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Thursday, July 19
 

10:00am

It Takes Two: Creative Forces Combine!
Writing doesn't have to be solitary. It can involve another author or illustrator, and their input can lead to an incredibly fruitful collaboration. Some of today's top creators discuss the joys-and challenges!-of working together. M. T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin (The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge), P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast (Lost and The Dysasters), Dana Fredsti and David Fitzgerald (Time Shards), Jenni Holm and Matt Holm (Babymouse series, Sunny Side Up), and Jim Pascoe and Heidi Arnhold (Cottons) engage in conversation with Ringmistress Kiersten White (Bright We Burn).

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 28DE

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

12:00pm

"It's Dangerous to Go Alone!"
Even if you are The Chosen One, you still need your squad, whether they are friends, family, or just allies with important survival skills. Authors Justina Ireland (Dread Nation), C. B. Lee (Sidekick Squad series), Brooklyn Allen and Mariko Tamaki (Lumberjanes: The Moon Is Up), Leah Thomas (When Light Left Us and Because You'll Never Meet Me), Mary E. Pearson (Dance of Thieves /Remnant Chronicles), and Natalie C. Parker (Seafire) squad up with moderator Sam Maggs (Girl Squads: 20 Female Friendships that Changed History). Entry to each Horton Grand Theatre panel requires a separate ticket and a Comic-Con badge.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

12:00pm

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

12:00pm

Stargate Franchise: Creative Storytelling
See the entire spectrum of Stargate franchise stories. The Stargate series, comics, books, games, and fan fiction have all contributed to the rich tapestry of the franchise, and there is more to come. Kieran Dickson will moderate a discussion with panelists Chris Judge, Darren Sumner, David Read, and more, as they share their creative process and behind-the-scenes stories.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 7AB

1:00pm

A Discovery of Witches
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 19, 09:17AM
Meet the cast and creatives behind the major new TV series. Teresa Palmer (Hacksaw Ridge), Alex Kingston (Doctor Who), Valerie Pettiford, and Owen Teale (Game of Thrones) join Deborah Harkness (All Souls trilogy), author of the original novel, and exectuive producer Lachlan MacKinnon to discuss the TV adaptation.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ballroom 20

1:00pm

Finding Comfort in the Apocalypse
Some apocalyptic or dystopian novels allow people to explore larger issues (or serve as a reminder of the threats facing society). Meanwhile others serve up a heavy dose of humor to remind people that surviving the unthinkable is possible and maybe things aren't as bad in real life. Whether horrifying or humorous, the novels that paint a picture of a grim future can be surprisingly comforting and fun for both author and reader alike. Emily Suvada (This Mortal Coil), Cory Doctorow (Walkaway), Elizabeth Hand (Fire), Douglas Holgate (Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond), Andrew Smith (Rabbit & Robot), and Scott Westerfeld (Impostors, Spill Zone: The Broken Vow) discuss approaches with Adron Buske (Fictitious podcast).

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 32AB

1:00pm

The Pitching Hour
Sujata Day (writer/actress, Insecure), Deric Hughes (co-EP, Arrow), Lamont Magee (story editor, Black Lightning), Nyambi Nyambi (actor/artist, The Good Fight), Malcolm Barrett (actor, Timeless), a surprise guest or two, and your moderator Dan Evans III (VP creative affairs, DC Entertainment) will take an idea from conception through production for various media. This process will include creating a pitch document, obtaining agents, and getting a pitch meeting. The panelists will explain, through hypothetical examples and humorous stories, the process that new creators should adapt to make their way through the creative battleground of the entertainment industry. Knowing that each project is unique, there will be a Q&A to allow the audience to really hone in on the solutions to obstacles they may encounter. Also on-hand will be Brendan McFeely (partner, Kane Kessler) to give creators insight on protecting their ideas as they navigate Hollywood!

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 7AB

1:30pm

Once Upon a Forever
Panelists examine the enduring appeal of fairy tales and other classics of speculative fiction, and the important choices authors make in retelling them. Featuring E. K. Johnston (That Inevitable Victorian Thing, Star Wars Ahsoka), Jonathan French (The Grey Bastards), Katherine Arden (Winternight trilogy), Brandon Mull (Five Kingdoms #5: Time Jumpers), April Genevieve Tucholke (The Boneless Mercies), Sherrilyn Kenyon (Deadman's Cross and The Dark-Hunters series), and Petra Mayer of NPR. Entry to each Horton Grand Theatre panel requires a separate ticket and a Comic-Con badge.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

2:00pm

So Say We All: 40 Years of Battlestar Galactica
Film and TV critic Scott "Movie" Mantz talks with authors Mark A. Altman (The Fifty-Year Mission) and Edward Gross (Slayers & Vampires) about their new oral history, So Say We All (Tor Books), an exhaustive look at the classic 1978 original series, Ronald D. Moore and David Eick's beloved 2004 re-imagining, and even the much maligned Galactica 1980. Find out the untold secrets and incredible true stories of these classic shows in this celebration of four decades of Battlestar Galactica. Win a chance to be the first to get a copy of the new 700+ page hardcover book autographed by the authors.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 5AB

2:30pm

Writers' Coffeehouse at Comic-Con
Led by authors Peter Clines (Paradox Bound, The Fold) and Jonathan Maberry (Glimpse, Mars One), this session focuses on the business of prose publishing. The Writers' Coffeehouse is a bunch of writers sitting around talking about writing. No agendas, no requirements-just chat about markets, about pitching and selling, about conquering frustration and defeating writers block, and about all of the good things that come from the community of writers. It's open to everyone-from absolute beginners to award-winners and bestsellers. Just show up, hang out, and talk. Or don't talk-lurk in the back and take notes.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:00pm

Fearless Women
Tor celebrates women in publishing: their worlds, their voices, and their unique stories. Rachel Caine (The Great Library #4: Smoke and Iron, Honor Among Thieves), Cinda Williams Chima (Stormcaster), Susan Dennard (Witchlands series), Seanan McGuire (The Girl in the Green Silk Gown, Wayward Children series), V. E. Schwab (Shades of Magic trilogy, Villains series), and Laini Taylor (Strange the Dreamer) celebrate with Kayti Burt, books editor/Den of Geek. Entry to each Horton Grand Theatre panel requires a separate ticket and a Comic-Con badge.

