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Thursday, July 18

10:00am PDT

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 PDT
Room 23ABC

1:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 23ABC

3:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 28DE
Friday, July 19

1:30pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 8

3:00pm PDT

Wherefore Dystopia and Darkness? Enjoying Creators' Wretched Unjust Societies
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 10, 04:35PM
Why do so many readers want to spend time in an imagined world or society in which people lead wretched, dehumanized, fearful lives? Authors Marie Lu (Rebel), Jess Rothenberg (The Kingdom), Rachel Caine (Sword and Pen), Richard Kadrey (The Grand Dark), Ally Condie (The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe), and S. L. Huang (Null Set) discuss the delights of dark works with Mallory O'Meara (The Lady from the Black Lagoon).

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

4:00pm PDT

Writing the Rules of Magic
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 08, 08:30PM
There is more science fiction and fantasy on TV and in the movies than ever before, and while these genres may seem like opportunities for a writer's imagination to run wild, in fact their stories benefit from rules and parameters. These guidelines help ground a writer's fancies and create a recognizable world for the characters. But coming up with the rules of magic and science fiction is more difficult than it seems. These professionals, who have created detailed, grounded worlds, tell how they did it: Deric Hughes (Arrow, The Flash, Warehouse 13), Jose Molina (Magic: The Gathering, The Tick), Julie Benson and Shawna Benson (Wu Assassins, The 100), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), Gennifer Hutchison (Better Call Saul, The Strain), Chris Dingess (Doom Patrol, Being Human, Manifest Destiny comic), Kieron Gillen (The Wicked & The Divine, Die), Adam Rogers (Wired magazine). Moderated by TV and comics writer Ben Blacker (DC's Hex Wives, The Thrilling Adventure Hour).

Friday July 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Room 25ABC

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
Saturday, July 20

10:00am PDT

Stellar Stories and Awesome Adventures
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 19, 06:27AM
It's a great big universe, filled with an amazing assortment of challenges and perils for characters to face and extraordinary encounters to discover. Boldly go forth with authors Maura Milan (Ignite the Stars and Eclipse the Skies), Mark Siegel (5 Worlds Book 3: The Red Maze), Tochi Onyebuchi (War Girls, Riot Baby), and Ashley Poston (Soul of Stars, The Princess and the Fangirl), in conversation with Maryelizabeth Yturralde of Mysterious Galaxy.

Saturday July 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Room 7AB

12:30pm PDT

Creating a Believable World in Life Is Strange 2
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 15, 10:00PM
The creators of Life Is Strange host an exclusive panel discussion! Join Raoul Barbet, co-creative director, and Jean-Luc Cano, lead writer of Life Is Strange and Life Is Strange 2, for an in-depth look at the genesis of Life Is Strange 2. Experience the backstory behind the narrative so far, discover behind-the-scenes secrets of the research involved in creating the game’s relatable characters, grounded settings and extraordinary events!

Saturday July 20, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Room 5AB

12:30pm PDT

Intro to TV Writing: From First Draft to Getting Staffed
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 10, 09:53PM
Moderator Spiro Skentzos (Arrow) and TV writers/showrunners Keto Shimizu (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Michael Narducci (The Vampire Diaries), Kira Snyder (Handmaid’s Tale), Michael D. Fuller (Locke & Key), and Averie Huffine (VP, Television Development, BOOM! Studios) discuss navigating the TV spec terrain, including beginner's mistakes, what they look for in a writer, and what it takes for you to write a killer spec that will stand above the crowd. There will be a huge Q&A component, so bring your questions.

Saturday July 20, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Room 24ABC

4:15pm PDT

Cursed with Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 09, 06:56PM
The Lady of the Lake finds her voice in Cursed, a twist on the tale of King Arthur--soon to be an original Netflix series starring Katherine Langford in 2020. Creators Tom Wheeler and legendary artist/producer/director Frank Miller (300, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Sin City) hold a not-to-be-missed discussion about their debut YA coming-of-age novel about Nimue, who grows from a sheltered priestess-in-training to a teenager hell-bent on revenge, and finally, to a young woman with the power to change the fate of the world.

Saturday July 20, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm PDT
Room 6DE

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

5:30pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 26AB

7:00pm PDT

Bold Voice of Contemporary Horror
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 19, 04:48PM
Love Midsommer? Mandy? Get Out? The Witch? The Invitation? The Babadook? It Follows? Some of the most knowledgeable and influential voices in horror today discuss the state of indie and studio horror film, as well as the rise of horror in television and streaming services, and give a sneak peek at the best to come this year, with exclusive footage from festival standouts including Little Monsters starring Lupita Nyong'o, The Lodge from Goodnight Mommy directors Severin Fiala and Veronica Franz, Daniel Isn’t Real starring Halloween (2018)’s Miles Robbins and Villains, starring Maika Monroe (It Follows, The Guest) and Bill Skarsgård (It, Castle Rock). This is the place to come to find out which upcoming horror flicks should be on your must-see list and discuss current trends in the horror genre. Panelists include Ryan Turek (VP of Development, Blumhouse), Mali Elfman (producer, Before I Wake, The Party's Just Beginning, co-founder of Fun Size Horror), Akela Cooper (writer/producer, American Horror Story, Luke Cage, The Nun 2) Gigi Saul Guerrero (writer/director, Hulu/Blumhouse’s Into The Dark), and Adam Egypt Mortimer (writer/director, Some Kind of Hate, Daniel Isn’t Real). Moderated by film critic Amy Nicholson (host, Halloween: Unmasked, Unspooled).

Saturday July 20, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Room 23ABC

7:00pm PDT

Meet the Story Innovators of Multi-Branching Games
UPDATED: Sun, Jul 07, 05:12PM
Love "Choose Your Own Adventure" genre video games? Find out more from the cast, writers, and directors behind some of the fan favorite multibranching games series ever made, as this panel dives into the writing, process, mo-cap, production, and memories along the way. Hear Chris Rebbert (The Walking Dead), Bryan Dechart and Amelia Rose Blaire (Detroit), Raoul Barbet (Life Is Strange), Ella Lentini (Until Dawn), and L. K. Shelley (Aggretsuko Moment) chat with moderator Jennie Kong (Summerland) about the future of this genre in games.

Saturday July 20, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Room 9
Sunday, July 21

11:00am PDT

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

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

12:30pm PDT

Fandom Meets YA
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 11, 10:30PM
Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Stranger Things, Firefly . . . it's a great time for those who love mystical, magical worlds. Bestselling and award-winning YA authors geek out over their favorite fandoms, discuss what's next now that Endgame and Game of Thrones are over, and chat about how a love of all things fandom translates into the world of YA lit! Panelists: Tricia Levenseller, author (Daughter of the Pirate King, Warrior of the Wild), Mary E. Pearson, author (The Kiss of Deception, Dance of Thieves), A. G. Howard, author (Roseblood, Stain), Mary Weber, author (To Best the Boys, The Evaporation of Sofi Snow), C. B. Lee, author (Not Your Sidekick, Seven Tears at High Tide).

Sunday July 21, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Room 23ABC

2:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 4