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Thursday, July 20
 

10:00am

Real World Retellings
Fiction is fantastic, but sometimes we are reminded that while the truth may not be stranger than fiction, it can at least be as compelling. Panelists will discuss significant people and incidents from our own reality-Dungeons & Dragons creator Gary Gygax, the origins of Tetris, vampire slayers, the dude on the $10, and fangirls. Graeme McMillan of The Hollywood Reporter will lead the discussion with Koren Shadmi (Rise of the Dungeon Master), Box Brown (Tetris), Jonathan Hennessey (Alexander Hamilton), and Sam Maggs (The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy).

Thursday July 20, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29AB

10:00am

DC Icons: Blockbuster YA Authors Meet Iconic DC Superheroes
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 17, 03:23AM
Bestselling authors of some of today's most popular YA novels- Leigh Bardugo (Wonder Woman: Warbringer), Marie Lu (Batman: Nightwalker), and Matt de la Peña (the forthcoming Superman novel) discuss reimagining these heroes in their YA novels for the DC Icons series. Hear them talk about their individual adaptations of the famous comic characters and writing in the DC universe with moderator Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy).

Thursday July 20, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 23ABC

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

How To Get News Coverage
Small press publishers: What makes the difference between an item that will get news coverage, previews, and interviews and one that won't? A lot of publishers have no idea what to submit to the press, how to submit it, and why they are being overlooked for coverage. Comics journalist Rik Offenberger (First Comics News, Archie Comics) moderates this panel on just what it takes to get coverage, with the comic journalists themselves telling you what they are looking for in submissions. They include Alex Raymond (Hollywood Gone Geek), Francis Sky (First Comics News, Massacre Twins), Glenn Hauman (ComicMix), Heidi MacDonald (The Beat), J. C. Vaughn (Gemstone Publishing), Jez Ibelle (First Comics News), Josh Waldrop (Red Gorilla), Rob Salkowitz (ICv2, Forbes), and Tanya Tate (First Comics News, JustaLottaTanya.com).Also, independent comics creators Ed Catto (Captain Action, Bonfire Agency) and Holly Golightly (BroadSword Comics), explain what worked for them and what to avoid when looking for press coverage.

Thursday July 20, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 8

11:00am

Wonderstruck: From Page to Screen with Brian Selznick
Explore the power of storytelling with Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the basis for the Academy award winning film Hugo directed by Martin Scorsese). Brian will take you behind the scenes of the new film adaptation of his book Wonderstruck. Directed by Academy Award nominee Todd Haynes and featuring Academy Award winner Julianne Moore, the film will be released in theaters this Fall.

Thursday July 20, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 5AB

11:30am

Spotlight on Gail Simone
Fan-favorite writer Gail Simone (Batgirl, Deadpool, Wonder Woman) presents an intimate and no-holds-barred discussion about her journey in comics from fan to award-winning author. Surprise guests and a lively Q&A will cover her career from Women in Refrigerators to her new Image title, Crosswind !

Thursday July 20, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 8

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

Embracing the Romantic!
Action, adventure, and conflict all contribute to stories-but these panelists are focused on the sometimes maligned (but incredibly integral to so many stories) aspect of romantic relationships. Rebecca Zanetti (Lethal Lies), Anna Todd (The Spring Girls), Christina Lauren (Dating You/Hating You), Jessica Cluess (A Poison Dark and Drowning), and Stephanie Perkins (There's Someone Inside Your House) celebrate the genre with Carrie Sessarego (Smart Bitches, Trashy Books).

Thursday July 20, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

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

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

3:00pm

It's a Funny Story . . . Writing Humor
Everyone's heard the saying, "Dying is easy-it's comedy that's hard." The panelists discuss the challenges of creating humor that reaches an audience and how it can be used to temper serious tomes. Brendan Reichs (Nemesis) guides the conversation with Brandon Snider (What Would Captain Picard Do?), Fred Van Lente (Ten Dead Comedians), Liz Climo (You Don't Want a Unicorn), Gini Koch (The Alien Series), and Gabe Hudson (Gork, the Teenage Dragon).

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

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

3:30pm

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

4:30pm

Because You Love to Hate Me
Villains rule in Because You Love to Hate Me, a new YA anthology in which 13 of the most influential booktubers on YouTube join forces with 13 bestselling and acclaimed authors to give these mysterious, oft-misunderstood individuals a chance to tell their stories their way. YouTube stars Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia), Ameriie (Books Beauty Ameriie), Jesse George (jessethereader), and Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS) join authors Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles) and Cindy Pon (Want) to discuss their favorite villains-and whether they might just be misunderstood.

Thursday July 20, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

4:30pm

R. L. Stine, Creator of Goosebumps
Beware: You're in for a scare! R. L. Stine, author of the bestselling children's book series Goosebumps, is at Comic-Con for the first time. Come meet the man who has given you 25 years of fears. Moderated by Marc Snetiker, staff writer, Entertainment Weekly.

Thursday July 20, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 6DE

5:00pm

The Secrets of Immersive Worlds
The best comics lure you into their worlds with magic, myth, minutiae, and more. It can be the smallest detail that changes you from a reader to an active participant in the story. Vince Hernandez (Aspen Comics) trades worldbuilding secrets with master storytellers Marjorie Liu (Monstress), Roxane Gay (Black Panther: World of Wakanda), Dustin Nguyen (Descender), Liz Suburbia (Sacred Heart), and Marguerite Bennett (InSeXts).

Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 9

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

The Scoop at Simon & Schuster
Lauren Hoffman (marketing), Chrissy Noh (marketing), Jodie Hockensmith (publicity), Keri Horan (marketing), and Liesa Abrams (marketing) give a sneak peek at the hottest books and properties coming from Simon & Schuster in 2017, including books by some of your fan-favorite authors. The discussion will be moderated by Jon Anderson (executive vice president, publisher), and attendees will take home exclusive prizes and swag.

Thursday July 20, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 4

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
 
Friday, July 21
 

10:00am

Biographical and Autobiographical Comics
Charles Hatfield (comics professor, CSU Northridge) leads a spirited conversation about the spaces between fiction and nonfiction with cartoonists who have worked in fictionalized memoir (Mimi Pond, The Customer Is Always Wrong), fictionalized biography (Sonny Liew, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye), biography (Box Brown, Andre the Giant), and memoir (Sarah Glidden, Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq).

Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 28DE

10:00am

Geeking Out on Secret Loves: When Personal Tales Fill the Page
The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is the newest anthology from editor Hope Nicholson about love, sex, and dating, with stories from cartoonists and professional geeks who tell their intimate, heartbreaking, and inspiring stories. Join Dark Horse creators of all genders, orientations, and cultural backgrounds for a discussion on the modern idea of love: J. P. Larocque (Gay Nerds), Amy Chu (Red Sonja), Cecil Castellucci (Soupy Leaves Home), Vita Ayala (Our Work Fills the Pews), and moderator Dustin Nelson (social media coordinator at Dark Horse).

Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 25ABC

10:00am

Hero Worship: Capes, Conflicts, and the Creative Process
Peek inside the craniums of worldbuilding artists Frank Miller (300, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) and Tony DiTerlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles, Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight) as they participate in a lively conversation moderated by Borys Kit (senior film writer, The Hollywood Reporter) about the heroes and anti-heroes that inhabit their works, their creative and artistic heroes, the responsibility they feel to inspire a new generation of artists, and their upcoming career retrospectives at the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 6DE

10:00am

Resist! Rebellion in Epic Fantasy
Dark conspiracies, forbidden knowledge, secret magic, unknown continents, and rebellious heirs populate these panelists' fantastic worlds, but where do they get the inspiration for these thorny conundrums? Charlie N. Holmberg (The Paper Magician), Robin Hobb (The Fitz and the Fool trilogy), Christopher Paolini (The Official Eragon Coloring Book), James A. Owen (Starchild, Dawn of the Dragons), Erika Lewis (Game of Shadows), and Michael Johnston (Soleri) discuss building fantasy worlds with backstabbing, shadowy plots, shocking secrets, and surprise inheritances with Petra Mayer of NPR.

Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 32AB

10:00am

Spotlight on Marjorie Liu
Engage in a wide-ranging conversation on publishing, race, and gender with Marjorie Liu, the New York Times bestselling and Eisner-nominated author of Monstress, Han Solo, X-23, and many other titles.

Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29AB

10:00am

Intro to TV Writing: From First Draft to Getting Staffed
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 14, 11:46PM
Moderator Spiro Skentzos (Arrow) and today's biggest TV writers, showrunners, and executives from your favorite genre shows including Keto Shimizu (Legends of Tomorrow), Ryan Condal (Colony), Terry Matalas (12 Monkeys), Sera Gamble (The Magicians), and Karen Horne (SVP, NBC.s Writers on the Verge Program) will discuss navigating the TV spec terrain including beginner's mistakes, what they look for in a writer, and what it takes for you to write a killer spec that will stand above the crowd. There will be a huge Q&A component, so bring your questions.

Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 4

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

11:00am

Diana's Sister Protagonists
How do fictional feminist narratives inform and inspire? The future is female, as reflected in the Women's March, a new Wonder Woman feature film, and a slew of bestselling authors writing empowering stories of women in charge. Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy) leads the conversation with Kiersten White (Now I Rise), Nnedi Okorafor (Akata Witch, Akata Warrior), Sarah Tarkoff (Sinless), Laurie Forest (The Black Witch), Gregory Scott Katsoulis (All Rights Reserved), and Dana Fredsti (The Spawn of Lilith).

Friday July 21, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 25ABC

11:00am

Writing About Comics: From Fan to Pro
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 14, 09:27PM
This annual panel about comics journalism will look at the how-tos: how to break in, how to act professionally, how to make money (against all odds), and whether or not writing about comics and pop culture is a stepping stone to making comics or accessing other professional gigs. Writing for fanzines/websites has traditionally been a path to working in the industry, and today there are more options than ever, but it's also harder to get noticed. Panelists will also look at how writing about comics has become a far more diverse field. Comics journalism isn't dead yet, and here's the proof! With Alexander Lu (Comics Beat), Alex Segura (Archie Comics), Rosie Knight (Women Write About Comics, Nerdist), and Jamie Broadnax (Black Girl Nerds).

Friday July 21, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 28DE

12:00pm

Artists Who Write: The Art and Craft of Comics
Whether it's a murder mystery, a superhero adventure, or a new take on history, creators put a lot of thought into the sequential art that drives stories told in comics. Join some of the industry's best writer/artists as they discuss turning an idea into a full-fledged story and how they continue to keep their writing fresh. Featuring Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer) and Adam Warren (Empowered).

Friday July 21, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 23ABC

12:00pm

Robin Hobb: Beyond the Pages
Robin Hobb (the Fitz and the Fool trilogy) will respond to five previously selected interview questions requested by readers, followed by Q&A time with the audience. Join Robin as her assistant, Office Kat (The Real World: London), moderates this panel.

Friday July 21, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 4

1:00pm

Drawing the Sword: Gabriel Rodríguez
Locke & Key artist/co-creator Gabriel Rodríguez is launching his first-ever fully creator-owned, written, and drawn series, Sword of Ages, this fall. Hear all about the new series, future Locke & Key plans in print and TV, Gabriel's decade-plus at IDW, and a special announcement or two. All that and a free Sword of Ages preview comic for all in attendance! Moderated by IDW CCO Chris Ryall.

Friday July 21, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 23ABC

1:30pm

Bungie's Destiny
Bungie—the creators of Halo and Destiny present an inside look at how game design, writing, acting, and cinematics all work in concert to tell the story of what happens when superheroes lose their powers and their home in Destiny 2. Panelists include Luke Smith (game director), Matt Ward (cinematic lead), Guillaume Colomb (narrative design lead), Gavin Irby (design lead), and Jason Harris (senior narrative lead). This panel is brought to you by Mattel and moderated by IGN.

Friday July 21, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 5AB

2:00pm

Five Worlds: Mark Siegel, Xanthe Bouma, Boya Sun, and Matt Rockefeller Unite
Series creator Mark Siegel and illustrators Xanthe Bouma, Boya Sun, and Matt Rockefeller discuss their collaboration on the newly launched graphic novel series Five Worlds. The lushly illustrated middle-grade series tells the sci-fi/fantasy adventure of a defiant young girl and the five worlds facing extinction unless five ancient and mysterious beacons are lit.

Friday July 21, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 29AB

2:00pm

International Association of Media Tie-In Writers: Scribe Awards
Jonathan Maberry (X-Files) hosts this year's Scribe Awards for excellence in tie-in writing, including honoring this year's Grandmaster Award Faust winner, Christie Golden (Star Wars: Dark Disciple). Join panelists Michael A. Black (The Executioner), Glenn Hauman (the Star Trek franchise), Nancy Holder (Ghostbusters), and Marv Wolfman (Suicide Squad) for a lively look at one of the most popular yet underappreciated branches of the writing trade.

Friday July 21, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 32AB

2:30pm

So You Want To Edit Comics?
You may know what writers and artist do, but do you know what it takes to edit comics? ComiXology Facebook Live crew Matt Kolowski and Tia Vasiliou host a panel including freelance editor Will Dennis (Scalped), Valiant editor-in-chief Warren Simons, BOOM! Studios editor Dafna Pleban (Mighy Morphin Power Rangers), IDW editor Joe Hughes, and DC Comics editor Molly Mahan (Doom Patrol) for a peek behind the curtain of comics creation.

Friday July 21, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 8

3:00pm

Maker of Worlds: The Art (and Writing) of World Building
The often talked about but rarely understood art of world building is unraveled in this panel. World building requires different skills than scripting and illustration; the world itself becomes a character and needs to be mapped out in ways that create clear structure and flexibility. Comics, prose, and video game writer Andy Schmidt (Comics Experience, Marvel) and comics artist and designer Reilly Brown (Marvel, Dark Horse) offer a presentation of a world built just for this panel and all the behind-the-scenes info they can pack into an hour.

Friday July 21, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 11

3:15pm

Building Worlds with Blizzard
Blizzard's Story and Franchise Development Department collaborates with the game teams to provide compelling experiences inside and outside the company's iconic games. Cinematics, in-game animation, books, comics, short stories, audio dramas, and sculptures serve to create an expanded universe that brings their dynamic characters to life in new and exciting ways. They will go behind the scenes with the artists who help build these worlds to discover how they enhance the greater narrative of Blizzard's franchises. Panelists include George Krstic (head of story), Robert Simpson (lead editor), Christie Golden (New York Times bestselling author), Dominic Qwek (senior sculptor), and Steven Chen (director of animation). Moderated by Cate Gary (senior editor).

Friday July 21, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Room 6BCF

3:30pm

Writers: Get Published! Get Greenlit! Get Working!
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 17, 06:44PM
Get answers to all of your questions about publishing and Hollywood in this frank and forthcoming panel with literary agent Holly Root (Root Literary agency), publicist Kristin Dwyer (Leo PR), editor Adam Wilson (Simon & Schuster, Gallery/Gallery 13), literary agent Jane Putch (Eyebait Management), Sean Berard (Agency for the Performing Arts), and moderator Nathan Bransford (author of How to Write a Novel). They will take your questions and discuss the wild world of publishing and screenwriting. No pitches, please.

Friday July 21, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 24ABC

4:00pm

Superstars in Children's Fiction
Meet children's book and graphic novel superstars as they discuss how they create the heroes, characters, and books that kids love from Goosebumps to Jedi Academy. Featuring Jarrett Krosoczka (Star Wars Jedi Academy), Lucas Turnbloom and Greg Grunberg (Dream Jumper), R. L. Stine (Goosebumps), Jennifer Holm and Matt Holm (Swing it, Sunny), and Molly Ostertag (The Witch Boy).

Friday July 21, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 23ABC

6:00pm

Narrative in Video Games
Flint Dille (Ingress, The Chronicles of Riddick), Cliff Bleszinski (LawBreakers, Gears of War), Ames Kirshen (vice president of production and creative, Batman Arkham Knight, Injustice 2), Brent Friedman (Halo 4, Tales from the Borderlands: A Telltale Games Series), Cameron Dayton (co-founder of Chair Entertainment and bestselling author of Etherwalker), and Rob Auten (Battlefield Hardline, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter) discuss the process of writing and implementing narratives in video games. The discussion and Q&A session will be moderated by John Nee (CEO of Cryptozoic Entertainment).

Friday July 21, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 25ABC

6:00pm

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

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

7:00pm

Villains: Creating the Perfect Antagonist
What makes a great monster or just plain psycho-antagonist? Creators divulge how they come up with fantastic villains and which characters can claim the best villain award. Why do some win our hearts while others creep us out? Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion), Brian Pinkerton (Abducted), Susan Spann (Betrayal at IGA), and Eric Kieron Davis (Star Citizen) will share their perspectives and creative processes, including what key ingredients they focus on when creating vicious characters.

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

7:00pm

Visual Storytelling and Comics Art Fundamentals
Take this crash course on how to create powerful, readable comic book art through understanding the basic fundamentals that make comic art different from illustration, painting, and storyboarding. Learn how to make a story flow, how to lead the eye, how to use the page to your advantage as a storyteller, what to plan for, and when to go big and when to go small. It's all covered by the experts from Comics Experience, Andy Schmidt (Marvel, IDW) with Reilly Brown (Deadpool) and Rickey Purdin (Marvel's talent manager).

Friday July 21, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 2

7:00pm

What's Up with Penguin!
Anne Sowards (executive editor, Ace/Roc), Rebecca Brewer (associate editor, Ace/Roc), and Erin Berger (Penguin Young Readers Group) give you the dish on forthcoming books from their authors and licensed properties, such as William Gibson, Marie Lu, Stephen Donaldson, Renee Ahdieh, Patricia Briggs, Stephane Perkins, Ilona Andrews, Traci Chee, Brendan Reichs, Rachel Caine, and many more. You can expect giveaways like finished books or advanced reading copies.

Friday July 21, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 23ABC

7:30pm

Alien Civilizations
Award-winning science fiction authors, a scientist/futurist, screenwriters, and actors talk about alien civilizations and how to design alien species, ships, and societies for use in storytelling. Featuring Gail Carriger (The Parasol Protectorate series, The Custard Protocol series), David Decio (Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2), Rebekah R. Ganiere (Fairelle series, president of Fantasy Futuristic and Paranormal RWA chapter), Mark O’Bannon (The Dream Crystal, Pirates of the Imperium), Jimmy Diggs (Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: DS9), David Brin (The Uplift War, Kiln People), and Charles Holloway (Alien Worlds, The End). Moderated by James Ganiere (chief editor, Fallen Angel Press; CEO, Rio Vista Universal).

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

7:30pm

If You Love Something, Make a Book of It
While many writers and artists incorporate their favorite pop culture characters, stories, and universes into their work, some have made the leap from ardent fan to published creator. Come hear the stories of authors and artists who have taken their fan obsessions and turned them into books that further inspire and entertain fans worldwide. Find out how their popular works came to be, what it’s like creating with pop culture icons, and how these works have opened new opportunities for them. Moderator April Whitney (Chronicle Books) talks with Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son, Star Wars: Jedi Academy), Tim Leong (Star Wars Super Graphic), Scott Koblish (Deadpool, The Many Deaths of Scott Koblish), Jenny Parks (Star Trek Cats), and Brandon Bird (Brandon Bird’s Astonishing World of Art).

Friday July 21, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 24ABC

7:30pm

Ray Bradbury and the World of Comics
Orty Ortwein of the Ray Bradbury Museum, Inc. will talk about Bradbury’s career in comics. Learn about the legendary writer’s life-long love of comics, from his boyhood in Waukegan, IL, to his adaptations in EC Comics, to his hand in starting the very first San Diego Comic-Con. Even die-hard fans of Bradbury will find out many little-known facts about the author.

Friday July 21, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 26AB

8:00pm

An Adventure in Digital Storytelling
With the ability to build massive interactive video game worlds and the rise of virtual reality technology, creators now have the ability to tell complex and immersive stories that can span hundreds or even thousands of hours. This group of panelists will discuss how creators can turn a story concept into a boundless world inhabited by countless threads of drama and adventure. Moderator Neo Edmund (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the Red Riding Alpha Huntress series) is joined by Andrew Robinson (senior writer at Blizzard Entertainment, Overwatch), James Waugh (VP development, LucasFilm), Micky Neilson (New York Times bestselling author, World of Warcraft: Ashbringer, The Howling), and Jonathan Callan (writer, Justice League Action; senior writer, Survios).

Friday July 21, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 11

8:00pm

John Carpenter's New Title: Tales of Science Fiction
Co-creator Sandy King Carpenter (They Live, Vampires), writer James Ninness (John Carpenter’s Tales for a Halloween Night, Dust), and letterer Janice Chiang (Conan the Barbarian, Transfomers) talk about the origin of the newest title from award-winning comic publisher Storm King Comics. Storm King is the first place to see new comic worlds from the mind of John Carpenter.

Friday July 21, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 28DE

8:00pm

Writing the Wrong
Hollywood experts will reveal their “what not to do” lists for writers and those interested in an entertainment career. Panelists include, Silvia Olivas (co-executive producer, Elena of Avalor), Deric A. Hughes (co-executive producer, MTV's Scream, The Flash), Carole Kirschner (director of WGA Showrunner Training Program), Rob Greenlea (director, The Flash, Supergirl), Kristi Shuton (manager, Disney ABC creative talent development and inclusion), and others. Exclusive “don’t” lists for network writing fellowship/program applicants will also be shared as well as advice on how you can advance diversity and social change with your scripts. Moderated by Ken Choy (Wide Lantern).

Friday July 21, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 32AB
 
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

10:00am

Inside the Writers' Room: From Script to Screen and Beyond
If writers' rooms were like superhero teams, then this lineup would be the Justice League and The Avengers, here to offer an all-star insider's look at your favorite TV series. The scribes behind some of today's hottest genre shows share their candid thoughts on how to write, re-write, and actually produce the series you love (and sometimes loathe) in a special supersized session moderated by Sony Pictures Television's executive senior VP of current programming and development, Chris Parnell. Find out the deep dark secrets (and low-calorie snacks) of the writers' room-and what happens after your script hits the stage, why editing is considered the final rewrite, and what the alphabet soup of SVOD and OTT mean for the future of the medium you love. The lineup this year includes Ryan Condal (Colony), Gabrielle Stanton (Time After Time, The Flash), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, The Middleman, Lost), Ashley E. Miller (Black Sails, Fringe, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Jose Molina (Agent Carter, The Tick, Firefly), Amy Berg (Counterpart, Da Vinci's Demons, Eureka), Dave Rogers (director, The Mindy Project, The Office), and Mark A. Altman (The Librarians, Castle, Agent X).

Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 24ABC

1:00pm

Living a Creative Lifestyle
First Second Books creative and editorial director Mark Siegel discusses how to incorporate creativity into your day-to-day life. How do you inspire yourself to write and draw stories? How do you inspire yourself to finish stories and to maintain a consistent work ethic throughout the process? And how do you do that in a way that is fun, healthy, and low stress? Siegel outlines a creative lifestyle based on his years of experience at First Second as well as being the creator of his own comics works.

Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 29AB

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

World Mythology in Contemporary Fantasy
Xenophobes beware. (And if you know what "xenophobes" means, please keep reading.) There are worlds of diverse gods, djinn, daemons, Ghabali, manticores, sylphs, yowies-and oh, yeah, Baba Yaga-to learn about. And you can find them all in the pages of books. Join Reneé Ahdieh (Flame in the Mist) in conversation with Ilona Andrews (Wildfire), Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone), Traci Chee (The Speaker), S. A. Chakraborty (The City of Brass), and Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina) to learn about the monsters that roam the Earth and how world mythology provides the building blocks of contemporary storytelling.

Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 9

2:00pm

Writing for Television, Film, and Comics with J. Michael Straczynski
After talent, the most important thing an up-and-coming writer needs is information on how to break into the writing profession as an art and a craft. Having written nearly 400 produced television episodes (with roughly half of that as producer), several hundred comics for DC, Marvel, and Image, and five big-budget movies that have grossed over a billion dollars around the world, J. Michael Straczynski (JMS) once again shares his knowledge with new writers to help them break in and improve their work. Note: This is not a lecture but rather uses a Q&A format, so come equipped with good questions.

Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 11

4:00pm

Women and Writers of Color Breaking Barriers
An eclectic panel of UCLA Extension instructors currently working in the entertainment industry discuss how they got where they are, what issues they continue to face, and what it will take before there is real change. Speakers include Laurence Walsh-Hodson (NCIS, The Dresden Files), Nancy Nigrosh (former agent of Kathryn Bigelow), Steve Harper (American Crime, Covert Affairs), Melinda Hill (Kickin' It, Adventure Time), Deborah Dean Davis (It Takes Two, Daddy Boot Camp), Cynthia Hsiung (Young Hercules, The Real World), Eunetta T. Boone (One on One, The Hughleys), Cynthia Riddle (Puppy Love, The Brittany Murphy Story) and moderator Kim Adelman (independent film producer).

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

4:00pm

Midnight, Texas Series Premiere
Universal Television presents NBC's new supernatural thriller Midnight, Texas ! Welcome to a place where being normal is strange and only outsiders fit in. Based on the bestselling book series by Charlaine Harris (author of the novels that inspired True Blood), comes a journey into a remote Texas town where nothing is what it seems. Home to a vampire, a witch, an angel and a hitwoman, Midnight is a mysterious safe haven for those who are different-a perfect place for anyone looking to hide from the outside world. That is, until the arrival of a powerful psychic and the murder of one of their own. As the town members fight off outside pressures from ever-suspicious cops, deadly biker gangs, and their own dangerous pasts, they band together and form an unlikely but strong family. Join your fellow "Midnighters" for a special screening of the premiere episode along with an exclusive sneak peek and a Q&A session with the cast and producers: François Arnaud (The Borgias), Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black), Parisa Fitz-Henley (Luke Cage), Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries), Jason Lewis (Sex and the City), Peter Mensah (True Blood), Sarah Ramos (Parenthood), Yul Vazquez, (Bloodline), executive producers Monica Owusu-Breen (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and David Janollari (Six Feet Under), and author Charlaine Harris.

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Room 6BCF

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

From Comics to Virtual Reality with American Gothic Press
A good story should work in any medium, and comics can make a great starting point for other forms of entertainment-television, film, and more recently, virtual reality gaming. Join American Gothic Press publisher Philip Kim, editor-in-chief Holly Interlandi, and top creators for a discussion on how to best adapt your panels to this rapidly developing art form.

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

10:00am

Spotlight on Gail Carriger
Come meet New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger and ask her all your questions on writing, Steampunk, the publication process, film options, tea, and so much more.

Sunday July 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 4

10:00am

Spotlight on Tom King
Tom King and Constance Eza (moderator) discuss the everyday tasks of writing a biweekly comic book like Batman compared to a more under-the-radar project like Vision .

Sunday July 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 24ABC

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

Comics, Beyond the Wall
Eisner Award winners/Brazilian wonder twins Gabriel Bá (Daytripper, Two Brothers) and Fábio Moon (Daytripper, How to Talk to Girls at Parties) talk about the things readers can learn with a wide variety of foreign comics and how everything can be mixed together to end up with something unique and outstanding. They invite you to a session that will bring down the walls that kept you from discovering new and awesome stories.

Sunday July 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 29AB

11:00am

Monsters, Mayhem, Magic, and Machines for the Next Generation
Classics like Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Harry Potter, E.T., and Ghostbusters continue to find fans year after year in their original and updated iterations. Author panelists explore more tales to entice readers of every age-from fantastical stories of colliding worlds to horrifying tomes of haunted houses and beyond-and discuss how the creators were influenced by the classics. With Armand Baltazar (Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic), Madeleine Roux (House of Furies), Marie Lu (Warcross), Marissa Meyer (Renegades), Amanda Foody (Daughter of the Burning City), and Christina Henry (Lost Boy), led by Cecil Castellucci (Shade the Changing Girl).

Sunday July 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 28DE

11:00am

Spotlight on Bruce Timm
Emmy Award-winning animator/producer/director (and Comic-Con 2017 special guest) Bruce Timm talks about his career in animation, including the 25th anniversary of the ground-breaking Batman: The Animated Series, his latest project, Batman and Harley Quinn (which had its world premiere at Comic-Con on Friday night), and his comics work. Questions and answer session, too!

Sunday July 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 7AB

11:15am

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

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

11:30am

A Conversation About Inclusivity and Diversity in Comics and the Comics Market
Hear a diverse mix of creators and booksellers discuss diverse characters in comics, finding and audience for them, and the impact that the push for inclusiveness has had on the comics both creatively and financially.

Sunday July 23, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 8

12:00pm

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

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

12:00pm

Spotlight on Shannon Hale and Dean Hale
Celebrate the incredible work of the bestselling and award-winning husband and wife team of Shannon Hale and Dean Hale. Shannon has written for kids and adults including the acclaimed graphic novel memoir Real Friends, the Newbery Honor recipient Princess Academy, and Austenland, which was made into a major motion picture. Together, the Hales have co-authored the bestselling Princess in Black chapter book series, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl middle-grade novel, the Eisner-nominated Rapunzel's Revenge graphic novel and its companion, Calamity Jack, and the upcoming middle-grade novel Monster High/Ever After High: The Legend of Shadow High.

Sunday July 23, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 4

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

12:30pm

Fantasy Novels
Learn about writing fantasy novels, publishing, and book-to-movie adaptations from New York Times bestselling authors Gail Carriger (The Parasol Protectorate), Robin Hobb (Assassin's Apprentice), Seanan McGuire (October Daye), and Mary Pearson (The Remnant Chronicles). Moderated by Henry Herz (Cap'n Rex & His Clever Crew).

Sunday July 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 8

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

Women of Marvel
From Ms. Marvel to the A-Force, from Twitter to tumblr, the subject of women in comics has been one of the most talked-about in comics recently. Join the conversation as women from multiple disciplines in the creative process at Marvel discuss what it's like working as a woman in comics today and what it means for the future of the industry. Panelists include content development director Sana Amanat, producer Judy Stephens, and more special guests to be announced.

Sunday July 23, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 6DE

1:00pm

Minecraft Books
Bestselling author Max Brooks (World War Z) and editor Sarah Peed (Del Rey Books) discuss Minecraft's first official novel, Minecraft: The Island, along with other official Minecraft books.

Sunday July 23, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 7AB

1:00pm

Spotlight on Sarah Glidden
Sarah Glidden is the bestselling author of 2016's Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq, an inquiry into journalism and the legacy of the Iraq War that offers a portrait of the humanitarian crises in the region. In 2010, she published the acclaimed graphic memoir How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less . Rob Salkowitz (Forbes; University of Washington communications department) leads a wide-ranging conversation with Glidden.

Sunday July 23, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 4

1:00pm

What's Hot in Young Adult Fiction!
Strong protagonists, engrossing romance, humor, action, and deeper questions of identity-that's what's hot! Join in for this popular annual Q&A session and chat about the newest titles and trends in YA fiction. Moderated by Nathan Bransford (How To Write a Novel) and featuring Jennifer Armentrout (The Problem with Forever), S. Jae-Jones (Wintersong), Lish McBride (Pyromantic), Brendan Reichs (Nemesis), Beth Revis (Star Wars: Rebel Rising), Megan Whalen Turner (Thick as Thieves), Kiersten White (And I Darken), and Nicola Yoon (Everything, Everything).

Sunday July 23, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 29AB

1:30pm

Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 10, 08:27PM
Jack Bender (EP/director, Lost, Under the Dome), Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful), Kelly Lynch (The L Word), Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men, The Practice), Jharrel Jerome (Moonlight), and Breeda Wool (UnREAL) discuss their new original series on AT&T Audience Network based on the bestselling Stephen King novel, which follows a demented killer who taunts a retired police detective and the crusade to bring the killer to justice before he is able to strike again.

Sunday July 23, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 8

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

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

3:45pm

Alien-Predator Extended Universe: The Stories Continue
Editors/authors Jonathan Maberry (Joe Ledger, Aliens: Bug Hunt) and Bryan Thomas Schmidt (Predator: If It Bleeds, The X-Files: Secret Agenda' s "Border Time") discuss the expanded universe literature past, present, and future, including their anthologies Aliens: Bug Hunt and Predator: If It Bleeds, with author contributors and New York Times bestsellers Alan Dean Foster, Scott Sigler, and Seanan McGuire. Moderated by Steve Saffel (Titan Books).

Sunday July 23, 2017 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Room 5AB

4:00pm

How Cartoons Inspire the Next Generation Z Kids
Dr. Zhivago (cartoonist/author) and local student leaders from Arroyo Vista Charter School Alyssa Toledo, Arman Uppal, and Vanessa Zavala discuss how cartoons inspire kids today and how they transform hand-drawn creations to unique digital vector designs. A short workshop of Dr. Zhivago's cartoons will follow the presentation.

Sunday July 23, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 11

4:00pm

Moving Beyond the 'Strong Female Character'
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 13, 09:14PM
One-dimensionality is so late-’90s; fans need well-written, fully-developed women in their media. Join Sam Maggs (Wonder Women), Amy S. Foster (The Rift: Uprising), Bree Turner (Grimm), Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die), Jody Houser (Faith), Jen Bartel (Jem and the Holograms), Alicia Lutes (Nerdist), and Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Red Sonja) as they chat about their favorite lady characters, what could be improved, and how creators can make those changes.

Sunday July 23, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 32AB