San Diego Comic Con International Friday, July 10, 2015 schedule
The 21st century has proven to be a time of great change for the book industry. With huge shifts in technology and the e-book industry transforming print media, Tracy Hurren (managing editor, Drawn & Quarterly) speaks to three cartoonists who began working after the year 2000 about the challenges and successes they've had working in a digital world. Michael DeForge (Ant Colony, First Year Healthy), Benjamin Marra(Night Business, The Terror Assaulter ), and Jillian Tamaki (SuperMutant Magic Academy, This One Summer) will also address how their comics' work has developed as online communities have grown and shifted.
Friday July 10, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am Room 28DE
Behind the Music: SyFy Thrills and Chills
Bill Brown (Dominion), Jason Gallagher (Z Nation), Reinhold Heil (Helix), FM Le Sieur(Being Human), Paul Linford (12 Monkeys), and Chris Ridenhour (Sharknado 1-3) talk about what it takes to create music for post-apocalyptic worlds, zombie, attacks and other out-of-this-world situations. The panelists will show you how much influence the music has on defining your experience as a viewer, as well as the subtle details that go into making sounds for top SyFy television programs. With special guest moderatorsTahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Gallactica) and DJ Qualls (Z Nation).
Friday July 10, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am Room 23ABC
Geek Wars: The Nerds Awaken
Professional nerds square off in an epic trivia battle for the ages, all while discussing the hottest pop culture topics, including racial stereotyping, objectification, online bullying, casting decisions, and more. Spanning comics, TV, film, and the web, this discussion will be hilarious, outrageous, and challenge your perspective on culture. Moderated by Tony B Kim (Crazy 4 Comic Con), this super-powered team will be joined by Chris Gore (comedian), Amy Ratcliffe (writer), Andre Meadows (comedian),Ivy Doom Kitty (pro cosplayer), Sam Maggs (writer), and Ali Mattu (clinical psychologist).
Friday July 10, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am Room 14A
Inside The Big Bang Theory Writer's Room
The Big Bang Theory writers once again open the curtain and take you behind the scenes of TV's #1 comedy. From huge guest stars to the shocking moments in the season finale (Was that a ring, my Precious? Will what happened in Vegas stay in Vegas?), find out what it takes to make the hit series each week. Join the show's executive producers and writers as they take you inside the writers' room for a lively discussion and special video presentation. From Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television, The Big Bang Theory returns for Season 9 this fall, Monday nights at 8/7c on CBS. The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Eighth Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 15.
Friday July 10, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am Ballroom 20
Marvel: Secret Wars
The Secret Wars rage on! And the architect of Marvel's universe-destroying event,Jonathan Hickman himself, is on hand to answer your Secret Wars questions! He will be joined by executive editor Tom Brevoort and writer Sam Humphries (Planet Hulk). Prepare for a tour of Battleworld and some of its most unique and dangerous territories!
Friday July 10, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am Room 6DE
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Nickelodeon and Dark Horse Comics: Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra
Come celebrate Nickelodeon's Avatar universe with the brilliant minds who created it all: co creators and executive producers Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. Mike and Bryan will discuss past storylines and tease the future at a panel full of surprises and behind-the-scenes stories.
Friday July 10, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am Room 25ABC
Push Boundaries Forward: Gender, Diversity, and Representation in Comic Books
The face of comics is changing. A diverse panel examine what indie/web publishing has been doing right, how mainstream comics can catch up, and what creators and fans can do to be heard. Moderator Amy Chu (Girl's Night Out) leads panelists Maigrhread Scott(The Third Witch, Lantern City), IDW Publishing editor Sarah Gaydos, Derek Charm (The Powerpuff Girls: Super Smash-Up!), Dr. Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions podcast), Christian Beranek (Validation), and BOOM! Studios brand communications manager Christine Dinh in a sincere, thoughtful discussion on the topic of gender, diversity, and representation in mainstream comics.
Friday July 10, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am Room 4
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SFF fans are always down for an adventure, from a daring airship expedition to space-age exploration, but what's the fun in an adventure if there's no one to share it with? Some of the most compelling stories in genre fiction spring out of the relationships between two equally awesome characters when they're thrown together in an out-of-this-world situation. Come discuss the lure of romantic adventure with Chloe Neil (The Devil's Isle series), Sam Sykes (The City Stained Red), Beth Cato (The Clockwork Crown),Suzanne Young (The Remedy), Gena Showalter (Alice in Zombieland), and Mary E. Pearson (The Heart of Betrayal). Moderated by S. J. Harper (Reckoning).
Friday July 10, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am Room 32AB
Spotlight on Luis Royo
Luis Royo (fantasy illustrator, The Ice Dragon, Malefic Time) presents his new series of fantasy illustration books Malefic Time, followed by a Q&A session.
Friday July 10, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am Room 29AB
Spotlight on Scott McCloud
Text and images-the combination of these two is what makes a comic. But how do you move beyond that simple fusion to create a true story, with characters, plot, and narrative depth? Renowned, best-selling authors Scott McCloud (The Sculptor) andGene Luen Yang (Secret Coders) discuss what goes on behind the scenes when telling stories in graphic novel form, as well as the creative development of McCloud's bestselling graphic novel The Sculptor.
Friday July 10, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am Room 9
1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Comics,Writers & Writing
Star Wars Publishing 2015: Part 1
A dynamic, all-star New York Times bestselling panel of authors including Alexandra Bracken (the Darkest Minds series), Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark and Grim series), Tom Angleberger (The Origami Yoda series), and Tony Diterlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles series) converse with Lucasfilm's Mike Siglain about the new Star Warsretellings for a younger generation of fans. From picture books to novels, these authors present A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi in all new ways. The panelists will provide new perspectives that will change the way readers understand who these beloved characters are and how they became the legends for legions of fans.
Friday July 10, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am Room 7AB
The 16th Annual Animation Show of Shows
A program of new award-winning short films, but mostly unknown by the public and mini-portraits documentaries about selected filmmakers. Includes an introduction and Q&A with panelists to be announced, moderated by Ron Diamond.
Friday July 10, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am Hall H
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The Black Panel
This year's panel consists of Ne-Yo (Ghost: The God Killer, Non-Fiction), Joe Illidge(writer, columnist, The Ren), Karen Hunter (The Karen Hunter Show, Karen Hunter Publishing, Pulitzer Prize winner), Eric Dean Seaton (Disney Channel director, creator,Legend of the Mantamaji) and last but not least, Don McGregor (2015 Bill Finger Award recipient for Excellence in Comic Book Writing). The focus of the panel is the lack of unity among many in the Black pop culture space and opens the floor for ideas on how we can change that. Also, a sea change occurs as the panel realizes an end of an era. Moderated, as always, by Michael Davis.
Friday July 10, 2015 10:00am - 11:30am Room 5AB
Hunt for the Truth: Following the Trail of the Halo 5: Guardians Story
Join 343 Industries and special guests as they examine the compelling and prolific storytelling in and around Halo 5: Guardians. The panel will bring new insight into the mysteries surrounding the Master Chief and build connections between the stories that have been told so far, and sneak peeks of the stories yet to be told in game and beyond. Q&A session following.
Friday July 10, 2015 10:15am - 11:15am Room 6BCF
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Comics Arts Conference #5: The Comic Book Film Adaptation: Exploring Modern Hollywood's Leading Genre
A panel of industry experts will unmask the golden age of comic book filmmaking. Since the success of X-Men in the summer of 2000, filmgoers and comic fans have enjoyed an unprecedented number of comic book film adaptations. Drawing on the first book-length study of this frenzied period of production, The Comic Book Film Adaptation: Exploring Modern Hollywood's Leading Genre by Liam Burke (Swinburne University of Technology), this panel uncovers why, after more than a century of coexistence, comics and cinema have recently become so entwined. After considering the cause, the panel will then examine the effect of this trend. Topics will include how the language of comics has influenced the aesthetics of mainstream cinema, and the ways in which comic book fans, empowered by the web, facilitated the emergence of more faithful adaptations. Panel participants include Eisner Award-winning creator Mark Waid(Kingdom Come), Marvel Comics senior vice president of publishing Tom Brevoort, executive producer of the modern Batman films Michael Uslan (Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice), and writerJoe Kelly (Superman vs. The Elite), who adapted his own comic into an animated film. Chaired and presented by Liam Burke.
Friday July 10, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am Room 26AB
Edgar Rice Burroughs's Worlds of Adventure
Jim Sullos (president, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.), Mike Richardson (president and founder of Dark Horse Comics/producer of Warner Bros.' Tarzan), Anna Kislevitz(head of licensing and merchandising at 41 Entertainment, producer of Tarzan and Jane), Diana Leto (The Cave Girl), and Scott Tracy Griffin (Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration) discuss upcoming releases featuring Edgar Rice Burroughs's famous literary heroes, including Warner Bros.' big-screen Tarzan feature (2016), the animated Netflix Original Series Tarzan and Jane, and comics, novels, role-playing games, and more based on Tarzan of the Apes, John Carter of Mars, Carson of Venus, The Land That Time Forgot, and fan-favorite Woola.
Friday July 10, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am Room 8
My Little Pony
The cast and creatives behind My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and My Little Pony Equestria Girls share details of the making of the popular animated series and a sneak peek into the rest of Season 5 and the new My Little Pony Equestria Girls Friendship Games movie coming this fall.
Friday July 10, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am Room 6A
Nobility: These Aren't the Heroes You're Looking For
The new Sci-Fi "dramedy" series Nobility, dubbed "Firely meets The Office," starsWalter Koenig (Star Trek TOS, Babylon 5), Doug Jones (Falling Skies, Pan's Labyrinth),Christopher Judge (Stargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis), Torri Higginson (Stargate Atlantis),Cas Anvar (Assassin's Creed, Expanse), Adrienne Wilkinson (Xena: Warrior Princess, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Darren Jacobs (Starship: Rising ), Miracle Laurie (Dollhouse),Ellen Dubin (Lexx, Napoleon Dynamite), Neil Kaplan (Transformers: Robots in Disguise, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty), Vic Mignogna (Star Trek Continues, Fullmetal Alchemist), and James Kyson (Heroes). Some of the all-star cast will host a Q&A along with directorNeil Johnson (Starship: Rising), art director Tiki Al Zequeira (Star Trek DS9, Serenity), composer Charles-Henri Avelange (Starship Rising), and series creator E.J. De la Pena(Jingle All the Way, Run Ronnie Run). Attendees will be captivated by the antics of the misfit crew of the Starship Nobility as they debut exciting, never-before-seen footage for this action-packed new series.
Friday July 10, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library
Writing for TV: From First Draft to Getting Staffed
Moderator Spiro Skentzos (Grimm), panelist Phil Klemmer (DC's Legends of Tomorrow),Wendy Mericle (Arrow), Kerry Ehrin (Bates Motel), Karen Horne (VP, NBCUniversal),Cori Wellins (agent, WME) and Steve Iwanyk (manager, The Gotham Group) as they discuss navigating the TV spec terrain, including beginner's mistakes, what they look for in a writer and what it takes for you to write a killer spec that will stand above the crowd. There will be a huge Q&A component, so bring your questions.
Friday July 10, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am Room 24ABC
Comic Book Law School 202: Selling the Sizzle
While almost every creator will tell you their greatest joy is in the act of creation, none will argue that equally (or perhaps more) important is earning a living from their efforts. But commercializing creative works is fraught with peril unless you're prepared. This second stage of the case study focusing on fictional author Fitzgerald Scott will concentrate on Scott's efforts to commercialize his critically acclaimed new work, The Strange Situation of Benjamin "Button" Cabeza. Noted attorney Michael Lovitz, author of the acclaimed The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, is joined by entertainment attorneys Mona Metwalli and Terri Lubaroff for an interactive seminar tackling a number of the more advanced issues facing creators (and the businesses that hire them) in marketing their properties and creative ideas, including licenses and transfers of rights; key things to know when Hollywood comes knocking; publishing, manufacturing, merchandising, and distribution agreements; understanding key terms in contracts, assignments, and licenses; and (time permitting) how your spouse may impact your contracts and licenses. With insights into a variety of options and opportunities for generating income from your creative endeavors, along with discussions focusing on the problems and pitfalls that go hand in hand with each decision, you'll agree this session shouldn't be missed. [Please note, the Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and insights to practicing attorneys, as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. (This program is approved for 1.5 credits of California MCLE).]
Friday July 10, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm Room 30CDE
Cartoon Network:Adventure Time and Steven Universe
Comic-Con is the ultimate destination for amazing fans in Finn hats and crystal gem bellybuttons, which is why Cartoon Network is celebrating the fan in a one-of-a-kind Fandemonium celebration. They've got big news, behind-the-scenes access, and special musical performances by the cast and crew from hit shows Adventure Time andSteven Universe. The panel features Adventure Time legends of OooJeremy Shada (voice of Finn), John DiMaggio (voice of Jake), Olivia Olson (voice of Marceline), andAdam Muto (co-executive producer), alongside Steven Universe gems Rebecca Sugar(creator), Zach Callison (voice of Steven), Estelle (voice of Garnet), and Ian Jones-Quartey (supervising director).
Friday July 10, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Cosplaying 102: Taking It to the Next Level
Catherine M. Fisher (award-winning costumer), Mike Schiffbauer (master prop maker and costumer), Bob Mogg (steampunk expert extraordinaire), and Annisse Damefatalle (award-winning costumer) pick up where Cosplaying 101 left off. They will discuss advanced costuming techniques such as sculpting, mold making, resin casting, FX makeup, and more. Moderated by Melissa Gene Meyer (Comic Con Masquerade assistant).
Friday July 10, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm Room 14A
Image Comics: Where Creators Own Process
The trick to making comics isn't finding a specific pen or sitting at the keyboard for hours. You have to do all that, but more important, you must figure out the story you want to tell and the best way to tell it. Nick Dragotta and Jonathan Hickman (East of West) go face-to-face with Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman (Invisible Republic) in this wide-ranging discussion on how to make comics, from some of the best in the business.
Friday July 10, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm Room 23ABC
Publishers Weekly: The French Comics Invasion
As graphic novels become a global phenomenon, a new breed of French comic is making a big impact on the U.S. graphic novel publishing. Publishers such as First Second, NBM, and Magnetic Press are putting out some of the most spectacular comics on the stands. Join Publisher Weekly's Calvin Reid to explore howbande dessinéeare finally making their mark in the U.S. and beyond. With Mark Siegel (First Second),Terry Nantier (NBM), Michael Kennedy (Magnetic Press), Laurent Duvault (Dargaud), and others.
Friday July 10, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm Room 29AB
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Sci-Fi Comics Theater: Dave Roman and Tom Angleberger
A visual conversation between author Tom Angleberger (Origami Yoda) and cartoonistDave Roman (Astronaut Academy, Teen Boat!) about self-publishing, dream jobs, graphic novels for kids, school misfits, and robot doppelgangers. Hosted by Noelene Clark (LA Times Hero Complex), this fun-filled panel will include interactive readings, improv drawing games, and surprise guests.
