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Thursday, July 19
 

10:00am

It Takes Two: Creative Forces Combine!
Writing doesn't have to be solitary. It can involve another author or illustrator, and their input can lead to an incredibly fruitful collaboration. Some of today's top creators discuss the joys-and challenges!-of working together. M. T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin (The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge), P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast (Lost and The Dysasters), Dana Fredsti and David Fitzgerald (Time Shards), Jenni Holm and Matt Holm (Babymouse series, Sunny Side Up), and Jim Pascoe and Heidi Arnhold (Cottons) engage in conversation with Ringmistress Kiersten White (Bright We Burn).

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 28DE

10:00am

Writing and Drawing the Past
History finds its way into all the stories we tell, whether those are autobiographical, fiction, or nonfiction. These creators open up about how historical factors alter the way their story is researched, the twists and turns history creates in their storytelling, and more. Abraham Riesman (staff writer for Vulture) moderates a conversation between Thi Bui (The Best We Could Do), Jason Lutes (Berlin), Noah Van Sciver (Johnny Appleseed), and Jen Wang (The Prince and The Dressmaker), who will delve into the unique considerations facing a cartoonist drawing and writing the past.

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 32AB

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

11:30am

Oni Press Presents: Your Best Pitch Yet
Every editor has a different opinion about a pitch. Oni Press's executive editor Ari Yarwood and editorial director of licensed publishing Sarah Gaydos host a panel with peer editors Christina "Steenz" Stewart (Lion Forge), Spike Trotman (Iron Circus), and others as they offer insights into what a good pitch is in the comics world.

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 8

12:00pm

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

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

12:00pm

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

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

12:00pm

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

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

1:00pm

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

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

1:00pm

Shattering Stereotypes: Badass Female Scientists in the Lab and on the Screen
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 12, 03:18PM
With the success of Black Panther and television shows such as Timeless, The Flash, Arrow, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., female scientists are becoming more and more prominent in pop culture. The Fleet Science Center, local female scientists, and the creative teams behind some of the most popular movies and television shows discuss what it means to be a woman in science and how important it is to give future generations of scientists and creative minds the opportunity to see themselves represented in different roles in society. Panelists include Monica Owusu-Breen (producer, writer, Midnight Texas, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Fringe, Alias), Sarah Tarkoff (writer, executive story editor, Arrow, Sinless), Nora Zuckerman (co-executive producer, writer, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Suits, Haven, Human Target, Fringe), Maria Ferrari (executive producer, writer, The Big Bang Theory), Dr. Alison Coil (professor of physics, Ingrid and Joseph W. Hibben chair, associate dean for Equity, diversity, and inclusion and faculty equity advisor, division of physical sciences, University of California San Diego), Dr. Elena Blanco-Suarez (research associate, post-doctoral researcher, neuroscience), and Shirley Deese (engineer senior engineer of systems and software in aerospace systems and chairperson, San Diego professional chapter: National Society of Black Engineers).

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 25ABC

1:00pm

The Pitching Hour
Sujata Day (writer/actress, Insecure), Deric Hughes (co-EP, Arrow), Lamont Magee (story editor, Black Lightning), Nyambi Nyambi (actor/artist, The Good Fight), Malcolm Barrett (actor, Timeless), a surprise guest or two, and your moderator Dan Evans III (VP creative affairs, DC Entertainment) will take an idea from conception through production for various media. This process will include creating a pitch document, obtaining agents, and getting a pitch meeting. The panelists will explain, through hypothetical examples and humorous stories, the process that new creators should adapt to make their way through the creative battleground of the entertainment industry. Knowing that each project is unique, there will be a Q&A to allow the audience to really hone in on the solutions to obstacles they may encounter. Also on-hand will be Brendan McFeely (partner, Kane Kessler) to give creators insight on protecting their ideas as they navigate Hollywood!

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 7AB

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

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

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

1:30pm

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

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

2:00pm

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

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

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

2:30pm

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

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

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

3:00pm

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

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

The Mark, Sergio, Stan, and Maybe Tom Show
It's another panel where the award-winning team of Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier (Comic-Con special guests) discuss their work together, especially on the long-running comic Groo The Wanderer. They'll be joined by their letterer (and the creator of the also long-running Usagi Yojimbo) Stan Sakai, and they may be joined the colorist for both, the hardest-working man in comics, Tom Luth. They'll be telling you all about the upcoming crossover mini-series in which Groo meets . . . well, come to the panel and find out who.

