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Wednesday, July 19
 

4:00pm

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

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

10:00am

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

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

10:00am

Comic-Con How-To: Dynamic Story Creation in Plain English
Are you a writer or aspiring writer looking to improve your skills? Do topics like major and minor themes, reversals, plot points, motifs, reader fulfillment, scene arcs, or the mythic structure interest, upset, baffle, or frighten you? If so, join Maxwell Alexander Drake as he breaks these topics down into easily understandable bits you can use to improve your craft. Drake is an award-winning science fiction/fantasy author, graphic novelist, and playwright; he teaches creative writing at writers' conferences and fan conventions around the country.

Thursday July 20, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 2

10:30am

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

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

11:00am

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

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

11:30am

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

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

12:00pm

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

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

12:00pm

Raising Fankids: Teaching Young Geeks To Be Self-Confident and Successful
Pasquale Piro (middle-school teacher, father of two) hosts a panel with Alissa Piro (high school teacher, mother), Christina Silvoso (Christina Is Crafty, mother), Brandon Maze (high school teacher), Rafe Gerson, and Tatti Che to discuss techniques and experiences that help kids grow up nerdy without the negative connotation.

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

12:00pm

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

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

12:00pm

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

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

12:00pm

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

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

12:00pm

The Writer's Danger Room
Young mutants come to Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters to learn how to control their mutant powers (and one day become X-Men). Much of their training takes place inside the school's awesome "Danger Room," a state-of-the-art gymnasium equipped with attack robots, trap doors, flying buzz saws, and anything else that's needed to help each students hone their abilities and perfect their use. If you want to be an X-man, you have to train like one. Well, the same goes for writers. If you want to be one, you have to train like one, too. But how much time do you usually find at Comic-Con to sit down and actually practice your craft? In the Writer's Danger Room, you'll spend a solid hour doing short, powerful writing exercises that will test your talents, sharpen your skills, and push you past what you thought you could do. Corey Rothermel and Douglas Neff (co-authors of Epic Win!: The Geek's Guide to the Journey from Fan to Creator) will facilitate this interactive workshop open to writers of all ages and skill levels, open to writers of all ages and skill levels. Bring a pencil and paper and your sense of adventure!

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

1:00pm

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

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

1:30pm

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

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

1:30pm

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

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

2:00pm

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

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

2:00pm

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

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

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

2:00pm

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

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

2:00pm

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

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

2:00pm

Disney Animation Studios: The Art of Story
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 17, 06:58PM
Think, act, draw, pitch. Get the inside scoop on the story development process from the story artists of Walt Disney Animation Studios. The artists will share their creative process for going from script to board to pitch. Panelists include Lissa Treiman (story supervisor), Brian Kesinger (story artist) and Nancy Kruse (story artist). Moderated by Paul Briggs (director).

Thursday July 20, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 7AB

2:30pm

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

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

3:00pm

Comics by Design
Covers, page design, lettering-what does a designer bring to a comic that really makes it stand out on the bookshelf? Panelists discuss the best designs out there for comics and graphic novels-with lots of images of great book design from throughout the industry. With Andrew Arnold (First Second Books), Fawn Lau (Kodansha), Gilbert Lazcano (IDW/Top Shelf), and Hilary Thompson (Oni Press); moderated by Abraham Riesman (New York Magazine).

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 28DE

3:00pm

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

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

3:00pm

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

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

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

3:00pm

Comic-Con How-To: Painting with Sue Dawe
Sue Dawe demonstrates basic airbrush techniques, including freehand work and masking techniques. Sue is best known for her fantasy airbrushed designs, which have appeared in magazines and on back-to-school products, posters, greeting cards, games, and Franklin Mint plates.

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Room 2

3:00pm

Cosplay Figure Drawing
There's no better way to practice the craft of figure drawing than to draw the real thing. But if you're into drawing superheroes, manga warriors, cartoon characters, or movie monsters, where do you find models for that? New this year at Comic-Con, Cosplay Figure Drawing gives you that rare opportunity to practice your people-drawing skills on real cosplayers in fantastic costumes from the stories you love. In this two-hour figure drawing workshop, cosplay models will strike different poses throughout the room, giving you time to sketch their facial expressions, hand gestures, and action poses. Hosted by Douglas Neff and Corey Rothermel (co-authors of Epic Win! The Geeks Guide to the Journey from Fan to Creator), Cosplay Figure Drawing will include various exercises, from one-minute burst sketches to detailed figure studies. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Bring your own art supplies.

