SDCC ’16: All the Friday panels from Marvel Now to My Little Pony to Young Animal

The_Comics_Beat_Sponsor_web_banner

day2sdcc16.jpg

Here you go! Keep eating that trail mix! We ‘ll have a highlights version of this later but for now just feel the wonder.

 

JULY 22 • FRIDAY

 

Fresh Start

9:30am –  10:15am

Room 19

 

FOR RETAILERS ONLY. Get your day at Comic-Con off to a great start with ComicsPRO – the comics specialty retailer trade association. Retailers, publishers, and distributors are welcome to kick off their convention day with colleagues, coffee, bagels, and conversation. Bring your business card!

 

Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailing Award Video Parade

9:30am –  11:45am

Room 19

FOR RETAILERS ONLY. Joe Ferrara (Atlantis Fantasyworld, CA), the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award facilitator, presents a look at videos of this year’s retailer award finalists. Engaging discussion about each nominated retailer, the store’s display techniques, and other unique features every attending retailer can learn from. Steal some great ideas for your store here! The video display is 30 minutes long and will play on a loop.

 

Comic Creator Connection All-Stars

10:00am –  11:00am

Room 23ABC

The Comic Creator Connection (CCC) is Comic-Con’s premier networking event that brings together writers and artists who are searching for their creative counterparts. This “All-Star” panel spotlights some of the latest teams coming out of the CCC and their newest creations. Hosts Douglas Neff and Corey Rothermel (authors of Epic Win! The Geek’s Guide to the Journey from Fan to Creator) will focus the discussion on how each team built a successful creative partnership, from their first handshake to their first draft to their first sale. This year’s panelists include Dylan Davison, Jasper Korneitchouk, and Renatus Tao (Jack the Hunted), Alberto Veloso andMichelle Pengson (Virtues & Vices), Alberto Veloso and Victor “Mikey” Torres (Visions), and Jeff Rider andMichael Dorman (Major Holmes & Captain Watson)If you want to know how to create comics with another person, don’t miss out on this collection of practical advice and hard-earned wisdom from the industry’s newest published comic book creators!

Cosplay Makeup 101

10:00am –  11:00am

Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

 

Perfect your cosplay by having great makeup to go with it. This panel covers beauty makeup, appliance application, special fx makeup, sculpting, molding, casting, and wig styling. Dawn Banks (Makeup By Siryn, Batgirl Spoiled lead makeup designer), Ashley Troub (The Nerdist, winning look SDCC Her Universe fashion show), Kelton Ching (SDCC 2014 Apocalypse makeup demo, Blizzcon 2015 4th place winner), Keaghlan Ashley (Face Off, makeup design on Severus Snape and the Marauders), and Chrissy Lynn (Super Power Beat Down’s Darth Maul, League of Steam’s White Wolf) will answer your questions about makeup to match your costuming and cosplay, including tips and tools of the trade. Moderated by cosplayer Mac Beauvais (Monstrous Makeup Manuals 1 & 2 model, actress in The Gloaming).

 

Geek Girls & Catbirds

10:00am –  11:00am

Room 25ABC

 

Comics professionals come together to discuss their unique contributions to their beloved medium in this star-studded panel. Topics include creating engaging characters with Margaret Atwood (Angel Catbird), transitioning from artist to writer/artist with Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), and going from Kickstarting to book deal with Hope Nicholson (The Secret Loves of Geek Girls). Sure to be a great panel for the budding cartoonist eager to explore the craft of making comics!

 

Inside The Big Bang Theory Writers’ Room

10:00am –  11:00am

Ballroom 20

 

The Big Bang Theory writers return to San Diego to take you inside the biggest moments of season 9, and behind the scenes of TVs #1 comedy! From the wedding to the baby news to Shamy’s big night, find out what goes into making the hit series each week and how the writers keep things fresh after more than 200 episodes. The show’s executive producers and writers take you inside the writers’ room for a lively discussion and special video presentation. From Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television, The Big Bang Theory returns for season 10 this fall airing Mondays at 8/7c on CBS. The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Ninth Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 13.

 

Keeping it Short: Short Form Comics

10:00am –  11:00am

Room 28DE

 

Kate Beaton (Step Aside Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection), Emily Carroll (Through the Woods), and Lisa Hanawalt (Hot Dog Taste Test) are three of the most critically acclaimed cartoonists working today. All three are masters of the short form, imbuing great narrative depth into a few panels or a few pages of comics. Beaton, Carroll, Hanawalt and Abraham Riesman (associate editor of Vulture) will discuss how keeping things short can make for great stories.

 

Love in the Time of YA

10:00am –  11:00am

Room 32AB

 

A lovely discussion of writing romance for teen fiction with a panel of experts including Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds series, The Passenger series), Andrea Cremer (The Nightshade trilogy,Conjurer’s Riddle), Kate Elliot (Court of Fives), Kami Garcia (The Beautiful Creatures series, The Lovely Reckless), Amy Tintera(Ruined), and Brenna Yovanoff (Places No One Knows). Moderated by Mary E. Pearson (The Jenna Fox Chronicles, The Remnant Chronicles).

 

Marvel: Civil War II

10:00am –  11:00am

Room 6DE

 

The biggest event of the year, Civil War II, is under way and the Marvel Universe is reeling from the shocking events! Learn more about what’s to come with editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, director of content & character development Sana Amanat, and Marvel talent scout Rickey Purdin, as well as Sanford Greene (Power Man and Iron Fist), Matthew Rosenberg (Civil War II: Kingpin), David Walker (Power Man and Iron Fist), and G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel).

 

Queer Representation in All-Ages and Youth Media

10:00am –  11:00am

Room 4

 

Many people have dismissed queer content as adult content inappropriate for kids. However, as we’ve seen in the popularity and successes of Legend of KorraSteven Universe, and Lumberjanes, LGBTQIA+ characters and storylines can resonate with young audiences. Moderator Dylan Edwards (Valley of the Silk Sky) leads as a discussion with Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes), James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, The Backstagers),Paige Braddock (Stinky CecilPeanutsJane’s World), Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim), and Josh Trujillo(Adventure TimeLove Machines) about how we can better include healthy representation and how to make it standard practice.

 

Spotlight on Bjo and John Trimble

10:00am –  11:00am

Room 9

 

Bjo (legendary art show and costume contest organizer) and John (Equicon chair, long time SF fan) discuss their 1967 Save Star Trek campaign, their viewpoints on Star Trek today, and how cosplay grew from early costume activities. Moderated by Maggie Thompson (Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award winner and Comic-Con blogger).

 

Spotlight on Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

10:00am –  11:00am

Room 29AB

 

Moderator Alex Segura (crime novelist and Archie writer) conducts a freewheeling discussion with acclaimed comic book writer, playwright, and screenwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, spotlighting his time at Archie Comics, including the creation of the hit Afterlife with Archie and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comics and writing other beloved comic book properties like the Fantastic Four; his prolific television (Glee, Supergirl), theatrical (American Psycho, Spider-Man on Broadway), and movie (Carrie and Town that Dreaded Sundown remake) work; and the upcoming Riverdale TV series from the CW.

 

Star Wars: The Science Awakens

10:00am –  11:00am

Room 7AB

 

Could Lightsabers ever be a reality? How would Starkiller Base work in the real world? Which droid would NASA select for a real mission? Fon Davis (production designer, Star Wars Movies), Kim Steadman (NASA engineer, Mars Science Lab), Kieran Dickson (editor, Outerplaces), Travis Langley (editor, Star Wars Psychology), Steve Huff (fight choreographer), and moderator Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia) break down the science behind a galaxy far far away, field your burning questions and give away a prize or two.

 

Comic-Con Film School 102

10:00am –  11:00am

Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

 

Day 2 of this four-day course on micro-budget moviemaking 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 include Valerie Perez (producer/star, Paula Perilseries), Vera Vanguard (producer, The Building of Good and Evil), Nick Murphy (writer/director, Pizza and Bullets), Jack Conway (producer, Machinima ETC), and Sean Rourke (writer, Ballistica.)

 

Comic-Con How-To: Plot Structure 2 The Tools of Plotting

10:00am –  11:15am

Room 2

 

People have been telling stories for thousands of years, and during that time all the tools you need to create compelling, well-thought-out stories have been created. In this class, award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake introduces you to many of these tools in a way that will stoke your creativity, keeping you motivated, and organized as you move through the creation of your own story. This is part two of this class.

 

The Black Panel

10:00am –  11:30am

Room 5AB

 

Wayne Brady (actor, producer), Karen Hunter (The Karen Hunter Show, Karen Hunter Publishing, Pulitzer Prize winner), Rosalind Alexander-Kasparik (Recall & Given), and Tomiya Gaines (the perfect $20 date) are the 2016 Black Panel. This year’s presidential election has seen much attention focused on race. There is a sea change in the air and creators of color, and their fans will feel it soon if they haven’t already. It’s a new start to the famed Black Panel and as always a surprise guest or two may join the fray.

 

The Giant’s Dream: Documentary Screening & Chat with Brad Bird

10:00am –  11:30am

Room 24ABC

 

From hundreds of hours of archival footage and myriad modern-day interviews comes a documentary that puts an in-depth spotlight on the beloved 1999 animated film The Iron Giant Director Brad Bird (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, The Incredibles, Ratatouille) will lead a discussion following a final cut screening of this fascinating documentary that examines the intricate, behind-the-scenes details of the creative process in bringing this critically acclaimed film to the big screen. Author Ramin Zahed moderates.

 

Local Comic Shop Day

10:15am –  11:00am

Room 18

 

FOR RETAILERS ONLY. ComicsPRO introduces Local Comic Shop Day! What is it? When is it? And why is it? LCSD is a day to celebrate comics and the local comic shops that are the backbone of the comics industry. Be here for the launch of this new event that puts the spotlight on local comic shops!

 

Cartoon Network: Steven Universe

10:15am –  11:45am

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

 

Cartoon Network is bringing together the talents of Steven Universe for a first-of-its-kind live musical experience for fans at San Diego Comic-Con! The series cast and musical minds behind Steven Universe will give a never-before-seen performance of the series’ critically acclaimed music, as well as exclusive previews from upcoming episodes and an extended Q&A. Scheduled to appear are Steven Universe gems Rebecca Sugar (creator), Jeff Liu (writer and storyboard artist), Zach Callison (voice of Steven), Estelle (voice of Garnet), Michaela Dietz(voice of Amethyst), Deedee Magno Hall (voice of Pearl), Charlyne Yi (voice of Ruby), and Ben Levin (writer), accompanied by series composers Aivi Tran and Steven “Surasshu” Velema and moderated by former supervising director Ian Jones-Quartey.

 

Halo Wars 2: Know Your Enemy

10:15am –  11:15pm

Room 6BCF

 

343 Industries and special guests reveal the process, the pain, and the pleasure of bringing the long awaited sequel to life on PC and console, and the exciting future of the storied franchise. Exclusive video, discussion, and surprises await. Special guest stars include legendary voice actor John DiMaggio (Halo Wars 2, Futurama, Adventure Time, Gears of War) and Halo newcomer Erika Soto as pivotal new characters, discussing video games, acting, and verisimilitude in the Halo universe.

 

Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion’s Con Man Panel

10:30am –  11:30am

Hall H

 

Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Powerless, Star Wars: Rogue One) and Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), along with P. J. Haarsma, Felicia Day, Nolan North, Mindy Sterling, and many more, discuss their wild ride with Comic-Con HQ on season 2 and the amazing friends and unforgettable fans who made season one possible. You can expect plenty of surprise guests, giveaways, and one very special sneak peek!

 

Intro to TV Writing

10:30am –  11:30am

Room 8

 

Moderator Spiro Skentzos (Grimm) is joined by some of today’s biggest TV writer/producers/executives, including Karen Horne (NBC) and others from your favorite genre shows, to discuss navigating the TV spec terrain, including beginner’s mistakes, what they look for in a writer, and what it takes for you to write a killer spec that will stand above the crowd. There will be a huge Q&A component, so bring your questions.

 

My Little Pony

10:30am –  11:30am

Room 6A

 

The cast and creatives behind My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and My Little Pony Equestria Girls share details of the making of the popular animated series. Fans will also get a sneak peek into the rest of season 6, the new My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree movie coming this Fall, and more, followed by a Q&A.

 

Comic Book Law School 202: Numbers

10:30am –  12:00pm

Room 30CDE

 

While almost every creator will tell you their greatest joy is in their acts of creation, none will argue that equally (or perhaps more) important is earning a living from their efforts. But commercializing creative works is fraught with peril unless you’re prepared. This second stage of the case study focusing on (fictional) author Fitzgerald Scott will concentrate on Scott’s efforts to commercialize his critically acclaimed new work, “Shylock Homer: The Sirens of the Baskervilles.” Noted attorney Michael Lovitz, author of the acclaimed The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, and IP and entertainment attorneys David Branfman and Terri Lubaroff present an interactive seminar tackling a group of more advanced issues facing creators (and the businesses that they work with) when marketing their properties and creative ideas, including: licenses and transfers of rights; key things to know when Hollywood comes knocking; publishing, manufacturing, merchandising, and distribution agreements; understanding key terms in contracts, assignments, and licenses; and (and time permitting) how Mrs. Fitzgerald Scott spouse may affect his contracts and licenses. Please note: The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and insights to practicing attorneys, as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. [This program is approved for 1.5 credits of California MCLE.]

 

Comics Arts Conference #5: Data-Driven Comics Research

10:30am –  12:00pm

Room 26AB

 

Recent work analyzing comics has turned to scientific methods. Neil Cohn (Tilburg University) will chair this panel discussing projects that annotate properties of comics from around the world, and discuss growing efforts for analyzing comics within the cognitive sciences. Then, presentations by Jessika Axner (University of California, San Diego) and Michaela Diercks (University of California, San Diego) will explore the differences between the structures found in comics from America, Japan, Hong Kong, and various European countries, such as France and Sweden. Finally, Nimish Pratha (University of California, San Diego) will describe how sound effects differ across genres of American comics and Japanese manga. Together, these presentations show the benefits of a data-driven, scientific approach to studying comics.

 

Publisher Best Practices

11:00am –  11:45am

Room 18

 

FOR RETAILERS ONLY. How can publishers be of more help to comic book specialty retailers? Marketing, Point of Sale promotional materials, FOC, those often-confounding variants, advertising, Diamond Previews, and other topics are on the table. Everyone wants to sell more comics, and this discussion will illuminate ways publishers can help retailers. ComicsPRO retailers present proactive ideas publishers can take for everyone to make more money.

 

Ben Hatke in Conversation with Patrick Rothfuss

11:00am –  12:00pm

Room 4

 

#1 New York Times Bestseller Ben Hatke (Mighty Jack) talks with renowned fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss(The Name of the Wind) about the creative lifestyle, how are books created, and what does creativity mean outside the writing and drawing process?

 

Cosplaying 102: Taking It To The Next Level and Beyond

11:00am –  12:00pm

Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

 

Catherine M. Fisher (award-winning costumer), Mike Schiffbauer (master prop maker and costumer), Bob Mogg (Steampunk expert extraordinaire), and Ryan Wells (internationally known costuming genius) pick up where Cosplaying 101 left off. They will discuss advanced costuming techniques such as sculpting, mold making, resin casting, FX makeup and more. Moderated by Melissa Gene Meyer (department assistant for the Masquerade with Comic-Con International).

 

di-VR-sity: Opportunities in VR/AR and Immersive Storytelling

11:00am –  12:00pm

Room 29AB

 

A stark contrast to the diversity issue currently facing mainstream entertainment, this panel will highlight many talented and diverse individuals who are making waves in virtual reality and augmented reality storytelling. These forward thinkers will discuss the emerging opportunities for women and other minority voices in this innovative medium. The panelists will also touch on the “state of VR” as an industry, including the trends and different approaches to content. The panel will culminate with tips for aspiring VR filmmakers and an audience Q&A.

 

Diversity in Comics: Indian Superheroes are Here

11:00am –  12:00pm

Room 32AB

 

Superstar creator and comic book legend Grant Morrison (18 Days, Avatarex) and leading Indian superhero creator and Graphic India co-founder Sharad Devarajan (Chakra The Invincible, Shadow Tiger) engage in a one-on-one session about globalization, east meets west, the new diversity and culture in comics, and the birth of Indian superheroes. Graphic India will also unveil new exciting projects coming out soon.

 

Events/Community Relationships for Comics and Librarians

11:00am –  12:00pm

Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library

 

Sven Larrson (VP of marketing, Papercutz), Betsy Gomez (editorial director, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund), and Lizette Serrano (director of library and educational marketing, Scholastic) explain how librarians can build programming to foster a love of graphic novels in their communities in a Q&A session moderated by Dawn Rutherford (teen services coordinator, Sno-Isle Libraries).

