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Wednesday, July 17
 

4:00pm

Teaching with Comics: An Interactive Workshop for Educators
Peter Carlson (Green Dot Public Schools) and Susan Kirtley (Portland State University) lead this hands-on workshop designed for educators looking to integrate comics into classrooms. This workshop guides participants through activities that model how to develop superhero readers and writers in classrooms through the implementation of a critical comics pedagogy and includes the incredible voices of Ebony Flowers (Hot Comb), David F. Walker (Solid Comix), Chanti Burnette (Animo South Los Angeles High School), and Samantha Diego (UCLA). Workshop materials will be provided and everyone is welcome.

Wednesday July 17, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library
 
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

10:30am

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

11:00am

Reading and Raising Our Voices: From Comics to Community Organizing
Hear from creators who have tapped the graphic medium to record the history and experiences of marginalized peoples, to take control of their own narratives, and to inspire a new generation of activists, as well as from librarians crafting large-scale initiatives around comics that focus on historically underrepresented communities. With Chloe Ramos, Ezra Claytan Daniels, Candice Mack, Maia Kobabe, and Henry Barajas.

Thursday July 18, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

11:00am

SuperheroIRL: Avengers of Bullying and Injustice
Got your own personal Thanos? Come avenge injustice with Impractical Jokers' Joe Gatto—he'll tell you how and leave you ROFL! He'll be joined by celebs Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley (founders, NOH8 Campaign) to show why Birth, Movies, Death called this panel, "one of the most beautiful conversations we've ever had the opportunity to listen to.” Featuring Dr. Janina Scarlet (author, Superhero Therapy; Therapy Quest), curriculum creators Brandon Matsalia and Vanée Matsalia (Black Girl Nerds), Bettina Hausmann (executive director, United Nations Association San Diego), and Coalition founder Chase Masterson (Star Trek DS9, Doctor Who Big Finish). Join the conversation on how you can be a superhero against bullying, racism, misogyny, LGBTQI-bullying, cyberbullying, and other forms of injustice!

Thursday July 18, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 7AB

12:00pm

Comics and Libraries Lightning Round
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 09, 09:16PM
Learn about a variety of different topics in comics librarianship in these 10-minute lightning round sessions! “Show the People What They Want: Adult Graphic Novel Collection Revitalization” by Brittany Netherton, Darien Library; “Manga in School Libraries: Authentic Learning from America to Japan” by Jillian Ehlers, Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School; “Visual Literacy, Comics, and ADHD Learners” by Corinda Humphrey, Los Angeles Public Library; “Comic Creating for Libraries” by Erik Jackiw, City of Commerce Public Library, and Jose Guillen, Comic Creator; and “Collection Management in Graphic Medicine: Why, What, How” by Brittany Netherton, Darien Library.

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

1:00pm

Table Talks
Learn about various programs and initiatives librarians have successfully offered communities using comics and pop culture to increase literacy and build community connections. With Melanie Pentecost, Los Angeles Public Library; Anna-Marie Farquhar, Los Angeles Public Library; Emily Ratica, Arroyo Valley High School; Matthew Tabizon; Erik Jackiw, City of Commerce Public Library; Scott Gurolla, City of Commerce Public Library; Victoria Perez, librarian; Concepcion Flores, city of Commerce Public Library; Robert Gunderson, Long Beach Public Library; Hanako Redrick, Long Beach Public Library; Lyle Brogden, cosplayer and actor; and Nik Lillard, cast member at Disneyland, writer and cosplayer.

Thursday July 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

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

2:30pm

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

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

4:00pm

Be a Financial Superhero
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 10, 10:00PM
Do you dream about quitting your day job to pursue your passion of being an artist, writer, or professional in the industry? Are you already in the business and need help with figuring out how to budget between paid contracts, deal with taxes, or determine the best way to raise and save cash for future projects? Perhaps you just want to be a financial superhero for yourself and your family and invest in your future. Sean Nisil (certified financial planner) and Karen Martin (The Princess Project) will present an entertaining and educational panel on superhero financial planning and best practices for artists, writers, industry professionals, and all others interested. Eric Atilano (loan officer, Guild Mortgage), Steve Grady (owner, Steve Grady Insurance Services), and Neil Narvaez (Pro Tax Services, Nerdy Finance) will also be on hand to discuss building good credit, health insurance, and tax issues. The discussion will follow with a Q&A of industry professionals including Erik Arreaga (comic illustrator, Erik Arreaga Art), Chris Neuhahn (Emmy Award–winning producer and animator, Dreamworks Animation, Activision), and Alonso Nunez (founder and art director, Little Fish Comic Book Studio) who will cover business successes and challenges in their fields.

