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Thursday, July 18
 

10:00am

When Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light and George R.R. Martin's Skin Trade Collide
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 16, 04:12PM
Coming together for the very first time in public: Barry Ira Geller, producer of Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light, and Mark Newbauer, producer of George R. R. Martin's novella The Skin Game. Zelazny's Lord of Light won the 1968 Hugo and became the foundation of stories of people becoming real gods and their dramatic consequences. Martin has long stated that Game of Thrones was inspired by Lord of Light, readying now for TV production. Newbauer and Geller discuss how they are merging their energies to create plans for both TV/film production of Lord of Light and The Skin Game. Both literary properties have spawned their own competition in the marketplace over the years, yet both are the acknowledged pinnacles in their genres of fantasy and horror. Joining them for the discussion will be Mike Royer, famed Marvel and Disney inker. Jack Kirby's favorite inker and inker of the Lord of Light series of drawings which the CIA used to get people out of Iran in 1979.

Thursday July 18, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 23ABC

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

Entertainment Is LGBTQ
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 12, 04:20PM
BOOM! Studios and GLAAD present an in-depth roundtable discussion about LGBTQ representation in pop culture and the path forward to a brighter, more inclusive future, with panelists from all corners of the entertainment world, including Lilah Sturges (The Magicians: Alice's Story, Lumberjanes), actor/comedian Zachary Barack (Spider-Man: Far From Home), Sina Grace (Saban's Go Go Power Rangers, Ghosted in LA), artist Noah Hayes (The Avant-Guards), Megan Townsend (director of entertainment research and analysis, GLAAD), and more. Moderated by Joshua Yehl (senior features and news editor, IGN).

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 28DE

12:30pm

Spotlight on Mary Fleener
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 12, 06:15PM
Mary Fleener (Billie the Bee, Life of the Party, Weirdo) will talk about her varied comic career over the last 35 years and have a visual presentation of her work along with a Q&A session. Moderated by Mark Habegger (writer, filmmaker).

Thursday July 18, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 4

1:00pm

Image Comics: Bone-Chilling Insight into Bestselling Horror Comic Books
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 11, 07:17PM
W. Maxwell Prince (Ice Cream Man), Pornsak Pichetshote (Infidel), Dan Watters (Coffin Bound), Jeff Lemire (Gideon Falls), Kieron Gillen (Die), and Chuck Brown (Bitter Root) discuss their spine-tingling craft and share the secrets to creating some of the darkest, most thrilling comic book series on the market. Moderated by Chloe Ramos-Peterson (Library Market Sales Representative at Image Comics).

Thursday July 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 23ABC

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

2:00pm

Other People's (Intellectual) Property
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 10, 11:17PM
Pop culture is virtually built upon the foundation of intellectual properties, and geek fandom loves to delve deep into the lore of beloved fictional worlds. So how do companies get the chance to create products with other people's IPs, and what does it take to make sure a product is going to please die-hard fans? Jerry Bennington and Spencer Reeve of IDW Publishing and David Preti and Geoff Skinner of CMON Inc., and Chalie Chu of Oni Press discuss creating games and merchandise based on beloved IPs like Batman: The Animated Series, God of War, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, bloodborne, and Dragon Ball Z.

Thursday July 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 9

2:00pm

The Making of a Graphic Novel Publisher: Random House Graphic
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 09, 04:27PM
does a graphic novel publisher work? And what's involved with building one from square one? Petra Mayer (Books editor, NPR), Gina Gagliano (publishing director, Random House Graphic), and Whitney Leopard (senioreditor, Random House Graphic) host a discussion of the ins-and-outs of editing, design, marketing, and publicity and how they all come together to make great graphic novels.

