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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

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

11:00am

Podcast Advocates and the Podcast Gathering
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 11, 11:37AM
Panelists focus on the ins and outs of creating a podcast, growing your audience, and networking with other podcasters. Moderated by Andrew Linde (The Benview Network, The Super Mario Bros. Minute), panelists include Ken Plume (A Bit of a Chat, Go Team Venture: The Art and Making of Venture Brothers), Emily Schmemily (The Super Mario Bros. Minute, James Bonding), Phil Vecchio (The Mandarian Orange Show, Alex P. Keaton Is My Friend), Cheryl Jones (Movies Made Me, Pete The Cat), and Brendan Creecy (Massive Buds Wrestling Show, Radio BrendoMan). Independent podcasters in the audience will also have a chance to pitch their podcasts to the room.

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

12:00pm

Heroes at the Mic: Podcasting for the Fan Age
The power of podcasting has made it possible to get pop culture news and interviews almost anywhere you can get a cell phone signal. Learn how this panel of top geek broadcasters built their shows, overcame obstacles, and had a grand time bringing you the scoops on comics, films, books, and gaming. Neal Hallford (Uncharted Regions) moderates a panel with Larry Nemecek (Portal 47), Susy Botello (SBP Podcast Mobile Film), David Dawson (The IntelleXuals), Malia Miglino (Macabre Mondays), and Kriss Travers (MTR Network).

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

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

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

Larger Than the Show: The X-Files Postmortem
Moderated by Avi Quijada (X-Files Newseditor-in-chief), panelists Colleen Evanson (The X-Files Abridged writer-producer), Roi Ollson (XFN managing editor), Keva Andersen (XFN content editor), Rebecca Welch (fandom collaborator), and Ky Johnson (XFN features editor) hold an open conversation on the effects of the plot of the show in the 21st century, "The Scully Effect," and the fandom's self-sufficiency to create a preferable narrative.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

2:00pm

Nostalgia: It Doesn't Belong to You!
The hosts of Ready Set Geek! will do a live recording on geek nostalgia and its effects on pop culture as a whole. Alix Galit (host at Ready Set Geek!), Cole Garrison (host at Ready Set Geek!), Kelly Bohart (host at That Hashtag Show), Justin Mallari (host at Geek Offensive), Sam Delara (host at Geek K.O.), and J. P. G. (CEO at Geek Say What? Network) address geek entitlement, gatekeeping, and how the lens of our past dictates how we interact with others in the present and future.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

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

3:00pm

A Shop Called Quest: Black Series Rebels Live
A Shop Called Quest, humbly the world's strongest comic book shop, and Black Series Rebels are a weekly YouTube talk show and podcast inspired by a galaxy far, far away . . . For the first time ever, this unique live comedic experience will be at Comic-Con. Come celebrate fandom with likeminded fans. Featuring guest interviews, games, and giveaways. Panel attendees will receive a free limited-edition action-figure-inspired pin (while supplies last).

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

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

4:00pm

Creator Panel: When I See Myself In Comics
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 16, 05:47PM
Authors/creators talk about the discoveries that come after their book is published and released into the world. What are the biggest surprises that come from readers who identify with their work? What sort of impact does this have on how they, as creatives, perceive the original work? What sort of stories did they read that had a profound impact on how they write and why they choose the stories they tell? Featuring Sebastian Kadlecik (Quince), Christina "Steenz" Stewart (Archival Quality), Jenni and Matt Holm (Babymouse), Dana Simpson (Pheobe and Her Unicorn), and Sina Grace (The Li'l Depressed Boy). Moderated by Colleen Bement.

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

4:00pm

On the Mic Podcast Live
Tim Drake (Funny or Die, Buzzfeed, Robot Butt) is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, author, and Second City alumnus whose jokes/tweets have been featured on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, and Larry King Now. He will be joined by actor and writer Austin Grant (Youth & Consequences, Yellowstone, Wind River), as well as a special celebrity panelist, talking film, TV, and comedy.

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

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
 
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

11:00am

Masters of the Web: Launch and Grow Your YouTube and Podcast Channels
John Campea is joined by Jon Green (executive vice president at Fine Brothers Entertainment), Dorina Arellano (Google, Super Dork House), and Scott Mantz (president, Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society) to discuss using positive ways to start, develop, and grow your YouTube channel to contribute to online fandom.

Friday July 20, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

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

12:00pm

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

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

12:00pm

Space Command
Marc Scott Zicree (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Twilight Zone Companion), VFX geniuses Joe Lawson and Tobias Richter (Star Trek Voyager), and cast members present the world premiere of the first episode of Space Command: Redemption, the epic adventure series that spans 150 years of galactic history. The cast includes Doug Jones (Shape of Water, Star Trek: Discovery), Robert Picardo (Star Trek Voyager, Total Recall), Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost), Bruce Boxleitner (Tron, Babylon 5), Mike Harney (Orange Is the New Black), Christina Moses (Containment), James Hong (Big Trouble in Little China), Faran Tahir (Star Trek, Iron Man), and world-wide talent search winners Ethan McDowell, Bryan McClure, and Sara Maraffino. With costumes by Mike Philpot (Superman), music by David Raiklen, plus Q&A and behind-the-scenes video.

Friday July 20, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

1:00pm

Comics on Comics: Live!
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 19, 07:05PM
The show where the greatest comic minds meet the greatest minds in comics returns to SDCC for its 9th amazing year! Hosts Tim Powers and Vito Lapiccola welcome comedians Dani Fernandez (Nerdificent, Geek & Sundry), Tom Franck (Comics & Comics), and Klee Wiggins and Ed Greer (Nerd G.O.A.T.) for a spirited panel covering The Avengers, Star Wars, and everything geeky in between. Worlds will live! Worlds will die! And nothing will ever be the same!

Friday July 20, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, 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

2:00pm

Film Threat Podcast Live
A special live edition of the Film Threat podcast where they will have . . . the last Last Jedi debate. If you mention The Last Jedi to any group of Star Wars fans, opinions are mixed. Some loved seeing Luke Skywalker for the first time in decades, while others didn't quite get the Luke they wanted. Love it or hate it, fandom is fractured over the most controversial Star Wars film since, well, the last one. The Film Threat podcast will seek an end to the debate, provide understanding, and heal the wounds for Star Wars fans here and everywhere in the galaxy.

Friday July 20, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

2:00pm

Trends in Graphic Novel Publishing
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 17, 03:08PM
Kids graphic novels are the growth area in publishing today. They're top sellers at bookstores, and they circulate quickly in libraries and receive mainstream literary awards. But what comes next? Listen to publishing veterans Peggy Burns (publisher, Drawn & Quarterly), Margot Wood (director of sales, Oni Press), Emily Meehan (director, Disney Publishing Worldwide), and Gina Gagliano (publishing director, Random House Graphic) talk industry trends and describe the exciting future. Moderated by Carla Riemer (librarian, Claremont Middle School).

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

3:00pm

Enter the Uncharted Regions
Take a voyage into the Uncharted Regions and preview "These Haunted Hills," the newest episode of the forthcoming series starring Farscape's Gigi Edgley! Following the presentation, creators Neal Hallford and Jana Hallford talk about delving into the imaginative world of audio drama with episode stars Gigi Egdley (Farscape), Randy Davison (Wynonna Earp), Tamara Alsaied (Caruso), Larry Nemecek (Star Trek Continues), and Joe Paulson (Life-O-Matic).

Friday July 20, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

4:00pm

Geek Podcasting and You!
Michelle Nguyen Bradley (host at Senpai Buddies podcast, HyperRPG)brings together the hosts of the ultimate geek podcasts to introduce you the wonderful world of nerd podcasting. Panelists include Dani Fernandez (host at How Stuff Works, Nerdist), Ify Nwadiwe (comedian and host at Nerdificent), Emma Fyffe (host at Love and Justice: A Serious Sailor Moon Podcast, HyperRPG) and Matt Acevedo (host/producer at Vault A113, HyperRPG). Whether it's storytelling, news, comedy, or education, podcasts are the entertainment medium that is the most accessible to obtain and to produce. Learn about the rising world of niche podcasts, how the panelists cultivate their unique content, and how you can start your very own!

Friday July 20, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, 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

5:00pm

Star Trek: A Fandom Divided?
Larry "Dr. Trek" Nemecek (The Trek Files, Trekland's Portal 47) hosts a panel of Trek podcasters asking if age or even tech affinity is amplifying the controversies surrounding Star Trek: Discovery, or is it all much ado about nothing? Be a part of the Q&A and be recorded live for later podcasts' use. Panelists will include John Champion (Mission Log: A Roddenberry Podcast, The Trek Files), Ken Ray (Mission Log: A Roddenberry Podcast MacOSken), Alison "Kenna" Pitt (Priority One), Kayla Iacovino (TrekMovie, ShuttlePod), and trek.fm's Aaron Harvey (Saturday Morning Trek, TrekMovie).

Friday July 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library
 
Saturday, July 21
 

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

11:00am

The Sartorial Geek Podcast: Disneybounding with Whosits and Whatsits
Jordan Ellis (owner of Jordandené and co-editor of The Sartorial Geek) chats with Tiffany Mink and Matt Newman (owners of Whosits and Whatsits) about bringing your childhood loves into adult life and the joys of Disneybounding.

