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Thursday, July 21
 

10:00am

DC Collectibles
Action figures, statues, busts, PVC figures-DC Collectibles has them all and more! Join the DC Collectibles crew, including VP creative services Kevin Kiniry, director creative services Jim Fletcher and a few surprise panelists, to hear how they come up with so many great products, and what's coming up from comics' top makers of awesome collectibles!

Thursday July 21, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 9

10:00am

From Fan to Creator: Goal-Setting for Creative Types
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 18, 03:12PM
Which side of the convention table do you want to be on: fan or creator? And what's keeping you from getting there? What's holding you back? If you're having trouble starting or finishing your creative projects, you need to attend this fun and informative workshop, designed specifically for the Comic-Con crowd and back for its ninth year. Douglas Neff (Epic Win! The Geek's Guide to the Journey from Fan to Creator) will give you simple and proven techniques for setting, working on, and achieving your goals. And Chris Strompolos (Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation) will share what he learned completing his own thirty-year creative project—starring in the greatest fan film ever made.Whether you want to write your first novel, draw your own comic, or shoot your documentary film, tyou'll walk away from this workshop with the energy and tools you need to bring your dream to life.

Thursday July 21, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 23ABC

10:00am

Little Fish Comic Book Studio: Building The Artistic Tomorrow
San Diego's own, local Little Fish Comic Book Studio is proud to present a group of emerging San Diego talent discussing the unique comic work they've created under the mentorship of Klaus Janson (Dark Knight Returns, Superman). Join this exciting all-ages, all-abilities comic and manga art studio for this session moderated by Alonso Nunez (executive director, Little Fish Comic Book Studio) and featuring the brightest new talent around.

Thursday July 21, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 32AB

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 Dynamic World of Disney Comics
Disney Comics experts give you a sneak peek into how Disney's beloved movies and TV shows are transformed into digital and print comic books. Daron Nefcy (creator and executive producer, Star vs. the Forces of Evil), Gianfranco Cordara (vice president, global magazines & new IP, Disney Publishing Worldwide), Roberto Santillo (director, art development & academia Disney), Mike Siglain (creative director, Lucasfilm Publishing), and other panelists will share new comics based on Zootopia, Finding Dory, Frozen, Star Wars, Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and more.

Thursday July 21, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 28DE

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

10:00am

Comic-Con How-To: Plot Structure The Philosophy Behind Story Creation
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 11, 09:34AM
Before you start writing your story, you need a clear idea of where your story is going. Award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake gives you insight into the theory of story creation, generating a strong foundation for you to build upon and ensuring that readers will be captivated from the very first page. From why readers read stories, to understanding how stories must be created so readers will read yours, this class will help you understand the psychology of what it means to create stories for others, leaving your readers hungry for more. This is part one of this class.

Thursday July 21, 2016 10:00am - 11:15am
Room 2

10:30am

Comics Arts Conference #1: The Joker: Serious Study of the Clown Prince of Crime
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 13, 02:23PM
The Joker has menaced Batman for nearly 77 years. Since the Joker's first appearance in Batman #1 in 1940, he has appeared thousands of times in comics, films, video games, television series, toy aisles, and other arenas of mediated and material culture. While a powerful antagonist, the character is nevertheless fascinating to children and adults alike. Join the contributors to the first book-length scholarly study of the Joker as they ask why the Joker has become the most important and interesting supervillain in popular culture and what it is about the Joker that makes the character so iconic. Rob Weiner (Texas Tech University), Robert Peaslee (Texas Tech University), Travis Langley (Henderson State University), Hannah Means-Shannon (Dark Horse Comics), Len Wein (Batman) and Ryan Litsey (Texas Tech University) discuss the nature of the Joker, his history, and why Batman refuses to kill a character that causes so much misery to the citizens of Gotham.

Thursday July 21, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 26AB

10:30am

How to Get News Coverage
Small press publishers: What makes the difference between an item that will get news coverage, previews, and interviews and what doesn't? A lot of publishers have no idea what to submit to the press, how to submit it, and why they are being overlooked for coverage. Comics journalist Rik Offenberger (First Comics News, Archie Comics) moderates this panel on what it takes to get coverage, with the comic journalists themselves telling you what they are looking for. Panelists include Albert Ching (Comic Book Resources), Alex Raymond (Hollywood Gone Geek), Chris Thompson (Pop Culture Hound, Bleeding Cool), Francis Sky (First Comics News, Massacre Twins), Glenn Hauman (Comic Mix), Heidi MacDonald (The Beat), J. C. Vaughn (Gemstone Publishing), Jez Ibelle (First Comics News), Josh Waldrop (Red Gorilla), Tanya Tate (First Comics News, JustaLottaTanya), and Tim Chizmar (Fangoria, First Comics News). Independent comic creators Holly Golightly (Broadsword Comics), Josh Henaman (Bigfoot), and Michael Kingston (Headlock Comics) will explain what worked for them and what to avoid when looking for press coverage.

Thursday July 21, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 8

10:30am

Comic Book Law School 101: Genesis
Getting off on the right foot is key to traveling on the road to success. And this year's Comic Book Law School is designed to help you navigate the best possible route (and provide help in deciphering the map legend). Noted IP attorney Michael Lovitz, author of The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, offers the first of three interactive and informative programs, which this year will track the trials and tribulations of (fictional) client Fitzgerald Scott, a fledgling comic book writer, as he traverses the many stages involved in the creation, development, protection, and commercialization of his newest comic book creation, "Shylock Homer" a war-weary poet-turned-detective solving crimes and fighting off mythical creatures as he travels the globe with his colleague Dr. Ulysses in search of his long-lost family. This first installment will focus on "The Basics" in an effort to provide the necessary foundation needed for understanding the various intellectual property rights available to creators and business owners and will include insights on how to protect those rights, focusing on how best to safeguard ideas, creative works, characters, brands, and names, from genesis through publication and distribution, and beyond. Attendees are invited to participate in an interactive discussion about the rights provided under U.S. copyright and trademark laws, including a discussion on the protections these laws provide, the benefits of federal registrations for each, tips on working with collaborators, and issues of joint authorship and work-made-for-hire. Along the way, there will be plenty to learn about the protections available, as well as the numerous potential pitfalls, under the U.S. trademark and copyright systems. 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.]

Thursday July 21, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 30CDE

11:00am

Celebrate the Publishing World of Jim Henson's Labyrinth with Archaia
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Jim Henson's Labyrinth, publisher Archaia (an imprint of BOOM! Studios) has several books set to come out this year! Senior editor Sierra Hahn and artists Eric Powell (The Goon, Big Man Plans), Joëlle Jones (Spider-Woman, Lady Killer), and Jonathan Case (The New Deal, Batman '66) give fans a sneak peek into these titles, which include original comics, a children's storybook, and an artists' tribute collection. Moderated by Nerdist editor-in-chief Rachel Heine.

Thursday July 21, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 5AB

11:00am

Free Comic Book Day in the Library
How to run your own FCBD event in a library! This panel will cover the ins and outs of ordering FCBD books, discuss partnering with local stores, offer suggestions for programming and promotion, and discuss how to run this event on a shoestring budget. Free Comic Book Day is an international celebration of comics that has been happening on the first Saturday in May since 2002.

Thursday July 21, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library

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

This Week in Marvel: Live
Marvel's official weekly flagship podcast comes to Comic-Con for a special episode that may or may not include guests, secrets, news, free stuff, arm wrestling, guitar solos, and more!

Thursday July 21, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

11:00am

Top Shelf Productions: Live!
Now an imprint of IDW Publishing, the tastemakers at Top Shelf are busier than ever bringing you their trademark blend of gorgeous art, storytelling charm, and literary sophistication. Marketing director Leigh Walton and design director Chris Ross offer a tour of Top Shelf's latest and greatest. Benjamin Frisch makes a head-spinning debut with The Fun Family, the Lost Mountain Mechanicals blend history with dieselpunk action-adventure in The Jekyll Island Chronicles, Koren Shadmi explores the dark side of digital dating in Love Addict, and much more! Plus: great news for Alan Moore fans and Korgi lovers.

Thursday July 21, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 28DE

11:15am

Comic-Con How-To: Graphic Novels from Idea to Finish with Brian Haberlin
Learn how to take your idea and make a graphic novel, using Brian Haberlin's graphic novels Shifter, Anomaly, and Faster Than Light as test cases. Subjects will include idea to script, page format, panel layout, art style considerations, distribution, printing and more.

Thursday July 21, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Room 2

11:30am

DC All Access: No Boundaries
DC Comics is always pushing the envelope. Find out what's new and upcoming from across the Digital spectrum to the world of DC Rebirth with key contributors whose unique voices add to the DC Comics experience!

Thursday July 21, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 6DE

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

11:30am

Comics Arts Conference #2: Comics, Place, and Space
Patricia Ayala (University of Colima) explores how the landscape of comics reflects the author's inner world and the elements that comics creators use to pull readers into each frame of story. Melissa Archibald (California State University, Long Beach) argues that the artistic representation of Metropolis challenges the popular trope of American cities as places of depravity and hopelessness by conceptualizing Metropolis as a place of progress. Chris Murray (University of Dundee) sees commentary on American culture in the works of British pop artists and examines the relationship between their art and comics in terms of content, political critique, and graphic design.

Thursday July 21, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 26AB

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

Getting Into Comics and Staying There
"Breaking into comics" panels are among the most popular panels at comic conventions throughout the country. Aspiring writers and artists are as in-demand with publishers as social media wizards and Excel-loving number crunchers. Listen to the origin stories of Jim Zub (Wayward, Thunderbolts), Felipe Smith (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, All-New Ghost Rider), Caitlin Kittredge (Lucas Stand, Coffin Hill), Dan Mora (Klaus, Hexed), and Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, C.O.W.L.), and the behind-the-scenes professionals they work with to make the comics you love to read! Moderated by BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon and editor Dafna Pleban.

Thursday July 21, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 28DE

12:00pm

IDW & The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Present Crossover: Where Comics & Science Meet
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 13, 10:46AM
Diehard fans know comics aren't just picture books for children and geeky adults. Comics have a long history of addressing complex issues, from science lab accidents to ethics, moral issues, and social justice. This panel will look at the art, science, and technology featured in some of their favorite comics and answer questions like: How do writers develop the stories? Are they communicating realistic scientific concepts? Could comics writers be predicting in the future of science and technology? Join us as Chris Ryall (editor-in-chief at IDW), Chris Mowry (writer, Godzilla comics), Sarah Gaydos (group editor at IDW), Dean Kamen (entrepreneur and engineer), Matt Grob (EVP and CTO, Qualcomm), Dr. Ronald Coleman (researcher, The Scripps Research Institute) discuss the true science behind comics and science fiction.

Thursday July 21, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 9

12:00pm

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Mycroft
NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar makes a special appearance at Comic-Con to launch his new comic book, Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook, which debuts exclusively at SDCC with a special variant cover. This exciting series is a brand new standalone comic book adventure that uncovers the secrets of the elder Holmes brother. Join series artist Joshua Cassara (The Troop) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on stage for an hour of exclusives and insider reveals. Each audience member will receive an exclusive show art card.

Thursday July 21, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 5AB

12:00pm

The Comixologist Traveling Podcast Party
The comiXologist podcast crew Tia Vasiliou and Matt Kolowski are hitting the road to help everyone find their next favorite comic book! They've brought along some surprise guests for this live edition of the show! There's a comic out there for everyone and they have enlisted comics pros Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Young Avengers) and Hope Nicholson (publisher, Bedside Press) to help you find the series that's right for you!

Thursday July 21, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

12:00pm

The Pitching Hour
Kevin Burke and Chris "Doc" Wyatt (producers, Ultimate Spider-Man), Derek Hoffman (VP, Donner Co.), Jaime Burke, (executive producer, Quantum Break), Lindsay Rostal (VP, The Odd Gentlemen), Carina Schulze (president, Chatrone), Jennie Kong (pr strategist), a surprise guest or two and moderator Dan Evans III (VP, DC Entertainment) will take an idea from conception through production for various media. This process will include creating a pitch document, obtaining agents, and getting a pitch meeting. The panelists will explain, through hypothetical example and humorous stories, the process that new creators should adapt to make their way through the creative battleground of the entertainment industry. Knowing that each project is unique, there will be a Q&A to allow the audience to really hone in on the solutions to obstacles they may encounter. Also on hand will be Brendan McFeely (IP lawyer, Kane Kessler) to give creators insight on protecting their ideas as they navigate Hollywood.

Thursday July 21, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 7AB

12:00pm

Welcome to the Whedonverse
Dark Horse's continuations of Joss Whedon's cult favorites (Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel & Faith) remain some of the most-talked-about comics in the industry. Dark Horse is giving you an exclusive chance to hear all there is to tell about the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 and what's in store for Serenity from the series' top talent, with Buffy Season 10 writer Christos Gage, Buffy the High School Years Kel McDonald, and surprise guests for some big news!

Thursday July 21, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 23ABC

12:30pm

The Business of Creativity: Can Comics Find the Balance?
During his tenure as publisher and president of DC Comics and later as a board member of BOOM! Studios, Paul Levitz oversaw an influx of creator-driven concepts (Watchmen, Sandman, The Dark Knight, Lumberjanes) and imprints (Vertigo, Milestone, WildStorm) within the framework of traditional and untraditional corporate ownership models. Levitz discusses his experience and insights on a range of topics shaping the comics industry in the big media era with Rob Salkowitz (Forbes).

Thursday July 21, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 4

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

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

CBLDF: She Changed Comics
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 13, 05:21PM
Meet the women whose work changed what’s possible for free expression in comics! From the turn of the 20th century to today, women comics creators have inspired today’s landscape of increasingly diverse and empowering comics storytelling. Join CBLDF Editorial Director Betsy Gomez; contributors Casey Gilly and Caitlin McCabe; Ramona Fradon (Aquaman, Brenda Starr), Wendy Pini (Elfquest), and other female comics creators for an examination of the women who changed the format!

Thursday July 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 30CDE

1:00pm

From Concepts to Comics: A Conversation About Editing in the Comics Industry
BOOM! Studios managing editor Bryce Carlson and editor Eric Harburn lead a discussion on the roles editors can play in the comics industry with James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, The Backstagers), Mairghread Scott (Toil and Trouble, Transformers: Windblade), Hope Larson (Goldie Vance, Compass South), Simon Spurrier (Weavers, Cry Havoc), Pat McHale (Over the Garden Wall), and Adam Smith (Long Walk to Valhalla). They'll explore the differences between working with and without an editor, working at an indie publisher or at the Big Two, and how editors can partner with talent to put creators' vision to paper.

Thursday July 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 28DE

1:00pm

Marvel: Breaking Into Comics the Marvel Way
Are you a writer or artist? Ever dream of working for Marvel? Do you find yourself thinking, "I could do that if I knew how?" Well, here's your chance! Join talent scout Rickey Purdin and a host of Marvel talent to find out how to get your foot in the door and make your job Marvel.

Thursday July 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 25ABC

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

The Simpsons and SpongeBob Smile-Time Hour
Creative director Nathan Kane and managing editors Terry Delegeane and Chris Duffy join forces for a tour de farce of the best humor comics in the business. Meet some of the Bongo and United Plankton artists who tickle your four-color funnybone and find out what's in stores in the months to come! Room 23ABC

Thursday July 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 23ABC

1:00pm

Comics Arts Conference #3: Comics and Latin America
Award-winning writer and CAC special guest Trina Robbins (Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013) looks at how two women, Lily Renee and Tarpe Mills, presented their Brazilian fantasies to the North American public in the form of adventure strips starring capable, glamorous heroines. Braeden Jones (University of Iowa) demonstrates how contemporary artists recontextualize and reappropriate images, motifs, and themes from historical sources, and compares external artistic influence on Latin America to historical conquest. Nicole Larrondo (Brown University) takes this scholarly journey to Chile, where the comic format is a helpful tool for teaching history, and speculates on the challenges of having the state as the primary support for an artistic form.

Thursday July 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 26AB

2:00pm

Comic Book Women: Understanding Coloring and Lettering in Comics
Learn what colorists and letterers do and why they're so important, and walk away with some tips and tricks from pros Kelly Fitzpatrick (Bitch Planet, Neverboy), Maria Victoria Robado (Jem & the Holograms), Christy Sawyer (Dark Horse, Zenescope), Lea Hernandez (Teen Titans Go!, My Little Pony). Moderated by Amy Chu (writer, Poison Ivy, publisher, Alpha Girl Comics).

Thursday July 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 28DE

2:00pm

Comics and Animation Story Boards
Lissa Treiman (Giant Day, Zootopia, Big Hero 6, Wreck-It Ralph, Tangled), Natalie Nourigat (Deadpool #250, A Boy & A Girl), Bob Scott (Molly and the Bear, Peanuts, U.S. Acres, Incredibles, Monsters, Inc.), Jeff Ranjo (Where Is Dead Zero?, Poop Jelly, Dark Horse Presents, Moana), Brian Kesinger (Groot, Otto and Victoria, Lil Kylo, Moana, Zootopia), and Manu Arenas (Yaxin the Faun, Moana, Zootopia, The Gruffalo) discuss comics and animation: two visual storytelling artforms that bring the passion and storytelling skills from one medium to the other and attract the same type of creator. Join Walt Disney Animation Studios artists who have made the journey from comics to animation and animation to comics as they share their stories and learn about the crossover skill-sets that have allowed them to dip their hands into both rich, vibrant mediums.

