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SDCC 2014: ALL the Thursday Programming

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From Betty White to Scott McCloud. I counted 216 programs here. And they’ve expanded to the Marriott and….the Horton Grand Theater. Make sure to grab a toasted cheese sandwich while you’re there.

Most of the big movie announcements are still on ice, but some amazing comics folks, including McCloud, Gene Luen Yang, Eleanor Davis, a spotlight on Bill Finger and MORE MORE MORE. Can you feel the feels?
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6:00pm –  10:00pm

Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings Ballroom 20

Comic-Con International and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue their annual Preview Night tradition, with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of three of the most highly anticipated series of the 2014-15 television season — The Flash, Constantine, and iZombie — as well as a brand new episode of Teen Titans Go!

 

The Flash – From the Arrow creative team of executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and director David Nutter, The Flash is a fast-paced superhero drama that follows the high-speed adventures of the Fastest Man Alive. Written by Berlanti, Kreisberg, and DC Entertainment’s chief creative officer Geoff Johns, the action drama follows Central City Police scientist Barry Allen, an everyday guy with the heart of a hero and the genuine desire to help others. Standing still emotionally since the day his mother was murdered (and his father unjustly jailed for the crime), Barry was taken in as a child by the investigating Detective West and raised in a cop’s home alongside West’s super-smart daughter (and Barry’s dream girl), Iris. But when an unexpected and devastating accident at the S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator facility strikes Barry, he finds himself suddenly charged with the incredible power to move at super speeds. While Barry has always been a hero in his soul, his newfound powers have finally given him the ability to act like one. With a winning personality and a smile on his face, Barry Allen-aka The Flash-is finally moving forward in life…very, very fast! The series stars Grant Gustin (Arrow), Candice Patton (The Game), Rick Cosnett (The Vampire Diaries), Danielle Panabaker (Necessary Roughness ), Carolos Valdes (on Broadway: Once), along with Tom Cavanagh (Ed) and Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order). From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, The Flash premieres this fall Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW.

 

Constantine – John Constantine is a man waging war against the forces of darkness-from both within himself and the outside world. An irreverent, working-class con man and occult expert, he’s an experienced exorcist and demonologist with an extensive list of supernatural contacts, each with their own paranormal talents and abilities. Following the aftermath of a tragic incident, Constantine has voluntarily checked himself into an asylum and sworn off investigating matters of the supernatural, but when a cryptic message calls him out to reluctantly resume his old life, he finds himself saving the life of a young woman whom he’s never met but to whom he is connected to in a very important way. With dark forces gathering power in the world, Constantine allies himself with Manny, a rogue warrior angel, and Chas, his giant childhood protector-and the only friend who’s managed to stay alive. Based on characters published by DC Entertainment, Constantine reflects the lore of the fan-favorite comic, combining noirish storytelling with the evolving …

 

 

JULY 24 • THURSDAY

 

10:00am –  11:00am

 

#FreeBabylon5: A Fan Campaign Room 29A

Jan Schroeder (freebabylon5.com) and Jon Del Arroz (flyingsparkscomic.com) discuss a growing fan campaign that sprang up after J. Michael Straczynski tweeted the hashtag #FreeBabylon5 and urged fans to “get organized and loud” if Babylon 5 fandom is to grow. See what has been accomplished so far and help brainstorm what can be done in the future to promote this seminal science fiction show and bring it to new viewers.

 

10:00am –  11:00am

 

24 Ballroom 20

Jack is back at Comic-Con, damn it! Kiefer Sutherland takes the stage to celebrate 24’s most iconic moments and highlights of Jack Bauer’s triumphant return in 24: Live Another Day. Catch the exclusive sneak peek at highly anticipated Blu-ray and DVD featurette, Worlds Collide, illustrating how the pulse-pounding storytelling was created for this thrilling new season. Screening and discussion moderated by executive producer Jon Cassar to be followed by Q&A.

10:00am –  11:00am

Comic-Con How-To: Don’t Tell Your Story, Show It! Room 2

Ever wonder how the really good books suck readers in and hold their attention page after page? It’s not the characters, nor the plot of the book. It is the way in which the author writes that separates his or her story from the pack. Award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake will use current examples to help you gain insight into how to put your story together in a compelling way that will keep your readers turning the pages to see what happens next.

10:00am –  11:00am

DC Collectibles Room 9

Action figures, statues, busts, PVC figures…DC Collectibles has them all-and more! The DC Collectibles crew-including DVP for creative services Kevin Kiniry, director for creative services Jim Fletcher, artists Greg Capullo (Batman) and Dustin Nguyen (Batman: Li’l Gotham), and sculptor Jon Matthews-tell how they come up with so many great products, and what’s coming up from comics’ top makers of awesome collectibles!

10:00am –  11:00am

God Is Disappointed in You with Shannon Wheeler & Mark Russell Room 32AB

God Is Disappointed in You, published by Top Shelf, is the tongue-in-cheek “condensed” version of the Bible you never knew you needed-hilariously modern, but surprisingly authentic-with illustrations and gags by New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man). Wheeler and writer Mark Russell join together for an hour of unforgettable irreverence, including Q&A, audience sketches, and the hilarious-yet-accurate “ten-minute Bible.” Plus: a taste of the new audiobook, read by Dr. Venture himself, James Urbaniak (The Venture Bros.)!

 

10:00am –  11:00am

Graphic Novel Programming at Your Library Room 23ABC

“I just don’t know what to do!” say many librarians and other educators who don’t have graphic novel/comic book-themed programs. Greg Evans (Luann), Joe Field (Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff), and Hillary W. Chang (McCully-Moiliili Public Library) discuss the process to accomplish such programs as an artist speaking tour, Free Comic Book Day, and even a Library Con.

 

10:00am –  11:00am

Marvel: Breaking into Comics the Marvel Way Room 7AB

Have a passion for the inner workings of the comics industry? Curious about breaking into the field as a writer or artist? Marvel professionals from every corner of the business give insider tips, advice, and first-hand accounts of what it takes to start a career in comics today. Panelists include editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, talent scout C. B. Cebulski, and a slew of Marvel talent!

 

10:00am –  11:00am

My Adventures in Storytelling Room 28DE

Brian Stelfreeze (Batman Black-and-White, Wednesday’s Comics, Day Men) talks about his career as a comics illustrator and shares what he’s learned along the way. Welcome to this lively discussion and Q&A moderated by his good friend Doug Wagner (Gun Candy, I.C.E.).

 

10:00am –  11:00am

The Witcher Room 6A

A franchise spanning literature, comics, film & television, board games, and widely popular video games, The Witcher has touched millions with its engaging characters and exciting adventures. A diverse panel of experts discuss the many aspects of this renowned universe. Be the first to see new Dark Horse publications, see the first-ever live consumer demo of the upcoming The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video game, and get a chance to meet the team behind Wild Hunt. Panelists include actors Doug Cockle (Geralt of Rivia, The Witcher franchise), Dark Horse Comics author Paul Tobin (The Witcher House of Glass), Nick McWhorter, CD PROJEKT RED’s game developers Damien Monnier and Lukasz Wnek (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt), and Rafal Jaki. Moderated by SpikeTV’s Geoff Keighley.

 

10:00am –  11:00am

Wonderbook: Writers on Creativity and Inspiration Room 25ABC

Jeff VanderMeer (award-winning author of Wonderbook) and Lev Grossman (novelist and journalist for TIME magazine, as well as contributor to Wonderbook), Charles Yu (novelist and contributor to Wonderbook), and Anina Bennett and Paul Guinan (authors of the science fiction comic Heartbreakers, as well as the books Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel) partake in a discussion led by Ann VanderMeer about the creative process and “sense of wonder” that is key to the writing process, in the context of the participants’ current works as well as the innovative visuals in the Hugo Award-nominated Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction.

 

10:00am –  11:00am

Comic-Con Film School 101: Preproduction and Screenwriting Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina

Comic-Con Film School is back for another four-day, nuts-and-bolts class on how to make a movie for very little money using available video technology and desktop postproduction software. Whether you’re shooting your first Zelda fan film or that story about the leather-clad girl who hunts gargoyles, this course will take you from script to final product so that you too can enter your own movie into the CCI-IFF. This first class covers the specifics of preproduction on the cheap, including screenwriting, scheduling, location scouting, crewing-up, and getting equipment for nothing. Panelists for the class include Valerie Perez (producer/star of the Paula Peril series), Jack Conway (producer of Machinima ETC), Vera Vanguard (producer of The Building of Good and Evil), Nick Murphy (writer/director of Pizza and Bullets), Josh Perilo (writer of Wedlock), and Sean Rourke (writer of Ballistica).

 

10:00am –  11:30am

Shonen Jump: Naruto Room 8

Naruto is one of the world’s most popular manga series, with over 60 bestselling volumes published. Get all the latest news on the Naruto manga, anime, video games, and more at this super-sized panel, featuring guests from VIZ Media, Bandai Namco games, and a special guest you’ll have to see to believe!

 

10:15am –  11:15am

Mattel and WWE: Over-the-Top-Action! Room 6DE

Two of the world’s top entertainment companies have teamed up for the ultimate panel at SDCC. WWE Superstars and Mattel designers will talk about the all-new WWE Network and give exclusive sneak peeks of Mattel’s upcoming WWE figure releases! Incredible guest appearances by Hulk Hogan, Daniel Bryan, Michael Cole, Paul Heyman, and you never know what else will be unveiled. This is a panel you won’t want to miss, brother!

 

10:30am –  11:30am

Behind the Music: Crime, Death and Resurrection Room 4

Murder, mayhem, mystery and more are all at the center of crime, death and resurrection, a Behind the Music panel featuring composers that create the music to some of your favorite television shows and movies! Nathan Barr (True Blood, Hemlock Grove, The Americans), James Levine (American Horror Story), Jeff Russo (Fargo), Trevor Morris (Dracula, Reign), Daniel Licht (Dexter), Brian Reitzell (Hannibal, 30 Days of Night), Sean Callery (24, Bones, Elementary) Steve Jablonsky (Transformers, The Last Ship, Ender’s Game), Christopher Young (Deliver Us From Evil, Dominion, SpiderMan 3) as they share their secrets for getting us to the edge of our seats as blood spills on screen. Special guest moderator to be announced soon! share their secrets for getting us to the edge of our seats as blood spills on screen. With exclusive giveaways for fans!

 

10:30am –  11:30am

Legends of TV Land Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Get up close and personal with icons of television! Superstar Betty White (The Golden Girls, Hot in Cleveland) and other TV celebs will answer questions about their work and making history on television. Plus, get a special sneak peek at the animated episode of TV Land’s original sitcom Hot in Cleveland, airing July 30th.

 

10:30am –  11:30am

Taming the Web: The Nuts and Bolts of Web Series Creation Room 24ABC

Career at a dead-end? Not sure how to make your talents known? Our panelists are veteran Web series producers, directors, and stars who’ve figured out how to successfully launch their own online series and parlay them into moneymaking ventures. They’re dolling out tips on producing, content creation, crowdsourcing funds and luring advertisers, marketing and branding and—when TV comes calling—negotiating the transition so you retain ownership. Panelists include producer/director/actor Satu Runa (Queen Gorya), producer/actor/crowdfunding queen Leah Cevoli (FanBacked), producer/director/writer/actor Freddie Wong (Video Game High School), master weaponsmaker Tony Swatton (Man At Arms), and YouTube programming strategist Nathan Kitada. Moderated by Fast Company’s Susan Karlin.

 

10:30am –  11:30am

The Legacy and Return of Battlestar Galactica Room 6BCF

Richard Hatch (Tom Zarek, Captain Apollo), Jamie Bamber (Lee Adama), and Dr. Kevin Grazier (science consultant for Falling Skies, Battlestar Galactica, Eureka) host a discussion and Q&A on the upcoming Battlestar Galactica movie and where fans would like to see the story and characters go. Panelists include Luciana Carro (Battlestar Galactica, Falling Skies) and producer Alec Peters (Propworks, Battlestar Galactica auction, Axanar), plus surprise guests and theatrical trailers.

 

10:30am –  12:00pm

Comic Book Law School 101: The Beginning Is the Most Important Part Room 30CDE

Ideas, characters, plots, designs, stories, paintings, photos, titles, names, logos, brands-it’s enough to drive one crazy if you don’t know your copyright from your trademark from your trade secret. But never fear-help is only a 90-minute program away. Noted IP attorney Michael Lovitz, author of The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, offers the first of three fun and informative programs, which taken together are designed to provide you with a basic foundation in intellectual property law and related areas, including securing and enforcing your rights, contracts and licensing, fair use, parody, social media and much more. This first installment focuses on “The Basics” in an effort to provide a foundation for understanding the different intellectual property rights available to creators and business owners and teach ways to protect those rights, focusing on how best to safeguard ideas, inventions, works of authorship, characters, brands and names, from conception through publication and beyond. Attendees are invited to participate in an interactive discussion about basic rights provided under U.S. copyright and trademark laws, including their intersection with new media, as well as new decisions and changes in the law and how they could affect those rights (and if time permits, he’ll touch on issues of joint authorship, fair use, parody and/or piracy). Along the way, there will be plenty to learn about the protections available, as well as the numerous potential pitfalls, under the U.S. trademark and copyright systems. Please note: The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and practice tips 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.]

 

10:30am –  12:00pm

Comics Arts Conference Session #1: Comics and Nations Room 26AB

Aerum Jeong (University of California, Los Angeles) examines how Lob and Rochette’s graphic novel trilogy Le Transperceneige and the filmic adaptation Snowpiercer use local cultural and political motifs to construct a space in which the readers/viewers can imagine themselves as part of a nation. Sam Cannon (University of Texas at Austin) analyzes how the creators of Detective Heredia use locations in Santiago, Chile to conjure violent places of memory that synthesize past, present, and future meanings of the city. Cathy Thomas (University of California, Santa Cruz) uses recent work in hemispheric American border studies to explain how the misread love missive, such as the brick thrown by a mouse named Ignatz that always “creases the bean” of a cat called Krazy, re-stages courtship and colonial imagination.

 

11:00am –  12:00pm

Comic Creator Connection All-Stars Room 32AB

Have you heard of the CCC? The Comic Creator Connection is the original “speed-dating” event that introduces writers and artists who are struggling to find their creative counterparts and is featured exclusively at the Comic-Con International family of conventions. This All-Star panel spotlights newly published teams who first met at a Comic Creator Connection event. CCC Hosts Douglas Neff and Corey Rothermel (authors of Epic Win! The Geek’s Guide to the Journey from Fan to Creator) will draw from our veterans the lessons they learned starting and maintaining a successful creative partnership, covering everything from the first handshake to the first draft to the first sale. If you are an aspiring comic book creator, you do not want to miss this panel!

 

11:00am –  12:00pm

Comic-Con How-To: Point of View: What’s the Point? Room 2

With so many terms and styles, diving into the mechanics of the craft of writing can be scary. And Point of View (POV) can be one of the toughest to tackle. Yet, if used correctly, POV is a wonderful and powerful tool that is the backbone of your story. Award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake helps break this piece of the writing puzzle down into something you can use to enhance your writing style.

 

11:00am –  12:00pm

Flesk Publications Exposed! The Artists Spill Their Guts! Room 28DE

With a lineup including Frank Cho (Drawing Beautiful Women, Savage Wolverine ), Terry Dodson (Red One, Uncanny X-Men), Mark Schultz (Xenozoic, Storms at Sea), and William Stout (Hallucinations,Legends of the Blues) talking new projects-and publisher John Fleskes frankly discussing future Flesk titles and the latest on the renowned Spectrum Fantastic Art series-you can expect an entertaining hour!

 

11:00am –  12:00pm

Godzilla and The Master of Monsters Room 23ABC

August Ragone (Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters), David E. Chapple (Famous Monsters of Filmland), and Arian Hinojosa (Monster Attack Team) present a discussion on the man who brought Godzilla and Ultraman to life, establishing the art of Japanese visual effects and creating the genre known as the “kaiju eiga” (Japanese monster movies). See rare, behind-the-scenes photographs of how the original Godzilla films were made and the men and women who made them.

 

11:00am –  12:00pm

Hasbro: Transformers Room 25ABC

Members of the Hasbro and Hasbro Studios team will give fans an exclusive sneak peek at the new animated series Transformers: Robots In Disguise airing in early 2015 on Hub Network in the U.S. and globally. Attendees will also get a first look at the third season of Transformers: Rescue Bots, also airing on the Hub Network. In addition, attendees can celebrate the 30-year legacy of the Transformers brand and experience exclusive reveals of never-beefore-seen product. The Transformers team members will also host some Q&A for your burning Transformers questions!

 

11:00am –  12:00pm

How Fan Fiction Can Lead to Being a Professional Room 29A

Fan fiction can lead to jobs in several fields as a professional, including writing books, acting, screenwriting, and many others. Panelists include Katherine Fugate (Valentine’s Day), a selected member of the board of directors of the WGAW, who created/executive produced/wrote Army Wives; Melissa Good (Tropical Storm), a fan fiction writer and novelist who has written episodes for Xena, Warrior Princess; Nancy Holder (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Watcher’s Guide), New York Times bestselling author whose fan fiction street cred includes Robin of Sherwood; Dru Pagliassotti, a novelist and professor at a California university who has researched Western manga fandom and teaches courses on film and comics analysis; Nancy Cornell-Healy (Intersection), comedian/novelist/playwright; Justin Robinson (Get Blank), a multitalented novelist; and Sherri Rabinowitz (Fantasy Time Inc.), a writer of fan fiction, playwright and award-nominated novelist and host of the popular blog talk radio show Chatting With Sherri.

 

11:00am –  12:00pm

Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature Room 5AB

Dr. David Brin (Hugo, Locus and Nebula Award-winning author of the Uplift trilogy), Jim Butcher (NY Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files series), Rachel Caine (NY Times bestselling author of the Morganville Vampires series), Jason Hough (NY Times bestselling author of The Darwin Elevator series), Marie Lu (NY Times bestselling author of the Legend series), and Jonathan Maberry (NY Times bestselling author of the Joe Ledger series) discuss writing science fiction and fantasy novels and their adaptation to TV and movies. Moderated by Henry Herz (editor of Beyond the Pale).

 

11:00am –  12:00pm

Spotlight on Dan Slott Room 7AB

NY Times bestselling comic book author and Comic-Con special guest Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man, Superior Spider-Man, Silver Surfer) shares stories about working in comics, from his early days on Ren & Stimpy to Batman: Arkham Asylum Living Hell to his current runs on Spidey and Surfer. Moderated by Dan’s pal, comic book journalist Jill Pantozzi (TheMarySue.com). Attendees be warned: mind-swapping might occur.

 

11:00am –  12:00pm

The Simpsons and SpongeBob Smile-Time Hour Room 9

Creative director Nathan Kane and managing editors Terry Delegeane and Chris Duffy give you the lowdown on how Bongo Comics Group and United Plankton Pictures make the best humor comic books in the business. Meet some of the Bongo and United Plankton artists and writers who have tickled your four-color funny bone. Find out what’s in stores in the coming months!

 

11:05am –  11:40am

The Professor Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina

An ex-professor (Breaking Bad’s Betsy Brandt) and her gang of student radicals kidnap a famous news anchor and force him to read the “real news” live on the Internet. Participating panelists include Perri Nemiroff (producer, Child Eater).

 

11:15am –  12:00pm

Under the Dome: Panel and Exclusive Sneak Preview Ballroom 20

The hit summer series is back for its second season, bigger than ever with higher stakes and catastrophic developments that leave no one safe under the dome. The inhabitants of Chester’s Mill must decide who to rally behind as Big Jim continues to fight for the town’s trust and allegiance, all while resources dwindle and the post-apocalyptic conditions continue to intensify. There are new faces, bigger mysteries, betrayal of alliances, and monumental revelations about the dome, which will lead to a shocking discovery of what is behind it. Journey back under the dome, where you can’t always believe what you see and nothing is impossible. An exclusive sneak preview at what’s to come in season 2 will be followed by a panel discussion with the cast: Mike Vogel (Bates Motel), Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Rachelle Lefevre (Twilight), Alexander Koch, Colin Ford, and Mackenzie Lintz, along with executive producer Neal Baer.

 

11:15am –  12:15pm

Toy Story That Time Forgot Room 6A

Calling all Toy Story fans! ABC and Disney•Pixar present an exclusive first look at the upcoming holiday special, Toy Story That Time Forgot. Executive producer Galyn Susman (Toy Story OF TERROR!), director Steve Purcell (Brave), and head of story Derek Thompson (WALL•E) give you an exclusive inside look at the sketches, storyboards, and concepts that went into the making of this Disney•Pixar special!

 

11:30am –  12:30pm

DC Entertainment All Access: 101 Room 6DE

DC Comics’s backlist is full of the most exciting stories ever told! New fans and veteran fans alike are welcome for an in-depth tutorial on the essential stories and products that make up DC Comics’s rich history. At DC Entertainment, there’s never been a better time to be a comics fan!

 

11:30am –  12:30pm

Dig: A USA Network Event Series Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

USA Network’s highly anticipated new television event series, Dig, makes its debut at Comic-Con! From co-creators Tim Kring (creator and executive producer of Heroes) and Gideon Raff (executive producer of Homeland), Dig follows an FBI agent stationed in Israel who, while investigating the murder of a young American archaeologist, uncovers a global conspiracy 2,000 years in the making. The panel will give fans an inside look into this fast-paced international thriller as Tim Kring and cast members discuss the new series. Gideon Raff and series stars Jason Isaacs (Awake, Harry Potter) and Anne Heche (Save Me, Hung) will join the discussion LIVE from location in Israel via satellite for an interactive Q&A. Attendees will be the first to see an exclusive preview from the new series and learn how they can #DigDeeper into the action before the series premieres this fall on USA.

 

11:30am –  12:30pm

How to Get News Coverage Room 8

Small press publishers: What makes the difference between an item that will get news coverage, previews, and interviews, and what doesn’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. Panelists include (in alphabetical order) Albert Ching (Comics Book Resources), Amy Chu (DC Comics), Holly Golightly (BroadSword Comics), Glenn Hauman (Comic Mix), Rich Johnston (Bleeding Cool), Alan Kistler (The Mary Sue), Francis Sky (First Comics News), Tanya Tate (First Comics News), J. C. Vaughn (Scoop), Josh Waldrop (M1W Entertainment), and Bryan Young (Huffington Post, Big Shiny Robot). Find out what it takes to self-promote and make a significant impact on your ability to sell your comic.

 

11:30am –  12:30pm

Masters of the Web: Comic Book Movies Room 24ABC

A discussion of the state and slate of current and upcoming major comic book movies with top YouTube movie pundits, including Manu Bennett (TV’s Arrow), John Campea (AMC Movie Talk), Jeremy Jahns (YouTube film critic), Tiffany Smith (DC All Access), Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis (Schmoes Know), and Jon Schnepp (AMC Movie Talk).

 

11:30am –  12:30pm

Spotlight on Bill Finger, the Co-Creator of Batman Room 4

2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the movie Batman, the 50th anniversary of Batman’s “New Look,” the 75th anniversary of Batman’s debut, and the 100th anniversary of the birth of Bill Finger, the Caped Crusader’s uncredited co-creator. Not only did Bill Finger breathe life into Batman, Robin, Alfred, Commissioner Gordon, Gotham City, and one fantastic villain after another, he co-created bat-free icons such as Green Lantern, Wildcat, and Lana Lang. Bill’s only living descendants Athena Finger (The Cape Creator: A Tribute to Bill Finger) and her son Benjamin invite you to celebrate the life and achievements of the man who first put the dark in the Dark Knight. Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight) moderates a bat-tastic panel, featuring Bob Kane’s biographer Tom Andrae (Batman and Me), writer Mark Evanier (Bill Finger Awards), actress Lee Meriwether (Batman: The Movie’s Catwoman), author Marc Tyler Nobleman (Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman), Cartoons Arts’ Jens Robinson (son of Joker co-creator Jerry Robinson), and executive producer Michael Uslan (Batman, The Dark Knight film trilogy), plus special messages from legends like DC’s last surviving Golden Age artist, Wildcat co-creator Irwin Hasen.

 

11:30am –  1:00pm

Dreamworks Animation Hall H

TBA

 

11:40am –  12:05pm

The Life and Death of Tommy Chaos and Stacy Danger Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina

In this short action/adventure/fantasy film about a young couple on the run, dinosaurs have invaded Earth but neither Tommy nor Stacey cares anymore, now that they’ve met each other. They escape the war, but whether they dive to the bottom of the ocean or fly to Outer Space, conflict always seems to find a way into their lives. Participating panelists include Michael Lukk Litwak (writer/director/editor), Jean Claude Billmaier (producer), and Dan Romer (composer).

 

11:45am –  12:45pm

Halo: Nightfall: A First Look Room 6BCF

Prepare for your next step in the Halo Journey with a deep dive into Halo: Nightfall, the upcoming live-action digital series from 343 Industries and Scott Free Productions. Panelists include 343’s Kiki Wolfkill (executive producer) and Frank O’Connor (franchise development director) along with key Halo: Nightfall cast and crew. Be among the first to get the details of the story and production.

 

12:00pm –  1:00pm

CBLDF: Using Graphic Novels in Education Room 30CDE

Comics and graphic novels are amazing resources for inspiring a love of reading and learning among students of all ages. CBLDF experts Betsy Gomez, Meryl Jaffe, Carol Tilley, and more examine how to use comics in classrooms, and provide strategies for combating the confusion that often leads graphic novels to be targeted by censors. They’ll also offer suggestions for how to use specific comics in the classroom. Bring your challenges, questions and success stories!

 

12:00pm –  1:00pm

Charles Schulz and Social Commentary in Peanuts Room 25ABC

Through the unassuming medium of a daily comic strip, Charles Schulz gently communicated the social and political climate of the changing world around him. Explore the intersection of Peanuts and topical issues through the lens of today’s socially attuned humor in cartoons and television. Presentation by Corry Kanzenberg (curator, Charles M. Schulz Museum). Panel discussion and Q&A to follow with Seth Green (Robot Chicken, Family Guy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Art Roche (content director, Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates). Moderated by Tom Gammill (The Simpsons, Futurama, Seinfeld).

 

12:00pm –  1:00pm

Color Me RADD Room 9

We wanna color you up! You’ll never look at color comics the same way again! Oni Press editor-in-chief James Lucas Jones and rock star colorists Lee Loughridge, Ryan Hill, and some special guests discuss the role of colorists in storytelling and the processes behind their particular brands of eye-melting magic.

 

12:00pm –  1:00pm

Comics Arts Conference Session #2: Clouds or Sunshine: Forecasting How Business and Law Will Affect Creativity in Comics Room 26AB

Law professor Marc H. Greenberg (Golden Gate University School of Law, author of Comic Art, Creativity and the Law) and business professor and futurist Rob Salkowitz (University of Washington, author of Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture) consider how changes such as derivative copyright law, digital delivery of comics, and transmediation will affect the creative process and the comics industry in the near and long-term future.

 

12:00pm –  1:00pm

Editing Comics the BOOM! Way Room 28DE

BOOM! Studios creators Paul Jenkins (Fairy Quest), James Tynion IV (The Woods), Megan Hutchison (An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will O’ the Wisp), Christopher Sebela (Dead Letters), and Frank Barbiere (Black Market), along with BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon and editor Dafna Pleban, look into the editing secrets of one of the comic book industry’s leading independent publishers and discuss editing dos and don’ts.

 

12:00pm –  1:00pm

Fairy Tale Remix Room 32AB

Toto, I’ve a feeling these aren’t your typical fairy tales…From cyborg Cinderellas to swashbuckling pirates, fairy tales are just full of possibilities for retelling and reimagining. A fantastic lineup of authors will discuss how they take well-known stories (such as Rapunzel, The Wizard of Oz, Tam Lin) and remix them for a new audience and how they create their very own fairy tales. Moderated by Shannon Hale (Ever After High series), this panel featuring Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles series), Katherine Harbour (Thorn Jack), John Peck (Charming series), Cornelia Funke (Mirrorworld series), Tony DiTerlizzi (The Search for WondLa), Ben Tripp (The Accidental Highwayman), and Danielle Page (Dorothy Must Die) will give insight to the fairy tales of old, and new!

 

12:00pm –  1:00pm

Meet Bill Plympton Room 23ABC

Meet Bill Plympton, “The King of Indie Animation,” and find out his plans for his new animated feature, Cheatin’. The film premiered at Slamdance in 2014 and is on the festival circuit now-find out what it took to run a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $100,000 to help finance the production of the film. Bill will screen some of his recent work, including music video The Deep End and clips from Cheatin’, and discuss his method for making hand-drawn cartoons in the new digital age. Also appearing will be Jim Lujan, who’s co-directing the upcoming animated feature Revengeance with Bill, so come and get an early look at this “biker revenge dark comedy.” Plus everyone who attends will get a free Bill Plympton drawing!

 

12:00pm –  1:00pm

The Pitching Hour Room 5AB

Jill Sanford (VP, Nickelodeon original series TV animation), Duncan Rouleau (executive producer, Man of Action), Kevin Burke and Chris “Doc” Wyatt (head writers, Avengers Assemble), Charlie Chu (editor, Oni Press), Lindsay Rostal (VP /producer, The Odd Gentlemen), Jennie Kong (publicist, Geek & Sundry), a surprise guest or two, and your moderator Dan Evans III (director current, Marvel TV Animation) 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 adapt to make their way through the creative battleground of the entertainment industry. Knowing that each project is unique, there will be 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!

 

12:00pm –  1:00pm

The Smitten Word Horton Grand Theatre

Christina Lauren (Sweet Filthy Boy), Kresley Cole (Dark Skye), and Alice Clayton (Rusty Nailed) turn up the temperature at SDCC with blush-inducing readings, smutty discussion and a hilarious battle over movies, TV shows, and Hollywood’s hottest geeks.

 

12:00pm –  1:00pm

The Switch to Digital Room 7AB

From mail to photographs and now comics, everything is making the move to digital. Comic-Con International special guests Colleen Coover (Bandette), Batton Lash (Supernatural Law), Jeff Smith (Bone), Rina Piccolo (Tina’s Groove), and Paul Tobin (Bandette) discuss with moderator Mark Waid (Daredevil) when and why they make the switch to digital.

 

12:00pm –  1:00pm

When Steampunk and Pop Culture Collide Room 29A

Karen Hallion (TeeFury pop artist) joins a lively discussion regarding why Steampunk continues to invade all aspects of pop culture, along with fellow Steampunks, maker Brian Uiga (Inspector Spacetime), writer Madeleine Holly-Rosing (Boston Metaphysical Society), and costumer CJ DeAngelus. They’ll explore how Steampunk has influenced comics, television, cosplay, and pop art. Moderated by Anastasia Hunter (chair and director of programming for Gaslight Gathering).

 

12:05pm –  12:35pm

The Adventures of Sheriff Kid McLain Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina

The town of Ferro Grande is being threatened by Dirt Man Duke and the Lightning Gang ever since the Governor’s son rolled into town. Participating panelists include Gui Pereira (director, Pizza Me Mafia), Guile Branco (producer/actor, Why We Train), and Lara Horton (producer).

 

12:05pm –  1:10pm

Scorpion: World Premiere Screening and Panel Ballroom 20

Discover the new CBS drama coming this fall, based on the true story of Walter O’Brien, an eccentric genius with the world’s fourth highest IQ who has created a company of brilliant misfits who use their mental muscle to defend the planet against complex high-tech threats of the modern age. In this high-octane thrill ride from the makers of Star Trek, Transformers, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and The Fast and the Furious, O’Brien’s team uses their exceptional brainpower to solve the nation’s crises, while also helping each other learn how to fit in. The world premiere screening of the pilot episode will be followed by a panel discussion with the real-life Walter O’Brien, along with series stars Elyes Gabel (World War Z), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2), and Katharine McPhee (Smash),and executive producers Nick Santora, Nicholas Wootton, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Justin Lin.

 

12:15pm –  1:30pm

Comic-Con How-To: Advanced Digital Inking Techniques Room 2

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 treasure trove of features old and new-as well as features in other programs-that not only enhance comic applications, but make possible countless creative pen and ink opportunities rarely seen before. If you’re serious about your black-and-white artwork, this session is a must. Comic book creator, editor, writer, penciler, inker, and colorist Brian Haberlin is the co-creator of Witchblade, Anomaly, and many other comic books and graphic novels.

 

12:30pm –  1:30pm

Roddenberry Entertainment Presents Room 24ABC

Trevor Roth (COO, head of development, creator of Days Missing, Worth), Tory Mell (producer, Roddenberry Entertainment), Rod Roddenberry (CEO, Roddenberry Entertainment), Chris Moreno (artist, Worth), Aubrey Sitterson (writer, Worth), and Paul Morrissey (Eisner Award-winning editor) talk about their newest graphic novel Worth, their new short film Instant, and hold an awesome iPad Mini giveaway. Moderated by Tory Mell.

 

12:30pm –  1:30pm

Sony Pictures Entertainment Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Get your first look at two of next summer’s most anticipated films. First, Scholastic’s iconic book series Goosebumps, written by R. L. Stine, has already captured the world’s imagination-selling over 400 million books worldwide. Now it’s coming to the big screen, with Jack Black starring as the author himself and Rob Letterman directing. Jack and Rob will tell you all about how Stine’s monsters are coming to life on the big screen. The film hits theaters on August 7, 2015. Then, stay tuned as director Chris Columbus has a special video announcement about his upcoming film Pixels, starring Adam Sandler (in theaters May 15, 2015)-you’ll find out how one lucky Comic-Con badge-holder might win a chance to be a part of the movie.

 

12:30pm –  1:30pm

Still Pickled After All These Years Room 4

Comic-Con special guest Brian Crane discusses his 25 years of creating the Pickles comic strip, using a PowerPoint presentation. He will give a behind-the-scenes look at how he got started and how he creates his daily comic strip, which is syndicated in over 800 newspapers around the world. The presentation will be followed by a short Q&A session.

 

12:30pm –  1:30pm

TNT’s Legends Screening & Panel Room 6A

TNT presents an exclusive screening of the new suspense-filled drama Legends from Homeland producers Howard Gordon and Alexander Cary and Fringe co-executive producer David Wilcox, starring Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) as Martin Odum, an undercover agent working for the FBI’s Deep Cover Operations (DCO) division. Martin has the uncanny ability to transform himself into a completely different person for each job. But he begins to question his own identity when a mysterious stranger suggests that Martin isn’t the man he believes himself to be. Following the screening, stars and producers will provide fans with an exclusive sneak peek at this new series and an opportunity to hear about the exciting first season.

 

12:30pm –  1:30pm

What’s At Comic Shops with Previews Room 8

Before it’s at comic shops, it’s in the Previews catalog! This panel shows you how to use the Diamond Comic Distributors’ Previews catalog for preordering all of your favorite comics, graphic novels, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Attendees will get a free copy of the August issue and have a chance to win other exciting prizes! Plus, see how Previewsworld.com interacts with the catalog to inform fans about everything they need to know to get what they want at their local comic shop. Panelists include Previews editor Marty Grosser, Previewsworld.com editor Vince Brusio, and Diamond consumer marketing manager Andy Mueller.

 

12:35pm –  1:00pm

Secondary Education Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina

Three high school students discover that their chemistry teacher has been living a secret double life as a crime-fighting power ranger during an after-school detention, and they unwittingly become embroiled in a showdown with an escaped mutant lobster. A hybrid throwback to the educational after-school specials of the ’90s and the Japanese Tokusatsu genre. Participating panelists include Jon Truei (writer/director), Eric Lim (actor/executive producer), and Lincoln Smith (visual effects artist/executive producer).

 

12:45pm –  1:45pm

Behind the Scenes of Science Fiction in Movies and on TV Room 6DE

Jane Espenson (Husbands), Amy Berg (Eureka), Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) discuss what it’s like to create blockbuster science fiction in the media: their adventures and challenges, what’s working now, what the future will look like, and all the factors that will change how we consume our personal fandoms. Moderated by Phil Plait (Bad Astronomy Blog).

 

1:00pm –  1:25pm

The Proposal Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina

On a first date, you always come armed. That’s what Jack and Sara discover when they decide to be deadly honest with each other to see if it’s really meant to be. Participating panelists include Geordie Sabbagh (writer/director), Jordan Gross (producer), and Master Tommy Chang (stunt coordinator and EP).

 

1:00pm –  1:30pm

Comics Arts Conference Session #3: British Comics, Genre, and the Special Relationship with American Comics Room 26AB

Chris Murray (University of Dundee) discusses the often-overlooked and peculiar history of British superheroes, arguing that they reflect the changing relationship between the two countries in the aftermath of World War II. Julia Round (Bournemouth University) investigates the use of gothic and horror tropes in British girls’ comics of the 1970s and 1980s, which, she argues, draw on some of the tropes of the previous generation of American horror comics. Phillip Vaughan (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design) analyses British science fiction comics in terms of the influence from American comics, and considering their relationship to British and American television and film.

 

1:00pm –  2:00pm

A Mercs Life For Me: What It Takes to Be a Mandalorian Room 29A

James Sebree (San Diego chapter leader), Sal Attinello (Manda’galaar), Todd Mullin (Haran’galaar Clan), and Quinn Pendleton (member approval rep.) discuss the ins and outs of the Mandalorian Mercs Costuming Club. Topics include introduction to costume construction, overview of member requirements, and getting your costume approved. Also, Loren Toy (Manda’galaar) on 3D printing for costuming, and Kristina Schlosser (Haran’galaar clan) and Erica Heinrich (Manda’galaar) on building a custom female Mandalorian.

 

1:00pm –  2:00pm

Batman in the ’70s Room 5AB

In celebration of Batman’s 75th birthday, panelists look back at a crucial decade in the life of the Caped Crusader. It was a time of change as new writers and artists brought forth new interpretations of this classic character. On hand to discuss it are many of the those who were there: Neal Adams, Denny O’Neil, Michael Uslan, Len Wein, and Anthony Tollin, along with moderator Mark Evanier.

 

1:00pm –  2:00pm

Breaking into Comics Right Now Room 28DE

If you’re an aspiring comic book creator, this is a panel you don’t want to miss! BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon and managing editor Bryce Carlson, along with some of the industry’s most exciting up-and-coming and established talent, including Frank Barbiere (Black Market), Chris Miskiewicz (Thomas Alsop), Palle Schmidt (Thomas Alsop), Vanesa R. Del Rey (Hit, The Empty Man), Christopher Sebela (Dead Letters), and Royden Lepp (Rust), share their breaking-in experiences and give you the most up-to-date and practical advice on how to break into the comic book industry right now.

 

1:00pm –  2:00pm

CBLDF: The History of the Comics Code Room 30CDE

60 years ago this month, comics were put on trial in a nationally televised Senate subcommittee hearing that had shattering repercussions for this great American artform. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund presents the shocking history of moral panic that led to this historic hearing and the birth of the Comics Code Authority, which regulated the medium’s content for more than 50 years. CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein tells the tale at this CBLDF presentation.

 

1:00pm –  2:00pm

Drawing on Your Nightmares: Modern Horror in Comics Room 23ABC

Hot on the heels of the premiere of the Dark Horse comic turned television series The Strain, you are invited to explore the darker corners of comics. Horror has been one of the cornerstones of the Dark Horse publishing line for years, and 2014 will be no exception! Join panelists for an hour of all that is guaranteed to thrill and chill you, with resident horror junkies, editor-in-chief Scott Allie and PR director Jeremy Atkins, along with Eric Powell (The Goon), Mike Huddleston (The Strain), the first U.S. appearance of Colder artist Juan Ferreyra, and more for sneak peeks, announcements, and other surprises along the way!

 

1:00pm –  2:00pm

Evolving the League of Legends Experience Room 6BCF

The game’s always changing for League of Legends-it’s a constantly evolving universe. Whether it is adding new content, updating champions and maps, reworking gameplay, or just giving older art a fresh face, League of Legends is constantly trying to level up the quality and player experience wherever it can. Sit down with members of the art, game design, sound, and production teams as they share insights and swap stories from their time spent working on League of Legends. The panel will kick off with a discussion about current and recent releases before opening it up for Q&A.

 

1:00pm –  2:00pm

Female Heroes, Then and Now Room 32AB

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Heartbreakers, a groundbreaking science fiction series that was one of the first action comics starring female heroes, and the only one written by a woman when it debuted in Dark Horse Presents. Today, there are more women than ever reading and creating comics-not to mention cosplaying and writing about comics-but it seems a lot of the old biases are still entrenched. What’s changed in 25 years, and what hasn’t? Join Heartbreakers creators Anina Bennett and Paul Guinan, along with friends Jimmy Palmiotti (Painkiller Jane), Kiala Kazebee (Vaginal Fantasy), Allison Baker (Monkeybrain Comics), and Claire Hummel (Bioshock: Infinite), for a lively discussion of sexism, science fiction, comic books, and geek culture.

 

1:00pm –  2:00pm

I Know That Voice: Insights from the Cutting Room Floor Room 25ABC

John DiMaggio (executive producer of IKTV, also the voice of Bender from Futurama, Jake The Dog from Adventure Time, IFC’s Out There, and many more) has reassembled the cast and crew of IKTV to take a deep dive into the hundreds of hours of documentary footage that didn’t make it to the big screen. Panelists Fred Tatasciore (Hulk, Ben 10, Mad), Andrea Romano (25-time Emmy nominee, 8-time Emmy winner for Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, and more), Rob Paulsen (Darkwing Duck, Animaniacs), Lawrence Shapiro (director, IKTV), Dee Bradley Baker (Gravity Falls, Phineas and Ferb), and Steve Broback (Tweet House, IKTV Social Team), discuss behind-the-scenes stories, techniques that voice actors use to deliver great performances, and much more!

 

1:00pm –  2:00pm

Marvel: House of Ideas Room 7AB

Love having the best comics in the industry on your mobile devices? Want to know how Marvel stays on the cutting edge of technology while bringing you what you love? Want to learn more about Infinite Comics? Well, this panel is for you, True Believer! Get exciting news from Ryan Penagos (executive editorial director of digital) and other guests on what’s happening with the Marvel Comics App, Marvel AR, Marvel.com, Marvel’s vast social media presence, and more in this can’t-miss panel!

 

1:00pm –  2:00pm

Spotlight on Colleen Coover & Paul Tobin (How to Succeed in Comics Without Ever Crying) Room 9

Comic-Con special guests Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover discuss their Eisner Award-winning digital comic Bandette, as well as such titles as Colder, I Was the Cat, Prometheus, Plants vs. Zombies, Angry Birds, Paul’s novels, and the commonsense fact that Hulk could beat Thor.

 

1:15pm –  2:00pm

Reign: Panel & Exclusive Sneak Preview Ballroom 20

The saga of Mary, Queen of Scots continues when Reign returns for its second season this fall. Mary and Francis will rule a nation burning with plague, famine, and religious strife. Powerful lords will rise from the ashes, fears and superstitions will take terrifying forms, marriages deemed sacred will be violated; all as Mary tries to save herself and her friends, and Francis learns his true enemy might be his own family. An exclusive sneak preview at what’s to come in season 2 will be followed by a panel discussion with the cast Adelaide Kane (Teen Wolf), Megan Follows (Anne of Green Gables) and Toby Regbo (Mr. Nobody), along with executive producer Laurie McCarthy.

 

1:25pm –  1:55pm

Dog Food Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina

When Declan, a butcher, loses his dog and best friend Ralphie, his life starts to unravel. Participating panelists include Michael Klein (producer).

 

1:30pm –  2:30pm

Avatar Press: Cutting-Edge Publishing and Mega Writers Room 4

New York Times bestselling author Max Brooks (World War Z) and William Christensen (Avatar Press publisher) discuss the scoop on new projects and creators joining the Avatar Press lineup! Plus, an inside look at projects by Garth Ennis, Alan Moore, Kieron Gillen, and of course, Max Brooks. William Christensen moderates and runs the Q&A session for this event.

 

1:30pm –  2:30pm

Digital Manga Room 8

The staff of Digital Manga, Inc. talk about the current state of the manga industry, their partnership with Tezuka Productions, and their newest releases and tell you how you can get started working in the manga industry. A few lucky attendees will also walk away with some great prizes.

 

1:30pm –  2:30pm

End of Series…or Not? Room 24ABC

Waiting for the next book in your favorite series to release can be agonizing…and yet, oh so worthwhile. Whether you’ve suffered through the wait time for each installment or held out until the release of the last book to binge read, bestselling series authors succeed at keeping countless readers hooked, book after book! Join authors Laini Taylor (Dreams of Gods & Monsters/Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy), Lev Grossman (The Magician’s Land/The Magicians Trilogy), Leigh Bardugo (Ruin & Rising/The Grisha Trilogy), Jonathan Maberry (Fire & Ash/Rot & Ruit Series), Ben H. Winters (World of Trouble/The Last Policeman Trilogy), Lynn Flewelling (Shards of Time/ Nightrunner Series), and Kresley Cole (Dark Skye/Immortals After Dark Series), as they chat with Maryelizabeth Hart (Mysterious Galaxy) about the trials and tribulations of plotting multinovel story arcs, keeping momentum going between books, and knowing when (if ever) to end a bestselling series.

