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Thursday, July 19
 

10:00am

Anatomy of a Robot
Physical effects crew Weta Workshop (Blade Runner 2049, Elysium, Chappie, District 9, Lord of the Rings trilogy) and director Grant Sputore along with Michael Green (writer, I Am Mother) share how the titular robot of I Am Mother was brought to life. From designing and prototyping to the filming experience, discover one of the most complex builds that Weta Workshop has ever attempted. See Grant and the crew reveal the robot for the first time.

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 7AB

10:00am

From the Bridge
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 13, 10:25AM
Writer/director Spencer F. Lee brings together Nichelle Nichols, Rod Roddenberry, Kerry O' Quinn, Tom DeSanto, Cecil Grimes, Douglas Tait, with Greg Grunberg as moderator to introduce their new film From the Bridge, a documentary on the evolution of science fiction, fantasy, comic books, and horror and the positive impacts that they have had on society as a whole. An exclusive first look at the feature film will be screened. The journey of a once-underground community of geeks has turned into a multi-billion-dollar explosion of fandom.

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Ballroom 20

10:00am

Jack Kirby's Consciousness Part 2: How Jack Kirby, the CIA, Barry Ira Geller, and Mike Royer Saved the World
Barry Ira Geller and Mike Royer discuss the creation of Jack's greatest architectural drawings for the film Lord of Light and the theme park Science Fiction Land. Get behind-the-scenes revelations of the drawings the CIA used in the real Argo. Moderated by author and Kirby friend J. David Spurlock.

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 23ABC

10:30am

Blade Runner: Revelations: Storytelling in VR
The team behind Blade Runner: Revelations, a new VR experience set in between Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 reveal their creative approach and behind-the-scenes process to expanding the narrative and characters in this iconic neo-noir world. Featuring Eric "Giz" Gewirtz (CCO, Seismic Games), Trevor Sands (narrative director, Seismic Games), George Collins (executive producer, Alcon Interactive), Tyler Moore (actor), Valerie Arem (actor/PCB VO producer), and Jonathan Krusell (publishing producer, AR & VR, Google), with moderator Jennie Kong (creator, The Game Makers series).

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 6BCF

11:00am

Behind the Scenes of Freeform's Siren
Fresh off the heels of their first season, the cast and executive producers of Freeform's hit mermaid drama Siren make their San Diego Comic-Con debut, recapping season 1 and revealing what fans can expect from season 2. In this epic tale, the coastal town of Bristol Cove is turned upside down when a mysterious girl (Eline Powell) appears and begins wreaking havoc on the small fishing town. Using their resources, marine biologists Ben (Alex Roe) and Maddie (Fola Evans-Akingbola) must work together to find out who and what drove this primal hunter of the deep sea to land. Panelists include executive producers Eric Wald and Emily Whitesell, with series stars Eline Powell, Alex Roe, Fola Evans-Akingbola, Ian Verdun, and Rena Owen. Moderated by TLC's Chilli.

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

11:15am

Charmed Exclusive Screening and Panel
The iconic Charmed is back just in time to celebrate its 20th anniversary. This reboot of the original series centers on three sisters in a college town who, after the tragic loss of their mother, discover they are powerful witches. Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy, and maintaining familial bonds, a witch's work is never done. Please join series stars Melonie Diaz, Sarah Jeffery, Madeleine Mantock, and Rupert Evans along with producers Jennie Snyder Urman, Jessica O'Toole, and Amy Rardin for an exclusive sneak peek at the first episode of the CW series followed by a panel discussion.

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
Ballroom 20

11:30am

DC Meet the Publishers
Dan DiDio and Jim Lee are the forces behind DC Publishing, including DC Vertigo, MAD, DC Black Label, DC New Age of Heroes, and much more. This up-close-and-personal panel gives you unique access to the leaders of your favorite comic book line!

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 6DE

11:45am

Celebrate the 10-Year Anniversary of Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Executive producer Dave Filoni and panelists look back on 10 years of the Emmy Award-winning series that expanded the Star Wars universe and introduced countless fan-favorite characters to a galaxy far, far away.

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
Room 6BCF

11:45am

Doctor Who: BBC America's Official Panel
BBC America's Doctor Who panel introduces the 13th Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch). Marking a new era for the legendary Time Lord, Whittaker will be joined on the panel by two of her co-stars, Tosin Cole, and Mandip Gill, who play Ryan and Yasmin, as well as award-winning series showrunner Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch) and executive producer Matt Strevens (An Adventure in Space and Time). With this year's highly anticipated season packed full of action, adventure, humor, and emotion, this will be the cast's first-ever panel appearance ahead of Doctor Who premiering this fall on BBC America.

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
Hall H

12:00pm

"It's Dangerous to Go Alone!"
Even if you are The Chosen One, you still need your squad, whether they are friends, family, or just allies with important survival skills. Authors Justina Ireland (Dread Nation), C. B. Lee (Sidekick Squad series), Brooklyn Allen and Mariko Tamaki (Lumberjanes: The Moon Is Up), Leah Thomas (When Light Left Us and Because You'll Never Meet Me), Mary E. Pearson (Dance of Thieves /Remnant Chronicles), and Natalie C. Parker (Seafire) squad up with moderator Sam Maggs (Girl Squads: 20 Female Friendships that Changed History). Entry to each Horton Grand Theatre panel requires a separate ticket and a Comic-Con badge.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

12:00pm

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

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

12:15pm

Tell Me a Story
Step into the world of Tell Me a Story, the latest project from the mind of Kevin Williamson. In this reimagining of the world's most beloved fairy tales, see "The Three Little Pigs," "Little Red Riding Hood," and "Hansel and Gretel" come to life as dark and twisted psychological thrillers interweaving with each other against the backdrop of modern-day New York City. Featuring executive producer Kevin Williamson as well as series stars Paul Wesley and James Wolk, for an exclusive sneak peek of the CBS All Access series followed by a panel discussion. Moderated by the editor-in-chief of Entertainment Weekly, Henry Goldblatt.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:15pm - 12:45pm
Ballroom 20

