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Thursday, July 19
 

10:30am

Spotlight on Maggie Thompson Celebrating Comics Buyer's Guide
Maggie Thompson (30-year co-editor of Comics Buyer's Guide) and CBG contributors Mark Evanier (writer, editor, entertainment expert, and News from ME blogger) and Scott Brick (actor, writer, and award-winning audiobook narrator) revisit three decades of comics newsgathering.

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 4

11:00am

Spotlight on Lynn Johnston
Comic-Con special guest Lynn Johnston is the Canadian creator of For Better or For Worse. This family-based comic strip has been syndicated since 1979 and was named Best Syndicated Comic Strip in 1992. At its peak, For Better or For Worse appeared in more than 2,000 newspapers in 23 countries and was translated into 8 languages for a devoted readership of more than 220 million. Expect to learn more about Johnston's career in comics and what she's been up to lately!

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:00am
Room 32AB

11:00am

Spotlight on Larry Houston
Comic-Con guest Larry F. Houston is the Emmy Award-nominated producer/director of The X-Men animated show, the phenomenally successful '90s series that was part of the foundation that helped launch Marvel's multi-billion-dollar franchises. Hired by Filmation Studios as the first African American Saturday morning cartoon storyboard artist, he storyboarded and directed some of the most popular '80s and '90s classic shows, including Thundarr, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, G.I. JOE, Jonny Quest, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Captain Planet, Fantastic Four, Mighty Orbots, and Bionic Six. Hear all the inside info on his career in this spotlight.

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 5AB

12:00pm

Let's Get Real About Fantasy with Daniel José Older
Do you love twisted fairytales, ghosts in Scotland, a sleeping Welsh King, Orishan gods and wait for it...dinosaurs set in the Civil War? Yes you do! This awesome panel of middle grade and young adult authors lead by Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone) and including Daniel José Older (Dactyl Hill Squad), Victoria Schwab (City of Ghosts), Maggie Stiefvater (All the Crooked Saints), Kiersten White (Beanstalker and Other Hilarious Scarytales) discuss their craft in literature.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 23ABC

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

12:45pm

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

1:30pm

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

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

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

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

3:30pm

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

4:30pm

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

4:30pm

Writing the Mysteries with Paul Levitz
Paul Levitz (Brooklyn Blood, Legion of Super-Heroes, former DC publisher) and Abraham Riesman (Vulture.com) talk about crafting mystery stories in comics and prose and reveal some of the secrets of the comics industry.

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

5:00pm

Original Graphic Novels: From Concept to Creation
So you have an idea, but what comes next? These seasoned creators have completed what so many of us dream about: an original graphic novel. Moderator Jessica Tseang discusses what's involved in taking an idea to paper with Comic-Con special guests Aminder Dhaliwal, Emil Ferris, Thi Bui, Tillie Walden, and Larry Marder.

Thursday July 19, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 9

5:00pm

Sandman: House of Whispers
Nalo Hopkinson (House of Whispers) talks about the experience of writing the manuscript for one of the four new books in Neil Gaiman's Sandman Universe.

Thursday July 19, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 32AB

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

6:30pm

Spotlight on Shannon Wheeler
Comic-Con special guest Shannon Wheeler (New Yorker cartoonist and Too Much Coffee Man creator) presents a special slide show and free gifts. Secrets will be revealed! Shannon shot 5,000 comics with a gun (self-proclaimed stupidest gimmick ever). Learn the history of the Japanese Bootleg shirt. Was Huey Newton (Black Panther leader) Shannon's landlord? Did Shannon's mom take them to hear cult leader Jim Jones speak? Did Shannon smuggle cigars out of Cuba? All true. Those stories will be told, plus selections from his new book, Memoirs of a Very Stable Genius, including "Camp Micro-Penis," "Getting Trapped in the Paris Subway," and "How To Sell a Sex Doll." There might be some dirty words.

Thursday July 19, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 26AB
 
Friday, July 20
 

10:00am

Graphic Novel Activities for Your Library or Bookstore
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 17, 02:53PM
Learn new ways to promote graphic novel literacy in your workplace with exciting activities and field-tested methods. From teaching comics workshops to activities based around specific graphic novels, this panel features Liniers (Good Night, Planet), Christina "Steenz" Stewart (Archival Quality), Robin Herrera (Oni Press), and Veronica and Andy Fish (The Wendy Project, Gumby). Moderated by Robin Brenner (teen librarian, Public Library of Brookline).