 

1:30pm –  2:30pm

Science Fiction Author Cosplay Horton Grand Theatre

John Scalzi (Redshirts, Lock In) reads from his forthcoming near-future thriller, answers audience questions, and maybe even serenades them on the ukulele(!).

 

1:30pm –  2:30pm

The Giver Hall H

Twenty years in the making, fans of the novel can rejoice: The Giver is coming to the big screen. The Weinstein Company and Walden Media will premiere exclusive footage from the upcoming film with stars Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, director Phillip Noyce, and bestselling author Lois Lowry.

 

1:30pm –  3:00pm

Comedy Central: Key & Peele and Introducing Moonbeam City! Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Key & Peele stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, who are best known for their impressive ability for improv, celebrity impressions, and conjuring up original characters including “Obama and Luther,” “The Valet Guys,” “Mr. Garvey, the Substitute Teacher” and the players from the annual “East/West College Bowl.” Whether it’s satirizing the President, spoofing musical acts, or taking on religion, Key & Peele showcases their chemistry, camaraderie and unique point of view, born from their shared background and experiences growing up biracial in a not quite post-racial world. Join the stars of Comedy Central’s Key & Peele as they go behind the scenes, reveal details on their upcoming new season, and more! Panel to be moderated by actor and comedian, Tom Lennon. – The party continues with a FIRST EVER look at Comedy Central’s newest animated series Moonbeam City. Moonbeam City is an absurdist take on the gritty, sex-drenched crime dramas from the 1980s. The series follows undercover detective Dazzle Novak (voiced by Rob Lowe), a handsome idiot who commits more crimes than most criminals. His tyrannical chief, Pizzaz Miller (Elizabeth Banks), won’t get off his back, and hotshot rookie Rad Cunningham (Will Forte) is dying to see him fail. With the world against him, Dazzle is thrust into a living nightmare: having to do actual police work. Join series creator and executive producer, Scott Gairdner and the voice of Dazzle, Rob Lowe, as they reveal details for the first time on Comedy Central’s next big animated series! Panel to be moderated by Moonbeam City head-writer, Tommy Blacha.

 

1:45pm –  2:45pm

The Last Ship: Season 1 Panel Room 6A

TNT’s new action-packed drama The Last Ship-from executive producer Michael Bay-is the epic tale of the Navy captain and crew of the U.S.S. Nathan James who find themselves in the midst of a global catastrophe that nearly decimates the world’s population. Join the stars and producers as they provide details on the making of the series. In addition, fans will get to enjoy an exclusive sneak peek of the show.

 

1:45pm –  3:15pm

Comic-Con How-To: Gray Scale Copic Markers Room 2

Adam Hughes will use the warm and cool gray Copic markers to render the tones on a drawing. Fellow artist Allison Sohn will narrate the process while Adam draws. Hughes has been working in comics for over 25 years. Some of his work from the past year includes a story in Batman Black and White as well as the covers to the Vertigo series Fairest and the Dark Horse series Rebel Heist.

 

1:55pm –  3:30pm

Savageland Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina

When a small town near the Arizona-Mexico border is wiped out overnight, suspicion falls on the lone survivor. But a roll of photos the survivor took that night tells a different story. Participating panelists include co-writers/producers/directors Phil Guidry, Simon Herbert, and David Whelan.

 

2:00pm –  3:00pm

1984’s Greatest Geek Movies: Big Brother Wasn’t The Only One Watching While Doves Cried Room 5AB

While Eurasia was still at war with Eastasia and Big Brother was watching you, some amazing movies slipped into cinemas and our panel of experts are going to wax on, wax off about the great geek year of 1984 as they look back at such films as The Terminator, Gremlins, Repo Man, Ghostbusters, Dune, Splash, This is Spinal Tap, Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, Star Trek III, Buckaroo Banzai, Body Double, The Karate Kid, Red Dawn, Night of the Comet, Once Upon a Time in America, This is Spinal Tap, and, of course, the incomparable Purple Rain. Celebrating the fact that they still love the ’80s will be Ashley E. Miller (Thor, new Terminator TV series), David E. Williams (editor, GEEK magazine), Robert Meyer Burnett (Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-rays), Marc Berandin (The Hollywood Reporter), Steve Melching (The Clone Wars, Transformers Prime), Joe Kraemer (Jack Reacher), and moderator Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, DOA: Dead or Alive). This panel is sure to get turned up to 11.

 

2:00pm –  3:00pm

Beyond Clichés: Creating Awesome Female Characters for Film, TV, Comics, Video Games, and Novels Room 28DE

Explore the past, present, and the future of female character creation for film, TV, comics, video games, and novels and examine the traps of common tropes, clichés, and stereotypes, while discussing how content creators can create wonderful, relatable, and realistic female characters with moderator Michele Brittany (West Coast Bleeding Cool News correspondent), Neo Edmund (Red Riding-Werewolf Huntress, Kaijudo Rise of the Duel Masters), Charlotte Fullerton (My Little Pony, Ben 10 Omniverse), Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Geek Nation), Marv Wolfman (Teen Titans, creator of countless comic book characters), Andrew Robinson (Kaijudo Rise of the Duel Masters, Rescue Bots), and Mairghread Scott (Transformers Prime, Rescue Bots).

 

2:00pm –  3:00pm

DC Digital: Download This! Room 6DE

DC Entertainment’s digital initiative has been a pioneer in digital comics. Get an exclusive look at the exciting series that make up the future of digital comics with the all-star talent behind them, including Ralph Garman (Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet), Marc Guggenheim (Arrow), Kyle Higgins (Batman Beyond), Kevin Smith (Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet), Cat Staggs (Sensation Comics), and others.

 

2:00pm –  3:00pm

Digital Color for Comics Room 30CDE

In print or digital, comic books need color, but do you know how comic books are colored? Learn about the creative art of comic book coloring as Hi-Fi’s Brian Miller (DC’s weekly series Future’s End) and Kristy Miller (SpongeBob SquarePants) demonstrate step-by-step the 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. Followed by Q&A session.

 

2:00pm –  3:00pm

Image Comics: I Is For…Infinity Room 23ABC

The future of comics is bright, and Nick Dragotta (East of West), Rick Remender (Deadly Class), Richard Starkings (Elephantmen), Jason Latour (Southern Bastards), Stuart Moore (EGOs), and Ryan Burton (Dark Engine) are proof of that fact. Sci-fi, western, apocalyptic, kid-friendly. Realistic, cartoony, abstract, painterly. Anything goes in comics, and there are an infinite number of stories to tell.

 

2:00pm –  3:00pm

Jules Feiffer Goes Noir Room 9

Oscar-Pulitzer-Eisner Hall of Fame winner Jules Feiffer turns to the noir genre with his new graphic novel Kill My Mother. Come hear a conversation with this comics pioneer who started with Will Eisner, went on to become one of the world’s most-read comic strip creators, and eventually conquered the Broadway stage and Hollywood. Now, preview his return to his first love with a daring new work that stretches his talent yet again. Questioning by comics historians Mark Evanier and Paul Levitz, as well as audience members.

 

2:00pm –  3:00pm

Pop Culture Happy Hour Podcast Room 32AB

National Public Radio’s lively weekly podcast began in 2010, co-created by NPR Monkey See writer-editor Linda Holmes and NPR Music writer-editor Stephen Thompson. Regular panelist Glen Weldon has kept comics commentary an essential ingredient, and Stephen’s mother (and Comic-Con Toucan blogger) Maggie Thompson has appeared on the show from time to time. Maggie’s Spotlight panel introduces the PCHH team to Comic-Con for a roundtable discussion.

 

2:00pm –  3:00pm

The 2000 AD Zarjaz Hour Featuring Judge Dredd Room 29A

Superstar creators Jock (Batman), Chris Burnham (Batman), Henry Flint (Judge Dredd), and Michael Carroll (Jennifer Blood) are all here as the legendary British comic book kicks off San Diego with all the 2000 AD and Judge Dredd talk and games you can handle! Moderated by 2000 AD’s Michael Molcher and definitely not for Thrill-suckers!

 

2:00pm –  3:00pm

The Art of Big Hero Six Room 7AB

Walt Disney Animation Studios presents director Don Hall, producer Roy Conli, production designer Paul Felix and character designer Shiyoon Kim as they share the visual development of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ November 7, 2014 film, Big Hero 6. The action-packed comedy adventure tells the story of robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius – thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion – a robot named Baymax – and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name.

 

2:00pm –  3:00pm

Wander Over Yonder Room 25ABC

Creator Craig McCracken and stars Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), April Winchell (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse), and Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) explore the wonders of Disney XD’s newest series Wander Over Yonder. Find out what’s in store for the friendliest face in outer space with exclusive clips from upcoming episodes and an audience Q&A. The panel will also feature sneak peeks of two new animated shows coming to Disney XD!

 

2:15pm –  3:15pm

Blizzard Entertainment Showcase Room 6BCF

Chris Metzen (Blizzard Entertainment SVP story and franchise development) and a team of esteemed Blizzard guests reveal next year’s lineup of never-before-seen loot! Interact with designers, writers, and artists as they dig into toys, books, collectibles, and more! Panel and Q&A moderated by Kim Phan (host of DirecTV’s BlizzCon coverage).

 

2:15pm –  3:15pm

Greendale Forever: TV Guide Magazine’s Tribute to Community Ballroom 20

Will “six seasons and a movie” come true? Has Greendale Community College been saved? What happens next to Jeff Winger and the study group? Moderator Michael Schneider, TV Guide magazine’s executive editor, joins Community creator Dan Harmon and members of the cast and producers as they recap last season (including Dan’s heralded return to the show) and discuss what the future holds for this fan-favorite comedy.

 

2:30pm –  3:30pm

Comics Arts Conference Session #4: Teaching Critical Comics in an Era of Standardization and the Common Core: The Pragmatics of a Transformative Pedagogy Room 26AB

Antero Garcia (Colorado State University) and Peter Carlson (Green Dot Public Schools) provide educators with specific planning and facilitation strategies for using graphic novels and comics in the classroom to enhance student participation, academic discourse, and achievement. Rubrics, lesson plan templates, and instructional questions will be provided for attendees.

 

2:30pm –  3:30pm

ComiXology: Ask Me Anything Room 8

ComiXology, the revolutionary cloud-based digital comics platform, spills the beans on everything you’ve ever wanted to know about digital comics, publishing, life, and more! Learning everything from how to publish your own comic book through comiXology Submit to how to begin your own successful startup just like comiXology, from co-founders and panelists David Steinberger and John D. Roberts. Moderated by comiXology’s marketing & PR maven, Chip Mosher.

 

2:30pm –  3:30pm

Meet the Flintstones, Meet George Jetson: Hanna Barbera Beginnings Room 24ABC

Wouldn’t it be great to be a fly on the wall in 1963 in Hanna Barbera Studios with three men who helped make it such an essential part of cartoon history? Comic-Con special guest animator Willie Ito gathers his friends and cohorts Tony Benedict (writer, Flintstones, The Jetsons) and Jerry Eisenberg (layout artist, Flintstones, Jetsons) to discuss what made early Hanna Barbera into the powerhouse of cartoon history it became. Moderated by Leslie Combemale (film artist advocate/owner, ArtInsights Animation & Film Art Gallery).

 

2:30pm –  3:30pm

Spotlight on Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti Room 4

Comic-Con special guests Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti, the award-winning writers of Harley Quinn, Painkiller Jane, and owners of the multimedia company Paperfilms, sit down for a talk in an intimate, interactive panel, discussing their work and future projects inside and out of comics.

 

3:00pm –  4:00pm

Adobe Photoshop: The Artist’s Journey Room 30CDE

Panelists Daniel Presedo (Photoshop imagineer), Chris Cox (Photoshop engineer), Brian Haberlin (Anomaly), and Rayce Bird (FaceOff) discuss how Adobe Photoshop is the world’s best digital imaging software. Find out what is new in the 2014 release and hear from these talented Pro’s as they present their insights, tips and tricks to Photoshop and answer your Photoshop questions! They will give away a one-year subscription to the Creative Cloud.

 

3:00pm –  4:00pm

ComicBase User Group Meeting Room 29A

Attention all comic collectors! ComicBase, the world’s premiere software program for managing comic collections, will be holding their annual user group meeting with creator Pete Bickford. This once-a-year presentation will discuss the latest features and news about ComicBase and Atomic Avenue.

 

3:00pm –  4:00pm

Gene Luen Yang in Conversation with Scott McCloud Room 28DE

Comic-Con special guest Gene Luen Yang (The Shadow Hero) and Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics) talk comics, creative processes, current and upcoming projects, and the general state of the industry. It’ll be awesome.

 

3:00pm –  4:00pm

I Can’t Write, I Can’t Draw, But I Love Comics! Room 9

SDCC’s annual jobs panel is back-and with folks who are hiring! Just because you missed out on the writing and drawing genes doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for you in the comics, animation, and gaming industries. Panelists include Blur Studio animation supervisor/motion capture choreographer Derron Ross (Batman: Arkham City), PCB Productions CEO and gaming director Keith Arem (Call of Duty), Fox Digital Entertainment VP of mobile Matt McMahon (Family Guy app), and Man at Arms star/weapons maker Tony Swatton (Pirates of the Caribbean), who will discuss their gigs and ways into the biz you many not have even considered. Moderated by Fast Company’s Susan Karlin.

 

3:00pm –  4:00pm

Illustrators of the Art Directors Guild Room 23ABC

Illustrators and storyboard artists use their skills and imaginations to develop the transcendent visuals of the big screen, be it adventures on distant worlds or life in earthly hovels. Moderator Tim Burgard (Jurassic World, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) talks to Donna Cline (Bones), Stephen Platt (Oblivion, Iron Man), Trevor Goring (Thor: The Dark World, X-Men), and Darrin Denlinger (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron).

 

3:00pm –  4:00pm

Just What Does an Editor do? Room 5AB

We’ve seen the job title, but what does it mean? There are lots of answers — join veteran editors Barbara Randall Kesel, Bob Schreck, Joe LeFavi, Maggie Thompson, Shannon Eric Denton, and others for some of the many answers!

 

3:00pm –  4:00pm

NASA’s Next Giant Leap Room 6A

In honor of the 45th anniversary of the moon landing, join Seth Green (actor, creator, writer, director, and producer) in a far-out discussion on NASA’s plans for the future with Dr. Jim Green (NASA’s division director of Planetary Science), Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11 Astronaut), Mike Fincke (NASA Astronaut), and “Mohawk Guy” Bobak Ferdowsi (Curiosity and Europa Missions).

 

3:00pm –  4:00pm

Outlander with author Diana Gabaldon Horton Grand Theatre

Diana Gabaldon (Outlander, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood) discusses her blockbuster bestselling novels and the highly anticipated STARZ original series, and reads from her 8th installment and #1 New York Times bestseller Written in My Own Heart’s Blood. With assistance from Ali T. Kokmen (Barnes & Noble/NOOK Media).

 

3:00pm –  4:00pm

Paramount Pictures Hall H

Paramount Pictures will provide an inside look at their upcoming films. Attendees will view exclusive footage presented by special guests and hear the latest news for some of the year’s most anticipated movies!

 

3:00pm –  4:00pm

The 2nd Annual Musical Anatomy of a Superhero: Bringing a Comic Book to Life Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Leading Hollywood composers discuss the creation of the musical voice behind the hero, explain the challenges when bringing a comic book character or story to life, and writing music to reflect the story line. Panelists will show examples of their work, some from never-before-seen projects. Panelists include Brian Tyler (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy), Blake Neely (CW’s The Flash), John Ottman (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Graeme Revell (Fox’s Gotham), and Christophe Beck (Edge of Tomorrow), with a special guest moderator!

 

3:00pm –  4:00pm

The Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con: Positive Portrayals of Women in Pop Culture Room 7AB

With so many damsels in distress, “fridged” girlfriends, and invisible women in popular culture, how’s a fangirl (or fanboy) supposed to find a lady to look up to? By banding together and making their own, that’s how! To discuss the best (and most disappointing) examples of powerful women in pop culture, Action Flick Chick Katrina Hill (Action Movie Freak) has assembled a team of women and men dangerous in their own right: Lesley Aletter (professional stuntwoman), Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia founder), Adrienne Curry (host/model/Tolkien enthusiast), Jane Espenson (Husbands), Alan Sizzler Kistler (TheMarySue.com), Bryan Q. Miller ( Batgirl), and Jennifer K. Stuller (Ink-Stained Amazon).

 

3:00pm –  4:00pm

The Writer’s Journey: Breaking into Comic Book and Hollywood Scriptwriting Room 32AB

This is part of the “Breaking In” series along with the Insight to Indies panel. If you are an unpublished writer with dreams of making it in the transmedia marketplace and you don’t know how or where to begin, this is the panel for you. Hollywood screenwriters and graphic novel producers Brandon M. Easton (ThunderCats [2011], Transformers: Rescue Bots), Geoffrey Thorne (TNT’s Leverage, Ben 10), Jonathan Callan (Ben 10, Generator Rex), animation showrunner Charlotte Fullerton (Ben 10: Omniverse), veteran screenwriter Tony Puryear (the Schwarzenegger film Eraser), and actress/writer Erika Alexander (Maxine Shaw from Living Single and co-creator/co-writer of Concrete Park, a graphic novel from Dark Horse) all share insider information, publishing secrets, and the professional realities on how to develop your ideas into a viable comics proposal. Topics include how to hire artists and build a strong contract, how to seek out a publisher, and how to navigate the tough new world of intellectual property management in the digital frontier.

 

3:00pm –  4:00pm

When Magic & Myth Meet Main Street Room 25ABC

When stories mix modern cities like Paris, L.A., and New York with magic, myth, and demon spawn, they are collectively known as Urban Fantasy, and many of today’s popular authors are adding their otherworldly ingredients to the melting pots of modern (and not-so-modern) society. Jim Butcher (Skin Game), Seanan McGuire (Sparrow Hill Road), Richard Kadrey (The Getaway God), Thomas Sniegoski (The Remy Chandler Series), Amber Benson (Calliope Reaper-Jones series), and Greg van Eekhout (California Bones) discuss why something old with something new equals gold. Moderated by Anton Strout (Incarnate).

 

3:15pm –  4:15pm

The Inspiration that Brought Far Cry 4’s Kyrat to Life and the Quest for Everest Room 6DE

Go behind the scenes with the research that went into building Far Cry 4’s open-world Kyrat for the next generation. The team traveled to Nepal with VICE to draw inspiration and create authentic Kyrati characters and environments native to the region. Also learn more about Far Cry 4’s Quest for Everest, when panelists pick a winner for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be the first to play a video game on Mount Everest.

 

3:30pm –  3:55pm

H7N3 Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina

A doctor struggles with his professional obligations as he attempts to diagnose a little girl’s alarming symptoms on the eve of a viral outbreak. Starring C. S. Lee (Dexter). Participating panelists include Iris K. Shim (director), Brian Birch (producer), and Lily Niu (producer).

 

3:30pm –  4:30pm

Captain Action’s Con Custom Contest Room 24ABC

Captain Action has invited 1/6th scale customizers to compete in the Captain’s Custom Figure Contest. As the Original Superhero Action Figure, Captain Action is all about customization, change and the power of imagination. Those attending the show can bring their creations in for review on stage where their entries will be shown on the big screen. Our panel of judges, and all the fans in the room, will review the six best finalists and award prizes! Additional bonus: Captain Action Enterprises will also reveal upcoming projects, prototypes, and products. Judges/panelists include: J. C.Vaughn (The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide), Marv Wolfman (New Teen Titans, Blade, Nova), Julius Marx (Action Figure Insider), Michael Polis (Atomic Toybox , Yo Gabba Gabba), and Michael Crawford (Captain Toy, MWC Toys). Moderated by Ed Catto (Captain Action).

 

3:30pm –  4:30pm

Comic-Con How-To: Introducing Maya 3 3D Modeling Software with Fella Room 2

Join game artist Matthew Doyle for a trip through the process of designing and building a character for games, from 2D concept to 3D modeling, painting, and animating, and finally into a game engine. The tools used in the workflow will include Sketchbook Pro, Maya LT, Mudbox, and the Unity game engine!

 

3:30pm –  4:30pm

DC Comics: Batman 75: Legends of the Dark Knight Room 6BCF

In his 75-year publishing history, Batman has grown into one of the most popular and influential icons of all time. Don’t miss this historic panel with the legendary creators such as Neal Adams, Greg Capullo, Geoff Johns, Frank Miller, Grant Morrison, Denny O’Neil, and Scott Snyder, who have shaped the Dark Knight into the hero he is today.

 

3:30pm –  4:30pm

IDW Artist’s Editions Room 4

Artist’s Edition editor Scott Dunbier blathers on and on about Artist’s Editions past, present, and future. There will be a couple of cool announcements as well as special guests Walter Simonson and IDW president (and art lover) Greg Goldstein-what more could you possibly want?

 

3:30pm –  4:30pm

Teen Wolf Ballroom 20

MTV’s hit drama Teen Wolf returns to Comic-Con for the fifth consecutive year. The pack of Tyler Posey, Dylan O’Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden, and new cast members Shelley Hennig and Dylan Sprayberry, along with executive producer Jeff Davis, share secrets, debut a new mid-season trailer, and answer fan questions. Moderated by Buzzfeed senior editor Jarett Wieselman.

 

3:30pm –  4:30pm

That Again? Avoiding Repetition in Animated Features Room 26AB

In recent years, animated features have enjoyed an enormous financial success: the three top-grossing animated films of 2013 accounted for 10% of the total U.S. box office. Despite this unprecedented success, critics and filmmakers have complained of a sameness creeping into the design and story of many films. Charles Solomon, an internationally respected critic and author of 16 books on the subject, will lead the discussion about the state of the animated feature and its future as both a medium of artistic expression and a financially viable form of filmmaking. David Silverman (director, The Pink Panther), Doug Sweetland (director, Storks), and Morishima Taro (associate producer, Paprika) will join the discussion.

 

3:30pm –  4:30pm

The Sergio & Mark Show Room 8

Usually, this is the panel where Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier make empty promises of more Groo the Wanderer to come. This time though, there actually is new Groo with the release of the long-awaited Groo Vs. Conan miniseries from Dark Horse, to be followed closely by a new series of new Groo stories and a new series of old Groo stories and you’ll hear all about it at the panel with Sergio and Mark and Stan Sakai and the world’s hardest-working colorist, Tom Luth.

 

4:00pm –  5:00pm

ASIFA-Hollywood: Animation in Video Games Room 5AB

What does it take to animate a video game? How does animation in video games differ from conventional animated media and where does it overlap? ASIFA-Hollywood invites you to join the panel for a lively discussion on the wide array of disciplines and possibilities in video game animation, which will include artists who have experience in CG key frame, motion capture, sprites, hand-drawn and dynamic animation. This is a panel aspiring game animators don’t want to miss!

 

4:00pm –  5:00pm

Breaking into Comics and Staying In Room 30CDE

With the shifting landscape of the comics industry, this is your invaluable guide to breaking into the comics industry. Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt (Marvel and IDW) is joined by writers Joshua Williamson (Ghosted, Nailbiter) and Joshua Hale Fialkov (The Ultimates, The Bunker), Dark Horse editor-in-chief Scott Allie (Hellboy), and IDW Publishing editor-in-chief Chris Ryall (Zombies Vs. Robots) for what promises to be the best panel on breaking in ever!

 

4:00pm –  5:00pm

George R. R. Martin Discusses In the House of the Worm Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin (Game of Thrones) discusses his novels, projects, and the visceral new In the House of the Worm comic book series. Moderator William Christensen (Avatar Press publisher) conducts this Q&A with Martin live and in person!

 

4:00pm –  5:00pm

Insights for Independent Creators Room 32AB

The Antidote Trust teams up with Eisner Award-nominated and creative writing force (live action and animation), Brandon Easton, for two hours of in-depth discussions. This first hour concentrates on independent comic creation. Panelists include Andre Owens (writer of the sci-fi superhero comic book Force Galaxia and writer/director for the web series The Psychedelic Detective), Dani Dixon (comic book creator of 13, M.I.S.//ing, Five Nations and publisher of Tumble Creek Press), Glyph Awards Rising Star 2014 recipient Jason Reeves (freelance illustrator for USA Today and co-creator of the comic book One Nation), Glyph Award recipient with Mr. Reeves Alverne Ball (classically trained writer and consultant for the film industry), Hannibal Tabu ( 2012 Top Cow Talent Hunt winner who writes The Buy Pile for Comic Book Resources), and Robert Roach (TV and film story illustrator, comics creator of Menthu, and winner of the inaugural Glyph Rising Star Award). Moderated by DeWayne Copeland, co-creator and producer of the hit indie superhero webseries CV Nation.

 

4:00pm –  5:00pm

Kids’ Heroes, Capes, and Journeys: Does One Size Fit All? Room 29A

Graphic novel authors and educators discuss how kids’ heroes have grown and changed over the years. Discussing “Hero” templates, they’ll explore old and new hero favorites and whether a mold helps or hinders the development of future heroes. Panelists will then ask the audience to help create an SDCC 2014 hero as artist panelists draw/design/experiment with hero templates. Implications for fans, educators, students, and aspiring writers, and critics will be discussed.

 

4:00pm –  5:00pm

Putting the Epic in Epic Fantasy Room 25ABC

Swords, magic, and chivalric knights on white horses-or should that be morally ambiguous knights? In the age of Game of Thrones, the epic fantasy genre is changing. Patrick Rothfuss (The Slow Regard of Silent Things), Robin Hobb (Fool’s Assassin), Joe Abercrombie (Half a King), Raymond E. Feist (Magician’s End), Django Wexler (The Shadow Throne), Morgan Rhodes (The Falling Kingdoms series), and Sam Sykes (The City Stained Red) discuss their recent works and epic fantasy in general. Moderated by Brent Weeks (The Way of Shadows).

 

4:00pm –  5:00pm

Spotlight on David Lasky Room 9

Eisner Award-winning artist and Comic-Con special guest David Lasky (The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song) talks about his 25-year career in alternative comics and how it all led up to his recent historical graphic novels. Join David for this relaxed interview moderated by his old friend and former colleague Tom Spurgeon (ComicsReporter.com). A clip from the upcoming documentary Bezango, WA will be shown.

 

4:00pm –  5:00pm

Star Trek at 50: From ‘The Cage’ to Today Room 23ABC

The man The Los Angeles Times dubbed “the world’s foremost Trekspert,” Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise) moderates a panel celebrating five decades since filming began on the original Trek pilot starring Jeffrey Hunter. Panelists consist of a murderer’s row of Star Trek luminaries reflecting on 50 years of Trek history, including Scott Mantz (chief film critic, Access Hollywood), David A. Goodman (producer, Star Trek: Enterprise, author Federation: The First 150 Years), Marc Cushman (author, These Are the Voyages,Volumes 1-3), Ed Gross (legendary Trek journalist), Robert Meyer Burnett (producer, Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-rays), Jeff Bond (author, The Music of Star Trek) and Chase Masterson (actress, Deep Space Nine). Look back…and forward…at sci-fi’s first franchise. It’s like nothing you’ve encountered before.

 

4:00pm –  5:00pm

The 9th Annual All-Star Comic Book Podcasters Panel Room 28DE

Get ready for a no-holds-barred debate/discussion of the current state of the geek marketplace. Like sports reporters at the World Series or Super Bowl, these podcast hosts voice their opinions on their weekly shows, but what happens when they face each other, and may not get the last word on a subject? Featuring John Siuntres (Word Balloon), Heath Corson (The Nerdist Writers Panel-Comics Edition), Calvin Reid (Publisher’s Weekly Comics World), Tim Beyers (The Motley Fool), John Mayo (Comic Book Page), and Glen Weldon (NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour).

 

4:00pm –  5:00pm

VIZ Media Room 7AB

Get the latest updates and exciting news from VIZ Media staff on your favorite manga and anime! There will be a special giveaway for attendees as well.

 

4:00pm –  5:00pm

Hollywood Location Scouts Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina

Location scouts work with the director and production designer to translate their cinematic visions to reality by traveling the world to seek out exactly where the movies will be made. Six location scouts will discuss the creative and logistical aspects of their jobs, relate some exciting anecdotes, and answer audience questions. Moderator Scott Trimble (Tomorrowland) joins panelists Chris Baugh (Transcendence), Mandi Dillin (Iron Man 3), Ann Goobie (X-Men: The Last Stand), J. J. Hook (Transformers: Age of Extinction), and Michael John Meehan (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End).

 

4:15pm –  5:15pm

Skybound’s The Walking Dead Room 6A

Dive into the world of the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead graphic novel series with creator Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard. Moderated by The Walking Dead editor Sean Mackiewicz.

 

4:30pm –  5:30pm

Anime Programming in the U.S. Room 26AB

Amanda Nanawa (director of programming, FUNimation Channel), Jill Snider (senior programming manager, acquisitions, Starz), Azusa Kudo (international business development, Bang Zoom!), and Mario Rodriguez (digital development manager, Group 1200 Media/FUNimation) offer insight on programming anime for the U.S. audience. Panel moderated by Malik Forté (gaming editor, Nerdist Industries).

 

4:30pm –  5:30pm

Creation of Creature Room 24ABC

Neville Page (Avatar, Star Trek, Tron, Prometheus, Noah) will be sharing his techniques and vision for creating creatures and characters in the entertainment industry. Examples will be shown from various productions as well as tips and tricks from his upcoming book, Beauty in the Beast.

 

4:30pm –  5:30pm

Entertainment Weekly: The Visionaries Hall H

A discussion between a couple of blockbuster directors on the art of filmmaking and a wide-ranging discussion about the future of film.

 

4:30pm –  5:30pm

Marvel: Avengers & X-Men AXIS Room 6DE

Are you ready for Marvel’s biggest event of the year? In Avengers & X-Men: AXIS, the Red Skull has enslaved thousands, has amassed an army, and now broadcasts his message of hate across the world. Earth’s last hope hinges on the fragile alliance of two estranged teams-the Avengers and the X-Men! A who’s who of Marvel talent and editors will be on hand to discuss this Marvel blockbuster! Plus, find out the latest on current and future X-titles! Join editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, executive editor Mike Marts, senior editor Nick Lowe, Avengers & X-Men: AXIS writer Rick Remender, and other Mighty Marvel guests for a rousing discussion and Q&A session!

 

4:30pm –  5:30pm

Q&A: New York Times Bestseller, Gregg Hurwitz, Interviewed by Howard Chaykin Room 4

Comic book legend Howard Chaykin interviews New York Times bestselling author, comic book writer, and Comic-Con special guest Gregg Hurwitz (Tell No Lies, Batman: The Dark Knight) about comics, crime fiction, TV, movies, and all other order of fictional mayhem.

 

4:30pm –  5:30pm

Thunderbirds at 50 Room 8

As Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s iconic Thunderbirds series turns 50 next year, Jamie Anderson (Anderson Entertainment) executive producers of the new Thunderbirds Are Go series Richard Taylor (Jane and the Dragon, The Wot Wots, LOTR), and Giles Ridge (Harry Potter: Behind the Magic, The Illustrated Mum) talk about heritage programs, and the importance of remaining true to the ethos that made the show so successful first time around. Join the Thunderbirds team for this Q&A, moderated by head writer of the new series Rob Hoegee (Slugterra, Generator Rex, Teen Titans).

 

4:45pm –  5:45pm

Comic-Con How-To: Tips on pitching [Your Product/Yourself] Room 2

Matt Hawkins and John Nee present a discussion on how to pitch. They will talk about pitching your ideas and provide some mock pitches where they will alternate being the person pitching and person being pitched to. Writer, physicist, and social media maven Matt Hawkins has published over 1,000 comic books in his 21-year career at Image Comics and Top Cow and has created and/or written many, including Think Tank, Aphrodite IX, The Test, Alibi, Lady Pendragon, and Tales of Honor. Despite producing TV series, feature films, and video games, Matt still considers himself to be a comic book dude. John Nee was senior VP of business development for DC Comics, where his responsibilities included operational oversight of two publishing imprints (WildStorm and CMX Manga), global licensed publishing, international rights, interactive entertainment, book trade sales, and circulation and subscriptions for MAD magazine and DC Comics.

 

4:45pm –  5:45pm

Hannibal: Embrace the Madness Ballroom 20

Join the creative minds behind the award-winning TV seriesHannibal. The menu will include executive producer/creator Bryan Fuller, executive producer/writer Steven Lightfoot, director David Slade, executive producer Martha DeLaurentiis, and stars Caroline Dhavernas (Dr. Alana Bloom), Scott Thompson, and Aaron Abrams (Special Agents Jimmy Price and Brian Zeller), in a panel moderated by Jonathan Ross. They’ll serve behind-the-scenes discussion from the second season, paired with sneak previews of what’s to come in season 3, not to mention a few surprises along the way. Bon appétit, Fannibals!

 

4:45pm –  5:45pm

The World of Capcom Room 6BCF

Moderator Francis Mao (Capcom) and a panel of Capcom staff members share the latest updates on all the hot, new Capcom games, including Ultra Street Fighter IV, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Dead Rising 3, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy, and Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, plus sneak peeks at all the latest cool Capcom merchandise and maybe a surprise or two.

 

5:00pm –  5:30pm

We Wanted More Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina

A psychological thriller about a singer who loses her voice on the precipice of her first world tour, We Wanted More is a hypnotic fever dream about the sacrifices a young artist makes for her career. Participating speakers include Jennifer Shin (producer) and Margaret Rose Lester (writer, Avenue of the Stars).

 

5:00pm –  6:00pm

An Unofficial Look at the Final Middle-Earth Film: The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

This is it, the final Middle-Earth movie from Peter Jackson and New Zealand. The staff of TheOneRing.net, reporting the productions and all things Tolkien for 15 years, takes a non-studio-sanctioned look at what to expect from the end of The Hobbit trilogy. Rumors, conjecture, truths, and spy reports combine to prepare audiences for the final Tolkien cinematic chapter.

 

5:00pm –  6:00pm

Breaking Barriers: Transgender Trends in Popular Culture Room 28DE

In recent years, transgender creators have gained visibility in comics, movies, and television after long being consigned to the shadows. From coming out and transition to navigating gender politics in a world still struggling to understand, cartoonists, writers, and filmmakers are investing their work with unique personal experiences as their characters learn to live and love in new and unexpected ways. Prism Comics and moderator Tara Madison Avery (Dirtheads, Gooch, Prism Comics) present panelists Dylan Edwards (Transposes), Melanie Gillman (As the Crow Flies), J. D. Saxon (Mahou Shounen Fight!), Elizabeth Lain (F*** the Limits!: The 30-Day Art Project, This Is Where), Ashley Love (Trans Forming Media, journalist, transsexual advocate), and Comic-Con special guest, famed comics historian Michelle Nolan (Love on the Racks: A History of American Romance Comics) for an exploration of a range of exciting new themes and stories for contemporary audiences.

 

5:00pm –  6:00pm

Color Design in Comics Room 32AB

Some of the most memorable color decisions in comics can happen before the first page is drawn. Ian Herring (Ms. Marvel), Ryan Hill (Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two), Sloane Leong (Change), and José Villarrubia (Trillium) discuss the art of color design with moderator Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics).

 

5:00pm –  6:00pm

Costume Designer’s Guild: Costumes as a Career Room 23ABC

Ever wanted to know what it takes to design costumes for some of the biggest TV shows and movies? I.A.T.S.E. Union Local 892 Costumer Designers Guild has put together a panel of experts to fill you in. Panelists include Kristin Burke, costume designer (Sleepy Hollow); Brigitta Romanov, assistant costume designer (Glee); Gina Dedomenico, costume illustrator (Godzilla); and Cate Adair (VP, Costume Designers Guild Local 892 Union), as well as Eddie Marks (Western Costume Company), Celia Sedwick Rogus (creative director, FIDM Film & TV Costume Design Advanced Study Program), and Shane Mahan (co-founder of Legacy Effects). Moderated by Chrisi Karvonides (UCLA-Theater Film & TV Costume Design Program department head, CDG Member).

 

5:00pm –  6:00pm

DC Comics-Master Class: Art History Room 30CDE

Class is in session, as some of the greatest artists in the industry-Lee Bermejo (Before Watchmen: Rorschach, upcoming Suiciders), John Romita Jr. ( Superman), Nicola Scott (Earth 2)-take this panel to school with an in-depth look at their creative process. DC Comics is proud to spotlight these talented individuals for this exclusive, all-access look at what it’s like drawing for DC.

 

5:00pm –  6:00pm

How to Kickstart Your Dream Like a Pro Room 25ABC

A lineup of all-star creators who’ve used Kickstarter to launch their dream projects help you learn first-hand from the pros how to create your own successful Kickstarter campaign. Panelists include legendary TV writer/producers Jane Espenson and Brad “Cheeks” Bell (Husbands), comics icon Jimmy Palmiotti (Denver, Forager), and artist extraordinaire John Picacio (The 2014 John Picacio Calendar). Moderated by Craig Engler (Kickstarter).

 

5:00pm –  6:00pm

Spotlight on Eleanor Davis Room 9

Eleanor Davis (How to be Happy) will do an autobiographical presentation that has something to do with finding truth in fiction & the strange passions inside an author/reader relationship.

 

5:00pm –  6:00pm

Teaching Content Through Comics: Math, Science, and History Room 29A

Comics and graphic novels are highly effective tools not only for improving literacy but also for teaching mathematics, science, and history/social studies. Join the experts from Reading With Pictures as they present the best in comics and graphic novels for teaching in content areas, including recommended titles and lesson ideas, and hear from the creators of some of the best graphic texts for content study. Moderated by Tracy Edmunds (curriculum director at Reading With Pictures) and featuring Nick Dragotta (Howtoons), Geoffrey Golden (Sesame Street), Chuck Dixon (The Forgotten Man), Jonathan Hennessey (The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation), and Josh Elder (Comics That Make Kids Smarter).

 

5:00pm –  6:00pm

The Fusion of Art and Style in Sunset Overdrive Room 5AB

A critically acclaimed artist group famous for its renditions of limited-run movie posters will showcase its first-ever video game-inspired print for Sunset Overdrive, a new open-world action game coming exclusively to the Xbox One this fall. Audience members will get to hear from Ted Price (president and CEO of Insomniac Games), Drew Murray/Marcus Smith (Sunset Overdrive), and the lead artist as they discuss the creation of the print as well as key game features for Sunset Overdrive.

 

5:00pm –  6:00pm

Understanding Stories: The Making of a Graphic Novel Room 7AB

Comics creator and author Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics) literally wrote the book on making comics. Now he’s returned to fiction with The Sculptor, a nearly 500-page epic story of love, loss, art, and memory. Join the man Frank Miller called “just about the smartest guy in comics” for a fast-moving visual presentation on the challenges of building stories, bringing characters to life on the page, and constructing the worlds they live in.

 

5:30pm –  6:10pm

The Dark Shift Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina

Alex has been convinced for some time that something otherwordly lives in the bookstore where he works. He takes a late-night inventory shift to find it once and for all, but whatever he’s looking for is about to find him first…Participating panelists include writer/director Colin Johnson (artistic director, BattleStache Studios) and lead actor Joshua Han (co-founder, BattleStache Studios).

 

5:30pm –  6:30pm

Cartoon Hangover: Bee and PuppyCat and Friends Room 6A

Frederator’s Cartoon Hangover channel presents Bee and PuppyCat and Friends, with the creator of Bee and PuppyCat, Natasha Allegri, and the cast and crew of the most successful crowdfunded animation series ever, including the voice of Bee, Ally Rachel; the voice of Deckard, Kent Osborne; Efrain Farias (art director); character designer Becky Dreistadt; writer (and voice of Wallace) Frank Gibson; and writer Madeleine Flores. Cartoon Hangover will also present the upcoming short film Manly and a conversation with the creators Justin Moynihan and Jesse Moynihan. Moderated by Frederator’s VP of development, Eric Homan.

 

5:30pm –  6:30pm

FUNimation Industry Panel Room 24ABC

From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news and information from North America’s largest anime distributor-FUNimation.

 

5:30pm –  6:30pm

Mad About MAD Room 4

MAD, the country’s #1-selling humor magazine (in a field of 1), is dumber than ever! MAD editor John Ficarra and art director Sam Viviano take a ridiculous peek at what’s happening at the magazine, and an epically moronic Q&A that’s bound to be, well, MAD! (Prizes will be awarded for most moronic questions!)

 

5:30pm –  6:30pm

Making a Living in Manga: In Japan! Room 26AB

What’s it like to work as a comics creator in Japan? What does it take to get your manga published in top magazines like Shonen Jump or Morning? How do you get a job as an assistant to a top manga-ka (comics artist)? Felipe Smith (writer/artist, All-New Ghost Rider, Peepo Choo, MBQ), Jamie Lynn Lano (former assistant manga-ka on The Prince of Tennis, author and artist, www.jamieism.com), and Steve Cummings (Wayward, Uglies, and Pantheon High) are three people who lived the dream in the motherland of manga, and boy, have they got stories to tell! They, along with editor/manga publishing pro Lillan Diaz-Pryzbyl (head comics editor, Sparker Monthly, former senior editor, TOKYOPOP Inc.), offer insights about what it really takes to make a living in manga in Japan (and North America), followed by what should be a lively Q&A session moderated by Deb Aoki (editor, MangaComicsManga.com).

 

5:30pm –  6:30pm

Pitch Your Comic to Mark Waid and Thrillbent Room 8

Think you have a one-shot digital comic in you that the world should see? Here’s your chance to pitch it to Mark Waid (Daredevil, Superman: Birthright, Empire), James Tynion IV (Batman, The Eighth Seal, The House in the Wall), Christina Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood),Chris Mancini (Comedy Film Nerds), Nicholas Rucka (Kitchen Death Match), Lori Matsumoto (Thrillbent general manager), and Raygun (Thrillbent web development/design). They’ll listen to your verbal pitch and select the best they hear for further development. Along the way, there’ll be frank discussion about how Mark and his partners do what they do, what works and doesn’t work in digital comics, what makes this medium unique, and what new projects are coming up from Thrillbent!

 

5:45pm –  6:45pm

Witches of East End Room 6DE

Darkness is rising! Get an exclusive look at what’s in store as season two unfolds, plus an audience Q&A with the entire star-studded cast: Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rachel Boston, Mädchen Amick, Daniel DiTomasso, and Eric Winter, plus executive producers Rich Hatem (Supernatural, Grimm) and Maggie Friedman (Eastwick).

 

6:00pm –  7:00pm

A Universe of Terror Drawn to One Panel: Aliens, Predator, Prometheus, and Beyond Room 9

Nearly 30 years ago, Dark Horse rewrote the rules of licensed comics with the release of Aliens, continuing the story lines of Ridley Scott’s iconic film franchise. Predator and the iconic crossover Aliens Vs. Predator followed, with each series practically outselling the last. Now, the publisher partners with Scott again, to bring sci-fi epic Prometheus to comics. With just under two months away from the launch of the ambitious and highly anticipated crossover, Fire and Stone, Dark Horse editor-in-chief Scott Allie, writers Chris Roberson (Aliens), Joshua Williamson (Predator), Christopher Sebela (Aliens Vs. Predator), and the Prometheus team of Paul Tobin and Juan Ferrerya, reveal just what’s in store for this grand universe!

 

6:00pm –  7:00pm

Batman ’66 Hall H

Holy Bat Panels! Get all the details on the most anticipated home entertainment release in fanboy history when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment reunites pop icons Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar on the Hall H stage for a Bat-tastic look at Batman: The Complete TV Series. The actors behind Batman, Robin. and Catwoman, along with moderator Ralph Garman, will give you an inside sneak peek at all the exclusive content within this blockbuster home entertainment release, as well as exhibiting dazzling HD remastered footage from the landmark series. Batman: The Complete TV Series will be released in November 2014.

 

6:00pm –  7:00pm

Breaking into Animation Writing Room 32AB

How do you get in? How do you get that first assignment? Craig Miller (Curious George, Beast Wars) leads a panel including Charlotte Fullerton (Ben 10: Omniverse, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic), Patrick Rieger (Thunderbirds Are Go), Dean Stefan (X-Men, Darkwing Duck), and Cort Lane (VP, animation development & partnerships, Marvel Studios) who will tell you the truth about what you need to know and do.