Thursday July 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 25ABC

2:00pm

DC: One-On-One with Paul Dini
The superstar bestselling writer and co-creator of Harley Quinn returns to San Diego for an all-access and in-depth discussion. From his early days on the Batman Animated TV show to heart-wrenching Dark Night: A True Batman Story to all things in between, be here for this exclusive panel that will give you insight to one of the genre's most influential people.

Thursday July 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 6DE

2:00pm

Digital Color for Comics
Nearly every print and digital comic is in full color, but do you know how your favorite comic books are colored? Learn about the creative art of comic book coloring as Hi-Fi's Brian Miller (Harley Quinn & Her Gang of Harleys) and Kristy Miller (Scooby Apocalypse) demonstrate the step-by-step transformation of a comic book page from black and white to full color. Learn the basics of flatting, rendering, color holds and special effects, along with top digital coloring tips. A Q&A session is included.

Thursday July 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 30CDE

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

2:00pm

IDW and Hasbro: The Revolution is Now
This fall, Transformers, G.I. JOE, ROM, Micronauts, and M.A.S.K. are drawn together and nothing at IDW will ever be the same! Take a stand with universe-builders Cullen Bunn, Christos Gage, Mairghread Scott, Brandon Easton, Chris Ryall, John Barber, Aubrey Sitterson, David Hedgecock, and Hasbro's Michael Kelly. Get a free Revolution preview comic, just for showing up!

Thursday July 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 9

2:00pm

Image Comics: Creating the Zeitgeist
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 12, 09:48AM
Comics are more popular than ever, and it's all thanks to creators who are bringing their passions, interests, and original ideas to the medium. Chynna Clugston Flores (Blue Monday), Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine), Marjorie Liu (Monstress), and a few more surprise guests are making comics cooler, story by story.

Thursday July 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 23ABC

2:00pm

The 2000 AD Thrill-Power Hour
The galaxy's greatest comic celebrates its 2,000th issue and the impending 40th anniversary with a special panel. Superstar artists Jock and Lee Garbett, plus Judge Dredd writer Rob Williams, are on hand for an hour of 2000 AD announcements, chat, and laughs!

Thursday July 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 29AB

2:30pm

Comics Arts Conference #4: Latin American Comic Arts: Dialogues and Perspectives from Chilean Artists and Critics
In a series of concise presentations, Chilean comics writers, artists, publishers, and critics will provide insight into one of South America's most effervescent arts, discussing current comics production and how it intersects with topics of race, gender, national (alternative) history, and the international world of comics. Gonzalo Martinez (Road Story), Francisco Ortega (Mocha Dick), Gabriel Rodriguez (Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland), Miguel Angel Ferrada (Arcano IV), Bernadita Labourdette (Varua Rapa Nui), Maria Jose Barros (Corazon de Obsidiana), Carlos Reyes (Los años de Allende), and Rodrigo Elgueta (Los años de Allende) will present multidisciplinary approaches to current comic production in Chile, questioning recurring themes at visual and narrative levels, as well as providing insight into the local Chilean publishing industry and issues relating to artistic styles and the place of female comic creators within the current market. This panel will be presented in Spanish. Handouts will be provided with English translations of each presentation. The Q&A session will be interpreted as needed by panel moderators Sam Cannon (The University of Texas at Austin) and James Staig (The University of Texas at Austin).

Thursday July 21, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 26AB

2:30pm

comiXology Ask Me Anything
ComiXology, Amazon's premier digital comic shopping and reading platform, spills the beans on everything you wanted to know about digital comics, publishing, and more! Want to know about comiXology Unlimited, the new monthly subscription service? Come to this panel. Want to know more about how to get your comic up on comiXology Submit? This is your panel. Featuring comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger, comiXology communications guru Chip Mosher, and the comiXologist podcast crew Tia Vasiliou and Matt Kolowski.

Thursday July 21, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 8

2:30pm

Warhammer 40,000 Panel
This is the world-exclusive first look at Titan's much hyped new Warhammer 40,000 comic book series, based in the staggeringly popular dark science fiction universe from Games Workshop. Join Warhammer 40,000 writer George Mann (Dark Souls, Doctor Who), and editor Andrew James for a jam-packed panel spotlighting the hotly anticipated comic launch in October. Be the first to see exclusive art by Tazio Bettin and Enrica Angiolini from the comic and upcoming plans for the series. Each attendee will receive an exclusive gift!

Thursday July 21, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 4

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

3:00pm

Snoopy for President: Politics in Peanuts
Explore the world of politics through Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts comic strip. Hear about Charlie Brown, Linus, and Pigpen's humorous and endearing presidential campaigns and Snoopy's short-lived term as Head Beagle. Discover why "happiness is the best policy" through Hallmark's 1968 "Snoopy for President" sales campaign and how Schulz utilized his Peanuts characters to support numerous presidential initiatives.

Thursday July 21, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 32AB

3:00pm

We Need Diverse Comics
Authors Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina), Ben Hatke (Mighty Jack), Nilah Magruder (M.F.K.), Raina Telgemeier (Ghosts), and Ron Wimberly (Prince of Cats) discuss the current state of diversity in the comics industry, what's changed over the past decade, and what changes still need to happen. Moderated by Petra Mayer (NPR).

Thursday July 21, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 9

3:15pm

DC Rebirth: Young Gotham/ Young Metropolis
Youth is served well as DC Comics' brightest heroes are the focus on this panel. Join the talented DC Rebirth creators of Batgirl (Rafael Albuquerque and Hope Larson), Batman Beyond (Bernard Chang and Dan Jurgens), Supergirl (Steve Orlando), Super-Sons (Jorge Jimenez), and Teen Titans (Jonboy Meyers) as a new generation of DC Comics heroes step into the spotlight.

Thursday July 21, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Room 6DE

3:30pm

The Eisner Effect on American Publishing
Throughout Will Eisner's life he was always thinking about the bigger picture of publishing, comics, and literature. Today his legacy continues through the efforts of editors at traditional houses, distribution companies, the American Library Association, and the Eisner Awards. Members of this panel will discuss the current and future environment of comics and graphic novels in the North American book market. Moderated by John Shableski (VP of sales UDON Entertainment and special projects, manager Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation). Panelists include Judy Hansen (literary agent), Jim Killen (buyer, Barnes & Noble), Charles Kochman (editor, Abrams ComicArts), and Caitlyn Zaksheske (high school librarian, 2015 ALA Eisner Grant winner).

Thursday July 21, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 26AB

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

3:30pm

Warcraft: The Road to Legion
A team of Blizzard Entertainment's veteran designers, writers, and artists talk about World of Warcraft: Legion, and the exciting content that will be leading up to its launch. The panelists include Alex Afrasiabi (creative director, World of Warcraft), Chris Robinson (senior art director, World of Warcraft), Matt Samia (senior creative director of brand marketing), and James Waugh (director of story & creative development). The panelists will also take part in a Q&A session, where you can ask all your burning questions about the Burning Legion.

Thursday July 21, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 6BCF

3:30pm

What Was Old is New Again: IDW's New Formats for Classic Comics
President of IDW Publishing Greg Goldstein brings together the stalwarts (or culprits) of the boom in archival publishing for details and announcements about the latest classic comic book collections! Joining Greg will be renowned comic book historian and editor Craig Yoe, IDW senior books editor Justin Eisinger, and IDW Artist Edition editor Scott Dunbier and one or two amazing surprise guests . IDW is home to some of the most beloved (and award-winning) collections in comics history, with more on the way. Free book for every attendee, plus other giveaways and prizes.

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

4:00pm

Be A Financial Superhero Even If You Aren't Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne
Do you dream about quitting your day job to pursue your passion of being an artist, writer, or professional in the industry? Are you already in the business and need help with figuring out how to budget between paid contracts, deal with taxes, get credit, or determine the best way to raise and save cash for future projects? Join Karen Martin (Force4Creatives, Art FORM), Sean Nisil (Sigdestad Financial), and Eric O'Connor (Land Home Financial Services) for a panel on superhero financial planning and best practices for artists, writers, industry professionals, and all others interested. The discussion will follow with a Q&A of industry guests including Chris Neuhahn (Dreamworks Animation, McSteed TV), Alonso Nunez (Little Fish Comic Book Studio), and Erin Pennell (Rare Hare Studio, Art FORM), who will talk about financial challenges and successes in their fields.

Thursday July 21, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

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

Essential Deserted Island Comics
So you're stranded on a deserted island. But good news: you can pick your favorite comics to get stuck with for the rest of your life! What essential comics will you be reading and rereading? You might know your own picks, but find out what some of comic's most exciting creators and tastemakers like Chris Roberson (co-creator, iZombie, writer,Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953), Jamal Igle (Molly Danger, Supergirl), Frank J. Barbiere (Avengers World, The Revisionist), and Deb Aoki (Publishers Weekly, Manga Comics Manga) picked as their absolute top favorite deserted island comics they can't live without! Moderated by the comiXologist podcast crew Tia Vasiliou and Matt Kolowski. This is a party game discussion no comics (or deserted island) fan can miss!

Thursday July 21, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 28DE

4:00pm

Geek's More Greatest Movies & TV Never Made: The Threequel
In the panel that wowed Comic-Con last year, take another look back at some of the greatest genre projects that never made it to the silver and small screens, ranging fromStar Trek: The Academy Years and The Beginning, two Trek prequels that were never produced to E.T. 2, David Lynch'sRonnie Rocket to James Cameron's Spider-Man, Buckaroo Banzai Vs. The World Crime League, Wolfgang Peterson's Batman Vs. Superman, and many more. The discussion will include filmmakers Ashley E. Miller (writer, Thor, X-Men: First Class), Charles de Lauzirika (Blade Runner Blu-ray, Twin Peaks Blu-ray), Steve Melching (writer, The Clone Wars, Star Wars: Rebels), Thomas P. Vitale (movie and TV producer and former Syfy executive), Mark A. Altman (The Fifty Year Mission, The Librarians), David E. Williams (Geek magazine), Luke Ryan (Chaotic Good), and moderator Glen C. Oliver (Ain't It Cool News).

Thursday July 21, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 23ABC

4:00pm

Marvel: Death of X
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 20, 08:28AM
One of the biggest questions coming out of the 8-month gap between Secret Wars and All-New All-Different Marvel has been, “What the heck happened between the X-Men and the Inhumans?” Join us for an exclusive look at new series DEATH OF X, plus the latest on all X-Men and Inhumans titles with Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, Marvel Talent Scout Rickey Purdin, as well as Cullen Bunn (Uncanny X-Men), Scott Koblish (Deadpool), and Tom Taylor (All-New Wolverine)!

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

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

4:00pm

The Forgotten Trio: Inkers, Letterers, and Colorists
Many people often think of the artist and the writer as the masterminds who bring us our weekly comics. However, much credit should go to the colorists, inkers and letterers who put in hours of work to bring us what we love. A lively discussion with Dave Lanphear (veteran DC and Marvel letterer), Joshua Reed (letterer for Aspen'sSoulfire and Fathom), Beth Sotelo (colorist for IDW, DC Comics, Aspen), Matt "Batt" Banning (DC Rebirth: Batman, Superman/Wonder Woman), and Jessica Tseang (comic book historian) about how the comic book industry can change, the importance of their work, a brief look into their daily lives, and how to break into the career. There will a Q&A for budding colorists, inkers, and letterers.

Thursday July 21, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 9

4:00pm

Top 10 Tips to Up Your Comics Art Game
You're a comics artist or you want to be. So how do you stand above the rest? In Andy Schmidt's 14-year career in comics as an editor (Marvel, IDW, Image titles) and a comics art educator at Comics Experience, he's seen every kind of artist you can imagine. Reilly Brown (Deadpool), comics artist and comics art instructor, has seen even more! From thousands of pages and pinups they have created a top 10 list of things that the strongest artists do to stand above the crowd. Todd Nauck will also be joining. They'll give you all 10 in this jaw-dropping panel.

Thursday July 21, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 30CDE

4:00pm

[CANCELLED] CBLDF Podcast Live: Banned Authors Speak Out
CANCELLED: Thu, Jul 21, 01:24PM
We regret to announce that this program has been cancelled.

Thursday July 21, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

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

4:30pm

Skybound's The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead franchise, Outcast), longtime artist of The Walking Dead Charlie Adlard, and Skybound Entertainment editorial director Sean Mackiewicz discuss all thingsThe Walking Dead and what's to come for the comics series as it approaches its 160th issue. This panel will be moderated by Jason Mantzoukas (The League, Brooklyn Nine-Nine).

Thursday July 21, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 6DE

4:30pm

The Zone Show: Underground 3-D Comics
The late Ray Zone was known as the "King of 3-D Comic Books," creating 3-D conversions for over 300 comics, including many underground books that he published under his banner "The 3-D Zone," featuring such artists as Robt. Williams, Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, and Basil Wolverton. Zone also hosted a Los Angeles cable-access TV show in the early 1980s where he interviewed many of his artist collaborators. Eric Kurland (CEO of 3-D Space) and Lawrence Kaufman (chairman of the National Stereoscopic Association) will be joined by several of Ray Zone's friends and colleagues to take a look a look at his 3-D underground work, including video interviews from The Zone Show, not seen in over 30 years and only recently discovered and digitized.

Thursday July 21, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 26AB

4:30pm

Vertigo
Find out where some of your favorite titles are heading, and be the first to hear about the new series on deck for the fall from comics' most innovative imprint.

Thursday July 21, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 8

4:30pm

Making Comics in the Library
Everything you need to know in order to run your own comic creation workshops! The panel will also provide tips and tricks for having comic book creators teach classes in the library, and discuss which computer programs and technology you can make available to patrons to help them make comics.

Thursday July 21, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library

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

Comic Book Women: Working with Licensed vs. Creator Owned Characters
What's the difference between creating original characters and playing in someone else's sandbox? Find out from these comic book pros who have worked both sides of the trenches: Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, X-Files), Sarah Gaydos (Star Trek, Batman Li'l Gotham), Mariah McCourt (True Blood, Angel), Barbara Randall Kesel (Hellboy, Sundown Crossroads), Sarah Kuhn (Barbie, Fresh Romance), Kel MacDonald (Misfits of Avalon, Buffy), and Ari Yarwood (Rick & Morty). Expect an hour of war stories and frank advice for new and established comics creators. Moderated by Casey Gilly (Comic Book Resources, Goners).

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

5:00pm

DC Master Class: Art History
Class is in session as some of the greatest artists in the industry take this panel to school with an in-depth look at their creative process! DC Entertainment is proud to spotlight these talented individuals for this exclusive, all-access look at what it's like drawing for DC Comics and Vertigo!

Thursday July 21, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 30CDE

5:00pm

Fandom Diversified: Changing Dynamics of Nerd Media
The world is entering a new renaissance in geekery. Now, more than ever, media personalities and journalists of color have a poignant and influential voice that resonates throughout nerd culture. From the Gamergate scandal to the advent of BlerdNation, both high and low points are heavily highlighted. This panel will talk to journalists and media personalities about meeting challenges head on, and how they are working to make change. They will get really real about the climate of nerddom today. Panelists includeValerie Complex (freelance writer), Jamie Broadnax (Black Girl Nerds), Rob Salkowitz (Forbes), Jen Yamato (Daily Beast), Cory Vincent (Nerdreactor), and Twitch stream gamer Amethyst Leon.

Thursday July 21, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

5:00pm

Making a Living in Manga: From Fan to Pro
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 13, 04:50PM
It's one thing to cosplay at a con and draw fan art, but how can you turn your passion for manga, anime, and cosplay into a real career? Get the real deal on what it takes to make the leap from fan to pro from people who know what it takes to succeed, as well as the common pitfalls to avoid. Lillian Diaz-Pryzbyl (head of comics, Sparkler Monthly), Christopher Butcher (director, Toronto Comic Arts Festival), Mark DeVera (publishing sales manager, VIZ Media), Misaki C. Kido (marketing director, Kodansha Advanced Media), Mari Morimoto (translator, Naruto), Marlene First (editor, VIZ Media), Maria Victoria Robado (artist/letterer/ colorist, Jem) and possibly a surprise guest or two talk about how they turned their passion for manga, anime, and cosplay into a career and what they look for when they're hiring artists, writers, and editors. Discussion will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Deb Aoki (Publishers Weekly, Anime News Network).

Thursday July 21, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 29AB

5:00pm

Queer History in Comics
Queer characters and narratives are finding their way into a popular growing genre of comics with historical themes and stories. However, writing about the lives of LGTBQ past can present a number of challenges for comics creators today. How do writers and artists create a complete and honest view of historical queer characters and their stories? How do we balance modern labels and values to best represent these characters, their experiences, and the periods they lived in? What tools are available for researching queer lifestyles throughout history? Join Prism Comics and moderator Josh Trujillo (Love Machines), Joseph Hawkins (director of the USC ONE Archive), and creators Kez Pagtakhan (Until the Last Dog Dies), Trina Robbins (The Complete Wimmen's Comix), and Emily Willis (Cassius) as they discuss their work, inspirations, and challenges in presenting LGBTQ history through comics.

