Comic Con International has released the complete Thursday schedule of events and panels talking place at next week’s San Diego Comic Con.

Thursday, July 9

Amazon: Hand of God
Thursday July 9, 2015 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 6A
Amazon will introduce the Comic-Con audience to Hand of God; a one-hour drama series that stars Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman in his first lead television role since Sons of Anarchy, as the honorable justice Pernell Harris. The series centers on Harris, a powerful and corrupt judge who comes apart at the seams in the aftermath of a family tragedy. Stricken by grief, and in the midst of a mental and emotional breakdown, he experiences what he believes to be a religious epiphany. Compelled by forces he can’t understand, he sets out to get vengeance for the heinous crime that ultimately caused his only child to attempt suicide. Joining Perlman will be series creator Ben Watkins (Burn Notice), Garret Dilahunt (Justified), Andre Royo (Happyish), Alona Tal (Supernatural), Julian Morris (Pretty Little Liars), Emayatzy Corinealdi (Criminal Minds), and Elizabeth McLaughlin (Betrayal).

Behind the Music: Crime, Death, and Resurrection
Thursday July 9, 2015 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 25ABC
Sean Callery (24, Homeland, Bones), Charlie Clouser (Wayward Pines), Fil Eisler (Empire, Revenge), Mac Quayle (American Horror Story: Freak Show, Scream Queens), Jeff Russo (Fargo, Tut, Power), and Mike Suby (Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries) explore the sounds of some of Hollywood’s biggest shows. The panelists will tell you how they bring thrills to your ears with their original music for these hit television shows, and you will learn how they create the music that drives you to new emotional heights of shock, terror, and fear. With special guest moderator Daniel Gillies (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals)

Comic-Con How-To: Show Your Story, Don’t Tell It!
Thursday July 9, 2015 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 2
Ever wonder how the really good books suck a reader in and hold their attention page after page? It’s not just the characters, nor the plot of the book. It is the way in which the author writes that separates their story from the pack. Award-winning author and lead fiction writer for EverQuest Next Maxwell Alexander Drake offers insights into how to put your story together in a compelling way that will have your readers turning page after page to see what happens next.

DC Collectibles
Thursday July 9, 2015 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 9
Action figures, statues, busts, PVC figures-DC Collectibles has them! Join the DC Collectibles crew, including VP of creative services Kevin Kiniry, director of creative services Jim Fletcher, and special guests to hear how they come up with so many great products, and what’s coming up from comics’ top makers of awesome collectibles.

Disney Kingdoms
Thursday July 9, 2015 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 7AB
The creators of the popular Disney Kingdoms imprint by Marvel discuss how these exciting familiar stories take shape. Discover what makes this collaborative relationship so much fun with a look back at previous titles as well as a glance forward at the future.

From Fan to Creator: Making the Dream a Reality
Thursday July 9, 2015 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 23ABC
Which side of the convention table do you want to be on: fan or professional? And what’s keeping you from getting there? How bad do you really want it? If you’re having trouble starting or finishing your creative projects, you need to attend this fun and informative workshop, designed specifically for the Comic-Con crowd. Douglas Neff (Epic Win! The Geek’s Guide to the Journey from Fan to Creator) will give you simple and proven techniques for setting, working on, and achieving your goals. Whether you want to write your first novel, draw your own comic, or shoot your independent film, this is the how-to panel you don’t want to miss. You’ll walk away from this workshop with the energy and tools you need to bring your dream to life.

Grant Morrison and Graphic India: Myth, Magic, and Monsters
Thursday July 9, 2015 10:00am – 11:00am
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Legendary creator, Grant Morrison (Batman, All Star Superman, 18 Days, The Multiversity) discusses storytelling, global mythology, mysticism, the rise of Indian superheroes and his latest comic launch, 18 Days: The Mahabharata. Morrison will also announce his latest groundbreaking, mythic/sci-fi project with Graphic India for the first time.

Shonen Jump: Past, Present, and Future
Thursday July 9, 2015 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 5AB
Hang out with the English language editors of the world’s most popular manga, plus special surprise guests! Come hear some exciting news about the latest new series, all-time fan favorites, and everything in between. Plus a chance to win amazing prizes by showing off your SJ trivia skills.

Spotlight on Maggie Thompson
Thursday July 9, 2015 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 32AB
Maggie Thompson (Toucan columnist, 30-year co-editor of Comics Buyer’s Guide) invites fellow Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards judges to share the delights and challenges they experienced in looking at the best comics of 2014; panelists include retailer Carr D’Angelo, scholar Susan Kirtley , and Comic-Con volunteer Ron McFee.

The Buffy Effect: Teen Heroines Then and Now
Thursday July 9, 2015 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 28DE
Buffy the Vampire Slayer revolutionized the paradigm of the teen heroine, especially in young adult books. Now, eighteen years later, Buffy continues to have an impact on the TV shows and books we read today. Hear your favorite authors discuss Buffy, the queen of the teen heroine, and how she single-handedly changed the game for strong and snarky female characters who are not the sidekicks. Panelists are Kiersten White, Rachel Hawkins, Rae Carson, Brittany Geragotelis, Brittany Geragotelis, and Valerie Tejeda. Moderated by Sarah Kuhn.

Up, Up and Away: 75th Anniversary of the 1940 Premiere of the Superman Radio Series
Thursday July 9, 2015 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 29AB
Former DC Comics president Paul Levitz (World’s Finest), Len Wein (creator of Swamp Thing and Wolverine), Mark Waid (The Flash, Captain America), and moderator Anthony Tollin (Smithsonian Superman on Radio) discuss the legendary radio program that introduced Jimmy Olsen, Perry White, Kryptonite, and the Superman-Batman team into the Superman mythos, and its importance in expanding the Man of Steel’s popularity.

Wrath of Con Bloggers
Thursday July 9, 2015 10:00am – 11:00am
Room 14A
Passionate about writing and comic conventions? Merge your passions together to create an online resource that informs and empowers fandom. Experienced bloggers gather to share how they started out, best practices, common pitfalls, biggest obstacles, and the core values that drive their sites. Tony B Kim (Crazy 4 Comic Con), Megan Gotch (The Nerdy Girlie), Leonard Sultana (An Englishman In San Diego), and Alyssa Franks (Friends Of CCI) offer advice that will benefit both veteran creators and those beginning to write about their passion for comic cons.

Comic-Con Film School 101: Preproduction and Screenwriting
Thursday July 9, 2015 10:00am – 11:00am
Grand Ballroom D, Manchester Grand Hyatt
Comic-Con Film School is back for another four-day, nuts and bolts class on how to make a movie for very little money using available video technology and desktop postproduction software. Whether you’re shooting your first Doctor Who fan film or that story about the leather-clad girl who hunts vampire-werewolf hybrids, this course will take you from script to final product so that you too can enter your own movie into the CCI-IFF. This first class covers the specifics of preproduction on the cheap, including screenwriting, scheduling, location scouting, crewing-up, and getting equipment for nothing. Panelists include Valerie Perez (producer/star of the Paula Peril series), Jack Conway (producer of Machinima ETC), Vera Vanguard (producer of The Building of Good and Evil), Nick Murphy (writer/director of Pizza and Bullets), Josh Perilo (writer of Wedlock), and Sean Rourke (writer of Ballistica).

Studio Production Chiefs Speak
Thursday July 9, 2015 10:15am – 11:15am
Room 6DE
Fans love to debate and dissect exactly what Hollywood is doing right and wrong. Now, for the first time at Comic-Con, the top production executives from major Hollywood studios will come together to discuss the frank realities of their jobs and why they make the decisions they do. Topics will include the development process, financial pressures, how they choose intellectual property to adapt, how movies get green lit, how filmmakers and actors are selected, what mistakes can lead to bad movies, how they balance originality vs. faithfulness to source material, and how much they care about the opinions of fans. Rather than merely previewing upcoming releases, you will get insights into how Hollywood really works on this panel moderated by Wall Street Journal film industry reporter Ben Fritz.

A Rare Chit Chat: Past and Future
Thursday July 9, 2015 10:30am – 11:30am
Room 24ABC
Developers from legendary game studio Rare celebrate 30 years of creating hits like Battletoads, Banjo-Kazooie and Perfect Dark. Explore the origins of classic titles, see how the rare magic continues to shape future projects and share over 70 years of combined experience by meeting the team behind some of gaming’s best-loved icons.

Comics Arts Conference #1: Scholar #1: Lost (and Found!) Comics Studies of the Past
Thursday July 9, 2015 10:30am – 11:30am
Room 26AB
Over the past year, a number of surprising (and stunning) lost comics studies have come to light. Carol Tilley (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Brad Ricca (Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster) present and discuss the 1942 comics thesis of Superman artist Paul Cassidy, newly discovered by Sean Howe. Tilley will reveal additional comics theses from the 1930s and 1940s that expand our understanding of comics production practices, readership trends, and practical applications. So who did the first real work on comics? What can we learn from them? What do we do with their work? And, most provocatively, is there more out there? This panel will debate why this question strikes such a nerve with scholars, fans, and readers. Why is it so important to find the first scholar, and does that tell us something about why comics studies started in the first place?

How to Get News Coverage
Thursday July 9, 2015 10:30am – 11:30am
Room 8
Small press publishers: What makes the difference between an item that will get news coverage, previews, and interviews and what doesn’t? A lot of publishers have no idea what to submit to the press, how to submit it, and why they are being overlooked for coverage. Comics journalist Rik Offenberger (First Comics News, Archie Comics) moderates this panel on just what it takes to get coverage, with the comic journalists themselves telling you what they are looking for in your submission. Panelists include Alan Kistler (The Mary Sue), Bryan Young (Big Shiny Robot, The Huffington Post), Chris Thompson (Pop Culture Hound, Bleeding Cool), Francis Sky (First Comics News, Massacre Twins), Glenn Hauman (Comic Mix), Hannah Means-Shannon (editor-in-chief, Bleeding Cool and Bleeding Cool magazine), Holly Golightly (Broadsword Comics), J.C. Vaughn (Gemstone Publishing), Josh Waldrop (Red Gorilla), Tanya Tate (First Comics News, JustaLottaTanya.com), and Tim Chizmar (First Comics News).

Re-imagining the Very Best of Battlestar Galactica for a New Generation
Thursday July 9, 2015 10:30am – 11:30am
Room 6BCF
Host Richard Hatch (Captain Apollo, Tom Zarek, Kharn, Axanar) hosts a Q&A, panel and fan discussion of the creative direction a forthcoming Battlestar Galactica movie or series should take. Featuring producer Alec Peters (Propworks, Axanar), Dr. Kevin Grazier (science consult: Battlestar Galactica, Urek, Falling Skies), writer Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Rob Burnett (Free Enterprise). This panel includes Battlestar Galactica videos and comic reels.

Spotlight on Jill Thompson
Thursday July 9, 2015 10:30am – 11:30am
Room 4
Comic-Con special guest and Eisner Award-winning comics creator Jill Thompson will be doing a live painting demonstration and Q&A. See how Jill paints a comics page using real watercolor paint and actual paper. It’s unique and it’s vibrant! The Q&A is totally improvised and all questions are welcome. There will be stories and prizes!

Comic Book Law School 101: Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda
Thursday July 9, 2015 10:30am – 12:00pm
Room 30CDE
From inception through execution, from plotting to publishing, from the comic page to the silver screen, the road to success is long and paved with many road markers, sites to see, and, unfortunately, obstacles. Comic Book Law School is designed to help you navigate the best possible route and provide help in deciphering the map legend. Noted IP attorney Michael Lovitz, author of The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, presents the first of three fun, interactive, and informative programs, which this year will progressively study the case of fictional client Fitzgerald Scott, a fledgling comic book writer, and explore the many stages involved in the creation, development, protection, and commercialization of his newest comic book creation, The Strange Situation of Benjamin “Button” Cabeza. This first installment focuses on “The Basics,” in an effort to provide the necessary foundation needed for understanding the different intellectual property rights available to creators and business owners; and will include insights on how to protect those rights, focusing on how best to safeguard ideas, creative works, characters, brands and names, from conception through publication. Attendees are invited to participate in an interactive discussion about rights provided under U.S. copyright and trademark laws, including a discussion on the protections these laws provide, the benefits of federal registrations, tips on working with collaborators, and issues of joint authorship and work-made-for-hire. Along the way, there will be plenty to learn about the protections available, as well as the numerous potential pitfalls, under the U.S. trademark and copyright systems. [Please note that Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and insights to practicing attorneys, as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. (This program is approved for 1.5 credits of California MCLE).]

The Autobiography of James T. Kirk
Thursday July 9, 2015 10:45am – 11:45am
Ballroom 20
William Shatner (Star Trek: The Original Series) as James T. Kirk will read excerpts from The Autobiography of James T. Kirk. This in-world memoir chronicles the greatest Starfleet captain’s life, including his boyhood on an Iowa farm, his youth spent on Tarsus IV, his time in Starfleet Academy, his meteoric rise through the ranks of Starfleet, and his illustrious career at the helm of the Enterprise. David Goodman (author, former Family Guy executive producer) moderates.

