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Wednesday, July 17
 

4:00pm

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

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

10:00am

Dynamic Story Creation: Theme
Theme: if you don't have one, you don't have a story! Theme is probably the most misunderstood aspect of storytelling. Everyone “thinks” they know what it is, but almost no one understands how to thread it into a story. Maxwell Alexander Drake breaks down this strange and complex topic into easy-to-understand elements you can use in your own stories immediately. Drake is an award-winning science fiction/fantasy author, graphic novelist, and playwright. He is best known for his fantasy series The Genesis of Oblivion Saga. Drake teaches creative writing at writers' conferences and fan conventions around the country.

Thursday July 18, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 2

10:30am

How to Get News Coverage
Small press publishers: What makes the difference between an item that will get news coverage, previews, and interviews and what doesn't? A lot of publishers have no idea what to submit to the press, how to submit it, and why they are being overlooked for coverage. Comics journalist Rik Offenberger (First Comics News, Archie Comics) moderates this panel of comic journalists who will tell you what they are looking for in your submission. Panelists include Tim Chizmar (Fangoria, co-chair of the Horror Writers Association, First Comics News), Glenn Hauman (Comic Mix), Jez Ibelle (First Comics News, Geek-a-pedia), Heidi MacDonald (Comics Beat), Alexander Raymond (Monstar Public Relations), Rob Salkowitz (ICv2, Forbes), Francis Sky (First Comics News, Massacre Twins), J. C. Vaughn (Gemstone Publishing), and Josh Waldrop (Red Gorilla Comics). Also included are independent comic creators Ed Catto (Captain Action, Bonfire Agency) and Holly Golightly (Broadsword Comics), who will explain what worked for them and what to avoid when looking for press coverage.

Thursday July 18, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 8

10:30am

Comic Book Law School© 101: IP Law Basics, Simple as 1, 2, 3 . . .
Starting at the beginning is a vital first step for any creative or business endeavor, and getting off on the right foot is key to traveling on the road to success. And this year's Comic Book Law School is designed to help you navigate the best possible route (and provide help in deciphering the map legend). Join noted IP attorney Michael Lovitz, author of The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, for the first of three fun, interactive, and informative Comic Book Law School programs. This first program focuses on the basics of intellectual property rights available to creators and business owners and will provide attendees with the foundation needed for understanding which rights are available to creators of comics, games, films, and other creative works, as well as insights on how best to safeguard ideas, creative works, characters, brands, and names/titles, from genesis through publication and distribution, and beyond. Attendees are invited to participate in an interactive discussion about the rights provided under U.S. copyright and trademark laws, including a discussion on the protections these laws provide, the benefits of federal registrations for each, tips on working with collaborators, and issues of joint authorship and work-made-for-hire. Please note: The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and insights to practicing attorneys, as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. [This program is approved for 1.5 credits of California MCLE.]

Thursday July 18, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 11

11:00am

Advanced Coloring Techniques
Digital pioneer Brian Haberlin will show you all the time-saving tricks in his art quiver! Super quick flatting, super quick coloring, and that is just the tip of the mountain of information you will get at this panel. A must for anyone interested in coloring comics! Brian Haberlin is an American comic book artist, writer, editor, animator, sculptor, educator, and producer best known as the co-creator of the Witchblade franchise and for his digital art innovations. He currently runs Digitalarttutorials.com, where he produces art tutorials, teaches at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and is partner in Anomaly Productions, producing graphic novels, comics, and augmented reality apps.

Thursday July 18, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 2

11:00am

Peeling Back the Layers: The Process of Bringing a Comic to Life
It takes a team of talented individuals to bring a comic book to life. Dark Horse sits down with a panel of writers, artists, colorists, and letterers whose creativity and hard work produce the best comics on the shelves. Dark Horse would like to peel back the layers on the work of comics' unsung heroes and celebrate their contributions to our beloved art form. Panelists: Phillip Sevy, Carlos Giffoni, Gabriel Bá, and Fábio Moon.

Thursday July 18, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 23ABC

11:00am

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

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

11:30am

Afro-futurism, "Black to the Future Too": The Revenge (This Time, It's Personal)
For decades, Daffy Duck was the only black actor getting any consistent work in Hollywood. Hiring practices that even Daffy would describe as, “Deth-picable!" A year after the Marvel-U.S. debut of the Black Panther movie, has anything really changed? What do you want to see next out of Hollywood? Can we truly go black to the future . . . before we go black to the past? Right on, brothers and sisters! Panelists include Denys Cowan (Milestone Media, The Boondocks), Kevin Grevioux (Underworld, I, Frankenstein), Professor Ajani Brown (San Diego State University), La Quia Howard (Kemet, I Choose 2 Be Me), and Rico Anderson (The Orville, Star Trek: Renegades). Moderated by Jimmy Diggs (Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine).

Thursday July 18, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 24ABC

11:30am

Licensed vs. Creator-Owned Comics: The Pluses, Minuses, and Honest Opinions
Comics is a medium full of diverse content and voices working on both company-owned characters and franchises, as well as original creations from the creators themselves. So, what is the real difference for the people behind the stories we love to read? Oni editor-in-chief Sarah Gaydos leads a panel of accomplished comics creators who have worked in both fields to discuss their experiences, recommendations, and how to craft the best story either way.

Thursday July 18, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 8

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

CBLDF: How Comic Stores Gave Comics Their Voice
Comics flowered into the powerful form of free expression they are today because of comic book stores. This "by fans, for fans" culture helped comics flourish in ways that broadened what the medium can do. How did we get here and how will comic book stores remain an essential part of where comics are going? Meet the innovative retailers and creators who make comics stores the cornerstone of comics' robust culture of free expression. Panelists include Bob Wayne, Mitch Cutler, Jennifer Haines, and more.

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 11

12:00pm

Comics Arts Conference Session #2: Copyright, Comics, and Considerations: Facts About Fair Use in the Classroom
In a highly interactive panel, Heidi Howard Tandy (Nova Southeastern University), Cathy Leogrande (Le Moyne College), and Rachael Vaughn (Google, Inc.) address key topics for educators, librarians, museum curators, and fans about using comics within the existing legal framework, including copyright limitations, the history of copyright law, fair use, free speech, and the public domain, and discuss sample cases that illustrate these principles. This panel will provide participants with accurate information to facilitate innovative projects and works and with tools to take back to their workplaces to use and support their colleagues in innovative uses of comics to educate, inform, and inspire creativity.

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 26AB

12:00pm

First Steps: From Concept to Reality
National bestselling author-editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt (The Martian, The X-Files, Predator) leads a practical how-to workshop to get you started and geared up to create with a solid structure for your story. All participants get a free e-book of Bryan's bestselling How to Write a Novel: The Fundamentals of Fiction.

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 2

12:00pm

The Pitching Hour
Yvette Nicole Brown (host/actress, Community), Deric Hughes (co-EP, Arrow), Lamont Magee (writer, Black Lightning), Nyambi Nyambi (actor/artist, The Good Fight), Malcolm Barrett (actor, Timeless), a surprise panelist or two, and your moderator Dan Evans III (VP creative affairs, DC Entertainment) will take an idea from conception through production for various media. This process will include creating a pitch document, obtaining representation, and getting a pitch meeting. The panelists will explain, through hypothetical examples and humorous stories, the process that new creators should adapt to make their way through the creative battleground of the entertainment industry. Knowing that each project is unique, there will be a Q&A to allow the audience to really hone in on the solutions to obstacles they may encounter. Also on hand will be an entertainment lawyer to give creators insight on protecting their ideas as they navigate Hollywood!

