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Comic-Con International continued to reveal the programming schedule for San Diego as they rolled out the panels and events scheduled for Saturday, July 20.
The third day brings panels from Skybound, BOOM!, Archaia, Top Shelf, Fantagraphics, Drawn + Quarterly, Top Cow, Archie, Action Lab Entertainment, IDW and Rebellion, Dark Horse, Image Comics, Valiant and Lion Forge Comics, the makers of those Saved by the Bell and Knight Rider comics that are coming soon. DC has panels dedicated to Green Lantern, Superman’s 75th anniversary, Sandman and Batman: Year Zero, while Marvel has panels on Infinity, their video games, animation slate and their movies, which include Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (no doubt they’ll have a little more than that). In what is likely his first trip to Comic-Con, Congressman John Lewis will be on hand to talk about his book from Top Shelf, March.
You’ll also find spotlight panels on Russ Heath, Sam Kieth, Val Mayerik, Vera Brosgol, John Romita Jr., Jon Bogdanove, Jim Lee, George Perez, Gerry Conway, Frank Brunner, Roy Thomas and Paul Dini, as well as a tribute to Joe Kubert. The day wraps up with the annual CCI Masquerade.
Check out some of the comics-related highlights below, and visit the Comic-Con website for the full schedule:
March: The Graphic Novel
Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon, one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper’s farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African American president. Now, remembering how a 1950s comic book helped spread the philosophy and tools of nonviolent resistance among his generation of activists, Congressman Lewis has a new project to do the same for today’s youth. Together with co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell (Swallow Me Whole, The Silence of Our Friends, The Heroes of Olympus), he brings his incredible story to comics, in the graphic novel trilogy March. As we approach the 50th anniversary of the day Martin Luther King, Jr. said “I Have a Dream,” meet the last living person who spoke from that podium, and see his incredible story come to life in a gorgeous graphic novel from Top Shelf Productions.
10:00am – 11:00am, Room 23ABC
Remembering Joe Kubert
We lost one of comics’ most beloved and respected creators in August 2012. Joe Kubert started drawing comics when he was twelve years old and didn’t stop until he’d inspired and taught a couple of generations how it was done. Hear all about this extraordinary man from folks who knew and worked with him: Sergio Aragonés, Neal Adams, Paul Levitz, Russ Heath, Tom Yeates, Jon Cooke, and your moderator, Mark Evanier.
10:00am – 11:00am, Room 4
You’ve Broken into Comics, Now What? How to Be a Pro
You’ve found your collaborators, you’ve worked hard and gotten some comics made. Oh God, now what? Co-moderators writer Christopher Sebela (High Crimes) and Oni Press editor Charlie Chu (The Sixth Gun) address having a career in comics, behaving like a professional, and managing expectations once you are a working creator. Panelists include writer Cullen Bunn (Helheim), writer Joshua Williamson (Captain Midnight), and writer/artist Natalie Nourigat (It Girl and the Atomics).
10:00am – 11:00am, Room 28DE
Comics Arts Conference Session #9: What Is A Superhero? Professional and Scholarly Views
Contributors to What Is a Superhero? (Oxford University Press, 2013) explore the definition of the superhero and the role of the supervillain in the genre from a range of disciplinary, scholarly, and professional perspectives. Co-editors Robin Rosenberg (Huffington Post) and Peter Coogan (Washington University in St. Louis), are joined by contributors John Jennings (University at Buffalo), Stanford Carpenter (Institute for Comics Studies), Dana Anderson (Maine Maritime Academy), Paul Levitz (Legion of Super-Heroes), and Fred Van Lente (Brain Boy).
10:30am – 12:00pm, Room 26AB
Marvel Television Presents
It’s the biggest, most animated Marvel Television panel ever! Join Marvel’s head of television, Jeph Loeb, for the latest from inside Marvel Universe on Disney XD, including what’s next for Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man, a new episode of the hit series Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, and the world premiere of Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.
10:30am – 11:30am, Room 6BCF
Spotlight on Val Mayerik
Comic-Con special guest Val Mayerick is best known for his Marvel Comics work in the 1970s, including Man-Thing and the introduction of Howard the Duck. Val talks about his career in comics, past, present, and future in this special guest spotlight event.
10:30am – 11:30am, Room 8
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Preview Their Upcoming Lineups
Legendary Pictures: Godzilla — An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. Gareth Edwards directs Godzilla, which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, and Juliette Binoche, with David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston. The screenplay is by Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont, and Dave Callaham. Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing with Mary Parent and Brian Rogers. Alex Garcia and Patricia Whitcher are the executive producers, alongside Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira. The film is from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures.
Legendary Pictures: Seventh Son — The fantasy action adventure Seventh Son takes audiences to a time long past, where evil is about to be unleashed. Jeff Bridges stars as Master Gregory, a Falcon Knight who imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) years ago. Now escaped, she seeks vengeance, and Gregory has only until the next blood moon to train a new apprentice (Ben Barnes), the seventh son of a seventh son, to fight a dark magic unlike any other. Oscar nominee Sergei Bodrov directs an international cast that includes Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Olivia Williams, Antje Traue, and Djimon Hounsou. The film is from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures.
Warner Bros. Pictures: 300: Rise of an Empire — From producer Zack Snyder, Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures present a new chapter in this epic saga, based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel Xerxes and told in the same breathtaking visual style as the blockbuster 300. Directed by Noam Murro, 300: Rise of an Empire takes the action to a fresh battlefield-on the sea-with a cast of both new and returning stars, led by Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, David Wenham, and Rodrigo Santoro. Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, and Bernie Goldmann produce, with Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad again collaborating on the screenplay.
Warner Bros. Pictures: Gravity — From director Alfonso Cuarón comes the sci-fi Thriller Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, alongside veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). On a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes, leaving them completely alone-tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further into the terrifying expanse of space.
Warner Bros. Pictures: The LEGO Movie — From directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller of 21 Jump Street comes the first ever full-length theatrical LEGO adventure, The LEGO Movie, about a perfectly average LEGO minifigure named Emmet who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which he is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared. The original 3D computer animated story stars Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, and Alison Brie, with Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman.
10:45am – 1:15pm, Hall H
Breaking into Comics with IDW’s Editorial Team
Aspiring creators, this is for you! Come listen to a team of IDW editors, including Chris Ryall, John Barber, Tom Waltz, and Jeff Webber, as well as some current IDW creators on what to do, definitely what not to do, and other arcane bits of information and tips on carving out some creative space in the comic industry!
