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Thursday, July 18
 

10:00am

They Look Like Me: Bodies in Nerd Culture
The media we love affect how we view ourselves and how we feel about our bodies. Sam de Leve (Callisto 6) moderates a panel of creators and fitness experts from across the nerd world, including Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex, I Love You So Mochi), Christy Black (Hero's Journey Fitness), B. Dave Walters (Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish), and Mairghread Scott (Netflix's Magic: The Gathering, Marvel Rising), in a discussion of body image in geeky media. Where are we doing well? Where do we need to improve? And, how does seeing ourselves reflected in the books, movies, cartoons, and comics we cherish change the nature of our fandom and our feelings about ourselves?

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

11:00am

Cosplay 101: Bringing Your Dreams to Life
Catherine M. Fisher (award-winning costumer), Bob Mogg (Steampunk expert extraordinaire and fabricator), Caitlin Brown (costumer and member of the San Diego Patcheteers), Allison Fulster (graphic artist and post-apocalyptic costumer), Vince Martinez (prop maker/builder), and Jen Hernandez (foam fabricator and costume mom) discuss the basics in costuming to help beginning costumers get started in the world of cosplaying. These talented panelists will show you how to get in on all the cosplaying fun even if you've never sewn a stitch in your life! Moderated by Anastasia Hunter (master class costumer and chair of Gaslight Steampunk Expo), panelists will show you that you don't need to be an expert to make a great costume.

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

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

Raising Fankids: Teaching Young Geeks to be Self-Confident and Successful
Pasquale Piro (middle-school teacher, father of two) hosts a panel with Alissa Piro (high school teacher, mother of two), Brandon Maze (high school teacher), Jordan Harcharek (high school student), and Anabel Lee Krebs (high school student) discussing techniques and experiences that help kids grow up nerdy without the negative connotation.

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

1:00pm

Careers in Geek Fashion
Fans can express what they love and connect with most in pop culture through fashion. From clothing to jewelry, options continue to grow each year as the industry expands and fans can be more than just consumers of it. Moderated by Lisa Granshaw (GeekFold), panelists Dan Richard (Development Plus Inc. and Bethesda Gear Store), Cindy Levitt (Mad Engine), Rosa Menendez (esports makeup), Jennifer Smilay (Her Universe), Allison Cimino (RockLove Jewelry), and Jeff Trexler (Fashion Law Institute) talk about their careers and the different ways people can work in the industry. There will be time left for Q&A between panelists and attendees.

Thursday July 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

2:00pm

Gnomes, Gunslingers, and Gelatinous Cubes: A Super-Fun Guide to Dungeons & Dragons and Tabletop RPGs
Welcome to a new edition of this popular panel series on everything to do with the wonderful world of Dungeons & Dragons and Tabletop RPGs. Both new and veteran players will be right at home as the panelists provide tips on roleplaying great characters, finding the right game for your playstyle, and making sure players and GMs are working together to create a fun gameplay experience. Plus, tips on the coolest RPGs to check out! Moderated by Jeff Burns (Super Geeked Up, Super Knocked Up) and featuring Omar Najam (co-host on El Rey Nation, Thank You For Questing!), Malika Lim Eubank (CEO of Hyper Rabbit Power Go), Stacy Dellorfano (founder of The ConTessa Foundation), Chris Czerniak (organizer of The San Diego Roleplaying Association, co-organizer of RPG's at Kingdom-Con), and Trip Hope (actor/producer – The League of S.T.E.A.M., The Human Race). And don't miss the opportunity to play RPGs with the panelists! They'll be running a gameplay session immediately after the panel in Pacific Ballroom 21 of the Marriott Marquis and another session on Saturday night at 8:00 in the same room. Join the adventure!

Thursday July 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:00pm

Creating, Maintaining, and Growing a Free Community
With years of experience in keeping Streetpass San Diego going as the largest Nintendo meetup group in the nation, hear from Adolfo Coronel, Michelle Hernandez, Ben Avecilla, Jahaziel Aguilera, and Chris McAtamney for a how-to guide and tips on starting and keeping a community going as well as holding events for free. Learn how to get sponsorships, promotional materials, venues, and most important, community members. There will be a Q&A dedicated to helping anyone with questions or struggles with their group, community, or events.