Thursday July 21, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 28DE

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

5:00pm

Video Game Comics: Level Up
With Dark Horse, video game franchises found a foothold in comics. With a line of video game-related comics and deluxe art books, including the bestselling World of Warcraft: Chronicle, the publisher now works with the biggest studios and brands in the business. Dark Horse editor Ian Tucker is joined by representatives from DICE, 343 Studios, Microsoft, Blizzard, and BioWare for news and announcements on all your favorite video game tie-ins!

Thursday July 21, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 23ABC

5:00pm

Women of Color in Comics: Race, Gender & the Comic Book Medium
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 15, 03:51PM
The Women in Comics Collective, aka WinC (Pronounced 'Wink'), is an international organization that highlights the merit and craftwork of women working the comic book and multimedia industries. Their membership is comprised of artists, writers, educators, filmmakers, show producers, art gallery directors, cosplayers, game developers, bloggers, and toy makers. They have an on going panel discussion series that has traveled all over the country. This latest installment will focus on female and racial representation in comics, the fandom as well as the industry! Featured panelists are Vanee Matsalia-Smith (English professor, sci-fi writer, Black Girl Nerds contributor), Leen Isabel (artist, Girls Drawin' Girls, Pole Dancing Adventures, co-publisher at Dark Productions, GeekxGirls Cosplay Collective), Jay Justice (professional cosplayer and costumer, Marvel Comics), Kimberly Jesika (publicist, journalist at Huffington Post, publisher at Dollface Entertainment, animator), Ray Felix (artist, publisher, Bronx Heroes Comic Con founder), and Vita Ayala (writer, Black Mask Studios, DC Comics). The panel will be moderated by Regine L. Sawyer (coordinator and founder of The Women in Comics Collective, owner/writer at Lockett Down Productions).

Thursday July 21, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 25ABC

5:30pm

Cartoon Art Museum Family Drawing
Draw with the Cartoon Art Museum! Join this family-friendly workshop for parents and their children to learn how to draw cartoons together in this sampler of the Cartoon Art Museum's seasonal Parent + Child classes. Meet the museum's program coordinator Nina Taylor Kester and comics pro/teacher Matt Harding. Plus, take home art supplies courtesy of Sakura of America and Strathmore paper!

Thursday July 21, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 2

5:30pm

Dynamite Entertainment: The Art of the Deal
In 2004, Dynamite Entertainment exploded into the world of licensed comics with the release of fan-favorite Army of Darkness. Since that time, the little publisher that could has grown into the leading publisher that does. The company has become the industry leader in books based on film, television, video games, and more, with such diverse world-renowned brands as Atari, James Bond, Grumpy Cat, Bob's Burgers and so many more! Dynamite CEO/publisher Nick Barrucci, senior editor Joseph Rybandt, and surprise guests reveal the shape of comics to come!

Thursday July 21, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 8

5:30pm

Mormons in Comics
Theric Jepson (Monsters & Mormons, Redneck Eldritch) gives a history of Mormon writers and artists who have created comics over the past 100 years. Trevor Alvord (curator of contemporary Mormonism at the Harold B Lee Library, Brigham Young University) discusses how librarians/archivists can leverage comic art in their collections and shares the art he has commissioned at cons around the world by saying to artists: Draw what you think when you hear "Mormon."

Thursday July 21, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 4

5:45pm

Marvel's Luke Cage
The cast of the upcoming Netflix original series Marvel's Luke Cage make their first-ever appearance, answering questions and giving fans a look at exclusive footage from the highly anticipated series, ahead of its September 30 global debut on Netflix. Moderated by Jeph Loeb (executive producer and Marvel's Head of Television).

Thursday July 21, 2016 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Ballroom 20

5:45pm

The Core of Collecting
What makes something collectible? From scale replicas to the rising tide of tiny treasures, leading industry experts from Sideshow Collectibles, Gentle Giant, Loot Crate, Triforce, DC Collectibles, ThinkGeek, Weta Workshop Collectibles, and Dark Horse Deluxe dive into their process, reveal upcoming collectibles, and explore just how they navigate the vast sea of props, characters, vessels, and more to create the compelling collectibles we all crave. Moderated by Comic-Con HQ, this panel is a collector's paradise with special rewards for the biggest fans and an introduction from lifelong collector, Mark Hamill.

Thursday July 21, 2016 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Room 6DE

6:00pm

Being a Nerd for a Living: IGN Talks Movies, TV and Comics
Join the crew from IGN to hear how they turned their nerdy passions into careers, and then stick around for the fan Q&A. Panelists include editors Joshua Yehl (comics), Jim Vejvoda (movies), Terri Schwartz (movies/TV), Scott Collura (movies), Eric Goldman (TV), Alanah Pearce (toys & culture), and Naomi Kyle (host).

Thursday July 21, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 7AB

6:00pm

Bringing Primetime to Comic Shops: All About Comics From Television
Writers from both TV and comics discuss the challenges and triumphs of translating hit TV shows into comic books. Whether it's crucial differences in script timing or translating the legacy of fan-favorite shows to a new medium and new audience, these pros have seen it all. Featuring Joelle Sellner (Saved by the Bell), Geoff Thorne (Knight Rider), Lesley Vamos (Punky Brewster), Mairghread Scott (Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs), and Jonathan London (Miami Vice).

Thursday July 21, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 29AB

6:00pm

Bubble Comics Russia: How to Create a Comic Book Industry from Scratch
Bubble Comics is the largest publishing house in Russia. In five years it managed to grow from a small publisher to a major studio that makes original comics, games, toys and even movies! Furthermore, Bubble Comics pretty much made the modern Russian comic book industry as it is known today. But how did it become possible? Artem Gabrelyanov (CEO, founder), and Roman Kotkov (editor-in-chief) will share their experience and explain how the whole comic book industry can be created from scratch.

Thursday July 21, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 32AB

6:00pm

Chicano Comics and Public Art in San Diego
Learn about San Diego's vibrant popular arts scene in Barrio Logan, SDSU, and UCSD. Panelists will cover Chicano comics and strips, public murals, Chicano superheros, magic, and mythology. Moderated by Peruvian muralist and Chicano Park curator Mario Torrero, with panelists Lalo Alcaraz (nationally syndicated cartoonist, La Cucaracha), Border X gallery owner David BorderX, and comics illustrator Joaquin Junco. Celebrating the rich Chicano tradition of graphic story telling from newspaper to comic to public spaces.

Thursday July 21, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 25ABC

6:00pm

LGBTQ Geek Year in Review
The past year has once again been filled with key moments in comics, TV, movies, animation, and games that every queer geek should know about. The panel will discuss the significance of these events to the greater LGBTQ community. Moderated by P. Kristen Enos (Prism Comics, Web of Lives), panelists include Diane Anderson-Minshall (The Advocate, Plus), Nick Adams (director, GLAAD's Transgender Media Program), Mike Ciriaco (LA Weekly, Monday Mouth-Off), Amber Garza (Geeks OUT/Flame Con, Sequential Rights), Chelsea Steiner (AfterEllen, Autostraddle), and Amelia Vaughn (Huffington Post, Riptide Publishing).

Thursday July 21, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 28DE

6:00pm

Mad About MAD
MAD, the country's #1-selling humor magazine (in a field of 1), is dumber than ever! MAD magazine editor John Ficarra and art director Sam Viviano present a ridiculous peek at what's happening at the magazine and an epically moronic Q&A that's bound to be, well, MAD! (Prizes will be awarded for most moronic questions!)

Thursday July 21, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 5AB

6:00pm

Comedy Central's Drunk History and Legends of Chamberlain Heights
Come learn about the history of Comedy Central's Drunk History! Derek Waters (co-creator/host/director) and other panelistss will walk you through how this liquored-up narration of American history works, with the help of an ever-changing cast of intoxicated actors and comedians. Booze helps bring out the truth; it's just that sometimes the truth is a little incoherent! From humble beginnings as a digital series to three seasons on Comedy Central, with season 4 ready to premiere this fall, Derek and friends have plenty of stories to share from the making of the show. Stop by to get an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming season, a Q&A with some surprise guests and plenty more Drunk History debauchery! The party continues with a look at Comedy Central's newest animated series: Legends of Chamberlain Heights, premiering this September after South Park! The series mixes raucous comedy and social commentary, centering on three high school basketball benchwarmers: Jamal, Grover, and Milk. The three freshman friends tackle life with some wins and some losses, but failure doesn't faze them since they're legends, even if it's just in their own minds. Legends of Chamberlain Heights is executive produced by Bento Box Entertainment's Joel Kuwahara and Scott Greenberg (Bob's Burgers, Brickleberry, The Awesomes), along with showrunner Devon Shepard (Being Mary Jane, House of Lies, Weeds). The Simpsons veteran artist Brad Ableson developed the original concept with former UCLA basketball players Quinn Hawking and Josiah Johnson, who used their own legendary bench-warming experience to provide the inspiration for the main characters. Join the Legends squad for this exclusive, first-ever sneak peek of Comedy Central's next big animated hit!

Thursday July 21, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

6:30pm

Comics PR & Marketing 101
Need tips on how to market your comic, or have questions about building relationships in the comics industry? This is the panel for you! Sit in on this enlightening roundtable discussion, revealing all the secrets of doing marketing and PR. Comics marketing and PR veteran Chip Mosher (comiXology senior director communications) hosts David Hyde (founder, Superfan Promotions), Hunter Gorinson (Valiant director of marketing, communications & digital media), and Hope Nicholson (publisher, Bedside Press) for a wide-ranging discussion.

Thursday July 21, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 8

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

6:30pm

SuperheroIRL: How Pop Culture Media Brings Justice and Healing
Can caped crusaders inspire you to find your inner courage? Calling on top TV and film celebs to rally to end bullying at Pop Culture Hero Coalition's panel. Experts in psychology and human rights activism will discuss practical strategies to navigate harassment, both online and IRL. Panelists include award-winning author and Coalition co-founder Carrie Goldman (Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear), Andrea Letamendi, Ph.D. (psychologist, The Arkham Sessions), Janina Scarlet, Ph.D. (author, Superhero Therapy), Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley (founders, NOH8 Campaign), Kate Langrall Folb (director, USC Hollywood, Health & Society), United Nations Association president Bettina Hausmann, and Coalition founder Chase Masterson (Star Trek, The Flash). The panel will also discuss what works (and what doesn't) when addressing showrunners and actors about plot lines and character relationships (hint: it's not bullying!) Join in this powerful discussion on how stories from comics, film, and TV can mobilize us to overcome bullying, racism, misogyny, LGBT-bullying, and other forms of hate and become heroes in our everyday lives.

Thursday July 21, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 24ABC

7:00pm

Europe vs. USA: European and American Creators Meet
Graphic novel creators Roger (Spain), Mathieu Reynès (France), Gabriel Hernandez Walta (Spain/USA), and guests Jason Latour and Andrew C Robinson discuss and compare their work, experiences, and readership as seen from the two sides of the Atlantic. Moderated by Calvin Reid (Publishers Weekly).

Thursday July 21, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 28DE

7:00pm

Heavy Metal: This Panel Goes to 11
A year ago, the nearly 40-years-running leading publisher of science fiction and fantasy made news around the convention with the announcement that Grant Morrison would be stepping in as the magazine's editor-in-chief. Now, following Morrison's debut issue, which is being called a "renaissance," Heavy Metal co-CEO Jeff Krelitz, 20-year publisher Kevin Eastman, and the man himself will blow minds yet again with exclusive announcements, surprise guests, and more!

Thursday July 21, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 7AB

7:00pm

Hip-Hop & Comics: Cultures Combining
Hip-Hop and comics reflect each other in many ways and share many common influences. Rappers, DJs, and graffiti artists utilize fantastic imagery and adopt larger-than-life alter egos; comic creators incorporate elements of music, dance, and fashion, and draw on Hip-Hop's rich visual vocabulary. Here, Patrick A. Reed (Depth of Field, ComicsAlliance) brings together graphic artists and musical innovators to discuss the ties between these two creative cultures.

Thursday July 21, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 29AB

7:00pm

Lost in Translation
After a disastrous crash and recession in the late '00s, translated Japanese entertainment has come back, not as the bubble of the mid-'00s, but as a steady seller for the companies who survived the burst bubble. And more Japanese companies are becoming directly. But is everything as rosy as it seems? And what is it like to work in the industry? Panel moderator, former Animerica editor Julie Davis and an expert panel of freelancers and industry insiders talk about the craft of translated entertainment, share stories, and take audience questions. Panelists include Mari Morimoto (Naruto), Michael Gombos (director, international publishing and licensing, Dark Horse), Lillian Diaz-Przybyl (Princess Jellyfish), Stephen Paul (One Piece), and Mark Simmons (Gundam: The Official Guide).

Thursday July 21, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 9

7:00pm

Marvel Goes Steampunk
Crossing over into every genre, Steampunk has transformed some of our favorite Marvel characters into some of the steamiest superheroes and villains in the galaxy. Celebrating the incredible artists who create such wonderful fan art and the cosplayers who make the costumes a reality, come enjoy a walk on the wild side with everyone from Ant-Man and Deadpool to Spider-man and Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters as they are re-imagined in Steampunk style! Panelists include C. J. DeAngeles, Diana Given, Christine Quimbo, and a surprise artist guest. Moderated by Gaslight Gathering Steampunk Convention's director of programming, Anastasia Hunter.

Thursday July 21, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

7:00pm

The New Comics Journalism: Representation For All
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 19, 09:46AM
It's time for our annual state of comics journalism panel, and the challenges faced by those writing about comics have never been steeper. Yet against a background of decreased funding and big media consolidation, a new generation of passionate advocates for comics are rising up and demanding a more inclusive industry for everyone. Heidi MacDonald (The Beat), Megan Purdy (Women Write About Comics), Cynthia Francillon (Black Girl Nerds), Brett Schenker (Graphic Policy) and Mark Stack (Comics Bulletin) talk about breaking news and boundaries.

Thursday July 21, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 23ABC

7:30pm

Artist as Brand: Rise of the Artist Entrepreneur
Greg Spalenka (artist, educator in publishing, film, Sandman, Titan Books) moderates this annual panel discussion on art career sustainability. Learn strategies on how to earn an income from your talent from panelists Todd Lockwood (artist in publishing, gaming, Wizards of the Coast, Tor), J. L. Schnabel (artist/owner of Blood Milk Jewels, arts writer), Daniel M. Davis (artist/designer of Steam Crow, publisher of monster books, art products), Ray Chou and Vincenzo Ferriero (founders of Mythopoeia, Skies of Fire), and Aaron Horkey (fine artist/illustrator, member of arts collective The Vacuum).

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

7:30pm

It Gets Geekier: How Being Gay and Nerdy Turned Out for the Best
This panel of queer professionals will talk about how it got better when they both embraced their sexuality and found a geeky career. Then stick around for an audience Q&A. Hosted by Joshua Yehl (IGN), panelists include James Tynion IV (Detective Comics), Steve Orlando (Midnighter), Kris Anka (All-New X-Men), Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes), Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes), and Brett White (Comic Book Resources).

Thursday July 21, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 24ABC

8:00pm

Breaking Badder: Suicide Squad and the Dawn of the Heroic Villain
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 15, 09:28AM
Unlike classic protagonists, contemporary leading roles are filled with flawed characters who favor their own agendas over society's rules. We're fascinated by sociopathy, but do we really want to cheer for the bad guy? DC's Suicide Squad blurs the lines between hero, anti-hero, and villain beyond distinction. Are these concepts obsolete? Criminal profiler Mark E. Safarik, M.S., V.S.M.,(FBI Ret., Supervisory Special Agent, Behavioral Analysis Unit) will draw distinctions between killers as disparate as Deadshot and the Joker, using examples from real-life cases. Delving deep into the minds of villains and fans alike, forensic psychiatrists Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., (Broadcast Thought) will explore fandom's fascination with villains, reveal how real-life criminals may actually view themselves, and share how fictional characters – including villains – can inspire us through life's darkest challenges. Attorney Jeff Trexler (The Beat,The Comics Journal) will moderate, highlighting how fans – and creators – can find inspiration in these characters we love to loathe.

Thursday July 21, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 28DE

8:00pm

Jimmy Olsen Asks the Tough Questions on Kryptonian Justice
Superman's best pal Jimmy Olsen from the parody blog Rubber Report asks the hard questions about the Supergirl series and Golden Age comics. Just what is Supergirl's duty to rescue those in National City? Who is financially responsible for property damage in battles with supervillains? Join this panel moderated by Gabe Diani and attorneys Joshua Gilliland (The Legal Geeks), Jessica Mederson (The Legal Geeks), Jordon Huppert, Roger Quiles, Crystal Swanson, and Cynthia Kitchen as they answer Jimmy Olsen's tough questions and more from Supergirl.

Thursday July 21, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 23ABC

8:30pm

Black Mask Comics: Debuting Tomorrow's Legends
Fresh off a dazzling 2015 with breakout books Space Riders, We Can Never Go Home, and Young Terrorists, Black Mask has made a name for itself as the hottest launchpad to debut new talent and as the home for some of the coolest, most provocative comics around. Black Mask co-founder Matt Pizzolo (Young Terrorists, Godkiller) and creators Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim), Matthew Rosenberg (We Can Never Go Home, 4 Kids Walk into a Bank), Tyler Boss (4 Kids Walk into a Bank), Vita Ayala (upcoming Our Work Fills the Pews), Katy Rex (Jade Street Protection Services), and other panelists present a wide-ranging discussion of how new creators and new ideas are changing comics and how you can be a part of it.

