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Thursday, July 21
 

11:00am

Masters Of The Web: How We Got Started, How You Can Get Started-
Some of the leading voices in the online film journalism/punditry world discuss the state of Hollywood movies, how they got started, and how you can get started with your own blog/podcast/YouTube channel. Panelists include John Campea (Comic-Con HQ), Tiffany Smith (Fandango, DC All Access), Kristian Harloff (Collider, Fandango), Grae Drake (senior editor, Rotten Tomatoes) Jeremy Jahns (YouTube film critic), and Jon Schnepp (Collider Heroes).

Thursday July 21, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 7AB

11:00am

Spotlight on Maggie Thompson
Maggie Thompson (Toucan blogger) interviews three other "Nerd Family" kids: Lora Boehm (daughter of John and Bjo Trimble), Sky McLeod (daughter of Scott McCloud and Ivy Ratafia), and Caroline David (daughter of Peter and Kathleen David). Check out what four generations of second-generation fans have to share.

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

12:00pm

Raising Fankids: Teaching Young Geeks to be Self Confident and Successful
Pasquale Piro (Raising Fankids, 8th grade teacher) moderates a panel discussing techniques and experiences that help kids grow up nerdy without the negative connotation. The panel includes Alissa Piro (middle school teacher, mom), Frankie Desmond (Jack of All Trades costumes, dad), Mike Conrad (father of two), and Maia Nilsson (high school student).

Thursday July 21, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

12:00pm

The Geek & Sundry Panel
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 15, 09:53AM
Calling all geeks! Join Felicia Day (Supernatural, The Guild ) as she leads you on a journey through the thrilling fanscape of Geek & Sundry. Special guests include Matthew Mercer (Critical Role), Laura Bailey (Critical Role, Titansgrave), Marisha Ray ( Critical Role, Signal Boost), Ryon Day (Co-Optitude), Ivan Van Norman (TableTop, Game the Game) and more! Get the inside scoop on some of your favorite shows and learn about what exciting new stuff Geek & Sundry has in store for the future. Game on!

Thursday July 21, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

1:00pm

Inside the World of Geek Cosmetics
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 07, 02:48PM
Whether you want to show off your love for Steven Universe through your nail polish or use eye shadow to express your obsession with Fallout, there are more options to fulfill your geeky cosmetics needs now than ever before. This panel will provide an inside look at the state of geek cosmetics. Moderated by Lisa Granshaw, panelists Sami "Dena" Rees (AFK Cosmetics), Anya Kaiser (Lucky 13 Lacquer), and Caitlin Johnstone (Shiro Cosmetics) will discuss how these products are made, how geek cosmetics have evolved over the years, what the future may hold for the industry, and more. Time will be left for Q&A.

Thursday July 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

1:00pm

Mattel & WWE Fan Panel
The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods), along with AJ Styles and Becky Lynch, offer a fun-filled hour that definitely won't be sour! Get your recommended daily value of positivity, unicorn magic, and action figures in this gluteus-free panel featuring never-before-seen Mattel figure reveals along with a Q&A session moderated by NXT color commentator Corey Graves.

Thursday July 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 5AB

1:00pm

On the Mic Podcast Live from San Diego Comic-Con
The popular entertainment and comedy podcast is osted by Tim Drake, award-winning filmmaker, writer, author, and Second City alumni. Tim's jokes/tweets have been featured on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and Larry King Now. Tim will be joined by his production partner, actor, and writer, Austin Grant (Being Charlie, Wind River, 6 Below), as well as a special celebrity guest, talking film, TV, and comedy.

Thursday July 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

1:00pm

The Nerdist Panel with Chris Hardwick
It's that time of year again-time to enjoy your burrito with Chris Hardwick (Comedy Central's @Midnight, AMC's Talking Dead) and talk all things Nerdist! Joining Chris will be an all-star panel of your favorite Nerdist personalities, including Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News), Rachel Heine (editor-in-chief), Dan Casey (The Dan Cave), Alicia Lutes (Fangirling), Legendary Digital Networks Adam Rymer, and a surprise guest or two. Join the gang for a lively conversation about the big things to come for Nerdist in the near future. Surprises, announcements, and, of course, quemments await!

Thursday July 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

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

1:30pm

Nerd Trivia Challenge: Author Edition
Nerd Trivia Challenge is a one-hour ame show featuring three teams of today's biggest authors competing for the chance to be the champions of nerdy knowledge. Authors Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicle), Pierce Brown (Red Rising), Romina Russell (Zodiac), Chuck Wendig (Invasive), Sam Sykes (The City Stained Red), Cecil Castellucci (Star Wars: Moving Target), V. E. Schwab (A Gathering of Shadows), Camilla D'Errico (Pop Manga, Pop Painting, Pop Manga Coloring Book), and Duane Swierczynski (Revolver) test their knowledge of everything from Marvel Universe characters to Harry Potter. Moderated by Brandon T. Snider (What Would Captain Kirk Do?).

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

2:00pm

Foam Costume/Cosplay Fabrication
Mike Schiffbauer of Dragonfyre Designs, along with Sean Shaw of Shawshank Props, and Malaki Keller of Quantum Creation FX share the exciting secrets of creating your own amazing cosplay props and costumes from foam and other similar media. Make sure you get a front row seat to an hour filled with tips, tricks and a generous Q&A session that will attempt to answer the costume and prop questions you want to have answered. Be sure to stay to the end for the giveaway featuring two amazing ready-to-wear costume helmets!