11:00am – 12:00pm, Room 28DE
Spotlight on Jon Bogdanove
One of the architects of The Death of Superman, and co-creator of Steel, artist Jon Bogdanove (Superman: The Man of Steel, Power Pack, X-Factor) discusses the techniques, methods, philosophy, and influences behind his drawing and writing and talks about what it is really like to work for Marvel and DC Comics. Featured will be the world-premiere preview of his secret, new project. Join Jon for this Q&A session, moderated by his son, filmmaker and video game writer and voice and mo-cap director Kal-El Bogdanove (Fallout: New Vegas Dead Money DLC, and the upcoming Aliens: Colonial Marines DLC) and television, film, and video game writer, producer, and VO coordinator Chris Faiella (Fall Out franchise, Skyrim, Wildstar, Tomb Raider).
11:00am – 12:00pm, Room 4
Twenty-one Years of Top Cow
Celebrate 21 years of Top Cow with founder Marc Silvestri and president Matt Hawkins along with a bevy of Top Cow creators and special guests! Be the first to hear exclusive information about the future of Cyber Force, Aphrodite IX, Witchblade, and the rest of the Top Cow Universe- in both the printed comics and other media. Get the inside scoop on the books that will comprise the next wave of Top Cow’s Minotaur Press imprint to follow in the wake of the smash hit Think Tank. And for those itching to break into comics and make a name for themselves, announcements concerning Top Cow’s Fall Talent Hunt will be unveiled. And if all of that wasn’t enough, as an added bonus, all attendees will receive a special limited-edition mini-lithograph!
11:00am – 12:00pm, Room 9
DC Comics Batman: Zero Year
DC Comics group editor Mike Marts, writer Scott Snyder (Batman), and artists Greg Capullo (Batman) and Dan Miki (Batman) journey back to the origins of the Dark Knight this summer with the storyline Batman: Zero Year! Join the all-star team for an exclusive look at the formative years of the Caped Crusader and what they have in store for him in the coming months!
11:15am – 12:30pm, Room 6DE
Inside the Writer’s Room: Earth’s Mightiest TV Writers Assemble
Meet the writers, producers, and executives who make genre entertainment what it is today, and get an incredible insider look from the scribes behind some of today’s hottest genre shows as they share their candid thoughts on how to make the series we love (and sometimes loathe). Find out the highly classified secrets to getting TV shows made and how to break in and break out in today’s highly competitive broadcast environment; the deep dark secrets (and low-calorie snacks) of the writer’s room; and why network executives actually care about what you say on message boards. No canned speeches and press releases here; get the straight scoop from television’s most talented and outspoken writers and producers, including Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman, Lost, Helix), Ashley E. Miller (Fringe, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Amy Berg (Eureka, TNT Geena Davis pilot), Steve Melching (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Transformers: Prime), Gabrielle Stanton (Haven, The Vampire Chronicles, Arrow), Jose Molina (Firefly, Sleepy Hollow), Sarah Watson (Parenthood, The Middleman), Mark A. Altman (Femme Fatales, Castle), and surprise guests. Moderator Chris Parnell (senior VP, drama development, Sony Pictures Television) moderates.
11:30am – 12:30pm, Room 24ABC
Spotlight on Frank Brunner
Comic-Con special guest and legendary artist and co-writer of Dr. Strange, TV’s X-Men, Red Sonja and more, Frank Brunner will appear for a Q&A panel moderated by historian and artist’s rights advocate J. David Spurlock.
11:30am – 12:30pm, Room 8
Spotlight on John Romita, Jr.
Editor-in-chief for Marvel Comics Axel Alonso pries into Captain America artist John Romita, Jr.’s 30-plus years in comics.
11:30am – 12:30pm, Room 5AB
It’s the fastest, funniest panel in the whole convention! (Well, some folks think it is-mainly Sergio and Mark.) Once again, your Quick Draw Quizmaster Mark Evanier pits three super-speedy cartoonists against one another as they go mano a mano to create great cartoon art right before your very eyes. Competing this year are Sergio Aragonés (MAD, Groo the Wanderer), Scott Shaw! (The Simpsons), and this year’s Special Guest Quick Draw-er, Neal Adams (Batman, X-Men). Plus a couple of surprising surprises!
11:45am – 1:00pm, Room 6BCF
A Feast for Your Eyes: Creativity in Comics and Cuisine
Cooking is creativity. Food is art. In so many ways, the connections between food and comics on a creative level are everywhere. A chef’s knife is the equivalent of an artist’s pencil or brush. Their kitchens are their canvases. Both chefs and artists are only limited by their own imaginations; they both use their tools to take what is in their minds and create masterpieces in different mediums. But the processes are the same, and that’s what panelists will be exploring in this open discussion, with C. B. Cebulski, Brian Malarkey, Rosanna Pansino, and Justin Warner.
12:00pm – 1:00pm, Room 7AB
Archie Comics: The Hottest Publisher in the Industry
Archie Comics continues to dominate the headlines with celebrity crossovers, fantastical storytelling, and the announcement of a live-action Archie movie! Team Archie comes together in San Diego to reveal what surprises (and zombies!) are in store for the future of the iconic teens of Riverdale. The panel includes Archie Comics publisher/co-CEO Jon Goldwater, president Mike Pellerito, executive director of editorial Paul Kaminski, cartoonist Dan Parent (Kevin Keller), iVerse Media CEO Michael Murphey, and Gogii Games president George Donovan and will be moderated by the writer of the Archie movie Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Afterlife with Archie).Come prepared with questions to find out about Afterlife with Archie, the Archie mobile game, the Archie movie plus learn more about the future of the critically hailed Red Circle superhero comics New Crusaders and The Fox! All in attendance will receive a gift bag worth $100 so don’t miss out!
12:00pm – 1:00pm, Room 9
CBLDF Presents: Defending Manga
For those in the know, manga is a powerful form of storytelling that has its roots in Japan but reaches out to speak to the inner life of audiences all over the world. Unfortunately, manga is also one of the most misunderstood forms of expression in the modern cultural landscape, and for librarians, educators, and aficionados looking to share their passion for this amazing medium, overcoming those misunderstandings can be a daunting task. Comic Book Legal Defense Fund executive director Charles Brownstein is joined by experts to discuss the history of manga, its genre and demographic categories, and the issues affecting its readers in a panel that will provide audience members with more tools to defend this amazing category against uninformed attacks.
12:00pm – 1:00pm, Room 30CDE
Comic Book Entrepreneurs
Leading pop culture entrepreneurs share their secrets behind building successful pop culture businesses. Rob Salkowitz, futurist and author of Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture moderates a truly unique and inspirational talk with established entrepreneurs David Steinberger (comiXology co-founder and CEO), Ted Adams (IDW Publishing co-founder and CEO), and Dinesh Shamdasani (CEO and chief creative officer of Valiant Entertainment). It’s an inside look at the business side of pop culture that no future entrepreneur can miss!
