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Wednesday, July 19
 

4:00pm

Teaching with Comics: An Interactive Workshop for Educators
Peter Carlson (Green Dot Public Schools), Antero Garcia (Stanford University), and Susan Kirtley (Portland State University) lead this hands-on workshop for integrating comic books into your classrooms. Using contexts from K-12 to higher ed. instruction to ongoing communities of comic scholars, this workshop guides participants through approaches to teaching comics and teaching with comics, with David Walker (Power Man and Iron Fist), Samantha Diego (Ánimo Western Charter Middle School), Rosie Knight (Nerdist, Women Write About Comics), and Johnny Parker II (Neat-O Comics) sharing key strategies, theories, and scholarship on comics pedagogy.

Wednesday July 19, 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

6:00pm

Special Sneak Peek Screenings
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 14, 06:06PM
Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue the annual Preview Night tradition with an exclusive pilot screening of Deception, plus exclusive video presentations of some of the most highly anticipated series of the 2017-18 television season--Krypton and Black Lightning--as well as a brand-new hour-long episode of Teen Titans Go! and special surprises.

Wednesday July 19, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Ballroom 20
 
Thursday, July 20
 

10:00am

DC Collectibles
Limited-edition statues, action figures, prop replicas, busts, vinyl . . . DC Collectibles has them all-and more! Join the DC Collectibles crew, including Jim Fletcher (executive director, DC Collectibles), Shawn Knapp (senior art director, DC Collectibles), Brian Walters (art director, DC Collectibles), and artists Katherine Brannock, Sho Murase, HaiNaNu "Nooligan" Saulique, and Chris Uminga to hear how they come up with so many great products and fill you in on what's coming up.

Thursday July 20, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 9

10:00am

Dinosaurs, Monsters, Movies and The Blues: Worlds of William Stout
Comic-Con veteran (he's been to every single one) William Stout (Wizards, Conan the Barbarian, Pan's Labyrinth, Walt Disney's Dinosaur) delivers an exciting story- and picture-filled lecture on a varied career that includes comics, movie design, book illustration, movie posters, LP and CD covers, prehistoric life murals, theme park designs, Antarctica, and his passion for the blues.

Thursday July 20, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 32AB

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

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

Creators, Libraries, and Literacy
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 13, 09:15PM
Meet some of your favorite comics creators in a discussion about why librarians and libraries are important to them, featuring Raina Telgemeier, Matt Holm, Molly Ostertag, and Zander Cannon, and Mike Lawrence with moderator Candice Mack (Los Angeles Public Library).

Thursday July 20, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

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

10:15am

Ghostbusters 101: A Ghostbusters Panel of Biblical Proportions!
Ghostbusters co-creator Ivan Reitman and the IDW Ghostbusters brain trust of Erik Burnham, Dan Schoening, and Tom Waltz discuss the long-running, critically acclaimed, and fan-adored Ghostbusters franchise including everything from the classic original movies to the long-running comic book history at IDW Publishing . . . as well as future plans for major events from Ghost Corps that will add to the beloved brand’s canon, bringing the different Ghostbusters worlds together like never before! Be there...or be slimed!

Thursday July 20, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 6DE

10:30am

How To Get News Coverage
Small press publishers: What makes the difference between an item that will get news coverage, previews, and interviews and one that won't? A lot of publishers have no idea what to submit to the press, how to submit it, and why they are being overlooked for coverage. Comics journalist Rik Offenberger (First Comics News, Archie Comics) moderates this panel on just what it takes to get coverage, with the comic journalists themselves telling you what they are looking for in submissions. They include Alex Raymond (Hollywood Gone Geek), Francis Sky (First Comics News, Massacre Twins), Glenn Hauman (ComicMix), Heidi MacDonald (The Beat), J. C. Vaughn (Gemstone Publishing), Jez Ibelle (First Comics News), Josh Waldrop (Red Gorilla), Rob Salkowitz (ICv2, Forbes), and Tanya Tate (First Comics News, JustaLottaTanya.com).Also, independent comics creators Ed Catto (Captain Action, Bonfire Agency) and Holly Golightly (BroadSword Comics), explain what worked for them and what to avoid when looking for press coverage.

Thursday July 20, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 8

10:30am

Spotlight on Maggie Thompson: Dealing with Stuff
Maggie Thompson (comics journalist, historian, and collector) moderates a discussion of the problems of eventual distribution of accumulated collectibles. Lon Allen (Heritage Auctions managing director, comics and comic art), Michael Solof (Geppi's Entertainment Museum), and Karen Green (Columbia University, curator of comics and cartoons) suggest the wheres, whens, whys, and hows of the process.

Thursday July 20, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 4

10:30am

Comic Book Law School® 101: 'Help Me Understand'
Getting off on the right foot is key to traveling on the road to success. This year's Comic Book Law School is designed to help you navigate the best possible route (and provide help in deciphering the map legend). Noted IP attorney Michael Lovitz, author of The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, is joined by attorneys David Branfman and Jeremy S. Goldman for the first of three fun, interactive, and informative programs, which this year will track the progression of (fictional) client as he traverses the many steps involved in creating, developing, protecting, and monetizing a new comic book character. This first installment focuses on the basics and provides attendees with the foundation needed for understanding the various intellectual property rights available to creators and business owners, along with insights on these protections, including how best to safeguard ideas, creative works, characters, brands, and names/titles from genesis through publication, distribution, and beyond. Attendees are invited to participate in an interactive discussion about the rights provided under US copyright and trademark laws, including a discussion on the protections these laws provide, the benefits of federal registrations for each, tips on working with collaborators, and issues of joint authorship and work made for hire. Along the way, there will be plenty to learn about the protections available as well as about the numerous pitfalls that you may find under the U.S. trademark and copyright systems. Note: The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and insights to practicing attorneys as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. (This program is approved for 1.5 credits of California MCLE.)

Thursday July 20, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 11

10:30am

Comics Arts Conference #1: International Issues
Phillip Vaughan (University of Dundee) examines the troubled development and short run of the British horror weekly Scream!, its impact on the British comics industry, and its eventual demise. Andrew Lamprecht (University of Cape Town) discusses the relationship of past and present in contemporary South African comics and the ways that these comics reflect concerns, fears, and utopic dreams after apartheid. Nicole Larrondo (Brown University) investigates how the Chilean government is involved in publishing comics and the ways in which comics have been used inside and outside the classroom as a pedagogical tool to encourage the study of Chilean history.

Thursday July 20, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 26AB

11:00am

Celebrate 50 Years of Underground Comix with Denis Kitchen
It's sometimes said that if you remember the 1960s then you weren't really there. On the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and the debut of ZAP Comix, underground pioneer and SDCC special guest Denis Kitchen, who was most certainly there, will do his best to remember and recount the artistic, political, and pharmaceutical revolutions that transformed comics from the streets of San Francisco to the wilds of Wisconsin. With moderator Rob Salkowitz (ICv2) and maybe a special guest or two.

Thursday July 20, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 9

11:00am

Dark Horse and Adult Swim Present: Go Team Venture!
In late 2017, Dark Horse and Adult Swim will publish Go Team Venture!: The Art and Making of the Venture Bros., which details the creation of the cult classic animated television series. The Venture Bros. creator Jackson Publick and Ken Plume discuss the critically acclaimed television show and the highly anticipated art book.

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

Masters of the Web: The Current State of Comic Book Movies
Some of the leading voices in the online film journalism/punditry world discuss the state of the comic book movie genre, from DC to Fox to Sony to Marvel: John Campea (Movie Talk), Trisha Hershberger (popular online personality), Kristian Harloff (Collider, Fandango), Grae Drake (senior editor, Rotten Tomatoes), Jeremy Jahns (YouTube film critic), and Jon Schnepp (Collider Heroes).

Thursday July 20, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 7AB

11:00am

Spotlight on Jeff Smith
Jeff Smith (Bone, RASL, Tuki) and Larry Marder (Beanworld) discuss comics behind the scenes. Larry and Jeff have been friends since the heyday of the self-publishing movement, living through the rise of the independents, graphic novels, and Image Comics. Oh, the stories they can tell!

Thursday July 20, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 32AB

11:00am

Monsters, Mutants, and Mysteries: Sights and Sounds
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 19, 04:36PM
Featuring panelists Derek Spears (Emmy-winning Senior VFX Supervisor, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead), Matthew Jensen (cinematographer, Wonder Woman, Game of Thrones), Michael A. Levine (composer, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Lego DC Superhero Girls: Brain Drain), Jake Monaco (composer, Be Cool, Scooby Doo, DinoTrux), Michael Gatt (composer, Blood Drive) and Gary Kordan (production designer, Ghosted, Key & Peele). Hear from the creative talent behind your favorite dragons, superheroes, and cartoons. Join Impact24 PR to learn from some of the top composers, music producers, VFX artists, production designers & cinematographers who will discuss the inner-workings of your favorite films, TV shows, and video games. These behind-the-scenes creatives will share their experiences throughout the different stages of their unique and challenging creative processes. Celebrity moderators are Bree Turner (Grimm, The Ugly Truth) and Jean "Splack" Robert (social media influencer).

Thursday July 20, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 29AB

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

11:30am

DC All Access
Meet the folks behind the hit program that is all about your favorite topic: DC! Tiffany Smith, Jason Inman, Whitney Moore, Hector Navarro . . . the names you've come to know and love will be here sharing behind-the-scenes tidbits and all-out DC fun!

Thursday July 20, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 6DE

11:30am

Spotlight on Gail Simone
Fan-favorite writer Gail Simone (Batgirl, Deadpool, Wonder Woman) presents an intimate and no-holds-barred discussion about her journey in comics from fan to award-winning author. Surprise guests and a lively Q&A will cover her career from Women in Refrigerators to her new Image title, Crosswind !

Thursday July 20, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 8

11:30am

Spotlight on Mike Royer
As part of this year's gala Jack Kirby Centennial, here's an hour-long chat with Jack's favorite inker of his work, the man who worked with him on the Fourth World comics, Kamandi, The Demon, and many others. But Mike Royer was so much more than just Jack Kirby's inker. He worked with Russ Manning on the Tarzan comic books and newspaper strip and again with Russ on the Star Wars newspaper strip. He drew for Creepy, Eerie, and Vampirella and worked on the '60s Marvel superhero cartoons and for Gold Key Comics and had a multi-decade career working for Disney on things as un-Kirbylike as Winnie the Pooh. Come hear him be interviewed by his friend and colleague, Mark Evanier.

Thursday July 20, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 4

11:30am

The Relationship Between Artist and Model
With all the drawing software out there, why do animation studios, video game developers, and comic illustrators still use live-action models for character design and development? This panel will discuss how art models contribute to and enhance an artist's vision, how to find the right one for a project, ways into the business, and how to make a seeming disability work as an asset. Panelists include art models Jennifer Fabos Patton (Gallery Girls founder), Margaret Baker (Spider-Man), and Michael Q. Schmidt (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone), mo-cap model T. J. Storm (Deadpool), and Disney master teacher Mark McDonnell. Moderated by Fast Company' s Susan Karlin.

Thursday July 20, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 24ABC

11:30am

Comic-Con How-To: New Methods in Digital Painting and Coloring
Learn how to take your drawing to full color or to a full painting. Brian Haberlin will focus on using multiple programs to introduce a mix of new digital and analog painting tricks and tips that will aid you in fully executing your personal creative vision. A comic book artist, writer, editor, and producer, Haberlin is best known as the co-creator of the Witchblade franchise and for his digital art innovations. Haberlin currently runs Digitalarttutorials.com, produces art tutorials, graphic novels, and comics, teaches at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and is partner in Anomaly Productions.

Thursday July 20, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 2

12:00pm

Be Your Own Superhero: Intersectional Feminism in Comics
Representation matters, both on and behind the page. Sam Maggs (Wonder Women, Star Trek: Waypoint), Susana Polo (Polygon), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), Robbie Thompson (Supernatural, Silk), Christina "Steenz" Stewart (Lion Forge Comics), Cait Brennan (Debutante), and Rose Knight (Women Write About Comics) chat about the strides made in representation of race, gender, and sexuality in comics-and how everyone can do better.

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 32AB

12:00pm

CBLDF: State of Censorship 2017
Get a global look at comics censorship from CBLDF! See how the new political climate is affecting free speech in the U.S., with increased scrutiny at the border and an abundance of local challenges to comics addressing diversity and equality. Explore how cartoonists are being prosecuted, threatened, and intimidated by authorities around the globe for making art. Learn how you can participate with CBLDF in making a difference and standing up for free expression! CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein and editorial director Betsy Gomez lead the conversation.

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 11

12:00pm

Comics Arts Conference #2: International Collaborative TransMedia Narrative Comics
The more we build bridges and familiarize ourselves with other cultures, the better we do as a global community. In this spirit, students at Penn State University and the University of Dundee have embarked on a collaborative comics exchange with the mission of telling one story, graphically, in many voices. Emily Steinberg (The Pennsylvania State University, Abington Campus), Chris Murray (The University of Dundee), William Cromar (The Pennsylvania State University, Abington Campus), and Damon Herd (The University of Dundee) investigate the role of comics within a transmedia, trans-Atlantic teaching and research partnership, reflecting on pedagogy and practice.

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 26AB

12:00pm

Elfquest: An Intimate Conversation with Wendy and Richard Pini
Elfquest was the defining comic of many fans' lives and a rarity in the comics industry. Created by Wendy and Richard Pini in the '70s, Elfquest is a massive fantasy epic set on another planet and has been published by nearly every major comics publisher. Focusing on the lives, loves, and struggles of a band of elves, Elfquest still has a massively loyal fan base today even today! Join comiXologists Tia Vasiliou and Matt Kolowski for an intimate conversation with Wendy and Richard Pini as they discuss the origins, evolution, and influences behind this perennial comic classic.

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

12:00pm

IDW: Walter Simonson
Living legend Walter Simonson is joined by the person most qualified to interview him on a spotlight panel-his wife, the noted comics writer and editor Louise Simonson. If you've never heard Simonson on a panel before, this will be a true treat because Walter is not only a master of sequential stories but also a brilliant raconteur who will enthrall you with stories spanning his nearly 50-year career!

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 9

12:00pm

JAKKS Pacific: Fall 2017 Sneak Preview
Join JAKKS Pacific for a preview of all the new figures, collectibles, and RC vehicles they will be releasing in the coming months. Attendees will get an exclusive first look at new items for Nintendo, DC Originals, Justice League, Marvel, and Star Wars. Following the preview will be a Q&A with members of JAKKS's development team and special giveaways of their premium DC Originals Tribute Series figures.

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 29AB

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

Sherlock Comics with Steven Moffat
Join in for a talk on all-things Sherlock manga with showrunner, writer, and producer of the Doctor Who and Sherlock TV series Steven Moffat, joined by producer Sue Vertue. Expect sneak peeks, art previews, and announcements as they go behind the scenes of the Sherlock TV series adaptation comics. Each audience member will receive a free gift!

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 5AB

12:00pm

The Pitching Hour
Patrick Schumacker (producer, Powerless), Derek Hoffman (VP, Donner Co.), Jaime Burke (executive producer, Sequestered), Grace Ellis (writer, Lumberjanes, Moonstruck), a surprise guest or four, and your moderator Dan Evans III (VP television, DC Entertainment) will take an idea from conception through production for various media. This process will include creating a pitch document, obtaining agents, and getting a pitch meeting. The panelists will explain, through hypothetical example and humorous stories, the process that new creators should adopt to make their way through the creative battleground of the entertainment industry. Knowing that each project is unique, panelists will offer a Q&A to allow the audience to really hone in on the solutions to obstacles they may encounter. Also on hand will be Brendan McFeely (IP lawyer, Kane Kessler) to give creators insight on protecting their ideas as they navigate Hollywood.

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 7AB

12:00pm

Discover Breaking into Comics and Staying There
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 14, 09:03PM
Everyone wants to know how to break into comics, but once you do, how do you stay there? Join Nerdist Writers Panel creator/host Ben Blacker (creator, The Thrilling Adventure Hour) as he leads a discussion with some of the biggest personalities from every corner of the comic book industry to discuss their paths into comics, describe how they overcame roadblocks, and offer tips and advice on how to get your foot in the door and, later, enjoy an enduring career. Featuring Matt Gagnon (editor-in-chief, BOOM! Studios), Bryce Carlson (managing editor, BOOM! Studios), Felipe Smith (All-New Ghost Rider), David F. Walker (War for the Planet of the Apes), John Allison (Giant Days), Dan Mora (Saban's Go Go Power Rangers), and Jackie Ball (Goldie Vance).

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 28DE

12:30pm

A Bunch of Jews (A Minyen Yidn)
Publisher Hope Nicholson, creator Trina Robbins (Pretty in Ink), and contributing artists Jen Vaughn, Elizabeth Watasin, Miriam Libicki, and Willy Mendes discuss the creation of the anthology A Bunch of Jews (A Minyen Yidn) and portraying Jewish characters from within and outside of the culture.

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 24ABC

12:30pm

Justice League Action Video Presentation and Q&A
Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman lead the DC Comics superheroes against their most infamous foes in adventures packed with relentless thrills, fun, and action in Justice League Action. Whether defending the Earth, facing invaders from space, or battling bizarre forces of magic, the always-rotating team of Justice League heroes are up to any challenge. Producers and members of the voice cast will be on hand to screen an all-new episode as well as participate in a Q&A. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Justice League Action airs Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network.

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 6A

12:30pm

Paul Levitz in Conversation with Karen Berger
Legendary editor Karen Berger (Vertigo, Berger Books, The Sandman) chats with her longtime colleague Paul Levitz (former publisher, DC Comics; writer of Legion of Super-Heroes, Doctor Fate, Brooklyn Blood) about their work on Legion, Vertigo, life at and beyond DC, agreements and disagreements, watching him eat crow . . . and maybe even where comics are going from here.

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 4

12:30pm

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

12:45pm

Spotlight on Jim Lee
DC Entertainment publisher Jim Lee (Batman, Justice League, Suicide Squad, Superman Unchained) talks about his 30+ years in the comics industry and sketches your favorite characters live on the big screen in this engaging panel. This is a great opportunity to watch the creative process first-hand and learn the tips of the trade that bring DC Comics' characters to life.

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Room 6DE

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

1:00pm

Marvel Games
Look out, True Believer, the superheroes you love-and the supervillains you love to hate-are waging war on your consoles, PCs, and mobile devices! Be there as key members of the Marvel Games team take to the stage to share the latest and greatest with you . . . and open the floor to answer your questions!

Thursday July 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 6BCF

1:00pm

Stepping into Another World!
Authors share the magic of books to transport young readers via words and pictures to new worlds, sometimes fantastic and exotic and very different from our own and sometimes comfortingly close. Depart for adventure with Shannon Messenger (Keeper of the Lost Cities 6: Lodestar), Judd Winick (Hilo Book 3: The Great Big Boom), Dan Santat (After the Fall), Dean Hale (The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation), Shannon Hale (Real Friends), and Lisa McMann (Dragon Captives), guided by Lucas Turnbloom (Nightmare Escape: Dream Jumper, Book 1).

Thursday July 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 32AB

1:00pm

The Simpsons and SpongeBob Smile-Time Hour
Creative director Nathan Kane and managing editors Terry Delegeane and Chris Duffy join forces for a tour de "farce" of the best humor comics in the business. Meet some of the Bongo and United Plankton writers and artists who tickle your four-color funny bones and find out what's in stores in the months to come!

Thursday July 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 23ABC

1:00pm

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

1:00pm

CBLDF: She Changed Comics
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 14, 06:07PM
Meet the women who changed free expression in comics! From the turn of the 20th century to today, women have overcome censorship and more to make comics, inspiring today's landscape of increasingly diverse and empowering comics storytelling. Join Joyce Farmer (Special Exits, Tits & Clits), Thi Bui (The Best We Could Do), Jennifer L Holm (Babymouse, Sunny Side Up), CBLDF editorial director Betsy Gomez (She Changed Comics), and more for a discussion about the women who changed the format.

Thursday July 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 11

1:00pm

Comic Book and Animation Ambassadors to the Rescue
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 18, 05:01PM
Find out how writers, artists, and animators are traveling the world as cultural ambassadors to build mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of the world. Panelist include citizen diplomats Josh Elder (author and novelist), David Mack (artist and author), Mike Rauch (director), and Preeti Shah (Foreign Service Officer). Rachel Gandin Mark (American Film Showcase, USC School of Cinematic Arts) will moderate.

