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Here’s the complete schedule for Thursday, 18th July:
Comic-Con Film School 101: Preproduction and Screenwriting
Comic-Con Film School is back for another four-day, nuts and bolts course on how to make a movie for very little money using available video technology and desktop postproduction software. Whether you’re shooting your first vampire film or that story about the leather-clad girl who hunts dimensional refugees, this course will take you from script to final product so that you too can enter your own movie into the CCI-IFF. This first class covers the specifics of preproduction on the cheap, including screenwriting, casting, scheduling, location scouting, crewing-up, and getting equipment for nothing. Panelists include Valerie Perez (producer/star, Paula Peril series), Jack Conway (writer/producer, Fear News), Vera Vanguard (producer, The Building of Good and Evil), Nick Murphy (writer/director, Pizza and Bullets), and Sean Rourke (writer, Ballistica).
Comic-Con International Meets Cartoon Club Italy: Fans Meet Fans
For the first time in history two major international conventions meet live online, giving birth to a never-before-attempted event. Two stages, two audiences, two countries, one passion. If you miss it, you won’t be able to say, “I was there.”
10:00am – 11:00am Room 28DE
Fantasy Art Panel
In the world of fantasy, the only limit is one’s imagination. Panelists (and Comic-Con 2013 special guests) Frank Brunner (MYTHOS), Todd Lockwood (Dungeons and Dragons), Wendy Pini (ElfQuest), Ruth Sanderson (The Twelve Dancing Princesses), Adam Hughes (Fairest), and Christopher Shy (Soul Stealer) discuss how they bring fantasy to life with moderator Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum). Thursday July 18, 2013 10:00am – 11:00am Room 5AB 1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Flesk Publications Exposed! The Artists Spill Their Guts! The Truth Behind the Spectrum Transition!
Sure, 10:00 is early but, OMG, with a lineup including Brom (The Art of Brom, Krampus), Terry Dodson (Red One, Uncanny X-Men), Mark Schultz (Xenozoic), and William Stout (Hallucinations, Legends of the Blues) talking new projects-and publisher John Fleskes frankly discussing the future of the renowned Spectrum Fantastic Art series-you really should get your butt out of bed!
10:00am – 11:00am Room 32AB
From Fan to Creator: Goal-Setting for Creative Types
Which side of the convention table do you want to be on: professional or fan? And what’s keeping you from getting there? If you’re having trouble bringing your creative ideas into reality, you need to attend this fun and informative workshop, designed specifically for the Comic-Con crowd and back for its seventh straight year. Douglas Neff, the “Tony Robbins of Geeks,” will give you simple and proven techniques for bringing your most important goals to life. Whether you want to write your first novel, draw your own comic, or shoot your independent film, you’ll walk away from this workshop with practical tools for helping you reach your dream.
10:00am – 11:00am Room 23ABC
Stars Josh Holloway (Lost), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and Marg Helgenberger (CSI) and executive producers Michael Seitzman (North Country), René Echevarria (Terra Nova, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), and Tripp Vinson discuss the new CBS dramatic thriller. Holloway plays Gabriel, a high-tech intelligence operative enhanced with a supercomputer microchip in his brain. With this implant, Gabriel is the first human ever to be connected directly into the worldwide information grid and have complete access to Internet, WiFi, telephone, and satellite data. He can hack into any data center and access key intel in the fight to protect the United States from its enemies. Leading the elite government cybersecurity agency created to support him is Director Lillian Strand (Helgenberger), a straightforward and efficient boss who oversees the unit’s missions. Strand assigns Riley Neal (Ory), a Secret Service agent, to protect Gabriel from outside threats, as well as from his appetite for reckless, unpredictable behavior and disregard for protocol. As the first supercomputer with a beating heart, Gabriel is the most valuable piece of technology the country has ever created and is the U.S.’s secret weapon. Join the cast and producers for an exclusive viewing of the first episode, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Debra Birnbaum, president and editor-in-chief, TV Guide magazine.
10:00am – 11:00am Ballroom 20
Marvel: Breaking into Comics the Marvel Way
Have a passion for the inner workings of the comics industry? Curious about breaking into the field as a writer or artist? Sit down with a group of Marvel professionals from every corner of the business and get insider tips, advice, and firsthand accounts of what it takes to start a career in comics today! Panelists include editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, talent scout C. B. Cebulski, and a slew of great Marvel talent!
10:00am – 11:00am Room 7AB
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Featuring Kevin Eastman A special discussion about all things TMNT featuring co-creator Kevin Eastman! Join Eastman and other members of the IDW Publishing TMNT creative brain trust, including editor Bobby Curnow and writer Tom Waltz, for what promises to be one shell of a fun and informative time! 10:00am – 11:00am Room 9
Toys 101: An Evolution of the Modern Action Figure
The Mattel Entertainment Brands Design Team presents a journey through the history and evolution of Mattel action figures. From Mattel’s earliest offerings through their latest brand launch of Max Steel, panelists will take you through the last 35 years of their action figure portfolio, highlighting the significant advances and design innovations of their brands throughout the years. Join in the Q&A with a panel of premier Mattel action figure designers and historians representing WWE, MOTU, DC, Max Steel, Man of Steel, and Batman. They will take on any and all questions you may have about Mattel’s many action figure brands.
10:00am – 11:00am Room 25ABC
MAD Screening and Q&A
The MADness continues in San Diego as MAD once again descends on Comic-Con with their usual-but mostly unusual-brand of hijinks and hilarity. Producers Kevin Shinick and Mark Marek and other hilarious minds from the show promise a wisecracking discussion about the series inspired by the beloved and bestselling humor magazine. Producers will also share new footage featuring all the fan-favorite elements of the show, from animated parodies and crazy commercials to pretend promos and classic gags. This panel is sure to leave everyone feeling MAD. From Warner Bros. Animation, MAD airs Mondays at 8:30/7:30c on Cartoon Network.
10:15am – 11:15am Room 6DE
35th Battlestar Galactica Celebration
Host Richard Hatch (Capt. Apollo, Tom Zarek), director Michael Nankin (BG, Defiance, Blood and Chrome), Dr. Kevin Grazier (consultant, Defiance, BG, Falling Skies, Caprica), producer/writer Michael Angeli (Battlestar Galactica), write/producer Kevin Murphy (Defiance, Battlestar), Michael Taylor (Battlestar, Caprica, Defiance), producer Paul Leonard (Battlestar, Caprica, Defiance), and surprise BG guests discuss and celebrate the 35-year history and future of the three Battlestar Glactica series and franchise. Includes Q&A, theatrical trailers and discussion.
10:30am – 11:30am Room 6BCF
Big Showmanship for Small Businesses
Artists and small business owners are not always assured financial success at conventions (there are good shows and bad shows), but they can assure their own marketing success through thoughtful planning and professional presentation. In today’s marketplace, image is everything, and there is no second chance for a first impression. Join ringleader Bob Self (Baby Tattoo Books, Baby Tattooville, Beyond Brookledge) along with a cast of creatively innovative business people for an unusually entertaining lesson in business as (un)usual.
10:30am – 11:30am Room 4
Comic Book Law School 101: I’m Going Bananas!
Ideas, characters, plots, designs, stories, paintings, photos, titles, names, logos, brands-it’s enough to drive one crazy if you don’t know your copyright from your trademark from your trade secret. But never fear-help is only a 90-minute program away. Noted IP attorney Michael Lovitz, author of The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, is back for his 20th anniversary of enlightening creators at Comic-Con. His series of programs are designed to provide you with a basic legal foundation in intellectual property and related areas, including securing and enforcing your rights, contracts and licensing, fair use, social media, and much more. This first installment focuses on the basics-that is, understanding your intellectual property rights and how to protect them, focusing on protection and ownership of ideas, inventions, works of authorship, characters, brands and names, from conception through publication and beyond. Attendees are invited to participate in an interactive discussion about basic rights provided under U.S. copyright and trademark laws, including their intersection with new media, as well as new decisions and changes in the law and how they could affect those rights. Along the way, there will be plenty to learn about the protections available, as well as the numerous potential pitfalls, under the U.S. trademark and copyright systems. Please note: The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and practice tips 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.].
10:30am – 12:00pm Room 30CDE
Comics Arts Conference Session #1: Comics and the Violent Past
Ghenwa Hayek (Claremont McKenna College) examines how graphic fiction has flourished in Lebanon as a postwar generation copes with the burden of memories and a younger generation thirsts to know more. Andrew J. Friedenthal (University of Texas at Austin) compares Justice Society of America comics in the Golden Age with the 1980s’ retconned account of their World War II adventures to show how escapist literature helps us deal with history as it happens and after. Sam Cannon (University of Texas at Austin) investigates how Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá’s graphic novel Daytripper calls into question racial and national identities as well as the possibility of survival in contemporary Brazil.
10:30am – 12:00pm Room 26AB
How to Get News Coverage for Small Press Publishers
What makes the difference between an item that will get news coverage, previews, or interviews, and what doesn’t? Many publishers have no idea what to submit to the press, how to submit it, and why they are being overlooked for coverage. Comic journalist Rik Offenberger (First Comics News, Archie Comics) moderates this panel on just what it takes to get coverage, with the comic journalists themselves telling you what they are looking for in your submission. Panelists include (in alphabetical order) Albert Ching (Newsarama), Glenn Hauman (Comic Mix), Holly Golightly (BroadSword Comics), Rich Johnston (Bleeding Cool), Alan Kistler (Comic Mix), Heidi MacDonald (The Beat), Chris Squires (Buckley Radio), Tanya Tate (First Comics News), Chris Thompson (First Comics News), J. C. Vaughn (The Scoop), Josh Waldrop (M1W Entertainment), and Bryan Young (Huffington Post, Big Shiny Robot). Find out what it takes to self-promote and make a significant impact on your ability to sell your comic.
10:30am – 11:30am Room 8
Paranormal Passion Panel
Authors discuss the inclusion of romantic elements in their action-packed novels. Protagonists must battle the forces of evil while trying to keep the world (and often their lovers) safe from destruction. Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy leads a discussion with Comic-Con special guest Christine Feehan (The Dark Series), Claudia Gray (Spellcaster), Aprilynne Pike (Earthbound), Lauren Kate (The Fallen Novels), Kendare Blake (Antigoddess), and Magnus Flyte (City of Dark Magic).
10:30am – 11:30am Room 24ABC
The Anatomy of Superhero Film Music: Bringing a Comic Book to Life
Leading Hollywood film directors and composers-including composer Marco Beltrami with director James Mangold (The Wolverine), composer Brian Tyler with director Shane Black (Iron Man 3), composer Henry Jackman (X-Men: First Class, Captain America: Winter Soldier) with director Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class), composer Christopher Lennertz (Marvel: Agent Carter), composer John Debney (Iron Man 2, Sin City) and music supervisor Dave Jordan (The Avengers)-discuss the creation of the musical voice behind the hero. Following in tradition with a long-running franchise, the panelists will explore the challenges faced when bringing a comic book character to life and giving that character a voice. Additionally, composers will discuss working with directors and how they work together to convey the story of the character. Composers will discuss creating a theme, transforming the theme throughout the storyline, and following the often uphill battle that our heroes travel. All panelists will show examples of their work. With Q&A moderated by Ray Costa (award-winning journalist/ CEO of Costa Communications, a leading film music public relations firm).
10:30am – 11:30am Room 6A
Bongo Comics Turns 20/United Plankton Swimtacular
Creative director Nathan Kane, managing editor Terry Delegeane, Bongo Digital Media director Bill Morrison, and Eisner Award-winning writer Ian Boothby give you the lowdown on Bongo Comics Group and 20 years of making the best humor comic books in the business. Find out what’s in store for the next twenty years and what’s in stores in the months to come! Also, Chris Duffy, managing editor of United Plankton Pictures, will serve up some mollusky morsels about the ongoing and seagoing adventures in SpongeBob Comics.
11:00am – 12:00pm Room 9
Comic-Con How-To: Point of View: What’s the Point?
With so many terms and styles, diving into the mechanics of the craft of writing can be scary. And point of view (POV) can be one of the toughest to tackle. Yet, if used correctly, POV is a wonderful and powerful tool that is the backbone of your story. Award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake helps break this piece of the writing puzzle down into something you can use to enhance your writing style.
11:00am – 12:00pm Room 2
Hasbro: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters
Members of the Hasbro and Hasbro Studios team as well as special guests give fans a peek behind the curtain of the popular animated series currently airing on the Hub TV Network. Attendees will learn details about the upcoming epic conclusion of the award-winning series, including the Predacons Rising DVD launching in October and a TV movie event airing on the Hub.
11:00am – 12:00pm Room 25ABC
Illustration and Comic Art: History of Twin Mediums
Comic art, beginning in the early 20th century as comic strips before evolving into comic books, has always been a fount of incredible, and incredibly beautiful pure illustration. Comic book historian and member of The Society of Illustrators Arlen Schumer (author/designer of the award-winning coffee table book The Silver Age of Comic Book Art) presents a “VisuaLecture”-his super-graphic approach to staid art history presentations-that provides a historical overview of the twin mediums and how they’ve intersected.
