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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
 
Thursday, July 20
 

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

10:30am

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

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

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

12:00pm

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

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

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

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

Nanotechnology in Sci-Fi: Fact or Fiction
Robin Ihnfeldt, Ph.D. (president/CEO. General Engineering and Research), Aaron Saunders, Ph.D. (research lead, nanoComposix), Darren Lipomi, Ph.D. (associate professor of nanoengineering, UCSD), Jeanne Lemaster, MS (graduate researcher in nanoengineering, UCSD), and Chava Angell, MS (graduate researcher in nanoengineering, UCSD) discuss the use of nanotechnology in popular science fiction. These scientists and engineers will talk about how nanotechnology is portrayed in TV and film from nanites to Mark 42 armor and compare it to cutting edge research applications in nanotechnology today.

Thursday July 20, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 8

2:00pm

Diversity in Comics: A Librarian's Perspective
We often hear about the importance of diversity in comics from the point of view of creators, but what about the librarians who provide access to the comics? How do library professionals face diversity and inclusion-or the lack thereof-in their comic collection development and programming? How can libraries better support the movement for more diverse and inclusive comics? With panelists Candice Mack (Los Angeles Public Library), Erwin Magbanua (San Diego Public Library), Lalitha Nataraj (Escondido Public Library), and Lisa Valdez (Pierce Community College).

Thursday July 20, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

2:30pm

Comics Arts Conference #4: STEAM(Y) Narratives and Graphic Content in Education
We live in a culture dominated by visual imagery. Because our culture is so hyper-visual, literacy is and should be understood as multimodal. Comics and graphic novels can provide a means by which we can begin to examine these multimodal literacies from an interdisciplinary perspective. Comic corporations such as Marvel, with their STEM challenge for girls, have started to examine these interdisciplinary connections, but more needs to be done in the public school setting. Matthew Sutherlin (Henderson State University), Michelle Johnson (Henderson State University), and Amy Counts (Lakeside Middle School) will focus on three STEAM-Y components of a new educational narrative.

Thursday July 20, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 26AB

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

4:00pm

Be a Financial Superhero Even if You Aren't Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne
Do you dream about quitting your day job to pursue your passion of being an artist, writer, or professional in the industry? Are you already in the business and need help with figuring out how to budget between paid contracts or need to determine the best way to raise and save cash for future projects? Do you have questions about dealing with health insurance as a creative? Join Sean Nisil (financial planner, SimpliFi), Steve Grady (Steve Grady Insurance Services), and Eric Atilano (Skyline Home Loans) for this educational panel on superhero financial planning and best practices for creative industry professionals. The discussion will be followed with a Q&A of industry guests including Chris Neuhahn (Emmy Award-winning animator, DreamWorks Animation, MTV Networks), Alonso Nunez (artist and founder, Little Fish Comic Book Studio), and Erin Pennell (art director, Rare Hare Studio, Art FORM) who will discuss financial challenges and successes in their fields. Moderated by Karen Martin (Art FORM).

Thursday July 20, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

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

5:00pm

Moonlight and Magic: Black LGBTQ Contributions to Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comics, and Genre
The Black LGBTQ experience has brought unique and significant intersectional perspectives to our society and popular media: Black Lives Matter was founded by three black queer women; Black LGBT authors Octavia Butler and Samuel Delany created legendary works; bisexual writer Roxane Gay brought Marvel's Black Panther to deep critical acclaim; and Moonlight won the Oscar for Best Picture. Join Prism Comics with moderator Faith Cheltenham (BiNet USA VP, Tor.com co-creator) and panelists Viktor Kerney (Prism board member, GayMediaSoWhite creator), Ajuan Mance (8-rock.com), Sean Z. Maker (Bent-Con), Monica Roberts (TransGriot, National Transgender Advocacy Coaltion), William O. Tyler a.k.a. WOT (Queerbait), and Eliot Sutler, Esq. (BiWoCC) as they discuss the power of the Black LGBTQ experience and its positive effect not only on popular media but on society and the world at large.

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 28DE

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

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
 
Friday, July 21
 

10:00am

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

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

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

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

11:30am

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

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

What Rebellions Are Built on: Popular Culture, Radical Hope, and Political Engagement
As America faces the drawing up of Death Star plans (or border walls, refugee bans, and faith-based registries), culture and politics have never felt so . . . pop culturian. But stories have always been political and fandom has, too. Today, themes of hope and resistance in stories such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Wonder Woman are serving not just as moral guides but as inspiration for plans of political action. Hear from geeks making activism their superpower as they wield nerd enthusiasms like the Force, hacking popular culture for social justice, civic activism, and participatory politics, including through anti-bullying initiatives, advocacy, and charity. Moderator Jennifer K. Stuller (GeekGirlCon, Ink-Stained Amazon) will talk with Robyn Jordan (Black Girls Create), Suzanne Scott (UT Austin), Josh Siegel (Geeks Out), Fox Smith (Super Heroines, Etc.), Amber Garza (Sequential Rights, Geeks Out), and Maddy VonHoff (ONE Campaign, GeekGirlCon) about how memes, cosplay, and performance challenge stereotypes and raise consciousness around identity politics, rebellions being built on favorite fandoms (and, of course, hope).

Friday July 21, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 25ABC

12:00pm

Building a Geek Brand (and Getting Paid To Do It!)
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 14, 06:17PM
Do you have a big idea that could change the pop culture world but don't know what to do next? Feeling stagnant in your brand and want to turn it into a career? Started your business but struggling to take it to the next level? Industry pros will share some of their trade secrets to taking a big idea and turning it into a rewarding professional career that shapes culture. Tony B Kim (Hero Within, Crazy 4 Comic Con) hosts panelists Chris Gore (Gemr, Film Threat, G4), Steve Aurajo (Nerd Fu), and Ani-Mia (professional cosplayer).

Friday July 21, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

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

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

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

Mechanized Magic: 55 Years of Theme Park Animatronics
Bill Butler (creative director, Garner Holt Productions, Inc.) leads a discussion with Disney legend Bob Gurr and Garner Holt (founder and president, Garner Holt Productions, Inc. and the world's leading animatronics authority) on the history and development of mechanical figures for theme parks from Disneyland to Efteling.

Friday July 21, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 24ABC

2:00pm

The Genius of Animation: Cartoon Legends and Game Changers Speak
Experimentation, inspiration, fearlessness, and a little genius has led to this moment in the history of animation. This panel features influential figures and talented artists who have played or continue to play important roles in that history as they share their wisdom, experience, artistic influences, and memories of their famous mentors. Scheduled to appear: Dale Baer (Annie Award-winning artist for Yzma from The Emperor's New Groove), Floyd Norman (Disney Legend, troublemaker, Floyderer), Tom Sito (June Foray Award-winner, animation director, professor, author), Randy Haycock (Aladdin, The Lion King, Moana), Ricardo Delgado (The Incredibles, How to Train Your Dragon, Men in Black), Mike Royer (Inkpot Award-winner, comic book legend, Disney artist), Victoria Ying (Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, Moana), and Mindy Johnson (film historian, author of the upcoming Ink & Paint: The Women of Disney Animation), moderated by Leslie Combemale (Cinema Siren, ASIFA-Hollywood).

Friday July 21, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 23ABC

2:00pm

The Science of Star Wars
Ever wondered if lightsabers could one day be a reality? Curious about which Star Wars droid NASA would take into space? Expert panelists Kim Steadman (engineer, NASA-JPL), Kieran Dickson (editor, CometTV.com, MGM Studios), Fon Davis (Star Wars production designer), Travis Langley (editor, Star Wars Psychology), Steve Huff (fight choreographer and weapons expert), Eliot Sirota (VFX expert), and host Jenna Busch (creator, Legion of Leia) act as your Bor Gullet into the mind of Star Wars creators and break down the science behind a galaxy far, far away. Q&As, surprises, and giveaways will follow.

Friday July 21, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 7AB

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

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

Judges on Star Wars
Is the dark side an addiction or a choice for Kylo Ren? What are the civil rights of droids? Did interrogating Bodhi Rook with the Bor Gullet violate Rook's civil rights? Join California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Judge John B. Owens of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal Magistrate Judge Mitch Dembin, Federal Magistrate Judge Stacie Beckerman, CA Judge Carol Najera, and former Federal Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal (now deputy general counsel of litigation at Facebook) to hear their legal analysis, and love, of Star Wars. Moderated by Joshua Gilliland, Esq. and Jessica Mederson, Esq. of The Legal Geeks.

Friday July 21, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 7AB

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

SPARK Your Creativity
Established female creators discuss how to cultivate your ideas and bring them to life, conquer hurdles, and create the best project you can! Leave with inspiration, confidence, a solid plan of action, and tons of new ideas. All genders and ages welcome! Featuring Heidi Cox (Stalking LeVar), Jenny Lorenzo (We are mitú), Sarah J Eagen (Magic for Muggles), Etta Devine (Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse), America Young (The Concessionaires Must Die!), Tessa Netting (Disney's Bunk'd), and moderator Stephanie Pressman (Fashionably Nerdy).