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 8

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

We Wrote Your Childhood
If you're a millennial, chances are these panelists wrote the cartoons you watched as a kid. Paul Germain (Rugrats, Recess), Craig Bartlett (Hey Arnold!), Sue Rose (Pepper Ann, Angela Anaconda), Holly Huckins (Recess, Angela Anaconda), Peter Gaffney (Rugrats, Ah! Real Monsters!), Rachel Lipman (Rugrats, Hey Arnold!), Matt Negrete (Pepper Ann), and Joe Ansolabehere (Hey Arnold!, Rece ss) talk about these iconic '90s cartoons. Q&A to follow.

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 7AB

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

4:45pm

Crafting Story for Video Games
Writers and narrative designers from some of your favorite games and franchises discuss the craft of making successful interactive stories. Panelists Leah Hoyer (Telltale Games), George Krstic (Blizzard), Ryan Verniere (Riot), and Anne Toole (Horizon Zero Dawn) will share tips and behind-the-scenes stories from their careers, as well as offer solid advice to anyone waning to make their own interactive stories or make game writing their career.

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Room 6BCF

5:00pm

Original Graphic Novels: From Concept to Creation
So you have an idea, but what comes next? These seasoned creators have completed what so many of us dream about: an original graphic novel. Moderator Jessica Tseang discusses what's involved in taking an idea to paper with Comic-Con special guests Aminder Dhaliwal, Emil Ferris, Thi Bui, Tillie Walden, and Larry Marder.

Thursday July 19, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 9

5:30pm

Karoke Komix: Sing Along with Bob the Angry Flower!
Comics are a silent medium, but that doesn't stop cartoonists from trying to fake it. Join Bob the Angry Flower creator Stephen Notley for a rollicking singalong/discussion of some of the cheap tricks one can use to imply a tune without actual sound. Be ready to sing or at least hum along!

Thursday July 19, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 4

5:30pm

Superstars in Children's Graphic Novels
Award-winning children’s book and graphic novel superstars discuss how they create the heroes, characters, and books that kids love. Featuring Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Jarrett Krosoczka (Hey, Kiddo), Aron Steinke (Mr. Wolf’s Class), Molly Ostertag (The Witch Boy), Ian Boothby (Sparks!), and Gale Galligan (Baby-sitters Club Graphix).

Thursday July 19, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 26AB

6:00pm

Graphic Novel or Illustrated Book: You Make the Call!
The debate has raged for years, and it's only getting more intense: Is a 200-page comic story a graphic novel? Or is it a long comic book? Is a novel that is 100% filled with illustrations a graphic novel? Or is it an elaborate picture book? A new wave of profusely illustrated epics have entered the fray, including books by Mark Schultz (Storms at Sea), Armand Baltazar (Timeless), and Mark Wheatley (Doctor Cthulittle), creators who will be on hand for the discussion along with Karen Green of Columbia University and J. C. Vaughn (VP of Publishing, Gemstone).

Thursday July 19, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 25ABC

6:00pm

Transformation Magic: Transgender Life in Comics from Street Level to the Stratosphere
Transgender comics creators are telling their own stories like never before. The groundbreaking new anthology We're Still Here features 50 trans cartoonists sharing their personal experiences as only they can. Meanwhile trans characters are finding their way into prominent roles in superhero, sci-fi, and fantasy comics that combine derring-do with real-life struggles of gender and acceptance. What do comics both indie and mainstream have in store for the transgender community in a politically fraught climate? How can trans comics artists best serve their creative and financial interests in an industry that has yet to fully embrace them? Prism Comics and moderator Tara Madison Avery (Prism Comics board member, Stacked Deck Press) along with panelists Knave Murdok (TransCat), Ajuan Mance (Gender Studies), Veronica Casson (Salt & Fog), Dylan Edwards (Transposes), Sonya Saturday (Load World Comics), and Erin Nations (Gumballs) discuss these and other topics.

Thursday July 19, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 28DE

6:00pm

Writing Great Dialogue
Short. Meaningful. Memorable. How do you write great dialogue? What works and what doesn't work? Writers from animation and comics, including Nicole Dubuc (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Transformers: Rescue Bots), Marsha Griffin (Guardians of the Galaxy, Miles from Tomorrowland), Craig Miller (Curious George, Beast Wars), Eugene Son (Avengers: Secret Wars, Saint Seiya), and Matt Wayne (Justice League Unlimited, Cannon Busters) talk about how to craft a great line.

Thursday July 19, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 9

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

7:00pm

Women on the Dark Side
Not all female artists/creators are about unicorns and glittery vampires and silly pseudo-bondage. Some women create truly dark and challenging art and content, with just a touch of humor and whimsy. Whether it's comic books, novels, or art, these women are creating content that connects with our deeper, darker side. Featuring Susan Lee (Shadow of the Knight), Megan Hutchison (Vesna, Rock Stars), Nancy Holder (Wicked Series), and Lisa Morton (Ghosts: A Haunted History); moderated by Barbra Dillon (Fanbase Press).

Thursday July 19, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 25ABC

7:30pm

Directing Your Comic Book
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 09, 09:37AM
Action Lab alumni/filmmakers Rylend Grant (Aberrant) and David Pepose (Spencer & Locke) along with Sean Lewis (The Few, Coyotes) examine the writer-artist relationship in comics creation, specifically casting the writer/creator as "director" of his or her book. What does it take to get your script ready for your artist (or your cinematographer/production designer)? What does working with a colorist and letterer look like? And how best do you see that your original "vision" for the book ends up on the finished page?

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

7:30pm

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

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

8:00pm

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

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

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

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

Spotlight on Marc Bernardin
Moderator Evan Narcisse (Marvel's Rise of the Black Panther, io9) sits down with Comic-Con special guest Marc Bernardin -writer for television (Castle Rock, Alphas) and comics (Genius, The Authority, Static Shock, The Highwaymen) and podcast host (Fatman on Batman, with Kevin Smith)-for a wide-ranging conversation and audience Q&A.

Friday July 20, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29AB

10:00am

The Genius of Animation: Problem Solving in Character and Story
Did you know The Flintstones started out as a show about hillbillies? Frozen's Anna and Elsa didn't start out as sisters? So many of the cartoon characters and storylines you love went through lots of changes to become the versions you know. Panelists will examine some of your favorite movies and cartoon shorts with the artists responsible for creating/developing them, learn about fascinating bumps in the road, and how they got past them. Featuring Floyd Norman (Disney legend, animator and story artist, Sleeping Beauty, Jungle Book), Jane Baer (animator, Sleeping Beauty, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?), Nik Ranieri (character animator, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Beauty and the Beast), Ricardo Delgado (production designer, Atlantis; visual development artist, The Incredibles, Wall-E), Kathy Zielinski (lead animator, The Little Mermaid, Frozen), Aliki Theofilopoulos (supervising producer: Harvey Street Kids, storyboard artist/writer: Phineas and Ferb), Randy Haycock (character animator, The Lion King, Moana), Shadi Petosky (co-creator Danger & Eggs, executive producer: Twelve Forever), and Mindy Johnson (animation historian, author, Ink and Paint: The Women of Walt Disney's Animation). Moderated by Leslie Combemale (CinemaSiren.com, ASIFA: Hollywood).

Friday July 20, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 23ABC

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

10:15am

Inside The Big Bang Theory Writers' Room
The Big Bang Theory writers and producers return to San Diego to take you inside the biggest moments of season 11 and behind the scenes of television's smartest comedy! From the engagement to the wedding, and all the moments in between, find out what goes into making the hit series each week and how the writers keep things fresh after more than 250 episodes. The show's executive producers and writers take you inside the writers' room for a lively discussion and special video presentation. From Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television, The Big Bang Theory returns for season 12 this fall, airing Thursdays at 8/7c on CBS. The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Eleventh Season is available now on digital and will be released this fall on Blu-ray and DVD.

