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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

1:00pm

Heroes at the Mic
The power of podcasting has made it possible to get pop culture news and interviews almost anywhere you can get a cell phone signal. Learn how this panel of top geek broadcasters built their shows, overcame obstacles, and had a grand time bringing you the scoops on comics, films, books, and gaming! Neal Hallford (Uncharted Regions) moderates a panel with Miguel Rodriguez (Horrible Imaginings Podcast), Gene Turnbow (Krypton Radio), Keith Lane (Two Gay Geeks), Kristin Naomi (LowBlow Podcast), and Jacqueline Lopez (Seven of Wine).

Thursday July 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

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

3:00pm

Motivating Your Inner Mad-Kooky-Curious Scientist
Sure, comics are getting kids reading, but they're also breaking the science barrier. From amoebas to great white sharks and monsters of the deep, to learning about our bodies, our world, and worlds around us, comics are invading! Featuring comics creators Jennifer Holm and Matt Holm (Babymouse, Squish), Alison Wilgus (Science Comics: Flying Machines), and MK Reed (Science Comics: Dinosaurs), educator Talia Hurwich (NYU), and moderator Meryl Jaffe (Johns Hopkins, CBLDF).

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 25ABC

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

3:30pm

NBC's Timeless: Fan Tribute Celebration
NBC's Timeless traveled back in time to make the unbelievable happen. It became the first show ever to be canceled and renewed after only three days-all thanks to tremendous fan support! Join cast members Abigail Spencer (Rectify, Oz the Great and Powerful), Matt Lanter (Pitch Perfect 3, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Malcolm Barrett (Preacher, Better Off Ted), and Goran Višnjić (ER, Extant), and executive producers Shawn Ryan (The Shield, S.W.A.T.) and Eric Kripke (Supernatural, Revolution) for a Q&A session and fan celebration moderated by USA Today' s Brian Truitt. The cast will take a look back at their favorite moments from season 1 and answer burning fan questions on unsolved mysteries. Timeless is produced by Sony Pictures Television, Universal Television, MiddKid Productions, Kripke Enterprises, and Davis Entertainment and will return to NBC in 2018.

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 6BCF

3:30pm

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

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

4:45pm

The Nerdist Panel with Chris Hardwick
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 10, 05:04PM
It's that time of year again-time to enjoy your burrito with Chris Hardwick (Comedy Central's @midnight, AMC's Talking Dead) and talk all things Nerdist! Joining Chris will be an all-star panel of your favorite Nerdist personalities, including Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News), Kyle Hill (Because Science, MythBusters: The Search), Dan Casey (The Dan Cave), Rachel Heine (editor-in-chief), Andrew Bowser (Bizarre States, Nerdist Presents), and Joan Ford (Nerdist News writer). Join the gang for a lively conversation about sci-fi, superheroes, and what's on the horizon for Nerdist.

Thursday July 20, 2017 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Hall H

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

Star Trek: The Next 50 Years
The authors of the critically acclaimed bestselling two-volume series from St. Martin's Press The Fifty-Year Mission, Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, The Librarians) and Edward Gross (Empire, FHM, Geek Magazine), along with Access Hollywood' s Scott Mantz, look back at five decades of Star Trek and speculate on where the franchise will boldly go over the next 50 years, including the latest news from the set of Star Trek: Discovery, the future of the movie franchise, and why we need Trek today more than ever.

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 25ABC

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

Superhero Family Feud
Bestselling, award-winning, comic-loving, authors Margaret Stohl (Black Widow, Captain Marvel), Rainbow Rowell (Fangirl, Runaways), Jason Reynolds (Miles Morales: Spider-Man, Ghost), Cecil Castellucci (Tin Star, The Plain Janes), Shannon and Dean Hale (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World), Ryan North (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl), Nick Lowe (Marvel Comics editor), and other special guests battle to the finish in this superhero-centric Family Feud -style game.