11:00am – 12:00pm Room 28DE
Stars Matt Lanter (90210, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights), and Grey Damon (Secret Circle, Nine Lives of Chloe King), along with executive producers Adele Lim (One Tree Hill), Meredith Averill (The Good Wife), Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (Mission Impossible, Alias), and Scott Rosenberg (Gone In 60 Seconds, Con Air) invite you to get a first look at the futuristic epic romance tale, Star-Crossed. When an spacecraft crash-landed in Emery’s (Teegarden) small town when she was only 6, whether the aliens came in peace or with more sinister intentions didn’t matter: a fierce battle erupted as humans fought for control over their new rivals, an alien species called the Atrians. In the midst of the conflict, Roman (Lanter), a 6-year-old Atrian boy, found his way to a shed behind Emery’s house, where she protected him from harm. In their brief time together, Emery and Roman forged a deep bond, but the authorities wasted no time tracking Roman down and capturing him. Emery has grown up believing that Roman was killed that day. Ten years later, in 2024, the Atrians have been acclimated to life on Earth, but they are interred in a heavily guarded camp known as the Sector to keep them separate from humans. Now, for the first time, a group of Atrian teens will enroll in a suburban human high school, with the goal of testing the feasibility of human/alien integration. The eyes of the nation and the whole world are fixed on this historical social experiment, an endeavor fraught with suspicion and fear. In the mayhem of the first day, Emery is amazed to learn that Roman was not killed by the authorities and is, in fact, one of the Atrian students. Their childhood bond is quickly rekindled. In a school and a society that distrusts everything about the Atrians, Emery and Roman have found each other again. However, their relationship is threatened by the small-mindedness of their respective communities and the political agendas of people in power. While the world around them rages with anger and prejudice, their bond becomes increasingly strong and increasingly dangerous. As an epic Romeo and Juliet romance unfolds, a violent encounter between their two families could threaten their relationship. Can Roman and Emery’s love-and peace between the species-survive? The cast and producers offer an exclusive first look at the series, followed by a panel discussion.
11:00am – 12:00pm Ballroom 20
The Secrets of Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy
Successful novelists, screenwriters, and actors each bring a different perspective to a discussion of how to write science fiction and fantasy. Raymond Feist (The Riftwar Saga, The Serpentwar Saga, Conclave of Shadows), David Gerrold (Star Trek, The War Against the Chtorr, Star Wolf), Marc Scott Zicree (Space Command, Babylon 5, Sliders, The Twilight Zone Companion), Trevor Crafts (Lantern City, Smokewood), Matthew James Daley (Lantern City, Lantern City: Rise), Jimmy Diggs (The Crypto-Historians, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager), Matt King (The World of Steam), and Bruce Boxleitner (TRON, Babylon 5, Lantern City). Moderated by Mark O’Bannon (The Dream Crystal, The Dark Mirrors of Heaven, Aia the Barbarian).
11:00am – 12:00pm Room 32AB
The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards: Celebrating 25 Years
The comics industry’s “Oscars” turn 25 this year. What are some of the highlights of past Eisner ceremonies? Who has received the most awards and the most nominations over the years? How has the awards program evolved with changes in the comics industry? What is the effect of having a nomination on a creator or a title? Panelists will address these questions and many more. Featuring Jonathan Ross (British talk show host and Eisner Awards presenter), Bill Morrison (Simpsons cartoonist and past Eisner MC), Maggie Thompson (past CBG editor and awards presenter), past multiple award-winner Todd Klein (best letterer), and some surprises! Moderated by Eisner Awards Administrator Jackie Estrada.
11:00am – 12:00pm Room 7AB
The Witty Women of Steampunk
Corsets, werewolves, airships, robots, women in pants! Steampunk is all this and more. While the Victorian era was marked by constraint, adding a sci-fi twist has allowed women creators to reimagine this world and loosen those cultural corset strings. They are exploring how liberating, sexy, and adventurous the age of steam can be. Robin Blackburn (The League of S.T.E.A.M.), Anina Bennett (Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel), Kaja Foglio (Girl Genius), Jaymee Goh (Silver Goggles), Claire Hummel (Bioshock: Infinite), and moderator Dina Kampmeyer (LadySteam) discuss literature, fashion, romance, adventure, multiculturalism, and more.
11:00am – 12:00pm Room 5AB
TwoMorrows Turns 20
Since 1994, TwoMorrows Publishing has been producing comics’ best and most insightful historical books and magazines. Publisher John Morrow (editor, the Jack Kirby Collector), Jon B. Cooke (editor, Comic Book Collector), Keith Dallas (editor, American Comic Book Chronicles), and Roy Thomas (industry legend and editor of Alter Ego) present a revealing look at the ins and outs of their ongoing efforts to bring a new day to comics fans.
11:00am – 12:00pm Room 23ABC
Video Games to Movies: Is the Golden Age Upon Us?
Join some of the top industry professionals as they discuss the challenges, opportunities and the future of what many are calling the next dominant supplier of franchise films to the studios: Video Game-based movies! Are we in for the long anticipated “Golden Age” of video game to movie adaptations? Expect surprises and a glimpse into what is on the horizon for some of the biggest video game characters/franchises as they begin their journey towards the silver screen! Panelists include Adrian Askarieh (Hitman, Agent 47), Tim Miller (Blur Studios, attached to direct Deadpool feature), Justin Marks (producer, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li), Patrick J O’Brien (VP of EA Entertainment, currently developing films based on Need for Speed, Dead Space, Mass Effect and Dante’s Inferno), C. Robert Cargill (Sinister, Dreams and Shadows, Queen of Dark Things, Deus X), and moderator Ben Fritz of The Wall Street Journal.
11:00am – 12:00pm Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Avatar Press: Vicious Comics and Wicked Creators
New York Times bestselling author Max Brooks joins Avatar publisher William Christensen to give the scoop on new projects and creators joining the industry’s most groundbreaking, risk-taking publisher! Want insight into the hottest titles from such industry luminaries as Garth Ennis, Alan Moore, and Max Brooks? Can’t get enough Crossed: Badlands, Uber, or Extinction Parade? Want to hear breaking news on upcoming projects? Find out what new terrors and triumphs this rogue publisher will unleash in the months ahead, and get your questions answered by the publisher!
11:30am – 12:30pm Room 4
DC Entertainment: All Access
At DC Entertainment, there’s never been a better time to be a comics fan! Find out what DC’s top talent is has been up to! With Brain Buccellato (Flash), Mark Buckingham (Fables), Derek Fridolfs (Batman: Arkham Unhinged, Li’l Gotham), Adam Hughes (Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan), Geoff Johns (Aquaman, Justice League, Justice League of America), Jeff Lemire (Green Arrow, Justice League Dark), Gail Simone (Batgirl, The Movement), Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us), and more!
11:30am – 12:30pm Room 6DE
Masters of the Web
Some of the most prominent and influential film pundits on the web discuss the film industry, writing for film online, film fandom, and a whole lot more with a special focus on the world of horror this year. Moderated by the director and writer of the upcoming Lionsgate film You’re Next, Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett. Panelists include Ryan Turek (ShockTillYouDrop.com), Evan Dickson (Bloody-Disgusting.Com), Grae Drake (RottenTomatoes.Com), Heather Wixson (DreadCentral.Com), Lawrence Raffel (FearNet.com), James “Jimmy O” Oster (JoBlo.com), and hosted by John Campea (AMC Theatres). AMC is generously providing free movies passes to all attendees of the panel this year!
11:30am – 12:30pm Room 24ABC
Spotlight on Dan Parent
Join a discussion of Comic-Con special guest Dan Parent’s 26-year career at Archie Comics. Moderator Chris Thompson (Orbital Comics) and colleague Rik Offenberger (Archie Comics) will take part in a lively discussion concerning what it’s like writing and drawing America’s favorite teenage line of comics. Topics will include developments Dan has spearheaded in moving Archie comics forward, such as redesigning and revamping Betty and Veronica, creating new and diverse storylines like “Archie Loves Valerie,” and the creation of Archie’s first gay character, Kevin Keller.
11:30am – 12:30pm Room 8
Dreamworks Animation Filmmaker Focus
Join chief creative officer Bill Damaschke and directors David Soren (Turbo), Rob Minkoff (Peabody & Sherman), and Dean DeBlois (How to Train Your Dragon 2) as they discuss putting a great story through the animation process and onto the screen. Moderated by Anthony Breznican (Entertainment Weekly).
11:45am – 12:45pm Room 6A
Inside the Looking Glass: Building Halo Worlds and Wonders, Past, Present…and Future
Spartans Unite! Frank O’Connor (franchise development director), Dan Ayoub (executive producer), and other 343 Industries personnel celebrate and discuss the exciting new addition to the Halo universe Halo: Spartan Assault, the new comic book series from Dark Horse Comics, Halo: Initiation, and with some “Mega” surprises. Panelists include Nick McWhorter (director of custom programs, Dark Horse Comics), Graeme Jennings (senior producer, 343 Industries), Martin de la Ronde (creative director, Vanguard), and Brian Reed (franchise writer, Halo).
11:45am – 12:45pm Room 6BCF
The 14th Annual Animation Show of Shows
Ron Diamond (program curator, president of Acme Filmworks and AWN.com) presents the best and newest in international animation. Included is Disney’s Oscar winning Paperman along with 10 animated shorts culled from the most notable festivals from around the world. Shows annually at Pixar, Dreamworks, Disney, ILM, Blue Sky, Sony, EA, UCLA, SVA, USC, SCAD, NYU, RISD, Harvard and CalArts.
11:50am – 12:50pm Hall H
Beauty And The Beast
Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) and Jay Ryan (Terra Nova) along with executive producers Jennifer Levin (Without a Trace), and Sherri Cooper (Brothers and Sisters), invite all #Beasties to join them for an exclusive discussion of what is ahead for #VinCat and the sophomore season of the breakout fan-favorite series from the CW network. Beauty and the Beast, winner of the People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama, is a modern adaptation of a beloved fairy tale. In the second season, Detective Catherine Chandler (Kreuk), shaken to the core that everything she knows has been a lie, is determined to get answers to the secrets that have been revealed about her family. Cat must also try to navigate her evolving relationship with handsome doctor Vincent Keller (Ryan), who struggles with becoming a terrifying beast when he is enraged, unable to control his super-strength and heightened senses. Cat and Vincent continue to grapple with the desire to be a normal couple while trying to keep a low profile from Muirfield, now on the hunt for both of them. Join the cast and producers for a panel discussion moderated by Jenna Busch from Fanhattan.com.
12:00pm – 12:45pm Ballroom 20
Bill Plympton’s Cheatin’ and Kickstarter Funding for Animation
Two-time Oscar-nominated director Bill Plympton (Idiots and Angels) will preview his new animated feature Cheatin’. He will screen pencil tests and finished sequences and discuss the successful Kickstarter campaign that raised funds to complete the film, plus his plans for distribution. Bill will also screen some of the short films from his new DVD release Dogs and Cows and answer questions about his career. Plus, all attendees will receive a free Bill Plympton sketch!
12:00pm – 1:00pm Room 23ABC
CBLDF: Banned Comics!
Every year comics are banned in libraries all over the United States; learn how you can fight back! In recent years, comics that have been targeted for bans include all-ages classics like Bone by Jeff Smith and Dragonball by Akira Toriyama, as well as acclaimed books for adult readers like Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and others. Learn more about what comics have been banned and challenged, why comics are banned, and how you can help by being a part of CBLDF’s efforts for Banned Book Week!
12:00pm – 1:00pm Room 30CDE
Comedy Legends of TV Land
The Comedy Legends of TV Land panel gets you up close and personal with the most hilarious and adored sitcom stars in TV history-many of whom now star in original sitcoms on TV Land! Talent from shows airing on TV Land like Hot in Cleveland, Kirstie, The Soul Man, Happily Divorced, and The Exes will be on hand. The panel invites fans of all ages to ask the stars questions about their current projects, their favorite sitcoms past and present, and making it in the world of TV comedy. Exclusive content includes a Comic-Con-only sneak peek at TV Land’s newest series, Kirstie.
12:00pm – 1:00pm Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Comics Arts Conference Session #2: Geek Therapy: How Superheroes Empower All of Us
Psychologist Patrick O’Connor (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology; Comicspedia) and licensed psychotherapist Josué Cardona (Geek Therapy podcast) discuss geek culture, the psychology of superheroes, and the therapeutic value of comics. Laura Vecchiolla and Elizabeth Smith (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology) and licensed psychologists Frank Gaskill and Dave Verhaagen (Southeast Psych) join them to provide the ultimate expertise on the healing power of superheroes. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight) moderates.
12:00pm – 1:00pm Room 26AB
Editing Comics: The BOOM! Studios Way
BOOM! Studios creators Brian Stelfreeze (Wednesday Comics, The Day Men), Paul Jenkins (Wolverine: Origin, Deathmatch), and Eric Esquivel (Freelancers), along with editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon and editor Dafna Pleban, look into the editing secrets of one of the comic book industry’s leading independent publishers and discuss editing dos and don’ts.
12:00pm – 1:00pm Room 28DE
Hasbro: Transformers 30th Anniversary
One of pop culture’s most prolific brands kicks off its 30th anniversary celebration at Comic-Con International! Join members of the Transformers brand and design team to celebrate the legacy of “Robots in Disguise” and get a “More Than Meets The Eye” first look at the Thrilling 30 line of special-edition action figures. Transformers team members will also host a Q&A for your burning Transformers questions!
12:00pm – 1:00pm Room 25ABC
Rich Johnston’s Bleeding Cool Magazine Forum
BleedingCool.com is the premiere source for breaking news and entertainment in the comic book industry. British comics journalist Rich Johnston discusses Bleeding Cool Magazine and the major events being covered at San Diego this year. Johnston makes a special appearance stateside to talk about the upcoming Top 100 Comic Industry Power Rankings and upcoming features for the #1 ranked comics magazine. Get ready to hear exclusive breaking news from Rich Johnston and the secrets behind the biggest comics events of 2013!
12:00pm – 1:00pm Room 32AB
Spotlight on Chris Samnee
Stop by for a chat and Q&A session with Comic-Con special guest and Eisner Award nominee Chris Samnee, moderated by his collaborator, Mark Waid (writer of Daredevil, Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom, Irredeemable).
12:00pm – 1:00pm Room 7AB
Spotlight on Ruth Sanderson
Award-winning illustrator and Comic-Con special guest Ruth Sanderson (The Twelve Dancing Princesses) will give a visual presentation on her career as a fantasy artist and fairy tale author/illustrator, and on her move to a more graphic format for a fairy tale for older children. Ruth’s work has appeared in fantasy magazines and on many book covers, and she has illustrated over 80 books for children. Her artwork can be seen in Spectrum, and she was the 2011 Artist Guest of Honor at the World Fantasy Convention in San Diego.