Thursday July 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

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

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

5:30pm

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

Fake News!: Propaganda Throughout Pop Culture
J. D. Lombardi (host/producer, YouTube's Lombardi Labs and middle-school science teacher, Glendale Unified) along with Justin Montgomery (comedian, Mental Xhaustion Podcast), Guadalupe De La O (STEM teacher/science instructional coach, Alliance Schools), and G. L. Lambert (screenwriter, author of Solving Single) will trace propaganda used by characters throughout comics, films, and shows that demonstrate how it correlates to the current climate of “alternative facts.” Teaching science literacy in and out of the classroom is more crucial now than ever, and educators and fans of the arts alike are invited to join in on a Q&A session targeted at science literacy and how to debunk pseudoscience.

Thursday July 18, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

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

Psychology and Nostalgia from Over 50 Years of Animation
“'Member Looney Tunes?” “Oh, I 'member.” “'Member Charlie Brown?” “Mmmm . . . I 'member.” “'Member all the classic Nickelodeon cartoons: Hey Arnold!, Doug, and Rugrats. Oh—Reptar was on Rugrats, 'member him?” “'Member the time that South Park created the Member Berries to capitalize on the interest in reboots and nostalgia?” The cartoons of our youths, across a variety of genres and sources and generations, often hold a special place in our hearts. They can influence everything from the products we wanted in our lunchboxes, to the figurines on the mantles of our first homes or apartments, to the shirts we buy for our own children and grandchildren. There are classic characters that have endured for decades, such as the Flintstones and Scooby-Doo. There are movies and shows, like My Little Pony, Transformers, and Care Bears, that are known as much for their merchandise as their sequels and reboots. April Fugett, ph.D. (professor, Marshall University), Keith Beard, psy.D. (professor, Marshall University), Britani Black, psy.D. (instructor, marshall University School of Medicine), Carrie Dean, m.A., and Casey Collins, M.A. (Marshall University) will discuss their research and findings from a study of participants examining personality measure results with selection of preferred “nostalgic” characters and shows demonstrating how personality informs our choices of the characters we identify with and follow, often for our entire lives. Specific traits that are associated with over 500 nostalgia-inducing characters and their associated rankings will be reviewed. Additional results and other psychological/personality factors will be discussed.

Thursday July 18, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 25ABC

7:00pm

From OSHA Violation to Superhero: The Lab Accidents That Will Most Likely Give You Superpowers
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 10, 05:54PM
Everybody knows that one of the best ways to accelerate your superhero career path is to get yourself involved in the right kind of "lab accident"-ideally one that gives you superhuman strength and abilities but doesn't maim you too badly. After all, accidents do happen. Join the Fleet Science Center and Robin Gunn, PhD (Senior Scientist and Project Manager at Structure Based Design), Sierra Simpson (PhD Candidate in Molecular Neuroscience at the Scripps Research Institute), Michelle Nolasco, Phd (Technical Communications at Agena Bioscience), Allison Fowler (EH & S Manager at Inova Diagnostics), Alexander Battey (PhD Candidate in Plasma Physics at Columbia University), Todd Maxwell (Radiation Safety Officer at Scripps Research Institute) and Dina Zangwill (Research Assistant at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies) as we discuss the strange dynamics of lab accidents. How often do they happen in real life? What are the potential effects? What are the wildest, scariest, or most serendipitous accidents these panelists have been involved with?

Thursday July 18, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 6DE
 
Friday, July 19
 

10:00am

Graphic Novels ARE Books: Changing Parent and Educator Opinions on Graphic Novels
With the rise in popularity of graphic novels, many parents and educators remain convinced that they're not suitable reading material for kids. How can we change the narrative and the conversation to make graphic novels as mainstream as prose novels? Hear from panelists Margot Wood (director sales and marketing, Oni Press), Gina Gagliano (publishing director, Random House Graphic), Julia Pohl-Miranda (marketing director, Drawn & Quarterly), Liz Lareau (Geeky F@b 5) and others. Moderated by Alea Perez (2018 Great Graphic Novels for Teens chair). In conjunction with CBC Graphic Novel Committee.