Behind the Pages with David Aja
Thursday July 9, 2015 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 32AB
David Aja (artist, Hawkeye, Immortal Iron Fist) talks about building a comic book with a team, from first idea to print: going through plot, sketches, discussions, deadlines, and tons of coffee. All conducted with nice visuals and a weird accent.

Cosplaying 101: Bringing Your Dreams to Life
Thursday July 9, 2015 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 14A
Catherine M. Fisher (award-winning costumer), Mike Schiffbauer (master prop maker and costumer), and Bob Mogg (Steampunk expert extraordinaire) discuss the basics in costuming and go over tips, tricks, and techniques to help a beginning costumer get started in the world of cosplaying. Panelists show you how you can get in on all the cosplaying fun, even if you’ve never sewn before in your life, and demonstrate that you don’t need to be an expert to make a great costume! Moderated by Melissa Gene Meyer (Masquerade assistant with Comic-Con International).

God Is Disappointed in You
Thursday July 9, 2015 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 28DE
Hey, nothing personal; that’s what the book says! Writer Mark Russell (Prez) and Eisner Award-winning artist Shannon Wheeler (The New Yorker, Too Much Coffee Man) bring to life their hilariously irreverent retelling of the Bible, God Is Disappointed in You (published by Top Shelf). They’ll perform their infamous “Bible in Ten Minutes” slide show, and play a selection from the audiobook, as read by James Urbaniak (The Venture Brothers); recently nominated for an Audie Award for Best Comedy Audiobook. They will also give a sneak preview of the hotly anticipated sequel, Apocrypha Now.

Is SHE Available?: Comics, Poetry, Art and Jazz? Really?
Thursday July 9, 2015 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 23ABC
Meshing poetry, comics, art, music and animation, author/producer Igor Goldkind has created a bold book of over 40 poems visually interpreted by comics panelists Bill Sienkiewicz, Liam Sharp, Rian Hughes, David Lloyd, Amy Sterling, Mario Torero, and Olivia Brooks. Everyone attending the panel will get a free eBook download review copy. There will be T-shirt prizes for good questions. Moderated by comics artist Alonzo Nunez, director of Little Fish Comic Art Academy.

Nurturing Talent: What It Takes to Be a Decision Maker
Thursday July 9, 2015 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 29AB
It takes a special kind of person to find talent in others and draw the best from them. Seeing the potential in comic creators and learning to nurture that talent is not an easy task, but a very important one. Moderator Mark Waid (Thrillbent) discusses with Eric Stephenson (Image Comics), Chip Kidd (Penguin Random House), Denis Kitchen (founder of CBLDF), Reginald Hudlin (producer, director), Jonboy (Spawn Resurrection), and Todd McFarlane (Spawn) how they balance the everyday decisions with big picture-planning.

Peanuts 65th Anniversary Panel
Thursday July 9, 2015 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 5AB
In 2015, Charles M. Schulz’s iconic Peanuts gang celebrates not only their 65th anniversary but also two years of the current volume of the Peanuts comic book at BOOM! Studios’ all-ages imprint, KaBOOM! Come celebrate Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the gang’s birthday with moderator Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics) and Peanuts contributors Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise), and Art Baltazar (Tiny Titans), along with Lex Fajardo, managing editor for Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, and Cesar Gaellgos, archivist of the Schulz Museum.

The Crowd: How Creatives Are Using New Means to Connect with Their Audience
Thursday July 9, 2015 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 7AB
Hugh Howey (author of the self-published Silo trilogy), Gary Whitta (author of the debut novel Abomination, crowdfunded through Inkshares, co-writer of Star Wars: Rogue One), and Lora Innes (author of The Dreamer, crowdfunded through Patreon, co-host of the Paper Wings Show) discuss crowdfunding and crowdsourcing models that allow creatives to connect directly with their audience to produce their work. Gary and Lora will participate in a Q&A session moderated by Veronica Belmont (host of The Sword & Laser, crowdfunded through Patreon, and Dear Veronica for Engadget).

The Simpsons and SpongeBob Smile-Time Hour
Thursday July 9, 2015 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 9
Creative director Nathan Kane and managing editors Terry Delegeane and Chris Duffy join forces for a tour de farce of the best humor comics in the business. Meet some of the Bongo and United Plankton artists and writers (Ian Boothby and Jacob Chabot) who tickle your four-color funny bones and find out what’s in stores in the months to come!

The Super Story Behind the Pixar Short Sanjay’s Super Team
Thursday July 9, 2015 11:00am – 12:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Director Sanjay Patel and producer Nicole Grindle present a peek behind the curtains at Pixar Animation Studio’s latest short, Sanjay’s Super Team. The filmmakers will discuss the production process as well as the unique inspiration for this incredibly personal film that features superheroes like you’ve never seen them before.

Transformers Generations: More Than Meets the Eye
Thursday July 9, 2015 11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 25ABC
Come see what the Transformers characters are up to as you are entertained with sneak peeks of the all new Activision video game trailers, IDW comic prints, and other special surprises. Then get your collector action on as you get an exclusive glimpse at the latest and greatest Transformers generations combiner wars toys that have yet to hit toy shelves. The Transformers team members will also host a Q&A session to answer your burning questions.

Workshop with Kelly Sue DeConnick
Thursday July 9, 2015 11:00am – 1:00pm
Room 2
Wanna write comics? Don’t know where to start? Eisner Award nominee for Best Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick (Bitch Planet, Pretty Deadly and Captain Marvel) takes you through a basic overview of comic scriptwriting including exercises, discussion of various scripting styles, and writing for artists. Bring your questions, bring your passion, and bring something to write on!

The Player Sneak Peek Screening and Q&A with Cast
Thursday July 9, 2015 11:15am – 12:15pm
Room 6A
Wesley Snipes (Blade Trinity) and Philip Winchester (Strike Back) are joined by the executive producers of the new action series The Player for a Comic-Con preview screening and Q&A before the broadcast series premiere this fall on NBC. From the executive producers of The Blacklist comes an action-packed Las Vegas thriller about a former military operative turned security expert (Winchester) who is drawn into a high-stakes and high-tech game, where an organization of wealthy individuals gamble on his ability to stop some of the biggest crimes imaginable from playing out. Join Wesley, Philip, and the executive producers for a compelling conversation about what fans can expect from this new exhilarating series.

DC Entertainment All Access
Thursday July 9, 2015 11:30am – 12:30pm
Room 6DE
Go behind the scenes of DC Entertainment for an in-depth look at some of the most exciting stories ever told across DC Comics, Vertigo, and MAD! New and veteran fans alike are welcome for a tutorial on the essential stories, videos, and products that make up DC Entertainment. Consider this your 101 guide to the DC Universe.

Joe Phillips: My Misadventures in Comics
Thursday July 9, 2015 11:30am – 12:30pm
Room 4
Joe Phillips (comic artist, writer, painter, creator) discusses his 30-plus years in the comics industry, from fandom to getting into the majors at Marvel and DC, his time at Gai Jin Studios and much more. Joe will also talk about his art for the GLBT geek community and his return to mainstream comics with his new character the Midsummer’s Knight. There will be a live character introduction by Casey Shimata, followed by a Q&A session.

Spotlight on Lalo Alcaraz
Thursday July 9, 2015 11:30am – 12:30pm
Room 8
Lalo Alcaraz (creator of La Cucaracha, writer at Bordertown) will showcase his political cartoons and daily comics, plus play animated sneak peek clips from the Seth MacFarlane-exec-produced FOX TV show, Bordertown.

Taming the Web: The Nuts and Bolts of Web Series Creation
Thursday July 9, 2015 11:30am – 12:30pm
Room 24ABC
Career at a dead-end? Not sure how to make your talents known? Veteran web series producers, directors, executives, and stars who have figured out how to successfully launch their own online series and parlay them into moneymaking ventures will dole out tips on producing, content creation, crowdsourcing funds, luring advertisers, marketing, branding, and-when TV comes calling-negotiating the transition so you retain ownership. With What’s Trending? co-founder/CEO/host Shira Lazar, crowdfunding queen Leah Cevoli, Collective Digital Studio president Dan Weinstein, Con Man executive producer PJ Haarsma, and Big Frame talent manager Jacob Israel and moderated by Fast Company’s Susan Karlin.

Comics Arts Conference #2: Research Methods and Digital Humanities
Thursday July 9, 2015 11:30am – 1:00pm
Room 26AB
Edd Schneider (University of South Florida) explains the challenges and opportunities of archiving and coding comics and details how the application of metadata reveals previously undiscovered patterns in Batman comic books. Attendees of this session will leave with practical methodologies for locating comics and analyzing their content. Xavier Leonard (Rokenbok Education) explores alternative methods of mining data and extracting knowledge from social media platforms such as Comic Vine Wiki, and discusses data-visualizations that can result in deeper engagement with the dataset for scholars, creators, and the public at large. John A. Walsh (Indiana University-Bloomington) and Carol Tilley (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) provide an overview of the efforts of the Comic Book Readership Archive (CoBRA) project to compile and analyze the vast documentary record of comic book readership, including fan mail, contests, fanzines, and attendee records from comic book conventions and similar events. They explore how CoBRA might allow new research questions to be asked and enable new forms of scholarship.

Street Fighter V
Thursday July 9, 2015 11:45am – 12:45pm
Room 6BCF
Moderator Francis Mao (Capcom) and a panel of Capcom’s Street Fighter experts share the latest news on Street Fighter V, the exciting, new entry in the world’s greatest fighting game franchise coming out console exclusive to the PS4 and on PC in 2016! Ultra-special guest Yoshinori Ono (executive producer, Street Fighter franchise) returns to SDCC for another of his trademark special appearances, and who knows what exclusives, surprises, and hijinks are in store? Learn how you can earn big money and everlasting fame by competing in the Capcom Pro Tour, culminating in the Capcom Cup Finals later this year. Plus, get a first look at all the must-have Street Fighter and SFV-licensed products and promotions in store for the rest of the year! A must-see for any video game fighting fan. Hadoken!

Breaking into Comics Right Now
Thursday July 9, 2015 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 28DE
Some of comic book publishing’s top decision makers and creators-including BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon, Oni Press senior editor Charlie Chu and First Second Books’ associate marketing and publicity manager Gina Gagliano, along with Ed Brisson (Cluster) and Sam Humphries (Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men: The Black Vortex Alpha)-give you the most up-to-date and practical advice on how to break into the comic book industry right now. Moderated by Jim Zub (Wayward).

Bringing Toys to Life in Video Games: He-Man and G.I. Joe Complete the Toy Soldiers: War Chest
Thursday July 9, 2015 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 25ABC
The He-Man and G.I. Joe franchises have become a cultural phenomenon spanning toys, cartoons, comic books, and movies since their introduction in the ’80s. Now the fan-favorite action figures make the leap to next-generation video game consoles in Toy Soldiers: War Chest. Panelists Derryl DePriest (VP global brand marketing and G.I. Joe historian from Hasbro), Mark Morse (director of global marketing and franchise development for Masters of the Universe from Mattel), and Josh Mast (producer on Toy Soldiers: War Chest from Ubisoft) discuss bringing these classic action figures to life and present a live gameplay demo and an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the new trailer featuring these characters.

CBLDF: Spinner Rack Revolution: The Secret History of Free Speech in Magazine Comics
Thursday July 9, 2015 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 30CDE
In the 1960s and ’70s, publishers fled from spinner racks to magazine stands to escape the bounds of the Comics Code Authority. While comic books continued to labor under the stigma of low-value, juvenile speech, the larger-format magazine comics broke out, giving artists a safe haven to openly deal with adult content, provide more horror and suspense, and be frank about sexuality. Magazines like Mad, Creepy, and Eerie paved the way for a generation of titles that included Heavy Metal, Vampirella, Epic Illustrated, 1984, and Savage Sword of Conan to break new ground for a general audience and loosen the reins on some of comics’ top creators. CBLDF deputy director Alex Cox reveals the untold history of magazine comics, reviewing the impact of publications from Warren, Marvel, Heavy Metal, National Lampoon, and more!

Comics for Impact: STEM Education
Thursday July 9, 2015 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library
Comics can be a powerful tool for teaching science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), but they require collaboration between comic creators, scientists, and educators. The panel featuring Jorge Cham (PhD Comics), Dwayne Godwin (neuroscientist and professor, Wake Forest School of Medicine), Rebecca Thompsen (author , Spectra: The Original Laser Superhero), and Alan Gershenfeld (president, E-Line Media) discuss process and lessons learned from “serious games” to create a vibrant community of interest. Moderated by Russell Shilling (U.S. Dept of Education, former DARPA pm).

