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Thursday, July 19
 

10:00am

Jack Kirby's Consciousness Part 2: How Jack Kirby, the CIA, Barry Ira Geller, and Mike Royer Saved the World
Barry Ira Geller and Mike Royer discuss the creation of Jack's greatest architectural drawings for the film Lord of Light and the theme park Science Fiction Land. Get behind-the-scenes revelations of the drawings the CIA used in the real Argo. Moderated by author and Kirby friend J. David Spurlock.

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 23ABC

10:00am

Writing and Drawing the Past
History finds its way into all the stories we tell, whether those are autobiographical, fiction, or nonfiction. These creators open up about how historical factors alter the way their story is researched, the twists and turns history creates in their storytelling, and more. Abraham Riesman (staff writer for Vulture) moderates a conversation between Thi Bui (The Best We Could Do), Jason Lutes (Berlin), Noah Van Sciver (Johnny Appleseed), and Jen Wang (The Prince and The Dressmaker), who will delve into the unique considerations facing a cartoonist drawing and writing the past.

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 32AB

11:30am

Advanced Digital Inking Techniques
Learn how to digitally ink and take all your black-and-white artwork to the next level. Comics artist Brian Haberlin will delve into Photoshop, Clip Studio Paint, and Procreate's treasure trove of features old and new that not only enhance comic applications but make possible countless creative pen and ink opportunities rarely seen before. If you're serious about your black-and-white artwork, this session is a must.

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 2

12:00pm

Behind the Cards: The Art of Blizzard's Hearthstone
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 16, 09:01AM
Ben Thompson (art director), Hadidjah Chamberlain (senior FX artist), Jomaro Kindred (senior concept artist), and Matt Dixon (illustrator) offer a deep dive into the world of card creation for Blizzard Entertainment’s hit digital card game Hearthstone. Surprise and delight await as panelists walk attendees through a Boomsday card's development from initial concept sketches to final card art.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 5AB

12:00pm

Focus on Joe Jusko
Joe Jusko is one of the premier and most in-demand painters of comic book and trading card art working today. In an award-winning career spanning more than 40 years, he has produced extraordinary illustrations for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., and many more. This acclaimed artist talks with IDW editor Scott Dunbier about his long and storied career.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 9

12:00pm

Making Comics the Marvel Way
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 18, 12:11PM
Editor-in-chief C. B. Cebulski and talent scout Rickey Purdin join Mark Brooks (Extermination), Joushua Cassara (Sentry), Edgar Delgado (Amazing Spider-Man), Victor Olazaba (Amazing Spider-Man) and Nick Spencer (Amazing Spider-Man) to take you behind-the-scenes and show you how a Marvel comic book is made! Learn about every aspect of production, including writing, penciling, inking, coloring, lettering, editing, and more - with creators on hand to offer personal insights and anecdotes. If you're interested in the ins-and-outs of the comic book industry, this is the one panel you can't miss!

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 25ABC

12:30pm

Adventures in Self-Publishing: Spotlight on Randy Reynaldo
Comic-Con special guest Randy Reynaldo (writer/artist, Rob Hanes Adventures), with moderator Barry Gregory (CEO, Ka-Blam Digital Printing), talks about surviving more than 20 years of self-publishing, his influences, how he started out and broke in, how self-publishing has changed, and of course his flagship title, the long-running indie action series Rob Hanes Adventures. He'll also preview what's coming up in the future for himself and the series. Randy has exhibited in the Small Press Area of the San Diego Comic-Con since its inception in 1993 and has wisdom and experience to share with other aspiring self-publishers, writers, and artists. All attendees will get a complimentary issue.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 4

12:30pm

UDON Entertainment 2018-2019
Celebrating another ground-breaking year of publishing video game and anime art books and manga from Japan and all over the world, UDON's chief Erik Ko and director of publishing Matt Moylan tell about all the new and exciting projects that UDON is offering in the coming months.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 8

12:45pm

Spotlight on Jim Lee
DC Entertainment publisher/chief creative officer Jim Lee (Superman Unchained, Justice League, Batman, Suicide Squad) talks about his 25+ years in the comics industry and sketches your favorite characters live on the big screen. This is a great opportunity to watch the creative process firsthand and learn the tips of the trade that bring DC Entertainment's characters to life.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Room 6DE

1:00pm

The Michael Turner Legacy Panel
Frank Mastromauro (publisher), Peter Steigerwald (publisher), Vince Hernandez (VP/editor-in-chief), Mark Roslan (VP/director of design and production), J. T. Krul (Fathom), and Siya Oum (Lola XOXO) commemorate the life and legacy of superstar artist and Aspen Comics founder Michael Turner.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 9

1:00pm

"Dramatico!" Storytelling Tropes in Visual Narrative (Bilingual)
Telling a story through comics, animation, and film can be a fun but challenging business. Elvin A. Hernandez explores the ways that visual storytellers use design, composition, and layout to tell dynamic stories with dynamic visuals. He connects the use of the three-act structure of classic scriptwriting to allow for visual cues that can aid in the construction of exciting comics, animation, and illustration techniques.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 2