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

3:00pm

Spotlight on E. K. Johnston
E. K. Johnston (Star Wars: Ahsoka, That Inevitable Victorian Thing) talks about her career from small-town Ontario to a galaxy far, far away. Kate and fellow author Sam Maggs (Wonder Women, Girl Squads) hold this session.

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 23ABC

3:00pm

Writing 101: What to Think About Before You Start Writing
Award winning writer/editor Marv Wolfman (writer/creator of Blade, Black Cat, Bullseye, New Teen Titans, Deathstroke, and many more) brings his annual writing seminar to Comic-Con. This is for those who want to write but aren't sure how to begin. Marv talks about structure, creating characters, writing dialogue, and more. If you want to begin writing, be sure to attend Marv Wolfman's panel first.

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 11

3:30pm

Ray Bradbury and the Creation of Fahrenheit 451
Orty Ortwein, of the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum, talks about what led Ray Bradbury to write his breakout classic.

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 26AB

3:30pm

Will You Go to the Dance with Me? How Homecoming Dances and Epic Parties Have Shaped Storytelling
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 06, 11:58AM
From Pretty in Pink to Pride & Prejudice's ball at Netherfield Hall, parties have always served as excellent plot devices. In this panel, moderators Sam Maggs (Girl Squads, Anthem) and Amy S. Foster (The Rift Uprising) along with panelists Alexandra Monir (Timeless, The Final Six), Rachel Heine (editor-in-chief, Nerdist), Camilla Zhang (comics outreach, Kickstarter), and Rowan Rowden (founder, Dual Wield Studios) will talk about their favorite fictional social blowouts and discuss changing social mores, traditions, and celebrations through the ages. And who doesn't love a good party?

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 24ABC

4:30pm

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

4:30pm

The Super-Awesome Authors AMA Smackdown
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 18, 05:38PM
These pro writers are ready and willing to answer (almost) any questions you have about what it takes to make it as a scribe in the 21st century. Maybe you're dreaming about publishing that first novel or comic, but you're not sure which way to go. Is it better to take the indie route? Aim for the traditional New York path? Will you need an agent? What about book marketing? How do you build an author brand? What's the reality of selling books at comic conventions? Will brick-and-mortar bookstores go the way of the dinosaurs? Is Amazon really the future? Get your answers from Marv Wolfman (Teen Titans, Superman), Brandon Easton (Agent Carter, M.A.S.K.), Russell Nohelty (Katrina Hates the Dead, publisher of Wannabe Press), Scott Sigler (Generations trilogy, The Rookie), and New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon, with moderator Neo Edmund (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Red Riding, the Alpha Huntress).

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 24ABC

5:30pm

Superstars in Children's Graphic Novels
Award-winning children’s book and graphic novel superstars discuss how they create the heroes, characters, and books that kids love. Featuring Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Jarrett Krosoczka (Hey, Kiddo), Aron Steinke (Mr. Wolf’s Class), Molly Ostertag (The Witch Boy), Ian Boothby (Sparks!), and Gale Galligan (Baby-sitters Club Graphix).

Thursday July 19, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 26AB

6:00pm

Graphic Novel or Illustrated Book: You Make the Call!
The debate has raged for years, and it's only getting more intense: Is a 200-page comic story a graphic novel? Or is it a long comic book? Is a novel that is 100% filled with illustrations a graphic novel? Or is it an elaborate picture book? A new wave of profusely illustrated epics have entered the fray, including books by Mark Schultz (Storms at Sea), Armand Baltazar (Timeless), and Mark Wheatley (Doctor Cthulittle), creators who will be on hand for the discussion along with Karen Green of Columbia University and J. C. Vaughn (VP of Publishing, Gemstone).

Thursday July 19, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 25ABC

6:00pm

Infectiously Expanding the Universe of Tom Clancy's The Division 2
Tom Clancy's The Division 2 creative director Julian Gerighty and other members of the team take you on a journey through what it takes to bring the post-pandemic world of The Division 2 to life in-game. Learn how the Division narrative is constructed with the vision of expanding through comic books, novels, and other entertainment.

Thursday July 19, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 6BCF

6:00pm

Writing Great Dialogue
Short. Meaningful. Memorable. How do you write great dialogue? What works and what doesn't work? Writers from animation and comics, including Nicole Dubuc (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Transformers: Rescue Bots), Marsha Griffin (Guardians of the Galaxy, Miles from Tomorrowland), Craig Miller (Curious George, Beast Wars), Eugene Son (Avengers: Secret Wars, Saint Seiya), and Matt Wayne (Justice League Unlimited, Cannon Busters) talk about how to craft a great line.

Thursday July 19, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 9

6:30pm

The Scoop at Simon & Schuster
Anna Jarzab (marketing), Caitlin Sweeny (marketing), Jodie Hockensmith (publicity), Keri Horan (marketing), and Liesa Abrams (marketing) give a sneak peek at the hottest books and properties coming from Simon & Schuster in 2018, including books by some of your fan-favorite authors. Moderated by Jon Anderson (executive vice president, publisher). Attendees will take home exclusive prizes and swag.