12:00pm – 1:00pm, Room 28DE
Comics Arts Conference Session #10: Japan and Global Influence
Dexter L. Thomas, Jr. traces the effect that Yutsoko Chusonji’s work had on the Hip-Hop scene in Japan, both as an “edutainment” writer and as the woman who personally bankrolled Japan’s first ever hip-hop radio show. June M. Madeley (University of New Brunswick, Saint John) investigates the readership, viewing, and meaning-making practices of manga readers and anime viewers outside Japan, in particular in English translation. Jonathan Valdez (San Diego State University) examines activism from the Asian American community by focusing on comics in Secret Identities: The Asian American Superheroes Anthology and Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology, arguing that these anthologies seek to dethrone longstanding Orientalist stereotypes.
12:00pm – 1:30pm, Room 26AB
Top Shelf Productions
Join marketing director Leigh Walton, and a bevy of Top Shelf talent for a feast of incredible debuts: Chris Ross announces exclusive breaking news on the digital comics front, Rob Harrell shows off his incredible fantasy-comedy Monster on the Hill, Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler explain why God Is Disappointed in You, and Zander Cannon takes us all to Heck. Plus major releases from Jeffrey Brown and Kevin Cannon, and an inside look at what may be Top Shelf’s biggest book ever: March by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, debuting this weekend!
12:00pm – 1:00pm, Room 4
Marvel Video Games
You’re in for an hour of fun and surprises in the most ambitious Marvel video games panel to date! Hear the latest on all upcoming Marvel video games, including the highly anticipated LEGO Marvel Super Heroes! Find out what’s next for Marvel Avengers Alliance, Marvel Heroes, Marvel Pinball, and Marvel War of Heroes. This panel wouldn’t be the same without a few special guests, so stop by and see who takes the stage!
12:30pm – 1:30pm, Room 6A
We Are BOOM!
Find out what makes BOOM! Studios different from every other comics publisher in the market and why 2013 is a transformative year for the company. Founder and CEO Ross Richie, editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon, and vice president of publishing and marketing Filip Sablik reintroduce BOOM! Studios to the world of comics.
12:30pm – 1:30pm, Room 24ABC
Weekly Shonen Jump Podcast: Live Recording!
Naruto vs. Goku! Ichigo vs. Hinata! Luffy vs. 100 duck-sized horses! Debate these and many other burning manga-related issues along with the Weekly Shonen Jump editorial staff at their first-ever LIVE podcast recording session, only at Comic-Con!
12:30pm – 1:30pm, Room 5AB
DC Comics Green Lantern: Recharged!
A new era in the Green Lantern mythos begins here! Whether you are a rookie or veteran Lantern fan, this must-see panel is the perfect place to recharge your power ring! Join Bernard Chang (Green Lantern Corps), Van Jensen (Green Lantern Corps), Charles Soule (Red Lanterns), Robert Venditti (Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps), and Brad Walker (Green Lantern: New Guardians) for an exclusive look at what’s in store during this new and exciting time for the Corps!
12:45pm – 1:45pm, Room 6DE
CBLDF’s Comics on Trial, Part 3: War on Thought Crime: How Artists and Readers Are Prosecuted For Comics
In 1994, a Florida jury convicted cartoonist Mike Diana of creating obscene material in his hand-made zine Boiled Angel. As part of his sentence he was forbidden from drawing in his own home. In the last decade, an increasing number of individuals, including Christopher Handley and Ryan Matheson, have been targeted and prosecuted by law enforcement for reading manga that the government claims is deviant and obscene material. In the conclusion of CBLDF’s Comics on Trial series, CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein walks through the disturbing current battleground where individuals are being prosecuted for the ideas they draw and read.
1:00pm – 2:00pm, Room 30CDE
Celebrating Ten Years of Prism Comics
In 2003, a new champion appeared on the comics scene, determined to make the industry a better place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender comics creators and readers. The nonprofit Prism Comics was founded by a small group of comics fans to provide a network for LGBTQ comics professionals and fans through their website, events, and convention appearances. Prism Comics has grown and now supports the next generation of creators through The Prism Comics Queer Press Grant. And diversity in the comics industry has grown as well. Where once LGBTQ comics and characters were marginalized, now they are frequently stepping into the spotlight. Moderator Justin Hall (No Straight Lines, Glamazonia, Prism advisory board) and panelists Ted Abenheim (president, Prism Comics), Tara Madison Avery (Dirtheads, Prism board), Paige Braddock (Jane’s World, Prism advisory board), Charles “Zan” Christensen (co-founder, Prism Comics; Northwest Press), Roger Klorese (Prism board), Jon Macy (Teleny and Camille, Prism Queer Press Grant chairperson) offer a look back at where Prism Comics started, celebrate how far they’ve come, and a peek into the future of where the queer comics scene might be headed.
1:00pm – 2:00pm, Room 28DE
Image Comics and the Genre Fiction Renaissance
In the Golden Age of comics, readers devoured comics of every conceivable genre — western, romance, war, fantasy, and horror. Some of Image’s top creators discuss the rise and fall — and the new rise — of genre comics and how they’re revitalizing and revolutionizing diversity in the comics canon with titles like Fatale, Five Ghosts, Revival, Peter Panzerfaust, Rat Queens, and Ravine. Moderated by Ron Richards, with Ed Brubaker, Frank Barbiere, Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, Kurtis J. Wiebe, and Ron Marz.
1:00pm – 2:00pm, Room 7AB
Judge Dredd Comics: IDW and Rebellion
You’ll get 20 years in an Iso-Cube if you miss this one! Join IDW’s Dirk Wood and Chris Ryall, along with Judge Dredd writer Duane Swierczynski, 2000AD’s Ben Smith, creators Henry Flint and John Higgins, and more for a drokkin’ good time discussing everyone’s favorite Mega-City One judge.
1:00pm – 2:00pm, Room 9
Little Lulu Fan Group
One of the most memorable kids’ comics ever created (yet with remarkable “all- ages” appeal), Little Lulu has generated a worldwide fan following. Learn more about this classic comics character and the renewed interest in the other delightful works of the great John Stanley, and join in the annual scripted reading of a Golden Age Little Lulu story. All are welcome!
