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Thursday, July 18
 

10:00am

Tor: Magic X Mayhem in SF&F
is the year for breaking all the rules. Gone are the days of simple good-versus-evil narratives; these are complicated times that call for complicated characters. Pop culture has clearly shifted its attention to the messy, the morally ambiguous, and the weird. In short, fans want magic, and they want mayhem. Magic X Mayhem features an eclectic mix of daring new speculative fiction authors and new voices from Tor Books and Tor.com Publishing: Annalee Newitz (The Future of Another Timeline, Autonomous), Charlie Jane Anders (The City in the Middle of the Night), Sarah Gailey (Magic for Liars), Seanan McGuire (Middlegame), S. L. Huang (Null Set), and Tochi Onyebuchi (War Girls, Riot Baby).

Thursday July 18, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 28DE

11:30am

Wings of Fire: Spotlight on Tui T. Sutherland
Wings of Fire is soaring to Comic-Con! Tui T. Sutherland (Wings of Fire) sits down with Shannon Messenger (Keeper of the Lost Cities series) to discuss everyone's favorite dragons and provide a sneak peek at what comes next in the series.

Thursday July 18, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 4

12:00pm

First Steps: From Concept to Reality
National bestselling author-editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt (The Martian, The X-Files, Predator) leads a practical how-to workshop to get you started and geared up to create with a solid structure for your story. All participants get a free e-book of Bryan's bestselling How to Write a Novel: The Fundamentals of Fiction.

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 2

12:00pm

Spotlight on Leigh Bardugo and Erin Morgenstern
Leigh Bardugo (King of Scars, Ninth House) is a New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over 3 million copies sold worldwide, her Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and King of Scars—and will soon come to Netflix in an original series. Her first novel for adults, Ninth House, will be released on October 1. Erin Morgenstern is the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, which has sold millions of copies around the world and been translated into 37 languages. Her new novel, The Starless Sea, will be released on November 5. Leigh and Erin discuss writing fantasy for all ages, astrology, supporting woman-owned businesses, giant cups of tea, and so much more. Moderated by Petra Mayer (NPR).

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 23ABC

12:00pm

Stories That Put Your Heart in Your Throat
Experience the chills and thrills of these authors' works as they craft breathless prose that will have readers turning the pages at lightning speed. Get chilly with Katrina Leno (You Must Not Miss), James Murray (The Brink), Brendan Reichs (The Darkdeep), Ally Condie (The Darkdeep), Kali Wallace (Salvation Day), and Clay McLeod Chapman (The Remaking) in conversation with Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy).

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

1:00pm

Are You There, Gods? It's Us, the Protagonists
While creators are technically the gods of their universes, for all intents and purposes, sometimes their creations include deities and religious systems. Authors discuss whether or not they choose to include gods in their world-building, whether or not they were inspired by real life in creating their worlds' gods, religions, or magic systems, and their methods in developing those aspects of the stories. With Comic-Con special guest Ann Leckie (The Raven Tower), Joan He (Descendant of the Crane), Scott Westerfeld (Impostors: Shatter City), and Margaret Rogerson (Sorcery of Thorns) in conversation with Rebecca Roanhorse (Sixth World).

Thursday July 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 32AB

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

1:30pm

Care and Nurturing of Someone Else's Universe
What are the responsibilities and opportunities writers embrace when writing about iconic characters in universes created by someone else, whether an individual or a corporation? Talk comics, cartoons, games, and television universes with F. C. Yee (Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi), Matt Forbeck (Dungeons & Dragons: Escape the Underdark: An Endless Quest Book), Brenna Yovanoff (Stranger Things: Runaway Max), Adam Christopher (Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town), Kiersten White (Slayer), and Gary Phillips (Batman: The Killing Joke), and Fictitious podcast host, Adron Buske.

Thursday July 18, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

2:00pm

Earthsea Imagined
Charles Vess worked with award-winning writer Ursula K. Le Guin over the last four years of her life to bring her world of Earthsea to visual life. Over the course of thousands of emails, which in turn produced hundreds of preparatory drawings, he attempted to slide inside her brain. This presentation pulls aside the curtain to give a behind-the-scenes tour of how it was done.

Thursday July 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 32AB

2:00pm

Book Fights!
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 08, 11:38PM
Librarians from all around San Diego come together to battle over topics like Lord of the Rings vs. Game of Thrones, Best Manga Series, Marvel vs. DC, Best YA Series, and more! These fun interactions will lead to the audience deciding on which librarians are the most "Lit" of all! Modeled after the "Movie Fights!" series, six librarian's will have 5- 10-minute discussions on whether (X) is better than (Y) and have the audience decide who made the best argument for their picks. They'll cover the topics of comic books, manga, fantasy, and more. With Bijan Nowroozian (San Diego Public Library), Lydia Bringerud (San Diego Public Library), Vanessa Gempis (San Diego Public Library), Bill Sannwald (San Diego County Library), and Christina Wainwright.