Thursday July 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

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

Meet Comic-Con HQ
Comic-Con HQ is the new streaming video-on-demand destination for the Comic-Con community. Enjoy live-streamed original programming and unbeatable access to SDCC panels, sneak previews, and special features during Comic-Con. Then continue the Comic-Con experience all year round with live events, original series, and daily entertainment news, plus hundreds of handpicked movies and TV shows from your favorite genres. Come meet the family and learn more about what you can expect from Comic-Con HQ, such as Con Man, Kings of Con, Pop Culture Quest, Her Universe Fashion Show, Impossible Science, Film HQ, Mostly Harmless, and What's News?! Surprise guests and sneak peeks abound!

Thursday July 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

2:00pm

State of the Holodeck
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 21, 07:28AM
It's been only a year since these speakers surveyed the VR landscape in their Building the Holodeck panel, but it seems like a lifetime in terms of what virtual and augmented reality are offering consumers, scientists, and media today. In this update, panelists Tony Christopher (CEO & president Landmark Entertainment Group), Mary Jesse (Chief Strategy Officer, VRStudios), Julian Reyes (VR producer, Fusion Media Network), Chanel Summers (Co-Founder at Syndicate 17/Lecturer at USC), Kevin T. Custer (Head of Advanced Media at GoPro), Mark Murphy (Partner/Creative Director, Neil deGrasse Tyson Presents Space Odyssey), and Michael Licht (Creative Director and Co-founder, Emblematic Group) will discuss how they create immersive environments ranging from zombie-infested castles and martian landscapes, to Syrian refugee camps.

Thursday July 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 32AB

2:00pm

Transformers Animation: Then and Now
Celebrate the legacy of the Transformers characters and stories that have led you to Robots in Disguise.

Thursday July 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 5AB

2:15pm

Feral Audio Live with Dan Harmon and his Podcast Pals
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 13, 11:36AM
From Starburns Industries (Animals,Anomalisa, Rick and Morty), comes a Hall H live podcast recording of unparalleled precedent! Podcast pioneer Dan Harmon (Harmontown, Community) brings to the stage some of his best known pals from the fiercely independent Feral Audio network, including Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher (Put Your Hands Together, Take My Wife), Johnny Pemberton (Twisting the Wind, Neighbors 2), Steve Agee (Uhhh..., Adventure Time), My Favorite Murder hosts Georgia Hardstark (Slumber Party) and Karen Kilgariff (Mr. Show), Alie Ward (Slumber Party, Cooking Channel), Doughboys Mike Mitchell (The Birthday Boys) and Nick Wiger (Comedy Bang! Bang!), Jeff B. Davis (Harmontown, Whose Line Is It Anyway?), the smooth men of Beyond Yacht Rock, and more, including a special appearance live via phone by Chelsea Peretti (Call Chelsea Peretti, Brooklyn Nine-Nine). Feral Audio's General Manager/Creative Director Shawn Kittelsen will moderate the proceedings. Podcast fans, come make Con history with us!

Thursday July 21, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Hall H

2:30pm

Star Trek: Where Lawyers Boldly Go
California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, former judge Paul Grewal (now vice president and general counsel of litigation for Facebook) and attorneys Neel Chatterjee (lead trial counsel for Facebook in the lawsuit depicted in the film The Social Network), Joshua Gilliland (The Legal Geeks), Jessica Mederson (The Legal Geeks), Christine Peek, and Megan Hitchcock will boldly go across the top legal issues in Star Trek. This panel will focus on specific episodes from all of the Star Trek series that highlight the best legal issues, from positively showing women in the practice of law to civil rights, trial advocacy, and due process.

Thursday July 21, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 24ABC

3:00pm

1986: There Can Be Only One
It was "a bad call, Ripley, a bad call," as Mark A. Altman's Algonquin Geek Table twists and shouts to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the glorious moviegoing nirvana of 1986. This panel of professional geeksperts will look back at such now classic films as Aliens, Highlander, Top Gun, Blue Velvet, Manhunter, Stand By Me, Ferris Bueller's Day's Off, Back to School, Big Trouble in Little China, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, The Fly, Short Circuit, Labyrinth, 9½ Weeks-and how could we forget (as much as we'd like to) Howard the Duck and Cobra? Starring Ashley E. Miller (writer, Big Trouble in Little China remake), Jose Molina (Firefly, Agent Carter), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels, The Clone Wars), Glen C. Oliver (Ain't It Cool News), Robert Meyer Burnett (Agent Cody Banks, ST: TNG Blu-rays), and Charles de Lauzirika (Crave, The Alien Anthology). Moderated by Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood). There be whales here! Presented by the all-new Geek Magazine.

Thursday July 21, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 5AB

3:00pm

Destination: Nerd
Anastasia Washington (Anastationtv, Legion of Leia), CuriousJoi (CuriousJoi, Icon), Brittany Heyden (TenaciousBee Designs), Jasmine Rubero (TheBeheaded), Marlon (Nerd Coolture), Jennifer Kretchmer (producer, actress), Michelle I am Chubby Bunny Bradley (Geek and Sundry, Otaku Movie Anatomy), and Katie Elhoffer (Elhoffer Design) discuss traveling in Nerd style! Moderated by Emily Kelley (GameScribes).

Thursday July 21, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

3:00pm

Fantasy Mixology: The Perfect Literary Cocktail
While the average happy hour involves a bit of gin, rum, or vodka, these authors mix things up with witches, demons, giants, ghosts, Celtic gods, and other magical beings. Top-shelf authors Paul Cornell (Witches of Lychford), Kevin Hearne (The Iron Druid Chronicles), Richard Kadrey (Perdition Score), Paul Krueger (Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge), Drew Magary (The Hike), and Mary Robinette Kowal (Ghost Talkers and The Glamourist series) discuss the ingredients that go into making your favorite fantasy cocktails. Moderated by Petra Mayer from NPR.