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:30pm

Creating Immersive Game Story
Game industry veterans George Krstic (head of story, creative development at Blizzard), Leah Hoyer (VP of creative, Telltale Games), and Guillaume Colomb (narrative lead at Bungie) discuss strategies for creating immersive game narrative. They'll share behind-the-scenes stories and lessons learned while making some of the industry's most successful games.

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 24ABC

4:00pm

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

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

4:00pm

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

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

4:00pm

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

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

4:30pm

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

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

4:30pm

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

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

5:00pm

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

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

5:00pm

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

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

5:00pm

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

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

5:00pm

Manga Publishing Pros Industry Roundtable
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 13, 07:41PM
For over 30 years, manga has had its share of challenges in North America. But with more titles available in English on the same day as Japan and more variety available in both print and digital formats, manga is definitely here to stay and on the rise once more. Get a taste of what's hot, what's not, and what's next for manga in North America and Japan from top publishing pros, including Leyla Aker (senior vice president of publishing, VIZ Media), Ben Applegate (associate director of publisher services, Penguin Random House), Erik Ko (chief of operations, Udon Entertainment), Michael Gombos (director of international licensing, Dark Horse Comics), JuYoun Lee (editor-in-chief, Yen Press), and perhaps a few special guests. Moderated by David Brothers (4thletter!, Comics Alliance).

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 29AB

6:00pm

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

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

6:00pm

Writing for the Computer Gaming Industry
Some of the most talented storytellers today create worlds for the computer gaming industry. This panel of industry vets share insights gleaned from creating some of the best reviewed narrative-driven titles in gaming history. The panel includes Neal Hallford (Lily Bard Online), Neil Druckmann (Uncharted 4), Anne Toole (Horizon Zero Dawn), John Zuur Platten (Ingress), and Kimberly Unger (Dexter: Slice), moderated by Jana Hallford (Swords & Circuitry: A Designer's Guide to Computer Role-Playing Games).

Thursday July 20, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 25ABC

6:30pm

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

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

6:30pm

Making a Living off Your Art
Freelance artist Lee Kohse (Lucasfilm, Disney, DreamWorks), Sean Glumace (Adobe Education Leader), and Douglas Dreier (art collector and curator), discuss the business of art and answer your questions about how to generate revenue, promote yourself, deal with clients and commissions, and price your art. Moderated by Johnny Kolasinski (former steering committee co-chair of genARTS Silicon Valley). One lucky panel attendee will win a 12-month subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud, a $599 value courtesy of Adobe Education Leader Sean Glumace.

Thursday July 20, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 24ABC

7:00pm

Inside the Voice Actors Studio
Bang Zoom! Entertainment brings you this one-hour panel/workshop about voice acting that covers practical dubbing techniques, important issues such as studio protocol, and what to expect at your first audition. This is a great opportunity for attendees interested in the voice acting profession to get firsthand advice and experience from the pros in an intimate yet dynamic setting. You will learn directly from some of the best voice actors and directors in the world and also get some inside information on how to break in and what the industry is really like.

Thursday July 20, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 11

7:00pm

Lost in Translation
The economy is steadily growing stronger and so are sales of manga and anime. But are the steady sales helping all the portions of the industry? And with the renewed interest in manga out there, are there enough quality series to feed the hunger, or is there a danger of oversaturation? Freelancers and industry insiders discuss the art and business of translated entertainment, share stories, and take audience questions. Panelists include William Flanagan (Fairy Tail), Michael Gombos (director of international publishing and licensing, Dark Horse), Mari Morimoto (Naruto), Lillian Diaz-Przybyl (digital editor, Sweetness and Lightning), and Stephen Paul (One Piece).