Thursday July 20, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

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

7:30pm

Hollyweird Science: Information Versus Motivation
When a new science fiction film comes out, so do the science experts (with vastly different levels of expertise) to nitpick the film's science content. The irony is that Hollywood has never been more willing to work with actual scientists to ensure scientific accuracy. Yet, scientists often cite TV series like Star Trek and films like 2001: A Space Odyssey as the elements that inspired their careers. When it comes to the value to science and science education, is the motivational/inspirational component at least as important as the science content itself? This panel of scientists and Hollywood professionals share their thoughts. Featuring Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica, AMC's The Walking Dead), Amy Berg (Counterpart, Eureka), Kevin Grazier, Ph.D. (Gravity, Pirates of the Caribbean: DMTNT), Jessica Cail, Ph.D. (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D ., Zootopia), Rick Loverd (Science and Entertainment Exchange), and Colin Campbell (The Universe, Life After People). Moderated by Gia Mora (Scirens).

Thursday July 20, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 26AB

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

Gunslingers, Half-Orcs, and Fireballs: A Super-Fun Guide to Dungeons & Dragons and Tabletop RPGs
Continuing last year's popular "Rogues, Half-Elves, and Magic Missile: A Beginner's Guide to Dungeons & Dragons" panel, this session focuses on tips and tricks to get the most enjoyment out of playing D&D or any other tabletop RPG. Panelists discuss how to have a super-fun time creating a character, roleplaying that character, crafting a fascinating story, and getting along with your fellow players, so you don't want to cast Meteor Swarm on them in real life! Moderated by Jeff Burns (Super Geeked Up, Monday Night Mayhem) and featuring Jennifer Muro (Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, Justice League Action), Elisa Teague (Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow's Walk, Geek Out!), Jennifer Kretchmer (Maze Arcana, Dollhouse), Trip Hope (League of S.T.E.A.M., Monday Night Mayhem), and Marx Pyle (GenreTainment, Monday Night Mayhem). Plus, join in immediately after the panel for a gaming session in Room 15AB with a demonstration of Fate Accelerated. So assemble your party and join in for an adventure!

Thursday July 20, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 28DE

8:00pm

Name That Movie Meets Frankenstein
For the fifth straight year, John Field (Inkpot Award winner) leads everyone's favorite game show, Name That Movie! The game consists of seeing 50 different clips from 50 different sci-fi, horror, and fantasy movies. You are given a ticket with a series of numbers on it. If your ticket is chosen from the Magic Film Can, you become a contestant! Four people will be chosen. See how many movies you can name! But that's not all. If no one on the panel can name the movie, the audience gets a chance! The winners get fabulous (almost valuable) prizes. The audience members who answer correctly get cool bonus prizes as well. Come be a part of this laugh-filled, fun-filled show.

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

8:00pm

Psychology of Cult TV Shows: Episode 4
Are you a fan of Supernatural, Westworld, Game of Thrones, or Sherlock? Do you love Daredevil, Walking Dead, Jessica Jones, or Luke Cage? If so, come join the team of mental health professionals Dr. Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy, Star Wars Psychology), Dr. Travis Langley (Doctor Who Psychology: A Madman with a Box; Star Trek Psychology: The Mental Frontier), Dr. Lynn Zubernis (Supernatural Psychology; Family Don't End with Blood), Dr. Billy San Juan (Doctor Who Psychology, Walking Dead Psychology), and Travis Adams (Supernatural Psychology) and TV writers/producers Jose Molina (Agent Carter, Firefly), Christine Boylan (Castle, Once Upon a Time), and Deric Hughes (The Flash, Beauty and the Beast) in geeking out and discussing your favorite TV shows. Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia, Star Wars Psychology) moderates.

Thursday July 20, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 25ABC

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

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

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

8:00pm

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

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

8:30pm

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

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

8:30pm

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
Join the fun and sing along as the California Browncoats screen Internet sensation Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Enter the horrible costume contest and win horrible prizes in four categories: Best Dr. Horrible, Captain Hammer, Penny, and "other" character from the show. A grand prize will be awarded to one well-prepared individual for "Best in Show." Do not bounce!

Thursday July 20, 2017 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Room 6BCF
 
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

An Inside Look at Man at Arms: Reforged
Matt Stagmer and Ilya Alekseyev (blacksmiths), Andy Signore (creator), and Brent Lydic (executive producer) discuss the art of blacksmithing and their hit digital series that brings iconic weapons to life. Matt, Ilya, Andy, and Brent will talk about filming in a forge, their favorite weapons, and the craftsmanship that dates back thousands of years.

Friday July 21, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

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

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

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

Space Command: Bold Adventures!
Author Marc Scott Zicree (Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Twilight Zone Companion), Emmy Award-winning VFX geniuses (Star Trek: Voyager, Babylon 5), and a sci-fi superstar cast present the world premiere of the spectacular opening sequence of Space Command: Redemption, the epic adventure webseries that spans 150 years of galactic history! The cast includes Doug Jones (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth), Bill Mumy (Lost in Space, The Twilight Zone), Bob Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager, Total Recall), Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost), Bruce Boxleitner (Tron, Babylon 5), Mike Harney (Orange Is the New Black), Christina Moses (Containment), James Hong (Big Trouble in Little China), Faran Tahir (Star Trek), and worldwide Talent Search winners Ethan McDowell, Bryan McClure, and Sara Maraffino. With music by David Raiklen, plus Q&A and behind-the-scenes video.

Friday July 21, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, 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

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

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

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

2:30pm

The Geek & Sundry Panel with Felicia Day
Gather your party! Felicia Day (founder of Geek & Sundry, MST3K), Marisha Ray (Critical Role), Hector Navarro (Mothership, Shield of Tomorrow), Ivan Van Norman (Sagas of Sundry), Erika Ishii (Game Engine), Amy Dallen (The Wednesday Club), Eric Campbell (Shield of Tomorrow), and Sean Becker (The Guild, head of video at Geek & Sundry) discuss what it takes to make that broadcast magic happen and what the future of their programming may hold. 5AB

Friday July 21, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 5AB

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

Pop Culture Shark Tank
Who will be the next breakout pop culture entrepreneur? Come hear startups make their best 90-second pitches to our panel of industry experts Ted Adams (IDW Entertainment), Suzy Ryoo (Atom Factory), and David Steinberger (Amazon comiXology) for valuable feedback, exposure, and maybe their big break. Pitch your own business idea if you dare! Moderated by Rob Salkowitz (Forbes).

Friday July 21, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 32AB

3:00pm

Building the Studio of Tomorrow
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 21, 03:59AM
You have a good idea. No, a great idea. Brilliant, even! Now what? How do you turn your big idea into a reality? The team at Einhorn's Epic Productions, a new IP development studio, invite you to a lively discussion about how they turned their vision into a fully funded company in less than a year. If you're contemplating making a leap—whether it's creating your own content, building your own business, or stepping in front of the camera—find inspiration from people who already took the plunge. Panelists include CEO Heather Einhorn (Legendary, DC), CCO Adam Staffaroni (DC, BOOM!, Lion Forge), brand strategist Aroop Sanakkayala, Karey Kirkpatrick (Chicken Run, Something Rotten!), Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani, a.k.a. Art & Franco (Aw Yeah!, Tiny Titans), and moderator Adam Robinson (co-founder, The Princeton Review, 2U). For further information on how to attend this panel, please read more about the Horton Grand Theatre.

Friday July 21, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

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

4:00pm

Star Wars and Fandom: The Early Years
In honor of Star Wars's 40th anniversary and its long association with Comic-Con, Craig Miller, Lucasfilm's original director of fan relations, gives a slide show on the early association between Star Wars and fandom, including photos from Comic-Con in the 1970s and stories about how fans got involved and were kept involved from even before the film came out.

Friday July 21, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 7AB

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

Artificial Intelligence: Will Computers Take Over the World?
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 20, 09:05PM
As scientists move closer to achieving artificial intelligence, what is next? How does real AI science compare to its depictions in movies, on TV, and in books? Could AI save the world—or be its doom? Join the Fleet Science Center as they bring together Craig Titley (co-executive producer/writer, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), William Wisher Jr. (screenwriter, The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day) to discuss the future of artificial intelligence with Dr. Ndapa Nakashole (assistant professor, UCSD Artificial Intelligence Group) and Navrina Singh (director of business development and artificial intelligence, Microsoft).

