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Thursday, July 20
 

10:00am

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
 
Friday, July 21
 

1:00pm

CBLDF: The Trials of Underground Comix!
Underground comix revolutionized the format by shedding the restrictions of the Comics Code and exploring new ground in what comics could say and do. Authorities were less than impressed, and a generation of prosecutions arose from Berkeley to New York City and everywhere in between. Join Ron Turner, publisher of Last Gasp; Joyce Farmer, iconic underground cartoonist and editor; and Mary Fleener, alternative cartoonist and minicomics pioneer, for a freewheeling discussion with CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein on the trials of underground comix.

Friday July 21, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 11

1:00pm

Comics Arts Conference #7: It Came from the Pulps! The Weird, Lurid Origins of the Comic Book
For 50 years before the birth of the modern comic book, pulp magazines were the predominant source of popular fiction in America. Many of the creators, and readers, of the pulps helped to nurture the nascent comic industry, and their influence and legacy can still be felt to this day. Author Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson (The Texas-Siberia Trail, granddaughter of DC Comics's founder Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson), Jason Ray Carney (Christopher Newport University), Bram Stoker Award-nominated comic and pulp scholar Jeffrey Shanks (The Unique Legacy of Weird Tales), Patrick Scott Belk (Empires of Print: Adventure Fiction in the Magazines, 1899-1919), and Eisner-nominated comics and pulp historian Nathan Vernon Madison (Anti-Foreign Imagery in American Pulps and Comic Books, 1920-1960) discuss the connections between pulp magazines and early comic books, as well as the relatively recent growth in academic study dedicated to exploring those connections.

Friday July 21, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 26AB

2:00pm

Spotlight on Gemma Correll
Cartoonist Gemma Correll (The Worrier's Guide to Life) answers your questions about where ideas come from, how to get out of a creative rut, and making funny comics about mental illness, menstruation, and pugs.

Friday July 21, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 4

2:30pm

Spotlight on Glenn McCoy
The most-awarded cartoonist in the history of the National Cartoonists Society, Glenn McCoy (animation artist, children's book author, and creator of syndicated features The Duplex and The Flying McCoys) will discuss his daring exploits as a comic strip artist, writer, director, and story artist for a variety of TV and film projects, including Despicable Me, The Lorax, The Secret Life of Pets, and the Minions movie. He will take you step by step through the process of storyboarding scenes for movies and discuss his theatrically released short, Mower Minions, taking you from conception to the big screen.

Friday July 21, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 24ABC

5:00pm

Bill Plympton: Beyond Revengeance
Bill Plympton (Your Face, Guard Dog) will show an excerpt of his newest animated feature, Revengeance, and co-director Jim Lujan will moderate a lively and humorous discussion on the making of the film. Also, Bill will show his recent shorts, including the latest "Dog" film, Cop Dog, and the first look at the trailer for his upcoming animated feature, Slide. Plus, everyone who attends gets a free sketch from Mr. Plympton.

Friday July 21, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 25ABC

6:00pm

Adobe Photoshop with Creative Insights from Pros and Members of the Photoshop Team
Daniel Presedo (Photoshop team), Nikolai Svakhin (Photoshop team), Paul Shipper (master illustrator), and Lisa Carney (entertainment/advertisement retoucher) will show secrets, techniques, and best practices. Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard in digital imaging and is used by professionals worldwide.

Friday July 21, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 11

8:30pm

The Girl Genius Radio Plays
Kaja Foglio and Phil Foglio offer an exciting, in-universe, extremely noncanonical Girl Genius adventure performed in the style of old-time radio. Audience participation is encouraged.

Friday July 21, 2017 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Room 24ABC
 
Saturday, July 22
 

10:00am

Let's Create A Cartoon Series
Experienced animation show creators, including Dean Stefan (Matchbox Big Rig Buddies, Quack Pack), Craig Miller (Curious George, Beast Wars: Transformers), Nicole Dubuc (Young Justice, Transformers: Rescue Bots), and Andrew Robinson (Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters, Young Justice), take suggestions called out by people in the audience, first for a genre, then for a main character, then other characters to add, then the world it takes place in. This is a combination of actual show creation and a sort of improv game. It's a take on how a show is created-all the elements you must consider, such as what age group it's for, why the idea of it being about this or that would be too expensive, or why it can't take place on water if it's CGI.

Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 9

11:00am

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

11:45am

Quick Draw
It's the fastest, funniest panel in the whole convention! Once again, your Quick Draw Quizmaster Mark Evanier pits three super-speedy cartoonists against one another with dueling Sharpies as they create great cartoon art right before your very eyes. Competing this year are (as usual) Sergio Aragonés (MAD magazine, Groo the Wanderer) and Scott Shaw! (The Simpsons), joined this year by Maria Scrivan (Half Full) plus a couple of highly surprising surprises!

Saturday July 22, 2017 11:45am - 1:00pm
Room 6BCF

12:30pm

Spotlight on Brigitte Findakly & Lewis Trondheim
Legendary French cartooning couple Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim are the duo behind Poppies of Iraq, a nuanced and tender chronicle of Findakly's relationship with her homeland, Iraq. Trondheim brings Findakly's memories to life in a poignant family portrait that covers loss, tragedy, love, and the loneliness of exile. Join Findakly and Trondheim for their spotlight session, moderated by Karen Green (curator for comics and cartoons and librarian for ancient and medieval history at Columbia University).

Saturday July 22, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 8

1:00pm

Little Lulu and John Stanley Fan Group
The well-remembered Little Lulu comic books were written from 1945 to 1959 by the multitalented John Stanley. Recent research has identified a large body of other work by this once-anonymous master of comics storytelling. Bill Schelly, author of John Stanley: Giving Life to Little Lulu, will be joining the conversation. Come and learn more and join in for a scripted radio-play style reading of a Golden Age Little Lulu story!

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

2:00pm

Spotlight on Joe Staton
Paul Levitz (former president of DC Comics) talks to Joe Staton (Dick Tracy newspaper strip) about Joe's work since the '90s with particular focus on the Dick Tracy strip that Joe has been doing for the last six years with Mike Curtis and that won three consecutive Harvey Awards as Best Syndicated Strip. Other things like E-Man, Huntress, and a multitude of Green Lanterns may also come up.

Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 4

3:30pm

The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood
NEW: Mon, Jul 10, 07:57PM
On what would have been the 90th birthday of comic master Wallace Wood, this panel looks back and digs deep into his career and life, sharing highlights and lowlights for the groundbreaking artist. Mike Catron, editor of the Eisner-nominated series The Life and Legend of Wallace Wood, presents pieces from the Wood archive rarely seen before.

Saturday July 22, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 26AB

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

Oddball Comics Live!
Cartoonist Scott Shaw! (Sonic the Hedgehog) has presented his uniquely hilarious slideshow of "the craziest comic books ever published" to SRO audiences at SDCC for over four decades. This presentation is for everyone who's ever enjoyed reading a comic book, with wildly funny, outrageous, and bizarre covers of the craziest comic books ever published. Even if you've seen some of these comic book covers many times before, when you behold their covers blown up to the size of the side of a barn, you'll be amazed and delighted at the unbelievable imagery that's revealed! Stan Lee says, "Wow, True Believers, I thought I'd seen it all, but Scott Shaw!'s hysterically hilarious Oddball Comics is the wildest, wackiest exposé of some of the craziest comic books I've ever seen! Or, to put it mildly, Scott's outrageous opuses are a blast!"

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Room 7AB

6:00pm

John Stanley, Giving Life to Little Lulu
Eisner-winning author Bill Schelly and Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth give a slide show presentation on the work of John Stanley, the creative genius who wrote and drew Little Lulu for 15 years in comic books. Stanley took Saturday Evening Post cartoonist Marge Buell's scrappy Lulu Moppet and turned her into a genuine feminist icon and the star of one of the bestselling comics of the 1950s.

Saturday July 22, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 9
 
Sunday, July 23
 

10:00am

Cartooning Snack Shop: Kids Eat (Draw) Free!
At this delicious workshop event, Kristian Andrew Sather (Cartoon Design Revealed) will demonstrate for kids of all ages how to draw tasty cartoon characters using the shapes of produce found at their local grocery stores-e.g., Perry Pear, Allen Apple, Lucy Lettuce, and Suzy Strawberry. All ages are welcome.

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

10:00am

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

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

Keeping it Funny
Abraham Riesman of Vulture discusses the breadth of humor and satire possible in the medium of comics. He's joined by Mimi Pond, whose fictionalized memoir The Customer Is Always Wrong is rich with the slang and jokes of 1970s Bay Area counterculture; R. Sikoryak, whose satirical takes on the 2016 presidential election online and tech jargon in Terms and Conditions have delighted readers everywhere; Gemma Correll, whose relatable comics about anxiety and pets appear on The Guardian and are collected in The Worrier's Guide to Life ; and Simon Hanselmann, whose meticulously watercolored stoner witch comics (published on his tumblr and in books such as Megahex and One More Year) are soaked in a black humor.

Sunday July 23, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 28DE

4:00pm

How Cartoons Inspire the Next Generation Z Kids
Dr. Zhivago (cartoonist/author) and local student leaders from Arroyo Vista Charter School Alyssa Toledo, Arman Uppal, and Vanessa Zavala discuss how cartoons inspire kids today and how they transform hand-drawn creations to unique digital vector designs. A short workshop of Dr. Zhivago's cartoons will follow the presentation.

Sunday July 23, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 11