanagan (Fairy Tail), Michael Gombos (director of international publishing and licensing, Dark Horse), Mari Morimoto (Naruto), Lillian Diaz-Przybyl (digital editor, Sweetness and Lightning), and Stephen Paul (One Piece).

Thursday July 20, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 9


10 Years of Adam Warren's Empowered
2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the debut of Dark Horse Comics' graphic novel series Empowered, a manga-influenced "sexy superhero comedy" about the trials, tribulations, and body image issues of a struggling young superheroine. Creator Adam Warren, moderator David Brothers, artist Rob "Robaato" Porter, and others offer a discussion of the past, present, and future of the acclaimed series.

Thursday July 20, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 4
Friday, July 21


Shonen Jump Panel with Special Guests!
Come hang out with your Shonen Jump pals and some Boruto voice actors! They'll be making announcements, discussing SJ manga, and giving you the chance to answer ridiculously easy trivia for prizes. Then let the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations voices of Boruto, Sarada, and Mitsuki regale you as they discuss what it's like working on this popular series.

Friday July 21, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 5AB


Manga Superheroes? Super Differences Between Japan and the US
From Astro Boy to Ultraman, Sailor Moon to One-Punch Man, the super-powered characters of manga, anime, and live-action tokusatsu TV shows wear costumes and fight bad guys, but how do they differ from their U.S. counterparts, and how do they reflect differences in U.S. and Japanese societies, values, and politics? Join Andy Nakatani (editor-in-chief, Weekly Shonen Jump), David Brothers (4thletter!, Comics Alliance), Chris Butcher (director, Toronto Comic Arts Festival), and Brigid Alverson (MangaBlog, Good Comics For Kids, Smash Pages) for this fun and super-charged discussion, moderated by Deb Aoki (Publishers Weekly, Anime News Network).

Friday July 21, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 4


Funimation: My Hero Academia
The hero obsession is back in session with more action, heroes, and quirks. Meet the English voice actor Christopher R. Sabat, the voice of All Might (also the voice of Vegeta in Dragon Ball Z) and Justin Briner, the voice of Izuku "Deku" Midoriya (also voice of Mikaela in Seraph of the End). Join in for a discussion of this hero phenomenon, watch new clips, and take part in a Q&A session with a giveaway, prizes, and more.

Friday July 21, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 23ABC


Princess Mononoke Screening
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 21, 04:00AM
Princess Mononoke is a landmark of animation and a film of unsurpassed power and beauty. Join Her Universe and Hot Topic for Studio Ghibli trivia, prizes, and a special screening of the epic film. Hosted by Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein. For further information on how to attend this panel, please read more about the Horton Grand Theatre.

Friday July 21, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre
Saturday, July 22


Kodansha Comics: Akira, Sailor Moon, Battle Angel Alita, and More!
The global manga publisher Kodansha Comics is here with exciting new series and new editions of classics, including Akira, Sailor Moon, The Ghost in the Shell, and Battle Angel Alita, with a special appearance by Eisner-nominated Princess Jellyfish editor Yumi Sukemune. Enjoy a rare opportunity to speak with someone involved in the Japanese manga production process, as well as editors and localizers for your favorite manga, including Fairy Tail, Noragami, and Attack on Titan, plus free books and promo items!

Saturday July 22, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 8


Official Sailor Moon Panel
Everyone's favorite Guardian of Love and Justice is back and better than ever! Join your friends from VIZ Media for all the news and updates on the legendary anime series, with some special guest appearances!

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 5AB


Dark Horse Manga
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the manga industry in North America-an industry born from the love of comics fans and comics publishers for the work of Japanese creators. Dark Horse was one of the manga pioneers in the 1980s and continues to publish Japanese titles ranging from Danganronpa, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Unofficial Hatsune Mix to I Am a Hero, Lone Wolf and Cub, and Berserk. Join Carl Horn (editor), Michael Gombos (director of international publishing and licensing), and Megan Walker (assistant editor) for a look at the past, present, and future of manga at Dark Horse.

Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 7AB


Manga Around the World
Examining the trends in an ever-evolving world of manga, TOKYOPOP looks at licenses in the U.S., Germany, China, Korea, and around the world from huge franchises like Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia to indie titles and original language series. Learn about manga's creation and development as Japanese comics continue to expand to a global audience.

Saturday July 22, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 28DE


Crunchyroll Industry Panel
Hear about all the latest and greatest anime and manga coming out of Crunchyroll straight from the source. A special gift for all who attend.

Saturday July 22, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 25ABC


Official Gaia Online Panel
Chris Castagnetto (DJ Helsing) is proud to be hosting the Official Gaia Online Panel. This is your chance to meet the Gaia staff, get your questions answered, and take a sneak peek at some of the great stuff Gaia has planned for 2017. Expect plenty of fun and some great prizes.

Saturday July 22, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 7AB
Sunday, July 23


Cartoon Art Museum Workshop: Manga Stardom for Beginners
Love reading manga like Yotsuba&!, Tokyo Ghoul, The Legend of Zelda, Death Note, Attack on Titan, One-Punch Man, or Chi's Sweet Home? Learn how to draw your own manga with the Cartoon Art Museum in this beginner workshop based on Sakura of America's how-to series, Manga Start! Try drawing cartoons for the first time or practice basic skills. Supplies provided by Sakura. Plus, win Sakura Manga Start booklets and starter kits giveaways for active participants! Kids and adults welcome!

Sunday July 23, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 11


Manga Tutorials for Kids
eigoMANGA's team of manga artists and animators will offer kids of all ages tutorials on manga illustrations and storytelling. Join a workshop with seasoned manga artist Mino Miyabi (The Voice of Innocence, 5D) and Austin Osueke (Vanguard Princess, Rumble Pak).

Sunday July 23, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 11


Super Asian America
With live-action versions of Death Note and Ghost in the Shell, Hollywood keeps mining Asian culture for inspiration-while sidelining Asian people. At the same time, series like Into the Badlands and Master of None demonstrate how successful shows with Asian leads can be. The state of Super Asian America in 2017 is assessed by panelists Will Choi (Asian AF), Deric Hughes (The Flash), Angela Kang (The Walking Dead), C. B. Lee (Not Your Sidekick), Lewis Tan (Iron Fist), and Dr. Nancy Yue n (Reel Inequality). Moderated by Racebending.com's Michael Le.

Sunday July 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 29AB


Disney Manga: Comics for All Ages
With the explosion in manga's popularity, parents have been rightfully concerned about child-friendly options. With series brought directly from Japan and original titles made in collaboration with Disney's team, TOKYOPOP aims to break down the misconception that all manga is inappropriate for little ones and wants to encourage young readers with this fun line of graphic novels.

Sunday July 23, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 29AB