Thursday July 19, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 4

7:00pm

How to Read Nancy
Comics scholars Paul Karasik (City of Glass) and Mark Newgarden (We All Die Alone) present their Eisner Award-nominated work How to Read Nancy, which ingeniously isolates the separate building blocks of the language of comics through the deconstruction of a single Nancy strip.

Thursday July 19, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 28DE

7:00pm

Women on the Dark Side
Not all female artists/creators are about unicorns and glittery vampires and silly pseudo-bondage. Some women create truly dark and challenging art and content, with just a touch of humor and whimsy. Whether it's comic books, novels, or art, these women are creating content that connects with our deeper, darker side. Featuring Susan Lee (Shadow of the Knight), Megan Hutchison (Vesna, Rock Stars), Nancy Holder (Wicked Series), and Lisa Morton (Ghosts: A Haunted History); moderated by Barbra Dillon (Fanbase Press).

Thursday July 19, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 25ABC

7:30pm

Here There Be Dragons: Creating Fresh Stories in Fantasy
Every genre has its tropes, and fantasy has many: swords and sorcerers, castles and cavalries, dungeon crawls and dazzling dragons. But with more than a century of fantastical storytelling behind us, how does a writer deliver fresh, exciting ideas while giving readers what they want and expect? Adron Buske (host of the Fictitious podcast) talks with a group of professional genre authors about writing to market, how to subvert clichés and expectations, and blazing new trails on the well-trod map of fantasy. Featuring Tomi Adeyemi (author of Children of Blood and Bone), Mary E. Pearson (author of The Remnant Chronicles, Dance of Thieves), Robert Jackson Bennett (author of Foundryside, City of Blades), R. F. Kuang (author of The Poppy War), and Jason Denzel (author of the Mystic trilogy, founder of Dragonmount).

Thursday July 19, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 24ABC

8:15pm

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
 

12:00pm

Girl Power Comics: Middle-Grade Fiction for Girls (and Boys)
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 17, 03:00PM
The authors behind some of your favorite middle-grade graphic fiction discuss creating stories with strong, positive female characters and the importance of overcoming the lingering perception that comics are only for boys. Featuring Gigi Digi (Cucumber Quest: The Melody Kingdom), Molly Knox Ostertag (The Witch Boy), Yehudi Mercado (Sci-Fu), and Jennifer Holm and Matt Holm (Miss Communication: Babymouse Tales from the Locker). Moderated by Candice Mack (2018 Eisner Awards jury, Los Angeles Public Library).

Friday July 20, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

12:00pm

Shades of Magic: From Prose to Panels
V. E. (Victoria) Schwab's bestselling novel series Shades of Magic makes the jump to comics this year with an all-new series written by Victoria herself. In this spotlight panel, the Comic-Con special guest will discuss the origins of this critically acclaimed world and how comics enable her to tell new stories that have never been seen before.

Friday July 20, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 4

1:30pm

Building a Skeptical Techno-Utopia with Optimistic Disaster Stories
Comic-Con special guest Cory Doctorow (Walkaway, In Real Life, Little Brother) has been writing and fighting to make technology safe for human habitation for decades. Cecil Castellucci (Soupy Leaves Home, Shade the Changing Girl, Plain Janes) interviews him about the urgent need to tell stories and take action to conjure forth technology that serves its users, not corporations, and what that means for science fiction and the human race.

Friday July 20, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 24ABC

2:00pm

Disney-Lucasfilm Publishing: Stories from a Galaxy Far, Far Away!
Michael Siglain (director, creative: Disney-Lucasfilm Publishing) and surprise panelists share previews and exclusive announcements about what should be on your must-read list from Star Wars publishing.

Friday July 20, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 7AB

3:00pm

J.R.R. Tolkien - The Return to Middle-earth
Middle-earth is making a resurgence, and the staff of TheOneRing.net have all the news, rumors, and background info on all the new Tolkien projects. The Tolkien biopic has wrapped filming and will be coming to a big screen near you, and Amazon Studios has made a big splash with a minimum five-year commitment to a prequel Lord of the Rings TV series, with the first season presumably focusing on young Aragorn. There will be a new J. R. R. Tolkien book coming later this summer, and there are strong indications that Universal Orlando will be adding a Middle-earth section to its newest theme park. The next several years are looking very bright for fans of the professor. Panelists include Clifford Broadway (host of TORn Tuesday), Justin Sewell (producer of TORn Tuesday), Kristi Fojtik (founder of Tolkien Forever), Nicole Roberts (outreach director for TheOneRing.net), Josh Long (host of Collecting the Precious), Abie Ekenezar (host of Black and Blue: The Series), moderated by Cathy Udovch (special events coordinator for TheOneRing.net).

Friday July 20, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:00pm

The Thrill of the Chase: Pursuing the Truth
Readers turn the pages of mystery, suspense, science fiction, and thriller novels for a variety of reasons including the tension of the pursuit, the challenge of unmasking the villain, and the satisfaction of justice served. Moderator Brendan Reichs (Nemesis, The Darkdeep) investigates process with Edgar Cantero (Meddling Kids and This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us), W. L. Goodwater (Breach), Alex Grecian (The Saint of Wolves and Butchers), Kerri Maniscalco (Escaping from Houdini), Marie Lu (Wildcard), and Demetra Brodsky (Dive Smack).

