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First Comics News - Sun, 07/09/2017 - 16:02

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Spider-Man: Homecoming and the Backdrop of the MCU

Sorcerer's Skull - Sun, 07/09/2017 - 14:00

One of the good things about Spider-Man: Homecoming is that it brings Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not in the comic fetishist dream of now having Spider-Man in the same scene with Iron Man, but in the sense of the increasingly cohesive backstory of the CMU undergirding the plot. I am not found of the CMU in its homogenization of plot and uninspired sameness of production design, but the ways that it increasingly portrays a world being changed by the consequences of an alien invasion and the co-occurrent emergence of superheroes I like a lot.
They didn't plan this from the beginning. There is no unification of the origins of any of the Phase One characters, and only some of their villains. As late as Winter Soldier, the Falcon's flying prosthetic wings are just some Army contractors invention, with no need of Stark genius or reverse engineered alien tech.  The small screen is where things begin to change. Daredevil season one has as its setting New York in the aftermath of a very destructive alien invasion (i.e. the Chitauri as seen in Avengers). Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter deal with (and build on) things in the periphery of the films.

Of course, Civil War deals with the political consequences of Age of Ultron (which in turn, sort of grew out of the events of Avengers), but Homecoming shows us the origins of several of Spider-Man's foes in the Roadside Picnic-esque salvage of the Chitauri visitation. It's an interesting thematic element, having the "neighborhood hero" have to deal with the personifications of the mess left behind when the big players leave the field, but it also makes the universe seem more cohesive and real. It's a step away from the Marvel Silver Age comics toward  (again) the Ultimate Marvel Universe in approach.
I think this would be a good thing to emulate in superhero rpgs or really any genre where you wanted a sustain cohesive setting. Thirty years ago, the writers of the Wild Cards books argued a unified origin for super-powers aided suspension of disbelief. That's probably true, but given the proliferation of superheroes today, it seems less necessary. What is still somewhat novel, and still worth considering is the "ripples" in the pond of the setting when a new fantastic element is dropped in. There's a lot that can be mined from that idea, I think.

Lynda Carter Joins Baltimore Comic-Con 2017 for a One-Night-Only Concert

First Comics News - Sun, 07/09/2017 - 09:04

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – July 8, 2017 – The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center on September 22-24, 2017. The Baltimore Comic-Con is pleased announce a Friday evening event on September 22nd at 7:30pm, featuring a special performance by Lynda Carter as she brings her show, “The Other Side of Trouble”, to “America’s Greatest Comic Book Convention” for a very special 90 minute concert. This is a one-night-only event, so make sure to get your tickets early as it is guaranteed to sell out! This will be a memory that lasts a lifetime, with opportunities to see a wonderful concert performance and hear her stories. This is a unique event, brought to you by the Baltimore Comic-Con.

Born in Arizona, Lynda Carter is best known for winning our hearts as TV’s iconic Wonder Woman. In addition to her long acting career, Lynda is also an accomplished singer who has performed to rave reviews before sold-out crowds around the world. Lynda has the distinction of producing and starring in five highly rated CBS television specials, several of which were Emmy Award nominated. She has appeared onstage with many of the world’s most popular singers, including Kenny Rogers, Ray Charles, Tom Jones, George Benson and Ben Vereen.

Lynda made her professional singing debut at age 14 in Tempe, Arizona. In 1972 she won the Miss World-USA title and shortly after outdistanced hundreds of other actresses for the part of Wonder Woman, a character she infused with such depth, humor, and empowerment that it has become one of the most indelible characters in television today. Her fame led to her becoming the “face” of Maybelline Cosmetics, and she remained their top model for over a decade. In addition to Wonder Woman, Lynda’s long and successful career has included starring roles in 2 other television series, Partners in Crime and Hawkeye, starring in numerous movies, and appearing in many television roles on such series as Law and Order and Two and a Half Men. This year, she has a role as the President of the United States on the popular CW series Supergirl, and she will be seen in the upcoming Super Troopers 2 movie.

After taking a hiatus from acting to raise her young children, Lynda returned to live performing in 2006, starring in the hit musical Chicago in London’s West End. She also appeared in the show’s 10th year Broadway performance and is featured on the special Anniversary CD. So passionate was her love of singing and performing, she then put together an all-star band and tours the country every year with a new concert show in major venues from Washington D.C’s Kennedy Center to Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. In 2009 and 2011, she released the chart-topping CD’s, At Last and Crazy Little Things, and is presently recording a new album in Nashville. Even though she has been writing and recording original songs since 1973, the past few years have brought Lynda a legion of new fans who recognize her from her many voice-over appearances in hit video games, including the Game of the Year Fallout 4 for which she also wrote and performed five songs, one of which received a Best Original Song nomination from the National Association of Video Game Reviewers.

In addition to her professional endeavors, Lynda has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including one given her this past May when she was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Alliance for Women in Media (The Gracies) for her pioneering role for women in television. A long-time advocate for equal and human rights, Lynda has supported many charities, including as a founding member of the National Race for the Cure (for breast cancer research), and for such other organizations as Father Martin’s Ashley, the U.S.O., Red Cross, Ronald McDonald House, God’s Love We Deliver, GLAAD, and many other charitable organizations. Proud of her Hispanic roots (her mother, Juana Cordova Carter was of Mexican descent), she was presented the Raul Julia Award from the National Hispanic Arts Foundation in Washington, DC last year. In April of 2018, Lynda will be honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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COSPLAY GIRL OF THE WEEK!

First Comics News - Sun, 07/09/2017 - 08:46

This week’s cosplay girl of the week is Valentine Making Hell

If you would like to be the Cosplay Girl of the Week!
Please send your photo to Giovanni.Aria@firstcomicsnews.com and you will be considered for inclusion in a future edition of Superhero Girls!

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COSPLAY DUDE OF THE WEEK!

First Comics News - Sun, 07/09/2017 - 08:43

This week’s cosplay dude of the week

If you would like to be the Cosplay Dude of the Week!
Please send your photo to Alex.Wright@firstcomicsnews.com and you will be considered for inclusion in a future edition of Superhero Dudes!

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COMICCON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO – SATURDAY SCHEDULE

First Comics News - Sun, 07/09/2017 - 08:36
Saturday, July 22 10:00am ABC’s Once Upon a Time

The residents of the enchanted forest enter season 7, facing their greatest challenge yet as the Evil Queen, Captain Hook, and Rumpelstiltskin join forces with a grown-up Henry Mills and his daughter Lucy on an epic quest to bring hope to their world and ours. Along the way, new fairy tale characters and old search for true love, find adventure, and take sides in the ongoing struggle of good against evil as classic tales are once again twisted and reimagined. Co-creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis (Lost) and Adam Horowitz (Lost), executive producer David H. Goodman(Without a Trace), and cast members discuss what’s in store for returning favorites as well as the new additions to the Once Upon a Time universe. Moderated by Yvette Nicole Brown (The Mayor). Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am – 10:45am
Ballroom 20   1: Programs, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
  • Tags Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
10:00am Boomerang: Saturday Morning Cartoons

Start Saturday morning the way you’re supposed to-with cartoons! Voice talent heavy hitters Bob Bergen, Jeff Bergman, and Kari Wahlgren discuss iconic Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera characters and their latest roles in Boomerang’s new classics like New Looney Tunes and Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz . There will be games for the kids, trivia for the animation experts, prizes for everyone, and a first look at the newest show coming to Boomerang, Wacky Races ! That’s not all, folks: Attendees will receive a 30-day free trial to the new Boomerang premium streaming service! Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am – 10:50am
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront   1: Programs, Animation, Hilton Programs, Television
  • Tags Animation, Hilton Programs, Television
10:00am Avatar: The Last Airbender: Legend and Legacy

Even though the story of Aang and Korra has ended, the fans keep the legacy alive. Moderated by Avatar_Mom, this panel showcases inspired fan artists and conversations with professionals from the series. Help Candice Canes (pottery artist), Cheryl Duong (artist), Paola Harris (artist), and Dante Basco (voice actor, Zuko) celebrate this amazing series and awesome community of fans. There will be a live comic reading, a cosplay contest, and a Q&A. Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 25ABC   1: Programs, Animation, Fandom
  • Tags Animation, Fandom
10:00am Comic Creator Connection All-Stars

The Comic Creator Connection (CCC) is Comic-Con’s premier networking event that brings together writers and artists who are searching for their creative counterparts. This “All-Star” panel spotlights some of the latest teams and newest creations to come out of the CCC. Hosts Douglas Neff and Corey Rothermel (authors of Epic Win!: The Geek’s Guide to the Journey from Fan to Creator) will focus the discussion on how each team built a successful creative partnership from their first handshake to their first draft to their first sale. If you want to know how to create comics with another person, don’t miss out on this collection of practical advice and hard-earned wisdom from the industry’s newly published comic book creators! Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 28DE   1: Programs, Comic Creator Connection, Comics
  • Tags Comic Creator Connection, Comics
10:00am Comics are for Everyone . . . Aren’t They?

Delving into the experience of being a disabled person in comics and the intersections of disability, race, and gender, this panel will explore the industry’s problems with inclusivity from inaccessible conventions to representation of people of color and disabled characters in comics. With John Jennings (Kindred, Black Comix), Adam Karenina Sherif (Library of Congress, Orbital Comics), Jazmine Joyner(Visionary Comics), Rachelle Cruz (UC Riverside, Experiencing Comics), Johnny Parker II (Neat-O Comics, Broken), and moderated by Rosie Knight (Nerdist, Women Write About Comics). This panel will discuss how creators, critics, retailers, and fans can create a more accessible space within comics, conventions, and fandom. Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 4   1: Programs, Comics, Fandom
  • Tags Comics, Fandom
10:00am Content Literacy: Teaching STEM with Comics

Illya Kowalchuck (director of education for Pop Culture Classroom), Brack Lee (Pop Culture Classroom), Nick Dragotta (Howtoons), MK Reed (Science Comics: Dinosaurs), and Alison Wilgus (Science Comics: Flying Machines) present a Q&A session about teaching with comics, as well as a list of some of the best graphic novels for supporting STEM topics in the classroom. Moderated by Tom Racine (Tell Tale Radio). Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am – 11:00am
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library   1: Programs, Comics, Education, Library Programs
  • Tags Comics, Education, Library Programs
10:00am Creating Animation Content for Univision Targeting Millenial Families

The creators of El Americano, Ricardo Arnaiz (director) and Gerry Cardoso(producer), will talk about their new television specials Los Toons. The launch will be the first multicultural, 2D animated special for Univision Network that will be viewed in the U.S. and Mexico. Martha Montoya, the creator, will share her story on why and how she created the characters, and Boris Gartner (president and COO of FUSION) and Lourdes Diaz (president of Entertainment for Univision Communications Inc.) will discuss the importance of having family-oriented programming like Los Toons on a major network. Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 6A   1: Programs, Animation
  • Tags Animation
10:00am DC’s Justice For All

Be here as the creative folks behind your favorite Justice League characters take center stage. Tony Daniel (JLA), Dan Jurgens (Action Comics), Tom King (Batman), Steve Orlando (Justice League of America), John Semper Jr. (Cyborg), Nicola Scott(Wonder Woman), Liam Sharp (Wonder Woman), Brad Walker (Aquaman), and Joshua Williamson (Flash) have a lot to share about your favorite DC superheroes and their fight for justice! Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 6DE   1: Programs, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics, Superheroes
  • Tags Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics, Superheroes
10:00am Let’s Create A Cartoon Series

Experienced animation show creators, including Dean Stefan (Matchbox Big Rig Buddies, Quack Pack), Craig Miller (Curious George, Beast Wars: Transformers), Nicole Dubuc (Young Justice, Transformers: Rescue Bots), and Andrew Robinson (Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters, Young Justice), take suggestions called out by people in the audience, first for a genre, then for a main character, then other characters to add, then the world it takes place in. This is a combination of actual show creation and a sort of improv game. It’s a take on how a show is created-all the elements you must consider, such as what age group it’s for, why the idea of it being about this or that would be too expensive, or why it can’t take place on water if it’s CGI. Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 9   1: Programs, Animation, Cartooning and Comic Strips
  • Tags Animation, Cartooning and Comic Strips
10:00am Skybound Entertainment: Comics and Creators

Skybound Entertainment editor Jon Moisan discusses Skybound’s latest comics slate with some of their top creators, including Sean Mackiewicz (Skybound Entertainment editorial director, Gasolina), Donny Cates (Redneck, God Country), Chris Pasetto (Kill the Minotaur), Christian Cantamessa (Kill the Minotaur), and Brandon Thomas (Horizon). Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 29AB   1: Programs, Comics
  • Tags Comics
10:00am Space . . . The Final Escape

What is it about outer space that keeps us coming back to imagine the possibilities? Whether battling alien life forms in a far away galaxy or facing life or death technical dangers aboard a space station, we return to the stories that celebrate space and the triumph of the human spirit to explore and survive in it. Blast off with Claudia Gray(Defy the Stars), Nathan Hale (One Trick Pony), James S. A. Corey (Persepolis Rising), and Andy Weir (Artemis), led by Captain Maryelizabeth Yturralde of Mysterious Galaxy. Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 7AB   1: Programs, Books, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Tags Books, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Science Fiction & Fantasy
10:00am Spotlight on March Creators Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

The record-breaking success of the March trilogy by Civil Rights icon John Lewis,Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell has pushed the comics medium to incredible new heights. March is the first graphic novel to win the National Book Award, Coretta Scott King Book Award, or Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the first graphic novel since Maus to reach the New York Times Nonfiction Best Seller list, and the first book in history to receive four simultaneous awards from the American Library Association. Now, join the authors for an emotional look back at their stunning accomplishment-and the way it’s inspiring new generations to speak up, speak out, and move their feet. Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 23ABC   1: Programs, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics
  • Tags Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics
10:00am The Business of Geek Fashion

Do you ever wonder how a geeky fashion line is created or how companies form partnerships for collections? This panel will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the business of geek fashion. Moderated by Lisa Granshaw, panelists Ed Labay (Hot Topic), Ashley Eckstein (Her Universe), Symantha Perrera (ThinkGeek Denver), Allison Cimino (RockLove Jewelry), Sean Gailey (J!NX), and Tony Kim (Hero Within) will discuss the big changes that occurred in the industry over the last year, how partnerships are formed and grown, where the industry is going next, and more. Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am – 11:00am
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina   1: Programs, Fan Culture Programs, Fandom, Marriott Programs
  • Tags Fan Culture Programs, Fandom, Marriott Programs
10:00am Comic–Con Film School 103

Day three of this course on micro-budget movie-making deals with how to direct actors, organize a crew, and keep them all happy without anybody making a dime. Panelists includeValerie Perez (producer/star of the Paula Peril series),Jack Conway(head of programming, Vision Entertainment),Vera Vanguard (writer/producer/star of Breaking Barbi),Nick Murphy (writer/director, All Night Skate),Sean Rourke (writer, Ballistica), and actorsMegan Rees, Kelsey Walmer, Dylan Rourke, and Bradley Upton. Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am – 11:00am
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina   1: Programs, CCI-IFF and Film School, Marriott Programs, Movies, Seminars and Workshops,Writing |   4: CCI-IFF, CCI-IFF and Film School, Marriott Programs, Movies, Seminars and Workshops, Writing
  • Tags CCI-IFF and Film School, Marriott Programs, Movies, Seminars and Workshops, Writing
10:00am Comic-Con How-To: Show Your Story, Don’t Tell It

Are you a writer or aspiring writer looking to improve your skills? Do you struggle making your story interesting, immersive, or understanding how to use the English language to show instead of tell? If so, join Maxwell Alexander Drake as he breaks these topics down into easily understandable bits you can use to improve your craft. Maxwell Alexander Drake is an award-winning science fiction/fantasy author, graphic novelist, and playwright. Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am – 11:30am
Room 2   1: Programs, Comic-Con How To, Seminars & Workshops, Writers & Writing
  • Tags Comic-Con How To, Seminars & Workshops, Writers & Writing
10:00am Inside the Writers’ Room: From Script to Screen and Beyond

If writers’ rooms were like superhero teams, then this lineup would be the Justice League and The Avengers, here to offer an all-star insider’s look at your favorite TV series. The scribes behind some of today’s hottest genre shows share their candid thoughts on how to write, re-write, and actually produce the series you love (and sometimes loathe) in a special supersized session moderated by Sony Pictures Television’s executive senior VP of current programming and development, Chris Parnell. Find out the deep dark secrets (and low-calorie snacks) of the writers’ room-and what happens after your script hits the stage, why editing is considered the final rewrite, and what the alphabet soup of SVOD and OTT mean for the future of the medium you love. The lineup this year includes Ryan Condal (Colony), Gabrielle Stanton (Time After TimeThe Flash), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Dark Crystal: Age of ResistanceThe Middleman, Lost), Ashley E. Miller (Black Sails, Fringe, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Jose Molina (Agent Carter, The Tick, Firefly), Amy Berg (Counterpart, Da Vinci’s Demons, Eureka), Dave Rogers (director, The Mindy Project, The Office), and Mark A. Altman(The Librarians, Castle, Agent X). Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am – 11:30am
Room 24ABC   1: Programs, Television, Writers & Writing
  • Tags Television, Writers & Writing
10:30am Comics Arts Conference #9: Make Ours Marvel: Media Convergence and a Comics Universe

Since the debut of the Fantastic Four in 1961, Marvel has steadily invested in worldbuilding strategies that have in more recent years culminated in the company’s globally successful forays into film and television production. Drawing on the anthology Make Ours Marvel: Media Convergence and a Comics Universe (University of Texas Press, 2017), Matt Yockey (University of Toledo), Anna Peppard (York University), and Derek Johnson (University of Wisconsin, Madison) chart significant aspects of the development of the Marvel brand, including Marvel’s exploitation of affect to foster brand and reader identities in the 1960s, the company’s checkered history publishing comics with strong female protagonists, and Marvel’s problematic attempt to widen its reading audience with the “Share Your Universe” campaign. Saturday July 22, 2017 10:30am – 11:30am
Room 26AB   1: Programs, Comics, Comics Arts Conference, Superheroes
  • Tags Comics, Comics Arts Conference, Superheroes
10:30am Diamond Select Toys: Minimates!

President Chuck Terceira and painter Brian Felgar discuss the origins of and what’s next for DST’s long-running Minimates mini-figure line-currently celebrating 15 years-and Vinimates. Previews of toys from Thor: Ragnarok, Justice League, The Defenders, The Dark Tower, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Aliens, Predator, and more. There will be a Q&A with prizes for the best questions, moderated by Zach Oat(ToyFare magazine). Saturday July 22, 2017 10:30am – 11:30am
Room 8   1: Programs, Action Figures – Toys – Collectibles
  • Tags Action Figures – Toys – Collectibles
10:30am Spotlight on Roxane Gay

New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay (Black Panther: World of Wakanda, Bad Feminist, Difficult Women, Hunger) comes to Comic-Con as a special guest! Roxane will discuss her skyrocketing career and literary stardom and will field some questions from the audience during a Q&A session. Saturday July 22, 2017 10:30am – 11:30am
Room 5AB   1: Programs, Books, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics
  • Tags Books, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics
10:30am Talks Machina with the Cast of Critical Role

Brian W. Foster (host of Talks Machina) moderates a special episode featuring the cast of Critical Role : Matthew Mercer, Marisha Ray, Laura Bailey, Travis Willingham, Sam Riegel, Liam O’Brien, and Taliesin Jaffe. The cast will discuss the latest adventures of Vox Machina and answer your questions. Saturday July 22, 2017 10:30am – 11:30am
Room 6BCF   1: Programs, Games, Web
  • Tags Games, Web
10:30am Comic Book Law School® 303: ‘A Helping Hand’

For the third (and final) destination in this year’s Law School series, a panel of legal experts will shed light on some of the more complex issues facing creators and businesses and touch on compelling issues popping up in the law and how they apply to comics and the pop culture scene. Noted attorney Michael Lovitz (author of the classic The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book) is joined by professors Marc Greenberg and Betsy Rosenblatt and attorneys Jeff Trexler and Larry Zerner for another rousing, interactive discussion focused on real-world issues of importance to fans and creators. The panel will share their insights and knowledge and provide practical advice concerning fans and fair use; legal issues for fan creations (fan fiction, fan art, fan films, etc.), and concerns for creators using “loan-out” companies as seen in the currently pending Friday the 13th lawsuit. Note: The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and insights to practicing attorneys as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. (This program is approved for 1.5 credits of California MCLE.) Saturday July 22, 2017 10:30am – 12:00pm
Room 11   1: Programs, Comics, Comics Law School, Education, Seminars & Workshops
  • Tags Comics, Comics Law School, Education, Seminars & Workshops
10:30am Saturday Playback Room Block #1

The Playback Room will be showing the following panel presentations from either or both Hall H and Ballroom 20: ABC’s Once Upon a Time, Riverdale Special Video Presentation and Q&A, and Warner Bros. Pictures Presentation. (Please note: these playbacks will include only the panel discussions. None of the film clips or footage shown at the live events will be shown here.) Saturday July 22, 2017 10:30am – 1:00pm
Marriott Marina Ballroom DE, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina   1: Programs, Marriott Playback Room, Marriott Programs, Movies, Television
  • Tags Marriott Playback Room, Marriott Programs, Movies, Television
10:50am Cartoon Network: Ben 10

The Rustbucket has traveled far and wide to deliver Ben and his trusty alien heroes to sunny San Diego! CN has so much to share about what’s new, new, new, new with the show, the app, and the toys. They’ll have a lot of fun along the way with games and giveaways, so set your Omnitrix to hero time! Panelists include Greg Cipes (voice of Stinkfly), John DiMaggio (voice of Four Arms), Montse Hernandez (voice of Gwen), Roger Craig Smith (voice of Diamondhead), Tara Strong (voice of Ben Tennyson), John Fang (executive producer), Joe Casey (writer/creator, Man of Action Studios), and moderator Eric Bauza. Saturday July 22, 2017 10:50am – 11:50am
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront   1: Programs, Action/Adventure, Animation, Hilton Programs, Television
  • Tags Action/Adventure, Animation, Hilton Programs, Television
11:00am Riverdale Special Video Presentation and Q&A