1:30pm

Art During the Holocaust
Panelists examine the art and propaganda that was seen during WW2 and the Holocaust. Art was used in so many ways along with the Nazi propaganda that destroyed so many innocent lives. They drew what they saw, and this was the universal language that told the stories of the Holocaust as it happened daily. Panelists will include Ruth Goldschmiedova Sax (who survived three concentration camps between the ages of 13 and 17, including Auschwitz), Sandra Scheller (daughter and award-winning author of Try to Remember: Never Forget, a book describing her mother's holocaust experiences), Robert Scott (owner of Comickaze Comics, San Diego), and Esther Finder (president and founder of Generations of the Shoah-an organization based in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors). Igor Goldkind (author, Is She Available?) moderates.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 4

1:30pm

Monsters in Our Midst: Our Favorite Creepy Comics Creators
Love things that go bump in the night? Hear what it takes to get those monsters out of your nightmares and onto the page with Comic-Con special guests Rafael Albuquerque, Emil Ferris, Alex Grecian, Jeff Lemire, Terry Moore, and William Stout. Moderated by the Cartoon Art Museum's Andrew Farago.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 8

2:00pm

Digital Color for Comics
Whether in print or digital, comic books need color, but do you know how comic books are colored? Learn about the creative art of comic book coloring as Hi-Fi's Brian Miller (The Flash) and Kristy Miller (Femme Magnifique) demonstrate the step-by-step transformation of a comic book page from black and white to full color. Learn the basics of flatting, rendering, color holds, and special effects, along with top digital coloring tips. Followed by Q&A session.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 11

2:00pm

Focus on Robert Williams
Legendary fine artist, cartoonist, and Comic-Con special guest Robert Williams discusses his storied career in comics, art, hot rods, California culture, and much more in conversation with Fantagraphics associate publisher Eric Reynolds. The two will discuss ZAP Comix, Ed "Big Daddy" Roth's studio, the underground comics heyday, the Los Angeles punk scene, and everything else all the way up to the present.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 32AB

2:30pm

Drawing with Artgerm Lau
This is a live demonstration of how Artgerm creates characters with universal appeal.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Room 2

3:00pm

Drawing Inspiration: How Drawing Groups Can Empower Aspiring Comic Book Creators into Print
The Accidental Aliens, a San Diego-based drawing group, discuss creating comic stories from their individual talents and how they forged their resources together to launch a successful Kickstarter-funded anthology comic to print. Topics include how a drawing group can inspire artists to hit deadlines on top of real 9-to-5 day jobs, promotion of individual talents through a group social media campaign, working together to tackle the logistics of a successful Kickstarter campaign, promoting diversity, group networking, and how a drawing group can improve your skills as a comics artist while having fun making new friends in your very own creative tribe!

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 29AB

3:00pm

Spotlight on Jeff Lemire
Comic-Con special guest Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer, Descender, Gideon Falls) and veteran comic book editor Will Dennis discuss Lemire's various creator-owned projects and for the first time preview both the upcoming Family Tree and Ascender! Panel will feature Dustin Nguyen (Batman, Descender) and a Q&A session.

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 25ABC

3:00pm

The Forgotten Trio: A Spotlight on Letterers, Inkers, and Colorists
Many think of the artist and the writer as the masterminds behind all great comics. Little do many know how much credit should go to the colorists, inkers, and letterers who put in hours of work, only to receive minimal recognition. Jessica Tseang (founder of The Comic Book Girl, comic book historian) leads a discussion with legendary talents from Marvel, DC, IDW, Dark Horse, Image, Top Cow, Aspen, and other publishers on how the industry can change, the importance of their work, a brief look into their daily lives, and how to break into their career. There will also be a Q&A for budding colorists, inkers, and letterers.

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 9

3:30pm

The Mark, Sergio, Stan, and Maybe Tom Show
It's another panel where the award-winning team of Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier (Comic-Con special guests) discuss their work together, especially on the long-running comic Groo The Wanderer. They'll be joined by their letterer (and the creator of the also long-running Usagi Yojimbo) Stan Sakai, and they may be joined the colorist for both, the hardest-working man in comics, Tom Luth. They'll be telling you all about the upcoming crossover mini-series in which Groo meets . . . well, come to the panel and find out who.

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 8

4:00pm

Splashing Ink on Museum Walls
Do comics belong in museums? Lots of major art and cultural institutions seem to think so, with ambitious new shows and comic art museums springing up everywhere, including one spearheaded by Comic-Con itself. Artist/writer Emil Ferris (My Favorite Thing Is Monsters), Kim Munson (editor, From Comics to Frames: Comic Art in Museums), writer/editor and exhibition consultant Ann Nocenti, and SDCC museum director Adam Smith converse about the future of comics on display, moderated by Rob Salkowitz (Forbes, Full Bleed).

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 29AB

4:00pm

Drawing with Scott Hampton
Scott Hampton is an American comic book artist known for his painted work for Batman, Sandman, Black Widow, Hellraiser, and Star Trek, as well as Magic: The Gathering cards. He is currently working on American Gods for Dark Horse. For this session he is joined by Jennifer T. Lange, a writer and metalsmith who was an intellectual property attorney for 16 years before she began coloring comics. She assisted and studied with Scott before working on American Gods, collaborating with Scott to help bring tone and texture to the work.

