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Thursday, July 19
 

11:30am

You're Wrong, Leonard Maltin!
Discussing movies on social media has become a blood sport instead of a forum for debate. Leonard Maltin and his daughter Jessie, who host the "Maltin on Movies" podcast for the Nerdist network, are willing to take on all comers who have a gripe over one of Leonard's reviews. Marquis of Queensbury rules will be enforced, but anyone who wants to have a lively discussion is welcome to spar (verbally) with America's best-known film critic.

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 24ABC

4:00pm

comiXology Originals: Creator-Owned Comics and Beyond
Creator-owned comics from comiXology? You bet! Sam Humphries (Green Lanterns), Alti Firmansyah (Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde), Magdalene Visaggio (Eternity Girl, Kim & Kim), Jen Vaughn (Betty & Veronica: Vixens), Richard Starkings (Elephantmen, Ask for Mercy), and Abigail Jill Harding (Ask for Mercy) talk about their latest comiXology Originals graphic novels and series. They'll also entertain you with stories on the process of bringing creator-owned comics to life and what it's like pushing the envelope with digital comics, and beyond. Moderated by comiXologists Kiersten Wing and Matt Kolowski.

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 28DE

5:00pm

Manga Publishing Industry Roundtable
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 12, 11:05AM
Manga in North America is enjoying a new Golden Age. More books are hitting the shelves in bookstores and comic shops, and more titles than ever are available in digital formats the same day/date as Japan. There's more anime streaming on Netflix, Amazon, and Crunchyroll, and that's driving interest in more manga and a more diverse range of titles than ever before. Get a taste of what's hot, what's not, and what's next for manga from top publishing pros, including Ben Applegate (associate director, publisher services at Penguin Random House), David Brothers (editor, VIZ Media), Rachel Thorn (manga translator and associate professor in the faculty of manga, Kyoto Seika University), Daihei Shiohama (Media Do International), Erik Ko (chief of operations, Udon Entertainment), and Christopher Butcher (Toronto Comic Arts Festival, VIZ Media). Moderated by Deb Aoki (Publishers Weekly, Anime News Network).

Thursday July 19, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 29AB

6:00pm

How to Be a Superstar Host
NEW: Fri, Jul 13, 02:51PM
Ever dreamed of being a host for the Emmys, Nerdist, Hyper RPG, Geek and Sundry, Nerdist, Buzzfeed, DC, Marvel, and other popular news oulets? Or maybe having your own successful Youtube channel and a top-50 Apple iTunes podcast? Jessica Tseang (The Kaiju Kingdom Podcast, comic book historian) brings you the men and women who know what it takes to be a breakout host, drawing in viewers all around the world week after week, without needing a second job!

Thursday July 19, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 7AB

7:00pm

The Annual Comics Journalism Panel: Chronicling the New Comics Canon
Panelists look at reviewing, whether journalists need a canon, and how to cover the vast world of not only print comics but webcomics, Kickstarters, and more. With Heidi MacDonald (The Beat), Valerie Complex (Braxton), Rob McMonigal (Panel Pater), Kat Overland (Women Write About Comics), and Fred Van Lente (The Comic Book History of Comics).

Thursday July 19, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 23ABC

8:00pm

Webcomics Advocates and the Webcomics Gathering
Webcomics Advocates co-founder Brendan Creecy (Brax the Alien Rocker) and webcomic creators Patrick Scullin (Super Siblings), Eddie DeAngelini (Collectors), Ambrose Quintanilla (Gopher-It Comics), Madeleine Holly-Rosing (Boston Metaphysical Society), and moderator Kristen Parraz (Compadres y Comics podcast) celebrate and discuss the exciting world of webcomics. They will also give any webcomic creators in the audience 30 seconds to promote their comic to the crowd.

Thursday July 19, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 23ABC
 
Friday, July 20
 

10:00am

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Reunion
In 2008, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog became a beloved webseries. The show tells the story of Dr. Horrible (played by Neil Patrick Harris), an aspiring super-villain; Moist (Simon Helberg), Dr. Horrible's minion; Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion), his nemesis; and Penny (Felicia Day), their shared love interest. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of this popular show by attending this lively discussion and celebration with creator Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day, and Maurissa Tancharoen!

Friday July 20, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Hall H

11:00am

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

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

11:00am

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

11:30am

Nerdist News Live
Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News, Bizarre States), Dan Casey (The Dan Cave, Nerdist News), Rachel Heine (Nerdist and Geek & Sundry editor-in-chief), Kyle Hill (Because Science, MythBusters: The Search), and other Nerdist stars discuss the biggest pop culture stories of the day like only Nerdist can. Go behind the scenes of Nerdist News and other shows, and bring your questions for the cast and crew. Use only as directed. 9 out of 10 doctors recommend attending the panel right before this one just to get a seat. Side effects may include uncontrollable deep cuts, hilarious Star Wars theories, and hot takes lasting over 30 seconds.

