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Kids take center stage on the last day of Comic-Con International, as proven by the rich slate of panels dedicated to kids’ comics, all-ages comics and animation on Sunday, July 21.
DC Comics, Archaia, Archie, IDW and Oni Press all host kid-friendly panels, while DC Entertainment shows off episodes of Beware the Batman and Teen Titans Go. You’ll also find spotlight panels for Neil Gaiman, Ted Naifeh, Faith Erin Hicks, Mike Norton, Jerry Ordway, Dan Jurgens and Adam Hughes, and a tribute panel to Jack Kirby.
Check out some of the comics-related highlights below, and visit the Comic-Con website for the full schedule:
Comic-Con How-to: Painting Comics
Through a painting demonstration, Scott Hampton explains techniques that are useful for clear storytelling in comics.
10:00am – 11:00am, Room 2
DC Comics Superman: The New 52 Era
The Last Son of Krypton is one of the most recognized pop culture icons of all time, and this year, Superman is set to soar to new heights! Find out what makes The Man of Steel the hero that he is with the writers and artists who bring him to life: DC Comics group editor Eddie Berganza, Tony Daniel (Action Comics), Jim Lee (Superman: Unchained), Scott Lobdell (Action Comics, Superman), Michael Alan Nelson (Supergirl), Scott Snyder (Superman: Unchained), and others.
10:00am – 11:00am, Room 6DE
Emily the Strange Panel Experience
Join Emily the Strange creator Rob Reger and special guests to see the premiere of the Emily and the Strangers FIRST animated music video and single. See and hear private, behind-the-scenes footage in the recording studio and “making of” the animation. Take a sneak peek at the new comic book Emily and the Strangers #3 by Dark Horse Comics and hear more about the making of this new series and how it comes to life with Emily’s new band. There will be time for Q&A, including updates on the development of the motion picture with Universal Pictures and Dark Horse Entertainment. Reger will be encouraging “audience participation” to get giveaways, so bring on your strange and show him what you’ve got!
10:00am – 11:00am, Room 23ABC
How to Conquer Earth, One Image at a Time: The Power of Visual Literacy
An all-star panel of kids comics creators and educators discuss how to use color, line, text, and page design to create effective visual messages. Kids will be encouraged to incorporate tips when creating their own “Earth invasion message or icon.” Panelists include Larry Marder (Beanworld, CBLDF), Royden Lepp (Rust), John Green (Teen Boat), Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!), and Talia Hurwich (Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth), moderated by Meryl Jaffe (Using Content-Area Graphic Novels for Learning, Johns Hopkins University).
10:00am – 11:00am, Room 30CDE
Jack Kirby Tribute Panel
Each year, we set aside time to talk about Comic-Con’s first superstar guest and the man they call The King of the Comics, Jack Kirby. Jack left us in 1994, but his influence on comics, film, and this convention has never been greater. Discussing the man and his work this year are Neil Gaiman, Tony Isabella, and Kirby family attorney Paul S. Levine. And of course, it’s moderated by Mark Evanier.
10:00am – 11:15am, Room 5AB
Kids: Comics in Action!
Comics battle! Before your very eyes, some of your favorite comics creators — Jeffrey Brown (Star Wars Jedi Academy), Michael Fry (The Odd Squad), Matthew Holm (Babymouse), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), and Raina Telgemeier (Drama) will compete in an action-packed, high-stakes, no-holds-barred drawing championship for your approval! Who will win? It’s up to you to pick the best comics! Moderated by Jennifer L. Holm (Babymouse).
10:00am – 11:00am, Room 7AB
Spotlight on Mike Norton
Eisner Award-winning artist Mike Norton talks about his career, influences, and art process in an interview and audience Q&A with moderator John Siuntres, host of the Word Balloon Comic Book Podcast. They’ll look at Mike’s early years working on G.I. Joe and The Badger, his years creating heroes and villains for Marvel and DC, and his current groundbreaking work on the Image Comics series Revival and his own creation Battlepug. You’ll hear about Mike’s conversion from paper to digital drawing and his thoughts on the current comic book market.