Thursday July 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 9

1:00pm

Discover the Impact of the Web on Mainstream Comics
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 13, 06:08PM
Thanks to publishers like the BOOM! Box imprint of BOOM! Studios, Fantagraphics, First Second, Top Shelf, Oni Press, and others, some creators who got their start making webcomics have been able to cross over and work on mainstream print titles, whether their own or licensed. Meet some of the folks who have made that transition, and listen to their stories about how you can make the jump, too! Featuring John Allison (Scary Go Round), Phillip Kennedy Johnson (The Lost Boys of the U-Boat Bremen), Meredith McClaren (Hinges), and Molly Ostertag (Strong Female Protagonist). Moderated by Kim Horcher (host, creator, Nerd Alert).

Thursday July 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 28DE

1:00pm

Marvel: Breaking into Comics the Marvel Way
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 20, 08:37PM
Are you a writer or artist? Ever dream of working for Marvel? Do you find yourself thinking, "I could do that . . . if I knew how!" Well, here's your chance! Join talent scout Rickey Purdin and mighty Marvel guests including Donny Cates (Captain America: Steve Rogers), Erica Henderson (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl), Ken Lashley (X-Men Gold), Matthew Rosenberg (Secret Warriors), and David F. Walker (Luke Cage) to find out the answers on how to get your foot in the door and make your job MARVEL!

Thursday July 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 25ABC

1:00pm

Comics Arts Conference #3: Comics and Literacy
Lisa Smith (Pepperdine University) presents her approach to teaching analytical writing in a first-year composition class using Matt Fraction and David Aja's Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon, providing practical, constructive advice on how to use comics to improve students' analytical writing skills. Chris Kuhlow (University of Akron) examines her local comic book shop as a sponsor of multimodal literacy and the pedagogical implications of this sponsorship on the teaching of writing in freshman composition. James "Skip" Harvey (University of Missouri School of Journalism) reports on a two-year study investigating the literary practices of high school students working with a local artist to create comics and digital compositions.

Thursday July 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 26AB

1:30pm

Editing Comics
What does an editor do? What goes into editing a book? This program is a discussion of how professional editors from the industry's most prestigious publishers work with authors to make awesome comics and graphic novels as well as what else goes into an editor's job. This program is for people interested in the behind the scenes of publishing as well as for aspiring and young writers and artists. With Robin Herrera (Oni Press), Cassandra Pelham (Scholastic), Mark Siegel (First Second Books), and Shannon Watters (BOOM! Studios). Moderated by Christopher Butcher (TCAF).

Thursday July 20, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 4

2:00pm

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

2:00pm

Creating Kickass Comics Characters
Creators Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Red Sonja, Sensation Comics's Wonder Woman), Mags Visaggio (Kim & Kim, Quantum Teens Are Go), and the legendary Trina Robbins (Vampirella, Wonder Woman) discuss their processes for developing memorable characters, updating classics, and creating new ones. This panel will analyze some favorite and not-so-favorite character makeovers and highlight some new badass ones.

Thursday July 20, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 28DE

2:00pm

DC Meet the Publishers
Dan DiDio and Jim Lee are the driving forces behind DC Universe Rebirth, Vertigo, MAD, DC's Young Animal, Dark Matter, and much more. This up-close-and-personal panel gives you unique access to the leaders of a fan-favorite comic book line!

Thursday July 20, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 6DE

2:00pm

How To Color Comic Art
Learn about the creative art of comic book coloring as Hi-Fi's Brian Miller (Action Comics) and Kristy Miller (Femme Magnifique) demonstrate the step-by-step transformation of a comic book page from black and white to full color. Learn the basics of flatting, rendering, color holds, and special effects, along with top digital coloring tips.

Thursday July 20, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 11

2:00pm

Image Comics: Creating the Future of Comics
How do you make comics the Image Comics way? Doug Wagner (Plastic), Skottie Young (I Hate Fairyland), Cat Staggs (Crosswind), and Gail Simone (Crosswind) discuss collaboration, planning, drawing, and how to make sure that what you're creating is something you can believe in.

Thursday July 20, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 23ABC

2:00pm

The 2000 AD Thrill-Fest
Celebrate 40 years of the galaxy's greatest comic with creators both old and new, including comics royalty Dave Gibbons (Watchmen). They'll spill the beans on four decades of cutting-edge comics. From Judge Dredd to the latest thrills, panelists will delve into the history of one of the most influential comics of all time as it embarks on the next 40 years!

Thursday July 20, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 29AB

2:00pm

Transformers Versus G.I. Joe! IDW and Hasbro's First Strike
The Transformers, G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, Rom, and the Micronauts-some of your favorite childhood toys-now all inhabit one shared universe! Learn how the creators behind the books work together to create a new world filled with giant robots, magical menaces, and lots and lots of laser guns! This panel will also feature a special sneak preview of the Hasbro comic book event First Strike ! Panelists Mairghread Scott (Transformers: Till All Are One), John Barber (Transformers: Optimus Prime), Aubrey Sitterson (G.I. Joe), Chris Ryall (Rom), David A. Rodriguez (First Strike), and Brandon Easton (M.A.S.K.) offer an in-depth look at the Hasbro line of comic books.

Thursday July 20, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 9

2:00pm

2017: The State of Iron Man Tech
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 10, 04:16PM
Tony Stark and the technologies he creates are a part of modern lexicon. Mainstream publications like The Atlantic run articles like "Everyone Wants Elon Musk to Be Tony Stark," and Musk himself admits that some of his inventions are modeled after Stark creations. While Musk has yet to build a flying exosuit or a J.A.R.V.I.S.-style assistant, others have. Some of these inventors will join moderator Steve Broback (Dent the Future, LLC) to discuss their innovations—ones that could have come straight out of Stark Industries. Panelists include inventor and TED speaker Richard Browning (founder of Gravity.co), who actually flies via his jet engine-powered suit, along with Chris Gerty (informatics subsystem team lead, NASA—Johnson Space Center), Adam Draper (founder & managing director, Boost VC), and Zoë Bell (stunt woman and actress).

Thursday July 20, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 32AB

2:15pm

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

2:30pm

ComiXology Ask Me Anything
ComiXology, Amazon's premier digital comics shopping and reading service, spills the beans on everything you've ever wanted to know about digital comics and publishing, from where to start reading on their subscription service, comiXology Unlimited, to how to begin your own successful startup . . . just like comiXology co-founders and panelists David Steinberger and John D. Roberts. Moderated by the comiXology Facebook Live crew Matt Kolowski and Tia Vasiliou.

Thursday July 20, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 8

2:30pm

New Mutants Retrospective
Before the release of next year's Fox film, look back at the creation of the team of teenage heroes that brought the X-Men franchise back to its core roots. Inkpot and Eisner Award winner Bill Sienkiewicz discusses his revolutionary art designs for the team, his collaboration with Chris Claremont, and the evolution of Marvel's Mutant Universe. Moderated by John Siuntres (host of the Word Balloon podcast).

Thursday July 20, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 24ABC

2:30pm

Warhammer Comics
Take an exclusive look at what's coming up for Titan and Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000 comics line-featuring Warhammer 40,000 ongoing, Dawn of War, and Blood Bowl. Go behind the scenes of the Dawn of War III series, set within the latest Relic video game, and get the score of brand-new and riotous Blood Bowl comics based on the hit tabletop and game series. Get an exclusive preview of upcoming series Deathwatch ! Join Warhammer writer George Mann (Dark Souls, Doctor Who) and senior editor Andrew James for a jam-packed panel. Each panel attendee will receive an exclusive gift.

Thursday July 20, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 4

3:00pm

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

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

Robert Kirkman: In Conversation
Robert Kirkman, the creative mind behind The Walking Dead, Invincible, and Outcast, discusses his prolific body of work within comics, television, and now film with the feature adaptation of his long-running superhero comic, Invincible.

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6A

3:00pm

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

3:00pm

Writing 101: What To Think About Before You Start Writing
Marv Wolfman, the award-winning writer/creator of Blade, Black Cat, Bullseye, New Teen Titans, Cyborg, Starfire, Raven, Deathstroke, Crisis on Infinite Earths, Omega Men, and a whole lot more presents his annual seminar aimed at beginning writers. You want to write but you get bogged down with so many rules and ideas you don't know where to begin. Marv will guide you through the starting process and answer any troubling questions you might have.

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 11

3:00pm

Writing from Life: Turning Personal Experience into Relatable Stories
Poignant stories often come from a place of truth, but once you've lived through something, how do you turn it into a piece of art that you can share with the wider world? Moderator Jessica Tseang (comic book historian) aims to find out with panelists Sonny Liew (The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye), Eduardo Risso (Dark Night: A True Batman Story), Gemma Correll (The Worrier's Guide to Life), Lewis Trondheim (Poppies of Iraq), Brigitte Findakly (Poppies of Iraq), and Tillie Walden (I Love This Part).

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 29AB

3:15pm

DC: Geoff Johns
Superstar DC writer, president, and chief creative officer Geoff Johns is on hand for an all-access, in-depth discussion. This program will give you insight to one of the genre's most influential people. With the upcoming Doomsday Clock, there will be much to cover!

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Room 6DE

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

3:30pm

The Mark, Sergio, Stan, and Tom Show
The old "Sergio and Mark Show" has a new name-but what it doesn't have is new panelists. It's still the crew who bring you the bumbling adventures of Groo the Wanderer, talking about what they do and why they do it. See the award-winning team of Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier along with Stan Sakai (the creator of Usagi Yojimbo) and the hardest-working man in comics, colorist Tom Luth. They'll be discussing the latest Groo miniseries, many upcoming projects, and why Mark doesn't get paid for the work he does on their comic. Then again, he's not getting paid for writing this panel description either.

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 8

3:30pm

[CANCELLED] IDW's Artist's Editions and Artist's Selects
CANCELLED: Wed, Jul 12, 06:36PM
We regret to announce that this program has been cancelled.

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

4:00pm

Breaking into Comics
With the shifting landscape of the comics industry, this is your invaluable guide to breaking into the world of comics: what it takes, whose attention you're vying for, and how to get it in a productive way. Comics Experience founder and publisher Andy Schmidt is joined by Dave Marshall (EIC, Dark Horse), writer Erica Schultz (M3, DC Comics' New Writer Talent Showcase), and Rickey Purdin (Marvel talent manager).

Thursday July 20, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 11

4:00pm

Library Cons: Welcoming Deadpool into Your Library
Library cons are all the rage! You'll learn about best practices from libraries that have made a splash with library cons in their communities. Panelists will also discuss ideas and programs that didn't work and what they learned in the process. From taking over an 80,000 square foot building and filling it full of superheroes to spending an entire month celebrating the arts, any con is awesome. With panelists Angela Ocana (Santa Clara City Library), Kelly Quinn Chiu (Santa Clara City Library), John Schlosser (Santa Clara City Library), Katherine Keller (UNLV, CBLDF, VVCBF), Lisa Valdez (Pierce Community College), and Darren Heiber (San Mateo County Libraries).

Thursday July 20, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

4:00pm

Michael Dormer and the Legend of Hot Curl
Eric Reynolds (associate editor, Fantagraphics Books), Michael Powers (co-editor, Hot Curl), and Steve Barilotti (editor, SURFER magazine) discuss the confluence of the Beat movement with the SoCal surf scene that was defined by the counterculture visuals of artist Michael Dormer, subject of a retrospective from Fantagraphics Books.

Thursday July 20, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 29AB

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

4:00pm

The Forgotten Trio: Letterers, Inkers, and Colorists
Many think of the artist and the writer as the masterminds behind all great comics. Little do many know how much credit should go to the colorists, inkers and letterers who put in hours of work, only to receive minimal recognition. A follow-up to last year's success, Jessica Tseang (founder The Comic Book Girl, Little Geek Girls) lead a discussion with Dave Lanphear (letterer DC Comics Future Quest Showcase, Matt Wagner’s Mage), Le Beau Underwood (inker Marvel’s Deadpool, Spider-man, DC Comics Suicide Squad), Kelly Fitzpatrick (colorist DC Comics Batman 66, Archie Comics Reggie and Me), Veronica Gandini (DC Comics Rebirth: Red Hood and the Outlaws, Marvel Comics The Mighty Thor), and other comic book veterans, on how the industry can change, the importance of their work, a brief look into their daily lives, and how to break into their career. There will also be a Q&A for budding colorists, inkers and letterers.

Thursday July 20, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 9

4:00pm

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

4:00pm

Essential Deserted Island Comics
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 06, 07:47PM
So you're stranded on a deserted island. But good news-you can pick your favorite comics to get stuck with for the rest of your life! What essential comics will you be reading and rereading? You might know your own picks, but find out what some of comic's hottest creators-including Simon Hanselmann (Megahex) and Sonny Liew (Dr. Fate), and special guests like John D. Roberts (comiXology co-founder) have picked as their absolute top favorite deserted island comics they can't live without! Hosted by the comiXology Facebook Live crew Matt Kolowski and Tia Vasiliou.

Thursday July 20, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 28DE

4:00pm

Marvel: Next Big Thing
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 20, 08:42PM
Get a sneak preview of what the rest of the year holds in store for your favorite Marvel heroes, as well as the upcoming Generations weekly series featuring the heroes of today standing shoulder to shoulder with those who came before them! Editor-in-chief Axel Alonso and editors Nick Lowe and Sana Amanat will be on hand with Rodney Barnes (Secret Empire: Brave New World), Cullen Bunn (Generations: The Phoenix), Donny Cates (Captain America: Steve Rogers), Margaret Stohl (Generations: The Bravest) for a look forward (and backward) toward some of Marvel's greatest heroes. plus some suprise announcements!

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

4:30pm

Art Heroines: Using Science to Help Create Art
The Art Heroines explore the value of using science to further your art projects, from finding inspiration to implementing techniques. These seasoned professionals offer an in-depth discussion on how the pros employ the scientific method in their work. From observation to experimentation to innovation, they'll break down how you can use science at home. Moderated by Robyn Simms, Emmy-nominated costume designer for Tumble Leaf (Amazon) and co-host of The Grownups Are Talking podcast, the panel features Danelle Vierkant (creature designer and builder, Grimm, American Horror Story), Ivonne Escoto (designer and builder, Sleepy Hollow, The Flash), Dee Chavez (background designer/layout, Nickelodeon, DreamWorks), Kristin Donner (painter/illustrator, Nickelodeon, Society for American Archaeology), Melissa Doss Diwa (builder, Jim Henson's Creature Shop, Disney Online), Nicole Filiatrault (technical director, South Park), Kaitlyn Yang (VFX supervisor, Robot Chicken, The Walking Dead), and Chelsea Pickens (art department, Anomalisa, Yamasong).

Thursday July 20, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 26AB

4:30pm

Mad About MAD
MAD, the country's number-one-selling humor magazine (in a field of one), is dumber than ever! Join longtime MAD magazine editor John Ficarra and art director Sam Viviano for a ridiculous peek at what's happening at the magazine and an epically moronic Q&A that's bound to be, well, MAD ! (Prizes will be awarded for most moronic questions!)

Thursday July 20, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 8

4:30pm

Spotlight on R. Sikoryak
R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics) is a master of the satirical graphic novel adaptation. Heidi Macdonald (The Beat, Publishers Weekly) leads a conversation with Sikoryak about his two most recent projects: Terms & Conditions, which is a 99-page, word-for-word adaptation of the iTunes terms and conditions agreement, and The Unquotable Trump, which sets Donald Trump quotes from the 2016 presidential election in classic comic book covers, employing hero and villain tropes to devastating effect.

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

4:30pm

American Gods: Collaboration to the Nth Degree
Scott Hampton will take the audience step by step through the process of making a comics page for the Dark Horse American Gods comic, beginning with the text from the novel by Neil Gaiman, then to script and layout from P. Craig Russell, next to lettering by Rick Parker, then to finished line art, and finally painting and digital coloring by Scott. Scott's work on Silverheels from Pacific Comics in 1983 is regarded as the first continuing painted comic of US origin. His work includes illustrations for Batman, The Sandman, Black Widow, Hellraiser, and Star Trek, as well as Magic: The Gathering cards.

Thursday July 20, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Room 2

5:00pm

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

5:00pm

Console Yourself: Video Game Comics and Books
Video game franchises have found a foothold in comics at Dark Horse. With a line of video game-related comics and deluxe art books, including the bestselling World of Warcraft Chronicle, The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts, and The Art of Mass Effect: Andromeda, the publisher now works with the biggest studios and brands in the business. Dark Horse editors and representatives from BioWare and Blizzard will be on hand with news and announcements on all your favorite video game tie-ins. Panelists include Ian Tucker (Dark Horse editor), Mac Walters (creative director of Mass Effect franchise), Robert Simpson (lead editor in publishing at Blizzard Entertainment).

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 23ABC

5:00pm

DC Art Masters: Drawing DC
Class is in session as some of the greatest artists in the industry take this panel to school with an in-depth look at their creative process. DC Entertainment is proud to spotlight these talented individuals for this exclusive all-access look at what it's like drawing DC!

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 11

5:00pm

Legion Screening and Q&A
Legion, based on the New Mutants Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, is the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens), a troubled young man who grew up believing himself to be schizophrenic, only to discover he is something more than human. In fact, David could be the most powerful mutant who has ever lived. Along with a team of other extraordinarily gifted people at a facility called Summerland, David learns to accept his true self and defeat the Shadow King. Or so they all believe. Creator/executive producer/writer/director Noah Hawley is joined by fellow executive producers John Cameron, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Jeph Loeb and series stars Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart, Bill Irwin, Jeremie Harris, and Amber Midthunder for a conversation on what to look forward to from season 2 of Legion .

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Ballroom 20

5:00pm

Spotlight on Erica Henderson
Eisner Award-nominated artist Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) discusses comics, fashion, horror movies, everything you've been reading on Twitter, and of course, Squirrel Girl ! Panel will be moderated by John Allison (writer, Giant Days).

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 32AB

5:00pm

The Secrets of Immersive Worlds
The best comics lure you into their worlds with magic, myth, minutiae, and more. It can be the smallest detail that changes you from a reader to an active participant in the story. Vince Hernandez (Aspen Comics) trades worldbuilding secrets with master storytellers Marjorie Liu (Monstress), Roxane Gay (Black Panther: World of Wakanda), Dustin Nguyen (Descender), Liz Suburbia (Sacred Heart), and Marguerite Bennett (InSeXts).

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 9

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

5:00pm

IGN's Game Changers: Nerds Win. What's Next?
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 18, 08:13PM
IGN brings together the most brilliant minds from the worlds of film, TV, games, and comics-the "game changers" for their industries-and has them talk about their craft, what they think are the most interesting trends in each medium, and where they see their respective industries going next. Geoff Johns (DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer), Cliff Bleszinski (Boss Key Productions co-founder and LawBreakers game director), Gale Anne Hurd (executive producer of The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, and Falling Water), and Carlton Cuse (executive producer of The Strain, Colony, Jack Ryan) will participate in a Q&A moderated by IGN's Terri Schwartz.

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 7AB

5:30pm

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

5:30pm

ComiXology and IMDb: Kevin Smith's Comic Book Movie Trivia Mayhem
Join host Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats) and a panel of pop culture expert contestants, including Fatman on Batman's Marc Bernardin and writers for CW's The 100 Julie and Shawna Benson, for a freewheeling round of comic book movie trivia. Two judges, comiXology CEO David Steinberger and founder and CEO of IMDb Col Needham, will award points based on the creativity of the answers-that may or may not be factually accurate. Join in for some trivia mayhem!

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

5:30pm

Dare To Be Dynamite: Licensing Adventure
For over a decade, Dynamite Entertainment has brought the best in movies, television, and gaming to comics. Today, publisher Nick Barrucci takes the stage alongside an all-star cast of writers and artists to discuss the past, present, and future of licensed comics and graphic novels from Dynamite. A few of the titles to be discussed include James Bond, The Shadow, and Red Sonja. Moderated by Dynamite publicist Jeremy Atkins.

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 8

5:30pm

Small Press Beyond the Wall
Fernando "Fers" Sánchez Antillón (Soulkeepers), Adalisa Zarate (Writer's Block), Gina Chacón (Studio XIII), Alejandra Zuñiga (Studio XIII), Adriana De La Torre (Studio XIII), and Joel Ojeda Lopez (Zenescope Entertainment) discuss the challenges of creating, publishing, and distributing comic books in Mexico under the shadow of the American industry. Moderated by Martín Arceo (Santos Cómics).

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 26AB

6:00pm

DC: Too Tough Trivia or Stump the Writers
Think you know everything from Crisis on Infinite Earths to Flashpoint to Rebirth? Come by and test your knowledge of the DC Universe from its inception all the way to Dark Days against DC's finest minds to win some exclusive prizes!

Thursday July 20, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 5AB

6:00pm

Disney Kingdoms: Theme Park Stories with Marvel Comics
The creators of Disney Kingdoms by Marvel discuss in depth the history as well as future titles of this popular family comic book series.

