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Thursday, July 20
 

10:00am

Becoming Nerdstrong
Being a nerd does not mean you can't be healthy, strong, and fit. Andrew Deutsch (Nerdstrong Gym founder, Max Hit Points), David Nett (Nerdstrong Gym partner, Night of the Zombie King), Christy Black (Nerdstrong Gym partner, Healthy is the New Skinny), Andrew Seely (Nerdstrong Gym partner), and Blair Herter (Nerdstrong Gym partner, Attack of the Show!) discuss how fitness belongs to everyone, including the geek community, and answer your questions about getting fit and staying nerdy. Be who you are, love what you love, and level-up your life.

Thursday July 20, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

11:00am

Cosplaying 101: Bringing Your Dreams to Life!
Catherine M. Fisher (award-winning costumer), Bob Mogg (Steampunk expert extraordinaire), Birda Hussey Nichols (historic and fantasy costumer), and Caitlin Brown (costumer and member of the San Diego Patcheteers) discuss the basics in costuming and go over tips, tricks, and techniques to help a beginning costumer get started in the world of cosplaying. These panelists will show you how to get in on the all the cosplaying fun even if you've never sewn a stitch in your life. Moderated by Melissa Gene Meyer (deptartment assistant, CCI Masquerade).

Thursday July 20, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

1:00pm

Unlocking Arkham: Forensic Psychiatry and Batman's Rogues' Gallery
Arkham Asylum houses some of Gotham City's most disturbed villains. But are they truly "insane?" Eisner-nominated writer Tom King (Batman, The Sheriff of Babylon, The Vision)-mastermind of this summer's Batman story arc, The War of Jokes and Riddles- joins real-life forensic psychiatrists Praveen R. Kambam, MD and Vasilis K. Pozios, MD (Broadcast Thought) to explore the mental disorders that plague the Dark Knight's rogues' gallery, offering behavioral analyses of the Joker, Harley Quinn, Two-Face, the Riddler, and other Bat-villains. Are these characters psychotic, or are they psychopaths? What's the difference? The forensic psychiatrists discuss the meaning of these terms and explain how criminal defendants are found "not guilty by reason of insanity" and what happens when they are committed to a real-world Arkham Asylum. Attorney Jeff Trexler (The Comics Journal, The Beat) offers a historical contextualization of the various depictions of the Bat-villains, proving once again that truth really is stranger than fiction! Moderated by Susan Karlin (Fast Company).

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

2:00pm

Doctor Who Cosplay: Traditional and Alternative Takes on Cosplaying for Doctor Who
Cosplayers Patricia Miller (River Alexandra Song), Karen Glover (The San Diego TARDIS), Sara Katz-Scher (ThatPrincessGirl), Neil A. Williams II (LostBoyCosplay), and Andrew T. Elkins (Geek Regeneration) who focus their work on the popular BBC series Doctor Who discuss cosplaying the series, approaches to tackling a series that spans 50+ years, alternative takes on the traditional versions of the characters, different facets of the fandom, and the community as a whole.

Thursday July 20, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:00pm

Nerd Living
Anastasia Washington (Legion of Leia, Jet Set Nerds), Angelique Toschi (content strategist), and Stacy Renfroe (Knit Hits the Fan, Cartoon Network) of Nerds in LaLaLand teach you tips about incorporating geek into your everyday lives through crafts, cooking, and fashion. Other panelists include Melissa Howland (We Are Movie Geeks), Miley Yamamoto (Ingress), Marlon Reynoso (Nerd Coolture), and moderator Nic LaRue (Film Snobbery).

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

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

5:00pm

3D Printed Props, Tips, and Tricks
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 06, 05:39PM
Learn 3D printing tips and tricks, from proper materials and the right printer for the job to techniques on finishing and durability. Veteran prop maker Mike Syfritt (Mad Propps), Daniel Hawkins (The Digital Armory), and Will Co (CoKreeate) will each bring their own expertise to this insightful panel.

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

6:00pm

Through the Gate: Celebrating the Stargate Franchise
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 13, 07:59PM
It's been 20 years since Stargate SG-1 premiered and almost 25 years since viewers took the first interstellar trip to an ancient world with the original film. Join Damian Beurer (host, Legion M co-founder), David Read (Gateworld founder), and special guests as the gateway reopens to celebrate the fandom and explore the next chapter in the Stargate universe. With exclusive news, sneak peeks, and giveaways, devoted Stargate fans and new fans alike.

Thursday July 20, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

8:00pm

The 501st Legion: An Introduction to Villainous Costuming in the Star Wars Universe
Panelists offer an introduction to the creation of fan-made villain costumes from all seven Star Wars movies and beyond. Legion members from the Imperial Sands, Southern California, and Wisconsin Garrisons will provide an overview of the creative processes that bring Stormtroopers, Tusken Raiders, Boba Fett, or Kylo Ren from the silver screen in to reality. Dean Amstutz (ISG membership liaison) will discuss the membership journey, from initial interest through final approval. Lesley Farquhar (ISG commanding officer) will speak about fabric construction. Kevin Weir (Imperial Surplus Armor and KW Designs owner) will relate his process for working with armor parts. Howard Smart (ISG member) will speak about small prop construction. Dawn Bright (Flagship Eclipse Detachment executive officer) will discuss the process and requirements for bringing a new canon costume into the Legion. Adam Petersen (Jolly Roger Squadron Detachment leader) will discuss large costume construction. Todd Mullin (ISG executive officer) will moderate the panel with a Q&A session after the presentation.