12:30pm

2001: A Space Odyssey 50th Anniversary Panel
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 12, 09:14AM
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) and the Arthur C. Clarke Society take a look back across a half-century (and the distant universe) to celebrate one of the most iconic films in history. Panelists will examine Stanley Kubrick's science fiction masterpiece, which WBHE will release on 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) Blu-ray in premium collectible packaging and 4K UHD Digital this fall. Kubrick's Academy Award-winning achievement is a compelling drama of man vs. machine, a stunning meld of music and motion. Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay with Clarke) first visits our prehistoric ape-ancestry past, then leaps millennia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever) into colonized space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Keir Dullea) into uncharted space, perhaps even into immortality. For the first time since its original release, new 70mm prints were struck from pristine printing elements made from the original camera negative. A longtime admirer of the late American auteur, Christopher Nolan worked closely with the team at Warner Bros. Pictures throughout the mastering process. Building on the work done for the new 70mm prints, the 4K UHD with HDR presentation was mastered from the 65mm original camera negative. The stars of the film— Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood—and an impressive array of scholars give attendees a glimpse at the remastered footage and a lively discussion of this landmark film. The panelists include Sheldon Brown (director of the UCSD Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, visual arts professor), David Brin (Hugo and Nebula Award-winning science fiction writer, PhD physicist), Wu Yan (world renowned Chinese science fiction author), Matt Grob PhD (chief technology officer XCOM Corporation, communications engineer), Laurel Riek (UC San Diego professor of robotics), Shelley Streeby (UC San Diego professor of literature, specialist in science fiction) and Paul Jacobs (CEO and founder of XCOM). Erik Viirre, M.D. PhD (UCSD Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, physician and neuroscientist) will moderate the panel. 2001: A Space Odyssey will be available on 4K UHD from WBHE on October 30.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 6A

1:00pm

Exclusive First Look at New YouTube Originals Sci-Fi Thriller: Origin
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 17, 04:08PM
From the producers of The Crown and Strike Back comes the riveting new sci-fi thriller series Origin. Watch never-before-seen footage and see stars Tom Felton (Harry Potter film series), Natalia Tena (Game of Thrones), Nora Arnezeder (Mozart in the Jungle) and newcomer Sen Mitsuji, along with writer/creator/executive producer Mika Watkins, director Paul W. S. Anderson (Resident Evil), moderator Marcus Jones (Buzzfeed). In Origin, a group of outsiders seek a clean slate on a colonized planet but are jarred awake on their journey as an asteroid collision damages their spaceship, leaving them stranded. The abandoned passengers discover a terrifying truth and must work together for survival, quickly realizing that one of them is far from who they claim to be.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

1:00pm

A Discovery of Witches
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 19, 09:17AM
Meet the cast and creatives behind the major new TV series. Teresa Palmer (Hacksaw Ridge), Alex Kingston (Doctor Who), Valerie Pettiford, and Owen Teale (Game of Thrones) join Deborah Harkness (All Souls trilogy), author of the original novel, and exectuive producer Lachlan MacKinnon to discuss the TV adaptation.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ballroom 20

1:00pm

Finding Comfort in the Apocalypse
Some apocalyptic or dystopian novels allow people to explore larger issues (or serve as a reminder of the threats facing society). Meanwhile others serve up a heavy dose of humor to remind people that surviving the unthinkable is possible and maybe things aren't as bad in real life. Whether horrifying or humorous, the novels that paint a picture of a grim future can be surprisingly comforting and fun for both author and reader alike. Emily Suvada (This Mortal Coil), Cory Doctorow (Walkaway), Elizabeth Hand (Fire), Douglas Holgate (Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond), Andrew Smith (Rabbit & Robot), and Scott Westerfeld (Impostors, Spill Zone: The Broken Vow) discuss approaches with Adron Buske (Fictitious podcast).

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 32AB

1:30pm

Monsters in Our Midst: Our Favorite Creepy Comics Creators
Love things that go bump in the night? Hear what it takes to get those monsters out of your nightmares and onto the page with Comic-Con special guests Rafael Albuquerque, Emil Ferris, Alex Grecian, Jeff Lemire, Terry Moore, and William Stout. Moderated by the Cartoon Art Museum's Andrew Farago.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 8

1:30pm

Once Upon a Forever
Panelists examine the enduring appeal of fairy tales and other classics of speculative fiction, and the important choices authors make in retelling them. Featuring E. K. Johnston (That Inevitable Victorian Thing, Star Wars Ahsoka), Jonathan French (The Grey Bastards), Katherine Arden (Winternight trilogy), Brandon Mull (Five Kingdoms #5: Time Jumpers), April Genevieve Tucholke (The Boneless Mercies), Sherrilyn Kenyon (Deadman's Cross and The Dark-Hunters series), and Petra Mayer of NPR. Entry to each Horton Grand Theatre panel requires a separate ticket and a Comic-Con badge.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

2:00pm

So Say We All: 40 Years of Battlestar Galactica
Film and TV critic Scott "Movie" Mantz talks with authors Mark A. Altman (The Fifty-Year Mission) and Edward Gross (Slayers & Vampires) about their new oral history, So Say We All (Tor Books), an exhaustive look at the classic 1978 original series, Ronald D. Moore and David Eick's beloved 2004 re-imagining, and even the much maligned Galactica 1980. Find out the untold secrets and incredible true stories of these classic shows in this celebration of four decades of Battlestar Galactica. Win a chance to be the first to get a copy of the new 700+ page hardcover book autographed by the authors.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 5AB