Friday July 10, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm Room 4
1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Cartooning and Comic Strips, Comic-Con Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances, Kids
Something Old, Something New! (or, The Revenge of Classic Comic Collections Panel)
President of IDW Publishing Greg Goldstein reunites the stalwarts (or culprits) of the unprecedented boom in archival publishing for a spirited discussion about the future of classic comic book collections. Joining Greg are LOAC founder and editor Dean Mullaney, renowned comic book historian and editor 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. It's the golden age of archival collections, and if you crave more, or want to beg these guys to stop, this is the panel for you. Free book for every attendee plus other giveaways; and each and every guest has promised to announce a new project so top secret even the other panelists don't know about it yet.
Friday July 10, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm Room 32AB
Star Wars Publishing Update: Part 2
A variety of authors talk about their upcoming projects from a galaxy far, far away. Moderated by Lucasfilm's Mike Siglain, authors from Del Rey and other publishers will participate in a discussion on writing stories for the exciting new future of the Star Wars universe.
Friday July 10, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm Room 7AB
The Official Aspen Comics Panel 2015
Frank Mastromauro (co-owner/publisher), Peter Steigerwald (co-owner), Vince Hernandez (VP/editor-in-chief), and Mark Roslan (VP) reveal upcoming Aspen projects for 2016 and beyond and hold a Q&A session with fans. All fans in attendance will receive an exclusive gift courtesy of Aspen Comics.
Friday July 10, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm Room 9
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Warner Archive Collection's Atom Ant Animation Spectacular!
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original pint-sized powerhouse Atom Ant, along with a bevy of animation favorites from throughout the ages, including a look at the upcoming Warner Archive release of the beloved 1983 Lucasfilm animated movie, John Korty's Twice Upon a Time. Spend an hour reminiscing over great animation with WAC Podcast hosts George Feltenstein, Matthew Patterson, and DW Ferranti, as well as Twice Upon a Time animator Brian Narelle (Dark Star's Lt. Doolittle) and animation historian and Comic-Con special guest Jerry Beck, along with a few special guests. Moderator Gary Miereanu might even have a few WAC Blu-rays and DVDs for lucky audience members.
Friday July 10, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm Room 25ABC
Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel
A breakthrough in the development of the graphic novel, Will Eisner's A Contract with God was not the first, was not the bestselling, and came before the days of awards, but it is still in print and affecting the explosive growth of comics' most vibrant format. Join us and learn why he's Will Eisner, champion of the graphic novel, at a panel moderated by Eisner Award-winner and New York Times bestselling author, Paul Levitz (Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel), and with panelists Denis Kitchen (The Best of Comix Book, The Art of Harvey Kurtzman), Jeff Smith (RASL, Bone), Sergio Aragonés (Groo, MAD), and Danny Fingeroth (The Stan Lee Universe, Superman on the Couch).
Friday July 10, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm Room 28DE
DC Entertainment: One-on-One with Geoff Johns
The superstar DCE writer and chief creative officer Geoff Johns returns to San Diego for an all-access and in-depth discussion. From Earth One, to Darkseid War, to all things in between, be here for this exclusive panel that will give you insight to one of the genre's most influential people.
Friday July 10, 2015 11:15am - 12:15pm Room 6DE
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Falling Skies:The Final Farewell
A special goodbye to TNT's epic alien series Falling Skies. Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Drew Roy, and others will be on hand to discuss favorite moments, most gruesome deaths, and memorable alien battle scars. The Espheni Power Core has been destroyed but with mutant aliens running rampant on Earth, human survival is still at stake. After being tortured, imprisoned, and having their loved ones stolen and killed, Tom Mason and the 2nd Mass are filled with rage and ready to destroy the enemy. Con attendees will be treated to an exclusive look ahead at the epic final season and a Q&A.
Friday July 10, 2015 11:15am - 12:15pm Ballroom 20
75th Anniversary of The Shadow and Doc Savage
Michael Uslan (Justice Inc., Batman movie producer) and moderator Anthony Tollin(The Shadow Scrapbook, Sanctum Books publisher) commemorate the 1940 comic book debuts of the legendary pulp heroes that inspired the creation of Batman, Superman, and many more superheroes, as well as the Golden Age talents who brought these pulp greats to four-color life, including Walter B. Gibson, Otto Binder, and Bob Powell.
Friday July 10, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm Room 8
Lucifer Pilot Screening and Q&A
Lucifer is the story of the original fallen angel. Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar has resigned his throne and retired to the City of Angels, where he owns an upscale piano bar called Lux. When a beautiful pop star is murdered, for the first time in roughly 10 billion years, he feels something awaken deep within him. Is he actually capable of feelings for a human being? The very thought disturbs him. The murder attracts the attention of LAPD homicide detective Chloe Dancer, who finds herself both repulsed and fascinated by Lucifer. At the same time, God's emissary, the angel Amenadiel, has been sent to Los Angeles to convince Lucifer to return to Hell. But with the City of Angels at his feet and a newfound purpose, Lucifer's having too much fun to go back now. Sexy, dark and irreverent, Lucifer makes its Comic-Con debut with a screening of the complete pilot episode, followed by a Q&A with series stars and producers. From Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Aggressive Mediocrity in association with Warner Bros. Television, and based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg for DC Entertainment's Vertigo imprint,Lucifer premieres Midseason on FOX.
Friday July 10, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm Room 6BCF
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Masters of the Web: The World of Movie Talk Online
Some of the top voices in the online film world discuss and speculate on the current and future trends in movies and the online film community. Panelists include John Campea (AMC Movie Talk), Jeremy Jahns (YouTube film critic), Andy Signore (Honest Trailers, ScreenJunkies Movie Fights), Grae Drake (senior editor of Rotten Tomatoes),Jon Schnepp (AMC Heroes), Kristian Harloff (Schmoes, AMC Jedi Council), Mark Ellis(Schmoes, AMC Movie Talk) and a special celebrity guest.
Friday July 10, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm Room 5AB
Science Fiction and Sex
Pizza rolls, not gender roles! From the strong female protagonist to the battle of the sexes, science fiction has long given us the ability to challenge the way we think about traditional gender roles. Maryelizabeth Yturralde of Mysterious Galaxy bookstore leads acclaimed authors Marisa Acocella Marchetto (Ann Tenna), Nick Cole (Control Alt Revolt), Gini Koch (the Alien Series), Wesley Chu (Time Salvager), Gwendolyn Womack (The Memory Painter), and Camilla D'Errico (Pop Manga) in a discussion about the importance of gender in science fiction, how science fiction novels open our minds to nontraditional ideas, and just what the difference is between gender and sex.
Friday July 10, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm Room 24ABC
Space Command:A Hopeful Future
Science fiction luminaries Marc Scott Zicree (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Geoff Mark (Battlestar Galactica), and Iain McCaig (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) premiere footage from the epic adventure series that spans 200 years of Galactic History. The awesome cast, starring Mike Harney (Orange Is the New Black), Doug Jones (The Strain),Bill Mumy (Lost In Space), Bob Picardo (Star Trek Voyager), Mira Furlan (Babylon 5),Bruce Boxleitner (Tron) and worldwide Talent Search winners Ethan McDowell, Bryan McClure and Sara Maraffino talk about their roles and answer your questions along with editor Dave Edison, with fresh music from composer David Raiklen. Plus, an early look at amazing scenes.
Friday July 10, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library
Comics Arts Conference #6: The Scientific Study of Comics' Visual Language
Recent work in cognitive science has examined the makeup of the "visual language" of comics and its cognition in the brain. Neil Cohn (University of California, San Diego) will provide an overview of this scientific approach to comics, setting the stage for three presentations that directly coded 40 comics each for properties within and across panels. First, two studies explore the changes in structure that have occurred in American superhero comics from the 1940s through the present. Ryan Taylor(University of California, San Diego) will report on how text and images interactions have changed in the service of storytelling over time. Then, Kaitlin Pederson(University of California, San Diego) will detail how page layouts have become more systematic across the decades while also growing in complexity. Finally, Nimish Pratha(University of California, San Diego) will describe how sound effects differ across genres of American comics and Japanese manga. Together, these presentations show the benefits of a data-driven, scientific approach to studying comics.
Friday July 10, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm Room 26AB
Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Secrets of the ooze are revealed by the mutated minds making Nickelodeon's hit animated series. Moderated by the Internet's biggest fanboy, Andre Meadows (a.k.a. BlackNerd), the panel features executive producers Ciro Nieli and Brandon Auman as they provide sneak peeks into Season 4 and discuss the epic and bizarre adventures in store for the four talking turtles. Also on hand will be the extraordinary and talented voice actors of the TMNT world: Seth Green (Leonardo), Rob Paulsen (Donatello),Greg Cipes (Michelangelo), and more special guests. Booyakasha!
Friday July 10, 2015 11:45am - 12:45pm Room 6A
AMC's The Walking Dead
Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chandler Riggs, Sonequa Martin-Green, Michael Cudlitz, and Lennie Jamesjoin executive producer and showrunner Scott M. 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). The panelists will discuss the shocking finale of Season 5 and what to look forward to in Season 6, debuting this fall on AMC. Join the panelists for a Q&A session and an official sneak preview of Season 6.
Friday July 10, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm Hall H
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CBLDF: Banned Comics
It's hard to believe that books are still banned in the United States, and yet each year hundreds of incidents are recorded. CBLDF springs to action in these cases, providing expert support for the librarians and individuals who fight back when calls to censorship arise. CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein and editorial directorBetsy Gomez examine the comics that have been banned and challenged this year, showing how they fit into recent trends in comics censorship. They'll also preview Banned Books Week 2015, celebrating Young Adult books.
Friday July 10, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm Room 30CDE
Join members of the Hasbro and Lucasfilm teams as they discuss the popular Hasbro Star Wars line. Attendees will get an in-depth look at Hasbro's latest action figure offerings. Word on the Holonet is there may also be a few surprises, including a special product reveal.
Friday July 10, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm Room 7AB
Hermes Press: A Celebration of Women Artists in Comics During WWII
This panel kicks off the debut (at Comic-Con) of Trina Robbins's new book Babes in Arms: Women in the Comics During World War Two. The panel will begin with a video presentation about the artists and their work featured in this all new history. Trina (Women in the Comics, Pretty in Ink) will lead a discussion about women artists during the 1940s and afterward. Joining her are Ramona Fradon (Metamorpho, Brenda Starr),Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson (comics historian, co-author Lost Hero), and Daniel Herman(publisher, Hermes Press, Silver Age: the Second Generation of Comic Artists), who will talk about these early pioneers in comic books and their impact on generations of women artists and writers in the business.
Friday July 10, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm Room 9
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Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge
Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge on SyFy gave us a look into the artist life from design to final product. Gigi Edgley, the TV series' host, will give you direct access into this creative process. Kirk Thatcher, the series' Judge, has extensive experience in the Henson worlds that everyone has come to love. Fans will get a chance to ask probing questions and inspire young artists to keep their dreams coming. There will also be a few small video clips, a puppeteer, and creatures. SyFy did not take on a second season, but rumors abound that there may be big news by the time SDCC happens. Sean Murphy, the MC, is working with both Kirk and Gigi on other projects. Who knows where the future may lead? There will be lots of smiles!
Friday July 10, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm Room 29AB
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Mattel Collector: MattyPalooza!
Mattel has some very exciting news about the future of Masters of the Universe Classic, plus a ton more. The panel will include a Q&A with Mattel toy designers, the Mattel marketing team, and The Four Horseman, plus a special treat for fans. Tons of reveals and surprises are in store.
Friday July 10, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm Room 25ABC
The music landscape is more diverse and intricate than ever before. From EDM and pop to country and rock, artists in every genre of music proudly carry the label of nerd regardless of the genre of music they play. Some of those artists come together with moderator Matt Grosinger (Nerdist's Celebrity Playlist) to discuss their songbooks, their opinions on the state of the music industry, and the playlists that make up the soundtrack to their lives.
Friday July 10, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm Horton Grand Theatre
Space Goat Time Machine: A Sneak Peek into the Publisher's Future
Take a peek into the future with Space Goat Publishing's inside scoop on Evil Dead 2and the other great Space Goat titles. Join this visual presentation and lively discussion, with Space Goat's creative team: Shon Bury (Big Game Hunters, Mage Inc.),Frank Hannah (Evil Dead 2, The Cooler movie), and Justin Peniston (Rocket Queen & The Wrench, Avengers Assemble animated). Dave Olbrich (Ultraverse) and Emmy Award-winning writer Tom Mason also join the fun to answer your questions.
Friday July 10, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm Room 28DE
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Spotlight on Jackson 'Butch' Guice
Jackson "Butch" Guice (Marvel, DC, Valiant, IDW, Humanoids artist) discusses his 30-plus years of experience as a comics professional in a Q&A session with fans.
Friday July 10, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm Room 4
Star Wars Goes Steampunk
From Admiral Ackbar to Master Yoda, enjoy a lively discussion and slideshow on how your favorite Star Wars characters and designs have been re-engineered in Steampunk style. Steampunk artist and Star Wars fan, Brian Kesinger (artist/writer Walking Your Octopus) and fellow Southern California Star Wars Steampunks will discuss what it takes to create Steampunk concepts based on traditional designs until the art becomes cosplay reality. The program will finish with "How to Steampunk a Star Wars Character in 60 Seconds" with all Steampunks and Star Wars cosplayers brought forward to show off their incredible creations! Panelists include Shawn "Obi-Shawn" Crosby, Rebecca "Lady Fett" Eusey, and Alex "Dapper Fett" Vargas. Moderated by Anastasia Hunter(chair, Gaslight Gathering Steampunk Convention).
Friday July 10, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm Room 14A
Top Shelf Productions: Live!
Marketing director Leigh Walton and a lineup of top-flight talent present an all-access look at the new books from beloved indie publisher Top Shelf Productions. Hear and see Eisner winner Nate Powell (Swallow Me Whole, March) on his powerful new collection You Don't Say, Chris Sheridan on his over-the-top genre mash-up The Motorcycle Samurai, Julian Hanshaw on his quietly staggering widower taleTim Ginger, and Ray Fawkes (One Soul, Constantine) on his twisted cyber-sensual thriller Junction True (with Vince Locke). Plus, get the scoop on Eddie Campbell's Bacchus, the bestselling March series, and some truly incredible upcoming projects.
Friday July 10, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm Room 32AB
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever and Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell
Join this panel to celebrate the upcoming second season of Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell and mourn the end of Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever. Aqua Teen andYour Pretty Face co-creator Dave Willis (Squidbillies), Your Pretty Face co-creator Casper Kelly (Too Many Cooks), and Your Pretty Face cast members Craig Rowin (The Jack and Triumph Show) and Matt Servitto (Banshee) discuss office politics in Hell, reflect on 13 seasons of Aqua Teen, and show clips from both new seasons. Dana Snyder (Aqua TeenandSquidbillies) will moderate the panel and help you say your good-byes to the longest-running Adult Swim original series.
Friday July 10, 2015 12:15pm - 1:00pm Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
GRAPHIX: The Beginning, Present, and Beyond
Words are only half the story. Graphic novelists Jeff Smith (Bone), Raina Telgemeier(Smile), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet) Doug TenNapel (Nnewts), Jenni and Matt Holm (Sunny Side Up), Craig Thompson (Space Dumplins), and Jimmy Gownley (Dumbest Idea Ever) join Scholastic Graphix publisher VP David Saylor to discuss the evolution of children's graphic novels and upcoming projects.
Friday July 10, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm Room 24ABC
Push Stories Forward: Rise of the Independents
Rosy Press's Janelle Asselin moderates a conversation with some of the brightest minds in independent comics publishing, including BOOM! Studios editor Shannon Watters, IDW Publishing editor Sarah Gaydos, Oni Press senior editor Charlie Chu, and Fantagraphics director of publicity and promotions Jacq Cohen as they discuss what they are doing to expand the marketplace.
Friday July 10, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm Room 5AB
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Star Trek: Renegades
Star Trek: Renegades is an independently produced project that picks up nearly ten years after Voyager's return to find the Federation in a major crisis. Renegades stars and is produced by Star Trek legends and vets, including Walter Koenig. Panelists include Tim Russ (Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Generations), Adrienne Wilkinson (Xena, Star Wars), and executive producer Sky Conway (Star Trek: Of Gods and Men). Panelists will discuss their various Star Trek experiences and provide insight about putting together the independent project from conception to completion.
Friday July 10, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library
The 100 Special Video Presentation and Q&A
The 100's sacrifices and heartbreaking choices have changed them forever, but now, as they set out to stake their place in this dangerous new world, they will continue to face physical peril and moral dilemmas as they rebuild society. Although Mount Weather has been defeated, the danger remains very real for the survivors of The Ark, and the twists are just beginning. Be among the first to get the scoop on what's in store for next season. What is the City of Light? Will Clarke get past the scars of war? What challenges will the survivors of The Ark face next? See a special video presentation, followed by a Q&A with series stars and executive producer Jason Rothenberg. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Alloy Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, The 100 returns midseason with all-new episodes on The CW. The 100: The Complete Second Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 29.
Friday July 10, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm Ballroom 20
Twisted Roots of the Comics Industry
Gerard Jones (Men of Tomorrow), Danny Fingeroth (Disguised as Clark Kent, editor for Marvel Comics), Brad Ricca (Super Boys), and Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson (co-author of a forthcoming bio of Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson) reveal the stories of the gangsters, bootleggers, and eccentric geniuses who founded the comic book business. Moderated by Michael Uslan, producer of the Batman movies.
Friday July 10, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm Room 8
- Tags Comics
Workshop with Steve Lieber
Eisner Award-winning artist and Toucan Blog columnist Steve Lieber (Superior Foes of Spider-Man) talks and answers your questions about the art, craft, and business of comics. Moderated by Rob Salkowitz (Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture).
Friday July 10, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm Room 2
Marvel: All-New All-Different Avengers
Avengers fans assemble! Get ready for an all-new, all-different team of Earth's Mightiest Heroes! Executive editor Tom Brevoort, director of content and character development Sana Amanat, and writers Marguerite Bennett (A-Force), Mark Waid(Daredevil), and Nick Spencer (Ant-Man) are all on hand to discuss the newest developments with your favorite superhero team.
Friday July 10, 2015 12:45pm - 1:45pm Room 6BCF
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AMC's Fear the Walking Dead
Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Elizabeth Rodriquez, Lorenzo James Henrie, Ruben Blades and Mercedes Mason join executive producer and showrunner Dave Erickson, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero to discuss the anticipated series premiere of Fear the Walking Dead coming this summer. Join the panelists for a Q&A session and an official sneak preview of the new series.
Friday July 10, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm Hall H
- Tags Television
Hot off the blockbuster launch of the first Archie #1 in over 75 years, this is one panel Archie fans can't miss. Get exclusive news on the Archie Horror titles, the new Jugheadongoing series, and more. 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, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Mark Waid (writer of Archie), Dan Parent (writer/artist, Kevin Keller), your favorite Archie writers and artists, with moderator Alex Segura (SVP, publicity and marketing/editor of Dark Circle Comics). Plus, an exclusive gift bag ticket!
Friday July 10, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm Room 4
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BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Fighting Games 2015
Katasuhiro Harada (Tekken series director) and a special guest discuss the artwork of Tekken 7, the 20th anniversary of the series, and all things Tekken. In addition, producers from Rise of Incarnates will be on hand to talk about this exciting new 2v2 action title, developed by Steam. Moderated by fighting game community celebrityMark Julio, a.k.a. Markman.
Friday July 10, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm Room 25ABC
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Blue Marble Games: Improving Health-Care Outcomes, One Player at a Time
Games have a unique ability to engage and motivate players. Some games have been called a waste of time, but what if we could use games to monitor and improve our health? Blue Marble Game Company specializes in games to do just that. Bonnie Kennedy (Ph.D., OTR/L, chief science officer), Jacob Black (chief production officer),Paul Giovinco (staff artist), and Paul Jacques Dupre (senior programmer) divulge the challenges of building games as well as the complications and opportunities that arise when focusing on games for ADHD, fall prevention, and mild traumatic brain injuries. Learn about game development, cognitive constructs, and where they overlap during this one-of-a-kind panel led by Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion, MMORPG). Games can literally change the world!
Friday July 10, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm Room 32AB
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CBLDF: Comics and The Real World: Using Graphic Novels as Tools of Tolerance
Jimmy Gownley (The Dumbest Idea Ever, Amelia Rules!), Jonathan Hennessey (The United States Constitution, Gettysburg), Aron Steinke (The Zoo Box), Rafael Rosado(Giants Beware, Dragons Beware), Eric Kallenborn (Alan B. Shepard High School Palos Heights, IL), Betsy Gomez (CBLDF), Tracy Edmunds (Reading With Pictures), and moderator Meryl Jaffe, Ph.D. (Raising a Reader! How Comics and Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Learn to Read) demonstrate how graphic novels can be used to teach and empower students to feel, access and comprehend historical and cultural events, as well as more fully understand diverse figures in history and fiction and even grasp concepts in science and math. There will be lesson and reading suggestion handouts and time for Q&A.
Friday July 10, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm Room 30CDE
Comic Strips in the Modern Era
Everyone remembers reading their favorite comic strip on a Sunday morning and what a joy it was. Find out what comic strips are up to today with Lalo Alcaraz (La Cucaracha), Hilary Price (Rhymes with Orange), Jen Sorensen (editorial cartoonist), and moderator Andrew Farago (The Cartoon Art Museum).
Friday July 10, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm Room 9
Comics Arts Conference #7: Cracking Peanuts
Stephen J. Lind (Washington and Lee University) provides insights into the enthymematic nature of comic strip argumentation by examining how Charles Schulz was able to incorporate provocative ideas into his mainstream Peanuts comic strip.John Auxier (Trinity Western University) applies research on distressed couple communication patterns to examine the relational content of Peanuts strips during the late 1960s-early 1970s, a time of marital discord for Charles Schulz.
Friday July 10, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm Room 26AB
From Novel to Comic to Film: Turning Books into Other Forms of Pop Culture
New York Times bestselling author Hugh Howey sits down with his literary agentKristin Nelson, John Nee (co-CEO of Cryptozoic Entertainment and book packager),Paul Morrissey (Eisner-nominated editor, Jet City Comics), Jimmy Palmiotti (writer and owner of paperfilms), Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Gary Whitta(Book of Eli) to discuss how popular novels are turned into comic adaptations and feature films. Get the behind-the-scenes and nitty gritty, from selling options to major film studios to working with visual artists and comic book writers in their adaptations. Hugh Howey's novel WOOL is in development with Ridley Scott, and the comic adaptation and graphic novel are available from Jet City Comics. Gary Whitta is also adopting Howey's novel SAND for television.
Friday July 10, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm Room 29AB
Hopey, Julio, Skim, Oafs, and Beyond
Emerging from the undergrounds and into the alt comix of the 1980s, queer characters and voices have always been loud and proud in alternative and indie comics. Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez were at the forefront of queer characters' visibility with their groundbreaking and award-winning comic book series Love and Rockets, featuring such brilliant characters as Hopey, Maggie, Israel, and Julio. Contemporary authors Mariko Tamaki and Ed Luce have contributed new icons in their books Skimand Wuvable Oaf. Join all four creators and moderator Christopher Butcher(Comics212, Toronto Comic Arts Festival for a discussion of the history of queer character visibility in alt and indie comics.
Friday July 10, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm Room 28DE
Star Wars:Collectibles Update with Lucasfilm's Anita Castellar
Join eFX, Gentle Giant Studios, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow Collectibles for product development insights and exclusive previews of the latest in Star Wars collectibles. Joining this panel will be Anita Castellar, a self-professed Star Wars fangirl who manages licensing for hardlines categories at Lucasfilm, such as toys, collectibles, consumer electronics, automotive, and more.
Friday July 10, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm Room 7AB
Technology as a Costume Tool
The Costume Designers Guild Local 892 members Timothy Wonsik (department head of costumes and archives at Marvel Studios), Soyon An (Jem and the Holograms),Christian Cordella (Jurrasic World), Alan Villanueva (Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 & 2), Jared Marantz (Batman v Superman), Oksana Nedavniaya (Suicide Squad) IATSE 705 Custom Made Field Rep Renee Nault and specialty key costumer Karen Mason(Batman v Superman) discuss how costume designers and illustrator/concept artists work together to utilize technology in the creation of costumes for film and television.Joe Kucharski, editor of Tyranny of Style will be moderating.
Friday July 10, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm Room 23ABC
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Teen Titans Go! Video Presentation and Q&A
No trip to Comic-Con is complete until you spend some time with the liveliest and craziest superhero team on television. Find out what new adventures, food fights, and staring contests await Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy, Cyborg, and Raven in Season 3 of this hit animated series. Producers Michael Jelenic (Batman: The Brave and The Bold) andAaron Horvath (MAD) and members of the voice cast screen a new episode as well as take your questions on all things Titans. Teen Titans Go! airs Thursdays at 6/5c on Cartoon Network.
Friday July 10, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm Room 6A
The Business of Geek Fashion
Do you ever wonder how your Walking Dead T-shirt or Doctor Who dress was made? This panel of industry professionals will offer an inside look at the business of geek fashion. Moderated by Lisa Granshaw, panelists Jed Seigel (ThinkGeek Solutions), Ed Labay (Hot Topic), Ashley Eckstein (Her Universe), Sara Scargall (WeLoveFine), andArthur Gibree (Sanshee) discuss the process behind creating pop culture apparel and accessories, how licensing works, how geek fashion has evolved over the years, what the current options are for women and men, and the latest geek fashion trends. Plenty of time will be left for audience members to ask questions and voice their opinions about what they'd like to see more of in the geek fashion market.
Friday July 10, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm Room 14A
[adult swim]: Rick and Morty
Executive producers Dan Harmon (Community) and Justin Roiland (Adventure Time), as well as Rick and Morty cast members invite fans for a sneak peek of the upcoming second season, premiering July 26 on Adult Swim.
Friday July 10, 2015 1:15pm - 2:00pm Room 2
Disney Animators: The Power of 2D
A luminary panel of former and current Disney animators spanning from Lady and the Tramp to Moana talk about the importance of 2D animation in the history of Disney, as well as the part it plays in guiding advancement of its future. Panelists are Willie Ito(Lady and the Tramp, Inkpot Award-winning animator), Dale Baer (Robin Hood toMoana), Randy Haycock (The Lion King to Moana), Tom Sito (The Little Mermaid, author of Moving Innovation), Adam Dykstra (Tangled, Tarzan), and Mike Polvani (Hercules, 2D Animation School founder). Changes in technology, artistic expression, and the value of cooperative interplay between 2D and 3D artists to create the best animation will be discussed. There will be a Q&A moderated by Leslie Combemale (Animation expert, ArtInsights Gallery).
Friday July 10, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm Room 24ABC
Get Your Comic Published in Japan: Silent Manga Audition
Jonathan Tarbox (CEO, Arashi Productions) explains how manga artists from any nation can submit their work to a contest run by a major Japanese publisher. Winners will have their submission published in Japan and be considered for the opportunity to work in the manga industry. Over the course of four years, 1,123 artists from over 73 countries have submitted their work to the Silent Manga Audition, and each year 26 winners have been published.
Friday July 10, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm Room 5AB
- Tags Anime & Manga
Star Trek Axanar:From Conception To Feature Film
Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica), Gary Graham (Star Trek Enterprise, Alien Nation),Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise), and Alec Peters (Phase II) discuss the evolution and development of the most anticipated Star Trek independent film to date. They'll talk about how it went from a love of Trek to one of the top crowdfunded film projects in Kickstarter history, covering the rise of Kirk's hero, Garth of Izar, and the Federation's last stand in the war against the Klingons. Moderated by Bill Watters(Examiner, Bleeding Cool).
Friday July 10, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library
Tales of Halloween: A First Look at the Ultimate Halloween Event
Directors Neil Marchasll (Game of Thrones, The Descent), Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!),Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw 2/3/4), and Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate) and producers and Epic Pictures founders Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson (Turbo Kid, 11-11-11) join cast members Lin Shaye (Insidious 1/2/3), Greg Grunberg (Heroes/Reborn, Star Wars Episode VII), and Grace Phipps (FrightNight) to discuss the making and collaborative process of the most ambitious horror anthology to date. See the Tales of Halloweentrailer debut, followed by a Q&A session moderated by cast member Adam Green(Frozen, Hatchet).
Friday July 10, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm Horton Grand Theatre
Women of Transformers
From Windblade and Arcee to Strongarm and the brand-new Combiner making her debut at SDCC, female Transformers characters have finally gotten their due; but behind the page and in fandom, even bigger changes have been happening. Panelists include Transformers comics writers Mairghread Scott and Georgia Ball, artists Corin Howell and Sara Pitre-Durocher, Hasbro's Sarah Carroll, and special guests.
Friday July 10, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm Room 8
Comic-Con How-To: Color Copic Markers with Allison Sohn
Allison Sohn will take a drawing from penciled line-art through to completed colors using Copic Markers. She'll answer questions and share tips and tricks with panel attendees. Allison Sohn has been illustrating primarily sketch and trading cards for licenses like Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Marvel Comics, and DC Comics.
Friday July 10, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm Room 2
Be one of the first to take a look at FOX's new fall sci-fi action thriller. Based on the hit futuristic Steven Spielberg feature, Minority Report follows the unlikely partnership between a man haunted by the future and a cop haunted by her past, as they race to stop the worst crimes of the year 2065 before they happen. Join Stark Sands (Inside Llewyn Davis), Meagan Good (Think Like a Man franchise, Californication) along with other cast and producers for a special screening followed by a Q&A.
Friday July 10, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm Ballroom 20
New DC Universe: Superman: Are You Ready?
The truth is out, Clark Kent is Superman! Though the status quo has changed, Superman is still the most beloved and recognized superhero there is. Fly to this panel to learn the truth behind the comics and discover what Clark's life is like now that his secret is out. This is a panel that you don't want to miss!
Friday July 10, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm Room 6DE
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Assassin's Creed Syndicate: It's Time for a Bloody Ruckus
Leave the swords behind and grab your brass knuckles as you rally the criminal underworld, bringing London's corrupt leaders to their knees, as Britain's first organized crime family in 1868. It's time to front up and give the rival gangs a good going over, so drink up and get stuck in, because this year, you'll come to understand what it truly means to be part of "the family." Panelists Paul Amos and Victoria Atkin, who play twin Master Assassins Jacob and Evie Frye, will give you a behind-the-scenes look at what it means to be a Master Assassin and a leader of a crime syndicate. Creative director Marc-Alexis Cote will set the scene of Industrial Revolution London and how this gritty new time period is turning the world of Assassin's Creed on its bloody ear. Director of the soon-to-be-released Universal film Straight Outta Compton,F. Gary Gray, will lend his directorial expertise in the world premiere of an Assassin's Creed-inspired animated short. Join this panel for an exclusive look at the making of Assassin's Creed Syndicate. Welcome to the streets. Welcome to the struggle. Welcome to the family.
Friday July 10, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm Room 6BCF
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Designing and Constructing a Digital Composition for Covers
Comic-Con special guest Tony Harris gives you a detailed look at the construction of a multi-layered digital file and a smooth glide through the conceptual and design process. A Q&A to follow.
Friday July 10, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm Room 32AB
Diversity and Queer Gaming
Diversity remains a hot topic in the media, and the year in gaming is no exception. How are new gaming platforms giving a voice to underserved groups of players? How does the "Gaymer" identity spill beyond the tabletop, and what role do minorities have to play in an industry that still doesn't reflect its audience? Join Prism Comics and moderator Josh Trujillo (editor, Death Saves-Fallen Heroes of the Kitchen Table) for a wide-ranging discussion of diversity and roles in gaming, covering everything from Dungeons & Dragons to Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. Panelists include Breyana Scales(Kongregate), Matthew Michael Browne (video game product manager), and Jenni Villarreal (Loot Crate).
Friday July 10, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm Room 28DE
- Tags Video Games
Dynamite's Spirit Panel Featuring Eisner Award-Winning New Series Writer Matt Wagner!
Dynamite CEO and publisher Nick Barrucci, new series writer Matt Wagner (Grendel,The Shadow), former DC Comics publisher Paul Levitz, and Michael Uslan (film producer and writer of The Boy Who Loved Batman) discuss the creative legacy of industry legend Will Eisner and his most iconic character, The Spirit.
Friday July 10, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm Room 4
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Ghostbusters: Sony, IDW and Cryptozoic Entertainment
Celebrate over 30 years of Ghostbusters, the classic supernatural franchise that defined an era. Learn about new products and plans firsthand from Sony Pictures Consumer Products, hear insights on the ongoing comic series by IDW Publishing, and see a demo of the successfully crowdfunded game by Cryptozoic Entertainment.
Friday July 10, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm Room 25ABC
ILM 40th Anniversary
For forty years, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) has set the standard for visual effects, creating some of the most memorable images in the history of modern cinema. From advances in the photo chemical process, optical compositing, motion control, and models and miniatures to the company's pioneering efforts in computer graphics, digital compositing, film scanning and recording, morphing, digital environments, performance capture, character animation, and modern digital pipelines, ILM continues to break new ground in visual effects for film, television, themed attractions, and new forms of entertainment. The presenters will discuss the company's work from its earliest days and breakthroughs along the way.
Friday July 10, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm Room 7AB
Painting and Drawing Workshop with Jeffrey Watts and Erik Gist
The owner of Watts Atelier of the Arts Jeffrey Watts and senior instructor Erik Gistdemonstrate drawing and painting from a live model. They will address technical questions about drawing and painting, as well as talk about training options and how it plays into working in the entertainment, illustration, concepting, and fine art industry. This is a great opportunity to watch two of the most seasoned teachers of the traditional arts today demonstrate the craft of drawing and painting from life using traditional mediums.
Friday July 10, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm Room 30CDE
Scott C and The Great Showdowns: Super Happy Hollywood
Artist Scott C (Hug Machine, Psyconauts) celebrates the exclusive early release of Great Showdowns: The Revenge. He'll be taking some of the most famous and fantastic dueling faces in movie history and sprinkle them with his special Great Showdowns magic. Join Scott and moderator Andrew Sumner for a fast-paced, action-packed panel. Gasp in wonder at Scott's super limited-edition mask giveaways, and revel in your chance to be drawn by Scott C himself.
Friday July 10, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm Room 29AB
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Toys and Action Figures
Join the mutants behind the hit toy line for over 25 years. "Team Green" marketers and designers showcase what's new and next with TMNT master toy licensee Playmates Toys.
Friday July 10, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm Room 9
The Science Behind H. P. Lovecraft's Epic Tale 'At the Mountain of Madness'
Iconic weird tale author H. P. Lovecraft, in the opening to his story "At the Mountains of Madness" wrote: "I am forced into speech because men of science have refused to follow my advice without knowing why." Why was the fiction of Lovecraft, an amateur astronomer, cautionary of what science might discover? How accurate was Lovecraft's research? This panel of scientists and Lovecraft experts will discuss the science, truth, and fiction behind this classic novella. With Cody Goodfellow (Deepest, Darkest Eden: New Tales of Hyperborea), Shane Haggard (chemistry professor, San Diego City College), Leslie S. Klinger (The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft), and Dr. Lisa Will(astronomy and physics professor, San Diego City College). Moderated by Aaron Vanek (The H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon-San Pedro).
Friday July 10, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm Room 23ABC
Theatrical/Cosplay Makeup and Lens Demonstration
Members of the makeup effects team for the TV series American Horror Story and other shows and movies will do a demonstration, making up an actor on stage, including theatrical contact lenses.
Friday July 10, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm Room 14A
Comics Arts Conference #8: Robin, Joker, and Catwoman at 75: How the Kid, the Clown, and the Cat Changed Comics and Culture
In the spring of 1940, Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and Jerry Robinson created the first superhero sidekick, the original supervillain, and the bad girl criminal who would forever cross the hero's path. By adding Robin, the Joker, and Catwoman, the creators not only expanded Batman's cast but broadly changed comic books forever. Why did they make such an impact? Why have they endured? Were these characters so successful simply because each was the first of its kind? Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight), Will Brooker (Batman Unmasked), Greg Capullo(Batman), Danny Fingeroth (Superman on the Couch), Gerard Jones (Men of Tomorrow),Lee Meriwether (Batman: The Movie), David Uslan (The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact on Pop Culture), and E. Paul Zehr (Becoming Batman) take a look at why Kane, Finger, and Robinson created each of these characters, evaluating these creations with regard to the Zeitgeist for 1940, the repercussions of the Comics Code Authority, and the fluctuating standards over time. Changes in these characters reflect the specific changes that defined the Golden Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age, and later comic book eras.
Friday July 10, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm Room 26AB
[adult swim]: Mike Tyson Mysteries
It was a unanimous victory last year, but Iron Mike Tyson is taking on Comic-Con again; and this rematch is sure to live up to all the hype. After a season of solving mysteries, the Mike Tyson Mystery Team will be back at it again with all-new episodes on Adult Swim this fall. Join Mike Tyson, Rachel Ramras (MAD), and producer Hugh Davidson (The Looney Tunes Show) for a first look at the upcoming second season. Moderated by Jon Hein (Howard Stern).
Friday July 10, 2015 2:15pm - 3:00pm Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Amazon: The Man in the High Castle
Amazon will introduce Comic-Con audiences to a one-hour drama series based on Philip K. Dick's Hugo Award-winning 1962 alternative history novel The Man in the High Castle. The series explores the world that would have resulted if the Allied Powers had lost World War II. America and much of the world have now been split between global dominating powers Japan and Germany. As tension mounts between the two, resistance builds against the oppressive regimes amid questions over what is real and what is not. Entertainment Weekly's Jeff Jensen will be the moderator with panelists that include executive producer Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), producers David Zucker(The Good Wife) and Isa Dick Hackett, and cast members Alexa Davalos (Clash of the Titans), Luke Kleintank (Pretty Little Liars), Rupert Evans (Hellboy), Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa (Mortal Kombat Legacy), and Rufus Sewell (Killing Jesus).
Friday July 10, 2015 2:15pm - 3:15pm Room 6A
Disney XD's Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero and Star vs. The Forces of Evil
Join the creators and stars of Disney XD's newest animated series Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero and Star vs. The Forces of Evil, including show creators Sam Levine and Jared Bush(Penn) and Daron Nefcy (Star). See exclusive clips from the shows, as well as sneak peeks at Pickle and Peanut and Future-Worm!, two new animated shows coming to Disney XD.
Friday July 10, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm Room 5AB
Game of Thrones Panel and Q&A Session
Based on the bestselling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, HBO's Game of Thrones concluded its 10-episode fifth season in June and will begin filming its sixth season this summer. The series, executive produced and written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, is an epic story of treachery and nobility, set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years. Panelists include (in alphabetical order) Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy/Reek, John Bradley as Samwell Tarly,Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth,Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell, Conleth Hill as Varys, David Nutter (director),Hannah Murray as Gilly, Carolyn Strauss (executive producer), Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, Carice van Houten as Melisandre, and Maisie Williams as Arya Stark.
Friday July 10, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm Hall H
Lost in Space: 50th Anniversary
It's been 50 years since this intergalactic family saga became a one-of-a-kind sci-fi classic set in the space age "future" of 1997! Created by legendary film producer Irwin Allen, this adventure series follows a typical American family, their trusty robot, and a stowaway villain. Come celebrate this golden anniversary Blu-ray with those who experienced the adventure firsthand: Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Mark Goddard, and Marta Kristen.
Friday July 10, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm Room 24ABC
Secret Origins: How the Industry's Best and Brightest Began
All heroes have an origin story, the defining moment where they thrust themselves to greatness; and so do the comic industry's best and brightest. Join comiXology marketing maven Chip Mosher as he hosts a panel with comics luminaries and tastemakers Hank Kanalz (SVP, editorial strategy and administration at DC Entertainment), Michael Marts (editor-in-chief at Aftershock Comics), Allison Baker(director of operations at IDW Publishing, co-publisher, Monkeybrain Comics), Janelle Asselin (publisher, Rosy Press), Aroop Sanakkayala (co-founder and COO, Strange Turn Entertainment), for a look at the extraordinary events that transformed them from comics fan to comic industry heroes.
Friday July 10, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm Room 8
Aliens? Illuminati? Ghosts? Anything goes when it comes to this chat show of the macabre. Join hosts Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News, Battlebots) and Nerdist directorAndrew Bowser (Monster Machine, Mother of Invention) for a live recording of their podcast. They will discuss all things weird, wacky, and paranormal while welcoming special guests and taking questions from the audience.
Friday July 10, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm Horton Grand Theatre
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. The panel will examine what it takes, whose attention you're vying for, how to get it in a productive way, and, most important, what you have to do to get up to speed and ready for the big show. Comics Experience founder and publisher Andy Schmidt joins with Scott Allie (Dark Horse editor-in-chief), Joshua Williamson (Nailbiter, Ghosted), Andy Lanning (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Marvel VP C. B. Cebulski.
Friday July 10, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm Room 30CDE
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Creating Multiplayer Worlds: Storytelling in MMOs and MOBAs
Game industry veterans James Waugh (director of story development, Blizzard),George Krstic (senior writer, Riot Games), and Leah Hoyer (director of narrative, ArenaNet) discuss their paths into game narrative, the challenges they face creating game story, and the strategies they use to allow players to explore their characters within great gameplay experiences. They will also talk about the projects they are working on and leave lots of time for Q&A.
Friday July 10, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm Room 29AB
- Tags Video Games
Flourishing Family Cosplay: It's Not Just for Halloween
Thinking of getting the family involved in convention cosplay? Panelists share ideas on cosplay themes, family participation, comfort and safety, and much more. They includeDavid Biffath (2007 Comic-Con Masquerade winner, 501st Costuming panelist),Bonni Georgi (EforEverybody founder), and others from Steampunk and cosplay genres. Moderated by Robin Biffath (costuming seamstress).
Friday July 10, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm Room 14A
How Comic Books Took Over Hollywood
Marvel Comics' editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, Fanboys director Kyle Newman, Batman: The Animated Series writer/producer Paul Dini, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars voice actress Ashley Eckstein discuss why Hollywood "gets" comic book storytelling now when for decades it didn't. Panelists will participate in a Q&A session moderated byChristian Blauvelt (deputy culture editor, BBC online).
Friday July 10, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm Room 25ABC
New DC Universe: Justice For All: Are You Ready?
New DC Universe: Justice For All: Are You Ready?-The members of the Justice League and Earth 2: Society take center stage here as the talent behind Cyborg, Flash, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and Earth 2: Society provide the stories behind your favorite characters and justice for all.
Friday July 10, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm Room 6DE
- Tags Comics
Rise of Aqua(wo)man
As millions have seen via free diving videos on YouTube, humans have never been closer to becoming aquatic beings, reminiscent of the ideal set by Atlanteans like Aquaman, Namor, and other subsea heroes. The world record for breath holding is now an astonishing 22 minutes, thanks to the efforts of coaches like Kirk Krack(founder, Performance Freediving International), and thanks to breakthroughs in physiology and technology, there are now humans like panelist Mandy-Rae Krack(world champion free-diver and record-holder) who have descended to 289 feet on one breath. Moderator Steve Broback (co-founder, Dent the Future) will discuss with panelists how divers are living undersea for extended periods, how science is extending the abilities of humans, and what tips and techniques can make us all a bit more like Aquaman.
Friday July 10, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm Room 7AB
- Tags Education
Spotlight on Bob Layton
One of the comics industry's most prolific creators, Bob Layton, discusses his 40 years in the business as writer, artist, editor, and publisher with moderator and life-long friend Michael Uslan (executive producer of the Batman films). Meet the man who revolutionized Marvel's Iron Man and the co-creator the Valiant Universe of characters.
Friday July 10, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm Room 4
Spotlight on Katie Cook
Katie Cook (Gronk, My Little Pony) and guest moderator Andy Price (My Little Pony) talk about Katie's work as an illustrator, writer, nerd, crazy cat lady, and the plethora of other hats she wears*. Katie will be doing a rapid-fire Q&A with the audience while taking audience suggestions for drawings that she'll be doing live on stage. Be on hand for what promises to be a fun hour of discussion, drawing, cats, and Katie! (*Katie will not actually be wearing a hat.)
Friday July 10, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm Room 32AB
Spotlight on Matt Phelan
Five-time Eisner nominee Matt Phelan (Bluffton) shares an in-depth look at his graphic novel process followed by a conversation about writing comics and historical fiction with moderator Jennifer L. Holm (Sunny Side Up).
Friday July 10, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm Room 9
The Terry Moore Panel
Terry Moore talks with Charles Brownstein (CBLDF executive director) about Terry's upcoming storylines in his current hit series, Rachel Rising, new projects in the coming year, and what he has in store for fans in the future. In his 22nd year at Comic-Con, Terry is a fan favorite and answers any and all questions from the audience. It's never a dull moment!
Friday July 10, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm Room 28DE
VIZ Media: Ultraman
For their first international appearance, Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi, creators of the new VIZ Media manga series Ultraman, inspired by the original Japanese TV show, are joined onstage by special guests from Legendary Comics to discuss Japan's quintessential superhero and the influence of kaiju in today's pop culture. Challenge them with your questions, answer trivia, and get a first look at content straight from Japan.
Friday July 10, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm Room 23ABC
Marvel Television Presents
Jeph Loeb (Marvel's head of television) brings you exclusive news and surprises about your favorite action-packed Marvel series on ABC. Join Jeph, showrunners, and the casts of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter for this can't-miss panel that'll have everyone talking!
Friday July 10, 2015 3:00pm - 4:15pm Ballroom 20
How to Crowdfund
Experts who have used crowdfunding to raise production financing for their projects present their experiences raising funds on various crowdfunding platforms (Kickstarter, Indiegogo, GoFundMe). Panelists John Nee, Brian Fargo (CEO, INXile Entertainment, founder and CEO, Interplay Entertainment), Feargus Urquhart(founder and CEO, Obsidian Entertainment), Jordan Weisman (founder and CEO, Hare Brained Schemes Studios, Fasa Entertainment), Matt Hawkins (president, Top Cow Productions), and Cory Jones (co-founder, Crytpozoic Entertainment, CEO and president, HEX Entertainment) discuss techniques, opportunities, and pitfalls of crowdfunding.
Friday July 10, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm Room 2
[adult swim]: Robot Chicken
Co-creators/executive producers Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, executive producer/co-head writer Tom Root, and actor/writer Breckin Meyer discuss their Emmy-winning series, which returns for its eighth season this fall on Adult Swim. DC Entertainment chief creative officer Geoff Johns will also be joining the panel for an early look at the upcoming third Robot Chicken DC Comics Special.
Friday July 10, 2015 3:15pm - 4:00pm Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
How to Get a Job in Video Games
Moderator Francis Mao (Capcom) and panelists shed light into the wide variety of professions available in the video game industry. You'll find out that it's not all programming and digital art, as a panel of industry insiders from various companies share the unique ways that they each got into the video game business, what they do each day, and suggestions on how you can get into the industry, too. Hear firsthand accounts from prior audience members who applied what they learned at this panel in previous years and eventually got into the video game business themselves.
Friday July 10, 2015 3:15pm - 4:15pm Room 6BCF
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Creative Storytelling: Choose Your Own Adventure
With the help of awesome kids writers and artists Annabeth Bondor-Stone andConnor White (Shivers!: The Pirate Who's Afraid of Everything), Liz Climo (Rory the Dinosaur: Me and My Dad), Aron Steinke (The Zoo Box), Dan Santat (The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend), Kirk Scroggs (Snoop Troop: Attack of the Ninja Potato Clones), and Henrik Tamm (Ninja Timmy), and the leadership of Brandon Mull(Fablehaven series), you can create a collaborative story. Right in front of your eyes (and with your contributions), watch a story unfold in words and pictures.
Friday July 10, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm Room 8
History's hit drama series Vikings returns to SDCC, sailing straight from the set of Season 4. Join the Lothbrok clan: Travis Fimmel (Ragnar), Katheryn Winnick(Lagertha), Clive Standen (Rollo), and Alexander Ludwig (Bjorn), along with Michael Hirst (writer/creator) and Dirk Hoogstra (History EVP and general manager), as they reveal an exclusive sneak peek of the new season. Find out what the gods have in store for Season 4.
Friday July 10, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm Room 6A
- Tags Television
Papercutz 10th Anniversary
Terry Nantier (co-founder and publisher) and Jim Salicrup (co-founder and editor-in-chief) look back on a decade of children's graphic novel publishing as they celebrate Papercutz's 10th anniversary. Hear about some of the highlights in the company's history and find out what's coming next from this pioneering kids publisher.
Friday July 10, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm Room 24ABC
The World of Albion: The History and Future of the Groundbreaking Fable Series
Game director David Eckelberry and lead designer Alex Skidmore talk through the evolution of the award-winning Fable series. From its ambitious beginnings in 2004 on the original Xbox, the Fable series has always been innovative with an aim to push the industry forward. Fable's latest incarnation, Fable Legends, is no exception, bringing cross-platform play and 4v1 multiplayer while maintaining the popular attributes of the franchise that players have come to love.
Friday July 10, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm Room 5AB
- Tags Video Games
You Do What!? Women Working in Film Production
Cat Paschen (SFX makeup artist), Alicia Minette (metalsmith), Tamiko Brownlee(stunt performer), Lauren Haroutunian (cinematographer), Katrina Sainz (art director), and Lauren Hadaway (sound editor) discuss breaking into the traditionally male dominated fields of film production. Entertainment publicist Brittany Sandler will moderate the Q&A session.
Friday July 10, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm Room 26AB
Two-time Oscar-nominated director Bill Plympton (Cheatin', Idiots and Angels) and writer/animator Jim Lujan discuss their upcoming animated feature, Revengeance, as a work in progress. They'll screen clips from this comic look at L.A.'s underworld scene and talk about funding the film via Kickstarter, collaborating, and possible distribution strategies. Also, Bill will screen some of his recent shorts and discuss making and promoting his films in the new digital marketplace. Plus everyone who attends will get a free Plympton drawing.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm Room 23ABC
The always-entertaining cast and creators behind Bob's Burgers bring their Emmy award-winning animated series back to San Diego. Creator and executive producerLoren Bouchard, executive producer Jim Dauterive, and the hilarious cast including H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal and Larry Murphy will entertain with never-before-seen footage, followed by a Q&A panel discussion.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Creating Comics with the iPad
The iPad has transformed the way you read comics, but did you know you can create comic art on the iPad too? See a comic book character come to life as Brian Miller (Star Wars: Crush the Rebellion) and Kristy Miller (Doctor Who) demonstrate step by step how to pencil, ink, and paint comics on the iPad. Learn the basic tools and techniques, including which apps work best and how you can transform your iPad into a portable art studio. The panel will include a Q&A session.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm Room 30CDE
Entertainment Weekly: Brave New Warriors
Several of today's male heroes, including Zachary Levi (Heroes Reborn), Jordan Gavaris(Orphan Black), Sam Heughan (Outlander), Kevin Durand (The Strain) and Michael Cudlitz (The Walking Dead) who will discuss the thrills and fears of taking on iconic characters, reveal how they broke into the business, and share their favorite stories from set. Moderated by Lynette Rice.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm Hall H
From Console to Comics: The Art of Video Games
Your favorite video games have expanded beyond your screen and into comics. Dark Horse editor Dave Marshall and panelists Nick Thornborrow (BioWare's Dragon Age),Paul Tobin (The Witcher, Plants vs. Zombies), Christofer Emgård (DICE's Mirror's Edge), and others discuss bringing some of gaming's most popular titles, including World of Warcraft, Halo, and more, to comics and art books.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm Room 7AB
IDW: The Best Panel in Recorded History
This is the big one! Join IDW chief creative officer/editor-in-chief Chris Ryall and VP of marketing Dirk Wood lay waste to a room of shocked comic fans. Panlists includeGabriel Rodriguez, John Layman, James Tynion IV, Ulises Farinas, and special guests. Shocking announcements, amazing prizes, and a Q&A.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm Room 4
- Tags Comics
Just What Does an Editor Do?
Join Barbara Randall Kesel (DC/Dark Horse/CrossGen), Mike Marts(AfterShock/Marvel/DC), Eddie Berganza (DC), Diana Schutz (Dark Horse), Joe Illidge(CBR, DC), Shannon Eric Denton (Lion Forge/Actionopolis) for agreement and debate as they cover some of the many answers to that question.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm Room 32AB
- Tags Comics
Men of Cosplay
Chris Gore (G4 TV, PodCrash), William O'Neill (Lucasfilm, Hurricane Entertainment),Bernie Bregman (Nerds Like Us, Club Cosplay), Dave Turner (writer and actor in Trek: Isolation), and Steven Meissner (Solo Roboto Industries) highlight the men in the cosplay world and discuss cosplay from their perspective. Covering tips and tricks for cosplay, positive experiences, and more. Moderated by Ivy Doomkitty (Syfy's Heroes of Cosplay, international cosplayer and model) with a Q&A to follow.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm Room 14A
So You Want to Be a Comics Retailer?
The comics business is growing, and that means a growing demand for more comic books. You've got questions and these veteran retailers have the answers. ComicsPRO director and panel host Joe Field (Flying Colors Comics, Concord CA) is joined by retailers Christina Blanch (Aw Yeah Comics, Muncie IN), retailer Ryan Haggerty(Ryan's Comics, Murrieta CA), Peter Birkemoe (The Beguiling, Toronto, Canada), andTerry Stevens (Star Port, Lynchburg, VA), as well as Diamond Comic Distributors VPChris Powell.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm Room 28DE
- Tags Comics
Spotlight on Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
With their collaboration on graphic novels Skim andThis One Summer, as well as their independent works, Jillian's Indoor Voice, Supermutant Magic Academy, and Sex Coven, and Mariko's Emiko Superstar, (You) Set Me on Fire, and Saving Montgomery Sole, cousinsJillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki are creating inventive, innovative, stories that are both thought provoking and emotionally moving. Join them for a discussion of their creative process, as well as their upcoming and most recent works.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm Room 29AB
Spotlight on Michael DeForge
Michael DeForge (Lose, Ant Colony, First Year Healthy, Very Casual) reads selections from new and old comics and is interviewed by friend, bandmate and frequent collaborator Patrick Kyle (Distance Mover) about his process and career.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm Room 9
What's Next for Tolkien Fans
From cast and crew interviews to having a staffer assigned as an embedded reporter on set, TheOneRing.net has had a front row seat these past 16 years as Peter Jackson's Middle-Earth films were created. Now that all the films have been released, the only thing remaining for fans is the extended edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armiesand rumors of possible Tolkien biopics on the horizon. Join staffers Cathy Udovch(special events coordinator), Clifford Broadway (TORn tuesday), Josh Rubinstein(TORn bookclub), Kellie Rice (Happy Hobbit), and Larry Curtis (senior staff writer) for an in-depth discussion full of expert analysis, behind-the-scenes stories and audience participation with the website forged by and for fans of J. R. R. Tolkien.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm Room 25ABC
DC Entertainment: From Page to Screen
Never before has DC Entertainment been more popular in TV, video games, home videos, and movie theaters. And with an impressive film slate and countless shows in series and production, it has never been a better time to be a DC fan! Join the people behind the scenes who translate the page to the screen on this panel that shows your favorite stories and characters coming to life.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:15pm - 5:15pm Room 6DE
Ask an Agent
Literary agents Holly Root (Waxman Leavell Literary Agency), Michael Bourret(Dystel & Goderich Literary Management), and Kate Testerman (kt literary) team up with film agent Brandy Rivers (ICM Partners) to take your questions and discuss the wild world of manuscript querying, the role of agents in the publication and film rights process, and more. No pitches, please.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:30pm - 5:30pm Room 24ABC
- Tags Education
Beyond Fashion: Creating Kickass Action Figures for Girls
It's slim pickings for girls when it comes to action figures, and the majority of available options do not provide the positive role models young girls need. There is a clear need for stronger, smarter heroines in our culture to encourage girls to envision themselves as bold and fearless and to create compelling, diverse female characters that defy gender stereotypes. Hear from Megan Lacera and Andrea Fernandez of GoldieBlox,Julie Kerwin of IAmElemental, and Batgirl artist Babs Tarr on creating kickass action figures for girls and why it's so critical to bring more positive female characters to light.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:30pm - 5:30pm Room 26AB
Colony: USA Network Series
Executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost, The Strain) and Ryan Condal (Hercules) along with series stars Josh Holloway (Lost) and Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead) present an inside look at USA Network's new original drama series Colony, moderated by TV Guide's Michael Schneider. Be the first to see an exclusive trailer and never-before-seen clips, and learn about this epic new series directly from the cast and creators. Colony is set in near-future Los Angeles after outside intruders have seized control of the city and subjected it to a military occupation. Surrounded by impenetrable walls and torn by opposing forces, most citizens feel powerless to stop the new regime; some collaborate with the authorities and benefit from the new order, while others rebel and suffer the consequences.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:30pm - 5:30pm Room 6BCF
- Tags Television
Nerdist Podcast Network Podcast Jam
Get some audible chocolate in your audio peanut butter as hosts from your favorite Nerdist Podcast Network shows come together for a super podcast crossover. Moderated by Jonah Ray (Nerdist, Jonah Raydio, The Meltdown), enjoy a lively conversation from panelists Pete Holmes (You Made It Weird, The Pete Holmes Show),Emily Gordon (The Indoor Kids), Kumail Nanjiani (The Indoor Kids, The Meltdown), andSandra Daughtery (Sex Nerd Sandra).
Friday July 10, 2015 4:30pm - 5:30pm Horton Grand Theatre
The Originals Special Video Presentation and Q&A
The Originals will be returning for more sexy, supernatural intrigue, romance, alliances, and bloodshed in New Orleans this fall. Join executive producers and series stars for a special video presentation followed by a Q&A. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with My So-Called Company, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, The Originals will air in its new timeslot this fall, Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW. The Originals: The Complete Second Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 22.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:30pm - 5:30pm Ballroom 20
The Synergy of Film and Video Games Collide
The film and video game industries collide when it comes to battling it out for the top spot in consumers' choice of entertainment. However, just where and how do these two genres intertwine and how will this synergy impact the future for these two industries? After all, today you'd be hard pressed not to find a video game without cinematics and incredibly filmic cut scenes, and films are drawing from games in similar ways. Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion, MMORPG), Sebastian Strzalkowski (art director, Daybreak Games), Eric Kieron Davis (senior producer, film, cinematics, video games), Cody Vaughan (actor, producer), Osokwe Vasquez (director, producer),William Murray (Prima Games), and surprise guest speakers discuss this pivotal topic.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:30pm - 5:30pm Room 8
Archer, the award-winning animated comedy about a spy agency whose employees constantly undermine, sabotage, and betray each other for personal gain, will bring together creator Adam Reed and executive producer Matt Thompson, along with the voice cast of H. Jon Benjamin, Jessica Walter, Aisha Tyler, Judy Greer, Chris Parnell, Amber Nash, and Lucky Yates. In addition to the panel, fans will see an exclusive screening of a "best of" reel highlighting many of the series' best moments.
Friday July 10, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
ASIFA: Hollywood The State of the Industry
What do the pros think of the animation scene today? Is 2D dead? What's happening in VFX? How do I get a job? Join Tom Sito (Beauty & the Beast), Beth Sleven (Wallykazam),Musa Booker (Robot Chicken), Zahra Dowlatabadi (Bobbie Page), Rick Farmiloe(Boxtrolls), Jim Hillin (Spiderman), and Einar Baldvin (Pride of Strathmoor) for the discussion.
Friday July 10, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm Room 28DE
In Your Own Time: Webcomics on Your Own Schedule
Webcomics are a hugely popular medium, and with popularity comes responsibility. What is it really like to be your own boss and work on your own schedule? These popular creators can offer insight into the crazy world of web comics and what it means to be solely responsible for all that entails. Moderator Mark Waid (Thrillbent) speaks with Matthew Inman (The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances), Lora Innes (The Dreamer), and Allie Brosh (Hyperbole and a Half) about what it is like working in web comics today.
Friday July 10, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm Room 29AB
Manga Publishing Industry Roundtable
Manga publishing in North America has definitely seen its shares of highs and low, from the manga boom in the early 2000s to the crash ten years later, caused by a perfect storm of the U.S. recession, Borders bookstores closures, and the growth of online piracy. So how are things now? Get a taste of what's hot, what's not, and what's next for manga in North America and Japan, from top publishing pros including Leyla Aker (senior VP, publishing, VIZ Media), Kurt Hassler (VP, publishing director, Yen Press), Michael Gombos (director of licensing Asia, Dark Horse Comics), Ben Applegate (associate director, publishing services, Penguin Random House), and Erik Ko (chief of operations, Udon Entertainment). Moderated by Deb Aoki (Publishers Weekly, Manga Comics Manga).
Friday July 10, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm Room 4
- Tags Anime & Manga
More Greatest Movies Never Made: The Sequel
Take another look back at some of the greatest genre projects that never made it to the silver and small screens, from Philip Kaufman's Star Trek: Planet of Titans (the original '70s Star Trek reboot that was never made) and Rick Berman's Star Trek: The Beginning to David Lynch's Ronnie Rocket and One Saliva Bubble and Alejandro Jodorowsky's mind-blowing adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune. Panelists include filmmakers Steve Scarlata (producer,Jodorowksy's Dune), Ashley E. Miller (writer, Thor, X-Men: First Class), Charles de Lauzirika (Crave, Blade Runner Blu-ray, Twin Peaks RunnerBlu-ray), Steve Melching (writer, The Clone Wars, Batman: The Brave & The Bold),Edward Gross (The 50 Year Mission), Thomas P. Vitale (Planet X) and Mark A. Altman(Femme Fatales, Free Enterprise).
Friday July 10, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm Room 7AB
Pixies, Lovecraft, Poe, and Steampunk: An Unlikely Animation Slate
Arcana's animation slate based on their books has begun. June 5th saw the animated feature film Pixies debut in theaters starring Christopher Plummer, Bill Paxton, and Alexa Vega. Next for Pixies is Netflix and in store at Walmart on July 14. Howard Lovecraft & The Frozen Kingdom is in production for a May 2016 delivery and an October 2016 release. In development is The Steam Engines of Oz and the Edgar Allan Poe-inspired The Hope Virus. Get a behind-the-scenes look at this unlikely animation slate. Get free comics, free plush toys, and free shirts. Cthulhu plush toys and more will be given away to those with questions.
Friday July 10, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm Room 23ABC
Science Fiction That Will Change Your Life
What science fiction stories from the past year made you think and entertained you? Panelists talk about the year's smartest books, comics, movies, and TV with Gizmodo editor-in-chief Annalee Newitz and io9 editor-in-chief Charlie Jane Anders, along with authors Ernie Cline (Ready Player One, Armada), Jane Espenson (Once Upon a Time, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The 100, The Middleman).
Friday July 10, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm Room 25ABC
Spotlight on Asaf Hanuka and Boaz Lavie
Comics creators Asaf Hanuka and Boaz Lavie discuss their San Diego Comic-Con debut graphic novel, The Divine, the story of a man whose trip to the Southeast Asian country Quanlom changes his ideas about the magic in real life. Hanuka and Lavie share the story of the book's creation and development, their collaborative and creative process, and The Divine's road to publication. Moderated by Benjamin Bailey(Nerdist).
Friday July 10, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm Room 9
The Power of Superfandom
A new age has dawned! The days of geeks on the fringe are ancient history, and a new breed of enthusiast has risen to rule the pop culture kingdom: the superfan. Renowned in fandom far and wide for their authentic expertise, superfans wear their obsession excitedly on their sleeve. Their passion is their collective power, leading cultural conversations and influencing entertainment trends. For a few days at SDCC, all eyes are fixed on the stuff that superfans live and breathe: comics, movies, TV shows, and more. Panelists talk about what makes a true superfan and dissect the superfan domination of mainstream media. You might even learn how the power of the superfan can help turn your obsession into an awesome career.
Friday July 10, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm Room 14A
The World of Mouse Guard: 10th Anniversary
2015 makes the 10th anniversary of David Petersen's beloved series Mouse Guard, published by Archaia. Come celebrate the title and hear behind-the-scenes stories of the making of the Art of Mouse Guard 2005-2015 hardcover with Petersen, editorCameron Chittock, and special Mouse Guard guest Tony DiTerlizzi. Plus, David and comedian/actor Hal Lublin (The Thrilling Adventure Hour) will perform a dramatic reading of a Mouse Guard short story. Moderated by BOOM! Studios marketing manager Mel Caylo.
Friday July 10, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm Room 32AB
- Tags Comics
Make Your Mark with Prismacolor
UPDATED: Thu, Jun 25, 09:01PM Join Prismacolor specialist Shelley Minnis and comic artist Freddie E Williams II to learn tips from the pros and ‘Make your Mark” in the world of comics and manga. They will show techniques on using Prismacolor pencils and markers to help you become a more confident artist. Samples and door prizes provided.
Friday July 10, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm Room 30CDE
1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Seminars & Workshops | U: Updated, Art and Illustration,Seminars & Workshops
Dynamic Marker Rendering: Bringing Your Drawing to Life
Mark Brooks (Marvel exclusive cover artist, 2014 Inkpot recipient) has been with Marvel for more than 10 years, starting with Marvel Age Spider-Man, and has most recently been acclaimed for his cover work on such titles as Star Wars, Spider-Gwen, Deadpool, Fearless Defenders, X-Men Legacy, and The Avengers. Mark will focus on grayscale marker rendering techniques.
Friday July 10, 2015 5:00pm - 6:30pm Room 2
Care Bears and Madballs: A Look Back and A Look Ahead
A lively look back at the mega-popular '80s franchises that are seeing a resurgence with new entertainment in 2015 with writer Georgia Ball (Care Bears graphic novel) and Adam Staffaroni (senior editor, Roar Comics). Fans will have a chance to meet the original and current American Greetings creative team including Rick Reising (senior managing editor) and Carlos Villagra (head of new IP & illustration) behind both properties and learn about their journey from greeting card idea to global phenomenon. Featuring sneak peeks at artwork from the new Lion Forge comics coming in 2016. Moderated by Clare Kramer (Geek Nation).
Friday July 10, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm Room 8
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
After winning a 2014 Education Documentary Peabody Award for its "dazzling visual tour of the final frontier and its energetic evangelizing for science," as well as four Emmy Awards from 12 Emmy nominations,Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (National Geographic Channel, FOX) returns to Comic-Con with a Q&A with executive producerSeth MacFarlane, writer/executive producer/director Ann Druyan, and renowned astrophysicist and host Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
Friday July 10, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm Room 6DE
- Tags Television
Famous Monsters of Filmland: Stake of the Union 2015
The world's first monster fan magazine invades San Diego Comic Con again this year. Publisher Philip Kim, executive editor Ed Blair, and managing editor David Weiner will be on hand to discuss the future of the magazine. There will be exclusive cover reveals from Rick Baker, Darick Robertson, and Sanjulian; digital issues, film and TV projects; and FM's major push into comics with their new imprint, American Gothic Press. Special guests include AGP writer Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre) and artist Jeff Johnson (Green Lantern, X-O Manowar) and AGP editor Holly Interlandi. Plus, celebrate 50 years of Lost in Space with Lost in Space Forever producer/director Kevin Burns (executive producer Ancient Aliens, The Curse of Oak Island, Girls Next Door).
Friday July 10, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm Room 26AB
- Tags Horror and Suspense
FUNimation: Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'
This summer, Dragon Ball Z returns to the big screen as the series' most evil villain seeks his revenge. Get an exclusive sneak peek at the next feature-length film in the Dragon Ball Z franchise, Resurrection "F," as well as a panel and Q&A with stars Sean Schemmel (voice of Goku) and Christopher Sabat (voice of Vegeta/ADR director).
Friday July 10, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm Room 24ABC
- Tags Anime & Manga
Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy, director J.J. Abrams, writerLawrence Kasdan, and special guests provide a special look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Friday July 10, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm Hall H
New DC Universe: The Bad Guys: Are You Ready?
Sometimes it feels so good to be bad. DC Comics goes bad in this panel that puts the spotlight on the guys of questionable methods. This dangerous and dastardly crew is led by the creative teams behind fan-faves, such as Deathstroke, Harley Quinn, Injustice,Sinestro, and others, as they take you inside the devious minds of the bad guys.
Friday July 10, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm Room 5AB
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iZombie Special Video Presentation and Q&A
After the shocking events in the season finale of brainy hit iZombie, be among the first to get the scoop on what's in store for Season 2. Now that Liv (Rose McIver) gave the cure for zombie-ism to Blaine and Major (one that she desperately wanted to take herself!) will Ravi find a way to develop another cure? Will Clive remain in the dark about the existence of zombies? A special video presentation will be followed by a Q&A with series stars as well as executive producers Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars) andDiane Ruggiero-Wright (Veronica Mars). From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Spondoolie Productions and Warner Bros. Television and based on characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, published by DC Entertainment's Vertigo imprint, iZombie returns this fall with all-new episodes on Tuesdays at 9/8c on The CW. iZombie: The Complete First Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 29.
Friday July 10, 2015 5:45pm - 6:45pm Ballroom 20
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Orphan Black: BBC America Official Panel
Stars Tatiana Maslany (Sarah and the Leda clones), Jordan Gavaris (Felix), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Mrs. S), Dylan Bruce (Paul), Kristian Bruun (Donnie), and Ari Millen(Mark and the Castor clones) and co-creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson look back at last season before filming begins on Season 4. Orphan Black Season 3 is currently on VOD. For those new to the Clone Club, you can also start watching the BBC America series by streaming the first two seasons on Amazon Prime or download the entire series from any of the major digital platforms.
Friday July 10, 2015 5:45pm - 6:45pm Room 6BCF
A Comics Life for Me: The Road from Fan to Pro
Every day, behind-the-scenes people such as editors, designers, marketers, and even programmers work hard to make sure the comics you love get from the creator's hands to yours. Now's you're chance to learn how these comics luminaries and tastemakers got their start. Established comics pros David Steinberger (comiXology co-founder and CEO), Bobbie Chase (VP talent development, DC Entertainment), Chris Roberson(iZombie co-creator, co-publisher at Monkeybrain Comics), Dafna Pleban (editor, BOOM! Studios) and special surprise guests impart the knowledge you need to get your foot in the door and become a comics industry rock star. Moderated by Chip Mosher (comiXology VP of communications and marketing).
Friday July 10, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm Room 9
- Tags Comics
Adobe Photoshop Insights from the Photoshop Team and Pros
Daniel Presedo (Photoshop), Chris Cox (Photoshop), Nikolai Svakhin (Photoshop), andBrian Haberlin (Witchblade, Anomaly) celebrate 25 years of Photoshop. Find out what's new in Photoshop, the industry standard for digital imaging, and then prepare for a lively discussion and Q&A.
Friday July 10, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm Room 30CDE
How Ultimate Marvel Changed Everything
Comics journalists Heidi MacDonald and Graeme McMillan join Vulture online'sAbraham Riesman to look at the "Ultimate Marvel" line of comics that unexpectedly became a force that overhauled Marvel Comics, then became the most direct comics influence on the Marvel movies. But where did it go wrong?
Friday July 10, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm Room 7AB
Marvel Heroes 2015: More Amazing, Incredible, and Invincible Than Ever!
Marvel Heroes just celebrated two years as one of the best free-to-play multiplayer PC gaming experiences, and it just keeps getting bigger and better (or, in some cases, smaller and better). See what Gazillion has in store for the rest of 2015 and beyond, including the game's landmark 50th playable character. Expect some fun surprises, and come with some good questions for the Q&A session. Panelists include Gazillion's ownDavid Brevik (CEO and creator of Diablo), Ryan Collins (creative designer/community manager), Bridget MacFarland (game designer), Andrew Hair (gameplay engineer), and Chris Baker (senior social media manager).
Friday July 10, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm Room 25ABC
Media and Tie-In Writers 9th Annual Scribe Awards
Max Allan Collins (Mike Hammer), co-founder of the IAMTW, will announce the winners of this year's Scribe Awards for excellence in tie-in writing, including honoring this year's Grandmaster Award "Faust" winner, Terrance Dicks (Doctor Who). Join panelists Matt Forbeck (Halo), Christie Golden (Star Wars), Glenn Hauman (Star Trek),Jonathan Maberry (X-Files), George Mann (Doctor Who), Cavan Scott (Doctor Who), and Josh Vogt (Pathfinder Tales) for a freewheeling look at one of the most popular and yet underappreciated branches of the writing trade.
Friday July 10, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm Room 23ABC
- Tags Writers & Writing
Queer Representation in All-Ages and Youth Media
Many people have often dismissed queer content as adult content, inappropriate for kids. However, as we've seen in the popularity and successes of Legends of Korra, Steven Universe, and Lumberjanes, LGBTQIA+ and queer characters and storylines resonate with young audiences. Moderator Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes) and panelists James Tynion IV (The Woods, Memetic, UFOlogy), Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes), Molly Ostertag (Strong Female Protagonist), and Dan Parent (Kevin Keller) discuss how we can better include healthy representations and how to make them standard practice.
Friday July 10, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm Room 28DE
Simpsons Collectors Group
Simpsons collectors of the world, unite! Take a break from the busy Comic-Con floor and get a chance to meet some of your fellow collectors of Simpsons merchandise from all over the country. Meet the other Simpsons collectors you see on the message board and put faces to names. This gathering, hosted by the staff of the Simpsons Collectors website, is a great chance to network with other collectors and share your experiences in the hobby.
Friday July 10, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm Room 14A
Spotlight on Jerry Beck
Animation historian Jerry Beck (The 50 Greatest Cartoons, The Hanna Barbera Treasury, The Spongebob Squarepants Experience) discusses his career as a writer, researcher, animation producer, blogger (for Animation Scoop and Cartoon Research) and cartoon DVD curator (Looney Tunes Golden Collection). He will screen several rare animation clips and discuss the reasons some of your favorite animated films have never been released on home video. He'll also announce news of several exciting archival animation projects he's been working on. Join Jerry for this Q&A session moderated byDanny Fingeroth (author, Stan Lee Universe and Superman on the Couch).
Friday July 10, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm Room 4
Starz: Ash vs. Evil Dead
Original filmmakers Sam Raimi (executive producer, director, writer), Rob Tapert(executive producer), Bruce Campbell (executive producer and star of the series, Ash),Ivan Raimi (co-exeuctive producer), and Craig DiGregorio (executive producer), along with Lucy Lawless (Ruby), discuss the highly anticipated new series and what fans can expect in the premiere season.
Friday July 10, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm Room 6A
The Future of Mexican Animation in the U.S.
This panel, moderated by Edward James Olmos, features filmmakers Ricardo Arnaizand Mike Kunkel, as well as Ricardo Gomez Quinones (Kaxan), Andres Reyes Botello(Boxel), and Veronica Arceo (Nahuala Productions) who will share their experiences on producing the Mexican/American animated movie El Americano 3D and share inside information about independent distribution and their future projects. They will be joined by a group of Mexican and American producers, directors, and animators from Animex, Anima Estudios, Huevocartoon, Boxel, Imagination Films, Metacube, and Kaxan, who will also premiere their animated movies in the U.S. during 2015 and 2016.
Friday July 10, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm Room 29AB
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) discuss The Visit, their upcoming thriller from Universal Pictures.
Friday July 10, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm Horton Grand Theatre
The Writer's Journey: Breaking into Comics and Hollywood Scriptwriting
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 share insider information, publishing secrets, and the professional realities on how to develop your ideas into a viable comics proposal. Moderated by 2015 Disney/ABC Writing Program winner and 2014 Eisner Award nominee Brandon Easton (Marvel's Agent Carter,ThunderCats, Watson & Holmes), the panel includes Geoffrey Thorne (Leverage, The Librarians), Marc Zicree (Star Trek: the Next Generation, Space Command), Erika Alexander (Concrete Park, Living Single), and Tony Puryear (Concrete Park, the Schwarzenegger film Eraser). Topics will 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.
Friday July 10, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm Room 32AB
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Building the Modern (Super)Heroine
More and more, heroines are being positioned front and center on the page and screen-Katniss, Agent Carter, Tris, Furiosa, Wonder Woman, and Captain Marvel, just to name a few. What do creators and fans want out of a powerful female protagonist? How can you pay tribute to the heroines of the past while still looking toward the future? What's the difference between writing established heroines and creating your own? And how can one best position and support these characters to usher in a whole new era of totally bad ass (super)heroines across all platforms? This dynamic group of creators and expert commentators will discuss the challenges of building modern heroines in a variety of mediums. With Cecil Castellucci (Stone in the Sky), Sarah Kuhn(Heroine Complex), Andrea Letamendi (psychologist, Arkham Sessions), Jose Molina(Agent Carter), and Babs Tarr (Batgirl). Moderated by Amy Ratcliffe (Star Wars online).
Friday July 10, 2015 6:30pm - 7:30pm Room 26AB
Creative Communities and the Scenius of Comics
"Scenius" is what Brian Eno called the creativity that arises from communities; and it's brought about some of the best comics ever. Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), Tula Lotay(Supreme Blue Rose), Jen Vaughn (Vertigo), and Jen Wang (In Real Life) talk about what brings creative scenes together and how being part of a closely knit network has affected their work. Moderated by Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics).
Friday July 10, 2015 6:30pm - 7:30pm Room 8
- Tags Comics
Going Back in Time: A Discussion and Q&A with the Filmmakers Behind the Back to the Future Feature Documentary
Director Jason Aron, executive producer Louis Krubich, and producer Lee Leshendiscuss, take questions, and show clips from their upcoming film Back in Time, the feature-length documentary that shows the films' influence on the public 30 years later. Dean Cundey (legendary cinematographer for all three Back to the Future films, in addition to iconic movies such as Hook, Jurassic Park and many more), will join the discussion and be available for questions during the Q&A.
Friday July 10, 2015 6:30pm - 7:30pm Room 24ABC
Reinventing Horror for Comics and Film
For eight years, Mark L. Miller (Pirouette/Ain't It Cool News editor) has gathered together a ghoulish ensemble of the best of the best in horror writers, artists, and filmmakers to discuss and dissect the horrors they make and what (if anything) scares them. This year, Mark gathers Ed Brisson (Sheltered/The Mantle), Matt Pizzolo(Godkiller/publisher, Black Mask Studios), and Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead(writers/directors Spring/Resolution) to talk about how to reinvent and revitalize the horror genre; pushing new limits, twisting old concepts, and crafting new terrors to keep you up at night.
Friday July 10, 2015 6:30pm - 7:30pm Room 5AB
Firefly Online: Return of the Browncoats
The highly anticipated next chapter in the 'Verse, Firefly Online (FFO), is here! Andy Gore (executive producer), John O'Neill (technical director), Andrea Romano (voice director, Batman: The Animated Series), and David Joseph Wesley (composer) present the first and only officially licensed video game based on the cult-hit TV show Firefly. Witness an exclusive reveal of the game's first 10 minutes (featuring the voice talents of the Big Damn Heroes), followed by a Q&A session. Also expect giveaways, a live performance featuring music from the game's original soundtrack, plus a possible surprise guest or two.
Friday July 10, 2015 6:45pm - 7:45pm Room 6DE
Action Figure Insider Presents: Women in Toys
For the past 10 years Action Figure Insider has been moderating panels at SDCC about action figures and collectibles. One of the most common questions asked is, "where are the women?" This year, that questions will be answered with a panel made up of esteemed women in the toy industry across a wide spectrum of roles. Find out just what women can do to help and change the collectibles industry. Ask questions of these industry professionals and come talk toys! Panelists include Kat Sapene(prototype painter, Sideshow Toys), Aileen Gaspar (owner, October Toys), Irene Mater (freelance sculptor), and Allison Nehls (Kidrobot) Moderated by Daniel Pickett(Action Figure Insider).
Friday July 10, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm Room 29AB
Figure Drawing for Popular Media
Emilio Soltero, Ph.D. (John Buscema: A Life in Sketches; Draw the Line), and Kevin Nowlan (Hellboy, The Graveyard Book, Marvel and DC variant covers), present a primer on drawing the figure for popular media, including drawing for comics and character design. The focus will be on anatomy and figure drawing. Emilio will lecture and demonstrate on figure drawing, while Kevin will focus on inking and related areas. There will be time to draw as well. Cosplayers are welcome to model. Bring your drawing supplies to draw models/cosplayers during this interactive presentation.
Friday July 10, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm Room 30CDE
Insights for Independent Creators
The Antidote Trust, America's #1 indie collective, returns to insights on you and your creative output and invite you to share your own, Panelists include DeWayne Copeland (author, Ja Rel Sunstormer and the Port Controller of Cruzar; co-creator/producer, CV Nation), Dani Dixon (creator of the YA fantasy series Five Nations, Balance, comic book series 13), Brandon Perlow (visual FX artist; comic publisher, New Paradigm Studio; creator, Watson and Holmes), Hannibal Tabu (writer, web producer, journalist, Artifacts #35, Project: Wildfire), Andre Owens(writer/publisher, Force Galaxia, writer/director, The Psychedelic Detective), Robert Roach (winner of the inaugural Glyph award, Menthu), and moderator Regine L Sawyer(owner/writer/creator at the Lockett Down Productions, coordinator and founder of Women in Comics NYC Collective International).
Friday July 10, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm Room 32AB
Kung Fury: The Best Movie of All Time
The team behind viral sensation Kung Fury discuss the record-breaking and critically acclaimed journey, from Kickstarter to Cannes to Comic-Con. Director David Sandberg is joined on stage by the "True Survivor" David Hasselhoff (Hoff 9000), and cast members Jorma Taccone (Hitler), Eleni Young (Barbarianna), Leopold Nilsson(Hacker Man), Andreas Cahling (Thor), as well as Seth Grahame-Smith (producer of the upcoming feature) and moderator Drew McWeeny.
Friday July 10, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm Room 6BCF
Project Orangutan: A Comic with a Cause
From creating superheroes on paper to saving orangutans in real life, they are creating comics with a cause. Headed by Alana Bruyn, and Neville Howard from Melbourne Comics, Australia, Project Orangutan has engaged over 50 creators across the globe to create amazing stories and art, in effort to raise awareness of the orangutans on the brink of extinction. This panel will address the challenges with global collaboration, utilizing social media networking, challenging the norm, finding a new audience using a traditional comic medium, and celebrating the outcome of the books and its beneficiaries.
Friday July 10, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm Room 4
Starship Smackdown: The Geekspert's Court 007: Bond vs. Bond
For anyone whose ever been to Comic-Con, you know the singular power of the Starship Smackdown. Now from the panel of intrepid spaceshipologists comes The Geekspert's Court, as this honorable panel of geeksperts render verdicts to determine the greatest James Bond movie of all time as they celebrate the impending eagerly anticipated arrival of Spectre. CanOctopussy triumph over Never Say Never Again? What happens when GoldenEye battles Goldfinger? And does The Man with the Golden Guntruly have a powerful weapon? Chief Justice Mark A. Altman (Agent X, DOA: Dead Or Alive) exercises jurisprudence over this bench of judges, who include Steve Melching(Star Wars Rebels), Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class), Ryan Condal (Colony,Hercules), Robert Meyer Burnett (Agent Cody Banks, Free Enterprise), Marc Bernardin(Playboy), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Kay Reindl (Scream, Millennium) and Edward Gross (The Fifty Year Mission).
Friday July 10, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm Room 7AB
The Gay Agenda in Horror: Terrifying Subtext
The horror genre is based on our fears of the unknown, fear of "outsiders," and the attraction and repulsion of giving in to transgressions and forbidden passions. These elements have also been associated with the LGBTQ community mostly in a negative sense. All the way back to horror stories of the late 1800's, Dracula, Dorian Gray, and more, the subtext of gay and lesbian characters and themes was unspoken, hinted at, or inferred. But in the last few decades subtext has become "text." In novels from Anne Rice and others, to films and TV shows like The Hunger, True Blood, Hellbent, andAmerican Horror Story, the queer side of horror has come out into the light. Join Prism Comics and moderator Michael Varrati (Tales of Poe, Sins of Dracula) as they discuss the history of this popular genre from a queer perspective. Panelists will include Andy Mangels (Nightmares on Elm Street, Childs Play, Star Trek, Star Wars Comics) and Mark Bessenger (Bite Marks, The Last Straight Man).
Friday July 10, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm Room 28DE
The Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum and Star Trek Bridge Restoration
The Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum began by rescuing the Star Trek Enterprise TOS and TNGbridge sets and will now become the world's first museum to feature props and costumes from films and TV shows like Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, and Doctor Who. It will also teach filmmaking, space exploration and real science through science fiction. Board members include sci-fi legends Ronald D. Moore, David Gerrold, Rick Sternbach, Andrew Probert, and Dan Madsen and NASA astronautCady Coleman. Temporary exhibit opening will be in Los Angeles in 2016.
Friday July 10, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm Room 23ABC
The Sneaky Tiki Freaky Geeky Ukulele Play and Sing-Along
It's a fun hands-on, time-warping, intergalactic, magical, Middle Earth and sci-fi "superhero-like" ukulele sing and play along. Characters are welcome. Interpretive dance and air ukulele are encouraged. There will be a number of ukuleles on hand for use (while they last), and the songs will be projected on a screen for everyone to follow along. This panel is hosted by KEV, the world's most okayist ukulele player.
Friday July 10, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm Room 14A
- Tags Fan Culture Programs
What the Big Two Don't Want You to Know
Bleeding Cool's editor-in-chief Hannah Means-Shannon hosts Rich Johnston and special guests to pull the Band-Aid off the biggest controversies in comics publishing right now, especially relating to Marvel and DC Comics, and including essential SDCC revelations.
Friday July 10, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm Room 25ABC
What's Up with Penguin
Anne Sowards (executive editor, Ace/Roc), Diana Gill (executive editor, Ace/Roc),Richard Johnson (InkLit), and Erin Berger (Penguin Young Readers Group) give you the dish on forthcoming books from exciting authors and licensed properties, such as Cherie Priest, Richelle Mead, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Rachel Caine, Marie Lu, Sabaa Tahir, Ilona Andrews, Andrew Smith, and many more. You can expect giveaways such as finished books and advanced reading copies.
Friday July 10, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm Room 9
- Tags Books
World Premiere of Justice League: Gods & Monsters
Animation legend Bruce Timm returns to the popular DC Universe Original Movies with his unique new vision of a Justice League you've never seen before. Justice League: Gods & Monsters features a Superman born of General Zod's blood, a Batman with a healthy dose of bat in the man, and a Wonder Woman rising from the ranks of the New Gods. This ain't your daddy's Justice League. They are as likely the world's saviors as Earth's despotic rulers. When a group of famed scientists experience untimely "accidents," a government task force follows the trail of clues to the Justice League into a high-stakes game of intrigue, mystery, and action that asks the question: How do you serve justice to those above the law? The all-star voice cast includesMichael C. Hall (Dexter) as Batman, Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order, 24) as Superman, Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter films, Dig) as Lex Luthor, Richard Chamberlain (Dr. Kildare, The Thorn Birds) as Highfather, and Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica) as Steve Trevor. Witness the first public screening of this all-new film, then stay for an entertaining panel led by executive producer Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series); Tamara Taylor (Bones), voice of Wonder Woman; C. Thomas Howell (E.T., Southland), voice of Dr. Will Magnus; Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds), voice of Lois Lane, director Sam Liu; co-producer/screenwriter Alan Burnett; dialogue directorAndrea Romano; and members of the voice cast. As is tradition, there will be special announcements, moderator Victor Lucas (Electric Playground) will present exclusive prizes for a few lucky fans, and there just might be a few potential surprises. Justice League: Gods & Monsters will be available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital HD on July 14 and as a Blu-ray Combo Pack on July 28.
Friday July 10, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm Ballroom 20
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
Join stars Ian Ziering (Fin Shepard), Tara Reid (April Wexler), Cassie Scerbo (Nova Clarke), and David Hasselhoff (Gil Shepard), director Anthony C. Ferrante, and writerThunder Levin for a fin-tastic behind-the-scenes journey into the global pop culture sensation, followed by a Q&A session.
Friday July 10, 2015 7:15pm - 8:15pm Room 6A
An evening with Kevin Smith. After all the interesting and exciting movie panels are over, Hall H belongs to a middle-aged loser who dresses like a 12-year-old! Ask Kev questions about AMC's Comic Book Men and his forthcoming Mallrats sequel Mallbrats, and see the world premiere of the trailer to his new movie, Yoga Hosers. Wrap up a busy Friday with the Clown Prince of Comic-Con! With special guests from the Yoga Hoserscast.
Friday July 10, 2015 7:15pm - 9:00pm Hall H
An Inside Look at Shout! Factory, Shout! Kids, and Scream Factory
Brian Ward (DVD producer), Melissa Boag (VP, Kids & Family), and Jeff Nelson (senior marketing director) give you an exclusive sneak peek at upcoming Blu-ray and DVD collector's editions and make some special announcements. Moderated by Eric Goldman (executive editor at IGN).
Friday July 10, 2015 7:30pm - 8:30pm Room 24ABC
- Tags Movies
Beauty in the Beast
Entertainment designer and director Neville Page (Avatar, Prometheus, Star Trek, Super 8, Tron), shares his techniques for creating creatures and characters as well as revealing new techniques for makeup design.
Friday July 10, 2015 7:30pm - 8:30pm Room 8
Showcasing the Best in Korean Comics
A team of Korea's prolific artists and animation studios, represented by Jongmin Shin(CEO of EGA Studios), 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 Q&A session moderated byAustin Osueke (publisher of eigoMANGA).
Friday July 10, 2015 7:30pm - 8:30pm Room 26AB
Your Opinion Sucks!: Rotten Tomatoes Critics vs. Fans
Face off with your favorite Rotten Tomatoes critics when they join editor-in-chiefMatt Atchity and senior editor Grae Drake of Rotten Tomatoes, along with their editorial team. As Matt and Grae invite audience members to share movies and TV shows they love, hate, or love to hate, everyone in the room uses their "Personal Tomatometer Paddle" to dis/agree with the score.
Friday July 10, 2015 7:30pm - 8:30pm Room 5AB
Be a Financial Superhero Even If You Aren't Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne
Do you dream about quitting your day job to pursue your passion of being an artist, writer, or professional in the industry? Are you already in the business and need help with figuring out how to budget between paid contracts, or need to determine the best way to raise and save cash for future projects? Perhaps you just want to be a financial superhero for yourself and your family, and invest in your future. Karen Martin(Force4Creatives and Junior Achievement) and Sean Nisil (Sigdestad Financial) will present an entertaining and educational panel on superhero financial planning for artists, writers, industry professionals, and all others interested. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A of industry panel guests who will talk about financial challenges and successes in their fields.
Friday July 10, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm Room 4
Cartoon Network's Clarence and Friends Pajama Party
Clarence throws the best parties, and you're invited! Join Spencer Rothbell (head of story and voice of Clarence) for awesome episodes of your favorite Cartoon Network shows and super cool pwizes! But hey, hey, guess what, there's more! Clarence invited his new friends Grizz, Panda, and Ice Bear, and they're going to show an episode of their brand new show We Bare Bears for everyone to see for the very first time! How cool is that!? So put on your favorite pajamas and maaayyyybe you'll get a swing at the myyystewy piñata!
Friday July 10, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm Room 7AB
Kill All the Adverbs: Essentials for Writing with Energy
Whether you're writing scripts, comics, short stories, or novels, Carole Barrowman's strategies are essential for any writer who wants to ramp up the energy in his or her work. Carole promises you'll leave with tips you can implement right away in your own work. Carole's presentations are always lively and practical, drawing on her wealth of experience as a published writer and teacher. In collaboration with her brother, John Barrowman (Arrow, Torchwood, Dr. Who), Carole has written six books, including the acclaimed fantasy series Hollow Earth trilogy (Aladdin), the sci-fi novel Exodus Code: A Torchwood Novel (BBC Books), and the comic Captain Jack and The Selkie (Titan). Carole also contributed a chapter to the Hugo Award-winning anthology Chicks Dig Time Lordsand the Hugo-nominated Queers Dig Time Lords (Mad Norwegian Press).
Friday July 10, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm Room 30CDE
Mega64 Cinematic Universe Panel Phase 64 Teaser
Join the cast and crew of Mega64 at the only panel in their own hometown. Filled with San Diego pride, the gang will eat California burritos, show new videos, and answer your questions. Featuring series stars Rocco Botte, Derrick Acosta, Shawn Chatfield, Garrett Hunter, Eric Baudour, and others.
Friday July 10, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm Room 6DE
Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News, Mass Effect 3) and the Nerdist News team break down the hottest stories in movies, TV, comic books, gaming, tech, and beyond. With surprises, ancient Illuminati secrets, and startling revelations waiting to be unveiled, this is one panel you cannot miss. Plus, make sure you come armed with your best, most burning questions because you just might get a chance to ask it.
Friday July 10, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm Room 23ABC
Over30Cosplay: Cosplay for Every Age
John D. Callison (cosplayer, founder of Over30Cosplay), Bill Waters (national geek culture reporter/photographer, Examiner.com; editor/photographer, ComicsOnline),Patrica Tallman (actress best known for Lyta on Babylon 5 and Barbara from Night of the Living Dead), Alfredo Garcia (cosplayer since 1988, founding member Over30Cosplay), Anastasia Hunter (master level costumer, chair of Gaslight Gathering), April Wahlin (reality TV show winner for Search for the Next Elvira, actress, crafter, horror hostess, author, epic nerd), Ian Whyte (cosplayer, founding member Over30Cosplay), and Jennifer Vos (admin, Over30Cosplay; twitch.tv streamer; actress/model, Playboy) discuss topics appealing to the older cosplay crowd, including costume choice, dating, marriage, couples/family cosplay, societal moors/impact, marketing to the older cosplayer, social media and older cosplayers, bullying of older cosplayers, and the age of Hollywood characters and the impact on cosplay choices.
Friday July 10, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm Room 14A
She Made Me Do It: FanGirls Lead the Way
As the demographics of the industry continue to change, this panel focuses on the impact off female fans (not female creators) and how they are changing comics from the ground up in surprising and positive ways. More than ever, their grassroots efforts can be seen everywhere, from comic shops to conventions, from cosplay to social media. Panelists include Kit Cox (Milkfed Criminal Masterminds), Portlyn Polston(Brave New World), Christy Black (More Than a Geek Girl), Jamie Broadnax (Black Girl Nerds) and Autumn Rain Glading (Brave New World). Moderated by Ed Catto(Bonfire Agency).
Friday July 10, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm Room 25ABC
- Tags Fandom
The Aquabats Super Show! What Happens Next?!
Join the Aquabats (M. C. Bat Commander, EagleBones FalconHawk, Jimmy the Robot, Crash McLarson, Ricky Fitness) and Super Show! co-creator and director Jason deVilliers (The Flyboys, Yo Gabba Gabba!) to find out what happens next with The Aquabats and the future of The Aquabats Super Show! Join the world's greatest underdog champions of nerd-core and Superhero Rock Band as the fate of the world and the future of The Aquabats is discussed and decided right before your eyes. Witness appearances by special guests and villains from the TV show and an open Q&A session to be moderated by a very special surprise guest.
Friday July 10, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm Room 29AB
This Looks Like a Job For . . .
Have you ever been asked what superpower you would like to have? A research study conducted by Keith W. Beard, Psy.D. (professor of psychology, Marshall University),April Fugett, Ph.D. (associate professor of psychology, Marshall University), and Josh Carter, Britani Black, and Elijah Wise (doctoral students, Marshall University) examined how your choice of superpower may influence occupational interest and career choices. The choice of a superpower was compared to six occupational themes/categories. Certain superpowers are uniquely associated with one of the six occupational themes, suggesting that certain superpowers are frequently desired by people in particular career areas. This information could be used for such things as career counseling, focused marketing toward certain outlets, and guiding individuals toward leisure time opportunities and hobbies.
Friday July 10, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm Room 32AB
Welcome to Night Vale: The Novel
Coming October 2015 from Harper Perennial, Welcome to Night Vale is the debut novel from the creators of the international hit podcast. Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor will give an inside look into the book and how it fits into the world of the podcast and live shows.
Friday July 10, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm Room 9
Showtime Presents the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
The 27th annual Eisner Awards (the "Oscars" of the comics industry) honor comics creators and works in 29 categories. Presenters will include singer-songwriter/actor/comics fan Ne-Yo (Non-Fiction); actors Shane West (Salem, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), Tara Ochs (Selma), Megan Hayes (Hunger Games), J. Michael Trautman (Shameless), Katrina Law (Arrow, Spartacus), Kandyse McClure (Battlestar Galactica, Smallville), and Tahmoe Penkett (Battlestar Galactica, Smallville); British talk show host/comics writer Jonathan Ross, nominees Michael and Laura Allred (iZombie, Silver Surfer); Milestone Media co-founder Michael Davis; Hall of Fame cartoonistSergio Aragonés (Groo, MAD); writer/artist Bill Morrison (Bongo Comics), 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. See page 9 for more details.
Friday July 10, 2015 8:00pm - 10:30pm Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
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Worst Cartoons Ever
For the thirteenth year, Jerry Beck (Cartoon Research) has once again compiled a new election of the most terribly written, ugliest drawn ,and unintentionally funniest animated films ever made. Cartoons include Mighty Mr. Titan (a physical fitness superhero) and Super President (a one-man weapon of mass destruction). Be sure to enjoy some of the worst there is out there in this hilarious salute.
Friday July 10, 2015 8:15pm - 9:15pm Room 6BCF
Christian Comic Arts Society Mixer
Presented by the Christian Comic Arts Society and VeggieTales Super Comics (B&H Kids/Big Idea/Dreamworks), in partnership with Geeky Guys for GOD and Fans for Christ. This mixer is an opportunity for Christian fans and professionals to intermingle, socialize, and network. There will also be an epic quiz contest, with prizes to be awarded to contestants who prove to be the geekyest. Meet professionals includingCory Jones (illustrator, VeggieTales Super Comics), Dan Lynch (publisher, B&H Kids/LifeWay Christian Resources), Pastor Frederick K. C. Price Jr. (Crenshaw Christian Center), Buzz Dixon (G.I. Joe, Serenity manga), Clint D. Johnson (Faith Walker, M25:20 Media), and Scott A. Shuford (FrontGate Media.
Friday July 10, 2015 8:30pm - 9:30pm Room 26AB
Is It Steampunk?
You've heard of Steampunk, but what exactly distinguishes this unique subgenre from other branches of science fiction? Andrew Fogel (The League of S.T.E.A.M.), Brian Kesinger (Walking Your Octopus), Claire Hummel (Bioshock: Infinite), Yomi Ayeni(Clockwork Watch), and Glenn Freund (The League of S.T.E.A.M.) dissect and debate pop culture examples of literature, movies, TV, video games, comics, and more.
Friday July 10, 2015 8:30pm - 9:30pm Room 24ABC
Klingons, weapons and, oh yes, there will be live action bat'leth sword battles. Come join the fun and mayhem for the 22nd annual Klingon stage play. Watch the Stranglehold Klingons travel to distant worlds to bring glory back to the Empire. Enter the Trek costume contest; prizes awarded for best-dressed, largest red shirt group, and more. All alien races welcomed. If you love stage plays and swag even more, come and support the only live-action Star Trek fan based play to boldly go where no play has gone before!
Friday July 10, 2015 8:30pm - 9:30pm Room 6A
Surviving Conventions as an Indie Creator
Christopher Butcher (festival director of TCAF, Comics212, The Beguiling) moderates experienced exhibitors Daniel Davis (Steam Crow, Booth Bastards), Shing Yin Khor(Sawdust Press), Paul Roman Martinez (The 19XX), and Geoffrey Golden and Amanda Meadows (The Devastator) to discuss making a full convention calendar work alongside a heavy production calendar. They'll also answer questions raised by the 2014 Convention Survey: What should creators expect from conventions and how can we make the most of them?
Friday July 10, 2015 8:30pm - 9:30pm Room 8
ScreenJunkies: Honest Trailers and Movie Fights Live
An exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at Screen Junkies' Honest Trailers, hosted by Hal Rudnick, featuring a never-before-seen trailer and Q&A with creator Andy Signore, writer Spencer Gilbert, editor Dan Murrell, and epic voice Jon Bailey. Plus a special all-star live edition of their popular debate series Movie Fights featuring How it Should Have Ended, Chris Stuckman, Nick Mundy and special surprise guests!
Friday July 10, 2015 8:30pm - 10:00pm Room 5AB
Nerdist's Kyle Hill (Because Science), Marvel, the "Bad Astronomer" Phil Plait, Slate, and the National Academy of sciences are teaming up to give you an inside look at some of the ways scientists have worked with filmmakers on your favorite Marvel movies, including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor, and more.
Friday July 10, 2015 9:00pm - 10:00pm Room 23ABC
Encore Screening: Justice League: Gods & Monsters
Missed it the first time? Loved it so much, you must see it again? Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is proud to offer a second helping of the all-new DC Universe Original Movie, Justice League: Gods & Monsters, which will be available on Digital HD on July 14 and as a Blu-ray Combo Pack on July 28.
Friday July 10, 2015 9:00pm - 10:30pm Ballroom 20
Hall H and Ballroom 20 Friday Playback Free Play
Didn't get into Hall H or Ballroom 20 today? We feel your pain! On hand to kick off the panel will be the assistant to the director of programming for Comic-Con, Tommy Goldbach, in this two-and-half-hour block that rebroadcasts some of the day's popular panels from those two giant rooms. Best of all, those in attendance will get to vote in a show of applause on what they want to see. It's democracy at its finest, and it's a second and maybe even a third chance to see these panels. (Please note: these playbacks will include only the panel discussions. None of the film clips or footage shown at the live events will be shown here.)
Friday July 10, 2015 9:15pm - 10:45pm The Playback Room, Omni Hotel, 4th Floor Ballroom
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Spike & Mike's Festival of Animation/Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation
Not for the faint of heart! Bear witness to outrageous hilarity of everything thought possible and impossible of Sick & Twisted Animation. You, the lunatic fringe of society, vote on the films as they screen in front of you. Amazing new films from Bravest Warriors director Breehn Burns and Barely Political YouTube producer Mark Douglaswill be shown, as well as many other pop culture and viral animations. Meet Spike, who will be introducing the show in person.
Friday July 10, 2015 9:30pm - 11:30pm Room 6BCF