Friday July 21, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 24ABC

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

5:30pm

Famous Monsters: Stake of the Union 2017
Famous Monsters of Filmland has spanned nearly 60 years with its game-changing genre magazine, groundbreaking cover art, record-setting fan events, original comic books, and more. And 2017 promises to be the most exciting year yet as FM expands into new forms of media, including syndicated television! Publisher Philip Kim, editor Holly Interlandi, and associate editor Joe Moe will welcome special panelists to tease future projects, give exclusive art reveals, and maybe wax a little philosophical on Frankenstein.

Friday July 21, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 26AB

5:30pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7:00pm

Star Wars' Dysfunctional Skywalker Family
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 10, 05:06PM
Twins separated at birth, domestic abuse near a volcano, space divore, and child abandonment on desert planets . . . the root of all evil in the Star Wars universe is not the dark side, it's bad parenting! This panel will look at the future of the Skywalker family and how Kylo Ren's parents' divorce may have adversely affected him. Plus, the panel will speculate on what's to come in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. Join Chris Gore (Film Threat), Chelsea Blackstone (YouTube's Figure Fights), Jeff Tucker (Gemr CollectorCast), and comedians Tommy Bechtold (The Middle) and Steele Saunders (Steele Wars) for a fun yet serious look at how poor parenting choices in the Skywalker family led to a galaxy far, far away thrown into chaos.

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

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

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

Bat in the Sun's Super Power Beat Down
Cast and crew of Bat in the Sun (creators of the hit award-winning web series Super Power Beat Down) lead a fun Q&A as they talk about their upcoming projects, including Valiant’s Ninjak versus the Valiant Universe! Panelists include Aaron Schoenke, Sean Schoenke, Jason David Frank, Kevin Porter, Tatiana Dekhtyar, Bryan Morton, Jonathan Carroll, and a few surprise guests.

Friday July 21, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 6DE

8:00pm

Hollywood Sci-Fi and Horror Museums
Join the greatest names in sci-fi and horror for the Hollywood Science Fiction Museum and the Hollywood Horror Museum. Founded by Clive Barker, John Carpenter, Greg Nicotero, David Gerrold, Sara Karloff, Ronald D. Moore, and many others, both museums will teach and inspire future filmmakers, astronauts, special effects artists, and more. Props include two Star Trek Enterprise Bridge sets, plus items from Star Wars, The Walking Dead, X-Men, Batman, and nearly every film and TV show in the galaxy!

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

8:00pm

Larry Nemecek's Trekland 2017: TNG at 30 and Discovery at T-minus
For 2017, Larry “Dr. Trek” Nemecek (Portal 47, Star Trek Continues) aims his annual archive deep-dive at the Big 3-0 for The Next Generation and counts the latest Twitter headlines on Discovery ’til it finally hits the streaming screen. As usual, look for all Trek via bloopers, in-jokes, and touchstone visuals—and, if lucky, an extended sneak peek at The Con of Wrath documentary (with DP Neal Hallford) now in postproduction. Plus, images from the Nemecek Trekland archives and a special from the new Portal 47 fan experience!

Friday July 21, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 29AB

8:00pm

Mega64 Panel of Justice Effective Immediately
Rocco Botte, Derrick Acosta, and Shawn Chatfield from the San Diego–born video game show Mega64 are here to discuss the future of our city’s football team and stadium. Just kidding! What a waste of time that would be. They’re here to put on a show full of unseen videos and Q&A along with Garrett Hunter, Eric Baudour, and others!

Friday July 21, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 25ABC

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

Klingon Lifestyles
Klingons, weapons, an invasion into Klingon Space, and a live-action bat’leth sword battle—come join the fun and mayhem for the 24th annual Klingon stage play. Watch the Stranglehold Klingons encounter a new problem for the Empire. Come in your best Trek attire—all alien races welcome. If you love stage plays and badge ribbons, support the only live-action Star Trek fan-based play to boldly go where no play has gone before!

