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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

10:00am

Comic-Con Film School 101
Comic-Con Film School 101:Preproduction and Screenwriting—Comic-Con Film School is back for another four-day, nuts and bolts course on how to make a movie for very little money using available video hardware and software. Whether you're shooting your first Fortnight fan film, or that story about the leather-clad girl who hunts Trolls, this course will take you from script to final product so that you too can enter your own movie into the CCI-IFF. This first class covers the specifics of preproduction on the cheap, including screenwriting, scheduling, location scouting, crewing-up, and getting equipment for nothing. Panelists for the class include Valerie Perez (producer/star of the Paula Peril series), Jack Conway (head of programming Vision Entertainment), Vera Vanguard (writer/producer/star of Breaking Barbi), Nick Murphy (writer/director of All Night Skate), Josh Perilo (creator/writer of Hindenburg), and Sean Rourke (writer of Ballistica).

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4

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

12:00pm

The Writer's Danger Room
Young mutants come to Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Children to learn how to control their mutant powers (and one day become X-Men). Much of their training takes place inside the school's "Danger Room," a state-of-the-art gymnasium equipped with attack robots, trap doors, flying buzz saws, and anything else that's needed to help students hone their abilities and perfect their use. The same goes for writers: If you want to be one, you have to train like one. But how much time do you typically find at Comic-Con to sit down and practice your craft? Inside "The Writer's Danger Room" you'll spend two hours doing short, powerful writing exercises that will test your talents, sharpen your skills, and push you past what you thought you could do. Corey Rothermel and Douglas Neff (authors of Epic Win! The Geek's Guide to the Journey from Fan to Creator) will facilitate this interactive workshop, open to writers of all ages and skill levels. Bring a pencil and paper and your sense of adventure!

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

12:30pm

Independent Movie Making Across the Borders
Independent Movie Making Across the Borders—Mitch Hyman (Bubba the Redneck Werewolf), Dirk Sholar (Violent Realm), Romulo Molina (RomneyRo Films), Frank Rodriguez (Gran Fiesta de Cine Mexicano), Alejandro Soltero (Vieja Escuela) and Rolando Ruiz (Homisapiens Films) talk about the challenges and rewards of making your own movie here and around the continent, and share what they have learned making theirs. Moderated by Sebastian M. Fink.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4

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

1:25pm

Thursday Playback Room Block #2
The Playback Room will be showing the following panel presentations from either or both Hall H and Ballroom 20: Doctor Who: BBC America's Official Panel, Tell Me a Story, A Discovery of Witches, and Marvel Games Panel. (Please note: these playbacks will include only the panel discussions. None of the film clips or footage shown at the live events will be shown here.)

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

7:00pm

Thursday Playback Room Block #4
The Playback Room will be showing the following panel presentations from either or both Hall H and Ballroom 20: AMC's Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad 10th Anniversary Celebration, Assassination Nation Panel with Cast and the Russo Brothers, and Netflix: Marvel's Iron Fist. (Please note: these playbacks will include only the panel discussions. None of the film clips or footage shown at the live events will be shown here.)

Thursday July 19, 2018 7:00pm - 10:45pm
Marriott Marina Ballroom DE, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

8:00pm

The 501st Legion: Star Wars Villainous Costuming
An introduction to the creation of fan-made villain costumes from all 10 Star Wars movies and beyond. Legion members from the Imperial Sands and Star Garrisons will provide an overview of the creative process that brings Stormtroopers, Tusken Raiders, Boba Fett, or Kylo Ren from the silver screen into reality. Dean Amstutz (ISG membership liaison) will discuss the membership journey, from initial interest through final approval. Kevin Weir (Imperial Surplus Armor and KW Designs owner) will relate his process for working with armor parts. Howard Smart (ISG member) will speak about small prop and soft costume construction. Sean Fields (Star Garrison member) will discuss 3D modeling and printing. Todd Mullin (ISG commanding officer) will moderate the panel and a Q&A session after the presentation.