Friday July 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

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

Entertaining Science: The Real, Fake, and Sometimes Ridiculous Ways Science Is Used in Film and TV
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 17, 10:38PM
Rick Loverd (National Academy of Sciences, The Science and Entertainment Exchange) will moderate a discussion with Dr. Rebecca Thompson (physicist, Fire, Ice, and Physics: The Science of Game of Thrones), Dr. Donna J. Nelson (chemist, The Science of Breaking Bad), and Dr. Clifford Johnson (physicist, science advisor for Marvel, author of the graphic science book The Dialogues) discuss the science behind some of the most remarkable scenes on TV. What do they get right? What do they get wrong? And what's it like to be a science advisor on set?

Friday July 19, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

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

Ripped from the Pulp: Real-World Threats to Mankind
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 19, 12:03AM
Do recent shows like The Hot Zone and Chernobyl peak your interest in what calamities the human race may face in the future? Have you ever wondered how reality relates to what we see in the entertainment space? Join an illustrious group of scientific experts and advisors to discuss some of the real challenges facing mankind and how to separate fiction from fact. Featuring Dr. Elaine Seasly, NASA deputy planetary protection officer; FBI Special Agent John Gill, FBI San Diego weapons of mass destruction coordinator; Dr. Jessica Petrillo, State Department senior health security officer; Dr. Gregory Bernard, Homeland Security innovation officer and former Domestic Nuclear Detection Office assistant director; and Dr. Joe Masiero, group supervisor of Near-Earth Object survey projects at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the panel will discuss such existential risks as asteroids, emerging biological technologies, nuclear terrorism, and threats from space and beyond, and engage the audience in their questions about where the real risks to our planet and society may lie and how this often translates into popular fiction.

Friday July 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:00pm

Science and History in Comics
Combining text and image can make complex or abstract subject matter more appealing, winning over even the most reluctant reader. Learn how graphic novels can be used to supplement lessons in STEM and history and bring awareness to underrepresented and marginalized perspectives. Panelists include Jim Ottaviani (Hawking), MK Reed (Science Comics: Wild Weather), Ben Fisher and Emily S. Whitten (The Underfoot: The Mighty Deep). Moderated by Tracy Edmunds (Educational Consultant and Curriculum Specialist). In conjunction with CBC Graphic Novel Committee.

Friday July 19, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

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

4:30pm

Alien Worlds: NASA's Quest for Life
E.T., Jabba the Hutt, Predator. You've seen aliens in science fiction, but did you know NASA missions are really looking for extraterrestrial life? Dr. Morgan Cable (NASA planetary scientist), Dr. Cynthia Phillips (NASA's Europa mission), Dr. Tiffany Kataria (NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program), and Dr. Robert Hurt (visualization scientist at Caltech) will describe new planets found beyond our solar system, the planet found around Spock's home star, and the latest news in the search for life on alien worlds. From science discoveries to iconic images to visualizations, find out how NASA is bringing these intriguing worlds to life for people on Earth.

Friday July 19, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 26AB

5:00pm

Teaching with Manga: When Classic Literature Meets Manga
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 08, 07:53PM
Manga is popular among the new generation of readers, and it can be a powerful tool in your classroom. Teachers from around the country will discuss how they approach using manga and graphic novels versus the original texts and the powerful results they bring to the classroom setting. Moderator: John Shableski (Manga Classics). Panelists: Jessica Johnson, Claudia McGivney, Ryne Steinacker, Kaitlyn Roach, and Brook Wylde.

Friday July 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

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

8:00pm

Judges on The Clone Wars
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 09, 04:37PM
The Clone Wars represents some of the best Star Wars stories ever told. A panel of judges and attorneys report for duty to determine the duty to follow lawful orders vs. unlawful orders; child safety of younglings; secret marriages; clone rights; and the trial of Ashoka Tano. Panelists include Circuit Judge John B. Owens (9th Circuit Court of Appeals), Judge Carol Najera, Bethany Bengfort (US Courts), Stephen Tollafield (professor, Hastings School of Law), and Steve Chu (assistant U.S. attorney). Moderated by Joshua Gilliland (The Legal Geeks).

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

9:00pm

Let's Learn Through Live-Action Role Playing
Experts in the educational role-playing field offer an audience-driven demonstration. They'll give you an overview of role playing and games used for learning, then demonstrate and deconstruct the process by running a simple sample game with the audience as participants (voluntary). Learn about the educational benefits and how to design and run role-play exercises and games in different learning environments like classrooms, home schools, and adult education. With Jade Asher (engineer), Shawn Crosby (NASA Immersive Education lecturer), Emily Nguyen-Hoai (social media coordinator, The Game Academy), Scott Stubbe (co-founder, Angeles Workshop School), Fiona Rene (actor/director, Method for Being Masterclass), and and Aaron Vanek (board secretary, The Game Academy).

Friday July 19, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 23ABC
 
Saturday, July 20
 

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

11:30am

Comics Arts Conference Session #10: Conjuring Black Folx: Race, Space, and Hoodoo in Contemporary Comics
How does the use of conjure or rootwork in comic narratives reconfigure identity, morality, and power? This panel explores how, despite its contentious nature, this folk magic has been a fruitful source of critique of the interplay of power and identity and sheds light on the shadowed spaces that still mystify our nation. John Jennings (University of California, Riverside) explores this folk magic as a symbolic narrative device in Jook Joint, Bitter Root, House of Whispers, and Bone Parish that boldly challenges the status quo in comics. Kinitra Brooks (Michigan State University) examines Black women's rootworking traditions via Harrow County and "conjure feminism." Stanford Carpenter (BCAF, Pocket Con) shows how nonbinary trickster figures in Juke Joint call the alignment of might and right into question by moving away from morality and centering the consequences of the struggle to survive and overcome.

Saturday July 20, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 26AB

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

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

2:00pm

Nerdy Finance: Valuable Tax Advice for Freelancers
NEW: Thu, Jul 11, 04:36PM
Are you a freelance artist, writer, cosplay professional or have your own side hustle? Are you making money living your passion? Do you want to learn how to reduce your taxes and keep more money on your pocket? Neil Narvaez (CFP®, president of Nerdy Finance) will teach you ways to optimize your tax situation and pay as little tax as possible, while setting yourself up for a profitable and successful future doing what you love to do. Get real-world tax and financial advice for your nerdy and geeky endeavors! Learn what you can and can’t deduct for your business, if the new Trump Tax Law helps or hurts freelancers, what the best business structure is for your business, whether you need to set up an LLC and more! There will be plenty of time for Q&A, so bring your specific questions and be ready to take notes.

Saturday July 20, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 9

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

3:00pm

Art of Infection: Fictional Diseases, Real Life
Kelley Boston (epidemiology and infection prevention), Bobbiejean Garcia (public health epidemiology), Debesh Das (infection prevention), and Tyler Houston (art and culture) discuss representations of infectious disease in art and fiction and how medical and public health systems would respond to real-life outbreaks of fictional infectious diseases.

Saturday July 20, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:00pm

Heroes of S.T.E.A.M.: Kids Doing Research Through Gaming
2018 Pop Culture Educator of the Year Jim McClain (Solution Squad), Tracy Edmunds (Think Earth, Tracy's Teaching Tools), and game designer Jon Loftus (University of Notre Dame's Center for Environmental Science and Technology) introduce a program to motivate students (grades 4 and up) to do research in any subject area (not just S.T.E.A.M.) by turning the details of their research into the qualities of their very own self-created superheroes who square off in mock combat using a simple dice game that reinforces computation skills.

Saturday July 20, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

3:30pm

The "A" Team of Global Education
Together with Jacqueline Gardy (content editor, U.S. Department of State), Mega Llama and Ultra Chuy discuss a new way to teach English for diplomacy-drawing comic strips. Moderator Manuel Pereira Colocci (strategic designer, U.S. Department of State) is joined by Dan Ryder (2018 Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence recipient), Fabricio Rivas Marmanillo, (teacher, illustrator, Bestial Comics), and Josh Alves (national illustrator, Surprise!) to discuss identifying future collaborations to meet global learners where they are, superheroes and all.

Saturday July 20, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 24ABC

3:30pm

They Came for the Moon: 50 Years of Apollo 11 from Those That Built It
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that first put humans on the moon, this panel brings together some of the engineers who actually built the spacecraft that got us there. Moderated by Benjamin Dickow, president of the Columbia Memorial Space Center, and science educator Ray Hedgpeth, several former members of the Apollo program, including retired engineer Jerry Blackburn, talk about the excitement and challenge of getting astronauts to the moon. The discussion will include rare photos and delve into how sci-fi and comics from the '40s and '50s drove the dreams of these professionals during the '60s The panelists will be joined by a current aerospace engineer to give a glimpse into what the next 50 years may hold. The Columbia Memorial Space Center is located outside of downtown Los Angeles on the former NASA site where all of the Apollo spacecraft and all of the Space Shuttles were designed and built.

Saturday July 20, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 5AB

4:00pm

Everyday Heroes: Believable Heroic Skills
Just how powerful can you make a person before they qualify as super? How strong can you make Batman? How smart can you make Moon Girl? Where is the line that makes someone like us, instead of someone who is granted superhuman abilities? These Comic-Con special guests discuss how they toe the line between making characters that are heroes, but not super ones. Panelists include Neal Adams (Batman), Scott Snyder (Batman), and Jim Steranko (S.H.I.E.L.D.), along with Shawna Benson and Julie Benson, with moderator Mark Waid.

Saturday July 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 23ABC

5:00pm

Welcome to Adventure Academy
Kevin Beardslee (executive producer, Age of Learning), Kevin O'Donnell (senior producer, Age of Learning), Rob Corley (senior art director, Age of Learning), Joel Kupperstein (SVP of curriculum, Age of Learning), Diana Hughes (director adaptive games, Age of Learning), and moderator Anastasia Betts, (VP of curriculum planning and design, Age of Learning) share insights about the development and launch of Age of Learning's exciting new educational MMO, Adventure Academy-a fully immersive virtual world where students in grades 3 to 8 can experience endless learning possibilities through quests, animated and live-action series, interactive games, digital books, graphic novels, and more.

Saturday July 20, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

6:00pm

Psychology and Learning in TTRPGs
Tom, Joe, and Dr. B discuss the ways in which a growing number of people in multiple fields see the value in the applications and usages of games for real-world benefit. Panelists are Tom Conmy (doctoral candidate, Learning and Instruction, University of San Francisco), Joe Lasley (doctoral candidate, Leadership Studies, University of San Diego), and Raffael Boccamazzo, Psy.D. ("Dr. B," clinical director, Take This, Inc.).

Saturday July 20, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

6:00pm

Raising Skywalker: Parents, Padawans, and Psychopaths
In the Star Wars cinematic universe, traditional parent-child relationship dynamics become twisted and turned. Are the destinies of the heroes and villains determined by nature or nurture? Will it matter if Rey's rise is prompted by lineage or legacy? Are Luke and Leia the substitute parents that Rey never had? Why does Ben Solo turn to the Dark Side of the Force, becoming Kylo Ren, while Luke Skywalker chooses to walk a different path? Does Kylo Ren have any chance at redemption like his grandfather before him? Does Emperor Palpatine “groom” his targets while the Jedi council encourage cult-like obedience? What does the “style” of killing and torturing others say about Darth Vader and Kylo Ren? Would they, or even Han Solo, have any psychiatric diagnoses if they existed in our world? The forensic psychiatrists of Broadcast Thought, Praveen Kambam, M.D., Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., and H. Eric Bender, M.D., tackle these questions as they explore parent-child relationships, psychopathy, adolescent development, and more in a galaxy far, far away.

Saturday July 20, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

7:00pm

Psychology of Harry Potter and Crimes of Grindelwald
Are you a die-hard Harry Potter fan? Are you looking forward to the next Fantastic Beasts movie? Slytherin psychologist, Dr. Janina Scarlet (Harry Potter Therapy; Dark Agents), Hufflepuff actor Kevin Allen (Snape and the Marauders), Hufflepuff illustrator Vince Alvendia (Harry Potter Therapy; Dark Agents), Warner Brothers Slytherin storyboard revisionist Lora Innes (Wynonna Earp), and pop culture Ravenclaw reporter Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia) engage in an interactive discussion of the psychology of Harry Potter and the upcoming Fantastic Beasts films. Gryffindor Dustin McGinnis (Harry Potter Therapy podcast; McGinnis Music) moderates.

Saturday July 20, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

7:30pm

Long Live the King of Kaiju: Lawyers on the 65th Anniversary of Godzilla
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 09, 04:38PM
Godzilla has been a destructive force of legal liability since 1954. Who is financially responsible for acts of Godzilla? Does the United States have a duty to defend Japan? And just who is the legal owner of Mothra's egg? Hear from this panel of attorneys including U.S. Magistrate Judge Stacie Beckerman, Monte Cooper (grand nephew of the creator of King Kong, Merian Cooper), Kathy Steinman (Deputy City Attorney for the City of San Diego), Bethany Bengfort (US Courts), and Joshua Gilliland (The Legal Geeks) as they wade into the depths of Godzilla's destructive legal issues over the last 65 years. Moderated by Matt Weinhold (Monster Party).

Saturday July 20, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 26AB

8:00pm

The Year in Space and Beyond
Reviewing the incredible year of discoveries, advances, and milestones that include The EHT black hole image, more super massive black holes and exoplanets confirmed, gravity waves (what are they?), evidence of quantum entanglement, private space flight milestones, the ISS "Organoids" mission (micro brains in space), and the results of the "space twin" study. Moderated by Stuart Volkow, project manager for the Ax Center for Experimental Cosmology (ACEC) at UCSD. Featuring some of the leading scientists in the cosmology world, including Dr. Brian Keating (director of the Simons Observatory, the world's most ambitious, and most sensitive instrument ever designed to study the origins of the universe), Dr. Andrew Friedman, Dr. Shelley Wright (experimental and observational astrophysicist), and Dr. Greg Chamitoff (former NASA astronaut and professor at Texas A&M and the University of Sydney).

Saturday July 20, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 25ABC
 
Sunday, July 21
 

10:00am

GeekEd: Esports, Gaming, and Playing with Gender
For generations, subcultures of gamers have fostered community and learning on college campuses and at Comic-Con. As esports, board games, LARP, and video games gain more mainstream attention, how can college campuses maximize the power of play to address issues of gender inside and outside the classroom? Panelists include Brian MacDonald (UCLA), Sarah Harker (UCSC), Aaron Trammell (UC Irvine), Cherie Lin (UC Berkeley), and David Surratt (University of Oklahoma).

Sunday July 21, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

10:00am

Rescuing the Princess
An all-star panel of modern princess experts, including Trina Robbins (Wonder Woman), Jeremy Whitley (Princeless), Sarah Graley (Glitch), and feminist writer Joanna Schroeder, will discuss how the concept of "princess" has been subverted and repurposed in the modern era to empower girls, rather than limiting their horizons. Moderated by John Marcotte (Heroic Girls).

Sunday July 21, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

10:30am

Comics Arts Conference Session #13: Photo-Realism in Comics
In a critical climate in which cartooning is the rendering style favored by comics connoisseurs from Scott McCloud to Chris Ware, who will speak up for photo-realism? Bucking current critical trends, Andrei Molotiu (Indiana University, Bloomington), Joseph Witek (Stetson University), and Scott Bukatman (Stanford University) focus attention on photo-realist comic-strip artists like Stan Drake, Leonard Starr, and Neal Adams. McCloud has shown how reader identification works in cartoony comics, but how does it work in photo-realist ones? How does the "graphic acting" of photo-realistically drawn characters differ from that of Peanuts characters? How does the use of photo reference affect critical evaluation in comics?

Sunday July 21, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 26AB

11:00am

GeekEd: Career Advice for College Geeks
Have you ever wondered how you could earn a living during the hours spent reading comics or playing video games? Is your current major not tapping into your superpower? Learn how these panelists used their nerdy interests in college to create a fulfilling nerdy career and what college programs and services can help students to do the same. Panelists include Alex Belisario (UCSC), Dustin Ramsdell (HigherEd Geek), and Keith Chow (Nerds of Color).

Sunday July 21, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

11:30am

Secret Origin of Good Readers
Reading at an early age is crucial. Early reading can spark a child's imagination and build lifelong interest in learning. Find out how with Brian Michael Bendis (Superman), NYT and USA Today bestselling author Anne Elizabeth (Zombie Power series), Dave Elliott (Weirding Willows), NYT critically acclaimed author Alisa Kwitney (Mystik U), Marjorie Liu (Monstress), and Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics). Panelists discuss and demonstrate how students can create their own comics in a classroom as well as benefits of utilizing graphic novels in academic settings.

Sunday July 21, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

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

GeekEd: Caring for the Nerd Mind
Teachers, education administrators, and student affairs professionals are being called to respond to a wide variety of mental health concerns across the education landscape, with students today managing greater educational debt, digital identities, and high expectations for academic performance. This panel of educators and mental health experts share how they have applied their passion for fandom and the lessons they've learned from superheroes to develop new best practices for promoting mental health in schools and on campuses. Panelists include Alfred Day (UC Berkeley), Andrea Letamendi (UCLA), and Brent Crandal (Chadwick Center).

Sunday July 21, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

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

1:00pm

Diversely Geek Discusses Representation in Media
Neisha T Mulchan (Diversely Geek CEO) sits down with Kevin Wood (DC and Warner Bros. artist) and Terri Lubaroff (Legion M COO) to discuss the importance of embracing diversity and changing the narrative.

Sunday July 21, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Artists' Loft, BarrioHaus

1:00pm

GeekEd: State of the Galaxy
The GeekEd educators first presented at Comic-Con International in 2011. In the past 8 years, GeekEd has expanded to include a collective of educators across the United States. Come hear what has changed the past 8 years in higher education, how geek identity has continued to be used as a means for connection, and how members of the original collective have continued to expand the work they have done with college students. Panelists include Emily Sandoval (USC), Maya Hernandez (UCSC), Sy Simms (UCSC), and Alfred Day (UC Berkeley).

Sunday July 21, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

1:00pm

More Than IP: Exploitation, Audience, and Expectation
Documentary filmmaker and pop culturist Randall Lobb hosts a panel of IP experts, owners, artists, and stakeholders to discuss the cultivation, care, and treatment of pop culture's biggest, best, and most scrutinized intellectual properties. They'll discuss what makes some iterations and reboots soar while others struggle to find an audience. In a presentation rich with never-before-seen BTS footage, this panel of experts will bring the audience inside the circle of trust to hear the decision making that gets their favorite stories and characters off the page and onto the screen. Trevor Zammit, designer/sculptor/TMNT fan (NECA) and a host of famous faces from Def Doc bring their professional perspective, share stories, and go all the way inside the IP fans love.

Sunday July 21, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

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

How to Ignite Conversations of Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice in the World of Comics
Panelists with a variety of backgrounds will share their stories of working on comics, films, television series, and games with a look at social justice and diversity, giving their thoughts on this topic and how current commentary on social justice and diversity have affected the comic book industry. Seeing ourselves in our superheroes shows us how we can be the best versions of ourselves in our own lives, and panelists will discuss if and how they see that reflection and how we can ignite more conversations about these topics in the minds of all who work and create in our industry. Moderated by Heather Newman (co-founder/CEO Creative Maven; host of Mavend Do It Better podcast), the panel features voice artists Mela Lee (Fallout, Fate/Stay Night), Jason Lewis (Superman in Justice League Action), James Mathis III (T'Challa in Marvel's Avengers: Black Panther's Quest), and Kellen Goff (Funtime Freddy and Fredbear from Five Nights at Freddy's).

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

2:00pm

No Tow Trucks Beyond Mars
David Rosing (NASA JPL Mars Sample Return system engineer), Shonte J. Tucker (JPL thermal engineer), Kobie Boykins (JPL Mechatronics Engineer), and Laura Kerber (NASA JPL Mars research scientist) discuss how they go boldly where there's no one around to fix it. Hear stories from the trenches of the heartbreaks, close calls, and adventures of real-life solar system exploration on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Q&A session following.

Sunday July 21, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 32AB

2:00pm

The Science of Spider-Man: Far From Home
Following up on his hit WonderCon panel The Science of Avengers: Endgame, Nerdist's science editor and host of Because Science Kyle Hill (The Science of Mortal Kombat, MythBusters: The Search) breaks down the actual science behind Marvel's latest web-slinging adventure, with help from star YouTubers Allen Pan (Sufficiently Advanced, MythBusters: The Search), Dianna Cowern (Physics Girl), Alie Caldwell (Neuro Transmissions, SciShow), and Kishore Hari (community organizer for Adam Savage's Tested website). Q&A session to follow.

Sunday July 21, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 7AB

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

4:00pm

"Crazy" Talk: Fifty Years of Mental Health, Pop Culture, and Comic-Con
How has mental health representation in comics evolved over the past 50 years since the very first Comic-Con? Does mental health represent the next wave of diversity in comics, or is that just "crazy" talk? Russ Burlingame (ComicBook.com), Corrina Lawson (GeekDad.com), and others join forensic psychiatrists Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D. and Praveen Kambam, M.D. (Broadcast Thought) to discuss the state of mental health media representation and how a mental health/pop culture partnership can be a "win-win" for both the entertainment industry and people with mental illnesses. Moderated by attorney Jeff Trexler (The Beat, The Comics Journal).

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