 

6:00pm –  7:00pm

Childrens Hospital Special Video Presentation and Q&A Room 25ABC

Adult Swim’s two-time Emmy-winning live-action comedy returns to Comic-Con for a fifth year! Creator and star Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) will share an exclusive video sneak peek at season 6, and will be joined onstage by select cast for a lively and medically accurate Q&A. From Abominable Pictures, The Corddry Company and Warner Bros. Television Group’s Studio 2.0, Childrens Hospital will premiere with new episodes on Adult Swim in 2015.

 

6:00pm –  7:00pm

Comic-Con How-To: Break into Digital Comics using the Motion Book Tool Room 2

From Batman to My Little Pony, Madefire and DeviantArt have revolutionized the comic book online. Learn how to publish your comic to DeviantArt in less than 5 minutes using Madefire’s unique cloud-based tool! Panelists for this session include Dave Gibbons, Bill Sienkiewicz, Liam Sharp, Yuumei, and Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau.

 

6:00pm –  7:00pm

Figure Drawing for Popular Media Room 30CDE

Emilio Soltero, Ph.D. (John Buscema: A Life in Sketches), and panelists present a primer on drawing the figure for popular media, including drawing for comics and character design. The focus will be on anatomy and figure drawing. There will be time to draw as well. Professionals and beginners are welcome. Bring your drawing supplies to draw models/cosplayers during this interactive presentation. Come ready to take notes and to draw.

 

6:00pm –  7:00pm

geekEd. IV: A New Hope-Bringing Geek Back to Higher Education Room 29A

Come interact with a panel of educators from across the country as they share how they make the most of their geek identities in their jobs and in their campus communities! Alex Belisario (UC Santa Cruz), Alfred Day (University of California, Berkeley), Eugene Frier (University of North Texas), Brian MacDonald (Rutgers University), and Patricia Nguyen (UCLA) are excited to share their stories of building personal connections with geek students, developing programs that create excitement, fostering inclusive communities, and enhancing the geek college experience. Joining them this year are Geralyn Williams and Eric Francisco from Rutgers University to share their unique student perspective. If you are an industry or marketing professional, work in higher education, attend or want to attend college (or know someone who does), this panel is for you!

 

6:00pm –  7:00pm

Goonies Never Say Die Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

With Richard Donner’s announcement that a sequel to his beloved 1985 classic The Goonies is on the way, join Goonies cast members to explore how it became an iconic movie for an entire generation, why the film has stood the test of time, and possible insights into the much anticipated sequel. Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) moderates a panel of cast members and special surprise guests, including a Q&A session.

 

6:00pm –  7:00pm

LGBT Geek Year in Review Room 28DE

In the past few years, the geek world has been filled with many noteworthy moments of importance to the queer fan. Some were fabulous, some were unfortunate, some were misguided, and some were “blink and you missed it.” LGBT activist and columnist P. Kristen Enos (Active Voice, Creatures of Grace) leads a discussion with Diane Anderson-Minshall (The Advocate), Trish Bendix (AfterEllen.com), Matt Kane (GLAAD), and Sean Z. Maker (Bent-Con) on the events of LGBT interest in the past year, why they think they were so important, and what they might mean for the future for LGBT fans.

 

6:00pm –  7:00pm

Masquerade 101 Room 23ABC

For costumers, future costumers, and those who simply enjoy watching on-stage costuming, this brief overview of fan convention costume competitions will discuss their workings, their history, how contests differ from one type of convention to another, how judging is done, and creating original designs and re-creations, plus costume research, planning, fabrication, and stage presentation tips for taking a costume creation from beginning idea to stage-ready showpiece-and most important, how to have fun doing it! Presented by Comic-Con Masquerade director for the past 23 years Martin Jaquish, Masquerade assistant John Ruff, award-winning fan costumer Allan Lavigne, and award-winning member of the HCC cosplay group, Judy Grivich.

 

6:00pm –  7:00pm

Showtime: Penny Dreadful Ballroom 20

Creator and showrunner John Logan is joined by spellbinding stars Josh Hartnett (Ethan Chandler), Reeve Carney (Dorian Gray), and Harry Treadaway (Victor Frankenstein), as the monstrous new series possesses Ballroom 20. Enter the demimonde to find out what moments haunt the writer and cast from the first season and view a sneak peek to see what the cards reveal about the season ahead. The panel will be moderated by Emmy Award-nominated actress and host Aisha Tyler (Archer, The Talk), followed by a Q&A session with the “Dreadfuls.” Penny Dreadful returns to Showtime in 2015.

 

6:00pm –  7:00pm

Skylanders Room 7AB

The Skylanders team offers an inside look at the creative process that brings toys to life-and for the first time, life to toys. A talented cast of panel participants will discuss everything from the process of creating Skylanders’ charming roster of characters, to the critical role that voice-over acting plays in animating each character. Comic book writer David A. Rodriguez and editor David Hedgecock will also delve into the comic world of Skylanders and how this brand extension is taking Skylanders to a new level.

 

6:00pm –  7:00pm

The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels Room 6BCF

The almost 20-year stretch of Star Wars history between Episodes III and IV is a dark time in the galaxy that has never before been explored on screen. The evil Galactic Empire has tightened its grip and only a select few are brave enough to stand against tyranny and ignite a rebellion. Join Star Wars Rebels executive producers Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg as well as series stars Freddie Prinze, Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar, and Taylor Gray for an exclusive preview of what’s to come this Fall on Disney XD in this eagerly awaited television series from Lucasfilm Animation.

 

6:00pm –  7:00pm

Vertigo: Defy Conventions Room 5AB

Vertigo is ready to blow your mind with trend-setting comics and topnotch talent, including Lee Bermejo (upcoming Suiciders), Mark Buckingham (Fables, Fairest), Tula Lotay (Bodies), Simon Oliver (FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics), Scott Snyder (American Vampire, The Wake), and others! From horror to mythic fiction to sci-fi and beyond, see what amazing new ideas are coming your way from the imprint that’s on a mission to defy all your expectations!

 

6:10pm –  6:50pm

From the Woods Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina

A recently single mother must learn to let go of her fear and obsession over her abusive husband in order to save her son from the Slender Man hiding in the woods near their new home. Participating panelists include Nicolas Wendl (director), Jamil Afzali (producer), and Cameron McIntyre (actor).

 

6:30pm –  7:30pm

Firefly Online: Bringing Back the ‘Verse Room 24ABC

Firefly Online (FFO), the first and only officially licensed video game based on the cult-hit TV show Firefly, aims for nothing less than to bring Firefly back to life for millions of fans. Executive producer Andy Gore, technical director John O’Neill, voice-over and casting director Andrea Romano (Batman: The Animated Series plus many others), game director Adam Cogan, art director Ben Lichius, and composer David Joseph Wesley present the first official public demonstration of FFO. FFO is a multi-user strategic role-playing game set in the universe of Joss Whedon’s beloved TV show Firefly. You’ll see how to get a ship, hire a ragtag crew, and do whatever it takes to survive in The Black! The demonstration will be followed by Q&A. Also, expect a few surprises.

 

6:30pm –  7:30pm

Indie Comics Marketing & PR 101 Room 8

Have a comic but don’t know how to get it in front of the most people possible? Learn essential marketing and PR tips and tricks from the industry’s best in this roundtable discussion, revealing all the secrets of pulling off effective marketing & PR to get your comic noticed. Host Chip Mosher (comiXology’s marketing & PR maven) is joined by BOOM! Studio’s dynamic marketing & PR duo Mel Caylo and Christine Dinh, along with Fantagraphics Books’s stellar PR and marketing team Jacq Cohen and Jen Vaughn, for an inspiring and wide-ranging discussion that will teach you how to market yourself and your comic to the widest audience possible.

 

6:30pm –  7:30pm

Manga: Lost in Translation Room 26AB

Manga sales have started coming back from the recession lows, and simultaneous publishing is starting to make inroads. So how are the people in the industry faring? Questions will be answered, and stories will be told! Hear it directly from long-time professionals William Flanagan (Fairy Tail), Jonathan Tarbox (Fist of the North Star), Stephen Paul (One Piece), Ed Chavez (marketing director, Vertical), Nathan Collins (Battle Royale Remastered), and Lillian Diaz-Przybyl (head editor, comics, Chromatic Press).

 

6:30pm –  7:30pm

What Video Games Can Teach Room 4

Advocating for a learner-centered approach often brings up the question, “Won’t my kids just play video games all day?” Although the answer to that is multifaceted, no experience is devoid of learning. In fact, some experiences may have more opportunities for development than first believed. Genese Davis (The Holder’s Dominion, MMORPG.com, The Gamer in You) and special guest speakers discuss the benefits and potential drawbacks to video games and how to navigate both. This high-powered panel will plunge into video game culture and its social development, divulging how video games affect our lives and education.

 

6:45pm –  7:45pm

Bad Hat Harry and Geek & Sundry Get Spooked Again! Room 6A

The cast and crew of Spooked reveal what’s next for the Paranormal Investigation Team! Executive produced by Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Sheri Bryant, Jason Taylor, and Felicia Day, Spooked is a paranormal comedy following the “Paranormal Investigation Team” (P.I.T.) as they set out to uncover the awesomeness of the unknown. The show stars Julian Curtis (Captured), Neil Grayston (Eureka), Ashley Johnson (The Killing), Derek Mio (Greek), and Shyloh Oostwald (In Time). Meet the cast and crew, including director Richard Martin and creator Michael Gene Conti, as they look into the show’s future!

 

6:50pm –  7:15pm

Trauma Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina

Proof that there’s nothing lurking in the attic of her childhood home is the only thing standing between Isabelle and freedom. But even with her doctor’s insistence, something still feels dreadfully amiss. Participating panelists include Ethan Young (director, writer, editor), Hannah Baker (production designer), and Adrien DeFontaine (director of photography).

 

7:00pm –  8:00pm

Everything Old Is New Again: The ’90s Live On! Room 29A

Vintage and retro are still hot with Boomers and Gen X, but Millennial collectors are now coming into the marketplace looking for their childhood “new classics” toys of the 1990s! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Batman Animated, and Aliens are all on the rise again and in demand (to say nothing of the My Little Pony renaissance!). Can Furby’s comeback be far behind? Come talk to creators and collectors of all generations about Total Justice, Street Sharks, and Dexter’s Lab among many other totally rad ’90s toys and find out what Clinton-era toyline is now the “new Star Wars” for collectors! Moderator Daniel Pickett (ActionFigureInsider.com, Geek Shall Inherit podcast) discusses this and much more with a panel of toy industry experts, including Reis O’Brien (Funko), Jeff Trojan (Playmates Toys), Kevin Kiniry (DC Collectibles), Randy Falk (NECA), and Jeremy Sung (Spy Monkey Creations).

 

7:00pm –  8:00pm

Hip-Hop & Comics: Cultures Combining Room 23ABC

Hip-Hop and comics reflect each other in many ways: graffiti and album covers incorporate superheroic imagery, rappers adopt secret identities and grandiose aliases, writers base their characters in urban settings, and artists draw on Hip-Hop’s rich visual vocabulary. Both forms thrive on excitement and energy, inspire passionate fanbases, and have risen from modest beginnings to achieve global recognition. Here, Patrick A. Reed (Depth of Field magazine) brings together graphic artists and musical innovators to discuss the ties between these two creative cultures.

 

7:00pm –  8:00pm

Inside the Voice Actors Studio Room 30CDE

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. Panel guests include voice director Andrea Toyias (World of Warcraft), and other top actors from the game.

 

7:00pm –  8:00pm

PodCRASH with That Chris Gore Live Room 25ABC

A Justice League of geeky comedians including Judah Friedlander (30 Rock), Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Program), Brody Stevens (Kroll Show, Comedy Bang Bang), Yoshi Obayashi (Comedy Central), and Tommy Bechtold (Glee, The Middle) along with surprise guests are on hand for a live podcast hosted by comedian Chris Gore (Attack of the Show, Geektime on SiriusXM Howard 101).

 

7:00pm –  8:00pm

Reinventing Horror Room 5AB

For seven years at Comic-Con, Mark L. Miller (Ain’t It Cool News, Pirouette) has gathered a ghoulish ensemble of creative minds to discuss and dissect how they create nightmares and what (if anything) scares them. This year, Mark gathers a talented panel of filmmakers, writers, artists, and musicians to discuss how to reinvent and revitalize the horror genre; pushing new limits, twisting new concepts, and crafting new terrors to keep you up at night.

 

7:00pm –  8:00pm

Robotech Industries Panel Room 6DE

Tommy Yune, director of Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles and Steve Yun, screenwriter of Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles showcase all the latest live-action and animated Robotech projects in production.

 

7:00pm –  8:00pm

Scratch Lightning Strikes Room 28DE

Executives Sam F. Park and Kevin G. Dardano (Scratch Lightning Productions and Monsterverse Entertainment) discuss the exciting new horror TV, film and media projects of Scratch Lightning Productions with creators Robert Myer Burnett (Free Enterprise, Hills Run Red), Emmy winner Robert Sexton (Death Angel), Todd Livingston (The Black Forest) and Henry Mayo (Ted).

 

7:00pm –  8:00pm

The Scoop at Simon & Schuster Room 9

Get the inside word on Simon & Schuster’s upcoming books and the chance to win exclusive prizes. Chrissy Noh (associate marketing director), Matt Pantoliano (digital marketing), Liesa Abrams (marketing manager), Hayley Gonnason (publicist) and Christian Trimmer (publicity manager) give you the scoop on upcoming books from exciting authors, including Cassandra Clare, Scott Westerfeld, Tony DiTerlizzi, Rachel Renée Russell, and Brandon Mull. Hear what’s going on with S&S’s hot properties and get a chance to win exclusive giveaways. All attendees will receive a limited edition T-shirt for Brandon Mull’s Five Kingdoms.

 

7:00pm –  8:00pm

World Building and Storytelling Room 32AB

Robert Roach (Menthu, The Roach), Gini Koch (Alien Collective), Ed Erdelac (Terovolas), Nathan Long (Blackhhearts Omnibus), and Nancy Holder (Wicked Saga) discuss structure and storytelling, the use of pacing, and how certain creators use a timeline to build flow. Moderated by Jeffrey Twohig.

 

7:00pm –  8:00pm

WWE Studios and Lionsgate: A Look Behind the Horror of Leprechaun: Origins and See No Evil 2 Room 7AB

WWE Studios and Lionsgate host a panel for their soon to be released collaborationsLeprechaun: Origins and See No Evil 2. The panel will feature See No Evil 2 directors Jen and Sylvia Soska-the twisted twins of American Mary fame, who will be joined by their on-screen psychopath WWE Superstar Kane. Also in attendance will be director and VFX guru Zach Lipovsky (Tasmanian Devils), director of Leprechaun: Origins; and the star of the cult classic reboot, WWE Superstar Hornswoggle. The panel will include See No Evil 2 and Leprechaun: Origins producer and WWE Studios president Michael Luisi, who will unveil the hotly anticipated and re-imagined looks of the new Leprechaun and Jacob Goodnight.

 

7:15pm –  7:45pm

Ashley Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina

As a girl prepares to go to college, she’s haunted by a recurring nightmare and obsesses over what it means. Then, on the one day she tries to forget about it, she’s unexpectedly confronted with the horrifying truth. Participating panelists include Valerie Roque Ontiveros (executive producer), Jeffrey Schultz (producer), Austen Emme (assistant director), and Jeremy Lei Ontiveros (writer and director).

 

7:15pm –  8:15pm

Sharknado 2: The Second One Room 6BCF

Get your chainsaws ready! A Sharknado is about to hit the Big Apple. Sharknado 2: The Second One stars Ian Ziering (Fin Shepard), Tara Reid (April Wexler), Kari Wuhrer (Ellen Brody), and Judah Friedlander (Bryan) and director Anthony C. Ferrante take you into the eye of the social media and pop culture storm of the century. Get exclusive details on Syfy’s global blockbuster, which will ravage nearly 90 countries, this July.

 

7:30pm –  8:30pm

Artist as Brand: Rise of the Artist Entrepreneur Room 8

Greg Spalenka (professional artist in publishing, film, and higher education, Sandman, Titan Books, The Golden Compass, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) moderates a panel discussion on art career sustainability. Learn strategies on how to create an income from your talent on your own terms with panelists Donato Giancola (professional artist in publishing, film, and games, Tor, National Geographic, Microsoft, Vivendi/Universal, LucasArts), Daniel M. Davis (artist/designer of Steam Crow, publishers of monster books, serigraphs, and other art products), Drew Brophy (professional surf artist and ambassador of adventure travel lifestyle), Maria Brophy (art agent, author of How to Understand Art Licensing Contracts and expert on art licensing and the business of art), and Dawn M. Schiller (Odd Fae and Autumn Things, author of FaeMaker, artist/designer of sculpted handmade dolls).

 

7:30pm –  8:30pm

Bride of Name That Movie! Room 4

Every great film deserves a great sequel and in this case last year’s hit presentation gets a sequel as well. Tired of your typical game show? Boring questions and even more boring things to look at? Here is something completely different. Film fan extraordinaire and Inkpot Award winner John Field hosts this exciting game and you can be part of it! John has taken clips from 50 different sci-fi, horror and fantasy films. The contestants’ job is to name as many clips as they can. Whoever names the most clips within the show, wins. Yes, John will have prizes for first, second, third and even fourth place. Put your name in the magic film can; if it’s drawn, you could play. Anyone in the audience can guess the film that stumps the panel wins a prize as well.

 

7:30pm –  8:30pm

Star Blazers 2199 Room 24ABC

The legendary Star Blazers series is coming back! Join the crew to learn more about Star Blazers 2199 movie releases at this exciting and riveting panel! You’ll have a chance to witness the screening of episode 10 of the new TV show as well as other never-before-seen footage and learn more about DVD and Blu-ray releases.

 

7:30pm –  8:30pm

The Lost 1978 Comic Book Documentary Room 26AB

John Siuntres (Word Balloon Comics Podcast host) and Mark Waid (Thrillbent Comics) present this rarely seen in the U.S. short film. In 1978 the Canadian TV Show Behind The Scene produced a 20-minute look at the comic book business featuring footage shot at the offices of DC and Marvel Comics. Narrated by comedian Jonathan Winters, the film stands as a time capsule look at how comics were made and marketed in the pre-digital world of the mid-20th century. You’ll see footage and comments from Stan Lee, Archie Goodwin, Neal Adams, Julie Schwartz, Denny O’Neil, Jim Steranko, John Romita, and many more! The audience will get the chance to answer trivia questions about the footage they see and win prizes.

 

7:45pm –  8:05pm

Divergence Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina

Two individuals fall in love, and their lives intertwine together, but when they begin to lead each other down a destructive path, they face the difficult decision to continue or go separate ways. Participating panelists include director Matt Gibson (Towers of Terror), producer Chet Callahan (Winter Gardens), and actor Aleksander D’Avignon (The Turtle).

 

8:00pm –  9:00pm

Del Rey: Robin Hobb Room 9

Bestselling author Robin Hobb (Fool’s Assassin) and Del Rey executive editor Anne Groell discuss the return of the beloved Fitz and the Fool story. Also, hear what’s coming from Del Rey and Random House, including details on upcoming titles from authors Joe Abercrombie, Terry Brooks, Pierce Brown, George R. R. Martin, Peter F. Hamilton, and more!

 

8:00pm –  9:00pm

Freddy vs. Jason vs. Michael: Inside the Minds of Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Michael Myers Room 7AB

This terrible trio has terrified audiences worldwide…but what makes each one tick? Is Michael simply a sociopathic stalker, Freddy merely a manipulative monster, and Jason just a killing machine? Or will we find there’s more to these slashers when we slice below the surface? Join forensic psychiatrists H. Eric Bender, M.D., Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., from Broadcast Thought, and very special guest Mark Swift (writer of Freddy vs. Jason, Friday the 13th [2009]), as they analyze these villains’ murderous motivations. Can we make sense of a vengeful boogeyman’s sister obsession? Could fire turn a violent predator into a sadistic serial killer? Did “mommy issues” and bullying birth a brutish butcher? Who is the most dangerous killer, and which, if any, would be considered insane? Join the discussion moderated by horror-meister Evan Dickson of Bloody Disgusting! Discover the answers to these and other questions, and take a stab at these iconic slashers!

 

8:00pm –  9:00pm

Horror Stories of Creating Comics: How to Produce Tricky Books Room 30CDE

Producing complicated and unusual books takes more than just ink and paper-sometimes it takes blood, sweat, and tears. For anyone who’s ever been interested in making their own books, join Cesare Asaro (creator, Finding Frank and His Friend), Calista Brill (senior editor, First Second Books), Peter Maresca (editor, Sunday Press Books), Dave Marshall (editor, Dark Horse Comics), and Kirstie Shepherd (author, Gadabout Time Machine User’s Manual) for a panel discussion on the red flags to watch out for on the long journey to get the details right, and to hear funny stories of where things went wrong.

 

8:00pm –  9:00pm

Making It Happen: Independent Toy Design Room 32AB

Learn how independent toy producers are bringing their creations to life in plastic, resin, and plush! Leading artists and toy designers George Gaspar (October Toys), Scott Tolleson (Stolle Art), Dave Bondi (toy designer), Carlos East (The Beast Brothers), and John “Spanky” Stokes (SpankyStokes.com) discuss toy production, brand development, and answer audience questions. Moderated by Ayleen Gaspar (Toy Break).

 

8:00pm –  9:00pm

Monkeybrain Comics: Digital and Beyond Room 28DE

Since launching in 2012, Monkeybrain Comics has become recognized as a premier publisher for quality digital comics, and many of their titles have since been released in print editions by publishers such as IDW, Image/Shadowline, and Dark Horse. Co-publishers Allison Baker (Monkeybrain Comics) and Chris Roberson (Edison Rex) are joined by Anina Bennett (Heartbreakers), Christopher Sebela (High Crimes), Jen Vaughn ( Avery Fatbottom), and Gabriel Hardman (Kinski) to discuss the advantages of publishing digitally and how digital and print can work together.

 

8:00pm –  9:00pm

Nerdist Science Room 25ABC

Nerdist Science editor Kyle Hill and panelists discuss the science hidden in your favorite fandoms. From Star Wars to Game of Thrones, scientists, writers, and engineers will dissect everything geek and answer audience questions.

 

8:00pm –  9:00pm

Psychology of Cult TV Shows Room 23ABC

A panel of therapists and scientists (mad or otherwise), including Dr. Janina Scarlet (The Superhero Manual), Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight), Dr. Ali Mattu (Nerd Hour), and Billy San Juan (Alliant International University) discuss the psychology behind TV shows, such as Doctor Who, Sherlock, Firefly, Grimm, and Buffy. Find out how TV shows might help us cope with painful experiences and geek out in discussing such fundamental questions as: With all the regenerations, what is the Doctor’s true identity? What makes Sherlock a better detective than London’s finest? What does psychology tell us about the demons that live inside us? With these questions and more, this panel is a must for loyal fans of these shows.

 

8:00pm –  9:00pm

Tournament of Nerds Room 5AB

The hit comedy show from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre returns to Comic-Con. Who would win in a fight, Batman or Wolverine? Superman or Gandalf? Questions like these have plagued humankind for decades, but only Tournament of Nerds can settle these disputes…by pitting two comedians against each other to battle it out in heated debate! Hosted by Justin Donaldson (Reno 911!) and Hal Rudnick (Screen Junkies), the panel features Marc Andreyko (Batwoman), Maddox (The Best Page in the Universe), Jesse Snider (Evil Ernie), Roger Barr (I-Mockery), Mike Carlson (Conan), Aaron Sparrow (Darkwing Duck), and a bunch of surprise celebrity guests!

 

8:00pm –  10:30pm

Ric Meyers’ Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza Room 6A

Ric Meyers-the Inside Kung-Fu writer of the year, world martial art hall of famer, and author/scripter of Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie and book-is back with another gang of the greatest Asian action film fights you’ve ever laughed, gasped, and cheered at…and that’s not all. Also back are his Comedy Film Nerd co-hosts Graham Elwood (Palm Strike Dance Party) and Chris J. Mancini (Ear Buds: The Pod Doc), as well as Eric Jacobus and The Stunt People, and even more. This is Ric’s 17th year, so if you don’t know the drill by now, here are some hints: Premieres! Sneak peeks! Surprise guest stars! Eye-chopping! Mind-kicking! Fun!

 

8:05pm –  8:15pm

Psychedelic Breakfast Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina

A peeping tom is conducting experiments in a film lab, but suddenly everything goes out of control and he becomes a victim of his practice.

 

8:15pm –  8:30pm

The Box Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina

A young woman wakes up locked in a wooden box and all she wants is out until she discovers an ominous scheme awaits her.

 

8:30pm –  8:40pm

Job Interview Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina

Lisa’s excitement over her potential new job quickly dissipates when interviewer Marie begins asking her a series of increasingly bizarre and pointed questions.

 

8:30pm –  9:30pm

Star Trek’s Ships of the Line Room 4

A team of Star Trek designers will take fans into the art department as they showcase the art and inspiration of Star Trek’s most famous Ships of the Line. The panelists include John Eaves (concept artist and senior illustrator, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Enterprise, and more), Andy Probert (production illustrator, Star Trek: The Motion Picture and consulting illustrator, Star Trek: The Next Generation), Doug Drexler (makeup artist, scenic artist, graphic designer, illustrator, and visual effects artist, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Mike Okuda (lead graphic designer and tech consultant, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), ILM’s John Goodson (model maker and digital artist, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek Into Darkness), and Greg Jein (model maker, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine). Join the team of Star Trek designers for a Q&A moderated by Ben Robinson, editor for the long-running Star Trek Fact Files and the manager of Eaglemoss’ new Starship Collection. Limited edition collectibles from Eaglemoss will be distributed to every attendee.

 

8:30pm –  9:30pm

Storytellers with a Mission: The Bold Writers & Artists at Black Mask Studios Room 8

From legendary storytellers to new comics voices, Black Mask Studios has captured the imaginations of the most forward-thinking creators with a simple promise: robust creator rights plus storytelling to new audiences across media. With insight from some of Black Mask’s partners helping expand these stories to new audiences, the creators will discuss their unique (and often surprising) missions for their stories, from saving the lives of abused animals to preparing readers for the afterlife.

 

8:30pm –  10:00pm

Comics on Comics LIVE! Room 26AB

Comics on Comics returns to Comic-Con for it’s fearsome fifth year! Juan-Manuel Rocha and Vito Lapiccola are joined by the intensely incredible Jon Schnepp (The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?) and other strange guests! Watch as the greatest comic minds meet the greatest minds in comics!

 

8:30pm –  10:00pm

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Sing-Along Room 6BCF

Join the fun and sing along as the California Browncoats screen Internet sensation Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Enter the horrible costume contest and win horrible prizes in four categories. Best Dr. Horrible, Captain Hammer, Penny, and “other” character from the show; and a grand prize awarded to one well-prepared individual for “Best in Show.” DO NOT BOUNCE!

 

9:00pm –  10:00pm

Behind the Making of Better Things: The Life and Choices of Jeffrey Catherine Jones -A Tribute Documentary to an Inspiring Comic Book Artist and the Spirit of Creativity Room 9

Better Things is a documentary about Jeffrey Catherine Jones, an enigmatic comic book artist from the ’70s. His entrance into the comic book art world paved the way for many of today’s popular comic book artists to produce work that incorporate fine art influences. His fame did not guarantee a controversy-free reputation. In fact, his personal challenges have stood in the way of a more economically viable existence-in particular, the development of his transgender persona. Unlike most people who have undergone this dramatic and drastic change, Jones maintained a huge loyal following in his industry. The film follows the stories behind his success and it also showcases his artwork through interviews with his family and peers. Excerpts from the film will be shown, followed by a brief discussion with the cast and crew.

 

9:00pm –  10:00pm

Cartoon Network: Adventure Time Royal Ball Room 7AB

Hear ye, Hear ye! Princess Bubblegum cordially invites you to the first ever Royal Ball of Ooo at San Diego Comic-Con! Join panelists for an hour filled with mathematical magic as they screen a royal handful of your favorite Adventure Time episodes, including a world premiere! But wait, there’s more: wear your favorite Adventure Time-inspired outfit for this special celebration and you have the chance to walk away with a righteous prize! Now come one, come all for a ball of laughs, a ball of costumes, and a ball of royal awesomesauce!

Back This: ‘Moonshot’ – The Indigenous Comics Collection from Alternative History

by Zachary Clemente

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Original painting by Stephen Gladue.

Kickstarter has been the way for me to find new comic projects and boy am I glad to have come across this project. Moonshot from Alternative History Comics and edited by Hope Nicholson, is a 200 page collection of short stories from Indigenous creators across North America showcasing the rich heritage and identity of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis storytelling. Comics fan have been advocating for unique voices and creators in comics; now is a great time to show your support and back this project!

Here are some of the fantastic creators in Moonshot:

Claude St-Aubin (R.E.B.E.L.S., Green Lantern, Captain Canuck), Jeffery Veregge (G.I. Joe, Judge Dredd), Stephen Gladue (MOONSHOT cover artist), Haiwei Hou (Two Brothers),Nicholas Burns (Arctic Comics, Curse of Chucky, Super Shamou), Scott B. Henderson (Man to Man, Tales from Big Spirit), Jon Proudstar (Tribal Force), George Freeman (Captain Canuck, Aquaman, Batman), Mark Shainblum (Northguard, Corum: The Bull and The Spear),Elizabeth LaPensee (Survivance, The Nature of Snakes, Fala), Buffy Sainte-Marie (Fire & Fleet & Candlelight, Coincidence & Likely Stories), Richard Van Camp (Path of the Warrior, Kiss Me Deadly), Ryan Huna Smith (Tribal Force), David Robertson (The Evolution of Alice, Stone), Steve Sanderson (Darkness Calls, Journey of the Healer), Michael Yahgulanaas (RED), Michael Sheyahshe (Native Americans in Comic Books, Dark Owl), David Cutler (The Northern Guard), and more!

From the Kickstarter page:

Moonshot will be printed as a 200 page, full colour, high quality volume showcasing a wide variety of stories and artistic styles, highlighting the complex identity of indigenous culture from across North America. Most of the original stories created exclusively for this volume are between 5-10 pages, including pinup art and prose passages.

The traditional stories presented in Moonshot are with the permission from the elders in their respective communities, making this a truly genuine, never-before-seen publication!

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“Water Spirit” by Haiwei Hou.

Complete with exciting rewards, including beautiful stamps (mail from Canada only) from artist Jeffrey Veregge, prints, and a special hardcover edition, Moonshot is definitely a project to back, even if only to add to the growing part of your bookshelf for Kickstarted comics.

Take a look at MOONSHOT and find out more about Alternative History Comics.

EXCLUSIVE: All the NYCC 2014 Panels Thursday 10/9


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Thanks once again to our good friends at ReedPOP for supplying a text listing of the panels for Thursday at NYCC — one thing you may wish to be aware of — they WILL be clearing the big hall between blockbuster panels!! So for all you people who wish SDCC did that…now you’ll find out if it works!

We’ll be right along with Friday Saturday and Sunday as soon as we format them so STAY TUNED!!!

 


THURSDAY OCTOBER 9

 

10/9/14
1:00PM – 1:45PM
1A10
Chills & Goosebumps with R. L. Stine
R.L. Stine, the Author of the best-selling children’s book series Goosebumps with a movie coming from Sony Pictures in summer of 2015, is coming back to NYCC for a fun and bone-chilling Q&A with Fans to talk about all things Goosebumps! Come see the man who made you check your closet and under your bed twice before you went to sleep at night, but only if you dare!
R.L. Stine

10/9/14
1:00PM – 1:45PM
1A18
Archie Action Hour: Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man
Paul Kaminski (Archie Comics Executive Director of Editorial) is joined by Mike Pellerito (Archie Comics President), Vincent Lovallo (Assistant Editor), Ryan Jampole, Ben Hunzeker, Jennifer Hernandez, Jamal Peppers and Jon Gray to bring you an hour jam-packed with action and adventure as you go behind the scenes and get the latest news on all things SONIC THE HEDGEHOG and MEGA MAN!
Ben Hunzeker
Jamal Peppers
Jennifer Hernandez
Jon Gray
Mike Pellerito
Paul Kaminski
Ryan Jampole
Vincent Lovallo
10/9/14
1:00PM – 1:45PM
1A21
Friends of Comic Vine
Comic Vine, the Internet’s largest comic book wiki site, and home to comic news, previews and more, talks to some of their friends, who all happen to be Writers and Artists at some of the comic book industry’s biggest companies. Hear stories about working in the industry and a Q&A from the audience. All of this and more will be moderated by Editor-In-Chief of Comic Vine, Tony “GMan” Guerrero.
Brian Buccellato
Jimmy Palmiotti
Josh Williamson
Joshua Hale Fialkov
Mat Elfring
Tony Guerrero
10/9/14
1:00PM – 2:30PM
Main Stage 1-D
Walt Disney Studios Presents an Exclusive Look at TOMORROWLAND and Walt Disney Animation Studios Presents an Exclusive Look at BIG HERO 6
Walt Disney Animation Studios presents an exclusive look at their follow-up to last year’s FROZEN, BIG HERO 6 with Directors Don Hall and Chris Williams, Producer Roy Conli and Special Guests. Walt Disney Studios presents an exclusive look at TOMORROWLAND with Director Brad Bird, Producer Damon Lindelof and Special Guests.
Brad Bird
Chris Williams
Damon Lindelof
Don Hall
Roy Conli

10/9/14
1:15PM – 2:00PM
1A01
Comics as Literature in the English Classroom
Comics as Literature in the English Classroom looks at utilizing comics as more than just a reading strategy for Teachers. The Panel will explore the types of media literacy and literary standards that can be addressed while teaching with comics. Social Studies, Sciences and English classroom Teachers can benefit from incorporating this medium into their curricula. Popular titles and best practice lessons will be included, as well as addressing common core standards.
Jeffrey Achenzie
Jesse Mack
Lindsay Young
Michael Anthony
10/9/14
1:15PM – 2:00PM
1A05
Selling Your Comic to Hollywood
Comic books are the new screenplays. Are you ready to deal with Hollywood? In this Panel, we will focus on getting a production deal and licensing your work for film, TV, and online content. We will explore option agreements, hiring Actors, raising money for film projects, D.I.Y. methods of film distribution and other key areas of the film industry. Whether you’re trying to pitch to Tinseltown, or plan on making a movie yourself, this is the workshop for you.
Alan Robert
David Gallaher
Ivan Saperstein
Matthew Tynan
Sheafe Walker
Thomas Crowell
Xander Crowell

10/9/14
1:15PM – 2:00PM
1A14
The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?
Come get an early look at next year’s feature film documentary “The Death of Superman Lives; What Happened?”. Director/Producer Jon Schnepp takes you on an archaeological visual journey about this never made film. Featuring interviews with Tim Burton, Steve Johnson, Colleen Atwood, Kevin Smith and many more. Q&A with Producer Holly Payne and Jon Schnepp.
Holly Payne
Jon Schnepp
10/9/14
1:15PM – 2:00PM
1A24
PREVIEWSworld.com What’s @ Comic Shops Panel
Before it’s at comic shops, it’s in the PREVIEWS catalog! Learn how to preorder from your shop by using Diamond’s PREVIEWS catalog. Attendees get a free copy of the October issue and have a chance to win exciting prizes, including a Harley Quinn Statue ($125 value)! Plus, learn all about Halloween ComicFest on October 25 and receive free Halloween mini-comics! Panelists include Diamond Consumer Manager Andy Mueller, PR Manager Jason Blanchard and Halloween ComicFest spokesperson Deborah Moreland.
10/9/14
1:30PM – 2:30PM
Empire Stage 1-E
Game of Thrones Fan Forum – Featuring Kristian Nairn & Natalia Tena
The popular C2E2 Panel comes to New York, as do contributors from Wikia’s most popular communities, focusing their Fan expertise on the book-to-TV mega-hit, Game of Thrones. Joining the Panel and lending their first-hand experiences to the conversation are series regulars Kristian Nairn (“Hodor”) and Natalia Tena (“Osha”). Come for the geek-out session, dissect the popular HBO series and get your Season Five questions answered!
Kristian Nairn
Natalia Tena
10/9/14
2:00PM – 2:45PM
1A10
Doctor Who Comics Panel
Join a host of Creators from the new Doctor Who Comics and Editor Andrew James who’ll reveal exclusive secrets from the brand-new Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctor storylines and show never-before-seen art! Guests include: Writer Nick Abadzis, Writer Robbie Morrison, Artist Simon Fraser, Writer Rob Williams and many more! Plus, each Panel Attendee will receive a cool FREE Doctor Who Comics goody!
Andrew James
Nick Abadzis
Rob Williams
Robbie Morrison
Simon Fraser
Steve White
10/9/14
2:00PM – 2:45PM
1A18
The Judge Dredd Justice Hour with 2000 AD!
We are the law, creeps! Join superstar Creators at the The Judge Dredd Justice Hour as the legendary British comic book 2000 AD kicks off New York Comic Con with all the talk and games you can handle! Moderated by 2000 AD’s Michael Molcher and definitely not for perps or Thrill-suckers!
Al Ewing
Gary Erskine
Ian Edginton

10/9/14
2:00PM – 2:45PM
1A21
Make Your Own Comics: Create Your Own Characters
What makes making comics so special and why are we so passionate about it? Writers and Artists Scott Snyder (The Wake, American Vampire), Becky Cloonan (Demeter, The Mire), Amy Chu (Girls Night Out,The VIP Room), Marguerite Bennett (Joker’s Daughter) and Evil Twin Comics Partners Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey (Action Philosophers) give you a glimpse into the creative process – how script and character ideas are born, and then brought to life (or killed…!). Moderated by David M. Ball, visiting Associate Professor at Princeton University.
Amy Chu
Becky Cloonan
David Ball
Fred Van Lente
Marguerite Bennett
Ryan Dunlavey
Scott Snyder

10/9/14
2:00PM – 2:45PM
1B03
Dynamite 10th Anniversary Celebration
Join the Dynamite gang and their star-studded line-up of creative Talent for an hour of explosive power. Gail Simone (Red Sonja) and Jim Zub (Pathfinder) talk swords-and-sorcery! Frank Barbiere (Solar), Fred Van Lente (Magnus) and Greg Pak (Turok) unlock secrets of the Gold Key universe! And finally, unleash chaos with Tim Seeley (Evil Ernie)! Reflect on Dynamite’s decade of growth, and get the latest news on their hot new projects.
Frank Barbiere
Fred Van Lente
Gail Simone
Greg Pak
Jim Zub
Tim Seeley
10/9/14
2:15PM – 3:00PM
1A01
Comics – What We’ve Lost, What’s Ahead
In the US in the mid-twentieth century, comic books were more popular among children and teens than video games are for this group today. Learn more about young people’s comics readership, how they used comics as a basis for developing participatory cultures through ventures such as fanzines and social action and why librarians and teachers had such a profound dislike for comics. Carol Tilley, an LIS Professor and comic book crusader, will bring the history to life and offer insights for how we might use comics to enhance services and resources we provide young people in today’s libraries.
Carol Tilley

10/9/14
2:15PM – 3:00PM
1A05
ComicsPro “So You Want to Be a Comics Retailer?”
Are you interested in opening your own comic book specialty store? Do you want to peek behind the curtains of comic book retailing? Bring your best questions for our Panel of veteran comic book specialty retailers, including Thomas Gaul (Beach Ball Comics and Corner Store Comics CA), Jonathan Cohen (Beyond Comics, 2 stores, MD), Tate Ottati (TATE’S Comics + Toys + More, 3 stores FL) and Chris Powell (Vice President – Retailer Services, Diamond Comic Distributors).
Chris Powell
Jonathan Cohen
Marco Davanzo
Tate Ottati
Thomas Gaul

10/9/14
2:15PM – 3:00PM
1A06
Rooster Teeth
Rooster Teeth’s hit animated web series is back with “RWBY: Volume 2″! Join series Creator Monty Oum, the voice of “Ruby” – Lindsay Jones, the voice of “Yang” – Barbara Dunkelman and surprise Rooster Teeth Guests for a Panel to discuss “RWBY” and everything Rooster Teeth! We’ll be premiering a brand new episode of “RWBY: Volume 2,” showing off behind the scenes stuff, taking Q&A and probably making a bunch of really stupid jokes!
Barbara Dunkelman
Kerry Shawcross
Monty Oum

10/9/14
2:15PM – 3:00PM
1A14
The Mary Sue Presents – Fight What You Know
The geek world needs better representation in media, but aren’t you supposed to write what you know? Truth is, the whole “write what you know” thing is a load of bull honkey. A Writer who can’t appreciate the perspectives of others is no kind of Writer at all. Writers from all backgrounds and experiences join to talk about research, listening, soliciting criticism and how to make sure you’re writing well when you’re outside the comfort zone of your own perspective.
Carolyn Cox
Susana Polo
10/9/14
2:15PM – 3:00PM
1A24
The World of Mouse Guard
Get updated on everything Mouse Guard, including news on upcoming projects, collectibles and other surprises with Creator David Petersen. Plus, enjoy a live reading of several Mouse Guard short stories with David and Guest Hal Lublin (The Thrilling Adventure Hour) and a performance of an original song from Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 2 by Vocalist Kyra Sims, who will be joined by her accordion accompanist Henry Koperski. Moderated by BOOM! Studios Marketing Manager Mel Caylo.
David Petersen
Hal Lublin
10/9/14
2:45PM – 3:45PM
Family HQ – 1C02
Drawing Workshop with Raúl the Third
Growing up in Texas, Raúl the Third remembers Cholo kids were masters at drawing with Bic pens, and that has influenced his style of drawing for Lowriders in Space. His art has been featured in museums and galleries across the country, and he teaches classes on drawing and comics for kids at The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston and the Maude Morgan Visual Arts Center in Cambridge. He lives in Medford, Massachusetts with his family.
Raúl the Third

10/9/14
3:00PM – 3:45PM
1A18
Coffee Talk with Dragons and Monsters
What makes a monster something to be feared? A force to be reckoned with? Or just misunderstood? Join R.L Stine (Party Games), Caitlin Kittredge (Black Dog), Lou Anders (Frostborn), Barry Lyga (Blood of My Blood), Paul Pope (The Rise of Aurora West), Ethan Reid (The Undying), Ransom Riggs (Hollow City; Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) and Moderator Ali T. Kokmen (Barnes & Noble / Nook) as they discuss the “monsters” in their books and what makes them truly something monstrous…
Ali T. Kokmen
Barry Lyga
Caitlin Kittredge
Ethan Reid
Lou Anders
Paul Pope
R.L. Stine
Ransom Riggs
10/9/14
3:00PM – 3:45PM
1A21
The Oni Press Comicstravaganza!
Join Oni Press’ Director of Publicity John Schork and a stacked roster of Oni Press Talent for a very special hour of announcements, Q&A, FREE COMICS, high fiving, live reading and general, good ol’ fashioned merriment.
John Schork
Paul Tobin
10/9/14
3:00PM – 3:45PM
1B03
Super Girls: Using Comics to Engage Female Students in the High School Classroom
Secondary and post-secondary Educators, as well as industry Professionals, gather to discuss using comics in the classroom to engage female students. The Panel will include many comics/graphic novel titles for teachers to use, teaching strategies and overall engagement techniques to ensure that use of comics in your classroom is not seen as just “for the boys.”
Eric Kallenborn
Josh Elder
Mark DaPonte
Meryl Jaffee
Michael Gianfrancesco
Ronell Whittaker
10/9/14
3:15PM – 4:00PM
1A01
Saving Indecent Comics
A Panel of Librarians will discuss book challenges and bans made against comics, including real-world examples from across the country.
Huyen Diep
Thomas Maluck
10/9/14
3:15PM – 4:00PM
1A05
Star Trek Equinox Panel/Exclusive Screening
John Savage (Deer Hunter-Firefly-Star Trek Voyager) will host and screen Star Trek Equinox and the Cast will field Questions and give away free NYCC Star Trek Plushies. Please join Robert Beltran (Star Trek Voyager-Night of the Comet), Cindy Picket (Ferris Bueller), Blanca Blanco (Showgirls 2-Star Trek), Matt Striker (WWE Superstar), Tommy DeNucci (Army of the Damed), Parris Mayhew (Cro-Mags), Pete Koller (Sick of it all) and Eric Nyenhuis (Walking Dead) in what Star Trek Alumni are the calling the NEXT BIG THING.
Cindy Pickett
Gary Lockwood
James Cawley
John Savage
Matt Striker
Pete Koller
10/9/14
3:15PM – 4:00PM
1A06
50 Years of Fandom! How Comics Took Over the World
In 1964, the first comic book focused convention was held in NYC. A publisher invited to that first Comic Con replied “What sort of damaged people would go to a Comic Con?” 50 years later, Comic Cons dominate the entertainment industry. Join our Panel of celebs and pros as they talk about their experiences and how comic Fans went from “Damaged People” to running a two trillion dollar industry. The Panel will be accompanied by images of the first Comic Cons and Cosplayers provided by Webble.
Geoff Boucher
Lee Kohse
Maggie Thompson
Michael Uslan
10/9/14
3:15PM – 4:00PM
1A14
VIZ Media Panel
Join VIZ Media as we pull back the curtain on your favorite manga and anime. Be the first to hear about upcoming releases, throw questions at our Staff and grab FREE MANGA while supplies last!
10/9/14
3:15PM – 4:00PM
1A24
DC Comics – Master Class: Art History
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 Comics is proud to spotlight these talented individuals for this exclusive, all-access look at what it’s like drawing for DC!
Amanda Conner
Babs Tarr
David Finch
Larry Ganem
10/9/14
3:15PM – 4:15PM
Main Stage 1-D
Bob’s Burgers
You never know what to expect from the Cast and Producers of the Emmy® award winning animated series Bob’s Burgers. The hilarious Cast and Producers will entertain with never-before-seen footage followed by a Q&A Panel discussion.
Eugene Mirman
H. Jon Benjamin
John Roberts
Kristen Schaal
Larry Murphy
Loren Bouchard
10/9/14
3:30PM – 4:00PM
Family HQ – 1C03
Super Sprowtz
Children will be led through an action-packed curriculum of health and wellness broken down into four easy-to-remember stages: Mind, Heart, Body and Tummy! Our catchy music will have kids yelling “I want more broccoli!”, and our built-in games will teach the superheroes in training which super powers come from which veggies! It’s all about learning to stay healthy and making smart choices. Getting active has never been more fun with our hit dances, including “Burn (calories)” and “What’s Your Super Power?” – it’s a workout for even the adults!
10/9/14
4:00PM – 4:45PM
1A10
Hatsune Miku Panel Presented by Crypton Future Media
On the occasion of “Hatsune Miku Expo,” during which art exhibitions and live concerts featuring Hatsune Miku will be held for the first time in New York City, Japanese company Crypton Future Media will hold a Panel about their iconic Character. The talk will offer a behind-the-scenes glance at the event, look back on a thrilling year that saw Miku tour with Lady Gaga in the US and evoke upcoming events, like the release of Megurine Luka new software, and exciting projects in the United States.
Hiroyuki Itoh

10/9/14
4:00PM – 4:45PM
1A18
Lord of the Rings: The Music of Middle-earth
Join Academy Award-winning Composer Howard Shore and Author Doug Adams for an enlightening look at the music of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Shore’s intricate film scores are every bit as detailed and meaningful as J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved novels. Deepen your appreciation with a revealing discussion of the past, present and future of these modern masterpieces, in anticipation of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy In Concert, Lincoln Center, April 8-12, 2015.
Doug Adams
Howard Shore
10/9/14
4:00PM – 4:45PM
1A21
Transformers: Robots in Disguise
Hasbro invites Fans to join Special Guests from Hasbro Studios and voice talent from the new animated series, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, airing in early 2015, as they share details behind the making of the new series and a sneak peek of what’s to come, including reveals of new characters and more.
10/9/14
4:00PM – 4:45PM
1B03
Comics to Expand Your Brain: Educational Graphic Novels in Public and School Libraries
Apart from the moral values comics can provide, they are also great as educational tools in both public and school library settings. Here, Panelists will present several graphic novels that focus on Math, Science and historical events and discuss their values as reliable resources for expanding the brain of any reader willing to learn.
Alex Simmons
Chris Murray
John Shableski
John Weaver
Karla Ivarson
Tyler Rousseau
10/9/14
4:00PM – 5:00PM
Empire Stage 1-E
Skybound’s The Walking Dead
Dive into the world of the Eisner award-winning graphic novel The Walking Dead with Creator Robert Kirkman and Skybound Editorial Director Sean Mackiewicz. Panel will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Dalton Ross.
Dalton Ross
Robert Kirkman
Sean Mackiewicz

10/9/14
4:00PM – 5:00PM
Family HQ – 1C02
Drawing Workshop with John-Marc Grob
In our workshop, you’ll discover ways to sketch and form shapes, by taking these new skills you could create your very own creations. We will also have several drawing sheets, including “How to Draw Fish, Animals, Dinosaurs and Manga style.” Come join us and learn with John-Marc Grob, an Artist with 28 years of experience creating cartoons. His latest “FriendFish” will also be available for viewing! John-Marc has worked with Marvel, Disney and Warner Brothers.
John-Marc Grob

10/9/14
4:00PM – 6:00PM
Family HQ – 1C04
501st Legion: Empire City Garrison’s Blast-a-Trooper
Presented by 501st Legion: Empire City Garrison, Blast-a-Trooper is a charity fundraising event providing Fans the opportunity to ‘blast’ live Star Wars characters with Nerf blasters. Proceeds from donations will benefit Make-A-Wish. We encourage all attendees to participate. Remember every dollar helps put a smile on the face of a child. Come visit us – have a blast and most of all warm a heart.
10/9/14
4:15PM – 4:45PM
Family HQ – 1C03
Gustafer Yellowgold
Award-winning Songwriter and Cartoonist, Morgan Taylor, performs Gustafer Yellowgold’s Show, narrating the story of Gustafer, a friendly alien from the Sun and his new life in the lush woodlands of rural Minnesota. Morgan Taylor developed the “musical moving storybook” Gustafer Yellowgold experience as equal parts pop rock concert and hand-drawn cartoon movie. Join Gustafer and his new found friends and pets in his surprising Earthly adventures. Brought to NYCC in partnership with Symphony Space’s Just Kidding Series for families. More info: symphonyspace.org/justkidding
Morgan Taylor

10/9/14
4:15PM – 5:00PM
1A01
Teachers Making Educational Comics: Why Should the Pros Have All the Fun?
Are you dissatisfied with the educational comics available on the market? Think you can do better? Join veteran middle school Math Teacher and Solution Squad Creator Jim McClain, winner of the 2014 Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship, as he walks you step-by-step through the process by which you can make educational comics to suit your needs. He will break it down by financial cost as well as the investment of time required to make the comics that YOU want to use in the classroom.
Jim McClain

10/9/14
4:15PM – 5:00PM
1A05
Banned Horror Comics Walking Back from the Dead!
A fearful look at 1950s HORROR COMICS criticized by Dr. Fredric Wertham, reviled in Senate investigations, destroyed in public book burnings! These Pre-Code comics like dead zombies are again walking to get you! Craig “Haunted Horror/IDW/Yoe Books” Yoe, Greg “IDW President” Goldstein, Mike “Dark Horse” Richardson, Mike “The ‘Worst’ of Eerie Publications” Howlett and Carol “Wertham Debunker” Tilley explore EC and other publishers, the censoring Comics Code, the Golden Age of Horror Reprints and the TV/movies inspired by these scary comics!
Carol Tilley
Craig Yoe
Greg Goldstein
Mike Howlett
Mike Richardson

10/9/14
4:15PM – 5:00PM
1A06
World of Capcom
Come find out the latest updates on all the new Capcom games including Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Resident Evil Revelations 2, the newly remastered version of the 2002 GameCube remake of Resident Evil, Dead Rising 3 for PC, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy and Ultra Street Fighter IV. Plus, sneak peeks at all the latest, cool Capcom merchandise and maybe a surprise or two.
10/9/14
4:15PM – 5:00PM
1A14
Dark Horse Builds Characters
Original Creator-owned work has been a cornerstone of Dark Horse’s success since its earliest days. Join Publicity Director, Jeremy Atkins – along with Brian Wood and Andrea Mutti (Rebels), Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore (Leaving Megalopolis), Rafael Albuquerque (Ei8ht), Fred Van Lente and the team behind his new ongoing, Resurrectionists, the art team of Cameron Stewart and David Mack on the upcoming Fight Club 2, and more – to discuss some of the most exciting comics of 2014 and beyond!
Andrea Mutti
Brian Wood
Cameron Stewart
David Mack
Fred Van Lente
Gail Simone
Jeremy Atkins
Jim Calafiore
Rafael Albuquerque

10/9/14
4:15PM – 5:00PM
1A24
Spotlight on Kim Harrison
10 years. 13+ books. Readers don’t want to exit The Hollows, but #1 Bestselling Author Kim Harrison closes the door on the series with THE WITCH WITH NO NAME. Join an exclusive NYCC Panel dedicated to Harrison’s world, filled with living vampires, day-walking demons, trash-talking pixies, megalomaniac elves and so many other magical creatures. How does it feel to say goodbye after so long? What happens for Rachel Morgan – is her happily-ever-after really happy? And what about the Author herself – what is the next step in her journey?
James Killen
Kim Harrison
10/9/14
5:00PM – 5:30PM
Family HQ – 1C03
Super Sprowtz
Children will be led through an action-packed curriculum of health and wellness broken down into four easy-to-remember stages: Mind, Heart, Body and Tummy! Our catchy music will have kids yelling “I want more broccoli!”, and our built-in games will teach the superheroes in training which super powers come from which veggies! It’s all about learning to stay healthy and making smart choices. Getting active has never been more fun with our hit dances, including “Burn (calories)” and “What’s Your Super Power?” – it’s a workout for even the adults!
10/9/14
5:00PM – 5:45PM
1A10
TBS’s King of the Nerds
Come celebrate your favorite competition reality series, TBS’s King of the Nerds, with a sneak peek of season 3, premiering early next year. Join Executive Producers and Hosts Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong, Cosplayer Yaya Han and last season’s winner, Kayla LaFrance. Season two Contestant Xander Jeanneret will moderate the Panel as we discuss the new crop of competitors and the new challenges that await the nerd in us all.
Curtis Armstrong
Kayla LaFrance
Kristina Stafford
Robert Carradine
Xander Jeanneret
Yaya Han
10/9/14
5:00PM – 5:45PM
1A18
Diamond Select Toys: The Best of All Worlds
The DST team will attempt to cover every non-Minimates item they have coming up, from 7-inch action figures to electronic vehicles to vinyl banks. President Chuck Terceira, Product Manager Robert Yee and Sculptors Jean St. Jean and Eli Livingston will discuss Marvel Select, Clerks, Sin City, Godzilla, Batman, The Walking Dead, Star Trek, Universal Monsters, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Lost in Space and more! They’ll also hold a Q&A, a door prize drawing and maybe even announce a new toy line or two!
Chuck Terceira
Eli Livingston
Jean St. Jean
Robert Yee
Zach Oat

10/9/14
5:00PM – 5:45PM
1A21
Image Comics: I Is for Immersive
Comics can contain entire universes between their covers, and Panelists Kelly Sue DeConnick (PRETTY DEADLY), Jason Latour (SOUTHERN BASTARDS), Jamie McKelvie (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE), Brandon Montclare (ROCKET GIRL), Tim Seeley (REVIVAL) and Kyle Higgins (COWL) excel at creating worlds that you can simply fall into from page one, Panel one. Anything goes in comics, and now’s your chance to pick the brains of some of the most creative minds around.
Brandon Montclare
Jamie McKelvie
Jason Latour
Kelly Sue DeConnick
Kyle Higgins
Tim Seeley
10/9/14
5:00PM – 5:45PM
1B03
The SAGA Begins: A New Imprint from Simon & Schuster
SAGA PRESS, a new imprint, derives its name from the Norse goddess of storytelling. SAGA PRESS is an all-inclusive fantasy, science fiction and horror imprint publishing the best of speculative fiction from literary to commercial appeal. Launching in Spring 2015, SAGA will feature works by Ken Liu, Lee Kelly, Sam Munson and Nnedi Okorafor, among others, who will discuss their upcoming works and their contribution to the SAGA Press mission.
David Barr Kirtley
Joe Monti
Ken Liu
Lee Kelly
Navah Wolfe
Nnedi Okorafor
Sam Munson

10/9/14
5:15PM – 6:00PM
1A01
#WeNeedDiverse (Comic) Books – Diversity in Comics
The #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign reflects the need for representation of diversity in children and teen literature – kids need to see themselves in what they read and they also need to be exposed to realities different to their own. What is the current state of diversity in comics and how far has it come? How can the medium of comics further lend to diverse narratives and empathic readers? From Superman vs. the KKK to the arrival of Ms. Marvel Kamala Khan, find out more.
Amie Wright
Craig Anderson
Lucia Cederia Serantes

10/9/14
5:15PM – 6:00PM
1A05
IA Concert
A virtual diva carrying the genes of “Crystal Voice,” IA made her sensational debut in 2012 and her popularity skyrocketed with JIN’s Kagerou Project, the blockbuster multimedia installment later adopted to Mekakucity Actors. In March 2014, “3D – IA” was featured in the live concert performing with live Musicians including JIN and LIA, a mega hit Vocalist whose voice samples were used to create IA herself. We’ll world premiere this concert at NYCC 2014. https://www.facebook.com/IA.WORLD.PAGE
10/9/14
5:15PM – 6:00PM
1A06
“Extraterrestrial” Sneak Peek Panel Presentation with The Vicious Brothers
“Extraterrestrial” is a new sci-fi thriller written by Stuart Ortiz and Colin Minihan, aka The Vicious Brothers (Grave Encounters). “Extraterrestrial” tells the tale of a group of friends who have a terrifying alien encounter during a weekend trip in the woods. The Vicious Brothers and Stars Brittany Allen and Michael Ironside will share clips of the film and will be available for Q&A. IFC Midnight will be releasing “Extraterrestrial” on cable and digital VOD on October 17 and in theaters on November 21.
Brittany Allen
Colin Minihan
Michael Ironside
Stuart Ortiz
10/9/14
5:15PM – 6:00PM
1A14
Avatar Press & Max Brooks – Cutting Edge Comics
New York Times Bestselling Author, Max Brooks joins Avatar Press Publisher William Christensen and other top Writers to give the scoop on new projects and Creators joining the industry’s most ground-breaking, risk-taking publisher! Max Brooks hosts this Q&A panel and walk through the frightful world of Avatar Press comics! Want insight into the hottest titles from industry luminaries like Ennis, Brooks, & Moore? Find out what new terrors this rogue publisher will unleash in the months ahead!
Ariana Osborne
Jim Kuhoric
Max Brooks
Rich Johnston
William Christensen

10/9/14
5:15PM – 6:00PM
1A24
Todd McFarlane Builds AMC’s The Walking Dead and More!
Todd McFarlane (Spawn, Spider-man) returns to NYCC to show Fans his newest toy creation, the new revolutionary brick building sets based on television’s most watched drama, AMC’s The Walking Dead. Get the inside scoop from the man himself on designing figures and toys from one of the hottest television series ever! Light-up features, iconic environments and convincing sculpts. Available fall 2014 only at Toys “R” Us. But that’s not all…Todd is DYING to share secrets on toys, a new Spawn creative team and character return. Panel Attendees will receive an exclusive McFarlane Toys AMC’S The Walking Dead mini poster.
Todd McFarlane

10/9/14
5:15PM – 6:15PM
Empire Stage 1-E
Nickelodeon’s Legend of Korra: Book 4
Please join Executive Producer and Creator team Bryan Konietzko and Mike DiMartino (Avatar: The Last Airbender) as they provide a tantalizing glimpse behind the curtain of this ground-breaking animated series. Special Guests include Voice Actors Janet Varney (Korra), David Faustino (Mako) and P.J. Byrne (Bolin). Includes an exclusive screening of a never-before-seen episode from Korra’s final season. Moderated by Megan Casey, Vice President, Current Series, Nickelodeon Animation.
Bryan Konietzko
David Faustino
Janet Varney
Megan Casey
Mike DiMartino
P.J. Byrne
10/9/14
5:15PM – 6:45PM
Family HQ – 1C02
Design Your Own Cape with the Art Force Five
What color would your cape be? Would your cape’s logo be an animal, a letter or something else entirely? Come use colored tape and plastic sheets to make your own super cape and flaunt your super style. Kid-friendly.
10/9/14
6:00PM – 6:45PM
1A10
The Future of Weekly Shonen Jump
Shonen Jump Manga Artist Takeshi Obata (Death Note, Bakuman, All You Need Is Kill) and Weekly Shonen Jump Editors from the U.S. and Japan discuss what’s new and what’s next for the long-running manga anthology that launched best-selling series like Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Dragon Ball, Death Note, Bakuman and more! Co-presented by the Japan Foundation.
Takeshi Obata

10/9/14
6:00PM – 6:45PM
1A18
How to Survive in a Dystopian World
The world as we know it is gone. The government has collapsed, the environment is in ruin, and there is no cell phone service! What makes dystopian societies so popular? And would you survive the new world order? James Dashner (The Maze Runner), Margaret Stohl (Idols), Pierce Brown (Golden Son), Rachel Cohn (Emergent), Alex London (Proxy series), Maya Rock (Scripted) and Joshua David Bellin (Survival Colony 9) converse with Scott Westerfeld (Afterworlds) about surviving the Post-Apocalypse.
Alex London
James Dashner
Joshua David Bellin
Margaret Stohl
Maya Rock
Pierce Brown
Rachel Cohn
Scott Westerfeld
10/9/14
6:00PM – 6:45PM
1A21
ComiXology Submit: The Future of Self-Publishing
To date, comiXology Submit has released over 2,000 independent comic books, graphic novels and manga from celebrated indie Creators like Shannon Wheeler, Becky Cloonan and more. Join John D. Roberts (Director of comiXology Submit) along with Submit breakout successes Joshua Fialkov (The Bunker), Charles Forsman (Snake Oil), Bethany and Ruben Romero (The Agency) for a tell-all discussion on how you too can create, submit and reach the ranks of comiXology Submit stardom! Moderated by comiXology’s Chip Mosher.
Bethany Romero
Charles Forsman
Chip Mosher
John D. Roberts
Joshua Fialkov
Ruben Romero
10/9/14
6:00PM – 6:45PM
1B03
Lion Forge Presents: Deep Sea 7
Lion Forge, in partnership with Harmony Gold (Robotech), presents their first foray into animation, DEEP SEA 7. DS7 is an exciting animated action-adventure series set on the high seas in the not-too-distant future. We follow the adventures of Captain Wes Law and his crew of mercs as they battle pirates, mercs and engage in wild submarine battles. DS7 is a fun and thrilling futuristic journey of courage and heroism for all audiences.
Carl Reed

10/9/14
6:15PM – 7:00PM
1A01
Why Should I Let My Child Read Comics?
Every youth services and young adult librarian has met that adult who refuses to let a child or teen read comics. How do we change their minds and show them how fun and educational this type of literature can be? This Panel will discuss how comics are more widely accepted in other countries, the ways that comics are beneficial to reluctant readers or children with learning disabilities and which series can help encourage adults to accept the worth of comics for children.
Camina Raphael
Jessica Breitman
Jessikah Chautin
Josh Firer
Laura Giunta
Pamela Cora
10/9/14
6:15PM – 7:00PM
1A05
Introducing the Reading With Pictures App: Changing the Way Comics Are Used in the Classroom
Join Reading With Pictures Founder Josh Elder and Solution Squad Creator Jim McClain as they take you on a guided tour of the next generation of digital comics specially designed for classroom use! Featuring cutting edge storytelling techniques, new navigational schemes and advanced analytics to help teachers monitor student engagement, the Reading With Pictures app will change the way comics are used in the classroom!
Jim McClain
Josh Elder
10/9/14
6:15PM – 7:00PM
1A06
The Cast of BITTEN Takes New York

10/9/14
6:15PM – 7:00PM
1A14
IDW & Hasbro: Transformers, Ponies & More!
2014 has been a huge year for IDW and Hasbro! Join Senior Editor & Writer John Barber, with very Special Guests Amy Mebberson, Katie Cook, Sarah Stone, Mairghread Scott and Jim Zub for inside information on what’s happening with My Little Pony, Transformers, G.I. JOE, Dungeons & Dragons and more! Announcements, excitement, gossip, prizes and Q&A!
Amy Mebberson
Jim Zub
John Barber
Katie Cook
Mairghread Scott
Sarah Stone
10/9/14
6:15PM – 7:00PM
1A24
Mad about MAD
MAD, the country’s #1-selling humor magazine (in a field of one), is dumber than ever! Join MAD Magazine Editor John Ficarra and Art Director Sam Viviano for a ridiculous peek at what’s happening at the magazine, and an epically, moronic Q&A that’s bound to be, well, MAD! (Prizes will be awarded for most moronic questions!)
John Ficarra
Peter Kuper
Ryan Flanders
Sam Viviano
Tom Richmond

10/9/14
7:00PM – 7:45PM
1A10
New York TimesOUT and GeeksOUT Presents LGBT in Comics
Join the discussion of LGBT Characters and Creators in comics with some of the industry’s best. Join Moderator Jude Biersdorfer (NYTimes Book Review – Staff Editor) and Panelists Phil Jimenez (Wonder Woman), Kieron Gillen (Young Avengers), Jamie McKevlie (Young Avengers), Luciano Vecchio (Marvel Infinite Comics Ultimate Spider-Man) and Annie Mok (Screentests) as they dive into the subject of LGBT diversity. Bring your best questions for this amazing Panel and they will answer them live.
Annie Mok
Jamie McKelvie
Jude Biersdorfer
Kieron Gillen
Luciano Vecchio
Noelle Stevenson
Phil Jimenez

10/9/14
7:00PM – 7:45PM
1A18
Kotobukiya Fall/Winter Preview 2014
Get an exclusive look into the newest Kotobukiya products coming out soon and in development. Have a question or comment? The Q&A session is the perfect place to be heard! Want to win some free stuff? The now famous Lucky Draw will give you a chance to walk away with some awesome Kotobukiya collectible prizes!
Dan Lujan

10/9/14
7:00PM – 7:45PM
1B03
Twenty Years of “The Crow” with James O’Barr
Crow Creator James O’Barr will be attending NYCC for the first time. Join him for a Q&A about “The Crow,” which hit theaters 20 years ago, with a new Crow movie in production this year. A rare chance to ask questions and talk one on one with the Creator of a true American icon.
James O’Barr

10/9/14
7:00PM – 8:45PM
1A21
Irwin Hasen: The Eisner Award Presentation
Irwin Hasen at 96.5 years is “the little man who could.” A self taught Cartoonist, Writer, Actor and Entertainer, Irwin was there at the foundation of the comic book industry. His creations graced the pages of the earliest Timely, MLJ and DC Comics where he was perhaps best remembered for his work on the original Green Lantern, Wildcat and Justice Society of America. Irwin went on to produce DONDI for the Tribune Syndicate. It ran in the Daily News for 30 years.
Danny Fingeroth
Michael Uslan
Paul Levitz

10/9/14
7:15PM – 8:00PM
1A01
How to Succeed in Self-Publishing
Pretty much anyone can self publish these days. My grandma could essentially write a book, or draw a comic book, and get herself on Amazon (and she’s legally blind). But just because she could make her book available for sale, doesn’t mean that she would be successful and able to have a self-sustaining business. If you want to know what to do, and more importantly, what not to do in order to increase the likelihood of you “making it” as a Self Publisher, then you need to attend this Panel.
Adam McGovern
Anthony Del Col
Molly Knox Ostertag
Morgan Rosenblum
Scott Rogowsky

10/9/14
7:15PM – 8:00PM
1A05
60 Years of Godzilla
A panel celebrating six decades of one of the biggest pop culture icons of all time, Godzilla. From his atomic inception in 1954 to the brand new film from Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures, Godzilla is beloved by Fans and recognized by people the world over. Come and join us as we discuss the past, present, and future of Japan’s biggest Mon-Star!
Bob Eggleton
Chris Oglio
John DeSentis

10/9/14
7:15PM – 8:00PM
1A06
Firefly Online: Bringing Back the Verse
Join Quantum Mechanix as we share a demonstration of the only officially-licensed Firefly video game, Firefly Online (FFO). FFO is a multi-user strategic roleplaying game set in the universe of Joss Whedon’s beloved TV show, Firefly. We’ll bring The Verse to life by showcasing how to get yourself a ship, hire a ragtag crew and do whatever it takes to survive in The Black! This will also be the first opportunity to see a live demo of The Cortex, the new online community for FFO players. After our demonstration, we’ll have an open floor Q&A.
Andrea Romano
Andy Gore
Dave Wesley
John O’Neill
10/9/14
7:15PM – 8:00PM
1A14
So Where Do You Get Your Ideas? And What Do You Do with Them?
Experienced Writers know that getting ideas isn’t the problem; it’s developing them into stories that make us thrill, laugh and cry. Some of it’s instinct and some of it is technique. Some of the best in the business describe how they shape their materials to make the comics you love every month. With Brian K. Vaughan, Scott Snyder, Noelle Stevenson, Becky Cloonan and more. Moderated by Heidi MacDonald (The Beat, Publishers Weekly)
Amber Benson
Becky Cloonan
Brian K. Vaughan
Scott Snyder
10/9/14
7:15PM – 8:00PM
1A24
Bleeding Cool – The Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘N’ Roll of Comics Revealed
Bleeding Cool head Writer and gossip-monger Rich Johnston and Editor-in-Chief Hannah Means-Shannon, joined by media Guests descend on New York, to gossip about the secrets of the comics industry that never quite made the press releases and the biggest controversies of the past year.
Hannah Means Shannon
Rich Johnston
10/9/14
8:00PM – 8:45PM
1A18
Geeks of Color Go Pro: Working in the Industry
How can fans of color become successful Creators? Experienced pros in TV, publishing, comic books, gaming, and pop culture journalism offer their advice. With LeSean Thomas (BLACK DYNAMITE: THE ANIMATED SERIES; THE LEGEND OF KORRA; THE BOONDOCKS), Tracey J. John (MTV.com; Gameloft), Alice Meichi Li (Dark Horse), Daniel José Older (Author, HALF-RESSURECTION BLUES); Jennifer Cruté (Author, JENNIFER’S JOURNAL) & I. W. Gregorio (Author, #WeNeedDiverseBooks). Moderated by Diana Pho (Editor, Tor Books).
Alice Meichi Li
Daniel Jose Older
Diana Pho
I. W. Gregorio
Jennifer Cruté
LeSean Thomas
Tracey J. John

10/9/14
8:00PM – 8:45PM
1B03
Sketch Fighter
Comic book Professionals are paired up with stand-up Comedians in the ultimate drawing showdown. These Artists may be the best in their field when it comes to monthly deadlines, but how will they do at sketching in 60 seconds or less? Or guessing what the comics are drawing? All art from the game will be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to the HERO INITIATIVE. The pads will also include a finished, not rushed drawing by each of the Artists, completed prior to the start of the game.
Asterios Kokkinos
Ed Greer
Tom Franck

10/9/14
8:15PM – 9:00PM
1A01
Pop Culture Academy: How Video Games & Comic Books Shape Education
You probably know more about Batman than you do Einstein. Comic books, video games, movies and technology are a part of our lives and every day they become more engrained in our routines. There is a lingering fear that these distractions will take us away from reality and actual learning but all of these pop culture creations can be used as tools to inform, educate and entertain.
Jake Roper
Jamin Warren
Kevin Lieber
Nicole Emanuele
Vanessa Hill

10/9/14
8:15PM – 9:00PM
1A05
Space Adventure Cobra
Seeking reprieve from an ordinary 9-5 existence, office worker Johnson visits the TM Corporation, a company that sells virtual dreams. In Johnson’s dream, he’s the notorious space pirate Cobra! Accompanied by his android partner Lady Armaroid, Cobra fights the lowlife scum of the Pirate Guild by day and saves sultry sirens of space by night. After the journey is over, events unfold that bring reality into focus. His experience wasn’t a dream at all – it was the reawakening of his buried past!
10/9/14
8:15PM – 9:00PM
1A06
Z-Nation

10/9/14
8:15PM – 9:00PM
1A14
Lady Death 20th Anniversary: How You Can Create & Publish Iconic Characters
Brian Pulido’s Lady Death celebrates 20 years in print this year. How does Pulido do it? Learn tips of the trade from one of the most successful independent Comics Creators of the last two decades & get the inside scoop on Lady Death & Pulido’s future plans.
Brian Pulido

10/9/14
8:30PM – 10:30PM
Main Stage 1-D
WB Preview Night Screenings: The Pilot Episode of Constantine and the Season Two Premiere of The 100
New York Comic Con and Warner Bros. Television continue our annual Preview Night tradition, with screenings of the pilot episode of the highly anticipated new series Constantine plus the season two premiere episode of The 100. Based on the popular Hellblazer series from DC Comics, Constantine premieres Friday, October 24 at 10/9c on NBC. The post-apocalyptic sci-fi survival series The 100 returns Wednesday, October 22 at 9/8c on The CW.

Library Con!: Artist Alley at ALA-Vegas!

ALA 2014 Las VegasThe annual conference of the American Library Association kicks into high gear today (It’s been running since Thursday!), with the first full day of the exhibition hall being open.

Like BookExpo America, publishers are displaying their new titles, and scheduling authors to sign books!  Gene Yang signed his new book from First Second last night, and later this weekend, Judy Blume will be in attendance!

Meanwhile… there is the Artist Alley near the graphic novel/gaming stage, featuring an incredible selection of comics creators, mostly from the graphic novel side of publishing, not the smashbang genres of superhero adventures.  (Although, there are many fans of superheroes among them!)

Here’s the list!  Everything is from the ALA website, although I’ve added a few URLs to better promote these talents!

Frank Cummuso – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2138

Web: http://www.cammuso.com

Description:

Frank Cammuso is the author/illustrator of the graphic novel series The Misadventures of Salem Hyde from Amulet Books. He also created the graphic novel series Knights of the Lunch Table from Graphix/Scholastic. Frank drew the comic Otto’s Orange Day and Otto’s Backwards Day for Toon-Books. He also wrote and drew his self-published graphic novel Max Hamm Fairy Tale Detective, for which he received an Eisner nomination.

Matt Dembicki – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2021

Web: http://matt-dembicki.blogspot.com

Description:

Matt Dembicki previously edited and contributed to the Eisner-nominated and Aesop Prize-winning Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection. He also served at the helm of District Comics: An Unconventional History of Washington, D.C., a Harvey Award-nominated anthology that was named as one of the best books of 2012 by the Washington Post. His book Xoc: The Journey of a Great White won the 2013 SPACE Prize.

Steve Ellis – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2131

Matthew Fillbach and Shawn Fillbach-Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2025

Web: http://1firstcomics.com

Description:

Graphic Novels and comic books from the publisher FIRST COMICS. We have 5 graphic novels out presently: FREAKIN’ BUTT-KICKIN’ ZOMBIE ANTS, TALES OF THE S.S. JUNKY STAR, CADAVER DOGS OF WINTER, LIVES, CAPTAIN FREEBIRD. We will also have samples of the upcoming titles SHOTGUN TO SUGARLAND, DOG SOLDIER and NAKED LEONE.

Colleen Frakes – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2130

Darren Gendron / Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2033

Joel Christian Gill – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2133

Jimmy Gownley – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2135

Nathan Hale – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2136

Web: http://www.hazardoustales.com

Description:

Author/illustrator Nathan Hale, creator of the Hazardous Tales series of graphic novels for middle grade readers will be at this table, sketching, answering questions and signing books.

Christopher Herndon – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2124

Web: http://www.christopherherndon.com

Dave Kellett- Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2031

Web: www.sheldoncomics.com

Janet Lee – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2137

Mike Maihack – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2139

Web: http://mikemaihack.com

Description:

Mike Maihack will have his newest Scholastic published Graphic Novel, Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice, on hand as well as a collection of art prints from a variety of genres.

Conor McCreery – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2122

Dan Mishkin – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2027

Jesse Moynihan- Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2134

Web: http://jessemoynihan.com/

Sean O’Neill – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2121

Jake Parker – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2023

Web: http://www.mrjakeparker.com

Description:

Jake Parker is an illustrator based in Utah. For the last 15 years he has worked on everything from animated films to graphic novels to picture books. He illustrated the New York Times best-selling book The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man, written by Michael Chabon and writes and draws the Missle Mouse graphic novel series, published by Graphix.

Thom Pratt – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2029

Jason Rodriguez – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2132

Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2120

Gregg Schigiel – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2128

Kean Soo and Tory Woollcott Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2127

Aron Nels Steinke – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2035

Web: http://www.aronnelssteinke.com/

Gene Luen Yang and Thien Pham – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2125

Phil Yeh – Artist Alley

Booth No.: 2129

 

 

Exclusive Interview: Darick Robertson Goes Ballistic!

Okay, first things first. Have you bought Ballistic yet? Have you back-ordered #1 and pre-ordered #2? Because this comic is selling out everywhere FAST. I hit up artist Darick Robertson for a chat on what is rapidly becoming the runaway hit of 2013.

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SDCC ’13: All the Sunday Panels

Comic-Con_logoSUNDAY. So exhausting. It kicks off with the swan song for Breaking Bad and ends with…Harry Potter! I am devastated that my panel libraries is is right after and in a different part of the hall as the  Disney Afternoon retrospective! Also, two very cool “in conversation with” panels; Faih Erin Hicks and Jeff Smith, and Paul Pope and Gene Yang. Too bad these don’t get as much attention as they should.

If I recall correctly this is only the second year that  Hall H has stayed open to the bitter end…it’s a marathon for all.

 

 

 

 

Sunday, July 21

10:00am
Comic-Con How-to: Painting Comics
Through a painting demonstration, Scott Hampton explains techniques that are useful for clear storytelling in comics.
Sunday July 21, 2013 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 2
1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Comic-Con How To, Comics, Seminars & Workshops

10:00am
DC Comics Superman: The New 52 Era
The Last Son of Krypton is one of the most recognized pop culture icons of all time, and this year, Superman is set to soar to new heights! Find out what makes The Man of Steel the hero that he is with the writers and artists who bring him to life: DC Comics group editor Eddie Berganza, Tony Daniel (Action Comics), Jim Lee (Superman: Unchained), Scott Lobdell (Action Comics, Superman), Michael Alan Nelson (Supergirl), Scott Snyder (Superman: Unchained), and others.
Sunday July 21, 2013 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 6DE
1: Programs, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics, Superheroes

10:00am
DuckTales: Remastered
How do you take a beloved 24-year-old NES game and update it for today’s gamers while doing your best not to ruin anyone’s childhood? Go behind the scenes with Austin Ivansmith (director/designer), Matt Bozon (creative director), and Rey Jimenez (Capcom producer) for an in-depth look at how a great video game is made — from design, to art, to music, and more. Followed by a Q&A session, plus maybe a surprise or two.
Sunday July 21, 2013 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 25ABC
1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Games, Music

10:00am
Emily the Strange Panel Experience
Join Emily the Strange creator Rob Reger and special guests to see the premiere of the Emily and the Strangers FIRST animated music video and single. See and hear private, behind-the-scenes footage in the recording studio and “making of” the animation. Take a sneak peek at the new comic book Emily and the Strangers #3 by Dark Horse Comics and hear more about the making of this new series and how it comes to life with Emily’s new band. There will be time for Q&A, including updates on the development of the motion picture with Universal Pictures and Dark Horse Entertainment. Reger will be encouraging “audience participation” to get giveaways, so bring on your strange and show him what you’ve got!
Sunday July 21, 2013 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 23ABC
1: Programs, Animation, Comics, Movies, Music

10:00am
How to Conquer Earth, One Image at a Time: The Power of Visual Literacy
An all-star panel of kids comics creators and educators discuss how to use color, line, text, and page design to create effective visual messages. Kids will be encouraged to incorporate tips when creating their own “Earth invasion message or icon.” Panelists include Larry Marder (Beanworld, CBLDF), Royden Lepp (Rust), John Green (Teen Boat), Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!), and Talia Hurwich (Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth), moderated by Meryl Jaffe (Using Content-Area Graphic Novels for Learning, Johns Hopkins University).
Sunday July 21, 2013 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 30CDE
1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Comics, Kids

10:00am
Jack Kirby Tribute Panel
Each year, we set aside time to talk about Comic-Con’s first superstar guest and the man they call The King of the Comics, Jack Kirby. Jack left us in 1994, but his influence on comics, film, and this convention has never been greater. Discussing the man and his work this year are Neil Gaiman, Tony Isabella, and Kirby family attorney Paul S. Levine. And of course, it’s moderated by Mark Evanier.
Sunday July 21, 2013 10:00am – 11:15am
Room 5AB
1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics, Tributes, Writers & Writing

10:00am
Kids: Comics in Action!
Comics battle! Before your very eyes, some of your favorite comics creators — Jeffrey Brown (Star Wars Jedi Academy), Michael Fry (The Odd Squad), Matthew Holm (Babymouse), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), and Raina Telgemeier (Drama) will compete in an action-packed, high-stakes, no-holds-barred drawing championship for your approval! Who will win? It’s up to you to pick the best comics! Moderated by Jennifer L. Holm (Babymouse).
Sunday July 21, 2013 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 7AB
1: Programs, Comics, Kids

10:00am
LEGO Legends of Chima
The creators of LEGO Legends of Chima team up to discuss the development of the newest blockbuster LEGO property. Hear how the TV series is developed and see how LEGO model designers bring the characters and vehicles to life in LEGO form.
Sunday July 21, 2013 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 24ABC
1: Programs, Action Figures – Toys – Collectibles, Action-Adventure, Animation, Kids, Television

10:00am
San Diego International Children’s Film Festival
The San Diego International Children’s Film Festival presents creative, exciting, and imaginative short films from around the world — animation, live action, and documentary — good for all ages, throughout the day. Enjoy films from the U.S., Canada, Italy, Hungary, Croatia, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Spain, and beyond. Animators and filmmakers will talk about their work, ways kids can make their own films, and careers in animation and filmmaking.
Sunday July 21, 2013 10:00am – 5:00pm
Room 9
1: Programs, Animation, Kids, Movies

10:00am
Spotlight on Mike Norton
Eisner Award-winning artist Mike Norton talks about his career, influences, and art process in an interview and audience Q&A with moderator John Siuntres, host of the Word Balloon Comic Book Podcast. They’ll look at Mike’s early years working on G.I. Joe and The Badger, his years creating heroes and villains for Marvel and DC, and his current groundbreaking work on the Image Comics series Revival and his own creation Battlepug. You’ll hear about Mike’s conversion from paper to digital drawing and his thoughts on the current comic book market.
Sunday July 21, 2013 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 4
1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics

10:00am
Supernatural Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Series stars Jared Padalecki (Friday the 13th [2009]), Jensen Ackles (My Bloody Valentine 3D), Misha Collins (Ringer), and Mark A. Sheppard (Battlestar Galactica), along with executive producer Jeremy Carver (U.S. version of Being Human) return to Hall H to answer questions from the audience about what’s in store for the ninth season of this exciting series. Fans will also be treated to an exclusive video presentation featuring series highlights, as well as a portion of the special features from the upcoming Supernatural: The Complete Eighth Season DVD and Blu-ray release, in stores September 10. The ninth season of Supernatural will premiere this fall in its new Tuesday nighttime period at 9/8c on The CW. The series is produced by Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Sunday July 21, 2013 10:00am – 11:00am
Hall H
1: Programs, Action-Adventure, Horror and Suspense, Television

10:00am
The Christian Comics Arts Society General Meeting
Join fellow Christian fans and artists for a brief devotional period, followed by an in-depth analysis on interpreting the Bible in graphic format. Open to all who wish to attend.
Sunday July 21, 2013 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 28DE
1: Programs, Comics, Fandom

10:00am
The Nerd in the Classroom: Sci-fi as an Educational Tool
Education’s all-things-nerd networking resource returns to Comic-Con. This year’s edition features Travis Langley (Henderson State University, Batman and Psychology) and Eric Bruce (Western Oregon University) joining Patrick Murphy (Fremont High, Weber State University). Topics include curriculum development strategies, national standards, and increasing student engagement.
Sunday July 21, 2013 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 32AB
1: Programs, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Writers & Writing

10:00am
World Premiere of Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map
Everyone’s favorite Great Dane splashes onto the screen with a new, groundbreaking look that combines state-of-the-art puppetry with a cartoon sensibility. Witness the world premiere of this entertaining film along with panelists like Tony Award winner Stephanie D’Abruzzo (Avenue Q), puppetmaster supreme Peter Linz (The Muppets) and the voice of Shaggy, Matthew Lillard (Trouble with the Curve), as well as filmmakers David Rudman (The Muppets) and Adam Rudman (Sesame Street) and Warner Bros. Animation’s Jay Bastian as they reveal their magical visual techniques during a fun postscreening panel. Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment as a digital download and a Walmart DVD exclusive on July 23.
Sunday July 21, 2013 10:00am – 11:15am
Room 6A
1: Programs, Animation, Humor & Satire, Kids, Movies, Mysteries & Crime Dramas

10:00am
Comic-Con Film School 104: Postproduction and Distribution
The final day of our comprehensive course on microbudget moviemaking revolves around what to do after your movie is shot. Panelists will go over the basics of postproduction on your home computer; what software to use for editing, graphic design, sound design, and visualFX; and finally, how to burn your finished product to DVD and upload it to the Internet. Panelists include Valerie Perez (producer/star of the Paula Peril series), Nick Murphy (writer/director of Pizza and Bullets), Jack Conway (writer/producer of Fear News), and Sean Rourke (writer of Ballistica).
Sunday July 21, 2013 10:00am – 11:00am
Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina
1: Programs, CCI-IFF and Film School, Marriott Programs, Movies, Seminars & Workshops | 4: CCI-IFF, CCI-IFF and Film School, Marriott Programs, Movies, Seminars & Workshops

10:30am
Comics Arts Conference Session #12: Superman on Trial: The Secret History of the Siegel and Shuster Lawsuits
Five years after the Siegel heirs won a historic victory and regained a share of the Superman copyright, a higher court has set aside the verdict and shut down the Shuster estate’s claim. As we face the final chapter of the Superman copyright dispute, this panel will explain what is really happening. What crucial details were overlooked or misinterpreted? Is there still hope for other creators? Or does Superman’s 75th anniversary mark the end of truth, justice, and the American dream? Moderated by The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald, with commentary by Siegel and Shuster biographer Brad Ricca (Case Western Reserve University), this panel features the legal analysis of Jeff Trexler (Fordham Law School), whose influential commentary on the Superman lawsuits set a new standard for comics-related legal analysis and also became part of the case.
Sunday July 21, 2013 10:30am – 11:30am
Room 26AB
1: Programs, Comics, Comics Arts Conference, Comics Law School, Superheroes

10:30am
Funky Winkerbean’s 40th+ Anniversary
Comic-Con special guest Tom Batiuk will be taking you on a humorous and informative journey through the Funkyverse as he delves into the origin and history of his syndicated comic strip Funky Winkerbean. Joining him is DC Comics colorist Alex Sinclair, whose current credits include Superman: Unchained, Green Lantern, Astro City, and Teen Titans, and the talented guy who was the colorist on Batiuk’s Pulitzer Finalist book Lisa’s Story.
Sunday July 21, 2013 10:30am – 11:30am
Room 8
1: Programs, Anniversaries, Cartooning and Comic Strips, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics, Humor & Satire, Writers & Writing

11:00am
501st Costuming 101: Dressing to Serve the Empire
Join presenters Sam Hornedo, David Biffath, Kevin Weir, Felix Weliver, and Eddie Dennis to learn the essentials about what it takes to create a costume that meets the standards of quality for entry into the 501st Legion. They will provide an overview of what is involved in creating a costume, the various costume categories, and how much time is needed to create a costume that is screen accurate. Panelists will demonstrate tips and techniques for their costume specialty.
Sunday July 21, 2013 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 29A
1: Programs, Costuming, Fandom, Science Fiction & Fantasy

11:00am
60 Years of Bazooka Joe
Bazooka Joe and his Gang have been synonymous with bubble gum since ever their debut in 1953, providing an irresistible combination of cheap laughs wrapped around pink, sugary sweetness. Celebrate these iconic minicomics and Bazooka Joe’s 60th anniversary with the latest Topps book from Abrams ComicArts as Charles Kochman (editorial director of Abrams ComicArts) and Ira Friedman (vice president of licensing and publishing at The Topps Company) reveal the unlikely story of cartoonist Wesley Morse and writer Woody Gelman’s creation with a slideshow of rare comics, jokes, fortunes, tiny ads for mail- order merchandise, and video clips. Giveaways include T-shirts and other surprises.
Sunday July 21, 2013 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 32AB
1: Programs, Anniversaries, Cartooning and Comic Strips, Comics, Humor & Satire

11:00am
Creating Comics the comiXology Way
From early experiments like Box 13 and Valentine to more recent efforts like Power Play, Marvel’s Infinite Comics, Atomic Robo, and DC’s Batman ’66, comiXology’s Guided View has ushered in a new era in comic book creation. Now, you can find out what it takes to create amazing Guided View comics straight from comiXology co-founder John D. Roberts and Reilly Brown, co-creator of Power Play and artist on AvX Infinite Comics.
Sunday July 21, 2013 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 7AB
1: Programs, Comics