Thursday July 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 28DE

3:00pm

Giving Voice to Independent Creators
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 08, 10:34PM
Do you have a story to tell? Would you like to see more characters and stories that relate to you? Maybe it's time to write your own! Led by Barbra Dillon (editor-in-chief, Fanbase Press), panelists Lisa K. Weber (artist, Hex11), Kelly Sue Milano (writer, Hex11), and Lynly Forrest (editor/producer, Hex11), along with indie creators MOM (artist, Viewbox), Travis Rivas (writer, Super-Abled Comics), and David F. Walker (writer, Bitter Root) will talk about creating comics outside the mainstream and offer tips on exactly how to do it.

Thursday July 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 28DE

3:00pm

Graphic Memory
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 18, 03:56PM
There are many truths to every story and many tales that paint a picture of a certain event or time. Evoking a sense of that time, place, and feeling is not an easy task. Just as a scent on a breeze can transport us back in time, so can the perfect graphic novel. Learn from Comic-Con special guests how they use history, memory, and emotion to tell moving and personal stories. Panelists include Ebony Flowers (Hot Comb), Ulli Lust (How I Tried to Be a Good Person), Paco Roca (The House), Seth (It's A Good Life), Mary Fleener, along with Jason Lutes and moderator Charles Brownstein.

Thursday July 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 25ABC

3:30pm

Women on the Dark Side
UPDATED: Sun, Jul 07, 05:47PM
Not all female artists/creators are about unicorns and glittery vampires and silly pseudo-bondage. Some women create truly dark and challenging art and content, with just enough humor and whimsy to counterbalance all that darkness. Whether it's comic books, novels, or art, these are the women who are creating content that connects with the deeper, darker side of all of us. Panelists include Mairghread Scott (Netflix's Magic, The Gathering, Marvel Rising), MD Marie (Vindication), Susan Lee (founder, Women on The Dark Side), and Madeleine Holly-Rosing (Boston Metaphysical Society), moderated by Joelle Monique (Black Girl Nerds).

Thursday July 18, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 24ABC

4:00pm

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

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

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

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

Crush: First Love, New Comics Talent
UPDATED: Sat, Jul 06, 07:46PM
A new generation of LGBTQAIU comics creators are making a splash in the world of queer indie comics exploring their lives and diverse experiences. Prism Comics and Stacked Deck Press are featuring some of today's most talented emerging artists in their newly released anthology, Crush: First Love, New Talent. What challenges do genderqueer and gender nonconforming people face in finding love? How do asexual people approach romance? What complications can polyamory bring to young love? Moderator Tara Madison Avery (We're Still Here, Stacked Deck Press, Prism Comics board member), Viktor Kerney (Strangelore, Crush co-editor, Prism Comics board member), and Crush contributors Mike Ciriaco (WeHo TV News), Hayden Harwood, EJ Oakley, Rachel Gorman, Max Spragovsky (Woof Galaxy), and others will look at how first loves and other timely topics are presented in comics.

Thursday July 18, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 28DE

7:00pm

Secrets of Adapting Comics and Sci-Fi to the Screen
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 12, 08:28PM
Studios, networks, and streaming services are outbidding each other to bring your favorite comics and sci-fi properties to film and television, but not all are equally great. What's the secret to a successful adaptation that preserves the essence of the original while taking advantage of the new medium? Comics and media writer Rob Salkowitz (Forbes) will ask this panel of producers, showrunners, and creators, including Jason Brown (The Expanse), Sean Daniel (Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark), Jonathan Maberry (V-Wars), Craig Rosenberg (The Boys, Preacher), Robert Venditti (The Surrogates), and publisher-turned-producer Dinesh Shamdasani (Bloodshot) for the tricks of the trade.

Thursday July 18, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 29AB

7:30pm

Zorro: 100 Years of the Masked Avenger
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 16, 04:08PM
Celebrate the centennial of a true swashbuckling icon as Zorro turns 100 this summer! John Gertz (president Zorro Productions, Inc.), moderator Scott Cherrin (Zorro historian), comics scribe David Avallone (Zorro Swords of Hell), and keynote speaker Don McGregor discuss the incredible events surrounding the historic anniversary and all things of interest to the Zorro fandom. From the development of the new Zorro movie, to The Mark of Zorro Art Archive, to the ongoing comic book adventures from American Mythology, this panel is celebrating 100 years of the Masked Avenger!

Thursday July 18, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 24ABC
 
Friday, July 19
 

11:30am

Drawing from Life: Comics Fiction and Memoir
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 08, 10:38PM
Memoir has become a genre central to independent comics, but personal history influences the work of cartoonists in many different ways. This panel brings together creators from vastly different backgrounds who mine their personal experiences to create memoir, fiction, fantasy, or something altogether new. Includes Simon Hanselmann (Megahex), Ulli Lust (Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life), Dame Darcy (Meat Cake), and cartoonist, editor, and comics scholar Trina Robbins. Moderated by The Comics Journal co-editor R. J. Casey.

Friday July 19, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 24ABC

12:00pm

Image Comics: Masterclass Artists Share Secrets and Inspiration
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 11, 07:19PM
Dustin Nugyen (Descender), Jen Bartel (Blackbird), Sanford Greene (Bitter Root), Stephen Green (Sea of Stars), Aaron Campbell (Infidel), and Mirka Andolfo (Unnatural) will share the craft of bringing a story to life through breathtaking pencils, show-stopping inks, and eye-popping colors. Learn about sequential art from the best in the industry. Moderated by Eric Stephenson (publisher and chief creative officer at Image Comics).

Friday July 19, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 23ABC

12:30pm

Marvel Comics #1000 Revealed: A This Week in Marvel Special Event
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 18, 09:26PM
Marvel's flagship podcast comes to Comic-Con loaded with secrets, giveaways, reveals, news, guests, and more. And, if you think you've got the stuff and want some swag, you can challenge the Marvel crew in a special House of Ideas Throwdown! Hosts Ryan Penagos (a.k.a. Agent M, VP and creative executive, Marvel) and Lorraine Cink (senior creatorproducer, author of Marvel: Powers of a Girl) along with C. B. Cebulski (Marvel Comics editor-in-chief), Jody Houser (Web of Black Widow), Gail Simone (Domino: Hotshots), and Jeremy Whitley (Future Foundation) will dig into Marvel Comics #1,000, one of the biggest Marvel Comics projects ever assembled, and celebrate Marvel’s 80th Anniversary!

Friday July 19, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 5AB

1:30pm

America's Best Comics Editors and What They Do!
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 15, 05:10PM
Panelists Jann Jones (Legendary), Henry Barajas (Top Cow), David Mariotte (IDW Publishing), Chynna Clugston Flores (Image Comics), Shannon Eric Denton (WildStorm/DC Comics), and Sarah Gaydos (Oni) talk about America's best comics editors and what they do. What's the right way to edit a book? Is there a wrong way to edit a book? Making comics is a team sport, and good editing brings out the very best work possible from your team. Learn tips and tricks from a wide range of editorial talent who will guide you through the comics-making process, whether on indie darlings, creator-owned graphic novels, corporate juggernauts, licensed properties, short-story anthologies, or long-running fan favorite series. Every style of comic will be covered!

Friday July 19, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 8

4:00pm

Graphix Fix: Great Graphic Novels for All Ages
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 08, 04:53PM
Scholastic Graphix superstars discuss their upcoming graphic novels and the art of creating comics for all ages, featuring Jim Benton (Catwad), Sarah Graley (Glitch), Jennifer Holm (Sunny Rolls the Dice), Jon J Muth (The Seventh Voyage), Tui Sutherland (Wings of Fire) and Raina Telgemeier (Guts). Attendees will receive a Graphix tote bag and giveaways!

