SDCC ’16: All the Wednesday and Thursday panels with Kieron Gillen, Luc Besson and everyone in between

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dayzeroIT’S HERE. Time to lock down those schedules, people. Comic-Con has released the entire schedule for Wednesday and Thursday and we’ll have a sleection of highlights as soon as our mnd stops boggling.

JULY 20 • WEDNESDAY

4:00pm –  6:00pm

Teaching with Comics: An Interactive Workshop for Educators
Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library
Peter Carlson (Green Dot Public Schools), Antero Garcia (Colorado State University), and Susan Kirtley(Portland State University) lead this hands-on workshop integrating comic books in your K-12 classrooms. Open to teachers of all subjects, this session includes awesome interactive activities, approaches for aligning comic books within curriculum, and resources for you to use. Current classroom educators Samantha Diego, James Kelley, and Jenn Anya Prosser will spotlight specific ways they address the learning needs of students in their classrooms.
6:00pm –  10:00pm

Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings
Ballroom 20
Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue their annual Preview Night tradition, with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of five of the most highly anticipated series of the 2016-17 television season-Riverdale, Powerless, People of Earth, Frequency, and Time After Time-as well as a new episode of Teen Titans Go!

Riverdale – Things aren’t always what you expect in Riverdale. Based on the iconic characters from Archie Comics and produced by Berlanti Productions (The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, Everwood), this one-hour drama is a bold, subversive take on the surreality of small-town life. As a new school year begins, the town of Riverdale is reeling from the recent, tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom, and nothing feels the same. Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) is still the all-American teen, but the summer’s events made him realize that he wants to pursue a career in music and not follow in his dad’s footsteps, despite the sudden end of his forbidden relationship with Riverdale’s young music teacher, Ms. Grundy (Sarah Habel). Which means Archie doesn’t have anyone who will mentor him-certainly not singer Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray). who is only focused on her band, the soon-to-be-world-famous Pussycats. It’s all weighing heavily on Archie’s mind, as is his fractured friendship with budding writer and fellow classmate Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse). Meanwhile, girl-next-door Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) is anxious to see her crush, Archie, after being away all summer, but she’s not quite ready to reveal her true feelings to him. And Betty’s nerves, which are hardly soothed by her overbearing mother, Alice (Mädchen Amick), aren’t the only thing holding her back. When a new student, Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), arrives in town from New York with her mother Hermione (Marisol Nichols), there’s an undeniable spark between her and Archie, even though Veronica doesn’t want to risk her new friendship with Betty by making a play for Archie. And then there’s Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch), Riverdale’s Queen Bee is happy to stir up trouble among Archie, Betty, and Veronica, but Cheryl is keeping secrets of her own. What, exactly, is she hiding about the mysterious death of her twin brother, Jason? Riverdale may look like a quiet, sleepy town, but there are dangers in the shadows. Riverdale is from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Supergirl, Glee), Sarah Schechter (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), and Jon Goldwater (Archie Comics). Riverdale premieres midseason on The CW.

Powerless – It’s a superhero’s world. As the first comedy series set in the DC Universe, Powerless is the story of Emily (Vanessa Hudgens, High School Musical), 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 and executive producer Ben Queen (Cars 2), Powerlesspremieres midseason on NBC.

People of Earth – From Emmy winners Conan O’Brien (Conan), and Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks and Recreation), and creator David Jenkins comes People of Earth, a half-hour single-camera comedy series about a support group for alien abductees. People of Earth centers on skeptical journalist Ozzie Graham (Wyatt Cenac,The Daily Show), who investigates a support group to write about the members’ 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 this world. The series is executive produced by O’Brien, Daniels, Norm Hiscock (King of the Hill), Jeff Ross (Conan), David Kissinger (Eagleheart), and Larry Sullivan; Jenkins is co-executive producer. Produced by Conaco LLC in association with Warner Horizon Television, People of Earth is coming this fall to TBS.

Frequency – Based on the New Line feature film, Frequency is the story of a father and daughter who are supernaturally reunited two decades after his suspicious and untimely death. New York detective Raimy Sullivan was only 7 when her father, undercover cop Frank Sullivan, abandoned his family in pursuit of a case that led not only to his family’s breakup, but also his eventual death undercover. Always believing her dad died in disgrace as a corrupt cop, Raimy set forth to surpass him in law enforcement, rising through the ranks to detective. But everything she knows changes when somehow Raimy and Frank connect, across two decades, over Frank’s vintage ham radio in the garage. Where once Frank was lost in the shadows of his undercover work in 1996, he has now miraculously been found by his now-grown daughter in 2016. As they forge a new relationship while working together in two time periods to close an unsolved serial murder investigation, their emotional connection transcends time to not only repair the broken bonds of their family but also defy fate and change the course of destiny. From Lin Pictures in association with Warner Bros. Television, Frequency premieres Wednesdays at 9/8c this fall on The CW. Jeremy Carver (Supernatural), Toby Emmerich (Frequency film), John Rickard (Horrible Bosses), Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes films), Jennifer Gwartz (Veronica Mars), and Brad Anderson (Fringe) are executive producers.

Time After Time – Using the 1979 novel and movie as a launching point, Time After Time chronicles the epic adventures of a young H. G. Wells. At the age of 28, the 19th-century scholar has yet to publish any of his landmark science fiction novels, but his idealistic thinking and radical ideas have led him to actually create a time machine. When his longtime friend, the charismatic (and secretly psychopathic) Dr. John Stevenson, a.k.a. Jack the Ripper, finds himself cornered by the authorities at Wells’ London home, he escapes to present-day New York City using the time machine. Naturally, Wells follows, but instead of the Utopian society he imagined would be in the future, he finds a world more aligned to Stevenson’s temperament. Fortunately, Wells meets up with Jane Walker, an assistant curator at a museum staging an exhibition on Wells. As Wells and Jane come together, they will not only play a dangerous endgame with Stevenson but also find themselves involved with the incredible characters and scenarios that inspired Wells’sWar of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and more. An epic love story charged with danger and adventure, Time After Time gives an unpredictable spin on the mythology of H. G. Wells by looking at the world of today through the eyes of yesterday. Based on the novel written by Karl Alexander and produced by Outerbanks Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television, Time After Time premieres midseason on ABC. Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries) and Marcos Siega (The Vampire Diaries) are executive producers.

Teen Titans Go! – The Teen Titans are back at it again, in Teen Titans Go!, with all new comedic adventures both in and out of Titans Tower, and they’ll have you covered by screening a brand new episode. Based on DC characters and produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Teen Titans Go! airs Thursdays at 6/5c on Cartoon Network.…

JULY 21 • THURSDAY

10:00am –  11:00am

Becoming Nerdstrong
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina
Incorporate your love of sci-fi, fantasy, superheroes, and games to begin your fitness adventure. Despite age-old nerd stereotypes, fitness belongs to all of us, including those of us in the geek community. Andrew Deutsch(Nerdstrong Gym founder), David Nett (Nerdstrong Gym partner), Christy Black (Nerdstrong Gym partner),Andrew Seely (Nerdstrong Gym partner), and Blair Herter (Nerdstrong Gym partner, Attack of the Show) discuss body image and confidence in a geek world, their fitness journeys, and the simple ways you can mix your fandom, passions, and gamification into a new, leveled-up life.
10:00am –  11:00am
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CW3PR’s 3rd Annual Behind-The-Music: Crime, Death and Resurrection
Room 25ABC
Television’s top composers discuss how their music elevates the high drama, mystery and mayhem in some of your favorite shows. These magicians of the screen will reveal the scoring processes that enliven some of TV’s most popular and thrilling programs. The panel will highlight the music of fan-favorite shows including Mr. Robot,Fargo, The People v. O.J. Simpson, American Horror Story, South Park, Dominion, CSI: NY, Scream Queens,Power, Legion, Manhattan, Tut, and more.
10:00am –  11:00am

DC Collectibles
Room 9
Action figures, statues, busts, PVC figures-DC Collectibles has them all and more! Join the DC Collectibles crew, including VP creative services Kevin Kiniry, director creative services Jim Fletcher and a few surprise panelists, to hear how they come up with so many great products, and what’s coming up from comics’ top makers of awesome collectibles!
10:00am –  11:00am

Feed Your Head: The VFX of Alice Through the Looking Glass
Room 6A
Leap into the journey through the VFX process of Alice Through the Looking Glass. Alice’s esteemed VFX team leads HALON Entertainment’s Tefft Smith II and VFX editor Ed W. Marsh will take the audience through scene building, shooting, and the final VFX process by breaking down some of Underland’s most complex sequences. This panel will debut exclusive footage not seen in the theater.
10:00am –  11:00am

From Fan to Creator: Goal-Setting for Creative Types
Room 23ABC
Which side of the convention table do you want to be on: fan or creator? And what’s keeping you from getting there? What’s holding you back? If you’re having trouble starting or finishing your creative projects, you need to attend this fun and informative workshop, designed specifically for the Comic-Con crowd and back for its ninth year. Douglas Neff (Epic Win! The Geek’s Guide to the Journey from Fan to Creator) will give you simple and proven techniques for setting, working on, and achieving your goals. Whether you want to write your first novel, draw your own comic, or shoot your documentary film, tyou’ll walk away from this workshop with the energy and tools you need to bring your dream to life.
10:00am –  11:00am

Little Fish Comic Book Studio: Building The Artistic Tomorrow
Room 32AB
San Diego’s own, local Little Fish Comic Book Studio is proud to present a group of emerging San Diego talent discussing the unique comic work they’ve created under the mentorship of Klaus Janson (Dark Knight Returns, Superman). Join this exciting all-ages, all-abilities comic and manga art studio for this session moderated byAlonso Nunez (executive director, Little Fish Comic Book Studio) and featuring the brightest new talent around.
10:00am –  11:00am

Spotlight on Kieron Gillen
Room 7AB
Writer Kieron Gillen talks about his career, from Phonogram, through Marvel and on to The Wicked + The Divine. And who better to interrogate him than his mostly platonic life partner, Jamie McKelvie? No one, that’s who.
10:00am –  11:00am

The Dynamic World of Disney Comics
Room 28DE
Disney Comics experts give you a sneak peek into how Disney’s beloved movies and TV shows are transformed into digital and print comic books. Daron Nefcy (creator and executive producer, Star vs. the Forces of Evil),Gianfranco Cordara (vice president, global magazines & new IP, Disney Publishing Worldwide), Roberto Santillo (director, art development & academia Disney), Mike Siglain (creative director, Lucasfilm Publishing), and other panelists will share new comics based on Zootopia, Finding Dory, Frozen, Star Wars, Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and more.
10:00am –  11:00am

The Graphic Novel Medium
Room 29AB
What makes a book a graphic novel? The unique combination of text and art, word balloons, text boxes, and more makes comics a unique format. Authors Derf Backderf (Trashed), Peter Kuper (Ruins), Hope Larson(Compass South), Sydney Padua (The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage), and Maximilian Uriarte(The White Donkey) discuss the medium and their own recent work. Moderated by Evan Narcisse (io9).
10:00am –  11:00am

Weekly Shonen Jump Podcast Panel
Room 5AB
The U.S. editors of Weekly Shonen Jump will be making announcements, discussing SJ manga, and probably making fun of each other. And they’ll be asking you what you think about various SJ topics. It’ll all be recorded for the famous SJ Podcast! Plus, trivia and cool prizes!
10:00am –  11:00am

Comic-Con Film School 101
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Comic-Con Film School is back for another four-day, nuts-and-bolts course on how to make a movie for very little money using available video technology and desktop postproduction software. Whether you’re shooting your first Overwatch fan film or that story about the leather-clad girl who hunts cyborgs, this course will take you from script to final product so that you, too, can enter your own movie into the CCI: IFF. This first class covers the specifics of preproduction on the cheap, including screenwriting, scheduling, location scouting, crewing-up, and getting equipment for nothing. Panelists include Valerie Perez (producer/star, Paula Peril series), Jack Conway(producer, Machinima ETC), Vera Vanguard (producer, The Building of Good and Evil), Nick Murphy(writer/director, Pizza and Bullets), and Sean Rourke (writer of Ballistica).
10:00am –  11:30am

Dreamworks Animation Theatrical
Hall H
DreamWorks Animation invites you to find your happy place with a special Trolls presentation featuring filmmakers, voice talent, and a few very colorful friends.
10:15am –  11:15am

Teen Titans Go! Video Presentation and Q&A
Room 6DE
When there’s trouble, you know who to call: Teen Titans! When you want an awesome time at Comic-Con, you also know who to call: Teen Titans! A Titan-sized panel features producers Aaron Horvath (MAD) and Pete Michail (Space Racers) along with voice cast members Greg Cipes, Scott Menville, Khary Payton and Tara Strong for a screening and Q&A covering your favorite animated series. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation,Teen Titans Go! airs Thursdays at 6/5c on Cartoon Network. Teen Titans Go!: Season 3 Part 2 will be released on DVD on August 23.
10:30am –  11:15am

Comic-Con How-To: Plot Structure The Philosophy Behind Story Creation
Room 2
Before you start writing your story, you need a clear idea of where your story is going. Award-winning authorMaxwell Alexander Drake gives you insight into the theory of story creation, generating a strong foundation for you to build upon and ensuring that readers will be captivated from the very first page. From why readers read stories, to understanding how stories must be created so readers will read yours, this class will help you understand the psychology of what it means to create stories for others, leaving your readers hungry for more. This is part one of this class.
10:30am –  11:30am

Comics Arts Conference #1: The Joker: Serious Study of the Clown Prince of Crime
Room 26AB
The Joker has menaced Batman for nearly 77 years. Since the Joker’s first appearance in Batman #1 in 1940, he has appeared thousands of times in comics, films, video games, television series, toy aisles, and other arenas of mediated and material culture. While a powerful antagonist, the character is nevertheless fascinating to children and adults alike. Join the contributors to the first book-length scholarly study of the Joker as they ask why the Joker has become the most important and interesting supervillain in popular culture and what it is about the Joker that makes the character so iconic. Rob Weiner (Texas Tech University), Robert Peaslee (Texas Tech University), Travis Langley (Henderson State University), Hannah Means-Shannon (Dark Horse Comics), andRyan Litsey (Texas Tech University) discuss the nature of the Joker, his history, and why Batman refuses to kill a character that causes so much misery to the citizens of Gotham.
10:30am –  11:30am

How to Get News Coverage
Room 8
Small press publishers: What makes the difference between an item that will get news coverage, previews, and interviews and what doesn’t? A lot of publishers have no idea what to submit to the press, how to submit it, and why they are being overlooked for coverage. Comics journalist Rik Offenberger (First Comics News, Archie Comics) moderates this panel on what it takes to get coverage, with the comic journalists themselves telling you what they are looking for. Panelists include Albert Ching (Comic Book Resources), Alex Raymond (Hollywood Gone Geek), Chris Thompson (Pop Culture Hound, Bleeding Cool), Francis Sky (First Comics News, Massacre Twins), Glenn Hauman (Comic Mix), Heidi MacDonald (The Beat), J. C. Vaughn (Gemstone Publishing), Jez Ibelle (First Comics News), Josh Waldrop (Red Gorilla), Tanya Tate (First Comics News, JustaLottaTanya), and Tim Chizmar (Fangoria, First Comics News). Independent comic creators Holly Golightly (Broadsword Comics), Josh Henaman (Bigfoot), and Michael Kingston (Headlock Comics) will explain what worked for them and what to avoid when looking for press coverage.
10:30am –  11:30am

Relaunching the Battlestar Franchise
Room 6BCF
Richard Hatch (Tom Zarek, Capt Apollo, Kharn/Axanar, Personal Space, Blade of Honor) hosts a Q&A and fan discussion of Universal’s forthcoming relaunch of the Battlestar Galactica franchise. Dr. Kevin Grazier (science consultant for Battlestar Galactica, Ureka, Falling Skies, Defiance), producer Alec Peter (Propworks, Axanar),Rob Burnett (Free Enterprise), and surprise guests present theatrical videos and comic reels.
10:30am –  11:30am

Sea of Thieves: Art of Adventure
Room 24ABC
The Sea of Thieves team present an exclusive look at the artistry behind this shared-world pirate adventure. Core members of Rare, the acclaimed developer behind hit titles like Banjo-Kazooie, Viva Piñata, and Battletoads, will discuss the studio’s life-long fascination with pirates, how they’re crafting a rich fantastical world and evolving a timeless genre. Attendees will be privy to key announcements, never-before-seen artwork, and exclusive insights into Rare’s most ambitious project yet.
10:30am –  11:30am

Spotlight on Peter David
Room
Okay, not literally a spotlight. And by literally we mean “literally” as opposed to “figuratively,” which are two opposite words no matter what the stupid dictionary says. What in the world is happening to the English language, anyway? And what about . . . oh. Right. The panel. Peter David will talk about stuff. He wrote this description. Can you tell?
10:30am –  12:00pm

Comic Book Law School 101: Genesis
Room 30CDE
Getting off on the right foot is key to traveling on the road to success. And this year’s Comic Book Law School is designed to help you navigate the best possible route (and provide help in deciphering the map legend). Noted IP attorney Michael Lovitz, author of The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, offers the first of three interactive and informative programs, which this year will track the trials and tribulations of (fictional) client Fitzgerald Scott, a fledgling comic book writer, as he traverses the many stages involved in the creation, development, protection, and commercialization of his newest comic book creation, “Shylock Homer” a war-weary poet-turned-detective solving crimes and fighting off mythical creatures as he travels the globe with his colleague Dr. Ulysses in search of his long-lost family. This first installment will focus on “The Basics” in an effort to provide the necessary foundation needed for understanding the various intellectual property rights available to creators and business owners and will include insights on how to protect those rights, focusing on how best to safeguard ideas, creative works, characters, brands, and names, from genesis through publication and distribution, and beyond. Attendees are invited to participate in an interactive discussion about the rights provided under U.S. copyright and trademark laws, including a discussion on the protections these laws provide, the benefits of federal registrations for each, tips on working with collaborators, and issues of joint authorship and work-made-for-hire. Along the way, there will be plenty to learn about the protections available, as well as the numerous potential pitfalls, under the U.S. trademark and copyright systems. Please note: The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and 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.]
11:00am –  12:00pm

Celebrate the Publishing World of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth with Archaia
Room 5AB
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, publisher Archaia (an imprint of BOOM! Studios) has several books set to come out this year! Senior editor Sierra Hahn and artists Eric Powell (The Goon, Big Man Plans), Joëlle Jones (Spider-Woman, Lady Killer), and Jonathan Case (The New Deal, Batman ’66) give fans a sneak peek into these titles, which include original comics, a children’s storybook, and an artists’ tribute collection. Moderated by Nerdist editor-in-chief Rachel Heine.
11:00am –  12:00pm

