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Thursday, July 24
 

10:00am

Comic-Con How-To: Don't Tell Your Story, Show It!
Ever wonder how the really good books suck readers in and hold their attention page after page? It's not the characters, nor the plot of the book. It is the way in which the author writes that separates his or her story from the pack. Award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake will use current examples to help you gain insight into how to put your story together in a compelling way that will keep your readers turning the pages to see what happens next.

Thursday July 24, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 2

10:00am

Graphic Novel Programming at Your Library
"I just don't know what to do!" say many librarians and other educators who don't have graphic novel/comic book-themed programs. Greg Evans (Luann), Joe Field (Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff), and Hillary W. Chang (McCully-Moiliili Public Library) discuss the process to accomplish such programs as an artist speaking tour, Free Comic Book Day, and even a Library Con.

Thursday July 24, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 23ABC

10:00am

Marvel: Breaking into Comics the Marvel Way
Have a passion for the inner workings of the comics industry? Curious about breaking into the field as a writer or artist? Marvel professionals from every corner of the business give insider tips, advice, and first-hand accounts of what it takes to start a career in comics today. Panelists include editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, talent scout C. B. Cebulski, and a slew of Marvel talent!

Thursday July 24, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 7AB

10:00am

Wonderbook: Writers on Creativity and Inspiration
Jeff VanderMeer (award-winning author of Wonderbook) and Lev Grossman (novelist and journalist for TIME magazine, as well as contributor to Wonderbook), Charles Yu (novelist and contributor to Wonderbook), and Anina Bennett and Paul Guinan (authors of the science fiction comic Heartbreakers, as well as the books Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel) partake in a discussion led by Ann VanderMeer about the creative process and "sense of wonder" that is key to the writing process, in the context of the participants' current works as well as the innovative visuals in the Hugo Award-nominated Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction.

Thursday July 24, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 25ABC

10:30am

Taming the Web: The Nuts and Bolts of Web Series Creation
Career at a dead-end? Not sure how to make your talents known? Our panelists are veteran Web series producers, directors, and stars who’ve figured out how to successfully launch their own online series and parlay them into moneymaking ventures. They’re doling out tips on producing, content creation, crowdsourcing funds and luring advertisers, marketing and branding and—when TV comes calling—negotiating the transition so you retain ownership. Panelists include producer/director/actor Satu Runa (Queen Gorya), producer/actor/crowdfunding queen Leah Cevoli (FanBacked), producer/director/writer/actor Freddie Wong (Video Game High School), master weaponsmaker Tony Swatton (Man At Arms), and YouTube programming strategist Nathan Kitada. Moderated by Fast Company's Susan Karlin.

Thursday July 24, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 24ABC

10:30am

Comic Book Law School 101: The Beginning Is the Most Important Part
Ideas, characters, plots, designs, stories, paintings, photos, titles, names, logos, brands-it's enough to drive one crazy if you don't know your copyright from your trademark from your trade secret. But never fear-help is only a 90-minute program away. Noted IP attorney Michael Lovitz, author of The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, offers the first of three fun and informative programs, which taken together are designed to provide you with a basic foundation in intellectual property law and related areas, including securing and enforcing your rights, contracts and licensing, fair use, parody, social media and much more. This first installment focuses on "The Basics" in an effort to provide a foundation for understanding the different intellectual property rights available to creators and business owners and teach ways to protect those rights, focusing on how best to safeguard ideas, inventions, works of authorship, characters, brands and names, from conception through publication and beyond. Attendees are invited to participate in an interactive discussion about basic rights provided under U.S. copyright and trademark laws, including their intersection with new media, as well as new decisions and changes in the law and how they could affect those rights (and if time permits, he'll touch on issues of joint authorship, fair use, parody and/or piracy). Along the way, there will be plenty to learn about the protections available, as well as the numerous potential pitfalls, under the U.S. trademark and copyright systems. Please note: The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and practice tips to practicing attorneys, as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. [This program is approved for 1.5 credits of California MCLE.]

Thursday July 24, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 30CDE

11:00am

Comic Creator Connection All-Stars
Have you heard of the CCC? The Comic Creator Connection is the original "speed-dating" event that introduces writers and artists who are struggling to find their creative counterparts and is featured exclusively at the Comic-Con International family of conventions. This All-Star panel spotlights newly published teams who first met at a Comic Creator Connection event. CCC Hosts Douglas Neff and Corey Rothermel (authors of Epic Win! The Geek's Guide to the Journey from Fan to Creator) will draw from our veterans the lessons they learned starting and maintaining a successful creative partnership, covering everything from the first handshake to the first draft to the first sale. If you are an aspiring comic book creator, you do not want to miss this panel!

Thursday July 24, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 32AB

11:00am

Comic-Con How-To: Point of View: What's the Point?
With so many terms and styles, diving into the mechanics of the craft of writing can be scary. And Point of View (POV) can be one of the toughest to tackle. Yet, if used correctly, POV is a wonderful and powerful tool that is the backbone of your story. Award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake helps break this piece of the writing puzzle down into something you can use to enhance your writing style.

Thursday July 24, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 2

11:00am

How Fan Fiction Can Lead to Being a Professional
Fan fiction can lead to jobs in several fields as a professional, including writing books, acting, screenwriting, and many others. Panelists include Katherine Fugate (Valentine's Day), a selected member of the board of directors of the WGAW, who created/executive produced/wrote Army Wives; Melissa Good (Tropical Storm), a fan fiction writer and novelist who has written episodes for Xena, Warrior Princess; Nancy Holder (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Watcher's Guide), New York Times bestselling author whose fan fiction street cred includes Robin of Sherwood; Dru Pagliassotti, a novelist and professor at a California university who has researched Western manga fandom and teaches courses on film and comics analysis; Nancy Cornell-Healy (Intersection), comedian/novelist/playwright; Justin Robinson (Get Blank), a multitalented novelist; and Sherri Rabinowitz (Fantasy Time Inc.), a writer of fan fiction, playwright and award-nominated novelist and host of the popular blog talk radio show Chatting With Sherri.

Thursday July 24, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 29A

11:00am

Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature
Dr. David Brin (Hugo, Locus and Nebula Award-winning author of the Uplift trilogy), Jim Butcher (NY Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files series), Rachel Caine (NY Times bestselling author of the Morganville Vampires series), Jason Hough (NY Times bestselling author of The Darwin Elevator series), Marie Lu (NY Times bestselling author of the Legend series), and Jonathan Maberry (NY Times bestselling author of the Joe Ledger series) discuss writing science fiction and fantasy novels and their adaptation to TV and movies. Moderated by Henry Herz (editor of Beyond the Pale).

Thursday July 24, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 5AB

11:30am

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 comic journalists themselves telling you what they are looking for in submissions. Panelists include (in alphabetical order) Albert Ching (Comics Book Resources), Amy Chu (DC Comics), Holly Golightly (BroadSword Comics), Glenn Hauman (Comic Mix), Rich Johnston (Bleeding Cool), Alan Kistler (The Mary Sue), Francis Sky (First Comics News), Tanya Tate (First Comics News), J. C. Vaughn (Scoop), Josh Waldrop (M1W Entertainment), and Bryan Young (Huffington Post, Big Shiny Robot). Find out what it takes to self-promote and make a significant impact on your ability to sell your comic.

Thursday July 24, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 8

12:00pm

CBLDF: Using Graphic Novels in Education
Comics and graphic novels are amazing resources for inspiring a love of reading and learning among students of all ages. CBLDF experts Betsy Gomez, Meryl Jaffe, Carol Tilley, and more examine how to use comics in classrooms, and provide strategies for combating the confusion that often leads graphic novels to be targeted by censors. They'll also offer suggestions for how to use specific comics in the classroom. Bring your challenges, questions and success stories!

