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Thursday, July 18
 

10:00am

Jim Starlin: The Infinity Gauntlet Saga and Beyond
Legendary comic book creator and author Jim Starlin, the mind behind the Infinity Gauntlet saga and its main protagonist Thanos, discusses how his creations have become one of the biggest pop culture references of the 21st century, thanks to the 10-year, 22-movie Marvel Cinematic Universe and its conclusion, Avengers: Endgame. Moderated by ComicBook.com's Jim Viscardi, go into the mind of the man who began it all and hear where he is headed next.

Thursday July 18, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 7AB

10:00am

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art: Behind the Scenes
George Lucas' new museum is under construction in L.A. Meet Lucas Museum curators Erin M. Curtis, Anastasia James, and Ryan Linkof and learn about a collection of visual storytelling that spans everything from ancient art to illustration, comic art, photography, and the arts of filmmaking, including storyboards, costumes, props, and visual effects.

Thursday July 18, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 5AB

11:00am

Advanced Coloring Techniques
Digital pioneer Brian Haberlin will show you all the time-saving tricks in his art quiver! Super quick flatting, super quick coloring, and that is just the tip of the mountain of information you will get at this panel. A must for anyone interested in coloring comics! Brian Haberlin is an American comic book artist, writer, editor, animator, sculptor, educator, and producer best known as the co-creator of the Witchblade franchise and for his digital art innovations. He currently runs Digitalarttutorials.com, where he produces art tutorials, teaches at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and is partner in Anomaly Productions, producing graphic novels, comics, and augmented reality apps.

Thursday July 18, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 2

11:00am

Peeling Back the Layers: The Process of Bringing a Comic to Life
It takes a team of talented individuals to bring a comic book to life. Dark Horse sits down with a panel of writers, artists, colorists, and letterers whose creativity and hard work produce the best comics on the shelves. Dark Horse would like to peel back the layers on the work of comics' unsung heroes and celebrate their contributions to our beloved art form. Panelists: Phillip Sevy, Carlos Giffoni, Gabriel Bá, and Fábio Moon.

Thursday July 18, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 23ABC

11:00am

The Forgotten Trio: Colorists, Inkers, and Letterers
Jessica Tseang (comic book historian) sits down with DC and Marvel veteran inkers, colorists, and letterers as they discuss their future in comics. With the rise of digital inking, having pencillers double as colorists, and letterers being replaced by graphic designers, the artists give tips on what it takes to rise above the change in modern society, how to keep your career alive, and what to expect when you get your first book.

Thursday July 18, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 9

11:30am

Comic Pro Boot Camp
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 11, 10:12PM
Panelists include Whilce Portacio (comic writer/artist), Ryan Benjamin (comic creator/artist), Alex Sinclaire (DC comics colorist) and Carlos D'Anda (comic artist).

Thursday July 18, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

12:30pm

Spotlight on Mary Fleener
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 12, 06:15PM
Mary Fleener (Billie the Bee, Life of the Party, Weirdo) will talk about her varied comic career over the last 35 years and have a visual presentation of her work along with a Q&A session. Moderated by Mark Habegger (writer, filmmaker).

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 4

12:45pm

Spotlight on Jim Lee
DC Entertainment publisher and chief creative officer Jim Lee (Batman, Superman, Justice League, Suicide Squad) talks about his 25+ years in the comics industry and sketches your favorite characters live on the big screen in this engaging panel. Watch the creative process first-hand and learn the tricks of the trade that bring DC Entertainment's characters to life.

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Room 6DE

1:00pm

Creating Kickass Comic Book Women
Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn. Comic book women have been kicking ass across panels and pages for decades. But what is the secret sauce that makes some of these characters take off and others fall flat? Ming Chen (cast member, AMC's Comic Book Men, I Sell Comics! podcast), Amy Chu (writer, Poison Ivy, Red Sonja), Alitha Martinez (artist, Batgirl, Black Panther: World of Wakanda), and Terry Moore (creator, Strangers in Paradise, Motor Girl) analyze the key ingredients of successful character building and discuss the challenges of writing and drawing for today's audiences.