Friday July 20, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Ballroom 20

11:00am

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

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

11:00am

Meet the Makers: Kids' Comics Extravaganza
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 17, 02:56PM
Comics artists and writers Aron Steinke (Mr. Wolf's Class), Jennifer Holm (Miss Communication: Babymouse Tales from the Locker), Jordan Crane (We Are All Me), and Heidi Arnhold (Cottons) describe the process of making a graphic novel. Moderated by Amie Wright (library manager, Edmonton Public Library).

Friday July 20, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, 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

11:00am

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

Friday July 20, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

12:00pm

Girl Power Comics: Middle-Grade Fiction for Girls (and Boys)
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 17, 03:00PM
The authors behind some of your favorite middle-grade graphic fiction discuss creating stories with strong, positive female characters and the importance of overcoming the lingering perception that comics are only for boys. Featuring Gigi Digi (Cucumber Quest: The Melody Kingdom), Molly Knox Ostertag (The Witch Boy), Yehudi Mercado (Sci-Fu), and Jennifer Holm and Matt Holm (Miss Communication: Babymouse Tales from the Locker). Moderated by Candice Mack (2018 Eisner Awards jury, Los Angeles Public Library).

Friday July 20, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

12:00pm

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

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

12:00pm

Spotlight on Manuele Fior
The work of Italian architect, illustrator, and cartoonist Manuele Fior (5000 km Per Second, The Interview) has been recognized internationally for over a decade but has only more recently become available in English. He'll be joined by comics journalist Abraham Riesman to discuss his varied cartooning styles, influences, and storytelling techniques.

Friday July 20, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 29AB

1:00pm

Breaking into Indie Comics with Alterna
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 09, 09:11AM
Terry Mayo (The Wicked Righteous), Cody Sousa (Croak), David Lucarelli (Tinseltown), Henry Tucker (Actual Roger), and Jordan Hart (Doppelgänger) discuss the craft of creating comics and offer breaking-in stories and advice. Moderated by Omar Spahi (OSSM Comics, Dreamer Comics Podcast) with a Q&A session to follow.

Friday July 20, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 29AB

1:30pm

Building a Skeptical Techno-Utopia with Optimistic Disaster Stories
Comic-Con special guest Cory Doctorow (Walkaway, In Real Life, Little Brother) has been writing and fighting to make technology safe for human habitation for decades. Cecil Castellucci (Soupy Leaves Home, Shade the Changing Girl, Plain Janes) interviews him about the urgent need to tell stories and take action to conjure forth technology that serves its users, not corporations, and what that means for science fiction and the human race.

Friday July 20, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 24ABC

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

International Association of Media Tie-In Writers: Scribe Awards
Max Allan Collins (Mike Hammer) hosts this year's Scribe Awards for excellence in tie-in writing. Nominees/panelists Michael Black (The Executioner), David Boop (Predator), Matt Forbeck (Halo), Christie Golden (Star Wars), Jonathan Maberry (Planet of the Apes), Cavan Scott (Star Wars), and Sarah Stegall (Deadworld) will present a lively look at one of the most popular and yet underappreciated branches of the writing trade.

Friday July 20, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 32AB

2:30pm

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

Spotlight On Jen Wang
Jen Wang is a cartoonist and illustrator whose works have appeared in the Adventure Time comics and LA Magazine. Her graphic novels from First Second include Koko Be Good, In Real Life (with author Cory Doctorow), and most recently, the critically acclaimed The Prince and the Dressmaker. Jen and moderator Cecil Castellucci (Don't Cosplay with My Heart, Shade the Changing Girl) spotlight Jen's body of work and what's to come.

Friday July 20, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 9

3:00pm

Spotlight On Terry Moore
Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise)is celebrating 25 years at San Diego Comic-Con! Charles Brownstein (executive director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund) talks to Terry about the series he has created during the past 25 years,including his current homage to Strangers in Paradise: Strangers in Paradise XXV. Find out the latest news regarding the Strangers in Paradise movie and what the future holds for Rachel Rising, Motor Girl, and Echo. And, don't miss the Q&A when fans can ask Terry anything!