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

6:00pm

Learn to Draw Convincing Backgrounds for Comic Book Panels
Ron Lemen (illustrator, storyboard/sequential artist, concept artist, educator) demonstrates and lectures on methods and techniques for designing and rendering expressive backgrounds for comic panels quickly and efficiently. The lecture will also discuss camera angles, lens distortions, and complex perspective.

Thursday July 20, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 2

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

6:00pm

The European Comics Wave
Many readers are used to American comics being formatted a certain way. But all over the world, the comic-making standards differs from country to country. This program will consider the BD (bandes dessinées) format with a panel of publishers and creators as well as offer a look at the exciting wave of European comics being brought over to America.

Thursday July 20, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 29AB

6:00pm

Women of Color in Comics: Race, Gender, and the Comic Book Medium
The Women in Comics Collective (WinC, pronounced "Wink") is an international organization that highlights the merit and craft work of women working in the comic book and multimedia industries. Their membership is made up of artists, writers, educators, filmmakers, show producers, art gallery directors, cosplayers, game developers, bloggers, and toy makers. Focusing on female and racial representation in comics, fandom, and the industry, panelists include moderator Regine L. Sawyer (writer, publisher, WinC founder), Jewels Smith ([H]afrocentric writer and creator, activist), Vanee Smith-Matsalia (writer, educator), Jay Justice (cosplayer, activist), Alice Meichi Li (comic book artist, illustrator), Leen Isabel (cosplayer, artist, creator of Pole Dancing Adventures), Jazmine Joyner (comic book store owner), and Jules Rivera (comic book artist).

Thursday July 20, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 32AB

6:15pm

Marvel Television: Marvel's Inhumans
The Inhumans have landed in San Diego! Special guests of the highly anticipated Marvel's Inhumans unveil an explosive panel moderated by executive producer Jeph Loeb. This event series will premiere a version of the first two episodes exclusively in IMAX theatres for a two-week window prior to the debut of the full series on ABC.

Thursday July 20, 2017 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Ballroom 20

6:30pm

Comics PR and Marketing 101
Need tips on how to market your comic or have questions about building relationships in the comics industry? This is the panel for you! ComiXology marketing maven Ivan Salazar hosts a panel of comics PR and marketing titans including Chip Mosher (comiXology head of content/senior director of communications), Jen Vaughn (writer, artist, game designer), and David Hyde (founder, Superfan Promotions) for a wide-ranging discussion of how you can make a big splash in comics through marketing and PR.

Thursday July 20, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 8

6:30pm

The Trump Presidential Library Panel
Celebrants and detractors alike are chewing on the fact that Donald Trump was elected president. Shannon Wheeler and Robert Sikoryak will help you swallow. In their books Sh*t My President Says and The Unquotable Trump (respectively), these two cartoonists illustrate Trump's words for comedic effect and insight. There will be slides, a brief history of political satire, and laughter through the tears as they wrestle with an understanding of our current dystopia. Can satire keep up with reality? Shannon Wheeler is the two-time Eisner winning creator of Too Much Coffee Man and a New Yorker cartoonist. Robert Sikoryak started at Raw magazine, is a New Yorker contributor, and a Comic-Con special guest.

Thursday July 20, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 26AB

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

7:00pm

Femme Magnifique: Amazing Women in Comics
Learn about the groundbreaking women featured in the new anthology Femme Magnifique and the creative teams that turned the real-life adventures of these women into comic book stories. Women from politics, art, science, and pop will be featured, as co-curators Shelly Bond (Black Crown) and Kristy Miller (Femme Magnifique) provide sneak peeks at the art and stories. Femme Magnifique creative team members Paige Braddock (Jane's World), Elsa Charretier (The Unstoppable Wasp), Eva Cabrera (KIM & KIM), Tess Fowler (Rat Queens), Gail Simone (Red Sonja), and more share their experiences creating comic stories based on real-life female heroes. Q&A session.

Thursday July 20, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 2

7:00pm

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

7:00pm

Publishers Weekly: Selling Comics to a Diverse Audience
It's no secret that the audience for comics has become far more diverse over the last decade. As more children, women, people of color, and queer readers discover comics-and more work is created for these audiences-reaching out on a retail level is even more important. PW senior editor Calvin Reid talks with comics retailers and booksellers about expanding the readership and standing up for representation and what works and what doesn't. With Christopher Butcher (The Beguiling), Terence Irvins (Kinokuniya), Jennifer Haines (The Dragon), and more.

Thursday July 20, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 23ABC

7:00pm

International Creator Slam: Europe Versus USA
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 14, 06:11PM
Believe it or not, there's more than one way to make a great comic! Come see American and European creators discuss differences and similarities in creating comics on the two sides of the Atlantic with Nick Abadzis (Laika, US/UK), José Luis Munuera (Les Campbell, Spain/France), and Ted Naifeh (Night's Dominion, USA). Free European comics tote bags and goodies for all attendees.

Thursday July 20, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 32AB

7:30pm

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

7:30pm

Artist as Brand: Rise of the Artist Entrepreneur
Greg Spalenka (artist, Sandman) moderates this annual panel discussion on art career sustainability. Learn strategies on how to create an income from your talent on your own terms with Sam Flegal (artist, Fantasy Flight; host of One Fantastic Week), Daniel M. Davis and Dawna Davis (Steam Crow), Jacquelin de Leon (illustrator, comic artist, social media master), and Lydia Fenwick (fine artist, illustrator, entrepreneur).

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

7:30pm

It Gets Geekier: Why Queer Representation Matters
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 10, 03:56PM
Joshua Yehl (IGN Comics) brings It Gets Geekier back to discuss the importance of including LGBT+ characters in comic books, TV shows, and movies. Host Bryan Pittard (Flame On! Podcast) will lead the talk including Sina Grace (Iceman), Kris Anka (All-New X-Men), Megan Townsend (GLAAD), Marc Andreyko (Love is Love) and more.

Thursday July 20, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 24ABC

8:00pm

Sweet Christmas! A Mock Trial to Prove Luke Cage Is Innocent
Marvel's Luke Cage ended with Luke in FBI custody for breaking out of prison. This will be a mock evidentiary hearing where attorneys will argue to US Magistrate Judge Mitch Dembin a writ of habeas corpus petition to prove Cage's actual innocence. Attorneys arguing the case include Christine Peek, Esq. (McManis Faulkner) and Megan Smith, Esq. for Luke Cage (played by David Gibson) and Steve Chu, Esq. and Jane Boardman (deputy city attorney for the City of San Diego Office of the City Attorney) for the government.

Thursday July 20, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 23ABC

8:00pm

Whose Team Are You on? The Psychology of World Beliefs and Personality
In a landscape of intense fictional conflict with Iron Man versus Captain America, Batman versus Superman, Justice League versus the Avengers-which team are you on? A research study conducted by April Fugett, PhD and Keith W. Beard, PsyD (professors of psychology, Marshall University), and Jacob Mills, MA and Britani Black, MA (doctoral students, Marshall University) examined how personality and world beliefs factor into preferences for certain characters, teams, and even specific shows in popular culture. Many people have strong world views and strong character preferences that they identify with, support, follow closely, and spend money on in the forms of merchandise and even brand identity. This support, from Tumblr posts to fan-created merchandise, often available months before retail, affects every aspect of the comic, television, and cinematic universes. This information could be used to better promote and engage people with specific brand and character choices while also giving individuals insight into their own characters and media preferences.

Thursday July 20, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 29AB

8:30pm

Graphic Novel Creator Richard Kyle's Legacy
Richard Kyle published the first graphic novel, Beyond Time and Again by George Metzger, as well as Graphic Story World and Argosy magazines. Mr. Kyle's publishing work and the future of graphic novels will be discussed by a panel of experts: Mike Royer (artist, writer, Jack Kirby's inker), Denis Kitchen (artist, writer, publisher, creator of Kitchen Sink Press), Ron Turner (writer, publisher, founder of Last Gasp), Jamie Coville (writer, comics historian), Phil Yeh (cartoonist, publisher of Uncle Jam), Greg Koudoulian (early SDCC film program contributor), David G. Brown (cartoonist, winner of the 2009 NAACP Image Award), and Maggie Thompson (writer, comics historian, co-editor of the Comics Buyer's Guide).

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

8:30pm

ROBOTECH: A Look to the Future
Join Harmony Gold USA for the latest developments in the Robotech universe, from awesome new products to the new comic series from Titan Comics.

Thursday July 20, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 24ABC

8:30pm

Comics Con Comics: En Vivo!
(Note: This show will be in Spanish. The English show is Friday afternoon.) ¡Para el primer episodio de su nuevo programa en español Juan-Manuel Rocha invita a Lalo Alcaraz (caricaturista, locutor), Rafael Navarro (Guns A'Blazin'), y algunos amigos especiales! Ven y ríe con ellos mientras hablan de comics y cultura pop.

Thursday July 20, 2017 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Room 26AB

9:00pm

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
 

10:00am

Biographical and Autobiographical Comics
Charles Hatfield (comics professor, CSU Northridge) leads a spirited conversation about the spaces between fiction and nonfiction with cartoonists who have worked in fictionalized memoir (Mimi Pond, The Customer Is Always Wrong), fictionalized biography (Sonny Liew, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye), biography (Box Brown, Andre the Giant), and memoir (Sarah Glidden, Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq).

Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 28DE

10:00am

Geeking Out on Secret Loves: When Personal Tales Fill the Page
The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is the newest anthology from editor Hope Nicholson about love, sex, and dating, with stories from cartoonists and professional geeks who tell their intimate, heartbreaking, and inspiring stories. Join Dark Horse creators of all genders, orientations, and cultural backgrounds for a discussion on the modern idea of love: J. P. Larocque (Gay Nerds), Amy Chu (Red Sonja), Cecil Castellucci (Soupy Leaves Home), Vita Ayala (Our Work Fills the Pews), and moderator Dustin Nelson (social media coordinator at Dark Horse).

Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 25ABC

10:00am

Hero Worship: Capes, Conflicts, and the Creative Process
Peek inside the craniums of worldbuilding artists Frank Miller (300, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) and Tony DiTerlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles, Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight) as they participate in a lively conversation moderated by Borys Kit (senior film writer, The Hollywood Reporter) about the heroes and anti-heroes that inhabit their works, their creative and artistic heroes, the responsibility they feel to inspire a new generation of artists, and their upcoming career retrospectives at the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 6DE

10:00am

Spotlight on Marjorie Liu
Engage in a wide-ranging conversation on publishing, race, and gender with Marjorie Liu, the New York Times bestselling and Eisner-nominated author of Monstress, Han Solo, X-23, and many other titles.

Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29AB

10:00am

Spotlight on Simon Hanselmann
Comics creator Simon Hanselmann (Megahex, One More Year) discusses his hit comics characters, Megg, Mogg, and Owl, and the next stage of his career with New York Magazine's Abraham Riesman.

Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 9

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

10:00am

Young Justice Q&A
Young Justice is back! Series producers and key members of the creative team will be on hand to answer your burning questions about the first two seasons of this beloved fan-favorite series; and, if you're lucky, you might learn a thing or two about the highly anticipated Young Justice: Outsiders.

Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 6BCF

10:00am

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

10:30am

Comics Arts Conference #5: Lassoing the Truth: Marston Versus Wertham in the Wonder Woman War
Psychologist William Moulton Marston created the world's most famous female superhero. Using outdated examples and falsified evidence, psychiatrist Fredric Wertham attacked both Wonder Woman and the deceased Marston in his book Seduction of the Innocent. Doctors Travis Langley and Mara Wood (Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing the Truth) call together a panel of experts to examine how one crusader's fight with a ghost affected both comics and comics studies: Phil Jimenez (Wonder Woman), Trina Robbins (The Legend of Wonder Woman), Danny Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch), Alan Kistler (comics historian), and Mike Madrid (The Supergirls), with special guest Christie Marston (Wonder Woman Network and Family Museum). Be a sensation, not sensationalistic!

Friday July 21, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 26AB

10:30am

Pogo, Walt Kelly, and Carolyn Kelly
Some call Walt Kelly's Pogo the greatest newspaper strip of all time. This program provides a discussion on Kelly, his legacy, and his lovely daughter, who passed away in April. Topics include the future of the Eisner Award-winning Pogo reprint series from Fantagraphics Books that Carolyn had been co-editing and that will continue to reprint that wonderful feature. On the dais: comic historian Maggie Thompson (Comics Buyer's Guide), film critic Leonard Maltin, cartoonist Scott Shaw!, friend John Plunkett, Fantagraphics's Eric Reynolds (co-editor of the Complete Pogo series), and moderator Mark Evanier (co-editor of the Complete Pogo series).

Friday July 21, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 8

10:30am

Marvel: Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 20, 08:47PM
Swing by this panel to see what's in store for all of your favorite spider-heroes! Join editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, Spider-editor Nick Lowe, writer Cullen Bunn (Venomverse), Jason Reynolds (Miles Morales: Spider-Man novel), Robbie Thompson (Silk), and David F. Walker (Luke Cage) for a spectacular discussion about Spider-Man, Venomverse, and Marvel's many other street-level heroes. Be sure to stick around for a Q&A after the panel.

Friday July 21, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 24ABC

10:30am

Comic Book Law School® 202: 'Help is On the Way'
While almost every creator will tell you that their greatest joy is in their acts of creation, none will argue that equally (or perhaps more) important is earning a living from their efforts. But commercializing creative works is fraught with peril unless you're prepared. In the second session of this case study focusing on a (fictional) author, panelists will concentrate on his efforts to commercialize his work. Noted attorney Michael Lovitz, author of the acclaimed The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, is joined by IP and entertainment attorneys David Lizerbram and Terri Lubaroff for an interactive seminar tackling a group of more advanced issues facing creators (and the businesses that they work with) as they seek to monetize their creative capital, including licenses and transfers of rights; key things to know when Hollywood comes knocking; publishing, manufacturing, merchandising, and distribution agreements; understanding key terms in contracts, assignments, and licenses; and how incorporation and marital bliss (or turmoil) may affect contracts and licenses. Note: The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and insights to practicing attorneys as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. (This program is approved for 1.5 credits of California MCLE.)

Friday July 21, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 11

11:00am

Diversity in Comics
Brian Buccellato (Detective Comics, The Flash), Elena Salcedo (editor-in-chief, Top Cow Productions), Joe Illidge (senior editorial manager, Lion Forge), Ani-Mia (international cosplayer), Blake Northcott (Michael Turner's Fathom), Hannibal Tabu (CBR's The Buy Pile), Marcus To (Joyride, Red Robin), and Khary Randolph (Mosaic, The Amazing Spider-Man) discuss the shifting landscape of diversity in modern comics. Moderated by Vince Hernandez (VP/editor-in-chief, Aspen Comics).

Friday July 21, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 9

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

Image Comics: Excellence in Storytelling
Nick Dragotta (East of West), Marjorie Liu (Monstress), Dustin Nguyen (Descender), Marc Bernardin (Genius), Amy Reeder (Rocket Girl), and Greg Hinkle (Black Cloud) are some of the best storytellers around. Their stories are hilarious, wrenching, exciting, and heartbreaking in equal measure. These creators make the kinds of comics you love to read, and they'll share their tips and techniques in this star-studded panel.

Friday July 21, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 23ABC

11:00am

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

11:00am

Writing About Comics: From Fan to Pro
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 14, 09:27PM
This annual panel about comics journalism will look at the how-tos: how to break in, how to act professionally, how to make money (against all odds), and whether or not writing about comics and pop culture is a stepping stone to making comics or accessing other professional gigs. Writing for fanzines/websites has traditionally been a path to working in the industry, and today there are more options than ever, but it's also harder to get noticed. Panelists will also look at how writing about comics has become a far more diverse field. Comics journalism isn't dead yet, and here's the proof! With Alexander Lu (Comics Beat), Alex Segura (Archie Comics), Rosie Knight (Women Write About Comics, Nerdist), and Jamie Broadnax (Black Girl Nerds).

Friday July 21, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 28DE

11:15am

AMC's Fear the Walking Dead
Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Mercedes Mason, Colman Domingo, Dayton Callie, Sam Underwood, Daniel Sharman, and Michael Greyeyes join executive producer and showrunner Dave Erickson, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero in a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist, Talking Dead). They will talk about where the series left off in the midseason finale and what to look forward to when it picks up in September.

Friday July 21, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Hall H

11:15am

DC Universe Rebirth
DC Universe Rebirth has taken the industry by storm. The universe has been restored with hope and optimism, engaging storylines, and dynamic characters. Come discover more about your favorite DC superheroes, plus hear from the talented teams bringing these stories to life!

Friday July 21, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 6DE

11:15am

iZOMBiE Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Everyone's favorite zom-com-rom-dram is back! After the heart-stopping events of the iZOMBiE season finale, the secret is out: The public is no longer in the dark about the existence of zombies. With Seattle now under zombie control at the hands of Fillmore-Graves, Ravi's search for a cure and vaccine for zombie-ism is now more dire than ever. Be among the first to get the scoop on what's in store for Liv and the gang in season 4. See a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series stars as well as executive producers Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright (Veronica Mars). From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Spondoolie Productions and Warner Bros. Television and based on characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred for Vertigo from DC Entertainment, iZOMBiE returns midseason with all-new episodes on The CW. iZOMBiE: The Complete Third Season is available now on Digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD this fall.

Friday July 21, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Ballroom 20

11:15am

Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite
Universes merge in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, as the collaborative team from Marvel and Capcom discuss the immersive cinematic story featured in the upcoming game. Learn how both sides joined forces to bring the story to life, with iconic heroes from Marvel and Capcom teaming up to battle against a sinister new supervillain who threatens to destroy their newly formed world.

Friday July 21, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Room 6BCF

11:30am

Spotlight on Keith Pollard
Keith Pollard, former Marvel, DC, and Milestone comics artist; illustrator of Iron Man, Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man, Thor, Silver Surfer, Vigilante, and Green Lantern; and co-creator of the Black Cat, discusses his comic book career in this interview and Q&A session moderated by Mark Waid.

Friday July 21, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 8

11:30am

Taking Comics from Web to Print
Cartoonists and special guests Simon Hanselmann (Megahex) and Liz Suburbia (Sacred Heart) discuss their cartooning careers and the best practices for transitioning your stories to a physical format. Hear from award-winning cartoonists about the pros and cons of web versus print, tips for getting work noticed, and where to go after you make the jump. Moderated by editor Eric Reynolds.

Friday July 21, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 24ABC

11:30am

Go Go Power Rangers Comics
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 19, 01:48PM
On July 26, BOOM! Studios launches a second Power Rangers ongoing comic book series, Saban's Go Go Power Rangers, to pair with its current series, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Writers Ryan Parrott (Saban's Go Go Power Rangers), Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), artist Dan Mora (Saban's Go Go Power Rangers), BOOM! Studios editor Dafna Pleban, and Saban Brands director of Power Rangers content Melissa Flores preview the new series, tease what's to come in the current series, and share behind-the-scenes secrets. Plus, Steve Kuroki, creative director of nWay, will be on hand to announce something special for fans of their mobile game, Power Rangers: Legacy Wars! Moderated by former Yellow Power Ranger Ciara Hanna (Gia Moran in Power Rangers Megaforce).

Friday July 21, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 5AB

11:30am

Comic-Con How-To: Advanced Digital Inking Technique
Learn how to digitally ink and take all your black-and-white artwork to the next level. Comics artist Brian Haberlin will delve into Photoshop's and Clip Paint Studio's treasure trove of features old and new, along with other programs that can not only enhance comic applications but also make possible countless creative pen and ink opportunities rarely seen or even possible before. Haberlin is an American comic book artist, writer, editor, and producer best known as the co-creator of the Witchblade franchise and for his digital art innovations.

Friday July 21, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 2

11:30am

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

12:00pm

Artists Who Write: The Art and Craft of Comics
Whether it's a murder mystery, a superhero adventure, or a new take on history, creators put a lot of thought into the sequential art that drives stories told in comics. Join some of the industry's best writer/artists as they discuss turning an idea into a full-fledged story and how they continue to keep their writing fresh. Featuring Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer) and Adam Warren (Empowered).

Friday July 21, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 23ABC

12:00pm

Black Crown: At the Cross Street of Comics and Chaos
Attention readers who need to be transfixed or transformed: IDW's Black Crown is a fully functioning curation operation! Get in on the ground floor of the new imprint that's at the cross street of comics and chaos. Join editor Shelly Bond, IDW CCO Chris Ryall, and creators Tess Fowler (Rat Queens, co-creator/artist of debut title Kid Lobotomy), Tini Howard (The Skeptics, Magdalena), and Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets, The Twilight Children), who can't wait to share the details of their new Black Crown series.

Friday July 21, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 32AB

12:00pm

CBLDF: Intellectual Property, Comics, and the Law
Some of comics' greatest clashes never appeared within the panelsthey were decided by a gavel! CBLDF board member Dale Cendali, an intellectual property icon known for litigating high-profile cases (including in the Supreme Court), walks through the history of comics IP in the courts, examining some of the most important cases creators need to know about to protect themselves and their work in 2017.

