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Thursday, July 21
 

10:00am

Spotlight on Kieron Gillen
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.

Thursday July 21, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 7AB

10:00am

The Graphic Novel Medium
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).

Thursday July 21, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29AB

10:30am

Spotlight on Peter David
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?

Thursday July 21, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 4

11:00am

Love & Rockets: Past, Present and Future
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.

Thursday July 21, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 9

11:00am

Spotlight on Alex Sinclair
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.

Thursday July 21, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 32AB

11:00am

Spotlight on Lisa Hanawalt
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.

Thursday July 21, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 23ABC

11:00am

Spotlight on Maggie Thompson
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.

Thursday July 21, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 29AB

11:30am

Spotlight on G. Willow Wilson
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.

Thursday July 21, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 4

11:30am

Spotlight on Howard Chaykin
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.

Thursday July 21, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 8

12:45pm

Spotlight on Jim Lee
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.

Thursday July 21, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Room 6DE

1:00pm

Something for Everyone: Indie Comics
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!

Thursday July 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 29AB

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

3:00pm

Writing 101: What to Think About Before You Start Writing
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.

Thursday July 21, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 30CDE

3:30pm

The Mark, Sergio, Stan and Tom Show
This used to be the annual "Sergio and Mark Show" but the name has changed to note that the adventures of Groo 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.

Thursday July 21, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 8

4:00pm

Crockett Johnson's Barnaby: What Makes a Great Comic Strip
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's Barnaby 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.

Thursday July 21, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 29AB

4:00pm

Spotlight on Jason Aaron
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.

Thursday July 21, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 25ABC

4:30pm

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

Thursday July 21, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 4

5:00pm

Captain America 75th Anniversary
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 18, 03:43PM
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 Allen Bellman (artist, Captain America) all while being interviewed and questioned by former Kirby assistant, moderator Mark Evanier (author, Kirby: King of Comics).

Thursday July 21, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 9

5:00pm

The Nappy Hour
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 novelist Ashley A. Woods (Black Comix, Out of Sequence).

Thursday July 21, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 32AB

6:30pm

Death and the High Cost of Resurrection
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 14, 09:36AM
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, screenwriter, novelist, and comic creator Paul Cornell, Sharknado director Anthony Ferrante, and Hugo-Award winning novelist Mary Robinette Kowal, discuss the ramifications of resurrection with moderator Adron Buske (Nerd for a Living podcast).

Thursday July 21, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 26AB
 
Friday, July 22
 

10:00am

Keeping it Short: Short Form Comics
Kate Beaton (Step Aside Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection), Emily Carroll (Through the Woods), and Lisa Hanawalt (Hot Dog Taste Test) are three of the most critically acclaimed cartoonists working today. All three are masters of the short form, imbuing great narrative depth into a few panels or a few pages of comics. Beaton, Carroll, Hanawalt and Abraham Riesman (associate editor of Vulture) will discuss how keeping things short can make for great stories.

Friday July 22, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 28DE

10:00am

Spotlight on Bjo and John Trimble
Bjo (legendary art show and costume contest organizer) and John (Equicon chair, long time SF fan) discuss their 1967 Save Star Trek campaign, their viewpoints on Star Trek today, and how cosplay grew from early costume activities. Moderated by Maggie Thompson (Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award winner and Comic-Con blogger).

Friday July 22, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 9

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

Publishers Weekly: Turning Your Ideas into Graphic Novels
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 19, 06:44PM
From life as a trashman to life as a Michael Jackson impersonator -- there's no topic graphic novels can't cover. But how do creators shape their ideas into narratives that thrill and chill? Derf Backderf, Keith Knight, Sydney Padua and Ron Wimberly talk about their craft with PR's senior news editor Calvin Reid and an all-star line-up.

Friday July 22, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 28DE

12:00pm

Spotlight on Chester Brown
Chester Brown (Paying for It, Louis Riel) is one of the most successful and iconoclastic cartoonists working today. Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus continues his thoughts on sex work by retelling nine stories from Hebrew scriptures and the Christian New Testament. It is a New York Times bestseller that has received widespread critical acclaim. Brown will read from Mary Wept and Heidi MacDonald (The Beat, Publishers Weekly) will moderate a Q&A.