Friday July 20, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

10:00am

Spotlight on Marc Bernardin
Moderator Evan Narcisse (Marvel's Rise of the Black Panther, io9) sits down with Comic-Con special guest Marc Bernardin -writer for television (Castle Rock, Alphas) and comics (Genius, The Authority, Static Shock, The Highwaymen) and podcast host (Fatman on Batman, with Kevin Smith)-for a wide-ranging conversation and audience Q&A.

Friday July 20, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29AB

10:00am

The Power of Nonfiction Graphic Novels
In recent years, the nonfiction genre has given graphic novels a real home in mainstream pop culture. From Maus to Persepolis, Fun Home to March, nonfiction graphic novels are winning awards, being adapted into a multitude of other genres, and getting into the hands of a whole new generation of readers. But what does the future of the nonfiction graphic novel genre look like? What stories still need to be told, and what are creators excited to be working on and sharing right now? Panelists Thi Bui (The Best We Could Do), Abby Howard (Ocean Renegades!), Alex Irvine (The Comic Book Story of Baseball), Clifford Johnson (The Dialogues), and Peter Tomasi (The Bridge) answer these questions and more with Travis Langley (Daredevil Psychology).

Friday July 20, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 32AB

10:00am

That '70s Panel
The seventies were a time of change for comics: Veteran creators were melding with new talent and new kinds of comics were emerging. Here's a discussion of those changing times with Marv Wolfman (Tomb of Dracula), Steve Leialoha (Warlock), Rick Hoberg (Star Wars), Richard Pini and Wendy Pini (Elfquest), moderator Mark Evanier (Scooby Doo), and others.

Friday July 20, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 8

10:30am

Graphic Novels: From Eisner to Explosion!
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 12, 05:02PM
Will Eisner revolutionized the comics medium with the publication of A Contract with God. Graphic novel annual sales have now outgrown comic book sales and can be found in an amazing array of genres. Comic-Con special guests Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics, The Sculptor) and Emil Ferris (My Favorite Thing Is Monsters) discuss the evolution of the graphic novel and what the future holds with moderator Paul Levitz (Brooklyn Blood, Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel).

Friday July 20, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 24ABC

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

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

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

12:30pm

POGO
Walt Kelly was one of the greatest cartoonists of all time, and his work is fast coming back into print and receiving a new recognition. Here's a discussion of that work and the man who created it with historian Maggie Thompson, comic expert R. C. Harvey, film critic Leonard Maltin, co-editor at Fantagraphics Books Eric Reynolds, and your moderator, co-editor with Eric of Pogo: The Complete Newspaper Strips, Mark Evanier. Plus, a display of Walt Kelly artwork you've never seen before!

Friday July 20, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 8

1:00pm

Comics Arts Conference #7: Intersectional Identity in Box of Bones
Members of the creative team of Box of Bones- a Black lesbian, alternative history, gothic horror revenge fantasy with scholarly essays-look at intersectional identity in the series as it relates to horror, alternative history, revenge and restorative justice, and its production. Creator John Jennings (University of California, Riverside) discusses the series' genesis; letterer Damian Duffy (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) discusses its alternative history; colorist Stanford Carpenter (Pocket-Con) discusses the production and process; and essayist Ajani Brown (San Diego State University) discusses the incorporation of ethno-gothic themes and restorative justice.

Friday July 20, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 26AB

1:00pm

Spotlight On Noah Van Sciver
Ignatz Award-winning cartoonist Noah Van Sciver (The Hypo, Fante Bukowski) discusses his genre-spanning career. In conversation with comics journalist and critic Tom Spurgeon (The Comics Reporter), he'll discuss the final installment in the Fante trilogy, his more than decade-long ongoing series Blammo, and future projects.

Friday July 20, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 28DE

1:00pm

What is the Best Superpower?
You've had this debate with your friends a million times, now have it with Comic-Con special guests Ann Nocenti, David Mack, Larry Houston, Larry Stroman, and Rafael Albuquerque. They will join moderator Vince Hernandez for this fun-filled debate and perhaps finally answer, once and for all, if flying is better than invisibility.

Friday July 20, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 25ABC

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

1:30pm

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

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

2:00pm

Spotlight On Brian Fies
Eisner Award winner Brian Fies (Mom's Cancer, Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow, The Last Mechanical Monster) lost his home in October's California firestorms. The comic he created in the following days, A Fire Story, was seen by 3 million people worldwide, and an animated version by PBS station KQED won a 2018 Emmy Award. Brian's friend and editor Charles Kochman (editorial director, Abrams ComicArts) leads an intimate conversation about Brian's past and future work.

Friday July 20, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 4

2:30pm

Spotlight On Mike Mignola
Comic-Con special guest Mike Mignola discusses Hellboy and anything else the audience wants to talk about regarding his career. Just Mike Mignola. No moderator.

Friday July 20, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 24ABC

3:00pm

Autobiography in Graphic Novels
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 17, 03:11PM
Popular comic artists discuss creating autobiography and memoir in children's graphic novels. Hear how these award-winning creators turned their experiences into comics in this in-depth conversation. Featuring Raina Telgemeier (Smile; Ghosts), Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Hey, Kiddo), and Tillie Walden (Spinning). Moderated by Brigid Alverson (Publishers Weekly, Good Comics for Kids).

Friday July 20, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

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

How Not to Read Comics Like A Book
Comics are visual as well as verbal, but too often we overlook the pictures' contribution to narratives. Award-winning freelance cartoonist and comics chronicler (The Comics Journal, and Rants & Raves, a fortnightly online magazine of comics news and reviews at RCHarvey.com) R. C. Harvey shows how the visuals help tell the stories in ways that words can't. A souvenir of his cartooning career will be distributed.

Friday July 20, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 9

4:00pm

LGBTQ Graphic Novels
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 17, 03:14PM
Today's most dynamic creators are in kids' comics and they're portraying queer characters in fresh ways. Aminder Dhaliwal (Woman World), Tillie Walden (Spinning), Chad Sell (The Cardboard Kingdom), and Molly Knox Ostertag (The Witch Boy) discuss LGBTQ graphic novels for kids: from developing authentic stories to comics as a safe space for all identities. Moderated by Katie Monnin (Pop Culture Classroom).

Friday July 20, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

4:30pm

Moms and Motherhood in Comics
What do comics have to say about motherhood? From Mother Boxes to the divine, depictions of the maternal in comics can reveal and subvert cultural attitudes about age, identity, and sexuality. Panelists include Wendy Browne (publisher, WWAC), Karen K. Burrows (writer and media scholar), Emil Ferris (creator, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters), Cat Staggs (artist, DC Comics), Kayla Sutton (writer, REMEZCLA), and Maggie Thompson (writer, editor). Moderated by Andrea Ayres (writer, The Beat).

Friday July 20, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 24ABC

5:00pm

Berger Books: The Second Wave
Berger Books keeps great comics coming in its second wave of new and unusual genre-bending series. Editor Karen Berger (Vertigo founder) is joined by Christopher Cantwell (co-creator of AMC's acclaimed Halt and Catch Fire, She Could Fly), Dean Haspiel (Emmy Award-winning artist of HBO's Bored to Death, The Alcoholic), legendary comics writer Ann Nocenti (The Seeds), art director Richard Bruning, and the one and only Dave Gibbons (The Originals expanded edition) plus a special surprise panelist and announcement!

Friday July 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 25ABC

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

6:30pm

#METOO to #TIMESUP: An Action Summit for Comics
#MeToo started a movement, and now #TimesUp for change in comics. An all-star lineup of female and gender-nonconforming comics pros brainstorms at this idea summit. Amy Chu (writer, Poison Ivy and Wonder Woman), Sarah Gaydos (editorial director, Oni Press), Taneka Stotts (writer/editor, Beyond Press), Lilah Sturges (writer, Jack of Fables, Blue Beetle), Aminder Dhaliwal (Disney Animation director, Drawn & Quarterly creator), Pia Guerra (artist, Y: The Last Man), and Joan Hilty (comics editor, Nickelodeon) engage in a lively discussion of how to stamp out under-representation, harassment, and bad labor practices in order to make comics into a consistently safe, diverse, innovative workplace that thrives on inclusion.

Friday July 20, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 8
 
Saturday, July 21
 

10:30am

Comics Arts Conference #9: Focus on David Mack
Comic-Con special guest David Mack (Kabuki, Daredevil) will discuss his work as a writer and artist in comic books; his travels for the State Department as a cultural ambassador; his work in TV and film, including the Emmy-nominated opening titles of Netflix's Jessica Jones and the main titles art for Captain America: The Winter Soldier; creating the new music videos for Dashboard Confessional and Amanda Palmer; and his current work on the new Kabuki TV show from Sony based on his award-winning graphic novel series of the same name. Neil Gaiman's assistant and producer Cat Mihos (Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously) moderates a conversation that may turn to the recent work David has done with Neil on the new Sandman Universe, the covers for the American Gods comic book series, David's work on both the Jessica Jones TV series and the comic book, his work as a writer on Daredevil and its influence on the Netflix show, his creation of the Marvel character Echo, his recent work on Superman, Batman, Black Panther, and more.

Saturday July 21, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 26AB

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

11:00am

Spotlight On Larry Stroman
Comic-Con special guest Larry Stroman began his career in comics in the mid-1980s he did ghost work for Howard Chaykin, then work for DC and First Comics. After that he began a long run on Alien Legion then moved on to do a few one-shot Marvel books featuring Wolverine, Ghost Rider, Punisher, and Cloak and Dagger. He took on X-Factor in the early 1990s and his most successful creator-owned book Tribe, with Todd Johnson. Learn more about Larry's career, and find out what he's been up to lately!

Saturday July 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 28DE

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

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

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

1:00pm

CBLDF #6 Outlaw Art: The Trials of Underground Comix
Underground comix were more than an art revolution-they were a scandal in the courts! Busts spread from Berkeley to New York as law enforcement used obscenity laws to crack down on this renegade form of free expression. How did the creators and publishers of this historical art movement take the heat? Join Ron Turner, publisher of Last Gasp and Air Pirates, which was convicted in California; Robert Williams of Zap Comix #4,which was convicted in New York; and Joyce Farmer, iconic underground cartoonist and editor of the controversial Abortion Eve for this freewheeling discussion moderated by CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein.

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

1:00pm

Cartoon Voices I
Once more, moderator Mark Evanier brings six top cartoon voice actors together to talk about their work, demonstrate their craft, and perform a script with insufficient prep time. This time out, the lineup includes J. P. Karliak (The Boss Baby: Back in Business, The New Looney Tunes), Julie Nathanson (Skylanders, Avengers Assemble), John Mariano (Animaniacs, Hey Arnold!), Kari Wahlgren (Bunnicula, Bunsen Is a Beast), Roger L. Jackson (The Powerpuff Girls, Ghostface), Matthew Mercer (Thundercats, Marvel's Spider-Man), and maybe a surprise or two.

Saturday July 21, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 6BCF

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

Comedy in Comics
Do you like to make people laugh? How easily does that translate to the written page? Moderator Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum) leads Comic-Con special guests Lynn Johnston, Larry Marder, Lonnie Millsap, Noah Van Sciver, and Shannon Wheeler in this no-holds-barred discussion of things hilarious!

Saturday July 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 29AB

2:00pm

Spotlight on Thi Bui
Award-winning writer and artist Thi Bui discusses her bestselling, debut graphic novel The Best We Could Do. Exploring the anguish of displacement and the lasting effects it has on a child and her family, The Best We Could Do documents the story of her family's daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves, and her own journey as a new parent. Bui will also discuss her recent political comics work focusing on the deportation and mistreatment of refugees by the U.S. (as seen on The Nib and Pen America). Attendees will also get a sneak peek at her upcoming projects, including a graphic novel on climate change in Vietnam.

Saturday July 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 4

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

2:30pm

Stay Classy, San Diego
Discovered by the Germans in 1904, they named it San Diego, which of course in German means . . . awesome comics! See what effect sunshine and surf have on local San Diego creators Kevin Eastman (TMNT), Mary Fleener (The Less You Know, The Better You Feel), Richard Friend (artist, Wild Cats, upcoming Vampire Hunter D), Sarah Gaydos (editor), Lora Innes (The Dreamer, Wynonna Earp), and Lucas Turnbloom (Dream Jumper, Hot to Cat). Moderated by San Diego local Chris Ryall.

Saturday July 21, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 8

3:00pm

Artists Who Write: The Craft and Creation of Comics
Whether it's a superhero adventure, a colorful fantasy world, an ultraviolent crime noir, or a new take on an old classic, creators put a lot of thought into the sequential art that drives stories told in comics. An all-star lineup of Dark Horse creators including Frank Miller (Sin City), Dave Gibbons (The Originals), Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), Wendy Pini (ElfQuest), and Rafael Albuquerque (EI8HT) discuss turning an idea into a full-fledged story and how they continue to keep their writing fresh.

Saturday July 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 7AB

3:00pm

Spotlight on Emil Ferris
Emil Ferris is the cartoonist behind 2017's most acclaimed graphic novel, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters. She will discuss the influences of horror in fine art, film, literature and pop culture on her work. Moderating the discussion is NPR Books editor Petra Mayer.

Saturday July 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 9

3:00pm

Spotlight on Peter J. Tomasi
Peter J. Tomasi (Superman, Batman and Robin, Super-Sons, The Bridge) discusses his 20-year editorial and writing career at DC Comics along with his foray into creator-owned books and screenwriting, immediately followed by a Q&A session moderated by Peter J. Tomasi himself.

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

3:30pm

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

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

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

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

4:00pm

Oddball Comics Live!
Comic-Con special guest Scott Shaw! (Marooned Lagoon, Sonic the Hedgehog, Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew!) once again presents a longstanding Comic-Con favorite starring the craziest comic books ever published! Prepare to laugh (a lot) at Scott's unique look at the odd, obscure, and obscene mainstream, off-the-rack funnybooks that will make you wonder how the !?!#$%&*!?! do those even exist? But there's no PhotoShop here; every cover image is 100% real. Plus, Scott will have an exciting announcement for all Oddball Comics fans.

Saturday July 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Room 7AB

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

4:30pm

Wonder Woman in the 1940s
Everyone knows William Marston as the writer-creator of Wonder Woman, but many of the classic Wonder Woman stories of the forties were co-written or wholly written by his uncredited and previously unknown assistant, Joye Hummel. Today, her name is Joye Murchison Kelly and she is this year's in-person recipient of the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing. In this special, historic event, she makes her first appearance ever on a comic convention panel, where she'll be interviewed by historians Trina Robbins and Mark Evanier. You don't to miss what may be your one-and-only chance to hear her speak about writing the adventures of the Amazon Princess, helping create the mythology of Wonder Woman, and working in Dr. Marston's office alongside him and Wonder Woman artist Harry G. Peter.

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

5:00pm

Spotlight on Aminder Dhaliwal
Comic-Con special guest Aminder Dhaliwal (Woman World) and Stu Livingston (co-director, Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie, and director at Disney TV Animation) discuss Dhaliwal's work as a comics artist and animator. Their conversation will touch on Dhaliwal's process, her inspirations, and how she balances her comics and animation work as a director at Disney TV Animation. Dhaliwal's debut graphic novel Woman World was first serialized on Instagram to an audience of 150,000.

Saturday July 21, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 29AB
 
Sunday, July 22
 

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

10:00am

Spotlight on Lonnie Millsap
Moderator Tom Racine (Tall Tale Radio podcast) chats with 2018 Reuben Award-nominated New Yorker cartoonist Lonnie Millsap. Millsap will discuss, and show visually, how his career has developed as a self-published cartoonist, talk about his background, and gush over the people who inspired him (from Gary Panter to Gary Larson). They will also discuss Millsap's comic bacön, and talk about the ups of drawing a strip . . . no downs.

Sunday July 22, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 4

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

10:30am

Politics in the Funny Pages: The Legacy of Politics in Classic Newspaper Comic Strips
Comic strip historians and experts R. C. Harvey, Dean Mullaney, and Peter Maresca, along with IDW Publishing editorial director Justin Eisinger, will engage in a far-ranging discussion of the role politics played in newspaper comic strips during the rise and dominance of the art form. In addition to exploring the public-facing messages of creators such as Milton Caniff, Harold Gray, Chester Gould, Al Capp, and many more, panelists apply a critical eye to the legacy these creators left for future generations.

Sunday July 22, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 23ABC

11:00am

A Life's Work: Long-Term Comic Projects
Sometimes it is hard to even get started on a project, let alone one that can span weeks, or even years! Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum) finds out what it takes to start and finish a long-term comics project. Comic-Con special guests Lynn Johnston, Jason Lutes, Scott McCloud, and Terry Moore share their expertise in making it and making it work!

Sunday July 22, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 25ABC

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

11:00am

Spotlight on Tillie Walden
Jen Wang (In Real Life, The Prince and the Dressmaker) and Tillie Walden (Spinning, On a Sunbeam), discuss the ins and outs of Walden's career so far, which has included creating and publishing a highly-praised memoir before the age of 21, self-publishing a popular queer sci-fi webcomic, and attending the Center for Cartoon Studies, a prestigious comics program in Vermont. Tillie and Jen will talk about making it work in the often-challenging comics industry, followed by a Q&A.

Sunday July 22, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 4

11:45am

Riverdale Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Following yet another drama-filled season and shocking season 2 finale, don't miss Riverdale when it returns to San Diego for its third appearance at Comic-Con-this time in Hall H! Catch up with Archie and the gang as they continue to dive into the secrets that loom and keep emerging from the shadows in a town that once seemed like a quiet, ordinary place. The circumstances surrounding Archie's arrest kick off the drama of season 3 as the gang tries to #FreeArchie and Hiram Lodge continues to flesh out his plans to control not only Riverdale but the ever growing SoDale. Based on the characters from Archie Comics and produced by Berlanti Productions (The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, Arrow, DC's Legends of Tomorrow) in association with Warner Bros. Television, this one-hour drama is a bold, subversive take on the surreality of small-town life. See a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series starsand producers. Riverdale's season 3 returns Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.

Sunday July 22, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
Hall H

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 Jason Lutes
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 09, 12:55PM
Comic-Con special guest Jason Lutes (Berlin, Jar of Fools) and comics journalist and scholar Rob Salkowitz (University of Washington) discuss Lutes's expansive body of work, and range of his experiences as an independent cartoonist and professor at the Center for Cartoon Studies. From the vantage point of having recently concluded his masterwork Berlin after 20 years of work, Lutes will speak about his process, influences, and journey as a cartoonist.

Sunday July 22, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 28DE

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

1:00pm

How I Got Here: Paths to Comics
Aminder Dhaliwal (Woman World), Cory Doctorow (In Real Life), and Nalo Hopkinson (House of Whispers) all began their careers in other fields-animation, journalism, and writing-before turning to comics. Guided by Calvin Reid (Publishers Weekly senior news editor), they'll discuss what brought them to the graphic novel medium, what's special and exciting about creating comics, and their current projects.

Sunday July 22, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 28DE

1:00pm

Spotlight on Andy Fish
Despite not being a household name, Andy Fish has been successfully working in comics for 15 years with a variety of publishers from all over the world. Learn about his latest project, Blackwood from Dark Horse Comics, which he is working on with Evan Dorkin (Milk and Cheese, Beasts of Burden) and his wife, Veronica Fish (Archie, Spider-Woman) who will join him for the program. They'll also discuss the mega-successful 2014 Kickstarter-funded graphic novel Geeks & Greeks that Andy did with humorist Steve Altes, who will moderate the panel.

Sunday July 22, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 4

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

"Ask Her Anything" Spotlight on Ann Nocenti
Comic-Con special guest Ann Nocenti has written for Marvel (Daredevil, Spiderman) created Longshot, Mojo, and Spiral with Arthur Adams, created Blackheart and Typhoid Mary with John Romita Jr., and was the editor of The X-Men books in the 1980s. For DC Comics she wrote Catwoman, Klarion, and other comics. Her new comic is The Seeds, for Berger Books/Dark Horse, with Marvel's Hawkeye artist David Aja. Nocenti will answer any questions about her 30-year career in comics.

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

3:00pm

X-Men: The Animated Series Celebrates 25 Years
Series showrunner Eric Lewald (author of Previously on X-Men: The Making of an Animated Series), series producer/director Larry Houston (SDCC special guest), and series writers Julia Lewald and Len Uhley participate in a spirited discussion with behind-the-scenes stories about the making of the #1 hit.

Sunday July 22, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 7AB

3:00pm

The Business of Cartoon Voices
Interested in how one breaks into a career providing voices for animated cartoons? This annual panel seeks to debunk some of the myths and the occasional con jobs that wanna-bes are subjected to and often harmed by. It's a panel with people who actually work in the field and this year, it includes agent Jeff Danis (president of DPN Talent), actors Eliza Jane Schneider and Gregg Berger, and your moderator, voice director Mark Evanier. Warning: This panel is not designed for entertainment, but for enlightenment. There are hard facts you need to know about the industry and that's what this panel will try to provide.

Sunday July 22, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Room 25ABC