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Thursday, July 18
 

10:00am

Comic-Con Film School 101
NEW: Thu, Jul 04, 07:09PM
Comic-Con Film School is back for another four-day, nuts and bolts class on how to make a movie for very little money using available video hardware and software. Whether you're shooting your first Apex Legends fan film, or that story about the leather-clad girl who hunts Basilisks, this course will take you from script to final product so that you too can enter your own movie into the CCI: IFF. This first class covers the specifics of pre-production on the cheap, including screenwriting, scheduling, location scouting, crewing-up, and getting equipment for nothing. Panelists for the class include Valerie Perez (producer/star of the Paula Peril series), Jack Conway (creative producer of Next Generation Esports), Vera Vanguard (writer/producer/star of Breaking Barbi), Nick Murphy (writer/director of All Night Skate), Josh Perilo, (creator/writer of Hindenburg), and Sean Rourke (writer of Ballistica).

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

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

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

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

12:00pm

A Song of Ice and Fire: Game of Thrones Fan Discussion
Ashley Mitruk (A Podcast of Ice and Fire, Bastards of Kingsgrave podcast), Tara Lynne (The Geekiary, Ice & Fire Con), Chloe Ketchum (Girls Gone Canon, Ice & Fire Con), and Amin Javadi (A Podcast of Ice and Fire, Bastards of Kingsgrave podcast) discuss fan theories, compare the books to the television show, and take part in a general Q&A.

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

12:00pm

Hearthstone's Next Expansion
Hearthstone game developer Dave Kosak and voice actors Terrence Stone (Sir Finley), Amy Walker (Elise Starseeker), and Carlos Larkin (Brann Bronzebeard) share stories about the iconic characters starring in Saviors of Uldum, the upcoming expansion for Blizzard Entertainment's blockbuster digital card game Hearthstone. The panelists will reflect on how they brought their characters to life—from their first audition to the process of finding their true voices—and even share a sneak peek at some of the cards coming in the expansion. Panel and Q&A session moderated by Blizzard's senior casting and voice director Andrea Toyias.

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 5AB

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

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

You're Wrong, Leonard Maltin
“You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.”—Harlan Ellison. Film critic Leonard Maltin is the ultimate movie fan and his reviews are legendary. But . . . are they “right”? In the spirit of kindness and with the communal understanding that film is subjective and opinions come in all colors of the rainbow, “You're Wrong, Leonard Maltin” gives audience members a rare opportunity to challenge the movie master himself on his categorical cinematic conclusions. It's a conversation between battling beliefs . . . and possibly the only chance you will ever get in your life to convince Leonard Maltin that his movie methodology is mortally mistaken and, in fact, WRONG. Perhaps best known for his eponymous annual book of movie capsule reviews, Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide, which was published from 1969 to 2014, Leonard and his daughter Jessie Maltin, who together host the Maltin on Movies podcast, are willing to take on all comers who have a gripe over one of Leonard's reviews. Marquess of Queensbury rules will be enforced, but anyone who wants to have a lively discussion is welcome to spar (verbally) with America's best-known film critic.

Thursday July 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 6BCF

1:00pm

Law of the MCU
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 15, 04:41PM
Ten years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has created a body of law big enough for Nowhere. Hear from this panel of judges and lawyers as they journey into legal tales to astonish of how Dr. Strange saved the world with contract law; whether Bucky committed treason as the Winter Soldier; and could Thanos be prosecuted as a war criminal for “The Snap”? A panel of true believers including U.S. Magistrate Judge Mitch Dembin, Megan Hitchcock (Esurance), Courtney McNulty (Sony Pictures Entertainment), Jordon Huppert (Public Defender in Oregon), Christine Peek (McManis Faulkner), and Joshua Gilliland (The Legal Geeks) will assemble to tackle these issues and more from the Marvel Universe.

Thursday July 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Theater, Comic-Con Museum

1:45pm

SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout
Drop on the deck and flop like a fish because it's a celebration for 20 years of SpongeBob SquarePants! Dive deep down into the making of SpongeBob's brand-new special “SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout!” with co-executive producers Vincent Waller and Marc Ceccarelli. Voice actors Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy), Mr. Lawrence (Plankton), and Clancy Brown (Mr. Krabs) will discuss what it was like to portray their characters in front of the camera for the first time in this live action-animation hybrid episode. Plus, they're covering 20 years of nautical nonsense, so be sure to bring it around town!

Thursday July 18, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Room 6A

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

2:00pm

Legion M: Fans Unite to Take Over Hollywood
How can you become part of Hollywood and get involved directly in films, TV shows, and digital content? Legion M is the world's first fan-owned entertainment company. Through equity crowdfunding, they've made it possible for anyone to become an entertainment investor. And it's more than simply being a “shareholder”—members have access to special screenings, industry events, and exclusive Legion M meet-ups. Legion M executives Paul Scanlan, Jeff Annison, Terri Lubaroff, David Baxter, and others will reveal how Legion M is involved with films like Bad Samaritan, Colossal, Mandy, Tolkien, and their latest films: Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, directed by Kevin Smith (Clerks), and Memory: The Origins of Alien directed by pop culture documentarian Alexandre O. Philippe (The People vs. George Lucas). They will also have updates on projects in development.

Thursday July 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 7AB

2:00pm

The Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con: The Next Frontier
Glass ceilings have been shattered and shows and films such as Star Trek Discovery, Captain Marvel, Steven Universe, and Avengers: Endgame are major entries in terms of women's representation—but is it enough? What comes next on the journey to see more women and more types of women represented in pop culture? Tamara Brooks (DCComics.com, Geek & Sundry), Valerie Complex (film critic, screenwriter), Dani Fernandez (Nerdist, writer for Comedy Central), Jennifer Kretchmer (D&D Beyond's Heroes of the Vale, Veronica Mars), Toni Sanchez (writer/host, That Hashtag Show), and Jessica Tseang (Little Geek Girls, comic book historian) discuss recent breakthroughs and look toward the future for women's representation in the nerdy frontier.

Thursday July 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

2:00pm

The Science of the Acme Product Catalogue
The FGGGbT Brain Trust (Daniel J. Glenn, Dr. Michael Dennin, and Ben Siepser) break down the technology utilized by Wile E. Coyote in his relentless pursuit of the Roadrunner. From giant magnets to rocket shoes, jet-propelled unicycles, and Super Speed Vitamins, they will show you what is possible in the world of cartoon physics.