Thursday July 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

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

5:00pm

Makeup Effects on a Budget
Makeup effects artist Jeff Barkley (Break of Dawn) will discuss and demonstrate using household materials and inexpensive makeup items to create a character makeup. He will be joined by professional cosplayers Trey Barkley (Sparrows Flight) and Desiree Preston (Enasi Volz) for Q&A during the demo.

Thursday July 18, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

6:00pm

Trivia for the Rest of Us
Use your own device to select answers in this fast-paced open online session covering topics like theme songs, video games, princesses, and Stan Lee. Winners will receive prizes. Featuring Debbie Kunes (curator), Jeff Kunes (director), Owen Kunes (monitor), and Tyler Kunes (creator).

Thursday July 18, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

7:00pm

Supernatural Steampunk
Take a walk on the dark side of Steampunk as these panelists discuss the wealth of supernatural-inspired novels, TV, and movies complete with vampires, werewolves, ghosts, demons, mummies, and more! Although many are based on actual Victorian spiritualism and superstition, you'll discover there is a lot more to these traditionally evil miscreants and villains than meets the eye. Hear from author Madeleine Holly-Rosing (Boston Metaphysical Society), Carol and Emily Taylor (owners of the Brass Planchette), Lady Shadow (Vampyre Fashionista), and moderator Anastasia Hunter (chair, Gaslight Steampunk Expo).

Thursday July 18, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

7:00pm

You Could Be Heroes: Harnessing the Power of Art and Media for Change
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 10, 04:53PM
Today our world needs real heroes. Through example and practice, this panel empowers and harnesses the potential of fans and creators to communicate and inspire social good. Starting with a guided audiovisual tour of POC writer-director Andres Useche's collaborations with artist-activists like Ben Stiller, Paul Rudd, Woody Harrelson, and Jennifer Aniston as well as leaders like Barack Obama, the presentation will dig into how everyone, including underrepresented and oppressed folks, have taken a stand for themselves and for others. Learn about how comics, films, and transmedia can engage others and voice your calls for social and environmental justice, equality, and diversity. Includes short screenings, live performance, and Q&A.

Thursday July 18, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

8:00pm

The 501st Legion: Star Wars Villainous Costuming
An introduction to the creation of fan-made villain costumes from all Star Wars movies and beyond. Legion members from the Imperial Sands Garrison will provide an overview of the creative process that brings Stormtroopers, Tusken Raiders, Boba Fett, or Kylo Ren from the silver screen into reality. They will discuss the membership journey, from initial interest through final approval. They will speak about the process for working with armor parts, small prop and soft costume construction, and 3D modeling and printing.

Thursday July 18, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
 
Friday, July 19
 

10:00am

Over30Cosplay: Costuming Advice, Support, and Fandom for the Mature Cosplayer
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 08, 08:58PM
Come and listen to John D. Callison (award-winning cosplayer, CEO and founder of Over30Cosplay), Patricia Tallman (actor and stuntwoman, president of Qwest Retreats, best known as Lyta on Babylon 5 and Barbara from Night of the Living Dead), Andrea Seale (Cosplay Mom, award winning cosplayer, costume builder), Cara Nicole (AZPowerGirl, award-winning cosplayer, master level costumer, and experienced model), Bernie Bergman (president and CEO of XLE Experience Level Entertainment), Chad Edward Lee Evett (president and chief designer Stoopid Buddy Stoodios), Shelly Grace-Bowers (ScarlettCosplay, award-winning and published cosplayer and costume designer), Sherman Blakeley (GreenMileCosplay, stunt double bodyguard, and published actor), and Jen Greeley (award-winning cosplayer, senior reporter at Over30Cosplay, administrator at Costumers with a Cause) as they celebrate the history of comic and cosplay culture, offer couples cosplay ideas, and give advice on combating negative, age-related stereotypes. Plus, tips on costume choice, dating and family, social media/marketing age awareness, and how to combat bullying in the community.

