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Thursday, July 19
 

10:00am

I'm in the Nerd Business
How do you succeed at turning your passions and fandoms into a successful business? Find out from this panel of entrepreneurs whose businesses cater to a predominantly nerdy and geeky clientele: Audrey Kearns (Geek Girl Authority), Janelle Badali (Badali Jewelry), Matthew Arevalo (Loot Crate), Christy Black (Heroes Journey Fitness), and Lauren Matesic (Castle Corsetry). They will discuss how these businesses started, how they compete with big corporations trying to capitalize on the geek marketplace, and how they market goods and services to a community seeking geeky authenticity. Moderated by Brian Ward (The Arkham Sessions, Shout! Factory).

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

11:00am

Cosplay 101: Bringing Your Dreams to Life
Catherine M. Fisher (award winning costumer), Bob Mogg (Steampunk expert), Birda Hussey Nichols (historic and fantasy costumer), and Caitlin Brown (costumer and member of the San Diego Patcheteers) discuss the basics in costuming to help beginning costumers get started in the world of cosplaying. The talented panelists will show you how to get in on all the cosplaying fun even if you've never sewn a stitch in your life. Moderated by Melissa Gene Meyer (department assistant for the Masquerade with Comic-Con International).

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

12:00pm

Raising Fankids: Teaching Young Geeks to be Self-Confident and Successful
Pasquale Piro (middle-school teacher, father of two) hosts a panel with Ben Kliewer (Sunday school volunteer), Christina Silvoso (Christina Is Crafty, mother), Lori Davis (middle-school teacher), Colyn Barringer (high school student), and Shayla Spires (high school student), discussing techniques and experiences that help kids grow up nerdy without the negative connotation.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

1:00pm

Careers in Geek Fashion
Geek fashion is an industry that continues to grow each year, and you don't have to be a designer to work in it. Panelists talk about the career paths available in geek fashion, looking at the jobs within and outside of fashion companies. Moderated by Lisa Granshaw (GeekFold), panelists Sarah Buzby (Ubisoft), Allison Cimino (RockLove Jewelry), Catherine Elhoffer (Elhoffer Design), Jeff Trexler (Fashion Law Institute), and WinterArtwork will discuss their careers and the ways people can work in the industry. There will be a Q&A so panelists can answer any career questions you might have.

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

3:00pm

StreetPass San Diego: Using Nintendo to Create a Safe and Open Community for Gamers
Adolfo Coronel, Michelle Hernandez, Ben Avecilla, Chris McAtamney, and Jahaziel Aguilera talk about the work, contacts, and how-to of creating a free, open, and overall friendly community for gamers. Learn to create events, get venues, reach out to sponsors, and grow or maintain a community group. There will be a Q&A segment for anyone with questions on their groups or on starting a community. While StreetPass San Diego focuses on Nintendo, the panel applies to any community based around video games.

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

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

5:00pm

3D Printed Props Tips and Tricks
With 3D printing at the forefront of innovation, there are new developments every day. Panelists will talk about the different ways you can use 3D printing to take your costume to the next level. Are you an MCU fan? Come dressed up in your best Marvel costume for a chance to win a 3D-printed Stormbreaker!

Thursday July 19, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

5:00pm

Cosplay Figure Drawing
If you're into drawing superheroes, manga warriors, cartoon characters, or movie monsters, where do you find live models? This workshop gives you that rare opportunity to practice your people drawing skills on real cosplayers in fantastic costumes from the stories you love. Cosplay models will strike different poses throughout the room, giving you time to sketch their facial expressions, hand gestures, and action poses. Hosted by Douglas Neff and Corey Rothermel (authors of Epic Win! The Geek's Guide to the Journey from Fan to Creator), the session will include various exercises, from one-minute burst sketches to detailed figure studies. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Bring your own art supplies and passion for drawing.

Thursday July 19, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

6:00pm

Destination Nerd
Anastasia Washington (Legion of Leia, Anastationtv) chats with the most jet-setting nerds around as they discuss fashion, travel tips, and how to find your ultimate nerd mecca wherever you go. Panelists include Melissa Howland (We Are Movie Geeks, host), Marlon Reynoso (Nerd Coolture), Holly Amos (Star Trek Adversaries, Go Trek Yourself podcast), Laura Sirikul (Nerd Reactor) and Katie Elhoffer (Elhoffer Design).

Thursday July 19, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

7:00pm

Steampunk Teapot Racing and Tea Dueling 101
Fellow Steampunks will discuss the ultimate in steamy competitions: tea dueling and teapot racing! Whether these makers mash up remote controlled racers with teapots to race against the clock or settle matters of honor over a field of tea, Steampunk events today offer more than just cosplay and workshops. Discover the wonderful world of tea dueling, where two contestants dunk their cookies into a hot cup of tea for a count of three before they fight gravity and soggy biscuits to be the last one holding or eating their entire cookie before it splatters. Shenanigans and laughter are guaranteed! Brought to you by Madame Askew (Mistress of Tea and professional teapot racing commentator), Chris Sturhann (head of the San Diego Splendid Teapot Racing Society), Tim Silver (teapot race winner 2016), John Bollman (teapot racer winner 2018), and Karina Walsh (tea dueling winner 2015), and moderated by Anastasia Hunter (chair, Gaslight Steampunk Expo).

Thursday July 19, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
 
Friday, July 20
 

10:00am

Cosplaying with Your Kids
Kim Henderson McAndrew and Scout McAndrew (9 O'Clock Bedtime Cosplay, raisingaheronotavillain), Deborah and Celia (Ravenpuff Cosplay), Jake (Little Negan Cosplay), Brian Robison (Coulson Lives Cosplay, coulsonandkids), Melanie, Patricia, and Melaina Robinson (KidQuake4Real), and Anna Robison discuss cosplaying with your kids, tips on how to get started, sources for assembling a cosplay with growing kids in mind, and social media tips. Moderated by Anastasia Washington (Anastationtv, Legion of Leia).

Friday July 20, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

10:00am

From Mickey Mouse to Mary Poppins: How Does Personality Influence Our Favorite Disney Characters?
Why do people identify with the Evil Queen but not Snow White? Or Elsa and Anna but not Donald Duck or Nemo? Disney characters have been a major influence in culture for the past 90 years. These character preferences inform everything from movie spinoff ideas to game alignment, toy production, and sales. Data were gathered from a study conducted by Keith W. Beard, Psy.D., April Fugett, Ph.D. (professors of psychology, Marshall University), Britani Black, M.A., and Carrie Dean, M.A. (doctoral students, Marshall University) of over 1,000 participants examining personality test results with preferred Disney characters. Findings show how personality informs one's choices of the Disney characters to identify with and follow. Other topics to be covered are specific personality traits that are associated with liking or disliking specific characters; additional results and other psychological/personality factors, including a review of the most (and least) popular Disney characters based on research results from the last few years; and a comparison between Disney character ratings and several other prominent and popular franchises (such as DC characters, Harry Potter, Walking Dead, Star Wars) in order to better explore overall preference and exposure of some of the most prominent and pervasive pop culture icons of the last 100 years.

Friday July 20, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

11:00am

Cosplay 102: Taking It to the Next Level and Beyond
Catherine M. Fisher (award-winning costumer), Bob Mogg (Steampunk expert extraordinaire), Ryan Wells (internationally known costuming genius), and Todd Kimmel (costumer and prop maker) pick up where Cosplaying 101 leaves off. They will discuss advanced costuming techniques to help you really step up your costuming game (including Masquerade participation, presentation, and more). Moderated by Melissa Gene Meyer (department assistant for the Masquerade with Comic-Con International).

Friday July 20, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

12:00pm

How to Build a Geek Brand (And Get Paid!)
Do you dream of a career in the pop culture industry? Do you have an idea or product but don't know how to get it to market? Do you have a geeky brand but feel stuck trying to get it to the next level? Hosted by Tony B. Kim (Hero Within, Crazy 4 Comic Con), pop culture entrepreneurs will share how they transformed their hobby into an exciting career and offer advice to attendees who hope to do the same. Panelist include Ani-Mia (professional cosplayer), Chris Gore (writer, creator), Genese Davis (author), and Andre Meadows (YouTube host).

Friday July 20, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

1:00pm

Afro-Futurism: Black to the Future!
For decades, Daffy Duck was the only black actor getting any consistent work in Hollywood. For just as long, producers claimed that black screenwriters could only write comedies. Today, the landscape has changed, or has it? "Wakanda" opportunities are available in Hollywood for those of color today? Can we truly go black to the future . . . before we go black to the past? Panelists include Reggie Hudlin (Milestone Media, Black Panther), Denys Cowan (Milestone Media, The Boondocks), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek, Heroes), Tim Russ (Star Trek: Voyager, Spaceballs), Kevin Grevioux (Underworld, I, Frankenstein), Professor Adilifu Nama (San Diego State University, Superheroes Decoded), Professor Ajani Brown (San Diego State University), and La Quia Howard (Kemet, I Choose 2 Be Me). Moderated by Jimmy Diggs (Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space 9).

Friday July 20, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

1:00pm

Create Your Own Fandom-Themed Fashions
A panel of designers who have started their own fandom fashion lines will provide tips and tricks on how to upcycle, construct, and design your own fashion. You'll have an opportunity to ask questions on how to craft your own clothes or create a small business. Panelists include Tony B. Kim (Hero Within), Jordan Ellis (Jordandene), Tiffany Mink (Whosits & Whatsits), Camille Falciola (Her Universe Fashion Show winner), Jesse Thaxton (Her Universe Fashion Show winner), Leetal Platt (Her Universe Fashion Show winner), and Linda Rhodes (1138 Clothing). Moderated by Stephanie Pressman (Fashionably Nerdy) and Samantha Mason (Fashionably Nerdy).

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

2:00pm

Causeplay: A Hobby in Service to Others
Mark Chu-Lin (Avengers Initiative club president, event coordinator), Michaela Rose (professional costume designer and costumer for theatrical arts), Bret Lonsway (costumer, print and facility manager), Megan Motis (HealthBridge Children's Hospital activities lead), and Amber Chavez (child life special programs coordinator for Children's Hospital of Orange County) discuss how costume enthusiasts serve their communities through their love of pop culture. Hear about their experiences, learn how to join organized costume groups, and find out how to get involved in service efforts.

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

2:00pm

Forge Creativity with Time Management Secrets
Whether you are a writer, creator, fine artist, game maker, or photographer, going after your artistic dream can be full of creative roadblocks, especially when balancing real-life responsibilities simultaneously. Genese Davis (Omensight; The Holder's Dominion), Cameron Dayton (Sledgehammer Games; Etherwalker), Jonathan Thomas Jones (Little Bot and the Story Box), and Dennys Ilic (Cinematic Pictures Group; Exposure) unlock their production processes and discuss how they use time management to forge creativity and meet deadlines. Discover the routine, environment, and solutions that can help bolster creativity and help you complete your artistic endeavors.

Friday July 20, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:00pm

Costumes and Technology: How Technology is Changing the Way Hollywood Makes Costumes
Hollywood's top costume makers not only take advantage of rapidly changing technology, they also contribute to those concepts, innovations, and tools. Come learn "how" in this introductory panel featuring costumers from some of the year's biggest films: Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Justice League. Panelists include Federico Cervantes (key specialty costumer), Salvatore Salamone (specialty costumer, 3D modeler), Dorothy Bulac-Eriksen (key specialty costumer), Tammy Williamson (costume supervisor), Eric Shane Johnson (set costumer), and Amelia McKinney (key costume buyer).

Friday July 20, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:00pm

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

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

4:00pm

Cosplay and Photography: A Symbiosis
Pat Loika (author: Four Color Realities), Jay Tablante (author, Geekology 101 and 2.0), and panelists Amanda Lynne (Uncanny X-Men cosplay cover model), Diana De Mol (costume designer), Jesse Thaxton (costume designer on DC Universe's Titans) and Kris Anka (artist, Marvel's Runaways) discuss the ever-evolving state of costume design, cosplay, and photography and how these disciplines influence each other. Moderated by Kiersten Wing (comiXology Live).

Friday July 20, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

4:00pm

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

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

5:00pm

Building Your Own Themyscira: Connecting with Other Geek Bosses
Lisa Granshaw (GeekFold) moderates a discussion with Jordan Ellis (Jordandene and The Sartorial Geek), Robyn Warren (GeekGirlStrong), Sam Maggs (The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy and Wonder Women), Jaimie Cordero (Espionage Cosmetics), Jazzlyn Stone (Bombsheller), and Rose del Vecchio (FanMailBox) about finding your niche, building professional relationships, and fostering community over competition.

Friday July 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

6:00pm

Simpsons Collector Group
Simpsons collectors of the world, unite! Get a chance to meet and mingle with fellow collectors of Simpsons merchandise from all over. This gathering, hosted by the staff of the Simpsons Collectors website, is a great chance to network with other collectors and share your experiences in the hobby with others.

Friday July 20, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

7:00pm

Silicone vs Foam Latex... What to Use
Makeup effects artist Jeff Barkley (Frost: Portrait of a Vampire, Monster Manor, Videodrome) will demonstrate and discuss the differences in silicone, foam latex, and gelatin for use in makeup FX for film and cosplay. Jeff will be joined onstage by pro cosplayers Trey Barkley (Sparrow's Flight) and DesiRee Preston (Enasni Volz) to answer any questions you may have.

Friday July 20, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

8:00pm

Borrowed Ideas, Original Songs
Get your songwriting questions answered by singer-songwriter Laura Todd. She will share lessons learned working with such talented artists as Grammy-nominated writer/producer Warren Kahn and fan favorite Andrew McKee. Emily Liu brings perspective as a frequent "one-(wo)man band," having to own all aspects of song creation from writing and arranging through execution across instruments and styles for home-brew production on a budget. Learn how to integrate your fandom passions into the craft of songwriting. Panelists will also discuss how to respect the original creators of the worlds you love.

