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Thursday, July 21
 

12:00pm

CBLDF: Navigating The Powers & Perils of Banned Books
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 20, 08:24AM
CBLDF Editorial Director Betsy Gomez will 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 and why 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. Panelists include Carla Riemer (Librarian, Claremont Middle School, Oakland, California), Katherine Keller (TDRL Evening & Weekend Supervisor, University Libraries, UNLV), and Matthew Holm (artist, Babymouse, Squish, Sunny Side Up), and Judd Winick (Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth; The Adventures of Barry Ween, Boy Genius).

Thursday July 21, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 30CDE

12:00pm

New Authors Making a Splash in the Literary Pool
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.

Thursday July 21, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 32AB

12:00pm

The Smitten Word: Romancing the Reader
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).

Thursday July 21, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

12:30pm

UDON 2016
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!

Thursday July 21, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 8

1:00pm

Adapting Octavia Butler: The Making of Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation
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.

Thursday July 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 9

1:00pm

Hey, You Got Science In My Fiction
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.

Thursday July 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 32AB

1:00pm

Spotlight on Sarah J. Maas
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.

Thursday July 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 7AB

1:30pm

First Second Tenth Anniversary Celebration
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).

Thursday July 21, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 4

1:30pm

Nerd Trivia Challenge: Author Edition
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 Castellucci (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?).

Thursday July 21, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

2:00pm

Graphic Novel Collection Development
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!

Thursday July 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library

3:00pm

Fantasy Mixology: The Perfect Literary Cocktail
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 by Petra Mayer from NPR.

Thursday July 21, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

3:00pm

Making the Leap to Creator Owned Properties: Tales from the IP Jungle
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 and Richard 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.

Thursday July 21, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 28DE

3:30pm

Make Your Own Story
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).

Thursday July 21, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 24ABC

4:00pm

Retellings & Remixes
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).

Thursday July 21, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 32AB

4:15pm

The Man in the High Castle
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 13, 11:51AM
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, executives David Zucker and Dan Percival, along with members of the cast DJ Qualls, Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Rupert Evans, Bella Heathcote and Rufus Sewell to learn how starkly similar this world is to today and what's to come in season 2.

Thursday July 21, 2016 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Room 6A

4:30pm

The Enduring Allure of Grimm's Fairy Tales: Live Reading and Discussion
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.

Thursday July 21, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

6:30pm

Swipe Right with Simon and Schuster
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.

Thursday July 21, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 4

7:30pm

Deleted Scenes
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 director Tricia Narwani.

Thursday July 21, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 4
 
Friday, July 22
 

10:00am

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

Friday July 22, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 32AB

10:00am

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

Friday July 22, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 4

10:00am

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

Friday July 22, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29AB

11:00am

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

Friday July 22, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 4

11:00am

Events/Community Relationships for Comics and Librarians
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 14, 09:23AM
Sven Larsen (VP of marketing, Papercutz), Betsy Gomez (editorial director, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund), and Lizette Serrano (director of library and educational marketing, Scholastic) explain how librarians can build programming to foster a love of graphic novels in their communities in a Q&A session moderated by Dawn Rutherford (teen services coordinator, Sno-Isle Libraries).

Friday July 22, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library

11:00am

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

Friday July 22, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 7AB

11:30am

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

Friday July 22, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 24ABC

11:30am

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

Friday July 22, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 8

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

God is Disappointed in You 2: Apocrypha Now
It's the second coming! Their first book,God Is Disappointed in You, was an irreverent yet faithful adaptation of the Bible that got everyone talking. Now, Mark Russell (Prez, The Flintstones) and Shannon Wheeler (The New Yorker, Too Much Coffee Man) are back with a follow-up book, Apocrypha Now, about the stories that didn't make it into the Bible. Some of these stories were forgotten, some were suppressed, others were just too freaking weird for the Bible (and that's saying something). Join these two holy heathens for a funny and fascinating tour of what the Bible didn't tell you.

Friday July 22, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 32AB

12:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 9

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

12:45pm

Shatner Singularity Universe: Exclusive Preview
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 18, 12:38PM
Creative teams will display art and video clips from upcoming digital and print graphic novel projects: William Shatner's War Chronicles cinematic graphic novel movie, Stan Lee's God Woke, Mariano Nicieza's Phazer Universe, and Tim Walsh's A Daze Work. Moderated by Jenna Busch, with Gary Laird and Scott Liggett.

Friday July 22, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Room 6BCF

1:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 6A

2:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 7AB

2:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 29AB

2:30pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 24ABC

3:00pm

Sweet Dreams Aren't Made Of These: Horror and Thriller Authors Bring Your Nightmares to Life
Authors in the horror and thriller genres are more than just talented writers. They have to be masters of psychology, understanding what makes us most terrified and portraying worlds and scenarios that strike at the very core of our deepest and darkest fears. Del Howison of Dark Delicacies probes the twisted minds of Paul Tremblay (Disappearance at Devil's Rock), Amy Lukavics (Daughters unto Devils), Paula Treick Deboard (The Drowning Girls), Tosca Lee (Progeny), Thomas Olde Heuvelt (HEX), and Jonathan Maberry (Rot & Ruin) as they discuss the best ways to scare you.

Friday July 22, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 29AB

3:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library

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

3:30pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 5AB

4:00pm

IDW Publishing: The Main Event
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 13, 12:02PM
Come experience the latest from IDW! Artists Gabriel Rodriguez and David Messina, writers Christos Gage, Arvind Ethan David and Paul Cornell, editor Sarah Gaydos, and some surprise guests detail current plans, awesome futuristic plans, and much more. Co-moderated by the two-headed monster that is Dirk Wood and Chris Ryall! Prizes, announcements, and Q&A.

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

4:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 9

4:00pm

[CANCELLED] Maximum Ride
CANCELLED: Mon, Jul 18, 03:38PM
We regret to announce that this program has been cancelled.

Friday July 22, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

5:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 32AB

5:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 25ABC

6:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 28DE

6:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 32AB

6:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 29AB

6:30pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 8

7:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 32AB

7:00pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 23ABC

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

8:30pm

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

Friday July 22, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 8
 
Saturday, July 23
 

10:00am

I Read It Before (And After) It Was a Movie
Each day, our newsfeeds blow up with items of more amazing sci-fi/fantasy books being optioned for film or TV, and bookstore shelves are filled with cinematic tie-in novels to geeky summer blockbusters. But what does it take to make the jump from page to screen, and back again? Authors explore the journey of stories from page (both prose and comics) to screen (multi-media) and even stage, and vice versa. Maybe this illustrious group will be able to answer the question of whether it really is better to read the book before seeing the movie! Ransom Riggs (Tales of the Peculiar), James Dashner (The Maze Runner), Melissa de la Cruz (The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Prequel), Scott Westerfeld (Uglies, Zeroes), Ben H. Winters (Underground Airlines), and Comic-Con special guest Peter David engage in conversation with moderator Anthony Breznican of Entertainment Weekly

Saturday July 23, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 7AB

11:30am

Spotlight on William Gibson
William Gibson is the novelist and screenwriter credited with pioneering cyberpunk science fiction. His Blue Ant trilogy-Patterson Recognition, Spook Country and Zero History-were New York Times bestsellers, as was his most recent, The Peripheral. Archangel, co-written with his friend, Michael St. John Smith, is now being published by IDW. Join Gibson, Smith and some of their IDW collaborators for a discussion of Archangel.

Saturday July 23, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 24ABC

12:00pm

Reading Without Walls
National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese), discusses his official platform, Reading Without Walls, with Hank Green (Nerdfighter). Reading Without Walls encourages people to read outside their comfort zone, exploring books in subjects, formats, and audiences they don't typically gravitate to and thereby discovering new (and awesome) things.

Saturday July 23, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 29AB

12:00pm

The Female Geek: Women as Fans and Creators
There's more to being a geek girl than meets the eye. From Princess Leia, to Katniss Everdeen, to Hermione Granger, fandom is full of awesome female characters-but what about the women who create these iconic individuals? Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy), Sabaa Tahir (A Torch Against the Night), Kiersten White (And I Darken), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), Kathleen Smith (The Fangirl Life), andMargaret Stohl (Black Widow: Forever Red) discuss feminism and fandom in a panel moderated by Madeline Ashby (Company Town).

Saturday July 23, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 7AB

1:00pm

A World After Harry: The Changing Genre of YA Fantasy
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 19, 02:40PM
Teens and lovers of YA of all ages yearn for escape through other worlds. YA writers Sarah J. Maas (SDCC special guest, author of Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series), Jessica Cluess (A Shadow Bright and Burning), Gena Showalter (Firstlife), Thomas E. Sniegoski (Savage), and Soman Chainani (The School for Good and Evil) engage in a rousing discussion of the joys and challenges of crafting fantastical narratives that stand on their own and how the genre has evolved moderated by Tobie Easton (Emerge).

Saturday July 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 28DE

1:00pm

CBLDF: Banned Books Week
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 13, 05:22PM
Engage your community with Banned Books Week! This year’s Banned Books Week celebrates diversity, which is disproportionately targeted by censors. Join CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein, Erwin Magbanua (San Diego Public Library), Katie Monnin (Associate Professor of Literacy, University of North Florida), and Candice Mack (Los Angeles Public Library) to learn about why comics and books by diverse creators and featuring diverse characters are challenged, how to report and fight censorship, and how to make a celebration of Banned Books Week in your community!

Saturday July 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 30CDE

2:30pm

Drawn & Quarterly After 25
Renowned literary graphic novel publisher Drawn & Quarterly spent 2015 feting 25 years of publishing the world's greatest cartoonists. Hillary Chute (editor of Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists) leads a conversation with publisher Peggy Burns and a wide-ranging, groundbreaking group of D+Q cartoonists who define the D+Q aesthetic of quality: Lynda Barry (The! Greatest! Of! Marlys!, Syllabus), Kate Beaton (Step Aside, Pops, Hark! A Vagrant), Chester Brown (Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus, Paying for It), and Lisa Hanawalt (Hot Dog Taste Test, My Dirty Dumb Eyes).

Saturday July 23, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 8

3:00pm

Capturing the Imagination of Middle Grade Readers
From a giant chaos-causing bunny to a land where left can be right to the puzzles of a haunted hotel or a rebellion against a powerful reign, from superpowers to super-scientists, middle-grade authors Ned Rust (Patrick Griffin's Last Breakfast on Earth), Tahereh Mafi (Furthermore), Tania del Rio (Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye), Shannon Messenger (Keeper in the Lost Cities #4: Neverseen), Cece Bell (El Deafo), and Rachel Ignotofsky (Women in Science), along with moderator Sherri L. Smith (The Toymaker's Apprentice), discuss ways to reach and inspire the imaginations of even the most reluctant young reader.

Saturday July 23, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 23ABC

7:00pm

What's New From Del Rey Books
Del Rey has been publishing some of the best science fiction and fantasy since 1977. Del Rey editor Michael Braff and authors Pierce Brown (Red Rising), Indra Das (The Devourers), Jason Hough (Zero World), Sylvain Neuvel (Sleeping Giants), Scott Sigler (The Generations Trilogy), and Alan Smale (Clash of Eagles) discuss current projects and preview other books to come in 2016 and 2017 from Terry Brooks, China Mieville, Naomi Novik, Star Wars, Minecraft, StarCraft, and more.

Saturday July 23, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 9

8:00pm

Stories of Imagination: Harper Voyager and Epic Reads
Home to some of the industry's biggest names in fantasy, Harper Voyager is also a breeding ground for new talent. This fall, they will announce such stellar additions to their list as Sarah Beth Durst, Amy S. Foster, and Patrick Hemstreet, as well as publish horrific new tales from the likes of Brom and Richard Kadrey. Experience the latest in teen fiction from the publishers of Red Queen and Divergent. Immerse yourself in everything from epic blood rebellions to teenage clones as HarperCollins presents what's hot on the forefront of YA. Get ready to grab plenty of Epic Reads giveaways, limited-edition goodies, and advance copies. Panelists include Stephanie Hoover, Shawn Nicholls, David Pomerico, and Gina Rizzo.

Saturday July 23, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 9
 
Sunday, July 24
 

10:00am

Spotlight on Marissa Meyer
Marissa Meyer, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles, sits down with NPR's Petra Mayer to talk everything from the explosive success of The Lunar Chronicles to the power of YA fandoms, her first Lunar Chronicles graphic novel, to what fans can expect from Heartless, this fall's most-anticipated young adult novel. Arrive early for a front row seat for a Lunar Chronicles Fan Appreciation video.

Sunday July 24, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 24ABC

10:15am

Fantastic Fans and Where to Find Them
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 13, 09:19AM
Moderated Heidi Tandy (FictionAlley) is joined by journalist Elizabeth Minkel (New Statesman, Fansplaining), educator Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas (Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania), event organizers Adrienne Alwag-Aipia (Los Angeles' Dumbledore's Army) and Alexa DiGennero (Leviosacon) and creative fans Stephanie Pressman (Harry Potter Improv), Rachael Vaughn (Snapecast), Justin Zagri (Severus Snape & the Marauders), Elizabeth Barcelos (U.S. Quidditch), and Elayna Darcy (MuggleNet) to discuss the magic of new canon, including Harry Potter & the Cursed Child (no spoilers, they will "Keep the Secrets"), Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, and the excitement and creativity in Harry Potter fandom.

Sunday July 24, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 6A

10:30am

How to Create Your Own Novel: From First Idea to Publishing and What You Need to Sell Your Work to TV and Film
The Winner Twins, Brittany and Brianna, multiple award-winning and national bestselling science fiction authors, as well as award-winning writing teachers, are best known for their popular Strand series and The Write Path series. They will teach you how to create your own novel step by step, from building your universe to overcoming writer's block to the different paths to publishing. The twins have taught their unique creative writing method to hundreds of thousands of convention attendees, teachers, and students across the country. They will be joined by Graeme Manson (co-creator, executive producer, and showrunner of Orphan Black), Richard Hatch (Captain Apollo/Tom Zarek of Battlestar Galactica, author of the bestselling Battlestar Galactica book series), and Stephen Glickman (comedy writer, producer, star of Big Time Rush, Workaholics) and special guests to share their war stories, answer your questions, and teach you how to craft your story idea into a marketable novel, television series, or film franchise.

Sunday July 24, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 8

11:00am

Knock, Knock: Bestselling Kid's Book Authors Bring the Funny
Knock, knock jokes. Fart noises. The word "butt." Hilarious books for kids succeed at making everyone laugh, including grownups who haven't quite grown up. Moderator David Mariotte leads children's book authors Nathan Hale (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales series), Dan Santat (Are We There Yet?), Ed Masessa (Wandmaker), Greg Grunberg and Lucas Turnbloom (Dream Jumper), and Brandon T. Snider (Peter Powers and His Not-So-Super Powers) discuss their personal formulas for creating funny books-and getting paid for it! Leave the milk at home, as there are no guarantees it won't come shooting out of your nose while watching this panel.

