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Thursday, July 20


Jack Kirby's Consciousness, Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light, Barry Ira Geller, and the Real Argo
Finally, the fascinating truth about the real CIA Argo mission! Hear how Jack Kirby and Barry Ira Geller's script and production designs for Lord of Light made the actual Argo mission successful, as recently testified to by the "Sons of the Iranian Revolution." The Kirby/Geller work, though not mentioned in the Oscar-winning film, rests in the International Spy Museum forever. Discover the unbelievable awareness and consciousness of Jack Kirby as remembered by Barry Ira Geller, one of the last people to have creatively partnered with Jack. Kirby was the Rembrandt of comic art, the Einstein of superhero visions, and the creator of the modern romance genre. Hear Mike Royer, arguably the best Silver Age inker-certainly Jack Kirby's favorite-give the real story behind the inking of these fantastic series!

Thursday July 20, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 5AB


Cartoon Art Museum Workshop: Mastering the Art of Jack Kirby
Ever wondered how the legendary Jack Kirby created his signature style? Now you can learn the tricks of his trade and those he collaborated with to draw Captain America, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men among many other iconic characters. Celebrate Jack Kirby's 100th birthday with Kirby fan and cartoonist Mark Badger (Batman, Just Draw) leading this workshop, with guidance from the Jack Kirby Museum. Supplies provided by Sakura.

Thursday July 20, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 2


DC Universe Original Movies 10th Anniversary
Ten years. Thirty films. Five shorts. And innumerable fan-favorite moments. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment celebrates a decade of animated DC Entertainment-infused films with an exciting panel in conjunction with the release of the DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection, a comprehensive box set of the films, shorts, dazzling new enhanced content, and a few exclusive collectible items, coming in fall 2017. Producers Bruce Timm (Superman: Doomsday, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) and James Tucker (Justice League: War, Justice League Dark) and co-producers/screenwriters Alan Burnett (Batman: The Animated Series) and Jim Krieg (Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox) will lead a panel discussion that will include actors Kevin Conroy (Batman and Harley Quinn), Tara Strong (Batman: The Killing Joke), John DiMaggio (Batman: Under the Red Hood), Vanessa Marshall (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths), Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs, Ugly Betty, Justice League vs. Teen Titans), and some very special guests. Moderator Gary Miereanu will have some very exclusive gifts for the most intelligent, inquisitive fans.

Thursday July 20, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 6BCF


50 Years of Peanuts in Japan
Japan has a special relationship with the Peanuts characters, having embraced Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the rest of the gang for nearly five decades. In this discussion, attendees will learn about the unique history of how Peanuts came to Japan and how the unique Japanese culture has embraced the iconic comic strip. Among many other incredible stories, fans will learn which characters are popular and why and discover the origins of the latest Peanuts phenomenon: the Snoopy Museum in Tokyo!

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 23ABC


Why Will Eisner Still Matters at 100
Born 100 years ago, Will Eisner not only recognized the future potential of comics at an early age but also worked his whole life to help achieve those goals. But how could Will Eisner still be relevant to us today? Join Paul Levitz (former president of DC Comics, author of Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel, educator, comics historian), Jackie Estrada (administrator, Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards), Paul Dini (Harley Quinn co-creator, writer, producer), Maggie Thompson (writer, editor, comics historian), and maybe a surprise special guest to discover why.

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 9


25 Years of Rob Liefeld Creations
Comic book legend Rob Liefeld celebrates his illustrious career with a celebration of the 25th anniversary of his Extreme Studios and Image Comics. Rob will discuss his spectacular tenure at Marvel Comics, where he not only revitalized the New Mutants and X-men franchises but also created some of the most beloved characters in Marvel history, including Deadpool, Cable, and Domino, as well as X-Force. And as if celebrating 25 years of Rob Liefeld creations isn't exciting enough, the panel will be moderated by The Walking Dead 's Robert Kirkman. Also on hand are special guest Extreme Studios alum, including Dan Fraga, Marat Mychaels, Andy Park, Todd Nauck, Dan Panosian, Norm Rapmund, Art Thibert, and many more.

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


25 Years of Bob the Angry Flower
Bob the Angry Flower creator Stephen Notley leads a frantically freewheeling look back at the inspirations, controversies, challenges, absurdities, and searingly insightful laffs flung at an unwilling and unsuspecting world courtesy of the fan-favorite alternative comic. There'll be slides . . . and more!

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 4


Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist
This feature-length documentary about Will Eisner premiered at New York's Tribeca Film Festival. The film includes interviews with Stan Lee, Jules Feiffer, Jack Kirby, Art Spiegelman, Frank Miller, Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Chabon, Gil Kane, and many other famous writers and cartoonists who knew and worked with Will Eisner. The showing will be introduced by Danny Fingeroth (comics historian, Spider-Man group editor) with a brand-new videotape introduction from the film's director/producer Andrew D. Cooke and writer/producer Jon B. Cooke.

