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Wednesday, July 18
 

4:00pm

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

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

10:00am

Anatomy of Writing Action in a Novel
Stories are about conflict. And there is no purer form of conflict than a good ol' fisticuffs-style brawl. Or sword fight, laser battle, western shootout, or even two chicks pulling out each other's hair. Yet, how do you put that much action down on paper and not only make it believable but enjoyable and exciting to read? Award-winning author and former lead fiction writer for Sony's EverQuest Next Maxwell Alexander Drake dives into the depths of writing action in prose, breaking it down piece by piece, and giving you some tricks you can use to create more realistic and exciting action in your own fiction.

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 2

10:30am

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

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

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

11:00am

Diversity and Comics: Why Inclusion and Visibility Matter
Sanford Greene (artist, variant Black Panther: The Sound and The Fury #1), Stanford Carpenter (Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival), Sam Bright (art and collectibles, eBay), Nalo Hopkinson (Sandman Universe, DC; UC Riverside), Christina "Steenz" Stewart (Lion Forge), and moderator Aaron Grizzell (NorcalMLK Foundation) discuss how comics have become more inclusive of women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and the LGBTQ community to better reflect today's culture and expand to a changing fan base.

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 9

12:00pm

About Comics 20th Anniversary
Nat Gertler (founder, About Comics), Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics, 24 Hour Comics), and Lea Hernandez (Teen Titans Go!) celebrate About Comics, launched 20 years ago as a one-man publishing company which-after launching 24 Hour Comics Day, finding lost Charles Schulz material, reprinting The Negro Motorist Green Book, and more-it still is. Moderated by Andrew Farago (curator, Cartoon Art Museum).

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 32AB

12:00pm

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

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

12:00pm

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

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

12:00pm

Entertainment is LGBTQ
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 18, 06:30PM
BOOM! Studios and GLAAD present an in-depth roundtable discussion about LGBTQ representation in pop culture and the path forward to a brighter, more inclusive future, with panelists from all corners of the entertainment world, including Emily Andras (executive poducer and showrunner of Wynonna Earp), Lilah Sturges (Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass), Marguerite Bennett (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Noah Hayes (Wet Hot American Summer) and Josh Trujillo (Dodge City). Moderated by Megan Townsend (director of entertainment research and analysis, GLAAD).

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 28DE

12:00pm

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

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

12:00pm

Making Comics the Marvel Way
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 18, 12:11PM
Editor-in-chief C. B. Cebulski and talent scout Rickey Purdin join Mark Brooks (Extermination), Joushua Cassara (Sentry), Edgar Delgado (Amazing Spider-Man), Victor Olazaba (Amazing Spider-Man) and Nick Spencer (Amazing Spider-Man) to take you behind-the-scenes and show you how a Marvel comic book is made! Learn about every aspect of production, including writing, penciling, inking, coloring, lettering, editing, and more - with creators on hand to offer personal insights and anecdotes. If you're interested in the ins-and-outs of the comic book industry, this is the one panel you can't miss!

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 25ABC

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

Toys Without Apps: Pin Mates
Playtime is back! Originally launched in 1959, Pin Play was a staple of every playroom and toy chest for over 40 years. Now decades later, Entertainment Earth is bringing Pin Play back with wooden Pin Mates from the hottest licenses for kids and collectors such as Marvel, DC Comics, and KISS, as well as classic favorites like Luckee the Dog (available first at SDCC). This panel will premiere the newest Pin Mates and offer a look into the dangers of app-based toys as well as why open-ended creative play is needed to stimulate young imaginations. Hosted by Scott Neitlich (Masters of the Universe Classics, METALS Nano) and Adam Pawlus (Galactic Hunter, 16bit.com), the panel features creative director Griffin Maghari and Barbara Shaw Neitlich (LCSW, national expert on child play therapy). Free wooden Pin Mate for all audience members!

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 29AB

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

Adventures in Self-Publishing: Spotlight on Randy Reynaldo
Comic-Con special guest Randy Reynaldo (writer/artist, Rob Hanes Adventures), with moderator Barry Gregory (CEO, Ka-Blam Digital Printing), talks about surviving more than 20 years of self-publishing, his influences, how he started out and broke in, how self-publishing has changed, and of course his flagship title, the long-running indie action series Rob Hanes Adventures. He'll also preview what's coming up in the future for himself and the series. Randy has exhibited in the Small Press Area of the San Diego Comic-Con since its inception in 1993 and has wisdom and experience to share with other aspiring self-publishers, writers, and artists. All attendees will get a complimentary issue.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 4

12:30pm

Celebrating Mickey Spillane's Centenary
In this special anniversary discussion, Titan Publishing's Andrew Sumner sits down with writer Max Allan Collins (Quarry's War, Road to Perdition) to discuss the life and legacy of Mickey Spillane on what would have been his centenary year. They delve into the history of his most famous creation, Mike Hammer, along with his return to comics in an all-new Titan series based on one of Spillane's original plots.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 24ABC

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

1:00pm

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

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

1:00pm

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

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

1:00pm

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

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

1:00pm

The Michael Turner Legacy Panel
Frank Mastromauro (publisher), Peter Steigerwald (publisher), Vince Hernandez (VP/editor-in-chief), Mark Roslan (VP/director of design and production), J. T. Krul (Fathom), and Siya Oum (Lola XOXO) commemorate the life and legacy of superstar artist and Aspen Comics founder Michael Turner.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 9

1:00pm

"Dramatico!" Storytelling Tropes in Visual Narrative (Bilingual)
Telling a story through comics, animation, and film can be a fun but challenging business. Elvin A. Hernandez explores the ways that visual storytellers use design, composition, and layout to tell dynamic stories with dynamic visuals. He connects the use of the three-act structure of classic scriptwriting to allow for visual cues that can aid in the construction of exciting comics, animation, and illustration techniques.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 2

1:30pm

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

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

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

2:00pm

Amazing Tabletop RPGs for Beginners
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 11, 09:47AM
Looking to try out tabletop gaming but aren't sure how to get started? Then this is the panel for you! There are a whole slew of amazing tabletop RPGs out there perfect for beginners. The panelists will discuss their favorite games and offer advice for those wanting to get started in the wonderful world of tabletop RPGs, including the basics of gameplay, how to create a character, and finding others to play with in person and online. Moderated by Jeff Burns (Super Geeked Up, DC Action Hour) and featuring Dael Kingsmill (MonarchsFactory, Geek & Sundry), Kelly Nugent (Thank You for Questing!, Teen Creeps), Omar Najam (Thank You for Questing!, HyperRPG), Jennifer Kretchmer (Dollhouse, Maze Arcana), and Jake Bennett (Asinine Wisdom, Geek & Sundry). And join the panelists for a gaming session in Room 21 of the Marriott Marquis immediately after the panel. So assemble your party and join the adventure!