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

3:30pm

Under the Radar
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 19, 07:03PM
An in-depth look at the best in genre fare from the festival circuit and beyond, moderated by Fandango's Erik Davis and featuring the Los Angeles Times' Marc Bernardin, MTV's Amy Nicholson and The Daily Beast's Jen Yamato. Special guest panelists include Doug Benson and the team behind SXSW teen fanfic hit Slash, including director Clay Liford and star Michael Johnston (Teen Wolf), director Ti West with a look at his new film In A Valley of Violence, starring Ethan Hawke and John Travolta, TIFF hit The Mind's Eye with director Joe Begos, and hot off their successful Kickstarter campaign for the film adaptation of author Chuck Palahniuk's (Fight Club) award-winning novel, Lullaby, director Andy Mingo and producer Josh Leake will be bringing a sneak peek behind-the-scenes of this independent film that represents Palahniuk's very personal vision. Plus win free movie tickets from Fandango, as well as the chance to attend Comic-Con screenings of two of the panel's highly recommended and critically acclaimed horror films opening later this year.

Thursday July 21, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hall H

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

Silicon Valley Panel and Q&A
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 15, 09:59AM
HBO's Silicon Valley, the Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated series, takes a comic look at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. Silicon Valley concluded its third season in June and will begin production on season 4 later this year. The panel will include co-creator and executive producer Mike Judge, executive producer Alec Berg, and cast members Thomas Middleditch (Richard Hendricks), Zach Woods (Jared Dunn), Kumail Nanjiani (Dinesh Chugtai), and Amanda Crew (Monica Hall). Moderated by Dan Snierson (Entertainment Weekly).

Thursday July 21, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

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

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

The Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con: To Bechdel, Or Not to Bechdel
You might be seeing more popular media starring women, but are there more that are actually about women? With so many stories failing the Bechdel Test (a test that measures whether a story has two women in it who talk about something other than a man), it leaves many wondering if pop culture is making any progress at all. Here to discuss the Bechdel test as well as diversity in media (and the lack thereof), are Action Flick Chick, Katrina Hill (100 Greatest Graphic Novels), Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy, Star Wars Psychology), Jennifer Stuller (Ink-Stained Amazons, GeekGirlCon), Patricia Tallman (Babylon 5, Quest Retreats), Jessica Tseang (Little Geek Girls, Girl on Geek), Tony B. Kim (Hero Within, Crazy4ComicCon), Ashley Bles (Henderson State University), and moderator Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia, Most Craved).

Thursday July 21, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 24ABC

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

6:30pm

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

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

7:30pm

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

8:00pm

Psychology of Cult TV Shows: Episode 3
Back by popular request, this panel focuses on the psychology behind the most recent seasons of your favorite TV shows, including Doctor Who, Supernatural, Sherlock, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Castle, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and others. Psychologists Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy, Star Wars Psychology) and Travis Langley (Doctor Who Psychology, Star Trek Psychology), TV writer Christine Boylan (Castle, Once Upon a Time), actors Maurice La Marche (Pinky and the Brain, Futurama) and Chase Masterson (Star Trek, Flash), host Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia, Star Wars Psychology), and surprise guests discuss your favorite TV shows. Alan Kister (Doctor Who: A History, Walking Dead Psychology) moderates.

Thursday July 21, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 25ABC

8:00pm

The 501st Legion: Star Wars Villainous Costuming
An introduction to the creation of fan-made villain costumes from all seven Star Wars movies and beyond. Legion members from the Imperial Sands and Southern California Garrisons will provide an overview of the creative process that bring Stormtroopers, Tusken Raiders, Boba Fett, or Kylo Ren from the silver screen in to reality. Dean Amstutz (ISG membership liaison) will discuss the membership journey, from initial interest through final approval. Lesley Farquhar (ISG commanding officer) will present information on the history, organization. and mission of the 501st Legion as "Bad Guys Doing Good"! Kevin Weir (Imperial Surplus Armor, KW Designs owner) will relate his process for working with hard armor parts. Jazlynne Wilson (ISG member) will speak about soft fabric construction. Dawn Bright (Flagship Eclipse Detachment executive officer) will discuss the process and requirements for bringing a new canon costume into the Legion. Todd Mullin (ISG executive officer) moderates.

Thursday July 21, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

8:15pm

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Let's do the Time Warp Again! Executive-produced by Lou Adler, Gail Berman, and Kenny Ortega, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is an all-new star-studded reimagining of the cult classic, which is celebrating 40 years of theatrical distribution, longer than any other film in history, for broadcast television! Sweethearts Janet (Victoria Justice) and Brad (Ryan McCartan) stumble upon Dr. Frank-N-Furter's (Laverne Cox) bizarre abode. Frank-N-Furter, a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious alien mad scientist, with the help of his faithful servants Riff Raff (Reeve Carney) and Magenta (Christina Milian), is holding an annual Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of Rocky Horror (Staz Nair), a fit, attractive man created solely to fulfill Frank's desires. Join cast and producers for an exclusive first look at the two-hour event premiering this fall on FOX.

Thursday July 21, 2016 8:15pm - 10:45pm
Room 6DE

8:30pm

Dr. Horrible Sing Along Blog
Join the fun and sing along as the California Browncoats screen Internet sensation Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Enter the horrible costume contest and win horrible prizes in four categories: Best Dr. Horrible, Captain Hammer, Penny, and "other" character from the show. A grand prize will be awarded to one well-prepared individual for "Best in Show." Do not bounce!

Thursday July 21, 2016 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Room 6BCF
 
Friday, July 22
 

10:00am

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

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

10:00am

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

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

The Black Panel
Wayne Brady (actor, producer), Karen Hunter (The Karen Hunter Show, Karen Hunter Publishing, Pulitzer Prize winner), Rosalind Alexander-Kasparik (Recall & Given), and Tomiya Gaines (the perfect $20 date) are the 2016 Black Panel. This year's presidential election has seen much attention focused on race. There is a sea change in the air and creators of color, and their fans will feel it soon if they haven't already. It's a new start to the famed Black Panel and as always a surprise guest or two may join the fray.