2:00pm

We Believe in Fantasy
Creators conjure magic on a monthly basis, stretching the boundaries of reality to explore resonant themes under a veneer of high fiction. This group of creators has taken a legacy of wands, wizards, and incantations and tailored it to a modern context where shape-shifting teen baristas search for missing love and reckless rockers parley with infernal forces. Let this panel of spellbinding talent, including Charles Soule (Curse Words), Sam Humphries (Blackbird), Grace Ellis (Moonstruck), Jeremy Haun (The Realm), Johnnie Christmas (Firebug), Megan Hutchison (Rockstars), and other special guests, enchant you as they explain the alchemy behind their latest comics.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 23ABC

3:00pm

SYFY's Nightflyers
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 12, 12:40PM
From the mind of George R. R. Martin, this new SYFY series is a psychological thriller set in the year 2093 that follows a team of scientists aboard the most advanced ship ever built. Their mission takes them to the edge of space but also to the edge of insanity, as they realize true horror isn't waiting for them out there-it's already on their ship. Unlike anything you've seen before, Nightflyers combines horror and science fiction in a way that Martin himself has described as " Psycho in space." Executive producers Jeff Buhler, Gene Klein, and David Bartis and stars Eoin Macken (The Night Shift), Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire), David Ajala (Fast & Furious 6), Jodie Turner-Smith (The Last Ship), and Angus Sampson (Fargo) will give attendees an exclusive look into this exciting new series. Moderated by SYFY WIRE’s Karama Horne.

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

3:00pm

Fearless Women
Tor celebrates women in publishing: their worlds, their voices, and their unique stories. Rachel Caine (The Great Library #4: Smoke and Iron, Honor Among Thieves), Cinda Williams Chima (Stormcaster), Susan Dennard (Witchlands series), Seanan McGuire (The Girl in the Green Silk Gown, Wayward Children series), V. E. Schwab (Shades of Magic trilogy, Villains series), and Laini Taylor (Strange the Dreamer) celebrate with Kayti Burt, books editor/Den of Geek. Entry to each Horton Grand Theatre panel requires a separate ticket and a Comic-Con badge.

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

3:00pm

H. P. Lovecraft Animated Trilogy, Steam Engines of Oz, and Go Fish!: Arcana's Animation Slate Continues
Arcana's animation slate continues! The third movie of the Howard Lovecraft trilogy, Howard Lovecraft & The Kingdom of Madness features the voices of Doug Bradley, Jeffrey Combs, Christopher Plummer, Mark Hamill, and Finn Wolfhard. Steam Engines of Oz (released on June 5) stars Ron Perlman, Julianne Hough, and William Shatner. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the first ever Cthulhu to make it to the big screen: At long last this 420-foot Great Old One will be shown in his full glory, along with a sneak peek at Go Fish! Free toys, books, shirts, and DVDs for those asking questions and participating. You'll have a R'lyeh good time!

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 32AB

3:00pm

Spotlight on Jeff Lemire
Comic-Con special guest Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer, Descender, Gideon Falls) and veteran comic book editor Will Dennis discuss Lemire's various creator-owned projects and for the first time preview both the upcoming Family Tree and Ascender! Panel will feature Dustin Nguyen (Batman, Descender) and a Q&A session.

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 25ABC

3:30pm

Ray Bradbury and the Creation of Fahrenheit 451
Orty Ortwein, of the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum, talks about what led Ray Bradbury to write his breakout classic.

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 26AB

4:00pm

Van Helsing: The World Is a Vampire
Now entering its action-packed third season, SYFY's Van Helsing continues the story of Vanessa Van Helsing and her band of heroes as they fight to reclaim the world after vampires took over during "The Rising." Stars Kelly Overton, Jonathan Scarfe, Missy Peregrym, Aleks Paunovic, Rukiya Bernard, Vincent Gale, and Trezzo Mahoro, along with showrunner Neil LaBute and executive producers Mike Frislev and Chad Oakes, premiere exclusive footage from the upcoming third season and dish out tidbits from behind the scenes. Moderated by Bevin from Den of Geek.

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

4:00pm

Captain Actions: Adventures in Space and 2018 Collectors Customization Contest
Captain Action, the first superhero action figure, celebrates collecting, customization, and entrepreneurial passion with a behind-the-scenes-look at the 2018 line development (including the new 1/6th scale line), upcoming publishing efforts, and the all-ages animation. The annual customizer panel will again celebrate fan creations, judging and awarding the grand prize during the panel. Panelists include Greg Goldstein (IDW), Joe Jusko (Marvel Masterpieces), Harold Sipe (Little Monsters Cards) Michael Polis (Atomic Toybox), J. C. Vaughn (The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide), Michael Crawford (MWC Toys), and Daniel Pickett (Action Figure Insider). Moderated by Professor Ed Catto (Ithaca College).

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 32AB

4:30pm

A Celebration of Mary Shelley
Mary Shelley (1797-1851) was so much more than the 17-year-old girl who eloped with her married boyfriend and wrote the immortal classic Frankenstein. Shelley is also the mother of both the science fiction and horror genres and wrote a novel so subversive that it was not published until 1959. Lisa Morton (president, the Horror Writers Association; Ghosts: A Haunted History), Leslie Klinger (The New Annotated Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes technical advisor), Kate Jonez (chief editor at Omnium Gatherum Press, Best Horror of the Year), Gillian Horvath (showrunner, Primeval: New World; co-executive producer, Beauty & the Beast for CW), Kate Maruyama (professor, Antioch; Harrowgate), and New York Times bestselling author Nancy Holder (writer, Mary Shelley Presents comic book series from Kymera Press) discuss the importance of Mary Shelley in the cultural landscape. Moderated by D. Lynn Smith (publisher, Kymera Press).

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 26AB

5:45pm

Assassination Nation Panel with Cast and the Russo Brothers
As if high school wasn't difficult enough already, imagine if every phone in your town was hacked, the contents shared for all to see, and you and your three best friends were framed as the hackers. Welcome to the explosive world of texting, terror, and teen-angst that is Assassination Nation. Already dubbed "the most aggressive high school movie in film history," Assassination Nation is being brought to the big screen by the Russo Brothers (Avengers: Infinity War, Captain America: Civil War), who will be joined by director Sam Levinson and the film's stars Bill Skarsgård (It), Suki Waterhouse (Insurgent), Hari Nef, and Abra for an exclusive look at what is sure to be one of the most controversial and cathartic films of the year.

Thursday July 19, 2018 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Hall H

7:00pm

Future Indies You Must See
Chris Gore (Film Threat) shares an exclusive sneak preview of new independent genre films and documentaries coming your way in 2019 and beyond. Through trailer debuts and exclusive clips, you'll get a glimpse into projects that are not coming to the multiplex but can only be seen at film festivals, in limited release, or on VOD. From lo-fi sci-fi to horror to docs to movies that defy genres, these films will make your must-see list, and you will be among the first to see footage from these indie projects.

Thursday July 19, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 5AB

7:30pm

Here There Be Dragons: Creating Fresh Stories in Fantasy
Every genre has its tropes, and fantasy has many: swords and sorcerers, castles and cavalries, dungeon crawls and dazzling dragons. But with more than a century of fantastical storytelling behind us, how does a writer deliver fresh, exciting ideas while giving readers what they want and expect? Adron Buske (host of the Fictitious podcast) talks with a group of professional genre authors about writing to market, how to subvert clichés and expectations, and blazing new trails on the well-trod map of fantasy. Featuring Tomi Adeyemi (author of Children of Blood and Bone), Mary E. Pearson (author of The Remnant Chronicles, Dance of Thieves), Robert Jackson Bennett (author of Foundryside, City of Blades), R. F. Kuang (author of The Poppy War), and Jason Denzel (author of the Mystic trilogy, founder of Dragonmount).

Thursday July 19, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 24ABC

8:00pm

More Science in Your Fiction with the League of Extraordinary Scientists and Engineers
Writers, directors, sci-fi fans, and kids: get ready to ask your questions about the real science in your fiction! Jeane Wong (founder & educator, LXS) is joined by her LXS panelists Dr. Tom Darlington (chief scientist, NanoComposix), Ben Frable (marine biologist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography), Dr. Sunny Fugate (artificial intelligence and cyber defense research, Space & Naval Warfare Systems Center SPAWAR),Dr. Nicholas Galitzki (edge of the universe explorer/cosmologist, University of California, San Diego), Bethany Kolody (deep ocean genomics explorer, Scripps Institution of Oceanography), Jasmine L. Sadler (senior quality engineer, Solar Turbines), Dr. Lisa Zeigler (viral ecologist, J. Craig Venter Institute), and Angela Zoumplis (international extremophile explorer, National Science Foundation). Together, they discuss how comics and science fiction push scientists and engineers to rocket past what we know is possible at any given moment and into an otherwise unimaginable future.

Thursday July 19, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 5AB
 
Friday, July 20
 

11:00am

It Didn't Look That Way in My Head
Authors create worlds and characters in text, and then they are translated through the lens of media into stories that may or may not feel the same to both the creator and readers. Panelists Deborah Harkness (All Souls trilogy), Nalo Hopkinson (Brown Girl in the Ring), Kass Morgan (The 100 series), Andy Weir (Artemis), and Kathleen Kaufman (The Lairdbalor) talk with moderator Brendan Reichs (Nemesis, The Darkdeep).

Friday July 20, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 25ABC

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

11:00am

Star Wars Collectibles
Hosted by Lucasfilm's Brian Merten, this panel showcases all the coolest new and upcoming releases by Anovos, Bandai, eFX, Gentle Giant Studios, Kotobukiya, Sideshow Collectibles, and a surprise panelist. As always, the panel concludes with some very cool raffle prizes.

Friday July 20, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 7AB

12:00pm

Shades of Magic: From Prose to Panels
V. E. (Victoria) Schwab's bestselling novel series Shades of Magic makes the jump to comics this year with an all-new series written by Victoria herself. In this spotlight panel, the Comic-Con special guest will discuss the origins of this critically acclaimed world and how comics enable her to tell new stories that have never been seen before.

Friday July 20, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 4

1:00pm

Hasbro Star Wars
Members of the Hasbro and Lucasfilm teams will discuss the popular Hasbro Star Wars line. Attendees will get an in-depth look at Hasbro's latest action figure offerings. Word on the Holonet is there may also be a few surprises.

Friday July 20, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 7AB

1:30pm

Star Trek: Discovery
Over 50 years ago, the world was first introduced to what would quickly become a cultural phenomenon. Star Trek inspired developments in science and technology, broke social barriers, and transported viewers around the globe to new adventures and uncharted frontiers. Last fall, Star Trek: Discovery continued that tradition and followed the voyages of Starfleet aboard the U.S.S. Discovery. The cast and producers of this CBS All Access series look back on season 1 and find out where the crew is headed as it transports into its second season. Cast members scheduled to appear include Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp, Wilson Cruz, Mary Chieffo and Anson Mount alongside executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin. The panel will be moderated by series guest star Tig Notaro, who will appear as chief engineer Reno. Season 1 of Star Trek: Discovery is now streaming on CBS All Access.

Friday July 20, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Hall H

2:00pm

Disney-Lucasfilm Publishing: Stories from a Galaxy Far, Far Away!
Michael Siglain (director, creative: Disney-Lucasfilm Publishing) and surprise panelists share previews and exclusive announcements about what should be on your must-read list from Star Wars publishing.

