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Thursday, July 19


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

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


Len Wein Memorial
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 12, 03:09PM
As one of the most prolific and inspiring comics creators of his generation, Len Wein brought the world the likes of Wolverine, Swamp Thing, and so many more beloved characters. Join a star-studded group from across the industry as they pay tribute to Len, his impressive half-century of magnificent creations, his influence on the comics realm, and the many lives he touched throughout his life.

Thursday July 19, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 4
Friday, July 20


Walt Kelly was one of the greatest cartoonists of all time, and his work is fast coming back into print and receiving a new recognition. Here's a discussion of that work and the man who created it with historian Maggie Thompson, comic expert R. C. Harvey, film critic Leonard Maltin, co-editor at Fantagraphics Books Eric Reynolds, and your moderator, co-editor with Eric of Pogo: The Complete Newspaper Strips, Mark Evanier. Plus, a display of Walt Kelly artwork you've never seen before!

Friday July 20, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 8


Steve Ditko: Artist
NEW: Fri, Jul 13, 01:16PM
Steve Ditko’s profound impact on the comic book medium cannot be overstated. His art touched people in one way or another, from casual fan to fellow professional, and will continue to do so for generations to come. Come see Gary Groth, Steve Leialoha, Paul Levitz, Nick Lowe, David Schwartz, and moderator Scott Dunbier as they discuss Ditko the artist and Ditko the man (while screening a video loop of nearly 150 images).

Friday July 20, 2018 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Room 4
Sunday, July 22


The Annual Kirby Tribute
As is done every year, fans gather to salute the man some called "The King of the Comics" and its most imaginative artist and creator. Discussing the life and work of Jack Kirby this year are animation producer Larry Houston, illustrator/historian Arlen Schumer, Rand Hoppe of the Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center, attorney Paul S. Levine, a few surprises, and your moderator, Kirby biographer and assistant Mark Evanier.

Sunday July 22, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
Room 5AB


Harlan Ellison: A Celebration of His Life and Works
The world recently lost a titan writer/fantasist, Harlan Ellison. But the stories he left behind are legendary. Attend this loose and likely profane celebration of the man and his writing as moderator Chris Ryall welcomes Josh Olson, Bill Sienkiewicz, William Stout, Erik Nelson, Steve Barnes, Nat Segaloff, Jud Meyers, Scott Tipton, J. K. Woodward, Christine Valada, Jason Davis, and as many other friends of Harlan that can fit on and around the dais. As a bonus, Dreams with Sharp Teeth director Nelson will also feature some never-before-seen documentary footage of Harlan, and all in attendance will get complimentary print, too.

Sunday July 22, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Room 6DE


Len Wein Memorial Pro/Fan Trivia Match
In 1994, Len Wein, captain of the Purple Pros, challenged Tom Galloway, captain of the Black Ink Irregulars, to a comics pros vs. comics fans trivia match. It happened almost every year since. With Len's passing last year, it's a final match with all questions on Len's least favorite topic: the work of Len Wein. Len rarely managed to correctly answer questions about his work; when he did, he got a standing ovation. There won't be fixed teams, but they will cycle in pros and fans so as many as possible pay tribute to Len by answering questions about his work and doing their best trash talking of their opponents.

Sunday July 22, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 26AB