Thursday July 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

2:00pm

The Making of a Graphic Novel Publisher: Random House Graphic
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 09, 04:27PM
does a graphic novel publisher work? And what's involved with building one from square one? Petra Mayer (Books editor, NPR), Gina Gagliano (publishing director, Random House Graphic), and Whitney Leopard (senioreditor, Random House Graphic) host a discussion of the ins-and-outs of editing, design, marketing, and publicity and how they all come together to make great graphic novels.

Thursday July 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 28DE

2:30pm

From Idea to Hired: Books, TV, Film, and Comics
Book agents and literary managers come together to answer all your questions about how to take your writing career from the blank page to sold. Bring your questions about markets, writing the breakout project, getting representation, what it takes to sell a book to film, and more. Panelists will give you the industry scoop—but no pitches, please. Panelists include Seth Fishman (The Gernert Company), Thao Le (Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency), Ava Jamshidi (Industry Entertainment Partners), Holly Root (Root Literary), and Lars Theriot (Industry Entertainment Partners).

Thursday July 18, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 24ABC

2:30pm

Writers' Coffeehouse at Comic-Con
Led by authors Peter Clines (Paradox Bound, Dead Moon), Delilah Dawson (Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire, No Country for Old Gnomes), Jonathan Maberry (V-Wars, Joe Ledger), and Scott Sigler (Earthcore, Generations Trilogy), this session focuses on the business of prose publishing. The Writers Coffeehouse is a bunch of writers sitting around talking about writing. No agendas, no requirements—just chat about markets, pitching and selling, conquering frustration and defeating writers block, and all of the good things that come from the community of writers. It's open to everyone—from absolute beginners to award winners and bestsellers. Just show up, hang out, and talk. Or don't talk—lurk in the back and take notes.

Thursday July 18, 2019 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:00pm

D&D: All Bards
Comic-Con special guest Sam Sykes (Seven Blades in Black) will DM a bunch of authors playing an hour-long D&D session where everyone is a Bard and combat isn't allowed. The bold adventurers include Chuck Wendig (Wanderers), Paul Krueger (Steel Crow Saga), Pierce Brown (Dark Age), E. K. Johnston (Star Wars: Queen's Shadow), and Jim Zub (Monsters & Creatures; Warriors & Weapons).

Thursday July 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

3:00pm

Spotlight on Marv Wolfman
Writer/editor, Eisner Hall of Fame inductee, and Comic-Con special guest Marv Wolfman talks about his 50-year career in comics, animation, novels, and video game writing with moderator and writer Tom King. They'll discuss his work, the companies he's worked for, and the many characters he's worked on. Marv will also answer all questions (well, maybe not all!).

Thursday July 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 11

3:30pm

Women on the Dark Side
UPDATED: Sun, Jul 07, 05:47PM
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 enough humor and whimsy to counterbalance all that darkness. Whether it's comic books, novels, or art, these are the women who are creating content that connects with the deeper, darker side of all of us. Panelists include Mairghread Scott (Netflix's Magic, The Gathering, Marvel Rising), MD Marie (Vindication), Susan Lee (founder, Women on The Dark Side), and Madeleine Holly-Rosing (Boston Metaphysical Society), moderated by Joelle Monique (Black Girl Nerds).

Thursday July 18, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 24ABC

4:30pm

The Super-Awesome Pro Writers AMA Smackdown
This panel of pro writers are ready and willing to answer (almost) any questions you have about what it takes to earn a living as a writer in the 21st century. Trying to break in as a screenwriter? Animation writer? Video game writer? Comic book scribe? Maybe you're dreaming about publishing that first novel, but you're not sure which way to go. Is it better to take the indie route? Aim for the traditional New York path? Will you need an agent? What about book marketing? How do you build a writer brand? What's the reality of selling books and comics at conventions? Will brick-and-mortar bookstores go the way of the dinosaurs? Is Amazon really the future? Panelist include Neo Edmund (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Red Riding Alpha Huntress Chronicles), Charlotte Fullerton (My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic, Ben 10 Alien Force/Ultimate Alien/Omniverse), Brandon Easton (Marvel's Agent Carter, Transformers: War of Cybertron Siege), Marv Wolfman (Teen Titans, former editor of DC Comics), and Russell Nohelty (WannaBe Press, Katrina Hates the Dead).

Thursday July 18, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 24ABC

4:45pm

His Dark Materials Panel and Q&A Session
Adapting Philip Pullman's award-winning trilogy, which is considered a modern masterpiece of imaginative fiction, His Dark Materials follows Lyra, a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Her search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. The series is executive produced by Jane Tranter, Jack Thorne, Julie Gardner, Tom Hooper, Toby Emmerich, Deborah Forte, and Dan McCulloch. Cast panelists include Dafne Keen as Lyra, James McAvoy as Lord Asriel, Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby, and Ruth Wilson as Mrs. Coulter. The panel will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly editor-in-chief, JD Heyman.