Thursday July 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Theater, Comic-Con Museum

3:00pm

Inglorious Treksperts: Celebrating 40 Years of Star Trek: The Motion Picture
The co-hosts of the only podcast for Star Trek fans with a life, Inglorious Treksperts, Mark A. Altman (The 50 Year Mission, Free Enterprise) and Daren Dochterman (Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Director's Edition) take the center seat to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Trek: The Motion Picture with a special live podcast presentation devoted to the movie that started it all as they are joined by panelists Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class), Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise, ST: TNG Special Edition), and Bill Hunt (The Digital Bits). Relive the overlooked and underappreciated genius of the original Star Trek movie that first began the human adventure. Transmit now!

Thursday July 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 5AB

3:00pm

35th Anniversary of Ghostbusters
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 16, 08:29PM
Over three decades ago, four men, the iconic Ecto-1, and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man entered our lives. Since then, the proton pack is a constant cosplay want, and fans can’t help singing along to the classic theme song. The franchise spawned countless comics and animated series. Jessica Tseang (founder, Positive Pop Culture/Persisted Media Group) leads a fan appreciation discussion about the longevity of this franchise, and the deep love of the fandom.

Thursday July 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Theater, Comic-Con Museum

3:30pm

SYFY WIRE's The Great Debate
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 16, 07:31PM
Let’s settle this inside! Fearless captain Aisha Tyler (Archer, Criminal Minds) returns with a new group of celebrity nerds for one of Comic-Con’s most popular panels. Join Felicia Day (The Magicians, Supernatural), Thomas Lennon (Reno 911, The Odd Couple), Travis McElroy (My Brother, My Brother and Me; The Adventure Zone), Amber Nash (Archer), Naomi Ekperigin (co-host of podcast Couples Therapy), and Dani Fernandez (iHeartRadio’s Nerdificent, Ralph Breaks the Internet) as they debate some of the biggest, best, and funniest issues in the geekverse. Is Darth Vader a worse parent than Homer Simpson? Were you sadder to see the MCU end, or Game of Thrones? Who is science fiction’s ultimate coolest Captain? You’ll vote on all the winners, so remember: with great paddle comes great responsibility. Plus, you can get your own questions argued by Earth’s Mightiest Debaters!

Thursday July 18, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Ballroom 20

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

The 4:30 Movie: 1989 Week
The co-hosts of the popular Electric Surge podcast, The 4:30 Movie, will curate an all-new fantasy theme week devoted to the films of 1989. Will the Dark Knight dance in the pale moonlight of Monday, or will Indiana Jones throw his hat into the ring? Will they Do the Right Thing or will Harry meet Sally on Tuesday? Will they enter The Abyss, or will they find out what God needs with a Starship on Wednesday—and will Friday be a most Excellent Adventure or a Field of Dreams? Find out this and more as Mark A. Altman (CW's Pandora, The Librari ans), Ashley E. Miller (Thor, Lore, Black Sails), Steve Melching (The Clone Wars, Rebels), and Daren Dochterman (Master and Commander, The Chronicles of Riddick) go back to the future . . . again. Hey, wait a second . . .

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

4:15pm

Adapting Source Material for Film and TV
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 11, 06:31PM
Industry producers and writers discuss how to take fandom properties and adapt them for the big or small screen. Panelists include David Alpert (executive producer, The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead), Maggie Bandur (Co-EP, Deadly Class, Powerless), M. Raven Metzner (Co-EP and writer, Sleepy Hollow, Iron Fist), and Akela Cooper (producer; Luke Cage, American Horror Story). Moderated by Geoff Boucher (Deadline).

Thursday July 18, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Room 6A

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

5:00pm

Sartorial Geek Live
Jordan Ellis (founder of Jordandené, co-editor of The Sartorial Geek) will be in conversation with Sam Maggs (senior writer, Insomniac Games; author, Girl Squads and The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy) about Sam's bestselling books, work on video games, and life as a fangirl.

Thursday July 18, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

6:00pm

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

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

6:00pm

Nerd Strong: Living, Working, and Enjoying the Fandom and Entertainment Industry with Invisible Illnesses
Melissa Howland (film critic with multiple sclerosis/epilepsy) discusses enjoying life while working in or being a fan of the entertainment/fandom community when having invisible (and visible) illnesses with Austin Basis (Spellbound, Type 1 diabetes), Jessie Pridemore (cosplayer, endometriosis), Crix Lee (actor, rheumatoid arthritis), and Marlon Reynoso (owner of Nerdcoolture, multiple sclerosis).

Thursday July 18, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, 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

How It Should Have Ended
A behind-the-scenes look at the popular YouTube channel "How It Should Have Ended" (HISHE), featuring new, unreleased content as well as an opportunity to help write "How Spider-Man Far From Home Should Have Ended." Come hear a discussion with creators Daniel Baxter and Tina Alexander along with the rest of the HISHE team.

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

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

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

[CANCELLED] #WeAreAllHeroes: The Changing Landscape of Geek and Fanboy Culture
CANCELLED: Wed, Jul 10, 04:51PM
We regret to announce that this program has been cancelled.

Thursday July 18, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, 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

7:15pm

Celebrating 40 Years of Alien
Take a deep dive into the origins of Alien and its fandom with documentary director Alexandre O. Philippe (The People vs. George Lucas, Doc of the Dead, 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene), Diane O'Bannon (Dan O'Bannon Estate), Will Linn (Joseph Campbell Foundation), David Baxter (Legion M), and others as they discuss Philippe's upcoming feature documentary Memory: The Origins of Alien, and the sustaining power of Ridley Scott's masterpiece with fandom. Trailer debut from the Memory documentary will be shown.

Thursday July 18, 2019 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Room 6BCF

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

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

The Storyteller's Guide with Satine Phoenix
Moderator Satine Phoenix and dungeonmasters Travis McElroy (Adventure Zone) and Kailey Bray (Damsels, Dice and Everything Nice) will create a fantasy adventure before your eyes using storytelling and improv techniques.