Friday July 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

8:00pm

Halo Costuming and Props with Anvil Station Part II
Anvil Station is here to share their knowledge about making Halo costumes and props with you! Panelists will answer your questions about fiberglass and foam armor/props (Chris Loomis Crazed One Cosplay) (Marissa Russo Pinnacle Custom Cosplay), 3D printing (Alec Richter Fabled Phoenix Props), casting and molding (Cary Gunnar Lee Legacy Effects), fabric and makeup (Hazel Weiss), and more. There will be demo armor parts and props on hand for audience members to see and touch. Moderated by Tyler Perfect.

Friday July 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
 
Saturday, July 21
 

11:00am

Timey Whimey Fun: Cosplaying Doctor Who, Villains, and Friends
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 09, 12:00PM
Cosplayers Cody Shoberg (The Master, San Diego Who Con), John Dyer V (12th Doctor), Jim Holland (Fourth Doctor, Time Travellers, (UN)LTD), Andrew Elkins (Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Geek ReGeneration), Patricia A. Miller (Dr. River Song), Kristi Schoeman (13th Doctor), and Karen Glover (Missy, The San Diego TARDIS) discuss their take on cosplaying the various Doctors, adversaries, and associates across time and space. Moderated by Sandro Monetti (international journalist).

Saturday July 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

12:00pm

Agent Carter & Bésame Cosmetics: A Heroic Match
NEW: Mon, Jul 16, 09:07AM
Bésame Cosmetics CEO and founder Gabriela Hernandez joins a round-table of Marvel's Agent Carter fans and experts (Kelly Dreyer, Kristine Knowlton (Carter Cosplay), Peggy Pincurls, comic historian Jessica Tseang, and Sarah Rodriguez (author of Agent Carter Season One: Declassified) to discuss Peggy's staying power. Panel moderated by Dawn M. Bourn (The Geek Girl Project).

Saturday July 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

12:00pm

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

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

12:00pm

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

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

1:00pm

Little Lulu and John Stanley Fan Group
The well-remembered Little Lulu comic books were written during 1945-1959 by the gifted all-around cartoonist John Stanley. Recent research continues to identify a large body of other work by this once-obscure master of comics storytelling. Come learn more, and join in for a scripted radio-play style reading of a Golden Age Little Lulu story. All are welcome!

Saturday July 21, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

5:00pm

Don't Go Broke Collecting
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 13, 09:10AM
Hunting for that collectible stash and finding you have no cash? Extreme collectors will give in-store tips, online shopping tricks, and deal-making hacks that will help with the greenbacks. Panelists include Joseph Gordon (Into the Wormhole: A Star Trek Podcast), Vince Moore (Total Recall: Life on Mars; former comics retailer), and Alanah Pearce (freelance games journalist). Moderated by extreme couponer/Potterhead Ken Choy (GizmoPorn).

Saturday July 21, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

7:00pm

Ladies of the Legions: A Conversation About Women, Costuming, and Star Wars!
Five members of different Star Wars costume clubs discuss the basics of Star Wars costumes for women and challenges faced within the community. Speakers include Lesley Farquhar, Carrie Ann Caranci, Kristina Gundersen-Rudmann, Wendy Starling, and Regina Vail. Followed by a Q&A with the attendees moderated by Lesley Farquhar.

Saturday July 21, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
 
Sunday, July 22
 

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

11:00am

Dinosaurs vs. Unicorns
A spirited family discussion to determine which stories/characters/toys/activities are for girls and which are for boys. Ethicist and sociologist Dr. Melissa James will stimulate conversation as Rachel Todd (8, dinosaur expert) and Alexander Todd (5, unicorn expert) speak from the heart, balanced by experienced debate moderator Laura Todd (mom). Bring your questions and experiences to share.

Sunday July 22, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:00pm

Why Geek Is the New Cool
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 10, 01:46PM
Pop culture is now embracing and promoting intelligence. American Mensa members and partners from entertainment to gaming to animation discuss the surge in popularity of the quirky, yet relatable, protagonists representing intelligence. Geek has always been cool-now it's hot. Panelists include Leif Gantvoort (actor and Mensa member, 60 Yard Line, The Amazing Spider-Man), Christopher Lastrapes (Mensa member and VP of content strategy for Theorem Media), LaRae Bakerink (chair of American Mensa, avid Comic-Con attendee), Trevor Mitchell (CEO and executive director of American Mensa), Brandon Davis (special assignment producer for ComicBook.com) and Lee Parkhurst (manager of digital brand marketing for Educational Insights). Moderated by Steven L. Sears (writer, producer, Xena: Warrior Princess).

Sunday July 22, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina