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Wednesday, July 19
 

4:00pm

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

Wednesday July 19, 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library
 
Thursday, July 20
 

10:00am

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

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

11:00am

Batman: The Animated Podcast LIVE!
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 17, 07:02PM
Justin Michael (Netflix's Buddy Thunderstruck, Amazon's Danger & Eggs) hosts a live episode of the hit podcast with a 25th anniversary celebration of the legendary cartoon Batman: The Animated Series. Featuring a roundtable interview and Q&A with guest who worked on the show and helped make it an instant classic as well as animation industry fans who grew up inspired by this definitive take on the Dark Knight. Harvey, yesssss!

Thursday July 20, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

11:00am

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

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

12:00pm

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

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

12:00pm

Read-Alikes: What to Suggest When Patrons Have Already Read Smile and The Walking Dead
Read-alikes can be a librarian's best friend. In this session, panelists will help participants by sharing their experiences recommending titles to patrons who have finished reading popular graphic novels like Smile, Persepolis, American Born Chinese, and Deadpool. Panelists will also share their knowledge about upcoming comics and pop culture and recent genre trends that tie in with comics. With panelists Angela Ocana, Kelly Quinn Chiu (Santa Clara City Library), Matthew Murray (University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries), Ben Neal (Portsmouth Public Library), Jenny McCluskey (Ingram Library Services), Steven Torres-Roman (Teen Librarian, San Diego Public Library), and Anna Ferri.

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

1:00pm

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

1:00pm

Young Adult Graphic Novel and Manga Collection Essentials: What Titles Every Library Should Carry
Librarians share their compiled knowledge on the best new and classic graphic novel and manga titles that are essential for any library's young adult collection. They will be discussing current trends in graphic novel publishing as it relates to greater diversity within the genre as well as discuss how to utilize individual comic book issues and webcomic selections in your collection. They will cover how to use graphic novels and manga as a way of supporting Common Core curriculum and as a method of encouraging hi-lo readers. They will also have a segment on crossover appeal: how to get your comic book reading patrons to like manga and vice versa. They'll conclude with some of their most anticipated graphic novels, comics, and manga for the rest of 2017 and the start of 2018. With panelists Loren Spector (young adult librarian III, Memorial Library), Marissa Thompson (young adult librarian, North Hollywood Library), Jennifer Siron (young adult librarian, Chatsworth Library), Danica Sheridan (young adult librarian, Silver Lake Library), Angela Ocana (Santa Clara City Library), Kelly Quinn Chiu (Santa Clara City Library), and Steven Torres-Roman (San Diego Public Library).

Thursday July 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

2:00pm

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

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

2:00pm

Geek K.O. LVL 025: The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Hosts Justin Madriaga and Joshua "Ish" Ishizaki lead another round of their geek trivia podcast. They'll be joined by challengers Sam Delara (associate producer, Geek K.O.) and Alix Galit (host, Ready Set Geek!) to test their Marvel movie skills against end boss JPG (executive producer, Geek Say What? Network). Moderated by Cole Garrison (host, Ready Set Geek!). Audience questions and prizes.

Thursday July 20, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

3:00pm

Graphic Novel and Manga Programming for Tweens and Teens in our Diverse Communities for Any Budget
Representing a vast geographical spread and diverse communities, librarians from the Los Angeles Public Library share their experiences with programming-presenting and promoting graphic novel and manga content-utilizing partnerships and free local resources. The audience will learn about hosting Free Comic Book Day as a library event or at any time during the year. Great programming ideas for tweens and teens include anime screenings, author talks, character visits, giveaways, and fun graphic novel/manga-related crafts, from button making to decoupage. They will give tips on how to make your programs and events a success and show examples from their programs, flyers, and displays. With panelists Corinda Humphrey (Los Angeles Public Library), Marissa Thompson (Los Angeles Public Library), Loren Spector (Los Angeles Public Library), Jennifer Siron (Los Angeles Public Library), and Danica Sheridan (Los Angeles Public Library).

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

3:00pm

Your Star Trek Podcast HQ: SoCal
News, analysis, interviews: It's all in the mix as Larry "Dr. Trek" Nemecek (Portal 47, Star Trek Continues) joins nationally known Trek podcasters from SoCal to talk about the recent boon of diversity and the role that podcasts and Internet radio play in keeping fan interest up during the "fallow time" . . . and what they can expect with Trek finally back in series. With hosts John Champion (Mission Log, Roddenberry Podcasts Network), Lisa Guetzkow (Trek Radio), Aaron Harvey (Saturday Morning Trek, Trek.fm), and Dr. Kayla Iacovino (Shuttle Pod, TrekMovie.com).

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

4:00pm

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

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

4:00pm

On the Mic Podcast Live from San Diego Comic-Con
Host Tim Drake (Funny or Die, Robot Butt), award-winning filmmaker, writer, author, and Second City alum will be joined by Todd Masters (Toddland) and Chris Allen (Neon Trees) to talk film, TV, and comedy. Tim's jokes/tweets have been featured on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, and Larry King Now.

Thursday July 20, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

5:00pm

How to Judge What Is Appropriate in Comics: What Does T for Teen Really Mean?
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 10, 09:22PM
Cataloging and collection development practices for comic books, especially when it comes to age ranges and placement, can make librarians want to tear their hair out. In this session, the discussion will focus on understanding the content that justifies the labels of middle grade, young adult, or adult. It will also address the question of "Does 'T' really mean for teen?" The panelists will provide their insights on how to manage a series that starts in young adult and ends R-rated. Additionally, because comics are targets for censorship, they will also review how librarians can handle challenges to material and banned books and continue to fulfill the American Library Association's statement on access to library resources and services to minors. With panelists Angela Ocana (Santa Clara City Library), Kelly Quinn Chiu (Santa Clara City Library), Jenny McCluskey (Ingram Library Services), Ben Neal (Portsmouth Public Library), Steven Torres-Roman (San Diego Public Library), and Andrew Woodrow-Butcher.

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library
 
Friday, July 21
 

10:00am

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

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

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

From Asterix to Zeus: Developing an Essential Kids' Graphic Novel Collection
While the category has enjoyed tremendous popularity in recent years, kids' graphic novels are not a recent phenomenon. What classic titles or series should librarians have on their shelves to provide historical context and a complete survey of the medium? This will be an illimunating discussion moderated by Dawn Rutherford (branch manager, Brier Library), with panelists Jenny McCluskey (collection development librarian for Ingram Library Services LLC), Alea Perez (chair of YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee), Carla Riemer, and Mark Siegel (editorial director, First Second).

Friday July 21, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

12:00pm

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

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

12:00pm

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

1:00pm

CANCELLED - The Hillywood Show Q&A Panel
CANCELLED: Fri, Jul 07, 04:56PM
We regret to announce that this program has been cancelled.

Friday July 21, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

1:00pm

Read Like a Girl: Middle-Grade Fiction for Girls (and Boys)
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 14, 05:31PM
The authors behind some of your favorite middle-grade graphic fiction discuss creating stories with strong, positive female characters and the importance of overcoming the lingering perception that comics are only for boys. Featuring Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina), Victoria Jamieson (Roller Girl, Great Pet Caper series), Jenni Holm (Babymouse series), Molly Ostertag (The Witch Boy), and Raina Telgemeier (Ghosts). Moderated by Brigid Alverson (writer and reviewer, Good Comics for Kids).

Friday July 21, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

1:00pm

The Animated Life: A Peek Behind the Cels
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 18, 11:03PM
From the sacred Saturday morning rituals of yesteryear to today’s storytelling masterpieces, cartoons and animation bring the imagination to life. The animation industry is full of vibrant professionals working together across creative disciplines to tell exciting stories that readers will cherish for years. Animation Invasion podcast host Adron Buske talks with a of group of animation pros about their jobs, the collaborative process, and the joys and challenges of the animation industry. Featuring guest speakers including digital artist from DreamWorks Mike Collins (The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show, Adventure Time), illustrator and character designer Andrea Fernandez (co-founder, Alkemy Studios), animator and storyboard artist Marie Lum (Cartoon Network, Craig of the Creek), Shadi Petosky (showrunner, Danger & Eggs), and writer Rachel Vine (Rainbow Brite, DuckTales).

Friday July 21, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

2:00pm

Film Threat Podcast LIVE!
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 10, 05:05PM
Prepare for a raucous discussion about the latest and greatest independent films you've never heard of! You'll witness a debate about the major movie franchises that MUST DIE! Also experience a special rapid-fire edition of DVD-Duesday on the 5th anniversary of Attack of the Show! going off the air. (Yes, it's been five years.) Film Threat editor Chris Gore (G4TV) will unite legendary movie geeks including Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse), comedian Tommy Bechtold (The Middle), Charles de Lauzirika (Twin Peaks, Blade Runner), and Anthony Ray Bench (Film Threat) for a LIVE podcast that will go down in Comic-Con history.

Friday July 21, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

2:00pm

Nonfiction and Memoir in Graphic Novels
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 14, 05:33PM
Combining text and image can make difficult or abstract subject matter more appealing, winning over even the most reluctant reader. Learn how nonfiction graphic novels and graphic memoirs can be used to supplement lessons in STEM and history and bring awareness to underheard and marginalized perspectives in the classroom. Panelists include Mairghread Scott (Science Comics: Robots), Thi Bui (The Best We Could Do), Nathan Hale (One Trick Pony), Tillie Walden (Spinning), and Alison Wilgus (Science Comics: Flying Machines). Moderated by Heidi MacDonald (Publishers Weekly, ComicsBeat.com).

Friday July 21, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

3:00pm

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

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

3:00pm

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

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

4:00pm

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

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

4:00pm

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

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

5:00pm

Publishers' Talkback Session
Talk with publishers about how graphic novels are doing at your library and what they should know based on the feedback from your community. With Robin Herrera (editor, Oni Press), Gina Gagliano (marketing and publicity manager, First Second), and Mallory Loehr (SVP/publisher, Random House Books for Young Readers), moderated by Alea Perez (chair of YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee).

Friday July 21, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library
 
Saturday, July 22
 

10:00am

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

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

11:00am

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

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

11:00am

Nerd Up or Shut Up Live!
Tune into Legion of Leia's own Nerd Up or Shut Up podcast. Join in on the conversation as you step into the next episode and chat and debate all things nerdy with hosts Anastasia Washington (Anastationtv, Legion of Leia), Maggie Olbrich (Nerd Up or Shut Up), Emalee Burditt (Nerd Up or Shut Up, Just Cuz), Richard Sheehan (Nerd Up or Shut Up), and moderator David Olbrich (Malibu Comics, Space Goat Publishing).

Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

12:00pm

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

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

12:00pm

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

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

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

1:00pm

The 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

Children of Tendu Live!
Ever wonder how the producers of Lost, Firefly, The 100, The Tick, and Agent Carter got to write for these genre stalwarts, what it was like to work on these shows, and-most important-how you could someday have their job? Veteran TV writer/producers Javier Grillo-Marxuach and Jose Molina bring their popular Children of Tendu podcast back to Comic-Con, along with a willingness to answer your tough questions about how TV is made and how you can make it in TV as a writer!

Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

2:00pm

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

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

3:00pm

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

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

3:00pm

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

4:00pm

A Song of Ice and Fire: Game of Thrones Fan Discussion
Amin Javadi (A Podcast of Ice and Fire, Bastards of Kingsgrave podcast), Kyle Maddock (A Podcast of Ice and Fire, AfterBuzz TV), and Tara Lynne (The Geekiary, Ice and Fire Convention) discuss major and minor fan theories, compare the books to the television show, and take part in a general Q&A.

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

4:00pm

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

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

5:00pm

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

Saturday July 22, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library
 
Sunday, July 23
 

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

12:00pm

GeekEd #2: Shall We Play a Game?
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 12, 12:27AM
"Play" is all around us, particularly at colleges and universities and especially here at Comic-Con. But how often do people stop to realize how much "play" affects how they live? A panel of game scholars discuss how building better games, identifying the biases within them, and the act of "play" helps people empathize with others and provides them with a guideline for this work on college campuses. Today's classroom environment demands that scholars not just implement but also understand the impacts of digital media. This panel of scholars will explore the intersection of games, learning and inclusivity in the context of curriculum development, activism, policy, history, and game design. Panelists include Constance Steinkuehler (UC Irvine; Senior Policy Analyst, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy 2011-2012), Bonnie Ruberg (UC Irvine), Kurt Squire (UC Irvine), Amanda Cullen (UC Irvine), and Aaron Trammell (UC Irvine). This panel is one of four specifically focused on college and university staff, faculty, and students.

Sunday July 23, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

1:00pm

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

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

2:00pm

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

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