Thursday July 21, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 8

8:30pm

Webcomics Advocates: The Webcomics Gathering
Webcomics Advocates co-founders Phil Vecchio and Brendan Creecy (Brax the Alien Rocker, Radio BrendoMan podcast) celebrate and discuss the exciting world of webcomics! Joined by Patrick Scullin (Super Siblings) and moderator Josh Anderson (Extra Damage podcast), they will give any webcomic creators in the audience 30 seconds to promote their comic to the crowd. All creators and fans are welcome!

Thursday July 21, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 4

8:30pm

Comics on Comics: Live
Comedians Clayton Thomas (Family Time) and Dani Fernandez (Krilling it) and creators Geoffrey Golden (Devastator), Scott Joseph (The Warren Hope), and Jacqueline Lopez (The Comic Book Show) talk about the latest in comic book pop culture! Close night one of Comic-Con laughing with your friends!

Thursday July 21, 2016 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Room 26AB
 
Friday, July 22
 

10:00am

Comic Creator Connection All-Stars
The Comic Creator Connection (CCC) is Comic-Con's premier networking event that brings together writers and artists who are searching for their creative counterparts. This "All-Star" panel spotlights some of the latest teams coming out of the CCC and their newest creations. Hosts Douglas Neff and Corey Rothermel (authors of Epic Win! The Geek's Guide to the Journey from Fan to Creator) will focus the discussion on how each team built a successful creative partnership, from their first handshake to their first draft to their first sale. This year's panelists include Dylan Davison, Jasper Korneitchouk, andRenatus Tao (Jack the Hunted), Alberto Veloso and Michelle Pengson (Virtues & Vices), Alberto Veloso and Victor "Mikey" Torres (Visions), and Jeff Rider and Michael Dorman (Major Holmes & Captain Watson). If you want to know how to create comics with another person, don't miss out on this collection of practical advice and hard-earned wisdom from the industry's newest published comic book creators!

Friday July 22, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 23ABC

10:00am

Geek Girls & Catbirds
Comics professionals come together to discuss their unique contributions to their beloved medium in this star-studded panel. Topics include creating engaging characters with Margaret Atwood (Angel Catbird), transitioning from artist to writer/artist with Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), and going from Kickstarting to book deal with Hope Nicholson (The Secret Loves of Geek Girls). Sure to be a great panel for the budding cartoonist eager to explore the craft of making comics!

Friday July 22, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 25ABC

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

Marvel: Civil War II
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 20, 08:30AM
The biggest event of the year, Civil War II, is underway and the Marvel Universe is reeling from the shocking events! Learn more about what’s to come with Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, Director of Content & Character Development Sana Amanat, Marvel Talent Scout Rickey Purdin, as well as Sanford Greene (Power Man and Iron Fist), Marc Guggenheim (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Matthew Rosenberg (Civil War II: Kingpin), David Walker (Power Man and Iron Fist), and G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel)!

Friday July 22, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 6DE

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 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

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

Diversity in Comics: Indian Superheroes are Here
Superstar creator and comic book legend Grant Morrison (18 Days, Avatarex) and leading Indian superhero creator and Graphic India co-founder Sharad Devarajan (Chakra The Invincible, Shadow Tiger) engage in a one-on-one session about globalization, east meets west, the new diversity and culture in comics, and the birth of Indian superheroes. Graphic India will also unveil new exciting projects coming out soon.

Friday July 22, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 32AB

11:00am

Image Comics: Defining New Worlds
Comics are capable of anything, if you give them a chance. Joe Harris and Kelly Fitzpatrick are creating near-future sci-fi in Snowfall, Chris Burnham showed us a vision of hellish horror in Nameless, and Steven Seagle and Jason Adam Katzenstein brought us an all-ages monster-themed coming-of-age tale in Camp Midnight. They create new worlds that readers fall into and love forever, and they share their expertise here.

Friday July 22, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 23ABC

11:00am

Mattel's DC Comics Collector Figures: The Rebirth of Multiverse
Mattel designers Bill Benecke, Steve Redinger, and Jason Langston, Four Horsemen Studios principles Jim Preziosi, Eric Treadaway, and Eric "Cornboy" Mayse, and Warner Bros. VP of global toys Julian Montoya discuss the design and creation of DC Comics Multiverse collector figures. Moderated by Daniel Pickett (Action Figure Insider).

Friday July 22, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 25ABC

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

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

11:00am

The Official Aspen Comics Panel 2016
Frank Mastromauro (publisher), Peter Steigerwald (co-owner), Vince Hernandez (vp/editor-in-chief), Mark Roslan (vp/director of design and production), Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), J.T. Krul (Aspen Universe: Revelations), Joshua Hale Fialkov (Aspen Universe: Revelations), Paolo Pantalena (Jirni), and Aspen creators will discuss upcoming titles and reveal projects for 2016 and beyond. The Aspen team will partake in a Q&A session with fans. All panel attendees will receive a gift courtesy of Aspen Comics.

Friday July 22, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 9

11:15am

DC Suicide Squad: Most Wanted
What is it about the tales of villainy that keep us interested and coming back for more? The DC Villains are in the spotlight as the creative teams behind Harley Quinn and Suicide Squad (Amanda Conner, Chad Hardin, Jim Lee, Jimmy Palmiotti, Philip Tan, and Rob Williams) are front and center. Come get a glimpse on how they make evil look so good!

Friday July 22, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 6DE

11:15am

Comic-Con How-To: Advanced Digital Inking Techniques
Learn how to digitally ink and take all your black-and-white artwork to the next level. Comics artist Brian Haberlin will delve into Photoshop's treasure trove of features old and new, as well as other programs like Manga Studio, that not only enhance comic applications but also make possible countless creative pen and ink opportunities rarely seen before.

Friday July 22, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Room 2

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

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: It's Morphin Time
In January, BOOM! Studios launched Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a new comic series based on Saban Brands' hit '90s live-action children's TV series about a group of ordinary teenagers who "morphed" into superheroes to save the world from evil. Series writer Kyle Higgins, cover artist Goñi Montes, The Ongoing Adventures of Bulk and Skull writer Steve Orlando, editor Dafna Pleban, Saban Brands director of development and production Melissa Flores, and Saban Brands director of global consumer products Jason Bischoff talk about the series, the spinoff Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink, and the everlasting popularity of these "teenagers with attitude." Moderated by stunt performer and actor, long-time Power Rangers superfan, and Blue Ranger on the current season of Power Rangers Dino Super Charge, Yoshi Sudarso. Plus everyone in attendance will receive a free Power Rangers item!

Friday July 22, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 5AB

11:45am

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Return to New York
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 18, 12:16PM
They traveled through time and space to save planet Earth and now the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles return home! Executive producers Ciro Nieli and Brandon Auman share sneak peeks at the epic adventures and new characters that await the turtles when they return to the streets of New York. On hand will be the extraordinary voice actors of theTMNT world:Sean Astin (Raphael), Rob Paulsen (Donatello), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo), Mae Whitman (April O'Neil), Eric Bauza (Tiger Claw) and Gwendoline Yeo (Shinigami). But that's not all: Witness the world premiere of two never-before-seen TMNT animated shorts presented by TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman. Moderated by Andre Meadows (Black Nerd Comedy). Booyakabunga!

Friday July 22, 2016 11:45am - 12:45pm
Room 6A

12:00pm

AMC's Fear The Walking Dead
Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Lorenzo James Henrie, Mercedes Mason, and Colman Domingo join executive producer and showrunner Dave Erickson, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero in a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist, Talking Dead). The panel will discuss where the series left off in May's finale and what to look forward to when it picks up in August. Join the panelists for a Q&A session and an official sneak preview of the second half of season 2.

Friday July 22, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hall H

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

Mike Mignola
Mike Mignola returns after the finale of his iconic creation Hellboy, star of comics, movies, and animation. Ask Mike and Chris Roberson (Hellboy and the BPRD 1953, Witchfinder) about the Mignolaverse in this casual Q&A on what's in store for the future of the Mignolaverse!

Friday July 22, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 23ABC

12:00pm

Space Goat: Evil Dead 2 and Beyond
Evil Dead fans rejoice. The Ash vs Deadites adventures you want are being published by Space Goat. This visual presentation and lively discussion with Space Goat staff Dave Olbrich, Tom Mason, and Jacob Bascle will feature exclusive sneak peeks into the future ofEvil Dead 2 comics. Also meet the team behind award-winning Monster Elementary Nicholas Doan and Gwendolyn Dreyer, Space Goat's newest all-ages graphic novel. Surprise guests! All things Space Goat Publishing, prepared just for you! Certified groovy!

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

12:00pm

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

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

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

Dynamite Entertainment: The Female Perspective
It is no secret that Dynamite Entertainment has published some of the most iconic female characters in comics, from Vampirella to Red Sonja to the Warlord of Mars herself. Now, as the industry reaches a turning point in both creative and readership, the publisher brings together some of the brightest stars in comics to discuss the changing role of women on and off the page! Join comics superstars for a continuation of one of the most important discussions happening in the industry today.

Friday July 22, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 4

1:00pm

From Fan to Pro on Fan-Favorites: True Tales of Legacy Professionals
More than any other industry, comics provide a unique opportunity for fans to become professionals and to work on the very things they loved as fans. Dinesh Shamdasani (Valiant), J. C. Vaughn (The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide), Melissa Bowersox (Geppi's Entertainment Museum), Michael Polis (Captain Action), and Dan Braun (Creepy, Eerie) discuss and explore their "legacy" professional adventures on their fanboy and fangirl passions! Moderated by Ed Catto (Captain Action).

Friday July 22, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 9

1:00pm

Kids Comics in 2026
Terry Nantier (CEO, Papercutz), Ed Massesa (acquisitions manager, Graphix, Scholastic Book Fairs), Susan Van Metre (editor-in-chief, Abrams), and Mark Siegel (editorial director, First Second Books, Macmillan) predict the future of children's comics and graphic novels and their aspirations for the next 10 years. Moderated by Candice Mack (senior librarian, LA Public Library).

Friday July 22, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library

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

1:30pm

Comics Arts Conference #7: The Twisted Roots of Comics: Pulp Magazines and the Birth of the Modern Comic Book
Before the comics, pulp magazines were the most popular and bestselling printed periodicals on the newsstands. Featuring genres ranging from westerns to heroic adventure to science fiction, the pulp magazines paved the way for the comics, providing much of the social, narrative, artistic, and financial groundwork, which inspired the nascent industry and helped it flourish into the popular culture phenomena it is today. This panel discusses the connections between the pulps and comics, from the creators who worked in both mediums to the direct lineage between the heroes of the pulps and their successors, so popular in today’s comics and films. Join Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson (Lost Hero: The Adventurous and Tragic Life of the Man Who Invented Comic Books), Harry Donenfeld, Brad Ricca (Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster-the Creators of Superman), Michael Uslan (The Dark Knight trilogy) and Nathan Vernon Madison (Anti-Foreign Imagery in American Pulps and Comic Books) for this investigation into the birth of the comic book. Gerard Jones (Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book) moderates.

Friday July 22, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 26AB

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

1:30pm

Star Trek: Five Decades of Comics
A celebration of all the 4-color Star Trek worlds, featuring a look at all past iterations and a chat with many who've chronicled the Enterprise crews' comic book adventures, including Len Wein, Scott Tipton, Mike Johnson, John Van Citters and J. K. Woodward. Moderated by Star Trek editor/supreme commander Sarah Gaydos.

Friday July 22, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 8

1:45pm

DC Rebirth: Superman
The Man of Steel is one of the most recognized pop culture icons of all time, and thanks to DC Rebirth, Superman is set to soar to new heights, Learn what makes The Last Son of Krypton the hero that he is with the DC writers and artists, including Pat Gleason, Dan Jurgens, Tyler Kirkham, Peter Tomasi, and others who bring him to life in the comics.

Friday July 22, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Room 6DE

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

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

Modern Romance Comics
Once a staple of the Golden Age, romance comics have faded into the background in recent years, but now they're making a comeback and tackling a wider variety of love stories than ever before! Carrie Sessarego (Smart Bitches, Trashy Books), Janelle Asselin (Rosy Press publisher), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex, Fresh Romance), Thom Zahler (Love and Capes, Long Distance), and Cecil Castellucci (Shade the Changing Girl, The Plain Janes) discuss both classic and new romance comics, some of comics' most enduring love stories, and the challenges and joys unique to creating romantic stories in comics!

Friday July 22, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 32AB

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

2:00pm

The Super Fan Phenomenon in China
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 11, 09:07AM
Uncle three (best-selling author, original story and writer of Time Raiders), Huang Shan (cosplay icon from China) and Liu Peiyao (vice president of Le Vision Pictures) will discuss how the “ACGN” phenomenon is driving Chinese pop culture and how Chinese industry leaders create entertainment to inspire the super fan lifestyle and how Chinese comic content to “Go Global”. Moderated by Joe Wong (Chinese American comedian).

Friday July 22, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 9

2:00pm

Transgender in Popular Media: From the Funny Pages to the Silver Screen
The eyes of the pop culture world are on the transgender community as more and more comics, television shows, and movies feature trans characters, trans creators, and their stories. How do trans characters affect narratives in popular genres? How can trans creators, artists, and actors best make their mark on popular arts? What are the next steps for trans representation from comic books to Hollywood? Join Prism Comics and moderator Tara Madison Avery (Gooch, Stacked Deck Press) for a lively discussion of these and other topics with panelists Julie Rei Goldstein (Time Traveling Bong), Mikki del Monico (Alto), Shadi Petosky (Danger & Eggs), Bishakh Som (The Other Side: A Queer Paranormal Romance Anthology), Kylie Wu (Trans Girl Next Door), and Billy White Acre (composer, musician).

Friday July 22, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 28DE

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

2:30pm

The Tick: The First 30 Years
The Tick first appeared in print 30 years ago. Creator Ben Edlund explores The Tick's history (and future) in a multimedia Event-o-Happening with surprise panelists, mystifying giveaways, and a revealing inside look at The Tick's next big thing!

Friday July 22, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

3:00pm

An Hour with Terry Moore
Terry Moore (creator, Rachel Rising, Echo, Strangers in Paradise) discusses the conclusion of his latest hit series, Rachel Rising, and what he has planned for the rest of 2016 and beyond. Don't miss this first glimpse of what is up next for this Eisner Award-winning indie creator! As always, Terry's Q&A is not to be missed!

Friday July 22, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 28DE

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

Dark Horse Originals
Comics literature has become the voice and visuals for our changing generation, and Dark Horse Originals has it all-from underwater mystery in Jonathan Case's Dear Creature to the surrealist return of Dave McKean inThe Dreams of Paul Nash. Dave McKean (Cages), Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá (Two Brothers), Peter Hogan (Resident Alien), Cullen Bunn (Harrow County), and Jonathan Case (Dear Creature) discuss pushing the boundaries of what comics can accomplish in literature.

Friday July 22, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 7AB

3:00pm

DC Rebirth: Justice League
The members of the Justice League take center stage as the DC Rebirth talent behind Aquaman (Brad Walker), Cyborg (John Semper), Flash (Joshua Williamson), and Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps (Robert Venditti) provide the stories behind your favorite characters and give them the justice they're due!

Friday July 22, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6DE

3:00pm

Illustrators of the Art Directors Guild
Learn from illustrators who work on movies and TV shows for DC Comics and Marvel, including Andrea Depaso, (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Jungle Book), Warren Drummond (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Straight Outta Compton), David E. Duncan (Spiderman: Homecoming, Iron Man 2), Ed Natividad (Justice League, Suicide Squad). Moderated by Tim Burgard (Independence Day: Resurgence, Jurassic World).

Friday July 22, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 23ABC

3:00pm

Marvel Television: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producer and head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb and cast members Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Henry Simmons, Elizabeth Henstridge, and Iain De Caestecker, co-creators and executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, and executive producer Jeff Bell share the secrets, lies, and dangers of making season 3! See exclusive footage and surprise moments, and be the first to learn what's in store for season 4! The action-packed series from Marvel Television returns this fall, only on ABC.

Friday July 22, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ballroom 20

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

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

3:00pm

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

3:00pm

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

3:30pm

Acquiring Distribution Through Diamond Comics
Learn more about becoming a distributed small-press publisher in the comic book industry and receive advice on how best to position your project and company for mass distribution through Diamond Comic Distributors. Jay Spence (submissions coordinator for Diamond Comics) and Trevor Richardson (brand manager) will explain the submission process and give advice on what a new publisher needs to know before, during, and after they submit their project.

Friday July 22, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 26AB

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

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

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

3:45pm

Dark Horse: Conversations with Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon has rewarded fans the world over with some of the most compelling characters and plot lines in the history of comics, television, and movies. Here's your chance to find out what he has in store next and get exclusive insight into Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, and much, much more!

Friday July 22, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Hall H

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

Cosplay: Let's Get Serious
Cosplay By McCall's, the leading brand of sewing patterns created for and in collaboration with cosplayers and cosmakers, and The Overstreet Guide to Cosplay engage in a thought-provoking, insider's look at this flourishing and increasingly influential expression of fandom. Moderator Ed Catto (Bonfire Agency) is joined by Kathy Wiktor (Cosplay by McCall's), Carrie Wood (Overstreet Guide), Gillian Conahan (Cosplay by McCall's Blog), Mark Huesman (Overstreet Guide), Kelly Cerone (Anachronism in Action), and Eddie Newsome (Overstreet Guide) to talk about the creators, genres, and trends driving growth of cosplay in terms of participation, relevance, and creativity.

Friday July 22, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

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

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

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

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

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

4:15pm

DC Page to Screen
Never before has DC Entertainment been more popular in TV, video games, home videos, and movie theaters. And with an impressive film slate and countless shows in series and production, it has never been a better time to be a DC fan! The people behind the scenes who translate the page to the screen show how your favorite stories and characters come to life!

Friday July 22, 2016 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Room 6DE

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

5:00pm

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

Manga Publishing Pros Industry Roundtable
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 13, 04:51PM
After a few years of fading fortunes, manga publishing is catching its second wind. More manga and light novels are hitting the shelves in bookstores and comic shops, and more titles than ever are available in digital formats the same day/date as in Japan. So have things truly turned around for Japanese comics in North America? Get a taste of what's hot, what's not, and what's next for manga in North America and Japan from top publishing pros, including Kurt Hassler (publisher and managing director, Yen Press), Michael Gombos (director of international publishing and licensing, Dark Horse Comics), Ben Applegate (associate director, publisher services, Penguin Random House), Erik Ko (chief of operations, Udon Entertainment), Stu Levy (TOKYOPOP) and possibly a surprise guest or two! Moderated by Deb Aoki (Publishers Weekly, Anime News Network).

Friday July 22, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 4

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

5:30pm

Comics from the Squared Circle
An insider's look at the overlapping worlds of comics and professional wrestling, including a historical retrospective and predictions for the future of wrestling comics. Featuring Lucha Underground superstar Chavo Guerrero (Chavo Guerrero's Warrior's Creed), WWE Hall-of-Famer Andre the Giant's daughter Robin Christensen-Roussimoff, and recordbreaking wrestling comics writer Mike Kingston (Headlocked). Hosted by Heidi MacDonald (Comics Beat).

Friday July 22, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 8

5:30pm

DC's Young Animal
Panelists get into the details of DC's Young Animal, a new imprint launching this fall from My Chemical Romance frontman and bestselling comic writer Gerard Way (Doom Patrol), with many of his topnotch collaborators, including Cecil Castellucci (Shade, The Changing Girl), Jon Rivera (Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye), and others.

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

5:30pm

iZOMBIE Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Television's only Zom-Com-Rom-Dram, returns for its third appearance at Comic-Con. After experiencing the heart-pounding season 2 finale, be among the first to get the scoop on what's in store for season 3! Now that Clive is in the know about zombies, how will his dynamic with Liv change? With Ravi's cure robbing Blaine of his memories, what will Major decide to do with his borrowed time? Will Peyton continue her efforts to take down crime lord Mr. Boss? And will Vivian Stoll, new owner of Max Rager, succeed in making Seattle its zombie headquarters? See a special video presentation followed by a panel with series stars as well as executive producers Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars) and Diane Ruggiero-Wright (Veronica Mars). From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Spondoolie Productions and Warner Bros. Television and based on characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred for Vertigo from DC Entertainment, iZOMBIE returns midseason with all-new episodes on The CW. iZOMBIE: The Complete Second Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on July 12.

Friday July 22, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Ballroom 20

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

Exploding Kittens and The Oatmeal
Exploding Kittens and The Oatmeal (Matthew Inman) have a panel! Wherein talking, cavorting, scribbling, gyrating, ridiculing, sneak peeking, signing, head-desking, reveling, responding, and much hooplah will transpire.

Friday July 22, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 25ABC

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

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

Fangirls Lead The Way: She Made Me Do It
As the demographics of the industry continue to change, this panel focuses on the impact of female fans (not female creators) and how they are changing comics from the ground up in surprising and positive ways. More than ever, their grassroots efforts can be seen everywhere from comic shops atond conventions, and from cosplay to social media. Panelists include Jamie Broadnax (Black Girl Nerds), Sam Maggs (Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy), Rose Del Vecchio (Fanmail), and Constance Gibbs (Black Girls Nerds). Moderated by Ed Catto (Bonfire Agency).

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

6:30pm

Trek Talks: Science, Smithsonian And Star Trek
From the cutting-edge labs of the Smithsonian Institution to the front lines of the digital economy, the promises made in Star Trek are coming true. This panel gives a glimpse at real Trek technology: the tricorder that may change medicine, laser weapon technology, and an actual tractor beam. And fans will get a preview of the original Starship Enterprise, fully restored after 50 years and the centerpiece of the National Air and Space Museum. This panel will include exclusive preview clips from Smithsonian Channel's two-hour special Building Star Trek, which will air later this year. Dr. Margaret Weitekamp, curator at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, moderates a discussion with Dr. Sonny Kohli, team leader of Cloud DX, a finalist for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE; David Grier, professor of physics and director of the Center for Soft Matter Research at New York University, who is developing a real-life Tractor Beam; Dr. Rob Afzal, Lockheed Martin senior fellow Laser Sensor and Systems Harnessing the Power of Lasers; and Elizabeth Trojian, executive producer of Smithsonian Channel's Building Star Trek.

Friday July 22, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 5AB

6:30pm

AMC's Preacher
Executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg join comic book co-creator and series co-executive producer Garth Ennis and members of the cast including Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti and Graham McTavish in a panel moderated by Kevin Smith, to discuss the first season of the hit series. Join the panelists for a live reading of the newest episode, airing Sunday, July 24 at 9pm on AMC, followed by a Q&A session.

Friday July 22, 2016 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Hall H

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

Comic Creator Connection
NEW: Mon, Jul 11, 09:55AM
Are you a writer with a great idea for a comic book series, but you can’t draw? Or maybe you’re an artist looking to illustrate an incredible story, but you can’t write. Perhaps you’re both looking for someone to collaborate with so you can jumpstart your careers in the comic book industry. At San Diego Comic-Con 2016’s Comic Creator Connection, you just might find each other! San Diego Comic-Con is proud to once again host the Comic Creator Connection, a fast-paced networking event that puts writers and artists together to help them meet new creative partners. Here’s how it works: in two 2-hour sessions—on Friday, July 22, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM and Sunday, July 24, from 12:00 to 2:00 PM—writers and artists will sit down across from each other at a table. (And by artists, we mean pencillers, inkers, colorists, etc. All are welcome!) Then, in 5-minute sessions, you will talk one-on-one with each other about your ideas and skills. At the end of each 5-minute period, you will get up and move on to the next person. If you’re interested in furthering the conversation, you’ll exchange contact information. Think of it as speed-dating, but for writers and artists! Sign ups are taken in advance for this event, but space may still be available on site.

Friday July 22, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis & Marina

8:00pm

Australian Indie Comics Explosion
Neville Howard (writer, Sugar and Space), Cristian Roux (creator, Falling Star), W. Chew Chan and Christopher Sequeira (artist/writer, The Exoneration of Doctor Fu Manchu), and Darren Koziol (publisher, Dark Oz comics) explore the renaissance of independent Australian creators using comics as a medium to tell unique and interesting stories. The panel will provide an overview of their projects and host a Q&A moderated by Alana Marshall (editor, Melbourne Comics).

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

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

8:00pm

Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 14, 11:19AM
The 28th annual Eisner Awards (the “Oscars” of the comics industry) honor comics creators and works in 31 categories. With special guest host John Barrowman (Arrow, Torchwood), presenters will include actors Michael Trucco (Battlestar Galactica), Annie Wersching (Vampire Diaries, 24), Drew Roy (Falling Skies), and Chris Gorham (Covert Affairs, Once Upon a Time); Beau Smith and the cast of Wynona Earp; voice actor Phil Lamarr (Futurama); Hall of Fame nominees Lynda Barry and Matt Groening; beloved cartoonist Sergio Aragonés (Groo, MAD), and several nominated creators. Other prestigious awards to be given out include the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comics Writing, and the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award.

Friday July 22, 2016 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

8:30pm

Christian Comic Arts Society Mixer
Hosted by the Christian Comic Arts Society in partnership with Geeky Guys for God, this annual mixer will include an epic quiz contest, with prizes to be awarded to the contestants who prove to be the geekiest. They will be presenting the world premiere of a full episode from the new Bibleman series. This is an opportunity for Christian fans and professionals to intermingle, socialize, and network. Meet professionals such as Pastor Frederick K. C. Price Jr. (Crenshaw Christian Center), Dan Lynch (publisher, B&H Kids/LifeWay Christian Resources), Scott A. Shuford (FrontGate Media), Eric Jansen (Foursqaure Mission Press), Brent and Erin Weidermann (Bible Belles), and other special guests.

Friday July 22, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 26AB

8:30pm

The Girl Genius Radio Plays
Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio, and others present some of the weirder adventures of Agatha Heterodyne Girl Genius, done in the style of old-time radio.

Friday July 22, 2016 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Room 24ABC

9:00pm

World Premiere of Batman: The Killing Joke
Delve into the demented history of the Dark Knight's arch nemesis, The Joker, as he sets out to prove insanity is only a horrifying moment away for anyone in the latest DC Universe Original Movie, Batman: The Killing Joke. Based on one of the bestselling graphic novels of all time, this R-rated, feature-length animated film brings together some of the key creative team behind Batman: The Animated Series with executive producer Bruce Timm (Justice League: Gods & Monsters) at the helm and Kevin Conroy (Justice League), and Mark Hamill (Star Wars) returning to their seminal roles as Batman and The Joker, respectively. Hear how the graphic novel transitioned to animated thriller, and then witness the world premiere of this highly anticipated film. Panelists include Tara Strong (Teen Titans, Batman: Arkham games) as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, RoboCop) as Commissioner James Gordon, as well as director Sam Liu (Batman: Year One, All-Star Superman) and Harvey and Eisner Award-winning writer Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Batman: Broken City). Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, Batman: The Killing Joke arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment July 26 on Digital HD and August 2 on Blu-ray Deluxe Edition, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD.

Friday July 22, 2016 9:00pm - 12:00am
Ballroom 20

9:00pm

Celebrating 35 Years of Heavy Metal: The Movie
35 years ago saw the release of Heavy Metal, a film unlike any other that had come before: a psychedelic animated journey through the pages of the publication that defined a generation of comics fans and science fiction readers! Now we pay tribute to this legendary film with an exclusive live reading from the original script led by Metalocalypse co-creator Jon Schnepp and surprise guests, exclusive news on the new Heavy Metal film, and more! Join Schnepp along with co-CEO Jeff Krelitz and publicist Jeremy Atkins for a fitting tribute to the most metal animated film ever!

Friday July 22, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 28DE

9:00pm

Super Geeked Up Live
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 15, 09:15AM
Join the Super Geeked Up crew as they discuss your favorite sci-fi, fantasy, superhero, and video game topics and play fun geek-themed improv games like Geeky Accents, Universal Translator, and Let’s Geek It On! Plus a ton of audience participation and awesome prizes! Hosted by Jeff Burns with special co-host Christina Wren (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel) and special guests Rena Strober (Azura in Fire Emblem Fates) and Anna Brisbin (YouTube’s Brizzy Voices).And the world premiere of the trailer for sci-fi series Imperium from TJ Walker (Phoenix Run). Don’t miss this super-interactive award-winning show that will provide the zaniest fun you have at Comic-Con!

Friday July 22, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 29AB

9:00pm

Floyd Norman: An Animated Life Documentary Release
Filmmakers Michael Fiore (producer and 2nd unit director, Sony Screen Gems' Keep Watching) and Erik Sharkey (director, Drew: The Man Behind the Poster) will show clips from their original feature-length documentary, announce upcoming release dates, and reunite animation's "troublemaker" Floyd Norman (legendary Disney animator and story artist) with many animators and producers he worked with over his storied 61-year career. Panelists will include notables featured in the documentary, including Don Hahn (producer, Maleficent), Gary Trousdale (co-director, Disney's animated Beauty and the Beast), Leonard Maltin (film critic and historian), Ken Mitchroney (writer, director, and story artist), Tom Sito (animator and professor of animation, USC), and Leo Sullivan (animator, producer, and publisher). The documentary also features interviews with Whoopi Goldberg (actress), Sergio Aragonés (cartoonist), Richard Sherman (Disney music composer), Scott Shaw! (cartoonist), and Ralph Guggenheim (former Pixar VP of animation). The documentary is supported with a wonderful jazz music score by Ryan Shore (composer, Disney's Penn Zero, WB's Scooby-Doo!, and The Oscars) and original animation by up-and-coming artist and animator Nirali Somaia. The filmmakers will moderate a Q&A session and give away exclusive SDCC miniposters designed for the documentary by legendary illustrator Drew Struzan.

Friday July 22, 2016 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Room 9
 
Saturday, July 23
 

10:00am

Comics vs. Manga: Which is Better
Jessica Tseang (The Comic Book Girl/Girl on Geek) leads a spirited debate between a panel of experts: those who swear by manga, and those who are devoted to comics. Which is easier to get started? Are the characters more diverse in comics? Does plot really mean anything? Which sell more? Who has a better fandom? The questions can go on forever, but in the end: Which is better?

Saturday July 23, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29AB

10:00am

DC: New Crossover Classics
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 11, 09:26AM
Inter-company crossovers are all the rage now, and DC is enjoying a lot of success teaming with other companies on Batman/TMNT, Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy, Batman'66 Meets Steed & Mrs. Peel, and the upcoming ThunderCats/He-Man. Meet the DC talent for these incredible collaborations. We also have BOOM! Studios editor Dafna Pleban, who edits the Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy series and writers for ThunderCats/He-Man, Rob David & Lloyd Goldfine. Join us for more details on these new crossover classics and hints of things to come.

Saturday July 23, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 6DE

10:00am

Dig Deep
Graphic novels for children and young adults are tackling thorny subjects that relate to real kids. Comics creators discuss the deep subjects raised by their graphic novels and why these have become so popular. Moderatored by Meryl Jaffe (CBLDF,Raising a Reader and Using Graphic Novels in Education), panelists include Cece Bell (El Deafo), Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm (Sunny Side Up), Nathan Hale (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales), Gene Yang (American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, Coders), and MK Reed.

Saturday July 23, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 28DE

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

10:00am

MARCH: Featuring Congressman John Lewis
At last, the final chapter is here. Meet the man they call a real-life superhero and witness history in the making, as the legendary civil rights icon, U.S. congressman, and #1 bestselling graphic novel author John Lewis returns! Together with award-winning collaborators Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, Congressman Lewis has brought his incredible story to new life with the graphic novel trilogy March. Join all three to celebrate the completion of the saga in March: Book Three, a must-read account of the Mississippi Freedom Summer and the Selma-Montgomery March, and so much more, available exclusively at Comic-Con for a limited time. Learn how March is transforming the understanding of the civil rights movement, and the powerfully urgent lessons that it brings to new generations today, and get ready to move your feet!

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

10:30am

Comics Arts Conference #9: Comics and Health: Saving Lives and Preventing Disease
A current wave of applied comics in health professions is drawing serious attention from comics scholars, medical journals, public health advocates, and health-care providers. Although health education and promotion comics have been used for decades, the emergence of "graphic medicine" as an area of scholarship has sparked newfound interest. This panel convenes health professionals and comics artists actively creating comics to educate patients and the public in the areas of diabetes, asthma, emergency preparedness, influenza, HIV/AIDS, and more. Alex Thomas (Booster Shot Comics), Gary Ashwal (Booster Shot Comics), Meredith Li-Vollmer (Public Health-Seattle & King County), Claire Berman (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health), and Catherine Leamy (Massachusetts General Hospital) introduce a variety of comics currently used in public health campaigns, patient education programs, and research studies. The session will conclude with an open, interactive discussion with attendees to consider new directions and collaboration opportunities for health-care comics for both practitioners and scholars.

Saturday July 23, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 26AB

10:30am

Forrest J Ackerman Centennial Celebration
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 15, 05:20PM
Collector. Cosplayer. Fan. Friend. The legendary Forry Ackerman, editor of the iconic Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, is celebrated in his 100th birthday year by FM Publisher Philip Kim, Forry caretaker Joe Moe, and high-profile guests including FIGHT CLUB screenwriter Jim Uhls, FREAKS AND GEEKS star Steve Bannos, Journey rocker Robert Fleischman, Bif Bang Pow! co-founder Jason Lenzi, Warner Archives' Matthew Patterson, FM cover artist/THE SIMPSONS animation legend Paul Wee, DC comics co-publisher Dan Didio, and MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 mater Joel Hodgson, all with nostalgic tales and humorous anecdotes. Contributors and close friends will be present to discuss their experience growing up as a Monster Kid. There will also be a sneak peek at the comics anthology tribute Tales from the Ackermansion. Moderated by FM executive editor David Weiner.

Saturday July 23, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 6BCF

10:30am

Comic Book Law School 303: New Revelations
For the final installment in this year's Law School series, a panel of legal experts shed light on some of the more complex issues facing creators and businesses and touch on compelling issues popping up on the law and how they apply to comics and the pop-culture scene. Attorney Michael Lovitz, author ofThe Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, is joined by Professor Marc Greenberg and attorneys Howard Hogan, David Lizerbram, and Larry Zerner to provide practical advice concerning some of the more advanced issues facing trademark and copyright owners, including: Legal issues for fan fiction and fan art; fan films (a la Star Trek) and fair use; homage, swipe, or transformation; whether reproducing an artist's published work is fair use or foul play; and how the new FCC "Set Box Top" proposal could be kryptonite for the creative community. 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.]

Saturday July 23, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 30CDE

11:00am

Bridges or Walls: Conque & Mexican Entertainment
Luis Gantus (writer, The Sad Story of the Mexican Comic Book), Humberto Ramos (penciler, Extraordinary X-Men), Rene Franco (TV host, Es de Noche y ya llegue), Hector Hernandez (financial media expert), and Adalisa Zarate (artist, Traveling Seers) talk about the challenges that Mexican comics face and the close relationship between Mexico and the USA in the media business.

Saturday July 23, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 4

11:00am

Comics of Tomorrow: Innovations for the Future of Comics
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 12, 09:54AM
Marv Wolfman (creator, Blade, New Teen Titans), Zac Atkinson (writer, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Transformers: Rescue Bots), Daniel Corey (writer, Image Comic's Moriarty and Red City), Rob Cain (producer, Abattoir and Mongol), Ralph Miranda (artist/creator, Man Fighting Street and Bone Saw) and Shaene Siders (writer, Herokins and Discovery Channel's Great White Sharks) discover exciting new twists and technological advances that have begun to transform the future of comics, including interactive comics with motion sensors, choose-your-own story comics, social media comics, and more.

Saturday July 23, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 29AB

11:00am

Marvel Download: The Digital House of Ideas
Love having the best comics in the industry on your mobile devices? Want to know how Marvel stays on the cutting edge of technology? Then this panel is for you, True Believer! VP/ executive editor Ryan Penagos takes you through the latest on Marvel's Infinite Comics as well as what's happening on the Marvel Comics App, Marvel Unlimited, and more. Plus, executive producer Mike Jones and creative director Bill Rosemann share the latest and greatest news from Marvel Games.

Saturday July 23, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 7AB

11:00am

Teaching History with Graphic Novels
From the Revolutionary War to current events, graphic novels pull readers into history. Comics have been shown to improve reader engagement while enhancing both comprehension and retention. And with the new emphasis on reading nonfiction, academic vocabulary, and reading in the subject areas, comics are more relevant than ever. Educational experts and creators present the best in comics and graphic novels for teaching history and social studies. Featuring Nathan Hale (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales), Jonathan Hennessey (The U.S. Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation, The Comic Book Story of Video Games), Tim Smyth (high school history teacher), Illya Kowalchuk, M.Ed. (Pop Culture Classroom), Amy Chu (publisher, Alpha Girl Comics), and moderator Tom Racine (Tall Tale Radio).

Saturday July 23, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library

11:00am

The Loikamania Podcast: One More Time
Pat Loika (The Loikamania Podcast) brings some friends back together for a mini-reunion, catching up on various projects, talking some process, and of course, doing a Q&A. Featuring Kris Anka (artist, Uncanny X-Men, Captain Marvel), Jody Houser (writer, Faith, Orpan Black), Kelly Fitzpatrick (colorist, Bitch Planet, DC Bombshells) and James S. Rich (senior editor, Vertigo Comics).

Saturday July 23, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

11:00am

Top Cow: It's About Comics
The Top Cow staff and talent discuss the role and value of comics in the current market, stretching back to Top Cow's legacy and the Image Revolution. Stick around as Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri and president Matt Hawkins talk about current and future projects, including series relaunch announcements and new series teases. All attendees will receive a special limited-edition lithograph available only to those that attend the panel.

Saturday July 23, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 9

11:15am

DC Rebirth: Batman
Even after 75 plus years of stories, the family of Batman comics couldn't be any hotter! The DC Rebirth talent behind your favorite Dark Knight tales present an exclusive look at what's in store for the World's Greatest Detective! With Julie and Shawna Benson (Batgirl and the Birds of Prey), Tom King (Batman), Scott Snyder (All-Star Batman), James Tynion IV (Detective Comics), and others, this is the best time to explore Gotham City.

Saturday July 23, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 6DE

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

11:30am

Comics Arts Conference #10: Queering Comics
Johnathan Flowers (Southern Illinois University Carbondale) uses the work of Sara Ahmed to analyze Bitch Planet's "non-compliance" as the phenomenological experience of being against the established order, using examples from the comic and the larger cultural movement to articulate non-compliance as an act of resistance. Ayanna Dozier (McGill University) examines how Bitch Planet's use of subversive humor, sartorial advertisements, and essay writing serve as a feminist disruption of the comic book canon, as a demonstration of the parodic that is only successful because of De Connick's thoughtful and careful interrogation of how gender affects bodies that exist on the intersection of race and class. Ajani Brown (San Diego State University) traces the history of Jill Trent, Science Sleuth, from the Golden Age to her recent reboot by Super Dames Comics, discussing the feminist commentary in select 1940s issues, the futurist aspect of the series, and the 2015 change in racial identity.

Saturday July 23, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 26AB

12:00pm

CBLDF: Sex, Violence, and the Law
What does the law allow comics to say? CBLDF and FIRE team up for an in-depth look at the legal precedents that have been set that concern free speech and how they impact comics. FIRE president Greg Lukianoff and CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein engage in a freewheeling discussion and Q&A for creators, fans, and students about what the limits are for free expression in comics.

Saturday July 23, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 30CDE

12:00pm

DIY: Comics Reinventing the Mainstream
The world of comics is constantly in flux. And as technology and readership evolves, a few people use the tools available to them-be it 24-hour-copy shops, desktop publishing, or blogging software-to create something that's uniquely their own and changes the entire landscape. In this program, Patrick A. Reed (Depth of Field, ComicsAlliance) assembles some of comics' most innovative talents to discuss the works they've created, the methods they use to connect with audiences, and how they've reinvented popular culture along the way.

Saturday July 23, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 25ABC

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

12:00pm

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

12:00pm

The Official Comic Book Editorial Panel 2016
Chris Ryall (IDW editor-in-chief), Matt Hawkins (Top Cow publisher), Shannon Eric Denton (editor), Kris Simon (Image Comics), and David Wohl (DC Comics) discuss creating comic books in today's changing climate of publishers and fandom and how to properly pitch to comic book publishers. Moderated by Vince Hernandez (Aspen Comics VP/editor-in-chief).

Saturday July 23, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 4

12:30pm

BOOM! Studios: Discover New Worlds
Love reading compelling, forward-thinking comics? Interested in finding out how multiple-award-winning top 10 publisher BOOM! Studios has spent over a decade committed to telling great stories and nurturing talent? Moderator Filip Sablik (BOOM! president of publishing & marketing) discusses with Matt Gagnon (BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief), Shannon Watters (BOOM! Studios editor), and creators Chynna Clugston Flores (Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy), Hope Larson (Goldie Vance), Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Simon Spurrier (Weavers), Jeff Stokely (The Spire), and Dan Mora (Klaus) how they explore the ever-changing comics landscape, their newest stories, and the types of projects needed in the industry.

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

12:30pm

Comic-Con How-To: Comics and Other Geeks Items for the Vision Impaired
Blind and visually impaired people love comics, gaming, TV, and movies, as well as all sorts of science fiction/fantasy/horror artforms just as much as their sighted counterparts. How do they enjoy such things with little or no eyesight? Totally blind martial artist and unashamed geek Joshua Loya and world-famous actor, audio book narrator, and writer Scott Brick share what options exist for nonvisual entertainment.

Saturday July 23, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 2

12:30pm

DC Meet the Co-Publishers
DC's co-publishers are back in San Diego and better than ever! Jim Lee and Dan DiDio are the driving forces behind DC Rebirth, Vertigo, MAD, DC's Young Animal, and much more. This up-close-and-personal panel gives you unique access to the leaders of your favorite comic book line!

Saturday July 23, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 6DE

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

Archie Comics Forever: 75 Years of Storytelling
Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Archie Comics with exclusive news and announcements about your favorite characters, including Archie, Jughead, Betty & Veronica, and more! Featuring your pals from Archie Comics talent including Jon Goldwater, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Mike Pellerito, Alex Segura, Dan Parent, and perhaps a special Riverdale surprise appearance or two.

Saturday July 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 4

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

Image Comics: Riffing on Reality
Works don't have to be completely realistic to feel real-sometimes just dipping a toe in reality and then taking off in another direction will do the job. Joshua Williamson co-creates Nailbiter, Caitlin Kittredge writes Throwaways, and Matt Fraction scripts ODY-C and Sex Criminals. These creators and some special guest panelists take something we know well and then throw a monkey wrench into the works, creating something familiar yet innovative.

Saturday July 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 7AB

1:00pm

Little Lulu and John Stanley Fan Group
One of the most memorable kids' comics ever created (yet with wide "all ages" appeal), Little Lulu has maintained a worldwide fan following and has inspired a growing interest in the more obscure works of Lulu's long-anonymous writer, the great John Stanley. Come and learn more, and join in for a scripted reading of a Golden Age Little Lulu story. All are welcome!

Saturday July 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

1:00pm

Storyboarding to Comics and Back Again
This program will focus on the profession of storyboarding in animation for TV and features as well as for live action and how those that work in the field are finding their voices in comics and graphic novels-and visa versa. Moderated by Jim Higgins (former DC Comics editor, comic arts professor), panelists are Peter Paul (storyboard artist at Warner Bros., Dreamworks, Disney, comic artist, instructor), Johane Matte (animator, storyboard artist, comic artist), Steve Ahn (storyboards on Legends of Korra, comic artist), Shannon Denton (storyboard artist, writer, comics artist), Fran Krause (professor, animator, comics artist), and Dan Panosian (professional comics artist and storyboard artist).

Saturday July 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 9

1:00pm

Teaching STEM with Comics
Bring a one-two punch to teaching STEM: text and images teaming up in comics! Comics have been shown to improve reader engagement while enhancing both comprehension and retention. And with the new emphasis on reading nonfiction, academic vocabulary, and reading in the subject areas, comics are more relevant than ever. Education experts and creators they present the best in comics and graphic novels for teaching science, technology, engineering and math. Featuring Paige Braddock (Stinky Cecil, creative director, Schulz Studio), Jim McClain (Solution Squad), Betsy Gomez (CBLDF), Jen Aprahamian (CTO of VINA), Mairghread Scott (writer, Transformers: Till All Are One, Guardians of the Galaxy), Rebecca Thompson, Ph.D. (head of public outreach, American Physical Society), and moderator Tracy Edmunds, M.A.Ed. (Graphic Novels are Elementary!).

Saturday July 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library

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

The Ultimate TMNT Panel: Shell Games with the IDW Team
As they blaze toward the longest-running TMNT comic ever, come chat with the creators about the ongoing comic, the new universe ongoing, the first-ever TMNT boardgame, past and future crossovers, and more! Featuring the ongoing TMNT brain trust of Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, and Mateus Santoluoco, plus Freddie Williams III, Nick Pitarra, and others.

Saturday July 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 25ABC

1:45pm

2:00pm

Invader ZIM Conquers San Diego Comic Con
It's been one year since the premiere of the Invader ZIM comic books based on the popular Nickelodeon series, so be on hand for a retrospective of the series so far as well as hints for what's to come. Featuring Jhonen Vasquez (series creator, control brain), Eric Trueheart (TV and comic series writer), Aaron Alexovich (character designer, artist), Dave Crosland (comic artist), and Megan Lawton (inker) all tell horrible, horrible secrets about the comic book series.

Saturday July 23, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 29AB

2:00pm

Solution Squad: Teaching Math Through Comics
Veteran teacher Jim McClain presents Solution Squad, an all-ages comic featuring superheroes with powers and names based on math concepts. There is math embedded in every single page of the 32-page comic book. This workshop will take you through Solution Squad #1 step-by-step, showing how the digitally projectable and print comics can be used for direct instruction, as mnemonics for vocabulary and as springboards for deeper mathematical conversations and explorations that will stick with students throughout their entire school careers.

Saturday July 23, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library

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

2:00pm

Worldbuilding: Creating Realistic Fantasy Settings
Words are important. But how are they made? Claudia Christian (Wolf's Empire), Gini Koch (The Alien Series), Seanan McGuire (the October Daye and InCryptid series), Brandon Mull (Five Kingdom's Series), Scott Sigler (The Generations Trilogy), and Jon Skovron (Hope & Red) discuss how they set the stage for their stories and explore the dos and don'ts of building a living, breathing world for their characters in a panel moderated by Cindy Pon (Serpentine).

Saturday July 23, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 9

2:00pm

Writing with J. Michael Straczynski
If your heart is driving you to write and you can't imagine doing anything else, this is the panel for you. The discussion will cover writing for film, television, and comics in a Q&A style workshop, the quality of the discussion determined by the questions you bring. Learn the tricks of the writing trade from an Eisner, Icon, Inkpot, Hugo and Bradbury Award-winning writer and producer also nominated for a British Academy Award for Changeling. He's worked on World War Z and Thor and is one of the writer/producer/creators for Sense8. Come prepared for information and impertinence.

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

ComiXology Unlimited
Want to sample new titles? Looking to binge-read some classics? It's easier than ever with comiXology Unlimited, the new subscription service that allows you to explore thousands of comics, graphic novels, and manga. Get the latest on this new initiative from comiXology and suggestions on where to dive in from panelists David Steinberger (comiXology co-founder & CEO) and the comiXologist podcast crew Tia Vasiliou and Matt Kolowski.

Saturday July 23, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 29AB

3:00pm

DC 75 Years of Wonder Woman
In her 75-year publishing history, Wonder Woman has become one of the most popular and influential icons of all time, both as a "disciple of peace and love" and an "invincible enemy of injustice"! Don't miss this historic panel with topnotch talent and a few surprise guests who have shaped the Amazing Amazon into the hero and inspiration she is today.

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

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

[CANCELLED] 30th Anniversary of Dark Horse
CANCELLED: Fri, Jul 22, 05:24PM
We regret to announce that this program has been cancelled.

Saturday July 23, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 7AB

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

3:30pm

Doctor Who and Torchwood Comics
John Barrowman and Carole E. Barrowman give you the inside secrets of their brand new Torchwood comic, which debuts at the show. Get your fix of all things Whovian from writers Cavan Scott, George Mann, Rob Williams, and Paul Cornell and Doctor Who editor Andrew James, who reveal upcoming plans for Titan's Doctor Who comics and take you behind the scenes of Titan's stand-alone SDCC Doctor Who comic, created especially for the show! Exclusive sneak peeks at upcoming art from the cavalcade of amazing global talents! Each audience member will receive a free comic.

Saturday July 23, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 5AB

4:00pm

Let's Make a Comic: Parents & Kids Together Time
Parents, bring your kiddos, a few sheets of paper and a pencil, and let's get your kids making comics! Comics educator, former Marvel editor, and Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt presents a quick, child-based, tutorial on how to get your child's creativity flowing onto the page. In quick and easy steps, Andy will teach you and your child how to make a comic story on just one sheet of paper, how to learn to draw anything, and get you and your child making a comic, right in this session! How awesome is that?

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

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

The Nerd in the Classroom: Comics as an Educational Tool
Education's all-things nerd networking resource returns to Comic-Con. This year's edition will have a focus on student-generated comics, with an emphasis on autobiographical and memoir narratives. Learn from experts Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics), Randy Duncan (The Power of Comics: History, Form and Culture), Michael Ray Taylor (Creating Comics as Journalism, Memoir and Nonfiction), and Patrick Murphy (Fremont High/Weber State University).

Saturday July 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library

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

What's New From Abrams ComicArts
Charles Kochman (editorial director), Chad Beckerman (creative director), and panelists Damian Duffy and John Jennings (illustrator and writer of the forthcoming graphic novel adaptation Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation), Nathan Hale (author, the Eisner-nominated series Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales), and Cece Bell (author, the Eisner Award-winning graphic novel El Deafo) talk about upcoming Abrams ComicArts projects from their exciting fall list, including original graphic novels Becoming Andy Warhol (the story of how Andy Warhol became a world-renowned pop art icon); Si Lewen's Parade: An Artist's Odyssey by Si Lewen and Art Spiegelman (Pulitzer Prize-winning comics author and artist of Maus); and the latest trading card collections from Topps: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume 3. Also find out what's coming next year as they reveal some works in progress (such as The Best We Could Do, the debut graphic novel memoir by Thi Bui), videos, and never-before-seen titles and art.

Saturday July 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 28DE

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

4:15pm

Robert Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment
Prolific comic creator and Skybound Entertainment co-founder Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead franchise, Outcast) and Skybound Entertainment co-founder and CEO David Alpert (The Walking Dead franchise, Outcast) discuss what it means to run a multiplatform entertainment company. They'll explore projects such as The Walking Dead television franchise, their newest series Outcast, and what's in store for the company's bustling comics, film, gaming, and interactive divisions. Dan Murray (Skybound Interactive president), Rachel Skidmore (Skybound's director of media development) and writer Max Landis (Dirk Gently, American Ultra) will join the panel to discuss his new Skybound comic series Green Valley. Moderated by Yvette Nicole Brown (Community, The Odd Couple).

