Comic-Con 2013: Saturday Panel Schedule

Comic-Con 2013 Saturday Panel Schedule

The big kahuna of Comic-Con 2013 is Saturday. No day is bigger during the convention than this. Comics, movies, television, and more will be bringing out their big guns. You can expect to find panels from Legendary Pictures, Warner Bros., Lionsgate, Marvel Studios, How I Met Your Mother, Futurama, Xbox, The 20th Anniversary of Pinky and the Brain, the 25th Anniversary of The Sandman, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, and much much more. See the full schedule of panels for Saturday, July 20 of SDCC after the break.

10:00am-11:00am A&E Bates Motel – The Bates Motel is open for business in San Diego! Executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) will release new footage from the highly acclaimed A&E drama series Bates Motel exclusively for Comic Con attendees. The executive producers will be joined by the cast, including Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga (Norma Bates), Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates), Max Thieriot (Dylan), Olivia Cooke (Emma), and Nestor Carbonell (Sheriff Alex Romero) to discuss the show’s unique backstory and creation. Fans will get an opportunity to hear more about season 2, debuting in 2014 on A&E, and will have a chance to ask the cast and creators questions during a Q&A. Moderated by Tim Stack from Entertainment Weekly. Room 6A

10:00am-11:00am Behind the Creatures – Kirk R. Tatcher (Return of the Jedi, Gremlins, Star Trek IV, The Muppets) and Tony McVey (The Dark Crystal, Return of the Jedi, Gremlins, The Phantom Menace) relive their greatest behind-the-scenes stories from your favorite movies, including the Rancor that never was and Captain Kirk’s surprise. Moderated by Sean Murphy. Room 29A

10:00am-11:00am Comic-Con How-To: Writing Your Superhero Novel – Tom King, the author of a A Once Crowded Sky offers a step-by-step, practical approach to creating a superhero novel. Topics will include world building, character development, voice, POV, plot construction, experimentation, writing habits, revision, and publication. The class is intended to provide specific methods that work in putting comic book supermen into prose. Room 2

10:00am-11:00am Creating Animated Series – What does it take to create or develop an animated TV series? Do you have to be a writer? An artist or animator? Both? Neither? What do you have to have to pitch an idea, and what are the studios and networks looking for? Members of the Writers Guild of America’s Animation Writers Caucus who have created and developed series and network/studio executives who buy them talk about it and answer your questions. Ted Biaselli (VP, programming and development, The Hub), Steven Melching (Transformers Prime, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Craig Miller (Pocket Dragon Adventures, Trash Pack), Bob Roth (Disney’s Legend of Tarzan, Penguins of Madagascar), and Dean Stefan (Matchbox Big Rig Buddies,Quack Pack) join the discussion. Room 9

10:00am-11:00am Hasbro Studios: My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic – Representatives from Hasbro Studios and The Hub TV Network’s My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic share details of the making of the popular animated series and how the “friendship” and “magic” are brought to life. Also includes Q&A time. Room 25ABC

10:00am-11:00am March: The Graphic Novel by US Congressman and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis – 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. Room 23ABC

10:00am-11:00am 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 B. Cooke, and your moderator, Mark Evanier. Room 4

10:00am-11:00am Urban Fantasy: Myth and Magic in the City – Paris, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Tucson, and cities of our own imagination come to life when tales of myth and magic are blended with the urban landscape. These stories are collectively known as Urban Fantasy, and many of today’s popular authors are adding their otherworldly ingredients to the melting pots of modern (and not-so-modern) society. Authors Jim Butcher (Cold Days), Max Gladstone (Three Parts Dead), Kevin Hearne (The Iron Druid Chronicles), Richard Kadrey (Kill City Blues), Marlene Perez (Strange Fates), Kevin J. Anderson (Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I.), and Liesel Schwarz (A Conspiracy of Alchemists) discuss the art of writing Urban Fantasy with Diana Gill of Harper Voyager US. Room 7AB

10:00am-11:00am 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 Joshua Williamson (Captain Midnight), writer/artist Natalie Nourigat (It Girl and the Atomics), and cartoonist Sloane Leong (The Softest Shadow, Labyrinth’s Lament). Room 28DE

10:00am-11:00am Comic-Con Film School 103: Working with Actors and a Crew – Day 3 of our course on microbudget moviemaking deals with how to direct actors, organize a crew, and keep them all happy without anybody making a dime. Panelists include Valerie Perez (producer/star of the Paula Peril series), Vera Vanguard (producer of The Building of Good and Evil), Nick Murphy (writer/director of Pizza and Bullets), Jack Conway (writer/producer of Fear News), Sean Rourke (writer of Ballistica), and actors Kat Steel, Josh Perilo, and Bradley Upton. Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina

10:00am-11:00am 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. Room 6DE

10:00am-11:00am Machinima: Redefining the ‘Fan Film’ – Machinima, a network that has been pushing the envelope on content development and creation since day one, has upped the ante once again. Joining forces with some of the most creative talent around, Machinima will discuss fan films, along with all the other mind blowing content Machinima and the creators have up their sleeves. Be a part of the discussion, with the slightly off-their-rocker folks at Machinima, along with a few equally insane special guests, including Sam Gorski and Niko Pueringer from Corridor Digital (, Kevin Tancharoen (Director & Creator, Mortal Kombat: Legacy), J.C. Reifenberg (Director & Creator, Hughes the Force), and Adi Shankar (Producer, The Punisher: Dirty Laundry, Executive Producer, Dredd and The Grey) as they talk about setting the bar with a new breed of content development, creation and interaction. And of course, a bunch of exclusive, never-before-seen footage will be shown for your viewing pleasure. So you know where you’re going to be Saturday morning, don’t you? Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

10:15am-11:00am Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole! – Co-creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis (Lost and Tron: Legacy) and Adam Horowitz (Lost and Tron: Legacy) introduce the world premiere screening of their newest series, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. This strange new land takes you to the other side of the rabbit hole, where you’ll meet Alice, the Knave of Hearts, the White Rabbit and a host of other characters. Q&A as well as surprise guests will follow the screening. You won’t want to miss who shows up at this panel! Ballroom 20

10:30am-12:00pm Comic Book Law School 303: More! – On Thursday, you learned the basics, and on Friday you gained a better understanding of contracts, licenses, and agreements. It’s now time to learn about some of the more complex issues facing creators, publishers, and other business owners. Noted attorney Michael Lovitz, author of the classic The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, returns to address some of the more advanced (and often confusing) issues facing the creative and business communities, particularly in light of the ever-expanding worlds of new media, self-publishing and social networking. And this time, he’s not alone, as attorneys David Branfman and David Lizerbram and Professor Marc Greenberg join Michael to share their collective knowledge and insights in some of the more cutting-edge legal issues faced by creators and businesses and discuss important recent legal decisions. Still interactive and four times as informative, the panel will touch on as many of the topics as time allows, including recent rulings in comic book creator and publisher litigations; the interplay of copyright terminations and work-for-hire agreements; blogs, podcasts, tweets, and cybersquatters; knockoffs, tarnishment, and dilution; satires, parodies and fair use; and the legalities of fan art and fan fiction. Plus: practical advice on how recent legal decisions and pending cases are likely to affect the field of popular culture and the role they may play in your creative and business plans. Please note: The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and practice tips to practicing attorneys, as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. [This program is approved for 1.5 credits of California MCLE.] Room 30CDE

10:30am-12:00pm 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). Room 26AB

10:30am-11:30am Film and TV Production Designers of the Art Directors Guild – In collaboration with a highly skilled art department, the production designer lays out the plan that will create small worlds to warm the heart, and entire civilizations to fire the imagination. Moderator Jim Bissell (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) joins panelists Darren Gilford (Oblivion, Tron: Legacy), Corey Kaplan (Scandal, The X-Files), Alex McDowell (Man of Steel), and Robert Stromberg (Oz the Great and Powerful, Avatar). Room 24ABC

10:30am-11:30am 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. Room 6BCF

10:30am-11:30am 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. Room 8

10:30am-11:30am The Ever-Changing World of the Paranormal/Fantasy Genre – Christine Feehan (#1 New York Times bestselling author) and Anne Elizabeth (award-winning author creator) discuss the ever-growing genre and subgenres of paranormal/fantasy. Join Christine and Anne for this Q&A session moderated by Sheila English (author, CEO of COS Productions, international speaker). Room 5AB

10:45am-1:15pm Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Preview Their Upcoming Lineups. Hall H

  • 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.

11:00am– 12:00pm Avatar: The Last Airbender: Beginning and Beyond – This panel is for fans who can’t get enough of the Avatar: The Last Airbender universe. Moderator Avatar_Mom, Kevin Coppa (Puppetbenders), Alisa Christopher (FatCat Gameworks), Gene Luen Yang (writer, The Promise/The Search), Gurihiru (artist team Sasaki and Kawano, The Promise/The Search), Sifu Kisu (martial arts coordinator), and Dante Basco (voice of Zuko/General Iroh) will be on hand to share their experiences and answer questions. Who knows, perhaps a surprise guest or two might stop in! Finally, the panel will end with a show of talented cosplay contestants. Room 29A

11:00am-12:00pm 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! Room 28DE

11:00am-12:15pm Comic-Con How-To: Color Copic Markers – Artist 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. Room 2

11:00am-12:00pm Geek and Sundry: Leveling Up – Felicia Day (The Guild, Supernatural) reveals her upcoming shows on the Geek and Sundry network and exciting new partnerships. Guests include Wil Wheaton (Big Bang Theory, Eureka) giving insights into the hit show TableTop; Amy Berg (Eureka, Leverage) and Adam de la Pena (Code Monkeys) sharing details about their upcoming shows; Amy and Sachie from G&S’s new vlogging channel talking comics and cosplay; and a few surprises! Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

11:00am-12:00pm Gravity Falls – Creator and executive producer Alex Hirsch (Grunkle Stan), creative director Michael Rianda, and series stars Jason Ritter (Dipper) and Kristin Schaal (Mabel) uncover the mysteries of Disney Channel’s hit series Gravity Falls. Find out what’s in store for television’s spookiest town with an exclusive clip from the show’s exciting season finale and an audience Q&A. The panel will feature a sneak peek of Wander Over Yonder, the new series coming from Craig McCracken (Powerpuff Girls). Room 7AB

11:00am-12:00pm Mattel: Monster High 2013: Where SCREAMS Come True! – Celebrate the freaky fabulous year of 13 with the Monster High Team! Get a freak peek at exclusive scenes from the newest Monster High DVD, 13 Wishes (this fall from Universal Studios Home Entertainment). The freaky talented Monster High voice actors, including Erin Fitzgerald (voice of Abbey, Spectra, Scarah, and Rochelle), Debi Derryberry (voice of Draculaura), and America Young (voice of Howleen and Toralei), will discuss the making of the ghouls’ latest adventure. Moderated byEmmy Award-winning executive producer of Monster High, Audu Paden. But that’s not all…the Monster High team is just dying to share more secrets lurking the halls of Monster High! Garrett Sander, Rebecca Shipman, Natalie Villegas, and Javier Meabe (toy designers), Roy Juarez (packaging designer), and Eric Hardie (copywriter) will reveal uhhh-mazing new Monster High ghouls and how they came to un-life! Don’t forget to dress your monster best for a chance to win some scary cool prizes! Room 25ABC

11:00am-11:45am Once Upon a Time: Off to Neverland! – Co-creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis (Lost and Tron: Legacy) and Adam Horowitz (Lost and Tron: Legacy) take you on a journey to Neverland. If the season finale left you wanting more, you will not want to miss this opportunity for an exclusive sneak peek at what’s to come. Questions will be answered. Secrets will be revealed. And Ginnifer Goodwin (Big Love), Jennifer Morrison (House), Robert Carlyle (SGU: Stargate Universe), Josh Dallas (Thor), Emilie de Ravin (Lost), Colin O’Donoghue (The Rite), and Michael Raymond James (True Blood) will all join in the fun. It’s time for you to get hooked on Once Upon a Time. Ballroom 20

11:00am-12:00pm 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). Room 4

11:00am-12:00pm 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! Room 9

11:00am-12:00pm When Grrls Fall in Love – From The Hunger Games’ Katniss to Divergent’s Tris, no one knows how to give a solid ass-kicking like a YA novel heroine. But when these young ladies aren’t saving the world, overthrowing powerful regimes, or slaying everything from zombies to dragons, they still find time for romance. Ally Condie (Matched), Veronica Roth (Divergent), Holly Black (The Coldest Girl in Coldtown), Marissa Meyer (Scarlet), Lissa Price (Starters), and Veronica Wolff (The Watchers) discuss the delicate balance between killing and kissing, and what it takes to properly woo a YA heroine. Moderated by Sherri Smith (Orleans). Room 23ABC

11:15am-12:30pm 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! Room 6DE

11:15am-12:15pm The Future of Xbox Gaming Revealed – Hear directly from the developers building the biggest blockbuster games for Xbox One, and hear how they are engineering their games to take advantage of the unique attributes of Xbox One. Learn how the cloud, the new Kinect sensor, and the powerful and flexible architecture enable an entire new generation of AAA game titles moderated by Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson. Room 6A

11:30am-12:30pm 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. Room 24ABC

11:30am-12:30pm 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. Room 8

11:30am-12:30pm 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. Room 5AB

11:45am-1:00pm Quick Draw! – 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! Room 6BCF

12:00pm-1:00pm Apocalyptic/Zombie: It’s the End of the World as We Know It – Some of the best zombie and apocalyptic authors-including S. G. Browne (I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus), Matt Mogk (Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Zombies), Nick Cole (Old Man and the Wasteland), Peter Stenson (Fiend), Alan Averill (The Beautiful Land), and Rick Yancey (The 5th Wave)- discuss the threat of zombies, how they imagine the end of the world, and the art of writing apocalyptic stories, alongside moderator Aaron Sagers (MTV/CNN pop culture contributor). Room 23ABC

12:00pm-1:00pm 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! Room 9

12:00pm-1:00pm 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. Room 30CDE

12:00pm-1:00pm 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! Room 28DE

12:00pm-1:30pm 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. Room 26AB

12:00pm-12:45pm Futurama  –We’re dooooooooomed! An epic panel for the ages will celebrate Futurama’s latest and greatest final season. On hand will be most or all of Futurama’s legendary voice cast, consisting of Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, David Herman, Phil LaMarr, and Lauren Tom, performing never-before-heard scenes from the upcoming “Last Episode Ever.” Plus executive producer David X. Cohen, creator Matt Groening, and a cartooning showdown to the death! (Note: actual death not guaranteed.) Ballroom 20

12:00pm-1:00pm How I Met Your Mother – For the first time ever, the hit sitcom visits Comic-Con to kick off its final season with an exclusive look at the show and a panel featuring Josh Radnor (Happythankyoumoreplease), Jason Segel (The Muppets), Cobie Smulders (The Avengers), Neil Patrick Harris (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), and Alyson Hannigan (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and executive producers Carter Bays, Craig Thomas, and Pamela Fryman. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

12:00p-1:00pm 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! Room 4

12:00pm-1:00pm Twilight Fan Fiction Panel – Writers Lyricalkris(My Biggest Mistake), Audryii_fic (The Definition of Want), Abstractway (Dodge and Burn), Plummy (The Babysitter), TheFicChick (Departures), FarDareisMai2 (Finger Painting), and moderator Kimpy0464 (The Nightingale Journals) are on hand for laughs and fun at the Twilight Fan Fiction group. They’ll answer questions about the challenges and joys of writing derivative fiction in the Twilight fandom and how to keep it fun. Room 29A

12:00pm-1:00pm What’s New With Magic: The Gathering – Ignite Your Spark! Magic 2014 has just landed in stores and digital gaming platforms, but the award-winning world builders and designers of Magic: The Gathering have not been idle. Come to the Magic panel and get a preview of some of the exciting products and events that are coming up this summer and beyond. Join Mark Purvis (sr. brand manager, Magic: The Gathering), Mark Rosewater (Magic head designer), Jenna Helland (Magic creative designer), and Dave Guskin (Magic Experience designer) for this discussion and Q&A. Room 25ABC

12:00pm-1:00pm 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, Jenn Fujikawa (, Brian Malarkey (Searsucker), Rosanna Pansino (Nerdy Nummies), and Justin Warner (Do Or Dime). Room 7AB

12:15pm-1:15pm Comic-Con How-To: Creators and Audience: The Next Chapter Is Storytelling – Learn about building audience as you create for your original stories, OC’s, and creative projects. Led by Ron Martino (techgnotic on deviantART) with Yuumei, author of Fish Eye Placebo and Knite, Dave Elliott, editor/producer/author of Weirding Willows, Brian Kesinger, renowned animator and author of Walking Your Octopus, and Hal Hefner, illustrator/author of Gates and managing director of Transmedia L.A. Room 2

12:30pm-1:30pm 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! Room 6A

12:30pm-1:30pm Spotlight on Richard Kadrey: Before and After Sandman Slim – Comic-Con special guest Richard Kadrey discusses his work, from Metrophage to The Smurfs (yes, those Smurfs), to the Sandman Slim series to what’s coming in the future. Join him for an interview about his writing (and possibly photography). The interview will be followed by a moderated Q&A session. Room 8

12:30pm-1:30pm 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. Room 24ABC

12:30pm-1:30pm 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! Room 5AB

12:45pm-1:45pm 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! Room 6DE

12:45pm-1:30pm The Simpsons – Celebrate The Simpsons’ 25th year on the air with creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, supervising director Mike Anderson, and consulting producer David Silverman, enjoy never-before seen footage from guest director Guillermo del Toro, and hear musical guests perform “We Put The Spring In Springfield!” Ballroom 20

1:00pm-2:30pm Cartoon Voices I – Each year, moderator Mark Evanier gathers a bevy of the most talented cartoon voice actors working today and invites them to explain and demonstrate their artistry! This year’s lineup includes Scott Menville (Teen Titans Go, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Grey DeLisle (Scooby Doo, Pound Puppies), Christopher Cox (Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Family Guy), David Boat (Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Family Guy), Michael Leon-Wooley (The Princess and the Frog), and Kari Wahlgren (Bolt, Tangled). Room 6BCF

1:00pm-2:00pm 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. Room 30CDE

1:00pm-2:00pm 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. Room 7AB

1:00pm-2:00pm 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. Room 9

1:00pm-2:00pm 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! Room 29A

1:00pm-2:00pm Live Forever: The Ray Bradbury Odyssey – Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), Edward James Olmos (Dexter), Clifton Collins, Jr. (Star Trek), Michael O’Kelly (executive producer/director), Scott E. Smith (picture editor), Shawn K. Clement (composer), James W. Speight (music editor), and Ugo Derouard (supervising sound editor) come together to explore the creative process of bringing the extraordinary life of Ray Bradbury to the big screen. Join panelists as they delve into his fascination with sci-fi, magic, fantasy, and toys, and explore his imagination and legacy. Room 25ABC

1:00pm-2:00pm 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-winning achievements for his Alter Ego magazine. Room 4

1:00pm-2:00pm The Originals Special Video Presentation and Q&A – From the executive producer of The CW’s #1 series and Comic-Con fan favorite The Vampire Diaries comes The Originals, a sexy new drama centering on the Original Family and the dangerous vampire/werewolf hybrid, Klaus, who returns to the magical melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans-a town he helped build centuries ago-where he is reunited with his diabolical former protégé, Marcel, a charismatic vampire who has total control over the human and supernatural inhabitants of the Crescent City. Join executive producer Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries) and series stars Joseph Morgan (The Vampire Diaries), Daniel Gillies (The Vampire Diaries), Claire Holt (The Vampire Diaries), Phoebe Tonkin (The Vampire Diaries), and Charles Michael Davis (Switched at Birth) 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 Tuesdays 8/7c on The CW this fall. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

1:00pm-2:00pm 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. Room 23ABC

1:00pm-2:00pm 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), Andy Mangels (co-founder, Prism Comics) 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. Room 28DE

1:30pm-2:45pm 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. Room 2

1:30pm-3:30pm Comics Arts Conference Session #11: The Poster Session – The CAC’s poster session gives attendees the opportunity to interact directly with presenters. Room 26AB

  • Comic-Con Group — In collaboration with the founders of San Diego Comic- Con, the San Diego State University Library’s Comic Arts Committee is helping preserve and promote San Diego’s rich comics, science fiction, and popular arts culture. Markel D. Tumlin, Anna Culbertson, Pamela Jackson, Michael Lapins, and Wil Weston (San Diego State University) will present on the committee’s current projects and activities and SDSU’s commitment to collecting and preserving the cultural heritage of Comic-Con, highlighting the Comic-Con Kids grant project and the recent acquisition of Comic-Con co-founder Richard Alf’s personal papers. Revolutionary Comics Group Jacob Holt (Henderson State University) examines X-Men’s Magneto as a Darwinist and a Civil Rights leader. Mark A. Havstad (Havstad Water and Energy Company) identifies the key traits lacking in extant heroes and heroines that make them scientifically and globally incapable of dealing with challenges like global climate change, religious and fundamentalist worldviews, and widespread poverty. Teaching with Comics Group Nicole Rehnberg (California State University, Fullerton) argues that fairy tale comics can assist students in learning how narratives work by decoding new retellings of familiar stories. Barbara Glaeser (California State University, Fullerton) offers several strategies for using comics to engage reluctant readers and writers and low-achieving students that can be used both in the classroom and at home. Michael Kersulov (Indiana University) discusses his findings on how autobiographical graphic novels and other pictorial memoirs can be and have been used in secondary schools as a way to promote traditional and visual literacy. Postmodern Comics Group Kyle Eveleth (University of Kentucky) examines the ways in which the structural elements of Watchmen’s narrative both strengthen and subvert its content to upset “normal” (mimetic) conceptions of time. Paul Cheng (University of California, Riverside) focuses on how Chris Ware’s work manipulates the formal techniques of comics to create a “meta-comic” that both celebrates and satirizes the medium, in addition to his often-devastating critiques of social life. Joyce C. Havstad (University of California, San Diego) compares panels from Asterios Polyp with pages from several iconic works of postmodernist literature, showing how Mazzucchelli employs techniques more commonly associated with written novels while adapting these techniques to suit the medium of graphic novels, with implications for both media at large. Comics off the Page Group Lesley Farmer (California State University Long Beach) explores how to teach preservice librarians and education technologists the concepts of information architecture through the use of comic arts. Mara Wood and Allen Thomas (University of Central Arkansas) present the results of their study on how well readers’ abilities to connect to and become part of the stories they read are predicted by their frequency of comic book reading. Eric Bruce (Western Oregon University) applies Dynamic Systems Theory, which proposes that decision making is shaped by the interaction of individual, task, and environment, to the world of Batman, considering how the unique characteristics of Batman’s character and environment shape his plan of action.
  • Comics and Transformation Group — Julie Humphrey (University of California, Santa Barbara) critiques how geek fashion has become a marker of sex appeal and intelligence through popular culture and gender studies. Benjamin J. Villarreal (Columbia University) examines Lee Bermejo’s Batman: Noel as a retelling of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, asking if Bermejo’s adaptation qualifies as part of a lost 19th-century literary genre because of its source material.
  • Comics and Psychology Group — Brian Lott (Henderson State University) looks into the psychological aspects of the Black Widow, asking what cognitive processes are involved in her behavior and how well these fictional representations reflect real-life manifestations. Benjamin Graves (Henderson State University) uses Alfred Adler’s theories of individual psychology to examine the links between Ant-Man’s size manipulation and his inferiority issues. Tiffany Pitcock (Henderson State University) determines if the “birth” order of the Robins affects their characterizations and relationships with Batman and with one another as pseudo- siblings. Halee Smith (Henderson State University) asks if Bruce Banner’s refusal to accept his alter-ego the Hulk as an angry facet of himself is a Freudian defense mechanism or a case of dissociative identity disorder. Samantha Hunter (Henderson State University) investigates if the X-Men’s Jean Grey qualifies for posttraumatic stress disorder, how the repression of her memories affects her ability to cope, how her childhood resulted in her choice to join the X-Men, and how Xavier has helped her mental stability over the years.

1:30pm-2:30pm 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. Room 8

1:30pm-2:30pm Star Wars vs. Serenity – Without question, Serenity fans and Star Wars devotees are two of most passionate groups in fandom. From the ongoing charity work of the Browncoats and the 501st/Rebel Legion alike, fans have taken these two massive science fiction franchises far beyond the screen. Now, Dark Horse is set to bring these two groups together for exclusive announcements, games, prizes, and more. Join Dark Horse PR director Jeremy Atkins, editor-in- chief Scott Allie, and Dark Horse resident Jedi Randy Stradley, a cast of writers and artists, and even a few surprise guests, for what is sure to be one of these year’s most memorable programs! Room 24ABC

1:30pm-2:30pm The Video Game Culture of Zombies – How Dead Rising 3 on Xbox One Kicks Off a New Generation of Mayhem – Experts from games and pop culture join together to discuss how zombies have invaded our lives through every avenue of entertainment. From TV and books to video games – especially video games! At the panel, fans will meet Dead Rising 3 developers from Capcom Vancouver and see gameplay from the upcoming Xbox One exclusive launch title, hear from internationally renowned author and zombie expert Max Brooks (Author, World War Z) and talk about zombies in video game culture with Game Informer senior editor Jeff Cork along with panelists Mike Jones (Producer, Capcom) and Josh Bridge (executive producer, Capcom). Room 5AB

1:35pm-2:35pm Lionsgate – Featuring I, Frankenstein and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – I, Frankenstein stars Aaron Eckhart and Yvonne Strahovski appear with film director/writer Stuart Beattie and graphic novel author/writer Kevin Grevioux. Plus, the cast of the highly anticipated second installment of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire comes to Hall H for the first time. Panel moderated by Fandango chief correspondent Dave Karger. Never-before-seen footage is showcased from both films. Includes Q&A opportunity. Hall H

1:45pm-2:30pm Family Guy – The Griffins are back at Comic-Con for another raucous panel and a sneak peek at season 12, featuring Seth Green (Robot Chicken), Alex Borstein (MADtv, Shameless), and executive producer Rich Appel (The Simpsons, The Cleveland Show) plus other surprise guests. Ballroom 20

1:45pm-2:45pm Marvel’s INFINITY – 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)! Room 6A

2:00pm-3:00pm Art Lessons from Great Illustrators: Arthur Rackham – Marshall Vandruff ( will present over a hundred slides of Arthur Rackham’s book illustrations to showcase the illustrator’s high-level craft in pen and ink, watercolor, anatomy, draftsmanship, and character design and explain the training involved for today’s artists who want to apply these classic disciplines and standards to their work in modern media. Room 30CDE

2:00pm-3:00pm Lost Podcast and Beyond – Jay Glatfelter and Jack Glatfelter (Jay and Jack TV, The Married Man Show) and special guests get lost in TV talk. The co-hosts of the popular Lost Podcast with Jay and Jack discuss Lost three years after the airing of its finale, as well as other TV shows that have filled the void, such as Once Upon a Time, Person of Interest, Game of Thrones, Justified, and many more. Room 29A

2:00pm-3:00pm 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!) Room 9

2:00pm-3:00pm 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! Room 28DE

2:00pm-3:00pm Skybound Panel – 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. Room 7AB

2:00pm-3:00pm 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. Room 6DE

2:00pm-3:00pm 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. Room 4

2:00pm-3:00pm 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. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

2:00pm-3:00pm 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. Room 23ABC

2:00pm-3:00pm Star Blazers 2199-Crew & Fan Meeting and Screening – The legendary Star Blazers TV Series is coming back! Join the crew to learn more about Star Blazers 2199 at this exciting and riveting panel! You’ll have a chance to witness the screening of the first episode of the new show as well as be able to ask questions. Panel guests include producer Hiroaki Ikegami and a guest Cosplayer from Japan playing Yuki Mori. Room 25ABC

2:30pm-3:30pm Abrams: An Adventure Time Encyclopedia Panel with The Lord of Evil and Marceline The Vampire Queen – A conversation moderated by Kent Osborne (head of story, Adventure Time) with Martin Olson (voice actor, The Lord of Evil), and Olivia Olson (voice actor, Marceline The Vampire Queen) about their new book from Abrams, The Adventure Time Encyclopedia, including a slide show and a dramatic reading from the book. Surprises may include a terrifying appearance by Hunson Abadeer himself, a music video from the Nightosphere, and Olivia singing with special surprise guests. Audience participation is encouraged for maximum chance of survival! Room 8

2:30pm-3:15pm American Dad – Be on hand for an exclusive look at the new season, the world premiere of a song from the never-before-seen Christmas episode featuring the return of Krampus, and a Q&A featuring Wendy Schaal, Rachael MacFarlane, Scott Grimes (ER, Band of Brothers), Dee Bradley Baker (Phineas and Ferb, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), and more. Ballroom 20

2:30pm-3:30pm How to Get a Job in the Video Game Industry – Francis Mao (Capcom senior director, creative services) leads a panel of industry insiders from a variety of game companies and industry outlets to share how they got to “play video games for a living,” and the wide assortment of career paths available. You don’t have to be a programming whiz or a stellar digital artist to have a fun career in the video game industry. Hear about job opportunities in areas such as marketing, public relations, retail, design, publishing, editorial, and more. There will be a Q&A session plus an opportunity to network one on one with the panelists after the session. Room 24ABC

2:30pm-3:30pm 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 ( and Ray Carter ( Room 5AB

2:40pm-3:50pm Grimm Season 3: Q&A with Cast and Producers from the Hit Supernatural Series, Followed by an Exclusive Trailer of NBC’s New Fall Drama, Dracula – In season 2’s shocking cliffhanger finale, we were left screaming for answers! What will happen to Nick Burkhardt now that he’s a zombie? What do the royal families want with Nick, and what will Captain Renard’s next move be? Will Monroe and Rosalee (“Monrosalee”) take their relationship to the next level? What will come of Adalind’s royal baby? Is Portland doomed? Join your fellow “Grimmsters” for an hour filled with wesen, third season themes, and of course, a Q&A session with the cast members David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz, Bree Turner, Claire Coffee, and executive producers/writers Jim Kouf, David Greenwalt, Todd Milliner, and Norberto Barba. Room 6BCF

2:55pm-3:55pm Entertainment Weekly’s Women Who Kick Ass – Fierce, fearless and flat-out fantastic, these female actors have left fans breathless. Michelle Rodriguez (Fast and Furious franchise), Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany, Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), and others open up about the power and privilege of playing women who redefine the rules and refuse to yield. Hall H

3:00pm-4:00pm Cartoon Network New Comedies: Uncle Grandpa, Steven Universe, and Clarence – Be the first to see an exclusive sneak peek of Cartoon Network Studio’s all new line up of chuckle-inducing comedies! The panel features Uncle Grandpa creator Pete Browngardt, creative director Audie Harrison, and Adam Devine (Workaholics) as the voice of Pizza Steve, Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar and creative director Ian Jones-Quartey, and Clarence creator Skyler Page. All your questions are sure to be answered and your anticipation is sure to be electrified! Room 6A

3:00pm-5:00pm 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. Room 2

3:00pm-4:00pm 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 ofDemeter, 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! Room 23ABC

3:00pm-4:00pm Dark Crystal Author Quest: All You Need to Know – Lisa Henson (CEO, The Jim Henson Company) and Cheryl Henson (Labyrinth, The Muppet Show) are joined by Grosset and Dunlap’s Francesco Sedita (president and publisher) and Rob Valois (senior editor) to discuss their exciting new contest to find the author of the first installment of the upcoming Young Adult book series set in the world of the classic Jim Henson fantasy film The Dark Crystal. The panel will feature information on how to participate in the Author Quest, an overview of The Dark Crystal world, and a look at the new fan destination, as well as a Q&A. Room 28DE

3:00pm-4:00pm 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. Room 4

3:00pm-4:00pm Indyfans: The World of Indiana Jones – The adventure continues this year as the Indyfans reunite to discuss The Man in the Hat! This year they’ll dive right in and see what’s new to uncover. Moderated by Brandon Kleyla (Indyfans). Room 29A