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Room 2

5:00pm

DC Art Academy
DC is proud to be home to some of the most talented artists working in comics today. Class is in session for an in-depth look into their creative process in shaping some of your favorite DC characters and books.

Thursday July 19, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 11

5:30pm

How to Draw with Jim Lee
DC Entertainment publisher/chief creative officer Jim Lee (Superman Unchained, Justice League, Batman, Suicide Squad) will talk about his 25+ years in the comics industry and sketch your favorite characters live on the big screen. This is a great opportunity to watch the creative process firsthand and learn the tips of the trade that bring DC Entertainment's characters to life.

Thursday July 19, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Room 2

7:00pm

Anomaly Productions and Digital Art Tutorials Costumed Figure Drawing
Brian Haberlin (Witchblade co-creator/co-founder of Anomaly Productions, teacher at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, founder of Digital Art Tutorials) teaches a one-hour class in which he demonstrates proper techniques of drawing from a live model while answering any questions attendees may have. All skill levels are welcome. Download codes (retail value of $60) for Brian's Digital Art Tutorials will be given to all participants.

Thursday July 19, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 2

7:30pm

Historietas: The History of Mexican Comics
Learn about the artists and titles that managed to grow under the shadow of the American giants and how American comics influenced some of Mexico's older comic book characters, with Luis Gantus (The Sad Story of Mexican Comic Books and the Terrible Industry) and Adalisa Zarate (Writer's Block). Moderated by Rene Franco (La Taquilla).

Thursday July 19, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 26AB

8:30pm

Artist as Brand, Rise of the Artist Entrepreneur
Greg Spalenka (artist, educator, in publishing, film, Sandman, Titan Books) moderates this annual discussion on art career sustainability. Learn strategies on how to create income from your talent on your own terms from Isabel Samaras (goddess of popular art culture), Drew Brophy (surf culture artist, Boogie Board, Los Cabos Tourism), Maria Brophy (artist agent, licensing expert), Daniel M. Davis (artist/designer of Steam Crow, publisher of monster books, art products), Vincent Proce (concept designer, illustrator, The Shape of Water, Magic: The Gathering), Vanessa Lemen (painter, educator).

Thursday July 19, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 8
 
Friday, July 20
 

11:30am

Spotlight on Veronica Fish
Veronica Fish (Archie, Spider-Woman, Slam! and now Blackwood for Dark Horse) offers tips on how to stay sane working at home, meeting deadlines and collaborating with your spouse in this fun chat session moderated by her husband, Andy Fish (Dracula, Geeks & Greeks, Blackwood).

Friday July 20, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 8

11:30am

Advanced Coloring for Comics
Brian Haberlin and coloring legend Steve Oliff demonstrate coloring techniques old and new that you can use to bring your own illustration and comic projects to another level!

Friday July 20, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 2

12:00pm

Spotlight on Manuele Fior
The work of Italian architect, illustrator, and cartoonist Manuele Fior (5000 km Per Second, The Interview) has been recognized internationally for over a decade but has only more recently become available in English. He'll be joined by comics journalist Abraham Riesman to discuss his varied cartooning styles, influences, and storytelling techniques.

Friday July 20, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 29AB

1:00pm

Drawing with Humberto Ramos (Bilingual)
Artist Humberto Ramos will use both Spanish and English to teach drawing techniques.

Friday July 20, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 2

2:00pm

Fan to Pro: Fanart as Professional Practice
Prism Comics and a diverse panel of professional illustrators share how they used fanart early in their careers to test out new art techniques, find their online audiences, make friends, land jobs, and stay inspired to create. Moderated by Maia Kobabe (Gender Queer: A Memoir, forthcoming from Lion Forge) with panelists Ashley R. Guillory (storyboard artist for live-action film, X-Men: The New Mutants), Noah Hayes (Goldie Vance, Wet Hot American Summer, forthcoming from BOOM! Studios), Emily C. Martin (Princeless, from Action Lab), and Kendra Wells (The Nib, Geek & Sundry; The Toast, MTV), all of whom have directly transitioned the skills they built through fanart into the work they do today.

Friday July 20, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 28DE

2:00pm

Hollywood's Illustrators: Craft, Pop Culture, and Careers
Before a set is built and the cameras roll there is something called previsualization-concept art, storyboards, and much more created by the motion pictures illustrators. In-demand artists Joanna Bush (Beauty and the Beast, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2), Simon Murton (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Geostorm), Rick Newsome (Justice League, Fantastic Four), and Patrick Rodriguez (A Wrinkle in Time, Justice League) open up their world and answer your questions. Moderated by Tim Burgard (Justice League, Rampage).

Friday July 20, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 9

2:00pm

Painting Convincing Light in Your Art
Ron Lemen (illustrator, storyboard, sequential artist, concept artist, educator) lectures and demonstrates methods and techniques for painting convincing light in your art. This lesson will include Photoshop tricks, natural light vs. staged light, mood vs. realism, and more.

Friday July 20, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 11

3:00pm

Spotlight On Jen Wang
Jen Wang is a cartoonist and illustrator whose works have appeared in the Adventure Time comics and LA Magazine. Her graphic novels from First Second include Koko Be Good, In Real Life (with author Cory Doctorow), and most recently, the critically acclaimed The Prince and the Dressmaker. Jen and moderator Cecil Castellucci (Don't Cosplay with My Heart, Shade the Changing Girl) spotlight Jen's body of work and what's to come.

