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Thursday, July 18
 

11:00am

Comic-Con in the 1970s
What was it like at this convention during its first decade? Hear all about it from these folks who were there for it: Barry Alfonso, Wendy All, Maeheah Alzmann, Richard Butner, Roger Freedman, Scott Shaw!, Brinke Stevens, William Stout, Phil Yeh, and your moderator Mark Evanier.

Thursday July 18, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 5AB

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

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

5:00pm

CCI 50: Comics in San Diego
San Diego is home to a thriving, year-round comics culture! For 50 years, San Diegans have innovated comics creativity, publishing, and fandom in a way that's rippled out across the world. Meet some of the visionaries who have called San Diego home and learn how their work has changed comics and continues to define this city as a beacon for comics lovers across the globe.

Thursday July 18, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 32AB
 
Friday, July 19
 

10:00am

Comic-Con in the 1980s
In the 1980s Comic-Con made its home at the Convention and Performing Arts Center in downtown San Diego. The show attracted a who's who of comics creators from not only the U.S. but Japan, England, and Europe, and many newcomers acquired legions of fans here. What were the major changes that occurred in the Con over this decade, and what made this period particularly special? Panelists include Comic-Con special guests Rick Geary, Larry Geeck, Denis Kitchen, Wendy and Richard Pini, Stan Sakai, David Scroggy, Mark Stadler, Jim Steranko, Maggie Thompson, and Marv Wolfman; moderated by Jackie Estrada.

Friday July 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29AB

11:30am

Jack Kirby and the 5 String Mob
They may not have been Jack Kirby's greatest creation, but they were sure important to some of the folks who started this convention. Come hear how the King of the Comics turned six kids involved in the Con's early days—Scott Shaw!, Barry Alfonso, Roger Freedman, Mike Towry, John Pound, and William R. Lund—into comic book stars for some brief, shining moments. Moderator Mark Evanier is the one who gets the band back together!

Friday July 19, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 8

12:00pm

The Exhibitors of Comic-Con
Former Comic-Con VP of publicity and publications and former VP of exhibits Beth Holley moderates this cast of longtime exhibitors: Bill Cole (Bill Cole Enterprises), Bud Plant (Bud Plant, Inc.), Chuck Rozanski (Mile High Comics), Ron Turner (Last Gasp), Dan Vado (SLG Publishing), and Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy). Hear from their perspective on how the Con has changed for them over the years. For good or for bad, listen to stories and moments that have stuck with them since their exhibitor history beginnings.

Friday July 19, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 29AB

2:00pm

Bringing Films to Comic-Con
Believe it or not, films have been coming to Comic-Con since the beginning! As a matter of fact, in 1976 a small sci-fi movie about a moisture farmer's boy was being promoted on its way to much future celebration. Hear from a few of the folks who have helped to bring films to Comic-Con discuss their roles and changes in the industry. Panelists Craig Miller (publicist, producer, author, Star Wars Memories), Jeff Walker (genre marketing consultant, long-time Comic-Con program participant), Steve Sansweet (former head of fan relations at Lucasfilm), and Gary Sassaman (Comic-Con director of programming, 2000–2007) discuss the film industry's involvement in Comic-Con, with self-proclaimed semi-journalist, moderator Marc Bernardin (writer, The Authority, The Highwaymen, Castle Rock).

Friday July 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 25ABC

3:00pm

My Best Comic-Con Story
We all have one: the Comic-Con story we tell every year. The one that reminds us why Comic-Con is so special, a place to meet people, come together, make one perfect purchase, or come face-to-face with the truly nerdy. Hear from Comic-Con veterans and special guests as they recount their favorite Con story. Panelists include Eddie Campbell (From Hell), William Stout (The Dinosaurs), Billy Tucci (Shi), Steve Sansweet, Rick Geary, Mary Fleener, Paul Levitz, Maggie Thompson, and moderator Vince Hernandez.

Friday July 19, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 9

4:00pm

Behind the Scenes at Comic-Con
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 11, 09:55PM
Have you ever wondered how this show seems to just magically happen every year? With a lot of thought, effort, and hard work, these folks manage to help Comic-Con come together. Matt LeVeque (Show Imaging, Inc.), Phil Rabourne (Freeman Decorating), Karen Totaro (San Diego Convention Center Corp, Inc.), Tim Pontrelli (San Diego Convention Center Corp, Inc.), Steve Weathers (SEAT Planners), and Carolyn Wormser (San Diego City) will discuss the in-and-outs and the intricacies of building this massive event with moderator David Glanzer (chief communications officer, Comic-Con International).

Friday July 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 9
 
Saturday, July 20
 

10:00am

Memories of the First Comic-Con
The first San Diego Comic-Con (a.k.a. Golden State Comic-Con) was held in the summer of 1970 in the basement of the U.S. Grant Hotel. Hear all about it from several of the original committee members (Dave Clark, Roger Freedman, Scott Shaw!, Mike Towry), three of the guests (Mark Evanier, Mike Royer, Bill Stout), a dealer (Bud Plant), and some attendees (including Gene Henderson, Phil Yeh, and moderator Jackie Estrada).

Saturday July 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 28DE

11:30am

The Women of Comic-Con
Yes, there were females at the earliest Comic-Cons, and they weren't all moms, girlfriends, or spouses of attending male fans. Several of the women who worked on the show in its first few decades tell stories about what it was like back then. Featuring Wendy All, Maeheah Alzmann, Robin Donlan, Beth Holley, Dina Kelso, Clydene Nee, Mikey Ritter, Brinke Stevens, Mary Sturhann, Janet Tait, and moderator Jackie Estrada.

Saturday July 20, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 5AB

12:30pm

Comic-Con in the 1990s
Now into its third decade, riding in on the infamous “speculator boom,” how was Comic-Con faring? Hear all about it from these folks who were theret: Mary Fleener, Beth Holley, Jim Lee, Bob Schreck, Diana Schutz, Barry Short, Janet Tait, Charles Vess, Jeff Walker, Bob Wayne, and your moderator Mike Pasqua.

Saturday July 20, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 8

3:00pm

50 Years of Kitchen Sink
Kitchen Sink Press and its successor, the Kitchen Sink Books imprint of Dark Horse, occupy a unique space in the publishing world, connecting the revolutionary spirit of Underground Comix, the independent comics of the '80s and '90s, and the graphic novels of today, alongside a mission to preserve and extend the legacy of classic comics work through archival editions. Founder, artist, historian, and publisher Denis Kitchen recounts the many highs of this 50-year journey, including his friendship with Will Eisner, his role in launching the careers of some of today's top creators, and what Kitchen Sink has planned for the next half-century. Moderated by Rob Salkowitz (Forbes). Free book for all attendees!

Saturday July 20, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 25ABC

5:30pm

The Awards of Comic-Con
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 11, 06:40PM
Over the years, Comic-Con has developed and given out its own awards as well as serving as the home for other awards presentations. Get the background on the Inkpot Awards (William R. Lund), the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award (Ruth Clampett), the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award (Gene Henderson), the Bill Finger Excellence in Comic Book Writing Award (Mark Evanier), the Icon Award (David Glanzer), the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award (Joe Ferrara), and the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards (Carl Gropper and Jackie Estrada, who is also moderating).

Saturday July 20, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 7AB
 
Sunday, July 21
 

11:00am

Comic-Con in the 2000s and Beyond
Seems that Comic-Con survived the Y2K virus! Panelists Eddie Campbell (artist, From Hell), Gene Ha (artist, Top 10), Jae Lee (artist, The Inhumans), Steve Sansweet (former head of fan relations at Lucasfilm), Kevin Smith (writer, director, Clerks), and Billy Tucci (artist, Shi) discuss with moderator Kurt Busiek the ever-growing pop culture event that is: Comic-Con!

Sunday July 21, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 25ABC

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

2:15pm

Comic-Con 50 Trailer Park
Come celebrate Comic-Con and Hollywood's long history with a selection of 30 years' worth of era-defining trailers for films that had previews or panels at Comic-Con between 1976 and 2007-from the first contemporary film to have a presentation at Comic-Con to the films that launched the comic book-based blockbuster era of the last 12 years. This panel will be a cinematic retrospective of movies that fans discovered at Comic-Con and some that only got made because fans loved the comics they were based on.

Sunday July 21, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Hall H

2:30pm

Comic-Con Now
50 years of Comic-Con and now what? Hear from CCI board members and staffers Robin Donlan, Justin Dutta, Maija Gates, David Glanzer, Gary Sassaman, Mark Yturralde as they discuss the current state of Comic-Con and where it's headed with moderator and director of programming for Comic-Con International, Eddie Ibrahim.

Sunday July 21, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 23ABC

3:30pm

John Rogers Memorial
UPDATED: Sat, Jul 20, 09:05PM
For those who have attended the Comic-Con Talk Back in the past, the face of John Rogers is a familiar one. Outside of that spotlight, his years as the president of Comic-Con were marked by incredible growth for both the organization and the increasing social acceptance of popular arts fandom and culture. This year, to honor his memory, friends and colleagues will discuss his contributions to the organization and this field throughout the years. Panelists include Janet Tait, David Glanzer, Robin Donlan, Mark Stadler, Mark Yturralde, Maija Gates, and Eddie Ibrahim.

Sunday July 21, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 23ABC