 

Image Comics: Defining New Worlds

11:00am –  12:00pm

Room 23ABC

 

Comics are capable of anything, if you give them a chance. Joe Harris and Kelly Fitzpatrick are creating near-future sci-fi in Snowfall, Chris Burnham showed us a vision of hellish horror in Nameless, and Steven Seagleand Jason Adam Katzenstein brought us an all-ages monster-themed coming-of-age tale in Camp Midnight.They create new worlds that readers fall into and love forever, and they share their expertise here.

 

Mattel’s DC Comics Collector Figures: The Rebirth of Multiverse

11:00am –  12:00pm

Room 25ABC

 

Mattel designers Bill Benecke, Steve Redinger, and Jason Langston, Four Horsemen Studios principles Jim Preziosi, Eric Treadaway, and Eric “Cornboy” Mayse, and Warner Bros. VP of global toys Julian Montoyadiscuss the design and creation of DC Comics Multiverse collector figures. Moderated by Daniel Pickett (Action Figure Insider).

 

Nobility: The Screening

11:00am –  12:00pm

Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

 

See Nobility, the long-awaited love note to sci-fi, and enjoy the heroes you’re not looking for, but the ones humanity needs! This star-studded action/adventure story in the vein ofFarscape and Doctor Who is the perfect mash-up of action, drama, and comedy. Created by E. J. De la Pena (Jingle All the Way), starring Walter Koenig (Star Trek), Doug Jones (Hellboy), Christopher Judge (Stargate SG-1), Darren Jacobs (Royal Shakespeare Company), Cas Anvar (Assassin’s Creed), Torri Higginson (Stargate Atlantis), Ellen Dublin(Lexx), Adrienne Wilkinson (Xena), Miracle Laurie (Dollhouse), Neil Kaplan (Voltron: Legendary Defender), and James Kyson (Heroes).

 

Publishers Weekly: Turning Your Ideas into Graphic Novels

11:00am –  12:00pm

Room 28DE

 

From life as a trashman to life as a Michael Jackson impersonator, there’s no topic graphic novels can’t cover. But how do creators shape their ideas into narratives that thrill and chill? Five of the best talk about their craft with PR‘s senior news editor Calvin Reid and an all-star lineup.

 

Star Wars Publishing

11:00am –  12:00pm

Room 7AB

 

Get the latest info on all the new books and comics set in a galaxy far, far away! Authors, artists, and editors from Del Rey, Disney-Lucasfilm Press, Marvel, and others discuss their upcoming stories and the future of Star Wars publishing. Moderated by Lucasfilm’s Michael Siglain.

 

The Official Aspen Comics Panel 2016

11:00am –  12:00pm

Room 9

 

Frank Mastromauro (publisher), Peter Steigerwald (co-owner), Vince Hernandez (vp/editor-in-chief), Mark Roslan (vp/director of design and production), Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), J.T. Krul (Aspen Universe: Revelations),Joshua Hale Fialkov (Aspen Universe: Revelations), Paolo Pantalena (Jirni), and Aspen creators will discuss upcoming titles and reveal projects for 2016 and beyond. The Aspen team will partake in a Q&A session with fans. All panel attendees will receive a gift courtesy of Aspen Comics.

 

Bezango, WA

11:05am –  12:50pm

Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

 

There are thousands of cartoonists and comic artists in the Seattle area. This film tells the tale of a few. It chronicles both the

 

past and present, featuring artwork, interviews, and festivals. Panelists

 

include Louise Amandes (co-director), Ron Austin (co-director), and Frank M.

 

Young (writer/colorist, Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song).

 

Bones

11:15am –  12:15pm

Ballroom 20

 

Come bid farewell to Bones. It’s the final Comic-Con Q&A for fan-favorites Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz,TJ Thyne, Michaela Conlin, Tamara Taylor, and John Boyd, as well as executive producers Jonathan Collierand Michael Peterson as they begin production on the 12th and last season of FOX’s long-running comedic procedural beloved by millions of fans around the world.

 

DC Suicide Squad: Most Wanted

11:15am –  12:15pm

Room 6DE

 

What is it about the tales of villainy that keep us interested and coming back for more? The DC Villains are in the spotlight as the creative teams behind Harley Quinn and Suicide Squad (Amanda Conner, Chad Hardin, Jim Lee, Jimmy Palmiotti, Philip Tan, and Rob Williams) are front and center. Come get a glimpse on how they make evil look so good!

 

Comic-Con How-To: Advanced Digital Inking Techniques

11:15am –  12:30pm

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 other programs like Manga Studio, that not only enhance comic applications but also make possible countless creative pen and ink opportunities rarely seen before.

 

Kramer’s Ergot and the Art of the Comic Anthology

11:30am –  12:30pm

Room 24ABC

 

Few anthologies have done as well a job of capturing modern cartooning and visual storytelling than theKramer’s Ergot series, edited and compiled by Sammy Harkham. Learn about the history behind the series, the process of wrangling over 15 artists, and the importance of anthologies in the comics medium, with contributorsJohnny Ryan, John Pham, Matt Groening, and Steven Weissman.

 

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: It’s Morphin Time

11:30am –  12:30pm

Room 5AB

 

In January, BOOM! Studios launched Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a new comic series based on Saban Brands’ hit ’90s live-action children’s TV series about a group of ordinary teenagers who “morphed” into superheroes to save the world from evil. Series writer Kyle Higgins, cover artist Goñi Montes, The Ongoing Adventures of Bulk and Skull writer Steve Orlando, editor Dafna Pleban, Saban Brands director of development and production Melissa Flores, and Saban Brands director of global consumer products Jason Bischoff talk about the series, the spinoff Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink, and the everlasting popularity of these “teenagers with attitude.” Moderated by stunt performer and actor, long-time Power Rangers superfan, and Blue Ranger on the current season of Power Rangers Dino Super Charge, Yoshi Sudarso. Plus everyone in attendance will receive a free Power Rangers item!

 

Resident Evil’s 20th Anniversary

11:30am –  12:30pm

Room 6BCF

 

Two decades have passed since survival horror fans first opened the ominous doors to the zombie-filled mansion. Celebrate this milestone for the iconic survival horror series by hearing from the team at Capcom on what’s in store for Resident Evil fans this year.

 

Tarzan on Screen and Page

11:30am –  12:30pm

Room 8

 

Jim Sullos (president, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.), Cathy Wilbanks (archivist, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.),Anna Kislevitz (head of licensing and merchandising, 41 Entertainment, producer, Tarzan and Jane), Dr. Harry Kloor (Hollywood writer, producer, director), Matthew Rhodes (producer, former president of Bold Films and Mandalay Pictures), and author Scott Tracy Griffin (Tarzan on Film) discuss upcoming releases featuring Edgar Rice Burroughs’s famous literary heroes, including the animated Netflix Original Series Tarzan and Jane, comics, novels, and more based on Tarzan of the Apes, Carson Napier of Venus, and The Land That Time Forgot.

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Return to New York

11:45am –  12:45pm

Room 6A

 

They traveled through time and space to save planet Earth and now the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles return home! Executive producers Ciro Nieli and Brandon Auman share sneak peeks at the epic adventures and new characters that await the turtles when they return to the streets of New York. On hand will be the extraordinary voice actors of theTMNT world: Rob Paulsen (Donatello), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo), Mae Whitman (April O’Neil), Eric Bauza (Tiger Claw) and Gwendoline Yeo (Shinigami). But that’s not all: Witness the world premiere of two never-before-seen TMNT animated shorts presented by TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman. Moderated byAndre Meadows (Black Nerd Comedy). Booyakabunga!

 

AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead

12:00pm –  1:00pm

Hall H

 

Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Lorenzo James Henrie, Mercedes Mason,and Colman Domingo join executive producer and showrunner Dave Erickson, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero in a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist,Talking Dead). The panel will discuss where the series left off in May’s finale and what to look forward to when it picks up in August. Join the panelists for a Q&A session and an official sneak preview of the second half of season 2.

 

CBLDF: Comics in the Courts

12:00pm –  1:00pm

Room 30CDE

 

Some of comics’ greatest clashes never appeared within the panels; they were decided by a gavel! CBLDF board member Dale Cendali, an intellectual property icon known for litigating high-profile cases (including in the Supreme Court), walks through the history of comics in the courts, examining some of the most important cases about such topics as the evolving nature of the protectability of characters, using real people to inspire characters, termination of rights, and other hot issues. Slides showing the nature of the works at issue will be used in the presentation.

 

Censorship of Kids Comics

12:00pm –  1:00pm

Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library

 

Censorship is affecting more comics than ever, especially comics made for young people. Recent months have seen attacks on award-winning books like This One Summer and Drama, as well as increased targeting of books by and about diversity. CBLDF editorial director Betsy Gomez leads a discussion with Gina Gagliano (First Second), and Carla Riemer (librarian, Claremont Middle School, Oakland, California) about what books are challenged, who’s affected, and what you can do stop the spread of censorship.

 

God is Disappointed in You 2: Apocrypha Now

12:00pm –  1:00pm

Room 32AB

 

It’s the second coming! Their first book,God Is Disappointed in You, was an irreverent yet faithful adaptation of the Bible that got everyone talking. Now, Mark Russell (Prez, The Flintstones) and Shannon Wheeler (The New Yorker, Too Much Coffee Man) are back with a follow-up book, Apocrypha Now, about the stories that didn’t make it into the Bible. Some of these stories were forgotten, some were suppressed, others were just too freaking weird for the Bible (and that’s saying something). Join these two holy heathens for a funny and fascinating tour of what the Bible didn’t tell you.

 

Hasbro Star Wars

12:00pm –  1:00pm

Room 7AB

 

Members of the Hasbro team discuss the popular Hasbro Star Wars line. Attendees will get an in-depth look at Hasbro’s latest action figure offerings. Word on the Holonet is there may also be a few surprises, including a special product reveal.

 

How to Build a Geek Brand

12:00pm –  1:00pm

Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

 

Do you dream of converting your nerd passion into a full-time career but feel overwhelmed with the next steps? Whether writing your first book, becoming a YouTube personality or creating an innovative product, the road to success can be filled with many obstacles and pitfalls. Join geek pros as they help you get started, discover some shortcuts, and inspire you to make an impact in pop culture. Panelists include Tony B. Kim (founder of Hero Within and Crazy4ComicCon.com), Sam Maggs (author,The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy and Wonder Women), and Andre Meadows (comedian on Black Comedy Nerd).

 

I’m from Another Dimension: Disney XD’s Star vs. the Forces of Evil

12:00pm –  1:00pm

Room 25ABC

 

Creator Daron Nefcy, creative director Dominic Bisignano, supervising director Aaron Hammersley, and series stars dive into the magical universe of Star vs. The Forces of Evil. Find out what is in the store for Star and her new wand this upcoming season. See exclusive clips from the shows, as well as an audience Q&A. The panel will also feature sneak peeks of new animated shows coming soon!

 

Mike Mignola

12:00pm –  1:00pm

Room 23ABC

 

Mike Mignola returns after the finale of his iconic creation Hellboy, star of comics, movies, and animation. Ask Mike and Chris Roberson (Hellboy and the BPRD 1953Witchfinder) about the Mignolaverse in this casual Q&A on what’s in store for the future of the Mignolaverse!

 

Space Command: Bold Adventures in the Far Reaches of Space

12:00pm –  1:00pm

Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

 

Science fiction Legend Marc Scott Zicree (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Twilight Zone Companion), Emmy-winning VFX genius Ron Thornton (Star Trek Voyager, Babylon 5) and sci-fi superstar members of the cast present the world premiere of the spectacular opening sequence of Space Command: Redemption, the epic adventure web series that spans 150 years of galactic history! Featuring the awesome cast: Doug Jones(Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth), Bill Mumy (Lost in Space, Twilight Zone), Bob Picardo (Star Trek Voyager, Total Recall), Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost), Bruce Boxleitner (Tron, Babylon 5), Mike Harney (Orange Is the New Black), Christina Moses (Containment), James Hong (Big Trouble in Little China), Faran Tahir (Star Trek), and worldwide Talent Search winners Ethan McDowell, Bryan McClure, and Sara Maraffino. With music by David Raiklen, plus a Q&A session and behind-the-scenes video.

 

Space Goat: Evil Dead 2 and Beyond

12:00pm –  1:00pm

Room 28DE

 

Evil Dead fans rejoice. The Ash vs Deadites adventures you want are being published by Space Goat. This visual presentation and lively discussion with Space Goat staff Dave Olbrich, Tom Mason, and Jacob Basclewill feature exclusive sneak peeks into the future ofEvil Dead 2 comics. Also meet the team behind award-winning Monster Elementary Nicholas Doan and Gwendolyn Dreyer, Space Goat’s newest all-ages graphic novel. Surprise guests! All things Space Goat Publishing, prepared just for you! Certified groovy!

 

Spotlight on Chester Brown

12:00pm –  1:00pm

Room 4

 

Chester Brown (Paying for ItLouis Riel) is one of the most successful and iconoclastic cartoonists working today. Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus continues his thoughts on sex work by retelling nine stories from Hebrew scriptures and the Christian New Testament. It is a New York Times bestseller that has received widespread critical acclaim. Brown will read from Mary Wept and Heidi MacDonald (The Beat, Publishers Weekly) will moderate a Q&A.

 

The British Invasion: Spirit of ’86

12:00pm –  1:00pm

Room 29AB

 

The British are coming! The British are coming! No, they’ve already arrived-and they’ve been the driving force of the comics scene for decades! In the anniversary year of the release of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’sWatchmen, moderator Leonard Sultana (An Englishman In San Diego) talks to Paul Levitz (former DC Comics president) and a panel of special guests about the recruitment of U.K. creative talent in the late-70s/mid-80s, the key titles of the period and their lasting impact on the comics landscape to this day.

 

The Dark Crystal’s World of Publishing

12:00pm –  1:00pm

Room 9

 

  1. M. Lee(author), Sierra Hahn(Archaia/BOOM! Studios), Rob Valois (Penguin Young Readers), and others will discuss the extremely creative and imaginative original young adult novels and graphic novels, delving into the magical world of Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal in a Q&A session moderated by Halle Stanford (The Jim Henson Company). Fans will also be treated to a screening of the winning “Dark Crystal Fan Film” submission.

 

Comics Arts Conference #6: Reading Comics

12:00pm –  1:30pm

Room 26AB

 

Arguing that the visual narrative nature of comics requires recognizing and understanding the function of pictures in the medium, R. C. Harvey (Perpendicular Pronoun Press) shows how words and pictures function to create the unique narrative form that is comics. Derek Heid (Temecula Valley High School) demonstrates how Matt Fraction’s Eisner Award-winning Hawkeye story, “Pizza Is My Business,” makes heavy use of symbol and abstract storytelling techniques to communicate the thought processes of a dog and can be used to teach students, specifically at the high school level, higher-order analysis of literature and literary technique. Samantha Jakobeit-Meaux (Georgia State University) examines Bec Doux et ses amis, a dual language Cajun French and English comic strip with Kevin Meaux (Georgia State University), the son of the strip’s illustrator Ken Meaux, to show how the strip subverts the established language/power dynamics of Louisiana speaking communities through the use of text placement, caricature, and trickster figures.

 

[adult swim]: Robot Chicken

12:15pm –  1:00pm

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

 

Perk up your feathers and lube your gears; the poultry posse’s back to show exclusive, never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes footage of their Emmy Award-winning series! Co-creator/EP Matthew Senreich, EP/co-head writer Tom Root, EP/co-head writer Doug Goldstein, actor/writer Breckin Meyer, and writer/director Tom Sheppard are joined by a very special guest: voice actor Donald Faison (Scrubs). Moderated by Keith Crofford, SVP of production for Adult Swim.

 

Comic-Con How-To: Guerilla Tactics for Sharing Your Art with the World

12:30pm –  1:30pm

Room 2

 

Subtle guerilla art tactics provide a way of sharing your vision with the world. It can be done for a variety of reasons: to make a political or personal statement, to share your ideas, or just for fun. Artist Lori Gordon will address what it means to make art when you don’t necessarily consider yourself an artist, and to make art without an interest in the final outcome.

 

Injustice 2 Sneak Peek

12:30pm –  1:30pm

Room 6DE

 

Get a Comic-Con International exclusive look at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s Injustice 2, the super-powered sequel to the hit game Injustice: Gods Among Us. The newest game in development from the award-winning NetherRealm Studios features the largest roster of DC super heroes and supervillains ever offered, allowing players to build and power up the ultimate version of their favorite DC characters. Battles will take place across arenas that have evolved in scale and span iconic locations, such as Metropolis, Gotham City, and Atlantis. Ed Boon (creative director, NetherRealm Studios, and co-creator of Mortal Kombat) and a stellar group of actors including George Newbern (Scandal) as Superman, Phil LaMarr (MadTV, Futurama) as Aquaman,Laura Bailey (Batman: The Telltale Series, Gears of War 4) as Supergirl, and possibly a few surprise panelists reveal exciting new gameplay and discuss new features and breakthrough customization aspects that expands on the previous title’s large-than-life showdown of DC superheroes and supervillains. Also to be discussed are the bestselling Digital First Comic, Injustice: Gods Among Us. Injustice 2 will be available for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One in 2017.

