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Wednesday, July 18
 

4:00pm

Teaching with Comics: An Interactive Workshop for Educators
Peter Carlson (Green Dot Public Schools), Susan Kirtley (Portland State University), and Antero Garcia (Stanford University) lead this hands-on workshop for integrating comic books in your classrooms. Using contexts from k-12 to higher education instruction and communities of comic scholars, this action-packed workshop guides participants through approaches to teaching comics and teaching with comics while including the voices of Nhora Lucia Serrano (MIT Press), Johnathan Flowers (Southern Illinois University), and Ben Bolling (University of North Carolina) to share key strategies, theories, and scholarship on comics pedagogy.

Wednesday July 18, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library
 
Thursday, July 19
 

10:00am

Border Narratives: Voices from Beyond the Wall
Latinx comics professionals discuss their work and their experiences living in a time of resurgent nationalism and a countrywide obsession with borders, both physical and psychological. Topics will include the current state of Latinx characters in comics, the importance of diverse creators and the question of representative authenticity, and how comics creators can partner with libraries to provide the best access to books and community programming from outside the monoculture. Speakers are Johnnie Christmas (Firebug, Angel Catbird), Marco Finnegan (Crossroad Blues), Ricardo Padilla (executive director and co-founder of the Latino Comics Expo), Zeke Peña (illustrator at The Nib, Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide), and Isabel Quintero (Gabi, A Girl in Pieces, Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide). Moderated by Chloe Ramos-Peterson (library market sales representative at Image Comics).

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

10:30am

How to Get News Coverage
Small press publishers: What makes the difference between an item that will get news coverage, previews, and interviews and what doesn't? A lot of publishers have no idea what to submit to the press, how to submit it, and why they are being overlooked for coverage. Comics journalist Rik Offenberger (First Comics News, Archie Comics) moderates this panel on just what it takes to get coverage, with the comics journalists themselves telling you what they are looking for in your submission. Panelists include Tim Chizmar (Fangoria, co-chair of the Horror Writers Association, First Comics News), Glenn Hauman (Comic Mix), Jez Ibelle (First Comics News, Geek-A-Pedia), Rob Salkowitz (ICv2, Forbes), Francis Sky (First Comics News, Massacre Twins), J. C. Vaughn (Gemstone Publishing), and Josh Waldrop (Red Gorilla Comics), along with independent comic creators Ed Catto (Captain Action, Bonfire Agency) and Holly Golightly (BroadSword Comics), who explain what worked for them and what to avoid when looking for press coverage. Find out what it takes to self-promote your project and make a significant impact on your ability to sell your comics project.

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 8

10:30am

Comic Book Law School® 101: "I Have This Cool Idea . . ."
Starting at the beginning is a vital first step for any creative or business endeavor and getting off on the right foot is key to traveling on the road to success. And this year's Comic Book Law School is designed to help you navigate the best possible route (and provide help in deciphering the map legend). Noted IP attorney Michael Lovitz, author of The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, is joined by attorneys Howard Hogan and Jeremy S. Goldman for the first of three interactive and informative Comic Book Law School programs. This first program focuses on the basics of intellectual property rights available to creators and business owners, and it will provide attendees with the foundation needed for understanding which rights are available to creators of comics, games, films, and other creative works. It will also provide insights on how best to safeguard ideas, creative works, characters, brands, and names/titles from genesis through publication and distribution, and beyond. Attendees are invited to participate in an interactive discussion about the rights provided under U.S. copyright and trademark laws, including a discussion on the protections these laws provide, the benefits of federal registrations for each, tips on working with collaborators, and issues of joint authorship and work-made-for-hire. This year's program will also include a discussion Super Hero Haute Couture, including the interplay of comic book and sci-fi costumes, cosplay, and fair use. Along the way, there will be plenty to learn about the protections available, as well as the numerous potential pitfalls, under the U.S. trademark and copyright systems. Please note : The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and insights to practicing attorneys, as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. [This program is approved for 1.5 credits of California MCLE.]

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 11

10:30am

Comics Arts Conference #1: Comic Origins
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 12, 09:40AM
Michael Connerty (IADT, Dublin) examines how popular elements of cartooning from the U.S. were adapted and ultimately helped to shape the development of British comic strip language at the turn of the 20th century. Brad Ricca (Case Western Reserve University) reveals a new understanding of Superman's origin in Andrew "King of Steel" Carnegie's Hero Fund: the hidden source of Siegel and Shuster's last "lost story" (Action Comics #1000), Siegel's commentary on DC's growing stable of commercial superheroes. Nicholas Sammond (University of Toronto) chronicles the importance of libertarianism and the strong influences of the Beats on the ethos of underground comix.

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 26AB

11:00am

Beyond Wakanda: Intersectional Afrofuturism
Afrofuturism is a Black aesthetic, philosophical, and artistic movement that dates to the mid-20th century; its influences can be seen most recently in Ryan Coogler's depiction of Wakanda, a place of super science, spiritual communion, and geopolitical influence predicated not on closeness to colonial nodes of power, but autonomy from them. This panel digs deep into the cultural archive of Afrofuturism to connect the broad audience of popular films like Black Panther to historical resources related to Afrofuturism, especially the work of Octavia Butler. Using records related to Butler's works of fiction and her life in Southern California, this panel uses zine making as a bridge between scholarly and popular archives, between the study of technology and Afrofuturism, and between LIS professionals and broader audiences. Participants will learn to use zines for audience engagement and will gain exposures to an abbreviated history of Afrofuturism in Southern California. Panelists include Kelly Besser (archivist, UCLA Library Special Collections), Roderic Crooks (assistant professor of informatics, UC Irvine), Dalena Hunter (librarian, Bunche Center for African American Studies, UCLA), and Shani Miller (metadata and digital processing coordinator, UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive).

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

12:00pm

CBLDF #1 Comics, Start Here!
It's hard to believe, but comics used to be the black sheep of reading and were once synonymous with juvenile delinquency. Today, they're at the center of pop culture! But just because graphic novels are popular, that doesn't mean everyone knows how to use them in their library. Never fear, CBLDF is here! Panelists will help you make the most of this incredible creative medium for all of your patrons. Learn about CBLDF's new research on cataloging comics and get helpful tips about collection development and defense that will help everyone in your library love comics. Featuring CBLDF board member Katherine Keller, librarian and advocate Amie Wright, and researchers Staci Crouch, Hallie Clawson, and Allison Bailund.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 11

12:00pm

Comics Arts Conference #2: Comics, Costumes, and Cultural Appropriation
Modern comics, animation, and related media exhibit an unprecedented degree of diverse representation, but they also raise serious questions about cultural appropriation. Must creators color within the lines of their own heritage? Is wearing a Black Panther costume problematic for anyone not of African descent? Does using folklore or cultural imagery require asking permission from source communities-or even paying them royalties? Jeff Trexler (Fordham School of Law, Fashion Law Institute), Susan Scafidi (Who Owns Culture? Appropriation and Authenticity in American Law), Douriean Fletcher (Douriean.com; specialty jeweler, Black Panther), and Joseph P. Illidge (Valiant) discuss the history, theory, and ethics of comics and cultural exchange.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 26AB

12:00pm

If You Build It, They Will Come: Strategies for Successful Adult Graphic Novel Collection Development in Public Libraries
Comics are for everyone, yet far too often adult graphic novels are relegated to teen sections, resigned to standing order plans, and unconsidered when planning programming. Panelist will provide practical approaches to building high-quality graphic novel collection for adults and targeting and increasing advocacy about why adult graphic novels are needed in every library. Topics will include suggestions for overcoming the unique challenges of creating and maintaining adult graphic novel collections, how to "sell" this collection to stakeholders, suggested titles to purchase to start and grow your collection, and resources for readers advisory and advocacy support. Panelists include Monica Barrette (senior librarian, adult services, Escondido Public Library), Cassidy Charles (digital services librarian, Santa Barbara Public Library), Marcela Peres (library director, Lewiston Public Library), and Amie Wright (library manager, Edmonton Public Library).

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

1:00pm

CBLDF #2 State of Censorship
Get a global look at comics censorship from CBLDF. Learn about current censorship challenges in the U.S., including new bills attempting to regulate internet use, and the abundance of local challenges to comics addressing diversity and equality. Explore how cartoonists are being prosecuted, threatened, and intimidated by authorities around the globe for making art. Learn how you can participate with CBLDF in making a difference and standing up for free expression! CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein leads the conversation.

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

1:00pm

Comics and Libraries Fair
Come and see various programs and initiatives librarians have successfully offered communities using comics and pop culture to increase literacy and build community connections.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

1:00pm

Comics Arts Conference #3: Attorneys vs. Historians: Who Authors the Authorship Narrative?
The history of comic authorship is partly autobiographical and anecdotal, but such statements are often made simultaneously with litigation. Witness "recollections" are therefore framed with the "assistance" of corporate counsel but treated by historians as unfiltered accounts of events. James Thompson (Comic Book Historians group), Danny Barer (Pollak, Vida & Barer law firm), and Alex Grand (Comic Book Historians group) explore Golden Age and Silver Age authorial history but with the addition of legal contextualization-thereby suggesting motivations other than ego or differing perspectives for both idea origins and contractual (mis)understandings.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 26AB

1:00pm

Shattering Stereotypes: Badass Female Scientists in the Lab and on the Screen
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 12, 03:18PM
With the success of Black Panther and television shows such as Timeless, The Flash, Arrow, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., female scientists are becoming more and more prominent in pop culture. The Fleet Science Center, local female scientists, and the creative teams behind some of the most popular movies and television shows discuss what it means to be a woman in science and how important it is to give future generations of scientists and creative minds the opportunity to see themselves represented in different roles in society. Panelists include Monica Owusu-Breen (producer, writer, Midnight Texas, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Fringe, Alias), Sarah Tarkoff (writer, executive story editor, Arrow, Sinless), Nora Zuckerman (co-executive producer, writer, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Suits, Haven, Human Target, Fringe), Maria Ferrari (executive producer, writer, The Big Bang Theory), Dr. Alison Coil (professor of physics, Ingrid and Joseph W. Hibben chair, associate dean for Equity, diversity, and inclusion and faculty equity advisor, division of physical sciences, University of California San Diego), Dr. Elena Blanco-Suarez (research associate, post-doctoral researcher, neuroscience), and Shirley Deese (engineer senior engineer of systems and software in aerospace systems and chairperson, San Diego professional chapter: National Society of Black Engineers).

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 25ABC

1:30pm

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

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

2:00pm

Queer Comics for Queer Kids
Libraries are often safe spaces for teens who find it hard to fit in elsewhere. This includes queer teens. It is important to keep collections that reflect these teens, both so that they can find themselves in fiction and that their peers can see them normalized. Presenters will talk about queer comics and manga, how they've affected them personally, why they're important to library collections, and some recommendations to start you off.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

2:00pm

The Treasury of British Comics: Can a Forgotten Archive Teach Us About Comics in the 21st Century?
They've influenced some of comics' biggest names, but you've probably never heard of them; this is the hidden history of what was one of the biggest comics industries in the world. From The Leopard from Lime Street to Whizzer and Chips, from horror comics aimed at young girls to warped humor comics for preteens, these weekly anthologies were a unique influence on some of the biggest names in comics and, with their weekly format and cross-genre mashups, form the missing link between American comics, European comics, and manga. Discover the untold story of British comics with Ben Smith (head of books and comic books for Rebellion, Graeme McMillan (Hollywood Reporter), and others.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 29AB

2:00pm

Comics Arts Conference #4: Comics and Healing
Kenneth Rogers Jr. (Heroes, Villains, and Healing: A Guide for Male Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Using DC Comic Superheroes and Villains) shows how the DC heroes and villains whom people love and love to hate can be used to help heal the trauma of PTSD in survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Mara Wood (Wonder Woman Psychology) demonstrates how using a bibliotherapeutic framework can help middle grade students gain an understanding of the prosocial behaviors Wonder Woman models and how to translate those behaviors into their daily interactions. Whitney Porter (Kent State University) views Emil Ferris's My Favorite Thing Is Monsters through a psychoanalytic feminist lens to consider the protective and reparative abilities of monstrous embodiment in graphic storytelling for women.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 26AB

2:30pm

Meet the Newest Cultural Ambassadors: Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and Animation
As comics, film, and popular arts increase in global appeal, so do the State Department's initiatives designed to build mutual understanding around the world. Learn about an anti-bullying film project between U.S. and Mexican students, comic book-based learning in countries around the world, and how diplomatic engagement using popular arts highlights shared values. U.S. diplomats and citizen cultural ambassadors will showcase innovative programs that promote solutions to challenging global issues and advance U.S. foreign policy. Panelists include Preeti Shah (foreign service officer, U.S Consulate Tijuana, U.S Department of State), David Andrade (filmmaker/graphic artist, Theory Studios, ECA Alumni), Alex (Alexandra) Wesser (teacher/program implementer, Media Arts Center), Rachel Gandin Mark (program director, American Film Showcase), and director/producer/writer Jorge Gutierrez (Book of Life, El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, Son of Jaguar).

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 24ABC

3:00pm

Truth, Social Justice, and the Academic Library Way: Comics in Academic Libraries
Academic libraries have often used scholarship and curriculum support as means to justify collecting comics and graphic novels. However, these items often get lost in the greater academic collections, and these "hidden" collections often go unused. Three academic librarians have taken a different approach to utilizing graphic novels and comics as means for community engagement and to encourage a culture of reading. Topics covered include developing a social justice-themed comic collection and a physical space in the library for comics and graphics novels, encouraging a comic culture to underserved populations, and strategies for outreach and engagement using comics and graphic novels. Panelists are Kai Alexis Smith (subject librarian, Cal Poly Pomona), Bethany Herman (public services librarian, Houston Community College), and Jennifer Crispin (public services librarian, Houston Community College).

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

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

4:00pm

Be a Financial Superhero (Even If You're Not Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne!)
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 13, 11:54AM
Do you dream about quitting your day job to pursue your passion of being an artist, writer, or professional in the industry? Are you already in the business and need help figuring out how to budget between paid contracts, dealing with taxes, or determining the best way to raise and save cash for future projects?Perhaps you just want to be a Financial Superhero for yourself and your family and invest in your future! Sean Nisil (financial planner, SimpliFi) and Karen Martin (The Princess Project) put together an entertaining and educational panel on Superhero financial planning and best practices for artists, writers, industry professionals, and all others interested. Also joining the panel this year are Neil Narvaez (Professional Tax Services) to address how new tax laws are affecting small businesses and creatives and Eric Atilano (mortgage consultant, Guild Mortgage) who will share best credit practices for creatives. The discussion will follow with a Q&A of industry panel guests including Chris Neuhahn (Emmy Award-winning animator, DreamWorks Animation, MTV Networks), Alonso Nuñez (founder and director, Little Fish Comic Book Studio), and Erin Pennell (founder and art director, Rare Hare Studio, Art FORM) who will talk about financial challenges and successes in their fields.

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

4:00pm

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

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

4:00pm

Westworld: Further Beyond Frontier Law
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 06, 01:14PM
The revelation of five additional parks makes it clear that there is far more to Westworld than initially meets the eye, and the continued exploration of this fantastic yet twisted Delos Destination depicted in the HBO hit Westworld presents an ever-growing bundle of legal questions and conundrums. The all-star posse of speakers from last year's standing-room-only program returns. Ninth Circuit Justice John B. Owens, professor Betsy Rosenblatt, attorney and adjunct professor Paul Burns, attorney Farah Bhatti, and moderator Michael Lovitz discuss the top legal questions posed in the second season of HBO's groundbreaking show, including numerous criminal activities by humans and hosts alike, corporate malfeasance and misappropriation of corporate assets, what is (and isn't) intellectual property in these Delos parks, and even parsing out the question of the ownership of one's own thoughts and dreams. And this year perhaps they'll settle the question of just who really owns the intellectual property created by the robot hosts. [This program is approved for one (1) credit of California MCLE.]

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

5:00pm

Black and Queer in Popular Media
Black representation has gained integral attention within the geek culture. However, Black queer characters and stories continue to be limited or absent from the discussion. Prism Comics' Viktor Kerney (StrangeLore; co-host of the MEGASheen podcast) and panelists Valerie Complex (screenwriter, movie reviewer), Sean Z. Maker (MYTH, Ramonah Rising), Ajuan Mance (Gender Studies), William O. Tyler (Queerbait), and others discuss a myriad of topics from portrayals of Black queer people across media platforms to Black queer contributions to the sci-fi, fantasy, and comics genres.

Thursday July 19, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 28DE

5:00pm

The Science of Cool
An all-star panel of scientists and innovators discuss how the rise of immersive technologies, robotics, rocketry, and AI have made science cool again and continue to bring us closer to solving some of the greatest challenges and mysteries we face. Come check out this incredible tech and innovation, in person, at the Future Tech Live! Pavilion at the Omni Hotel. Join the first annual SDCC Hackathon too!

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

5:00pm

Educator and Librarian Mixer
Hang out with educators and librarians at their first CCEL mixer, sponsored by Image Comics and the Friends of the Central Library. Don't miss this opportunity to meet others in the education and library fields who use comics and pop culture as powerful learning and engagement tools. Light refreshments and a no-host bar will be provided. Space is limited.

Thursday July 19, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

6:30pm

Comics PR and Marketing 101
Need tips on how to market your content, your comics, and yourself? This is the panel for you! comiXology's head of content Chip Mosher hosts an exciting panel of comics experts from all corners of the industry, including Elsa Charretier (Superfreaks, Star Wars Adventures), C. Spike Trotman (Iron Circus Comics), Hope Nicholson (Bedside Press), Richard Starkings (Elephantmen, Ask for Mercy), and Abigail Jill Harding (Ask for Mercy)! These self-motivated comic pros share their hard-earned knowledge on how to make big splash in comics through marketing and PR!

Thursday July 19, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 8

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

8:00pm

Fictional Languages in Comics, TV, and Film
Jessica Tseang (Girl on Geek, comic book historian) picks the brains of linguistic professors, actors, comic book legends, and film critics on the fascination with learning Kryptonian, Gallifreyan, Elvish, Dothraki, and Klingon. Explore with other fans the development in creating these languages and how they have become a part of pop culture and everyday life.

Thursday July 19, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 28DE
 
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

10:30am

Comic Book Law School 202: "Someone Just Made Me an Offer. Should I Refuse?"
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 06, 01:12PM
While almost every creator will tell you their greatest joy is in their acts of creation, none will argue that equally (or perhaps more) important is earning a living from their efforts. But commercializing creative works is fraught with peril unless you're prepared. Noted attorney Michael Lovitz, author of the acclaimed The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, Legion M's COO Terri Lubaroff, and studio attorney Vera Golosker host an interactive seminar tackling a slew of more advanced issues facing creators (and the businesses that they work with) as they seek to monetize their creative capital. The panel will provide insights into a variety of options and opportunities for generating income from your creative endeavors, including licenses and transfers of rights; key things to know when Hollywood comes knocking; publishing, manufacturing, merchandising, and distribution agreements; understanding key terms in contracts, assignments, and licenses; and how incorporation and marital bliss (or turmoil) may affect contracts and licenses. And all independent contractors secretly disguised as employees? Attorney Alexander (A.J.) Harwin, a partner at the Lewis Brisbois law firm, will discuss how the California Supreme Court’s recent Dynamex decision concerning independent contractors may impact the comic book and entertainment industries. With the program’s interactive format, and discussions focusing on the problems and pitfalls that come with balancing creative vision and financial decisions, you’ll agree this session shouldn’t be missed. Please note: The Comic Book Law School® seminars are designed to provide relevant information and insights to practicing attorneys, as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. [This program is approved for 1.5 credits of California MCLE.]

Friday July 20, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 11

10:30am

The Her Universe Workshop
Want to get in to the business of geek fashion? Calling all designers, artists, lawyers, and entrepreneurs. Founder of Her Universe Ashley Eckstein takes a deep dive into the business behind some of your favorite brands. Joining Ashley will be Trevor Schultz, founder of Loungefly; Cindy Levitt, SVP of licensing/Hot Topic; Theresa Mercado, VP of product development/Hot Topic and Professor Susan Scafidi, founder and director of the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law School.

Friday July 20, 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

11:00am

Meet the Makers: Kids' Comics Extravaganza
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 17, 02:56PM
Comics artists and writers Aron Steinke (Mr. Wolf's Class), Jennifer Holm (Miss Communication: Babymouse Tales from the Locker), Jordan Crane (We Are All Me), and Heidi Arnhold (Cottons) describe the process of making a graphic novel. Moderated by Amie Wright (library manager, Edmonton Public Library).

Friday July 20, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

1:00pm

Graphic Novel Adaptation: License to Thrill
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 17, 03:05PM
Mariko Tamaki and Brooklyn Allen (Lumberjanes: The Moon is Up) join Scott Westerfeld (Spill Zone : The Broken Vow, Uglies) and Ryan Parrott (Saban's Go Go Power Rangers) to discuss the expectations, rewards, and challenges of adaptations; how prose and graphic formats can complement each other and change how the story is perceived; and the ways adaptations can be used in libraries and the classroom. Moderated by Alea Perez (2018 Great Graphic Novels for Teens chair).

Friday July 20, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

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

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

5:00pm

Handling Challenges: Bans and Challenges to Comics
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 17, 03:20PM
Comics are uniquely vulnerable to challenges and bans, especially those for young readers. Learn what you can do if they're challenged in your school or library from panelists Gina Gagliano (publishing director, Random House Graphic), Chad Sell (The Cardboard Kingdom), Charles Kochman (editorial director, Abrams ComicArts), and Candice Mack (teen services manager, Los Angeles Public Library). Moderated by Alea Perez (2018 Great Graphic Novels for Teens chair).

Friday July 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

5:30pm

Diversity and Inclusivity from the Perspective of Libraries/Publishing/Authors in the Industry.
In the age where the inclusion of positive representation for marginalized groups in all media has grown but the need has not diminished, how has the conversation of increasing diversity in literature changed? How has the ground that's been covered changed the landscape? Lion Forge's Christina "Steenz" Stewart and senior editor Amanda Meadows and a panel of industry experts discuss how to truly produce "comics for everyone."

Friday July 20, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 8

8:00pm

"Crazy" Together: The Future of Mental Health and Pop Culture
Mental health is everywhere you look in pop culture. From the Upside Down to the MCU, entertainment media depictions of mental health are increasingly common. But while Stranger Things and Jessica Jones help to normalize mental health challenges, some inaccurate and stigmatizing portrayals persist. How do we further encourage diversity and sensitivity without stifling creativity? Felicia D. Henderson (The Punisher TV series; Teen Titans) will discuss how depictions of trauma and PTSD inform the characterization of Frank Castle. Joseph D. Reitman (Happy! TV series) will talk about his approach to making his character Very Bad Santa more than just a two-dimensional villain. Should the entertainment industry be concerned about how their properties represent mental illness? Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., (Broadcast Thought, All We Ever Wanted) discusses some of his successes and struggles as a forensic psychiatrist advocating for more accurate and less stigmatizing mental health media representation. Jeff Trexler (The Beat, The Comics Journal) will contextualize the discussion and encourage the audience to become more mindful consumers of mental-health-themed media. Moderated by Susan Karlin (Fast Company), this panel will encourage creators, clinicians, and fans to get "crazy" together, shaping the future of mental health and pop culture.

Friday July 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 23ABC

9:00pm

Using RPGs and LARPs for Social Learning
Can role-playing games and LARPs help reduce or mitigate the effects of childhood bullying? Is it possible to foster social-emotional learning through gaming? How can role playing function as a tool for forming respectful and interconnected learning communities? Check out this panel on using games to help students learn about empathy, conflict negotiation, and creative problem solving (while making sure they learn about history, math, and other school subjects too!). With Scott Stubbe and Ndindi Kitonga (co-founders, Angeles Workshop School), Emily Nguyen-Hoai (teacher, Continuing Development Inc., Child Development Centers), Shawn Crosby (NASA immersive education lecturer), and Noah Sutton-Smolin (student). Moderated by Aaron Vanek (vice-president, The Game Academy).

Friday July 20, 2018 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 23ABC
 
Saturday, July 21
 

10:00am

Comics Are for Everyone . . . Aren't They?
Panelists delve into the experience of being a disabled person in comics and the intersections of disability, race, and gender. John Jennings (Kindred, Black Comix Returns), Jaz Joyner (Slashfilm, Wear Your Voice), MOM Comics (Viewbox), Kat Overland (Women Write About Comics), Mark Martinez (Junipero Serra Library), and moderator Rosie Knight (Nerdist) discuss how they and you as creators, critics, retailers, librarians, and fans can create a more accessible space within comics, conventions, and fandom.

Saturday July 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 4

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

11:00am

Roaring into Adulthood: Young Adult and Middle-Grade Comics in the Classroom and Beyond
Lion Forge believes in publishing comic books for every reader at every age with stories to reflect the world at large. Middle-grade and young adult fiction are the two fastest-growing categories in bookstores around the world, and the company's Caracal and Roar imprints offer countless comic book tales in every genre for children, teens, and adults alike. The company offers a look at some of the current and upcoming titles under this banner of books, as well as the newly minted imprint for middle grade, and offers librarians and educators expert advice on how to incorporate these books into schools, libraries, and living rooms. Lion Forge director of education outreach and collections Jill Gerber, editor-in-chief Andrea Colvin, writer Samuel Sattin, artist Yehudi Mercado, and others, have a look at upcoming titles across the company's school-aged imprints and how comics can be used as tools for education as well as entertainment.

Saturday July 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

12:00pm

CBLDF #5 EC Comics: Fighting for Change!
The untold story of comics' original social justice crusaders! From 1950 to 1955, the young creators of EC Comics changed the face of the medium, injecting new heights of craft, storytelling, and artistry to comics. In titles like Tales from The Crypt, Weird Fantasy, MAD, and Shock SuspenStories, EC addressed civil rights, the injustices of war, gender fluidity, vegetarianism, and other vital topics. Discover how EC's unprecedented social consciousness changed comics in this presentation by CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein.

Saturday July 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 11

12:00pm

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

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

12:00pm

The Power of Story: Graphic Novels and Technology Inspiring Young Readers
STEM educators, students, and public librarians discuss how innovative technologies such as 3D design and animation bring graphic literature and the reading experience to life. Featuring Amy Pitotti (EdTech educator, DAB Lake Elsinore), Lisa Harrison (STEM educator, RMMS, Vista), Nichole Santangelo (STEAM specialist, RMMS, Vista), Andrew Hudson (educator, RMMS, Vista), Lisa Ferneau-Haynes (senior librarian, youth services, Oceanside Public Library), Beth Duncan (STEM specialist, RMMS, Vista), Bryan Pitotti (graphic design specialist/cinematography), and Joanna Murray (EdTech educator, RMMS Vista).

Saturday July 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

12:30pm

Comics Arts Conference #11: Trauma and Memoir
Ira Zukanovic (University of California, Los Angeles) demonstrates how Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis is about the process of formulating (and reformulating) a sense of identity in the wake of a political trauma. Using comics and cultural hybridity theory, Isabelle Martin (University of Kentucky) analyzes the role of photography in relationships between personal memory and collective memory, family history, and cultural history in Thi Bui's graphic memoir The Best We Could Do. Emmy Waldman (Harvard University) examines and explicates Art Spiegelman's comics-making after Mauschwitz, focusing on his avant-garde 2008 graphic-memoir-cum-comics-manifesto Breakdowns/Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!

Saturday July 21, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Room 26AB

1:00pm

A Crash Course on European Comics for Educators and Librarians
As more and more European material enters the U.S., a panel of American and European creators and publishers will discuss the specificities of European comics and what they have to offer to librarians and educators. With Mike Kennedy (Lion Forge), Zerocalcare (Kobane Calling), Whitney Leopard (BOOM! Studios), Efa (Monet) and Chris Thompson (Titan/Statix Press, UK). Moderated by Karen Green (Columbia University Library).

Saturday July 21, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

1:00pm

Comics and Geek Items for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Blind and visually impaired people love comics, gaming, TV, movies, and all sorts of science fiction/fantasy/horror artforms just as much as their sighted counterparts. How do they enjoy such things with little or no eyesight? Totally blind martial artist, competitive surfer, and unashamed geek Joshua Loya and actor/audio book narrator/writer Scott Brick share what options exist for nonvisual entertainment.

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

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

3:00pm

Explore the Wonders of the Universe with Cosmos: Possible Worlds
The Emmy Award-winning worldwide phenomenon Cosmos returns to Fox and National Geographic in Spring 2019. At this panel, get an exclusive sneak peek of Cosmos: Possible Worlds as host Neil deGrasse Tyson along with executive producer/writer/director/creator Ann Druyan and executive producers Seth MacFarlane, Brannon Braga, and Jason Clark discuss more on cosmic evolution and the great minds who've contributed to our understanding of the universe, and get a first look at the new season.

Saturday July 21, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

3:00pm

Teaching Fables and Myths with Graphic Novels
Bring fairy tales, fables, folktales, legends, and myths into your classroom using graphic novel adaptations that bring these tales to life. Panelists will discuss how creators' imaginative retellings build depth and complexity in the interplay between text and image and how these stories can be successfully taught in the classroom. Featuring creators Jenni Holm (Babymouse) and Alexis Fajardo (Kid Beowulf), educators Erin Hill (language arts teacher, Ramona High School)and Cori McDonald (librarian, Ramona High School), moderator Tracy Edmunds (Graphic Novels Are Elementary), and surprise panelists.

Saturday July 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

4:00pm

Comics for Impact and Social Good
Find out how comics can make a difference by depicting persons with disabilities in a different light, raising funds for charitable causes, providing a tribute for victims of hate crimes, and fighting for international human rights in a presentation with panelists Geoff Gerber (president of Lion Forge), Kelley Allen (director of books at Humble Bundle), Sarah Gaydos (co-editor of Love Is Love), and Josh Elder (executive director of Reading with Pictures), moderated by Russell Shilling (senior innovation fellow at Digital Promise).

Saturday July 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

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

5:00pm

Teaching Graphic Novels Across the Curriculum
Dr. Katie Monnin (education director, Pop Culture Classroom), Tracy Edmunds, M.A., Ed. (Graphic Novels Are Elementary), Erin Hill (language arts teacher, Ramona High School), Derek Heid (English/drama teacher, Temecula Valley High School), Scott Westerfeld (Spill Zone, Impostors), and Aron Steinke (Mr. Wolf's Class) explore a number of approaches and blended models for comics in the classroom by connecting these texts and lessons across subject matter areas (math/science/history/English/business, etc.). Pulling input from both educators and creators, the panel will discuss which titles work well across curricular lines, how educators can collaborate to make them effective learning and teaching tools, and how creators can tailor their works to find audiences that span multiple areas of interest for readers. Moderated by Adam Kullberg (education program manager, Pop Culture Classroom).

Saturday July 21, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library
 
Sunday, July 22
 

10:00am

Comic Pitch Review (Sunday)
If you're a writer or artist attending the Comic Creator Connection, this is your chance to practice giving your pitch before the event and get some invaluable help from a professional writer and speaker coach. So what is a pitch? A pitch is simply a way to present yourself or your project to others. It is usually a brief speech designed to persuade your listener into supporting what you're doing or what you've made. Most creators have no trouble coming up with great ideas for new comics, but they often struggle to speak clearly and concisely about those ideas to other people. Giving a good pitch is a vital skill in bringing your project to life. Fortunately, it's also a skill you can learn and improve with practice-and Pitch Review is a great place to do that. Pitch reviews will be conducted by Douglas Neff, a professional speechwriter, speaker coach, and host of the Comic Creator Connection. This is not a panel. Instead, these are three- to five-minute individual coaching sessions for as many people as is possible to accommodate in the scheduled time. Spaces are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis, and observers are welcome.

Sunday July 22, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

10:00am

How to Be a Nerd for a Living: Breaking into Careers in Geek Culture
Do you want to build a career in the "nerdy" industry you love, but you're not sure where to begin? This all-star panel of professional "Nerds for a Living" will share insights into a variety of careers within comics, literature, podcasting, animation, film, and more. Learn how these panelists got their start, and get advice on what it takes to create a path to the career you want. Travis McElroy (The Adventure Zone; My Brother, My Brother and Me), Susan Eisenberg (voice of Wonder Woman in Justice League and Justice League: Unlimited), Tomi Adeyemi (author of Children of Blood and Bone), Ben Blacker (Vertigo's Hex Wives; co-creator of The Thrilling Adventure Hour), Jaimie Cordero (CEO and Glitter Jedi of Espionage Cosmetics), Jazzlyn Stone (COO of Bombsheller), and others will engage in this fun discussion moderated by Wendy Buske (Fictitious; Nerd for a Living) that'll leave you ready to conquer your post-SDCC goals.

Sunday July 22, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

10:00am

The Science of Comic Vampires and Zombies
In a panel moderated by Jonathan Bacon-Liu (host of All the Time We Have podcast), Jonathan Maberry (author, V-Wars, Marvel Zombies Return) will bring his expertise in all things scary, as he is joined by Ronald Coleman, Ph.D. (regenerative medicine) and Sharon Schendel, Ph.D. (immunology) to talk about how these monsters might work in the real world and where science and imagination intertwine.

Sunday July 22, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

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

10:30am

Comics Arts Conference #13: Imagined Communities
Tony Chavarria (Museum of Indian Arts & Culture) examines Krazy Kat's fictional Coconino County as a presentation of how the indigenous peoples of the Southwest view their ancestral homelands. Jay Olinger (Portland Community College) places Fletcher Hanks' Fantomah as the first superheroine while also considering her mission within a modern context, proving that looking back at comics history can indeed help us move forward. Phillip Vaughan (University of Dundee) looks at the creation and ongoing production of Saltire, a Scottish superhero steeped in the mythology and folklore of Caledonian history, who served as a symbol for political feelings during the 2014 Scottish independence referendum.

Sunday July 22, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 26AB

11:00am

GeekEd: Caring for the Nerd Mind
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 10, 05:24PM
Teachers, administrators, and higher education professionals are increasingly called upon to respond to a variety of mental health concerns across the education landscape. This panel of educators and mental health experts including Dr. Andrea Letamendi (UCLA, The Arkham Sessions podcast), Dr. Brent Crandal (Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego), Alfred Day (UC Berkeley), Sherard Robbins (University of Arizona), and Kirk White (UCLA) share how they have applied their passion for fandom and the lessons they have learned from superheroes to develop new best practices for promoting mental health and resilience in schools and on campuses. Moderated by Alfred Day (UC Berkeley).

Sunday July 22, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

12:00pm

GeekEd: University of Wakanda (Themyscira Semester Abroad)
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 10, 05:26PM
The success of Wonder Woman and Black Panther have resulted in passionate discussions on college campuses around the importance of representation and inclusivity, and they have created common touchpoints for engagement both inside and outside the classroom. When exploring cultures other than their own, how can students have a true immersive experience rather than being colonizers? What courses and campus programs have been designed in reference to these and other stories? Higher-education professionals explore cultural identity issues in pop culture and discuss how they use this intersection to engage students at colleges and universities. Higher education professionals Alfred Day (UC Berkeley), Adrian Purdue (UCLA), Emily Sandoval (University of Southern California), and Rod Santos (UC Berkeley) explore cultural identity issues in pop culture and discuss how they use this intersection to engage students at colleges and universities.

Sunday July 22, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

12:00pm

Inside the Comic-Con Museum
Staff and special panelists will present a behind-the-scenes look at plans for the upcoming Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park.

Sunday July 22, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 29AB

12:00pm

Comics Arts Conference #14: Comics from East to West
Ayanni C. H. Cooper (University of Florida) addresses discrepancies between the anime and manga versions of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind by focusing on the manga of Nausicaä and positioning the text as climate fiction, using Miyazaki's "ecophilosophy" and his Shinto-esque leanings as a lens. Golnar Nabizadeh (University of Dundee) looks at Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama's 1927 comic The Four Immigrants Manga: A Japanese Experience in San Francisco, which demonstrates the power of comics to capture and convey the complexity of migrant memories as it portrays the (mis)adventures of four Japanese Issei in San Francisco. Shirin E. Edwin (New York University Shanghai) argues that Al-Mutawa's The 99, hailed in North America and Europe as a timely response to the stereotypes of Islam, inspired in the Arab world responses ranging from fatwas to accusations of commercialism; it has in fact provincialized and not globalized Islam.

Sunday July 22, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Room 26AB

1:00pm

Comics Studies at Michigan State University
Ryan Claytor (MSU comics studio professor) discusses the high-caliber comics studies resources at Michigan State University, such as the MSU Special Collections library (the largest public collection of comic books in the world), the annual MSU Comics Forum, the MSU Comic Art and Graphic Novel Podcast, scholarship opportunities, and the recently minted Comic Art and Graphic Novel minor.

Sunday July 22, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

1:00pm

Proper Pitching and Promoting
Learn what it takes to present a proper pitch to a client or company. In this panel, you will learn about presentation, body language, elevator pitches, standing out, interview skills, and how to make an opportunity when there isn't one. Back by popular demand, this is the perfect panel for those who are looking to make a name for themselves or trying to get their ideas in front of their company of choice.

Sunday July 22, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 2

2:00pm

Cultivating a Comic Book Culture in Academic Librarianship
Raymond Pun (librarian), Allison Mandaville (professor of English), Michelle Pratt (library specialist), and Jenny Banh (professor of anthropology) discuss strategies and practices for academic libraries to collaborate with teaching faculty to create a comic book culture in the classroom and in universities today.

Sunday July 22, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

2:30pm

Comics Arts Conference #16: The Culture of Comic-Con: Field Studies of Fans and Marketing
Comic-Con offers students of popular culture an amazing venue to study how culture is marketed to and practiced by its fans. Jordan Bennet (Radford University), Margaret Clarke (Lynchburg College), Anthony Dannar (Auburn University), Carlos Flores (Arizona State University), Abbie Keane (Hollins University), Matthew Lunga (Radford University), Amari Page (University of Southern California), Abigail Tenshaw (Radford University), and Alison Woody (Hollins University) present initial findings from a week-long ethnographic field study of the intersection of fan practice at the nexus of cultural marketing and fan culture that is Comic-Con 2018. Matthew J. Smith (Radford University) moderates.

Sunday July 22, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 26AB

2:30pm

Mental Health and Comics
Panelists include Edmund Cronin and comic creators, story tellers, and doctors, each with a unique story to share. Mental health issues are not something that should be ignored by a caring society. Social stigma and general misunderstanding keep us from connecting with people who are different. Comics have been and are being used to bring attention to mental health issues in thoughtful and provocative ways. Come hear the discussion about how comics play a role in reversing the stigma of mental illness and explore ways to understand and connect with love ones.

Sunday July 22, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Room 2

3:00pm

GeekEd: Career Advice for College Geeks
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 10, 05:27PM
Have you ever wondered how you could earn a living during the hours spent reading comics or playing video games? Is your current major not tapping into your superpower? Come learn how these panelists used their nerdy interests in college to create a fulfilling nerdy career, and what college programs and services can help students to do the same. David Surratt (UC Berkeley), Aaron Trammell (UC Irvine), Tara Prescott (UCLA), Agustin Rios (HyperHeroes), and Kamil Oshundara (Monkeypaw Productions) set you up for your geeky future! Moderated by Brian MacDonald (UCLA).

Sunday July 22, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library