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Thursday, July 20
 

10:00am

Jaws Will Drop, Sides Will Ache . . . Super Weird Heroes!
A way-fun, LOL, multimedia show of the kookiest, kraziest, most bizarro leotard-clad bad-guy-bashers of the Golden Age of comic books! See the Hand, a giant hand! See Madam Fatale, the first cross-dressing superhero! See Kangaroo Man (Batman was taken)! See tons more nutty-cool heroes held up to reverence and ridicule! Based on the bestselling book Super Weird Heroes (and its upcoming sequel), this stand-up comedy presentation is by the former creative director of the Muppets, now the Eisner-winning editor of IDW and Yoe Books Craig Yoe. Twenty laugh-riot cosplay changes in all!

Thursday July 20, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 28DE

10:00am

Real World Retellings
Fiction is fantastic, but sometimes we are reminded that while the truth may not be stranger than fiction, it can at least be as compelling. Panelists will discuss significant people and incidents from our own reality-Dungeons & Dragons creator Gary Gygax, the origins of Tetris, vampire slayers, the dude on the $10, and fangirls. Graeme McMillan of The Hollywood Reporter will lead the discussion with Koren Shadmi (Rise of the Dungeon Master), Box Brown (Tetris), Jonathan Hennessey (Alexander Hamilton), and Sam Maggs (The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy).

Thursday July 20, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29AB

10:00am

DC Icons: Blockbuster YA Authors Meet Iconic DC Superheroes
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 17, 03:23AM
Bestselling authors of some of today's most popular YA novels- Leigh Bardugo (Wonder Woman: Warbringer), Marie Lu (Batman: Nightwalker), and Matt de la Peña (the forthcoming Superman novel) discuss reimagining these heroes in their YA novels for the DC Icons series. Hear them talk about their individual adaptations of the famous comic characters and writing in the DC universe with moderator Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy).

Thursday July 20, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 23ABC

11:00am

IDW Publishing: Focus on Graphic Novels
IDW senior editor Justin Eisinger and Top Shelf Productions' Leigh Walton host a discussion of the stunning graphic albums, art books, and translated editions coming from IDW this year. Joined by creators such as Izar Lunaçek (Animal Noir), Jim McCann and Janet Lee (Return of the Dapper Men), and Campbell Whyte (Home Time), the panel will dive into details on their work and beyond, including R. Crumb: From Underground to GENESIS, Pearl Jam Art of Do the Evolution, Sh*t My President Says, I Am a Number, and much more.

Thursday July 20, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 28DE

11:00am

Wonderstruck: From Page to Screen with Brian Selznick
Explore the power of storytelling with Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the basis for the Academy award winning film Hugo directed by Martin Scorsese). Brian will take you behind the scenes of the new film adaptation of his book Wonderstruck. Directed by Academy Award nominee Todd Haynes and featuring Academy Award winner Julianne Moore, the film will be released in theaters this Fall.

Thursday July 20, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 5AB

11:00am

Picture Books for Grown-Ups: Why Graphic Novels Matter to Adults
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 10, 09:22PM
Why should your library invest in an adult graphic novel collection? Panelists will discuss the benefits of adult graphic novel collections to the library and community, give tips on how to justify these collections to library management and stakeholders, and explain the value of graphic novels in academic libraries. The session will also review the differences between adult and teen materials, provide guidance for creating a diverse and well-balanced collection, and share how graphic novels are used with adult learners to develop critical reading and writing skills. With panelists Monica Barrette (Escondido Public Library), Matthew Murray (University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries), Lalitha Nataraj (Escondido Public Library), and Steven Torres-Roman (San Diego Public Library), and Amie Wright.

Thursday July 20, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

12:00pm

Embracing the Romantic!
Action, adventure, and conflict all contribute to stories-but these panelists are focused on the sometimes maligned (but incredibly integral to so many stories) aspect of romantic relationships. Rebecca Zanetti (Lethal Lies), Anna Todd (The Spring Girls), Christina Lauren (Dating You/Hating You), Jessica Cluess (A Poison Dark and Drowning), and Stephanie Perkins (There's Someone Inside Your House) celebrate the genre with Carrie Sessarego (Smart Bitches, Trashy Books).

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

12:00pm

Read-Alikes: What to Suggest When Patrons Have Already Read Smile and The Walking Dead
Read-alikes can be a librarian's best friend. In this session, panelists will help participants by sharing their experiences recommending titles to patrons who have finished reading popular graphic novels like Smile, Persepolis, American Born Chinese, and Deadpool. Panelists will also share their knowledge about upcoming comics and pop culture and recent genre trends that tie in with comics. With panelists Angela Ocana, Kelly Quinn Chiu (Santa Clara City Library), Matthew Murray (University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries), Ben Neal (Portsmouth Public Library), Jenny McCluskey (Ingram Library Services), Steven Torres-Roman (Teen Librarian, San Diego Public Library), and Anna Ferri.

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

12:00pm

Spotlight on Jonathan Maberry
Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of novels (thrillers, science fiction, horror, fantasy), comics (for Marvel, IDW, and Dark Horse), short stories, and nonfiction, and anthology editor (Aliens: Bug Hunt, X-Files, V-Wars) talks about writing in multiple genres, working with Hollywood, breaking into comics, and making up weird stuff for a living.

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 23ABC

1:00pm

Alexander Simmons: Scooby-Doo to Sherlock, Batman to Blackjack: Creating Original and Iconic Characters
An author of comics, plays, children's books, and adventure novels, Alex Simmons guides the audience through the process of writing compelling characters using his experiences in both the mainstream and comic book industry.

Thursday July 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 29AB

1:30pm

Sixty Seconds with SFF Authors
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 18, 11:13PM
Paul Cornell (Chalk) moderates this version of the BBC radio game show Just a Minute. The object of the game is for panelists to talk for 60 seconds on a given subject "without hesitation, repetition, or deviation." The comedy comes from attempts to keep within these rules and the banter among the participants. For science fiction and fantasy authors, the possible topics are endless. Contestants include Seanan McGuire (Down Among the Sticks and Bones), Gail Carriger (Imprudence: The Custard Protocol #2), Gail Carriger (Imprudence: The Custard Protocol #2), Sam Sykes (An Affinity for Steel), Jason Hough (Injection Burn), Brandon Mull (Death Weavers: Five Kingdoms Book 4), and Sarah Beth Durst (The Reluctant Queen).