Friday July 21, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 6A

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

9:00pm

Star Wars Trivia Game Panel
Members of the San Diego Star Wars Society, veteran hosts of trivia panels at Comic-Con International, have prepared an even more challenging contest this year for fans who think they know the galaxy far, far away. Returning this year will be a game round for kids ages 5-11, followed by three adult game rounds (ages 12 and up). All game rounds are conducted in a Last Man Standing format. Come test your knowledge, and you may win some of the thousands of dollars of prizes provided by Star Wars licensees. Trivia panel hosts are Leia Hornedo, Linda Crispien, Brendan Prout, Carlos Munoz, Jessica Woods, and Collin Gomez.

Friday July 21, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 7AB

9:00pm

Super Geeked Up: Geeky Improv LIVE!
UPDATED: Sat, Jul 15, 04:38PM
The Super Geeked Up crew discusses your favorite sci-fi, fantasy, superhero, and video game topics and play fun geek-themed improv games like Superhero Sound Effects, Universal Translator, and the Let’s Geek It On Dating Game! If you like Whose Line Is It Anyway?, you’ll love our geektastic shenanigans. Plus a ton of audience participation and awesome prizes! Hosted by Jeff Burns (creator/host, Super Geeked Up, DC Action Hour) with special co-host Jake Bennett (Asinine Wisdom, The Constant) and special guests Dayeanne Hutton (Life is Strange, Emma Approved) and Chris Bramante (Robot Teammate, Sunnydale Study Group). And a special sneak-peek from TJ Walker of his Phoenix Run series and Augmented Reality Comic Book. Don’t miss this super-interactive, award-winning show.

Friday July 21, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 25ABC

9:00pm

The Future Is Now
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 18, 11:43PM
Tal M. Klein (author of The Punch Escrow, now in development at Lionsgate as a major motion picture), Rick Loverd (director of the National Academy of Science and Entertainment Exchange), Dr. Steven Schowalter (quantun physicist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratories), and Jonathan Taplin (director emeritus of the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California) discuss how contemporary science fiction has served as a lens into our future. This panel focuses on the core “fictional” technologies dreamed up in science fiction—from teleportation to replication, from cloning to the reversal of aging, to interstellar travel and beyond. A discussion on how the future might be closer than you think—and what that means.

Friday July 21, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 29AB
 
Saturday, July 22
 

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

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

10:00am

Avatar: The Last Airbender: Legend and Legacy
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 19, 09:58PM
Even though the story of Aang and Korra has ended, the fans keep the legacy alive. Moderated by Avatar_Mom, the panel showcases inspired fan artists and conversations with professionals from the series. Join Candice Canes (pottery artist), Cheryl Duong (artist), Paola Harris (artist), Kevin Coppa (Puppetbenders creator), Dante Basco (voice actor, Zuko), Dee Bradly Baker (voice actor, Appa Amon), and Janet Varney (voice actor, Korra) to celebrate this amazing series and awesome community of fans. During the panel there will be a live comic reading, a cosplay contest, and a Q&A.

Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 25ABC

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

11:00am

Who Cleans up the Mess?
Political activist and blogger Rena Marrocco (The Liberal Diva) hosts a viewing of a few epic battle scenes and talks to elected officials, including San Diego City Councilmember David Alvarez, Oceanside City Councilmember Esther Sanchez, California State Treasurer John Chiang, California State Assembly Member Nathan Fletcher, and Mayor Racquel Vasquez (Lemon Grove), about what it would take to repair the damage done if such battles happened in real life. Topics will include procedures, cost, time and legislative fallout.

Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 29AB

12:00pm

Outlandish Confabulation: An Outlander Fan Panel
Ginger Wiseman (The Outlander Podcast), Summer Reynolds (The Outlander Podcast), Mandy Tidwell (Great Scot Blog), and Sarah Ksiazek (Outlander TV News) join Outlander fans for a no-holds-barred discussion of their favorite characters, storylines, and theories. Main books, bulges, TV seasons: It's all fair game.

Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

1:00pm

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

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

2:00pm

Entertainment Weekly's Women Who Kick Ass: Icon Edition with Charlize Theron
Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road . Cipher in The Fate of the Furious . Ravenna in Snow White and the Huntsman . Meredith Vickers in Prometheus . Aeon Flux. For more than a decade, Oscar winner Charlize Theron has embodied strength, power, searing intelligence, and steely determination on screen. Now, as she prepares to beat the hell out of sinister forces in her new movie Atomic Blonde, EW sits down for no-holds-barred conversation with a woman who defies the rules-and creates her own.

Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Hall H

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

2:00pm

SuperheroIRL: End Bullying!
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 21, 07:42AM
Captain America knocked out Hitler-and this is SuperheroIRL, knocking out bullying, racism, misogyny, LGBTQIA-bullying, cyberbullying, and other forms of hate. Join in for this intersection of pop culture and social justice with Pop Culture Hero Coalition. "From now on, Comic-Con convention goers will come for cosplay, entertainment, freebies, autographs-and healing," as reported by CNN. Appearances by Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica), Clare Kramer (Film Pigs), and surprise guests.

Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 28DE

3:00pm

Lost Fans Unite with Jay and Jack
Are you a fan of ABC's Lost? Then join Jay and Jack Glatfelter for their 11th annual SDCC panel! The co-hosts of the popular The Lost Podcast with Jay and Jack will be joined by pop culture aficionado and co-founder of Cancer Gets LOST Jo "JOpinionated" Garfein to discuss the thoughts, theories, and legacy of one of the best serialized TV shows of all time and touch upon some of the newest "it" shows, such as The Leftovers, Westworld, The 100, and more.

Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

3:00pm

Who's the Most Neurotic Superhero?
Ever since the dawn of Marvel's "superheroes with real problems," costumed adventurers have been letting their psychological damage show. Spider-Man's guilt and insecurity, Batman's tango with trauma, Captain America's survivor's guilt, Jessica Jones's smorgasbord of symptoms, and Star-Lord's daddy issues are just some of the mental challenges that modern superheroes deal with. Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology), R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics), Dr. Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy), Alex Langley (The Geek Handbook), and moderator Danny Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch) hold a lively discussion of the psychological challenges that many heroes (and some villains, too) deal with.

Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

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

5:00pm

Everyone's a Critic: Becoming and Being a Journalist in the Online Age
Bill Watters (Bleeding Cool), Mary Anne Butler (Aggressive Comix), Dana Han-Klein (Mohawk Movie Review), Bill Hunt (The Digital Bits), Alexandra August (Geek Magazine, CBR), and Thomas Parham (APU) discuss the expansion of journalism over the past decade, from the rise of citizen journalism to blogging to vloggers, podcasters, and online-only news sources. Panelists will talk about the roles new media play between their readers and the industries and communities they serve, varying levels of informality versus classic ideas of professionalism, show-specific outlets versus general news sites, moving from hobbyist to being a professional, and more.

Saturday July 22, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 9

5:00pm

I'm in the Nerd Business
NEW: Sat, Jul 15, 12:07AM
How do you create and sustain a business that caters to the geek lifestyle without exploiting the very people to whom you provide services? Join this panel of entrepreneurs whose businesses cater to a predominantly nerdy or geeky clientele: Matthew Arevalo (Loot Crate), Audrey Kearns (Geek Girl Authority), Janelle Badali (Badali Jewelry), David Nett (Nerdstrong Gym), and Lauren Matesic (Castle Corsetry). Panelists will discuss how these businesses started, how they sustain their service to their clientele and compete with big conglomerates looking to capitalize on the geek marketplace, and how they sell goods and market services to a community seeking geeky authenticity. Moderated by Brian Ward (The Arkham Sessions, Shout! Factory).