Thursday July 19, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
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

10:00am

Comic-Con Film School 102
Comic-Con Film School 102:Production—Day 2 focuses on the specifics of production, from shooting techniques to lighting on the cheap to crew positions you need (and don't need) to costuming, props, and set decorating for as little money as possible. Panelists include Valerie Perez (producer/star of the Paula Peril series), Jack Conway (head of programming, Vision Entertainment), Vera Vanguard (writer/producer/star of Breaking Barbi), Nick Murphy (writer/director of All Night Skate), Josh Perilo, (creator/writer of Hindenburg), and Sean Rourke (writer of Ballistica).

Friday July 20, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4

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

10:30am

Friday Playback Room Block #1
The Playback Room will be showing the following panel presentations from either or both Hall H and Ballroom 20: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Reunion, Inside The Big Bang Theory Writers' Room, and AMC's Fear the Walking Dead. (Please note: these playbacks will include only the panel discussions. None of the film clips or footage shown at the live events will be shown here.)

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

11:00am

Romance in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Historical Fiction
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 17, 06:23AM
Award-winning bestselling authors and actors discuss romance in speculative and historical fiction, whether it be crushes, heart throbs, or love at first sight. Topics include attraction, compatibility, offspring, love, society, (extremely) long-distance relationships, close quarters, customs, rituals, religions, marriage, and more. Featuring Gigi Edgley (Farscape, Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge), Jimmy Diggs (Star Trek: Voyager, Deep Space Nine), Claudia McKinney (bestselling book cover artist of 725+ books), Marc Zicree (Star Trek: TNG, Space Command), Rebekah R. Ganiere (Fairelle series, president of Fantasy Futuristic & Paranormal RWZ Chapter) and Mark O'Bannon (The Dream Crystal, Pirates of the Imperium).

Friday July 20, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Grand 9, 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

12:00pm

Peanuts Family Album
Everyone knows Charlie Brown and Snoopy, but did you know that Charles M. Schulz created more than 70 original characters for the Peanuts comic strip? Some became world-famous icons, but many . . . did not. Lex Fajardo (Kid Beowulf), Rachel Fellman (Charles M. Schulz Museum), Brian Fies (A Fire Story), Nat Gertler (About Comics), Lonnie Millsap (bacön), Jeff Pidgeon (Toy Story), and moderator Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum) look back at some of their favorite forgotten Peanuts characters, from Charlotte Braun and Shermy to Tapioca Pudding and Truffles!

Friday July 20, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Grand 9, 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

1:00pm

Tabletop Game Pitch Panel
Tabletop games are on the rise, and there are lots of ways to get your game to retail shelves and on the table. Game industry veterans talk about how to pitch your game to board game publishers and receive feedback on a game you may be designing right now. Want advice on your current tabletop game, how to get your game in front of publishers, and what they are looking for? Come participate in this "shark tank" style talk and help get your game to the table!

Friday July 20, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

1:00pm

Mobile Filmmaking: How to Make a Movie with a Smartphone, Tablet, Drone, GoPro
Mobile Filmmaking: How to Make a Movie with a Smartphone, Tablet, Drone, GoPro—Mobile Filmmaking is becoming the next big thing. You have heard of movies that used smartphone cameras to shoot, but you may still not be convinced that you can make a movie yourself using a smartphone from your own back pocket! Smartphone cameras now have the capability of shooting 4K—which makes mobile filmmaking now a possibility to be taken seriously. Meet the Founder of The International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego Susan Botello (S. Botello Productions) and San Diego Mobile Filmmakers to share with you the ins and outs of what you need to get started as a mobile filmmaker. Do you need an app? Can you use microphones? How do you stabilize your videos for a smoother more professional look? Do you need a million dollars? Panelists will answer your questions and present some cool filmmaking tools and accessories. Learn to edit on the phone (or computer) and share your films with the world. With moderator Machelle Noel (GeekRockTV).

Friday July 20, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4

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

2:15pm

Artist's Struggle to Greatness
Mehdi Yssef (lead animator, Sony Santa Monica Studios) reveals how even veterans in creative fields struggle as much as beginners to deliver their best.