Thursday July 20, 2017 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Room 9
Friday, July 21


The Black Panel
The Black Panel is 20 years old. A new era begins with an unprecedented event. Panelists for the year’s 20th-anniversary forum will not be announced in advance. If you’ve never been to Michael Daviss Black Panel, you wouldn’t know some of the biggest names in media have graced its stage. Who’s been chosen for this 20th-anniversary celebration? Non-ya. Don't get that? Here's a clue: Non-ya is a response, not a rapper.

Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 5AB


Spotlight on John Morrow
Comic-Con special guest John Morrow (publisher at TwoMorrows) presents a sequential image, stereophonic, multimedia extravaganza: "Jack Kirby: Yesterday, Today, and TwoMorrows!" Join John on a comics history road trip that explores how Kirby's career was inexplicably intertwined with John's own life, long before he published Jack Kirby Collector #1 in 1994, and continues to permeate TwoMorrows Publishing today. You'll see rare Kirby artwork, video and audio of Jack himself, rare photos, and the debut of John's new book, KIRBY100, an all-star celebration of Jack's 100th birthday! The video presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with details of other new TwoMorrows titles, including their Reed Crandall biography and GROOVY, which documents how flower power affected comics and pop culture.

Friday July 21, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 4


Comics Arts Conference #6: Comics Auteurs: Kirby and Eisner at 100
2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the births of comics masters Jack Kirby and Will Eisner, whose contributions to comic books and graphic novels cannot be overstated. Marc Greenberg (Golden Gate University School of Law) discusses how copyright law partially helped the Jack Kirby and Jerry Siegel estates get a second bite at the apple in renegotiating publishing deals. Kim Munson (From Panels to Frames: Comic Art in Museums) looks at how recent art shows contribute to the constant rediscovery and reevaluation of Eisner and Kirby's work. Jennifer Willms (University of Koblenz-Landau) delves into the Eisner's comic compendium of Jewish American history and the immigrant experience.

Friday July 21, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 26AB


Will Eisner: Mentor, Partner, Friend
Comic-Con special guest Denis Kitchen looks back on his 35-year relationship with Will Eisner, from the unlikely friendship that formed between a scruffy underground comix publisher and a buttoned-down businessman to the creative and publishing partnership that brought The Spirit to a new generation and helped give birth to the graphic novel.

Friday July 21, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 8


Street Fighter 30th Anniversary
Shoryuken! Celebrate 30 years of Street Fighter by taking a look at the past, present, and future of Capcom's beloved fighting game series. Hear behind-the-scenes stories from key team members and expect some fun and gamesand maybe even a surprise visit from executive producer Yoshinori Ono, too!

Friday July 21, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Room 6BCF


Jack Kirby: Friends and Family
If Jack Kirby were as immortal as his work, he'd be 100 years old next month . . . and he's still here in spirit and impact. Today a group of his family members and closest friends will talk about the man they knew, the man whose genius revolutionized the comic book industry again and again, and they'll even tell you what he liked on his pizza. Your moderator is former Kirby assistant Mark Evanier (author, Kirby: King of Comics).

Friday July 21, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 8


What's New with Terry Moore
Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise, Echo, Rachel Rising, Motor Girl) will be talking about the conclusion of Motor Girl and his plans for the 25th anniversary of Strangers in Paradise in 2018. Terry will answer any and all questions from the audience!

Friday July 21, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 28DE


Star Wars and Fandom: The Early Years
In honor of Star Wars's 40th anniversary and its long association with Comic-Con, Craig Miller, Lucasfilm's original director of fan relations, gives a slide show on the early association between Star Wars and fandom, including photos from Comic-Con in the 1970s and stories about how fans got involved and were kept involved from even before the film came out.

Friday July 21, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 7AB


Wiseguy, The Show That Invented Binge TV: 30th Anniversary
Three decades ago, CBS debuted a series unlike any that had appeared on television before. Starring Ken Wahl as a morally compromised undercover operative and Better Call Saul's Jonathan Banks as his OCB handler, serialized storylines spanned multiple episodes and featured an unforgettable array of memorable guest stars including Kevin Spacey, Tim Curry, Jerry Lewis, Deborah Harry, Glenn Frey, Ron Silver, Fred Dalton Thompson, William Russ, and Ray Sharkey. Now, look back with the original creative team that brought Vinnie Terranova to the screen every week, along with a generation of TV scribes who the series inspired. On hand will be David Burke (executive producer, Wiseguy), Stephen Kronish (executive producer, Wiseguy), David Kemper (former CBS executive, EP of Farscape), Marc Guggenheim (executive producer, Arrow), Edward Gross (author, The Unofficial Story of the Making of a Wiseguy), and moderator Mark A. Altman (co-EP, The Librarians, Agent X, Castle).