 

Marvel NOW!: Divided We Stand

12:30pm –  1:30pm

Room 5AB

 

With the effects of Civil War II being felt across the Marvel Universe, how will their heroes pick up the pieces and move on? Find out what’s in store for Marvel NOW! this fall with editor-in-chief Axel Alonso and director of content & character development Sana Amanat, as well as Jason Aaron (Mighty Thor), Ryan North(Unbeatable Squirrel Girl), David Walker (Nighthawk), Jim Zub (Thunderbolts), and other Mighty Marvel guests.

 

The 100 Special Video Presentation and Q&A

12:30pm –  1:30pm

Ballroom 20

 

Following the climatic events of the season finale, join The 100 as the critically acclaimed series returns to Comic-Con. ALIE has been defeated, and The City of Light destroyed, but The 100’s victory is bittersweet as a new threat comes into focus. With the clock ticking and Earth’s radiation levels rising, our heroes must put aside their differences to save what remains of humanity. Will The 100 go quietly into that good night, or will they find hope and faith in each other, as they face their darkest chapter yet? Be among the first to find out what’s in store for season 4. See a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series stars and producers. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Alloy Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, The 100 returns midseason with all-new episodes on The CW. The 100: The Complete Third Season will be available on DVD on July 19.

 

Walt Kelly and POGO

12:30pm –  1:30pm

Room 8

 

The greatest newspaper strip of all time? Some would call it that. Even if you aren’t one of them, you’ve gotta love the wit and whimsy of Walt Kelly’s magnum opus, Pogo, now receiving its first-ever complete reprinting in an Eisner Award-winning series from Fantagraphics Books. Remember this great artist with comics historianMaggie Thompson (Comics Buyer’s Guide), film critic Leonard Maltin, historian Michael Barrier, cartoonistScott Shaw!, Eric Reynolds (co-editor of the Complete Pogo series), and moderator Mark Evanier (Groo the Wanderer).

 

You Can Be the Next Scholastic Graphix Artist

12:30pm –  1:30pm

Room 24ABC

 

What does it take to be published by Scholastic’s Graphix imprint? Graphix editors David Saylor, Cassandra Pelham, and Adam Rau along with authors Jeff Smith, Raina Telgemeier, and Ru Xu, will tell you how. And stay tuned for a special announcement!

 

Shatner Singularity Universe: Exclusive Preview

12:45pm –  1:45pm

Room 6BCF

 

Creative teams will display art and video clips from upcoming digital and print graphic novel projects: William Shatner‘s War Chronicles cinematic graphic novel movie, Stan Lee‘s God Woke, Mariano Nicieza‘s Phazer Universe, and Tim Walsh‘s A Daze Work. Moderated by Jenna Busch, with Gary Laird and Scott Liggett.

 

AMC’s The Walking Dead

1:00pm –  2:00pm

Hall H

 

Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Chandler Riggs, Sonequa Martin-Green, Michael Cudlitz, Josh McDermitt, Ross Marquand, Christian Serratos, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan join executive producer and showrunner Scott M. Gimple, executive producer Robert Kirkman,executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero in a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist,Talking Dead). The panelists will discuss the shocking finale of season 6 and a sneak peek into season 7, debuting in October on AMC.

 

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Fighting Games 2016

1:00pm –  2:00pm

Room 25ABC

 

Katsuhiro Harada (TEKKEN series director), Michael Murray (senior producer at Bandai Namco Entertainment), and special guests discuss TEKKEN 7 for arcade, consoles, and PC, including upcoming TEKKEN merchandise, new game updates, and all things TEKKEN related. Also, a special discussion about the 20th anniversary of the Soulcaliber series of games! Moderated by fighting game community leader Mark “MarkMan” Julio.

 

Captain America: Civil War Screenwriting Q&A

1:00pm –  2:00pm

Horton Grand Theatre

 

Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (writers of Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: Winter Soldier) discuss the joys and challenges of adapting the beloved comic tale into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Backstory Magazine publisher Jeff Goldsmith (host of The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith podcast). Bring your questions!

 

CBLDF: State of Censorship 2016

1:00pm –  2:00pm

Room 30CDE

 

Although free expression is seen as a basic human right, censorship is rampant in the United States and around the world. CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein presents an overview of the censorship crises facing cartoonists in 2016, from the violence and legal prosecution occurring around the globe to domestic attacks on comics and young adult books in libraries and schools across the country. Learn how comics and books are being challenged and what you can do to fight back!

 

Comics for Impact: Changing Lives With Comics

1:00pm –  2:00pm

Room 29AB

 

Comics have an incredible but still largely untapped potential to both educate and edify. Meet some of the people who are trying to change that. Leigh Willis (behavioral scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention),Rebecca Thompson (Spectra the Laser Superhero), Tom Nugent (director of neurotechnology, new media, and training solutions at Intific), and Josh Elder (executive director of Reading With Pictures) will discuss their experiences in creating comics to address serious, real-world issues like mental health, disease prevention, STEM education, social change and more. Learn what they’re doing and learn how you can be part of the global Comics for Impact movement!

 

Dynamite Entertainment: The Female Perspective

1:00pm –  2:00pm

Room 4

 

It is no secret that Dynamite Entertainment has published some of the most iconic female characters in comics, from Vampirella to Red Sonja to the Warlord of Mars herself. Now, as the industry reaches a turning point in both creative and readership, the publisher brings together some of the brightest stars in comics to discuss the changing role of women on and off the page! Join comics superstars for a continuation of one of the most important discussions happening in the industry today.

 

From Fan to Pro on Fan-Favorites: True Tales of Legacy Professionals

1:00pm –  2:00pm

Room 9

 

More than any other industry, comics provide a unique opportunity for fans to become professionals and to work on the very things they loved as fans. Dinesh Shamdasani (Valiant), J. C. Vaughn (The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide), Melissa Bowersox (Geppi’s Entertainment Museum), Michael Polis (Captain Action), and Dan Braun (Creepy, Eerie) discuss and explore their “legacy” professional adventures on their fanboy and fangirl passions! Moderated by Ed Catto (Captain Action).

 

I Love that Song! Composing, Scoring and Singing Superhero Style

1:00pm –  2:00pm

Room 28DE

 

Renowned Emmy Award-winning composers and songwriters Michael McCuistion (Justice League Unlimited),Lolita Ritmanis (Spectacular Spider-Man), and Kristopher Carter (Batman Beyond) and producer and lyricistJames Tucker (Batman: The Brave and the Bold) show how they write the music and songs to some of DC and Marvel’s finest properties, including the making ofBatman the Brave and the Bold: The Music Meister, starring Neil Patrick Harris, and working alongside Mark Hamill onBatman: The Killing Joke. Be prepared to sing along, and hear a surprise guest or two lend their vocal talents live. Moderated by Anne Cecere of BMI and Chandler Poling of White Bear PR. A Q&A will follow the panel with fun giveaways for the participants.

 

Ice Age to Space Age Costumes: Designing for Film

1:00pm –  2:00pm

Room 23ABC

 

The Costume Designers Guild Local 892 members discuss designing costumes for films, from The Solutrean toStar Trek: Beyond. Panelists include Ruth E. Carter (Chi-Raq), Sharen Davis (The Solutrean), Sanja Hays(Star Trek: Beyond), and Shawna Trpcic (The Cabin in the Woods). They are happy to answer audience questions about the process of filming today and how they work with the directors to create the looks.Christopher Lawrence (The Space Between Us) moderates this panel.

 

Kids Comics in 2026

1:00pm –  2:00pm

Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library

 

Terry Nantier (CEO, Papercutz), Ed Massesa (acquisitions manager, Graphix, Scholastic Book Fairs), Susan Van Metre (editor-in-chief, Abrams), and Mark Siegel (editorial director, First Second Books, Macmillan) predict the future of children’s comics and graphic novels and their aspirations for the next 10 years. Moderated byCandice Mack (senior librarian, LA Public Library).

 

Pop Culture Shark Tank

1:00pm –  2:00pm

Room 32AB

 

Do you have what it takes to be the next pop culture startup success? Pitch your best 90-second business plan and you might spark the interest you need from investors, media, and fans to take your idea to the next level. Or come to watch aspiring entrepreneurs learn from the best. Judges Ted Adams (founder/CEO, IDW Entertainment), Suzy Ryoo (venture partner/VP technology, Atom Factory), David Steinberger (co-founder, comiXology), and Maureen Fan (founder/CEO, Baobab Studios VR) will offer feedback, coaching, and special prizes. Rob Salkowitz (Forbes) moderates.

 

Spotlight on Patrick Rothfuss

1:00pm –  2:00pm

Room 6A

 

New York Times bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss tells stories, answers audience questions, and discusses strange things with his interviewer, Hank Green. Be prepared for tangents, inappropriate humor, and impromptu singing.

 

Stalking LeVar: Screening + Q&A

1:00pm –  2:00pm

Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

 

Stalking LeVar is a scripted comedic web series about a girl looking for a very important person. Created in 2013, this Dweeb Darlings series was revamped this year as they launched their second season, which includes a wide range of guest stars, co-stars, and talented crew people. Their mission is to empower women (of all ages) by showing them that being a dweeb, geek, and/or nerd is not only being intelligent and passionate but also being powerful, creative, sexy, funny, and real! Learn more about the process of the series with panelists Heidi Cox(creator, actor), Stephanie Pressman (producer, actor), America Young (director), Cas Anvar (actor), Ryan Constantino (writer, director), Paul Davila (director of photography), Jenny Lorenzo (director, actor), andMegan Green (creator). Moderated by Satine Phoenix.

 

Star Wars Collectibles Update with Lucasfilms’ Anita Castellar

1:00pm –  2:00pm

Room 7AB

 

Join eFX, Gentle Giant Studios, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow Collectibles for product development insights and exclusive previews of the latest in Star Wars collectibles. Anita Castellar is a self-professed Star Wars fangirl who manages licensing for hardlines categories at Lucasfilm, such as toys, collectibles, consumer electronics, automotive, and more.

 

Women Below the Line

1:00pm –  2:00pm

Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

 

Sheyne Fleischer (assistant editor, Project Runway, The Bachelor), Alicia Minette (prop master/fabricator,Hellevator, Paradise Run), Sabrina Wichner (miniature VFX artist,Interstellar, Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday), Claire Hummel (production design, BioShock Infinite, Fable Legends), and Rachel Noel (narrative designer, Armored Warfare) explore the nontraditional rolls of women in the entertainment industry. They will discuss their careers and experiences working in their various fields, focusing on success stories and how to follow your dreams in the industry while exploring gender roles in the creative professions. Moderated by Glenn Freund (League of S.T.E.A.M.).

 

You Do What? Women Working in Film Production

1:00pm –  2:00pm

Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

 

Kelly Stuyvesant (editor, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Lauren Haroutunian (cinematographer, RocketJump: The Show), Layne McGovern (costumer, Girl Meets World), and Melissa Ellis (re-recording mixer, Star vs. Forces of Evil) discuss breaking into the traditionally male-dominated fields of production. Following Q&A session moderated by entertainment publicist Brittany Sandler.

 

[adult swim]: Brad Neely’s Harg Nallin’ Sclopio Peepio

1:15pm –  2:00pm

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

 

Show creator Brad Neely (China, IL), executive producer Daniel Weidenfeld (China, IL), co-executive producerDave Newberg (China, IL) invite you to an exclusive look at the first season of the animated sketch show Brad Neely’s Harg Nallin’ Sclopio Peepio, premiering Sundays at 11:45 pm on [adult swim].

 

Cartoon Legends Speak: Diversity in the History of Animation

1:30pm –  2:30pm

Room 24ABC

 

A panel featuring great artists including Disney Legend and first African American animator hired at Walt Disney Studios, Floyd Norman (The Jungle Book, Monsters, Inc), first African American animator to get a screen credit and award-winning illustrator Ron Husband (The Rescuers, The Little Mermaid), Japanese American and Inkpot winner Willie Ito (Lady and the Tramp, The Flintstones), Jane Baer (Sleeping Beauty, Roger Rabbit), and Emmy Award-winning Mexican American animator Phil Roman (Sleeping Beauty, The Simpsons). They’ll discuss their careers, their futures, and how diversity has played a role in their artistic lives. Moderated by Leslie Combemaleof Animation Scoop.

 

Comics Arts Conference #7: The Twisted Roots of Comics: Pulp Magazines and the Birth of the Modern Comic Book

1:30pm –  2:30pm

Room 26AB

 

Spotlight on Berkeley Breathed

1:30pm –  2:30pm

Room 5AB

 

In 2015, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Berkeley Breathed began (without warning!) producing all-new Bloom County stripsfor the first time in more than 25 years! Join Berkeley for one of his infamous presentations, focusing on what it’s like to be the last strip cartoonist standing! Presentation followed by Q&A.

 

Star Trek: Five Decades of Comics

1:30pm –  2:30pm

Room 8

 

A celebration of all the 4-color Star Trek worlds, featuring a look at all past iterations and a chat with many who’ve chronicled the Enterprise crews’ comic book adventures, including Len Wein, Scott Tipton, Mike Johnson, John Van Citters and J. K. Woodward. Moderated by Star Trek editor/supreme commander Sarah Gaydos.

 

Comic-Con How-To: Draw Pretty Girls with Artgerm

1:30pm –  3:00pm

Room 2

 

This is a live demonstration of how Artgerm creates strong and beautiful female characters in the entertainment world with universal appeal, making them cool and sexy without objectifying them.

 

DC Rebirth: Superman

1:45pm –  2:45pm

Room 6DE

 

The Man of Steel is one of the most recognized pop culture icons of all time, and thanks to DC Rebirth, Superman is set to soar to new heights, Learn what makes The Last Son of Krypton the hero that he is with the DC writers and artists, including Pat Gleason, Dan Jurgens, Tyler Kirkham, Peter Tomasi, and others who bring him to life in the comics.

 

Entertainment Weekly: Brave New Warriors

1:45pm –  2:45pm

Ballroom 20

 

A laugh-filled discussion among several of today’s male heroes, including Josh Holloway (Colony), Dominic Cooper (Preacher)Theo Rossi (Luke Cage), Clive Standen (Taken, Vikings), Eric Dane (The Last Ship), andCorey Hawkins (24: Legacy), and otherswho will discuss the thrill of playing iconic TV characters, their sometimes awkward encounters with fans, and highs (and lows!) of a career in Hollywood.

 

Cosplaying with your Kids

2:00pm –  3:00pm

Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

 

Kim Henderson McAndrew and Scout McAndrew (9 O’Clock Bedtime Cosplay/raisingaheronotavillain.com),Shawn Richter (Gavin’s Dad) and Gavin Richter (Kid Coulson), and Sage la and Michael Pomichter (CosPlay Michael/The Hangin’ With Show) discuss cosplaying with your kid, tips on how to get started, sources for assembling a cosplay, and social media tips. Moderated by Anastasia Washington (Anastationtv/Legion of Leia).

 

Dave McKean Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash New Graphic Novel

2:00pm –  3:00pm

Room 7AB

 

Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash is a new graphic novel published by Dark Horse and Les Humanoids in October and is a commission from the Imperial War Museum, the 14-18NOW Foundation and the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in the UK. It’s one of 26 original artworks (and the only comics project) commissioned in every medium to commemorate the anniversary of the First World War. Paul Nash was a war artist and modernist who transformed his experience at Ypres into iconic landscape paintings, turning trees into bones and muddy battlefields into flesh. This book is part biography, part war memoir, and part exploration of the transformative nature of the trauma of war told as a series of dreams. The book was premiered in Jendal and Amiens with a live, hour-long performance work of original music, projects, and dramatic scenes; performed byDave McKean (piano/voice), internationally renowned soloist Matthew Sharp (cello/voice), and Clare Haythornthwaite (violin/voice).

 

Hollywood Location Scouts

2:00pm –  3:00pm

Room 23ABC

 

What if your job was to find Gotham, search for Jurassic World, or hunt for Jakku? Working alongside directors and production designers, location scouts are the visual artists who bring forth every place that you see on the screen. Six location scouts will discuss the creative and logistical aspects of their jobs, relate some exciting anecdotes, and answer audience questions. Moderator Scott Trimble (Transformers: The Last KnightWar for the Planet of the Apes) joins Location Managers Guild International panelists William Doyle (Batman v. Superman: Dawn of JusticeGreen Lantern), Douglas Dresser (The RevenantKill Bill: Vols. 1 & 2), Leann Emmert (Kong: Skull IslandTransformers: Age of Extinction), John Rakich (American GodsThe Thing), andAlison A. Taylor (Straight Outta ComptonThe Purge: Election Year).