Thursday July 18, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 32AB

8:00pm

Psychology of Cult TV Shows: An Annual Review
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 10, 10:27PM
Are you struggling about the upcoming ending of your favorite TV shows? Do you feel connected to certain TV shows' stories and characters? So do these panelists! This team of actors, TV writers, and psychologists will discuss the psychology of your favorite TV shows, such as Supernatural, Game of Thrones, Arrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Young Justice, and others. Psychologist Dr. Janina Scarlet (Harry Potter Therapy; Dark Agents), actors Ruth Connell (Supernatural) and Rachel Miner (Supernatural), builder and actor Tamara Robertson (MythBusters), writer Deric Hughes (Flash; Beauty and the Beast), and NYT bestselling author Jonathan Maberry (V-Wars) will discuss your favorite TV shows. Dustin McGinnis (Superhero Therapy podcast) moderates.

Thursday July 18, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 25ABC

8:00pm

22nd Annual Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza
Whether it's movies, streaming, animation, or videogames, Ric Meyers (Films of Fury, Atlas Comics) has the best fight scenes of the year for you, with “master of remaster” Frank Djeng, the Comedy Film Nerds Graham Elwood and Chris Mancini, “King of YouTube Kungfu” Eric Jacobus (Mortal Kombat 11, The Man Who Feels No Pain), and master animator Miko Mai (Spies in Disguise), plus other guest stars, premieres, and surprises.

Thursday July 18, 2019 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Room 6A

8:30pm

Always Harry Potter: The Wizarding World Panel
An annual look at the past year and the year to come for the Harry Potter fandom, as fans—and J. K. Rowling and her team—continue to create magic through fanfic, fanart, fanfilms, trips, off-Broadway plays, museum exhibits, events, online communities and content, and political activism. Moderated by Heidi Tandy (FictionAlley), the panel includes Adrienne Alwag (Los Angeles Dumbledore's Army), Alison Siggard (MuggleNet), Alison Wilgus (Chronin), Brian Biggs (Potterhead Running Club/Random Tuesday), Catherine Elhoffer (Elhoffer Design), Eliyannah Amirah Yisrael (Hermione Granger and the Quarter Life Crisis), Elizabeth Minkel (Fansplaining), Jamie Luby (US Quidditch), Janina Scarlet (Harry Potter Therapy), Madhuri Shekar (The Nevers on HBO), and Matt Cox (Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic).

Thursday July 18, 2019 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 6BCF

9:00pm

How the West Got Weird Again
The resurgence of weird Westerns in books, films, comics, and games—like Wynonna Earp and Deadlands—has reopened a once-dormant genre. What has brought about this renewed passion for six-guns crossing bullets with zombies, vampires, and aliens? Moderator David Boop (editor, Straight Outta Deadwood) is joined by Jonathan Maberry (Joe Ledger series, V-Wars), Phil Foglio (Girl Genius), Eytan Kollin (The Unincorporated Man), and Naomi Brett Rourke (Straight Outta Tombstone) to explore the roots and revival of the genre as old as American publishing itself.

Thursday July 18, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 23ABC

9:00pm

So They Say You Shouldn't Cosplay
Ivy Doomkitty (SYFY's Heroes of Cosplay, international professional cosplayer), DPiddy (YouTuber, professional cosplayer), and David Baxter (Legion M, LTL Cosplay) discuss body image, skin color, age, disabilities, genderbent cosplay, and more. Panelists will discuss how to push past boundaries that others try to place against you and various techniques to build confidence. After all, cosplay is for everyone; it is not limited to one demographic. Q&A to follow.

Thursday July 18, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 32AB
 
Friday, July 19
 

10:00am

Bringing Mandalorians to Life: A Guide to Building Armor
Members of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club provide a primer for cosplayers looking to start their first set of Mandalorian armor. Discussion will include techniques for shaping, painting, and weathering.

Friday July 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 7AB

10:15am

SYFY WIRE's It Came from the 90s
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 15, 05:25PM
The 90s gave us everything, from scrunchies to grunge to a vampire-fighting high schooler. It also birthed a generation raised on The X-Files and The Secret Life of Alex Mack that became the genre obsessed fans of today. So lace up your Doc Martens and dust off that plaid shirt! SYFY WIRE is bringing host Dave Holmes (editor-at-large for Esquire) and panelists Jason Mewes (Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back), Orlando Jones (Evolution, American Gods), Jonah Ray (Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail), Milana Vayntrub (Marvel Rising: Initiation, Dallas & Robo), Eliza Skinner (writer/performer on Adam Ruins Everything; head writer, Drop the Mic) and Maude Garrett (creator of Geek Bomb & Whut Apparel) together to test their wits (and memories!) about some of the greatest movies, TV, and gaming of the 90s. It’ll be as fun as playing Myst but way less impossible to beat!

Friday July 19, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Ballroom 20

10:30am

The Her Universe Workshop
Want to get into the business of geek fashion? Calling all designers, artists, lawyers, entrepreneurs. Hear from the founder of Her Universe, Ashley Eckstein, and a panel of industry professionals, and take a deep dive into the business of fashion, fandom, and licensing.

Friday July 19, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

11:00am

After Endgame: Where Does the Comic Genre Go from Here
Kyle Newman (director of the film Fanboys), John Campea (The John Campea Show), Kristain Harloff (creator of Movie Trivia Schmoedown), and Chris Gore (creator of Film Threat) discuss the challenges facing the comic book genre of movies after (and caused by) the epic success of Avengers: Endgame.

Friday July 19, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

11:30am

Nerdist News Live
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 08, 08:53PM
Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News, G4), Amy Vorpahl (Nerdist News, Mothership!) Dan Casey (Explainiac, Nerdist News), Rachel Heine (Nerdist and Geek & Sundry editor-in-chief), Brian Compton (Nerdist producer), Erin Vail (Nerdist producer), Stephen Czerwinski (Nerdist producer), and Kate Meyers (Nerdist head of production) dig in to what's happening in pop culture as only Nerdist can. Go behind the scenes of Nerdist News, and bring your questions for the cast and crew. As always, you can expect hot takes, deep cuts, and theories, theories, theories!

Friday July 19, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 5AB

12:00pm

A Fan Celebration of Batman in Animation
Kevin Altieri (storyboard artist and director, Batman: The Animated Series), Dan Riba (storyboard artist and director, Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Justice League), and Mike Goguen (character design artist, Batman: The Animated Series) discuss how the animated Batman has brought some of the most defining moments in this character's eight-decade-long history, moderated by Londyn Jackson (host, History of the Batman, DC Comics verified fan).