Sunday July 24, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 25ABC

12:00pm

Creating Diverse Worlds and Cultures
A lot of science fiction/fantasy takes place in worlds inspired by Western and European cultures. How can writers break that trend and create fully developed, unique cultures for their stories? Moderator Michael Spradlin is joined by authors Stacey Lee (Outrun the Moon), Indra Das (The Devourers), Damian Duffy and John Jennings (Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation), Elizabeth Briggs (Future Shock), and Ru Xu (NewsPrints) to talk about how they developed inclusive futures (and presents and pasts).

Sunday July 24, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 28DE

12:30pm

The Secret Origin of Good Readers Break-Out Session
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 11, 09:23AM
Bestselling authors Frank Beddor (Hatter Madigan: Ghost in the H.A.T.B.O.X. The Looking Glass Wars), Anne Elizabeth (Once a Seal), and Marjorie M. Liu (Monstress), Anina Bennet (Boilerplate, Heartbreakers) and comics retailer Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics) demonstrate how educators can write and draw their comic with a handful of comic panels. Bring your paper and pencils.

Sunday July 24, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 23ABC

1:00pm

Leigh Bardugo and Gene Luen Yang in Conversation
New York Times bestselling author of Six of Crows Leigh Bardugo and the acclaimed graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang get together for a one-on-one conversation about diversity in literature and readers, fandom, fantasy, and more.

Sunday July 24, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 29AB

2:00pm

KidLit Literary Agents
Learn from children's book literary agents Deborah Warren (East-West Literary), Kelly Sonnack (Andrea Brown Literary), Taylor Martindale Kean (Full Circle Literary), Jill Corcoran (Jill Corcoran Literary), and Jennifer Azantian (Jennifer Azantian Literary) about writing children's books, acquiring representation, and becoming traditionally published. Moderated by picture book author Henry Herz (Mabel & the Queen of Dreams).

Sunday July 24, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 24ABC

2:00pm

Spotlight on Emily Carroll
Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Emily Carroll (Through the Woods) answers your questions and chats about storytelling, horror, and her comic making process.

Sunday July 24, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 4

2:30pm

Assassin's Creed Last Descendants Author Matthew J. Kirby
Attention, young adult readers and gamers! Aymar Azaizia (head of content), Andrien Gbinigie (community manager), and Matthew J. Kirby, author of the new young adult series Last Descendants discuss bringing the game to life on the page. Assassin's Creed cosplayers will win contest prizes!

Sunday July 24, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 23ABC

3:00pm

Bisexuality and Beyond: New Frontiers in Popular Culture
From movies to television to comics to YouTube, beloved characters have emerged whose lives and loves place them outside traditional notions of straight and gay. What does this burgeoning representation mean for the bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) community? Are the lives of bi people and the discrimination they face represented in popular science fiction, fantasy, and superhero genres? What's life like for bisexual creators in popular media? Join Prism Comics, the BiNet USA BiStories Project, and moderator Faith Cheltenham (BiNet USA) for a lively discussion of these and other issues with panelists R. J. Aguiar (YouTube's "TheNotAdam," NotAdamAndSteve), Tara Madison Avery (Gooch, Anything That Loves), Marissa Lee (Racebending), Steve Orlando (Midnighter, Batman & Robin Eternal), Bob Schreck (Legendary Comics), and Sarah Strumpf (Bisexual Books).

Sunday July 24, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 28DE

3:45pm

What's Hot in Young Adult Fiction
Strong protagonists, engrossing romance, humor, action, and angst! Join us for this popular annual chat about the hottest new titles and trends in YA fiction. Moderated by Nathan Bransford (The Jacob Wonderbar series) and featuring Renee Ahdieh (The Wrath and the Dawn series), Victoria Aveyard (The Red Queen series), Michelle Hodkin (The Mara Dyer Trilogy), Lauren Oliver (Vanishing Girls), Brendan Reichs (Virals series), Victoria Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic), Laini Taylor (Strange the Dreamer), and Adam Silvera (More Happy Than Not).

Sunday July 24, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Room 5AB