Thursday July 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 25ABC

1:00pm

From Mexico to the USA, a Bridge One Comic at a Time
Joel Ojeda Lopez (The Death of Superman part one), Adalisa Zarate (Building Blocks), Adriana Rodriguez Leon (Studio XIII), Fers Sanchez (SoulKeepers), and Oscar Seal (coordinator, Draw Break) talk about the challenges and rewards of working with American editors and artists and how comics and animation create bonds between both countries. Moderated by Sebastian Fink.

Thursday July 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Artists' Loft, BarrioHaus

1:00pm

Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks in Conversation
Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, Carry On) is a New York Times bestselling author with the highly anticipated Wayward Son coming this fall. Faith Erin Hicks (The Nameless City, Friends with Boys) is an Eisner Award–winning graphic novelist. They are fans of each others' work and now collaborators! Pumpkinheads comes out from Rainbow and Faith this August. It's a tender and hilarious romantic comedy set in a pumpkin patch, and it's Rainbow's first original graphic novel. Hear these two in conversation prior to the release.

Thursday July 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 28DE

1:00pm

Drawing with Stanley Artgerm Lau
This is a live demonstration of how Stanley Artgerm Lau creates characters with universal appeal. Born and bred in Hong Kong, the multifaceted Stanley wears different hats as an illustrator, designer, concept artist, creative director, and co-founder of Imaginary Friends Studios, a world-acclaimed digital art studio that produces high-quality artworks for the likes of Capcom, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and other giants in the entertainment and gaming industry. Presently, Stanley and his IFS partners are running a full-time diploma course in Digital Design and Illustration for aspiring artists worldwide, in collaboration with 3dsense Media School Singapore.

Thursday July 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 2

1:30pm

Art During the Holocaust
Panelists examine art and propaganda that was seen during WWII and the Holocaust. Nazi and Allied propaganda art was used in many ways with devastating results. Holocaust victims drew what they saw, and this was the universal language that told the stories of the Holocaust as it happened. Panelists include Sandra Scheller (award-winning author of Try to Remember: Never Forget, a book describing her mother's holocaust experiences; recent TEDX 2019 speaker), Esther Finder (president and founder of Generations of the Shoah-Nevada, an organization based in Las Vegas, for Holocaust survivors and descendants), and Matt Dunford (chairman of San Diego Comic Fest, comic and WWII media expert). There will be a video presentation of Ruth Goldschmiedova Sax (who survived three concentration camps including Auschwitz; mother of Sandra). Ruth passed last year, but her original video from Comic-Con 2018 will be presented. Moderated by Stephen D. Smith, executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, the archive of Holocaust survivor testimonies initiated by Steven Spielberg in 1994.

Thursday July 18, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 4

1:30pm

The Pros of Comic-Con
By “pros” we mean professionals! Come hear this talented panel discuss how Comic-Con has changed for them throughout the years. David Brin (author, The Postman, Earth), Mike Friedrich (writer, Justice League of America, Iron Man), Lee Marrs (The Further Fattening Adventures of Pudge, Girl Blimp), Larry Niven (author, Ringworld series, Fleet of World series), Bob Schreck (editor, Batman, Sin City), Diana Schutz (editor, 300, Grendel, Usagi Yojimbo), Dan Vado (publisher, SLG Publishing; writer, JLA), and Phil Yeh (cartoonist, Even Cazco Gets the Blues, Winged Tiger Comics and Stories) discuss their Comic-Con experiences with moderator Bob Wayne (former senior VP, sales at DC Comics; writer, Time Masters, Wild Cards).