Friday July 21, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 11

12:00pm

Handling Challenges: Bans and Challenges to Comics
Comics are uniquely vulnerable to challenges and bans, especially comics for teen audiences. Learn about challenged and banned comics and what you can do if they're challenged in your school or library, with panelists Raina Telgemeier (Ghosts), Candice Mack (teen services manager, Los Angeles Public Library), Gina Gagliano (marketing and publicity manager, First Second), and David Saylor (VP/creative director/trade publishing/editorial director, Graphix). Moderated by Betsy Gomez (editorial director, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund).

Friday July 21, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

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

12:00pm

Spotlight on Dustin Nguyen
Artist Dustin Nguyen discusses breaking into comics, creating covers, storytelling in comics, illustrating for children, and transitioning from the mainstream roster of titles in Batman for DC Comics to his creator-owned series with Jeff Lemire for Image Comics. He will be joined by long-time writer buddy and managing editor for BOOM! Studios Bryce Carlson (Adventure Time, Regular Show, and author of the Hit series), who will moderate a fun and open Q&A about the day-to-day life of working in comics.

Friday July 21, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 29AB

12:00pm

I Know That Voice: The Series
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 21, 03:58AM
John DiMaggio (Futurama), Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad!), Frederick Tatasciore (Avengers Assemble), Steven Blum (Star Wars: Rebels), Carlos Alazraqui (Rocko's Modern Life), Bob Bergen (The Looney Tunes Show), Jessica DiCicco (Loonatics Unleashed), Nolan North (Uncharted) and Sean Flanagan (producer) celebrate the announcement of a new documentary series exploring the world of voice-over acting that pays tribute to the many legends and iconic properties that have defined animation. Actors will partake in a Q&A session moderated by Jim McCann. For further information on how to attend this panel, please read more about the Horton Grand Theatre.

Friday July 21, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

12:15pm

AMC's The Walking Dead
Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Chandler Riggs, Seth Gilliam, Alanna Masterson, and Khary Payton join executive producer and showrunner Scott M. Gimple, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero in a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist, Talking Dead). The panelists will discuss the past season and filming the 100th episode and will share some hints of what's to come with a sneak peek into season 8, debuting in October on AMC.

Friday July 21, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Hall H

12:30pm

Stan Lee and Friends: A Celebrity Tribute to the Comics Legend
Hot off immortalizing his hand and footprints in cement at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, 95-year-old comics legend Stan Lee heads to San Diego Comic-Con for an intimate Q&A with Felicia Day, Mythbuster Adam Savage, and Stan's longtime manager Max Anderson. Hear little-known anecdotes about Stan's life, career, and hilarious encounters with fans and celebrities. The panel will also premiere footage from Icons: Face to Face, a cutting-edge VR project featuring Stan and Kevin Smith, coming soon from Legion M, the world's first fan-owned media company.

Friday July 21, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 6DE

12:30pm

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

12:30pm

Marvel: Secret Empire
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 20, 08:48PM
Hail Hydra! Things are heating up as Secret Empire races toward its startling conclusion. Join Mark Waid (Avengers), Humberto Ramos (Champions), and Matthew Rosenberg (Secret Warriors) along with Hydra double agents (and editors extraordinaire) Nick Lowe and Alanna Smith for all the latest news about the blockbuster series!

Friday July 21, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 5AB

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

1:00pm

Condemned To Repeat?
Everyone's heard the George Santayana quote, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." But what can comics help us to remember? As it turns out, quite a lot. Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum) delves into the past with Comic-Con special guests Box Brown (Tetris), Nathan Hale (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales), Sarah Glidden (Rolling Blackouts), John Holmstrom (The Best of Punk Magazine), Lewis Trondheim (Poppies of Iraq), and Brigitte Findakly (Poppies of Iraq).

Friday July 21, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 25ABC

1:00pm

Dare To Be Dynamite: Creative Vision
Dynamite Entertainment is home to the most exciting and unique titles, written and illustrated by diverse creatives from both within and outside of the comics industry. Gold-certified and Juno Award-winning electro-pop singer Lights will join other top-tier talent from the New Jersey-based publisher for a lively discussion on bringing their unique perspectives to the printed page. The panel will be moderated by longtime journalist Ryan J. Downey, who has contributed to MTV News, Billboard, MSNBC, and The Hollywood Reporter and hosts the PopCurse podcast.

Friday July 21, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 4

1:00pm

Diversity in Comics: India's Superheroes on the Rise!
Graphic India co-founder and creator Sharad Devarajan (Chakra: The Invincible, Shadow Tiger, Astra Force) presents an engaging session about globalization, East meets West, the new diversity and culture in comics, and the birth of Indian superheroes. Graphic India will also discuss their new projects, including the animated series Baahubali: The Lost Legends on Amazon Prime Video and the new comic series with Grant Morrison Avatarex: Destroyer of Darkness.

Friday July 21, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 32AB

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

Spotlight on Marguerite Bennett
Do you like sassy broads in good dresses mouthing off about storytelling? If your answer is, "What a weird panel description," then come see Ryan North interview Marguerite Bennett (DC Comics: Bombshells, Batwoman, Josie and the Pussycats, A-Force, Animosity) on comics, craft, work ethic, process, representation, feminist wrath, queer culture, comedy, kissing, storytelling, and more!

Friday July 21, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 28DE

1:00pm

Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Executive producer Ciro Nieli dives into the thrilling story arcs and shares sneak peeks from Nickelodeon's upcoming season 5 of TMNT. Ciro will be joined by legendary creators and collaborators Kevin Eastman and Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo) as well as the talented voice cast from the series. Sean Astin (Raphael), Rob Paulsen (Donatello), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo), Mae Whitman (April O'Neil), and Eric Bauza (TigerClaw) will be on hand to share their stories with moderator Andre Meadows (Black Nerd Comedy).

Friday July 21, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 6A

1:00pm

What Do They Look Like: Character Design 101
You've got your cool hero/villain/alien/animal sidekick all written and created. But . . . what do they look like? Lucas Turnbloom (Dream Jumper), Lora Innes (The Dreamer, Wynonna Earp), Jeff Ranjo (Frozen, Moana), John Sanford (The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show), and Joe Moshier (The Croods, The Emperor's New Groove) will share how they create the actual characters you see on the screen or on the page. They will show examples of their own work from graphic novels, comics, and films like Moana and Frozen. Live drawing will be involved! Hosted by Tom Racine (Tall Tale Radio).

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

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

1:30pm

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

1:45pm

DC's DARK NIGHTS: METAL and Dark Matter
The team behind Dark Nights: Metal, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, are here to talk about DC's hottest event! They are joined by Dark Matter contributors Steve Orlando, Philip Tan, James Tynion IV, Robert Venditti, and others in this revealing session.

Friday July 21, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Room 6DE

2:00pm

Bisexuality and Beyond: Deadpool Made Us Do It (Again and Again and . . . )
Definitions of gender and sexuality are becoming more and more open in popular media as comics, film, and television creators are telling stories with bisexual characters and affirming role models who are not limited to one definition. Join Prism Comics with moderator Faith Cheltenham (BiNet USA) for a spirited discussion of the present and future of sexuality in media with the real-life bisexual creators who draw, write, and perform these roles: Tara Madison Avery (Gooch, Anything That Loves), R. J. Aguiar (YouTube's TheNotAdam, NotAdamAndSteve.com), Lynnette McFadzen (BiNet USA), and Eliot Sutler, Esq. (BiWoCC). Last year, BleedingCool.com called this panel "One Of The Most Amazing Moments Of Affirmation At San Diego Comic-Con."

Friday July 21, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 28DE

2:00pm

Five Worlds: Mark Siegel, Xanthe Bouma, Boya Sun, and Matt Rockefeller Unite
Series creator Mark Siegel and illustrators Xanthe Bouma, Boya Sun, and Matt Rockefeller discuss their collaboration on the newly launched graphic novel series Five Worlds. The lushly illustrated middle-grade series tells the sci-fi/fantasy adventure of a defiant young girl and the five worlds facing extinction unless five ancient and mysterious beacons are lit.

Friday July 21, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 29AB

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

2:00pm

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

2:00pm

Comics Arts Conference #8: Voices and Visions of Native American Superheroes
Native American heroes' comic book adventures often explore identity and culture. Kerry Fine (Arizona State University) shows how Arigon Starr's reservation hero Hubert Logan, a.k.a. Super Indian, fills a representational gap for the non-native audience while taking up distinctly Native issues in the ongoing fight against injustice. Rebecca Lush (California State University San Marcos) makes the case that Jeffery Veregge's art in Marvel's recent Red Wolf provides a Native inter-text that contrasts with naturalistic narrative panels for commentary on the storyline and characters. Sara Spurgeon (Texas Tech University) argues that Maya Lopez's vision quest in David Mack's Daredevil: Echo Vision Quest is twofold: both a spiritual journey she takes as a Native American guided by the shaman she meets on the reservation and a quest for a visual form of language with which she can communicate as a deaf person in a hearing world, while still maintaining her identity as a Native American in a white world.

Friday July 21, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 26AB

2:30pm

So You Want To Edit Comics?
You may know what writers and artist do, but do you know what it takes to edit comics? ComiXology Facebook Live crew Matt Kolowski and Tia Vasiliou host a panel including freelance editor Will Dennis (Scalped), Valiant editor-in-chief Warren Simons, BOOM! Studios editor Dafna Pleban (Mighy Morphin Power Rangers), IDW editor Joe Hughes, and DC Comics editor Molly Mahan (Doom Patrol) for a peek behind the curtain of comics creation.

Friday July 21, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 8

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

3:00pm

Comics as a Force for Social Change
Panelists discuss the importance of comics in today's turbulent political landscape and how comics authors and illustrators can foster social change both by creating work that gives underrepresented communities a voice and bring new diverse talent into the spotlight as well as by using their influence to shake up the culture and norms of the literary world. Thi Bui (The Best We Could Do), John Jennings and Damian Duffy (Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation), Rachel Ignotofsky (Women in Science), Kate Schatz (Rad Women Worldwide), and Miriam Klein Stahl (Rad Women Worldwide) share their ideals with Dr. Travis Langley (Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing the Truth).

Friday July 21, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 29AB

3:00pm

Comics on Comics: Live!
This panel brings together podcast hosts to talk about the big topics this geek season: Wonder Woman and the diversity initiatives in comics. Vito Lapiccola and Tim Powers host Dani Fernandez (Krillin It), Atif S. Myers (Dateless Losers), and Sabine-Lissette Ibarra (Legion of Leia) in what is promised to be an awesome time!

Friday July 21, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

3:00pm

Dave Gibbons in Conversation
Dave Gibbons is as close to comics royalty as it's possible to get. Celebrate the impending launch of the Rogue Trooper Redux video game by hearing Dave's story in his own words—from his hugely influential work on Watchmen to becoming Britain's first comics laureate to rebooting his own creation, and what the future could hold for the blue-skinned G.I.!

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

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

3:00pm

So You Want To Be a Comic Book Retailer?
If you've ever thought about owning your own comics shop, then this ComicsPRO-sponsored event is for you! You've got questions and these veteran retailers have the answers. Free Comic Book Day founder and panel host Joe Field (Flying Colors Comics, Concord, CA) moderates this panel of comics retailers and industry professionals.

Friday July 21, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 25ABC

3:00pm

Spotlight on Ron Wilson
Ron Wilson (former Marvel and Milestone Comics artist, illustrator of Marvel Two-in-One, Masters of the Universe, and Icon, among other works) discusses the Bronze Age, his 40-year comic book career (including what it was like to work at Marvel Comics during the 1970s and working with a number of editors, including Stan Lee) for this interview and Q&A session moderated by Mark Waid.

Friday July 21, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 9

3:00pm

Vertigo: Creator Spotlight
Comics’ most innovative imprint puts the creator in the spotlight! Come witness the evolution of Vertigo in this glimpse back at its rich history and peek forward at some of the incredible things to come. The star-studded lineup features Academy Award-winner John Ridley with a few huge surprise guests!

Friday July 21, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6DE

3:00pm

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

3:00pm

[CANCELLED] Mariah McCourt and Amy Chu on Charmz, the New Graphic Novel Line for Tween Girls
CANCELLED: Thu, Jul 13, 07:55PM
We regret to announce that this program has been cancelled.

Friday July 21, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 23ABC

3:00pm

So You Want to Be a Comics Retailer?
If you've ever thought about owning your own comics shop, then this ComicsPRO-sponsored event is for you! You've got questions, and these veteran retailers have the answers. Free Comic Book Day founder and panel host Joe Field (Flying Colors Comics, Concord, CA) moderates this panel of comics retailers and industry professionals. (This panel is open to all Comic-Con attendees.)

Friday July 21, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 25ABC

3:00pm

Prose to Panels: Graphic Novel Adaptations
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 14, 05:34PM
How can the graphic novel format enhance prose texts? And how can educators use adaptations to make stories more accessible? If you read the graphic novel instead of the prose novel, does it still "count"? How does the story change if a classic is adapted into graphic novel format? Is something lost? Is something gained? And what if graphic novels are then converted into prose novels, as with the forthcoming Lumberjanes novels? Moderated by Kelly Quinn Chiu (children's librarian at the Santa Clara City Library), this panel includes Mariko Tamaki (Lumberjanes), Brook Allen (Lumberjanes), Landis Blair (The Trial: A Choose Your Own Kafka Adventure), Charles Kochman (editorial director, Abrams ComicsArts), and R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics).

Friday July 21, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

3:00pm

Comic-Con How-To: Draw with Adam Hughes
Comics legend Adam Hughes demonstrates the use of grayscale markers. He will share pointers and tips while answering questions. Adam has been working in comics for 30 years, creating the very best in cover art and sequential storytelling. Some of his most recognized works include his cover runs on Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Tomb Raider, and the Fables spin-off Fairest, and his recent sequential work on Archie Comics's Betty & Veronica.

Friday July 21, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Room 2

3:30pm

Crowdfunding Success Stories!
With multiple successful crowdfunding campaigns under their collective belts, Jimmy Palmiotti (PaperFilms, Harley Quinn, Jonah Hex, Painkiller Jane), Kwanza Osajyefo (Black, Zuda Comics), Brian Pulido (Lady Death, Evil Ernie), Michael Kingston (Headlocked), and Jordan Plosky (CEO, ComicBlitz) discuss their roads to success thanks to crowdfunding. Tips are shared, questions are answered, fun things are given away! Moderated by Brett Schenker (founder, GraphicPolicy.com).

Friday July 21, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 26AB

3:30pm

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

4:00pm

AMC's Preacher
Executive producer Seth Rogen joins comic book co-creator and series executive producer Garth Ennis and members of the cast, including Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti, and Graham McTavish for a mid-season 2 panel discussion about the story so far and what's to come. Join the panelists for a Q&A session and an official sneak preview of episode 206, which airs on Sunday, July 24.

Friday July 21, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Hall H

4:00pm

An Introduction to Berger Books
Strange realities, true fictions, dark secrets, and monsters of a different kind. And that's just for starters. Join Karen Berger (founding Vertigo editor) and surprise guests as the first projects in this new genre-bending Dark Horse imprint are revealed!

Friday July 21, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 25ABC

4:00pm

Bernie Wrightson: Art and Designs for the Gang of Seven Animation Studio
This panel will kick off the premiere (at Comic-Con) of Hermes Press' new book, Bernie Wrightson: Art and Designs for the Gang of Seven Animation Studio. The panel will begin with a video presentation about the late Bernie Wrightson's career and will include examples of his animation drawings and concepts together with never-before-seen animation using Wrightson's work for feature animated film promotionals. Tom Tataranowicz (producer/director of Gang of Seven Animation, Biker Mice from Mars) will lead the discussion of Wrightson's career and enduring legacy with Marv Wolfman (The Tomb of Dracula, Blade), Daniel Herman (publisher of Hermes Press, Silver Age: The Second Generation of Comic Artists), and Mitch Itkowitz (owner of Graphic Collectibles, Jack Kirby Masterworks).

Friday July 21, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 32AB

4:00pm

Creating Comics with the iPad
The iPad has transformed the way you read comics, but did you know you can create comic art on the iPad too? See a comic book character come to life as Hi-Fi's Brian Miller (Doctor Who) and Kristy Miller (SpongeBob Comics) demonstrate step by step how to pencil, ink, and color comics on the iPad Pro using Apple Pencil. Learn the basic tools and techniques, including which apps work best and how you too can transform your iPad into a portable art studio. Q&A session.

Friday July 21, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 11

4:00pm

IDW Publishing: The Rise of Fall
IDW goes galactic this fall with the launch of Star Wars, an entirely new Star Trek, and much more! Learn about their massive plans and many special announcements courtesy of IDW CCO Chris Ryall, IDW group editor Sarah Gaydos, and a cast of thousands! Well, dozens. Or at least a good handful of smart and interesting creators, anyway . . . .

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

4:00pm

Spotlight on Victoria Jamieson
Kids, bring your pencils and paper! Join Victoria Jamieson (Roller Girl) as she talks about how she creates her graphic novels and characters. Learn some tips and tricks for making your own comics—and maybe even learn to draw yourself as a roller derby star!

Friday July 21, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 9

4:00pm

What's at Comics Shops: Great Events Beyond Free Comic Book Day
Free Comic Book Day was only the beginning! The fun continues at comic shops with awesome events this year from Batman Day to TMNT Day to Doctor Who Comics Day! Hear all about them from the publishers and retailers who make them happen, featuring Adam Philips (marketing director for DC Comics), Andrew James (editor for Titan's Doctor Who), Joel Elad (marketing manager for IDW), and others. Attendees will each get a gift bag of comics and will have the chance to win cool prizes related to these comic shop events.

Friday July 21, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 29AB

4:00pm

Best of Earwolf
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 17, 03:20AM
Earwolf founder and Comedy Bang! Bang! host Scott Aukerman is joined by Paul Scheer (How Did This Get Made?) plus Earwolf hosts / frequent guests Paul F. Tompkins (Spontaneanation), Lauren Lapkus (...with Special Guest Lauren Lapkus), and Kualp Vilaysack & Howard Kremer (Who Charted?), to discuss the start of Earwolf, the current success of the network, including Comedy Bang! Bang!'s 500th episode, and hilarious behind-the-scenes stories, and more, all followed by a fan Q&A.

Friday July 21, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

4:00pm

Meet the Makers
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 14, 05:35PM
Graphic novel authors and artists Jeffrey Brown (Lucy & Andy Neanderthal), Nick Abadzis (Laika), Joe Flood (Science Comics: Dinosaurs), and James Parks and Ben Costa (Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo Book 1: The Road to Epoli) describe the process behind making a comic. Moderated by Allison Tran (senior librarian for children's services, Mission Viejo Library).

Friday July 21, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

4:15pm

DC from Page to Screen
Never before has DC been more popular in TV, video games, home videos, and movie theaters. And with an impressive film slate and countless shows in series and production, it has never been a better time to be a DC fan! Join the people behind the scenes who translate the page to the screen in this must-see panel that shows how your favorite stories and characters come to life!

Friday July 21, 2017 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Room 6DE

4:30pm

Comic-Con How-To: Draw with Jim Lee
DC Entertainment's publisher Jim Lee (Batman, Justice League, Suicide Squad, Superman Unchained) will demonstrate the drawing techniques he uses when creating artwork for comic books. He will answer questions from the audience and share advice.

Friday July 21, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 2

4:30pm

Into the Past: History and Comics
How do comics help bring history to life? What do we learn about our contemporary selves as a result of the use of history in historical fiction and nonfiction books, and how does the format influence how one tells the story? How are comics used to engage students in developing social awareness? Cecil Castellucci (Soupy Leaves Home), Brigitte Findakly (Poppies of Iraq), Nathan Hale (Hazardous Tales), Jose Pimienta (The Leg), Nate Powell (March trilogy), Chris Schweizer (The Crogan Adventures), and Alison Wilgus (Flying Machines) join moderator Michael Ulrich (educator) for a dynamic discussion of the processes involved in creating characters that give a peek into the past and use politics and history to create nuanced sequential stories.

Friday July 21, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 26AB

4:30pm

Skybound Entertainment: Creators, Fans, and Franchises
Skybound Entertainment's Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead franchise, Invincible) and the company's CEO and fellow producer David Alpert (The Walking Dead franchise, Outcast) discuss their upcoming slate of television and film projects, including the film adaptation of Kirkman's long-running comic series Invincible, their AMC comic book docuseries Heroes and Villains, and more. Kirkman and Alpert will be joined by Skybound Entertainment's Catherine Winder (The Angry Birds Movie, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Sean Furst (Star-Crossed, Dice), and T. Q. Jefferson (Telltale's The Walking Dead, The Walking Dead: Michonne), who will dive into what's next for the company in the VR, gaming, and animation space. Moderated by Steve Zaragoza.