Thursday July 24, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 30CDE

12:00pm

Color Me RADD
We wanna color you up! You'll never look at color comics the same way again! Oni Press editor-in-chief James Lucas Jones and rock star colorists Lee Loughridge, Ryan Hill, and some special guests discuss the role of colorists in storytelling and the processes behind their particular brands of eye-melting magic.

Thursday July 24, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 9

12:00pm

Comics Arts Conference Session #2: Clouds or Sunshine: Forecasting How Business and Law Will Affect Creativity in Comics
Law professor Marc H. Greenberg (Golden Gate University School of Law, author of Comic Art, Creativity and the Law) and business professor and futurist Rob Salkowitz (University of Washington, author of Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture) consider how changes such as derivative copyright law, digital delivery of comics, and transmediation will affect the creative process and the comics industry in the near and long-term future.

Thursday July 24, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 26AB

12:00pm

Editing Comics the BOOM! Way
BOOM! Studios creators Paul Jenkins (Fairy Quest), James Tynion IV (The Woods), Megan Hutchison (An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will O' the Wisp), Christopher Sebela (Dead Letters), and Frank Barbiere (Black Market), along with BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon and editor Dafna Pleban, look into the editing secrets of one of the comic book industry's leading independent publishers and discuss editing dos and don'ts.

Thursday July 24, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 28DE

12:00pm

The Pitching Hour
Jill Sanford (VP, Nickelodeon original series TV animation), Duncan Rouleau (executive producer, Man of Action), Kevin Burke and Chris "Doc" Wyatt (head writers, Avengers Assemble), Charlie Chu (editor, Oni Press), Lindsay Rostal (VP /producer, The Odd Gentlemen), Jennie Kong (publicist, Geek & Sundry), a surprise guest or two, and your moderator Dan Evans III (director current, Marvel TV Animation) will take an idea from conception through production for various media. This process will include creating a pitch document, obtaining agents, and getting a pitch meeting. The panelists will explain, through hypothetical example and humorous stories, the process that new creators should adapt to make their way through the creative battleground of the entertainment industry. Knowing that each project is unique, there will be a Q&A to allow the audience to really hone in on the solutions to obstacles they may encounter. Also on hand will be Brendan McFeely (IP lawyer, Kane Kessler) to give creators insight on protecting their ideas as they navigate Hollywood!

Thursday July 24, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 5AB

12:15pm

Comic-Con How-To: Advanced Digital Inking Techniques
Learn how to digitally ink and take all your black-and-white artwork to the next level. Comics artist Brian Haberlin will delve into Photoshop's treasure trove of features old and new-as well as features in other programs-that not only enhance comic applications, but make possible countless creative pen and ink opportunities rarely seen before. If you're serious about your black-and-white artwork, this session is a must. Comic book creator, editor, writer, penciler, inker, and colorist Brian Haberlin is the co-creator of Witchblade, Anomaly, and many other comic books and graphic novels.

Thursday July 24, 2014 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Room 2

1:00pm

Comics Arts Conference Session #3: British Comics, Genre, and the Special Relationship with American Comics
Chris Murray (University of Dundee) discusses the often-overlooked and peculiar history of British superheroes, arguing that they reflect the changing relationship between the two countries in the aftermath of World War II. Julia Round (Bournemouth University) investigates the use of gothic and horror tropes in British girls' comics of the 1970s and 1980s, which, she argues, draw on some of the tropes of the previous generation of American horror comics. Phillip Vaughan (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design) analyses British science fiction comics in terms of the influence from American comics, and considering their relationship to British and American television and film.

Thursday July 24, 2014 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Room 26AB

1:00pm

A Mercs Life For Me: What It Takes to Be a Mandalorian
James Sebree (San Diego chapter leader), Sal Attinello (Manda'galaar), Todd Mullin (Haran'galaar Clan), and Quinn Pendleton (member approval rep.) discuss the ins and outs of the Mandalorian Mercs Costuming Club. Topics include introduction to costume construction, overview of member requirements, and getting your costume approved. Also, Loren Toy (Manda'galaar) on 3D printing for costuming, and Kristina Schlosser (Haran'galaar clan) and Erica Heinrich (Manda'galaar) on building a custom female Mandalorian.

Thursday July 24, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 29A

1:00pm

Breaking into Comics Right Now
If you're an aspiring comic book creator, this is a panel you don't want to miss! BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon and managing editor Bryce Carlson, along with some of the industry's most exciting up-and-coming and established talent, including Frank Barbiere (Black Market), Chris Miskiewicz (Thomas Alsop), Palle Schmidt (Thomas Alsop), Vanesa R. Del Rey (Hit, The Empty Man), Christopher Sebela (Dead Letters), and Royden Lepp (Rust), share their breaking-in experiences and give you the most up-to-date and practical advice on how to break into the comic book industry right now.

Thursday July 24, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 28DE

1:00pm

CBLDF: The History of the Comics Code
60 years ago this month, comics were put on trial in a nationally televised Senate subcommittee hearing that had shattering repercussions for this great American artform. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund presents the shocking history of moral panic that led to this historic hearing and the birth of the Comics Code Authority, which regulated the medium's content for more than 50 years. CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein tells the tale at this CBLDF presentation.

Thursday July 24, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 30CDE

1:45pm

Comic-Con How-To: Gray Scale Copic Markers
Adam Hughes will use the warm and cool gray Copic markers to render the tones on a drawing. Fellow artist Allison Sohn will narrate the process while Adam draws. Hughes has been working in comics for over 25 years. Some of his work from the past year includes a story in Batman Black and White as well as the covers to the Vertigo series Fairest and the Dark Horse series Rebel Heist.

Thursday July 24, 2014 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Room 2

2:00pm

Digital Color for Comics
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 (DC's weekly series Future's End) and Kristy Miller (SpongeBob SquarePants) demonstrate step-by-step the 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 24, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 30CDE

2:30pm

Comics Arts Conference Session #4: Teaching Critical Comics in an Era of Standardization and the Common Core: The Pragmatics of a Transformative Pedagogy
Antero Garcia (Colorado State University) and Peter Carlson (Green Dot Public Schools) provide educators with specific planning and facilitation strategies for using graphic novels and comics in the classroom to enhance student participation, academic discourse, and achievement. Rubrics, lesson plan templates, and instructional questions will be provided for attendees.

Thursday July 24, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 26AB

2:30pm

ComiXology: Ask Me Anything
ComiXology, the revolutionary cloud-based digital comics platform, spills the beans on everything you've ever wanted to know about digital comics, publishing, life, and more! Learning everything from how to publish your own comic book through comiXology Submit to how to begin your own successful startup just like comiXology, from co-founders and panelists David Steinberger and John D. Roberts. Moderated by comiXology's marketing & PR maven, Chip Mosher.

Thursday July 24, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 8

3:00pm

Adobe Photoshop: The Artist's Journey
Panelists Daniel Presedo (Photoshop imagineer), Chris Cox (Photoshop engineer), Brian Haberlin (Anomaly), and Rayce Bird (FaceOff) discuss how Adobe Photoshop is the world's best digital imaging software. Find out what is new in the 2014 release and hear from these talented Pro's as they present their insights, tips and tricks to Photoshop and answer your Photoshop questions! They will give away a one-year subscription to the Creative Cloud.

Thursday July 24, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 30CDE

3:00pm

ComicBase User Group Meeting
Attention all comic collectors! ComicBase, the world's premiere software program for managing comic collections, will be holding their annual user group meeting with creator Pete Bickford. This once-a-year presentation will discuss the latest features and news about ComicBase and Atomic Avenue.

Thursday July 24, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 29A

3:00pm

I Can't Write, I Can't Draw, But I Love Comics!
SDCC's annual jobs panel is back-and with folks who are hiring! Just because you missed out on the writing and drawing genes doesn't mean there isn't a place for you in the comics, animation, and gaming industries. Panelists include Blur Studio animation supervisor/motion capture choreographer Derron Ross (Batman: Arkham City), PCB Productions CEO and gaming director Keith Arem (Call of Duty), Fox Digital Entertainment VP of mobile Matt McMahon (Family Guy app), and Man at Arms star/weapons maker Tony Swatton (Pirates of the Caribbean), who will discuss their gigs and ways into the biz you many not have even considered. Moderated by Fast Company's Susan Karlin.

Thursday July 24, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 9

3:00pm

Just What Does an Editor do?
We've seen the job title, but what does it mean? There are lots of answers -- join veteran editors Barbara Randall Kesel, Bob Schreck, Joe LeFavi, Maggie Thompson, Shannon Eric Denton, and others for some of the many answers!

Thursday July 24, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 5AB

3:00pm

NASA's Next Giant Leap
In honor of the 45th anniversary of the moon landing, join Seth Green (actor, creator, writer, director, and producer) in a far-out discussion on NASA's plans for the future with Dr. Jim Green (NASA's division director of Planetary Science), Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11 Astronaut), Mike Fincke (NASA Astronaut), and "Mohawk Guy" Bobak Ferdowsi (Curiosity and Europa Missions).

Thursday July 24, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6A

3:00pm

The Writer's Journey: Breaking into Comic Book and Hollywood Scriptwriting
This is part of the "Breaking In" series along with the Insight to Indies panel. If you are an unpublished writer with dreams of making it in the transmedia marketplace and you don't know how or where to begin, this is the panel for you. Hollywood screenwriters and graphic novel producers Brandon M. Easton (ThunderCats [2011], Transformers: Rescue Bots), Geoffrey Thorne (TNT's Leverage, Ben 10), Jonathan Callan (Ben 10, Generator Rex), animation showrunner Charlotte Fullerton (Ben 10: Omniverse), veteran screenwriter Tony Puryear (the Schwarzenegger film Eraser), and actress/writer Erika Alexander (Maxine Shaw from Living Single and co-creator/co-writer of Concrete Park, a graphic novel from Dark Horse) all share insider information, publishing secrets, and the professional realities on how to develop your ideas into a viable comics proposal. Topics include how to hire artists and build a strong contract, how to seek out a publisher, and how to navigate the tough new world of intellectual property management in the digital frontier.

Thursday July 24, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 32AB

3:30pm

Comic-Con How-To: Introducing Maya 3 3D Modeling Software with Fella
Join game artist Matthew Doyle for a trip through the process of designing and building a character for games, from 2D concept to 3D modeling, painting, and animating, and finally into a game engine. The tools used in the workflow will include Sketchbook Pro, Maya LT, Mudbox, and the Unity game engine!

Thursday July 24, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 2

4:00pm

Breaking into Comics and Staying In
With the shifting landscape of the comics industry, this is your invaluable guide to breaking into the comics industry. Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt (Marvel and IDW) is joined by writers Joshua Williamson (Ghosted, Nailbiter) and Joshua Hale Fialkov (The Ultimates, The Bunker), Dark Horse editor-in-chief Scott Allie (Hellboy), and IDW Publishing editor-in-chief Chris Ryall (Zombies Vs. Robots) for what promises to be the best panel on breaking in ever!

Thursday July 24, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 30CDE

4:00pm

Hollywood Location Scouts
Location scouts work with the director and production designer to translate their cinematic visions to reality by traveling the world to seek out exactly where the movies will be made. Six location scouts will discuss the creative and logistical aspects of their jobs, relate some exciting anecdotes, and answer audience questions. Moderator Scott Trimble (Tomorrowland) joins panelists Chris Baugh (Transcendence), Mandi Dillin (Iron Man 3), Ann Goobie (X-Men: The Last Stand), J. J. Hook (Transformers: Age of Extinction), and Michael John Meehan (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End).

Thursday July 24, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina

4:30pm

Creation of Creature
Neville Page (Avatar, Star Trek, Tron, Prometheus, Noah) will be sharing his techniques and vision for creating creatures and characters in the entertainment industry. Examples will be shown from various productions as well as tips and tricks from his upcoming book, Beauty in the Beast.

Thursday July 24, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 24ABC

4:45pm

Comic-Con How-To: Tips on pitching [Your Product/Yourself]
Matt Hawkins and John Nee present a discussion on how to pitch. They will talk about pitching your ideas and provide some mock pitches where they will alternate being the person pitching and person being pitched to. Writer, physicist, and social media maven Matt Hawkins has published over 1,000 comic books in his 21-year career at Image Comics and Top Cow and has created and/or written many, including Think Tank, Aphrodite IX, The Test, Alibi, Lady Pendragon, and Tales of Honor. Despite producing TV series, feature films, and video games, Matt still considers himself to be a comic book dude. John Nee was senior VP of business development for DC Comics, where his responsibilities included operational oversight of two publishing imprints (WildStorm and CMX Manga), global licensed publishing, international rights, interactive entertainment, book trade sales, and circulation and subscriptions for MAD magazine and DC Comics.

Thursday July 24, 2014 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Room 2

5:00pm

Color Design in Comics
Some of the most memorable color decisions in comics can happen before the first page is drawn. Ian Herring (Ms. Marvel), Ryan Hill (Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two), Sloane Leong (Change), and José Villarrubia (Trillium) discuss the art of color design with moderator Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics).

Thursday July 24, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 32AB

5:00pm

DC Comics-Master Class: Art History
Class is in session, as some of the greatest artists in the industry-Lee Bermejo (Before Watchmen: Rorschach, upcoming Suiciders), John Romita Jr. ( Superman), Nicola Scott (Earth 2)-take this panel to school with an in-depth look at their creative process. DC Comics is proud to spotlight these talented individuals for this exclusive, all-access look at what it's like drawing for DC.

Thursday July 24, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 30CDE

5:00pm

How to Kickstart Your Dream Like a Pro
A lineup of all-star creators who've used Kickstarter to launch their dream projects help you learn first-hand from the pros how to create your own successful Kickstarter campaign. Panelists include legendary TV writer/producers Jane Espenson and Brad "Cheeks" Bell (Husbands), comics icon Jimmy Palmiotti (Denver, Forager), and artist extraordinaire John Picacio (The 2014 John Picacio Calendar). Moderated by Craig Engler (Kickstarter).

Thursday July 24, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 25ABC

5:00pm

Teaching Content Through Comics: Math, Science, and History
Comics and graphic novels are highly effective tools not only for improving literacy but also for teaching mathematics, science, and history/social studies. Join the experts from Reading With Pictures as they present the best in comics and graphic novels for teaching in content areas, including recommended titles and lesson ideas, and hear from the creators of some of the best graphic texts for content study. Moderated by Tracy Edmunds (curriculum director at Reading With Pictures) and featuring Nick Dragotta (Howtoons), Geoffrey Golden (Sesame Street), Chuck Dixon (The Forgotten Man), Jonathan Hennessey (The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation), and Josh Elder (Comics That Make Kids Smarter).

Thursday July 24, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 29A

5:00pm

Understanding Stories: The Making of a Graphic Novel
Comics creator and author Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics) literally wrote the book on making comics. Now he's returned to fiction with The Sculptor, a nearly 500-page epic story of love, loss, art, and memory. Join the man Frank Miller called "just about the smartest guy in comics" for a fast-moving visual presentation on the challenges of building stories, bringing characters to life on the page, and constructing the worlds they live in.

Thursday July 24, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 7AB

6:00pm

Breaking into Animation Writing
How do you get in? How do you get that first assignment? Craig Miller (Curious George, Beast Wars) leads a panel including Charlotte Fullerton (Ben 10: Omniverse, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic), Patrick Rieger (Thunderbirds Are Go), Dean Stefan (X-Men, Darkwing Duck), and Cort Lane (VP, animation development & partnerships, Marvel Studios) who will tell you the truth about what you need to know and do.

Thursday July 24, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 32AB

6:00pm

Figure Drawing for Popular Media
Emilio Soltero, Ph.D. (John Buscema: A Life in Sketches), and panelists present a primer on drawing the figure for popular media, including drawing for comics and character design. The focus will be on anatomy and figure drawing. There will be time to draw as well. Professionals and beginners are welcome. Bring your drawing supplies to draw models/cosplayers during this interactive presentation. Come ready to take notes and to draw.

Thursday July 24, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 30CDE

6:00pm

geekEd. IV: A New Hope-Bringing Geek Back to Higher Education
Come interact with a panel of educators from across the country as they share how they make the most of their geek identities in their jobs and in their campus communities! Alex Belisario (UC Santa Cruz), Alfred Day (University of California, Berkeley), Eugene Frier (University of North Texas), Brian MacDonald (Rutgers University), and Patricia Nguyen (UCLA) are excited to share their stories of building personal connections with geek students, developing programs that create excitement, fostering inclusive communities, and enhancing the geek college experience. Joining them this year are Geralyn Williams and Eric Francisco from Rutgers University to share their unique student perspective. If you are an industry or marketing professional, work in higher education, attend or want to attend college (or know someone who does), this panel is for you!

Thursday July 24, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 29A

6:30pm

Indie Comics Marketing & PR 101
Have a comic but don't know how to get it in front of the most people possible? Learn essential marketing and PR tips and tricks from the industry's best in this roundtable discussion, revealing all the secrets of pulling off effective marketing & PR to get your comic noticed. Host Chip Mosher (comiXology's marketing & PR maven) is joined by BOOM! Studio's dynamic marketing & PR duo Mel Caylo and Christine Dinh, along with Fantagraphics Books's stellar PR and marketing team Jacq Cohen and Jen Vaughn, for an inspiring and wide-ranging discussion that will teach you how to market yourself and your comic to the widest audience possible.

Thursday July 24, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 8

6:30pm

What Video Games Can Teach
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 15, 11:42AM
Join this high-powered panel divulging how much of an impact video games can have on people's lives in-game as well as offline. Parents advocating for a learner-centered approach often brings up the question, "Won't my kids just play video games all day?" Although the answer to that is multifaceted, no experience is devoid of learning. In fact, some experiences may have more opportunities for development than first believed. Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion, MMORPG.com, The Gamer in You) Stephan Frost (games design producer Carbine Studios), Kate Edwards (executive director International Game Developers Association) and Justin Burnham (director of operations Devolver Digital, project manager South by Southwest) as they discuss the benefits and potential drawbacks to video games and how to navigate both. This high-powered panel will plunge into video game culture and its social development, divulging how video games affect our lives and education.

Thursday July 24, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 4

7:00pm

World Building and Storytelling
Robert Roach (Menthu, The Roach), Gini Koch (Alien Collective), Ed Erdelac (Terovolas), Nathan Long (Blackhhearts Omnibus), and Nancy Holder (Wicked Saga) discuss structure and storytelling, the use of pacing, and how certain creators use a timeline to build flow. Moderated by Jeffrey Twohig.

Thursday July 24, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 32AB

7:30pm

Artist as Brand: Rise of the Artist Entrepreneur
Greg Spalenka (professional artist in publishing, film, and higher education, Sandman, Titan Books, The Golden Compass, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) moderates a panel discussion on art career sustainability. Learn strategies on how to create an income from your talent on your own terms with panelists Donato Giancola (professional artist in publishing, film, and games, Tor, National Geographic, Microsoft, Vivendi/Universal, LucasArts), Daniel M. Davis (artist/designer of Steam Crow, publishers of monster books, serigraphs, and other art products), Drew Brophy (professional surf artist and ambassador of adventure travel lifestyle), Maria Brophy (art agent, author of How to Understand Art Licensing Contracts and expert on art licensing and the business of art), and Dawn M. Schiller (Odd Fae and Autumn Things, author of FaeMaker, artist/designer of sculpted handmade dolls).

Thursday July 24, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 8