Friday July 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 32AB

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

Creator Origins: A Candid Conversation on LGBTQ Comics Creation
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 10, 05:48PM
Every hero has an origin story—the defining moment where they took the leap into greatness—and so do your favorite comic book creators. Moderator Megan Townsend (GLAAD) hosts some of the industry's brightest LGBTQ comic creators and LGBTQ-content publishers, in a tell-all panel where they'll recount their comics beginnings and their journey to stardom. Including Joe Glass (The Pride), Clive Hawken (Delver), Spike Trotman (Iron Circus Comics), and Ivan Salazar (comiXology).

Friday July 19, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 9

8:30pm

Christian Comic Art Society Mixer
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 09, 04:45PM
This is the 12th annual mixer of the CCAS where Christian professionals in the comic book entertainment and education fields discuss their faith and interact with the attendees. There will be time for people to network and the always-popular geek quiz where prizes will be given. Panelists will include Joe Queen (Geeky Guys and Gals 4 God), Hector Miray (Faith & Fandom), Scott A. Shuford (FrontGate Media), Eric Jansen (Foursquare Missions Press), Mario DeMatteo (Bear Truth Collective), and Luis Serrano (Samson).

Friday July 19, 2019 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Room 26AB
 
Saturday, July 20
 

10:00am

Super Salaam! Muslim Nerds, Geeks, and Fandom
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 09, 04:15PM
Come learn about Muslim comics creators, gamers, cosplayers, and superfans! David Anthony (The Scarlet Spire), Huda Fahmy (Yes, I'm Hot in This), Charles 3X Alexander (We Are Our Ancestors' Keepers), Blair Imani (Modern HERstory), and Nabi H. Ali (The Bright Agency) will discuss their work and what's happening in the industry. Moderated by Dr. Shamika Mitchell (State University of New York, Rockland/Women in Comics).

Saturday July 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

10:30am

Licensed! Overstreet Looks at Licensed Comics
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 08, 05:55PM
From Walt Disney's Comics & Stories to Doctor Who, and from Star Trek to Planet of the Apes, licensed comics are a vibrant part of the fan experience. What makes great licensed comics? IDW Publishing's Chris Ryall (Rom), Mark Wheatley (Jonny Quest), Andy Mangels (Wonder Woman '77 Meets the Bionic Woman), Ed Catto (Captain Action), BOOM! Studios' Dafna Pleban (Planet of the Apes), Topps Comics veteran Charlie Novinskie (Jurassic Park), and former Malibu publisher Dave Olbrich (Tarzan) join Overstreet' s J. C. Vaughn (Stargate Atlantis) to hash it out!

Saturday July 20, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 8

11:00am

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

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

12:00pm

Image Comics: The Inside Scoop on Comic Book Storytelling
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 11, 07:52PM
Bestselling writers David Walker (Bitter Root), Skottie Young (Middlewest), Joe Casey (JesusFreak), Cullen Bunn (Unearth), Ed Laroche (The Warning), Charles Soule (new project TBA), and Scott Snyder (new project TBA) give fans the inside scoop on their comic book storytelling techniques and world-building. Moderated by Geoff Boucher (genre editor at Deadline Hollywood).

Saturday July 20, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 7AB

1:00pm

Comics Arts Conference Session #11: Who is the Black Panther? The Psychology of Black Panther, Wakanda, and the Transformative Power of Comic Books
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 11, 05:04PM
Psychologists J. Scott Jordan (Illinois State University), Travis Langley (Henderson State University), Billy San Juan (Daredevil Psychology: The Devil You Know), and Eric Wesselmann (Illinois State University) along with comic book creators Don McGregor (Black Panther), Victor Dandridge, Jr. (Vantage:Inhouse Productions), and Alex Simmons (Blackjack) participate in an in-depth discussion of the psychological issues addressed in Black Panther comics, including microaggressions, cultural representation, social exclusion, gender roles, bullying, individualistic versus holist cultures, forms of collectivism, and the role of ritual in cultural sustainment. The panel addresses the psychological factors at play during the creation of the comic book world of Wakanda as well as the transformative influence of Black Panther comics on both the industry and the public.