Friday July 22, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 5AB

10:30am

Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion's Con Man Panel
Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Powerless, Star Wars: Rogue One) and Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog), along with P. J. Haarsma, Felicia Day, Nolan North, Mindy Sterling, and many more, discuss their wild ride with Comic-Con HQ on season 2 and the amazing friends and unforgettable fans who made season one possible. You can expect plenty of surprise guests, giveaways, and one very special sneak peek! Moderated by Nathan Fillion.

Friday July 22, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Hall H

12:00pm

How to Build a Geek Brand
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 13, 11:27AM
Do you dream of converting your nerd passion into a full-time career but feel overwhelmed with the next steps? Whether writing your first book, becoming a YouTube personality or creating an innovative product, the road to success can be filled with many obstacles and pitfalls. Join geek pros as they help you get started, discover some shortcuts, and inspire you to make an impact in pop culture. Panelists include Tony B. Kim (founder of Hero Within and Crazy4ComicCon.com), Jamie Broadnax (BlackNerdGirls.com) and Chris Gore (PodCRASH, Film Threat).

Friday July 22, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

12:00pm

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

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

12:30pm

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

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

Star Wars Collectibles Update with Lucasfilms' Anita Castellar
Join eFX, Gentle Giant Studios, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow Collectibles for product development insights and exclusive previews of the latest in Star Wars collectibles. Anita Castellar is a self-professed Star Wars fangirl who manages licensing for hardlines categories at Lucasfilm, such as toys, collectibles, consumer electronics, automotive, and more.

Friday July 22, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 7AB

1:00pm

Women Below the Line
Sheyne Fleischer (assistant editor, Project Runway, The Bachelor), Alicia Minette (prop master/fabricator, Hellevator, Paradise Run), Sabrina Wichner (miniature VFX artist,Interstellar, Pee-Wee's Big Holiday), Claire Hummel (production design, BioShock Infinite, Fable Legends), and Rachel Noel (narrative designer, Armored Warfare) explore the nontraditional roles of women in the entertainment industry. They will discuss their careers and experiences working in their various fields, focusing on success stories and how to follow your dreams in the industry while exploring gender roles in the creative professions. Moderated by Glenn Freund (League of S.T.E.A.M.).

Friday July 22, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

2:00pm

Cosplaying with your Kids
Kim Henderson McAndrew and Scout McAndrew (9 O'Clock Bedtime Cosplay/raisingaheronotavillain.com), Shawn Richter (Gavin's Dad) and Gavin Richter (Kid Coulson), and Sage la and Michael Pomichter (CosPlay Michael/The Hangin' With Show) discuss cosplaying with your kid, tips on how to get started, sources for assembling a cosplay, and social media tips. Moderated by Anastasia Washington (Anastationtv/Legion of Leia).

Friday July 22, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

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

2:30pm

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

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

3:00pm

Bat in the Sun's Super Power Beat Down
The super popular award-winning web series that battles legendary characters premieres their newest live-action battle between Nightwing and The Winter Soldier! Meet the cast and crew: Aaron Schoenke, Sean Schoenke, Kevin Porter, Tatiana DeKhtyar, and John Hennigan.

Friday July 22, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

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

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

4:15pm

TV Guide Magazine's Fan Favorites
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 18, 12:53PM
TV Guide Magazine returns to San Diego again for its annual all-star, must-see panel. Moderated by senior writer Damian Holbrook, Fan Favorites features stars from TV's hottest shows for a lively discussion filled with behind-the-scenes scoop. Panelists (subject to change) include Marie Avgeropoulos (The 100), Bruce Campbell (Ash vs. Evil Dead), Tom Ellis (Lucifer), Rebecca Mader (Once Upon a Time), Jason Ralph (The Magicians), David Ramsey (Arrow), Brandon Routh (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) and Tamara Taylor (Bones)

Friday July 22, 2016 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Ballroom 20

4:30pm

Are Heroes Born or Made
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 21, 06:17PM
Join Industrial Light & Magic senior visual effects art director Christian Alzmann (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Hulk), writing duo Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War), and comic writer Christopher James Priest (Black Panther, Batman) to discuss the ultimate question: Who are the greater heroes – those who were born with powers, or those who have none? Panelists will participate in a Q&A session moderated by Christian Blauvelt (deputy culture editor, BBC.com).

Friday July 22, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 24ABC

4:30pm

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

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

5:00pm

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

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

5:30pm

Is The Swag You're Giving Out Working
The one thing that every convention has in common, no matter how different their industries, is the kinds of promotional items being given out at each booth. Each company tries to make the best or most relevant items to promote their business. Everyone wants to have the right kind of promotional items that will resonate with their customers and influence them to purchase their brand or service. The War Machine Marketing panel is about finding out which items have worked in the past, which items haven't, which have been surprising, and which have been revolutionary. This panel is for exhibitors, new businesses, and customers alike, because each perspective is important.

Friday July 22, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 24ABC

6:00pm

Bold Voice of Contemporary Horror: What's Next On Your Must-See List
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 08, 10:41AM
Love The Witch?The Invitation? The Babadook? It Follows? You're Next? Experts including horror streaming service Shudder's curator Sam Zimmerman, Sundance Film Festival's Adam Montgomery, XYZ Films' Mette Marie Katz and Spectrevision's Elijah Wood and more as they discuss the indie horror movies that everyone will be talking about next. Featuring chats with these daring filmmakers and a sneak peek at their frightening work. From festival darlings to hugely anticipated films that just wrapped production, this is the place to come to find out what to keep an eye out for in the coming year. Not for the faint of heart! Filmmakers on the panel include producer Eric B. Fleischman (Carnage Park) and writer/director Sophia Takal (Always Shine). Moderated by Clarke Wolfe (Collider/Nerdist).