Thursday July 18, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Hall H

6:00pm

Making Magic for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: An Interactive Masterclass
The incredible Magic and Illusions team from the record-breaking stage production Harry Potter and the Cursed Child take to the Comic-Con stage in an interactive panel of Wizarding World discovery. With magical demonstrations, video footage, and never-before-told stories from the making of the show, you will learn how the magicians and actors use clever techniques and cunning psychology to make the impossible seem real—you'll even learn to perform magic yourself! Joined by cast members, Magic and Illusions designer Jamie Harrison and his associate Chris Fisher give panel audiences an exclusive insight into the world of the mind-blowing stage effects of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

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

6:30pm

Marginalized Voices in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror
Authors Rebecca Roanhorse (Trail of Lightning) and Wesley Chu (The Lives of Tao) explore the underrepresented experiences of the Navajo Nation and mainland China through their works of speculative fiction. Listen to them and other authors discuss the widening scope of voices, perspectives, and representation in SFF literature.

Thursday July 18, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 4
 
Friday, July 19
 

10:00am

The Factual and the Actual
Enjoy exploring science, history, space, and more through sequential art with Randall Munroe (How to), John Hendrix (The Faithful Spy), Don Brown (Rocket to the Moon! Big Ideas That Changed the World #1), Dylan Meconis (Queen of the Sea), Jim Ottaviani (Hawking), and Rachel Ignotofsky (Women in Art) in conversation with librarian Judy Prince-Neeb (Chula Vista Public Library).

Friday July 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 32AB

10:00am

The Future as I See It
Bestselling creators engage in a lively discussion of what-ifs about the future as foretold in their work and unfolding in the world. Panelists Jonathan Maberry (VWars, Joe Ledger series), Seanan McGuire (X-Men), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Dark Crystal, Lost, Blood and Treasure), Steven L. Sears (A-Team, Xena), Timothy Zahn (Star Wars, Terminator), and Gini Koch (Alien) are moderated by Bryan Thomas Schmidt.

Friday July 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 23ABC

11:00am

Berger Books and the Writers' Room: Stories Come First
Karen Berger (Vertigo founder) brings together a panel of some of the industry's best writers—including Jeff Lemire, co-creator of Black Hammer; Nnedi Okorafor, co-creator of LaGuardia; Christopher Cantwell, co-creator of She Could Fly; and Jody Houser, writer for Stranger Things and Critical Role—to discuss about what it takes to write comic books and to highlight Berger Books' newest groundbreaking series.

Friday July 19, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 23ABC

11:00am

The Fantastic Flavors of Fantasy
From urban fantasy to epic fantasy to superheroes, fantasy contains multitudes of the amazing and the astonishing. Authors Renee Ahdieh (The Beautiful), Lauren Shippen (The Infinite Noise), Katy Pool (There Will Come a Darkness), Nicole Conway (Legend), Sherrilyn Kenyon (Stygian, Deadman's Cross series), and Marissa Meyer (Supernova) serve up spicy tropes and savory imaginations across a multitude of subgenres in conversation with David Canfield (Entertainment Weekly).

Friday July 19, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 25ABC

12:00pm

Feminist Comics That Rock
Let's celebrate the diversity of strong female characters, authors, and publishers in contemporary kids' comics! Panelists include Raina Telgemeier (Guts), Peggy Burns (publisher, Drawn & Quarterly), and Claudia Aguirre (Morning in America), and Jennifer Holm (Sunny Rolls the Dice). Moderated by Candice Mack (Eisner Awards judge, Los Angeles Public Library). In conjunction with CBC Graphic Novel Committee.

Friday July 19, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

1:30pm

Spotlight on Ursula Vernon
Ursula Vernon (author and illustrator, Dragonbreath, Digger, Hamster Princess) talks about writing and drawing comics for kids and adults and balancing the job of art with the art of writing.

Friday July 19, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 24ABC

2:00pm

Kids and YA Graphic Novel Publishing: Behind the Scenes
Publishers are often referred to as the “gatekeepers” of the book industry. But what goes on behind the scenes at a publishing house: How are the decisions made to publish, edit, design, market, and sell a graphic novel? What drives different publishers to produce the unique kind of work they do? This panel explores these questions with the CBC Graphic Novel Committee member publishers. Panelists include Tracy Hurren (Drawn & Quarterly), Mark Siegel (First Second), Maya Bradford (Abrams ComicArts), Andrew Arnold (HarperCollins). Moderated by Carla Riemer (librarian, Claremont Middle School).

Friday July 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

3:00pm

Firefly: The Big Damn Cookbook
Come for this tasty panel and discover the journey Chelsea Monroe-Cassel took to create her delicious recipes in the new official Firefly cookbook! Explore her process and hear about new and fan favorite foods from across the 'Verse. A lifelong artist and fan of fantasy, she is focused on bringing fantasy worlds such as Game of Thrones and World of Warcraft to life through food, photography, and art. All attendees will receive an exclusive, limited-edition Firefly recipe card. It's gonna be delicious!

Friday July 19, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:00pm

Star Wars Audiobooks: Behind the Scenes
Get the inside scoop on how the Star Wars audiobooks are recorded and produced with some of the biggest Star Wars authors, voice actors, and producers in the business! You'll hear from Janina Gavankar (voice of Iden Versio, narrator of Inferno Squad), Catherine Taber (voice of Padme, narrator of Queen's Shadow), Cavan Scott (author of Star Wars audiobook exclusive Dooku: Jedi Lost), and Nick Martorelli (Penguin Random House Audio producer) about how they create characters, what it's like in the recording booth, and how production builds different layers of voice narration, sound effects, and music into the final track.

Friday July 19, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 7AB

3:00pm

Wherefore Dystopia and Darkness? Enjoying Creators' Wretched Unjust Societies
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 10, 04:35PM
Why do so many readers want to spend time in an imagined world or society in which people lead wretched, dehumanized, fearful lives? Authors Marie Lu (Rebel), Jess Rothenberg (The Kingdom), Rachel Caine (Sword and Pen), Richard Kadrey (The Grand Dark), Ally Condie (The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe), and S. L. Huang (Null Set) discuss the delights of dark works with Mallory O'Meara (The Lady from the Black Lagoon).

Friday July 19, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 4

4:00pm

Creating for Change: Tackling Big Issues with Great Books
In this exciting era of comics storytelling, marginalized communities, voices, and topics are being brought to the attention of audiences everywhere. Creators Marc Andreyko (Love Is Love), Harmony Becker (Himawari Share, They Called Us Enemy), Regine Sawyer (Women in Comics NYC Collective), and additional guests will present a thoughtful discussion on the utility of sequential storytelling for stimulating meaningful debate and—dare we hope—change. Moderated by They Called Us Enemy co-author Justin Eisinger.

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

4:00pm

Hermes Press Celebrating Horror: A History of the Genre and Premiere of Kaz Windress' New Book Mother Goth Rhymes
The panel will kick off the debut of Hermes Press' new collection of Goth/art illustrations/poems by renowned artist/writer Kaz Windness, Mother Goth Rhymes. The panel will open with a short video presentation chronicling the history of horror comics, comic strips, and comic book art. Kaz will lead the discussion about horror (in all its forms) in comics with Stan Yan (There's a Zombie in the Basement), Sabrina Herman (managing editor Hermes Press, designer, Jim Davis' Garfield Daily and Sunday Art Archive), and noted comics herstorian Trina Robbins (Babes in Arms). Moderated by Daniel Herman (publisher, Hermes Press, Silver Age: The Second Generation of Comic Book Artists).

Friday July 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 29AB

4:00pm

Graphix Fix: Great Graphic Novels for All Ages
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 08, 04:53PM
Scholastic Graphix superstars discuss their upcoming graphic novels and the art of creating comics for all ages, featuring Jim Benton (Catwad), Sarah Graley (Glitch), Jennifer Holm (Sunny Rolls the Dice), Jon J Muth (The Seventh Voyage), Tui Sutherland (Wings of Fire) and Raina Telgemeier (Guts). Attendees will receive a Graphix tote bag and giveaways!

Friday July 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 32AB

4:30pm

Geek Geek Revolution
Geek Geek Revolution is a no-holds-barred geek culture game show featuring five science fiction/fantasy authors competing for the chance to be Top Geek. In addition, the audience members will be asked to submit questions in hopes of stumping the authors and winning a prize pack of book swag. Hold onto your hats, nerf herders, this might get ugly. Featuring Pierce Brown, Paul Krueger, and many more!

Friday July 19, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 8

5:00pm

How Our Present Impacts Today's Speculative Fiction
Looking back at speculative fiction over the years, we can see history's impact on our most influential authors, from Asimov to Tolkien. Some of speculative fiction's current influential authors, including Blake Crouch (Recursion, Dark Matter), Rob Hart (The Warehouse), Kali Wallace (Salvation Day), and Chuck Wendig (Wanderers, Miriam Black series), discuss how our present affects their own writing and speculations on what the future will bring, with moderator Tricia Narwani (Del Rey editorial director).

Friday July 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

5:00pm

Lucasfilm Publishing: Stories from a Galaxy Far, Far Away
As we near the epic conclusion of the Skywalker saga with Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, some of the biggest and best Star Wars authors and artists gather to discuss new and upcoming stories set in a galaxy far, far away. Featuring Lou Anders (Pirate's Price), Katie Cook (Creatures Big & Small), Zorida Córdova (A Crash of Fate), Delilah Dawson (Black Spire), E. K. Johnston (Queen's Shadow), George Mann (Myths & Fables), Brian Rood (The Skywalker Saga), Cavan Scott (Dooku: Jedi Lost), Kevin Shinick (Force Collector), Charles Soule (Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith), Timothy Zahn (Thrawn: Treason), and Rebecca Roanhorse (Resistance Reborn). Moderated by Lucasfilm's Michael Siglain and Jennifer Heddle.

Friday July 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 7AB

6:00pm

Into the Fanzone! Celebrating Pop Culture in Literature
Many amazing YA books and TV shows celebrate the awesomeness of fans, pop culture, comics, and fandom. Authors Britta Lundin (Ship It, Riverdale), Preeti Chhibber (Spider-Man: Far From Home, Peter and Ned's Ultimate Travel Journal, A Thousand Beginnings and Endings), Ashley Poston (The Princess and the Fangirl, Geekerella), Whitney Gardner (You're Welcome, Universe, Chaotic Good), C. B. Lee (Not Your Sidekick, Not Your Villain), Lily Anderson (Undead Girl Gang, The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You), Danika Stone (Switchback, All The Feels), and Holly West (senior editor at Swoon Reads, Macmillan) talk about finding inspiration in geekdom. This lit-focused panel will focus on writing, publishing, and most important, the fans!

Friday July 19, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 25ABC

6:00pm

SFWA Writers Reveal the One Big Secret That Got Them Published
Members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) discuss writing careers, tips and tricks, and the one big secret that got them published. Learn how SFWA supports SF and fantasy writers and how it can help you with your creative career. Panelists include Jeffe Kennedy (The Orchid Throne), Marie Andreas (The Diamond Sphinx), Greg van Eekhout (Voyage of the Dogs), Greg Bear (Take Back the Sky; Comic-Con special guest), Jonathan Brazee (Fire Ant), and Kyle Aisteach (Little Dystopias).

Friday July 19, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 2

6:00pm

Super-Powered YA: DC Graphic Novels for your #TBR Pile
Have you heard yet? DC has an exciting new lineup of original YA graphic novels that pair your favorite YA authors and artists with DC's most popular characters. Panelists Kami Garcia, Gabriel Picolo, Danielle Paige, and more NY Times bestselling and critically acclaimed authors and artists behind these new books will share how they put their unique spin on iconic DC superheroes and supervillains.

Friday July 19, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 23ABC

7:00pm

What's Up with Penguin
Anne Sowards (Ace Books), Caitlin Whalen (Penguin Young Readers Group), and Jennifer Dee (Penguin Young Readers) give you the dish on forthcoming books from their authors and licensed properties, such as William Gibson, Marie Lu, Stephen Donaldson, Renee Ahdieh, Patricia Briggs, Stephane Perkins, Traci Chee, Brendan Reichs, Rachel Caine, and many more. You can expect giveaways like finished books or advanced reading copies!

Friday July 19, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 25ABC

8:00pm

Calling All Book Lovers: A Sneak Peek at New Books from Tor, Tor Teen, and Tor.com Publishing
From Robert Jordan to V. E. Schwab, Tor has been publishing the best of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror for almost as long as San Diego Comic Con has been around. This panel shines a spotlight on the best of what Tor, Tor Teen, and Tor.com Publishing have to offer. Every attendee will leave with a book in hand.

Friday July 19, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 25ABC
 
Saturday, July 20
 

10:00am

Stellar Stories and Awesome Adventures
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 19, 06:27AM
It's a great big universe, filled with an amazing assortment of challenges and perils for characters to face and extraordinary encounters to discover. Boldly go forth with authors Maura Milan (Ignite the Stars and Eclipse the Skies), Mark Siegel (5 Worlds Book 3: The Red Maze), Tochi Onyebuchi (War Girls, Riot Baby), and Ashley Poston (Soul of Stars, The Princess and the Fangirl), in conversation with Maryelizabeth Yturralde of Mysterious Galaxy.

Saturday July 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 7AB

10:30am

Comics Arts Conference Session #9: Focus on Carey Pietsch: Comedy and Fantasy in Comics with Clint McElroy
Learn how Comic-Con special guest Carey Pietsch (Lumberjanes; Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift) helps to adapt The Adventure Zone from podcast, an audio medium, into comics, a visual medium-and how she works with the McElroys to convey the rollicking tone of their dynamic Dungeons & Dragons gameplay. Clint McElroy (War of the Realms: Journey into Mystery) joins in to discuss his role writing the comic and co-creating the podcast, as well as also working with Carey to shape the free-form interaction of D&D into a tighter visual narrative. Peter Coogan (Comics Arts Conference) moderates.

Saturday July 20, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 26AB

11:00am

Disney Hyperion Publishing Panel: Fairy Tale Retellings with a Twist
The creative team at Disney Publishing discuss how they have taken beloved Disney franchises and reimagined them for a fresh new take on classic stories told from a completely different perspective. This is an official panel by Disney Publishing Worldwide. Featuring Jocelyn Davies (senior editor, Disney Book Group), Brittany Rubiano (editor, Franchise Creative Content), and Serena Valentino (author, Villains series). Moderated by Disney Publishing Worldwide's Emily Meehan.

Saturday July 20, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 29AB

11:00am

Spotlight on Greg Bear
Two of the founders of San Diego Comic-Con (Greg Bear and David Clark) discuss the con's beginnings and their times with such Comic-Con heroes as Jack Kirby, Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett, George Clayton Johnson, Forry Ackerman, and Ray Bradbury.

Saturday July 20, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 28DE

12:00pm

Real World Reflected in Fantasy
What do these powerhouse YA authors have in common? They all are writing groundbreaking, highly acclaimed (or highly anticipated) work that pulls from the trials and tribulations of real life to create mind-bending fantasy. Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone) tackles systemic racism in the Legacy of Orïsha trilogy. Marie Lu (Legend trilogy) contemplates economic disparity and climate change in her series and the upcoming Rebel . Margaret Owen (The Merciful Crow) promotes social justice in her debut. And Hafsah Faizal (We Hunt the Flame) dispels myths about Arabian culture in her first novel. Moderated by Mary Pearson (The Remnant Chronicles, Dance of Thieves), author of the upcoming Vow of Thieves .

Saturday July 20, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 29AB

1:00pm

Fantasy and Sci-Fi Authors
Learn about writing, publishing, and book-to-movie adaptations from award-winning and NY Times bestselling fantasy and science fiction authors Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone), Lev Grossman (The Magicians), A. G. Howard (Splintered), Aditi Khorana (Mirror in the Sky), and Jonathan Maberry (V-Wars). Moderated by Henry Herz (Alice's Magic Garden).

Saturday July 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 29AB

1:00pm

George Takei: They Called Us Enemy
In his brand-new graphic memoir They Called Us Enemy, the beloved actor, author, and activist George Takei revisits his haunting childhood in American internment camps, as one of 120,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned by the U.S. government during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon-and America itself-in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love. You'll hear firsthand from George, as well as his co-authors Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott and artist Harmony Becker, about this dark chapter of our nation's history, its impact on Takei's astonishing life, and its urgent relevance for today's world.

Saturday July 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 25ABC

1:15pm

Westworld III
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 10, 04:34PM
HBO's Emmy-winning series Westworld returns for its third season in 2020. Creators, executive producers, and directors Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy and cast members Thandie Newton, Aaron Paul, Tessa Thompson, Evan Rachel Wood, and Jeffrey Wright, will present an early look at the forthcoming third season of the drama series, a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the birth of a new form of life on Earth. Moderated by futurist Amy Webb.

Saturday July 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Hall H

1:30pm

Spotlight on Audrey Niffenegger
The author of The Time Traveler's Wife and Bizarre Romance, Audrey Niffeneger, will be interviewed by award-winning comics editor Diana Schutz. topics may include art, love, loss, sex, death, ghosts, cats, and why it's taking a long time to write the sequel to The Time Traveler's Wife. There will be a Q&A.

Saturday July 20, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 24ABC

2:00pm

Universal Protagonists Redefined
Despite the title, in many ways "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" didn't have that many in Joseph Campbell's mid-20th century observations. Today's fiction works are just as imaginative as any in the world's history, and more expansive. Authors and 21st century heroes Leah Thomas (Wild And Crooked), Hafsah Faizal (We Hunt the Flame), Clare Di Liscia (Neliem), E. K. Johnston (Star Wars: Queen's Shadow), and Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex series) discuss protagonists we can all see ourselves in with Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy).

Saturday July 20, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 29AB

3:00pm

The Fun-damentals of Story
Who puts the fun in "Reading is fundamental"? These creators! Have a jolly good time with vampires, aliens, magic, and more with authors Whitney Gardner (Fake Blood), Sarah Andersen (Cheshire Crossing), Gini Koch (Aliens Like Us), Thomas Lennon (Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles), and Brandon Mull (Dragonwatch) in conversation with Brendan Reichs (The Darkdeep).

Saturday July 20, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 23ABC

4:15pm

Cursed with Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 09, 06:56PM
The Lady of the Lake finds her voice in Cursed, a twist on the tale of King Arthur--soon to be an original Netflix series starring Katherine Langford in 2020. Creators Tom Wheeler and legendary artist/producer/director Frank Miller (300, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Sin City) hold a not-to-be-missed discussion about their debut YA coming-of-age novel about Nimue, who grows from a sheltered priestess-in-training to a teenager hell-bent on revenge, and finally, to a young woman with the power to change the fate of the world.

Saturday July 20, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Room 6DE

5:00pm

Writing: Craft, Community, and Crossover
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 12, 04:40PM
James Killen, head buyer of sci-fi and fantasy for Barnes & Noble, talks to Cory Doctorow (Radicalized), Seanan McGuire (Middlegame), Charlie Jane Anders (The City in the Middle of the Night), Annalee Newitz (The Future of Another Timeline), and Sarah Gailey (Magic for Liars) about the process of creation from the perspective of first-time authors to veterans of multiple genres. The discussion will touch on the difficulty creators have in cultivating and maintaining community and fandom and the difficulties of bringing fans with them as they cross over, balancing one's identity as a writer, and the importance of social media.

Saturday July 20, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 23ABC

5:30pm

From Lt. Jim Dangle to Ronan Boyle: A Discussion with Thomas Lennon
UPDATED: Sun, Jul 07, 05:24PM
Actor and writer Thomas Lennon presents a rollicking career retrospective and discussion of his new novel, the instant New York Times bestseller Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles. Best known for playing Lieutenant Jim Dangle on Reno 911! and as the co-author of the Night at the Museum film series, Lennon was a member of the influential sketch comedy group The State and has appeared in 38 feature films, including 17 Again and I Love You, Man, and numerous television shows. Lennon delved into his Irish ancestry to write Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles, a high-adventure fantasy tale set in a magical world of law-breaking leprechauns that the New York Post called, "the next Harry Potter."

Saturday July 20, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

6:00pm

Comics Science Fiction: Utopia, Dystopia, and Everything in Between
Science fiction allows us to imagine a world radically reshaped by social, scientific, and technological changes. These creators share a tendency to push those scenarios to their limits, envisioning future or alternate realities that tend to extremes, whether they be good, bad, or downright absurd. Charles Glaubitz (Starseeds), Ezra Claytan Daniels (Upgrade Soul, BTTM FDRS), and Aminder Dhaliwal (Woman World) participate in a discussion of the ways that science fiction comics can transport us to utopia, dystopia, or that big gray area in between. Moderated by Evan Narcisse (Rise of the Black Panther).

Saturday July 20, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 4

6:30pm

What's New from Del Rey Books?
Adventure, science fiction, fantasy, and fairytales; 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. Hear from authors Pierce Brown (Red Rising series), Adam Christopher (Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town), Paul Krueger (Steel Crow Saga), Delilah S. Dawson (Kill the Farm Boy, Star Wars: Phasma), Chuck Wendig (Wanderers, Miriam Black series), and Timothy Zahn (Star Wars: Thrawn: Treason) as they discuss their new and upcoming books with moderator Tricia Narwani (Del Rey editorial director).

Saturday July 20, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 5AB

6:30pm

What's the Scoop at Simon & Schuster
Liesa Abrams (marketing), Chrissy Noh (marketing), Lisa Moraleda (publicity), Devin MacDonald (marketing), Jill Hacking (marketing), and Lili Feinberg (publicity) offer a sneak peek at the hottest books and properties coming from Simon & Schuster in 2019, including books by fan-favorite authors. Attendees will take home exclusive swag.

Saturday July 20, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 8

7:00pm

Tropetastic: How to Write and Subvert Tropes
From tired to wired, problematic to plucky, tropes have always existed in character arcs, plot devices, and even character types. Panelists Ray Utarnachitt (Legends of Tomorrow), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), Jeane Wong (Arrow), Nilah Magruder (Marvel Rising), Jenn Polish (Lunav), and Valerie Complex (Black Girl Nerds) will discuss how to use and develop tropes in writing, from subverting harmful tropes in nuanced ways to using clichéd tropes with a refreshing new voice. Moderated by C. B. Lee (Sidekick Squad series).

Saturday July 20, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 11

9:00pm

Harper Voyager After Dark: Skip the Bar, Get Booked with Us Instead
New York Times bestselling author Richard Kadrey questions Harper Voyager executive editor David Pomerico, who is going to sing like a canary about spec fiction's “most wanted” reads of the summer, fall, and winter seasons. Attendees will receive complimentary books from Harper Voyager at the conclusion of the panel.

Saturday July 20, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 28DE
 
Sunday, July 21
 

10:00am

Q&A: Ann Leckie
Ann Leckie is the author of the multi-award-winning novel Ancillary Justice, and just out this year, her first fantasy novel, The Raven Tower. Ann will be hosting this Q&A session so you can ask her about her books, about writing, or whatever else strikes your fancy.

Sunday July 21, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29AB

10:30am

Children's Literary Agents
Hear from experienced children's literary agents about the dos and don'ts of getting traditionally published. Ffeaturing Thao Le (Sandra Dijkstra Literary), Hannah Mann (Writers House), Kelly Sonnack (Andrea Brown Literary), and Stefanie Von Borstel (Full Circle Literary). Moderated by author Henry Herz (How the Squid Got Two Long Arms).

Sunday July 21, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 8

11:00am

From Between the Pages to on the Marquee
The eternally fascinating topic of the differences in storytelling and process of stories told in books and comics to television and film panel is the focus of discussion for Audrey Niffenegger (Bizarre Romance, The Time Traveler's Wife), Max Brallier (The Last Kids on Earth and the Midnight Blade), and Blake Crouch (Recursion), with moderator Beth Accomando (host of KPBS Cinema Junkie podcast).

Sunday July 21, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 28DE

12:00pm

140-Odd Years of Looking at the Future
Comic-Con special guest Greg Bear (HALO: Forerunner Saga), along with David Brin (Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World) and Larry Niven (Man-Kzin Wars XV)-three of speculative fiction's iconic authors-will be in conversation discussing time travel from the mid-20th century to today, one day at a time. The conversation will be guided by Dr. Travis Langley (Black Panther Psychology, The Joker Psychology), psychology professor at Henderson State University.

Sunday July 21, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 25ABC

12:00pm

How Global Storytellers Are Celebrating Our Humanity
In an increasingly polarized world, myth-makers are in a unique position to bring fans together. Sohaib Awan (creator of IDW Publishing's Jinnrise) leads a discussion with leaders in international multimedia about building bridges through storytelling. Authors Hafsah Faizal (We Hunt the Flame), Daniel José Older (Dactyl Hill Squad), Rebecca Roanhorse (Trail of Lightning), and Axie Oh (Rebel Seoul), along with IDW President Chris Ryall, will give their take on where genre entertainment is today and the opportunities/responsibilities global creators have.

Sunday July 21, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

12:30pm

Fandom Meets YA
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 11, 10:30PM
Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Stranger Things, Firefly . . . it's a great time for those who love mystical, magical worlds. Bestselling and award-winning YA authors geek out over their favorite fandoms, discuss what's next now that Endgame and Game of Thrones are over, and chat about how a love of all things fandom translates into the world of YA lit! Panelists: Tricia Levenseller, author (Daughter of the Pirate King, Warrior of the Wild), Mary E. Pearson, author (The Kiss of Deception, Dance of Thieves), A. G. Howard, author (Roseblood, Stain), Mary Weber, author (To Best the Boys, The Evaporation of Sofi Snow), C. B. Lee, author (Not Your Sidekick, Seven Tears at High Tide).

Sunday July 21, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 23ABC

1:00pm

Q&A: Sam Sykes
Sam Sykes, one of the only people to have their time-wasting Twitter posts turned into a movie,will talk about books, social media, and whatever else he can think about-it's his spotlight, after all. As the author of Seven Blades in Black, the Bring Down Heaven trilogy, and the Affinity for Steel trilogy, as well as comics like Brave Chef Brianna, there'll probably be a lot of talking about books.

Sunday July 21, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 24ABC

1:30pm

How to Create Your Own Novel
The Winner Twins, Brittany and Brianna, multiple award-winning and national-bestselling science fiction and fantasy authors known for their popular Strand series, explain how to create your own novel step by step, from building your universe to overcoming writer's block to the different paths to publishing. The twins have taught their unique award-winning creative writing method to hundreds of thousands of convention attendees, teachers, and students across the country. They will be joined by Todd McCaffrey (New York Times bestselling author, Dragon Riders of Pern), Sherrilyn Kenyon (New York Times bestselling author, The Dark-Hunters series, Chronicles of Nick), and Graeme Manson (screenwriter and executive producer, Orphan Black, Snowpiercer), as well as other panelists to be announced. They will share their war stories, answer your questions, and teach you how to craft your story idea into a marketable novel, television series, or film franchise.

Sunday July 21, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 8

2:00pm

Catholic Cartoon Nunsplosion
In the 1950s, cartoon booklets about nuns and other Roman Catholic figures became a fad, with creators from Platinum and Golden Age comic book artists to an actual monk and a future nun. Comic book historian Jessica Tseang interviews About Comics publisher Nat Gertler about these forgotten books and efforts to reprint them.

Sunday July 21, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 24ABC

2:00pm

The RomCom Renaissance
Bestselling romance authors talk about the extraordinary year in romance, the power of the happily ever after, and what to expect in the year ahead in books, TV, and film. They'll discuss the importance of the genre on the page and on screen, favorite troupes, and more. Featuring authors Raphael Bob-Waksberg (Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory), Tessa Dare (The Wallflower Wager), Jen DeLuca (Well Met), Christina Lauren (The Unhoneymooners), Alisha Rai (The Right Swipe), Rebekah Weatherspoon (Rafe), and moderator Kate Spencer (Forever35 Podcast). Room 29AB

Sunday July 21, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 29AB

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