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

2:00pm

Creating the Future at the MIT Media Lab: How Comics Inspire Students' Work (and Vice Versa)
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 11, 03:27PM
MIT and their Media Lab are prominent fixtures in the Marvel Universe. Tony Stark, Otto Octavius, Reed Richards, Riri Williams, and Sue Storm are all MIT alums. While MIT has inspired Marvel, the reverse is even more the case. Many of the real-world students, faculty, and alumni of the school are inventing amazing technologies (not to mention creative media) based on what they've seen from comic book characters on screen and in print. Panelists Dr. Katy Croff Bell (director of the Media Lab Open Ocean initiative), Dr. Danielle Wood (director, Space Enabled Research Group, MIT Media Lab), Alexis Hope (creative director, TEN FWD; MIT Media Lab alum), Selam Gano (MIT Media Lab undergraduate researcher) and moderator Cady Coleman (NASA astronaut, retired) will profile the cutting-edge technologies and storytelling coming out of this Cambridge MA think-tank.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 28DE

2:00pm

DC: Geoff Johns
The superstar DC writer returns to San Diego for an all-access and in-depth discussion with DC publisher Dan DiDio. Be here for this exclusive panel that will give you insight into how the world of DC is entertaining fans across all platforms.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 6DE

2:00pm

Digital Color for Comics
Whether in print or digital, comic books need color, but do you know how comic books are colored? Learn about the creative art of comic book coloring as Hi-Fi's Brian Miller (The Flash) and Kristy Miller (Femme Magnifique) demonstrate the step-by-step transformation of a comic book page from black and white to full color. Learn the basics of flatting, rendering, color holds, and special effects, along with top digital coloring tips. Followed by Q&A session.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 11

2:00pm

How to Make Cartoons When You Can't Draw (a.k.a. How to Write for Animation)
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 12, 02:33PM
Do you love cartoons but have always been frustrated by your inability to even draw a turtle? Moderator Brendan Hay (Harvey Street Kids) talks to Jessica Gao (Rick & Morty), Tom Sheppard (Robot Chicken), A. C. Bradley (Trollhunters), Aliki Theofilopoulos (Phineas & Ferb), Kevin Sullivan (The Loud House), and Mehar Sethi (BoJack Horseman) about how they broke in, what the differences are compared to writing for live action, how to think visually, and why animation writing allows you to become a cartoon character yourself.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 25ABC

2:00pm

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

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

2:00pm

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

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

2:00pm

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

2:00pm

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

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

2:30pm

Beyond the Blockbuster: Finding Comics for Comic Movie Lovers
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 09, 01:02PM
You've seen all the movies, you've watched all the trailers, now you just need to know where to start with the comic books. These panelists are here to help! ComiXologists Kiersten Wing and Matt Kolowski are joined by Magdalene Visaggio (Eternity Girl, Kim & Kim), Jen Vaughn (Betty & Veronica: Vixens), M. K. Reed (The Castoffs, Palefire), Shawn Kittelsen (Savage Game, Mortal Kombat X), Axel Medellin (Elephantmen), and Boo Cook (Elephantmen) to go down a list of well-known comic movie hits and recommend a library of perfect comic book/blockbuster pairing.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 8

2:30pm

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

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

2:30pm

Statix Press: The World's Best Comics
Comics have such a rich history across the globe, yet so few are being translated into English for U.S. audiences to enjoy. Titan Comics is changing that with their new imprint, Statix Press, which debuted last year. Publishers Weekly's Heidi Macdonald, writer/artist Helge Vogt (Alisik), brand manager Chris Thompson (Statix Press), and buyer Terence Irvins (Kinokuniya Books) discuss the international comics scene and what the industry is like across Europe (and around the world).

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 4

2:30pm

Drawing with Artgerm Lau
This is a live demonstration of how Artgerm creates characters with universal appeal.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Room 2

2:30pm

Writers' Coffeehouse at Comic-Con
Led by authors Peter Clines (Paradox Bound, The Fold) and Jonathan Maberry (Glimpse, Mars One), this session focuses on the business of prose publishing. The Writers' Coffeehouse is a bunch of writers sitting around talking about writing. No agendas, no requirements-just chat about markets, about pitching and selling, about conquering frustration and defeating writers block, and about all of the good things that come from the community of writers. It's open to everyone-from absolute beginners to award-winners and bestsellers. Just show up, hang out, and talk. Or don't talk-lurk in the back and take notes.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:00pm

Drawing Inspiration: How Drawing Groups Can Empower Aspiring Comic Book Creators into Print
The Accidental Aliens, a San Diego-based drawing group, discuss creating comic stories from their individual talents and how they forged their resources together to launch a successful Kickstarter-funded anthology comic to print. Topics include how a drawing group can inspire artists to hit deadlines on top of real 9-to-5 day jobs, promotion of individual talents through a group social media campaign, working together to tackle the logistics of a successful Kickstarter campaign, promoting diversity, group networking, and how a drawing group can improve your skills as a comics artist while having fun making new friends in your very own creative tribe!

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 29AB

3:00pm

Spotlight on E. K. Johnston
E. K. Johnston (Star Wars: Ahsoka, That Inevitable Victorian Thing) talks about her career from small-town Ontario to a galaxy far, far away. Kate and fellow author Sam Maggs (Wonder Women, Girl Squads) hold this session.

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 23ABC

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

3:00pm

The Forgotten Trio: A Spotlight on Letterers, Inkers, and Colorists
Many think of the artist and the writer as the masterminds behind all great comics. Little do many know how much credit should go to the colorists, inkers, and letterers who put in hours of work, only to receive minimal recognition. Jessica Tseang (founder of The Comic Book Girl, comic book historian) leads a discussion with legendary talents from Marvel, DC, IDW, Dark Horse, Image, Top Cow, Aspen, and other publishers on how the industry can change, the importance of their work, a brief look into their daily lives, and how to break into their career. There will also be a Q&A for budding colorists, inkers, and letterers.

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 9

3:00pm

Writing 101: What to Think About Before You Start Writing
Award winning writer/editor Marv Wolfman (writer/creator of Blade, Black Cat, Bullseye, New Teen Titans, Deathstroke, and many more) brings his annual writing seminar to Comic-Con. This is for those who want to write but aren't sure how to begin. Marv talks about structure, creating characters, writing dialogue, and more. If you want to begin writing, be sure to attend Marv Wolfman's panel first.

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 11

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

3:30pm

Will You Go to the Dance with Me? How Homecoming Dances and Epic Parties Have Shaped Storytelling
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 06, 11:58AM
From Pretty in Pink to Pride & Prejudice's ball at Netherfield Hall, parties have always served as excellent plot devices. In this panel, moderators Sam Maggs (Girl Squads, Anthem) and Amy S. Foster (The Rift Uprising) along with panelists Alexandra Monir (Timeless, The Final Six), Rachel Heine (editor-in-chief, Nerdist), Camilla Zhang (comics outreach, Kickstarter), and Rowan Rowden (founder, Dual Wield Studios) will talk about their favorite fictional social blowouts and discuss changing social mores, traditions, and celebrations through the ages. And who doesn't love a good party?

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 24ABC

3:30pm

YA Comics FTW!
Amazing, creative, crazy graphic novels are being written for teenagers today. Here's a chance to hear what inspired the authors of those books to write for young adults, and why YA comics can be the absolute coolest. Panelists include Jen Wang (The Prince and the Dressmaker), Scott Westerfeld (The Spill Zone), and Tillie Walden (Spinning).

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

4:00pm

Art of Collaboration: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Collaborators
Andy Schmidt (Comics Experience, Avengers, Annihilation), Kyle Higgins (Nightwing, Hadrian's Wall), Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Green Hornet), and Phillip Sevy (Tomb Raider) discuss the intricacies and intimacies of creative collaboration for comic books. Learn how to avoid common pitfalls and build lasting, collaborative relationships!

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 11

4:00pm

Drawing with Scott Hampton
Scott Hampton is an American comic book artist known for his painted work for Batman, Sandman, Black Widow, Hellraiser, and Star Trek, as well as Magic: The Gathering cards. He is currently working on American Gods for Dark Horse. For this session he is joined by Jennifer T. Lange, a writer and metalsmith who was an intellectual property attorney for 16 years before she began coloring comics. She assisted and studied with Scott before working on American Gods, collaborating with Scott to help bring tone and texture to the work.

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Room 2

4:30pm

The Super-Awesome Authors AMA Smackdown
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 18, 05:38PM
These pro writers are ready and willing to answer (almost) any questions you have about what it takes to make it as a scribe in the 21st century. Maybe you're dreaming about publishing that first novel or comic, but you're not sure which way to go. Is it better to take the indie route? Aim for the traditional New York path? Will you need an agent? What about book marketing? How do you build an author brand? What's the reality of selling books at comic conventions? Will brick-and-mortar bookstores go the way of the dinosaurs? Is Amazon really the future? Get your answers from Marv Wolfman (Teen Titans, Superman), Brandon Easton (Agent Carter, M.A.S.K.), Russell Nohelty (Katrina Hates the Dead, publisher of Wannabe Press), Scott Sigler (Generations trilogy, The Rookie), and New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon, with moderator Neo Edmund (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Red Riding, the Alpha Huntress).

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 24ABC

5:00pm

Marvel Studios: The First 10 Years, Visual Development
UPDATED: Sun, Jul 15, 03:03PM
The Marvel Studios Visual Development team comes to San Diego to share never-before-seen concept art and their favorite designs from the past 10 years. Panelists include Ryan Meinerding, Andy Park, Jackson Sze, Rodney Fuentebella, Anthony Francisco and Charlie Wen. Moderated by Tara Bennett (NYT bestselling author & co-writer of the upcoming Abrams book, Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years).

Thursday July 19, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 25ABC

6:30pm

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

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

7:00pm

Inside the Voice Actors Studio
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 12, 05:01PM
This one-hour panel/workshop covers practical dubbing techniques, important issues such as studio protocol, and what to expect at your first audition. This is a great opportunity for attendees interested in the voice-acting profession to get firsthand advice and experience from the pros in an intimate yet dynamic setting. You will learn directly from some of the best voice actors and directors in the world and get inside information on how to break in and what the industry is really like. This year’s panel features voice actor Ray Chase (Final Fantasy XV, One-Punch Man) who will shed light on how to break in and what the industry is really like.

Thursday July 19, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 11

8:30pm

Artist as Brand, Rise of the Artist Entrepreneur
Greg Spalenka (artist, educator, in publishing, film, Sandman, Titan Books) moderates this annual discussion on art career sustainability. Learn strategies on how to create income from your talent on your own terms from Isabel Samaras (goddess of popular art culture), Drew Brophy (surf culture artist, Boogie Board, Los Cabos Tourism), Maria Brophy (artist agent, licensing expert), Daniel M. Davis (artist/designer of Steam Crow, publisher of monster books, art products), Vincent Proce (concept designer, illustrator, The Shape of Water, Magic: The Gathering), Vanessa Lemen (painter, educator).

Thursday July 19, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 8
 
Friday, July 20
 

10:00am

Intro to TV Writing
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 18, 06:27PM
Moderator Spiro Skentzos (Arrow) and showrunners Keto Shimizu (DC's Legends of Tomorrow), Amy Berg (Counterpart), Erik Oleson (Daredevil), Monica Breen (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and network executive Karen Horne (NBC, Sr. VP of development and inclusion) will discuss navigating the TV spec terrain, including beginner's mistakes, what they look for in a writer, and what it takes for you to write a killer spec that will stand above the crowd. There will be a huge Q&A component, so bring your questions.

Friday July 20, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 4

10:00am

Don't Tell Your Story: Show It
Ever wonder how the really good books suck a reader in and hold their attention page after page? It might not be the characters, nor even the plot of the book. It could be the way in which the author writes that separates his or her story from the pack. Award-winning author and former lead fiction writer for Sony's EverQuest Next Maxwell Alexander Drake offers insights into how to put your story together in a compelling way that will have your readers turning page after page to see what happens next.

Friday July 20, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 2

10:30am

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

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

11:00am

Indie Creators: What's Next?
The Antidote Trust (TAT), a collective of indie creators, runs a roundtable discussion with industry professionals on independent creators and career development strategies they can use to further hone their skills and position themselves to take that all-important next step forward. Moderator Mike Wellman (co-creator of Guns A' Blazin'!, co-owner of The Comic Bug shop in Los Angeles) will explore what hiring professionals are specifically seeking in independents with Karen Kirkland (creative strategist and founder of The Breakk; VP of Talent Development, Nickelodeon), Ashley Woods (artist, Lady Castle, Boom Studios; Tomb Raider: Survivor's Crusade, Dark Horse Comics), Geoff Gerber (president, Lion Forge Comics, Lighter Than My Shadow- Amazon's best graphic novel of 2017), Quinn McGowan (creator, Project: Wildfire; artist, Menthu: The Anger of Angels), and TAT co-founder Robert Roach (creator, Menthu; storyboard artist, Insomnia; concept illustrator, Lion-Origin of the Wailers).

Friday July 20, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 4

11:00am

Publishers Weekly: Crowdfunding Ethics and Evolution
Crowdfunding has become an established method of publishing, but as it has grown, questions about how to use it have arisen. What's the right thing to do when a Kickstarter goes wrong? What's the next step in crowdfunding? What's the future of Patreon and Drip? Calvin Reid, Kel McDonald (Sorcery 101), Josh O'Neil (Beehive Press), attorney Jeff Trexler, and Camilla Zhang (Kickstarter) discuss legal and ethical issues in crowdfunding and the latest trends.

Friday July 20, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 28DE

11:00am

The Comic Book Editorial Panel 2018
Joe Illidge (Verge Entertainment), Barbara Randall Kesel (CrossGen), Matt Hawkins (Image/Top Cow), Jasmine Amiri (Lion Forge), and Shannon Eric Denton (Blizzard) discuss the ins and outs of submitting and breaking in with a comic book publisher. Moderated by Vince Hernandez (Aspen Comics).

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

11:30am

Advanced Coloring for Comics
Brian Haberlin and coloring legend Steve Oliff demonstrate coloring techniques old and new that you can use to bring your own illustration and comic projects to another level!

Friday July 20, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 2

12:00pm

Career Paths into Game Development
As the business of video games now surpasses the annual revenues of both film and music combined, public interest in pursuing a career in game creation has increased staggeringly in recent years. This has spawned a wide variety of educational and vocational options for individuals to pursue game development, but how exactly does one get the knowledge they need and then find a job in this very competitive industry? Learn from game industry professionals about what it takes to launch a game development career and about the variety of paths into the industry.

