We have a few programs coming up, and a very busy Thursday. Please come and say hi as always!

Thursday, July 12
10:30-11:30 How to Get News Coverage— Small press comic publishers: What makes the difference between an item that will get news coverage, previews, and interviews, and what doesn’t? A lot of publishers have no idea what to submit to the press, how to submit it, and why they are being overlooked for coverage. Comics journalist Rik Offenberger (First Comics News, Archie Comics) moderates this panel on just what it takes to get coverage, with the comic journalists themselves telling you what they are looking for. Panelists includeAlan Kistler (Comic Mix, Newsarama), Chris Thompson (First Comics News), Bryan Young (Huffington Post, Big Shiny Robot), Dan Manser (Diamond), Holly Golightly(BroadSword Comics), Rich Johnston (Bleeding Cool), J. C. Vaughn (The Scoop), Josh Waldrop (M1W Entertainment), Matt Moore (Associated Press), and Heidi MacDonald(The Beat). Find out what it takes to self-promote and make a significant impact on your ability to sell your comic project. Room 8

Commentary: I did this panel at WonderCon and lots of excellent information on both sides. Pus it was at that panel where I met my smashing intern Jessica!

1:00-2:00 Trailblazers of Comics— Comic-Con special guests Lynn Johnston and Kate Beaton represent the best of contemporary cartooning. With beginnings outside of the traditional mainstream or indie comic industry, each built a loyal following of fans with serialized comics on their own terms. The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald addresses the origins of each artist’s career, the financial reality of doing comics for a living, and the craft of producing a serialized comic. Room 25ABC

Commentary: Oh God I mustn’t mess this up. Remember how I said I didn’t prep enough for my HeroesCon panels? That is not tru eof this…I hope.


7:00-8:00 Bleeding Alliance of Beat Reporters— Andy Khouri of Comics Alliance, Rich Johnston of Bleeding Cool, Heidi MacDonald of The Beat, and Tom Spurgeon of The Comics Reporter represent the four most influential and popular blogs in the comics industry. Join them for a one-time-only chat about the changing role of comics news, how they run their sites, what makes news, and what makes a rumor. It will be either a love fest or a slug fest. Moderated by Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics). Room 23ABC

Commentary: Will this panel be worth missing 26 parties and pushing back dinner? Will it be as good as twitter?

Saturday, July 14
4:00-5:00 Heroic Visions: Sergei Eisenstein’s Nevsky from Screen to Panel—Pioneering filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein developed many storytelling techniques that revolutionized film and have influenced comics. The new graphic novel by Ben McCool and Mario Guevara based on his classic motion picture Alexander Nevsky not only presents a timeless story of heroic deeds but highlights the way film and comics interact and influence one another. Writer Ben McCool (Choker, Nevsky), historian Steve Saffel, director/writerScott Tuft (Severed), artist Gabriel Hardman (Inception, Planet of the Apes) and Ramon Perez (A Tales of Sand, John Carter) explore visual storytelling through the ages. Hosted by Russ Intellectual Properties. Room 23ABC

Commentary: I’m also moderating this panel, which I’m really looking forward to!

When not on a panel, I’ll probably be at a panel, typing away, or wandering the Gaslamp in search of wifi or a breakfast burrito.