Friday July 20, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 29AB

3:30pm

From Idea to Hired: Books, TV, Film, & Comics
Agents, managers, book editors, and producers come together to answer all your questions about how to take your writing career from the blank page to sold work. Bring your questions about writing that breakout project, getting representation, what it takes to sell a book to film, and more. These panelists will give you the industry scoop but no pitches, please. They include Brandy Rivers (Industry Entertainment), Holly Root (Root Literary), Paul Shapiro (All in Media), Betsy Sullenger (Oops Doughnuts Productions), Kate Testerman (KT Literary), Michele Wells (DC Entertainment), and Kim Yau (Paradigm). Moderated by Nathan Bransford (How to Write a Novel).

Friday July 20, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 24ABC

4:00pm

Dinosaurs to Dystopia: Building Worlds in Books
Bestselling middle-grade and young adult authors discuss how they create wild worlds in the past, present, and future. What role does setting play in a story, and how does a fictional world become a character of its own? Featuring Daniel José Older (Dactyl Hill Squad), Scott Westerfeld (Impostors), and Victoria Schwab (City of Ghosts).

Friday July 20, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 29AB

4:00pm

Psychology of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts
Are you a die-hard Harry Potter fan? Are you looking forward to the next Fantastic Beasts movie? If so, come see this panel of mental health professionals including Dr. Janina Scarlet (Harry Potter Therapy, Dark Agents), Travis Adams (Supernatural Psychology), Justine Mastin (S upernatural Psychology), and Dr. Jennifer Yen (The Avalon Relics series), as well as actor Mick Ignis (Snape and the Marauders, Stan Against Evil) and illustrator Vince Alvendia (Harry Potter Therapy, Dark Agents) for a discussion of the psychology of Harry Potter and the upcoming Fantastic Beasts films. Dustin McGinnis (McGinnis Music) moderates.

Friday July 20, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

4:30pm

Geek Geek Revolution
Geek Geek Revolution is a no-holds-barred geek culture game show featuring five science fiction/fantasy authors competing for the chance to be top geek. In addition, audience members will be asked to write-in questions in hopes of stumping the authors and winning a prize pack of books. Hold onto your hats, nerf herders, this might get ugly. Featuring Andy Weir (Artemis), Delilah Dawson (Kill the Farm Boy), Sylvain Neuvel (Sleeping Giants), Kiersten White (Bright We Burn), Natalie C. Parker (Seafire) and Gini Koch (Aliens Abroad). Moderated by Heath Corson (Nerdist).

Friday July 20, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 8

5:00pm

Pop Culture Witches
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 10, 11:06AM
In an age where powerful women are finally being celebrated, it's worth looking at the pop culture witches, enchantresses, genies, charmers, and sorceresses who conjured the craft in our popular imaginations in the past. How have women with (super) powers been portrayed, and how is that portrayal evolving? Hosted by Ben Blacker (Vertigo's Hex Wives; co-creator, The Thrilling Adventure Hour). Panelists include Jessica O'Toole and Amy Rardin (showrunners, CW's Charmed), Nell Scovell (creator, Sabrina the Teenage Witch), Ruth Connell (Rowena on Supernatural), Tomi Adeyemi (author, Children of Blook and Bone), and practicing witch Juliana Crouch.

Friday July 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 23ABC

5:00pm

The Women of Star Wars
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 06, 02:02PM
For the past 40 years, the Star Wars galaxy has expanded at a remarkable rate. Behind the scenes, creators have worked to round that galaxy out and to maintain cultural relevancy by appealing to new fans from different walks of life. Authors E. K. Johnston (Star Wars: Ahsoka) and Zoraida Córdova (From a Certain Point of View) join writer Nicole Dubuc (Forces of Destiny) to discuss the impact of a more inclusive Star Wars, from the writers to the actors to, of course, the characters you know and love.

Friday July 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 7AB

5:30pm

Into the Fanzone! Celebrating Pop Culture in YA Literature
A growing number of YA books celebrate the awesomeness of fans, pop culture, comics, and fandom. Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro, Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee, All the Feels by Danika Stone, Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, and Riverdale and Ship It by Britta Lundin are just a few. In this interactive panel, authors share their ideas about modern publishing with Holly West (Feiwel & Friends and Swoon Reads), an editor who knows how important it is to appeal to a varied readership, as they talk writing, publishing, and-most important-the fans!

Friday July 20, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 24ABC

6:00pm

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Trivia
Find out what's new and upcoming from Orbit, and win free books by playing this Jeopardy!- style trivia game show. "I'll take science fiction and fantasy novels for $400, please!" Orbit's marketing staff will test your knowledge banks-with some special appearances.

Friday July 20, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

6:00pm

The Passage
Based on Justin Cronin's bestselling fantasy book trilogy, FOX's world premiere screening of this epic, character-driven thriller about a secret government medical facility experimenting with a dangerous virus that could either cure all disease or cause the downfall of the human race will be followed by a moderated conversation and fan Q&A with stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar (NYPD Blue, Saved by the Bell), Saniyya Sidney (Hidden Figures, American Horror Story), Henry Ian Cusick (Lost, The 100), and Jamie McShane (Bosch), executive producer Liz Heldens (Friday Night Lights, Deception), executive producer/ director Jason Ensler (The Exorcist), and author Justin Cronin. The Passage will premiere on FOX in early 2019.

Friday July 20, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 6A

7:00pm

comiXology Originals: Comics for the Young Adult Fan
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 09, 01:04PM
The biggest news in comics is comiXology's exclusive content program, comiXology Originals, but did you know they're also offering an outstanding selection of comics perfect for young adult fiction readers? comiXologists Matt Kolowski and Kiersten Wing chat with the talented minds behind comiXology Originals' YA offerings like Superfreaks, as well as other upcoming titles. Hear from Elsa Charretier (Superfreaks, Star Wars Adventures), Pierrick Colinet (Superfreaks, Star Wars Adventures), Margaux Saltel (Superfreaks), Kel McDonald (Cautionary Fables & Fairytales), C. Spike Trotman (Iron Circus Comics), M. K. Reed (The Castoffs, Palefire), and Tish Doolin (Modus Operandi) as they recount their creative journey and give tips on crafting comic stories aimed at the young adult fiction fan.

Friday July 20, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 29AB

7:00pm

What's Up with Penguin!
Anne Sowards (Ace), Rebecca Brewer (Ace), Kara Brammer (Penguin Young Readers), and Jennifer Dee (Penguin Young Readers) give you the dish on forthcoming books from authors and licensed properties such as Jim Butcher, Marie Lu, S. M. Stirling, Ransom Riggs, Patricia Briggs, Natalie C. Parker, Mark Lawrence, Ilona Andrews, Beth Revis, E. K. Johnston, Rachel Caine, and many more. You can expect giveaways like advanced reading copies!

Friday July 20, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 23ABC

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

Fight or Die! John Carpenter's Tales of Science Fiction: The StandOff #1 Launches
Storm King Comics is celebrating their new storyline with a special augmented reality cover edition as well as their first booth at Comic-Con. Aliens vs. cops with prison inmates in the middle. It's a hostage situation. It's a battle between species. It's the Earth's most serious standoff. Panelists include Janice Chiang (DC Superhero Girls), Sandy King Carpenter (They Live, Vampires), Tim Bradstreet (Hellblazer, Punisher), and David J. Schow (The Crow, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning).

Friday July 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 28DE
 
Saturday, July 21
 

10:00am

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

10:00am

The Fake Geek Girl Fallacy
"You're not a real fan unless . . . " The idea of having to prove oneself and the concept of the "fake geek girl" has permeated geek culture. Conventions, comics, and geek spaces have often come with gatekeeping, especially for women. Preeti Chhibber (A Thousand Beginnings and Endings), Akela Cooper (Luke Cage), C. B. Lee (Not Your Sidekick), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), Ashley Poston (Geekerella), Danika Stone (All the Feels), and Marley Zarcone (Shade the Changing Girl) discuss fandom, feminism, and gatekeeping while dismantling the idea of the "fake geek girl."

Saturday July 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29AB

10:00am

Using Graphic Novels to Help Cope with Bullying
Dr. Katie Monnin (education director, Pop Culture Classroom), Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Molly Ostertag (The Witch Boy), Christina "Steenz" Stewart (Archival Quality), and Derek Heid (English/drama teacher, Temecula Valley High School) discuss the fact that, despite nerd culture being at the forefront of the modern zeitgeist, many young lovers of science fiction, fantasy, gaming, and other fandoms often feel isolated in their school community. This can lead to bullying of these quiet and unique children on the basis of their interests or appearance. How can the Comic-Con community help to alleviate the pressure and pain associated with bullying? These artists and educators will explore which comics not just represent bullying but offer solace and solutions to kids who are actively dealing with it. Moderated by Tom Racine (Tall Tale Radio).

Saturday July 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

10:00am

Theme: If You Don't Have One, You Don't Have a Story
Have you constantly heard about the vague and often misunderstood literary term "theme" but never really understood how to thread it into your story? During this class, you will gain insight into what a theme is, why it's so darn important, and most important, how to use it to tell your story. Your readers will thank you!

Saturday July 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 2

11:00am

Her Universe: It's Your Universe
Ashley Eckstein (Her Universe, voice of Ahsoka Tano) and Amy Ratcliffe (author and journalist) discuss Eckstein's new book, It's Your Universe: You Have the Power to Make It Happen. Ashley will share her story and take fans through her step-by-step guide on how to make dreams come true. You won't want to miss this inspiring and empowering conversation!

Saturday July 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 29AB

12:00pm

Fantasy Literature
Learn about writing fantasy novels, publishing, and book-to-movie adaptations from New York Times bestselling authors Livia Blackburne (Midnight Thief series), Kevin Hearne (Iron Druid series), V. E. Schwab (Shades of Magic series), Maggie Stiefvater (Raven Cycle series), and Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke and Bone series). Moderated by Henry Herz (Alice's Magic Garden).

Saturday July 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 28DE

12:00pm

I Will Always Love You: A Panel Dedicated to Our OTPs
Let's chat meet-cutes, destined-to-bes, and all the different archetypal romantic pairings of great fiction. Moderators Sam Maggs (Girl Squads, Anthem) and Amy S. Foster (The Rift Uprising) with Melissa de la Cruz (Love and War: An Alex and Eliza Story), Robbie Thompson (writer, Silk, Supernatural), Adri Cho (founder, Dual Wield Studios), Mey Rude (writer, Autostraddle), and Susana Polo (editor, Polygon) for a look at how some favorite pairings have evolved through LGBTQ+ culture and third-wave feminism-and how they haven't changed, because love is love is love is love.

Saturday July 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

12:00pm

Outlandish Confabulation: An Outlander Fan Panel
Ginger Wiseman (The Outlander Podcast), Summer Reynolds (The Outlander Podcast), Mandy Tidwell (Great Scot Blog), and Sarah Ksiazek (Outlander TV News) join Outlander fans for a no-holds-barred discussion of their favorite characters, story lines, and theories. Main books, bulges, TV seasons: It's all fair game.

Saturday July 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

12:00pm

Spotlight on R. A. Salvatore
Comic-Con special guest R. A. Salvatore (Timeless) discusses all things Drizzt Do'Urden and beyond. The legendary author talks about Epic Fantasy, The Forgotten Realms, and more. Moderated by Harper Voyager executive editor David Pomerico.

Saturday July 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 7AB

1:00pm

Fly Me to the Moon and Let Me Play Among Those Stars
Relationships in space travel can be expansive and galaxy-spanning or so intimate as to be claustrophobic. Alexa Donne (Brightly Burning), Marina Lostetter (Noumenon Infinity), Maura Milan (Ignite the Stars), Sylvain Neuvel (The Themis Files), Tillie Walden (On a Sunbeam), and Greg Van Eekhout (Voyage of the Dogs) navigate the emotional and physical spaces of speculative fiction with Maryelizabeth Yturralde of Mysterious Galaxy.

Saturday July 21, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 28DE

1:30pm

Expanding Sea of Thieves
Joe Neate (executive producer) and other members of the development team discuss the future of Sea of Thieves, including content updates and the expanded universe in the form of comics, novels, and collectibles. Joe and the team have exclusive new details to reveal about coming game content, as well as an exclusive giveaway for fans.

Saturday July 21, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 5AB

1:30pm

The Building Blocks of Quality Characters
Oni Press publisher James Lucas Jones alongside creators Yehudi Mercado (Sci-Fu), Amy Chu (Wonder Woman), Zander Cannon (Kaijumax), D. J. Kirkland and Daniel Barnes (Black Mage), and Sara Richard will go head to head where characters are built with literal children's building blocks.

Saturday July 21, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 24ABC

1:30pm

Worldview 101
Comic-Con special guest Deborah Harkness (the All Souls Trilogy, Time's Convert) discusses with Maureen Lenker (Entertainment Weekly) how she drew on science, fantasy, and history to build a world where the supernatural seems real. Q&A moderated by Maureen Lenker.

Saturday July 21, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 8

2:00pm

Ray Bradbury and the World of Comics
Orty Ortwein of the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum will talk about Bradbury's career in comics, from his childhood obsession with Flash Gordon to his career with EC to his role in the very first Comic-Con. Even devout fans are bound to learn something new.

Saturday July 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 9

2:00pm

The Adventure Zone Graphic Novel
Guess what? Your favorite fantasy and comedy podcast where the three McElroy brothers play Dungeons & Dragons with their dad is now a graphic novel, and you can hear all about it at this program! Join co-creators of The Adventure Zone and co-adapters Travis McElroy and Clint McElroy as well as co-adapter and illustrator Carey Pietsch to learn more about The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins, which is now available wherever books are sold. This event will be moderated by Jackie Jennings (host, SYFY channel).

Saturday July 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 28DE

2:00pm

Comics Arts Conference #12: The Poster Session
The CAC's poster session gives attendees the opportunity to interact directly with presenters. Come talk one-on-one with these scholars about their projects! Barbara Glaeser (California State University, Fullerton), Leigh Shocki (Alaska Airlines), Christina Schultz (Alaska Airlines), Andrew Sanchez (AT&T), Carl Renold (California State University, Fullerton), and Hernani Ledesma (California State University, Dominguez Hills) illustrate effective ways that comics are being used to shape employee and student learning. Jeremiah Massengale (University of the Cumberlands) discusses the unique capabilities of the comics medium to help readers experience the world through the perspective of a person who is deaf or hearing impaired. Cathy Leogrande (Le Moyne College) focuses on fan adoration of Harley Quinn and the range of their reactions since the Harvey Weinstein/#MeToo zeitgeist. Christopher Warren, Gino Galvez, and Jonelle Prideaux (California State University, Long Beach) use a systematic analysis of comic book character occupations to discern how gender and racial attributes correspond to the lines of traditional discrimination and job segregation. Elysia Poon (School for Advanced Research, Indian Arts Research Center) highlights the recent publication of an anthology of comic art by Native women artists to examine how the comic medium plays a crucial role in giving voice to a highly underrepresented section of our society. D'Ondre Swails (Brown University) interrogates the cultural politics surrounding comic book villains of color, particularly ones of African descent. Allen Thomas (University of Central Arkansas) breaks down the benefit of black comic book characters in bibliotherapy to provide an avenue through which African American clients at the intersections of varied identities can fully and truly see themselves. Cori Knight (University of California, Riverside) uses the webcomic Girl Genius to look at how sidekicks and assistants evolved from two-dimensional, cardboard entities into real characters in their own right. Shelley Lloyd (Clemson University) reads Marvel's Black Widows as both feminine and cyborg using the works of Donna Haraway and Hélène Cixous. Sydney Heifler (University of Oxford) traces a 1970s trend of romance comics writers addressing the Women's Liberation Movement by appropriating the Movement's themes to offer a new "feminism" that mirrored normative and explicitly antifeminist views. Tiffany Babb examines Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward's Black Bolt as an example of how impermanent death holds weight, both emotionally and structurally, in superhero narratives in comics. Valentino L. Zullo (Kent State University) considers the work of the Cleveland Public Library in leading comics programming and the role of the public library in the future of comics scholarship, literacy, and the promotion of humanistic ideas. Brendan Gillett (NYC Department of Education) uses Scott Pilgrim as a source text to engage in simultaneous multiliteracy exercises while producing transmedial adaptations. Derek Heid (Temecula Valley High School) examines Jeff Lemire's breakdown of the family through a lack of open and honest communication and how the fragmentation of the family unit risks the coherency of the world itself. Anita McDaniel (University of North Carolina, Wilmington) analyzes Zack Snyder's ironic use of diegetic and non-diegetic music in Watchmen to disrupt the audience's suspension of disbelief and to challenge to the superhero genre's moral imperative. Kathryn Houk and Bredny Rodriguez (University of Nevada Las Vegas) explore the challenges they had as librarians building a print-based graphic medicine collection in a primarily digital library. Eric Bruce and Emily A. Lilo (Western Oregon University) share their lesson plan, grounded in social cognitive theory, to create space for complex conversations with youth about their life experiences using comics characters as the vehicles. Nicole Kroushl (University of North Carolina, Wilmington) examines the narrative coherence of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina in which witchcraft is a stand-in for American Christian fundamentalism. Noah Simonson (Hillsboro School District) presents a case study exploring the integration of comics as additive classroom texts into four Next Generation Science Standards-aligned science units. Danielle Kohfeldt, Charlene Vo, Maricela Correa-Chavez, and John Nguyen (California State University, Long Beach) explore how forms of engagement in comics-related fandoms may be partially shaped by a person's relative power in society, with a special focus on gender, sexuality, and race/ethnicity. Pamela Jackson (San Diego State University)explores the ways the San Diego State University Library uses critical librarianship to encourage critical thinking and scholarship on issues of identity, social justice, human rights, and economic equality using their comic arts collection. Benjamin G. Barrena and Todd C. Lilje (Naval Medical Center San Diego) use the depiction of doctor-patient interaction in Peter Dunlap-Shohl's My Degeneration: A Journey Through Parkinson's to argue that by stressing the experiential and the aesthetic over the technical, the graphic novel medium provides a particularly powerful format for pushing doctors to see through their patients' eyes. Divya Jindal-Snape (University of Dundee) traces the creation of Fibromyalgia and Us (2017), which was co-created by four people living with fibromyalgia, health care professionals, family members, comic artists, and experts to illustrate the life transitions caused by fibromyalgia and its impact.

Saturday July 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 26AB

2:45pm

Midnight, Texas Season 2
Universal Television presents the return of NBC's supernatural thriller Midnight, Texas to Comic-Con. Welcome back to a place where being normal is strange and only outsiders fit in. Based on the bestselling book series by Charlaine Harris (author of the novels that inspired True Blood) comes a journey into a remote Texas town where nothing is what it seems. Home to a psychic, vampire, witch, angel, and hitwoman, Midnight is a mysterious safe haven for those who are different-a perfect place for anyone looking to hide from the outside world. After defeating the demon Colconnar, the residents of Midnight try to go back to life as it was, but the balance they thought they were regaining becomes threatened with the opening of a mysterious new hotel in town. Join your fellow "Midnighters" for a sneak peek of season 2 and a Q&A session with the cast and producers: François Arnaud (The Borgias), Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black), Parisa Fitz - Henley (Harry and Meghan: A Royal Romance), Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries), Jason Lewis (Sex and the City), Peter Mensah (True Blood), executive producers David Janollari (Six Feet Under), Eric Charmelo (Supernatural), and Nicole Snyder (Supernatural).

Saturday July 21, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 6BCF

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

Magic Giveth . . . and Magic Taketh Away
Magic always comes with consequences and costs, whether it's the sacrifice of years spent studying or a literal, physical sacrifice. How do characters get (or lose) their magic? How can the consequences of magic ramp up the suspense? Acclaimed fantasy novelists Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone), Stephanie Garber (Legendary), Sara Hanover (The Late Great Wizard), Daniel José Older (Dactyl Hill Squad, Star Wars: Last Shot), Sam Sykes (Seven Blades in Black), and Sabaa Tahir (A Reaper at the Gates) discuss magic systems, magic spells, and the price of magic with David Canfield (Entertainment Weekly).

Saturday July 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 23ABC

3:00pm

Page to Screen: The Darkest Minds
Bestselling author Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds, Passenger) joins director Jennifer Yuh Nelson (The Darkest Minds, Kung Fu Panda) and cast (Amandla Stenberg, Harris Dickinson, Skylan Brooks, Miya Cech) for a look at the journey from YA novel sensation to summer blockbuster from 20th Century Fox.

Saturday July 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 25ABC

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

Abrams ComicArts: Reaching Every Reader: New Trends in Graphic Novels for Adults and Kids
The editors and authors of Abrams ComicArts and Amulet Books discuss emerging trends in comics publishing-what's working right now, what the publishers are looking for, and what the authors and editors at Abrams are excited to publish in the coming year on both their adult and kids lists. Featuring Charles Kochman (editorial director), Andrew Smith (publisher), Charlotte Greenbaum (editor), and authors Peter J. Tomasi (The Bridge), John Jennings and Damian Duffy (Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation), and Mariko Tamaki and Brooklyn Allen (Lumberjanes: The Moon is Up). The panel will also include special announcements about upcoming projects and never-before-seen titles and art.

Saturday July 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 28DE

4:00pm

Spotlight on Scott McCloud: 25 Years of Understanding Comics
Award-winning author, graphic novelist, and deep thinker Scott McCloud (Making Comics, The Sculptor) goes in for a fast and funny deep dive into the extraordinary era of invention and revolution that followed the publication of his landmark book Understanding Comics -and why his next project may be the most ambitious yet!

Saturday July 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 29AB

4:30pm

Alternative Comics Anthologies, Then and Now
Eric Reynolds (editor, Mome, Now), Justin Hall (editor, No Straight Lines), Carol Tyler (contributor, Wimmen's Comics, Weirdo), Robert Goodin (editor, Oden), and Manuele Fior (5,000 Kilometers Per Second, The Interview)-all editors and artists behind some of the medium's best anthologies-will talk about finding the future masters of the artform, the thrill of seeing great work getting published, and finding its audience. Moderated by Rob Salkowitz.

