San Diego Comic Con 2018 Sunday Highlights

Let’s face it, San Diego Comic-Con is like the Coachella for geeks and nerds. If you aren’t being overtaken by the sensory overload of the spectacle, you are desperately trying to run between seas of people trying to get to a panel that is going on the same time as a presentation you have been dying to see. Here are some of HipZOMJoint’s highlights for each day of the con:

Sunday, July 22


DC for All

DC has long been the home of thrilling tales featuring the superheroes of the Justice League-but that’s not all! Come and hear about the incredible imprints at DC, which include the provocative, standalone stories of DC Black Label, the coming-of-age tales of DC Zoom and DC Ink, the weird and dangerous DC’s Young Animal, and more. Listen to John Romita, Jr. and other amazing creators behind these stories and discover your next must-read book!

Sunday July 22, 2018 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 6DE


Emily the Strange Panel Experience

Emily the Strange creator Rob Reger and fellow Strangers come together for the annual Emily the Strange Panel Experience and get the insider scoop on the feature film development with Dark Horse Entertainment and Amazon Studios. AIn celebration of the 25th anniversary of Emily the Strange, Rob will unveil the brand new “Still Strange Collection” designed in collaboration with long time co-conspirator Brian Brooks. Rob will discuss his creative process, how it’s evolved over the last 25 years, and the powers of independence versus collaboration in his work. As always, audience participation will be encouraged, and there will be plenty of rewards for being strange . . . Oh yeah, bring your Q’s for some A’s . . . Be there or get lost!

Sunday July 22, 2018 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 32AB


Open Meeting of the Christian Comic Arts Society

Featuring Sergio Cariello (The Action Bible), Scott Zambelli (Topps Transformers), Jackson Fong, Carmi Greene (actress), and Ralph Miley (CCAS president), the Christian Comic Arts Society along with Geeks4God and Geeky Guys for God celebrate 20 years of having the open meeting of the CCAS on Sunday morning of Comic-Con. Christian professionals in the entertainment industry will discuss their faith and how it influences them in their professions, their decisions, and the creative process.

Sunday July 22, 2018 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 28DE


R2-Builders Panel

Get all the information you need to build your own fully functional droid character from the Star Wars universe. Moderator Victor Franco and panelists Mike Senna, Michael McMaster, William Miyamoto, Chris Romines, and Thomas Roeoeslishare their knowledge and expertise to help your build a success.

Sunday July 22, 2018 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 11


The Science of Comic Vampires and Zombies

In a panel moderated by Jonathan Bacon-Liu (host of All the Time We Have podcast), Jonathan Maberry (author, V-Wars, Marvel Zombies Return) will bring his expertise in all things scary, as he is joined by Ronald Coleman, Ph.D. (regenerative medicine) and Sharon Schendel, Ph.D. (immunology) to talk about how these monsters might work in the real world and where science and imagination intertwine.

Sunday July 22, 2018 10:00am – 11:00am
Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina


The Annual Kirby Tribute

As is done every year, fans gather to salute the man some called “The King of the Comics” and its most imaginative artist and creator. Discussing the life and work of Jack Kirby this year are animation producer Larry Houston, illustrator/historian Arlen Schumer, Rand Hoppe of the Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center, attorney Paul S. Levine, a few surprises, and your moderator, Kirby biographer and assistant Mark Evanier.

Sunday July 22, 2018 10:00am – 11:15am
Room 5AB


Enter the Fun Zone: New Immersive Arcades and eSports Stadiums

Dynamic and immersive virtual reality arcades are springing up around the world, as are eSports stadiums and studios. Location-based entertainment is evolving, and these panelists are leading the way. You can learn more about these experiences at the Future Tech Live! Pavilion in the Omni Hotel. Join the first annual SDCC Hackathon too!

Sunday July 22, 2018 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 29AB


Marvel Comics: X-Men

Editor-in-chief C. B. Cebulski, Sina Grace (Iceman), Seanan McGuire (X-Men Gold Annual), Matt Rosenberg (Astonishing X-Men), and Tom Taylor (X-Men Red) take you through the full spectrum of current X-Men madness! The Red, Blue, and Gold teams confront Atlanteans, uncertainty, and extermination, and the secrets of a new X-team are revealed! Deadpool and X-23 both rediscover their roots, and the astonishing team faces ever stranger challenges. Plus, stay for the whole panel for an exclusive giveaway variant comic!

Sunday July 22, 2018 11:15am – 12:15pm
Room 5AB


Cartoon Network Best Summer Ever Costume Ball

Kids, get ready for the best costume ball ever! Cartoon Network is throwing the hottest party of the season and they want to include you. Kick off your flip-flops, ditch the bathing suit, and show off your chillest, most creative costumes. Oh, and there will be guest judges from some of your favorite Cartoon Network shows! They’ll play games, share exclusive never-before-seen clips, and hand out some sizzling prizes. Parents, turn up the heat by getting in on the action with a family costume. Make your best summer ever complete with a party you’ll remember all year long!

Sunday July 22, 2018 11:30am – 1:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront


Riverdale Special Video Presentation and Q&A

Following yet another drama-filled season and shocking season 2 finale, don’t miss Riverdale when it returns to San Diego for its third appearance at Comic-Con-this time in Hall H! Catch up with Archie and the gang as they continue to dive into the secrets that loom and keep emerging from the shadows in a town that once seemed like a quiet, ordinary place. The circumstances surrounding Archie’s arrest kick off the drama of season 3 as the gang tries to #FreeArchie and Hiram Lodge continues to flesh out his plans to control not only Riverdale but the ever growing SoDale. Based on the characters from Archie Comics and produced by Berlanti Productions (The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) in association with Warner Bros. Television, this one-hour drama is a bold, subversive take on the surreality of small-town life. See a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series starsand producers. Riverdale‘s season 3 returns Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.

