The Beat’s very long convention schedule is now in beautiful downtown Philadelphia for the new Keystone Comic Con. And Although my time here is short – only one day! – I’ll be panelling twice!


Fri, Sep 14, 2018

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Panel Room B (Room 111AB)

The ComicCon has become a worldwide phenomenon that has changed the face of not just popular culture but all aspects of life. Whether it be a small local show or one of the larger, media events, ComicCon has become a centerpiece of modern entertainment. With the push to include graphic novels, film, gaming, and even cosplay into the 21st Century classroom, these shows, and those who exhibit, have started to cater to educators through programming, author events, and classroom-friendly content. This panel will offer educators new to ComicCon tips and tricks from seasoned educators who can show them the ropes on how to get the most out of their fan fest weekend!

Panelists: Michael Gianfrancesco, Heidi MacDonald, John Shableski, David F Walker

and  then later in the day, last panel of the day, but with am impressive graphic:

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Fri, Sep 14, 2018

6:45 PM – 7:45 PM

Panel Room A (Room 113A)

Join industry legends Matt Brady (Newsarama), Heidi MacDonald (The Comics Beat), and Susana Polo (The Mary Sue, Polygon) to discuss the complex world of journalism in the comic book industry. What makes reporting on the comics medium unique? Do online publications fan the flames of fandom, cultivate clickbait, or bridge the barrier between publishers and the pop culture population? Moderated by Benny The Comicstorian.


Sadly Matt won’t be able to make it as he’s in the path of Florence – sending him and all affected good thoughts.

This is my first time in Philadelphia for a con in…oh a decade maybe, and I’d forgotten what a great town and venue for a comic con this is. Unfortunately, just like the last time I was here, I can’t lift my arm, but that’s a whole ‘nother story.