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

6:00pm

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

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

6:00pm

Simpsons Collector Group
Simpsons collectors of the world, unite! Take a break from the busy convention floor and get a chance to meet and mingle with fellow collectors of Simpsons merchandise from all over the country. This gathering, hosted by the staff of the Simpsons Collectors website, is a great chance to network with other collectors and share your experiences in the hobby with others. Meet the Simpsons collectors you see on the message board and put faces to names.

Friday July 22, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

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

6:45pm

Your Opinion Sucks!: Rotten Tomatoes Critics vs. Fans
Face off against your favorite Rotten Tomatoes critics and editor-in-chief Matt Atchity and senior editor Grae Drake of Rotten Tomatoes, in this highly interactive panel discussion, where audience members are invited to share movies and TV shows they love, hate, or love to hate. Everyone in the room will get the chance to vote "fresh" or "rotten" by using their personal "Tomatometer Paddle."

Friday July 22, 2016 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Room 6DE

7:00pm

Cards Against Humanity
The weirdos behind Cards Against Humanity will share the secrets of their biggest pranks and stunts, like the time they sent 30,000 fans a box of poop or created a for-real Donald Trump survival kit. This panel features the exclusive trailer for Avengers 4: Attack of the Kissing.

Friday July 22, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 25ABC

7:00pm

Community Video Gaming, Local LAN and Live Events
Local gaming and community leaders discuss the gaming scene in and around San Diego. Find out how you can join in on the fun events, including tournaments and social LAN play, as well as how you can start your own communities in your own area.

Friday July 22, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

7:00pm

Reunion of the Firefly Art Department
Those who worked on the Joss Whedon cult classic, which ran for just one season (2002-2003), reminisce on their days working 500 years in the future. Panelists are Carey Meyer (production designer and moderator), Colin De Ruin (art director), Loni Peristere (VFX supervisor and Zoic creator), and Will Cobb (conceptual set designer).

Friday July 22, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 29AB

7:00pm

TeeFury Build-a-Brand: Artist Self Promotion and Live Art Session
Karen Hallion (artist/illustrator), Tom Hodges (comic artist and illustrator), "Artist Abe" Lopez (artist/illustrator), John "Captain Ribman" Sprengelmeyer (award-winning illustrator/syndicated cartoonist), Austin "RebelArt" Frankel (artist/illustrator), and Craig "Wotto" Watkins (artist/designer) share their experiences as pioneers in the pop culture apparel world and provide practical advice on building your brand, along with a live drawing of a fan-suggested shirt design. Q&A moderated by Tom Kurzanski (art director for TeeFury).

Friday July 22, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 9

7:00pm

Howl's Moving Castle Screening
Howl's Moving Castle is another visually spectacular tale of imagination from Hayao Miyazaki. Join Her Universe and Hot Topic for Studio Ghibli trivia, prizes, and a special screening of the enchanting film. Hosted by Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein.

Friday July 22, 2016 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

7:30pm

Creating Your Own Universe
Len Wein (co-creator of Swamp Thing and Wolverine) moderates a panel that will discuss the many ways one might create a universe, whether in comics, novels, gaming, television, film and virtual reality. Panelists include James Lopez (creator, Hullabaloo, an animated Steampunk series), Mark Murphy (co-creator, Neil deGrasse Tyson Presents: Space Odyssey), Peter S. Beagle (author, The Last Unicorn), and representatives from cutting-edge VR companies, including HTC Vive and Samsung GearVR.

Friday July 22, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 5AB

7:30pm

Geek & Sundry's How Geeky Are You Trivia Panel
Trivia panel returns! Join the Geek & Sundry Twitch channel crew in a trivia battle with you, the audience! The Geek & Sundry Trivia Game will test your geek culture knowledge (and improv skills) and award you the chance to win some sweet, sweet swag!

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

7:30pm

Hollywood Science Fiction Museum
What began as the rescue of Star Trek Enterprise bridge sets in 2012 has become what will be the world's largest Science Fiction Museum and Horror Museum. Founder Huston Huddleston and special guests unveil news, photos, and videos from their nonprofit educational 2017 World Tour. Props and special events include Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Firefly, Aliens, The Walking Dead and many more films and TV shows.

Friday July 22, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 24ABC

8:00pm

Halo Costuming and Props with the 405th
Want to build your own Halo costume armor and props but don't know where to start or what to do? The 405th Infantry Division is here to help! Panelists will discuss the how-tos and pros and cons of the many methods used to create props and armor from the Halo universe, followed by a Q&A to help you get started on your armor building journey. Panelists include Benedict Choy (foam, laser-cutting, software), Cary Gunnar Lee and John Paul Pollio (pepakura and painting), and Alec Richter (vacuform and 3D printing). Moderated by Tyler Perfect (405th Pacific SoCal Battalion CO).

Friday July 22, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

8:00pm

Mega64 Rogue Two Galactic Civil War Trilogy Reboot
The cast and crew of Mega64 are back in their hometown to blow away all their old high school friends with insane new videos and secret stuff, especially Matt from ASB. That guy better come to this panel and see how panelists Rocco Botte, Derrick Acosta, Shawn Chatfield, and Garrett Hunter have only somehow gotten hotter since back then. And that's not even mentioning Eric Baudour. Get ready, Matt.

Friday July 22, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 6DE

8:00pm

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

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

8:00pm

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

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

8:00pm

Shout! Factory and Scream Factory
Brian Ward (DVD producer) and Jeff Nelson (senior marketing director) make exclusive announcements, deliver sneak peeks of video from upcoming releases, and more.

