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Thursday, July 20


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

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


Discover the Impact of the Web on Mainstream Comics
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 13, 06:08PM
Thanks to publishers like the BOOM! Box imprint of BOOM! Studios, Fantagraphics, First Second, Top Shelf, Oni Press, and others, some creators who got their start making webcomics have been able to cross over and work on mainstream print titles, whether their own or licensed. Meet some of the folks who have made that transition, and listen to their stories about how you can make the jump, too! Featuring John Allison (Scary Go Round), Phillip Kennedy Johnson (The Lost Boys of the U-Boat Bremen), Meredith McClaren (Hinges), and Molly Ostertag (Strong Female Protagonist). Moderated by Kim Horcher (host, creator, Nerd Alert).

Thursday July 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 28DE


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

Thursday July 20, 2017 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Hall H
Friday, July 21


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


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


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

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


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

Friday July 21, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 25ABC
Saturday, July 22


Women Below the Line
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 11, 04:18PM
Sheyne Fleischer (assistant editor, reality TV), Alicia Minette (production designer, propmaster/fabricator/blacksmith, ABC Digital), Sabrina Wichner (miniature VFX artist, Interstellar, Pee-wee's Big Holiday), Rachel Noel (narrative designer, Armored Warfare, Pathfinder Adventures), Aiden Vitti (costume department, Twin Peaks, Ghostbusters), and Meredith Placko (entertainment reporter, What the Flick?!, Comicbook.com) explore roles of women in the entertainment industry. They will discuss their careers and experiences working in their various fields, focusing on success stories and how to follow your dreams in the industry while exploring gender roles in the creative professions. Bring your questions! Moderated by Claire Hummel (art director, Campo Santo) and Glenn Freund (League of S.T.E.A.M.).

Saturday July 22, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 28DE


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

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


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

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


Danger & Eggs
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 11, 10:38PM
Danger & Eggs, a new Amazon Original for kids, follows the endless adventures of a fearless, teal-haired girl named D.D. Danger (Aidy Bryant) and her ever-cautious best friend, a giant talking egg named Phillip (Eric Knobel). D.D. is always chasing her next big thrill, and luckily for her, Phillip is always there by her side with jerry-rigged safety mechanisms to make her thrill-seeking dreams come true. Join moderator Chris Hardwick (Talking Dead, @midnight) as he talks with the show's voice talent Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live) and Eric Knobel (Huge Theater), along with guest voice talent Charlyne Yi (Knocked Up), Jasika Nicole (Fringe), Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), and the show's creators Shadi Petosky (Yo Gabba Gabba!, MAD) and Mike Owens (Yo Gabba Gabba!, Animaniacs), for a screening of an episode of Danger & Eggs and an audience Q&A. Danger & Eggs is available to stream now on Amazon Prime Video.

Sunday July 23, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 24ABC


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

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