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Thursday, July 18

11:30am PDT

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 PDT
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

12:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

2:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

4:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 2

5:30pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 4
Friday, July 19

4:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 11

5:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 32AB

7:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 4
Saturday, July 20

11:00am PDT

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 PDT
Grand 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

12:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 2

5:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 4

5:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 23ABC

7:30pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 26AB
Sunday, July 21

3:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 29AB