Thursday July 20, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
 
Friday, July 21
 

10:00am

Cosplay Makeup 101
Panelists go into what it takes to perfect your cosplay by having great makeup to go with it. It will cover beauty makeup, appliance application, special FX makeup, sculpting, molding, casting, and wig styling. Professional makeup artists and wig stylists Dawn Banks (plus size model, Batgirl: Spoiled lead makeup designer), Ashley Troub (winning look SDCC Her Universe Fashion Show 2015 and 2016, Nerdist All Kings Considered), Keaghlan Ashley (Face Off season 7, Face Off All-Stars, key makeup artist Severus Snape and the Marauders), Kelton Ching (SFX makeup artist, Kanye West's "Famous"), and Chrissy Lynn (Bat in the Sun's Super Power Beat Down, Truly Outrageous: A Jem and the Holograms Fan Film) will answer your questions about makeup to match your costuming and cosplay and offer tips and tools of the trade. Moderated by cosplayer Mac Beauvais (Monstrous Makeup Manuals 1 and 2 model, actress in The Gloaming).

Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

11:00am

Cosplaying 102: Taking It to the Next Level and Beyond!
Catherine M. Fisher (award-winning costumer), Bob Mogg (Steampunk expert extraordinaire), and Ryan Wells (internationally known costuming genius) pick up where Cosplaying 101 left off. They will discuss advanced costuming techniques such as sculpting, mold making/resin casting, prop fabrication, FX makeup, Masquerade participation and presentation, and take questions from the audience. With moderator Melissa Gene Meyer (dept. assistant for the Masquerade with Comic-Con International).

Friday July 21, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

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

Let's Get Fashionably Nerdy!
Incorporate your love of your fandom into everyday fashion. Brand designers and fashion bloggers discuss their lines and how to dress fashionably while expressing yourself and the things you love. With Camille Falciola (Her Universe Fashion Show), Jordan Ellis (Jordanden NYC), Meli Lovio Sanchez (Melificant, Geek Girl Gang), Tony B Kim (Hero Within), Jaimie Cordero (Espionage Cosmetics), Tiffany Mink (Whosits & Whatsits), and Michael Pao (Suit Up! Geek Out!), moderated by Stephanie Pressman (Fashionably Nerdy).

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

2:00pm

Causeplay: It's So Much Bigger
Mark Chu-Lin (Avengers Initiative club president and project analyst), Keith Zen (costumer and IT professional), Abby Dark Star (cosplay and social media marketing), Nicole Hadley (Child Life specialist, UC Irvine Health), and Natalie Chicas (volunteer coordinator, Shriners Hospital for Children) chat about how costumers volunteer for their communities through their hobby and the service organizations that receive help. Hear what they have done, find out how to become involved with such charitable efforts, and learn how to get involved in events like pediatric visits and fundraisers. By employing talents one already has and sharing them, ordinary people can help others brighten their day.

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

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

4:00pm

Four Color Realities: Turning Realities into Fantasies
Pat Loika (author, Four Color Realities) and panelists Caitlin Dickens (Contagious Costuming), Maid of Might Cosplay, Jesse Thaxton (SYFY's Cosplay Melee), Amanda Lynne Shafer (X-Men cosplay cover model), and Andy Park (visual development artist, Marvel Studios) talk about cosplay and the thought processes behind character and costume design and translating it into cosplay and back into art. Moderated by Meredith Placko.

Friday July 21, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

5:00pm

Still Tolkien About It: 80 Years of Middle-earth
Take a walk down memory lane with TheOneRing.net staffers Clifford "Quickbeam" Broadway (writer/producer of Ringers: Lord of the Fans), Kellie "K.M." Rice (contributing author to Middle-earth: From Script to Screen), Mike "Ostadan" Urban (writer of The Peoples Guide to J. R. R. Tolkien), Nancy "Mithril" Steinman (art director for Ringers: Lord of the Fans), and Janette Jolman (master cosplayer) to celebrate 80 years of Tolkien's Middle-earth. They'll discuss Tolkien's legendarium and its effect on the fantasy genre as seen on bookstore shelves and in artists' renderings and items cherished as collectibles, heard in music, played in games, and enjoyed as cosplay. And for continuities sake, there will be a singalong. Moderated by Cathy "Garfeimao" Udovch (TORn special events coordinator).

Friday July 21, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

6:00pm

Simpsons Collector Group
Simpsons collectors of the world, unite! Get a chance to meet and mingle with fellow collectors of The Simpsons merchandise from all over. This gathering, hosted by the staff of the SimpsonsCollectors.com website, is a great chance to network with other collectors and share your experiences in the hobby with others.