Friday July 22, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 4

12:00pm

The British Invasion: Spirit of '86
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 11, 09:41AM
'The British are coming! The British are coming!'? Hardly - they've already arrived... and they've been the driving force of the comics scene for decades! In the 30th Anniversary year of the release of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons's Watchmen, moderator Leonard Sultana (An Englishman In San Diego) talks to Paul Levitz (former DC Comics president) and a panel of special guests - including Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine), David Lloyd (V For Vendetta), Dave Gibbons (Watchmen, via Skype) and Paul Jenkins (Hellblazer, via Skype) - talk about the recruitment of U.K. creative talent in the late-70s / mid-80s, the key titles of the period and their lasting impact on the comics landscape to this day.

Friday July 22, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 29AB

12:30pm

Marvel NOW!: Divided We Stand
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 20, 08:33AM
With the effects of Civil War II being felt across the Marvel Universe, how will our heroes pick up the pieces and move on? Find out what’s in store for Marvel NOW! this fall with Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso and Director of Content & Character Development Sana Amanat, as well as Jason Aaron (Mighty Thor), Reilly Brown (Slapstick), Ryan North (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl), Humberto Ramos (Champions), David Walker (Nighthawk), Jim Zub (Thunderbolts), and other Mighty Marvel Guests!

Friday July 22, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 5AB

12:30pm

Walt Kelly and POGO
The greatest newspaper strip of all time? Some would call it that. Even if you aren't one of them, you've gotta love the wit and whimsy of Walt Kelly's magnum opus, Pogo, now receiving its first-ever complete reprinting in an Eisner Award-winning series from Fantagraphics Books. Remember this great artist with comics historian Maggie Thompson (Comics Buyer's Guide), film critic Leonard Maltin, historian Michael Barrier, cartoonist Scott Shaw!, Eric Reynolds (co-editor of the Complete Pogo series), and moderator Mark Evanier (Groo the Wanderer).

Friday July 22, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 8

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

1:30pm

Spotlight on Berkeley Breathed
In 2015, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Berkeley Breathed began (without warning!) producing all-new Bloom County strips, for the first time in more than 25 years! Join Berkeley for one of his infamous presentations, focusing on what it's like to be the last strip cartoonist standing! Presentation followed by Q&A.

Friday July 22, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 5AB

2:00pm

Spotlight on Ronald Wimberly
For the past 14 years, Ronald Wimberly has been telling stories that pair his world view with his strong storytelling instincts, resulting in works like the Eisner Award-nominated Lighten Up and The Prince of Cats, his collaborations with brands like Nike and Mishka, and even designing for animation like Black Dynamite. Wimberly will share his perspective on designing stories, agitprop and the politics of aesthetics, culture and appropriation, the importance of iconoclasm and why he suspects he'll never work for Marvel or DC again. Moderated by David Brothers.

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

2:00pm

Teen Superheroes: Hormones & Super Powers
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 08, 11:33AM
Imagine if hitting puberty brought on more than acne and burgeoning awkward feelings. What if it brought on super powers too? Teen superheroes are always fan-favorites due their relatability; maybe the audience can't understand what it is like to have super speed, but everyone knows what growing pains feel like. Hear firsthand from the creators who navigate the world of hormones and super powers with panelists Kieron Gillen (Young Avengers), Marjorie Liu (Monstress), SanaTakeda (Monstress), Jamie McKelvie (Young Avengers), Noelle Stevenson (Runaways), Babs Tarr (Batgirl), and G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel), with moderator Jessica Tseang (comics historian).

Friday July 22, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 25ABC

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

Spotlight on Allen Bellman
Before there was Marvel Comics, there was Timely Comics. Artist Allen Bellman was there, and now you can not only listen to his amazing stories and the history of Timely Comics but also participate in a fantastic Q&A. A short signing will follow.

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

3:00pm

Spotlight on Ben Dunn
Manga madness and mayhem-30 years of Ninja High School and manga in America.

Friday July 22, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 9

3:30pm

Generations of Women in Comics
Trina Robbins (Pretty in Ink), Mary Fleener (Twisted Sister Comics), Anina Bennett (Heartbreakers), and MariNaomi (Turning Japanese)-women of four generations-discuss surprising and often unknown contributions by women in comics from early history, WWII, and underground to trends today. Moderated by Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson (The Major Loomed Like a Superman).

Friday July 22, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 8

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

5:30pm

Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski
Sense8 fans! This is the only SDCC panel where one of the creator/writer/producers of the Netflix series will be appearing to answer your questions. For everyone else: each year, Straczynski (writer for Thor, Superman Earth One, World War Z and other projects) brings announcements to SDCC, and this year is no exception, but the announcements this time are especially big. Be there for news that's going to blow up the Internet.

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

6:00pm

Comic Book Secret Origins: How the Industry's Best and Brightest Began
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 18, 01:38PM
Every hero has an origin story, the defining moment where they thrust themselves to greatness. So do the comics industry's best and brightest! Comics luminaries and tastemakers David Steinberger (comiXology CEO and co-founder), Bobbie Chase (DC VP talent development), Denis Kitchen (cartoonist/publisher/agent, The Best of Comix Book), Derf Backderf (cartoonist, Trashed, My Friend Dahmer), and Ed Luce (cartoonist, Wuvable Oaf) offer a look at the extraordinary events that transformed them from comics fan to comic industry heroes!

Friday July 22, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 9

6:00pm

Spies, Vixens, and Masters of Kung Fu
Paul Gulacy (The Rook) discusses his 40-plus years in the comics industry with moderator Steve Mattsson (Superboy & the Ravers). Hear about Paul's work on classic characters like Shang Chi, Sabre, Batman, James Bond, Sci-Spy, Catwoman, and G.I. Joe. See behind-the-scenes examples of Paul's technique: layouts, pencils, inks, fully rendered colors, and painting.

Friday July 22, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 4
 
Saturday, July 23
 

10:00am

Eisner, Kurtzman, Schulz, and Feiffer: Visualizing A Legacy
Paul Levitz (New York Times bestselling author, Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel; educator, comics historian), Charles Kochman (editorial director, Abrams ComicArts), Denis Kitchen (author, The Art of Harvey Kurtzman; cartoonist, publisher), and Chip Kidd (author, Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts; graphic designer, editor) discuss why books about Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman, Charles Schulz, and Jules Feiffer were all nominated for Eisner Awards this year.

Saturday July 23, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 4

10:30am

Spotlight on Kate Beaton
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 12, 01:31PM
Kate Beaton is the cartoonist behind 2015's New York Times bestseller Step Aside, Pops, as well as the wildly popular website Hark! A Vagrant. Beaton has taken the world by storm with her incisive, carefully researched, and often hilarious takes on history, literature, and pop culture. Hillary Chute (editor of Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists and Disaster Drawn: Visual Witness, Comics and Documentary Form) will lead a conversation with Beaton.

Saturday July 23, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 5AB

11:00am

Spotlight on Daniel Clowes
Appearing at Comic-Con International for the first time in 15 years, influential cartoonist Daniel Clowes (Ghost World, Wilson) is joined by editor and friend Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics) to discuss his career beginnings, Hollywood, and his newest New York Times bestselling graphic novel, Patience.

Saturday July 23, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 28DE

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

11:45am

Quick Draw!
It's still the fastest, funniest panel in the whole convention! Once again, your Quick Draw Quizmaster Mark Evanier pits three super-speedy cartoonists against one another as they go mano a mano and Sharpie-to-Sharpie to create great cartoon art right before your very eyes. Competing this year are (as usual) Sergio Aragonés (MAD magazine, Groo the Wanderer) and Scott Shaw! (The Simpsons), and they're joined by Keith Knight (The K Chronicles) plus a couple of surprising surprises!

Saturday July 23, 2016 11:45am - 1:00pm
Room 6BCF

12:00pm

Overstreet: 46 and Counting Let's Get Serious
Expert collectors, dealers, historians, and creators discuss what makes reading and collecting comics so great, and how The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide has played a major role in fandom. Find out what's coming up in the months ahead from staffers J. C. Vaughn and Mark Huesman, along with contributors Maggie Thompson (former Comics Buyer's Guide editor), Gary M. Carter (former Guide editor, CBM founder), Ed Catto (Bonfire Agency), Steve Borock (CBCS), and Matt Nelson (CCS).

Saturday July 23, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 9

12:30pm

Spotlight on Jeff Smith
Twenty-five years after the first black-and-white issue of the self-published comic book Bone appeared on comic shop shelves, and over a decade since the concluding chapter, comes a new (and completely superfluous) adventure featuring the Bone cousins in Bone Coda! Jeff Smith discusses the 25th Anniversary of Bone, followed by a reading of the new tale.

Saturday July 23, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 8

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

Comics Arts Conference #11: Focus on Trina Robbins
Comics Arts Conference special guest Trina Robbins is a writer, cartoonist, and comics herstorian. A leader in the feminist underground comix movement with her landmark It Ain't Me, Babe Comix and co-founding of the Wimmen's Comix Collective, Robbins is also a renowned chronicler of the history of women in comics. Her work includesThe Great Women Superheroes, Pretty In Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013, and The Brinkley Girls: The Best of Nell Brinkley's Cartoons from 1913-1940. Robbins, a Will Eisner Hall of Fame inductee, has also written Wonder Woman: The Once and Future Story, Honey West, GoGirl! and contributed to Sensation Comics and Girl Comics. Her latest opus, The Complete Wimmen's Comix, collects every issue of this first continuing all-woman produced comic book anthology. Jennifer K. Stuller (Ink-Stained Amazon, GeekGirlCon) moderates.

Saturday July 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 26AB

1:00pm

Spotlight on Pokémon Adventures Creators
The creative team behind VIZ Media's Pokémon Adventures manga, Hidenori Kusaka (writer) and Satoshi Yamamoto (artist), will lead this special panel presentation. Attendees will be treated to a sneak peek into this duo's unique working relationship and some insight into the process behind the creation of the bestselling manga based on the blockbuster Pokémon video games. Attendees will receive a limited-edition poster.

Saturday July 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

1:00pm

The Kids Comics Revolution
The kids' comics industry has changed drastically in the last decade, with more kids than ever starting to read comics. Authors Emily Carroll (Through the Woods), John Patrick Green (Hippoptamister), Noelle Stevenson (Nimona), G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel), and Gene Luen Yang (National Ambassador for Young People's Literature) discuss how and why that change has happened and what's so awesome about it. Moderated by Tracy Brown (LA Times Hero Complex).

Saturday July 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 29AB

1:00pm

Cartoon Voices 1
Each year, moderator Mark Evanier gathers together a bevy of the most talented cartoon voice actors working today and invites them to explain and demonstrate their artistry! This year's lineup includes Phil LaMarr (Samurai Jack, Futurama), Brian T. Delaney (Mad, Halo 5: Guardians), Georgie Kidder (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Goldie and Bear), Gregg Berger (The Garfield Show, Transformers), Julianne Buescher (The Muppets, Sid the Science Kid), and Jim Meskimen (Avengers Assemble, MAD).

Saturday July 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 6BCF

1:45pm

2:00pm

Spotlight on Derf Backderf
Angoulême Prize-winner Derf Backderf appears in conversation with Tom Spurgeon (The Comics Reporter) about Derf's long career in comics, from failed political cartoonist to alt-weekly staple, to graphic novels about punk rockers, Jeffrey Dahmer, and garbagemen.

Saturday July 23, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 4

2:00pm

Spotlight on Jamie McKelvie
Artist Jamie McKelvie 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, Kieron Gillen? No one, that's who.

Saturday July 23, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 7AB

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

Marvel: Cup O'Joe
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 20, 08:36AM
Join us for this Convention favorite! Here is your chance to Q&A with Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, for this no-holds-barred panel on everything Marvel. Got a question about a favorite hero? Want to hear the latest developments on Marvel’s Star Wars or Marvel NOW! titles? This panel has you covered! Featuring VP of International Development C.B. Cebulski and Director of Content & Character Development Sana Amanat, along with Jason Aaron (Star Wars, Doctor Strange), Kieron Gillen (Darth Vader), Nick Spencer (Captain America), and other Mighty Marvel Guests!

Saturday July 23, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6A

3:00pm

Spotlight on Jennifer Hayden
From Underwire to the webcomics S'Crapbook and Rushes to her Eisner-nominated masterwork The Story of My Tits, Jennifer Hayden has embraced a comics narrative that goes beyond the personal to the visceral. An artist, a musician, a wife and mother, a goddess: Hayden synthesizes many roles into a single, distinctive style. Join her in a discussion of how these roles transmute into art. Moderated by Karen Green.

Saturday July 23, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 9

3:00pm

Spotlight on Tsutomu Nihei
With more than 20 years of experience Japanese comicker Tsutomu Nihei has radically changed the perspective of manga globally. With his unique artistic designs and expansive worlds seen in works such as Biomega and Knights of Sidonia, he has redefined Japanese science fiction. To honor the rerelease of his groundbreaking work Blame! Nihei will sit down with his publishers Vertical and Kodansha for an interview, followed by a Q&A session with his many international fans.

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

3:30pm

Celebrating 40 Years of Fantagraphics
Now in their 40th year of publishing groundbreaking alternative comics, come hear the story of how it all began from founder Gary Groth, associate publisher Eric Reynolds and cartoonists Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, Daniel Clowes, and Simon Hanselmann.

Saturday July 23, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 26AB

4:00pm

Spotlight on Noelle Stevenson
Comic-Con special guest Noelle Stevenson, author of Nimona and co-creator of Lumberjanes, chats with Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes) about comics, cartoons, heroes, villains, queer teens, free will, first crushes, and probably more than a few tangents about mountaineering and extinct animals. This one-on-one interview will be followed by a Q&A session.

Saturday July 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 23ABC

4:00pm

Vigilante Justice
Tales of regular people taking the law into their own hands have been a staple of comics from the beginning. Our favorite heroes are often driven to the edge, leaving the audience to simultaneously empathize with and reject their actions. Comic-Con special guests Jason Aaron (Southern Bastards), Rafael Albuquerque (Batgirl), Mike Baron (The Punisher), Paul Gulacy (Jonah Hex) and Hope Larson (Batgirl) discuss with moderator by Vince Hernandez (Aspen Comics) what it takes to really serve up vigilante justice!

Saturday July 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 29AB

4:00pm

Oddball Comics Live!
UPDATED: Sat, Jul 09, 04:34PM
Cartoonist Scott Shaw! (Captain Carrot And His Amazing Zoo Crew!, Sonic The Hedgehog, Simpsons Comics, Annoying Orange) once again presents his uniquely hilarious slideshow of "the craziest comic books ever published!" Once you've seen this mind-roasting presentation-which has played to standing room only crowds in San Diego for the better part of four decades-you'll never forget such covers as those of the "crotch-centric" issues of Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane, those with someone getting slapped with a "fish-in-the-face," and those Silver Age issues of Batman and Detective Comics with "Robin-in-the-corner"! Scott promises, "My hilarious presentation is for everyone who's enjoyed reading a comic book, whether as an avid collector or as a young patient in a dentist's office-in fact, even for people who have never read a single comic book in their life to join me for a trip through the secret history of comic books, using the most outrageous and bizarre covers of all time. Even if you've seen my acclaimed slideshow presentation many times before, when you see their covers blown up to the size of the side of a barn, you'll be amazed and delighted at the unbelievable imagery that's revealed!" See for yourself why Marvel Comic's Stan Lee calls Scott's show "the wildest, wackiest exposé of some of the craziest comic books I've ever seen!"

Saturday July 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Room 7AB

4:30pm

That 70's Panel
It was a time of change in comics with a new generation intermingling with the old and taking command. Hear what it was like from Howard Chaykin (American Flagg, Black Kiss), Paul Gulacy (Master of Kung Fu, Sabre), Elliott S! Maggin (Superman, Green Arrow), Marv Wolfman (Tomb of Dracula, The New Teen Titans), and moderator Mark Evanier (Groo the Wanderer, Blackhawk).

Saturday July 23, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Room 5AB

5:00pm

Spotlight on Babs Tarr
Babs Tarr and Brenden Fletcher will go over Babs' career before comics, Batgirl, and their upcoming project Motor Crush! Join them for some chitchat and some laughs! Babs may even give away a sketch at the end.

Saturday July 23, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 29AB

5:00pm

Spotlight on Mike Baron
Mike Baron will discuss the origins of the comics series Nexus and Badger and talk about his recent work, with an emphasis on his horror and crime novels. He may recite "The Ballad of Garrison Gland."

Saturday July 23, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 4

6:00pm

Spotlight on Jonathan Case
Comic-Con special guest and Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Jonathan Case (The New Deal) presents an in-depth look at creating and publishing your first graphic novel. Explore one book's tumultuous journey from conception to delivery as Case offers anecdotes about the creation and promotion of his first book, Dear Creature (returning to print this fall as a deluxe hardcover from Dark Horse Comics).

Saturday July 23, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 9
 
Sunday, July 24
 

10:00am

Rube Goldberg: A) Inventive B) Cartoon C) Genius
Celebrate the genius of Rube Goldberg with his granddaughter Jennifer George, Charles Kochman (editorial director, Abrams ComicsArts), Sergio Aragonés (cartoonist, Groo the Wanderer), and special panelists who knew Rube or were inspired by his work, as they share stories of the legendary cartoonist's life and career. Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) was best known for his comical inventions that use overly complicated chain reactions to complete simple tasks. See home movies and rare and never-before-seen images from the family's archives, including his very first published drawings from his high school newspaper, his iconic inventions, rare comic strips, and advertising work, to his Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoons and later sculpture.

Sunday July 24, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29AB

10:00am

Jack Kirby Tribute Panel
Each year, time is set aside to talk about Comic-Con's first superstar guest and the man they call The King of the Comics, Jack Kirby. Jack left us in 1994 but his influence on comics, film, and this convention has never been greater. Discussing the man and his work this year are Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Kirby biographer Ray Wyman, Jr., Scott Dunbier (director of special projects, IDW Publishing), and attorney Paul S. Levine. Naturally, it's moderated by former Kirby assistant Mark Evanier.

Sunday July 24, 2016 10:00am - 11:15am
Room 5AB

11:00am

Guide to Illustrating Comics
You love comics, but are you fan enough to make comics? The comiXologist podcast crew Tia Vasiliou and Matt Kolowski they discuss the triumphs, sorrows, tricks, and craft of illustrating comics with an amazing lineup of talented artists and cartoonists, including Derf Backderf (cartoonist, Trashed, My Friend Dahmer), Megan Levens (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 10), Denis Kitchen (cartoonist/publisher/agent, The Best of Comix Book), Cara McGee (Over the Garden Wall), and Shannon Wheeler (The New Yorker, Too Much Coffee Man). What's the hardest thing to draw? What inspires their work? Who are the artists they admire most? How can artists also write in comics?

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

11:00am

Spotlight on Cece Bell
Cece Bell (El Deafo) discusses the inspiration for her autobiographical graphic novel, the behind-the-scenes decision-making involved in its creation, and its reception by both deaf and hearing readers. Susan Van Metre (editor, Abrams), who edited the book and was a major player in its development, moderates the discussion.

Sunday July 24, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 4

11:00am

Spotlight on Matt Fraction
Matt Fraction is the co-creator of Sex Criminals, Casanova, ODY-C, and Satellite Sam and past writer of Hawkeye, Thor, and a host of other acclaimed books for Marvel. Moderator David Brothers joins Matt in conversation, with an eye toward Matt's experience building a career in the creative arena (including lessons learned and being smart about your work).

Sunday July 24, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 7AB

11:30am

Cartoon Voices II
Yesterday's Cartoon Voices panel will have been such a hit that they'll have to do another one with different, but equally talented actors from the world of animation voicing. Once again, moderator Mark Evanier has assembled an all-star dais that will include Dee Bradley Baker (Phineas and Ferb, Family Guy), Vicki Lewis (Rugrats, Finding Nemo), Fred Tatasciore (The Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness), Trevor Devall (Guardians of the Galaxy, Kid vs. Kat), and Debby Derryberry (Monster High, F is for Family), and maybe someone else.

Sunday July 24, 2016 11:30am - 12:45pm
Room 6A

12:00pm

Spotlight on Ed Luce
Wuvable Oaf burst onto the San Francisco indie comics scene in 2008 and the fur has been flying ever since. Creator Ed Luce and moderator Sina Grace (Not My Bag, Self-Obsessed) chat about all things Wuvable, from kitties to music to the future of this larger than life queer character.

Sunday July 24, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 4

1:00pm

Hank Green Does What You Want Him To Do
Hank Green, co-creator of SciShow, Crash Course, VidCon, the Internet Creator's Guild, and Vlogbrothers just wants to hang out and talk. Ideally, the conversations will be in his areas of expertise, which include chemistry, creator economies, Snapchat, They Might Be Giants, contemplating mortality, and the pronunciation of .GIF. Please come, he's bringing presents.

Sunday July 24, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 4

1:00pm

Historical Comics
Derf Backderf (My Friend Dahmer), Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant), and Chester Brown (Louis Riel) have produced a body of work that, between them, is wholly unique and visionary. Their efforts have brought to life the Middle Ages, key moments of Canadian history, and the adolescence of a complex and notorious killer. Calvin Reid (senior news editor at Publishers Weekly) leads a discussion on researching and writing comics inspired by history.

Sunday July 24, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 28DE

1:45pm

Spotlight on Ed McGuinness
With a dynamic and instantly recognizable style, veteran comic book artist Ed McGuinness (Spider-Man/Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy) has become a fan-favorite and an industry icon. This special interview/Q&A session/presentation, moderated by Marvel editor Devin Lewis, will fill you in on just what goes on in the mind of one of the best action comic book artists in the biz today!

Sunday July 24, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Room 5AB

2:00pm

Cover Story
What does it take to make a great cover for a comic book? Ask four of the top artists, all folks who've created some of the best. Come hear the "shop talk" of Jonathan Case (Batman '66, The New Deal), Howard Chaykin (American Flagg, Black Kiss), Babs Tarr (Batgirl, Sailor Moon), Paul Gulacy (Sabre, Master of Kung Fu), and Scott Shaw! (Captain Carrot, The Simpsons). Moderated by Mark Evanier.

Sunday July 24, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 25ABC

2:00pm

Image Comics: Tomorrow's Comics Today
What do mainstream comics look like? What appeals to "the average reader"? Bryan Lee O'Malley and Leslie Hung (Snotgirl), Jamie McKelvie (The Wicked + The Divine), Brandon Thomas (Horizon), and Jim Zub (Wayward) are making books that appeal to anyone and everyone and are redefining the idea of mainstream comics in the process.

Sunday July 24, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 7AB

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

3:00pm

They Shoot Black People, Don't They?
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 18, 01:52PM
Comic-Con special guest Keith Knight (the Knight Life, the K Chronicles) will perform an abbreviated version of his award-winning cartoon slideshow presentation documenting 25 years of police brutality cartoons in the U.S. Winner of a Belle Foundation Grant and an NAACP History Maker Award.

Sunday July 24, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 7AB

3:00pm

Business of Cartoon Voices
Interested in a career doing voices for animation and video games? There are plenty of people around who'll take your money and tell you how to go about it, but here's 90 minutes of absolutely free advice from folks who work in the field. Come hear cartoon voice actor Dee Bradley Baker and Debby Derryberry, talent agent Paul Doherty (Cunningham-Escott-Slevin-Doherty), and others, along with your moderator, voice director Mark Evanier (The Garfield Show).

Sunday July 24, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Room 25ABC