Thursday July 20, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 9

7:00pm

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

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

7:00pm

Successful Gaming Tournaments
Gaming tournaments have become a major source of revenue and advertising for brick-and-mortar comic shops. A panel of experts discusses the best way shops can advertise, organize, and hold these tournaments. Panelists include Dr. Billy San Juan (author, gamer), Cary Kazmaier (manager, Artifex Entertainment), Tim Shields (owner, Cascade Games), Doreen Kamada-Fujii (Pokémon TCG), and Angela Chandler (Magic: The Gathering judge).

Thursday July 20, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 28DE

7:00pm

Simulated Worlds: Writing for Virtual Reality and Games
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 12, 09:23PM
Writers for games and virtual reality talk about the industry's next big thing. What's different about writing for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR)? And how does it change the way gamers interact with your games? Game writers and industry professionals discuss the potential pitfalls and challenges of this next leap in technology as well as the potential for new narratives moving forward. Panelists include Jonathan Callan (senior writer, Survios and "Raw Data"), Collin Kelly (writer, adviser to the USC Games Program), Andrew Robinson (senior writer, Animation and Cinematics at Blizzard Entertainment), Nathan Burba (chief executive officer, Survios), and James Iliff (co-founder/chief creative officer at Survios).

Thursday July 20, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 25ABC

7:15pm

12 Monkeys
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 12, 04:32PM
Attention, time travelers! After an exciting season of searching for, and ultimately finding, the Witness, everyone was stunned by the revelations in the finale. Join the executive producer Terry Matalas and stars Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Emily Hampshire, Alisen Down, and Todd Stashwick as they look back at the show's most talked-about moments and tease the upcoming fourth and final season. You won't want to miss some exclusive surprises! Moderated by Alicia Lutes.

Thursday July 20, 2017 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Room 6BCF

7:30pm

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

Thursday July 20, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 8
 
Friday, July 21
 

10:00am

Comic-Con How-To: Point of View, What's the Point?
Are you a writer or aspiring writer looking to improve your skills? Do you want to learn new and better ways to accomplish things like choosing the proper narrator and understanding the advantages and disadvantages of using first-person/third-person limited/omniscient narrators, indirect discourse, verb tense, etc.? If so, join Maxwell Alexander Drake as he breaks these topics down into easily understandable bits you can use to improve your craft. Maxwell Alexander Drake is an award-winning science fiction/fantasy author, graphic novelist, and playwright.

Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 2

10:30am

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

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

11:30am

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

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

3:00pm

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

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

7:00pm

Comic Creator Connection #1
Are you a writer with a great idea for a comic book series, but you can’t draw? Or maybe you’re an artist looking to illustrate an incredible story, but you can’t write. Perhaps you’re both looking for someone to collaborate with so you can jumpstart your careers in the comic book industry. At San Diego Comic-Con 2017’s Comic Creator Connection, you just might find each other! San Diego Comic-Con is proud to once again host the Comic Creator Connection, a fast-paced networking event that puts writers and artists together to help them meet new creative partners. Here’s how it works: in two 2-hour sessions—on Friday, July 21, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM and Sunday, July 23, from 12:00 to 2:00 PM—writers and artists will sit down across from each other at a table. (And by artists, we mean pencillers, inkers, colorists, etc. All are welcome!) Then, in 5-minute sessions, you will talk one-on-one with each other about your ideas and skills. At the end of each 5-minute period, you will get up and move on to the next person. If you’re interested in furthering the conversation, you’ll exchange contact information. Think of it as speed-dating, but for writers and artists! Sign ups are taken in advance for this event, but space may still be available on site.

Friday July 21, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
 
Saturday, July 22
 

10:00am

Comic-Con How-To: Show Your Story, Don't Tell It
Are you a writer or aspiring writer looking to improve your skills? Do you struggle making your story interesting, immersive, or understanding how to use the English language to show instead of tell? If so, join Maxwell Alexander Drake as he breaks these topics down into easily understandable bits you can use to improve your craft. Maxwell Alexander Drake is an award-winning science fiction/fantasy author, graphic novelist, and playwright.

Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 2

10:30am

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

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

11:00am

1:00pm

1:00pm

Game Creator Connection
NEW: Sun, Jul 09, 05:47PM
The Game Creator Connection is an opportunity for aspiring and learning game developers to receive valuable advice, insights, and mentoring from seasoned veterans of the game industry with diverse experiences in production, programming, art, business development, and more. The Game Creator Connection is organized and run by professional game developers, including a former executive director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) as well as representatives of the IGDA San Diego chapter. The GCC is a perfect opportunity to seek expert guidance on a wide range of topics pertaining to the development of your career. The Game Creator Connection is only available to those who have signed up in advance.

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

1:30pm

Do You Have What It Takes To Be a Star?
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 21, 04:01AM
These panelists will tell the true stories of the worst moments in their professional careers and how they overcame them. From vicious feuds to absolute mortification, these actors bare it all. Would you be able to pick yourself up and keep going? Featuring Claudia Christian (Babylon 5, Atlantis), Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost), Andrea Thompson (NYPD Blue, Babylon 5), Lisa Wilcox (A Nightmare on Elm Street 4), Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica, Imposters), Eddie McClintock (Warehouse 13, Bones), and Patricia Tallman (Babylon 5, Night of The Living Dead). For further information on how to attend this panel, please read more about the Horton Grand Theatre.

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

3:00pm

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

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

4:00pm

The Great Comic-Con Kids Draw-Off!
On this interactive panel, kids get to be in charge! Kids will work with an epic panel of bestselling kids' comics creators as they compete in the draw-off to beat all draw-offs! Bring your pencil (and your parents). Panelists include Matthew Holm (Babymouse Tales from the Locker: Lights, Camera, Middle School!), Jarrett Krosoczka (Star Wars Jedi Academy: The Force Oversleeps), Nathan Hale (Hazardous Tales), Dana Simpson (Phoebe and Her Unicorn), Lucas Turnbloom (Dream Jumper), Victoria Jamieson (Roller Girl), Raina Telgemeier (Ghosts), and moderator Tom Racine (Tall Tale Radio Podcast).

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 11

5:00pm

The Secrets of Drawing with Science
Wei Xu, Ph.D. (artist, mathematician, computer scientist, author, professor) unveils the scientific secrets for identifying, organizing, and duplicating shapes, the core steps for scientifically mastering observational drawing.

Saturday July 22, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 11

5:30pm

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

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

6:00pm

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

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

7:00pm

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

Saturday July 22, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 11
 
Sunday, July 23
 

10:00am

Cartooning Snack Shop: Kids Eat (Draw) Free!
At this delicious workshop event, Kristian Andrew Sather (Cartoon Design Revealed) will demonstrate for kids of all ages how to draw tasty cartoon characters using the shapes of produce found at their local grocery stores-e.g., Perry Pear, Allen Apple, Lucy Lettuce, and Suzy Strawberry. All ages are welcome.

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

10:00am

Comic Pitch Review #2
If you're a writer or artist attending the Comic Creator Connection, this is your chance to practice giving your pitch ahead of time-and get some free coaching from a pro. So, what's a pitch? A pitch is the way you present yourself or your project to others. It is usually a brief speech designed to persuade and interest your listener in what you're doing or what you've made. Most creators have no trouble coming up with fantastic ideas for new comics, but many of those same creators struggle to talk clearly and concisely about those ideas to other people. That's your pitch. And if you want to bring your project to life, you must be able to give a good one. Fortunately, this is a skill you can learn and improve with practice-and Pitch Review is a great place to do that. Pitch reviews will be conducted by Douglas Neff, an experienced speaker coach and professional speechwriter, who also co-hosts the Comic Creator Connection. This is not a panel. Instead, these are 3-5 minute individual coaching sessions for as many people as can be accommodated in the scheduled time. Everyone is welcome, but please note that showing up is not a guarantee that you'll get a review session. Spaces are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sunday July 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

10:30am

How To Create Your Own Novel: From the First Idea to Publishing and What You Need To Sell Your Work to TV and Film
The Winner Twins,Brittany and Brianna, multiple award-winning and national bestselling science fiction authors known for their popular Strand series, will explain how to create your own novel step by step, from building your universe to overcoming writer's block to the different paths to publishing. The twins have taught their unique creative writing method to hundreds of thousands of convention attendees, teachers, and students across the country. They will be joined by Todd McCaffery (New York Times bestselling author, Dragonriders of Pern), Seanan McGuire (New York Times bestselling author, Hugo and Nebula Award-winner, October Daye series, InCryptid series), and David Gerrold (Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author, screenwriter, The Martian Child, Star Trek, Land of the Lost), as well as other panelists to be announced. They will share their war stories, answer your questions, and teach you how to craft your story idea into a marketable novel, television series, or film franchise. This panel will be in loving memory of Richard Hatch, a friend, teacher, and inspiration to all.