Friday July 20, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 9

3:00pm

Spotlight On Terry Moore
Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise)is celebrating 25 years at San Diego Comic-Con! Charles Brownstein (executive director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund) talks to Terry about the series he has created during the past 25 years,including his current homage to Strangers in Paradise: Strangers in Paradise XXV. Find out the latest news regarding the Strangers in Paradise movie and what the future holds for Rachel Rising, Motor Girl, and Echo. And, don't miss the Q&A when fans can ask Terry anything!

Friday July 20, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 28DE

4:00pm

The One, The Only, Artist's Edition!
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 13, 01:13PM
The IDW Artist’s Edition Panel is running in a much abbreviated format. Stop by and hear a MAJOR announcement from Scott Dunbier and . . . a special guest!

Friday July 20, 2018 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Room 4

4:00pm

Creating Comics with the iPad
The iPad has transformed the way you read comics, but did you know you can create comic art on the iPad too? See a comic book character come to life as Hi-Fi's Brian Miller (Doctor Who) and Kristy Miller (SpongeBob Comics) demonstrate step by step how to pencil, ink, and color comics on the iPad. Learn the basic tools and techniques, including which apps work best and how you, too, can transform your iPad into a portable art studio.

Friday July 20, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 11

4:00pm

How to Draw with Adam Hughes
Comics legend Adam Hughes draws using grayscale markers. Adam will share pointers and tips while also answering questions.

Friday July 20, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Room 2

4:30pm

Ray Harryhausen: The Return of the Special Effects Godfather
Filmmaker John Walsh and collections manager Connor Heaney reveal Harryhausen Foundation's plans to bring his iconic cinema creations back to life. See a rare short documentary along with a Q&A and rare images from the founder of modern special effects.

Friday July 20, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 26AB

5:30pm

Drawing Comics with Carlos D'Anda (Bilingual)
Speaking in both Spanish and English, Carlos D'Anda will demonstrate his techniques in inking, pencilling, coloring, and layout. D'Anda is an American comic book artist who has worked on Marvel's Star Wars comic. He is most famous for his work on Deathblow, Outsiders, and Batman: Arkham City. Recently, he has worked on DC Universe Online.

Friday July 20, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Room 2

7:00pm

The Art of Video Games: Create a Cover Artist Jam!
UDON's chief Erik Ko hosts top talents from the studio and a guest artist to create a cover art jam live! A lucky winner will get to keep the final art! There will also be a trivia Q&A where the audience can get surprised art books and collectible items from UDON.

Friday July 20, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 25ABC

7:00pm

Drawing with Nicholas Nemiri
Nicolas Nemiri is a French comic book artist based in Beijing, China. Take this opportunity to witness his mesmerizing work process using a traditional brush, a calligraphy pen, and even watercolor.

Friday July 20, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Room 2

7:00pm

Comic Creator Connection (Friday)
San Diego Comic-Con is proud to once again host the Comic Creator Connection, a fast-paced networking event that puts writers and artists together to help them meet potential new creative partners. Here's how it works: In two 2-hour sessions (this one and another on Sunday at noon), writers and artists (pencillers, inkers, colorists, etc.) will sit down across from each other at a table. Then, in 5-minute sessions, they will talk one-on-one with each other about their ideas and skills. At the end of each 5-minute period, participants will get up and move on to the next person. If they are interested in furthering the conversation, they can exchange contact information. If not, they can politely move on. Think of it as speed-dating, but for writers and artists!

Friday July 20, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

7:30pm

GirlsDrawinGirls: Pinup From a Woman's Perspective
Panelists include Melody Severns (GDG founder and Simpsons artist), Noelle Raffaele (WB director of DC Girls), Aisling Harbert-Phillips (Deluxe special effects artist), and Leen Isabel (Pole Dancing Adventures). Since 2006, GirlsDrawinGirls has grown from just 18 local LA women to around 200 women artists from all over the world. They are all professionals in the animation, comics, video games, and film industry and have chosen to draw pinup art, which has been predominately male dominated, to showcase the art from a female point of view. By redefining the pinup, they are not only setting the focus on the diverse and talented women in the entertainment arts industry, they are also embracing their own take on their bodies and their sexuality on their terms.

Friday July 20, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 24ABC

7:30pm

Making a Living Off of Your Art
Artist Lee Kohse (Disney, DreamWorks), voice actor Jon Bailey (Honest Trailers, Transformers), writer Brendan Hey (Robot Chicken, Dawn of the Croods), art curator Doug Dreier, and educator Sean Glumace (Adobe education leader) discuss the business of being creative and answer your questions. Learn how to generate revenue, promote yourself online and offline, deal with clients and commissions, and more. Moderated by Johnny Kolasinski (podcaster and arts advocate). Two lucky attendees will win a 12-month subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud (a $599 value) courtesy of Adobe education leader Sean Glumace.