Friday July 21, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 6BCF

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

5:00pm

Comic Pitch Review #1
If you're a writer or artist attending the Comic Creator Connection, this is your chance to practice giving your pitch ahead of time?and get some free coaching from a pro. So, what's a pitch? A pitch is the way you present yourself or your project to others. It is usually a brief speech designed to persuade and interest your listener in what you're doing or what you've made. Most creators have no trouble coming up with fantastic ideas for new comics, but many of those same creators struggle to talk clearly and concisely about those ideas to other people. That's your pitch. And if you want to bring your project to life, you must be able to give a good one. Fortunately, this is a skill you can learn and improve with practice?and Pitch Review is a great place to do that. Pitch reviews will be conducted by Douglas Neff, an experienced speaker coach and professional speechwriter, who also co-hosts the Comic Creator Connection. This is not a panel. Instead, these are 3- to 5-minute individual coaching sessions for as many people as can be accommodated in the scheduled time. Everyone is welcome, but please note that showing up is not a guarantee that you?ll get a review session. Spaces are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Friday July 21, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

5:00pm

Discover What's New with Mouse Guard
Mouse Guard, one of the most successful and popular indie comics in the past decade, reminds readers that "It's not what you fight, but what you fight for "! Creator David Petersen talks about the recently released coloring book, the new original short story in BOOM!'s Free Comic Book Day issue, new Mouse Guard merchandise, and how in September fans can enjoy the Mouse Guard Alphabet Book. David will also be sharing a sneak peek of and discussing the fourth chapter in the Mouse Guard saga, Mouse Guard: The Weasel War (2018). Plus, a live reading of a Mouse Guard short story and a few prize giveaways. Moderated by Cameron Chittock (BOOM! Studios associate editor).

Friday July 21, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 32AB

5:00pm

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

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

5:00pm

Reinventing Horror: What's Next in Film and Comics!
M. L. Miller (writer, Pirouette; editor, Ain't It Cool News) continues a decade-long convention tradition of gathering a group of talented horror filmmakers and comics creators to discuss and dissect the horrors they make and what (if anything) scares them. This year, Miller brings together the best and brightest in horror including The Spierig Brothers (directors/writers, Jigsaw, Predestination), Roxanne Benjamin (director/writer, XX, Southbound), Oz Perkins (director/writer, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, The Blackcoat's Daughter), Matteo Pizzolo (writer, CALEXIT ; publisher, Black Mask Studios), and some extra special guests to talk about how to reinvent the genre, pushing new limits, reaching new audiences of different cultures/genders/social classes, twisting old concepts, and crafting new terrors to keep you up at night!

Friday July 21, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 23ABC

5:00pm

Masters of Visual Storytelling: European and US Creators Discuss
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 14, 06:33PM
Whether you're putting out a serial comic book or a one-shot graphic novel, it's essential to captivate readers from the start--and make them hold their breath till the end. But just how do you do that? Two legendary creators, Walter Simonson and Jean Dufaux, an American and a European, give insight into the art of writing for comics and how these techniques may differ in Europe and the USA. Moderated by Calvin Reid (Publishers Weekly). Free European comics tote bags and goodies for all atendees.

Friday July 21, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 29AB

5:00pm

Son of Shaolin: OGN to Movie
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 11, 05:52PM
Son of Shaolin is an upcoming OGN from Top Cow that tells the story of an Afro-Asian teen in Harlem who discovers he is the last living descendant of an ancient Shaolin master. Film rights were recently sold to Sony/Columbia Pictures, with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson producing. The creative team discusses the challenges of creating a new comic book story with a diverse cast of characters and the process of adapting such a story for the big screen. Panelists include creator/writer/screenwriter Jay Longino (Skiptrace), artist Caanan White (The Harlem Hellfighters), editor Shahriar Fouladi, John Nee (CEO of Cryptozoic Entertainment), Louise Simonson, and Ryan Kalil (Strange Turn Entertainment, NFL Carolina Panthers).

Friday July 21, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 9

5:15pm

Netflix: Marvel's The Defenders
Daredevil. Jessica Jones. Luke Cage. Iron Fist. Four iconic superheroes. One stage. Nuff said! Jeph Loeb and surprise guests of the highly anticipated Netflix original series Marvel's The Defenders band together for a panel you do not want to miss! Be the first to get an exclusive look into the superhero team-up that everyone is talking about before its August 18 global launch on Netflix.

Friday July 21, 2017 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Hall H

5:30pm

DC's Young Animal
Be here to delve further into the world of Young Animal, the DC imprint led by My Chemical Romance frontman and bestselling comics writer Gerard Way (Doom Patrol), with many of his topnotch collaborators, including Cecil Castellucci and Marley Zarcone (Shade, the Changing Girl), Jody Houser (Mother Panic), Jon Rivera (Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye), and others.

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

5:30pm

Lion Forge Comics: Hear the Lion's Roar
Growth and change in 2016 catapulted Lion Forge/Roar Comics onto the center stage. Folks from Lion Forge along with writers and artists give a detailed peek at what the company has planned for 2017 as well as a glimpse of what's to come in 2018.

Friday July 21, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 8

5:30pm

Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski
It's been a banner year for J. Michael Straczynski (JMS): writing the pilot for Midnight Nation for Universal and Gale Ann Hurd, adapting Ten Grand for A&E, writing a top-secret miniseries for TNT, and writing a Rising Stars screenplay for MGM. And of course this past May saw season 2 of his Netflix series, Sense8. Meet the Man, the Myth, and the Hollowed Out Chocolate Easter Bunny known simply as Joe for behind-the-scenes stories in what promises to be one of the most personal talks he has ever given.

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

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

6:00pm

Spotlight on Mike Grell
Inkpot winner Mike Grell, creator of The Warlord, Starslayer, Shaman's Tears, Bar Sinister, Maggie the Cat, and Jon Sable, Freelance discusses his career in comics and marks the 30th anniversary of the landmark Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters. Moderated by Derek Maki.

Friday July 21, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 4

6:00pm

The Astonishing Secret Origins of ComiXology
Every hero has an origin story, the defining moment where they thrust themselves to greatness . . . and so does comiXology! Co-founders David Steinberger and John D. Roberts recount comiXology's humble start-up beginnings, its transformation through the years, and its expansion to be Amazon's premier digital comic shopping and reading platform. Moderated by the comiXology Facebook Live crew Matt Kolowski and Tia Vasiliou.

Friday July 21, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 9

6:00pm

Vulture: Eric Heisserer
When Eric Heisserer was nominated for an Academy Award for writing the hit film Arrival, he became something rare: an Oscar-nominated comic book writer. In addition to penning the upcoming film adaptations of Valiant Entertainment's Harbinger and Bloodshot comic book series, Heisserer is also writing the publisher's new superhero title Secret Weapons. Vulture staff writer Abraham Riesman sits down with Heisserer for a conversation about his career in film and comics, as well as the impending launch of the Valiant cinematic universe.

Friday July 21, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 29AB

6:30pm

Apex Comics Group Universe
Stan Lee's God Woke and William Shatner War Chronicles writer/artist/publisher Mariano Nicieza proudly announces the launch of a new comic book imprint! Special project previews by Fabian Nicieza (co-creator, Deadpool), Tim Walsh and Chris Robinson (A Daze Work), Jeff Slemons and Murphey Luedke (Nazis Vs. Vampires), Matt Murray (Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment), Wilson Ramos Jr., Tom Vargas (Factory Entertainment), Amy Fox (Stan Lee Box Boulevard), Jim Kaufman (Rackfest), and Linda Castillon (Card). Q&A session moderated by Nicole Kulovany (Miss New York).

Friday July 21, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 5AB

6:30pm

Hip-Hop and Comics: Cultures Combining
Hip-hop and comics come together, bringing varied elements to create new worlds of imagination. They also share many inspirations and influences; rappers and graffiti artists utilize superheroic imagery and adopt larger-than-life alter egos; MCs and producers assemble universes with words and sound; comic creators incorporate the music, dance, fashion, and visual vocabulary of hip-hop into their work. Here, Patrick A. Reed (Depth of Field, ComicsAlliance) assembles an all-star group of visual and musical innovators to discuss the ways these two artistic cultures intertwine.

Friday July 21, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 8

6:30pm

The 7 Comic (and Card) Shop Archetypes: Who Triumphs, Thrives, and Survives
This panel explores the basic categories of comic shops, provides analytical yet nostalgic insights on trends and changing consumer demographics, and invites panelists to forecast the future. They will also explore best practices for shops to sell and promote card games like Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Pokémon. Featuring an all-star cast of comics retailers and professionals including Chris Brady (4 Color Fantasies), Jeff Watkins (Cloud City), Jennifer Haines (The Dragon), Bill Schanes (Pacific Comics, Diamond Comic Distributors), and Rob Salkowitz (Forbes, ICv2). Moderated by Ed Catto (Bonfire Agency).

Friday July 21, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 26AB

7:00pm

Independent Creators' Summit
Indie creators are staking out new territories in comics, web series, animation, and more. The Antidote Trust (TAT), a collective of indie creators, presents a roundtable discussion on the role of independent creators and what it takes to carve out success in this brave new media landscape. Moderator Charlotte (Fullerton) McDuffie (writer, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic; founder, the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics) leads the discussion with Geoffrey Thorne (creator, Prodigal; writer, Ben 10; writer/producer, Leverage; author, Sword of Damocles), Geoff Gerber (president, Lion Forge Comics), Hannibal Tabu (2012 Top Cow Talent Hunt winner; writer, Aspen Universe: Sourcebooks), M. D. Marie (creator, Saints of Winter Valley; writer, Vindication), Nate Wunderman (owner/publisher, Wunderman Comics), and in the center square, TAT co-founder Robert Roach (creator, Menthu; storyboard artist, Insomnia; concept illustrator, Lion-Origin of the Wailers).

Friday July 21, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 32AB

7:00pm

Monetize Your Comics on LINE Webtoon Discover
LINE Webtoon's Tom Akel will walk you through how to publish and promote your own IP on the Discover platform, and Patreon's Heather Wilder will provide details on the partnership between Patreon and LINE Webtoon and how creators can take advantage of the Webtoon creator investment program. Hear from creators who have published their work through Discover while building huge audiences, including Kaitlyn Narvaza (Siren's Lament), Stephen McCranie (Space Boy), Tiffany Woodall (Late Bloomer), and Sarah Andersen, creator of the hit series Sarah's Scribbles.

Friday July 21, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 4

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

Visual Storytelling and Comics Art Fundamentals
Take this crash course on how to create powerful, readable comic book art through understanding the basic fundamentals that make comic art different from illustration, painting, and storyboarding. Learn how to make a story flow, how to lead the eye, how to use the page to your advantage as a storyteller, what to plan for, and when to go big and when to go small. It's all covered by the experts from Comics Experience, Andy Schmidt (Marvel, IDW) with Reilly Brown (Deadpool) and Rickey Purdin (Marvel's talent manager).

Friday July 21, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 2

7:00pm

World Premiere of Batman and Harley Quinn
Animation legend Bruce Timm returns to his Batman: The Animated Series roots with an original tale to mark the 30th entry in the popular DC Universe Original Movies series. Batman and Harley Quinn finds the Dark Knight and Nightwing having their patience tested to the limit when they take a road trip with Harley Quinn to track down her old pal, Poison Ivy—who has some interesting ideas about saving the planet, with or without humanity. Be in the audience for the world premiere, then stick around for silliness on a panel that features executive producer and co-screenwriter Bruce Timm (Batman: The Killing Joke), voice of Batman Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series), voice of Poison Ivy Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds), voice of Nightwing Loren Lester (Rock ’n’ Roll High School), director Sam Liu (Teen Titans: The Judas Contract), and co-screenwriter Jim Krieg (Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox). Moderator Gary Miereanu will follow DCU premiere traditions with special announcements, exclusive prizes for a few lucky fans, and a few potential surprises. Batman and Harley Quinn will be available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital HD on August 15 and as a Blu-ray Combo Pack on August 29.

Friday July 21, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Ballroom 20

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

Building Blocks to Indie Comics Success
Galo Gutierrez (COO, Project-Nerd Publishing) joins Neville Howard (creator, Sugar and Space), Alana Marshall (editor, Melbourne Comics), and Mike Speakman (creator, Space Copz) in a discussion on Project-Nerd past initiatives and connections to the Australian indie comics scene and then take a look ahead to projects in 2017/2018 season.

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

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

SYFY Presents the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 14, 10:32PM
The 29th annual Eisner Awards (the "Oscars" of the comics industry) honor comics creators and works in 30 categories. Presenters for the gala ceremony include actor/comedian Danny Pudi (Community), writer/actor Thomas Lennon (Reno 911), actor/author Greg Grunberg (Heroes; Dream Jumper), iZombie creator Chris Roberson, Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons, The Tick creator Ben Edlund, British TV host Jonathan Ross, and Comic-Con special guests Gail Simone, Jonathan Maberry, and Paul Dini. Other prestigious awards to be given out include the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comics Writing, and the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award.

Friday July 21, 2017 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

8:30pm

Christian Comic Arts Society Mixer
The Christian Comic Arts Society partner with Geeky Guys for God for their annual mixer. This is an opportunity for Christian professionals, fans, artists, and writers to intermingle, socialize, and network. There will be a trivia game, with prizes awarded to those attendees who know their geek trivia. Panelists will include moderator Scott Shuford (FrontGate Media), Joe Queen (Geeky Guys for God), Dan Lynch (Bibleman), Adam Key and Rhyan LaMarr from the forthcoming movie Canal Street, and others.

Friday July 21, 2017 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Room 26AB

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

9:00pm

Major Grom Premiere Screening
This fast-paced action flick raises the genre to a whole new level and has become the first step toward the creation of the BUBBLE Movie Universe. Afterward, there will be Q&A with the film’s creators, Artem Gabrelyanov (writer, producer), Roman Kotkov (creative producer), and Natalia Zaidova (concept artist). Also, everyone who attends the screening will get an exclusive art book, Major Grom: Behind the Scenes.

Friday July 21, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 23ABC

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

9:00pm

Webcomics Advocates: The Webcomics Gathering
Webcomics Advocates co-founders Phil Vecchio and Brendan Creecy (Brax the Alien Rocker, Radio BrendoMan podcast) celebrate and discuss the exciting world of webcomics. Joined by Patrick Scullin (Super Siblings, I Speak Nerd), Eddie DeAngelini (Collectors), Madeleine Holly-Rosing (Boston Metaphysical Society), and moderator Josh Forbes (director, Contracted: Phase II), they will give any webcomic creators in the audience 30 seconds to promote their comics to the crowd. All creators and fans are welcome!

Friday July 21, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 32AB

9:30pm

Encore Screening: Batman and Harley Quinn
Whether you missed the premiere or just can’t wait to see it again, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is happy to provide a second helping of the new DC Universe Original Movie, Batman and Harley Quinn, which will be available on Digital HD on August 15 and as a Blu-ray Combo Pack on August 29.

Friday July 21, 2017 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Ballroom 20
 
Saturday, July 22
 

10:00am

Comic Creator Connection All-Stars
The Comic Creator Connection (CCC) is Comic-Con's premier networking event that brings together writers and artists who are searching for their creative counterparts. This "All-Star" panel spotlights some of the latest teams and newest creations to come out of the CCC. Hosts Douglas Neff and Corey Rothermel (authors of Epic Win!: The Geek's Guide to the Journey from Fan to Creator) will focus the discussion on how each team built a successful creative partnership from their first handshake to their first draft to their first sale. If you want to know how to create comics with another person, don't miss out on this collection of practical advice and hard-earned wisdom from the industry's newly published comic book creators!

Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 28DE

10:00am

Comics are for Everyone . . . Aren't They?
Delving into the experience of being a disabled person in comics and the intersections of disability, race, and gender, this panel will explore the industry's problems with inclusivity from inaccessible conventions to representation of people of color and disabled characters in comics. With John Jennings (Kindred, Black Comix), Adam Karenina Sherif (Library of Congress, Orbital Comics), Jazmine Joyner (Visionary Comics), Rachelle Cruz (UC Riverside, Experiencing Comics), Johnny Parker II (Neat-O Comics, Broken), and moderated by Rosie Knight (Nerdist, Women Write About Comics). This panel will discuss how creators, critics, retailers, and fans can create a more accessible space within comics, conventions, and fandom.

Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 4

10:00am

Content Literacy: Teaching STEM with Comics
Illya Kowalchuck (director of education for Pop Culture Classroom), Brack Lee (Pop Culture Classroom), Nick Dragotta (Howtoons), MK Reed (Science Comics: Dinosaurs), and Alison Wilgus (Science Comics: Flying Machines) present a Q&A session about teaching with comics, as well as a list of some of the best graphic novels for supporting STEM topics in the classroom. Moderated by Tom Racine (Tell Tale Radio).

Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

10:00am

DC's Justice For All
Be here as the creative folks behind your favorite Justice League characters take center stage. Tony Daniel (JLA), Dan Jurgens (Action Comics), Tom King (Batman), Steve Orlando (Justice League of America), John Semper Jr. (Cyborg), Nicola Scott (Wonder Woman), Liam Sharp (Wonder Woman), Brad Walker (Aquaman), and Joshua Williamson (Flash) have a lot to share about your favorite DC superheroes and their fight for justice!

Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 6DE

10:00am

Skybound Entertainment: Comics and Creators
Skybound Entertainment editor Jon Moisan discusses Skybound's latest comics slate with some of their top creators, including Sean Mackiewicz (Skybound Entertainment editorial director, Gasolina), Donny Cates (Redneck, God Country), Chris Pasetto (Kill the Minotaur), Christian Cantamessa (Kill the Minotaur), and Brandon Thomas (Horizon).

Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29AB

10:00am

Spotlight on March Creators Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
The record-breaking success of the March trilogy by Civil Rights icon John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell has pushed the comics medium to incredible new heights. March is the first graphic novel to win the National Book Award, Coretta Scott King Book Award, or Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the first graphic novel since Maus to reach the New York Times Nonfiction Best Seller list, and the first book in history to receive four simultaneous awards from the American Library Association. Now, join the authors for an emotional look back at their stunning accomplishment-and the way it's inspiring new generations to speak up, speak out, and move their feet.

Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 23ABC

10:30am

Comics Arts Conference #9: Make Ours Marvel: Media Convergence and a Comics Universe
Since the debut of the Fantastic Four in 1961, Marvel has steadily invested in worldbuilding strategies that have in more recent years culminated in the company's globally successful forays into film and television production. Drawing on the anthology Make Ours Marvel: Media Convergence and a Comics Universe (University of Texas Press, 2017), Matt Yockey (University of Toledo), Anna Peppard (York University), and Derek Johnson (University of Wisconsin, Madison) chart significant aspects of the development of the Marvel brand, including Marvel's exploitation of affect to foster brand and reader identities in the 1960s, the company's checkered history publishing comics with strong female protagonists, and Marvel's problematic attempt to widen its reading audience with the "Share Your Universe" campaign.

Saturday July 22, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 26AB

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

10:30am

Comic Book Law School® 303: 'A Helping Hand'
For the third (and final) destination in this year's Law School series, a panel of legal experts will shed light on some of the more complex issues facing creators and businesses and touch on compelling issues popping up in the law and how they apply to comics and the pop culture scene. Noted attorney Michael Lovitz (author of the classic The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book) is joined by professors Marc Greenberg and Betsy Rosenblatt and attorneys Jeff Trexler and Larry Zerner for another rousing, interactive discussion focused on real-world issues of importance to fans and creators. The panel will share their insights and knowledge and provide practical advice concerning fans and fair use; legal issues for fan creations (fan fiction, fan art, fan films, etc.), and concerns for creators using "loan-out" companies as seen in the currently pending Friday the 13th lawsuit. Note: The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and insights to practicing attorneys as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. (This program is approved for 1.5 credits of California MCLE.)

Saturday July 22, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 11

11:00am

Riverdale Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Following the shocking first season finale, join Archie and the gang as they dive into the secrets that continue to loom over what once looked like a quiet, sleepy town. The circumstances surrounding Fred's shooting kick off the mystery of season 2. Based on the characters from Archie Comics and produced by Berlanti Productions (The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, Arrow, DC's Legends of Tomorrow) in association with Warner Bros. Television, this one-hour drama is a bold, subversive take on the surreality of small-town life. See a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series stars and producers. Riverdale 's season 2 premiere airs Wednesday, October 11, at 9/8c on The CW, Riverdale: The Complete First Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 15.

Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
Ballroom 20

11:00am

25 Years of Top Cow Productions
Top Cow Founder Marc Silvestri and president Matt Hawkins share their favorite moments from the early days, discuss the current state of affairs, provide tips for the 2017 Top Cow Talent Hunt, and cover series relaunch announcements and new series teases. Panelists include Top Cow's talented writers, artists, staff, and maybe a special guest or two. All attendees will receive a special limited-edition comic.

Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 9

11:00am

CBLDF: Equipping Teachers to Defend Comics
While comics have long been the domain of superheroes, a new generation of comics and comic book readers are arising. With the availability of nonfiction graphic novels about history, science, memoirs, and more, graphic novels are being read by all types of readers in and out of classrooms. But teachers still navigate resistance to the format. Nathan Hale (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Adventures), Thi Bui (The Best We Could Do), Matthew Holm (Babymouse series, Squish), Dr. Meryl Jaffe, Talia Hurwich, and moderator Betsy Gomez (editorial director, CBLDF) discuss the obstacles and challenges teachers continue to face in selecting, using, and defending the use of comics in their classrooms.

Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

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

11:15am

DC Essential
New to comics? Are you at the convention because you're a fan of great DC TV, movies, video games, or other media? Bingeing a season of The Flash leave you wanting to know more about the source material? Well, look no further; this is the program for you, as a panel of experts are on hand to help you along your journey through the wonderful world of comics!

Saturday July 22, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 6DE

11:30am

IDW's TMNT: Summer of the Turtles
TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman is joined by writers Tom Waltz, Erik Burnham, Aubrey Sitterson, Ulises Fariñas, and Erick Freitas and special guest Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai to discuss the events of IDW's biggest summer of TMNT publishing ever! Moderated by editor Bobby Curnow.

Saturday July 22, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 24ABC

11:30am

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

11:30am

Comics Arts Conference #10: Feminist Marvels
J. Richard Stevens (University of Colorado, Boulder) examines how Marvel is positioning Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel in the lead-up to her film as a credible feminist icon in order to more explicitly address the interests of a rising female readership. Chris Richardson (Young Harris College) argues that Bourdieu's notion of the field, a place in which actors compete for status through symbolic capital, allows us to better understand how Jessica Jones, as a strong, independent, heroic woman, a victim of abuse, a vulnerable and insecure lover, and the product of two men's imagination, has dramatically reshaped the industry in subtle yet important ways. Samantha Langsdale (University of North Texas) sees Marvel's new run of Spider-Woman as feminist in its defiance of the trend in mainstream superhero comics to characterize motherhood as untenable for superheroines by presenting a markedly woman-centered model of motherhood.

Saturday July 22, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 26AB

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

12:00pm

CBLDF: Comics Change the World: The History of Activism in Comics
From the medium's earliest days, activists have taken to the comics form to communicate their messages to the world. CBLDF deputy director Alex Cox brings you on an image-filled march through more than a century of comics activism, revealing the history of how comics can change the world!

Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 11

12:00pm

From Screen to Panel: Disney Comics Come to Life with New Series
Disney and comics fans can preview the latest from Disney Comics with a thrilling panel of editors and experts who help make these comics come to life. Panelists include moderator Eugene Paraszczuk, Sarah Gaydos (editor, Tangled and DuckTales comics for IDW Publishing), Mike Siglain (director of creative franchise, Lucasfilm Publishing for Lucasfilm comics and new kids' comics), Kurt Hassler (publisher, managing director at Yen Press, Witch, Big Hero 6), Gary Groth (president, Fantagraphics Books, Snow White, new standard series), and Denton Tipton (senior editor/writer at IDW Publishing, Star Wars comics for kids, member of DuckTales creative team).

Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 25ABC

12:00pm

The Official Aspen Comics Panel 2017
Lindsey Stirling (singer/songwriter) exclusively reveals her new Aspen Comics series, while Frank Mastromauro (Aspen co-owner/president), Peter Steigerwald (Aspen co-owner), Vince Hernandez (VP/editor-in-chief), Mark Roslan (VP/director of design and production), Ron Marz (Michael Turner’s Fathom), Scott Lobdell (No World), J.T. Krul (Michael Turner’s Soulfire), David Wohl (Executive Assistant Iris), Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), Blake Northcott (Michael Turner’s Fathom), Jordan Gunderson (No World) will reveal upcoming Aspen titles and hold a special Q&A with fans. All fans in attendance will receive a free gift courtesy of Aspen Comics.

Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 4

12:00pm

Women on the Dark Side
Not all female artists/creators are about unicorns and glittery vampires and silly pseudo-bondage. Some women create truly dark and challenging art and content with just a touch of humor and whimsy. Whether it's comic books, novels, or art, these are the women who are creating content that connects with our deeper, darker side. Featuring Susan Lee (Wraith of Love, Shadow of the Knight), Megan Hutchison (Rockstars), Madeleine Holly-Rosing (Boston Metaphysical Society), and Maria Alexander (Mr. Wicker, Snowed). Moderated by Barbra Dillon (Fanbase Press).

Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 28DE

12:00pm

LICENSED! Overstreet Looks at Licensed Comics
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 14, 10:34PM
From Rom to Captain Action, from Star Trek to Stargate Universe, and from Buffy and 24 to Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash, licensed comics have long been an important part of the tapestry of the comics industry. The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide welcomes Chris Ryall (Rom), Mark L. Haynes (Stargate Universe), Ed Catto (Captain Action), Andy Mangels (Wonder Woman '77 Meets the Bionic Woman), Mark Wheatley (Jonny Quest), and Overstreet's J. C. Vaughn (Stargate Atlantis).

Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 9

12:30pm

DC's Harley Quinn: Celebrating 25 Years
Twenty-five years ago, Dr. Harleen Quinzel made her first appearance in Batman: The Animated Series, and what a debut it was! An instant fan favorite-and her popularity has been meteoric ever since! Come celebrate her first appearance anniversary with some of the key contributors to this modern icon.

Saturday July 22, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 6DE

12:30pm

BOOM! Studios: Discover Yours
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 14, 09:04PM
There's a comic at BOOM! Studios for everyone from longtime fans to brand-new readers, and this is the panel to discover your favorite new series! BOOM! Studios editors and creators explore the diverse imprints of BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia with the exclusive previews, news, and the information you need to discover your next obsession. Featuring Matt Gagnon (BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief), John Allison (Giant Days), Ryan Parrott (Saban's Go Go Power Rangers), Carly Usdin (Hi-Fi Fight Club), David F. Walker (War for the Planet of the Apes), Aline Brosh McKenna (Jane), and James Tynion IV (The Backstagers). Moderated by Filip Sablik (BOOM! Studios president of publishing and marketing).

Saturday July 22, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 24ABC

1:00pm

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

1:00pm

Superheroes and Comics Can Transform Learning
A group of educators, researchers, and creators discuss how comics can be used to enhance literacy and STEM education and why our brains may be uniquely wired to learn from comics. Featuring Jorge Cham (author and creator, PhD Comics), Rebecca Thompson (creator, APS Spectra Comics), Jeff Barbanell (president, Scholastic Innovations, Inc.), Josh Elder (executive director, Reading with Pictures), and Neil Cohn (assistant professor, Tilburg University). Moderated by Russell Shilling (Digital Promise, former DARPA PM).

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

1:00pm

The Official Image Comics Panel
What's new at Image Comics? What's going on in the comics industry? How do you break into comics? Come listen to Ed Brubaker (Kill or Be Killed), Tini Howard (Magdalena), Donny Cates (God Country), Sina Grace (Nothing Lasts Forever), and Nicola Scott (Black Magick) discuss their work, the industry, and even more in this packed panel.

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 7AB

1:00pm

Archie Comics Forever: Riverdale and Beyond
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 14, 10:01PM
Celebrate the new era of Archie Comics with news and announcements about your favorite Archie titles and The CW's hit Riverdale TV show. Featuring Jon Goldwater, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Mike Pellerito, Alex Segura, Dan Parent, Jesse Goldwater, Mark Waid, and others.

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 4

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

1:30pm

Unconventional Comics
Comics are all about super powers and saving the world, right? Discover the rich and growing market for comics that may lack super-powered heroes but are super all the same. Moderator Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum) discusses with panelists R. Sikoryak (Terms and Conditions), Simon Hanselmann (Megg & Mogg), Gemma Correll (The Worrier's Guide to Life), and Melanie Gillman (As the Crow Flies) how they were inspired to write their unconventional books and why the comics format was right for their work.

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 8

1:30pm

Invader ZIM: It's a Comic?! (Yes! Yes it Is!)
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 12, 11:03PM
Jhonen Vasquez (series creator, Invader ZIM), Eric Trueheart (writer, Invader ZIM TV show and comics), Dave Crosland (character designer, Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja; artist, Invader ZIM comics), Megan Lawton (story artist, Invader ZIM TV movie; artist, Invader ZIM comics), and Aaron Alexovich (character designer, Invader ZIM TV show and movie; artist, Invader ZIM comics) join forces to show you what's coming up in the ZIM comics, including the first-ever four-issue arc and a hilariously twisted one-shot where everyone switches bodies! (Or brains?) Moderated by Robin Herrera (editor, Invader ZIM comics)! Plus: secrets about the all-new TV movie that was recently greenlit by Nickelodeon? Never-before-seen comic art? Rejected covers? Possibly!

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 24ABC

1:45pm

DC Celebrates Wildstorm's 25th Anniversary
It's been 25 years since Jim Lee' s WildStorm first made its mark on the comics landscape with such memorable and innovative titles as WildC.A.T.s, Gen13, Stormwatch, and Deathblow, to name a few. Join Jim Lee and former WildStorm staffers and talented contributors including Ryan Benjamin, Lee Bermejo, J. Scott Campbell, Carlos D'Anda, Sandra Hope, Dustin Nguyen, Alex Sinclair, and others for a fun trip down memory lane!

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Room 6DE

1:50pm

Lucifer Special Video Presentation and Q&A
The climactic events of the Lucifer season finale left us wondering where in the world is Lucifer and how did he get his wings back? Join the series stars and executive producers Joe Henderson (White Collar) and Ildy Modrovich (CSI: Miami) for a special video presentation and Q&A where they'll discuss the sizzling second season and what's in store for Lucifer in season 3. From Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television and based upon characters created by Neal Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg for Vertigo from DC Entertainment, Lucifer returns for its third season this fall, airing Mondays 8/7c on FOX. Lucifer: The Complete Second Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 22.

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:50pm - 2:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

2:00pm

Comics in Classrooms and Instruction
San Diego teachers discuss the importance of the arts in classrooms, specifically how comics can be used as cross-curricular tools, as bridge-gaps for ELL/struggling readers, and to increase engagement. Featuring Ashley Marie Golden (art/English), Ben Stone (AP world and European history), Julie Damschen (AP psychology), and Chris Mostellar (math).

Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

2:00pm

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

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

2:00pm

Writing for Television, Film, and Comics with J. Michael Straczynski
After talent, the most important thing an up-and-coming writer needs is information on how to break into the writing profession as an art and a craft. Having written nearly 400 produced television episodes (with roughly half of that as producer), several hundred comics for DC, Marvel, and Image, and five big-budget movies that have grossed over a billion dollars around the world, J. Michael Straczynski (JMS) once again shares his knowledge with new writers to help them break in and improve their work. Note: This is not a lecture but rather uses a Q&A format, so come equipped with good questions.

Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 11

2:30pm

IDW Entertainment and Syfy: Wynonna Earp
Cast and creators of the breakout SYFY series Wynonna Earp Melanie Scrofano, Tim Rozon, Shamier Anderson, Domonique Provost-Chalkley, Katherine Barrell, Varun Saranga, and Tamara Duarte along with showrunner Emily Andras and comic creator Beau Smith reveal behind-the-scenes antics, show off exclusive footage, and answer your biggest questions about season 2!

Saturday July 22, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 5AB

3:00pm

Comics 101: Making Sense of the Comics World
Just getting into comics but not sure where to start reading? Industry professionals Simon Hanselmann (Megahex), Sonny Liew (Dr. Fate), Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani (Aw Yeah Comics), and others personally recommend series just right for you! Join comiXology Facebook Live crew Matt Kolowski and Tia Vasiliou and this panel of comics superstars as they become your guides through the awesome world of comics!

Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 29AB

3:00pm

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

3:00pm

Developing Comics for Social Impact and Change
Many think that there is a need to develop an organized community focused on creating innovative and high-quality comics to tackle complex and challenging social issues. This panel will discuss this idea and how it can spur new opportunities, as well as the impact similar efforts have made in the video game industry. Josh Elder (executive director, Reading with Pictures), Gina Gagliano (marketing and publicity manager, First Second Books), Illya Kowalchuck (director of education, Pop Culture Classroom), and Geoff Gerber (president, Lion Forge Comics). Moderated by Russell Shilling (Digital Promise, former DARPA PM).

Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

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

Make Comics with Photoshop: Exploration of a Work Flow
Have you always wanted to publish your own story but aren't sure where to begin? Daniel Presedo (Photoshop team) will walk through valuable lessons and work flows he has acquired in publishing over the past 25 years. Alicia Burstein (ArtStart books) will also share specific details to know before beginning your journey.

Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 11

3:00pm

Spotlight on Joyce Chin and Art Adams
Artists Arthur Adams and Joyce Chin come together for this unique spotlight panel to interview each other on their combined decades' worth of work. They'll share their experiences working for such companies as DC, Image, and Marvel, venturing into creating new characters and comics, and illustrating magazine and toy packaging. They'll also answer your questions-bring 'em if you got 'em!

Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 9

3:00pm

Marvel: Black Eyed Peas' Masters of the Sun
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 20, 08:51PM
From the mind of will.i.am comes this retro futuristic B-Boy Zombie Thriller. Fusing together the unlikeliest of genres with ease, Masters of the Sun mixes LA gang culture, b-boy-ism, and Egyptology to tell the heroic tale of a hip-hop group from East LA who must battle an ancient God that's turning black drug dealers and gangsters into zombies. Join Editor in Chief Axel Alonso plus will.i.am, Taboo, and Apl de Ap from the Black Eyed Peas to discuss the MOTS experience and the future of delivering immersive content.

Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6A

3:30pm

Doctor Who and Torchwood Comics
Get your fix of all things Whovian from writers Cavan Scott, George Mann, and others (including a very special message from Captain Jack himself!), along with Doctor Who senior editor Andrew James, who will reveal upcoming plans for Titan's Doctor Who comics and take you behind the scenes of Titan's stand-alone SDCC Doctor Who comic-created especially for the show! Each audience member will receive a free comic!

Saturday July 22, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 5AB

3:30pm

Insight Comics: Focusing on Content and Creators
In early 2017, Insight Editions launched Insight Comics, a dynamic new imprint dedicated to publishing original and licensed graphic novels. These beautifully illustrated stories run the gamut from tales of post-apocalyptic horror and sci-fi survival to epic fantasy battles, supernatural adventures, and thrilling detective mysteries for people of all ages. Meet the editors and creators behind the brand, get a glimpse of what the team has planned for the rest of 2017 and beyond, and learn why Insight Comics is the preeminent home for creators. Panelists include Mark Irwin (editor), Katie Kubert (editor), Nilah Magruder (M.F.K.), Richard Hamilton (Scoop), Jean Dufaux (Djinn), Arianna Irwin (The Comet), Tom Sniegoski (Atomic Frenchie), and Frank Tieri (comic book writer).

Saturday July 22, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 24ABC

3:30pm

Robert Kirkman and Todd McFarlane in Conversation
Todd McFarlane, the creator of Spawn, and Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead, sit down for an intimate one-on-one chat. These two titans have forever changed the comics industry in addition to breaking new ground in everything from toys to television to film. What tips do they have for their fellow creators? How did they rise so high? They'll discuss these topics and more.

Saturday July 22, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 6DE

4:00pm

New Stories in Old Universes
Some fan-favorite characters and comic universes have been around for generations. As a creator, how does one continue to make exciting and new stories in worlds that comic readers are so familiar with? Moderator Mark Waid (Archie) aims to find out with Comic-Con special guests Marguerite Bennett (DC Bombshells), Tom King (Vision), Gail Simone (Batgirl), and Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl).

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 23ABC

4:00pm

Spotlight on Sonny Liew
Sonny Liew discusses his Eisner-nominated The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, his three-continent journey to find sources of creativity, the comics culture in Singapore, and his collaborations with Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese, Superman) and Paul Levitz (former DC publisher), who will moderate the conversation.

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 29AB

4:00pm

Transforming Character to Costume: DC Superhero Costumes from Workroom to Film Set
The Motion Picture Costumers IATSE Local 705 leads a discussion exploring the different positions behind the scenes in Hollywood's costume industry. Learn about the journey each costume takes to become part of your favorite onscreen character's appearance with expert panelists Bob Morgan (costume supervisor, Batman V. Superman, Man of Steel), Mike Welch (set costumer, Batman V. Superman, X-Men: Days of Future Past), Federico Cervantes (key specialty costumer, Batman V. Superman, Watchmen), Stacia Lang (custom-made cutter fitter, Aquaman, Man of Steel), and Lisa Fullerton (custom-made stitcher, Aquaman, The Hunger Games).

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 9

4:00pm

When Comic Shops, Teachers, and Librarians Work Together
Beth Dunca (teacher, Rancho Minerva Middle School), Lisa Ferneau-Haynes (senior librarian, Oceanside Public Library), and John Shableski (UDON Entertainment) discuss the incredible opportunity educators have when shopping at their local comic book store for texts to use in class or include in their library collection. Moderated by Adam Kullberg (education program manager, Pop Culture Classroom).

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

4:00pm

Women and Writers of Color Breaking Barriers
An eclectic panel of UCLA Extension instructors currently working in the entertainment industry discuss how they got where they are, what issues they continue to face, and what it will take before there is real change. Speakers include Laurence Walsh-Hodson (NCIS, The Dresden Files), Nancy Nigrosh (former agent of Kathryn Bigelow), Steve Harper (American Crime, Covert Affairs), Melinda Hill (Kickin' It, Adventure Time), Deborah Dean Davis (It Takes Two, Daddy Boot Camp), Cynthia Hsiung (Young Hercules, The Real World), Eunetta T. Boone (One on One, The Hughleys), Cynthia Riddle (Puppy Love, The Brittany Murphy Story) and moderator Kim Adelman (independent film producer).

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

4:00pm

Marvel: Cup O'Joe
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 20, 08:55PM
Join us for this Convention favorite! Here is your chance to ask Marvel's chief creative officer Joe Quesada about anything and everything Marvel. Got a question about your favorite hero? Want to hear the latest developments on Marvel's Legacy or our up-and-coming heroes? This panel has you covered! Also featuring executive editor Nick Lowe, director of content and character development Sana Amanat, Kris Anka (Runaways), Ryan North (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl), Rainbow Rowell (Runaways), Sean Ryan (Marvel Super Hero Adventures) and Mark Waid (Avengers, Champions)!

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 25ABC

4:30pm

Tales From the Comic Book Crackdown
Always on the cutting edge in their titles like Tales from the Crypt and Weird Science, EC Comics produced the most provocative stories of horror, crime, politics, and social justice in the restrictive early 1950s-tales once again topical today. Tucked inside the horror were yarns that took on issues like prejudice and nationalism. Of course, EC got in trouble, and in 1954 publisher William Gaines was called to testify before the U.S. Senate in a hearing that ultimately caused the wide censorship of comics. An interactive discussion led by Ben Dickow, lecturer in comics history, and EC comics expert Grant Geissman will examine that fateful day in comics history. Augmenting the discussion, members of Los Angeles's Captured Aural Phantasy Theater will dramatically read from the Senate testimony and some of the controversial comics. These short excerpts preview a major theatrical production about EC Comics that Captured Aural Phantasy Theater will be bringing to audiences in the fall; they are the only performance group in the world authorized to bring EC Comics to life on stage.

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 26AB

4:30pm

ValiantFans.com: Harbinger Wars 2 and Beyond!
Valiant fans from around the world join in celebrating Valiant's 12th annual SDCC fan panel. Valiant guest panelists and moderator Sean Neprund of the OTV podcast discuss everything Valiant, including Harbinger Wars 2, Secret Weapons, and the smash hit X-O Manowar .

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 8

4:30pm

From Acclaimed Graphic Novel to Daring New Film: My Friend Dahmer
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 21, 04:02AM
Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Derf Backderf, My Friend Dahmer is the eerie and electrifying new film written and directed by Marc Meyers, with Disney star Ross Lynch in a revelatory performance as Jeffrey Dahmer. Before Dahmer became one of the most notorious serial killers of all time, he was a shy kid, a teenage alcoholic, and a goofball who never quite fit in with his classmates. This is the haunting, sad, funny, true, origin story of Dahmer in high school. Moderated by Abraham Riesman (staff culture writer at New York Magazine and Vulture), Lynch, Backderf, and Meyers and Alex Wolff (who plays young Derf) will discuss the joys and challenges of adapting this cult favorite for the big screen and the fascination with this infamous real-life figure. Attendees will also be treated to the first public teaser of the film exclusively at San Diego Comic-Con. For further information on how to attend this panel, please read more about the Horton Grand Theatre.