1:00pm – 2:00pm, Room 29A
Spotlight on Roy Thomas
The multitudinously talented Roy Thomas shines in the spotlight as moderator Jon B. Cooke (Comic Book Creator magazine) quizzes the “All-Star” comics fan, award-winning comics scribe, and editor supreme about his early fanzine work, life with Stan Lee in the Marvel Bullpen, critically acclaimed writing on Conan and The Avengers (among others), and the Rascally One’s Eisner Award-nominated achievements for his Alter Ego magazine.
1:00pm – 2:00pm, Room 4
The Tick 25th Anniversary
Ben Edlund (the creator of The Tick), Chris McCulloch (Tick Karma Tornado artist/writer and Venture Brothers creator), and Bob Polio (art director of The Tick comic series) discuss the 25-year history of The Tick.
1:00pm – 2:00pm, Room 23ABC
Comic-Con How-To: Graphic Novels from Idea to Finish
Learn how to take your idea and make a graphic novel using Brian Haberlin’s graphic novels Shifter and Anomaly as test cases. Subjects discussed include idea to script, page format, panel layout, art style, distribution, printing, and much more.
1:30pm – 2:45pm, Room 2
Marvel Minimates: Ten Years of Awesomeness
Chuck Terceira (director) and Zach Oat (marketing supervisor) preview upcoming Minimates from Marvel, Walking Dead, Aliens, Ghostbusters, and a new license, with a Q&A to follow.
1:30pm – 2:30pm, Room 8
It’s the Avengers versus their greatest galactic foe, Thanos! Get the lowdown on Jonathan Hickman’s six-issue event that pulls in your favorite heroes from all corners of the Marvel Universe. Plus, get the 4-1-1 on all your other favorite Avengers titles! Featuring editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, and writers Sam Humphries (Avengers A.I.), Rick Remender (Uncanny Avengers), Charles Soule (Thunderbolts), and Nick Spencer (Secret Avengers)!
1:45pm – 2:45pm, Room 6A
Mad about MAD
MAD, the country’s #1-selling humor magazine (in a field of 1), is dumber than ever! MAD editor John Ficarra, art director Sam Viviano, and cartoonists Sergio Aragones, Peter Kuper and Tom Richmond present a ridiculous peek at what’s happening at the magazine, an exclusive first look at the new book Inside MAD, and an epically moronic Q&A that’s bound to be, well, MAD! (Prizes will be awarded for most moronic questions!)
2:00pm – 3:00pm, Room 9
ShiftyLook: Video Games/Webcomics Amalgam Extraordinaire!
ShiftyLook editor-in-chief Rob Pereyda introduces an all-star lineup of webcomics creators with brand-new ShiftyLook projects: Zach Weinersmith (Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal), Scott Kurtz (PvP), Kris Straub (Broodhollow), and Andrew Hussie (Homestuck). This will be one panel that fans of classic video games and webcomics alike won’t want to miss!
2:00pm – 3:00pm, Room 28DE
Join Robert Kirkman as well as Skybound writers and artists including Joshua Williamson, Matteo Scalera and Justin Jordan as they announce new Skybound titles and discuss what’s coming up in The Walking Dead, Invincible, Thief of Thieves, Ghosted, and more.
2:00pm – 3:00pm, Room 7AB
Spotlight on Jim Lee
DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee (Superman Unchained, Justice League, Batman) talks about his 25 years in the comics industry and reveals candid photos, plus never-before-seen illustrations in this engaging panel, followed by a brief Q&A session.
2:00pm – 3:00pm, Room 6DE
Spotlight on Russ Heath
Legendary artist and Comic-Con special guest Russ Heath is known for his incredibly realistic art and his attention to detail. His work in the DC Comics “Big-5″ war books garnered him a legion of fans. Russ talks to comics writer Mark Waid about his work.
2:00pm – 3:00pm, Room 4
The Awesomes: A Hulu Original Series
The Awesomes is a new animated show for adults that combines the thrills of comic book storytelling with the irreverent and inspired comedy that is the hallmark of co-creators Seth Meyers (Saturday Night Live) and Mike Shoemaker (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon). It is the story of the greatest superhero team in history, The Awesomes, and what happens after all the most powerful members leave. Join co-creator/executive producer/ series star Meyers, co-creator/executive producer Shoemaker, writer/producer and comic book author Judd Winick (Batman: Under The Red Hood), and cast members Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live), Taran Killam (Saturday Night Live), Josh Meyers (That ’70s Show), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live), and moderator Chris Hardwick (Talking Dead) for a special Comic-Con screening and audience Q&A. The Awesomes is the first animated Hulu Original Series and premieres August 1 on Hulu and Hulu Plus. It is a Hulu co-production with Broadway Video (Saturday Night Live) and Bento Box Entertainment (Bob’s Burgers). Watch The Awesomes first exclusively on Xbox 360 July 25-31.
2:00pm – 3:00pm, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Will Eisner and the Graphic Novel
Comics legends Neil Gaiman (Sandman, Coraline, The Ocean at the End of the Lane), Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics, Making Comics), Jeff Smith (Bone, Shazam!, RASL), Denis Kitchen (Al Capp, The Art of Harvey Kurtzman), and moderator Paul Levitz (Golden Age of DC Comics, The Legion of Super-Heroes) discuss Will Eisner and his pivotal role in the American graphic novel as creator and evangelist, as we celebrate the 35th anniversary of Eisner’s A Contract with God. Q&A session to follow.
2:00pm – 3:00pm, Room 23ABC
Mainstream Talent and Indie Spirit
Paul Guinan (Boilerplate), Sean ‘Cheeks’ Galloway (Gumshoe 4 Hire), Jim Zubkavich (Skull Kickers), Laurie Breitdreuz (Pure Heroine), and Matt Bostic (One Hand Tony) discuss how the passion for creator-owned projects can be kept alive while making a name in the mainstream, and how networking and new technologies have enabled the power to shift back toward the creator. Q&A session moderated by Rich Birdsall (Whodinii.com) and Ray Carter (Whodinii.com).
2:30pm – 3:30pm, Room 5AB
Comic-Con How-To: Disney Comic Creation Workshop
Participants will assist in the scripting and layout of a six-page Donald Duck story using the same methods used by Patrick and Shelly Block for their freelance Duck Tales. Patrick will rough draw the story from scratch in front of the panel to show the procedures used in the creation of a short comic narrative.
3:00pm – 5:00pm, Room 2
comiXology Submit: The Future of Self-Publishing
comiXology is looking for the next big independent comic creator-is that you? Since its launch at SXSW, comiXology Submit has released over 150 independent comic book series from celebrated indie creators such as Becky Cloonan, Shannon Wheeler, Richard Stevens, Jake Parker, and Rachel Deering. In this tell-all discussion, comiXology co-founders David Steinberger and John D. Roberts are joined by New Yorker Cartoonist and Too Much Coffee Man creator Shannon Wheeler, Marvel and DC artist and creator of Demeter, The Mire, and Wolves Becky Cloonan, Anathema creator and Kickstarter sensation Rachel Deering, and Bikini Cowboy creator FresherLuke to show you how easy it is to be a part of the new self-publishing revolution in comics!
3:00pm – 4:00pm, Room 23ABC
Hellboy 20th Anniversary Panel
This year’s Comic-Con marks the 20th anniversary of Mike Mignola’s best-loved beast. Hellboy has achieved the status in the industry typically reserved for characters created 40 years before him. Following up on the first arc on one of his most popular miniseries to date, the all-new Abe Sapien ongoing series, and the continuing adventures of the supporting cast of the BPRD, this will be one of the biggest Hellboy panels to date! Join creator Mike Mignola and Dark Horse editor-in-chief Scott Allie, for an open forum on your favorite cast of characters.
3:00pm – 4:00pm, Room 4
Spotlight on George Pérez
Comic-Con special guest George Pérez is one of the legendary artists in comics history. Starting his career almost 40 years ago, he has worked for every major comics company, and his résumé reads like a who’s who of superheroes, especially when it comes to teams (Teen Titans, Justice League, Avengers, Fantastic Four). George talks about his career and what comes next for this fan-favorite artist!
3:00pm – 4:00pm, Room 7AB
Spotlight on Gerry Conway: Secrets Behind the Death of Gwen Stacy
Comic-Con special guest Gerry Conway, co-creator of The Punisher, Firestorm, Power Girl, and Man-Thing, along with too many supervillains to count, is one of the longest-running writers of the Justice League and is widely known as “the man who killed Gwen Stacy.” Gerry will reveal the truth behind comicdom’s most traumatic death, as well as the origins of the Spider-Man Clone Saga. In addition, he will entertain with his impression of Tony Orlando and Dawn having knitting needles thrust into their eyes. Parents are cautioned. Questions are welcomed.
3:00pm – 4:00pm, Room 9
Vertigo: The Sandman 25th Anniversary and Beyond!
This year Vertigo’s flagship title The Sandman returns to comics in an all-new series written by Neil Gaiman (TheSandman)! Join Neil for a celebration of the 25th anniversary of this timeless series and an exclusive look at what is in store for the Lord of the Dreaming with Neil and his past and future legendary collaborators, Dave McKean, Sam Kieth, Todd Klein, and J. H. Williams III.
3:15pm – 4:15pm, Room 6DE
Adventure Time Comic Book Panel
What time is it? It’s Adventure Time! The top-rated Cartoon Network show and bestselling comic book published by KaBOOM! is bigger than ever in 2013! KaBOOM! editor Shannon Watters conducts a lively conversation with series writer Ryan North and artists Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb, writer/artist Meredith Gran (Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens), and writer/artist Natasha Allegri (Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake).
3:30pm – 4:30pm, Room 8
Fantagraphics/Drawn & Quarterly Preview
North America boasts the world’s two leading comic book companies that have defined the literary genre for comics. Seattle’s Fantagraphics and Montreal’s Drawn & Quarterly present their fall and winter lists of works from the world’s best cartoonists, perhaps even with a few surprises and giveaways!
3:30pm – 4:30pm, Room 26AB
Spotlight on Paul Dini
As a writer, producer, and creator, Comic-Con special guest Paul Dini enjoys a flourishing career in all aspects of popular culture. Join Paul and moderator Bill Morrison (Futurama, Bongo Comics) as they look back at fan-favorite career highlights (Batman: The Animated Series, Arkham City, Lost, Tower Prep), some current projects (Hulk and the Agents of Smash, Black Canary and Zatanna), and a few surprises for the future.
3:30pm – 4:30pm, Room 24ABC
Behind the Scenes with Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead Game Series
Robert Kirkman (creator of The Walking Dead comic series), Telltale Game’s CEO Dan Connors, and Kirsten Kennedy (Telltale Games, producer) discuss the inspiration behind developing the critically acclaimed game series. Along with PlayStation’s Don Mesa (director of product planning and platform software innovation, SCEA), the team will walk fans through the origins of the game, reveal details on exciting new gameplay features exclusive to PlayStation Vita, and include a little sneak peek on what’s to come for next chapter of The Walking Dead game series. Q&A moderated by Greg Miller (executive editor, IGN).
4:00pm – 5:00pm, Room 23ABC
Comic Book Art Fundamentals
Take this crash course into how to create powerful, readable comic book art. The fundamentals for what makes comic book art different from illustration, painting, and storyboarding and how to get started are covered by the experts from Comics Experience. Featuring Andy Schmidt (Marvel and IDW editor, Comics Experience founder) and artist Klaus Janson (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns).
4:00pm – 5:00pm, Room 30CDE
Adam Biehl (vice president, Global Marvel line at Hasbro), Jesse Falcon (Director of Hardlines, Marvel), Dwight Stall (senior Marvel product design manager, Hasbro) and Maalvika Mantraprigada (senior manager, Global Marvel line) discuss Hasbro’s popular Marvel action figure lines. Attendees will also get a sneak peek of upcoming action figures. Adam, Jesse, Dwight, and Maalvika will also host a Q&A for your burning Marvel action figure questions!
4:00pm – 5:00pm, Room 25ABC
Oddball Comics with Scott Shaw!
Award-winning cartoonist Scott Shaw! (Annoying Orange, Simpsons Comics, Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!) returns to Comic-Con with an extra-lurid, extra-funny, new edition of his popular show featuring “the craziest comic books ever published.” Even if you’ve seen some of these comic book covers many times before, when you see them blown up to the size of the side of a barn, you’ll be amazed and delighted at the unbelievably hilarious hidden-in-plain-sight imagery that’s revealed! See why Stan Lee says, “Wow, True Believers, I thought I’d seen it all, but Scott Shaw!’s hysterically hilarious Oddball Comics Live is the wildest, wackiest exposé of some of the craziest comic books I’ve ever seen! Or, to put it mildly, Scott’s outrageous opuses are a blast!”
4:00pm – 5:30pm, Room 7AB
Spotlight on Vera Brosgol
Eisner Award winner and Comic-Con special guest Vera Brosgol (Anya’s Ghost) talks about her background and influences in writing, art, and animation with YA rock star Holly Black (The Coldest Girl in Cold Town).