Friday July 20, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Santa Rosa Room, 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

4:15pm

Friday Playback Room Block #3
The Playback Room will be showing the following panel presentations from either or both Hall H and Ballroom 20: Star Trek: Discovery, Amazon Originals, and Universal Pictures Glass and Halloween. (Please note: these playbacks will include only the panel discussions. None of the film clips or footage shown at the live events will be shown here.)

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

5:00pm

I'll Take Dementors for $500, Obi-Wan: A Fan Game Show (Heroes and Villains edition)
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 09, 09:48AM
Do you know the entire DC universe by their legal names? Can you identify a Star Wars villain from a single wicked line? How about list all of the Unforgivable Curses and every flavor of Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans? SDCC fans test their knowledge in this game show, competing head-to-head with fellow fans and bestselling authors Pierce Brown (Red Rising), Naomi Novik (Uprooted), and Christie Golden (Before the Storm, World of Warcraft) in new "heroes and villains" themed categories like "The Dark Side," "Badass Chicks," and "Winter Is Coming," using audio clips from Star Wars, Game of Thrones, and Harry Potter audiobooks. Star Wars narrator Marc Thompson will host in character as Obi-Wan Kenobi and select a few lucky audience members to compete onstage alongside the authors as contestants.

Friday July 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

6:00pm

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

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

6:00pm

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

6:40pm

Intro to Documentary Filmmaking
Intro to Documentary Filmmaking—Do you want to make a documentary about a subject you’re passionate about? Edward Doty (Life in the Cage, Documentality Podcast) moderates a guided discussion on the basics of non-fiction filmmaking. In this panel you will learn the basics of making your first documentary, from pre-production all the way through finding distribution. Joining Edward will be Mike J Nichols (Last Play at Shea), Jennifer Tocquigny (Gamemaster), Jessica Hernandez (The Punk Singer), and others.

Friday July 20, 2018 6:40pm - 7:40pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4

6:55pm

Friday Playback Room Block #4
The Playback Room will be showing the following panel presentations from either or both Hall H and Ballroom 20: Bumblebee, Marvel Television: Marvel's Cloak & Dagger, Sony Pictures Panel, and AMC's Preacher. (Please note: these playbacks will include only the panel discussions. None of the film clips or footage shown at the live events will be shown here.)

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

7:00pm

Trailer Reactions Live: Checking Out the Latest Film and Television Trailers
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 17, 08:58AM
This panel of nationally known film and television critics and industry writers screen some of the newest and most anticipated trailers from upcoming films and TV and then break down reactions and expectations. They'll also offer behind-the-scenes tidbits and the latest news of each. Panelists include Alexandra August (CBR, ScreenRant), Mary Anne Butler (BleedingCool.com), Bob "Movie Bob" Chipmen (Geek.com), Bill Hunt (DigitalBits.com), and Thomas Parham (professor of Cinematic Arts), moderated by Bill Watters (BleedingCool.com).

Friday July 20, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Grand 9, 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
 

10:00am

Fanbase Press: Art of Trading Cards
Themed collector cards have been around for over 100 years, originally packaged with cigarettes. By the 1950s, bubble gum was packaged with trading cards that began to spotlight media-based subjects such as popular television shows and films. Trading card sets typically include sketch cards, which feature the work of established and aspiring artists. Led by Michele Brittany (editorials manager, Fanbase Press), panelists Daniel Cooney (Rogue One), Chris Thorne (DC Comics' The New 52), and Ashleigh Popplewell (The Walking Dead) talk about their experiences working with Topps, Cryptozoic Entertainment, and other companies to create trading cards that celebrate some of our favorite franchises.

Saturday July 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

10:00am

Comic-Con Film School 103
Comic-Con Film School 103:Working with Actors and a Crew—Day 3 deals with how to direct actors, organize a crew, and keep them all happy without anybody making a dime. Panelists for the class include Valerie Perez (producer/star of the Paula Peril series), Jack Conway (head of programming Vision Entertainment), Vera Vanguard (writer/producer/star of Breaking Barbi), Nick Murphy (writer/director of All Night Skate), Josh Perilo (creator/writer of Hindenburg), and Sean Rourke (writer of Ballistica) and actors Megan Rees,Kelsey Walmer,Dylan Rourke and Bradley Upton.

Saturday July 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4

11:00am

Game Pitch Review
A panel of professional game developers offer their invaluable advice and insight to those seeking to further their dreams of making their game a reality. Participants will have the opportunity to pitch a game for three minutes and then receive constructive criticism on how it went. This session will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis, and sign-ups will be taken on site.

Saturday July 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

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

11:00am

Saturday Playback Room Block #1
The Playback Room will be showing the following panel presentations from either or both Hall H and Ballroom 20: Warner Brothers Theatrical, Black Lightning, and The Simpsons. (Please note: these playbacks will include only the panel discussions. None of the film clips or footage shown at the live events will be shown here.)

Saturday July 21, 2018 11:00am - 1:55pm
Marriott Marina Ballroom DE, 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

12:20pm

Stop Motion as a Special Effect
Stop Motion as a Special EffectAnimation-effects heroes past and present including Eric Adkins (Mars Attacks! original stop motion unit) discuss the often-cantankerous history and future of stop-motion animation as a special effect. Moderated by Open The Portal creative director David Braun.

Saturday July 21, 2018 12:20pm - 1:30pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4

1:00pm

Bridging Anime and Hip-Hop
Nerds on Hip-Hop podcast co-hosts Victoria Johnson (pop culture journalist) and Marcus Wolfe (hip-hop beatmaker) will lead a discussion capturing the relationship between anime and hip-hop with guest panelists Valerie Complex (movie critic), Noveliss (Clear Soul Forces rapper), and others.

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

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

1:00pm

Gaming Creator Connection
The Gaming Creator Connection is an opportunity for game developers-whether currently working in the industry or aspiring to do so-to receive valuable advice, insights, and mentoring from seasoned veterans of the game industry representing diverse professional backgrounds.

Saturday July 21, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

2:00pm

Superhero Science
Joy Lin, author of the popular animated series If Superpowers Were Real on TED.com, along with Alex Siegle and Ben Siegle, will discuss the real-life consequences of having superpowers. The Invisible Woman would be blind because light is shining straight through her eyes, and Ant Man always weighs 180 pounds regardless of his size.

Saturday July 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

2:00pm

The Musical Universe of Doctor Who
Blair Mowat, musical arranger on Doctor Who and composer on spinoffs Class and Torchwood, takes you on a musical journey through the Whoniverse from 1963 to 2018. Audience members will also be given a chance to show off their musical "Who" knowledge to win exclusive prizes.

Saturday July 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:00pm

Fictional Games IRL
What is it like to adapt a sport or game from a fictional universe? Panelists will talk about the fun challenges and unique aspects of activities that start in make-believe and end up in real life, including common misconceptions and what happens when you have big departures from the source material. Panelists include Kym Couch and Jessica Ward (U.S. Quidditch), Salvador Solis (Belegarth Medieval Combat Society), and Robb Yanagihara and Alexandra Vann (Saber Guild), with Tessa Netting (Fantastic Geeks and Where to Find Them Podcast) moderating.

Saturday July 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:00pm

Level Up: Be a Nerd Boss
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 10, 11:43AM
Jaimie Cordero (Espionage Cosmetics CEO), Allison Cimino (RockLove Jewelry), Jazzlyn Stone (Bombsheller), and Jordan Ellis (The Sartorial Geek) combine their forces, skills, and life hacks as successful, nerdy business professionals to share their wisdom with fellow nerds interested in starting and/or maintaining their business. Moderated by Mandie Roman (Geeky Glamorous).

Saturday July 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:40pm

Cinematic Weapons of Mass Destruction
Cinematic Weapons of Mass DestructionEver wonder how those explosions and battles in the movies really happen? Or about the science and technology that make those onscreen gunfights, sword fights, and blasts look larger than life? This group of firearms, pyro, and armor experts will unveil their trade secrets—with cool videos and behind-the-scenes anecdotes. They'll also offer tips on getting into the business, and the necessary certification and training. With panelists Thomas Seymour (Criminal Minds, Hollywood Weapons), miniatures expert Robert "Hutch" Hutchins (Apollo 13), Dimitri and Beckie Timohovich (Team America World Police, Burning Man), and Sword and the Stone founder/master blacksmith Tony Swatton (Thor, Man at Arms). Moderated by Fast Company's Susan Karlin.

Saturday July 21, 2018 3:40pm - 4:40pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4

4:00pm

Cospositive: Cosplay with Confidence
Ivy Doomkitty (IGN's Hero Makeover, body positive advocate), Chad Hoku (Hoku Props, professional cosplayer), David Baxter (Legion M, LTL Cosplay), ChadHatter Designs (DreamWorks, Robot Chicken Costumer), and Tony Ray (Okay of PBS First Person, professional cosplayer) discuss body image and confidence in oneself, self-worth, ways to work on confidence, and how to stay positive in the community when faced with negative people or negative comments on social media. Cosplaying regardless of age, skin color, gender, body type/size, disability, etc. will be covered.

Saturday July 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
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

6:00pm

MSE and Extreme Droid Building
From feisty astromechs to diminutive mouse droids, master builders Doug Dobyns, Michael Wheeler, Kevin Holme, Tom Hellwig, Michael Kelly, and John Boisvert discuss some of the extreme ways that droid builders have brought the magic of the droids of the Star Wars Universe to life and gone way beyond. Moderated by Guy Vardaman.

Saturday July 21, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

6:00pm

The Sneaky Tiki Freaky Geeky Ukulele Play and Sing-Along
It's a fun hands-on, time-warping, intergalactic, magical, middle-earth, and sci-fi "superhero-like" ukulele sing- and play-along. Characters are welcome. Interpretive dance and air ukulele are encouraged. There will be a number of ukuleles on hand for use (while they last), and the songs will be projected onto a screen for everyone to follow along. This panel is hosted by KEV, the world's most okayist ukulele player.

Saturday July 21, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Grand 9, 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

7:10pm

Selling the Hit - What you Always Wanted to Know About the Stunt Industry (In Memory of Eric Cajiuat)
 Selling the Hit—What you Always Wanted to Know About the Stunt Industry (In Memory of Eric Cajiuat)Stuntmen and stuntwomen from Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Jumanji, Captain Marvel, and countless more discuss their experiences and offer advice on getting into and navigating the stunt industry in movies and TV, as well as how the industry has changed and is changing. Moderated by Justin T. Bowler.

Saturday July 21, 2018 7:10pm - 8:10pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4

8:00pm

Bronies in Uniform
LCDR Ted Visser (United States Navy; chair, Pacific PonyCon 2016 and 2017), TSgt Christine Sparks (United States Air Force; admin, Military Bronies on Facebook), Sgt Dylan Main (United States Marine Corps; operations manager, Pacific PonyCon 2017), Cpl Zac Caruthers (United States Marine Corps), and SPC Jan P. Ducos (United States Army) speak about their experience of being a fan of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic while being a service member in the United States Armed Forces, followed by a Q&A session moderated by James Udan (coordinator, San Diego Wikimedians User Group; event planner, SoCal Bronies).

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

9:15pm

Hall H and Ballroom 20 Saturday Playback Free Play
Didn't get into Hall H or Ballroom 20 today? Neither did we! On hand to kick off the panel will be the assistant to the director of programming for Comic-Con, Tommy Goldbach, in this 2-hour-and-15-minute block that rebroadcasts some of the day's popular panels from those two giant rooms. Best of all, those in attendance will get to vote in a show of applause on what they want to see. It's democracy at its finest, and it's a first, second, and maybe even a third chance to see these panels. (Please note: these playbacks will include only the panel discussions. None of the film clips or footage shown at the live events will be shown here.)

Saturday July 21, 2018 9:15pm - 11:15pm
Marriott Marina Ballroom DE, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
 
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

10:00am

Comic-Con Film School 104
Comic-Con Film School 104:Postproduction and Distribution—The final panel of this comprehensive course on microbudget moviemaking revolves around what to do after your movie is shot. Panelists will go over the basics of postproduction on your home computer, as well as what software to use for editing, graphic design, sound design, and visualFX, and how to optimize your movie for uploading to the Internet. Panelists for the class include Valerie Perez (producer/star of the Paula Peril series), Jack Conway (head of programming Vision Entertainment), Nick Murphy (writer/director of All Night Skate), Josh Perilo (creator/writer of Hindenburg), and Sean Rourke (writer of Ballistica).

Sunday July 22, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4

11:00am

Digitized! The Graphics of Mortal Kombat, NBA Jam, T2, and More
Warren Davis (designer/programmer of Q*bert) discusses the development and evolution of WTARG, the video digitization system he created that allowed for live actors' images to be used in most of Williams/Bally/Midway's arcade games of the 1990s, includingMortal Kombat, NBA Jam, Terminator 2, and Revolution X (featuring Aerosmith). Warren, John Tobias (co-creator Mortal Kombat), and Mark Turmell (creator of the NBA Jam series) will guide you through this golden age of game innovation through stories, photos, and videos.

Sunday July 22, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Grand 9, 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

11:05am

Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival Awards
Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival Awards—The films have been shown—now it’s time to award the recipients of the 2018 Comic-Con Independent Film Festival with their trophies and recognition! Comic-Con’s AdamNeese talks to this year’s trio of judges, Jessica Tseang (podcast host), Chase Masterson (actress, producer, host) and Robin Richesson (storyboard artist and illustrator) about the films and presents prizes and trophies to the winners.

Sunday July 22, 2018 11:05am - 11:55am
Marriott Grand Ballroom 3 & 4

12:00pm

Costuming and Cosplay Support for the Mature Cosplayer (Yes, You Can Still Have Fun)
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 17, 09:26AM
Panelists include John D. Callison (award-winning cosplayer and founder of Over30Cosplay), Richard Cetrone (stunt performer and actor best known for his work on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Captain America: Civil War, 300), Sherman Blakeley (award winning cosplayer, best known for Luke Cage and The Green Mile), Bernie Bergman (moderator, owner of Nerds Like Us), Victoria V. Ikerd-Schreiter (WonderWomanisReal on social media, Wonder Woman double, child and disability rights attorney), and Mary Sorenson Schwacher (award-winning cosplayer). Topics will include celebrating the history of comic culture, couples cosplay ideas, and combating negative, age-related stereotypes. Plus, tips on costume choice, dating and family, social media/marketing age awareness, and how to combat bullying in your community. Panel will include costume examples.

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

12:00pm

You Do What? Women in Film Production
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 11, 04:18PM
A woman's place is anywhere she wants on a Hollywood set! Lauren Haroutunian (cinematographer, Fangirling), Alicia Varela (first AC, Video Game High School), Lolita Ritmanis (composer, Batman Beyond), Sylwia Dudzinska (AD, You're the Worst), and Maritte Go (line producer, Sleight) discuss working in traditionally male-dominated fields of production. Followed by a Q&A session moderated by entertainment publicist Brittany Sandler.

Sunday July 22, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

12:00pm

Comic Creator Connection
San Diego Comic-Con is proud to once again host the Comic Creator Connection, a fast-paced networking event that puts writers and artists together to help them meet potential new creative partners. Here's how it works: Writers and artists sit down across from each other at a table (artists meaning pencillers, inkers, colorists, etc.-all are welcome!). Then, in 5-minute sessions, they will talk one on one with each other about their ideas and skills. At the end of each 5-minute period, they will get up and move on to the next person. If they're interested in furthering the conversation, they can exchange contact information. If not, they politely move on. Think of it as speed-dating, but for writers and artists!