Friday July 20, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 7AB

3:00pm

Judges on the Law of the Last Jedi and Solo
Star Wars and the law go together like Han Solo and Chewbacca. This panel of judges discuss the legal issues from The Last Jedi, Solo, and unexplored regions from the Outer Rim. Did Luke Skywalker have a legal obligation to save the galaxy from the First Order? What is the legality of underground droid fights? Could the caretakers sue Rey for dropping a boulder on their cart? Was Han right when he shot first? Find out when court is in session with Judge John B. Owens of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Magistrate Judge Stacie Beckerman, Magistrate Judge Mitch Dembin, CA Judge Carol Najera, NY Judge Matthew Sciarrino, and Paul Grewal (former magistrate judge and now deputy general counsel and VP of litigation at Facebook). Moderated by attorneys Jessica Mederson and Joshua Gilliland of The Legal Geeks.

Friday July 20, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 7AB

3:30pm

Final Space: Q&A with the Cast and Creators of the TBS Animated Series
Created by Olan Rogers, the intergalactic space saga Final Space follows Gary and Mooncake's adventures to unlock the mystery of "Final Space," where the universe ends. Olan Rogers, David Sacks, Tika Sumpter, Tom Kenny, and Coty Galloway give a close look at the animated adventure.

Friday July 20, 2018 3:30pm - 4:10pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

3:30pm

The Queen of Outer Space 60th Birthday Bash
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 11, 10:55AM
One of the most noted (and notorious) science fiction films of the 1950s, The Queen of Outer Space, starring Zsa Zsa Gabor, may be turning 60, but she's never been more stunning thanks to an eye-popping new Blu-ray! Legendary film critic Leonard Maltin (Maltin on Movies), Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and showrunner Eddie Schmidt (Ugly Delicious, In Search Of), Warner Archive podcasters D. W. Ferranti and Matt Patterson, and moderator Jessie Maltin (Maltin on Movies) reveal more than you ever wanted to know about the Queen's finest film and investigate the movie DNA of her cinematic Space Age relatives like Forbidden Planet and World Without End. Also stay tuned for some sneak peeks of upcoming cult, sci-fi, and horror films from the Warner Archive Collection.

Friday July 20, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 5AB

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

4:00pm

The Science of Star Wars
Ever wondered if lightsabers could one day be a reality? Curious about which Star Wars droid NASA would take into space? Is there a form of fuel that could keep The Resistance out of reach from a First Order fleet? Expert panelists Kim Steadman (systems engineer, NASA-JPL), Emily Manor Chapman (systems engineer, NASA-JPL), Kieran Dickson (editor, CometTV.com, MGM Studios), Fon Davis (Star Wars production designer), Travis Langley (editor, Star Wars Psychology), Steve Huff (fight choreographer and weapons expert), Eliot Sirota (VFX expert), and host Jenna Busch (creator, Legion of Leia) act as your Bor Gullet into the mind of Star Wars creators and break down the science behind a galaxy far, far away. Q&As, surprises, and giveaways will follow.

Friday July 20, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 7AB

4:30pm

It Was 50 Years Ago Today: Celebrating Planet of the Apes, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Rosemary's Baby: Geek's Ground Zero
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 11, 02:36PM
This panel of professional geeksperts celebrate the remarkable year of 1968 by looking back at the genre classics that helped inspire their love of genre cinema, including the original Planet of the Apes, the mind-bending 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Farrow-rific Rosemary's Baby, as well the new number two, The Prisoner, Night of the Living Dead, Barbarella, Yellow Submarine, Ice Station Zebra, and the gonzo Danger: Diabolik, and Kirk and Uhura's not-so-platonic kiss in Star Trek. Panel includes moderator Mark A. Altman (The Librarians, Agent X), Fred Dekker (The Predator, The Monster Squad), Charles de Lauzirika (The Alien Anthology, The Martian Extended Edition), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels, The Clone Wars), Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class), Robert Meyer Burnett (ST: TNG Blu-rays), Jeff Bond (Geek Monthly magazine), and Thomas P. Vitale (producer, former SYFY channel executive).

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

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

5:00pm

Pop Culture Witches
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 10, 11:06AM
In an age where powerful women are finally being celebrated, it's worth looking at the pop culture witches, enchantresses, genies, charmers, and sorceresses who conjured the craft in our popular imaginations in the past. How have women with (super) powers been portrayed, and how is that portrayal evolving? Hosted by Ben Blacker (Vertigo's Hex Wives; co-creator, The Thrilling Adventure Hour). Panelists include Jessica O'Toole and Amy Rardin (showrunners, CW's Charmed), Nell Scovell (creator, Sabrina the Teenage Witch), Ruth Connell (Rowena on Supernatural), Tomi Adeyemi (author, Children of Blook and Bone), and practicing witch Juliana Crouch.

Friday July 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 23ABC

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

5:00pm

The Women of Star Wars
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 06, 02:02PM
For the past 40 years, the Star Wars galaxy has expanded at a remarkable rate. Behind the scenes, creators have worked to round that galaxy out and to maintain cultural relevancy by appealing to new fans from different walks of life. Authors E. K. Johnston (Star Wars: Ahsoka) and Zoraida Córdova (From a Certain Point of View) join writer Nicole Dubuc (Forces of Destiny) to discuss the impact of a more inclusive Star Wars, from the writers to the actors to, of course, the characters you know and love.

Friday July 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 7AB

5:00pm

IDW Entertainment & SYFY: Premiere Screening of Wynonna Earp, "Blood Red and Going Down"
The cast and creators of the breakout SYFY hit series Wynonna Earp celebrate the beginning of season 3. With cast members Melanie Scrofano, Shamier Anderson, Tim Rozon, Domonique Provost-Chalkley, Katherine Barrell, Varun Saranga, and Chantel Riley, showrunner Emily Andras, and comic creator Beau Smith, watch an exclusive screening of the first episode of the new season, "Blood Red and Going Down." Entry to each Horton Grand Theatre panel requires a separate ticket and a Comic-Con badge.