Saturday July 22, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Grand 3 & 4, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

6:00pm

The Guild 10th Anniversary Reunion!
Help the cast of the groundbreaking web series The Guild celebrate their 10th anniversary! Felicia Day, Sandeep Parikh, Jeff Lewis, Robin Thorsen, Vince Caso, and Amy Okuda are joined by director Sean Becker to reminisce and catch up with fans. Moderated by The Guild producer Kim Evey.

Saturday July 22, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

6:00pm

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

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

6:00pm

The Sneaky Tiki Freaky Geeky Ukulele Play and Sing-Along
It's a fun hands-on, time warping, intergalactic, magical, middle-earth, and sci-fi "superhero-like" ukulele sing- and play-along. Characters are welcome. Interpretive dance and air ukulele are encouraged. There will be a number of ukuleles on hand for use (while they last), and the songs will be projected onto a screen for everyone to follow along. This panel is hosted by KEV, the world's most okayist ukulele player.

Saturday July 22, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

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

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

7:15pm

We Are All Heroes: The Changing Landscape of Comics, Geekdom, and Fanboy Culture
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 21, 08:38PM
A diverse group of entertainment's greatest names gather to explore the changing landscape of comics, geekdom and fanboy culture amongst African Americans, Latinos, women, special interest groups and more. Panelists include Sal Masekela (Media Personality), Murs (Rapper), Jamie Broadnax (Black Girl Nerds), Gina Bythe-Wood (Director), Malcolm Barrett (Actor, “Timeless”) and Cozz (Rapper).

Saturday July 22, 2017 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Room 6DE

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

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

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

8:30pm

10 Points to Slytherin: Why Good Fans Love Evil Characters
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 18, 11:04PM
It's time to get in touch with your dark side! Forget those boring heroes-fandom loves striking and iconic villains. Loki, Harley Quinn, Darth Vader-with their fascinating backstories, dangerous aesthetics, and devil-may-care attitudes, it's easy to see why many fans self-identify with the bad guys. But what does it say about you when you proudly claim allegiance to Slytherin House, the 501st Legion, or the Agents of Hydra? This interactive panel will explore fan fascination with fictional antagonists with TV writer Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica), New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti (Blood Brothers series, The Dark Protectors series), writer and producer Christine Boylan (Once Upon a Time, Castle), author Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone), comics writer Erica Schultz (Charmed, Swords of Sorrow), and writer and editor Kendall Ashley (Nerdist, Geek & Sundry). Moderated by podcast host Adron Buske (Nerd for a Living, Fictitious).

Saturday July 22, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 26AB

9:00pm

Unnecessary Debates
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 13, 06:04PM
Have you ever wanted to hear funny people debate topics you thought should never be debated? Oh, good! Join Jenny Jaffe (writer, Big Hero 6), Geoffrey Golden (co-founder, Devastator Press), Kevin Bieber (co-creator, Man vs. Rock), Eric Durham (producer, The Grand Geek Gathering) and other exciting guests for this geek showdown! Moderated by Tyler McPhail (founder, The Grand Geek Gathering). Room 25ABC

Saturday July 22, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 25ABC
 
Sunday, July 23
 

10:00am

Princess Leia Star Wars Fan Club Tribute Presentation
Join your fellow Star Wars fans for a special tribute in honor of the extraordinary actress Carrie Fisher. Best known for her role as Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars universe, Carrie's larger-than-life personality both on and off screen was destined to carve a special place in the hearts of Star Wars fans of all ages. Hear from fellow fans as they share personal stories of how Carrie Fisher inspired them, touched their lives, and will live in everyone's hearts-always! Hosted by the Star Wars Fan Clubs: Rebel Legion, Mandalorian Mercs, R2 Builders, and 501st Legion.

Sunday July 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 6DE

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

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

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

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

GeekEd #1: Nerdentity
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 12, 12:26AM
Being a nerd is only one part of your identity. How race, culture, spirituality, background, and other aspects of you intersect with your fandom identity is vital to understanding who you are and what makes you special. Education pros will give you insight into their own "Nerdentity," explore current identity issues in pop culture, and show you how to utilize this intersection to serve students at your college or university. Panelists include Emily Sandoval (USC), Alex Belisario (UC Santa Cruz), Patricia Chau Nguyen (UCLA), Danny Slatkin (UCLA), and Brian Arao (UC Santa Cruz). This panel is one of four specifically focused on college and university staff, faculty, and students.

Sunday July 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

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

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

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

12:00pm

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

Ball-Jointed Dolls
Doll creators, owners, and enthusiasts discuss the world of ball-jointed resin dolls from companies such as Volks, FairyLand, LUTS, Iplehouse, and many others. Featuring industry professionals Sarah Kim; Bo Bergemann, creator behind Bo Bergemann Dolls; Sher Rhein, chair of BJDC in Austin; and customizer Pam Ford of PamSDminiCostuming on Etsy. Panelists will discuss the artistic processes behind the creation and customization of ball-jointed dolls as well as information about the expanding BJD collector community. You'll have the opportunity to learn the basics about BJDs, pick up tips on customizing, maintaining, and photographing these beautiful dolls, and learn about the BJD collector community. It's a great opportunity to experience the different types of dolls from tiny to towering in the world of BJDs.

Sunday July 23, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 32AB

1:00pm

Bizarre States
Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News and Mothership) and Andrew Bowser (creative producer/host) take on the weird, wacky, and wonderful world of the paranormal, true crime, occult, and just plain odd. Topics run the gamut from strange news á la "Weird of the Week" to the ongoing feline saga in "Bowser's Backyard." Join in as they pull back the curtain on the supernatural, all while they mercilessly make fun of each other.

Sunday July 23, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 6A

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

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

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

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

2:15pm

Starship Smackdown: The Revenge
The must-see panel of Comic-Con and WonderCon Anaheim, as profiled on NPR's All Things Considered, returns, but this time it's personal. Who will duke it out for the highly coveted Smackdown title this year? Can the Starship Enterprise defeat an Imperial Star Destroyer? Will Rogue One be assimilated by a Borg cube? Will the Nostromo be taken over by Rathars? And will the Jefferson Starship ever win anything (not to mention, did they actually build Caprica on rock and roll)? Here from sage classic spaceshipologists Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class), Steven Melching (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Kay Reindl (Dead of Summer, Scream), Christian Gossett (The Red Star), Daren Dochterman (Hollywood conceptual illustrator), Jose Molina (The Tick, Agent Carter), Robert Meyer Burnett (The Hills Run Red, Free Enterprise), Bobak Ferdowsi (JPL's "Mohawk Guy"), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), and Mark A. Altman (St. Martin's The 50 Year Mission, Tor Books's Slayers & Vampires).

Sunday July 23, 2017 2:15pm - 4:15pm
Room 6A

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

3:00pm

Oya Mando: 10 Years and Hunting
Have you ever wanted to ask a Mandalorian how to build a set of armor or why they built it? Now's your chance! Meet with veterans of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club and ask your questions. They will cover a wide array of topics, such as parts of the armor, materials, tools, and assembly, as well as who they are and why they do what they do.

Sunday July 23, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:15pm

Buffy Musical: 'Once More with Feeling,' an Interactive Whedon Musical
Time to end this show with a bang! The powers that be behind Whedonopolis and Fandom Charities present an interactive screening of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode "Once More with Feeling" as Comic-Con's big closing event! Many say this is the finest, funniest, most ingenious episode ever to come out of the Buffyverse. But remember, the best part of the show is up to you! This episode was made for talkin'-back, and singing, and shouting, and dancing in the aisles, with or without your dry cleaning! Audience participation: It isn't just for Rocky Horror and mob riots anymore!

Sunday July 23, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Room 6BCF

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

4:00pm

Social Connection via Tabletop Tournaments
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 21, 04:19AM
Adam Sblendorio (vice president of creative for Cryptozoic Entertainment), Nick Fiorillo (Ultra Pro), Darren Holt (Oomba, Inc.), and Michael Williams (CEO of Oomba, Inc.) discuss the growing appeal of tabletop tournaments and the ever increasing role they play in the social lives of people. The discussion and Q&A session will be moderated by John Nee (CEO of Cryptozoic Entertainment).

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