Friday July 19, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

12:00pm

Psychology and the Potterverse: Even Muggles Can Cast Their Patronus
Expecto Patronum! Keith Beard, psy.D. (professor, Marshall University), April Fugett, ph.D. (professor, Marshall University), Britani Black, psy.D. (instructor, Marshall University School of Medicine), Carrie Dean, m.A., and Kasey Kessler, m.A. (Marshall University) discuss their findings from a study examining personality with a person's selected Patronus charm based on the Harry Potter movies and the J. K. Rowling's books. The research results demonstrate how personality informs one's choice of a Patronus charm. Additionally, specific personality traits associated with liking or disliking specific Potterverse characters will be reviewed.

Friday July 19, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Theater, Comic-Con Museum

12:00pm

Star Wars Collectibles Update with Lucasfilm's Brian Merten
Besides being awesome, the things we collect and bring into our lives are real expressions of the story we love. Join the excitement and learn firsthand what's happening with your favorite Star Wars collectibles. Panelists will chat about prop replicas, statues, and much more, maybe with a surprise or two along the way.

Friday July 19, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 7AB

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

Behind the Design: Star Wars Fashion Collaborations
Star Wars has always been on the forefront of the "geek chic" fashion movement by bringing iconic characters and stories to life through the lens of modern-day fashion. Over the past decade, the portfolio of brand partnerships has grown significantly, allowing fans all over the world to celebrate their passion for the brand with more than just T-shirts. This panel will include an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the design and development process of Star Wars fashion and accessories, including two new collaborations being unveiled at SDCC this year.

Friday July 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 7AB

1:00pm

The Kaiju Kingdom Podcast: The Aftermath
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 12, 04:23PM
Jessica Tseang (co-host, The Kaiju Kingdom podcast) and Chris Eaton (co-host, The Kaiju Kingdom podcast) sit down with guests to discuss their love and fan appreciation of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, reflect upon 65 years of franchise history, the popularity of TOHO's greatest creation, and their hopes for future kaiju films.

Friday July 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

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

2:00pm

The Immersive Experience of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
Brush up on your spells and get your wand ready for an insider’s look at Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the new augmented reality (AR) real-world mobile game. Co-published and co-developed by WB Games San Francisco and Niantic, under the Portkey Games label, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite invites players to take on the role of a new recruit of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force and explore real-world neighborhoods and cities to discover mysterious artifacts, cast spells, and encounter fantastic beasts and iconic characters along the way. Join moderator Felicia Day (Supernatural, The Guild, Geek and Sundry) and team members Mary Casey (Executive Director of Product) and April Stegall (Senior Art Manager) from WB Games San Francisco, alongside Archit Bhargava (Director of Worldwide Marketing) and Alex Moffit (Product Manager) from Niantic, as they discuss how this immersive gaming experience was created. Audience members will also get to hear about upcoming features for the game.

Friday July 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 6BCF

2:00pm

Film Threat Podcast Live
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 10, 07:48PM
Film reviewers have gotten a bad reputation lately and a lot of it is deserved. Star Wars, Godzilla, Game of Thrones, and DC and Marvel movies have divided fandom, so let's talk about it. And in the age of social media, do we really even need movie critics? Join Chris Gore (Film Threat) along with April Wahlin (novelist), Steele Saunders (Steele Wars), Dante James (Film Threat), Robert Meyer Burnett (Robservations), Alan Ng (Film Threat), Anthony Ray Bench (Film Threat), and a panel of film pundits for your chance to talk back!

Friday July 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

3:00pm

Outlandish Confabulation: An Outlander Fan Panel
Ginger Wiseman (The Outlander Podcast), Summer Reynolds (The Outlander Podcast), Sarah Ksiazek (Outlander TV News), and Heather Insley (Outlander SoCal Edition) discuss popular fan theories and invite attendees to take part in a conversation about the books and television adaptation.

Friday July 19, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

3:30pm

The First Geeks: Ray Bradbury and the LA Science Fiction League
Before they were famous, Ray Bradbury, Ray Harryhausen, and Forry Ackerman were three buddies who used to meet every week as members of the LA Science Fiction League. Orty Ortwein (Ray Bradbury Experience Museum) talks about how this friendship enhanced their careers and changed geek culture.

Friday July 19, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 24ABC

3:30pm

Geek & Sundry Live!
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 15, 10:54PM
Established in 2012, Geek & Sundry has continued to produce groundbreaking original programming created around the theme of using play to both inspire and connect their dedicated audience. Whether it's in front of or behind the camera, this panel will examine the G&S brand and what it takes to produce the unique content fans love. Moderated by G&S head of production T. J. Rotell, get the lowdown from a panel of G&S cast and creators, including Daryl Crittenden (Asinine Wisdom), Jake Bennett (Asinine Wisdom, TBD RPG), Erika Ishii (Game Engine, Vampire: The Masquerade: LA by Night, Sagas of Sundry), Anjali Bhimani (Overwatch, We’re Alive: Frontier), Becca Scott (Game the Game, TBD RPG), Ivan Van Norman (Sagas of Sundry, We're Alive: Frontier), Vince Caso (Vampire: The Masquerade – L.A. by Night, We’re Alive: Frontier), and G&S head of video Sean Becker (The Guild).

Friday July 19, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 5AB

6:00pm

Gay Geeks and Where to Find Them
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 11, 08:08PM
Entertainment industry professionals Ted Biaselli (executive of development, Netflix original programming), Gordon Bellamy (CEO, Gay Gaming Professionals/visiting scholar), Michael Vogel (animation showrunner/producer), Patrick Gomez (senior editor, Entertainment Weekly), Cat Staggs (comic book artist), and Chandler Poling (White Bear PR) discuss how to turn your favorite geeky fandoms into flourishing careers, the challenges and rewards of growing up gay, and how being a member of the LGBT community influenced their work. Moderated by Chris Riley.

Friday July 19, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, 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

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

7:30pm

Game of Thrones: A Reflection and the Future
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 19, 06:26PM
The Sunday Night Watch has ended, and Game of Throne fans around the world are in mourning. Jessica Tseang (founder, Positive Pop Culture/Persisted Media Group) discusses with panelists from the cast, television critics, and authors, on how to fill the void from the legacy George R. R. Martin left behind and take a look back on all eight seasons. Panelists include Joseph Gatt (actor Game of Thrones-Styr, Magnar of Thenn), K.L. Bone (international bestselling fantasy author; Creative Writing PhD, Queen’s University Belfast), Alana Jordan (Afterbuzz-Game of Thrones rewatch), Markeia McCarty (host for The Nerdist, DC Daily), and more.

