San Diego Comic Con 2018 Thursday Schedule 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:

Thursday, July 19

10:00am

6th Annual Musical Anatomy of a Superhero

From the ominous horns of Jaws or A Quiet Place signaling fear, to the heroic Star Wars theme, music has always been an important supporting character in movies. In the world of superheroes, music sets an emotional tone more than virtually any other genre. This panel offers a behind-the-scenes look at the music of today’s biggest superhero film and TV projects with unreleased film clips and never-before-heard music. Participating composers include Tyler Bates (Deadpool 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 2), Marco Beltrami (Logan, The Wolverine), Christophe Beck (Ant-Man and the Wasp), Kurt Farquhar (Black Lightning), and Blake Neely (The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow). Moderated by Ray Costa of Costa Communications.

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:00am – 10:50am
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

10:00am

Anatomy of a Robot

Physical effects crew Weta Workshop (Blade Runner 2049, Elysium, Chappie, District 9, Lord of the Rings trilogy) and director Grant Sputore along with Michael Green (writer, I Am Mother) share how the titular robot of I Am Mother was brought to life. From designing and prototyping to the filming experience, discover one of the most complex builds that Weta Workshop has ever attempted. See Grant and the crew reveal the robot for the first time.

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 7AB

10:00am

Behind the Music 10th Anniversary: Crime, Death, and Resurrection

They’ve scored the adventures of anarchist hackers, orphan fugitives, and teen heroes. Now they’re all under one roof to discuss how music builds their favorite worlds and what it takes to score some of the most celebrated film and television projects of the past decade. Panelists include Mac Quayle (Mr. Robot, American Horror Story), Siddhartha Khosla (This Is Us, Marvel’s Runaways), Jared Faber(Teen Titans Go! to the MoviesCaptain Underpants), Jim Dooley (A Series of Unfortunate Events), Sherri Chung (Riverdale, Blindspot), and Kris Bowers (Dear White People). Moderated by Jon Huertas (This Is Us) and Sara Rue (A Series of Unfortunate Events).

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 25ABC

10:00am

Border Narratives: Voices from Beyond the Wall

Latinx comics professionals discuss their work and their experiences living in a time of resurgent nationalism and a countrywide obsession with borders, both physical and psychological. Topics will include the current state of Latinx characters in comics, the importance of diverse creators and the question of representative authenticity, and how comics creators can partner with libraries to provide the best access to books and community programming from outside the monoculture. Speakers are Johnnie Christmas (Firebug, Angel Catbird), Marco Finnegan(Crossroad Blues), Ricardo Padilla (executive director and co-founder of the Latino Comics Expo), Zeke Peña (illustrator at The Nib, Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide), and Isabel Quintero (Gabi, A Girl in Pieces, Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide). Moderated by Chloe Ramos-Peterson (library market sales representative at Image Comics).

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:00am – 11:00am
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

10:00am

DC Collectibles

Limited-edition statues, action figures, prop replicas, busts, vinyl . . . DC Collectibles has them all-and more. The DC Collectibles crew, including executive creative director Jim Fletcher and Academy Award-winning special makeup effects artist Rick Baker and several special guests discuss how they come up with so many great ideas, and what’s coming up from the maker of awesome collectibles!

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 9

10:00am

From the Bridge

Writer/director Spencer F. Lee brings together Nichelle Nichols, Rod Roddenberry, Kerry O’ Quinn, Tom DeSanto, Greg Grunberg, and Cecil Grimes to introduce their new film From the Bridge, a documentary on the evolution of science fiction, fantasy, comic books, and horror and the positive impacts that they have had on society as a whole. An exclusive first look at the feature film will be screened. The journey of a once-underground community of geeks has turned into a multi-billion-dollar explosion of fandom.

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:00am – 11:00am
Ballroom 20

10:00am

I’m in the Nerd Business

How do you succeed at turning your passions and fandoms into a successful business? Find out from this panel of entrepreneurs whose businesses cater to a predominantly nerdy and geeky clientele: Audrey Kearns (Geek Girl Authority), Janelle Badali (Badali Jewelry), Matthew Arevalo (Loot Crate), Christy Black(Heroes Journey Fitness), and Lauren Matesic (Castle Corsetry). They will discuss how these businesses started, how they compete with big corporations trying to capitalize on the geek marketplace, and how they market goods and services to a community seeking geeky authenticity. Moderated by Brian Ward(The Arkham Sessions, Shout! Factory).

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:00am – 11:00am
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

10:00am

It Takes Two: Creative Forces Combine!

Writing doesn’t have to be solitary. It can involve another author or illustrator, and their input can lead to an incredibly fruitful collaboration. Some of today’s top creators discuss the joys-and challenges!-of working together. M. T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin (The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge), P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast (Lost and The Dysasters), Dana Fredsti and David Fitzgerald (Time Shards), Jenni Holm and Matt Holm (Babymouse series, Sunny Side Up), and Jim Pascoe and Heidi Arnhold (Cottons) engage in conversation with Ringmistress Kiersten White (Bright We Burn).

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 28DE

10:00am

Jack Kirby’s Consciousness Part 2: How Jack Kirby, the CIA, Barry Ira Geller, and Mike Royer Saved the World

Barry Ira Geller and Mike Royer discuss the creation of Jack’s greatest architectural drawings for the film Lord of Light and the theme park Science Fiction Land. Get behind-the-scenes revelations of the drawings the CIA used in the real Argo. Moderated by author and Kirby friend J. David Spurlock.

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 23ABC

10:00am

KidsVO Cartoon Voices

KidsVo Productions assembles the next generation of voiceover kids! Zach Callison (Steven Universe), Laya Hayes (Doc McStuffins), Justin Felbinger(Miles from TomorrowlandAmphibia), Sean-Ryan Petersen (Victor & Valentino), and Haley Tju (Big Hero 6) show off their skills by reading a script by Cory Edwards (Hoodwinked), moderated by Tony Gonzales (top kids VO coach), followed by a brief Q&A.

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 6A

10:00am

Legion M: How Fandom Is Changing Hollywood

The world’s first fan-owned entertainment company reveals how fans can become a part of Hollywood and have access to special screenings, industry events, and exclusive meet-ups. Paul Scanlan (CEO), Jeff Annison (president), Terri Lubaroff (COO), David Baxter (head of development), and others discuss how Legion M has been involved with films like Bad Samaritan (David Tennant, Dean Devlin), Colossal (Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis), Mandy (Nicolas Cage), and The Field Guide to Evil (Ant Timpson), as well as digital series like Pitch Elevator (Leonard Maltin), plus the first-ever VR interview series, Icons (Stan Lee, Kevin Smith). Learn how they source and develop ideas, what’s coming next, and how you can join the Legion and become part of Hollywood.

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 5AB

10:00am

Transformers: Unicron and Beyond

The planet-eater Unicron has arrived, and nothing will be spared! IDW editor-in-chief John Barber, associate publisher David Hedgecock, editor David Mariotte,Hasbro’s director of global publishing Michael Kelly, and creators behind the blockbuster event of the summer fill you in on what’s in store for the Autobots and offer a hint at what comes next.

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 29AB

10:00am

Writing and Drawing the Past

History finds its way into all the stories we tell, whether those are autobiographical, fiction, or nonfiction. These creators open up about how historical factors alter the way their story is researched, the twists and turns history creates in their storytelling, and more. Hillary Chute (Why Comics? From Underground to Everywhere) moderates a conversation between Thi Bui (The Best We Could Do), Jason Lutes (Berlin), Noah Van Sciver (Johnny Appleseed), and Jen Wang (The Prince and The Dressmaker), who will delve into the unique considerations facing a cartoonist drawing and writing the past.

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 32AB

10:00am

We’re Not from ‘Round Here: Star vs. the Forces of Evil and Big City Greens

The creators and stars of Disney’s Star vs. the Forces of Evil and the new series Big City Greens bring you never-before-seen clips, answer your questions, and even perform a live table read. Panelists include Daron Nefcy (executive producer), Eden Sher (The Middle, Veronica Mars), Adam McArthur (Star vs. the Forces of EvilAdventures of Puss in Boots), Esmé Bianco (Game of Thrones, The Magicians, Star vs. the Forces of Evil), Shane Houghton (executive producer), Chris Houghton (executive producer), and Marieve Herington (How I Met Your Mother, Good Luck Charlie).

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:00am – 11:15am
Room 6DE

10:00am

Anatomy of Writing Action in a Novel

Stories are about conflict. And there is no purer form of conflict than a good ol’ fisticuffs-style brawl. Or sword fight, laser battle, western shootout, or even two chicks pulling out each other’s hair. Yet, how do you put that much action down on paper and not only make it believable but enjoyable and exciting to read? Award-winning author and former lead fiction writer for Sony’s EverQuest Next Maxwell Alexander Drake dives into the depths of writing action in prose, breaking it down piece by piece, and giving you some tricks you can use to create more realistic and exciting action in your own fiction.

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:00am – 11:30am
Room 2

10:30am

20th Century Fox: The Predator

The hunt returns as director, Shane Black (Iron Man 3, The New Guys), along with cast members, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Keegan-Michael Key, Trevante Rhodes, Jake Busey, Yvonne Strahovski, Thomas Jane and Augusto Aguiliera, bring their all-star firepower to an explosive panel on Fox’s upcoming bigger n’ badder take on the iconic franchise.

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:30am – 11:30am
Hall H

10:30am

Blade Runner: Revelations: Storytelling in VR

The team behind Blade Runner: Revelations, a new VR experience set in between Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 reveal their creative approach and behind-the-scenes process to expanding the narrative and characters in this iconic neo-noir world. Featuring Eric “Giz” Gewirtz (CCO, Seismic Games), Trevor Sands(narrative director, Seismic Games), George Collins (executive producer, Alcon Interactive), Tyler Moore (actor), Valerie Arem (actor/PCB VO producer), and Jonathan Krusell (publishing producer, AR & VR, Google), with moderator Jennie Kong (creator, The Game Makers series).

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:30am – 11:30am
Room 6BCF

10:30am

How to Get News Coverage

Small press publishers: What makes the difference between an item that will get news coverage, previews, and interviews and what doesn’t? A lot of publishers have no idea what to submit to the press, how to submit it, and why they are being overlooked for coverage. Comics journalist Rik Offenberger (First Comics News, Archie Comics) moderates this panel on just what it takes to get coverage, with the comics journalists themselves telling you what they are looking for in your submission. Panelists include Tim Chizmar (Fangoria, co-chair of the Horror Writers Association, First Comics News), Glenn Hauman (Comic Mix), Jez Ibelle(First Comics News, Geek-A-Pedia), Rob Salkowitz (ICv2, Forbes), Francis Sky(First Comics News, Massacre Twins), J. C. Vaughn (Gemstone Publishing), and Josh Waldrop (Red Gorilla Comics), along with independent comic creators Ed Catto (Captain Action, Bonfire Agency) and Holly Golightly (BroadSword Comics), who explain what worked for them and what to avoid when looking for press coverage. Find out what it takes to self-promote your project and make a significant impact on your ability to sell your comics project.

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:30am – 11:30am
Room 8

10:30am

Spotlight on Maggie Thompson Celebrating Comics Buyer’s Guide

Maggie Thompson (30-year co-editor of Comics Buyer’s Guide) and CBGcontributors Mark Evanier (writer, editor, entertainment expert, and News from MEblogger) and Scott Brick (actor, writer, and award-winning audiobook narrator) revisit three decades of comics newsgathering.

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:30am – 11:30am
Room 4

10:30am

What Marvel Means to Me!