Saturday July 21, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 26AB

6:00pm

From Reader to Author: Making the Leap!
One of the most exciting innovations in YA publishing is the growth in online writing communities. Writers can upload their work online and get real-time feedback from readers and even publishers who might choose manuscripts for publication. Editor Holly West and authors Danika Stone (Internet Famous), Tiffany Pitcock (Just Friends), L. E. Delano (Traveler), Lydia Albano (Finding You), Nikki Katz (The Midnight Dance), and Shannon Klare (Surviving Adam Meade)discuss writing, editing, and publishing, and how you could make the leap from reader to author!

Saturday July 21, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 9

6:30pm

Being an Author in the 21st Century (and Controlling Your Own Destiny Through Self-Publishing)
Being a successful author is an entirely different proposition than it was just a few years ago. The introduction of the eReader and the rise of self-publishing have turned the industry on its head-and new authors are benefiting. Learn how to harness your strengths and take charge of your career in a candid discussion of the self-published author's life with three Amazon all-star authors: Michael C. Grumley (sci-fi, thrillers), Tim Tigner (mystery, thrillers), and Samantha Christy (romance). Moderated by audiobook Golden Voice Scott Brick.

Saturday July 21, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Room 2

7:00pm

What's New from Del Rey Books?
Adventure, science fiction, fantasy, and fairy tales-the publisher of some of these genres' best and brightest stars is here to talk about what's next on the horizon from DelRey Books. Authors Katherine Arden (The Winternight trilogy), Pierce Brown (Red Rising series), Delilah S. Dawson (Kill the Farm Boy), Christie Golden (World of Warcraft: Before the Storm), Kevin Hearne (Kill the Farm Boy), Sylvain Neuvel (The Themis Files), and Naomi Novik (Spinning Silver) discuss their new and upcoming books with moderator Tricia Narwani (Del Rey editorial director).

Saturday July 21, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 9

8:00pm

What If? Alternative Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Make You Wonder
"What if?" Those words are the start of countless stories. Fellow book-lovers will speculate about alternative worlds and tales of what could be or would have been had a single detail been changed. What if Sherlock and Watson lived in near-future Washington D.C. in the midst of a new American Civil War? What if the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 was caused by geomancers? What if dogs went on missions to space? What if the dead rose from their graves after the Civil War? Harper Voyager and Epic Reads team members will share sneak peeks at a few upcoming works of speculative fiction, and all attendees will walk away with a book in hand!

Saturday July 21, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 9
 
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 Elizabeth Hand
Comic-Con special guest Elizabeth Hand and Andrea Adams (writer, illustrator, and director of education at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Los Angeles) discuss Hand's forthcoming historical thriller Curious Toys, inspired by the life of outsider artist Henry Darger and the 1911 Chicago killing of young Elsie Paroubek.

Sunday July 22, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 7AB

10:30am

How To Create Your Own Novel: From the First Idea to Publishing and What You Need To Sell Your Work to TV and Film
The Winner Twins, Brittany and Brianna, multiple award-winning and national bestselling science fiction authors known for their popular Strand series, explain how to create your own novel step by step, from building your universe to overcoming writer's block to the different paths to publishing. The twins, who are on staff at UCLA, have taught their unique creative writing method to hundreds of thousands of convention attendees, teachers, and students across the country. They will be joined by Todd McCaffrey (New York Times bestselling author, Dragonriders of Pern) and Steven Sears (writer and producer, Xena: Warrior Princess, The A-Team, Father Dowling Mysteries, Swamp Thing). This panel will be in loving memory of Richard Hatch, a friend, teacher, and inspiration to all.

Sunday July 22, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 8

11:00am

Spotlight on Alex Grecian
An informal chat with New York Times bestselling author and comic book writer Alex Grecian (The Yard, The Saint of Wolves and Butchers), followed by a Q&A session.

Sunday July 22, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 7AB

12:00pm

Love Is Universal
Perhaps no storytelling relationship has more incarnations and permutations than romance. Readers are passionate about love stories in all their settings and guises. Panelists include HelenKay Dimon (The Protector), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex #3: Heroine's Journey), Alex London (Black Wings Beating), Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler's Wife), Eddie Campbell (Bizarre Romance), and Jen Wang (The Prince and the Dressmaker) in conversation with moderator Maureen Lenker (Entertainment Weekly).

Sunday July 22, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 25ABC

1:00pm

1, 2, 3, . . . 20?! How to Create (and Survive) a Successful Graphic Novel Series
Making a graphic novel is a lot of work. But keeping a series going poses its own creative challenges. Bestselling comics creators discuss the trials and tribulations of creating a series. Panelists include Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm (Babymouse series, Sunny series), Raina Telgemeier (Smile, The Babysitters Club), and Molly Ostertag (The Witch Boy). Moderated by Dr. Rose Brock (Sam Houston State University).

Sunday July 22, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 11

1:00pm

We Read YA!
Heroes, villains, romance, humor, action, identity, social issues, and everything in between are just the start of what's hot in young adult novels. Join this popular annual panel and Q&A session about the newest titles and trends in YA fiction, featuring authors Jay Coles (Tyler Johnson Was Here), Zoraida Córdova (Bruja Born), Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles), Justina Ireland (Dread Nation), Britta Lundin (Ship It), and Brendan Reichs (Nemesis); moderated by Nathan Bransford (How to Write a Novel).

Sunday July 22, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 29AB

1:30pm

Children's Book Literary Agents
Hear from experienced children's book literary agents about the dos and don'ts of getting an agent and becoming traditionally published. No pitches, please. The panel features Jen Azantian (Azantian Literary), Thao Le (Sandra Dijkstra Literary), Taylor Martindale Kean (Full Circle Literary), Kari Sutherland (Bradford Literary), and Tim Travaglini (Jill Corcoran Literary). Moderated by Henry Herz (author of Good Egg & Bad Apple).

Sunday July 22, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 8

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