4:00pm – 5:00pm, Room 4
Team Cul de Sac
Chris Sparks, editor and organizer of the Eisner Award-nominated Team Cul de Sac: Cartoonists Draw the Line at Parkinsons book, is joined by several contributors who will talk about the creation of this original cartoon art book done in tribute to Richard Thompson, Reuben Award winner and the creator of the comic strip Cul de Sac. The book features art from dozens of cartoonists in print and web, including the first original art published in 16 years by Bill Watterson of Calvin and Hobbes fame, and has helped raise over $105,000 towards Parkinsons research through the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Panelists scheduled to appear are Lincoln Peirce (Big Nate), Mark Tatulli (Lio), Lucas Turnbloom (Imagine This), Andrew Farago (curator, Cartoon Art Museum), Shaenon Garrity (Skin Horse, Narbonic), and Jenni Holm (Baby Mouse) an Eisner Award nominee. Moderated by Tom Racine (Tall Tale Radio podcast).
4:00pm – 5:00pm, Room 9
The Power of Geek: Superfandom and Why Brands, Media, and the World at Large Want In
Not too long ago, the only attention paid to geeks seemed to come from bullies lying in wait after school. Today, we’re living in the age of the nerd-do-well, and it’s the geeks (guys and girls) who are driving significant trends across all forms of entertainment, steering pop culture and being courted by corporate America. How did this happen, why is it important, and what does it mean for the future? And will it last? Join Bonfire Agency, the first marketing firm created to help brands establish and deepen connections with the superfan community in relevant, meaningful ways, as they lead an A-list of pop culture pundits to explore, discuss, and inevitably argue about our collective moment in the sun. Panelists include publisher Ted Adams (IDW Publishing), writer/producer/comic creator Grace Randolph (host of Beyond the Trailer), entertainment marketer Francis Mao (senior director creative services, Capcom), author Rob Salkowitz (Comic Con and the Business of Pop Culture), and Bonfire founding partner Ed Catto. Moderated by Steve Rotterdam, former senior vice president of sales and marketing at DC Comics and founding partner of Bonfire Agency. Please note: a donation to the Hero Initiative will be made for every conventioneer who attends and stays for the duration of the panel.
4:00pm – 5:00pm, Room 28DE
Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment: Superman’s 75th Anniversary Celebration
As the most recognizable superhero in the world, Superman has flown high in film, TV, radio, animation and, of course, comics for 75 glorious years. Join a star-studded panel, including cast, filmmakers, artists and writers from Superman’s illustrious history-from Jack Larson (the original Jimmy Olsen from Adventures of Superman) and first-time Comic-Con panelist Tim Daly (Superman: The Animated Series) and reigning animated Supergirl Molly Quinn (Castle), to comics luminaries Paul Levitz, Grant Morrison, and Dan Jurgens, plus talent from the current blockbuster, Man of Steel — as they reminisce and discuss the beloved character’s many personifications, impressive history, and ongoing relevance within society and entertainment. And courtesy of Mattel and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, all fans attending the panel will receive a special Superman Quick Shots figure!
4:15pm – 5:15pm, Room 6A
Archaia Entertainment: Announcements, Sneak Previews, and What’s Next!
Award-winning publisher Archaia Entertainment (Mouse Guard, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, Return of the Dapper Men), well known for its eclectic slate of stories and beautiful-looking publications, unveils the rest of its 2013 lineup, and there’s something for everyone! For fantasy fans, hear about The Reason for Dragons from writer Chris Northrop and Will o’ the Wisps from writer Tom Hammock and artist Megan Hutchinson. Like noir? Writer Matz is here all the way from France to tell you about his newest volume of The Killer! Sci-fi fans will be represented with a blast from the past by writer Andrew E. C. Gaska’s new collection, Space: 1999-The Classics Remastered. You’ll get exclusive sneak peeks of Giannis Milonogiannis’s follow-up, Old City Blues Vol. 2, and Archaia’s first-ever 3D graphic novel, The Joyners in 3D. Actress/producer Alyssa Milano will be on hand to announce her upcoming cyber-thriller graphic novel. If you like horror, actor/writer/director Dan Fogler has got another volume of his anthology graphic novel series Moon Lake up his sleeve. And finally, titles that are all- age appropriate include new volumes of Cow Boy, Spera, and Hopeless, Maine. All attendees will receive a copy of Archaia’s 2012 Free Comic Book Day hardcover book.
4:30pm – 5:30pm, Room 8
Comics and Prose: The Graphic Novel Hybrid
The hybrid comic book/prose novel is on the rise. What makes this form so compelling for creators? Where is the form going? A conversation with creators Jeffrey Brown (Star Wars, Jedi Academy), Cecil Castellucci (OddDuck), Tom King (A Crowded Sky), Jim Pascoe (By the Balls), Janet Tashjian (My Life as a Cartoonist), and Nate Powell (March: Book One). Moderated by Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics) about the possibilities and challenges of marrying these two forms.
4:30pm – 5:30pm, Room 26AB
That ’70s Panel
It was a time of change in comics, with a new generation intermingling with the old and taking command. Hear what it was like from Martin Pasko (Superman, Swamp Thing), Tony Isabella (Black Lightning, The Champions), Val Mayerik (Man-Thing, Howard the Duck), Elliott S! Maggin (Superman, Green Arrow), George Pérez (Teen Titans, Justice League), and moderator Mark Evanier (Groo the Wanderer, Blackhawk).
4:30pm – 6:00pm, Room 5AB
What’s Next at Image Comics
Image Comics dropped some huge announcements earlier this month at their Image Expo media event. Now’s your chance to get up close and personal with the creators and titles added to the increasingly legendary Image catalogue! Join Image publisher Eric Stephenson and a panel of talent to find out what the country’s largest independent comics publisher has in store for the rest of 2013, 2014 and beyond. Moderated by Eric Stephenson and featuring panelists Ed Brubaker, J. Michael Straczynski, and Matt Fraction.
4:30pm – 5:30pm, Room 6DE
Beautiful Books: Graphic Design in Comics and Graphic Novels
Robbie Robbins, (IDW SVP/graphic artist), Keith Wood (Oni Press art director), Fawn Lau (VIZ graphic designer), Christopher Ross (Top Shelf director of digital publishing and book designer), and cartoonist/designer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT) present a roundtable discussion about the shifting trends in graphic novel book design and the industry movement toward books as art objects. Moderated by Oni Press editor-in-chief and hopeless graphic design snob James Lucas Jones.
5:00pm – 6:00pm, Room 4
Spotlight on Sam Kieth
Sam Kieth is one of the quirkiest and most eccentric artists in comics. His unique art style and incredible drawing ability have won him legions of fans worldwide. Now, in an extremely rare appearance at Comic-Con, you can join Sam, with his long-time friend and editor Scott Dunbier, in an informal gabfest covering the wild spectrum that is Sam’s career (Sandman, Wolverine, The Maxx, and much more).
5:00pm – 6:00pm, Room 9
Arrow Special Video Presentation and Q&A
After failing to foil Malcolm Merlyn’s undertaking, Oliver Queen and team look to get back on track by crossing another name off the list: Comic-Con 2013. Arrow series stars Stephen Amell (Hung), Katie Cassidy (Melrose Place), David Ramsey (Dexter), Emily Bett Rickards (Flicka: Country Pride), and Colton Haynes (Teen Wolf) — with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Green Lantern), Marc Guggenheim (Eli Stone), and Andrew Kreisberg (Fringe)-will take aim at San Diego with a special video presentation and panel discussion previewing the show’s upcoming and much-buzzed-about second season, which will center on Oliver’s transformation from vigilante to hero. Arrow: The Complete First Season will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and UltraViolet on September 17. Based on characters appearing in comic books and graphic novels published by DC Comics, Arrow is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television. The series returns for a second season this fall, airing Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.
5:15pm – 6:00pm, Ballroom 20
Four-Day Comic Book Challenge
After four grueling days of comic making, the students from the “Little Fish Artist Intensive” will be presenting the collaborative comic they had four days to create during the days leading up to Comic-Con. Students will reflect on their experience as well as present their work alongside special guest instructor Klaus Janson (Daredevil: End of Days, Dark Knight Returns). Join Klaus and the students for this session moderated by Alonso Nunez and Patrick Yurick (Little Fish Comic Book Studio and American BOOOM!).
5:30pm – 6:30pm, Room 8
Gays in Comics XXVI
Whether it’s the high-flying world of capes, spandex, and gravity-defying breasts or wondrously down-to-earth slice-of-life, the LGBTQ presence in comics has evolved beyond inclusion and visibility. Moderators Roger Klorese (Prism Comics Board) and Paige Braddock (Jane’s World) explore the next level of authentic LGBTQ storytelling with panelists Shannon Walters (Kaboom), Eisner Award nominee Justin Hall (No Straight Lines), Leia Weathington (The Legend of Bold Riley), Shena Wolf (Uclick/Universal Press Syndicate), Sina Grace (Li’l Depressed Boy; Not My Bag), and others to be announced. The panel will be followed by the annual Prism Comics Gays Comic Fan Mixer and Silent Auction hosted by and benefiting Prism Comics, the nonprofit organization that supports gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered comics, creators, and readers.
5:30pm – 7:00pm, Room 6A
Jeff Smith and Terry Moore
Two of the industry’s most successful and popular self-publishers Jeff Smith and Terry Moore once again join forces at Comic- Con! Don’t miss your chance to listen to these longtime friends and industry colleagues discuss their best-known works (Bone,Strangers in Paradise), their current projects and future endeavors, and the state of self-publishing today. Q&A to follow.
5:30pm – 6:30pm, Room 24ABC
Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski
Just when we thought we’d gotten rid of him once and for all, Comic-Con special guest J. Michael Straczynski created Studio JMS and its subsidiary Joe’s Comics, via Image, which debuted Ten Grand this past May and will be launching a special variant edition right here at SDCC. We consider this the worst kind of retribution for our prior panel descriptions and are considering our next move. This may lead to fisticuffs. Oh, yeah, and he writes movies and TV and stuff like that. Whatever.
5:30pm – 6:30pm, Room 7AB
Batman: The Animated Series Turns 21
Pop the champagne! The landmark television production Batman: The Animated Series turns 21 this year. Spend an hour with the creative core of this groundbreaking series — Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Alan Burnett, and Eric Radomski — as they recollect the dynamics of crafting a series that would have a resounding influence on Dark Knight properties — and the entire animated television landscape — for two decades and counting.
5:45pm – 6:45pm, Room 6DE
Dissecting Brands: How Do You Know What Makes Batman Batman?
Have you ever seen a movie or read a book and thought, that didn’t feel like the character or franchise? There’s a reason for that. Brand + Entertainment Solutions’ Andy Schmidt (CEO), Jon Bresman (Star Wars/MAD magazine veteran), Steve Drucker (VP of IP development, Hasbro), Josh Fialkov (award-nominated graphic novelist), and Marc Guggenheim (executive producer/writer, Arrow) offer an in-depth journey on how to dissect characters and franchises-figuring out what makes them tick, what makes them work, and what’s vital to that brand or franchise.
6:00pm – 7:00pm, Room 30CDE
Marvel Studios: Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige and many surprise guests provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel cinematic universe.
6:00pm – 7:00pm, Hall H
Spiritual Themes in Comics
The center cannot hold! Major changes are sweeping through the world’s faith communities and popular media reflect these concerns. What rough beast slouches toward San Diego to be born? Join the always lively CCAS panel on spiritual themes.
6:00pm – 7:00pm, Room 4
What’s New at Action Lab Entertainment
From the award-winning Princeless to Ehmm Theory, NFL Rushzone, and Molly Danger, the mad scientists at Action Lab have been at the forefront of creating thought-provoking independent comics since 2010. Find out what’s coming next from the most cutting-edge company in the industry. With president Kevin Freeman, creative director Dave Dwonch, Action Lab Danger Zone president Jason Martin, and creator Jeremy Dale (Skyward).
6:00pm – 7:00pm, Room 28DE
Lion Forge Comics Fall Lineup: Knight Rider, AirWolf, Saved by the Bell, Punky Brewster, Miami Vice, and more!
Some of your all-time favorite TV shows from the ’80s are coming to comics with Lion Forge! Joining the event will be creators Joe Philips (Doctor Who), Rick Burchett (Lady Saber), Carl Reed (Lion Forge), Lorenzo Lizana (Lion Forge), Brandon Easton (Thundercats), Joelle Sellner (Jackie Chan Adventures), Geoff Thorne (Leverage), Jonathan London (Geekscape), Shannon Denton (DC/WildStorm), Flex Alexander (Snakes on a Plane), David Gorden (Bulletproof Knights), and some surprise guests.
6:30pm – 7:30pm, Room 26AB
Best and Worst Manga of 2013
With so much manga (Japanese comics) out there, what’s really worth reading? An opinionated group of bloggers, journalists, editors, retailers, and hardcore manga readers hash it out and rant and rave (okay, mostly rant) about the best new manga of the past year, the underappreciated gems you may have missed, and the manga they love to hate. This year’s all-star cast: Brigid Alverson (MangaBlog.net, Publishers Weekly), Christopher Butcher (director, Toronto Comic Arts Festival and manager, The Beguiling), Deb Aoki (MangaComicsManga.com), and a few surprise guests.
7:00pm – 8:00pm, Room 23ABC
From Comic Book King to Fine Artist Extraordinaire: A Chat with Robert Williams
Join friends and colleagues of a true underground comix heavyweight and accomplished fine artist, Robert Williams (ZAP Comix). Panelists include William Stout (illustrator, Wizards), Gwynned Vitello (president, Juxtapoz and Thrasher), Karl Meyer (president, Gentle Giant Studios), and Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics). Robert will take us though his incredible journey from ZAP Comix, his work with Big Daddy Roth, all the way to his current exploits in the heady realm of fine art. Moderated by Vitello.
7:00pm – 8:00pm, Room 4
Gays Comic Fan Mixer and Silent Auction
Following the Gays in Comics XXVI panel is the annual Prism Comics Gays Comic Fan Mixer and Silent Auction, hosted by and benefiting Prism Comics, the nonprofit organization that supports gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered comics, creators, and readers. Mingle with comics fans and creators and stay for the special drawing of the “Comics Gift Basket” and the silent auction of incredible comics items, including original art.
7:00pm – 8:00pm, Room 6A
Stripped: The Comics Documentary
It’s the comic strip documentary four years in the making, featuring the first-ever interview with Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes), as well as interviews with Jim Davis (Garfield), Cathy Guisewite (Cathy), Jean Schulz (Peanuts), Mike and Jerry (Penny Arcade), Matt Inman (The Oatmeal), and 60 more of the world’s best cartoonists! Directors Frederick Schroeder and Dave Kellett, editor Ben Waters, and associate producer Jen Troy show extended clips you’ll only see here, give you inside scoops about the interviews, talk about what fell to the cutting-room floor, and answer all your burning questions.
7:00pm – 8:00pm, Room 28DE
ComiKev 2013: Kevin Smith Uses His Mouth on You in Hall H
After all the interesting and exciting movie panels are over, Hall H belongs to a middle-aged man who hasn’t made a flick in years! It’s not Saturday night in Hall H ’til the Fat Lady sings…and that fat lady is the flight-challenged writer/director/podcaster/author/actor Kevin Smith! Ask ComiKev questions about the forthcoming Clerks III, or Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie, or his AMC show Comic Book Men! Watch Kev over-answer while sweating profusely! Get in on a tradition and wrap up a busy Saturday with the Clown Prince of Comic-Con!
7:15pm – 9:00pm, Hall H
CBLDF Live Art Auction!
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund hosts its biggest auction of the year, the Comic-Con Live Art Auction! This year’s auction will feature lots for bidding curated by some of comicdom’s top editors, dealers, and fans. With an amazing array of everything from pin-ups, original pages, sketches, and concept art, there is something for every taste and every price range, featuring work from such luminaries as Jim Lee, Charlie Adlard, Jock, Yoshitaka Amano, Jill Thompson, Jeffrey Brown, Tim Seeley, Cliff Chiang, Jonathan Case, Brandon Graham, James Stokoe, and more! Preview images and bidding instructions are available to see at the CBLDF’s booth in the Comic-Con Exhibit Hall!
7:30pm – 9:30pm, Sapphire Ballroom CD, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
YOE! Books: Pre-Code Comics’ Worst Horror: Dr. Fredric Wertham!
Join the award-winning comics historian Craig Yoe, his pal Steve Banes from “The Horrors of It All” blog, and additional panelists for a lively discussion and Q&A session about the comics that gave you night terrors, before the U.S. Senate and Dr. Frederic Wertham shut them down during THEIR OWN reign of terror! Hi-jinx, fun, and thoughtful discourse will abound!
7:30pm – 8:30pm, Room 26AB
Rude Dude: The Steve Rude Documentary
Ian Fischer (filmmaker) and Ross Williams (composer) screen clips from the feature documentary on legendary comic book artist Steve Rude (Nexus, World’s Finest, Moth) and discuss the making of the film that took over five years to finish. Following the screening will be an open Q&A.
8:00pm – 9:00pm, Room 28DE
Science Fiction Land
Welcome to Science Fiction Land, the documentary feature that explores the stranger-than-fiction saga of the unrealized ’70s sci-fi film adaptation of Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light and plans to build the world’s first science theme park. In a bizarre twist, the screenplay and park plans were later used by the CIA in their now celebrated Argo mission. Award-winning filmmaker Judd Ehrlich (Magic Camp, Mayor of the West Side) and Lord of Light producer and Science Fiction Land creator Barry Ira Geller discuss this extraordinary story, along with a panel of people who lived through it. Catch a sneak peek and learn how “King of Comics” Jack Kirby and other luminaries contributed to the dream of Science Fiction Land!
8:00pm – 9:00pm, Room 4
Valiant Comics: The Unofficial ‘Second Summer of Valiant’
The landmark return of the Valiant Universe enters it’s second year. Celebrate with Valiant fans across the world with exclusive info and special guests including Valiant CEO and chief creative officer Dinesh Shamdesani. See an exclusive never before seen sneak peak of events during the Summer of Valiant and what comes after, available only at this panel. Expect an exciting hour of surprises and an ask-anything panel, up close and personal. Q&A moderated by Brian Wells (valiantfans.com).
8:00pm – 9:00pm, Room 4
HBO Presents the Comic-Con International Masquerade
Ballroom 20 becomes a showplace of spectacle as fabulous original and re-created costumes crafted by our talented attendees are showcased on stage before an audience of thousands, with impressive awards and cash prizes bestowed to those deemed most outstanding by our guest judges. Doors will open for audience seating at 7:45, but the line will start much earlier! Tickets will be required for seating and will be given out free to those lining up near Ballroom 20 beginning at noon on Saturday. Any remaining tickets will be available at the Masquerade Desk near Ballroom 20 after 4:00. The Masters of Ceremonies will once again be writers/artists and Girl Genius creators Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio of Studio Foglio. Intermission entertainment will feature the Saber Guild performance group.
8:30pm – 11:30pm, Ballroom 20, with overflow in 5AB, 6A
DC Comics 101: Essentials
DC Entertainment’s backlist is full of the most exciting stories ever told! New and veteran fans alike are welcome for an in-depth tutorial on the essential titles that make up DC Entertainment’s rich history. With DC Comics SVP/editor- in-chief Bob Harras, editorial director Bobbie Chase, and others.
10:00pm – 11:00pm, Room 6DE