Sunday July 23, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 8

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

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

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

11:00am

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

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

11:00am

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

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

11:30am

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

11:30am

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

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

11:30am

Cartoon Voices II
With the smash-hit success of yesterday's Cartoon Voices I panel, there's no choice but to do another one-with different but equally talented actors from the world of animation voicing. Once again, moderator Mark Evanier has assembled an all-star dais that will include Neil Kaplan (Transformers, Voltron), Nickie Bryar (Family Guy, American Dad!), Bob Joles (Puss in Boots, SpongeBob SquarePants), Debra Wilson (MADtv, Family Guy), Chuck McCann (Fantastic Four, DuckTales), and probably someone else.

Sunday July 23, 2017 11:30am - 12:45pm
Room 6A

12:00pm

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

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

12:00pm

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

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

12:00pm

The Future Is Bleak
All stories require an element of conflict, but some authors see a darker vision than others when they gaze into the future. Panelists Alex R. Kahler (Runebinder), Scott Westerfeld (Spill Zone), Cory Doctorow (Walkaway), Annalee Newitz (Autonomous), and Scott Reintgen (Nyxia) serve as guides to poisoned presents, alternative timeline apocalypses, near and far future dystopias, and other not-so-cheery scenarios with Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy).

Sunday July 23, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 25ABC

12:00pm

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

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

12:00pm

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

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

12:30pm

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

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

12:30pm

Comic-Con How-To: Proper Pitching and Self-Promotion
Find out what it takes to present a proper pitch to a client or company. You will learn about presentation, body language, elevator pitches, standing out, interview skills, and how to make an opportunity when there isn't one. Presented by Bryan Tillman, the owner and CEO of the Kaiser Studio Productions, a production studio for comics, toys, animation, and games.

Sunday July 23, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Room 2

1:00pm

Cartoon Art Museum Workshop: Manga Stardom for Beginners
Love reading manga like Yotsuba&!, Tokyo Ghoul, The Legend of Zelda, Death Note, Attack on Titan, One-Punch Man, or Chi's Sweet Home? Learn how to draw your own manga with the Cartoon Art Museum in this beginner workshop based on Sakura of America's how-to series, Manga Start! Try drawing cartoons for the first time or practice basic skills. Supplies provided by Sakura. Plus, win Sakura Manga Start booklets and starter kits giveaways for active participants! Kids and adults welcome!

Sunday July 23, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 11

1:00pm

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

1:00pm

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

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

1:30pm

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

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

1:45pm

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

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

2:00pm

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

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

2:00pm

Manga Tutorials for Kids
eigoMANGA's team of manga artists and animators will offer kids of all ages tutorials on manga illustrations and storytelling. Join a workshop with seasoned manga artist Mino Miyabi (The Voice of Innocence, 5D) and Austin Osueke (Vanguard Princess, Rumble Pak).

Sunday July 23, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 11

2:00pm

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

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

2:00pm

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

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

2:00pm

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

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

2:00pm

Comic-Con How-To: Making Magic Believable
Are you a writer or aspiring writer looking to improve your skills? Do you want to learn some tricks of the trade when it comes to creating enjoyable magic systems for your stories? If so, Maxwell Alexander Drake will break these topics down into easily understandable bits you can use to improve your craft. Maxwell Alexander Drake is an award-winning science fiction/fantasy author, graphic novelist, and playwright.

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

2:30pm

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

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

2:30pm

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

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

3:00pm

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

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

3:00pm

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

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

4:00pm

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

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

4:00pm

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

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

4:00pm

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

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