Thursday July 18, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 8

2:00pm

Learn How to Color Comics
Do you know how comic books are colored? Learn about the creative art of comic book coloring as Hi-Fi's Brian Miller (Justice League, The Flash) and Kristy Miller (Femme Magnifique, Birds of Prey) demonstrate the step-by-step transformation of a comic book page from black and white to full color. Learn professional techniques for flatting, rendering, color holds, and special effects, along with top digital coloring tips. Q&A session.

Thursday July 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 11

2:30pm

The Art and Magic of Comics Lettering: Discussions with Comicraft's Richard Starkings
Letterers are often overlooked but are an essential part of the magic that makes comic book stories come to life. From hand lettering Batman: The Killing Joke to digitally lettering his latest Elephantmen series, Richard Starkings has done it all, including starting his own lettering company, Comicraft. Listen to comiXologists Ivan Salazar and Taylor Morgan as they talk with Starkings about the often-unsung heroes of comics and what it takes to be a comic book letterer.

Thursday July 18, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 8

2:30pm

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

Thursday July 18, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Room 2

3:00pm

The Secret History of Comic Book Coloring
Coloring is finally being recognized as a vital element of comic book art. The techniques and technology used in coloring have seen huge changes over the years, with each new revolution defining a new era in comics. Panelists Maggie Thompson (editor, Comic Buyers Guide), Tony Tollin (colorist, Green Lantern, The Shadow), Marissa Louise (colorist, Hex Wives, Doom Patrol), Hope Nicholson (publisher, Bedside Press), and Anina Bennett (editor, Dark Horse, First Comics) will trace that history from the Golden Age to today's digital age—revealing secrets like why Superman's cape was bright red, what went wrong in the '90s, and how computers led to the rise of the individual color artist.

Thursday July 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 29AB

4:00pm

Captain Action: Adventures in Animation and Fan Art Contest
Captain Action, the first superhero action figure, celebrates collecting, customization, and entrepreneurial passion with a behind-the-scenes-look at animation development, announcing new publishing efforts, and the all-ages animation, with CAKE as their international distributor. This year, Captain Action will celebrate fan creations with a focus on Fan Art—awarding the grand prize during the panel. Panelists include Scott Dunbier (IDW), Harold Sipe (Little Monsters Cards), Michael Polis (Atomic Toybox), J. C. Vaughn (The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide), Michael Crawford (MWC Toys), and Daniel Pickett (Action Figure Insider). Moderated by Ed Catto (Captain Action).

Thursday July 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 32AB

4:00pm

Drawing Groups: Turning Fans into Comics Creators
A panel with The Accidental Aliens: Scott Lost (2nd Shift, Wanderers of Melisanda), Andi Dukleth (FedUP, Live from the Apocalypse), Emily Rocha (ATLA, There's Something in the Green Flash), Tristan Whitehouse (The Adventures of Terrick Zion, APEX), Terry Mayo (The Wicked Righteous, Head of State), Lee Kohse (Star Wars, Ichor: Omicron Fel), Dylan Grey (Tale of Rust), Drah Hard (Space Sass, Boombap), and moderator Travis Rivas (Unstoppable Cherub, Super-Abled Comics). Have you wondered how to make comics all while holding down a 9-to-5 job? Learn how to create your own comics network and community and how to push each other to hit deadlines, reach goals, and publish your comics work.

Thursday July 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

4:00pm

How to Draw as a Comic Pro
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 11, 10:13PM
Comic Pro Boot Camp (CPBC) is made up of four industry professionals with the heart and mind to teach fans and potential future comic book artists how to polish their comic book pages and prepare them for professional presentation. Panelists will discuss the mission of the group and how they play a role in future talents. They will also do live art demonstrations from major talents like Kim Jung Gi, Stanley Lau (Artgerm), Whilce Portacio, and Ryan Benjamin.

Thursday July 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Room 2

4:30pm

The Art of Ghibli
Have you ever thought about what goes on behind the scenes of the anime films and television series we all know and love? Would you like to learn the trade secrets and day-to-day job profiles of one of Japan's most lucrative industries? Well here's your chance to find out with anime industry insider Kihara Hirokatsu. Kihara will talk about his time working on some of the most iconic anime films of all time. Attendees will also have a chance to glimpse some incredibly rare pieces of animation history! Kihara Hirokatsu formerly worked at the Studio Ghibli production desk and was involved in Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, and Kiki's Delivery Service. Nowadays he writes ghost stories and MCs at monster conventions. His most famous work is Tales of Terror: Haunted Apartment, which has been a crucial contributor to many other hits in this genre.

Thursday July 18, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

5:00pm

Artist as Brand, Rise of the Artist Entrepreneur
Greg Spalenka (artist/educator in publishing, film, DC Comics, Titan Books) moderates this annual panel discussion on art career sustainability. Learn strategies on how to create an income from your talent on your own terms. Featuring Daniel and Dawna Davis (founders of Steam Crow, publisher of monster products, Monster Rangers), Melissa Pagluica (writer, comic book artist, author of Above the Clouds), Ray Chou and Vincenzo Ferriero (founders of Mythopoeia, Skies of Fire), Ashleigh Izienicki (illustrator, artist entrepreneur, Instagram master).

Thursday July 18, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

5:00pm

DC Batman Art Academy
Sharpen your pencils and bring your notebooks, because class is in session! DC is proud to be home to some of the most talented artists working in comics today. This fan-favorite lineup of artists—Bernard Chang, Jock, Dustin Nguyen, Dexter Soy—will present a unique look into their visual approaches to your all-time favorite DC superhero, Batman!

Thursday July 18, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 11

5:30pm

Painting American Gods
Scott Hampton takes the audience through the process of bringing artist P. Craig Russell's pages of American Gods to life on the comics page. Scott will also do a painting demo using traditional tools (pen, ink, acrylic paint). His work on Silverheels from Pacific Comics in 1983 is regarded as the first continuing painted comic. His credits include Batman, Sandman, Black Widow, Hellraiser, and Star Trek, as well as Magic: The Gathering cards. Also on the panel will be Jennifer Lange, who has worked as a colorist for Dark Horse's adaptation of American Gods.

Thursday July 18, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 2

5:30pm

The Art Heroines: Using Your Creative Powers to Level Up
This panel will explore the pitfalls and triumphs of the entertainment industry, including how to not only survive the stress but manage yourself in it. Panelists will touch on employer best practices, habits that are productive vs. counterproductive, and tips for creatives to build better relationships. Moderated by Kristin Donner (animation artist, co-chair of The Animation Guild’s Family and Membership Committee), panelists include Danelle Vierkant (The Orville, Aquaman), Ivonne Escoto (Aquaman, Hellboy), Denise “Dee” Chavez (HamCat, Curious George), Jo Holland (Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel), Haley Who (Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance), Alina Chau (Marshmallow and Jordan) and Chelsea Pickens (Word Party, Yamasong).

Thursday July 18, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 24ABC

6:00pm

Passion into Cash: Animate Characters and Make Money
Create your own entertainment channel using your own character illustrations and build a community of online viewers. Hear from Scott Kurtz and Cory Casoni (Dungeons & Dragons on Twitch), Laura Williams-Argilla (director of product management, Bits at Twitch), and Dave Werner (Adobe experience designer, YouTube illustrator and animator) to see how you can create your own entertainment channel using Adobe Character Animator and other tools.

Thursday July 18, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 11

7:00pm

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

Thursday July 18, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

7:30pm

Drawing with Karl Kopinski
Karl Kopinski will demonstrate the use of both traditional and digital media for creative illustrations. Karl is a British illustrator, who has worked with a large variety of clients, including Peter Jackson, Sir Paul Smith, Hasbro, Ubisoft, Abound Creative, Sixmorevodka, Wizards of the Coast, and Games Workshop.

Thursday July 18, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 2
 
Friday, July 19
 

11:00am

Women of the Hollywood Art Department
Hear from a panel of talented women from the Art Directors Guild whose careers span a variety of design roles within the film and TV industries. They will discuss their professional journeys in the industry, how they envision the Art Department of the future, and the unique challenges they face as visual storytellers, creating distinct and wondrous worlds for today's most popular films and TV shows. Oscar-winning production designer Hannah Beachler (Black Panther, Moonlight), art director Aashrita Kamath (Avatar 2 and 3, Kong: Skull Island), graphic designer Ellen Lampl (Bumblebee, Jurassic World), specialist set designer Andrea Onorato (Avatar 2 and 3, Westworld), art director Erin Riegel (Birds of Prey, Captain Marvel), and moderator Kate Weddle (set designer).

Friday July 19, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 9

1:00pm

Masters of the Illustrated Film Poster
ASIFA–Hollywood and famed illustrators who have worked on entertainment art for the last 50 years will discuss their craft and what inspired them to pick up the baton and follow in the footsteps of their mentors. Moderator Stephen Kramer Glickman (actor, Big Time Rush, The Night Time Show) is joined by panelists Steve Chorney (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Quigley Down Under), Robert Rodriguez (The Jewel of the Nile, City Slickers 2), James Goodridge (Deadpool, Book of Henry), Matthew Joseph Peak (Nightmare on Elm Street films), William Stout (Life of Brian, Wizards), Paul Shipper (Avengers: Infinity War, Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Akiko Stehrenberger (Kiss of the Damned, The One I Love), Rory Kurtz (Baby Driver; I, Tonya), and Jason Edmiston (Evil Dead 2, Texas Chainsaw Massacre).

Friday July 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 23ABC

1:00pm

Draw Your Imagination with Kim Jung Gi
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. With mental pictures, he can draw without photographic reference. He has published numerous sketchbooks and worked on the TLT, Tiger the Long Tail webtoon.

Friday July 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 2

2:00pm

Head Drawing Tips for Illustrators and Animators
Ron Lemen (Lemenaid, LAAFA, CGMA, GNOMON SVFX) discusses and demonstrates easy-to-remember tips to quick gesturing and hard rendering a portrait, including tips on likeness, head tilt, and expressions.

Friday July 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 11

2:30pm

How to Draw with Jim Lee
DC Entertainment publisher-chief creative officer Jim Lee (Superman Unchained, Justice League, Batman, Suicide Squad) talks about his 25+ years in the comics industry and sketches your favorite characters live on the big screen in this engaging panel. This is a great opportunity to watch the creative process first-hand and learn the tips of the trade that bring DC Entertainment's characters to life..

Friday July 19, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Room 2

4:00pm

Drawing with Humberto Ramos (Bilingual)
Artist Humberto Ramos will use both Spanish and English to teach drawing techniques. Ramos is a Mexican comic book artist best known for his work on American comic books such as Impulse, Runaways, The Spectacular Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man, and his creator-owned series Crimson, Out There, Revelations, and Fairy Quest. He co-founded the imprint Cliffhanger, housed by Jim Lee's Image Comics division Wildstorm, to publish creator-owned comic books outside the mainstream superhero genre.

Friday July 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 2

5:00pm

Mark McDonnell: How To Draw in Different Studio Styles
Being a good artist and facile with technology are two skills animation companies want. But there's a third component rarely discussed—how well you can draw in the manner of each studio. Understanding and mastering these styles will increase your chances of getting hired. In this session, Disney master teacher Mark McDonnell will demonstrate the style quirks of Cartoon Network, Disney, DreamWorks, Laika, and Warner Bros., this time with particular attention to how types of characters—heroes, villains, and sidekicks—change across studios. Moderated by Fast Company's Susan Karlin.

Friday July 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 11

6:00pm

Fanbase Press: The Art of Star Wars
Since 1977, fans have been clamoring for more Star Wars in all forms of media: movies, TV shows, comics, books, games, action figures, and more. Led by Michele Brittany (editorials manager, Fanbase Press), this panel—including Craig Miller (former director of fan relations, Lucasfilm), Barbara Randall Kesel (editor, The Dark Empire), Chris Fenoglio (artist, Star Wars Adventures: The Tales of Vader's Castle), Ken Lashley (artist, Lucasfilm), and Brandon McKinney (artist, Star Wars Mighty Chronicles)—will share their artistic journey with the Star Wars property.

Friday July 19, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 7AB

7:00pm

Cartoon Art Museum Demo: Watercolor for Cartooning
Watercolors can be a magical medium for any artform, including comics. Watch beginner to advanced technique demonstrations meant specifically for comics led by educator Nina L. Taylor Kester (museum program coordinator). Plus, watch as Alina Chau (Marshmallow & Jordan) and Ben Seto (Skullbunnies) share their mastery of this classic medium to create wondrous works of comic art. Lucky attendees will win some of the art created or go home with an art kit to start their own watercolor adventure. Materials provided by Sakura of America, General Pencil, and Blick Art Supplies.

Friday July 19, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 2

7:00pm

The Art of Video Games: Drawing Your Favorite Game Character
UDON's chief, Erik Ko, hosts top talents from the studio and guest artist to create artwork live on stage. There will be a trivia Q&A where the audience can get surprise art books and collectible items!

Friday July 19, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 23ABC
 
Saturday, July 20
 

11:00am

How to Make Comics: From Start to Finish
Learn how to take your idea and make a comic book, using Brian Haberlin' s new Image comic Sonata as a test case. He'll cover idea to script, panel layout, art style, distribution, printing, and much more. Brian is an American comic book artist, writer, editor, animator, sculptor, educator, and producer best known as the co-creator of the Witchblade franchise and for his digital art innovations.

Saturday July 20, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 2

1:00pm

Backgrounds for Comics and Illustration
Ron Lemen (Lemenaid website, LAAFA, CGMA, GNOMON SVFX) discusses and demonstrates easy-to-use methods for developing backgrounds for illustrations, from simple to complex scenery. Topics include line of action, symbolism, camera effects vs. graphic design effects, using 3D, and more.

Saturday July 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 2

2:00pm

Artist Alley Everywhere
Panelists Stanley “Artgerm” Lau (Imaginary Friends Studio), Luke and Morgan Choice (Velvet Spectrum), and Martin Wong (Martin Wong Photography) explore the economic realities of a creative career, as well as the logistical imperatives involved in running a small business. A guideline to navigating decisions from commission pricing to CPA hiring and everything in-between. Moderated by Justin Maller (CCO at DeviantArt).

Saturday July 20, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 25ABC

3:00pm

A Creator, Critters and Comics: One-on-One with Stan Sakai
Stan Sakai and moderator Jessica Tseang talk about his 35 years of writing and drawing his creator-owned series Usagi Yojimbo. See what's in store for this samurai rabbit as he is relaunched this summer with a new publisher: IDW.

Saturday July 20, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 28DE

3:30pm

Design for TV and Film
Neville Page will be sharing techniques used to create creatures, characters, and props from films like Avatar, Star Trek Discovery, and SHAZAM!, to name a few. You will walk away with a better understanding to his design process as well as his use of unique tools used in creating his designs. Some good info will be shared on high-end cosplay techniques as well.

Saturday July 20, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 26AB

4:00pm

"Get Drawn In" to the Next Generation of Digital Comics
Graphite is the first and only comics platform to service comics in all its forms: webcomics, webtoons, manga, with top tier publishers including BOOM!, IDW, Dynamite, Top Cow, TOKYOPOP, Aspen, and Legendary-all for free to readers, as well as their groundbreaking UGC platform for creators of all formats with next-generation technology, discovery, and monetization. Nick Seluk (creator of Heart and Brain), Ryan Benjamin (2018 Eisner nominee for Brothers Bond), and Leeanne Krecic, a.k.a. Mongie (creator of Let's Play), publishers Filip Sablik (president, BOOM! Studios) and Robert Napton (SVP of publishing, Legendary), Kickstarter Thought Leader Shing Yin Khor, and Graphite CCO Tom Akel talk about how Graphite is revolutionizing the digital comics landscape for readers, publishers, and creators alike!

Saturday July 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

4:00pm

Kids Draw Superheroes!
Artists Lucas Turnbloom (Dream Jumper series), Lora Innes (Wynonna Earp), Francesco Marciuliano (Sally Forth), Jeff Ranjo (Netflix and Disney Animation), and others join Tom Racine (Tall Tale Radio) as he leads kids through a crash course on superpowers and how to draw their own heroes. Randomly selected kids will get to come up and work with the artists one-on-one doing 5-minute character concepts and costume designs-and get to keep the art that gets created! Handouts will give them ideas and inspirations.

Saturday July 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 11

4:00pm

Spotlight on Eddie Campbell
On the 20th anniversary of the completion of From Hell, Eddie Campbell talks about revising the 576-page graphic novel for color, clarity, and continuity and fixing some of the problems in the artwork that have bugged him for 20 years. Eddie will present a before-and-after slideshow.

Saturday July 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 29AB

4:00pm

Learning to Draw in 2019
If you want to learn how to draw, you are living in the best time ever to master the craft. Stan Prokopenko and Marshall Vandruff will talk about all the resources you can use to better your skills, including art schools, ateliers, mentorships, books, artificial intelligence, and more. Stan attended the Watts Atelier for many years and later became an instructor there; he has taught drawing and painting classes on numerous topics such as portrait, figure, quick sketch, and plein air. Marshall has worked as an artist and educator in Southern California for 35 years. His clients include MAD magazine, Hanna Barbera, Dark Horse Comics, Blizzard Entertainment, Rockstar Games, Disney Studios, Insomniac Games, Warner Brothers Entertainment, ImagineFX Magazine, AutoDesk, The Gnomon Workshop, and over 40 advertising agencies.

Saturday July 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Room 2

4:00pm

Scott Shaw!'s Oddball Comics! Live
Cartoonist Scott Shaw! (Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!, Sonic the Hedgehog, Simpsons Comics) once again presents his uniquely hilarious slideshow of "the craziest comic books ever published!" Once you've seen this mind-roasting presentation-which has played to standing-room-only crowds in San Diego for the better part of four decades-you'll never forget such covers as those of the "crotch-centric" issues of Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane, those with someone getting slapped with a "fish-in-the-face," and those Silver Age issues of Batman and Detective Comics with "Robin-in-the-corner!" Scott promises, "My hilarious presentation is for everyone who's enjoyed reading a comic book, whether as an avid collector or as a young patient in a dentist's office-in fact, even for people who have never read a single comic book in their life. Even if you've seen my acclaimed slideshow presentation many times before, when you see their covers blown up to the size of the side of a barn, you'll be amazed and delighted at the unbelievable imagery that is revealed." Scott Shaw!s Oddball Comics! will be a thick, full-color book published in 2020 by TwoMorrows.

Saturday July 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Room 7AB

5:00pm

Observational Drawing Simplified by Polygonal Approaches
Wei Xu, ph.D. (artist/mathematician/computer scientist/author) will talk about how to simplify observational drawing scientifically with geometry principals. His [+SM]Art approach enables average people to learn drawing with ease and high efficiency. People at all drawing levels will benefit from this talk.

Saturday July 20, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 11

5:30pm

DC Cover Art
It's been said that you can't judge a book by its cover. But DC's unparalleled storytelling is matched with some of the most dynamic cover artists in comics, so it sure doesn't hurt! Hear from superstars Amanda Conner, Derrick Chew, Terry Dodson, Stanley “Artgerm” Lau, Josh Middleton, and Lucio Parrillo as they talk about their favorite characters to draw, what makes a good cover, and how that can make fans eager to check out the stories inside.

Saturday July 20, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 6DE

6:00pm

Figure Drawing for Popular Media
Emilio Soltero, ph.D. (Draw the Line; Figure It Out; John Buscema: A Life in Sketches) and Arvell Jones (Marvel, DC) present a primer on drawing the figure for popular media, including drawing for comics and character design. The focus will be on anatomy and figure drawing. Crystal Aquino will model, along with Elisabeth Echevarria. emilio and Arvell will lecture and demonstrate on figure drawing. Mason Weirich will also join the panel. There will be time to draw as well. Come ready to take notes and to draw. Cosplayers are also welcome to model and draw.

Saturday July 20, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 11

9:00pm

GirlsDrawinGirls: Pinups and The Life of a Professional Woman Artist
Since 2006, GirlsDrawinGirls has grown from just 18 local LA women artists to around 200 women artists from all over the world. They are all professionals in the animation, comics, video games, and film industry and have chosen to draw pinup art, which has been predominately male dominated, to showcase the art from from a female point of view. By redefining the pinup, they are not only setting the focus on the diverse and talented women in the entertainment arts industry but are also embracing their own take on their bodies and their sexuality on their terms. Featuring Melody Severns (GDG founder, WB Animation, and Simpsons artist), Noelle Raffaele (WB director, DC Super Hero Girls), Danni Shinya Luo (world celebrated illustrator), and Lisa Dosson (Disney storyboard artist).

Saturday July 20, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 23ABC
 
Sunday, July 21
 

10:00am

Familiar Stranger
Alitha Martinez has been a fixture in the background of comics for 20 years. starting with her debut on the pages of Marvel's Iron Man and continuing today on such titles as Marvel's Moon Girl and Humanoid's Omni, but did you know that Black Panther's World of Wakanda was her second trip to Wakanda? Come discover someone who's a self-described workhorse and the first woman of color to draw flagship titles for both Marvel and DC comics.

Sunday July 21, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 4

12:00pm

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

Sunday July 21, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 11

1:00pm

Live Digital Draw with Katsuya Terada
Witness Tokyo-based hyper-fantastic manga artist Katsuya Terada perform a live digital drawing session. Katsuya Terada is world renowned for live drawing events, and he'll create a fine art illustration and will answer questions and converse with the audience with the help of translator and artist Yoskay Yamamoto.

Sunday July 21, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 11

2:00pm

Cover Story: The Art of the Cover
What does it take to make a great cover for a comic book? Let's ask four of the top artists . . . all folks who've created some of the best. Come hear the "shop talk" of Billy Tucci (Shi, Sgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion), Charles Vess (Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess' Stardust, Heavy Metal), Alitha Evelyn Martinez (Iron Man, Batgirl), and Jae Lee (Hellshock, The Inhumans). Moderated by Mark Evanier.

Sunday July 21, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 25ABC

3:00pm

IDW Publishing: Artist's Editions and More
The Artist's Edition format pioneered by Scott Dunbier has blossomed into its own industry, with gorgeous original art books on shelves worldwide. But for the info on the Real McCoy, this is the place to be! Scott and a special panelist or two will give you inside info and announcements of upcoming Artist's Editions, Artisan Editions, and more.

Sunday July 21, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 32AB

3:30pm

Cartoon Art Museum: Let's Play!
Let's play comics! Participate in three family-friendly comic art minigames that you can play at home, led by the by educator Nina L. Taylor Kester (Cartoon Art Museum) and artists Steenz (co-creator of Archival Quality /cartoonist/editor), Michael Son (Tapas, editor-in-chief), Thien Pham (Sumo, Level Up), and more. Open your eyes to a whole world of creative visual storytelling games like Creature Creator, Exquisite Corpse, Dungeons & Dragons and Mangaka/Creator. Supplies provided by Sakura of America, General Pencil, and Blick Art Supplies.

Sunday July 21, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 2