10:00am – 11:00am, Room 4
The Christian Comics Arts Society General Meeting
Join fellow Christian fans and artists for a brief devotional period, followed by an in-depth analysis on interpreting the Bible in graphic format. Open to all who wish to attend.
10:00am – 11:00am, Room 28DE
Comics Arts Conference Session #12: Superman on Trial: The Secret History of the Siegel and Shuster Lawsuits
Five years after the Siegel heirs won a historic victory and regained a share of the Superman copyright, a higher court has set aside the verdict and shut down the Shuster estate’s claim. As we face the final chapter of the Superman copyright dispute, this panel will explain what is really happening. What crucial details were overlooked or misinterpreted? Is there still hope for other creators? Or does Superman’s 75th anniversary mark the end of truth, justice, and the American dream? Moderated by The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald, with commentary by Siegel and Shuster biographer Brad Ricca (Case Western Reserve University), this panel features the legal analysis of Jeff Trexler (Fordham Law School), whose influential commentary on the Superman lawsuits set a new standard for comics-related legal analysis and also became part of the case.
10:30am – 11:30am, Room 26AB
Funky Winkerbean’s 40th+ Anniversary
Comic-Con special guest Tom Batiuk will be taking you on a humorous and informative journey through the Funkyverse as he delves into the origin and history of his syndicated comic strip Funky Winkerbean. Joining him is DC Comics colorist Alex Sinclair, whose current credits include Superman: Unchained, Green Lantern, Astro City, and Teen Titans, and the talented guy who was the colorist on Batiuk’s Pulitzer Finalist book Lisa’s Story.
10:30am – 11:30am, Room 8
60 Years of Bazooka Joe
Bazooka Joe and his Gang have been synonymous with bubble gum since ever their debut in 1953, providing an irresistible combination of cheap laughs wrapped around pink, sugary sweetness. Celebrate these iconic minicomics and Bazooka Joe’s 60th anniversary with the latest Topps book from Abrams ComicArts as Charles Kochman (editorial director of Abrams ComicArts) and Ira Friedman (vice president of licensing and publishing at The Topps Company) reveal the unlikely story of cartoonist Wesley Morse and writer Woody Gelman’s creation with a slideshow of rare comics, jokes, fortunes, tiny ads for mail- order merchandise, and video clips. Giveaways include T-shirts and other surprises.
11:00am – 12:00pm, Room 32AB
Creating Comics the comiXology Way
From early experiments like Box 13 and Valentine to more recent efforts like Power Play, Marvel’s Infinite Comics, Atomic Robo, and DC’s Batman ’66, comiXology’s Guided View has ushered in a new era in comic book creation. Now, you can find out what it takes to create amazing Guided View comics straight from comiXology co-founder John D. Roberts and Reilly Brown, co-creator of Power Play and artist on AvX Infinite Comics.
11:00am – 12:00pm, Room 7AB
How and Why to Write a Great All-Ages Comic Book
Some of the biggest “kids” in comics discuss the current state of the industry and what steps are necessary for comics to secure a place in the hearts and minds of the next generation. What are the benefits and challenges involved in writing all-ages comics? How are licensed comics playing a role in our future? How might webcomics, digital publishing, emerging technologies, and self-publishing change the landscape? And how can we ensure that more young readers today become readers for life? Panelists include Andy Runton (Owly), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Katie Cook (My Little Pony), Mike Kunkel (Herobear and the Kid), Neo Edmund (Jurassic Strike Force 5), Otis Frampton (Oddly Normal), Royden Lepp (Rust), and Jimmy Gownley (creator of Amelia Rules!). Moderated by all-ages comics writer and editor Joe LeFavi (Fraggle Rock).
11:00am – 12:00pm, Room 28DE
How to Draw Manga for Kids
eigoMANGA’s team of manga artists and animators will teach kids of all ages tutorials on manga illustrations and storytelling. Join our workshop with seasoned manga artist Mino Miyabi (The Voice of Innocence) and Austin Osueke (eigoMANGA’s publisher of Rumble Pak, Sakura Pakk, and Alpha League).