Friday July 21, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

7:00pm

Costuming and Related Topics for Fans 30 Years Old and Beyond
John D. Callison (award-winning cosplayer and founder of Over30Cosplay), Patricia Tallman (Lyta on Babylon 5, Barbara from Night of the Living Dead), Alfredo Garcia (founding member, ret. U.S. Airforce colonel), Joyce McCarthy (award-winning cosplayer, master level costumer, restoration seamstress), Bernie Bergman (owner, Nerds Like Us), Mario Briones (cosplayer, founding member, Over30Cosplay), Victoria V. Ikerd-Schreiter (professional Wonder Woman double, cosplayer, child advocacy lawyer), and Cindy Nelson (award-winning cosplayer, founding member Over30Cosplay, Renaissance Entertainment Productions staff member) celebrate the history of comics culture, offer couple’s cosplay ideas, and combat negative, age-related, stereotypes. Plus, tips on costume choice, dating and family, age awareness in social media/marketing, and how to combat bullying in the community.

Friday July 21, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
 
Saturday, July 22
 

10:00am

The Business of Geek Fashion
Do you ever wonder how a geeky fashion line is created or how companies form partnerships for collections? This panel will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the business of geek fashion. Moderated by Lisa Granshaw, panelists Ed Labay (Hot Topic), Ashley Eckstein (Her Universe), Symantha Perrera (ThinkGeek Denver), Allison Cimino (RockLove Jewelry), Sean Gailey (J!NX), and Tony Kim (Hero Within) will discuss the big changes that occurred in the industry over the last year, how partnerships are formed and grown, where the industry is going next, and more.

Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

11:00am

From Fandom to Creator
Jamie Broadnax (managing editor and creator of Black Girl Nerds) and Eliyannah Amirah Yisrael (director and creator of Hermione Granger and the Quarter Life Crisis) discuss taking the leap from being a fan to becoming a content creator. Along with Robyn Jordan (co-founder and community manager of Black Girls Create), Jamie and Eliyannah will share how their participation in fandom communities inspired their creative endeavors and offer advice to those starting their own journey to becoming a creator.

Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

12:00pm

Cospositive: Cosplay with Confidence
Ivy Doomkitty (SYFY's Heroes of Cosplay, body positive advocate), D-Piddy (YouTuber, international cosplayer), and LTL Cosplay (Legion M, cosplayer) discuss body image and confidence in oneself, self-worth, ways to work on confidence, and how to stay positive in the community when faced with negative people or negative comments on social media. Cosplaying regardless of age, skin color, gender, body type/size, disability, etc. will be covered. Moderated by Bernadette Bentley (actor, cosplayer).

Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

1:00pm

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

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

2:00pm

Character Creation: Makeup Effects for Cosplay
Makeup effects artist Jeff Barkley (Frost: Portrait of a Vampire, Monster Manor, Delirium) will demonstrate how to create a character makeup using generic foam latex prosthetics. Joining Jeff will be pro cosplayers Trey Barkley (Sparrow's Flight) and Desiree Preston (Enasni Volz) to help answer any questions about wearing prosthetics while in costume.

Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

4:00pm

Ladies of the Legions, A Women's Guide to Star Wars Costuming
The Ladies of the Legions discuss different costume options for women and challenges and solutions for issues such as choosing costumes, customization and fit, crossplay costume options, physical issues for women in costume, and support and costume groups for women. Panelists offer introductions to various costume clubs, including the 501st Legion (Lesley Farquhar, Dawn Bright, and Anastasia Hunter), Rebel Legion (Rachel Williams and Lisa Curtis Saunders), and the Mandalorian Mercs (Carrie Ann Caranci and Kristina Schlosser). Moderated by Lesley Farquhar (The 501st Legion).

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

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
 

10:00am

Food Network's Chef Duff Goldman Returns
Food Network's Chef Duff Goldman (Ace of Cakes, From Duff Till Dawn, Cake Masters) returns to SDCC with a special surprise to talk about the explosion in popularity of nerd-themed cakes and weddings, how Instagram changed the way we view food, and what's in store for him as he continues to take over the culinary world one cake at a time. The celebrity chef will discuss with Jessica Tseang (founder Girl on Geek, Fangirl Foods) about how comics and superheroes made their way into his food presentation and the love of baking.

Sunday July 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

11:00am

Disneybounding 101: An Introduction to the Pop Culture Fashion Phenomenon
Cosplayers Sara Katz-Scher (ThatPrincessGirl) and Neil A. Williams II (LostBoyCosplay) of The Adventure Effect along with Leslie Kay (DisneyBound blog) discuss how to choose, design, shop for, wear, and photograph your Disneybound (Disney-inspired fashionable ensembles) as well as the difference between costuming and Disneybounding.

Sunday July 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

12:00pm

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

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

1:00pm

Browncoats Meeting Room
Calling all Big Damn Heroes! Come join fellow Firefly fans as the California Browncoats share news of the 'verse. Wear a cunning hat. Who knows what could happen? There's no better way to share your love for Firefly, and it's a lot more practical than starting a fight in an Alliance-friendly bar on U-day.

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

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

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