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Thursday, July 18
 

10:00am

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

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

10:00am

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

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

10:00am

Comic-Con Film School 101
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 preproduction on the cheap, including screenwriting, scheduling, location scouting, crewing-up, and getting equipment for nothing. Panelists 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
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

11:00am

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

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

11:00am

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

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

11:05am

Cosplay Universe
Cosplay Universe—Featuring exclusive interviews with Stan Lee, Yaya Han, Jessica Nigri, and more, Cosplay Universe explores the rise of the global comic con subculture from its underground roots to cosplay’s explosion as a worldwide phenomenon. Through the transformative nature of cosplay, everyday fans acquire powerful new identities and realities for themselves. Ultimately, the film follows several elite cosplay teams from around the world as they compete for global recognition at the World Cosplay Summit in Nagoya, Japan. Panelists include co-director/producer Jonathan McHugh (She Makes Comics) and co-director/producer Jordan Rennert (She Makes Comics).

Thursday July 18, 2019 11:05am - 12:45pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

11:30am

Comic Pro Boot Camp
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 11, 10:12PM
Panelists include Whilce Portacio (comic writer/artist), Ryan Benjamin (comic creator/artist), Alex Sinclaire (DC comics colorist) and Carlos D'Anda (comic artist).

Thursday July 18, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

12:00pm

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

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

12:00pm

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

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

12:45pm

Closer Than We Think
A documentary about the life and art of futurist illustrator Arthur Radebaugh, the creator of the prescient midcentury Sunday comic strip Closer Than We Think. Panelists include director Brett Ryan Bonowicz (The Perfect 46), producer Reid Nicewonder, and Tim Lapetino (Author of Art of Atari).

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:45pm - 2:25pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

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

Flipping the Script for Newbies
Writers create dialogue, and now they are in control of the dialogue in this new landscape of agentless writers and community staffing boosts. But where does this leave newbies/pre-WGA/emerging writers? Leaders in the Solidarity Challenge and boosting movements will give advice on opportunities, hashtagging, mixers, and how to utilize the many platforms and resources available to writers at all levels. Featuring Joel Silberman (Writers Assistant Network, TBA Amazon show), Kristi Shuton (manager, creative talent development, Walt Disney Television), Jay Francis (VP Current Series, Diversity and Inclusion-Disney TV Animation), Teresa Huang (SEAL Team, Superstition) Nelson Soler (co EP, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists), and more to be announced. Moderated by Ken Choy (GizmoPorn).

Thursday July 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

1:00pm

State of the Tabletop Industry
Tony Serebriany, Justin Gary, Scott Gaeta, Elisa Teague, and Satine Phoenix, working in different roles in publishing, design, and media in the tabletop industry discuss growing trends, the changing market landscape, and how Kickstarter, Twitch, and social media are changing the shape of the industry.

Thursday July 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

2:00pm

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

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

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

2:30pm

Super 8 Daze
1970s teenagers Rob Hampton and John Morgan filmed Super 8 epics while growing up in New England. Decades later, these mini-blockbusters gained a huge new audience, attracting the attention of major websites. The two recount all the ingenuity and mischief of their childhood filmmaking adventures—a time when dinosaurs, aliens, and killer sharks ruled the backyard! Panelists include Rob Hampton (producer/co-director) and John Morgan (producer/co-director).

Thursday July 18, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

2:30pm

Writers' Coffeehouse at Comic-Con
Led by authors Peter Clines (Paradox Bound, Dead Moon), Delilah Dawson (Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire, No Country for Old Gnomes), Jonathan Maberry (V-Wars, Joe Ledger), and Scott Sigler (Earthcore, Generations Trilogy), this session focuses on the business of prose publishing. The Writers Coffeehouse is a bunch of writers sitting around talking about writing. No agendas, no requirements—just chat about markets, pitching and selling, conquering frustration and defeating writers block, and all of the good things that come from the community of writers. It's open to everyone—from absolute beginners to award winners and bestsellers. Just show up, hang out, and talk. Or don't talk—lurk in the back and take notes.

Thursday July 18, 2019 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:00pm

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

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

3:00pm

Fair Use and Fan Engagement
WatchMojo leverages its relationships, copyright law, and common sense to build a business reaching 100 million unique viewers around the fair use doctrine and exception. With technology having radically redrawn the landscape and consumer behavior blowing the lid off traditional production and distribution models, it seems like the law and business practices have not yet caught up. Where does this leave fan engagement? In a future where everyone is a content creator, curator, and distributor of sorts, how open should the investors and creators of original intellectual property be? After all, Game of Thrones was one of the most pirated series ever, yet it also went on to become one of the most successful ever. HBO's decision to embrace its fan base spawned thousands of fan communities, series etc. which further propelled the franchise to global domination. In this discussion, WatchMojo founder Ashkan Karbasfrooshan brings a diverse set of perspectives on both sides of the debate to determine where the balance is between protecting rights holders versus the biggest proponents of fair use.

Thursday July 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:00pm

This is Wrestling: The Joey Ryan Story
It took a career of hard work to make Joey Ryan a professional. It took one grab of his crotch to make him an international sensation. Go behind the scenes and below the belt for the viral life of Joey Ryan, one of the most colorful characters in wrestling’s explosive transformation.  Panelists include director James Agiesta and producer Katy Dierks (The Jim Jefferies Show).

