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Wednesday, July 17
 

4:00pm

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

Wednesday July 17, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library
 
Thursday, July 18
 

10:00am

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

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

11:00am

LOST Fans Unite with Jay + Jack
Are you a fan of ABC's Lost ? Then join Jay and Jack Glatfelter for their 13th annual SDCC panel. The co-hosts of the popular Lost Podcast with Jay and Jack will be joined by podcasters Ralph Apel (The Dharmalars, Kaiju) and Jo “JOpinionated” Garfein (Post-Show Recaps, co-founder of Cancer Gets Lost) to discuss the thoughts, theories, and legacy of one of the best serialized TV shows of all time and touch on other popular shows such as Game of Thrones, Deadwood, Watchmen, Stranger Things, and more.

Thursday July 18, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

11:00am

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

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

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

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

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

1:00pm

On the Mic Podcast Live
The popular entertainment and comedy podcast returns to San Diego Comic-Con for their 5th year! Moderated by Tim Drake (Funny or Die, Buzzfeed, Robot Butt), an award-winning filmmaker, writer, author, and Second City alumnus. Tim's jokes/tweets have been featured on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, and Larry King Now. Tim will be joined by actor and writer Austin Grant (Midsommar, Yellowstone, Wind River), as well as a special celebrity guest, talking film, TV, and comedy.

Thursday July 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

1:00pm

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

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

2:00pm

The Business of Podcasting
Okay, you have a great idea for a podcast. Now what? This panel brings together podcasters, sound engineers, and podcast advertising professionals to explain how to take your podcast from initial launch to monetization. They'll explore issues like choosing the right recording equipment and software, building an audience through social media, and getting advertising on your show. Bring your questions! Featuring Gary Kelly (creator, Murder We Wrote), Lindsay Piper Shaw (senior marketing consultant, Right Side Up; co-creator, Murder We Wrote), Devon Handy (creator, Hellbent), Abe Gomez (sound engineer, As Yet Untitled), and Keefe Kaupanger-Swacker (sound engineer, Bell Sound Studios).

Thursday July 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

2:00pm

Book Fights!
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 08, 11:38PM
Librarians from all around San Diego come together to battle over topics like Lord of the Rings vs. Game of Thrones, Best Manga Series, Marvel vs. DC, Best YA Series, and more! These fun interactions will lead to the audience deciding on which librarians are the most "Lit" of all! Modeled after the "Movie Fights!" series, six librarian's will have 5- 10-minute discussions on whether (X) is better than (Y) and have the audience decide who made the best argument for their picks. They'll cover the topics of comic books, manga, fantasy, and more. With Bijan Nowroozian (San Diego Public Library), Lydia Bringerud (San Diego Public Library), Vanessa Gempis (San Diego Public Library), Bill Sannwald (San Diego County Library), and Christina Wainwright.

Thursday July 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

3:00pm

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

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

3:00pm

Sarah's Channel: A Very Sci-Fi Beauty Vlog (Q&A with Star Claudia O'Doherty and Creators)
A discussion with star Claudia O'Doherty (Love, Trainwreck), creator Nick Coyle, and producers Karen Colston and Robbie Miles about the production of the series for YouTube and television simultaneously, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes video, moderated by Armen Weitzman (Silicon Valley, Another Period).

Thursday July 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

4:00pm

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

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

4:00pm

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

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

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

5:00pm

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

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

6:00pm

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

Thursday July 18, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library
 
Friday, July 19
 

10:00am

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

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

11:00am

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

11:00am

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

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

12:00pm

Feminist Comics That Rock
Let's celebrate the diversity of strong female characters, authors, and publishers in contemporary kids' comics! Panelists include Raina Telgemeier (Guts), Peggy Burns (publisher, Drawn & Quarterly), and Claudia Aguirre (Morning in America), and Jennifer Holm (Sunny Rolls the Dice). Moderated by Candice Mack (Eisner Awards judge, Los Angeles Public Library). In conjunction with CBC Graphic Novel Committee.

Friday July 19, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

12:00pm

Space Command: Bold Adventures
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 12, 04:39PM
Science fiction legend Marc Scott Zicree (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Twilight Zone Companion), VFX genius Mitch Suskin (Star Trek Discovery), and a sci-fi superstar cast will premiere the spectacular complete first episode of Space Command: Redemption, the epic adventure series that spans 150 years of galactic history! Awesome cast panelists include star Doug Jones (Shape of Water, Discovery), Mira Furlan (Babylon 5, Lost), Mike Harney (Orange Is the New Black), Christina Moses (Containment), James Hong (Big Trouble in Little China), Faran Tahir (Star Trek, Iron Man), and worldwide talent search winners Ethan McDowell (Doom Patrol), Bryan McClure (Atlanta), Justin Sorvillo (Dark/Web), and Sara Maraffino (The Mentalist). Also featuring illustrator Thehani Farr (World of Warcraft), and Howard Benjamin (CBS News), with costumes by Mike Philpot (Superman) and music by David Raiklen (Star Trek).

Friday July 19, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

1:00pm

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

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

1:00pm

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

Kids and YA Graphic Novel Publishing: Behind the Scenes
Publishers are often referred to as the “gatekeepers” of the book industry. But what goes on behind the scenes at a publishing house: How are the decisions made to publish, edit, design, market, and sell a graphic novel? What drives different publishers to produce the unique kind of work they do? This panel explores these questions with the CBC Graphic Novel Committee member publishers. Panelists include Tracy Hurren (Drawn & Quarterly), Mark Siegel (First Second), Maya Bradford (Abrams ComicArts), Andrew Arnold (HarperCollins). Moderated by Carla Riemer (librarian, Claremont Middle School).

Friday July 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

2:00pm

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

3:00pm

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

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

4:00pm

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

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

4:00pm

Heroes at the Mic
What does it take to build a podcast and to reach your audience? A talented panel of podcasters share their triumphs and challenges while assembling their shows. Panelists Kenneth Rotter (Dumbells & Dragons), Kaitlyn Fae Fajilan (Pangeekery), Aaron Nabus (Hall H Podcast), Sarah Woloski (Fangirls Going Rogue), and Demetrius Greene (LifeReforged) will participate in a lively discussion with Neal Hallford (Uncharted Regions).

Friday July 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

5:00pm

Filipinx Voices in Podcasting
The hosts of Diverse Geeks in Focus will do a live recording on Filipinx and Filipinx American voices and the culture's effects on pop culture as a whole. Gemma Vidal (host, Diverse Geeks in Focus), Alix Catherine (host, Ready Set Geek!), Justin Quizon (Screen Rant, That Hashtag Show), Elaine Dolalas (host, This Filipino American Life), Earl Baylon (Tomb Raider series, Pangeekery), and JPG (CEO, Geek Say What? Network) address the Filipinx diaspora, telling their own stories, and how Filipinx voices neatly fit into geek culture.

Friday July 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

5:00pm

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

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

6:00pm

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

Friday July 19, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library
 
Saturday, July 20
 

10:00am

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

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

11:00am

Kapow! Woosh! Zap! Comics in the Classroom
A panel of super teachers-Jaime Brown (English, San Diego High School of International Studies), Mick Rabin (Project Resource Teacher, Advocacy and Education, San Diego Unified School District), Christine MacNeil (5th grade, Lilac School), Grace Nall (National Board Certified Teacher, 2nd grade, Walker Elementary), and Ella Rogosin (History, Olympian High School)-moderated by Jewyl Clarke (Integrated Curriculum Coordinator, San Diego County Office of Education) discuss how incorporating comics into the curriculum increases engagement and access for all students while developing a love for learning (and secretly powering up literacy skills). They'll also discuss how the Comic-Con Educator Book Club brings together teachers from across the region in pursuit of great reads, community, and strategies for the classroom. They will share resources, tips, and tools you can add to your utility belt, and they would love for you to join their league of super educators.

Saturday July 20, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

11:00am

Podcast Advocates: The Podcast Gathering
Experienced podcasting panelists focus on the ins and outs of creating a podcast, growing your audience, and networking with other podcasters. Moderated by Josh Forbes (director, Contracted 2), panelists include Andrew Linde (Nothing New, It's On My List), Emily Schmemily (James Bonding, Go Go Godzilla), Ken Plume (A Bit of a Chat, Go Team Venture: The Art and Making of Venture Bros), Rebecca Evans (The Art Podcast), and Brendan Creecy (Radio BrendoMan). Independent podcasters in the audience will also have a chance to pitch their podcasts to the room!

Saturday July 20, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

12:00pm

Enter the Dreamnasium Audio Drama
Geoffrey Thorne (Marvel's Avengers Black Panther's Quest, TNT's The Librarians), Jeffrey Bridges and Susan Bridges (Valiant's Archer & Armstrong: The Audio Drama, Action Lab's Killswitch), and Barbra Dillon (editor-in-chief of Fanbase Press) discuss this unique, new eight-episode sci-fi audio drama anthology from the Winterman Project and Pendant Productions.

Saturday July 20, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

12:00pm

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

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

1:00pm

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

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

1:00pm

How to Start a Pop Culture Podcast with the Secondary Heroes
Panelists Trevor Sheridan (creative director), Dan Kroenung (TV/film writer), Josh Lopez (pop culture enthusiast), and Alexander Wolfgang (video producer) discuss tips, tricks, and the struggles of starting an outstanding pop culture podcast. They will provide insights on how to prepare, record, publish, and market your podcast. Podcasting is a competitive space with many shows that include celebrities, established name brands, and early adopters. The Secondary Heroes have none of that, yet still make it work. The panel includes a Q&A as well as a live podcast example highlighting the SDCC experience.

Saturday July 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

2:00pm

Nerd Up or Shut Up Live
A live show of Nerd Up or Shut Up, the podcast where the only wrong opinion is yours. Be treated to a highly opinionated pop culture roundtable among four lifelong friends, Anastasia Washington (Legion of Leia, Anastationtv) Emalee Burditt (Nerd Up or Shut Up), Maggie Olbrich (Queen of Basics, Daughter of Dave), and Richard Sheehan (Nerd Up or Shut Up) hashing out all aspects of geek culture through heated discussion, brackets, and a good dose of (highly encouraged!) audience participation. Topics will include an MCU bracket and history of Comic-Con trivia, and yes, there will be prizes! Moderated by Dave Olbrich (Malibu Comics, Maggie's Dad).

Saturday July 20, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

2:00pm

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

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

3:00pm

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

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

3:00pm

Let's Get Spooky
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 10, 04:52PM
Come see Vamp and Ashley and Let's Get Spooky! From the supernatural to aliens, horror stories, ghost stories, and their own paranormal investigations, they've got you covered! Vamp and Ashley want to hear your spooky stories, and some fans will also have the chance to try some Creepy Treats! You can get a preview of the show and listen or watch at the LETSGETSPOOKY website.

Saturday July 20, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

4:00pm

Comics, Culture, and the Classroom
Chanti Burnette (Animo South Los Angeles High School), Kimberlee Kelley (Animo Leadership High School), and Timothy Ojetunde (Green Dot Public Schools) share pedagogical theories and practical examples of embedding comic books and popular culture into high school curricula in order to build collaboration within the classroom through a collectivist culture of literacy. These diverse educators explore using popular narratives to empower students with more nuanced perceptions of themselves and the world around them as they gain critical skills in multimodal text analysis. Moderated by Peter Carlson (Green Dot Public Schools).

Saturday July 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

4:00pm

Star Trek Podcasters' Audience Sound-Off Show: "Is Utopian Trek Passé?"
Their Star Trek listeners answered the question "Is Utopian Trek passé?" and now their live audience can, too: Larry "Dr. Trek" Nemecek (Portal47, The Con of Wrath) hosts fellow SoCal podcasters John Champion (Mission Log: A Roddenberry Podcast, The Trek Files), Ken Ray (Mission Log: A Roddenberry Podcast, Mac OS Ken), Alison "Kenna" Pitt (Daily Star Trek News), Christine Rideout (TrekMovie website, Shuttle Pod), and Aaron Harvey (Saturday Morning Trek, TAS Official Guide) look at all beloved prior Trek as well as Discovery, Picard, Trek animation, and fandom today.

Saturday July 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

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

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

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

6:00pm

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

Saturday July 20, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library
 
Sunday, July 21
 

10:00am

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

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

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

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

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

2:00pm

San Diego 2049: World Building the Future at UC San Diego
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 08, 11:02PM
Shelley Streeby (professor, UCSD, Imagining the Future of Climate Change: World-Making through Science Fiction and Activism) and Annalee Newitz (science fiction writer/journalist, Autonomous) will be joined by two teams of graduate students who imagined the future of the San Diego border region (and world beyond) through a yearlong program at UC San Diego using science fiction world-building techniques and interdisciplinary collaborations. Moderated by Patrick Coleman (assistant director, Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, UCSD). The participants are Shelley Streeby, Annalee Newitz, Patrick Coleman, and Tyler Farnan (Team IntelGovNet), Courtney Geigle (Team IntelGovNet), Nathan Vieland (Team IntelGovNet), Jeanelle Horcasitas (Team Fronteras), Olivia Quintanilla (Team Fronteras), and Nima Rassooli (Team Fronteras).

Sunday July 21, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

3:00pm

To Me, My X-Men: Superheroes, Comics, and Academic Success
From students and curricula to teacher preparation, comics have become a tool in all levels of education, especially in higher education. By focusing on comics as both a unique artform and accessible entrance point for considering broader cultural and social issues, college instructors are increasingly using comics in ways that contribute to student academic success. As such, the use of comics in college courses has begun to receive serious academic attention. Ryan Claytor (Michigan State University, Elephant Eater Comics), Rachelle Cruz (UC Riverside, Experiencing Comics), Jazmine Joyner (Women Write About Comics, The Comics MNT), and Ben Superfine (University of Illinois at Chicago) share the ways they use comics, superheroes, and creative projects to educate, engage, and contribute to the academic success of students. Moderated by Mark Martell (University of Illinois at Chicago).

Sunday July 21, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library