Sunday July 22, 2018 11:45am – 12:45pm
Hall H


Costuming and Cosplay Support for the Mature Cosplayer (Yes, You Can Still Have Fun)

Panelists include John D. Callison (award-winning cosplayer and founder of Over30Cosplay), Richard Cetrone (stunt coordinator and actor best known for his work on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Captain America: Civil War, 300), Ryan Wells (cosplayer master level costumer), Sherman Blakeley (award winning cosplayer, best known for Luke Cage and The Green Mile), Bernie Bergman (moderator, owner of Nerds Like Us), Victoria V. Ikerd-Schreiter (professional Wonder Woman double), and Mary Sorenson Schwacher(award-winning cosplayer). Topics will include celebrating the history of comic culture, couples cosplay ideas, and combating negative, age-related stereotypes. Plus, tips on costume choice, dating and family, social media/marketing age awareness, and how to combat bullying in your community. Panel will include costume examples.

Sunday July 22, 2018 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina


Inside the Comic-Con Museum

Staff and special panelists will present a behind-the-scenes look at plans for the upcoming Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park.

Sunday July 22, 2018 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 29AB


Women of Marvel

Across comic books, television, new media, and more, the women of Marvel are here and here to stay! Attend this conversation with behind-the-scenes talent from Marvel Rising and creatives in the field, and hear firsthand what it’s like working as a woman in comics and what it means for the future of the industry. Hosted by Marvel’s Sana Amanat (VP of content and character development) and Judy Stephens (producer at Marvel), with additional panelists to be announced.

Sunday July 22, 2018 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Room 6DE


Mayans M.C. Discussion and Q&A

Mayans M. C. is the next chapter in Kurt Sutter’s award-winning Sons of Anarchy saga. Set in a post-Jax Teller world, Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes is fresh out of prison and a prospect in the Mayans M.C. charter on the Cali/Mexi border. Now, EZ must carve out his new identity in a town where he was once the golden boy with the American dream in his grasp. Featuring co-creator/executive producer/writer/director Kurt Sutter,co-creator/co-executive producer/writer Elgin James, and executive producer/director Norberto Barba, and stars J. D. Pardo, Clayton Cardenas,Edward James Olmos, Sarah Bolger, Michael Irby, Carla Baratta, Antonio Jaramillo, Raoul Max Trujillo, Richard Cabral, Danny Pino, Emilio Rivera,Frankie Loyal, Joseph Lucero, and Vincent “Rocco” Vargas.

Sunday July 22, 2018 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Hall H


Legion Discussion and Q&A

FX’s Legion, based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, is the story of David Haller, a man who believed himself to be schizophrenic only to discover that he may actually be the most powerful mutant the world has ever seen. Along with a team of other extraordinarily gifted people, David learned to accept his true self and set out to defeat the Shadow King, who was on a path to attaining infinite and world-ending power. In season 2, a series of mind-bending twists and turns called into question who is the hero and who is the villain. Creator/executive producer/writer/director Noah Hawley, alongside fellow executive producers John Cameron and Marvel’s Jeph Loeb, and some cast members will participate in a conversation of what to look forward to in season 3.

Sunday July 22, 2018 2:15pm – 3:15pm
Hall H


Starship Smackdown XXV: The Final Countdown

A panel of experts determine who will win the highly coveted Smackdown title. Can the Starship Enterprise defeat an Imperial Star Destroyer? Will the Milano be assimilated by a Borg Cube? Will the Nostromo be taken over by Rathars? And will the Jefferson Starship disappear forever after Thanos snaps his fingers? Only if you’re lucky. This panel of sage spaceshipologists includes Ashley E. Miller (Red Sonja, Thor), Steven Melching (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars Resistance), Kay Reindl (Freakish, Millennium), Christian Gossett (The Red Star), Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise), Daren Dochterman (Westworld, Real Steel), and your jocular host, the Mr. Rourke of the stars, Mark A. Altman (Tor Books’ upcoming So Say We All, The Fifty-Year Mission). Finish your weekend with the geekiest and most beloved panel of all-time in this or any other dimension, known or unknown. And ‘zis combat will be to the death.

Sunday July 22, 2018 2:45pm – 4:45pm
Room 6A


X-Men: The Animated Series Celebrates 25 Years

Series showrunner Eric Lewald (author of Previously on X-Men: The Making of an Animated Series), series producer/director Larry Houston (SDCC special guest), and series writers Julia Lewald and Len Uhley participate in a spirited discussion with behind-the-scenes stories about the making of the #1 hit.

Sunday July 22, 2018 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 7AB


Magic Wheelchair

Magic Wheelchair is a nonprofit organization that has garnered international attention for creating epic wheelchair costumes and promoting inclusive cosplay. Hear from the SDCC 2018 Star Wars Magic Wheelchair Team: Fon Davis(FONCO Studios), Tom Spina (Tom Spina Designs and Regal Robot), Michael McMaster (McMaster Robots, Team Echo Base), Gordon Tarpley, Norman Chan(co-founder of Tested), James Powell (Monster City Studios), Sean Fields(Project 842), Tony Le, and others as they discuss their experience of building these face-meltingly awesome costumes, the impact of inclusive cosplay, and how you can get involved.

Sunday July 22, 2018 3:45pm – 4:45pm
Room 5AB