Saturday July 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 26AB

1:30pm

Nerdist: Subverting the Hero's Journey
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 08, 08:54PM
Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix. All beloved stories that follow the hero's journey-the mythic structure of all great stories. Though many have explored why this ancient template has inspired so many great works, it's time to adjust our thinking for a modern age. What exactly is the hero's journey? How do some of pop culture's newest heroes-Captain Marvel, Miles Morales, Rey-follow or subvert this pattern? And what does the reaction to these characters say about the state of fandom and storytelling? Nerdist editor-in-chief Rachel Heine, Preeti Chhibber (author, Peter and Ned's Ultimate Travel Journal), Hector Navarro (host, DC Daily), Joshua Yehl (senior features and news editor, IGN), Danielle Radford (writer, ScreenJunkies), and Jessica Delfanti (narrative lead, Fable Labs) break down what it truly means to be a “hero.”

Saturday July 20, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 5AB

2:00pm

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

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

3:30pm

Skybound: Comic Books and Creators
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 11, 06:37PM
Sean Mackiewicz (Gasolina, SVP and editor-in-chief at Skybound), Daniel Warren Johnson (Murder Falcon, Extremity), Brandon Thomas (Excellence), and Khary Randolph (Excellence) come together to discuss their latest published works. Moderated by Brian Huntington (Skybound's VP of online content).

Saturday July 20, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 8

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

5:30pm

Diversity in Writing: Women Writers and Producers Take Charge in TV, Animation, Comics, Games, Online
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 09, 07:37PM
Award-winning diverse women writers and producers will discuss creating stories with strong diverse female characters across TV, animation, comics, and games; they'll also address the importance of diverse representation, getting started in writing, and their career paths from writing to executive producing top shows. Panelists include Nicole Dubuc (Star Wars Forces of Destiny, Rebels; producer of Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy; winner of WGA Animation Writing Award), Denise Downer (Marvel's Avengers Black Panther's Quest, Power Rangers: Beast Morphers), Keto Shimizu (DC's Legends of Tomorrow, executive producer and writer; Arrow), Silvia Olivas (Disney's Elena of Avalor, producer and writer; Moesha), Anne Toole (Horizon Zero Dawn, WGA Video Game Award winner; The Lizzie Bennet Diaries), Joelle Sellner (DC Super Hero Girls, Sonic Boom), and Gloria Shen (Disney Channel's Amphibia). Moderated by Kevin Winston, Digital LA, CEO.

Saturday July 20, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 26AB

6:00pm

Black and Queer in Popular Media
UPDATED: Sat, Jul 20, 05:01PM
Black representation has gained integral attention within the geek culture. However, Black Queer characters and stories continue to be limited or absent from the discussion. Prism Comics and moderator Viktor Kerney (StrangeLore, co-host of the MEGASHEEN podcast) and panelists Clarkisha Kent (Entertainment Weekly), Eric Cooper (Knight Seeker, CEO of Black Label ComiCon), Valerie Complex (Writer, Film Critic), and William O. Tyler (Ratboy, Theater of Terror: Revenge of the Queers; Cinephilia) discuss a myriad of topics from portrayals of Black Queer people across media platforms to Black Queer contributions to the sci-fi, fantasy, comics genre.

Saturday July 20, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 29AB

6:00pm

Elfquest: The Quest Continues
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 09, 01:29AM
Last year (2018) saw the conclusion of Elfquest: Final Quest and the wrap-up of a decades-long storyline and hero's journey. Ever since, readers have been wondering if that marked the end of Elfquest itself. The answer, of course, is no! Something new is coming from Team Elfquest and Dark Horse Comics, and it will be announced at Comic-Con. The creators, writers, and artists, Wendy Pini, Richard Pini, and Sonny Strait, will reveal plans for the Wolfriders for 2019 and beyond, and field any and all questions you may have.

Saturday July 20, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 23ABC

7:00pm

Spiritual Themes in Comics
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 09, 05:49PM
Spiritual Themes in Comics continues the always-lively discussion of spiritual themes in comics, television, and movies. This panel delves into how spirituality influences the entertainment industry and in turn impacts the culture's perception of spiritual influences. This is the 23rd year of the Spiritual Themes in Comics panel and panelists include Scott Mercano (Diablo Publishing), Travis Hanson (Beanleaf Press), B. Dave Walters (Vampire the Masquerade), Buzz Dixon (G.I. Joe), Hector Miray (Faith and Fandom), Goldie Chan (Forbes), and Kyle Keene (moderator).

Saturday July 20, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 4
 
Sunday, July 21
 

10:00am

The Open Meeting of the Christian Comic Arts Society
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 09, 04:49PM
In its 22nd year, the Open Meeting of the CCAS is where Christian professionals in the entertainment and education fields discuss their faith and how it influences them in their professions, their decisions, and the creative process. Panelists will include Sergio Cariello (Action Bible), Carmi Greene (actress/talent agent), Hector Miray (Faith and Fandom), Luis Serrano (Sampson), Joe Queen (Geeky Guys and Gals 4 God), Mario DeMatteo (Bear Truth Collective), and Kyle Keene (moderator).

Sunday July 21, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 28DE

11:00am

Manga: An Intro for Comics Fans
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 12, 07:37PM
Are you a comic fan who is also interested in anime and manga but don't really know how to dive in? These panelists are here to help. ComiXologist Taylor Morgan and Ivan Salazar ask an amazing panel of comics luminaries and tastemakers to recommend the best of manga past and present. These panelists include Deb Aoki (Anime News Network), Kel McDonald (The Stone King), Gabriela Downie (Looney Tunes Comics), and Chris Butcher (artistic director of The Toronto Comic Arts Festival). Tell them your favorite comic, movie, or TV show, and they'll give you a manga to match.

Sunday July 21, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 24ABC

11:00am

The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited! Graphic Novel
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 12, 04:40PM
In the second Adventure Zone graphic novel (adapted from the McElroy family's wildly popular D&D podcast), readers rejoin hero-adjacent sort-of-comrades-in-arms Taako, Magnus, and Merle on a wild careen through a D&D railroad murder mystery. This installment has a little of everything: a genius child detective, an axe-wielding professional wrestler, a surly wizard, cursed magical artifacts, and a pair of meat monsters. (You know, the usual things you find on a train.) Hear from co-creators of The Adventure Zone, Clint McElroy and Travis McElroy, as well as co-adapter and illustrator for the graphic novel, Carey Pietsch, to learn more about the Murder on the Rockport Limited. Moderated by Satine Phoenix (Sirens Show, Gilding Light).

Sunday July 21, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 7AB

1:45pm

Image Comics: The Road to the Historic SPAWN #300 and #301
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 11, 07:23PM
Come see Todd McFarlane (president at Image Comics, creator of SPAWN) and surprise guests from the superstar creative teams of SPAWN #300 and #301! This inside look at the creation of these record-breaking issues will jumpstart the celebration as SPAWN becomes the longest-running, creator-owned comic book in the world. Plus, new art reveals, giveaways, and more.

Sunday July 21, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Room 5AB

2:00pm

Diversity and Comics: Why Inclusion Matters
UPDATED: Sun, Jul 07, 09:46PM
John Semper, Jr. (Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Fox TV Animation), Kinitra Brooks (Searching for Sycorax: Black Women’s Hauntings of Contemporary Horror, 2017 Bram Stoker Award nominee), David Walker (Bitter Root, Image Comics and Legendary Pictures), Stanford Carpenter (Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival), and Jazmine Joyner (pop culture journalist, Rotten Tomatoes) discuss diversity, visibility, and inclusion in comics and popular culture, moderated by Aaron Grizzell (executive director of the NorcalMLK Foundation).

Sunday July 21, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 4