Friday July 20, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 5AB

12:00pm

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

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

12:45pm

Hulu's World Premiere Screening of Castle Rock
Escape the summer heat for a chilling world premiere screening of the first episode of J. J. Abrams and Stephen King's psychological-horror series about the hometown of some of your favorite nightmares. You've read the books, you've seen the movies, you know the characters, but you've never heard the story of Castle Rock. Following the screening, the creators and executive producers Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason (Manhattan) and stars Sissy Spacek (Carrie), Bill Skarsgard (It), Melanie Lynskey (Togetherness), and Jane Levy (Suburgatory) will discuss the most tragic and disturbing town in America. Prepare to sleep with the lights on.

Friday July 20, 2018 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Ballroom 20

1:30pm

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

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

2:00pm

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

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

2:00pm

Geek & Sundry Live
Geek & Sundry has been delivering quality comedic and gaming content for six years now: Can you believe it!? Marisha Ray (Critical Role), Anjali Bhimani (We're Alive: Frontier), Amy Dallen (Shield of Tomorrow), Erika Ishii (Game Engine), Jeremy Walker (Sagas of Sundry: Madness), T. J. Rotell (G&S head of production), and moderator Sean Becker (G&S senior creative director) talk about the future of the network, what new shows are coming out, and what old shows are returning.

Friday July 20, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 25ABC

3:00pm

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

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

3:30pm

Amazon Prime Video Showcase
Amazon Prime Video brings together six exciting creators to share insights and behind-the-scenes looks into their highly anticipated upcoming Prime Original series. Featured panelists include Carlton Cuse (Lost), the prolific creative force behind Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, premiering August 31st; The Tick creator Ben Edlund; Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot), director of Homecoming; world-renowned author Neil Gaiman (American Gods), creator/writer/showrunner of Good Omens; Lore super-producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead); and Naren Shankar, showrunner of The Expanse.

Friday July 20, 2018 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Ballroom 20

4:00pm

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

Friday July 20, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

7:00pm

Breaking in and Monetizing Your Comics with Webtoon
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 10, 09:16AM
Looking to break into creator-owned comics with the world's largest comics publisher? Hear from creators including Kaitlyn Narvaza a.k.a. instantmiso (Siren's Lament), Monica Gallagher (Assassin Roommate, BOO! It's Sex), Leeanne Krecic a.k.a. Mongie (Let's Play), Shen (Bluechair, Live with Yourself), and 2018 Eisner-nominee Ryan Benjamin (Brothers Bond) on what it takes to break into the industry, how they've built their fan base through Webtoon, and how to survive once you're a full-time creator. Webtoon's head of content Tom Akel will walk you through how to publish and promote your own IP on the Discover platform, provide details on Webtoon's new ad sharing program, their partnership with Patreon, and the latest Webtoon comic contest with an $80k first prize.

Friday July 20, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 4

7:00pm

Shout! and Scream Factory's Breaking News
Shout! Factory's Brian Ward (producer) and Jeff Nelson (senior marketing director), along with moderator Bill Hunt (The Digital Bits), will take you behind the scenes at Shout! Factory and Scream Factory. They'll have exclusive announcements, sneak peeks from upcoming Blu-ray, DVD, and theatrical releases and more.

Friday July 20, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 32AB

8:00pm

Bat in the Sun Presents
The cast and crew of Bat in the Sun preview part of their newest animated Super Power Beat Down along with a surprise video they have been working on! Panelists include Aaron Schoenke, Sean Schoenke, Kevin Porter, Jennifer Van Dien, and Casper Van Dien, along with some surprise panelists.

Friday July 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 6DE

8:00pm

Mega64 Ultimate Multi-Billion Dollar Cross-Franchise Team-Up Panel
Rocco Botte, Derrick Acosta, Shawn Chatfield, and many more of the Mega64 crew celebrate the 15th anniversary of their show. They've been making video game stuff for the Internet here in San Diego since 2003 and are excited to share some videos and special moments with you.

Friday July 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 25ABC

8:00pm

Web Comics: The Four Panel Frontier
As newspapers across the country shut their doors, so too go the funny pages. Once the sprawling domain of Monday-hating felines, ill-fated blockheads, and whatever the hell "Ziggy" is, this erstwhile format will soon be a thing of the past. Where does this uniquely American art form go when the presses stop rolling? Bleeding Cool's Will Romine moderates a panel of fat, starving webcomics. Alan Truong (The Missing Digit) and J. R. Gervais (Young Cannibals) take you through their 20-year overnight success and offer their insight into the limitless potential of this new-old medium. Part "how-to," part "WTF," this is a panel for fans and professionals alike. And because they like you so much, all attendees will receive a limited-edition giveaway!

Friday July 20, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 29AB

9:15pm

Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog
Join the fun and sing along as the California Browncoats screen the original Internet sensation Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog and fan film fave, Dr. Horrible's Unofficial Sing-Along Sequel. The gang's all back and more horrible than ever! We pick up with our beloved doctor at an unknown time since he joined the ranks of the Evil League of Evil. What new faces, new friends, and new enemies await? Grab some fro-yo and come find out.

Friday July 20, 2018 9:15pm - 10:45pm
Room 6DE
 
Saturday, July 21
 

3:00pm

comiXology Originals: On the Horizon
The biggest news in comics is comiXology's exclusive content program: comiXology Originals. Join comiXology's head of content Chip Mosher and comics creators Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Revival), Mike Norton (Revival), Sam Humphries (Green Lanterns), Alti Firmansyah (Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde), M. K. Reed (The Castoffs, Palefire), Tish Doolin (Modus Operandi), Mark Sable (Graveyard of Empires), and Kristian Donaldson (The Massive, DMZ) as they give you an intimate look at upcoming comiXology Originals releases. Catch a glimpse of never-before-seen artwork, covers, and more!

Saturday July 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 29AB

4:15pm

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

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

5:00pm

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

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

5:00pm

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

Spotlight on Aminder Dhaliwal
Comic-Con special guest Aminder Dhaliwal (Woman World) and Stu Livingston (co-director, Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie, and director at Disney TV Animation) discuss Dhaliwal's work as a comics artist and animator. Their conversation will touch on Dhaliwal's process, her inspirations, and how she balances her comics and animation work as a director at Disney TV Animation. Dhaliwal's debut graphic novel Woman World was first serialized on Instagram to an audience of 150,000.

Saturday July 21, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 29AB

5:30pm

Netflix: Matt Groening's Disenchantment
Netflix and Matt Groening give a special sneak peek at the animation legend's newest and much anticipated series, Disenchantment. Get whisked away into the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland, where Matt tells the misadventures of hard-drinking young princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo, and her personal demon Luci. The cast and creators will be in attendance to show you an exclusive first look and answer all of your burning questions about this much anticipated television series.

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

6:30pm

Talks Machina with Critical Role
Brian W. Foster (Talks Machina) hosts a special Critical Role community Q&A with Matthew Mercer, Marisha Ray, Liam O'Brien, Sam Riegel, and Taliesin Jaffe. The cast will answer your questions about Vox Machina, the Mighty Nein, and anything and everything Critical Role!

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

7:30pm

Funimation Favorites
Funimation staff members take a look at some personal favorites from current anime and past classics. What's your Funimation favorite?

Saturday July 21, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 7AB
 
Sunday, July 22
 

1:00pm

Geek & Sundry: Welcome to the Wednesday Club
Geek & Sundry's weekly comic book show, The Wednesday Club, is bringing their live panel to SDCC for the first time ever! Taliesin Jaffe (Critical Role), Amy Dallen (Sagas of Sundry), and Matt Key (Key Question) offer their 2018 SDCC review. They'll talk about their favorite con purchases (and where you can get them), which Eisner Awards made them most excited and what comic book announcements made them giddy (and why). This is your comic book club on the Internet, so come with your comic book questions and they'll offer their comic book answers!

Sunday July 22, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 7AB

1:00pm

Making It as a Pro in Gaming and eSports
What does it take to become a Pro Gamer, traveling the world and winning big at gaming and eSports competitions? How about a game designer? A programmer? This panel will give you the insights and inspiration to make your mark and even your livelihood in the world of gaming and eSports. Moderated by Anastasia Staten (executive director, The ESA Foundation). Game against the pros at Future Tech Live! In the Omni Hotel.

Sunday July 22, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 24ABC

2:00pm

Bizarre States
Host Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News, Bizarre States), Andrew Bowser (Bizarre States), and a surprise panelist take their popular podcast Bizarre States on the road! They explore the mysteries of the weird, supernatural, and occult, dragging into the light current and historical paranormal activities and personal experiences.

Sunday July 22, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 7AB

2:00pm

Comics of the Internet: The Memes, the Myths, the Legends
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 09, 01:08PM
Have you seen that one comic online? You know, the one that's everywhere? What if you could talk to the creators behind the comics that broke the Internet? Now you can! comiXologists Matt Kolowski and Kiersten Wing chat with meme comic scholars and creators Hope Nicholson (Bedside Press), Megan Kearney (The Secret Loves of Geek Girls), Shen T. (Owlturd Comics), David Malki (Wondermark), and Nick Franco (Nuzlocke Comics) about the creative genius and little bit of luck that make these exceptional comics go viral!

Sunday July 22, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 29AB

2:00pm

Diversity in Tech and Gaming: An Evolving Conversation
Inclusion and equality is a hot topic everywhere, and that includes the tech and gaming worlds. These sectors are making major inroads, and these panelists are part of the vanguard leading the way. Presented in concert with the "We Are" ESA Diversity Gallery located at Future Tech Live! in the Omni Hotel. Moderated by the executive director of the ESA Foundation, Anastasia Staten.

Sunday July 22, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 24ABC

4:00pm

Simulated Worlds: Writing for Virtual Reality and Games
Writers for games and virtual reality talk about the industry's next big paradigm shift. What's different about writing for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR)? How does new technology shape more traditional games, and how does it impact the way players interact with story? Game writers and industry professionals discuss the potential pitfalls and challenges of new leaps in technology, as well as the potential for new narratives moving forward. Discussion will be moderated by Jonathan Callan (senior writer, Survios), with panelists James Iliff (chief creative officer, Survios), Andrew Robinson (senior writer, Blizzard), and Shawn Kittelsen (writer/head of narrative, Injustice 2).

Sunday July 22, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 28DE