Friday July 19, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

8:00pm

10 Points to Slytherin: Why Good Fans Love Evil Creatures
Get in touch with your dark side! Forget the boring heroes-fandom loves its villains. Loki, Harley Quinn, Darth Vader, The Joker . . . With their fascinating backstories, dangerous aesthetics, and devil-may-care attitudes, it's easy to see why many fans identify with the bad guys. But what does it say about you when you proudly claim allegiance to Slytherin House, the 501st, or Hydra? Adron Buske (Fictitious Podcast) and a group of writers and creators—including authors Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles, The Renegades Trilogy), Renée Ahdieh (The Wrath and the Dawn series, Flame in the Mist series), Keto Shimizu (Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow), Caitlin Starling (The Luminous Dead), and Shaun Barger (Mage Against The Machine)—will explore fan fascination with fictional antagonists.

Friday July 19, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 32AB

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

8:00pm

Your Hero's Journey: Storytelling to Improve Mental and Physical Health
We all deserve to be fit and healthy, physically and emotionally. But when we feel depressed, anxious, or left behind by the traditional health and fitness industry, how can we begin to care for ourselves? Stories have been powerful aids for mental well-being throughout history, and physical and mental fitness programs that embrace storytelling as a motivating tool are just beginning to make an impact. Panelists Satine Phoenix (The Gilding Light), Sam de Leve (Callisto 6), Todd Stashwick (12 Monkeys), Edward Doty (Jukin Media), Christy Black (Hero's Journey Fitness), and Dr. Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions, UCLA) host a discussion of how storytelling, role-playing games, and the books, TV, movies, and comics we love can make a positive impact on our overall health. Moderated by David Nett (Starter Kit).

Friday July 19, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 29AB

8:30pm

Klingon Lifestyles
Boldly going into its 26th year at SDCC, IKV Stranglehold presents a lighthearted foray into the Star Trek Universe from the perspective of everyone's favorite alien race, Klingons! Fleet Admiral K'Han Den faces his greatest foe, diplomacy, while on a mission to a Starfleet vessel unveiling. Meanwhile, a secret alliance is formed between two of the most mischievous forces in the quadrant. Join fellow costumed Trek fans after the show to celebrate #StarTrekFriday with a group photo and receive a collectible button. All alien races welcomed.

Friday July 19, 2019 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 5AB

8:30pm

ScreenJunkies/Fandom: The Truth Behind Honest Trailers and More
Panelists will answer your questions about the Emmy-nominated series Honest Trailers and premiere a movie and video game trailer exclusively for Comic-Con. Get a behind-the-scenes look at several of their upcoming new series. Plus, cheer on your favorite fighter in a mega Movie Fights where your votes decide the winner. Fan favorites Hal Rudnick, Joe Starr, Spencer Gilbert, Dan Murrell, Roth Cornet, and other special panelists keep Hollywood honest!

Friday July 19, 2019 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Room 6A

8:30pm

The Girl Genius Radio Play
A noncanonical, in-world Girl Genius adventure, performed in the style of old-time radio. Performers will be recruited from the audience. Featuring Kaja and Phil Foglio.

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

9:00pm

DisSDCC: Representation, Inclusion, Accessibility
Disability representation in media and fandom, discussion, and Q&A. Panelists include Shoshannah Stern (This Close), Nic Novicki (Easterseals Disability Film Challenge), Rachel Miner (D&D Live, Supernatural), Cindy Kapp, Kai Winchester, Emy Cook, and Lynn Gagne. Moderated by Tanya Cook (Always Keep Nerd Fighting).

Friday July 19, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 28DE

9:00pm

Star Wars Trivia Game Panel
Members of the San Diego Star Wars Society, veteran hosts of trivia panels at Comic-Con International since 2002, have created a new format this year that will allow for even more audience members to win valuable prizes. For those of you who think they know the galaxy far, far away, this is the panel for you. Returning this year will be a game round for kids ages 5–11 in which every child will win a prize. Following that will be the adult game rounds for ages 12 and up. Come test your knowledge of the galaxy far, far away, and you may win some of the many prizes provided by Star Wars licensees. The trivia panel hosts are Leia Hornedo, Linda Crispien, Brendan Prout, Carlos Munoz, Felicia Nykaza, and Collin Gomez.

Friday July 19, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 7AB

9:00pm

Super Geeked Up: Geeky Improv Live
The Super Geeked Up crew discuss zany geeky topics and play super-fun geek-themed improv games like Superhero Sound Effects, Action Figures, and Geeky Theme Songs! If you like Whose Line Is It Anyway?, you'll love these geektastic shenanigans. Featuring Super Geeked Up creator/host Jeff Burns and panelists Kelly Nugent (El Rey Nation, Teen Creeps) and Matt Acevedo (HyperRPG, Ultimate Fictional Character Podcast). Plus, a ton of audience participation and awesome prizes! Don't miss this super-interactive, award-winning show that will provide the zaniest fun you have at Comic-Con!

Friday July 19, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 25ABC

9:15pm

Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog and Karaoke Party
Come for the fun and sing-along as the California Browncoats screen the fan fave Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, then wow the audience with your own rendition! Karaoke signups for individuals and small groups will be available in the screening room just prior to screening. Space and time is limited-first to come, first to rock out!

Friday July 19, 2019 9:15pm - 10:45pm
Room 6DE
 
Saturday, July 20
 

10:00am

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

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

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

10:30am

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

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

12:00pm

Go Down with Your Ship
Collin Kelly (Star Trek: Year One), Dafna Pleban (editor, BOOM! Studios), Mae Catt (Transformers: Cyberverse), and Mairghread Scott (Marvel Rising) debate their favorite relationships in pop culture. Find out whose ship is going to sink and whose will soar in a Q&A session moderated by Meg Downey (pop culture writer at Gamespot).

Saturday July 20, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 28DE

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

Meet the Star Wars Fan Groups
An introduction to the International Star Wars Fan Groups: The 501st Legion, The Rebel Legion, Mandalorian Mercs, Saber Guild, and Droid Builders, with moderator Ramey Chanadet (executive officer of the 501st Southern California Garrison). Hear from the local and international leadership of each club on what the clubs are all about and how to join. Panelists include Todd Mullin (501st San Diego Garrison Commanding Officer), Blair Douglass (Rebel Legion Membership Officer), Victor Silva (Mandalorian San Diego Clan Commanding Officer), Kelley Moreno (Saber Guild Los Angeles Assistant Local Director), and Ashly Jo (Southern California Droid Builder).

Saturday July 20, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Theater, Comic-Con Museum

12:00pm

Reboot: Reinvigorating a Tired Franchise, or Worst Idea Ever?
The entertainment world, with its plethora of great characters and interesting universes, is no stranger to reboots and expanding universes. A reboot is often a chance to widen appeal and make it easy for new readers to jump in and offers an opportunity to update outmoded ways of thinking. These reinventions and expansions must navigate shaking up a formula, reframing a world, and bringing a contemporary eye to classic stories and iconic characters without alienating the core audience that fell for these characters so many years ago. Panelists Preeti Chhibber (Spider-Man: Far From Home: Peter and Ned's Ultimate Travel Journal), Sina Grace (Iceman), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance), Jody Houser (Star Wars: Age of Republic), Sarah Kuhn (Shadow of the Batgirl), and Jackson Lanzing (Star Trek: Year 5) discuss how to breathe new life into old characters and avoid the unforgiving pit of the trite homage.

Saturday July 20, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

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

1:00pm

Next Gen Nerds
Travis McElroy (The Adventure Zone; My Brother, My Brother, and Me), Clint McElroy (Marvel's Journey into Mystery, The Adventure Zone), Malik Forté (Overwatch League, ELeague), Courtney Enlow (SYFY Fangrrls, Trends Like These), Brian Brushwood (Scam School, Night Attack), and Riley Silverman (SYFY Fangrrls, Troubled Waters) discuss the challenges and responsibilities of influencing the next generation of nerds. They will be approaching the subject both as parents and as creators. Moderated by Ben Blacker (DC's Hex Wives; The Thrilling Adventure Hour).

Saturday July 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, 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

1:00pm

Your Childhood in Spanish
Se habla español! Meet Cristobal Orellana (Mexican Johnny, Hotel Transilvania), Beto Castillo (Mexican Dr. Strange and Mexican Maui), Memo Aponte (Mexican Andy, Toy Story), and Carolina Ayala (Mexican Draculaura) to learn how dubbing an American show or movie to Spanish is done, as well as the challenges the different cultures create for the actors. Moderated by Mylo Brizuela.

Saturday July 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Artists' Loft, BarrioHaus

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

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

2:45pm

Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Panel
It all started in 1969 with a simple idea: Can television be used to get kids ready for school? 50 years later, Sesame Street is an educational force for change that's seen in over 150 countries around the world. Sonia Manzano (“Maria” from Sesame Street), Matt Vogel (Big Bird and the Count, Sesame Street puppet captain and director), Eric Jacobson (Grover, Bert and Oscar), Ryan Dillon (Elmo), and Dr. Rosemarie Truglio (SVP, Sesame Workshop Content and Curriculum)-with special appearances by some fuzzy and feathered friends-will talk about Sesame Street's legacy and future.

Saturday July 20, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 6BCF

3:00pm

A Fan's Journey: From Wall Street to Lucasfilm to Rancho Obi-Wan
Steve Sansweet (chairman of Rancho Obi-Wan) tells attendees how he went from being a reporter and editor to, according to George Lucas, Star Wars' "ultimate fan" and the face of the saga from 1996 to 2011. He eventually opened Rancho Obi-Wan, the nonprofit museum that houses the world's largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia.

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

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

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

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

4:00pm

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Extraordinary Humans Revealed with Bruce Campbell
Host Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead) introduces fans to the extraordinary, the death defying, and the unusual people featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! “Cyborg” Angel Giuffria (Hunger Games) lives life with one of the most advanced prosthetic arms on the market. John “Hammerhead” Ferraro boasts a skull more than two times thicker than average, using it to shock sideshow audiences. “Half-man” Short E. Dangerously doesn't let proportions stop him from challenging physics to perform. Ripleys.com editor Sabrina Sieck (producer, Ripley's Believe It or Not!) also joins to dive down the rabbit hole of Ripley history.

Saturday July 20, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

4:00pm

Entertainment Weekly: Women Who Kick Ass
A discussion among fierce, fearless actresses Shohreh Aghdashloo (The Expanse), Freema Agyeman (New Amsterdam, Doctor Who), Betty Gilpin (The Hunt, GLOW), Ruby Rose (Batwoman), and Cobie Smulders (Stumptown) who open up about the power and privilege of playing women that redefine the rules and refuse to yield.

Saturday July 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Hall H

4:00pm

Let Your Geek Sideshow: Building Community in Fandom
From discovering your fantasy houses and Underworld factions to collecting your favorite comics and caped heroes, there are countless ways to empower yourself and others through pop culture. Let your Geek Sideshow with Robin Selvaggi (Sideshow CMO), Anna van Slee (brand director), Autumn Glading (social media coordinator), and moderator Amy Chase (content coordinator) as they discuss how to find and foster an inclusive community to celebrate your fandoms and truly get in touch with your inner geek.

Saturday July 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 25ABC

4:00pm

Talks Machina with Cast of Critical Role
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 16, 07:57PM
Talks Machina host Brian W. Foster hosts a conversation with Ashley Johnson, Matthew Mercer, Marisha Ray, Taliesin Jaffe, Liam O'Brien, Travis Willingham, Laura Bailey, and Sam Riegel.

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

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

Angry Video Game Nerd
Angry Video Game Nerd has been making fun of retro video games since the early days of YouTube, plus his own independent feature film. James Rolfe (director, creator) will share his experiences in moviemaking and web series production. There will be a Q&A session moderated by Pat Contri (podcaster, YouTuber).

Saturday July 20, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

5:00pm

Browncoats Meet Up
Meet up with the California Browncoats and see what's new in the 'Verse! And if you come dressed in your tightest tight pants, you can participate in the Firefly -themed cosplay contest, judged by Susie Searight (con chair of Browncoat WayStation, a charity event that benefits The Wounded Warrior Project), Chelsea Monroe-Cassel (Firefly: The Big Damn Cookbook), and Firefly costume designer Shawna Trpcic. Prizes include VIP badges for next year's Browncoat WayStation.

Saturday July 20, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

5:00pm

Everyone's a Critic: Being a Journalist in an Online Age
The past decade has seen an explosion in the scope of journalism-from the rise of citizen-journalism to blogging to vloggers, podcasters, and online-only news sources. This panel of writers and hosts from CBR, Geek Magazine, Digital Bits, Bleeding Cool, Film Threat, and others will talk about the roles new-media play between their readers and the industries and communities they serve. Topics will include varying levels of informality versus classic ideas of professionalism, show specific outlets versus general news sites, and more.

Saturday July 20, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 9

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

6:30pm

Comics and Comic Convention Historians: The Next Generation
Publishers, artists, writers, convention producers, distributors, historians, fans, and exhibitors are a big part of comics. A new wave of comic historians is growing and getting younger! With their energy and ideas, they're changing the comics industry for the better! Steve Geppi, CEO Diamond Comics, 2018, donated Geppi Entertainment Museum to the Library of Congress and is publisher of the Comic Book Price Guide. Greg Koudoulian, early SDCC film program contributor produced the first comic convention in LA and is the recipient of the Shel Dorf Comics Archives. Elliot S! Maggin, DC Comics Superman writer of 1970s–80s, is also author of the Last Son of Krypton and Miracle Monday. Alonso Nunez, CEO and founder of Little Fish Comic Book Studio, is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts. Mike Royer, one of Comic-Con's very first guests, was Jack Kirby's longest sidekick and prolific inker. Terry Stroud, dealer at all San Diego Comic-Cons, is a comics historian and former convention producer. Bill Morrison was MAD magazine's executive editor 2017–2019 and National Cartoonist Society President 2016–2019. Josh Geppi is the founder of Sapphire Studio, special advisor for Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, and president of Diamond International Galleries. Matt Dunford is president of Little Fish Comic Book Studio and chairman of San Diego Comic Fest.

Saturday July 20, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 2

6:45pm

TheOneRing.net at 20
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 12, 10:10PM
TheOneRing.net (TORn) staffers Clifford "Quickbeam" Broadway (host of TORn Tuesday), Josh "Elessar" Long (host of Collecting the Precious), Jon "Tookish" Ben-Asher (former associate editor for TORn), Hannah "Took" Greenwood (co-host of TORn Tuesday, associate staff at WETA Workshop), Kellie Rice (author K. M. Rice and Happy Hobbit), and Josh "Sarumann" Rubinstein (former host of TORn Bookclub) celebrate 20 years of talking Tolkien and all things Middle-earth. They will be discussing all the current known news and maybe a rumor or two, reminiscing about some of their biggest stories and events in the past, and laying out a schedule of some of their 20th anniversary events. The Tolkien movie has already hit theaters, but the Amazon Lord of the Rings (LOTR) series is full-steam ahead in preproduction and this panel's got some tantalizing news on that front. Bring your favorite stories about a TORn event or story they posted to discuss-they really want to focus on the community that TheOneRing.net has created these past 20 years. Costumes are welcome and encouraged. Cathy "Garfeimao" Udovch (special events coordinator) moderates.

Saturday July 20, 2019 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Room 6DE

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

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

7:30pm

Behind the Plastic: Licensees, Licensors, and Buyers: How Your Favorite Action Figures and Collectibles Are Made
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 10, 05:30PM
This year we look behind the curtain and see how collectibles get made by talking with the license owners of your favorite properties, the toy makers themselves, and the retail buyers that decide what you see on the shelf. We explore the relationship between the licensor, licensee and buyer so you can see how toys get made and into your collections. And as always, we’ll get some great anecdotes from the people on the inside. Come ask any burning questions you’ve ever had about the collectible business and be a fly on the wall as some of the top names in the industry sit down together, as they only do once a year at this event and talk toys. Daniel Pickett (ActionFigureInsider.com) leads the fun with a great line up of insiders including Dolly Ahluwalia (VP, Licensing and Business Development, Funko), Steven Anne (Category Manager – Toys, Walgreens), Jason Labowiz (President/Co-Founder, EntertainmentEarth.com), Jimmy Liu (Manager Global Brand Marketing, Mattel), Jeremy Padawer (Co-President, Wicked Cool Toys) and James Zahn (Senior Editor, The Toy Book, Pop Insider).

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

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

Happy Endings
There's nothing worse than a great movie that blows it at the end. Moderator Grae Drake (Ms. Moviefone) asks you to pitch your alternate (not necessarily happy) endings for otherwise-great films to a panel of judges made up of movie critics, filmmakers, actors, comedians, and other opinionated movie-lovers. You know, like a live version of that Change.org petition you signed that one time! Each idea is ranked on its merits by the judges and audience, and at the end of the panel the winner will be declared and a team of improv performers will bring the new improved scenario to life in front of your very eyes. Does anybody have a therapy dog?

Saturday July 20, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 28DE

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

8:30pm

Beyond Scream Queens
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 12, 04:41PM
Horror veterans Jocelin Donahue (The House of the Devil, Doctor Sleep), Alex Essoe (Doctor Sleep, Starry Eyes), Alaina Huffman (The Perfection, Supernatural), Heidi Honeycutt (Etheria Film Night), Mali Elfman (Before I Wake, The Party's Just Beginning), and Ruth Connell (Supernatural) lead a discussion of how horror roles can empower women by giving them the opportunity to be the hero of the story-or the villain. Moderated by John Marcotte (Heroic Girls).

Saturday July 20, 2019 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 26AB

8:30pm

NXonNetflix Presents the Comic-Con 2019 Masquerade
The stage becomes a celebration of costuming with a fun competition of comics and pop culture creativity, with impressive re-created and original design costumes crafted by talented attendees. Not a dance or party, it's part talent show, part fashion show, with trophies, cash prizes, and other awards. Doors open for audience seating at 8:00, but the line for choice seating will begin hours earlier. Since the ballroom can fill up, tickets are distributed and will be given out free at noon to those lined up. Any seating tickets that remain will be given out at the Masquerade Desk after 3:00. The Master and Mistress of Ceremonies will again be writers/artists Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio, with special live entertainment from The Corps Dance Crew and the Saber Guild performance group during the Judging Intermission. Overflow seating available in the Sails Pavilion and Room 6A (tickets not required for those rooms).

Saturday July 20, 2019 8:30pm - 11:30pm
Ballroom 20

10:00pm

Shooting Clerks: The Kevin Smith Biopic SDCC World Premiere and Q&A
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Clerks, be the first to see an exclusive screening of the biographical comedy film depicting the indie filmmaking beginnings of Kevin Smith. Featuring 25 cameos from the original cult classic, the cast and crew, along with other panelists, will talk about an event a quarter of a century in the making.