Cosplaying 101: Bringing Your Dreams to Life
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina
Catherine M. Fisher (award-winning costumer), Bob Mogg (Steampunk expert extraordinaire), and Birda Hussey (historic costumer of all trades) discuss the basics in costuming and go over tips, tricks, and techniques to help a beginner costumer get started in the world of cosplaying. Panelists will show you how you can get in on the all the cosplaying fun even if you’ve never sewn before in your life. Moderated by Melissa Gene Meyer(department assistant for the Masquerade with Comic-Con International), panelists will show you that you don’t need to be an expert to make a great costume!
11:00am –  12:00pm

Free Comic Book Day in the Library
Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library
How to run your own FCBD event in a library! This panel will cover the ins and outs of ordering FCBD books, discuss partnering with local stores, offer suggestions for programming and promotion, and discuss how to run this event on a shoestring budget. Free Comic Book Day is an international celebration of comics that has been happening on the first Saturday in May since 2002.
11:00am –  12:00pm

Love & Rockets: Past, Present and Future
Room 9
Love and Rockets by brothers Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez is one of the most influential comic series to ever be published. Rounding on 35 years, the characters and stories within Love and Rockets have inspired countless cartoonists, musicians, and writers with their unique world building and stories. Hear about the series from the very beginning with Gilbert and Jaime, publisher Gary Groth (Fantagraphics), co-creator Mario Hernandez(Love and Rockets), and fans like Matt Fraction (Sex Criminals, Hawkeye), with exclusive art and announcements.
11:00am –  12:00pm

Masters Of The Web: How We Got Started, How You Can Get Started-
Room 7AB
Some of the leading voices in the online film journalism/punditry world discuss the state of Hollywood movies, how they got started, and how you can get started with your own blog/podcast/YouTube channel. Panelists include John Campea (Comic-Con HQ), Tiffany Smith (Fandango, DC All Access), Kristian Harloff (Collider, Fandango), Grae Drake (senior editor, Rotten Tomatoes) Jeremy Jahns (YouTube film critic), and Jon Schnepp (Collider Heroes).
11:00am –  12:00pm

Spotlight on Alex Sinclair
Room 32AB
With the help of Scott Williams-yes, that Scott Williams- Alex Sinclair does a quick review of his career, demos his coloring process, and answers any questions you may have along the way. Alex will have his work setup and show how he has incorporated an iPad Pro into his process.
11:00am –  12:00pm

Spotlight on Lisa Hanawalt
Room 23ABC
Lisa Hanawalt is the author of the acclaimed, devastatingly funny graphic novels Hot Dog Taste Test and My Dirty Dumb Eyes. She is also the producer and series designer for the hit Netflix showBojack Horseman. Tom Spurgeon (The Comics Reporter) leads a wide-ranging conversation with Hanawalt, focusing on her new book,Hot Dog Taste Test.
11:00am –  12:00pm

Spotlight on Maggie Thompson
Room 29AB
Maggie Thompson (Toucan blogger) interviews three other “Nerd Family” kids: Lora Boehm (daughter of John and Bjo Trimble), Sky McLeod (daughter of Scott McCloud and Ivy Ratafia), and Caroline David (daughter of Peter and Kathleen David). Check out what four generations of second-generation fans have to share.
11:00am –  12:00pm

The 4th Annual Musical Anatomy of a Superhero
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
From the ominous horns of Jaws signaling fear to the inspiring theme for Star Wars, music has always been an important supporting character in movies. This panel offers a behind-the-scenes look at the music of today’s biggest superhero film and TV projects with unreleased film clips and never before heard music. Participating composers include Henry Jackman (Captain America: Civil War, Kick Ass 2), Tom “Junkie XL” Holkenborg(Deadpool, Batman v Superman), John Ottman (X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past), and Blake Neely (Supergirl, The Flash). Moderated by George S. Clinton (Mortal Kombat, Austin Powers).
11:00am –  12:00pm

This Week in Marvel: Live
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library
Marvel’s official weekly flagship podcast comes to Comic-Con for a special episode that may or may not include guests, secrets, news, free stuff, arm wrestling, guitar solos, and more!
11:00am –  12:00pm

Top Shelf Productions: Live!
Room 28DE
Now an imprint of IDW Publishing, the tastemakers at Top Shelf are busier than ever bringing you their trademark blend of gorgeous art, storytelling charm, and literary sophistication. Marketing director Leigh Waltonand design director Chris Ross offer a tour of Top Shelf’s latest and greatest. Benjamin Frisch makes a head-spinning debut with The Fun Family, the Lost Mountain Mechanicals blend history with dieselpunk action-adventure in The Jekyll Island Chronicles, Koren Shadmi explores the dark side of digital dating in Love Addict,and much more! Plus: great news for Alan Moore fans and Korgi lovers.
11:00am –  12:00pm

Transformers Generations: More Than Meets The Eye with Machinima
Room 25ABC
As the Combiner Wars wage on, this highly anticipated chapter in the Transformers Generations Prime Wars Trilogy will be huge. Join members from the Transformers story and design teams along with talent from Machinima for a sneak peek at the upcoming digital series Combiner Wars! The team will also host a Q&A session to answer your burning questions.
11:05am –  11:35am

HOSS
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
When an earthquake destroys the West Coast, a cowgirl named Burke roams the lawless Malibu hills looking for a friend and her own redemption; what she finds instead is bloody vengeance. Participating panelists includeChristine Boylan (Constantine, Once Upon a Time), Alan Smyth (Poor Behavior, Leverage), and Johnny Sneed (Trumbo, Love and Mercy).
11:15am –  12:15pm

Happy Happy Joy Joy
Room 6A
For 25 years, Nickelodeon has produced some of the most innovative and memorable animation in the history of television. Nick Animation podcast host Hector Navarro finds out how and why four of the network’s most influential creators did what they did: Craig Bartlett (Hey Arnold), Jhonen Vasquez (Invader Zim), Butch Hartman (Fairly OddParents, Danny Phanton) and Arlene Klasky (Rugrats, Wild Thornberrys, Rocket Power), who along with Gabor Csupo and Paul Germain, created Rugrats. Don’t miss the chance to see production art from the upcoming Hey Arnold movie, animation from Hartman’s new Bunsen Is a Beast, and the world premiere of Don vs Raph, a TMNT animated short written and produced by Jhonen Vasquez.
11:15am –  12:30pm

Comic-Con How-To: Graphic Novels from Idea to Finish with Brian Haberlin
Room 2
Learn how to take your idea and make a graphic novel, using Brian Haberlin’s graphic novels Shifter, Anomaly,and Faster Than Light as test cases. Subjects will include idea to script, page format, panel layout, art style considerations, distribution, printing and more.
11:30am –  12:30pm

DC All Access: No Boundaries
Room 6DE
DC Comics is always pushing the envelope. Find out what’s new and upcoming from across the Digital spectrum to the world of DC Rebirth with key contributors whose unique voices add to the DC Comics experience!
11:30am –  12:30pm

Spotlight on G. Willow Wilson
Room
G. Willow Wilson (Ms Marvel, Alif the Unseen) discusses the making of the hit teen superhero series Ms Marvel,reads new material, and takes questions from the audience.
11:30am –  12:30pm

Spotlight on Howard Chaykin
Room 8
Howard Chaykin, the man frequently described as the Randy Newman/Van Morrison/Robert Altman of comics, is on hand for an unmoderated hour of informed and amusingly immoderate conversation. This deeply influential cult figure, a prince of a guy who prefers to be good rather than nice, guarantees at minimum three huge laughs, a slew of informed contrarian opinion, and at least one unaccompanied number from the American popular songbook.
11:30am –  12:30pm

The Relationship Between Artist and Model
Room 24ABC
With all the drawing software out there, why do animation studios, video game developers, and comics illustrators still use live action models for character design and development? This panel will discuss how art models contribute to and enhance an artist’s vision, how to find the right one for a project, and ways into the business. Panelists include art models Jennifer Fabos Patton (Gallery Girls founder), Stacy E. Walker (Disney,Heavy Metal), and Michael Schmidt (Harry Potter), mo-cap model TJ Storm (Deadpool), and Disney master teacher Mark McDonnell. Moderated by Fast Company’s Susan Karlin.
11:30am –  1:00pm

Comics Arts Conference #2: Comics, Place, and Space
Room 26AB
Patricia Ayala (University of Colima) explores how the landscape of comics reflects the author’s inner world and the elements that comics creators use to pull readers into each frame of story. Melissa Archibald (California State University, Long Beach) argues that the artistic representation of Metropolis challenges the popular trope of American cities as places of depravity and hopelessness by conceptualizing Metropolis as a place of progress.Chris Murray (University of Dundee) sees commentary on American culture in the works of British pop artists and examines the relationship between their art and comics in terms of content, political critique, and graphic design.
11:35am –  12:05pm

No Touching
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
When Jackie and Michelle agree to accompany their buddy to a haunted house attraction, they grow concerned when they are required to sign a waiver that allows the performers to touch them but prevents them from touching back. Inside, they discover the performers are far more invasive than they should be, and once they cross the line these ass-kickers remind them how ladies should be treated! Participating panelists include Zoë Bell (The Hateful Eight), Heidi Moneymaker (Captain America: Civil War), and Will Corona Pilgrim and Adam Davis (writer/directors).
11:45am –  12:45pm

Snowden
Hall H
Open Road Films presents Oliver Stone’s Snowden, featuring never-before-seen footage and a live conversation with legendary filmmaker Oliver Stone, in his first visit to Comic-Con, and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
11:45am –  12:45pm

Street Fighter Nation
Room 6BCF
Get an exclusive look at the latest news and updates about this iconic video game franchise. Expect sneak peeks at all the licensed goods and collectibles being developed, updates on the Capcom Pro Tour, and a few surprises as well!
12:00pm –  1:00pm

CBLDF: Navigating The Powers & Perils of Banned Books
Room 30CDE
Meryl Jaffe, Ph.D., educator and featured CBLDF columnist (“Using Graphic Novels in Education”) and Betsy Gomez, CBLDF editorial director lead a panel of librarians, educators, and creators in a lively discussion of how and why graphic novels are attacked by censors. They’ll detail how graphic novels can be successfully integrated into classroom curricula, and they’ll provide tools that educators can use to counter these attacks. Participants will leave the panel better enabled to advocate for their instructional materials and their students.
12:00pm –  1:00pm

Comics are Literacy, Too!
Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library
A discussion of tools librarians and educators can use to help overcome resistance to comics in schools, and how to use manga and comics for adult literacy and English language learner programs. Also, explore the wide range of comic genres, get tips for matching readers with comics, and come away with recommendations to satisfy a diversity of interests and reading levels.
12:00pm –  1:00pm

Geek & Sundry at SDCC
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Felicia Day and friends chat with you, the audience, about everything you want to know! Join the panel for hilarious discussions on their favorite current and future shows, upcoming projects, and the latest happenings at Geek & Sundry.
12:00pm –  1:00pm

Getting Into Comics and Staying There
Room 28DE
“Breaking into comics” panels are among the most popular panels at comic conventions throughout the country. Aspiring writers and artists are as in-demand with publishers as social media wizards and Excel-loving number crunchers. Listen to the origin stories of Jim Zub (Wayward, Thunderbolts), Felipe Smith (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, All-New Ghost Rider), Caitlin Kittredge (Lucas Stand, Coffin Hill), Dan Mora (Klaus, Hexed), and Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, C.O.W.L.), and the behind-the-scenes professionals they work with to make the comics you love to read! Moderated by BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon and editor Dafna Pleban.
12:00pm –  1:00pm

IDW & The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Present Crossover: Where Comics & Science Meet
Room 9
Diehard fans know comics aren’t just picture books for children and geeky adults. Comics have a long history of addressing complex issues, from science lab accidents to ethics, moral issues, and social justice. This panel will look at the art, science, and technology featured in some of their favorite comics and answer questions like: How do writers develop the stories? Are they communicating realistic scientific concepts? Could comics writers be predicting in the future of science and technology? A distinguished panel of scientists, entrepreneurs, and artists and writers from IDW Publishing will discuss the true science behind comics and science fiction.
12:00pm –  1:00pm

Jakks Pacific: Insider Fan Panel
Room 29AB
Get an exclusive first look at Jakks’ lines of action figures, collectibles, and RCs from the company’s design and marketing team. Get product development insights and exclusive previews of the JAKKS BIG-FIGS across licenses such as Star Wars, DC, TMNT, and more, and get the latest updates on the whole World of Nintendo line. Following the presentation is a fan Q&A session and prizes for attendees!
12:00pm –  1:00pm

Justice League Action Video Presentation and Q&A
Room 25ABC
The world’s greatest superheroes return to television in Justice League Action, an all-new quarter-hour animated series. Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman lead the DC superheroes against their most infamous foes in adventures packed with relentless thrills, fun and action. No need to wait for the good stuff to start; each 11-minute episode jumps in with lightning-paced action and heroics. Whether defending the Earth, facing invaders from space, or battling the bizarre forces of magic, the always-rotating team of Justice League heroes are up to any challenge. Producers Butch Lukic (Justice League) and Alan Burnett (Batman: The Animated Series) and voice cast members Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) and Diedrich Bader (Batman The Brave and The Bold) present an exclusive sneak peek and Q&A at this highly anticipated new series. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Justice League Action is coming soon to Cartoon Network.
12:00pm –  1:00pm

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Mycroft
Room 5AB
NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar makes a special appearance at Comic-Con to launch his new comic book,Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook, which debuts exclusively at SDCC with a special variant cover. This exciting series is a brand new standalone comic book adventure that uncovers the secrets of the elder Holmes brother. Join series artist Joshua Cassara (The Troop) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on stage for an hour of exclusives and insider reveals. Each audience member will receive an exclusive show art card.
12:00pm –  1:00pm

New Authors Making a Splash in the Literary Pool
Room 32AB
Come and meet new authors who are sure to be the next big thing in the literary scene, and you’ll forever have bragging rights that you knew them “before they were cool.” Alwyn Hamilton, Keira Drake, Sylvain Neuvel, Bob Proehl, Todd Lockwood, and K. S. Merbeth discuss with moderator Maryelizabeth Yturralde the joys, challenges, and insider secrets of being a debut author.
12:00pm –  1:00pm

Raising Fankids: Teaching Young Geeks to be Self Confident and Successful
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina
Pasquale Piro (Raising Fankids, 8th grade teacher) moderates a panel discussing techniques and experiences that help kids grow up nerdy without the negative connotation. The panel includes Alissa Piro (middle school teacher, mom), Frankie Desmond (Jack of All Trades costumes, dad), Mike Conrad (father of two), and Maia Nilsson (high school student).
12:00pm –  1:00pm

The Comixologist Traveling Podcast Party
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library
The comiXologist podcast crew Tia Vasiliou and Matt Kolowski are hitting the road to help everyone find their next favorite comic book! They’ve brought along some surprise guests for this live edition of the show! There’s a comic out there for everyone and they have enlisted comics pros Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Young Avengers) and Hope Nicholson (publisher, Bedside Press) to help you find the series that’s right for you!
12:00pm –  1:00pm

The Pitching Hour
Room 7AB
Kevin Burke and Chris “Doc” Wyatt (producers, Ultimate Spider-Man), Derek Hoffman (VP, Donner Co.),Jaime Burke, (executive producer, Quantum Break), Lindsay Rostal (VP, The Odd Gentlemen), Carina Schulze (president, Chatrone), Jennie Kong (pr strategist), a surprise guest or two and moderator Dan Evans III (VP, DC Entertainment) will take an idea from conception through production for various media. This process will include creating a pitch document, obtaining agents, and getting a pitch meeting. The panelists will explain, through hypothetical example and humorous stories, the process that new creators should adapt to make their way through the creative battleground of the entertainment industry. Knowing that each project is unique, there will be a Q&A to allow the audience to really hone in on the solutions to obstacles they may encounter. Also on hand will be Brendan McFeely (IP lawyer, Kane Kessler) to give creators insight on protecting their ideas as they navigate Hollywood.
12:00pm –  1:00pm

The Smitten Word: Romancing the Reader
Horton Grand Theatre
Bestselling authors Sylvia Day (Crossfire novels), Christina Lauren (Beautiful series), Nalini Singh (Psy-Changling series), Chloe Neil (The Devil’s Isle and Chicagoland Vampires series), and Tessa Dare (Castles Ever After series) turn up the heat at SDCC as they discuss the power of romance, the range and voice of the genre, and blush-inducing conversation and have a hilarious battle over movies, TV shows, and Hollywood’s hottest. Moderated by HelenKay Dimon (Bad Boys Undercover series).
12:00pm –  1:00pm

Welcome to the Whedonverse
Room 23ABC
Dark Horse’s continuations of Joss Whedon’s cult favorites (Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel & Faith) remain some of the most-talked-about comics in the industry. Dark Horse is giving you an exclusive chance to hear all there is to tell about the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 and what’s in store for Serenity from the series’ top talent, with Buffy Season 10 writer Christos Gage, Buffy the High School Years Kel McDonald,and surprise guests for some big news!
12:00pm –  3:00pm

CBS Television Studios Block – including Scorpion, American Gothic and MacGyver
Ballroom 20
Scorpion – Retrieve the inside scoop on what’s happening this fall with Waige, Quintis, and the rest of your favorite band of misfit geniuses. Monday night’s top-rated drama series Scorpion returns to SDCC for the third year in a row with the stars and producers giving fans the first intel on plots, story arcs, and romances before anyone else. The series stars Elyes Gabel (World War Z), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2), Katharine McPhee (Smash), Eddie Kaye Thomas (American Pie), Jadyn Wong (Broken Trail), and Ari Stidham (Huge).

American Gothic – See how the other half kills with American Gothic, CBS’s new summer series centered on a prominent Boston family reeling after a chilling discovery links someone in their midst to an infamous string of murders. As shocking secrets from the past and present are revealed, the mounting suspicion and paranoia threaten to tear the family apart. Get an exclusive sneak peek at what’s behind closed doors at the Hawthorne estate, followed by a panel discussion with the stars and producer. The series stars Juliet Rylance (The Knick),Antony Starr (Banshee), Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Justin Chatwin (Shameless), Megan Ketch (Jane the Virgin), Elliot Knight (Sinbad), Stephanie Leonidas (Defiance), and Gabriel Bateman (Lights Out).

Fan Favorites – It’s Throwback Thursday at Comic-Con! Get ready for special surprise guest appearances by some of your favorite CBS stars as they throwback to the early days of their careers and most memorable moments from the sets of their shows. Don’t miss the fan Q&A where they will share exclusive teases on what’s ahead for their characters in the upcoming season.