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 7AB

12:00pm

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

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

1:00pm

Comics Arts Conference Session #3: When Cease and Desist Becomes Change and Discuss: How Lawyers Can Publicly Impact the Comic Diegesis
James R. Thompson (Duke University), Daniel Barer (Pollak, Vida & Barer), and Alex Grand (Comic Book Historians Group) look at lawyers' impact on comics narratives, such as the forced pantsing of Howard the Duck by Disney, Marvel's cease-and-desist demands on Cerebus and Dave Sim's inclusion and discussion of those demands within the comic, and Gerber and Kirby's Destroyer Duck. These cease-and-desist letters broke the fourth wall in a way that is now unavoidable, given the public awareness of legal machinations due to the weaponization of social media and the internet.

Thursday July 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 26AB

1:00pm

Comics Censorship in 2019
Learn how comics are under attack and what you can do to help! From lawsuits against schools for using LGBTQ comics to intimidation of manga readers by customs authorities and persecution of cartoonists around the world, comics censorship remains an urgent problem. CBLDF experts showcase the current censorship landscape at this riveting and informative presentation.

Thursday July 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 11

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

1:00pm

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

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

1:00pm

Drawing with Stanley Artgerm Lau
This is a live demonstration of how Stanley Artgerm Lau creates characters with universal appeal. Born and bred in Hong Kong, the multifaceted Stanley wears different hats as an illustrator, designer, concept artist, creative director, and co-founder of Imaginary Friends Studios, a world-acclaimed digital art studio that produces high-quality artworks for the likes of Capcom, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and other giants in the entertainment and gaming industry. Presently, Stanley and his IFS partners are running a full-time diploma course in Digital Design and Illustration for aspiring artists worldwide, in collaboration with 3dsense Media School Singapore.

Thursday July 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 2

1:30pm

Art During the Holocaust
Panelists examine art and propaganda that was seen during WWII and the Holocaust. Nazi and Allied propaganda art was used in many ways with devastating results. Holocaust victims drew what they saw, and this was the universal language that told the stories of the Holocaust as it happened. Panelists include Sandra Scheller (award-winning author of Try to Remember: Never Forget, a book describing her mother's holocaust experiences; recent TEDX 2019 speaker), Esther Finder (president and founder of Generations of the Shoah-Nevada, an organization based in Las Vegas, for Holocaust survivors and descendants), and Matt Dunford (chairman of San Diego Comic Fest, comic and WWII media expert). There will be a video presentation of Ruth Goldschmiedova Sax (who survived three concentration camps including Auschwitz; mother of Sandra). Ruth passed last year, but her original video from Comic-Con 2018 will be presented. Moderated by Stephen D. Smith, executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, the archive of Holocaust survivor testimonies initiated by Steven Spielberg in 1994.

Thursday July 18, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 4

2:00pm

Learn How to Color Comics
Do you know how comic books are colored? Learn about the creative art of comic book coloring as Hi-Fi's Brian Miller (Justice League, The Flash) and Kristy Miller (Femme Magnifique, Birds of Prey) demonstrate the step-by-step transformation of a comic book page from black and white to full color. Learn professional techniques for flatting, rendering, color holds, and special effects, along with top digital coloring tips. Q&A session.

Thursday July 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 11

2:00pm

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

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

2:30pm

How Are Comics Changing the World for the Better?
Educators Zachary Brown, Timothy Stiven, Scott Sayre, and Teofilo Argrazal share the story of how they are practicing international diplomacy, building literacy, fostering citizen science, and promoting environmental stewardship by creating comics in schools. Come learn about their collaboration and how to build your own bridges across communities near and far with just a little creativity and imagination.

Thursday July 18, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 4

2:30pm

Drawing Comics with Carlos D'Anda (Bilingual)
Speaking in both Spanish and English, Carlos D'Anda will demonstrate his techniques in inking, pencilling, coloring, and layout. Carlos is an American comic book artist who has worked on Marvel's Star Wars comic. He is most famous for his work on Deathblow, Outsiders, and Batman: Arkham City. Recently, he has worked on DC Universe Online.

Thursday July 18, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Room 2

3:00pm

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

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

3:00pm

Spotlight on Marv Wolfman
Writer/editor, Eisner Hall of Fame inductee, and Comic-Con special guest Marv Wolfman talks about his 50-year career in comics, animation, novels, and video game writing with moderator and writer Tom King. They'll discuss his work, the companies he's worked for, and the many characters he's worked on. Marv will also answer all questions (well, maybe not all!).

Thursday July 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 11

4:00pm

Screenwriting: Turn Your Idea into a Screenplay
Screenwriters Marc Guggenheim (Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow), Georgia Lee (The Expanse), James Janowsky (SVA), Jason Brown (producer of The Expanse, Ben-Hur), and Jacob Robinson (producer at Tractor Pants, Legendary Pictures) will give attendees a look at how writing for the screen differs from writing for any other medium. And more than that, they'll discuss how the business of Hollywood works—the dos and don'ts of it all. Most important, they'll discuss taking an idea and shaping it into a coherent story and screenplay, ready to shoot! Moderated by Andy Schmidt (Guardians of the Galaxy).

Thursday July 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 11

4:00pm

How to Draw as a Comic Pro
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 11, 10:13PM
Comic Pro Boot Camp (CPBC) is made up of four industry professionals with the heart and mind to teach fans and potential future comic book artists how to polish their comic book pages and prepare them for professional presentation. Panelists will discuss the mission of the group and how they play a role in future talents. They will also do live art demonstrations from major talents like Kim Jung Gi, Stanley Lau (Artgerm), Whilce Portacio, and Ryan Benjamin.

Thursday July 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Room 2

4:30pm

Higher, Further, Faster. Are We There Yet?
Female superheroes are finally getting their due on screen and reigning at the box office. Star Wars now centers on a female Jedi, Black Panther brought a dynamic array of female characters to the MCU, and there is the first female Doctor since the character's 1963 debut. Women-owned companies like Jordandené and subscription boxes like FanMail provide female-fan-forward fashion and merchandising opportunities that didn't exist a decade ago. Online commentary from sites like SYFYFangrrls, fangirl-run podcasts, and events like GeekGirlCon continue to successfully challenge the notion that fandom is a male-dominated space. So why are women still having to prove themselves as consumers and community members, as well as pop culture enthusiasts and producers? Why has the “fake geek girl” myth persisted? Join Jennifer K. Stuller (Ink-Stained Amazon; co-founder GeekGirlCon), Suzanne Scott (UT Austin, Fake Geek Girls), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex, Shadow of the Batgirl), Britta Lundin (Ship It, Riverdale), Rose Del Vecchio (FanMail), and Rebecca M. Davis (NW POC Geeks; Nerdlesque MC; GeekGirlCon), and C. B. Lee (Not Your Sidekick; Not Your Villain) as they punch holes in the sky for a dynamic, inquisitive, compassionate, community-building discussion exploring how far they've come culturally as female fans, struggles they still face as cultural critics and culture makers—and ways for us all to go higher, further, and much much faster.

Thursday July 18, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 26AB

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

DC Batman Art Academy
Sharpen your pencils and bring your notebooks, because class is in session! DC is proud to be home to some of the most talented artists working in comics today. This fan-favorite lineup of artists—Bernard Chang, Jock, Dustin Nguyen, Dexter Soy—will present a unique look into their visual approaches to your all-time favorite DC superhero, Batman!