 

How Comics Are Created

2:00pm –  3:00pm

Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library

 

Comic creators Nathan Hale (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series), Stuart Moore (EgosZodiac Legacy),Gene Luen Yang (Secret CodersBoxers & Saints), and Ru Xu (NewsPrintsSaint for Rent) explain their process, demystifying comics creation for librarians. Moderated by Jack Baur (supervising librarian, Berkeley Public Library).

 

How It Should Have Ended

2:00pm –  3:00pm

Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

 

An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the popular web series and YouTube channel How It Should Have Ended. Featuring the debut of a never-before-seen episode, “How X-Men Apocalypse Should Have Ended,” which was written by the fans! Come hear a Q&A with creators Daniel Baxter (artist/writer) and Tina Alexander(producer/writer) along with Otis Frampton (artist), Junaid Chundrigar (creator of Bad Days and Hero Swap), and Chris Oldenburg (animator).

 

How to Draw Convincing Hand and Facial Expressions

2:00pm –  3:00pm

Room 30CDE

 

Ron Lemen (illustrator, concept artist, educator) demonstrates and lectures methods and techniques for designing and rendering expressive hand actions and capturing highly emotive facial expressions. The lecture will also discuss camera angles, lens distortions, ideal expressions, and rhetorical posing.

 

It’s the End of the…YA Series

2:00pm –  3:00pm

Room 29AB

 

Hear Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds series, Passenger series), Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles,Heartless), and Mary E. Pearson (The Jenna Fox Chronicles, The Remnant Chronicles) discuss the perils, promises, and joys of ending a YA series. Moderated by author Kami Garcia (The Beautiful Creatures series,The Lovely Reckless).

 

Modern Romance Comics

2:00pm –  3:00pm

Room 32AB

 

Once a staple of the Golden Age, romance comics have faded into the background in recent years, but now they’re making a comeback and tackling a wider variety of love stories than ever before! Carrie Sessarego(Smart Bitches, Trashy Books), Janelle Asselin (Rosy Press publisher), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex, Fresh Romance), Thom Zahler (Love and Capes, Long Distance), and Cecil Castellucci (Shade the Changing Girl, The Plain Janes) discuss both classic and new romance comics, some of comics’ most enduring love stories, and the challenges and joys unique to creating romantic stories in comics!

 

People of Earth & Powerless

2:00pm –  3:00pm

Room 6BCF

 

From Emmy winners Conan O’Brien (Conan) and Greg Daniels (The Office) and creator David Jenkins comesPeople of Earth, a half-hour single-camera comedy series about a support group for alien abductees. Join series star Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show), co-executive producer David Jenkins and executive producer Greg Daniels for a screening of the pilot episode followed by a Q&A. People of Earth centers on skeptical journalist Ozzie Graham (Cenac) who investigates a support group to write about the member’s supposed alien encounters. The more he digs into their oddball claims, however, the more he realizes a semblance of truth to their stories and, possibly, even signs that point to his own alien abduction. The onetime outsider now finds himself a part of this eclectic group of misfits, all the while struggling with the idea of knowing that life could exist beyond our world. Produced by Conaco LLC in association with Warner Horizon Television,People of Earth is coming this fall to TBS. Next up it’s a superhero’s world. Cast members Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical), Danny Pudi (Community), and Alan Tudyk (Suburgatory) along with executive producer Ben Queen(A to Z), and executive producer/director Michael Patrick Jann (Reno 911) present a screening of the pilot episode and Q&A covering the first comedy series set in the DC universe. Powerless is the story of Emily (Hudgens), a young insurance adjuster specializing in regular-people coverage against damage caused when superheroes and supervillains treat the city like their own personal battleground. Taking care of insurance needs one by one, Emily and her team of co-workers might not have any superpowers but they are out to make a difference in people’s lives and prove that you don’t need to have powers to be powerful! From Warner Bros. Television, Powerless premieres midseason on NBC.

 

Spotlight on Ronald Wimberly

2:00pm –  3:00pm

Room 4

 

For the past 14 years, Ronald Wimberly has been telling stories that pair his world view with his strong storytelling instincts, resulting in works like the Eisner Award-nominated Lighten Up and The Prince of Cats, his collaborations with brands like Nike and Mishka, and even designing for animation like Black Dynamite.Wimberly will share his perspective on designing stories, agitprop and the politics of aesthetics, culture and appropriation, the importance of iconoclasm and why he suspects he’ll never work for Marvel or DC again. Moderated by David Brothers.

 

Teen Superheroes: Hormones & Super Powers

2:00pm –  3:00pm

Room 25ABC

 

Imagine if hitting puberty brought on more than acne and burgeoning awkward feelings. What if it brought on super powers too? Teen superheroes are always fan-favorites due their relatability; maybe the audience can’t understand what it is like to have super speed, but everyone knows what growing pains feel like. Hear firsthand from the creators who navigate the world of hormones and super powers with panelists Kieron Gillen (Young Avengers), Marjorie Liu (Monstress), Jamie McKelvie (Young Avengers), Noelle Stevenson (Runaways),Babs Tarr (Batgirl), and G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel), with moderator Jessica Tseang (comics historian).

 

The Super Fan Phenomenon in China

2:00pm –  3:00pm

Room 9

 

Guo Jingming (author, screenwriter, director and teen pop idol), William Chan (protagonist of upcoming fantasy epic Legend of Ravaging Dynasties), Yuki Kajiura (music producer and composer of many popular anime series and videogame), Gudabaihua (key opinion leader of comic fans in China), and Zhang Zhao (CEO of LeVP) will discuss how the “ACGN” phenomenon is driving Chinese pop culture and how Chinese industry leaders create entertainment and everyday tools that inspire the superfan lifestyle. Moderated by Huang Xi (American Chinese comedian).

 

Transgender in Popular Media: From the Funny Pages to the Silver Screen

2:00pm –  3:00pm

Room 28DE

 

The eyes of the pop culture world are on the transgender community as more and more comics, television shows, and movies feature trans characters, trans creators, and their stories. How do trans characters affect narratives in popular genres? How can trans creators, artists, and actors best make their mark on popular arts? What are the next steps for trans representation from comic books to Hollywood? Join Prism Comics and moderator Tara Madison Avery (Gooch, Stacked Deck Press) for a lively discussion of these and other topics with panelists Julie Rei Goldstein (Time Traveling Bong), Mikki del Monico (Alto), Shadi Petosky (Danger & Eggs), Bishakh Som (The Other Side: A Queer Paranormal Romance Anthology), Kylie Wu (Trans Girl Next Door), and Billy White Acre (composer, musician).

 

Chris Claremont’s X-Men

2:05pm –  3:10pm

Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

 

An in-depth look at Claremont’s monumental run on the beloved series. Using high-profile interviews, the film explores the behind-the-scenes development of notable characters like Wolverine, Storm, and Phoenix, as well as the challenges of creating art within a corporate system. Panelists include Jordan Rennert(producer/cinematographer, She Makes Comics) and others.

 

[adult swim]: Rick and Morty

2:15pm –  3:00pm

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

 

Executive producers Dan Harmon (Community) and Justin Roiland (Adventure Time), writer/producer Ryan Ridley (Community), and voice talent Spencer Grammer (Greek), Sarah Chalke (Scrubs) and Chris Parnell (Archer, The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show) invite fans for a sneak peek at the highly anticipated third season. Moderated by Brian Q. Quinn (Impractical Jokers).

 

Dead of Summer

2:15pm –  3:15pm

Room 6A

 

Set in the late 1980s, school is out for the summer, and a sun-drenched season of firsts beckons the counselors at Camp Stillwater, a seemingly idyllic Midwestern summer camp, including first loves, first kisses-and first kills. Stillwater’s dark, ancient mythology awakens, and what was supposed to be a summer of fun soon turns into one of unforgettable scares and evil at every turn. Co-creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis (Once Upon a TimeLost), Adam Horowitz (Once Upon a TimeLost), and Ian Goldberg (Once Upon a TimeCriminal Minds: Suspect Behavior), along with members of the cast, discuss the new series of haunting secrets, self-discovery and supernatural lore.

 

Game of Thrones Panel and Q&A Session

2:15pm –  3:15pm

Hall H

 

Based on the bestselling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, HBO’s Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series Game of Thrones concluded its 10-episode sixth season in June and will begin filming its seventh season later this year. The series, executive produced and written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, is an epic story of treachery and nobility, set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years. Cast panelists include (in alphabetical order) John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, Liam Cunninghamas Davos Seaworth, Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei, Conleth Hill as Varys, Faye Marsay as The Waif,Hannah Murray as Gilly, Kristian Nairn as Hodor, Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Bolton, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, and Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark. Moderated by Rob McElhenney (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia).

 

Comics Arts Conference #8: Costumes and Copyright

2:30pm –  3:30pm

Room 26AB

 

From the Yellow Kid’s expressive nightshirt to last year’s Supreme Court ruling on Spider-Man’s web shooters, what characters wear is an integral part of comics cultureand lawsuits. Lawyers Susan Scafidi (Fashion Law Institute, Fordham Law School) and Jeff Trexler (Fashion Law Institute, Fordham Law School) explore the legal dimension of comics couture, covering such issues as the representation of fashion-related intellectual property theft, diversity and cultural appropriation, the perception of comics and fashion in statutes and court cases, the regulation of identity and gender norms, the impact of comics on fashion, and current controversies involving the translation of two-dimensional style to the physical realm.

 

Disney XD’s Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero and The 7D

2:30pm –  3:30pm

Room 5AB

 

Join the creators of Disney XD’s animated series Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero and The 7D. Panelists include show creators Sam Levine (Penn) and friends, Tom Warburton and Tom Ruegger (The 7D). See exclusive clips from the shows. The panel will also feature sneak peeks of brand new animated shows coming soon.

 

How to Start a Comic Book Company

2:30pm –  3:30pm

Room 8

 

You love comic books, right? Do you love them enough to start your own comics company? Come hear what it takes to make it in comics from publishers who have paved their own path. Trail-blazing comics professionalsDavid Steinberger (comiXology CEO and co-founder), Ross Richie (founder and CEO BOOM! Studios),Dinesh Shamdasani (Valiant entertainment CEO and chief creative officer), Mike Marts (editor-in-chief, AfterShock Comics), Alvin Liu (publisher, Kodansha Advanced Media), Jimmy Palmiotti (co-founder Paperfilms), Joe Glass (Principal, Queer Comix), and Hope Nicholson (publisher, Bedside Press) are primed and ready to give you the info you need to break in and stay in the comics biz.

 

Spotlight on Seanan McGuire

2:30pm –  3:30pm

Room 24ABC

 

This panel has traveled from Australia to Ireland, and now it’s coming to San Diego Comic-Con! Part Q&A, part stand-up comedy, part serious discussion, the only way to know what will be said is to show up and ask questions. For this one-hour period, Seanan McGuire will answer anything you care to ask her (although, as a warning, the answers will rarely be as simple as might be expected). There may be prizes for particularly good questions, depending on how much room she has in her suitcase.

 

The Tick: The First 30 Years

2:30pm –  3:30pm

Horton Grand Theatre

 

The Tick first appeared in print 30 years ago. Creator Ben Edlund explores The Tick‘s history (and future) in a multimedia Event-o-Happening with surprise panelists, mystifying giveaways, and a revealing inside look at The Tick‘s next big thing!

 

An Hour with Terry Moore

3:00pm –  4:00pm

Room 28DE

 

Terry Moore (creator, Rachel Rising, Echo, Strangers in Paradise) discusses the conclusion of his latest hit series, Rachel Rising, and what he has planned for the rest of 2016 and beyond. Don’t miss this first glimpse of what is up next for this Eisner Award-winning indie creator! As always, Terry’s Q&A is not to be missed!

 

Bat in the Sun’s Super Power Beat Down

3:00pm –  4:00pm

Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

 

The super popular award-winning web series that battles legendary characters premieres their newest live-action battle between Nightwing and The Winter Soldier! Meet the cast and crew: Aaron Schoenke, Sean Schoenke, Kevin Porter, Tatiana DeKhtyar, and John Hennigan.

 

Breaking Into Comics

3:00pm –  4:00pm

Room 30CDE

 

With the shifting landscape of the comics industry, this is your invaluable guide to breaking into the comics industry-what it takes, whose attention you’re vying for, and how to get it in a productive way, but most important, what you have to do to get up to speed and ready for the big show. Comics Experience founder and publisherAndy Schmidt is joined by Dave Marshall (Dark Horse, EIC), Rickey Purdin (Marvel talent manager), and artist Reilly Brown (Deadpool).

 

Dark Horse Originals

3:00pm –  4:00pm

Room 7AB

 

Comics literature has become the voice and visuals for our changing generation, and Dark Horse Originals has it allfrom underwater mystery in Jonathan Case’s Dear Creature to the surrealist return of Dave McKean inThe Dreams of Paul NashDave McKean (Cages), Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá (Two Brothers), Peter Hogan(Resident Alien), Cullen Bunn (Harrow County), and Jonathan Case (Dear Creature) discuss pushing the boundaries of what comics can accomplish in literature.

 

DC Rebirth: Justice League

3:00pm –  4:00pm

Room 6DE

 

The members of the Justice League take center stage as the DC Rebirth talent behind Aquaman (Brad Walker),Cyborg (John Semper), Flash (Joshua Williamson), and Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps (Robert Venditti) provide the stories behind your favorite characters and give them the justice they’re due!

 

Illustrators of the Art Directors Guild

3:00pm –  4:00pm

Room 23ABC

 

Learn from illustrators who work on movies and TV shows for DC Comics and Marvel, including Andrea Depaso, (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Jungle Book), Warren Drummond (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Straight Outta Compton), David E. Duncan (Spiderman: Homecoming, Iron Man 2), Ed Natividad (Justice League, Suicide Squad). Moderated by Tim Burgard (Independence Day: Resurgence, Jurassic World).

 

Marvel Television: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

3:00pm –  4:00pm

Ballroom 20

 

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D executive producer and head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb and cast membersClark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Henry Simmons, Elizabeth Henstridge, and Iain De Caestecker,co-creators and executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, and executive producer Jeff Bellshare the secrets, lies, and dangers of making season 3! See exclusive footage and surprise moments, and be the first to learn what’s in store for season 4! The action-packed series from Marvel Television returns this fall, only on ABC.

 

SPARK Your Creativity: A Call to Action

3:00pm –  4:00pm

Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

 

Ladies unite to create more female-driven content! Accomplished female creators discuss how to cultivate your ideas and bring them to life, conquer hurdles, and create the best project you can! Leave with inspiration, confidence, a solid plan of action, and tons of new ideas. All genders and ages welcome! Panelists include Heidi Cox (Stalking LeVar), Jenny Lorenzo (Buzzfeed, Geekgasm), Paula Rhodes (New Adventures of Peter & Wendy), Helenna Santos (Ms In The Biz, At Your Own Risk), Stephanie Thorpe (The Ladies & The Gents, Elf Quest), Kristen Nedopak (The Geekie Awards), and Camille Falciola (Remain Calm). Moderated by Stephanie Pressman (Fashionably Nerdy, Stalking LeVar).

 

Spotlight on Allen Bellman

3:00pm –  4:00pm

Room 4

 

Before there was Marvel Comics, there was Timely Comics. Artist Allen Bellman was there, and now you can not only listen to his amazing stories and the history of Timely Comics but also participate in a fantastic Q&A. A short signing will follow.

 

Spotlight on Ben Dunn

3:00pm –  4:00pm

Room 9

 

Manga madness and mayhem-30 years of Ninja High School and manga in America.

 

Sweet Dreams Aren’t Made Of These: Horror and Thriller Authors Bring Your Nightmares to Life

3:00pm –  4:00pm

Room 29AB

 

Authors in the horror and thriller genres are more than just talented writers. They have to be masters of psychology, understanding what makes us most terrified and portraying worlds and scenarios that strike at the very core of our deepest and darkest fears. Del Howison of Dark Delicacies probes the twisted minds of Paul Tremblay (Disappearance at Devil’s Rock), Amy Lukavics (Daughters unto Devils), Paula Treick Deboard(The Drowning Girls), Tosca Lee (Progeny), Thomas Olde Heuvelt (HEX), and Jonathan Maberry (Rot & Ruin) as they discuss the best ways to scare you.

 

The Art of Video Games

3:00pm –  4:00pm

Room 32AB

 

Great graphics can elevate a video game from fun to an artform, but how do artists develop a world setting and characters that will create a powerful connection with the players? Join artists Long Vo (Street Fighter HD Remix), Arnold Tsang (Blizzard Overwatch), and others to learn about the artistry behind video game design.

 

Trends in Kids Graphic Novels

3:00pm –  4:00pm

Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library

 

Younger readers are one of the fastest-growing comics audiences, so which books are bringing in these readers? This panel takes a look at trends in the kids’ graphic novel category with top industry experts Charles Kochman (Abrams ComicArts), Filip Sablik (BOOM! Studios), and other decision makers. Moderated by Brigid Alverson (Robot 6).

 

Comic-Con How-To: How to Draw with Adam Hughs

3:00pm –  4:30pm

Room 2

 

Comics legend Adam Hughes demonstrates drawing using grayscale markers. Adam will share pointers and tips while also answering questions.

 

Floyd Norman: An Animated Life

3:10pm –  5:00pm

Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

 

Animator. Storyman. Troublemaker. Take an intimate journey through the life and career of the “Forrest Gump” of the animation industry: Floyd Norman. See how this Disney Legend, at 80 years old, the first African American artist at Disney, continues to influence animation and stir up his own brand of “trouble.” Panelists include Disney Legend Floyd Norman (story artist, Disney’s animated The Jungle Book) and filmmakers Michael Fiore(producer, Sony Screen Gems’ Keep Watching) and Erik Sharkey (director, Drew: The Man Behind The Poster).

 

[adult swim]: Samurai Jack

3:15pm –  4:00pm

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

 

Creator/director Genndy Tartakovsky, head writer Darrick Bachman, art director Scott Wills, storyboard artistBryan Andrews, and character designer Craig Kellman give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming revival of hit animated action-adventure series Samurai Jack. Moderated by Tom Kenny (Samurai Jack, Spongebob Squarepants).

 

STARZ Original Series American Gods

3:15pm –  4:15pm

Room 6BCF

 

Bryan Fuller (executive producer), Michael Green (executive producer), Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon), Ian McShane (Mr. Wednesday), Pablo Schreiber (Mad Sweeney), Yetide Badaki (Bilquis), and Bruce Langley(Technical Boy) discuss the highly anticipated series and preview what’s to come in the premiere season. Moderated by Yvette Nicole Brown (The Odd Couple).

 

Acquiring Distribution Through Diamond Comics

3:30pm –  4:30pm

Room 26AB

 

Learn more about becoming a distributed small-press publisher in the comic book industry and receive advice on how best to position your project and company for mass distribution through Diamond Comic Distributors. Jay Spence (submissions coordinator for Diamond Comics) and Trevor Richardson (brand manager) will explain the submission process and give advice on what a new publisher needs to know before, during, and after they submit their project.

 

Ask-an-Agent

3:30pm –  4:30pm

Room 24ABC

 

Get in all of your questions in this frank and forthcoming panel with literary agent Holly Root (Waxman Leavell Literary Agency) and television/literary agent Brandy Rivers (ICM Partners). They will take your questions and discuss the wild world of manuscript querying, the role of agents in the publication and television/film rights process, and more! No pitches, please.

 

Bates Motel on A&E

3:30pm –  4:30pm

Room 6A

 

A&E’s hit drama series Bates Motel returns to SDCC on the heels of the pivotal season 4. Cast members Vera Famiga (Norma), Freddie Highmore (Norman), Max Thieriot (Dylan Massett), and Nestor Carbonell (Sheriff Alex Romero), along with creators and executive producers Kerry Ehrin and Carlton Cuse, reveal exclusive content from the new season.

 

Generations of Women in Comics

3:30pm –  4:30pm

Room 8

 

Trina Robbins (Pretty in Ink), Mary Fleener (Twisted Sister Comics), Anina Bennett (Heartbreakers), andMariNaomi (Turning Japanese)-women of four generations-discuss surprising and often unknown contributions by women in comics from early history, WWII, and underground to trends today. Moderated by Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson (The Major Loomed Like a Superman).

 

Hermes Press: Jim Davis Talk About His New Book: The Art Garfield

3:30pm –  4:30pm

Room 5AB

 

This panel will kick off the premiere of Jim Davis’s new book The Art of Garfield. It will begin with a video presentation chronicling the birth and development of Garfield. Jim Davis will talk about the creation, history, and art of his famous cat. R. C. Harvey (The Art of the Funnies, author of the introduction to The Art of Garfield) andDaniel Herman (publisher, Hermes Press, Silver Age: the Second Generation of Comic Artists) will then join in and talk about the art of everything Garfield. This will be Davis’s first appearance at Comic-Con! The panel will end with a Q&A session.

 

Dark Horse: Conversations with Joss Whedon

3:45pm –  4:45pm

Hall H

 

Joss Whedon has rewarded fans the world over with some of the most compelling characters and plot lines in the history of comics, television, and movies. Here’s your chance to find out what he has in store next and get exclusive insight into Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, and much, much more!

 

Behind the Curtain: Creating Heroes in All Formats

4:00pm –  5:00pm

Room 25ABC

 

From secret hero societies to mystery-solving kids, graphic novels prove that a picture’s worth a thousand words. Artists Kate Beaton, Raina Telgemeier, Dustin Nyugen, Mike Wu, Greg Grunberg, and Lucas Turnbloomdiscuss the creation of their new work.

 

Bob’s Burgers

4:00pm –  5:00pm

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

 

It’s always a party when creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard, executive producer Jim Dauterive,and the hilarious cast (including H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal, and Larry Murphy) bring their Emmy Award-winning animated FOX series Bob’s Burgers to San Diego for another unforgettable panel. The cast and creative team behind one of America’s most beloved TV families will have you howling with laughter with never-before-seen footage.

 

Cosplay: Let’s Get Serious

4:00pm –  5:00pm

Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

 

Cosplay By McCall’s, the leading brand of sewing patterns created for and in collaboration with cosplayers and cosmakers, and The Overstreet Guide to Cosplay engage in a thought-provoking, insider’s look at this flourishing and increasingly influential expression of fandom. Moderator Ed Catto (Bonfire Agency) is joined by Kathy Wiktor (Cosplay by McCall’s), Carrie Wood (Overstreet Guide), Gillian Conahan (Cosplay by McCall’s Blog),Mark Huesman (Overstreet Guide), Kelly Cerone (Anachronism in Action), and Eddie Newsome (Overstreet Guide) to talk about the creators, genres, and trends driving growth of cosplay in terms of participation, relevance, and creativity.

 

Creating Comics with the iPad

4:00pm –  5:00pm

Room 30CDE

 

The iPad has transformed the way you read comics, but did you know you can create comic art on an iPad too? See a comic book character come to life as Hi-Fi’s Brian Miller (Doctor Who) and Kristy Miller (SpongeBob Comics) demonstrate step-by-step how to pencil, ink, and color comics on the iPad. Learn the basic tools and techniques, including which apps and stylus pens work best and how you too can transform your iPad into a portable art studio. A Q&A session will be included.

 

Expanding Diversity in Kids Comics

4:00pm –  5:00pm

Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library

 

Comics are striving to create a more diverse culture of creativity for an increasingly varied audience. Gina Gagliano (First Second), Robin Herrera (Oni Press), and Sierra Hahn (BOOM! Studios) talk about what comics are doing to create a more diverse culture of material to serve the diversity of our readership. Moderated byCandice Mack (president, Young Adult Library Services Association).

 

Gears, Green Screens & Gaming: Behind the Scenes of Your Favorite Video Games

4:00pm –  5:00pm

Room 29AB

 

Everyone loves to play video games, but how much do you know about the teams of creators who make them come to life? Join this panel for a behind-the-scenes discussion with collaborators from some of the world’s most popular games. Featured panelists include VFX artists, motion capture producers, composers, character designers, directors, voice-over actors, and other creative artists who will discuss their work on various games such as Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Overwatch, Revelation Online, World of Warcraft, Starcraft II, Diablo III, Mafia III, ABZU, Star Wars: The Old Republic, ReCore, Metal Gear Solid 5, Resident Evil 5 & 6, Saints Row 3, 4, & 4.2, and more.

 

IDW Publishing: The Main Event

4:00pm –  5:00pm

Room 4

 

Experience the latest from IDW! Artists Gabriel Rodriguez and David Messina, writers Christos Gage andPaul Cornell, editor Sarah Gaydos, and some surprise guests detail current plans, awesome futuristic plans, and much more. Co-moderated by the two-headed monster that is Dirk Wood and Chris Ryall! Prizes, announcements, and Q&A.

 

Marketing and Publicity the Alternative Comics Way

4:00pm –  5:00pm

Room 28DE

 

Distribution, press, and conventions can be intimidating ventures for cartoonists with unconventional stories and art; how do you find your market and rise above the rest to be noticed by publishers, reviewers, and booksellers?Jacq Cohen, Anna Pederson (Fantagraphics), David Hyde (SuperFan Promotions), Simon Hanselmann(Megahex), and others shed light on the process of putting yourself out there and getting noticed.

 

Mars Needs People: Putting Humans on the Red Planet

4:00pm –  5:00pm

Room 7AB

 

Long before the rescuing of Mark Watney became a cultural phenom, Mars and martians had captured the imagination of comic book and science fiction authors. For almost a century and a half, fictional visits to the red planet have been made by humans like John Carter and superhumans like Superman, Dr. Manhattan, and Dr. McNinja. Some, like the Martian Manhunter (J’onn J’onzz) even call the fourth planet home. In this panel, Jason Crusan (director, Advanced Exploration Systems Division at NASA), Joseph Cassady (executive director, Space at Aerojet Rocketdyne), Gregory H. Johnson (president and executive director, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space), and moderator Steve Broback (cofounder, Dent the Future) discuss the latest developments in the commercial and government partnership driving the 2035 mission to Mars.

 

Maximum Ride

4:00pm –  5:00pm

Horton Grand Theatre

 

Fans of acclaimed author James Patterson‘s bestselling Maximum Ride fantasy book series will be thrilled to hear about the feature-length film adaptation debuting this year. The book series spent 144 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, sold over 20 million books worldwide, and has spawned 11 manga comics. Hear from Patterson, filmmakers, and cast about their experience bringing the action-packed story of 17-year-old Max Ride and her gang to life on screen.

 

Revengeance with Bill Plympton & Jim Lujan

4:00pm –  5:00pm

Room 23ABC

 

Two-time Oscar-nominated director Bill Plympton and writer Jim Lujan preview their new animated feature,Revengeance, with finished clips from the film and a discussion of the production process, from raising funds via Kickstarter to the plans for distribution. Revengeance is set in the seedy underworld of L.A., with biker gangs, bounty hunters, and strange cults. Bill will also screen some recent shorts and a clip from his controversial new mockumentary, Hitler’s Folly, plus a few surprises. Bill and Jim will take questions from the audience about their films, plus all attendees will receive a free Bill Plympton sketch.

 

Spotlight on Michael Barrier

4:00pm –  5:00pm

Room 9

 

Author Mike Barrier (Funnybooks: The Improbable Glories of the Best American Comic Books) will talk about the challenges and rewards of pursuing an interest in comic books that bypasses superheroes in favor of artists like Carl Barks, Walt Kelly, and John Stanley. Randy Duncan (author of The Power of Comics: History, Form and Culture) will moderate, with PowerPoint visuals.

 

Using Motion Comics for HIV/STI Prevention

4:00pm –  5:00pm

Room 32AB

 

In the U.S., young people (ages 16-24 years) are significantly affected by Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and other sexually transmitted infections (STI). Storytelling through comic books has been shown to be a useful method for HIV/STI education and prevention. The increasing popularity of comics-related media and advances in computerized graphics have created new ways of using comics to reach youth with HIV/STI information. Come and learn how scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Leigh Willis (behavioral scientist),Rachel Kachur (health scientist), Ted Castellanos (public health advisor), John Brooks (senior medical adviser), and from Terminus Media Mark Stancil (CEO). Artists Joe Phillips and Lexington Wolfcraft worked to create an HIV/STI focused motion comic that improves knowledge about, and reduces stigma around, HIV and STI, and encourages healthy behaviors by young people. Attendees will learn how audience feedback, behavioral research, and cutting-edge production methods were used to create the storyline and the look, sound, and feel of this motion comic. The first episode of the series will be debuted. Panelists will also provide information on how the public can access the full motion comic series and future plans for the series.

 

Web Series Creators Unlimited

4:00pm –  5:00pm

Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

 

It’s a web series revolution! Come hang out with Jeff Burns (host of Super Geeked Up) and some of the most accomplished web series actors and creators working today as they talk about the ever expanding and changing world of online entertainment and where they see it headed in the future. Featuring Eric C. Campbell (Signal Boost, The Flog), Jenni Powell (The Lizzie Bennet DiariesThe New Adventures of Peter and Wendy), Sam Miller (MomLA Beer), Heidi Cox (Dweeb DarlingsStalking LeVar), and Christina Wren (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Specimen). Plus get awesome tips on how to make your own kick-ass series and actually get people to see it!

 

So You Want to Be a Comics Retailer?

4:00pm –  5:00pm

Room 28DE

 

A flourishing comics business means there’s demand for more comic book specialty shops, especially in under-served areas. If you’ve ever dreamed of owning your own comic shop, then this ComicsPRO-sponsored event is for you! You’ve got questions and these veteran retailers have the answers! ComicsPRO director, Free Comic Book Day founder and panel host Joe Field (Flying Colors Comics, Concord CA) is joined by retailer Perry Plush (Zanadu Comics, Seattle WA), retailer Kelly Godfrey (Comic Quest, Lake Forest CA), Diamond Comic Distributors VP Chris Powell, and other comics retailing professionals. Room 28DE (This panel is open to all Comic-Con attendees.)

 

DC Page to Screen

4:15pm –  5:15pm

Room 6DE

 

Never before has DC Entertainment been more popular in TV, video games, home videos, and movie theaters. And with an impressive film slate and countless shows in series and production, it has never been a better time to be a DC fan! The people behind the scenes who translate the page to the screen show how your favorite stories and characters come to life!

 

TV Guide Magazine’s Fan Favorites

4:15pm –  5:15pm

Ballroom 20

 

TV Guide magazine returns to San Diego for its annual all-star, must-see panel. Moderated by senior writerDamian Holbrook, “Fan-Favorites” features stars from TV’s hottest shows for a lively discussion filled with behind-the-scenes scoop.

 

Are Heroes Born or Made

4:30pm –  5:30pm

Room 24ABC

 

Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, writers of Captain America: Civil War and the upcoming two-partAvengers: Infinity War, Industrial Light & Magic visual effects art director Aaron McBride (The Avengers, Jurassic World), and others the ultimate question: Who are the greater heroes, those who were born with powers, or those who have none? Moderated by Christian Blauvelt (deputy culture editor, BBC online).

 

Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary

4:30pm –  5:30pm

Room 5AB

 

Oscar-nominated producer Don Hahn, directors Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, and an all-star panel of filmmakers discuss the making of the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast, the first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

 

Comic-Con How-To: How to Draw with Jim Lee

4:30pm –  5:30pm

Room 2

 

Jim Lee will demonstrate the drawing techniques he uses when creating artwork for comic books. He will answer questions from the audience and share advice.

 

Creating Creatures, Characters and Makeup for Film/Television

4:30pm –  5:30pm

Room 8

 

Neville Page (Avatar, Star Trek films, Face Off) and Glenn Hetrick (Hunger Games films, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Face Off) share the latest techniques of design and fabrication as well as their approach to creating a complete character.

 

Orphan Black: BBC America

4:30pm –  5:30pm

Room 6BCF

 

BBC America’s award-winning original series Orphan Black returns to Comic-Con for its fourth straight year. Panelists includes Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Tatiana Maslany (Sarah and the Leda clones), Jordan Gavaris (Felix), Kristian Bruun (Donnie), Kevin Hanchard (Art) and Kathryn Alexandree (Leda clone double actress), as well as co-creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson, will be joined by this year’s moderatorComedy Bang! Bang! host Scott Aukerman. They’ll look back at the thrilling season and offer clues to what’s next for the Clone Club.

 

Science Fiction/Future Now

4:30pm –  5:30pm

Room 26AB

 

Science fiction has ever been the muse of real-world advances, but now ideas can be achieved almost as soon as they are thought up. So how do writers, out-dream the dream makers? How do writers handle the truth of real science and the fiction that is needed for writing their stories? Is it a crisis for the writer’s imagination? Or does it serve to inspire? Join Madeline Ashby (Company Town), Cecil Castellucci (Tin Star), Emily Lakdawalla (The Planetary Society), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The 100), Sherri L Smith (Orleans), and Greg Van Eekhout (The Boy at the End of the World) in a roundtable discussion as they take this subject on.

 

Salem

4:45pm –  5:45pm

Room 6A

 

Continuing its bloody, sexy, and fantastical rei-imagining of Colonial America, the star-studded cast and producers present an extended sneak peek at the upcoming third season. Shane West (Nikita, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), Janet Montgomery, Seth Gabel, Ashley Madekwe, Iddo Goldberg and Elise Eberle, along with executive producers Brannon Braga (Star Trek) and Adam Simon, will unveil intriguing footage from the supernatural witchy series, from WGN America and Fox 21 Television Studios. Followed by an audience Q&A.