Dark Horse Presents
Thursday July 9, 2015 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 23ABC
For years, Dark Horse has brought the creations of the most talented creators in the comics industry to stands; now’s your chance to jump onboard! Dark Horse president and publisher Mike Richardson heads up a panel of Dark Horse’s incredible creative talent, including Rafael Albuquerque (EI8HT), Cullen Bunn (Harrow County), Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), Paul Tobin (Colder), Gene Ha (Mae), and more!

Editing Comics with Oni Press Editorial
Thursday July 9, 2015 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 9
Join the Oni Editorial staff as they share their discoveries after two months of opening up submissions about the pitching process, making comics, and the importance of fostering diversity in creating comics accessible to everyone. Janelle Asselin (Fresh Romance editor) discusses comics editing and the future of the medium with editor-in-chief James Lucas Jones (Scott Pilgrim), senior editor Charlie Chu (Kaijumax), editor Robin Herrera (Invader Zim), and associate editor Ari Yarwood (Rick & Morty).

From Zeroes to Heroes
Thursday July 9, 2015 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre
Authors Scott Westerfeld (Uglies, Leviathan), Leviathan), Margo Lanagan (Tender Morsels), and Deborah Biancotti (A Book of Endings), discuss Zeroes, their forthcoming collaboration about a group of kids with crowd-sourced superpowers. They’ll analyze popular superhero tropes and what it is about superpowers that makes them so versatile and intoxicating for storytellers. Moderated by David Mariotte of Mysterious Galaxy.

JAKKS Collector Toys: Star Wars, DC, TMNT, Nintendo, Warcraft and More!
Thursday July 9, 2015 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 29AB
Get the latest sneak peeks, behind-the-scenes scoop, and a preview of really big things to come from all of your favorite toy brands, including Star Wars, the World of Nintendo, DC Heroes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Halo, Power Rangers and the Warcraft 2016 film. Panelists include Dominic Laurienzo (senior VP Action Figure Design), Peter Skourtis (senior director design), Eli Halpert (senior designer), Jose Alvarez (senior designer), Alec Willis (creative services art director), and moderator Scott “Toy Guru” Neitlich (director Action Figure Marketing).

Raising Fankids
Thursday July 9, 2015 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 14A
Pasquale Piro (eighth-grade teacher, father of two) moderates a panel of teachers and parents discussing the challenges of and methods for instilling a sense of self-confidence and positivity in young geeks.

Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Comics
Thursday July 9, 2015 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 7AB
Skybound’s Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead franchise, Outcast) explores the ever-changing comic landscape with Skybound creators and artists, including Paul Azaceta (Outcast) and Josh Williamson (Birthright, Ghosted). The panel will be moderated by Skybound editorial director Sean Mackiewicz.

The Comixologist Traveling Podcast Party
Thursday July 9, 2015 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library
The comiXologist podcast hosts Kara Szamborski and Matt Kolowski are hitting the road to help everyone find their next favorite comic book! The traveling podcast party makes a stop at Comic-Con International, bringing along some very special guests for this live edition of the show. There’s a comic out there for everyone, and these pros will help you find the series that’s right for you!

The Modern Fairytale
Thursday July 9, 2015 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 32AB
Myth, legends, folk, and fairy tales make up some of the oldest and most treasured stories of human history. More than just entertainment, they teach lessons, preserve tradition, and influence entire generations. Heroes, heroines, dragons, faeries, genies, and demons live on in today’s popular fiction. Authors Renee Ahdieh (The Wrath and the Dawn), Laura Bickle (Dark Alchemy), Tonya Hurley (Hallowed), Julie Kagawa (Talon & Rogue), and Naomi Novik (Uprooted) discuss new works of fiction that borrow from these stories and other tales as old as time. Moderated by Ali T. Kokmen (Barnes & Noble, Nook Digital).

The Pitching Hour
Thursday July 9, 2015 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 5AB
Ted Biaselli (VP programming, The Hub Network), Kevin Burke and Chris “Doc” Wyatt (producer, Marvel Animation), Derek Hoffman (VP, Donner Co.), Jaime Burke, (executive producer, Sequestered), Lindsay Rostal (game producer, The Odd Gentlemen), Jennie Kong (PR strategist), a surprise guest or two, and moderator Dan Evans III (creative director, DC Entertainment) will take an idea from conception through production for various media. This process will include creating a pitch document, obtaining agents, and getting a pitch meeting. The panelists will explain, through hypothetical examples and humorous stories, the process that new creators should adapt to make their way through the creative battleground of the entertainment industry. Knowing that each project is unique, there will be a Q&A to allow the audience to really hone in on the solutions to obstacles they may encounter. Also on hand will be Brendan McFeely (IP lawyer, Kane Kessler) to give creators insight on protecting their ideas as they navigate Hollywood!

Voice Over Celebration with Beloved Cartoon, Video Game, and Film VO Actors
Thursday July 9, 2015 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
From zero to sixty, a voice actor must convey a plethora of emotions, often impromptu. You will get an in-depth look into how voice actors approach the art, beauty, and challenges of performing on the spot. Susan Eisenberg, Rob Paulsen, Caitlin Glass, Anthony Bowling, Matt Mercer, Tara Platt, and Yuri Lowenthal from beloved titles including Wonder Woman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Diablo, Pinky and the Brain, League of Legends, Full Metal Alchemist, Call of Duty, Samurai 7, Attack on Titan, The Devil is a Part Timer, Final Fantasy, and Resident Evil discuss this pivotal topic, led by Genese Davis (The Holder’s Dominion, MMORPG).

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Thursday July 9, 2015 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Hall H
Lionsgate presents an exclusive first look at one of the studio’s highly anticipated films coming to theaters this fall. Get a sneak peek into the powerful final chapter of the epic The Hunger Games film franchise. Attendees will be shown exclusive, never-before-seen footage from Mockingjay: Part 2 and treated to a cast and filmmaker Q&A session revealing details on the big-screen finale.

CBS TV Studios Comic-Con Lineup, including Extant, Limitless, Scorpion, Under The Dome, and Zoo.
Thursday July 9, 2015 12:00pm – 3:30pm
Ballroom 20
Extant Exclusive Sneak Preview and Panel – The mystery summer thriller series is back for its second season, bigger than ever with higher stakes and new faces. When Molly Woods discovers she has unwittingly put the human race on a path to destruction, she and a mysterious stranger may be the only hope for survival. An exclusive sneak peek at what’s to come in Season 2, followed by a panel discussion with cast members Halle Berry (X-Men), and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen), executive producer Craig Shapiro, and executive producer and creator Mickey Fisher.

Zoo Exclusive Sneak Peek and Panel- The wild shall inherit the earth with Zoo, CBS’s newest summer blockbuster series, based on the #1 bestselling novel by James Patterson. Zoo is a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans sweeping the planet. The series will span across eight countries and feature real-life lions, tigers, bears and more. Join series stars James Wolk (Mad Men), and Billy Burke ( Revolution) and executive producer Jeff Pinkner (Fringe) for an exclusive sneak peek of the first season, followed by a panel discussion. Ballroom 20

Under The Dome Exclusive Sneak Preview and Panel – It has been weeks since the dome descended upon Chester’s Mill and we last saw Barbie and the residents being urged to follow Melanie “home.” Season 3 will pick up where last season left off, and viewers will see the community rise to new heights of ingenuity, courage, and often darkness in their quest for freedom. There will be new faces, new alliances, and betrayal of trustm and what you “see” will not always be the truth as the residents find out that the enemy is within. Series stars Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) and Mike Vogel (Bates Motel) and special guest star Marg Helgenberger (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) join executive producers Neal Baer and Tim Schlattmann for an exclusive sneak peek of the new season, followed by a panel discussion.

Limitless Exclusive Premiere Screening and Panel- What if you had access to 100% of your brain and nothing was impossible? Based on the feature film, and picking up where it left off, Limitless follows Brian Finch (Jake McDorman) as he discovers the power of the brain-boosting drug NZT. From executive producer Bradley Cooper, the fast-paced drama will explore what happens when there are no limits to man’s potential, as Finch will be coerced by the FBI to use his newfound extraordinary abilities for good. The exclusive screening of the pilot episode will be followed by a panel discussion with the series stars Jake McDorman (American Sniper), and Hill Harper (CSI: NY), director Marc Webb (The Amazing Spiderman 1 & 2), and executive producers Craig Sweeny, Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin.

Scorpion Exclusive Sneak Preview and Panel- CBS’s high-octane breakout hit, about a team of brilliant misfits who use their smarts to solve the nation’s crises while helping each other fit in, will be back at Comic Con with the entire team. Team Scorpion will unveil an exclusive sizzle reel highlighting all of the best action scenes and fan favorite moments from the first season. Fans will have the chance to hear firsthand about what’s ahead in Season 2 and discuss the series with starsElyes Gabel (World War Z), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2), Katharine McPhee (Smash), Eddie Kaye Thomas (American Pie), Jadyn Wong (Broken Trail), andAri Stidham (Huge), and executive producers Nick Santora and Nicholas Wootton.

Return to Gravity Falls
Thursday July 9, 2015 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Room 6A
Creator and executive producer Alex Hirsch (Grunkle Stan) and other special guests uncover the mysteries of Disney XD’s hit series Gravity Falls. Find out what’s next for the Pines Family after Season 2’s shocking cliffhanger with an exclusive look at the upcoming episodes and an audience Q&A. The panel will also feature sneak peeks of Pickle and Peanut and Future-Worm!, two new animated shows coming to Disney XD!

Roddenberry Entertainment Presents
Thursday July 9, 2015 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Room 24ABC
Eugene Roddenberry (CEO Roddenberry Entertainment, son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry), Trevor Roth (COO/head of development, Roddenberry Entertainment) and Tory Mell (producer, Roddenberry Entertainment) discuss the groundbreaking new app for their film White Room: 02B3. They will also be talking about the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek and premiering their new short film Instant, along with special guests Tony Janning (actor, White Room: 02B3, Instant, Legend of Neil) and Alex Albrecht (director, Instant). A surprise guest will be giving away a traditional iPad.

Spotlight on Kevin Nowlan
Thursday July 9, 2015 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Room 4
The Eisner and Harvey Award-winning artist Kevin Nowlan (Superman/Aliens, Jack B. Quick, Boy Inventor, Batman Black and White, Abe Sapien) discusses his checkered career with writer Jai Nitz (Dream Thief, Toshiro).

The PREVIEWS Panel
Thursday July 9, 2015 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Room 8
Before it’s at comic shops, it’s in Diamond Comic Distributors’ PREVIEWS catalog! Panelists show you how to use the catalog for preordering all of your favorite comics, graphic novels, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Attendees will get a free copy of the July issue and have a chance to win other exciting prizes! Plus, see how PREVIEWS World interacts with the catalog to inform fans about everything they need to know in order to get what they want at their local comic shop. Panelists include PREVIEWS editor Marty Grosser, PREVIEWS World editor Vince Brusio and Diamond consumer marketing manager Andy Mueller.

Spotlight on Jim Lee
Thursday July 9, 2015 12:45pm – 1:45pm
Room 6DE
“What kind of pencil do you use?” Find out the answer to that ever-popular question and more as Comic-Con special guest and DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee (Superman Unchained, Justice League, Batman) sketches live on stage and answers your life-long comic book questions in this fun and interactive panel.

Call of Duty Black Ops III: Zombie World Reveal
Thursday July 9, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 6BCF
Call of Duty invades Comic-Con for the reveal of Black Ops III’s highly anticipated new Zombies Mode. Be on-hand as Zombies director Jason Blundell unveils Treyarch’s new mind-bending tale of the undead. Don’t miss the onstage reveal of the star-studded cast. Attendees will also get an exclusive first look at the Zombies reveal trailer and receive limited edition Zombies memorabilia only available at Comic-Con. Plus, catch additional Black Ops III news as it breaks live, including the official announcement of the Call of Duty: Black Ops III Collector’s Editions.

CBLDF: Why Are Diverse Books Banned?
Thursday July 9, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 30CDE
When the American Library Association released their latest annual list of the most challenged books, a disturbing trend was noted: Books that increased the diversity of what is available to readers were more likely to be challenged. What is it about diversity that seems to encourage censors? Join CBLDF and library and education professionals Candice Mack (president, Young Adult Library Services Association), Erwin Magbanua (programming & special events coordinator, San Diego Public Library), Carla Riemer (librarian, Claremont Middle School, Oakland, California), Carol Tilley (associate professor, University of Illinois), and more for a discussion of why diverse books are challenged and how we can defend them. Moderated by CBLDF editorial director Betsy Gomez.

Comics Are for Everyone: Helping Every Student See Themselves in the Medium
Thursday July 9, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library
While the cultural footprint of comics has increased immensely, minorities, women, and the LGBT community have only recently begun to see an increase in representation in mainstream comics. This panel seeks to explore the cultural, societal, and educational ramifications of this recent shift and discuss possible future implications. Educators Ronell Whitaker (Dwight D. Eisenhower High School, Blue Island, IL), Eric Kallenborn (Alan B. Shepard High School, Palos Heights, IL), Adam Huggins (Miras International School, Almaty, Kazakhstan), and Dr. Katie Monnin ( Teaching Graphic Novels, Using Content-Area Graphic Texts for Learning), led by moderator John Shableski (Udon Entertainment), discuss the impact of diverse characters in comics.

DeConnick & Fraction: Milkfed Criminal Masterminds @ Work
Thursday July 9, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 2
Lauren Sankovitch (Milkfed managing editor, former Marvel editor) pulls back the curtain on life at Milkfed, what a comic book editor does exactly, and which are truly the best donuts in Portland. Expect utter nonsense, a Q&A, and a parade of special guests who may drop in. Or not. Guess you’ll have to be there to find out!

Digital Bits Blu-ray Sneak Peek: Star Trek: Axanar
Thursday July 9, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 23ABC
Digital Bits editor Bill Hunt, veteran Blu-ray/DVD producers Charles de Lauzirika (Twin Peaks, The Martian),Cliff Stephenson (Hannibal, The Hunger Games), and Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise, Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-rays), and executive producer Alec Peters (Star Trek: Axanar) discuss major upcoming Blu-ray titles and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray developments. They will explain the groundbreaking process of creating studio-quality independent Blu-ray releases, including the new Prelude to Axanar: Special Edition. There will be an audience Q&A and lots of great giveaways.

Editing Comics: The BOOM! Studios Way
Thursday July 9, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 28DE
BOOM! Studios creators James Tynion IV (The Woods,Memetic), Frank J. Barbiere (Broken World, Black Market), Mairghread Scott (The Third Witch, Lantern City), and Cure Pires (The Fiction), along with BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon and editor Eric Harburn, as they share some of the editing secrets of one of the comic book industry’s leading independent publishers and discuss editing do’s and don’ts.

Geek and Sundry with Felicia Day
Thursday July 9, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton, and friends chat with you, the audience, about everything you want to know-favorite shows, upcoming projects, the latest happenings at Geek & Sundry. Felicia will give a sneak peek at her book You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost).

Historical Comics and Graphic Novels
Thursday July 9, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 29AB
Not all comics are about superheroes. In fact, there are some amazing graphic novels, comics and web comics that deal with events from history. Some are personal stories, some are historical accounts and some are the creator’s own take, but they all bring history alive. Creators Ed Piskor (Hip-Hop Family Tree), Matt Phelan (The Storm in the Barn), Sara Ryan (Escape From Alcatraz), and Lora Innes (The Dreamer), discuss their historical works with moderator Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics).

Level-Up Your Style with Geek Fashion
Thursday July 9, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 14A
Geek Fashion saw unprecedented growth in the past year, and with more choices comes more opportunities to make these clothes fit your own unique geek. This will be a hands-on panel that will talk about how to express your own unique style with geek clothing and accessories, classic layering pieces, hair/makeup, nails, and more. The panel will also highlight their favorite designers, retailers, and trends and discuss where they would all like to see geek fashion go in the future. Join moderator Dina Kampmeyer (fashion judge, The Geekie Awards) and panelists Amy Ratcliffe (Nerdist, Star Wars online), Anastasia Washington (Fashionably Nerdy), Josephine Moss (Geekosphere community analyst), Katie Elspeth (theatre costumer), Stephanie Bray (Subtle Fashion Geek), and Stephanie Pressman (Fashionably Nerdy) and learn how to shop and style smart, the geek way.

Marvel: Breaking into Comics the Marvel Way
Thursday July 9, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 7AB
Are you a writer or artist? Ever dream of working for Marvel? Do you find yourself thinking, “I could do that…if I knew how.” Well, here’s your chance. Join Marvel talent scout C. B. Cebulski and a host of Marvel talent including Kris Anka (Uncanny X-Men) to find out the answers on how to get your foot in the door and make your job Marvel!

Mattel and WWE: NXT Superstar of Tomorrow
Thursday July 9, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 5AB
Once again, Mattel and WWE have teamed up to bring you an action-packed SDCC panel. WWE & NXT Superstars and Mattel personnel will discuss the tremendous growth in popularity of NXT, weigh in on the next generation of WWE Superstars, and give exclusive sneak peeks of Mattel’s upcoming WWE figure releases. Incredible guest appearances by William Regal, Seth Rollins, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Charlotte, and additional special guests.

On the Mic Podcast Live from San Diego Comic-Con
Thursday July 9, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library
The popular entertainment and comedy podcast comes to San Diego Comic-Con for this first live show. Hosted by Tim Drake, award winning filmmaker, writer, and author. The show will feature a special celebrity guest and will talk about film, TV, and comedy. Tim will also be joined by his production partner, actor and writer, Austin Grant (Being Charlie, Beyond the Shadows).

Resurgence of Science Fiction
Thursday July 9, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 32AB

Science Channel: Raiders, Raptors, and Rebels: Behind the Magic of ILM
Thursday July 9, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 25ABC
Fans will get to see exclusive clips and receive unprecedented access behind the scenes at Industrial Light and Magic, as science and creativity give birth to some of today’s top films. The secrets behind Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and many more will be revealed during this once-in-a-lifetime panel. Join Science Channel as they celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Industrial Light and Magic at this year’s Comic-Con like no one else can. Surprise guests and exclusive footage along with a very special prize will be given away at this VIP experience where the science behind the movies is unveiled for the first time ever.

Spotlight on Humberto Ramos
Thursday July 9, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 9
Comic-Con Special Guest Humberto Ramos (artist, Amazing Spider-Man, Impulse, Crimson) joins some of his colleagues in a conversation about the comics biz! C. B. Cebulski (Marvel talent scout), Edgar Delgado (colorist, The Superior Spider-Man), Jimmy Palmiotti (writer, inker), and Mark Waid (Irredeemable, Incorruptible) discuss the comics industry, followed by a Q&A session.

Comics Arts Conference #3: Comics in the Marketplace
Thursday July 9, 2015 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Room 26AB
Robert C. “R.C.” Harvey (Perpendicular Pronoun Press) reviews the career of Wally Wallgren, a WWI soldier cartoonist whose irreverent depictions of life in uniform relieved the tedium and the tensions of warfare. Harvey explores why Wallgren, famous during the war, has been overlooked in the history of cartooning. Jason Bainbridge (Swinburne University of Technology) uses an analysis of key Uncle Scrooge comics, characters, and stories to support his argument that Scrooge McDuck is emblematic of the economic patterns of comic book franchises and prefigures the transmedia development of comic book characters from Marvel and DC. Aaron Humphrey (University of Adelaide) uses critical discourse analysis to trace how Krazy Kat, a mechanically reproduced work of art, acquired the aura of a unique work of art.

Trailer Park
Thursday July 9, 2015 1:30pm – 2:00pm
Hall H
See the latest and greatest trailers with all of your pop culture-loving friends here on the big screen at Comic-Con.

Authors of Epic Fantasy
Thursday July 9, 2015 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Room 24ABC
How do you best describe stories of epic fantasy? Expansive worlds with long histories, huge casts of characters, political intrigue, massive battles, magic, legend, and much more’they are indeed epic! Authors Susan Dennard (Witchlands), Kate Elliott (Court of Fives), Raymond E. Feist (Magician’s End), Peter Orullian (Vault of Heaven), Jenna Rhodes (King of Assassins), and Marie Rutkoski (The Winner’s Curse) discuss their own works, as well as other popular series that have made epic fantasy one of pop culture’s most successful genres, with moderator Maryelizabeth Yturralde.

Comic Creator Connection All-Stars
Thursday July 9, 2015 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Room 8
The Comic Creator Connection (CCC) is the original speed-dating style networking event that brings together writers and artists who are searching for their creative counterparts. This all-star panel spotlights newly published teams who met at a Comic Creator Connection event. CCC hosts Douglas Neff and Corey Rothermel (authors of Epic Win! The Geek’s Guide to the Journey from Fan to Creator) will focus the discussion on starting and maintaining a successful creative partnership, from the first handshake to the first draft, to the first sale. Panelists will be joined by John D. Roberts (co-founder of comiXology and director of comiXology Submit) for his insights on bringing new creations to the digital marketplace.

First Second: What’s in a Page?
Thursday July 9, 2015 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Room 4
Led by First Second editorial director Mark Siegel, four cartoonists take a close look at their own work and each other’s, looking in depth at the text and art in a single page of comics, and what’s hidden under the surface: panel structure, emotional complexity, and creative influences. With Scott McCloud (The Sculptor), Rafael Rosado (Dragons Beware!), Aron Steinke (The Zoo Box), and Gene Luen Yang ( Secret Coders).

Return of the Smitten Word
Thursday July 9, 2015 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre
Bestselling authors Rachel Hawkins (Miss Mayhem), Christina Lauren (Beautiful Bastard), and Anna Todd (After) talk about the evolution of fan fiction and the power of online readership and engage in another hilarious battle over movies, TV shows, and Hollywood’s hottest. The discussion will be led by S.J. Harper (Reckoning).

The Last Ship: Panel and Exclusive Sneak Preview
Thursday July 9, 2015 1:45pm – 2:45pm
Room 6A
TNT’s post-apocalyptic drama The Last Ship is back for its second season, bigger than ever with higher stakes and catastrophic developments that leave no one safe without the cure. Captain Chandler and the USS Nathan James crew found the cure that could potentially save the world from a deadly virus. As they return to what was once their home, they face new threats as their world has been turned upside down. How will they spread this cure, and is the world left worth saving? An exclusive sneak preview of what’s to come this season will be followed by a discussion with the cast, including Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra, and Adam Baldwin.

Building the Holodeck
Thursday July 9, 2015 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 32AB
From the X-Men’s “danger room” training facility, to the Star Trek holodeck, immersive simulations have been central to comic book, TV, and film storytelling. Unlike other depictions of far-off inventions, the year 2015 has brought us surprisingly close to possessing what has been thought of as a 24th century technology. Jason Cruzan (director, Advanced Exploration Systems Division at NASA), Nonny de la Peña (CEO of Emblematic Group), Philip Lelyveld (Consumer 3D Experience Lab at USC School of Cinematic Art’s Entertainment Technology Center), Jamie Kelly (founder, VRCade), and moderator Steve Broback (cofounder, Dent the Future) talk about how recent developments like the Oculus Rift headsets enable the holodecks of today. They’ll also show some of the exciting virtual experiences under development. An actual holodeck-style rendering of the Enterprise (Star Trek: Next Generation) bridge will be presented.

Class of 1985: The Greatest Geek Movies of: Don’t Forget About Us
Thursday July 9, 2015 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 5AB
Moderator Mark A. Altman ( Free Enterprise, Agent X) and panelists discuss the great geek year of 1985, as they go back to the future with such films as, well, Back to the Future, Lifeforce, The Breakfast Club, The Goonies, Clue, Legend, Rocky IV, Brazil, Commando, Weird Science, Silverado, Fletch, A View to a Kill, Cocoon, Witness, Return to Oz, Re-Animator, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Fright Night, Real Genius, Subway, After Hours, Ladyhawke, Enemy Mine and, yes, Robert Burnett, just for you: To Live & Die In L.A. And for good measure, they’ll discover a new type of martial arts,Gymkata, and prove to Virginia there really is a Santa Claus: The Movie. Enrolling in this brunch club are Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels), Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X: Men: First Class), gymkataspert Steve Kriozere (NCIS, Agent X), Charles de Lauzirkia (Crave, Alien Anthology), and David E. Williams ( Femme Fatales, Lifeforce: The Space Vampires). Charge it to the Underhills!

Content Literacy: Teaching History and Social Studies with Graphic Novels
Thursday July 9, 2015 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library
From the Revolutionary War to current events, graphic novels pull readers into history. Comics have been shown to improve reader engagement while enhancing both comprehension and retention. And with the new emphasis on reading nonfiction, academic vocabulary, and reading in the subject areas, comics are more relevant than ever. Creators Nathan Hale (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales) and Jonathan Hennessey (The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation), educator Meryl Jaffe (CBLDFUsing Graphic Novels in Education; Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Learn to Read), and moderator Tracy Edmunds (Reading With Pictures) discuss the best in comics and graphic novels for teaching history and social studies, including recommended titles and lesson ideas.

Digital Color for Comics
Thursday July 9, 2015 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 30CDE
Learn about the creative art of comic book coloring as Hi-Fi’s Brian Miller (DC’s Starfire) and Kristy Miller (SpongeBob Comics) demonstrate the step-by-step transformation of a comic book page from black and white to full color. Learn the basics of flatting, rendering, color holds, and special effects, along with top digital coloring tips. The panel will include a Q&A session.

Foam Costuming
Thursday July 9, 2015 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 14A
This panel will discuss the various techniques for using foam and other inexpensive materials to craft comfortable and lightweight costumes for conventions and party events. Techniques covered include using Pepakura for patterning and methods for drafting freehand patterns to translate to use for foam or cardboard. The panel will also demonstrate basic tools that will make your pieces clean and professional looking, and ways to seal and paint your completed parts. Hosted by Mike Schiffbauer of Dragonfyre Designs and Sean Shaw of Shawshank Cosplay. Both have years of experience in the realm of cosplay and prop making and are eager to answer all of your questions.

From Dredd to Zenith: This is 2000 AD
Thursday July 9, 2015 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 29AB
Legendary co-creator of Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog Carlos Ezquerra is the guest of honor on the 2000 AD panel this year, as publicity droid Molch-R and other top name creators take you behind the scenes of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic with fun, games, and exclusive announcements.

Greenlight Your Passion Project!
Thursday July 9, 2015 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 7AB
Project creators, actors, producers, and crowdfunding professionals discuss the power of crowdfunding as it pertains to greenlighting your own project! This panel of pros has successfully raised millions of dollars for feature film, short-films, documentaries, and web-series. Join an informative and uplifting discussion on the power of crowdfunding your dreams, featuring Ericka Anderson (Seed & Spark director of crowdfunding), Mark Gantt (The Bannen Way, The Night Visitor), Etta Devine (The Selling, Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse), Mark Netter (Nightmare Code, Dark Matter Productions), Jodie Bentley (COO Reinventing Films), and moderator Leah Cevoli (film producer and crowdfunding professional).

Image Comics: Where Creators Own the Mainstream
Thursday July 9, 2015 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 23ABC
The mainstream is whatever you want it to be. Killer robots, ghosts, absurdist comedy, and space adventures aren’t niche, but in comics, they sometimes are treated like they are. In reality, they’re as mainstream as anything else, thanks to their wide-ranging appeal and the astonishing execution from Kody Chamberlain (Punks), Keenan Marshall Keller (The Humans), Chip Zdarsky (Kaptara), Marjorie Liu (Monstress), Alex Grecian (Rasputin), and Michael Moreci (Roche Limit). Come find your new favorite comic.

New DC Universe: Mysteries in Space: Are You Ready?
Thursday July 9, 2015 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 6DE
The future of the DC universe is now! Join an all-star cast of DC Comics creators who specialize in sci-fi for a panel that is out of this world and will take you to the farthest reaches of the galaxy and beyond.

Nobody’s Damsel: Writing for Tomorrow’s Women
Thursday July 9, 2015 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 25ABC
Top producers, writers, actors, and creative executives discuss the complexities of modern female characters in the media and how aspiring writers and producers can create characters that are relatable to the upcoming generation of women. The panel will be moderated by D’nae Kingsley (head of integrated strategy at top entertainment marketing agency Trailer Park).

Spotlight on Jen Sorensen
Thursday July 9, 2015 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 9
Herblock Prize-winning political cartoonist Jen Sorensen (Slowpoke), seen on Daily Kos and The Nib as well as in alternative newspapers around the country, will show her favorite cartoons and discuss her other job as comics editor for Fusion, a startup from ABC and Univision.

Spotlight on Skottie Young
Thursday July 9, 2015 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 28DE
Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Eisner Award-winning artist Skottie Young (I Hate Fairyland, Rocket Raccoon) and then some. Jim Viscardi (ComicBook.com, Let’s Talk Comics) grills the artist about his career, his new books, and where he get’s his inspiration from. Want to know which is his favorite young Marvel character to draw? Does he hate Fairyland? Find out here!

Sunday Morning Funny: The Lighter Side of Faith-Based Comics
Thursday July 9, 2015 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library
As much as the “yellow sign” protestors outside the Comic-Con doors would like to tell you that your love of comics is a sure path to the unfriendly side of “The Afterlife,” the reality is that religion and pop culture are not mutually exclusive, including the medium of comic books. Panelists from the Satellite Show spin-off podcast In Your Faith set their sights on wacky extremism and lovable misfires in the world of faith-based comics. Moderated by Jessica Tseang (comic book historian, Girl on Geek). Panelists include Rob Bradfield (host of In Your Faith), Erik Amaya (creator of The Satellite Show) Reverend John Polite (reMIX Ministry), Justin Robinson (Mister Blank,City of Devils), Nick Marino (Holy F*ck!), Clinton Wolf (Zombie Ranch), and Kami Lebaridian (Better Than Cigarettes, They Call Me Abe).

The New TV Land
Thursday July 9, 2015 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
It’s a whole new TV Land: edgy and sexy, but always with humor. Join panelists from TV Land’s new series, including Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville) and Sara Rue (Less Than Perfect) from the upcoming dark comedy Impastor, moderated by Michael Ian Black. Then join improv group The Katydids, creators and stars behind Teachers, as they talk to Alison Brie about their new show.

Blizzard Entertainment Showcase
Thursday July 9, 2015 2:15pm – 3:15pm
Room 6BCF
Chris Metzen (Blizzard Entertainment SVP story and franchise development) and a team of esteemed panelists reveal never-before-seen products and plans for 2015 and 2016. Talk to the designers, writers, and artists themselves, as the panelists dig into toys, books, collectibles, and more. The panel and an extended game Q&A session will be moderated by Kim Phan (host of BlizzCon coverage on DIRECTV).

Doctor Who: BBC America’s Official Panel
Thursday July 9, 2015 2:15pm – 3:15pm
Hall H
Following his record-breaking first season as the Doctor, Peter Capaldi will make his first ever appearance at Comic-Con with stars Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) and Michelle Gomez (Missy), and lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat. Doctor Who follows the adventures of the Doctor, the time traveler who will continue to journey through all of space and time in epic adventures in the new season premiering this fall. Capaldi’s first season delivered BBC America its highest rated season ever and is available now on all digital platforms.

Comics Arts Conference #4: Eisner vs. Eisner: The Spirit at 75
Thursday July 9, 2015 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Room 26AB
Panelists Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics), Michael Uslan (Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice), Trina Robbins ( Pretty in Ink: American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013), Karen Green (Columbia University), Jared Gardner (Ohio State University), and moderator Danny Fingeroth (Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics and the Creation of the Superhero) discuss the two major phases of Will Eisner’s career. Beginning with the 1940 creation of his iconic character the Spirit, used by Eisner to tell stories of sophistication and depth, the discussion will then shift to his 1970s reinvention of comics, catalyzing the literary comics movement with A Contract with God, the first of many graphic novels he’d create. While The Spirit is by no means forgotten, it wrestles for primacy regarding what Eisner’s more important achievements were. Academia tends to focus on his personal work of the ’70s and beyond. This focus overlooks, perhaps due to The Spirit’s action-adventure milieu, the fact that in the feature Eisner told stories with great personal meaning, a harbinger of the rich work to come. Today, we celebrate the innovations of 23-year-old Eisner, explore what makes the Spirit important, and trace Eisner’s evolving interests, from action-adventure to memoir and social commentary.

ComiXology: Ask Me Anything
Thursday July 9, 2015 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Room 8
ComiXology, the revolutionary cloud-based digital comics platform, spills the beans on everything you’ve ever wanted to know about digital comics, publishing, life, and more. From how to publish your own comic on comiXology Submit to how to begin your own successful start up-just like comiXology co-founders and panelists David Steinberger (comiXology CEO) and John D. Roberts (director of comiXology Submit). Moderated by comiXology’s marketing maven Chip Mosher, this panel will answer all your burning questions in a no-holds-barred Q&A of epic proportions!

Looney Tunes Legacy: Linda Jones and Ruth Clampett on The Life and Art of Animation
Thursday July 9, 2015 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Room 24ABC
Chuck Jones and Bob Clampett are two of the most important animators in cartoon history. Their daughters, Linda Jones (Emmy Award-winning producer, founder of Linda Jones Enterprises) and Ruth Clampett (founder of Clampett Studio Collections, former head of Warner Brothers art program) keep their dads’ legacies alive. These powerful Hollywood businesswomen also made collecting the art of animation and film accepted and embraced around the world and own all rights to sell official Warner Brothers cartoon art, Vintage WB movie art, DC comics art, and the art of Harry Potter. They’ll talk about growing up with two geniuses and how they built empires of their own making geek art cool. Moderated by Leslie Combemale (ArtInsights Animation and Film Art Gallery).

Titan Comics: Assassin’s Creed, Heroes, The Blacklist and the Creator Owned Hits of Tomorrow
Thursday July 9, 2015 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Room 4
Titan Comics takes you behind-the-scenes of major new projects including Assassin’s Creed, Heroes and The Blacklist! See the global premiere of artwork from the new Assassin’s Creed comics, plus be the first to find out about the launch storylines and and the all new Assassins! Heroes Reborn supervising producer Seamus Kevin Fahey gives you a sneak peak at the new Heroes comic and special SDCC ashcan. The Blacklist TV show writer Nicole Phillips talks about writing the new The Blacklist comic series, which debuts at SDCC! The artists of the creator-owned hits of tomorrow will be in attendance! Cult writer Roman Dirge gives you a ghostly glimpse at Lenore and his upcoming new projects! Artist Des Taylor takes you undercover of hit series Scarlett Couture! Harvey award nominated writer Mark Wheatley discusses his new re-mastered edition of Breathtaker! Plus, more comics talent and prizes to win!

Comic-Con How-To: Advanced 3D And Computer Graphics Comic Art Techniques
Thursday July 9, 2015 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Room 2
Brian Haberlin is the creator of Witchblade, Anomaly, and many other comic books and graphic novels. Brian is also a digital pioneer and guru to much of the graphic arts/comics community, producing tutorials for international magazines such as 3DWorld, Imagine FX, and Photoshop User, a faculty member at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and owner of Digital Art Tutorials.

3rd Annual Musical Anatomy of a Superhero
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
From the ominous horns of Jaws, to the inspiring theme for Star Wars, music has always been an important supporting character in movies. For the superhero genre, the music reflects these emotions and more. This panel offers a behind the scenes look at the music of today’s biggest superhero film and TV projects with unreleased film clips and never before heard music. Participating composers include Junkie XL (Mad Max: Fury Road, Batman v. Superman), Christophe Beck (Ant-Man), Marco Beltrami (Fantastic Four), Brian Tyler (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Lorne Balfe (Terminator: Genisys), and Blake Neely (Super Girl, Arrow, Flash). Produced by Costa Communications.

ComicBase/Atomic Avenue User’s Group Meeting
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 9
It’s the annual meet-up for users of the world’s #1 program for managing comic collection. ComicBase creator Peter Bickford will be on hand to give a sneak preview of upcoming program features, answer questions, and spill the beans on what’s next for both ComicBase and Atomic Avenue. Get an exclusive look at the new version of ComicBase (whether it’s shipping or not!), find out what’s behind the recent explosion of activity at Atomic Avenue. There’ll also be a prize drawing for some very cool stuff.

Comics Make Kids Smarter: Exploring Data-Driven Success in the Comics Classroom
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library
Research shows that comics and graphic novels are motivating, support struggling readers, enrich the skills of accomplished readers and are a highly effective tool for teaching challenging material in a more efficient way. Educators Meryl Jaffe (CBLDFUsing Graphic Novels in Education; Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Learn to Read), Ronell Whitaker (Dwight D. Eisenhower High School, Blue Island, IL), Eric Kallenborn (Alan B. Shepard High School Palos Heights, IL), and Tracy Edmunds (Reading With Pictures), creator John Green (Teen Boat), and moderator Tom Racine (host of Tall Tale Radio) will explore and explain the research behind the comics in the classroom movement and what it could mean for the future of the medium in the classroom.

Dark Horse Originals: The New Mainstream
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 23ABC
Comics literature is the new mainstream, and Dark Horse Originals covers it all, from post-Depression-era America in The New Deal to the return of Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon withTwo Brothers. Bá and Moon are joined by Matt Kindt (MIND MGMT) and Colleen Coover (Bandette) to discuss pushing the boundaries of what comics can accomplish in literature.

Jet Set Nerds
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 14A

Anastasia Washington (Jet Set Nerds, TheStream.tv), Stephanie Pressman (Geek 360, Fashionably Nerdy), Becky Sanders (Jet Set Nerds), Elle (Your Friend Elle), and Curious Joi (Curious Joi, Icon) help you Jet Set to Nerd Mecca with epic tales and tips on how to become a Jet Set Nerd, moderated by Stedmond Crowder (Action Figure Overload).

Making the Leap to Creator-Owned Properties: Tales from the IP Jungle
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 28DE
Moderator John Fleskes (Flesk publications) leads a rousing discussion with Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows, World of Payne, Savage Wolverine),Terry Dodson (Princess Leia, Red One, Uncanny X-Men), Mark Schultz (Storms at Sea, Xenozoic), and Thomas Sniegoski (World of Payne, The Fallen, The Raven’s Child) about the differences between working for major publishers and shepherding through their personal projects. The pros, the cons, the triumphs, the tears! Plus, panelists share the latest news of upcoming projects.