Thursday July 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:20pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

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

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

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

4:20pm

Real Men
This documentary traces the development of the Tough Guy from the beginnings of Bogart to the role models of today while offering a new critical assessment of macho cinema. The film is a stunning reexamination of how manhood works for the big screen and its influence on men around the world.

Thursday July 18, 2019 4:20pm - 5:35pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

5:00pm

Artist as Brand, Rise of the Artist Entrepreneur
Greg Spalenka (artist/educator in publishing, film, DC Comics, Titan Books) moderates this annual panel discussion on art career sustainability. Learn strategies on how to create an income from your talent on your own terms. Featuring Daniel and Dawna Davis (founders of Steam Crow, publisher of monster products, Monster Rangers), Melissa Pagluica (writer, comic book artist, author of Above the Clouds), Ray Chou and Vincenzo Ferriero (founders of Mythopoeia, Skies of Fire), Ashleigh Izienicki (illustrator, artist entrepreneur, Instagram master).

Thursday July 18, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

5:00pm

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

Thursday July 18, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

5:00pm

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

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

5:40pm

Documentary Roundtable: Nonfiction Storytelling Across Media+
Edward Doty (executive producer, Jukin Media) moderates this discussion on all things documentary—film, TV, or new media. You’ll learn inside tips and pointers on how to craft your nonfiction story into a compelling narrative, regardless of length or platform. Panelists include Sara Benincasa (author, Real Artist Have Day Jobs), Todd Howe (director, Rise: The Story of Augustines), Tybee Diskin (producer, Yarn), Jennifer Toquigny (producer, Gamemaster), Jennifer Kretchmer (Monsters and Fables), and Mike J Nichols (editor, Zappa).

Thursday July 18, 2019 5:40pm - 6:40pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

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

6:40pm

The Guardian
Dantel Echeverria, the infamous master swordsman, travels to the tree of life in search of his immortal destiny. He has never doubted his quest until the tree’s guardian confronts him, a fierce warrior of kindred spirit. Panelists include Alexander Crews (writer/director), Lisa Wardell (producer/actress), and Guy Iorio (producer).

Thursday July 18, 2019 6:40pm - 7:05pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

7:00pm

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

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

7:00pm

[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

7:00pm

Comic Creator Connection
San Diego Comic-Con is proud to once again host the Comic Creator Connection, a fast-paced networking event that puts writers and artists together to help them meet potential new creative partners. Here's how it works: Writers and artists will sit down across from each other at a table (artists meaning pencillers, inkers, colorists, etc.—all are welcome!). Then, in 5-minute sessions, you will talk one-on-one with each other about your ideas and skills. At the end of each 5-minute period, you will get up and move on to the next person. If you're interested in furthering the conversation, you can exchange contact information. If not, then politely move on. Think of it as speed-dating, but for writers and artists!

Thursday July 18, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

7:05pm

Pipe
A young girl living on the fringe of a bombed-out town finds a dead body washed up on the beach, but other people have plans for it, bringing hell down on her and her father's heads. Panelists include Max Isaacson (director) and writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly (Green Arrow).

Thursday July 18, 2019 7:05pm - 7:30pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

7:30pm

The Anatomy of Choreographing Action in Film
This all-star panel features a hands-on approach to making awesome fight sequences for videos and films. With an on-set experience and volunteers from the audience, this event will reveal the secrets of shooting and editing footage to produce epic-level performances with Hollywood action movie stars. The panelists include James Lew (Marvel's Luke Cage), Mark Dacascos (John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum), Boo Boo Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), Cynthia Rothrock (China O'Brien), Mark Grove (Star Raiders), and moderator Dr. Francis Kong.

Thursday July 18, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

8:00pm

Swipe Right for Superheroes
Would you date a superhero, villain, anime character, or show protagonist? Let the Ready Set Geek! team convince you one way or the other on a fictional character's date-ability! Alix Catherine (host, Ready Set Geek!), Cole Garrison (host, Saturday Night Geek), and JPG (CEO, Geek Say What? Network) will present a comedy panel performed alongside the puppet cast of Perception Studio (Art Vega, Amber Reeder-Vega, and Danny Montooth).

Thursday July 18, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

8:00pm

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

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

8:30pm

Posers
On Halloween night, Derek and his ragtag group of friends accidentally awaken a shapeshifting monster that threatens their reputations—and their lives. Panelists include Sean Thiessen (director), Becca Thompson (producer), and Desmond Dornak (animator).

Thursday July 18, 2019 8:30pm - 9:15pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

9:15pm

Special Forces
A short comedic sci-fi adventure about a group of young superheroes from a small city in Israel who undergo superhero boot camp in a secret unit of the Israeli army in order to save the State of Israel from imminent destruction.

Thursday July 18, 2019 9:15pm - 10:00pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6
 
Friday, July 19
 

10:00am

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

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

10:00am

Comic-Con Film School 102: Production
Day 2 of this course on micro-budget moviemaking focuses on the specifics of production, from shooting techniques, to lighting on the cheap, to crew positions you need (and don't need), to costuming, props, and set decorating for as little money as possible. Panelists 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).