Friday July 20, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 28DE

12:00pm

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

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

1:00pm

Hollywood Location Scouts
They found Jumanji in Hawaii, Skull Island in Vietnam, Hogwarts in England, and Wakanda in South Africa. Working alongside directors and production designers, location scouts are the visual artists who bring forth every place that you see on the screen. Six location scouts will discuss the creative and logistical aspects of their jobs, relate some exciting anecdotes, and answer audience questions. Moderator Scott Trimble (Bad Times at the El Royale, The Cabin in the Woods) hosts Location Managers Guild International panelists Scott Alexander (Stephen King's It, Orphan Black), Duncan Jones (Aquaman, Thor: Ragnarok), Manny Padilla (The Man in the High Castle, Transformers: Age of Extinction), Golden Swenson (Face Off, The Dark Knight Rises), and Georgette Turner (Wonder Woman, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them).

Friday July 20, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 9

1:00pm

Drawing with Humberto Ramos (Bilingual)
Artist Humberto Ramos will use both Spanish and English to teach drawing techniques.

Friday July 20, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 2

2:00pm

Fan to Pro: Fanart as Professional Practice
Prism Comics and a diverse panel of professional illustrators share how they used fanart early in their careers to test out new art techniques, find their online audiences, make friends, land jobs, and stay inspired to create. Moderated by Maia Kobabe (Gender Queer: A Memoir, forthcoming from Lion Forge) with panelists Ashley R. Guillory (storyboard artist for live-action film, X-Men: The New Mutants), Noah Hayes (Goldie Vance, Wet Hot American Summer, forthcoming from BOOM! Studios), Emily C. Martin (Princeless, from Action Lab), and Kendra Wells (The Nib, Geek & Sundry; The Toast, MTV), all of whom have directly transitioned the skills they built through fanart into the work they do today.

Friday July 20, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 28DE

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

2:00pm

Hollywood's Illustrators: Craft, Pop Culture, and Careers
Before a set is built and the cameras roll there is something called previsualization-concept art, storyboards, and much more created by the motion pictures illustrators. In-demand artists Joanna Bush (Beauty and the Beast, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2), Simon Murton (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Geostorm), Rick Newsome (Justice League, Fantastic Four), and Patrick Rodriguez (A Wrinkle in Time, Justice League) open up their world and answer your questions. Moderated by Tim Burgard (Justice League, Rampage).

Friday July 20, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 9

2:00pm

Painting Convincing Light in Your Art
Ron Lemen (illustrator, storyboard, sequential artist, concept artist, educator) lectures and demonstrates methods and techniques for painting convincing light in your art. This lesson will include Photoshop tricks, natural light vs. staged light, mood vs. realism, and more.

Friday July 20, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 11

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

2:30pm

The Future of Film Is Female
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 13, 04:50PM
Fandango and TCM correspondent Alicia Malone (author, Backwards & In Heels; The Female Gaze) conducts a conversation about women working in genre film, the essential movies, the pioneers who paved the way, and the evolving landscape. Experts and filmmakers on the panel will give insights, discuss favorites, and share sneak peeks of their upcoming movies. Panelists include filmmakers Susanna Fogel (director, The Spy Who Dumped Me), Christina Hodson (screenwriter, Bumblebee, Batgirl), Jennifer Yuh Nelson (director, The Darkest Minds, Kung Fu Panda 2 and 3), and commentators Angie Han (Mashable) and Danielle Radford (Screen Junkies). Free movie tickets and The Future of Film is Female buttons for select attendees.

Friday July 20, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 5AB

3:00pm

Autobiography in Graphic Novels
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 17, 03:11PM
Popular comic artists discuss creating autobiography and memoir in children's graphic novels. Hear how these award-winning creators turned their experiences into comics in this in-depth conversation. Featuring Raina Telgemeier (Smile; Ghosts), Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Hey, Kiddo), and Tillie Walden (Spinning). Moderated by Brigid Alverson (Publishers Weekly, Good Comics for Kids).

Friday July 20, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

3:00pm

Comics Experience's Guide to Writing Comics and Graphic Novels
Andy Schmidt (Comics Experience, Avengers, Annihilation) and Fred Van Lente (Incredible Hercules, Deadpool) drill down on the craft of writing comics, breaking it down into actionable steps to get your ideas out of your brain and onto the scripted page. If you've ever wanted to write comics, this is your first step!

Friday July 20, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 11

3:00pm

How to Create, Market, & Crowdfund Indy Comics
Brian Pulido (Lady Death creator and Coffin Comics publisher) has raised over $1.3 million on Kickstarter for comic books. Get exclusive insights on how to create, market, and crowdfund indie comics. Get your comic book Kickstarter questions answered in a Q&A.

Friday July 20, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 32AB

3:30pm

From Idea to Hired: Books, TV, Film, & Comics
Agents, managers, book editors, and producers come together to answer all your questions about how to take your writing career from the blank page to sold work. Bring your questions about writing that breakout project, getting representation, what it takes to sell a book to film, and more. These panelists will give you the industry scoop but no pitches, please. They include Brandy Rivers (Industry Entertainment), Holly Root (Root Literary), Paul Shapiro (All in Media), Betsy Sullenger (Oops Doughnuts Productions), Kate Testerman (KT Literary), Michele Wells (DC Entertainment), and Kim Yau (Paradigm). Moderated by Nathan Bransford (How to Write a Novel).

Friday July 20, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 24ABC

3:30pm

So You Want to Edit Comics? A Closer Look at the Industry's Secret Warriors
Think you know everything about making a comic? You may know what writers and artist do, but do you know what it takes to edit comics? comiXologists Matt Kolowski and Kiersten Wing lead a panel of editors and creators including Will Dennis (Scalped), Hope Nicholson (Bedside Press), Megan Kearney (The Secret Loves of Geek Girls), Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Revival), Mike Norton (Revival), and Kel McDonald (Cautionary Fables & Fairytales) in this peek behind the curtain of comics creation.

Friday July 20, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 8

3:30pm

Voices of Mexico
Mexico produces 65% of all dubbing done for Latin America, a market of 450 million consumers, and Mexican fans love their voice actors. Hear the stories from top voice actors from Mexico- Jessica Angeles (Princess Zelda, Katniss Everdeen), Sebastián Llapur (Darth Vader, Severus Snape), and Luis Daniel Ramirez (Peter Parker, Ron Weasley)-about the obstacles they've had to overcome to become successful in this industry and how Mexico is changing the way dubbing for film, animation, and video games is done in Latin America. Moderated by Hugo Castro (Gamacon).

Friday July 20, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 26AB

4:00pm

Creating Comics with the iPad
The iPad has transformed the way you read comics, but did you know you can create comic art on the iPad too? See a comic book character come to life as Hi-Fi's Brian Miller (Doctor Who) and Kristy Miller (SpongeBob Comics) demonstrate step by step how to pencil, ink, and color comics on the iPad. Learn the basic tools and techniques, including which apps work best and how you, too, can transform your iPad into a portable art studio.

Friday July 20, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 11

4:00pm

How to Draw with Adam Hughes
Comics legend Adam Hughes draws using grayscale markers. Adam will share pointers and tips while also answering questions.

Friday July 20, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Room 2

5:00pm

Mold/Resin/3D Printing & FX Techniques
Fon Davis (model maker, SFX expert on Star Wars episodes), Don Westos (mold/resin production expert), and Sam Girgis (BiggerBoxModels) discuss all aspects of garage kit modeling and utilizing 3D printing techniques for new and existing home business ideas.

Friday July 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 11

5:30pm

Drawing Comics with Carlos D'Anda (Bilingual)
Speaking in both Spanish and English, Carlos D'Anda will demonstrate his techniques in inking, pencilling, coloring, and layout. D'Anda is an American comic book artist who has worked on Marvel's Star Wars comic. He is most famous for his work on Deathblow, Outsiders, and Batman: Arkham City. Recently, he has worked on DC Universe Online.

Friday July 20, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Room 2

6:00pm

The Writer's Journey: Maximizing Your Potential in the New Marketplace
The shifting 21st-century digital frontier means the age-old methods of building a career have been rendered irrelevant, and this group of Hollywood screenwriters and graphic novel creators share insider information, publishing secrets, and the professional realities on how to develop your ideas into a viable property and market yourself accordingly. Moderated by 2015 Disney/ABC Writing Program winner and 2014 Eisner Award nominee Brandon Easton (Vampire Hunter D: The Series, Marvel's Agent Carter), the panel includes producer Geoffrey Thorne (Black Panther's Quest, The Librarians), artist/writer Tony Puryear (Queen of the South, the Schwarzenegger film Eraser), writer Ubah Mohamed (DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Gang Related), writer Brandon Thomas (Catalyst Prime: Noble, Skybound's Horizon), and writer Bryan Hill (DC's Titans, Ash vs Evil Dead).

Friday July 20, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 32AB

7:00pm

The Magic: It's the Story Development
Do you have a story idea? Are you looking for better ways to develop your story? How do Marvel, Disney, and Pixar do it? Learn the techniques: What if, effect to cause, story starts in the middle, role of fear, arcs, change, choice, gaps, and archetypes versus stereotypes. Craig Caldwell (USTAR professor, University of Utah) teaches the techniques that will grab your audience from the opening image until the inevitable ending with a twist. He uses extensive visual clips to illustrate and clarify the development process. Craig Caldwell has worked at Disney and EA and is author of Story Structure and Development: A Guide for Animators, VFX Artists, Game Designers, and Virtual Reality.

Friday July 20, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 11

7:00pm

Drawing with Nicholas Nemiri
Nicolas Nemiri is a French comic book artist based in Beijing, China. Take this opportunity to witness his mesmerizing work process using a traditional brush, a calligraphy pen, and even watercolor.

Friday July 20, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Room 2

7:30pm

GirlsDrawinGirls: Pinup From a Woman's Perspective
Panelists include Melody Severns (GDG founder and Simpsons artist), Noelle Raffaele (WB director of DC Girls), Aisling Harbert-Phillips (Deluxe special effects artist), and Leen Isabel (Pole Dancing Adventures). Since 2006, GirlsDrawinGirls has grown from just 18 local LA women to around 200 women artists from all over the world. They are all professionals in the animation, comics, video games, and film industry and have chosen to draw pinup art, which has been predominately male dominated, to showcase the art from a female point of view. By redefining the pinup, they are not only setting the focus on the diverse and talented women in the entertainment arts industry, they are also embracing their own take on their bodies and their sexuality on their terms.

Friday July 20, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 24ABC

7:30pm

Making a Living Off of Your Art
Artist Lee Kohse (Disney, DreamWorks), voice actor Jon Bailey (Honest Trailers, Transformers), writer Brendan Hey (Robot Chicken, Dawn of the Croods), art curator Doug Dreier, and educator Sean Glumace (Adobe education leader) discuss the business of being creative and answer your questions. Learn how to generate revenue, promote yourself online and offline, deal with clients and commissions, and more. Moderated by Johnny Kolasinski (podcaster and arts advocate). Two lucky attendees will win a 12-month subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud (a $599 value) courtesy of Adobe education leader Sean Glumace.

Friday July 20, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 8

8:00pm

How to Draw Manga
eigoMANGA's team of manga artists, animators, and editors present a tutorial workshop to teach the fundamentals of manga illustration and storytelling. They will also be on hand to critique portfolios from up-and-coming artists.

Friday July 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 11
 
Saturday, July 21
 

10:00am

Using Graphic Novels to Help Cope with Bullying
Dr. Katie Monnin (education director, Pop Culture Classroom), Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Molly Ostertag (The Witch Boy), Christina "Steenz" Stewart (Archival Quality), and Derek Heid (English/drama teacher, Temecula Valley High School) discuss the fact that, despite nerd culture being at the forefront of the modern zeitgeist, many young lovers of science fiction, fantasy, gaming, and other fandoms often feel isolated in their school community. This can lead to bullying of these quiet and unique children on the basis of their interests or appearance. How can the Comic-Con community help to alleviate the pressure and pain associated with bullying? These artists and educators will explore which comics not just represent bullying but offer solace and solutions to kids who are actively dealing with it. Moderated by Tom Racine (Tall Tale Radio).

Saturday July 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

10:30am

Comic Book Law School 303: Beyond Trademarks and Copyrights
Still interactive and now five times as informative! For the third (and final) destination in this year's Law School series, this panel of legal experts will shed light on some of the more complex issues facing creators and businesses, and they'll touch on compelling issues popping up on the law and how they apply to comics and the pop culture scene. For this session, noted attorney Michael Lovitz, author of the classic The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, and attorneys David Branfman, Larry Zerner, and David Lizerbram and professor Marc Greenberg focus on real-world issues of importance to fans and creators. Panelists will share their insights and knowledge and provide practical advice concerning rights of privacy and publicity, fandom and fair use, and legal issues faced when developing fan works (fan fiction, fan art, fan films, etc.). Please note: The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and insights to practicing attorneys, as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. [This program is approved for 1.5 credits of California MCLE.]

Saturday July 21, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 11

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

11:30am

Advanced Computer Graphic Techniques
Brian Haberlin will demonstrate advanced cutting-edge 3D and computer graphics comic art techniques that will speed up and improve your storytelling, using a wide range of programs from ZBrush to iClone to SketchUp and many more. Learn all the tricks that have been used in the industry for years that no other pro will show you, and learn how to use this information for print, web, AR, or VR.

Saturday July 21, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 2

12:00pm

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

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

12:30pm

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

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

1:00pm

CBLDF #6 Outlaw Art: The Trials of Underground Comix
Underground comix were more than an art revolution-they were a scandal in the courts! Busts spread from Berkeley to New York as law enforcement used obscenity laws to crack down on this renegade form of free expression. How did the creators and publishers of this historical art movement take the heat? Join Ron Turner, publisher of Last Gasp and Air Pirates, which was convicted in California; Robert Williams of Zap Comix #4,which was convicted in New York; and Joyce Farmer, iconic underground cartoonist and editor of the controversial Abortion Eve for this freewheeling discussion moderated by CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein.

Saturday July 21, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 11

1:00pm

The Comics Revolution
Mark Siegel, editorial and creative director of First Second Books, looks back and looks forward at this amazing, transformative time for the graphic novel in America. From the rise of kids' comics to graphic nonfiction to the author-centered new mainstream, First Second continues its pathfinding run-with beloved comics voices like Vera Brosgol, Gene Yang, Ben Hatke, Faith Erin Hicks, Scott McCloud, Ngozi Ukazu, Penelope Bagieu, Jen Wang, Box Brown, Tillie Walden, and many more.