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

11:00am

Cosplay Makeup 101
Learn what it takes to perfect your cosplay by having great makeup to go with it. Panelists will cover beauty makeup, appliance application, special FX makeup, sculpting, molding, casting, and wig styling.They include Keaghlan Ashley (Face Off season 7 and Face Off All Stars, key makeup artist Severus Snape and the Marauders), Chrissy Lynn (Bat in The Sun's Super Power Beat Down, Sideshow's Queen Gethsemoni from their Court of the Dead series), Ashley Troub (winning looks SDCC Her Universe Fashion Show 2015 and 2016, Sideshow Collectibles Queen of the Dead makeup 2017 and 2018), Cara Zozula (E! Entertainment Oscars show, History Channel's Party Like It's . . . series), and Jessica Mills (Truly Outrageous: A Jem and the Holograms Fan Film; Damsels, Dice, and Everything Nice: A Royal Role Playing Adventure). Moderated by Dawn Banks (plus-size model and fashion blogger Stygian Siryn, lead makeup artist/designer on Batgirl: Spoiled).

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

12:00pm

Building a Geek Brand (That Changes the World)
Do you dream of converting your nerd passion into a full-time career but feel overwhelmed with the next steps? Whether writing your first book, becoming a YouTube personality, or creating an innovative product, the road to success can be filled with many obstacles and pitfalls. This panel of geek pros will help you get started, discover some shortcuts, and inspire you to make an impact in pop culture. Panelists include Tony B. Kim (Hero Within), Trisha Hershberger (media host), Genese Davis (author), Victor Dandridge (artist), and Stella Chu (pro cosplayer).

Friday July 19, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

1:00pm

Dressed to Impress: Refining Sewing Skills for Cosplay
Marc Aaron Bright (fashion professor for Saddleback College) and Elizah Siegel (product development for Stance) are here to establish detail-oriented foundations for those aspiring to create their own garments and to correct bad habits for current stitchers. Essential sewing, fitting, and pattern-making techniques will be covered from the ground up: fabric selection, fabric/grain preparation, pattern placement, cutting, seams, finishings, closures, fitting/ease, the value of hand sewing, and pattern-making advice.

Friday July 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

2:00pm

Causeplay: Fandom with a Purpose
Mark Chu-Lin (Avengers Initiative club president, event coordinator), Sandy Correa (administrator, Department of Pediatrics, LAC+USC Medical Center), Jeff Campbell (Avengers Initiative costume volunteer), Lady Toxie (cosplayer and Avengers Initiative volunteer), James A. Powell (founder and vice president, Monster City Studios; senior fabrication advisor, Magic Wheelchair), and Christine Getman (executive director, Magic Wheelchair) discuss how cosplayers and prop builders serve their communities through their love of pop culture. Hear about their experiences, learn how to join organized groups, learn about some of the organizations that receive help, and find out how to get involved in service efforts.

Friday July 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:00pm

Classic vs. Current Doctor Who
This panel of Whovians—River Alexandra Song (Time Traveller's (UN)LTD.), Kristi Schoeman (Time Traveller's (UN)LTD.), Jim Holland (Time Travellers, (UN)LTD.), John Dyer V (Time Travellers, (UN)LTD.), Karen Glover ( Time Traveller's (UN)LTD ), Bonnie Castillo (Order of Gallifrey), and Cody Shoberg (Time Traveller's (UN)LTD.)—discuss and debate which is best: classic or current era of Doctor Who, from similarities and differences, reoccurring characters, etc. Moderated by Sandro Monetti (CNN).

Friday July 19, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

4:00pm

Taking Your Cosplay Photo to the Next Level
As cosplay continues to evolve, so does the art of cosplay photography. Photographers Jay Tablante (author, Geekology series), Eric Ng (author, Project: Bazooka), and Pat Loika (author, Four Color Realities), along with cosplayers Stella Chuu (cosplayer, influencer), Rian Synnth (cosplayer, influencer), and Amanda Lynne (cosplayer, influencer), discuss the evolution of cosplay photography. They'll chat about process, planning out a cosplay image and photoshoot, and so much more!

Friday July 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

5:00pm

Simpsons Collector Group
Simpsons collectors of the world, unite! Get a chance to meet and mingle with fellow collectors of Simpsons merchandise from all over. This gathering, hosted by members of the SimpsonsCollectors.com website, is a great chance to network with other collectors and share your experiences in the hobby with others.

Friday July 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

6:00pm

Building Your Own Themyscira: Networking in Your Niche
Jordan Ellis (founder of Jordandené, co-editor of The Sartorial Geek), Robyn Warren (founder of Geek Girl Strong), Che Grayson (writer, filmmaker, and creator of Magic Hour), Jazzlyn Stone (former COO of Bombsheller), Rose Del Vecchio (co-founder of FanMailBox and Charmed: Box of Shadows), and Taylor Deatherage (founder of LoganArch, event planner for Chicago TARDIS) will be in conversation about finding your niche in the geek community and building community over competition.

Friday July 19, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

7:00pm

3D Printed Props Tips and Tricks
3D printing for props and costuming has almost become an industry standard. Veteran cosplayer and prop maker Mike Syfritt (Mad Propps), prop maker and digital artist Igor Pinsky, and master of 3D scanning and digital artist Will Co (CoKreate) give you the secrets of 3D printing for the cosplay industry. New techniques using 3D scanning as well as mold making through 3D printing will be discussed. See a live 3D scanning demo as they scan a cosplayer to create his/her new look!

Friday July 19, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

7:00pm

Don't Dream It's Over: What Fandoms Do When Long-Running Stories End
In the next year, many fandoms are facing an end of the universes they love (or at least the current storylines within those universes): Supernatural, Game of Thrones, and Arrow are leaving TV; Star Wars and Marvel's long-running sagas are winding down. Our insightful panel featuring a mix of fans and pros, including Craig Titley (executive producer, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Joelle Monique (journalist, Teen Vogue, Playboy, A.V. Club), Justin Bolger (ILMxLAB/Lucasfilm), Elizabeth Minkel (co-host, Fansplaining; journalist, The New Yorker, The Guardian), Dr. Lynn Zubernis (professor and author, Fangasm), Delilah Dawson (author, Star Wars: Phasma and forthcoming Firefly comics), and moderator Flourish Klink (Co-host, Fansplaining; Chaotic Good Studios), will discuss what fandoms can do when long-running canon ends.

Friday July 19, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

8:00pm

Unnecessary Debates
Have you ever wanted to hear funny people debate topics you never thought could be debated, such as: Who wore it better: Tarzan or Gollum? Perfect! Come and see Jenny Jaffe (writer, Rugrats), Clayton Thomas (comedian, BET's ComicView), Andrew Raab (writer, House of Cards), Genevieve Marie (cosplayer), Kyle Vogt (actor, The Room), and Michael Tanner (writer, Junior Braves of the Apocalypse) for this geek showdown! Moderated by Tyler McPhail (founder, The Grand Geek Gathering).

Friday July 19, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
 
Saturday, July 20
 

10:00am

Collecting Harry Potter
Wizards and Witches will get a glimpse at the new Wizarding World collectibles from fan-favorite licensees. Panelists consist of Chris Hernandez (brand manager, McFarlane Toys) and Vanessa Lopez (associate publisher, Insight Editions), hardcore collectors including "Mr. Asher Potter" (World Record for largest Harry Potter collection) and moderator Ken Choy (Essential Quintessential Harry Potter Collector), who will give tips including how to get the best deals and maintain collection value. Practice your Summoning Charm because there will be giveaways!

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

11:00am

Tiki Art and Polynesian Pop in American Culture
Internationally known artists Shag, Bosko, BigToe, Susannah Mosher, and Devon Devereaux, mug designer Brandon Giraldez, and historian/writer Martin Lindsay discuss Tiki art and Tiki in pop culture inspired by the Maori of New Zealand and Pacific islander peoples of Oceania. Learn about ancient traditional Tiki through modern resurgent popular Tiki. Moderated by Tiki fan James Wasser.

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

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

1:00pm

Peggy Carter Probably Saves the World
The love for Peggy Carter has allowed the character to have multiple film appearances, a TV series, mobile game versions (one even becoming a comic character and inspiring a TV episode spinoff), and more. Hear from fans Jennifer Redelle Carey (The Flamingo Girl), Gavin Carmen (GavinColeCosplay), Kristina Hedberg (Order of Gallifrey), Lisa Lower (Sci-fi Coalition, West Coast Avengers), and experts Matt Deckard (The Chap, hat consultant), Dr. Andrea Letamendi (clinical psychologist, Under the Mask Online), and Marvel's Agent Carter 's costume designer Gigi Melton as they discuss the influence Peggy Carter has made on our culture. Panel moderated by Dawn M. Bourn (The Geek Girl Project, Managed Chaos Events).

Saturday July 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

2:00pm

Fanbase Press: Celebrating Fandoms with Geeky Crafting
There are so many fandoms that we celebrate through TV, movies, comics, books, and other mediums, yet media consumers love to show their creative sides, too. Led by Barbra Dillon (editor-in-chief, Fanbase Press), this panel-including Christoff Visscher (Cantrip Candles), Chris Rubin (Bubbles and Things Soaps), Clarissa Thorne (A Geek's Guide to Cross-Stitch), Chrissy Callahan (TurtleBunny Creations), and Lauren Rock (Calliope Candleworks)-will discuss the benefits that crafting can offer in providing opportunities for creative fulfillment and entrepreneurial expansion.

Saturday July 20, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

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

Let's Get Fashionably Nerdy
Incorporate your love of your fandom into everyday fashion. Panelists explore the multitude of designers creating heightened formal, business, athletic, and casual looks for men, women, and children. Up-and-coming brand designers will talk about their lines and how to dress fashionably while expressing yourself and the things you love. Panelists include Mandy Roman (Geeky Glamorous), Tiffany Mink (Whosits and Whatsits), Meli Lovio-Sanchez (Melificiant), Danielle Reichman (Little Petal), Jordan Ellis (Jordandené), Camille Falciola (Frakkin Frocks), and moderator Stephanie Pressman (Fashionably Nerdy).

Saturday July 20, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

4:00pm

Let Your Fandom Fly
In this interactive panel, moderator Sam Maggs (Captain Marvel) wants to hear from YOU. Share with panelists Robbie Thompson (Meet the Skrulls, Supernatural), Steenz (Archival Quality), Sarah Kuhn (I Love You So Mochi, Heroine Complex), and Riley Silverman (Troubled Waters) all your best cosplay, fanart, and fanfic. They want to know how you celebrate and honor your fandom, and advise you on how to take it to the next level.

Saturday July 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

5:00pm

Science of Game of Thrones
Now that the Game of Thrones finale has left fans reeling, this fellowship of experts explore the real-world origins behind tales of dragons, magic, wildfire, and more. When science shines its light on the fantastic elements, some of it holds up amazingly well. Featuring Dr. Travis Langley (Game of Thrones Psychology: The Mind Is Dark and Full of Terrors; The Joker Psychology: Evil Clowns and the Women Who Love Them), Roger Freedman (University of California, Santa Barbara), Tamara Robertson (MythBusters Jr., SciJinks), Allen Pan (Sufficiently Advanced, MythBusters), Steve Huff (weapons expert), New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry (Joe Ledger series, Rot & Ruin, V-Wars), and Jennifer Yen (Baylor College of Medicine). Moderated by Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia, Black Panther Psychology: Hidden Kingdoms). You will believe a dragon can fly!

Saturday July 20, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

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

7:00pm

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

8:00pm

Fandom of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Beginning of the End?
Hasbro has announced that the 4th generation of the My Little Pony franchise will come to an end after nine seasons on television, a feature film, the spinoff Equestria Girls, and more. Andy “FableCharm” Reyes (vice chair, BABSCon), Francis “Checkers” Fernandez (podcaster, Sincere Sarcasm), Jeffrey “ACRacebest” Best (Bronies React), Patrick “Lance” Ramirez (co-organizer, SoCal Bronies), Scott “Thornwing” Kinnersley (2019 chair, Everfree Northwest), and Shane “Sketchy” Phillips discuss the fandom of the show, with a West Coast focus. Moderated by James Udan (coordinator, San Diego Wikimedians User Group).

Saturday July 20, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
 
Sunday, July 21
 

10:00am

Food Network's Chef Duff Goldman
Chef Duff Goldman (Food Network's Buddy vs. Duff) discusses with Jessica Tseang (founder, Persisted Media Group/Fangirl Foods) his joyous experience at the convention, reflects on nerd culture, what his fans mean to him, and new endeavors.

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

11:00am

How to Be a Nerd for a Living: Discovering Careers in Pop-Culture
Do you want to build a career in the "geeky" industry you love, but you're not sure where to begin? This panel of professional "Nerds for a Living" will share advice and insights into a variety of careers, including comics, gaming, podcasting, and animation. From entrepreneurial endeavors to working for some of the biggest brands in fandom, learn how these panelists got their start—and get actionable advice on what it takes to create a path to the career you want. Join Nerd For A Living co-founder, Wendy Buske, and guests Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex series, Batgirl), Jen Vaughn (D20 Dames Podcast, Teenage Wasteland), Christina “Steenz” Stewart (co-creator, Archival Quality), Annalee Newitz (founder of io9, Autonomous), and Robyn Warren (founder of Geek Girl Strong) for this fun, informative, and instructional discussion.

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

12:00pm

Dinosaurs vs. Unicorns
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 15, 04:48PM
This panel will be a spirited family discussion to determine which stories/characters/toys/activities are for girls and which are for boys. Professional educator Tony Bianca will stimulate conversation as Nancie Helders (18), Charlotte Herrick (10), and Alizarin Todd (9) speak from the heart, balanced by experienced debate moderator Laura Todd. Bring your questions and experiences to share.

Sunday July 21, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

1:00pm

Women Below the Line
Panelist will explore gender roles of women in the modern entertainment industry. They will discuss their careers and experiences working in their various fields, focusing on success stories, and how to follow your dreams in the industry and creative professions. Moderated by Michelle Nguyen Bradley.

Sunday July 21, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

2:00pm

I'll Take Muggles for $500: A Fan Game Show (Pop Culture Edition)
Can you name every ingredient contained in Polyjuice Potion? How about recite every line from Mean Girls (so fetch!) and Back to the Future (Great Scott!)? When watching movies, do you find yourself always saying “the book was better”? Check out this game show where SDCC fans test their knowledge, competing head to head with Adam Christopher (author of Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town), Rob Hart (author The Warehouse), and Janina Gavankar (voice of Iden Versio, narrator of Inferno Squad), in "Pop Culture" themed categories, using audio clips from our popular audiobooks with movie, TV, and streaming tie-ins. Hosted by audiobook narrator Jorjeana Marie.

Sunday July 21, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:00pm

Fantastic Beasts and How to Make Them
Amanda Dunn (cosplayer, seamstress), Andrea Seale (cosplayer, costume builder), Bryn Hazlett Lawson (cosplayer, costume builder), Ken Hazlett (cosplayer, engineer), Leah Thomas (cosplayer, costume designer), and Nat Lawson (cosplayer, costume designer) discuss planning, designing, building, and wearing oversized and nonhuman cosplays. Examples of fantastic beast cosplays for discussion include centaurettes, dragons, fauns, giants, and demons. Slides of finished cosplays and works in progress will be shown.

Sunday July 21, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand 10 & 11, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:45pm

Gastronomically Geeky. Game and Movie Cookbooks
Award-winning authors Chelsea Monroe-Cassel (Elder Scrolls Cookbook, World of Warcraft Cookbook), Alison Robicelli (WWE Cookbook), and Victoria Rosenthal (Fallout Cookbook) share the inspirations, challenges, and joy in interpreting legendary brands through food.

Sunday July 21, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Room 5AB

4:00pm

Full-Time Creative Work on a Part-Time Schedule
Panelists cover such topics as group management and working dynamics, networking, time management, exposure, and pitfalls. They include Sean Glumace (Adobe Education Leader, comic book letterer), James Frye (managing editor, TheConGuy website), Ron Coleman, Ph.D. (molecular geneticist and comic book writer), Dr. Renah Wolzinger (chief policy officer, Credential Commons), Topher Davila (art director for GeekdomWear website and independent producer), Stephen Burns (Photoshop digital artist, author, and lecturer), and Mario Martinez (co-creator, TomatoTV). Every person who attends will get a postcard of some of the collected tips, wisdom, and potential pitfalls talked about on panels from previous years. Also, one lucky panel attendee will win a one-year subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud-a $599 value courtesy of Adobe Education Leader Sean Glumace. Finally, there is so much information flying around this panel it is suggested to bring something to take notes with. Seriously, a lot of information gets covered.

Sunday July 21, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 24ABC