Friday July 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

10:00am

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

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

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

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

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

11:00am

Build a Better World Through Gaming (A Women in Gaming Panel)
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 16, 07:44PM
Sarah Hebbler (executive producer, Psyonix), Janessa Christine (account manager, Online Performer's Group), Candela S. Rebot (founder/chief creative officer, Sparkd Studios), and Helen Theriault (store manager, Microsoft) are the panelists who will be discussing the ways to improve the cultural differences and experiences of women in the gaming industry. A Q&A session will follow the panel discussion. Moderated by Donnell Hilliard (assistant store manager, Microsoft).

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

11:05am

Zombie Time
Two zombies, one fate. Panelists include director Alfonso Fulgencio Cabrera (Agua and Mandos) and executive producer Jose Luis Farias. Grand 6, Marriott Marquis

Friday July 19, 2019 11:05am - 11:25am
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

11:25am

Io—Inner Self
The planet is in danger! A giant meteor is approaching at an impressive speed, and there is only one person capable of stopping this threat. This gigantic meteorite seems to be indestructible. Will Io save the planet? Panelists include Israel Ayhllón (writer/director), Paulina Patiño (producer), and Daniel Laget (CEO, Spaceboy Studio).

Friday July 19, 2019 11:25am - 11:45am
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

11:45am

Esluna: The First Monolith
Animated solely by director Denver Jackson over nine months, Esluna: The First Monolith is about a plucky ex-monk and her robot, who must team up with an archaeologist and a boy with strange powers to stop Esluna’s tyrannical queen from activating a powerful, ancient technology that threatens to destroy their world. Panelists include Denver Jackson (The Wishing Jar), composer Marc Junker (Somnius), and actor Grace Chan.

Friday July 19, 2019 11:45am - 1:15pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

12:00pm

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

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

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

Becoming a Board Game Designer
Learn from board game industry professionals Jon Cohn, Matt Fantastic, Jonathan Ying, Pat Marino, Kami Mandell, and Ta-Te Wu as they share stories about how they become board game designers and provide tips on how to pitch to publishers, how to build prototypes, and general best practices. They will share tips and stories from the Industry!

Friday July 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

1:00pm

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

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

1:00pm

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

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

1:15pm

Dancing Frog
Dancing Frog is a puppet animation. The main character running away from a huge snake with other frogs was struck by a toad's leg and fainted. Waking up in the world of unconsciousness, he shares the experience of other frogs through the zoetrope and understands them, even the toad that hit him. When he realizes that everyone is connected, all their moves become dances.

Friday July 19, 2019 1:15pm - 1:25pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

1:25pm

1:30pm

Development to Deliverables: Insight into Production, PostProduction & Distribution
Susan Spohr (Technicolor / Lucasfilm), Dawn Higginbotham (Morning Person Pictures / Lucasfilm), K. Eales (Warner Bros. / Lucasfilm) & Julian Moses (Twentieth Century Fox / Midnitemove Productions), along with Natalie Ebnet (Chris Angel Mindfreak / Megalodon; Monster Shark Lives) chat about everything from developing content to prepping your production to post workflow and deliverables across multiple platforms. Moderator will be Renee O’Connor (ROC Pictures).

Friday July 19, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

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

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

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

2:15pm

Finding Your Way in the Current Middle Ages
With the continued rise of role-playing games, costuming, and active events, learn how the Current Middle Ages has found its foothold in the modern era. Listen to Scott Farrel, Kristina Gundersen-Rudmann, Makoto Mason, and Alyssa Kollgaard, leaders from various Southern California medieval organizations share how to get involved, how each club and organization has grown, and how pop culture has helped grow current medieval reenactment groups across the United States. From the Battle of Nations, Society for Creative Anachronism, Historical European Medieval Arts, LARP, and more, come find your way in the Current Middle Ages!

Friday July 19, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

2:30pm

Wishing Box
An animated short film about adventures on the high seas with a silly pirate and his lovable monkey companion; an enchanting and fun story with a message about greed and success. Panelist include writer/director Wenli "Lizzie" Zhang and co-director Nan Li.

Friday July 19, 2019 2:30pm - 2:50pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

2:50pm

The Furious Gospel of Johnny Tan
If you don’t deal with the past, it’s bound to come back to haunt you. In this stop-motion animated film, bar owner and small-time criminal Johnny Tan faces his sins as he and his crew fight their way through a wild night of unthinkable horror. Panelists include Lon Lopez (writer/director), Jeff Brown (Johnny Tan), and Hannah Wang (Jirou).

Friday July 19, 2019 2:50pm - 3:25pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

3:00pm

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

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

3:00pm

Firefly: The Big Damn Cookbook
Come for this tasty panel and discover the journey Chelsea Monroe-Cassel took to create her delicious recipes in the new official Firefly cookbook! Explore her process and hear about new and fan favorite foods from across the 'Verse. A lifelong artist and fan of fantasy, she is focused on bringing fantasy worlds such as Game of Thrones and World of Warcraft to life through food, photography, and art. All attendees will receive an exclusive, limited-edition Firefly recipe card. It's gonna be delicious!

Friday July 19, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:25pm

Widdershins
The life of a pampered gentleman is seamlessly automated by machines, but his orderly existence is thrown into chaos when he chooses to pursue a free-spirited woman, against the advice of his robot butler.

Friday July 19, 2019 3:25pm - 3:35pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

3:30pm

Tabletop Game Design: From Idea to Reality
Luke Laurie (designer of Dwellings of Eldervale), Sarah Graybill (project manager, Panda Game Manufacturing), Sen-Foong Lim (The Meeple Syrup Show), and Kevin Hamano (Ignite Wonder Games) take attendees on a journey where tabletop game ideas are cultivated and turned into playable games. Panelists will explore various steps of tabletop game development, including playtesting, publishing, and getting one's game self-published. The panel will end with audience Q&A.