Friday July 22, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 29AB

8:00pm

Star Wars Trivia Panel
The San Diego Star Wars Society has prepared a challenging, fun-filled trivia game for fans of the galaxy far, far away. The first game round is for kids ages 5-11, followed by three adult game rounds (ages 12 and up). Test your knowledge of the Star Wars universe, and win valuable prizes. The trivia panel hosts are Brendan Prout, Linda Crispien, Leia Hornedo, Carlos Munoz, David Gutierrez and Shawn Mullen.

Friday July 22, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 7AB

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

Klingon Lifestyles
Klingons, weapons, a mission gone awry, and a live action bat'leth sword battle. Come join the fun and mayhem for the 23rd annual Klingon stage play. Watch the Stranglehold Klingons encounter a problem for the Empire. Enter the Trek costume contest to celebrate 50 years-prizes for best dressed, largest red shirt group, and more. All alien races welcomed. If you love stage plays and swag even more, support the only live-action Star Trek fan based play to boldly go where no play has gone before!

Friday July 22, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 6A

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

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

9:30pm

Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation
Not for the faint of heart! This program theatrically premiered Spirit of Christmas (Matt Parker, Trey Stone), Frog Baseball (Mike Judge), and Dr. Tran (Breehn Burns, Jason Johnson). Bear witness to the outrageous hilarity of everything thought possible and impossible of Sick & Twisted Animation. You, the lunatic fringe of society, vote on the films as they screen in front of you. Highlights this year include the new heavy metal rock song sung and played by your favorite pop culture heroes in Batmetal Returns, Horned Grandma, and Shiny. Meet Spike, who will be introducing the show in person.

Friday July 22, 2016 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Room 6BCF
 
Saturday, July 23
 

10:00am

Avatar the Last Airbender: Legend and Legacy
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 15, 05:11PM
The story of Aang and Korra has ended in one form but continues in graphic novels and through the fans. Moderated by Avatar_Mom, the panel showcases fan talent and conversations with a panel of professionals from the series. Giancarlo Volpe (director, Avatar the Last Airbender, producer,Green Lantern the Animated Series), Aaron Ehasz (head writer, Avatar the Last Airbender), Alyana Moneda (costume artist) and Jack DeSena (voice actor, Sokka) share stories and marvel with the fandom. The panel also hosts a cosplay contest open to all levels of skill. Hopefuls must be in the panel room to be considered.

Saturday July 23, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 25ABC

10:00am

The Business of Geek Fashion
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 13, 12:39PM
Do you ever wonder how the latest Star Wars fashion collection was made or why companies are hosting fashion shows featuring your favorite fandoms? This panel will offer an inside look at the business of geek fashion, examining the major changes that took place in the industry over the last year and what they means for the future. Moderated by Lisa Granshaw, panelists Ed Labay (Hot Topic), Ashley Eckstein (Her Universe), Jon Schindehette (ThinkGeek Denver), and Sara Scargall (WeLoveFine), and Tony Kim (Hero Within) will discuss the process behind creating pop culture apparel and accessories, how geek fashion is expanding into new areas, how the industry has evolved over the years, and recent geek fashion trends. There will be time left for attendees to voice their opinions and ask their questions about geek fashion.

Saturday July 23, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

10:30am

Deus Ex and Open Bionics: Augmented Future
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 14, 05:02PM
Jonathan Jacques-Belletête (executive art director, Deus Ex universe) and Samantha Payne and Joel Gibbard (COO and CEO Open Bionics) discuss the collaboration between Eidos-Montréal and Open Bionics to create affordable, functional and fashionable 3D-printed prosthetic arms, inspired by the Deus Ex universe.

Saturday July 23, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 8

11:00am

Causeplay: Fans Helping Their Communities
Mark Chu-Lin (Avengers Initiative club president), William Moore (sports medicine physician), Shawn Sullivan (high school animation teacher), Kristin Erickson (marriage and family therapist intern), and Charity Vasquez (U.C. Irvine Health Child Life manager) discuss how cosplayers give back to their communities through their art. Hear what they have experienced, learn how to become a member of such respective groups, and find out how to get involved in events like fundraisers, hospital visits, and volunteering. Simply by using skills one already has and sharing them with others, volunteers can help others have a better day.

Saturday July 23, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

11:00am

Rise of the Fangirls: Women in Recent Geek Culture
In 2010, nine women gathered onstage in front of a packed and engaged crowd at Comic-Con International to dispel the myth that "Geek Girls, like unicorns, don't exist." The subsequent six years have seen an explosion in female representation in geek spaces. Surveys tracking attendance numbers at fan-based events, as well as data regarding women gamers and comic book readers, are suggestive of gender parity within geek culture. Headlines coming out of Comic-Con itself proclaim that "women totally dominate" the event and that we are experiencing the rise of fangirls. But how far have women in geek culture really come since that landmark "Geek Girls Exist" panel? Andrea Letamendi (Pop Culture Hero Association), Jamie Broadax (Black Girl Nerds), Kristin Rielly (Geek Girls Network), Suzanne Scott (UT-Austin), Sam Maggs (Bioware, Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy), Marie Poole (Lone Shark Games), and moderator Jennifer K. Stuller (GeekGirlCon, Ink-Stained Amazon) talk about what interventions are being made in the culture, what areas still need work, and what the fangirl future holds.

Saturday July 23, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 25ABC

12:00pm

Nerdibles: The Best Podcast You're Not Listening To
Panelists include R. A. Rayne, Kris Koller, Travis Jones, Sebastian Gordlis, and Ethan Benjamin. Nerdibles spotlights Emmy-nominated voiceover actor Eric Bauza (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Puss 'n Boots). Learn about the art and business of voice acting. Come test out your voiceover talent and perform a script with a real voiceover actor.