Saturday July 20, 2019 10:00pm - 12:00am
Room 5AB
 
Sunday, July 21
 

10:00am

Emily the Strange Panel Experience
Emily the Strange creator Rob Reger and illustrator Buzz Parker along with other surprise Strangers will gather in their annual Emily the Strange Panel Experience. Get the inside scoop on all things Strange, including the new Art of Emily the Strange Volume 2 published by Dark Horse, and updates on the development of the live-action/animated feature film with Amazon Studios and Dark Horse Entertainment. Rob and Buzz will discuss their creative process of collaborating together for over 13 years, with a focus on cats. Want to add a bit of purr-sonality to your cat drawings? They can help! And as always, audience participation will be encouraged with plenty of rewards for being strange. Oh yeah, bring your Q's for some A's!

Sunday July 21, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 32AB

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

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

R2-Builders Panel
Do you want to know what it takes to build your own droid from the Star Wars galaxy? Southern California R2 builders Mike Senna, Michael McMaster, William Miyamoto, Thomas Roeoesli, Chris Romines, and Victor Franco discuss how their robots are built and how they work. Topics include materials, blueprints, techniques, tools, and electronics used to bring their droids to life.

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

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

10:00am

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

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

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

11:00am

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

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

11:30am

Evermore Park: Creating the Living Experience Theme Park
Josh Shipley (CCO, Evermore Park, former Walt Disney Imagineer), Logan Long (creative studio director, Evermore Park; Face Off multiple season contestant), Dave Powell (armor and weapons fabrication lead), and Brooke Wilkins (senior costuming supervisor) will be discussing the ongoing creation and storytelling of this new “living experience theme park.” Incorporating authentic European historical architecture, professional prop building, full body character costuming, and puppetry, Evermore Park is the living embodiment of fantasy themed immersive theatre, embracing a strong culture of audience cosplay and interactive role-play.

Sunday July 21, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 8

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

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

12:00pm

Inside the Comic-Con Museum
Staff and other panelists will present a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park. The presentation will include a “virtual guided tour” through the architects' 3D model of the museum, plus previews of future exhibits and programs.

Sunday July 21, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 24ABC

12:00pm

Star Trek Eyewitness: An Hour with 1964 Pilot Director Robert Butler
With Captain Pike, Number One, and Vina back in the spotlight, “Dr. Trek” Larry Nemecek presents a rare public Trekland Live with Emmy Award–winning director Robert Butler, the last of the key creatives from 1964's original Star Trek pilot “The Cage.” Hear firsthand about that seminal moment in Star Trek and the choices made in pop culture history 55 years later-and his thoughts on its 2019 reincarnation.

Sunday July 21, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 29AB

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

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

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

1:00pm

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

iPhones and Wands: Can Tech and Magic Coexist?
In a world where technology is almost magic, where people are instantly and constantly in touch, maps guide the way everywhere, and the answer to almost any question is just a voice command away, can magic truly feel special? When a story is guided by a quest, a savior, or a long-standing curse, what place does technology have? If Bran could have texted Ned Stark that it was Jaime that pushed him out the window, would that change who sits upon the Iron Throne? Could Frodo have used a drone to drop the One Ring into the fires of Mount Doom? Hear from Comic-Con special guests how they embrace or shun modern technology to create fantastical takes beloved by all. Moderated by Lilah Sturges, panelists include Gene Ha (Mae), Maya Kern (Monster Pop), Katie O'Neill (Princess, Princess, Ever After), Bree Paulsen (Patrik the Vampire), Carey Pietsch (The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited), and Ursula Vernon (Dragon Breath).

Sunday July 21, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 25ABC

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

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

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

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

2:45pm

Super Asian America
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 10, 07:00PM
Whether it's tugging heartstrings in Always Be My Maybe, battling Tongs in the drug-infested streets of Warrior, or hunting down serial killers in Killing Eve, never have Asian faces and voices been so prominent in Western media. Join Racebending for our 9th annual discussion of all things Super Asian American, featuring Andrea Walter (Empty by Design), C.B. Lee (Not Your Sidekick), Wesley Chu (The Lives of Tao), Alyssa Wong (Overwatch), Jake Choi (Single Parents), and Vinny Chhiber (The Red Line).

Sunday July 21, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 5AB

2:45pm

Starship Smackdown: We Built This Starship on Rock and Roll Edition
The ultimate way to say sayanora to SDCC 50 will be with this legendary panel in which these experts determine who will win the highly coveted Smackdown title. Can the Starship Enterprise defeat an Imperial Star Destroyer? Will the Battlestar Galactica be assimilated by a Borg Cube? Will the Nostromo be taken over by Rathars? And will the Jefferson Starship disappear forever after Thanos snaps his fingers? Only if you're lucky. This panel of sage spaceshipologists includes Ashley E. Miller (Red Sonja, Thor), Steven Melching (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars Resistance), Kay Reindl (Freakish, Millennium), Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise, Agent Cody Banks), Daren Dochterman (Westworld, Master and Commander), Jeff Bond (The World of The Orville, The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen), Shawna Benson (The 100, Green Arrow), and your jocular host, the Mr. Rourke of the stars, Mark A. Altman (Pandora, The Librarians). 12 ships enter. One starship survives. Accept no substitute, this is the one, the only San Diego Comic-Con Starship Smackdown-and there can be only one.

Sunday July 21, 2019 2:45pm - 4:45pm
Room 6A

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

Buffy Musical Episode: "Once More with Feeling"
Let's end this show with a bang! The Powers That Be behind Whedonopolis, WhedonCon, and FandomCharities present an interactive screening of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode "Once More with Feeling"! Many say this is the finest, funniest, most ingenious episode ever to come out of the Buffyverse. But remember, the best part of the show is up to you! This episode was made for talkin'-back, that is-and singing and shouting and dancing in the aisles, with or without your dry cleaning! Audience participation: It isn't just for Rocky Horror and mob riots anymore!

Sunday July 21, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Room 6DE

3:30pm

Trivia for Chocolate
Trivia mavens Tom Galloway (Pro/Fan Trivia Match) and Derek McCaw (Fanboy Planet podcast) will ask lots of short comics trivia questions. You in the audience will try to answer them. First to yell out the correct answer is awarded a small piece of chocolate. At the end, the person who has won the most small pieces of chocolate gets a really big piece of chocolate.

Sunday July 21, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 26AB

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

"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

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

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