Powers: Ordinary Heroes, Extraordinary Possibilites: A Deeper Look at the Hit PlayStation Series
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 6A
The executive producers/co-creators of the Powers comics, Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, are joined by showrunner Remi Aubuchon and cast members Susan Heyward (Det. Pilgrim), and Olesya Rulin (Calista) for a sneak peek at the upcoming Season 1 Blu-ray, and what’s to come in the second season of PlayStation’s hit original series.

Rewriting History: The Next Chapter of Heavy Metal
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 7AB
Nearly 40 years after it’s American inception, Heavy Metal remains the world’s leading illustrated science fiction and fantasy magazine. Now, “under new management,” the brand moves into new territory in music, film, and traditional comics publishing. Join co-CEO Jeff Krelitz, publisher Kevin Eastman, and a few very special surprise guests, for exclusive announcements on upcoming projects in entertainment and publishing, plans for further expansion, and a strategy to change the game on creator-owned work. This is an essential panel for longtime fans, curious onlookers, and comics creators of every stature, as the company offers exclusive news to Comic-Con attendees to broaden the landscape on original storytelling!

Terry Brooks and The World of Shannara
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre
Del Rey Books published The Sword of Shannara in 1977. Since then, legendary fantasy author Terry Brooks has written more than 25 New York Times bestselling novels. After more than three decades of readers falling in love with Terry Brooks’ world, MTV will bring Shannara to life in a new TV series. Join Terry as he talks about the history of Shannara, his life as a writer, and what’s to come in the future. Moderated by Ali T. Kokmen (Barnes & Noble, Nook Digital).

The Might and Magic of Legacy Effects
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 32AB
The work of Legacy Effects is featured in films including Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Jurassic World and Terminator: Genisys. Meet the studio founders and get a firsthand look into the making of these blockbuster films. You may even get a sneak peek at some of the actual props from the films. Engage in an exciting presentation, Q&A, and maybe even a couple of giveaways.

This Week in Marvel: Live!
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library
Marvel’s official weekly flagship podcast comes to Comic-Con for a special episode that may or may not include guests, secrets, news, free stuff, arm wrestling, guitar solos, and more!

Transformers: Robots in Disguise
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 5AB
Roll out with the cast and creatives behind Transformers: Robots in Disguise as they share details of the making of the popular animated series and give a sneak peek into the rest of Season 1, now airing on Cartoon Network. Followed by a Q&A.

What Do Women Want? Female Gaze in Manga
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 29AB
What do women want to read? While comics in North America has been mostly a “boy” thing, in Japan, manga and anime for women have been a major force in the comics market for many years. From shojo manga to boys love manga to reverse harem “otome” video games and anime filled with delectable guys, these media have been catering to the tastes of female fans in Japan. These stories are reaching readers and inspiring comics creators worldwide more than ever. See what manga publishing pros Leyla Aker (senior vice president, publishing, VIZ Media), JuYoun Lee (editor-in-chief, Yen Press), Lillian Diaz-Pryzbyl (head of comics, Sparkler Monthly), and manga creator Jamie Lynn Lano (The Princess of Tennis, Denkiki) have to say about “female gaze” in manga, why it sells, and why it matters. They’ll also share their picks for your next must-read manga that’ll make you swoon. Moderated by Deb Aoki (Publishers Weekly, Manga Comics Manga)

Worldbuilding
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 25ABC
Worlds are important; but how are they made? Top authors Peter Clines (The Fold), Richard Kadrey (Killing Pretty), Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes), Josephine Angelini (The Wordwalker Trilogy), Brandon Mull (Five Kingdoms series), and Virginia Boecker ( The Witch Hunter) along with moderator Charlie Jane Anders (All the Birds in the Sky) describe how they set the stage for their stories and create a living universe for their characters.

Writing 101: What to Think About Before You Start Writing
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 30CDE
Multiple award-winning writer and recipient of the Eisner Hall of Fame award Marv Wolfman uses his 47 years of writing professionally to bring his writer’s beginning class back to San Diego where it began. Marv will talk about what to think about before you start writing-how to approach coming up with your plot, story, and theme, how to put them together, and-the question most newbies ask-how to create characters. And best of all there will be plenty of time for specific questions.

DC Comics Too Tough Trivia: Catwoman, Joker, and Robin 75th Anniversary Edition
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:15pm – 4:15pm
Room 6DE
To celebrate the Boy Wonder’s, the Clown Prince of Crime’s, and the Feline Fatale’s 75th anniversary, join this panel for some trivia that will test even the hardest of hardcore DC fans’ knowledge! Joining the party will be some of DC’s senior editorial team as they try to stop fans from winning some amazing prizes!

Animated Effects in Live Action
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Room 26AB
When the word animation is used, we think of cartoons. However, the line between live action and animation is becoming blurred due to technological advances. Industry professionals who create some of the most memorable animated visual effects will have a lively discussion on how they blend animation with live action seamlessly. They include David Derks (ASIFA Hollywood), and Adam Howard (Birdman, Pee Wee’s Big Holiday).

Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment Celebrates Five Years
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Room 6BCF
Join panel host Geoff Keighley for a discussion with Skybound Entertainment’s Robert Kirkman and David Alpert (The Walking Dead franchise, Outcast) as they celebrate the company’s fifth anniversary. Kirkman and Alpert will explore Skybound’s various projects that include properties such as The Walking Dead, Outcast, and the company’s first feature film, AIR, starring Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou. The producing duo will also dive into the bustling world of Skybound Interactive, discussing the critically acclaimed Telltale’s The Walking Dead with Telltale CEO Kevin Bruner, and Skybound’s upcoming first-person-shooter game, Overkill’s The Walking Dead, produced by Starbreeze Studios. Expect exclusive news, special guests, and a first look at the full-length feature trailer for AIR.

Sergio & Mark Show
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Room 8
The men who bring you Groo the Wanderer show their faces and explain just how and why it is they bring you Groo the Wanderer, as well as other silly comics. It’s the award-winning duo of Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier, accompanied by the equally heralded Stan Sakai (creator of Usagi Yojimbo), and coloring whiz Tom Luth (if he can get away); holding court, answering your questions, and doing what they do best, which obviously is not writing little blurbs like this for the Comic-Con Events Guide.

The One and Only IDW Artist Edition
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Room 4
Join Artist’s Editions editor Scott Dunbier as he leads you on a tour of these big and beautiful books! There will be several announcements, a surprise guest or two, and some good old-fashioned art talk.

The TV Animation Story Editors/Head Writers Panel
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Room 24ABC
Do you have dreams of writing for kids TV animation? This panel of veteran story editors and head writers will reveal what you need to know to break into the business, and stay in it. Topics include creating appropriate writing samples, landing a first gig, meeting deadlines, and keeping your story editor happy. Moderator Neo Edmund (Red Riding Werewolf Huntress, Kaijudo Clash of the Duel Masters) is joined by panelists Andrew Robinson (senior writer at Blizzard Entertainment, Kaijudo Clash of the Duel Masters), Jim Krieg (Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Spooksville), Charlotte Fullerton (Ben 10 Omniverse, My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic), Eugene Son (Ultimate Spider-Man, Marvel’s Avengers Assemble), and Craig Miller (Transformers, Curious George).

Sherlock
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:45pm – 4:45pm
Ballroom 20
Steven Moffat (co-creator, executive producer, and writer), Sue Vertue (executive producer) and Rupert Graves (actor, DI Greg Lestrade) discuss the latest adventures of Sherlock Holmes and his long-suffering faithful friend, Dr. John Watson. Sherlock will return to PBS Masterpiece in a forthcoming special.

Con Man: The Fan Revolt 13 Years in the Making
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:45pm – 5:15pm
Hall H
Alan Tudyk’s dream show based on his global convention experiences seemed impossible with the compromises Hollywood demanded. Instead he went directly to fans; over 46,000 responded, with a recordbreaking $3.2 million raised on Indiegogo, and Con Man was officially born. With filming wrapped and a Vimeo on-demand release on the horizon, Alan Tudyk, Nathan Fillion, P. J. Haarsma, Mindy Sterling, and others talk Con Man and the crazy ride that made his dream project a reality.

Captain Action’s 2nd Annual Con Custom Contest and Animation Preview
Thursday July 9, 2015 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 32AB
Calling all 1/6th scale customizers! It’s time for the Captain’s 2nd Annual Customizing Contest. As the original superhero action figure, Captain Action is all about customization, change, and the power of imagination. This year’s theme, “Bring on the Bad Guys,” will highlight villainous creations. The panel of judges, along with all the fans in the room, will choose a winner from the six best finalists and award prizes. Also, a sneak peek at the upcoming animated series. Panelists include Marv Wolfman (Teen Titans, Deadshot), J. C. Vaughn (Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide ), Daniel Pickett (Action Figure Insider), Michael Polis (Atomic Toybox), and Michael Crawford (MCW Toys). Moderated by Ed Catto (Captain Action).

CBLDF Podcast Live: Banned Authors Speak Out
Thursday July 9, 2015 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library
Join Jeff Smith (Bone) and Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) for an in-depth discussion of what it’s like to be the author of a banned book. CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein hosts this special live podcast celebrating Banned Books Week and examining the stakes of censorship for creators, librarians, and most of all, readers.

Comedy Central’s Moonbeam City
Thursday July 9, 2015 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Prepare to be dazzled; Moonbeam City is back in San Diego with an exclusive Comic-Con sneak peek. Moonbeam City is an absurdist, retro-futuristic ’80s cop extravaganza. The series follows Dazzle Novak (voiced by Rob Lowe), a handsome, idiotic detective who commits more crimes than most criminals. His sexy, tyrannical chief Pizzaz Miller (Elizabeth Banks) won’t get off his back. His obnoxious rival Rad Cunningham (Will Forte) will stop at nothing to destroy him. Dazzle must team up with the city’s only competent police officer, Chrysalis Tate (Kate Mara), to protect their beloved, neon-soaked metropolis. Rob Lowe, Moonbeam City creator Scott Gairdner, and executive producer Tommy Blacha reveal details on Comedy Central’s next big animated series.

Comic Book Art: Making a Living Doing It
Thursday July 9, 2015 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 30CDE
Comics Experience’s Andy Schmidt (Marvel, IDW editor) reveals how to make money as a comic book artist. Learn about maximizing your art potential, pricing your art, merchandizing it, and selling it. Don’t just make money, make a living! Spend an hour with Andy Schmidt, Andy Lanning (Guardians of the Galaxy), Zander Canon (Top 10), and Reilly Brown (God Hates Astronauts, The Manhattan Projects), then go make money with your art.

Delcourt Panel
Thursday July 9, 2015 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 28DE
Guy Delcourt, the largest independent publisher in France (founder of the Delcourt publishing house, owner of Editions Soleil) comes to Comic-Con International with special surprise guests and a huge announcement no international comics fan dare miss.

Destination America’s Ghost Asylum
Thursday July 9, 2015 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 5AB
Ever wondered what it is like to go on a real ghost hunt? Join the stars of Destination America’s Ghost Asylum as they discuss the most bloodcurdling paranormal hotspots in America. The team will describe their most intricate traps, including the Wraith Dome and the Prism Catcher. Never-before-seen footage of paranormal activity, exclusive clips, demonstrations, and special prizes will be featured at this event, which is sure to raise the hairs on the back of your neck. Presented by Destination America.

I’m Sleeping with the Lights On: Horror and Thriller Authors Discussion
Thursday July 9, 2015 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 25ABC
Horror and thriller novels have an amazing way of keeping readers up at night. Whether it is demons and zombies, from the historical settings to the seemingly mundane, authors find bone-chilling ways to make sure the reader keeps turning the pages. Join Del Howison, owner of Dark Delicacy Bookstore, as he chats with distinguished horror and thriller writers J.T. Ellison (What Lies Behind), Kevin P. Keating (The Captive Condition), Matthew Reilly (The Great Zoo of China), Mira Grant (Symbiont), Diana Rowland (Vengeance of the Demon), and Robert Brockway (The Unnoticibles) about what motivates them to scare you.

Nerdstrong: Getting Fit for Cosplay, Geekdom, and Life
Thursday July 9, 2015 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 14A
Andrew Deutsch (Nerdstrong partner, head coach), Marla Hudnall (Nerdstrong partner, coach), Christy Black (Nerdstrong coach, Healthy Is the New Skinny), Kimi Balcomb (Nerdstrong coach, Golden Lasso Cosplay), Andrew Seely (Nerdstrong coach, gaming director), Mairghread Scott (Nerdstrong member, writer Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Swords of Sorrow), and Mel Caylo (Nerdstrong member, marketing manager at BOOM! Studios) discuss fitness, body image, and confidence in a geek world. Moderated by Blair Herter (Nerdstrong Partner, TV host).

Spotlight on Rainbow Rowell
Thursday July 9, 2015 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 29AB
Rainbow Rowell (New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, and Landline) sits down with Leigh Bardugo (New York Times bestselling author of the Grisha Trilogy) to talk about books, fantasy, “the last three words,” and what Rainbow has planned for this year’s Carry On, her much-awaited return to young adult fiction.