Saturday July 21, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 29AB

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

Traditional Narrative and Digital Storytelling
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 10, 03:16PM
What does it take to be an author, screenwriter, or narrative designer in media and entertainment industries? From the dawn of storytelling to today's digital platforms, writers have faced a fair share of changes. Contrarily, the spine for what makes a good story has not evolved as concretely. Hear from storytellers such as Genese Davis (Omensight; The Holder's Dominion), Ramon Govea (Myth Division), Adam Simon (screenwriter; Man Down; Point Blank), and Eric Kieron Davis (Star Citizen) as they discuss what they have relied upon when creating narratives, no matter the platform. Discover the writer's through-line that is foundational for every story.

Saturday July 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 7AB

2:00pm

Writing for Comics: Crafting Perfect Panel Descriptions
Phillip Sevy (Tomb Raider), Mike Costa (Venom), Reily Brown (Deadpool, Lobo), and Andy Schmidt (Comics Experience, Avengers, Annihilation) take you through the complicated and artful process of creating powerful panel descriptions that artists will love to draw from and get you what you want . . . every time! No comics writer can be successful without learning how to properly and dynamically communicate with his or her artist!

Saturday July 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 11

2:00pm

Comics Arts Conference #12: The Poster Session
The CAC's poster session gives attendees the opportunity to interact directly with presenters. Come talk one-on-one with these scholars about their projects! Barbara Glaeser (California State University, Fullerton), Leigh Shocki (Alaska Airlines), Christina Schultz (Alaska Airlines), Andrew Sanchez (AT&T), Carl Renold (California State University, Fullerton), and Hernani Ledesma (California State University, Dominguez Hills) illustrate effective ways that comics are being used to shape employee and student learning. Jeremiah Massengale (University of the Cumberlands) discusses the unique capabilities of the comics medium to help readers experience the world through the perspective of a person who is deaf or hearing impaired. Cathy Leogrande (Le Moyne College) focuses on fan adoration of Harley Quinn and the range of their reactions since the Harvey Weinstein/#MeToo zeitgeist. Christopher Warren, Gino Galvez, and Jonelle Prideaux (California State University, Long Beach) use a systematic analysis of comic book character occupations to discern how gender and racial attributes correspond to the lines of traditional discrimination and job segregation. Elysia Poon (School for Advanced Research, Indian Arts Research Center) highlights the recent publication of an anthology of comic art by Native women artists to examine how the comic medium plays a crucial role in giving voice to a highly underrepresented section of our society. D'Ondre Swails (Brown University) interrogates the cultural politics surrounding comic book villains of color, particularly ones of African descent. Allen Thomas (University of Central Arkansas) breaks down the benefit of black comic book characters in bibliotherapy to provide an avenue through which African American clients at the intersections of varied identities can fully and truly see themselves. Cori Knight (University of California, Riverside) uses the webcomic Girl Genius to look at how sidekicks and assistants evolved from two-dimensional, cardboard entities into real characters in their own right. Shelley Lloyd (Clemson University) reads Marvel's Black Widows as both feminine and cyborg using the works of Donna Haraway and Hélène Cixous. Sydney Heifler (University of Oxford) traces a 1970s trend of romance comics writers addressing the Women's Liberation Movement by appropriating the Movement's themes to offer a new "feminism" that mirrored normative and explicitly antifeminist views. Tiffany Babb examines Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward's Black Bolt as an example of how impermanent death holds weight, both emotionally and structurally, in superhero narratives in comics. Valentino L. Zullo (Kent State University) considers the work of the Cleveland Public Library in leading comics programming and the role of the public library in the future of comics scholarship, literacy, and the promotion of humanistic ideas. Brendan Gillett (NYC Department of Education) uses Scott Pilgrim as a source text to engage in simultaneous multiliteracy exercises while producing transmedial adaptations. Derek Heid (Temecula Valley High School) examines Jeff Lemire's breakdown of the family through a lack of open and honest communication and how the fragmentation of the family unit risks the coherency of the world itself. Anita McDaniel (University of North Carolina, Wilmington) analyzes Zack Snyder's ironic use of diegetic and non-diegetic music in Watchmen to disrupt the audience's suspension of disbelief and to challenge to the superhero genre's moral imperative. Kathryn Houk and Bredny Rodriguez (University of Nevada Las Vegas) explore the challenges they had as librarians building a print-based graphic medicine collection in a primarily digital library. Eric Bruce and Emily A. Lilo (Western Oregon University) share their lesson plan, grounded in social cognitive theory, to create space for complex conversations with youth about their life experiences using comics characters as the vehicles. Nicole Kroushl (University of North Carolina, Wilmington) examines the narrative coherence of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina in which witchcraft is a stand-in for American Christian fundamentalism. Noah Simonson (Hillsboro School District) presents a case study exploring the integration of comics as additive classroom texts into four Next Generation Science Standards-aligned science units. Danielle Kohfeldt, Charlene Vo, Maricela Correa-Chavez, and John Nguyen (California State University, Long Beach) explore how forms of engagement in comics-related fandoms may be partially shaped by a person's relative power in society, with a special focus on gender, sexuality, and race/ethnicity. Pamela Jackson (San Diego State University)explores the ways the San Diego State University Library uses critical librarianship to encourage critical thinking and scholarship on issues of identity, social justice, human rights, and economic equality using their comic arts collection. Benjamin G. Barrena and Todd C. Lilje (Naval Medical Center San Diego) use the depiction of doctor-patient interaction in Peter Dunlap-Shohl's My Degeneration: A Journey Through Parkinson's to argue that by stressing the experiential and the aesthetic over the technical, the graphic novel medium provides a particularly powerful format for pushing doctors to see through their patients' eyes. Divya Jindal-Snape (University of Dundee) traces the creation of Fibromyalgia and Us (2017), which was co-created by four people living with fibromyalgia, health care professionals, family members, comic artists, and experts to illustrate the life transitions caused by fibromyalgia and its impact.

Saturday July 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 26AB

2:00pm

Drawing Your Imagination with Kim Jung Gi
Take this amazing opportunity to learn how to draw your imagination that words cannot describe on top of white paper with a black pen. You will realize that you do not need any fancy equipment to draw your heart out after seeing Kim Jung Gi's outrageous live drawing! You will get a chance to see an empty canvas transform into a completed scene with human anatomy and perspective in just 90 minutes.

Saturday July 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 2

3:00pm

Artists Who Write: The Craft and Creation of Comics
Whether it's a superhero adventure, a colorful fantasy world, an ultraviolent crime noir, or a new take on an old classic, creators put a lot of thought into the sequential art that drives stories told in comics. An all-star lineup of Dark Horse creators including Frank Miller (Sin City), Dave Gibbons (The Originals), Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), Wendy Pini (ElfQuest), and Rafael Albuquerque (EI8HT) discuss turning an idea into a full-fledged story and how they continue to keep their writing fresh.

Saturday July 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 7AB

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

3:00pm

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

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

4:00pm

Animation Artists Teach Caricature
Capturing the essence of a person or a character in just a line from a pen is a special skill, and few do it better than animation artists. Learn from Disney directing legend John Musker (Little Mermaid, Moana). Animators and story artists Jeff Ranjo, Kali Fontecchio, Marty Davis, and Trent Corey will draw live on stage, choosing lucky audience members who will get immortalized by these brilliant artists with art they can keep! There will be a speed caricature contest, as well as tips and tricks from the artists on how to improve your own drawing skills. Moderated by Tom Racine of the podcast Tall Tale Radio.

Saturday July 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 11

4:00pm

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

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

5:00pm

Everyone's a Critic: Being a Journalist in an Online Age
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 17, 08:57AM
The past decade has seen an explosion in the scope of journalism, from the rise of citizen-journalism to blogging to vloggers, podcasters, and online-only news sources. This panel of writers and hosts from CBR, Geek Magazine, Digital Bits, Bleeding Cool, and others will talk about the roles new media play between their readers and the industries and communities they serve. Varying levels of informality versus classic ideas of professionalism, show-specific outlets versus general news sites, and more. 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).

Saturday July 21, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 9

5:00pm

Master Successful Observational Drawing in Two Steps
Wei Xu, Ph.D. (artist/mathematician/computer scientist/author/professor)will talk about his [+SM]Art approach and simple tricks for mastering observational drawing skills efficiently. These secrets will enable average people, from kids to seniors, to learn drawing with ease.

Saturday July 21, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 11

5:00pm

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

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

5:00pm

Talk for a Living: Voiceover 101
Master storyteller and audiobook narrator Scott Brick (Dune, Blade Runner, Jurassic Park) and legendary voiceover artist Townsend Coleman (voice of The Tick, and Michelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) put volunteers from the audience through their paces to see if they-and you-have what it takes to make it in the competitive world of voiceover.

Saturday July 21, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Room 2

6:00pm

Figure Drawing for Popular Media
Emilio Soltero, Ph.D. (John Buscema: A Life in Sketches; Draw the Line) presents a primer on drawing the figure for popular media, including drawing for comics and character design, joined by Lauren Echevaria (artist), Elisabeth Echevaria (panel model), and Jyhjong Hwang (panel model). The focus will be on anatomy and figure drawing. Emilio will lecture and demonstrate on figure drawing. Lauren will demo a portrait. There will be time to draw as well. Professionals and beginners are welcome. Bring your drawing supplies to draw models/cosplayers during this interactive presentation.

Saturday July 21, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 11

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

6:30pm

IP in Board Games
Chris Castagnetto (DJ Helsing) and B&B Games Studio are proud to be hosting the IP in Board Games panel. Learn about intellectual property in board gaming and how IP can influence game design and testing. Bring your questions and participate in an open forum fireside chat.

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

6:30pm

Being an Author in the 21st Century (and Controlling Your Own Destiny Through Self-Publishing)
Being a successful author is an entirely different proposition than it was just a few years ago. The introduction of the eReader and the rise of self-publishing have turned the industry on its head-and new authors are benefiting. Learn how to harness your strengths and take charge of your career in a candid discussion of the self-published author's life with three Amazon all-star authors: Michael C. Grumley (sci-fi, thrillers), Tim Tigner (mystery, thrillers), and Samantha Christy (romance). Moderated by audiobook Golden Voice Scott Brick.

Saturday July 21, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Room 2

7:00pm

Cartoon Art Museum Demo: Watercolor for Cartooning
Watercolors can be a magical medium for any artform including comics. Watch and learn beginner- to advanced-technique demonstrations meant specifically for use in comics with an introduction by Cartoon Art Museum educator and program coordinator Nina L. Taylor Kester (Cartoon Camp). Then observe professional cartoonists use this classic medium to create wondrous works of comic art. Lucky attendees may win some of the art created or go home with new art supplies to start their own watercolor adventure. Materials provided by Sakura of America.

Saturday July 21, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 11

7:00pm

From Script to Page, From Script to Screen
Panelists Cat Mihos (writer), Ethan McQuerrey (director/writer), Tomm Coker (writer), Bonita Pietila (producer, The Simpsons), Molly Mahan (editor, Vertigo) and Comic-Con special guest, David Mack (excellent artist!), take an in-depth look at the process of bringing ideas to the comic book page and then developing them from page to screen. They will also show how to successfully break down a screenplay for a graphic novel script.

Saturday July 21, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 28DE

7:00pm

What's New from Del Rey Books?
Adventure, science fiction, fantasy, and fairy tales-the publisher of some of these genres' best and brightest stars is here to talk about what's next on the horizon from DelRey Books. Authors Katherine Arden (The Winternight trilogy), Pierce Brown (Red Rising series), Delilah S. Dawson (Kill the Farm Boy), Christie Golden (World of Warcraft: Before the Storm), Kevin Hearne (Kill the Farm Boy), Sylvain Neuvel (The Themis Files), and Naomi Novik (Spinning Silver) discuss their new and upcoming books with moderator Tricia Narwani (Del Rey editorial director).

Saturday July 21, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 9

8:00pm

Women Below the Line
Jesse Thaxton (specialty costume fabrication, Black Lightning, Titans), Alicia Minette (production designer/prop master, Paradise Run, Big Brother), Erin Peters (assistant editor, The Last Ship, Grimm), Rachel Noel (narrative designer, Armored Warfare, Pathfinder Adventures), Helen Harwell (production designer, The Aquabats! Super Show!, Paradise Run), and others explore roles of women in the entertainment industry. They will discuss their careers and experiences working in their various fields, focusing on success stories and how to follow your dreams in the industry while exploring gender roles in the creative professions. Moderated by Sheyne Fleischer.

Saturday July 21, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 28DE
 
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

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

Creating a Walt Disney Comic Story
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 11, 04:57PM
Ever wonder how pros go about creating new comic stories? 26-year veteran Disney comics creators Patrick and Shelly Block will create an actual short Donald Duck story with audience participation in this creative workshop. Learn firsthand how the Blocks come up with story ideas, plot out their tales, create a good story climax, and lay out a story idea so that it comes to life. This popular workshop is guaranteed to bring a chuckle or two, as terrible things are bound to happen when Donald Duck and his nephews are involved! All ages are invited. Come and join the fun! **This is not associated with The Walt Disney Company**

Sunday July 22, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 2

10:30am

How To Create Your Own Novel: From the First Idea to Publishing and What You Need To Sell Your Work to TV and Film
The Winner Twins, Brittany and Brianna, multiple award-winning and national bestselling science fiction authors known for their popular Strand series, explain how to create your own novel step by step, from building your universe to overcoming writer's block to the different paths to publishing. The twins, who are on staff at UCLA, have taught their unique creative writing method to hundreds of thousands of convention attendees, teachers, and students across the country. They will be joined by Todd McCaffrey (New York Times bestselling author, Dragonriders of Pern) and Steven Sears (writer and producer, Xena: Warrior Princess, The A-Team, Father Dowling Mysteries, Swamp Thing). This panel will be in loving memory of Richard Hatch, a friend, teacher, and inspiration to all.

Sunday July 22, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 8

10:30am

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

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

11:00am

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

11:00am

DC Kids: Sunday Art School
It's Sunday Funday! Bring your kids along as some of the best young adult/kids' artists DC has to offer are here to share with you their drawing tips and tools for the trade. Fan favorites Art Balatazar and Franco (DC Super-Friends), Agnes Garbowska (DC Super Hero Girls), Monica Kubina (DC Super Hero Girls), and Tom Richmond (MAD) are your tutors for today's class.

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

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

11:00am

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

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

11:00am

Guide to Illustrating Comics: From Sketches to Final Pages
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 09, 01:06PM
You love comics, but are you fan enough to #MakeComics? comiXologists Matt Kolowski and Kiersten Wing host comics artists Mike Norton (Revival), Elsa Charretier (Superfreaks, Star Wars Adventures), Margaux Saltel (Superfreaks), Alti Firmansyah (Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde), Kristian Donaldson (The Massive, DMZ), and Megan Kearney (The Secret Loves of Geek Girls) in a discussion about the triumphs, sorrows, tricks, and craft of illustrating comics. What's the hardest thing to draw? What inspires their work? Who are the artists they admire most? Get the inside scoop from the pros about how to #MakeComics.

Sunday July 22, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 24ABC

11:30am

Monster Battle Time KO!
Three teams of artists go head to head in the biggest Monster Battle Time of the season! This year they have Natalie "Nuclear" Nourigat, Yehudi "Maniacal" Mercado, and Rashad "Raring to Go" Doucet to design your monsters and battle for ultimate artistic glory! Free comics to all attendees! Speakers: Robin Herrera, Natalie Nourigat, Yehudi Mercado, and Rashad Doucet.

Sunday July 22, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 23ABC

11:30am

Are Superheroes Social Justice Warriors? How to Educate, Illuminate, and Bring Diversity and Social Change Through Comics
Comic books have been pointing out injustice and bringing social issues to light since their outset. Over the years, this has ebbed and flowed, and currently, there is a merry war between both sides of the coin of too much and not enough. The comic industry is booming along with films and television series about superheroes. These panelists will share their thoughts on this topic and how current commentary on social justice and diversity have affected this industry. Moderator Heather Newman (founder and CEO of Creative Maven) is joined by Mela Lee (voice actor, Fallout, Final Fantasy) and Erica Lindbeck (actress, ThunderCats Roar).

Sunday July 22, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 2

12:00pm

Manga Tutorials for Kids
eigoMANGA's team of manga artists and animators will give kids of all ages tutorials on manga illustrations and storytelling.

Sunday July 22, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 11

12:00pm

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

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

12:30pm

Publishing Comics for Kids
An all-star panel of Franco (Itty Bitty Hell Boy, Tiny Titans), Art Baltazar (Itty Bitty Hell Boy, Tiny Titans), Jeremy Whitley (Princeless, Wasp), and M. Alice LeGrow (Toyettica, Bizenghast) reveal how they make comics for kids great. Everyone will leave with a great kids' comic.

Sunday July 22, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 8

1:00pm

1, 2, 3, . . . 20?! How to Create (and Survive) a Successful Graphic Novel Series
Making a graphic novel is a lot of work. But keeping a series going poses its own creative challenges. Bestselling comics creators discuss the trials and tribulations of creating a series. Panelists include Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm (Babymouse series, Sunny series), Raina Telgemeier (Smile, The Babysitters Club), and Molly Ostertag (The Witch Boy). Moderated by Dr. Rose Brock (Sam Houston State University).

Sunday July 22, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 11

1:00pm

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

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

1:30pm

Comics Arts Conference #15: International Collaborative TransMedia Narrative Comics II
The panel reflects on the mechanics and outcomes of an international, transmedia narrative-led teaching and research comics-making collaboration between graduate students at the University of Dundee and undergraduates from Penn State. Student Gigi DeFleurentin (Pennsylvania State University, Ablington College) will report on her experience with the project and introduce a video of the trip. Faculty Emily Steinberg (Pennsylvania State University, Ablington College), Damon Herd (University of Dundee), and Christopher Murray (University of Dundee) discuss their hope of taking their collaborative effort to a third location in the future, furthering their mission to facilitate students with vastly different life experiences in the creation of a shared narrative, knitting together the next generation of graphic storytellers in an ever more tightly knit world.

Sunday July 22, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 26AB

1:30pm

Kids' Comics Live Drawing
Panelists will do a live drawing guided by suggestions from kids in the audience. See comic art created in realtime, and learn about drawing for comics. Artists will include Matt Loux (The Time Museum), Chad Sell (The Cardboard Kingdom), Nilah Magruder (How to Find a Fox), and Douglas Holgate (The Last Kids on Earth).

Sunday July 22, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 23ABC

2:00pm

Cartoon Art Museum Workshop: Drawing Characters
Cartoon Art Museum educators Nina L. Taylor Kester (Cartoon Camp/ Peanuts colorist), Melissa Pagluica (Above the Clouds), and Matt Harding (Not Forgotten /Hyperdrive!) conduct a beginner workshop for the whole family. Fans young and old looking to get started in drawing cartoons and creating characters can follow along in this interactive program. Learn how to use basic shapes to create characters, including some of your favorites. Then learn how to add unique details to make them your own! To help you follow along, drawing materials are provided by Sakura of America.

Sunday July 22, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 11

2:30pm

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

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

2:30pm

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

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

3:00pm

Drawing Convincing Movement and Motion in Your Art
Ron Lemen (illustrator, storyboard, sequential artist, concept artist, educator) lectures and demonstrates methods and techniques for drawing motion in your 2D art. This lesson will include Photoshop tricks vs. drawing tricks, motion for environments and props, figure motion, lens distortions, color vs. lines, and more.

Sunday July 22, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 11

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

3:00pm

Where Do Ideas Come From?
For artists and writers who get "stuck!" Veteran writer/editor Barbara Randall Kesel (Shadowzone/My Little Pony) slings rapid-fire tips, tricks, and strategies for vanquishing those blocked brain cells and deadline demons! Part information, part motivation, all entertaining!

Sunday July 22, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 28DE

4:00pm

Dr. Zhivago's Spotlight on 3D Cartoons and Artificial Intelligence
Dr. Zhivago's panel will show how 3D cartoons are transformed from sketches and used in artificial intelligence media programs. Students participating in Dr. Zhivago's Digital Media Arts Program are from Arroyo Vista Charter Middle School (Chula Vista), showcasing their designs from sketch to final 3D rendering. Q&A moderated by Marissa Zhivago. A short cartooning workshop with Dr. Zhivago follows the presentation.

Sunday July 22, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 11

4:00pm

Full-Time Creative Work on a Part-Time Schedule
This panel covers the vital but basic concepts that can apply to anything in creative or geek culture, from professional goals to hobbyist projects. The panelists are Sean Glumace (Adobe education leader, comic book letterer), Heather Joseph-Witham, Ph.D. (professor at Otis College of Art and Design), Ron Coleman, Ph.D. (molecular geneticist and comic book writer), Dr. Renah Wolzinger (state director for retail, hospitality and tourism, California community colleges), Topher Davila (art director,Geekdom Wear), James Frye (managing editor, The Con Guy), and Mario Martinez (co-creator, Tomato TV). As the information has stacked up over the years, every person who attends will get a postcard of some of the collected tips, wisdom, and potential pitfalls talked about on past panels. Also, one lucky panel attendee will win a 12-month subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud-a $599 value, courtesy of Adobe education leader Sean Glumace.

Sunday July 22, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 24ABC

4:00pm

Mark McDonnell: How to Draw in the Different Studio Styles
Being a good artist and facile with technology are two of the skills animation companies seek in employees. But there's a third component rarely discussed: how well you can draw in the style of their particular studio. In this workshop, Disney master teacher Mark McDonnell will demonstrate how to adapt your style and eye to different studios-including Disney, DreamWorks, and Warner Bros.-to increase your chances of getting hired. Introduced by Fast Company's Susan Karlin.

Sunday July 22, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 2