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Friday, July 22
 

10:00am

Cosplay Makeup 101
Perfect your cosplay by having great makeup to go with it. This panel covers beauty makeup, appliance application, special fx makeup, sculpting, molding, casting, and wig styling. Dawn Banks (Makeup By Siryn, Batgirl Spoiled lead makeup designer), Ashley Troub (The Nerdist, winning look SDCC Her Universe fashion show), Kelton Ching (SDCC 2014 Apocalypse makeup demo, Blizzcon 2015 4th place winner), Keaghlan Ashley (Face Off, makeup design on Severus Snape and the Marauders), and Chrissy Lynn (Super Power Beat Down's Darth Maul, League of Steam's White Wolf) will answer your questions about makeup to match your costuming and cosplay, including tips and tools of the trade. Moderated by cosplayer Mac Beauvais (Monstrous Makeup Manuals 1 & 2 model, actress in The Gloaming).

Friday July 22, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

10:00am

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

Friday July 22, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 7AB

10:00am

Comic-Con How-To: Plot Structure 2 The Tools of Plotting
People have been telling stories for thousands of years, and during that time all the tools you need to create compelling, well-thought-out stories have been created. In this class, award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake introduces you to many of these tools in a way that will stoke your creativity, keeping you motivated, and organized as you move through the creation of your own story. This is part two of this class.

Friday July 22, 2016 10:00am - 11:15am
Room 2

10:30am

Intro to TV Writing
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 13, 03:34PM
Moderator Spiro Skentzos (Grimm) is joined by some of today's biggest TV writer/producers/executives, including Beth Schwartz (Arrow), Terry Matalas (12 Monkeys), Jose Molina (Agent Carter), Karen Horne (NBC) and Jeffrey Bell (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) discuss navigating the TV spec terrain, including beginner's mistakes, what they look for in a writer, and what it takes for you to write a killer spec that will stand above the crowd. There will be a huge Q&A component, so bring your questions.

Friday July 22, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 8

10:30am

Comic Book Law School 202: Numbers
While almost every creator will tell you their greatest joy is in their acts of creation, none will argue that equally (or perhaps more) important is earning a living from their efforts. But commercializing creative works is fraught with peril unless you're prepared. This second stage of the case study focusing on (fictional) author Fitzgerald Scott will concentrate on Scott's efforts to commercialize his critically acclaimed new work, "Shylock Homer: The Sirens of the Baskervilles." Noted attorney Michael Lovitz, author of the acclaimed The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, and IP and entertainment attorneys David Branfman and Terri Lubaroff present an interactive seminar tackling a group of more advanced issues facing creators (and the businesses that they work with) when marketing their properties and creative ideas, including: licenses and transfers of rights; key things to know when Hollywood comes knocking; publishing, manufacturing, merchandising, and distribution agreements; understanding key terms in contracts, assignments, and licenses; and (and time permitting) how Mrs. Fitzgerald Scott spouse may affect his contracts and licenses. Please note: The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and insights to practicing attorneys, as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. [This program is approved for 1.5 credits of California MCLE.]

Friday July 22, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 30CDE

10:30am

Comics Arts Conference #5: Data-Driven Comics Research
Recent work analyzing comics has turned to scientific methods. Neil Cohn (Tilburg University) will chair this panel discussing projects that annotate properties of comics from around the world, and discuss growing efforts for analyzing comics within the cognitive sciences. Then, presentations by Jessika Axner (University of California, San Diego) and Michaela Diercks (University of California, San Diego) will explore the differences between the structures found in comics from America, Japan, Hong Kong, and various European countries, such as France and Sweden. Finally, Nimish Pratha (University of California, San Diego) will describe how sound effects differ across genres of American comics and Japanese manga. Together, these presentations show the benefits of a data-driven, scientific approach to studying comics.

Friday July 22, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 26AB

11:00am

Cosplaying 102: Taking It To The Next Level and Beyond
Catherine M. Fisher (award-winning costumer), Mike Schiffbauer (master prop maker and costumer), Bob Mogg (Steampunk expert extraordinaire), and Ryan Wells (internationally known costuming genius) pick up where Cosplaying 101 left off. They will discuss advanced costuming techniques such as sculpting, mold making, resin casting, FX makeup and more. Moderated by Melissa Gene Meyer (department assistant for the Masquerade with Comic-Con International).

Friday July 22, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

12:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 30CDE

12:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library

12:00pm

Comics Arts Conference #6: Reading Comics
Arguing that the visual narrative nature of comics requires recognizing and understanding the function of pictures in the medium, R. C. Harvey (Perpendicular Pronoun Press) shows how words and pictures function to create the unique narrative form that is comics. Derek Heid (Temecula Valley High School) demonstrates how Matt Fraction's Eisner Award-winning Hawkeye story, "Pizza Is My Business," makes heavy use of symbol and abstract storytelling techniques to communicate the thought processes of a dog and can be used to teach students, specifically at the high school level, higher-order analysis of literature and literary technique. Samantha Jakobeit-Meaux (Georgia State University) examines Bec Doux et ses amis, a dual language Cajun French and English comic strip with Kevin Meaux (Georgia State University), the son of the strip's illustrator Ken Meaux, to show how the strip subverts the established language/power dynamics of Louisiana speaking communities through the use of text placement, caricature, and trickster figures.

Friday July 22, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Room 26AB

12:30pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 2

12:30pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 24ABC

1:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 30CDE

1:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 29AB

1:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 32AB

2:00pm

How Comics Are Created
Comic creators Nathan Hale (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales series), Stuart Moore (Egos, Zodiac Legacy), Gene Luen Yang (Secret Coders, Boxers & Saints), and Ru Xu (NewsPrints, Saint for Rent) explain their process, demystifying comics creation for librarians. Moderated by Jack Baur (supervising librarian, Berkeley Public Library).

Friday July 22, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library

2:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 30CDE

2:30pm

Comics Arts Conference #8: Costumes and Copyright
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 22, 09:41AM
From the Yellow Kid's expressive nightshirt to last year's Supreme Court ruling on Spider-Man's web shooters, what characters wear is an integral part of comics culture - and lawsuits. Professor Susan Scafidi (founder of the Fashion Law Institute, Fordham Law School), Jeff Trexler (Fashion Law Institute, Fordham Law School), and Cindy Levitt (Senior Vice President Merchandise and Marketing, Hot Topic) explore the legal dimension of comics couture, covering such issues as collaborations between the fashion and entertainment industries; fandom, cosplay, and emerging designers; the impact of comics on fashion; diversity and cultural appropriation; the representation of fashion-related intellectual property theft; the perception of comics and fashion in statutes and court cases; the regulation of identity and gender norms; and current controversies involving the translation of two-dimensional style to the physical realm.

Friday July 22, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 26AB

2:30pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 8

3:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 30CDE

3:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

3:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 25ABC

3:00pm

Comic-Con How-To: How to Draw with Adam Hughs
Comics legend Adam Hughes demonstrates drawing using grayscale markers. Adam will share pointers and tips while also answering questions.

Friday July 22, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Room 2

3:30pm

Ask-an-Agent
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 13, 09:47AM
Get in all of your questions in this frank and forthcoming panel with literary agents Holly Root (Waxman Leavell Literary Agency), Jane Putch (Eyebait Management) and television/literary agent Brandy Rivers (ICM Partners). They will take your questions and discuss the wild world of manuscript querying, the role of agents in the publication and television/film rights process, and more! No pitches, please.

Friday July 22, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 24ABC

4:00pm

Behind the Curtain: Creating Heroes in All Formats
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 13, 12:03PM
From secret hero societies to mystery-solving kids, graphic novels prove that a picture's worth a thousand words. Artists Kate Beaton, Raina Telgemeier, Dustin Nyugen, Derek Fridolfs, Mike Wu, Greg Grunberg, and Lucas Turnbloom discuss the creation of their new work.

Friday July 22, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 25ABC

4:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 30CDE

4:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library

4:00pm

Mars Needs People: Putting Humans on the Red Planet
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 15, 10:21AM
Long before the rescuing of Mark Watney became a cultural phenom, Mars and martians had captured the imagination of comic book and science fiction authors. For almost a century and a half, fictional visits to the red planet have been made by humans like John Carter and superhumans like Superman, Dr. Manhattan, and Dr. McNinja. Some, like the Martian Manhunter (J'onn J'onzz) even call the fourth planet home. In this panel, Marshall Smith (Deputy Director, Cross-Program Systems Integration, ESD at NASA), Joseph Cassady (executive director, Space at Aerojet Rocketdyne), Grant Anderson (president & CEO at Paragon Space Development Corporation), William D. Pratt (Program Manager, Lockheed Martin's Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP)), Patrick O'Neill (Marketing & Communications Manager at Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)), Matthew Duggan (Space Systems Manager, Boeing Company), Rebekah Sosland Siegfriedt (Systems Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory), and moderator Steve Broback (cofounder, Dent the Future) discuss the latest developments in the commercial and government partnership driving the 2035 mission to Mars.

Friday July 22, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 7AB

4:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 32AB

4:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

4:30pm

Comic-Con How-To: How to Draw with Jim Lee
Jim Lee will demonstrate the drawing techniques he uses when creating artwork for comic books. He will answer questions from the audience and share advice.

Friday July 22, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 2

4:30pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 8

4:30pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 26AB

5:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis & Marina

5:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

5:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 23ABC

5:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 30CDE

5:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library

6:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 30CDE

6:10pm

From Day Job to Dream Job: Making the Transition
UCLA Extension instructors Dallas King (director and genre-filmmaker, U.Z.L.A.), Peter Gend (VFX producer, The Simpsons Movie), Quinton Peeples (feature film and television writer/producer, Netflix/Marvel’s Iron Fist, Hulu’s 11-22-63), Brooks Wachtel (animation series writer, X-Men, Spider-Man), Robert Bryant (video game producer & author, Slay the Dragon: Writing Great Video Games), and moderator Kim Adelman (indie filmmaker, Just Friends) 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.

Friday July 22, 2016 6:10pm - 7:10pm
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

7:00pm

Figure Drawing for Popular Media
Emilio Soltero, Ph.D. (Draw the Line, Figure It Out, John Buscema: A Life in Sketches) presents a primer on drawing the figure for popular media, including drawing for comics and character design. The focus will be on anatomy and figure drawing. Come ready to take notes and to draw. Cosplayers are welcome to join and artists of all levels are encouraged to attend. Bring your own materials.

Friday July 22, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 30CDE

8:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 32AB

8:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 25ABC

8:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 28DE

8:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 4

8:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 30CDE