Friday July 20, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 28DE

3:00pm

The Thrill of the Chase: Pursuing the Truth
Readers turn the pages of mystery, suspense, science fiction, and thriller novels for a variety of reasons including the tension of the pursuit, the challenge of unmasking the villain, and the satisfaction of justice served. Moderator Brendan Reichs (Nemesis, The Darkdeep) investigates process with Edgar Cantero (Meddling Kids and This Body's Not Big Enough for Both of Us), W. L. Goodwater (Breach), Alex Grecian (The Saint of Wolves and Butchers), Kerri Maniscalco (Escaping from Houdini), Marie Lu (Wildcard), and Demetra Brodsky (Dive Smack).

Friday July 20, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 29AB

4:00pm

Dinosaurs to Dystopia: Building Worlds in Books
Bestselling middle-grade and young adult authors discuss how they create wild worlds in the past, present, and future. What role does setting play in a story, and how does a fictional world become a character of its own? Featuring Daniel José Older (Dactyl Hill Squad), Scott Westerfeld (Impostors), and Victoria Schwab (City of Ghosts).

Friday July 20, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 29AB

4:30pm

Geek Geek Revolution
Geek Geek Revolution is a no-holds-barred geek culture game show featuring five science fiction/fantasy authors competing for the chance to be top geek. In addition, audience members will be asked to write-in questions in hopes of stumping the authors and winning a prize pack of books. Hold onto your hats, nerf herders, this might get ugly. Featuring Andy Weir (Artemis), Delilah Dawson (Kill the Farm Boy), Sylvain Neuvel (Sleeping Giants), Kiersten White (Bright We Burn), Natalie C. Parker (Seafire) and Gini Koch (Aliens Abroad). Moderated by Heath Corson (Nerdist).

Friday July 20, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 8

5:00pm

Comic Pitch Review
If you're a writer or artist attending the Comic Creator Connection, this is your chance to practice giving your pitch ahead of time' and get some free coaching from a pro. So, what's a pitch? A pitch is the way you present yourself or your project to others. It is usually a brief speech designed to persuade and interest your listener in what you're doing or what you've made. Most creators have no trouble coming up with fantastic ideas for new comics, but many of those same creators struggle to talk clearly and concisely about those ideas to other people. That's your pitch. And if you want to bring your project to life, you must be able to give a good one. Fortunately, this is 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 3- to 5-minute individual coaching sessions for as many people as can be accommodated in the scheduled time. Everyone is welcome, but please note that showing up is not a guarantee that you'll get a review session. Spaces are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Friday July 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

5:00pm

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

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

5:30pm

Into the Fanzone! Celebrating Pop Culture in YA Literature
A growing number of YA books celebrate the awesomeness of fans, pop culture, comics, and fandom. Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro, Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee, All the Feels by Danika Stone, Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, and Riverdale and Ship It by Britta Lundin are just a few. In this interactive panel, authors share their ideas about modern publishing with Holly West (Feiwel & Friends and Swoon Reads), an editor who knows how important it is to appeal to a varied readership, as they talk writing, publishing, and-most important-the fans!

Friday July 20, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 24ABC

6:00pm

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

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

6:00pm

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

comiXology Originals: Comics for the Young Adult Fan
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 09, 01:04PM
The biggest news in comics is comiXology's exclusive content program, comiXology Originals, but did you know they're also offering an outstanding selection of comics perfect for young adult fiction readers? comiXologists Matt Kolowski and Kiersten Wing chat with the talented minds behind comiXology Originals' YA offerings like Superfreaks, as well as other upcoming titles. Hear from Elsa Charretier (Superfreaks, Star Wars Adventures), Pierrick Colinet (Superfreaks, Star Wars Adventures), Margaux Saltel (Superfreaks), Kel McDonald (Cautionary Fables & Fairytales), C. Spike Trotman (Iron Circus Comics), M. K. Reed (The Castoffs, Palefire), and Tish Doolin (Modus Operandi) as they recount their creative journey and give tips on crafting comic stories aimed at the young adult fiction fan.

Friday July 20, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 29AB

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

What's Up with Penguin!
Anne Sowards (Ace), Rebecca Brewer (Ace), Kara Brammer (Penguin Young Readers), and Jennifer Dee (Penguin Young Readers) give you the dish on forthcoming books from authors and licensed properties such as Jim Butcher, Marie Lu, S. M. Stirling, Ransom Riggs, Patricia Briggs, Natalie C. Parker, Mark Lawrence, Ilona Andrews, Beth Revis, E. K. Johnston, Rachel Caine, and many more. You can expect giveaways like advanced reading copies!

Friday July 20, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 23ABC

7:00pm

Comic Creator Connection (Friday)
San Diego Comic-Con is proud to once again host the Comic Creator Connection, a fast-paced networking event that puts writers and artists together to help them meet potential new creative partners. Here's how it works: In two 2-hour sessions (this one and another on Sunday at noon), writers and artists (pencillers, inkers, colorists, etc.) will sit down across from each other at a table. Then, in 5-minute sessions, they will talk one-on-one with each other about their ideas and skills. At the end of each 5-minute period, participants will get up and move on to the next person. If they are interested in furthering the conversation, they can exchange contact information. If not, they can politely move on. Think of it as speed-dating, but for writers and artists!

Friday July 20, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
 
Saturday, July 21
 

10:00am

DC My Secret Origin
They say breaking up is hard to do . . . but breaking into comics may be tougher! Who was in a punk band? Who went to art school? Who was a DC intern before becoming a writer? Come by for an inside look at how some of DC's top-notch talent broke in, crafting the tales of your favorite DC superheroes!

Saturday July 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 6DE

10:00am

The Fake Geek Girl Fallacy
"You're not a real fan unless . . . " The idea of having to prove oneself and the concept of the "fake geek girl" has permeated geek culture. Conventions, comics, and geek spaces have often come with gatekeeping, especially for women. Preeti Chhibber (A Thousand Beginnings and Endings), Akela Cooper (Luke Cage), C. B. Lee (Not Your Sidekick), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), Ashley Poston (Geekerella), Danika Stone (All the Feels), and Marley Zarcone (Shade the Changing Girl) discuss fandom, feminism, and gatekeeping while dismantling the idea of the "fake geek girl."

Saturday July 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29AB

10:00am

Inside the Writers Room: From Script to Screen, the Break-Down
The scribes behind some of today's hottest genre shows are back, and this time they're bringing the writers' room to you and break down an episode of dramatic television in this super-sized panel. The lineup this year includes moderator Chris Parnell (co-president, Sony Pictures Television), Gabrielle Stanton (Titans, The Flash), Ashley E. Miller (Black Sails, Fringe), Amy Berg (Counterpart, Eureka), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels, The Clone Wars), Ryan Condal (Colony, Conan the Barbarian), Deric Hughes (Arrow, The Flash), Kay Reindl (Swamp Thing, Freakish), William Harper (Grey's Anatomy), Sean Crouch (Lore, The Exorcist), Michael Narducci (The Originals, The Crossing), and Mark A. Altman (The Librarians, Agent X). Also, win a chance to receive a free screenwriting program from Final Draft.

Saturday July 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 24ABC

10:00am

Theme: If You Don't Have One, You Don't Have a Story
Have you constantly heard about the vague and often misunderstood literary term "theme" but never really understood how to thread it into your story? During this class, you will gain insight into what a theme is, why it's so darn important, and most important, how to use it to tell your story. Your readers will thank you!

Saturday July 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 2

11:00am

Her Universe: It's Your Universe
Ashley Eckstein (Her Universe, voice of Ahsoka Tano) and Amy Ratcliffe (author and journalist) discuss Eckstein's new book, It's Your Universe: You Have the Power to Make It Happen. Ashley will share her story and take fans through her step-by-step guide on how to make dreams come true. You won't want to miss this inspiring and empowering conversation!

Saturday July 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 29AB

11:00am

Richard Friend: Strategies for Breaking into Comics in 2018
Four top industry pros who've been in the business for 20+ years discuss how they've all had great success working on top titles and continue to do so. Lee Bermejo (author of Joker, Suiciders, and upcoming Batman Damned), Eisner Award nominee Ryan Benjamin (creator/co-writer/artist, of Eisner-nominated Brother's Bond; artist, Batman Beyond, Batman, Suicide Squad, Odyssey of the Amazons), Carlos D'Anda (artist who's worked for WB, DC Comics, SONY, Blizzard, Eidos, and Dark Horse), and Comic-Con special guest and two-time Eisner Award nominee Richard Friend (artist, Wild Cats, upcoming Vampire Hunter D) give aspiring artists tips to get discovered. Learn how to land that first gig and maintain consistent work after that.

Saturday July 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 4

11:00am

We Believe in Suspense
Comic scribes wield character, dialogue, and panels with clockwork precision, leading readers through a gauntlet of plot beats designed to ratchet tension and escalate stakes. In concert with artists, these storytellers operate outside budget constraints to orchestrate explosive dramas without any limits save their own imaginations. Listen to a panel of thrill gurus including Donny Cates (Redneck) Mirka Andolfo (Unnatural), Steve Orlando (Crude), Jacob Semahn (No. 1 with a Bullet), Megan Hutchison (Rockstars), and Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook) as they deconstruct their approach to weaving the tightest suspense in comics.

Saturday July 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 7AB

12:00pm

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

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

12:00pm

My First Comic
This program is fantastic for kids and/or aspiring authors and illustrators! Panelists will discuss the first comics they read and the journey from reading their first comic to making their first comic. Panelists include Jen Wang (The Prince and the Dressmaker), Matt Loux (The Time Museum), Jim Pascoe (Cottons: The Secret of the Wind), and Mairghread Scott (The City on the Other Side).

Saturday July 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 29AB

1:30pm

The Building Blocks of Quality Characters
Oni Press publisher James Lucas Jones alongside creators Yehudi Mercado (Sci-Fu), Amy Chu (Wonder Woman), Zander Cannon (Kaijumax), D. J. Kirkland and Daniel Barnes (Black Mage), and Sara Richard will go head to head where characters are built with literal children's building blocks.

Saturday July 21, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 24ABC

2:00pm

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

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

2:00pm

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

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

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

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

3:00pm

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

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

3:00pm

Spotlight on Peter J. Tomasi
Peter J. Tomasi (Superman, Batman and Robin, Super-Sons, The Bridge) discusses his 20-year editorial and writing career at DC Comics along with his foray into creator-owned books and screenwriting, immediately followed by a Q&A session moderated by Peter J. Tomasi himself.

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

3:30pm

Skybound Entertainment: Comics and Creators
Some of Skybound's top talent-including Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Oblivion Song), Daniel Warren Johnson (Extremity), Donny Cates (Redneck), and Sean Mackiewicz (Gasolina)-discuss their published works and the comics industry as a whole.

Saturday July 21, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 8

3:30pm

Breaking into Comics: Creating Your Own Career
Comics veterans and educators Andy Schmidt (Annihilation, Comics Experience founder), Phillip Sevy (Tomb Raider, Comics Experience instructor), and Fred Van Lente (Incredible Hercules, Deadpool) come together for this no-holds-barred look at what it takes to break into comics as a writer or an artist as well as an honest picture of the current comics industry landscape. This is your chance to hear it straight from those in the trenches. Andy and Phillip are ready to help and committed to giving you honest answers and real strategies!

Saturday July 21, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 2

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

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

5:30pm

Cinematic Storytelling for Comics
Multi award-nominated animator, writer, director, and comic book creator Stephan Franck (The Iron Giant, Despicable Me, Silver) discusses his approach to visual storytelling and how to bring the clarity as well as emotional and cinematic impact of film language to the comics page.

Saturday July 21, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 24ABC

5:30pm

DC: Tom King
Don't miss your chance to hear award-winning writer Tom King speak about how his former life as a CIA operative inspires his outright intense and creative stories! His latest epic creation called Heroes in Crisis focuses on superhero trauma and how a life of fighting crime can have a psychological effect on them.

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

6:00pm

From Reader to Author: Making the Leap!
One of the most exciting innovations in YA publishing is the growth in online writing communities. Writers can upload their work online and get real-time feedback from readers and even publishers who might choose manuscripts for publication. Editor Holly West and authors Danika Stone (Internet Famous), Tiffany Pitcock (Just Friends), L. E. Delano (Traveler), Lydia Albano (Finding You), Nikki Katz (The Midnight Dance), and Shannon Klare (Surviving Adam Meade)discuss writing, editing, and publishing, and how you could make the leap from reader to author!

Saturday July 21, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 9

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

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

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

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

10:00am

Spotlight on Elizabeth Hand
Comic-Con special guest Elizabeth Hand and Andrea Adams (writer, illustrator, and director of education at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Los Angeles) discuss Hand's forthcoming historical thriller Curious Toys, inspired by the life of outsider artist Henry Darger and the 1911 Chicago killing of young Elsie Paroubek.

Sunday July 22, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 7AB

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

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

Spotlight on Alex Grecian
An informal chat with New York Times bestselling author and comic book writer Alex Grecian (The Yard, The Saint of Wolves and Butchers), followed by a Q&A session.

Sunday July 22, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 7AB

11:00am

The Secret Loves of Geeks
Vita Ayala (comics writer, The Wilds), Ivan Salazar (PR, comiXology), Maia Kobabe (cartoonist, Genderqueer), Hope Nicholson (editor, The Secret Loves of Geeks), Marley Zarcone, and Dylan Edwards (cartoonist, Transposes) discuss the genesis behind The Secret Loves of Geeks anthology, how vulnerable writing and comics are needed for discussions of sex and gender, and the new projects they are working on next.

Sunday July 22, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 32AB

12:00pm

In Conversation with . . . Joëlle Jones
In the past year alone the writer/artist Joëlle Jones released Volume 2 of her hit creator-owned series Lady Killer and took on dramatic new roles in her exclusive deal with DC comics, including Supergirl: Being Super and drawing Batman for writer Tom King during the "DC Rebirth" storyline that finds Bruce Wayne engaged to Selina Kyle. This summer Jones debuts her exciting new take on Catwoman, which takes Selina to an all-new city to face off against an all-new villain in an all-new costume. Jones talks with moderator Mike Russell (The Sabretooth Vampire) about what it takes to build a new city and new foes for Catwoman. The conversation will touch on her writing and drawing processes, how she crafts a fight scene, the high stakes of designing a new look (and a wedding dress) for Selina Kyle, the genesis and future of Lady Killer, her creative obsessions, and much more. The session will also feature in-depth breakdowns of some of her most famous artwork, along with some exciting reveals of the look of Catwoman's future.

Sunday July 22, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 24ABC

12:00pm

Love Is Universal
Perhaps no storytelling relationship has more incarnations and permutations than romance. Readers are passionate about love stories in all their settings and guises. Panelists include HelenKay Dimon (The Protector), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex #3: Heroine's Journey), Alex London (Black Wings Beating), Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler's Wife), Eddie Campbell (Bizarre Romance), and Jen Wang (The Prince and the Dressmaker) in conversation with moderator Maureen Lenker (Entertainment Weekly).

Sunday July 22, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 25ABC

12:00pm

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

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

12:30pm

Powerful Young Women in Disney Comics
Disney Comics presents a look at recent and upcoming comics showcasing powerful female characters from Disney and Star Wars. Oh My Disney's Michelle Lema leads a discussion with panelists Delilah S. Dawson (author, Star Wars Adventures, Star Wars Forces of Destiny), Amy Mebberson (author/artist, Disney Princess comic strips), Cecil Castellucci (author, Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure), Jody Houser (author, Star Wars: Forces of Destiny), and Katie Cook (author, Tangled: The Series comics) discuss the growing importance of female characters and authors in the comics industry and the making of comics for kids.

Sunday July 22, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 23ABC

12:30pm

Women of Marvel
Across comic books, television, new media, and more, the women of Marvel are here and here to stay! Attend this conversation with behind-the-scenes talent from Marvel Rising and creatives in the field, and hear firsthand what it's like working as a woman in comics and what it means for the future of the industry. Hosted by Marvel's Sana Amanat (VP of content and character development) and Judy Stephens (producer at Marvel), with additional panelists to be announced.

Sunday July 22, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 6DE

1:00pm

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

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

1:45pm

We Believe in Craft
Image hosts a stable of creators who have honed their skills through countless comics, publishers, and media. With their creator-owned projects, these writers and artists build on expansive careers to deliver the apex of comics craftsmanship. See a murderer's row of career myth-makers including Joe Casey (New Lieutenants of Metal, MCMLXXV), Daniel Warren Johnson (Extremity), Justin Greenwood (The Last Siege), Kickliy (Perdy), and Shannon Wheeler (Memoirs of a Very Stable Genius) as they chart the paths they traveled to arrive at their current projects.

Sunday July 22, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Room 5AB

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

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