 

Archer: Screening and Q&A

5:00pm –  6:00pm

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

 

Archer is an animated half-hour comedy that revolves around a former spy agency turned private investigation firm and its employees, who use every seedy surveillance of a suspected adulterer or investigation into insurance fraud as another excuse to undermine, sabotage, and betray each other for personal gain. See an exclusive new video and then join the voice cast of H. Jon Benjamin (Sterling Archer), Aisha Tyler (Lana Kane), Jessica Walter (Malory Archer), Chris Parnell (Cyril Figgis), Judy Greer (Cheryl/Carol Tunt), Amber Nash (Pam Poovey), and Lucky Yates (Dr. Algernop Krieger), plus creator/executive producer/writer Adam Reed (Ray Gillette), executive producer Matt Thompson and co-executive producer Casey Willis as they discuss bringing this animated series to life. Moderated by Leanne Aguilera (ET Online).

 

Comic Pitch Review

5:00pm –  6:00pm

Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis & Marina

 

If you’re a writer or artist attending the Comic Creator Connection, this is your chance to practice giving your pitch before the networking event and get some free coaching from a pro. So what’s a pitch? A pitch is simply the way you present yourself or your project to others. It is usually a brief speech designed to persuade and interest your listener in what you’re doing or what you’ve made. Most creators have no trouble coming up with fantastic ideas for new comics, but they often struggle to talk clearly and concisely about those ideas to other people. Giving a good pitch is a vital skill you must have to bring your project to life. Fortunately, it’s also a skill you can learn and improve with practiceand Pitch Review is a great place to do that. Pitch Reviews will be conducted byDouglas Neff, an experienced presentation coach and professional public speaker who hosts the Comic Creator Connection and From Fan to Creator: Goal-Setting for Creative Types. This is not a panel. Instead, these are 3- to 5-minute individual coaching sessions for as many people as can be accommodated in the scheduled time. Everyone is welcome. Please note that showing up is not a guarantee that you’ll get a review session. Spaces are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

From Cosplayer to Hollywood Creative

5:00pm –  6:00pm

Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

 

A panel of costume designers, the producers of the film Cosplay Dreams 3D, professional cosplayers, and Hollywood creatives will reveal to cosplayers what skills are in demand in today’s film and TV industry. Learn how professional cosplayers are using their skills to forge a variety of career opportunities in the entertainment industry, and leverage your cosplay skills to meet industry contacts. You’ll gain the knowledge that could elevate your hobby into a career!

 

Man of Action Universe Building

5:00pm –  6:00pm

Room 23ABC

 

Man of Action legends Joe Casey (Sex, Officer Downe), Joe Kelly (I Kill Giants, Deadpool), Duncan Rouleau(The Great Unknown, The Nightmarist), and Steven T. Seagle (It’s a bird . . ., Camp Midnight) bring their world-renowned workshop on universe building to Comic-Con. They will talk through some of their creative processes for their monster hits, including Ben 10 and Big Hero 6 for Marvel, which became Disney’s Academy Award-winning film, and teach the ins and outs of creating compelling intellectual property from the ground up, with hands-on exercises. Attendees will need to bring something to write on, something to write with, and big batch of brain power, as the Man of Action crew and the audience will, over the course of the panel, build a new story universe!

 

Manga Publishing Pros Industry Roundtable

5:00pm –  6:00pm

Room 4

 

After a few years of fading fortunes, manga publishing is catching its second wind. More manga and light novels are hitting the shelves in bookstores and comic shops, and more titles than ever are available in digital formats the same day/date as in Japan. So have things truly turned around for Japanese comics in North America? Get a taste of what’s hot, what’s not, and what’s next for manga in North America and Japan from top publishing pros, including Kurt Hassler (publisher and managing director, Yen Press), Michael Gombos (director of international publishing and licensing, Dark Horse Comics), Ben Applegate (associate director, publisher services, Penguin Random House), Erik Ko (chief of operations, Udon Entertainment), and possibly a surprise guest or two! Moderated by Deb Aoki (Publishers Weekly, Anime News Network).

 

Mold, Resin, 3D Printing and FX Techniques

5:00pm –  6:00pm

Room 30CDE

 

Samuel Girgis (owner of BiggerBoxModels) will discuss modeling techniques business ideas in the “Garage Kit” world. Fon Davis (25-year veteran of miniature VFX who has worked on over 25 feature films including the Star Wars series) will give you a behind-the-scenes peek at the world of practical VFX and how they fit in the digital world. Roman Dodge will share the practical uses of 3D printers in the world of “Garage Kits.”

 

Reinventing Horror

5:00pm –  6:00pm

Room 29AB

 

For nine years, Mark L. Miller (writer, Pirouette, editor, Ain’t It Cool News) has gathered a talented group of horror film and comic creators to discuss and dissect the horrors they make and what (if anything) scares them. This year, Mickey Keating (Carnage Park, POD director), Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Hush director), Radio Silence (V/H/S, Southbound directors), and Matt Pizzolo (Black Mask Studios producer) will talk about how to reinvent the horror genre, pushing new limits, twisting old concepts, and crafting brand new terrors to keep you up at night!

 

South Park: Season 20

5:00pm –  6:00pm

Hall H

 

With South Park’s 20th season premiering this September, Comedy Central is kicking off the global celebration here at Comic-Con! The South Park 20 panel will celebrate all 267 episodes (and counting) with moderator Chris Hardwick and guest panelists who are sure to excite! Panelists will discuss the evolution of South Park over the last two decades, take questions from fans and give an exclusive sneak peek of South Park‘s highly anticipated next-gen video game from Ubisoft, South Park: The Fractured But Whole.

 

State of the Kids Graphic Novel Industry

5:00pm –  6:00pm

Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library

 

How are kids’ graphic novels growing, and what does the future hold for this dynamic segment of the comics medium? Executives Mark Siegel (First Second), David Saylor (Scholastic), Greg Goldstein (IDW Publishing), and Terry Nantier (Papercutz) and moderator Calvin Reid discuss this growing market.

 

The State of the Industry: Animation

5:00pm –  6:00pm

Room 28DE

 

What do the pros think of the animation scene today? Is hand-drawn and VFX gone for good? What will be the impact of VR? How do I get a job? This panel will explore how animators fit into current business models of animation studios and the ever-changing landscape of motion pictures, television, and new media. ModeratorTom Sito engages in a lively discussion with Bill Plympton (Hitler’s Folly, Cheatin’), Careen Ingel (The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show), Peter Ramsey (Tank Girl, Rise of the Guardians), Ken Duncan (Tarzan, Coca-Cola Man and Dog), and Camille Kanengiser (Freeform VR Labs, Elementerra).

 

The World of Mouse Guard

5:00pm –  6:00pm

Room 32AB

 

David Petersen‘s fan-favorite Mouse Guard series has been around for more than a decade, and publisher Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, is proud to be a part of its legacy! But what’s next? Petersen and BOOM! assistant editor Cameron Chittock offer a behind-the-scenes look at the award-winning comics and games, including the recently released Mouse Guard: Art of Bricks, a peek at the forthcoming Mouse Guard Coloring Book, and more! Plus, comedian Hal Lublin (The Thrilling Adventure Hour) will be on hand for a live reading performance of a Mouse Guard short story!

 

Tolkien Fandom: The Road Goes Ever On

5:00pm –  6:00pm

Room 25ABC

 

There have been fans of Professor Tolkien’s work since 1937, and there will continue to be fans far into the distant future. The staff of TheOneRing.net are continuing to host online discussions, streaming video and live events throughout this year and for years to come. They know you want to discuss the details of the books, make and wear beautiful costumes and party like Hobbits whenever you can. This year they will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the release of Fellowship of the Ring. Join staffers Clifford Broadway (TORn Tuesday), Josh Rubinstein (TORn bookclub), Kellie Rice (Happy Hobbit), Alex Rice (Happy Hobbit), and Josh Long(Collecting the Precious). Expect some fun audience participation during this in-depth discussion with the website forged by and for fans of J. R. R. Tolkien.

 

Writing for the Computer Gaming Industry

5:00pm –  6:00pm

Room 9

 

Storytelling is entering a new golden age in the computer gaming industry. This panel of insiders share their experiences in creating some of the best-reviewed narrative-driven titles in gaming history. Neal Hallford(Betrayal at Krondor: Remastered), Chris Avellone (Divinity: Original Sin II), Anne Toole (Horizon Zero Dawn),John Zuur Platten (Ingress), Geoffrey Thorne (The Librarians), Jean Leggett (Betwixt), and Blair Leggett(StoryStylus) promise an entertaining and informative hour. Moderated by Jana Hallford (Swords & Circuitry: A Designer’s Guide to Computer Role-Playing Games).

 

PANEL: Mobile Filmmaking: How to Make a Movie Using a Smartphone

5:05pm –  6:05pm

Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

 

Mobile filmmaking is becoming the next big thing! You have heard of movies that used smartphone cameras to shoot, but you may still not be convinced that you can make a movie yourself using a smartphone from your own back pocket! Smartphone cameras now have the capability of shooting 4K — which makes mobile filmmaking a possibility to be taken seriously. The founder of The International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego Susan Botello (S. Botello Productions) and San Diego mobile filmmakers Luis Juarez (IndieFone) and Rick Naravaezwill share the ins and outs of what you need to get started as a mobile filmmaker. Do you need an app? Can you use microphones? How do you stabilize your videos for a smoother more professional look? Do you need a million dollars? Panelist will answer your questions and present some cool filmmaking tools and accessories. Get inspired to make movies, documentaries, promos, music videos, and just about any films using your smartphone as a camera! Learn to edit on the phone (or computer) and share your films with the world. Bring your smartphones and share the world of mobile filmmaking! With moderator Machelle Noel (Supergirl Unburdened, GeekRockTV).

 

Comics from the Squared Circle

5:30pm –  6:30pm

Room 8

 

An insider’s look at the overlapping worlds of comics and professional wrestling, including a historical retrospective and predictions for the future of wrestling comics. Featuring Lucha Underground superstar Chavo Guerrero (Chavo Guerrero’s Warrior’s Creed), WWE Hall-of-Famer Andre the Giant’s daughter Robin Christensen-Roussimoff, and recordbreaking wrestling comics writer Mike Kingston (Headlocked). Hosted byHeidi MacDonald (Comics Beat).

 

DC’s Young Animal

5:30pm –  6:30pm

Room 5AB

 

Panelists get into the details of DC’s Young Animal, a new imprint launching this fall from My Chemical Romance frontman and bestselling comic writer Gerard Way (Doom Patrol), with many of his topnotch collaborators, including Cecil Castellucci (Shade, The Changing Girl), Jon Rivera (Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye), and others.

 

Famous Monsters: Stake of the Union 2016

5:30pm –  6:30pm

Room 26AB

 

The world’s first monster magazine returns to San Diego Comic-Con with more monsters than ever! Famous Monsters of Filmland publishers Philip Kim and Dominie Lee, executive editor David Weiner, and editor-in-chief Holly Interlandi (American Gothic Press) discuss the future of the magazine, the comics, the covers, digital subscriptions, and their new and exciting collaboration with History and A&E Network to bring you Alien Con, the first event to celebrate the hit TV series Ancient Aliens and science fact and fiction.

 

Is The Swag You’re Giving Out Working

5:30pm –  6:30pm

Room 24ABC

 

The one thing that every convention has in common, no matter how different their industries, is the kinds of promotional items being given out at each booth. Each company tries to make the best or most relevant items to promote their business. Everyone wants to have the right kind of promotional items that will resonate with their customers and influence them to purchase their brand or service. The War Machine Marketing panel is about finding out which items have worked in the past, which items haven’t, which have been surprising, and which have been revolutionary. This panel is for exhibitors, new businesses, and customers alike, because each perspective is important.

 

iZOMBIE Special Video Presentation and Q&A

5:30pm –  6:30pm

Ballroom 20

 

Television’s only Zom-Com-Rom-Dram, returns for its third appearance at Comic-Con. After experiencing the heart-pounding season 2 finale, be among the first to get the scoop on what’s in store for season 3! Now that Clive is in the know about zombies, how will his dynamic with Liv change? With Ravi’s cure robbing Blaine of his memories, what will Major decide to do with his borrowed time? Will Peyton continue her efforts to take down crime lord Mr. Boss? And will Vivian Stoll, new owner of Max Rager, succeed in making Seattle its zombie headquarters? See a special video presentation followed by a panel with series stars as well as executive producers Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars) and Diane Ruggiero-Wright (Veronica Mars). From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Spondoolie Productions and Warner Bros. Television and based on characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred for Vertigo from DC Entertainment, iZOMBIE returns midseason with all-new episodes on The CW. iZOMBIE: The Complete Second Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on July 12.

 

Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski

5:30pm –  6:30pm

Room 6DE

 

Sense8 fans! This is the only SDCC panel where one of the creator/writer/producers of the Netflix series will be appearing to answer your questions. For everyone else: each year, Straczynski (writer for Thor, Superman Earth One, World War Z and other projects) brings announcements to SDCC, and this year is no exception, but the announcements this time are especially big. Be there for news that’s going to blow up the Internet.

 

History’s Vikings

5:45pm –  6:45pm

Room 6BCF

 

Travis Fimmel (Ragnar), Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha), Clive Standen (Rollo), Gustaf Skarsgard (Floki),Alyssa Sutherland (Aslaug), and Alexander Ludwig (Bjorn), along with Michael Hirst (writer/creator), reveal an exclusive sneak peek of the new season.

 

Bold Voice of Contemporary Horror: What’s Next On Your Must-See List

6:00pm –  7:00pm

Room 7AB

 

Love The Witch?The Invitation? The BabadookIt FollowsYou’re Next? Experts including horror streaming service Shudder’s curator Sam Zimmerman, Sundance Film Festival’s Adam Montgomery, XYZ Films’ Mette Marie Katz and Spectrevision’s Elijah Wood and more as they discuss the indie horror movies that everyone will be talking about next. Featuring chats with these daring filmmakers and a sneak peek at their frightening work. From festival darlings to hugely anticipated films that just wrapped production, this is the place to come to find out what to keep an eye out for in the coming year. Not for the faint of heart! Filmmakers on the panel include producer Eric B. Fleischman (Carnage Park) and writer/director Sophia Takal (Always Shine).

 

Comic Book Secret Origins: How the Industry’s Best and Brightest Began

6:00pm –  7:00pm

Room 9

 

Every hero has an origin story, the defining moment where they thrust themselves to greatness. So do the comics industry’s best and brightest! Comics luminaries and tastemakers David Steinberger (comiXology CEO and co-founder), Denis Kitchen (cartoonist/publisher/agent, The Best of Comix Book), Derf Backderf(cartoonist, Trashed, My Friend Dahmer), and Ed Luce (cartoonist, Wuvable Oaf) offer a look at the extraordinary events that transformed them from comics fan to comic industry heroes!

 

Exploding Kittens and The Oatmeal

6:00pm –  7:00pm

Room 25ABC

 

Exploding Kittens and The Oatmeal (Matthew Inman) have a panel! Wherein talking, cavorting, scribbling, gyrating, ridiculing, sneak peeking, signing, head-desking, reveling, responding, and much hooplah will transpire.

 

Funimation Favorites

6:00pm –  7:00pm

Room 23ABC

 

Funimation staff take a look at some of their personal favorites from current anime and past classics. What’s your Funimation favorite?

 

Photoshop Panel with Creative Insights from Pros and Members of the Photoshop Team

6:00pm –  7:00pm

Room 30CDE

 

Daniel Presedo (Photoshop), Brian Haberlin (Anomaly, Faster Than Light), Chris Cox (Photoshop), andNikolai Svakhin (Photoshop) discuss new features and best practices on how they get their job done. Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard in digital imaging and is used by professionals worldwide for illustration, design, photography, 3D printing and more.

 

Simpsons Collector Group

6:00pm –  7:00pm

Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

 

Simpsons collectors of the world, unite! Take a break from the busy convention floor and get a chance to meet and mingle with fellow collectors of Simpsons merchandise from all over the country. This gathering, hosted by the staff of the Simpsons Collectors website, is a great chance to network with other collectors and share your experiences in the hobby with others. Meet the Simpsons collectors you see on the message board and put faces to names.

 

Spies, Vixens, and Masters of Kung Fu

6:00pm –  7:00pm

Room 4

 

Paul Gulacy (The Rook) discusses his 40-plus years in the comics industry with moderator Steve Mattsson(Superboy & the Ravers). Hear about Paul’s work on classic characters like Shang Chi, Sabre, Batman, James Bond, Sci-Spy, Catwoman, and G.I. Joe. See behind-the-scenes examples of Paul’s technique: layouts, pencils, inks, fully rendered colors, and painting.

 

The Annual International Association of Media and Tie-In Writers Awards Panel

6:00pm –  7:00pm

Room 28DE

 

Max Allan Collins (Mike Hammer), co-founder of the IAMTW, hosts this year’s Scribe Awards for excellence in tie-in writing, including honoring this year’s Grandmaster Award “Faust” winner, Timothy Zahn (Star Wars). Panelists Michael A. Black (Executioner), Adam Christopher (Elementary), Matt Forbeck (Halo), Glenn Hauman (Star Trek), Nancy Holder (Crimson Peak), R. L. King (Shadowrun), Jonathan Maberry (Wolfman),Andy Mangels (X-Files), Cavan Scott (Pathfinder), and Marv Wolfman (Batman) engage in a freewheeling look at one of the most popular and yet underappreciated branches of the writing trade.

 

The Exorcist

6:00pm –  7:00pm

Room 6A

 

See a special preview screening of the full first episode with stars Alfonso Herrera (Sense8, The Chosen), Ben Daniels (Flesh and Bone, House of Cards), and Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Geena Davis(Commander in Chief, Beetlejuice, The Fly) and writer/producer Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four). Widely regarded as the greatest horror movie ever made, Academy Award-nominated The Exorcist terrified audiences around the world. Now, more than four decades later, The Exorcist returns as a contemporary psychological TV thriller on FOX this fall, following the story of two very different priests tackling one family’s case of terrifying demonic possession.

 

The Writer’s Journey: Maximizing Your Exposure in the Marketplace

6:00pm –  7:00pm

Room 32AB

 

This panel addresses what new writers need to do once they have material ready to go out to the masses. The shifting 21st-century digital frontier means the age-old methods of building a career have been rendered irrelevant, and this group of Hollywood screenwriters and graphic novel creators share insider information, publishing secrets, and the professional realities on how to develop your ideas into a viable property and market yourself accordingly. Moderated by 2015 Disney/ABC Writing Program winner and 2014 Eisner Award nomineeBrandon Easton (Marvel’s Agent Carter, IDW’s M.A.S.K.), the panel includes TV producern Geoffrey Thorne(LeverageThe Librarians), writer Erika Alexander (Concrete Park,Living Single), artist/writer Tony Puryear(Concrete Park, the Schwarzenegger film Eraser), and writer Brandon Thomas (Skybound’s HorizonMiranda Mercury).

 

Vulture: Valiant’s Faith

6:00pm –  7:00pm

Room 29AB

 

Faith is the breakout superhero of the year. This stereotype-demolishing character from Valiant Entertainment has won critical acclaim, fan enthusiasm, and now, her own monthly series. But what makes her tick? Faith writerJody Houser (Orphan Black, Mother Panic) takes a deep dive into this soaring hero’s past, present, and future. Moderated by Vulture’s Abraham Riesman (associate editor).

 

From Day Job to Dream Job: Making the Transition

6:10pm –  7:10pm

Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

 

UCLA Extension instructors Dallas King (director and genre-filmmaker), Peter Gend (VFX producer), Quinton Peeples (feature film and television writer/producer), Brooks Wachtel (animation writer/screenwriter), Robert Bryant (video game producer), and moderator Kim Adelman (indie filmmaker) discuss how they transitioned from a practical day job to a professional career in the creative fields of writing, filmmaking, and gaming. Explore best practices for making the transition to your own dream job and get answers to your questions during a Q&A.

 

Fangirls Lead The Way: She Made Me Do It

6:30pm –  7:30pm

Room 26AB

 

As the demographics of the industry continue to change, this panel focuses on the impact of female fans (not female creators) and how they are changing comics from the ground up in surprising and positive ways. More than ever, their grassroots efforts can be seen everywhere from comic shops atond conventions, and from cosplay to social media. Panelists include Jamie Broadnax (Black Girl Nerds), Sam Maggs (Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy), Rose Del Vecchio (Fanmail), and Constance Gibbs (Black Girls Nerds). Moderated by Ed Catto(Bonfire Agency).

 

How Old is Young Adult in Europe and the USA?

6:30pm –  7:30pm

Room 8

 

French YA graphic novel creator Mathieu Reynès (Alter Ego, Harmony) and American novelist Matthew J. Kirby (Last Descendants: Assassin’s Creed Series) discuss and compare their work, experiences, and readership as seen from the two sides of the Atlantic. Moderated by Brigid Alverson (Publishers Weekly,School Library Journal).

 

She Made That: Nickelodeon Women in Animation

6:30pm –  7:30pm

Room 24ABC

 

A group of innovative and pioneering female cartoon creators discuss their careers and the opportunities for women in animation today. Panelists include women responsible for the original Nicktoons from the 1990s and others who are making some of today’s best animation for TV and the web. Hosted by Rachel Heine (Nerdist) and including panelists Lauren Faust (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic), Mary Harrington (The Ren & Stimpy Show, Rocko’s Modern Life), Vanessa Coffey (Rugrats, Doug), Rikke Asbjoern (Pinky Malinky),Margaret Dean (Women in Animation), and Maija Burnett (California Institute of the Arts).

 

Trek Talks: Science, Smithsonian And Star Trek

6:30pm –  7:30pm

Room 5AB

 

From the cutting-edge labs of the Smithsonian Institution to the front lines of the digital economy, the promises made in Star Trek are coming true. This panel gives a glimpse at real Trek technology: the tricorder that may change medicine, laser weapon technology, and an actual tractor beam. And fans will get a preview of the original Starship Enterprise, fully restored after 50 years and the centerpiece of the National Air and Space Museum. This panel will include exclusive preview clips from Smithsonian Channel’s two-hour special Building Star Trek, which will air later this year. Dr. Margaret Weitekamp, curator at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, moderates a discussion with Dr. Sonny Kohli, team leader of Cloud DX, a finalist for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE; David Grier, professor of physics and director of the Center for Soft Matter Research at New York University, who is developing a real-life Tractor Beam; Dr. Rob Afzal, Lockheed Martin senior fellow Laser Sensor and Systems Harnessing the Power of Lasers; and Elizabeth Trojian, executive producer of Smithsonian Channel’s Building Star Trek.

 

AMC’s Preacher

6:30pm –  8:30pm

Hall H

 

Executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg join comic book co-creator and series co-executive producer Garth Ennis and members of the cast including Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti and Graham McTavish in a panel moderated by Kevin Smith, to discuss the first season of the hit series. Join the panelists for a live reading of the newest episode, airing Sunday, July 24 at 9pm on AMC, followed by a Q&A session.

 

Scream Queens

6:45pm –  7:45pm

Ballroom 20

 

It’s the return of the Chanels! From award-winning executive producers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan, season 2 of Scream Queens graduates from the college campus and into an abandoned hospital purchased by Dean Munch (Jamie Lee Curtis). Set two years later, the Chanels (Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd, and Abigail Breslin), Hester (Lea Michele), and Zayday (Keke Palmer) are now hospital employees as they embark on another terrifyingly funny murder mystery full of the most fascinating and bizarre medical cases ever diagnosed. Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, and others engage in a star-studded season 1 tell-all, with exclusive details on the new season premiering this fall on Fox. There’s a new killer in town, but this time . . . it’s no devil!

 

Your Opinion Sucks!: Rotten Tomatoes Critics vs. Fans

6:45pm –  7:45pm

Room 6DE

 

Face off against your favorite Rotten Tomatoes critics and editor-in-chief Matt Atchity and senior editor Grae Drake of Rotten Tomatoes, in this highly interactive panel discussion, where audience members are invited to share movies and TV shows they love, hate, or love to hate. Everyone in the room will get the chance to vote “fresh” or “rotten” by using their personal “Tomatometer Paddle.”

 

Cards Against Humanity

7:00pm –  8:00pm

Room 25ABC

 

The weirdos behind Cards Against Humanity will share the secrets of their biggest pranks and stunts, like the time they sent 30,000 fans a box of poop or created a for-real Donald Trump survival kit. This panel features the exclusive trailer for Avengers 4: Attack of the Kissing.

 

Community Video Gaming, Local LAN and Live Events

7:00pm –  8:00pm

Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

 

Local gaming and community leaders discuss the gaming scene in and around San Diego. Find out how you can join in on the fun events, including tournaments and social LAN play, as well as how you can start your own communities in your own area.

 

Destination America’s Supernatural Super Panel

7:00pm –  8:00pm

Room 7AB

 

Join paranormal superstars Nick Groff, Katrina WeidmanAdam BerryAmy Bruni and more as ghost-hunting’s elite unite for one night only, presented by Destination America. Throughout their combined career they have more than 10,000 horrifying haunts under their belts, from the Exorcist house, to the Stanley Hotel and many more hotspots. These paranormal powerhouses will regale you with tales of their darkest, creepiest, and most life-altering paranormal experiences. Also, they will discuss how the work of Lorraine Warren and the original paranormal Holy Grail of “The Conjuring” led them to where they are today. Additionally, they will make themselves available for all-access questions from fans, unveil never-before-seen footage, and reveal exclusive news to the Comic-Con audience about the longest-ever paranormal investigation they are about to embark upon. Enter to win the chance to join a ghost hunt for one of Destination America’s hit shows and other prizes at this can’t miss event.

 

Figure Drawing for Popular Media

7:00pm –  8:00pm

Room 30CDE

 

Emilio Soltero, Ph.D. (Draw the Line, Figure It Out, John Buscema: A Life in Sketches) presents 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. Come ready to take notes and to draw. Cosplayers are welcome to join and artists of all levels are encouraged to attend. Bring your own materials.

 

Insights for Independent Creators

7:00pm –  8:00pm

Room 32AB

 

Members of The Antidote Trust (TAT), America’s #1 independent comic book cooperative, have been hard at work on new projects! Now they, and a few guests, want to share their secrets to indie 4-color success. Moderator Charlotte (Fullerton) McDuffie (writer, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Ben 10: Alien Force/Ultimate Alien/Omnivers and chairperson, WGA Animation Writers Caucus) leads the discussion withGeoff Gerber (president, Lion Forge Comics), Hannibal Tabu (writer, Artifacts/Soulfire: Sourcebook #1/Waso/Project: Wildfire), Nilah Magruder (writer/artist, M.F.K., winner 2015 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity), Eric Dean Seaton (creator, Legend of the Mantamaji trilogy; director, Legend of the Mantamaji: Live Action Short), Russell Nohelty (writer/creator, Ichabod Jones: Monster Hunter and Katrina Hates the Dead, publisher, Wannabe Press), and TAT co-founder Robert Roach (creator, MenthuThe Roach; storyboard artist,Insomnia; winner inaugural Glyph Award).

 

LINE Webtoon: Monetize Your Comics

7:00pm –  8:00pm

Room 4

 

LINE Webtoon’s Tom Akel will walk you through how to publish and promote your own IP on the Discover platform, while Patreon’s Heather Wilder will provide details on a new partnership between Patreon and LINE Webtoon and how creators can take advantage of a new Webtoon creator investment program. Hear from creators who have published their work through Discover while building huge audiences, including Kaitlyn Narvaza (Siren’s Lament), winners of the Stan Lee Superhero Comics Contest L. G. Lancaster and Orlando Caicedo (The Bad Guys), and Nick Seluk, creator of the hit series Lars The Awkward Yeti.

 

Reunion of the Firefly Art Department

7:00pm –  8:00pm

Room 29AB

 

Those who worked on the Joss Whedon cult classic, which ran for just one season (2002-2003), reminisce on their days working 500 years in the future. Panelists are Carey Meyer (production designer and moderator),Colin De Ruin (art director), Loni Peristere (VFX supervisor and Zoic creator), and Will Cobb (conceptual set designer).

 

TeeFury Build-a-Brand: Artist Self Promotion and Live Art Session

7:00pm –  8:00pm

Room 9

 

Karen Hallion (artist/illustrator), Tom Hodges (comic artist and illustrator), “Artist Abe” Lopez (artist/illustrator),John “Captain Ribman” Sprengelmeyer (award-winning illustrator/syndicated cartoonist), Austin “RebelArt” Frankel (artist/illustrator), and Craig “Wotto” Watkins (artist/designer) share their experiences as pioneers in the pop culture apparel world and provide practical advice on building your brand, along with a live drawing of a fan-suggested shirt design. Q&A moderated by Tom Kurzanski (art director for TeeFury).

 

The 17th Annual Animation Show of Shows

7:00pm –  8:00pm

Room 6BCF

 

Ron Diamond (founder and curator of the Animation Show of Shows and Acme Filmworks) presents a curated program of new animated shorts including Don Hertzfeldt’s Academy Award-nominated animated short filmWorld of Tomorrow, John Lewis and Janette Goodey’s The Story of Percival Pilts, Amanda Palmer and Avi Ofer’sBehind the Trees, and Lynn Tomlinson’s The Ballad of Holland Island House. Diamond will moderate a Q&A with the audience.

 

The Gay Agenda in Horror: Terrifying Subtext

7:00pm –  8:00pm

Room 28DE

 

Horror films, TV shows, books and comics have always attempted to bring us to the threshold of our fears and force us to come face to face with the “otherness” that exists outside of the mainstream. For those in the LGBTQ community, this sense of otherness within the genre is not only terrifying, titillating, and transgressive, it’s quite often also relatable. The LGBTQ community has had a long history with the horror genre, from James Whales’Frankenstein to the oft-cited “gayest movie of all time,” A Nightmare on Elm Street 2. Has the current surge of LGBTQ acceptance and civil rights influenced the horror genre? Does a gay horror genre exist, and if so what makes it different from mainstream horror? Or has queer horror finally stepped out of the darkness and into the light? Prism Comics and moderator/screenwriter Michael Varrati (Tales of Poe, Flesh for the Inferno) and horror genre professionals Jaclyn Chessen (Shock Attack)Alan Rowe Kelly (Tales of PoeThe Blood Shed), Chris Landon (Disturbia, Paranormal Activity franchise), Aja Romano (web culture reporter, Vox/fandom expert), andDarren Stein (Jawbreaker, GBF) discuss the history of this popular field from a queer perspective.

 

What’s Up with Penguin

7:00pm –  8:00pm

Room 23ABC

 

Anne Sowards (Ace/Roc), Jessica Wade (Ace/Roc), and Christina Colangelo (Penguin Young Readers Group) give you the dish on forthcoming books from exciting authors and licensed properties, such as Jim Butcher, Ransom Riggs, Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Anthony Ryan, Sabaa Tahir, Marie Lu, Anne Bishop, Taherah Mafi, and many others. You can expect giveaways like finished books or advanced reading copies!

 

Howl’s Moving Castle Screening

7:00pm –  10:00pm

Horton Grand Theatre

 

Howl’s Moving Castle is another visually spectacular tale of imagination from Hayao Miyazaki. Join Her Universe and Hot Topic for Studio Ghibli trivia, prizes, and a special screening of the enchanting film. Hosted by Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein.

 

Sharknado: The 4th Awakens

7:15pm –  8:15pm

Room 6A

 

Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Ryan Newman, Stacey Dash, Cody Linley, Masiela Lusha and director Anthony Ferrante will whet your appetite for the explosive new sequel in the pop culture juggernaut that is Sharknado!See exclusive clips of the fourth installment, which will be chomping down viewers this July 31 on Syfy. The cast and director will share stories from the set, explain why the story takes place five years into the future, and reveal how just many sharks it takes to destroy Las Vegas. Fans also get to partake in a Q&A session.

 

Pin Up! The Movie

7:15pm –  9:10pm

Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

 

Dangerous. Sexy. All-American girl. The pin up in all her complications, told by the women who live and breathe vintage style. Participating panelists include Kathleen M. Ryan (director, Homefront Heroines), Mitzi Valenzuela(Mitzi&Co photographer), and Kalia Motley (Bang Bang Von Loola).

 

Action Figure Insider Presents: Behind the Plastic: Toy Designers and Art Directors

7:30pm –  8:30pm

Room 26AB

 

Veteran designers and art directors discuss the toy making process, concepting, pitching, problem solving, packaging, and more. Get the inside track on what happens before our heroes become plastic and the trials and tribulations of the design, approval, and production of the toys and collectibles you love. AFI has gathered a diverse grouping of panelists including Jose Alvarez (senior designer, Jakks Pacific), Bill Beneke (senior project designer, Mattel), Jim Fletcher (creative director, creative services at DC Entertainment), Jean St. Jean (co-owner, head sculptor, designer at Creatureplica), Jason Langston (staff designer at Mattel), Jerry Macaluso(supervising art director, Pop Culture Shock Collectibles), and Brock Otterback (creative director, toys/collectibles, Mondo). Hosted by Daniel Pickett (ActionFigureInsider, Geek Shall Inherit Podcast).

 

Creating Your Own Universe

7:30pm –  8:30pm

Room 5AB

 

Len Wein (co-creator of Swamp Thing and Wolverine) moderates a panel that will discuss the many ways one might create a universe, whether in comics, novels, gaming, television, film and virtual reality. Panelists includeJames Lopez (creator, Hullabaloo, an animated Steampunk series), Mark Murphy (co-creator, Neil deGrasse Tyson Presents: Space Odyssey)Peter S. Beagle (author, The Last Unicorn), and representatives from cutting-edge VR companies, including HTC Vive and Samsung GearVR.

 

Geek & Sundry’s How Geeky Are You Trivia Panel

7:30pm –  8:30pm

Room 8

 

Trivia panel returns! Join the Geek & Sundry Twitch channel crew in a trivia battle with you, the audience! The Geek & Sundry Trivia Game will test your geek culture knowledge (and improv skills) and award you the chance to win some sweet, sweet swag!

 

Hollywood Science Fiction Museum

7:30pm –  8:30pm

Room 24ABC

 

What began as the rescue of Star Trek Enterprise bridge sets in 2012 has become what will be the world’s largest Science Fiction Museum and Horror Museum. Founder Huston Huddleston and special guests unveil news, photos, and videos from their nonprofit educational 2017 World Tour. Props and special events includeStar Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Firefly, Aliens, The Walking Dead and many more films and TV shows.

 

11 Secrets to Publishing Your E-Book

8:00pm –  9:00pm

Room 32AB

 

So, you’ve been writing. Maybe it’s a novel, or a short story, or assorted musings on vampires. You’re getting ready to self-publish on Amazon, but you’re not sure how to take that last step. Before you hit “upload,” come to this panel! Sean Rourke (author of The Pendragon Armada) will go over 11 crucial secrets to prevent your masterpiece from getting lost in the digital sea!

 

Australian Indie Comics Explosion

8:00pm –  9:00pm

Room 9

 

Neville Howard (writer, Sugar and Space), Cristian Roux (creator, Falling Star), W. Chew Chan andChristopher Sequeira (artist/writer, The Exoneration of Doctor Fu Manchu), and Darren Koziol (publisher, Dark Oz comics) explore the renaissance of independent Australian creators using comics as a medium to tell unique and interesting stories. The panel will provide an overview of their projects and host a Q&A moderated by Alana Marshall (editor, Melbourne Comics).

 

Halo Costuming and Props with the 405th

8:00pm –  9:00pm

Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

 

Want to build your own Halo costume armor and props but don’t know where to start or what to do? The 405th Infantry Division is here to help! Panelists will discuss the how-tos and pros and cons of the many methods used to create props and armor from the Halo universe, followed by a Q&A to help you get started on your armor building journey. Panelists include Benedict Choy (foam, laser-cutting, software), Cary Gunnar Lee and John Paul Pollio (pepakura and painting), and Alec Richter (vacuform and 3D printing). Moderated by Tyler Perfect(405th Pacific SoCal Battalion CO).

 

Mega64 Rogue Two Galactic Civil War Trilogy Reboot

8:00pm –  9:00pm

Room 6DE

 

The cast and crew of Mega64 are back in their hometown to blow away all their old high school friends with insane new videos and secret stuff, especially Matt from ASB. That guy better come to this panel and see how panelists Rocco Botte, Derrick Acosta, Shawn Chatfield, and Garrett Hunter have only somehow gotten hotter since back then. And that’s not even mentioning Eric Baudour. Get ready, Matt.

 

Science and Comics with The League of Extraordinary Scientists and Engineers

8:00pm –  9:00pm

Room 25ABC

 

What happens when you bring a nanotechnologist, an A.I. research scientist, and an entomologist together in a room? You form the League of Extraordinary Scientists and Engineers! Jeane Wong (LXS founder and educator) is obsessed with science and has a solid origin with superheros and discovering those same powers in the real world, from entomology to rockets to robots and beyond. Jeane, along with panel guests Dr. Sunny Fugate (engineer, A.I. research, space and naval warfare systems command), Dr. Paige Howorth (entomology curator, San Diego Zoo), Dr. Tom Darlington (nanoComposix), and Jeff McQuaid (marine biologist, J. CraigVenter Institute and Scripps Institute of Oceanography) discuss how comics and science fiction push scientists and engineers to rocket past what they know is possible at any given moment and into an otherwise unimaginable future. Come curious and leave inspired.

 

Scum and Villainy: Psychological Factors Influencing the Characters You Love to Hate

8:00pm –  9:00pm

Room 28DE

 

Why do you love to hate your favorite bad guys, such as the antihero, Disney villains, or characters like Deadpool or the Joker? A research study conducted by April Fugett, Ph.D. (professor, department of psychology, Marshall University), Keith W. Beard, Psy.D. (professor, department of psychology, Marshall University), Elijah Wise, Britani Black, and Jacob Mills (doctoral students, Marshall University) examined the psychological theory of personality traits called the Dark Triad (machiavellianism, narcissism, psychopathy). Research suggests that people with these personality traits are more likely to engage in self-promotion and be aggressive in their interactions with others on social media. In contrast, other personality theories focus on people being agreeable and open to new experiences. Personality traits for both approaches and over 650 pop culture characters were studied. Results indicate existing relationships between personality characteristics and favorite villains. This information could be used to better promote and best engage people with these traits in media and other venues.

 

Shout! Factory and Scream Factory

8:00pm –  9:00pm

Room 29AB

 

Brian Ward (DVD producer) and Jeff Nelson (senior marketing director) make exclusive announcements, deliver sneak peeks of video from upcoming releases, and more.

 

Star Wars Trivia Panel

8:00pm –  9:00pm

Room 7AB

 

The San Diego Star Wars Society has prepared a challenging, fun-filled trivia game for fans of the galaxy far, far away. The first game round is for kids ages 5-11, followed by three adult game rounds (ages 12 and up). Test your knowledge of the Star Wars universe, and win valuable prizes. The trivia panel hosts are Brendan Prout, Linda Crispien, Leia Hornedo, Carlos Munoz, David Gutierrez and Shawn Mullen.

 

Start Your Creativity Engine

8:00pm –  9:00pm

Room 4

 

Having trouble revving up your creativity engine? Creating worlds and characters can be a daunting idea. However, with the right tools and inspiration, the wonderful world of art, writing, and creativity becomes your oasis. Genese Davis (The Holder’s Dominion), Rob Prior (Heavy Metal), Eric Kieron Davis (Star Citizen), andJonathan Maberry (Rot and Ruin) divulge their experience creating worlds, telling rich stories, and seeing how gender and genre sometimes conflict or combine in interesting ways.

 

Top 10 Tips to Up Your Comics Writing Game

8:00pm –  9:00pm

Room 30CDE

 

You’re a comics writer, or you want to be. You’re motivated and driven. Great. You’re just like a thousand other would-be comics writers. So how do you stand above the rest? John Barber (Ultimate Spider-Man, Transformers) has written for several major publishers and edited for both Marvel and IDW. Between him andAndy Schmidt (X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy), founder of Comics Experience, they’ve seen thousands of pitches and worked with dozens of editors. Together, they’ve created a top 10 list of things that the strongest writers do to stand above the crowd. They will give you all 10 in this jaw-dropping panel.

 

Worst Cartoons Ever

8:15pm –  9:15pm

Room 6BCF

 

For the 14th year, Jerry Beck (Cartoon Research) has once again compiled a 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 Johnny Cypher in Dimension Zero (a one-man weapon of mass destruction). Be sure to enjoy some of the worst there is out there in this hilarious salute.

 

Christian Comic Arts Society Mixer

8:30pm –  9:30pm

Room 26AB

 

Hosted by the Christian Comic Arts Society in partnership with Geeky Guys for God, this annual mixer will include an epic quiz contest, with prizes to be awarded to the contestants who prove to be the geekiest. They will be presenting the world premiere of a full episode from the new Bibleman series. This is an opportunity for Christian fans and professionals to intermingle, socialize, and network. Meet professionals such as Pastor Frederick K. C. Price Jr. (Crenshaw Christian Center), Dan Lynch (publisher, B&H Kids/LifeWay Christian Resources), Scott A. Shuford (FrontGate Media), Eric Jansen (Foursqaure Mission Press), Brent and Erin Weidermann (Bible Belles), and other special guests.

 

Klingon Lifestyles

8:30pm –  9:30pm

Room 6A

 

Klingons, weapons, a mission gone awry, and a live action bat’leth sword battle. Come join the fun and mayhem for the 23rd annual Klingon stage play. Watch the Stranglehold Klingons encounter a problem for the Empire. Enter the Trek costume contest to celebrate 50 years-prizes for best dressed, largest red shirt group, and more. All alien races welcomed. If you love stage plays and swag even more, support the only live-action Star Trek fan based play to boldly go where no play has gone before!

 

Romance in Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror

8:30pm –  9:30pm

Room 8

 

Award-winning bestselling authors and actors discuss romance in science fiction, fantasy and horror. Crush, heart throb, or love at first site? Attraction, compatibility, offspring, love, society, (extremely) long-distance relationships, close quarters, customs, rituals, religions, marriage, and more! Featuring Rebekah R. Ganiere(Fairelle Series, president of Fantasy Futuristic & Paranormal RWA Chapter), Juliet Landau (actress, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel), Gigi Edgley (actress, Farscape, Star Trek Continues), Mark O’Bannon (author, The Dream Crystal, Imperium), and Katrina Law (actress, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow). Moderated by James Ganiere (chief editor, Fallen Angel Press, CEO-Rio Vista Universal).

 

The Girl Genius Radio Plays

8:30pm –  10:00pm

Room 24ABC

 

Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio, and others present some of the weirder adventures of Agatha Heterodyne Girl Genius, done in the style of old-time radio.

 

World Premiere of Batman: The Killing Joke

9:00pm –  12:00am

Ballroom 20

 

Delve into the demented history of the Dark Knight’s arch nemesis, The Joker, as he sets out to prove insanity is only a horrifying moment away for anyone in the latest DC Universe Original Movie, Batman: The Killing Joke.Based on one of the bestselling graphic novels of all time, this R-rated, feature-length animated film brings together some of the key creative team behind Batman: The Animated Series with executive producer Bruce Timm (Justice League: Gods & Monsters) at the helm and Kevin Conroy (Justice League), and Mark Hamill(Star Wars) returning to their seminal roles as Batman and The Joker, respectively. Hear how the graphic novel transitioned to animated thriller, and then witness the world premiere of this highly anticipated film. Panelists include Tara Strong (Teen Titans, Batman: Arkham games) as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, RoboCop) as Commissioner James Gordon, as well as director Sam Liu (Batman: Year One, All-Star Superman) and Harvey and Eisner Award-winning writer Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Batman: Broken City). Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, Batman: The Killing Joke arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment July 26 on Digital HD and August 2 on Blu-ray Deluxe Edition, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD.

 

Celebrating 35 Years of Heavy Metal: The Movie

9:00pm –  10:00pm

Room 28DE

 

35 years ago saw the release of Heavy Metal, a film unlike any other that had come before: a psychedelic animated journey through the pages of the publication that defined a generation of comics fans and science fiction readers! Now we pay tribute to this legendary film with an exclusive live reading from the original script led by Metalocalypse co-creator Jon Schnepp and surprise guests, exclusive news on the new Heavy Metal film, and more! Join Schnepp along with co-CEO Jeff Krelitz and publicist Jeremy Atkins for a fitting tribute to the most metal animated film ever!

 

Super Geeked Up Live

9:00pm –  10:00pm

Room 29AB

 

The Super Geeked Up crew discuss your favorite sci-fi, fantasy, superhero, and video game topics and play fun geek-themed improv games like Geeky Musical, Universal Translator, and Let’s Geek It On! Plus a ton of audience participation and awesome prizes! Hosted by Jeff Burns and Jordan Noel with special guests Rena Strober (Azura in Fire Emblem Fates), Joanna Sotomura (Emma ApprovedVideo Game High School), andAnna Brisbin (YouTube’s Brizzy Voices). Don’t miss this super-interactive award-winning show that will provide the zaniest fun you have at Comic-Con!

 

Floyd Norman: An Animated Life Documentary Release

9:00pm –  10:30pm

Room 9

 

Filmmakers Michael Fiore (producer and 2nd unit director, Sony Screen Gems’ Keep Watching) and Erik Sharkey (director, Drew: The Man Behind the Poster) will show clips from their original feature-length documentary, announce upcoming release dates, and reunite animation’s “troublemaker” Floyd Norman(legendary Disney animator and story artist) with many animators and producers he worked with over his storied 61-year career. Panelists will include notables featured in the documentary, including Don Hahn (producer,Maleficent), Gary Trousdale (co-director, Disney’s animated Beauty and the Beast), Leonard Maltin (film critic and historian), Ken Mitchroney (writer, director, and story artist), Tom Sito (animator and professor of animation, USC), and Leo Sullivan (animator, producer, and publisher). The documentary also features interviews with Whoopi Goldberg (actress), Sergio Aragonés (cartoonist), Richard Sherman (Disney music composer), Scott Shaw! (cartoonist), and Ralph Guggenheim (former Pixar VP of animation). The documentary is supported with a wonderful jazz music score by Ryan Shore (composer, Disney’s Penn Zero, WB’s Scooby-Doo!, and The Oscars) and original animation by up-and-coming artist and animator Nirali Somaia. The filmmakers will moderate a Q&A session and give away exclusive SDCC miniposters designed for the documentary by legendary illustrator Drew Struzan.

 

Hall H and Ballroom 20 Friday Playback Free Play

9:00pm –  10:30pm

Marriott Grand Ballroom 5-6, Marriott Marquis & Marina

 

Didn’t get into Hall H or Ballroom 20 today? We feel your pain! On hand to kick off the panel will be the assistant to the director of programming for Comic-Con, Tommy Goldbach, in this block that rebroadcasts some of the day’s popular panels from those two giant rooms. Best of all, those in attendance will get to vote in a show of applause on what they want to see. It’s democracy at its finest, and it’s a second or maybe even a third 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.)

 

Tracing Arthur

9:10pm –  10:25pm

Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

 

André Montpetit, also known as “Arthur,” passed through Québec’s artistic scene like a shooting star. This extraordinary comic artist and his overactive imagination became widely known in the poster and comic strip world at the end of the 1960s, before disappearing as quickly as he had appeared. If the “Arthur” myth lives on today, the mystery surrounding André Montpetit is complete. Is he still alive? Does he still draw? What is left of his marginal and rebellious life? Via a mosaic of never-before-seen works of art, original animated sequences, and firsthand testimonials, director Saël Lacroix lifts the curtain on one of the era’s emblematic figureheads whom history has long forgotten.

 

ScreenJunkies: Honest Trailers and Movie Fights Live

9:15pm –  10:45pm

Room 6DE

 

The entire ScreenJunkies team is on hand with exclusive video content, including a never-before-seen Honest Trailers, as ScreenJunkies’ own Andy Signore (creator, Honest Trailers), Dan Murrell (editor, Honest Trailers).Spencer Gilbert (writer, Honest Trailers), and Jon Bailey (voice, Honest Trailers) take you behind the scenes of your favorite Honest Trailers, hosted by Hal Rudnick (ScreenJunkies Show). Followed by their biggest Movie Fights yet, featuring eight all-star, fighters, including Doug Benson (Doug Loves Movies), Max Landis (writer,Dirk Gently), Nick Mundy (Mundy Night Raw), and many more surprise guests!

 

Spike & Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation

9:30pm –  11:30pm

Room 6BCF

 

Not for the faint of heart! This program theatrically premiered Spirit of Christmas (Matt Parker, Trey Stone), Frog Baseball (Mike Judge), and Dr. Tran (Breehn Burns, Jason Johnson). Bear witness to the outrageous hilarity of everything thought possible and impossible of Sick & Twisted Animation. You, the lunatic fringe of society, vote on the films as they screen in front of you. Highlights this year include the new heavy metal rock song sung and played by your favorite pop culture heroes in Batmetal Returns, Horned Grandma, and Shiny. Meet Spike, who will be introducing the show in person.

 

Turned

10:25pm –  10:55pm

Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

 

In a dangerous abandoned city, a mother has been bitten by a zombie. Locked in a house with a violent survivor, she must find a way to get her child to safety before her deteriorating mind and body turn her into a monster. Participating panelists include Adam Bolt (director), Matt Miller (producer), and Kelly Thewlis (production coordinator).

 

Knock Knock

10:55pm –  11:15pm

Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

 

A young lady is about to hang her new antique mirror on the wall when someone mysteriously leaves a box on her doorstep. As she gets ready to open it, knocks start to spread around in her apartment. Who is it? Or should we say what is it? Join panelist Maxence Rapp (director).

 

White Collar

11:15pm –  11:25pm

Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

 

The film takes place in a parallel, but not so distant universe, in which its citizens are willing to do anything for a job. More specifically, a new pattern of job interviews has been established, during which the finalists answer questions about the position they want; whoever answers wrong plays a peculiar type of Russian roulette.

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *