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Thursday, July 19


Celebrate the 10-Year Anniversary of Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Executive producer Dave Filoni and panelists look back on 10 years of the Emmy Award-winning series that expanded the Star Wars universe and introduced countless fan-favorite characters to a galaxy far, far away.

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
Room 6BCF


About Comics 20th Anniversary
Nat Gertler (founder, About Comics), Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics, 24 Hour Comics), and Lea Hernandez (Teen Titans Go!) celebrate About Comics, launched 20 years ago as a one-man publishing company which-after launching 24 Hour Comics Day, finding lost Charles Schulz material, reprinting The Negro Motorist Green Book, and more-it still is. Moderated by Andrew Farago (curator, Cartoon Art Museum).

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 32AB


2001: A Space Odyssey 50th Anniversary Panel
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 12, 09:14AM
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) and the Arthur C. Clarke Society take a look back across a half-century (and the distant universe) to celebrate one of the most iconic films in history. Panelists will examine Stanley Kubrick's science fiction masterpiece, which WBHE will release on 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) Blu-ray in premium collectible packaging and 4K UHD Digital this fall. Kubrick's Academy Award-winning achievement is a compelling drama of man vs. machine, a stunning meld of music and motion. Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay with Clarke) first visits our prehistoric ape-ancestry past, then leaps millennia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever) into colonized space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Keir Dullea) into uncharted space, perhaps even into immortality. For the first time since its original release, new 70mm prints were struck from pristine printing elements made from the original camera negative. A longtime admirer of the late American auteur, Christopher Nolan worked closely with the team at Warner Bros. Pictures throughout the mastering process. Building on the work done for the new 70mm prints, the 4K UHD with HDR presentation was mastered from the 65mm original camera negative. The stars of the film— Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood—and an impressive array of scholars give attendees a glimpse at the remastered footage and a lively discussion of this landmark film. The panelists include Sheldon Brown (director of the UCSD Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, visual arts professor), David Brin (Hugo and Nebula Award-winning science fiction writer, PhD physicist), Wu Yan (world renowned Chinese science fiction author), Matt Grob PhD (chief technology officer XCOM Corporation, communications engineer), Laurel Riek (UC San Diego professor of robotics), Shelley Streeby (UC San Diego professor of literature, specialist in science fiction) and Paul Jacobs (CEO and founder of XCOM). Erik Viirre, M.D. PhD (UCSD Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, physician and neuroscientist) will moderate the panel. 2001: A Space Odyssey will be available on 4K UHD from WBHE on October 30.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 6A


Celebrating Mickey Spillane's Centenary
In this special anniversary discussion, Titan Publishing's Andrew Sumner sits down with writer Max Allan Collins (Quarry's War, Road to Perdition) to discuss the life and legacy of Mickey Spillane on what would have been his centenary year. They delve into the history of his most famous creation, Mike Hammer, along with his return to comics in an all-new Titan series based on one of Spillane's original plots.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 24ABC


Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Zombies
Treyarch's Jason Blundell (director, Zombies) and Craig Houston (lead writer) celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Call of Duty's Zombies and discuss what's next for the studio's signature undead in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Get ready for never-before-seen footage, exciting special announcements, and Q&A.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 6BCF


A Celebration of Mary Shelley
Mary Shelley (1797-1851) was so much more than the 17-year-old girl who eloped with her married boyfriend and wrote the immortal classic Frankenstein. Shelley is also the mother of both the science fiction and horror genres and wrote a novel so subversive that it was not published until 1959. Lisa Morton (president, the Horror Writers Association; Ghosts: A Haunted History), Leslie Klinger (The New Annotated Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes technical advisor), Kate Jonez (chief editor at Omnium Gatherum Press, Best Horror of the Year), Gillian Horvath (showrunner, Primeval: New World; co-executive producer, Beauty & the Beast for CW), Kate Maruyama (professor, Antioch; Harrowgate), and New York Times bestselling author Nancy Holder (writer, Mary Shelley Presents comic book series from Kymera Press) discuss the importance of Mary Shelley in the cultural landscape. Moderated by D. Lynn Smith (publisher, Kymera Press).

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 26AB


30 Years of studioADI
Discuss the past, present, and future of Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr.'s Academy Award-winning practical FX studio and get an exclusive sneak peek at studioADI's upcoming feature film, Wellwood. Tom and Alec will be joined by Wellwood's producers/stars Keisha Castle-Hughes (Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead), Camille Balsamo, and Reid Collums (also the screenwriter), as well as the film's director, Eliza Hooper.

Thursday July 19, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 24ABC


Dynamite Entertainment 50 Years of Vampirella
Executive editor Joseph Rybandt introduces Joseph Michael Linsner (Dawn) and Kristina Deak-Linsner to preview Vampirella's upcoming 50th anniversary projects. Q&A session moderated by CEO/publisher Nick Barrucci.

Thursday July 19, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 8


Harry Potter Fandom Panel: 20 Years in the Wizarding World
Heidi Tandy (FictionAlley, Organization for Transformative Works) moderates a discussion of all the magic in and around the Harry Potter/Wizarding World fandom (and canon) with panelists including journalists Elizabeth Minkel (Fansplaining) and Catherine Horvath (MuggleNet), event organizer Chandrika Moka (Wands Up San Diego), sportsters Dawn Biggs (Hogwarts Running Club) and Jessica Ward (US Quidditch), and creative fans like Eliyannah Amirah Yisrael (Hermione Granger & the Quarter Life Crisis), novelist Alexa Donne (Brightly Burning), actor/producer Mick Ignis (The Great Wizarding War podcast, Severus Snape & the Marauders), podcaster Gary Roby (Harry Potter Minute) and playwright Matt Cox (Puffs Or; Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic).

Thursday July 19, 2018 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Room 6DE
Friday, July 20


Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Reunion
In 2008, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog became a beloved webseries. The show tells the story of Dr. Horrible (played by Neil Patrick Harris), an aspiring super-villain; Moist (Simon Helberg), Dr. Horrible's minion; Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion), his nemesis; and Penny (Felicia Day), their shared love interest. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of this popular show by attending this lively discussion and celebration with creator Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day, and Maurissa Tancharoen!

Friday July 20, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Hall H


Revolutionary Ink: The 50th Anniversary of Underground Comix
Meet the radical creators who made underground comix a revolution in American art and culture! Emerging from the 1960s counterculture, Underground Comix threw out all the rules, developing a new ethic for comics that celebrated absolutely unrestricted freedom of expression. From frank and erudite explorations of politics, sex, and drugs to twisted scatological expressions of the unrepressed id, underground comix were a snapshot of a turbulent America whose influence can still be felt today. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from the creators who were there and the next generation they inspired at this once-in-a-lifetime panel. Featuring Trina Robbins of It Ain't Me Babe, the first all-women's comics anthology; cartoonist and publisher Denis Kitchen; Last Gasp publisher Ron Turner; Zap contributor and Juxtapoz founder Robert Williams; and graphic novelists Mary Fleener and Carol Tyler, whose work was made possible by the trail blazed by the undergrounds. Moderated by historian and author Charles Brownstein, executive director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Friday July 20, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 8


Vanguard at 25: Cutting Edge to Classics
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 09, 09:07AM
Perhaps more than any other publisher, Vanguard has made its mission, to promote and serve a long list of creators, including Steranko, Frazetta, Infantino, Neal Adams, and Wally Wood. Author-historian J. David Spurlock, Diamond CEO Steve Geppi, ComicMix columnist Ed Catto, and Fast Company journalist Susan Karlin (with possible surprise panelists) celebrate this 25th anniversary.

Friday July 20, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 28DE


Sixty Years of Famous Monsters
The world's oldest monster brand celebrates 60 years of scares by marching into a new multimedia deal with Echo Lake Entertainment! Publisher Philip Kim and editor Holly Interlandi announce the American Gothic Press adaptation of violent crime spectacle Nice alongside the creative team: writers Joseph Ettinger (Santa Clarita Diet) and Dagen Walker (Atomica), showrunner Rockne S. O'Bannon (Farscape), director John Terlesky (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), interior artist Marc Rene (Oak Island), and cover artists Tula Lotay (All-Star Batman) and David Mack (Jessica Jones). Also featured on the panel will be Face Off' s Walter Welsh giving insight on the final season of SYFY's hit monster makeup show. Everyone attending the panel will get a free gift! Moderated by Matt Corrigan of the Launchpad Podcast.

Friday July 20, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 26AB


ULTRAVERSE: 25th Anniversary Celebration
In June 1993, Malibu Comics launched a new, well-conceived, writer-driven superhero universe combining the talents of new and veteran creators with innovative marketing: The Ultraverse. With titles like Prime, Freex, Firearm, Night Man, Ultraforce, and Rune, there were comics, a live-action short, a TV series, video games, action figures, and an animated series . . . and then suddenly it was gone. What happened? And why do fans still love the it? Ultraverse founders Tom Mason, Chris Ulm and Dave Olbrich, artists Aaron Lopresti (Sludge), Barb Kaalberg (Solitaire), Rick Hoberg (The Strangers) and Terry Dodson (Mantra), BOOM! Studios founder Ross Richie (an Ultraverse veteran), Ultraverse super-fan Robert McGinty, moderator J. C. Vaughn (Overstreet) and surprise panelists will celebrate this milestone!

Friday July 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 24ABC


Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 25th Anniversary Screening
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 10, 03:25PM
Take a trip back to Halloween Town to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. Hot Topic and Disney will give attendees a fun experience with film trivia, prizes, and a special screening of the beloved film with special guest host A. J. McLean. Entry to each Horton Grand Theatre panel requires a separate ticket and a Comic-Con badge.

Friday July 20, 2018 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre
Saturday, July 21


Happy Birthday, Frankenstein
This upcoming Halloween, there will be an international celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. And with that comes a plethora of books and movies rejoicing this occasion. At this panel, listen to authors talk about the influence that Mary Shelley's writing had on their works and why people still obsess over Frankenstein. And watch as they talk about the monsters that never die in their own novels. Good luck sleeping tonight! Panelists include Merrie Destefano (Shade series), Leslie S. Klinger (The New Annotated Frankenstein), Jonathan Maberry (Glimpse, V-Wars), Kiersten White (Bright We Burn and The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein), and Carrie Sessarego of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.

Saturday July 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 7AB


The Official Aspen Comics 15-Year Anniversary Panel
Frank Mastromauro (publisher), Peter Steigerwald (publisher), Vince Hernandez (VP/editor-in-chief) Mark Roslan (VP/director of design and production), Siya Oum (Fathom), Ron Marz (Fathom), J. T. Krul (Soulfire), Jordan Gunderson (Dissension), and Alex Konat (Nu Way) discuss Aspen's past, present, and future in this special commemorative panel. Aspen will also partake in a fan Q&A session.

Saturday July 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 4


20 Years of Magic: Inside Harry Potter
Hear from the artists and editor who brought Harry Potter to life, including Jim Kay (Harry Potter illustrated editions), Kazu Kibuishi (Harry Potter 15th anniversary edition cover artist), Brian Selznick (20th anniversary edition cover artist), Arthur A. Levine (editor, Harry Potter), and David Saylor (art director, Harry Potter). Panelists will discuss their process and inspirations working on the most magical books of all time. See a special message from Mary GrandPré, the original U.S. Harry Potter illustrator.

Saturday July 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6DE


Wimmen's Comix
In the early 1970s, a group of women proved to the world that underground comix-and mainstream comics-wasn't just a boy's club by publishing the first and longest-running all-women comics anthology, Wimmen's Comix. Trina Robbins, Mary Fleener, Lee Marrs, and Carol Tyler discuss of how they made herstory addressing menstruation, reproductive rights, and countless other topics that their male counterparts were unwilling or unable to tackle. Moderated by Betsy Gomez (CBLDF Presents She Changed Comics).

Saturday July 21, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 26AB


Elfquest: 40 Years of Pointed Ears
2018 wraps up 40 years of Elfquest with the biggest bang ever. Celebrate the longest-running indie fantasy comic with co-creators, writers, and artist Wendy Pini (Elfquest, Masque of the Red Death) and Richard Pini (Elfquest, Line of Beauty). Learn behind-the-scenes secrets that have been hidden since 1978, and see the clues that were planted decades ago. Take an emotional journey down memory lane. The conclusion of the Final Quest series has taken fandom by storm, and you'll be able to bombard Wendy and Richard with all the questions you've been saving up for years!

Saturday July 21, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 23ABC


25 Years of The Nightmare Before Christmas with D23: The Official Disney Fan Club
D23 pulls the curtain back on the classic stop-motion Halloween (and Christmas!) favorite, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. Watch a retrospective panel featuring the team that brought the movie to life 25 years ago, including Henry Selick (director), Kelly Asbury (art director), Edie Ichioka (editor), and Anthony Scott (animator).

Saturday July 21, 2018 7:45pm - 8:45pm
Room 6BCF
Sunday, July 22


The Beatles: Yellow Submarine Surfaces in a New Graphic Novel
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles: Yellow Submarine, Titan Comics is proud to release the official graphic novel adaptation at SDCC 2018. See the Blue Meanies come to vivid life as The Hollywood Reporter's Graeme McMillan chats with writer/artist Bill Morrison (The Simpsons) about the years he's spent working on this deeply personal project.

Sunday July 22, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 25ABC