11:00am – 12:00pm, Room 30CDE
IDW Kids Comics: A Panel for All Ages! Ponies, Turtles, and More!
Editors Sarah Gaydos, Bobby Curnow, and Tom Waltz (and a host of amazing creators) discuss the growing slate of all-ages titles at IDW — including My Little Pony, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures, Samurai Jack, Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, Ghostbusters, Popeye, KISS Kids, and more. Plus, free comics!
11:00am – 12:00am, Room 4
Spotlight on Adam Hughes
Join Comic-Con special guest Adam Hughes (comic book artist and illustrator, Catwoman, Wonder Woman, Fairest, Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan) and moderator Mark Walters (BigFanboy.com) for a conversation covering highlights of Adam’s career. Adam will answer fan questions and offer commentary on some of his own artwork.
11:00am – 12:00pm, Room 25ABC
Meet the Co-Publishers
As co-publishers of DC Entertainment, Jim Lee and Dan DiDio are the driving forces behind DC Comics — The New 52, Vertigo, MAD, DC’s digital initiative, and much more. This up-close-and-personal panel gives you a chance to step up and ask questions about your favorite comic book publishers!
11:15am – 12:15pm, Room 6DE
Women of Marvel
From Captain Marvel to the X-Men, from Twitter to tumblr, women in comics has been one of the most talked-about topics in comics. Join the conversation as women from every discipline in the creative process at Marvel discuss what it’s like working as a woman in comics today and what it means for the future of the industry! Panelists include writer Louise Simonson (New Mutants), editor Jeanine Schaefer, Marvel AR producer and photographer Judy Stephens, and some other special guests!
11:15am – 12:15pm, Room 5AB
Comic-Con How-To: Using Panels to Shape Visual Storytelling
When designing your comic page, should you use a grid with six-panels or nine? Should you use a grid at all? With input from the audience, Durwin Talon and Guin Thompson will demonstrate how changing the number of panels per page and the flow of information from panel to panel impacts the reader.
11:30am – 1:15pm, Room 2
Comics Arts Conference Session #13: What Are We Seeing Here? Negotiating Religious Presence and Purpose in Comics, Comix, and Webcomics
This panel examines the intersection of religion and comics in two ways: the presentation of religion in comics and comics’ influence on religion and society. Toby Braden Johnson (University of California, Riverside) discusses depictions of Islam in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures, considering both the comics’ creators and the analysis of the comics themselves and bringing to light comics’ role as a source of social and religious commentary. Sean Sagan (University of California, Riverside) analyzes the True Komix religious tracts published by new religious movement Family International during the 1970s-1980s and asks how this group’s sexualized theologies manifest in comic exegesis. Cori Knight (University of California, Riverside) considers acts of creation present in the webcomic Girl Genius. Set in a scientific world, the way the comic’s characters create freely or undertake acts of self-creation merits investigation.
11:30am – 1:00pm, Room 26AB
Faith Erin Hicks in Conversation with Jeff Smith
Comic-Con special guest Faith Erin Hicks (Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong) discusses her creative process, her comics career, and her recent and upcoming graphic novels with Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Jeff Smith (Bone).
11:30am – 12:30pm, Room 8
Teen Titans Go! Screening and Q&A
This is a must-Go! panel for all Teen Titans fans, as Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy, Cyborg, and Raven make their triumphant return to Comic-Con! Fans will be treated to a brand-new episode, as well as exclusive footage that will be screened only at Comic-Con! Following the screening, join producer Aaron Horvath (MAD) and members of the voice cast for a Q&A as they give fans a peek behind the cape at all the upcoming comedic mayhem that will be going on inside Titans Tower. From Warner Bros. Animation, Teen Titans Go! airs Tuesdays at 7:30/6:30c on Cartoon Network.
11:45am – 12:45pm, Room 6BCF
Build Your Own Monster with Oni Press and Friends!
Join artists Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin), Joey Weiser (Mermin), and others for a fun interactive monster-creation art battle! Kids of all ages are welcome, and every attendee receives free comics!