The name “Marvel” immediately brings to mind eye-popping visuals and superhero slugfests, but beneath the widescreen trappings and cosmic adventure, there’s an innate humanity that resonates with audiences and a legacy of storytellers who bring this universe to life. Here, co-moderators Professor Ben Saunders (Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes exhibit at MoPop) and Patrick A. Reed (Depth of Field) speak with an all-star group of panelists about the stories, characters, and people that make Marvel so enduring.

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:30am – 11:30am
Room 24ABC

10:30am

Comic Book Law School® 101: “I Have This Cool Idea . . .”

Starting at the beginning is a vital first step for any creative or business endeavor and getting off on the right foot is key to traveling on the road to success. And this year’s Comic Book Law School is designed to help you navigate the best possible route (and provide help in deciphering the map legend). Noted IP attorney Michael Lovitz, author of The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, is joined by attorneys Howard Hogan and Jeremy S. Goldman for the first of three interactive and informative Comic Book Law School programs. This first program focuses on the basics of intellectual property rights available to creators and business owners, and it will provide attendees with the foundation needed for understanding which rights are available to creators of comics, games, films, and other creative works. It will also provide insights on how best to safeguard ideas, creative works, characters, brands, and names/titles from genesis through publication and distribution, and beyond. Attendees are invited to participate in an interactive discussion about the rights provided under U.S. copyright and trademark laws, including a discussion on the protections these laws provide, the benefits of federal registrations for each, tips on working with collaborators, and issues of joint authorship and work-made-for-hire. This year’s program will also include a discussion Super Hero Haute Couture, including the interplay of comic book and sci-fi costumes, cosplay, and fair use. 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 insights 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.]

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:30am – 12:00pm
Room 11

10:30am

11:00am

Spotlight on Lynn Johnston

Comic-Con special guest Lynn Johnston is the Canadian creator of For Better or For Worse. This family-based comic strip has been syndicated since 1979 and was named Best Syndicated Comic Strip in 1992. At its peak, For Better or For Worseappeared in more than 2,000 newspapers in 23 countries and was translated into 8 languages for a devoted readership of more than 220 million. Expect to learn more about Johnston’s career in comics and what she’s been up to lately!

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:00am – 12:00am
Room 32AB

11:00am

Behind the Scenes of Freeform’s Siren

Fresh off the heels of their first season, the cast and executive producers of Freeform’s hit mermaid drama Siren make their San Diego Comic-Con debut, recapping season 1 and revealing what fans can expect from season 2. In this epic tale, the coastal town of Bristol Cove is turned upside down when a mysterious girl (Eline Powell) appears and begins wreaking havoc on the small fishing town. Using their resources, marine biologists Ben (Alex Roe) and Maddie (Fola Evans-Akingbola) must work together to find out who and what drove this primal hunter of the deep sea to land. Panelists include executive producers Eric Wald and Emily Whitesell, with series stars Eline Powell, Alex Roe, Fola Evans-Akingbola, Ian Verdun, and Rena Owen. Moderated by TLC’s Chilli.

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:00am – 11:50am
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

11:00am

Beyond Wakanda: Intersectional Afrofuturism

Afrofuturism is a Black aesthetic, philosophical, and artistic movement that dates to the mid-20th century; its influences can be seen most recently in Ryan Coogler’s depiction of Wakanda, a place of super science, spiritual communion, and geopolitical influence predicated not on closeness to colonial nodes of power, but autonomy from them. This panel digs deep into the cultural archive of Afrofuturism to connect the broad audience of popular films like Black Panther to historical resources related to Afrofuturism, especially the work of Octavia Butler. Using records related to Butler’s works of fiction and her life in Southern California, this panel uses zine making as a bridge between scholarly and popular archives, between the study of technology and Afrofuturism, and between LIS professionals and broader audiences. Participants will learn to use zines for audience engagement and will gain exposures to an abbreviated history of Afrofuturism in Southern California. Panelists include Kelly Besser (archivist, UCLA Library Special Collections), Roderic Crooks (assistant professor of informatics, UC Irvine), Dalena Hunter (librarian, Bunche Center for African American Studies, UCLA), and Shani Miller (metadata and digital processing coordinator, UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive).

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:00am – 12:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

11:00am

Cosplay 101: Bringing Your Dreams to Life

Catherine M. Fisher (award winning costumer), Bob Mogg (Steampunk expert), Birda Hussey Nichols (historic and fantasy costumer), and Caitlin Brown(costumer and member of the San Diego Patcheteers) discuss the basics in costuming to help beginning costumers get started in the world of cosplaying. The talented panelists will show you how to get in on all the cosplaying fun even if you’ve never sewn a stitch in your life. Moderated by Melissa Gene Meyer(department assistant for the Masquerade with Comic-Con International).

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:00am – 12:00pm

11:00am

Diversity and Comics: Why Inclusion and Visibility Matter

Sanford Greene (artist, variant Black Panther: The Sound and The Fury #1), Stanford Carpenter (Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival), Sam Bright (art and collectibles, eBay), Nalo Hopkinson (Sandman Universe, DC; UC Riverside), Christina “Steenz” Stewart (Lion Forge), and moderator Aaron Grizzell(NorcalMLK Foundation) discuss how comics have become more inclusive of women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and the LGBTQ community to better reflect today’s culture and expand to a changing fan base.

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 9

11:00am

Growing Up with Comics: Introducing Younger Readers to Graphic Storytelling

Comics are a great way to get kids interested in art, reading, and storytelling-and, well, they’re fun! Sergio Aragonés (Groo), Cecil Castellucci (Soupy Leaves Home), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), and Landry Q. Walker (Disney/Pixar, The Incredibles 2: Crisis in Mid-Life! & Other Stories) to discover and discuss the ever-growing library of incredible all-ages comics.

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 23ABC

11:00am

Hasbro Transformers

Be the first to hear about new Transformers toys and products that have yet to hit store shelves straight from the design and marketing teams at Hasbro. There is a lot of buzz for Bumblebee: The Movie hitting theaters in December. Roll in to get a glimpse at the Transformers products inspired by the film, including new figures in the Generations Studio Series collection. Then, get your cyber-goggles ready for a look at the first reveals from the highly anticipated upcoming Generations War for Cybertron trilogy line. Set sights on Cyberverse, the exciting new animated show is full of new characters and familiar stories. Fly in to sneak a peek at the series and several of the new toys not yet revealed. Many new Transformers initiatives from some trusted partners will be shared, as well as the induction of the 2018 Transformers Hall of Fame members.

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 29AB

11:00am

Podcast Advocates and the Podcast Gathering

Panelists focus on the ins and outs of creating a podcast, growing your audience, and networking with other podcasters. Moderated by Andrew Linde (The Benview Network, The Super Mario Bros. Minute), panelists include Graham Elwood(Comedy Film Nerds, Ear Buds: The Podcasting Documentary), Emily Schmemily(The Super Mario Bros. Minute, James Bonding), Phil Vecchio (The Mandarian Orange Show, Alex P. Keaton Is My Friend), Cheryl Jones (Movies Made Me, Pete The Cat), and Brendan Creecy (Massive Buds Wrestling Show, Radio BrendoMan). Independent podcasters in the audience will also have a chance to pitch their podcasts to the room.

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:00am – 12:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

11:00am

Sounds of Mayhem: Music and Audio in Action Films, TV, and Video Games

Featuring creatives behind Deadpool 2, Cobra Kai, Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia,DC Super Hero Girls, Prince of Persia, Mummy VR, Halo, God of War, and Legend of Zelda. Experts in the sound field, including composers, sound mixers, and sound editors, talk about setting tone and controlling the soundscape down to the pow of the last karate chop. Whether slaying trolls, chasing the undead, or beating the bad guys, sound is an essential part of telling stories in films, TV shows, and video games. Panelists include Leo Birenberg and Zach Robinson (Cobra Kai), Tim Davies (Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia), Michael Gatt (DC Super Hero Girls, Braid), Mark Stoeckinger (Deadpool 2), Penka Kouneva (Prince of Persia, Mummy VR). Moderated by Chris Villain (content creator) and Bryon Burton (journalist for The Hollywood Reporter).

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 25ABC

11:00am

Spotlight on Larry Houston

Comic-Con guest Larry F. Houston is the Emmy Award-nominated producer/director of The X-Men animated show, the phenomenally successful ’90s series that was part of the foundation that helped launch Marvel’s multi-billion-dollar franchises. Hired by Filmation Studios as the first African American Saturday morning cartoon storyboard artist, he storyboarded and directed some of the most popular ’80s and ’90s classic shows, including Thundarr, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, G.I. JOE, Jonny Quest, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Captain Planet, Fantastic Four, Mighty Orbots, and Bionic Six. Hear all the inside info on his career in this spotlight.

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 5AB

11:00am

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles For All!

Three eras of the Ninja Turtles collide in one room! Co-creator Kevin Eastman is joined by the current comic book creative team of Tom Waltz and Bobby Curnow,as they talk about the past, present, and future of the heroes in a half shell. Turtle power! There will also be a special Turtle Trivia with prizes for the ultimate TMNT fan.

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 28DE

11:00am

When Earthlings Become Martians: National Geographic’s Mars, Season 2

The prospect of colonizing Mars and becoming an interplanetary species has never been more palpable. As the second season of National Geographic’s Mars, the hybrid event series, returns this November to explore this reality and whether humanity is doomed to repeat the same mistakes once we get there, join the show’s foremost experts on terraforming the Red Planet along with new and returning cast as they give an exclusive sneak peek at what’s to come. The panel, moderated by author and Forbes.com contributor Jennifer Kite-Powell, will feature experts including Dr. Stephen Petranek, award-winning author of How We’ll Live on MarsAndy Weir, bestselling author of The MartianSusan Wise Bauer, historian and author of the History of the World series; former NASA astronaut and author Leland Melvin, and cast members JiHae (Mortal Engines) and Jeff Hephner (Chicago Med, Code Black). In addition, they’ll discuss the major conflicts ahead and get real about repercussions of every singular action and decision Earthlings will make when they become Martians-from having babies, to catching colds . . . even to experiencing love and sex on Mars.

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 7AB

11:00am

Thursday Playback Room Block #1

The Playback Room will be showing the following panel presentations from either or both Hall H and Ballroom 20: From the Bridge, 20th Century Fox: The Predator and Charmed Exclusive Screening and Panel. (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.)

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:00am – 1:15pm
Marriott Marina Ballroom DE, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

11:15am

Charmed Exclusive Screening and Panel

The iconic Charmed is back just in time to celebrate its 20th anniversary. This reboot of the original series centers on three sisters in a college town who, after the tragic loss of their mother, discover they are powerful witches. Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy, and maintaining familial bonds, a witch’s work is never done. Please join series stars Melonie Diaz, Sarah Jeffery, Madeleine Mantock, and Rupert Evans along with producers Jennie Snyder Urman, Jessica O’Toole, and Amy Rardin for an exclusive sneak peek at the first episode of the CW series followed by a panel discussion.

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:15am – 12:15pm
Ballroom 20

11:15am

WWE Elite Squad

The WWE Elite Squad invades San Diego Comic-Con! Elite Squad members Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins will be joined by Matt Hardy and a surprise superstar or two, along with the Mattel team, for this collector panel moderated by WWE correspondent Cathy Kelley. Get the scoop on the hottest new Mattel WWE action figures!

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:15am – 12:15pm
Room 6A

11:30am

Cracking the Code: The Beanworld Enigma

Larry Marder’s Beanworld has captivated readers from grade school to grad school over several generations. Why? No one knows. It’s a comic that defies description. Marder always says “It’s easier to read than it is to explain.” Marder’s solo panel is a rich visual travelogue about his perplexing path that ultimately led to his discovery of the inner workings of Beanworld’s ecosystem. Experience for yourself why Beanworld was, is, and always will be a most peculiar comic book experience.

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:30am – 12:30pm
Room 4

11:30am

DC Meet the Publishers

Dan DiDio and Jim Lee are the forces behind DC Publishing, including DC Vertigo, MAD, DC Black Label, DC New Age of Heroes, and much more. This up-close-and-personal panel gives you unique access to the leaders of your favorite comic book line!

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:30am – 12:30pm
Room 6DE

11:30am

Oni Press Presents: Your Best Pitch Yet

Every editor has a different opinion about a pitch. Oni Press’s executive editor Ari Yarwood and editorial director of licensed publishing Sarah Gaydos host a panel with peer editors Christina “Steenz” Stewart (Lion Forge), Spike Trotman (Iron Circus), and others as they offer insights into what a good pitch is in the comics world.

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:30am – 12:30pm
Room 8

11:30am

You’re Wrong, Leonard Maltin!

Discussing movies on social media has become a blood sport instead of a forum for debate. Leonard Maltin and his daughter Jessie, who host the “Maltin on Movies” podcast for the Nerdist network, are willing to take on all comers who have a gripe over one of Leonard’s reviews. Marquis of Queensbury rules will be enforced, but anyone who wants to have a lively discussion is welcome to spar (verbally) with America’s best-known film critic.

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:30am – 12:30pm
Room 24ABC

11:30am

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, Clip Studio Paint, and Procreate’s treasure trove of features old and new 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.

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:30am – 1:00pm
Room 2

11:45am

Celebrate the 10-Year Anniversary of Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Executive producer Dave Filoni and panelists look back on 10 years of the Emmy Award-winning series that expanded the Star Wars universe and introduced countless fan-favorite characters to a galaxy far, far away.

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:45am – 12:45pm
Room 6BCF

11:45am

Doctor Who: BBC America’s Official Panel

BBC America’s Doctor Who panel introduces the 13th Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch). Marking a new era for the legendary Time Lord, Whittaker will be joined on the panel by two of her co-stars, Tosin Cole, and Mandip Gill, who play Ryan and Yasmin, as well as award-winning series showrunner Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch) and executive producer Matt Strevens(An Adventure in Space and Time). With this year’s highly anticipated season packed full of action, adventure, humor, and emotion, this will be the cast’s first-ever panel appearance ahead of Doctor Who premiering this fall on BBC America.

Thursday July 19, 2018 11:45am – 12:45pm
Hall H

12:00pm

Brand New Action-Thriller from YouTube Originals: Impulse

You can’t control what you don’t understand. Get an inside look at the critically acclaimed YouTube Original series Impulse. Watch scenes from the series with executive producers Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow), and Gene Klein and David Bartis (Suits), along with showrunner Lauren LeFranc(Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and stars Maddie Hasson and Missi Pyle, as they explore the mysterious town of Reston, New York, where 16-year-old Henrietta “Henry” Coles is an outsider with a major chip on her shoulder and no friends. She remains withdrawn and isolated, but everything changes when a traumatic encounter with a classmate triggers something deep within. Henry discovers an extraordinary ability to teleport, unleashing a new power she cannot control.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm – 12:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

12:00pm

“It’s Dangerous to Go Alone!”

Even if you are The Chosen One, you still need your squad, whether they are friends, family, or just allies with important survival skills. Authors Justina Ireland(Dread Nation), C. B. Lee (Sidekick Squad series), Brooklyn Allen and Mariko Tamaki (Lumberjanes: The Moon Is Up), Leah Thomas (When Light Left Us and Because You’ll Never Meet Me), Mary E. Pearson (Dance of Thieves /Remnant Chronicles), and Natalie C. Parker (Seafire) squad up with moderator Sam Maggs(Girl Squads: 20 Female Friendships that Changed History).

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

12:00pm

About Comics 20th Anniversary

Nat Gertler (founder, About Comics), Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics, 24 Hour Comics), and Lea Hernandez (Teen Titans Go!) celebrate About Comics, launched 20 years ago as a one-man publishing company which-after launching 24 Hour Comics Day, finding lost Charles Schulz material, reprinting The Negro Motorist Green Book, and more-it still is. Moderated by Andrew Farago (curator, Cartoon Art Museum).

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 32AB

12:00pm

Behind the Cards: The Art of Blizzard’s Hearthstone

Ben Thompson (art director) and artists of Blizzard Entertainment’s Hearthstone offer a deep dive into the world of card creation for the hit digital card game. Surprise and delight await as panelists walk attendees through a card’s development from initial concept sketches to final card art.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 5AB

12:00pm

CBLDF #1 Comics, Start Here!

It’s hard to believe, but comics used to be the black sheep of reading and were once synonymous with juvenile delinquency. Today, they’re at the center of pop culture! But just because graphic novels are popular, that doesn’t mean everyone knows how to use them in their library. Never fear, CBLDF is here! Panelists will help you make the most of this incredible creative medium for all of your patrons. Learn about CBLDF’s new research on cataloging comics and get helpful tips about collection development and defense that will help everyone in your library love comics. Featuring CBLDF board member Katherine Keller, librarian and advocate Amie Wright, and researchers Staci Crouch, Hallie Clawson, and Allison Bailund.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 11

12:00pm

Comics Arts Conference #2: Comics, Costumes, and Cultural Appropriation

Modern comics, animation, and related media exhibit an unprecedented degree of diverse representation, but they also raise serious questions about cultural appropriation. Must creators color within the lines of their own heritage? Is wearing a Black Panther costume problematic for anyone not of African descent? Does using folklore or cultural imagery require asking permission from source communities-or even paying them royalties? Jeff Trexler (Fordham School of Law, Fashion Law Institute), Susan Scafidi (Who Owns CultureAppropriation and Authenticity in American Law), Douriean Fletcher (Douriean.com; specialty jeweler, Black Panther), and Joseph P. Illidge (Valiant) discuss the history, theory, and ethics of comics and cultural exchange.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 26AB

12:00pm

Entertainment is LGBTQ

BOOM! Studios and GLAAD present an in-depth roundtable discussion about LGBTQ representation in pop culture and the path forward to a brighter, more inclusive future, with panelists from all corners of the entertainment world, including Lilah Sturges (Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass), Marguerite Bennett(Animosity), Noah Hayes (Wet Hot American Summer). and others. Moderated by Megan Townsend (director of entertainment research & analysis, GLAAD).

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 28DE

12:00pm

Focus on Joe Jusko

Joe Jusko is one of the premier and most in-demand painters of comic book and trading card art working today. In an award-winning career spanning more than 40 years, he has produced extraordinary illustrations for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., and many more. This acclaimed artist talks with IDW editor Scott Dunbier about his long and storied career.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 9

12:00pm

Heroes at the Mic: Podcasting for the Fan Age

The power of podcasting has made it possible to get pop culture news and interviews almost anywhere you can get a cell phone signal. Learn how this panel of top geek broadcasters built their shows, overcame obstacles, and had a grand time bringing you the scoops on comics, films, books, and gaming. Neal Hallford(Uncharted Regions) moderates a panel with Larry Nemecek (Portal 47), Susy Botello (SBP Podcast Mobile Film), David Dawson (The IntelleXuals), Malia Miglino (Macabre Mondays), and Kriss Travers (MTR Network).

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

12:00pm

If You Build It, They Will Come: Strategies for Successful Adult Graphic Novel Collection Development in Public Libraries

Comics are for everyone, yet far too often adult graphic novels are relegated to teen sections, resigned to standing order plans, and unconsidered when planning programming. Panelist will provide practical approaches to building high-quality graphic novel collection for adults and targeting and increasing advocacy about why adult graphic novels are needed in every library. Topics will include suggestions for overcoming the unique challenges of creating and maintaining adult graphic novel collections, how to “sell” this collection to stakeholders, suggested titles to purchase to start and grow your collection, and resources for readers advisory and advocacy support. Panelists include Monica Barrette (senior librarian, adult services, Escondido Public Library), Cassidy Charles (digital services librarian, Santa Barbara Public Library), Marcela Peres (library director, Lewiston Public Library), and Amie Wright (library manager, Edmonton Public Library).

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

12:00pm

Let’s Get Real About Fantasy with Daniel José Older

Do you love twisted fairytales, ghosts in Scotland, a sleeping Welsh King, Orishan gods and wait for it…dinosaurs set in the Civil War? Yes you do! This awesome panel of middle grade and young adult authors lead by Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone) and including Daniel José Older (Dactyl Hill Squad), Victoria Schwab (City of Ghosts), Maggie Stiefvater (All the Crooked Saints), Kiersten White (Beanstalker and Other Hilarious Scarytales) discuss their craft in literature.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 23ABC

12:00pm

Making Comics the Marvel Way

Editor-in-chief C. B. Cebulski and talent scout Rickey Purdin join a multitude of Mighty Marvel panelists to take you behind the scenes and show you how a Marvel comic book is made. Learn about every aspect of production, including writing, penciling, inking, coloring, lettering, editing, and more, with creators on hand to offer personal insights and anecdotes.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 25ABC

12:00pm

Raising Fankids: Teaching Young Geeks to be Self-Confident and Successful

Pasquale Piro (middle-school teacher, father of two) hosts a panel with Ben Kliewer (Sunday school volunteer), Christina Silvoso (Christina Is Crafty, mother), Lori Davis (middle-school teacher), Colyn Barringer (high school student), and Shayla Spires (high school student), discussing techniques and experiences that help kids grow up nerdy without the negative connotation.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

12:00pm

Stargate Franchise: Creative Storytelling

See the entire spectrum of Stargate franchise stories. The Stargate series, comics, books, games, and fan fiction have all contributed to the rich tapestry of the franchise, and there is more to come. Kieran Dickson will moderate a discussion with panelists Chris Judge, Darren Sumner, David Read, and more, as they share their creative process and behind-the-scenes stories.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 7AB

12:00pm

Toys Without Apps: Pin Mates

Playtime is back! Originally launched in 1959, Pin Play was a staple of every playroom and toy chest for over 40 years. Now decades later, Entertainment Earth is bringing Pin Play back with wooden Pin Mates from the hottest licenses for kids and collectors such as Marvel, DC Comics, and KISS, as well as classic favorites like Luckee the Dog (available first at SDCC). This panel will premiere the newest Pin Mates and offer a look into the dangers of app-based toys as well as why open-ended creative play is needed to stimulate young imaginations. Hosted by Scott Neitlich (Masters of the Universe Classics, METALS Nano) and Adam Pawlus(Galactic Hunter, 16bit.com), the panel features creative director Griffin Maghariand Barbara Shaw Neitlich (LCSW, national expert on child play therapy). Free wooden Pin Mate for all audience members!

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 29AB

12:00pm

The Writer’s Danger Room

Young mutants come to Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Children to learn how to control their mutant powers (and one day become X-Men). Much of their training takes place inside the school’s “Danger Room,” a state-of-the-art gymnasium equipped with attack robots, trap doors, flying buzz saws, and anything else that’s needed to help students hone their abilities and perfect their use. The same goes for writers: If you want to be one, you have to train like one. But how much time do you typically find at Comic-Con to sit down and practice your craft? Inside “The Writer’s Danger Room” you’ll spend two hours doing short, powerful writing exercises that will test your talents, sharpen your skills, and push you past what you thought you could do. Corey Rothermel and Douglas Neff (authors of Epic Win! The Geek’s Guide to the Journey from Fan to Creator) will facilitate this interactive workshop, open to writers of all ages and skill levels. Bring a pencil and paper and your sense of adventure!

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

12:15pm

Tell Me a Story

Step into the world of Tell Me a Story, the latest project from the mind of Kevin Williamson. In this reimagining of the world’s most beloved fairy tales, see “The Three Little Pigs,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “Hansel and Gretel” come to life as dark and twisted psychological thrillers interweaving with each other against the backdrop of modern-day New York City. Featuring executive producer Kevin Williamson as well as series stars Paul Wesley and James Wolk, for an exclusive sneak peek of the CBS All Access series followed by a panel discussion. Moderated by the editor-in-chief of Entertainment WeeklyHenry Goldblatt.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:15pm – 12:45pm
Ballroom 20

12:30pm

2001: A Space Odyssey 50th Anniversary Panel

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) and the Arthur C. Clarke Society take a look back across a half-century (and the distant universe) to celebrate one of the most iconic films in history. Panelists will examine Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction masterpiece. Kubrick’s Academy Award-winning achievement is a compelling drama of man vs. machine, a stunning meld of music and motion. For the first time since its original release, new 70mm prints were struck from pristine printing elements made from the original camera negative. A longtime admirer of the late American auteur, Christopher Nolan worked closely with the team at Warner Bros. Pictures throughout the mastering process. Building on the work done for the new 70mm prints, the 4K UHD with HDR presentation was mastered from the 65mm original camera negative. 2001: A Space Odyssey will be available on 4K UHD from WBHE on October 30.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Room 6A

12:30pm

Adventures in Self-Publishing: Spotlight on Randy Reynaldo

Comic-Con special guest Randy Reynaldo (writer/artist, Rob Hanes Adventures), with moderator Barry Gregory (CEO, Ka-Blam Digital Printing), talks about surviving more than 20 years of self-publishing, his influences, how he started out and broke in, how self-publishing has changed, and of course his flagship title, the long-running indie action series Rob Hanes Adventures. He’ll also preview what’s coming up in the future for himself and the series. Randy has exhibited in the Small Press Area of the San Diego Comic-Con since its inception in 1993 and has wisdom and experience to share with other aspiring self-publishers, writers, and artists. All attendees will get a complimentary issue.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Room 4

12:30pm

Celebrating Mickey Spillane’s Centenary

In this special anniversary discussion, Titan Publishing’s Andrew Sumner sits down with writer Max Allan Collins (Quarry’s War, Road to Perdition) to discuss the life and legacy of Mickey Spillane on what would have been his centenary year. They delve into the history of his most famous creation, Mike Hammer, along with his return to comics in an all-new Titan series based on one of Spillane’s original plots.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Room 24ABC

12:30pm

UDON Entertainment 2018-2019

Celebrating another ground-breaking year of publishing video game and anime art books and manga from Japan and all over the world, UDON’s chief Erik Ko and director of publishing Matt Moylan tell about all the new and exciting projects that UDON is offering in the coming months.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Room 8

12:45pm

Spotlight on Jim Lee

DC Entertainment publisher/chief creative officer Jim Lee (Superman Unchained, Justice League, Batman, Suicide Squad) talks about his 25+ years in the comics industry and sketches your favorite characters live on the big screen. This is a great opportunity to watch the creative process firsthand and learn the tips of the trade that bring DC Entertainment’s characters to life.

Thursday July 19, 2018 12:45pm – 1:45pm
Room 6DE

1:00pm

Exclusive First Look at New YouTube Originals Sci-Fi Thriller: Origin

From the producers of The Crown and Strike Back comes the riveting new sci-fi thriller series Origin. Watch never-before-seen footage and join stars Tom Felton(Harry Potter film series), Natalia Tena (Game of Thrones), Nora Arnezeder(Mozart in the Jungle) and newcomer Sen Mitsuji, along with writer/creator/executive producer Mika Watkins and director Paul W. S. Anderson(Resident Evil). In Origin, a group of outsiders seek a clean slate on a colonized planet but are jarred awake on their journey as an asteroid collision damages their spaceship, leaving them stranded. The abandoned passengers discover a terrifying truth and must work together for survival, quickly realizing that one of them is far from who they claim to be.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm – 1:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

1:00pm

A Discovery of Witches

Meet the cast and creatives behind the major new TV series. Teresa Palmer(Hacksaw Ridge), Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey), Alex Kingston (Doctor Who), and Owen Teale (Game of Thrones) join Deborah Harkness (All Souls trilogy), author of the original novel, to discuss the TV adaptation.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Ballroom 20

1:00pm

Black Mask Studios

Secret Black Mask Studios panel.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 28DE

1:00pm

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Zombies

Treyarch’s Jason Blundell (director, Zombies) and Craig Houston (lead writer) celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Call of Duty’s Zombies and discuss what’s next for the studio’s signature undead in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Get ready for never-before-seen footage, exciting special announcements, and Q&A.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 6BCF

1:00pm

Careers in Geek Fashion

Geek fashion is an industry that continues to grow each year, and you don’t have to be a designer to work in it. Panelists talk about the career paths available in geek fashion, looking at the jobs within and outside of fashion companies. Moderated by Lisa Granshaw (GeekFold), panelists Sarah Buzby (Ubisoft), Allison Cimino(RockLove Jewelry), Catherine Elhoffer (Elhoffer Design), Jeff Trexler (Fashion Law Institute), and WinterArtwork will discuss their careers and the ways people can work in the industry. There will be a Q&A so panelists can answer any career questions you might have.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

1:00pm

CBLDF #2 State of Censorship

Get a global look at comics censorship from CBLDF. Learn about current censorship challenges in the U.S., including new bills attempting to regulate internet use, and the abundance of local challenges to comics addressing diversity and equality. Explore how cartoonists are being prosecuted, threatened, and intimidated by authorities around the globe for making art. Learn how you can participate with CBLDF in making a difference and standing up for free expression! CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein leads the conversation.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 11

1:00pm

Comics and Libraries Fair

Come and see various programs and initiatives librarians have successfully offered communities using comics and pop culture to increase literacy and build community connections.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

1:00pm

Comics Arts Conference #3: Attorneys vs. Historians: Who Authors the Authorship Narrative?

The history of comic authorship is partly autobiographical and anecdotal, but such statements are often made simultaneously with litigation. Witness “recollections” are therefore framed with the “assistance” of corporate counsel but treated by historians as unfiltered accounts of events. James Thompson (Comic Book Historians group), Danny Barer (Pollak, Vida & Barer law firm), and Alex Grand(Comic Book Historians group) explore Golden Age and Silver Age authorial history but with the addition of legal contextualization-thereby suggesting motivations other than ego or differing perspectives for both idea origins and contractual (mis)understandings.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 26AB

1:00pm

Finding Comfort in the Apocalypse

Some apocalyptic or dystopian novels allow people to explore larger issues (or serve as a reminder of the threats facing society). Meanwhile others serve up a heavy dose of humor to remind people that surviving the unthinkable is possible and maybe things aren’t as bad in real life. Whether horrifying or humorous, the novels that paint a picture of a grim future can be surprisingly comforting and fun for both author and reader alike. Emily Suvada (This Mortal Coil), Cory Doctorow(Walkaway), Elizabeth Hand (Fire), Douglas Holgate (Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond), Andrew Smith (Rabbit & Robot), and Scott Westerfeld(Impostors, Spill Zone: The Broken Vow) discuss approaches with Adron Buske(Fictitious podcast).

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 32AB

1:00pm

Larger Than the Show: The X-Files Postmortem

Moderated by Avi Quijada (X-Files Newseditor-in-chief), panelists Colleen Evanson (The X-Files Abridged writer-producer), Roi Ollson (XFN managing editor), Keva Andersen (XFN content editor), Rebecca Welch (fandom collaborator), and Ky Johnson (XFN features editor) hold an open conversation on the effects of the plot of the show in the 21st century, “The Scully Effect,” and the fandom’s self-sufficiency to create a preferable narrative.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

1:00pm

Marvel Games Panel

Get an inside look at the latest and greatest from Marvel Games. Attendees will see exciting sneak peeks of Marvel’s Spider-Man, Marvel Powers United VR, and Marvel Battle Lines, with many unannounced surprises and panel exclusives. Host Greg Miller (loudmouth at KindaFunny.com) will be joined by Mike Jones (vice president & executive producer, Marvel Games), Bill Rosemann (executive creative director, Marvel Games), Bryan Intihar (creative director, Insomniac Games, Marvel’s Spider-Man), and others.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Hall H

1:00pm

Not-So-Strange Bedfellows: The Relationship Between Comics and Professional 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 to the anti-heroics of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and the villainy of Ric Flair, this panel explores the parallels in character development and storyline advancement between these forms. Featuring Rik Offenberger (First Comics News), Francis Szyskowski (The Massacre Twins), Scott Lost (The 2nd Shift), Michael Kingston (Headlocked), Kevin Kleinrock (Masked Republic), Flobo Boyce (Legacy), and Anthony Ray Bench (Film Threat). Moderated by Joshua Waldrop (Red Guerrilla Media).

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 29AB

1:00pm

Shattering Stereotypes: Badass Female Scientists in the Lab and on the Screen

With the success of Black Panther and television shows such as Timeless, The Flash, Arrow, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., female scientists are becoming more and more prominent in pop culture. The Fleet Science Center, local female scientists, and the creative teams behind some of the most popular movies and television shows discuss what it means to be a woman in science and how important it is to give future generations of scientists and creative minds the opportunity to see themselves represented in different roles in society.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 25ABC

1:00pm

The Michael Turner Legacy Panel

Frank Mastromauro (publisher), Peter Steigerwald (publisher), Vince Hernandez (VP/editor-in-chief), Mark Roslan (VP/director of design and production), J. T. Krul (Fathom), and Siya Oum (Lola XOXO) commemorate the life and legacy of superstar artist and Aspen Comics founder Michael Turner.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 9

1:00pm

The Pitching Hour

Sujata Day (writer/actress, Insecure), Deric Hughes (co-EP, Arrow), Lamont Magee (story editor, Black Lightning), Nyambi Nyambi (actor/artist, The Good Fight), Malcolm Barrett (actor, Timeless), a surprise guest or two, and your moderator Dan Evans III (VP creative affairs, DC Entertainment) 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 examples 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 (partner, Kane Kessler) to give creators insight on protecting their ideas as they navigate Hollywood!

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 7AB

1:00pm

The Simpsons and SpongeBob Smile-Time Hour

Creative director Nathan Kane and managing editors Terry Delegeane and Chris Duffy join forces for a tour de “farce” of the best humor comics in the business. Meet some of the Bongo and United Plankton writers and artists who tickle your four-color funny bones and find out what’s in stores in the months to come!

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 23ABC

1:00pm

The Toys That Made Us

If you love toys and toy history, you’ll want to join Brian Volk-Weiss (show creator/director) and the TTTMU team Robin Henry (executive producer), Ben Frost (writer/editor), and Rich Mayerik (producer, toy collector) for the same brand of fun and informative toy-talk you’ve come to love from the hit Netflix series. Discussion will include a Q&A on what brought The Toys That Made Us to life, what the future holds, and maybe even a surprise or two along the way.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 5AB

1:00pm

“Dramatico!” Storytelling Tropes in Visual Narrative (Bilingual)

Telling a story through comics, animation, and film can be a fun but challenging business. Elvin A. Hernandez explores the ways that visual storytellers use design, composition, and layout to tell dynamic stories with dynamic visuals. He connects the use of the three-act structure of classic scriptwriting to allow for visual cues that can aid in the construction of exciting comics, animation, and illustration techniques.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Room 2

1:25pm

Thursday Playback Room Block #2

The Playback Room will be showing the following panel presentations from either or both Hall H and Ballroom 20: Doctor Who: BBC America’s Official Panel, Tell Me a Story, A Discovery of Witches, and Marvel Games Panel. (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.)

1:30pm

Art During the Holocaust

Panelists examine the art and propaganda that was seen during WW2 and the Holocaust. Art was used in so many ways along with the Nazi propaganda that destroyed so many innocent lives. They drew what they saw, and this was the universal language that told the stories of the Holocaust as it happened daily. Panelists will include Ruth Goldschmiedova Sax (who survived three concentration camps between the ages of 13 and 17, including Auschwitz), Sandra Scheller (daughter and award-winning author of Try to Remember: Never Forget, a book describing her mother’s holocaust experiences), Robert Scott (owner of Comickaze Comics, San Diego), and Esther Finder (president and founder of Generations of the Shoah-an organization based in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors). Igor Goldkind (author, Is She Available?) moderates.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Room 4

1:30pm

Monsters in Our Midst: Our Favorite Creepy Comics Creators

Love things that go bump in the night? Hear what it takes to get those monsters out of your nightmares and onto the page with Comic-Con special guests Rafael Albuquerque, Emil Ferris, Alex Grecian, Jeff Lemire, Terry Moore, and William Stout. Moderated by the Cartoon Art Museum’s Andrew Farago.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Room 8

1:30pm

Once Upon a Forever

Panelists examine the enduring appeal of fairy tales and other classics of speculative fiction, and the important choices authors make in retelling them. Featuring E. K. Johnston (That Inevitable Victorian Thing, Star Wars Ahsoka), Jonathan French (The Grey Bastards), Katherine Arden (Winternight trilogy), Brandon Mull (Five Kingdoms #5: Time Jumpers), April Genevieve Tucholke(The Boneless Mercies), Sherrilyn Kenyon (Deadman’s Cross and The Dark-Hunters series), and Petra Mayer of NPR.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

1:30pm

Roddenberry Presents

Roddenberry Entertainment, the name that brought you Star Trek, takes on genre entertainment in the current landscape and provides updates on many of their current projects. Film and television producers Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry and Trevor Roth reveal rarely seen Deep Space Nine treasures from the Roddenberry Archives in celebration of the series’ 25th anniversary and present a special screening of the company’s original film project, Instant, soon to be released to worldwide audiences. The panel will be joined by podcast hosts John Championand Ken Ray, who will speak to the growing Roddenberry Podcast Network. Moderated by Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Room 24ABC

1:45pm

TMNT Reboot: Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Rise up! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back in Nickelodeon’s brand-new mutation of New York’s half-shell heroes. Featuring Omar Miller (Ballers) as Raph, Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as Leo, Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) as Donnie, Brandon Smith (You’re the Worst) as Mikey, Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) as April, and Eric Bauza (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012) as Splinter. Joining the cast are co-executive producers Andy Suriano and Ant Ward and legendary voice director Rob Paulsen. Panel highlights to include never-before-seen clips from the upcoming series. Moderated by Buzzfeed’s Keely Flaherty.

Thursday July 19, 2018 1:45pm – 2:45pm
Room 6A

2:00pm

Anything Goes with John Barrowman!

Actor and entertainer John Barrowman (Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who) puts on his outrageously entertaining one-man show. Ask him anything and remember . . . anything goes!

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:00pm – 2:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

2:00pm

Amazing Tabletop RPGs for Beginners

Looking to try out tabletop gaming but aren’t sure how to get started? Then this is the panel for you! There are a whole slew of amazing tabletop RPGs out there perfect for beginners. The panelists will discuss their favorite games and offer advice for those wanting to get started in the wonderful world of tabletop RPGs, including the basics of gameplay, how to create a character, and finding others to play with in person and online. AModerated by Jeff Burns (Super Geeked Up, DC Action Hour) and featuring Dael Kingsmill (MonarchsFactory, Geek & Sundry), Kelly Nugent (Thank You for Questing!, Teen Creeps), Omar Najam (Thank You for Questing!, HyperRPG), Jennifer Kretchmer (Dollhouse, Maze Arcana), and Jake Bennett (Asinine Wisdom, Geek & Sundry). And join the panelists for a gaming session immediately after the panel.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

2:00pm

Creating the Future at the MIT Media Lab: How Comics Inspire Students’ Work (and Vice Versa)

MIT and their Media Lab are prominent fixtures in the Marvel Universe. Tony Stark, Otto Octavius, Reed Richards, Riri Williams, and Sue Storm are all MIT alums. While MIT has inspired Marvel, the reverse is even more the case. Many of the real-world students, faculty, and alumni of the school are inventing amazing technologies (not to mention creative media) based on what they’ve seen from comic book characters on screen and in print. Panelists Katy Croff Bell (MIT Media Lab director’s fellow), Dr. Danielle Wood (MIT Media Lab director, Space Enabled group), Alexis Hope (designer and research affiliate at the MIT Media Lab), and moderator Steve Broback (co-founder, Dent the Future) will profile the cutting-edge technologies and storytelling coming out of this Cambridge MA think tank.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 28DE

2:00pm

DC: Geoff Johns

The superstar DC writer returns to San Diego for an all-access and in-depth discussion with DC publisher Dan DiDio. Be here for this exclusive panel that will give you insight into how the world of DC is entertaining fans across all platforms.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 6DE

2:00pm

Digital Color for Comics

Whether in print or digital, comic books need color, but do you know how comic books are colored? Learn about the creative art of comic book coloring as Hi-Fi’s Brian Miller (The Flash) and Kristy Miller (Femme Magnifique) demonstrate the step-by-step transformation of a comic book page from black and white to full color. Learn the basics of flatting, rendering, color holds, and special effects, along with top digital coloring tips. Followed by Q&A session.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 11

2:00pm

Focus on Robert Williams

Legendary fine artist, cartoonist, and Comic-Con special guest Robert Williamsdiscusses his storied career in comics, art, hot rods, California culture, and much more in conversation with Fantagraphics associate publisher Eric Reynolds. The two will discuss ZAP Comix, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s studio, the underground comics heyday, the Los Angeles punk scene, and everything else all the way up to the present.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 32AB

2:00pm

How to Make Cartoons When You Can’t Draw (a.k.a. How to Write for Animation)

Do you love cartoons but have always been frustrated by your inability to even draw a turtle? Moderator Brendan Hay (Harvey Street Kids) talks to Jessica Gao(Rick & Morty), Zeb Wells (SuperMansion), A. C. Bradley (Trollhunters), Aliki Theofilopoulos (Phineas & Ferb), Kevin Sullivan (The Loud House), and Mehar Sethi (BoJack Horseman) about how they broke in, what the differences are compared to writing for live action, how to think visually, and why animation writing allows you to become a cartoon character yourself.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 25ABC

2:00pm

Nostalgia: It Doesn’t Belong to You!

The hosts of Ready Set Geek! will do a live recording on geek nostalgia and its effects on pop culture as a whole. Alix Galit (host at Ready Set Geek!), Cole Garrison (host at Ready Set Geek!), Kelly Bohart (host at That Hashtag Show), Justin Mallari (host at Geek Offensive), Sam Delara (host at Geek K.O.), and J. P. G. (CEO at Geek Say What? Network) address geek entitlement, gatekeeping, and how the lens of our past dictates how we interact with others in the present and future.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

2:00pm

Queer Comics for Queer Kids

Libraries are often safe spaces for teens who find it hard to fit in elsewhere. This includes queer teens. It is important to keep collections that reflect these teens, both so that they can find themselves in fiction and that their peers can see them normalized. Presenters will talk about queer comics and manga, how they’ve affected them personally, why they’re important to library collections, and some recommendations to start you off.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

2:00pm

So Say We All: 40 Years of Battlestar Galactica

Film and TV critic Scott “Movie” Mantz talks with authors Mark A. Altman (The Fifty-Year Mission) and Edward Gross (Slayers & Vampires) about their new oral history, So Say We All (Tor Books), an exhaustive look at the classic 1978 original series, Ronald D. Moore and David Eick’s beloved 2004 re-imagining, and even the much maligned Galactica 1980. Find out the untold secrets and incredible true stories of these classic shows in this celebration of four decades of Battlestar Galactica. Win a chance to be the first to get a copy of the new 700+ page hardcover book autographed by the authors.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 5AB

2:00pm

Sonic the Hedgehog’s Way Past Cool Panel

Sonic The Hedgehog has raced back into comics, bringing old enemies and new friends along for the ride. IDW editors Joe Hughes and David Mariotte, artist Evan Stanley, Sega licensing specialist Michael Cisneros, director of product development Austin Keys, and head of Sonic team Takashi Iizuka discuss comics and upcoming games, make some surprise announcements, and more!

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 9

2:00pm

The Treasury of British Comics: Can a Forgotten Archive Teach Us About Comics in the 21st Century?

They’ve influenced some of comics’ biggest names, but you’ve probably never heard of them; this is the hidden history of what was one of the biggest comics industries in the world. From The Leopard from Lime Street to Whizzer and Chips,from horror comics aimed at young girls to warped humor comics for preteens, these weekly anthologies were a unique influence on some of the biggest names in comics and, with their weekly format and cross-genre mashups, form the missing link between American comics, European comics, and manga. Discover the untold story of British comics with Ben Smith (head of books and comic books for Rebellion, Graeme McMillan (Hollywood Reporter), and others.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 29AB

2:00pm

VIZ Media Panel

The VIZ crew will talk about some of your favorite titles, including My Hero Academia, One-Punch Man, Tokyo Ghoul, and Sailor Moon. Panelists will make announcements, show off exclusive first looks at new titles, and give away prizes!

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 7AB

2:00pm

We Believe in Fantasy

Creators conjure magic on a monthly basis, stretching the boundaries of reality to explore resonant themes under a veneer of high fiction. This group of creators has taken a legacy of wands, wizards, and incantations and tailored it to a modern context where shape-shifting teen baristas search for missing love and reckless rockers parley with infernal forces. Let this panel of spellbinding talent, including Charles Soule (Curse Words), Sam Humphries (Blackbird), Grace Ellis(Moonstruck), Jeremy Haun (The Realm), Johnnie Christmas (Firebug), Megan Hutchison (Rockstars), and other special guests, enchant you as they explain the alchemy behind their latest comics.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 23ABC

2:00pm

Comics Arts Conference #4: Comics and Healing

Kenneth Rogers Jr. (Heroes, Villains, and Healing: A Guide for Male Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Using DC Comic Superheroes and Villains) shows how the DC heroes and villains whom people love and love to hate can be used to help heal the trauma of PTSD in survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Mara Wood (Wonder Woman Psychology) demonstrates how using a bibliotherapeutic framework can help middle grade students gain an understanding of the prosocial behaviors Wonder Woman models and how to translate those behaviors into their daily interactions. Whitney Porter (Kent State University) views Emil Ferris’s My Favorite Thing Is Monsters through a psychoanalytic feminist lens to consider the protective and reparative abilities of monstrous embodiment in graphic storytelling for women.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Room 26AB

2:15pm

Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits and Monsters

Crawl inside the twisted mind of writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait in this panel discussion and exclusive sneak peek at the genre-hopping truTV anthology series. Joined by moderator Eugene Mirman and panelists Jake Hurwitz, Amir Blumenfeld, and Tara Lynne Barr, the acclaimed comedian breaks down the inspirations behind his series’ imaginative, satirical tales and the familiar film tropes that inspired them.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:15pm – 3:15pm
Ballroom 20

2:15pm

Dragon Ball Super

English voice actors for Goku and Vegeta, Sean Schemmel and Christopher Sabat, talk all things Dragon Ball -and reveal never-before-seen material for the new movie. Don’t miss some special surprise appearances, too.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:15pm – 3:15pm
Hall H

2:15pm

Spyro: Reigniting a Legend

In 2018, Spyro the Dragon is soaring to new heights in the Spyro Reignited Trilogy. This panel will connect Spyro’s creation with his present by giving fans an exclusive look into the creative process behind the original games from the ’90s and the 2018 remastered collection. Panelists include key members of the Insomniac Games and Toys For Bob development teams, Stewart Copeland(composer of the original Spyro soundtrack), Tom Kenny (the voice of Spyro), and Michael John (Professor of Computational Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and former producer at Universal Interactive Studios), who will will share their unique experiences in creating and remastering one of the most beloved trilogies in platforming history.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:15pm – 3:15pm
Room 6BCF

2:30pm

Beyond the Blockbuster: Finding Comics for Comic Movie Lovers

You’ve seen all the movies, you’ve watched all the trailers, now you just need to know where to start with the comic books. These panelists are here to help! ComiXologists Kiersten Wing and Matt Kolowski are joined by Magdalene Visaggio (Eternity Girl, Kim & Kim), Jen Vaughn (Betty & Veronica: Vixens), M. K. Reed (The Castoffs, Palefire), Shawn Kittelsen (Savage Game, Mortal Kombat X), and Boo Cook (Elephantmen) to go down a list of well-known comic movie hits and recommend a library of perfect comic book/blockbuster pairing.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Room 8

2:30pm

Meet the Newest Cultural Ambassadors: Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and Animation

As comics, film, and popular arts increase in global appeal, so do the State Department’s initiatives designed to build mutual understanding around the world. Learn about an anti-bullying film project between U.S. and Mexican students, comic book-based learning in countries around the world, and how diplomatic engagement using popular arts highlights shared values. U.S. diplomats and citizen cultural ambassadors will showcase innovative programs that promote solutions to challenging global issues and advance U.S. foreign policy. Panelists include Preeti Shah (foreign service officer, U.S Consulate Tijuana, U.S Department of State), David Andrade (filmmaker/graphic artist, Theory Studios, ECA Alumni), Alex (Alexandra) Wesser (teacher/program implementer, Media Arts Center), Rachel Gandin Mark (program director, American Film Showcase), and director/producer/writer Jorge Gutierrez (Book of Life, El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, Son of Jaguar).

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Room 24ABC

2:30pm

Statix Press: The World’s Best Comics

Comics have such a rich history across the globe, yet so few are being translated into English for U.S. audiences to enjoy. Titan Comics is changing that with their new imprint, Statix Press, which debuted last year. Publishers Weekly‘s Heidi Macdonald, writer/artist Helge Vogt (Alisik), brand manager Chris Thompson(Statix Press), and buyer Terence Irvins (Kinokuniya Books) discuss the international comics scene and what the industry is like across Europe (and around the world).

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Room 4

2:30pm

Drawing with Artgerm Lau

This is a live demonstration of how Artgerm creates characters with universal appeal.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Room 2

2:30pm

Writers’ Coffeehouse at Comic-Con

Led by authors Peter Clines (Paradox Bound,The Fold) and Jonathan Maberry(Glimpse, Mars One), this session focuses on the business of prose publishing. The Writers’ Coffeehouse is a bunch of writers sitting around talking about writing. No agendas, no requirements-just chat about markets, about pitching and selling, about conquering frustration and defeating writers block, and about all of the good things that come from the community of writers. It’s open to everyone-from absolute beginners to award-winners and bestsellers. Just show up, hang out, and talk. Or don’t talk-lurk in the back and take notes.

Thursday July 19, 2018 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:00pm

Nightflyers

From the mind of George R. R. Martin, this new SYFY series is a psychological thriller set in the year 2093 that follows a team of scientists aboard the most advanced ship ever built. Their mission takes them to the edge of space but also to the edge of insanity, as they realize true horror isn’t waiting for them out there-it’s already on their ship. Unlike anything you’ve seen before, Nightflyers combines horror and science fiction in a way that Martin himself has described as ” Psycho in space.” The cast and creators hold an exclusive look into this exciting new series.

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm – 3:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

3:00pm

1988: Greatest Geek Year Ever-Yippe-Kay-Yay Edition

This panel of geeksperts take you on a trip back in time 30 years to the great geek year of 1988, as they look back at Die Hard,A Fish Called Wanda,Who Framed Roger Rabbit,Big,Beetlejuice,Willow,Heathers,Midnight Run, and They Live. (And just for Robert, Two Moon Junction.) Moderator Scott “Movie” Mantz hosts Charles de Lauzirika (The Alien Anthology, The Martian Extended Edition), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels, The Clone Wars), Marc Bernardin (Castle Rock), Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class), Steve Kriozere (NCIS, Agent X), Robert Meyer Burnett (Agent Cody Banks, The Hills Run Red) and Mark A. Altman (The Librarians, Agent X). So don’t get dipped. Join this panel and you won’t be “very dis-appoint-ed.”

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 5AB

3:00pm

A Shop Called Quest: Black Series Rebels Live

A Shop Called Quest, humbly the world’s strongest comic book shop, and Black Series Rebels are a weekly YouTube talk show and podcast inspired by a galaxy far, far away . . . For the first time ever, this unique live comedic experience will be at Comic-Con. Come celebrate fandom with likeminded fans. Featuring guest interviews, games, and giveaways. Panel attendees will receive a free limited-edition action-figure-inspired pin (while supplies last).

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

3:00pm

Drawing Inspiration: How Drawing Groups Can Empower Aspiring Comic Book Creators into Print

The Accidental Aliens, a San Diego-based drawing group, discuss creating comic stories from their individual talents and how they forged their resources together to launch a successful Kickstarter-funded anthology comic to print. Topics include how a drawing group can inspire artists to hit deadlines on top of real 9-to-5 day jobs, promotion of individual talents through a group social media campaign, working together to tackle the logistics of a successful Kickstarter campaign, promoting diversity, group networking, and how a drawing group can improve your skills as a comics artist while having fun making new friends in your very own creative tribe!

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 29AB

3:00pm

Fearless Women

Tor celebrates women in publishing: their worlds, their voices, and their unique stories. Rachel Caine (The Great Library #4: Smoke and Iron,Honor Among Thieves), Cinda Williams Chima (Stormcaster), Susan Dennard (Witchlands series), Seanan McGuire (The Girl in the Green Silk Gown, Wayward Children series), V. E. Schwab (Shades of Magic trilogy, Villains series), and Laini Taylor(Strange the Dreamer) celebrate with Kayti Burt, books editor/Den of Geek.

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

3:00pm

H. P. Lovecraft Animated Trilogy, Steam Engines of Oz, and Go Fish!: Arcana’s Animation Slate Continues

Arcana’s animation slate continues! The third movie of the Howard Lovecraft trilogy, Howard Lovecraft & The Kingdom of Madness features the voices of Doug Bradley, Jeffrey Combs, Christopher Plummer, Mark Hamill, and Finn Wolfhard. Steam Engines of Oz (released on June 5) stars Ron Perlman, Julianne Hough, and William Shatner. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the first ever Cthulhu to make it to the big screen: At long last this 420-foot Great Old One will be shown in his full glory, along with a sneak peek at Go Fish! Free toys, books, shirts, and DVDs for those asking questions and participating. You’ll have a R’lyeh good time!

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 32AB

3:00pm

In Conversation with Robert Kirkman

Prolific comic book creator, writer, and executive producer Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Oblivion Song)discusses his work across comics, TV, and film, including his newest comic book series, Oblivion Song. Room 6A

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 6A

3:00pm

Niko and the Sword of Light: From Sketch to Screen

Concept co-creators Kei Acedera, Bobby Chiu, Adam Jeffcoat, and Jim Brysonare joined by series director Sung Jin Ahn and executive producer Rob Hoegeeto tell the inspiring story of how a collaboration between four art school friends went from a successful Kickstarter campaign to a blockbuster motion comic and now an Emmy-winning animated series. Plus exclusive art, clips, Q&A, and a surprise or two.

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 7AB

3:00pm

Snoopy Space Traveler: The History and Future of Snoopy and NASA

Discover how cartoonist Charles M. Schulz partnered with NASA to bring everyone’s favorite beagle Snoopy to the moon in this retrospective panel about the history and future of Snoopy in space. The panel will feature talking heads from the Schulz Museum, Schulz Studio, NASA, and beyond! Moderated by Damian Holbrook.

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 28DE

3:00pm

Spotlight on E. K. Johnston

E. K. Johnston (Star Wars: Ahsoka, That Inevitable Victorian Thing) talks about her career from small-town Ontario to a galaxy far, far away. Kate and fellow author Sam Maggs (Wonder Women, Girl Squads) hold this session.

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 23ABC

3:00pm

Spotlight on Jeff Lemire

Comic-Con special guest Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer, Descender, Gideon Falls) and veteran comic book editor Will Dennis discuss Lemire’s various creator-owned projects and for the first time preview both the upcoming Family Tree and Ascender! Panel will feature Dustin Nguyen (Batman, Descender) and a Q&A session.

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 25ABC

3:00pm

StreetPass San Diego: Using Nintendo to Create a Safe and Open Community for Gamers

Adolfo Coronel,Michelle Hernandez,Ben Avecilla,Chris McAtamney, and Jahaziel Aguilera talk about the work, contacts, and how-to of creating a free, open, and overall friendly community for gamers. Learn to create events, get venues, reach out to sponsors, and grow or maintain a community group. There will be a Q&A segment for anyone with questions on their groups or on starting a community. While StreetPass San Diego focuses on Nintendo, the panel applies to any community based around video games.

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:00pm

The Forgotten Trio: A Spotlight on Letterers, Inkers, and Colorists

Many think of the artist and the writer as the masterminds behind all great comics. Little do many know how much credit should go to the colorists, inkers, and letterers who put in hours of work, only to receive minimal recognition. Jessica Tseang (founder of The Comic Book Girl, comic book historian) leads a discussion with legendary talents from Marvel, DC, IDW, Dark Horse, Image, Top Cow, Aspen, and other publishers on how the industry can change, the importance of their work, a brief look into their daily lives, and how to break into their career. There will also be a Q&A for budding colorists, inkers, and letterers.

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 9

3:00pm

Truth, Social Justice, and the Academic Library Way: Comics in Academic Libraries

Academic libraries have often used scholarship and curriculum support as means to justify collecting comics and graphic novels. However, these items often get lost in the greater academic collections, and these “hidden” collections often go unused. Three academic librarians have taken a different approach to utilizing graphic novels and comics as means for community engagement and to encourage a culture of reading. Topics covered include developing a social justice-themed comic collection and a physical space in the library for comics and graphics novels, encouraging a comic culture to underserved populations, and strategies for outreach and engagement using comics and graphic novels. Panelists are Kai Alexis Smith (subject librarian, Cal Poly Pomona), Bethany Herman (public services librarian, Houston Community College), and Jennifer Crispin (public services librarian, Houston Community College).
Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm – 4:00pm

3:00pm

Writing 101: What to Think About Before You Start Writing

Award winning writer/editor Marv Wolfman (writer/creator of Blade, Black Cat,Bullseye, New Teen Titans, Deathstroke, and many more) brings his annual writing seminar to Comic-Con. This is for those who want to write but aren’t sure how to begin. Marv talks about structure, creating characters, writing dialogue, and more. If you want to begin writing, be sure to attend Marv Wolfman’s panel first.

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 11

3:15pm

Marvel Animation: Marvel Rising

Marvel Rising brings together the next generation of Marvel superheroes for the next generation of Marvel fans. Be among the first to get a sneak peek at this group of powered teens and their adventures that are full of heart, action, comedy, and powerful messages for every kind of Marvel fan. The show’s Quake Chloe Bennet (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Squirrel Girl Milana Vayntrub (This Is Us, Silicon Valley), Ms. Marvel Kathreen Khavari (Big Little Lies, Marvel’s Avengers Assemble), Patriot Kamil McFadden (K.C. Undercover, Grown Ups 2), Cort Lane (SVP, Animation and Family Entertainment), Marsha Griffin (VP, Animation Current Series and Development), and Sana Amanat (VP, Content and Character Development) present an action-packed panel that showcases the first look of the animated shorts, special announcements, and so much more. Moderated by Lorraine Cink.

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:15pm – 4:15pm
Room 6DE

3:30pm

AMC’s Better Call Saul

Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando, and Giancarlo Esposito join executive producers and showrunners Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould to discuss the series upcoming fourth season. New and familiar faces return as Jimmy McGill continues his evolution into the Saul Goodman persona that fans met on Breaking Bad. The panelists hold a Q&A session and an official preview of season 4, returning August 6 on AMC.

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Hall H

3:30pm

Mega Man 30th Anniversary

Celebrate 30 years of the Blue Bomber with the talented developer veterans from Capcom. Producers Kazuhiro Tsuchiya (Mega Man 11) and Nonaka Daizo (Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 + 2) discuss their work on the iconic side-scrolling series in a panel moderated by Capcom’s Tim Turi. Get equipped with behind-the-scenes insights on the new Mega Man 11 and other recent titles. The festivities will include trivia, prizes, and more.

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Room 6BCF

3:30pm

Pokemon GO, Ingress, and Everything Next from Niantic

Summer in San Diego means it’s time to fire up your mobile devices and head for outdoor adventures! Niantic’s CEO John Hanke, Kento Suga, and Andrew Macintosh discuss the months ahead for their breakout games Ingress and Pokemon GO, as well as what comes next. From live events to new game features, AR updates to a sneak preview of the upcoming Ingress anime, panelists will give players and fans an in-depth look at all the big things happening.

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Ballroom 20

3:30pm

Ray Bradbury and the Creation of Fahrenheit 451

Orty Ortwein, of the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum, talks about what led Ray Bradbury to write his breakout classic.

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Room 26AB

3:30pm

The Mark, Sergio, Stan, and Maybe Tom Show

It’s another panel where the award-winning team of Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier (Comic-Con special guests) discuss their work together, especially on the long-running comic Groo The Wanderer. They’ll be joined by their letterer (and the creator of the also long-running Usagi YojimboStan Sakai, and they may be joined the colorist for both, the hardest-working man in comics, Tom Luth. They’ll be telling you all about the upcoming crossover mini-series in which Groo meets . . . well, come to the panel and find out who.

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Room 8

3:30pm

YA Comics FTW!

Amazing, creative, crazy graphic novels are being written for teenagers today. Here’s a chance to hear what inspired the authors of those books to write for young adults, and why YA comics can be the absolute coolest. Panelists include Jen Wang (The Prince and the Dressmaker), Scott Westerfeld (The Spill Zone), Molly Ostertag (Shattered Warrior), and Tillie Walden (Spinning).

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Room 4

3:30pm

Will You Go to the Dance with Me? How Homecoming Dances and Epic Parties Have Shaped Storytelling

UPDATED: Fri, Jul 06, 11:58AM
From Pretty in Pink to Pride & Prejudice‘s ball at Netherfield Hall, parties have always served as excellent plot devices. In this panel, moderators Sam Maggs(Girl Squads, Anthem) and Amy S. Foster (The Rift Uprising) along with panelists Alexandra Monir (Timeless, The Final Six), Rachel Heine (editor-in-chief, Nerdist), Camilla Zhang (comics outreach, Kickstarter), and Rowan Rowden(founder, Dual Wield Studios) will talk about their favorite fictional social blowouts and discuss changing social mores, traditions, and celebrations through the ages. And who doesn’t love a good party?

Thursday July 19, 2018 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Room 24ABC

4:00pm

Van Helsing: The World Is a Vampire

Now entering its action-packed third season, SYFY’s Van Helsing continues the story of Vanessa Van Helsing and her band of heroes as they fight to reclaim the world after vampires took over during “The Rising.” Stars Kelly Overton, Jonathan Scarfe, Missy Peregrym, Aleks Paunovic, Rukiya Bernard, Vincent Gale, and Trezzo Mahoro, along with showrunner Neil LaBute and executive producers Mike Frislev and Chad Oakes, premiere exclusive footage from the upcoming third season and dish out tidbits from behind the scenes. Moderated by Bevin from Den of Geek.

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:00pm – 4:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

4:00pm

Apex Comics Publishing Group Exclusive Previews

Stan Lee’s God Woke and William Shatner War Chronicles writer/artist/publisher Mariano Nicieza will feature new creator-owned projects with exclusive premiere announcements, including project previews by Mark Torres (Designated), JeffSlemons (Vampires vs Nazis), Wilson Ramos Jr. (Phazer), Jim Kaufman(Rackfest), Linda Castillion (Card.com), and Tom Vargas (Factory Entertainment). Apex also celebrates the Gold Medal win of the 2017 Independent Publishers Book Award for Stan Lee’s God Woke!

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 23ABC

4:00pm

Art of Collaboration: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Collaborators

Andy Schmidt (Comics Experience, Avengers, Annihilation), Kyle Higgins(Nightwing, Hadrian’s Wall), Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Green Hornet), and Phillip Sevy (Tomb Raider) discuss the intricacies and intimacies of creative collaboration for comic books. Learn how to avoid common pitfalls and build lasting, collaborative relationships!

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 11

4:00pm

Be a Financial Superhero (Even If You’re Not Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne!)

Do you dream about quitting your day job to pursue your passion of being an artist, writer, or professional in the industry? Are you already in the business and need help figuring out how to budget between paid contracts, dealing with taxes, or determining the best way to raise and save cash for future projects? Sean Nisil(financial planner, SimpliFi)and Karen Martin (The Princess Project) are joined by Neil Narvaez (Professional Tax Services), who will address how new tax laws are affecting small businesses and creatives, and Eric Atilano (mortgage consultant, Guild Mortgage) who will share the best credit practices for creatives. Other panelists include Chris Neuhahn (Emmy Award-winning animator, DreamWorks Animation, MTV networks), Alonso Nunez (founder and director, Little Fish Comic Book Studio), and Erin Pennell (founder and art director, Rare Hare Studio, Art FORM), who will talk about financial challenges and successes in their fields.

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

4:00pm

Captain Actions: Adventures in Space and 2018 Collectors Customization Contest

Captain Action, the first superhero action figure, celebrates collecting, customization, and entrepreneurial passion with a behind-the-scenes-look at the 2018 line development (including the new 1/6th scale line), upcoming publishing efforts, and the all-ages animation. The annual customizer panel will again celebrate fan creations, judging and awarding the grand prize during the panel. Panelists include Greg Goldstein (IDW), Joe Jusko (Marvel Masterpieces), Harold Sipe (Little Monsters Cards) Michael Polis (Atomic Toybox), J. C. Vaughn(The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide), Michael Crawford (MWC Toys), and Daniel Pickett (Action Figure Insider). Moderated by Professor Ed Catto (Ithaca College).

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 32AB

4:00pm

comiXology Originals: Creator-Owned Comics and Beyond

Creator-owned comics from comiXology? You bet! Sam Humphries (Green Lanterns), Alti Firmansyah (Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde), Magdalene Visaggio(Eternity Girl, Kim & Kim), Jen Vaughn (Betty & Veronica: Vixens), Richard Starkings (Elephantmen, Ask for Mercy), and Abigail Jill Harding (Ask for Mercy) talk about their latest comiXology Originals graphic novels and series. They’ll also entertain you with stories on the process of bringing creator-owned comics to life and what it’s like pushing the envelope with digital comics, and beyond. Moderated by comiXologists Kiersten Wing and Matt Kolowski.

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 28DE

4:00pm

Creator Panel: When I See Myself In Comics

Authors/creators talk about the discoveries that come after their book is published and released into the world. What are the biggest surprises that come from readers who identify with their work? What sort of impact does this have on how they, as creatives, perceive the original work? What sort of stories did they read that had a profound impact on how they write and why they choose the stories they tell? Featuring Sebastian Kadlecik (Quince), Christina “Steenz” Stewart (Archival Quality), Jenni and Matt Holm (Babymouse), and Sina Grace (The Li’l Depressed Boy). Moderated by Colleen Bement.

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

4:00pm

Westworld: Further Beyond Frontier Law

UPDATED: Fri, Jul 06, 01:14PM
The revelation of five additional parks makes it clear that there is far more to Westworld than initially meets the eye, and the continued exploration of this fantastic yet twisted Delos Destination depicted in the HBO hit Westworld presents an ever-growing bundle of legal questions and conundrums. The all-star posse of speakers from last year’s standing-room-only program returns. Ninth Circuit Justice John B. Owens, professor Betsy Rosenblatt, attorney and adjunct professor Paul Burns, attorney Farah Bhatti, and moderator Michael Lovitz discuss the top legal questions posed in the second season of HBO’s groundbreaking show, including numerous criminal activities by humans and hosts alike, corporate malfeasance and misappropriation of corporate assets, what is (and isn’t) intellectual property in these Delos parks, and even parsing out the question of the ownership of one’s own thoughts and dreams. And this year perhaps they’ll settle the question of just who really owns the intellectual property created by the robot hosts. [This program is approved for one (1) credit of California MCLE.]

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 5AB

4:00pm

Drawing with Scott Hampton

Scott Hampton is an American comic book artist known for his painted work for Batman, Sandman, Black Widow, Hellraiser, and Star Trek, as well as Magic: The Gathering cards. He is currently working on American Gods for Dark Horse. For this session he is joined by Jennifer T. Lange, a writer and metalsmith who was an intellectual property attorney for 16 years before she began coloring comics. She assisted and studied with Scott before working on American Gods, collaborating with Scott to help bring tone and texture to the work.

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Room 2

4:15pm

Magnum P.I. Exclusive Screening Panel

Thomas Magnum is back on the case! Magnum P.I. is a modern take on the classic series starring Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum, a decorated former Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. A charming rogue, an American hero, and a die-hard Detroit Tigers fan, Magnum has Juliet Higgins and her Dobermans to keep him in line, as well as his trusted buddies and fellow POW survivors T. C. and Rick when he needs back-up on a job. With keys to a vintage Ferrari in one hand, aviator sunglasses in the other, and an Old Düsseldorf longneck chilling in the fridge. Series stars Jay Hernandez, Perdita Weeks, Stephen Hill, and Zachary Knighton and executive producers Peter Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim present an exclusive sneak peek at the premiere episode of the CBS series, followed by a panel discussion.

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:15pm – 5:30pm
Room 6A

4:30pm

Breaking Bad 10th Anniversary Celebration

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the premiere of Breaking Bad, AMC and Sony Pictures Television have reunited the original cast to take a look back at the best moments from this groundbreaking television series and reminisce about TV’s most famous anti-hero, Walter White. Cast members Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, R. J. Mitte, Bob Odenkirk, and Giancarlo Esposito, along with executive producer and showrunner Vince Gilligan, look back at their favorite moments from the series and discuss the legacy the show and characters have left behind.

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Hall H

4:30pm

DC: The New MAD

An all-new MAD ness is descending on San Diego! Meet some of your favorite classic contributors as well as some of the new California staff for music, inside scoops, and insanity! The Usual Panel of Idiots will include Doug Thomson, Suzy Hutchinson, Dan Telfer, Allie Goertz, Paula Sevenbergen, Sergio Aragonés, Tom Richmond, Luke McGarry, and Peter Kuper.

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Room 8

4:30pm

Supergirl 1984: The Warner Archive Collection Blu-ray!

A generation before Kara Zor-El conquered the airwaves, a soon-to-be-legendary actress made her motion picture debut as the “Maid of Might” in a big-screen follow-up to Superman: The Movie. As a fan-favorite phantasmagoria, Supergirlarrives in heroic high definition at last from your friends at the Warner Archive Collection (WAC). The original Supergirl, Helen Slater (The Secret of My Success), alongside her Jimmy Olsen, Marc McClure (Superman, Back to the Future), and WAC podcasters George FeltensteinMatt Patterson, and D. W. Ferranti shine the super spotlight at this caped wonder and reveal what’s in store on the new Supergirl Blu-ray release. Moderator Gary Miereanu will have goodies for some lucky fans.

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Room 6DE

4:30pm

Superheroes of Body Positivity: A Conversation with Steven Universe’s Rebecca Sugar and Friends

Calling all Crystal Gems! The Dove Self-Esteem Project and Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe have partnered to educate young people on body confidence through the Emmy-nominated hit series’ celebrated themes of inclusion and empowerment. Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar and experts from the Dove Self-Esteem Project hold a conversation on the importance of body positivity in both the real and animated world.

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

4:45pm

SYFY WIRE’s The Great Debate

What superfan doesn’t love a good debate? To reboot or not reboot? Have video games eclipsed movies and TV? Pine, Pratt, or Hemsworth? Celebrity favorites from the sci-fi universe share their thoughts, feelings, and theories on the genre’s most hotly contested topics while moderator Aisha Tyler keeps the peace for this ultimate debate. After each round, you’ll get to settle the debate by casting your vote for the most convincing argument.

Thursday July 19, 2018 4:45pm – 5:45pm
Ballroom 20

5:00pm

Z Nation

Be the first to witness a whole new evolution in zombie-kind as the cast and creators of SYFY’s hit series Z Nation reveal exclusive details of what’s in store for the 5th (and possibly final) season. Join cast members D. J. Qualls, Kellita Smith, Russell Hodgkinson, Karl Schaefer, and surprise panelists.

Thursday July 19, 2018 5:00pm – 5:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

5:00pm

3D Printed Props Tips and Tricks

With 3D printing at the forefront of innovation, there are new developments every day. Panelists will talk about the different ways you can use 3D printing to take your costume to the next level. Are you an MCU fan? Come dressed up in your best Marvel costume for a chance to win a 3D-printed Stormbreaker!

Thursday July 19, 2018 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

5:00pm

Across the Editor’s Desk: A Day in the Life of Comics’ Unsung Heroes

Have you always wondered what a comic book editor does? Do you think you have what it takes to become a comics industry professional? Dark Horse wants to give you insights on breaking into the industry and working with a powerhouse publisher. Dark Horse editors offer a look at the secrets to breaking into the industry and building successful comic and graphic novel programs. Panelists include Katii O’Brien, Spencer Cushing, and Ian Tucker.

Thursday July 19, 2018 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room 23ABC

5:00pm

Black and Queer in Popular Media

Black representation has gained integral attention within the geek culture. However, Black queer characters and stories continue to be limited or absent from the discussion. Prism Comics’ Viktor Kerney (StrangeLore; co-host of the MEGASheen podcast) and panelists Valerie Complex (screenwriter, movie reviewer), Sean Z. Maker (MYTH, Ramonah Rising), Ajuan Mance (Gender Studies), William O. Tyler (Queerbait), and others discuss a myriad of topics from portrayals of Black queer people across media platforms to Black queer contributions to the sci-fi, fantasy, and comics genres.

Thursday July 19, 2018 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room 28DE

5:30pm

How to Draw with Jim Lee

DC Entertainment publisher/chief creative officer Jim Lee (Superman Unchained, Justice League, Batman, Suicide Squad) will talk about his 25+ years in the comics industry and sketch your favorite characters live on the big screen. This is a great opportunity to watch the creative process firsthand and learn the tips of the trade that bring DC Entertainment’s characters to life.

Thursday July 19, 2018 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Room 2

5:45pm

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: The Final Curtain Call

As the critically acclaimed CW series enters its final season, come celebrate and take a trip down memory lane with co-creators Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna as they look back on some of the series most memorable moments. The panel will be moderated by series guest star Michael McMillian and will include a special performance and never-before-seen footage.

Thursday July 19, 2018 5:45pm – 6:30pm
Room 6A

5:45pm

Assassination Nation Panel with Cast and the Russo Brothers

As if high school wasn’t difficult enough already, imagine if every phone in your town was hacked, the contents shared for all to see, and you and your three best friends were framed as the hackers. Welcome to the explosive world of texting, terror, and teen-angst that is Assassination Nation. Already dubbed “the most aggressive high school movie in film history,” Assassination Nation is being brought to the big screen by the Russo Brothers (Avengers: Infinity War, Captain America: Civil War), who will be joined by director Sam Levinson and the film’s stars Bill Skarsgård (It), Suki Waterhouse (Insurgent), Hari Nef, and Abra for an exclusive look at what is sure to be one of the most controversial and cathartic films of the year.

Thursday July 19, 2018 5:45pm – 6:45pm
Hall H

5:45pm

The Science of Star Trek

To go boldly where no one has gone before . . . but human eyes may have. If you believe that elsewhere in this galaxy, familiar worlds from Star Trek and sci-fi exist, this is the panel for you. Dr. Morgan Cable (NASA scientist for Europa Lander mission concept), Dr. Jessie Christiansen (NASA scientist at Exoplanet Archive/Caltech), Phil Plait (SYFY’s The Bad Astronomer and Bill Nye Saves the World), and André Bormanis (science consultant for Star Trek and The Orville) discuss the real science behind sci-fi’s most beloved universe.

Thursday July 19, 2018 5:45pm – 6:45pm
Room 6DE

6:00pm

Black Summer: A Netflix Original Series

This Netflix original series is the highly anticipated spin-off to SYFY’s hit show Z Nation, and attendees will be the first to find out all the gory and shocking story details of what the creators have planned in the expanded universe of this iconic zombie mythos.

Thursday July 19, 2018 6:00pm – 6:50pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

6:00pm

Black Mask: Debuting Tomorrow’s Legends

Fresh off a dazzling run with breakout books BLACK [AF]: America’s Sweetheart, CALEXIT, Eisner nominee Kim & Kim, Space Riders, and The Wilds, Black Mask has made a name for itself as the hottest launchpad to debut new talent and as the home for some of the coolest, most provocative comics around. Join Black Mask co-founder Matteo Pizzolo (CALEXIT) and creators Vita Ayala (The Wilds), Emily Pearson (The Wilds, upcoming Snap Flash Hustle), Pat Shand (Breathless, upcoming Snap Flash Hustle), Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim, upcoming Sex Death Revolution), Kwanza Osajyefo (BLACK, America’s Sweetheart, Widows and Orphans), Stephanie Phillips (upcoming Devil Within), Ashley A. Woods(upcoming Dismantlers), Matthew Rosenberg (4 Kids Walk Into a Bank) and more surprise panelists for a wide-ranging discussion of how new creators and new ideas are changing comics and how you can be a part of it.

Thursday July 19, 2018 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 32AB

6:00pm

Destination Nerd

Anastasia Washington (Legion of Leia, Anastationtv) chats with the most jet-setting nerds around as they discuss fashion, travel tips, and how to find your ultimate nerd mecca wherever you go. Panelists include Melissa Howland (We Are Movie Geeks, host), Marlon Reynoso (Nerd Coolture), Holly Amos (Star Trek Adversaries, Go Trek Yourself podcast), Laura Sirikul (Nerd Reactor) and Katie Elhoffer (Elhoffer Design).

Thursday July 19, 2018 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

6:00pm

Netflix: Marvel’s Iron Fist

Be among the first to get the exclusive inside scoop on what’s in store for season 2 of Marvel’s Iron Fist, as Danny Rand and Colleen Wing set off on a new adventure as the protectors of lower NYC. Featuring executive producer and Marvel’s head of television Jeph Loeb and surprise panelists.

Thursday July 19, 2018 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Ballroom 20

7:00pm

Holy Hollywood History! Creating the Batman ’66 Exhibit

In late 2017, Los Angeles Publicist Roger Neal launched the idea of having a salute to the 1966 “Batman” TV series featured at the legendary Hollywood Museum in the old Max Factor building in downtown Hollywood. With museum owner Donelle Dadigan’s blessing, Roger and his client Burt Ward (Robin from the TV series) contacted Batman super collector Wally Wingert to curate the exhibit. Wingert engaged 20-plus Bat collectors from all over the country to participate in the exhibit, which opened on January 12 (the 52nd anniversary of the TV show’s debut), much to the delight of fans everywhere. Wally, Donelle, and Roger will show photos and video and talk about the complicated process required to mount such an ambitious presentation. Along with two of the participating collectors (Scott Sebring and Pat Evans) and moderator Mark Fullerton, the audience will hear how the whole thing came together in glittering Hollywood fashion. Don’t miss a special appearance by Burt Ward (Robin the Boy Wonder himself)!

Thursday July 19, 2018 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 7AB

7:15pm

ScreenJunkies: The Truth Behind Honest Trailers Plus Movie Fights!

The ScreenJunkies team will answer your questions about the Emmy-nominated series Honest Trailers and premiere a trailer exclusively for Comic-Con. Plus, cheer on your favorite fighter in a mega Movie Fights where your votes decide the winner. ScreenJunkies personalities Hal Rudnick, Joe Starr, Spencer Gilbert, Dan Murrell, Roth Cornet, and special panelists keep Hollywood honest!

Thursday July 19, 2018 7:15pm – 8:45pm
Room 6BCF

8:00pm

The 501st Legion: Star Wars Villainous Costuming

An introduction to the creation of fan-made villain costumes from all 10 Star Wars movies and beyond. Legion members from the Imperial Sands and Star Garrisons will provide an overview of the creative process that brings Stormtroopers, Tusken Raiders, Boba Fett, or Kylo Ren from the silver screen into reality. Dean Amstutz(ISG membership liaison) will discuss the membership journey, from initial interest through final approval. Kevin Weir (Imperial Surplus Armor and KW Designs owner) will relate his process for working with armor parts. Howard Smart (ISG member) will speak about small prop and soft costume construction. Sean Fields(Star Garrison member) will discuss 3D modeling and printing. Todd Mullin (ISG commanding officer) will moderate the panel and a Q&A session after the presentation.

Thursday July 19, 2018 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

8:30pm

Len Wein Memorial

TBA

Thursday July 19, 2018 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Room 4

8:30pm

The Robotech Panel

Harmony Gold USA will display the latest developments in the Robotech universe, from new products to the live-action film in the works at Sony Pictures with the producers of 300 and the director of Stephen King’s It.

Thursday July 19, 2018 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Room 24ABC

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