Saturday July 23, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

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

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

The Kaiju Kingdom Podcast: Discuss Legendary Monsters
Jessica Tseang and Chris Eaton of The Kaiju Kingdom Podcast bring together some of the greats of kaiju history, just in time for the release of Shin Godzilla by Toho Studios. Mat Nastos (Disney's Phineas and Ferb, Shogun Knight) and other very special guests talk about how their chosen professions have been vastly inspired by their love of kaijus. From those who worked on Ultraman, Godzilla, Gamera, Power Rangers and more, there is no monster that won't be discussed.

Saturday July 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

3:00pm

Lost Fans Unite with Jay and Jack
Are you a fan of ABC's Lost? Then join Jay and Jack Glatfelter for their 10th annual SDCC panel! The co-hosts of the popular "Lost Podcast with Jay and Jack" will discuss the thoughts, theories, and legacy of one of the best serialized TV shows of all time.

Saturday July 23, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

3:00pm

Nerd and Geek Culture in High Schools: Graphic Novels, Gamification, and Gamer's Guilds
Nerd and geek culture has come into the mainstream. Most people accept it, and many who were previously uncomfortable with their nerdy tendencies are not ashamed any more. With this wide acceptance, we are now able to objectively study the practical values of nerd culture. Caitlyn Zaksheske (Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grant 2015 winner, head librarian, Yuma High School), Matthew Zaksheske (psychology and sociology teacher, Gila Ridge High School), Neil Peters (English teacher, Cibola High School), and moderator John Shableski (VP of sales, UDON Entertainment/special projects; Will & Ann Family Eisner Foundation) discuss how the field of education can apply the values of nerd and geek culture to aid not only in the classroom but in the library and in extracurricular activities.

Saturday July 23, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library

4:00pm

A Song of Ice and Fire: Game of Thrones Fan Discussion
Amin Javadi (Podcast of Ice and Fire, Bastards of Kingsgrave), Ashley Mitruk (Podcast of Ice and Fire), Kyle Maddock (Podcast of Ice and Fire, AfterBuzzTV), and Tara Lynne (The Geekiary) discuss popular and obscure fan theories, compare the books to the television show, and take part in a general Q&A.

Saturday July 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

4:00pm

Nerdist News Live
Jessica Chobot and the rest of the Nerdist News gang bring you the latest in movie, TV, comic book, gaming, and tech news. Find out how the magic happens behind the scenes, catch some surprise special guests, and join the conversation with an exclusive Q&A.

Saturday July 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

4:00pm

We Are All Heroes: The Changing Landscape of Comics, Geekdom, and Fanboy Culture
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 19, 02:40PM
This panel will explore the diverse world of comics, geekdom and fanboy culture. Panelists include Murs (rapper/actor), Jamie Broadnax (Black Girl Nerds), Miguel Gomez (The Strain), Henry Simmons (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Eric Pumphrey (Reckless Tortuga) and Chuck Creekmur (All Hip Hop). Moderated by Ryan Ford (EVP, Cashmere Agency).

Saturday July 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

5:00pm

geekEd VI: College and the Nerd Brain
Learn how to take your fandom with you to college and how to find your tribe once you're there. "Quirk Theory" can give you insight into why someone who has been marginalized in high school thrives once they reach college. A panel of educators from across the country show you how they make geek communities on college campuses. Brian MacDonald (UCLA), Alfred Day (UC Berkeley), Kamil Oshundara (UCLA), Rod Santos (UC Berkeley), Geralyn Williams (University of San Diego), and Emily Sandoval (USC) will show you how to enhance the geek college experience.

Saturday July 23, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library

5:00pm

I'm in the Nerd Business
How do you create and sustain a business that caters to the geek lifestyle without exploiting the very people to whom you provide services? Entrepreneurs whose businesses cater to a predominantly nerdy or geeky clientele will discuss how these businesses started, how they sustain their service to their clients and compete with big conglomerates looking to capitalize on the geek marketplace, and how they sell goods and market services to a community seeking authenticity, without falling into the trap of pandering or gimmicks. Panelists include Matthew Arevalo (Loot Crate), Janelle Badali (Badali Jewelry), and David Nett (Nerdstrong Gym). Moderated by Brian Ward (The Arkham Sessions, Shout! Factory).

Saturday July 23, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

6:00pm

The Geek Shall Inherit: The Evolution of Geek Culture
Dr. Billy San Juan (Star Wars Psychology, Star Trek Psychology) hosts a discussion on the past, present, and future of geek culture. Experts include Brian Kibler (professional gamer and content creator), Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology, Doctor Who Psychology), Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy,Star Wars Psychology), Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia, Most Craved), Alan Kistler (Doctor Who: A History, The Walking Dead Psychology), and Cary Kazmaier (manager, Artifex, U.S. Navy ret.).

Saturday July 23, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

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

7:30pm

Superhero Therapy
Did you ever want to be a superhero? Did you ever wish you had superpowers? This panel of psychologists and writers discuss the benefits of comics and how they can potentially be therapeutic. Psychologists Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy, Star Wars Psychology) and Asher Johnson (Alliant International University), peer counselor Travis Adams (Department of Veterans Affairs), and Alan Kistler (Doctor Who: A History, Walking Dead Psychology) discuss your favorite superheroes. Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia, Star Wars Psychology) moderates.

Saturday July 23, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 26AB

8:00pm

Bronies: Fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Andrew Ho (guest relations, BronyCAN), Carlos Marquez (representative, Bronies Tijuana), Joseph Noblit (vendor manager, Pacific PonyCon), Louis Rosales (administrative head, Horse News), Sonya Hipper (founder, BABSCon), and Steve Stern (blog author, Equestria Daily) talk about the fandom of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, especially on the West Coast. Moderated by James Udan (vice president, Order of the Friendship).