12:00pm – 1:00pm Room 9
The Pitching Hour
Jermaine Turner (director, current series, Disney TV Animation), Ted Biaselli (VP programming, The Hub Network), Jill Sanford (VP, Nickelodeon Animation Development), Derek Hoffman (VP, Donner Co.), Ivan Brandon (writer/publisher, Offset Comics), Charlie Chu (editor, Oni Press), Lindsay Rostal (game producer, The Odd Gentlemen), Jennie Kong (PR strategist), and moderator Dan Evans III (freelance writer, Stoopid Monkey), will take an idea from conception through production for various media. This process will include creating a pitch document, obtaining agents, and getting a pitch meeting. The panelists will explain, through hypothetical example 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 Brendan McFeely (IP lawyer, Kane Kessler) to give creators insight on protecting their ideas as they navigate Hollywood! Thursday 12:00pm – 1:00pm Room 5AB
Comic-Con How-To: Motion Books: Why They Are the Future
Angelo Sotiro and creators of Madefire Motion Books present a special preview of upcoming books to be made available on deviantART and Madefire, with an exclusive look at how the books were made and how you can use the Madefire software yourself. Top artists and writers will reveal their secrets and inspirations. 12:15pm – 1:15pm Room 2
Bringing Digital Comics into Schools and Libraries
Josh Elder (account director, iVerse Media)is joined by David Eicke (publishing marketing manager, VIZ Media) and Jesse Post (marketing director, Papercutz/NBM) to discuss how digital comics, graphic novels, and manga are the next killer apps for 21st century schools and libraries.
12:30pm – 1:30pm Room 24ABC
Dave McKean: Blue Tree
Tree roots as neural networks, the lunacy of Luna, the creation of wolves, the cooking of compost and glimpses of Sandman — all this and more in an interview panel with artist/writer/musician/director/Mac worrier Dave McKean.
12:30pm – 1:30pm Room 4
Spotlight on Gene Deitch
Comic-Con special guest Gene Deitch is a legendary cartoonist, animator, Academy Award-winning filmmaker, and creator of Tom Terrific. Join him for a tour thru his 70-year career, including his years directing cartoons for UPA and Weston Woods, as well as creating the comic strip Terr’ble Thompson and crossing paths with everyone from Pete Seeger and John Lee Hooker to Maurice Sendak and Jules Feiffer. Moderated by animation historian Jerry Beck and famed movie critic and author-and Comic-Con special guest-Leonard Maltin!
12:30pm – 1:30pm Room 8
Cartoon Network: Annoying Orange
The cast and crew of Annoying Orange offer a slam-packed, manic musical mash-up, featuring an exclusive look into the show’s unique production process, an epic episode premiere, a live musical number, a Toby Turner dance, and insight into the emerging creative bridge between Internet and traditional television entertainment. Panel includes Dane Boedigheimer (creator, Orange, Pear, Midget Apple, Marshmallow), Toby Turner (Nerville), iJustine (Passion Fruit), Tom Kenny (Coconut, Guava), Rob Paulsen (Broccoli Alien Overlord), Tom Sheppard (co-creator, director, Li’l Squishy, Old Man Banana), Gary Binkow (EP), and Conrad Montgomery (Cartoon Network creative executive).
12:45pm – 1:45pm Room 6DE
After a pair of droids set the world on fire in a galaxy far, far away, Hanna-Barbera reconvened their super-terrific Sixties space superheroes for a second round of intergalactic adventures. Joining the already iconic masterpieces of Alex Toth design Space Ghost and the Herculoids were newcomers Teen Force and Astro and the Space Mutts (yes, THAT Astro) – and best of all, the heroes would frequently unite in fantastic team-up finales. Warner Archive Collection presents a look at the legacy of Space Ghost and the Herculoids, preview the upcoming release of Space Stars, take a detour to examine everyone’s favorite pre-historic superhero Captain Caveman, and discuss a very special upcoming Blu-ray release. Join WAC Podcast hosts Matthew Patterson and DW Ferranti and notable guests James Tucker (Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox) and Steven Melching (Batman: The Brave and the Bold) for this entertaining survey of some truly super-toons.
12:45pm – 1:30pm Room 6A
Batman: Arkham Origins
Witness the next installment in the blockbuster videogame franchise. Developed by WB Games Montréal, Batman: Arkham Origins features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline set several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Taking place before the rise of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals, the game showcases a young and unrefined Batman as he faces a defining moment in his early career as a crimefighter that sets his path to becoming the Dark Knight. As the story unfolds, players will meet many important characters for the first time and forge key relationships. Get the latest reveals from a panel headed by WB Games Montréal creative director Eric Holmes and actors Roger Craig Smith (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Troy Baker (The Last of Us, Bioshock Infinite), the voices of Batman and the Joker, respectively. Batman: Arkham Origins will be released worldwide on October 25.
1:00pm – 2:00pm Room 6BCF
CBLDF’s Comics on Trial, Part 1-A National Disgrace: Moral Panic and the Birth of the Comics Code
CBLDF proudly debuts Comics on Trial-a new lecture series covering the history of comics censorship and the court cases that changed the medium. In part 1, witness how comics were under attack from the very beginning! Attacks in the popular media gave way to comics burnings in the 1940s. This sparked a wildfire of moral panic culminating with the U.S. government investigating comics before a national audience in 1954 where the face-off between Frederic Wertham and William Gaines changed the medium forever. CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein tells the sordid tale.
1:00pm – 2:00pm Room 30CDE
Comics Arts Conference Session #3: Crossover Series: Comics to College Writing
Writing instructors Rich Shivener (Northern Kentucky University), John Silvestro (Miami University), and Alex Jenkin (Miami University) discuss how they incorporate Batman, Scott McCloud, Will Eisner, and select indie comics into freshman-level college courses with diverse audiences, even those who are not fans of comics, considering both comics and academic writing as different methods to express arguments, narratives, and ideas. They reveal how students can use academic writing to analyze, realize, and understand comics and use comics to think about the limitations of academic writing and what it can and cannot show.
1:00pm – 2:00pm Room 26AB
Dark Horse: (Super)Powered by Creators
The latter half of 2012 saw the return of two of Dark Horse’s classic characters, Ghost and X, the appearance of new faces like Michael Avon Oeming’s The Victories and Francesco Francavilla’s The Black Beetle, and the reimagination a hero from yesteryear, Captain Midnight! Join Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson, PR director Jeremy Atkins, and a cast of the industry’s top talent, including Joe Casey (Catalyst, Sex), Francesco Francavilla (The Black Beetle), Duane Swierczynski (X, Two Past Midnight), Joshua Williamson (Captain Midnight, Masks and Mobsters), Tim Seeley and Mike Norton (Revival, The Occultist), along with comics newcomer Donny Cates (Buzzkill), for a look at an exciting new cast of characters!
1:00pm – 2:00pm Room 23ABC
Digital Comics Beyond the U.S.
The ways digital comics reach their audience overseas are often very different from how it’s done in the States. Deb Aoki (MangaComicsManga.com), Laurent Duvault (Izneo), Henry Flint (Aces Weekly), Ben Smith (2000AD), and Russell Willis (Panel Nine) discuss the digital and mobile comics landscape in the U.K., Europe, and Japan with moderator Douglas Wolk.
1:00pm – 2:00pm Room 32AB
Gender in Comic Books
Ball State University professor Christina Blanch moderates a sincere discussion on the topic of gender in comics with Mark Waid (Daredevil, Insufferable, Irredeemable), Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel, Avengers Academy), Grace Randolph (Supurbia), Meredith Gran (Octopus Pie), and George Pérez (The Brave and The Bold).
1:00pm – 2:00pm Room 28DE
Ghost Ghirls: A Behind-the-Scenes Paranormal Experience with Jack Black
Hey Comic-Con! Jack Black is bringing his new quirky web series Ghost Ghirls to you. Ghost Ghirls follows the hilarious antics of two very blonde best friends, Heidi and Angelica, as they attempt to juggle their personal and professional lives-as ghostbusters. Each episode details the adventures of the funny duo as they work to solve the mysteries behind paranormal phenomena while attempting to convince their clients, some otherworldly visitors, and themselves, that they are legit. The show stars Amanda Lund and Maria Blasucci as the two paranormal investigators. It was created by Drunk History’s Jeremy Konner, along with stars Lund and Blasucci. You will see exclusive episodes before they premiere online. Executive producer and comedic genius Jack Black will join the creators to ghoul-out for an interactive panel session, share the inspiration for the show, and answer questions.
1:00pm – 2:00pm Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront 1:
Insights for Independent Creators
The Antidote Trust teams up with comics/TV animation creative force Brandon Easton for 2 hours of in-depth discussions. Preceding “The Writer’s Journey: Breaking into Hollywood and Comic Scriptwriting” panel, this first hour concentrates on independent comic creation-what you’ll need to know for a chance at success. Here’s (not too much of) a spoiler alert: you’ll need to tell a good story and doing so in a fresh way. Panelists are BuyIndieComics.com and DWAP Productions creator Dale Wilson; Todd Harris, story illustrator with well over a decade of experience in film, TV, video games and print and co-founder of Genre19 (Prodigal for Ape Entertainment, Journeymen for Dark Horse); Dani Dixon, entrepreneur/creator of Tumble Creek Press; Larry Welch, former senior art editor at Malibu Comics and currently freelance comic book inker for Marvel and Black Inc! Imprints; Andre Owens, Force Galaxia creator and founder of Hiro Unlimited entertainment enterprise; and TV and film story illustrator, comics creator, and winner of the inaugural “Glyph” Rising Star Award Robert Roach. DeWayne Copeland, co-creator and producer of the indie superhero web-series CV Nation, moderates.
1:00pm – 2:00pm Room 9
Marvel: House of Ideas
Love having the best comics in the industry on your mobile devices? Want to know how Marvel stays on the cutting edge of technology while bringing you what you love? Want to learn more about Infinite Comics? Well, this panel is for you, True Believer! Get exciting news from Ryan Penagos (executive editorial director of digital), C. B. Cebulski (SVP, creator and content development), and Arune Singh (director of communications) on what’s happening with the Marvel Comics App, Marvel Dot Com, Marvel’s vast social media presence, and more in this can’t-miss panel!
1:00pm – 2:00pm Room 7AB
Mattel and WWE: Bring on the Action!
Here’s your chance to attend Miz TV with special guest Dolph Ziggler! The Miz hosts as Mattel toy designers Bill Miekina and Michael Kadile and manager of marketing Mitchell Cameron discuss the latest in WWE action figure news and give sneak peeks at upcoming product. You never know what surprises are in store! 1:00pm – 2:00pm Room 25ABC
Superman: The Julie Schwartz Era
In celebration of Superman’s 75th Birthday, we look back at the Man of Steel in comics’ Bronze Age. In 1970, veteran editor Julius Schwartz assumed command of the primal hero and charted a course for a new generation. On hand to discuss it are many of the writers who worked with Julie in keeping Superman flying high: Gerry Conway, Martin Pasko, Marv Wolfman, Elliot S! Maggin, and moderator Mark Evanier.
1:00pm – 2:00pm Room 5AB
USA Network’s Psych
For the fifth year running, cable TV’s most beloved fake psychic detective series is bringing its signature brand of humor, pop culture nostalgia and delicious flavor to Comic-Con. Fans will get a unique, interactive peek behind the pineapple as the show’s creative team discuss Psych’s long-anticipated musical episode and upcoming season, share exclusive video content, and take audience questions galore. The panel, moderated by Psych guest star and ‘80s icon and fan favorite Cary Elwes (Pierre Despereaux), features stars James Roday (Shawn Spencer), Dulé Hill (Burton “Gus” Guster), Maggie Lawson (Juliet O’Hara), Tim Omundson (Carlton Lassiter), Kirsten Nelson (Chief Karen Vick), and Corbin Bernsen (Henry Spencer), as well as producers Steve Franks (creator and executive producer), Kelly Kulchak (executive producer), and Chris Henze (executive producer). Hilarious hijinks are highly likely to ensue.
1:00pm – 2:00pm Ballroom 20
At the movies, it seems there’s so much science fiction, but so little science. Sebastian Cordero’s Europa Report seeks to change that. The film depicts a near-future crewed mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa, seeking evidence for life in an ocean beneath the moon’s icy surface. The movie uses current science to tell a story of discovery and danger. This panel features the film’s crew and cast, alongside scientists involved with a NASA concept for a real robotic spacecraft, the Europa Clipper, designed to investigate the mysteries of Europa, including whether it has the elements to support life. Participants include Sebastian Cordero (director, Rage and Chronicles), Bear McCreary (composer, Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead), producer Ben Browning, and actress Karolina Wydra, alongside JPL scientists Steve Vance and Kevin Hand. The panel will be moderated by astronomer Dr. Phil Plait (Slate magazine, Phil Plait’s Bad Universe). Space.com called the film “One of the most thrilling and realistic depictions of deep-space exploration since Moon and 2001: A Space Odyssey.”
1:10pm – 2:20pm Hall H
Comic-Con How-To: Advanced Digital Inking Techniques
Learn how to digitally ink and take all your black-and-white artwork to the next level. Comics artist Brian Haberlin will delve into Photoshop’s treasure trove of features old and new-as well as features in other programs-that not only enhance comic applications but make possible countless creative pen and ink opportunities rarely seen before. If you’re serious about your black-and-white artwork, this session is a must.
1:30pm – 2:45pm Room 2
Digital Development and Marketing Your Comic, Web Series, App or Game: Kickstarter
Experts discuss digital development and marketing for your digital projects, including your comic, web series, app, game, or Kickstarter. Panelists include Bernie Su (The Lizzie Bennet Diaries), Matt Enlow (Squaresville) and Brian Norgard (Chill CEO), moderated by Kevin Winston (Digital LA CEO). They will discuss how you can use digital tools in the development of your creative project, how to create successful Kickstarter or crowd funding campaigns, and how to engage fans via digital marketing, social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest), connecting with influencers to grow your audience into a brand.
1:30pm – 2:30pm Room 8
Sequart: Advancing Comics as Art
Through books, documentaries, and online resources, Sequart promotes comics as a legitimate art form. Be the first to get a look at footage from the upcoming Neil Gaiman documentary, as well as premiere footage from soon-to-be-released documentaries on Image Comics and X-Men writer Chris Claremont, with director Patrick Meaney (Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods) and producer Jordan Rennert (Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts). Also, discuss recent books about Warren Ellis and Grant Morrison, and deliberate comics importance with Hannah Means-Shannon (Sequart author) and Julian Darius (Sequart founder).
1:30pm – 2:30pm Room 24ABC
Spotlight on Dean Mullaney
Join Comic-Con special guest, Eisner and Harvey Award winner and Overstreet Hall of Famer Dean Mullaney (creative director, Library of American Comics and founder of Eclipse Comics) for this Q&A session moderated by Ted Adams (CEO/publisher of IDW Publishing). The subjects range from publishing the first graphic novel for the comics shop market in 1978 to preserving the legacy of America’s greatest newspaper cartoonists.
1:30pm – 2:30pm Room 4
Ode to Nerds
Everyone knows that published science fiction authors reign on the Geek Heirarchy charts, because the Internet tells us so! Join panelists as the genre’s top names in publishing celebrate all things geeky and nerdy, with Charlie Jane Anders of io9.com. Geek out with Cory Doctorow (The Rapture of the Nerds), Chuck Palahniuk (Doomed), Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of the Wind), Austin Grossman (You), D. C. Pierson (Crap Kingdom), and Robyn Schneider (The Beginning of Everything).
1:45pm – 2:45pm Room 6A
A Conversation with Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen
The fruitful collaboration between Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen began in 1996 with House of Secrets, blossomed with 2004?s It’s a Bird, for which Kristiansen won an Eisner Award, and continued to grow with the experimental The Red Diary/The Read Diary, for which Kristiansen is again up for an Eisner. Seagle and Kristiansen will talk about their long relationship as collaborators and what it takes to be a successful creative team-even when an ocean and a language may separate you.
2:00pm – 3:00pm Room 23ABC
Cartoon Hangover: Bravest Warriors, Bee and Puppycat, and Friends
Breehn Burns (writer/director of Bravest Warriors) and the cast of Bravest Warriors, Tara Strong (voice of Plum), Alex Walsh (voice of Chris), John Omohundro (voice of Danny), Ian Jones-Quartey (voice of Wallow), Michael-Leon Wooley (voice of Impossibear), along with Bob Boyle (storyboard artist), discuss season 1 and the upcoming season 2, moderated by Eric Homan (producer of Bravest Warriors, VP of development at Frederator). Don’t miss sneak previews of new Bravest Warriors episodes and other exclusive news. Seven-year-old Sam Lavagnino (voice of Catbug) will make a special appearance. Natasha Allegri (creator, Bee and Puppycat) will talk about her first original cartoon and will present a sneak peak of Bee and Puppycat part 2, as will other Cartoon Hangover stars Miss Kelly Martin (creator, Dr. Lollipop) and Aliki Grafft (director, Dr. Lollipop).
2:00pm – 3:00pm Room 28DE
Comedy Central: Workaholics
It’s time to get weird with Comedy Central’s hit series Workaholics! Whether it’s Blake dressed in a bear coat, Adam singing about Catherine Zeta Jones while on shroomz, or The Ders celebrating his birthday with a drinking triathlon, the boys seem to run into trouble wherever they go. These three friends work together from 9 to 5, live together from 5 to 9, and party together 24/7. Stars, co-creators, writers, and executive producers Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm, and Kyle Newacheck go behind the scenes for a sneak peek into next season, including a few special surprises that are guaranteed to be “Tight Butthole.” S’Go! 2:00pm – 3:00pm Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Comic-Con’s Toucan Blog
In December, Comic-Con International introduced a new website (www.comic-con.org) and a new blog, Toucan. Named after the legendary Comic-Con “mascot” who graced the show’s logos in the ‘80s and ‘90s, Toucan is the official blog of all three CCI events: Comic-Con International, WonderCon, and APE, the Alternative Press Expo. In addition to regular updates and breaking news on those shows, Toucan features original content every week from columnists Maggie Thompson (Maggie’s World), Steve Lieber (Dilettante), Marc Bernardin (Devourer of Words), and Katie Cook (You Can Draw . . . with Katie Cook). Join Maggie, Marc, and Katie, along with artist Rick Geary (who created the original Toucan art for Comic-Con, plus the new art used on the blog) and Toucan editor-in-chief Gary Sassaman for a look at this new SDCC feature. Panel attendees will receive an official Toucan collectible button!
2:00pm – 3:00pm Room 32AB
Comics Arts Conference Session #4: Teaching Comics
Aaron Kashtan (Georgia Institute of Technology) discusses why and how instructors can use comics to make students more aware of the materiality of media, both when analyzing media artifacts and when producing media artifacts of their own. Jeremy Johnson (University of Minnesota) describes empirical research on how teachers taught middle-school students about the Holocaust by using comics creation to share a nonfiction, research-based story. Peter Carlson (Green Dot Public Schools, UCLA) and Antero Garcia (Colorado State University) share the findings from their own research on how comic books can serve as tools to foster dialogue and nurture relationships that empower students.
2:00pm – 3:30pm Room 26AB
Creative Techniques for Innovative Creature Design
Neville Page (Star Trek Into Darkness) demonstrates his latest techniques for creating unique creatures and characters for entertainment. A variety of techniques will be shared, from traditional to digital. Multiple examples will be shown from his personal work to the latest films he has worked on, such as Star Trek and Prometheus.
2:00pm – 3:00pm Room 5AB
DC Entertainment’s digital initiative has been a pioneer in digital comics. Get an exclusive look at some of the exciting series that make up the future of digital comics with some of the all-star talent behind them: Derek Fridolfs (Batman: Arkham Unhinged, Li’l Gotham), Christos N. Gage (Justice League Beyond), Kyle Higgins (Batman Beyond), Bryan Q. Miller (Smallville Season 11), Dustin Nguyen (Li’l Gotham), Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us), and more!
2:00pm – 3:00pm Room 6DE
Fred Perry Art Demo
Comic-Con special guest Fred Perry (Gold Digger, Action Time Buddies, Zombie Kid Diaries) draws a page of Gold Digger (layout to inks) before a live audience, providing commentary on his preferred drawing tools, techniques, and more.
2:00pm – 3:00pm Room 30CDE
Nick Re-Mix: It’s Time to Go Behind the Slime!
Nickelodeon brings together Craig Bartlett (creator, Hey Arnold!), Chris Viscardi and Will McRobb (creators, The Adventures of Pete and Pete), Jay Howell and Jim Dirschberger (creators, Sanjay and Craig), and Steve Borst and Gary Doodles (creators, Breadwinners) to offer an insider’s look at the creative process behind some of our funniest, most endearing, and fan-favorite cartoons. These creators will discuss what inspired them and reveal what it’s really like to bring a show to life at Nickelodeon. Plus get a sneak peek at Nickelodeon’s new animates series Breadwinners. Moderated by Chris Hardwick.
2:00pm – 3:00pm Room 7AB
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Action Figure Showcase
Members of the mutant marketing team for Playmates Toys-the master toy licensee for TMNT since the 1980s-prepare to “unleash shell,” discussing what’s now, new, and next for the articulated heroes on a half-shell. Get sneak peeks at future toys (perhaps some from season 2 of the Turtles’ animated series or the upcoming TMNT movie), and ask questions of “team green” members who’ve worked on all three incarnations of the Turtles since their debut decades ago.
2:00pm – 3:00pm Room 25ABC
The Writer’s Journey: Breaking into Hollywood and Comic Scriptwriting
As we move from the Insight to Indies panel, we’ll address the question every aspiring writer wants answered: “How do I break into the business?” If you are an unpublished writer with dreams of making it in the transmedia marketplace and you don’t know how or where to begin, this is the panel for you. Hollywood screenwriters and graphic novel producers Brandon M. Easton (ThunderCats (2011), Transformers: Rescue Bots), Geoffrey Thorne (TNT’s Leverage, Ben 10), Jonathan Callan (Ben 10, Generator Rex), veteran screenwriter Tony Puryear (the Schwarzenegger film Eraser), and actress/writer Erika Alexander (Maxine Shaw from Living Single and Concrete Park graphic novel from Dark Horse) share insider information, publishing secrets, and the professional realities on how to develop your ideas into a viable comics proposal. Topics include how to hire artists and build a strong contract, how to seek out a publisher, and how to navigate the tough new world of intellectual property management in the digital frontier.
2:00pm – 3:00pm Room 9
Blizzard Entertainment Licensed Product Showcase
Chris Metzen (Blizzard Entertainment SVP story and franchise development) and a team of esteemed guests reveal never-before-seen licensed products and plans for 2013/2014. Talk to the designers, writers, and artists themselves as they dig into toys, novels, comics, statues, and more. Panel and extended game Q&A session moderated by Kat Hunter (host of Blizzcon coverage on DIRECTV).
2:15pm – 3:15pm Room 6BCF
Steven Moffat (co-creator, executive producer and writer), Mark Gatiss (co-creator, executive producer and writer), and Sue Vertue (producer) discuss the latest adventures of Sherlock Holmes and his long-suffering faithful friend, Dr. John Watson. Coming to PBS Masterpiece during the 2013-14 season.
2:15pm – 3:15pm Ballroom 20
Captain Action: Where the Action Is
It’s like a sneak peek into the North Pole, the Dynamite Bullpen, and a Hollywood studio as panelists reveal the latest on Captain Action toys, comics, merchandise, and the animated series. Marv Wolfman (Teen Titans, Blade), Tom Tataranowicz (He-Man, Iron Man), Steven E. Gordon (X-Men Evolution, Wolverine and the X-Men), Frank Paur (Planet Hulk, Batman), Mike Murphy (Round 2), Nick Barrucci (publisher, Dynamite Entertainment), Andrew Summer (Titan), and Joe Ahearn (Captain Action) pull back the curtain on the plans for the original superhero action figure and offer rare behind-the-scenes insights into the development of his debut as TV’s newest action hero! New footage! New toys! Limited-edition poster giveaways! Moderated by Ed Catto (Captain Action, Bonfire).
2:30pm – 3:30pm Room 24ABC
ComicBase User Group Meeting
ComicBase, the world’s premiere software for managing your comic collection, returns to Comic-Con. Join the ComicBase User Group meeting with creator Peter Bickford. Get all the latest news as well as what’s coming next for the software.
2:30pm – 3:30pm Room 4
Entertainment Weekly’s The Visionaries
From art house cinema to studio blockbuster, these uncompromising directors have electrified audiences with their virtuoso storytelling and breathtaking imagery. Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, 500 Days of Summer), Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), and Edgar Wright (The World’s End, Shaun of the Dead) lead this master class on the art of filmmaking and a wide-ranging discussion about the future of film.
2:30pm – 3:30pm Hall H
The Sergio and Mark Show
Same guys, same panel, same stupid barbarian. The folks who’ve brought you Groo the Wanderer (and vow to do so again soon) will tell you what’s up with that and what’s up with all their other silly projects. Featuring the world’s most honored cartoonist, Sergio Aragonés, and his faithful sidekick Mark Evanier, plus the creator of Usagi Yojimbo, Stan Sakai, and the world’s hardest-working colorist, Tom Luth.
2:30pm – 3:30pm Room 8
Adobe Photoshop Insights from the Photoshop Team and Pro Artists
Daniel Presedo (Photoshop), Chris Cox (Photoshop), Nikolai Svakhin (Photoshop), Brian Haberlin (Witch Blade, Anomaly), Liam Sharp (MadeFire, Marvel, DC), Bill Sienkiewicz (Marvel, DC), and Freddie E Williams II (DC) prepare for a lively discussion and Q&A. They will be giving away a membership to the Creative Cloud and more.
3:00pm – 4:00pm Room 30CDE
Animated Effects in Live Action
When the word animation is used, we think of cartoons. However, the line between live action and animation is becoming blurred due to technological advances. This panel includes industry professionals who create some of the most memorable animated visual effects, discussing how they blend animation with live action seamlessly. Appearing: Daniel Jeannette (animation director, Happy Feet and animation supervisor, Where The Wild Things Are), Roger Kupelian (matte painter, The Lord of the Rings trilogy), and James Parris (animator, Spider-Man and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button).
3:00pm – 4:00pm Room 7AB
Comic-Con How-To: Social Practice: Guerilla Art Tactics for Sharing Your Vision with the World
Subtle guerilla art tactics provide a way of sharing your vision with the world. They can be used for a variety of reasons: to make a political or personal statement, to share your ideas, or just for fun. Artist Lori Gordon will address what it means to make art when you don’t necessarily consider yourself an artist, and what it means to make art without an interest in the outcome. Participants will be invited to make their own project.
3:00pm – 5:00pm Room 2
Comic-Con: Advance Screening of The Blacklist and Panel Session with James Spader
View a preview the first episode of the highly anticipated new NBC drama series The Blacklist from Sony Pictures Television. It stars James Spader (Lincoln, Boston Legal) as the world’s most wanted criminal who mysteriously turns himself in and offers to give up the Blacklist, a global directory of all the criminals with whom he has worked. Join James Spader, Megan Boone (Blue Bloods, Step Up Revolution), Diego Klattenhoff (Homeland, Pacific Rim), and executive producers Jon Bokenkamp (Taking Lives, Perfect Stranger), Jon Eisendrath (Outlaw, Alias), John Davis (Predator, I, Robot, Chronicle), and John Fox for a Q&A session. Check out The Blacklist on Mondays at 10:00 this fall on NBC.
3:00pm – 4:00pm Room 6A
How to Build a Portfolio for the World of Animation
Industry leaders share an insider’s look at what it takes to build the right portfolio to enter the world of animation. Attendees will gain an understanding of the creative roles of animated television, feature animation, and visual effects industries. Dawn Rivera-Ernster (director of talent development and recruitment, Walt Disney Animation Studios), Brooke Keesling (manager, animation talent development, Cartoon Network), and Diane St. Clair (VP, recruiting and artist development, Sony Pictures Imageworks) offer an insider’s look at what it takes to build a creative animation portfolio.
3:00pm – 4:00pm Room 23ABC
I Can’t Write, I Can’t Draw, But I Love Comics!
Just because you missed out on the writing and drawing genes doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for you in the comics, animation, and gaming industries. Panelists include animation/motion capture supervisor Derron Ross (Blur Studio), previs wiz Kerry Shea (The Third Floor), linguist/Language Creation Society president David Peterson (Game of Thrones), and Man At Arms star/weapons maker Tony Swatton (Pirates of the Caribbean). They’ll discuss their gigs, the skill sets they hire, and ways into the biz you may not have even considered. Moderated by Susan Karlin (Fast Company).
3:00pm – 4:00pm Room 32AB
From David Goodman (Family Guy) and Jason Ruiz, this new animated FOX series follows a dedicated but inept detective, Manuel Sanchez, and his colleagues-some perverted, some corrupt, some just plain lazy-in a twisted city precinct. Panelists David Goodman, Jason Ruiz, Will Sasso (The Three Stooges, MADtv), Chi McBride (Golden Boy, Hawthorne, Human Target), Peter Atencio (Key and Peele), and Justina Machado (Welcome to the Family, Private Practice, Six Feet Under) will unveil a sneak peek at footage, followed by a fan Q&A session.
3:00pm – 4:00pm Room 25ABC
Roman Dirge REBUILT
Earlier this year, Lenore creator Roman Dirge was almost killed in a Sunset Boulevard hit-and-run that left him lying in hospital with a shattered leg. After months of painful physical therapy, Roman is back-better, stronger, but not necessarily faster-and here to discuss his long road to recovery, his return to the drawing board with Lenore issue #8, and his fourth Titan Lenore collection: Purple Nurples (which will be debuting at the show). One-on-one interview followed by Q&A.
3:00pm – 4:00pm Room 28DE
Spotlight on Tom Gauld
New York Times and UK Guardian cartoonist-and Comic-Con special guest-Tom Gauld gives a presentation on his artistic process and his most recent work. The presentation features readings from his Eisner Award-nominated book Goliath and his 2013 book You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack, a collection of comics about literature and pop culture originally published in the Guardian Saturday Review section.
3:00pm – 4:00pm Room 9
The Sidekick: Premiere Screening and Q&A
From director Michael J. Weithorn (King of Queens, A Little Help) and writer/actor Rob Benedict (Waiting, Supernatural) comes The Sidekick, the offbeat story of career “sidekick” Max McCabe. When Max begins to lose his youthful zip and is unceremoniously fired by his superhero boss, he finds himself cast adrift in a world that seems to have no use for an aging professional buddy. The panel will feature a 30-minute premiere screening and panel Q&A with Weithorn, Benedict, and cast members Lizzy Caplan (Mean Girls, Cloverfield), Martin Starr (This Is the End), Josh Meyers (Behind the Candelabra), Richard Speight Jr. (Band of Brothers), Jordan Peele (Key and Peele), cinematographer Steve Lubensky (Series 7), and other special guests to be announced.
3:00pm – 4:00pm Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
We Still Love the ’80s: 1983
Our 1982 panel was such a success, it’s only apropos that it get a sequel. Welcome to 1983, now in 3D. If you thought nothing can compare to the greatest geek year ever, 1982, you’re only half right. Get ready as GEEK magazine takes you back to the future; the year of such films as Return of the Jedi, War Games, The Right Stuff, Risky Business, Vacation, Scarface, Zelig, A Christmas Story, Blue Thunder, Krull, Psycho II, the 3D triptych of Spacehunter, Jaws 3-D, and Parasite and, of course, the ultimate 007 showdown, Octopussy vs. Never Say Never Again. GEEK founding publisher and moderator Mark A. Altman (Castle, Necessary Roughness) he promises a San Diego “all-time high” with Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class), Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise, ST: TNG Blu-Rays), Steve Melching (Transformers Prime, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Steve Kriozere (N.C.I.S., Femme Fatales), and David E. Williams (editor-in-chief, GEEKMagazine).
3:00pm – 4:00pm Room 5AB
DC Comics 101: Essentials
DC Entertainment’s backlist is full of the most exciting stories ever told. New fans and veteran fans alike are welcome for an in-depth tutorial on the essential titles that make up DC Entertainment’s rich history. With DC Comics SVP/editor-in-chief Bob Harras, editorial director Bobbie Chase, and others.
3:15pm – 4:15pm Room 6DE
comiXology Open Mic: Taking Comics Further
Is that 40,000 comics in your pocket, or are you just happy to see us? Join comiXology co-founders David Steinberger and John D. Roberts for an open discussion on the past, present and future of your favorite cloud-based digital comics platform. This is your opportunity to discover what’s next and ask any questions that you’ve been dying to ask! All topics are game!
3:30pm – 4:30pm Room 8
IDW: Focus on Artist’s Editions
Join Artist’s Edition editor Scott Dunbier with moderator (and fellow art lover) Greg Goldstein, IDW President along with a surprise guest or two as they give attendees a guided tour of what will be happening in the coming year — including some really incredible announcements, and at least one that will have people saying, “Didn’t see that one coming!” Plus special giveaways, trivia contests, and more! Original art fans, this is the one panel you must attend!
3:30pm – 4:30pm Room 4
Integrating Comics into the Common Core
Reading With Pictures presents an all-star panel of educators, cartoonists and publishers as they discuss how (and why) comics are being integrated into the Common Core Curriculum. Dr. Katie Monnin (assistant professor of literacy), Tracy Edmunds (curriculum developer), Gina Gagliano (associate marketing and publicity manager, First Second Books), Anastasia Betts (Graphic Novels 101), Paul Morrissey (editor), and Geoffrey Golden (The Devastator) offer a far-reaching Q&A session moderated by Josh Elder (president, Reading with Pictures).
3:30pm – 4:30pm Room 26AB
The Delphic Oracle
Todd McCaffrey (Dragonwriter), Kevin J. Anderson (Dan Shamble, Zombie PI), Jon Del Arroz (www.flyingsparks.com), Dani Kollin (The Unincorporated Man), Craig Miller (The Hunger, Curious George), and Mallory Reaves (The Silver Dream) form the amazing Delphic Oracle and, one word at a time, one person at a time, build answers to your questions about the future (or summer camp).
3:30pm – 4:30pm Room 24ABC
The World of CAPCOM
Games Moderator Francis Mao (CAPCOM) leads a panel of CAPCOM’s producers and product managers to share the latest details on all their upcoming games, such as Dead Rising 3, Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, Lost Planet 3, and DuckTales: Remastered, as well as information about Mega Man’s 25th Anniversary, and a few other surprises! Plus, some lucky fans will be invited to play the CAPCOM 30th Anniversary Trivia Contest to win cool prizes!
3:30pm – 4:30pm Room 6BCF
TV Guide Magazine Celebrates The X-Files’ 20th Anniversary
It’s been two decades since FBI Special Agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) first partnered to investigate unsolved paranormal cases. The X-Files made primetime safe for sci-fi, and spawned a generation of hugely successful writer/producers. Somewhere, the truth is still out there. TV Guide Magazine Los Angeles bureau chief Michael Schneider leads a panel scheduled to include series creator Chris Carter, plus writers/producers David Amann, Vince Gilligan, Howard Gordon, Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan, John Shiban, Jim Wong, and more guests to come.
3:30pm – 4:30pm Ballroom 20
Enders Game and Divergent
Summit Entertainment presents a special sneak peek at the highly anticipated film adaptation of the beloved, award-winning novel Enders Game. This is a must-see for fans, who will be shown all-new, exclusive footage and treated to a Q&A with stars Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, and Abigail Breslin, along with producer Roberto Orci (Star Trek Into Darkness) and director Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine). The panel will also feature the first footage ever seen of the futuristic thriller based on the #1 New York Times best-selling novel, Divergent. Cast and filmmakers will complete a Q&A sharing details of the project’s transition from book to film. Panelists will include novelist Veronica Roth, director Neil Burger, and cast members Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Ansel Elgort, Mekhi Phifer, Ben Lamb, Ben Lloyd-Hughes and Christian Madsen.
3:50pm – 4:50pm Hall H
Breaking into Comics and Staying In
So you want to make comics? This program is your first step toward actually doing it! Top comic book creators Brandon Siefert (Witch Doctor) and Bobby Curnow (IDW editor, Night of 1,000 Wolves) discuss the ins and outs of the comic industry-specifically, what it takes to break into comics and how it’s done! This is the panel that no writer or artist dare miss. Bonus: In addition to breaking in, learn how to stay in the comics business! Moderated by Comics Experience’s Andy Schmidt (Marvel and IDW editor, writer).
4:00pm – 5:00pm Room 30CDE
Hollywood Location Scouts
Location scouts work with the director and production designer to translate their cinematic visions to reality by traveling the world to seek out where the movies will be made. Six location scouts will discuss the creative and logistical aspects of their jobs, tell some exciting anecdotes, and answer audience questions. Panelists include Becky Brake (Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol), Caleb Duffy (Thor), Scott Allen Logan (Iron Man 2), David Lyons (Community), Rebecca “Puck” Stair (Terminator Salvation), and Scott Trimble (Star Trek Into Darkness).
4:00pm – 5:00pm Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina
I Can’t Believe It’s Over: The Best and Worst Series Finales Ever
It’s time to put the great debates to rest as GEEK Magazine answers the most important question of our time: What are the best and worst TV season finales of all time? A panel of geeksperts dissect the end of Galactica’s lonely quest in Battlestar Galactica, the purgatory of the Lost finale, the Sopranos sign-off, the all good things come to an end for Star Trek: The Next Generation, Special Agent Dale Cooper getting piqued in Twin Peaks, and many more. Moderator Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, Femme Fatales) turns up the volume for GEEK panelists Kathryn Reindl (Twisted, Millennium), Nikki Griffin (GEEK magazine editor-at-large), Ashley E. Miller (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Thor, Fringe), and Steve Melching (Batman: The Brave and The Bold, Starship Troopers).
4:00pm – 5:00pm Room 23ABC
Keep ‘Em at the Edge of Their Seats
The gory, gruesome, and paranoia-inducing elements in these novels will take readers on a jet-fueled ride to the dark side. These writers spare no expense to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up with stories that will surprise you at every turn. Their protagonists solve crimes, kick ass, and don’t let anyone-or anything-stand in their way. Thrill to the discussion with James Rollins (Eye of God), Duane Swierczynski (Point and Shoot), Stephen Blackmoore (Dead Things), Charlie Huston (Skinner), Jeffrey J. Mariotte (Season of the Wolf), and Roger Hobbs (Ghostman), led by David Mariotte of Mysterious Galaxy.
4:00pm – 5:00pm Room 25ABC
Spotlight on Jeff Smith
Special guest Jeff Smith discusses a slew of upcoming projects, including the highly anticipated hardcover Rasl in full color, the Bone Artist’s Edition from IDW, Best American Comics 2013 (edited by Smith), and the upcoming new digital comic Tuki: Save the Humans. Presentation and Q&A to follow.
4:00pm – 5:00pm Room 9
The 8th Annual All Star Podcasters Panel
Like sportscasters analyzing before a big game, the top comic book podcasters are on hand for their annual lively debate and audience Q&A about the current state of the comic book market. From the big publishers’ story and editorial moves to the current creator-owned comics revolution, what does it all mean for today’s readers? Featuring Heidi McDonald (PW Comics World Podcast), Pat Loika (Loikamania), John Siuntres (Word Balloon), Ben Blacker (The Nerdist Comic Writers Panel), Brian Christman (Comic Geek Speak), Conor Kilpatrick (iFanboy), John Mayo (Comic Book Page), and Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider).
4:00pm – 5:00pm Room 28DE
The Digital Bits: Blu-ray Producers 2013
Bill Hunt, Adam Jahnke, and Todd Doogan of The Digital Bits.com host a panel discussion and Q&A with leading independent and indie studio producers of Blu-ray extras. Panelists include Brian Ward (Shout!/Scream Factory), Charles de Lauzirika (Pain and Gain, Prometheus, The Amazing Spider-Man), Robert Meyer Burnett (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Enterprise), Cliff Stephenson (Escape Plan, The Vatican Tapes, The Hunger Games), Eric D. Wilkinson (of Kino Lorber), Warner Archive, and others.
4:00pm – 5:00pm Room 5AB
The Editor-in-Chief Panel
Comics may be experiencing a new Renaissance thanks to all the movies, TV shows, and transmedia properties that have brought in thousands more readers, but to publishers, there’s much more to it than that: The stories are better, the art is better, and the production values are higher! In this rare opportunity, gain some valuable insight as the current editors-in-chief of some of the top comics and graphic novel publishers come together for a lively discussion on topics that include the state of comics publishing today, challenges they face in an ever-evolving marketplace, how they broke into the industry, and much more! Moderator Kiel Phegley (news editor for Comic Book Resources) leads a discussion that includes panelists Stephen Christy (Archaia Entertainment), Matt Gagnon (BOOM! Studios), James Lucas Jones (Oni Press), Chris Ryall (IDW), and Bob Shreck (Legendary Comics).
4:00pm – 5:00pm Room 32AB
VIZ Media Panel
Get the latest updates and exciting news from VIZ Media staff on your favorite manga and anime. You’ll also get the scoop on new acquisitions, upcoming releases, and projects not yet announced!
4:00pm – 5:00pm Room 7AB
Wilfred: Screening and Q&A
Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings) stars as Ryan, a young man struggling unsuccessfully to make his way in the world until he forms a unique friendship with Wilfred, his neighbor’s canine pet, played by Jason Gann (The Wedge), who co-created and starred in the Australian version of Wilfred in 2007. While everyone else sees Wilfred as just a dog, Ryan sees a crude and surly man in cheap dog suit. Join Elijah and Jason with Wilfred co-stars Fiona Gubelmann (Don’t Trust the B** in Apt 23) and Dorian Brown (Home Run) along with executive producers Reed Agnew (Crank Yankers) and Eli Jorné and David Zuckerman (Family Guy), plus executive producer/director Randall Einhorn (The Office) as they discuss bringing this unique live-action comedy to life.
4:00pm – 5:00pm Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
The Walking Dead 10th Anniversary Panel
Robert Kirkman discusses the evolution of The Walking Dead and his plans to celebrate its 10th anniversary this year, in a lively Q&A forum.
4:15pm – 5:15pm Room 6A
For over 60 years Abrams has been the country’s premiere art book publisher. With the launch of Abrams ComicArts in 2009, the tradition of excellence continues with award-winning original graphic novels by Derf Backderf (My Friend Dahmer), Frank M. Young and David Lasky (The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song), Brian Fies, Jason Shiga, and Barry Deutsch, as well as monographs on such seminal creators as Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman, Daniel Clowes, and Jaime Hernandez. Join Charles Kochman (editorial director of Abrams ComicArts), Carol Burrell (senior editor of Abrams ComicArts), William Stout (author and artist of Legends of the Blues), and other special guests as they talk about the publisher’s current titles, including Legends of the Blues, Good Riddance: A Graphic Memoir of Divorce by Cynthia Copeland, Darryl Cunningham’s How to Fake a Moon Landing, and Bazooka Joe by The Topps Company. They’ll also reveal details and images from upcoming collaborations with Rube Goldberg’s granddaughter, Jennifer George (The Art of Rube Goldberg), Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann (Star Trek: The Original Topps Trading Card Series), Michel Daubert and the Hergé Museum (Tintin: The Art of Hergé), Kazu Kibuishi (Explorer: The Lost Islands), and Laura Lee Gulledge (Will and Whit), and other forthcoming projects.
4:30pm – 5:30pm Room 4
Creepy and Eerie REBORN and UNDEAD
Are you ready to experience the Creepiest of the Creepy? An evil assemblage of ghoulish creators discuss all things Creepy and Eerie. Artist Jason Shawn Alexander (House of Gold and Bones), Creepy writer and editor Dan Braun, producer Josh Braun (Button Man), and moderator J. C. Vaughn (Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide) discuss the influence of the original Warren Creepy and Eerie magazines relaunched at Dark Horse in hardcover archival editions, new comic books, and artist compilation formats. They’ll also divulge details about the upcoming Creepy feature film. With very special guests and extra-spooky giveaways!
4:30pm – 5:30pm Room 24ABC
Geeks Get Published-and Paid!
Trouble finding a book publisher? How about a literary agent? Do you really need your own publicist? Is getting into print different when your book’s topic is particularly geeky? Hear how these bookworms got their works into print, how they made money at it, and how you might, too: S. G. Browne (Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament), Bonnie Burton (The Star Wars Craft Book), Katrina Hill (Action Movie Freak), Alan Kistler (Doctor Who: A History), Alex Langley (The Geek Handbook), and Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight). Moderated by Jenna Busch (Fanhattan).
4:30pm – 5:30pm Room 26AB
Marvel: Superior Spider Man
Calling all Spider-Fans: This July is Superior Spider-Month! Get the inside scoop on Spider-Man’s new allies, new foes, and new look, and get ready for some exciting announcements! This is one panel no true fan of the web-slinger will want to miss. Featuring senior editor Steve Wacker, Chris Samnee (Daredevil), Nick Spencer (Superior Foes of Spider-Man), Arune Singh (director of communications), and other Marvel guests.
4:30pm – 5:30pm Room 6DE
Spotlight on J. H. Williams
This award-winning creator on such notable works as Promethea, Batwoman, and the upcoming Sandman with Neil Gaiman talks about why he loves comics, moderated by John Bultena (Lecturer Merritt Writing Program, UC Merced). Visual presentation, discussion, and Q&A session.
4:30pm – 5:30pm Room 8
Entertainment Weekly’s Brave New Warriors
A new generation of heroes has revitalized television. These daring, dauntless young actors have fans swooning and critics raving. Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), and David Giuntoli (Grimm) discuss the thrills and fears of taking on iconic characters, reveal how they broke into the business, and share their favorite stories from set.
4:45pm – 5:45pm Ballroom 20
I Know That Voice: The Documentary: Special Preview and Q&A
John DiMaggio (executive producer of IKTV, also voice of Bender from Futurama, Jake The Dog from Adventure Time, IFC’s Out There, and many more) brings the cast and crew of IKTV together for an exclusive sneak peek at the most anticipated film about voice-over (in animation and video games) ever made! Included in the panel are Billy West (Futurama, Ren and Stimpy), Rob Paulsen (TMNT, Pinky and the Brain), Dee Bradley Baker (Clone Wars, Ben 10, American Dad), Fred Tatasciore (Hulk, Ben 10, Mad), Tom Kenny (Spongebob Squarepants, Brickleberry), Andrea Romano (25-time Emmy nominee, 8-time Emmy winner for Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, and more), Tommy Reid (producer, IKTV), and Lawrence Shapiro (director, IKTV). You won’t want to miss this panel, especially with this bunch! You never what’s going to come out of their mouths!
4:45pm – 5:45pm Room 6BCF
Bizarre? Queer? Perfect: Taming the Wild Webcomics
Frontier Webcomics offer an instantaneous connection between artists and audiences-usually at a very low cost and without editorial interference. And the numbers of webcomics have grown steadily over the years. How has the proliferation of webcomics served LGBTQ creators and readers? Are webcomics serving the same purpose as the old underground “comix”? How can ambitious creators leverage the LGBTQ webcomics niche without getting pigeonholed in it? Join Prism Comics and moderator Nina Kester (tapastic.com) for a trip to the wild frontier of webcomics with panelists Tara Madison Avery (Dirtheads), Beth Dean (blackforestdraws.com), Kane Lynch (The Relics), Alex Woolfson (Artifice), and others to be announced.
5:00pm – 6:00pm Room 28DE
Bringing the Roman Empire to Life on Xbox One: The Creation of Ryse: Son of Rome
Spend 60 minutes with award-winning studio Crytek to learn about the making of Ryse: Son of Rome, one of the year’s most anticipated blockbusters coming exclusively to Xbox One this November. An epic action/adventure story of struggle, brutality, and heroism, Ryse: Son of Rome follows a fearless Roman soldier named Marius Titus who joins the army to avenge the slaying of his family and emerges as a hero who must fight to save the Roman Empire. Fans will learn key story details, get a peek behind the scenes at the making of the game, and receive a limited-edition printed comic book that will prepare them for the intense adventure they will embark on this holiday.
5:00pm – 6:00pm Room 7AB
Comic Pitch Review
If you’re a writer or artist attending the Comic Creator Connection, this is your chance to practice giving your pitch before the big event and to get some free coaching from a pro. Pitch Reviews will be conducted by Douglas Neff, an experienced presentation coach and professional public speaker who hosts the Comic Creator Connection and From Fan to Creator: Goal-Setting for Creative Types. This is not a panel. Instead, these are 3- to 5-minute individual coaching sessions for as many people as can be accommodated in the scheduled time. Please note that showing up is not a guarantee that you’ll get a review session. Spaces are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis.
5:00pm – 6:00pm Room 29A
Comic-Con How-To: Figure Sculpting
The Shiflett Brothers walk you through their process for creating figurative sculptures for the comic book and fantasy statue industry. They will discuss armature building, bulking out the form, detailing, and finishing. The Shiflett Brothers are twenty-year veterans of the comic book statue industry.
5:00pm – 6:00pm Room 2
Comic-Con: Anything Goes
John Barrowman (Arrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who, Sing Your Face Off) discusses his past, present, and future projects, including playing the Dark Archer and Captain Jack Harkness. John’s sister and co-author, Carole Barrowman (Hollow Earth, Bone Quill), will join him in the final segment to discuss their collaborations.
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
PAC Is Back!
PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures PAC-MAN returns for a new generation of fans! PAC-MAN producer Kunito Komori from Namco Bandai Games and Avi Arad, founder and director of Marvel Studios, discuss rebooting the iconic video game character for an exciting new animated series for Disney XD and a blockbuster video game for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, and PC.
5:00pm – 6:00pm Room 25ABC
Publicizing Your Project
Got a new comic, a new webseries, a new novel, a new TV show, or a movie? That’s great-but pretty meaningless if you and your friends are the only ones who know about. How do you get the word out? Facebook and a webpage, sure. That’s what everyone’s doing. What can you do to cut through the clutter and get your stuff actually seen, actually talked about, actually out there so people can see it, read it, watch it, buy it? People who have been getting projects seen dating back to Star Wars give you their thoughts and advice on how you can do it for your project. Panelists include Molly Celaschi (Malena Public Relations, Spike TV Scream Awards), Heidi MacDonald (The Beat, Publishers Weekly), Craig Miller (Star Wars, The Dark Crystal), Amy Ratcliffe (Geek with Curves, StarWars.com), and Steve Saffel (Titan Books).
5:00pm – 6:00pm Room 30CDE
Spotlight on Gary Frank
Comic-Con special guest Gary Frank is known for his incredibly powerful depictions of characters, from Superman to the Incredible Hulk. Gary will talk about his career as one of the comics world’s best storytellers, including his recent collaboration with Geoff Johns on Shazam!.
5:00pm – 6:00pm Room 5AB
The Legendary Animators of Classic ’60s
Cartoons Legendary and award-winning animators Bob Singer (character and background designer, Bugs Bunny/Scooby Doo), Art Leonardi (designer/director, Pink Panther), Willie Ito (layout artist/Bugs Bunny, Flintstones), and Iraj Paran (character and title designer, Super Friends, Josie and the Pussycats), share their vast experience shaping animation history and creating hundreds of classic characters and cartoons we love from Disney, Warner Brothers, and Hanna Barbera, with over 100 years of experience among them. Leslie Combemale of ArtInsights Animation and Film Art Gallery moderates.
5:00pm – 6:00pm Room 9
It’s the 30th Anniversary of First Comics’s inaugural comic book, Warp, and artist Frank Brunner is on hand to present an all-new 30th anniversary edition. Other First Comics creators are here to tell you how they will once again be rocking your world with comics entertainment from the cutting edge. Panelists include Ken F. Levin (Wanted, The Boys, First Comics co-founder and director), the Fillbach Brothers (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Steve Stern and Dan Cote (Zen the Intergalactic Ninja), film directors Sylvia and Jen Soska, Larry Young (Astronauts in Trouble), and Omaha Perez (The Drude).
5:00pm – 6:00pm Room 23ABC
Webcomics Advocates: The Webcomics
Gathering Webcomics Advocates co-founders Phil Vecchio and Brendan Creecy (Brax the Alien Rocker) discuss the exciting world of webcomics! Joined by Patrick Scullen (Super Siblings) and moderator Josh Anderson (The Pillagecast); they will give any webcomic creators in the audience 30 seconds to promote their comic to the crowd. All creators and fans are welcome!
5:00pm – 6:00pm Room 32AB
Voltage Pictures: An Exclusive Preview of The Zero Theorum, Directed by Terry Gilliam
An eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst works on a mysterious project aimed at discovering the purpose of existence or the lack thereof once and for all. However, it is only once he experiences the power of love and desire that he is able to understand his very reason for being. Appearing on stage to introduce the special early look at this new film and take your questions are producers Zev Foreman (Killer Joe) and Dean Zanuck (Get Low). Moderated by Gina McIntyre of the LA Times’ Hero Complex.
5:10pm – 5:40pm Hall H
An Unofficial Sneak Peek of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug with TheOneRing.net
With 14 years on the front line of Middle Earth news, take a look with TORn staff at what you might not know about the second Hobbit movie. Rumors, spy reports, conjecture, inside info, debunking, and lively debate all play a part as Cliff Broadway (Ringers), Lisa Crouch (Barliman’s), Larry D. Curtis (set visits), Rebecca Perry and Alex and Kellie Rice (Happy Hobbit), and additional staff dish the latest by and for fans of J. R. R. Tolkien.
5:30pm – 6:30pm Room 6A
Funimation Industry Panel
Get the latest news (and the chance to win some swag). With blockbuster titles such as Akira, Dragon Ball Z, Fullmetal Alchemist, and One Piece, the FUNimation catalog features anime for both hardcore and casual fans. The live-action branch, Giant Ape, includes the current TV phenomenon Lost Girl.
5:30pm – 6:30pm Room 24ABC
Get all the latest information on Sailor Moon and Attack on Titan, as well as hear the latest announcements, news, and maybe get a giveaway or two. Kodansha USA’s Kana Koide and Random House’s Dallas Middaugh walk you through the best of Kodansha’s manga.
5:30pm – 6:30pm Room 4
Making a Living in Manga: New Trends Worth Watching
As a generation of North American comics fans who grew up with manga aspire to become comics creators, they’re bumping up against a glass ceiling: a lack of paying publishing options for their work. But a new wave of manga-inspired creators are finding new ways to get published and get paid. Panelistst include editors and comics creators who are forging new paths for making a living in manga, including Lillian Diaz-Pryzbyl (editorial director, Chromatic Press), Faith Erin Hicks (Friends with Boys, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong), Victor Chu (co-founder/CEO, MangaMagazine.net), Myung Hee Kim (Simon Sues, Bento Comics), and moderator Brigid Alverson (MangaBlog.net, Publishers Weekly).
5:30pm – 6:30pm Room 26AB
Mark Waid’s Thrillbent Tutorial
In the last year, Thrillbent.com has been a leading innovator in digital comics. Mark Waid (Daredevil, Superman: Birthright, Insufferable), James Tynion IV (Batman, The Eighth Seal), John Rogers (Leverage, Dungeons and Dragons, Arcanum), Nicholas Rucka (Kitchen Death Match), Christina Blanch and Troy Peteri (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood), and Lori Matsumoto (Thrillbent general manager) join other Thrillbent talent for an in-depth tutorial on how to write, draw, and color for the Thrillbent format in an hour-long “how-to” with Q&A.
5:30pm – 6:30pm Room 8
It’s a Comic-Con tradition! See the latest and greatest trailers with 6,499 of your pop culture-loving friends on the big screen.
5:40pm – 6:10pm Hall H
Vertigo is ready to blow your mind with the next wave of trend-setting comics! From horror to mythic fiction to sci-fi and beyond, see what amazing new ideas are coming your way from the imprint that’s on a mission to defy all your expectations! With Mark Buckingham (Fables), Jeff Lemire (Trillium), Scott Snyder (American Vampire, The Wake), and others.
5:45pm – 6:45pm Room 6DE
Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond Gay and Straight
In the last 20 years, lesbian and gay people have made great strides toward better representation in pop culture. The road for people who are bisexual, who have fluid sexuality and gender, or who otherwise fall outside of “gay” and “straight” has been much rockier. (Ironically, they are often met with the strongest mistrust and resistance from gay people.) The new comics anthology Anything That Loves assembles 30 creators to delve into the complex world of nonbinary sexuality and hopes to expose some myths, offer some new insights, and bring together an often-splintered LGBT community in a new way. Moderator Charles “Zan” Christensen and contributors to this anthology discuss the origins of the project, why it’s important, and the challenges of being a bisexual storyteller. How can bisexual creators resist pressure from both straight and gay communities to put them in categories that don’t truly fit? And how can creators effectively reach out to queer potential readers in a way that doesn’t alienate straight ones? Find out the answers to these questions and many more! With Ellen Forney (Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me), Lena H. Chandhok (Pony Tale), Josh Trujillo (The Provider), Kevin Boze (The Virgin Project), Randall Kirby (BOP! Comics), and Tara Madison Avery (Dirtheads).
6:00pm – 7:00pm Room 28DE
Behind the Music with CW3PR
The original composer panel is back for a fifth consecutive year at Comic-Con! Behind the Music brings you closer than ever before to the musicians behind Comic-Con’s favorite films, TV shows, and video games. This year’s panel is placing a special emphasis on how aspiring musicians can find themselves writing songs, lyrics, and score for some of most prolific and exciting projects around! The panel will feature composers Geoff Zanelli (The Lone Ranger), Robert Duncan (Castle), iZLER (Revenge), FM Le Sieur (Being Human), Chris Tilton (Fringe), and more! With special guest moderators Matt Lanter (90210, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Janina Gavankar (True Blood, Arrow). Join us for an electrifying panel with exclusive giveaways for fans!
6:00pm – 7:00pm Room 32AB
Comic-Con How-To: Kickstartering the Heart
Siike Donnelly and Matt Hawkins – along with guest panelists Olivia Peterson, Jon Schnepp, and Joshua Levy – give you a look into the process of running and promoting a Kickstarter campaign. Learn how to reach your audience directly and put your dream project into the hands of many. Discover the ups, downs, and rewards of believing in your work.
6:00pm – 7:00pm Room 2
Action figures, statues, busts, PVC figures-DC Collectibles has them all, and more! Join the DC Collectibles crew, including DCE chief creative officer Geoff Johns, DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee, VP for creative services Kevin Kiniry, director for creative services Jim Fletcher, and sculptor Tim Miller to hear how they come up with so many great products, and what’s coming up from comics’ top makers of awesome collectibles!
6:00pm – 7:00pm Room 5AB
For costumers, future costumers, and those who simply enjoy watching masquerades from the audience, this brief overview of fan convention costume competitions will discuss their workings, their history, how contests differ from one type of convention to another, how judging is done, creating original designs and re-creations, groups versus solo costumes, and choice of music and effects. Plus: costume research, planning, fabrication, and stage presentation tips for taking a costume creation from beginning idea to stage-ready showpiece-and how to have fun doing it. Presented by Comic-Con Masquerade director for the past 20 years Martin Jaquish, Masquerade assistant John Ruff, award-winning fan costumer Allan Lavigne, and award-winning member of the HCC cosplay group Judy Grivich. 6:00pm – 7:00pm Room 23ABC
Mortal Kombat: Legacy Season 2 Panel
Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers), Brian Tee (The Wolverine), Ian Anthony Dale (Mortal Kombat: Legacy), Samantha Jo (Mortal Kombat: Legacy), and Ed Boon (creator of Mortal Kombat) join series creator and director Kevin Tancharoen (Mortal Kombat: Legacy), producer Lance Sloane (Mortal Kombat: Legacy/Act of Valor), and Machinima’s executive vice president of network programming Aaron DeBevoise for an in-depth discussion about the highly anticipated second season of Mortal Kombat: Legacy, set to premiere exclusively on Machinima, the number one global video entertainment brand for young males. Moderated by Matt Atchity, editor-in-chief of Rotten Tomatoes.com, don’t miss your chance to see exclusive, never-before-seen footage and hear from cast members about the second season of the groundbreaking show that has been called one of the most successful web series of all time.
6:00pm – 7:00pm Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Painting Comics with the iPad
The iPad has transformed the way you read comics but did you know you can create comic art on it too? See a comic book character come to life as Hi-Fi’s Brian Miller (Wolverine: An Origin Story) and Kristy Miller (Meet the Marvel Superheroes) demonstrate how to paint comics on the iPad. Learn the basic tools and techniques, including which apps work best and how you, too, can transform your iPad into a portable art studio. Q&A session.
6:00pm – 7:00pm Room 30CDE
South Park: The Stick of Truth
The creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, will discuss their upcoming South Park videogame, South Park: The Stick of Truth. Parker and Stone will talk role playing games, their vision for an interactive South Park adventure, and creating The Stick of Truth, the epic quest to become…cool.
6:00pm – 7:00pm Room 6BCF
Join cast members Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed, Dylan O’Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden, Charlie Carver, and Max Carver plus executive producer Jeff Davis for a Q&A as they discuss season 3 and share a special video presentation exclusively for Comic-Con fans. Moderated by ETOnline reporter Jarett Wieselman.
6:00pm – 7:00pm Ballroom 20
The Goon Kickstarter and Beyond with Eric Powell and Blur Studios
Back in November, legions of fans rallied together to raise over $400,000 to put together a story reel for the David Fincher-produced feature film based on Eric Powell’s hit comic book series The Goon! Now, Kickstarter supporters and Comic-Con attendees alike will have a chance to catch an exclusive glimpse of this work in progress! Creator Eric Powell, Blur Studios owner Tim Miller, and veteran visual effects guru Jeff Fowler present an update on this crowdfunded full-length motion picture.
6:00pm – 7:00pm Room 9
The Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con: Dual Identities
Actresses, stuntwomen, creative cosplayers, outspoken bloggers, gamers, and comic book creators…which women are movers and shakers on the convention scene? Is the con a place where fangirls feel forced to fit fantastic expectations, or is it a place where they can unleash who they really are? Are women in fandom subjected to more judgment than their male counterparts? Do women in fandom have to maintain dual identities in ways the fanboys don’t? To discuss whether fandom really is different for women, Action Flick Chick Katrina Hill (Fanhattan, CraveOnline) has assembled a team of women dangerous in their own right: Chaka Cumberbatch (FunAnimation), Ashley Eckstein (HerUniverse), Erin Gray (Buck Rogers, Heroes for Hire), Dr. Andrea Letamendi (UnderTheMask.com), Jessica Merizan (BioWare), Morgan Romine (Frag Dolls), and America Young (Stan Lee’s World of Heroes).
6:00pm – 7:00pm Room 7AB
[adult swim]: The Heart, She Holler
The creators and stars of Adult Swim’s epic TV event The Heart, She Holler explain it all at this panel. Executive producers John Lee (Xavier: Renegade Angel, Wonder Showzen) and Alyson Levy (Xavier: Renegade Angel, Wonder Showzen) will be joined by cast members Patton Oswalt (United States of Tara, Ratatouille), Amy Sedaris (Strangers with Candy), and Heather Lawless (The Campaign).
6:00pm – 7:00pm Room 25ABC
Indie Comics Marketing and PR 101
Need tips on how to market your comic and yourself to voracious fans and the comic industry at large? Have questions on the best way to do PR? Then this panel is for you! Some of the best and brightest in comics today bring you a roundtable discussion, revealing all the secrets of doing effective marketing and PR to get your comic noticed. Join moderator Chip Mosher (comiXology’s PR and marketing maven), J. K. Parkin (from Comic Book Resources and the Eisner Award-nominated blog Robot 6), and Fantagraphics Books’s marketing and PR team Jacq Cohen (director of publicity and promotions) and Jen Vaughn (marketing and outreach coordinator) for an inspiring and wide-ranging discussion you won’t want to miss!
6:30pm – 7:30pm Room 8
Lost in Translation
With possible signs of increasing sales in manga and anime, is this a good time to enter the world of freelance translation and localization? Get some questions answered, hear some fun stories, and learn of possible upcoming trends with long-time freelancers and industry insiders William Flanagan (Fairy Tail), Jonathan Tarbox (Fist of the Northstar), Shaenon Garrity (Case Closed), Mari Morimoto (Naruto), Stephen Paul (One Piece), Ed Chavez (marketing director, Vertical), and Nathan Collins (Metal Gear Solid)!
6:30pm – 7:30pm Room 26AB
You’ve been there for every edge-of-your-seat moment, every kill, inside Dexter’s most intimate thoughts, watching him transform before your eyes. Now, after eight amazing seasons, it’s time to say goodbye to America’s Favorite Serial Killer. Join the cast, writers/executive producers, and surprise guest stars who are too big to mention, for a final farewell panel that even Hall H can’t contain! Ralph Garman (KROQ entertainment reporter) presides over a revealing interview and Q&A session with the stars and executive producers of Dexter. Featured panelists include series star/executive producer Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jennifer Carpenter (Deb), David Zayas (Batista), and James Remar (Harry). Also appearing are executive producers John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Scott Buck, and Manny Coto. Satisfy your Dexter obsession all weekend. The new season of Dexter airs Sundays at 9:00 ET/PT only on Showtime.
Thursday July 18, 2013 6:30pm – 7:30pm Hall H
The Science of Science Fiction
Sure, it says “fiction,” but the word “science” comes first. How do you balance the two for a TV show or movie and still tell the tale? Panelists Amy Berg (co-executive producer, Eureka, supervising producer, Person of Interest, Leverage), Kevin Murphy (writer/executive producer, Caprica, Defiance), Kevin Grazier, Ph.D. (science advisor, Defiance, Falling Skies, Gravity), Nicole Perlman (writer, Guardians of the Galaxy), and Jaime Paglia (executive producer/creator/writer, Eureka) will dive into the issue of the struggle between accurate science and an entertaining story. The panel is moderated by Dr. Phil Plait (writer/host, Phil Plait’s Bad Universe, Slate Magazine’s Bad Astronomy Blog), and is sponsored by Slate Magazine and The Science and Entertainment Exchange (a program of the National Academy of Sciences).
6:30pm – 7:30pm Room 24ABC
The Velocity Anthology: Comic Art of Africa and Australia
Moray Rhoda (South African publisher and mastermind of the Velocity Anthology), Neville Howard (Australian publisher and mastermind of the Velocity Anthology), and Ray Whitcher (chair/comic scholar, Legionink.com) present the Southern Hemisphere’s emerging comic talent in a collaborative effort between South African and Australian comic artists and writers in the annual Velocity Anthology. They will discuss how the initiative arose, outline future goals, and display the incredible skill and talent that the two countries have to offer. Audience interaction is highly encouraged; samples will be distributed.
6:30pm – 7:30pm Room 4
Hannibal: Feed Your Fear
Emmy Award-winning executive producer Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies), director David Slade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), Martha De Laurentiis (Red Dragon), and star Hugh Dancy (Agent Will Graham) reveal juicy morsels from behind the scenes of the groundbreaking NBC drama Hannibal. This feast of many courses will serve key moments from the first season as an entree, followed by a digestif of sneak previews of the second season. Not to mention a few surprises along the way. Bon appetit, Fannibals!
6:45pm – 7:45pm Room 6A
Family Feud: The Comics Blogging Panel
With the 24-hour news cycle turning into a 24-minute news cycle, fans are still getting their comics news from the top news sites and blogs out there. Join moderator Tom Spurgeon in a no-holds-barred discussion with comics journalists on how they make-and break-the news, the ethics of journalism, the death of blogging, the uses of social media, and ways you can join in on the fun. With Spurgeon (The Comics Reporter), Heidi MacDonald (The Beat), Tony Isabella (Tony’s Tips), Alexa Dickman (Ladies Making Comix), Rich Johnston (Bleeding Cool), and special surprises!
7:00pm – 8:00pm Room 23ABC
First Look: Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics
Behind every great superhero is an even greater rogues gallery, and that’s where the spotlight lands in the all-new documentary Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics. From the Joker and Deathstroke to Lex Luthor and Darkseid, the film investigates the inner workings of the most nefarious collection of baddies in comics history. Join Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment for a first-look at a Comic-Con exclusive teaser version of the film, then hear from some of the experts themselves on a panel that will feature bestselling comic book writer and DC Entertainment chief creative officer Geoff Johns, Entertainment Weekly editor Geoff Boucher, and distinguished representatives of DC Comics’s storied history, including Kevin Shinick (Robot Chicken, MAD), Andrea Romano (Batman: The Animated Series), and other notable comics creators, filmmakers, actors and more. Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics is narrated by everyone’s favorite villain, Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars films), and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on October 25, 2013.
7:00pm – 8:00pm Room 6DE
Genuine Fakes: Making the Artificial Real
From comics to movie monsters and authenticity to alternate universes, how “real” does a fake need to be in order to be believable? Cesare Asaro (creator, Finding Frank and His Friend), Kim Hutsell (Steampunk designer and prop maker, founder of the annual Starburner Awards), Luke Khanlian (special effects creature creator, Alien Resurrection, Starship Troopers), Peter Maresca (editor, Sunday Press Books), and Kirstie Shepherd (author, Gadabout Time Machine User’s Manual) discuss how to get the details right when creating a believable fake world. They’ll be looking at what materials say about an object and how those materials can be manipulated to create the suspension of disbelief.
7:00pm – 8:00pm Room 32AB
Horror Comics from the Monsterverse
A discussion of upcoming horror comics from Monsterverse featuring Bela Lugosi and classic undead monsters delivered with a modern twist. Learn of horror media projects from Scratch Lightning Productions. Sam F. Park (Monsterverse West Coast editor and Scratch Lightning executive producer) is joined by Hollywood concept, storyboard and Monsterverse comic artists Benton Jew (G.I. JOE) and Henry Mayo (Ted) and writer Ed Polgardy (From Dusk Til Dawn). Followed by a Q&A session and media presentation.
7:00pm – 8:00pm Room 28DE
Horror on the Panelled Page
For five years at Comic-Con, Ain’t It Cool News’s Mark L. Miller has led a panel full of comics most frightening creators in a lively discussion on what it takes to incite horror and suspense in graphic storytelling. Join a star studded panel of writers, artists, and other spooky characters to find out what makes them scared, how they scare others, and what to do and not to do in horror comic books.
7:00pm – 8:00pm Room 5AB
Inside the Voice Actors Studio
Bang Zoom! Entertainment is once again thrilled to bring you this one-hour panel/workshop about voice acting that covers practical dubbing techniques and what to expect at your first audition. This is a fantastic opportunity for attendees interested in the voice-acting profession to get firsthand advice and experience from professionals in an intimate, yet dynamic setting. You will learn from some of the best voice actors and directors in the world and get some inside information on how to break into the industry.
7:00pm – 8:00pm Room 30CDE
PodCRASH with That Chris Gore LIVE
It’s a raucous Revenge of the Show in this live edition of PodCRASH with That Chris Gore (Attack of the Show), with special guests cosplay goddess Adrianne Curry (America’s Next Top Model), funnyman Stephen Kramer Glickman (Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush), and comedian Yoshi Obayashi (DVDASA, Yoshididnt). Plus IO West’s Comic Book Live performers Patrick Ian Moore and Tommy Bechtold showcase their brand of cosplay comedy.
7:00pm – 8:00pm Room 25ABC
The Scoop at Simon and Schuster
Get the inside word on Simon and Schuster’s upcoming books and the chance to win exclusive prizes! Lucille Rettino (vice president, director of marketing), Carolyn Swerdloff (marketing manager), Chrissy Noh (associate marketing director), Mara Anastas (vice president, deputy publisher), and Anna McKean (Associate Publicity Director) will give you the scoop on upcoming books from exciting authors, including Cassandra Clare, Orson Scott Card, Tony DiTerlizzi, and Brandon Mull. Hear what is going on with S and S’s hot properties and get a chance to win exclusive giveaways. All attendees will receive a limited edition T-shirt for the upcoming The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie.
7:00pm – 8:00pm Room 9
Zombies in Pop Culture
Max Brooks (Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z), Matt Mogk (Zombie Research Society), Steven Schlozman (The Zombie Autopsies), Scott Kenemore (Zen of Zombie, Zombie Ohio), Aaron Sagers (Journalist and TV host), Bradley Voytek (neuroscientist), and Jonathan James (DailyDead.com) discuss why zombies are so popular today. Join this expert panel for a Q&A session covering everything from the origin of the modern zombie to the deep-rooted fears it represents.
7:00pm – 8:00pm Room 7AB
A New Generation of Spike and Mike’s Festival of Animation
A dazzling collection of the most artistic, award-winning and funny animated shorts from around the world. Featured are 15 international, critically acclaimed animated short films, including Oscar nominees and winners. Entries include Bill Plymptons new film Drunker Than a Skunk, Pound Dogs, Dumb Ways to Die, and many more.
7:15pm – 8:15pm Room 6BCF
Artist as Brand: Rise of the Artist Entrepreneur
Greg Spalenka (artist in publishing, film, and higher education; Sandman, The Ant Bully, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) moderates a panel discussion on art career sustainability. Learn strategies on how to create an income from your talent on your own terms. Stephan Martiniere (artist in publishing, film, and games; Star Wars 2 and 3, I Robot), Donato Giancola (artist in publishing, film, and games; Tor, National Geographic), Alfred Paredes (sculptor, ZICA Toys, Sota Toys), Daniel Davis and Dawna Davis (husband and wife team of Steamcrow, publishers of monster books and toys). In addition there will be a drawing for free consultations with Greg Spalenka to help you create a living from your art on your own terms.
7:30pm – 8:30pm Room 8
Tournament of Nerds LIVE
The hit comedy show from the Upright Citizens Brigade theatre comes to Comic-Con. Who would win in a fight, Batman or Wolverine? Superman or Gandalf? Debates like these have raged for decades. Tournament of Nerds! pits two comedians against each other to battle it out in heated debate. Hosted by Justin Donaldson (Reno 911!) and Hal Rudnick (Screen Junkies) and featuring Jonah Ray (Nerdist), Marc Andreyko (Manhunter), Maddox (The Best Page in the Universe), Roger Barr (I-Mockery), Mike Carlson (Conan), and many more.
7:30pm – 8:30pm Room 26AB
Video Gaming: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are and Where We’re Going
Nathan Richardsson (Defiance), Warren Davis (Q*bert), Ciji Thornton (Robot Combat League), Rachel Lara (Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City), and Paul Dean (The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time) discuss the past of video game culture as it compares to today and how it can all show what comes next. Moderated by Patrick Scott Patterson (The Jace Hall Show).
7:30pm – 8:30pm Room 4
Webseries Creators Assemble!
What builds The Guild? How do people from so many different backgrounds, sometimes operating on shoestring budgets, bring their own shows to life on YouTube and other websites? Geeks and Gamers Anonymous creators Katrina Hill and Alex Langley assemble geeky webseries creators and performers from Shelf Life (Tara Platt, Stephanie Thorpe), Husbands (Jane Espenson, Brad Bell), Super Knocked Up (Jeff Burns, Jourdan Gibson), and The Guild itself (Sandeep Parikh) to discuss the creative process from conception through casting, crowdsourcing, production, and promotion of original online content.
7:30pm – 8:30pm Room 24ABC
Hall H and Ballroom 20 Thursday Panel Playback
Didn’t get into either Hall H or Ballroom 20 today? We feel your pain! Do you like stuff? Of course you do! Then join the assistant to the director of programming for Comic-Con International, Tommy Goldbach, in this 3-hour block in which Comic-Con will rebroadcast some of the day’s popular panels from those two giant rooms. Best of all, those in attendance will get to vote in a show of applause on what they want to see. It’s democracy at its finest and it’s a second chance to see these panels. (Please note: these playbacks will include only the panel discussions. None of the film clips or footage shown at the live events will be shown here.) 8:00pm – 11:00pm Room 25ABC
I Don’t Know $#!+ About Comics with Jesse Snider
Are you new to comics? Are you confused? Do you want to start reading but don’t know where to begin? Never fear, I Don’t Know $#!+ About Comics is here to help you make the transition from “I kinda liked that Man of Steel movie” to “I know everything about Superman, including his Social Security Number!” Let panelists Jesse Snider (Evil Ernie, Toy Story), Mark Waid (Daredevil, Kingdom Come), Rileah Vanderbilt (Team Unicorn), Tiffany Smith (GameGeek host), and moderator Aaron Sparrow (Darkwing Duck) indoctrinate you into the unequaled storytelling and imagination of comics!
8:00pm – 9:00pm Room 5AB
Mega64: Decade of Perfection Panel
Cast members Rocco Botte, Derrick Acosta, and Shawn Chatfield of the underground video game show Mega64 celebrate their tenth year of existence and also their tenth Comic-Con, all of which were executed with elegance and precision. Also executed with Eric Baudour, Garrett Hunter, and Bryan Abou Chacra.
8:00pm – 9:00pm Room 23ABC
Monkeybrain Comics Anniversary Celebration
Last year, Chris Roberson (Edison Rex) and Allison Baker (co-publisher) launched Monkeybrain Comics at Comic-Con International. What has the digital comics imprint been up to in the meantime, and what’s in store for the year to come? Join Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett (Heartbreakers), Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Bandette), Jen Vaughn (Avery Fatbottom: Renaissance Fair Detective), Joey Esposito and Benjamin Bailey (Captain Ultimate), and Bobby Timony (Detectobot) to find out.
8:00pm – 9:00pm Room 28DE
Not Guilty Due to Zombification? Law and Forensic Psychiatry in a Zombie Apocalypse
During a “zombie apocalypse” humans play by a new set of rules-or no rules at all. Zombies kill humans, humans hunt zombies, and humans murder other humans-with no legal repercussions. But suppose the zombie apocalypse ended after eradication of the zombies or the discovery of a cure that rejoined the dead with the living. When society’s laws are restored, what would happen if humans, zombies, and former zombies alike stood trial for their actions? Would any of them be found guilty, or would the circumstances of the apocalypse excuse crimes like theft, breaking and entering, misuse of a corpse, murder, and cannibalism? What legal defenses might apply? The forensic psychiatrists of Broadcast Thought-H. Eric Bender, M.D., Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D.-along with an attorney from Law and the Multiverse, James Daily (The Law of Superheroes), and attorney and professor Jeff Trexler examine the legal issues faced by a post-zombie-apocalyptic world. In a mock trial, the lawyers will be the prosecution and defense, the doctors will be the expert witnesses, and you will be the jury. Will the walking dead be found guilty or will they walk free?
8:00pm – 9:30pm Room 7AB
Not So Strange Bedfellows: The Relationship Between Comics and Pro Wrestling
Some have called the spectacle of pro wrestling a “comic book come to life.” That is not so far from the truth. From the heroics of Hulk Hogan, antiheroes such as John Cena, and villains like Ric Flair, come and explore the parallels that exist in character development and storyline advancement between these outrageous forms of narrative presented by architects from both worlds. Featuring Rik Offenberger (First Comic News.com), Francis Szyskowski (The Massacre Twins), Todd Tochioka (Working Snug.com), Scott Lost (Scott Lost-Art), and international wrestling superstar Rob Van Dam (WWE Monday Night Raw). Moderated by Joshua Waldrop (M1W Entertainment).
8:00pm – 9:00pm Room 9
Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza
Ric Meyers (Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Book and Movie) is back with another spectacular showing of the greatest action scenes the world has ever seen. Get ready to laugh, gasp, and cheer at the most incredible fights sequences of the year, sneak peaks of upcoming mind-blowers, and even a world premiere. Come celebrate with comedy film nerds Chris Mancini (Asylum) and Graham Elwood (Palm Strike Dance Party), Stunt People leader Eric Jacobus (Mortal Kombat: Legacy), martial art movie legend James Lew (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Hong Kong film fighter Ho-Sung Pak (Legend of Drunken Master), and more! See why the Extravaganza just keeps getting better in this, its 16th anniversary year!
8:00pm – 10:30pm Room 6A
Toy Break Presents Indie Toy Secrets
Learn how some of today’s leading independent toy designers have taken their ideas from concept to production and beyond. Find out how action figures, minifigures, plush characters, and resin collectibles come to life with the help of veteran toy makers George Gaspar (October Toys), Scott Tolleson (Stolle Art), H. Eric “Cornboy” Mayse (The Four Horsemen), and Jay Garcia (MANA Studios). Moderated by Ayleen Gaspar (Toy Break).
8:00pm – 9:00pm Room 32AB
Robotech Industry Panel
Tommy Yune, director of Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles and Steve Yun, screenwriter of Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles showcase all the latest live-action and animated Robotech projects in production.
8:15pm – 9:15pm Room 6DE
Black Mask: Bringing a Punk Rock Sensibility, Activism, and Wu-Tang to Comics
Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion), and Matt Pizzolo (Godkiller, Occupy Comics) have joined forces to bring confrontational, daring, and unique stories to comics. With a lead-off roster including Wu-Tang’s RZA and Ghostface Killah, Darick Robertson (Transmetropolitan, The Boys), and Occupy Comics’s star-studded team ranging from Alan Moore to Charlie Adlard to Art Spiegelman, Black Mask has already hit the ground running. Niles, Pizzolo, and Robertson will be joined by Matthew Rosenberg (12 Reasons To Die) and Adam Egypt Mortimer (Ballistic) for a discussion of breaking new ground in comics, and then Pizzolo will welcome additional panelists for a peek at what’s coming next.
8:30pm – 9:30pm Room 8
Comics on Comics LIVE!
Producers Vito Lapiccola and Juan-Manuel Rocha and The Sideshow Network bring you the fourth annual episode of Comics on Comics LIVE at San Diego Comic-Con! Legendary comedians Tommy Chong (Cheech and Chong, Up in Smoke) and Emmy Award winner Rick Overton (The Dennis Miller Show) join comics journalist Rich Johnston (BleedingCool.com) for another wild episode of the podcast where the greatest comic minds meet the greatest minds in comics! Thursday 8:30pm – 10:00pm Room 26AB
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Sing-Along
Join the fun as the California Browncoats screen Internet sensation Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog- coming back with call back sheets so you can play along during the screening. Enter the costume contest: horrible prizes awarded to the best version of each character from the show. DO NOT BOUNCE!
8:30pm – 10:00pm Room 6BCF
Holliston: Inside the Laughs, Screams, Metal, and Geekery!
Creator/star Adam Green (Hatchet), cast members Laura Ortiz (Happy Endings), and Oderus Urungus (GWAR), director Sean Becker (The Guild), and fan-favorite moderator Alison Haislip (The Voice) discuss the inner workings of their hit television series (now in its second season) and explain the process of creating a sitcom specifically for horror, sci-fi, comic, and heavy metal fans. Including exclusive clips and the world premiere of series character “Lance Rockett” (Dee Snider, Twisted Sister) and his band Dyver Down’s first original music video from the upcoming Season 2 finale, this just might be the most you’ll laugh all weekend long. Q&A to follow the presentation.
8:30pm – 9:30pm Room 24ABC