3:00pm-4:00pm Nerdist Industries – Chris Hardwick (BBC America’s The Nerdist, AMC’s Talking Dead) is joined by friends new and old to discuss the exciting things coming to Nerdist Industries. Join Chris and company as they look at the Nerdist Channel’s upcoming slate, discuss new initiatives from the Nerdist team, and answer as many quemments as humanly possible. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

3:00pm-4:00pm Pinky and the Brain 20th Anniversary Voice Reunion – Are you pondering what we’re pondering? How could two decades have passed since Pinky and the Brain first tried to take over the world? Celebrate one of the all-time funniest animated series when the original voices of the silly simpleton Pinky and his uber-genius pal Brain, Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche, join eight-time Emmy Award-winning dialogue director Andrea Romano for an hour of hilarious reminiscing. Narf! Lyceum

3:00pm-4:00pm Roddenberry Entertainment – Rod Roddenberry (CEO, Roddenberry Entertainment), Trevor Roth (head of development, Days Missing) Tory Mell (producer/writer, White Room:02B3), Paul Morrissey (editor, Days Missing, Worth), Aubrey Sitterson (writer, Worth), Chris Moreno (artist, Worth), Bjo Trimble (super fan, Star Trek), and Sean Patrick O’Reilly (publisher, Arcana) are taking the name that created Star Trek and bringing it to levels not seen since the original days of the genre-changing television show. Join them for some incredible Roddenberry news and a sneak peek at some of the new and exciting things they are working on. All followed by a Q&A. Also: giveaway of a special iPad mini. Room 25ABC

3:00pm-4:00pm 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! Room 7AB

3:00pm-4:00pm 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. Room 9

3:00pm-4:00pm Supercharge Your Superhero with Prismacolor! – From chiseled cheekbones to flowing capes (and beyond) discover the cosmic power that Prismacolor Brush|Fine can add to all of your comic renderings. Prismacolor specialists Diana Garrett and Shelley Minnis provide tips and techniques to help you add realism and drama to your characters, including fabric folds, aesthetics, muscles, hair, facial expressions, environments and more. Samples and door prizes provided with the presentation. Room 30CDE

3:05pm-4:05pm Getting Your Audience into Your Main Character’s Shoes with Chris Huntley – Whether your main character is a hero, a villain, a sidekick, or a one-of-a-kind original, empathizing with a main character is essential if you want your audience to experience your story at a personal level. Even the meanest main character is sympathetic when you get inside his head. This workshop gives you several surefire, practical techniques to get your audience squarely involved in your main character’s personal issues. Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina

3:15pm-4:15pm 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. Room 6DE

3:30pm-4:30pm 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! Room 26AB

3:30pm-4:30pm 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. Room 24ABC

3:30pm-4:30pm Monsters of Alt Comics – Join Alt-weekly Ink-slingers Keith Knight (The K Chronicles, The Knight Life), Stephen Notley (Bob the Angry Flower), Ted Rall (L.A. Times, MAD), and Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man, The New Yorker) as they celebrate 20+ years of answering why they don’t draw comics like Garfield. The four expound on the myriad of ways they’ve managed to thrive in a profession that has seen many of their peers throw in the towel. Room 5AB

3:30pm-4:30pm 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! Join KaBOOM! editor Shannon Watters as she has a lively and fun conversation featuring series writer Ryan North along with series artists Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb, and writer/artist Natasha Allegri (Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake). Room 8

3:30pm-4:15pm True Blood Panel and Q&A session – Mixing romance, suspense, mystery, and humor, the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated True Blood kicked off its sixth season June 16 on HBO. The series follows waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Oscar and Golden Globe award winner Anna Paquin), who can hear people’s thoughts and vampires Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård). Brian Buckner serves as executive producer of the series, which also features Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse, Sam Trammell as Sam Merlotte, Rutina Wesley as Tara Thornton, Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette, Deborah Ann Woll as Jessica Hamby, Kristin Bauer van Straten as Pam, Joe Manganiello as Alcide, Anna Camp as Sarah Newlin, Michael McMillian as Steve Newlin, and Rob Kazinsky as Ben. Oscar and Emmy Award winner Alan Ballcreated and is also an executive producer on the series, based on the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. Moderated by Kate Huhn (TV Guide Magazine). Ballroom 20

4:00pm-5:00pm Being Human – Itching to know what goes on behind the scenes of Syfy’s smash hit series Being Human? Give in to temptation and join cast members Sam Witwer (Aidan), Meaghan Rath (Sally), Sam Huntington (Josh), Kristen Hager (Nora), and executive producer Anna Fricke as they discuss what’s in store for a larger-than-life new season. Moderated by Aaron Sagers, entertainment journalist ( and geek culture expert. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

4:00pm-5:00pm 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). Room 30CDE

4:00pm-5:00pm Cosplaying 102: Intermediate and Advanced Costuming – Catherine M. Fisher (award-winning costumer) and Mike Schiffbauer (master prop maker and costumer) pick up where Cosplaying 101 left off. They will discuss advanced costuming techniques such as sculpting, mold making, resin casting, armor building and more. Join Catherine and Mike for this informative and fun-filled panel, moderated by Melissa Gene Meyer (assistant for the Comic-Con Masquerade). There will be a Q&A session during the second half of the panel. Room 29A

4:00pm-5:00pm Hasbro: Marvel – Adam Biehl (vice president, Global Marvel line at Hasbro), Jesse Falcon (Director of Hardlines, Marvel), Dwight Stall (senior Marvel product design manager, Hasbro) 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! Room 25ABC

4:00pm-5:30pm 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!” Room 7AB

4:00pm-4:45pm Person of Interest Special Video Presentation and Q&A – Executive producers Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight) and Greg Plageman (Cold Case) are joined by the series stars for a special video presentation and Q&A. Join the discussion, as the science “fiction” in Person of Interest becomes reality with recent real-world events. Person of Interest is a crime thriller about a presumed dead former CIA agent who teams up with a mysterious billionaire to prevent violent crimes. Aided by the Machine-and opposed by ruthless criminals, corrupt cops, and shadowy elements within the government-the team works with two NYPD detectives to stop crimes before they happen. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television, Person of Interest returns for its third season on September 24, in a new timeslot of Tuesdays at 10/9c on CBS. Person of Interest: The Complete Second Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 17. Room 6BCF

4:00pm-5:00pm 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). Room 4

4:00pm-5:00pm 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. Room 28DE

4:00pm-5:00pm Behind the Scenes with Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead Game Series – Join Robert Kirkman (Creator of The Walking Dead comic series) and Telltale Game’s Dan Connors (Telltale Games, CEO) and Kevin Bruner (Telltale Games, President and CTO) as they discuss the inspiration behind developing the critically-acclaimed game series. Along with PlayStation’s Don Mesa (Director of Product Planning & 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. A moderated by Greg Miller (Executive Editor, IGN). Room 23ABC

4:00pm-5:00pm 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), Rob Harrell (Monster on the Hill), Matthew Holm (Baby Mouse), and Jenni Holm (Baby Mouse) an Eisner Award nominee. Moderated by Tom Racine (Tall Tale Radio podcast). Room 9

4:15pm-5:45pm 20th Century Fox – TBA Hall H

4:15pm-5:15pm 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! Room 6A

4:30pm-5:30pm 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. Room 8

4:30pm-5:30pm 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. Room 26AB

4:30pm-5:30pm Poppin’ Some Tags – Celebrity costume designers from Costume Designers Guild IATSE Local 892 dish the dirt on designing and bringing to fruition the costumes for today’s hottest blockbusters. Featured panelists are Trish Summerville (Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Gary Jones (Oz, the Great and Powerful), Christine Bieslin-Clark (Ender’s Game, TRON: Legacy), Isis Mussenden (Wolverine, Chronicles of Narnia), and Mayes Rubeo (WWZ, Avatar). Moderated by actor Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy). Room 24ABC

4:30pm-6:00pm 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). Room 5AB

4:30pm-5:15pm The Vampire Diaries Special Video Presentation and Q&A – Making their fang-tastic fifth appearance at Comic-Con, the cast and creative team behind The Vampire Diaries vamp it up in San Diego! Series stars Nina Dobrev (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Paul Wesley (Roll Bounce), Ian Somerhalder (Lost), Candice Accola (Juno), and Kat Graham (Honey 2) join executive producers/writers Julie Plec (The Originals, Kyle XY) and Caroline Dries (Melrose Place) on stage for a video screening and Q&A session. The CW’s #1 series returns in the fall for its fifth season, promising twists, turns and-of course-(love) triangles in this new chapter for our heroes, post-graduation. From Bonanza Productions Inc., Outerbanks Entertainment, and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, The Vampire Diaries airs Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW, and The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Fourth Season will be released on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and UltraViolet in September. Ballroom 20

4:30pm-5:30pm 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. Room 6DE

4:50pm-5:50pm Revolution Special Video Presentation and Q&A – In this epic adventure from Supernatural’s Eric Kripke and J. J. Abrams’s Bad Robot Productions, a family struggles to reunite in a postapocalyptic American landscape where every piece of technology has mysteriously blacked out, setting in motion a swashbuckling journey that leads to the reason the lights went out. The season 1 finale found our heroes at The Tower and the switch to turn the lights back on-but the mystery of the blackout is just the beginning. Fans will be treated to an exclusive video presentation, followed by a special Q&A with series stars and producers. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions, Kripke Enterprises, and Warner Bros. Television, the second season of Revolution premieres this fall in its new Wednesday 8/7c time period on NBC. Room 6BCF

5:00pm-6:00pm 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. Room 4

5:00pm-6:00pm BrickJournal: LEGO as an Art Form – BrickJournal presents a unique look into how artists are using LEGO bricks to construct amazing works of art and how building with the toy has gained popularity among adult artists worldwide. Jump into the world of LEGO-built art by joining top builders Joe Meno (BrickJournal), Nathan Sawaya (BrickArtist), Brandon Griffith (BrickStuds), and Tommy Williamson (BrickNerd) as they explain how they take an idea from conception to design and build amazing art completely made of LEGO bricks. Room 23ABC

5:00pm-6:00pm Name That Movie – Inkpot Award winner John Field presents a game show UN-like any other. Here is an exciting presentation you can be a part of! When you enter the room, write your name on the card provided and drop it in the Magic Film Can. If your name is chosen (among 4 contestants), your job is to name as many fun clips as you can! The genre of clips you will see are in the sci-fi, horror and fantasy categories. Whoever names the most clips by the end of the show, wins! You will see many well-known, not so well-known and downright weird clips from movies you have seen, never seen, and should see, because they are at the very least entertaining. There will be prizes for first, second, third, and even fourth place winners! That’s not all; the audience will get a chance to guess those clips that the contestants can’t! Audience members get cool prizes as well. Don’t miss this entertainment-packed show! Room 28DE

5:00pm-6:00pm 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). Room 9

5:00pm-6:00pm Storytellers: Disney/ABC Knows Talent! – Along with Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm, Disney/ABC Television is home to some of the most creative storytellers in entertainment. Shalisha Francis (Co-Producer, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D); Chuck Kim (executive story editor, Heroes); and Rob Greenlea (director, Grey’s Anatomy) joins talent development executives Frank Bennett Gonzalez and Janine Jones-Clark to share experiences and insight about the creative process and the necessary steps needed to break into television and land the job of your dreams. Discussion points include pitching and writing a compelling script, directing a solid episode of television, and the essentials of networking. Moderated by Ken Choy (Hyphen Magazine). Room 30CDE

5:00pm-6:00pm Warehouse 13 – Go behind the scenes of America’s top-secret supernatural storage facility with Warehouse 13’s Eddie McClintock (Pete), Joanne Kelly (Myka), Saul Rubinek (Artie), Allison Scagliotti (Claudia) and Jack Kenny (Executive Producer). Take a look back at four out-of-this-world seasons and get a glimpse of what’s in store for the fifth and final season of the beloved Syfy series. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

5:00pm-5:45pm [adult swim]: Rick and Morty – Premiering this winter, Rick and Morty is a show about a sociopathic scientist who drags his unintelligent grandson on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe. Executive producers Dan Harmon (Community, Channel 101) and Justin Roiland (House of Cosby’s) will preview the new animated series and will be joined by writer Ryan Ridley and cast members Spencer Grammer (Greek), Kari Wahlgren, and Chris Parnell (Archer). Room 25ABC

5:15pm-6:00pm 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. Ballroom 20

5:15pm- 7:00pm Comic-Con How-To: Portrait Painting Demonstration: Introducing Online Training in the Watts Atelier Method – Nationally renowned artist and owner of Watts Atelier of the Arts Jeffrey R. Watts demonstrates an alla prima oil portrait painting from a live model. Jeff will also introduce an exciting new opportunity to train in the Watts Method online. Room 2

5:30pm-6:30pm 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!). Room 8

5:30pm-6:30pm 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. Room 24ABC

5:30pm-6:30pm 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. Room 7AB

5:30pm-6:30pm Star Trek Enterprise Bridge Restoration and Sci-Fi Museum – founder Huston Huddleston and his restoration team Doug Drexler (DS9, Battlestar Galactica), David Gerrold (writer, Star Trek TOS, TNG), Larry Nemecek (writer/historian, Star Trek), and surprise guests discuss this massive project that began with fans saving a discarded Paramount-built touring set and turning it into what will become the world’s first interactive educational Sci-Fi Museum. Room 26AB

5:30pm-7:00pm Gays in Comics XXVI – “We’re Here… We’re Queer… NOW What?” 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 Justin Hall (No Straight Lines), Jane Espenson and Brad Bell (Husbands), Shena Wolf (Uclick/Universal Press Syndicate), Sina Grace (Li’l Depressed Boy; Not My Bag), Alex Woolfson (The Young Protectors), Polly Guo (Strongman and Pianist) 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. Room 6A

5:45pm-6:45pm 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. Room 6DE

5:45pm-7:00pm [adult swim]: Aqua TV Show Show, Squidbillies, Superjail, King Star King, and Mr. Pickles – Dave Willis (Squidbillies, Aqua TV Show Show) and Ned Hastings (Squidbillies, Aqua TV Show Show will discuss the return of long-running animated series Aqua TV Show Show and Squidbilles. Christy Karacas (Robotomy) and Stephen Warbrick (Beavis and Butthead, Celebrity Deathmatch) will preview season 4 of Superjail. JJ Villard (Monsters Vs. Aliens) and Tommy Blacha (Metalocalypse) will discuss King Star King. And we’ll have an exclusive look at Mr. Pickles from creators Will Carsola and Dave Stewart (Funny Or Die Presents Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time). Room 25ABC

5:55pm-6:55pm The Tomorrow People Pilot Screening and Q&A – Sure, teleporting into San Diego remedies many stresses associated with Comic-Con, and knowing fans’ questions before they are ever asked would certainly seem to give them a leg up, but that doesn’t mean The Tomorrow People are any less excited about their inaugural visit to the world’s premier fan convention. Series stars Robbie Amell (1600 Penn), Peyton List (Mad Men), and Mark Pellegrino (Lost), along with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Green Lantern), Phil Klemmer (Chuck), and Danny Cannon (Nikita), will be on hand for a special pilot screening, followed by a Q&A to discuss this story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions, FremantleMedia, Warner Bros. Television, and CBS Television Studios, The Tomorrow People will air Wednesdays at 9/8c on The CW this fall. Room 6BCF

6:00pm-7:00pm Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey – More than three decades after the debut of Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Carl Sagan’s stunning and iconic exploration of the universe as revealed by science, Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey sets off on a new voyage for the stars. Executive producer Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, American Dad) and Sagan’s original collaborators have teamed to conceive a 13-part docu-series airing in 2014 on FOX. Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson joins writer/executive producer Ann Druyan and executive producer/director Brannon Braga (Star Trek franchise, 24) to debut an exclusive first look at the new “Ship of the Imagination,” followed by a Q&A. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

6:00pm-7:00pm 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—Join Brand + Entertainment Solutions’ Andy Schmidt (CEO, B+E Solutions), Jon Bresman (Star Wars/Mad Magazine veteran), Steve Drucker (VP of IP Development, Hasbro), and Josh Fialkov (award-nominated graphic novelist) for 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. Room 30CDE

6:00pm-7:00pm 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. Hall H

6:00pm-7:00pm 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. Room 4

6:00pm-7:00pm Spotlight on Leonard Maltin – He’s been called America’s most knowledgeable film critic and historian, and he’s the author of more than a dozen books on motion pictures and animation, in addition to his annual (and bestselling) Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide, a book no lover of film can be without. This year, he’s a Comic-Con special guest and for this hour, Leonard Maltin will be interviewed by his longtime friend Mark Evanier. Room 5AB

6:00pm-7:00pm 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). Room 28DE

6:00pm-7:00pm Financing Your Dream: Kickstarter Fundraising – Need money to produce your film or write that novel? Join this panel of experts on how to raise funds for your project using “Crowdfunding” sites such as Kickstarteror and Indiegogo. These panelists have raised money for their projects – find out how they did it! Marc Scott Zicree (Space Command, Star Trek TNG & Deep Space Nine, Babylon 5, Sliders, The Twilight Zone Companion), Michael Reaves (Blood Kiss, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Batman: The Animated Series, Hell on Earth), David Simkins (Warehouse 13, Adventures in Babysitting, Charmed, Blade: The Series, Dark Angel, The Dresden Files), Lynn Ayala (Lily, Starship Rising, Pain is Beautiful, Beauty Sleep Symphony, Carnies), Mark Gantt (Ocean’s Eleven, The Bannen Way, Night Visitor, Annie Takes Off), Jimmy Diggs (The Crypto-Historians, Star Trek: Deep Sapce Nine, Star Trek: Voyager), Bryn Pryor (Cowboys & Engines). Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica, Cowboys & Engines). Moderated by Mark O’Bannon (The Dream Crystal, The Dark Mirrors of Heaven, Aia the Barbarian). Room 9

6:00pm-7:00pm Watch_Dogs: Does Privacy Exist? – Aiden Pearce, the protagonist in Watch_Dogs, is a tech-savvy modern-day vigilante who can hack the infrastructure of Chicago at a moment’s notice. He can control stoplights to manipulate traffic to his benefit, control security cameras to survey his enemies, and stop trains to make an escape. But just how realistic are Aiden’s abilities? And how private are our everyday lives with the technology now available? Hosted by Aisha Tyler, panelists will include security consultants to talk about hyperconnectivity and the realities of how secure we really are. Kevin Short (lead story designer) will delve into the realities of today’s world and explain what it’s like writing for a next-generation game, as well as unveiling never-before-seen footage. Room 23ABC

6:30pm-7:30pm Her Universe: Geek Girl Fashion: A Dialogue Between Fashion Professionals and Fan – Actress and entrepreneur Ashley Eckstein, voice of Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and founder of Her Universe, the leading merchandise company for female sci-fi fans, is bringing together the decision makers in the genre fashion industry and the fans for an open discussion. This conversation is meant to be educational and informative, putting the executives and buyers in direct communication with the fans. Ashley will give fans a glimpse of how the retailers stay in tune with their customers and how they develop compelling designs. Audience members will be able to give their comments and recommendations. Room 24ABC

6:30pm-7:30pm 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. Room 26AB

6:30pm-7:30pm Saints Row IV Super Dangerous Wub Wub Panel – Key members of the Saints Row IV voice cast and development team discuss all things Saints Row IV, ranging from their roles in the game to their appreciation for dubstep. Q&A session moderated by Aubrey Norris (Deep Silver). Room 7AB

6:30pm-7:30pm The Art of Play: How the ’90s Changed Action Figures from Toys to Collectibles – All through the 1980s action figures were small, shiny, fun but oftentimes crudely sculpted toys. In 1994 Todd McFarlane took a huge risk to his new empire and started his own toy company (Todd Toys) to make figures based on the characters in Image Comics and in so doing turned the action figure market on its ear. A taller format, better sculpting, and a radical change in paint ops reset the industry standard and raised the bar for everyone. The ripple effect lead to changes at Toy Biz and the appearance of new players in the market such as Art Asylum, The Four Horsemen, and Mezco. The alumni from McFarlane went out into the world and changed smaller companies that were just starting in the action figure world such as NECA and Diamond Select Toys. This tectonic shift is still being felt in the industry as companies focus more on art and realism in their lines. Industry leaders, sculptors, and people who were there discuss the changes and what it meant for collectors then and now. Moderator Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett from will be joined by Joe Ferstl (McFarlane Toys), Jesse Falcon (Marvel), Jean St. Jean (Jean St. Jean Studios), Eric “Cornboy” Mayse (The Four Horsemen Design), Digger T. Mesch (Dig Deep Entertainment, Agent 88, Founder of Art Asylum), and maybe a surprise or two. Room 8

7:00pm-8:00pm 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 (, Publishers Weekly), Christopher Butcher (director, Toronto Comic Arts Festival and manager, The Beguiling), Deb Aoki (, and a few surprise guests. Room 23ABC

7:00pm-8:00pm 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. Room 4

7:00pm-8:00pm Gaia Online – Chris Castagnetto (D. J. Helsing) is proud to be hosting the Official Gaia Online Panel. This is your chance to meet the Gaia staff, get your burning questions answered, and take a sneak peek at some of the great stuff Gaia has planned for 2013. Expect plenty of fun and some great prizes. Room 5AB

7:00pm-8:00pm 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. Room 6A

7:00pm-8:00pm Science Channel: Unexplained Files – Every year around the world people experience mysterious phenomena that baffle scientists. From spontaneous combustion and UFO sightings to strange loud sounds, possible curses, and peculiar afflictions, these troubling happenings seemingly cannot be explained. This summer Science Channel is taking an in-depth look at these stories in the new series Unexplained Files. Before the world premiere debuts this summer, join scientists, eyewitnesses, and producers as they present riveting never-before-seen footage and share vivid, first-person accounts of truly unexplainable experiences, such as Texas Blue Dogs, Mothman, Alien Rain, The Ghost Yatch, Morgellon’s Disease, and much more. In addition, Science Channel will be giving away one-of-a-kind prizes to attendees in celebration of the series premiere. Room 25ABC

7:00pm-8:00pm Strike Back – The hit action series kicks off its third season with a panel featuring stars Philip Winchester (Crusoe), Sullivan Stapleton (300: Rise of An Empire), Dougray Scott (Desperate Housewives), newcomer Milauna Jackson (Blood Done Sign My Name), and co-executive producer/writer/director Michael J. Bassett (Silent Hill: Revelation 3D). The thriller follows stealth counterterrorism unit Section 20 as it spans the globe to stop potential threats, led by key operatives Michael Stonebridge and Damien Scott. In the upcoming season, the team uncovers a plot that threatens the West and pursues a deadly terrorist network with ties to powerful drug cartels, from South America to the Middle East and Europe. The panel will feature insights about the show and exclusive clips from the new season, which begins August 9 on Cinemax. Presented by HBO/Cinemax. Moderated by TV Guide’s Mike Schneider. Giveaways! Room 6DE

7:00pm-8:00pm 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. Room 28DE

7:00pm-8:00pm Harper Voyager U.S. and Harper Teen/Epic Reads: Enter Worlds of Pandemonium and Peril, Mystery and Magic, Fiction and Fantasy! – Editorial and marketing leaders from two of HarperCollins’s most popular imprints, Harper Voyager and Harper Teen/Epic Reads, present the hot new titles for fall—and beyond. Harper Voyager has much in store, including surprise author attendees, book giveaways, and an overview of upcoming urban fantasy titles, including Kill City Blues and The Dead Set, from Comic-Con special guest Richard Kadrey. Attendees will learn about the spine-tingling forthcoming thrillers by Adam Mansbach (The Dead Run) and David Wellington (Chimera), Queen of Dark Things, a dark and cinematic tale of magic from C. Robert Cargill, Abyss Deep, the new military SF by powerhouse author Ian Douglas, and The Undead Pool, one of the very last journeys into Kim Harrison’s beloved The Hollows series. In addition to some surprise appearances from special guests, HarperTeen will preview an incredible lineup of fall releases, including Allegiant, the third and final novel in Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy; Fortunately, The Milk, a new middle-grade novel by Neil Gaiman; The Fall of Five, the fourth novel in the bestselling Lorien Legacies series by Pittacus Lore; and some exciting debuts. Room 9

7:00pm-8:00pm Hip-Hop and Comics: Cultures Combining – Since its earliest days in the South Bronx, Hip-Hop culture has been linked to comic books: graffiti and album covers utilize superhero imagery, rappers adopt secret identities and grandiose aliases, and producers incorporate sensibilities and samples into their music. Comics creators respond in kind by using the elements of Hip-Hop in street-level storytelling, incorporating graffiti techniques into logo design and art styles, and quoting rap lyrics for context and content. Patrick A. Reed (editor of Depth of Field magazine) brings together visual artists, comic book legends, and musical innovators to talk about the historical ties between Hip-Hop and comics, look at how the forms have intersected over the last four decades, and showcase current and upcoming projects. Room 25ABC

7:15pm-9:00pm 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! Hall H

7:15pm-8:15pm Lost Girl: Season 3 and Beyond – Prodigy Pictures and Giant Ape Media present a fae-tastic panel with cast members Kris Holden-Ried (Dyson), Ksenia Solo (Kenzi), and Zoie Palmer (Lauren), joined by Jay Firestone (executive producer) and Emily Andras (executive producer) for a Q&A session moderated by producer Vanessa Piazza. Get behind-the-scenes tidbits and the first sneak peek at Season 4. Room 6BCF

7:30pm-8:30pm Angry Asian Media Makers – Lela Lee (creator of Angry Little Asian Girl, Angry Little Girls), Phil Yu (blogger,, and Wesley Chan and Ted Fu (Wong Fu productions) discuss the ways that each of them create content and how they grow an engaged fan following. Join them for this Q&A session moderated by fan and dedicated follower Victor Lee. Room 8

7:30pm-9:30pm 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! Sapphire Ballroom CD, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

7:30pm-8:30pm Creating Models and Props for Your Favorite Movies and Shows – In this day and age of 3D printers and digital visual effects, how do you take sci-fi model and prop making to the next level? Andy Gore (QMx), Doug Drexler (Star Trek: TNG, Battlestar Galactica,Defiance), Andy Siegel (Avatar, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), John Eblan (Star Wars: Episode II and III, Star Trek Into Darkness), and Fon Davis (Star Wars, Pearl Harbor, Starship Troopers, Elysium) discuss how your favorite ships and props are made, from concept to execution. The panel will discuss the impact of accelerated production schedules and technology on how TV and movie props are conceived and created. You will also learn the different types of prop making, from working props and digital modeling to 3D printers and the use of advanced materials. Room 24ABC

7:30pm-8:30pm The Con of Wrath – Meet author/historian and actor Larry “Dr. Trek” Nemecek (Star Trek Continues, TNG Companion) who joins director of photography/game desinger Neal Hallford (Betrayal at Krondor, Derailment of the Sunset Limited), the creative team behind this documentary-in-progress that tells the incredible tale of 1982 Houston’s “Ultimate Fantasy,” the first huge Star Trek “rock star” show-and the most amazing “meltdown to miracle” memory in Trekland history. Was this glorious failure really a “con” job-or a conspiracy on the con comm? And was it so different from other infamous flops? Get a sneak peek at tales and raw footage of Trek celebs and the “Wild West” locals who are characters themselves-and a fond refresh on a fandom era that should never be forgotten. Room 7AB

7:30pm-8:30pm 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! Room 26AB

8:00pm-11:00pm Hall H and Ballroom 20 Saturday Panel Playback – Didn’t get into either Hall H or Ballroom 20 today? We feel your pain! Do you like stuff? Of course you do! Then join the assistant to the director of programming for Comic-Con international Tommy Goldbach in this 3-hour block in which Comic-Con will rebroadcast 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 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.) Room 25ABC

8:00pm-9:00pm 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. Room 28DE

8:00pm-9:00pm Star Wars Trivia Game Show – Members of the San Diego Star Wars Society — Brendan Prout, Jessica Woods, Linda Crispien, and Dean Amstutz — veteran hosts of trivia game shows at Comic-Con International since 2002, have prepared an even bigger challenge this year for all fans who think they know their stuff about the galaxy far, far away. Returning this year will be one-game rounds for kids 12 and under, in addition to rounds for ages 13 to adult. Test your knowledge and win one of the many valuable prizes! Room 23ABC

8:00pm-9:00pm 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 ( Room 4

8:00pm-9:00pm World Building and Story Development – Intertwining the information you need within a compelling story is both craft and art. Hear our panel of expert storytellers share how they handle both while creating memorable characters readers love. With panelists Gini Koch, Robert Roach, Melissa Jarvis and Jeffrey Twohig. Room 9

8:15pm-9:15pm Femme Fatales Revealed: Looks Still Kill as the Hit TV Series Comes Home – Go behind the scenes of the show that Entertainment Weekly hails as “a badass chick anthology series” and The Huffington Post calls “Pulpy Fun.” Inspired by film noir, graphic novels, and pulp fiction, the stars and creators celebrate the DVD release of the show’s hit second season from eOne Home Entertainment with some special giveaways, including season 1 DVDs and soundtrack albums. On stage, meet your favorite guest stars, including Dean Haglund (The X-Files) and Reggie Hayes (Girlfriends), and stunning femmes fatales Nikki Griffin (Dukes of Hazzard, Fast and Furious III), Kristen DeLuca, Jen Roa, and composer Joe Kraemer (Jack Reacher), along with series creators Mark A. Altman (DOA: Dead or Alive, Free Enterprise) and Steve Kriozere (NCIS, V.I.P.), who will make a special announcement. All attendees will get an exclusive Femme Fatales poster. Femme Fatales is a Four Amigos/Radioactive Fishtank Production. Room 6DE

8:30pm-9:30pm H. P. Lovecraft and the Necronomicon: 75 years of Mingling Fact and Fiction – 2013 marks the 75th anniversary of the History of the Necronomicon, a short essay written by iconic horror author H. P. Lovecraft and published a year after his death. Since then, the dreaded tome written by the Mad Arab Abdul Alhazred has appeared in movies, books, comics, cartoons, art, music, and games. Although originally a literary hoax, hundreds of products bear its name today. Come explore the truth and legend behind the greatest creation of the 20th century’s greatest weird fiction writer, and learn how and why the book and its creator continue to influence all aspects of culture. With Brian Callahan (owner of Arkham Bazaar), Mike Dubisch (illustrator of The Black Velvet Necronomicon: Black Velvet Cthulhu), Cody Goodfellow (writer, All-Monster Action), Leslie S. Klinger (editor, The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft, 2014), Mark Kinsey Stephenson (Randolph Carter in The Unnamable and The Unnamable II), Bryan Thao Worra (Innsmouth Free Press columnist), and Brian Yuzna (producer/director, Necronomicon: Book of Dead). Moderated by Aaron Vanek (organizer of the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival-Los Angeles). Room 8

8:30pm-11:30pmHBO 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. Ballroom 20

8:30pm-11:30pm HBO Presents the Comic-Con International Masquerade – Overflow 5AB – Simulcast of HBO Presents the Comic-Con International Masquerade. Avoid the crowds…watch the simulcast. Room 5AB

8:30pm-11:30pm HBO Presents the Comic-Con International Masquerade – Overflow 6A – Simulcast of HBO Presents the Comic-Con International Masquerade. Avoid the crowds…watch the simulcast. Room 6A

8:30pm-1:30am Party and Simulcast Under the Sails of HBO Presents the Comic-Con Masquerade – Avoid the crowds…watch the simulcast on the big screen while you party with your friends! Sails Pavilion

9:00pm-10:00pm Troma: Return to Nuke ‘Em High – A live and uncut discussion with panelists working in cinema and the film festival, with Troma president and creator of The Toxic Avenger Lloyd Kaufman, along with Steven Paul (Ghost Rider), Judah Friedlander (30 Rock), Pat Swinney Kaufman (New York film commissioner), Zack Beins (Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer) and Ron Jermery (30 Rock). Moderated by Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics). See clips from the Troma/Starz upcoming theatrical release Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1. Troma Entertainment is Reel Independence! Room 9

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