Thursday July 18, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 11

5:00pm

How to Make a Webcomic You'll Actually Finish
Maya Kern (Monster Pop!) dives into the nitty gritty process of making webcomics. She frequently talks about making comics focus purely on content—your drawing ability, your big cool idea, or how awesome your cast is—and completely ignore what it's like to live as a human being with a life and a schedule and bills while trying to make your own independent comic. This panel offers a presentation that examines comic making thru the lens of sustainability, with a Q&A session at the end.

Thursday July 18, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 9

5:30pm

Painting American Gods
Scott Hampton takes the audience through the process of bringing artist P. Craig Russell's pages of American Gods to life on the comics page. Scott will also do a painting demo using traditional tools (pen, ink, acrylic paint). His work on Silverheels from Pacific Comics in 1983 is regarded as the first continuing painted comic. His credits include Batman, Sandman, Black Widow, Hellraiser, and Star Trek, as well as Magic: The Gathering cards. Also on the panel will be Jennifer Lange, who has worked as a colorist for Dark Horse's adaptation of American Gods.

Thursday July 18, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 2

5:30pm

The Art Heroines: Using Your Creative Powers to Level Up
This panel will explore the pitfalls and triumphs of the entertainment industry, including how to not only survive the stress but manage yourself in it. Panelists will touch on employer best practices, habits that are productive vs. counterproductive, and tips for creatives to build better relationships. Moderated by Kristin Donner (animation artist, co-chair of The Animation Guild’s Family and Membership Committee), panelists include Danelle Vierkant (The Orville, Aquaman), Ivonne Escoto (Aquaman, Hellboy), Denise “Dee” Chavez (HamCat, Curious George), Jo Holland (Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel), Haley Who (Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance), Alina Chau (Marshmallow and Jordan) and Chelsea Pickens (Word Party, Yamasong).

Thursday July 18, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 24ABC

5:30pm

Recovering Indigenous History Through Comics
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 08, 11:16PM
This year is the 500th anniversary of Spain's conquest of Mexico and the 250th anniversary of San Diego's founding. Since those events, and others related and similar, were near-apocalyptic for the indigenous peoples of North America, it's an appropriate time to reflect on their histories and how they experienced these events. Unfortunately, indigenous history in North America has often been distorted, ignored, or even lost. Can comics be a tool to help recover this history? Moderator Johnny Bear Contreras (Kumeyaay artist/sculptor and fellow panelists Paul Guinan (Aztec Empire graphic novel), Elijah Benson (Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation Education Department, NAGPRA comics), Stan Rodriguez (Kumeyaay cultural leader), Jen Shannon (cultural anthropology professor, NAGPRA comics), Kate Spilde (cultural anthropology professor), John Swogger (archaeologist and Illustrator, NAGPRA comics) will answer this question and discuss their current comic projects to recover indigenous history.

Thursday July 18, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 4

6:00pm

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

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

6:00pm

Passion into Cash: Animate Characters and Make Money
Create your own entertainment channel using your own character illustrations and build a community of online viewers. Hear from Scott Kurtz and Cory Casoni (Dungeons & Dragons on Twitch), Laura Williams-Argilla (director of product management, Bits at Twitch), and Dave Werner (Adobe experience designer, YouTube illustrator and animator) to see how you can create your own entertainment channel using Adobe Character Animator and other tools.

Thursday July 18, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 11

6:30pm

Learn Japanese to Read Manga and Watch Anime
Learn to understand, speak, and write basic Japanese from eigoMANGA's team of native-born Japanese manga creators in a fun and energetic way.

Thursday July 18, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 2

7:00pm

Mold/Resin Making, 3D Printing, and FX Techniques
Field experts Fon Davis (25-year veteran of miniature VFX), Don Wistos (worked as director of prop fabrications/mold making for Productions/Strategic Operations), and Sam Girgis (owner of BiggerBoxModels/3D printing and prototyping) will share their knowledge.

Thursday July 18, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 11

7:30pm

Drawing with Karl Kopinski
Karl Kopinski will demonstrate the use of both traditional and digital media for creative illustrations. Karl is a British illustrator, who has worked with a large variety of clients, including Peter Jackson, Sir Paul Smith, Hasbro, Ubisoft, Abound Creative, Sixmorevodka, Wizards of the Coast, and Games Workshop.

Thursday July 18, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 2

8:00pm

Inside the Voice Actors Studio
Bang Zoom! Entertainment brings you this one-hour panel/workshop about voice acting that covers practical dubbing techniques, important issues such as studio protocol, and what to expect at your first audition. This is a great opportunity for attendees interested in the voice-acting profession to get firsthand advice and experience from the pros in an intimate yet dynamic setting. You will learn directly from some of the best voice actors and directors in the world and also get some inside information on how to break in and what the industry is really like.

Thursday July 18, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 11
 
Friday, July 19
 

10:00am

Dynamic Story Creation: Don't Tell Your Story, Show It
Ever wonder how a really good books suck a reader in and hold their attention page after page? It might not be the characters, nor even the plot. It could be the way the author writes that separates this story from the pack. During this class, you will gain insights on how to put your story together in a compelling way that will have your readers turning page after page to see what happens next. Presented by Maxwell Alexander Drake, an award-winning science fiction/fantasy author, graphic novelist, and playwright. He is best known for his fantasy series, The Genesis of Oblivion Saga. Drake teaches creative writing at writers' conferences and fan conventions around the country.

Friday July 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 2

10:30am

Comic Book Law School© 202: Let's Make a Deal (or Three)
While almost every creator will tell you their greatest joy is in their acts of creation, none will argue that equally (or perhaps more) important is earning a living from their efforts. But commercializing creative works is fraught with peril unless you're prepared. Hear from noted attorney Michael Lovitz, author of The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, along with his guests, attorney David Lizerbram and Legion M's COO Terri Lubaroff, for an interactive seminar tackling a slew of more advanced issues facing creators (and the businesses that they work with) as they seek to monetize their creative capital. They will offer insights into a variety of options and opportunities for generating income from your creative endeavors, including: licenses and transfers of rights; key things to know when Hollywood comes knocking; publishing, manufacturing, merchandising, and distribution agreements; understanding key terms in contracts, assignments, and licenses; and how incorporation and marital bliss (or turmoil) may affect contracts and licenses. And are all independent contractors secretly disguised as employees? Please note: The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and insights to practicing attorneys, as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. [This program is approved for 1.5 credits of California MCLE.]

Friday July 19, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 11

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

The Future of Storytelling
Award-winning creator Brian Haberlin covers how to use such modern storytelling methods as web shorts, podcasts, augmented reality, and virtual reality. Brian is an American comic book artist, writer, editor, animator, sculptor, educator, and producer best known as the co-creator of the Witchblade franchise and for his digital art innovations. He currently runs Digitalarttutorials.com, where he produces art tutorials, teaches at Minneapolis College of Art and Design and is partner in Anomaly Productions, producing graphic novels, comics, and augmented reality apps.

Friday July 19, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 2

12:00pm

CBLDF: Take PRIDE in Comics
Why are comics and other literature centered on LGBTQ+ characters targeted so frequently by censors? What can be done to ensure these important books stay on shelves? CBLDF and a panel of creators, educators, librarians, and retailers discuss the challenges facing LGBTQ comics and ways communities can help overcome them.