Macgyver – Mac is back! The classic action-adventure drama and fan-favorite MacGyver is coming back to CBS this fall. MacGyver creates a clandestine organization within the U.S. government where he uses his extraordinary talent for unconventional problem solving and vast scientific knowledge to save lives. MacGyver and his team take on the responsibility of saving the world, armed to the teeth with resourcefulness and little more than bubble gum and a paper clip. Join series stars Lucas Till (X-Men), and George Eads (CSI), and executive producer Peter Lenkov (Hawaii Five-0) for an exclusive sneak peek of the first season, followed by a panel discussion.
12:05pm –  12:25pm

Boxer
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
A middle-aged contract killer must reconcile her life between her ruthless clients and her young, unquestioning son who wants to be just like her. It’s kill or be killed when her clients come after her. Participating panelists include Toy Lei (director/writer/actor), Linda Wong (producer/actor), and Edmund Kwan (director of photography).
12:25pm –  1:15pm

Forbidden Temple of the Iron-Fisted Oracle
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Danger! Action! Kung Fu! The hunt for the Golden Apple is on, and whoever finds it first will attain the power to control all Kung Fu. A heroic hero, a villainous villain, killing killers, and the fate of the realm hanging in the balance. Q&A after with Josh Blake and Cristian Rojas (co-creators) and Dennis Wallon (cinematographer).
12:30pm –  1:30pm

Comic-Con How-To: Helping Teens Use Their Powers to do Good
Room 2
The panel will discuss work with at-risk, special needs and incarcerated teenagers that involves the use of sequential and other visual art. The session will include anecdotes, slides of artwork done by Michael Ulrich and his students and present a comic co-created by Michael Ulrich and a student. The panel will center on art as a means of reaching hard-to-reach kids.
12:30pm –  1:30pm

Grant Morrison & Graphic India: Myth & Legends
Room 24ABC
Graphic India welcomes legendary creator Grant Morrison (Batman, All Star Superman, 18 Days, The Multiversity) to discuss storytelling, global mythology, mysticism, the rise of Indian superheroes and his latest groundbreaking, mythic/sci-fi project with Graphic India called Avatarex: Destroyer of Darkness. In Avatarex, the epic world of living myth collides with the mundane realities and cultural upheavals of contemporary India. What happens when an all-powerful super-being awakens to fight the Last War of the Age, only to discover he’s been sent too early for the End Days and must somehow learn to exist in a world that’s too small and too frail to survive his presence? How does humanity react to the challenges of such a paragon in their midst? Will Avatarex raise everyone to his level, or will everyone drag him down? Can the embodiment of their highest aspirations exist side-by-side with their all-too-human failings or will the gulf between what they wish they could be and what they are destroy them?
12:30pm –  1:30pm

Moana: Art of Story
Room 6A
Legendary directors Ron Clements (Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasure Planet, Princess and the Frog) and John Musker (Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Treasure Planet, Princess and the Frog) lead a panel of artists as they give a behind-the-scenes look at Walt Disney Animation Studios’ upcoming animated comedy-adventure Moana, a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. Once on her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.
12:30pm –  1:30pm

The Business of Creativity: Can Comics Find the Balance?
Room
During his tenure as publisher and president of DC Comics and later as a board member of BOOM! Studios,Paul Levitz oversaw an influx of creator-driven concepts (Watchmen, Sandman, The Dark Knight, Lumberjanes) and imprints (Vertigo, Milestone, WildStorm) within the framework of traditional and untraditional corporate ownership models. Levitz discusses his experience and insights on a range of topics shaping the comics industry in the big media era with Rob Salkowitz (Forbes).
12:30pm –  1:30pm

UDON 2016
Room 8
UDON is celebrating another groundbreaking year of publishing the best of video games, anime, and manga from Japan and around the world. Come meet the artists and editors as they discuss this year’s breakout hits and announce upcoming titles, including some big surprises you will definitely want to be the first to hear about! Plus: attendees will have a chance to win some of UDON’s hottest new releases!
12:45pm –  1:45pm

Spotlight on Jim Lee
Room 6DE
DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee (Superman Unchained, Justice League, Batman, Suicide Squad) talks about his 25+ years in the comics industry and sketches your favorite characters live on the big screen. This is a great opportunity to watch the creative process firsthand and learn the tips of the trade that bring DC Entertainment’s characters to life.
1:00pm –  2:00pm

Adapting Octavia Butler: The Making of Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation
Room 9
Octavia E. Butler once argued that Kindred was the only one of her novels that wasn’t science fiction. She called the time travel tale of slave times a “grim fantasy,” because aside from the time travel, everything in the novel is powerfully, painfully real. Join moderator Erika Alexander (Concrete Park) for a conversation with artist John Jennings (The Blacker the Ink) and writer Damian Duffy (Black Comix) about their process translating Butler’s fierce prose into the forthcoming graphic adaption, published by Abrams ComicArts.
1:00pm –  2:00pm

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Behind the Scenes of the Immersive Narrative
Room 6BCF
Get a behind-the-scenes look into the bold new world of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Meet Taylor Kurosaki,narrative director at Infinity Ward, and the dynamic cast of actors who will take players on an unforgettable journey as they engage in heroic battles on Earth and beyond our atmosphere. You’ll also get an exclusive look at never-before-seen footage from the game. Plus, fans who attend the panel will receive limited edition Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare poster available only at Comic-Con.
1:00pm –  2:00pm

CBLDF: She Changed Comics
Room 30CDE
Meet the women whose work changed what’s possible for free expression in comics! From the turn of the 20th century to today, women comics creators have inspired today’s landscape of increasingly diverse and empowering comics storytelling. CBLDF editorial director Betsy Gomez and a panel of female comics creators present an examination of the women who changed the format!
1:00pm –  2:00pm

From Concepts to Comics: A Conversation About Editing in the Comics Industry
Room 28DE
BOOM! Studios managing editor Bryce Carlson and editor Eric Harburn lead a discussion on the roles editors can play in the comics industry with James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, The Backstagers), Mairghread Scott(Toil and Trouble, Transformers: Windblade), Hope Larson (Goldie Vance, Compass South), Simon Spurrier(Weavers, Cry Havoc), Pat McHale (Over the Garden Wall), and Adam Smith (Long Walk to Valhalla). They’ll explore the differences between working with and without an editor, working at an indie publisher or at the Big Two, and how editors can partner with talent to put creators’ vision to paper.
1:00pm –  2:00pm

Hey, You Got Science In My Fiction
Room 32AB
The best science fiction comes from a kernel of truth, something that makes readers think, “Wait . . . could this actually happen?” From technology to medicine to space travel, distinguished authors J. Patrick Black (Ninth City Burning), Blake Crouch (The Wayward Pines trilogy), Christopher Farnsworth (Killfile), Patrick Hemstreet (God Wave), Leah Thomas (Because You’ll Never Meet Me), and Andy Weir (The Martian) will discuss with moderator Brendan Reichs (The Virals series) how they create believable sci-fi stories and just how much fact there truly is in their fiction.
1:00pm –  2:00pm

Inside the World of Geek Cosmetics
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina
Whether you want to show off your love for Steven Universe through your nail polish or use eye shadow to express your obsession with Fallout, there are more options to fulfill your geeky cosmetics needs now than ever before. This panel will provide an inside look at the state of geek cosmetics. Moderated by Lisa Granshaw,panelists Elizabeth Barrial (Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab), Sami “Dena” Rees (AFK Cosmetics), Anya Kaiser(Lucky 13 Lacquer), and Caitlin Johnstone (Shiro Cosmetics) will discuss how these products are made, how geek cosmetics have evolved over the years, what the future may hold for the industry, and more. Time will be left for Q&A.
1:00pm –  2:00pm

Marvel: Breaking Into Comics the Marvel Way
Room 25ABC
Are you a writer or artist? Ever dream of working for Marvel? Do you find yourself thinking, “I could do that if I knew how?” Well, here’s your chance! Join talent scout Rickey Purdin and a host of Marvel talent to find out how to get your foot in the door and make your job Marvel.
1:00pm –  2:00pm

Mattel & WWE Fan Panel
Room 5AB
The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods), along with AJ Styles and Becky Lynch, offer a fun-filled hour that definitely won’t be sour! Get your recommended daily value of positivity, unicorn magic, and action figures in this gluteus-free panel featuring never-before-seen Mattel figure reveals along with a Q&A session moderated by NXT color commentator Corey Graves.
1:00pm –  2:00pm

On the Mic Podcast Live from San Diego Comic-Con
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library
The popular entertainment and comedy podcast is osted by Tim Drake, award-winning filmmaker, writer, author, and Second City alumni. Tim’s jokes/tweets have been featured on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and Larry King Now. Tim will be joined by his production partner, actor, and writer, Austin Grant (Being Charlie, Wind River, 6 Below), as well as a special celebrity guest, talking film, TV, and comedy.
1:00pm –  2:00pm

Something for Everyone: Indie Comics
Room 29AB
Love comics but aren’t into superheroes? What about spooky fairy tales, witty comedy, survival stories, social commentary, or love and wrestling? There is something for everyone in the wide world of indie comics. Moderator Andrew Farago (curator, Cartoon Art Museum) leads Comic-Con special guests Emily Carroll(Through the Woods), Lisa Hanawalt (Hot Dog Taste Test), Jennifer Hayden (The Story of My Tits), Keith Knight (The K Chronicles), and Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf) in a discussion about how they get their unique perspectives across and then out into the world!
1:00pm –  2:00pm

Spotlight on Sarah J. Maas
Room 7AB
Sarah J. Maas, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series and YouTube star Christine Riccio of PolandBananasBooks discuss the incredible worlds and beloved characters in Maas’s novels that have captured the hearts and imaginations of millions of readers around the world.
1:00pm –  2:00pm

The Nerdist Panel with Chris Hardwick
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
It’s that time of year again-time to enjoy your burrito with Chris Hardwick (Comedy Central’s @Midnight, AMC’sTalking Dead) and talk all things Nerdist! Joining Chris will be an all-star panel of your favorite Nerdist personalities, including Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News), Rachel Heine (editor-in-chief), Dan Casey (The Dan Cave), Alicia Lutes (Fangirling), Nerdist president Adam Rymer, and a surprise guest or two. Join the gang for a lively conversation about the big things to come for Nerdist in the near future. Surprises, announcements, and, of course, quemments await!
1:00pm –  2:00pm

The Simpsons and SpongeBob Smile-Time Hour
Room 23ABC
Creative director Nathan Kane and managing editors Terry Delegeane and Chris Duffy join forces for a tour de farce of the best humor comics in the business. Meet some of the Bongo and United Plankton artists who tickle your four-color funnybone and find out what’s in stores in the months to come! Room 23ABC
1:00pm –  2:00pm

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Hall H
Witness the first public exhibition of footage from acclaimed director/producer/writer Luc Besson’s first-ever Hall H presentation, and his latest foray into science fiction. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis made up of thousands of species from all corners of the universe. Alpha’s 17 million inhabitants have converged over time, uniting their talents, technology, and resources for the betterment of all. But not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; unseen forces are at work, placing their race in great danger. Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, The Professional), producer Virginie Besson-Silla (Lucy, Revolver), Dane DeHaan (Amazing Spider-Man 2, Chronicle), and Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad, Paper Towns) join moderator Josh Horowitz (MTV) and special surprise panelists for the first public sneak peek at Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, coming to theaters from EuropaCorp in Summer 2017.
1:00pm –  2:30pm

Comics Arts Conference #3: Comics and Latin America
Room 26AB
Award-winning writer and CAC special guest Trina Robbins (Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013) looks at how two women, Lily Renee and Tarpe Mills, presented their Brazilian fantasies to the North American public in the form of adventure strips starring capable, glamorous heroines. Braeden Jones(University of Iowa) demonstrates how contemporary artists recontextualize and reappropriate images, motifs, and themes from historical sources, and compares external artistic influence on Latin America to historical conquest. Nicole Larrondo (Brown University) takes this scholarly journey to Chile, where the comic format is a helpful tool for teaching history, and speculates on the challenges of having the state as the primary support for an artistic form.
1:15pm –  1:55pm

Underground
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Omer is providing for his mother and sister by taking part as a fighter in an underground club. While becoming a prominent fighter, he finds out that everything comes at a cost. Participating panelists include Amit Ruderman(creator/lead actor), Chen Sharon (script writer), and Maayan Gutterman (film editor).
1:30pm –  2:30pm

Comic-Con How-To: Starting a Comic Creator Community
Room 2
Communities are spaces where ideas flow, networks expand, and friends are made. Los Angeles, New York, and Seattle all have thriving comic creator communities. But what if your city doesn’t have one? How do you find like-minded people? The Los Angeles Women’s Comic Creators League (The Ladybugs) and the Portland Comic Creator Meetup are teaming up to provide a presentation on starting a creative community and fostering growth and collaboration with creatives in your area.
1:30pm –  2:30pm

Fiction vs. Reality: An Investigation of Science in Movies
Room 8
We love superhero and science fiction movies for their quick pace, fantastic ideas and spectacular action sequences. Cars flip into the air, trains derail and flatten everything in their paths, characters have extraordinary tools and abilities, and storylines travel throughout time and space. But could any of the imaginative scenarios we witness in action blockbusters actually happen? How often do movies reflect accurate science or realistic depictions of future technology and discoveries? How important is it for the science in fictional movies to align with reality? Join Hollywood science advisers, screenwriters, and San Diego scientists as they discuss the fine balance between storytelling, imagination, and realistic science.
1:30pm –  2:30pm

First Second Tenth Anniversary Celebration
Room
First Second editorial director Mark Siegel celebrates the tenth anniversary of this award-winning, bestselling publisher in conversation with Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl), Eva Volin (Alameda Public Library), Karen Green(Columbia University), and Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy). They’ll explore the success and explosion of graphic novels in the past decade from the perspective of authors, librarians, academics, and retailers. Moderated by Graeme McMillan (Wired).
1:30pm –  2:30pm

Nerd Trivia Challenge: Author Edition
Horton Grand Theatre
Nerd Trivia Challenge is a one-hour ame show featuring three teams of today’s biggest authors competing for the chance to be the champions of nerdy knowledge. Authors Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicle), Pierce Brown (Red Rising), Romina Russell (Zodiac), Chuck Wendig (Invasive), Sam Sykes (The City Stained Red),Cecil Castelucci (Star Wars: Moving Target), V. E. Schwab (A Gathering of Shadows), Camilla D’Errico (Pop Manga, Pop Painting, Pop Manga Coloring Book), and Duane Swierczynski (Revolver) test their knowledge of everything from Marvel Universe characters to Harry Potter. Moderated by Brandon T. Snider (What Would Captain Kirk Do?).
1:30pm –  2:30pm

Star Trek: 50th Year Celebration with Roddenberry Entertainment
Room 24ABC
Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry (executive producer, 2017 Star Trek TV series, son of Gene Roddenberry) andTrevor Roth (executive producer, 2017 Star Trek TV series) will be showing a special 5-minute Star Trekcelebration video, releasing some exclusive material from the Roddenberry Vault, and partaking in a Q&A session moderated by Tory Mell (producer, convention director at Roddenberry Entertainment).
1:45pm –  2:45pm

USA Network’s FALLING WATER: World Premiere Screening
Room 6A
Be the first to see USA Network’s highly anticipated new drama series Falling Water, presented by creators Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) and Blake Masters (Brotherhood). Ever wonder what would happen if someone could control our dreams? This mind-bending new thriller, starring David Ajala, Will Yun Lee, and Lizzie Brochere, explores this question through the lives of three unrelated people who slowly realize they are dreaming separate parts of a single common dream-a dream that just might hold the key to the fate of humanity.
2:00pm –  3:00pm

Comic Book Women: Understanding Coloring and Lettering in Comics
Room 28DE
Learn what colorists and letterers do and why they’re so important, and walk away with some tips and tricks from pros Kelly Fitzpatrick (Bitch Planet, Neverboy), Maria Victoria Robado (Jem & the Holograms), Christy Sawyer (Dark Horse, Zenescope), Lea Hernandez (Teen Titans Go!, My Little Pony). Moderated by Amy Chu(writer, Poison Ivy, publisher, Alpha Girl Comics).
2:00pm –  3:00pm

Comics and Animation Story Boards
Room 25ABC
Lissa Treiman (Giant Day, Zootopia, Big Hero 6, Wreck-It Ralph, Tangled), Natalie Nourigat (Deadpool #250, A Boy & A Girl), Bob Scott (Molly and the Bear, Peanuts, U.S. Acres, Incredibles, Monsters, Inc.), Jeff Ranjo(Where Is Dead Zero?, Poop Jelly, Dark Horse Presents, Moana), Brian Kesinger (Groot, Otto and Victoria, Lil Kylo, Moana, Zootopia), and Manu Arenas (Yaxin the Faun, Moana, Zootopia, The Gruffalo) discuss comics and animation: two visual storytelling artforms that bring the passion and storytelling skills from one medium to the other and attract the same type of creator. Join Walt Disney Animation Studios artists who have made the journey from comics to animation and animation to comics as they share their stories and learn about the crossover skill-sets that have allowed them to dip their hands into both rich, vibrant mediums.
2:00pm –  3:00pm

DC: One-On-One with Paul Dini
Room 6DE
The superstar bestselling writer and co-creator of Harley Quinn returns to San Diego for an all-access and in-depth discussion. From his early days on the Batman Animated TV show to heart-wrenching Dark Night: A True Batman Story to all things in between, be here for this exclusive panel that will give you insight to one of the genre’s most influential people.
2:00pm –  3:00pm

Digital Color for Comics
Room 30CDE
Nearly every print and digital comic is in full color, but do you know how your favorite comic books are colored? Learn about the creative art of comic book coloring as Hi-Fi’s Brian Miller (Harley Quinn & Her Gang of Harleys) and Kristy Miller (Scooby Apocalypse) demonstrate the step-by-step transformation of a comic book page from black and white to full color. Learn the basics of flatting, rendering, color holds and special effects, along with top digital coloring tips. A Q&A session is included.
2:00pm –  3:00pm

Foam Costume/Cosplay Fabrication
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina
Mike Schiffbauer of Dragonfyre Designs, along with Sean Shaw of Shawshank Props, and Malaki Keller of Quantum Creation FX share the exciting secrets of creating your own amazing cosplay props and costumes from foam and other similar media. Make sure you get a front row seat to an hour filled with tips, tricks and a generous Q&A session that will attempt to answer the costume and prop questions you want to have answered. Be sure to stay to the end for the giveaway featuring two amazing ready-to-wear costume helmets!
2:00pm –  3:00pm

Graphic Novel Collection Development
Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library
Not sure how to create or expand your graphic novel collection? No problem! This panel will give you resources on how to evaluate comics for your collections, suggestions for how to increase the diversity of your collection, ideas on how to expand into multiple categories, tips for weeding your collection, and the confidence to navigate the many types of comics that are out there!
2:00pm –  3:00pm

IDW and Hasbro: The Revolution is Now
Room 9
This fall, Transformers, G.I. JOE, ROM, Micronauts, and M.A.S.K. are drawn together and nothing at IDW will ever be the same! Take a stand with universe-builders Cullen Bunn, Christos Gage, Mairghread Scott, Brandon Easton, Chris Ryall, John Barber, Aubrey Sitterson, David Hedgecock, and Hasbro’s Michael Kelly. Get a free Revolution preview comic, just for showing up!
2:00pm –  3:00pm

Image Comics: Creating the Zeitgeist
Room 23ABC
Comics are more popular than ever, and it’s all thanks to creators who are bringing their passions, interests, and original ideas to the medium. Chynna Clugston (Blue Monday), Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine),Marjorie Liu (Monstress), and a few more surprise guests are making comics cooler, story by story.
2:00pm –  3:00pm

Meet Comic-Con HQ
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Comic-Con HQ is the new streaming video-on-demand destination for the Comic-Con community. Enjoy live-streamed original programming and unbeatable access to SDCC panels, sneak previews, and special features during Comic-Con. Then continue the Comic-Con experience all year round with live events, original series, and daily entertainment news, plus hundreds of handpicked movies and TV shows from your favorite genres. Come meet the family and learn more about what you can expect from Comic-Con HQ, such as Con Man, Kings of Con, Pop Culture Quest, Her Universe Fashion Show, Impossible Science, Film HQ, Mostly Harmless, andWhat’s News?! Surprise guests and sneak peeks abound!
2:00pm –  3:00pm

State of the Holodeck
Room 32AB
It’s been only a year since these speakers surveyed the VR landscape in their Building the Holodeck panel, but it seems like a lifetime in terms of what virtual and augmented reality are offering consumers, scientists, and media today. In this update, panelists Tony Christopher (CEO, president, Landmark Entertainment Group), Jamie Kelly (co-founder, experience strategies at VRStudios), Julian Reyes (VR producer, Fusion Media Network), and Nonny de la Peña (CEO, Emblematic Group) will discuss how they create immersive environments ranging from zombie-infested castles and Martian landscapes to Syrian refugee camps.
2:00pm –  3:00pm

The 2000 AD Thrill-Power Hour
Room 29AB
The galaxy’s greatest comic celebrates its 2,000th issue and the impending 40th anniversary with a special panel. Superstar artists Jock and Lee Garbett, plus Judge Dredd writer Rob Williams, are on hand for an hour of 2000 AD announcements, chat, and laughs!
2:00pm –  3:00pm

Thunderbirds Are Go
Room 7AB
5… 4… 3… 2… 1… Thunderbirds Are Go! Amazon brings you an exciting first look at season 2 of Thunderbirds Are Go, a reinvention of the 1960s Gerry Anderson classic series. Join executive producer Giles Ridge, head writer Rob Hoegee, and members of the cast for an interactive Q&A session and glimpse into the action and cutting-edge technology from season 2. Plus, experience the extensive craftsmanship of a live-action model set and hear from a Weta Workshop team member on what it was like to create the distinctive world of Thunderbirds Are Go while also paying tribute to the legacy of the original series.
2:00pm –  3:00pm

Transformers Animation: Then and Now
Room 5AB
Celebrate the legacy of the Transformers characters and stories that have led you to Robots in Disguise.
2:00pm –  3:00pm

Two Packs A Week: The Trading Card Comedy Show
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library
It’s a special live episode of the hilarious Two Packs a Week podcast, which Geek & Sundry calls “like heaven on earth.” Comedians open packs of bizarre retro trading cards and make fun of what’s inside. Host Geoffrey Golden (The Devastator) and his guests Mike Levine (The Onion), Joan Ford (Funny or Die), Erika Ishii(Twitch), and Roger Barr (I-Mockery) open a few fan-favorite packs: Rad Dudes, Dinosaurs Attack, and Skeleton Warriors! As they discover what’s in the packs, they’ll discuss forgotten pop culture, geeky childhood memories, and the human condition. (Or, y’know, Garbage Pail Kids.) A show this funny is ultra rare.
2:00pm –  3:00pm

PANEL: The Unsung Stuntmen and Women of the Movies
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
The stuntmen and women from your favorite TV shows and movies discuss and answer your questions about the stunt industry. Featuring Jessie Graff (Supergirl, American Ninja Warrior), Esteban Cueto (Iron Man 2, Jungle Book), Tiger Rudge (Star Wars Episode 8), Patrick Stenberg (Jurassic World), and Brian Danner (Sword Fights Inc). Moderated by Eric Cajiuat (The Hit Girl).
2:15pm –  3:15pm

Feral Audio Live with Dan Harmon and his Podcast Pals
Hall H
From Starburns Industries (Animals, Anomalisa,Rick & Morty) comes a Hall H live podcast recording of unparalleled precedent! Podcast pioneer Dan Harmon (Harmontown, Community) brings to the stage some of his best-known pals from the fiercely independent Feral Audio network, including Cameron Esposito (Put Your Hands Together, Take My Wife), Johnny Pemberton (Twisting the Wind, Neighbors 2), Steve Agee (Uhhh…,Adventure Time), My Favorite Murder hosts Georgia Hardstark (Slumber Party) and Karen Kilgariff (Mr. Show), Alie Ward (Slumber Party, Cooking Channel), Doughboys Mike Mitchell (The Birthday Boys), and Nick Wiger (Comedy Bang! Bang!), Jeff B. Davis (Harmontown, Whose Line Is It Anyway?), the smooth men ofBeyond Yacht Rock and more, including a special appearance live via phone by Chelsea Peretti (Call Chelsea Peretti, Brooklyn Nine-Nine).
2:15pm –  3:15pm

Gears of War 4: Creators, Characters and Cast
Room 6BCF
Co-creator Rod Fergusson, the cast, and guest panelists present a behind-the-scenes look at Gears of War 4, exploring the characters, and storytelling for the new saga in the acclaimed Gears franchise. They will also have some special announcements and surprises. Moderated by Xbox’s Major Nelson.
2:30pm –  3:30pm

Comics Arts Conference #4: Latin American Comic Arts: Dialogues and Perspectives from Chilean Artists and Critics
Room 26AB
In a series of concise presentations, Chilean comics writers, artists, publishers, and critics will provide insight into one of South America’s most effervescent arts, discussing current comics production and how it intersects with topics of race, gender, national (alternative) history, and the international world of comics. Gonzalo Martinez(Road Story), Francisco Ortega (Mocha Dick), Gabriel Rodriguez (Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland),Miguel Angel Ferrada (Arcano IV), Bernadita Labourdette (Varua Rapa Nui), Maria Jose Barros (Corazon de Obsidiana), Carlos Reyes (Los años de Allende), and Rodrigo Elgueta (Los años de Allende) will present multidisciplinary approaches to current comic production in Chile, questioning recurring themes at visual and narrative levels, as well as providing insight into the local Chilean publishing industry and issues relating to artistic styles and the place of female comic creators within the current market. This panel will be presented in Spanish. Handouts will be provided with English translations of each presentation. The Q&A session will be interpreted as needed by panel moderators Sam Cannon (The University of Texas at Austin) and James Staig(The University of Texas at Austin).
2:30pm –  3:30pm

comiXology Ask Me Anything
Room 8
ComiXology, Amazon’s premier digital comic shopping and reading platform, spills the beans on everything you wanted to know about digital comics, publishing, and more! Want to know about comiXology Unlimited, the new monthly subscription service? Come to this panel. Want to know more about how to get your comic up on comiXology Submit? This is your panel. Featuring comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger,comiXology communications guru Chip Mosher, and the comiXologist podcast crew Tia Vasiliou and Matt Kolowski.
2:30pm –  3:30pm

Star Trek: Where Lawyers Boldly Go
Room 24ABC
California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, former judge Paul Grewal (now vice president and general counsel of litigation for Facebook) and attorneys Neel Chatterjee (lead trial counsel for Facebook in the lawsuit depicted in the film The Social Network), Joshua Gilliland (The Legal Geeks), Jessica Mederson(The Legal Geeks), Christine Peek, and Megan Hitchcock will boldly go across the top legal issues in Star Trek. This panel will focus on specific episodes from all of the Star Trek series that highlight the best legal issues, from positively showing women in the practice of law to civil rights, trial advocacy, and due process.
2:30pm –  3:30pm

Warhammer 40,000 Panel
Room
This is the world-exclusive first look at Titan’s much hyped new Warhammer 40,000 comic book series, based in the staggeringly popular dark science fiction universe from Games Workshop. Join Warhammer 40,000 writerGeorge Mann (Dark Souls, Doctor Who), and editor Andrew James for a jam-packed panel spotlighting the hotly anticipated comic launch in October. Be the first to see exclusive art by Tazio Bettin and Enrica Angiolini from the comic and upcoming plans for the series. Each attendee will receive an exclusive gift!
2:30pm –  4:00pm

Comic-Con How-To: Traditional Sculpting with the Shiflett Brothers
Room 2
The Shiflett Brothers demonstrate their process of traditional sculpting for the collectibles industry, discussing tips, tricks, and industry secrets.
3:00pm –  4:00pm

1986: There Can Be Only One
Room 5AB
It was “a bad call, Ripley, a bad call,” as Mark A. Altman’s Algonquin Geek Table twists and shouts to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the glorious moviegoing nirvana of 1986. This panel of professional geeksperts will look back at such now classic films as Aliens, Highlander, Top Gun, Blue Velvet, Manhunter, Stand By Me, Ferris Bueller’s Day’s Off, Back to School, Big Trouble in Little China, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, The Fly, Short Circuit, Labyrinth, 9½ Weeks-and how could we forget (as much as we’d like to) Howard the Duck and Cobra? Starring Ashley E. Miller (writer, Big Trouble in Little China remake), Jose Molina (Firefly, Agent Carter), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels, The Clone Wars), Glen C. Oliver (Ain’t It Cool News), Robert Meyer Burnett(Agent Cody Banks, ST: TNG Blu-rays), and Charles de Lauzirika (Crave, The Alien Anthology). Moderated byScott Mantz (Access Hollywood). There be whales here! Presented by the all-new Geek Magazine.
3:00pm –  4:00pm

Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security in the Entertainment Industry
Room 29AB
Phil Strub (DoD Entertainment Media director), Dave Evans (DoD Unscripted director), Lt. Col. Glen Roberts(U.S. Air Force Entertainment Liaison director), Capt. Russell Coons (U.S. Army Public Affairs-West deputy director), Cmdr. John Pruitt (U.S. Coast Guard MOPIC director), and Lt. Adam Hall (U.S. Navy Info-West deputy director) discuss the requirements to procure DoD and DHS support in the entertainment realm and what assets and services can be provided. A Q&A session will be moderated by Decker Watson (executive producer,Deadliest Catch).
3:00pm –  4:00pm

Destination: Nerd
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina
Anastasia Washington (Anastationtv, Legion of Leia), CuriousJoi (CuriousJoi, Icon), Brittany Heyden(TenaciousBee Designs), Jasmine Rubero (TheBeheaded), Marlon (Nerd Coolture), Jennifer Kretchmer(producer, actress), Michelle I am Chubby Bunny Bradley (Geek and Sundry, Otaku Movie Anatomy), andKatie Elhoffer (Elhoffer Design) discuss traveling in Nerd style! Moderated by Emily Kelley (GameScribes).
3:00pm –  4:00pm

Dreamworks’ Voltron: Legendary Defender
Room 7AB
Form Voltron! Executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos, co-executive producer Lauren Montgomery, and head writer Tim Hendrick dive deep into the epic first season of the critically acclaimed Netflix original series Voltron: Legendary Defender. They’ll come ready to answer all your burning questions with an extended fan Q&A and even offer a sneak peek of what’s next for the Paladins of Voltron. All panel attendees will receive an exclusive limited-edition Voltron lithograph.
3:00pm –  4:00pm

Early History of Comic Book Films
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library
Film buffs and storyboard artists Gabriel Hardman (Dark Knight Rises, Spider-Man 3) Trevor Goring(Watchmen, Thor: The Dark World), and voice actor Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman, Justice League Unlimited) discuss the comic strip and comic book inspired films from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Featuring early silent films, parodies of the 1950s comic book juvenile delinquency debates, and more. Moderated by podcaster and pop culture historian John Siuntres (Word Balloon Podcast).
3:00pm –  4:00pm

Fantasy Mixology: The Perfect Literary Cocktail
Horton Grand Theatre
While the average happy hour involves a bit of gin, rum, or vodka, these authors mix things up with witches, demons, giants, ghosts, Celtic gods, and other magical beings. Top-shelf authors Paul Cornell (Witches of Lychford), Kevin Hearne (The Iron Druid Chronicles), Richard Kadrey (Perdition Score), Paul Krueger (Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge), Drew Magary (The Hike), and Mary Robinette Kowal (Ghost Talkers and The Glamourist series) discuss the ingredients that go into making your favorite fantasy cocktails. Moderated byPetra Mayer from NPR.
3:00pm –  4:00pm

H.P. Lovecraft & Steam Engines of Oz: Arcana’s Animation Slate
Room 23ABC
Arcana’s animation slate continues! Howard Lovecraft & The Frozen Kingdom is being released fall 2016 and features the voices of Ron Perlman, Jane Curtin, and Christopher Plummer, with Steam Engines of Oz currently in production. Get a behind-the-scenes look at this grassroots animation slate that is breaking down barriers into independent filmmaking. They want to hear from you in this very interactive panel. DVDs, comics, plush toys, and shirts will be given away; never-before-seen animated footage and special guests will be on hand. Get your Cthulhu plush toy simply by asking questions and participating. You’ll have a R’lyeh good time!
3:00pm –  4:00pm

Making the Leap to Creator Owned Properties: Tales from the IP Jungle
Room 28DE
Moderator John Fleskes (Flesk publications) leads a rousing discussion with Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows, World of Payne, Savage Wolverine), Terry Dodson (Princess Leia, Red One, Uncanny X-Men), Wendy andRichard Pini (Elfquest), and Mark Schultz (Storms at Sea, Xenozoic) about the differences between working for major publishers and shepherding through their personal projects. The pros, the cons, the triumphs, the tears! Plus, panelists share the latest news of upcoming projects.
3:00pm –  4:00pm

NBC’s The Good Place: World Premiere Screening and Q&A with Ted Danson, Kristen Bell, Michael Schur and Drew Goddard
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
From executive producer Michael Schur and director Drew Goddard comes a smart, unique new comedy that follows Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell), an ordinary woman who, through an extraordinary string of events, enters the afterlife where she comes to realize that she hasn’t been a very good person. With the help of her wise newfound afterlife mentor (Ted Danson) she’s determined to shed her old way of living and discover the awesome (or at least the pretty good) person within.
3:00pm –  4:00pm

Snoopy for President: Politics in Peanuts
Room 32AB
Explore the world of politics through Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip. Hear about Charlie Brown, Linus, and Pigpen’s humorous and endearing presidential campaigns and Snoopy’s short-lived term as Head Beagle. Discover why “happiness is the best policy” through Hallmark’s 1968 “Snoopy for President” sales campaign and how Schulz utilized his Peanuts characters to support numerous presidential initiatives.
3:00pm –  4:00pm

The Art Heroines
Room 25ABC
Learn from this group of veteran female artists working in film/live action, TV, animation, commercials, and toy industries. There will be new announcements of current projects and how you can get involved. They will bring an exclusive look into their work, including displayed props, puppets, and works in progress, and discuss how to maintain a successful career while staying creatively fulfilled. Danelle Vierkant (designer/builder, The Revenant,Comedy Bang Bang), Ivonne Escoto (designer/builder,Tron Legacy, Alien vs Predator, The Creature Shop Challenge), Denise “Dee” Chavez (background designer, Nickelodeon’s Sanjay and Craig), Melissa Doss Diwa(designer/builder, The Creature Shop Challenge), Kristin Donner (painter/illustrator, Nickelodeon’s The Fairly Odd Parents), and moderator Christine Papalexis (fabricator, Team America: World Police, Alien Resurrection), with special panelist Tracy Black (curator, Unlocking Wonderland and The White Rabbit Project).
3:00pm –  4:00pm

TNT’s The Last Ship: Panel and Exclusive Sneak Peek
Room 6A
The Last Ship is back for its thrilling third season and it’s time to re-enlist! This season finds Captain Chandler and the crew of the Nathan James shifting their attention to Asia after hearing rumblings that the Chinese leader has been hoarding the “Scott cure” from the infected people in the region, and the consequences for the world are dire. Cast members Eric Dane, Adam Baldwin, and Bridget Regan and showrunner Steven Kane present an exclusive sneak preview of what’s yet to come this season.
3:00pm –  4:00pm

We Need Diverse Comics
Room 9
Authors Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina), Ben Hatke (Mighty Jack), Nilah Magruder (M.F.K.), Raina Telgemeier(Ghosts), and Ron Wimberly (Prince of Cats) discuss the current state of diversity in the comics industry, what’s changed over the past decade, and what changes still need to happen. Moderated by Petra Mayer (NPR).
3:00pm –  4:00pm

Writing 101: What to Think About Before You Start Writing
Room 30CDE
You have a really cool idea for a new comic or story, but you don’t know how to begin plotting it out. Award-winning writer Marv Wolfman (Crisis on Infinite Earths, New Teen Titans, Blade, Black Cat and hundreds more) brings his famed writing seminar to Comic-Con 2016. He will talk about how to create characters, how to put together a story, and most everything you should think about even before you start typing.
3:00pm –  4:30pm

How to Host a Library Comic Con!
Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library
Many libraries are creating their own comic conventions and festivals. This panel will provide you with all the tools you need to do the same! Panelists will discuss organization, partnerships, budgets, programming, and how to bring comic creators into your library.
3:05pm –  3:50pm

The Crystal Crypt
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Based on a story by Philip K. Dick, this film is set in a future where Earth and Mars are on the brink of war. As the last flight to leave for Earth is about to depart, Martian officers board in search of three saboteurs, and a story of heroism and deception unfolds. Starring Yuri Lowenthal (Dark Knight Returns) and Tara Platt (Naruto, Final Fantasy). Participating panelists include Shahab Zargari (director, Susannah’s Lesson), Heela Naqshband (executive producer),andShahram Zargari (screenwriter, Maul Dogs).
3:15pm –  4:15pm

DC Rebirth: Young Gotham/ Young Metropolis
Room 6DE
Youth is served well as DC Comics’ brightest heroes are the focus on this panel. Join the talented DC Rebirth creators of Batgirl (Rafael Albuquerque and Hope Larson), Batman Beyond (Bernard Chang and Dan Jurgens), Supergirl (Steve Orlando), Super-Sons (Jorge Jimenez), and Teen Titans (Jonboy Meyers) as a new generation of DC Comics heroes step into the spotlight.
3:15pm –  4:15pm

The Strain: Screening and Q&A
Ballroom 20
The munchers are back! The Strain, FX’s action-packed vampire thriller based on the bestselling books from Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, returns August 28. Get an exclusive sneak peek of the upcoming third season, plus the debut of a Comic-Con exclusive original video that’s sure to go viral. Showrunner/executive producer/director/writer Carlton Cuse, co-creator/executive producer/writer Chuck Hogan, and stars Kevin Durand (Vasiliy Fet), Ruta Gedmintas (Dutch Velders), Richard Sammel (Thomas Eichhorst), and Miguel Gomez (Augustin “Gus” Elizalde) discuss the challenges of bringing this chilling world to life.
3:30pm –  4:30pm

Make Your Own Story
Room 24ABC
Kids! Join authors Jeffrey Brown (Lucy and Andy Neanderthal), John Patrick Green (Hippopotamister), Eddie Pittman (Red’s Planet), and Judd Winick (Hilo) in an interactive storytelling hour, where you tell the story, and these authors draw it. Bring your most creative storytelling hats! Moderated by Jennifer L. Holm (Sunny Side Up).
3:30pm –  4:30pm

The Eisner Effect on American Publishing
Room 26AB
Throughout Will Eisner’s life he was always thinking about the bigger picture of publishing, comics, and literature. Today his legacy continues through the efforts of editors at traditional houses, distribution companies, the American Library Association, and the Eisner Awards. Members of this panel will discuss the current and future environment of comics and graphic novels in the North American book market. Moderated by John Shableski(VP of sales UDON Entertainment and special projects, manager Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation). Panelists include Judy Hansen (literary agent), Jim Killen (buyer, Barnes & Noble), Charles Kochman (editor, Abrams ComicArts), and Caitlyn Zaksheske (high school librarian, 2015 ALA Eisner Grant winner).
3:30pm –  4:30pm

The Mark, Sergio, Stan and Tom Show
Room 8
This used to be the annual “Sergio and Mark Show” but the name has changed to note that the adventures ofGroo the Wanderer are brought to you not just by the award-winning team of Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier, but also by Stan Sakai (the creator of Usagi Yojimbo) and the hardest-working man in comics, Tom Luth. They’ll be discussing the new Groo miniseries, the first issue of which is debuting even as you read this, and many upcoming projects. Some feature their silly barbarian, some don’t. But it’s always a treat to hear these brilliant guys, especially the tall one who wrote this panel description.
3:30pm –  4:30pm

Under the Radar
Hall H
An in depth discussion about the best in genre fare from the festival circuit and beyond, moderated by Fandano’s Erik Davis and featuring the Los Angeles Times’ Marc Bernardin, MTV’s Amy Nicholson and The Daily Beast’s Jen Yamato. Special guest panelists include Doug Benson and the team behind SXSW teen fanfic hit Slash,including director Clay Liford and star Michael Johnston (Teen Wolf).
3:30pm –  4:30pm

Warcraft: The Road to Legion
Room 6BCF
A team of Blizzard Entertainment’s veteran designers, writers, and artists talk about World of Warcraft: Legion, and the exciting content that will be leading up to its launch. The panelists include Alex Afrasiabi (creative director, World of Warcraft), Chris Robinson (senior art director, World of Warcraft), Matt Samia (senior creative director of brand marketing), and James Waugh (director of story & creative development). The panelists will also take part in a Q&A session, where you can ask all your burning questions about the Burning Legion.
3:30pm –  4:30pm

What Was Old is New Again: IDW’s New Formats for Classic Comics
Room
President of IDW Publishing Greg Goldstein brings together the stalwarts (or culprits) of the boom in archival publishing for details and announcements about the latest classic comic book collections! Joining Greg will be renowned comic book historian and editor Craig Yoe, IDW senior books editor Justin Eisinger, and IDW Artist Edition editor Scott Dunbier and one or two amazing surprise guests . IDW is home to some of the most beloved (and award-winning) collections in comics history, with more on the way. Free book for every attendee, plus other giveaways and prizes.
3:50pm –  4:15pm

Heroes of the Realm
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
In a world where magic reigns, one tyrant is the undisputed ruler. But when magic opens a portal to our world, it’s up to a pizza delivery woman to make the most important delivery of her life. Participating panelists include Kyle Roberts (director/producer), Kate Le (lead actress), and Sean Thiessen (writer).
4:00pm –  5:00pm

Be A Financial Superhero Even If You Aren’t Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina
Do you dream about quitting your day job to pursue your passion of being an artist, writer, or professional in the industry? Are you already in the business and need help with figuring out how to budget between paid contracts, deal with taxes, get credit, or determine the best way to raise and save cash for future projects? Join Karen Martin (Force4Creatives, Art FORM), Sean Nisil (Sigdestad Financial), and Eric O’Connor (Land Home Financial Services) for a panel on superhero financial planning and best practices for artists, writers, industry professionals, and all others interested. The discussion will follow with a Q&A of industry guests including Chris Neuhahn (Dreamworks Animation, McSteed TV), Alonso Nunez (Little Fish Comic Book Studio), and Erin Pennell (Rare Hare Studio, Art FORM), who will talk about financial challenges and successes in their fields.
4:00pm –  5:00pm

CBLDF Podcast Live: Banned Authors Speak Out
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund protects the comics that come under fire, but what is it that makes these comics so dangerous? San Diego music icon Rob Crow interviews Goon creator Eric Powell and special surprise guests for a freewheeling discussion about what makes comics loud, rebellious, and dangerous.
4:00pm –  5:00pm

Crockett Johnson’s Barnaby: What Makes a Great Comic Strip
Room 29AB
Before Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts, and Pogo, there was Barnaby. Crockett Johnson’s classic strip combined fantasy and satire, a child’s feeling of wonder and an adult’s wariness, with highly literate jokes and a keen eye for the ridiculous. Johnson’s biographer Philip Nel is joined by Eric Reynolds, co-editor of Fantagraphics’sBarnaby series, cartoonist Jeff Smith (Bone), and moderator Thomas Spurgeon (The Comics Reporter). They’ll talk about why the strip remains so influential and its place in the history of great American comics.
4:00pm –  5:00pm

Essential Deserted Island Comics
Room 28DE
So you’re stranded on a deserted island. But good news: you can pick your favorite comics to get stuck with for the rest of your life! What essential comics will you be reading and rereading? You might know your own picks, but find out what some of comic’s most exciting creators and tastemakers like Chris Roberson (co-creator,iZombie, writer,Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953), Jamal Igle (Molly Danger, Supergirl), Frank J. Barbiere(Avengers World, The Revisionist), and Deb Aoki (Publishers Weekly, Manga Comics Manga) picked as their absolute top favorite deserted island comics they can’t live without! Moderated by the comiXologist podcast crewTia Vasiliou and Matt Kolowski. This is a party game discussion no comics (or deserted island) fan can miss!
4:00pm –  5:00pm

Geek’s More Greatest Movies & TV Never Made: The Threequel
Room 23ABC
In the panel that wowed Comic-Con last year, take another look back at some of the greatest genre projects that never made it to the silver and small screens, ranging fromStar Trek: The Academy Years and The Beginning,two Trek prequels that were never produced to E.T. 2, David Lynch’sRonnie Rocket to James Cameron’s Spider-Man, Buckaroo Banzai Vs. The World Crime League, Wolfgang Peterson’s Batman Vs. Superman, and many more. The discussion will include filmmakers Ashley E. Miller (writer, Thor, X-Men: First Class), Charles de Lauzirika (Blade Runner Blu-ray, Twin Peaks Blu-ray), Steve Melching (writer, The Clone Wars, Star Wars: Rebels), Christian Gossett (The Red Star), Thomas P. Vitale (movie and TV producer and former Syfy executive), Marc Bernardin (journalist), David E. Williams (Geek magazine), Luke Ryan (Chaotic Good), and moderator Glen C. Oliver (Ain’t It Cool News).
4:00pm –  5:00pm

Marvel: Death of X
Room 5AB
One of the biggest questions coming out of the 8-month gap between Secret Wars and All-New All-Different Marvel has been, “What the heck happened between the X-Men and the Inhumans?” Join this panel for an exclusive look at new series Death of X, plus the latest on all X-Men and Inhumans titles with editor-in-chief Axel Alonso and Marvel talent scout Rickey Purdin, as well as James Asmus (All-New Inhumans) and Cullen Bunn (Uncanny X-Men).
4:00pm –  5:00pm

Retellings & Remixes
Room 32AB
From Cinderella to the Queen of Hearts, these authors know that “happily ever after” isn’t always the end of the story. Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles, Heartless), Renee Ahdieh (The Rose and the Dagger), Colleen Houck (Recreated), Anna Todd (Imagines), Jodi Meadows (My Lady Jane), and Colleen Oakes (Queen of Hearts) dish about how they put a fresh twist on the classic tales we love. Moderated by Sam Maggs (Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy, Wonder Women).
4:00pm –  5:00pm

Silicon Valley Panel and Q&A
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
HBO’s Silicon Valley, the Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated series, takes a comic look at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. Silicon Valley concluded its third season in June and will begin production on season 4 later this year. The panel will include co-creator and executive producer Mike Judge, executive producer Alec Berg,and cast members Thomas Middleditch (Richard Hendricks), Zach Woods (Jared Dunn), Kumail Nanjiani(Dinesh Chugtai), Martin Starr (Bertram Gilfoyle), and Amanda Crew (Monica Hall). Moderated by Dan Snierson (Entertainment Weekly).
4:00pm –  5:00pm

Spotlight on Jason Aaron
Room 25ABC
Comic-Con special guest and Eisner Award-nominated comics writer Jason Aaron (Star Wars, the Mighty Thor, Southern Bastards, Scalped) sits down for an open, unfiltered discussion of his work, the craft of writing and pretty much anything else you feel like asking about.
4:00pm –  5:00pm

The Forgotten Trio: Inkers, Letterers, and Colorists
Room 9
Many people often think of the artist and the writer as the masterminds who bring us our weekly comics. However, much credit should go to the colorists, inkers and letterers who put in hours of work to bring us what we love. A lively discussion with Dave Lanphear (veteran DC and Marvel letterer), Joshua Reed (letterer for Aspen’sSoulfire and Fathom), Beth Sotelo (colorist for IDW, DC Comics, Aspen), Matt “Batt” Banning (DC Rebirth: Batman, Superman/Wonder Woman), and Jessica Tseang (comic book historian) about how the comic book industry can change, the importance of their work, a brief look into their daily lives, and how to break into the career. There will a Q&A for budding colorists, inkers, and letterers.
4:00pm –  5:00pm

Top 10 Tips to Up Your Comics Art Game
Room 30CDE
You’re a comics artist or you want to be. So how do you stand above the rest? In Andy Schmidt’s 14-year career in comics as an editor (Marvel, IDW, Image titles) and a comics art educator at Comics Experience, he’s seen every kind of artist you can imagine. Reilly Brown (Deadpool), comics artist and comics art instructor, has seen even more! From thousands of pages and pinups they have created a top 10 list of things that the strongest artists do to stand above the crowd. Todd Nauck will also be joining. They’ll give you all 10 in this jaw-dropping panel.
4:00pm –  5:00pm

VIZ Media
Room 7AB
Come party with VIZ Media! And by party, we mean sit in a chair and listen to thrilling tales of upcoming releases and other Earth-shattering announcements from North America’s largest distributor of manga and anime! VIZ Media has brought you thousands of your favorite titles, including huge hits like Naruto, Death Note, Sailor Moon,Ranma 1⁄2, Tokyo Ghoul, One-Punch Man and more! Warning: panel may include trivia, prizes, yelling, and probably some clapping.
4:00pm –  5:30pm

Comic-Con How-To: Painting in Acrylic
Room 2
A demonstration of painting techniques in acrylic paint, with an emphasis on storytelling.
4:15pm –  5:15pm

The Man in the High Castle
Room 6A
Amazon’s most-streamed original series, The Man in the High Castle, returns to Comic-Con! Based on Philip K. Dick’s Hugo Award-winning novel, the show depicts a haunting and unsettling reality that could have been if the Allied Powers had lost World War II and explores that world almost 20 years after that loss.Join executive producer Isa Dick Hackett, daughter of the late Philip K. Dick, along with members of the cast and crew to learn how starkly similar this world is to today and what’s to come in season 2.
4:15pm –  5:55pm

Alistair1918
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
A World War I soldier accidentally time travels to present-day Los Angeles. Filthy, penniless, with no way to prove his identity, he struggles to find way back to his wife in 1918. Participating panelists include Annie K. McVey (director/actor), Guy Birtwhistle (actor/writer/producer), and Amy Motta (Grey’s Anatomy, Mad Men).
4:30pm –  5:30pm

Cartoon Creatives: Women Power in Animation
Room 24ABC
While Women in Animation’s initiative strives to have a 50/50 workforce in the animation world by 2025, there are women leading the charge right now, creating, innovating, and guiding cartoons into a future filled with talent that goes beyond gender, and their fans are loving every minute of it. Scheduled to appear are Lauren Faust(creator, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic), Brooke Keesling (director of animation talent development at Disney TV Animation), Lauren Montgomery (co-showrunner, Voltron Legendary Defenders), Stevie Wermers-Skelton (co-director, the upcoming Frozen Holiday Special), Gina Shay (producer, the upcoming Trolls), Katie Krentz (director of development: Cartoon Network, Steven Universe), Daron Nefcy (creator/executive producer, Star vs. the Forces of Evil) and Marge Dean (co-president, Women in Animation), talking about their experiences and upcoming projects. Moderated by Leslie Combemale of Animation Scoop.
4:30pm –  5:30pm

Christopher J. Priest: Adventures in the Funnybook Game
Room
Q&A session with veteran writer and editor Christopher J. Priest (Black Panther, Quantum & Woody, Deathstroke) covering his 38 years in the comics industry.
4:30pm –  5:30pm

MTV Teen Wolf
Ballroom 20
Executive producer Jeff Davis and the cast of Teen Wolf return to Comic-Con for the seventh consecutive year. The pack from MTV’s hit series will dish on the upcoming season, answer fan questions, and share the first sneak peek of season 6.
4:30pm –  5:30pm

Skybound’s The Walking Dead
Room 6DE
The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead franchise, Outcast), longtime artist of The Walking Dead Charlie Adlard, and Skybound Entertainment editorial director Sean Mackiewicz discuss all thingsThe Walking Dead and what’s to come for the comics series as it approaches its 160th issue. This panel will be moderated by Jason Mantzoukas (The League, Brooklyn Nine-Nine).
4:30pm –  5:30pm

The Enduring Allure of Grimm’s Fairy Tales: Live Reading and Discussion
Horton Grand Theatre
Award-winning narrators Kirby Heyborne, Jayne Entwistle, and Scott Brick present a live performance from Listening Library’s full-cast audio collection Grimm’s Fairy Tales, followed by a discussion moderated by Dan Zitt(VP, content production, Penguin Random House Audio) that will take listeners behind the scenes of the recording and exploring the enduring popularity of these classic stories.
4:30pm –  5:30pm

The Zone Show: Underground 3-D Comics
Room 26AB
The late Ray Zone was known as the “King of 3-D Comic Books,” creating 3-D conversions for over 300 comics, including many underground books that he published under his banner “The 3-D Zone,” featuring such artists as Robt. Williams, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, and Basil Wolverton. Zone also hosted a Los Angeles cable-access TV show in the early 1980s where he interviewed many of his artist collaborators. Eric Kurland (CEO of 3-D Space) and Lawrence Kaufman (chairman of the National Stereoscopic Association) will be joined by several of Ray Zone’s friends and colleagues to take a look a look at his 3-D underground work, including video interviews fromThe Zone Show, not seen in over 30 years and only recently discovered and digitized.
4:30pm –  5:30pm

Vertigo
Room 8
Find out where some of your favorite titles are heading, and be the first to hear about the new series on deck for the fall from comics’ most innovative imprint.
4:30pm –  6:00pm

Making Comics in the Library
Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library
Everything you need to know in order to run your own comic creation workshops! The panel will also provide tips and tricks for having comic book creators teach classes in the library, and discuss which computer programs and technology you can make available to patrons to help them make comics.
4:45pm –  5:45pm

USA Network’s Colony Panel with the Cast and Creators
Room 6BCF
Colony fans: whose side are you on: the Collaborators or the Resistance? Executive producers Carlton Cuseand Ryan Condal, along with series stars, offer an exclusive inside look at the new season. When USA Network’s critically acclaimed series Colony returns for season 2, mysterious intruders are still in control of a near-future Los Angeles. Will, played by Josh Holloway (Lost), has been cooperating with the Collaborators, but now that he knows his wife Katie’s (Sarah Wayne Callies, The Walking Dead) secret, have they jeopardized any hope of getting their son back?
5:00pm –  6:00pm

Captain America 75th Anniversary
Room 9
Created by cartoonists Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, Captain America has been wielding his shield, donning red, white, and blue, and fighting the good fight for 75 years. From Captain America Comics #1 to Captain America: Civil War, Steve Rogers has had a pretty decent 75 years, to say the least. Come celebrate “Cap” with Jim Simon (Son of Joe Simon) and Allen Bellman (artist, Captain America) all while being interviewed and questioned by former Kirby assistant, moderator Mark Evanier (author, Kirby: King of Comics).
5:00pm –  6:00pm

Comic Book Women: Working with Licensed vs. Creator Owned Characters
Room 5AB
What’s the difference between creating original characters and playing in someone else’s sandbox? Find out from these comic book pros who have worked both sides of the trenches: Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, X-Files), Sarah Gaydos (Star Trek, Batman Li’l Gotham), Mariah McCourt (True Blood, Angel), Barbara Randall Kesel(Hellboy, Sundown Crossroads), Sarah Kuhn (Barbie, Fresh Romance), Kel MacDonald (Misfits of Avalon, Buffy), and Ari Woods (Rick & Morty). Expect an hour of war stories and frank advice for new and established comics creators. Moderated by Casey Gilley (Comic Book Resources, Goners).
5:00pm –  6:00pm

DC Master Class: Art History
Room 30CDE
Class is in session as some of the greatest artists in the industry take this panel to school with an in-depth look at their creative process! DC Entertainment is proud to spotlight these talented individuals for this exclusive, all-access look at what it’s like drawing for DC Comics and Vertigo!
5:00pm –  6:00pm

Fandom Diversified: Changing Dynamics of Nerd Media
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina
The world is entering a new renaissance in geekery. Now, more than ever, media personalities and journalists of color have a poignant and influential voice that resonates throughout nerd culture. From the Gamergate scandal to the advent of BlerdNation, both high and low points are heavily highlighted. This panel will talk to journalists and media personalities about meeting challenges head on, and how they are working to make change. They will get really real about the climate of nerddom today. Panelists includeValerie Complex (freelance writer), Jamie Broadnax (Black Girl Nerds), Rob Salkowitz (Forbes), Jen Yamato (Daily Beast), Cory Vincent (Nerdreactor), and Twitch stream gamer Amethyst Leon.
5:00pm –  6:00pm

Making a Living in Manga: From Fan to Pro
Room 29AB
It’s one thing to cosplay at a con and draw fan art, but how can you turn your passion for manga, anime, and cosplay into a real career? Get the real deal on what it takes to make the leap from fan to pro from people who know what it takes to succeed, as well as the common pitfalls to avoid. Lillian Diaz-Pryzbyl (head of comics,Sparkler Monthly), Christopher Butcher (director, Toronto Comic Arts Festival), Mark DeVera (publishing sales manager, VIZ Media), Misaki C. Kido (marketing director, Kodansha Advanced Media), Mari Morimoto(translator, Naruto), Marlene First (editor, VIZ Media), and possibly a surprise guest or two talk about how they turned their passion for manga, anime, and cosplay into a career and what they look for when they’re hiring artists, writers, and editors. Discussion will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Deb Aoki (Publishers Weekly, Anime News Network).
5:00pm –  6:00pm

Queer History in Comics
Room 28DE
Queer characters and narratives are finding their way into a popular growing genre of comics with historical themes and stories. However, writing about the lives of LGTBQ past can present a number of challenges for comics creators today. How do writers and artists create a complete and honest view of historical queer characters and their stories? How do we balance modern labels and values to best represent these characters, their experiences, and the periods they lived in? What tools are available for researching queer lifestyles throughout history? Join Prism Comics and moderator Josh Trujillo (Love Machines), Joseph Hawkins(director of the USC ONE Archive), and creators Kez Pagtakhan (Until the Last Dog Dies), Trina Robbins (The Complete Wimmen’s Comix), and Emily Willis (Cassius) as they discuss their work, inspirations, and challenges in presenting LGBTQ history through comics.
5:00pm –  6:00pm

Re-Imagining Reality: Bringing Games into the Real World with Ingress and Pokemon GO
Room 25ABC
John Hanke, founder of Niantic and pioneer of real world gaming, will examine the past, present and future of extending games beyond the screen and re-imagining reality through the lens of Ingress and Pokémon GO.
5:00pm –  6:00pm

The Nappy Hour
Room 32AB
Comic-Con special guest Keith Knight (K Chronicles, The Knight Life) returns with his lightning-quick, oven-timer-ruled, roundtable discussion of all things nerdy concerning people of color. Panelists include award-winning nationally syndicated cartoonist, writer, and radio personality Lalo Alcaraz (Bordertown, La Cucaracha), vice president of TV development for 20th Century Fox Animation Roland Poindexter, and illustrator/graphic novelistAshley A. Woods (Black Comix, Out of Sequence).
5:00pm –  6:00pm

Van Helsing
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Premiering exclusive first-look footage from Syfy’s new series Van Helsing. Stars Kelly Overton (True Blood),Jonathan Scarfe (Hell on Wheels), and Christopher Heyerdahl (Twilight, True Blood) will join creator/showrunner Neil LaBute (In The Company of Men, Hell on Wheels) and executive producers Simon Barry (Continuum), Chad Oakes (Fargo, Hell on Wheels), and Mike Frislev (Fargo, Hell on Wheels) in a panel moderated by Holly Hines (Dynamic Television).
5:00pm –  6:00pm

Video Game Comics: Level Up
Room 23ABC
With Dark Horse, video game franchises found a foothold in comics. With a line of video game-related comics and deluxe art books, including the bestselling World of Warcraft: Chronicle, the publisher now works with the biggest studios and brands in the business. Dark Horse editor Ian Tucker is joined by representatives from DICE, 343 Studios, Microsoft, Blizzard, and BioWare for news and announcements on all your favorite video game tie-ins!
5:00pm –  6:00pm

World of Capcom
Room 7AB
Calling all Capcom fans! Moderator Matt Dahlgren (Capcom) hosts a panel packed with Capcom team members to present the company’s latest and greatest video games. Capcom has been kicking out your favorite games for over three decades, and this panel is the place for fans of all ages to check out the new games they can look forward to.
5:30pm –  6:30pm

Cartoon Art Museum Family Drawing
Room 2
Draw with the Cartoon Art Museum! Join this family-friendly workshop for parents and their children to learn how to draw cartoons together in this sampler of the Cartoon Art Museum’s seasonal Parent + Child classes. Meet the museum’s program coordinator Nina Taylor Kester and comics pro/teacher Matt Harding. Plus, take home art supplies courtesy of Sakura of America and Strathmore paper!
5:30pm –  6:30pm

Dynamite Entertainment: The Art of the Deal
Room 8
In 2004, Dynamite Entertainment exploded into the world of licensed comics with the release of fan-favorite Army of Darkness. Since that time, the little publisher that could has grown into the leading publisher that does. The company has become the industry leader in books based on film, television, video games, and more, with such diverse world-renowned brands as Atari, James Bond, Grumpy Cat, Bob’s Burgers and so many more! Dynamite CEO/publisher Nick Barrucci, senior editor Joseph Rybandt, and surprise guests reveal the shape of comics to come!
5:30pm –  6:30pm

Kotobukiya Summer Preview and Product Update
Room 26AB
Join Kotobukiya for their first-ever panel at SDCC! Get a behind-the-scenes look at how their products are developed along with updates on your favorite brands. Q&A session and special giveaways.
5:30pm –  6:30pm

Mormons in Comics
Room
Theric Jepson (Monsters & Mormons, Redneck Eldritch) gives a history of Mormon writers and artists who have created comics over the past 100 years. Trevor Alvord (curator of contemporary Mormonism at the Harold B Lee Library, Brigham Young University) discusses how librarians/archivists can leverage comic art in their collections and shares the art he has commissioned at cons around the world by saying to artists: Draw what you think when you hear “Mormon.”
5:30pm –  6:30pm

Nerdist TV: The Boundary Pushers
Room 6A
Great TV takes risks, and few people do it as well as the creators of our favorite sci-fi, fantasy, and genre fare. Moderator Alicia Lutes (Nerdist’s managing editor, co-host/creator of Fangirling) and several of your favorite TV creators talk about how some of the small screen’s greatest, most shocking, and exciting turns have paved the way for a better, more binge-worthy future
5:30pm –  6:30pm

The Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con: To Bechdel, Or Not to Bechdel
Room 24ABC
You might be seeing more popular media starring women, but are there more that are actually about women? With so many stories failing the Bechdel Test (a test that measures whether a story has two women in it who talk about something other than a man), it leaves many wondering if pop culture is making any progress at all. Here to discuss the Bechdel test as well as diversity in media (and the lack thereof), are Action Flick Chick, Katrina Hill (100 Greatest Graphic Novels), Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy, Star Wars Psychology), Jennifer Stuller (Ink-Stained Amazons, GeekGirlCon), Patricia Tallman (Babylon 5, Quest Retreats), Jessica Tseang(Little Geek Girls, Girl on Geek), Tony B. Kim (Hero Within, Crazy4ComicCon), Ashley Bles (Henderson State University), and moderator Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia, Most Craved).
5:45pm –  6:30pm

Sausage Party Filmmaker Conversation
Horton Grand Theatre
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have been the masterminds behind some of the world’s most outrageous, inventive, and hilarious comedies, and now they are going into the world of animation for Sony Pictures and Annapurna Pictures’ Sausage Party: the world’s first R-rated CG animated comedy. The film is about a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery story. Not only will you hear all about it as Seth and Evan lead a conversation, you can see the movie for yourself. Following the conversation, stay for the pre-party and screening at Horton Plaza.
5:45pm –  6:45pm

Marvel’s Luke Cage
Ballroom 20
The cast of the upcoming Netflix original series Marvel’s Luke Cage make their first-ever appearance, answering questions and giving fans a look at exclusive footage from the highly anticipated series, ahead of its September 30 global debut on Netflix. Moderated by Jeph Loeb (executive producer and Marvel’s Head of Television).
5:45pm –  6:45pm

The Core of Collecting
Room 6DE
What makes something collectible? From scale replicas to the rising tide of tiny treasures, leading industry experts from Sideshow Collectibles, Gentle Giant, Loot Crate, Triforce, DC Collectibles, ThinkGeek, Weta Workshop Collectibles, and Dark Horse Deluxe dive into their process, reveal upcoming collectibles, and explore just how they navigate the vast sea of props, characters, vessels, and more to create the compelling collectibles we all crave. Moderated by Comic-Con HQ, this panel is a collector’s paradise with special rewards for the biggest fans and an introduction from lifelong collector, Mark Hamill.
6:00pm –  7:00pm

Being a Nerd for a Living: IGN Talks Movies, TV and Comics
Room 7AB
Join the crew from IGN to hear how they turned their nerdy passions into careers, and then stick around for the fan Q&A. Panelists include editors Joshua Yehl (comics), Jim Vejvoda (movies), Terri Schwartz (movies/TV),Scott Collura (movies), Eric Goldman (TV), Alanah Pearce (toys & culture), and Naomi Kyle (host).
6:00pm –  7:00pm

Bringing Primetime to Comic Shops: All About Comics From Television
Room 29AB
Writers from both TV and comics discuss the challenges and triumphs of translating hit TV shows into comic books. Whether it’s crucial differences in script timing or translating the legacy of fan-favorite shows to a new medium and new audience, these pros have seen it all. Featuring Joelle Sellner (Saved by the Bell), Geoff Thorne (Knight Rider), Lesley Vamos (Punky Brewster), Mairghread Scott (Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs),and Jonathan London (Miami Vice).
6:00pm –  7:00pm

Bubble Comics Russia: How to Create a Comic Book Industry from Scratch
Room 32AB
Bubble Comics is the largest publishing house in Russia. In five years it managed to grow from a small publisher to a major studio that makes original comics, games, toys and even movies! Furthermore, Bubble Comics pretty much made the modern Russian comic book industry as it is known today. But how did it become possible?Artem Gabrelyanov (CEO, founder), and Roman Kotkov (editor-in-chief) will share their experience and explain how the whole comic book industry can be created from scratch.
6:00pm –  7:00pm

Chicano Comics and Public Art in San Diego
Room 25ABC
Learn about San Diego’s vibrant popular arts scene in Barrio Logan, SDSU, and UCSD. Panelists will cover Chicano comics and strips, public murals, Chicano superheros, magic, and mythology. Moderated by Peruvian muralist and Chicano Park curator Mario Torrero, with panelists Lalo Alcaraz (nationally syndicated cartoonist,La Cucaracha), Border X gallery owner David BorderX, and comics illustrator Joaquin Junco. Celebrating the rich Chicano tradition of graphic story telling from newspaper to comic to public spaces.
6:00pm –  7:00pm

Funimation Industry Panel
Room 9
From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news, info, and announcements from North America’s largest anime distributor, Funimation.
6:00pm –  7:00pm

Inside the Voice Actors Studio
Room 30CDE
Bang Zoom! Entertainment brings you this one-hour panel/workshop about voice acting that covers practical dubbing techniques, important issues such as studio protocol, and what to expect at your first audition. This is a great opportunity for attendees interested in the voice-acting profession to get firsthand advice and experience from the pros in an intimate yet dynamic setting. You will learn directly from some of the best voice actors and directors in the world and also get some inside information on how to break in and what the industry is really like.
6:00pm –  7:00pm

LGBTQ Geek Year in Review
Room 28DE
The past year has once again been filled with key moments in comics, TV, movies, animation, and games that every queer geek should know about. The panel will discuss the significance of these events to the greater LGBTQ community. Moderated by P. Kristen Enos (Prism Comics, Web of Lives), panelists include Diane Anderson-Minshall (The Advocate, Plus), Nick Adams (director, GLAAD’s Transgender Media Program), Mike Ciriaco (LA Weekly, Monday Mouth-Off), Amber Garza (Geeks OUT/Flame Con, Sequential Rights), Chelsea Steiner (AfterEllen, Autostraddle), and Amelia Vaughn (Huffington Post, Riptide Publishing).
6:00pm –  7:00pm

Mad About MAD
Room 5AB
MAD, the country’s #1-selling humor magazine (in a field of 1), is dumber than ever! MAD magazine editor John Ficarra and art director Sam Viviano present a ridiculous peek at what’s happening at the magazine and an epically moronic Q&A that’s bound to be, well, MAD! (Prizes will be awarded for most moronic questions!)
6:00pm –  7:00pm

Masquerade 10
Room 23ABC
For costumers, future costumers, and those who simply enjoy watching on-stage costume shows, this overview of fan convention competitions will discuss their workings, their history, how they differ from one convention type to another, the judging process, and what it takes to win. Also included are tips on costume research, planning, fabrication methods, and stage presentations ideas for taking original and re-created designs from concept to stage-ready and have fun doing it! Panelists include Jennifer King (cosplay contest coordinator), Cheryll Del Rosario (award-winning Masquerade costumer and HCC cosplayer since 2003), Allan Lavigne (Bay Area fan costumer and superhero armor fabricator), John Ruff (San Diego Comic-Con/WonderCon Masquerade assistant coordinator), and moderator Martin Jaquish (San Diego Comic-Con/WonderCon Masquerade coordinator for the past 25 years).
6:00pm –  7:00pm

Streetpass San Diego: Gaming Communities and Changing with Time
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina
Admins of Streetpass San Diego Adolfo Coronel, Michelle Hernandez, Ben Avecilla, Chris McAtamney, andJahaziel Aguilera, along with moderator Ian Luckey (Kirby’s Dream Band, Patient Corgi), discuss the problems and solutions to keeping gaming communities relevant, focusing on changing with and adapting to the time. Expect talks on the past, present, and even future of gaming communities. There will also be a Q&A for anyone interested in starting their own community or facing issues with expanding or maintaining their local community.
6:00pm –  7:00pm

USA Network’s Mr. Robot: Panel Discussion with the Cast
Room 6BCF
Hello, friend. USA’s Golden Globe Award-winning series, Mr. Robot, is making its Comic-Con debut. Go behind the scenes with stars Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin and season 2 newcomerGrace Gummer as they discuss the series’ exciting second season. Mr. Robot follows Elliot, a cyber-security engineer who becomes involved in the underground hacker group fsociety, after being recruited by their mysterious leader. Season 2 explores the consequences of fsociety’s 5/9 hack on multi-national company Evil Corp. as well as the illusion of control.
6:00pm –  7:00pm

PANEL: Independent Filmmaking for Low-Budget Features and Web Series
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Chris Ray (managing partner of DeInstitutionalized Films), Gerald Webb (managing partner of DeInstitutionalized Films), and special guest James Cullen Bressack (writer/director/producer) share their collective wisdom on how to independently produce your indie project with a low budget.
6:00pm –  7:30pm

Comedy Central’s Drunk History and Legends of Chamberlain Heights
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Come learn about the history of Comedy Central’s Drunk History! Derek Waters (co-creator/host/director) and other panelistss will walk you through how this liquored-up narration of American history works, with the help of an ever-changing cast of intoxicated actors and comedians. Booze helps bring out the truth; it’s just that sometimes the truth is a little incoherent! From humble beginnings as a digital series to three seasons on Comedy Central, with season 4 ready to premiere this fall, Derek and friends have plenty of stories to share from the making of the show. Stop by to get an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming season, a Q&A with some surprise guests and plenty more Drunk History debauchery! The party continues with a look at Comedy Central’s newest animated series: Legends of Chamberlain Heights, premiering this September after South Park! The series mixes raucous comedy and social commentary, centering on three high school basketball benchwarmers: Jamal, Grover, and Milk. The three freshman friends tackle life with some wins and some losses, but failure doesn’t faze them since they’re legends, even if it’s just in their own minds. Legends of Chamberlain Heights is executive produced by Bento Box Entertainment’s Joel Kuwahara and Scott Greenberg (Bob’s Burgers, Brickleberry, The Awesomes), along with showrunner Devon Shepard (Being Mary Jane, House of Lies, Weeds).The Simpsons veteran artist Brad Ableson developed the original concept with former UCLA basketball players Quinn Hawking and Josiah Johnson, who used their own legendary bench-warming experience to provide the inspiration for the main characters. Join the Legends squad for this exclusive, first-ever sneak peek of Comedy Central’s next big animated hit!
6:30pm –  7:30pm

Comics PR & Marketing 10
Room 8
Need tips on how to market your comic, or have questions about building relationships in the comics industry? This is the panel for you! Sit in on this enlightening roundtable discussion, revealing all the secrets of doing marketing and PR. Comics marketing and PR veteran Chip Mosher (comiXology senior director communications) hosts David Hyde (founder, Superfan Promotions), Hunter Gorison (Valiant director of marketing, communications & digital media), and Hope Nicholson (publisher, Bedside Press) for a wide-ranging discussion.
6:30pm –  7:30pm

Death and the High Cost of Resurrection
Room 26AB
They call it a “Comic Book Death” when a major fictional character is killed off, but the audience doesn’t believe they will stay dead. Does it damage stories when their heroes and villains refuse to remain in the grave? How emotionally invested can an audience be when big consequences are easily reversed? Bestselling horror/fantasy author Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire), comic creator and former Marvel/IDW editor Andy Schmidt, and others discuss the ramifications of resurrection with moderator Adron Buske (Nerd for a Living podcast).
6:30pm –  7:30pm

SuperheroIRL: How Pop Culture Media Brings Justice and Healing
Room 24ABC
Can caped crusaders inspire you to find your inner courage? Calling on top TV and film celebs to rally to end bullying at Pop Culture Hero Coalition’s panel. Experts in psychology and human rights activism will discuss practical strategies to navigate harassment, both online and IRL. Panelists include award-winning author and Coalition co-founder Carrie Goldman (Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear), Andrea Letamendi, Ph.D. (psychologist, The Arkham Sessions), Janina Scarlet,Ph.D. (author, Superhero Therapy), Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley (founders, NOH8 Campaign), Kate Langrall Folb (director, USC Hollywood, Health & Society), United Nations Association president Bettina Hausmann, and Coalition founder Chase Masterson (Star Trek, The Flash). The panel will also discuss what works (and what doesn’t) when addressing showrunners and actors about plot lines and character relationships (hint: it’s not bullying!) Join in this powerful discussion on how stories from comics, film, and TV can mobilize us to overcome bullying, racism, misogyny, LGBT-bullying, and other forms of hate and become heroes in our everyday lives.
6:30pm –  7:30pm

