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Thursday, July 20


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


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


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


International Creator Slam: Europe Versus USA
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 14, 06:11PM
Believe it or not, there's more than one way to make a great comic! Come see American and European creators discuss differences and similarities in creating comics on the two sides of the Atlantic with Nick Abadzis (Laika, US/UK), José Luis Munuera (Les Campbell, Spain/France), and Ted Naifeh (Night's Dominion, USA). Free European comics tote bags and goodies for all attendees.

Thursday July 20, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 32AB
Friday, July 21


Building a Geek Brand (and Getting Paid To Do It!)
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 14, 06:17PM
Do you have a big idea that could change the pop culture world but don't know what to do next? Feeling stagnant in your brand and want to turn it into a career? Started your business but struggling to take it to the next level? Industry pros will share some of their trade secrets to taking a big idea and turning it into a rewarding professional career that shapes culture. Tony B Kim (Hero Within, Crazy 4 Comic Con) hosts panelists Chris Gore (Gemr, Film Threat, G4), Steve Aurajo (Nerd Fu), and Ani-Mia (professional cosplayer).

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


The Lazarus Pit Gets Real
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 18, 07:21PM
The Marvel and DC (and other) universes universally feature age-inhibiting "renewal elixirs" in their storylines. Nick Fury, Black Canary, and Batman are among the scores of characters who have reversed or delayed the aging process. Thanks to rejuvenation biotechnologies being developed by people like Eros Lazzerini Denchi (Scripps Reserch Institute), Michael Petrascheck (Scripps Research Institute), and physician Joon Yun (president of Palo Alto Investors), the Lazarus Pit, Vigoral, Super-Soldier Serum, Extremis serum, Infinity Formula, and Pym Particles are now no longer fantasy concepts. Remarkable progress has been made in extending the life spans of animals and, soon, humans. This panel will cover the latest in anti-aging and cognitive enhancements.

Friday July 21, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 28DE


Masters of Visual Storytelling: European and US Creators Discuss
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 14, 06:33PM
Whether you're putting out a serial comic book or a one-shot graphic novel, it's essential to captivate readers from the start--and make them hold their breath till the end. But just how do you do that? Two legendary creators, Walter Simonson and Jean Dufaux, an American and a European, give insight into the art of writing for comics and how these techniques may differ in Europe and the USA. Moderated by Calvin Reid (Publishers Weekly). Free European comics tote bags and goodies for all atendees.

Friday July 21, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 29AB
Saturday, July 22


Rising Stars in Tech: Drivers of Innovation and Entertainment
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 21, 04:00AM
This panel spotlights contributors from the worlds of virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, sustainable tech, and robotics. We are excited to welcome Survios, Bandai/Namco, Mira Labs, Einstein and Hanson Robotics, Hyperloop Global and Fulldome Pro as guests on a panel moderated by the ESA Foundation's Anastasia Staten, hosted by VR Con as part of the Futurism and Tech Pavilion. For further information on how to attend this panel, please read more about the Horton Grand Theatre.

Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre
Sunday, July 23


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


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


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


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


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


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