Star Trek: They’re Not Really Dead as Long as We Remember Them
Thursday July 9, 2015 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 23ABC
The man The Los Angeles Times dubbed “the world’s foremost Trekspert,” Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise) presides over a celebration of the lives of some of Trek’s most luminous voices whom we lost this year. Spotlighting the careers of the incomparable Leonard Nimoy, Harve Bennett (Star Trek II, III, IV), Maurice Hurley (showrunner, TNG Seasons 1 and 2), Grace Lee Whitney (Yeoman Rand), and Bernie Williams (producer, Generations), along with a look back at the 50th anniversary of Star Trek’s second pilot, “Where No Man Has Gone Before.” Treksperts include Scott Mantz (chief film critic, Access Hollywood), David A. Goodman (producer, Star Trek: Enterprise, authorFederation: The First 150 Years), Edward Gross (legendary Trek journalist, The 50 Year Mission),Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class), Robert Meyer Burnett (producer, Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-rays) and Chase Masterson (actress, Deep Space Nine, The Flash).

The Forgotten Trio: Letterers, Inkers, and Colorists
Thursday July 9, 2015 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 9
Comic book industry veterans discuss what it entails to be an inker, letterer and colorist, along with advice for those aspiring to be part of the comic book industry. Joshua Reed (letterer for Aspen Comics, Soulfire, Fathom), Dave Lanphear (veteran letterer for DC Comics/Marvel), Matt Batt Banning (inker for Superman/Wonder Woman, Batman), and professional colorists will be present to partake in an open Q&A session moderated by Jessica Tseang (comic book historian).

The Nerd in the Classroom: Sci-fi as an Educational Tool
Thursday July 9, 2015 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library
Education’s all-things-nerd networking resource returns to Comic-Con. This year’s edition features cartoonist and high school computer science teacher Gene Yang (American Born Chinese, Boxers and Saints), language-arts teacher Blake Bockholt (Fremont High), and psychologist Patrick O’Connor (Comicspedia, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology). Moderating is Patrick Murphy (Fremont High, Weber State University). Topics include using comics to convey complex information, student-created comics as a narrative, and aligning to national standards while still increasing student engagement. This is a great networking opportunity for professional educators and nerds alike.

VIZ Media
Thursday July 9, 2015 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 7AB
Come party with VIZ Media! And by party, they mean sit in a chair and listen to thrilling tales of upcoming releases and other Earth-shattering announcements from North America’s largest distributor of manga and anime. VIZ Media has brought you thousands of your favorite titles, including huge hits like Naruto, Death Note, Sailor Moon, Ranma 1/2, and Tokyo Ghoul. Warning: Panel may include trivia, prizes, yelling and probably some clapping. Hosted by Urian Brown, Charlene Ingram and VIZ Media staff, with special guests.

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition: The Art of Improving on an Xbox Classic
Thursday July 9, 2015 4:15pm – 5:15pm
Room 6A
Reigniting the passion and fervor of Gears of War fans, Xbox and The Coalition take fans behind the scenes of one of their favorite franchises, reimagined and reloaded for Xbox One. The panel features Rod Fergusson (studio head, The Coalition), one of the most prominent members of the industry, and will discuss not only the visual improvements but also what it takes to modernize an all-time fan favorite that is launching on Xbox One this summer. Also appearing from The Coalition: Peder Skude (senior game designer), Kyle Gaulin (cinematics director), and Ben Huyghe (former pro gamer/QA).

Hollywood Location Scouts
Thursday July 9, 2015 4:15pm – 5:15pm
Grand Ballroom D, Manchester Grand Hyatt
Working closely with the director and production designer, location scouts are the artists who translate the script into reality by exploring the world to figure out exactly where the movies and TV shows should be made. Six location scouts will discuss the creative and logistical aspects of their jobs, relate some exciting anecdotes, and answer audience questions. ModeratorScott Trimble (Terminator: Genisys, Jurassic World) joins panelists Nick Carr (Spider-Man 3, Enchanted), Stephenson Crossley (Fear the Walking Dead, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Stacey McGillis (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Infiltrator), Kei Rowan-Young (Django Unchained, Chef), and Steve Woroniecki (Tomorrowland, X-Men: First Class).

Funny Pages
Thursday July 9, 2015 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre
Join Ben Blacker (writer, Thunderbolts; The Thrilling Adventure Hour) and Paul F. Tompkins (Comedy Bang Bang; Bojack Horseman) for a brand new conversation: comics on comics; comedians discussing comics, that is. This panel brings together your favorite comedians from TV, film, and animation as they discuss their favorite comics. Don’t miss this brand new panel!

Marvel: Uncanny Inhumans
Thursday July 9, 2015 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Room 6DE
Terrigenesis is upon us! Editor-in-chief Axel Alonso and writer Charles Soule give the 4-1-1 on Marvel’s Royal Family and the first superhuman race. What does the future have in store for Black Bolt, Queen Medusa, Lockjaw, and the rest of the Inhuman race? Find out here!

Max Brooks & Avatar Press Comics
Thursday July 9, 2015 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Room 8
New York Times bestselling author Max Brooks (The Zombie Survival Guide) gives the scoop on new projects and creators joining the industry’s most groundbreaking, risk-taking publisher. Brooks hosts this panel, walking through the frightful world of Avatar Press comics. Want insight from such industry luminaries as Garth Ennis, Alan Moore, and Max Brooks? Want to find out what the next Providence, Caliban, or Extinction Parade will be? Can’t get enough Crossed, Uber, or God Is Dead? Find out what new terrors and travesties this rogue publisher will unleash in the months ahead!

Spotlight on Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani
Thursday July 9, 2015 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Room 4
Famous cartooning duo Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani (comic creators of Aw Yeah Comics, Itty Bitty Hellboy, and Tiny Titans) share their creative stories, secrets, and awesomeness of their artistic journey through the comic industry. From the indie comic world to DC Comics to Dark Horse Comics to retail store, these guys have done it all-20 years of overnight success. What are they planning next? Moderated by fellow podcaster John Siuntres (Word Balloon Podcast, Aw Yeah Podcast). Aw. Yeah.

The Zone Show: The Jack Kirby Interview
Thursday July 9, 2015 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Room 26AB
In October of 1984, Ray “3-D” Zone, the “King of 3-D Comic Books,” interviewed comic book legend Jack Kirby on Los Angeles public access TV. Eric Kurland (3-D Space), Randolph Hoppe (The Jack Kirby Museum), and Lawrence Kaufman (National Stereoscopic Association) will be joined by other special guests to discuss the careers of Zone and Kirby and their collaborations, including a rare screening of the entire half-hour 1984 interview; shown publicly for the first time in over 30 years.

Thunderbirds Are Go
Thursday July 9, 2015 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Room 24ABC
ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures, in association with Weta Workshop are bringing the U.S. premier of Thunderbirds Are Go exclusively to Comic-Con. Join executive producer Richard Taylor (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit) and head writer Rob Hoegee (Teen Titans, Generator Rex), to watch an episode and ask your questions of some of the team responsible for creating this beautiful re-imagining of the much-loved classic series that is already entertaining and delighting millions of fans in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, with further international roll out planned for 2015 and 2016

Comic-Con How-To: Art Thieft Law: Prevention, Protection Prosecution
Thursday July 9, 2015 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Room 2
Josh Wattles and Jack Lerne, professor of Law UC Irvine offer a lawyer’s perspective on how to protect your artwork.

NASA: Turning Science Fiction into Science Fact
Thursday July 9, 2015 4:45pm – 5:45pm
Room 6BCF
Science fiction has caused many of us to fall in love with the limitless possibilities of space exploration. Throughout its histor, NASA has been inspired by science fiction and conversely has influenced it. Today, NASA is turning our imaginations into reality. Scientists are exploring potentially life harboring worlds in our solar system, while discovering thousands of new planets orbiting distant stars, some of which may be Earth-like. This moderated discussion will be accompanied by a special greeting from the International Space Station and a heartfelt tribute to Leanard Nimoy. Participating panelist include executive producer Aditya Sood (The Martian), Adam Nimoy (producer), Amber Straughn (astrophysicist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) and Kevin Hand (Deputy Chief Scientist for Solar System Exploration, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Moderated by actor Jay R. Ferguson (Madmen).

Careers in Costuming
Thursday July 9, 2015 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room 23ABC
The Costume Designers Guild Local 892 discusses costuming as a career and the many different possibilities that exist today. Panelists include Costume Designer, Ivy Thaide, Celia Rogus from FIDM, illustrator and concept artist Gina DeDomenico Flanagan, assistant costume designer, Christine Cover-Ferro, IATSE 705 Custom Made field rep Renee Nault and specialty key costumer Karen Mason, as well as Alan Scott and Shane Mahan from Legacy Effects. The panelists are here to answer your questions about making a career in costuming. Camden Toy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) will be moderating our panel.

DC Comics Master Class: Art History
Thursday July 9, 2015 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room 30CDE
Class is in session as some of the greatest artists in the industry take this panel to school with an in-depth look at their creative process. DC Entertainment is proud to spotlight these talented individuals for this exclusive, all-access look at what it’s like drawing for DC Comics and Vertigo.

Fandom Is My Fandom, or We All Live in a Coffeeshop AU
Thursday July 9, 2015 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room 14A
Fandom isn’t just one thing these days, and it never was. But now that fans and their creativity, content, and consumption are something for media companies to understand, PR people to focus on, social media to thrive on, and news organizations to report about, what happens to the “traditional” fan community and the fanboys and fangirls that create their culture and content? Are follow-on works like fanart, vids, and fanfic to be mocked, tracked, supported, and enjoyed within an organic community, or considered a stepping-stone to a creative career? What if the answer is “sometimes one, sometimes all, and sometimes something more?” The panel will look from deep inside popular fandoms, the media companies that work with them, and the sites that host them with Amanda Brennan (community and content associate tumblarian, tumblr), Flourish Klink (Chaotic Good, Inc., Transmedia producer for East Los High), Meredith Levine (Fanthropologist, ZEFR), Aron Levitz (head of business development, Wattpad), Elizabeth Minkel (writer, New Statesman, The Millions), Betsy Rosenblatt (legal committee chair, Organization for Transformative Works), and Jules Wilkinson (founder, SuperWiki) in a panel moderated by Heidi Tandy (founder/essayist, FYeahCopyright).

First Look at Crackle’s SuperMansion
Thursday July 9, 2015 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Calling all Stoopid Buddy Stoodios fans! Be the first to catch a sneak peek at the new stop-motion animated comedy series SuperMansion. The cast, voiced by Emmy-award winner Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Seth Green (Family Guy), Jillian Bell (Workaholics), Matthew Senreich, and Zeb Wells (Robot Chicken) discuss the world of superheroes and more. Special surprises may occur.

geekEd V: The Undiscovered Country: Bringing Geek Back to Higher Education
Thursday July 9, 2015 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Shiley Special Events, San Diego Central Library
Come interact with a panel of educators from across the country as they share how they make the most of their geek identities in their campus communities. Brian Arao (University of California, Santa Cruz), Alfred Day (University of California, Berkeley), Michelle Kittel (Rocketship Spark Academy), Patricia Nguyen (UCLA), and Emily Sandoval (University of Southern California) are excited to share their stories of building personal connections with geek students, developing programs that create excitement, fostering inclusive communities, and enhancing the geek college experience. Joining them this year is Liz Krulder (Fresno State) who, as a student, co-developed Fresno State’s first ever comic convention, FresCon. If you are an industry or marketing professional, work in higher education, attend or want to attend college (or know someone who does), this panel is for you.

Making a Living in Manga: Japan Creators, Editors Talk
Thursday July 9, 2015 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room 29AB
What’s it like to work as a comics creator in Japan? What does it take to sell your self- published manga at Tokyo’s Comic Market (Comiket), the world’s largest comics show? How do Japanese manga editors work with creators to craft addictive stories that keep readers coming back for more? Hear what it’s really like to work in the motherland of manga from Japan- and U.S.-based pros who have done all of this and more. Akihide Yanagi (writer, agent), Kamome Shirahama (manga artist, Eniale & Dewiel), Philip S. Y. Tan (Heaven, Uncanny X-Men), Makoto Nishi (manga editor), and Philip Knall (translator, salaryman) offer a rare look behind the scenes of Japan’s manga biz, followed a Q&A session moderated by Deb Aoki (Publishers Weekly, Manga Comics Manga).

MTV’s Teen Wolf
Thursday July 9, 2015 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Ballroom 20
Teen Wolf cast members and executive producer are taking Comic-Con by storm for the sixth consecutive year. The pack of MTV’s hit series Teen Wolf will dish secrets, share a sneak peek of the upcoming season, and answer fan questions.

Sense8
Thursday July 9, 2015 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room 5AB
On June 5 Netflix debuted one of their most controversial and provocative new series, Sense8. Be on hand for the very first panel discussion of this new series, hosted by co-creator/writer and executive producer J. Michael Straczynski.