Sunday July 22, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

12:00pm

1:00pm

'Disco' Was My First: Any Star Trek Newbies?
Larry "Dr. Trek" Nemecek (The Trek Files, Trekland's Portal 47) makes his annual SDCC trip to hunt for any fans who have found Star Trek for the first time with Discovery -DFFs: "Discovery fans first"-but all are welcome as he leads a forum of audience opinions and feedback. How do fan voices react to Discovery -or are some even being heard at all? As usual there'll be plenty of past, present, and future Star Trek too, using bloopers, in-jokes, and touchstone visuals from the Nemecek Trekland archives, plus a world premiere sneak peek from his The Con of Wrath documentary and a same-day-only bonus from his new Portal 47 fan experience.

Sunday July 22, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

1:00pm

Browncoats Meeting Room
Come explore all that is new and cunning in the 'verse! Panel will host a live auction of shiny posters, rare items, and fun Firefly finds. All proceeds from the auction go to benefit charity, so bring your cash money and prepare to have some fun while doing good work.

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

2:00pm

Chef Duff Goldman: Culinary and Fandom
Chef Duff Goldman (Food Network's: Cake Masters, Kids Baking Championship, The Best Thing I Ever Ate) returns to express his love of geek fandom reflected through his cakes, cooking, and daily life. Chef Goldman answers questions from fans and discusses with Jessica Tseang (comic book historian, Fangirl Foods) about where he sees the future of culinary arts and fandom and the growing popularity of cooking shows.

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

2:00pm

Psychology and Shipping: Factors that Influence Character Pairings
What ships would you go down for? Do you ever wish your shows or fandoms would give you the couple you want to stay up all night writing slash fiction about? "Shipping" is used to describe when fans put characters together (a pair, trio, or group) into a relationship. These relationships are often romantic but can also refer to platonic groupings. These "ships" can come in many forms, including "slash" relationships (often same-sex, such as Kirk/Spock), a symbol connecting the names (such as Kylo Ren + Rey), hybrid names or fandom specific terms (such as Stony for Steve Rogers and Tony Stark), and even the OTP (one true pairing, such as Spuffy to refer to Spike and Buffy). These relationships can be canon or simply fan endorsed. One of the most interesting components of these ships is that they often defy social norms and can be seen as taboo. Same-sex, polyamorous, interspecies, and rivalry relationships are often presented and discussed with the same love and affection often reserved for heterosexual couples in most other forms of media. Given the amount of time spent on these pairings and the spending and viewing power of "shippers," a research study was conducted by April Fugett, Ph.D., Keith W. Beard, Psy.D. (professors of psychology, Marshall University), Britani Black, M.A., and Carrie Dean, M.A. (doctoral students, Marshall University) that examined several psychological theories in conjunction with participant characteristics to explore their impact on over 150 "ships" from across a variety of types of ships, genres, and pop culture references. The results demonstrate how psychological factors inform character combination preferences. This can influence marketing toward certain outlets and specific groups, such as the LGBTQ populations. It can also provide information regarding individuals' leisure time activities and hobbies.

Sunday July 22, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:00pm

The Science of Westworld: Violent Insights
Past and future collide when Wild West fantasy requires robots with advanced A.I. What is the appeal of live-action role playing? When is artificial intelligence simply intelligence? Where is Westworld? And how far will people go in pursuit of violent delights? For a look at mysteries of human nature past, present, and future, see this posse of experts wearing both white and black hats: Dr. Travis Langley (Westworld Psychology: Violent Delights; Doctor Who Psychology: A Madman with a Box), Fon Davis (Fonco Creative, Star Wars), Steven Huff (fight choreographer and weapons expert), Allen Pan (Sufficiently Advanced, MythBusters), Sarah Petkus (Robohemian, Robotic Arts), Tamara Robertson (SciJinks, MythBusters), and Dr. Martin Lloyd (Westworld Psychology: Violent Delights). Moderator Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia, SYFY) asks: How is the Westworld won?

Sunday July 22, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand 9, 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