Saturday July 23, 2016 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Room 6DE

4:30pm

Vulture Presents: Valiant's Creators' Roundtable
Valiant Entertainment continues to be one of the biggest surprise successes in comics history, rising from the ashes in 2012 and generating some of the industry's smartest, most action-packed superhero stories. Valiant creators Jody Houser (Faith), Robert Venditti (X-O Manowar, Wrath of the Eternal Warrior), B. Clay Moore (Savage), and Joshua Dysart (Imperium) describe how they construct the Valiant universe, moderated by Vulture's Abraham Riesman (associate editor).

Saturday July 23, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 8

4:30pm

Weird Love: Vintage Romance Comics Come Alive
Weird Comics Live! Make a date with the Golden Age's romance genre and learn how it reflected the strange morals of its time and its relationship to today's comics creators and audiences. Craig Yoe (editor ofWeird Love comics) leads a juicy discussion with Ben Dickow (guest lecturer, Otis College of Art), Adriana Yugovich (LA Zine Fest), and Kristen Simon (former editor at Image Comics) looking at the role of women in these stories, while LA performance group Captured Aural Phantasy Theater dramatically reads from prime examples of this crazy genre.

Saturday July 23, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 26AB

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

Archie Comics' Super-Heroes: The Mighty Crusaders from MLJ to Dark Circle
Moderator Rik Offenberger is joined by TwoMorrows publisher John Morrow, Archie Comics president Mike Pellerito, and comics historians Chris Squires, and Michael Uslan (Batman movie producer) for a lively conversation about the Mighty Crusaders in all their incarnations from the Golden Age to today, as well as information about The MLJ Companion book, debuting at Comic-Con from TwoMorrows Publishing.

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

5:00pm

Comics 101: Making Sense of the World of Comics
Just getting into comics but not sure where to start? Some of the industry's biggest professionals draw on their vast comic knowledge and personally recommend series just right for you! David Steinberger (comiXology co-founder & CEO), G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel), Calvin Reid (Publishers Weekly), Frank J. Barbiere (Avengers World, The Revisionist), and Deb Aoki (Publishers Weekly, Manga Comics Manga) become your guides through the awesome world of comics!

Saturday July 23, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 28DE

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

5:30pm

Artists in the Spotlight: Geppi's Entertainment Museum
Geppi's Entertainment Museum (GEM) welcomes Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn), Jimmy Palmiotti (Painkiller Jane), Denis Kitchen (Kitchen Sink Press), and Shawn Martinbrough (Thief of Thieves), as they discuss their successful Artist Spotlight and Special Exhibit showings with GEM's Melissa Bowersox and Michael Solof, who will also reveal the plan to showcase the world's finest original comic book art in new traveling exhibits.

Saturday July 23, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 26AB

5:30pm

DC Rebirth: Behind the Scenes
Our jaws are still agape, and minds blown away from the biggest event of 2016: DC REBIRTH #1! Come get the inside scoop and all the secrets from some of the industry's most creative and ifluential people!

Saturday July 23, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 6DE

5:30pm

WWE: Then. Now. Forever.
BOOM! Studios is proud to announce a publishing partnership with WWE to bring the sports entertainment leader back to comic shops everywhere. BOOM! Studios president of publishing & marketing Filip Sablik, managing editor Bryce Carlson, editor Eric Harburn, artist Dan Mora for an inaugural power hour of special announcements and the debut of exclusive artwork, including the announcement of who will be writing the upcoming WWE: Then. Now. Forever comic coming in November. Plus, every attendee will recieve an exclusive, double-sided, one-page comic for free!

Saturday July 23, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 7AB

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

6:00pm

ValiantFans.com: 4001 A.D., Faith and Beyond
Valiant fans from around the world join in celebrating Valiant's 11th annual SDCC fan panel. Valiant guest panelists and moderator Brian Wells discuss everything Valiant, including 4001 A.D., Faith's ongoing series launch, and the smash hit Divinity II!

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

6:00pm

Gays (and more) in Comics (and more): Year 29: Queerly Inspired
LGBT creators and creators of LGBT-related comics discuss the works and events that inspire their work. Prism Comics and co-moderators Roger Klorese (Prism Comics Board) and Shannon Watters (BOOM! Studios, Lumberjanes) are joined by Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf), Robert Rodi (Merry Men, Loki), Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim), Ari Yarwood (Oni Press), and others to be announced.

Saturday July 23, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 29AB

6:30pm

Blades of Hope: A Comic Book Celebration of Women Through Martial Arts
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 11, 09:14AM
Following the international success of Jinnrise (due for release as a 2018 animated television series from m4e), Jabal Entertainment's CEO Sohaib Awan details the development of its latest project: Blades of Hope. Chris Ryall (editor-in-chief, IDW Publishing), Ron Corcillo (LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures), Russ Carney (Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Siya Oum (creator of Aspen's comics' Lola XOXO), and Maryam Awan (Blades of Hope) discuss how properties like Blades of Hope overcome roadblocks and stereotypes to become true transmedia brands. The Blades of Hope journey/movement is once again proving that gender specificity does not define heroism in comics or the real world.

Saturday July 23, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 8

7:00pm

Lighting, Lasers & Ladybugs: Creating Action Lab Comics
Bryan Seaton (Action Lab CEO/publisher) and Dave Dwonch (Action Lab president, Vamplets) host creators Mia Goodwin (Tomboy, Princeless), Thomas Astruc (Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir), Shawn Gabborin (Puppet Master, Fracture), and many more as they discuss what it takes to make thought-provoking, relevant comics in today's world, as well as adapting the worldwide hit series Miraculous from screen to print.

Saturday July 23, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 28DE

7:00pm

Spiritual Themes in Comics Panel
With religion and spirituality at the forefront of recent world events, panelists discuss the influence of spiritual themes in comics and pop culture. They will delve into the importance of spirituality to the culture as communicated through comics and other related media. The panel will be presenting the world premiere of a full episode from the new Bibleman series. Panelists include Scott Marcano (Diablo Publishing), Travis Hanson (Beanleaf Press), B. Dave Walters (talk radio host, Rise Up), Luis Serrano (Rooted Chronicles), Pastor Frederick K. C. Price (Crenshaw Christian Center), and moderator Dr. Thomas Parham (Azusa Pacific University).

Saturday July 23, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 4

7:00pm

Kevin Smith
What if you had a panel and the audience didn't show up? Kevin Smith can tell you what it's like: Last year, the clown prince of Comic-Con saw thousands of people abandon his annua Hall H talk for a once-in-a-lifetime outdoor Star Wars concert. But the plucky, portly director and podcaster is back to tell silly stories and talk about his new movie Yoga Hosers, his AMC Network shows Comic Book Men and Geeking Out, directing an episode of The Flash for The CW, his forthcoming Buckaroo Banzai adaptation, and the Mallrats sequel that's gonna be a TV series! You can't miss this perennial Hall H highlight (unless there's something way better going on at the same time, like a Star Wars concert).

Saturday July 23, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Hall H

8:00pm

Black Comix Returns: African American Independent Comic Publishing
Eisner nominee John Jennings (The Blacker the Ink) and Damian Duffy (Octavia E. Butler's Kindred), co-editors of the Black Comix art book, offer real talk about race and representation in independent comics publishing with the likes of 2016 Eisner nominee Ron Wimberly (Slave Punk, Prince of Cats), David Walker (Power Man & Iron Fist, Shaft), Ashley A. Woods (Niobe), Robert Love (Alpha Girl, S.P.O.O.K.S.), and Jeremy Love (Bayou, Fierce)

Saturday July 23, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 28DE

8:00pm

Darwyn Cooke Tribute
Celebrate the life and art of award-winning cartoonist Darwyn Cooke (The New Frontier, Parker) with moderator Jimmy Palmiotti and some of the biggest names in comics and animation, including Mike Allred, Scott Dunbier, Cully Hamner, Frank Tieri, and Bruce Timm.

Saturday July 23, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 25ABC

8:00pm

Neil Gaiman in Film: Dream Dangerously, The Price, Temple of Art
Patrick Meaney (Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods), Jordan Rennet (She Makes Comics), Cat Mihos (Dream Dangerously), Allan Amato (Temple of Art), Olga Nunes (Temple of Art), Christopher Salmon (The Price), Geoff Notkin (Meteorite Men), and Ethan McQuerrey (The Executive) discuss three different upcoming films featuring Neil Gaiman (Sandman,How To Talk To Girls At Parties).They will show clips from the films and then have a Q&A session/discussion moderated by Ethan McQuerrey and Geoff Notkin.

Saturday July 23, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 29AB

8:00pm

The EC Fan Addict Club
Larry Stark (EC's legendary "Number One Fan"), Grant Geissman (author of Feldstein! The MAD Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein), Bill Leach (publisher/editor of Horror from the Crypt of Fear), J. David Spurlock (biographer of Wallace "Wally" Wood), Ben Dickow (founder, Captured Aural Phantasy Theater), and Jon Gothold (Second Generation EC Fan-Addict) discuss the history of EC Comics fandom in a session moderated by Thommy and Josh Burns (admins, EC Fan-Addict Club on Facebook).

Saturday July 23, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 4

8:30pm

Not So Strange Bedfellows: The Relationship Between Comics and Pro Wrestling
Some have called the spectacle of pro wrestling a "comic book come to life." That is not far from the truth. From the heroics of Hulk Hogan, antiheroes such as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, and villains like Ric Flair, panelists from both worlds will explore the parallels that exist in character development and storyline advancement between these outrageous forms of popular art. Featuring Rik Offenberger (First Comics News), Francis Szyskowski (The Massacre Twins), Scott Lost (The 2nd Shift), Eburonson (The 2nd Shift), Michael Kingston (Headlocked), Jonathan Bowles (WrassleRoos), and Flobo Boyce (Silver Streek). Moderated by Joshua Waldrop (Red Guerrilla Media)

Saturday July 23, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 8
 
Sunday, July 24
 

10:00am

Calling All Kids: The Great Draw-Off
A panel of bestselling kids' comics creators engage in a live draw-off with audience participation. Perfect for kids of all ages! Featuring comic greats Jeffrey Brown (Jedi Academy), Nathan Hale (Hazardous Tales), Dana Simpson (Phoebe and Her Unicorn), Lucas Turnbloom (Dream Jumpers), and Judd Winnick (Hilo). This interactive experience will by moderated by sibling duo Jennifer and Matthew Holm (Babymouse, Sunny Side Up), with color commentary and sound effects by Tom Racine (Tall Tale Radio podcast).

Sunday July 24, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 30CDE

10:00am

Camp Out with Lumberjanes
Pack your bags, bring your s'mores kit, and get your badges ready! The brilliant minds and collaborators behind the breakout hit Lumberjanes (published by the BOOM! Studios imprint BOOM! Box), including Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, Chynna Clugston Flores, and editor Dafna Pleban, discuss the book's runaway success, what's in the pipeline for Mal, Molly, April, Jo, and Ripley, their current crossover with DC's Gotham Academy, and the importance of hardcore lady types. Moderated by BOOM! Studios associate editor Whitney Leopard.

Sunday July 24, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 25ABC

10:00am

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 they can accommodate 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.

Sunday July 24, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis & Marina

10:00am

Emily the Strange Panel Experience
Emily the Strange creator Rob Reger and illustrator Buzz Parker and special guest Strangers to get the insider scoop on final chapter of the all-ages Dark Horse comic book series Emily and the Strangers, including sneak peeks of new artwork and story lines from the final volume. Rob and Buzz will unveil new Emily the Strange works of art, a collaboration where Emily meets the Atomic Dog and gets Funkadelicized, and the latest on the long process of developing an animated feature film and TV show. Rob and Buzz will discuss their creative process of collaborating together for over 13 years. And as always, audience participation will be encouraged with plenty of rewards for being strange. Oh yeah, bring your Q's for some A's. Be there! or get lost!

Sunday July 24, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 32AB

10:00am

IDW: Kids Rule
From My Little Pony to Strawberry Shortcake, and Skylanders to TMNT Animated and X-Files: Origins to Disney, IDW loves kids' comics and love even more the kids who read them! Hear from the writers and editors of their all-ages fare and then stay for the best Q&A at SDCC since every question is open only to nonadults! Hosted by editors Sarah Gaydos and Bobby Curnow, with Derek Charm, Jake Goldman, and Haley Mancini (Powerpuff Girls), Jodie Houser (X-Files: Origins), Caleb Goellner (TMNT: Animated), Sara Richard (MLP), and Tony Fleece (MLP). Plus prizes for all kids in attendance!

Sunday July 24, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 4

10:00am

Little Fish: Making Comics Accessible For All
As the comics artform has become more ubiquitous and respected, there are still many challenges in making comics accessible and enjoyable for all. This panel will speak with Little Fish students Serena Leitner and Nikita Atrash, Mary Ellen Shu (librarian, Casa De Oro Elementary), Eric Shanower (writer/artist, Age of Bronze), Brian Volsang (director, Kevin Workman Foundation), and representatives from nonprofits about specific goals and challenges, including teaching homeless children, advocating for diversity, and harnessing the power of comics

Sunday July 24, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 23ABC

10:00am

Open Meeting of the Christian Comic Arts Society
There will be a short sermon by Steve Weese (Fans for Christ) and then panelists will discuss how they share the Gospel within the comic book and pop culture arena. The panel will feature Sergio Cariello (Action Bible), Joe Queen (Geeky Guys for GOD), Erin Weidermann (Bible Belles), Jerrell Connor (Restoration), and moderator Dr. Thomas Parham (Azusa Pacific University).

Sunday July 24, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 28DE

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

10:00am

Comic-Con How-To: How to Make a Comic
With audience participation ideas, Shelley and Patrick Block write and draw a 6-page Disney Donald Duck story before your eyes. This all-ages educational workshop examines the pure creative process of story creation, as well as touching on the format, gags, character quirks and writing structure needed to pull off a concise, funny, and interesting tale for comics.

Sunday July 24, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 2

10:00am

World Premiere of DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 15, 04:42PM
Girls around the world now have their very own Super Hero universe in which to play, watch, read and be inspired! To further bring this all-new realm to life, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is releasing DC Super Hero Girls shorts, TV specials and – as a Comic-Con exclusive presentation – the World Premiere of DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year. After the screening, voice cast members and filmmakers will discuss the animated feature-length movie, as well as spotlight the partnership between WB Consumer Products, DC Entertainment and Mattel in bringing the DC Super Hero Girls to life with a full line of action dolls, figures, accessories and playsets in the Fall of 2016. Also on the docket is a look at DC’s first-ever original graphic novel for DC Super Hero Grisl, as well as books from Random House. DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year features some of the top voice actors in the industry. Panelists will include the voice of Wonder Woman, Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery); the voice of Harley Quinn/Poison Ivy, Tara Strong (The Fairly Oddparents, My Little Pony) and the voice of Supergirl, Anais Fairweather (DC Super Hero Girls), alongside producer Jennifer Coyle (Bob’s Burgers), director Cecelia Aranovich (Bob’s Burgers), screenwriter/author Shea Fontana (Doc McStuffins, The 7D) and award-winning author Lisa Yee (DC Super Hero Girls books, American Girl books), as well as several surprise guests. DC All-Access host Tiffany Smith will moderate the panel. And everyone in attendance will receive a special DC Super Hero Girls gift courtesy of WB Consumer Products. The stellar voice cast also includes Mae Whitman (Batgirl/Barbara Gordon), Teala Dunn (Bumblebee) and Stephanie Sheh (Katana). Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on August 23, 2016 on DVD.

Sunday July 24, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Room 6BCF

10:30am

Comics Arts Conference #13: Teaching the Humanities Through Comics
Adam Golub (California State University, Fullerton) discusses strategies for teaching comics as literature in the university classroom. Deanna Heikkinen (Los Angeles Valley College) shares the lessons that she learned using superhero comics to teach a humanities course on 20th-century America. Michelle Lewis (Los Angeles Valley College) explains he she integrated Mendoza the Jew: Boxing, Manliness, and Nationalism, A Graphic History into the Western Civilization curriculum to teach historical techniques. These presentations are designed for teachers and a general audience interested in the changing views and uses of comics in American society.

Sunday July 24, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 26AB

11:00am

Changing the Reader, One World At A Time
Eisner Award winners, Brazilian Wonder Twins Gabriel Bá (Daytripper, Two Brothers) and Fábio Moon (Daytripper, Casanova) talk about how comics use images and words together to tell stories that leave a unique and incredibly powerful effect on readers. Find out which stories changed their lives and how they plan to keep changing the world with comics.

Sunday July 24, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 28DE

11:00am

Conan & Frazetta: Celebrating 50 Years
2016 is the 50th anniversary of the Frazetta-covered Conan revival from Lancer Books, which inspired all Conan activity since, including comic books, movies, live-action TV, animated shows, Dark Horse projects, scores of derivative characters, Arnold Schwarzenegger's governorship, gaming, and more. Hear from Frank Frazetta's daughter Holly Frazetta, author/historian J. David Spurlock, Conan historian Jeff Shanks, and the producers of the new Conan documentary, A Riddle Of Steel: The Definitive History of Conan the Barbarian.