Friday July 20, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 8

8:00pm

Art & Arcana: The Visual History of Dungeons & Dragons
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 20, 10:55AM
When it comes to the history of Dungeons & Dragons, the truth is often stranger than fiction. The author team of the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History discuss the evolution of the game's visuals from home-brew doodles to some of the greatest and most iconic art in the fantasy genre. Panelists include Kyle Newman (Fanboys; Barely Lethal), Jon Peterson (Playing at the World), and Michael Witwer (Empire of Imagination).

Friday July 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 32AB

8:00pm

How to Draw Manga
eigoMANGA's team of manga artists, animators, and editors present a tutorial workshop to teach the fundamentals of manga illustration and storytelling. They will also be on hand to critique portfolios from up-and-coming artists.

Friday July 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 11

8:30pm

The Art Heroines: Positive Impact
Moderator Robyn Simms (Tumble Leaf) leads this discussion highlighting artist workplace dynamics across the entertainment industry. Panelists reveal productive vs. counterproductive habits, employer best practices, and tips for creatives to build better relationships. Featuring Danelle Vierkant (The Orville), Ivonne Escoto (Hellboy), Denise Chavez (Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh), Kristin Donner (Bunnicula), Haley Mancini (The Powerpuff Girls), Nora Hewitt (Face Off winner), and Chelsea Pickens (Yamasong: March of the Hollows).

Friday July 20, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 24ABC
 
Saturday, July 21
 

10:00am

Fanbase Press: Art of Trading Cards
Themed collector cards have been around for over 100 years, originally packaged with cigarettes. By the 1950s, bubble gum was packaged with trading cards that began to spotlight media-based subjects such as popular television shows and films. Trading card sets typically include sketch cards, which feature the work of established and aspiring artists. Led by Michele Brittany (editorials manager, Fanbase Press), panelists Daniel Cooney (Rogue One), Chris Thorne (DC Comics' The New 52), and Ashleigh Popplewell (The Walking Dead) talk about their experiences working with Topps, Cryptozoic Entertainment, and other companies to create trading cards that celebrate some of our favorite franchises.

Saturday July 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

11:00am

Richard Friend: Strategies for Breaking into Comics in 2018
Four top industry pros who've been in the business for 20+ years discuss how they've all had great success working on top titles and continue to do so. Lee Bermejo (author of Joker, Suiciders, and upcoming Batman Damned), Eisner Award nominee Ryan Benjamin (creator/co-writer/artist, of Eisner-nominated Brother's Bond; artist, Batman Beyond, Batman, Suicide Squad, Odyssey of the Amazons), Carlos D'Anda (artist who's worked for WB, DC Comics, SONY, Blizzard, Eidos, and Dark Horse), and Comic-Con special guest and two-time Eisner Award nominee Richard Friend (artist, Wild Cats, upcoming Vampire Hunter D) give aspiring artists tips to get discovered. Learn how to land that first gig and maintain consistent work after that.

Saturday July 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 4

11:15am

My Hero Academia Panel, Featuring Creator Kohei Horikoshi
Meet Kohei Horikoshi, the creator of the world's most popular superhero manga. Horikoshi Sensei will be talking about his megahit manga and doing a live drawing of one of the characters. But he won't be alone-he'll have some voice actor sidekicks, Justin Briner (Deku) and Christopher Sabat (All Might). This is the can't-miss panel of the show!

Saturday July 21, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 6A

11:30am

Jack Kirby's Artwork Extravaganza Encore!
Back by popular demand, a larger-than life celebration of the King of Comics features an unprecedented multimedia presentation of over 1,300 pieces of Jack Kirby artwork. IDW president and publisher Greg Goldstein is joined by esteemed artist Joe Jusko and other panelists to discuss the unrivaled work of the legendary Jack Kirby. Everyone in attendance will take home a limited-edition print.

Saturday July 21, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 24ABC

11:30am

Advanced Computer Graphic Techniques
Brian Haberlin will demonstrate advanced cutting-edge 3D and computer graphics comic art techniques that will speed up and improve your storytelling, using a wide range of programs from ZBrush to iClone to SketchUp and many more. Learn all the tricks that have been used in the industry for years that no other pro will show you, and learn how to use this information for print, web, AR, or VR.

Saturday July 21, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 2

11:45am

Quick Draw
Come early and grab a seat for the most talked-about panel at Comic-Con, at least among its participants! Three lightning-fast cartoonists duel to the death right before your eyes armed, with nothing but Sharpies, drawing pads, overhead projectors, and their own lethal sense of humor. Your Quick Draw Quizzzzmaster Mark Evanier throws the challenges at Sergio Aragonés (MAD, Groo the Wanderer), Scott Shaw! (The Simpsons, The Flintstones) and the new kid in the dais, Lalo Alcaraz (La Cucaracha). See why people think it's the fastest, funniest panel of the whole danged convention!

Saturday July 21, 2018 11:45am - 1:00pm
Room 6BCF

12:00pm

My First Comic
This program is fantastic for kids and/or aspiring authors and illustrators! Panelists will discuss the first comics they read and the journey from reading their first comic to making their first comic. Panelists include Jen Wang (The Prince and the Dressmaker), Matt Loux (The Time Museum), Jim Pascoe (Cottons: The Secret of the Wind), and Mairghread Scott (The City on the Other Side).

Saturday July 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 29AB

12:00pm

Rise Up: HALON and Pacific Rim: Uprising
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 18, 10:28PM
Rise up! Join the uprising with Pacific Rim: Uprising VFX supervisor Peter Chiang alongside HALON Entertainment's Brad Alexander (previs supervisor) and Ryan McCoy (postvis supervisor) as they break down the epic final battle layer by layer. Panelists were told to make some "bad a$$ shots," and they delivered. This panel is for artists, filmmakers, and anyone who wants an in-depth look at VFX.

Saturday July 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 25ABC

12:30pm

Matt Taylor: Most of the Posters I Have Made
Matt Taylor (illustrator of this year's SDCC souvenir book cover), Rob Jones (Mondo creative director) and a mystery second panelist talk about most of the posters Matt has made in the last five years of working with Mondo and some other things too. Matt, Rob and the mystery second panelist learn about the process of making movie posters and a take part in a Q&A.

Saturday July 21, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 8

2:00pm

Drawing Your Imagination with Kim Jung Gi
Take this amazing opportunity to learn how to draw your imagination that words cannot describe on top of white paper with a black pen. You will realize that you do not need any fancy equipment to draw your heart out after seeing Kim Jung Gi's outrageous live drawing! You will get a chance to see an empty canvas transform into a completed scene with human anatomy and perspective in just 90 minutes.

Saturday July 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 2

2:30pm

Spotlight on Yoshitaka Amano
UPDATED: Sat, Jul 21, 01:58PM
Join Comic-Con International in honoring one of the most recognized Japanese artists of the last half-century, Yoshitaka Amano. Amano's storied career spans decades with thousands of works, including Final Fantasy, Vampire Hunter D, and Neil Gaiman's Sandman: The Dream Hunters. Amano will delight fans by live drawing some of his original characters and will participate in a brief Q&A. Moderated by Michael Gombos.

Saturday July 21, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 24ABC

3:00pm

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

3:00pm

Turn Comic Illustrations into Animation
A traditional comic book illustrator, Pat Moriarity (Fantagraphics, The Comics Journal, winner of the Golden Toonie) partners with animator Seth Zeichner (The Realm Beyond Reason)to show how to transform hand-drawn illustrations into a fantastic animated film. Plus, watch the screening of their short film! Moderated by Erica Schisler (Adobe) and partnered with Dan Ramirez (Adobe), who will show you how to create walking and talking characters that can be easily animated with a webcam and a mic using Adobe Character Animator plus preview new technology, Project Puppetron, that will help you quickly animate your own characters!

Saturday July 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 11

3:30pm

Skybound Entertainment: Comics and Creators
Some of Skybound's top talent-including Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Oblivion Song), Daniel Warren Johnson (Extremity), Donny Cates (Redneck), and Sean Mackiewicz (Gasolina)-discuss their published works and the comics industry as a whole.

Saturday July 21, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 8

4:00pm

Animation Artists Teach Caricature
Capturing the essence of a person or a character in just a line from a pen is a special skill, and few do it better than animation artists. Learn from Disney directing legend John Musker (Little Mermaid, Moana). Animators and story artists Jeff Ranjo, Kali Fontecchio, Marty Davis, and Trent Corey will draw live on stage, choosing lucky audience members who will get immortalized by these brilliant artists with art they can keep! There will be a speed caricature contest, as well as tips and tricks from the artists on how to improve your own drawing skills. Moderated by Tom Racine of the podcast Tall Tale Radio.

Saturday July 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 11

4:00pm

Drawing Distinctive Characters
There are those artists whose work you always recognize and are immediately drawn to. How have these prolific artists crafted their unique style and stayed true to themselves while creating comics? Aspen's Vince Hernandez finds out with Comic-Con special guests Andy Fish, Jeff Lemire, Jen Wang, Manuele Fior, and Veronica Fish.

Saturday July 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 23ABC

5:00pm

Master Successful Observational Drawing in Two Steps
Wei Xu, Ph.D. (artist/mathematician/computer scientist/author/professor)will talk about his [+SM]Art approach and simple tricks for mastering observational drawing skills efficiently. These secrets will enable average people, from kids to seniors, to learn drawing with ease.

Saturday July 21, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 11

6:00pm

Figure Drawing for Popular Media
Emilio Soltero, Ph.D. (John Buscema: A Life in Sketches; Draw the Line) presents a primer on drawing the figure for popular media, including drawing for comics and character design, joined by Lauren Echevaria (artist), Elisabeth Echevaria (panel model), and Jyhjong Hwang (panel model). The focus will be on anatomy and figure drawing. Emilio will lecture and demonstrate on figure drawing. Lauren will demo a portrait. There will be time to draw as well. Professionals and beginners are welcome. Bring your drawing supplies to draw models/cosplayers during this interactive presentation.

Saturday July 21, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 11

7:00pm

Cartoon Art Museum Demo: Watercolor for Cartooning
Watercolors can be a magical medium for any artform including comics. Watch and learn beginner- to advanced-technique demonstrations meant specifically for use in comics with an introduction by Cartoon Art Museum educator and program coordinator Nina L. Taylor Kester (Cartoon Camp). Then observe professional cartoonists use this classic medium to create wondrous works of comic art. Lucky attendees may win some of the art created or go home with new art supplies to start their own watercolor adventure. Materials provided by Sakura of America.

Saturday July 21, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 11
 
Sunday, July 22
 

10:00am

Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell on Their Bizarre Romance
The international literary power couple Audrey Niffenegger (author, The Time Traveler's Wife) and Eddie Campbell (artist, From Hell) discuss their debut graphic novel collaboration: Bizarre Romance (Abrams ComicArts). Described by Publishers Weekly as "winningly strange," Bizarre Romance features a multitude of short stories told through illustrated prose and comics panels and explores the idiosyncratic nature of relationships in a variety of genres, from fractured fairy tales to historical fiction to paper dolls.

Sunday July 22, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29AB

10:00am

Spotlight on Rafael Albuquerque
Comic-Con special guest Rafael Albuquerque (artist, American Vampire, All-Star Batman, A Study in Emerald) talks about his career, his influences, and how to explore storytelling in different ways.

Sunday July 22, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 24ABC

10:00am

The Annual Kirby Tribute
As is done every year, fans gather to salute the man some called "The King of the Comics" and its most imaginative artist and creator. Discussing the life and work of Jack Kirby this year are animation producer Larry Houston, illustrator/historian Arlen Schumer, Rand Hoppe of the Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center, attorney Paul S. Levine, a few surprises, and your moderator, Kirby biographer and assistant Mark Evanier.

Sunday July 22, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
Room 5AB

11:00am

DC Kids: Sunday Art School
It's Sunday Funday! Bring your kids along as some of the best young adult/kids' artists DC has to offer are here to share with you their drawing tips and tools for the trade. Fan favorites Art Balatazar and Franco (DC Super-Friends), Agnes Garbowska (DC Super Hero Girls), Monica Kubina (DC Super Hero Girls), and Tom Richmond (MAD) are your tutors for today's class.

Sunday July 22, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 11

11:00am

Guide to Illustrating Comics: From Sketches to Final Pages
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 09, 01:06PM
You love comics, but are you fan enough to #MakeComics? comiXologists Matt Kolowski and Kiersten Wing host comics artists Mike Norton (Revival), Elsa Charretier (Superfreaks, Star Wars Adventures), Margaux Saltel (Superfreaks), Alti Firmansyah (Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde), Kristian Donaldson (The Massive, DMZ), and Megan Kearney (The Secret Loves of Geek Girls) in a discussion about the triumphs, sorrows, tricks, and craft of illustrating comics. What's the hardest thing to draw? What inspires their work? Who are the artists they admire most? Get the inside scoop from the pros about how to #MakeComics.

Sunday July 22, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 24ABC

11:30am

Monster Battle Time KO!
Three teams of artists go head to head in the biggest Monster Battle Time of the season! This year they have Natalie "Nuclear" Nourigat, Yehudi "Maniacal" Mercado, and Rashad "Raring to Go" Doucet to design your monsters and battle for ultimate artistic glory! Free comics to all attendees! Speakers: Robin Herrera, Natalie Nourigat, Yehudi Mercado, and Rashad Doucet.

Sunday July 22, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 23ABC

12:00pm

In Conversation with . . . Joëlle Jones
In the past year alone the writer/artist Joëlle Jones released Volume 2 of her hit creator-owned series Lady Killer and took on dramatic new roles in her exclusive deal with DC comics, including Supergirl: Being Super and drawing Batman for writer Tom King during the "DC Rebirth" storyline that finds Bruce Wayne engaged to Selina Kyle. This summer Jones debuts her exciting new take on Catwoman, which takes Selina to an all-new city to face off against an all-new villain in an all-new costume. Jones talks with moderator Mike Russell (The Sabretooth Vampire) about what it takes to build a new city and new foes for Catwoman. The conversation will touch on her writing and drawing processes, how she crafts a fight scene, the high stakes of designing a new look (and a wedding dress) for Selina Kyle, the genesis and future of Lady Killer, her creative obsessions, and much more. The session will also feature in-depth breakdowns of some of her most famous artwork, along with some exciting reveals of the look of Catwoman's future.

Sunday July 22, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 24ABC

12:00pm

Spotlight on Macanudo: Introducing the World of Liniers
One of Latin America's most acclaimed cartoonists, Liniers (Eisner Award nominee and Comic-Con special guest), talks about his popular Argentinian daily strip Macanudo, which begins U.S. syndication in September. C. J. Kettler (president, King Features) will introduce Liniers to American comic strip fans.

Sunday July 22, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 4

12:00pm

Comic Creator Connection
San Diego Comic-Con is proud to once again host the Comic Creator Connection, a fast-paced networking event that puts writers and artists together to help them meet potential new creative partners. Here's how it works: Writers and artists sit down across from each other at a table (artists meaning pencillers, inkers, colorists, etc.-all are welcome!). Then, in 5-minute sessions, they will talk one on one with each other about their ideas and skills. At the end of each 5-minute period, they will get up and move on to the next person. If they're interested in furthering the conversation, they can exchange contact information. If not, they politely move on. Think of it as speed-dating, but for writers and artists!

Sunday July 22, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

12:15pm

CBLDF Live Art Jam
Celebrate the legacy of underground comix by seeing art made right before your eyes! The CBLDF Live Art Jam brings together a panel of comics artists, including Denis Kitchen, the legendary underground cartoonist and publisher; Emil Ferris, whose My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the most acclaimed debut in a generation; and Tom Neely, of Henry & Glenn Forever and The Humans, whose work carries the anarchic tradition of underground comix into the 21st century. Watch live art being created, learn about censorship, and bid to win the pieces made during the panel! All proceeds benefit the important free speech work of CBLDF.

Sunday July 22, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Room 5AB

12:30pm

Powerful Young Women in Disney Comics
Disney Comics presents a look at recent and upcoming comics showcasing powerful female characters from Disney and Star Wars. Oh My Disney's Michelle Lema leads a discussion with panelists Delilah S. Dawson (author, Star Wars Adventures, Star Wars Forces of Destiny), Amy Mebberson (author/artist, Disney Princess comic strips), Cecil Castellucci (author, Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure), Jody Houser (author, Star Wars: Forces of Destiny), and Katie Cook (author, Tangled: The Series comics) discuss the growing importance of female characters and authors in the comics industry and the making of comics for kids.

Sunday July 22, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 23ABC

12:30pm

Publishing Comics for Kids
An all-star panel of Franco (Itty Bitty Hell Boy, Tiny Titans), Art Baltazar (Itty Bitty Hell Boy, Tiny Titans), Jeremy Whitley (Princeless, Wasp), and M. Alice LeGrow (Toyettica, Bizenghast) reveal how they make comics for kids great. Everyone will leave with a great kids' comic.

Sunday July 22, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 8

12:30pm

Women of Marvel
Across comic books, television, new media, and more, the women of Marvel are here and here to stay! Attend this conversation with behind-the-scenes talent from Marvel Rising and creatives in the field, and hear firsthand what it's like working as a woman in comics and what it means for the future of the industry. Hosted by Marvel's Sana Amanat (VP of content and character development) and Judy Stephens (producer at Marvel), with additional panelists to be announced.

Sunday July 22, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 6DE

1:30pm

Kids' Comics Live Drawing
Panelists will do a live drawing guided by suggestions from kids in the audience. See comic art created in realtime, and learn about drawing for comics. Artists will include Matt Loux (The Time Museum), Chad Sell (The Cardboard Kingdom), Nilah Magruder (How to Find a Fox), and Douglas Holgate (The Last Kids on Earth).

Sunday July 22, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 23ABC

1:45pm

We Believe in Craft
Image hosts a stable of creators who have honed their skills through countless comics, publishers, and media. With their creator-owned projects, these writers and artists build on expansive careers to deliver the apex of comics craftsmanship. See a murderer's row of career myth-makers including Joe Casey (New Lieutenants of Metal, MCMLXXV), Daniel Warren Johnson (Extremity), Justin Greenwood (The Last Siege), Kickliy (Perdy), and Shannon Wheeler (Memoirs of a Very Stable Genius) as they chart the paths they traveled to arrive at their current projects.

Sunday July 22, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Room 5AB

2:00pm

Cover Story
More and more, the cover of a comic book exists both to sell the product and as a standalone work of art. What goes into designing a cover and what constitutes a good one? Those are the questions that your moderator Mark Evanier will put to this dais of gifted cover artists: William Stout, Joëlle Jones, Veronica Fish, Matt Taylor, and Joe Jusko. They'll analyze and discuss some of the covers they've done in this informative session of "shop talk."

Sunday July 22, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 25ABC

3:00pm

Drawing Convincing Movement and Motion in Your Art
Ron Lemen (illustrator, storyboard, sequential artist, concept artist, educator) lectures and demonstrates methods and techniques for drawing motion in your 2D art. This lesson will include Photoshop tricks vs. drawing tricks, motion for environments and props, figure motion, lens distortions, color vs. lines, and more.

Sunday July 22, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 11

3:00pm

Ironklad Studios: The Art of Creature Design
Justin Goby Fields (executive creative director of Ironklad Studios) is joined by world-renowned creature designers Neville Page (SYFY's Face Off, Star Trek), Raf Grassetti (principal artist at Sony), Krystal Sae Eua (The Avengers, Looper), and Dominic Qwek (Blizzard, Bonfire Studios) to talk about their craft, with Melissa Howland (We Are Movie Geeks, Geek Girl Social Club) moderating.

Sunday July 22, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 32AB

4:00pm

Mark McDonnell: How to Draw in the Different Studio Styles
Being a good artist and facile with technology are two of the skills animation companies seek in employees. But there's a third component rarely discussed: how well you can draw in the style of their particular studio. In this workshop, Disney master teacher Mark McDonnell will demonstrate how to adapt your style and eye to different studios-including Disney, DreamWorks, and Warner Bros.-to increase your chances of getting hired. Introduced by Fast Company's Susan Karlin.

Sunday July 22, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 2

4:00pm

The Origin of Jack Kirby's Black Panther
In his new VisuaLecture, illustrator and comic book historian Arlen Schumer (The Silver Age of Comic Book Art) shows and tells the fascinating comic book origins and background of the Marvel Comics character, now a cinematic superstar, and how these are-and are not-reflected in the smash 2018 film.

Sunday July 22, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 32AB