Friday July 21, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 5AB
Saturday, July 22


Comics Greats on Will Eisner's The Spirit
Originally a syndicated Sunday newspaper comic insert, Will Eisner's The Spirit is still acclaimed for its great artwork, imaginative splash pages, unforgettable characters, and attention-grabbing storytelling. Hear Danny Fingeroth (Spider-Man group editor, comics historian), Denis Kitchen (publisher, writer, comix cartoonist), Jeff Smith (cartoonist, Bone, RASL), Joe Staton (cartoonist, Dick Tracy) and, on videotape, Jules Feiffer (Pulitzer Prize and Oscar-winning cartoonist and screenwriter) talk about the impact of The Spirit on their own careers. Hear about their favorite Spirit adventures and learn why Will Eisner's original Spirit stories are still in print today with new comics appearing monthly.

Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 4


Jack Kirby's 100th Birthday Celebration with IDW!
Featuring an impressive library of more than 1,300 pages of Kirby original DC and Marvel artwork --- the largest showing ever! IDW president Greg Goldstein hosts this stellar birthday tribute with a groundbreaking slide show, featuring art from eight different Artist’s Editions plus some surprises. The panel features superstar creators Walter Simonson and Kevin Eastman, who will share their Kirby remembrances and influences, along with senior editor Scott Dunbier and creative director at IDW PDX Dirk Wood. Everyone who attends will receive a “birthday” gift! One lucky fan will go home with an Artist’s Edition!

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 25ABC


The Centennial of The King of Comics, Jack Kirby
Illustrator and comic book historian Arlen Schumer (The Silver Age of Comic Book Art) marks the centennial of Kirby's birth with a multimedia retrospective about how a first-American generation son of European Jewish immigrants growing up in the Lower East Side of New York City named Ya'akov Kurtzberg became acknowledged by both professionals and fans alike as the single greatest artist and storyteller in the history of comic books, Jack "King" Kirby.

Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 29AB


Animation Magazine Turns 30!
Launched in 1987, Animation Magazine has been the definitive voice of the art, business, and technology of animation and VFX as those industries have grown from tiny niches into global phenomenona. Join editor-in-chief Tom McLean, publisher/president/co-founder Jean Thoren, and some surprise special guests in this look at how much the magazine and the art forms it covers have changed over the past three decades.

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 24ABC
Sunday, July 23


The Annual Jack Kirby Tribute Panel
Continuing the celebration of the Kirby Centennial, this is the annual panel about Comic-Con's first superstar guest, the man they call "The King of Comics," Jack Kirby. Jack left us in 1994, but his influence on comics, film, and this convention has never been greater. Discussing the man and his work this year are Jim Chadwick (editor at DC Comics), Paul Levitz (former president at DC Comics), Mike Royer (Kirby's favorite inker), attorney Paul S. Levine, and several highly surprising surprise guests. Naturally, it's moderated by former Kirby assistant Mark Evanier.

Sunday July 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am
Room 5AB


Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Two Decades with Feeling A 20th Anniversary Celebration
The authors of the upcoming oral history Slayers & Vampires from Tor Books about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman (co-authors of The Fifty-Year Mission) reopen the Hellmouth and look back at the secret history of the slayer who saved the world a lot, in honor of the show's 20th anniversary. They will also look at what the future might hold for slayage in the 21st century and revisit the underappreciated genius of Angel and the Buffys that never were, featuring some surprise guests.

Sunday July 23, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 7AB


Hanna-Barbera 60th Anniversary
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment salutes the 60th anniversary of legendary Hanna-Barbera Studios with a panel led by artists and writers who worked side by side with the cartoon icons. Join Alan Burnett (The Smurfs), Spike Brandt (Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz), Tony Cervone (Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery), author and animation historian Jerry Beck, and some surprise guests for a look inside the making of The Flintstones, Jonny Quest, The Jetsons, Magilla Gorilla, Hong Kong Phooey, Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines, The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, Top Cat, Wacky Races, The Yogi Bear Show, and more.

Sunday July 23, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 7AB


Will Eisner at 100: The Real World of Publishing Comics
Andrea Colvin (Lion Forge), Gina Gagliano (First Second), Kurt Hassler (Yen Press), Heidi MacDonald (The Beat), and Filip Sablik (BOOM! Studios) talk about the challenges and opportunities of selling graphic novels into traditional book markets. Moderated by John Shableski (Will Eisner Studios and Udon Entertainment).

Sunday July 23, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 5AB