11:00am
How and Why to Write a Great All-Ages Comic Book
Some of the biggest “kids” in comics discuss the current state of the industry and what steps are necessary for comics to secure a place in the hearts and minds of the next generation. What are the benefits and challenges involved in writing all-ages comics? How are licensed comics playing a role in our future? How might webcomics, digital publishing, emerging technologies, and self-publishing change the landscape? And how can we ensure that more young readers today become readers for life? Panelists include Andy Runton (Owly), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Katie Cook (My Little Pony), Mike Kunkel (Herobear and the Kid), Neo Edmund (Jurassic Strike Force 5), Otis Frampton (Oddly Normal), Royden Lepp (Rust), and Jimmy Gownley (creator of Amelia Rules!). Moderated by all-ages comics writer and editor Joe LeFavi (Fraggle Rock).
Sunday July 21, 2013 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 28DE
1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Comics, Seminars & Workshops, Web, Writers & Writing

11:00am
How to Draw Manga for Kids
eigoMANGA’s team of manga artists and animators will teach kids of all ages tutorials on manga illustrations and storytelling. Join our workshop with seasoned manga artist Mino Miyabi (The Voice of Innocence) and Austin Osueke (eigoMANGA’s publisher of Rumble Pak, Sakura Pakk, and Alpha League).
Sunday July 21, 2013 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 30CDE
1: Programs, Anime & Manga, Art and Illustration, Comics, Kids, Seminars & Workshops

11:00am
IDW Kids Comics: A Panel for All Ages! Ponies, Turtles, and More!
Editors Sarah Gaydos, Bobby Curnow, and Tom Waltz (and a host of amazing creators) discuss the growing slate of all-ages titles at IDW — including My Little Pony, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures, Samurai Jack, Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, Ghostbusters, Popeye, KISS Kids, and more. Plus, free comics!
Sunday July 21, 2013 11:00am – 12:00am
Room 4
1: Programs, Animation, Comics, Kids

11:00am
Spotlight on Adam Hughes
Join Comic-Con special guest Adam Hughes (comic book artist and illustrator, Catwoman, Wonder Woman, Fairest, Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan) and moderator Mark Walters (BigFanboy.com) for a conversation covering highlights of Adam’s career. Adam will answer fan questions and offer commentary on some of his own artwork.
Sunday July 21, 2013 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 25ABC
1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics, Superheroes

11:00am
What’s Hot in Young Adult Fiction
Strong protagonists, engrossing romance, humor, action, and angst! Join authors for a Q&A session and chat about the hottest new titles and trends in YA fiction. Moderated by Nathan Bransford (Jacob Wonderbar and the Interstellar Time Warp) and featuring Rachel Cohn (Beta), Mark Frost (The Paladin Prophecy), Rachel Hawkins (Hex Hall Series), Tahereh Mafi (Unravel Me), Chelsea Pitcher (The S Word), Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), Veronica Rossi (Through the Ever Night), Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor and Park), and Emma Trevayne (Coda).
Sunday July 21, 2013 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 24ABC
1: Programs, Horror and Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Writers & Writing

11:05am
Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival Awards
The films have been shown, now it’s time to award the recipients of the 2013 Comic-Con Independent Film Festival with their trophies and recognition! Comic-Con’s Gary Sassaman talks to this year’s trio of judges — Alex DeMille (winner of last year’s CCI-IFF Judges’ Choice award for The Absence), journalist Geoff Boucher (senior writer at Entertainment Weekly and the force behind EW.com’s CapeTown) and acclaimed award-winning actress Kathy Najimy (Sister Acts 1 & 2, Hocus Pocus, Rat Race) — about the films and presents prizes and trophies to the winners.
Sunday July 21, 2013 11:05am – 11:55am
Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina
1: Programs, Awards Ceremonies, CCI-IFF and Film School, Marriott Programs, Movies | 4: CCI-IFF, Awards Ceremonies, CCI-IFF and Film School, Marriott Programs, Movies

11:15am
Breaking Bad
AMC’s Breaking Bad creator and executive producer Vince Gilligan appears with the cast of Breaking Bad, including Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, R. J. Mitte, and Bob Odenkirk. In a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick, Vince and the cast talk about what it was like to shoot the final episodes of one of the boldest and most intense dramas on television and how they are preparing for the series’ final moments. Join the panelists for a one-on-one Q&A session and an official sneak preview of the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad season 5, premiering Sunday night, August 11 at 9:00.
Sunday July 21, 2013 11:15am – 12:15pm
Hall H
1: Programs, Mysteries & Crime Dramas, Television

11:15am
Meet the Co-Publishers
As co-publishers of DC Entertainment, Jim Lee and Dan DiDio are the driving forces behind DC Comics — The New 52, Vertigo, MAD, DC’s digital initiative, and much more. This up-close-and-personal panel gives you a chance to step up and ask questions about your favorite comic book publishers!
Sunday July 21, 2013 11:15am – 12:15pm
Room 6DE
1: Programs, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics

11:15am
Women of Marvel
From Captain Marvel to the X-Men, from Twitter to tumblr, women in comics has been one of the most talked-about topics in comics. Join the conversation as women from every discipline 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 writer Louise Simonson (New Mutants), editor Jeanine Schaefer, Marvel AR producer and photographer Judy Stephens, and some other special guests!
Sunday July 21, 2013 11:15am – 12:15pm
Room 5AB
1: Programs, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics, Superheroes, Writers & Writing

11:30am
Cartoon Voices #2
Yesterday’s Cartoon Voices Panel will have been such a hit that we’ll have 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 includes Bob Bergen (Porky Pig), Alicyn Packard (The Mr. Men Show, Poppy Cat), Maurice LaMarche (Futurama, Pinky and the Brain), Candi Milo (Dexter’s Laboratory, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends), Neil Ross (G.I. Joe, The Transformers), and maybe someone else.
Sunday July 21, 2013 11:30am – 12:45pm
Room 6A
1: Programs, Animation, Fandom, Television

11:30am
Comic-Con How-To: Using Panels to Shape Visual Storytelling
When designing your comic page, should you use a grid with six-panels or nine? Should you use a grid at all? With input from the audience, Durwin Talon and Guin Thompson will demonstrate how changing the number of panels per page and the flow of information from panel to panel impacts the reader.
Sunday July 21, 2013 11:30am – 1:15pm
Room 2
1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Comic-Con How To, Comics, Seminars & Workshops

11:30am
Comics Arts Conference Session #13: What Are We Seeing Here? Negotiating Religious Presence and Purpose in Comics, Comix, and Webcomics
This panel examines the intersection of religion and comics in two ways: the presentation of religion in comics and comics’ influence on religion and society. Toby Braden Johnson (University of California, Riverside) discusses depictions of Islam in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures, considering both the comics’ creators and the analysis of the comics themselves and bringing to light comics’ role as a source of social and religious commentary. Sean Sagan (University of California, Riverside) analyzes the True Komix religious tracts published by new religious movement Family International during the 1970s-1980s and asks how this group’s sexualized theologies manifest in comic exegesis. Cori Knight (University of California, Riverside) considers acts of creation present in the webcomic Girl Genius. Set in a scientific world, the way the comic’s characters create freely or undertake acts of self-creation merits investigation.
Sunday July 21, 2013 11:30am – 1:00pm
Room 26AB
1: Programs, Comics, Comics Arts Conference

11:30am
Faith Erin Hicks in Conversation with Jeff Smith
Comic-Con special guest Faith Erin Hicks (Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong) discusses her creative process, her comics career, and her recent and upcoming graphic novels with Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Jeff Smith (Bone).
Sunday July 21, 2013 11:30am – 12:30pm
Room 8
1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics, Writers & Writing

11:45am
Teen Titans Go! Screening and Q&A
This is a must-Go! panel for all Teen Titans fans, as Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy, Cyborg, and Raven make their triumphant return to Comic-Con! Fans will be treated to a brand-new episode, as well as exclusive footage that will be screened only at Comic-Con! Following the screening, join producer Aaron Horvath (MAD) and members of the voice cast for a Q&A as they give fans a peek behind the cape at all the upcoming comedic mayhem that will be going on inside Titans Tower. From Warner Bros. Animation, Teen Titans Go! airs Tuesdays at 7:30/6:30c on Cartoon Network.
Sunday July 21, 2013 11:45am – 12:45pm
Room 6BCF
1: Programs, Animation, Comics, Humor & Satire, Kids, Superheroes, Television

12:00pm
Browncoats Meet-up
Stop by the meeting room this year to hang out with Browncoats and hear some news from around the ‘verse. Wear a cunning hat. Who knows what could happen? There’s no better way to share your love for Firefly, and it’s a lot more practical than starting a fight in an Alliance-friendly bar on U-day.
Sunday July 21, 2013 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 29A
1: Programs, Action-Adventure, Fandom, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television

12:00pm
Build Your Own Monster with Oni Press and Friends!
Join artists Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin), Joey Weiser (Mermin), and others for a fun interactive monster-creation art battle! Kids of all ages are welcome, and every attendee receives free comics!
Sunday July 21, 2013 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 32AB
1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Comics, Kids, Seminars & Workshops

12:00pm
Creating Comics for Kids
Want to know what it takes to create super awesome comics for kids? Come hang out with the guys and girls who are making it happen every day: Neo Edmund (Red Riding — Rise of the Werewolf Huntress, Jurassic Strike Force 5), Joe LeFavi (Fraggle Rock, editorial director for Jim Henson Co.), Thomas Zahler (My Little Pony, Love and Capes), Barbara Kesel (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, My Little Pony), Heather Nuhfer (Fraggle Rock, Strawberry Shortcake), and moderator Adira Edmund (Windy Hollows, MFA English Literature).
Sunday July 21, 2013 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 30CDE
1: Programs, Comics, Kids

12:00pm
George R. R. Martin Discusses the Skin Trade Adaptation
George R. R. Martin, the New York Times bestselling author and the mind behind HBO’s massively successful Game of Thrones, discusses his novels, his projects, and the wicked new Skin Trade comic book series! His novels are the most anticipated releases in fiction, and the Game of Thrones series has captivated audiences worldwide. This is your chance to find out direct from the creative mastermind himself what twists, turns, and unfortunate ends your favorite characters are in for and why Skin Trade will make your skin crawl.
Sunday July 21, 2013 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 25ABC
1: Programs, Comics, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Writers & Writing

12:00pm
Kids Comics: Here to Stay!
What do Babymouse, Hello Kitty, Uglydoll, Ninjago, Max Steel, and Ben 10 have in common? They’re now all part of the incredible world of kids comics! The creators of these series get together to discuss the recent growth in the kids graphic novel universe. Moderated by author/librarian and Good Comics for Kids contributor Scott Robins, the panel features Eisner Award-nominated Babymouse creator and CBLDF board member Jennifer Holm, Uglydoll co-creator David Horvath, writer B. Clay Moore (Ben 10, Max Steel), artists Ian McGinty (Uglydoll, Hello Kitty) and Jolyon Yates (Ninjago), editor Traci Todd (Hello Kitty, Uglydoll), and Jesse Post, head of marketing for Papercutz. All brought to you by VIZ Media!
Sunday July 21, 2013 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 28DE
1: Programs, Action Figures – Toys – Collectibles, Animation, Anime & Manga, Comics

12:00pm
Mattel: Max Steel: Rise of Elementor World Premiere Screening!
Be the FIRST to see Max and Steel team up to take on their biggest threat yet in Rise of Elementor. You will get to watch this exciting two-part broadcast event before it airs on Disney XD this fall! Will our heroes be able to defend Copper Canyon and rescue Ferrus from the evil Dredd? Come by to find out, and receive a free toy giveaway!
Sunday July 21, 2013 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 7AB
1: Programs, Action Figures – Toys – Collectibles, Action-Adventure, Animation, Kids, Movies, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television

12:00pm
Science Fiction and the Future
From spaceships and aliens to medical tampering and secret military weapons, science fiction books have never been as varied and exciting as they are now. James S. A. Corey (the writing team of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck; Abaddon’s Gate), Jason Hough (The Darwin Elevator), David Wellington (Chimera), Mira Grant (Parasite), Daniel Wilson (Amped), and D. J. MacHale (Sylo) discuss their new books and the vivid visions science fiction has to offer, from distant space to our own backyards. Moderated by Margaret Stohl (Icons).
Sunday July 21, 2013 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 24ABC
1: Programs, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Writers & Writing

12:00pm
Spotlight on Jerry Ordway
Comic-Con special guest Jerry Ordway (artist, writer of Superman, Shazam, and many other characters over 30 years) talks to Mike Carlin (editor during the Death of Superman era) about his career. Join Jerry and Mike for a free-form hour of reminiscences, audience questions, and general fun.
Sunday July 21, 2013 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 4
1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics, Superheroes, Writers & Writing

12:00pm
CCI-IFF Award Winners Showcase
The winning films from the 2013 Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival are show again. Come see the very best of this year’s festival!
Sunday July 21, 2013 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina
1: Programs, Awards Ceremonies, CCI-IFF and Film School, Marriott Programs, Movies | 4: CCI-IFF, Awards Ceremonies, CCI-IFF and Film School, Marriott Programs, Movies

12:15pm
CBLDF’s Banned Comics Jam!
Celebrate Banned Comics with Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son), Chris Burnham (Batman Incorporated), Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise), Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash), and special guests who will create live art, paying homage to the cartoonists, authors and characters who’ve created the great banned books of our time. Some of the greatest authors have been banned, from Judy Blume and Neil Gaiman to Alan Moore and Mark Twain. Join the CBLDF and these great creators as they talk censorship and make once-in-a-lifetime art about the banned greats! Get a chance to watch live art made before your eyes, learn about censorship, and bid to win the pieces made here to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
Sunday July 21, 2013 12:15pm – 1:45pm
Room 5AB
1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Cartooning and Comic Strips, CBLDF Events, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics, Writers & Writing

12:30pm
BBC America’s Doctor Who 50th Anniversary
BBC America presents the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary panel featuring Doctor Who stars Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman, award-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, An Adventure in Space and Time star David Bradley, and award-winning writer/executive producer Mark Gatiss. The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special will premiere November 23, on BBC America. As part of the celebrations in November, An Adventure in Space and Time will tell the story of the genesis of Doctor Who, with David Bradley starring as the first ever Doctor, William Hartnell.
Sunday July 21, 2013 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Hall H
1: Programs, Action-Adventure, Anniversaries, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television

12:30pm
Secret Origin of Good Readers Breakout Sessions
Utilize the best ways to incorporate comic books in your schools and libraries. This rare opportunity to work first h and with experts in the field of comic book literature in small groups can help you do just that. Sessions are with Anina Bennett (Boilerplate, Heartbreakers): How to use historical fiction and teach comics in high school/university settings; Karen Green (Columbia University): What to look for when selecting comic books for your research/academic library; Dave Elliott (Weirding Willows, Titan Books): How to use Weirding Willows in elementary through university settings; Jesse McCann (New York Times bestselling author, Shrek, Scooby Doo): Choosing the right all-ages comic books for your classroom or library; Nancy McCann (Comics Unlimited): Working with your local comic book stores, how to find them, what to ask for; or Bill McGrath. using comic books in Juvenile Court Schools. Limited educator goodie bags and Looking Glass Wars trilogy book sets courtesy of Frank Beddor for those attending both panels. Free 70-page The Secret Origin of Good Readers companion resource book [PDF] and other useful materials at www.night-flight.com/secretorigin, courtesy of XMission.com.
Sunday July 21, 2013 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Room 23ABC
1: Programs, Comics, Seminars & Workshops

12:30pm
Spotlight on Charlotte Fullerton
Join Ben 10 himself, Yuri Lowenthal as he interviews Comic-Con special guest Charlotte Fullerton, the co-head writer of Ben 10: Omniverse, about her extensive career in children’s TV, writing for a wide variety of shows such as My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and Green Lantern: The Animated Series, as well as her involvement in making the now-legendary Star Wars comedy fanfilm Troops. On a personal note, Charlotte is the widow of renowned writer/producer Dwayne McDuffie, co-founder of Milestone Comics. Q&A session.
Sunday July 21, 2013 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Room 8
1: Programs, Action-Adventure, Animation, Superheroes, Television

12:30pm
X-Men
Get the lowdown on X-Men: Battle of the Atom, the massive X-Men event that will forever change the landscape of the X-Universe! What happens when the original five X-Men come face-to-face with the future X-Men? Heads will roll in this fateful time-space showdown! Plus, find out the latest on all the other corners of mutant-dom! Editor Jeanine Schaefer, senior editor Nick Lowe, and writers Brian Michael Bendis (All-New X-Men), Paul Cornell (Wolverine), Gerry Duggan (Deadpool), Sam Humphries (Uncanny X-Force), and Brian Posehn (Deadpool) bring you your definitive one-stop shop for all things X-Men!
Sunday July 21, 2013 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Room 6DE
1: Programs, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics, Superheroes, Writers & Writing

1:00pm
All-Ages Comics Have Arrived
Quality all-ages comics are back and better than ever! We’re not just talking about “kids” comics, we’re talking about amazing comics that can be enjoyed by young, old, and everyone in between. KaBOOM! editor Shannon Watters conducts a lively conversation with all-ages creators Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani (Aw Yeah! Comics, Tiny Titans), Mike Kunkel (Herobear and the Kid), and Nate Cosby (Cow Boy) about this phenomenal resurgence!
Sunday July 21, 2013 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 24ABC
1: Programs, Comics

1:00pm
Archie Action Hour: Sonic the Hedgehog, and Mega Man
Get ready for action! It’s been a huge year for the two most popular video game comic titles as Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man joined together for the first time ever in this year’s biggest crossover event: Worlds Collide — and it’s only going to get better! Executive director of editorial Paul Kaminski is joined by Archie Comics president Mike Pellerito, writer Ian Flynn (Sonic the Hedgehog), and artists Ryan Jampole (Mega Man), Jon Gray (Sonic the Hedgehog), and Evan Stanley (Sonic the Hedgehog). See exclusive artwork, learn about upcoming storylines, and more. All that plus attendees will power-up with a gift bag chock full of Archie Action Awesomeness! Be there!
Sunday July 21, 2013 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 28DE
1: Programs, Comics, Games, Superheroes

1:00pm
Ball-Jointed Dolls Collectors Group
Doll owners and enthusiasts discuss the world of ball-jointed resin dolls from companies such as Elfdoll, Volks, Luts, Customhouse, Fairyland, Bambicrony, Iplehouse, and many others. Learn the basics about BJDs and pick up tips on customizing, maintaining, and photographing these beautiful dolls. Share the beauty of your own unique doll, or just see the many dolls on display, from tiny to towering. it’s a great opportunity to experience the different types of dolls in the world of BJDs. Make new friends, both real and resin!
Sunday July 21, 2013 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 29A
1: Programs, Action Figures – Toys – Collectibles, Costuming, Fandom

1:00pm
Beware the Batman Screening and Q&A
The Dark Knight makes his return to television in this new action-packed CG animated series. A cool new take on the classic franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batman’s core characters with a rogues’ gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form. With backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City’s criminal underworld, led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad, and Magpie. After screening a new episode, producers Glen Murakami (Teen Titans) and Mitch Watson (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated) and others will take attendees into the shadows of Gotham City for a lively discussion on the adventures that await Batman this season. From Warner Bros. Animation, Beware the Batman airs Saturday mornings at 10:00 ET/PT on Cartoon Network.
Sunday July 21, 2013 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 6BCF
1: Programs, Animation, Comics, Kids, Superheroes, Television

1:00pm
Cartoon Design For Kids
Hey Kids! It’s time to get happy, have fun, and be funny! Kristian Andrew Sather (Jetsons, kristiansather.blogspot.com ) returns to Comic-Con with his popular cartooning workshop. Kristian will demonstrate the techniques used in drawing funny cartoon characters. You will learn how to draw your own cartoon characters using basic geometric shapes and more.
Sunday July 21, 2013 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 30CDE
1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Comics, Kids

1:00pm
Chronicle Books: Behind the Scenes of a Pop Culture Powerhouse
With several New York Times bestsellers this year, Chronicle Books’s unique blend of distinctive, entertaining publishing hits the right spot for both consumers and creators. Get sneak peeks at upcoming projects and meet editor Steve Mockus, designers Michael Morris and Neil Egan, and authors Jeffrey Brown (Vader’s Little Princess), Francesco Marciuliano (I Could Pee on This), Brandon Bird (Brandon Bird’s Astonishing World of Art), and Michael McMillian (True Blood: Field Guide to Vampires).
Sunday July 21, 2013 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 32AB
1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Cartooning and Comic Strips, Comics, Humor & Satire, Movies, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Writers & Writing

1:00pm
Comics Arts Conference Session #14: Comics and the Punk Aesthetic
Comics have long had a connection with subculture. In the punk movement, comics found an aesthetic that could help preach a message to the counterculture. This panel examines how both mainstream and underground comics have borrowed and used the punk aesthetic for their own means. Christopher B. Field (Southern Illinois University-Carbondale) discusses OMAC by Jack Kirby and how the underappreciated work uses the punk aesthetic. Michael MacBride (Minnesota State University) examines how punk music and Justin Green’s Binky Brown react differently to male sexuality. Christopher Douglas (Southern Illinois University) compares the aesthetic of the Japanese cyberpunk manga Akira to the bosozoku motorcycle gangs of the 1980s. Keegan Lannon (Aberystwyth University) discusses Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles as a punk manifesto.
Sunday July 21, 2013 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 26AB
1: Programs, Comics, Comics Arts Conference

1:00pm
SpongeCon 2013: The Year of the Fan
Tom Kenny (voice of SpongeBob) hosts an interactive live SpongeBob event! Croon along with some of your favorite tunes from Bikini Bottom. Screen finalists from the SpongeBob SquareShorts fan film competition. Enjoy an exclusive sneak peek of the new half-hour special SpongeBob, You’re Fired! Plus a whole lot more. So get your goggles and dive on down. We want to have the Best Day Ever with you!
Sunday July 21, 2013 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 6A
1: Programs, Animation, Humor & Satire, Kids, Television

1:00pm
Spotlight on Dan Jurgens
Former Superman editor Mike Carlin talks with longtime writer/artist Dan Jurgens about his work in comics, how he started, why he did the things he did, what he enjoyed most, what he might have done differently, and new projects on the horizon.
Sunday July 21, 2013 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 4
1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics, Superheroes, Writers & Writing

1:00pm
The Art of CAPCOM
Francis Mao (CAPCOM senior director creative services) leads a panel of CAPCOM’s graphic designers, artists, and creative partners in a panel pulling back the curtain on how Capcom’s incredible video game artwork is created from concept to finish. Panelists will explain the creative process and thinking involved in each creative step, as well as go in-depth on the tools and applications used to create the awesome works of art that grace Capcom video games and collateral. Followed by a Q&A session.
Sunday July 21, 2013 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 25ABC
1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Games, Seminars & Workshops

1:00pm
What’s Behind the Door? Fiction That Thrills
Whether the entity lurking behind the door is an evil spirit, a serial killer, an alien, an assassin, or the government, a great thriller will work you into a heightened state of apprehension, excitement, and breathlessness. Peek behind the doors with moderator Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy and authors James Dashner (The Eye of Minds), Allen Zadoff (Boy Nobody), Ann Aguirre (Outpost), Kami Garcia (Unbreakable), Eve Silver (Rush), and Br and on Mull (The Beyonders), as they discuss the art of creating suspenseful, exciting, anxiety-inducing stories that keep readers up well into the night.
Sunday July 21, 2013 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 7AB
1: Programs, Horror and Suspense, Writers & Writing

1:30pm
Comic-Con How-To: Advanced 3D/CG Comic Art
Brian Haberlin will demonstrate advanced 3D and computer graphics comic art techniques that will speed up and improve your story telling. He will show you how to use a wide range of programs, from Zbrush to Poser to Sketchup. Learn all the tricks no other pro will show you!
Sunday July 21, 2013 1:30pm – 2:45pm
Room 2
1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Comic-Con How To, Comics, Seminars & Workshops

1:30pm
Shattering Convention in Comic Book Storytelling
Moderated by Racebending.com, this panel of comic book authors discuss their experiences writing diverse and innovative work for big franchises, indie, small press, and web comics. Brandon Thomas (Miranda Mercury), Gene Yang (Avatar: The Last Airbender), and Gail Simone (The Movement) will discuss diversity without stereotyping, creating compelling heroes and villains, and reader advocacy.
Sunday July 21, 2013 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Room 23ABC
1: Programs, Comics, Writers & Writing

1:30pm
Spotlight on Ted Naifeh
Comic-Con special guest Ted Naifeh talks about his work on the all-ages titles Courtney Crumrin and Polly and the Pirates and reveals what’s in store for the Eisner Award-nominated writer/artist.
Sunday July 21, 2013 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Room 8
1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics, Writers & Writing

1:45pm
Avengers, X-Men, Dr. Strange and Sgt Fury 50th
Marvel Comics’s first wave of superhero creations in the 1960s have proven to have remarkable staying power and worldwide appeal. The Avengers, X-Men, Dr. Strange, and Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos (which introduced Nick Fury) all celebrate their 50th anniversaries this year. When Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Steve Ditko created the characters half a century ago, little did they know what they brought into the comics world. Since then numerous writers and artists have told the tales of these heroes, including Comic-Con special guests Brian Michael Bendis (Avengers and X-Men), Frank Brunner (Dr. Strange), John Romita, Jr. (just about every Marvel hero), and Roy Thomas, who was there almost at the beginning with Stan, Jack and Steve and contributed his own memorable takes on the Avengers and X-Men.
Sunday July 21, 2013 1:45pm – 2:45pm
Room 5AB
1: Programs, Anniversaries, Art and Illustration, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics, Superheroes, Writers & Writing

1:45pm
Cartoon Network: Ben 10 Omniverse
It’s Hero Time! Set your Omnitrix for “Awesome” with the Ben 10 Omniverse panel, highlighting the Cartoon Network hero of a million alien faces! Voice talent Yuri Lowenthal (Ben 10), Bumper Robinson (Rook), Paul Eiding (Grandpa Max), and Eric Bauza (Dr. Psychobos), Matt Youngberg (supervising producer), and Derrick Wyatt (art director) talk about the show, premiere an unseen episode, and much more.
Sunday July 21, 2013 1:45pm – 2:45pm
Room 6DE
1: Programs, Action-Adventure, Animation, Kids, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television

1:50pm
Community: Celebrating the Fans
Community is back at Comic-Con, and the show is making its Hall H debut to celebrate the devoted Community fandom! Currently confirmed are cast members Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Jim Rash, and Ken Jeong, plus executive producers Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna and co-executive producer Andy Bobrow, moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist). Be a part of the study group for a panel and Q&A, and you’ll find out firsthand what surprises are in store for the Sony Pictures Television’s comedy series when it returns to NBC for its fifth season. Community launches in broadcast syndication and on Comedy Central this September.
Sunday July 21, 2013 1:50pm – 2:45pm
Hall H
1: Programs, Humor & Satire, Television

2:00pm
25 Years of the Disney Afternoon: The Continuing Legacy
Life is like a hurricane! Spin it! When there’s trouble, you call D.W.! It’s been more than 25 years since Disney Afternoon debuted on television screens, and the impact of “the golden age of Disney TV Animation” is still felt today. Let’s get dangerous with Tad Stones (creator, Darkwing Duck, Chip n’ Dale Rescue Rangers), Jymn Magon (DuckTales, creator of Talespin), Bob Schooley (co-creator, Kim Possible, co-ex producer Penguins of Madagascar), Rob Paulsen (voice actor, Darkwing Duck, Animaniacs), and Aaron Sparrow (Darkwing Duck: The Duck Knight Returns) for raucous recollections and never-before-heard stories!
Sunday July 21, 2013 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 7AB
1: Programs, Action-Adventure, Animation, Anniversaries, Humor & Satire, Kids, Television

2:00pm
Cover Story: The Art of the Cover
What does it take to make a great cover for a comic book? Let’s ask four of the top artists…all folks who’ve created some of the best. Come hear the “shop talk” of Jerry Ordway (Superman, The Power of Shazam), Gary Frank (Action Comics, DC Universe: Legacies), Dan Jurgens (Superman, Booster Gold), and Chris Samnee (Daredevil, Thor). Moderated by Mark Evanier.
Sunday July 21, 2013 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 25ABC
1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics, Superheroes

2:00pm
Death Dealing Mechs, Comic Books, and Video Games: The World of Hawken
Heavy metal comes to Comic-Con! Khang Le (creative director/co-founder, Adhesive Games) and Mark Long (CEO, Meteor Entertainment) discuss Hawken, the free-to-play fast-paced giant mech shooter, showing how the rich universe has transcended from its roots as a game to encompass comics, collectibles, and filmed entertainment, expanding and breathing life into the larger mythology. Drew Seldin (Project Triforce) will be showing a meticulously detailed new mech premiere scale statue, Michael Kennedy (Archaia Entertainment) will reveal details of the Hawken monthly digital comic series, and Scott Robertson (Design Studio Press) will guide us through an early look at the Art of Hawken art book. Other announcements and debuts are also in store, and the audience will leave with a special gift in hand. Ignite the fight in San Diego!
Sunday July 21, 2013 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 28DE
1: Programs, Action Figures – Toys – Collectibles, Action-Adventure, Comics, Games, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Web

2:00pm
Drawing DC: DC Kids Edition
Sunday at Comic-Con International is one of DCE’s favorite days of the show! Talent relations director Larry Ganem with the Eisner Award-winning team of Art Baltazar and Franco (Superman Family Adventures, The Green Team), and the ever dynamic Dustin Nguyen (Li’l Gotham) as they showcase their artistic talents in a panel fun for all ages!
Sunday July 21, 2013 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 30CDE
1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Comics, Kids, Superheroes

2:00pm
Keenspot 2013: Red Giant Expands to Consume the Earth
Pioneering webcomics publisher Keenspot returns for their giant-sized 13th annual Comic-Con panel with strategic partner Red Giant Entertainment in tow! Earlier this year Red Giant formally announced its revolutionary free print comic book initiative, the “Giant-Size” line distributing one million free copies every single week to stores across the country beginning in 2014, and this is the place they’ll be revealing new details on each title and the awesome creators at their helms! Plus, get the latest news on the Last Blood and Wayward Sons movie adaptations and much more. Creators scheduled to appear include Benny Powell (Wayward Sons), David Campiti (Exposure), Terry Keefe (Tesla), John Gallagher (BuzzBoy), Steven Parke (Medusa’s Daughter), David Lawrence (Sherwood), Thomas Fischbach (Twokinds), and Bobby Crosby (Last Blood, Marry Me). All attendees will receive a free poster!
Sunday July 21, 2013 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 4
1: Programs, Comics, Web

2:00pm
Today’s Kids’ Heroes…and Why They Don’t Wear Capes
An all-star panel of kids comics authors, game designers, illustrators, and educators discuss why today’s heroes are often nerdy, quirky, flawed figures battling everyday challenges of social pressure and belonging, and have dropped the capes. Implications for developing the next superhero for aspiring writers, students, and educators will also be discussed. Panelists include Jennifer Holm (Babymouse, Squish), Jonathan Hamel (Tomb Raider), Scott Peterson (Batman: Gotham Adventures), Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Tim Travaglini (Open Road Media), Joe Kelly (I Kill Giants, Four Eyes, Man of Action Studios), Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!), and Talia Hurwich (Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth). Moderated by Meryl Jaffe (Using Content-Area Graphic Novels for Learning, Johns Hopkins University).
Sunday July 21, 2013 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 32AB
1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Comics, Games, Superheroes, Writers & Writing

2:00pm
Witches and Fey, Monsters and Mortals
That vamp’s a tramp; this witch is a real bitch. Pixies will pinch, and the fey go beyond fairly frightening. The ghouls are ghastly, and we mere mortals are growing testy. Oh, and that creepy-looking fella is sprouting fur from his feet, and who knows “were” else! Jeanne Stein (the Anna Strong series) encourages S. M. Wheeler (Sea Change), Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy), Brom (Krampus), Morgan Rhodes (Falling Kingdoms), Amber Benson (The Calliope Reaper-Jones series), Seanan McGuire (The October Daye series), Rachel Caine (the Morganville Vampires series), and C. Robert Cargill (Dreams and Shadows) to provide perspective on the monsters of myth.
Sunday July 21, 2013 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 24ABC
1: Programs, Horror and Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Writers & Writing

2:15pm
Under the Dome
Stars Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Mike Vogel (Bates Motel), and Rachelle Lefevre (Twilight), along with executive producers Brian K. Vaughan (Lost), Neal Bear (Law and Order: SVU), and Jack Bender (Lost), invite you to go under the dome as they discuss the television event of the summer about a small town inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible and indestructible dome. Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, the series follows “Big Jim” (Norris), the only elected official left under the dome whose abiding love for the town may be surpassed only by his desire for power; Dale “Barbie” Barbara (Vogel), an army veteran with a mysterious past; and “Julia Shumway” (Lefevre), the editor of the local newspaper who is coping with the disappearance of her husband, among other residents who are all struggling to uncover the mystery of the dome that has descended upon their town. They must come together to find ways to survive and work to ultimately rebuild their democracy from the ground up, while facing postapocalyptic situations. Follow them on this journey under the dome, where no one can hide and no one’s secret is safe.
Sunday July 21, 2013 2:15pm – 3:15pm
Room 6BCF
1: Programs, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television

2:15pm
World Premiere of Tom and Jerry’s Giant Adventure
Wind down Comic-Con with everyone’s favorite cat-and-mouse combo in an all-new original movie, Tom and Jerry’s Giant Adventure. Tom and Jerry are the animal assistants to Jack, the young owner of a fairy tale-inspired theme park “where dreams come true, if you believe.” Unfortunately, the theme park has fallen on hard times — until some magic beans provide the means for Jack, Tom, and Jerry to get their hands on a golden goose. Along the way, they’ll meet fabled fellows like Droopy, Spike and a massively mean and hungry giant. The voice cast includes Tom Wilson, Garrison Keillor, Paul Reubens, and Grey DeLisle. Producers/directors Spike Brandt (The Looney Tunes Show) and Tony Cervone (The Looney Tunes Show), and seven-time Eisner Award-winning screenwriter Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series) will be on hand to present the film, which will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment as a Blu-ray Combo Pack and a digital download on August 6.
Sunday July 21, 2013 2:15pm – 3:15pm
Room 6A
1: Programs, Animation, Humor & Satire, Kids

2:30pm
Comic-Con Masquerade Replay
Saturday night’s impressive costuming event is reviewed, audience questions can be answered, and a big-screen video of all the costume entries is presented for those who missed it or who simply want a second look. Hosted by Masquerade director Martin Jaquish and Masquerade assistant John Ruff. (Sorry, we cannot sell copies of the show).
Sunday July 21, 2013 2:30pm – 5:00pm
Room 8
1: Programs, Awards Ceremonies, Costuming, Fandom

2:30pm
Comics Arts Conference Session #15: 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. Alissa Butler (University of Massachusetts-Boston), Krystal Dean (Wittenberg University), Charity Fowler (Virginia Commonwealth University), Regina Gasser (Wittenberg University), Kenneth J. Garrett (Lynchburg College), Kenley Hoover (Lynchburg College), Nathan Knoebber (Wittenberg University), Sarah Lavinder (Lynchburg College), Lauren Levitt (New York University Steinhardt), and Jessica Stephenson (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) 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 2013. Matthew J. Smith (Wittenberg University) moderates.
Sunday July 21, 2013 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Room 26AB
1: Programs, Comics, Comics Arts Conference, Fandom

2:30pm
Safety Not Guaranteed
Dystopian societies, postapocalyptic scenarios, enhanced (and deadly) abilities, and mysterious government branches make the future a not-so-safe place to be. Moderator Anna Jarzab (Tandem) joins authors Marie Lu (the Legend series), Gen Albin (Crewel), Brandon Sanderson (Steelheart), Margaret Stohl (Icons), Amy Tintera (Reboot), and Michael Johnston (Frozen) as they discuss what it takes to survive in the future worlds they’ve created.
Sunday July 21, 2013 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Room 23ABC
1: Programs, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Writers & Writing

2:45pm
Joe’s Comics’ Sidekick
J. Michael Straczynski, Studio JMS CEO Patricia Tallman, editor Phil Smith, and other luminaries discuss Joe’s Comics, the new creator-owned imprint from Image. They will be debuting their new title, Sidekick, here at SDCC and providing a glimpse of additional projects coming soon from Joe’s Comics.
Sunday July 21, 2013 2:45pm – 3:45pm
Room 5AB
1: Programs, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics, Movies, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Superheroes, Television, Writers & Writing

3:00pm
Archaia Entertainment: The Year of Mouse Guard
After its debut, Mouse Guard has become one of the most popular, beloved, and honored stories in comics, and in 2013, creator David Petersen is not slowing down! This year will see the release of the Mouse Guard Vol. 3: The Black Axe hardcover and the debut of the four-issue Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 2 miniseries (followed by the release of a hardcover that collects them). In addition, from Skelton Crew comes collectible replica Black Axes, the first in a line of Mouse Guard replica weapons! Moderated by Mel Caylo (Archaia’s marketing manager), join the Eisner Award-winning Petersen and guests, including Jeremy Bastian, Israel Skelton, and more to be announced as they give you a behind-the-scenes look at the making of all this Mouse Guard goodness, preview art from upcoming releases, and answer everything you wanted to know about Mouse Guard! Every attendee will receive a Comic-Con exclusive print of an original David Petersen drawing. Plus, one lucky audience member will win a free copy of the limited Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 Black and White Edition!
Sunday July 21, 2013 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 28DE
1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Comics, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Writers & Writing

3:00pm
Business of Cartoon Voices
Interested in a career doing voices for animation and videogames? There are plenty of people around who’ll take your money and tell you how to go about it…but here’s 90 minutes of absolutely free advice from folks who work in the field. Get the scoop from cartoon voice actors Gregg Berger and Candi Milo, agents Pat Brady (C.E.S.D.) and Heather Vergo (Atlas Talent) and your moderator, voice director Mark Evanier (The Garfield Show).
Sunday July 21, 2013 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 25ABC
1: Programs, Animation, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Games, Movies, Television

3:00pm
Comic-Con How-To: Drawing with Jim Lee
Join DC Entertainment co-publisher, Jim Lee (Superman Unchained, Justice League, Batman: Hush) as he talks about his 25+ years in the comics industry and sketches your favorite characters live on the big screen in this engaging panel. This is a great opportunity to watch the creative process first-hand and learn the tips of the trade that bring DC Entertainment’s characters to life.
Sunday July 21, 2013 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 2
1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Comic-Con How To, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics, Seminars & Workshops, Superheroes

3:00pm
Diamond Select Toys: The Best of All Worlds
Chuck Terceira (director, Diamond Select Toys) and Zach Oat (marketing supervisor) preview upcoming DST products, including Marvel Select, Star Trek Starships, Universal Monsters, Batman, and a brand-new license, with a Q&A to follow.
Sunday July 21, 2013 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 7AB
1: Programs, Action Figures – Toys – Collectibles, Comics, Horror and Suspense, Movies, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Superheroes, Television

3:00pm
History of Disney Pins: The Tradition of Disney Pin Trading and Collecting
A fun discussion with a panel of Disney pin experts featuring actor Holland Hayes and pin author Austin Badgett. Learn about the history, variety, and culture of the miniature works of art at the heart of the most interactive of Disneyana collectibles. Moderated by Jennifer Colyn (PinPics event director).
Sunday July 21, 2013 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 29A
1: Programs, Action Figures – Toys – Collectibles, Animation, Fandom

3:00pm
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Screening and Q&A
The Gang returns to Paddy’s Pub with Mac (Rob McElhenney), Dennis (Glenn Howerton), Charlie (Charlie Day), Dee (Kaitlin Olson), and Frank (Danny DeVito). It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was created by McElhenney and is executive produced by McElhenney, Day, Howerton, Michael Rotenberg, Nick Frenkel, Tom Lofaro, Rob Rosell, Scott Marder, and David Hornsby. The show is produced by FX Productions.
Sunday July 21, 2013 3:00pm – 3:50pm
Hall H
1: Programs, Humor & Satire, Television

3:00pm
Publisher’s Weekly: What’s Next for Graphic Novels in Libraries
Graphic novels have become one of the hottest categories in libraries nationwide, with reader requests driving more and more libraries to acquire significant collections. Publishers Weekly Comics World’s Heidi MacDonald explores the latest developments, including content challenges, digital lending, collection development, ways authors can connect with libraries, the rise of comics for younger readers, and what Common Core will mean for the whole field. With Eva Volin (Alameda Free Library), Karen Green (Columbia University), Josh Elder (Reading with Pictures), and Scott Robins (Toronto Public Library, A Parent’s Guide to the Best Kids’ Comics).
Sunday July 21, 2013 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 32AB
1: Programs, Comics

3:00pm
Spotlight on Neil Gaiman
Comic-Con special guest Neil Gaiman has crossed over into numerous media. From comics to novels, from kids’ books to animation, from television to movies, Neil remains one of the most popular creators in the world. Visiting Comic-Con this year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his seminal comics creation The Sandman, he’ll talk about everything that’s going on his career right now.
Sunday July 21, 2013 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 6DE
1: Programs, Animation, Anniversaries, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics, Movies, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Superheroes, Writers & Writing

3:00pm
Steampunk Generations: Views of a Genre from Both Ends of Time
Hannah Vaca (high school student), C. J. DeAngelus (educator), William Swanson (electrical engineer), Greg Broadmore (Weta Workshop), Kim Hutsell (Starburner Galactic Courier Service), and Duane Matthews (League of S.T.E.A.M.) discuss perspectives of steampunk as a unique genre, and its attraction to participants a half a century apart. Join the panelists for this discussion moderated by Daniel Bissonette (president, Live Steam Railroad Association).
Sunday July 21, 2013 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 24ABC
1: Programs, Costuming, Fandom, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Writers & Writing

3:00pm
Turning Your Left-Brain Power into Drawing Skills
Dr. Wei Xu (artist/mathematician, author of Drawing in the Digital Age) explains how simple math and science knowledge can be utilized to make observational drawing much easier to learn.
Sunday July 21, 2013 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 30CDE
1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Cartooning and Comic Strips, Comics, Seminars & Workshops

3:00pm
Where Do Ideas Come From? Banishing the Blank Page
Writer’s block? Artistic anemia? Get unstuck! Former DC, Dark Horse, and CrossGen writer/editor Barbara Randall Kesel (MLP:FIM Fluttershy) outlines strategies and tips for artists and writers facing the Dreaded Dead Brain Doom — a blank page and no ideas for what to write or draw, or how to get started.
Sunday July 21, 2013 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 4
1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Comics, Seminars & Workshops, Writers & Writing

3:30pm
Buffy the Musical Once More with Feeling
Let’s end this show with a bang! The powers that be behind Whedonopolis and Fandom Charities present a screening of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode Once More with Feeling as Comic-Con’s big closing event! Many say this is the finest, funniest, most ingenious episode ever to come out of the Buffyverse. But remember, the best part of the show is up to you! This episode was made for talkin’ — back, that is — and singing and shouting and dancing in the aisles, with or without your dry cleaning! Audience participation: It isn’t just for Rocky Horror and mob riots anymore.
Sunday July 21, 2013 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Room 6BCF
1: Programs, Action-Adventure, Fandom, Horror and Suspense, Music, Television

3:30pm
Comic-Con Talkback
John Rogers, president of the Comic-Con board of directors, will be present to listen to attendees’ concerns about this year’s event.
Sunday July 21, 2013 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Room 23ABC
1: Programs, Talkback

3:30pm
First Second: Gene Yang and Paul Pope In Conversation
First Second authors Paul Pope (Battling Boy) and Gene Luen Yang (Boxers & Saints) discuss their creative process, their magical-realist storytelling techniques, and their exciting upcoming books — projects that each author has been working on for the past five years.
Sunday July 21, 2013 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Room 26AB
1: Programs, Comics, Writers & Writing

3:30pm
Starship Smackdown Redux 3D: Ultimate Platinum Collector’s Edition
The greatest spaceships in the history of the universe converge in the ultimate conflagration for the highly-coveted Smackdown title in Comic-Con’s most scholarly and serious panel ever convened. Will the Starship Enterprise once again defeat an Imperial Star Destroyer? Can the Serenity make mincemeat out of the Battlestar Galactica? Can you get cell reception in the TARDIS? And will Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson once again suddenly show up to save the Spaceship of the Imagination from certain doom? The panel of expert spaceshipologists outwit, outplay and outphaser, starring Daren Dochterman (ST: TMP Special Edition), Chris Gossett (The Red Star: Rapidfire, Tales of the Jedi), Ashley E. Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor), Steve Melching (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Transformers: Prime), Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise, ST:TNG Blu-ray), Kathryn Reindl (Twisted, Twilight Zone), and the Gene Rayburn of the stars, moderator Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, Femme Fatales, DOA: Dead Or Alive), along with some very special surprise guests. End your weekend the San Diego way with the geekiest and most beloved panel of all time in this or any other dimension, known or unknown. All new ships, all new quips.
Sunday July 21, 2013 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Room 6A
1: Programs, Fandom, Movies, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television