12:00pm – 1:00pm, Room 32AB
Creating Comics for Kids
Want to know what it takes to create super awesome comics for kids? Come hang out with the guys and girls who are making it happen every day: Neo Edmund (Red Riding — Rise of the Werewolf Huntress, Jurassic Strike Force 5), Joe LeFavi (Fraggle Rock, editorial director for Jim Henson Co.), Thomas Zahler (My Little Pony, Love and Capes), Barbara Kesel (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, My Little Pony), Heather Nuhfer (Fraggle Rock, Strawberry Shortcake), and moderator Adira Edmund (Windy Hollows, MFA English Literature).
12:00pm – 1:00pm, Room 30CDE
George R. R. Martin Discusses the Skin Trade Adaptation
George R. R. Martin, the New York Times bestselling author and the mind behind HBO’s massively successful Game of Thrones, discusses his novels, his projects, and the wicked new Skin Trade comic book series! His novels are the most anticipated releases in fiction, and the Game of Thrones series has captivated audiences worldwide. This is your chance to find out direct from the creative mastermind himself what twists, turns, and unfortunate ends your favorite characters are in for and why Skin Trade will make your skin crawl.
12:00pm – 1:00pm, Room 25ABC
Kids Comics: Here to Stay!
What do Babymouse, Hello Kitty, Uglydoll, Ninjago, Max Steel, and Ben 10 have in common? They’re now all part of the incredible world of kids comics! The creators of these series get together to discuss the recent growth in the kids graphic novel universe. Moderated by author/librarian and Good Comics for Kids contributor Scott Robins, the panel features Eisner Award-nominated Babymouse creator and CBLDF board member Jennifer Holm, Uglydoll co-creator David Horvath, writer B. Clay Moore (Ben 10, Max Steel), artists Ian McGinty (Uglydoll, Hello Kitty) and Jolyon Yates (Ninjago), editor Traci Todd (Hello Kitty, Uglydoll), and Jesse Post, head of marketing for Papercutz. All brought to you by VIZ Media!
12:00pm – 1:00pm, Room 28DE
Spotlight on Jerry Ordway
Comic-Con special guest Jerry Ordway (artist, writer of Superman, Shazam, and many other characters over 30 years) talks to Mike Carlin (editor during the Death of Superman era) about his career. Join Jerry and Mike for a free-form hour of reminiscences, audience questions, and general fun.
12:00pm – 1:00pm, Room 4
CBLDF’s Banned Comics Jam!
Celebrate Banned Comics with Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son), Chris Burnham (Batman Incorporated), Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise), Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash), and special guests who will create live art, paying homage to the cartoonists, authors and characters who’ve created the great banned books of our time. Some of the greatest authors have been banned, from Judy Blume and Neil Gaiman to Alan Moore and Mark Twain. Join the CBLDF and these great creators as they talk censorship and make once-in-a-lifetime art about the banned greats! Get a chance to watch live art made before your eyes, learn about censorship, and bid to win the pieces made here to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
12:15pm – 1:45pm, Room 5AB
Secret Origin of Good Readers Breakout Sessions
Utilize the best ways to incorporate comic books in your schools and libraries. This rare opportunity to work first h and with experts in the field of comic book literature in small groups can help you do just that. Sessions are with Anina Bennett (Boilerplate, Heartbreakers): How to use historical fiction and teach comics in high school/university settings; Karen Green (Columbia University): What to look for when selecting comic books for your research/academic library; Dave Elliott (Weirding Willows, Titan Books): How to use Weirding Willows in elementary through university settings; Jesse McCann (New York Times bestselling author, Shrek, Scooby Doo): Choosing the right all-ages comic books for your classroom or library; Nancy McCann (Comics Unlimited): Working with your local comic book stores, how to find them, what to ask for; or Bill McGrath. using comic books in Juvenile Court Schools. Limited educator goodie bags and Looking Glass Wars trilogy book sets courtesy of Frank Beddor for those attending both panels. Free 70-page The Secret Origin of Good Readers companion resource book [PDF] and other useful materials at www.night-flight.com/secretorigin, courtesy of XMission.com.
12:30pm – 1:30pm, Room 23ABC
Get the lowdown on X-Men: Battle of the Atom, the massive X-Men event that will forever change the landscape of the X-Universe! What happens when the original five X-Men come face-to-face with the future X-Men? Heads will roll in this fateful time-space showdown! Plus, find out the latest on all the other corners of mutant-dom! Editor Jeanine Schaefer, senior editor Nick Lowe, and writers Brian Michael Bendis (All-New X-Men), Paul Cornell (Wolverine), Gerry Duggan (Deadpool), Sam Humphries (Uncanny X-Force), and Brian Posehn (Deadpool) bring you your definitive one-stop shop for all things X-Men!
12:30pm – 1:30pm, Room 6DE
All-Ages Comics Have Arrived
Quality all-ages comics are back and better than ever! We’re not just talking about “kids” comics, we’re talking about amazing comics that can be enjoyed by young, old, and everyone in between. KaBOOM! editor Shannon Watters conducts a lively conversation with all-ages creators Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani (Aw Yeah! Comics, Tiny Titans), Mike Kunkel (Herobear and the Kid), and Nate Cosby (Cow Boy) about this phenomenal resurgence!
1:00pm – 2:00pm, Room 24ABC
Archie Action Hour: Sonic the Hedgehog, and Mega Man
Get ready for action! It’s been a huge year for the two most popular video game comic titles as Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man joined together for the first time ever in this year’s biggest crossover event: Worlds Collide — and it’s only going to get better! Executive director of editorial Paul Kaminski is joined by Archie Comics president Mike Pellerito, writer Ian Flynn (Sonic the Hedgehog), and artists Ryan Jampole (Mega Man), Jon Gray (Sonic the Hedgehog), and Evan Stanley (Sonic the Hedgehog). See exclusive artwork, learn about upcoming storylines, and more. All that plus attendees will power-up with a gift bag chock full of Archie Action Awesomeness! Be there!
1:00pm – 2:00pm, Room 28DE
Beware the Batman Screening and Q&A
The Dark Knight makes his return to television in this new action-packed CG animated series. A cool new take on the classic franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batman’s core characters with a rogues’ gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form. With backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City’s criminal underworld, led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad, and Magpie. After screening a new episode, producers Glen Murakami (Teen Titans) and Mitch Watson (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated) and others will take attendees into the shadows of Gotham City for a lively discussion on the adventures that await Batman this season. From Warner Bros. Animation, Beware the Batman airs Saturday mornings at 10:00 ET/PT on Cartoon Network.
1:00pm – 2:00pm, Room 6BCF
Chronicle Books: Behind the Scenes of a Pop Culture Powerhouse
With several New York Times bestsellers this year, Chronicle Books’s unique blend of distinctive, entertaining publishing hits the right spot for both consumers and creators. Get sneak peeks at upcoming projects and meet editor Steve Mockus, designers Michael Morris and Neil Egan, and authors Jeffrey Brown (Vader’s Little Princess), Francesco Marciuliano (I Could Pee on This), Brandon Bird (Brandon Bird’s Astonishing World of Art), and Michael McMillian (True Blood: Field Guide to Vampires).
1:00pm – 2:00pm, Room 32AB
Comics Arts Conference Session #14: Comics and the Punk Aesthetic
Comics have long had a connection with subculture. In the punk movement, comics found an aesthetic that could help preach a message to the counterculture. This panel examines how both mainstream and underground comics have borrowed and used the punk aesthetic for their own means. Christopher B. Field (Southern Illinois University-Carbondale) discusses OMAC by Jack Kirby and how the underappreciated work uses the punk aesthetic. Michael MacBride (Minnesota State University) examines how punk music and Justin Green’s Binky Brown react differently to male sexuality. Christopher Douglas (Southern Illinois University) compares the aesthetic of the Japanese cyberpunk manga Akira to the bosozoku motorcycle gangs of the 1980s. Keegan Lannon (Aberystwyth University) discusses Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles as a punk manifesto.
1:00pm – 2:00pm, Room 26AB
Spotlight on Dan Jurgens
Former Superman editor Mike Carlin talks with longtime writer/artist Dan Jurgens about his work in comics, how he started, why he did the things he did, what he enjoyed most, what he might have done differently, and new projects on the horizon.
1:00pm – 2:00pm, Room 4
Comic-Con How-To: Advanced 3D/CG Comic Art
Brian Haberlin will demonstrate advanced 3D and computer graphics comic art techniques that will speed up and improve your story telling. He will show you how to use a wide range of programs, from Zbrush to Poser to Sketchup. Learn all the tricks no other pro will show you!
1:30pm – 2:45pm, Room 2
Shattering Convention in Comic Book Storytelling
Moderated by Racebending.com, this panel of comic book authors discuss their experiences writing diverse and innovative work for big franchises, indie, small press, and web comics. Brandon Thomas (Miranda Mercury), Gene Yang (Avatar: The Last Airbender), and Gail Simone (The Movement) will discuss diversity without stereotyping, creating compelling heroes and villains, and reader advocacy.
1:30pm – 2:30pm, Room 23ABC
Spotlight on Ted Naifeh
Comic-Con special guest Ted Naifeh talks about his work on the all-ages titles Courtney Crumrin and Polly and the Pirates and reveals what’s in store for the Eisner Award-nominated writer/artist.
1:30pm – 2:30pm, Room 8
Avengers, X-Men, Dr. Strange and Sgt Fury 50th
Marvel Comics’s first wave of superhero creations in the 1960s have proven to have remarkable staying power and worldwide appeal. The Avengers, X-Men, Dr. Strange, and Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos (which introduced Nick Fury) all celebrate their 50th anniversaries this year. When Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Steve Ditko created the characters half a century ago, little did they know what they brought into the comics world. Since then numerous writers and artists have told the tales of these heroes, including Comic-Con special guests Brian Michael Bendis (Avengers and X-Men), Frank Brunner (Dr. Strange), John Romita, Jr. (just about every Marvel hero), and Roy Thomas, who was there almost at the beginning with Stan, Jack and Steve and contributed his own memorable takes on the Avengers and X-Men.
1:45pm – 2:45pm, Room 5AB
Cover Story: The Art of the Cover
What does it take to make a great cover for a comic book? Let’s ask four of the top artists…all folks who’ve created some of the best. Come hear the “shop talk” of Jerry Ordway (Superman, The Power of Shazam), Gary Frank (Action Comics, DC Universe: Legacies), Dan Jurgens (Superman, Booster Gold), and Chris Samnee (Daredevil, Thor). Moderated by Mark Evanier.
2:00pm – 3:00pm, Room 25ABC
Death Dealing Mechs, Comic Books, and Video Games: The World of Hawken
Heavy metal comes to Comic-Con! Khang Le (creative director/co-founder, Adhesive Games) and Mark Long (CEO, Meteor Entertainment) discuss Hawken, the free-to-play fast-paced giant mech shooter, showing how the rich universe has transcended from its roots as a game to encompass comics, collectibles, and filmed entertainment, expanding and breathing life into the larger mythology. Drew Seldin (Project Triforce) will be showing a meticulously detailed new mech premiere scale statue, Michael Kennedy (Archaia Entertainment) will reveal details of the Hawken monthly digital comic series, and Scott Robertson (Design Studio Press) will guide us through an early look at the Art of Hawken art book. Other announcements and debuts are also in store, and the audience will leave with a special gift in hand. Ignite the fight in San Diego!
2:00pm – 3:00pm, Room 28DE
Drawing DC: DC Kids Edition
Sunday at Comic-Con International is one of DCE’s favorite days of the show! Talent relations director Larry Ganem with the Eisner Award-winning team of Art Baltazar and Franco (Superman Family Adventures, The Green Team), and the ever dynamic Dustin Nguyen (Li’l Gotham) as they showcase their artistic talents in a panel fun for all ages!
2:00pm – 3:00pm, Room 30CDE
Keenspot 2013: Red Giant Expands to Consume the Earth
Pioneering webcomics publisher Keenspot returns for their giant-sized 13th annual Comic-Con panel with strategic partner Red Giant Entertainment in tow! Earlier this year Red Giant formally announced its revolutionary free print comic book initiative, the “Giant-Size” line distributing one million free copies every single week to stores across the country beginning in 2014, and this is the place they’ll be revealing new details on each title and the awesome creators at their helms! Plus, get the latest news on the Last Blood and Wayward Sons movie adaptations and much more. Creators scheduled to appear include Benny Powell (Wayward Sons), David Campiti (Exposure), Terry Keefe (Tesla), John Gallagher (BuzzBoy), Steven Parke (Medusa’s Daughter), David Lawrence (Sherwood), Thomas Fischbach (Twokinds), and Bobby Crosby (Last Blood, Marry Me). All attendees will receive a free poster!
2:00pm – 3:00pm, Room 4
Today’s Kids’ Heroes…and Why They Don’t Wear Capes
An all-star panel of kids comics authors, game designers, illustrators, and educators discuss why today’s heroes are often nerdy, quirky, flawed figures battling everyday challenges of social pressure and belonging, and have dropped the capes. Implications for developing the next superhero for aspiring writers, students, and educators will also be discussed. Panelists include Jennifer Holm (Babymouse, Squish), Jonathan Hamel (Tomb Raider), Scott Peterson (Batman: Gotham Adventures), Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Tim Travaglini (Open Road Media), Joe Kelly (I Kill Giants, Four Eyes, Man of Action Studios), Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!), and Talia Hurwich (Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth). Moderated by Meryl Jaffe (Using Content-Area Graphic Novels for Learning, Johns Hopkins University).
2:00pm – 3:00pm, Room 32AB
Comics Arts Conference Session #15: The Culture of Comic-Con: Field Studies of Fans and Marketing
Comic-Con offers students of popular culture an amazing venue to study how culture is marketed to and practiced by its fans. Alissa Butler (University of Massachusetts-Boston), Krystal Dean (Wittenberg University), Charity Fowler (Virginia Commonwealth University), Regina Gasser (Wittenberg University), Kenneth J. Garrett (Lynchburg College), Kenley Hoover (Lynchburg College), Nathan Knoebber (Wittenberg University), Sarah Lavinder (Lynchburg College), Lauren Levitt (New York University Steinhardt), and Jessica Stephenson (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) present initial findings from a week-long ethnographic field study of the intersection of fan practice at the nexus of cultural marketing and fan culture that is Comic-Con 2013. Matthew J. Smith (Wittenberg University) moderates.
2:30pm – 3:30pm, Room 26AB
Joe’s Comics’ Sidekick
J. Michael Straczynski, Studio JMS CEO Patricia Tallman, editor Phil Smith, and other luminaries discuss Joe’s Comics, the new creator-owned imprint from Image. They will be debuting their new title, Sidekick, here at SDCC and providing a glimpse of additional projects coming soon from Joe’s Comics.
2:45pm – 3:45pm, Room 5AB
Archaia Entertainment: The Year of Mouse Guard
After its debut, Mouse Guard has become one of the most popular, beloved, and honored stories in comics, and in 2013, creator David Petersen is not slowing down! This year will see the release of the Mouse Guard Vol. 3: The Black Axe hardcover and the debut of the four-issue Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 2 miniseries (followed by the release of a hardcover that collects them). In addition, from Skelton Crew comes collectible replica Black Axes, the first in a line of Mouse Guard replica weapons! Moderated by Mel Caylo (Archaia’s marketing manager), join the Eisner Award-winning Petersen and guests, including Jeremy Bastian, Israel Skelton, and more to be announced as they give you a behind-the-scenes look at the making of all this Mouse Guard goodness, preview art from upcoming releases, and answer everything you wanted to know about Mouse Guard! Every attendee will receive a Comic-Con exclusive print of an original David Petersen drawing. Plus, one lucky audience member will win a free copy of the limited Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 Black and White Edition!
3:00pm – 4:00pm, Room 28DE
Comic-Con How-To: Drawing with Jim Lee
Join DC Entertainment co-publisher, Jim Lee (Superman Unchained, Justice League, Batman: Hush) as he talks about his 25+ years in the comics industry and sketches your favorite characters live on the big screen in this engaging panel. This is a great opportunity to watch the creative process first-hand and learn the tips of the trade that bring DC Entertainment’s characters to life.
3:00pm – 4:00pm, Room 2
Diamond Select Toys: The Best of All Worlds
Chuck Terceira (director, Diamond Select Toys) and Zach Oat (marketing supervisor) preview upcoming DST products, including Marvel Select, Star Trek Starships, Universal Monsters, Batman, and a brand-new license, with a Q&A to follow.
3:00pm – 4:00pm, Room 7AB
Publisher’s Weekly: What’s Next for Graphic Novels in Libraries
Graphic novels have become one of the hottest categories in libraries nationwide, with reader requests driving more and more libraries to acquire significant collections. Publishers Weekly Comics World’s Heidi MacDonald explores the latest developments, including content challenges, digital lending, collection development, ways authors can connect with libraries, the rise of comics for younger readers, and what Common Core will mean for the whole field. With Eva Volin (Alameda Free Library), Karen Green (Columbia University), Josh Elder (Reading with Pictures), and Scott Robins (Toronto Public Library, A Parent’s Guide to the Best Kids’ Comics).
3:00pm – 4:00pm, Room 32AB
Spotlight on Neil Gaiman
Comic-Con special guest Neil Gaiman has crossed over into numerous media. From comics to novels, from kids’ books to animation, from television to movies, Neil remains one of the most popular creators in the world. Visiting Comic-Con this year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his seminal comics creation The Sandman, he’ll talk about everything that’s going on his career right now.
3:00pm – 4:00pm, Room 6DE
Where Do Ideas Come From? Banishing the Blank Page
Writer’s block? Artistic anemia? Get unstuck! Former DC, Dark Horse, and CrossGen writer/editor Barbara Randall Kesel (MLP:FIM Fluttershy) outlines strategies and tips for artists and writers facing the Dreaded Dead Brain Doom — a blank page and no ideas for what to write or draw, or how to get started.
3:00pm – 4:00pm, Room 4
First Second: Gene Yang and Paul Pope In Conversation
First Second authors Paul Pope (Battling Boy) and Gene Luen Yang (Boxers & Saints) discuss their creative process, their magical-realist storytelling techniques, and their exciting upcoming books — projects that each author has been working on for the past five years.
3:30pm – 4:30pm, Room 26AB
Pro/Fan Trivia Match
Len Wein (creator of Wolverine) leads his Purple Pros against comics fan trivia buffs Tom Galloway, David Oates, and Peter Svensson in a contest of trivia about characters and concepts who debuted in 1963 and celebrate their Golden Anniversary this year, such as the X-Men, Avengers, Doom Patrol, JLA-JSA team-ups, and more. Come for the trivia, stay for the bad jokes and trash talk!
3:45pm – 5:00pm, Room 5AB
Get Comics Anywhere
Patrick Yurick and Alonso Nunez (Little Fish Comic Book Studio and American BOOOM! founders) lead a discussion on how the advent of 21st century tools such as phone and tablet apps, responsive web design, Google+ hangouts OnAir, Facebook, webcomics, and more have changed everything about how comics get read by consumers. Panelists include Dan Archer (comics journalist, Archcomix.com), Mark Luetke (web developer and adjunct professor at VCUarts, 2816 Monument), Jesus Flores and Phuc Nguyen (app developers and American BOOOM! app development team), and Jason Brubaker (reMINDblog.com and MakingComics.com).
4:00pm – 5:00pm, Room 28DE
The Battle for Multicultural Heroes
The pop culture explosion through gaming, comics, TV, and film has opened up new opportunities for cultural diversity; however, many obstacles still exists. In this humorous but poignant discussion, Diverse geek experts discuss breaking ethnic stereotypes and what changes need to happen for us to boldly go into the future. Panelists include Tony B. Kim (founder of Crazy4ComicCon.com), Andre Meadows (creator of Black Nerd Comedy on YouTube), Linda Le (cosplayer and designer), and Marlene Bonnelly (producer of ILikeComicsToo.com).
4:00pm – 5:00pm, Room 7AB