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

4:30pm

That '70s Panel
It was a time of change in comics, with a new generation intermingling with the old and taking command. Hear what the comics industry was like in the 1970s from Mike Grell (The Warlord ; Jon Sable, Freelance), Paul Levitz (Legion of Super-Heroes, Stalker), Keith Pollard (Fantastic Four, Thor), Ron Wilson (The Thing, Super Boxers), Marv Wolfman (Tomb of Dracula, New Teen Titans), Joe Staton (E-Man, Dick Tracy), and moderator Mark Evanier (Groo the Wanderer, Blackhawk).

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Room 5AB

4:45pm

AMC's Visionaries: Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 10, 05:20PM
Executive producers Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead), Daniel Junge (Saving Face, Being Evel), and Rory Karpf (The Book of Manning, Dale) introduce their new unscripted series AMC's Visionaries: Robert Kirkman's Secret World of Comics, a six-part one-hour documentary series that explores the stories, people, and events that have transformed the world of comic books. Using a distinctive filmmaker approach, the series takes a deep dive into the most accessible and often subversive modern popular art form and will cover topics ranging from origin stories to the untold history behind iconic characters. Join the panelists for a Q&A session and an official sneak preview of this new series.

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Room 6DE

5:00pm

Comics Entrepreneur Secrets
You love comic books, right? Do you love them enough to start your own publishing company? Hear what it takes to make it in comics from publishers who have paved their own paths. Author and business expert Rob Salkowitz (Forbes) talks to trail-blazing comics professionals including comiXology CEO and co-founder David Steinberger, CEO of IDW media holdings Ted Adams, Valiant Entertainment CEO and chief creative officer Dinesh Shamdasani, and founder and CEO of Emet Comics Maytal Gilboa about their wins, their setbacks, and everything you need to know on how break in and stay in the comics biz.

Saturday July 22, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 28DE

5:00pm

Inspiring Young Readers Through Graphic Novels
Beth Duncan, Lisa Harrison, Nichole Santangelo (teachers, Rancho Minerva Middle School), Amy Pitotti (teacher, David A. Brown Middle School), Lisa Ferneau-Hayes (senior librarian, Oceanside Public Library), Erin Nakasone (librarian I in youth services, Oceanside Public Library), Matthew Shoemaker (international educator), and Yukiko Chavez (library media technician, Rancho Minerva Middle School) along with three middle and high school students will discuss how graphic novels have become a gateway into the world of literacy through art, teen book buddy programs, and mentoring/modeling.

Saturday July 22, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

5:00pm

Spotlight on Eduardo Risso
Behind 100 Bullets and Batman is the 35-year-old artist Eduardo Risso. He will be talking about how difficult it can be to draw for the head of the world while living in the ass of the world. Join Eduardo for this session moderated by Ivan Brandon (writer/editor).

Saturday July 22, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 29AB

5:00pm

Spotlight on John Holmstrom
Sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. Harvey Kurtzman. Will Eisner. The Ramones. Blondie. Lou Reed. The CBGB scene and punk rock. Tom Forcade and High Times magazine. Al Goldstein and Screw magazine. Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and the East Village art scene. John Holmstrom was involved with all of the above and much more and ended up with one of the strangest careers in comics, the fine arts, and punk rock. John will be interviewed by cartoonist Batton Lash (Supernatural Law), his fellow student at New York's School of Visual Arts back in the early 1970s, when their teachers were Eisner and Kurtzman.

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

5:00pm

Building a Collaboration in Comic Books
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 17, 10:13PM
Jeffrey Twohig (FuzzyLogixMedia), Brandon Perlow (New Paradigm Studios), Johnny Cavooto (Sartana), Jeff Rider (Cloudwrangler comics), Robert Roach (Menthu, The Roach), and Joe Martinez (artist, Surrounded by Death) discuss the process of building a production team to create a comic book from idea to printing the finished product.

Saturday July 22, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 23ABC

5:10pm

The Flash Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Running up against an evil time remnant version of yourself is something no one should ever have to do, but that's exactly what faced Barry Allen (a.k.a. the Flash) as he fought to save the life of fiancée Iris West from the God of Speed known as Savitar. Barry's victory was short-lived, however, as an unbalanced Speed Force began to wreak havoc on Central City, forcing Barry to sacrifice himself for the greater good. With the Fastest Man Alive now trapped inside an extra-dimensional energy and unknown dangers lurking in the shadows, it will be up to Team Flash to free Barry from his own personal Hell. Join the cast and creators of The CW's highest-rated series and be among the first to find out where things will pick up when season 4 returns this fall. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, The Flash season premiere airs Tuesday, October 10 at 8/7c on The CW. The Flash: The Complete Third Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 5.

Saturday July 22, 2017 5:10pm - 5:50pm
Ballroom 20

5:30pm

It Takes All Kinds to Make the Comics: A Dark Horse Celebration of Diversity
For years, comics creators from a variety of backgrounds have been doing incredible work furthering the medium of sequential art. With award-winning storytelling and phenomenal artistic expression, people from a variety of backgrounds have truly started a movement of more accurate and diverse representation in the comic business. Join Gabriel Bá (Two Brothers), Fábio Moon (Two Brothers), Jose Pimienta (Soupy Leaves Home), Irene Koh (The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars), and Erika Alexander (Concrete Park) for a fascinating conversation on embracing people and cultures from around the world and what changes they think still need to be made in the comics industry.

Saturday July 22, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 8

5:30pm

Discover Why YA is the Future of Comics
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 13, 06:14PM
One of the hottest genres in pop culture, YA books, movies, and comics aimed at middle-grade and young-adult audiences are creating legions of devoted fans all over the world. Join some of the most popular new voices in comics as they discuss the importance of YA, how to bring new readers to comic books, and the bright, diverse future of entertainment. Featuring Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina), Sarah Kuhn (Clueless), Tillie Walden (Spinning), Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes), Scott Westerfeld (Spill Zone), and Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City). Moderated by Brigid Alverson (Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal, contributor to CBR, Publishers Weekly, ICv2, and Smash Pages).

Saturday July 22, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 7AB

5:50pm

Arrow Special Video Presentation and Q&A
With the future of the team left hanging in the balance, Arrow gave new definition to the phrase "blowing up the show." The emotional showdown between Oliver Queen and Adrian Chase was the perfect conclusion to a stellar fifth season of The CW's gritty superhero series. Now the focus shifts to uncovering the fate of every member of Team Arrow. Could anyone have possibly survived an island-wide explosion, or has the book closed on them, as it has the five-year flashback story? The cast and creators will be on hand for an eye-opening conversation about the upcoming season. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, Arrow' s season premiere is Thursday, October 12 at 9/8c on The CW. Arrow: The Complete Fifth Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 19.

Saturday July 22, 2017 5:50pm - 6:30pm
Ballroom 20

6:00pm

BAM! SPIFF! Writing for Comics
Andy Schmidt (Comics Experience, Marvel), Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong, Incredible Hercules), and Erica Schultz (M3, Swords of Sorrow) present an in-depth look at writing for comics. Story applies to all media, but knowing story isn't enough to write great comics. Want to know how to write inspiring and powerful panel descriptions? What is the difference between writing dialogue for TV and comics? How many panels fit on a page? What does it mean to you as a writer that the images are all next to each other, and how can you use that to your advantage? Turn your writing into comics writing!

Saturday July 22, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 11

6:00pm

Cinematic Storytelling for Comics
Award-nominated animator/director/comic book creator Stephan Franck (The Iron Giant, Silver) discusses how to apply the visual principles of film language to the comics page for clarity and emotional and cinematic impact, making the storytelling accessible to the broadest possible audience.

Saturday July 22, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 25ABC

6:00pm

DC Master Class
The DC Master Class is in session! Cream-of-the-crop artists Amanda Conner, Tony Daniel, Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, John Romita Jr., and a huge surprise guest are here to share details on their new projects. This panel has the Master Class seal of approval!

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

6:00pm

Kevin Eastman: TMNT and More
Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, has been drawing and writing Turtles since 1984, but he is also the creator of several other projects, is publisher of Heavy Metal magazine, spearheads a wildly popular fan club, and is about to kickstart Drawing Blood. Join Kevin, David Avallone, and a couple of very special guests.

Saturday July 22, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 5AB

6:00pm

Gays in Comics, Out in Comics: A 30th Year Celebration
The comic world's longest-running panel celebrates its 30th year with an all-star panel and celebration that will spotlight creators, comics, and fans from 1988 to the present. What a difference 30 years makes! "Diversity" has become a rallying cry in the comics world today. Almost every comic company is looking toward LGBTQ or LGBTQ-friendly creators for work that reflects the world around us today-gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender characters as well as people of color, other cultures, and more. This year, founding moderator and bestselling author Andy Mangels (Wonder Woman '77 Meets the Bionic Woman, Star Trek books) returns to chair the panel and welcomes Tara Madison Avery (Anything That Loves, Gooch, Alphabet), Roxane Gay (Black Panther: World of Wakanda, Bad Feminist, SDCC special guest), Sina Grace (Iceman, Self-Obsessed, Burn the Orphanage), Phil Jimenez (Superwoman, Wonder Woman, Infinite Crisis), Steve Orlando (Midnighter and Apollo, Supergirl, Justice League of America), and Molly Ostertag (Shattered Warrior, Strong Female Protagonist, The Witch Boy). Showcased throughout will be special video messages from an array of Hollywood and comic book celebrities sending special 30th anniversary messages to their LGBTQ fans and allies, plus a Prism Comics Fan Mixer including cool swag giveaways and a silent auction of incredible comics items!

Saturday July 22, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 29AB

6:30pm

How to Kickstart Your Comic Like a Pro
Want to know how to run a successful Kickstarter campaign? Amy Chu (Alpha Girl Comics) will moderate this all-star panel of Kickstarter experts, including Hope Nicholson (Bedside Press), Jimmy Palmiotti (PaperFilms), and Zan Christensen (Northwest Press). They will share all their best tips and secrets for planning, running, and shipping a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Saturday July 22, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 26AB

6:30pm

IDW Publishing's Antar: A Middle Eastern Legend for a Modern Age
With genre entertainment now embraced by all corners of the globe, comic books celebrate the best of common humanity. The history and legends of Antar, the half-African, half-Arab poet warrior, present a prime example of this, and his adventures have been enjoyed for centuries in the Middle East. Inspired by his life, Jabal Entertainment's CEO Sohaib Awan (Jinnrise) will discuss the cultural significance of the bridge-building comic with series writer Nnedi Okorafor (the Binti series), Michelle Nickelson (managing director, Mirage Studios), Jeff Gomez (CEO, Starlight Runner Entertainment), and Chris Ryall (chief creative officer, IDW Publishing).

Saturday July 22, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 8

6:30pm

Legendary's Cursed panel with John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis
Legendary Comics hosts John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis talk all things Cursed, their new comic series-the Scottish history, their favorite characters, their not-so-favorite characters, and more.

Saturday July 22, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 7AB

7:00pm

Action Lab Comics: Creator Spectacular
Bryan Seaton (publisher/CEO) and Jason Martin (DZ publisher) give out gifts and discuss with all-star creators what it means to be part of the Action Lab family and what new titles are in store for 2017/2018.

Saturday July 22, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 28DE

7:00pm

Bronies: The Fandom of My Little Pony
Lyle Gilpatrick (Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony), Andrew Ho (public relations deputy director, BronyCAN), Laura Page (vice chair of guest and public relations, Equestria L.A.), Steven Stern (blog author, Equestria Daily), Kaelisa VanDyke (co-chair, Everfree Northwest), and Ted Visser (chair, Pacific PonyCon) discuss the fandom of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, followed by a Q&A session moderated by James Udan (event planner, SoCal Bronies).

Saturday July 22, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

7:00pm

Creating Your Own Destiny: The New Comics Career
The traditional comics career used to be all about begging for work and turning your creations over to "the man." Not anymore! The last decade has seen a complete change as comics creators are determining their own fates and blazing their own trails to more creative freedom and higher potential payoffs. "The New Comics Career" has arrived. Andy Schmidt (Comics Experience, Marvel, IDW, BOOM!) outlines all the ways to plot a course for your career that is tailored to your goals and needs. He'll cover defining and setting your goals, setting yourself up for success, fan building, and marketing yourself to both fans and publishers alike. Take control of your own creative destiny!

Saturday July 22, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 11

7:00pm

Elfquest: Countdown to Final Quest
Wendy Pini (the Complete Elfquest series, Elfquest: Final Quest) and Richard Pini (the Complete Elfquest series, Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini) talk about Elfquest's 40-year journey from homebrew indie comic begun in 1978 to the epic wrap-up planned for 2018. There will be teasers galore! Wendy and Richard will also participate in a freewheeling Q&A session moderated by David Mizejewski (co-producer of the Elfquest podcast series).

Saturday July 22, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 5AB

7:00pm

From Comics to Virtual Reality with American Gothic Press
A good story should work in any medium, and comics can make a great starting point for other forms of entertainment-television, film, and more recently, virtual reality gaming. Join American Gothic Press publisher Philip Kim, editor-in-chief Holly Interlandi, and top creators for a discussion on how to best adapt your panels to this rapidly developing art form.

Saturday July 22, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 23ABC

7:00pm

Spiritual Themes in Comics
This will mark the 20th year that the Christian Comic Arts Society has hosted the Spiritual Themes in Comics panel at Comic-Con. As spiritual themes continue to be explored in movies like Wonder Woman as well as in comics, science fiction, and fantasy, panelists will delve into and examine how spiritual themes influence the entertainment industry and how the reality of spiritual beliefs affects the culture's perception of spiritual influences. Panelists are B. Dave Walters (Electropunk), Travis Hanson (Bean Leaf Press), Buzz Dixon (Serenity), Scott Mercano (Diablo Publishing), Adam Key (Canal Street), and moderator Geoff Strout (The Faithful Creative).

Saturday July 22, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 4

7:30pm

Bedside Press
Publisher Hope Nicholson leads a roundtable discussion with creatives involved with the small press publisher Bedside Press. Sam Beiko (editor, Gothic Tales of Haunted Love), Janet Hetherington (Gothic Tales of Haunted Love), Eryn Williams (Enough Space for Everyone Else), and Jon Vanneste (Enough Space for Everyone Else) discuss their contributions to the publisher as well as their own independent works.

Saturday July 22, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 26AB

8:00pm

EC Fan-Addict Club Panel
Panelists who not only represent a who's who of second-generation EC fandom but also knew the creators of EC Comics intimately will examine EC Fandom history, the creators who made EC Comics, and the creator-to-fan relationships. Moderated by Thommy and Josh Burns, admins of the EC Fan-Addict Club on Facebook, the panel includes Roger Hill (Wally Wood: Galaxy Art and Beyond, Reed Crandall: Illustrator of the Comics), Grant Geissman (Feldstein! The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein, Foul Play!: The Art and Artists of the Notorious 1950s EC Comics), S. C. Ringgenberg (Al Williamson: Hidden Lands, The Fantagraphics EC Artists' Library), and William Leach (publisher/editor of EC fanzine, Horror from the Crypt of Fear).

Saturday July 22, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 4

8:00pm

The Many Mutations of Monster Comics
When you hear “monster comics,” you might envision a 1950s Dracula or Wolfman biting a screaming woman in a negligee. Monsters have mutated since then and they’re weirder and funnier than ever! Moderator Mike Levine (The Onion) asks artists Shing Yin Khor (Beyond Press), Kory Bing (Skin Deep), Daniel and Dawna Davis (Steam Crow), Danny Lacy (Adult Swim), and Rebecca Hicks (Little Vampires) about their uniquely 21st century takes on supernatural creatures of the beyond! Find out what’s hiding in their closets.

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

8:30pm

Not So Strange Bedfellows: The Relationship Between Comics and Professional Wrestling
Some have called the spectacle of pro wrestling "a comic book come to life." That is not so far from the truth. From the heroics of Hulk Hogan to the anti-heroics of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and the villainy of Ric Flair, this panel explores the parallels in character development and storyline advancement between these outrageous forms. Featuring Rik Offenberger (FirstComicsNews.com), Francis Szyskowski (The Massacre Twins), Scott Lost (The 2nd Shift), Michael Kingston (Headlocked), Flobo Boyce (The Indelible Silverstreek), and Jonathan Bowles (Wrestle Crate). Moderated by Joshua Waldrop (Red Guerrilla Media).

Saturday July 22, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 8
 
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

IDW's Ultimate Kids' Comic Panel!
Star Wars ! The Powerpuff Girls ! DuckTales ! Tangled ! My Little Pony ! Have your attention, kids? Come learn about these awesome comic books and, more important, how to make your own! Hosted by IDW group editor Sarah Gaydos and editor Bobby Curnow, this panel of "grown-ups" including Derek Charm, Haley Mancini, Jake Goldman, and Agnes Garbowska talk about how they make some of your favorite kids' comics. Plus: free comics for all the kids!

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

10:00am

Open Meeting of the Christian Comic Arts Society
The Christian Comic Arts Society, Geeks4God, and Geeky Guys for God host this Sunday morning meeting. It begins at 9:30 with worship with Brendan Prout, Sam and Leia Hornedo, and Josh Sims. Christian professionals in the entertainment industry will discuss their faith and how it influences them in their professions, their decisions, and their creative processes. Panelist will include Sergio Cariello (The Action Bible, Lone Ranger), Rhyan LaMarr (Canal Street), Kelly Fellows (NextGen Foursquare leader), Carmi Greene (actress), Scott Zambelli (Transformers and Star Wars franchises), and moderator Ralph Miley (CCAS president).

Sunday July 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 28DE

10:00am

Spotlight on Tom King
Tom King and Constance Eza (moderator) discuss the everyday tasks of writing a biweekly comic book like Batman compared to a more under-the-radar project like Vision .

Sunday July 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 24ABC

10:00am

Friendship to the Max with Lumberjanes!
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 13, 06:16PM
Calling all Lumberjanes fans! With the comics series entering its fourth year, plus a new series of novels from Amulet Books debuting this fall, there's plenty to talk about around the campfire! Lumberjanes co-creator and co-writer Shannon Watters, Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! author Mariko Tamaki, and Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! artist and Lumberjanes co-creator/original artist Brooke Allen discuss the title's legacy thus far, what's in store for Mal, Molly, April, Jo, and Ripley in the comics and the novels, and the importance of hardcore lady types! Moderated by Brigid Alverson (Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal, contributor to CBR, Publishers Weekly, ICv2, and Smash Pages).

Sunday July 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 25ABC

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

10:00am

Comic-Con How-To: How to Make a Comic
Ever wonder how pros go about creating new comic stories? Twenty-five year veteran Disney comic creators Patrick and Shelly Block will create an actual short Donald Duck story with audience participation in this creative workshop. Learn firsthand how the Blocks come up with story ideas, plot out their tales, create a good story climax, and lay out a story idea so that it comes to life. This popular workshop is guaranteed to bring a chuckle or two, as terrible things are bound to happen when Donald Duck and his nephews are involved! All ages are invited.

Sunday July 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 2

10:15am

Marvel's Spider-Man World Premiere
Time to roll out the "web carpet," Spidey fans! Because you're invited to the world premiere of Marvel Animation's newest series, Marvel's Spider-Man ! Hosted by Cort Lane (SVP, animation and family entertainment) and Kevin Shinick (supervising producer, Marvel's Spider-Man), featuring the MARVELous debut of the new voice of Peter Parker! Be part of the very first audience to see the two-part premiere adventure before it airs later this summer!

Sunday July 23, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 6A

10:30am

Comics Arts Conference #13: Other Voices, Other Histories
Braeden Jones (University of Iowa) discusses the ways in which creators of selected didactic comics from Spain, the U.S., and Mexico modified complicated historical facts to present different ideological interpretations of the conquest of Tenochtitlan. Clarissa Goldsmith (Arizona State University) draws from narratological and borderland theory to analyze how Relampago, the Invincible Man, and El Gato Negro reimagine the superhero genre to address social concerns within the Chicanx community. Dwain C. Pruitt (University of Louisville) traces the development of DC Comics's black heroes as pseudo-Muslims, from the misunderstanding of African American cultural politics in the 1960s and 1970s to African American creators of the Milestone Comics imprint, and highlights 1978's Superman vs. Muhammad Ali as a turning point.

Sunday July 23, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 26AB

11:00am

Capturing Teen Angst
Emotions are never more heightened than when you ae a teenager; every trial and tribulation is the end of the world. Mark Waid (Archie) finds out how to capture a teenager's dramatic spirit with experts Dean Hale (Calamity Jack), Shannon Hale (Real Friends), Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl), Victoria Jamieson (Roller Girl), and Scott Westerfield (Spill Zone).

Sunday July 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 25ABC

11:00am

Comics, Beyond the Wall
Eisner Award winners/Brazilian wonder twins Gabriel Bá (Daytripper, Two Brothers) and Fábio Moon (Daytripper, How to Talk to Girls at Parties) talk about the things readers can learn with a wide variety of foreign comics and how everything can be mixed together to end up with something unique and outstanding. They invite you to a session that will bring down the walls that kept you from discovering new and awesome stories.

Sunday July 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 29AB

11:00am

Discover Creating Comics with Kids: An Interactive Workshop
Comic books are for everyone, and that includes the youngest readers just learning about the world of four-color fantasy. The creators of BOOM! Studios's upcoming The Not-So Secret Society graphic novel (Matt Daley, Trevor Crafts, Arlene Daley, and Ellen Crafts) present an interactive workshop where you and your school-age children will get hands-on experience in making their own comic-and leave with some fun surprises, too!

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

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

Guide to Illustrating Comics
ComiXology Facebook Live crew Matt Kolowski and Tia Vasiliou host a lineup of talented comics artists including Jock (Batman), Sana Takeda (Monstress), and surprise guests in a discussion about the triumphs, sorrows, tricks, and craft of illustrating comics. What's the hardest thing to draw? What inspires their work? Who are the artists they admire most? Get the inside scoop from the pros.

Sunday July 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 24ABC

11:00am

Spotlight on Bruce Timm
Emmy Award-winning animator/producer/director (and Comic-Con 2017 special guest) Bruce Timm talks about his career in animation, including the 25th anniversary of the ground-breaking Batman: The Animated Series, his latest project, Batman and Harley Quinn (which had its world premiere at Comic-Con on Friday night), and his comics work. Questions and answer session, too!

Sunday July 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 7AB

11:00am

Spotlight on Liz Suburbia
Liz Suburbia (Sacred Heart, Cyanide Milkshake) sits down to discuss her work and influences with artist and publisher Kevin Czap (Czap Books, Füchi Perf), followed by a Q&A session.

Sunday July 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 4

11:15am

Marvel: ResurrXion
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 20, 09:00PM
The ResurrXion is upon us! The X-Men have been catapulted back to the forefront of the Marvel universe, and there's still more to come! Join Executive Editor Nick Lowe and writers Sina Grace (Iceman), Marc Guggenheim (X-Men Gold), and Christina Strain (Generation X) for an X-citing discussion about the past, present, and future of all things X-Men!

Sunday July 23, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 5AB

11:30am

A Conversation About Inclusivity and Diversity in Comics and the Comics Market
Hear a diverse mix of creators and booksellers discuss diverse characters in comics, finding and audience for them, and the impact that the push for inclusiveness has had on the comics both creatively and financially.

Sunday July 23, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 8

12:00pm

Comics Arts Conference #14: The Value of Mental Illness and Trauma: Finding Resilience in Pain
Superheroes are known for their traumatic pasts and for regularly enduring painful beatings. The question of how this affects their personalities is explored by Patrick O'Connor (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Cara Battistella (University of Pittsburgh), and Sean B. Knuth (SBKPhD). Citing recent neurotrauma research, they discuss mental illness and head trauma through recent stories of Batman, Spider-Man, Jessica Jones, Black Widow, and others. Additionally, panelists discuss how these events factor into increasing violent behavior. Panelists will also consider treatment options and how seeking treatment could affect the futures of these characters. If a superhero sought therapy, would they no longer seek justice?

Sunday July 23, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 26AB

12:00pm

Spotlight on James Hudnall
James Hudnall (writer, letterer, publisher) has worked at Marvel, DC, Image, Malibu, and Eclipse. He created Harsh Realm, The Psycho, Espers, The Age of Heroes, and many others. He was also part of VIZ's early slate of manga translations. Explore these and many other highlights of a diverse career with James and artists David Lloyd (V for Vendetta), and Greg Horn (Marvel covers). Moderated by Dr. Terry Cronin (writer, publisher).

Sunday July 23, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 28DE

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 Comic Book Elements of Avatar and Korra
Dark Horse and Nickelodeon are excited to treat fans to a panel worthy of Aang himself! Join the creative team behind The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars and other special guests for a further exploration of the world. Fans will also have the opportunity to showcase their knowledge of the elements in a fun trivia competition for awesome prizes! Panelists will be Janet Varney (The Legend of Korra TV series), Irene Koh (The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars), Michael Dante DiMartino (Avatar: The Last Airbender), and Dustin Nelson (social media coordinator at Dark Horse).

Sunday July 23, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 24ABC

12:00pm

Toy Pizza: Knights of the Slice Round Table
Calling all Squires of the Slice! Host Jamie King (writer, Jessica Jones) grills creators Jesse DeStasio and Nicky Fung on the fate of their YouTube show Toy Pizza as well as what's next for the smash-hit action figure line, Knights of the Slice. Attendees will get a first look at the future toy releases and have a chance to win them months before they hit the market. Gluten-free pizza recipes available upon request.

Sunday July 23, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 29AB

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

12:00pm

Comic Creator Connection #2
Are you a writer with a great idea for a comic book series, but you can’t draw? Or maybe you’re an artist looking to illustrate an incredible story, but you can’t write. Perhaps you’re both looking for someone to collaborate with so you can jumpstart your careers in the comic book industry. At San Diego Comic-Con 2017’s Comic Creator Connection, you just might find each other! San Diego Comic-Con is proud to once again host the Comic Creator Connection, a fast-paced networking event that puts writers and artists together to help them meet new creative partners. Here’s how it works: in two 2-hour sessions—on Friday, July 21, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM and Sunday, July 23, from 12:00 to 2:00 PM—writers and artists will sit down across from each other at a table. (And by artists, we mean pencillers, inkers, colorists, etc. All are welcome!) Then, in 5-minute sessions, you will talk one-on-one with each other about your ideas and skills. At the end of each 5-minute period, you will get up and move on to the next person. If you’re interested in furthering the conversation, you’ll exchange contact information. Think of it as speed-dating, but for writers and artists! Sign ups are taken in advance for this event, but space may still be available on site.

Sunday July 23, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

12:15pm

World Premiere of LEGO DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain
Missing memories provide an intriguing mystery for our young female protagonists in the all-new animated film, LEGO DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain. See the world premiere of this film, the first LEGO entry in the worldwide DC Super Hero Girls franchise phenomenon, then stay for a fun panel featuring the voices of Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and Harley Quinn/Poison Ivy—Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery), Tara Strong (The Fairly Oddparents, My Little Pony), and Anais Fairweather (DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games), respectively, alongside producer Rick Morales (Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders), director Todd Grimes (Back at the Barnyard), and screenwriter Jeremy Adams (Monsuno). DC All Access host Tiffany Smith moderates. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment, and the LEGO Group, LEGO DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment July 25, on digital HD, and August 8 on DVD.

Sunday July 23, 2017 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Room 6BCF

12:15pm

CBLDF Live Art Jam
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 14, 06:08PM
Celebrate creative freedom by seeing art made right before your eyes! The CBLDF Live Art Jam brings together a variety of comics artists, including acclaimed creator of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye Sonny Liew, award-winning March artist Nate Powell, New York Times bestselling artist Chris Burnham, zine and webcomcs revolutionary Liz Suburbia, and other special guests who will make art on the spot and share their perspectives on censorship and the creative process. Watch live art being created, learn about censorship, and bid to win the pieces made during the panel! All proceeds benefit the important free speech work of CBLDF.

Sunday July 23, 2017 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Room 5AB

12:30pm

The Secret Origin of Good Readers Breakout Session
Create a comic book from scratch with industry pros. Join New York Times and USA Today bestseller Anne Elizabeth (Once a SEAL), writer/editor Dave Elliot (The Weirding Willows), librarian Karen Green (Columbia University), New York Times bestselling author Marjorie Liu (Monstress), and retailer Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics).

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

12:30pm

Women of Marvel
From Ms. Marvel to the A-Force, from Twitter to tumblr, the subject of women in comics has been one of the most talked-about in comics recently. Join the conversation as women from multiple disciplines in the creative process at Marvel discuss what it's like working as a woman in comics today and what it means for the future of the industry. Panelists include content development director Sana Amanat, producer Judy Stephens, and more special guests to be announced.

Sunday July 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 6DE

1:00pm

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

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

1:00pm

Spotlight on Sarah Glidden
Sarah Glidden is the bestselling author of 2016's Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq, an inquiry into journalism and the legacy of the Iraq War that offers a portrait of the humanitarian crises in the region. In 2010, she published the acclaimed graphic memoir How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less . Rob Salkowitz (Forbes; University of Washington communications department) leads a wide-ranging conversation with Glidden.

Sunday July 23, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 4

1:00pm

Comics Arts Conference #15: Fangirls
Angela Chiarmonte (University of Colorado Boulder) analyzes how Ms. Marvel resonates with the Millennial generation by rejecting and subverting stereotypes of Millennials. Caitlin O'Shea (Reed College) addresses how women as comic fans, retailers, and creators navigate a space that is traditionally masculine and hostile to their gender. Angelica Kalika (University of Colorado Boulder) uses fan interpretations of Spider-Gwen texts to define Spider-Gwen's connection to feminist and millennial speech communities.

Sunday July 23, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 26AB

1:30pm

Comics Art Live for Kids
How do you tell a story in comics format? Three comics creators- Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina), MK Reed (Science Comics: Dinosaurs), and Alison Wilgus (Science Comics: Flying Machines)-come together to tell your stories, working with audience prompts to put together a comic right in front of your eyes. This panel is great for kids and families. Moderated by Dawn Rutherford (Brier Library).

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

1:45pm

DC: My Secret Origin or How I Broke In to Comics
They say breaking up is hard to do . . . but breaking into comics may be tougher! Get an inside look at how some of DC's topnotch talent broke in and began crafting the tales of your favorite DC superheroes.

Sunday July 23, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Room 6DE

1:45pm

Image Comics: Your New Favorite Series
What's your favorite book from Image Comics? Are you ready to meet your next favorite series? Drop in on this panel and listen to Cullen Bunn (Regression), Jim Mahfood (Grrl Scouts), Grace Ellis (Moonstruck), and Shae Beagle (Moonstruck) tell you about their new projects, discuss creating, and recommend favorite comics of their own.

Sunday July 23, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Room 5AB

2:00pm

Colored Pencil 101 With Melanie Gillman
In this workshop, Melanie Gillman (As the Crow Flies) will walk you through the basics of drawing comics in colored pencil! You'll learn tips and tricks for choosing color palettes, shading, rendering, and adding finishing touches in a fun hands-on event. All ages/skill levels welcome and no previous experience necessary.

Sunday July 23, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 28DE

2:00pm

Cover Story: The Art of the Cover
What does it take to make a great cover for a comic book? Let's ask five of the top artists . . . all folks who've created some of the best. Come hear the "shop talk" of Arthur Adams (Longshot, Monkeyman and O'Brien), Mike Grell (The Warlord ; Jon Sable, Freelance), Joyce Chin (America, Deadpool the Duck), Joe Staton (E-Man, Dick Tracy), and Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Jughead). Moderated by Mark Evanier.

Sunday July 23, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 25ABC

2:00pm

Introducing Nickelodeon Splat Attack from IDW Games
IDW Games invites fans of tabletop games and the classic '90s Nickelodeon cartoon lineup to join them in an in-depth discussion of the just announced board game Nickelodeon Splat Attack, an action-packed, all-out food-fight featuring many of your favorite Nickelodeon characters from the '90s. Attendees will not only get an inside look at how board games come to fruition but also get a sneak peek at the roster of characters that will make up Nickelodeon Splat Attack!

Sunday July 23, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 4

2:00pm

Niko and the Sword of Light
Niko and the Sword of Light is based on the motion graphic comic by Imaginism Studios, Inc. (the studio behind character and concept designs for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and Men in Black 3) and Studio NX (The Carrot and Rabbit Show, Tree Fu Tom). Executive produced by Rob Hoegee (Generator Rex, League of Super Evil, Storm Hawks, Teen Titans) and animated by Titmouse (Motorcity, Metalocalpyse, Turbo FAST, Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja), Niko and the Sword of Light follows 10-year-old Niko, who is the last of his kind in a strange, fantastical world. He must embark on an epic quest to defeat the darkness and bring the light back to his land. Armed with his magic sword, brave Niko journeys to the Cursed Volcano, making new friends and powerful foes along the way, all while uncovering secrets about his mysterious past. Moderator Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) is joined by the show's voice talent Kari Wahlgren (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness), Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad!), and Jim Cummings (Shrek), along with Rob Hoegee, Imaginism's Bobby Chiu, and Studio NX's Jim Bryson for a special screening of a brand new episode and audience Q&A.

Sunday July 23, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 24ABC

2:00pm

So You Want to Start Reading Comics?
Want to sample new titles? Looking to binge-read some classics? It's easier than ever with comiXology Unlimited-the subscription service that allows you to explore thousands of comics, graphic novels, and manga absolutely free with a 30-day trial. Get the latest on this awesome initiative from comiXology Facebook Live crew Matt Kolowski and Tia Vasiliou and special guests as they offer suggestions on where to dive in. Moderated by comiXology marketing maven Ivan Salazar.

Sunday July 23, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 29AB

2:00pm

Raising Heroic Girls
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 13, 12:04AM
A look at how heroic comics, movies, and toys can inspire girls to be more confident and successful by combatting harmful gender norms that can hold them back. A panel of experts including Alaina Huffman (Supernatural, Smallville), Audrey Kearns (Geek Girl Authority), Cassandra Pelham (senior editor at Graphix and Scholastic Press), Dr. Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy), and Jenna Busch (Stan Lee's World of Heroes, Legion of Leia) will participate in a session moderated by John Marcotte (founder of Heroic Girls).

Sunday July 23, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

2:30pm

United Nations + Comics = Saving the World
Comics Uniting Nations is bringing together artists and writers from around the world to create comics to promote global awareness and support for the UN's sustainable development goals. The panel, moderated by Natabara Rollosson (co-founder, Comics Uniting Nations) and Shannon O'Shea (UNICEF), will promote discussion on how everyone can become superheroes to make the goals a reality. Panelists include Debbie Margolis Horwitz (creator, Annie Sunbeam and Friends), fan-favorite artist Bernard Chang, Ovie Mughelli (former NFL All-Pro fullback), Matt Bahr (NFL artist), Denis Thomopoulos (Hippo Works), and CUN co-founder Josh Elder (Reading with Pictures).

Sunday July 23, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 23ABC

2:45pm

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

3:00pm

Alexander Simmons Workshop
Adventure, science, satire, history, and the human condition-these are just some of the areas artists and writers have explored through the world of comics and graphic novels over the years. Now kids can experience part of this creative magic when comics pro Alex Simmons brings them into an exciting, hands-on creative arts workshop. Kids will learn the basics of creating a comic book character and plot, as well as key jobs and terminologies.

Sunday July 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 11

3:00pm

Diamond Select Toys: Select Figures and More!
President Chuck Terceira, sculptor Jean St. Jean, Gentle Giant's Adam Van Wickler, and painter Jason Wires discuss DST's Select action figures, statues, and busts. See previews of toys from Thor: Ragnarok, Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Dark Tower, Ghostbusters, Pacific Rim: Uprising, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Gotham, The Defenders, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, and more! Q&A with prizes, moderated by Zach Oat (ToyFare magazine).

Sunday July 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 24ABC

3:00pm

Spotlight on Nathan Hale
Watch Nathan Hale draw over 20 pages live as he narrates the "Lost" Hazardous Tales story-the story too weird, too gross, and too dumb to be in any of his books. Kids, fans of live cartooning, and history buffs will enjoy this performance. Hale is the author of the Eisner-nominated New York Times bestselling Hazardous Tales series. The six-book series on American history is gruesome, silly, fun, and nonfiction.

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

3:00pm

Where Do Ideas Come From?
For artists and writers who get "stuck," veteran writer/editor Barbara Randall Kesel (Shadowzone, My Little Pony) slings rapid-fire tips, tricks, and strategies for vanquishing those blocked brain cells and deadline demons! Part information, part motivation, all entertaining!

Sunday July 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 28DE

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

3:00pm

[CANCELLED] NOTORIUM: Title Announcement with Creator Terry Crews
CANCELLED: Sat, Jul 22, 07:12PM
We regret to announce that this program has been cancelled.

Sunday July 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6DE

3:30pm

Pro/Fan Trivia Match
Len Wein (creator, Swamp Thing, Wolverine) again leads Purple Pros Mark Waid (Archie, Kingdom Come) and Glenn Hauman (VP and editor, ComicMix) against fans Tom Galloway, David Oakes, and Peter Svensson in a clash of trivia titans and the best trash talk this side of Goody Rickles! Questions will asked by Derek McCaw (FanboyPlanet.com) about the work of Jack Kirby and characters that are celebrating anniversaries this year.

Sunday July 23, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 26AB

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

4:00pm

DC Kids: Sunday Art School
It's Sunday Funday! Bring your kids along to see some of the best young adult/kids' artists DC has to offer share their drawing tips and tools of the trade. Fan favorites Art and Franco (DC Super Friends), Agnes Garbowska (DC Super Hero Girls), and Dustin Nguyen (Batman: Li'l Gotham, DC Comics: Secret Hero Society) are your tutors for today's class.

Sunday July 23, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 2

4:00pm

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

4:00pm

Full-Time Creative Work on a Part-Time Schedule
Having a quality finished project may be the most important ingredient to its success, but it's not the only vital ingredient. Avoiding issues when creating your project and then knowing how to get it to your target audience are vital-and rarely ever discussed. These panelists will tackle group management and working dynamics, networking, time management, exposure, and pitfalls. They include Topher Davila (art director, GeekdomWear.com), Sean Glumace (Adobe Education Leader), James Frye (managing editor, TheConGuy.com), Gene Turnbow (general manager, KryptonRadio.com), Javier Soto (senior dimensional artist at Garner Holt Productions, freelance artist for Disney Theme Parks), Ron Coleman, Ph.D. (molecular geneticist and comic book writer), and Mario Martinez (co-creator, TomatoTV). Every person who attends will get two postcards of some of the collected tips, wisdom, and potential pitfalls discussed. Also, one lucky attendee will win a 12-month subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud, a $599 value courtesy of Adobe Education Leader Sean Glumace.

Sunday July 23, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 24ABC

4:00pm

YouTube's Softball Crew Takes Over Keenspot 2017
After racking up over 100 million views on YouTube, the Softball Crew takes over publisher Keenspot's 17th annual Comic-Con panel to promote their first comic book (all panel attendees will receive a free copy!) based on the popular sports comedy series now in its fourth season on the Dodgerfilms channel. Softball creator/writer Bobby Crosby brings along fellow players Benny Amesquita, Andy León, and Jimmy "Fireball" Bettini to answer your dumbest questions about Softball, YouTube, and whatever else you can throw at them. Also on the panel to discuss their own Keenspot comics will be Thomas Fischbach (Twokinds), Rob Potchak (Immortal), John Joseco (The Hunters of Salamanstra), and perhaps a surprise guest or two.

Sunday July 23, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 7AB

4:00pm

More Science in Your Fiction with the League of Extraordinary Scientists and Engineers
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 11, 04:29PM
Writers, directors, sci-fi fans, and kids: Get ready to ask your questions about the real science in your fiction! Jeane Wong (founder and educator, LXS) is obsessed with science and has a solid background in superheroes and teaching young minds about discovering those same powers in the real world-from tiny insects to deep ocean creatures to robots, rockets, and beyond! Jeane hosts Dr. Andy Allen (professor, Scripps Institute of Oceanography), Dr. Tom Darlington (chief scientist, nanoComposix), Ben Frable (marine biologist, Scripps Institute of Oceanography), Dr. Sunny Fugate (engineer, A.I. Research, Space and Naval Warfare Systems), Dr. Nicolas Galitzki (cosmologist, University of California San Diego), Dr. Jeff McQuaid (marine biologist, Scripps Institute of Science), Jason Roberg (professor, conceptual science), Dr. Lisa Zeigler (viral ecologist, J. Craig Venter Instititute), and Angela Zoumplis (scientist, National Science Foundation). They will discuss how comics and science fiction push scientists and engineers to rocket past what is known to be possible and into an otherwise unimaginable future!

Sunday July 23, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 28DE

4:00pm

Moving Beyond the 'Strong Female Character'
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 13, 09:14PM
One-dimensionality is so late-’90s; fans need well-written, fully-developed women in their media. Join Sam Maggs (Wonder Women), Amy S. Foster (The Rift: Uprising), Bree Turner (Grimm), Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die), Jody Houser (Faith), Jen Bartel (Jem and the Holograms), Alicia Lutes (Nerdist), and Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Red Sonja) as they chat about their favorite lady characters, what could be improved, and how creators can make those changes.

Sunday July 23, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 32AB