Saturday July 23, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

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

Captain America vs. Iron Man: Freedom, Security, Psychology
Dr. Travis Langley (Captain America vs. Iron Man, Batman and Psychology) and legendary Golden Age artist Allen Bellman (Captain America Comics) invite you to the ultimate analysis of Steve Rogers and Tony Stark throughout their histories. Team Cap looks out for superhero liberties: Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia, Star Wars Psychology), Martin Lloyd (Doctor Who Psychology), Lara Taylor Kester (Geek Psych, Game of Thrones Psychology), and Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy, The Walking Dead Psychology). Team Tony defends national and international security: Alan Kistler (Doctor Who: A History, Spider-Man Trivia Challenge), Billy San Juan (Star Trek Psychology), Janey Tracey (Outer Places) and Paul Zehr (Inventing Iron Man, Becoming Batman). When the road to the Marvel Comics superheroes' Civil War is paved with good intentions, are any of them truly in the right?

Saturday July 23, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 26AB
 
Sunday, July 24
 

10:00am

Fangirl Foods: Food Network's Chef Duff Goldman
Chef Duff Goldman (Food Network's Ace of Cakes, Cake Masters) is the leading man in establishing nerd-themed desserts long before it became popular. Now, the world accepts superhero cakes as the norm. Join Chef Duff and moderator Jessica Tseang (Fangirl Foods, Girl on Geek) on answering: Where does Chef Duff see the future of fandom and foodies? Will the fad ever die out? Or will this be a genre that sticks around for quite some time?

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

10:15am

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

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

11:00am

Do You Wanna Build a Mando
The members of Haran'galaar (San Diego chapter) and Manda'galaar (Los Angeles chapter) discuss the process of building Mandalorian armor, the application process, what happens after you're approved, and why exactly they troop.

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

12:00pm

Ball-Jointed Dolls Collectors Group
Doll creators, owners and enthusiasts discuss the world of ball-jointed resin dolls from companies such as Volks, Fairyland, Luts, Iplehouse, and many others. Panelists will share the artistic process behind the creation and customization of ball-jointed dolls, as well as information about the expanding BJD collector community. You'll have the opportunity to learn the basics about BJDs and pick up tips on customizing, maintaining, and photographing these beautiful dolls. Share the beauty of your own unique doll, or just see the many dolls on display. From tiny to towering, it's a great opportunity to experience the different types of dolls in the world of BJDs. Make new friends, both real and resin!

Sunday July 24, 2016 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 32AB

1:00pm

Browncoats Meeting Room
Calling all big damn heroes! Come join fellow Firefly fans as the California Browncoats share news of the 'verse, artist Zac Pensol (project director, ToyVault) gives an insider's view into designing Firefly board games, and whatever fruity oaty goodness can be squeezed in. The red button's been pressed, calling you to find us!

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

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

2:00pm

Bam! Whack! Boom!: Psychological and Personality Influences on Pop Culture
Why do people identify with Batman but not Iron Man? Or Kylo Ren but not Han Solo? Or Avengers but not Justice League? These decisions inform everything from movies, spinoff ideas, fan loyalty, sales, and toy production. Results from a multiyear research study examining over 650 pop culture characters conducted by Keith W. Beard, Psy.D. (professor, department of psychology, Marshall University), April Fugett, Ph.D. (professor, department of psychology, Marshall University), Britani Black, Elijah Wise, Josh Carter, and Jacob Mills (doctoral students, Marshall University) demonstrate how personality and psychological factors inform character preference and brand allegiance, particularly in a market where new releases may influence character recognition and popularity. These results and additional information will be discussed.

Sunday July 24, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Pacific 24, North Tower, Marriott Marquis & Marina

2:15pm

Starship Smackdown XVI: Don't Blame It on Rio Edition
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 11, 03:33PM
Who will duke it out for the highly-coveted Smackdown title this year? Can the Starship Enterprise defeat an Imperial Star Destroyer? Will the Millennium Falcon be assimilated by the Borg Cube? Will the Nostromo be taken over by Rathars? The panel of sage spaceshipologists trying to outwit, outplay, and outphaser include Bobak Ferdowsi ("Mohawk Guy" and actual spaceship builder), Kay Reindl (Scream, Millennium), Christian Gossett (The Red Star and notorious cookie monster), Ashley E. Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels, The Clone Wars), Robert Meyer Burnett (ST: TNG Blu-ray, Free Enterprise), Jose Molina (Firefly, Agent Carter), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), and the Gene Rayburn of the stars, moderator Mark A. Altman (The Fifty-Year Mission, The Librarians). End your weekend with the geekiest and most beloved panel of all-time in this or any other dimension, known or unknown.

Sunday July 24, 2016 2:15pm - 4:15pm
Room 6A

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

Disney Pin Trading and Collecting: A Whole New Online World
Lenny Schas (CEO PinPics), Christian Hoff (actor), Holland Hayes (actor), Chris Henning (artist), Terri Trainor (lead programmer), and Sandi Bois (avatar characters) explore the current and exciting future of the next-generation online world of pin trading and collecting.

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

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

Steampunk as a Maturing Visual Aesthetic
David L. Drake (Drake & McTrowell), Andrew Fogel (League of Steam), Bob Mogg (The Iron Tailor), and Rocky Olivares (Meowkernaut, comics) discuss how Steampunk's visual aesthetic has progressed, diversified, and matured over the last decade, including the influences and methods for achieving this progressive style and the specific tools, techniques, and materials used in recent projects. Moderated by Katherine L Morse (Drake & McTrowell).

Sunday July 24, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 28DE

4:00pm

Superheroes on Stage
The world today would have been unthinkable 15 years ago. A world where a superhero can be found on every screen, big or small. A world where larger-than-life stories are given the respect they deserve in both live action and animation. But what about on the stage? This panel will focus on the writers, directors, and producers who have brought superheroes to the theater. Productions ranging from indie to Broadway will be explored, as these artists talk about the challenges they faced in making a live audience believe a man could fly.

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