3:45pm
Pro/Fan Trivia Match
Len Wein (creator of Wolverine) leads his Purple Pros against comics fan trivia buffs Tom Galloway, David Oates, and Peter Svensson in a contest of trivia about characters and concepts who debuted in 1963 and celebrate their Golden Anniversary this year, such as the X-Men, Avengers, Doom Patrol, JLA-JSA team-ups, and more. Come for the trivia, stay for the bad jokes and trash talk!
Sunday July 21, 2013 3:45pm – 5:00pm
Room 5AB
1: Programs, Comics, Fandom, Games, Superheroes

3:50pm
Sons of Anarchy
Get an inside look into the world of FX’s highest-rated series ever, with creator Kurt Sutter (The Shield), executive producer/director Paris Barclay (NYPD Blue), and the full cast: Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman, Maggie Siff, Kim Coates, Mark Boone Junior, Tommy Flanagan, Theo Rossi, Dayton Callie, and Jimmy Smits.
Sunday July 21, 2013 3:50pm – 4:40pm
Hall H
1: Programs, Television

4:00pm
End Bullying! Responding to Cruelty in Our Culture
Have you or someone you love been a target of bullying? Join this life-changing discussion on how to overcome bullying, and learn strategies to create witnesses and allies out of bystanders. NOH8 makes it’s first-ever Comic-Con appearance, with founders Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley along with Jane Espenson (Once Upon a Time), Brad Bell (Husbands), Chase Masterson (Doctor Who: Big Finish), Bonnie Burton (Girls Against Girls: Why We are Mean to Each Other and How We Can Change), Jenna Busch (entertainment editor, Fan TV), and Ashley Eckstein (Star Wars: The Clone Wars). Special topics include geek bullying, LGBT bullying, cyberbullying, and analyzing how media and entertainment affect attitudes toward bullying and aggression. Moderated by author (and mother of Katie the Star Wars Girl) Carrie Goldman (Harper Collins’ Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear).
Sunday July 21, 2013 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 4
1: Programs, Fandom, Writers & Writing

4:00pm
Everything You Wanted to Know About Live Action Role Playing… But Were Too Embarrassed to Ask
Live action role playing or “LARP” is one of the oldest forms of artistic expression, and it’s growing into a huge global movement. Besides being an oft-misunderstood activity in movies and television, LARP is used for psychological research, military simulation, business training, and classroom education. Our panel of experts will explain the differences and similarities between LARP and cosplay, transmedia, ARGs, jeepform, and all forms of participatory, interactive, communal storytelling. They’ll trace the history of LARP and examine what’s going on with LARP in other countries, including the Nordic nations, as well as in America. With Kaza Marie Ayersman (The Larp Girl), Nick Baumann (The League of S.T.E.A.M.), Dave Funk (co-founder, Larping.org), Ira Ham (Wyrd Con, LLC), Tom Miller (lead designer of Larping.org), and Lisa Schaefer (IFGS). Moderated by Aaron Vanek (Founder, Seekers Unlimited).
Sunday July 21, 2013 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 30CDE
1: Programs, Fandom, Games

4:00pm
Full-Time Creative Work on a Part-Time Schedule
A goal, a good idea, discipline, and skills are only the start of what you need for your project to succeed. Knowing the basics of group dynamics, forming and then working with a group without mortally wounding each other is the difference between your project’s success or failure. This panel is the one-stop place to learn the 101s of those topics. No matter which industry (comics, illustration, movies, design, animation, or costuming/cosplay), “breaking in” has never been more apt a term than in today’s media. It is a full-time job, and you only have part-time hours to accomplish it. The panelists represent a broad cross section of levels of authority, departments, media, work pipelines, and sizes of organizations from a variety of media, including illustration, writing, design, animation, podcasting, and live-action filming. Topher Davila (art director, GeekdomWear.com and co-creator/co-producer, We’re Always Like This), Sean Glumace (digital arts instructor at Golden West College, comic book letterer), Kevin Flessing (co-writer, We’re Always Like This), Mario Martinez (co-creator, TomatoTV), Aleister Gilgrim (creative director, ICS Mobile), Brendan Creecy (Radio BrendoMan podcast), Ron Coleman (molecular geneticist and writer), Jonelle Davila (co-producer, We’re Always Like This), and Chris Dickens (writer and co-creator of Vigilante Project) provide content that is a mixture of speaking, questions and some short interactive applications where the audience can directly apply the topics covered.
Sunday July 21, 2013 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 24ABC
1: Programs, Animation, Art and Illustration, Comics, Games, Movies, Seminars & Workshops, Television, Writers & Writing

4:00pm
Get Comics Anywhere
Patrick Yurick and Alonso Nunez (Little Fish Comic Book Studio and American BOOOM! founders) lead a discussion on how the advent of 21st century tools such as phone and tablet apps, responsive web design, Google+ hangouts OnAir, Facebook, webcomics, and more have changed everything about how comics get read by consumers. Panelists include Dan Archer (comics journalist, Archcomix.com), Mark Luetke (web developer and adjunct professor at VCUarts, 2816 Monument), Jesus Flores and Phuc Nguyen (app developers and American BOOOM! app development team), and Jason Brubaker (reMINDblog.com and MakingComics.com).
Sunday July 21, 2013 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 28DE
1: Programs, Comics, Web

4:00pm
How to Create Your Own Novel: From the First Idea to Publishing, and What You Need to Sell Your Work to TV and Film
America’s youngest multiple-award-winning authors The Winner Twins will teach you 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 teenage twins are national bestselling authors who have written four science fiction novels who have taught their unique creative writing method to hundreds of thousands of teachers and students across the country. Guest panelists Rob Prior (director, artist, and creator of the new series Red Brick Road [Warner Brothers] and director of No Turning Back) and Mitchell Gutman (professor at the New York Film Academy and producer at Certain Plays) will teach you how to create a film or TV treatment from your novel and how to pitch it.
Sunday July 21, 2013 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 32AB
1: Programs, Movies, Seminars & Workshops, Television, Writers & Writing

4:00pm
The Battle for Multicultural Heroes
The pop culture explosion through gaming, comics, TV, and film has opened up new opportunities for cultural diversity; however, many obstacles still exists. In this humorous but poignant discussion, Diverse geek experts discuss breaking ethnic stereotypes and what changes need to happen for us to boldly go into the future. Panelists include Tony B. Kim (founder of Crazy4ComicCon.com), Andre Meadows (creator of Black Nerd Comedy on YouTube), Linda Le (cosplayer and designer), and Marlene Bonnelly (producer of ILikeComicsToo.com).
Sunday July 21, 2013 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 7AB
1: Programs, Animation, Comics, Fandom, Games, Movies, Television

4:15pm
Harry Potter: Still Magic!
The Harry Potter book and movie canons are closed (though Pottermore and Universal’s Wizarding Worlds are open). Sixteen years after we first went to Hogwarts, fans are still discussing, creating and gathering online and in person to share their love for J. K. Rowling’s stories, and for the fandom! Look back, ahead, and into the Mirror of Erised with forever HP fans, including moderator Heidi Tandy (FictionAlley.org), Joey Richter and Brian Rosenthal (Team StarKid/A Very Potter Senior Year), Mark Oshiro (MarkDoesStuff.com), Harrison Homel (International Quidditch Association), Leslie Combemale (ArtInsights), Alex Carpenter (The Remus Lupins), and Lauren Bird (HP Alliance).
Sunday July 21, 2013 4:15pm – 5:00pm
Room 6DE
1: Programs, Fandom, Movies, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Writers & Writing

8:30pm
Party and Simulcast Under the Sails of HBO Presents the Comic-Con Masquerade
Avoid the crowds…watch the simulcast on the big screen while you party with your friends!
Sunday July 21, 2013 8:30pm – 1:30am
Sails Pavilion
1: Programs, Costuming, Fandom, Music

Warner Bros. studio shakeup official: Robinov out, Kroll, Silverman, and Emmerich in

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(Above Jeff Robinov and his wife, Nicole.)

Despite the importance of MAN OF STEEL in the futures of both Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, its greater than expected success ($400 mil and counting worldwide) wasn’t enough to salvage the job of studio head Jeff Robinov, who has been officially removed, to be replaced by Sue Kroll, in charge of marketing and distribution, and Greg Silverman, who will run production. Toby Emmerich stays on at New Line. In their bios, all were happy to be involved with Batman, MAN OF STEEL, or even 300—strangely no one seemed to have been around when GREEN LANTERN was green-lit.

Kroll was named President, Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures in January 2008 and has led enormously successful campaigns for a broad range of motion pictures, including most recently “Man of Steel,” “The Great Gatsby” and last year’s Academy Award Best Picture winner, “Argo.”   Other prominent campaigns include the billion-dollar blockbusters “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” as well as “Inception” and the final installments of the Harry Potter series.
            Silverman has been President, Production, Warner Bros. Pictures since April 2011 and played a key role in recent box-office successes, including “The Great Gatsby,” directed by Baz Luhrmann, “Argo” from director Ben Affleck and “The Dark Knight Rises,” directed by Christopher Nolan.  As a creative executive, Silverman also shepherded the commercially successful and critically acclaimed “300,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Hangover” and the global phenomenon “Inception,” among other films.


Robinov’s ouster was inevitable following the ascension of Kevin “The Ninja Assassin” Tsujihara, who won a brutal three-man race to become head of WB. Both of the other contestants—Robinov and TV’s Bruce Rosenblum—are now gone.

Nikki Finke’s piece on Robinov’s ouster on Friday was a masterpiece. If these male execs who head billion-dollar companies were plopped down into a Gossip Girl episode you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference: “Kevin wouldn’t talk to me on the plane ride,” Muffy complained. “Jeff left the party early in a snit!” Antigone confided.

Witnesses tell me that on the LA to NY plane trip to the Superman premiere June 10th, Tsujihara sat for the five hours not saying a word to Robinov who was sitting opposite him. This cruel behavior was in full view of not only Robinov’s execs but also of the Man Of Steel filmmakers like Christopher Nolan whom Robinov had brought to the studio. I’m told that at the Red Carpet gala at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, which should have been his triumph, Robinov left demoralized after just 15 minutes. This, after he and Tsujihara used to be close friends who went on family vacations together.


So that’s over then. Meanwhile, another patch of rapids lies ahead of the WB canoe in the form of where Legendary will end up. The mini-studio run by Thomas Tull—which provides financing for many of WB’s biggest hits—is shopping for a new home. According to Finke it might be NBCU, Fox, Sony, or Warner Bros. Reportedly Tull and Robinov weren’t on the best terms so maybe this means adds a little more impetus for Legendary to stay put. On the other hand Legendary hired ousted WB exec Rosenblum to run its TV division so…what were we just saying about Gossip Girl?

While Robinov has been has been praised as a sensitive talent-handler who brought films like INCEPTION and ARGO into being, it’s also very well known that he didn’t “get” the superhero genre. I’m not sure whether the new crew in charge of WB gets them any better but we’ll try to find out!

Developing…

Wertham and Are Comics Art? — is it 1981 again?

A must read and a must-read for masochists top our linkage today, both returning to topics that were much on the minds of anyone in comics about 30 years ago — oldies but goodies.

First and most importantly, library professor Carol Tilley has been going through Dr. Fredric Wertham’s notes and found out that he was, to use a technical term, full of hooey.

Wertham’s personal archives, however, show that the doctor revised children’s ages, distorted their quotes, omitted other causal factors and in general “played fast and loose with the data he gathered on comics,” according to an article by Carol Tilley, published in a recent issue of Information and Culture: A Journal of History. “Lots of people have suspected for years that Wertham fudged his so-called clinical evidence in arguing against comics, but there’s been no proof,” Tilley said. “My research is the first definitive indication that he misrepresented and altered children’s own words about comics.”

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BREAKING: Kevin Tsujihara named Warner Bros CEO

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In what has to be considered a shock, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Kevin Tsujihara has been named CEO of Warner Bros. replacing Barry Meyer and beating out TV head Bruce Rosenblum and film head Jeff Robinov, The three has been locked in an internal battle to see who could outlast who, and Bewkes went with the far less known Tsujihara. Nikki Finke has some of the gory details, which seem as intent on causing Rosenblum and Robinov’s privates to shrink to post-icy-dip size as much as business considerations:

Time Warner Chairman/CEO Jeff Bewkes just destabilized Warner Bros in a big way with today’s shockingly unexpected announcement. I actually heard about this two weeks ago from a source – and I didn’t believe it. That’s not a knock on Kevin Tsujihara’s ability. But no way Bewkes could ignore the fact that Bruce Rosenblum’s Warner Bros TV accounts for 50% of overall Warner Bros. But Bewkes did. In fact, insiders tell me that Bewkes further humiliated Rosenblum and Warner Bros Film topper Jeff Robinov by not telling them about the choice of Tsujihara. I understand they had to hear about it at the last minute late last week from outgoing Barry Meyer.


But you know, that’s how they roll in Hollywood.

According to this very informative LA Times story by Meg James Tsujihara won out in part because he turned out to be a superior manager, with a low key manner that fit in with Bewkes goal of a more genteel executive style. In his current role, Tsujihara oversees not only home entertainment but digital.

As for how this will affect DC, you’ll hear a lot of Kremlinologist theories in the next few days, but at least Tsujihara has a good idea of what DC does: he ran the division for a while in the ’00s, personally overseeing Paul Levitz and ordering such things as the hiring of Gregory Noveck and the position once held by Steve Rotterdam. Under Tsujihara the home entertainment division also began turning out an ongoing and well received series of direct to DVD animated DC movies, as well.

In fact, you could argue that he’s had better success at leveraging the DC Comics brand than Robinov has at the film studio.

Tsujihara’s inside knowledge of DC could have a huge impact on the film studio. Certainly getting the DC film slate up and running to counter Disney’s running the table with Marvel has to be high on the priority list for anyone at Warner Bros.

EXCLUSIVE: New York Comic Con programming schedule for all four days

UPDATE: ReedPop’s Marykate Nagurney has supplied us with a text file of all the panels WITH the speakers! Many thanks for this—print out and save!

The programming schedule for this year’s New York Comic Con has just been released…but in a hard to read format. As we have in past years, organizers have supplied a complete text document of all the programming. You’ll note that there is a ton of great programming, but some of it is late at night — 9 pm Friday for “The Truth about the Hobbit”? Some of us like our nerd stuff AND have a social life!

Enjoy:

NYCC Panels and Screenings October 11-14, 2012

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MoCCA Fest 2012: Saturday: What I Saw

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Maybe I’m getting old… I entered the 69th Regiment Armory around Noon, and shambled out after Six, my feet aching, my shoulders sore, and my knees strangely stiff, even though my tote was not overloaded.  Perhaps it was the Gebäudegeist of the armory, making me feel as if I had just completed a forced march of twenty miles.

I methodically worked the outside wall of booths, then zigzagged the islands in the middle of the floor.  I finished up that tour of duty a little after Six, and will spend tomorrow at a few panels (if any catch my interest), and doing another circuit, meeting a few cartoonists I missed today, and to leisurely discover some stuff I overlooked today.   Here’s what I bought (in no particular order, so check the program guide for locations.

Showman: The Bret Braddock Adventures by David Blumenstein: Volume 1: Crisis Ignored

Sally Quince begins a new job as a Production Manager at Docklands Entertainment, producing children’s television shows.  Bret Braddock is the entrepreneurial executive who is also an arrogant idiot.  It’s from Australia, a webcomic, and has two volumes collected so far.

Tic Tac Toe Comics by Matt Maden and friends.  Take a nine panel grid (the tic tac toe board).  One person draws panels with an X theme, the other draws panels with an O theme.  The panels must read sequentially as a comic.  The panels are placed just like in Tic-Tac-Toe, randomly.  The first panel read could be the last panel drawn.

Mr. Madden also showed off a copy of Mastering Comics, the companion volume to Drawing Words and Writing Pictures.  He mentioned that Françoise Mouly will be the guest editor for the next Best American Comics anthology.  After TCAF, he’ll be the keynote speaker at Sequential SmArt, a conference organized by Dr. Jay Hosler (he of the awesome biology comics) at Juniata College in Pennsylvania May 18th and 19th.

A few booths down, along the wall, I reconnected with Nick Sousanis, currently writing and drawing his doctoral thesis at Columbia University’s Teachers College.  Spin Weave and Cut: The Comics of Nick Sousanis: Volume 1: Leaps & Bounds was on sale, collecting various comics produced between 2004 and 2011.  There’s a lot of information and ideas presented in these comics, some of it probably more accessible because it is in comics.  (His “rabbit” page, available as a sample at his booth, helps explain the metaphors more readily.)

Yeah, I like educational comics.  If I can learn something from comics, I will.  I don’t even care if it’s something I’m not particularly interested in… I’ll read it anyway, just to discover something new.  Which is also the reason I go to shows like MoCCA Fest… I might not be interested in most of the stuff on display, but I’ll probably find something of interest anyway.

Oh, and if the comics are fun?  SCORE!  If I can use that info to make my life more fun?  MVP, baby!  So that’s how I felt when I bought Bill Roundy‘s Bar Scrawl comics.  He draws comics reviews of bars, and had two collections for sale: Park Slope, and Williamsburg.  Now, I don’t venture out to those areas much (Union Hall being the only one I visited, because of Tough Pigs), but I did enjoy the comics, and they all sound like interesting watering holes.  He was also selling his 24-hour comic, Pirates Take Manhattan.  There’s pirates, trolls, Greek myth, dancing, robots, aliens, monkeys, ninjas, and a happy ending.

Along the back wall were the “cool kids” (just like in school).  Jon Chad had lots of copies of Leo Geo and His Miraculous Journey Through the Center of the Earth.  I saw this back in January at the ALA conference, and it’s been out for a while, as some young fans stopped by to tell him how much they enjoyed it.  Professor Chad (of CCS) also had other publications from the Fizzmont Institute of Rad Science, including a little comic titled “Leo Geo Acquires Ancient Knowledge”.  The case is about the size of a wallet, and the comic unfolds as Leo’s adventures unfolds.  He also had mega-foldy (as these comics are called) which starts with a simple 8×11 “page” and unfolds into a 16-sheet poster as the final “page”.  He’ll have a panel on Sunday at 12:30 titled “CCS Presents: The Expanding Comic Workshop” where he teaches about comics folding.

Nearby I found “Doom Carousel: Issue One” by Zachary Garrett.  This is an ecological webcomic, and discusses a variety of topics, such as Wisdom the albatross, Hubbert’s Peak, and Red Sludge.

On a (slightly) lighter note, the Cartoon Crier was available a few tables down.  It is truly the book of the show, 36 pages of a variety of comics all about melancholy.  The NCS booth also has copies, while supplies last.  Of course, who would walk by the CCS table, but Comics Beat colleague jovial Jen Vaughn!  She was actually working the Fantagraphics booth up front, and like all good journos, we’ll compare notes tomorrow at the Mad Hatter.

One of the coolest meetings was with Bob Stevenson.  He’s a history teacher who had an ashcan of  “Journey Into History: Isle of Demons“, an interesting folk tale of Marguerite de La Rocque who was marooned on an island off the coast of Labrador.  While that story is fascinating, of greater interest was his collection of underground newspapers and self-published mini-comics from the 1980s.  “How to Draw Flies” was particularly interesting, a small comic of fly sketches by some of the greats attending the 1984 San Diego Comic Con (Gary Panter, Jaime Hernandez, Kim Deitch, Rick Geary, Denis Kitchen, Sergio Aragones, Michael T. Gilbert, Scott Shaw!, Phil Yeh, Jane J. Oliver, R.L. Crabb, Kurt Mitchell, Ken Steacy, Brad Constantine, R.C. Williams…)  He had early (1982) work by Peter Bagge, copies of Raw, and lots of obscure independent newspapers.

Another non-fiction comic, which is actually funny, is Sci-ence, Volume 0, a collection of comics from Sci-ence.org.  Yeah, it helps if you know about Russel’s teapot or Neil Tyson.  It’s like if you crossed Penny Arcade with XKCD via Snopes.  Yeah, I didn’t know about it until I saw their cool logo crafted from Scandium, Iodine, Neon, and Cerium.  (Heh, wouldn’t it be funny if that mixture ended up curing cancer, or being a room-temperature superconductor?)  But now, I’ll add it to the stuff I read while I wait for files to compile.

Finally, a fun comic, which I’ll probably read online first, then buy the volumes when my budget allows:  Wyliman.  But the free mini-comic introduces some interesting characters, it’s all online, so I’ll read it later.

More tomorrow.  Did you go?  What did you discover?

Game Night at Stately Beat Manor: Six Geeks of Separation

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Well, the New Year approaches, and we’re in vacation/convention mode here at Stately Beat Manor.  There will be multiple That Was The Year That Was columns in the near future, but today, we’re taking it easy, clearing out some of the lesser vintages in the wine cellar (to make space for comics, as the environment is close to perfect for conservation of paper).

Oh, and I’ve been told not to bury the lede like Montresor.  There’s a new game I’ll introduce to you in a moment, but first, while we’re discussing the New Year, a brief sidebar (you can skip ahead to next headline, just scroll down).

If you’re geeky and bored (like I was a few years ago), you might wonder:

What if the New Year was an Annihilation Wave, slowly making its way across the globe in real time, like a Sunrise of Death?  At what exact time would this New Year of Doom hit your geographical locale?

Well, if you’re west of the Prime Meridian, it’s quite easy.

First, go to Google Maps, and find your address or location.  Zoom in real close.  Position your cursor on the spot where you are, and right-click.  You’ll see  a menu pop up, and at the bottom is “What’s here?”.    Click on that, and a pair of coordinates will appear in the search box at the top of the Google Maps page.

For example:

40.763653 , -73.982409

Ignore the first number, that’s the latitude, which tells you how far north or south you are, on a scale of 0 (Equator) to 90 (poles).  The second number is what we want.  That’s the longitude, telling us how far west we are of the Prime Meridian, on a scale of 0 to -180.  (East of the PM, it’s a positive number.)

So, we know that the Earth takes approximately 24 hours to rotate.  So if the planet has 360 degrees of longitude, then each hour the Earth moves fifteen degrees relative to the Sun.  Or: one degree of longitude equals four minutes of time.

Using the example above, subtract fifteen degrees until the result is less than fifteen.  Using our example:

73.982409 – 60 = 13.982409

Multiply that by 4 to get the minutes of time.

13.982409 * 4 = 55.929636

That means at 4 hours 55.929636 minutes UTC (60/15 = 4) Midnight arrives from a geographical perspective, just like they used to do in the days before railroads, when everyone lived on “local time”.

Yeah, it’s kinda geeky, but if 2012 ends like many people believe, then it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.

If you do it the old fashioned way, then:

1 degree = 15 minues of time

15 coordinate minutes  = 1 minute of time or 1 minute = 4 seconds of time

15 coordinate seconds = 1 second of time

OKAY… Time for the game!

I call this “Six Degrees of Geeks”.

The idea came to me in August of 2009.  I had just come from a Midnight screening of “Spaceballs“, and John Hurt’s cameo at the end got me to thinking…
John Hurt was in “Alien” with Sigourney Weaver; Bill Pullman was in “Independence Day” with Jeff Goldblum; then there’s John Candy, Rick Moranis, Dick Van Patten…

Hey… could I take “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” and limit it to just geeky movies?  On the subway ride home, I started a crazy web of connections, using movies I knew.

Then I powered up my smart phone and started looking up specific geeky movies on IMDB, looking for movies with lots of great actors.

So, after two months, I had created a linear list of 120 actors and actresses, which can viewed here, at my blog.  (How do I connect Harrison Ford to Paul L. Smith?  Read and find out!)

Now, the rules:

  1. The Internet Movie Database shall be the primary reference source for any disagreements.  Other sites may be used.  If Internet access is not available, a movie guide may be used.  (I recommend VideoHound.)
  2. Only movies which have been released (either domestically or internationally) may be used.  (For example, when I made the list in 2009, I could not have used “X-Men: First Class“.  I didn’t include Kevin Bacon in my original list, but “Hollow Man” or “Apollo XIII” would have qualified.)
  3. Only geeky movies can be used.  No animation, no television or other media. Live action voiceovers count, such as Ray Harryhausen in Elf.  What is a geeky movie? Science Fiction, Fantasy, Based on a comic book or cartoon, contains the Supernatural or Paranormal.  Slasher movies don’t qualify, unless there’s something fantastical about them (like Nightmare on Elm Street).  Monster movies do.  Would “The Human Centipede” qualify because it has a mad scientist?  That’s up to the people playing the game.  (A moot point, as there aren’t any known actors in the film.)  If you have to use your imagination, it probably qualifies.  Live-action/animated hybrids (such as some Disney features) qualify.  The movies do not have to be well-known to qualify.
  4. The actors and actresses used must be well-known.  Disputes can be settled if the characters portrayed can be recalled by a consensus of players.
  5. Sequels may not be used in sequence (so no linking Patrick Stewart to William Shatner to John Laroquette using just Star Trek movies).
  6. Many actors and actresses are a Geek Nexus, starring in a variety of geeky movies (such as Natalie Portman.)  Many geeky movies have stellar casts (Time Bandits).   If a non-linear game is being played, then the actress or movie link may be used more than once, but the specific linkage can only be used once.  For example: Rick Moranis can be linked to Steve Martin via Little Shop of Horrors.  Little Shop of Horrors can be used again later, to link John Candy and Bill Murray (who can then be linked back to Rick Moranis via Ghostbusters, who can then be linked to, say, Sigourney Weaver
  7. Points and Geek Cred can be earned by the following:
    • The actor, actress, or movie is an Academy Award winner or nominee (but only in the acting and best picture categories; no special effects, costuming, or any other category).
    • Double and triple links can be created, where either a linkage of actors share more than one movie (such as Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum in Earth Girls Are / EasyThe FlyTransylvania 6-5000) or if two movies share multiple actors , such as How To Stuff A Wild Bikini and (Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini MachineAnnette Funicello / Frankie Avalon / Dwayne Hickman).
    • Directors or other non-actors who appeared in front of the camera are linked.  (Such as Chuck Jones!)
    • Linking Actors and actresses who are not known for their geeky roles.  (Such as Buster Keaton.)
    • Creating a linear path where all movies in a series are used.  (My list used all seven Batman movies (1966-2009) plus Catwoman.  Danny DeVito >>> George Clooney)
  8. Variations on the above rules are allowed, as long as all participants agree.

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SDCC 11: Friday is here!

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10:00-11:00 DC: Talent Search— DC’s editorial art director, Mark Chiarello, presents an informative orientation session to explain how DC’s Talent Search works and discuss the different needs of DC Comics, Vertigo, and MAD magazine. If you want to learn what DC Comics looks for in artists and how to improve your chances of becoming a working professional, this is the panel for you. If you want to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory. (Please note: Not all attendees are guaranteed a one-on-one review.) Room 4
Tags:  Art and Illustration | Comics | Seminars & Workshops | Writers & Writing

10:00-11:30 The Black Panel— This year’s panel will be a bitter yet sweet departure from the past. Help celebrate the life and work of Dwayne McDuffie, with Peter David (writer of stuff), Keith Knight (The K Chronicles, The Knight Life), Reggie Hudlin (House Party, Boomerang, Black Panther), and the reunion of the original Milestone partners, Derrick Dingle, Denys Cowan, and Michael Davis, who have not done a panel together in over an decade. It will be a joyous celebration with a surprise guest or two and some big announcements. Room 5AB
Tags:  Animation | Comics | Television | Tributes


10:00-11:00 Spotlight on David Finch— One of the most popular artists working in comics today, Comic-Con special guest David Finch is currently writing and drawing Batman: The Dark Knight. In this spotlight panel, Finch discusses his career in comics and what’s coming up for both him and the Dark Knight. Room 6DE
Tags:  Art and Illustration | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Comics | Superheroes


10:00-11:00 LEGO Star Wars— A behind-the-brick look with the LEGO Star Wars team at how the epic Star Wars story comes together with the creativity and imagination of the LEGO brand. Additionally, be among the first to hear about a special LEGO Star Wars entertainment event, and meet Emmy award-winning writer Michael Price. Also includes Q&A time. Room 7AB
Tags:  Action Figures – Toys – Collectibles | Kids | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy


10:00-11:00 Spotlight on Tony DeZuniga— Comic-Con special guest Tony DeZuniga is one of the comics medium’s most prolific artists. His memorable work includes numerous books for Marvel and DC, and he’s especially known for his work on both Conan (for Marvel) and Jonah Hex for DC, defining the scarred western character from almost the very beginning. DeZuniga will talk about his long career in comics and what he’s up to today with fellow artist and Comic-Con special guest Gerry Alanguilan. Room 9
Tags:  Art and Illustration | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Comics

10:00-11:00 Torchwood: Miracle Day— John Barrowman (Doctor Who) and Eve Myles (Doctor Who) join cast members Mekhi Phifer (ER), Bill Pullman (Independence Day), Alexa Havins (All My Children), and Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), along with writer Jane Espenson (Battlestar Galactica), to discuss the fourth installment of the hit BBC Worldwide show, a Starz Originals co-production, currently airing Friday nights at 10 ET/PT on Starz. Ballroom 20
Tags:  Action/Adventure | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television


10:00-11:00 Conversations with Sid and Marty Krofft: A Look at the Past, Present and Future— Sid and Marty Krofft changed Saturday mornings forever when the sibling puppeteers unleashed colorful characters like H.R. Pufnstuf and Sigmund & the Sea Monsters on a generation of sugary-cereal-fueled kids growing up in the 1970s and ’80s. Join Sid and Marty for a look back at what they have achieved, then take a look to the future with their new partnerships with Vivendi Entertainment and DreamWorks Animation. Room 23ABC
Tags:  Animation | Kids | Television

10:00-11:00 Conversation with Dragon Ball Z and Yu Yu Hakusho Voice Actor Greats— Find out everything you ever wanted to know about Dragon Ball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho, and the release of these legendary series on Blu-ray. Christopher R. Sabat (Vegeta, Piccolo), Justin Cook (producer, Raditz), and John Burgmeier (ADR scriptwriter, Dragon Ball series) will answer your questions on topics ranging from Goku to Spirit Detectives. Your panel hosts are giants in the industry, so get there early for the lowdown on these anime classics and their transformation into Blu-ray! Room 24ABC
Tags:  Animation | Television


10:00-11:00 DC: Mad about MAD— Often imitated but never duplicated, MAD is more than just the country’s bestselling humor magazine — it’s also the inspiration for the outrageous animated series from Warner Bros. Animation. Featuring short animated parodies, crazy commercials, pretend promos and classic gags inspired by the iconic magazine, MAD is currently one of the highest-rated series on Cartoon Network — and it’s back at Comic-Con to share more laughs and explore the world of MAD. Join MAD magazine editor John Ficarra, art director Sam Viviano and Spy vs. Spy artist Peter Kuper, along with MAD series producers Kevin Shinick and Mark Marek, for a sizzle reel of laughs from season one, a sneak peek at season two, and a wise-cracking Q&A that’s bound to be, well, MAD. MAD airs Mondays at 8:30 ET/PT on Cartoon Network. Room 25ABC
Tags:  Animation | Comics | Humor & Satire | Kids | Television

10:00-11:30 Comic-Con How-To: Live Figure Sculpting with Brandon and Jarrod Shiflett— The Shiflett Brothers — Brandon and Jarrod —  started their professional sculpting careers with maquette work on the hit video game Oddworld: Abe’s Odysee, working alongside visionary video game creator Lorne Lanning. For Bowen Designs the brothers have sculpted statues of iconic Marvel characters such as The Juggernaut, The Incredible Hulk, Thanos, Spider-Man vs. Venom, The Rhino, Wolverine, and Black Panther. In 2010 the brothers released an instructional DVD with The Gnomon Workshop titled Fantasy Sculpting: The Dragon of Argos, and in 2011 they were honored to sit on the jury for the 18th edition of the acclaimed art book Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. Room 28DE
Tags:  Art and Illustration | Seminars & Workshops

10:00-11:00 Writing in Video Games: In-Game, Novels, Comics, and Other Franchise-Building Offshoots— The biggest names in SF/fantasy publishing and the video game industry area of in-game writing get together to discuss their separate projects and their unique experiences working in both worlds. Get your game face on with Greg Bear (Halo), Karen Traviss (Gears of War), David Gaider (Dragon Age), John Shirley (Bioshock: Rapture), Tony Gonzales (Eve Online), Frank O’Connor (chief of 343 Industries), and Kevin Grace (managing editor of 343 Industries, Halo: Evolutions). Moderated by Matt Staggs of Suvudu.com. Room 32AB
Tags:  Games | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Writers & Writing


10:00-11:00 Comic-Con Film School 102: Production— Day 2 of this four-day course on micro-budget movie-making focuses on the specifics of production, from shooting techniques, to lighting on the cheap, to crew positions you need (and don’t need), to costuming, props, and set decorating for as little money as possible. Panelists for the class include Valerie Perez (producer/star of the Paula Peril series), Vera Vanguard (writer/producer of Goth Girl), Edward G. Negron (director of Safehouse), Jack Conway (writer/producer of Fear News), and Sean Rourke (writer of Ballistica). Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina
Tags:  CCI-IFF and Film School | Movies | Seminars & Workshops

10:15-11:15 Star Trek: The Captains— William Shatner is joined by fellow Star Trek captain Avery Brooks to present a preview of the EPIX Pictures original documentary produced and directed by Shatner, in which he travels the world to interview all the actors who’ve played Starfleet captains. This lively discussion and Q&A session is moderated by Comic-Con fave Kevin Smith. Room 6BCF
Tags:  Fandom | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television


10:30-11:30 Cartoon Network Comedy: Regular Show/The Problem Solverz and More!— Johnny Test! The Amazing World of Gumball! Adventure Time! Regular Show! MAD! The Problem Solverz! Cartoon Network is dominating Monday nights with the funniest night on television! Join creators and talent from Regular Show and The Problem Solverz as they talk about how these two comedy hits came to life, perform unique live readings, and show exclusive clips from upcoming episodes. The panel features Regular Show creator J. G. Quintel (Mordecai), Bill Salyers (Rigby), Sam Marin (Pops, Benson, Muscle Man), Janie Hadad (Margaret), and Mike Roth (creative director). The Problem Solverz talent includes acclaimed artist and show creator Ben Jones (Alfe and Roba) and Kyle Kaplan (Horace). Room 6A
Tags:  Animation | Humor & Satire | Kids | Television

10:30-11:30 Locke & Key FOX Pilot Screening— The most talked-about pilot not on the fall schedule was the FOX production of Locke & Key. This screening of the entire pilot will show you just what a void there will be on your TVs this fall. Watch the special filmed adaptation of Welcome to Lovecraft, and see the Eisner-nominated comic brought to life. Can’t get in to see it this morning? Don’t worry…there’s a rescreening tonight at 9:15 in Room 6DE! Room 8
Tags:  Comics | Horror and Suspense | Television


10:30-11:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #5: Critical Approaches to Comics: An Introduction to Theories and Methods— Matthew J. Smith and Randy Duncan (powerofcomics.com), co-editors of the forthcoming textbook Critical Approaches to Comics (Routledge 2011), moderate a panel of contributors including David A. Berona (Plymouth State University), Andrei Molotiu (Indiana University), Stanford Carpenter (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Jennifer K. Stuller (ink stainedamazon.com), Peter M. Coogan (Washington University), and Henry Jenkins (University of Southern California). They’ll explain methodologies that can be used to analyze meanings in comics and comics culture, as well as engage in an interactive exchange with the audience members about how they can incorporate these approaches into their teaching of comics Room 26AB
Tags:  Comics | Comics Arts Conference | Seminars & Workshops

10:30-12:00 Comic Book Law School 202: When Hollywood Takes a Shining…— Don’t reach for the ax — use the legal line! Noted attorney Michael Lovitz, author of the acclaimed The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, is ready to tackle a number of the more advanced issues facing authors, artists, and designers, particularly once they’ve “broken through” and have started publishing and selling (and maybe merchandising too). This second Comic Book Law School session addresses some of the complicated issues surrounding marketing properties and creative ideas, including transfers and licensing of rights; production, merchandising, and distribution agreements; and the key things you should know when Hollywood comes knocking. This interactive seminar gives attendees the opportunity to participate in the discussions as Lovitz (with an assist by entertainment attorney Mona Metwalli) covers various means for profiting from creative works and explores the many important elements that form the foundation of every contract (and time permitting, maybe participate in a mock contract negotiation). With in-depth discussions about the options and opportunities for profit, as well as the problems and pitfalls that go hand in hand with each decision, you can’t afford to miss this seminar. Note: The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and practice tips 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.] Room 30CDE
Tags:  Animation | Art and Illustration | Comics | Comics Law School | Movies | Television | Writers & Writing

11:00-12:00 Mike Mignola: Worlds at War— The world is falling to chaos in B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, Hellboy’s facing his demons in a big way in Hellboy: The Fury, and monsters are overrunning Europe in the upcoming Baltimore: The Curse Bells. Join creator Mike Mignola, editor Scott Allie, and new B.P.R.D. artist Tyler Crook for exclusive insights on what has been and will continue to be an epic year in the Mignolaverse and beyond. Room 4
Tags:  Comics


11:00-12:00 Hasbro Star Wars— Hear the latest from the Hasbro Marketing and Design teams — Derryl DePriest and Jeff Labovitz (Hasbro Marketing), Michelino Paolino and Mark Boudreaux (Hasbro Design) — on the exciting Star Wars lineup for the rest of 2011, and get a special sneak peek into some 2012 secrets. Room 7AB
Tags:  Action Figures – Toys – Collectibles | Kids | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy

11:00-12:00 Spotlight on Gerry Alanguilan— Comic-Con special guest Gerry Alanguilan is a 16-year veteran of inking comics for Marvel and DC (Superman: Birthright, Ultimate Avengers) and is the creator of the Eisner Award-nominated graphic novel Elmer. Gerry is known on the Internet as the “Hey, Baby Smile” guy (as seen on Tosh.0, The Russell Howard Show, and Graham Norton Show). Here’s your chance to ask him anything! He will not lie. (Hopefully.) Room 9
Tags:  Art and Illustration | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Comics

11:00-12:00 Roman Dirge— Cartoonist Roman Dirge will be discussing his new art book Taxidermied and his ongoing Lenore comic series with Titan. Join Roman and moderator Jonah Weiland (Comic Book Resources) for this one-on-one interview and Q&A session. Room 23ABC
Tags:  Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comics | Humor & Satire

11:00-12:00 Radical Publishing— Radical will announce its imprint deal with Sam Worthington’s production company, Full Clip, and introduce the writers and artists working on those projects. Panelists include Sam Worthington (Avatar), John Schwarz and Michael Schwarz (Full Clip Productions), Rick Remender (The Last Days of American Crime), Joshua Dysart (Unknown Soldier), Leonardo Manco (Hellblazer), and Radical Studios president Barry Levine. Radical will also give the inside scoop on Sam Worthington’s attachment to Rick Remender’s The Last Days of American Crime. Room 24ABC
Tags:  Art and Illustration | Comics | Movies | Writers & Writing

11:00-12:00 JManga: Manga!? Hear it Straight from Japan!— The leaders of Japan’s manga industry present an in-depth discussion of where the international manga industry is and where it is headed in the near future. Also, catch a sneak peak of jmanga.com, Japan’s 39-publisher-strong Digital Comic Association’s new manga portal website. Panelists include Sam Yoshiba (Kodansha), Takashi Watanabe (Shueisha), Toshitaka Tanaka (Shogakukan), Kouji Shimano (Futabasha), Naobumi Ashi (Kadokawa), Motoi Suzuki (Shueisha), and Sasaki Hisashi (editor-in-chief of Japan’s Weekly Shonen Jump, the world’s top-selling manga magazine). Room 25ABC
Tags:  Anime & Manga | Comics

11:00-12:00 Page One— The opening page of a comic sets up everything that comes after it, for good or ill. Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Jen Van Meter (Hopeless Savages), Greg Rucka (Stumptown), and moderator Douglas Wolk discuss great first pages of comics and the way they can instantly pull their audience in and establish the tone and themes of a story. Room 32AB
Tags:  Art and Illustration | Comics | Seminars & Workshops | Writers & Writing


11:00-12:00 Paramount: The Adventures of Tin-Tin— TBA Hall H
Tags:  Animation | Comics | Kids | Movies

11:15-12:15 DC Comics: The New 52— he DC Universe explodes in September with 52 new number-one issues, and one panel is not enough to cover it! With a “DC Comics: The New 52″ panel each day, there’s sure to be something for everyone! Bob Harras, DC’s editor-in-chief, and DCU executive editor Eddie Berganza offer an up-close look at this unprecedented wave of new series, from the first-ever relaunches of Action Comics and Batman titles to the latest thrills from comics’ cutting edge! Room 6DE
Tags:  Comics | Superheroes

11:15-12:15 AMC’s The Walking Dead— Stars Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually), Jon Bernthal (The Pacific), Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break), Laurie Holden (The Mist), Norman Reedus (The Boondock Saints), Steven Yeun (The Big Bang Theory), Jeffrey DeMunn (The Green Mile); series creator/writer/director/executive producer Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption); executive producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator); executive producer Robert Kirkman (creator/writer of The Walking Dead comic book series); and makeup artist and consulting producer Greg Nicotero discuss the success of season one of AMC’s series The Walking Dead and reveal what to look forward to in season two, which will air on AMC thisfFall. Join the panelists for a one-on-one Q&A session and an official sneak preview of season two. Ballroom 20
Tags:  Comics | Horror and Suspense | Television


11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Patrick McDonnell— Award-winning Mutts cartoonist and New York Times bestselling author Patrick McDonnell is joined in conversation with author Glen David Gold (Carter Beats the Devil). Patrick will discuss comic strips, cats and dogs, George Herriman, Charles Schulz, Jack Kirby, Jane Goodall, pen points, Shelter Stories, punk rock, frogs jumping in ponds, The Power of Now, the future, and nothing. Q&A will follow. Room 5AB
Tags:  Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Comics

11:30-12:30 Halo Universe— Frank O’Connor, Kevin Grace, and others from 343 Industries, as well as special Halo guests Greg Bear and Karen Traviss, discuss the first 10 years of Halo and offer a sneak peek into what’s next for this exciting sci-fi universe. Room 6BCF
Tags:  Action/Adventure | Games | Science Fiction & Fantasy

11:30-12:30 Locke & Key Panel— Make your plans to watch the Locke & Key TV pilot at 10:30, then join Eisner-nominated creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, along with Locke & Key TV pilot writer Josh Friedman, for a frank discussion of the show, the comic, and what’s coming up in Clockworks, the second-to-last story arc in the acclaimed series (or is it?). Room 8
Tags:  Comics | Horror and Suspense | Television


11:30-1:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #6: Wordless Comics— Andrei Molotiu (Indiana University) makes the case that the sequential dynamics of abstract comics echo complex self-organizing systems such as occur in biological, mathematical, and sociological processes and that the same transmedia values underlie more traditional storytelling comics. Dietrich Grünewald (Universität Koblenz-Landau) examines the picture story principle and why it is not advisable to refer to what Rodolphe Töpffer called “literature in pictures” with a fixed general term. David A. Berona (Plymouth State University) investigates social, personal, and literary themes in contemporary woodcut novels. Room 26AB
Tags:  Comics | Comics Arts Conference

11:30-12:30 Comic-Con How-To: Filmmaking by the Seat of Your Pants with Matt Haley and David Walker— The creators of the Internet viral hit Blackstar Warrior show how they pulled off the impossible, with no time and no money, but canny organizational skills and a love of professional filmmaking. Producer/director Matt Haley most recently illustrated the “Badass” book series for HarperCollins and the forthcoming How to Win a Fight from Penguin/Gotham. Writer David Walker is the author of Darius Logan: Super Justice Force, co-authored the book Reflections On Blaxploitation, and directed such films as Black Santa’s Revenge. Room 28DE
Tags:  Comic-Con How To | Movies | Seminars & Workshops | Web


11:45-12:45 Nickelodeon & DreamWorks Animation: Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness— The bodacity continues as Po the panda punches his way onto a new animated series. Executive producer Peter Hastings and supervising producers Randy Dormans band Gabe Swarr present an exclusive sneak peek into the new series by Nickelodeon and Dreamworks. This panel will also include select moments with voice cast members Mick Wingert (Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special), James Hong (Kung Fu Panda 2), Kevin Michael Richardson (Penguins of Madagascar), and John DiMaggio (Penguins of Madagascar), followed by a screening. Moderated by Megan Casey, executive in charge for Nickelodeon. Room 6A
Tags:  Animation | Kids | Movies

11:45-12:30 Adult Swim: The Venture Bros.— Show creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer will screen an early premiere of The Venture Bros. Special — From the Ladle to the Grave: The Story of Shallow Gravy — a 15-minute documentary-style animated special (premiering August 28 on Adult Swim), discuss their original series, and answer questions. The panel also features James Urbaniak (Dr. Venture). Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Tags:  Animation | Humor & Satire | Television

12:00-1:00 The Official Aspen Comics Panel 2011— Aspen Comics creators Frank Mastromauro, Peter Steigerwald, Vince Hernandez, Mark Roslan, Joe Benitez, JT Krul, Alex Konat, Jason Fabok, Beth Sotelo, and some surprise guests announce and preview new Aspen releases for 2012, including a special look at their new series in association with director McG’s production company, Haunted City, as well as answer questions about Aspen’s growing library of titles. All attendees will receive a free gift courtesy of Aspen Comics! Room 4
Tags:  Comics

12:00-1:00 Star Wars Books— Star Wars author Timothy Zahn and Del Rey editor Shelly Shapiro discuss the 20th anniversary of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire and preview upcoming Star Wars titles from Del Rey and LucasBooks. Room 7AB
Tags:  Science Fiction & Fantasy | Writers & Writing


12:00-1:00 Spotlight on Rebecca Moesta— Comic-Con special guest Rebecca Moesta (Star Challengers) has written more that 30 Middle Grade and YA novels in a variety of science fiction and fantasy series, from media universes (Young Jedi Knights, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Trek, Titan AE) to her own universes (Crystal Doors, Star Challengers, co-written with husband Kevin J. Anderson). Her new Star Challenger trilogy was co-created with June Scobee Rodgers (Challenger Centers for Space Science Education) to help inspire a new generation to explore careers in science, engineering, and technology. Rebecca will be interviewed by fellow author Nancy Holder (Crusade series). Room 9
Tags:  Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Writers & Writing

12:00-1:00 ABC Family: The Nine Lives of Chloe King— An exclusive sneak peek of an upcoming episode of The Nine Lives of Chloe King, followed by a Q&A session with the cast and producers. The cast in attendance includes Skyler Samuels (The Gates) as Chloe King, Amy Pietz (The Office) as Meredith King, Grey Damon (True Blood, Friday Night Lights) as Brian, newcomer Grace Phipps as Amy, Benjamin Stone (Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter video game series) as Alek, Alyssa Diaz (Shark Night 3D) as Jasmine, and Ki Hong Lee (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) as Paul. The executive producers are Dan Berendsen and, from Alloy Entertainment, Gina Girolamo. The Nine Lives of Chloe King airs Tuesday nights at 9/8c on ABC Family. Room 23ABC
Tags:  Science Fiction & Fantasy | Superheroes | Television

12:00-1:00 Tribute to Gene Colan— The comic book industry lost a giant last month. Gene Colan was a true artist and a truer gentleman. Fans and co-workers gather to remember him, including Marv Wolfman, Roy Thomas, Dean Mullaney, Andrew Farago, Glen David Gold, and moderator Mark Evanier. Come and add your voice and memories to a discussion of one of the greats. Room 24ABC
Tags:  Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Comics | Tributes


12:00-1:00 Spotlight on Dave Gibbons— Comic-Con special guest Dave Gibbons is the artist behind one of the most popular graphic novels and comics stories ever, Watchmen. Here’s the A to Z of Dave Gibbons…everything you ever wanted to know about Dave’s life in comics in an interactive format where the audience calls the shots. Room 25ABC
Tags:  Art and Illustration | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Comics


12:00-1:00 CBLDF Master Session 3: Jaime Hernandez— No one can touch Jaime Hernandez’s art as the gold standard for visual characterization in contemporary comics. Through a complex use of body language, facial acting, and the playful mix of exaggerated and realistic visuals, Hernandez’s characters come to life in a way that is instantly recognizable and wholly unique. Witness his singular approach to visual storytelling at this CBLDF Master Session. The pieces created during this event will be available for bidding in Saturday’s CBLDF Benefit Auction. Room 30CDE
Tags:  Art and Illustration | CBLDF Events | Comics | Seminars & Workshops

12:00-1:00 ASIFA/Hollywood’s State of the Animation Industry— What do pros think of the animation scene today? Will it all go 3D? Is 2D dead? When is a hybrid VFX flick an animated flick? How do I get my first job? Join Tom Sito (Lion King, Hop), Ken Duncan (Tarzan), Allen Battino (The Smurfs), Sean Petrilak (KFP TV show), Kevin Grow (Resistance: Fall of Man), and Brittany Biggs (KFP II) and get in on the discussion! Room 32AB
Tags:  Animation

12:15-1:15 Relativity Media: Raven and Haywire— Two fantastic films from Relativity Media debut in this Hall H presentation.