Following the shocking first season finale, join Archie and the gang as they dive into the secrets that continue to loom over what once looked like a quiet, sleepy town. The circumstances surrounding Fred’s shooting kick off the mystery of season 2. Based on the characters from Archie Comics and produced by Berlanti Productions (The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) in association with Warner Bros. Television, this one-hour drama is a bold, subversive take on the surreality of small-town life. See a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series stars and producers. Riverdale ‘s season 2 premiere airs Wednesday, October 11, at 9/8c on The CW, Riverdale: The Complete First Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 15. Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am – 11:45am
Ballroom 20   1: Programs, Comics, Television
  • Tags Comics, Television
11:00am 25 Years of Top Cow Productions

Top Cow Founder Marc Silvestri and president Matt Hawkins share their favorite moments from the early days, discuss the current state of affairs, provide tips for the 2017 Top Cow Talent Hunt, and cover series relaunch announcements and new series teases. Panelists include Top Cow’s talented writers, artists, staff, and maybe a special guest or two. All attendees will receive a special limited-edition comic. Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 9   1: Programs, Comics
  • Tags Comics
11:00am Board game or video game portfolio/pitch review

Description. Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am – 12:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina   1: Programs, Games, Marriott Programs, Seminars & Workshops, Video Games
  • Tags Games, Marriott Programs, Seminars & Workshops, Video Games
11:00am CBLDF: Equipping Teachers to Defend Comics

While comics have long been the domain of superheroes, a new generation of comics and comic book readers are arising. With the availability of nonfiction graphic novels about history, science, memoirs, and more, graphic novels are being read by all types of readers in and out of classrooms. But teachers still navigate resistance to the format. Nathan Hale (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Adventures), Thi Bui (The Best We Could Do), Matthew Holm (Babymouse series, Squish), Dr. Meryl Jaffe, Talia Hurwich, and moderator Betsy Gomez (editorial director, CBLDF) discuss the obstacles and challenges teachers continue to face in selecting, using, and defending the use of comics in their classrooms. Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am – 12:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library   1: Programs, CBLDF Events, Comics, Education, Library Programs
  • Tags CBLDF Events, Comics, Education, Library Programs
11:00am Comics Greats on Will Eisner’s The Spirit

Originally a syndicated Sunday newspaper comic insert, Will Eisner’s The Spirit is still acclaimed for its great artwork, imaginative splash pages, unforgettable characters, and attention-grabbing storytelling. Hear Danny Fingeroth (Spider-Man group editor, comics historian), Denis Kitchen (publisher, writer, comix cartoonist), Sergio Aragonés (cartoonist, MAD magazine, Groo), Jeff Smith (cartoonist, Bone, RASL), Joe Staton (cartoonist, Dick Tracy) and, on videotape, Jules Feiffer (Pulitzer Prize and Oscar-winning cartoonist and screenwriter) talk about the impact of The Spirit on their own careers. Hear about their favorite Spirit adventures and learn why Will Eisner’s original Spirit stories are still in print today with new comics appearing monthly. Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 4   1: Programs, Anniversaries, Cartooning and Comic Strips, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics
  • Tags Anniversaries, Cartooning and Comic Strips, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics
11:00am Costume Design for Screen

Costume Designers Guild members Ann Foley (costume designer, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Kim Adams (costume designer, Stranger Things, Halt and Catch Fire), Ivy Thaide (assistant costume designer, How to Get Away with Murder, The Mindy Project), Jill O’Hanneson (costume designer, Preacher), Kiersten Ronning (costume designer, Supergirl), Marlene Stewart (costume designer, Oblivion, Tropic Thunder), Ruth Carter(costume designer, Black Panther, Serenity), and Samantha Kuester (costume designer, Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return) talk about the process of designing costumes for screen. The designers will also answer questions from the audience. Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 23ABC   1: Programs, Costuming
  • Tags Costuming
11:00am Crackdown 3

Host Larry Hryb, Dave Mongan (senior narrative designer), Dave Johnson (senior art director), Clint Bundrick (design director), and a special guest panelist discuss the behind-the-scenes development of Crackdown 3. In addition, they’ll be revealing some exciting new Crackdown 3 news and will offer a Q&A session. Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 7AB   1: Programs, Video Games
  • Tags Video Games
11:00am From Fandom to Creator

Jamie Broadnax (managing editor and creator of Black Girl Nerds) and Eliyannah Amirah Yisrael (director and creator of Hermione Granger and the Quarter Life Crisis) discuss taking the leap from being a fan to becoming a content creator. Along with Robyn Jordan (co-founder and community manager of Black Girls Create), Jamie and Eliyannah will share how their participation in fandom communities inspired their creative endeavors and offer advice to those starting their own journey to becoming a creator. Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am – 12:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina   1: Programs, Fan Culture Programs, Fandom, Marriott Programs
  • Tags Fan Culture Programs, Fandom, Marriott Programs
11:00am Marvel Studios’ Theatrical Prop Development

Hollywood prop master Russell Bobbitt will bring some actual props that he has developed for various Marvel Studios films and discuss the process he undertakes at the start of each film to determine the props that are needed. Followed by a Q&A session. Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 25ABC   1: Programs, Costuming, Movies
  • Tags Costuming, Movies
11:00am Nerd Up or Shut Up Live!

Tune into Legion of Leia’s own Nerd Up or Shut Up podcast. Join in on the conversation as you step into the next episode and chat and debate all things nerdy with hosts Anastasia Washington (Anastationtv, Legion of Leia), Maggie Olbrich(Nerd Up or Shut Up), Emalee Burditt (Nerd Up or Shut Up, Just Cuz), Richard Sheehan (Nerd Up or Shut Up), and moderator David Olbrich (Malibu Comics, Space Goat Publishing). Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am – 12:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library   1: Programs, Library Programs, Podcasts
  • Tags Library Programs, Podcasts
11:00am Spotlight on Charlie N. Holmberg, Author of The Paper Magician Series

Bestselling author Charlie N. Holmberg and Amazon Publishing editor Jason Kirkdiscuss The Paper Magician series and Holmberg’s latest standalone The Fifth Doll.Set in an eternal summer in a quintessential Russian village, The Fifth Doll is a darkly whimsical tale of self-discovery reminiscent of Lois Lowry’s The Giver in which one wrong turn unlocks a secret and a power that will alter reality. Holmberg will share her inspiration behind The Fifth Doll, her plans for the next book in her Paper Magician series, and her approach to writing fantasy. Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 28DE   1: Programs, Books, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances
  • Tags Books, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances
11:00am Who Cleans up the Mess?

Political activist and blogger Rena Marrocco (The Liberal Diva) hosts a viewing of a few epic battle scenes and talks to elected officials, including San Diego City Councilmember David Alvarez, Oceanside City Councilmember Esther Sanchez,California State Treasurer John Chiang, California State Assembly Member Nathan Fletcher, and Mayor Racquel Vasquez (Lemon Grove), about what it would take to repair the damage done if such battles happened in real life. Topics will include procedures, cost, time and legislative fallout. Saturday July 22, 2017 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 29AB   1: Programs, Fandom, Superheroes
  • Tags Fandom, Superheroes
11:15am DC Essential

New to comics? Are you at the convention because you’re a fan of great DC TV, movies, video games, or other media? Bingeing a season of The Flash leave you wanting to know more about the source material? Well, look no further; this is the program for you, as a panel of experts are on hand to help you along your journey through the wonderful world of comics! Saturday July 22, 2017 11:15am – 12:15pm
Room 6DE   1: Programs, Comics, Superheroes
  • Tags Comics, Superheroes
11:15am SpongeBob SquarePants: The Legend of Boo-kini Bottom

Put on your best costume and celebrate Halloween with a stop-motion special featuring SpongeBob, Patrick, and all of your favorite Bikini Bottom characters! Vincent Waller (supervising producer), Marc Ceccarelli (supervising producer), and Mr. Lawrence (story editor, voice of Plankton) will be joined by Chris Finnegan,Seamus Walsh, and Mark Caballero (Screen Novelties) to share behind-the-scenes footage from this exciting stop-motion production. Following a Comic-Con exclusive sneak peek of the episode, a fan-picked classic Halloween episode will be table-read live with Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick), Rodger Bumpass(Squidward), and Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy), plus a special appearance by one of Bikini Bottom’s spookiest citizens . . . . Saturday July 22, 2017 11:15am – 12:15pm
Room 6A   1: Programs, Animation, Television
  • Tags Animation, Television
11:30am IDW’s TMNT: Summer of the Turtles

TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman is joined by writers Tom Waltz, Erik Burnham,Aubrey Sitterson, Ulises Fariñas, and Erick Freitas and special guest Usagi Yojimbocreator Stan Sakai to discuss the events of IDW’s biggest summer of TMNT publishing ever! Moderated by editor Bobby Curnow. Saturday July 22, 2017 11:30am – 12:30pm
Room 24ABC   1: Programs, Animation, Art and Illustration, Comics, Television
  • Tags Animation, Art and Illustration, Comics, Television
11:30am Kodansha Comics: Akira, Sailor Moon, Battle Angel Alita, and More!

The global manga publisher Kodansha Comics is here with exciting new series and new editions of classics, including Akira, Sailor Moon, The Ghost in the Shell, and Battle Angel Alita, with a special appearance by Eisner-nominated Princess Jellyfish editor Yuki Sukemune. Enjoy a rare opportunity to speak with someone involved in the Japanese manga production process, as well as editors and localizers for your favorite manga, including Fairy Tail, Noragami, and Attack on Titan, plus free books and promo items! Saturday July 22, 2017 11:30am – 12:30pm
Room 8   1: Programs, Anime & Manga, Comics
  • Tags Anime & Manga, Comics
11:30am Warner Archive’s Monsters From Hell

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Warner Archive Collection (WAC), Trailers From Hell & Famous Monsters of Filmlandjoin forces to spotlight some of the most beloved (and sometimes overlooked) monster/dinosaur films of the past 70 years. Revel in WAC’s high-definition remastering of cult classics ranging from When Dinosaurs Ruled the EarthThe Valley of GwangiDemon Seed and From Hell It Came to some soon-to-be-released on Blu-ray surprises. Trailers From Hell film gurus Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider, Tales of Halloween), Darren Bousman (Saw II, Saw II, Saw IV), and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Josh Olson (A History of Violence) join WAC podcasters Matthew Patterson & DW Ferranti to delve deep into insights, stories and glimpses behind the scenes of these fan favorites. Gary Miereanu moderates the proceedings. Saturday July 22, 2017 11:30am – 12:30pm
Room 5AB   1: Programs, Movies |   U: Updated, Movies
  • Tags Movies
11:30am Comic-Con How-To: Advanced Computer Graphic Techniques

Brian Haberlin will demonstrate advanced cutting-edge 3D and computer graphics comic art techniques that will speed up and improve your storytelling using a wide range of programs from ZBrush to Poser to SketchUp and many more. Learn all the tricks that have been used in the industry for years that no other pro will show you, and learn how to use this information for print, web, or VR. Brian Haberlin is an American comic book artist, writer, editor, and producer best known as the co-creator of the Witchblade franchise and for his digital art innovations. Saturday July 22, 2017 11:30am – 1:00pm
Room 2   1: Programs, Animation, Comic-Con How To
  • Tags Animation, Comic-Con How To
11:30am Comics Arts Conference #10: Feminist Marvels

J. Richard Stevens (University of Colorado, Boulder) examines how Marvel is positioning Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel in the lead-up to her film as a credible feminist icon in order to more explicitly address the interests of a rising female readership. Chris Richardson (Young Harris College) argues that Bourdieu’s notion of the field, a place in which actors compete for status through symbolic capital, allows us to better understand how Jessica Jones, as a strong, independent, heroic woman, a victim of abuse, a vulnerable and insecure lover, and the product of two men’s imagination, has dramatically reshaped the industry in subtle yet important ways. Samantha Langsdale (University of North Texas) sees Marvel’s new run of Spider-Woman as feminist in its defiance of the trend in mainstream superhero comics to characterize motherhood as untenable for superheroines by presenting a markedly woman-centered model of motherhood. Saturday July 22, 2017 11:30am – 1:00pm
Room 26AB   1: Programs, Comics, Comics Arts Conference, Superheroes
  • Tags Comics, Comics Arts Conference, Superheroes
11:30am Warner Bros. Pictures Presentation

A sneak peek at some of the studio’s upcoming highly anticipated releases. Saturday July 22, 2017 11:30am – 1:30pm
Hall H   1: Programs, Movies
  • Tags Movies
11:45am Quick Draw

It’s the fastest, funniest panel in the whole convention! Once again, your Quick Draw Quizmaster Mark Evanier pits three super-speedy cartoonists against one another with dueling Sharpies as they create great cartoon art right before your very eyes. Competing this year are (as usual) Sergio Aragonés (MAD magazine, Groo the Wanderer) and Scott Shaw! (The Simpsons), joined this year by Maria Scrivan (Half Full) plus a couple of highly surprising surprises! Saturday July 22, 2017 11:45am – 1:00pm
Room 6BCF   1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Cartooning and Comic Strips, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics
  • Tags Art and Illustration, Cartooning and Comic Strips, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics
12:00pm The Simpsons

Entering its gravity-defying 29th season, The Simpsons celebrates with huge secrets, surprises, and clips from the upcoming year. Join creator Matt Groening, executive producers Al Jean and Matt Selman, supervising director Mike B. Anderson, and director of The Simpsons Movie David Silverman. Moderated by Mike Schneider. Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm – 12:45pm
Ballroom 20   1: Programs, Animation, Television
  • Tags Animation, Television
12:00pm CBLDF: Comics Change the World: The History of Activism in Comics

From the medium’s earliest days, activists have taken to the comics form to communicate their messages to the world. CBLDF deputy director Alex Cox brings you on an image-filled march through more than a century of comics activism, revealing the history of how comics can change the world! Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 11   1: Programs, CBLDF Events, Comics
  • Tags CBLDF Events, Comics
12:00pm Cospositive: Cosplay with Confidence

Ivy Doomkitty (SYFY’s Heroes of Cosplay, body positive advocate), D-Piddy(YouTuber, international cosplayer), and LTL Cosplay (Legion M, cosplayer) discuss body image and confidence in oneself, self-worth, ways to work on confidence, and how to stay positive in the community when faced with negative people or negative comments on social media. Cosplaying regardless of age, skin color, gender, body type/size, disability, etc. will be covered. Moderated by Bernadette Bentley (actor, cosplayer). Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina   1: Programs, Costuming, Fan Culture Programs, Marriott Programs
  • Tags Costuming, Fan Culture Programs, Marriott Programs
12:00pm From Screen to Panel: Disney Comics Come to Life with New Series

Disney and comics fans can preview the latest from Disney Comics with a thrilling panel of editors and experts who help make these comics come to life. Panelists include moderator Eugene Paraszczuk, Sarah Gaydos (editor, Tangled and DuckTalescomics for IDW Publishing), Mike Siglain (director of creative franchise, Lucasfilm Publishing for Lucasfilm comics and new kids’ comics), Kurt Hassler (publisher, managing director at Yen Press, Witch, Big Hero 6), Gary Groth (president, Fantagraphics Books, Snow White, new standard series), and Denton Tipton (senior editor/writer at IDW Publishing, Star Wars comics for kids, member of DuckTalescreative team). Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 25ABC   1: Programs, Comics
  • Tags Comics
12:00pm Graphic Novels in the High School Library

Cori McDonald (librarian, Ramona High School), Becky Harvey (library technician, Ramona High School), Erin Hill (language arts teacher, Ramona High School), and Emily Maehler (language arts teacher, Ramona High School) discuss their newly developed collaborations for using graphic novels in the classroom and library. Moderated by John Shableski (Will Eisner Studios, Udon Entertainment). Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library   1: Programs, Education, Library Programs
  • Tags Education, Library Programs
12:00pm LICENSED! Overstreet Looks at Licensed Comics

From Rom to Captain Action, from Star Trek to Stargate Universe, and from Buffy and 24to Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash, licensed comics have long been an important part of the tapestry of the comics industry. The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide welcomes Chris Ryall (Rom), James Kuhoric (Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash), Mark L. Haynes (Stargate Universe), Ed Catto (Captain Action), and Overstreet’s J. C. Vaughn (Stargate Atlantis). Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 9   1: Programs, Comics
  • Tags Comics
12:00pm Outlandish Confabulation: An Outlander Fan Panel

Ginger Wiseman (The Outlander Podcast), Summer Reynolds (The Outlander Podcast), Mandy Tidwell (Great Scot Blog), and Sarah Ksiazek (Outlander TV News) join Outlander fans for a no-holds-barred discussion of their favorite characters, storylines, and theories. Main books, bulges, TV seasons: It’s all fair game. Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library   1: Programs, Fandom, Library Programs, Podcasts
  • Tags Fandom, Library Programs, Podcasts
12:00pm Real Life on the Page

Does real life get any less real when it’s on the page? How does this representative art form work to accurately (or not-so-accurately) convey history? Five prestigious nonfiction comics creators tackling different ends of the nonfiction comics spectrum-biographies, science, history, journalism-come together to discuss truth and comics. With Landis Blair (The Hunting Accident), Box Brown (Tetris), MK Reed (Science Comics: Dinosaurs), Tillie Walden (Spinning), and Alison Wilgus (Science Comics: Flying Machines); moderated by Petra Mayer (NPR). Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 29AB   1: Programs, Books, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances
  • Tags Books, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances
12:00pm Rising Stars in Tech: Drivers of Innovation and Entertainment

This panel spotlights contributors from the worlds of virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, sustainable tech, and robotics. Some of the notable companies on hand include JPL, Mira Labs, and Bandai. Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre   1: Programs, Education, Horton Grand Theatre Programs, Movies, Television, Ticketed Events
  • Tags Education, Horton Grand Theatre Programs, Movies, Television, Ticketed Events
12:00pm Salvation: Exclusive Sneak Peek and Panel Discussion

If you had only 186 days to live, what would you do? How far would you go to save the world? CBS’s newest summer event series Salvation is a suspense thriller that centers on an MIT grad student and a tech superstar who make a staggering discovery-that an asteroid is just six months away from colliding with Earth. Join series stars Santiago Cabrera (Big Little Lies), Jennifer Finnigan (Tyrant), Charlie Rowe (Red Band Society), Ian Anthony Dale (Hawaii Five-0), and executive producers Liz Kruger (Extant) and Craig Shapiro (Extant) for an exclusive sneak peek of the first season, followed by a moderated discussion. Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 7AB   1: Programs, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
  • Tags Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
12:00pm The Official Aspen Comics Panel 2017

Lindsey Stirling (singer/songwriter) exclusively reveals her new Aspen Comics series, while Frank Mastromauro (Aspen co-owner/president), Peter Steigerwald (Aspen co-owner), Vince Hernandez (VP/editor-in-chief), Mark Roslan (VP/director of design and production), Ron Marz (Michael Turner’s Fathom), Scott Lobdell (No World), J.T. Krul (Michael Turner’s Soulfire), David Wohl (Executive Assistant Iris), Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), Blake Northcott (Michael Turner’s Fathom), Jordan Gunderson (No World) will reveal upcoming Aspen titles and hold a special Q&A with fans. All fans in attendance will receive a free gift courtesy of Aspen Comics. Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 4   1: Programs, Comics
  • Tags Comics
12:00pm The Originals Special Video Presentation and Q&A

The Originals returns for a fifth season with more supernatural intrigue, romance, and bloodshed in The Big Easy. Join executive producer Julie Plec and series stars for a special video presentation followed by a Q&A. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with My So-Called Company, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television, and CBS Television Studios, The Originals will air midseason on The CW. The Originals: The Complete Fourth Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 29. Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront   1: Programs, Hilton Programs, Horror and Suspense, Television
  • Tags Hilton Programs, Horror and Suspense, Television
12:00pm The Production Designer: Architect of Imagination

The production designer reads 100 pages of nothing but words on paper and then must literally dream up the most perfect of all possible worlds in which the tale should take place. Whether the story is set in some mythic past, the here and now, or some nearly unimaginable future, it’s always human emotion rendered in color and composition. And following that, the designer must gather and organize an army of artists who, over months or years, in plaster or in pixels, will somehow render that design for the big screen. Panelists include Françoise Audouy (Logan, Dracula Untold), Hannah Beachler (Moonlight, Black Panther), Oliver Scholl (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Suicide Squad), and Patrick Tatopoulos (Justice League, Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice), moderated by John Muto (Home Alone, Species). Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 23ABC   1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Books, Movies
  • Tags Art and Illustration, Books, Movies
12:00pm 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 are the women who are creating content that connects with our deeper, darker side. Featuring Susan Lee (Wraith of Love, Shadow of the Knight), Megan Hutchison(Rockstars), Madeleine Holly-Rosing (Boston Metaphysical Society), and Maria Alexander (Mr. Wicker, Snowed). Moderated by Barbra Dillon (Fanbase Press). Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 28DE   1: Programs, Comics
  • Tags Comics
12:30pm BOOM! Studios: Discover Yours

There’s a comic at BOOM! Studios for everyone from longtime fans to brand-new readers, and this is the panel to discover your favorite new series! BOOM! Studios editors and creators explore the diverse imprints of BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia with the exclusive previews, news, and the information you need to discover your next obsession. Featuring Matt Gagnon (BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief), John Allison (Giant Days), Ryan Parrott (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers), Carly Usdin (Hi-Fi Fight Club), David F. Walker (War for the Planet of the Apes), and more. Moderated by Filip Sablik (BOOM! Studios president of publishing and marketing). Saturday July 22, 2017 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Room 24ABC   1: Programs, Comics
  • Tags Comics
12:30pm DC’s Harley Quinn: Celebrating 25 Years

Twenty-five years ago, Dr. Harleen Quinzel made her first appearance in Batman: The Animated Series, and what a debut it was! An instant fan favorite-and her popularity has been meteoric ever since! Come celebrate her first appearance anniversary with some of the key contributors to this modern icon. Saturday July 22, 2017 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Room 6DE   1: Programs, Comics, Superheroes
  • Tags Comics, Superheroes
12:30pm Marvel Animation Presents

Marvel Animation returns for its always action-packed, news-breaking panel. This year, the focus is the debut of the all-new, instantly classic Marvel’s Spider-Man. Plus, tons of exclusive pulse-pounding info on fan-favorite series Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy ! Hosted by Cort Lane (SVP, animation and family entertainment), and his motley crew of Eric Radomski (SVP, production and creative director, Marvel Animation), Stephen Wacker (VP, panel descriptions), and Kevin Shinick (supervising producer, Marvel’s Spider-Man). You’ll get eyefuls of never-before-seen information and sneak peeks-plus, as always, some surprise guests who’ll reveal waaay too much! Saturday July 22, 2017 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Room 6A   1: Programs, Animation, Superheroes
  • Tags Animation, Superheroes
12:30pm Spotlight to Brigitte Findakly & Lewis Trondheim