Thursday July 20, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

3:00pm

Comics by Design
Covers, page design, lettering-what does a designer bring to a comic that really makes it stand out on the bookshelf? Panelists discuss the best designs out there for comics and graphic novels-with lots of images of great book design from throughout the industry. With Andrew Arnold (First Second Books), Fawn Lau (Kodansha), Gilbert Lazcano (IDW/Top Shelf), and Hilary Thompson (Oni Press); moderated by Abraham Riesman (New York Magazine).

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 28DE

3:00pm

Graphic Novel and Manga Programming for Tweens and Teens in our Diverse Communities for Any Budget
Representing a vast geographical spread and diverse communities, librarians from the Los Angeles Public Library share their experiences with programming-presenting and promoting graphic novel and manga content-utilizing partnerships and free local resources. The audience will learn about hosting Free Comic Book Day as a library event or at any time during the year. Great programming ideas for tweens and teens include anime screenings, author talks, character visits, giveaways, and fun graphic novel/manga-related crafts, from button making to decoupage. They will give tips on how to make your programs and events a success and show examples from their programs, flyers, and displays. With panelists Corinda Humphrey (Los Angeles Public Library), Marissa Thompson (Los Angeles Public Library), Loren Spector (Los Angeles Public Library), Jennifer Siron (Los Angeles Public Library), and Danica Sheridan (Los Angeles Public Library).

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

3:00pm

It's a Funny Story . . . Writing Humor
Everyone's heard the saying, "Dying is easy-it's comedy that's hard." The panelists discuss the challenges of creating humor that reaches an audience and how it can be used to temper serious tomes. Brendan Reichs (Nemesis) guides the conversation with Brandon Snider (What Would Captain Picard Do?), Fred Van Lente (Ten Dead Comedians), Liz Climo (You Don't Want a Unicorn), Gini Koch (The Alien Series), and Gabe Hudson (Gork, the Teenage Dragon).

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

3:30pm

The Bernie Wrightson Memorial Panelâ
Bernie Wrightson was one of the most influential artists in comic book history. His work on Swamp Thing, his Frankenstein illustrations, and myriads of classic covers, stories and illustrations were lovingly rendered by an artist who truly made each project a labor of love. Join IDW'

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 4

4:00pm

Off the Rails: When Disney Park Attractions Come to Life . . . in Books!
Take a trip through the Disney Parks through books. From graphic novels to novels, Disney Publishing editors discuss how they are expanding the beloved stories of some of the parks' most beloved rides (Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise) into prose. With panelists Michael Siglain, Nachie Marsham, Eric Geron, and special guests.

Thursday July 20, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 23ABC

4:30pm

Because You Love to Hate Me
Villains rule in Because You Love to Hate Me, a new YA anthology in which 13 of the most influential booktubers on YouTube join forces with 13 bestselling and acclaimed authors to give these mysterious, oft-misunderstood individuals a chance to tell their stories their way. YouTube stars Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia), Ameriie (Books Beauty Ameriie), Jesse George (jessethereader), and Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS) join authors Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles) and Cindy Pon (Want) to discuss their favorite villains-and whether they might just be misunderstood.

Thursday July 20, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

4:30pm

R. L. Stine, Creator of Goosebumps
Beware: You're in for a scare! R. L. Stine, author of the bestselling children's book series Goosebumps, is at Comic-Con for the first time. Come meet the man who has given you 25 years of fears. Moderated by Marc Snetiker, staff writer, Entertainment Weekly.

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

5:00pm

How to Judge What Is Appropriate in Comics: What Does T for Teen Really Mean?
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 10, 09:22PM
Cataloging and collection development practices for comic books, especially when it comes to age ranges and placement, can make librarians want to tear their hair out. In this session, the discussion will focus on understanding the content that justifies the labels of middle grade, young adult, or adult. It will also address the question of "Does 'T' really mean for teen?" The panelists will provide their insights on how to manage a series that starts in young adult and ends R-rated. Additionally, because comics are targets for censorship, they will also review how librarians can handle challenges to material and banned books and continue to fulfill the American Library Association's statement on access to library resources and services to minors. With panelists Angela Ocana (Santa Clara City Library), Kelly Quinn Chiu (Santa Clara City Library), Jenny McCluskey (Ingram Library Services), Ben Neal (Portsmouth Public Library), Steven Torres-Roman (San Diego Public Library), and Andrew Woodrow-Butcher.

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

6:00pm

LGBTQ Geek Year in Review
The past year has been filled with key moments in comics, TV, movies, animation, and games that every queer geek should know about. The panel will discuss the significance of these events to the greater LGBTQ community. Hosted by Prism Comics and moderated by P. Kristen Enos (Prism Comics, Active Voice the Comic Collection), the panel includes Diane Anderson-Minshall (editorial director, The Advocate, Plus Magazine, and Tiny Living Chic), Nick Adams (director of programs, GLAAD's Transgender Media), Mike Ciriaco (LA Weekly, WeHoTV News), Amber Garza (director of international licensing, Sequential Rights; West Coast coordinator, Geeks OUT!), Chelsea Steiner (AfterEllen.com, Autostraddle.com), and Amelia Vaughn (Huffington Post, Riptide Publishing).

Thursday July 20, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 28DE

6:30pm

The Scoop at Simon & Schuster
Lauren Hoffman (marketing), Chrissy Noh (marketing), Jodie Hockensmith (publicity), Keri Horan (marketing), and Liesa Abrams (marketing) give a sneak peek at the hottest books and properties coming from Simon & Schuster in 2017, including books by some of your fan-favorite authors. The discussion will be moderated by Jon Anderson (executive vice president, publisher), and attendees will take home exclusive prizes and swag.

Thursday July 20, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 4

7:00pm

Black Mask: Debuting Tomorrow's Legends
With a nonstop string of breakout hits including Space Riders, BLACK, 4 Kids Walk into a Bank, Young Terrorists, Jade Street Protection Services, The Dregs, Godkiller, We Can Never Go Home, the Eisner-nominated Kim & Kim, and its most recent smash CALEXIT, Black Mask has made a name for itself as the hottest launchpad to debut new talent and as the home for some of the coolest, most provocative comics around. Join Black Mask co-founder Matteo Pizzolo (Young Terrorists, Godkiller, CALEXIT) and the creators of Kim & Kim Magdalene Visaggio, Eva Cabrera, and Claudia Aguirre; creators of BLACK Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3; creators of 4 Kids Walk into a Bank Matthew Rosenberg and Tyler Boss; and more special guests for a wide-ranging discussion of how new creators and new ideas are changing comics and how YOU can be a part of it.

Thursday July 20, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 29AB

8:00pm

I'll Take Quidditch for $500, Obi-Wan: Fan Game Show
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 10, 05:25PM
Can you name the family seat of each Westerosi house? Identify a Star Wars villain from a single line of dialogue? List every Hogwarts professor by magical subject? Test your knowledge in this bookish game show, competing head to head with fellow fans and bestselling authors Christie Golden (Battlefront II: Inferno Squad), Scott Sigler (Alive), Sylvain Neuvel (Sleeping Giants), and actress/audiobook narrator Janina Gavankar (Battlefront II: Inferno Squad) in categories like "May the Force Be with You," "Expecto Patronum," and more, using audio clips from the Star Wars, Game of Thrones, and Harry Potter audiobooks. Star Wars audiobook narrator Marc Thompson will host, selecting a few lucky audience members to compete onstage to be teammates with these terrific authors!

Thursday July 20, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 32AB

8:30pm

SF and Fantasy Book Trivia with Orbit
Find out what's new and upcoming from Orbit, and win free books by playing a Jeopardy!- style trivia game show. "I'll take science fiction and fantasy novels for $400, please!" Orbit's marketing staff will test your knowledge banks-with some special guest appearances.

Thursday July 20, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 4
 
Friday, July 21
 

10:00am

Using Comics to Support Different Learning Styles in the Classroom
As schools struggle to ensure that students are not left behind in the learning process and to extend curriculum to challenge more advanced students, educators must adapt their classrooms to the developing needs of their students. Join in for a talk about visual literacy and the advantages of using sequential art to help connect with students and convey difficult concepts with ease.

Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

11:00am

Diana's Sister Protagonists
How do fictional feminist narratives inform and inspire? The future is female, as reflected in the Women's March, a new Wonder Woman feature film, and a slew of bestselling authors writing empowering stories of women in charge. Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy) leads the conversation with Kiersten White (Now I Rise), Nnedi Okorafor (Akata Witch, Akata Warrior), Sarah Tarkoff (Sinless), Laurie Forest (The Black Witch), Gregory Scott Katsoulis (All Rights Reserved), and Dana Fredsti (The Spawn of Lilith).

Friday July 21, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 25ABC

11:00am

From Asterix to Zeus: Developing an Essential Kids' Graphic Novel Collection
While the category has enjoyed tremendous popularity in recent years, kids' graphic novels are not a recent phenomenon. What classic titles or series should librarians have on their shelves to provide historical context and a complete survey of the medium? This will be an illimunating discussion moderated by Dawn Rutherford (branch manager, Brier Library), with panelists Jenny McCluskey (collection development librarian for Ingram Library Services LLC), Alea Perez (chair of YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee), Carla Riemer, and Mark Siegel (editorial director, First Second).

Friday July 21, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

11:00am

Tarzan and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.: What's Next
Jim Sullos (president, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.), Cathy Wilbanks (vice president of operations, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.), Alexander Simmons (creator/writer, BlackJack), and James Kuhoric (American Mythology Productions) discuss Edgar Rice Burroughs's famous literary heroes as well as forthcoming comics, novels, role-playing games, and more based on Tarzan of the Apes, John Carter of Mars, Pellucidar, and Poloda, Beyond the Farthest Star. Moderated by Scott Tracy Griffin, author of Tarzan on Film (Titan Books, 2016) and director of special projects for Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.

Friday July 21, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 29AB

12:00pm

Lucasfilm Publishing: New Star Wars Stories from a Galaxy Far, Far Away . . .
Get ready, rebels! Bestselling, fan-favorite authors Christian Blauvelt (Star Wars Made Easy), Cullen Bunn (Star Wars: Darth Maul), Christie Golden (Battlefront II: Inferno Squad), Claudia Gray (Leia: Princess of Alderaan), Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Star Wars Jedi Academy: The Force Oversleeps), Cavan Scott (Star Wars Adventures), Beth Revis (Star Wars: Rebel Rising), and Landry Walker (Star Wars Adventures) discuss their latest stories set in a galaxy far, far away. Also featured will be exclusive sneak peeks at upcoming stories, surprise guests, and giveaways exclusive to SDCC. Moderated by Lucasfilm's Michael Siglain.

Friday July 21, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 7AB

1:00pm

Drawing the Sword: Gabriel Rodríguez
Locke & Key artist/co-creator Gabriel Rodríguez is launching his first-ever fully creator-owned, written, and drawn series, Sword of Ages, this fall. Hear all about the new series, future Locke & Key plans in print and TV, Gabriel's decade-plus at IDW, and a special announcement or two. All that and a free Sword of Ages preview comic for all in attendance! Moderated by IDW CCO Chris Ryall.

Friday July 21, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 23ABC

1:00pm

Read Like a Girl: Middle-Grade Fiction for Girls (and Boys)
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 14, 05:31PM
The authors behind some of your favorite middle-grade graphic fiction discuss creating stories with strong, positive female characters and the importance of overcoming the lingering perception that comics are only for boys. Featuring Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina), Victoria Jamieson (Roller Girl, Great Pet Caper series), Jenni Holm (Babymouse series), Molly Ostertag (The Witch Boy), and Raina Telgemeier (Ghosts). Moderated by Brigid Alverson (writer and reviewer, Good Comics for Kids).

Friday July 21, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

2:00pm

Nonfiction and Memoir in Graphic Novels
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 14, 05:33PM
Combining text and image can make difficult or abstract subject matter more appealing, winning over even the most reluctant reader. Learn how nonfiction graphic novels and graphic memoirs can be used to supplement lessons in STEM and history and bring awareness to underheard and marginalized perspectives in the classroom. Panelists include Mairghread Scott (Science Comics: Robots), Thi Bui (The Best We Could Do), Nathan Hale (One Trick Pony), Tillie Walden (Spinning), and Alison Wilgus (Science Comics: Flying Machines). Moderated by Heidi MacDonald (Publishers Weekly, ComicsBeat.com).

Friday July 21, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

3:00pm

Maker of Worlds: The Art (and Writing) of World Building
The often talked about but rarely understood art of world building is unraveled in this panel. World building requires different skills than scripting and illustration; the world itself becomes a character and needs to be mapped out in ways that create clear structure and flexibility. Comics, prose, and video game writer Andy Schmidt (Comics Experience, Marvel) and comics artist and designer Reilly Brown (Marvel, Dark Horse) offer a presentation of a world built just for this panel and all the behind-the-scenes info they can pack into an hour.

Friday July 21, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 11

3:30pm

Writers: Get Published! Get Greenlit! Get Working!
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 17, 06:44PM
Get answers to all of your questions about publishing and Hollywood in this frank and forthcoming panel with literary agent Holly Root (Root Literary agency), publicist Kristin Dwyer (Leo PR), editor Adam Wilson (Simon & Schuster, Gallery/Gallery 13), literary agent Jane Putch (Eyebait Management), Sean Berard (Agency for the Performing Arts), and moderator Nathan Bransford (author of How to Write a Novel). They will take your questions and discuss the wild world of publishing and screenwriting. No pitches, please.

Friday July 21, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 24ABC

4:00pm

Superstars in Children's Fiction
Meet children's book and graphic novel superstars as they discuss how they create the heroes, characters, and books that kids love from Goosebumps to Jedi Academy. Featuring Jarrett Krosoczka (Star Wars Jedi Academy), Lucas Turnbloom and Greg Grunberg (Dream Jumper), R. L. Stine (Goosebumps), Jennifer Holm and Matt Holm (Swing it, Sunny), and Molly Ostertag (The Witch Boy).

Friday July 21, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 23ABC

5:00pm

Publishers' Talkback Session
Talk with publishers about how graphic novels are doing at your library and what they should know based on the feedback from your community. With Robin Herrera (editor, Oni Press), Gina Gagliano (marketing and publicity manager, First Second), and Mallory Loehr (SVP/publisher, Random House Books for Young Readers), moderated by Alea Perez (chair of YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee).

Friday July 21, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

5:30pm

Into the Fanzone! Celebrating Pop Culture in YA Literature
C. B. Lee (Not Your Sidekick and Not Your Villain), Danika Stone (All the Feels and Internet Famous), and Holly West (Swoon Reads and Feiwel & Friends editor) share their love of fandom, pop culture, and comics in a lit-focused Q&A on writing, publishing, and most important, the fans!

Friday July 21, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 24ABC

7:00pm

Villains: Creating the Perfect Antagonist
What makes a great monster or just plain psycho-antagonist? Creators divulge how they come up with fantastic villains and which characters can claim the best villain award. Why do some win our hearts while others creep us out? Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion), Brian Pinkerton (Abducted), Susan Spann (Betrayal at IGA), and Eric Kieron Davis (Star Citizen) will share their perspectives and creative processes, including what key ingredients they focus on when creating vicious characters.

Friday July 21, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 9

7:00pm

What's Up with Penguin!
Anne Sowards (executive editor, Ace/Roc), Rebecca Brewer (associate editor, Ace/Roc), and Erin Berger (Penguin Young Readers Group) give you the dish on forthcoming books from their authors and licensed properties, such as William Gibson, Marie Lu, Stephen Donaldson, Renee Ahdieh, Patricia Briggs, Stephane Perkins, Ilona Andrews, Traci Chee, Brendan Reichs, Rachel Caine, and many more. You can expect giveaways like finished books or advanced reading copies.

Friday July 21, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 23ABC

7:30pm

Alien Civilizations
Award-winning science fiction authors, a scientist/futurist, screenwriters, and actors talk about alien civilizations and how to design alien species, ships, and societies for use in storytelling. Featuring Gail Carriger (The Parasol Protectorate series, The Custard Protocol series), David Decio (Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2), Rebekah R. Ganiere (Fairelle series, president of Fantasy Futuristic and Paranormal RWA chapter), Mark O’Bannon (The Dream Crystal, Pirates of the Imperium), Jimmy Diggs (Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: DS9), David Brin (The Uplift War, Kiln People), and Charles Holloway (Alien Worlds, The End). Moderated by James Ganiere (chief editor, Fallen Angel Press; CEO, Rio Vista Universal).

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

7:30pm

If You Love Something, Make a Book of It
While many writers and artists incorporate their favorite pop culture characters, stories, and universes into their work, some have made the leap from ardent fan to published creator. Come hear the stories of authors and artists who have taken their fan obsessions and turned them into books that further inspire and entertain fans worldwide. Find out how their popular works came to be, what it’s like creating with pop culture icons, and how these works have opened new opportunities for them. Moderator April Whitney (Chronicle Books) talks with Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son, Star Wars: Jedi Academy), Tim Leong (Star Wars Super Graphic), Scott Koblish (Deadpool, The Many Deaths of Scott Koblish), Jenny Parks (Star Trek Cats), and Brandon Bird (Brandon Bird’s Astonishing World of Art).

Friday July 21, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 24ABC

7:30pm

Ray Bradbury and the World of Comics
Orty Ortwein of the Ray Bradbury Museum, Inc. will talk about Bradbury’s career in comics. Learn about the legendary writer’s life-long love of comics, from his boyhood in Waukegan, IL, to his adaptations in EC Comics, to his hand in starting the very first San Diego Comic-Con. Even die-hard fans of Bradbury will find out many little-known facts about the author.

Friday July 21, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 26AB

8:00pm

An Adventure in Digital Storytelling
With the ability to build massive interactive video game worlds and the rise of virtual reality technology, creators now have the ability to tell complex and immersive stories that can span hundreds or even thousands of hours. This group of panelists will discuss how creators can turn a story concept into a boundless world inhabited by countless threads of drama and adventure. Moderator Neo Edmund (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the Red Riding Alpha Huntress series) is joined by Andrew Robinson (senior writer at Blizzard Entertainment, Overwatch), James Waugh (VP development, LucasFilm), Micky Neilson (New York Times bestselling author, World of Warcraft: Ashbringer, The Howling), and Jonathan Callan (writer, Justice League Action; senior writer, Survios).

Friday July 21, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 11

8:00pm

John Carpenter's New Title: Tales of Science Fiction
Co-creator Sandy King Carpenter (They Live, Vampires), writer James Ninness (John Carpenter’s Tales for a Halloween Night, Dust), and letterer Janice Chiang (Conan the Barbarian, Transfomers) talk about the origin of the newest title from award-winning comic publisher Storm King Comics. Storm King is the first place to see new comic worlds from the mind of John Carpenter.

Friday July 21, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 28DE

8:00pm

Writing the Wrong
Hollywood experts will reveal their “what not to do” lists for writers and those interested in an entertainment career. Panelists include, Silvia Olivas (co-executive producer, Elena of Avalor), Deric A. Hughes (co-executive producer, MTV's Scream, The Flash), Carole Kirschner (director of WGA Showrunner Training Program), Rob Greenlea (director, The Flash, Supergirl), Kristi Shuton (manager, Disney ABC creative talent development and inclusion), and others. Exclusive “don’t” lists for network writing fellowship/program applicants will also be shared as well as advice on how you can advance diversity and social change with your scripts. Moderated by Ken Choy (Wide Lantern).

Friday July 21, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 32AB

9:00pm

The World of Drive
Creator Dave Kellett (Drive, Sheldon) leads the first SDCC behind-the-scenes look at the fan-favorite sci-fi series. And since Drive was nominated for Best Long-Form Comic by the National Cartoonists Society, you’ll be getting sneak peeks of what’s ahead in that long-form story as well as hearing about the new hardcover premiering this weekend at SDCC. Moderated by past CCI “Best Documentary” director Fred Schroeder (Stripped).

Friday July 21, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 9
 
Saturday, July 22
 

10:00am

Space . . . The Final Escape
What is it about outer space that keeps us coming back to imagine the possibilities? Whether battling alien life forms in a far away galaxy or facing life or death technical dangers aboard a space station, we return to the stories that celebrate space and the triumph of the human spirit to explore and survive in it. Blast off with Claudia Gray (Defy the Stars), Nathan Hale (One Trick Pony), James S. A. Corey (Persepolis Rising), and Andy Weir (Artemis), led by Captain Maryelizabeth Yturralde of Mysterious Galaxy.

Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 7AB

10:30am

Spotlight on Roxane Gay
New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay (Black Panther: World of Wakanda, Bad Feminist, Difficult Women, Hunger) comes to Comic-Con as a special guest! Roxane will discuss her skyrocketing career and literary stardom and will field some questions from the audience during a Q&A session.

Saturday July 22, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 5AB

11:00am

Spotlight on Charlie N. Holmberg, Author of The Paper Magician Series
Bestselling author Charlie N. Holmberg and Amazon Publishing editor Jason Kirk discuss The Paper Magician series and Holmberg's latest standalone The Fifth Doll. Set in an eternal summer in a quintessential Russian village, The Fifth Doll is a darkly whimsical tale of self-discovery reminiscent of Lois Lowry's The Giver in which one wrong turn unlocks a secret and a power that will alter reality. Holmberg will share her inspiration behind The Fifth Doll, her plans for the next book in her Paper Magician series, and her approach to writing fantasy.

Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 28DE

12:00pm

Real Life on the Page
Does real life get any less real when it's on the page? How does this representative art form work to accurately (or not-so-accurately) convey history? Five prestigious nonfiction comics creators tackling different ends of the nonfiction comics spectrum-biographies, science, history, journalism-come together to discuss truth and comics. With Landis Blair (The Hunting Accident), Box Brown (Tetris), MK Reed (Science Comics: Dinosaurs), Tillie Walden (Spinning), and Alison Wilgus (Science Comics: Flying Machines); moderated by Petra Mayer (NPR).

Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 29AB

12:00pm

The Production Designer: Architect of Imagination
The production designer reads 100 pages of nothing but words on paper and then must literally dream up the most perfect of all possible worlds in which the tale should take place. Whether the story is set in some mythic past, the here and now, or some nearly unimaginable future, it's always human emotion rendered in color and composition. And following that, the designer must gather and organize an army of artists who, over months or years, in plaster or in pixels, will somehow render that design for the big screen. Panelists include Françoise Audouy (Logan, Dracula Untold), Hannah Beachler (Moonlight, Black Panther), Oliver Scholl (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Suicide Squad), and Patrick Tatopoulos (Justice League, Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice), moderated by John Muto (Home Alone, Species).

Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 23ABC

1:00pm

Genre-Blending: How and Why?
Readers, authors, and curators sometimes struggle to classify a work. Is it fantasy? Science fiction? Paranormal? Maybe all of the above? Authors Charlie Jane Anders (All the Birds in the Sky), Daryl Gregory (Spoonbenders), Peter Clines (Paradox Bound), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Worship), Vic James (Gilded Cage: Book I of the Dark Gifts Trilogy), and Pierce Brown (Red Rising series) discuss the benefits and tricks of genre blending with Petra Mayer of NPR.

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 28DE

1:00pm

Living a Creative Lifestyle
First Second Books creative and editorial director Mark Siegel discusses how to incorporate creativity into your day-to-day life. How do you inspire yourself to write and draw stories? How do you inspire yourself to finish stories and to maintain a consistent work ethic throughout the process? And how do you do that in a way that is fun, healthy, and low stress? Siegel outlines a creative lifestyle based on his years of experience at First Second as well as being the creator of his own comics works.

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 29AB

1:00pm

The Kaiju Kingdom Podcast: The Resurgence of the Kaiju Film Genre
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 21, 11:03PM
With the success of Kong: Skull Island, the buzz around Legendary's MonsterVerse grew over night. Film buffs and kaiju fans have both Pacific Rim, and Godzilla sequels, along with the grand finale of King Kong vs. Godzilla to look forward to. Jessica Tseang and Chris Eaton (hosts of The Kaiju Kingdom Podcast) discuss with Mitsuki Koga (actor Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.,Kamen Rider Ketaros), Steve Ryfle (author of Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, from Godzilla to Kurosawa), Chris Mowry (writer of IDW’s Godzilla), Mark Jaramillo (curator of Godzilla vs. Wolfman, producer Kaiju Gaiden), and Michi Yamato (actor, director Masked Rider, Big Bad Beetleborgs, Fujiyama Ichiban) on how Legendary's new films have reawaken a love for giant monsters, and how their career was impacted by TOHO. Exclusive footage of Godzilla vs. Wolfman will be shown followed by an Q&A.

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

2:00pm

World Mythology in Contemporary Fantasy
Xenophobes beware. (And if you know what "xenophobes" means, please keep reading.) There are worlds of diverse gods, djinn, daemons, Ghabali, manticores, sylphs, yowies-and oh, yeah, Baba Yaga-to learn about. And you can find them all in the pages of books. Join Reneé Ahdieh (Flame in the Mist) in conversation with Ilona Andrews (Wildfire), Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone), Traci Chee (The Speaker), S. A. Chakraborty (The City of Brass), and Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina) to learn about the monsters that roam the Earth and how world mythology provides the building blocks of contemporary storytelling.

Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 9

2:30pm

Drawn & Quarterly Previews and Announcements
Drawn & Quarterly is the esteemed literary graphic novel publisher of such authors as Lynda Barry, Kate Beaton, Chris Ware, Adrian Tomine, and more. Publisher Peggy Burns, executive editor Tom Devlin, and marketing director Julia Pohl-Miranda preview forthcoming books and announce new titles.

Saturday July 22, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 8

2:30pm

Explore/Create: Richard Garriott's Adventures from Gaming Pioneer to Space Adventurerto Space Adventurer
Richard "Lord British" Garriott authored the famed Ultima series and coined the term "avatar." In 2008, he became the first American second-generation astronaut when he flew to the ISS. Learn more from his new memoir Explore/Create.

Saturday July 22, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 24ABC

3:00pm

Fanbase Press: Introducing Quince
Quince is a 15-issue comic book series being released in English and Spanish about teenager Lupe who discovers she has superpowers at her quinceañera. Creative team Sebastian Kadlecik (Penguins vs. Possums), Kit Steinkellner (Z: The Beginning of Everything), and Emma Steinkellner (X-Box) discuss the series and the importance of inclusivity and representation in the comic book medium in a session moderated by Barbra Dillon (editor-in-chief, Fanbase Press).

Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 28DE

3:00pm

Living in the Future
Daily life in the 21st Century can often feel like living in the future, as we relax with our pocket supercomputers in our self-driving vehicles, etc. But there's no dearth of imagination among these panelists, who will share their future visions of our planet and others, humans, robots, and more. Take a tour as Christopher Rice (Ramses the Damned) guides readers into the visions of Cindy Pon (Want), Daniel H. Wilson (The Clockwork Dynasty), Karin Tidbeck (Amatka), Daniel Price (The Song of the Orphans), Elizabeth Briggs (Future Threat), and Rob Reid (After On).

Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 23ABC

3:00pm

Spotlight on Box Brown
Box Brown (Andre the Giant, Tetris) and Brandon Stroud (pro wrestling editor at UPROXX) discuss Box's highly acclaimed comics body of work. Box is an Eisner Award-nominated cartoonist, illustrator, and comic publisher from Philadelphia. His books include the New York Times bestselling Andre the Giant: Life and Legend and Tetris: The Games People Play. His next work (coming Feb. 2018) is about Andy Kaufman, titled Is This Guy for Real? Box's independent comics publishing house, Retrofit Comics, was launched in 2011.

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

3:30pm

Keeping it Real
Graphic novels featuring realistic stories about kids are burning up the bestseller lists and winning awards. Some of the hottest creators working in the genre discuss why their work is connecting with readers both young and old. Panelists include Jennifer Holm (Swing It, Sunny), Shannon Hale (Real Friends), Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina), Tillie Walden (Spinning), and moderator Meryl Jaffe (Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth).

Saturday July 22, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 8

4:00pm

What's New from Abrams ComicArts and Amulet
Andrew Smith (publisher), Charles Kochman (editorial director), Chad Beckerman (creative director), and Abrams authors Thi Bui (The Best We Could Do), Damian Duffy and John Jennings (Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation), Nathan Hale (One Trick Pony), and Mark Evanier (Kirby: King of Comics [Anniversary Edition]) discuss their graphic novels. The panel will also cover Abrams ComicArts's upcoming projects from the fall 2017 list and beyond, revealing exciting works in progress and including videos and never-before-seen titles and art.

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 28DE

4:00pm

Midnight, Texas Series Premiere
Universal Television presents NBC's new supernatural thriller Midnight, Texas ! Welcome to a place where being normal is strange and only outsiders fit in. Based on the bestselling book series by Charlaine Harris (author of the novels that inspired True Blood), comes a journey into a remote Texas town where nothing is what it seems. Home to a vampire, a witch, an angel and a hitwoman, Midnight is a mysterious safe haven for those who are different-a perfect place for anyone looking to hide from the outside world. That is, until the arrival of a powerful psychic and the murder of one of their own. As the town members fight off outside pressures from ever-suspicious cops, deadly biker gangs, and their own dangerous pasts, they band together and form an unlikely but strong family. Join your fellow "Midnighters" for a special screening of the premiere episode along with an exclusive sneak peek and a Q&A session with the cast and producers: François Arnaud (The Borgias), Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black), Parisa Fitz-Henley (Luke Cage), Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries), Jason Lewis (Sex and the City), Peter Mensah (True Blood), Sarah Ramos (Parenthood), Yul Vazquez, (Bloodline), executive producers Monica Owusu-Breen (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and David Janollari (Six Feet Under), and author Charlaine Harris.

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Room 6BCF

6:00pm

The Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con: More than Just Cookies
The doting girlfriend. The damsel in distress. The evil seductress. The tough girl who dies. Why are so many female characters such cookie-cutter archetypes? Why do so many fictional women lack the depth and variety of character of their male counterparts? How can fans and writers work together to create richer stories with more well-rounded characters, female and otherwise? Here to discuss the many archetypes of women in fiction are a group of women dangerous in their own rights: Tamara Brooks (Comic Book Resources, Seat 42F), Dr. Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy), Jennifer K. Stuller (Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors, GeekGirlCon), Jessica Tseang (Little Geek Girls, comic book historian), Tamara Robertson (MythBusters: The Search), and Alex Langley (The Geek Handbook, Kill the Freshman). Moderated by Katrina Hill (Action Movie Freak, 100 Greatest Graphic Novels).

Saturday July 22, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

6:45pm

X-Files: A Conversation Between David Duchovny and Dirk Maggs
Liquefying aliens. Hissing creatures. Humming spacecraft. This is the otherworldly soundscape of The X-Files: Cold Cases -an Audible original drama that reunites David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, and a cast of familiar voices from the iconic series. Duchovny and Cold Cases producer Dirk Maggs talk about revisiting the rich, sonic tapestry of the X-Files universe, what it means to tell more of Mulder and Scully's story, and how fans can join the duo's investigations and experience them like never before by putting on a pair of headphones. Fans may even find out what's canon and what's not.