Sunday July 24, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 29AB

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

Monster Battle Time
Six artists team up to draw monsters described by audience members in the most extreme battle of 2016! Featuring the talents of Sarah Graley (Rick and Morty: Lil' Poopy Superstar, Our Super Adventure), D. J. Kirkland (Black Mage), and Zach Lehner (Junior Braves of the Apocalypse). Free comics for all attendees.

Sunday July 24, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 32AB

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

11:00am

Secret Origin of Good Readers
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 11, 09:20AM
Women in comics discuss their reasons for writing, reading, and sharing comic books with the world. New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Anne Elizabeth (Once a Seal) and Marjorie M. Liu (Monstress), librarian Karen Green (Columbia University), Anina Bennet (Boilerplate, Heartbreakers and retailer Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics) give pointers on how comic books can work for you in your classrooms. Learn how your students can enjoy reading for pleasure, be they reluctant, struggling, or avid readers.

Sunday July 24, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Room 23ABC

11:15am

Marvel: Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 20, 08:38AM
If you want the lowdown on present and future Spider-Man titles, then join us for this exclusive and revealing panel! Learn more about the upcoming mega-event DEAD NO MORE: THE CLONE CONSPIRACY, which finds Spider-Man amidst a gauntlet of his greatest foes, and marks the arrival of a mysterious new villain plus the return of loved ones lost! PLUS – Get the low-down on the rest of the Spider-family and other street-level characters! Panelists include Marvel Talent Scout Rickey Purdin and Associate Editor Devin Lewis, as well as Peter David (Spider-Man 2099), Jason Latour (Spider-Gwen), and Robbie Thompson (Silk)!

Sunday July 24, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 5AB

11:30am

Comic-Con How-To: Proper Pitching and Promoting Yourself
Bryan Tillman covers such topics as presentation, body language, elevator pitches, standing out, interview skills, and how to make an opportunity when there isn't one. This is the program for you if you are looking to make a name for yourself or trying to get your ideas in front of your company of choice.

Sunday July 24, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 2

12:00pm

Avatar: The Last Airbender: Gene Yang
Celebrate Nickelodeon's Avatar: The Last Airbender with the brilliant mind of Eisner winner Gene Yang, along with guests panelists. They'll discussing story lines and tease the future in a panel full of surprises and behind-the-scenes stories.

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

12:00pm

Comics Arts Conference #14: The Caped Crusader on Campus: Batman Goes to College
The same qualities that make Batman one of the most famous characters in the world also make him an excellent vehicle for teaching a variety of topics and reaching students. Batman is the superhero with no superpowers, with a tragic origin that evokes feelings and understanding from anyone who reads it, and a character that occupies an environment that, while a bit bizarre at times, usually feels like it could be real. This session provides an exploration of using Batman to teach arts and science at the university level. Panelists discuss the relevance of Batman and the Bat-family in conveying concepts of psychology, kinesiology and neuroscience to undergraduates. E. Paul Zehr (Becoming Batman), Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight), Chris Yogerst (University of Wisconsin), Hannah Means-Shannon (Dark Horse Comics), Michael Uslan (The Dark Knight trilogy), and Paul Levitz (DC Comics) discuss and dissect the role of the Caped Crusader on campus.

Sunday July 24, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 26AB

12:00pm

How (and Why) Kids Started Reading Comics Again
How (and why) did comics and graphic novels for kids go from a sliver of the market to dominating the sales charts? And what's next for the category? New York Times bestselling cartoonist Raina Telgemeier (Drama, Sisters) and children's librarian Eva Volin are joined by comic industry insiders Gina Gagliano (marketing manager, First Second Books), Adam Staffaroni (senior editor, ROAR Comics), and Sarah Gaydos (editor, IDW) to discuss their theories. Moderated by Josh Elder (executive director, Reading With Pictures).

Sunday July 24, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 25ABC

12:00pm

Skybound Comics
Skybound editor Jon Moisan and creators and artists including Juan Gedeon (Horizon), Shawn Martinbrough (Thief of Thieves), Brandon Thomas (Horizon), and Josh Williamson (Birthright, Ghosted) discuss their work and the comics industry as a whole.

Sunday July 24, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 7AB

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

12:00pm

The Complete Wimmen's Comix: A Her-story
Groundbreaking women cartoonists discuss the pioneering history of this comic series that covered still-taboo topics like abortion, menstruation, masturbation, castration, lesbians, witches, murderesses, and feminists. Featuring cartoonists Joan Hilty, Barbara "Willy" Mendes, Rebecka Wright, Lee Marrs, Mary Fleener, Sharon Rudahl, Caryn Leschen, Terre Richards, and moderator Trina Robbins.

Sunday July 24, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 29AB

12:00pm

Comic Creator Connection
NEW: Mon, Jul 11, 09:56AM
Are you a writer with a great idea for a comic book series, but you can’t draw? Or maybe you’re an artist looking to illustrate an incredible story, but you can’t write. Perhaps you’re both looking for someone to collaborate with so you can jumpstart your careers in the comic book industry. At San Diego Comic-Con 2016’s Comic Creator Connection, you just might find each other! San Diego Comic-Con is proud to once again host the Comic Creator Connection, a fast-paced networking event that puts writers and artists together to help them meet new creative partners. Here’s how it works: in two 2-hour sessions—on Friday, July 22, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM and Sunday, July 24, from 12:00 to 2:00 PM—writers and artists will sit down across from each other at a table. (And by artists, we mean pencillers, inkers, colorists, etc. All are welcome!) Then, in 5-minute sessions, you will talk one-on-one with each other about your ideas and skills. At the end of each 5-minute period, you will get up and move on to the next person. If you’re interested in furthering the conversation, you’ll exchange contact information. Think of it as speed-dating, but for writers and artists! Sign ups are taken in advance for this event, but space may still be available on site.

Sunday July 24, 2016 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis & Marina

12:15pm

CBLDF E.C. Lives! Art Jam
Sixty years ago, EC Comics threw in the towel, shuttering everything but MAD magazine when the Picto-Fiction titles failed to reach an audience. Although defeated by the Comics Code and the moral panic of the 1950s, EC left an indelible mark on the comics medium that's still felt to this day. Artists will create pieces in tribute to the EC tradition before your eyes. These great creators will share their perspectives on censorship and make once-in-a-lifetime art to benefit the Fund's important work defending the right to read comics. Get a chance to watch live art being created, learn about censorship, and bid to win the pieces made during the panel! All proceeds benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Sunday July 24, 2016 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Room 5AB

12:15pm

World Premiere of Batman Unlimited: Mech vs. Mutants
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 15, 04:46PM
The Dark Knight is back doing what he does best – protecting the citizens of Gotham – in the third installment of the Batman Unlimited series, Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants. When evil scientist Mr. Freeze activates his latest invention on two of Gotham’s most formidable criminals – Killer Croc and Bane – things go from bad to worse. Turning them into super-sized mutant monsters, the Super-Villains start bashing through the streets of Gotham with no end in sight. It’s up to the Caped Crusader and his Super Hero team to save the day by putting the giant robot mechs in their place – but it will be an uphill battle as they face off against enormous foes. Join the heroic voices of Batman, Green Arrow and Nightwing – Roger Craig Smith (Batman: Arkham Origins, Assassin’s Creed games), Chris Diamantopoulos (Episodes, Silicon Valley) and Will Friedle (Batman Beyond, Boy Meets World), respectively – along with the villainous voice of Killer Croc, John DiMaggio (Futurama, Batman: Under the Red Hood) and filmmakers and other voice cast members for the World Premiere of the film and a lively panel discussion afterward. The cast includes Charlie Schlatter (Diagnosis Murder, Kick Buttkowski), Oded Fehr (The Mummy, Resident Evil: Apocalypse), Dana Snyder (Aqua Teen Hunger Force), Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911), Troy Baker (Batman: Assault on Arkham) and Phil LaMarr (MAD TV, Futurama). Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants is produced and directed by Curt Ceda from a script written by Kevin Burke & Chris “Doc” Wyatt. Produced by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants comes to DVD via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on September 13, 2016.

Sunday July 24, 2016 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Room 6BCF

12:30pm

Marvel: Women of Marvel
From Ms. Marvel to the A-Force, from Twitter to tumblr, women in comics has been one of the most talked-about topics in comics recently. Join the conversation as women from multiple disciplines in the creative process at Marvel discuss what it's like working as a woman in comics today and what it means for the future of the industry. Panelists include content development director Sana Amanat, producer Judy Stephens, social media manager Adri Cowan, Marvel Live host Lorraine Cink, writer G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel), Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. costume designer Ann Foley, and others.

Sunday July 24, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 6DE

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

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

1:00pm

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

1:00pm

YA? Why Not? The Importance of Teen and Young Adult Comics
Once the fastest growing genres in literature, YA books have grown beyond babysitting and first loves. Now that graphic novels are making award-winning shortlists, comics aimed at middle-grade and young adult readers are growing in popularity. BOOM! Studios senior editor Sierra Hahn and creators Hope Larson (Goldie Vance,Compass South), Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Drama), Cecil Castellucci (Shade, The Changing Girl, Moving Target: Princess Leia) and Brenden Fletcher (Gotham Academy) discuss the significance of these emerging categories of comics and what they mean for modern literacy.

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

1:00pm

Comics Arts Conference #15: Comics Communities
Emily Rauber Rodriguez (University of Southern California) uses the Star Wars: Shattered Empire miniseries as a case study of how licensed comics negotiate a curious transmedia space between adaptation, sequel, and promotion. Jeremiah Massengale (University of the Cumberlands) uses letters from readers to analyze the impact of a nine-day storyline about death and loss in the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. Julia Round (Bournemouth University) uses the letters pages in Misty comic books to demonstrate how the comic, employing the dominant discourses of the horror genre, supported creativity, diversity, and community within the readership.

Sunday July 24, 2016 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 26AB

1:30pm

Disney Kingdoms: Theme Park Stories with Marvel Comics
The creators of the popular Disney Kingdoms imprint by Marvel discuss what makes this collaborative relationship of theme park storytelling in comic books so much fun. Expect anecdotes on the development of previous titles as well as a glimpse at what is next to come.

Sunday July 24, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 8

1:45pm

DC: My Secret Origin or How I Broke In to Comics
They say breaking up is hard to do, but breaking into comics may be tougher! Get an inside look at how some of DC's top talent broke in, crafting the tales of your favorite DC superheroes!

Sunday July 24, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Room 6DE

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

20th Anniversary of DC's Birds of Prey
Celebrate the longest-running female superhero team in history with editor/creator Jordan B. Gorfinkel (Batman, Michael Midas Champion), writers Shawna and Julie Benson (DC's Rebirth, CW's The 100), and fan favorite writers Chuck Dixon (Batman, Punisher) and Gail Simone (Secret Six, Deadpool) as they reveal inside stories from the comics series, animated episodes, TV adaptations-and a feature film? Limited number of signed copies to be given away.

Sunday July 24, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 28DE

2:00pm

ComiXology Ask Me Anything Special Sunday Edition
ComiXology, Amazon's premier digital comic shopping and reading platform, spills the beans on everything you wanted to know about digital comics, publishing, and more! Want to know about comiXology Unlimited, the new monthly subscription service? Come to this panel. Want to know more about how to get your comic up on comiXology Submit? This is your panel. Featuring comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger, comiXology communications guru Chip Mosher, and the comiXologist podcast crew Tia Vasiliou and Matt Kolowski.

Sunday July 24, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 29AB

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

Saving the Bank: Budgeting a Comic Book Project
Andy Schmidt (Marvel and IDW editor and Comics Experience founder) won't just tell you how to budget a comic, he'll show you on screen! He'll walk you through the very real costs of creating a comic book, publishing it, and distributing it through certain channels. It's eye opening and fear inducing, but then he'll give you some serious tips on how to save money and get back to black!

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

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

Comics Arts Conference #16: The Culture of Comic-Con: Field Studies of Fans and Marketing
Comic-Con offers students of popular culture an amazing venue to study how culture is marketed to and practiced by its fans. Robin Holloway (Wake Forest University), Thaddeus Kimm (Wittenberg University), Alexandra Jenkins (Texas A&M University-Texarkana), Jodie McKaughan (Radford University), Joan Miller (University of Southern California, Annenberg), Morgan Mitchell (Wittenberg University), Glen Stamp (Ball State University), Alix Watson (Ball State University), and Stephanie Webb (University of Denver) present initial findings from a week-long ethnographic field study of the intersection of fan practice at the nexus of cultural marketing and fan culture that is Comic-Con 2016. Matthew J. Smith (Wittenberg University) moderates.

Sunday July 24, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 26AB

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

3:00pm

Inside DST: Ghostbusters, Star Trek, Marvel & More!
Diamond Select Toys president Chuck Terceira and prototype painter Jason Wires discuss upcoming action figures, statues, ships, and banks for Doctor Strange, Gotham, and more! Marketing supervisor Zach Oat moderates.

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

3:00pm

Kickstarter Secrets Revealed
Whether you're thinking about launching your first Kickstarter project or you're ready to embark on your fifth, our lineup of veteran creators has a wealth of invaluable information for you. Jamie Tanner (Kickstarter's comics outreach lead), Hope Nicholson (The Secret Loves of Geek Girls), Kel McDonald (Sorcery 101), and George Rohac (CEO, Breadpig) discuss all things Kickstarter, from the best way to promote your project to avoiding common pitfalls and everything in between.

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

3:00pm

Super Asian America
Gene Yang (New Superman), Peter Shinkoda (Daredevil), Keith Chow (Nerds of Color), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), Christine Dinh (comics branding professional), and other comic book titans discuss the ever-evolving state of Asian Americans in media. Moderated by Racebending.

Sunday July 24, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 29AB

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

3:30pm

Pro/Fan Comics Trivia Match
The 21st anniversary trivia showdown matches Len Wein's (creator, Wolverine, Swamp Thing) Purple Prose team against the fan Black Ink Irregulars, who include Derek McCaw (Fanboy Planet podcast) and Peter S. Svensson (comics journalist). Questions written by Tom Galloway (Suicide Squid) will focus on characters and events having a n5th or n0th anniversary, such as the Batman TV show, Captain America, Aquaman, Fantastic Four, Black Panther, and many more. Trash talk will focus on being funny!

Sunday July 24, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 26AB

4:00pm

Full-Time Creative Work on a Part-Time Schedule
This annual panel is for any group with a goal. It presents the vital basics of group management and networking that can apply to literally any project, from hobbiest to professional. Whether your goal is a career or professional-level hobby, your projects are a full-time job and you have only part-time hours to accomplish them. Much of achieving your goals rests with everyone helping each other with the skills, training, or talents no one individual has. Topher Davila (art director, GeekdomWear), Heather Joseph-Witham, Ph.D. (Mythbusters), Amber Goelst (Wacom Enterprise/Education), Sean Glumace (Adobe education leader), Gene Turnbow (general manager, Krypton Radio), Renah Wolzinger (higher education leadership: statewide technical assistance provider), Brendan Creecy (Radio Brendo Man podcast), Ron Coleman, Ph.D (molecular geneticist), Stephen Burns (Photoshop digital artist, author, and lecturer), Chris Dickens (writer and co-creator of Vigilante Project), and Mario Martinez (co-creator, TomatoTV) provide a mix of speaking, questions, and some short interactive applications where the audience can directly apply the topics covered. Handouts will be provided that cover tips, wisdom, and dos and donts from previous panels. As a bonus to help get your creative work life further along, you'll get a one-year subscription to Adobe's Creative Cloud. They also have a second tool to give away of particular use to anyone that even touches artwork: A Wacom tablet! You must be at the panel to be eligible for either giveaway.

Sunday July 24, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 24ABC

4:00pm

How Cartoons influence S.T.E.M. to S.T.E.A.M. Programs
Joining cartoonist Marie Zhivago (Dr. Zhivago) are local guest leaders presenting information and examples of how cartoons can be represented and influence science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. "Tony" Michael Claudio (engineering educator, Olympian High School, Sweetwater District for 3D and Laser Printing) will show how 2D cartoon examples can be printed into a 3D samples. Pamela Hendrickson (president, National Council of Negro Women Inc. S.T.E.A.M.) will discuss a 15-year S.T.E.A.M. workshop based on an interest in a career in Arts for kids. Karen Daniels (Old Globe Theater arts engagement manager) will talk about the theatrical, technical, and engineering aspect of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas. A brief Q&A session moderated by Analyn Simon (UCSD Medical Center) will be followed by a drawing workshop by Dr. Zhivago for kids.

Sunday July 24, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 30CDE

4:00pm

Markiplier Comics & More: Keenspot / Red Giant 2016
YouTube superstar Markiplier hosts this 16th annual Comic-Con panel devoted to pioneering webcomics publisher Keenspot. They are once again joined by their partners from transmedia company RedGiant Entertainment, publishers of the Markiplier comic book miniseries (first issue in stores July 27) that will be one of the main topics of discussion. Creators scheduled to appear include Thomas Fischbach (Twokinds), Benny Powell (Markiplier Comics), David Campiti (Pandora's Blogs), and YouTube softball stars Bobby Crosby and Benny Amesquita.

Sunday July 24, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 7AB