Friday July 21, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

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

3:30pm

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

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

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

The Lazarus Pit Gets Real
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 18, 07:21PM
The Marvel and DC (and other) universes universally feature age-inhibiting "renewal elixirs" in their storylines. Nick Fury, Black Canary, and Batman are among the scores of characters who have reversed or delayed the aging process. Thanks to rejuvenation biotechnologies being developed by people like Eros Lazzerini Denchi (Scripps Reserch Institute), Michael Petrascheck (Scripps Research Institute), and physician Joon Yun (president of Palo Alto Investors), the Lazarus Pit, Vigoral, Super-Soldier Serum, Extremis serum, Infinity Formula, and Pym Particles are now no longer fantasy concepts. Remarkable progress has been made in extending the life spans of animals and, soon, humans. This panel will cover the latest in anti-aging and cognitive enhancements.

Friday July 21, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 28DE

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

5:00pm

ASIFA-Hollywood: The State of the Animation Industry
What do the pros think of the animation scene today? Are hand-drawn and VFX gone for good? What will be the impact of VR? How do you get a job? This panel will explore how animators fit into current business models of animation studios and the ever-changing landscape of motion pictures, television, and new media. Moderator Tom Sito (Beauty and the Beast) engages in a lively discussion with John Van Vliet (The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark), Samantha Vilfort (Disney Television Animation), Danny Young (FuseFX), and Brooke Keesling (recuiter, Nickelodeon, Disney).

Friday July 21, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 28DE

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

Mold, Resin, 3D Printing, and FX Techniques
Samuel Girgis (owner of BiggerBoxModels) will discuss modeling techniques, 3D printing, and business ideas in the "Garage Kit" world. Fon Davis (25-year veteran of miniature VFX who has worked on over 25 feature films, including the Star Wars series) will give you a behind-the-scenes peek at the world of practical VFX and how they fit in the digital world. Don Wistos will share the practical uses of 3D printer mold techniques in the world of Garage Kits.

Friday July 21, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 11

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

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

5:30pm

Comic-Con How-To: Draw Pretty Girls with Artgerm
This is a live demonstration of how Artgerm creates strong and beautiful female characters in the entertainment world with universal appeal, making them cool and sexy without objectifying them. Stanley Artgerm Lau is a digital illustrator, designer, and art educator based in Singapore who has been serving the creative industry and nurturing the art community for the past 20 years.

Friday July 21, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Room 2

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

Basic Star Wars Robotics A La Mouse Droid
Learn what makes a mouse droid tick and its place in the Star Wars universe. Mouse droid builders share their expertise and provide you with the knowledge you'll need to build your very own mouse droid from an easy-budget build to a high-end speed racer or tank-like demolition derby mouse droid.

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

6:00pm

The Writer's Journey: Breaking in and Managing a Career in Hollywood
This panel addresses what new writers need to do once they have material ready to go out to the masses. The shifting 21st century digital frontier means the age-old methods of building a career have been rendered irrelevant. This group of Hollywood screenwriters and graphic novel creators will share insider information, publishing secrets, and the professional realities on how to develop your ideas into a viable property and market yourself accordingly. Moderated by 2015 Disney/ABC Writing Program winner and 2014 Eisner Award nominee Brandon Easton (Marvel's Agent Carter, IDW's M.A.S.K.), the panel includes TV producer Geoffrey Thorne (The Librarians, Marvel Comics's Mosaic), writer Ubah Mohamed (Legends of Tomorrow, ABC's The Whispers), writer Brandon Thomas (Image's Horizon, Lion Forge's Noble) actress/writer Erika Alexander (Concrete Park, Queen Sugar), and artist/writer Tony Puryear (the Schwarzenegger film Eraser, Concrete Park).

Friday July 21, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 32AB

6:00pm

You Do What?! Women in Film Production
Forget navigating Hollywood backwards and in heels! Angela Robinson (writer/director, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, True Blood), Lauren Haroutunian (cinematographer, RocketJump: The Show), Cat Paschen (SFX makeup artist, Face Off All Stars), Alicia Minette (metalsmith/art department, Gilmore Girls), and others discuss working in traditionally male-dominated fields of production with Q&A session moderated by Brittany Sandler.