Swipe Right with Simon and Schuster
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Matt Pantaliano (marketing), Jodie Hockensmith (publicity), Nicholas Elliott (marketing), Catherine Hayden(marketing), and Liesa Abrams (marketing) give a sneak peek at the hottest books and properties coming from Simon & Schuster to give readers their perfect match. Their discussion will be moderated by Jon Anderson(executive vice president, publisher), and attendees will take home an exclusive prize.
6:45pm –  7:45pm

Behind The Scenes of Overwatch’s Newest Hero
Room 6A
Blizzard developers James Waugh (director of story & creative development), Michael Chu (senior designer, Overwatch), and Arnold Tsang (assistant art director, Overwatch) present a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of developing the art, design, and story for Overwatch’s newest hero. Q&A session moderated by Kim Phan (senior manager, esports).
7:00pm –  8:00pm

Dark Matter: Season 2
Room 6DE
In the midst of the epic space drama’s second season, cast members Melissa O’Neil (Two), Anthony Lemke(Three), Alex Mallari Jr. (Four), Jodelle Ferland (Five), and newcomer Melanie Liburd (Nyx) will discuss new storylines, characters, sets, and behind-the-scenes tidbits. There will also be some exclusive, never-before-seen footage shown.
7:00pm –  8:00pm

DVD-Duesday Live
Room 25ABC
Chris Gore (PodCRASH, Film Threat) returns for a lively round of DVD-Duesday, his popular segment from G4TV’s Attack of the Show. Join Chris and a panel of film experts including Charles de Lauzirika (Blade Runner: The Final Cut), Cliff Stephenson (Hannibal), Brian Ward (Shout! Factory), and a few famous surprise guests for a heated movie discussion. They will discuss the best DVD commentaries, the weirdest DVD special features, the debate over 4K content and the transition to digital download formats, and battle over the best DVDs of all time. Plus, get ready for a DVD-Duesday rapid-fire. Participate in movie trivia to win DVDs.
7:00pm –  8:00pm

Europe vs. USA: European and American Creators Meet
Room 28DE
Graphic novel creators Roger (Spain), Mathieu Reynès (France), Gabriel Hernandez Walta (Spain/USA), and guests Jason Latour and Andrew C Robinson discuss and compare their work, experiences, and readership as seen from the two sides of the Atlantic. Moderated by Calvin Reid (Publishers Weekly).
7:00pm –  8:00pm

Heavy Metal: This Panel Goes to 1
Room 7AB
A year ago, the nearly 40-years-running leading publisher of science fiction and fantasy made news around the convention with the announcement that Grant Morrison would be stepping in as the magazine’s editor-in-chief. Now, following Morrison’s debut issue, which is being called a “renaissance,” Heavy Metal co-CEO Jeff Krelitz,20-year publisher Kevin Eastman, and the man himself will blow minds yet again with exclusive announcements, surprise guests, and more!
7:00pm –  8:00pm

Hip-Hop & Comics: Cultures Combining
Room 29AB
Hip-Hop and comics reflect each other in many ways and share many common influences. Rappers, DJs, and graffiti artists utilize fantastic imagery and adopt larger-than-life alter egos; comic creators incorporate elements of music, dance, and fashion, and draw on Hip-Hop’s rich visual vocabulary. Here, Patrick A. Reed (Depth of Field, ComicsAlliance) brings together graphic artists and musical innovators to discuss the ties between these two creative cultures.
7:00pm –  8:00pm

Hollyweird Science: Science Fiction as Inspiration
Room 5AB
While the scientific accuracy depicted in television and film has increasingly come under the microscope in the past decade, science fiction and science-themed productions serve the scientific community in ways other than as entertaining lessons. Many scientists point to series like Star Trek and films like 2001 as their inspiration for choosing their careers. Even the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is looking to Hollywood to inspire America to go to Mars. The panelists share their favorite sci-fi films and TV series (including guilty pleasures), as well as what those productions have meant to them in their careers. Featuring Zack Stentz (The Flash, Lore), Amy Berg (Counterpart, Eureka), Kevin Grazier, Ph.D. (Gravity, Battlestar Galactica), Phil Plait,Ph.D. (Bad Universe, 51 Degrees North), Jessica Cail, Ph.D. (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Zootopia),Andrea Letamendi, Ph.D. (Under the Mask, The Arkham Sessions), and Helen Stringer, (The Gloaming,Paradigm). Session moderated by Aaron Sagers (Syfy Blastr).
7:00pm –  8:00pm

Kick9 Games Panel: MOBA Legends
Room 32AB
Mobile game publisher Kick9 and Chris Castagnetto (DJ Helsing) discuss the hit mobile games MOBA Legends and Puzzle Monster Quest. Learn about the latest content, get a first look at new feature,s and have a chance to ask questions to this panel of mobile game industry veterans. Expect plenty of fun and some great prizes!
7:00pm –  8:00pm

Lost in Translation
Room 9
After a disastrous crash and recession in the late ’00s, translated Japanese entertainment has come back, not as the bubble of the mid-’00s, but as a steady seller for the companies who survived the burst bubble. And more Japanese companies are becoming directly. But is everything as rosy as it seems? And what is it like to work in the industry? Panel moderator, former Animerica editor Julie Davis and an expert panel of freelancers and industry insiders talk about the craft of translated entertainment, share stories, and take audience questions. Panelists include Mari Morimoto (Naruto), Michael Gombos (director, international publishing and licensing, Dark Horse), Lillian Diaz-Przybyl (Princess Jellyfish), Stephen Paul (One Piece), and Mark Simmons(Gundam: The Official Guide).
7:00pm –  8:00pm

Marvel Goes Steampunk
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina
Crossing over into every genre, Steampunk has transformed some of our favorite Marvel characters into some of the steamiest superheroes and villains in the galaxy. Celebrating the incredible artists who create such wonderful fan art and the cosplayers who make the costumes a reality, come enjoy a walk on the wild side with everyone from Ant-Man and Deadpool to Spider-man and Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters as they are re-imagined in Steampunk style! Panelists include C. J. DeAngeles, Diana Given, Christine Quimbo, and a surprise artist guest. Moderated by Gaslight Gathering Steampunk Convention’s director of programming, Anastasia Hunter.
7:00pm –  8:00pm

Props and Weapons: Supersize It
Room 30CDE
Learn how to make props and weapons that are larger than life without breaking your back. Veteran prop builderMike Syfritt, along with guest panelists, will demonstrate how to make oversized props and weapons that are lightweight and con friendly. Stay until the end of the panel for a chance to win one of these oversized props! They will be giving away a WOW Doom Hammer.
7:00pm –  8:00pm

The New Comics Journalism: Representation For All
Room 23ABC
It’s time for this annual state-of-comics-journalism panel, and the challenges faced by those writing about comics have never been steeper. Against a background of decreased funding and big media consolidation, a new generation of passionate advocates for comics are rising up and demanding a more inclusive industry for everyone. Heidi MacDonald (The Beat), Megan Purdy (Women Write About Comics), Emma Houxbois(Comicosity), Brett Schenker (Graphic Policy), and others talk about breaking news and boundaries.
7:05pm –  7:20pm

Savant: Kali 47
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Undead dark riders invade a wild west saloon, blasting away everyone in sight. Now only a bad-ass Native American warrior can save the town. A steampunk, supernatural, wild west, epic action-thriller with killer special effects! Participating panelists include Michael Dahlquist (director, Thresher), Jan-Michael Losada(cinematographer, Grrl Scouts), and Trip Hope (producer, The League of S.T.E.A.M.).
7:15pm –  8:15pm

Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation
Room 6BCF
Featuring award-winning animated shorts from across the globe. The Festival is best known for theatrically premiering works of Tim Burton, John Lasseter (Toy Story), Bill Plympton (everything), Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo), and Nick Park (Wallace & Gromit). Focusing on pop culture and hilarious award-winning films, this screening allows the viewer to see the next generation of Hollywood superstars before anyone else. Meet Spikein person: bonus animation vs. animator.
7:20pm –  7:50pm

Limitless Potential
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
In the palm of his hand, a middle-schooler named Bob has the ability to generate limitless amounts of energy. The only problem is that he cannot control his power. After a tragic accident at school, he must evade the cops while learning to accept his ability. Participating panelists include Philip Bastian (The Seized) and Fangso Liu(Limbo).
7:30pm –  8:30pm

Artist as Brand: Rise of the Artist Entrepreneur
Room 8
Greg Spalenka (artist, educator in publishing, film, Sandman, Titan Books) moderates this annual panel discussion on art career sustainability. Learn strategies on how to earn an income from your talent from panelistsTodd Lockwood (artist in publishing, gaming, Wizards of the Coast, Tor), J. L. Schnabel (artist/owner of Blood Milk Jewels, arts writer), Daniel M. Davis (artist/designer of Steam Crow, publisher of monster books, art products), Ray Chou and Vincenzo Ferriero (founders of Mythopoeia, Skies of Fire), and Aaron Horkey (fine artist/illustrator, member of arts collective The Vacuum).
7:30pm –  8:30pm

Deleted Scenes
Room
Editing a book is no easy feat, especially for the person who wrote that book. Authors Kevin Hearne (Iron Druid Chronicles), Michael J. Sullivan (Age of Myth), and Harry Turtledove (Fallout) each read a deleted scene from a published novel and discuss why it landed on the cutting room floor. Moderated by Del Rey editorial directorTricia Narwani.
7:30pm –  8:30pm

It Gets Geekier: How Being Gay and Nerdy Turned Out for the Best
Room 24ABC
This panel of queer professionals will talk about how it got better when they both embraced their sexuality and found a geeky career. Then stick around for an audience Q&A. Hosted by Joshua Yehl (IGN), panelists includeJames Tynion IV (Detective Comics), Steve Orlando (Midnighter), Kris Anka (All-New X-Men), Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes), Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes), and Brett White (Comic Book Resources).
7:30pm –  8:30pm

Legacy Effects: The Secret Partner
Room 26AB
Everyone knows that Stark Industries developed Tony Stark’s technology packed Iron Man suits and that PYM Technologies pioneered advances in nanotechnology, while both the UNSC and Omni Corp (a division of OCP) made major technological leaps in augmented soldier suits and robotics, but do you know that these companies, corporations and government agencies all subcontract out to the same company? Legacy Effects has created strategic partnerships with these and other world technology leaders such as the Union Aerospace Corporation, Trask, Oscorp Industries, Ingen, and Cyberdyne Dynamics. Through these partnerships, Legacy has secretly provided some of the most renowned and powerful companies in the multiverse with products and design and stands as a veritable one-stop-shop for armor, weapons, and technological solutions. Join Legacy as they share some of the technology and innovations that have helped make these other corporations so successful.
7:50pm –  8:20pm

Lola the Great
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
After a magic trick gone wrong, Lola’s life is turned upside down — she finds herself in the Otherworld, where she must discover magic and defy danger. Participating panelist include Lydia Dullinger (director/co-writer), Rachel Leigh Shirley (director of photography/co-writer), Aileen Carpenter (producer), and Nicola Newton (production designer).
8:00pm –  9:00pm

Breaking Badder: Suicide Squad and the Dawn of the Heroic Villain
Room 28DE
Unlike classic protagonists, contemporary leading roles are replete with flawed characters who favor their own agendas over society’s rules. The success of properties such as Breaking Bad and House of Cards reflects our fascination with sociopathy. But do we really want to cheer for the bad guy? From Marvel’s The Punisher to DC’sSuicide Squad, the lines between hero, anti-hero, and villain are more blurred than ever before. Are these concepts obsolete? And how do these fictionalized depictions compare to how real-life criminals may actually view themselves? Mark E. Safarik, M.S., V.S.M (FBI Ret., supervisory special agent, Behavioral Analysis Unit) and forensic psychiatrists Praveen R. Kambam, M.D. and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D. (Broadcast Thought) delve deep into the minds of fandom’s most iconic villains. Attorney Jeff Trexler (The Beat, The Comics Journal) moderates.
8:00pm –  9:00pm

Bring Your Idea to Hollywood
Room 30CDE
There’s no surefire blueprint for success, but having just optioned an idea to a major studio, Cesare Asaro(artist, Finding Frank and His Friend) and Kirstie Shepherd (writer, Spaceman Jax: Through the Mantagon Minefield) will share the story of their unconventional path to Hollywood, all the way from Austria, and lead an open discussion about how you can find your own way to the big screen.
8:00pm –  9:00pm

Ghost of Name That Movie: The Sequel
Room 9
Returning for its fourth straight year of fun, prizes and rare movie clips. A game show where you can be a contestant and win (marginally) valuable prizes! Inkpot Award winner and show creator, John Field has edited a fun-tastic program of 50 different sci-fi, horror, and fantasy film clips, ranging from the 1920s to today. Four contestants will be chosen from the audience to try to guess the names of the movies the clips are from. If any of the panel members cannot guess the clip, the audience gets the chance! That audience member gets a prize as well. Whichever contestant names the most clips will be the grand prize winner. The second to fourth places will get prizes as well.
8:00pm –  9:00pm

Independent Toy Designers: From Pants to Pajamas
Room 32AB
-Learn how independent and freelance toy designers are using their industry experience to create a wide range of unique projects ranging from small-run designer toys to action figures, plush, and more! Leading toy designersGeorge Gaspar (October Toys), Nate Mitchell (Squid Kids Ink), Linda Hong (LindaPanda), H. Eric “Cornboy” Mayse (The Four Horsemen), and Megan Rothrock (freelance toy designer) discuss how their training and experience help them in every stage of their work from design to production. Audience questions welcome! Moderated by Ayleen Gaspar (Toy Break).
8:00pm –  9:00pm

Jimmy Olsen Asks the Tough Questions on Kryptonian Justice
Room 23ABC
Superman’s best pal Jimmy Olsen from the parody blog Rubber Report asks the hard questions about theSupergirl series and Golden Age comics. Just what is Supergirl’s duty to rescue those in National City? Who is financially responsible for property damage in battles with supervillains? Join this panel moderated by Gabe Diani and attorneys Joshua Gilliland (The Legal Geeks), Jessica Mederson (The Legal Geeks), Jordon Huppert, Roger Quiles, Crystal Swanson, and Cynthia Kitchen as they answer Jimmy Olsen’s tough questions and more from Supergirl.
8:00pm –  9:00pm

Psychology of Cult TV Shows: Episode 3
Room 25ABC
Back by popular request, this panel focuses on the psychology behind the most recent seasons of your favorite TV shows, including Doctor Who, Supernatural, Sherlock, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Castle, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and others. Psychologists Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy, Star Wars Psychology) andTravis Langley (Doctor Who Psychology, Star Trek Psychology), TV writer Christine Boylan (Castle, Once Upon a Time), actors Maurice La Marche (Pinky and the Brain, Futurama) and Chase Masterson (Star Trek, Flash), host Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia, Star Wars Psychology), and surprise guests discuss your favorite TV shows. Alan Kister (Doctor Who: A History, Walking Dead Psychology) moderates.
8:00pm –  9:00pm

Star Trek: How We Got To 50
Room 29AB
Larry “Dr. Trek” Nemecek (Star Trek Continues, Portal 47) updates his annual Between the Cracks show from Trekland to celebrate Star Trek’s Golden Year and put it all in perspective with behind-the-scenes in-jokes, insights, and international pop-culture dot-connecting, withyour input, too. Special treat: world premiere of the new trailer for Larry’s The Con of Wrath doc with DP Neal Hallford (The Case of Evil) and crew.
8:00pm –  9:00pm

The 501st Legion: Star Wars Villainous Costuming
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina
An introduction to the creation of fan-made villain costumes from all seven Star Wars movies and beyond. Legion members from the Imperial Sands and Southern California Garrisons will provide an overview of the creative process that bring Stormtroopers, Tusken Raiders, Boba Fett, or Kylo Ren from the silver screen in to reality.Dean Amstutz (ISG membership liaison) will discuss the membership journey, from initial interest through final approval. Lesley Farquhar (ISG commanding officer) will present information on the history, organization. and mission of the 501st Legion as “Bad Guys Doing Good”! Kevin Weir (Imperial Surplus Armor, KW Designs owner) will relate his process for working with hard armor parts. Jazlynne Wilson (ISG member) will speak about soft fabric construction. Dawn Bright (Flagship Eclipse Detachment executive officer) will discuss the process and requirements for bringing a new canon costume into the Legion. Todd Mullin (ISG executive officer) moderates.
8:00pm –  10:30pm

The 19th Annual Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza
Room 6A
Ric Meyers (Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Movie, Kung Fu Trailers of Fury) is back, and he may not be better than ever, but the best international action film clips of the year are! And so are his co-hosts: Comedy Film Nerds Graham Elwood (Palm Strike Dance Party), Chris Mancini (Ear Buds: The Podcasting Documentary), and Neil T. Weakley and King of YouTube Kung Fu Eric Jacobus (Rope-a-Dope). Laughs, cheers, gasps, yes! Surprises, freebies, premieres? Mmmm . . . could be.
8:15pm –  10:45pm

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Room 6DE
Let’s do the Time Warp Again! Executive-produced by Lou Adler, Gail Berman, and Kenny Ortega, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is an all-new star-studded reimagining of the cult classic, which is celebrating 40 years of theatrical distribution, longer than any other film in history, for broadcast television! Sweethearts Janet (Victoria Justice) and Brad (Ryan McCartan) stumble upon Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s (Laverne Cox) bizarre abode. Frank-N-Furter, a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious alien mad scientist, with the help of his faithful servants Riff Raff (Reeve Carney) and Magenta (Christina Milian), is holding an annual Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of Rocky Horror (Staz Nair), a fit, attractive man created solely to fulfill Frank’s desires. Join cast and producers for an exclusive first look at the two-hour event premiering this fall on FOX.
8:20pm –  8:55pm

Helio
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
A short, visceral film centered on a postapocalyptic underground society where miners work for light to survive. But when a dying rebel thrusts the unexpected onto an unassuming worker’s lap, all hell breaks loose. What begins as one man’s race to escape the hostile government quickly escalates into a citywide uprising of the people. Participating panelists include Teddy Cecil (writer/director), Carlos David Rivera (editor), and Brad Phillips (VFX artist).
8:30pm –  9:30pm

Black Mask Comics: Debuting Tomorrow’s Legends
Room 8
Fresh off a dazzling 2015 with breakout books Space Riders, We Can Never Go Home, and Young Terrorists,Black Mask has made a name for itself as the hottest launchpad to debut new talent and as the home for some of the coolest, most provocative comics around. Black Mask co-founder Matt Pizzolo (Young Terrorists, Godkiller) and creators Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim), Matthew Rosenberg (We Can Never Go Home, 4 Kids Walk into a Bank), Tyler Boss (4 Kids Walk into a Bank), Vita Ayala (upcoming Our Work Fills the Pews),Katy Rex (Jade Street Protection Services), and other panelists present a wide-ranging discussion of how new creators and new ideas are changing comics and how you can be a part of it.
8:30pm –  9:30pm

Cartoon Network Costume Ball & Screening
Room 7AB
Throw on your Finn hats, crystal gems, and totally realistic flying tigers, and bearstack your way to the Cartoon Network Costume Ball and Screening extravaganza! They will be showcasing new episodes and clips of your favorite CN shows and making some big announcements for stuff nobody has ever seen before, including a world premiere look at animation for the upcoming Ben 10 series. On top of it all, they invite you to come dressed up as your favorite CN character for a chance to impress your friends and win awesome prizes. It wouldn’t be a ball without special guests! Joining this panel as totally objective and impartial judges for the costume contest areKyle A. Carrozza (creator, Mighty Magiswords), Spencer Rothbell (head of story, Clarence and voice of Clarence), Rebecca Sugar (creator of Steven Universe) and Eric Bauza (voice of Belly Bag in Uncle Grandpa).
8:30pm –  9:30pm

Robotech: A Look to the Future
Room 24ABC
Harmony Gold USA presents the latest developments in the Robotech universe, from awesome new products to the live-action film in the works at Sony Pictures with the producers of 300 and the director of Furious 7.
8:30pm –  9:30pm

Webcomics Advocates: The Webcomics Gathering
Room
Webcomics Advocates co-founders Phil Vecchio and Brendan Creecy (Brax the Alien Rocker, Radio BrendoMan podcast) celebrate and discuss the exciting world of webcomics! Joined by Patrick Scullin (Super Siblings) and moderator Josh Anderson (Extra Damage podcast), they will give any webcomic creators in the audience 30 seconds to promote their comic to the crowd. All creators and fans are welcome!
8:30pm –  10:00pm

Comics on Comics: Live
Room 26AB
Comedians Clayton Thomas (Family Time) and Dani Fernandez (Krilling it) and creators Geoffrey Golden(Devastator), Scott Joseph (The Warren Hope), and Jacqueline Lopez (The Comic Book Show) talk about the latest in comic book pop culture! Close night one of Comic-Con laughing with your friends!
8:30pm –  10:00pm

Dr. Horrible Sing Along Blog
Room 6BCF
Join the fun and sing along as the California Browncoats screen Internet sensation Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Enter the horrible costume contest and win horrible prizes in four categories: Best Dr. Horrible, Captain Hammer, Penny, and “other” character from the show. A grand prize will be awarded to one well-prepared individual for “Best in Show.” Do not bounce!
8:55pm –  9:20pm

Future Boyfriend
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Stuart and Kaylie are enjoying their third date until Stuart reveals a secret that threatens to derail their budding romance. Is he telling the truth, or is it science fiction? Participating panelists include Ben Rock (director), Emily Bell (actor/producer), and Ron Morehouse (actor/producer).
9:00pm –  10:30pm

George Clayton Johnson Memorial Gathering
Room 9
Charismatic writer George Clayton Johnson (Ocean’s 11, Twilight Zone, Star Trek) was a fixture at Comic-Con in its early decades. He wrote “The Man Trap” (the very first Star Trek episode that aired); wrote such memorableTZ episodes as “A Game of Pool” and “Nothing in the Dark” (with Robert Redford as “Mr. Death”); and co-wrote the cult sf novel Logan’s Run with William F. Nolan. GCJ died on Christmas Day 2015 at the age of 86. Friends and fans are invited to share their memories and adventures with George over the past 40 years.
9:00pm –  10:30pm

Hall H and Ballroom 20 Thursday Playback Free Play
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 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.)
9:20pm –  10:00pm

Monty and the Runaway Furnace
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
A kind, old maintenance man is in love with the furnace that powers the factory he works at because he thinks it’s his deceased wife. He has to save it from the new owner who wants to replace the furnace and everything else that reminds him of the previous owner, his dead father. Participating panelists include Joe Taranto(director), Amanda Steinhoff (co-writer), and Erik Passoja (actor).
10:05pm –  10:30pm

Millennium: Eternal Sunrise
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
An 11-year-old gypsy girl journeys to the enigmatic mountain summit, assured that an ancient legend can resurrect her beloved mom. Participating panelist include Vlad Aksenov (director), Elena Aksenova (producer), and Stephanie Cood (lead actress).
10:30pm –  10:55pm

Goblin Queen
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Winona struggles to parent her daughter, Amber Lynn, who keeps disappearing to rule a magical land. But when a dangerous creature follows Amber Lynn home, Winona must confront the reality of who her daughter has become and the danger she brings with her. Participating panelists include the film’s stars Stacey Moseley(Swan’s Crossing, Bones) and Amy Letcher (Black Sails) as well as writer/director Reed Shusterman.
10:55pm –  11:25pm

Genghis Khan Conquers the Moon
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
In Genghis Khan’s last days, an encounter with a wizard sends him to the moon. Just as the medieval antihero thinks he’s made his greatest conquest, he finds himself on a spiritual quest, realizing the absurd clash between one man’s need and the silence of the universe. Participating panelists include Kerry Yang (director), Steve Emmons (writer), and Emily Forman (producer).
11:25pm –  11:40pm

White Wolf
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
In this epic Western adventure, werewolf hunter Jasper Mooney tells tales of his lifelong hunt for a legendary white werewolf — a creature that has eluded the expert hunter for the last time. Participating panelists includeAndrew Fogel (director/co-writer), Duane Matthews (actor/co-writer), and Trip Hope (executive producer).
11:40pm –  11:55pm

The Field
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
In the future, a lonely farmer takes up working the fields that once belonged to his father. Seeking improvements, he installs huge robotic all-in-one machines that automatically tend the land. Occupied with improving, the farmer overworks the fields. He finds himself in front of a doorway to the past, which makes him realize his errors and reminds him of the old and simpler farming ways of his father.
JULY 22 • FRIDAY
10:00am –  11:00pm

Comic-Con Film School 102
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.)
11:05am –  12:50pm

Bezango, WA
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).
1:00pm –  2:00pm

You Do What? Women Working in Film Production
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.
2:05pm –  3:10pm

Chris Claremont’s X-Men
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.
3:10pm –  5:00pm

Floyd Norman: An Animated Life
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).
5:05pm –  6:05pm

PANEL: Mobile Filmmaking: How to Make a Movie Using a Smartphone
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).
6:10pm –  7:10pm

From Day Job to Dream Job: Making the Transition
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.
7:15pm –  9:10pm

Pin Up! The Movie
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).
9:10pm –  10:25pm

Tracing Arthur
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.
10:25pm –  10:55pm

Turned
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).
10:55pm –  11:15pm

Knock Knock
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).
11:15pm –  11:25pm

White Collar
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.
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JULY 23 • SATURDAY
10:00am –  11:00am

Comic-Con Film School 103
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Day 3 of our course on microbudget moviemaking deals with how to direct actors, organize a crew, and keep them all happy without anybody making a dime. Panelists for the class include Valerie Perez (producer/star,Paula Peril series), Nick Murphy (writer/director, Pizza and Bullets), Jack Conway (actor, Nazis at the Center of the Earth), Sean Rourke (writer, Ballistica), and actors Megan Rees, Kelsey Walmer, and Bradley Upton.
11:05am –  11:25am

Bug Zapper: The Birthday Bug
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
In this animated short for kids, neighborhood superhero the Bug Zapper is headed for a trap when his birthday invitation is stolen. Meanwhile, Robert’s birthday party is infiltrated by the villainous Bumblebeezy, who has never attended a birthday party before. Join panelist Tom Eaton (creator, Bug Zapper comics).
11:25am –  11:35am

Built to Serve
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
The Subordi-bot is the latest in domestic technology. He’ll cook, he’ll clean, he’ll obey your every command. But what’s this? One has escaped the factory and seems to have a mind of its own! That is, until he collides with a stubborn, spunky little girl and her dead dog. Participating panelists include Dylan Chase (director) and Octevia Robertson (producer).
11:35am –  11:50am

House of Monsters: Frank & The Zombie Girl
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Christopher Lloyd stars as Dr. Gaulstone, the patriarch of a dysfunctional monster family that includes werewolves, mummies, zombies, and vampires. Frank finds true love when zombies attack the village. Zombie Girl’s inevitable decay puts a hitch in their budding romance. Participating panelists include director Dawn Brown (concept artist, Hunger Games: Mockingjay) and producer Warren Manser (concept artist, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice).
11:50am –  12:10pm

Cloudrise
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Set in a fantasy world above the clouds, follow a pivotal moment in the lives of two lovers as they face a great challenge. Watch as Miko and Tenku fight to survive an attack on their new airship and take the necessary measures to help each other. This action-packed animated short ties together various fantasy/science fiction elements. Directed and animated by Denver Jackson, with Emily Piggford (voice actor) and Marc Junker(composer).
12:10pm –  12:25pm

AirJunkie
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
A renegade freedom fighter who lives his life on the edge reveals his legacy and explains his reasons to live . . . and die.
12:25pm –  12:30pm

Loopi GuGo
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
A story about two monsters, Loopi and Gugo, and the only thing they have in common: their love for ice cream. Loopi, a frenetic and very intelligent little blue monster, does everything she can to steal the ice cream from the big and stubborn Gugo.
12:30pm –  12:40pm

Accidents, Blunders and Calamities
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
A father possum reads his kids a story that’s an alphabet of the most dangerous animal of all — humans! Inspired by the Edward Gorey classic, this black-comedy for kids and parents alike is a hilarious and brutal alphabet of death and mayhem exacted upon animals by ignorant humans. Thirty CGI animals were meticulously crafted and killed by a team of 44 students at Media Design School.
12:40pm –  12:55pm

The Loneliest Stoplight
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
This animated short details the life and times of a neglected traffic signal. Featuring the voice of comedian Patton Oswalt. Panelist will be animator Bill Plympton (Cheatin’, Idiots and Angels).
1:00pm –  2:00pm

Terrordactyl: Blockbuster Film Effects on a Shoestring Budget
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Learn from the makers of the indie monster comedy Terrordactyl as they walk you through the process of how they made — and sold — a film with huge battles and monster visual effects way beyond their budgetary constraints. Jason Tobias (star), Don Bitters (co-director/writer/VFX supervisor), Geoff Reisner (co-director/DP/editor), Eric Edmonds (producer), and Christopher Jennings (star/executive producer) will give you tips on how to create a microbudgeted film that will sell — from preproduction, through a streamlined production and post pipeline, to attracting a distributor and marketing to audiences. Moderated by Fast Company’s Susan Karlin.
2:05pm –  2:35pm

Rahma
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
A strong-willed teen living in the Middle East is the last in a bloodline of mystically powered women who has been forced to hide her abilities from a world that persecuted her ancestors. When keeping her secret means putting others in danger, Rahma must risk everything to do what she believes is right. Participating panelists include Rakan Sindi (director), Kali Baker-Johnson (writer), and Naomi Rivas (producer).
2:35pm –  2:55pm

Legend of the Mantamaji
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
When a masked gang known as the New World Knights gather illegal weapons for an attack on New York City, it’s up to a mystical warrior known as a Mantamaji to stop them. His powers are untested and he’s outgunned — can he survive this first big challenge? Based on the critically acclaimed graphic novel series Legend of the Mantamaji. Panelists include Eric Dean Seaton (creator/writer/director), Chris Philips (producer, Bella and the Bulldogs), and Nicole Seaton (2nd AD, The Great Indoors).
2:55pm –  3:20pm

Arty
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Fate found Jewish American war veteran Arty Green and threw him head first into the cogs of the American comics industry. Success found some; most were not so lucky. Life, death, and comic books. Panelists includeNathan Boone (writer/director) and John Hatcher (producer).
3:20pm –  3:40pm

Song of the Fifth Grade Samurai
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
A group of schoolchildren fantasize about being superheroes to help deal with a playground bully. Participating panelists include Timothy Vandenberg (director, Agatha, 4th and Long) David Kreutzer (director), and John Marchioni (producer, Pieces of Talent).
3:40pm –  4:20pm

Age of Kaos
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
In this exploration into the nature of reality and perception, a young nurse finds herself caring for a famous comic book writer with dementia. She struggles to find a way to help him escape the terror and loneliness of a world that only he can see. Participating panelists include Tim Larson (director, Before the Border), Anna Rose Moore (lead actress, Land of Fire), and Jeffrey Peters (cinematographer, Dead Season).
4:20pm –  4:35pm

The Red Thunder — El Trueno Rojo
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Sarah, a nerdy teenager, steals her mom’s new car to go on a date with Danny, the boy she is in love with. Little does she know that the vehicle hides a secret that will change their lives forever . . . Participating panelists include actress Karen Strassman (Weeds) and editor Vicente Perez (Weapons of Mass Adiction).
4:35pm –  4:50pm

Working Man Hero
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Two officeworkers believe their colleague is the legendary hero “Superior Man.” But how far will they have to go to prove it? Participating panelists include Jake Martin(assistant to director, Guardians of the Galaxy 2),Matthew Benson Walsh (writer, Birthday Boy) and Colleen Klinefelter (writers’ assistant, Workaholics).
4:50pm –  5:20pm

Geester
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Awkward and hideous, Charles Geester wants one thing on the last day of school: a smile from the girl of his dreams. High school, timing, and of course his face complicate his pursuit for the exterior into a journey of the heart as well. Participating panelists include Alysia Anderson (writer/director), Ricky Anderson II (executive producer), and Courtney Brock (co-producer).
5:20pm –  7:00pm

Detective Detective Detective
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Three estranged brothers play detectives in a live-action role-playing mystery game set up by an overzealous gamemaster in the Alaskan wilderness. Participating panelists include Justin Edwards(director/writer/producer), Adam McCabe (lead actor) and Leslie Andrew Ridings (executive producer/cinematographer).
7:00pm –  7:25pm

A Hunger for Justice
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
After his beloved sandwich goes missing, a grizzled detective must solve the toughest case of his career. The film is a neo-noir dark comedy inspired by the elements of the classic film noir. Participating panelists includeRoy Arwas (director), Tony Delgadillo (cinematographer), and Alfonso Cano (audio director).
7:25pm –  7:45pm

The Hold Up
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Leading up to their big bank robbery, four aspiring criminals discover that they have wildly conflicting, ludicrous opinions on how it should go down. Participating panelists include writer/director Struan Sutherland (Gnaw) and producer André Pettigrew (Some Things Won’t Sleep).
7:45pm –  8:20pm

A Period Drama
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
A wacky comedic short about the rough yet important relationship between a woman and her personified period. Participating panelists include Kristine Gerolaga (writer/director/actor), Rivka Roffino (Big Red the period), andShaun Morris (director of photography).
8:20pm –  8:50pm

Monsters
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Jenn lives in an underground bunker with her family, protected from the monsters that now ravage the world. This is the day that she goes outside . . . Participating panelists include Caitlin Carmichael (actress, Chosen),Steve Desmond (writer/director), and Aaron Billet (producer).
8:50pm –  9:20pm

Flesh and Blood
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
When a pandemic threatens to turn her father into a violent monster, 18-year-old Max must lead her family through a perilous wilderness in search of a cure. Participating panelists include Merlin Camozzi(writer/director), Tim Lewis (producer), and Hannah Telle (lead actor, Life Is Strange).
9:20pm –  9:40pm

Harbinger
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Normand is led by horrific visions to a remote cabin where he hopes to prevent his nightmares from becoming a reality. The film is a point-of-view thriller inspired by the grim world of H. P. Lovecraft. Participating panelists include Alexander Crews (director), Chris Barkman (writer), and Guy Iorio (producer).
9:40pm –  9:55pm

Radio Silence
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Marcus, a traveling salesman, checks into a motel for an evening of quiet relaxation only to discover that the voice on his room’s FM radio has other plans . . . sinister plans! Participating panelists include Alex Italics(director of three They Might Be Giants music videos), Brody Anderson (Sheltered Love), and Sean Randolph(actor).
9:55pm –  10:40pm

Seer
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Sarah is traumatized by visions of her husband Drew being taken by aliens. These visions, these dreams, have her living in a world of confusion and self-doubt. They struggle together in trying to figure out what is happening to her. Drew is convinced she is going crazy, but Sarah knows there is something more, something sinister. Together they will confront one the most terrifying experiences a human being can face. Will it destroy them? Or bring them closer together? Participating panelists include Ben Gilbert (director), Premstar Santana(actor/producer), Judith Foster Thompson (executive producer), Matthew Renoir (producer), and John Bennett (sound editor/composer/producer).
10:40pm –  11:40pm

Occupants
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
A young couple plan and produce a clean-living documentary. Set up all over their house, their cameras capture a parallel version of themselves from another dimension. Their doubles soon begin threatening the unsuspecting couple, who must find a way to close the dimensional portal. Participating panelists include director Russ Emanuel (The Legends of Nethiah), producer Howard Nash (Tiger), writer Julia Camara (Area Q.), lead actressBriana White (Summer in the Water), and Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager).
JULY 24 • SUNDAY
10:00am –  11:00am

Comic-Con Film School 10
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
The final day of our comprehensive course on microbudget moviemaking revolves around what to do after your movie is shot. Panelists will go over the basics of postproduction on your home computer, as well as what software to use for editing, graphic design, sound design, visualFX, and finally, how to optimize your movie for uploading to the internet. Panelists for the class include Valerie Perez (producer/star, Paula Peril series), Nick Murphy (writer/director, Pizza and Bullets), Jack Conway (producer, Machinima ETC), and Sean Rourke(writer, Ballistica).
11:05am –  11:55am

Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival Awards
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
The films have been shown, now it’s time to award the recipients of the 2016 Comic-Con Independent Film Festival with their trophies and recognition! Comic-Con’s Adam Neese talks to this year’s trio of judges, filmmaker Eric Jacobus (writer/director/star of last year’s CCI: IFF Judges’ Choice award for Rope a Dope 2), filmmaker Nick Murphy (Spoon Pictures), and editor-in-chief of Rotten Tomatoes Matt Atchity (Sleepy Hallow, Bedazzled, MADtv) about the films and presents prizes and trophies to the winners.
12:00pm –  5:00pm

Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival Award-Winners Showcase
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
All of this year’s winning films shown back to back! If you missed them the first time, here’s you chance to catch them before Comic-Con ends.

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