Friday July 19, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 11

12:00pm

Embracing Your Inner Geek: An Interactive Self-Care Workshop
Neisha T Mulchan (Diversely Geek CEO and ARNP) with the assistance of Jonathan Panarello (APRN, ANP-C ) merge our love of fandom with strategies for mental wellness. Participants will learn to create their own fandom-oriented, self-affirmation care plans that build positive self-value. She is joined by Jyoti Ramdat (communications director, Diversely Geek) and Melissa Gibbo (author, Boredom Kills).

Friday July 19, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Artists' Loft, BarrioHaus

12:00pm

What Is a TechNoobian?
Ryan Benjamin explores character and world development that place cultural interactions at the forefront with subtleties that nod at the players. This is the launch of a new creative technologists group. The purpose is to build an international community that inspires, sustains, and nurtures enthusiasts and professionals at all levels to actively create and share their narratives across mediums. Travis Williams began his career in entertainment in 1990 as one of the co-creators of the World of Darkness roleplaying games from White Wolf. These properties (Vampire, Werewolf, Mage) went on to become comics, TV shows, video games, and novels. He is currently the vice president of Digital Gaming at Lightstorm Entertainment.

Friday July 19, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 2

1:00pm

CBLDF: Making Great Comics Programs For Schools and Libraries
Energize your community by creating comics events! CBLDF education coordinator Holly Dotson and a panel of teachers and creators discuss how to make great programming with comics. Bring your success stories and learn about how to build on them with tips on creating book clubs, workshops, creator events, and more.

Friday July 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 11

1:00pm

Draw Your Imagination with Kim Jung Gi
You will realize that you do not need any fancy equipment to draw your heart out after seeing Kim Jung Gi' s outrageous live drawing! You will get a chance to see an empty canvas transform into a completed scene with human anatomy and perspective in just 90 minutes. Kim Jung Gi is an established artist from South Korea who has the ability to visualize drawing before making his marks. With mental pictures, he can draw without photographic reference. He has published numerous sketchbooks and worked on the TLT, Tiger the Long Tail webtoon.

Friday July 19, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 2

2:00pm

Head Drawing Tips for Illustrators and Animators
Ron Lemen (Lemenaid, LAAFA, CGMA, GNOMON SVFX) discusses and demonstrates easy-to-remember tips to quick gesturing and hard rendering a portrait, including tips on likeness, head tilt, and expressions.

Friday July 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 11

2:30pm

How to Draw with Jim Lee
DC Entertainment publisher-chief creative officer Jim Lee (Superman Unchained, Justice League, Batman, Suicide Squad) talks about his 25+ years in the comics industry and sketches your favorite characters live on the big screen in this engaging panel. This is a great opportunity to watch the creative process first-hand and learn the tips of the trade that bring DC Entertainment's characters to life..

Friday July 19, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Room 2

3:00pm

Breaking into Comics
Your dream is to make comics and you're willing to do the work, but the industry is a tough place to break into. Discover where the doors are and how to knock on them. Learn what it takes to be ready to step into the world of comics writing and art, listen to the trials and obstacles that proven professionals overcame, and get ready for advice that will serve you well in your pursuit of finally achieving your dream. Hear from artists Reilly Brown (Deadpool, Incredible Hercules) and Phillip Sevy (Tomb Raider), writers Rich Douek (Gutter Magic), Ryan Cady (Infinite Dark, Old Man Logan), and Mags Visaggio (Eisner nominee, Kim and Kim, Enternity Girl), and comics editor and educator Andy Schmidt (Marvel and IDW editorial, Comics Experience) for a candid and actionable discussion on how to break into the industry and start to do what you love.

Friday July 19, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 11

4:00pm

Drawing with Humberto Ramos (Bilingual)
Artist Humberto Ramos will use both Spanish and English to teach drawing techniques. Ramos is a Mexican comic book artist best known for his work on American comic books such as Impulse, Runaways, The Spectacular Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man, and his creator-owned series Crimson, Out There, Revelations, and Fairy Quest. He co-founded the imprint Cliffhanger, housed by Jim Lee's Image Comics division Wildstorm, to publish creator-owned comic books outside the mainstream superhero genre.

Friday July 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 2

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

Adobe Photoshop Creative Insights from Pros and Members of the Photoshop Team
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 16, 04:14PM
Join Adobe Engineer Nikolai Svakhin and Adobe Educator Stephen Burns as they discuss next generation of Adobe tools, now harnessing the power of 3D design and rendering. Panelists will discuss features and best practices and talk about all sorts of novel workflows, using Photoshop but also going beyond. Adobe Creative Cloud is the industry standard in digital imaging and is used by professionals worldwide for design, photography, 3D printing, video editing, and more. Prepare for a lively discussion and Q&A.

Friday July 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 11

5:00pm

Mark McDonnell: How To Draw in Different Studio Styles
Being a good artist and facile with technology are two skills animation companies want. But there's a third component rarely discussed—how well you can draw in the manner of each studio. Understanding and mastering these styles will increase your chances of getting hired. In this session, Disney master teacher Mark McDonnell will demonstrate the style quirks of Cartoon Network, Disney, DreamWorks, Laika, and Warner Bros., this time with particular attention to how types of characters—heroes, villains, and sidekicks—change across studios. Moderated by Fast Company's Susan Karlin.

Friday July 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 11

5:00pm

Steampunk Them Up
Designing steampunk characters with Joe Benitez, artist and creator of the Steampunk comic Lady Mechanika. Joe will be sketching live, showing what to do (and not to do) to create cool Steampunk characters, taking requests from the audience, and designing Steampunk versions of popular characters. Joe is the co-creator and penciller of Weapon Zero, published by Top Cow Productions. Other titles he has worked on include The Darkness, The Magdalena, as well as work for DC Comics.

Friday July 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 2

5:00pm

How to Market and Crowdfund Indie Comics
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 11, 05:48PM
Brian Pulido has raised over $2.5 million on Kickstarter for comic books! Get the lowdown as Brian gives you exclusive insights on how to market and crowdfund indie comics. All your comic book Kickstarter questions answered and he'll have an update on all Coffin Comics activities as they take over the globe!

Friday July 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 32AB

6:00pm

Creating Futuristic Screen Designs for Superheroes
Futuristic designs have inspired countless TV and film creators to dream up what the next great computer screen will look like in the hopes that their tech would one day become reality. The creative people behind the design, including Marti Romances (Territory Studio, Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy), Robyn Haddow (Ant-Man and the Wasp, Spider-Man: Homecoming), and Jayse Hansen (Iron Man, Batman v Superman), share more about their design process. Moderated by Michelle Gallina (Adobe).

Friday July 19, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 11

6:00pm

SFWA Writers Reveal the One Big Secret That Got Them Published
Members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) discuss writing careers, tips and tricks, and the one big secret that got them published. Learn how SFWA supports SF and fantasy writers and how it can help you with your creative career. Panelists include Jeffe Kennedy (The Orchid Throne), Marie Andreas (The Diamond Sphinx), Greg van Eekhout (Voyage of the Dogs), Greg Bear (Take Back the Sky; Comic-Con special guest), Jonathan Brazee (Fire Ant), and Kyle Aisteach (Little Dystopias).