Friday July 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

6:00pm

DC Vertigo
It's a new age of DC Vertigo! Meet the new voices behind DC Vertigo comics, focusing on modern, high-concept stories for fans of fantasy, crime, supernatural, horror, and satire. Now home to the best talent from novels, games, comic books, and more, this next generation will take this beloved imprint to new heights, beginning with the launch of the Sandman Universe on 8/8/18.

Friday July 20, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 23ABC

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

Star Wars Fans in America's Finest City
Members of the San Diego chapters of the 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, Mandalorian Mercs, and Droid Builders discuss how their love of a galaxy far, far away led to volunteerism in San Diego and across Southern California.

Friday July 20, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 7AB

6:00pm

The Passage
Based on Justin Cronin's bestselling fantasy book trilogy, FOX's world premiere screening of this epic, character-driven thriller about a secret government medical facility experimenting with a dangerous virus that could either cure all disease or cause the downfall of the human race will be followed by a moderated conversation and fan Q&A with stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar (NYPD Blue, Saved by the Bell), Saniyya Sidney (Hidden Figures, American Horror Story), Henry Ian Cusick (Lost, The 100), and Jamie McShane (Bosch), executive producer Liz Heldens (Friday Night Lights, Deception), executive producer/ director Jason Ensler (The Exorcist), and author Justin Cronin. The Passage will premiere on FOX in early 2019.

Friday July 20, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 6A

7:00pm

Star Wars Tourism: Visiting the Galaxy Far, Far Away on Earth
From the deserts of Tunisia and California to the glaciers of Norway and the coast of Ireland, Star Wars filming sites are the new travel destination. James Floyd (contributor, Star Wars website and Star Wars Insider), Ash Crossan (host, ET Online), and Charla Teeters-Stewart (director, Imperial County Film Commission) will help you learn about where to go, how to get there, and how to get the most out of it with your fellow Star Wars fans.

Friday July 20, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 7AB

8:00pm

Star Wars Mock Trial: The Court-Martial of Poe Dameron
The Legal Geeks and the Rebel Legion Sunrider Base present the mock court-martial of everyone's favorite X-Wing ace, Poe Dameron. Based on the events of The Last Jedi, Poe stands accused of disobeying General Leia Organa and leading a mutiny aboard the resistance flagship Raddus against Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo. Lawyers for the prosecution and defense, including a U.S. Army JAG attorney, will take on Poe's case in front of United States Magistrate Judge Mitch Dembin. Participating attorneys include Steve Chu, Thomas Harper, Christine Peek, and Megan Hitchcock. With Rebel Legion members Rachel Williams as General Leia Organa and Marcus Holt as Poe Dameron.

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

8:30pm

Klingon Lifestyles
Klingons, weapons, a new mission, and a live-action bat'leth sword battle. Come join the fun and mayhem for the 25th annual Klingon stage play. Watch the Stranglehold Klingons attempt to capture a new power source for the Empire. Fellow costumed Trek fans will celebrate this silver anniversary presentation with a group photo at the end. All alien races welcomed. If you love stage plays, come and support the only live-action Star Trek fan-based play to boldly go where no play has gone before.

Friday July 20, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 5AB

9:00pm

Star Wars Trivia Game Panel
Members of the San Diego Star Wars Society, veteran hosts of trivia panels at Comic-Con International since 2002, have prepared an even more challenging contest this year for fans who think they know the galaxy far, far away. Returning this year will be a game round for kids aged 5 to 11, in which every child will win a prize. Following will be three adult game rounds (ages 12 and up). All game rounds are conducted in a last-man-standing format. Come test your knowledge, and you may win some of the thousands of dollars of prizes provided by Star Wars licensees. Hosted by Leia Hornedo, Linda Crispien, Brendan Prout, Carlos Munoz, Felicia Nykaza, and Collin Gomez.

Friday July 20, 2018 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 7AB
 
Saturday, July 21
 

11:00am

Costume Design for Television and Film
Costume Designers Guild members Sanja Hays (costume designer, Captain Marvel, Star Trek: Beyond), Amanda Riley (costume designer, Supergirl, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Joseph Porro (costume designer, The Orville, Stargate, Independence Day), and Laura Jean Shannon (costume designer, Titans, Black Lightning, Jumani: Welcome to the Jungle) discuss the process behind designing costumes for some of the most exciting productions on television and in film.

Saturday July 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 23ABC

12:00pm

Fantasy Literature
Learn about writing fantasy novels, publishing, and book-to-movie adaptations from New York Times bestselling authors Livia Blackburne (Midnight Thief series), Kevin Hearne (Iron Druid series), V. E. Schwab (Shades of Magic series), Maggie Stiefvater (Raven Cycle series), and Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke and Bone series). Moderated by Henry Herz (Alice's Magic Garden).

Saturday July 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 28DE

12:00pm

Spotlight on R. A. Salvatore
Comic-Con special guest R. A. Salvatore (Timeless) discusses all things Drizzt Do'Urden and beyond. The legendary author talks about Epic Fantasy, The Forgotten Realms, and more. Moderated by Harper Voyager executive editor David Pomerico.

Saturday July 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 7AB

1:00pm

Fly Me to the Moon and Let Me Play Among Those Stars
Relationships in space travel can be expansive and galaxy-spanning or so intimate as to be claustrophobic. Alexa Donne (Brightly Burning), Marina Lostetter (Noumenon Infinity), Maura Milan (Ignite the Stars), Sylvain Neuvel (The Themis Files), Tillie Walden (On a Sunbeam), and Greg Van Eekhout (Voyage of the Dogs) navigate the emotional and physical spaces of speculative fiction with Maryelizabeth Yturralde of Mysterious Galaxy.

Saturday July 21, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 28DE

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

1:30pm

Worldview 101
Comic-Con special guest Deborah Harkness (the All Souls Trilogy, Time's Convert) discusses with Maureen Lenker (Entertainment Weekly) how she drew on science, fantasy, and history to build a world where the supernatural seems real. Q&A moderated by Maureen Lenker.

Saturday July 21, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 8

2:00pm

Legacies Exclusive Video Presentation and Q&A
Continuing the tradition of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, Legacies is the third installment of this supernatural series about witches, vampires, and werewolves. The story follows 17-year-old Hope Mikaelson (daughter of Klaus Mikaelson) along with Alaric Saltzman and his twins at the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted as they come of age in the most unconventional way. Executive producer Julie Plec and series stars Danielle Rose Russell and Matthew Davis show a special video presentation followed by a Q&A. From My So-Called Company, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television, and CBS Television Studios, Legacies airs this fall on The CW, Thursdays 9/8c.

Saturday July 21, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

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

Ray Bradbury and the World of Comics
Orty Ortwein of the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum will talk about Bradbury's career in comics, from his childhood obsession with Flash Gordon to his career with EC to his role in the very first Comic-Con. Even devout fans are bound to learn something new.

Saturday July 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 9

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

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

20 Years of Magic: Inside Harry Potter
Hear from the artists and editor who brought Harry Potter to life, including Jim Kay (Harry Potter illustrated editions), Kazu Kibuishi (Harry Potter 15th anniversary edition cover artist), Brian Selznick (20th anniversary edition cover artist), Arthur A. Levine (editor, Harry Potter), and David Saylor (art director, Harry Potter). Panelists will discuss their process and inspirations working on the most magical books of all time. See a special message from Mary GrandPré, the original U.S. Harry Potter illustrator.

Saturday July 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6DE

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

Magic Giveth . . . and Magic Taketh Away
Magic always comes with consequences and costs, whether it's the sacrifice of years spent studying or a literal, physical sacrifice. How do characters get (or lose) their magic? How can the consequences of magic ramp up the suspense? Acclaimed fantasy novelists Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone), Stephanie Garber (Legendary), Sara Hanover (The Late Great Wizard), Daniel José Older (Dactyl Hill Squad, Star Wars: Last Shot), Sam Sykes (Seven Blades in Black), and Sabaa Tahir (A Reaper at the Gates) discuss magic systems, magic spells, and the price of magic with David Canfield (Entertainment Weekly).

Saturday July 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 23ABC

3:00pm

Page to Screen: The Darkest Minds
Bestselling author Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds, Passenger) joins director Jennifer Yuh Nelson (The Darkest Minds, Kung Fu Panda) and cast (Amandla Stenberg, Harris Dickinson, Skylan Brooks, Miya Cech) for a look at the journey from YA novel sensation to summer blockbuster from 20th Century Fox.

Saturday July 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 25ABC

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

The Orville
From Emmy Award-winning executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane, The Orville is back for season 2! Some of the crew members of the U.S.S. Orville, including Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, and Scott Grimes, along with executive producers David A. Goodman, Brannon Braga, and Jon Cassar, give an exclusive look at some of the new and exciting missions in the upcoming second season.

Saturday July 21, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

4:15pm

The Man in the High Castle
The Man in the High Castle is back to preview its third upcoming season on Prime Video. This panel features cast and creator discussion, exclusive sneak peeks, and audience Q&A. Panelists will include Alexa Davalos (Mob City), Rufus Sewell (Victoria), Stephen Root (Dallas & Robo), and Jason O'Mara (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), along with executive producer Isa Dick Hackett (Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams) and Dan Percival (Strike Back).

Saturday July 21, 2018 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Room 6A

4:30pm

Alien Worlds: NASA's Quest for Life
E.T., Jabba the Hutt, Predator. You've seen aliens in science fiction, but did you know NASA missions are really looking for extraterrestrial life? Dr. Morgan Cable (NASA's Europa Lander concept), Dr. Cynthia Phillips (NASA's Europa mission), Dr. Tiffany Kataria (NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program), and Dr. Robert Hurt (visualization scientist at Caltech) will describe missions to icy moons and planets outside our solar system as they look for signs of life on alien worlds. From science discoveries to iconic images to visualizations, find out how NASA is bringing these intriguing worlds to life.

Saturday July 21, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 24ABC

5:00pm

Building a Science Fiction World: Music, Composing, and More
Composers Tree Adams (The 100, creator of Duskriders), Gordy Haab (Star Wars: Battlefront II, Halo Wars 2), Adam Lastiwka (Travelers), Joshua R. Mosley (Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, After Earth mobile game), Nick Soole (The Crooked Man, The Critters: Bounty Hunter), and rerecording mixer Gregory King (The Orville, Nightflyers) discuss how they approach sci-fi world-building through music and sound. Moderated by senior host and producer Clarke Wolfe (Fandom, The Oracle of Outer Space).

Saturday July 21, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 25ABC

5:30pm

Doctor Who: The Road to 13
With the upcoming debut of the first female Doctor and the impending launch of her own comics series, Titan Comics' Doctor Who creators discuss the past, present, and future of this amazing franchise. Titan Comics brand manager Chris Thompson chats with the 13th Doctor writer Jody Houser, along with creators Cavan Scott, George Mann, Paul Cornell, and Kelly Yates, on a journey through space and time.

Saturday July 21, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 7AB

6:00pm

Elfquest: 40 Years of Pointed Ears
2018 wraps up 40 years of Elfquest with the biggest bang ever. Celebrate the longest-running indie fantasy comic with co-creators, writers, and artist Wendy Pini (Elfquest, Masque of the Red Death) and Richard Pini (Elfquest, Line of Beauty). Learn behind-the-scenes secrets that have been hidden since 1978, and see the clues that were planted decades ago. Take an emotional journey down memory lane. The conclusion of the Final Quest series has taken fandom by storm, and you'll be able to bombard Wendy and Richard with all the questions you've been saving up for years!

Saturday July 21, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 23ABC

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

6:45pm

IDW Entertainment and SYFY: Wynonna Earp
The cast and creators of the breakout SYFY hit series Wynonna Earp, including Melanie Scrofano, Shamier Anderson, Tim Rozon, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Katherine Barrell, Varun Saranga, and Chantel Riley along with show runner Emily Andras, and comic creator Beau Smith reveal behind-the-scenes antics, show off exclusive footage, and answer your biggest questions about season 3!

Saturday July 21, 2018 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Room 6DE

7:00pm

SYFY's The Magicians
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 10, 11:29AM
Magic is back . . . at Comic-Con! Last season, an epic finale totally changed our magicians (like for real) and left audiences begging for more. Don’t miss your chance to see series stars Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Summer Bishil, and executive producers Sera Gamble and John McNamara and get an exclusive look at the upcoming 4th season and answers to all of your burning questions (well, most of them)! Moderated by Felicia Day.

Saturday July 21, 2018 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

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

8:00pm

What If? Alternative Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Make You Wonder
"What if?" Those words are the start of countless stories. Fellow book-lovers will speculate about alternative worlds and tales of what could be or would have been had a single detail been changed. What if Sherlock and Watson lived in near-future Washington D.C. in the midst of a new American Civil War? What if the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 was caused by geomancers? What if dogs went on missions to space? What if the dead rose from their graves after the Civil War? Harper Voyager and Epic Reads team members will share sneak peeks at a few upcoming works of speculative fiction, and all attendees will walk away with a book in hand!

Saturday July 21, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 9
 
Sunday, July 22
 

10:00am

R2-Builders Panel
Get all the information you need to build your own fully functional droid character from the Star Wars universe. Moderator Victor Franco and panelists Mike Senna, Michael McMaster, William Miyamoto, Chris Romines, and Thomas Roeoesli share their knowledge and expertise to help your build a success.

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

10:00am

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

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

10:30am

Supernatural Special Video Presentation and Q&A
The series' stars and executive producers answer questions about the shocking events in last season's intense finale and reveal what's in store for the 14th season, when the show will reach the rare milestone of 300 episodes! Fans will also be treated to an exclusive video presentation featuring series highlights. Supernatural will return to The CW on Thursdays this fall in its 8/7c time period. The series is produced by Kripke Enterprises Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Sunday July 22, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Hall H

11:00am

An Author's Guide to D&D
Many SFF authors writing today grew up playing Dungeons & Dragons. The game is experiencing a resurgence today. Hear some of today's most popular authors of science fiction and fantasy talk about how the classic game of the imagination inspired their own writing. Dungeon master Naomi Novik (Spinning Silver) guides authors Lila Bowen/Delilah Dawson (Treason of Hawks, Kill the Farm Boy), Kevin Hearne (Kill the Farm Boy), Matt Forbeck (Dungeons & Dragons: An Endless Quest series), R. A. Salvatore (Timeless, Child of a Mad God), Raymond E. Feist (King of Ashes), and Kyle Newman (Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana).

Sunday July 22, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 28DE

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

We Read YA!
Heroes, villains, romance, humor, action, identity, social issues, and everything in between are just the start of what's hot in young adult novels. Join this popular annual panel and Q&A session about the newest titles and trends in YA fiction, featuring authors Jay Coles (Tyler Johnson Was Here), Zoraida Córdova (Bruja Born), Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles), Justina Ireland (Dread Nation), Britta Lundin (Ship It), and Brendan Reichs (Nemesis); moderated by Nathan Bransford (How to Write a Novel).

Sunday July 22, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 29AB

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

2:15pm

Legion Discussion and Q&A
FX's Legion, based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, is the story of David Haller, a man who believed himself to be schizophrenic only to discover that he may actually be the most powerful mutant the world has ever seen. Along with a team of other extraordinarily gifted people, David learned to accept his true self and set out to defeat the Shadow King, who was on a path to attaining infinite and world-ending power. In season 2, a series of mind-bending twists and turns called into question who is the hero and who is the villain. Creator/executive producer/writer/director Noah Hawley, alongside fellow executive producers John Cameron and Marvel's Jeph Loeb, and some cast members will participate in a conversation of what to look forward to in season 3.

Sunday July 22, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Hall H

2:45pm

Starship Smackdown XXV: The Final Countdown
A panel of experts determine who will win the highly coveted Smackdown title. Can the Starship Enterprise defeat an Imperial Star Destroyer? Will the Milano be assimilated by a Borg Cube? Will the Nostromo be taken over by Rathars? And will the Jefferson Starship disappear forever after Thanos snaps his fingers? Only if you're lucky. This panel of sage spaceshipologists includes Ashley E. Miller (Red Sonja, Thor), Steven Melching (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars Resistance), Kay Reindl (Freakish, Millennium), Christian Gossett (The Red Star), Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise), Daren Dochterman (Westworld, Real Steel), and your jocular host, the Mr. Rourke of the stars, Mark A. Altman (Tor Books' upcoming So Say We All, The Fifty-Year Mission). Finish your weekend with the geekiest and most beloved panel of all-time in this or any other dimension, known or unknown. And 'zis combat will be to the death.

Sunday July 22, 2018 2:45pm - 4:45pm
Room 6A

3:00pm

Ironklad Studios: The Art of Creature Design
Justin Goby Fields (executive creative director of Ironklad Studios) is joined by world-renowned creature designers Neville Page (SYFY's Face Off, Star Trek), Raf Grassetti (principal artist at Sony), Krystal Sae Eua (The Avengers, Looper), and Dominic Qwek (Blizzard, Bonfire Studios) to talk about their craft, with Melissa Howland (We Are Movie Geeks, Geek Girl Social Club) moderating.

Sunday July 22, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 32AB