Legendary French cartooning couple Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim are the duo behind Poppies of Iraq, a nuanced and tender chronicle of Findakly’s relationship with her homeland, Iraq. Trondheim brings Findakly’s memories to life in a poignant family portrait that covers loss, tragedy, love, and the loneliness of exile. Join Findakly and Trondheim for their spotlight session, moderated by Karen Green (curator for comics and cartoons and librarian for ancient and medieval history at Columbia University). Saturday July 22, 2017 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Room 8   1: Programs, Cartooning and Comic Strips, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances
  • Tags Cartooning and Comic Strips, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances
12:30pm Westworld: Beyond Frontier Law

The fantastic yet twisted world created in the HBO hit Westworld presents numerous legal questions and conundrums. Join the all-star posse of Ninth Circuit Justice John B. Owens, co-creator and executive producer (and Harvard Law graduate) Lisa Joy,Professor Betsy Rosenblatt, and other legal minds as they discuss the top legal questions posed in the groundbreaking show, from what corporate duties have been breached by Dr. Ford and the rest of the staff, to managing the park’s liability obligations, to the “human” rights of robots (or absence thereof), to just who owns the intellectual property created by the robot Hosts. (This program is approved for one credit of California MCLE.) Saturday July 22, 2017 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Room 5AB   1: Programs, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
  • Tags Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
1:00pm Archie Comics Forever: Riverdale and Beyond

Celebrate the new era of Archie Comics with news and announcements about your favorite Archie titles and The CW’s hit Riverdale TV show. Featuring Jon Goldwater,Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Mike Pellerito, Alex Segura, Dan Parent, Jesse Goldwater,and others. Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 4   1: Programs, Comics
  • Tags Comics
1:00pm CBLDF: Retailer Rights Presentation

Comic book stores are at the frontlines when it comes to censorship, and CBLDF is here to help! This presentation is designed for comic store staff and owners alike. Learn what you need to know to protect yourself, your co-workers, and your community when dealing with common censorship scenarios, from police visits to community complaints. Join CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein to learn more about how you can protect your rights! Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 11   1: Programs, CBLDF Events
  • Tags CBLDF Events
1:00pm Comic-Con How-To: Comics and Other Geek Items for the Vision Impaired

Joshua Loya is a martial artist, public speaker, and professional adventurer who has taken it upon himself to help others craft compelling stories. In his youth, combat sports and athletics were not generally available to him because he was at very high risk for losing his eyesight. Joshua found solace in comics and genre fiction, despite eventually losing his eyesight and pursuing martial arts full-time. Scott Brick is an American actor, writer, and award-winning narrator of over 600 audiobooks. He has narrated books for a number of high-profile authors, including Michael Crichton, Frank Herbert, and Isaac Asimov. Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 2   1: Programs, Comic-Con How To
  • Tags Comic-Con How To
1:00pm Comics Arts Conference #11: Focus on Eric Shanower

Comics Arts Conference special guest Eric Shanower is the award-winning cartoonist of the graphic novel series Age of Bronze, a retelling of the story of the Trojan War. With cartoonist Skottie Young, he adapted six of L. Frank Baum’s Oz books to a series of New York Times bestselling graphic novels. He wrote the Eisner Award-winning comics series Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland with art by Gabriel Rodriguez. Shanower will elucidate the historical research and creative choices involved in crafting his comics. Moderated by Randy Duncan (Henderson State University). Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 26AB   1: Programs, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics Arts Conference
  • Tags Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics Arts Conference
1:00pm Genre-Blending: How and Why?

Readers, authors, and curators sometimes struggle to classify a work. Is it fantasy? Science fiction? Paranormal? Maybe all of the above? Authors Charlie Jane Anders(All the Birds in the Sky), Daryl Gregory (Spoonbenders), Peter Clines (Paradox Bound), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Worship), Vic James (Gilded Cage: Book I of the Dark Gifts Trilogy), and Pierce Brown (Red Rising series) discuss the benefits and tricks of genre blending with Petra Mayer of NPR. Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 28DE   1: Programs, Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Tags Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy
1:00pm Jack Kirby’s 100th Birthday Celebration with IDW!

IDW is showcasing an impressive library of eight(!) Artist’s Editions featuring Kirby’s original Marvel and DC art in full size. IDW president Greg Goldstein hosts this stellar birthday tribute with superstar creators Walter Simonson and Kevin Eastman, who will share their Kirby remembrances and influences, along with senior editor Scott Dunbier, creative director at IDW PDX Dirk Wood, and perhaps even a surprise guest or two. Everyone who attends will receive a “birthday” gift! One lucky fan will go home with an Artist’s Edition! Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 25ABC   1: Programs, Anniversaries, Comics, Tributes
  • Tags Anniversaries, Comics, Tributes
1:00pm Little Lulu and John Stanley Fan Group

The well-remembered Little Lulu comic books were written from 1945 to 1959 by the multitalented John Stanley. Recent research has identified a large body of other work by this once-anonymous master of comics storytelling. Bill Schelly, author of John Stanley: Giving Life to Little Lulu, will be joining the conversation. Come and learn more and join in for a scripted radio-play style reading of a Golden Age Little Lulu story! Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina   1: Programs, Cartooning and Comic Strips, Fan Culture Programs, Marriott Programs
  • Tags Cartooning and Comic Strips, Fan Culture Programs, Marriott Programs
1:00pm Living a Creative Lifestyle

First Second Books creative and editorial director Mark Siegel discusses how to incorporate creativity into your day-to-day life. How do you inspire yourself to write and draw stories? How do you inspire yourself to finish stories and to maintain a consistent work ethic throughout the process? And how do you do that in a way that is fun, healthy, and low stress? Siegel outlines a creative lifestyle based on his years of experience at First Second as well as being the creator of his own comics works. Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 29AB   1: Programs, Books, Writers & Writing
  • Tags Books, Writers & Writing
1:00pm Superheroes and Comics Can Transform Learning

A group of educators, researchers, and creators discuss how comics can be used to enhance literacy and STEM education and why our brains may be uniquely wired to learn from comics. Featuring Jorge Cham (author and creator, PhD Comics), Rebecca Thompson (creator, APS Spectra Comics), Jeff Barbanell (president, Scholastic Innovations, Inc.), Josh Elder (executive director, Reading with Pictures), and Neil Cohn (assistant professor, Tilburg University). Moderated by Russell Shilling (Digital Promise, former DARPA PM). Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library   1: Programs, Comics, Education, Library Programs, Superheroes
  • Tags Comics, Education, Library Programs, Superheroes
1:00pm The Character of Music: Music for Popular TV

Can’t get that certain song or tune out of your head that you heard on TV? Learn how music is added to your favorite TV shows and how it is an essential character in storytelling. Composers Dave Porter (Breaking Bad, Preacher), Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein (Stranger Things), and Eskmo (13 Reasons Why) and music supervisors Maggie Phillips (Legion, Fargo) and Thomas Golubi? (The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul) discuss how they create and place music in their programs, how they discover talent, and what their experiences have been working on some of the most popular series on television. Moderated by Chandler Poling of White Bear PR. Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 9   1: Programs, Music, Television
  • Tags Music, Television
1:00pm The Kaiju Kingdom Podcast: The Resurgence of the Kaiju Film Genre

With the success of Kong: Skull Island, the buzz around Legendary’s MonsterVerse grew over night. Film buffs and kaiju fans have both Pacific Rim, and Godzilla sequels, along with the grand finale of King Kong vs. Godzilla to look forward to. Jessica Tseangand Chris Eaton (hosts of The Kaiju Kingdom Podcast) discuss with Mitsuki Koga(actor Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.,Kamen Rider Ketaros), Steve Ryfle (author of Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, from Godzilla to Kurosawa), Chris Mowry (writer of IDW’s Godzilla), Mark Jaramillo (curator of Godzilla vs. Wolfman, producer Kaiju Gaiden), and other very special surprise guests, on how Legendary’s new films have reawaken a love for giant monsters, and how their career was impacted by TOHO. Exclusive footage of Godzilla vs. Wolfman will be shown followed by an Q&A. Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library   1: Programs, Books, Comics, Fandom, Horror and Suspense, Library Programs, Movies, Podcasts
  • Tags Books, Comics, Fandom, Horror and Suspense, Library Programs, Movies, Podcasts
1:00pm The Official Image Comics Panel

What’s new at Image Comics? What’s going on in the comics industry? How do you break into comics? Come listen to Ed Brubaker (Kill or Be Killed), Tini Howard(Magdalena), Donny Cates (God Country), Sina Grace (Nothing Lasts Forever), and Nicola Scott (Black Magick) discuss their work, the industry, and even more in this packed panel. Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 7AB   1: Programs, Comics
  • Tags Comics
1:00pm How To: Documentary Filmmaking

Returning for its third consecutive year, Edward Doty (Fighting in Plain SightRoundtable) moderates a panel of documentary filmmakers in this one-hour intensive class. From preproduction necessities to production pitfalls and postproduction workflow, topics covered in this panel will serve as an insightful primer for understanding and learning to create nonfiction film. Panelists include Mike J Nichols (Last Play at Shea), Rory Karpf (30 for 30: I Hate Christian Laettner), Todd Howe (Rise), Amanda Spain (30 for 30: Wrestling the Curse),  Charles Mruz (Gamemaster). Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Pacific 23, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina   1: Programs, CCI-IFF and Film School, Documentary, Marriott Programs, Movies, Seminars and Workshops |   4: CCI-IFF, CCI-IFF and Film School, Documentary, Marriott Programs, Movies,Seminars and Workshops
  • Tags CCI-IFF and Film School, Documentary, Marriott Programs, Movies, Seminars and Workshops
1:00pm Women Rocking Hollywood: Female Directors Changing the Faces of Film and Television

UPDATED: Sat, Jul 08, 06:56PM
Wonder Woman broke all records in Hollywood for a film helmed by a female directors. Now What? While there’s still a long way to go to equal the number of women behind the camera with women, who make up 51% of the population, shows like Jessica JonesQueen Sugar, and The Leftovers are making a huge difference by committing to the inclusion of female directors. This 2nd annual panel at SDCC focuses on the incredibly talented, successful women expanding opportunities for women in film who have made noise and winning awards with their work on both the big and small screens. Scheduled to appear: Kirsten Schaffer (exec director, Women in Film: LA), Tina Mabry (writer/producer/director: Queen of the South, director: Dear White People), Rosemary Rodriguez (writer/director: Silver Skies, director: Jessica JonesThe Walking Dead), Victoria Mahoney (director: Queen SugarGypsyAmerican Crime), Aurora Guerrero (writer/director: Mosquita y Mari, director: Queen Sugar), Angela Robinson (writer/director: Professor Marston and the Wonder WomenTrue Blood), and Gina Prince-Bythewood (writer/director: Love & BasketballBeyond the Lights), the first woman of color hired to helm a superhero film for the upcoming Silver & Black. Moderated by Leslie Combemale (Cinema Siren). Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 23ABC   1: Programs, Movies, Television |   U: Updated, Movies, Television
  • Tags Movies, Television
1:00pm Family Guy and American Dad!

The Family Guy cast (Seth MacFarlaneAlex Borstein, Mike Henry, John Viener) and executive producers (Rich Appel, Alec Sulkin) offer a special preview of next season’s hilarity and hijinks from FOX’s hit animated comedy—including a sneak peek at the upcoming monumental 300th episode! Then, it’s a Smith-family funday with Francine (Wendy Schaal), Steve (Scott Grimes), Hayley (Rachael MacFarlane), and Klaus (Dee Bradley Baker), and co-executive producer Zack Rosenblatt, who will treat American Dad! fans to a first look at the all new season airing July 24 on TBS . . . plus a few other surprises! Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm – 2:15pm
Ballroom 20   1: Programs, Animation, Television
  • Tags Animation, Television
1:00pm Cartoon Voices I

Each year, moderator Mark Evanier gathers a bevy of the most talented cartoon voice actors working today and invites them to explain and demonstrate their artistry. This year’s lineup includes Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo!, DC Super Hero Girls), Richard Horvitz (Invader ZIM, The Angry Beavers), Jeff Bergman (Bugs Bunny, Fred Flintstone), Mick Wingert (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes), Kaitlyn Robrock (Mr. Pickles, Golan the Insatiable), Josh Robert Thompson (Family Guy, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson), and maybe a few other members of the vocal majority. Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Room 6BCF   1: Programs, Animation
  • Tags Animation
1:00pm Board game or video game Mentorship Sessions

Description. Saturday July 22, 2017 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina   1: Programs, Games, Marriott Programs, Seminars & Workshops, Video Games
  • Tags Games, Marriott Programs, Seminars & Workshops, Video Games
1:10pm Saturday Playback Room Block #2

The Playback Room will be showing the following panel presentations from either or both Hall H and Ballroom 20: The Simpsons, Family Guy and American Dad!, and Star Trek: Discovery. (Please note: these playbacks will include only the panel discussions. None of the film clips or footage shown at the live events will be shown here.) Saturday July 22, 2017 1:10pm – 3:40pm
Marriott Marina Ballroom DE, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina   1: Programs, Marriott Playback Room, Marriott Programs
  • Tags Marriott Playback Room, Marriott Programs
1:15pm Krypton Special Video Presentation and Q&A

Set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet, Krypton follows Superman’s grandfather (Cameron Cuffe of The Halcyon, Florence Foster Jenkins)-whose House of El was ostracized and shamed-as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos. Based on DC characters, Krypton is from Warner Horizon Scripted Television and is executive produced by David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Dark Knight trilogy) through his Phantom Four banner. Damian Kindler (Sleepy Hollow) will serve as executive producer and showrunner. Krypton, based on characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, published by DC, will debut in 2018 on SYFY. Saturday July 22, 2017 1:15pm – 1:45pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront   1: Programs, Hilton Programs, Superheroes, Television
  • Tags Hilton Programs, Superheroes, Television
1:30pm Do You Have What It Takes To Be a Star?

These panelists will tell the true stories of the worst moments in their professional careers and how they overcame them. From vicious feuds to absolute mortification, these actors bare it all. Would you be able to pick yourself up and keep going? Featuring Claudia Christian (Babylon 5, Atlantis), Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost), Andrea Thompson (NYPD Blue, Babylon 5), Lisa Wilcox (A Nightmare on Elm Street 4), Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica, Imposters), Eddie McClintock (Warehouse 13, Bones), and Patricia Tallman (Babylon 5, Night of The Living Dead). Saturday July 22, 2017 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre   1: Programs, Horton Grand Theatre Programs, Movies, Seminars & Workshops, Television,Ticketed Events
  • Tags Horton Grand Theatre Programs, Movies, Seminars & Workshops, Television, Ticketed Events
1:30pm Invader ZIM: It’s a Comic?! (Yes! Yes it Is!)

Eric Trueheart (writer, Invader ZIM TV show and comics), Dave Crosland (character designer, Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja; artist, Invader ZIM comics), Megan Lawton (story artist, Invader ZIM TV movie; artist, Invader ZIM comics), and Aaron Alexovich (character designer, Invader ZIM TV show and movie; artist, Invader ZIMcomics) join forces to show you what’s coming up in the ZIM comics, including the first-ever four-issue arc and a hilariously twisted one-shot where everyone switches bodies! (Or brains?) Moderated by Robin Herrera (editor, Invader ZIM comics)! Plus: secrets about the all-new TV movie that was recently greenlit by Nickelodeon? Never-before-seen comic art? Rejected covers? Possibly! Saturday July 22, 2017 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Room 24ABC   1: Programs, Animation, Comics, Television
  • Tags Animation, Comics, Television
1:30pm Official Sailor Moon Panel

Everyone’s favorite Guardian of Love and Justice is back and better than ever! Join your friends from VIZ Media for all the news and updates on the legendary anime series, with some special guest appearances! Saturday July 22, 2017 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Room 5AB   1: Programs, Animation, Anime & Manga, Television
  • Tags Animation, Anime & Manga, Television
1:30pm Unconventional Comics

Comics are all about super powers and saving the world, right? Discover the rich and growing market for comics that may lack super-powered heroes but are super all the same. Moderator Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum) discusses with panelists R. Sikoryak (Terms and Conditions), Simon Hanselmann (Megg & Mogg), Gemma Correll(The Worrier’s Guide to Life), and Melanie Gillman (As the Crow Flies) how they were inspired to write their unconventional books and why the comics format was right for their work. Saturday July 22, 2017 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Room 8   1: Programs, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics
  • Tags Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics
1:45pm LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2: Meet the Talent Behind the Video Game

The team behind the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 videogame-including Arthur Parsons (head of design, TT Games), Bill Rosemann (executive creative director, Marvel Games), Justin Ramsden (designer, LEGO), Kurt Busiek (comics writer, Avengers Forever), and Dan Veesenmeyer (comic content artist, LEGO Marvel’s Avengers)-offer an inside look at this all-new original adventure, the sequel to the smash hit LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. Moderated by Marvel’s Ryan Penagos (vice president and executive editor, Marvel Digital), this celebration of the Marvel Universe will provide fans with a first look at a new game trailer, new character and artwork reveals, and exclusive audience giveaways. Bringing together iconic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains from different eras and realities, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 pits players against the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror in an epic cosmic battle across the expansive Open Hub World of Chronopolis. The game will be released on November 14. Saturday July 22, 2017 1:45pm – 2:45pm
Room 6A   1: Programs, Superheroes, Video Games
  • Tags Superheroes, Video Games
1:45pm DC Celebrates Wildstorm’s 25th Anniversary

It’s been 25 years since Jim Lee’ s WildStorm first made its mark on the comics landscape with such memorable and innovative titles as WildC.A.T.s, Gen13, Stormwatch, and Deathblow, to name a few. Join Jim Lee and former WildStorm staffers and talented contributors including Ryan Benjamin, Lee Bermejo, J. Scott Campbell, Carlos D’Anda, Sandra Hope, Dustin Nguyen, Alex Sinclair, and others for a fun trip down memory lane! Saturday July 22, 2017 1:45pm – 3:15pm
Room 6DE   1: Programs, Comics, Superheroes
  • Tags Comics, Superheroes
1:50pm Lucifer Special Video Presentation and Q&A

The climactic events of the Lucifer season finale left us wondering where in the world is Lucifer and how did he get his wings back? Join the series stars and executive producers Joe Henderson (White Collar) and Ildy Modrovich (CSI: Miami) for a special video presentation and Q&A where they’ll discuss the sizzling second season and what’s in store for Lucifer in season 3. From Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television and based upon characters created by Neal Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg for Vertigo from DC Entertainment, Lucifer returns for its third season this fall, airing Mondays 8/7c on FOX. Lucifer: The Complete Second Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 22. Saturday July 22, 2017 1:50pm – 2:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront   1: Programs, Action/Adventure, Comics, Hilton Programs, Television
  • Tags Action/Adventure, Comics, Hilton Programs, Television
2:00pm Entertainment Weekly’s Women Who Kick Ass: Icon Edition with Charlize Theron

Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road . Cipher in The Fate of the Furious . Ravenna in Snow White and the Huntsman . Meredith Vickers in Prometheus . Aeon Flux. For more than a decade, Oscar winner Charlize Theron has embodied strength, power, searing intelligence, and steely determination on screen. Now, as she prepares to beat the hell out of sinister forces in her new movie Atomic Blonde, EW sits down for no-holds-barred conversation with a woman who defies the rules-and creates her own. Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm – 2:45pm
Hall H   1: Programs, Fandom, Movies
  • Tags Fandom, Movies
2:00pm Character Creation: Makeup Effects for Cosplay

Makeup effects artist Jeff Barkley (Frost: Portrait of a Vampire, Monster Manor, Delirium) will demonstrate how to create a character makeup using generic foam latex prosthetics. Joining Jeff will be pro cosplayers Trey Barkley (Sparrow’s Flight) and Desiree Preston (Enasni Volz) to help answer any questions about wearing prosthetics while in costume. Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina   1: Programs, Costuming, Fan Culture Programs, Marriott Programs
  • Tags Costuming, Fan Culture Programs, Marriott Programs
2:00pm Children of Tendu Live!

Ever wonder how the producers of Lost, Firefly, The 100, The Tick, and Agent Carter got to write for these genre stalwarts, what it was like to work on these shows, and-most important-how you could someday have their job? Veteran TV writer/producers Javier Grillo-Marxuach and Jose Molina bring their popular Children of Tendu podcast back to Comic-Con, along with a willingness to answer your tough questions about how TV is made and how you can make it in TV as a writer! Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library   1: Programs, Library Programs, Podcasts, Television, Writers & Writing
  • Tags Library Programs, Podcasts, Television, Writers & Writing
2:00pm Comics in Classrooms and Instruction

San Diego teachers discuss the importance of the arts in classrooms, specifically how comics can be used as cross-curricular tools, as bridge-gaps for ELL/struggling readers, and to increase engagement. Featuring Ashley Marie Golden (art/English), Ben Stone (AP world and European history), Julie Damschen (AP psychology), and Chris Mostellar (math). Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library   1: Programs, Comics, Education, Library Programs
  • Tags Comics, Education, Library Programs
2:00pm Sid & Marty Krofft

Sid and Marty Krofft are coming to Comic-Con. Join the legendary producers and their moderator David Arquette and other surprise guests. The Kroffts are experiencing one of the greatest brand rebirths in Hollywood history. Their hit Nickelodeon show Mutt & Stuff just finished shooting 73 episodes. They’re currently in production for a series that is a reboot of Sigmund and the Sea Monsters for Amazon Studios, and they recently produced another pilot for Nickelodeon, rebooting one of their biggest hits, The Bugaloos. Come hear showbiz stories and tales from the 1970s all the way through to the present day. And in an exclusive for Comic-Con, Sid and Marty will discuss their secret new projects in the pipeline for the future. Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 23ABC   1: Programs, Animation, Kids, Television
  • Tags Animation, Kids, Television
2:00pm Spotlight on Joe Staton

Paul Levitz (former president of DC Comics) talks to Joe Staton (Dick Tracynewspaper strip) about Joe’s work since the ’90s with particular focus on the Dick Tracy strip that Joe has been doing for the last six years with Mike Curtis and that won three consecutive Harvey Awards as Best Syndicated Strip. Other things like E-Man, Huntress, and a multitude of Green Lanterns may also come up. Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 4   1: Programs, Cartooning and Comic Strips, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances
  • Tags Cartooning and Comic Strips, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances
2:00pm SuperheroIRL: End Bullying!

Captain America knocked out Hitler-and this is SuperheroIRL, knocking out bullying, racism, misogyny, LGBTQIA-bullying, cyberbullying, and other forms of hate. Join in for this intersection of pop culture and social justice with Pop Culture Hero Coalition. “From now on, Comic-Con convention goers will come for cosplay, entertainment, freebies, autographs-and healing,” as reported by CNN. Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 28DE   1: Programs, Fandom
  • Tags Fandom
2:00pm The Centennial of The King of Comics, Jack Kirby

Illustrator and comic book historian Arlen Schumer (The Silver Age of Comic Book Art) marks the centennial of Kirby’s birth with a multimedia retrospective about how a first-American generation son of European Jewish immigrants growing up in the Lower East Side of New York City named Ya’akov Kurtzberg became acknowledged by both professionals and fans alike as the single greatest artist and storyteller in the history of comic books, Jack “King” Kirby. Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 29AB   1: Programs, Anniversaries, Comics, Tributes
  • Tags Anniversaries, Comics, Tributes
2:00pm The Science of Rick and Morty

Nerdist’s Kyle Hill (Because Science, MythBusters: The Search) and special guests open up a portal to the Rickstaverse to rise above and focus on the science behind everything from portal guns to screaming suns. Q&A session burp to follow. Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 7AB   1: Programs, Animation, Education, Fandom, Television
  • Tags Animation, Education, Fandom, Television
2:00pm World Mythology in Contemporary Fantasy

Xenophobes beware. (And if you know what “xenophobes” means, please keep reading.) There are worlds of diverse gods, djinn, daemons, Ghabali, manticores, sylphs, yowies-and oh, yeah, Baba Yaga-to learn about. And you can find them all in the pages of books. Join Reneé Ahdieh (Flame in the Mist) in conversation with Ilona Andrews (Wildfire), Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone), Traci Chee (The Speaker), S. A. Chakraborty (The City of Brass), and Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina) to learn about the monsters that roam the Earth and how world mythology provides the building blocks of contemporary storytelling. Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 9   1: Programs, Books, Comics, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Writers & Writing
  • Tags Books, Comics, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Writers & Writing
2:00pm World of Capcom

Moderator Tim Turi (Capcom) hosts a panel filled with Capcom team members to present the company’s latest and greatest video games. Capcom has been creating popular games for over three decades, and this panel is the place for fans of all ages to check out the new games they can look forward to. Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 25ABC   1: Programs, Video Games
  • Tags Video Games
2:00pm Writing for Television, Film, and Comics with J. Michael Straczynski

After talent, the most important thing an up-and-coming writer needs is information on how to break into the writing profession as an art and a craft. Having written nearly 400 produced television episodes (with roughly half of that as producer), several hundred comics for DC, Marvel, and Image, and five big-budget movies that have grossed over a billion dollars around the world, J. Michael Straczynski (JMS) once again shares his knowledge with new writers to help them break in and improve their work. Note: This is not a lecture but rather uses a Q&A format, so come equipped with good questions. Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 11   1: Programs, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics, Movies, Television,Writers & Writing
  • Tags Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics, Movies, Television, Writers & Writing
2:00pm Comic-Con How-To: Draw your Imagination with Kim Jung Gi

Take this amazing opportunity to learn how to draw the things in your imagination that words cannot describe using white paper with a black pen. You will realize that you do not need any fancy equipment to draw your heart out after seeing Kim Jung Gi’ s outrageous live drawing! You will get a chance to see an empty canvas transform into a completed scene with human anatomy and perspective in just 90 minutes. Kim Jung Gi is an established artist from South Korea who has the ability to visualize drawing before making his marks. He has taught manwha (comic book) art at universities and private schools, published numerous sketchbooks, and worked on the TLT, Tiger the Long Tail webtoon. Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Room 2   1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Comic-Con How To
  • Tags Art and Illustration, Comic-Con How To
2:00pm Comics Arts Conference #12: The Poster Session

The CAC’s poster session gives attendees the opportunity to interact directly with presenters. Come talk one-on-one with these scholars about their projects! Plashka Webster, Victoria Sanchez, Grace Toyonaga, Tiana Mamaghani, Ashley Jabro, Zachary Brown, and Timothy Stiven present the student-designed graphic novel Windy and the Spirit Skies and share the process the students and faculty went through to create this project. Danielle Kohfeldt, Maricela Correa-Chavez, and Julia Stern examine how people occupying subordinated social identities experience and co-create fan culture in comic fandoms. Derek Heid traces a high school comics studies course from its inception to its present-day status as a class awaiting approval, including the obstacles its creators have experienced along the way. John A. Walsh presents the results of a study conducted with Shawn Martin and Jennifer St. Germain of the key features of fan mail published in The Amazing Spider-Man from 1963 until the present. Allen Thomas outlines potential research and theories examining how and why comics can aid in the psychotherapeutic process. Jeffrey Goodwin discusses how Sabrina the Teen-Age Witch queers the Archie Universe by setting itself up in opposition to capitalist, patriarchal society. Megan Sinclairanalyzes the role of comics in education by addressing the genres of graphic medicine and the superhero. Matthew J. Brown compares six versions of Wonder Woman’s origin story and how these versions combine progressive and problematic representations. Tiffany Babb examines why Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona is so unacceptable to her society and why an uncontrollable young girl who refuses to fit into the moral and societal rules of a story is so terrifying. Craig K. Agule and Benjamin G. Barrena use Ian Williams’s The Bad Doctor to argue that practical and ethical questions raised in cases of physicians who are also patients are best answered by looking at narratives. Voski Hovsepian and Kristal Samson explore the meaning and clinical presentation of dissociative amnesia through Barry Allen’s experience in Flashpoint. Joseph Serrano presents the results of a qualitative study on the perceived influence of comic books on moral development during adolescence. Trevor Alvord examines how the Book of Mormon, the most sacred text in Mormonism, has been transformed into comic form 11 times. Jason Goldman-Hall, Courtney Arndtt, Alexander Diep, and Jenny Kim discuss concrete strategies for using comics and graphic novels to teach English, social science, and special education. Elizabeth Frechette, Elica Sharifnia, and Silvia Niño review how comic books meet the Kindergarten through 3rd grade nationally recognized Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards and provide guidelines for how teachers can begin to incorporate comic books into their science curriculum. Barbara Glaeser and Brenda Bush present the results of a study in which graphic novels were used to help adolescents with autism build bridges to reading for enjoyment and learning, which led to improved peer relationships. Cathy Leogrande examines the historical timeline of Asian characters in DC and Marvel comics. Eric Bruce presents the results of study with Shawn Sellers and Janet Roberts analyzing Batman using SAMHSA Wellness Initiative, identifying Batman’s current status and health risk factors within the eight dimensions of wellness. Peter Carlson and Antero Garciadocument the impact a critical pedagogy of comic books has had on disenfranchised, struggling, and historically marginalized readers. Ann Thresher examines the surprisingly rigorous engagement of comic writers with the philosophy and physics of time. Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Room 26AB   1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Comics Arts Conference
  • Tags Art and Illustration, Comics Arts Conference
2:30pm Star Trek: Discovery

Over 50 years ago, the world was first introduced to what would quickly become a cultural phenomenon. It was a television series that inspired developments in science and technology, broke social barriers, and transported viewers around the globe to new adventures and uncharted frontiers. This fall, Star Trek: Discovery follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms while learning that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. The series will feature a new ship and new characters while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. Join members of the cast alongside the creative minds behind the new series for a conversation and introduction to Star Trek: Discovery. The newest edition of the Star Trek franchise will premiere in the U.S. on CBS All Access this fall, following a broadcast premiere on the CBS Television Network. Saturday July 22, 2017 2:30pm – 3:15pm
Ballroom 20   1: Programs, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
  • Tags Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
2:30pm Drawn & Quarterly Previews and Announcements

Drawn & Quarterly is the esteemed literary graphic novel publisher of such authors as Lynda Barry, Kate Beaton, Chris Ware, Adrian Tomine, and more. Publisher Peggy Burns, executive editor Tom Devlin, and marketing director Julia Pohl-Mirandapreview forthcoming books and announce new titles. Saturday July 22, 2017 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Room 8   1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Books
  • Tags Art and Illustration, Books
2:30pm Explore/Create: Richard Garriott’s Adventures from Gaming Pioneer to Space Adventurerto Space Adventurer

Richard “Lord British” Garriott authored the famed Ultima series and coined the term “avatar.” In 2008, he became the first American second-generation astronaut when he flew to the ISS. Learn more from his new memoir Explore/Create. Saturday July 22, 2017 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Room 24ABC   1: Programs, Books, Video Games
  • Tags Books, Video Games
2:30pm IDW Entertainment and Syfy: Wynonna Earp

Cast and creators of the breakout SYFY series Wynonna Earp Melanie Scrofano, Tim Rozon, Shamier Anderson, Domonique Provost-Chalkley, Katherine Barrell, Varun Saranga, and Tamara Duarte along with showrunner Emily Andras and comic creator Beau Smith reveal behind-the-scenes antics, show off exclusive footage, and answer your biggest questions about season 2! Saturday July 22, 2017 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Room 5AB   1: Programs, Comics, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
  • Tags Comics, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
2:45pm Happy!

Based on the New York Times bestselling graphic novel from Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson, Happy! follows Nick Sax, an intoxicated, corrupt cop-turned-hitman whose life is changed forever by a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary blue winged horse named “Happy.” The cast and creators of SYFY’s highly anticipated new show premiere a first look at the series and discuss what fans can expect from the TV adaption. Saturday July 22, 2017 2:45pm – 3:45pm
Room 6BCF   1: Programs, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
  • Tags Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
2:50pm Gotham Special Video Presentation and Q&A

Gotham’ s origin story continues to unfold, and as the show enters its fourth season, the stakes will be higher than ever! With the Court of Owls decimated, the aftermath of the Tetch virus crippling the city, and every (surviving) villain in Gotham’s underworld jockeying for power, Jim Gordon and the GCPD will have their hands full. And that’s just the beginning! What threat does Ra’s al Ghul pose, and will Penguin regain his title as the King of Gotham? What new villains are in store for season 4, and what does Bruce Wayne’s season finale reveal mean for Gotham City and his ultimate destiny? Be among the first to see what’s in store for season 4 in a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series stars and producers. From Warner Bros. Television, Gotham returns this fall with all-new episodes on its new night, Thursdays at 8/7c on FOX. Gotham: The Complete Third Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 29. Saturday July 22, 2017 2:50pm – 3:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront   1: Programs, Hilton Programs, Television
  • Tags Hilton Programs, Television
3:00pm Comics 101: Making Sense of the Comics World

Just getting into comics but not sure where to start reading? Industry professionals Simon Hanselmann (Megahex), Sonny Liew (Dr. Fate), Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani (Aw Yeah Comics), and others personally recommend series just right for you! Join comiXology Facebook Live crew Matt Kolowski and Tia Vasiliou and this panel of comics superstars as they become your guides through the awesome world of comics! Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 29AB   1: Programs, Comics
  • Tags Comics
3:00pm Dark Horse Manga

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the manga industry in North America-an industry born from the love of comics fans and comics publishers for the work of Japanese creators. Dark Horse was one of the manga pioneers in the 1980s and continues to publish Japanese titles ranging from Danganronpa, Cardcaptor Sakura,and Unofficial Hatsune Mix to I Am a Hero, Lone Wolf and Cub, and Berserk. Join Carl Horn (editor), Michael Gombos (director of international publishing and licensing), and Megan Walker (assistant editor) for a look at the past, present, and future of manga at Dark Horse. Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 7AB   1: Programs, Anime & Manga, Comics
  • Tags Anime & Manga, Comics
3:00pm Developing Comics for Social Impact and Change

Many think that there is a need to develop an organized community focused on creating innovative and high-quality comics to tackle complex and challenging social issues. This panel will discuss this idea and how it can spur new opportunities, as well as the impact similar efforts have made in the video game industry. Josh Elder(executive director, Reading with Pictures), Gina Gagliano (marketing and publicity manager, First Second Books), Illya Kowalchuck (director of education, Pop Culture Classroom), and Geoff Gerber (president, Lion Forge Comics). Moderated by Russell Shilling (Digital Promise, former DARPA PM). Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library   1: Programs, Comics, Education, Library Programs
  • Tags Comics, Education, Library Programs
3:00pm Fanbase Press: Introducing Quince

Quince is a 15-issue comic book series being released in English and Spanish about teenager Lupe who discovers she has superpowers at her quinceañera. Creative team Sebastian Kadlecik (Penguins vs. Possums), Kit Steinkellner (Z: The Beginning of Everything), and Emma Steinkellner (X-Box) discuss the series and the importance of inclusivity and representation in the comic book medium in a session moderated by Barbra Dillon (editor-in-chief, Fanbase Press). Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 28DE   1: Programs, Books, Comics
  • Tags Books, Comics
3:00pm Living in the Future

Daily life in the 21st Century can often feel like living in the future, as we relax with our pocket supercomputers in our self-driving vehicles, etc. But there’s no dearth of imagination among these panelists, who will share their future visions of our planet and others, humans, robots, and more. Take a tour as Christopher Rice (Ramses the Damned) guides readers into the visions of Cindy Pon (Want), Daniel H. Wilson (The Clockwork Dynasty), Karin Tidbeck (Amatka), Daniel Price (The Song of the Orphans), Elizabeth Briggs (Future Threat), and Rob Reid (After On). Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 23ABC   1: Programs, Books, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Tags Books, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Science Fiction & Fantasy
3:00pm Lost Fans Unite with Jay and Jack

Are you a fan of ABC’s Lost? Then join Jay and Jack Glatfelter for their 11th annual SDCC panel! The co-hosts of the popular The Lost Podcast with Jay and Jack will be joined by pop culture aficionado and co-founder of Cancer Gets LOST Jo “JOpinionated” Garfein to discuss the thoughts, theories, and legacy of one of the best serialized TV shows of all time and touch upon some of the newest “it” shows, such as The Leftovers, Westworld, The 100, and more. Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library   1: Programs, Fandom, Library Programs, Podcasts
  • Tags Fandom, Library Programs, Podcasts
3:00pm Make Comics with Photoshop: Exploration of a Work Flow

Have you always wanted to publish your own story but aren’t sure where to begin? Daniel Presedo (Photoshop team) will walk through valuable lessons and work flows he has acquired in publishing over the past 25 years. Alicia Burstein (ArtStart books) will also share specific details to know before beginning your journey. Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 11   1: Programs, Comics, Seminars & Workshops
  • Tags Comics, Seminars & Workshops
3:00pm Marvel: Black Eyed Peas’ Masters of the Sun

From the mind of will.i.am comes this retro futuristic b-boy zombie thriller. Fusing together the unlikeliest of genres with ease, Masters of the Sun mixes LA gang culture, b-boy-ism, and Egyptology to tell the heroic tale of a hip-hop group from East LA who must battle an ancient god that’s turning black drug dealers and gangsters into zombies. Join will.i.am, Taboo, and apl.de.ap from the Black Eyed Peas to discuss the MOTS experience and the future of delivering immersive content. Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 6A   1: Programs, Comics
  • Tags Comics
3:00pm Monster Hunter

Get a behind-the-scenes look at Capcom’s newest action RPG game, Monster Hunter: World! Fresh off the announcement at E3 2017, this panel features the latest and greatest directly from the Capcom staff and development team members. This new entry in the popular Monster Hunter series is coming globally to PS4 and Xbox One in early 2018 with a PC release to follow. Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 25ABC   1: Programs, Video Games
  • Tags Video Games
3:00pm Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return

Following a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign, the new season of MST3K is now a Netflix Original Series. What was it like to bring the show back, and what’s next for MST3K? Creator Joel Hodgson and cast members Felicia Day, Jonah Ray, Hampton Yount, and Rebecca Hanson take you behind the scenes. Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre   1: Programs, Horton Grand Theatre Programs, Humor & Satire, Movies, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Ticketed Events
  • Tags Horton Grand Theatre Programs, Humor & Satire, Movies, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Ticketed Events
3:00pm Spotlight on Box Brown

Box Brown (Andre the Giant, Tetris) and Brandon Stroud (pro wrestling editor at UPROXX) discuss Box’s highly acclaimed comics body of work. Box is an Eisner Award-nominated cartoonist, illustrator, and comic publisher from Philadelphia. His books include the New York Times bestselling Andre the Giant: Life and Legend and Tetris: The Games People Play. His next work (coming Feb. 2018) is about Andy Kaufman, titled Is This Guy for Real? Box’s independent comics publishing house, Retrofit Comics, was launched in 2011. Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 4   1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Books, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances
  • Tags Art and Illustration, Books, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances
3:00pm Spotlight on Joyce Chin and Art Adams

Artists Arthur Adams and Joyce Chin come together for this unique spotlight panel to interview each other on their combined decades’ worth of work. They’ll share their experiences working for such companies as DC, Image, and Marvel, venturing into creating new characters and comics, and illustrating magazine and toy packaging. They’ll also answer your questions-bring ’em if you got ’em! Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 9   1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics
  • Tags Art and Illustration, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics
3:00pm Who’s the Most Neurotic Superhero?

Ever since the dawn of Marvel’s “superheroes with real problems,” costumed adventurers have been letting their psychological damage show. Spider-Man’s guilt and insecurity, Batman’s tango with trauma, Captain America’s survivor’s guilt, Jessica Jones’s smorgasbord of symptoms, and Star-Lord’s daddy issues are just some of the mental challenges that modern superheroes deal with. Dr. Travis Langley(Batman and Psychology), R. Sikoryak (Masterpiece Comics), Dr. Janina Scarlet(Superhero Therapy), Alex Langley (The Geek Handbook), and moderator Danny Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch) hold a lively discussion of the psychological challenges that many heroes (and some villains, too) deal with. Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina   1: Programs, Fandom, Marriott Programs, Superheroes
  • Tags Fandom, Marriott Programs, Superheroes
3:00pm Netflix’s Stranger Things

UPDATED: Sat, Jul 08, 07:32PM
Join the cast and creators of the pop culture phenomenon Stranger Things for an in-depth discussion on the acclaimed series, the journey to Season 2, and be the first to experience never-before-seen footage of what’s to come this October. Saturday July 22, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Hall H   1: Programs, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television |   U: Updated, Science Fiction & Fantasy,Television
  • Tags Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
3:30pm Supergirl Special Video Presentation and Q&A

Ridding National City of Queen Rhea and her Daxamite army was a major win for Supergirl but one that came at a significant cost, as Kara was forced to sacrifice her budding relationship with Mon-El. When the show returns with all-new supercharged adventures this fall on The CW, Kara and team will come up against a new threat in the form of DC Comics’s Worldkiller, Reign. Want to know more about Reign and what she has in store for the Girl of Steel? Join the series’ cast and creative team for a special video presentation followed by a discussion of the new season. From Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Supergirl’ s third season will debut Monday, October 9 at 8/7c on The CW. Supergirl: The Complete Second Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 22. Saturday July 22, 2017 3:30pm – 4:10pm
Ballroom 20   1: Programs, Action/Adventure, Superheroes, Television
  • Tags Action/Adventure, Superheroes, Television
3:30pm Doctor Who and Torchwood Comics

Get your fix of all things Whovian from writers Cavan Scott, George Mann, and others (including a very special message from Captain Jack himself!), along with Doctor Who senior editor Andrew James, who will reveal upcoming plans for Titan’s Doctor Who comics and take you behind the scenes of Titan’s stand-alone SDCC Doctor Who comic-created especially for the show! Each audience member will receive a free comic! Saturday July 22, 2017 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Room 5AB   1: Programs, Comics
  • Tags Comics
3:30pm Insight Comics: Focusing on Content and Creators

In early 2017, Insight Editions launched Insight Comics, a dynamic new imprint dedicated to publishing original and licensed graphic novels. These beautifully illustrated stories run the gamut from tales of post-apocalyptic horror and sci-fi survival to epic fantasy battles, supernatural adventures, and thrilling detective mysteries for people of all ages. Meet the editors and creators behind the brand, get a glimpse of what the team has planned for the rest of 2017 and beyond, and learn why Insight Comics is the preeminent home for creators. Panelists include Mark Irwin (editor), Katie Kubert (editor), Nilah Magruder (M.F.K.), Richard Hamilton(Scoop), Jean Dufaux (Djinn), Arianna Irwin (The Comet), Tom Sniegoski (Atomic Frenchie), and Frank Tieri (comic book writer). Saturday July 22, 2017 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Room 24ABC   1: Programs, Comics
  • Tags Comics
3:30pm Keeping it Real

Graphic novels featuring realistic stories about kids are burning up the bestseller lists and winning awards. Some of the hottest creators working in the genre discuss why their work is connecting with readers both young and old. Panelists include Jennifer Holm (Swing It, Sunny), Shannon Hale (Real Friends), Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina), Tillie Walden (Spinning), and moderator Meryl Jaffe (Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth). Saturday July 22, 2017 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Room 8   1: Programs, Books, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances
  • Tags Books, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances
3:30pm Robert Kirkman and Todd McFarlane in Conversation

Todd McFarlane, the creator of Spawn, and Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead, sit down for an intimate one-on-one chat. These two titans have forever changed the comics industry in addition to breaking new ground in everything from toys to television to film. What tips do they have for their fellow creators? How did they rise so high? They’ll discuss these topics and more. Saturday July 22, 2017 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Room 6DE   1: Programs, Comics, Television
  • Tags Comics, Television
3:30pm CANCELLED – A Tale of Two Ducks: Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge from the Beginning

CANCELLED: Sat, Jul 08, 04:28PM
We regret to announce that this program has been cancelled. Saturday July 22, 2017 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Room 26AB   1: Programs, Animation, Television
  • Tags Animation, Television
3:30pm Comic-Con How-To: Draw with Copic Markers with Allison Sohn

Comic book artist Allison Sohn takes you from a pencilled portrait all the way to a final colored piece of original artwork. She will share tips and tricks and answer all of your questions while she works. Allison is a freelance artist who specializes in trading cards and sketch cards and who collaborates regularly with her husband, Adam Hughes. Saturday July 22, 2017 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Room 2   1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Comic-Con How To
  • Tags Art and Illustration, Comic-Con How To
3:50pm Saturday Playback Room Block #3

The Playback Room will be showing the following panel presentations from either or both Hall H and Ballroom 20: Netflix’s Stranger Things, Supergirl Special Video Presentation and Q&A, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Special Video Presentation and Q&A. (Please note: these playbacks will include only the panel discussions. None of the film clips or footage shown at the live events will be shown here.) Saturday July 22, 2017 3:50pm – 5:10pm
Marriott Marina Ballroom DE, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina   1: Programs, Marriott Playback Room, Marriott Programs, Movies, Television
  • Tags Marriott Playback Room, Marriott Programs, Movies, Television
4:00pm The Magicians

Don’t miss your chance to get an inside look at SYFY’s breakout series. The stakes have never been higher after a powerful season 2 finale left the world without magic. Join the cast and creators as they look back on last season and provide a glimpse into what’s in store for Quentin and his friends. Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm – 4:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront   1: Programs, Hilton Programs, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
  • Tags Hilton Programs, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
4:00pm A Song of Ice and Fire: Game of Thrones Fan Discussion

Amin Javadi (A Podcast of Ice and Fire, Bastards of Kingsgrave podcast), Kyle Maddock (A Podcast of Ice and Fire, AfterBuzz TV), and Tara Lynne (The Geekiary, Ice and Fire Convention) discuss major and minor fan theories, compare the books to the television show, and take part in a general Q&A. Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library   1: Programs, Library Programs, Podcasts, Television
  • Tags Library Programs, Podcasts, Television
4:00pm Ladies of the Legions, A Women’s Guide to Star Wars Costuming

The Ladies of the Legions discuss different costume options for women and challenges and solutions for issues such as choosing costumes, customization and fit, crossplay costume options, physical issues for women in costume, and support and costume groups for women. Panelists offer introductions to various costume clubs, including the 501st Legion (Lesley Farquhar, Dawn Bright, and Anastasia Hunter), Rebel Legion (Rachel Williams and Lisa Curtis Saunders), and the Mandalorian Mercs (Carrie Ann Caranci and Kristina Schlosser). Moderated by Lesley Farquhar(The 501st Legion). Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina   1: Programs, Costuming, Fan Culture Programs, Marriott Programs
  • Tags Costuming, Fan Culture Programs, Marriott Programs
4:00pm Marvel: Cup O’Joe

Here is your chance to ask Marvel’s chief creative officer Joe Quesada about anything and everything Marvel. Got a question about your favorite hero? Want to hear the latest developments on Marvel’s Legacy or our up-and-coming heroes? This panel has you covered! Also featuring executive editor Nick Lowe, director of content and character development Sana Amanat, and creators Kris Anka(Runaways), Ryan North (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl), and Rainbow Rowell(Runaways)! Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 25ABC   1: Programs, Comics
  • Tags Comics
4:00pm New Stories in Old Universes

Some fan-favorite characters and comic universes have been around for generations. As a creator, how does one continue to make exciting and new stories in worlds that comic readers are so familiar with? Moderator Mark Waid (Archie) aims to find out with Comic-Con special guests Marguerite Bennett (DC Bombshells), Tom King(Vision), Gail Simone (Batgirl), and Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl). Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 23ABC   1: Programs, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics
  • Tags Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics
4:00pm Spotlight on Sonny Liew

Sonny Liew discusses his Eisner-nominated The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, his three-continent journey to find sources of creativity, the comics culture in Singapore, and his collaborations with Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese, Superman) and Paul Levitz (former DC publisher), who will moderate the conversation. Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 29AB   1: Programs, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics
  • Tags Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics
4:00pm The Great Comic-Con Kids Draw-Off!

On this interactive panel, kids get to be in charge! Kids will work with an epic panel of bestselling kids’ comics creators as they compete in the draw-off to beat all draw-offs! Bring your pencil (and your parents). Panelists include Matthew Holm(Babymouse Tales from the Locker: Lights, Camera, Middle School!), Jarrett Krosoczka(Star Wars Jedi Academy: The Force Oversleeps), Nathan Hale (Hazardous Tales), Dana Simpson (Phoebe and Her Unicorn), Lucas Turnbloom (Dream Jumper), Victoria Jamieson (Roller Girl), Raina Telgemeier (Ghosts), and moderator Tom Racine (Tall Tale Radio Podcast). Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 11   1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Kids, Seminars & Workshops
  • Tags Art and Illustration, Kids, Seminars & Workshops
4:00pm Transforming Character to Costume: DC Superhero Costumes from Workroom to Film Set

The Motion Picture Costumers IATSE Local 705 leads a discussion exploring the different positions behind the scenes in Hollywood’s costume industry. Learn about the journey each costume takes to become part of your favorite onscreen character’s appearance with expert panelists Bob Morgan (costume supervisor, Batman V. Superman, Man of Steel), Mike Welch (set costumer, Batman V. Superman, X-Men: Days of Future Past), Federico Cervantes (key specialty costumer, Batman V. Superman, Watchmen), Stacia Lang (custom-made cutter fitter, Aquaman, Man of Steel), and Lisa Fullerton (custom-made stitcher, Aquaman, The Hunger Games). Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 9   1: Programs, Comics, Costuming, Movies, Superheroes
  • Tags Comics, Costuming, Movies, Superheroes
4:00pm What’s New from Abrams ComicArts and Amulet

Andrew Smith (publisher), Charles Kochman (editorial director), Chad Beckerman(creative director), and Abrams authors Thi Bui (The Best We Could Do), Damian Duffyand John Jennings (Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation), Nathan Hale (One Trick Pony), and Mark Evanier (Kirby: King of Comics [Anniversary Edition]) discuss their graphic novels. The panel will also cover Abrams ComicArts’s upcoming projects from the fall 2017 list and beyond, revealing exciting works in progress and including videos and never-before-seen titles and art. Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 28DE   1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Books, Cartooning and Comic Strips
  • Tags Art and Illustration, Books, Cartooning and Comic Strips
4:00pm When Comic Shops, Teachers, and Librarians Work Together

Beth Dunca (teacher, Rancho Minerva Middle School), Lisa Ferneau-Haynes (senior librarian, Oceanside Public Library), and John Shableski (UDON Entertainment) discuss the incredible opportunity educators have when shopping at their local comic book store for texts to use in class or include in their library collection. Moderated by Adam Kullberg (education program manager, Pop Culture Classroom). Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library   1: Programs, Comics, Education, Library Programs
  • Tags Comics, Education, Library Programs
4:00pm Women and Writers of Color Breaking Barriers

An eclectic panel of UCLA Extension instructors currently working in the entertainment industry discuss how they got where they are, what issues they continue to face, and what it will take before there is real change. Speakers include Laurence Walsh-Hodson (NCIS, The Dresden Files), Nancy Nigrosh (former agent of Kathryn Bigelow), Steve Harper (American Crime, Covert Affairs), Melinda Hill (Kickin’ It, Adventure Time), Deborah Dean Davis (It Takes Two, Daddy Boot Camp), Cynthia Hsiung (Young Hercules, The Real World), Eunetta T. Boone (One on One, The Hughleys), Cynthia Riddle (Puppy Love, The Brittany Murphy Story) and moderator Kim Adelman(independent film producer). Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 4   1: Programs, Comics, Movies, Television
  • Tags Comics, Movies, Television
4:00pm Midnight, Texas Series Premiere

Universal Television presents NBC’s new supernatural thriller Midnight, Texas ! Welcome to a place where being normal is strange and only outsiders fit in. Based on the bestselling book series by Charlaine Harris (author of the novels that inspired True Blood), comes a journey into a remote Texas town where nothing is what it seems. Home to a vampire, a witch, an angel and a hitwoman, Midnight is a mysterious safe haven for those who are different-a perfect place for anyone looking to hide from the outside world. That is, until the arrival of a powerful psychic and the murder of one of their own. As the town members fight off outside pressures from ever-suspicious cops, deadly biker gangs, and their own dangerous pasts, they band together and form an unlikely but strong family. Join your fellow “Midnighters” for a special screening of the premiere episode along with an exclusive sneak peek and a Q&A session with the cast and producers: François Arnaud (The Borgias), Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black), Parisa Fitz-Henley (Luke Cage), Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries), Jason Lewis (Sex and the City), Peter Mensah (True Blood), Sarah Ramos(Parenthood), Yul Vazquez, (Bloodline), executive producers Monica Owusu-Breen(Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and David Janollari (Six Feet Under), and author Charlaine Harris. Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm – 5:15pm
Room 6BCF   1: Programs, Books, Horror and Suspense, Television, Writers & Writing
  • Tags Books, Horror and Suspense, Television, Writers & Writing
4:00pm Oddball Comics Live!

Cartoonist Scott Shaw! (Sonic the Hedgehog) has presented his uniquely hilarious slideshow of “the craziest comic books ever published” to SRO audiences at SDCC for over four decades. This presentation is for everyone who’s ever enjoyed reading a comic book, with wildly funny, outrageous, and bizarre covers of the craziest comic books ever published. Even if you’ve seen some of these comic book covers many times before, when you behold their covers blown up to the size of the side of a barn, you’ll be amazed and delighted at the unbelievable imagery that’s revealed! Stan Lee says, “Wow, True Believers, I thought I’d seen it all, but Scott Shaw!’s hysterically hilarious Oddball Comics is the wildest, wackiest exposé of some of the craziest comic books I’ve ever seen! Or, to put it mildly, Scott’s outrageous opuses are a blast!” Saturday July 22, 2017 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Room 7AB   1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Cartooning and Comic Strips, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances
  • Tags Art and Illustration, Cartooning and Comic Strips, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances
4:10pm DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Special Video Presentation and Q&A

After crash landing the Waverider in a version of 2017 Los Angeles where dinosaurs roam the streets and the skyline is adorned by the iconic Big Ben clock tower, the Legends were quick to realize, “We broke time.” Last year, the loveable band of misfit heroes traveled throughout the timeline, fixing a series of aberrations. This year, they’ll be turning the crazy up to 11, as a wave of anachronisms turn history on its head, leaving the Legends responsible for piecing it back together. What is an anachronism you ask? For the answer to that, and many other questions, join the cast and creative team behind The CW’s hit superhero team-up series. From Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’ s season premiere airs Tuesday, October 10, at 9/8c on The CW. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Second Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 15. Saturday July 22, 2017 4:10pm – 4:50pm
Ballroom 20   1: Programs, Humor & Satire, Superheroes, Television
  • Tags Humor & Satire, Superheroes, Television
4:15pm The Orville

From Emmy Award–winning executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane with a pilot directed by Jon Favreau, The Orville is a one-hour science fiction comedic drama set 400 years in the future that follows the adventures of the U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory vessel. Come meet the whole crew—Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes, Penny Johnson Jerald, Peter Macon, Halston Sage, J. Lee, Mark Jackson, and Chad Coleman as well as producers David Goodman and Brannon Braga —and get an exclusive extended first look at FOX’s new fall show. The crew, both human and alien, will face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of regular people in a workplace . . . even though some of those people are from other planets, and the workplace is a faster-than-light spaceship. Saturday July 22, 2017 4:15pm – 5:15pm
Room 6A   1: Programs, Humor & Satire, Television
  • Tags Humor & Satire, Television
4:15pm Westworld Panel and Q&A Session

HBO’s Westworld concluded its critically acclaimed first season in December and is currently saddling up for season 2. The series-created, executive produced, and written by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy -is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Cast panelists include Ben Barnes as Logan, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal as Armistice, Ed Harris as the Man in Black, Luke Hemsworth as Stubbs, James Marsden as Teddy, Thandie Newton as Maeve, Simon Quarterman as Lee Sizemore, Rodrigo Santoro as Hector, Angela Sarafyan as Clementine, Jimmi Simpson as William, Tessa Thompson as Charlotte Hale, Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores, Shannon Woodward as Elsie, and Jeffrey Wright as Bernard/Arnold. The panel will be moderated by internationally renowned vocal artist/beatboxer/musician/comedian Reggie Watts. Saturday July 22, 2017 4:15pm – 5:15pm
Hall H   1: Programs, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
  • Tags Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
4:30pm Animation Magazine Turns 30!

Launched in 1987, Animation Magazine has been the definitive voice of the art, business, and technology of animation and VFX as those industries have grown from tiny niches into global phenomenona. Join editor-in-chief Tom McLean,publisher/president/co-founder Jean Thoren, and some surprise special guests in this look at how much the magazine and the art forms it covers have changed over the past three decades. Saturday July 22, 2017 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Room 24ABC   1: Programs, Animation, Anniversaries
  • Tags Animation, Anniversaries
4:30pm From Acclaimed Graphic Novel to Daring New Film: My Friend Dahmer

Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Derf Backderf, My Friend Dahmer is the eerie and electrifying new film written and directed by Marc Meyers, with Disney star Ross Lynch in a revelatory performance as Jeffrey Dahmer. Before Dahmer became one of the most notorious serial killers of all time, he was a shy kid, a teenage alcoholic, and a goofball who never quite fit in with his classmates. This is the haunting, sad, funny, true, origin story of Dahmer in high school. Moderated by Abraham Riesman (staff culture writer at New York Magazine and Vulture), Lynch, Backderf, and Meyers will discuss the joys and challenges of adapting this cult favorite for the big screen and the fascination with this infamous real-life figure. Attendees will also be treated to the first public teaser of the film exclusively at San Diego Comic-Con. Saturday July 22, 2017 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre   1: Programs, Comics, Horton Grand Theatre Programs, Movies, Ticketed Events
  • Tags Comics, Horton Grand Theatre Programs, Movies, Ticketed Events
4:30pm Tales From the Comic Book Crackdown

Always on the cutting edge in their titles like Tales from the Crypt and Weird Science,EC Comics produced the most provocative stories of horror, crime, politics, and social justice in the restrictive early 1950s-tales once again topical today. Tucked inside the horror were yarns that took on issues like prejudice and nationalism. Of course, EC got in trouble, and in 1954 publisher William Gaines was called to testify before the U.S. Senate in a hearing that ultimately caused the wide censorship of comics. An interactive discussion led by Ben Dickow, lecturer in comics history, and EC comics expert Grant Geissman will examine that fateful day in comics history. Augmenting the discussion, members of Los Angeles’s Captured Aural Phantasy Theater will dramatically read from the Senate testimony and some of the controversial comics. These short excerpts preview a major theatrical production about EC Comics that Captured Aural Phantasy Theater will be bringing to audiences in the fall; they are the only performance group in the world authorized to bring EC Comics to life on stage. Saturday July 22, 2017 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Room 26AB   1: Programs, Comics
  • Tags Comics
4:30pm ValiantFans.com: Harbinger Wars 2 and Beyond!

Valiant fans from around the world join in celebrating Valiant’s 12th annual SDCC fan panel. Valiant guest panelists and moderator Sean Neprund of the OTV podcast discuss everything Valiant, including Harbinger Wars 2, Secret Weapons, and the smash hit X-O Manowar . Saturday July 22, 2017 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Room 8   1: Programs, Comics
  • Tags Comics
4:30pm That ’70s Panel

It was a time of change in comics, with a new generation intermingling with the old and taking command. Hear what the comics industry was like in the 1970s from Mike Grell (The Warlord ; Jon Sable, Freelance), Paul Levitz (Legion of Super-Heroes, Stalker), Keith Pollard (Fantastic Four, Thor), Ron Wilson (The Thing, Super Boxers), Marv Wolfman (Tomb of Dracula, New Teen Titans), Joe Staton (E-Man, Dick Tracy), and moderator Mark Evanier (Groo the Wanderer, Blackhawk). Saturday July 22, 2017 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Room 5AB   1: Programs, Comics, Fandom
  • Tags Comics, Fandom
4:45pm AMC’s Visionaries: Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics

Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a New Orleans neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights with his life on the line and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left his superhero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad. Choosing to help his city without using his superpowers, he watched his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) grow into strong young women, even though his marriage to their mother, Lynn (Christine Adams), suffered. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him-or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns-to save not only his family but also the soul of his community. Based on the characters from DC, Black Lightning is from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl), Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil (Being Mary Jane, The Game, Jumping the Broom, Girlfriends), and Sarah Schechter (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl). Black Lightning premieres midseason on The CW. Saturday July 22, 2017 4:45pm – 5:45pm
Room 6DE   1: Programs, Comics, Television
  • Tags Comics, Television
4:50pm Black Lightning Special Video Presentation and Q&A

Executive producers Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead), Daniel Junge (Saving Face, Being Evel), and Rory Karpf (The Book of Manning, Dale) introduce their new unscripted series AMC’s Visionaries: Robert Kirkman’s Secret World of Comics, a six-part one-hour documentary series that explores the stories, people, and events that have transformed the world of comic books. Using a distinctive filmmaker approach, the series takes a deep dive into the most accessible and often subversive modern popular art form and will cover topics ranging from origin stories to the untold history behind iconic characters. Join the panelists for a Q&A session and an official sneak preview of this new series. Saturday July 22, 2017 4:50pm – 5:10pm
Ballroom 20   1: Programs, Superheroes, Television
  • Tags Superheroes, Television
5:00pm The Expanse

The cast and creators of SYFY’s critically acclaimed series are back to discuss last season’s most shocking moments and give an inside look at what to expect from season 3. Based on the Hugo-nominated book series by James S. Corey, The Expansetakes place hundreds of years in the future after humans have colonized the solar system. Saturday July 22, 2017 5:00pm – 5:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront   1: Programs, Hilton Programs, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
  • Tags Hilton Programs, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
5:00pm Building a Collaboration in Comic Books

Jeffrey Twohig (FuzzyLogixMedia), Brandon Perlow (New Paradigm Studios), Johnny Cavooto (Sartana), Jeff Rider (Cloudwrangler comics), and Robert Roach (Menthu, The Roach) discuss the process of building a production team to create a comic book from idea to printing the finished product. Saturday July 22, 2017 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room 23ABC   1: Programs, Comics
  • Tags Comics
5:00pm Comics Entrepreneur Secrets

You love comic books, right? Do you love them enough to start your own publishing company? Hear what it takes to make it in comics from publishers who have paved their own paths. Author and business expert Rob Salkowitz (Forbes) talks to trail-blazing comics professionals including comiXology CEO and co-founder David Steinberger, CEO of IDW media holdings Ted Adams, Valiant Entertainment CEO and chief creative officer Dinesh Shamdasani, and founder and CEO of Emet Comics Maytal Gilboa about their wins, their setbacks, and everything you need to know on how break in and stay in the comics biz. Saturday July 22, 2017 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room 28DE   1: Programs, Comics
  • Tags Comics
5:00pm Everyone’s a Critic: Becoming and Being a Journalist in the Online Age

Bill Watters (Bleeding Cool), Mary Anne Butler (Aggressive Comix), Dana Han-Klein(Mohawk Movie Review), Bill Hunt (The Digital Bits), Alexandra August (Geek Magazine, CBR), and Thomas Parham (APU) discuss the expansion of journalism over the past decade, from the rise of citizen journalism to blogging to vloggers, podcasters, and online-only news sources. Panelists 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, moving from hobbyist to being a professional, and more. Saturday July 22, 2017 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room 9   1: Programs, Fandom, Web
  • Tags Fandom, Web
5:00pm Hasbro: Marvel

Hasbro and Marvel product experts will discuss some exciting news around Hasbro’s ever-popular Marvel Legends product line. Attendees will also get a sneak peek at upcoming, never-before-seen Marvel action figures, followed by Q&A. Saturday July 22, 2017 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room 25ABC   1: Programs, Action Figures – Toys – Collectibles, Superheroes
  • Tags Action Figures – Toys – Collectibles, Superheroes
5:00pm Inspiring Young Readers Through Graphic Novels

Beth Duncan, Lisa Harrison, Nichole Santangelo (teachers, Rancho Minerva Middle School), Amy Pitotti (teacher, David A. Brown Middle School), Lisa Ferneau-Hayes(senior librarian, Oceanside Public Library), Erin Nakasone (librarian I in youth services, Oceanside Public Library), Matthew Shoemaker (international educator), and Yukiko Chavez (library media technician, Rancho Minerva Middle School) along with three middle and high school students will discuss how graphic novels have become a gateway into the world of literacy through art, teen book buddy programs, and mentoring/modeling. Saturday July 22, 2017 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library   1: Programs, Comics, Education, Library Programs
  • Tags Comics, Education, Library Programs
5:00pm Spotlight on Eduardo Risso

Behind 100 Bullets and Batman is the 35-year-old artist Eduardo Risso. He will be talking about how difficult it can be to draw for the head of the world while living in the ass of the world. Join Eduardo for this session moderated by Ivan Brandon(writer/editor). Saturday July 22, 2017 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room 29AB   1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics
  • Tags Art and Illustration, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics
5:00pm Spotlight on John Holmstrom

Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. Harvey Kurtzman. Will Eisner. The Ramones. Blondie. Lou Reed. The CBGB scene and punk rock. Tom Forcade and High Times magazine. Al Goldstein and Screw magazine. Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and the East Village art scene. John Holmstrom was involved with all of the above and much more and ended up with one of the strangest careers in comics, the fine arts, and punk rock. John will be interviewed by cartoonist Batton Lash (Supernatural Law), his fellow student at New York’s School of Visual Arts back in the early 1970s, when their teachers were Eisner and Kurtzman. Saturday July 22, 2017 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room 4   1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics
  • Tags Art and Illustration, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics
5:00pm The Secrets of Drawing with Science

Wei Xu, Ph.D. (artist, mathematician, computer scientist, author, professor) unveils the scientific secrets for identifying, organizing, and duplicating shapes, the core steps for scientifically mastering observational drawing. Saturday July 22, 2017 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room 11   1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Seminars & Workshops
  • Tags Art and Illustration, Seminars & Workshops
5:00pm Comic-Con How-To: How to Tell Stories for the Microphone, Voiceover 101

Master storytellers and voiceover artists Scott Brick (award-winning narrator of over 800 audiobooks, including Blade Runner, Jurassic Park, the Jason Bourne trilogy, and the Dune saga) and Townsend Coleman (the voice of Michelangelo on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Waldo in Where’s Waldo?, and the Tick) put volunteers from the audience through the paces to see if they (and you) have what it takes to join the competitive world of voiceover acting. Saturday July 22, 2017 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Room 2   1: Programs, Comic-Con How To
  • Tags Comic-Con How To
5:10pm The Flash Special Video Presentation and Q&A

Running up against an evil time remnant version of yourself is something no one should ever have to do, but that’s exactly what faced Barry Allen (a.k.a. the Flash) as he fought to save the life of fiancée Iris West from the God of Speed known as Savitar. Barry’s victory was short-lived, however, as an unbalanced Speed Force began to wreak havoc on Central City, forcing Barry to sacrifice himself for the greater good. With the Fastest Man Alive now trapped inside an extra-dimensional energy and unknown dangers lurking in the shadows, it will be up to Team Flash to free Barry from his own personal Hell. Join the cast and creators of The CW’s highest-rated series and be among the first to find out where things will pick up when season 4 returns this fall. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, The Flash season premiere airs Tuesday, October 10 at 8/7c on The CW. The Flash: The Complete Third Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 5. Saturday July 22, 2017 5:10pm – 5:50pm
Ballroom 20   1: Programs, Comics, Television
  • Tags Comics, Television
5:20pm Saturday Playback Room Block #4

The Playback Room will be showing the following panel presentations from either or both Hall H and Ballroom 20: Westworld and Black Lightning Special Video Presentation and Q&A. (Please note: these playbacks will include only the panel discussions. None of the film clips or footage shown at the live events will be shown here.) Saturday July 22, 2017 5:20pm – 7:00pm
Marriott Marina Ballroom DE, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina   1: Programs, Marriott Playback Room, Marriott Programs, Movies
  • Tags Marriott Playback Room, Marriott Programs, Movies
5:30pm TV Guide Magazine’s Fan Favorites

The official magazine of TV returns to San Diego for its annual all-star panel. Moderated by senior writer Damian Holbrook, stars from TV’s hottest shows offer a lively discussion filled with behind-the-scenes scoop. Panelists include cast members from American Gods, The Magicians, Shadowhunters, iZombie, and more! Saturday July 22, 2017 5:30pm – 6:15pm
Room 6BCF   1: Programs, Television
  • Tags Television
5:30pm Discover Why YA is the Future of Comics

Books, movies, and comics aimed at middle-grade and young-adult audiences are creating legions of devoted fans all over the world. Sierra Hahn (BOOM! Studios, senior editor) and some of the most popular new voices in comics discuss the importance of YA, how to bring new readers to comic books, and the bright, diverse future of entertainment. Featuring Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina), Sarah Kuhn (Clueless), Tillie Walden (Spinning), Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes), and others. Saturday July 22, 2017 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Room 7AB   1: Programs, Comics
  • Tags Comics
5:30pm Introducing Ghost Wars

Catch an exclusive first glimpse of the highly anticipated new psychological horror series coming this fall to SYFY and Netflix. Meet stars Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, Daredevil), Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy), Avan Jogia (Tut), Kandyse McClure(Battlestar Galactica, Hemlock Grove), and Meat Loaf Aday (Fight Club) along with creator/showrunner Simon Barry (Continuum), writer/executive producer Dennis Heaton (Motive), and executive producer Chad Oakes (Fargo, Van Helsing) in a Q&A moderated by executive producer Michael Frislev (Fargo, Van Helsing). Saturday July 22, 2017 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Room 6A   1: Programs, Action/Adventure, Horror and Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
  • Tags Action/Adventure, Horror and Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
5:30pm It Takes All Kinds to Make the Comics: A Dark Horse Celebration of Diversity

For years, comics creators from a variety of backgrounds have been doing incredible work furthering the medium of sequential art. With award-winning storytelling and phenomenal artistic expression, people from a variety of backgrounds have truly started a movement of more accurate and diverse representation in the comic business. Join Gabriel Bá (Two Brothers), Fábio Moon (Two Brothers), Jose Pimienta(Soupy Leaves Home), Irene Koh (The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars), and Erika Alexander(Concrete Park) for a fascinating conversation on embracing people and cultures from around the world and what changes they think still need to be made in the comics industry. Saturday July 22, 2017 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Room 8   1: Programs, Comics, Seminars & Workshops
  • Tags Comics, Seminars & Workshops
5:30pm Kotobukiya Summer/Fall 2017 Update

Expect plenty of product updates and new announcements, a Q&A session with members from product development teams, and some surprises and giveaways. Saturday July 22, 2017 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Room 26AB   1: Programs, Action Figures – Toys – Collectibles
  • Tags Action Figures – Toys – Collectibles
5:30pm VRV: Frederator’s Bravest Warriors and Bee and Puppycat

Want a behind-the-scenes peek at the Frederator cartoons you love? See the creators of viral hits Bravest Warriors and Bee and Puppycat lift the curtain for a look at the making of these two red-hot properties. Come for the juicy stories, stay for an exclusive sneak peek at what’s coming next from Frederator Studios and Cartoon Hangover. Saturday July 22, 2017 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Room 24ABC   1: Programs, Animation
  • Tags Animation
5:30pm Marvel Studios

Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige and special guests provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. Saturday July 22, 2017 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Hall H   1: Programs, Movies
  • Tags Movies
5:50pm Arrow Special Video Presentation and Q&A

With the future of the team left hanging in the balance, Arrow gave new definition to the phrase “blowing up the show.” The emotional showdown between Oliver Queen and Adrian Chase was the perfect conclusion to a stellar fifth season of The CW’s gritty superhero series. Now the focus shifts to uncovering the fate of every member of Team Arrow. Could anyone have possibly survived an island-wide explosion, or has the book closed on them, as it has the five-year flashback story? The cast and creators will be on hand for an eye-opening conversation about the upcoming season. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, Arrow’ s season premiere is Thursday, October 12 at 9/8c on The CW. Arrow: The Complete Fifth Season is available now on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 19. Saturday July 22, 2017 5:50pm – 6:30pm
Ballroom 20   1: Programs, Comics, Superheroes, Television
  • Tags Comics, Superheroes, Television
6:00pm The Guild 10th Anniversary Reunion!

Help the cast of the groundbreaking web series The Guild celebrate their 10th anniversary! Felicia Day, Sandeep Parikh, Jeff Lewis, Robin Thorsen, Vince Caso,and Amy Okuda are joined by director Sean Becker to reminisce and catch up with fans. Moderated by The Guild producer Kim Evey. Saturday July 22, 2017 6:00pm – 6:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront   1: Programs, Fandom, Hilton Programs, Television, Web
  • Tags Fandom, Hilton Programs, Television, Web
6:00pm BAM! SPIFF! Writing for Comics

Andy Schmidt (Comics Experience, Marvel), Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong,Incredible Hercules), and Erica Schultz (M3, Swords of Sorrow) present an in-depth look at writing for comics. Story applies to all media, but knowing story isn’t enough to write great comics. Want to know how to write inspiring and powerful panel descriptions? What is the difference between writing dialogue for TV and comics? How many panels fit on a page? What does it mean to you as a writer that the images are all next to each other, and how can you use that to your advantage? Turn your writing into comics writing! Saturday July 22, 2017 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 11   1: Programs, Comics, Seminars & Workshops, Writers & Writing
  • Tags Comics, Seminars & Workshops, Writers & Writing
6:00pm Bold Voice of Contemporary Horror

Love The Witch? The Invitation? The Babadook? It Follows? You’re Next? The Greasy Strangler? The Autopsy of Jane Doe? Some of the most knowledgeable and influential voices in horror today discuss the state of indie horror film and give a sneak peek at the best to come this year, with exclusive footage from Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca standouts. This is the place to come to find out which upcoming horror flicks should be on your must-see list. Panelists include Elijah Wood (Spectrevision), Mette Marie Kongsved (XYZ Films), Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson (The Endless—Tribeca 2017 premiere, Spring), Mickey Keataing (Psychopaths—Tribeca 2017 premiere, Darling), Marianna Palka (Bitch—Sundance 2017 premiere), and more. Moderated by Jen Yamato of the LA Times. Saturday July 22, 2017 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 23ABC   1: Programs, Horror and Suspense, Movies
  • Tags Horror and Suspense, Movies
6:00pm Cinematic Storytelling for Comics

Award-nominated animator/director/comic book creator Stephan Franck (The Iron Giant, Silver) discusses how to apply the visual principles of film language to the comics page for clarity and emotional and cinematic impact, making the storytelling accessible to the broadest possible audience. Saturday July 22, 2017 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 25ABC   1: Programs, Comics
  • Tags Comics
6:00pm DC Master Class

The DC Master Class is in session! Cream-of-the-crop artists Amanda Conner, Tony Daniel, Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, John Romita Jr., and a huge surprise guest are here to share details on their new projects. This panel has the Master Class seal of approval! Saturday July 22, 2017 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 6DE   1: Programs, Comics, Superheroes
  • Tags Comics, Superheroes
6:00pm How Entertainment and Tech Leaders Are Uniting in Mobile VR To Deliver New Content Adventures: Power Rangers VR Experience

From feature film promotion to interactive toys and gaming, mobile VR is shaking up the entertainment industry as a bold technology platform for blazing new, engaging content experiences. Learn how creative minds in entertainment and technology are coming together from Lionsgate, Qualcomm, and Reel FX to use mobile VR for designing and developing blockbuster content experiences. This adventurous discussion will open your mind to new VR possibilities, plus get you full-featured access to the immersive Power Rangers “Zords Rising” mobile VR demo. You’ll also score some cool Power Rangers swag, too. Buckle up for the ride and book your front row seat today. Featuring David Edwards (Lionsgate), Patrick Costello (Qualcomm), Jen Cadic (Reel FX), and moderated by Anshel Sag (Moor Insights). Hosted by Qualcomm Technologies and VR Con (curators of the Futurism and Tech Pavilion). Saturday July 22, 2017 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre   1: Programs, Horton Grand Theatre Programs, Ticketed Events, Video Games
  • Tags Horton Grand Theatre Programs, Ticketed Events, Video Games
6:00pm How to Succeed as an Indie Game Developer

The best video games coming out this year are the industry’s best-kept secrets. Spencer Yip (director, Fallen Legion), Andy Nguyen (producer, Tooth and Tail), Ian Flood (programmer, Shovel Knight), Xanthe Huynh (voice actress, Persona 5) and other panelists talk about what it takes to survive and thrive as an indie game developer. See exclusive game demos and bring your questions about the blood, sweat, and gold coins it took to bring these passion projects to life. Saturday July 22, 2017 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 4   1: Programs, Video Games
  • Tags Video Games
6:00pm John Stanley, Giving Life to Little Lulu

Eisner-winning author Bill Schelly and Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth give a slide show presentation on the work of John Stanley, the creative genius who wrote and drew Little Lulu for 15 years in comic books. Stanley took Saturday Evening Postcartoonist Marge Buell’s scrappy Lulu Moppet and turned her into a genuine feminist icon and the star of one of the bestselling comics of the 1950s. Saturday July 22, 2017 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 9   1: Programs, Cartooning and Comic Strips
  • Tags Cartooning and Comic Strips
6:00pm Kevin Eastman: TMNT and More

Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, has been drawing and writing Turtles since 1984, but he is also the creator of several other projects, is publisher of Heavy Metal magazine, spearheads a wildly popular fan club, and is about to kickstart Drawing Blood. Join Kevin, David Avallone, and a couple of very special guests. Saturday July 22, 2017 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 5AB   1: Programs, Comics
  • Tags Comics
6:00pm Manga Around the World

Examining the trends in an ever-evolving world of manga, TOKYOPOP looks at licenses in the U.S., Germany, China, Korea, and around the world from huge franchises like Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia to indie titles and original language series. Learn about manga’s creation and development as Japanese comics continue to expand to a global audience. Saturday July 22, 2017 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 28DE   1: Programs, Anime & Manga
  • Tags Anime & Manga
6:00pm The Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con: More than Just Cookies

The doting girlfriend. The damsel in distress. The evil seductress. The tough girl who dies. Why are so many female characters such cookie-cutter archetypes? Why do so many fictional women lack the depth and variety of character of their male counterparts? How can fans and writers work together to create richer stories with more well-rounded characters, female and otherwise? Here to discuss the many archetypes of women in fiction are a group of women dangerous in their own rights: Tamara Brooks (Comic Book Resources, Seat 42F), Dr. Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy), Jennifer K. Stuller (Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors,GeekGirlCon), Jessica Tseang (Little Geek Girls, comic book historian), Tamara Robertson (MythBusters: The Search), and Alex Langley (The Geek Handbook, Kill the Freshman). Moderated by Katrina Hill (Action Movie Freak, 100 Greatest Graphic Novels). Saturday July 22, 2017 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina   1: Programs, Books, Fandom, Marriott Programs, Television, Web
  • Tags Books, Fandom, Marriott Programs, Television, Web
6:00pm Gays in Comics, Out in Comics: A 30th Year Celebration

The comic world’s longest-running panel celebrates its 30th year with an all-star panel and celebration that will spotlight creators, comics, and fans from 1988 to the present. What a difference 30 years makes! “Diversity” has become a rallying cry in the comics world today. Almost every comic company is looking toward LGBTQ or LGBTQ-friendly creators for work that reflects the world around us today-gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender characters as well as people of color, other cultures, and more. This year, founding moderator and bestselling author Andy Mangels (Wonder Woman ’77 Meets the Bionic Woman, Star Trek books) returns to chair the panel and welcomes Tara Madison Avery (Anything That Loves, Gooch, Alphabet), Roxane Gay (Black Panther: World of Wakanda, Bad Feminist, SDCC special guest), Sina Grace (Iceman, Self-Obsessed, Burn the Orphanage), Phil Jimenez(Superwoman, Wonder Woman, Infinite Crisis), Steve Orlando (Midnighter and Apollo, Supergirl, Justice League of America), and Molly Ostertag (Shattered Warrior, Strong Female Protagonist, The Witch Boy). Showcased throughout will be special video messages from an array of Hollywood and comic book celebrities sending special 30th anniversary messages to their LGBTQ fans and allies, plus a Prism Comics Fan Mixer including cool swag giveaways and a silent auction of incredible comics items! Saturday July 22, 2017 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 29AB   1: Programs, Comics
  • Tags Comics
6:00pm The Sneaky Tiki Freaky Geeky Ukulele Play and Sing-Along

It’s a fun hands-on, time warping, intergalactic, magical, middle-earth, and sci-fi “superhero-like” ukulele sing- and play-along. Characters are welcome. Interpretive dance and air ukulele are encouraged. There will be a number of ukuleles on hand for use (while they last), and the songs will be projected onto a screen for everyone to follow along. This panel is hosted by KEV, the world’s most okayist ukulele player. Saturday July 22, 2017 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina   1: Programs, Fandom, Marriott Programs, Music
  • Tags Fandom, Marriott Programs, Music
6:30pm How to Kickstart Your Comic Like a Pro

Want to know how to run a successful Kickstarter campaign? Amy Chu (Alpha Girl Comics) will moderate this all-star panel of Kickstarter experts, including Hope Nicholson (Bedside Press), Jimmy Palmiotti (PaperFilms), and Zan Christensen(Northwest Press). They will share all their best tips and secrets for planning, running, and shipping a successful Kickstarter campaign. Saturday July 22, 2017 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Room 26AB   1: Programs, Comics
  • Tags Comics
6:30pm Hulu and Seth Rogen’s Future Man

Get an exclusive sneak peek at Hulu’s upcoming outrageous and visually bold action comedy Future Man about a janitor by day/gamer by night who is recruited by mysterious visitors to travel through time and prevent the extinction of humanity. Director and executive producer Seth Rogen (This Is the End), creators Kyle Hunterand Ariel Shaffir (Sausage Party), showrunner Ben Karlin (The Daily Show), and stars Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), Eliza Coupe (Happy Endings), and Derek Wilson (Preacher) will participate in a panel moderated by Paul Scheer (The League) to discuss the series, time travel, and the global threat of oral herpes. Saturday July 22, 2017 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Room 6BCF   1: Programs, Humor & Satire, Television
  • Tags Humor & Satire, Television
6:30pm IDW Publishing’s Antar: A Middle Eastern Legend for a Modern Age

With genre entertainment now embraced by all corners of the globe, comic books celebrate the best of common humanity. The history and legends of Antar, the half-African, half-Arab poet warrior, present a prime example of this, and his adventures have been enjoyed for centuries in the Middle East. Inspired by his life, Jabal Entertainment’s CEO Sohaib Awan (Jinnrise) will discuss the cultural significance of the bridge-building comic with series writer Nnedi Okorafor (the Binti series), Michelle Nickelson (managing director, Mirage Studios), Jeff Gomez (CEO, Starlight Runner Entertainment), and Chris Ryall (chief creative officer, IDW Publishing). Saturday July 22, 2017 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Room 8   1: Programs, Comics
  • Tags Comics
6:30pm Legendary’s Cursed panel with John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis

Legendary Comics hosts John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis talk all things Cursed, their new comic series-the Scottish history, their favorite characters, their not-so-favorite characters, and more. Saturday July 22, 2017 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Room 7AB   1: Programs, Comics
  • Tags Comics
6:30pm Magic: The Gathering Panel, Blogatog Live

Magic head designer Mark Rosewater presents this one-man panel in which he re-creates his daily blog, answering the audience’s questions about the making of the popular trading card game. Saturday July 22, 2017 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Room 24ABC   1: Programs, Games
  • Tags Games
6:30pm Tapping into Creativity: Five Processes, One Workshop

A comic book artist, a cosplayer, a studio marketing executive, and a TV director walk into a bar. They run into an app producer-he’s searching for a way to tap into his own creativity and has sought out their advice! What techniques and tools can he glean from their work and experience? Can they help him? You’ll have to come and find out for yourselves! You may even find the solutions to your creative roadblocks . . . Moderator Mitch Lusas (producer, Star Trek app, Cosplay Sidekick) is joined by Chris Copeland (artist, Young Justice season 3, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract), Ali Williams(cosplayer, grand prize winner at LA Cosplay Con, two-time winner of Call to Cosplay), Matt Motschenbacher (VP marketing, Deadpool, Logan), and Matt Barber (director, iZombie, The 100) for this insightful workshop. Saturday July 22, 2017 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Room 2   1: Programs, Comic-Con How To
  • Tags Comic-Con How To
6:45pm X-Files: A Conversation Between David Duchovny and Dirk Maggs

Liquefying aliens. Hissing creatures. Humming spacecraft. This is the otherworldly soundscape of The X-Files: Cold Cases -an Audible original drama that reunites David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, and a cast of familiar voices from the iconic series. Duchovny and Cold Cases producer Dirk Maggs talk about revisiting the rich, sonic tapestry of the X-Files universe, what it means to tell more of Mulder and Scully’s story, and how fans can join the duo’s investigations and experience them like never before by putting on a pair of headphones. Fans may even find out what’s canon and what’s not. Saturday July 22, 2017 6:45pm – 7:45pm
Room 6A   1: Programs, Books, Television
  • Tags Books, Television
7:00pm Action Lab Comics: Creator Spectacular

Bryan Seaton (publisher/CEO) and Jason Martin (DZ publisher) give out gifts and discuss with all-star creators what it means to be part of the Action Lab family and what new titles are in store for 2017/2018. Saturday July 22, 2017 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 28DE   1: Programs, Comics
  • Tags Comics
7:00pm Broad City

Created by UCB alums Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, Broad City is an odd-couple comedy about two best friends navigating their twenties in New York City. They’re broke, flawed, and don’t shy away from the sticky situations NYC throws at them-they dive right into the muck. Last season saw Abbi and Ilana dealing with a whole new slew of everyday challenges including a trip to the DMV, new hookups, visiting Abbi’s dad, and a rat in the apartment. Now it’s time for these NYC broads to head to San Diego! Co-creators, writers, and stars Abbi and Ilana will give audiences a sneak peek of the new season returning this August. The Broad City girls take you inside the writers’ room for a vibrant discussion of what goes on behind the scenes. Broad Cityreturns for season 4 this August on Comedy Central. YAAAS! Saturday July 22, 2017 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront   1: Programs, Humor & Satire, Television
  • Tags Humor & Satire, Television
7:00pm Bronies: The Fandom of My Little Pony

Lyle Gilpatrick (Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony), Andrew Ho (public relations deputy director, BronyCAN), Laura Page (vice chair of guest and public relations, Equestria L.A.), Steven Stern (blog author, Equestria Daily), Kaelisa VanDyke (co-chair, Everfree Northwest), and Ted Visser (chair, Pacific PonyCon) discuss the fandom of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, followed by a Q&A session moderated by James Udan (event planner, SoCal Bronies). Saturday July 22, 2017 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina   1: Programs, Action Figures – Toys – Collectibles, Comics, Fandom, Marriott Programs, Television
  • Tags Action Figures – Toys – Collectibles, Comics, Fandom, Marriott Programs, Television
7:00pm Creating Your Own Destiny: The New Comics Career

The traditional comics career used to be all about begging for work and turning your creations over to “the man.” Not anymore! The last decade has seen a complete change as comics creators are determining their own fates and blazing their own trails to more creative freedom and higher potential payoffs. “The New Comics Career” has arrived. Andy Schmidt (Comics Experience, Marvel, IDW, BOOM!) outlines all the ways to plot a course for your career that is tailored to your goals and needs. He’ll cover defining and setting your goals, setting yourself up for success, fan building, and marketing yourself to both fans and publishers alike. Take control of your own creative destiny! Saturday July 22, 2017 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 11   1: Programs, Comics, Seminars & Workshops
  • Tags Comics, Seminars & Workshops
7:00pm Elfquest: Countdown to Final Quest

Wendy Pini (the Complete Elfquest series, Elfquest: Final Quest) and Richard Pini (the Complete Elfquest series, Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini) talk about Elfquest’s 40-year journey from homebrew indie comic begun in 1978 to the epic wrap-up planned for 2018. There will be teasers galore! Wendy and Richard will also participate in a freewheeling Q&A session moderated by David Mizejewski (co-producer of the Elfquest podcast series). Saturday July 22, 2017 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 5AB   1: Programs, Comics
  • Tags Comics
7:00pm From Comics to Virtual Reality with American Gothic Press

A good story should work in any medium, and comics can make a great starting point for other forms of entertainment-television, film, and more recently, virtual reality gaming. Join American Gothic Press publisher Philip Kim, editor-in-chief Holly Interlandi, and top creators for a discussion on how to best adapt your panels to this rapidly developing art form. Saturday July 22, 2017 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 23ABC   1: Programs, Comics, Video Games, Writers & Writing
  • Tags Comics, Video Games, Writers & Writing
7:00pm Spiritual Themes in Comics

This will mark the 20th year that the Christian Comic Arts Society has hosted the Spiritual Themes in Comics panel at Comic-Con. As spiritual themes continue to be explored in movies like Wonder Woman as well as in comics, science fiction, and fantasy, panelists will delve into and examine how spiritual themes influence the entertainment industry and how the reality of spiritual beliefs affects the culture’s perception of spiritual influences. Panelists are B. Dave Walters (Electropunk), Travis Hanson (Bean Leaf Press), Buzz Dixon (Serenity), Scott Mercano (Diablo Publishing), Adam Key (Canal Street), and moderator Geoff Strout (The Faithful Creative). Saturday July 22, 2017 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 4   1: Programs, Comics
  • Tags Comics
7:00pm The Arkham Sessions: Psychology of Batman the Animated Series

Hosts of The Arkham Sessions Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward bring their hit podcast about Batman and mental health to Comic-Con. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the iconic 1990s Batman: The Animated Series, The Arkham Sessions invites visionary writers Paul Dini (Dark Night: A True Batman Story; Batman: The Animated Series), Alan Burnett (Batman: The Animated Series), and Brenden Fletcher(Gotham Academy) to break down Batman and his infamous rogues’ gallery. Saturday July 22, 2017 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 25ABC   1: Programs, Animation, Education, Fandom
  • Tags Animation, Education, Fandom
7:00pm What’s New from Del Rey Books

Adventure, science fiction, innovation, fantasy-the publisher of some of genre’s best and brightest stars is here to talk about what’s next on the horizon from Del Rey Books. Authors Pierce Brown (Red Rising Trilogy), Robin Hobb (Fitz and the Fool Trilogy), Jason Hough (The Dire Earth Cycle), Vic James (Gilded Cage), and Rob Reid(After On) discuss their new and upcoming books with moderator Tricia Narwani (Del Rey editorial director). Saturday July 22, 2017 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 9   1: Programs, Books
  • Tags Books
7:10pm Saturday Playback Room Block #5

The Playback Room will be showing the following panel presentations from either or both Hall H and Ballroom 20: The Flash Special Video Presentation and Q&A, Marvel Studios, and Arrow Special Video Presentation and Q&A. (Please note: these playbacks will include only the panel discussions. None of the film clips or footage shown at the live events will be shown here.) Saturday July 22, 2017 7:10pm – 9:40pm
Marriott Marina Ballroom DE, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina   1: Programs, Marriott Playback Room, Marriott Programs
  • Tags Marriott Playback Room, Marriott Programs
7:15pm We Are All Heroes: The Changing Landscape of Comics, Geekdom, and Fanboy Culture

A diverse group of entertainment’s greatest names gather to explore the changing landscape of comics, geekdom, and fanboy culture among African Americans, Latinos, women, special interest groups, and more. Saturday July 22, 2017 7:15pm – 8:15pm
Room 6DE   1: Programs, Fandom, Movies, Television
  • Tags Fandom, Movies, Television
7:30pm Bedside Press

Publisher Hope Nicholson leads a roundtable discussion with creatives involved with the small press publisher Bedside Press. Sam Beiko (editor, Gothic Tales of Haunted Love), Janet Hetherington (Gothic Tales of Haunted Love), Eryn Williams (Enough Space for Everyone Else), and Jon Vanneste (Enough Space for Everyone Else) discuss their contributions to the publisher as well as their own independent works. Saturday July 22, 2017 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Room 26AB   1: Programs, Comics
  • Tags Comics
7:30pm Behind the Plastic: How Your Favorite Action Figures and Collectibles Get Made

Are retro licenses hotter than new properties? Are video game properties the new cash cow? The direct market, mail order, and the Internet have all changed where and how you can find your favorite toys. Does Walmart control what characters are made? Can a license without a media tie-in make it in today’s crowded market? Is the collectors’ market making a difference or is it still “all about the kids”? Daniel Pickett(ActionFigureInsider.com, Gentle Giant Ltd.) leads the discussion with Steven Anne(category manager, toys/licensing at Walgreens), Bill Beneke (project designer, Mattel), Brian Flynn (owner, Super7), Kevin Kiniry (vice president, DC Collectibles), and Jason Labowitz (co-founder at Entertainment Earth, Bif Bang Pow!). Saturday July 22, 2017 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Room 8   1: Programs, Action Figures – Toys – Collectibles
  • Tags Action Figures – Toys – Collectibles
7:30pm Sonic Mania: Behind the Scenes

Takashi Iizuka (head of Sonic team), Christian Whitehead (developer, Sonic Mania), Simon Thomley (programmer, Sonic Mania), Tom Fry (artist, Sonic Mania), and Tee Lopes (composer, Sonic Mania) discuss the road to development behind the upcoming Sonic Mania video game and share new insights about the game. Moderated by Aaron Webber (Sonic social media manager). Saturday July 22, 2017 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Room 24ABC   1: Programs, Video Games
  • Tags Video Games
7:30pm Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars

Just in time for the 20th anniversary of the original Starship Troopers (1997), fans will experience the next chapter in the cult franchise with the all-new, CG-animated movie, Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars. Written by Ed Neumeier, who crafted the screenplay for the original Starship Troopers, Traitor of Mars serves as a direct storyline sequel to the live-action, 1997 movie. Fans will hear directly from filmmakers, including director Shinji Aramaki, co-director Masaru Matsumoto, and producer Joseph Chou, and franchise star Casper Van Dien as they debut never-before-seen footage and discuss the return of iconic fan-favorite characters Johnny Rico and Dizzy Flores, all ahead of the film’s fall release. The panel will be moderated by Stephen Kramer Glickman (comedian/actor). Saturday July 22, 2017 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Room 7AB   1: Programs, Humor & Satire, Movies, Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Tags Humor & Satire, Movies, Science Fiction & Fantasy
8:00pm Channel Zero: No End House Screening

Be the first to see the premiere of the second season of this critically acclaimed SYFY series months before it airs! Inspired by Brian Russell’s Creepypasta tale, Channel Zero: No-End House is the story of a group of friends who enter a bizarre house of horrors that consists of a series of increasingly disturbing rooms. Saturday July 22, 2017 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre   1: Programs, Horror and Suspense, Horton Grand Theatre Programs, Science Fiction & Fantasy,Television, Ticketed Events
  • Tags Horror and Suspense, Horton Grand Theatre Programs, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Ticketed Events
8:00pm Crunchyroll Industry Panel

Hear about all the latest and greatest anime and manga coming out of Crunchyroll straight from the source. A special gift for all who attend. Saturday July 22, 2017 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Room 25ABC   1: Programs, Anime & Manga
  • Tags Anime & Manga
8:00pm EC Fan-Addict Club Panel

Panelists who not only represent a who’s who of second-generation EC fandom but also knew the creators of EC Comics intimately will examine EC Fandom history, the creators who made EC Comics, and the creator-to-fan relationships. Moderated by Thommy and Josh Burns, admins of the EC Fan-Addict Club on Facebook, the panel includes Roger Hill (Wally Wood: Galaxy Art and Beyond, Reed Crandall: Illustrator of the Comics), Grant Geissman (Feldstein! The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein, Foul Play!: The Art and Artists of the Notorious 1950s EC Comics), S. C. Ringgenberg (Al Williamson: Hidden Lands, The Fantagraphics EC Artists’ Library), and William Leach(publisher/editor of EC fanzine, Horror from the Crypt of Fear). Saturday July 22, 2017 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Room 4   1: Programs, Comics, Fandom
  • Tags Comics, Fandom
8:00pm Inclusive Speculative Fiction

Harper Voyager, home to such fantasy icons as Richard Kadrey, C. Robert Cargill, Raymond Feist, and Brom, is proud to announce a new universe of possibility inhabited by a broadly inclusive array of speculative fiction. HarperCollins Children’s Books showcases a roster of diverse authors and literature for the next generation of readers. Join in for a presentation of the diverse voices in fiction that readers have been calling for! Saturday July 22, 2017 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Room 9   1: Programs, Books
  • Tags Books
8:00pm Superheroic Science with Joy Lin

The author of popular animated series “If superpowers were real” on TED.com discusses the real-life implications and scientific issues of having superpowers. For instance: The Invisible Woman would be blind, because light is shining straight through her instead of reflecting off of her; Thor would kill Jane due to decompression sickness if he flew straight up with her by swinging his hammer; and Ant Man would not be able to punch a person effectively because his arm is so thin and short that his punches would be comparable to being poked by a tattoo needle. This panel is science-heavy and is recommended for audience members 12+. Saturday July 22, 2017 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina   1: Programs, Education, Fan Culture Programs, Fandom, Marriott Programs, Superheroes
  • Tags Education, Fan Culture Programs, Fandom, Marriott Programs, Superheroes
8:00pm Temple of Art

This 45-minute documentary short about the comics industry features Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Dave McKean, David Mack, Bill Sienkiewicz, and many more. After the screening, there will be a 15-minute Q&A. Saturday July 22, 2017 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Room 29AB   1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Movies
  • Tags Art and Illustration, Movies
8:00pm The Many Mutations of Monster Comics

When you hear “monster comics,” you might envision a 1950s Dracula or Wolfman biting a screaming woman in a negligee. Monsters have mutated since then and they’re weirder and funnier than ever! Moderator Mike Levine (The Onion) asks artists Shing Yin Khor (Beyond Press), Kory Bing (Skin Deep), Daniel and Dawna Davis (Steam Crow), Danny Lacy (Adult Swim), and Rebecca Hicks (Little Vampires) about their uniquely 21st century takes on supernatural creatures of the beyond! Find out what’s hiding in their closets. Saturday July 22, 2017 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Room 23ABC   1: Programs, Comics
  • Tags Comics
8:00pm Women Below the Line

Sheyne Fleischer (assistant editor, reality TV), Alicia Minette (production designer, propmaster/fabricator/blacksmith, ABC Digital), Sabrina Wichner (miniature VFX artist, Interstellar, Pee-wee’s Big Holiday), Claire Hummel (art director, Campo Santo), Rachel Noel (narrative designer, Armored Warfare, Pathfinder Adventures), and Aiden Vitti (costume department, Twin Peaks, Ghostbusters) explore roles of women in the entertainment industry. They will discuss their careers and experiences working in their various fields, focusing on success stories and how to follow your dreams in the industry while exploring gender roles in the creative professions. Bring your questions! Moderated by Meredith Placko (entertainment reporter, What the Flick?!, Comicbook.com) and Glenn Freund (League of S.T.E.A.M.). Saturday July 22, 2017 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Room 28DE   1: Programs, Movies, Television, Web
  • Tags Movies, Television, Web
8:30pm 10 Points to Slytherin: Why Good Fans Love Evil Characters

It’s time to get in touch with your dark side! Forget those boring heroes-fandom loves striking and iconic villains. Loki, Harley Quinn, Darth Vader-with their fascinating backstories, dangerous aesthetics, and devil-may-care attitudes, it’s easy to see why many fans self-identify with the bad guys. But what does it say about you when you proudly claim allegiance to Slytherin House, the 501st Legion, or the Agents of Hydra? This interactive panel will explore fan fascination with fictional antagonists with TV writer Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica), New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti (Blood Brothers series, The Dark Protectors series), writer and producer Christine Boylan (Once Upon a Time, Castle), comics writer Erica Schultz (Charmed, Swords of Sorrow), and writer and editor Kendall Ashley (Nerdist, Geek & Sundry). Moderated by podcast host Adron Buske (Nerd for a Living, Fictitious). Saturday July 22, 2017 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Room 26AB   1: Programs, Fandom, Web
  • Tags Fandom, Web
8:30pm Not So Strange Bedfellows: The Relationship Between Comics and Professional Wrestling

Some have called the spectacle of pro wrestling “a comic book come to life.” That is not so far from the truth. From the heroics of Hulk Hogan to the anti-heroics of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and the villainy of Ric Flair, this panel explores the parallels in character development and storyline advancement between these outrageous forms. Featuring Rik Offenberger (FirstComicsNews.com), Francis Szyskowski (The Massacre Twins), Scott Lost (The 2nd Shift), Michael Kingston (Headlocked), Flobo Boyce (The Indelible Silverstreek), and Jonathan Bowles (Wrestle Crate). Moderated by Joshua Waldrop (Red Guerrilla Media). Saturday July 22, 2017 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Room 8   1: Programs, Comics, Fandom
  • Tags Comics, Fandom
8:30pm Official Gaia Online Panel

Chris Castagnetto (DJ Helsing) is proud to be hosting the Official Gaia Online Panel. This is your chance to meet the Gaia staff, get your questions answered, and take a sneak peek at some of the great stuff Gaia has planned for 2017. Expect plenty of fun and some great prizes. Saturday July 22, 2017 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Room 7AB   1: Programs, Anime & Manga, Video Games
  • Tags Anime & Manga, Video Games
8:30pm The Comic-Con International Masquerade

The Ballroom 20 stage becomes a showplace for a fun competition of creativity with impressive re-created and original design costumes crafted by our talented attendees presented before an audience of thousands. Not a dance or party but a talent show on a stage with trophies, cash prizes, and other awards for the top entries. Doors open for audience seating at 8:00, but the line for choice seating will begin hours earlier. Since the ballroom can fill up, tickets are required for seating inside and will be given out free at noon to those lined up. Any tickets that remain will be given out at the Masquerade Desk after 3:00. The Master and Mistress of Ceremonies will again be writers/artists Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio, and there’ll be special live entertainment during the Judging Intermission. Overflow seating available in the Sails Pavilion, 5AB, and 6A (tickets not required for those rooms). Saturday July 22, 2017 8:30pm – 11:30pm
Ballroom 20   1: Programs, Costuming, Masquerade
  • Tags Costuming, Masquerade
9:00pm Troma Entertainment

Lloyd Kaufman and special guests discuss topics including the premiere of Return to Return to Nuke ‘Em High at the Cannes Film Festival and Troma’s upcoming motion picture adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Saturday July 22, 2017 9:00pm – 10:00pm
Room 23ABC   1: Programs, Movies, Web
  • Tags Movies, Web
9:00pm Unnecessary Debates

Have you ever wanted to hear funny people debate topics you thought should never be debated? Oh, good! Join Geoffrey Golden (co-founder, Devastator Press), Eric Durham (producer, The Grand Geek Gathering) and other exciting guests for this geek showdown! Moderated by Tyler McPhail (founder, The Grand Geek Gathering). Room 25ABC Saturday July 22, 2017 9:00pm – 10:00pm
Room 25ABC   1: Programs, Fandom, Web
  • Tags Fandom, Web
9:30pm Blood Drive Screening

Lube up for an exclusive look at the next episode before it’s unleashed onto the public. SYFY’s Blood Drive is a twisted, grindhouse-infected series that features the maximum amount of carnage allowed on cable television. In this race to the death, the drivers are fueled by mayhem and the cars are fueled by . . . human blood! Saturday July 22, 2017 9:30pm – 10:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre   1: Programs, Horror and Suspense, Horton Grand Theatre Programs, Science Fiction & Fantasy,Television, Ticketed Events
  • Tags Horror and Suspense, Horton Grand Theatre Programs, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Ticketed Events
9:50pm Hall H and Ballroom 20 Saturday Playback Free Play

Didn’t get into Hall H or Ballroom 20 today? Neither did we! On hand to kick off the panel will be the assistant to the director of programming for Comic-Con, Tommy Goldbach, in this block that rebroadcasts some of the day’s popular panels from those two giant rooms. Best of all, those in attendance will get to vote in a show of applause on what they want to see. It’s democracy at its finest, and it’s a second and maybe even a third chance to see these panels. (Please note: these playbacks will include only the panel discussions. None of the film clips or footage shown at the live events will be shown here.) Saturday July 22, 2017 9:50pm – 11:00pm
Marriott Marina Ballroom DE, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina   1: Programs, Marriott Playback Room, Marriott Programs
  • Tags Marriott Playback Room, Marriott Programs

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

SUNDAY SUPER CINEMA: RAIN

First Comics News - Sun, 07/09/2017 - 08:16

RAIN is a 23-minute original short independent fan film created by Maya Glick, directed by Zane Rutledge and Jeff Stolhand, and produced by Matt Joyce. Inspired by the “punk” incarnation of the Marvel superhero Storm of the X-Men.

Influenced by the more dystopian stories of the X-Men franchise as well as the seminal comic LifeDeath by Chris Claremont and Barry Windsor-Smith, this original story takes a broken mutant hero “Rain” from the lowest depths of despair into the darker recesses of her own shattered memory. If she is to survive, she must discover a new identity and somehow rediscover her lost power.

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SHIPPING THIS WEEK (…and next week too)

First Comics News - Sun, 07/09/2017 - 07:54

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Lost Hero of the Golden Age Ep.11 The Original Ghost Rider

First Comics News - Sun, 07/09/2017 - 01:21

This is a short documentary about the first super hero who called himself…THE GHOST RIDER. Long before Marvel and the Nicholas Cage movie, The Ghost Rider brought evil doers to justice in the pages of numerous comic books published by Magazine Enterprises during the Golden Age of Comics. Also featured, Ghost Rider artists Dick Ayers and Frank Frazetta.

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Hermes Press presents: “Bernie Wrightson: Art and Designs for Gang Of Seven Animation Studio” panel and book premiere at SDCC!

First Comics News - Sat, 07/08/2017 - 23:38
 Bernie Wrightson: Art and Designs for Gang Of Seven Animation Studio panel announced!

This panel will kick off the premiere (at Comic-Con) of Hermes Press’ new book, Bernie Wrightson: Art and Designs for Gang Of Seven Animation Studio. The panel will begin with a video presentation about the late Bernie Wrightson’s career and will include examples of his animation drawings and concepts together with never-before-seen animation using Wrightson’s work for feature animated film promotionals.

Tom Tataranowicz (producer/director of Gang Of Seven Animation, Biker Mice from Mars) will lead the discussion of Wrightson’s career and enduring legacy with Marv Wolfman (The Tomb of Dracula, Blade), Daniel Herman (publisher of Hermes Press, Silver Age: The Second Generation of Comic Artists), and Mitch Itkowitz (owner of Graphic Collectibles, Jack Kirby Masterworks).

This panel will be FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 from 4:00-5:00pm in room 32AB. Be sure to show up! 

If you love Bernie Wrightson’s art, stop by our booth 1821 and pick up a copy of our new book, premiering with a limited edition variant at San Diego Comic-Con!

You can pre-order (to pick up at the show) your limited edition copy online today!

And if you can’t make it to the show, you can still pre-order the regular edition now!

Make sure to check out our listing of events for the show and stay up to date!

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RICH REVIEWS: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina # 7

First Comics News - Sat, 07/08/2017 - 21:51

Title: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina # 7
Publisher: Archie Comics
Story by: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Artwork by: Robert Hack
Lettering by: Jack Morelli
Cover by: Robert Hack
Variant Cover by: Moritat
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.archiecomics.com, www.archiehorror.com
Comments: Edward Spellman is shown as a child and called Eddie. He is illustrated to look just like Eddie Munster from the TV show “The Munsters”.
Edward was a powerful sorcerer from the beginning. The demons he summons you to have to see these creatures. Beelzebub will give you nightmares. It is a beautifully horrific illustration.
Now Edward as a boy was conjuring up demons and he is also trying to conjure up the Lord of all things dark.
Edward grows up and we get a look at his world. He lived in a weird place of evil magic. Into this world is born Sabrina Spellman.
Zelda and Hilda are both ancient witches and they are powerful ones. When they are shown you can see their dark side oozing out.
So Edward in the present is just as evil as ever.
The backup story “Castle Hassle” with a story by George Gladir, pencils by Bob Bolling, inks by Rudy Lapick, colors by Barry Grossman and letters by Bill Yoshida. How would you expect the meeting between a witch and a vampire to go? Well certainly not at all like this one does. This story will make you smile and the art is cute.
Edward is certainly a chilling character who will send chills up and down your spine. As will reading this dark intensely magical walk down the dark side of life.

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RICH REVIEWS: Riverdale # 4 

First Comics News - Sat, 07/08/2017 - 18:46

Title: Riverdale # 4
Publisher: Archie Comics
Writer: Michael Grassi
Artist: Joe Eisma
Colors: Andre Szymanowicz
Letters: John Workman
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Variant Covers: Robert Hack, T. Rex
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Website: www.archiecomics.com
Comments: We learn here Riverdale does have a lot of closet gays. Kevin though is not in the closet he stands tall and proud of who he is.
The art on an Archie Comic is rarely this bad. It’s flat and lifeless.
Veronica and Betty take Kevin to a gay bar. Things do not work out to good. Poor Kevin. Will he ever find love? Who knows it could be just around the corner.
Kevin does not make that much of a contribution to Riverdale.
The gay angle is being played up way too much. Yes, Kevin is gay but do we need to have it continuously said over and over. He is shown as a good guy who only wants to find love.

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AJ Styles wins United States Championship from Kevin Owens at Madison Square Garden Live Event

First Comics News - Sat, 07/08/2017 - 14:58

NEW YORK CITY — AJ Styles sent shockwaves through the WWE Universe tonight, as he defeated Kevin Owens to become United States Champion during a WWE Live Event at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

The Phenomenal One won the Independence Day Battle Royal on this past Tuesday’s SmackDown LIVE, earning a title opportunity against Owens at WWE Battleground, but apparently couldn’t wait to get his hands on The Prizefighter.

Right from the outset, Styles put Owens on the defensive, sending The New Face of America scrambling from the ring. The challenger showed great resiliency throughout the battle, even kicking out of a suspenseful pinfall attempt after suffering significant damage from Owens’ vaunted Pop-Up Powerbomb. He then leveled the champion with a Styles Clash that didn’t secure the victory, but did fire up the Garden faithful.

Buoyed by the capacity crowd’s raucous cheers, Styles finally sealed the weary Owens’ fate with a Phenomenal Forearm. A quick three-count later, he raised his arms in triumph as ring announcer Mike Rome introduced the new United States Champion to the WWE Universe.

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The Phenomenal One’s victory leaves the status of his WWE Battleground showdown up in the air. What does this shocking turn of events mean for his and Owens’ future? Be sure to tune into SmackDown LIVE this Tuesday at 8/7 C on USA Network to see the fallout.

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RICH INTERVIEWS: M.L. Miller Writer “Gravetrancers”

First Comics News - Sat, 07/08/2017 - 14:42

First Comics News: What is the story line of “Gravetrancers”?

M.L. Miller: Gravetrancers is a horror story set in a graveyard run by a crooked family who resell plots and use the bodies to create a powerful hallucinatory drug. Maribel and Anthony are a pair of troubled twenty-somethings who are lead to the cemetery in search of the plot of their dead father. So they are kind of tossed into this ghoulish world and are forced to do this drug and try to get out alive. The story is a sort of descent into the darkness tale where the longer the story goes, the deeper and darker it gets.

1st: What genre is “Gravetrancers”?

M.L.: Gravetrancers is definitely hardcore horror. In fact, it’s not the typical style of horror you’re going to be used to if all you watch is Hollywood movies. I love those films, but most of the times, those films tie everything up in a pretty bow and end with a pretty happy ending. This story just doesn’t do that. I wanted a more twisted and unexpected story for this one, mainly because I’ve seen so many horror films and have been growing sicker and sicker of seeing the same type of decisions and plot points in every film. Whenever I had a chance to, I tried to do the opposite of what most horror movies do in Gravetrancers which I hope will make for an exciting and scary read where nothing feels safe.

1st: Who are Maribel and Anthony?

M.L.: A lot of horror stories have your typical jock, nerd, pothead, slut, and virgin roles. I went out of my way to make sure Maribel and Anthony don’t really fit into any of these tropes. Maribel and Anthony are siblings looking for the plot of their dead father. Maribel is a recovering addict and in AA. She’s got a lot of demons herself and remembers what her father was like so she is not looking forward to finding the grave. She is going because she loves her brother Anthony and he wants to find the grave so badly. Anthony was too young to know his father and wants to know everything he can about him. So both characters sort of have different motivations as to why they are on this trip to the cemetery and have very different reactions once there and in this dire situation with the Malort Family.

1st: Are there any supernatural menaces in this series?

M.L.: No, this is pretty much a grounded horror story. Any weird imagery comes from the hallucinatory aspects of the drug they are taking. All of the other horrors are based in real life with real world rules. But once you start bending the mind, things begin to feel supernatural very quickly. My artist James Whynot is making this look surreal and trippy as hell during these drug induced sequences and I think it’s going to be something readers are not used to seeing.

1st: Who are the major baddies in “Gravetrancers”?

M.L.: The Malort Family are the bad guys of this story. Each member sort of plays a specific role in the jobs on the cemetery. Mamm is the mother of the four sons and runs the show with her favorite son Godfrey. Shovel works the graveyard. Priber resides in the church in the back of the cemetery near the body pit. And Prim is kind of a lost child who resides deep in the pit. All of them are distinct monsters on their own, but together they make the cemetery a pretty dangerous place to be after dark. James Whynot and I went out of our way to make each of them unique. Some are more sympathetic than others. Some are just pure monsters. But they all serve a function in the story, Maribel and Anthony’s journey, and whether they survive or not. That’s all I want to say about them because I kind of want to make the reveals of each to be a surprise for readers.

1st: How did you join Black Mask Studios?

M.L.: I’ve known publisher Matt Pizzolo for ages. We met at my first San Diego Comic Con about ten years ago and have been friends ever since. I’ve been needling him for years about working at Black Mask and have been tossing pitches at him for a while. Just because we are buddies doesn’t mean he will automatically publish anything I come up with and I respect that about Matt. He liked the idea of a hardcore horror story with trippy visuals from James Whynot and it sort of spiraled out from that little idea. I’ve worked at Black Mask before with Pirouette and Occupy Comics, so I know what Black Mask wants as a brand and when I have an idea I think they would like, I go to them.

1st: What do you think of James Whynot’s art?

M.L.: James’ work is amazing. It truly is. He has such a wonderful way of bringing my words to life with images. I get pretty specific in my scripts and he always interprets it well. His inks are extremely deep and complex that you kind of have to scour the page to absorb it all and with every page, I’m learning how to highlight that in the story. I’m so glad to have him on this project. With Dee Cunniff’s vibrant and electric colors on top of the inks, this is a book that isn’t going to look like anything else out there.

1st: What is “Pirouette” about?

M.L.: Pirouette is a coming of age, character driven horror story set in a circus. Pirouette is the lead character, a young clown, who feels she is destined for something more than just playing the clown and being in the circus all her life. She dreams bigger and wants to fly on the trapeze. But when she gets wind that there’s a possibility that she was not born in the circus and she might have family outside, she hatches a plan to escape when the circus returns to the town she was found in. It’s a kind of personal tale with a lot of emphasis on the pomp, circumstance, and surreality of the world of the circus with outstanding art by Carlos Granda. The full trade of Pirouette should be coming out next year and it definitely is something that should not be missed.

1st: What comic book have you gotten the most out of working on?

M.L.: Every book I have written was crucial in me getting my next gig. I look at all of them as crucial steps for me in either honing the craft of writing or how to work with artists and editors or just learning the complex world of making comics. The path to where I am now in comics is paved with all kinds of mistakes and missteps, but I’m learning along the way and trying not to make the same mistakes over again. So every book for me is a learning experience and important to me because of it.

1st: What do you do to market your comic book?

M.L.: Tons of emails every day. Tons of daily posts on Facebook and Twitter. I try to talk with my fellow creators that I know for advice. I am about to do a tour of every comic shop in my city (Chicago) and try to get them to carry the book and maybe have me in for a signing. Things like that. Advertising for the book is just as crucial as coming up with the ideas, so I’m in full-on marketiing mode right now.

1st: What is next for you after “Gravetrancers”?

M.L.: I’m focusing my energy on Gravetrancers right now. Once that is done, I’m going to be working on promos for the Pirouette trade and then I’ll have another project from Black Mask next year. I have a few other projects coming up that I can’t talk about yet, but for the most part, I’m focusing on Gravetrancers 24/7 these days. I also write The Jungle Book for Zenescope and most likely will have another one of those series sooner rather than later.

1st: Would you like to spend the night in a graveyard?

M.L.: Yes. I just recently spent the night at an abandoned campground in the Southern Indiana and it was creepy as hell. It’s the solitude and lack of any sound that gets you. It was great inspiration for my writing trying to get through the night with only my imagination working against me. I found it to be a lot of fun. I think if you write about fear, you should at least know what it feels like in one way or another, to a certain extent.

1st: If you were not creating comic books what would you be doing?

M.L.: Well, unfortunately, comics aren’t paying the bills right now, so I supplement my income in different ways. I write for Ain’t It Cool News and have been an editor for the site since 2001, overseeing the AICN COMICS and AICN HORROR sections on the site. I am a licensed therapist by day, but have taken a break from that profession to focus on my writing this year. Still, my experience in the psychology field supplied me with tons of twisted material to draw upon. I also work as a bartender at a few bars in Chicago, which is another job that provides plenty of writing material. So I keep busy.

1st: What would you like to say to those who pick up “Gravetrancers”?

M.L.: First of all I would like to thank them. I know Gravetrancers is one of a billion books on the shelves and for folks to check it out is a true honor for me. I also want to say that if you check out Gravetrancers I promise it will be unlike any comic you’ve read as my team and I are trying to make a truly unique horror story here. Hopefully, it lives up to the hype and the readers like the risks and chances I’m taking. The book can be ordered now, so if anything, express interest to your comic shop and have them order the comic. The orde

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RICH REVIEWS: Bastard’s Waltz # 1

First Comics News - Sat, 07/08/2017 - 14:08

Title: Bastard’s Waltz # 1
Publisher: Darby Pop
Words by: Mark Bertolini
Art and Cover by: Giovanni Guida
Letters and Logo by: Micah Myers
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.darbypop.com
Comments: The art is done in a rough style. John the Bastard is illustrated as one tough looking guy. He is a super criminal with one bad rep. The art at times is indistinct.
Well, the story shows us the most deadly person on the planet in John the Bastard. What does he want Zeke for a specialist in protection? Well, he wants Zeke to protect him. John the most dangerous man on the planet is scared.
Zeke has his hands full here. Can he do the job? With all the baddies coming for John plus this Nero who is something else. Zeke and John will need to work together.
The story brings across these two characters one good and one bad and they are presented in such a way that you will instantly find yourself caring about them. This is a hard hitting story that will hit you hard.

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Lost Hero of the Golden Age Ep. 12: Mary Marvel

First Comics News - Sat, 07/08/2017 - 01:21

SUPERGIRL and ISIS are super heroines inspired from a little known GOLDEN AGE super heroine MARY MARVEL. She was the sister of CAPTAIN MARVEL who was one of the most popular super heroes for the 1940s. She was created by SCIENCE FICTION writer OTTO BINDER.

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Dark Horse Announces San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Programming Schedule

First Comics News - Sat, 07/08/2017 - 00:36

DARK HORSE COMICS
SDCC 2017
BOOTH #2615

Visit Dark Horse Comics at SDCC for free swag, such as comics, pins, postcards, and more! Check out our signings and panels too!

DARK HORSE SDCC SIGNING SCHEDULE

All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for most of our signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, we may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary.

Some signings require a wristband for entry, as noted on the schedule. Drawings for wristbands for these events will begin at show opening the day before and day of each signing. Come to the Dark Horse booth early for the best chance to join these events.

Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.

We have two signing stages. One features art by Mike Mignola for Hellboy and The visitor: How And Why He Stayed; the other showcases the art from The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts. The location of each signing is indicated by the following abbreviations:

HB = Hellboy Signing Stage LZ = The Legend of Zelda Signing Stage

All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please see Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.

THURSDAY, JULY 20

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. LZ TARZAN: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. HB HALO: RISE OF ATRIOX: Cullen Bunn, Alex Irvine, Jody Houser, Jonathan Wayshak

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. LZ PROJECT TBA: Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Ashley A. Woods

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. HB SYFY’S DARK MATTER: Alex Mallari Jr. (Four),

Anthony Lemke (Three), Jodelle Ferland (Five), Melissa O’Neil (Two)

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. HB VENTURE BROS. GO TEAM VENTURE: Jackson Publick, Ken Plume

(WRISTBAND REQUIRED)

*LIMIT ONE PRINT, ONE OTHER ITEM PER PERSON

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. HB HARROW COUNTY, DEATH FOLLOWS, CONAN THE SLAYER: Cullen Bunn

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. LZ SOUPY LEAVES HOME: Cecil Castellucci, Jose Pimienta

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. HB ELFQUEST: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini

4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. HB FEMINA & FAUNA: Camilla d’Errico and TOKIDOKI: Simone Legno

(WRISTBAND REQUIRED)

*LIMIT ONE PRINT PER PERSON

*NO OTHER ITEMS ALLOWED, UNLESS FEMINA & FAUNA IS PURCHASED

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. HB BANDETTE: Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover
PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES, THE WITCHER, MYSTERY GIRL,

COLDER: Paul Tobin

5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. LZ THE COMPLETE DOC UNKNOWN: Fabian Rangel Jr.

5:45 p.m.–6:45 p.m. HB THE GUILD: Felicia Day

(WRISTBAND REQUIRED)

*LIMIT ONE PRINT, ONE OTHER ITEM PER PERSON

FRIDAY, JULY 21

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. HB AMERICAN GODS: Scott Hampton, David Mack

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. LZ EI8HT: Mike Johnson

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. HB THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY, THE KILLJOYS: Gerard Way, Gabriel Bá

(WRISTBAND REQUIRED)

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. LZ BIRD BOY: Anne Szabla

12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. HB XERXES, SIN CITY: Frank Miller

(WRISTBAND REQUIRED)

*NO POSED PHOTOGRAPHY

*LIMIT ONE PRINT, ONE OTHER ITEM PER PERSON

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. LZ BOUNTY: Mindy Lee

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. HB PROJECT TBA: Marc Guggenheim, Richard Hamilton

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. LZ LADY KILLER: Joëlle Jones

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. HB BLACK HAMMER CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE: Jeff Lemire, Fábio Moon

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. LZ MASS EFFECT ANDROMEDA: Mac Walters, Fabrice Condominas, Mike Gamble
DRAGON AGE: Mike Laidlaw, Blair Brown

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. HB SECRET LOVES (OF GEEKS): Dylan Edwards, JP LaRocque,

Maia Kobabe, Vita Ayala

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. LZ SECRET LOVES (OF GEEK GIRLS): Hope Nicholson,

Janet Hetherington, Jen Vaughn, Trina Robbins

5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. LZ SPELL ON WHEELS: Kate Leth, Marissa Louise

5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. HB BERGER BOOKS: TBA

6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. LZ DOTA 2: THE COMICS COLLECTION: Steve Jaros

SATURDAY, JULY 22

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. HB PROJECT TBA: Mat Johnson

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. LZ CREEPY: Dan Braun

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. HB PROJECT TBA: Ann Nocenti

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. LZ PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Paul Tobin, Ron Chan

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. LZ BEASTS OF BURDEN, SCARY GODMOTHER: Jill Thompson

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. HB OVERWATCH ANTHOLOGY: Matt Burns, Robert Brooks, Arnold Tsang, Michael Chu, Andrew Robinson

WORLD OF WARCRAFT CHRONICLE: Matt Burns, Robert Brooks

(WRISTBAND REQUIRED)

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. LZ EMPOWERED: Adam Warren

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. HB SERENITY NO POWER IN THE ‘VERSE,

THE VISITOR HOW AND WHY HE STAYED,

HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: Chris Roberson

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. LZ PROJECT TBA: Jeff Lemire

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. HB SYFY’S DARK MATTER: Alex Mallari Jr. (Four),

Anthony Lemke (Three), Jodelle Ferland (Five), Melissa O’Neil (Two)

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. LZ ELFQUEST: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. HB THE SHAOLIN COWBOY,

THE BIG GUY AND RUSTY THE BOY ROBOT,

LEAD POISONING, HARD BOILED: Geof Darrow

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. LZ SOUPY LEAVES HOME: Cecil Castellucci, Jose Pimienta

5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. HB SPECIAL GUEST: TBA

5:00 p.m.–5: 50 p.m. LZ PROJECT TBA,

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MARTHA WASHINGTON: Dave Gibbons

6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. LZ TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN: Shannon Wheeler

SUNDAY, JULY 23

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. HB USAGI YOJIMBO: Stan Sakai

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. LZ BEANWORLD: Larry Marder

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. HB EMILY THE STRANGE: Rob Reger, Buzz Parker, Cat Farris

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. LZ BUFFY: THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS, MISFITS OF AVALON: Kel McDonald

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. HB WONDER WOMAN/CONAN, LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS: Gail Simone

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. LZ TOMB RAIDER: Philip Sevy, Mariko Tamaki

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. HB THE LEGEND OF KORRA: Michael Dante DiMartino, Irene Koh, Janet Varney

(WRISTBAND REQUIRED)

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. LZ HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES, TWO BROTHERS: Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon

DARK HORSE SDCC PANEL SCHEDULE

Please join us at the panels below, brought to you by Dark Horse Comics and friends! Please visit http://www.comic-con.org/cci/programming-schedule for more panels featuring Dark Horse creators and guidelines for attending panels.

THURSDAY, JULY 20

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. DARK HORSE PRESENTS: GO TEAM VENTURE! (Room 23ABC)

In late 2017, Dark Horse and Adult Swim will publish Go Team Venture! The Art and Making of the Venture Bros.! The gorgeous book will detail the creation of the cult-classic animated television series. Join The Venture Bros. creator Jackson Publick and Go Team Venture! The Art and Making of the Venture Bros. writer Ken Plume for a discussion about the critically acclaimed television show and the highly anticipated art book.

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. CONSOLE YOURSELF: VIDEO GAME COMICS AND BOOKS (Room 23ABC)

Video game franchises have found a foothold in comics at Dark Horse. With a line of video game–related comics and deluxe art books, including the best-selling World of Warcraft Chronicle, The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts, and The Art of Mass Effect: Andromeda, the publisher now works with the biggest studios and brands in the business. Join Dark Horse editors, 343 Industries’ Frank O’Connor, BioWare’s Mac Walters, and Blizzard Entertainment’s Robert Simpson for news and announcements on all your favorite video game tie-ins!

FRIDAY, JULY 21

10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. GEEKING OUT ON SECRET LOVES: WHEN PERSONAL TALES FILL THE PAGE (Room 25ABC)

The Secret Loves of Geeks is the newest anthology from editor Hope Nicholson about love, sex, and dating with stories from cartoonists and professional geeks who tell their intimate, heartbreaking, and inspiring stories. Join Dark Horse creators of all genders, orientations, and cultural backgrounds for a discussion on the modern idea of love.

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. ARTISTS WHO WRITE: THE ART AND CRAFT OF COMICS (Room 23ABC)

Whether it’s a murder mystery, a superhero adventure, or a new take on history, creators put a lot of thought into the sequential art that drives stories told in comics. Join Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), Larry Marder (Beanworld), and Adam Warren (Empowered) as they discuss turning an idea into a full-fledged story and how they continue to keep their writing fresh.

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. AN INTRODUCTION TO BERGER BOOKS (Room 25ABC)

Strange realities, true fictions, dark secrets, and monsters of a different kind. And that’s just for starters. Join Karen Berger (founding Vertigo editor) and surprise guests as the first projects in this new genre-bending Dark Horse imprint are revealed!

SATURDAY, JULY 22

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. DARK HORSE MANGA (Room 7AB)

This year is the 30th anniversary of the manga industry in North America—an industry born from the love of comics fans and comics publishers for the work of Japanese creators. Dark Horse was one of the manga pioneers in the 1980s, and continues to publish Japanese titles ranging from Danganronpa, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Unofficial Hatsune Mix to I Am a Hero, Lone Wolf & Cub, and Berserk. Join Carl Horn and other Dark Horse staff members for a look at the past, present, and future of manga at Dark Horse!

5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. IT TAKES ALL KINDS TO MAKE COMICS: A DARK HORSE CELEBRATION OF DIVERSITY (Room 8)

For years, comics creators from a variety of backgrounds have been doing incredible work furthering the medium of sequential art. With Eisner Award–winning storytelling and phenomenal artistic expression, people from a variety of backgrounds have truly started a movement of more accurate and diverse representation in the comic business. Join Gabriel Bá (Two Brothers), Fábio Moon (Two Brothers), Jose Pimienta (Soupy Leaves Home), Irene Koh (The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars), and Erika Alexander (Concrete Park) for a fascinating conversation on embracing people and cultures from around the world, and what changes still need to be made in the comics industry.

SUNDAY, JULY 23

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. THE COMIC BOOK ELEMENTS OF AVATAR AND KORRA (Room 24ABC)

Dark Horse and Nickelodeon are excited to treat fans to a panel worthy of Aang himself! Join Michael Dante DiMartino, Irene Koh, the creative team behind The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars, and other special guests for a further exploration of the world. Fans will also have the opportunity to showcase their knowledge of the elements in a fun trivia competition for awesome prizes!

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Best Review Ever! YOUNGBLOOD #3

First Comics News - Sat, 07/08/2017 - 00:18

TITLE: YOUNGBLOOD #3
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
WRITER: Chad Bowers
ILLUSTRATOR: Jim Towe
COLORS: Juan Manuel Rodríguez
LETTERS: Rus Wooton
COVER: Jim Towe
VARIANT COVERS: Jim Towe, Rob Liefeld and Dan Fraga
PRICE: $3.99
RATING:
WEBSITE: ImageComics.com
SUMMARY: “YOUNGBLOOD REBORN,” Part Three
Answers lead to even more questions as the search for Man-Up continues! But Vogue’s plan to infiltrate HELP! headquarters backfires when Youngblood’s sordid legacy threatens to tear the fledgling team apart.
COMMENTS: Doc Rocket joins the team and BloodWulf makes a cameo. It’s old home week at Youngblood. Shaft is unsure about the new team as Badrock puts his plans in motion. Fans of the old Youngblood get to see Cybernet coming as this issue is filled with Member Berries. It’s fun for fans of the old Extreme Studios but I am not sure new fans would be able to follow everything that is going on in this issue.

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Austin Aries released

First Comics News - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 23:32

WWE has come to terms on the release of WWE Superstar Austin Aries. WWE wishes Aries the best in all of his future endeavors.

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RICH INERVIEWS: Cullen Bunn Writer “The Unsound” BOOM! Studios

First Comics News - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 22:55

First Comics News: Your the writer on “The Unsound” what exactly is going on in this comic?

Cullen Bunn: THE UNSOUND starts out with a simple enough concept: a haunted house story set in an insane asylum. But it goes way beyond that. In the second and third issue, we head into some really strange, dark, and epic places. It’s an exercise in world-building that draws on all the everyday brushes with madness we all experience.

1st: Who is Ashli and why will we care about her?

Cullen: Ashli is the protagonist of THE UNSOUND. She is a young nurse, just out of school, who genuinely wants to help people. Her first job is at St. Cascia Hospital, though, which is unfortunate for her. St. Cascia is a strange place, and Ashli quickly finds herself in way over her head. Ashli has some secrets, too, some of them she might not even understand. A place like St. Cascia tends to draw those kind of secrets out.

1st: How does the name of the comic fit into the story of “The Unsound”?

Cullen: On one level, THE UNSOUND refers to the patients of St. Cascia. They have a weird history all their own. On another lever–one I refuse to reveal just yet–the title refers to another group of individuals we will meet as the series progresses.

1st: What can we look forward to in “Harrow County”?

Cullen: HARROW COUNTY is heading into some very dark territory in the next few issues. From the beginning, we’ve been building up to something big happening in Harrow. All the threads we’ve unraveled will start to come together now. It will not, though, be an easy experience for our hero Emmy. She is going to be facing the biggest challenge… and her most devastating losses… very soon.

1st: Will Deadpool really be shown killing Marvel’s most popular heroes and why does he do it?

Cullen: In DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE… AGAIN, the title character will indeed be killing all your favorite Marvel heroes. As to why, I can only say that the villains of the Marvel Universe have found a way to manipulate him. He isn’t even aware of what he’s doing when he’s murdering these characters. Of course, there’s a little more to the story than that, but you’ll have to wait and see how it all plays out.

1st: Why will “Unholy Grail” be the best Arthurian comic book?

Cullen: I don’t know if it’ll be the “best” Arthurian comic book, but I am pretty proud of it. It’s a story that honors the legends of Arthur and Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table, but it also twists those legends into dark horror stories. I think readers who are passingly familiar with the original stories will enjoy this book, but I also think readers who have no experience with Arthurian tales can enjoy the book as a horrific fantasy.

1st: What will be the next big step in your life?

Cullen: There’s really no telling! As always, I have a number of top-secret projects in the works, both creator-owned and otherwise. They are all in various stages. Some will be announced soonish. Some will be announced in a few months, I imagine.

1st: As a writer what words would you like to say to your fans?

Cullen: First and foremost, I want to thank my readers for sticking with me and offering all the support and great feedback. I couldn’t make my dream of telling stories a reality without them!

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