Friday July 19, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 2

7:00pm

Cartoon Art Museum Demo: Watercolor for Cartooning
Watercolors can be a magical medium for any artform, including comics. Watch beginner to advanced technique demonstrations meant specifically for comics led by educator Nina L. Taylor Kester (museum program coordinator). Plus, watch as Alina Chau (Marshmallow & Jordan) and Ben Seto (Skullbunnies) share their mastery of this classic medium to create wondrous works of comic art. Lucky attendees will win some of the art created or go home with an art kit to start their own watercolor adventure. Materials provided by Sakura of America, General Pencil, and Blick Art Supplies.

Friday July 19, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 2

7:00pm

Creating Textiles for Other Galaxies
After a costume has been designed, the next important step is choosing the right materials. Building or altering a textile can take a costume to the next level, or even out of this world! Get a close-up look in a classroom setting at the work of some of Hollywood's most prestigious custom made costumers: Marilyn Madsen (manufacturing fore person), Dorothy Bulac-Eriksen (key specialty costumer), Jeff Himmel (key specialty costumer), and Laura Wong (fabric buyer).

Friday July 19, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 11

7:00pm

How to Think Like a Cartoon Character for a Living
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 18, 04:45PM
Also known as a panel on how to write for animation! There are more cartoons on TV and streaming, for all ages and in all genres, than ever before, and this panel aims to demystify how one writes for, say, a dog in space. Moderator Brendan Hay (Harvey Girls Forever) and writing and storyboarding pros Francisco Angones (DuckTales), AC Bradley (Trollhunters), Lila Scott (3Below), Aliki Theofilopoulos (Phineas and Ferb), Tom Sheppard (Robot Chicken), Rachel Vine (The Owl House), and Jon Callan (Justice League Action) will answer your questions and discuss how they broke in, how animation differs from live action, why it's fun, and how to walk off a cliff without falling. Okay, maybe not that last one.

Friday July 19, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 4

8:00pm

How to Draw Manga
eigoMANGA's team of manga artists and animators will hold a tutorial workshop to teach the fundamentals of manga illustration and storytelling. They will also be on hand to critique portfolios from up-and-coming artists.

Friday July 19, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 11

8:00pm

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

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

9:00pm

Bring a Character to Life Through Makeup
Would you like to learn how to bring any character to life through makeup? Stephanie Nery, professional makeup artist and cosplayer will teach you how to transform yourself into any character using easy tips, techniques, and tricks, and she'll explain how to create more while spending less. Don't miss out on this amazing learning opportunity to take your cosplay skills to the next level.

Friday July 19, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 11
 
Saturday, July 20
 

10:00am

Dynamic Story Creation: Point of View
If used correctly, POV is a wonderful and powerful tool that is the backbone of your story. Maxwell Alexander Drake will help break this piece of the writing puzzle down into something you can use to enhance your writing. Drake is an award-winning science fiction/fantasy author, graphic novelist, and playwright. He is best known for his fantasy series, The Genesis of Oblivion Saga. Drake teaches creative writing at writers' conferences and fan conventions around the country.

Saturday July 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 2

10:30am

Comic Book Law School© 303: Super Lawyers Unite!
Still interactive and now five times as informative! For the third (and final) destination in this year's Law School series, this panel of legal experts will shed light on some of the more complex issues facing creators and businesses and touch on compelling issues popping up on the law and how they apply to comics and the pop-culture scene. Attorney Michael Lovitz, author of the classic The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, and his guests–attorneys David Branfman and David S. Lipkus, and law professors Marc Greenberg and Betsy Rosenblatt–will share their insights and knowledge and provide practical advice on topics and issues that range from rights of publicity to the interplay of fandom and fair use. This year's topics are expected to include licensing comics for television streaming services-a risky business?; online and social media IP protection, with Canadian insights; the 12 biggest copyright and trademark myths; Dr. Seuss vs. ComicMix-oh, the decisions a judge will boldly issue; and memes-tributes or infringements? Please note: The Comic Book Law School® seminars are designed to provide relevant information and insights to practicing attorneys, as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. [This program is approved for 1.5 credits of California MCLE.]

Saturday July 20, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 11

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

How to Make Comics: From Start to Finish
Learn how to take your idea and make a comic book, using Brian Haberlin' s new Image comic Sonata as a test case. He'll cover idea to script, panel layout, art style, distribution, printing, and much more. Brian is an American comic book artist, writer, editor, animator, sculptor, educator, and producer best known as the co-creator of the Witchblade franchise and for his digital art innovations.

Saturday July 20, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 2

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

12:00pm

CBLDF: The Perils of Selling Comics
Know your rights! Hear from members of CBLDF for this fast-paced overview of the legal rights comic book stores depend upon. Learn about the law and your rights while getting tangible how-to info for managing risk scenarios like police visits, media attacks, and more. A must-attend for current and aspiring comic store staffers and creators alike.

Saturday July 20, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 11

12:00pm

Comics and Geek Items for the Blind and Visually Impaired
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 08, 08:17PM
Blind and visually impaired people love comics, gaming, TV, movies, and all the sorts of science fiction/fantasy/horror artforms just as much as their sighted counterparts. How do they enjoy such things with little or no eyesight? Totally blind martial artist, competitive surfer, and unashamed geek Joshua Loya and actor/audio book narrator/writer Scott Brick will share available options for nonvisual entertainment. Panelists include Joshua Loya (champion surfer, martial artist, public speaker, and professional adventurer), Charles Constant (actor; studied with renown acting teacher Ted Liss in Chicago, and is currently participating in a two-year Meisner Technique program at the prestigious Baron-Brown Studios), Christina Stevens (audio description writer under Anna Capezzera at Deluxe; Christina has written for a significant number of titles, including Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, Stranger Things, and Aquaman), and Scott Brick (American actor, writer, and award-winning narrator of over 850 audiobooks by bestselling authors, including Michael Crichton, Frank Herbert, and Isaac Asimov).

Saturday July 20, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 2

1:00pm

Backgrounds for Comics and Illustration
Ron Lemen (Lemenaid website, LAAFA, CGMA, GNOMON SVFX) discusses and demonstrates easy-to-use methods for developing backgrounds for illustrations, from simple to complex scenery. Topics include line of action, symbolism, camera effects vs. graphic design effects, using 3D, and more.

Saturday July 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 2

1:00pm

CBLDF: Teaching with Comics
Comics are more than just great entertainment, they're an incredible tool for learning. Hear from creators and teachers and bring your own success stories for a discussion about how comics can be used to engage students in the classroom. Get real-world suggestions for ways to integrate comics in the classroom, to expand on lessons with comic-based activities, and to encourage student participation.

Saturday July 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 11

1:00pm

Crowdfunding Comics: An Inside Look
Billy Tucci's Crowfunding Comics YouTube channel leads a spirited discussion on how to Kickstart your own success from comic and film superstars Brian Pulido (Lady Death), Jimmy Palmiotti (Painkiller Jane), Tucci (Shi), Doug TenNapel (Earthworm Jim), Brian Miller (Hi-Fi Color for Comics), and Steven Peros (Stoker & Wells). Moderated by J. C. Vaughn (Vampire, PA).

Saturday July 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 28DE

1:30pm

Chris Ware: Apologies
Asphyxiate an otherwise perfectly good hour of consciousness witnessing New Yorker cover artist, Jimmy Corrigan/Building Stories author, and suburban dad Chris Ware justify his life decisions to Pantheon editor, designer, and San Diego gadfly Chip Kidd, as well as introduce his incomprehensible experimental 2019 graphic novel Rusty Brown Part I to the captive audience assembled. Certain to challenge even the most resiliently optimistic of Con-goers, attendance is guaranteed to make everything else at SDCC seem more fun by contrast.

Saturday July 20, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 8

2:00pm

Comics Writing: Creating Awe-Inspiring Panel Descriptions
You're the writer, but you're not the artist-that means you've got to inspire an artist to not just draw what the story needs but to do so in a way that brings out the best of both your writing and his or her art while also providing what the project needs. If that sounds hard, it's because it is! And if you think you know what the function of a comics panel description is, you might be surprised! Writers Peter David (The Incredible Hulk), Mike Costa (Lucifer TV show, Venom comic), and Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Red Sonja) and artists Phillip Sevy (Witchblade), Reilly Brown (Deadpool, Incredible Hercules), and Andy Schmidt (The Comics Experience Guide to Writing Comics and Graphic Novels) will help you transform your comics scripts into inspirational manifestos for your artists!

Saturday July 20, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 11

2:00pm

Creating Comic Art with the iPad
The iPad has transformed the way you read comics, but did you know you can create comic art on the iPad too? Watch comic book artwork come to life as Hi-Fi's Brian Miller (Star Wars, Archer) and Kristy Miller (Femme Magnifique) demonstrate step by step how to pencil, ink, and color comics on the iPad. Learn the basic tools and techniques and see which apps work best and how you, too, can transform your iPad into a portable art studio. Q&A session to follow.

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

2:00pm

Women Rocking Hollywood 2019: Women-Powered Projects and the Push Towards Parity
There have been positive developments in the last year for women in television and film. Initiatives like the 4% challenge are making news, movies and TV identified as gender-balanced are getting ReFrame stamps, and companies like OWN, Annapurna, Netflix, and Sundance continue to expand opportunities for intersectional women, supporting great content in the process. Changes are happening, but are they happening fast enough, and how can industry insiders and fans help the forward momentum? Come see the inspired, talented powerhouse panelists of Women Rocking Hollywood 2019 share their perspective and talk about their exciting new projects. Scheduled to appear: Alison Emilio (director: ReFrame, advisory board: Horizon Award), Liesl Tommy (director, Respect, The Walking Dead), Gloria Calderon Kellett (executive story editor/producer, How I Met Your Mother; co-creator/writer/director, One Day at a Time), Catherine Hardwicke (director, Twilight, Don't Look Deeper), Cheryl Dunye (producing director, Queen Sugar; director, David Makes Man), Jen McGowan (director, Rust Creek; founder, Glass Elevator), Angela Robinson (producer/writer/director: True Blood, director: Professor Marston and the Wonder Women), and C Fitz (director, Jewel's Catch One, Queen Sugar). Moderated by Leslie Combemale (creator: WomenRockingHollywood, journalist: Cinema Siren website).

Saturday July 20, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 7AB

2:00pm

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

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

2:30pm

Sales for Comic Publishers
A panel for all creators who want to know how to increase their sales, newcomers looking to break into sales jobs, and publishers looking to learn from the professionals. Featuring experienced staff behind large publishers, including Allison King (formerly of Penguin Random House), Spencer Simpson (BOOM! Studios), Sean Brice (Dark Horse), Bob Wayne (former SVP of Sales at DC), and Devin Funches (Lion Forge). Moderated by Hope Nicholson (publisher, Bedside Press).

Saturday July 20, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 5AB

3:00pm

Animated Comedians: Team Coco's Comedy Club
TBS and the talented team behind The Conan O'Brien Show, called Team Coco, developed an online comedy club for Snapchat. By creating a montage of short animated clips, they were able to transform a joke into a visual storytelling adventure. Zookeeper, the talented team behind Team Coco's Comedy Club, will showcase how quickly animations can be made using innovative software like Adobe Character Animator, Photoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects.

Saturday July 20, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 11

3:00pm

How to Talk for a Living: Voiceover 101
Master storyteller and voiceover artist Scott Brick puts volunteers from the audience through their paces to see if they (and you) have what it takes to join the competitive world of voiceover. Scott is an American actor, writer, and award-winning narrator of over 850 audiobooks by bestselling authors, including Michael Crichton, Frank Herbert, and Isaac Asimov. Joining him will be Townsend Coleman (voice-actor; best known for his work in animation, commercials, and network TV promos including the voice of Michelangelo on the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon) and Rachel Kimsey (American actress and voice actress; voice of Wonder Woman on all of DC's animated adventures).

Saturday July 20, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 2

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

4:00pm

Kids Draw Superheroes!
Artists Lucas Turnbloom (Dream Jumper series), Lora Innes (Wynonna Earp), Francesco Marciuliano (Sally Forth), Jeff Ranjo (Netflix and Disney Animation), and others join Tom Racine (Tall Tale Radio) as he leads kids through a crash course on superpowers and how to draw their own heroes. Randomly selected kids will get to come up and work with the artists one-on-one doing 5-minute character concepts and costume designs-and get to keep the art that gets created! Handouts will give them ideas and inspirations.

Saturday July 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 11

4:00pm

Learning to Draw in 2019
If you want to learn how to draw, you are living in the best time ever to master the craft. Stan Prokopenko and Marshall Vandruff will talk about all the resources you can use to better your skills, including art schools, ateliers, mentorships, books, artificial intelligence, and more. Stan attended the Watts Atelier for many years and later became an instructor there; he has taught drawing and painting classes on numerous topics such as portrait, figure, quick sketch, and plein air. Marshall has worked as an artist and educator in Southern California for 35 years. His clients include MAD magazine, Hanna Barbera, Dark Horse Comics, Blizzard Entertainment, Rockstar Games, Disney Studios, Insomniac Games, Warner Brothers Entertainment, ImagineFX Magazine, AutoDesk, The Gnomon Workshop, and over 40 advertising agencies.

Saturday July 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Room 2

5:00pm

Observational Drawing Simplified by Polygonal Approaches
Wei Xu, ph.D. (artist/mathematician/computer scientist/author) will talk about how to simplify observational drawing scientifically with geometry principals. His [+SM]Art approach enables average people to learn drawing with ease and high efficiency. People at all drawing levels will benefit from this talk.

Saturday July 20, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 11

5:00pm

DIY Comics: Publish, Don't Perish
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 08, 08:33PM
Kickstarter, Patreon, webcomics, Instagram, the "Image model": whether it's the first comic you've ever published or just the most recent, there are many ways to reach your audience. Rylend Grant (Action Lab's Banjax and Aberrant) presents this freewheeling panel showcasing the paths taken by a handful of highly successful creators. Featuring panelists David Avallone (Drawing Blood), Lynly Forrest (Hex11), Charlie Stickney (White Ash), Tony Fabro (Three Panel Crimes), and Omar Mora (The Unearthians).

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

5:00pm

Writing: Craft, Community, and Crossover
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 12, 04:40PM
James Killen, head buyer of sci-fi and fantasy for Barnes & Noble, talks to Cory Doctorow (Radicalized), Seanan McGuire (Middlegame), Charlie Jane Anders (The City in the Middle of the Night), Annalee Newitz (The Future of Another Timeline), and Sarah Gailey (Magic for Liars) about the process of creation from the perspective of first-time authors to veterans of multiple genres. The discussion will touch on the difficulty creators have in cultivating and maintaining community and fandom and the difficulties of bringing fans with them as they cross over, balancing one's identity as a writer, and the importance of social media.

Saturday July 20, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 23ABC

5:30pm

Game as a Pro 3.0
What does it take to become an esport pro? A game designer? A programmer? This panel will give you the heads-up in making your dreams a bit more achievable. Expected to include representatives from Dell/Alienware, Team Liquid, Axiomatic, Dreamleague, and Hyper-X. Moderated by Anastasia Staten (executive director, The ESA Foundation).

Saturday July 20, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 5AB

5:30pm

IP in Board Games
Chris Castagnetto (DJ Helsing) and B&B Games Studio are proud to be hosting the IP in Board Games panel. Learn about intellectual property in board gaming and how IP can influence game design and testing. Bring your questions and participate in an open forum fireside chat.

Saturday July 20, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 24ABC

5:30pm

Secrets to Successful Self-Publishing: From Concept to Audiobook
Michael C. Grumley, bestselling author of the Breakthrough series, teams up with renowned audiobook narrator Scott Brick to share secrets of successfully self-publishing your novel and getting it to the marketplace. From choosing a lucrative topic to avoiding common missteps, Grumley and Brick offer invaluable insight in this attendee-interactive panel. Moderated by Gina Smith, production manager at Scott Brick Productions.

Saturday July 20, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 2

6:00pm

Figure Drawing for Popular Media
Emilio Soltero, ph.D. (Draw the Line; Figure It Out; John Buscema: A Life in Sketches) and Arvell Jones (Marvel, DC) present a primer on drawing the figure for popular media, including drawing for comics and character design. The focus will be on anatomy and figure drawing. Crystal Aquino will model, along with Elisabeth Echevarria. emilio and Arvell will lecture and demonstrate on figure drawing. Mason Weirich will also join the panel. There will be time to draw as well. Come ready to take notes and to draw. Cosplayers are also welcome to model and draw.

Saturday July 20, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 11

6:30pm

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

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

7:00pm

Tropetastic: How to Write and Subvert Tropes
From tired to wired, problematic to plucky, tropes have always existed in character arcs, plot devices, and even character types. Panelists Ray Utarnachitt (Legends of Tomorrow), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), Jeane Wong (Arrow), Nilah Magruder (Marvel Rising), Jenn Polish (Lunav), and Valerie Complex (Black Girl Nerds) will discuss how to use and develop tropes in writing, from subverting harmful tropes in nuanced ways to using clichéd tropes with a refreshing new voice. Moderated by C. B. Lee (Sidekick Squad series).

Saturday July 20, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 11

7:30pm

Writing Workshop with J. Michael Straczynski
The second-most-common question JMS gets at SDCC each year is "How do I become a writer?" (The first-most-common question is, "Can you please just leave?" but we'll discuss that another time.) This popular workshop is an opportunity for aspiring writers to get the best advice available on achieving success, direct from the horse's mouth (or the other end). Freewheeling and frank, the workshop requires participation, so bring your very best questions about techniques, marketing, and other matters relevant to breaking in as a writer in comics, film, and TV. Your second-best questions should be directed, randomly, at Marv Wolfman.

Saturday July 20, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 2

7:30pm

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

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

9:00pm

GirlsDrawinGirls: Pinups and The Life of a Professional Woman Artist
Since 2006, GirlsDrawinGirls has grown from just 18 local LA women artists to around 200 women artists from all over the world. They are all professionals in the animation, comics, video games, and film industry and have chosen to draw pinup art, which has been predominately male dominated, to showcase the art from from a female point of view. By redefining the pinup, they are not only setting the focus on the diverse and talented women in the entertainment arts industry but are also embracing their own take on their bodies and their sexuality on their terms. Featuring Melody Severns (GDG founder, WB Animation, and Simpsons artist), Noelle Raffaele (WB director, DC Super Hero Girls), Danni Shinya Luo (world celebrated illustrator), and Lisa Dosson (Disney storyboard artist).

Saturday July 20, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 23ABC
 
Sunday, July 21
 

10:00am

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

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

10:00am

Creating a Comic Story
Ever wonder how pros go about creating new comic stories? Twenty-six-year veteran Disney comic creators Patrick and Shelly Block will create an actual short Donald Duck story with audience participation in this creative workshop. Learn firsthand how the Blocks come up with story ideas, plot out their tales, create a good story climax, and lay out a story idea so that it comes to life. This popular workshop is guaranteed to bring a chuckle or two, as terrible things are bound to happen when Donald Duck and his nephews are involved! All ages are invited.

Sunday July 21, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 2

10:30am

Children's Literary Agents
Hear from experienced children's literary agents about the dos and don'ts of getting traditionally published. Ffeaturing Thao Le (Sandra Dijkstra Literary), Hannah Mann (Writers House), Kelly Sonnack (Andrea Brown Literary), and Stefanie Von Borstel (Full Circle Literary). Moderated by author Henry Herz (How the Squid Got Two Long Arms).

Sunday July 21, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 8

10:30am

IDW: Comics for Kids!
Ever wonder what it takes to make an all-ages comic? Ever want to try your hand at making your own? Kim Dwinell (Surfside Girls), James Kochalka (Johnny Boo), Sam Maggs (Marvel Action: Captain Marvel, My Little Pony), Jarod Roselló (Red Panda and Moon Bear), Evan Stanley (Sonic the Hedgehog), and IDW Publishing present a behind-the-scenes look at how your favorite comics are made. It's sure to be a morning full of fun activities, secret surprises, and much, much more! And bonus: a free comic for every kid in attendance!

Sunday July 21, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 23ABC

11:00am

Raising Super Readers: Inside DC's Middle Grade Graphic Novels
It's Sunday Family Day at the Con! Bring your kids to this fun discussion with your favorite DC writers and artists to get the inside scoop on DC's new lineup of middle-grade graphic novels. Hear from Gustavo Duarte (Dear Justice League), Agnes Garbowska (DC Super Hero Girls), Art Baltazar (Superman of Smallville), and even more panelists on how they reimagined DC's most popular superheroes for younger readers. And, get a preview of new stories to kick off the upcoming school year. Artists will also share their special drawing tips and tools of the trade, allowing you and your kids to walk away with a new set of drawing skills!

Sunday July 21, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 11

11:15am

Making Comics the Marvel Way
A slew of mighty Marvel panelists take you behind the scenes and show you how a Marvel comic book is made. Learn about every aspect of production, including writing, pencilling, inking, coloring, editing, and more, with creators on hand to offer personal insights and anecdotes.

Sunday July 21, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 5AB

11:30am

Proper Pitching and Promoting Yourself
Come one, come all, and join Bryan “Kaiser” Tillman at the 10th anniversary of Proper Pitching and Promoting Yourself. You will learn about presentation, body language, elevator pitches, standing out, interview skills, and how to make an opportunity when there isn't one. Bryan is the owner and CEO of the Kaiser Studio Productions, a production studio for comics, toys, animation, and games. Some of the clients have included Marvel, DC, Image, Valiant, UpperDeck, Cryptozoic, Rittenhouse, Toys ‘R' Us, Focal Press, FX, LucasFilms, Netflix Miramax, and Tandem Productions.

Sunday July 21, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 2

12:00pm

Manga Tutorials For Kids
eigoMANGA's team of manga artists and animators will teach kids of all ages tutorials on manga illustrations and storytelling.

Sunday July 21, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 11

12:30pm

LGBTQ, Mental Health, and Comics
Moderated by Lorran Garrison, the panel will talk about how comics, cosplay, video gaming, and other forms of pop culture foster mental health wellness of teens and young adults. More specifically, the panel will dive deep into the impact of comics and pop culture within the LGBTQIA community. Bullying and suicide ideation are two of the many issues the LGBTQIA community combats, and panelists will give advice and resources about coping with unsupportive families, finding/creating community, and ways family members can show up for their queer loved one. Lorran Garrison is a school psychologist student (San Diego, CA) with an early childhood development background. She has also been trained in parent education with Resources for Infant Educarers. Other panelists: Anthony E. Zuiker is the creator of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and co-founder and publisher of Zuiker Press. Tara Madison Avery is a publisher, cartoonist, and illustrator of Stacked Deck Press, specializing in LGBTQAIU interests. Dr. Janina Scarlet is a licensed clinical psychologist and founder/developer of Superhero Therapy, recipient of Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award from the United Nations. Justine Mastin is a licensed marriage and family therapist and founder of Blue Box Counseling, which specializes in LGBTQIA interests and co-host of Starship Therapise podcast. Lara Taylor Kester is a licensed marriage and family therapist, co-creator of the Geek Therapy Library, and podcast co-host for Geek Therapy Radio.

Sunday July 21, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 2

1:00pm

Guide to Illustrating Comics: From Sketches to Final Pages
We know you love comics, but are you fan enough to #MakeComics? ComiXologist Kiersten Wing hosts a lineup of talented comics artists-including Jock (Batman Who Laughs, The Losers), Shawn Martinbrough (Thief of Thieves, Batman: Detective Comics), Ariela Kristantina (Wolverines, InSeXts), Max Dunbar (Stone Star, Champions), and Clive Hawken (Delver)-in a discussion about the triumphs, sorrows, tricks, and craft of illustrating comics. What's the hardest thing to draw? What inspires their work? Who are the artists they admire most? Get the inside scoop from the pros about how to #MakeComics.

Sunday July 21, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 29AB

1:00pm

Live Digital Draw with Katsuya Terada
Witness Tokyo-based hyper-fantastic manga artist Katsuya Terada perform a live digital drawing session. Katsuya Terada is world renowned for live drawing events, and he'll create a fine art illustration and will answer questions and converse with the audience with the help of translator and artist Yoskay Yamamoto.

Sunday July 21, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 11

1:30pm

How to Create Your Own Novel
The Winner Twins, Brittany and Brianna, multiple award-winning and national-bestselling science fiction and fantasy authors known for their popular Strand series, explain how to create your own novel step by step, from building your universe to overcoming writer's block to the different paths to publishing. The twins have taught their unique award-winning creative writing method to hundreds of thousands of convention attendees, teachers, and students across the country. They will be joined by Todd McCaffrey (New York Times bestselling author, Dragon Riders of Pern), Sherrilyn Kenyon (New York Times bestselling author, The Dark-Hunters series, Chronicles of Nick), and Graeme Manson (screenwriter and executive producer, Orphan Black, Snowpiercer), as well as other panelists to be announced. They will share their war stories, answer your questions, and teach you how to craft your story idea into a marketable novel, television series, or film franchise.

Sunday July 21, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 8

1:30pm

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

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

2:00pm

Cartoon Art Museum Workshop: Drawing Characters
Cartoon Art Museum friends and educators Alex Simmons (The Art of Making Comics /Blackjack /Archie) and Melissa Pagluica (Above the Clouds) will present a beginner workshop for the whole family. Fans young and old looking to get started in drawing cartoons and creating characters can follow along in this interactive program. Learn how to use basic shapes to create some of your favorite characters. Drawing materials are provided by Sakura of America and General Pencil.

Sunday July 21, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 11

2:30pm

Digital Painting Tips to Speed Up Your Renders
Ron Lemen (Lemenaid website, LAAFA, CGMA, GNOMON SVFX) discusses and demonstrates techniques for improving your painting performance, such as optimizing your work space, painting vs. procedural development, building better brushes, and color management.

Sunday July 21, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 2

3:00pm

Paper Toys
Renee Jablow (Grammy-nominated paper engineer and author) presesnts a workshop on making paper toys featuring dragons from How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World . Participants will make one paper dragon from the recently published Ready to Fly! by Studio Fun International, an imprint of Printers Row Publishing Group. Other activity and pop-up books will also be shared.

Sunday July 21, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 11

3:00pm

Super-Abled: Disability Representation in Comics, Movies, Games, and More
Diversity is bigger than ever in the world of superheroes and fan culture but there's one group that tends to be overlooked in the medium: people with disabilities. Travis Rivas (editor, Super-Abled Comics), Angel Giuffria (actress, Goliath, Green Lantern), Jay Justice (editor/co-founder of LGBT HQ), Trace Wilson (author, Uniquely Me), Sarah Tuberty (Disarming Disability podcast), and Jennifer Kretchmer (executive producer, cast member Monsters & Fables) take a look at how to accurately create fully realized characters while trying to avoid the stereotypes typically associated with disability while also discussing how to navigate the industry while having a disability, how disability can be a superpower, and about advocating for the disabled community at large.

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

3:00pm

Where Do Ideas Come from?
Staring down a deadline? Running in fear from a blank page? Veteran writer/editor Barbara Randall Kesel (Shadowzone, Hawk & Dove) delivers a solution or three at hummingbird speed! For writers and artists, new or seasoned. Motivation or entertainment-you decide!

Sunday July 21, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 28DE

3:00pm

The Video Game Industry: Creating Fun
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 16, 10:28PM
Today’s fast-evolving video game industry produces some of the most immersive and fun experiences to date. But how do these studios know what they’re making is fun? Genese Davis (Omensight; The Holder's Dominion), Leanne Loombe (Riot Games), Eric Kieron Davis (Cloud Imperium Games), and Leah Hoyer (former VP of Creative at Telltale) will share insights about the creative design process and to just what lengths developers go to ensure their players are having fun. Just what brings it all together and to life?

Sunday July 21, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 29AB

3:30pm

Cartoon Art Museum: Let's Play!
Let's play comics! Participate in three family-friendly comic art minigames that you can play at home, led by the by educator Nina L. Taylor Kester (Cartoon Art Museum) and artists Steenz (co-creator of Archival Quality /cartoonist/editor), Michael Son (Tapas, editor-in-chief), Thien Pham (Sumo, Level Up), and more. Open your eyes to a whole world of creative visual storytelling games like Creature Creator, Exquisite Corpse, Dungeons & Dragons and Mangaka/Creator. Supplies provided by Sakura of America, General Pencil, and Blick Art Supplies.

Sunday July 21, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 2

4:00pm

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

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

4:00pm

Dr. Zhivago's Spotlight on the Journey of Kids in Cartooning
Dr. Zhivago's kids' panel spotlights the journey of kids in cartooning with local students from Chula Vista. Kylie Fitzgerald and Ryker Lacy discuss what sparked their interest to create cartoons in school. College graduate, Emily Echevarria describes the process of declaring a degree and graduating in the Arts for a possible cartoonist career. Professional cartoonist Dr. Zhivago and Ricardo Arnaiz (producer and director of ANIMEX) highlight their experience, guidance, and support in education and entertainment of the cartooning field. Moderated by Devin and Marissa Zhivago. A short cartoon workshop with Dr. Zhivago and Emily Echevarria follows the presentation.

Sunday July 21, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 11

4:00pm

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

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