Saturday July 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

12:00pm

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

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

12:00pm

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

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

Lost Fans Unite with Jay + Jack
Are you a fan of ABC's Lost? Then join Jay and Jack Glatfelter for their 12th annual SDCC panel! The co-hosts of the popular Lost Podcast with Jay and Jack will be joined by podcasters Ralph Apel (The Dharmalars, Kaiju) and Jo "JOpinionated" Garfein (Post-Show Recaps, co-founder of Cancer Gets LOST) to discuss the thoughts, theories, and legacy of one of the best serialized TV shows of all time and touch upon some of the newest "it" shows, such as Westworld, The 100, and more.

Saturday July 21, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

2:00pm

Adapting Folklore, History, and Myth in Comics
Creators who have adapted myths, legends, fairytales, and American folklore for the graphic medium discuss how comics are continuing age-old traditions of mythologizing the human experience. Topics will also include how the comics medium can work as a tool for educators looking for primary and supplementary material to teach these and related subjects. Speakers are Johnnie Christmas (Firebug, Angel Catbird), Marco Finnegan (Crossroad Blues), John Jennings (I Am Alfonso Jones, Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation), and Kit Seaton (Afar, Norroway). Moderated by Dr. Katie Monnin (author at Pop Culture Classroom).

Saturday July 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

2:00pm

Star Wars Declassified: How a Galaxy Far, Far Away Impacts the World
Hosts R. A. Rayne and Kris Koller are joined by voice actor Eric Bauza (TMNT, LEGO Star Wars), Troy Manning (SoCal 501st Troop), Dan Madsen (Her Universe, Star Wars Insider) and J. C. Reifenberg (Scum & Villainy Cantina, Hughes The Force) to discuss how Star Wars and its fandom have impacted their personal lives, their professional lives, and society as a whole. What does Star Wars mean to your life? The panel will also participate in a Star Wars trivia contest against the audience with prizes to be won!

Saturday July 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

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

3:00pm

The Kaiju Kingdom Podcast: Rise of the Kaiju Genre
Co-hosts Jessica Tseang and Chris Eaton, along T. J. Storm (motion capture actor for Godzilla in Legendary's Godzilla, Colossus in Deadpool 2) and other panelists, discuss the growing kaiju genre. Since 1954, TOHO has dominated the kaiju film industry, and now, the genre has spread across multiple mediums around the world: anime, manga, video games, and comics. American films such as Godzilla (2014), Pacific Rim, and Kong: Skull Island have led to producing sequels Pacific Rim: Uprising, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and the highly anticipated Godzilla vs. Kong (2020). Veterans of the industry shed some light on the fascinating resurgence of the kaiju/monster genre and what it's like to be a part of this cultural phenomenon.

Saturday July 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

4:00pm

A Song of Ice and Fire: Game of Thrones Fan Discussion
Kyle Maddock (A Podcast of Ice and Fire, AfterBuzz TV), Tara Lynne (The Geekiary, Ice & Fire Con), Chloe Ketchum (Girls Gone Canon, Ice & Fire Con), and Nami G (NekoNami Cosplay) discuss fan theories, compare the books to the television show, and take part in a general Q&A.

Saturday July 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, 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

5:00pm

Bubble: Monsters & A**-Kicking with Hollywood Stars
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 13, 03:48PM
TV pilot turned podcast, Bubble is Broad City meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets BBC's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Part allegory, part commentary, this smart, sci-fi-infused comedy from Maximum Fun ticks lots of pop culture boxes. Panelists include creator Jordan Morris (@Midnight), Alison Becker (Parks and Recreation), Cristela Alonzo (Cristela), Eliza Skinner (The Late Late Show), Mike Mitchell (Love), Travis McElroy (My Brother, My Brother and Me), and comedian Danielle Radford. Moderated by executive producer Jesse Thorn (NPR's Bullseye).

Saturday July 21, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

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

GeekEd: Civility vs. Anger
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 10, 05:23PM
It seems that the odds of successfully surviving a discussion around politics these days are 3,720 to 1. The level of aggression in your average DC vs. Marvel argument at Comic-Con International parallels conversations around hot topics on college campuses. Are polarized positions part of the fun, or do they create barriers to more rich and nuanced conversations? Are activities like rigging a Rotten Tomatoes review just harmless fun, or attacks on free speech and creativity? Jen Stuller (writer, pop culture critic, GeekGirlCon), Keith Chow (Nerds of Color), Dr. La’Tonya Rease-Miles (UCLA), Tony B. Kim (The Hero Within), and David Surratt (UC Berkeley) join others to help everyone understand how to make civility a prime directive. Moderated by Brian MacDonald (UCLA).

Sunday July 22, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

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

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

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

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