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Thursday, July 24
 

10:00am

DC Collectibles
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 21, 05:40PM
Action figures, statues, busts, PVC figures...DC Collectibles has them all-and more! The DC Collectibles crew-including DVP for creative services Kevin Kiniry, director for creative services Jim Fletcher, and Dustin Nguyen (Batman: Li'l Gotham), and sculptor Jon Matthews-tell how they come up with so many great products, and what's coming up from comics' top makers of awesome collectibles!

Thursday July 24, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 9

10:00am

God Is Disappointed in You with Shannon Wheeler & Mark Russell
God Is Disappointed in You, published by Top Shelf, is the tongue-in-cheek "condensed" version of the Bible you never knew you needed-hilariously modern, but surprisingly authentic-with illustrations and gags by New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man). Wheeler and writer Mark Russell join together for an hour of unforgettable irreverence, including Q&A, audience sketches, and the hilarious-yet-accurate "ten-minute Bible." Plus: a taste of the new audiobook, read by Dr. Venture himself, James Urbaniak (The Venture Bros.)!

Thursday July 24, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 32AB

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

My Adventures in Storytelling
Brian Stelfreeze (Batman Black-and-White, Wednesday's Comics, Day Men) talks about his career as a comics illustrator and shares what he's learned along the way. Welcome to this lively discussion and Q&A moderated by his good friend Doug Wagner (Gun Candy, I.C.E.).

Thursday July 24, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 28DE

10:00am

Spotlight on Scott Snyder
ADDED: Mon, Jul 21, 05:33PM
Comic-Con special guest Scott Snyder (writer of Batman, Superman Unchained, American Vampire, The Wake, and the upcoming Wytches) answers your questions in this candid, open discussion of his work and the craft of writing.

Thursday July 24, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 5AB

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

10:00am

Shonen Jump: Naruto
Naruto is one of the world's most popular manga series, with over 60 bestselling volumes published. Get all the latest news on the Naruto manga, anime, video games, and more at this super-sized panel, featuring guests from VIZ Media, Bandai Namco games, and a special guest you'll have to see to believe!

Thursday July 24, 2014 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 8

11:00am

Flesk Publications Exposed! The Artists Spill Their Guts!
With a lineup including Frank Cho (Drawing Beautiful Women, Savage Wolverine ), Terry Dodson (Red One, Uncanny X-Men), Mark Schultz (Xenozoic, Storms at Sea), and William Stout (Hallucinations,Legends of the Blues) talking new projects-and publisher John Fleskes frankly discussing future Flesk titles and the latest on the renowned Spectrum Fantastic Art series-you can expect an entertaining hour!

Thursday July 24, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 28DE

11:00am

Spotlight on Dan Slott
NY Times bestselling comic book author and Comic-Con special guest Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man, Superior Spider-Man, Silver Surfer) shares stories about working in comics, from his early days on Ren & Stimpy to Batman: Arkham Asylum Living Hell to his current runs on Spidey and Surfer. Moderated by Dan's pal, comic book journalist Jill Pantozzi (TheMarySue.com). Attendees be warned: mind-swapping might occur.

Thursday July 24, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 7AB

11:00am

The Simpsons and SpongeBob Smile-Time Hour
Creative director Nathan Kane and managing editors Terry Delegeane and Chris Duffy give you the lowdown on how Bongo Comics Group and United Plankton Pictures make the best humor comic books in the business. Meet some of the Bongo and United Plankton artists and writers who have tickled your four-color funny bone. Find out what's in stores in the coming months!

Thursday July 24, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 9

11:30am

DC Entertainment All Access: 101
DC Comics's backlist is full of the most exciting stories ever told! New fans and veteran fans alike are welcome for an in-depth tutorial on the essential stories and products that make up DC Comics's rich history. At DC Entertainment, there's never been a better time to be a comics fan!

Thursday July 24, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 6DE

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

11:30am

Masters of the Web: Comic Book Movies
A discussion of the state and slate of current and upcoming major comic book movies with top YouTube movie pundits, including Manu Bennett (TV's Arrow), John Campea (AMC Movie Talk), Jeremy Jahns (YouTube film critic), Tiffany Smith (DC All Access), Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis (Schmoes Know), and Jon Schnepp (AMC Movie Talk).

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

11:30am

Spotlight on Bill Finger, the Co-Creator of Batman
2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the movie Batman, the 50th anniversary of Batman's "New Look," the 75th anniversary of Batman's debut, and the 100th anniversary of the birth of Bill Finger, the Caped Crusader's uncredited co-creator. Not only did Bill Finger breathe life into Batman, Robin, Alfred, Commissioner Gordon, Gotham City, and one fantastic villain after another, he co-created bat-free icons such as Green Lantern, Wildcat, and Lana Lang. Bill's only living descendants Athena Finger (The Cape Creator: A Tribute to Bill Finger) and her son Benjamin invite you to celebrate the life and achievements of the man who first put the dark in the Dark Knight. Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight) moderates a bat-tastic panel, featuring Bob Kane's biographer Tom Andrae (Batman and Me), writer Mark Evanier (Bill Finger Awards), actress Lee Meriwether (Batman: The Movie's Catwoman), author Marc Tyler Nobleman (Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman), Cartoons Arts' Jens Robinson (son of Joker co-creator Jerry Robinson), and executive producer Michael Uslan (Batman, The Dark Knight film trilogy), plus special messages from legends like DC's last surviving Golden Age artist, Wildcat co-creator Irwin Hasen.

Thursday July 24, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 4

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

12:00pm

The Switch to Digital
From mail to photographs and now comics, everything is making the move to digital. Comic-Con International special guests Colleen Coover (Bandette), Batton Lash (Supernatural Law), Jeff Smith (Bone), Rina Piccolo (Tina's Groove), and Paul Tobin (Bandette) discuss with moderator Mark Waid (Daredevil) when and why they make the switch to digital.

Thursday July 24, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 7AB

12:00pm

When Steampunk and Pop Culture Collide
Karen Hallion (TeeFury pop artist) joins a lively discussion regarding why Steampunk continues to invade all aspects of pop culture, along with fellow Steampunks, maker Brian Uiga (Inspector Spacetime), writer Madeleine Holly-Rosing (Boston Metaphysical Society), and costumer CJ DeAngelus. They'll explore how Steampunk has influenced comics, television, cosplay, and pop art. Moderated by Anastasia Hunter (chair and director of programming for Gaslight Gathering).

Thursday July 24, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 29A

12:30pm

Roddenberry Entertainment Presents
Trevor Roth (COO, head of development, creator of Days Missing, Worth), Tory Mell (producer, Roddenberry Entertainment), Rod Roddenberry (CEO, Roddenberry Entertainment), Chris Moreno (artist, Worth), Aubrey Sitterson (writer, Worth), and Paul Morrissey (Eisner Award-winning editor) talk about their newest graphic novel Worth, their new short film Instant, and hold an awesome iPad Mini giveaway. Moderated by Tory Mell.

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

12:30pm

The Previews Panel
UPDATED: Sat, Jul 12, 09:35AM
Before it's at comic shops, it's in the Previews catalog! This panel shows you how to use the Diamond Comic Distributors' Previews catalog for preordering all of your favorite comics, graphic novels, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Attendees will get a free copy of the August issue and have a chance to win other exciting prizes! Plus, see how Previewsworld.com interacts with the catalog to inform fans about everything they need to know to get what they want at their local comic shop. Panelists include Previews editor Marty Grosser, Previewsworld.com editor Vince Brusio, and Diamond consumer marketing manager Andy Mueller.

Thursday July 24, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 8

12:45pm

Behind the Scenes of Science Fiction in Movies and on TV
Jane Espenson (Husbands), Amy Berg (Eureka), Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) discuss what it's like to create blockbuster science fiction in the media: their adventures and challenges, what's working now, what the future will look like, and all the factors that will change how we consume our personal fandoms. Moderated by Phil Plait (Bad Astronomy Blog).

Thursday July 24, 2014 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Room 6DE

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

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

1:00pm

Drawing on Your Nightmares: Modern Horror in Comics
Hot on the heels of the premiere of the Dark Horse comic turned television series The Strain, you are invited to explore the darker corners of comics. Horror has been one of the cornerstones of the Dark Horse publishing line for years, and 2014 will be no exception! Join panelists for an hour of all that is guaranteed to thrill and chill you, with resident horror junkies, editor-in-chief Scott Allie and PR director Jeremy Atkins, along with Eric Powell (The Goon), Mike Huddleston (The Strain), the first U.S. appearance of Colder artist Juan Ferreyra, and more for sneak peeks, announcements, and other surprises along the way!

Thursday July 24, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 23ABC

1:00pm

Female Heroes, Then and Now
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Heartbreakers, a groundbreaking science fiction series that was one of the first action comics starring female heroes, and the only one written by a woman when it debuted in Dark Horse Presents. Today, there are more women than ever reading and creating comics-not to mention cosplaying and writing about comics-but it seems a lot of the old biases are still entrenched. What's changed in 25 years, and what hasn't? Join Heartbreakers creators Anina Bennett and Paul Guinan, along with friends Jimmy Palmiotti (Painkiller Jane), Kiala Kazebee (Vaginal Fantasy), Allison Baker (Monkeybrain Comics), and Claire Hummel (Bioshock: Infinite), for a lively discussion of sexism, science fiction, comic books, and geek culture.

Thursday July 24, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 32AB

1:00pm

Marvel: House of Ideas
Love having the best comics in the industry on your mobile devices? Want to know how Marvel stays on the cutting edge of technology while bringing you what you love? Want to learn more about Infinite Comics? Well, this panel is for you, True Believer! Get exciting news from Ryan Penagos (executive editorial director of digital) and other guests on what's happening with the Marvel Comics App, Marvel AR, Marvel.com, Marvel's vast social media presence, and more in this can't-miss panel!

Thursday July 24, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 7AB

1:00pm

Spotlight on Colleen Coover & Paul Tobin (How to Succeed in Comics Without Ever Crying)
Comic-Con special guests Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover discuss their Eisner Award-winning digital comic Bandette, as well as such titles as Colder, I Was the Cat, Prometheus, Plants vs. Zombies, Angry Birds, Paul's novels, and the commonsense fact that Hulk could beat Thor.

Thursday July 24, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 9

1:30pm

Avatar Press: Cutting-Edge Publishing and Mega Writers
New York Times bestselling author Max Brooks (World War Z) and William Christensen (Avatar Press publisher) discuss the scoop on new projects and creators joining the Avatar Press lineup! Plus, an inside look at projects by Garth Ennis, Alan Moore, Kieron Gillen, and of course, Max Brooks. William Christensen moderates and runs the Q&A session for this event.

Thursday July 24, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 4

1:30pm

[CANCELLED] Digital Manga
CANCELLED: Thu, Jul 17, 10:48AM
We regret to announce that this program has been cancelled.

Thursday July 24, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 8

2:00pm

Beyond Clichés: Creating Awesome Female Characters for Film, TV, Comics, Video Games, and Novels
Explore the past, present, and the future of female character creation for film, TV, comics, video games, and novels and examine the traps of common tropes, clichés, and stereotypes, while discussing how content creators can create wonderful, relatable, and realistic female characters with moderator Michele Brittany (West Coast Bleeding Cool News correspondent), Neo Edmund (Red Riding-Werewolf Huntress, Kaijudo Rise of the Duel Masters), Charlotte Fullerton (My Little Pony, Ben 10 Omniverse), Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Geek Nation), Marv Wolfman (Teen Titans, creator of countless comic book characters), Andrew Robinson (Kaijudo Rise of the Duel Masters, Rescue Bots), and Mairghread Scott (Transformers Prime, Rescue Bots).

Thursday July 24, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 28DE

2:00pm

DC Digital: Download This!
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 21, 11:33AM
DC Entertainment's digital initiative has been a pioneer in digital comics. Get an exclusive look at the exciting series that make up the future of digital comics with the all-star talent behind them, including Ralph Garman (Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet), Marc Guggenheim (Arrow), Kyle Higgins (Batman Beyond), Cat Staggs (Sensation Comics), Freddie E. Williams II (Infinite Crisis) and others behind them!

Thursday July 24, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 6DE

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

2:00pm

Image Comics: I Is For...Infinity
The future of comics is bright, and Nick Dragotta (East of West), Rick Remender (Deadly Class), Richard Starkings (Elephantmen), Jason Latour (Southern Bastards), Stuart Moore (EGOs), and Ryan Burton (Dark Engine) are proof of that fact. Sci-fi, western, apocalyptic, kid-friendly. Realistic, cartoony, abstract, painterly. Anything goes in comics, and there are an infinite number of stories to tell.

Thursday July 24, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 23ABC

2:00pm

Jules Feiffer Goes Noir
Oscar-Pulitzer-Eisner Hall of Fame winner Jules Feiffer turns to the noir genre with his new graphic novel Kill My Mother. Come hear a conversation with this comics pioneer who started with Will Eisner, went on to become one of the world's most-read comic strip creators, and eventually conquered the Broadway stage and Hollywood. Now, preview his return to his first love with a daring new work that stretches his talent yet again. Questioning by comics historians Mark Evanier and Paul Levitz, as well as audience members.

Thursday July 24, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 9

2:00pm

Pop Culture Happy Hour Podcast
National Public Radio’s lively weekly podcast began in 2010, co-created by NPR Monkey See writer-editor Linda Holmes and NPR Music writer-editor Stephen Thompson. Regular panelist Glen Weldon has kept comics commentary an essential ingredient, and Stephen’s mother (and Comic-Con Toucan blogger) Maggie Thompson has appeared on the show from time to time. Maggie’s Spotlight panel introduces the PCHH team to Comic-Con for a roundtable discussion.

Thursday July 24, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 32AB

2:00pm

The 2000 AD Zarjaz Hour Featuring Judge Dredd
Superstar creators Jock (Batman), Chris Burnham (Batman), Henry Flint (Judge Dredd), and Michael Carroll (Jennifer Blood) are all here as the legendary British comic book kicks off San Diego with all the 2000 AD and Judge Dredd talk and games you can handle! Moderated by 2000 AD's Michael Molcher and definitely not for Thrill-suckers!

Thursday July 24, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 29A

2:00pm

The Art of Big Hero Six
Walt Disney Animation Studios presents director Don Hall, producer Roy Conli, production designer Paul Felix and character designer Shiyoon Kim as they share the visual development of Walt Disney Animation Studios' November 7, 2014 film, Big Hero 6. The action-packed comedy adventure tells the story of robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius - thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion - a robot named Baymax - and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name.

Thursday July 24, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 7AB

2:15pm

Blizzard Entertainment Showcase
Chris Metzen (Blizzard Entertainment SVP story and franchise development) and a team of esteemed Blizzard guests reveal next year's lineup of never-before-seen loot! Interact with designers, writers, and artists as they dig into toys, books, collectibles, and more! Panel and Q&A moderated by Kim Phan (host of DirecTV's BlizzCon coverage).

Thursday July 24, 2014 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 6BCF

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

2:30pm

Spotlight on Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti
Comic-Con special guests Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti, the award-winning writers of Harley Quinn, Painkiller Jane, and owners of the multimedia company Paperfilms, sit down for a talk in an intimate, interactive panel, discussing their work and future projects inside and out of comics.

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

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

Gene Luen Yang in Conversation with Scott McCloud
Comic-Con special guest Gene Luen Yang (The Shadow Hero) and Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics) talk comics, creative processes, current and upcoming projects, and the general state of the industry. It'll be awesome.

Thursday July 24, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 28DE

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

DC Comics: Batman 75: Legends of the Dark Knight
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 21, 05:41PM
In his 75-year publishing history, Batman has grown into one of the most popular and influential icons of all time. Don't miss this historic panel with the legendary creators such as Neal Adams, Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, Frank Miller, Grant Morrison, Denny O'Neil, and Scott Snyder, who have shaped the Dark Knight into the hero he is today.

Thursday July 24, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 6BCF

3:30pm

IDW Artist's Editions
Artist's Edition editor Scott Dunbier blathers on and on about Artist's Editions past, present, and future. There will be a couple of cool announcements as well as special guests Walter Simonson and IDW president (and art lover) Greg Goldstein-what more could you possibly want?

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

3:30pm

The Sergio & Mark Show
Usually, this is the panel where Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier make empty promises of more Groo the Wanderer to come. This time though, there actually is new Groo with the release of the long-awaited Groo Vs. Conan miniseries from Dark Horse, to be followed closely by a new series of new Groo stories and a new series of old Groo stories and you'll hear all about it at the panel with Sergio and Mark and Stan Sakai and the world's hardest-working colorist, Tom Luth.

Thursday July 24, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 8

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

George R. R. Martin Discusses In the House of the Worm
New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin (Game of Thrones) discusses his novels, projects, and the visceral new In the House of the Worm comic book series. Moderator William Christensen (Avatar Press publisher) conducts this Q&A with Martin live and in person!

Thursday July 24, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

4:00pm

Insights for Independent Creators
The Antidote Trust teams up with Eisner Award-nominated and creative writing force (live action and animation), Brandon Easton, for two hours of in-depth discussions. This first hour concentrates on independent comic creation. Panelists include Andre Owens (writer of the sci-fi superhero comic book Force Galaxia and writer/director for the web series The Psychedelic Detective), Dani Dixon (comic book creator of 13, M.I.S.//ing, Five Nations and publisher of Tumble Creek Press), Glyph Awards Rising Star 2014 recipient Jason Reeves (freelance illustrator for USA Today and co-creator of the comic book One Nation), Glyph Award recipient with Mr. Reeves Alverne Ball (classically trained writer and consultant for the film industry), Hannibal Tabu ( 2012 Top Cow Talent Hunt winner who writes The Buy Pile for Comic Book Resources), and Robert Roach (TV and film story illustrator, comics creator of Menthu, and winner of the inaugural Glyph Rising Star Award). Moderated by DeWayne Copeland, co-creator and producer of the hit indie superhero webseries CV Nation.

Thursday July 24, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 32AB

4:00pm

Spotlight on David Lasky
Eisner Award-winning artist and Comic-Con special guest David Lasky (The Carter Family: Don't Forget This Song) talks about his 25-year career in alternative comics and how it all led up to his recent historical graphic novels. Join David for this relaxed interview moderated by his old friend and former colleague Tom Spurgeon (ComicsReporter.com). A clip from the upcoming documentary Bezango, WA will be shown.

Thursday July 24, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 9

4:00pm

The 9th Annual All-Star Comic Book Podcasters Panel
Get ready for a no-holds-barred debate/discussion of the current state of the geek marketplace. Like sports reporters at the World Series or Super Bowl, these podcast hosts voice their opinions on their weekly shows, but what happens when they face each other, and may not get the last word on a subject? Featuring John Siuntres (Word Balloon), Heath Corson (The Nerdist Writers Panel-Comics Edition), Calvin Reid (Publisher's Weekly Comics World), Tim Beyers (The Motley Fool), John Mayo (Comic Book Page), and Glen Weldon (NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour).

Thursday July 24, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 28DE

4:15pm

Skybound's The Walking Dead
Dive into the world of the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead graphic novel series with creator Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard. Moderated by The Walking Dead editor Sean Mackiewicz.

Thursday July 24, 2014 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Room 6A

4:30pm

Marvel: Avengers & X-Men AXIS
Are you ready for Marvel's biggest event of the year? In Avengers & X-Men: AXIS, the Red Skull has enslaved thousands, has amassed an army, and now broadcasts his message of hate across the world. Earth's last hope hinges on the fragile alliance of two estranged teams-the Avengers and the X-Men! A who's who of Marvel talent and editors will be on hand to discuss this Marvel blockbuster! Plus, find out the latest on current and future X-titles! Join editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, executive editor Mike Marts, senior editor Nick Lowe, Avengers & X-Men: AXIS writer Rick Remender, and other Mighty Marvel guests for a rousing discussion and Q&A session!

Thursday July 24, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 6DE

4:30pm

Q&A: New York Times Bestseller, Gregg Hurwitz, Interviewed by Howard Chaykin
Comic book legend Howard Chaykin interviews New York Times bestselling author, comic book writer, and Comic-Con special guest Gregg Hurwitz (Tell No Lies, Batman: The Dark Knight) about comics, crime fiction, TV, movies, and all other order of fictional mayhem.

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

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

Breaking Barriers: Transgender Trends in Popular Culture
In recent years, transgender creators have gained visibility in comics, movies, and television after long being consigned to the shadows. From coming out and transition to navigating gender politics in a world still struggling to understand, cartoonists, writers, and filmmakers are investing their work with unique personal experiences as their characters learn to live and love in new and unexpected ways. Prism Comics and moderator Tara Madison Avery (Dirtheads, Gooch, Prism Comics) present panelists Dylan Edwards (Transposes), Melanie Gillman (As the Crow Flies), J. D. Saxon (Mahou Shounen Fight!), Elizabeth Lain (F*** the Limits!: The 30-Day Art Project, This Is Where), Ashley Love (Trans Forming Media, journalist, transsexual advocate), and Comic-Con special guest, famed comics historian Michelle Nolan (Love on the Racks: A History of American Romance Comics) for an exploration of a range of exciting new themes and stories for contemporary audiences.

Thursday July 24, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 28DE

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

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

5:30pm

Mad About MAD
MAD, the country's #1-selling humor magazine (in a field of 1), is dumber than ever! MAD editor John Ficarra and art director Sam Viviano take a ridiculous peek at what's happening at the magazine, and an epically moronic Q&A that's bound to be, well, MAD! (Prizes will be awarded for most moronic questions!)

Thursday July 24, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 4

5:30pm

Making a Living in Manga: In Japan!
What's it like to work as a comics creator in Japan? What does it take to get your manga published in top magazines like Shonen Jump or Morning? How do you get a job as an assistant to a top manga-ka (comics artist)? Felipe Smith (writer/artist, All-New Ghost Rider, Peepo Choo, MBQ), Jamie Lynn Lano (former assistant manga-ka on The Prince of Tennis, author and artist, www.jamieism.com), and Steve Cummings (Wayward, Uglies, and Pantheon High) are three people who lived the dream in the motherland of manga, and boy, have they got stories to tell! They, along with editor/manga publishing pro Lillan Diaz-Pryzbyl (head comics editor, Sparker Monthly, former senior editor, TOKYOPOP Inc.), offer insights about what it really takes to make a living in manga in Japan (and North America), followed by what should be a lively Q&A session moderated by Deb Aoki (editor, MangaComicsManga.com).

Thursday July 24, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 26AB

5:30pm

Pitch Your Comic to Mark Waid and Thrillbent
Think you have a one-shot digital comic in you that the world should see? Here's your chance to pitch it to Mark Waid (Daredevil, Superman: Birthright, Empire), James Tynion IV (Batman, The Eighth Seal, The House in the Wall), Christina Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood),Chris Mancini (Comedy Film Nerds), Nicholas Rucka (Kitchen Death Match), Lori Matsumoto (Thrillbent general manager), and Raygun (Thrillbent web development/design). They'll listen to your verbal pitch and select the best they hear for further development. Along the way, there'll be frank discussion about how Mark and his partners do what they do, what works and doesn't work in digital comics, what makes this medium unique, and what new projects are coming up from Thrillbent!

Thursday July 24, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 8

6:00pm

A Universe of Terror Drawn to One Panel: Aliens, Predator, Prometheus, and Beyond
Nearly 30 years ago, Dark Horse rewrote the rules of licensed comics with the release of Aliens, continuing the story lines of Ridley Scott's iconic film franchise. Predator and the iconic crossover Aliens Vs. Predator followed, with each series practically outselling the last. Now, the publisher partners with Scott again, to bring sci-fi epic Prometheus to comics. With just under two months away from the launch of the ambitious and highly anticipated crossover, Fire and Stone, Dark Horse editor-in-chief Scott Allie, writers Chris Roberson (Aliens), Joshua Williamson (Predator), Christopher Sebela (Aliens Vs. Predator), and the Prometheus team of Paul Tobin and Juan Ferrerya, reveal just what's in store for this grand universe!

Thursday July 24, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 9

6:00pm

Batman '66
Holy Bat Panels! Get all the details on the most anticipated home entertainment release in fanboy history when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment reunites pop icons Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar on the Hall H stage for a Bat-tastic look at Batman: The Complete TV Series. The actors behind Batman, Robin. and Catwoman, along with moderator Ralph Garman, will give you an inside sneak peek at all the exclusive content within this blockbuster home entertainment release, as well as exhibiting dazzling HD remastered footage from the landmark series. Batman: The Complete TV Series will be released in November 2014.

Thursday July 24, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Hall H

6:00pm

LGBT Geek Year in Review
In the past few years, the geek world has been filled with many noteworthy moments of importance to the queer fan. Some were fabulous, some were unfortunate, some were misguided, and some were "blink and you missed it." LGBT activist and columnist P. Kristen Enos (Active Voice, Creatures of Grace) leads a discussion with Diane Anderson-Minshall (The Advocate), Trish Bendix (AfterEllen.com), Matt Kane (GLAAD), and Sean Z. Maker (Bent-Con) on the events of LGBT interest in the past year, why they think they were so important, and what they might mean for the future for LGBT fans.

Thursday July 24, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 28DE

6:00pm

Skylanders: The Creative Process of Bringing Toys to Life
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 14, 11:53AM
Join the Skylanders team for an inside look at the creative process that brings Toys to Life -and for the first time, life to toys. I-Wei Huang (director at Toys for Bob), will explain the process of creating Skylanders' charming roster of characters, while Richard Horvitz, famed voice of Kaos, discusses the critical role that voice-over acting plays in animating each character. Renowned comic-book writer, Ron Marz, will delve into the comic world of Skylanders and how this brand extension is taking Skylanders to a new level. John Coyne, senior vice president of consumer marketing at Activision, will shed insight on how the brand has evolved from its origin to the innovation that it is today. Every attendee will receive limited edition Skylanders merchandise.

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

6:00pm

Vertigo: Defy Conventions
Vertigo is ready to blow your mind with trend-setting comics and topnotch talent, including Lee Bermejo (upcoming Suiciders), Mark Buckingham (Fables, Fairest), Tula Lotay (Bodies), Simon Oliver (FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics), Scott Snyder (American Vampire, The Wake), and others! From horror to mythic fiction to sci-fi and beyond, see what amazing new ideas are coming your way from the imprint that's on a mission to defy all your expectations!

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

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

Manga: Lost in Translation
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 17, 10:09AM
Manga sales have started coming back from the recession lows, and simultaneous publishing is starting to make inroads. So how are the people in the industry faring? Questions will be answered, and stories will be told! Hear it directly from long-time professionals Jonathan Tarbox (Fist of the North Star), Stephen Paul (One Piece), Ed Chavez (marketing director, Vertical), Nathan Collins (Battle Royale Remastered), and Lillian Diaz-Przybyl (head editor, comics, Chromatic Press).

Thursday July 24, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 26AB

7:00pm

Hip-Hop & Comics: Cultures Combining
Hip-Hop and comics reflect each other in many ways: graffiti and album covers incorporate superheroic imagery, rappers adopt secret identities and grandiose aliases, writers base their characters in urban settings, and artists draw on Hip-Hop's rich visual vocabulary. Both forms thrive on excitement and energy, inspire passionate fanbases, and have risen from modest beginnings to achieve global recognition. Here, Patrick A. Reed (Depth of Field magazine) brings together graphic artists and musical innovators to discuss the ties between these two creative cultures.

Thursday July 24, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 23ABC

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

7:30pm

The Lost 1978 Comic Book Documentary
John Siuntres (Word Balloon Comics Podcast host) and Mark Waid (Thrillbent Comics) present this rarely seen in the U.S. short film. In 1978 the Canadian TV Show Behind The Scene produced a 20-minute look at the comic book business featuring footage shot at the offices of DC and Marvel Comics. Narrated by comedian Jonathan Winters, the film stands as a time capsule look at how comics were made and marketed in the pre-digital world of the mid-20th century. You'll see footage and comments from Stan Lee, Archie Goodwin, Neal Adams, Julie Schwartz, Denny O'Neil, Jim Steranko, John Romita, and many more! The audience will get the chance to answer trivia questions about the footage they see and win prizes.

Thursday July 24, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 26AB

8:00pm

Horror Stories of Creating Comics: How to Produce Tricky Books
Producing complicated and unusual books takes more than just ink and paper-sometimes it takes blood, sweat, and tears. For anyone who's ever been interested in making their own books, join Cesare Asaro (creator, Finding Frank and His Friend), Calista Brill (senior editor, First Second Books), Peter Maresca (editor, Sunday Press Books), Dave Marshall (editor, Dark Horse Comics), and Kirstie Shepherd (author, Gadabout Time Machine User's Manual) for a panel discussion on the red flags to watch out for on the long journey to get the details right, and to hear funny stories of where things went wrong.

Thursday July 24, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 30CDE

8:00pm

Monkeybrain Comics: Digital and Beyond
Since launching in 2012, Monkeybrain Comics has become recognized as a premier publisher for quality digital comics, and many of their titles have since been released in print editions by publishers such as IDW, Image/Shadowline, and Dark Horse. Co-publishers Allison Baker (Monkeybrain Comics) and Chris Roberson (Edison Rex) are joined by Anina Bennett (Heartbreakers), Christopher Sebela (High Crimes), Jen Vaughn ( Avery Fatbottom), and Gabriel Hardman (Kinski) to discuss the advantages of publishing digitally and how digital and print can work together.

Thursday July 24, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 28DE

8:00pm

Tournament of Nerds
The hit comedy show from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre returns to Comic-Con. Who would win in a fight, Batman or Wolverine? Superman or Gandalf? Questions like these have plagued humankind for decades, but only Tournament of Nerds can settle these disputes...by pitting two comedians against each other to battle it out in heated debate! Hosted by Justin Donaldson (Reno 911!) and Hal Rudnick (Screen Junkies), the panel features Marc Andreyko (Batwoman), Maddox (The Best Page in the Universe), Jesse Snider (Evil Ernie), Roger Barr (I-Mockery), Mike Carlson (Conan), Aaron Sparrow (Darkwing Duck), and a bunch of surprise celebrity guests!

Thursday July 24, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 5AB

8:15pm

The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - A Look Under the Shell
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 17, 03:39PM
In celebration of the new documentary film, Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, co-creator Kevin Eastman will lead this fascinating panel including Randall Lobb (writer/director), Isaac Elliott-Fisher (executive producer), Mark Hussey (executive producer), and Galen Walker (executive producer), taking fans behind-the-scenes and beneath the streets into the incredible 30-year journey and reveal the real origin story of four of pop culture's most enduring heroes. Featuring clips from the documentary, followed by a Q&A discussion, fans will get to see how this so-called "happy accident" defied every naysayer to become one of the most popular and beloved franchises in the world.

Thursday July 24, 2014 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Room 6DE

8:30pm

Comics on Comics LIVE!
Comics on Comics returns to Comic-Con for it's fearsome fifth year! Juan-Manuel Rocha and Vito Lapiccola are joined by the intensely incredible Jon Schnepp (The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?) and other strange guests! Watch as the greatest comic minds meet the greatest minds in comics!

Thursday July 24, 2014 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Room 26AB

9:00pm

Behind the Making of Better Things: The Life and Choices of Jeffrey Catherine Jones -A Tribute Documentary to an Inspiring Comic Book Artist and the Spirit of Creativity
Better Things is a documentary about Jeffrey Catherine Jones, an enigmatic comic book artist from the '70s. His entrance into the comic book art world paved the way for many of today's popular comic book artists to produce work that incorporate fine art influences. His fame did not guarantee a controversy-free reputation. In fact, his personal challenges have stood in the way of a more economically viable existence-in particular, the development of his transgender persona. Unlike most people who have undergone this dramatic and drastic change, Jones maintained a huge loyal following in his industry. The film follows the stories behind his success and it also showcases his artwork through interviews with his family and peers. Excerpts from the film will be shown, followed by a brief discussion with the cast and crew.

Thursday July 24, 2014 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 9
 
Friday, July 25
 

10:00am

Comic-Con How-To: Anatomy of a Fight Scene, Part One
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...) Yet, how to put that much action down on paper and not only make it believable, but enjoyable and exciting to read? Award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake brings you deep inside the violence, breaking it down piece by piece, and giving you some tricks you can use to create more realistic and exciting fights.

Friday July 25, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 2

10:00am

Gender in Comics
UPDATED: Wed, Jul 16, 11:37AM
Panelists explore both the role of gender in mainstream and independent comics, as well as the impact of gender politics on the business side of the industry and in the media. Moderated by comics editor Janelle Asselin, the panel inclides ComicsAlliance.com senior editor Andy Khouri, BOOM! Studios editor Dafna Pleban, comics writer James Tynion IV (The Woods), Image comics director of trade book sales Jennifer de Guzman, and WIRED writer Laura Hudson and IDW publishing editor Sarah Gaydos.

Friday July 25, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 4

10:00am

Marvel: Spider-Verse
It's the most epic Spider-Man event of all time as every Spider-Man EVER come together to face a world-ending threat! Senior editor Nick Lowe, Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man) and Mark Waid (Daredevil) will be taking any and all questions from you, the fans! This is one panel no Spidey fan can miss!

Friday July 25, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 6DE

10:00am

Publishers Weekly: Behind the Digital Line
As digital comics have become a driving force of the medium, more publishers and creators have launched digital first lines of comics. How do publishers and creators deal with the unique properties of the web and tablet? How do readers react? Are they an evolution from webcomics or their own medium? And how will technological evolution affect storytelling as more choices arise? PW's Calvin Reid discusses the digital evolution with the people behind digital lines, including Aces Weekly's David Lloyd, Monkeybrain's Alison Baker, New Paradigm's Brandon Perlow, Black Mask Studio's Matt Pizzolo, and Sequential's Russell Willis.

Friday July 25, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 28DE

10:00am

Spotlight on Neal Adams
Comic-Con special guest Neal Adams (Batman, X-Men, Ms Mystic) is one of the living legends of comics. His impact on the Dark Knight, nearly 30 years ago, paved the way for a darker Caped Crusader, one that echoes in the movies and animated shows that we all love. From being a champion of creator rights to drawing just about every iconic comic book character who ever graced a page, Neal Adams has done it all, and he talks about some of it in this Spotlight panel!

Friday July 25, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 9

10:00am

Will Eisner: Teacher and Mentor
For a magic moment, New York City's School of Visual Arts had Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman, and Art Spiegelman all teaching classes on comics. Hear stories about those classes from students Joe Quesada (Marvel Entertainment), Drew Friedman (Heroes of the Comics), Batton Lash (Supernatural Law), Mike Carlin (DC Entertainment), and a surprise guest. Plus a not-to-be missed discussion about Will Eisner's other educational efforts. Moderated by Paul Levitz, who is writing Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel for release next year by Abrams ComicArts.

Friday July 25, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29A

10:00am

The Black Panel
This year's panelists feature media movers and shakers from film, television, comics, and music: Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow, MAD TV), Ne-Yo (actor, artist, writer, singer, etc.), J. August Richards (Angel, Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Kevin Grevioux (I, Frankenstein; Underworld), Cree Summer (Batman Beyond, Rugrats, A Different World), and Erika Alexander (Living Single, Concrete Park). The Black Panel is produced by Tatiana El Khouri and hosted by its founder, Michael Davis.

Friday July 25, 2014 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 5AB

10:30am

Comics Arts Conference Session #5: Rescued by Batman: Finding Hope in Something Terrible
Superhero comic books are often dismissed or derided as "power fantasies" or "escapism," but is that always a negative? Incongruous as it may seem for Dean Trippe's Something Terrible to deal with childhood trauma, sexual abuse, and Batman, Trippe has used his comic to deal with his own past, which has then helped other people with difficult backgrounds. Tommy Cash (The Comic Arts Council) and Dean Trippe (Something Terrible) examine misconceptions regarding victims of sexual abuse and the potential value in identifying with superheroes as a coping mechanism.

Friday July 25, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 26AB

10:30am

Tarzan, John Carter of Mars, and Edgar Rice Burroughs: What's New?
Jim Sullos (president, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Incorporated), Scott Tracy Griffin (Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration),Joe Rybandt (senior editor, Dynamite Entertainment), Diana Leto (The Cave Girl), and Ron Marz (Korak the Killer) discuss upcoming projects featuring Edgar Rice Burroughs's famous literary heroes, including online comic strips, the Warner Bros. big-screen Tarzan feature (planned for 2016), and Dynamite Comics's pending relaunch of John Carter: Warlord of Mars.

Friday July 25, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 8

10:30am

Comic Book Law School 202: Moving Forward: Marketing, Monetizing, and More!
After the successes of Harry Potter, Twilight, The Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones, not to mention the billions made by the Star Wars universe, the latest Batman trilogy and the Marvel Universe, its no surprise that Hollywood's appetite for comic book properties continues to rise. Now that geek is chic, the entertainment industry has increased its mining efforts through all forms of popular culture, but nowhere more than in the comic book industry. But with tens of thousands of characters and properties competing for attention, actually making money from your creations requires understanding the legalities and pitfalls of contracts and license agreements in general, along with an understanding of the business models used by the companies looking to make you an offer. Noted attorney Michael Lovitz, author of the acclaimed The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, and entertainment attorney Mona Metwalli present an interactive seminar tackling a number of the more advanced issues facing authors, artists, and designers (and the businesses that hire them) as they begin marketing their properties and creative ideas, including: the key things you should know when Hollywood comes knocking; production, merchandising, and distribution agreements; potential pitfalls when dealing in contracts, assignments and licenses; and (time permitting) participating in a contract negotiation role-playing exercise.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.]

Friday July 25, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 30CDE

11:00am

Comic-Con How-To: Anatomy of a Fight Scene, Part Two
Understanding when and how to use physical conflict in your story is all well and good. But how do you write it? How do authors paint such a vivid, action-packed fight scene that readers can "see" in their mind using only the written word? Award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake peels back the mystery and looks at using words to craft action that your readers will not simply read, but experience.

Friday July 25, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 2

11:00am

How to Be a Nerd For a Living: Career Paths Within Nerd Culture
ADDED: Wed, Jul 23, 06:49AM
Want to work in a fandom-related industry you're passionate about, but not sure where to start? These professional "Nerds for a Living" will discuss careers within gaming, film, comics, illustration and more. Lee Joyner (director of admissions, Cinema Makeup School), Tom Kurzanski (art director, TeeFury), Claire Hummel (production designer, HBO; concept artist, BioShock Infinite), Karen Hallion (artist and illustrator), Brad Herman (lead product designer, DreamWorks Animation), and Pat Loika (Loikamania Podcast) will share their career-building experiences. Topics include training, online resources, networking, and tactics to use (and avoid) for breaking into your dream industry. Moderated by Wendy Buske (marketing director, Nerd For A Living). This panel will conclude with an audience Q&A.

Friday July 25, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 4

11:00am

Image Comics: I Is for...Inception
Collaboration is the lifeblood of comics. Writers, artists, colorists, and letterers team up to create the comics you know and love. Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly), Fiona Staples (Saga), Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals), John Layman (Chew), Steve Seagle (Imperial), and some special surprise guests will discuss creating entire universes from scratch and the teamwork it takes to make their comics the best they can be.

Friday July 25, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 23ABC

11:00am

Mattel: Mattypalooza 2014
Get the inside scoop on your favorite collectible toys from Mattel: Masters of the Universe, DC Comics, Ghostbusters, and more! Plus the latest news on the future of MOTU Classics. Get exclusive sneak peeks at 2015 product that will not be shown anywhere else! This panel will also include a Q&A with Mattel marketing manager Scott "Toy Guru" Neitlich, toy designer Brandon Sopinsky, digital content strategist Eve Orio, and special guests The Four Horsemen. It's the place to be for the world premiere of tons of new toys and collectibles!

Friday July 25, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 25ABC

11:00am

Moving Forward by Looking Back: This is the Golden Age of Classic Comic Collections
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 15, 03:48PM
President of IDW Publishing Greg Goldstein leads a spirited discussion about the recent boom in prestige collections of archival comic material. Joining Greg will be renowned comic book historian Craig Yoe, VP of book trade sales at Dark Horse Comics Michael Martens, founder of Sunday Press Peter Maresca, associate publisher of Fantagraphics Eric Reynolds, and IDW senior editor of special projects Scott Dunbier. If you have a bookshelf bowing under the weight of great big books full of comics and still crave more, this is the panel for you! Plus announcements and giveaways. Just added! Dean Mullaney from the Library of American Comics!

Friday July 25, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 32AB

11:00am

The Official Aspen Comics 2014 Panel
Frank Mastromauro (co-owner), Peter Steigerwald (co-owner), Vince Hernandez (VP, editor-in-chief), Mark Roslan (VP, director of design and production), David Wohl (Executive Assistant: Iris), J. T. Krul (Jirni), Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), Scott Lobdell (Superman), Paolo Pantalena (Jirni),Giuseppe Cafaro (Fathom: Kiani), Jordan Gunderson (EA: Assassins), Lori Hanson (EA Assassins), and Beth Sotelo (Fathom) will reveal upcoming Aspen titles as well as projects on the horizon. They will also hold a Q&A session with fans. All fans in attendance will receive a gift courtesy of the publisher.

Friday July 25, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 9

11:00am

Where Is the Love? The Strange Disappearance of Romance Comics
Romance anthologies were once the most popular American comics genre, with over 150 titles published each month; by the end of the '70s, they'd vanished, never to return. Michelle Nolan (Love on the Racks), Colleen Coover (Gingerbread Girl), and moderator Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics) reveal the glories and heartbreak of comics' lost romances.

Friday July 25, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 28DE

11:00am

[CANCELLED] Spotlight on Caitlin R. Kiernan
CANCELLED: Sat, Jul 12, 09:35AM
We regret to announce that this program has been cancelled.

Friday July 25, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 4

11:15am

DC Comics: Champions of Justice
The New 52 return to San Diego for a star-studded, action-packed panel with David Finch (Forever Evil, upcoming Wonder Woman), Meredith Finch (upcoming Wonder Woman), Van Jensen (Green Lantern Corps), Geoff Johns (Justice League, Superman), Jeff Lemire (Futures End, Green Arrow, Justice League United), Charles Soule (Red Lanterns, Superman/Wonder Woman, Swamp Thing), Robert Venditti (The Flash, Green Lantern) and others. Join the creators of DC Comics's most powerful and influential heroes and heroines for a sneak peek at what is to come for these champions of justice!

Friday July 25, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 6DE

11:30am

Milestone @ 21
Milestone Media is all grown up, and here's your chance to get the lowdown on what's really the deal with all those rumors. Milestone partners and founders Denys Cowan, (Django Unchained, Green Arrow), Derek Dingle (Black Enterprise magazine), and Michael Davis (The Hidden Beach) are ready to spill. The Milestone @ 21 panel is produced by Reggie Hudlin (Django Unchained, Django/Zorro) and hosted by Phil LaMarr (Static Shock, Mad TV). If you're not there, you just won't get it...and your friends will never let you forget it.

Friday July 25, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 5AB

12:00pm

CBLDF: Graphic Novels and Their Turbulent Past: Now Classroom Tools of Tolerance
Graphic novels are often associated with violence and aggression. They can, however, be used to help kids gain a greater understanding of the often violent world around them, and they can often be used to defuse anger. Finally, they can be used to teach history, social studies, and social organization. This panel of educators, authors, and artists will show you how. They'll discuss the intertwining history of comics, violence, and censorship and provide teachers with classroom tools to integrate incredible graphic novels within language arts, social studies and science, effectively meeting Common Core State Standards while addressing ever-present resistance to the graphic text artform. Panelists include Meryl Jaffe, Betsy Gomez, Matt Holm, and Jennifer L. Holm.

Friday July 25, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 30CDE

12:00pm

For Love or Money: Creating Personal and Professional Art
If an artist is paid for his or her work, does that mean it's not personal? The creation of art is such a personal thing, but does it always have to be this way? Hear creators Ray Billingsley (Curtis), Michael T. Gilbert, (Mr. Monster), David Lasky (The Carter Family: Don't Forget This Song), Mimi Pond (Over Easy), and Jim Rugg (Supermag) share their views on when or if a project can be for love and money.

Friday July 25, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 28DE

12:00pm

Spotlight on Batton Lash
Comic-Con special guest writer/artist Batton Lash celebrates 35 years of is characters Wolff & Byrd Counselors of the Macabre, from newspaper strip to the Supernatural Law comic books, webcomic, and graphic novels. Interviewed by author/futurist Rob Salkowitz, Batton will discuss his influences, self-publishing, crowdfunding, the mixing of humor and horror, writing for Archie and Bongo, and his new series for Aces Weekly, "The First Gentleman of the Apocalypse."

Friday July 25, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 4

12:00pm

Top Shelf Productions Featuring Kevin O'Neill and More!
Top Shelf is so excited to debut the The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century hardcover that they flew artist Kevin O'Neill all the way from England for his first U.S. visit in years! You think in his 15 years of collaboration with Alan Moore on the League, he's picked up a good story or two? Plus: Top Shelf continues to innovate with new digital projects; meet the genius minds behind their latest graphic novels, and get a look at the much-anticipated Book Two of March, the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic memoir trilogy by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell!

Friday July 25, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 32AB

12:15pm

Comic-Con How-To: Graphic Novels from Idea to Finish
Learn how to take your idea and make a graphic novel using Brian Haberlin's graphic novels Shifter and Anomaly as test cases. Subjects discussed include idea to script, page format, panel layout, art style, distribution, printing, and more. 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.

Friday July 25, 2014 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Room 2

12:20pm

AMC's The Walking Dead
Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman, and Michael Cudlitz join executive producer and showrunner Scott Gimple, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero in a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist, Talking Dead) to discuss the shocking finale of season 4 of The Walking Dead and what to look forward to in season 5, debuting this fall on AMC. Join the panelists for a Q&A session and an official sneak preview of season 5.

Friday July 25, 2014 12:20pm - 1:20pm
Hall H

12:30pm

Batman in the '80s and '90s
2014 marks the 75th anniversary of Batman, but also several other anniversaries for the character. It's the 100th birthday of writer Bill Finger who wrote many of the character's adventures through the 1960s, and is responsible for many additions to the legend and some of the Dark Knight's most infamous villains. It's the 50th anniversary of the "New Look" Batman, which started in 1964 under editor Julius Schwartz and including artist Carmine Infantino's interpretation of the Caped Crusader, which saved Detective Comics from possible cancellation. And it's the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton's Batman movie, which brought the character back to a whole new audience, in a new-and much darker-form. Comic-Con special guest Denny O'Neill (writer/editor, Batman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow) will moderate fellow Comic-Con special guests Chuck Dixon (writer, Batman, Airboy), Kelley Jones (artist, Batman, Deadman), Graham Nolan (artist, Detective Comics, The Phantom, Joe Frankenstein), and Brian Stelfreeze (artist, Shadow of the Bat, Daymen) in a discussion on how they kept the world's greatest detective going strong through the '80s and '90s.

Friday July 25, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 5AB

12:30pm

Spotlight on Mike Mignola
Comic-Con special guest Mike Mignola celebrates the 20th anniversary of his iconic creation Hellboy, star of comics, movies, and animation. Ask Mike about the Mignolaverse in this casual Q&A.

Friday July 25, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 24ABC

12:45pm

Marvel: Avengers NOW!
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 18, 02:07PM
This is the Avengers like you've never seen them before! Marvel is bringing its biggest creators and its best characters together for Avengers NOW! Join editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, Rick Remender (Avengers & X-Men: AXIS), Jason Aaron (Original Sin) and other guests as they dish on the evolution of Marvel's most iconic characters!


Friday July 25, 2014 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Room 6BCF

1:00pm

Archie Forever: Life, Afterlife, and Beyond
Learn about the story that shocked the world-the Death of Archie-and find out more about the hit horror series Afterlife with Archie. Get exclusive news on upcoming classic Archie storylines, the new Sabrina ongoing series, and what's to come from Archie's superhero imprint. The panel features Jon Goldwater (co-CEO/publisher), Victor Gorelick (co-president/editor-in-chief), Mike Pellerito (president), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (chief creative officer/writer of Afterlife with Archie), Francesco Francavilla (artist of Afterlife with Archie), Dan Parent (writer/artist, Kevin Keller), Michael Uslan (writer, Farewell, Betty & Veronica), and moderator Alex Segura (SVP-publicity and marketing/editor of Red Circle Comics). Plus, an exclusive gift bag ticket!

Friday July 25, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 4

1:00pm

CBLDF: Dr. Wertham's War on Comics
How did a pioneering neuroscientist become one of the 20th century's most notorious censors? In 1954, psychiatrist Fredric Wertham published the popular book Seduction of the Innocent, which inspired such moral panic that comics were placed on trial by the U.S. Senate. Wertham's efforts, although presented as science, were actually carefully manipulated to discredit the medium. The results nearly destroyed the comics artform in the United States. Carol Tilley, the professor whose recent research helped debunk Wertham once and for all, will take you back in time, behind the scenes, as she shares some of the little-known stories of Dr. Wertham's war on comics.

Friday July 25, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 30CDE

1:00pm

Spotlight on Veronica Roth
Comic-Con special guest Veronica Roth, author of FOUR: A Divergent Collection, joins authors Walter Jury, Leigh Bardugo and Laini Taylor as they divulge what led them on the road to writerdom. From books to movies to comics and more, what are these authors geeking out about? Hear about their literary muses, their author crushes, and all things awe-worthy that inspire them to write the books they write. Moderator Aaron Hartzler will coax the most titillating answers out of these panelists as they dish on their evolutions and revolutions.

Friday July 25, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 25ABC

1:00pm

Comics Arts Conference Session #7: Comics and Gender
How sexist are superhero comic books? How fairly do comic book creators depict females and femininity, and how do we view the creators who attempt to introduce feminist values? Rebecca Sader (University of Texas at Dallas) looks at how well Birds of Prey fares in light of methodology like the Bechdel test. Matthew J. Brown (University of Texas at Dallas) delves into the psychology and (unorthodox) feminist values of psychologist William Moulton Marston, the creator of Wonder Woman and a pioneer in the invention of the lie detector. Annamarie O'Brien (Bowling Green State University) looks at mommy issues in Jack Kirby's Fourth World saga, from idealized Mother Box to the monstrous depiction of mothering gone awry via the villainous Granny Goodness.

Friday July 25, 2014 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 26AB

1:30pm

IDW & Hasbro: Transformers, Ponies, and More!
IDW editors John Barber and Carlos Guzman, along with Michael Kelly, Hasbro's director for global publishing, offer a comprehensive overview of all things IDW & Hasbro. Transformers! My Little Pony! G.I. Joe! Dungeons & Dragons! Announcements! Prizes! Featuring writer Mairghread Scott, writer/artist Tom Scioli, and many more special guests.

Friday July 25, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 8

1:45pm

DC Comics-Batman: The Eternal Dark Knight
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 21, 05:42PM
Even after 75 years of stories, the Bat-family comics couldn't be any hotter! Join the talent behind the Dark Knight for an exclusive look at what's in store for the World's Greatest Detective. With Marc Andreyko (Batwoman), Brian Buccellato (Detective Comics), Pat Gleason (Batman and Robin), Greg Pak (Batman/Superman), Scott Snyder (Batman, Batman Eternal), Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin) and others, there has never been a better time to walk the streets of Gotham City!

Friday July 25, 2014 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Room 6DE

2:00pm

June Brigman: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Marvel's Power Pack
Comic-Con special guest June Brigman will discuss the creation of Power Pack, as well as her 30-year career as a comics penciler. A PowerPoint presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with Ms. Brigman.

Friday July 25, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 9

2:00pm

LGBT Comics for Young Readers
Comics today present an amazing range of stories and characters, including more LGBT stories and characters than ever before. Since comics appeal to young and old alike, how do creators use the medium to present LGBT content and characters for younger audiences? What comics are out there for teens and younger readers? How can parents, librarians, and educators introduce such books to young people? Prism Comics, moderator P. Kristen Enos (Active Voice, Creatures of Grace), and creators who produce comics for younger readers-Brian Andersen (So Super Duper), Charles "Zan" Christensen (Northwest Press, The Power Within), Dusty Jack (Scuttlebutt Ink, Mahou Shounen Fight!), Grace Ellis (Lumberjanes), Dan Parent (Kevin Keller), Robert Paul (Little Rainbow Comics), and Elizabeth Watasin (Charm School)- look at the world of LGBT and LGBT-friendly comics for younger readers.

Friday July 25, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 28DE

2:00pm

Spotlight on Brian K. Vaughan
Comic-Con special guest Brian K. Vaughan, the Eisner Award-winning co-creator of Saga, Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina and Runaways, takes the stage for no-holds-barred Q&A session about writing, Image Comics, his time in the Hollywood trenches, gin, his new pay-what-you-want digital comics initiative PanelSyndicate.com, money, and just about anything else YOU feel like asking.

Friday July 25, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 25ABC

2:00pm

Spotlight on Mark Brooks: A Day in the Life of Your Friendly Neighborhood Comic Artist
Join Comic-Con special guest Mark Brooks for an open and fun discussion about the average day in the life of a comic book artist. With over a decade of professional experience working for companies such as Marvel, Disney, Sideshow Collectibles, Hasbro, and Sega-Mark will offer his unique insight into time management (being a slave to deadlines), work-life balance (Kids! Nagging spouse! Video games!), working the convention scene (spend money to make money), and ways to market yourself (social media is your friend-sometimes). At the end of the panel, Mark will give away a copy of his new Marvel art book and a sketch!

Friday July 25, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 4

2:30pm

Comics Arts Conference Session #8: Who Created Batman?
Who really created Batman? Was it the Caped Crusader's officially credited creator, Bob Kane, or was it his secret collaborator, Bill Finger? What did editor Vince Sullivan, artist Jerry Robinson, writer Gardner Fox, and others contribute when first shaping the Batman mythos, from the Dark Knight's debut in 1939 until he gained a young crime-fighting partner, a clownish arch-foe, and a feline femme fatale one year later? Pulling from interviews, biographies, personal communications, and external evidence, experts conduct a forensic investigation into this question of historical, cultural, and ethical importance. Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight) asks Tom Andrae (Batman & Me), Brad Ricca (Super Boys), Athena Finger (The Cape Creator: A Tribute to Bill Finger), Marc Tyler Nobleman (Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman), Denny O'Neil (Batman), Arlen Schumer (The Silver Age of Comic Book Art), Jens Robinson (CartoonArts International), Michael Uslan (The Dark Knight films), and Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson (granddaughter of DC Comics's founder) the basic question: Who built the bat?

Friday July 25, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 26AB

2:30pm

Secret Origins: How the Industry's Best and Brightest Began
Everyone has an origin story, the defining moment where they thrust themselves to greatness, and so do the comic industry's best and brightest. ComiXology's marketing maven Chip Mosher hosts a panel with comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger; executive editor at Marvel Comics in charge of the X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy franchises Mike Marts; BOOM! Studios/KaBOOM! editor and Lumberjanes co-creator Shannon Watters; co-creator of the forthcoming Top Cow series Genius, television writer on Syfy's Alphas, and senior editor of The Hollywood Reporter Marc Bernardin; and writer of Five Ghosts, Black Market, and Solar: Man of the Atom, Frank J. Barbiere, who will fill you in on the extraordinary events that transformed them from everyday comics fans into comic industry heroes!

Friday July 25, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 8

3:00pm

DC Comics: The Multiversity Enrollment
UPDATED: Sat, Jul 12, 09:35AM
It's open enrollment for the biggest adventure in DC Comics's history: THE MULTIVERSITY! Visionary writer Grant Morrison, Cameron Stewart and a cast of unforgettable characters from 52 alternate Earths of the known DC Multiverse present a behind-the-scenes look at the cosmos-spanning, soul-shaking series that asks the question "How safe is your head?"

Friday July 25, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6DE

3:00pm

Origins of the Comic Strip: The Untold Story of Artists and Anarchy, 1895-1915
For the first time at Comic-Con, a detailed look at the origins of the American Sunday comic strip-the art form that gave birth to modern comics. Learn about the artists and publishers who launched a completely new type of entertainment that would influence all popular culture for a century to come. Host Peter Maresca (editor, Sunday Press Books), along with cartoonist and publisher Denis Kitchen (editor, The Yellow Kid, plus dozens of strip collections) and writer and historian R. C. Harvey (The Genius of Winsor McCay and Meanwhile...A Biography of Milton Caniff), will guide you through the earliest days of American comics. View rare examples of the seminal work of Outcault, Dirks, Swinnerton, McCay, Herriman, and dozens more known and unknown "Founders of the Funnies."

Friday July 25, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 29A

3:00pm

Spotlight on Fiona Staples
Talk digital art, character design, and naked monsters with comic artist and Comic-Con special guestFiona Staples (Saga). Moderated by Image Comics director of trade book sales Jennifer de Guzman.

Friday July 25, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 25ABC

3:00pm

Spotlight on Jae Lee
Join Comic-Con special guest and recluse, Jae Lee, artist of Stephen King's Dark Tower comics and current artist of Batman/Superman, for a rare and candid Q&A about anything you wish to discuss. Ask Jae anything. Whether this session is exciting or boring is entirely up to you!

Friday July 25, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 32AB

3:00pm

Terry Moore
Writer/artist Terry Moore (Rachel Rising, SIP Kids, Strangers In Paradise, ECHO) discusses new projects, describes upcoming storylines, and answers all of those burning questions you have always wanted to ask. This fan-favorite event is chock full of fun and games!

Friday July 25, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 4

3:00pm

Walking the Line: An Investigation into Alternative vs. Mainstream Comics and Beyond
Calvin Reid (Publishers Weekly editor) moderates a panel with Nick Abadzis (author of The Cigar That Fell in Love with a Pipe, Titan's Doctor Who comic series, and the award-winning graphic novel Laika) Frank Cammuso (author of The Misadventures of Salem Hyde series), Kazu Kibuishi (writer and artist of theAmulet series, and editor of the Explorer series) and Gene Luen Yang (writer and artist of the graphic novel Boxers & Saints) about the overlap between mainstream and alternative comics, and the possibility of a greater collaboration between the two.

Friday July 25, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 28DE

3:00pm

Words and Pictures
Presenting some of the most exciting voices in graphic novels today: Michael Cho (Shoplifter), Faith Erin Hicks (Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong), Lucy Knisley (Relish), Jen Wang (In Real Life), and Gene Luen Yang (The Shadow Hero). The age of the graphic novel is truly beginning in the comics industry, and these panelists will discuss their own work, their process, and the future they see for graphic novels today. Moderated by Lev Grossman (TIME).

Friday July 25, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 9

4:00pm

Brands Gone Geek: How Media and Marketers Are Harnessing the Might of the Superfan
Geek culture is winning the war for the hearts, minds, and wallets of consumers. Comic book-inspired stories dominate both the box office and overnight ratings. Major brands are doubling down on their embrace of geek-centric content and its creators. Yesterday's nerds are today's key decision makers across all business sectors. What does this all mean for a marketplace that strives to remain relevant? How are producers and publishers of content responsible for turning you into a "superfan" reacting and responding to the challenge? And how are brands and advertisers working together with industry advocates-including your friendly neighborhood comic shop-to keep the "comic" in "comic culture"? Bonfire Agency and a diverse panel of pop culture professionals present a lively discussion and debate. Panelists include publisher Filip Sablik (BOOM! Studios), journalist Heidi MacDonald (The Beat,Publishers Weekly), entertainment marketer Jeff Dellinger (Hero Complex), author Rob Salkowitz (Comic Con and the Business of Pop Culture), comics retailer Joe Field (Flying Colors Comics) media strategist Kris Longo (Geek Riot Media), and Ed Catto (Bonfire Agency). Moderated by Steve Rotterdam, former senior VP of sales & marketing at DC Comics and founding partner of Bonfire Agency.

Friday July 25, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 25ABC

4:00pm

Creating Comics with the iPad
The iPad has transformed the way you read comics, but did you know you can create comic art on it too? See a comic book character come to life as Hi-Fi's Brian Miller (Wolverine: An Origin Story) and Kristy Miller (The Wick and Kelty Adventures) demonstrate how to pencil, ink, and paint comics on the iPad. Learn the basic tools and techniques, including which apps work best and how you too can transform your iPad into a portable art studio. Q&A session.

Friday July 25, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 30CDE

4:00pm

Getting the Most out of Graphic Novels in Your Classroom and Library
Reading With Pictures provides you with the latest research and proven practical strategies for using comics and graphic novels in your classroom or library. Josh Elder (founder of Reading With Pictures) moderates a panel of experts that includes Dr. Katie Monnin (associate professor of literacy, University of North Florida), Jeff Barbanell (co-founder, Scholastic Innovations), Andrea Shockling (Comics Therapy), David Cutler (founder, SpinEdu), Andrea Colvin (VP of content, Andrews McMeel Publishing), and Tracy Edmunds (curriculum director, Reading With Pictures).

Friday July 25, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 29A

4:00pm

IDW: Rock This Town!
IDW invites you to join in their 15th anniversary celebration with this panel featuring IDW's own "Martin & Lewis," Dirk Wood and Chris Ryall, alongside special panelists Gabriel Rodriguez, Jonathan Maberry, Scott Tipton, and more to come for a spirited chat filled with announcements galore!

Friday July 25, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 4

4:00pm

Spotlight on Francesco Francavilla
From the critically acclaimed classic pulp feel of The Black Beetle to the unnerving horrors of Afterlife with Archie and everything in between, join Comic-Con special guest Francesco Francavilla for this Q&A session moderated by Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider podcast).

Friday July 25, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 32AB

4:00pm

Wonder Women of the 21st Century: Female Protagonists
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 24, 12:40PM
We couldn't imagine our favorite comic book, TV show, novel or film without our beloved superheroines. However, the journey for them has not been easy. Whether it's cultural barriers or societal sexism, super women have had to fight more than just crime in order to survive. Creators Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion, MMORPG.com, The Gamer in You), Adrianne Curry (America's Next Top Model), voice actor Susan Eisenberg (Justice League, Jackie Chan Adventures, Injustice, Skyrim), (Michele R. Wells (Disney Publishing Worldwide, DK Publishing, Penguin), and Adam Simon (Man Down, Synapse) discuss the challenges and obstacles to creating relevant female protagonists in today's male-dominated industries.

Friday July 25, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 9

4:00pm

So You Want to Be a Comics Retailer?
This program is not just a great opportunity for those interested in opening their own comic book specialty store, it’s also a chance to get a peek into the comics retail profession. Bring your best questions for this panel of veteran comic book specialty retailers. Hosted by Joe Field (Flying Colors Comics, CA). (This panel is open to all Comic-Con attendees.)

Friday July 25, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 28DE

4:15pm

DC Comics: No Boundaries!
Prepare to redefine your definition of hero! The status quo of your favorite characters is jettisoned for a new beginning as Grayson, Teen Titans, and Harley Quinn bring a fresh and gritty edge to DC Comics. Join the talent behind this group of new comics-Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn), Tom King (Grayson), Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn), Sean Ryan (New Suicide Squad), Tim Seeley (Grayson) and others-in a panel that is unlike any out there.

Friday July 25, 2014 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Room 6DE

4:30pm

Humor in Graphic Novels and Illustration
Moderated by the Comics Reporter himself, Tom Spurgeon, this panel will explore the use of humor by today's best cartoonists slash illustrators. Drew Friedman (Old Jewish Comedians)'s newest bookHeroes of the Comics debuts right here at Comic-Con, and his comics and illustrations have appeared in National Lampoon and High Times. Lisa Hanawalt is the James Beard Award winner for humor for her comics in Lucky Peach and is the cartoonist behind My Dirty Dumb Eyes. Mimi Pond wrote the pilot of The Simpsons, the cult classic The Valley Girl's Guide to Life, and her new fictionalized memoir Over Easy. Spurgeon will get out of these cartoonists' way when they lay it on thick, explain when to go easy, and share how to always get a laugh.

Friday July 25, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 26AB

4:30pm

Max Brooks-Zombies vs. Vampires: The Extinction Parade Survival Panel
New York Times bestselling author Max Brooks (The Zombie Survival Guide) is renowned for his zombie survival lectures but this year he returns to provide intel and anecdotes on how to survive a Vampires vs. Zombies apocalypse! Moderated by William Christensen (Avatar Press publisher), this panel and Q&A introduces readers to Max Brooks's new all-original comic book series, Extinction Parade: War!

Friday July 25, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 5AB

5:00pm

Chip Kidd with Pantheon Graphic Novelist Michael Cho
Michael Cho and his four-time Eisner Award-winning editor Chip Kidd talk about comics and the making of graphic novels, specifically Michael Cho's upcoming debut, Shoplifter (Pantheon Books, Sept. 2). Shoplifter tells the story of a young woman's search for meaning, happiness, and self-fulfillment as she works as a millennial urban professional. She dabbles in small time shoplifting as a means of coming to terms with her conflicting emotions. Cho is an illustrator, cartoonist, and writer based in Toronto. Kidd is designer and author of Batman: Animated, Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz, and Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross.

Friday July 25, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 28DE

5:00pm

Hermes Press: A Celebration of The Phantom, the First Masked Hero
Be the first to see the premiere, concept, and design of Peter David and Sal Velluto's New Phantom comic book series together with a multimedia presentation about the history of the The Ghost Who Walks. Sal Velluto (The Phantom, Flash, Justice League Task Force, Black Panther), the artist for the new series, will discuss the direction and philosophy of the book and show off artwork from issue #1. Daniel Herman (publisher, Hermes Press), Graham Nolan (Batman, The Phantom, Rex Morgan, M.D.), and Thomas Andrae ( Batman and Me, Creators of the Superheroes, Walt Kelly: the Life and Art of the Creator of the Art of Pogo) will discuss the history of the character, the classic strip and comic books, and the all-new version (which brings back the classic Phantom) of this iconic character.

Friday July 25, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 9

5:00pm

The World of Mouse Guard
Get updated on everything Mouse Guard, including news on upcoming projects, collectibles, and other surprises with creator, writer, and artist David Petersen. Plus, enjoy a live reading of several Mouse Guard short stories with David and panelists Hal Lublin (The Thrilling Adventure Hour), Meredith Salenger (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Hollywood Heights), and a surprise guest! Moderated by BOOM! Studios marketing manager Mel Caylo.

Friday July 25, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 32AB

5:15pm

Celebration of 24-Hour Comics Day
Celebration of 24 Hour Comics Day: 2014 is the 10th anniversary of 24 Hour Comics Day. Please come by and celebrate with us! We'll reminisce about past years while also discussing how to make October 4th, 2014, the best 24 Hour Comics Day ever. On the panel will be Nat Gertler (Founder of 24 Hour Comics Day), Nathan Vargas (co-author of 24HCD Survival Guide), Chris Brady (4 Color Fantasies), Jimmy Purcell (Artist) and Marco Davanzo (ComicsPRO Administrative Director).  (This panel is open to all Comic-Con attendees.)

Friday July 25, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Room 18

5:30pm

DC Comics: Too Tough Trivia
Think you know everything from Crisis on Infinite Earths to Blackest Night to Flashpoint? Come by and test your knowledge of the DC Universe from its inception all the way to The New 52 against DC's finest minds to win some exclusive prizes!

Friday July 25, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 5AB

5:30pm

Roar Comics: Saved by the Bell, Punky Brewster, and More
Saved By The Bell! Punky Brewster! Magical girls! Teen mermaids! As Jessie Spano would say, "I'm So Excited!" Roar Comics is making its debut at SDCC! Check out Lion Forge's new all-ages and YA comics imprint as the company brings together genre-busting talent with fan-favorite characters. Join senior editor Adam Staffaroni to hear what's next for Punky and the gang at Bayside High, and learn about Roar's new digital-first original titles-Roboy, Crystal Cadets, and MER. Featuring creators Chynna Clugston Flores (Blue Monday), Joelle Sellner (Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes), Anne Toole (The Lizzy Bennet Diaries), Lesley Vamos, and Eisner Award nominee Brandon Easton. Fun all for all ages, plus some big new announcements!

Friday July 25, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 8

6:00pm

Calling All Heroes! Comics and the Crisis of Higher Education
Hot on the heals of his free, 39,000-person, online course on comics, William Kuskin (professor, University of Colorado Boulder, editor, Graphia: The Graphic Novel and Literary Criticism) will discuss the transformative power of comics in education. Join him for a reading of Spider-Man, MJ Watson, Molten Man, making comics, and the imagination. You will leave motivated to think BIG thoughts!

Friday July 25, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 29A

6:00pm

Closing the Deal: Everything You Need to Know About Publishing Deals and Contracts
Your project is going to make millions of dollars-but you have to sign this contract first-yikes! Andy Schmidt (Comics Experience, Marvel, IDW Publishing) and Joe Sergi, attorney and author of Comic Book Law: Cautionary Tales for the Comic Book Creator, offer an in-depth look at comics contracts. If you want to work in the entertainment industry-especially publishing-you can't afford to miss this panel!

Friday July 25, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 30CDE

6:00pm

Comic Book Entrepreneurs: The Business of Comics
A rare behind-the-scenes look as leading pop culture entrepreneurs share the secrets of building successful pop culture businesses! J. K. Parkin from Comic Book Resources and Robot 6 moderates an inspirational talk with comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger, the Harvey Award-nominated cartoonist behind Nimona and Lumberjanes co-creator Noelle Stevenson, Dark Horse president and founder Mike Richardson, and Valiant CEO & chief creative officer Dinesh Shamdasani. It's an inside look at the business side of pop culture no future comics entrepreneur can miss!

Friday July 25, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 9

6:00pm

Dream States and Lunacy: New Books and Films by Dave McKean
Dave McKean shows images and clips from his new film Luna and his new books Pictures That Tick 2: Exhibition from Dark Horse, and Dream States: The Collected Dreaming, Sandman Presents, and Sandman Overture covers from DC Comics. Plus a few surprises, including Comics Unmasked, a massively successful exhibition that Dave designed for the British Library in London, and 9 Lives, a performance piece premiered at the Sydney Opera House in Australia.

Friday July 25, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 4

6:00pm

The Jim Henson Company: Upcoming Comics with Archaia
Thus far in 2014, Archaia-an award-winning imprint of BOOM! Studios-has published beautiful hardcover reprints of the novelizations of favorite Henson properties Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, and The Storyteller. Panelists reveal details of Archaia's Henson publishing plan for the rest of the year, including sneak peeks at a never-before-seen project from the Henson Archives. Featuring panelists Jeff Stokely (Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Witches), Jake Myler (Fraggle Rock), Ian Herring (Jim Henson's Tale of Sand), and Shane-Michael Vidaurri (Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Witches) and moderated by Henson line editor at Archaia Rebecca "Tay" Taylor.

Friday July 25, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 32AB

6:15pm

Adventure Time: A Totally Algebraic Dramatic Reading
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 17, 02:05PM
After over two years of Adventure Time comic books, BOOM! Studios and Cartoon Network continue to break new ground with the July debut of a new limited series, Adventure Time: Banana Guard Academy. This marks the first time that one of the writers behind the animated show, Kent Osborne, will write the Adventure Time comic! To mark the occasion, Osborne, has crafted a brand-new, original Adventure Time radio play that will tie into this new comic series, and for the first time anywhere, it will be performed live by voice actors from the show, including Olivia Olson (Marceline), Tom Kenny (Ice King), and Jeremy Shada (Finn). Plus, learn more about the show with Osborne and fellow writer Adam Muto (also the inspiration for Gingerbread Muto!), and more about the BANANA GUARD comic series with editor Shannon Watters and artist Mad Rupert. Come prepared with all of your burning questions about the Land of Ooo!

Friday July 25, 2014 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Horton Grand Theatre

6:30pm

Grimm Fairy Tales #100 Celebration
Zenescope Entertaiment reaches a landmark issue! Many companies don't make it to issue #50, much less #100. Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco, along with other Zenescope creators and artists, will talk about their experiences in the industry, the history and success of Grimm Fairy Tales, and how the series paved the way for other titles like Wonderland, Neverland, and Oz. With the release of Grimm Fairy Tales #100, find out what's in store for the entire Grimm Universe!

Friday July 25, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 8

6:30pm

The Steam Engines of Oz, HP Lovecraft, and Pixies: Arcanamation
The animated feature film Pixies is coming to theaters this winter starring the voices of Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music), Alexa Vega (Spy Kids) and Carlos Pena (Big Time Rush), with music by Michael Bublé. Watch the world premiere of the opening scene for Pixies in its entirety. This will be followed by a behind-the-scenes look at the production of the animated features The Steam Engines of Oz and Howard Lovecraft & The Frozen Kingdom. All three animated features are based on the Arcana graphic novels and produced by Arcanamation. Sneak peek world movie premiere, free comics, door prizes, Steampunk, HP Lovecraft, and Pixies. Come celebrate Arcana's 10th year!

Friday July 25, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 26AB

6:35pm

The Musk of Tusk: An Evening with Kevin Smith
After all the interesting and exciting movie panels are over, Hall H belongs to a middle-aged man who once worked with BatFleck! Ask ComiKev questions and get ready to say #WalrusYes as Kev premieres the trailer to his first film in three years: the twisted, transformative tale of Tusk! Wrap up a busy Friday with the Clown Prince of Comic-Con!

Friday July 25, 2014 6:35pm - 8:05pm
Hall H

7:00pm

Queer Horror
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 14, 02:08PM
Horror films, TV shows, books, and comics are more popular than ever. Authors, filmmakers, and comics creators are always looking for new twists to the medium, including presenting LGBT subtext, plot elements, and characters. But does a gay horror genre exist, and if so what makes it different from mainstream horror? Do queer horror creators bring a different sensibility to the medium? Has the current surge of LGBTQ acceptance and civil rights influenced the horror genre? Prism Comics and moderator/horror expert Sean Abley (Fangoria's Gay of the Dead, Out in the Dark) and panelists Jeffrey Reddick (Final Destination, Day of the Dead), J. T. Seaton (George: A Zombie Intervention, NOLA Horror Film Festival), Tim Sullivan (2001 Maniacs, Chillerama), Guinevere Turner (American Psycho, The L-Word, Crazy Bitches) and Michael Varrati (Tales of Poe, Sins of Dracula) explore these and other aspects of this popular medium from a queer perspective.

Friday July 25, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 28DE

7:00pm

Showcasing the Best in Korean Comics, Animation, and Its Influence in Today's Hottest Comics
A team of Korea's prolific artists and animation studios represented by Jongmin Shin (Padak, Breakups, Demian) showcases the latest and greatest trends in Korean comics and animation. They will also showcase their recent and upcoming productions on some of today's hottest comics. Join Jongmin and crew for this session moderated by Austin Osueke (publisher of eigoMANGA).

Friday July 25, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 32AB

8:00pm

Sixty Years of Seduction: Right, Wrong, and Wertham
In his book Seduction of the Innocent, published 60 years ago, psychiatrist Fredric Wertham claimed that comic books were a leading cause of juvenile delinquency. Forever cast as a villain in the eyes of comic fandom, Wertham is, at worst, represented as an enemy of free speech and, at best, a misguided moral crusader. But is either characterization correct? Was Wertham right, wrong, or both? Do his mid-century hypotheses about media violence have any relevance today? And why are we still talking about him? Author Bradford W. Wright (Comic Book Nation) will offer an historical perspective of Wertham. Library and information science professor Carol Tilley (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) will explore and critique Dr. Wertham's research methodology, while psychiatrists Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D. and Praveen R. Kambam, M.D. (Broadcast Thought) will discuss Wertham' s views on juvenile delinquency within the context of current media violence research. Professor Robert A. Emmons, Jr., director of the forthcoming documentary film Diagram for Delinquents, will share his insights in his effort to create a more complete picture of Wertham. Emmons will also discuss the zeitgeist of America during the crusade against comics as one of the first media backlashes in American history. Attorney Jeff Trexler (The Beat, The Comics Journal) moderates.

Friday July 25, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 9

8:00pm

Showtime Presents the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 18, 01:18PM
The 26th annual Eisner Awards (the "Oscars" of the comics industry) honor comics creators and works in 30 categories. Presenters will include British talk show host/comics writer Jonathan Ross, actor/screenwriter/comedian Thomas Lennon (Reno 911, Balls of Fury), actor/comedian Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow, The MAD Show), actress Kelly Hu (Arrow, Warehouse 13), nominee Reginald Hudlin (writer, Black Panther; producer, Django Unchained), Belgian graphic novelists Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten (Obscure Cities series), nominees Matt Fraction (Hawkeye, Sex Criminals) and Kelly DeConnick (Pretty Deadly, Captain Marvel), Hall of Fame cartoonist Sergio Aragonés (Groo, MAD), writer/artist Bill Morrison (Bongo Comics), writer/artist nominee Terry Moore (Rachel Rising, Strangers in Paradise) and voice actors Phil LaMarr (Samurai Jack, Justice League Unlimited, MADtv) and Vanessa Marshall (Young Justice, Spectacular Spider-Man), plus some special surprises! Other prestigious awards to be given out include the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comics Writing, and the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award.

Friday July 25, 2014 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

8:30pm

From Spider-Man to Darth Vader: How Does Personality Influence Our Favorite Characters?
April Fugett, Ph.D. (associate professor, Department of Psychology, Marshall University), Keith W. Beard, Psy.D. (professor, Department of Psychology, Marshall University), Elijah Wise, Britani Black, and Josh Carter (doctoral student, Marshall University) discuss how personality informs our choices of the characters we identify with and follow. Specific traits and characters will be reviewed in the context of research, movie ideas, game alignment, and sales.

Friday July 25, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 24ABC

8:30pm

The Christian Comic Arts Society Mixer
Come join the CCAS for its annual mixer. This is an opportunity for Christian professionals and fans to intermingle, socialize, and network. Meet creators such as Eric Jansen (God and Country Graphics), Luis Serrano (Samson), Josh Burns (music composer), and John Schafer (Superbook).

Friday July 25, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 26AB

8:30pm

The Thrilling Adventure Hour
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 14, 09:17AM
Stage show for 9+ years, web series and podcast on the Nerdist Network rated #4 in comedy by Rolling Stone (May 2014), Eisner Award-nominated graphic novel from Archaia Entertainment, highly anticipated concert film-The Thrilling Adventure Hour is a cult phenomenon coming to San Diego in the midst of their nationwide con tour to celebrate current and future plans for comics, TV, and beyond. Creators Ben Acker and Ben Blacker (Marvel) will discuss 2014 plans and exclusive announcements, featuring the WorkJuice Players including Hal Lublin, Marc Evan Jackson, Mark Gagliardi, James Urbaniak, and Craig Cackowski, plus special guests Molly Quinn (Castle), Janet Varney (Legend of Korra), Paul and Storm, and special surprise guests.

Friday July 25, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 8
 
Saturday, July 26
 

10:00am

Art & Comic Book Art
As art historians look back on the great Renaissance masters of the human figure like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raphael, so too will art historians years from now look back on the great masters of the human figure of our time: the great comic book artists such as Jack Kirby, Neal Adams and Carmine Infantino (to name a few). Yet in fine art and academic circles, it is still considered crass to compare/contrast the two groups of artists and their various styles. Comic book art historian Arlen Schumer (The Silver Age of Comic Book Art) does just that with his latest, most provocative presentation, curating a fascinating journey through art and comic book art-based on his verbal/visual essay for the upcoming hardcover comix anthology A-1, edited by Dave Elliott, who'll join Schumer for a lively Q&A with the audience.

Saturday July 26, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29A

10:00am

Comic-Con How-To: Establishing Shot
This presentation will involve the study and use of environments in design, treating them not as chores or equations but rather as full characters, equal participants in the practice of visual narratives. Elvin Hernandez is an illustrator, sequential artist, and author of Set the Action! (Focal Press), a book on background design for comics and animation. He has worked for companies such as Toys R' Us, Upper Deck, and Cryptozoic and is currently a faculty member of the Media Arts and Animation Department at the Art Institute of Washington.

Saturday July 26, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 2

10:00am

DC Comics-Batman 75 Too Tough Trivia: Riddle Me This!
Think you know everything there is to know about the Dark Knight Detective? How do you rank among fellow Bat-fans? Test your Bat-knowledge and rise up to the challenge, as this Batman-themed trivia panel will sure to rack the brains of even the most hardcore Bat-aficionados out there! It's your chance to go Batty and win some exclusive prizes!

Saturday July 26, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 6DE

10:00am

Drawn & Quarterly Jeopardy
D+Q is one of the leading publishers in the world of literary graphic novels. As the company closes in on its 25th anniversary, managing editor Tracy Hurren and editorial manager Julia Pohl-Miranda present Drawn & Quarterly's newest titles for 2014 and 2015. Take part in a trivia contest about the cartoonists, comics, and graphic novels that make up this legendary company's lore. All winning answers will get a free book! D+Q authors will be on hand and special announcements will take place.

Saturday July 26, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 4

10:00am

IDW: Summer Blockbusters!
IDW editor-in-chief and CCO Chris Ryall with panelists Eric Shanower, Gabriel Rodriguez, Jonathan Maberry, Walter Simonson, and Chuck Dixon present a lively discussion about the four biggest creator-owned books of the summer: Little Nemo, V-Wars, Ragnarök, and Winterworld.

Saturday July 26, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 28DE

10:00am

Writers Unite: Writing and Pitching Comic Stories
Comics are everywhere and publishers are looking for fresh ideas from a new generation of talent. Listen closely as creators Charles Soule (Superman-Wonder Woman, Death of Wolverine), Fred Van Lente (Conan, Magnus Robot Fighter), and moderator Jim Zub (Samurai Jack, Skullkickers) discuss pitching story concepts and offer advice on climbing to the top of the treacherous submission mountain, along with writing techniques and amusing anecdotes.

Saturday July 26, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 25ABC

10:30am

Marvel Animation Presents!
Jeph Loeb (Marvel's head of television; Hydra Agent) returns for what's become one of the most popular television panels at San Diego. Join Jeph, Stephen Wacker (VP -animation & writing panel blurbs), Cort Lane (huge nerd, VP), and Eric Radomski (giant dork, SVP) for the latest news on the House of Ideas' hit animated shows: Marvel's Avengers Assemble and Marvel's Hulk & The Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Plus: See the eye-popping world premiere of Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors' history-making epic: "Spider-Verse"! Double plus: A special exclusivesurprise for Marvel fans that you will all be talking about for the rest of the convention!

Saturday July 26, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 6BCF

10:30am

Comic Book Law School 303: Muy Caliente! Hot Topics 2014
In In this session noted attorney Michael Lovitz, author of the classic The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, brings you a panel discussion highlighting some of the most pressing legal issues and trends facing the creative and business communities. Professor Marc Greenberg and attorneys David Lizerbram, Larry Zerner, and Mark Reichenthal share their collective knowledge and insights while covering the following fascinating topics: contributory copyright infringement and Tarantino v Gawker; collaboration agreements between artists and writers; work-for-hire agreements for independent contractors; the case of Sherlock Holmes and the public domain; a review of the 9th Circuits decision involving Google/YouTube and the Supreme Court decision on the interplay of laches and statute of limitations in copyright suits. In addition, the entire panel will reflect on the Kirby v. Marvel appeal to the Supreme Court, and what impact the case could ultimately have on the comic book industry. 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.]

Saturday July 26, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 30CDE

10:30am

Comics Arts Conference Session #9: Queering Comics
Ayanna Dozier (New York University Steinhardt) examines the transformative properties of the pornokitsch aesthetic featured in Golden Age comics, tracing the sociological-historical narratives that link pornokitsch to mainstream and erotic comics and questioning their use of gender, race, and sexuality. Cameron C. McKee (Northwestern University) and Shane Duncan (San Francisco State University) engage with various gay comics series to argue that the tongue-in-cheek humor of camp was (and remains) a central strategy for the construction of queer identity against the oppression of heteronormativity. And using psychological and sociological research, Benjamin Varosky (California State University, Fullerton) looks at Matt Fraction's run on Hawkeye, a single story told through the separate lenses of the masculine and feminine qualities that every superhero secretly-or not so secretly-embodies, to explore how the successes and failures of Clint and Kate individually pale in comparison to those that they share as the unified Hawkeye.

Saturday July 26, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 26AB

11:00am

Lion Forge Comics: Knight Rider vs. Airwolf, Rampage Jackson and New Project Debuts
Senior editor Shannon Eric Denton is joined by the next generation of creators -- Joelle Sellner, David Gorden, and Eisner Award nominee Brandon Easton -- to discuss their projects: Knight Rider vs. Airwolf, Andre the Giant, original creation Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier, and more. With special panelists Hero of Cosplay's Yaya Han, MMA champion Rampage Jackson, and WWE & Impact Wrestling champion Chavo Guerrero. Moderated by Miami Vice writer Jonathan London.

Saturday July 26, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 29A

11:00am

Spotlight on Don Rosa
American cartoonist and Comic-Con special guest Don Rosa is best known for his Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck stories, especially his prize-winning Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. Join Fantagraphics publisher and life-long friend Gary Groth as he interviews the man in the ink-stained gloves who wrote and drew a whopping two decades' worth of ripping Scrooge and Donald yarns.

Saturday July 26, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 4

11:00am

Spotlight on Raymond Feist
Internationally bestselling author and Comic-Con special guest Raymond E. Feist delivers his first public address on his newest project, The War of Five Crowns. Participate with Ray in a Q&A on projects past, present, and future.

Saturday July 26, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 28DE

11:00am

Top Cow: 2015 Brings a New Talent Hunt, New Projects, and More
Image and Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri and president Matt Hawkins tell it how it is, 22 years and kicking. Learn the details of the new Talent Hunt, find out the latest about Top Cow's various projects and the status of film, TV, and video game projects. Witness firsthand the awesome glory that is Top Cow! MOO! All attendees will receive a special limited-edition lithograph only available to those that attend the panel.

Saturday July 26, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 9

11:15am

DC Comics-Superman: The Man of Tomorrow
The Last Son of Krypton is one of the most recognized pop culture icons of all time, and this year Superman is set to soar to new heights! Come by for exclusive access on what makes The Man of Steel the hero that he is with people who bring him to life, including Geoff Johns (Superman), Aaron Kuder (Action Comics), John Romita Jr. (Superman), Charles Soule (Superman/Wonder Woman), and others.

Saturday July 26, 2014 11:15am - 12:30pm
Room 6DE

11:45am

Quick Draw
It's still the fastest, funniest panel in the whole convention! Once again, your Quick Draw Quizmaster Mark Evanier pits three super-speedy cartoonists against one another as they go mano a mano and Sharpie to Sharpie to create great cartoon art right before your very eyes. Competing this year are (as usual) Sergio Aragonés (MAD magazine, Groo the Wanderer) and Scott Shaw! (The Simpsons) and they're joined by Disney Legend Floyd Norman, plus a couple of surprising surprises!

Saturday July 26, 2014 11:45am - 1:00pm
Room 6BCF

12:00pm

Berkeley Breathed: The Last Comic-Con Panel!
Legendary creator Berkeley Breathed (Bloom County, Opus, Flawed Dogs) makes a rare appearance at Comic-Con-International and-even more rare-will be hosting his second (and probably final) presentation. He's a bit mysterious about what he'll be presenting. However, there is unofficial word that he may be revealing recent illicit photos and art of his best friend Bill Watterson, "borrowed" from the latter's secret retreat in the foothills of Colorado.

Saturday July 26, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 9

12:00pm

CBLDF: Tales from the Code-True Stories of Censorship
For more than 50 years, American comic books were subject to the censorship of the Comics Code, a system born from a time when comics were burned in the streets and blamed for all of society's ills. Though the Code is gone, its influence remains. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund gathers Denny O'Neil, Paul Levitz, and other top storytellers who worked under the Code's strictures to tell the tales of how its censorship touched their creative visions.

Saturday July 26, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 30CDE

12:00pm

Comics Arts Conference Session #10: Brain and Body by Batman: The Art and Science of the Dark Knight
What motivations sustain Bruce Wayne? What was needed to prepare him for his career as Batman? What has this career done to his psyche, his brain, his body? Psychology professor and superherologist Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight), neuroscience and kinesiology professor Dr. E. Paul Zehr (Becoming Batman), health and exercise science expert Eric Bruce (Western Oregon University), and Comic-Con special guest Dennis O'Neil (Batman) discuss, dissect, and demystify the Dark Knight on his 75th diamond jubilee anniversary, providing an evaluation of the psychology, kinesiology, and neuroscience of Batman and discussing the physical and psychological realities of becoming and then having a career as Gotham's Dark Knight avenger.

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

12:00pm

Ray Billingsley: Life on a Deadline
Acclaimed syndicated cartoonist and Comic-Con special guest Ray Billingsley talks about literally growing up in the cartooning industry, from being a child-professional at 12 to a career that has spanned over 40 years. Join Ray for this frank discussion, with a Q&A session moderated by Andrew Farago (artist and curator of the Cartoon Art Museum).

Saturday July 26, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 4

12:00pm

Spotlight on Bryan Lee O'Malley
Comic-Con special guest Bryan Lee O'Malley, creator of the bestselling Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series, discusses his newest project, Seconds, with Laura Hudson (Wired).

Saturday July 26, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 28DE

12:00pm

Spotlight on Drew Friedman
Comic-Con special guest Drew Friedman (author/artist of Heroes of the Comics) and Gary Groth (publisher of Fantagraphics Books) discuss Friedman's new book Heroes of the Comics, debuting at Comic-Con. Friedman and Groth will discuss many of the comics legends portrayed in the book, including some they have known personally, among them Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Will Eisner, and Harvey Kurtzman.

Saturday July 26, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 23ABC

12:15pm

Comic-Con How-To: Advanced 3D/CG Comic Art
Brian Haberlin demonstrates advanced 3D and computer graphics comic art techniques that will speed up and improve your storytelling. He will show you how to use a wide range of programs, from Zbrush to Poser to Sketchup and many more. Learn all the tricks no other pro will show you! 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.

Saturday July 26, 2014 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Room 2

12:30pm

Kodansha Comics
Kodansha Comics is back in San Diego and ready to talk about the hottest manga of the year, Attack on Titan! Penguin Random House's Dallas Middaugh and Kodansha USA's Kana Koide talk about what's happening with Sailor Moon, Attack on Titan, Fairy Tail, Vinland Saga and No. 6, to name just a few. They'll have some new title announcements and an Attack on Titan sampler for everyone to check out.

Saturday July 26, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 8

12:30pm

Marvel Video Games
The Marvel Games team and some of the most talented developers in the industry cover nearly 15(!) awesome Marvel gaming experiences spanning all platforms-many of which feature the Guardians of the Galaxy! Whether it's exclusive announcements regarding one of the year's biggest console titles (Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes), updates to current favorites (Marvel Avengers Alliance, Marvel Avengers Alliance Tactics, Marvel Heroes, Marvel Puzzle Quest, Marvel: War of Heroes, X-Men: Battle of the Atom, Marvel Pinball), or entirely new game announcements, there's something here for every True Believer of the digital age. Also, a surprise special guest appearance-and the coolest giveaway this panel has ever handed out!

Saturday July 26, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 6A

12:30pm

We Are BOOM!
Last year was a banner year for BOOM! Studios, highlighted by the release of the company's first feature film 2 Guns (starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg) and new first-look deal with 20th Century Fox. Archaia joined BOOM! as a new imprint, the all-ages KaBOOM! lineup expanded, and the BOOM! Box imprint was launched. BOOM! Studios founder and CEO Ross Richie, editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon, VP of publishing and marketing Filip Sablik, president of development Stephen Christy, and creators Paul Jenkins (Fairy Quest, Deathmatch), Frank Gibson (The Amazing World of Gumball), and Noelle Stevenson ( Lumberjanes) plus some special guests share their mission to create the future of comics...now.

Saturday July 26, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 24ABC

12:45pm

DC Comics: The Weeklies
DC Comics -The New 52 is in the weekly business, with groundbreaking series such as Batman Eternal and Futures End. And with Earth 2: Worlds End on the horizon, the weeklies are part of the most exciting comic line since the launch of the New 52! Join the amazing cast of creators-Marguerite Bennett (upcoming Earth 2: Worlds End), Ray Fawkes (Batman Eternal), Kyle Higgins (Batman Eternal), Dan Jurgens (Futures End), Jeff Lemire (Futures End), Scott Snyder (Batman Eternal), James Tynion IV (Batman Eternal), Daniel H. Wilson (upcoming Earth 2: Worlds End)-behind this revolutionary storytelling for a look at what the future holds for these series.

Saturday July 26, 2014 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Room 6DE

1:00pm

CBLDF: Banned Comics!
Bone, Fun Home, Maus, Persepolis, Sandman, Watchmen... they're not just some of the greatest comics ever made, they're also among the most frequently targeted for bans! This year's Banned Books Week celebrates comics and graphic novels and the CBLDF has everything you need to know to celebrate in your community. Jeff Smith, Gene Yang, Carol Tilley, Charles Brownstein, and others discuss how and why comics are banned and how you can fight back by participating in this year's comics-focused Banned Books Week!

Saturday July 26, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 30CDE

1:00pm

Comics Arts Conference Session #11: Focus on Dennis O'Neil
After the 1960s' campier stories nearly ended Batman comics, Comic-Con special guest Dennis O'Neil became the writer who took the Dark Knight back to his dark roots. Working with an astounding array of fellow creators down through his years as writer and editor, he robbed Wonder Woman of her powers, sent Green Arrow's sidekick off to rehab, put the demon back in Iron Man's bottle, pulled Professor X out of one grave and oversaw planting Batman's sidekick in another, and named Optimus Prime. In addition to countless comics, Denny has written and edited scholarly works such as the book Batman Unauthorized. Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight) asks Denny about his career as writer, editor, scholar, and educator. Yes, Dennis O'Neil teaches, too! Come learn from this grand master of comic book heroes.

Saturday July 26, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 26AB

1:00pm

Little Lulu and John Stanley Fan Group
One of the most memorable kids' comics ever created (yet with remarkable "all-ages" appeal), Little Lulu has generated a worldwide fan following. Learn more about this classic comics character and the renewed interest in the other delightful works of the great John Stanley, and join in for a scripted reading of a Golden Age Little Lulu story. All are welcome!

Saturday July 26, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 29A

1:00pm

Saga
You know Saga. You love Saga. You can't get enough of Saga. Luckily, this year, series creators Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples are ready, rested, and eager to talk to you about Saga. What's coming up next on you-know-what? How could they do that thing to you-know-who? Whether you're coming in your finest cosplay or street clothes, you need to come to this panel..

Saturday July 26, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 7AB

1:00pm

Spotlight on Jim Steranko
Legendary Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. co-creator Jim Steranko is interviewed by pop-culture maven J. David Spurlock. Controverial topics include the true Father of the Modern Graphic Novel; why Captain America: The Winter Soldier is dedicated to Steranko; the real origin of Mister Miracle; the Switchblade Years, motorcycles, death-defying escapes, hot redheads, Marvel, moviemaking, and more. Don't miss it, pal...

Saturday July 26, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 9

1:30pm

The Whedonverse
Dark Horse's continuations of Joss Whedon's cult favorites (Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer , Angel & Faith) remain some of the most-talked-about comics in the industry. Dark Horse is giving you an exclusive chance to hear all there is to tell about the current series of both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Serenity from the series' top talent, with Dark Horse editor-in-chief Scott Allie; Buffy Season 10 writer Christos Gage andco-writer and actor Nicholas Brendon; Serenity artist Georges Jeanty; and TV and comics writer Jane Espenson.

Saturday July 26, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 24ABC

2:00pm

Benoît Peeters: Architects of the Obscure Cities Part 1
Comic-Con special guest Benoît Peeters (internationally acclaimed author, biographer, filmmaker, lecturer, co-creator of The Obscure Cities series) discusses his career in comics, and film, his longstanding association with Hergé and Tin Tin, and the circumstances surrounding his discovery of the Obscure Cities, considered one of the most important graphic novel series in the world. Join Benoît and François Schuiten (internationally acclaimed illustrator, architect, production designer, co-creator of The Obscure Cities series) for this Q&A session moderated by Stephen Smith (translator of Schuiten and Peeters's The Leaning Girl, publisher of Alaxis Press).

Saturday July 26, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 4

2:00pm

DC Comics: New Places for Familiar Faces
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 21, 05:43PM
DC Comics is proud to have David Finch and John Romita Jr. working on the three greatest heroes of our generation: Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. For the first time ever, these three all-star creators sit down and discuss what it is like to work on the Trinity and what is in store for everyone's favorite characters.

Saturday July 26, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 6DE

2:00pm

Spotlight on Lucy Knisley
Comic-Con special guest Lucy Knisley, author of Relish: My Life in the Kitchen and the forthcoming Age of License, discusses her creative process, her upcoming book, and her unique approach to nonfiction graphic novels.

Saturday July 26, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 28DE

2:00pm

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 30th Anniversary
In 1984, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird published the first issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The comic book was an overnight success, and three decades later, the Turtles are more popular than ever, starring in a hit Nickelodeon television series, an award-winning toy line, monthly comic books from IDW, and a new live-action movie later this summer. Join TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman for a 30th anniversary celebration featuring a who's who of talented people who have contributed to the Turtles' enduring history. Guests include Karl Aaronian (Playmates Toys), Townsend Coleman (voice of Michelangelo in the original TMNT animated series), Lloyd Goldfine (4kids TMNT, Turtles Forever), Ciro Nieli (executive producer, Nickelodeon TMNT), Ernie Reyes Jr. (Keno inTMNT II: The Secret of the Ooze), and Tom Waltz (writer, IDW TMNT comics), and panel moderator Andrew Farago (curator, Cartoon Art Museum; author of TMNT: The Ultimate Visual History).

Saturday July 26, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 23ABC

2:00pm

The Oni Press Comicstravaganza: All Cats Go to Purgatory!
I Was the Cat creators Paul Tobin and Benjamin Dewey share a hilarious presentation about their new graphic novel and the finer points of feline world domination. After that, it's Hemingway or the Highway when Joshua Hale Fialkov and Gabo present a live table read of The Life After #1! Come for the freebies, stay for the detailed descriptions of a future cat war, adventures in purgatory, and news and announcements about future Oni Press comics!

Saturday July 26, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 9

2:30pm

IDW: Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez
2014 saw the end of the Eisner Award-winning series Locke & Key. Creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, along with IDW's editor-in-chief and CCO Chris Ryall, discuss the end of that seminal series, Joe and Gabe's follow-up projects (The Wraith and Little Nemo, respectively), what they have coming for the future with IDW, and who knows what else? With these three, it's always an adventure.

Saturday July 26, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 24ABC

2:30pm

The Art of Fear
Horror novels have been keeping us up at night for years. From haunted houses to creepy-crawly worms, mysterious illnesses, demons, human extinction, and the apocalypse, these authors give you goosebumps while you read. Authors Mira Grant (Parasite), G. Michael Hopf (The New World Series), Katherine Howe (Conversion), April Genevieve Tucholke (Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea), Brenna Yovanoff (Fiendish), and James Rollins (The 6th Extinction) discuss their novels, the writing process, and why you keep the light on while you read. Moderated by Glen Hirshberg (Motherless Child).

Saturday July 26, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 8

2:45pm

Marvel: Cup O' Joe
Join Marvel's chief creative officer Joe Quesada for this no-holds-barred exposé on everything Marvel. Got a question about a favorite hero? Want to hear groundbreaking news straight from the source? Need a rundown on breaking developments in Marvel comics, film, and T.V? This panel is for you! Featuring editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, talent scout C. B. Cebulski, senior editor Nick Lowe, editor Jordan D. White, writer Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man), and other Mighty Marvel guests!

Saturday July 26, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 6BCF

2:50pm

Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Dimension Films in association with Aldamisa Entertainment present exclusive footage from the highly anticipated sequel Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For from acclaimed co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. Fans will get to experience the Sin City universe and take part in a special discussion with Rodriguez, Miller, and cast.

Saturday July 26, 2014 2:50pm - 3:50pm
Hall H

3:00pm

30 Years of Usagi Yojimbo!
Comic-Con special guest Stan Sakai, creator of Usagi Yojimbo, is interviewed by Dark Horse editor Diana Schutz about the upcoming Senso miniseries, The Sakai Project, and the return of the regular Usagi series after a two-year hiatus.

Saturday July 26, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 28DE

3:00pm

ComiXology Submit: The Future of Self-Publishing
Think you have what it takes to be comics' next indie-creator superstar? Then this panel is for you! Since its launch at SXSW in 2013, comiXology Submit has released over 1400 independent comic book series. ComiXology's marketing & PR maven Chip Mosher and comiXology co-founder and Director of comiXology Submit John D. Roberts are joined by such breakout Submit superstars as the sensational writer and co-creator of The Bunker Joshua Fialkov, Eisner Award-winning cartoonist behind The Mire Becky Cloonan, and the artist/writer team of the Eisner Award-nominated series Watson & Holmes, Brandon M. Easton and N. Steven Harris, for a discussion on how you too can join the ranks of comiXology Submit stardom!

Saturday July 26, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 23ABC

3:00pm

Doctor Who Comics Panel
Writer Nick Abadzis, artist Elena Casagrande , cover artist Alice X. Zhang, and the Titan Comics editorial team reveal exclusive secrets from the upcoming Tenth and Eleventh Doctor storylines and show never-before-seen art and concept designs. Plus, get your first look at interior art from the upcoming Twelfth Doctor ongoing series!

Saturday July 26, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 25ABC

3:00pm

François Schuiten: Architects of the Obscure Cities Part 2
Comic-Con special guest François Schuiten (internationally acclaimed Illustrator, architect, production designer, co-creator of The Obscure Cities series) discusses his career in comics, film, and architecture and the circumstances surrounding his discovery of the Obscure Cities, considered one of the most important graphic novel series in the world. Join François and Benoît Peeters (internationally acclaimed author, biographer, lecturer, co-creator of The Obscure Cities series) for this Q&A session moderated by Stephen Smith (translator of Schuiten & Peeters' The Leaning Girl, publisher of Alaxis Press).

Saturday July 26, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 4

3:00pm

Robert Kirkman Presents Skybound Entertainment Featuring Norman Reedus
Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and his producing partner David Alpert (The Walking Dead) discuss Skybound's journey into television and film beyondThe Walking Dead series. The panel will feature an exclusive, never-before-seen teaser of Skybound's first feature film, AIR starring Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), a co-production with Automatik Entertainment (Insidious franchise) that has been acquired by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. Reedus will join the panel to discuss the making of AIR and what it was like to work with Kirkman and Alpert outside of The Walking Dead. Director Christian Cantamessa (Red Dead Redemption) will also be present. Skybound's newest division, Skybound Interactive, will also share their upcoming slate of games including news about the critically acclaimed game The Walking Dead by Telltale.

Saturday July 26, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6A

3:00pm

Strong Female Characters
Well-written, realistic female characters are celebrated in this panel featuring Comic-Con International special guests June Brigman (Power Pack), Amanda Conner (Power Girl), Colleen Coover (Bandette), Sara Mayhew (Legend of the Ztarr), Jimmy Palmiotti (Painkiller Jane), Fiona Staples (Saga), Paul Tobin (Bandette), and Brian K. Vaughan (Saga), and moderated by Maggie Thompson. Strong female characters can be heroes or villains, have weaknesses and strengths, flaws or assets, and ultimately make the stories we love to read.

Saturday July 26, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 7AB

3:00pm

PLAYBACK: Featuring Boxtrolls, Sin City, and Grimm
Please note: these rebroadcasts and playbacks will include only the panel discussions and special on-stage moments with the panelists. None of the film clips or footage shown at the live events will be shown here.

Saturday July 26, 2014 3:00pm - 5:15pm
The Playback Room, Omni Hotel, 4th Floor Ballroom

3:30pm

Big Trouble in Little China: Shaking the Pillars of the Comics Industry
The hilarious adventures of Jack Burton continue as Big Trouble in Little China, one of the most beloved cult films of all time, is now a BOOM! Studios comic series. The series picks up right after the end of the film and, with the guidance of director John Carpenter, it's the first time new stories of the Pork Chop Express have been told in any medium. Join series writer Eric Powell (The Goon), colorist Michael Garland (The Empty Man), and editor Ian Brill for a lively discussion of what to expect next in the series and to talk all things Big Trouble in Little China. Plus, writer Christopher Sebela (Dead Letters) will be on hand with a special announcement relevant to Big Trouble fans' interests! Moderated by Comics Alliance senior writer Chris Sims.

Saturday July 26, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 8

3:30pm

Fantagraphics Forward
Fantagraphics Books Inc, an alternative comics publisher since 1976, looks to 2014 and 2015 with an unwavering and tasteful eye. Founder and publisher Gary Groth and associate publisher Eric Reynolds reveal some new comics for late 2014 and 2015 that are sure to please. Comic-con special guests Eleanor Davis (How to Be Happy), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck), and Drew Friedman (Heroes of the Comics), along with Tony Millionaire (Sock Monkey Treasury), will share some of their favorite art from their comics debuting at the show.

Saturday July 26, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 26AB

4:00pm

Abrams ComicArts Preview
Charles Kochman (Abrams ComicArts editorial director) and Chad Beckerman (Abrams ComicArts creative director) talk about Abrams ComicArt's current titles and reveal details about their fall list, with information about exciting future projects and appearances from special guests, including Mark Evanier (historian and author of The Art of the Simon and Kirby Studio), Kazu Kibuishi (writer and artist the Amulet series, and editor of the Explorer series), and David Lasky (author of The Carter Family).

Saturday July 26, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 28DE

4:00pm

Creative Dynamic: The Freelancer's Guide to Building Great Business Relationships
UPDATED: Tue, Jul 15, 11:10AM
You're an artist, a creator, writer, or penciler but those darn publishers keep asking for changes to your work! Join Comics Experience's panel including superstar artist David Finch (Forever Evil, Batman: The Dark Knight), Marvel senior editor Nick Lowe (X-Men, Spider-Man), artist Reilly Brown (Deadpool), Dynamite senior editor Joe Rybandt and Vertigo/DC Comics group editor Will Dennis (Scalped, Y: The Last Man) for a no-nonsense approach to building your freelance business while still maintaining your artistic integrity.

Saturday July 26, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 30CDE

4:00pm

DC Entertainment: Batman 75th Anniversary
Throughout his 75-year history, the Dark Knight has become one of the most popular and widely recognized superheroes in the world. From comics to TV to movies to video games, the World's Greatest Detective has permeated all entertainment mediums and beyond. Get a look at Batman's rich history and what the future holds for this pop culture icon with industry titans Kevin Conroy, Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, Ralph Garman, Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, Peter Girardi, and some surprise guests!

Saturday July 26, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 6BCF

4:00pm

Hasbro: Marvel
Adam Biehl (vice president, Global Marvel Line at Hasbro), Jesse Falcon (director of hardlines, Marvel), Dwight Stall (senior Marvel product design manager, Hasbro), Bobby Vala (Marvel product designer, Hasbro), and Laura Guilbault (senior manager, Global Marvel Line at Hasbro) discuss Hasbro's popular Marvel action figure lines. Attendees will also get a sneak peek at upcoming action figures. Adam, Jesse, Dwight, Bobby, and Laura will also host a Q&A for your burning Marvel action figure questions!

Saturday July 26, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 25ABC

4:00pm

IDW: Pop Culture Mix-Tape
IDW's VP of marketing Dirk Wood, Godzilla scribe Chris Mowry, America's Army writer M. Zachary Sherman, Andy Schmidt from Comics Experience, special guests from Darby Pop, Monkeybrain and more discuss the ever-growing slate of exciting new projects from the powerhouse publisher. Prizes, announcements, Q&A, and hilarity will ensue!

Saturday July 26, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 4

4:00pm

Spotlight on Jeff Smith
Comic-Con special guest Jeff Smith discusses his foray into the world of online comics with his new title TUKI: Save the Humans, as well as the 10th anniversary of Scholastic's color version of Bone. Moderated by Tom Spurgeon (The Comics Reporter).

Saturday July 26, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 9

4:00pm

Ways to Increase Success on Your Self-Published Kickstarter Project
Paul Roman Martinez (Adventures of the 19XX), Travis Hanson (The Bean), and Daniel Davis (Steam Crow) let you in on all the secrets that led them to a combined 10 successful crowd funded projects and over $200,000 raised toward publishing costs. Paul, Travis, and Daniel provide tips you can use on your next project and a Q&A session designed to increase your chances of crowdfunding success

Saturday July 26, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 23ABC

4:00pm

Oddball Comics with Scott Shaw!
Scott Shaw! (Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!, Sonic The Hedgehog, Simpsons Comics, Annoying Orange) once again presents his uniquely hilarious slideshow of "the craziest comic books ever published!" Once you've seen this mind-roasting presentation, you'll never forget such cover terms as "fish-in-the-face," "Robin-in-the-corner" or "crotch-centric"! See why Stan Lee calls Scott!'s show "the wildest, wackiest exposé of some of the craziest comic books I've ever seen! Or, to put it mildly, Scott's outrageous opuses are a blast!"

Saturday July 26, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Room 7AB

4:30pm

Creepy & Eerie: 21st-Century Horror
A ghoulish panel of horror freaks discuss the impact and influence of the classic Warren horror titles Creepy and Eerie on modern horror creators in film, TV and of course, comics. Some special guests will add to your discomfort as Dark Horse announces special plans for the 50th anniversary of Creepy. Moderated by Gemstone's J. C. Vaughn (Overstreet Price Guide) and consulting editor and writer DanBraun (Creepy), panelists include sculptor Justin Mabry (Trick or Treat Studios), Chris Zephro (Trick or Treat Studios), and New Comic Company's Josh Braun (Eerie). Throw in a couple of surprise Creepy artists and writers and they'll have quite a stew for you. Plus: awesome Creepy swag!

Saturday July 26, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 24ABC

4:30pm

Image Comics: I Is for...Ideas
What does it take for a writer to get into comics? What's it like once you get in? Where do you start with writing a script? Scott Snyder (Wytches), Josh Williamson (Nailbiter, Ghosted), Kyle Higgins (C.O.W.L.), Joe Kelly (I Kill Giants), Brian K. Vaughan (Saga), and our special guests know the secrets, and they're here to share them with you.

Saturday July 26, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 6DE

4:30pm

The Ultimate Pitch: The Step-by-Step Process of Turning Your Comic into a Global Property
In today's pop culture landscape, creators are faced with the potential (and challenge) of turning their characters and series into cross-platform properties. From games to toys and television to film, the opportunities for global success have never been greater. The potential pitfalls, however, have never been more challenging. Moderator Sohaib Awan (creator of IDW Publishing's Jinnrise), along with Mairghread Scott (lead writer on Transformers: Prime the Animated Series), and Royden Lepp (creator of Archaia Entertainment's Rust), will explain the step-by-step process each creator must take to protect his or her intellectual properties. What do creators need to do from beginning to end? How long does the process from comic to TV/film take? What are the greatest obstacles to success? After over two years of development, an animated series based on Jinnrise is being produced; the panelists will explain how it was done.

Saturday July 26, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 8

4:30pm

That '70s Panel
It was a time of change in comics with a new generation intermingling with the old and taking command. Hear what it was like from Steve Leialoha (Howard the Duck, Spider-Woman), Len Wein (Swamp Thing, The New X-Men), Walt Simonson (Manhunter, Batman), LouiseSimonson (Creepy, Eerie), Anthony Tollin (Batman, Superman), and more, plus moderator Mark Evanier (Groo the Wanderer, Blackhawk).

Saturday July 26, 2014 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Room 5AB

5:00pm

Comics 101: Making Sense of the World of Comics
Just getting into comics but not sure where to start? Loving all the new comic movies and TV shows but don't know which series ties in best? Noted comics industry professionals discuss how they started reading comics, their favorite series, and what's popular and awesome in the world of comics today. Moderated by comiXology's marketing maven Chip Mosher, he'll be joined by comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger, DC Entertainment's SVP Vertigo & Integrated Publishing Hank Kanalz, BOOM! Studios' Lumberjanes editor Dafna Pleban, Fantagraphics Books marketing and outreach manager Jen Vaughn, and writer of Five Ghosts , Black Market, and Solar: Man of the Atom Frank J. Barbiere.

Saturday July 26, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 28DE

5:00pm

IDW: Comics Make for Great Games!
Jerry Bennington and Nate Murray from IDW's new division, IDW Games, share top secret info on the best tabletop board games around, including X-Files, Kill Shakespeare, Chew, Machi Koro, and more. Featuring John Layman of Chew fame, and others. Who knows, you may even get to play a game or two!

Saturday July 26, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 4

5:00pm

Valiantfans.com: Rai, Armor Hunters and Beyond Valiant First
Valiant fans from around the world participate in an ask-anything panel with CEO and chief creative officer Dinesh Samdasani and publisher Fred Pierce, editor in chief Warren Simons. Moderator Brian Wells and other special guests from Valiant Entertainment will be on hand to discuss details on the Valiant Smash hit Rai and Armor Hunters, the big event surrounding the Valiant Universe. Valiant First and the big summer program will also be a topic and what is beyond for this Diamond GEM Publisher of the Year winner

Saturday July 26, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 29A

5:15pm

Constantine Pilot Screening and Q&A
John Constantine is a man waging war against the forces of darkness-from both within himself and the outside world. An irreverent, working-class con man and occult expert, he's an experienced exorcist and demonologist with an extensive list of supernatural contacts, each with their own paranormal talents and abilities. Following the aftermath of a tragic incident, Constantine has voluntarily checked himself into an asylum and sworn off investigating matters of the supernatural, but when a cryptic message calls him out to reluctantly resume his old life, he finds himself saving the life of a young woman whom he's never met but is connected to in a very important way. With dark forces gathering power in the world, Constantine allies himself with Manny, a rogue warrior angel, and his giant childhood protector Chas-the only friend who's managed to stay alive. Based on characters published by DC Entertainment, Constantine reflects the lore of the fan-favorite comic, combining noirish storytelling with the evolving mythology of John Constantine, a morally challenged character who doesn't come down on the side of either good or evil...but ultimately might be the only thing defending us against the dark forces from beyond. Attendees will see a screening of the complete pilot, followed by a Q&A with series stars Matt Ryan (Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior), Harold Perrineau (Lost) and Charles Halford (True Detective) and executive producers Daniel Cerone (Dexter) and David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight trilogy). From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television, Constantine will air Fridays at 10/9c on NBC this fall, premiering October 24th.

Saturday July 26, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Room 6BCF

5:30pm

Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige and special guests provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Saturday July 26, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hall H

5:30pm

Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski
Comic-Con special guest JMS is having a Renaissance (much as the European Renaissance followed the Black Plague, but you didn't hear that from us). His Image-based imprint Joe's Comics has produced such titles as Dream Police, Sidekick, Ten Grand, and The Adventures of Apocalypse Al, alongside writing a Terminator maxiseries for Dark Horse and a Twilight Zone maxiseries for Dynamite. His new TV series Sense8 (written and produced with the Wachowskis) began filming this past June for Netflix via Studio JMS, and he has four new TV series in development, in addition to writing the new Shadowman movie for Valiant. Get the latest news on secret upcoming projects, a sneak peek into the production of Sense8, and other surprises.

Saturday July 26, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 7AB

5:30pm

Uniting the Worldwide Makecomics Community
Host Patrick Yurick (CEO of MakingComics.com), in this celebratory panel designed to connect the comic makers of the world, discusses the status of the worldwide comic-making revolution happening on- and off-line. Guest panelists include Mark Waid (Thrillbent, Daredevil), Rachel Beck (Storyforge Productions), Jim Zub (Skullkickers, Wayward), Andy Schmidt (Comics Experience), Christina Blanch (SuperMOOC2, Damnation of Charlie Wormwood), and Palle Schmidt (Comics For Beginners, Thomas Aslop).

Saturday July 26, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 8

5:30pm

Velocity: The Pursuit of the Southern Hemisphere Comic Industry
Last year the world audience was introduced to the comics of Australia and South Africa. Neville Howard and Moray Rhoda (the brains behind the Velocity Anthology) showed the quality, talent, and dedication that the two countries boast, and, more important, just how good the stories of the South can be. This year, expect to see more: bigger and better stories, new content, and the documentation of their journeys (and possibly even more offensive jokes). New panelists Rupert Greyling (Velocity artist, UK) and Däniel Hugo (The Souvenir and Velocity, South Africa) will join the team this time round to add their insights into the process...it's gonna be bonza/lekker!

Saturday July 26, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 24ABC

5:30pm

Gays in Comics XXVII: It's a Queer, Queer World!
The world spins on and gets ever queerer. And while society has miles to go, every day we see changes -from marriage being a reality in state after state to the Great NFL Draft Kiss-that show that in our society at large, as well as in the world of comics, LGBT people and their relationships are more and more mainstream. What are the responsibilities of creators to their and their audience's queerness as the radical becomes central? Prism Comics and co-moderators Roger Klorese (Prism Comics board member) and Shannon Watters (BOOM Studios) examine this and other questions with panelists Elisha Lim (100 Butches), Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes), Graham Kolbeins (Massive), James Tynion IV (Batman Eternal, The Woods), and others.

Saturday July 26, 2014 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Room 6A

6:00pm

60 Years Ago: Comics on Trial
Members of Los Angeles-based Captured Aural Phantasy Theater, as a preview of their upcoming play, dramatically read excerpts from some of the offending stories and transcripts of the April 1954 Senate hearings attacking comics, highlighting a discussion led by Ben Dickow (guest lecturer, Otis College of Art) and Craig Yoe (editor, Haunted Horror comics) about how comics such as EC never were the same again.

Saturday July 26, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 9

6:00pm

Comics Journalism: The Hulk Takes a Butt Selfie and You Won't Believe What Happens Next
It's the annual comics journalism panel, and despite what you may have heard, comics journalists are still alive. Are they well? You'll find out with The Beat's Heidi MacDonald, Bleeding Cool's Rich Johnston, and Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon, as they are joined by Eisner Award-nominated Matt Meylikhov of Multiversity, Joshua Yehl of IGN, and Jill Pantozzi of The Mary Sue to talk about what's new in comics and what's new in covering them.

Saturday July 26, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 23ABC

6:00pm

Sequential Visual Storytelling: The Art at the Heart of Comics (& Film, TV, Games, etc.)
Former Marvel Comics executive editor Carl Potts, the person who mentored many top comics creators (Jim Lee, Scott Williams, Mike Mignola, June Brigman, Larry Stroman, Jon Bogdanove) will be joined by top comics creator Whilce Portacio in this seminar based on Potts' new book, The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics: Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling. Learn the principles and techniques for telling clear and compelling visual stories in comics, film, games, and other sequential visual media.

Saturday July 26, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 30CDE

6:00pm

Spiritual Themes in Comics
The Christian Comic Arts Society hosts this 17th annual panel. Spiritual themes in comics have been a major thread in the comic book and graphic novel medium. Panelists will be discussing how spiritual themes are interwoven into the matrix of comic books.Wendi Pini (ElfQuest), John Schafer (Superbook), M. Scott Verne (City of the Gods), B. Dave Walters (Warner Brothers Animation), and moderator Eric Jansen (Foursquare Mission Press) discuss the spiritual themes of their respective projects and other related media in the industry.

Saturday July 26, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 4

6:00pm

Starburner Galactic Courier Service: Birth of a Steampunk Graphic Novel
Aaron St. John (artist), Paul Bailey (writer), and story creator Kim Hutsell (Starburner Galactic Courier Service founder) discuss the process of taking the Starburner Steampunk saga from mythos to graphic novel, with teaser pages from the first issue in progress. Moderated by Jeffrey Vaca (Maker).

Saturday July 26, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 29A

6:00pm

What's New at Action Lab Entertainment
Action Lab staffers Kevin Freeman, David Dwonch, and Jason Martin team up with creators Jamal Igle (Molly Danger), Jeremy Dale (Skyward), and R. A. Height (Midnight Tiger) to discuss recent and future releases of the critically-acclaimed publisher in both their all-ages and mature readers Danger Zone lines, followed by a Q&A session.

Saturday July 26, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 28DE

6:30pm

The Next Chapter for ElfQuest: Bringing Elves to a Screen Near You
Many new adventures are afoot in the world of ElfQuest! With Dark Horse's Final Quest, a new ElfQuest saga by creators Wendy and Richard Pini, flying off shelves and EQ merchandise from WeLoveFine and Badali Jewelry adorning more fans each day, the ElfQuest fan tribe continues to grow. Come hear the scoop from producers Stephanie Thorpe (Night of the Zombie King) and Paula Rhodes (The New Adventures of Peter & Wendy), who hold the film/TV rights to this 35+-year-old beloved comic series. Fans of ElfQuest since they were kids, they've been working to expand the World of Two Moons into more outlets and are excited to introduce you to their new team of fellow fans: Angela Song Mueller (Legend of Korra), Joshua Hamilton (Avatar: The Last Airbender), and Luke Ryan (Harold & Kumar). Moderated by Jenna Busch (Cocktails With Stan).

Saturday July 26, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 26AB

6:30pm

The Sacred Band of Thebes
For seven years, veteran comic book writer/editor Sid Jacobson has fought to bring the world his newest graphic novel, The Sacred Band of Thebes, a truly controversial story that demands to be told in today's politically correct world. Jacobson and his fellow writers Bart Baker and Glenn Rabney will talk about their journey, including the sometimes surprising negative reaction to sensitive themes and characters and publishers' fears of dealing with hot button topics. If there's a story for a graphic novel in your soul and the powers that be all keep telling you that it's a great story, this is a panel discussion you won't want to miss.

Saturday July 26, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 8

7:00pm

Comics & Pop Music!
Comic books and pop music are uniquely American artforms, with many common inspirations and a large shared audience. Patrick A. Reed (Depth of Field magazine) brings together a group of artists, writers, publishers, and musicians to talk about the long, strange history of music-based comics and how these two media continue to inform and impact each other.

Saturday July 26, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 28DE

7:00pm

Gays in Comics XXVII: Prism Comics Mixer and Auction
The Gays In Comics Panel will conclude with the Annual Prism Comics Mixer and Silent Auction, hosted by and benefiting Prism Comics, the nonprofit organization that supports gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender comics, creators, and readers. Mingle with comics fans and creators and stay for the special drawing of comics swag and a silent auction of incredible comics items, including original art and more!

Saturday July 26, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 6A

7:00pm

Rich Johnston's Bleeding Cool Magazine Top 100 Power List Forum
Industry gossip hound Rich Johnston (Bleeding Cool) hosts this panel discussing Bleeding Cool magazine's upcoming "Top 100 Comic Industry Power Rankings" and the big comic book news breaking at Comic-Con.

Saturday July 26, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 4

7:30pm

Superheroes Are Saving Lives-for REAL!
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 24, 07:46AM
Come to the ultimate feel-good panel! The story of an uncanny team of comic book superheroes - The School of 5 and their comic books teach children the lifesaving habit of handwashing. By the end of 2014 the School of 5 will be distributed in 23 countries, translated into 19 languages in Asia and Africa and reach 120 million people. 1.7 million children die every year from diarrheal diseases and pneumonia, many of which can be prevented by this simple habit. The School of 5, through the comic books created by Craig Yoe, teach children and their families the importance of handwashing with soap and water in countries like Indonesia, India, Bangladesh, Egypt, Pakistan, Ghana and Kenya. Panel participants include Eisner Award winner Craig Yoe (YoeBooks.com) and Stacie June Shelton (Lifebuoy Global Social Mission Program Manager). Prepare to be amazed - and get free comic books; bring a tissue to wipe away the super tears of joy!

Saturday July 26, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 26AB

7:30pm

CBLDF Art Auction
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund hosts its biggest auction of the year at Comic-Con

Saturday July 26, 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Sapphire Ballroom EF, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

8:00pm

The Nerd in the Classroom: Sci-fi as an Educational Tool
Education's all-things-nerd networking resource returns to Comic-Con. This year's after-school-special edition features understanding dyslexia with Max Brooks (The Harlem Hellfighters, World War Z), classroom gamification with Janina Scarlet (Alliant International University), elementary and special education with David Ross (Toronto District School Board), and English with Eric Bailey (Henderson State University). Moderating is Patrick Murphy (Fremont High, Weber State University). Topics include curriculum development strategies, national standards, and increasing student engagement. This is a great networking opportunity for professional educators and nerds alike.

Saturday July 26, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 28DE

8:00pm

Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment: The Flash, Constantine, Arrow, and the World Premiere of Gotham with Special Appearances by Casts and Producers, Hosted by Arrow's Stephen Amell
DC fans-get ready for a superhero Saturday night, designed specifically for you! For the first time ever at Comic-Con, Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment will present a three-hour event in Hall H featuring some of DC Comics's greatest characters. Kicking off the exclusive evening is the world premiere public screening of the highly anticipated new drama seriesGotham, allowing fans their first trip into the dangerous and compelling world of the iconic city. This will be the only screening of Gotham at Comic-Con, and it will be followed by a screening of the complete pilot episode of new action-drama The Flash, as well as exclusive video presentations of returning hit Arrow and new thriller Constantine. Cast and producers from all four series will make special appearances on stage throughout the night, with the festivities to be hosted by Oliver Queen himself -- Arrow star Stephen Amell.

Gotham- Before there was Batman, there was Gotham. With a reputation synonymous with law and order, Commissioner James Gordon is one of the crime world's greatest foes. Everyone knows the name. But what is known of Gordon's rise from rookie detective to police commissioner? And what did it take to navigate the layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world's most iconic villains-the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker? Gotham is the origin story of the great DC Comics supervillains and vigilantes, revealing a new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (The Mentalist, Rome), this one-hour drama follows one cop's rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the genesis of one of the most popular superheroes of our time. The series stars Ben McKenzie (Southland, The O.C.), Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy, Vikings), Sean Pertwee (Elementary), Robin Lord Taylor (The Walking Dead), Erin Richards (Being Human), David Mazouz (Touch),Camren Bicondova, Zabryna Guevara (Burn Notice), Cory Michael Smith (Carol), Victoria Cartagena (The Good Wife), Andrew Stewart-Jones (Person of Interest), and Jada Pinkett Smith (The Matrix films), and is executive produced by Heller, Danny Cannon (Nikita), and John Stephens (Gossip Girl). From Warner Bros. Television, Gotham premieres this fall, Mondays at 8/7c on FOX.

The Flash- From the Arrow creative team of executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and director David Nutter, The Flash is a fast-paced superhero drama that follows the high-speed adventures of the Fastest Man Alive. Written by Berlanti, Kreisberg, and DC Entertainment's chief creative officer Geoff Johns, the action drama follows Central City police scientist Barry Allen, an everyday guy with the heart of a hero and the genuine desire to help others. Standing still emotionally since the day his mother was murdered (and his father unjustly jailed for the crime), Barry was taken in as a child by the investigating Detective West and raised in a cop's home alongside West's super-smart daughter (and Barry's dream girl), Iris. But when an unexpected and devastating accident at the S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator facility strikes Barry, he finds himself suddenly charged with the incredible power to move at super speeds. While Barry has always been a hero in his soul, his newfound powers have finally given him the ability to act like one. With a winning personality and a smile on his face, Barry Allen-aka The Flash-is finally moving forward in life...very, very fast! The series stars Grant Gustin (Arrow), Candice Patton (The Game), Rick Cosnett (The Vampire Diaries), Danielle Panabaker (Necessary Roughness), Carolos Valdes (on Broadway: Once), with Tom Cavanagh (Ed), and Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order). From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, The Flash premieres this fall on Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW.

Constantine- John Constantine is a man waging war against the forces of darkness -from both within himself and the outside world. An irreverent, working-class con man and occult expert, he's an experienced exorcist and demonologist with an extensive list of supernatural contacts, each with their own paranormal talents and abilities. Following the aftermath of a tragic incident, Constantine has voluntarily checked himself into an asylum and sworn off investigating matters of the supernatural, but when a cryptic message calls him out to reluctantly resume his old life, he finds himself saving the life of a young woman whom he's never met but is connected to in a very important way. With dark forces gathering power in the world, Constantine allies himself with Manny, a rogue warrior angel, and his giant childhood protector, Chas-the only friend who's managed to stay alive. Based on characters published by DC Entertainment, Constantine reflects the lore of the fan-favorite comic, combining noirish storytelling with the evolving mythology of John Constantine, a morally challenged character who doesn't come down on the side of either good or evil...but ultimately might be the only thing defending us against the dark forces from beyond. The series stars Matt Ryan (Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior), Harold Perrineau (Lost), and Charles Halford (True Detective) and is executive produced by Daniel Cerone (Dexter) and David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight trilogy). From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television, Constantine will air Fridays at 10/9c on NBC, premiering October 24.

Arrow- Arrow series stars Stephen Amell (Private Practice), Katie Cassidy (Supernatural), David Ramsey (Dexter), Emily Bett Rickards (Flicka: Country Pride), Colton Haynes (Teen Wolf), Willa Holland (The O.C.), Paul Blackthorne (The River), and John Barrowman (Torchwood -- with executive producers Greg Berlanti (The Flash), Marc Guggenheim (Green Lantern), and Andrew Kreisberg (Fringe) -- will take aim at San Diego with a special video presentation and discussion previewing the show's highly anticipated third season. Based upon characters appearing in comic books and graphic novels published by DC Comics, Arrow is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television. The series returns for a third season this fall, airing Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.

Saturday July 26, 2014 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Hall H

8:30pm

Not So Strange Bedfellows: Comics and Wrestling
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 18, 02:48PM
Some have called the spectacle of pro wrestling "a comic book come to life." That is not so far from the truth. From the heroics of Hulk Hogan, antiheroes such as John Cena, and villains like Ric Flair, the panel explores the parallels in character development and storyline advancement between these outrageous forms. Featuring Rik Offenberger (FirstComicsNews.com), Francis Szyskowski (The Massacre Twins), Scott Lost and Eburonson (The 2nd Shift), Michael Kingston and Michel Mulipola (Headlocked), Sasha Darevko (Championship Wrestling from Hollywood) and TNA superstar Mr. Anderson. Moderated by Joshua Waldrop (pwnedcast.com).

Saturday July 26, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 8

8:30pm

The Psychology of Star Trek vs. Star Wars: Episode IV
Step into the pop culture ring with geeky psychologists Dr. Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions) and Dr. Ali Mattu (Super Fantastic Nerd Hour) as they bring their popular, intergalactic sci-fi battle back to Comic-Con for round 4! Special guests Sam Witwer (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Being Human) and Rod Roddenberry (Trek Nation, Roddenberry Entertainment) join the psych pros to debate, tackle, and explain some of the most fascinating aspects of both universes. Pick a side and cast your vote as they crown one the winner! Impartially refereed by Brian Ward (Shout! Factory).

Saturday July 26, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 26AB
 
Sunday, July 27
 

10:00am

CCAS Sunday Devotional & Christian Comics Panel
2014 looks to be the year of Biblical epics and faith-based movies. With movies such as Noah, God is not Dead, Son of God, Heaven Is Real, and Mary, Mother of Christ, Bible and faith-based movies are making an impact in the market. Yet such themes have been a longstanding tradition in comic books and related media. Please join the CCAS in a discussion on the history, influence, and future of Christian involvement in the industry. Panelists include Sergio Cariello (The Action Bible), John Schafer (Superbook), Frederick Price (Crenshaw Christian Center), and Bryan Mero (Spirit Knight). Moderated by Clint D. Johnson (Faith Walker).

Sunday July 27, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 28DE

10:00am

Comics for the Whole Family
Everyone loves comics, and the only thing better than reading comics is sharing them with your friends and family. An all-star panel of cartoonists discuss what makes a great all-ages comic book that the whole family can enjoy. Panelists include Comic-Con special guests Brian Crane (Pickles), Eleanor Davis (Stinky, The Secret Science Alliance), Brian Haberlin (Anomaly Productions), Willie Ito (The Flintstones, Bugs Bunny), and Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge); moderated by Andrew Farago (curator, Cartoon Art Museum; author of TMNT: The Ultimate Visual History).

Sunday July 27, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 23ABC

10:00am

DC Entertainment All Access: 101
Go behind the scenes of DC Entertainment with the hosts of DC All Access Blair Herter and Tiffany Smith for an in-depth look at some of the most exciting stories ever told across DC Comics, Vertigo, and MAD. New and veteran fans alike are welcome for a tutorial on the essential stories and products that make up DC Entertainment's rich history.

Sunday July 27, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 6DE

10:00am

IDW: Kids Comics!
Who's got the best comics for kids? IDW, of course! My Little Pony! Angry Birds! TMNT! Littlest Pet Shop! Skylanders! Cartoon Network: Super Secret Crisis War! Editors Sarah Gaydos, Bobby Curnow, David Hedgecock, and Carlos Guzman talk about all these titles and more. With creators Louise Simonson, Katie Cook, Tony Fleecs, Andy Price, Derek Charm, and too many more to mention! Plus, free comics for kids!

Sunday July 27, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 4

10:00am

The Emily the Strange Panel Experience
Join Emily the Strange creator Rob Reger and his cast of Strangers for their annual panel experience and get the insider scoop on the all-ages Dark Horse comic book series Emily and the Strangers, including sneak peeks at new artwork and story lines from upcoming issues. Hear some snippets of new tracks from Emily and the Strangers and see behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the Calling All Guitars animated music video. As always, audience participation will be encouraged and perhaps enforced with plenty of rewards for being strange...Oh yeah, and some Q&A with updates on the feature film development. Be there or Get lost!

Sunday July 27, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 32AB

10:00am

The Fifth Beatle: The Beatles, The Big Screen, and Beyond
UPDATED: Thu, Jul 17, 11:12AM
One of the hottest graphic novels of 2013, The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, is now one of the most highly anticipated films, having secured the approval of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, and Olivia Harrison, along with unprecedented access to the entire Beatles music catalog. Fifth Beatle writer and producer Vivek J. Tiwary (Green Day's American Idiot) introduces a series of very special guests for a discussion of The Fifth Beatle's development, and breaking news. Panel moderated by Patrick Reed (Depth Of Field Magazine).

Sunday July 27, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 24ABC

10:00am

The Annual Jack Kirby Tribute Panel
Each year, we set aside time to talk about Comic-Con's first superstar guest and the man they call The King of the Comics, Jack Kirby. Jack left us in 1994 but his influence on comics, film, and this convention has never been greater. Discussing the man and his work this year are Len Wein, Scott Shaw!, Charles Kochman (editorial director, Harry N. Abrams Books) and Kirby family attorney Paul S. Levine, plus members of Jack's family. And of course, it's moderated by Mark Evanier.

Sunday July 27, 2014 10:00am - 11:15am
Room 5AB

10:00am

Comic-Con How-to: Collaborative Sequential Storytelling
Perhaps no other medium lends itself to creative collaboration better than sequential narrative. Durwin Talon and Guin Thompson, partners in storytelling, discuss the merits and challenges of creative collaboration, their methods and working with each other's strengths, as they create an on-the-spot sequential narrative with the audience. Durwin S. Talon is an illustrator, comic book creator, designer, digital artist, and educator who has produced work for DC, Oni Press, Image, and White Wolf. E. Guin Thompson is an illustrator, cartoonist, designer, dimensional artist, and educator whose clients have included DC Comics and Upper Deck. Their most recent collaborative work is Beautiful Scars from Archaia.

Sunday July 27, 2014 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 2

10:30am

Batkid: The Film
Dana Nachman (documentary filmmaker, KTF Films) unveils her latest project Batkid: The Film, which chronicles the making of the overnight international phenomenon that is Batkid. The panel features Patricia Wilson (CEO of Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area and mastermind behind Batkid), Eric Johnston (Batkid's adult Batman sidekick and inventor), Mike Jutan (Batkid's nemesis, The Penguin, and Lucasfilm engineer), and Sue Graham Johnston (The Damsel in Distress and VP of operations, Oracle). Join this dynamic team for a Q&A session moderated by Chris Taylor (deputy editor, Mashable).

Sunday July 27, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 8

10:30am

Comics Arts Conference Session #13: Comics and Global Concerns
Kenneth Hough (University of California, Santa Barbara) examines comic book speculations on drone warfare in the 1940s and 1950s, comparing these early images with modern debates about the use of unmanned weapons. Melissa Colleen Stevenson (Stanford University) compares Fables' Fabletown Compact with the Truth and Reconciliation commissions instituted in South Africa after apartheid and the Ley de Punto Final passed in Argentina after the fall of dictatorship there, examining how Bill Willingham's work approaches real world philosophical questions about the nature of forgiveness, the demands of justice, and the very human desire for vengeance. Hadas Marcus (Tel Aviv University) reviews how various environmental themes are depicted in comics, from classic examples that only touch upon somewhat vague ecological topics, to contemporary works that explore looming environmental and sustainability issues in a much more detailed and often darkly apocalyptic manner.

Sunday July 27, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 26AB

11:00am

Creating Comics the ComiXology Way
From early experiments like Box 13 and Valentine to more recent efforts like Power Play, Marvel's Infinite Comics, Atomic Robo, and DC2's Batman '66, comiXology's cinematic Guided View Native format has ushered in a new era in comic book creation! Now, you too can learn the trade secrets of creating Guided View Native comics straight from John D. Roberts, comiXology co-founder and director of digital storytelling, joined by Reilly Brown, co-creator of Power Play and artist on Deadpool: The Gauntlet Infinite Comics, and Jamal Igle creator, writer, and artist of the exciting GVN comic Molly Danger.

Sunday July 27, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 24ABC

11:00am

Monsterpalooza with Oni Press and Friends!
Three artists go head-to-head in a timed drawing competition! Oni Press's associate editor Robin Herrera and cartoonist Zander Cannon (Heck, Double Barrel), along with two other artists, take your suggestions and turn them into terrifying-or sometimes, adorable-monsters! Kids of all ages are welcome!

Sunday July 27, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 32AB

11:00am

Robert Kirkman's Skybound Comics
Skybound's Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and other Skybound writers and artists-including Josh Williamson (Ghosted), Khary Randolph (Tech Jacket), Matt Roberts (Manifest Destiny), and Chris Dingess (Manifest Destiny)-discuss not only their own works but the ever-changing landscape of the modern comic book industry. Moderated by Skybound editorial director Sean Mackiewicz.

Sunday July 27, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 7AB

11:00am

Spotlight on Chuck Dixon
Comic-Con special guest Chuck Dixon (Batman, Punisher, Winterworld, Bad Times) will conduct his own informal Q&A about comic book writing, the creation of Bane, how to live in Florida but write about life in a world of constant winter, and what it's like to be a lightning rod of controversy in a world of make-believe.

Sunday July 27, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 28DE

11:00am

The Secret Origin of Good Readers
How important is reading at an early age? Panelists will demonstrate how students can create their own comics in a classroom and the benefits of utilizing graphic novels in academic settings. They include New York Times bestselling author Frank Beddor (The Looking Glass Wars, Hatter M), writer Anina Bennett (Boilerplate, Heartbreakers), writer/editor Dave Elliot (Weirding Willows), librarian Karen Green (Columbia University),New York Times bestselling author Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men, Dirk & Steele), Harvey Award nominee Connor McCreery (Kill Shakespeare), and comics retailer Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics). Secret Origin of Good Readers free 70+ page companion resource book PDF and reading lists at www.night-flight.com/secretorigin courtesy of XMission.com.

Sunday July 27, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Room 23ABC

11:15am

Marvel: Women of Marvel
From Ms. Marvel to Black Widow, from Twitter to tumblr, women in comics has been one of the most talked-about topics in the industry recently. Join the conversation as women from every discipline in the creative process at Marvel discuss what it's like working as a woman in comics today and what it means for the future of the industry. Panelists include producer and photographer Judy Stephens, Marvel's The Watcher host Lorraine Cink, Marvel Studios asset manager Alexis Auditore, artist Katie Cook (All-New Marvel NOW! Animal Variants) artist Rachelle Rosenberg (Amazing X-Men), and special guest editor-in-chief Axel Alonso!

Sunday July 27, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 5AB

11:15am

Spotlight on Jim Lee
Join DC Entertainment co-publisher and Comic-Con International 2014 Souvenir Book cover artist Jim Lee (Superman Unchained, Justice League, Batman) as he talks about his 25+ years in the comics industry, followed by a brief Q&A session.

Sunday July 27, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 6DE

11:30am

From Snidely Whiplash to Voldemort and Back: The Guys (and Gals?) We Love to Hate
UPDATED: Sat, Jul 26, 11:50AM
Panelists Meryl Jaffe (Raising a Reader), Matthew Holm (Babymouse, Squish), Talia Hurwich (Johns Hopkins University), Faith Erin Hicks (Friends With Boys, Superhero Girl, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong), Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin), Jonathan Hamel (game designer, Tomb Raider), Jim di Bartolo (In the Shadows), and Royden Lepp (Rust) discuss what makes a fan-favorite villain and what budding creators might want to think about when hatching their own knavish ne'er-do-wells. They'll tackle how villains of past and present have changed, how affective villains play foil to their heroes, and whether villains are becoming more believable and more likeable. Panelists will then ask the audience to help create an SDCC 2014 villain.

Sunday July 27, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 8

11:45am

Teen Titans Go! Video Presentation and Q&A
Titans Whaaat?? If you want to experience the liveliest panel at Comic-Con...Go! here. If throwing a meatball party with your friends or singing a song about waffles sounds like a good time . . . Go! here. If you want to find out what's in store for Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy, Cyborg and Raven then you definitely want to GO!...here. The Teen Titans are back at it again with all new comedic adventures both in and out of Titans Tower. Be treated to a screening of a new episode, followed by a Q&A with producers Michael Jelenic (Batman: The Brave and The Bold) and Aaron Horvath (MAD) and members of the voice cast. But that's not all! Making a special appearance will be Puffy AmiYumi, the Japanese pop duo responsible for the iconic theme song from the original Teen Titans series. Teen Titans Go! airs Thursdays at 6/5c on Cartoon Network.

Sunday July 27, 2014 11:45am - 12:45pm
Room 6BCF

12:00pm

Dark Horse Builds Characters: Tomorrow's Comics Today
Nearly 30 years ago, Dark Horse arrived with an agenda different from that of any other publisher in comics. The young company was founded on the belief that comics creators should have the option to retain the rights to their own work, and it continues to be a highly fertile breeding ground for new characters, concepts, and more! Now, the publisher is poised to make headlines again with some of the biggest news about new original work since Frank Miller brought Sin City to the pages of Dark Horse Presents! Join panelists for an exclusive look at upcoming and unannounced creator-owned work from some of the biggest names in and outside the industry! This will be THE comics panel everyone will be talking about at this year's show!

Sunday July 27, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 24ABC

12:00pm

Dr. Zhivago's Innovation in Education: Basic Cartoon and Animation Using Vector Graphic Tools for Kids
Dr. Marie Zhivago (professional cartoonist and published children's book author) and Dr. Eric Banatao (principal of Eastlake Elementary School, Chula Vista, CA) discuss how students learn basic cartoon and animation using an industry standard vector-based app and software on iPads and computers. Kids learn early how to use current technological tools to help stimulate and develop young artist's creative imagination. Join Dr. Zhivago and Dr. Banatao for this Q&A session.

Sunday July 27, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 30CDE

12:00pm

Panels & Pictures
Learn about the latest in great graphic novels for kids, with Emily Carroll (Through the Woods), Kazu Kibuishi (Comics Squad: Recess), Sonny Liew (The Shadow Hero), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space), and Raina Telgemeier (Sisters); moderated by Jenni Holm (Babymouse, Squish). In their discussion of what makes a graphic novel "for kids," their creative processes, and their latest books, these fantastic cartoonists will show you that new young readers are the heart of the graphic novel industry.

Sunday July 27, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 32AB

12:00pm

Spotlight on Graham Nolan: From Comic Books to Comic Strips and Back Again
Comic-Con special guest Graham Nolan (Batman vs. Bane) discusses his varied career and the differences between working in comic books versus comic strips, as well as his upcoming projects. Join Graham for a fun presentation and Q&A session.

Sunday July 27, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 28DE

12:00pm

Spotlight on Michael T. Gilbert
Comic-Con special guest Michael T. Gilbert (comic book writer/cartoonist since 1973/columnist for Alter Ego magazine since 1998) will talk about Mr. Monster, Disney Comics, and his other projects. He'll also discuss how the comics field has changed since he began his professional career 40 years ago. Questions welcome. The panel will be moderated by cartoonist Batton Lash, creator of Supernatural Law.

Sunday July 27, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 4

12:00pm

Warner Archive Collection: A Batman for All Seasons
UPDATED: Sat, Jul 19, 05:45PM
As Bat Mite so eloquently stated to the extra-dimensional Comic-Con bat-fans, "There is no one correct kind of Batman." Join respected producer/author Michael Uslan (The Boy Who Loved Batman), producer James Tucker (Batman: The Brave and the Bold), producer/director Brandon Vietti (Young Justice), producer Greg Weisman (Gargoyles, Young Justice, Star Wars Rebels), WAC Podcast hosts Matthew Patterson and DW Ferranti, and some surprise guests as they examine those "other" Batman iterations and oddities throughout history - from early films like "Public Defender" and the filmation Batman cartoons to new versions of the character (Young Justice, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Beware the Batman) the off-kilter takes (like the cult favorite "roast" of Legends of the SuperHeroes) and new media (motion comics like Batman: Black and White, Batgirl: Year One & Batman Adventures: Mad Love). And stick around - there might just be a special WAC announcement that will excite fans both "Young" and old.

Sunday July 27, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 7AB

12:00pm

Comics Arts Conference Session #14: Strips and Pin-Ups, Race and Politics
Robert C. Harvey (Meanwhile: A Biography of Milton Caniff, Creator of Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon) reviews the career of Bill Hume: sculptor, artist, actor, playwright, magician, ventriloquist, author, clown, newspaper man, photographer, animator, television and film producer, corporate art director and cartoonist, and artist of pretty girl cartoons featuring the friendly relations between American G.I.'s and the female population of Japan. Melissa Loucks (University of Florida) reminds us of the work comic strips do toward thwarting the distortions and suppressions of the dominant civil rights narrative, looking at the work of Oliver Harrington, George Herriman, and Jackie Ormes. And Dwain C. Pruitt (University of Louisville) considers the roles that Matt Baker's race and sexual orientation may have played in his work and in his most celebrated contribution, the "Baker Girl," asserting that Baker's work was shaped by the unique African-American expressive and visual culture of 1930s-1950s Harlem.

Sunday July 27, 2014 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Room 26AB

12:15pm

CBLDF: You Can't Draw That! Live Art Jam
UPDATED: Fri, Jul 25, 07:20PM
Mark the 60th Anniversary of the Comics Code and celebrate its recent demise by creating live art before your eyes. The only rule is that it would have been forbidden by the Comics Code! Artists will talk about censorship and make once-in-a-lifetime art! Get a chance to watch live art made before your eyes, learn about censorship, and bid to win the pieces made here to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Sunday July 27, 2014 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Room 5AB

12:30pm

Comic-Con How-To: Building Your Fandom Armada
Let's discuss relationships and fandom. Bring your OTPs, gather your Armada, and cross over into an expert presentation by two DeviantArt masters, with Kay Purcell (damphyr) and Aun-Juli Riddle (aunjuli), as they help you navigate more ships than have ever crossed the worlds of fandom.

Sunday July 27, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 2

12:30pm

Marvel: Next Big Thing
Gather 'round friends and family to pay respect for our honored dead-the legendary X-Man, Wolverine! The Death of Wolverine is here and it will rock you to the core! Plus, what happens in the wake of this summer's murder mystery mega-event Original Sin? Join executive editor Mike Marts, senior editor Nick Lowe, and writers Gerry Duggan (Deadpool), Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine), and Mark Waid (Daredevil) for a panel discussion on the next big storylines of the Marvel Universe!

Sunday July 27, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 6DE

12:30pm

Secret Origin Kids Club
A beginners introduction to comic book reading and the exciting choices available for kids! New York Times bestselling author Frank Beddor (The Looking Glass Wars, Hatter M), writer Anina Bennett (Boilerplate, Heartbreakers), writer/editor Dave Elliot (Weirding Willows), librarian Karen Green (Columbia University), New York Times bestselling author Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men, Dirk & Steele), Harvey Award nominee Connor McCreery (Kill Shakespeare), and comics retailer Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics) present a variety of comic book selections. Kids get free comic books to keep at the end of the panel.

Sunday July 27, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 23ABC

12:30pm

The Official Disney Publishing Worldwide Fall Book and App Preview!
Disney Publishing Worldwide gives SDCC attendees a special sneak preview of upcoming books from Disney Press, Disney-Hyperion, Marvel Press, and Disney Lucas Film Press, along with their interactive storytelling and creativity apps. Moderator Rose Brock (award-winning librarian) and panelists Nachie Marsham (executive editor for Disney Book Group), Michael Siglain (executive editor for Disney Lucas Film Press/Disney Book Group), Tomas Palacios (editor for Marvel Press), Dina Sherman (senior marketing manager for Disney Book Group/School & Library Division), Michael Zagari (lead producer for Disney Digital Media), and Brooke McKnight (marketing manager for Digital) will demonstrate and talk about some of the exciting new reads and apps coming from DPW. Disney cosplay fans are encouraged to come-as long as costumes are kid-friendly!

Sunday July 27, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 8

1:00pm

All-Ages Comics Have Arrived
Quality all-ages comics are back and better than ever! We're not just talking about "kids" comics, we're talking about amazing comics that can be enjoyed by young, old, and everyone in between. Join KaBOOM! editor Shannon Watters as she has a lively and fun conversation with several all-ages creators, including David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity), Gene Yang (American Born Chinese, Boxers and Saints), and Ian McGinty (Bravest Warriors, Adventure Time: Candy Capers).

Sunday July 27, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 24ABC

1:00pm

Archie Action Hour: Sonic, the Hedgehog and Mega Man
Get ready for action in San Diego! Paul Kaminski (Archie Comics executive director of editorial) is joined by Mike Pellerito (Archie Comics president) and artists Jon Gray (Sonic, the Hedgehog) and Evan Stanley (Sonic, the Hedgehog) to bring you an hour jam-packed with action and adventure as you go behind the scenes and get the latest news on all things Sonic and Mega Man. Attendees will power-up with a free gift bag ticket chock full of Archie Action Awesomeness!

Sunday July 27, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 32AB

1:00pm

How to Draw Manga for Kids
eigoMANGA's team of manga artists and animators will teach kids of all ages tutorials on manga illustrations and storytelling. Join seasoned manga artists Mino Miyabi (The Voice of Innocence, 5D), Dahveed Kolodny-Nagy (Mad Beanz), and Austin Osueke (Rumble Pak, Sakura Pakk, Alpha League).

Sunday July 27, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 30CDE

1:00pm

Little Fish Comic Book Studio: Building The Artistic Tomorrow
San Diego's own Little Fish Comic Book Studio is proud to present a group of emerging San Diego talent discussing the unique comic work they've created under the mentorship of Klaus Janson (Dark Knight Returns, Superman). Join San Diego's buzzed-about comic and manga art studio for this session moderated by Alonso Nunez (executive director, Little Fish Comic Book Studio).

Sunday July 27, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 28DE

1:00pm

Spotlight on Michelle Nolan
Author/journalist and Comic-Con special guest Michelle Nolan (Love on the Racks) will join moderator Maggie Thompson (former editor of Comics Buyer's Guide) and Bud Plant (45 years of Bud Plant Comic Art) for a discussion and Q&A about Michelle's more than 50 years as a comics historian/entrepreneur.

Sunday July 27, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 4

1:00pm

1:30pm

Comics Arts Conference Session #15: Comics of Future/Past: Constructing Race, Space and Identity Through the Visualization of the EthnoSurreal
Recently, Afrofuturism has been making a global resurgence. Creators in all media forms have been producing speculative narratives that challenge the status quo, remix historical perceptions, and situate the black body as subject. John Jennings (University at Buffalo, SUNY), Stanford Carpenter (Institute for Comics Studies), Regina Bradley (Kennesaw State University), and Jeremy Love (Bayou) ask if the term Afrofuturism still remains the proper designation for invoking ideas of race and cultural production, examining the new notion of the "EthnoSurreal" and how it is comprised of the EthnoGothic and EthnoFuturism. This panel will also tackle the articulation of how these designations are defined and how they can possibly challenge and reimagine ideas around socially constructed ideas regarding racial identity, its visualization, and its consumption through the comics medium.

Sunday July 27, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 26AB

1:30pm

Digital Comics: Going Beyond the Page
A distinguished roundtable of comic creators, digital impresarios and webcomic entrepreneurs discuss all things digital comics-the promise and the peril of the ongoing digital revolution. Panelists include Mark Waid (head honcho at Thrillbent), Ben Abernathy (editorial director at Madefire), Ron Perazza (co-founder of Comic Book Think Tank), Jen Brazas (Mystic Revolution), Hank Kanalz (senior VP of integrated publishing at DC Comics), and Josh Elder (Scribblenauts Unmasked).

Sunday July 27, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 8

1:30pm

Superheroines! Power, Responsibility, and Representation
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 14, 09:57AM
Moderated by Racebending.com, an intersectional, all-women (social) Justice League of television creators, graphic novelists, artists, and cultural commentators will explore the topic of women in the superhero world. Featured panelists include Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men), Marguerite Bennett (Batman), and Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl), Dr. Andrea Letamendi (UnderTheMaskOnline.com), Joanna Estep (Bold Riley), and Jules Rivera (Valkyrie Squadron).

Sunday July 27, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 23ABC

1:45pm

Comic-Con How-To: Frostlings - Crafting a Fantasy World
Long time Disney creators Patrick and Shelly Block discuss how they went about designing their new epic fantasy world set on Luminas. They will provide tips on crafting interesting characters, and thoughts on the art of being original. Patrick and Shelly Block are creating the graphic novel, Frostlings; Shelly writes the dialogue and provides ideas for characters, and Patrick hand paints the pages using brushed ink and watercolors.

Sunday July 27, 2014 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Room 2

1:45pm

Marvel Comics' 75th and Daredevil's 50th
75 years ago the Marvel Universe first came to life with the release of Marvel Comics #1 (soon to become Marvel Mystery Comics), featuring the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner. The company was called Timely then, but as you can see, the word "Marvel" was already part of its comics world. Continuously publishing since 1939, Marvel revolutionized comics in the early 1960s with the help of legends such as Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Steve Ditko. Ever since then, Marvel has proven what remarkable staying power and worldwide appeal these characters have. Daredevil celebrates his 50th anniversary this year, for one! Newer waves of talented artists and writers have all taken the helm at developing these beloved characters' storylines and influencing their looks and appeal into the 21st century. Moderated by Mark Waid (Daredevil), Comic-Con special guests Dan Slott (writer, Superior Spider-Man, Amazing Spider-Man) and Joe Quesada (chief creative officer, Marvel Entertainment) will be on hand to discuss these heroes and what keeps them fighting the good fight.

Sunday July 27, 2014 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Room 6DE

2:00pm

Cover Story: The Art of the Cover
What does it take to make a great cover for a comic book? Let's ask five top artists...all folks who've created some of the best. Come hear the "shop talk" of Mark Brooks (Amazing Spider-Man, The New X-Men), Amanda Conner (Power Girl, Harley Quinn), Jae Lee (Before Watchmen, Batman/Superman), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo, 47 Ronin), and Fiona Staples (Saga, Trick 'r Treat). Moderated by Mark Evanier.

Sunday July 27, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 25ABC

2:00pm

Fund My Comic
Want to get in on the self-publishing revolution and looking for advice on making your new comic a smash success? From crowdfunding your own comic on Kickstarter to self-publishing with comiXology Submit, this panel is for you! John D. Roberts (comiXology co-founder and director of comiXology Submit), Jimmy Palmiotti (superstar creator and multiple-Kickstarter success story), Jamal Igle (creator of the exciting Kickstarted GVN comic Molly Danger), Kel McDonald (creator of the webcomic Sorcery 101 and the successfully Kickstarted Cautionary Fables and Fairytales), and moderator J. K. Parkin (Comic Book Resources) contribute to this nose-to-tail discussion that will show you the tricks of the trade to successfully create, fund, and promote your own comic!

Sunday July 27, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 29A

2:00pm

Image Comics: I Is for...Innovation
Drawing creator-owned comics can be tough, but our panelists make it look easy. Join Amy Reeder (Rocket Girl), Chris Burnham (Nameless), Tula Lotay (Supreme: Blue Rose) and a few very special guests as they discuss work ethics, storytelling, finding collaborators, and creating some of the best comics in the business.

Sunday July 27, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 7AB

2:00pm

Nerdist News Live
Jessica Chobot (Mass Effect 3) and the Nerdist News team catch you up on the latest in movie, TV, comic book, gaming, and tech news. The Nerdist team is going to break down the day's news, interview guests, and then turn some of the questions (and jokes!) over to you.

Sunday July 27, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 24ABC

2:00pm

Perfect Square: Making Kids Comics Awesome
Everybody talks about comics growing up-but can they still mature without (GASP) forgetting the children? Join this eclectic group of creators and editors for a lively roundtable. What are the challenges of entertaining different age levels? Are there lessons comics should take from manga, animation, and YA literature? And what advice should any aspiring creators know if they want to make their comics truly awesome for all ages? Bring your kids along, or just your inner child, and find answers that will get you laughing, learning, and looking at the craft of all-ages comics in a whole new way! Featuring as moderator writer Tom Pinchuk (Max Steel) with writer/artist Katie Cook (My Little Pony), writer Jenni L. Holm (Baby Mouse), editor Shannon Watters (kaBOOM!, Adventure Time), editor Sarah Gaydos (IDW Kids Comics), and writer/editor Joel Enos (Ben 10, Perfect Square).

Sunday July 27, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 32AB

2:00pm

Spotlight on Brian Haberlin
Comic-Con special guest Brian Haberlin (Witchblade, Aria, Anomaly, Spawn) will reveal never-before-seen art and stories from his 20-plus-year career in comics. From starting one of the first computer coloring studios, to expanding his role from colorist to penciler/inker, writer and editor, get the inside scoop on the creation process of several marquee books and characters from the hundreds of issues Brian has worked on.

Sunday July 27, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 4

2:00pm

Spotlight on Kelley Jones
He's worked for DC, Dark Horse, and Marvel Comics. Here's your chance to ask Comic-Con special guest Kelley Jones (Deadman, Sandman, and Batman) any question you'd ever wanted to know about his 30-year comic book career.

Sunday July 27, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 28DE

2:15pm

Dynamite 10th Anniversary Panel Featuring Quentin Tarantino as He Comes to Dynamite! The Sequel to Django Unchained-Django Meets Zorro
Join Dynamite publisher Nick Barrucci, Dynamite senior editor Joseph Rybandt and moderator Alan Kistler as they present a special 10th Anniversary Celebration featuring the upcoming Django/Zorro crossover creative team of Reginald Hudlin (editor, Django/Zorro), Matt Wagner (writer, Django/Zorro) and of course the very special guest Quentin Tarantino as they help to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Dynamite Comics!

Sunday July 27, 2014 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 6BCF

2:30pm

Comics Arts Conference Session #16: The Culture of Comic-Con: Field Studies of Fans and Marketing
Comic-Con offers students of popular culture an amazing venue to study how culture is marketed to and practiced by its fans. Rahni Argo-Bryant (University of Alabama), Johnathan Butler (Florida State University), Kelsey Cute (Lynchburg College), Katherine Deck (Wittenberg University), Judith Gallegos (Lynchburg College), Madeline Geiger (Wittenberg University), Christopher McDaniel (Wittenberg University), Alora Slak (Otterbein University), Desiree Smith (Lynchburg College), and Amy Williams (State University of New York at Albany) present initial findings from a week-long ethnographic field study of the intersection of fan practice at the nexus of cultural marketing and fan culture that is Comic-Con 2014. Matthew J. Smith (Wittenberg University) moderates.

Sunday July 27, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 26AB

3:00pm

Comic-Con How-To: Drawing with Jim Lee
DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee (Superman Unchained, Justice League, Batman) talks about his 25+ years in the comics industry and sketches your favorite characters live on the big screen in this engaging panel. This is a great opportunity to watch the creative process first-hand and learn the tips of the trade that bring DC Entertainment's characters to life.

Sunday July 27, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 2

3:00pm

DC Comics-My Secret Origin, or How I Broke into Comics
UPDATED: Mon, Jul 21, 05:44PM
The comics industry can be tough to break into! Come by for an inside look at how some of DC Entertainment's top talent -- Nicola Scott (Earth 2), Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Batman, Batman Eternal, The Wake), and Charles Soule (Red Lanterns, Superman/Wonder Woman, Swamp Thing) -- made their careers crafting the tales of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and more.

Sunday July 27, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6DE

3:00pm

Fictionalized Nonfiction: The Art of Combining Fact and Fiction
The Beat's Heidi MacDonald will get today's best literary cartoonists to spill their guts on just how they use moments and memories from their lives with actual facts from the time period and how they combine everything into the art of nonfiction or the fictitious memoir. Gilbert Hernandez is the cartoonist behind Marble Season, Bumperhead, and Love and Rockets that touches on his childhood but never tells the full story of his life as one of the famous Hernandez Brothers. Mimi Pond's Over Easy tells the story of Madge, an art school drop out in the '70s when hippy met punk, a story close to her own life. David Lasky's The Carter Family is a biography of the first superstar group of country. MacDonald will ask: Do they draw likenesses from memories or from photographs? Do they take liberties with the facts to tell a more engrossing story? "Fictionalized Nonfiction" will peek into the creative process of today's leading graphic novelists.

Sunday July 27, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 32AB

3:00pm

Keenspot 2014: Giant-Size Panel of Pure Weirdness
YouTube superstar Markiplier of the markiplierGAME channel hosts this totally weird 14th annual Comic-Con panel for pioneering webcomics publisher Keenspot, again featuring their transmedia partner Red Giant Entertainment! Keenspot fans are accustomed to comics being free to read online, but Red Giant is about to "set free" the world of printed comic books! On Free Comic Book Day 2014, Red Giant previewed their revolutionary ad-supported, free-to-consumer comic book line Giant-Size Comics with a bundled four-pack of #0 issue flipbooks to incredible response (within hours, the sought-after free bundle was paradoxically being purchased on eBay for as much as twenty bucks!). Along with some of Keenspot's top webcomics creators on the dais to answer audience questions, many of the minds behind the Giant-Size line will be here to discuss and reveal all-new details on its exciting future as a free 72-page weekly event launching in stores later this year. Creators scheduled to appear on this panel include Benny Powell (Wayward Sons), David Campiti (Pandora's Blogs), Thomas Fischbach (Twokinds), D. J. Coffman and Ally Monroe (The God Child), Mort Castle (Darchon), David Lawrence (Magika), R. C. Monroe (Out There), and Giant-Size story editor Brian Augustyn. All attendees will receive the Giant-Size #0 four-pack bundle!

Sunday July 27, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 4

3:00pm

Where Do Ideas Come From?
For artists and writers who get "stuck," veteran writer/editor Barbara Randall Kesel (MLP FIM, Meathouse Man, Airwolf) brings proven tips, tricks, and strategies for vanquishing those blocked brain cells and deadline demons! Part information, part motivation, all entertaining!

Sunday July 27, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 28DE

3:30pm

First Second in Conversation
First Second authors Faith Erin Hicks (Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong), Lucy Knisley (Relish), Paul Pope (The Rise of Aurora West), and Gene Luen Yang (The Shadow Hero) in conversation.

Sunday July 27, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 26AB

4:00pm

Full-Time Creative Work on a Part Time Schedule
No matter which industry (comics, illustration, movies, webcomics, design or animation, costuming or cosplay), "breaking in" has never been a more apt term than in today's media. It is a full-time job, and you only have part-time hours to accomplish it. Topics cover a myriad of organizational subjects: different kinds of leadership that match your groups needs, the importance of starting everyone on the same page and how to keep everyone there, how to build your team, a variety of angles on deadlines and work environments. The panelists, representing a broad cross-section of levels of authority, departments, work pipelines, and sizes of organizations, come from a variety of media, including illustration, writing, design, animation, podcasting, and live-action film production. Topher Davila (art director, GeekdomWear), Sean Glumace (Adobe education leader), Brendan Creecy (Radio BrendoMan podcast), Heather Joseph-Witham, Ph.D. (Mythbusters and various TV), Gene Turnbow (general manager, KryptonRadio.com), Ron Coleman, Ph.D. (molecular geneticist), Jonelle Davila (creative director, TheGeekGirlProject.com), Chris Dickens (writer and co-creator of Vigilante Project), and Mario Martinez (co-creator, TomatoTV), provide content that is a mix of speaking, questions and some short interactive applications where the audience can directly apply the topics covered. As an added bonus to help get your creative work life further along, the panel will give away a one-year subscription to Adobe's Creative Cloud.

Sunday July 27, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 24ABC

4:00pm

Pro/Fan Trivia Match
Len Wein (creator of Wolverine) leads his team of Purple Pros against the Black Ink Irregulars (fans Tom Galloway, David Oakes, Peter Svensson, Derek McCaw) in a steel cage death match of clashing comics trivia titans! Questions will focus on characters celebrating 75th (Batman, Sub-Mariner), 50th (Daredevil, Teen Titans, and others), or 40th (Wolverine, Iron Fist, and others) anniversaries. Come for the trivia, stay for the funny trash talk!

Sunday July 27, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 4

4:00pm

Publishers Weekly: Creating Great Graphic Novel Events in Libraries
Librarians love graphic novels, and graphic novels make for great library events! LIbrary events create more opportunities for everyone by getting more people reading graphic novels, promoting comics to a lasting audience, and bringing the excitement of 21st-century pop culture events to the library setting. Join a spectrum of creators, librarians, and retailers who explain how these events are changing comics and how you can put one on at your own library. With Karen Green (Columbia University), Sven Larson (Papercutz), Jack Baur (Berkeley Public Library), Erwin Magbanua (San Diego Public Library), and others, with moderator Heidi MacDonald (Publishers Weekly, The Beat).

Sunday July 27, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 32AB

4:00pm

The Battle for Multicultural Heroes
The pop culture explosion through gaming, comics, TV, and film has opened up new opportunities for cultural diversity; however, many challenges and obstacles still exists in today's media. In this humorous but poignant discussion, diverse geek experts will discuss breaking ethnic stereotypes and what changes need to happen for us to boldly go into the future. Panelists include Linda Le (professional cosplayer), Andre Meadows (Black Nerd Comedy), clinical psychologist Dr. Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions), and Tony B. Kim (Crazy4ComicCon.com).

Sunday July 27, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 28DE