Raven — The film is a gritty thriller in which Edgar Allan Poe joins forces with a young Baltimore detective to hunt down a mad serial killer who’s using Poe’s own works as the basis for a string of brutal murders. Raven stars John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe, Luke Evans, and Alice Eve and is directed by James McTeigue.

Haywire — An electrifying tale of espionage and betrayal. A female covert ops specialist who works in the deadly world of international operatives strikes back after discovering she’s been double-crossed by someone close to her in the agency. Mixed martial arts superstar Gina Carano makes her feature film — and Comic-Con — debut, starring and performing her own high-adrenaline stunts. Also appearing is director Stephen Soderbergh.
Hall H
Tags:  Action/Adventure | Horror and Suspense | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy


12:30-1:30 Spotlight on Jeff Smith— Jeff Smith and his wife/business partner Vijaya Iyer discuss the 20th anniversary of Bone, feature films, the future of comics, and much more. Moderated by Tom Spurgeon (comicsreporter.com) Room 5AB
Tags:  Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Comics

12:30-1:30 Marvel: Year of the X-Men— The bonds of brotherhood have been broken between Cyclops and Wolverine, as their feud reaches its boiling point, tearing the X-Men apart in X-Men: Schism. But after the dust settles, what’s next for the X-Men and their allies? Enter X-Men Regenesis, where all your questions are answered. Writers Marjorie Liu (X-23), Rick Remender (Uncanny X-Force), and Chris Yost (X-Men: First to Last) and editor-in-chief Axel Alonso lay out what’s going on with the X-Men for this all-new, all-deadly panel! Room 6DE
Tags:  Comics | Superheroes

12:30-1:30 Crime: Modern Morality Tales— The idea of crime fiction serving as a sort of modern morality tale goes back to Dostoevsky and Nabokov. Panelists discuss how murder and mayhem can impart significance and structure to readers. Max Allan Collins (Kiss Her Goodbye, The Nate Heller series), Barbara Collins (Antiques Knock-Off), Jeff Mariotte (CSI: The Burning Season), Diane Clark and Astrid Bear (San Diego Noir), Gar Anthony Haywood (Cemetery Road), Gary Phillips (Angeltown), Paul Malmont (The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown), Lisa Brackmann (Rock, Paper, Tiger), and Gregg Hurwitz (You’re Next) explore the dark streets of imagination with San Diego Noir editor Maryelizabeth Hart. Room 8
Tags:  Horror and Suspense | Writers & Writing

12:30-1:30 The Big Bang Theory Screening and Q&A— Dr., Dr., Dr., Dr., Dr., Mr., Miss…See everyone’s favorite scientists (and engineer and waitress) from The Big Bang Theory as the show’s producers and stars return to San Diego with a special screening and Q&A. Executive producers Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men), Bill Prady (Dharma & Greg), and Steve Molaro (iCarly) join stars Johnny Galecki (Roseanne), Jim Parsons (Garden State), Kaley Cuoco (Charmed), Simon Helberg (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), Kunal Nayyar (NCIS), Mayim Bialik (Blossom), and Melissa Rauch (True Blood) for a fun and lively discussion. From Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television, The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8/7c on CBS, and The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Fourth Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 13. Ballroom 20
Tags:  Fandom | Humor & Satire | Television

12:45-1:45 Legendary Pictures: Preproduction Preview— Legendary Pictures holds its first-ever Comic-Con panel and shares an early look at some of the movies on the company’s upcoming film slate. Fans will be able to access Legendary’s plans, garner sneak peeks at their movies in preproduction, and hear from filmmakers and cast members from the upcoming Pacific Rim, Seventh Son, Paradise Lost, and Mass Effect. Panel participants include Jeff Bridges, Bradley Cooper, Guillermo del Toro, Ben Barnes, Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Alicia Vikander, Alex Proyas, Sergei Bodrov, Travis Beacham, Mark Protosevich, and Casey Hudson. Room 6BCF
Tags:  Games | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy

12:45-1:15 Adult Swim: Pilots/New Shows/Additional Sundry Topics— Mike Lazzo (senior vice president, programming and production for Adult Swim), Keith Crofford (vice president of production for Adult Swim), and Nick Weidenfeld (vice president, comedy development for both Cartoon Network and Adult Swim) preview and discuss new Adult Swim programming. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Tags:  Animation | Humor & Satire | Television

1:00-2:00 Free 3D Glasses for You at the 3D Comics Panel!— This presentation in actual 3D will take you through the exciting history of million-selling 3D comics. It showcases their invention in 1953 by Joe Kubert and Norm Maurer and the artists who followed their lead: Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Bob Powell, Otto Messmer, and more. Projected in 3D, you’ll see rare comics and unpublished art by these geniuses and the 3D comics that have inspired today’s 3D movies. Hosted by Eisner Award winner Craig Yoe, author of the Amazing 3D Comics (IDW/Yoe Books), premiering at Comic-Con. Room 4
Tags:  Comics


1:00-2:00 Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants Runaway Roadtrip Exclusive— Arrrre you ready, kids? It’s time for another SpongeBob SquarePants panel! Executive producer Paul Tibbitt, creative director Vincent Waller, and writer/voice of Plankton Mr. Lawrence take you on a journey to Bikini Bottom…and beyond! Get a behind-the-scenes look at some upcoming episodes, including an exclusive sneak peek at the next SpongeBob SquarePants special, Runaway Roadtrip. Moderated by Claudia Spinelli, executive director for Nickelodeon. Room 6A
Tags:  Animation | Humor & Satire | Kids | Television

1:00-2:00 Dark Horse Comics: 20 Years of Star Wars— Share favorite moments in Star Wars comics with resident Jedi Randy Stradley and a host of Star Wars guests from comics and beyond, including Mick Harrison (Dark Times — in his first public appearance!), Scott Allie and Stephane Roux (Jedi — The Dark Side), John Jackson Miller (Knight Errant), Dave Filoni and the Fillbach Brothers (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Timothy Zahn (Choices of One), and Shelly Shapiro (editor-at-large, Del Rey). There will be exclusive news and images, giveaways, and even a chance to win a custom Stormtrooper helmet with art by Chris Scalf (Blood Ties)! Room 7AB
Tags:  Anniversaries | Comics | Science Fiction & Fantasy

1:00-2:00 Publishing Queer: Producing LGBT Comics and Graphic Novels— Queer-themed comics, once solely the domain of the gay press, are breaking into the mainstream. What are the challenges and rewards of producing this work and getting it in front of an audience hungry for the material? How can it be marketed and publicized, both to an LGBT readership and beyond? Should queer cartoonists self-publish or look to established publishers? Moderator Justin Hall (Glamazonia, Prism Comics Talent Chair) leads a spirited conversation with a diverse panel of publishing pros: Brian Andersen (self-publisher, So Super Duper), Charles “Zan” Christensen (publisher, Northwest Press), Jacquelene Cohen (publicist, Fantagraphics), Shannon O’Leary (comics editor and journalist), Bob Schreck (editor-in-chief, Legendary Pictures), and Tony Valenzuela (executive director, Lambda Literary Foundation). Room 9
Tags:  Comics

1:00-2:00 There and Play Again: Video Games to Comics— We all know that comic books have been fertile ground from which video game developers can harvest great characters and games. These days the tech has caught up with the art and we’re seeing that road run both ways. This panel includes video game and comic book industry luminaries intimately familiar with bringing a comics sensibility to games and transporting virtual, interactive worlds to the printed page. Join them to discuss what it takes to be successful in multiple dimensions. Room 23ABC
Tags:  Comics | Games

1:00-2:30 The Golden Age of the Fanzine— Once upon a time…before the Internet and publishing on demand, a hearty group of comics lovers produced their own publications, called “fanzines,” and comics fandom was born. Spinning off Comic-Con’s 50th anniversary celebration of the birth of comics fandom, these pioneers of the fanzine will talk about those heady days and what it was like to publish their own zines. Panelists include Jean Bails (the widow of Dr. Jerry Bails, creator of Alter-Ego), Richard Kyle (Graphic Story World), Paul Levitz (The Comic Reader), Dick and Pat Lupoff (Xero), Roy Thomas (Alter Ego), Maggie Thompson (Comic Art), and some surprise fanzine publisher-type guests. Moderated by Bill Schelly, a fanzine editor himself and the guy who wrote the book on fandom (The Golden Age of Comic Fandom). For more on the Golden Age of Fanzines, check this year’s Comic-Con Souvenir Book for a special feature! Room 24ABC
Tags:  Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Comics | Fandom


1:00-2:00 Mattel: Mattypalooza 2011: Masters of the Universe Classics, DC Universe, Ghostbusters, Voltron, and More!— Are you a Matty Mattel fan? Head over to this year’s Mattypalooza to get all the latest info on your favorite Mattel collector lines and MattyCollector.com. Featuring a special Q&A with Mattel toy designers Bill Benecke and Brandon Sopinsky, Mattel brand managers Scott “Toy Guru” Neitlich, Danielle McLachlan, Rhobyn de Jesus, and Natalie So, and guest starring The Four Horsemen. As a bonus, Matty, the original Mattel collector, may even make a live appearance to reveal secrets for the upcoming Masters of the Universe 30th anniversary! New toys will be shown for the first time! Room 25ABC
Tags:  Action Figures – Toys – Collectibles | Animation | Comics | Kids | Movies | Television


1:00-2:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #7: Focus on David Lloyd— Comic-Con special guest David Lloyd (V for Vendetta, Kickback) discusses the nature of sequential art and the methods of its production, considering his own methods, and how those methods have changed over time, as well as the creation of comics more generally in various genres and national and historical traditions. He will also look at the teaching of sequential art, both to practitioners and to audiences, discussing his time at the London Cartoon Centre and the Cartoon Classroom project. Kathleen McClancy (Wake Forest University) moderates. Room 26AB
Tags:  Art and Illustration | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Comics | Comics Arts Conference | Writers & Writing

1:00-2:00 Comic-Con How-To: Advanced Digital inking Techniques with Brian Haberlin— 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 treasure trove of features that not only enhance comic applications but make possible countless creative pen and ink opportunities rarely seen before. If you’re serious about your black-and-white artwork, this session is a must. Haberlin is the co-creator of Witchblade and other comic books and intellectual properties and the tutorial creator for international magazines such as 3DWorld, Imagine FX, and Photoshop User, and is owner of Digitalarttutorials.com. Room 28DE
Tags:  Art and Illustration | Comic-Con How To | Comics | Seminars & Workshops


1:00-2:00 CBLDF Master Session 4:— TBA Room 30CDE
Tags:  CBLDF Events

1:00-2:00 Oni Press Panelmonium 2011— It’s a new comic extravaganza with trendsetting indie comic powerhouse Oni Press, featuring Comic-Con debut titles One Soul, Petrograd. and Spontaneous! Join in the Q&A with Ray Fawkes (Possessions) and get the first word on his game-changing graphic novel One Soul. Plus an in-depth chat with Phil Gelatt (Labor Days) and Tyler Crook (B.P.R.D) about their new historical graphic novel chronicling the infamous assassination of Rasputin, Petrograd! Joe Harris (Ghost Projekt) and Brett Weldele (Surrogates) talk about their new miniseries Spontaneous, while Artist Brian Hurtt and writer Cullen Bunn join in the fray to discuss their hit ongoing series The Sixth Gun. And, as always, Oni Press’s Panelmonium brings announcements, reveals, special guests, free comics, and the only interactive panel in town! Guaranteed by Oni Press’s totally biased employees to be “the most fun you’ll ever have at a panel”! Room 32AB
Tags:  Comics


1:30-2:30 Spotlight on Ed Benes— Fan-favorite artist and Comic-Con special guest Ed Benes (JLA, Birds of Prey) commemorates his first U.S. convention appearance with a look back on almost 20 years in the comics industry, from his start with Continuity Comics in 1993 to his eye-popping work on titles like Birds of Prey and Justice League of America. He’s now looking ahead to his new series (Red Lanterns — due in September). Ed will discuss his career path, the inception of his own studio, and all the challenges along the way. Discussion will include fan Q&A. A rare opportunity to pick the brain of one of today’s finest talents! Room 5AB
Tags:  Art and Illustration | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Comics | Superheroes


1:30-2:30 Spotlight on Chester Brown— Louis Riel, Yummy Fur, and Ed The Happy Clown cartoonist — and Comic-Con special guest — Chester Brown has been one of the most influential and acclaimed alternative cartoonists for the past 20 years. His 2011 graphic novel Paying for It: A Comic-Strip Memoir About Being a John is easily the most talked about book of the year and was praised in the New York Times. Join him on his panel as he performs his acclaimed slideshow, reading from his North American book tour for Paying for It. The slideshow will be followed by a Q&A. Ask anything you wanted to know about the most controversial book of the year. Room 8
Tags:  Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Comics

1:30-2:30 Screen Gems: Underworld 4— Underworld 4 brings a stunning new dimension to the epic battle between Vampires and Lycans as the first film in the franchise to shoot in 3D. Kate Beckinsale, star of the first two films, returns in her lead role as the vampire warrior Selene, who escapes imprisonment to find that humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species. Appearing in person are Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy, Len Wiseman (producer and director of Underworld and Underworld: Evolution), and directors Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein. Hall H
Tags:  Action/Adventure | Horror and Suspense | Movies

1:30-2:30 Adult Swim: Childrens Hospital— See a never-before-screened episode of Childrens Hospital and hear from the show’s creative team led by Rob Corddry (Cedar Rapids) and Jon Stern (The Ten). They will be joined by members of their ensemble cast of comedic heavyweights, including Malin Akerman (Couples Retreat), Lake Bell (No Strings Attached), Erinn Hayes (Parenthood), Rob Huebel (I Love You Man), and Megan Mullally (Will and Grace). Childrens Hospital explores the emotional struggles and sexual politics of a group of doctors charged with healthy libidos. The panel will close with a sneak peek at Adult Swim’s newest live-action comedy, NTSF:SD:SUV::, featuring creator and star Paul Scheer (The League). NTSF:SD:SUV:: is a clandestine team of government agents working to protect San Diego from numerous terrorist threats coming in daily from such evil countries as Mexico, Canada, and Guam. This team of highly trained operatives has only one job: saving your ass so you can drive your Prius and see your movies in 3D without worrying about living in a country run by no-good terrorists. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Tags:  Humor & Satire | Television

1:45-2:45 Marvel: Amazing Spider-Man and His Avenging Friends— Spider-Man’s riding high after hitting the Big Time, but it’ll all come crashing down this summer in Spider-Island! Get an in-depth look inside the event that changes the course of Peter Parker’s life. But ol’ Web-Head isn’t the only New Yorker with a major storyline this summer. Daredevil makes his return, Punisher wages a new war, Venom explores the dark side of saving the world, and more of your favorite heroes are back with a vengeance! Sit down with our spectacular panel of creators, including Zeb Wells (Avenging Spider-Man), Rick Remender (Venom), Mark Waid (Daredevil), Greg Rucka (Punisher), Humberto Ramos (Amazing Spider-Man), senior editor Steve Wacker, editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, and others as they lay the groundwork for New York City’s greatest heroes. Room 6DE
Tags:  Comics | Superheroes

1:45-2:45 Bones— Creator/executive producer Hart Hanson, executive producer Stephen Nathan, and stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel discuss the shocking finale of Bones Season 6 as well as what’s in store for Booth and Brennan in an exciting Season 7! Hanson will also introduce the audience to the stars of The Finder, his new FOX series premiering in January. Plus, Q&A! Ballroom 20
Tags:  Television


2:00-3:00 Spotlight on Dave Stewart— Eisner Award-winning color artist and Comic-Con special guest Dave Stewart is one of the busiest colorists in comics. Known for his work on such titles as DC: The New Frontier, Hellboy, BPRD, Baltimore, Lobster Johnson, Conan, Batwoman, and The Goon, Dave will talk about his work and how he brings comics characters to colorful life. Room 4
Tags:  Art and Illustration | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Comics | Superheroes


2:00-3:00 Green Lantern: The Animated Series Video Presentation and Q&A— Warner Bros. Animation brings the Green Lantern to television in a new CG-animated action series for Cartoon Network from world-renowned producer, artist, and animator Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series). Based on the DC Comics superhero, Green Lantern: The Animated Series centers on Hal Jordan and his partner Kilowog, who find themselves alone on the edge of the Guardian Frontier fighting off an invasion by the deadly Red Lantern Corps. Timm headlines a panel — moderated by Warner Bros. Animation’s Sam Register (Teen Titans) — that also features producer Giancarlo Volpe (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and producer/story editor Jim Krieg (Ben 10: Alien Swarm). In addition to the Q&A, fans in attendance will be treated to footage prepared exclusively for Comic-Con. Don’t miss out, or you’ll be waiting ’til 2012! Room 6BCF
Tags:  Animation | Comics | Kids | Superheroes | Television

2:00-3:00 Star Wars Collectibles Update— Bryan Ono of eFX, Ashly Powell of Gentle Giant Studios, Dan Lujan of Kotobukiya, and Brant Bridges of Sideshow Collectibles for product development offer insights and exclusive previews of the latest in Star Wars collectibles. Moderated by Chris Spitale of Lucas Licensing. Room 7AB
Tags:  Action Figures – Toys – Collectibles | Science Fiction & Fantasy

2:00-3:00 VIZ Media Panel— VIZ Media’s 25th anniversary celebrations continue with a special panel packed with exciting news and prizes for our fans. VIZ Media staff will provide the latest updates on new acquisitions and upcoming releases, as well as give the scoop on groundbreaking projects they’ve yet to announce. Don’t miss a chance to win prizes such as $25 iTunes gift cards, special prizes from VIZ’s partners, and more! Room 9
Tags:  Anime & Manga | Comics

2:00-3:00 Nappy Hour— The infamous cooking timer returns as Keith Knight (The Knight Life, the K Chronicles, (th)ink, MAD) brings together another lightning-fast roundtable discussion of all things nerdist, with a stellar lineup of panelists including writer/producer/illustrator Michael Davis (Milestone Media, The Black Panel), writer/performer Pam Noles (And We Shall March, Death 40 Feet Tall), and writer/director/critic David Walker (Bad Azz Mofo)! Room 23ABC
Tags:  Comics | Fandom

2:00-3:00 Dark Horse Presents— As Dark Horse celebrates its 25th year of publishing, the company is proud to reintroduce the title that started it all: the game-changing anthology Dark Horse Presents. Known for featuring the industry’s top talent and launching some of the most successful titles in comics history, Dark Horse Presents was, is, and will continue to be a highly fertile breeding ground for new characters, concepts, and more. Find out what makes this book so important to the comics medium, with Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson as well as a cast of top talent past and present, including Eric Powell (The Goon), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Sanford Greene (Deadpool), and more! Panel attendees will receive a Dave Gibbons minicomic exclusive to Comic-Con. Room 25ABC
Tags:  Comics


2:00-3:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #8: Transmedia, Comics Form, and Contemporary Adaptations— Patrick Jagoda (University of Chicago) considers the implications that comingling of comics and digital games might have for the future of transmedia storytelling in what Henry Jenkins has called our contemporary “convergence culture.” Hillary Chute (University of Chicago) examines how recent adaptations of independent comics provoke and stage conversations among forms from film to live performance. Liam Burke (Huston School of Film & Digital Media) explores the impact the unprecedented period of modern comic book film adaptation has had on mainstream American comic books, from diminishing the specificity of their form to publishers making comics more amenable to film adaptation. Henry Jenkins (University of Southern California) responds. Room 26AB
Tags:  Comics | Comics Arts Conference

2:00-3:00 Writing Seminar with Marv Wolfman and Neo Edmund— Marv Wolfman (God of War, Teen Titans, Crisis on Infinite Earths) and Neo Edmund (Solitary — The Movie, Windy Hollows, Discovery Channel’s Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Predators), return to basics in this annual writing seminar as they discuss the building blocks of putting together a story, creating tension, and what the “three act structure” really means. There will also be time for a Q&A session. Room 30CDE
Tags:  Comics | Seminars & Workshops | Writers & Writing

2:00-3:00 Frank Frazetta Tribute Panel— Frazetta associate J. David Spurlock follows Comic-Con’s crowd-pleasing panel from last year honoring the late, great master of fantastic art by hosting a new all-star group of guests to pay tribute to the legendary artist of Conan, Death Dealer, Vampirella, and more. Expect surprises, announcements, and a remembrance of Frazetta contemporary Jeffrey Catherine Jones. Room 32AB
Tags:  Art and Illustration | Comics | Tributes

2:15-3:15 Exclusive Screening of ABC’s Newest Supernatural Series, The River— From the studio that brought you Lost comes a new adventure set deep in the Amazon. Executive producers Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity),  Michael Green (Green Lantern), and Zack Estrin (Tru Calling), along with cast members Joe Anderson (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), Eloise Mumford (Lone Star), and Leslie Hope (24), present an exclusive screening and a Q&A of their much-anticipated new series, The River. All attendees will get a limited-edition Comic-Con giveaway. Room 6A
Tags:  Horror and Suspense | Television


2:30-3:30 Spotlight on Alan Davis— Artist/writer/storyteller. Co-creator of Excalibur. Creator of the ClanDestine. Also worked on Captain Britain, Marvelman, DR and Quinch, Harry 20, Batman and the Outsiders, Detective Comics, New Mutants, X-Men, Batman: Full Circle, Fantastic Four, JLA the Nail, The Avengers, Superboy’s Legion, and Killraven. Most recently contributed to X-Men Dark Reign, Young Avengers Children’s Crusade, and Avengers Prime…Comic-Con special guest Alan Davis’s dynamic art and storytelling style has been a hallmark of comics for more than two decades. Any questions?  Room 5AB
Tags:  Art and Illustration | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Comics | Writers & Writing


2:30-3:30 Spotlight on Seymour Chwast— Comic-Con special guest Seymour Chwast, a member of the Art Directors Hall of Fame, screens some of his award-winning design and illustration work and discusses his graphic novels Dante’s Divine Comedy and the upcoming Canterbury Tales and Homer’s Odyssey. Noted designer and comics enthusiast Chip Kidd talks with Chwast. Room 8
Tags:  Art and Illustration | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Comics

2:30-3:30 That ’70s Panel— It was a decade of change in comics — a new generation taking over. What made it all happen? That’s what moderator Mark Evanier will ask artists Walt Simonson (Manhunter), Joe Staton (E-Man), Mike Royer (New Gods), and writer/editors Marv Wolfman (Tomb of Dracula) and Louise Simonson (Warren Publications) about that Bronze Era. Room 24ABC
Tags:  Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Comics

2:30-4:00 Comic-Con How-To: Live Sketching with Stanley “Artgerm” Lau of Imaginary Friends Studios Singapore— Well known for the covers he does for DC Comics and his work on Heavy Metal magazine, Stanley “Artgerm” Lau and 30 other concept artists have worked on such projects as G.I. Joe, Batman, Justice League, Superman, Exalted, Witchblade, Madam Mirage, Dungeons & Dragons, Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Warhammer, Street Fighter, Sleepy Hollow, and Star Wars Galaxies, and on promotional and licensing material for major motion pictures, including Spider-Man 3, Surf’s Up, and The Dark Knight. As Stanley sketches live, the audience can watch his work progress as it’s projected on the big screen. Room 28DE
Tags:  Art and Illustration | Comic-Con How To | Comics | Seminars & Workshops

2:30-3:15 Adult Swim: Black Dynamite— Creators and voice talent from the new animated series offer a sneak peek at the show and answer questions. Executive producer Carl Jones (The Boondocks) and director Scott Sanders (Black Dynamite) appear, in addition to writer and star Michael Jai White, voice actors Tommy Davidson and Kym Whitley, and writer/voice actor Byron Minns, all of whom also starred in the live-action feature film Black Dynamite. The 2009 movie is an outrageous action comedy/spoof that follows ex-CIA agent and full-time ladies’ man Black Dynamite, who’s out to avenge the death of his brother against kung-fu masters, drug-dealing pimps, and The Man. The Black Dynamite animated series further chronicles the exploits of Black Dynamite and his crew. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Tags:  Animation | Humor & Satire | Television

2:45-3:45 DreamWorks: Fright Night— Colin Farrell (The Way Back), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad), Imogen Poots (Jane Eyre), Dave Franco (Charlie St. Cloud), director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl), and screenwriter Marti Noxon (I Am Number Four) take the dais to give fans a taste of the horrific fun to come in DreamWorks Pictures’ 3D reimagining of the classic horror film. Hall H
Tags:  Horror and Suspense | Humor & Satire | Movies


3:00-4:00 Mattel and DC Comics: A Heroic Partnership— You’ve been a fan of Mattel’s popular DC toy lines, now find out the latest news, sneak peaks, and behind-the-scenes scoop on your favorite Mattel/DC action figures, including DC Universe Classics, Young Justice, Action League, and more. Plus, get an exciting look at new 2012 products. Join Mattel toy designers Bill Benecke and Mike Guarniere, as well as brand managers Danielle McLachlan and Scott “Toy Guru” Neitlich, along with The Four Horsemen and surprise guests from DC Comics and Warner Brothers for an insightful Q&A. Room 4
Tags:  Action/Adventure | Comics | Kids | Superheroes

3:00-4:00 DC: Superman— How does The Man of Tomorrow fit into the new DC Universe that rises in September? Find out as group editor Matt Idelson joins new Action Comics writer Grant Morrison (All Star Superman, Batman Incorporated) and author of the bestselling Superman: Earth One graphic novel J. Michael Straczynski (Superman, Wonder Woman) to take fans new and old up, up, and away to give them a sneak peak at what’s in store for Superman. Room 6DE
Tags:  Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Comics | Superheroes

3:00-4:00 Rendering the Galaxy Far, Far Away: The Digital Art and Light of The Clone Wars— What does it take to bring The Clone Wars to the screen? How is the feature-film-quality animation produced on a weekly television schedule? These secrets are kept by the artists at Lucasfilm Animation, and they are here to take you behind the scenes of the hit animated series, offering insight into the creative and technical process of continuing the epic sweep and visual grandeur of the Star Wars saga. Featuring supervising director Dave Filoni, CG lighting and FX supervisor Joel Aron, and other talents from Lucasfilm Animation. Hosted by Pablo Hidalgo. Room 7AB
Tags:  Animation | Art and Illustration | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

3:00-4:00 Shonen Jump Panel— Have you ever dreamed of becoming a manga creator? This panel gives you an opportunity to learn the secrets to being a professional artist and a writer. Weekly Shonen Jump editor-in-chief Hisashi Sasaki will give you straightforward tips and advice on how to improve your manga. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the editor of Japan’s #1 manga magazine! Plus, a chat with Hiroshi Matsuyama, the president of CyberConnnect2, about an upcoming Naruto Shippuden video game. Room 9
Tags:  Anime & Manga | Art and Illustration | Comics | Games | Seminars & Workshops | Writers & Writing

3:00-4:00 Eureka— Small town. Big panel. Syfy’s smash hit Eureka is back at Comic-Con. Colin Ferguson (Jack Carter), Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Allison Blake), Neil Grayston (Douglas Fargo), and guest star Felicia Day (Dr. Holly Martin) join executive producers Jaime Paglia and Bruce Miller for a chat about the big secrets of America’s smartest little town. Moderated by guest star Wil Wheaton (Dr. Isaac Parrish; Wesley Crusher, Star Trek: Next Generation). Ballroom 20
Tags:  Humor & Satire | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

3:00-4:00 Bob’s Burgers— Bob’s Burgers creator/executive producer Loren Bouchard, executive producer Jim Dauterive, and cast members H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, and Kristen Schaal entertain animation fans with hilarious never-before-seen footage from season two, followed by a Q&A. Room 23ABC
Tags:  Animation | Humor & Satire | Television

3:00-4:00 Image Comics Show— The folks from Image Comics present a slew of exclusive announcements about upcoming projects, updates on ongoing projects, and a Q&A session with some of the best writers working in comics. Find out about what Image is up to before anyone else does, get cool giveaways, and ask questions of your favorite creators! Panelists include David Baxter (Marksmen), John Layman (Chew), Scott Snyder (Severed), Nick Spencer (Morning Glories), Ben McCool (Pigs), and Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash). Room 25ABC
Tags:  Comics | Writers & Writing

3:00-4:00 Comics Color Painting and F/X— Brian Miller (Justice League International) and Kristy Miller (Ben 10) delve deeper into the world of digital color, guiding you on a journey through digital painting. See firsthand which Photoshop brushes and techniques are used for digital painting. Watch and learn as Brian transforms a black-and-white drawing into a fully painted illustration and demonstrates advanced techniques to create stunning special effects. Plus a Q&A session. Room 30CDE
Tags:  Art and Illustration | Comics | Seminars & Workshops

3:00-4:00 Famous Monsters of Filmland— FM publisher Philip Kim, editor Ed Blair, Mark Dooley (Zombie Lane), and other celebrity horror guests and artists discuss the future of the world’s first monster fan magazine. Learn about FM’s coming journey into the world of comic books, its expansion into the world of digital publishing, and other special projects and partnerships in the works. The panel will also reveal future FM covers and offer a Q&A where fans can interact and share thoughts on their visions for FM. Room 32AB
Tags:  Fandom | Horror and Suspense | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy

3:15-4:15 Falling Skies— TNT’s powerful drama series Falling Skies follows a group of survivors who band together after a devastating alien invasion has incapacitated most of the world. Ordinary people are called upon to fight back against the occupying alien force as they struggle for the survival of the human race. Join stars Noah Wyle (ER), Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation), Will Patton (Armageddon), Drew Roy (Secretariat), Collin Cunningham (Living in Your Car), and Sarah Sanguin Carter (Shark) and co-executive producer Mark Verheiden (Battlestar Galactica) in a Q&A, and watch exclusive never-before-seen footage from Falling Skies. Room 6BCF
Tags:  Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

3:30-4:30 Entertainment Weekly Presents…Totally LOST: One Year Later— EW’s Lost gurus Jeff “Doc” Jensen and Dan “Dan” Snierson wax nostalgic about the past, perhaps with a surprise guest or two, and discuss how they’re “moving on” in the wake of Lost’s departure from the air a year ago. The duo will look to the future by previewing promising TV obsessions. Room 5AB
Tags:  Fandom | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television


3:30-4:30 ThunderCats Premiere Episode Screening and Q&A— Comic-Con, ho! From the moment this series was announced, fans have answered the call — now, the wait is over as Warner Bros. Animation is proud to bring you the world premiere of this new reimagining of the beloved ’80s franchise. Lion-O, Tygra, Panthro, Cheetara, Wily Kit, and Snarf are back! After the screening, producers Michael Jelenic (Batman: The Brave and the Bold) and Ethan Spaulding (Avatar: The Last Airbender), art director Dan Norton (G.I. Joe: Resolute), and members of the voice cast will discuss what viewers can expect in the first season of this exciting new series. ThunderCats premieres in a special one-hour episode on Friday, July 29 at 8/7c on Cartoon Network. Room 6A
Tags:  Animation | Kids | Television


3:30-4:30 Spotlight on Eric Drooker— Painter, graphic novelist, and Comic-Con special guest Eric Drooker talks about his multitrack career in fine arts, graphic novels, and illustration. The award-winning artist’s latest work is his illustrated version of Howl! by poet Allen Ginsberg. Room 8
Tags:  Art and Illustration | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Comics

3:30-4:30 50 Years of Alter Ego— Comic-Con special guest Roy Thomas (editor, Alter Ego; writer, Conan the Barbarian, All-Star Squadron, Avengers), discusses the half-century (1961-2011) history and legend of Alter Ego, from a dittoed fanzine sent to 150 scattered fans to a globally distributed magazine of comics history and interviews, with Bill Schelly (author of The Golden Age of Comic Fandom), Jean Bails (widow of Jerry Bails, founder of AE), John Morrow (co-publisher of AE), and P. C. Hamerlinck (FCA/Fawcett Collectors of America). Room 24ABC
Tags:  Anniversaries | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Comics | Fandom | Superheroes | Writers & Writing

3:30-4:30 Graphic Novels for Non-Teenagers— Libraries have already established graphic novels on their Teen/Young Adult shelves, but what about books for other ages? Merideth Jenson-Benjamin (Glendale Public Library), Kearsten LaBrozzi (Glendale Public Library), Jill Patterson (La Habra Branch Library), and Hillary W. Chang (McCully-Moiliili Public Library) discuss graphic novel titles for adults and children. Room 26AB
Tags:  Comics

3:30-4:15 Adult Swim: Robot Chicken— Seth Green (co-creator, Robot Chicken), Matthew Senreich (co-creator, Robot Chicken), and Tom Root (head writer, Robot Chicken) discuss the popular Adult Swim series. The series uses stop-motion animation to bring pop culture parodies to life in a modern take on the variety/sketch show format. In Robot Chicken, no pop culture target is safe. Legions of action figures are used to spoof everything from reality television and Star Wars to past presidents. Moderated by Keith Crofford, vice president of production, Adult Swim. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Tags:  Animation | Humor & Satire | Television

3:30-4:15 The Military in Film— The Armed Forces of the United States have been featured in film and television over the last century. How does the real military support the entertainment industry? U.S. Army Lt. Colonel John Clearwater (Avengers, Hawaii Five-O), U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Colonel Jason Johnston (Battle: Los Angeles, Avatar), U.S. Navy Lt. Michael Smith (Battleship, NCIS), U.S. Air Force Lt. Colonel Francisco “Paco” Hamm (Transformers, Iron Man 2), and U.S. Coast Guard Commander Sean Carroll (The Adjustment Bureau, Deadliest Catch) offer an in-depth discussion and Q&A session. Moderated by U.S. Air Force veteran Jon Huertas, actor on ABC’s Castle and HBO’s Generation Kill and chairman for SAG Armed Forces Task Force. Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina
Tags:  Movies | Television

4:00-5:00 The Boy Who Loved Batman— Dreams can come true, but some of them can bloody your knuckles. That’s an apt description of what it took film producer Michael Uslan to fulfill his dream of making a dark and gritty Batman movie in 1989. Join Uslan, executive producer of Batman, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises, as he tells columnist Tony Panaccio of the lifelong odyssey that led him to launch one of the most successful film franchises of all time. Room 4
Tags:  Comics | Movies | Superheroes

4:00-5:00 Writing the Apocalypse: Genre Authors Explore the End Times (And the Fun That Comes After!)— The postapocalypse world has always been fodder for great horror and mystery works. Authors with recent books set in or around the not-so-distant but very dystopian future discuss their visions of what happens after most of the population dies. Take a look into the future with Mira Grant (The Newsflesh trilogy), Thomas Mullen (The Revisionists), Anna North (America Pacifica), Walter Greatshell (Xombies: Apocalypso), Richard Kadrey (Kill the Dead), Daniel Wilson (Robopocalypse), Isaac Marion (Warm Bodies), and Steven Schlozman (The Zombie Autopsies) as they depress moderator Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 7AB
Tags:  Horror and Suspense | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Writers & Writing

4:00-5:00 Costume Designers: Designing For Television Production— Costume Designers work in collaboration with Directors, Production Designers, Directors of Photography and Actors in creating fantastic and memorable stories told via moving images. Characters created by Comic Book Writers and Illustrators are made real for the screen via the artistry of Costume Designers. Meet the men and women who are the Costume Designers on this year’s most popular television productions. Moderator Giovanna Melton (member of Costume Designers Guild, Local 892, Costume Designer, The Mist, Numbers) is joined by panelists Jill Ohanneson (The Event, Firefly the Pilot), Jim Lapidus (24, Hawaii Five-O), Shawna Trpcic (Torchwood, Dr. Horrible), JR Hawbacker (Assistant CD, True Blood), and Cynthia Bergstrom (Ringer, Buffy, Medium). Room 9
Tags:  Comics | Costuming | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

4:00-5:00 Comedy Central: Ugly Americans— Dan Powell (executive producer), Aaron Augenblick (director of animation), Devin Clark (producer and series creator), and the voice talents behind Mark (Matt Oberg), Leonard (Randy Pearlstein), Randall (Kurt Metzger), and Lt. Grimes (Larry Murphy) take you behind the scenes of season two. Featuring a live, in-character surprise table read, a sneak peak at an upcoming episode, a Q&A, and a look at the highly anticipated downloadable game Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon, coming to Xbox LIVE Arcade and PlayStation Network in August. Ugly Americans airs Thursdays at 10:30/9:30c on Comedy Central. Room 23ABC
Tags:  Animation | Games | Humor & Satire | Television

4:00-5:00 Developing Interactive Entertainment: The Performance Capture Techniques of the Uncharted Franchise and Today’s Film Industry— Naughty Dog has consistently led the industry in adopting advanced performance capture processes and technology to propel their critically acclaimed Uncharted video game franchise to greater heights of quality and presentation. Launching in November, Uncharted3: Drake’s Deception delivers character-driven narrative and dramatic action sequences to create an engaging experience that grounds the player in the game world with relatable and believable characters. Moderated by USA Today’s Mike Snider, Uncharted 3’s creative director Amy Hennig and cast members Nolan North, Richard McGonagle, and Emily Rose discuss the influence of theatrical techniques and styles from the history of film that have helped the team produce interactive entertainment. Room 25ABC
Tags:  Animation | Games

4:00-5:00 How to Create an Effective Pose for Paneling and Illustration— Ron Lemen (Studio2ndStreet, Gnomon Workshop Group, TAD, Imagine FX, Kindle Comics) discusses and demonstrates the logistics of posing the figurative element with a purpose for narrative illustrators and sequential artists, from a historical perspective to the ever-elusive “camera lens” (pictorial frame) from which we view the moment. Ron will walk through a pictorial moment, breaking down the setting to action, POV to action, camera lens to action, drawing with an easy-to-use diagrammatical figure that every illustrator should have knowledge of as a technical tool for figure invention, staging, and blocking. Come ready to take notes and draw along. Room 30CDE
Tags:  Art and Illustration | Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comics | Seminars & Workshops

4:00-5:30 So You Want to Be a Comic Book Retailer?— ComicsPRO’s Retailer Mentoring Forum brings you this Comic-Con tradition — an always lively and fun discussion in which your dreams of owning your own comic book specialty store take flight! You have questions? This panel of experienced retailers has answers! Hosted by Joe Field (ComicsPRO president, owner of Flying Colors Comics, Concord CA), with Portyln Polston (Brave New World, Newhall CA), Jennifer Haines (The Dragon, Guelph ON), Chris Brady (4 Color Fantasies, Rancho Cucamonga CA), and Diamond Comic Distributors outside sales manager Dave Hawksworth. Your career in comics retail starts here! Room 32AB
Tags:  Comics | Retailer Programming


Fri, Jul 08, 11:08AM
4:00-6:30 Sony— Sony returns to Hall H with a stellar lineup of films and talent, including:
Ghost Rider-Spirit of Vengeance — After blazing a trail around the globe in the worldwide hit Ghost Rider, Nicolas Cage returns as Johnny Blaze in Columbia Pictures’ Ghost Rider-Spirit of Vengeance. Still struggling with his curse as the devil’s bounty hunter, Blaze is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when he is recruited by a secret sect to save a young boy (Fergus Riordan) from the devil (Ciaran Hinds). At first, Johnny is reluctant to embrace the power of the Ghost Rider again, but it is the only way to protect the boy — and possibly rid himself of his curse forever. Live on stage: directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Crank) and stars Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba, and Johnny Whitworth.

30 Minutes or Less — From Ruben Fleischer, the director of Zombieland, comes the action comedy 30 Minutes or Less. In the movie, Nick (Jesse Eisenberg of The Social Network and Zombieland) is a small town pizza delivery guy whose mundane life collides with the big plans of two wannabe criminal masterminds (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson). The duo kidnap Nick and force him to rob a bank. With only a few hours to pull off the impossible task, Nick enlists the help of his ex-best friend, Chet (Aziz Ansari). As the clock ticks, the two must deal with the police, hired assassins, flamethrowers, and their own tumultuous relationship. Talent in attendance includes director Ruben Fleischer and stars Aziz Ansari, Nick Swardson, and Michael Peña.

Total Recall — Welcome to Rekall, the company that with one little implant can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Doug Quaid (Colin Farrell), the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his ordinary existence. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. With the line between fantasy and reality blurred and the fate of his world hanging in the balance, Quaid goes on the run to discover his true identity, his true love, and his true fate. Based on Philip K. Dick’s classic story “I Can Remember It for You Wholesale,” this new take on some of his most visionary ideas is directed by Len Wiseman and stars Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, and John Cho, all of whom will be appearing.

The Amazing Spider-Man — The Amazing Spider-Man is back on the big screen, shot in 3D for the first time, and will be swinging into your neighborhood on July 3, 2012. Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, and Martin Sheen, as well as Sally Field, and directed by Marc Webb, The Amazing Spider-Man’s new creative team will be taking a whole new direction in the unfolding saga of everyone’s favorite web-slinger. Appearing in person are producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, director Marc Webb, and our own Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy — Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.
Hall H
Tags:  Comics | Humor & Satire | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Superheroes

4:15-5:15 DC Comics: Justice League— Comics’ top talents — writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee — team up for the first time ever to bring you the new Justice League, making its debut as part of the new DC Universe. Johns, Lee, and DC executive editor Eddie Berganza bring together the talents behind the new JLA titles, including writers Dan Jurgens (Justice League International), JT Krul (Green Arrow), and Eric Wallace (Mister Terrific) and artists Francis Manapul (The Flash), Brian Buccellato (The Flash), and Philip Tan (The Savage Hawkman). Room 6DE
Tags:  Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Comics | Superheroes

4:15-5:15 Warehouse 13— For one day only, America’s top-secret treasure trove is moving from the middle of nowhere to the middle of Comic-Con. Stars Eddie McClintock (Pete Lattimer), Joanne Kelly (Myka Bering), Saul Rubinek (Artie Nielsen), and Allison Scagliotti (Claudia Donovan), along with executive producer Jack Kenny, take you inside Syfy’s blockbuster hit series, Warehouse 13. Moderated by Neil Grayston (Douglas Fargo, Eureka). Ballroom 20
Tags:  Humor & Satire | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

4:15-5:00 Independent Filmmakers Postproduction Panel Discussion— You may know Avid as the company that makes the tools used to create your favorite feature films, TV shows, and music: Media Composer and Pro Tools. In a crazy (yet practical) twist, the folks at Avid have decided to make a movie of their own. The result: Agent MX Z3RO, a 15-minute indie movie that’s meant to be a fun throwback to the ’70s “shoot-em-up” action spy genre — think Eastwood meets Connery. Why’d they do it? Mainly because it’s difficult to secure demo material that they can use — without restriction — to teach filmmakers and postproduction pros the same tools and workflows used across the industry to help them succeed. Meet the director/writer, producer/writer, film editor, and sound supervisor who created the film. Join the discussion about the challenges facing indie filmmakers. and get some information about the tools and tips that can make your project look and sound the best it can be and ultimately more successful. Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina
Tags:  CCI-IFF and Film School | Movies


4:30-5:30 Spotlight on Kim Harrison— New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison (Pale Demon, Blood Work) reveals all about her bestselling urban fantasy series The Hollows, including a reading, interview with her editor, cover slideshow, and audience Q&A. Plus giveaways and a chance to win a galley of the upcoming world guide The Hollows Insider! Moderated by Diana Gill. Room 5AB
Tags:  Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Writers & Writing

4:30-5:30 Marvel Television Presents: Anime on G4— Marvel Television and G4 take your favorite characters — Iron Man, Wolverine, The X-Men, and Blade — to Japan to tell their stories in a whole new way, beautifully animated by the anime masters at Madhouse. Hosted by Attack of the Show’s Blair Butler, watch a never-before-seen episode with Marvel’s head of TV Jeph Loeb and surprise guests. Plus, get a sneak peek at The X-Men’s explosive first episode. Room 6BCF
Tags:  Animation | Anime & Manga | Comics | Superheroes | Television

4:30-5:30 Old Stories in New Boxes: How Timeless Stories Evolve Through New Media— Marshall Vandruff (marshallart.com) presents over a hundred slides demonstrating how entertainment art has evolved over the past century from Vaudeville and AB Frost, through Winsor McCay and Walt Disney, into modern storytelling, which is actually thousands of years old. He will explain the classic form of story and show how it relates to all creativity. Room 8
Tags:  Animation | Art and Illustration | Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comics | Seminars & Workshops

4:30-5:30 Art of Design— It’s in every book, comic, magazine, movie, TV show, action figure package, and everything else we see each day. Good design is often invisible, but this panel of experts talk about the art of design and how it relates to comics in particular. Noted designer Chip Kidd (Shazam! The Golden Age of the World’s Mightiest Mortal) talks with Mark Chiarello (DC Comics editorial art director), Art Directors Hall of Fame member Seymour Chwast, magazine and movie designer Michael Gross (National Lampoon, Ghostbusters), artist and designer Ashley Wood (Popbot, Robots vs. Zombies), and comics historian and designer Craig Yoe (Amazing 3-D Comics, Barks Bear Book). Room 24ABC
Tags:  Comics

4:30-5:30 Comics in the Library— Librarians Candice Mack (LA Public Library), Mike Pawuk (Cuyahoga County Public Library), and Eva Volin (Alameda Library) come together for a discussion of the place of comics in the library. Which titles should you buy, where do you shelve them, and how do you convince the people you work with that comics have a real place in the library? This panel will tell you all this and more. Moderated by Gina Gagliano (First Second Books). Room 26AB
Tags:  Comics


4:30-6:00 Comic-Con How-To: Patrick and Shelly Block— Back by popular demand, Disney Comics writer/artists Patrick and Shelly Block present a comics creation demonstration that they often give at the Savannah College of Art and Design and other venues. They create a complete Donald Duck story on paper, with the audience providing the ideas. Room 28DE
Tags:  Art and Illustration | Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comic-Con How To | Comics | Kids | Seminars & Workshops | Writers & Writing

4:30-5:00 Adult Swim: Eagleheart— Chris Elliott discusses his first lead television role since the cult favorite Get a Life. Panelists include series stars Chris Elliott, Brett Gelman (The Other Guys), and Maria Thayer (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and executive producers Michael Koman, Andrew Weinberg, and Jason Woliner. Produced by Conan O’Brien’s Conaco Productions and Dakota Pictures, Eagleheart promises violence, suspense, intrigue, and copious amounts of needless bloodshed as Marshal Chris Monsanto (Elliott) blindly kicks, punches, and shoots his way to what may or may not be a legitimate solution to his case. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Tags:  Humor & Satire | Television


4:45-5:45 Phineas and Ferb— Hear from the brilliant minds behind the series, Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, along with voice talent Vincent Martella (Everybody Hates Chris), Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical, Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure), and Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad). See exclusive footage and hear all the scoop about their upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension, which premieres August 5. Moderated by Matt Blum of Wired.com’s Geek Dad. Room 6A
Tags:  Animation | Kids | Television

5:00-6:00 International Association of Media Tie-in Writers: Scribe Awards— Lee Goldberg (Monk) and Max Allan Collins (Mike Hammer), co-founders of the IAMTW, will announce the winners of this year’s Scribe Awards for excellence in tie-in writing. They will be joined by this year’s Grandmaster Award “Faust” winner, Peter David (The Hulk), for a freewheeling look at their careers and experiences in one of the most popular and yet underappreciated branches of the writing trade. Followed by a Q&A session. Room 4
Tags:  Awards Ceremonies | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Writers & Writing

5:00-6:00 BBC America’s Bedlam: Exclusive U.S. Premiere Screening and Q&A— Star Theo James (Downtown Abbey) and creator David Allison (Boy Meets Girl) host a premiere screening event followed by discussion and Q&A. Bedlam Heights, the stylish new apartment building, has sexy tenants and gorgeous amenities. But little do its new residents suspect that behind the luxury fittings lay unimaginable horrors. This is a place tainted by abuse, suffering, and death — and the ghosts of its dark and violent past are out for revenge. As the direct descendent of those who ran the asylum, Kate (Charlotte Salt, The Tudors) — who both lives and works there — is a prime target. She is surprised by the unexpected arrival of Jed (James), her adopted cousin. With a history of mental illness, Jed is a troubled man who sees ghosts and visions of the past. Recent messages to “Save Kate” propel him back into Kate’s life. Can he really “Save Kate”? And from whom, or what, does she need saving? Everybody has a dark side in this new series also starring Ashley Madekwe (Secret Diary of a Call Girl), Hugo Speer (Skins), and Will Young (Pop Idol winner, Skins). Bedlam premieres October 8 on BBC America’s Supernatural Saturdays. Room 7AB
Tags:  Horror and Suspense | Television

5:00-6:00 Monsterverse Horror Comics Ate My Brain— There is no escaping Bela Lugosi’s Tales from the Grave horror anthology comic and upcoming graphic novel series, Flesh And Blood. Joining Monsterverse’s Kerry Gammill (Superman) and Sam F. Park (The Halfway House) are Bela Lugosi Jr., screenwriter Peter Briggs (Hellboy), Robert Tinnell (Flesh And Blood), James Farr (Xombie), Chris Moreno (World War Hulk), Mark L. Miller (Ain’t It Cool News), Dan Brereton (The Nocturnals), James Groman (The Hobbit), and Mike Dubisch (Aliens vs. Predator). Expect a slideshow and discussion of Monsterverse’s horror projects, along with a Q&A session. Room 9
Tags:  Comics | Horror and Suspense

5:00-6:00 Motion Picture and Television Illustrators— Nowadays a movie starts with an idea expressed in words or images. The men and women who turn these ideas into worlds of visual reality, be it a distant world of pure imagination or an earthly hovel, are the storyboard artists and illustrators. Panelists who will discuss their craft and answer questions include moderator Hank Mayo (Ghostbusters 2), Tim Burgard (Thor), Ricardo Delgado (John Carter of Mars), Robin Richesson (I Am Number Four), and Josh Nizzi (Transformers 3). Room 23ABC
Tags:  Art and Illustration | Comics | Movies | Television

5:00-6:00 The World of Capcom— Capcom fans won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn about all the new games coming from their favorite video game publisher. Plus, get in-depth details straight from Capcom’s stellar producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi (Resident Evil 4) about his exciting new open-world action adventure game, Dragon’s Dogma. Producer Jason Leigh talks about the zombie-infested streets of Fortune City in Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, and producer Kazuhiro Tsuchiya discusses the new over-the-top rollercoaster IP, Asura’s Wrath. Followed by a Q&A session. Room 25ABC
Tags:  Action/Adventure | Games | Horror and Suspense

5:00-6:00 Building Your Art Portfolio— You’re at Comic-Con and you’re surrounded by editors, artists, writers, and producers — any of whom could represent a job for you as an artist. Former Marvel and IDW editor Andy Schmidt (X-Men, Five Days to Die, Comics Experience founder), Marvel senior VP C. B. Cebulski, and artist Zander Cannon (Top 10) discuss what to include in a portfolio, what to leave out, and how to conduct yourself to make sure your portfolio and your presentation shine. Room 30CDE
Tags:  Art and Illustration | Comics | Seminars & Workshops

5:30-6:30 Bandai Entertainment— With K-ON!, Tekken: Blood Vengeance, Gundam 00 the Movie, and The Disappearance of Haruhi Movie, Bandai Entertainment has a stellar lineup of eclectic anime titles for 2011. Join Bandai’s Robert Napton, Loy Fruel, and some other notable guests for this informative hour that will feature news, trailers, Q&A, and giveaways. Room 5AB
Tags:  Animation | Anime & Manga | Movies

5:30-6:30 Vertigo: American Vampire— The acclaimed Vertigo series American Vampire — nominated for a 2010 Eisner Award as Best New Series — introduced Skinner Sweet and a whole new type of undead, blazing a blood-drenched new trail. Join the creator of this series, as well as the new miniseries American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest, for an undead discussion with writer Scott Snyder, artist Rafael Albuquerque, and editor Mark Doyle. Room 6DE
Tags:  Comics | Horror and Suspense


5:30-6:30 Transformers Roll Out!— This panel will travel from the earliest Transformers G1 crash landing on earth to the Headmasters evolution in Japan to the beastly battles and arrive at the modern day. It is a look at the Transformers TV/ DVD journeys, including elements consistent throughout and opposing forces in Transformers lore. Panelists examine character development, weaponry, and weaknesses in Transformers More Than Meets The Eye, the Headmasters/Super-God Masterforce/Victory, and Beast Wars. Moderated by Matt Proulx (Hasbro Studio) and including Rik Alvarez (Hasbro), Brian Ward (Shout Factory), and others. They will provide a users’ guide to all the history you need to start your fan obsession, along with some long-held secrets valuable to those fans already entrenched. Room 8
Tags:  Action Figures – Toys – Collectibles | Animation | Kids | Movies | Television

5:30-6:30 True Blood Panel and Q&A session— Mixing romance, suspense, mystery, and humor, the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated True Blood kicked off its 12-episode fourth season June 26 on HBO. The series follows the on-and-off romance between waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people’s thoughts, and 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). Oscar and Emmy award winner Alan Ball created and serves as executive producer of the series, which is based on the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. The series — and this panel! — also features Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse, Sam Trammell as Sam Merlotte, Rutina Wesley as Tara Thornton, Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette, Deborah Ann Woll as Jessica Hamby, Kristin Bauer van Straten as Pam, Joe Manganiello as Alcide, and Kevin Alejandro as Jesus. Moderated by Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly. Ballroom 20
Tags:  Horror and Suspense | Humor & Satire | Television

5:30-6:30 The Art of the Comic Strip— Cartoon Art Museum’s curator Andrew Farago talks to syndicated cartoonists Mell Lazarus (Miss Peach, Momma), Patrick McDonnell (Mutts), and Mark Tatulli (Lio, Heart of the City) about their everyday work in the funny papers. Room 24ABC
Tags:  Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Comics


5:30-6:30 CBLDF: Can Comics Send You To Jail?— What if the comics you took on a plane landed you in jail? That’s the danger facing one American, who could spend a minimum of a year in a foreign prison for doing just that. Turns out that anyone leaving or entering the country can be stopped, searched, or detained by customs agents because of comic art in print or on laptops, tablets, or cell phones — even without suspicion of criminal activity. Learn how the CBLDF is working to fight this trend and what you can do to help. Room 26AB
Tags:  CBLDF Events | Comics

5:30-6:30 Magic: The Gathering Panel— On the heels of Magic’s most successful year in its 18-year history, some of the game’s top creators share details on upcoming products as well as answer your questions. The panel, moderated by Mark Rosewater (head Magic designer), includes Aaron Forsythe (director, Magic R&D), Matt Cavotta (senior creative Magic art director), Mark Purvis (Magic brand manager), and others. Room 32AB
Tags:  Games | Science Fiction & Fantasy

5:45-6:45 Spartacus: Vengeance— Liam McIntyre (McLeod’s Daughters) makes his Comic-Con debut, along with Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess), Manu Bennett (30 Days of Night), Dustin Clare (Underbelly), and Katrina Law (Legend of the Seeker). Executive producer Steven S. DeKnight (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) joins the cast to discuss the upcoming second season, titled,Spartacus: Vengeance, expected to air on Starz in January 2012, and the exclusive content found on the Spartacus: Gods of the Arena Blu-ray discs, available September 13. Room 6BCF
Tags:  Action/Adventure | Television

6:00-7:00 Hermes Press / Dark Shadows The Classic Series and the New Tim Burton Film— Lara Parker (Angelique from Dark Shadows), Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans and Josette DuPres from Dark Shadows), Jim Pierson (consulting producer for the new Dark Shadows film), and Daniel Herman (publisher, Hermes Press) talk about the classic show, the comic book, and print tie-ins and reveals up-to-date news and some surprises about the upcoming Tim Burton film starring Johnny Depp, along with a Q&A session. Room 4
Tags:  Comics | Horror and Suspense | Movies

6:00-7:00 Alphas— Syfy’s newest original series Alphas has taken the summer by storm — and it’s just the beginning. David Strathairn (Dr. Lee Rosen) and fellow cast members, plus creator and executive producer Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand; The Avengers) and executive producer Ira Steven Behr (Star Trek: The Next Generation; The 4400), reveal why impossible is what Alphas do best. Moderated by Geoff Boucher (“Hero Complex,” Los Angeles Times). Room 6A
Tags:  Action/Adventure | Superheroes | Television

6:00-7:00 Crime Comics— Crime Comics are hotter today than at any time since the Golden Age! Join Mark Waid (Potter’s Field), Greg Rucka (Stumptown), and Gary Phillips (Angeltown) for a conversation about the exciting resurgence of this classic genre. Moderated by comics scholar Professor Ben Saunders. Room 7AB
Tags:  Comics

6:00-7:00 A Strange Tale of a Panel: Indie Creators on Marvel’s Strange Tales— Excelsior! Show up early and stay late as some of comics’ best indie creators come out of the closet, revealing themselves as maniacal Marvel madmen. Witness twisted love for some of mainstream comics’ best characters! Forbidden fantasies fulfilled! Shannon “Too Much Coffee Man” Wheeler comes clean about his eco-terrorist Red Skull; Jhonen “The Homicidal Maniac” Vasquez mulls over M.O.D.O.K.; and Jeffrey “Incredible Change-bots” Brown messes with the Merry Mutants. And more major terrific talents join this core crew, spilling secret stories from Marvel’s Strange Tales. Room 9
Tags:  Comics | Superheroes

6:00-7:00 The Hub: Batman: 45th Anniversary of the Original Series— Holy Comic-Con Panel, Batman! For the first time ever, three stars of the iconic 1960s TV series are together at Comic-Con: Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin), and Julie Newmar (Catwoman) team up to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the landmark television series now airing on The Hub TV Network. The cast will share memories from the show and introduce and discuss their favorite scenes, followed by an audience Q&A. Bang! Pow! Woosh! Room 23ABC
Tags:  Anniversaries | Comics | Superheroes | Television

6:00-7:00 Girls Gone Genre— Come talk with women who write, read, game, and perform in arenas that are statistically dominated by men. What happens when traditionally “male” genres are reinvented by female writers and embraced by female fans? Sex and the City it ain’t. Meet the women who like to play with trucks and Barbies. And Wolverine action figures. And flux capacitors. Moderator Jenna Busch is joined by panelists Marti Noxon (screenwriter/producer, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Mad Men, Fright Night), Gale Anne Hurd (producer, The Walking Dead, Terminator, Aliens), and Marjorie Liu (writer, X-23, Daken: Dark Wolverine, Black Widow, Dirk & Steele novel series). Room 25ABC
Tags:  Animation | Anime & Manga | Comics | Fandom | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Superheroes | Television

6:00-7:00 Teach Cartooning— Moderator Robert Gluckson (Cartooning for Fun) and cartoonist Phil Yeh (Cartoonists Across America & The World) share techniques to teach cartooning — and find work — in classrooms, libraries, and community centers. There is a huge demand for cartooning teachers! Room 30CDE
Tags:  Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comics

6:00-7:00 Simpsons Collectors Group— Simpsons collectors of the world, unite! Take a break from the busy Comic-Con floor and get a chance to meet some of your fellow collectors of Simpsons merchandise from all over the country. Meet the other Simpsons collectors you see on the message board and put faces to names. This gathering, hosted by the staff of the SimpsonsCollectors.com website, is a great chance to network with other collectors and share your experiences in the hobby with others. Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis & Marina
Tags:  Action Figures – Toys – Collectibles | Animation | Comics | Humor & Satire | Television

6:30-7:30 Resident Evil Round-Up!— 2011 marks the 15th anniversary of the legendary video game franchise that gave fear a face and horror a home. Get the latest information about the newest entries to the Resident Evil franchise: Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, with producer Rey Jimenez; Resident Evil: Revelations for the Nintendo 3DS; the gorgeous reimagining of Resident Evil 4 HD; and Resident Evil Code Veronica X HD, plus some surprises! Followed by a Q&A session. Room 5AB
Tags:  Games | Horror and Suspense

6:30-7:30 Yen Press Panel— The Yen Press crew — publishing director Kurt Hassler, senior editor JuYoun Lee, and assistant editors Tania Biswas and Abby Blackman — unveil exciting new projects for 2012 and take questions from the audience. And of course, the swag. We mustn’t forget the swag! Room 8
Tags:  Anime & Manga | Comics

6:30-7:30 Can Fantasy Survive on Europe Alone?— A panel discussion on diversity in comics, film, and science fiction by some of the shakers and movers in their respective fields, including New York Times bestselling American comic book writer Josh Dysart (Unknown Soldier), award-winning film director/comic book writer Greg Pak (Incredible Hulk), and international award-winning science fiction novelist Nnedi Okorafor (Who Fears Death). Fictional Frontiers radio show host Sohaib Awan moderates. Room 24ABC
Tags:  Comics | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Writers & Writing

6:30-7:30 The Best and Worst Manga of the Year— There are a whole lot of Japanese manga, Korean manhwa, and manga-inspired comics out there — but what’s worth buying and reading, and what’s not? Manga/comics bloggers/pundits Christopher Butcher (Comics212.net and The Beguiling), David Brothers (4th Letter!), Eva Volin (School Library Journal), Carlo Santos (Anime News Network), and Deb Aoki (About.com Manga) share their picks for the best new and continuing manga series for kids, teens, and grown-ups and jeer at the most annoying manga published in 2010-2011. Room 26AB
Tags:  Anime & Manga | Comics

6:30-7:30 Dungeons & Dragons: How to Be a Dungeon Master: The Art of the DM— Being a great Dungeon Master requires a variety of skills, such as rules arbiter, character actor, and expert storyteller. The art of the Dungeon Master is in combining all these talents to become a superhuman master of Dungeons & Dragons. Chris Perkins, senior producer for the D&D tabletop role-playing game and Acquisitions Incorporated’s #1 DM, discusses various tips and tricks to bring the best adventure to your players, as well as ways to make them equal participants in the story. A Q&A session will follow. Room 32AB
Tags:  Games | Science Fiction & Fantasy

6:45-7:45 RiffTrax Live— Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett (RiffTrax.com, Mystery Science Theater 3000) return to Comic-Con to perform another live, hilarious riff to a classic short! Join the riffers for fun, laughs, and the latest news about their upcoming Jack the Giant Killer live show, a one-night event playing in select movie theaters nationwide in August. RiffTrax.com is the site where MST3K-style humor meets mainstream movies, TV shows, and vintage shorts. At RiffTrax they don’t make movies, they make them funny! Room 6DE
Tags:  Fandom | Humor & Satire | Movies


Fri, Jul 08, 11:09AM
6:45-7:30 At the Drive-In— Come with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear when one of the few places you could see some offbeat genre films and a slew of trailers was at your local Drive-In. We’re trying something new at Comic-Con this year by giving some up and coming genre filmmakers an evening berth to preview their upcoming films. So as San Diego gets darker tonight, so will Hall H as we welcome our first guests to the Virtual Drive-In:
Grave Encounters — Locked in an actual abandoned mental hospital, the crew of a ghost-hunting reality show find themselves trapped in a psychotically endless and deadly labyrinth. Written and directed by The Vicious Brothers, Grave Encounters, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, takes the found footage horror genre to a terrifying new level. Appearing on stage: The Vicious Brothers.

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil –Tucker and Dale are two best friends on vacation at their dilapidated mountain house, who are mistaken for murderous backwoods hillbillies by a group of obnoxious, preppy college kids. When one of the students gets separated from her friends, the boys try to lend a hand, but as the misunderstanding grows, so does the body count. Tucker & Dale Vs Evil has been a hit on the festival circuit, debuting at Sundance, and winning the Midnight Audience Award at SXSW, the Jury Prize for First Feature at Fantasia, the Best Director award at Fantaspoa, and the Best Motion Picture Award at Sitges. Confirmed panelists include Eli Craig, Alan Tudyk, and Tyler Labine.
Hall H
Tags:  Horror and Suspense | Humor & Satire | Movies

7:00-8:00 UDON and the Art of Comic and Game Design— Representatives from UDON share their trade secrets, learned from working with a host of different comics and game companies over the past 10 years. Take a tour of winning design elements through UDON’s vast portfolio of works, and get ready for special announcements of which comics, manga, artbooks, and video game properties they’ll be working on next. Featuring Jim Zubkavich (Skullkickers), Jeffrey Cruz (RandomVeus), Long Vo (Inception), and Matt Moylan (Mega Man Tribute). Room 4
Tags:  Anime & Manga | Comics | Games

7:00-8:00 Teching Out with NCIS: LA— With a hot young cast and high-stakes adventures, it’s no secret why 18 million fans tune in each week to watch the agents of NCIS: Los Angeles go undercover to protect national security. Utilizing some of the most advanced technologies available today, NCIS: LA offers a stunning window into the world of constant surveillance. In this panel, fans will be treated to a behind-the-scenes look at how the series uses some of the coolest and immersive technologies available today, as well as how the cast has used technology and social media in their own personal lives to connect to their fans. Creator and executive producer Shane Brennan, actor LL Cool J, and other NCIS: LA cast members explain what’s real, what’s not, and what’s next for season three. Room 6BCF
Tags:  Action/Adventure | Television

7:00-8:00 Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts— Get a first look at the upcoming feature-length documentary chronicling the life and work of one of comics’ greatest writers, Warren Ellis. The film features extensive interviews with Ellis himself, as well as with key collaborators, and reveals the inextricable links between Ellis’s life, work, and philosophy. Moderated by executive producer F. J. De Santo (The Spirit), the panel features director Patrick Meaney (Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods), DP/producer Jordan Rennert (Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods), and a special guest! Room 7AB
Tags:  Comics | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy

7:00-8:00 What’s Up with Penguin— Anne Sowards (executive editor, Ace/Roc), Jessica Wade (senior editor, Ace/Roc), and Erin Dempsey (director of trade marketing, Penguin Young Readers Group) give you the dish on forthcoming books from such exciting authors and licensed properties as Jim Butcher, Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, S. M. Stirling, Rachel Caine, Heather Brewer, Richelle Mead, Kathy Reichs, John Flanagan, and many others. You can expect lots of giveaways you won’t see anywhere else at the convention, including free advance reading copies! Room 9
Tags:  Horror and Suspense | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Writers & Writing

7:00-8:00 Making Genre Movies from the Pen Up— Do you want to know how genre movies are conceived, selected, developed, and produced? Do you have an idea for a film that you would like to do yourself? This panel of genre movie makers will cover the main steps: how to come up with a salable idea (including “mockbusters” and the next “mega” franchise), what the process is to develop a story into a script, and what you need for a successful low-budget genre shoot (including special makeup effects, past celebrities with B-movie star potential, and how to market as you go). Moderator Eric Forsberg (Alien Abduction, Snakes on a Train, Mega Piranha) is joined by panelists Tom Devlin (special makeup effects artist), Griff Furst (creative director for Active Entertainment), Karen Goodman (stage director, film producer, Night of the Dead, Torture Room), and Christopher Olen Ray (son of famed filmmaker Fred Olen Ray, director, Mega Conda, Almighty Thor) to show clips and trailers and engage in a Q&A. Room 23ABC
Tags:  Movies | Seminars & Workshops | Writers & Writing

7:00-8:00 Sushi Girl— Sushi Girl chronicles the story of five friends who reunite six years after a diamond-job-gone-wrong to eat sushi off a naked girl. Sure enough, the thieves can’t help opening old wounds in an attempt to find their missing loot, and all mayhem ensues. This film marks the return to the big screen for Mark Hamill (Star Wars) and Noah Hathaway (Neverending Story) and also features cast members Tony Todd (Candy Man), James Duval (Donnie Darko), Andy Mackenzie (Shoot ‘Em Up), David Dastmalchian (The Dark Knight), and Cortney Palm (Sunday Morning High). The legendary Sonny Chiba (Kill Bill) also stars. Kern Saxton (Deader Living Through Chemistry) directed and co-wrote with Destin Pfaff (Millionaire Matchmaker). Producers Neal Fischer (Fight Club) and Suren Seron (Forever Plaid) and moderator Ted Stryker (KROC) round out the panel. Meet the entire cast and creators and witness the world premiere of the official trailer, followed by Q&A session. Room 25ABC
Tags:  Action/Adventure | Humor & Satire | Movies

7:30-8:30 Death Valley— MTV brings the unique marriage of horror and comedy together with this new series. Join members of the ensemble cast, including Caity Lotz (Mad Men), Tania Raymonde (Lost), Bryan Callen (The Hangover), Bryce Johnson (Sleeping Dogs Lie), Texas Battle (Final Destination 3), and Charlie Sanders (Funny or Die), along with showrunner/executive producer Eric Weinberg (Californication, Scrubs), director Drew Daywalt (Bedfellows), executive producer/director Austin Reading (Spike TV’s Scream Awards, FEARnet), executive producer Julie Kellman Reading, and co-executive producer Spider One, in a discussion about the challenges of bringing the comedy and horror genres together and how the team involved in the series bring all the elements of what they know best to the series. Fans will get an exclusive first look at an upcoming episode. Q&A session to follow! Room 5AB
Tags:  Horror and Suspense | Humor & Satire | Television

7:30-8:30 The Science of Zombies: How Possible Is a Zombie Virus?— The top creative minds behind the acclaimed and highly anticipated Dead Island role-playing video game and an esteemed medical professional in the field of brain research and brain disease explore the pop culture fascination with the zombie genre as a whole and how creative talent is harnessing medical science to define and explore horror entertainment in more realistic (and therefore more frightening and engaging) ways. Room 8
Tags:  Games | Horror and Suspense

7:30-8:30 Lost Girl— Supernatural seductress Bo is a succubus who feeds off sexual energy. Having survived for years alone, she now discovers she is one of the Fae, creatures of legend who pass as humans. Unwilling to chose sides, Bo forges her own path between the human and Fae worlds, embarking on a mission to unlock the secrets of her origin. Join star Anna Silk (Ghost Whisperer); actor Emmanuelle Vaugier (Saw II), who guest stars as The Morrigan, the head of the Dark Fae clan; and the production team behind the series, Jay Firestone, executive producer (Andromeda, Mutant X) and Michelle Lovretta (Mutant X), as they discuss this exciting new show coming soon to SyFy! Room 24ABC
Tags:  Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

7:45-8:45 Klingon Lifestyles Presentation— When a diplomatic mission to Bajor goes awry, the crew of the IKV Stranglehold find themselves going through the looking glass to a world that is different from what they know. All life forms and alien cultures are welcome to the latest episode in the ongoing adventures of life aboard the Klingon vessel Stranglehold. Room 6A
Tags:  Costuming | Fandom | Science Fiction & Fantasy

8:00-9:00 ElfQuest: A Fan Imagining from the Woods to the Web— Go behind the scenes with the cast and crew of ElfQuest: A Fan Imagining as they examine the changing landscape of fan fiction, social media, and the web. Moderator and cast member Taryn Southern (Battle: Los Angeles) chats with creators Paula Rhodes (A Good Knight’s Quest) and Stephanie Thorpe (Gold: Night of the Zombie King) about their initial Twitter inspiration, their crowdsourcing campaign, and the overwhelming fan response. Wendy and Richard Pini (ElfQuest creators) will be sharing exclusive, never-before-seen ElfQuest art and news from the eagerly anticipated Final Quest. Meet cast members Cathy Baron (In Time), Jamie Blair (What’s Trending), Traycee King (He’s Just Not That Into You), Casey McKinnon (A Comicbook Orange), Shannon Nelson (Drop Dead Gorgeous), Taryn O’Neill (Compulsions), Jessica Rose (Lonelygirl15), and Shanrah Wakefield (Oz Girl). One lucky audience member will win a pair of Pini-autographed elf ears from the production! Room 4
Tags:  Comics | Fandom | Science Fiction & Fantasy

8:00-9:00 Reign of the Dinosaurs— In 2010, a group of the world’s best dinosaur illustrators and animators gave Comic-Con fans a rare behind-the-scenes look at the artistic development of the Discovery Channel series Reign of the Dinosaurs (working title). The creative team returns to show off just how far their jaw-dropping animation and storytelling have come since last year’s storyboarding and early animation phase. Set to premiere this fall, the series will reset the standard for immersive, inside-out dinosaur storytelling, giving an insiders’ view into the private lives and strange behaviors of dinosaurs, with a narrative technique as revolutionary as the science it documents. Panelists include executive producer/co-director Erik Nelson (Cave of Forgotten Dreams), director David Krentz (Disney’s Dinosaur), artist Ricardo Delgado (Dark Horse Comics’ Age of Reptiles), and others. Room 6DE
Tags:  Animation | Art and Illustration | Television

8:00-9:30 The Totally Rad Show: Live— Hosts Alex Albrecht (Diggnation), Dan Trachtenberg, and Jeff Cannata (Weekend Confirmed, Reviews on the Run) bring their Webby and Podcast Award-winning geek culture show back to Comic-Con for the fourth straight year. Join the guys for an explosion of movie, video game, TV, and comic book news and reviews, and see what makes this Revision3 show such an Internet phenomenon. Room 7AB
Tags:  Comics | Fandom | Games | Movies | Television | Web

8:00-9:00 geekEd: Bringing Geek Back to Higher Education— A panel of college professionals, including Alex Belisario (UC Santa Cruz), Alfred Day (Semester at Sea), Ryan McRae (CSU San Marcos), Tyler Miller (Fresno State), and Emily Sandoval (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo), discuss how geek culture and college life can enhance one another. Learn how colleges can reach out to geeks, how geeks can use their identities to increase college success, and what partnerships are being formed between colleges and pop culture. If you are an industry or marketing professional, work at college, go to college, or desire to do any of those, this panel is for you! Room 9
Tags:  Fandom

8:00-10:00 World Premiere: Batman: Year One— Warner Home Video, Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation proudly present the World Premiere of Batman: Year One, the highly anticipated next entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. Based on the landmark 1987 DC Comics titles from 12-time Eisner Award winner Frank Miller and illustrator David Mazzucchelli, Batman: Year One depicts young Bruce Wayne’s return to Gotham City in his first attempts to fight injustice as a costumed vigilante. The playboy billionaire chooses the guise of a giant bat to combat crime, creates an early bond with a young Lieutenant James Gordon (who is already battling corruption from inside the police department), inadvertently plays a role in the birth of Catwoman, and helps bring down a crooked political system that infests Gotham. When the film ends, stay in your seats for a lively panel discussion amongst voice cast members Ben McKenzie (Southland), Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), executive producer Bruce Timm (DCU films), directors Lauren Montgomery (Superman/Batman: Apocalypse) and Sam Liu (All-Star Superman), and casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano (DCU films). Moderator Gary Miereanu will offer a first glimpse into the 2012 DC Universe Animated Original Movies slate, give away some exclusive prizes to inquisitive audience members, and quite possibly introduce a few surprise guests. Warner Home Video will distribute Batman: Year One on Blu-ray and DVD, OnDemand and For Download on October 18, 2011. Ballroom 20
Tags:  Animation | Comics | Superheroes

8:00-9:00 Del Rey/Spectra— Del Rey/Spectra editors Betsy Mitchell, Anne Groell, and Tricia Pasternak, along with author Kevin Hearne (The Iron Druid Chronicles) present a look at current and upcoming titles and a first glimpse at George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones comic. Room 23ABC
Tags:  Comics | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Writers & Writing

8:00-11:00 Hall H and Ballroom 20 Friday Panel Playback— Didn’t get into either Hall H or Ballroom 20 today? We feel your pain! In this three-hour block, Comic-Con rebroadcasts some of the day’s popular panels from those two giant rooms. Best of all, those in attendance will get to vote on what they want to see. It’s democracy at its finest and it’s a second chance to see these panels. (Please note: these playbacks will include only the panel discussions. None of the film clips or footage shown at the live events will be shown here.) Room 25ABC
Tags:  Movies | Television

8:30-9:30 The Aquabats Super Show— The Aquabats continue on their never-ending quest to right wrongs, destroy boredom, and seek justice for all as they invade their first-ever Comic-con panel! All the Aquabats — MC Bat Commander, Crash McLarson, Jimmy the Robot, Ricky Fitness, and Eagle Bones Falconhawk — will address their legions of fans with insights on their long-awaited new series coming this fall to The Hub TV Network. Attendees will have a chance to win tickets to the Aquabats concert on Saturday night! All followed by a Q&A. Room 5AB
Tags:  Animation | Television

8:30-9:30 Showcasing the Best in Korean Comics— Jongmin Shin (Demian) moderates a panel with Korea’s most renowned and acclaimed comic book creator Hyun Se Lee (Armageddon) and media scholar Professor Chang Wan Han, as they introduce the best and latest trends in Korean comics. They will also give an exclusive world premiere of their latest productions. Room 8
Tags:  Comics


8:30-11:30 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards— The 23rd annual Eisner Awards, the “Oscars” of the comics industry, will be given out at a gala ceremony at the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront. The master of ceremonies is Bongo Comics’ Bill Morrison. Segment hosts include writer/actors Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Reno 911, Balls of Fury, Night at the Museum) and comedian/voice actor Phil LaMarr (Futurama, Family Guy, MadTV). Presenters include CCI special guests Anina Bennett and Paul Guinan, Walt and Louise Simonson, and Filipino cartoonist (and viral video star) Gerry Alanguilan, as well as Eisner nominees Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez, and Ian Boothby, with many more to be announced. Other prestigious awards to be given out include the Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award, the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Bill Finger Excellence in Comic Book Writing Award, and the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award. Admission to the Eisners is free to all Comic-Con attendees — just be sure to bring your badge. Doors open for pro and VIP seating at 7:30 and for attendees at 8:15. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Tags:  Awards Ceremonies | Comics

9:00-11:00 Syfy Screening: Eureka, Haven, and Mercury Men— Imagine Greater with fellow fans during an advanced preview screening of the next all-new episode of Eureka, followed by a special presentation of an all-new Haven. And be sure to stick around for the exclusive premiere of the new digital series The Mercury Men. Introductions by Eric Balfour (Duke, Haven). Room 6A
Tags:  Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

9:00-10:00 Worst Cartoons Ever— Jerry Beck (Cartoon Brew) once again compiles a new selection of the most terribly written, ugliest drawn, and unintentionally funniest animated films ever made. Cartoons include Mighty Mr. Titan (a physical fitness superhero) and Super President (a one-man weapon of mass destruction)! Room 6BCF
Tags:  Animation | Fandom | Humor & Satire

9:15-10:15 Locke & Key FOX Pilot Screening Encore— Second screening added due to demand! The most talked-about pilot not on the fall schedule was the FOX production of Locke & Key. This screening of the entire pilot will show you just what a void there will be on your TV this fall. Watch the special filmed adaptation of “Welcome to Lovecraft” and see the Eisner-nominated comic brought to life. Room 6DE
Tags:  Comics | Horror and Suspense | Television

9:30-10:30 Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Crackle.com: Issues— Josh Cooke (Better With You), Matt Oates (Wasted) and Greg Grunberg (Heroes) discuss the hilarious, uncensored series from Crackle.com. Issues follows a disgruntled psychologist (Cooke), who has to deal with the bizarre neuroses and psychoses of his unique clientele — animated superheroes. Created by Cooke and Oates, featuring Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), Seth Green (Family Guy), Eddie Kaye Thomas (American Pie), Ron Livingston (Office Space), Greg Grunberg (Heroes) and Rob Riggle (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) as the superhero voices, Issues is an entertaining take on the therapy driven world in which we live. Join Josh, Matt and Greg for a dynamic discussion and Q&A session on the series! Room 7AB
Tags:  Animation | Comics | Humor & Satire | Superheroes | Television | Web

10:00-12:00 Spike & Mike’s Sick and Twisted— The venerable duo Spike & Mike present for your crude and vulgar pleasure The Gauntlet of Sick and Twisted Animation. Vote on the new Sick & Twisted films…love them or hate them! Throw your inhibitions out the window and see the craziest, sickest, brain-slapping animated shorts the world has to offer. Highlights this year include a new Happy Tree Friends episode, Daisy, The Pig Farmer (a true masterpiece by one of the creators of Ren & Stimpy), and Bloody Date from Japan. Trevor Groth, director of programming at the Sundance Film Festival says, “The notoriety of Spike and Mike has caused them to be dubbed the kings of tasteless toons by animation industry giants.” Room 6BCF
Tags:  Animation

10:15-12:00 Encore Screening: Batman: Year One— Warner Home Video, Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation offer a second opportunity to see Batman: Year One, along with a chance to see a few special Comic-Con exclusive trailers for upcoming Warner Bros. films, videogames, and Blu-ray/DVD releases. Ballroom 20
Tags:  Action Figures – Toys – Collectibles | Animation | Comics | Games | Movies | Superheroes

Geppi and museum profiled

The Baltimore City Paper has a in-depth profile of Diamond owner Steve Geppi and his struggling but amazing museum:

Resentment against Geppi runs deep in some sectors of the comics industry, mostly by small presses whose books’ demand doesn’t meet the $425 minimum order necessary to secure distribution by Diamond, but also by enthusiasts who blame the decline in readership on the prominence of the direct market. When comics largely stopped being sold at newsstands, these critics charge, they stopped being impulse buys for kids and became collectibles for an increasingly closed market of adult readers who wanted the same-old superhero stories, squelching innovation among publishers not willing to risk unfamiliar material on a shrinking audience, which led to further specialization and finally the ghettoization of comics as the pablum of a geeky subculture. Add to that the considerable infusion of cash Geppi has injected into the collectibles market (he’s famously offered $1 million for a near-mint copy, should it materialize, of Action Comics No. 1) and you’ve got the recipe for a serious case of sour grapes among enthusiasts who resent the shift from comics as a living art form to a precious commodity. Seen in that light, a cynic might regard the preserved comics proudly lining the walls of the Geppi’s Entertainment Museum as akin to a big-game hunter’s wall of trophies of a species they’ve successfully hunted out of existence.

“Find something you love and then do it for the rest of your life.”

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While we were looking at a few galleries of costumes this past Halloween, we noticed a few folks dressed as Team Zissou from THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH TEAM ZISSOU. This made us happy, because it shows that this is well on its way to being a cult movie. We’ve mentioned how much we love it a few times here at The Beat, but just for the record, we love it. Like many movies that combine drollery with adventure for satire — think STARSHIP TROOPERS — THE LIFE AQUATIC has been greatly misunderstood, and it’s a real love it or hate it proposition. It’s awesome reading the comments at IMDb:

This movie was not funny. It was not interesting. The characters were not believable. The effects weren’t very special. The script is one which should never have been read and accepted by anyone other than actors who are desperate for work. No producer in his right mind should have thrown away money on this project. My wife gave up and went to bed after the first 35 minutes. I stopped watching after the first hour. After Lost In Translation and this dud…it will be a long time before I watch anything else with Bill Murray in it. Big surprise…even with a meager $25 million budget the movie couldn’t break even at the box office.


Page after page of people who can’t accept magic realism.

1E 1 BIn case you have never seen THE LIFE AQUATIC, it follows Steve Zissou, a Jacques Cousteau-like oceaongrapher, played by Bill Murray, as he makes a new movie. The movie is about Zissou”s quest for the great leopard shark that ate his long time partner Esteban. In his quest Zissou is accompanied by team Zissou, a ragtag bunch of multi-national divers/movie makers played by folks like Willem Dafoe and Noah Taylor; a fellow named Ned Plimpton, played by Owen Wilson, who may be Zissou’s illegitimate son by a long ago tryst, and a nosy reporter, played by Cate Blanchett, who was five months pregnant when she filmed the movie — so her character is, too. There’s also Steve’s estranged wife, played by Anjelica Huston, who is the brains of the outfit, and a bond company stooge (Bud Cort) and an arch-enemy (Jeff Goldblum) and pirates and a three-legged dog and much more.

The movie has laughs, adventure, turtles and tragedy. The score is by Mark Mothersbaugh, although another character spends the movie singing David Bowie songs in Portuguese. Henry Selick contributed some random and bizarre animations. The last shot of the film is a direct homage the the ending of BUCKAROO BANZAI, so you know I loved that.

Anyway, it seems you can still buy some Team Zissou merch on the web– t-shirts and the like. For myself, I would most like the Hotel Citroen t-shirt, the long ago logo of a one time four star resort destroyed in a monsoon on the far off Ping Islands, according to the film. THE LIFE AQUATIC is mostly about growing older, and not living up to your legend, but then finding out you don’t have to if you find something you really love doing. It’s a very sweet movie that I can watch over and over again, and I’m glad there are other Team Zissou cultists out there, too.