Friday July 19, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:35pm

Planet Humra: A Story About Human Rights
The action of the film takes place in the distant future, when existence of the planet Earth has long been considered to be just a legend. Cheggi is a young hacker from a tribe called the Wild. He falls under the repressive force of the state machine and only narrowly escapes death. Now Cheggi decides to reclaim human rights on his planet at any cost.

Friday July 19, 2019 3:35pm - 3:45pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

3:45pm

Making a Film in a Weekend
Gather your gear and gather your friends, because you can make a film in a weekend. The panel will be moderated by Yvonne Renee Hunt (2nd AC, Black Christmas) and will have a Q&A session. Athena Mathews (makeup artist, The Evil Rises), Elsa Mickelsen (production designer, Miss. Janet), Fernando Jay Huerto (stuntman, No Contest), Mark Atkinson (actor, A Quint-mas Carol), Mary Hunt (writer, The Empire), Robyn Schatz Sarvis (city producer for the 48 Hour Film Project), Ryan Kelly (director of photography, What’s in the Box?), and Susan Davis (director, Santa Fe Station).

Friday July 19, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

4:00pm

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

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

4:00pm

You Do What? Women in Film Production
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 09, 04:40PM
A woman's place is anywhere she wants on a Hollywood set! Ever wonder what all the titles mean in the end credits? Do you dream of making movies, but not sure how or where to start? Join a discussion with Kacie Kane (director of post production, Marvel Studios), Amanda Rohlke (producer, Nat Geo's MARS), Temma Hankin (unit stills photographer, The Invitation), Meg Wilbur (SFX makeup artist, ALIEN Anthology), and Stephanie Gangel (assistant music editor, HBO's Deadwood) as they explore all the ways to get involved in film and television. Following Q&A session moderated by entertainment publicist Brittany Sandler.

Friday July 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

4:45pm

5:00pm

How Our Present Impacts Today's Speculative Fiction
Looking back at speculative fiction over the years, we can see history's impact on our most influential authors, from Asimov to Tolkien. Some of speculative fiction's current influential authors, including Blake Crouch (Recursion, Dark Matter), Rob Hart (The Warehouse), Kali Wallace (Salvation Day), and Chuck Wendig (Wanderers, Miriam Black series), discuss how our present affects their own writing and speculations on what the future will bring, with moderator Tricia Narwani (Del Rey editorial director).

Friday July 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

5:00pm

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

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

5:15pm

The Legend of the Bunny Phantom
In this reimagining of “The Tortoise and the Hare,” the legendary Bunny Phantom finds himself in a different sort of race: a race against time to save his city from imminent destruction at the hands of the dastardly Turtler. Panelists include Simon Chan (director), Vinson Chan (director, animator), and Jonathan Love (voice of The Bunny Phantom/Turtler).

Friday July 19, 2019 5:15pm - 5:30pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

5:30pm

Out of Bounds
A boy gets lost in a whirlpool of sounds and brings to life an imaginary destructive giant. Struggling with his father and school, the boy seeks a way to defeat the monster. Panelists include Yogev Sason (director and creator).

Friday July 19, 2019 5:30pm - 5:50pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

6:00pm

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

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

6:00pm

Bringing Films to Life: How to Build Your Own Movie Props
Zachary Spencer (president of Mantium Industries Inc), Christopher Ting (chief technical officer), Jeanie Croshaw (director of Croshaw Psychiatry Inc), Mark Chu-Lin (project manager and president of Avengers Initiative Volunteer Organization), and Daniel Proctor (award-winning cosplay artist) share their journeys on prop creation from idea through design to manufacture. Several award-winning props will be displayed at the panel.

Friday July 19, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

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

Snaggletooth
An unusual girl needs to get her teeth fixed at midnight. Panelists include Colin Bishopp (writer/director), producer Joe Sikoryak (writer/director, As Seen on TV), and Stephen Berke (director of photography).

Friday July 19, 2019 7:00pm - 7:20pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

7:00pm

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

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

7:00pm

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

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

7:00pm

Comic Creator Connection 2
San Diego Comic-Con is proud to once again host the Comic Creator Connection, a fast-paced networking event that puts writers and artists together to help them meet potential new creative partners. Here's how it works: writers and artists will sit down across from each other at a table (artists meaning pencillers, inkers, colorists, etc.—all are welcome!). Then, in 5-minute sessions, you will talk one-on-one with each other about your ideas and skills. At the end of each 5-minute period, you will get up and move on to the next person. If you're interested in furthering the conversation, you can exchange contact information. If not, then politely move on. Think of it as speed-dating, but for writers and artists!

Friday July 19, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

7:20pm

The Whistler
Lindsey is forced to babysit her sister, Becky when, after innocently falling asleep, she wakes up to find her sister gone. Someone may have taken Becky and could be after her as well. Panelists include Jennifer Nicole Stang (El Lago, The Dream Series), Sasha Filipovich (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Riverdale), and Emmett Lee Stang (The Devil’s Snare, Hope at Christmas).

Friday July 19, 2019 7:20pm - 7:45pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

7:45pm

The Stranger
Blake left home years ago, pain in her wake. Now, she’s returning home to make amends. But who is this stranger claiming to be her sister?

Friday July 19, 2019 7:45pm - 8:15pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

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

Future Indies You Must See
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 10, 07:50PM
Prepare for an exclusive preview of independent genre films coming in 2020 and beyond with host Chris Gore (Film Threat) and Film Threat staffers Alan Ng, Bobby Schwartz, Walter Areas, Anthony Ray Bench, along with other special panelists. Through trailer premieres and exclusive clips, get a glimpse into movies that can only be seen in limited release, including the best indie sci-fi, fantasy, and horror.

Friday July 19, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

8:15pm

Kathy
The true(ish) story of a young boy and his mother who held afternoon exorcisms in the living room—and the new friend who is so Godly, she may as well be wicked. A retro-styled film, it is equal parts dark comedy and horror. Panelists include Jonathan Hammond (writer-director, Isabel), Ryan Roach (writer, Isabel), Frank DiPalermo (Shamon-Freitas Agency), Samantha Ginn (Inclusion Films), and Jared Sarvis (current Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Teen of the Year).

Friday July 19, 2019 8:15pm - 8:45pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

8:45pm

Las Reglas de la Ruina (The Rules of Ruin)
A single mother works long hours to keep her ailing daughter in the hospital. One day, a mysterious man arrives at her door offering her to work in the translation of an ancient book in exchange for a substantial sum of money without knowing that this will change her life and that of those around her forever. Panelists include Victor Osuna (director), Yun Pardo (actress), and Hector Rodriguez (producer).

Friday July 19, 2019 8:45pm - 10:35pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

10:35pm

The Summoning
Four friends discover an ancient spirit board and conduct a séance, inadvertently summoning something sinister that seeks its own vengeance. Panelists include Akash Sk (director/actor, Eidetic), William F. James (story consultant, Eidetic), and Kasun Rathnasiri (cinematographer, Eidetic).

Friday July 19, 2019 10:35pm - 11:05pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

11:05pm

Mask of Sanity
Elizabeth Grese, a renowned writer for her bestseller The Killer of the Polaroid, is locked up by a man who will not reveal his identity until the end of the story. With both hands and feet tied and without water or food, she tries to escape such terrible captivity while trying to find out the reason for her confinement.

Friday July 19, 2019 11:05pm - 11:35pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

11:35pm

Scopophilia
Through the voyeuristic nature of the internet, Alexis unintentionally witness a murder through his computer. Will he be able to uncover the murderer, or he will be caught in his trap?

Friday July 19, 2019 11:35pm - Saturday July 20, 2019 12:45am
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6
 
Saturday, July 20
 

10:00am

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

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

10:00am

Comic-Con Film School 103: Working with Actors and a Crew
Day 3 of this course on micro-budget moviemaking deals with how to direct actors, organize a crew, and keep them all happy without anybody making a dime. Panelists 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), and actors Megan Rees, Kelsey Walmer, Dylan Rourke and Bradley Upton. 

Saturday July 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

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

Game Pitch Review
This pitch review will be conducted by a panel of professional game developers who will offer their advice and insight to those seeking to further their dreams of making their game a reality. Participants will have the opportunity to pitch a game for 3 to 5 minutes and then receive constructive criticism on the concept and the pitch. This session will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis, and sign-ups will be taken on site for the six pitch slots. To participate in the Game Pitch Review, you must be prepared before you sign up. Those not prepared will forfeit their pitch session. Preparation includes: (1) A well-practiced, 3- to 5-minute verbal pitch that clearly explains the game concept, how it's unique to the marketplace, why it would be worth funding, etc.; (2) any hardcopy or digital visuals (images, video, etc.) that help illustrate the concept and viability of the idea (you must bring the device on which you will display the visuals); (3) being imaginative and passionate-imagine you're making a very quick pitch to receive funding for your idea. Sign-ups will begin at 10:00 am.

Saturday July 20, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

11:00am

As Seen On TV!
Danny is a middle-aged toy collector searching for a long-lost, favorite toy—which he believes will bring him happiness. Sometimes the treasure you find is greater than the treasure you seek. Panelists include writer-director Joe Sikoryak and producer Scotty Cornfield.
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Saturday July 20, 2019 11:00am - 11:20am
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

11:00am

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

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

11:00am

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

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

11:20am

Dark Specter 2
The fiery fiend of darkness has returned to wreak havoc on the unsuspecting masses, but will responsibilities at home thwart his ambitions? Panelists include Bruce Nachsin (Lunchtime Is Over, False Colors, Approve-O), Richard Tatum (Sock Puppet, Nothing Personal, Fallout4), and Manuel Gutierrez (Nothing Personal, Baby in a Box, In the Here and Now).

Saturday July 20, 2019 11:20am - 11:40am
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

11:40am

Invincible Boy
A wildly imaginative and kindhearted boy's mission to become a superhero is challenged when his optimistic view of the world begins to crumble. Panelists include Julian Park (writer/director), Dan Marcus (producer), and Justin D. Lee (cinematographer).

Saturday July 20, 2019 11:40am - 12:15pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

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

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

12:15pm

BALLOON
Exploring gender through the lens of the superhero myth, BALLOON questions how we raise boys when our concept of masculinity has become narrow. Panelists include Jeremy Merrifield (writer/director), Jonah Beres (lead actor), Dave Testa (writer), and Kate Chamuris (producer).

Saturday July 20, 2019 12:15pm - 12:45pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

12:45pm

Selling the Hit: What You Always Wanted to Know About the Stunt Industry (In Memory of Eric Cajiuat)
Stuntmen and stuntwomen from Avengers: Endgame, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Central Intelligence, and countless others discuss their experiences and offer advice in getting into and navigating the stunt industry in movies and TV, as well as how the industry has changed and is changing. Panelists include Janeshia Adams-Ginyard, Tamiko Brownlee, Esteban Cueto, Brian Danner, Adam Hart, and Joette Ormon. Moderated by Justin Bowler.

Saturday July 20, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

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

Gaming Creator Connection
The Gaming Creator Connection is an opportunity for game developers-whether currently working in the industry or aspiring to do so-to receive valuable advice, insights, and mentoring from seasoned veterans of the game industry representing diverse professional backgrounds. The GCC is a perfect opportunity to seek expert guidance in art/design, narrative, and business. Participants will have around 15–20 minutes to speak with a mentor and will be able to rotate between mentors in their field of interest in order to maximize the amount of feedback.

Saturday July 20, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

1:45pm

Your Last Day on Earth
A Fox-dressed man breaks the space/time limits with only one goal: to spend some time with his wife. But below this recreational act there's a far more complex and ambitious plan.

Saturday July 20, 2019 1:45pm - 2:00pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

2:00pm

Hasti Joon
In this coming-of-age comedy set in the late ’70s, a rebellious 11-year-old’s overbearing Persian parents want her to be more girly, but she just wants to be left alone. Unfortunately for Hasti, in this family looks are everything! Panelists include Sara Karimipour (writer/director), Anthony DeNiro (production designer), and Laura Johnson (producer).

Saturday July 20, 2019 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

2:00pm

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

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

2:00pm

Hi Everybody! Bad Medicine in Film and TV
"The knee bone's connected to the . . . something." Johnny Kolasinski and Dr. Jackson Vane, hosts of “Hi Everybody! A Bad Medicine Podcast,” are joined by a panel of physicians including Dr. Courtney Nicholas, dr. Salil Chitnis, dr. Lukas Austin Page, and Dr. Greg Winter to discuss some of the most glaring mistakes-and unexpected successes-in science fiction's depictions of injuries, medical maladies, and how the body works.

Saturday July 20, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

2:20pm

The Deck
A star-crossed romance gone rogue, centering around a group of gamers who are more themselves when they play as their Dungeons and Dragons characters. Anything can happen: riches, love, and doom when you draw from The Deck!

Saturday July 20, 2019 2:20pm - 2:50pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

2:50pm

Mobile Filmmaking: How to Make a Movie Using a Smartphone, Tablet, and GoPro
Mobile filmmaking is becoming the next big thing. You have heard of movies that used smartphone cameras to shoot, but you may still not be convinced that you can make a movie yourself using a smartphone from your own back pocket! The Founder of The International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego Susan Botello (S. Botello Productions) and San Diego Mobile Filmmakers share the ins and outs of what you need in order to get started as a mobile filmmaker. Panelists will answer your questions and present some cool filmmaking tools and accessories. Learn to edit on the phone (or computer) and share your films with the world. With moderator Machelle Noel (GeekRockTV & KKSM-AM 1320).

Saturday July 20, 2019 2:50pm - 3:50pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

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

3:30pm

Rockstar Games
Rockstar Games is hiring. They are in search of talented illustrators as well as graphic and conceptual artists to join their team and become part of some of the most creatively rewarding, large-scale projects to be found in any entertainment medium. Please come by with your C.V. and portfolio to discuss opportunities.

Saturday July 20, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:50pm

Push the Point
A musical short film set between the worlds of fandom and pop culture, PTP follows four online gamers through their squad-based mission. Harder than defeating the red team however, is sticking together while trying to navigate toxicity, super-fandom, and the futility of having an argument on the internet. Panelists include Bryan Burton (director/actor, Neon Joe Werewolf Hunter), Robert Calbimonte (co-writer/producer), and Edison Hong (composer of the film's original song “Push the Point”).

Saturday July 20, 2019 3:50pm - 4:10pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

4:00pm

"Get Drawn In" to the Next Generation of Digital Comics
Graphite is the first and only comics platform to service comics in all its forms: webcomics, webtoons, manga, with top tier publishers including BOOM!, IDW, Dynamite, Top Cow, TOKYOPOP, Aspen, and Legendary-all for free to readers, as well as their groundbreaking UGC platform for creators of all formats with next-generation technology, discovery, and monetization. Nick Seluk (creator of Heart and Brain), Ryan Benjamin (2018 Eisner nominee for Brothers Bond), and Leeanne Krecic, a.k.a. Mongie (creator of Let's Play), publishers Filip Sablik (president, BOOM! Studios) and Robert Napton (SVP of publishing, Legendary), Kickstarter Thought Leader Shing Yin Khor, and Graphite CCO Tom Akel talk about how Graphite is revolutionizing the digital comics landscape for readers, publishers, and creators alike!

Saturday July 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

4:00pm

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

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

4:10pm

Guardian
Michael, a guardian angel working in a cubicle office space, sets on a journey to save the human he guards from a terrible destiny. Panelists include Amit Ruderman (director/screenwriter, Underground), Jessy Katz (Bull, Guardian), and Natalie Entenberg (Guardian, A Little Sister).

Saturday July 20, 2019 4:10pm - 4:30pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

4:30pm

Pickle
After accidentally freezing the family dog to death, Oscar attempts to make good with his soon-to-be stepson by driving the family pet’s ashes across the country. Panelists include Nat Topping (Fair Games), Zakary Risinger (Arrested Development), and Grant Moore (director).

Saturday July 20, 2019 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

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

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

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

5:00pm

Cosplayers, Ready Your Swords!
Learn how to bring your characters to life from Hollywood stunt performers and martial arts experts. Mimi Chan (model and martial arts reference for Disney's Mulan) and Christopher Leps (Pirates of the Caribbean, Daredevil) discuss their action experience and how it relates to cosplay. Learn how to bring authenticity to your character from the panel and a team of martial arts experts. Moderated by martial arts expert Oscar Agramonte.

Saturday July 20, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

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

6:00pm

This World Alone
Following a cataclysmic event that left the Earth without technology or power, Sam—a book-obsessed girl in her late teens—lives in seclusion with her two mother-figures. But after an accident, she’s pushed out of her protective world and forced to put her makeshift parents’ opposing worldviews to the test. Panelists include Hudson Phillips (writer/producer), Trisha Solyn (cinematographer), and Sophie Edwards (actor).

Saturday July 20, 2019 6:00pm - 7:45pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

6:30pm

The Sneaky Tiki Super Geeky Ukulele Sing and Play Along
It's a fun, hands-on, time-warping, intergalactic, magical, middle earth, and sci-fi “superhero-like” ukulele sing- and play-along. Characters are welcome. Interpretive dance and air ukulele are encouraged. There will be a number of ukuleles on hand for use (while they last), and the songs will be projected up on a screen for everyone to follow along. This panel is hosted by KEV, the world's most okayist ukulele player.

Saturday July 20, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

7:00pm

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

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

7:45pm

Mandao of the Dead
Jay Mandao and his nephew-in-law Jackson use astral projection to reverse a ghost's death on Halloween. Panelists include Scott Dunn (writer/director/Jay, Disney XD's Kickin' It), Gina Gomez Dunn (producer/Fer, Schlep), and Sean McBride (Jackson, Schlep).

Saturday July 20, 2019 7:45pm - 9:15pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

8:00pm

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

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

9:15pm

Intrepid
In an effort to make her senior trials unforgettable, a brilliant and overly ambitious witch named Hazel attempts to steal the ancient book of Merlin from her magical school's enchanted library. Panelists include Alexa Tuttle (writer/director), Bryce Cyrier (writer/producer), and Amelia Nista (VFX supervisor).

Saturday July 20, 2019 9:15pm - 9:45pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

9:45pm

Hero
The world’s first true superhero is dead. And when his son, Conor Renn, skips out on speaking at the funeral, the media seek answers. But only Conor knows why he couldn’t bear such a public, and painful, experience. Panelists include Robbie Silverman (executive producer/writer/star), Jackson Miller (director), and Max Landwirth (producer).

Saturday July 20, 2019 9:45pm - 10:05pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

10:05pm

Moon Drops
A magical fairytale with no dialogue. A factory worker tired of his deadend job assembles an enigmatic machine that produces liquid drops from the moonlight. The bottled drops are a hard sell at the town market. But all changes when their surprising effect is revealed.

Saturday July 20, 2019 10:05pm - 10:20pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

10:20pm

Earthy Encounters
This short family action-adventure film is about a 15-year-old boy who believes he can save his terminally ill brother with an ancient, sentient plant he’s unearthed in the garden center where he works.

Saturday July 20, 2019 10:20pm - 11:00pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

11:00pm

Giltrude’s Dwelling
Orphaned at the age of 11, Giltrude, an interdimensional shut-in, has waited 15 years for her parents to come home. When a life-or-death dilemma comes knocking, Giltrude must look beyond her front door and learn to face the outside universe. The film stars Kacey Rohl (Hannibal, The Magicians) and Liam Hughes (Star Trek: Discovery, The Flash)

Saturday July 20, 2019 11:00pm - 11:30pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

11:30pm

The End in Sight
Since childhood, Mark has been a prisoner of visions that come without warning, showing flashes of deaths that have not yet come to pass. Tess, his loving fiancée, is an absolute skeptic and isn't convinced for a second. But Mark needs her to believe now more than ever. Panelist include Erik Kallin (writer/director), Reid Lauff (cinematographer), Terry Beck (producer), Anthony Coons (lead actor), and Parker McBain (sound recordist).

Saturday July 20, 2019 11:30pm - 11:50pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

11:50pm

Hashtag
In a future where social media celebrities dominate our culture, X (Gigi Edgley) is the most famous among them. But when a computer virus corrupts her systems, how can she know what is real and what is fake? Panelists include Gigi Edgley (Farscape), director/co-writer Ben Alpi, producer Jyotika Virmani, and co-writer Kevin Rubio (TROOPS).

Saturday July 20, 2019 11:50pm - Sunday July 21, 2019 12:20am
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

12:20am

Emoticon Man
In a world where everybody wears emoticon masks, Nick meets Sophie, a woman who dares to express her feelings through her own face. Nick’s life will drastically change by having feelings that emoticons cannot describe.

Sunday July 21, 2019 12:20am - 12:35am
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

12:35am

Underwood
Night. Detective Alex Kovacs is in his room. His pistol is loaded with a single bullet, and a clean sheet of paper is in his typewriter. Alex has to write a report about what happened during the two days since he found out that writer Kara Staltseva had been murdered. Film will be introduced by second unit director Roman Litvinov (The Tussle).

Sunday July 21, 2019 12:35am - 1:05am
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6
 
Sunday, July 21
 

10:00am

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

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

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

Comic-Con Film School 104: Post Production and Distribution
The final day of our comprehensive course on micro-budget moviemaking will revolve around what to do after your movie is shot. Panelists will go over the basics of post-production on your home computer, as well as what software to use for editing, graphic design, sound design, visualFX, and finally, how to optimize your movie for uploading to the internet. Panelists for the class include Valerie Perez (producer/star of the Paula Peril series), Jack Conway (creative producer of Next Generation Esports), Nick Murphy (writer/director of All Night Skate), Josh Perilo, (creator/writer of Hindenburg), and Sean Rourke (writer of Ballistica).

Sunday July 21, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

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

CCI-IFF Awards Presentation
The films have been shown—now it’s time to award the recipients of the 2019 Comic-Con Independent Film Festival with their trophies and recognition! Comic-Con’s Adam Neese (IFF and programming coordinator) talks to this year’s trio of judges, writer/director Nick Murphy (All Night Skate), produce and star Valerie Perez (the Paula Peril series) and writer Sean Rourke (Ballistica) about the films and presents prizes and trophies to the winners.

Sunday July 21, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Marriott Grand Ballroom 6

11:00am

Space Wizards: The Quest to Define Speculative Fiction
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 12, 04:27PM
Whether your X-Wing is chasing down a TIE fighter or you're whispering "dracarys" as your pet dragon turns your enemies to ash, it's undeniable that sci-fi and fantasy are linked. These forms of storytelling both do one thing: provide a way to imagine what could be. Hear from this panel of “wizards” as they discuss the subtle differences that separate sci-fi and fantasy or even if there truly is a difference at all. Featuring Geoff Mark (Serenity, The Orville), E. J. De la Pena (Jingle All The Way, Nobility), Geoff Thorne (Avengers: Black Panther's Quest, Librarians), Gillian Horvath (Sanctuary, Beauty and the Beast), Steven L. Sears (Xena, Stalag X), Ellen Dubin (Lexx, Skyrim), and moderator Joe Ochman (Naruto, Bones).

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

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

How Global Storytellers Are Celebrating Our Humanity
In an increasingly polarized world, myth-makers are in a unique position to bring fans together. Sohaib Awan (creator of IDW Publishing's Jinnrise) leads a discussion with leaders in international multimedia about building bridges through storytelling. Authors Hafsah Faizal (We Hunt the Flame), Daniel José Older (Dactyl Hill Squad), Rebecca Roanhorse (Trail of Lightning), and Axie Oh (Rebel Seoul), along with IDW President Chris Ryall, will give their take on where genre entertainment is today and the opportunities/responsibilities global creators have.

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

12:00pm

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

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

12:00pm

12:30pm

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

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

1:00pm

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

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

1:00pm

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

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

2:00pm

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

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

2:00pm

Rebuilding and Reinventing the Modern Girl Through Stories
We're in a post–Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel world, well into a time where we all know that girls and women can kick ass and be strong protagonists. That girls can grow up to be president or walk on the moon, or be a queen or a superhero. But a lot of old stereotypes that still persist. How do we reinvent the new girl order to build new characters for the enlightened girl? How do we pay tribute to the heroines of the past while still looking toward the future? What's the difference between writing established heroines and creating your own? What do creators and fans want out of a powerful female protagonist? Panelists Cecil Castellucci (Snow White), Sarah Kuhn (Batgirl), Nilah Macgruder (Marvel Rising), Seanan McGuire (Spider-Gwen), Danielle Paige (Mera), and moderator Jenn Fujikawa (Star Wars and Marvel.com) discuss the challenges of building modern heroines in a variety of mediums for the modern girl.

Sunday July 21, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

2:00pm

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

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

3:00pm

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

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

3:00pm

The League of Extraordinary Scientists and Engineers: More Science in Your Fiction
Writers, directors, sci-fi fans and kids: Get ready to ask your questions about the real science in your fiction! Jeane Wong (founder and educator, LXS) is obsessed with science and has a solid origin with superheroes and teaching young minds about discovering those same powers in the real world-from tiny insects to deep ocean creatures to robots, rockets, and beyond! Hear from Jeane along with her LXS panelists Dr. Tom Darlington (chief scientist, NanoComposix), Ben Frable (marine biologist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography), Dr. Sunny Fugate (technical director for cyber warfare, Naval Information Warfare Center), Dr. Nicholas Galitzki (edge of the universe explorer/cosmologist, Simons Observatory), Joe Hanson (science writer/host, It's Ok to Be Smart, from PBS), Molly Matty, Ph.D. (Dr. DNA, Salk Institute for Biological Studies), Jasmine L. Sadler (rocket scientist and CEO, The STEAM Collaborative), and Angela Zoumplis (extremophile explorer, Scripps Institute of Oceanography). They will discuss how comics and science fiction push scientists and engineers to rocket past what we know is possible at any given moment and into an otherwise unimaginable future!

Sunday July 21, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina