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Thursday, July 18
 

10:00am

Comics State of the Union: The Blue Age of Comics, the Rise of Kamala Khan, and Comics Librarianship
Meet the first president of the newly formed American Library Association Graphic Novels and Comics Roundtable, Amie Wright, as she discusses the state of comics librarianship and where we are headed. Then take part in a lively discussion with members of the new GNCRT board about the current wins and challenges of comics and libraries. With Moni Barrette, Candice Mack, and Brittany Netherton.

Thursday July 18, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

10:00am

DC Collectibles
Limited-edition statues, action figures, designer vinyls—DC Collectibles has them all and more! The DC Collectibles crew will talk about what's coming up from the maker of iconic collectibles and celebrate the fan-favorite Batman Black & White line and its 100th figure in the series.

Thursday July 18, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 9

10:00am

Fantoons: From Fan to Work for the Band
David Calcano is the founder of Fantoons, an animation studio and publisher of comics and art books that is dedicated to music. They have worked with bands such as Rush, Motörhead, Frank Zappa, Ninja Sex Party, and Rob Zombie, and they have many more collaborations in the works. A love of music, art, and comics has grown into a dream come true, leading to work with rock royalty on books, animation, live performances, and so much more. You'll get a look back at an inspiring journey to where Fantoons is today, as well as exclusive news about upcoming projects in books and animation.

Thursday July 18, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

10:00am

IDW and Hasbro: Transformers: A Bold New Universe
Celebrating 35 years of everyone's favorite Robots in Disguise, IDW Publishing and Hasbro are proud to present a bold new universe with the launch of multiple new Transformers titles. Artist Livio Ramondelli (Transformers: Galaxies, Optimus Prime), writer Tyler Bleszinski (Transformers: Galaxies, Vox Media), Hasbro's Michael Kelly (VP, Global Publishing), Erik Burnham (Transformers/Ghostbusters), and a few surprise panelists will talk about what's new in Transformers comics, announce upcoming projects, and talk about how to make the next 35 years of Transformers great. Moderated by IDW Transformers editor David Mariotte.

Thursday July 18, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29AB

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

10:00am

Spotlight on Maggie Thompson Being Celebrity-Adjacent
Maggie Thompson (30-year co-editor of Comics Buyer's Guide) is joined by Mark Evanier (writer, editor, entertainment expert, and News from ME blogger) and Leonard Maltin (film critic, author, and host of the Maltin on Movies podcast) consider the challenges, anecdotes, and delights of interactions with a variety of celebrities.

Thursday July 18, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 32AB

10:00am

When Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light and George R.R. Martin's Skin Trade Collide
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 16, 04:12PM
Coming together for the very first time in public: Barry Ira Geller, producer of Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light, and Mark Newbauer, producer of George R. R. Martin's novella The Skin Game. Zelazny's Lord of Light won the 1968 Hugo and became the foundation of stories of people becoming real gods and their dramatic consequences. Martin has long stated that Game of Thrones was inspired by Lord of Light, readying now for TV production. Newbauer and Geller discuss how they are merging their energies to create plans for both TV/film production of Lord of Light and The Skin Game. Both literary properties have spawned their own competition in the marketplace over the years, yet both are the acknowledged pinnacles in their genres of fantasy and horror. Joining them for the discussion will be Mike Royer, famed Marvel and Disney inker. Jack Kirby's favorite inker and inker of the Lord of Light series of drawings which the CIA used to get people out of Iran in 1979.

Thursday July 18, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 23ABC

10:30am

How to Get News Coverage
Small press publishers: What makes the difference between an item that will get news coverage, previews, and interviews and what doesn't? A lot of publishers have no idea what to submit to the press, how to submit it, and why they are being overlooked for coverage. Comics journalist Rik Offenberger (First Comics News, Archie Comics) moderates this panel of comic journalists who will tell you what they are looking for in your submission. Panelists include Tim Chizmar (Fangoria, co-chair of the Horror Writers Association, First Comics News), Glenn Hauman (Comic Mix), Jez Ibelle (First Comics News, Geek-a-pedia), Heidi MacDonald (Comics Beat), Alexander Raymond (Monstar Public Relations), Rob Salkowitz (ICv2, Forbes), Francis Sky (First Comics News, Massacre Twins), J. C. Vaughn (Gemstone Publishing), and Josh Waldrop (Red Gorilla Comics). Also included are independent comic creators Ed Catto (Captain Action, Bonfire Agency) and Holly Golightly (Broadsword Comics), who will explain what worked for them and what to avoid when looking for press coverage.

Thursday July 18, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 8

10:30am

Comic Book Law School© 101: IP Law Basics, Simple as 1, 2, 3 . . .
Starting at the beginning is a vital first step for any creative or business endeavor, and getting off on the right foot is key to traveling on the road to success. And this year's Comic Book Law School is designed to help you navigate the best possible route (and provide help in deciphering the map legend). Join noted IP attorney Michael Lovitz, author of The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, for the first of three fun, interactive, and informative Comic Book Law School programs. This first program focuses on the basics of intellectual property rights available to creators and business owners and will provide attendees with the foundation needed for understanding which rights are available to creators of comics, games, films, and other creative works, as well as insights on how best to safeguard ideas, creative works, characters, brands, and names/titles, from genesis through publication and distribution, and beyond. Attendees are invited to participate in an interactive discussion about the rights provided under U.S. copyright and trademark laws, including a discussion on the protections these laws provide, the benefits of federal registrations for each, tips on working with collaborators, and issues of joint authorship and work-made-for-hire. Please 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.]

Thursday July 18, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 11

10:30am

Comics Arts Conference Session #1: Comics, Horror, and Space
Andrea Greenbaum (Barry University) examines the cultural construction of horror and what it means to be monstrous in Emil Ferris's My Favorite Thing Is Monsters. Tiffany Babb (The New School) explores how Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook's Harrow County uses character doubling to emphasize the adolescent's inner struggles against determination and expectation. Clarissa Rubio Goldsmith (Arizona State University) analyzes how Brian K. Vaughan's Barrier and Sean Lewis's Coyotes engage with immigration myths and participate in and complicate the denial of personhood and rights to marginalized populations.

Thursday July 18, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 26AB

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

Sassy Smart Women of Pre-Super Hero Comics
Brad Ricca (Mrs. Sherlock Holmes, Super Boys), Trina Robbins (Last Girl Standing, The Great Women Cartoonists), Alex Grand (CBH), and Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson (DC Comics Before Superman) discuss the legacy of heroines Miss Fury, Sandra of the Secret Service, and Sally Norris of Bart Regan, Spy, all of whom appeared before Superman and Wonder Woman.

Thursday July 18, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

11:00am

Spotlight on Rick Geary
Artist and writer Rick Geary presents a slide show of his 45 years telling true stories of murder and mystery in comics and graphic novels. Q&A session moderated by David Wilson.

Thursday July 18, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 32AB

11:00am

Star Trek: Year Five: The Writer's Room
Step into the writers' room of the critically acclaimed Star Trek: Year Five comic series. Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Jody Houser, Brandon Easton, and Jim McCann discuss their collaboration on the first issues of the series and the wild places the Enterprise will go on its way back home.

Thursday July 18, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 28DE

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

Afro-futurism, "Black to the Future Too": The Revenge (This Time, It's Personal)
For decades, Daffy Duck was the only black actor getting any consistent work in Hollywood. Hiring practices that even Daffy would describe as, “Deth-picable!" A year after the Marvel-U.S. debut of the Black Panther movie, has anything really changed? What do you want to see next out of Hollywood? Can we truly go black to the future . . . before we go black to the past? Right on, brothers and sisters! Panelists include Denys Cowan (Milestone Media, The Boondocks), Kevin Grevioux (Underworld, I, Frankenstein), Professor Ajani Brown (San Diego State University), La Quia Howard (Kemet, I Choose 2 Be Me), and Rico Anderson (The Orville, Star Trek: Renegades). Moderated by Jimmy Diggs (Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine).

Thursday July 18, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 24ABC

11:30am

DC Meet the Publishers
DC publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee dish the latest news on the world's greatest superheroes! Filled with humor, breaking news, and even the occasional superstar surprise panelist, this is the place to be to find out what's in store for your favorite DC heroes and villains.

Thursday July 18, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 6DE

11:30am

Licensed vs. Creator-Owned Comics: The Pluses, Minuses, and Honest Opinions
Comics is a medium full of diverse content and voices working on both company-owned characters and franchises, as well as original creations from the creators themselves. So, what is the real difference for the people behind the stories we love to read? Oni editor-in-chief Sarah Gaydos leads a panel of accomplished comics creators who have worked in both fields to discuss their experiences, recommendations, and how to craft the best story either way.

Thursday July 18, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 8

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

12:00pm

A Long Story Short: Mexican Comic Books
Luis Gantus (writer, The Incredible and Sad Story of the Naïve Historieta and the Heartless Industry) is joined by Daniel Garcia (editorial coordination, El Violin Negro) for a conversation about the fascinating story on Mexican comic books and how an industry was created and almost destroyed in the span of 50 years. Moderated by Sebastian Fink.

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Artists' Loft, BarrioHaus

12:00pm

CBLDF: How Comic Stores Gave Comics Their Voice
Comics flowered into the powerful form of free expression they are today because of comic book stores. This "by fans, for fans" culture helped comics flourish in ways that broadened what the medium can do. How did we get here and how will comic book stores remain an essential part of where comics are going? Meet the innovative retailers and creators who make comics stores the cornerstone of comics' robust culture of free expression. Panelists include Bob Wayne, Mitch Cutler, Jennifer Haines, and more.

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 11

12:00pm

Comics Arts Conference Session #2: Copyright, Comics, and Considerations: Facts About Fair Use in the Classroom
In a highly interactive panel, Heidi Howard Tandy (Nova Southeastern University), Cathy Leogrande (Le Moyne College), and Rachael Vaughn (Google, Inc.) address key topics for educators, librarians, museum curators, and fans about using comics within the existing legal framework, including copyright limitations, the history of copyright law, fair use, free speech, and the public domain, and discuss sample cases that illustrate these principles. This panel will provide participants with accurate information to facilitate innovative projects and works and with tools to take back to their workplaces to use and support their colleagues in innovative uses of comics to educate, inform, and inspire creativity.

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 26AB

12:00pm

Drawn & Quarterly Previews and Announcements
Coming off an amazing 2018 with five Eisner nominations, a Man Booker nomination, and critically acclaimed hits, Drawn & Quarterly publisher Peggy Burns, senior editor Tracy Hurren, and marketing director Julia Pohl-Miranda will preview exciting fall 2019 releases by Lynda Barry, Kevin Huizenga, and others. D+Q will also announce upcoming 2020 books by cartoonists from around the world.

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 32AB

12:00pm

IDW Publishing: The Next 20 Years
The past is prologue! IDW's 20th anniversary celebrations lead here—setting the course for the next 20 years of comics and more. IDW editor-in-chief John Barber leads a lively panel looking behind the scenes at what's coming next and how they're getting there, featuring New York Times bestselling author Delilah Dawson, Surfside Girls' Kim Dwinell, and more favorites—plus top secret panelists talking mind-blowing new projects. All this and a no-holds-barred Q&A!

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 9

12:00pm

Mormons Making Comics
Mormons have been making and publishing comics since 1947, and today there are more Mormons in the comic business than ever before. Panelist Travis Hanson (Bean Leaf Press), Bethany and Jefferson Stancliffe (Beth and Beets), Andres Salazar (Pariah Missouri), and others will share their unique insight into the intersection of Mormonism and comics and where they see this medium and their faith going in the future. Moderated by Theric Jepson (editor, Served: A Missionary Comics Anthology) and Trevor Alvord (curator, Brigham Young University).

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

12:00pm

Ray Bradbury and the World of Comics
From Ray's childhood collection of Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon strips to his career with EC to his appearing at the first San Diego Comic-Con, Orty Ortwein (of the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum) talks about how Bradbury both loved and shaped comics. Even devout fans are bound to learn something new.

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Theater, Comic-Con Museum

12:00pm

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

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 7AB

12:00pm

Entertainment Is LGBTQ
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 12, 04:20PM
BOOM! Studios and GLAAD present an in-depth roundtable discussion about LGBTQ representation in pop culture and the path forward to a brighter, more inclusive future, with panelists from all corners of the entertainment world, including Lilah Sturges (The Magicians: Alice's Story, Lumberjanes), actor/comedian Zachary Barack (Spider-Man: Far From Home), Sina Grace (Saban's Go Go Power Rangers, Ghosted in LA), artist Noah Hayes (The Avant-Guards), Megan Townsend (director of entertainment research and analysis, GLAAD), and more. Moderated by Joshua Yehl (senior features and news editor, IGN).

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 28DE

12:15pm

Batman Beyond 20th Anniversary
Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Batman Beyond won two Emmy Awards and three Annie Awards as it captured the imaginations of a new generation of Batman fans, setting new standards for superhero storytelling with innovative designs, outstanding voice acting, and an intriguing approach to DC's iconic characters and stories. The series also spawned an acclaimed animated film, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. Come celebrate the series' 20th anniversary with many members of the creative team behind the breakthrough production, including producers Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) and Glen Murakami (Teen Titans), eight-time Emmy Award–winning casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano (Justice League), director James Tucker (Batman: Hush), writers Bob Goodman (Elementary, Warehouse 13) and Stan Berkowitz (Justice League: The New Frontier), and the acting stars of the series: Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) and Will Friedle (Boy Meets World, Kim Possible), the voices of Batman and Terry McGinnis, respectively. Stay to the end for some exclusive prizes and cool announcements.

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Hall H

12:30pm

UDON Entertainment 2019-2020
Celebrating another groundbreaking year of publishing the best video game and anime art books and manga from Japan and all over the world, UDON's chief Erik Ko is joined by director of publishing Matt Moylan to talk about all the new and exciting projects that UDON is going to offer in the coming months.

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 8

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

Comics Arts Conference Session #3: When Cease and Desist Becomes Change and Discuss: How Lawyers Can Publicly Impact the Comic Diegesis
James R. Thompson (Duke University), Daniel Barer (Pollak, Vida & Barer), and Alex Grand (Comic Book Historians Group) look at lawyers' impact on comics narratives, such as the forced pantsing of Howard the Duck by Disney, Marvel's cease-and-desist demands on Cerebus and Dave Sim's inclusion and discussion of those demands within the comic, and Gerber and Kirby's Destroyer Duck. These cease-and-desist letters broke the fourth wall in a way that is now unavoidable, given the public awareness of legal machinations due to the weaponization of social media and the internet.

Thursday July 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 26AB

1:00pm

Comics Censorship in 2019
Learn how comics are under attack and what you can do to help! From lawsuits against schools for using LGBTQ comics to intimidation of manga readers by customs authorities and persecution of cartoonists around the world, comics censorship remains an urgent problem. CBLDF experts showcase the current censorship landscape at this riveting and informative presentation.

Thursday July 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 11

1:00pm

Comics Go Global: Foreign Rights Licensing
People around the world love American comics. A dedicated cadre of individuals across the globe work in tandem to create translated editions for international audiences. Learn about this obscure additional revenue stream and vehicle for cultural exchange with Kari Torson (Dark Horse), Lance Kreiter (BOOM! Studios), Michele Foschini (BAO Publishing, Italy), Sullivan Rouaud (HiComics, France), and creators Gabriel Bá (Umbrella Academy), Matt Kindt (MIND MGMT), and David Petersen (Mouse Guard). Moderated by Amber Garza (Sequential Rights: Image/Skybound+).

Thursday July 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 9

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

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 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 (First Comics News), Francis Szyskowsk i (The Massacre Twins), Scott Lost (The 2nd Shift), Michael Kingston (Headlocked), and Flobo Boyce (The Indelible Silverstreek). Moderated by Joshua Waldrop (Red Guerrilla Media).

Thursday July 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 29AB

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

Image Comics: Bone-Chilling Insight into Bestselling Horror Comic Books
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 11, 07:17PM
W. Maxwell Prince (Ice Cream Man), Pornsak Pichetshote (Infidel), Dan Watters (Coffin Bound), Jeff Lemire (Gideon Falls), Kieron Gillen (Die), and Chuck Brown (Bitter Root) discuss their spine-tingling craft and share the secrets to creating some of the darkest, most thrilling comic book series on the market. Moderated by Chloe Ramos-Peterson (Library Market Sales Representative at Image Comics).

Thursday July 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 23ABC

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

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

A Celebration of Stan Lee's Life and Legacy
Tom DeSanto (producer of X-Men and Transformers), Gill Champion (president of Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment and longtime business partner of Stan Lee), Bob Sabouni (CMO of Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment), and other panelists celebrate the life and legacy of Stan Lee and the unique influence he had and will continue to have on fans, creators, and pop culture worldwide. Panelists will share memories of Stan, talk about how he inspired their work, and discuss how his legacy will continue to be honored through future projects and endeavors. Fans will also have an opportunity to express the impact Stan had upon them.

Thursday July 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 5AB

2:00pm

DC Tom King
Don't miss your chance to hear Tom King speak about Batman, Mister Miracle, his journey from DC intern to New York Times bestselling and Eisner Award–winning author, and how his former life as a CIA operative inspires his outright intense and creative stories.

Thursday July 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 6DE

2:00pm

Judge Dredd: Supercop or Satire?
He's the hardline cop bringing justice to the mean futuristic streets of Mega-City One, but is Judge Dredd a hero or a villain? Is he a law enforcement role model, or, in the light of recent years, is he becoming a worrying vision of the future? This panel of creators and commentators debate the pros and cons of the ultimate lawman of the future.

Thursday July 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 29AB

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

2:00pm

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

Other People's (Intellectual) Property
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 10, 11:17PM
Pop culture is virtually built upon the foundation of intellectual properties, and geek fandom loves to delve deep into the lore of beloved fictional worlds. So how do companies get the chance to create products with other people's IPs, and what does it take to make sure a product is going to please die-hard fans? Jerry Bennington and Spencer Reeve of IDW Publishing and David Preti and Geoff Skinner of CMON Inc., and Chalie Chu of Oni Press discuss creating games and merchandise based on beloved IPs like Batman: The Animated Series, God of War, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, bloodborne, and Dragon Ball Z.

Thursday July 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 9

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

2:00pm

Comics Arts Conference Session #4: What Women Want: Agency, Desire, and Community in Comics
Sydney Heifler (The University of Oxford) uses the historical treatment of romance comics as a case study of how both individual and collective memory affect the historiography of Western comics. Kathleen McClancy (Texas State University) examines how The Coldest City and Velvet engage with Cold War nostalgia to challenge the idea that either espionage or comics themselves were ever just for men. Sam Langsdale (University of North Texas) argues that Marvel's America queers normative depictions of mainstream superheroes to reevaluate what qualities make a superhero admirable in nonnormative, and thus ultimately more inclusive, ways.

Thursday July 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 26AB

2:30pm

How Are Comics Changing the World for the Better?
Educators Zachary Brown, Timothy Stiven, Scott Sayre, and Teofilo Argrazal share the story of how they are practicing international diplomacy, building literacy, fostering citizen science, and promoting environmental stewardship by creating comics in schools. Come learn about their collaboration and how to build your own bridges across communities near and far with just a little creativity and imagination.

Thursday July 18, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 4

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

#ComicsForAll: Collection Development and Readers Advisory
Did you know that most comics don't get reviewed in professional journals? Or that most libraries don't have separate budgets for buying comics? Hear from librarians, specialists, and educators as they share their tips and tricks for how to build mindful, accessible, and locally relevant collections for readers from early literacy to adult in a range of formats from zines to webcomics to collected volumes. Hear their favorite comics (and why), their tools for buying and evaluating quality comics (including award lists like the Eisners), and their suggestions for what to read next. With Alea Perez, Andrew Woodrow-Butcher, Victoria Alvarado, Vincent (Vincey) Zalkind, Danielle Thomsen, and Carla Riemer.

Thursday July 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

3:00pm

Skybound: In Conversation with Robert Kirkman
Comic book creator, writer, and executive producer Robert Kirkman answers questions from fans and discusses his latest projects, including The Walking Dead, Invincible, Oblivion Song, and more.

Thursday July 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6A

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

3:00pm

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

3:00pm

What Is the Future of Comics? With Neal Adams
Three decades ago, Neal Adams set the standards for a new world of comic book characters and stories. For another creator, this might seem to be enough for any career, but Neal is back setting new standards, new directions, and new technology for the future of comics. To quote Neal, ”Back then, we were living in the Stone Age, and it was enough to do to bring comics into the 20th century. Now is the time to bring comics into the future. What is the future? I'm about to tell you.” A big order even for Neal Adams, but he will give you chapter and verse of where comics are going, and it's definitely an incredible place to go.

Thursday July 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 23ABC

3:00pm

Giving Voice to Independent Creators
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 08, 10:34PM
Do you have a story to tell? Would you like to see more characters and stories that relate to you? Maybe it's time to write your own! Led by Barbra Dillon (editor-in-chief, Fanbase Press), panelists Lisa K. Weber (artist, Hex11), Kelly Sue Milano (writer, Hex11), and Lynly Forrest (editor/producer, Hex11), along with indie creators MOM (artist, Viewbox), Travis Rivas (writer, Super-Abled Comics), and David F. Walker (writer, Bitter Root) will talk about creating comics outside the mainstream and offer tips on exactly how to do it.

Thursday July 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 28DE

3:00pm

Graphic Memory
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 18, 03:56PM
There are many truths to every story and many tales that paint a picture of a certain event or time. Evoking a sense of that time, place, and feeling is not an easy task. Just as a scent on a breeze can transport us back in time, so can the perfect graphic novel. Learn from Comic-Con special guests how they use history, memory, and emotion to tell moving and personal stories. Panelists include Ebony Flowers (Hot Comb), Ulli Lust (How I Tried to Be a Good Person), Paco Roca (The House), Seth (It's A Good Life), Mary Fleener, along with Jason Lutes and moderator Charles Brownstein.

Thursday July 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 25ABC

3:30pm

Seduction of the Immigrant: Filipino and Spanish Artists in 1970s American Comics
Panelists will explore comic art of the Philippines and Spain prior to the 1970s and then cover how major American comics publishers recruited these artists to work in the U.S. The presentation will cover the work of Tony DeZuniga, Nestor Redondo, Alfredo Alcala, Alex Niño, José “Pepe” González, Sanjulián, Enrich, Esteban Maroto, and Auraleón, among others. Topics will include how "poaching" foreign talent impacted indigenous industries, its influence on American comic art and specific genres, and the negative impact on the artists' rights movement of that same period in this country. Panelists include Jim Thompson and Alex Grand of Comic Book Historians with N. Scott Robinson of Globo Comico.

Thursday July 18, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 26AB

3:30pm

The Mark, Sergio, and Stan Show
It's most of the crew who bring you the bumbling adventures of Groo the Wanderer, talking about what they do and why they do it. See the award-winning team of Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier along with Stan Sakai (the creator of Usagi Yojimbo). They'll be discussing the latest Groo miniseries, many upcoming projects, and why Mark doesn't get paid for the work he does on their comic. Then again, he's not getting paid for writing this panel description either.

Thursday July 18, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 8

3:30pm

Webcomics: Truth in Four Panels
In this era of misinformation and fake news, truth emerges from unlikely sources. The comic strip, long a medium of quick one-liners and sight-gags, is becoming more credible than the news medium that originally birthed it. Webcomics creators JR Gervais (YoungCannibals.net) and Eddie deAngelini (CollectorsComic.com) explain how lies can't hide in four panels. The simplicity of this medium allows these two cartoonists to tell their truths in a powerful, yet relatable way. Moderator Jeremy Wein (founder, NYC Podfest) will lead JR and Eddie in a rousing Q&A. Ask a good enough question, and there may be a prize in store!

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

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

4:00pm

Apex Comics Publishing Group 2019-2020 Exclusive Previews
William Shatner War Chronicles and Stan Lee's God Woke writer/artist/publisher Mariano Nicieza (Phazer, Blackray, Blue Sultan, Agent Three Zero) will feature exciting new creator-owned projects with SDCC exclusive premiere announcements. Apex reveals sneak-peek art and information about upcoming releases Atomic Age and Split City. Also, a look at the sci-fi comedy feature film project Kelly & Lisa Save the World from Aliens. Special project previews with Frank Lovece (Atomic Age), Wilson Ramos Jr. (Phazer), Mark Torres (Designated Survivor), Aaron Turner (Grapple), Billy Oertel (Grapple), Maxwell Chandler (Grapple), Tom Vargas (Factory Entertainment), Linda Castillion (Card.com).

Thursday July 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 29AB

4:00pm

Batman and the Secret Origin of Bill Finger
Tom King (Batman, Mister Miracle) and Marc Andreyko (Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77, Supergirl) lead a discussion and Q&A with Marc Tyler Nobleman (Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman) on his nine-year campaign to add Bill Finger to the Batman credit line and the unprecedented documentary Batman & Bill, which has been compared to (no joke) everything from This Is Us and Serial to Rocky and Citizen Kane.

Thursday July 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 23ABC

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

Comic Universes in Mixed Reality
Ted Schilowitz, futurist at Paramount Pictures, and Ben Wolstenholme, founder and comic book artist at MadeFire discuss the creative and technological evolution of the comic art form in wearable mixed reality technology. They'll show screen-capture sneak peeks of comic book characters and comic universes in mixed reality utilizing Magic Leap and Hololens wearable devices. At the end of the session, Ben and Ted will hold a trivia contest, and five winners will get a firsthand look at comic creation in Magic Leap and Hololens at Comic-Con, and one winner will be invited to lunch with Ted at the Executive Dining Room at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood and a visit to MadeFire HQ, as well as snowcones with Ben in Emeryville, CA!

Thursday July 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 7AB

4:00pm

ComiXolgy Originals: Creator-Owned Comics and Beyond
Join comiXology's head of content Chip Mosher and a surprise cast of beloved comic creators and rising-star talent to get the scoop on an all-new, yet-to-be-announced comiXology Originals series direct from the creators making it! They'll wow the crowd with stories on the process of bringing creator-owned comics to life and what it's like pushing the envelope with digital comics, and beyond.

Thursday July 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 28DE

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

To Shell and Back: An Exclusive TMNT Creator Panel
It's creator COWABUNGA time! Don't miss out on this history-making Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles panel as three generations of TMNT creators take the stage to celebrate the history, fandom, and success of the Heroes in a Half Shell! The audience will have rare access to co-executive producers Andy Suriano and Ant Ward (Nickelodeon's Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), executive producer Ciro Nieli (Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and legendary TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman. These award-winning creators will answer fan questions, share audience giveaways, and unveil never-before-seen, original TMNT art. Moderated by Mike Cecchini (Den of Geek).

Thursday July 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

4:00pm

Will Eisner: Graphic Novels and the Opportunity for Retailers, Educators, and Librarians to Join Forces for the Greater Good
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 09, 11:58PM
As the number of graphic novels continues to gain momentum, so too does the opportunity to create new partnerships between teachers, librarians, and retailers. How do we as a community harness this moment? What sort of possibilities does this bring? Come for this insightful conversation on the new frontiers that are rapidly opening up for our community. Moderator John Shableski (Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation/UDON Entertainment) hosts Moni Barrette (librarian), Jewyl Clarke (San Diego County Office of Education), Derek Heid (educator), Tio Lavranos (retailer), Tina Lerno (librarian), and Rachel Parker (retailer).

Thursday July 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

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

4:15pm

Stumptown
Based on the Stumptown graphic novel, ABC's new drama series follows Dex Parios (Cobie Smulders), a strong, assertive, and sharp-witted Army veteran with a complicated love life, a gambling debt, and a brother to take care of in Portland, Oregon. Her military intelligence skills make her a great P.I., but her unapologetic style puts her in the firing line of hardcore criminals and not quite in alliance with the police. Panel participants include cast members Cobie Smulders, Jake Johnson, Michael Ealy, Camryn Manheim, Tantoo Cardinal, Cole Sibus, and Adrian Martinez, with executive producer Jason Richman and Stumptown graphic novel author Greg Rucka.

Thursday July 18, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

4:30pm

DC Spotlight: Greg Capullo
Fan favorite and legendary Greg Capullo, the acclaimed artist known for his work on Batman and DC Metal, has the full DC Spotlight shining on him as we delve in-depth on what was, what is, and tease what’s yet to come. From his early DC days on the Batman comic to his final Batman story with collaborator Scott Snyder, in Batman: Last Knight on Earth, and all things in between, be here for this exclusive panel that will give you insight into one of the genre’s most influential artists.

Thursday July 18, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 8

4:30pm

From Fandom to the Front Office
A conversation with Paul Levitz (former president and publisher, DC Comics, Eisner Award–winning writer and nominee for the Eisner Hall of Fame) conducted by George Gustines, a journalist at The New York Times. Take a look behind the scenes of some of the most controversial and important developments in comics over the past four decades.

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

4:30pm

Higher, Further, Faster. Are We There Yet?
Female superheroes are finally getting their due on screen and reigning at the box office. Star Wars now centers on a female Jedi, Black Panther brought a dynamic array of female characters to the MCU, and there is the first female Doctor since the character's 1963 debut. Women-owned companies like Jordandené and subscription boxes like FanMail provide female-fan-forward fashion and merchandising opportunities that didn't exist a decade ago. Online commentary from sites like SYFYFangrrls, fangirl-run podcasts, and events like GeekGirlCon continue to successfully challenge the notion that fandom is a male-dominated space. So why are women still having to prove themselves as consumers and community members, as well as pop culture enthusiasts and producers? Why has the “fake geek girl” myth persisted? Join Jennifer K. Stuller (Ink-Stained Amazon; co-founder GeekGirlCon), Suzanne Scott (UT Austin, Fake Geek Girls), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex, Shadow of the Batgirl), Britta Lundin (Ship It, Riverdale), Rose Del Vecchio (FanMail), and Rebecca M. Davis (NW POC Geeks; Nerdlesque MC; GeekGirlCon), and C. B. Lee (Not Your Sidekick; Not Your Villain) as they punch holes in the sky for a dynamic, inquisitive, compassionate, community-building discussion exploring how far they've come culturally as female fans, struggles they still face as cultural critics and culture makers—and ways for us all to go higher, further, and much much faster.

Thursday July 18, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 26AB

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

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

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

5:00pm

Comic Story Clinic
Have an idea for a comic story or character but can't seem to focus it? Veteran comic writer/editor Barbara Kesel (Watchmen, Hellboy, Star Wars), editor/writer/educators Danny Fingeroth (Spider-Man, Write Now magazine), and Dani Colman (Image, Academy of Art University), along with Archie Comics co-president Alex Segura (Pete Fernandez Miami Mystery series, Lethal Lit podcast) and others offer tips on how to strengthen your pitch, characters, or story concept and help you look at the project from the standpoint of an editor or artist who will have to draw it. In this combination panel and workshop, they'll also address specific obstacles that attendees might have with their projects. Moderated by Fast Company 's Sue Karlin.

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

5:00pm

How to Make a Webcomic You'll Actually Finish
Maya Kern (Monster Pop!) dives into the nitty gritty process of making webcomics. She frequently talks about making comics focus purely on content—your drawing ability, your big cool idea, or how awesome your cast is—and completely ignore what it's like to live as a human being with a life and a schedule and bills while trying to make your own independent comic. This panel offers a presentation that examines comic making thru the lens of sustainability, with a Q&A session at the end.

Thursday July 18, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 9

5:00pm

Prism Awards: Diversity and Recognition in Comics
The winners of the Third Annual Prism Awards will be revealed in this part panel discussion and part awards ceremony full of fabulous fun! Founders Maia Kobabe (Gender Queer: A Memoir), Ted Abenheim (Prism Comics), and Nina L. Taylor Kester (Cartoon Art Museum/Queer Comics Expo), and judges Heidi McDonald (Comics Beat) and Mey Rude will discuss the awards and their emerging role in recognizing, promoting, and celebrating diversity and excellence in the field of queer comics and present the handcrafted Prism Awards to the winning creators. Plus, you never know what queer icons just might show up!

Thursday July 18, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 28DE

5:00pm

Vulture's The Business of Comics
Vulture's Abraham Riesman leads an in-depth conversation with an accomplished panel of veteran comics executives, retailers, and distributors to explore the secrets of what it takes to succeed in the business of comics—from the direct market and bookstores to licensing and Hollywood. With Hunter Gorinson (VP brand and content strategy, Hivemind), Tim Lenaghan (VP purchasing, Diamond Comic Distributors), Heidi MacDonald (editor, The Beat), Filip Sablik (president, BOOM!), Dinesh Shamdasani (former CEO, Valiant), and Robert Young (owner, Borderlands Comics and Games).

Thursday July 18, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 25ABC

5:00pm

Will Eisner: Defending Comics/Graphic Novels as "Real Reading"
As the market for graphic novels continues to explode, especially in the educational space, the need for these conversations remains at the highest level. Parents and administrators are still fighting the concept of comics as literature, and the educators on this panel have excellent methods for addressing these challenges. Moderated by John Shableski, panelists include Erin Hill, Lisa Harrison, Joe Onks, Nichole Santangelo, and Amy Pitotti.

Thursday July 18, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

5:00pm

Working in Comics: The Folks Behind-the-Scenes
Do you love comics? Have you always dreamed of working in the industry? Sarah Gaydos (editor-in-chief at Oni Press), Shing Yin Khor (Kickstarter Thought Leader 2019), Cara O'Neil (social media strategist at Dark Horse Comics), Chloe Ramos-Peterson (library market sales representative at Image Comics), Nancy Spears (vice president of sales at DC Publishing), and Michele Wells (VP and executive editor for DC Books for Young Readers) discuss the opportunities awaiting you in the comics industry. From editorial positions to marketing representatives to legal advisors to accountants, there's a job in comics for you!

Thursday July 18, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 23ABC

5:30pm

Dynamite Entertainment Vampirella 50th Anniversary
Executive editor Joseph Rybandt introduces Christopher Priest, Tom Sniegoski, Joseph Michael Linsner, Joe Jusko, and Dynamite CEO/publisher Nick Barrucci to preview Vampirella' s 50th anniversary projects.

Thursday July 18, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 8

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 Hardboiled Return of Ms. Tree!
Titan Entertainment's Andrew Sumner sits down with author/screenwriter/director/comic book writer Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition, Dick Tracy) to discuss his and artist Terry Beatty's iconic, ahead-of-her-time hardboiled comics detective Ms. Michael Tree. Originally debuting in Eclipse Comics' Eclipse Magazine in 1981, Titan's Hard Case Crime imprint is now collecting five pulse-pounding Collins and Beatty strips in Ms. Tree: One Mean Mother, and Max is here to spill the beans about his two-fisted heroine!

Thursday July 18, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 26AB

5:30pm

Recovering Indigenous History Through Comics
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 08, 11:16PM
This year is the 500th anniversary of Spain's conquest of Mexico and the 250th anniversary of San Diego's founding. Since those events, and others related and similar, were near-apocalyptic for the indigenous peoples of North America, it's an appropriate time to reflect on their histories and how they experienced these events. Unfortunately, indigenous history in North America has often been distorted, ignored, or even lost. Can comics be a tool to help recover this history? Moderator Johnny Bear Contreras (Kumeyaay artist/sculptor and fellow panelists Paul Guinan (Aztec Empire graphic novel), Elijah Benson (Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation Education Department, NAGPRA comics), Stan Rodriguez (Kumeyaay cultural leader), Jen Shannon (cultural anthropology professor, NAGPRA comics), Kate Spilde (cultural anthropology professor), John Swogger (archaeologist and Illustrator, NAGPRA comics) will answer this question and discuss their current comic projects to recover indigenous history.

Thursday July 18, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 4

6:00pm

AHOY Comics: Conversation with Mark Russell
From his radical revamp of The Flintstones to the acclaimed Snagglepuss to his own controversial Second Coming, Mark Russell brings a unique blend of wit and intelligence to every project he tackles. AHOY Comics' Stuart Moore engages in a one-on-one conversation about this important voice in the comics field and Second Coming.

Thursday July 18, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 32AB

6:00pm

SHAZAM! Documentary World Premiere
Discover the unbelievable history behind the iconic, magical, and influential superhero who is really just a kid at heart: Shazam! Introduced in person by one of the film’s stars—Asher Angel—this DC spotlight (streaming later this summer on DC Universe) features interviews with the people who helped The World's Mightiest Mortal evolve from comic book hero to pop culture icon. You'll witness the enlightening perspectives of legendary DC writers and artists, including Geoff Johns, Jerry Ordway, Tom Mandrake, Jeff Smith, Gerry Conway, Jim Lee, and Dan DiDio; filmmaker/comic expert Kevin Smith; and the stars and makers of 2019's hit film Shazam! : Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Cooper Andrews, director David F. Sandberg, and producer Peter Safran.

Thursday July 18, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

6:00pm

The Ultraverse +26: Fanning the Flames
From podcasts to the Rune HeroClix figure, Malibu's Ultraverse superhero universe is more a topic of discussion today than it's been in years. Former publisher Dave Olbrich, creative director Tom Mason, writer-artist Aaron Lopresti, moderator J. C. Vaughn (Overstreet), and others present a look at what keeps the Ultraverse coming back. Also, a retrospective on the late Ultraverse founder James Hudnall.

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

6:00pm

The Writers' Journey: The Importance of Original Material in the Marketplace
The shifting 21st century digital frontier means the age-old methods of building a career have been rendered irrelevant. This group of Hollywood screenwriters and graphic novel creators share insider information, publishing secrets, and the professional realities on how to develop your ideas into a viable property and market yourself accordingly. Moderated by 2015 Disney/ABC Writing Program winner and 2014 Eisner Award nominee Brandon Easton (Transformers: War for Cybertron, Marvel's Agent Carter), the panel includes producer Geoffrey Thorne (Black Panther's Quest, The Librarians), artist/writer Tony Puryear (Queen of the South, the Schwarzenegger film Eraser), and writers Ramon Govea and Brandon Thomas (Catalyst Prime: Noble, Skybound's Horizon).

Thursday July 18, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 29AB

6:00pm

Updating Lion of Judah
Creative synergy is striking SDCC in the form of Lion of Judah, Season One. The 7-issue/50-page per book graphic novel series is being created by the late Bob Marley's family, his music library's license-holder, Primary Wave, and the creative principals (M. Menelik Makhar, Dermot Hussey, O.D., and Robert Roach). Its chronicling of the African Diaspora's last 150 years—politically, culturally, artistically, and in other ways—has never been previously told. Panelists and family member(s) will share artwork executed to date, details about how the project has come together, and where Lion of Judah is heading.

Thursday July 18, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 25ABC

6:00pm

Crush: First Love, New Comics Talent
UPDATED: Sat, Jul 06, 07:46PM
A new generation of LGBTQAIU comics creators are making a splash in the world of queer indie comics exploring their lives and diverse experiences. Prism Comics and Stacked Deck Press are featuring some of today's most talented emerging artists in their newly released anthology, Crush: First Love, New Talent. What challenges do genderqueer and gender nonconforming people face in finding love? How do asexual people approach romance? What complications can polyamory bring to young love? Moderator Tara Madison Avery (We're Still Here, Stacked Deck Press, Prism Comics board member), Viktor Kerney (Strangelore, Crush co-editor, Prism Comics board member), and Crush contributors Mike Ciriaco (WeHo TV News), Hayden Harwood, EJ Oakley, Rachel Gorman, Max Spragovsky (Woof Galaxy), and others will look at how first loves and other timely topics are presented in comics.

Thursday July 18, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 28DE

6:30pm

Comics PR and Marketing 101
Need tips on how to market your content, your comics, and yourselves? This is the panel for you! The comiXology head of content Chip Mosher hosts an exciting panel of comics superstars from all corners of the industry, including Alex Segura (Archie), Spike Trotman (Iron Circus Comics), Hope Nicholson (Bedside Press), Kel McDonald (The Stone King), and Ivan Salazar (comiXology). These self-motivated comic pros will share their hard-earned knowledge on how to make big splash in comics through marketing and PR.

Thursday July 18, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 8

6:30pm

Condensing an Idea: Making the Difficult Palatable
How do you distill a story down to its main components? Comics often call for brevity, but how does that work with a complex story or idea? Comic-Con special guests discuss how they delve into their complex worlds of comics and come out the other side with stories we readily consume. Panelists include Kurt Busiek (Avengers), Jon B. Cooke (Comic Book Artist), and Randall Munroe (xkcd), along with Dani Colman, Tea Fougner (editorial director for comics, King Features Syndicate), and moderator Barbara Dillon.

Thursday July 18, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 26AB

6:45pm

Spotlight on Frank Miller
Legendary creator Frank Miller (The Dark Knight Returns) is joined by Borys Kit (writer, The Hollywood Reporter) to discuss his body of work over the last four decades as well as his highly anticipated slate of upcoming projects across comics, novels, television and film.

Thursday July 18, 2019 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Room 6A

7:00pm

Comics Anthologies, Demystified
What defines a great comics anthology? The curatorial expertise of a good editor, a unifying aesthetic, or the talent and technique of its contributors? Series editors Sammy Harkham (Kramers Ergot) and Eric Reynolds (Mome, Now) and the oft-anthologized cartoonists Steve Weissman (Yikes!, Barack Hussein Obama), John Pham (J+K), Ron Regé Jr. (The Cartoon Utopia), and Simon Hanselmann (Megahex) discuss the advantages and challenges of the format. Moderated by Abraham Reisman.

Thursday July 18, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 28DE

7:00pm

Publishers Weekly: New Publishers, New Plans
2019 has seen a crop of new and rebranded comics publishers appear, with innovative lineups of both periodicals and graphic novels. From bold start-ups to new imprints at established houses, new publishers with new ideas are making their presence known. All the rules are out the window. Publishers Weekly' s senior news editor Calvin Reid and a panel of publishers will host a frank talk on where comics are going and how they need to change. With Stuart Moore (AHOY Comics) Ted Adams (Clover Press), Liz Francis (Street Noise Press), and Tyler Chin-Tanner (A Wave Blue World).

Thursday July 18, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 23ABC

7:00pm

The Arkham Sessions: The Psychology of Batgirl
Barbara Gordon a.k.a. Batgirl is a cultural icon due to her intelligence, moral centeredness, and emotional resilience. Clinical psychologist Dr. Andrea Letamendi (Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics, Justice League vs. The Fatal Five) and Brian Ward (The Arkham Sessions) examine the evolution and impact of Batgirl over the last 25 years. Joining the discussion will be DC talents including Cecil Castellucci (Female Furies, Batgirl), Brenden Fletcher (Batgirl, Isola), and others who have envisioned the heroine's adventures for fans of comics and animation.

Thursday July 18, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 5AB

7:00pm

Women of Color in Comics: Race, Gender, and the Comic Book Medium
Women in Comics Collective International is an organization that highlights the merit and craftwork of women and nonbinary people in the comic book industry. They host events around the country, including their own Women in Comics convention. In this installment of their ongoing panel series, they discuss how they maintain their career longevity within an ever-changing industry while ushering in a new generation of creators who will help broaden the scope of the comic book medium as a whole. Panelists include Eisner Award–winning artist Alitha E. Martinez, comic book historian and English professor Dr. Shamika Mitchell, digital painter and cover artist Sheeba Maya, illustrator and journalist Alice Meichi Li, educator Vanée Smith-Matsalia, illustrator and colorist Sara Gomez-Woolley, and moderator Regine L. Sawyer, the coordinator and founder of the Women in Comics Collective International.

Thursday July 18, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 9

7:00pm

Secrets of Adapting Comics and Sci-Fi to the Screen
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 12, 08:28PM
Studios, networks, and streaming services are outbidding each other to bring your favorite comics and sci-fi properties to film and television, but not all are equally great. What's the secret to a successful adaptation that preserves the essence of the original while taking advantage of the new medium? Comics and media writer Rob Salkowitz (Forbes) will ask this panel of producers, showrunners, and creators, including Jason Brown (The Expanse), Sean Daniel (Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark), Jonathan Maberry (V-Wars), Craig Rosenberg (The Boys, Preacher), Robert Venditti (The Surrogates), and publisher-turned-producer Dinesh Shamdasani (Bloodshot) for the tricks of the trade.

Thursday July 18, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 29AB

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

American Comics Made in Mexico
Peter Parker marrying Mary Jane? Galactus fighting a Latin American hero? Luis Gantus (writer, Aragonés between panels), and Adalisa Zarate (artist, Upper Deck) relate how American comics—and even manga—had some interesting “original stories” written and drawn in Mexico. Moderated by Sebastian Fink.

Thursday July 18, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 26AB

7:30pm

Monetizing Digital Comics
Doug Lefler (inventor of digital comics format Scrollon and creator of Story Attic) and Tom Akel (CCO Graphite) will discuss what has and hasn’t worked in the past, and what looks promising for the future. Joined by Nick Urbom (Founder/CEO of the Infinity Festival) and Michael Son (Tapas web-comics editor-in-chief), they will review paid downloads, subscription models, merchandising, the potential for selling your comic for film or TV and value of giving comics away for free. Digital comics distribution is the most cost effective way to get your material in front of a worldwide audience. Someone will create a way to exploit this market and change the comics industry forever. Their free discussion of ideas and Q&A session moderated by David Derks (ASIFA Hollywood) and Dane Allan Smith (VP, The Third Floor Visualization Studio) is intended to increase the chances of that person being someone on this panel, or in this audience!

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

7:30pm

The Future Is Grim(m): A Celebration of Dark Fantasy in Pop Culture
As fantasy's spell on pop culture grows ever stronger, dark fantasy has seen a supernatural rise. Writers Ralph Tedesco (co-founder of Zenescope), Victoria Rau (Peek-A-Boo), Nick Bermel (Dragonsblood) and artist Samantha Sawyer (Lady Death) discuss and celebrate the shadowy mirror of dark fantasy in popular culture and entertainment. Highlights from Zenescope Entertainment's flagship series, Grimm Fairy Tales, will be explored, followed by a Q&A session moderated by Chris Samson (Zenescope).

Thursday July 18, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 4

7:30pm

Zorro: 100 Years of the Masked Avenger
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 16, 04:08PM
Celebrate the centennial of a true swashbuckling icon as Zorro turns 100 this summer! John Gertz (president Zorro Productions, Inc.), moderator Scott Cherrin (Zorro historian), comics scribe David Avallone (Zorro Swords of Hell), and keynote speaker Don McGregor discuss the incredible events surrounding the historic anniversary and all things of interest to the Zorro fandom. From the development of the new Zorro movie, to The Mark of Zorro Art Archive, to the ongoing comic book adventures from American Mythology, this panel is celebrating 100 years of the Masked Avenger!

Thursday July 18, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 24ABC

8:00pm

Black Mask: Debuting Tomorrow's Legends
Black Mask has made a name for itself as the hottest launch pad to debut new talent and as the home for some of the coolest, most provocative comics around, including new releases Nobody Is in Control and LOUD, upcoming series Sweet/Vicious and Mr. Robot, and ongoing Kim & Kim, BLACK, and CALEXIT. Black Mask co-founder Matteo Pizzolo (CALEXIT) and creators Vita Ayala (The Wilds, Black [AF]: Devil's Dye), Pat Shand (Breathless, Snap Flash Hustle), Matthew Rosenberg (4 Kids Walk into a Bank, We Can Never Go Home), and Kwanza Osajyefo (BLACK, America's Sweetheart) engage in a wide-ranging discussion of how new creators and new ideas are changing comics and how you can be a part of it.

Thursday July 18, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 29AB

8:00pm

Fanbase Press: Examining '80s Nostalgia in Comics
Pop culture's obsession with the '80s is reverberating through comics and graphic novels like Paper Girls, Stranger Things, The Sequels, and more. Led by Barbra Dillon (editor-in-chief, Fanbase Press), this panel—including Andre Gower (actor, The Monster Squad), Barbara Randall Kesel (editor, Watchmen), Hannibal Tabu (columnist, Comic Book Resources), Norm Harper (writer, The Sequels), and Bobby Timony (artist, The Sequels)—discuss how the sequential art medium allows creators and readers to channel an age of legendary pop culture prosperity while also revisiting the past with a critical eye.

Thursday July 18, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 28DE

8:00pm

Spooky Kids
Mariah McCourt (Stitched), Lilah Sturges (Lumberjanes), Shing Yin Khor (The American Dream? A Journey on Route 66), Louise Simonson (New Mutants), Che Grayson (Noble), and Amanda Meadows (Lionforge senior editor) talk about the power of “dark,” difficult, and spooky kids' comics, books, and media. A truth not-so-universally acknowledged: Kids love spooky weird things. And since life is often more complicated for kids than we realize, what does darker fare mean for them? What do media that let kids explore the complicated or creepier things in life help them understand and what stories could we be telling more of? How can we be more inclusive and find hope amid the darkness?

Thursday July 18, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 23ABC

8:00pm

Webcomics Advocates: The Webcomics Gathering
Webcomics Advocates co-founder Brendan Creecy (Brax the Alien Rocker) and webcomic creators Patrick Scullin (Super Siblings), Eddie DeAngelini (Collectors), Ambrose Quintanilla (Gopher-It Comics), Daniel Sansonetti (Daniel's Way), and moderator Kristen Parraz (Comadres y Comics podcast) celebrate and discuss the exciting world of webcomics. They will also give any webcomic creators in the audience 30 seconds to promote their comic to the crowd. All creators and fans are welcome!

Thursday July 18, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 9

8:30pm

Comics Con Comics: En Vivo
(This panel will be in Spanish.) Regresamos por tercer año, Juan-Manuel Rocha y Comics con Comics da la bienvenida a Cómico Creador Oscar Bazaldua, Cómico Creador Fernando Sanchez Antillon y Comediante Sebastian Fink Donde hablaremos de los cómics y la cultura pop del cómic. Si tenemos suerte, Artista Rafael Navarro finalmente hará una aparición. ¡Únete a nosotros y descubre!

Thursday July 18, 2019 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Room 26AB
 
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

10:00am

DC Daily
Ever want to join in on a conversation with the peeps at DC Daily? Well, now's your chance! Hear from your favorite DC Daily hosts for an in-depth discussion about your favorite DC-related topics and get exclusive insights to your favorite DC comics, TV shows, and more!

Friday July 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 9

10:00am

Jimmy Olsen, Kirby, and More
Alternative comics legends Seth (Clyde Fans) and Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets) talk with mainstream comics legends Paul Levitz (75 Years of DC Comics) and Kurt Busiek (Marvels) about their favorite Jimmy Olsen stories from the 1960s Jack Kirby heyday. The conversation won't just be limited to Superman's pal as these four opinionated, intelligent, and funny creators discuss the comics that made them with moderator Tom Spurgeon (Comics Reporter).

Friday July 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 28DE

10:00am

Pinball and Comics
Michigan State University professor and award-winning comics creator Ryan Claytor outlines Coin-Op Carnival, a new 64-page magazine offering full-color, completely illustrated content documenting the history and stories surrounding electro-mechanical coin-operated amusement devices (pinball and pre-video arcade games manufactured prior to 1978). Every page of the publication features new full-color illustrations and comics from Claytor, with articles written by both Claytor and Nick Baldridge, host of For Amusement Only, the E.M. and Bingo Pinball Podcast and creator of the custom-built Multi-Bingo pinball machine.

Friday July 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

10:00am

Style Wars: Spotlight on Gene Ha
More than most comics artists, Gene Ha (writer/artist, Mae) continues to change his art style on a regular basis. Zander Cannon (writer/artist, Kaijumax) will interview Gene about his style evolution. Visual examples will show the various styles and techniques he's used in his 27-year career and work on series such as Askani'son, Shade, Top 10, and Fables and dig into the reasons for each change. Gene will cover specific materials and software he's used and will share a download link of some of his digital working files.

Friday July 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 4

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

10:00am

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 Friedrich (Iron Man, Justice League of America), Tony Isabella (Black Lightning, The Champions), Trina Robbins (Wimmen's Comix, Wonder Woman), Arvell Jones (Marvel Two-in-One, Iron Man), Louise Simonson (Creepy, Power Pack), Walt Simonson (Manhunter, Thor), and moderator Mark Evanier (Groo the Wanderer, Blackhawk).

Friday July 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 8

10:00am

The 2019 Black Panel
The Plot Against Static Shock: Are some banned Black creators deliberately set up by publishers? Yeah, it's like that, and that's the way, uh-huh uh-huh, I like it. I know you were expecting RUN DMC but got KC & The Sunshine Band instead. Well, Don McGregor (writer, Black Panther), Steve Geppi (owns Baltimore—yep, the entire city), and Greg Resse (journalist) love that song and are part of this year's panel. Wayne Brady (everything), Bill Duke (director and runner of red lights), and Lakita Garth-Wright (writer, media consultant) will join them. Also joining the panel will be Darryl McDaniels, better known as DMC. It's like that, and that's the way it is. Look for some big surprises. Any spokesperson who makes a Michael Davis announcement and isn't Michael Davis is lying.

Friday July 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 5AB

10:30am

Comics Arts Conference Session #5: The Dark Side: A Supervillain Reader
If you are interested in supervillains—or, for that matter, their wretched, do-good counterparts, the superheroes—then The Dark Side: A Supervillain Reader is for you. Bringing together essays related to film, history, literature, and contemporary comics, The Dark Side takes an interdisciplinary, multimedia approach to examining the deep history and current status of the supervillain. From the Kingpin to Red Son 's Superman to the fallen god heroes of Irredeemable and Injustice: Gods Among Us, the evolution of the bad guy is an exciting, often surprising one. Hear from contributors Ryan Litsey (Texas Tech University), Wyatt Phillips (Texas Tech University), Randy Duncan (Henderson State University), and Matt McEniry (Texas Tech University) as they engage with the trope's most pressing and central issues and offer the best possible starting point for supervillain studies.

Friday July 19, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 26AB

10:30am

Will Eisner and the Graphic Memoir
Graphic novelists of memoirs are frequently asked: “Did those traumatic things really happen to you?” These panelists will explore why anyone would want to reveal such personal information. Using graphic novel pioneer Will Eisner's autobiographical works To the Heart of the Storm and The Dreamer as touchstones, panelists Peter Kuper (Stop Forgetting to Remember), Eddie Campbell (Alec: The Years Have Pants), and Sara Woolley (Los Pirineos: The Mostly True Memoirs of Esperancita Gomez) will read from their new works and discuss the challenges and rewards of creating such personal material. Danny Fingeroth (A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee) moderates.

Friday July 19, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 24ABC

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

Comics Journalism: No Guts, No Glory
It's the annual look at the state of writing about comics. Editors and writers reveal the ups and downs of covering comics, comic cons, and comics media, with a special emphasis on social media's impact—from cancel culture, responding to reviews, scrambling for scoops, making sure diverse voices are heard and more. With Wendy Browne (Women Write About Comics), Corrina Lawson (Geek Mom), Therese Lacson (Nerdophiles), Rosie Knight (Nerdist), James Viscardi (Comicbook.com), and others.

Friday July 19, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 28DE

11:00am

Crossover Appeal: Adult Comics Teens Love
There are lots of amazing comics that were written for adults but have become hits among teen audiences. Learn about bestselling, critically acclaimed, and Eisner Award-nominated titles from 2018 and 2019 that teens will enjoy as much as their parents! Panelists include Ebony Flowers (Hot Comb), Jason Lutes (Berlin), and Kevin Huizenga (The River at Night), moderated by Adam Kullberg (Pop Culture Classroom). In conjunction with CBC Graphic Novel Committee.

Friday July 19, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

11:00am

Finance Your Indie Comic Now
The Antidote Trust (TAT), America's premiere independent creator collective, brings together an illustrious panel to examine the many ways of securing funds to publish independent comics. The discussion is moderated by veteran comics writer and editor Barbara Kesel (Shadowzone, Mine!; DC Comics and Crossgen). Panelists include Fanbase Press editor-in-chief Barbra Dillon, writer and actor Kevin Grevioux (creator of Underworld and The Blue Marvel), TAT co-founder and writer/illustrator Robert Roach (Menthu, The Roach), filmmaker and comic book creator Andre Owens (Force Galaxia, The Bovine League), and illustrator Quinn McGowan (Project:Wildfire).

Friday July 19, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 4

11:00am

The World of TwoMorrows 25th Anniversary
TwoMorrows Publishing is celebrating their 25th anniversary with a look back at the company's beginnings and the crazy things that've happened during a quarter-century quest to create the future of comics history. Comic-Con special guest Jon B. Cooke (Comic Book Artist /Comic Book Creator magazine editor) and panelists P .C. Hamerlinck (Alter Ego /FCA editor), Keith Dallas (editor of the American Comic Book Chronicles series, and co-author of the Eisner Award–nominated book Comic Book Implosion), Mike Manley (Draw! magazine editor), and Dewey Cassell (author of the Eisner -nominated book Mike Grell: Life Is Drawing Without an Eraser) will share what TwoMorrows has in store for 2020 and beyond. Moderated by publisher (and Jack Kirby Collector editor) John Morrow.

Friday July 19, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 29AB

11:15am

DC Nation
If you want to get the scoop on the latest from some of your favorite DC talent, then come see DC publisher Dan DiDio as he hosts a gathering of all-star talent for a behind-the-scenes talk about their current and upcoming stories.

Friday July 19, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 6DE

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

11:30am

Drawing from Life: Comics Fiction and Memoir
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 08, 10:38PM
Memoir has become a genre central to independent comics, but personal history influences the work of cartoonists in many different ways. This panel brings together creators from vastly different backgrounds who mine their personal experiences to create memoir, fiction, fantasy, or something altogether new. Includes Simon Hanselmann (Megahex), Ulli Lust (Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life), Dame Darcy (Meat Cake), and cartoonist, editor, and comics scholar Trina Robbins. Moderated by The Comics Journal co-editor R. J. Casey.

Friday July 19, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 24ABC

11:30am

Comics Arts Conference Session #6: Mutant Metaphors
Elisabetta Di Minico (Autonomous University of Madrid) analyzes the X-Men saga to ask why dystopias so often transform diversity into an element of crisis and trauma, revealing the xenophobic, misogynist, and homophobic drifts of our post-truth society. Chris Fennessy (California State University, Los Angeles) examines how New Mutants uses superhero genre conventions to create a unique teen narrative, representing how the violence inherent in superheroics affects teenage development. Monica Geraffo (Fashion Institute of Technology) examines the ways Chris Claremont's Uncanny X-Men uses S&M clothing and sexual liberation as key symbols to explore definitions of power. Michael J. Bittner (North Dakota State University) shows how Claremont's run on Uncanny X-Men subverted queer stereotypes to portray unique alternatives to nonrepresentation and to queer-coded villainy despite editorial restrictions.

Friday July 19, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 26AB

12:00pm

Bedside Press: What's Next?
From international distribution to nationwide grants, Eisner Award nominations and Governor-General Award–winning creators, Bedside Press is the little Canadian micropublisher that could. Find out what's coming next in 2019 and 2020, including exclusive SDCC announcements! Featuring Kris Straub (podcaster, 28 Plays Later), Amanda Deibert (writer, Work for a Million), S. M. Beiko (editor, Gothic Tales of Haunted Love), Steenz Stewart (editor, Work for a Million), Lilah Sturges (writer, Maiden, Mother, Crone), Ashley Robinson (Science!), and Hope Nicholson (publisher, Bedside Press).

Friday July 19, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 25ABC

12:00pm

Blade Runner Spins into Comics
Blade Runner returns to comic shops this month with the debut of a comic series written by Blade Runner 2049 scriptwriter Michael Green and his regular writing partner, Mike Johnson. Moderated by Graeme McMillan of The Hollywood Reporter, Michael and Mike will be joined by editors David Leach and Jeff Conner to discuss bringing this critically acclaimed world to comics while expanding the canon of this beloved franchise.

Friday July 19, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 4

12:00pm

CBLDF: Take PRIDE in Comics
Why are comics and other literature centered on LGBTQ+ characters targeted so frequently by censors? What can be done to ensure these important books stay on shelves? CBLDF and a panel of creators, educators, librarians, and retailers discuss the challenges facing LGBTQ comics and ways communities can help overcome them.

Friday July 19, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 11

12:00pm

Excelsior! Remembering Stan Lee
Colleagues and friends of Lee, the legendary Marvel Universe co-creator who passed away in November, celebrate his life and legacy. Panelists include Paul Levitz (former president and publisher of DC Comics), Marv Wolfman (former Marvel editor-in-chief), Michael Uslan (Batman movies executive producer), Denis Kitchen (Lee's collaborator on Marvel's experimental underground venture, Comix Book), Maggie Thompson (former editor of The Comics Buyer's Guide), and Danny Fingeroth (author of the upcoming St. Martin's Press/Macmillan biography A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee).

Friday July 19, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 28DE

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

12:00pm

Joe Hill and Gabe Rodriguez: Locke & Key Spectacular
Locke & Key co-creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez reunite to discuss the series' impact, the all-new Con exclusive Locke & Key comic, the coming Netflix streaming series, and the (strong) likelihood of even more new L&K comics. Come join the authors and moderator/Locke & Key editor/IDW CCO Chris Ryall for a celebration of the landmark series in all its forms.

Friday July 19, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 32AB

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

12:00pm

Image Comics: Masterclass Artists Share Secrets and Inspiration
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 11, 07:19PM
Dustin Nugyen (Descender), Jen Bartel (Blackbird), Sanford Greene (Bitter Root), Stephen Green (Sea of Stars), Aaron Campbell (Infidel), and Mirka Andolfo (Unnatural) will share the craft of bringing a story to life through breathtaking pencils, show-stopping inks, and eye-popping colors. Learn about sequential art from the best in the industry. Moderated by Eric Stephenson (publisher and chief creative officer at Image Comics).

Friday July 19, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 23ABC

12:30pm

Spotlight on Jon B. Cooke
Learn all about the career of Jon B. Cooke (editor, Comic Book Creator) as a historian, editor, designer, and author, with questions by John Morrow (TwoMorrows publisher, Stuf' Said), Jon's oldest friend in the comics world. From his stint as editor of the five-time consecutive Eisner Award–winning magazine Comic Book Artist to his latest project as author of The Book of Weirdo, Jon talks about his 20+ years in the field and his future as co-playwright of The Golden Age, a four-act play.

Friday July 19, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 24ABC

12:30pm

Spotlight on Seth
Legendary Canadian cartoonist Seth (Palookaville, George Sprott) and Rob Salkowitz (author, Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture) discuss Seth's prolific career in comics and his epic yet intimate masterpiece Clyde Fans, about two brothers who can't stand each other and the dissolution of the midcentury capitalist dream. This presentation and conversation will be followed by an audience Q&A.

Friday July 19, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 8

12:30pm

Marvel Comics #1000 Revealed: A This Week in Marvel Special Event
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 18, 09:26PM
Marvel's flagship podcast comes to Comic-Con loaded with secrets, giveaways, reveals, news, guests, and more. And, if you think you've got the stuff and want some swag, you can challenge the Marvel crew in a special House of Ideas Throwdown! Hosts Ryan Penagos (a.k.a. Agent M, VP and creative executive, Marvel) and Lorraine Cink (senior creatorproducer, author of Marvel: Powers of a Girl) along with C. B. Cebulski (Marvel Comics editor-in-chief), Jody Houser (Web of Black Widow), Gail Simone (Domino: Hotshots), and Jeremy Whitley (Future Foundation) will dig into Marvel Comics #1,000, one of the biggest Marvel Comics projects ever assembled, and celebrate Marvel’s 80th Anniversary!

Friday July 19, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 5AB

1:00pm

Breaking into Indie Comics with Alterna
Terry Mayo (The Wicked Righteous), Ryan Winn (Gods and Gears), David Lucarelli (Tinseltown), Eric Borden (Scrimshaw), and Stephanie Cannon (Hexxed) discuss the craft of creating comics as well as breaking in stories and advice. Moderated by Omar Spahi (OSSM Comics, Dreamer Comics Podcast), with a Q&A session and giveaways to follow.

Friday July 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 29AB

1:00pm

CBLDF: Making Great Comics Programs For Schools and Libraries
Energize your community by creating comics events! CBLDF education coordinator Holly Dotson and a panel of teachers and creators discuss how to make great programming with comics. Bring your success stories and learn about how to build on them with tips on creating book clubs, workshops, creator events, and more.

Friday July 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 11

1:00pm

Comics in Mexico: A Rich History and Vibrant Present
Comics have been created, published, and read in Mexico since the 1930s. The history of Mexican comics encompasses celebrities, filmmakers, classic characters, and Mexican culture and folklore. Moderator Hugo Castro (Gamacon founder and CEO) and panelists Oscar Bazaldua (comics writer and artist), Luis Gantus (comics historian, writer and editor), Bernardo Guerrero (founder of Bazar del Comic), and Adalisa Zárate (cartoonist, writer and editor) will take a look at this rich history. They also will touch on the work of the editors who bring to Mexico great stories created around the world to the delight of Mexican readers.

Friday July 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Theater, Comic-Con Museum

1:00pm

Dynamite Entertainment 15th Anniversary Premiere Publisher
Executive editor Joseph Rybandt introduces Mark Russell (Red Sonja), Christopher Priest (Vampirella), Gail Simone (Death Defying Devil/Red Sonja), Luke Lieberman (Red Sonja), Darick Robertson (The Boys), and some surprise panelists to reveal hot SDCC exclusive announcements about upcoming projects. Q&A session moderated by CEO/publisher Nick Barrucci.

Friday July 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 4

1:00pm

Katie O'Neill Spotlight
Eisner Award-winning children's cartoonist Katie O'Neill (The Tea Dragon Society, Aquicorn Cove) will be in conversation with her editor Ari Yarwood as they discuss Katie's evolving career, webcomics, craft, representation in children's literature, and their favorite Tea Dragons.

Friday July 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 28DE

1:00pm

LGBTQ+ YA Graphic Novels
Panelists Rosemary Valero-Connell (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me), Sarah Graley (Kim Reaper), Claudia Aguirre (Morning in America) and Lilah Sturges (Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass) discuss LGBTQ+ in Young Adult graphic novels, from developing authentic visual stories to comics as a safe space for all identities. Moderated by Amanda Melilli (ALA Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table). In conjunction with CBC Graphic Novel Committee.

Friday July 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

1:00pm

What Is the Best Superpower?
When creating comic book heroes, it makes sense to give them the best superpower, right? So why do we have so many superheroes with a wide array of amazing powers? Perhaps because the debate on what is the best superpower is still raging. How sure are you that you know the best power? Could you be swayed by the opinions of these Comic-Con special guests? Panelists include Alitha Martinez (Iron Man, Batgirl), Joseph M. Linsner (Vampirella), Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic 4), Steenz (Archival Quality), Todd McFarlane, and Katy Farina (BG Paint for She Ra and the Princesses of Power), along with moderator Amy Chu.

Friday July 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 25ABC

1:30pm

Marvel Comics: Spider-Man
Get caught in Spider-Man's tangled web along with executive editor Nick Lowe, assistant editor Kathleen Wisneski, and writers Seanan McGuire (Ghost-Spider) and Frank Tieri (Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool, Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors) to find out what's on the horizon for all of your wall-crawling favorites! Spider-Man's mysterious new foe sets his plan into motion! Ghost-Spider joins the Marvel Universe! And New York experiences Absolute Carnage!

Friday July 19, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 5AB

1:30pm

America's Best Comics Editors and What They Do!
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 15, 05:10PM
Panelists Jann Jones (Legendary), Henry Barajas (Top Cow), David Mariotte (IDW Publishing), Chynna Clugston Flores (Image Comics), Shannon Eric Denton (WildStorm/DC Comics), and Sarah Gaydos (Oni) talk about America's best comics editors and what they do. What's the right way to edit a book? Is there a wrong way to edit a book? Making comics is a team sport, and good editing brings out the very best work possible from your team. Learn tips and tricks from a wide range of editorial talent who will guide you through the comics-making process, whether on indie darlings, creator-owned graphic novels, corporate juggernauts, licensed properties, short-story anthologies, or long-running fan favorite series. Every style of comic will be covered!

Friday July 19, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 8

1:45pm

DC World's Finest: The 2019 Eisner Nominees
With 24 nominations at the 31st annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, what better way to celebrate than with these amazing nominees? This all-star panel will talk about their comic creations and their journey to this recognition among of the most prestigious comic talent in the industry.

Friday July 19, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Room 6DE

2:00pm

Are Girls Turning into Killer Cats?
The creative team of the Eisner Award–nominated comic book Man-Eaters talk comics, felines, and feminist agendas. Featuring NYT bestselling writer Chelsea Cain (Man-Eaters, Mockingbird), Lia Miternique (Man-Eaters co-creator), Rachelle Rosenberg (colorist), and 14-year-old contributors Eliza Fantastic Mohan (writer), Stella Greenvoss (artist), and Emily Powell (Haiku-writer-in-residence).

Friday July 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 29AB

2:00pm

Graphic Novel or Illustrated Book: You Make the Call
The debate has raged for years, and it's only getting more intense: Is a 200-page comics story a graphic novel? Or is it a long comic book? Is a novel that is 100% filled with illustrations a graphic novel? Or is it an elaborate picture book? A new wave of profusely illustrated epics have entered the fray, including books by William Stout (Abu and the 7 Marvels), Armand Baltazar (Timeless), and Mark Wheatley (Songs of Giants). These creators will be on hand for the discussion, along with Karen Green (Columbia University) and J. C. Vaughn (VP Publishing Gemstone).

Friday July 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

2:00pm

International Association of Media Tie-In Writers: Scribe Awards
Jonathan Maberry (X-Files) hosts this year's Scribe Awards for excellence in tie-in writing, including honoring this year's Grandmaster Award “Faust” winner, Nancy Holder. Other panelists include Matt Forbeck (The Marvel Encyclopedia, Halo: Bad Blood), Michael Kogge (The Last Jedi: A Junior Novel), Chris Ryall (comic book writer, publisher at IDW), Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition, Mike Hammer), Christie Golden (Star Wars, World of Warcraft), and David Boop (Predator, Veronica Mars).

Friday July 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 32AB

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

2:00pm

Spotlight on Ulli Lust
Internationally acclaimed Austrian cartoonist Ulli Lust (Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life, Voices in the Dark) discusses her work, which ranges from deeply personal memoir to historical fiction to prose adaptation. Lust will read from her latest graphic memoir, How I Tried to Be a Good Person. Moderated by Abraham Reisman.

Friday July 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 4

2:00pm

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Road to 100
Moderator Patrick Ehlers talks with TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, writer Tom Waltz, and editor Bobby Curnow as they share behind-the-scenes stories about the creation of the longest-running TMNT comic ever! The team will also share advance looks at the upcoming issues leading to the monumental milestone #100 issue, which comes out this fall.

Friday July 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 23ABC

2:30pm

Comics Arts Conference Session #8: Queer Latin American Identity and Comics: A Conversation with LGBTQ Comic Creators from Latin America
This panel explores the "formally queer" nature of comics and how queer kinship functions across Latin America and beyond. Stereotypical and hegemonic regional, national, religious, and ethnic factors throughout Latin America often erase or oppress individuals' identities that do not conform to patriarchal, Eurocentric, or heteronormative ways of being. For the comic creators participating on this panel, the LGBTQ community and their comics work provide an identity that feels more authentic than other traditional forms of identification. Sam Cannon (Louisiana State University Shreveport) and Camila Gutiérrez (The Pennsylvania State University) present brief academic analyses of and locate comics as a site of belonging for individuals who otherwise transgress borders, languages, nationalities, sexualities, and genders. MJ Barros (Corazón do Obsidiana), Barbara Perez Marquez (The Cardboard Kingdom), and Vicente Casanova (Noiso.Me) discuss their experience as queer Latin American comics creators and their processes of identification and kinship through sequential art.

Friday July 19, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 26AB

2:30pm

Tarzan, John Carter, and Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe
Get the first glimpse at a bold new direction for the universe of Tarzan of the Apes, John Carter of Mars, Carson of Venus, and more with Jim Sullos (president, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.), Cathy Wilbanks (vice president of operations, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.), Christopher Paul Carey (director of publishing, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.), and Win Scott Eckert (Crossovers, Vols. 1 and 2). Moderated by Scott Tracy Griffin (director of special projects, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.).

Friday July 19, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 8

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

3:00pm

"It's Women Who Love Horror": The Forgotten British Girls' Comics
Misty was the groundbreaking British comic for girls that laid the way for women's horror comics. This diverse panel will discuss how, while horror has often been seen as a male-centric genre, it has always been driven by a huge female fandom and how the revival of Misty can once again pave the way for a new kind of comics. Moderated by journalist Rosie Knight.

Friday July 19, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 29AB

3:00pm

BOOM! Studios: Discover Yours
Discover your new comic book obsession at this panel! Hear from some of the most acclaimed and exciting creators in comics for a jam-packed, interactive panel featuring Kieron Gillen (Once & Future), Lev Grossman (creator of The Magicians), Lilah Sturges (The Magicians: Alice's Story, Lumberjanes), Carly Usdin (The Avant-Guards), Bryan Hill (Angel), Sina Grace (Saban's Go Go Power Rangers, Ghosted in LA), and Matt Gagnon (editor-in-chief, BOOM! Studios). They'll discuss the diverse imprints of BOOM! Studios, Archaia, BOOM! Box, and KaBOOM! with surprises for everyone in the audience. Moderated by Filip Sablik (president, publishing and marketing, BOOM! Studios).

Friday July 19, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 32AB

3:00pm

Breaking into Comics
Your dream is to make comics and you're willing to do the work, but the industry is a tough place to break into. Discover where the doors are and how to knock on them. Learn what it takes to be ready to step into the world of comics writing and art, listen to the trials and obstacles that proven professionals overcame, and get ready for advice that will serve you well in your pursuit of finally achieving your dream. Hear from artists Reilly Brown (Deadpool, Incredible Hercules) and Phillip Sevy (Tomb Raider), writers Rich Douek (Gutter Magic), Ryan Cady (Infinite Dark, Old Man Logan), and Mags Visaggio (Eisner nominee, Kim and Kim, Enternity Girl), and comics editor and educator Andy Schmidt (Marvel and IDW editorial, Comics Experience) for a candid and actionable discussion on how to break into the industry and start to do what you love.

Friday July 19, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 11

3:00pm

DC Batman
Eighty years after his debut, Batman continues to be one of the most popular and iconic superheroes of all time. Meet some of the key players in the Dark Knight's world who create and bring you the best Batman comics stories ever. Buckle up for an incredible ride (in the Batmobile) and hear what these creators have to say about your favorite Gotham City protectors!

Friday July 19, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6DE

3:00pm

So You Want to Be a Comic Book Retailer?
If you've ever thought about owning your own comic shop, this ComicsPRO-sponsored event is for you! You've got questions and these veteran retailers have the answers. Free Comic Book Day founder and panel host Joe Field (Flying Colors Comics in Concord, CA) moderates this panel of comics retailers and industry professionals.

Friday July 19, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 23ABC

3:00pm

Spotlight on Jim Steranko
Spend a rockin' hour with Jim Steranko, the inspiration for Mister Miracle, the designer of Indiana Jones, co-creator of S.H.I.E.L.D., and author of The History of Comics—telling tales from his switchblade youth to his status as one of the most controversial creators in the pop-culture world.

Friday July 19, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 25ABC

3:00pm

Spotlight on Kurt Busiek
A look into the past of Comic-Con special guest Kurt Busiek (Marvels, Astro City) with the help of Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics). Kurt and Scott met in junior high school, where Kurt talked Scott into reading comics, setting off two storied careers. Now, they talk through how teenage dreams became creative realities—and shaped new dreams for the future.

Friday July 19, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 28DE

3:30pm

Checking in with Terry Moore
Charles Brownstein (executive director, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund) talks with indie creator Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise, Rachel Rising) about new titles for 2019. Learn what is going on with Terry's new series and his much-anticipated media projects.

Friday July 19, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 26AB

3:30pm

Promethee 13:13 Past, Present, and Future
ComiXology and Delcourt Group, the leading independent comic book publisher in France, join forces to bring readers everywhere a prequel to Christophe Bec's bestselling mind-bending science fiction bandes dessinées Promethee, titled Promethee 13:13. Hear from the Promethee 13:13 creative team, including editor Will Dennis, writer Andy Diggle (The Losers, Thief of Thieves, Hellblazer, Uncanny), artist Shawn Martinbrough (Thief of Thieves, Batman: Detective Comics, The Black Panther, Hellboy), and cover artist Jock (Batman Who Laughs, The Losers), along with Chip Mosher, comiXology's head of content, and moderator Kiersten Wing (comiXology).

Friday July 19, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 8

4:00pm

DC: Middle Grade and YA Graphic Novels
Kami Garcia, Gabriel Picolo, Danielle Paige, and other NY Times bestselling and critically acclaimed authors and artists discuss their exciting new young adult and middle-grade graphic novels for DC. Topics of discussion will include writing graphic novels for diverse readers, writing DC characters and stories for a new generation, the cultural impact of their stories, and how graphic novels can be used as a medium for engaging young readers.

Friday July 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

4:00pm

The Book of Weirdo: A History of the Greatest Magazine Ever Published
Author Jon B. Cooke (Comic Book Creator, Comic Book Artist) and Last Gasp publisher Ron Turner join cartoonists Mary Fleener, Krystine Kryttre, and Kaz to discuss the history and impact of Robert Crumb's legendary humor comics anthology, Weirdo.

Friday July 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 23ABC

4:00pm

Time, Memory, and Comics Storytelling
The comics medium is an incredible vehicle for exploring the way we experience time and access memories. Kevin Huizenga (The River at Night), Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveller's Wife), Seth (Clyde Fans), and Chris Ware (Rusty Brown), four of the medium's most interesting thinkers, will explain the centrality of these subjects in their work and offer insights into the stylistic and narrative decisions they make. Their conversation will be moderated by Abraham Riesman, writer for New York Magazine and Vulture .

Friday July 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 28DE

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

4:15pm

DC: Summoning Nightmares in Horror Comics
From House of Secrets, House of Mystery, and Weird War Tales to the creature feature suspense of Swamp Thing and the esoteric terror of Animal Man, DC's horror comics have kept readers' hearts pounding and fear thriving. Now is your chance to meet a new generation of DC horror creators as they discuss their plans for the next era of the macabre. Come learn how these writers and artists will build on a legacy of terror and new nightmares.

Friday July 19, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Room 6DE

4:30pm

Comics Law: Disney, Malibu, and The Uncensored Mouse
Malibu Comics made headlines when it republished two volumes of public domain Mickey Mouse newspaper strips in The Uncensored Mouse . Disney sued Malibu and the series ended. Public domain law and the comics that get published will be discussed using The Uncensored Mouse as a case study. Hear the lively discussion with Tom Mason (Mouse editor), Dave Olbrich (Malibu publisher), Nat Gertler (About Comics publisher), and Michael Lovitz (trademark, copyright, and entertainment attorney and Comic Book Law School founder). What does it take to keep public domain material in print in 2019?

Friday July 19, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 24ABC

5:00pm

Storm King Comics Launches All-Ages Horror with Storm Kids Imprint
Fans are invited to hear Storm King Comics representatives talk about their new all-ages horror line, Storm Kids. The panel will have a Q&A that will be Truth or Dare. All attendees will receive a free Storm Kids Comics sampler. Panelists include Sandy King Carpenter (Storm King Comics, They Live), Janice Chiang (DC Super Hero Girls), and Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, The October Faction).

Friday July 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 29AB

5:00pm

The Comic Book Editorial Panel 2019
Moderated by Vince Hernandez (VP/editor-in-chief, Aspen Comics), editors Kris Simon (editor, Image Comics), Barbara Randall Kesel (creator/editor, Crossgen), and Gabe Carrasco (managing editor, Aspen Comics), and more industry editors will reveal the secrets of the comic book industry and tips for breaking into a publisher.

Friday July 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 9

5:00pm

How to Market and Crowdfund Indie Comics
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 11, 05:48PM
Brian Pulido has raised over $2.5 million on Kickstarter for comic books! Get the lowdown as Brian gives you exclusive insights on how to market and crowdfund indie comics. All your comic book Kickstarter questions answered and he'll have an update on all Coffin Comics activities as they take over the globe!

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

5:30pm

A Life Illustrated: Memoirs in Comics
Spring saw the release of both Genderqueer: A Memoir from Maia Kobabe (who uses pronouns e, em, eir)—a moving work of graphic nonfiction detailing eir coming of age and coming out as nonbinary—and the first collection of the beloved webcomic Our Super Adventure from Sarah Graley (Rick and Morty, Kim Reaper) and Stef Purenins—documenting all the weird little everyday flashes of shared absurdity that make up relationships. Come for a discussion on how and why the comic book medium provides the perfect format for telling the life stories of the people behind them.

Friday July 19, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 8

5:30pm

AHOY Comics: Expect More
AHOY Comics has burst on the scene with acclaimed creators, smart satires, and a commitment to publishing fun and eclectic storytelling. Writers Mark Russell, Mark Waid, Tyrone Finch, Mariah McCourt, and Stuart Moore will address such questions as: Why did AHOY Comics decided to publish Second Coming, the controversial comic in which Jesus Christ resumes His Holy Mission? Which comic will emerge victorious from the Steel Cage competition? Will AHOY publish more time travel comics like Bronze Age Boogie and Planet of the Nerds in the future? Do you have to be 21 years or older to read Edgar Allan Poe's Snifter of Terror ? The answers will astound you!

Friday July 19, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 24ABC

5:30pm

Making a World of Monsters
Famous Monsters of Filmland, the world's longest-running horror magazine, hosts the ultimate monster panel and unveils its new projects for 2019, including the Famous Monsters Ack-Ives, Famous Monsters #291, and Monster World: The Golden Age, an epic new series from American Gothic Press. If you've got questions about horror, makeup effects, and comic books—and how the three intersect—this panel has the answers you need! Featuring Famous Monsters and American Gothic Press publisher Philip Kim, executive editor Holly Interlandi, comic book writer Cullen Bunn (Venom, Harrow County), Monster World colorist Dennis Calero (X-Men: Noir), special effects makeup artist Walter Welsh (star of SYFY's Face Off), and others. Everyone attending the panel will get a free gift! Moderated by Matt Corrigan and Aaron McLane of the Launchpad Podcast.

Friday July 19, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 26AB

6:00pm

Boy Robo to the Rescue: Comics That Entertain and Educate
Kevin O'Donnell (senior producer, Age of Learning), Rob Corley (senior art director, Age of Learning), Jim Praytor and Robert Zappia (senior writers, Age of Learning), Art Munoz (senior production artist, Age of Learning), Catherine Manabat (writer, Age of Learning), and Kellie Woodson (director of math/sci curriculum, Age of Learning) discuss the triumphs and challenges of creating high-quality comics that both entertain and educate for a new digital learning platform, Adventure Academy. Moderated by Anastasia Betts (vice president of curriculum planning and design, Age of Learning).

Friday July 19, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

6:00pm

Hunting International Grails: Australian Comics and Reprints
Grail Hunters Australia explores collecting Australian prints in a global market from the Golden Age of comics to modern masterpieces. Neville Howard (Grail Hunters Australia founder), Andre Broekhuizen (Grail Hunters Australia administrator), Mike Speakman (Radults podcaster), and Irene Grammatikopoulos (Radults producer) unpack the world of reprints, collectability of key issues and first appearances, and what to look for when adding that next key issue to your collection. Moderated by Alana Marshall (Melbourne Comics editor), the session includes an exclusive feature on Halo Grading, Australia's largest comic grading recognized by Overstreet Collectors Guide .

Friday July 19, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 28DE

6:00pm

Legendary Comics 2019 and Beyond
Legendary Comics, a division of Legendary Entertainment, will share secrets and artwork from their exciting slate of upcoming releases. Explore the expanding worlds of Pacific Rim, Lost in Space, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, and the MUTO-filled Monsterverse. Learn about their original Webtoons titles Firebrand, Acursian, and ROB, and ind out about their expanding graphic novel program with Lupina, The Championess, and more. The first 300 fans in attendance will receive an exclusive Legendary Comics giveaway only available at this panel!

Friday July 19, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 29AB

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

6:00pm

Creator Origins: A Candid Conversation on LGBTQ Comics Creation
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 10, 05:48PM
Every hero has an origin story—the defining moment where they took the leap into greatness—and so do your favorite comic book creators. Moderator Megan Townsend (GLAAD) hosts some of the industry's brightest LGBTQ comic creators and LGBTQ-content publishers, in a tell-all panel where they'll recount their comics beginnings and their journey to stardom. Including Joe Glass (The Pride), Clive Hawken (Delver), Spike Trotman (Iron Circus Comics), and Ivan Salazar (comiXology).

Friday July 19, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 9

6:30pm

Breaking Borders: The New Chicano Popular Arts and Comics
The bilingual manager of the Athenaeum Arts center Danillea Kelly moderates a discussion with Claudia Dominguez (graphic novelist of More Than Money, her harrowing account of escaping to San Diego from Mexico City), William A. Nericcio (publisher of Amatl, an SDSU Publishing imprint), Mario Torero (Chicano artist, muralist, and this year's inductee into the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian), Joaquin Junco (young San Diego–based cartoonist for La Prensa, San Diego Free Press, and now assisting Chicano Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz on his award-winning syndicated newspaper strip La Cucaracha), Lalo Alcaraz himself (consultant on Pixar's animated feature Coco), and Paul Guinan (creator of the award-winning Aztec Empire, the comic of the conquest debuting in print at this year's San Diego Comic-Con). Chicano culture is American culture with a rich tradition of storytelling murals, art, cartoons, and comics. Chicano popular art isn't just in Spanish, it draws on the legends of the Aztecs, Mayan, and Inca mythologies and histories, creating what are actually indigenous artforms. Recently there's been a great deal of controversy in the news regarding the crossing of borders, Latino migrants, Central American refugees, and who does and does not qualify to live in America. Chicano art and comics remind people that this popular culture owes its power to the melding of influences and traditions that in combination preserve this uniquely American popular culture.

Friday July 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 8

6:30pm

EC Comics 75th Anniversary
Comics pioneer Max Gaines started EC Comics in 1944 as Educational Comics. With his 1947 death, his son, William M. Gaines, changed the name to Entertaining Comics and proceeded to put out controversial horror, crime, and science fiction comics, working with some of the greatest talent to ever do comics. EC was also the birthplace of Harvey Kurtzman's MAD magazine and his much-admired war comics. And it was the focus of attacks by Fredric Wertham and others. On it's 75th anniversary, comics historians including Grant Geissman (The Wonderful, Horrible EC Comics Book), Danny Fingeroth (A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee), Arie Kaplan (From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books), and Dr. Travis Langley (The Joker Psychology: Evil Clowns and the Women Who Love Them) look back on the lasting impact EC has had on comics and on popular culture in general.

Friday July 19, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 24ABC

7:00pm

Comics of the Internet: The Memes, the Myths, The Legends
Have you seen that one comic online? You know the one that's everywhere ? What if you could talk to the creators behind the comics that broke the internet? Now you can! Hear from comiXologists Jose Sagastume and Ivan Salazar as they chat with meme comic scholars and creators, including Hope Nicholson (Hit Reblog, Bedside Press), Kris Straub (Chainsawsuit), and S.M. Beiko (Krampus is my Boyfriend), about the creative genius and little bit of luck that make these exceptional comics go viral!

Friday July 19, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 9

7:00pm

Hip-Hop and Comics: Cultures Combining
You'd be hard-pressed to find two more quintessentially American creations than comics and Hip-Hop, twin styles of expression that share numerous influences and have converged time and again over the last five decades: rappers and graffiti artists utilize superheroic imagery; producers create new universes with sound and rhythm; comic creators and animators employ Hip-Hop's aesthetics and attitude; and both forms continually sample and remix familiar elements to create vital new work. Here, Patrick A. Reed (Depth of Field) brings together visual and musical innovators to discuss the intersections and inspirations of these two artistic cultures.

Friday July 19, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 29AB

7:00pm

Queer Fear
The queer community has had a long history with the horror genre, from “coding” within the Universal monster classics to the oft-cited A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 and beyond. Does a queer horror genre exist, and if so, what makes it different from mainstream horror? Furthermore, how does the current cultural and societal climate alter the lens through which we celebrate and connect to the macabre? Learn more from Prism comics and moderator/filmmaker Michael Varrati (Tales of Poe, Deathcember) and an array of panelists including Jane Clark (Crazy Bitches, Meth Head), BJ Colangelo (Powerbomb, journalist at Bloody-Disgusting, Day of the Woman), Sam Wineman (The Quiet Room, Santaland), Fernando Rivera (author of The Afterliving, writer/director of Where Monster Hides), Amanda Deibert (Wonder Woman '77, John Carpenter's Tales for a Halloween Night), and William O. Tyler (Ratboy, Theater of Terror: Revenge of the Queers)!

Friday July 19, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 28DE

7:15pm

World Premiere of Batman: Hush
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC, and Warner Bros. Animation returns for their traditional Friday night Comic-Con World Premiere of the latest DC Universe movie, and this time it’s a doozy—the long-awaited Batman: Hush. An adaptation of the seminal DC classic tale, Batman: Hush centers on a shadowy new villain known only as Hush, who uses Gotham’s Rogues Gallery to destroy Batman’s crime-fighting career, as well as Bruce Wayne’s personal life—which has already been complicated by a relationship with Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman. Meet the filmmakers and voice cast behind this new classic for a post-screening panel that will include Jason O’Mara (The Man in the High Castle) and Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon a Time) as the voices of Batman/Bruce Wayne and Catwoman/Selina Kyle, respectively; Maury Sterling (Homeland) as Hush, Geoffrey Arend (Madam Secretary) as the Riddler, Hynden Walch (Teen Titans Go!) as Harley Quinn, Bruce Thomas (Legally Blonde, Kyle XY) as Jim Gordon, director Justin Copeland (Reign of the Supermen), screenwriter Ernie Altbacker (Teen Titans: The Judas Contract), character designer Phil Bourassa (Young Justice), and executive producer James Tucker (Reign of the Supermen). Batman: Hush arrives on Digital starting July 20, 2019; on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack on August 6; and the DC Universe streaming service on August 13.

Friday July 19, 2019 7:15pm - 9:15pm
Ballroom 20

7:30pm

Making a Living by Being Creative
This panel of professionals from film, television, comics, and fine art will discuss the business of being creative. They'll cover topics such as how to break into the entertainment industry, the business of attending conventions, promoting yourself, and making connections-all in the name of living your dreams, vanquishing your enemies, and paying the mortgage. They will also be giving away a 12-month subscription of Adobe Creative Cloud courtesy of Adobe Educator Sean Glumace.

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

8:00pm

TGIF Keenspot Panel Party Hosted by Rob Potchak
Pioneering comics publisher Keenspot throws a TGIF party for its 19th annual Comic-Con panel-its first on a Friday since 2006! Earlier this year the world went Wow!" when it was announced that a movie adaptation of the Keenspot comic Marry Me will star pop icon Jennifer Lopez and beloved bumbling funnyman Owen Wilson. Panel host Rob Potchak (X-Liefelds) will be bringing you all the late-breaking news about the Kat Coiro-directed STX film set to shoot this fall. Also, there'll be previews of new Keenspot comic books and much more. Creators scheduled to appear include Billy Parker (The D-Ward), John Joseco (Hunters of Salamanstra), and Mario Wytch (Sister Powers). And for aspiring comic creators: Want to work in comics? Keenspot talent rep Potchak will tell you what the company is looking for and how you can apply! All attendees will receive a free copy of Keenspot Spotlight 2019 . "

Friday July 19, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 28DE

8:00pm

Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
The 31st annual Eisner Awards (the “Oscars” of the comics industry) honor comics creators and works in 31 categories. The gala ceremony features celebrity presenters and a multimedia extravaganza. Other prestigious awards to be given out include the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comics Writing, and the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award.

Friday July 19, 2019 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

8:30pm

Christian Comic Art Society Mixer
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 09, 04:45PM
This is the 12th annual mixer of the CCAS where Christian professionals in the comic book entertainment and education fields discuss their faith and interact with the attendees. There will be time for people to network and the always-popular geek quiz where prizes will be given. Panelists will include Joe Queen (Geeky Guys and Gals 4 God), Hector Miray (Faith & Fandom), Scott A. Shuford (FrontGate Media), Eric Jansen (Foursquare Missions Press), Mario DeMatteo (Bear Truth Collective), and Luis Serrano (Samson).

Friday July 19, 2019 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Room 26AB

9:00pm

The World of Drive
Creator Dave Kellett (Drive, Sheldon) will present a behind-the-scenes look at the fan favorite sci-fi series. It's an intimate chat that'll focus on sneak peeks of what's ahead in the main story, upcoming guest artists, and discussion of the gorgeous new hardcover premiering this weekend at SDCC. Moderated by past CCI-IFF Best Documentary director Fred Schroeder (Stripped) and joined by Drive colorist Beth Reidmiller.

Friday July 19, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 9

9:30pm

Batman: Hush Encore Screening
Missed it the first time? Loved it so much, you must see it again? Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is proud to offer a second helping of its all new DC Universe movie, the much-anticipated Batman: Hush. an adaptation of the seminal DC classic tale, Batman: Hush centers on a shadowy new villain known only as Hush, who uses Gotham's Rogues' Gallery to destroy Batman's crime-fighting career, as well as Bruce Wayne's personal life-which has already been complicated by a relationship with Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman. Batman: Hush arrives on Digital starting today; on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack on August 6; and the DC Universe streaming service on August 13.

Friday July 19, 2019 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Ballroom 20
 
Saturday, July 20
 

10:00am

Building the Future of Super Heroes with DC Black Label
DC Black Label unites the most revered creators in comics to craft epic tales of action and suspense featuring fan-favorite DC characters. The writers and artists of DC Black Label will discuss their approach to creating new stories of legendary proportions with new angles in superhero mythologies, and how they plan to take these stories to new heights.

Saturday July 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 6DE

10:00am

IDW: Walter Simonson and Stan Sakai
Two industry legends for one low price! Walter Simonson and Stan Sakai need no introduction, but Scott Dunbier will give them one anyway! Come for the latest news on their creator-owned masterworks Ragnarök and Usagi Yojimbo, stay for fascinating tales of comics industry lore, Norse legends, and feudal Japan! Added bonus: The equally legendary Louise “Weezie” Simonson will be joining the fun!

Saturday July 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 23ABC

10:00am

Superpower to the People: Making Comics Work for Its Workers
Comics is now a far more diverse community and an economic powerhouse to boot. But working conditions are still terrible. Why? And how do we change that? Editor Joan Hilty (Nickelodeon), writer Mairghread Scott (Batgirl, Marvel Rising), fandom pioneer Maggie Thompson (Comics Buyers' Guide), and colorist Marissa Louise (Hex Wives) dive into the past, present, and future of comics labor rights.

Saturday July 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29AB

10:00am

You Have to Read the Pictures, Too: Visual Literacy and Analyzing Graphic Texts with Students
In this crash course in text analysis for graphic novels, teachers and industry experts will demonstrate techniques and tools for building students' critical literacy skills with graphic texts. Hear these panelists discuss how comics and graphic novels are different from other texts and how they are similar, how students can analyze the combination of art and text, and how they can use visual text evidence to support their thinking. Featuring Rachelle Cruz (UC Riverside, Experiencing Comics), Derek Heid (high school English Language Arts, TVUSD), Talia Hurwich (NYU, Worth A Thousand Words), Laurence Tan (LAUSD and Teaching Tolerance Teacher of the Year), Tony Weaver Jr. (founder, Weird Enough Productions; Forbes 30 Under 30), and moderator Tracy Edmunds (Graphic Novels are Elementary!).

Saturday July 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

10:00am

Super Salaam! Muslim Nerds, Geeks, and Fandom
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 09, 04:15PM
Come learn about Muslim comics creators, gamers, cosplayers, and superfans! David Anthony (The Scarlet Spire), Huda Fahmy (Yes, I'm Hot in This), Charles 3X Alexander (We Are Our Ancestors' Keepers), Blair Imani (Modern HERstory), and Nabi H. Ali (The Bright Agency) will discuss their work and what's happening in the industry. Moderated by Dr. Shamika Mitchell (State University of New York, Rockland/Women in Comics).

Saturday July 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

10:00am

Women of Marvel: 10 Years and 200 Episodes
Celebrate 10 years of Women of Marvel panels and 200 podcast episodes! Hosts Sana Amanat (VP of Content and Character Development, Marvel) and Judy Stephens (producer, Marvel) and others will talk 80 years of Marvel history, what it's like working as a woman in comics, and the future of the industry.

Saturday July 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 5AB

10:30am

Licensed! Overstreet Looks at Licensed Comics
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 08, 05:55PM
From Walt Disney's Comics & Stories to Doctor Who, and from Star Trek to Planet of the Apes, licensed comics are a vibrant part of the fan experience. What makes great licensed comics? IDW Publishing's Chris Ryall (Rom), Mark Wheatley (Jonny Quest), Andy Mangels (Wonder Woman '77 Meets the Bionic Woman), Ed Catto (Captain Action), BOOM! Studios' Dafna Pleban (Planet of the Apes), Topps Comics veteran Charlie Novinskie (Jurassic Park), and former Malibu publisher Dave Olbrich (Tarzan) join Overstreet' s J. C. Vaughn (Stargate Atlantis) to hash it out!

Saturday July 20, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 8

10:30am

Batwoman Pilot Screening and Q&A
Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city's criminal resurgence. But don't call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham's symbol of hope. Join cast and producers for a screening of the pilot, followed by a Q&A. From executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl), Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries, Smallville), Geoff Johns (Arrow, The Flash, Titans), and Sarah Schechter (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl). The cast includes Ruby Rose (Orange Is the New Black, The Meg, XXX: Return of Xander Cage), Rachel Skarsten (Reign, Fifty Shades of Grey, Lost Girl), Meagan Tandy (Survivor's Remorse, UnREAL, Teen Wolf), Nicole Kang (You), Camrus Johnson (Luke Cage, The Sun Is Also a Star), Elizabeth Anweis (Twin Peaks), and Dougray Scott (Taken 3, Hitman, Mission: Impossible 2). Marcos Siega (You, God Friended Me, Blindspot) directed the pilot, for which he also served as executive producer alongside David Nutter (Game of Thrones, Arrow, The Flash). Batwoman premieres this fall. airing Sundays at 8/7c on The CW and is based on characters from DC and is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Saturday July 20, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Ballroom 20

10:30am

Comic Book Law School© 303: Super Lawyers Unite!
Still interactive and now five times as informative! For the third (and final) destination in this year's Law School series, this 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 on the law and how they apply to comics and the pop-culture scene. Attorney Michael Lovitz, author of the classic The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, and his guests–attorneys David Branfman and David S. Lipkus, and law professors Marc Greenberg and Betsy Rosenblatt–will share their insights and knowledge and provide practical advice on topics and issues that range from rights of publicity to the interplay of fandom and fair use. This year's topics are expected to include licensing comics for television streaming services-a risky business?; online and social media IP protection, with Canadian insights; the 12 biggest copyright and trademark myths; Dr. Seuss vs. ComicMix-oh, the decisions a judge will boldly issue; and memes-tributes or infringements? Please 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 20, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 11

11:00am

Creating Worlds: Building a Comics Universe for the Ages
Dark Horse Comics is known for cultivating creator-owned comics universes and expanding established franchises. Panelists Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy; Jeff Lemire, co-creator of Black Hammer; Cullen Bunn, co-creator of Harrow County; Wendy Pini and Richard Pini, creators of Elfquest; Matt Kindt, creator of MIND MGMT; and Jody Houser, writer for Stranger Things and Critical Role, present a lively discussion about the creation of an award-winning comics universe.

Saturday July 20, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 23ABC

11:00am

Expanding the Black Comics Canon
Ezra Claytan Daniels (Bttm Fdrs), Ebony Flowers (Hot Comb), Alitha Martinez (Black Panther: World of Wakanda), and David Walker (Bitter Root) make comics that engage the Black experience in diverse ways. Whether Afro-futurist socio-horror comedy, literary fiction through the lens of hair, Wakandan adventures, sci-fi about the Harlem Renaissance, or queer supernatural stories, these contemporary Black comics rock! Calvin Reid, senior news editor at Publishers Weekly, moderates.

Saturday July 20, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 9

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

11:00am

The History of Jack Kirby
The Jack Kirby Museum sits down with DC and Marvel artist Mark Badger, underground cartoonist Bruce Simon, and Kirby assistant and creative partner Steve Sherman for a historical slideshow on the life and career of Jack Kirby featuring an overview of his artistic progression from the 1940s through the 1980s, with an emphasis on his groundbreaking use of the spread. The panel will discuss the man behind the art from Simon's and Sherman's personal stories with Jack in the '60s and '70s, as well as the art itself. with an analysis of Kirby's methods, theories, and design.

Saturday July 20, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 7AB

11:00am

Top Cow 2019 and Beyond
Do you have what it takes for the Top Cow Talent Hunt? Are you ready for the return of Postal ? Where is Jackie Estacado ? Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri and president Matt Hawkins will accompany your favorite indie creators to part their wisdom and give you a taste of what's coming in 2020.

Saturday July 20, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 4

11:00am

Preservation of Comic Arts
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 11, 06:49PM
Local conservators Christina Bean (805 Conservation), Abigail Duckor (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Anna Laganà (Getty Conservation Institute), and Sophie Hunter (Academy Museum of Motion Pictures) discuss the best ways to preserve your comic books, memorabilia, and costumes. Learn helpful tips for protecting your collection and managing potential disasters. The panel will conclude with a Q&A session in which the audience is invited to share concerns and problems they have encountered with their collections.

Saturday July 20, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

11:15am

DC Year of the Villain
What happens when the villains of the DC universe finally get the upper hand? What kind of chaos will entail? The brains behind DC's Year of the Villain take you on this twist of heroism and see what's to come for the future of fan-favorite DC heroes. It's looking pretty evil right now!

Saturday July 20, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 6DE

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 Flintstones), joined this year by Disney legend Floyd Norman!

Saturday July 20, 2019 11:45am - 1:00pm
Room 6BCF

12:00pm

CBLDF: The Perils of Selling Comics
Know your rights! Hear from members of CBLDF for this fast-paced overview of the legal rights comic book stores depend upon. Learn about the law and your rights while getting tangible how-to info for managing risk scenarios like police visits, media attacks, and more. A must-attend for current and aspiring comic store staffers and creators alike.

Saturday July 20, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 11

12:00pm

IDW and Oni Press: Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons
Oni Press, IDW, and Dungeons & Dragons are busting out the 20-sided die for a second roll at Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons II: Painscape this fall, and they're giving Comic-Con attendees an exclusive sneak peek! The world's greatest role-playing game returns to plague the world's most dysfunctional animated family in the newly announced second series. Fan-favorite dice-dependent writer Jim Zub is joined by editor Chase Marotz, and Wizards of the Coast game designer Nathan Stewart for a full hour guaranteed to be more fun than any line for convention exclusives!

Saturday July 20, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 25ABC

12:00pm

Little Lulu and John Stanley Fan Group
The well-remembered, imaginative Little Lulu comic books were written during 1945–1959 by writer/artist John Stanley. Research is continuing to identify other work by this versatile but once-obscure master of comics storytelling. Come and learn more, and join in for a scripted radio-play style reading of a Golden Age Little Lulu story! All are welcome!

Saturday July 20, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

12:00pm

Spirit Skies: International Student Collaborative Comic
A panel on how students from two nations collaborated to write and illustrate a comic about environmental stewardship using the migration of the hummingbird. Timothy Stiven and Zachary Brown, conservatory coordinators from Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, will lead a session with student writers and editors Ashley Jabro, Hannah Wentworth, Samantha Chai, Justin Wang, and Giovanna Agrazal (Panama) and artists Katie Sheng, Jessica Li, and Riley Sullivan. they'll be discussing what it takes to edit and illustrate a student created multivolume graphic novel internationally.

Saturday July 20, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

12:00pm

The Official Aspen Comics Panel 2019
Frank Mastromauro (co-publisher of Aspen Comics), Peter Steigerwald (co-publisher of Aspen Comics), Vince Hernandez (VP/editor-in-chief of Aspen Comics), Mark Roslan (VP/director of design and production), Siya Oum (artist of Lola XOXO) and other Aspen creators will highlight upcoming comic books and reveal multimedia news about Aspen properties. The Aspen Comics team will also hold a Q&A with fans.

Saturday July 20, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 4

12:00pm

Comics and Geek Items for the Blind and Visually Impaired
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 08, 08:17PM
Blind and visually impaired people love comics, gaming, TV, movies, and all the sorts of science fiction/fantasy/horror artforms just as much as their sighted counterparts. How do they enjoy such things with little or no eyesight? Totally blind martial artist, competitive surfer, and unashamed geek Joshua Loya and actor/audio book narrator/writer Scott Brick will share available options for nonvisual entertainment. Panelists include Joshua Loya (champion surfer, martial artist, public speaker, and professional adventurer), Charles Constant (actor; studied with renown acting teacher Ted Liss in Chicago, and is currently participating in a two-year Meisner Technique program at the prestigious Baron-Brown Studios), Christina Stevens (audio description writer under Anna Capezzera at Deluxe; Christina has written for a significant number of titles, including Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, Stranger Things, and Aquaman), and Scott Brick (American actor, writer, and award-winning narrator of over 850 audiobooks by bestselling authors, including Michael Crichton, Frank Herbert, and Isaac Asimov).

Saturday July 20, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 2

12:00pm

Image Comics: The Inside Scoop on Comic Book Storytelling
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 11, 07:52PM
Bestselling writers David Walker (Bitter Root), Skottie Young (Middlewest), Joe Casey (JesusFreak), Cullen Bunn (Unearth), Ed Laroche (The Warning), Charles Soule (new project TBA), and Scott Snyder (new project TBA) give fans the inside scoop on their comic book storytelling techniques and world-building. Moderated by Geoff Boucher (genre editor at Deadline Hollywood).

Saturday July 20, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 7AB

12:30pm

The Super Heroes of DC
DC's legacy of epic storytelling marches on! The creative talent behind some of DC's most popular characters are on hand to give behind-the-scenes details on their stories and how they put their own unique voices to the heroes and villains that DC fans have come to know and love (and hate)!

Saturday July 20, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 6DE

1:00pm

Action Lab Comics: Creator Spectacular
Dave Dwonch will be joined by superstar creators to reveal the amazing lineup coming from Action Lab, which features such creators as David Pepose (Spencer & Locke), Rylend Grant (screenwriter), and many more. Plus don't forget the giveaways!

Saturday July 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 4

1:00pm

Conservation + Comics: Enhancing the Understanding of Science Through Art
Samantha Wynns (biologist and educator, National Park Service), Alonso Nunez (artist and proprietor, Little Fish Comic Book Studio), Alex Warneke (chemical ecologist and science communicator, the Climate Science Alliance), and Garfield Kwan (marine biologist and director, Squidtoons) discuss how art is an incredible tool to tell the story of science, changing STEM to STEAM. Moderated by Paul Wynns (aerospace engineer and director, the Kevin Workman Foundation). There will be a live demonstration, and audience participation is encouraged.

Saturday July 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

1:00pm

Crowdfunding Comics: An Inside Look
Billy Tucci's Crowfunding Comics YouTube channel leads a spirited discussion on how to Kickstart your own success from comic and film superstars Brian Pulido (Lady Death), Jimmy Palmiotti (Painkiller Jane), Tucci (Shi), Doug TenNapel (Earthworm Jim), Brian Miller (Hi-Fi Color for Comics), and Steven Peros (Stoker & Wells). Moderated by J. C. Vaughn (Vampire, PA).

Saturday July 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 28DE

1:00pm

Innovations in Comics
Love comics? Love technology? Hear from some of the leaders of both fields as they discuss ways to "increase the pie" for the comics industry, as well as innovations in technology that allow us broader and great access to comics than ever before. Panelists Jordan Plosky (founder, ComicBlitz), Atom Freeman (Sales & BizDev, ComicHub), Shing Yin Khor (Ignatz Award winner, Thought Leader at Kickstarter), and Nick Coglianese (founder, Key Collector Comic App) will give attendees an in-depth look at some new technology, ideas, and innovations on the horizon. Moderated by Brett Schenker (founder, Graphic Policy).

Saturday July 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 9

1:00pm

Comics Arts Conference Session #11: Who is the Black Panther? The Psychology of Black Panther, Wakanda, and the Transformative Power of Comic Books
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 11, 05:04PM
Psychologists J. Scott Jordan (Illinois State University), Travis Langley (Henderson State University), Billy San Juan (Daredevil Psychology: The Devil You Know), and Eric Wesselmann (Illinois State University) along with comic book creators Don McGregor (Black Panther), Victor Dandridge, Jr. (Vantage:Inhouse Productions), and Alex Simmons (Blackjack) participate in an in-depth discussion of the psychological issues addressed in Black Panther comics, including microaggressions, cultural representation, social exclusion, gender roles, bullying, individualistic versus holist cultures, forms of collectivism, and the role of ritual in cultural sustainment. The panel addresses the psychological factors at play during the creation of the comic book world of Wakanda as well as the transformative influence of Black Panther comics on both the industry and the public.

Saturday July 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 26AB

1:30pm

Nerdist: Subverting the Hero's Journey
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 08, 08:54PM
Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix. All beloved stories that follow the hero's journey-the mythic structure of all great stories. Though many have explored why this ancient template has inspired so many great works, it's time to adjust our thinking for a modern age. What exactly is the hero's journey? How do some of pop culture's newest heroes-Captain Marvel, Miles Morales, Rey-follow or subvert this pattern? And what does the reaction to these characters say about the state of fandom and storytelling? Nerdist editor-in-chief Rachel Heine, Preeti Chhibber (author, Peter and Ned's Ultimate Travel Journal), Hector Navarro (host, DC Daily), Joshua Yehl (senior features and news editor, IGN), Danielle Radford (writer, ScreenJunkies), and Jessica Delfanti (narrative lead, Fable Labs) break down what it truly means to be a “hero.”

Saturday July 20, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 5AB

1:45pm

DC: My Secret Origin
Whoever said “the shortest distance between two points is a straight line” definitely wasn't trying to get into comic books! If you want to find out how some of DC's most popular talent found their way into the industry, then here's your chance to get an inside look at how some of DC's top writers and artist broke into the business and ended up creating stories featuring your favorite DC heroes and villains.

Saturday July 20, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Room 6DE

1:45pm

Marvel Comics: Next Big Thing
Legendary writer Jonathan Hickman is joined by Marvel editor-in-chief C. B. Cebulski and other mighty Marvel panelists to bring you all the latest and greatest news straight from the House of Ideas. Learn what comes next for the X-Men after the senses-shattering revelations of the House of X and Powers of X !! Plus, stick around for a few things they can't even hint at yet!

Saturday July 20, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Room 6A

2:00pm

35 Years of TMNT: Self-Publishing and More
Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is celebrating 35 years of Turtles this year alongside multitudes of Turtle fans worldwide. In May of 1984, the first copy of TMNT hit stores and it's been a wild ride ever since. Kevin is thrilled to be self-publishing again, especially in this special anniversary year with his newest projects: Drawing Blood and the Radically Rearranged Ronin Ragdolls . Hear Kevin discuss all things self-publishing. He will be accompanied by writer and co-creator of Drawing Blood, David Avallone and artist Ben Bishop.

Saturday July 20, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 28DE

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

2:00pm

Ask Me Anything: Pick Educators' and Creators' Brains on Comics in Classrooms
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 09, 06:14PM
This Q&A session allows attendees to ask a range of professionals about incorporating comics in classrooms. Ask the panelists about recommendations, how to get parents/administrators on board, how to find supporting resources, or even how to discuss authorial intent with your students. These teacher/creator panelists can help you out: educators Meryl Jaffe (Johns Hopkins University, Worth a Thousand Words), Derek Heid (HS ELA, TVUSD), Tracy Edmunds (LitX, Graphic Novels are Elementary!), authors Mark Seigel (5 Worlds) and James Parks (Rickety Stitch), editor Gina Gagliano (Penguin Random House), Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules) with moderator/educator Talia Hurwich (NYU, Worth a Thousand Words).

Saturday July 20, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

2:00pm

Comics Arts Conference Session #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! Jason Goldman-Hall (Pioneer High School) outlines the process that teachers can follow to get texts like Pride of Baghdad approved by high school districts and details curricular anchors and assessment opportunities. Brandon Daniels (Webster University) uses Black Monday Murders to illustrate and better understand Mark Fisher's concept of the eerie. Michelle D. Miranda (Farmingdale State College, SUNY) explores the role of detection and forensic investigation to demonstrate that the Flash and Batman have risen to a specialized class of superhero-a dual persona of superhero and hero-detective brought about by incorporating detection and forensic science. Danielle Kohfeldt, John Nguyen, and Maricela Correa-Chávez (all California State University, Long Beach) drew on survey results to examine the experiences and perceptions of comics fans and to conclude that a strong sense of community drives fan participation and is essential to comic fan identity. In a study of an upper-division statistics and data management class, Carl Renold (LMFT) found that students who received the material supplemented by a comic book reported higher levels of engagement with the material and less anxiety about the concepts presented. Barbara Glaeser (California State University, Fullerton), Susan Butler (Capistrano Unified School District), and Brianna Flores (writer and illustrator) share their classroom research on the effectiveness of their graphic novel The Talker to teach second- and third-grade students about communication technology that “speaks” for nonverbal children with disabilities. Patrick Murphy (Weber State University) uses Marvel Romance Redux, which rewrote the scripts to Silver Age romance comics but left the art alone, to highlight the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis that language determines the perceived structure of the world. Antonio Chavarria (Museum of Indian Arts and Culture) and Diego Romero (Contemporary Pueblo Potter) present Cochiti Pueblo Potter Romero's historical and autobiographical artworks inspired by comics to create narratives of Native American history, conflict, and identity. Christopher Warren and Jonelle Prideaux (both California State University, Long Beach) present their systematic analysis of mental health representations in comics and the effects on audiences' self-perceptions and mental illness stigma. Edd Schneider and Julia Salvatore (both Ithaca College) present the results of a large-scale content analysis of American superhero comics investigating how head injury is depicted. Noah Simonson (Hillsboro School District) provides information about a 15-week Comics Academy that teaches fourth- to sixth-graders how to collaborate to bring their comic books to life. Eric Bruce, Emily Lilo, Shawn Sellers, and Janet Roberts (all Western Oregon University) use Walking Dead comics to analyze the impact of social exclusion and extreme conditions on diseases of despair and the dimensions of wellness to consider how political and economic climate leads to poor health outcomes. Matt Yockey (University of Toledo) and Deseure DeBerry present an anti-oppressive approach to a STEAM education proposal centered on superhero comics (both reading and creating) integrated into project-based learning. Amy Wagner (University of the Incarnate Word) presents a thematic content analysis of several graphic novels and comics related to various aspects of aging, including caregiving for an aging parent, emotional labor, and the portrayal of illness and disease. Robert Hoffman (The Military Technological College) presents the results from a mixed-methods study conducted at a technical college in the Middle East to see if the introduction of comics into the English Foundation program would result in higher grammar and vocabulary scores on standardized exams. Peter Coogan, Alana Korol, and Elena Biske (all Washington University) discuss and demonstrate how students can do expository, analytical, and nonfiction papers in comics form.

Saturday July 20, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 26AB

2:30pm

Invader Zim
Celebrate four years of Invader ZIM comics with Oni president and publisher James Lucas Jones, Jhonen Vasquez (Invader ZIM creator and overlord), Eric Trueheart (Invader ZIM writer), Sam Logan (Invader ZIM comics writer), and others. Gain exclusive insight into Invader Zim comics, including information about the fabled issue #50 coming out in December.

Saturday July 20, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 24ABC

2:30pm

Sales for Comic Publishers
A panel for all creators who want to know how to increase their sales, newcomers looking to break into sales jobs, and publishers looking to learn from the professionals. Featuring experienced staff behind large publishers, including Allison King (formerly of Penguin Random House), Spencer Simpson (BOOM! Studios), Sean Brice (Dark Horse), Bob Wayne (former SVP of Sales at DC), and Devin Funches (Lion Forge). Moderated by Hope Nicholson (publisher, Bedside Press).

Saturday July 20, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 5AB

2:30pm

Spotlight on Willie Ito
Willie Ito discusses his 50 years in animation working for a multitude of companies such as Disney, Warner Bros., Bob Clampett, Hanna-Barbera, and Sanrio, as well as his comic book work with Marvel, Petersen Publishing, and Western Publishing. Having held such titles as producer/director for Aloha Productions, product designer for Disney Consumer Products, and publisher for Yabitoon Books, Willie will have much to speak about.

Saturday July 20, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
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

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

3:00pm

International Spotlight: Paco Roca
Spanish cartoonist Paco Roca got his start drawing the unpretentious action series Road Cartoons for legendary comics magazine El Víbora . His graphic novel Wrinkles won every Spanish comics award and has since been adapted into an animated feature film. Joining him in conversation is Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets), UCLA comics scholar Esther Claudio, and his English-language publisher, Gary Groth (founder, Fantagraphics).

Saturday July 20, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 9

3:00pm

Marvel Comics: Marvel Fanfare with C. B. Cebulski
This is your chance to meet the head of editorial at Marvel! In an exclusive interview, editor-in-chief C. B. Cebulski, along with superstar talent including Rob Liefeld and Skottie Young, will talk about anything and everything involved with Marvel Comics. What secrets are held in the House of X ? Can Venom prove himself a true hero in Absolute Carnage ? When is Dazzler's next album coming out? What were C. B., Rob, and Skottie's favorite Marvel characters as kids, and how do they feel about those characters now? Ask these questions and more in the Q&A!

Saturday July 20, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6A

3:00pm

Todd McFarlane: Raw and Uncensored
Todd McFarlane, Image Comics founder, creator of Spawn, co-creator of Venom, and McFarlane Toys CEO, talks about his 30+ years in the comics and entertainment industries. You'll experience Todd raw and uncensored-talking toys, comics, industry advice, and more! He'll also be talking about one of the biggest milestones in his career, Spawn 300, which will set the record for the longest-running creator-owned superhero comic ever! Bring your burning questions for a Toddfather Q&A.

Saturday July 20, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6DE

3:00pm

Water, Earth, Fire, Air: Continuing the Avatar Legacy
Dark Horse Comics, Abrams Books, and Nickelodeon are thrilled to treat fans to a panel worthy of Aang himself! Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino, Avatar: The Last Airbender-Imbalance writer Faith Erin Hicks, and Avatar, The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi writer F. C. Yee will provide further exploration of the beloved world. Fans will also have the opportunity to showcase their knowledge of the elements in a fun trivia competition for awesome prizes!

Saturday July 20, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 7AB

3:30pm

Skybound: Comic Books and Creators
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 11, 06:37PM
Sean Mackiewicz (Gasolina, SVP and editor-in-chief at Skybound), Daniel Warren Johnson (Murder Falcon, Extremity), Brandon Thomas (Excellence), and Khary Randolph (Excellence) come together to discuss their latest published works. Moderated by Brian Huntington (Skybound's VP of online content).

Saturday July 20, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 8

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

80th Anniversary of Archie Comics Superheroes
In 1939 MLJ Comics, the company later rebranded as Archie Comics, published Blue Ribbon Comics and entered the world of superheroes with Bob Phantom. They would go on to create a pantheon of superheroes, including the first patriotic superhero the Shield and fan favorites like the Comet, Hangman, the Fly, Lancelot Strong, and many more. These heroes have appeared in both Archie Comics and DC Comics. They have been reprinted in England, France, Germany, and Brazil. They have crossed over to radio, film, and the pulps. Presented here is the 80-year history of the greatest superheroes of the Archie Universe from the people who brought you the MLJ Companion : Rik Offenberger (Archie Comics), Paul Castiglia (Archie Comics), Jon B. Cook (TwoMorrows Publishing), and John Morrow (TwoMorrows Publishing), as well as writer and movie producer Michael Uslan (Batman) and Golden Age comic expert J.C. Vaughn (Gemstone Publishing).

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

4:00pm

Abrams ComicArts Anniversary: 10 Years of Graphic Novel Publishing
Over the past decade, Abrams ComicArts has published nearly 100 graphic novels, from New York Times bestsellers to Eisner Award–winning monographs, including My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf, Kirby: King of Comics by Mark Evanier, and Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Octavia Butler adapted by Damian Duffy and illustrated by John Jennings. ComicArts has maintained its dedication to publishing a curated list of stunning, thoughtfully designed books while expanding its reach and vision in an ever-changing publishing marketplace. Panelists include editorial director Charles Kochman, editor Charlotte Greenbaum, publisher Andrew Smith, and author John Jennings, who will discuss what it takes to publish a successful graphic novel while reflecting on the past, present, and future of the imprint, including Megascope, the recently announced line of comics curated by Jennings, which will showcase speculative works by and about people of color, with a focus on science fiction, fantasy, horror, and stories of magical realism.

Saturday July 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 28DE

4:00pm

Reimagining 2000 AD
2000 AD has been one of the most prolific and iconic publications on shelves since 1977. But the future of the comic is just as exciting, and in this panel, a crack group of creators and critics discuss how 2000 AD 's owners, Rebellion, are embracing new creators and outlooks to push 2000 AD even further into the future! Moderated by journalist Rosie Knight.

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

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

4:30pm

Fantagraphics: Forty-Three and Counting
Over its 40+ years in the comics industry, Fantagraphics has grown from scrappy beginnings to the internationally recognized publisher of some of the world's greatest cartoonists, past and present. Founder Gary Groth, associate publisher Eric Reynolds, publicist Jacq Cohen, and cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets) discuss what it took to make Fantagraphics what it is today, share some choice anecdotes from the company's history, and drop tantalizing hints of what to expect in years to come. Moderated by senior editor for NPR's Arts Desk Nina Gregory.

Saturday July 20, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 26AB

4:30pm

ValiantFans.com: Bloodshot, X-O Manowar, and More
Valiant fans from around the world celebrate Valiant's 14th annual SDCC fan panel. Moderated by Vulture's Abraham Riesman, panelists include Magdalene Visaggio (Doctor Mirage), Tim Seeley (Bloodshot), Cullen Bunn (Punk Mambo), Fred Pierce (Valiant publisher), Robert Meyers (editorial director), Mel Caylo (director of marketing), Emily Hecht (sales and social media manager), and Dani Ward (sales manager). Check out exclusive sneak peeks of current and upcoming series like Killers, Doctor Mirage, and Bloodshot, who will hit the big screen in 2020!

Saturday July 20, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 8

5:00pm

Rolling the Dice: Where Comics and Role Playing Collide
Role-playing games of all genres and types are making a strong comeback, but did you know some of your favorite comic creators not only play these games but also create and run them? This panel of secret and not-so-secret role-playing comics creators includes Kieron Gillen (DIE, The Wicked + The Divine), Jim Zub (Stone Star, Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons), Spike Trotman (Delver, Iron Circus Comics), and M. K. Reed (Delver), who will discuss the mind-bending intersection between creating comics, diving into the make-believe world of RPGs, and how one creative world influences the other. DMed by comiXologists Ivan Salazar and Jose Sagastume.

Saturday July 20, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 28DE

5:00pm

DIY Comics: Publish, Don't Perish
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 08, 08:33PM
Kickstarter, Patreon, webcomics, Instagram, the "Image model": whether it's the first comic you've ever published or just the most recent, there are many ways to reach your audience. Rylend Grant (Action Lab's Banjax and Aberrant) presents this freewheeling panel showcasing the paths taken by a handful of highly successful creators. Featuring panelists David Avallone (Drawing Blood), Lynly Forrest (Hex11), Charlie Stickney (White Ash), Tony Fabro (Three Panel Crimes), and Omar Mora (The Unearthians).

Saturday July 20, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 4

5:15pm

Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige and surprise panelists provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Saturday July 20, 2019 5:15pm - 6:45pm
Hall H

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

5:30pm

Ignite with Humanoids' H1 Stars
Controversial, political, and timely, Humanoids' new shared universe H1 has the comic book industry talking. Moderator Hector Navarro (Nerdist, Geek and Sundry) is joined by Humanoids chief creative officer John Cassaday, director of creative development Mark Waid (Ignited), and some of the most exciting creators in comics, including Ignited co-writer Kwanza Osajyefo and artist Phil Briones, The Big Country writer Quinton Peeples and artist Dennis Calero, Meyer writer Jonathan Lang, and Strangelands co-writer Magdalene Visaggio and Omni artist Alitha Martinez. They will tell you all about breaking the status quo and creating new stories with H1. An exclusive John Cassaday Ignited print will be given out at the panel.

Saturday July 20, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 8

5:30pm

Diversity in Writing: Women Writers and Producers Take Charge in TV, Animation, Comics, Games, Online
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 09, 07:37PM
Award-winning diverse women writers and producers will discuss creating stories with strong diverse female characters across TV, animation, comics, and games; they'll also address the importance of diverse representation, getting started in writing, and their career paths from writing to executive producing top shows. Panelists include Nicole Dubuc (Star Wars Forces of Destiny, Rebels; producer of Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy; winner of WGA Animation Writing Award), Denise Downer (Marvel's Avengers Black Panther's Quest, Power Rangers: Beast Morphers), Keto Shimizu (DC's Legends of Tomorrow, executive producer and writer; Arrow), Silvia Olivas (Disney's Elena of Avalor, producer and writer; Moesha), Anne Toole (Horizon Zero Dawn, WGA Video Game Award winner; The Lizzie Bennet Diaries), Joelle Sellner (DC Super Hero Girls, Sonic Boom), and Gloria Shen (Disney Channel's Amphibia). Moderated by Kevin Winston, Digital LA, CEO.

Saturday July 20, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 26AB

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

6:00pm

Pirates: Fact and Fiction in Four Colors
Pirates epitomize freedom, solidarity, and rebellion, while enthralling those who long for freedom on the sea. Pirates are also a cornerstone of literature, video games, movies, and especially comics-from EC's Piracy to The Phantom to Image's new Shanghai Red series. But how much of our pirate notions are true? Discover the truth of piracy and the exciting new developments in opening the cannon of piracy (especially for female pirates) with a panel led by historical researcher Naomi Hanson (Ithaca College).

Saturday July 20, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 9

6:00pm

Black and Queer in Popular Media
UPDATED: Sat, Jul 20, 05:01PM
Black representation has gained integral attention within the geek culture. However, Black Queer characters and stories continue to be limited or absent from the discussion. Prism Comics and moderator Viktor Kerney (StrangeLore, co-host of the MEGASHEEN podcast) and panelists Clarkisha Kent (Entertainment Weekly), Eric Cooper (Knight Seeker, CEO of Black Label ComiCon), Valerie Complex (Writer, Film Critic), and William O. Tyler (Ratboy, Theater of Terror: Revenge of the Queers; Cinephilia) discuss a myriad of topics from portrayals of Black Queer people across media platforms to Black Queer contributions to the sci-fi, fantasy, comics genre.

Saturday July 20, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 29AB

6:00pm

Elfquest: The Quest Continues
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 09, 01:29AM
Last year (2018) saw the conclusion of Elfquest: Final Quest and the wrap-up of a decades-long storyline and hero's journey. Ever since, readers have been wondering if that marked the end of Elfquest itself. The answer, of course, is no! Something new is coming from Team Elfquest and Dark Horse Comics, and it will be announced at Comic-Con. The creators, writers, and artists, Wendy Pini, Richard Pini, and Sonny Strait, will reveal plans for the Wolfriders for 2019 and beyond, and field any and all questions you may have.

Saturday July 20, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 23ABC

6:30pm

Dynamite Entertainment: One-on-One with Darick Robertson (In Celebration of Amazon's The Boys)
Executive editor Joseph Rybandt introduces artist Darick Robertson (The Boys) plus surprise panelists to reveal behind-the-scenes stories about everyone's favorite renegades. Q&A session moderated by CEO/publisher Nick Barrucci.

Saturday July 20, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 26AB

7:00pm

How to Self-Publish and Adapt Comic Books to Film/TV
Molly Mahan (editor at DC Comics), Tomm Coker (Black Monday Murders, Image Comics), Paul Roman Martinez (Adventures of 19XX), Ethan McQuerrey (Lore of the Hávamál), and Cat Mihos (director of development for Neil Gaiman) will be discussing how to break in to self-publishing and much more.

Saturday July 20, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 28DE

7:00pm

The Monster Lab: Crafting Memorable Villains
Creators such as Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion; Omensight), Jon McGoran (Spliced), Randy Varnell (Borderlands), and Devri Walls (Venators) will divulge their creation process for fantastic villains. Catch this chilling discussion and vote for which villain wins the best villain award!

Saturday July 20, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 25ABC

7:00pm

Spiritual Themes in Comics
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 09, 05:49PM
Spiritual Themes in Comics continues the always-lively discussion of spiritual themes in comics, television, and movies. This panel delves into how spirituality influences the entertainment industry and in turn impacts the culture's perception of spiritual influences. This is the 23rd year of the Spiritual Themes in Comics panel and panelists include Scott Mercano (Diablo Publishing), Travis Hanson (Beanleaf Press), B. Dave Walters (Vampire the Masquerade), Buzz Dixon (G.I. Joe), Hector Miray (Faith and Fandom), Goldie Chan (Forbes), and Kyle Keene (moderator).

Saturday July 20, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 4

7:00pm

DC Universe Series Sneak Previews and Q&A
DC fans, this is your Universe! DC Universe has established itself as the premium go-to destination for fans of all things DC, and they are just getting started! Spend your Saturday night with select producers and stars from DC Universe's original live-action and animated series and get the latest updates and sneak previews on Titans, Doom Patrol, Harley Quinn and Young Justice: Outsiders .

Saturday July 20, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

7:00pm

Out in Comics Year 32: Tearing Down a Stonewall
The comic world's longest-running panel turns 32! With LGBTQ or LGBTQ-friendly creators as writers, artists, directors, producers, actors, entertainers, and journalists, what do their characters and creations mean for diverse representation, characters, and storylines on comics, film, and television? Just three weeks after the 50th anniversary of the of the Stonewall Riots-which changed the battle for gay rights forever-this diverse all-star panel will celebrate and spotlight creators, comics, and fans as they discuss the past, present, and future Out in Comics. Founding moderator and bestselling author Andy Mangels (Wonder Woman '77 Meets The Bionic Woman, Star Trek and Star Wars books and comics) again chairs the panel and welcomes panelists Justin Hall (writer/editor of Fantagraphics' No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, producer of the upcoming 2020 film No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics, and teacher at California College of the Arts), Maya Kern (artist of the Hearts Thorns and Scales book and the webcomic Monster Pop!, nominated for the 2017 PRISM Awards), Che Grayson (Brooklyn-based filmmaker and writer for Image's Bitch Planet Triple Feature, IDW's Femme Magnifique, and Lion Forge's Noble), Alitha E. Martinez (GLAAD-award-winning artist of Black Panther: World of Wakanda; artist for Batgirl, NBC's Heroes, Riverdale, Iron Man, and more), Chad Michaels (RuPaul’s DragRace), Vincent J. Roth (writer, producer and star of cinema's first gay superhero films, 2004's Surge of Power: The Stuff of Heroes, 2017's Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel, and the upcoming 2020 film, Surge of Dawn), Chuck Rozanski (Colorado owner of Mile High Comics, one of the largest comic chains in the world, and nationally recognized drag queen and Imperial Sovereign Court Titleholder Bettie Pages), Brandon T. Snider (author of the queer-inclusive Avengers: Infinity War middle-grade books, and many Wonder Woman, Batman, Adventure Time, Peter Powers, and other young readers books), and Lilah Sturges (writer of the books Lumberjanes: The Internal Compass and The Magicians: Alice's Story; writer and co-writer of DC's Jack of Fables, Shadowpact, House of Mystery, Blue Beetle, and more). The panel will also include footage from WB's Batwoman, No Straight Lines, and Surge of Dawn, plus an all-ages trailer for the 2019 film festival Dirty Sexy Comics, a documentary by Robert Chandler. The panel will be followed by a brief Prism Comics Fan Mixer, allowing LGBTQ fans and allies to meet and mingle!

Saturday July 20, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 29AB

7:15pm

Kevin Smith Reboots Hall H!
Like long lines and oversized giveaway bags, Ink Pot Award-winner Kevin Smith has become an inevitable fixture of Comic-Con. But instead of hitting the stage and talking about past glories like he usually does, this year Smitty's bringing a new movie to Hall H-a new flick that's built on . . . past glories. See the world premiere of the Jay & Silent Bob Reboot trailer, followed by a Hall H-only sneak preview of the movie-within-a-movie scene from the reboot Jay and Silent Bob are trying to stop: Bluntman V Chronic ! Joined by star Jason Mewes and other funny folks from the flick, this panel will be far from Silent, Bob!

Saturday July 20, 2019 7:15pm - 9:00pm
Hall H

7:30pm

Sound and Fury: Creators of Animatrix and Batman Ninja Unite for Sturgill Simpson
Takashi Okazaki (Afro Samruai) and Jumpei Mizusaki (Batman Ninja) team up for the first time with Sturgill Simpson (Grammy Award-winning musician, A Sailor's Guide to Earth) on a new film that merges American rock music with anime in a way never seen before. Moderated by Shun Ochiai (radio DJ and narrator in Avengers Assemble) the team will debut the first 90-second trailer for the film as well as discuss the making of the project.

Saturday July 20, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 5AB

8:00pm

The Technology Behind Spider-Man's Rogues Gallery
The FGGGbT Brain Trust (Daniel J. Glenn, Dr. Michael Dennin, and Ben Siepser) takes a closer look at the gadgets and gizmos Spider-Man's villains use against him. They will examine Electro, Shocker, Green Goblin, Sandman, and Scorpion.

Saturday July 20, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 9
 
Sunday, July 21
 

10:00am

DC Sunday Conversation
DC publisher Dan DiDio and an all-star roster of talent will be in this funny and interactive celebration of all things DC and comic books! If you just plain love talking about DC comic books with some of the top names in the business, this is the panel for you!

Sunday July 21, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 6DE

10:00am

Doctor Who: Creating Thirteenth Doctor Comics
Doctor Who comics have seen a surge in popularity since the launch of The Thirteenth Doctor last year. To celebrate, go behind the scenes with Titan's Doctor Who creators (past and present) to discuss what goes into making a monthly comic series. Join Titan Comics editor David Leach as he chats with Thirteenth Doctor writer Jody Houser, along with former writers Cavan Scott and George Mann, and take fans on a journey through space and time.

Sunday July 21, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 25ABC

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

10:00am

Spotlight on Jonathan Hickman
Jonathan Hickman (X-Men, Avengers, Fantastic Four, Secret Wars) holds a Q&A session where he will answer any question you might have about his upcoming relaunch of the X-Men franchise at Marvel along with industry advice and insight.

Sunday July 21, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 7AB

10:00am

The Open Meeting of the Christian Comic Arts Society
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 09, 04:49PM
In its 22nd year, the Open Meeting of the CCAS is where Christian professionals in the entertainment and education fields discuss their faith and how it influences them in their professions, their decisions, and the creative process. Panelists will include Sergio Cariello (Action Bible), Carmi Greene (actress/talent agent), Hector Miray (Faith and Fandom), Luis Serrano (Sampson), Joe Queen (Geeky Guys and Gals 4 God), Mario DeMatteo (Bear Truth Collective), and Kyle Keene (moderator).

Sunday July 21, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 28DE

10:00am

The Annual Jack Kirby Tribute Panel
This annual panel celebrates Comic-Con's first superstar guest, the man they call "The King of Comics," Jack Kirby. Jack left us in 1994, but his influence on comics, film, and this convention has never been greater. Discussing the man and his work this year are Kurt Busiek (Astro City, Marvels), Buzz Dixon (Thundarr the Barbarian, Destroyer Duck), Mike Royer (Kirby's favorite inker), attorney Paul S. Levine, and maybe a few surprise panelists. Naturally, it's moderated by former Kirby assistant Mark Evanier.

Sunday July 21, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Room 5AB

10:30am

IDW: Comics for Kids!
Ever wonder what it takes to make an all-ages comic? Ever want to try your hand at making your own? Kim Dwinell (Surfside Girls), James Kochalka (Johnny Boo), Sam Maggs (Marvel Action: Captain Marvel, My Little Pony), Jarod Roselló (Red Panda and Moon Bear), Evan Stanley (Sonic the Hedgehog), and IDW Publishing present a behind-the-scenes look at how your favorite comics are made. It's sure to be a morning full of fun activities, secret surprises, and much, much more! And bonus: a free comic for every kid in attendance!

Sunday July 21, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 23ABC

11:00am

Friends of Lulu: We Changed Comics
Friends of Lulu was a nonprofit founded 25 years ago to get more women and girls involved in comics-and it worked! Hear from founding board members Jackie Estrada (Exhibit A Press, Comic Book People), Heidi MacDonald (The Beat), Trina Robbins (Pretty in Ink, Wimmen's Comix), Liz Schiller (Strawberry Jam Comics), and Anina Bennett (Boilerplate, Heartbreakers) how the ideas FoL promoted in 1994 helped create the explosion of comics for a more diverse audience today. Find out how 30 women meeting in a coffee shop during Comic-Con in 1993 grew into a national organization that published news, comics, and a retailer handbook; organized panels and conferences; and gave out the annual Lulu Awards.

Sunday July 21, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 32AB

11:00am

Raising Super Readers: Inside DC's Middle Grade Graphic Novels
It's Sunday Family Day at the Con! Bring your kids to this fun discussion with your favorite DC writers and artists to get the inside scoop on DC's new lineup of middle-grade graphic novels. Hear from Gustavo Duarte (Dear Justice League), Agnes Garbowska (DC Super Hero Girls), Art Baltazar (Superman of Smallville), and even more panelists on how they reimagined DC's most popular superheroes for younger readers. And, get a preview of new stories to kick off the upcoming school year. Artists will also share their special drawing tips and tools of the trade, allowing you and your kids to walk away with a new set of drawing skills!

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

11:00am

Manga: An Intro for Comics Fans
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 12, 07:37PM
Are you a comic fan who is also interested in anime and manga but don't really know how to dive in? These panelists are here to help. ComiXologist Taylor Morgan and Ivan Salazar ask an amazing panel of comics luminaries and tastemakers to recommend the best of manga past and present. These panelists include Deb Aoki (Anime News Network), Kel McDonald (The Stone King), Gabriela Downie (Looney Tunes Comics), and Chris Butcher (artistic director of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival). Tell them your favorite comic, movie, or TV show, and they'll give you a manga to match.

Sunday July 21, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 24ABC

11:00am

The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited! Graphic Novel
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 12, 04:40PM
In the second Adventure Zone graphic novel (adapted from the McElroy family's wildly popular D&D podcast), readers rejoin hero-adjacent sort-of-comrades-in-arms Taako, Magnus, and Merle on a wild careen through a D&D railroad murder mystery. This installment has a little of everything: a genius child detective, an axe-wielding professional wrestler, a surly wizard, cursed magical artifacts, and a pair of meat monsters. (You know, the usual things you find on a train.) Hear from co-creators of The Adventure Zone, Clint McElroy and Travis McElroy, as well as co-adapter and illustrator for the graphic novel, Carey Pietsch, to learn more about the Murder on the Rockport Limited. Moderated by Satine Phoenix (Sirens Show, Gilding Light).

Sunday July 21, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 7AB

11:15am

Making Comics the Marvel Way
A slew of mighty Marvel panelists take you behind the scenes and show you how a Marvel comic book is made. Learn about every aspect of production, including writing, pencilling, inking, coloring, editing, and more, with creators on hand to offer personal insights and anecdotes.

Sunday July 21, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 5AB

11:15am

Spotlight on Scott Snyder
Scott Snyder takes you on a tour of his upcoming creator-owned projects. Ever wonder what it takes to launch your own creator-owned, self-published titles? Well Scott is going to walk you through the process while in the meantime letting you in on some stuff that he is doing with creators such as Charles Soule, Rafael Albuquerque, Greg Capullo, Jock, and many others.

Sunday July 21, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 6DE

11:30am

The Craft: Magic in Young Adult Comics
The appeal of magic is undeniable, but how do you make your magical story unique? Epic Reads founder Margot Wood leads a discussion with Gene Ha (Mae), D. J. Kirkland and Daniel Barnes (Black Mage), Preeti Chhibber (Peter & Ned's Ultimate Travel Journal), Sarah Graley (Kim Reaper, Glitch), and Samuel Sattin (Bezkamp, Glint), who will discuss what magic brings to the page, how to develop a unique viewpoint, and where their inspiration comes from.

Sunday July 21, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 23ABC

11:30am

Comics Arts Conference Session #14: The Structure of Comics
Neil Cohn (Tilburg University) questions the "universality" of the comics medium by analyzing comics from Europe, Asia, and America, finding patterns that cluster together to differentiate the visual languages used in different types of comics and considering how those patterns may change how people's brains process sequential images. Suzy Kim (Brown University) adapts comics theory to explore London's architecture and the form of the panels that depict it in From Hell, arguing that the visibilities of the body in urban architecture guide readerly attention to the possibilities for movement in urban space on the page. Phillip Vaughan (University of Dundee) traces the history of fumetti (photocomics) in the UK and U.S. in the 1970s and 1980s and their recent comeback in Star Trek: New Visions and software like Comic Life. Through the lenses of comics theory and ludology, Christopher Murray (University of Dundee) considers how webcomics incorporate elements of play with enhanced reader choice to draw out the tension between concepts of games as a kind of experience or as a mode of storytelling.

Sunday July 21, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 26AB

12:00pm

Growing Up with Comics: Introducing Younger Readers to Graphic Storytelling
Comics are a great way to get kids interested in art, reading, and storytelling-and, well, they're fun! Hear from Cecil Castellucci (Soupy Leaves Home, Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), Sarah Graley (Minecraft Volume One), and Amy Mebberson (Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet: Click Start-A Select-Your-Story Adventure) to discover and discuss the ever-growing library of incredible all-ages comics!

Sunday July 21, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 28DE

12:00pm

Sketch-to-Screen: Dark Phoenix, Men in Black, and Beyond
Visionary concept artist Aaron Sims (Stranger Things, Ready Player One, Planet of the Apes trilogy) and the ASC Artist Team reveal the secrets behind their character and world-building concept designs, pre-visualizations, and visual effects for some of the most iconic film and television franchises of a generation. Through a series of 3D models, animatics, and breakdowns, they'll demonstrate how your favorite superheroes, villains, and monsters are brought to life, including some of this summer's biggest blockbusters, from sketch-to-screen.

Sunday July 21, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 7AB

12:00pm

Spotlight on Jae Lee
Have you wondered what life is like for a comic book artist? Are you looking for tips and tricks of the trade? If so, please join Comic-Con special guest Jae Lee for his spotlight panel.

Sunday July 21, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 4

12:30pm

Collider: Covering the Best in Fandom
Amy Dallen (Collider Heroes) and Coy Jandreau (Heroes, Comic Book Shopping) join Perri Nemiroff (Collider Movie Talk) for a spirited discussion about the comic book movies they love and what they want to see in the future. The panelists will be joined by other Collider personalities for a Q&A session with fans.

Sunday July 21, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 6DE

12:30pm

LGBTQ, Mental Health, and Comics
Moderated by Lorran Garrison, the panel will talk about how comics, cosplay, video gaming, and other forms of pop culture foster mental health wellness of teens and young adults. More specifically, the panel will dive deep into the impact of comics and pop culture within the LGBTQIA community. Bullying and suicide ideation are two of the many issues the LGBTQIA community combats, and panelists will give advice and resources about coping with unsupportive families, finding/creating community, and ways family members can show up for their queer loved one. Lorran Garrison is a school psychologist student (San Diego, CA) with an early childhood development background. She has also been trained in parent education with Resources for Infant Educarers. Other panelists: Anthony E. Zuiker is the creator of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and co-founder and publisher of Zuiker Press. Tara Madison Avery is a publisher, cartoonist, and illustrator of Stacked Deck Press, specializing in LGBTQAIU interests. Dr. Janina Scarlet is a licensed clinical psychologist and founder/developer of Superhero Therapy, recipient of Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award from the United Nations. Justine Mastin is a licensed marriage and family therapist and founder of Blue Box Counseling, which specializes in LGBTQIA interests and co-host of Starship Therapise podcast. Lara Taylor Kester is a licensed marriage and family therapist, co-creator of the Geek Therapy Library, and podcast co-host for Geek Therapy Radio.

Sunday July 21, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 2

12:30pm

Publishing Comics for Kids
Dave Dwonch and panelists Franco (Itty Bitty Hell Boy, Tiny Titans), Art Baltazar (Itty Bitty Hell Boy, Tiny Titans), Nicole D'Andria (Miraculous), and M. Alice Legrow (Toyettica, Bizenghast) offer insights on how they make comics for kids great. Everyone will leave with a great kids' comic.

Sunday July 21, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 8

12:30pm

Secret Origins Kids Club
A beginner's introduction to comic book reading and the exciting choices available for kids. Anina Bennett (Boilerplate, Frank Reade), NYT and USA Today bestselling author Anne Elizabeth (Zombie Power series), Dave Elliott (Weirding Willows), NYT critically acclaimed author Alisa Kwitney (Mystik U), NYT bestselling author Marjorie M. Liu (Monstress), and Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics) will discuss creating a comic book from scratch. Depending on audience attendance, the organizers would enjoy sharing a game called Duck Duck Comics, which mimics Duck Duck Goose but utilizes comic creation techniques and invites the players to create an original interactive comic concept. Secret Origin of Good Readers, the free 70+ page companion resource book [PDF] and reading lists, is available at night-flight.com/secretorigin.

Sunday July 21, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

1:00pm

Guide to Illustrating Comics: From Sketches to Final Pages
We know you love comics, but are you fan enough to #MakeComics? ComiXologist Kiersten Wing hosts a lineup of talented comics artists-including Jock (Batman Who Laughs, The Losers), Shawn Martinbrough (Thief of Thieves, Batman: Detective Comics), Ariela Kristantina (Wolverines, InSeXts), Max Dunbar (Stone Star, Champions), and Clive Hawken (Delver)-in a discussion about the triumphs, sorrows, tricks, and craft of illustrating comics. What's the hardest thing to draw? What inspires their work? Who are the artists they admire most? Get the inside scoop from the pros about how to #MakeComics.

Sunday July 21, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 29AB

1:00pm

Short Form Comics for Every Reader
Aminder Dhaliwal (Woman World), Ebony Flowers (Hot Comb), Kevin Huizenga (The River at Night), Randall Munroe (What If), and Sophie Yanow (The Contradictions) are masters of the short form comic, whether serialized online, in pamphlets, or collected in graphic novel form. Sarah Mirk, senior editor at The Nib, leads a conversation on pacing, flow from story to story (or strip to strip), and much more.

Sunday July 21, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 28DE

1:00pm

Spotlight on Joseph Michael Linsner: 30 years of Dawn
Since 1989, Joseph Michael Linsner has been bringing his creation Dawn to life through comic books, statues, and action figures. Come hear JML discuss Dawn's origins, her present anniversary projects, and what surprises lie right around the corner. He will also discuss his work as a cover artist on some of today's hottest comics (Conan, Harley Quinn, Wolverine, and Vampirella).

Sunday July 21, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 4

1:00pm

Comics Arts Conference Session #15: Comics During Wartime
Francisco Saez de Adana (University of Alcala) presents a study of how readers perceived World War II through the lens of the newspaper strip Terry and the Pirates based on letters sent by readers. Andrew Fogel (Purdue University) traces the reception of the Superman comic strip sequence about Japanese internment camps to examine how Orientalizing Asian peoples during WWII allowed American Jews in the superhero industry to simultaneously leverage their whiteness and express their wartime patriotism. Focusing on The White Donkey: Terminal Lance by U.S. Marine Maximilian Uriarte, Myra Tatum Salcedo (University of Texas Permian Basin), Amanda Salcedo (University of Texas Permian Basin), and Jose Luis Tarango (University of Texas Permian Basin) examine how the “unseen” in gutters enables post-deployment combat veterans to negotiate unseen wounds.

Sunday July 21, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 26AB

1:30pm

Little Fish Turns 7! A Celebration and Preview
Little Fish Comic Book Studio, San Diego's own nonprofit comic studio and advocacy group, turns seven this year, and they're celebrating by taking a look back at the history and impact of the studio, preview their first full-length anthology by their students, and discuss the unique comic work they've created under the mentorship of Klaus Janson (Dark Knight Returns, Superman). Hear from Alonso Nunez (executive director, Little Fish Comic Book Studio), Matthew Dunford (president, Little Fish Comic Book Studio), and the brightest new talent around!

Sunday July 21, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 23ABC

1:45pm

DC Too Tough Trivia
Think you know everything from Action Comics #1 to Batman: The Killing Joke to Doomsday Clock ? Test your knowledge of the DC Universe from its inception all the way to The Year of the Villain against DC's finest minds to win some exclusive prizes!

Sunday July 21, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Room 6DE

1:45pm

Image Comics: The Road to the Historic SPAWN #300 and #301
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 11, 07:23PM
Come see Todd McFarlane (president at Image Comics, creator of SPAWN) and surprise guests from the superstar creative teams of SPAWN #300 and #301! This inside look at the creation of these record-breaking issues will jumpstart the celebration as SPAWN becomes the longest-running, creator-owned comic book in the world. Plus, new art reveals, giveaways, and more.

Sunday July 21, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Room 5AB

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

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

2:00pm

Diversity in Comics: Indian Suprheroes Go Global!
Graphic India co-founder and creator Sharad Devarajan (Chakra the Invincible, Shadow Tiger, Astra Force, Baahubali The Lost Legends) will address globalization, East meets West, the new diversity and culture in comics, and the renaissance of Indian superheroes who are taking on the world. Graphic India will also discuss the future of Indian superheroes and their projects, including the animated series Baahubali: The Lost Legends on Amazon Prime Video and their new animated series Immortal: The Legend of Hanuman, as well as comic book projects including 18 Days, Avatarex, Ramayan 3392AD, Shadow Tiger, Devi, Empire of Blood, and many more.

Sunday July 21, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 28DE

2:00pm

Diversity and Comics: Why Inclusion Matters
UPDATED: Sun, Jul 07, 09:46PM
John Semper, Jr. (Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Fox TV Animation), Kinitra Brooks (Searching for Sycorax: Black Women’s Hauntings of Contemporary Horror, 2017 Bram Stoker Award nominee), David Walker (Bitter Root, Image Comics and Legendary Pictures), Stanford Carpenter (Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival), and Jazmine Joyner (pop culture journalist, Rotten Tomatoes) discuss diversity, visibility, and inclusion in comics and popular culture, moderated by Aaron Grizzell (executive director of the NorcalMLK Foundation).

Sunday July 21, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 4

2:00pm

Comics, Coffee, and Conversation
Creators Danielle Colman (The Unfinished Corner), Jason Lutes (Berlin), and Brian Schirmer (Fairlady), educator John Shableski (UDON/Manga Classics), retailer Rachel Parker (SoCal Games & Comics), comics librarians including host Moni Barrette (Chula Vista Public Library), and fellow comics enthusiasts will engage in fandom conversations over coffee! Topics will range from how graphic novels are used in education, how diversity is spreading in the comics community, and information about the new Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association. Special thanks to BOOM! Studios for providing coffee.

Sunday July 21, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

2:15pm

World Premiere of LEGO DC: Batman: Family Matters
Batman, Robin, and Batgirl must stick together even when Gotham’s most dangerous villains attempt to pull them apart in LEGO DC: Batman: Family Matters, the latest animated adventure in the LEGO DC series. Witness the World Premiere of this action-packed, brick-tastic adventure that will be followed by a star-studded panel of actors and filmmakers, including the voices of Batman, Batgirl, and Robin—Troy Baker (Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman: Arkham Origins), Alyson Stoner (Phineas and Ferb) and Scott Menville (Teen Titans, Teen Titans Go!)—along with Jason Spisak (Young Justice) as Red Hood, Tara Strong (Batman: The Animated Series, Teen Titans, Teen Titans Go!) as Batwoman, and Steve Blum (Cowboy Bebop, Star Wars Rebels) as Scarecrow. Filmmakers include producer Rick Morales (LEGO Scooby-Doo!: Haunted Hollywood), director Matt Peters (LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman: Rage of Atlantis), and screenwriter Jeremy Adams (LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash). Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC, and the LEGO Group, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack, DVD and Digital starting August 20, 2019.

Sunday July 21, 2019 2:15pm - 4:15pm
Room 6BCF

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

3:00pm

Super-Abled: Disability Representation in Comics, Movies, Games, and More
Diversity is bigger than ever in the world of superheroes and fan culture but there's one group that tends to be overlooked in the medium: people with disabilities. Travis Rivas (editor, Super-Abled Comics), Angel Giuffria (actress, Goliath, Green Lantern), Jay Justice (editor/co-founder of LGBT HQ), Trace Wilson (author, Uniquely Me), Sarah Tuberty (Disarming Disability podcast), and Jennifer Kretchmer (executive producer, cast member Monsters & Fables) take a look at how to accurately create fully realized characters while trying to avoid the stereotypes typically associated with disability while also discussing how to navigate the industry while having a disability, how disability can be a superpower, and about advocating for the disabled community at large.

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

3:00pm

Wonder Women CEOs - Female Owned and Operated Comic Publishers
One day a female comic publisher will be standard-until then, we have Wonder Women! All panelists are female owned and operated comic publishers. These ladies lead by example: Sandy King Carpenter (Storm King Comics), Enrica Jang (Red Stylo Media), D. Lynn Smith (Kymera Press), and C. Spike Trotman (Iron Circus Comics).

Sunday July 21, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 7AB

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

4:00pm

The Making of Zero's Journey
Hear from the team behind The Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero's Journey graphic novel series to learn about the comic's creative process. They'll be talking about the film that started it all, how it inspired this new story, and what it's like working with such an influential property. And stick around after the Q&A for a giveaway!

Sunday July 21, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 29AB

4:00pm

[CANCELLED] The Ongoing Decision to Produce Digital or Print Content
CANCELLED: Sun, Jul 21, 07:48PM
We regret to announce that this program has been cancelled.

Sunday July 21, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 28DE