Saturday July 22, 2017 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Room 6A

7:00pm

What's New from Del Rey Books
Adventure, science fiction, innovation, fantasy-the publisher of some of genre's best and brightest stars is here to talk about what's next on the horizon from Del Rey Books. Authors Pierce Brown (Red Rising Trilogy), Robin Hobb (Fitz and the Fool Trilogy), Jason Hough (The Dire Earth Cycle), Vic James (Gilded Cage), and Rob Reid (After On) discuss their new and upcoming books with moderator Tricia Narwani (Del Rey editorial director).

Saturday July 22, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 9

8:00pm

Inclusive Speculative Fiction
Harper Voyager, home to such fantasy icons as Richard Kadrey, C. Robert Cargill, Raymond Feist, and Brom, is proud to announce a new universe of possibility inhabited by a broadly inclusive array of speculative fiction. HarperCollins Children's Books showcases a roster of diverse authors and literature for the next generation of readers. Join in for a presentation of the diverse voices in fiction that readers have been calling for!

Saturday July 22, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 9
 
Sunday, July 23
 

10:00am

Emily the Strange Panel Experience
Emily the Strange creator Rob Reger, illustrator Buzz Parker, and special guest the Strangers present their annual Emily the Strange Panel Experience! Along with a unique Emily the Strange her-story lesson, the panelists will discuss the animated feature film in development with Amazon Studios and the final chapter of the all-ages Dark Horse comic book series Emily and the Strangers. They'll also provide a sneak peek of new artwork from The Art of Emily the Strange: Volume 2 Odds and Ends . Rob and Buzz will discuss their creative process of collaborating for over 13 years and talk about how it all started, Audience participation will be encouraged with plenty of rewards for being strange . Oh, yeah, and bring your Q's for some A's . . . Be there! Or get lost!

Sunday July 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 32AB

10:00am

Spotlight on Gail Carriger
Come meet New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger and ask her all your questions on writing, Steampunk, the publication process, film options, tea, and so much more.

Sunday July 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 4

10:30am

How To Create Your Own Novel: From the First Idea to Publishing and What You Need To Sell Your Work to TV and Film
The Winner Twins,Brittany and Brianna, multiple award-winning and national bestselling science fiction authors known for their popular Strand series, will explain how to create your own novel step by step, from building your universe to overcoming writer's block to the different paths to publishing. The twins have taught their unique creative writing method to hundreds of thousands of convention attendees, teachers, and students across the country. They will be joined by Todd McCaffery (New York Times bestselling author, Dragonriders of Pern), Seanan McGuire (New York Times bestselling author, Hugo and Nebula Award-winner, October Daye series, InCryptid series), and David Gerrold (Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author, screenwriter, The Martian Child, Star Trek, Land of the Lost), as well as other panelists to be announced. They will share their war stories, answer your questions, and teach you how to craft your story idea into a marketable novel, television series, or film franchise. This panel will be in loving memory of Richard Hatch, a friend, teacher, and inspiration to all.

Sunday July 23, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 8

11:00am

Fantasy, Diversity, and Inspiring One Another
Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom, and Wonder Woman: Warbringer), Michael Dante DiMartino (Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, and Rebel Genius), and Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone) talk about fantasy across all mediums, diversity in literature and on the screen, and their inspirations for their works. All three creators will discuss their upcoming projects: The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo, Warrior Genius and The Legend of Korra comics by Michael DiMartino, and Tomi Adeyemi's Children of Blood and Bone (both the trilogy and the forthcoming movie adaptation, which has been optioned by Fox 2000). Moderated by Kurt Mattila, film director and editor of such films as Tron: The Next Day and Lies & Alibis. Kurt's love for filmmaking is rivaled only by his passion for comic books, which he channels through his superhero podcast, The Big Pull.

Sunday July 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 32AB

11:00am

Monsters, Mayhem, Magic, and Machines for the Next Generation
Classics like Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Harry Potter, E.T., and Ghostbusters continue to find fans year after year in their original and updated iterations. Author panelists explore more tales to entice readers of every age-from fantastical stories of colliding worlds to horrifying tomes of haunted houses and beyond-and discuss how the creators were influenced by the classics. With Armand Baltazar (Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic), Madeleine Roux (House of Furies), Marie Lu (Warcross), Marissa Meyer (Renegades), Amanda Foody (Daughter of the Burning City), and Christina Henry (Lost Boy), led by Cecil Castellucci (Shade the Changing Girl).

Sunday July 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 28DE

11:00am

The Secret Origin of Good Readers
UPDATED: Sat, Jul 22, 07:24PM
Get tips and insights on using comic creation tools to increase learning in your classroom. Special guests: New York Times and USA Today bestseller Anne Elizabeth (Once a SEAL), writer/editor Dave Elliot (The Weirding Willows), librarian Karen Green (Columbia University), and retailer Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics).

Sunday July 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
Room 23ABC

12:00pm

DIY Reboot: The Restorative Power of Fanfic
In a discussion moderated by Jen Stout (fanfic editor, beta reader), panelists Kaylie Allen (multifandom writer), Shannon Conover (fandom blogger), and Phoenix Mendoza (fan artist, writer) explore fanfic's roots in zine and queer culture, variations across decades and fandoms, sexism concerning how fan works are perceived by the general public, and fanfic's healing, restorative qualities for readers, writers, and fans.

Sunday July 23, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

12:00pm

Spotlight on Shannon Hale and Dean Hale
Celebrate the incredible work of the bestselling and award-winning husband and wife team of Shannon Hale and Dean Hale. Shannon has written for kids and adults including the acclaimed graphic novel memoir Real Friends, the Newbery Honor recipient Princess Academy, and Austenland, which was made into a major motion picture. Together, the Hales have co-authored the bestselling Princess in Black chapter book series, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl middle-grade novel, the Eisner-nominated Rapunzel's Revenge graphic novel and its companion, Calamity Jack, and the upcoming middle-grade novel Monster High/Ever After High: The Legend of Shadow High.

Sunday July 23, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 4

12:00pm

The Future Is Bleak
All stories require an element of conflict, but some authors see a darker vision than others when they gaze into the future. Panelists Alex R. Kahler (Runebinder), Scott Westerfeld (Spill Zone), Cory Doctorow (Walkaway), Annalee Newitz (Autonomous), and Scott Reintgen (Nyxia) serve as guides to poisoned presents, alternative timeline apocalypses, near and far future dystopias, and other not-so-cheery scenarios with Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy).

Sunday July 23, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 25ABC

12:00pm

GeekEd #2: Shall We Play a Game?
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 12, 12:27AM
"Play" is all around us, particularly at colleges and universities and especially here at Comic-Con. But how often do people stop to realize how much "play" affects how they live? A panel of game scholars discuss how building better games, identifying the biases within them, and the act of "play" helps people empathize with others and provides them with a guideline for this work on college campuses. Today's classroom environment demands that scholars not just implement but also understand the impacts of digital media. This panel of scholars will explore the intersection of games, learning and inclusivity in the context of curriculum development, activism, policy, history, and game design. Panelists include Constance Steinkuehler (UC Irvine; Senior Policy Analyst, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy 2011-2012), Bonnie Ruberg (UC Irvine), Kurt Squire (UC Irvine), Amanda Cullen (UC Irvine), and Aaron Trammell (UC Irvine). This panel is one of four specifically focused on college and university staff, faculty, and students.

Sunday July 23, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

12:30pm

Fantasy Novels
Learn about writing fantasy novels, publishing, and book-to-movie adaptations from New York Times bestselling authors Gail Carriger (The Parasol Protectorate), Robin Hobb (Assassin's Apprentice), Seanan McGuire (October Daye), and Mary Pearson (The Remnant Chronicles). Moderated by Henry Herz (Cap'n Rex & His Clever Crew).

Sunday July 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 8

1:00pm

Chicano Comics
In Mexico and other Latin American countries, reading comic books and comic strips has long been an accepted form of entertainment and even a potential mode of cultural and political learning and transgression. As a storytelling medium, the comic is especially attractive to Latinos and Latinas. Comic books cost little to make. They offer the possibility of a grassroots-style distribution on the Internet and by word of mouth. Most American comics fans are unfamiliar with Latino comics south of the border or indeed the magical realist world presented in mural, painting, and even graffiti form. This is the third continuous year Comic-Con has welcomed Latino artists, cartoonists, and exhibitors to talk about graphic narratives in the Chicano culture. This panel is honored to have the presence of Juan Felipe Herrera, the recent poet laureate of both California and the entire U.S., as well as renowned Peruvian muralist Mario Torero, former Logan resident Lalo "La Cucaracha" Alcaraz, Mexican graphic novelist Charles Glaubitz (whose latest graphic novel, Star Seeds, is the subject of an exhibition by the Bread and Salt Gallery in Logan), and the San Diego Free Press cartoonist Joaquin Junco Jr. (Junco Canché). David Favela is the owner of Border X at the center of the Logan community, which provides music nearly every night and a gallery featuring local artists.

Sunday July 23, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 25ABC

1:00pm

Minecraft Books
Bestselling author Max Brooks (World War Z) and editor Sarah Peed (Del Rey Books) discuss Minecraft's first official novel, Minecraft: The Island, along with other official Minecraft books.

Sunday July 23, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 7AB

1:00pm

What's Hot in Young Adult Fiction!
Strong protagonists, engrossing romance, humor, action, and deeper questions of identity-that's what's hot! Join in for this popular annual Q&A session and chat about the newest titles and trends in YA fiction. Moderated by Nathan Bransford (How To Write a Novel) and featuring Jennifer Armentrout (The Problem with Forever), S. Jae-Jones (Wintersong), Lish McBride (Pyromantic), Brendan Reichs (Nemesis), Beth Revis (Star Wars: Rebel Rising), Megan Whalen Turner (Thick as Thieves), Kiersten White (And I Darken), and Nicola Yoon (Everything, Everything).

Sunday July 23, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 29AB

1:30pm

Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 10, 08:27PM
Jack Bender (EP/director, Lost, Under the Dome), Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful), Kelly Lynch (The L Word), Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men, The Practice), Jharrel Jerome (Moonlight), and Breeda Wool (UnREAL) discuss their new original series on AT&T Audience Network based on the bestselling Stephen King novel, which follows a demented killer who taunts a retired police detective and the crusade to bring the killer to justice before he is able to strike again.

Sunday July 23, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 8

2:00pm

Fantastic Fans and Where to Find Them: Rowling Along in 2017
Moderated by Heidi Tandy (FictionAlley, Organization for Transformative Works), journalist Elizabeth Minkel (New Statesman, Fansplaining), Kat Miller (MuggleNet), educator Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas (the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education), event organizer Adrienne Alwag (Dumbledore's Army [LA]), and creative fans like writer/director/actor Nick Lang (A Very Potter Musical, StarKid Productions), novelist Alexa Donne (Brightly Burning), fan filmmaker Justin Zagri (Severus Snape and the Marauders), theatrical producer David Carpenter (Puffs; or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic), and a representative of U.S. Quidditch discuss the magic of new canon on stage, on screen, in amusement parks, in libraries, and, of course, online and the excitement and creativity that makes our Harry Potter fandom so magical 20 years after the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone .

Sunday July 23, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 6BCF

2:00pm

Comic-Con How-To: Making Magic Believable
Are you a writer or aspiring writer looking to improve your skills? Do you want to learn some tricks of the trade when it comes to creating enjoyable magic systems for your stories? If so, Maxwell Alexander Drake will break these topics down into easily understandable bits you can use to improve your craft. Maxwell Alexander Drake is an award-winning science fiction/fantasy author, graphic novelist, and playwright.

Sunday July 23, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 2

3:00pm

Women Creators Breaking Stereotypes
From Jane Eyre and Little Women to The Hunger Games, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Wonder Woman, female heroes have spurred many discussions. What have creators fought for in the past for their female title characters, and what key ingredients do creators pour into their female leads today? Hear from Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion), Michele Wells (DC Comics), Trina Robbins (writer and herstorian), Erin Reynolds (Nevermind), and Leah Hoyer (Telltale Games) as they share their processes for creating female heroes, what they think about when creating a female lead or collaborating on female superheroes, and what they foresee happening to female stereotypes in the future.

Sunday July 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 32AB

3:45pm

Alien-Predator Extended Universe: The Stories Continue
Editors/authors Jonathan Maberry (Joe Ledger, Aliens: Bug Hunt) and Bryan Thomas Schmidt (Predator: If It Bleeds, The X-Files: Secret Agenda' s "Border Time") discuss the expanded universe literature past, present, and future, including their anthologies Aliens: Bug Hunt and Predator: If It Bleeds, with author contributors and New York Times bestsellers Alan Dean Foster, Scott Sigler, and Seanan McGuire. Moderated by Steve Saffel (Titan Books).

Sunday July 23, 2017 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Room 5AB