Friday July 21, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 28DE

7:00pm

Figure Drawing for Popular Media
Emilio Soltero, Ph.D. (John Buscema: A Life in Sketches ; Draw the Line) presents a primer on drawing the figure for popular media, including drawing for comics and character design with a focus on anatomy and figure drawing. Emilio, with Lauren Echevarria (artist), will lecture and demonstrate on figure drawing. There will be time to draw as well. Professionals and beginners are welcome. Bring your drawing supplies to draw models/cosplayers during this interactive presentation.

Friday July 21, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 11

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

Queer Fear
The LGBTQ community has had a long history with the horror genre, from James Whale’s Frankenstein to the oft-cited “gayest movie of all time,” A Nightmare on Elm Street 2. Does a gay horror genre exist, and if so, what makes it different from mainstream horror? Furthermore, how does the current political climate alter the lens through which viewers celebrate and connect to the macabre? Join Prism Comics and moderator/screenwriter Michael Varrati (Tales of Poe, Darkest Night) and an array of panelists, including Christopher Rice (A Density of Souls, Ramses the Damned), Jaclyn Chessen (Shock Attack), George Aaron Climer (Bear Creek), Gary Entin and Edmund Entin (Seconds Apart, the Rest Stop series), Maria Olsen (Paranormal Activity 3, Starry Eyes), and Ira Madison III (pop culture writer, The Daily Beast).

Friday July 21, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 28DE

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

7:30pm

An Hour with Adam Savage
Adam Savage is back for his tenth San Diego Comic-Con, and as usual, he’s probably even more excited than you are to be here! This year, Adam will talk about his latest (and greatest) cosplay build and answer any of your questions about his past, present, and future (yes, including MythBusters). But that’s not all—he’ll be welcoming a few surprise guests as well!

Friday July 21, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 5AB
 
Saturday, July 22
 

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

10:30am

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

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

12:00pm

Graphic Novels in the High School Library
Cori McDonald (librarian, Ramona High School), Becky Harvey (library technician, Ramona High School), Erin Hill (language arts teacher, Ramona High School), and Emily Maehler (language arts teacher, Ramona High School) discuss their newly developed collaborations for using graphic novels in the classroom and library. Moderated by John Shableski (Will Eisner Studios, Udon Entertainment).

Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

12:00pm

Rising Stars in Tech: Drivers of Innovation and Entertainment
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 21, 04:00AM
This panel spotlights contributors from the worlds of virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, sustainable tech, and robotics. We are excited to welcome Survios, Bandai/Namco, Mira Labs, Einstein and Hanson Robotics, Hyperloop Global and Fulldome Pro as guests on a panel moderated by the ESA Foundation's Anastasia Staten, hosted by VR Con as part of the Futurism and Tech Pavilion. For further information on how to attend this panel, please read more about the Horton Grand Theatre.

Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

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

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 Science of Rick and Morty
Nerdist's Kyle Hill (Because Science, MythBusters: The Search) and special guests open up a portal to the Rickstaverse to rise above and focus on the science behind everything from portal guns to screaming suns. Q&A session burp to follow.

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

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

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

7:00pm

The Arkham Sessions: Psychology of Batman the Animated Series
Hosts of The Arkham Sessions Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward bring their hit podcast about Batman and mental health to Comic-Con. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the iconic 1990s Batman: The Animated Series, The Arkham Sessions invites visionary writers Paul Dini (Dark Night: A True Batman Story; Batman: The Animated Series), Alan Burnett (Batman: The Animated Series), and Brenden Fletcher (Gotham Academy) to break down Batman and his infamous rogues' gallery.

Saturday July 22, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 25ABC

8:00pm

Superheroic Science with Joy Lin
The author of popular animated series "If superpowers were real" on TED.com discusses the real-life implications and scientific issues of having superpowers. For instance: The Invisible Woman would be blind, because light is shining straight through her instead of reflecting off of her; Thor would kill Jane due to decompression sickness if he flew straight up with her by swinging his hammer; and Ant Man would not be able to punch a person effectively because his arm is so thin and short that his punches would be comparable to being poked by a tattoo needle. This panel is science-heavy and is recommended for audience members 12+.

Saturday July 22, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
 
Sunday, July 23
 

11:00am

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

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

11:15am

Science Fiction, Science Future
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 17, 06:36PM
SpaceX is developing a reusable passenger rocket, and self-driving cars will soon be in everyone's garage. Science fiction has become science reality. Where are we heading next? Join the Fleet Science Center as they bring together Andy Weir (author of The Martian), Mike Johnson (writer, Star Trek comics) and Cindy Pon (author, Want) to discuss with Dr. Stuart Lee (lead research scientist, NASA) Allison Hutchings (project engineer, ATA Engineering) and Dr. Sara Gombatto (associate professor, doctor of physical therapy program, School for Exercise and Nutritional Sciences) what the future will hold.

Sunday July 23, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 6DE

11:30am

Comic-Con How-To: Mental Health and Comics
Edmund Cronin and a panel of comic creators, storytellers, and doctors each have a unique story to share. Comics have been and are being used to bring attention to mental health issues in very thoughtful and provocative ways. Learn about how comics can play a role in reversing the stigma of mental illness and explore ways to understand and connect with love ones from Alex Thomas, M.D. (pediatric allergist, cartoonist, co-founder of Booster Shot Media), Christine Clark, M.D. (psychiatric resident at University of New Mexico, scientist, author), Jeremy Lasman (artist, entrepreneur, inventor, co-founder of the Art and Learning Expedition), Gary Ashwal (health communication specialist, co-founder of Booster Shot Media), Dave Elliott (author of Odyssey, The Weirding Willows, artist, editor-in-chief at Zuiker Press), and Edmund Cronin (artist, evangelist, entrepreneur, public speaker).

Sunday July 23, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 2

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

R2-Builders: How to Make Your Own R2-D2/BB-8?
Get all of the information you need to build your own fully functional droid character from the Star Wars universe. Moderator Victor Franco and panelists Mike Senna, Michael McMaster, William Miyamoto, Joe Font, and Thomas Roeoesli share their knowledge and expertise to make your build a success.

Sunday July 23, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 11

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

1:00pm

GeekEd #3: Caring for the Nerd Mind
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 12, 12:26AM
Teachers, education administrators, and student affairs professionals are being called to respond to a wide variety of mental health concerns across the education landscape, with students today managing greater educational debt, digital identities, and high expectations for academic performance. This panel of educators and mental health experts share how they have applied their passion for fandom and the lessons they've learned from superheroes to develop new best practices for promoting mental health in schools and on campuses. Panelists include Andrea Letamendi, Brent Crandal, Alfred Day (UC Berkeley), Adrian Perdue (UCLA), and Brian MacDonald (UCLA). This panel is one of four specifically focused on college and university staff, faculty, and students.

Sunday July 23, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

2:00pm

No Tow Trucks Beyond Mars
David Rosing (NASA JPL Mars Sample Return system engineer), Shonte J. Tucker (JPL thermal engineer), and Laura Kerber (NASA JPL Mars research scientist) discuss how scientists can boldly go where there's no one around to fix it. Hear stories from the trenches about the heartbreaks, close calls, and adventures of real-life solar system exploration. Q&A session following.

Sunday July 23, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 32AB

2:00pm

GeekEd #4: Comics in Secondary Education
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 12, 12:32AM
How can you bring your love of comics into your role as an educator, and how can you utilize comics to prepare students for college, not only academically but also socially? Teachers from California schools discuss incorporating comics, including Ms. Marvel, Batman, Maus, Persepolis, and Pride of Baghdad, into English, world history, psychology, and special education courses. Take students from the comics panel to the dormitory! Panelists include Jason Goldman-Hall (Pioneer High School), Alexander Hung-Diep (Andrew Hill High School), Jenny Kim (Pioneer High School), Courtney Arndt (Independence High School) and Michelle Kittel (Rocketship Academy). This panel is one of four specifically focused on college and university staff, faculty, and students.

Sunday July 23, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

2:30pm

Comics Arts Conference #16: The Culture of Comic-Con: Field Studies of Fans and Marketing
Comic-Con offers students of popular culture an amazing venue to study how culture is marketed to and practiced by its fans. Jesse Booker (Radford University), Blythe Bull (Hendrix College), Borin Chep (University of Nebraska at Omaha), Conner DuRose (Radford University), Kristi Fleetwood (City University of New York), Carlos Flores (Arizona State University), Kyle Hanners (California State University, Sacramento), Sarah Irby (Lynchburg College), Morgan Mitchell (Wittenberg University), and DeAnna Volz (Wittenberg University) present initial findings from a week-long ethnographic field study of the intersection of fan practice at the nexus of cultural marketing and fan culture that is Comic-Con 2017. Matthew J. Smith (Radford University) moderates.

Sunday July 23, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 26AB

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

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