Spotlight on Jhonen Vasquez
Thursday July 9, 2015 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room 32AB
Twenty years ago Johnny the Homicidal Maniac was a comic that barely caused a ripple on the comics landscape. While only seven issues of the series exist, it is now, two decades later, an influential series that spawned many imitators while becoming one of the bestselling creator-owned comics of all time. Jhonen Vasquez looks back on Johnny, and all of his work.

The Legion and Paul Levitz
Thursday July 9, 2015 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room 9
He now writes the new Dr. Fate, but as a writer Paul Levitz is perhaps best known for his three separate long runs writing the Legion of Super-Heroes. Join Paul as Tom Galloway interviews him about his work on, and experiences with, the Legion.

The Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con: The Good, the Bad, and the Deadly
Thursday July 9, 2015 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room 25ABC
Everyone can all name a favorite villain or two: the Joker, Darth Vader, Loki. But how many of your favorite bad guys are actually bad girls? Here to discuss the best and baddest of the lady villains (and their lack of representation) is a panel of women equally dangerous in their own rights: Jenna Busch (founder of Legion of Leia, co-host of Most Craved), Susan Eisenberg (Justice League, Destiny), Jane Espenson (Once Upon a Time, Husbands), Jacqueline Goehner (costume designer, cosplayer), Katrina Hill (Action Movie Freak, The Walking Dead Psychology), Makayla Lynn (Legendary Digital Networks),Chase Masterson (The Flash, Star Trek: Deep Space 9), Dr. Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy, Star Wars Psychology), Stephanie Thorpe (The Ladies & The Gents, ElfQuest: A Fan Imagining), and Jessica Tseang (comics historian, founder of Little Geek Girls).

World of Capcom
Thursday July 9, 2015 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room 7AB
Moderator Francis Mao (Capcom) and a panel of Capcom staff members share the latest updates on all the new and upcoming Capcom games including Street Fighter V, Resident Evil 0, Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition, and more; plus sneak peeks at all the latest Capcom merchandise and licensing products coming your way soon. Also, some exclusive first-looks and reveals just for SDCC.

Writing Transgender Characters
Thursday July 9, 2015 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room 28DE
As transgender representation in comics grows in the mainstream, the indie scene, and on the web, creators are bringing the triumphs and challenges of the trans experience to a new readership. What is the best approach to writing transgender characters? How should creators balance the demands of authenticity, advocacy, and entertainment when representing this diverse and often misunderstood community? Join Prism Comics and moderator Tara Madison Avery (Gooch, Prism Comics board member) for a lively discussion of these and other issues with panelists Knave Murdok (Transcat), Ronnie Ritchie (Gqutie), Kat Blaque (illustrator, animator, blogger), Dylan Edwards (Transposes), and Gillian Cameron (Calogrenant).

Capturing Teen Angst in Comics
Thursday July 9, 2015 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Room 8
These four cartoonists have written about a universal, dark side of adolescence: teen angst. Peter Bagge (Hate), Gilbert Hernandez (Bumperhead), Jillian Tamaki ( Supermutant Magic Academy), and Raina Telgemeier (Drama) talk about how they channel teenage frustrations and apathy in their comics and what this does to their characters, to their storyline, and to their page layouts. Michael Cavna ( The Washington Post) moderates.

Fright Night: 30 Years of Screams
Thursday July 9, 2015 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Room 6A
Horror screenwriter Greg Beville (Blackstar Canyon) details the special effects and making of Fright Night 1985 and how the film’s practical effects compare to horror films today. Moderated by Now Streaming’s Andrew Furtado (Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut).

FUNimation Industry Panel
Thursday July 9, 2015 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Room 24ABC
From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news and information from North America’s largest anime distributor, FUNimation.

Mad about MAD
Thursday July 9, 2015 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Room 4
MAD, the country’s #1-selling humor magazine (in a field of 1), is dumber than ever! MAD magazine editor John Ficarra and art director Sam Viviano present a ridiculous peek at what’s happening at the magazine, and an epically, moronic Q&A that’s bound to be, well, MAD! Prizes will be awarded for most moronic questions.

Spotlight on Tom Grummett
Thursday July 9, 2015 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Room 26AB
Comic artist Tom Grummett holds a Q&A session on his 25 plus year career in the comic book industry. Bring your questions about teen heroes, dead Kryptonians, or anything you might have wondered about, and gain insights into the ever-evolving world of comics.

Dynamite: The Next Ten Years
Thursday July 9, 2015 5:45pm – 6:45pm
Room 6DE
Join the Dynamite Entertainment team and their star-studded line-up of creative talent as they forecast their game-changing projects of 2016 and beyond, including James Bond, Grumpy Cat, Bob’s Burgers, Vampirella, and more. Special guests David Gonzales (creator of Homies) and Gail Simone (Red Sonja, Swords of Sorrow) will take the stage for a surprise announcements, including awesome developments regarding Grumpy Cat!

Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake: Card Wars Dramatic Reading
Thursday July 9, 2015 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre
Jen Wang (In Real Life), has crafted a new, original Adventure Time practice match that ties into KaBOOM!’s new limited comic book series Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake: Card Wars. For the first time anywhere, voice actors from the Adventure Time show will perform it live. Also on hand will be BOOM! Studios editor Shannon Watters and a rep from Cryptozoic, publisher of the real-life Adventure Time: Card Wars game.

Creating Characters
Thursday July 9, 2015 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 32AB
Top writers, character designers, and voice actors including Craig Miller (Curious George, Beast Wars), Thomas Hart (Kim Possible, Mickey and the Roadster Racers), Steven E. Gordon (X-Men: Evolution, The Ultimate Avengers), Sasha Marina Palacio (Duck Tales: Remastered, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero), Debi Derryberry (Jimmy Neutron in Jimmy Neutron, Draculaura in Monster High), and Gregg Berger (Odie in Garfield, Grimlock in Transformers) discuss their methods for creating characters, how their tasks and methods both overlap and differ, and how what they do affects the shows and films they’re working on as well as the work of the others.

Dark Horse Manga
Thursday July 9, 2015 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 9
Dark Horse’s history with Japanese comics can be traced back to the company’s earliest years, with a legacy that includes such legendary series as Oh My Goddess!, Lone Wolf & Cub, Berserk, and many more. Now Dark Horse continues to publish some of the industry’s bestselling titles, such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, Oreimo: Kuroneko, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Satoshi Kon’s Opus, Unofficial Hatsune Mix (as seen on David Letterman), and the works of the creative powerhouse Clamp. Be on hand for a look at the past, present, and future of manga at Dark Horse.

DC Comics Meets LEGO Art
Thursday July 9, 2015 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 25ABC
Creativity reaches superheroic heights as brick artist Nathan Sawaya reveals the new The Art of the Brick: DC Comics exhibition. Renowned comic book artist and co-publisher of DC Entertainment Jim Lee will draw live the concept for a brand new Batmobile that will be included in the exhibition. Joining in the discussion are production team membersBrandon Griffith and Tommy Williamson. Q&A moderated by TV host Victor Lucas (Electric Playground).

Inside the Voice Actors Studio
Thursday July 9, 2015 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 30CDE
-Bang Zoom! Entertainment brings you this one-hour panel/workshop about voice acting that covers practical dubbing techniques, important issues such as studio protocol, and what to expect at your first audition. This is a great opportunity for attendees interested in the voice-acting profession to get firsthand advice and experience from the pros in an intimate yet dynamic setting. You will learn directly from some of the best voice actors and directors in the world and also get some inside information on how to break in and what the industry is really like.

LGBTQ Geek Year in Review
Thursday July 9, 2015 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 28DE
Media diversity is in the news now more than ever. The past year has been filled with key moments in comics, TV, movies, and animation that every queer geek should know about. Join Prism Comics and moderator P. Kristen Enos (Prism Comics board member, Web of Lives) as they discuss the significance of these key events to the greater LGBTQ community with panelists Diane Anderson-Minshall (The Advocate, Queerly Beloved), Amber Garza (Geeks Out), Matt Kane (GLAAD), Chelsea Steiner (After Ellen), and Sean Z. Maker (Bent-Con).

Masquerade 101
Thursday July 9, 2015 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 23ABC
For costumers, future costumers, and those who simply enjoy watching on-stage costume shows, this overview of fan convention costume competitions will discuss their workings, their history, how contests differ from one convention type to another, how judging is done, and what it takes to win. Plus, there will be details on costume research, planning, fabrication, and stage presentation tips for taking original and re-created costumes from concept to stage-ready showpiece-and how to have fun doing it. Presented by Comic-Con Masquerade coordinator for the past 24 years Martin Jaquish, assistant coordinator John Ruff, award-winning fan costumer Allan Lavigne, and award-winning member of the HCC costume group Judy Grivich.

Miami Vice 30th Anniversary Retrospective
Thursday July 9, 2015 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 29AB
Talent from the original smash hit NBC primetime series including Michael Talbott (Det. Stanley Switek), Olivia Brown (Det. Switek), Edward James Olmos (Lt. Castillo), writer Anthony Yerkovich (creator of Miami Vice), writer Jonathan London (Miami Vice graphic novel) will join Lion Forge Comics senior editor Shannon Eric Denton to discuss the enduring legacy of the show that spawned decades of neo-noir cop shows to follow, and the music, the colors, the alligators, and the action that made it such a hit.

Streetpass San Diego: Growing a Community
Thursday July 9, 2015 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 14A
Admins of Streetpass San Diego, the nation’s largest Nintendo meet-up community, Michelle Hernandez, David Denni, Adolfo Coronel, Chris McAtamney, and Jahaziel Aguilera talk about Streetpass San Diego’s growth and take questions on how to grow a community and keep it relevant. The Q&A portion of the panel will be moderated by Gabriel Valentin (Digital Lizards of Doom).

Vertigo: What’s the Story
Thursday July 9, 2015 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 5AB
Vertigo is back in San Diego and ready to blow your mind with trend-setting comics and top-notch talent. From horror, to mythic fiction, to sci-fi, and beyond, see what amazing new ideas are coming your way from the imprint that’s on a mission to defy all your expectations.

NASA: Journey to Mars
Thursday July 9, 2015 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 6BCF
America’s space agency is leading the world on a journey to the Red Planet. From the current orbiters and rovers that are making historic scientific discoveries, to the development of the largest and most powerful rocket ever conceived by human, NASA is pushing the final frontier to the planet that has been the subject of conjecture and the focus of the search for life beyond our home planet. We plan an enlightening discussion moderated by Aditya Sood (executive producer, The Martian). Also some of NASA’s best and brightest; Jim Green (director of planetary sciences, NASA Headquarters), Todd May (manager, NASA Space Launch System Program, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center) and Victor Glover (astronaut, NASA Johnson Space Center). As well as author Andy Weir (The Martian) especially in light of NASA’s involvement in the upcoming Ridley Scott motion picture The Martian.

Comedy Central: Drunk History and Another Period
Thursday July 9, 2015 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Come learn about the history of Drunk History! Derek Waters (co-creator/host/director) and Jeremy Konner (co-creator/director) walk you through how this historically accurate, yet slightly slurred show works to portray little-known events and figures in history from the perspective of an intoxicated narrator. From humble beginnings as a digital series to two seasons on Comedy Central, with season 3 ready to premiere on September 1, Derek and Jeremy have plenty of stories to tell from the making of the show, including an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming new season. The panel will include Taran Killam (SNL), who has guest starred on all three seasons of the show, along with other guest stars and narrators. There will be a Q&A, an interactive live event, and plenty more fun and debauchery as only Drunk History can create. Following that, the party continues with a look at Comedy Central’s new series, Another Period, premiering Tuesday, June 23. The turn-of-the-century historical and satirical scripted series follows the insanely ridiculous and debaucherous life of the Bellacourts, who have more servants than relatives and whose days are filled with money, sex, drugs, and more money. Another Period centers on the Bellacourt sisters, Lillian (Natasha Leggero) and Beatrice (Riki Lindhome), who only care about being rich and becoming super famous. Series creators and stars Natasha and Riki lead an all-star cast, including Michael Ian Black, David Wain, Christina Hendricks, Jason Ritter, and Paget Brewster. Get an exclusive look at Comedy Central’s latest hit with the stars and other guests as they discuss their new show with moderator and writer Moshe Kasher.

World Premiere of Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery!
Thursday July 9, 2015 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Hall H
Starchild, Demon, Catman and Spaceman join everyone’s favorite teen sleuths in an explosive, new, must-see musical adventure no KISS Army member will want to miss! In Scooby-Doo! And KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery, the Mystery Inc. gang travels to KISS World, an amusement park dedicated to the band, for a special Halloween concert headlined by the legendary rock group. Six KISS songs are featured alongside an original new song performed by the band written just for the film. Be part of the first audience to see this landmark merging of pop culture icons, then stay for a panel featuring the legendary band KISS – Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer; NCIS star Pauley Perrette and longtime “Shaggy” and “Daphne” voices Matthew Lillard (The Bridge) and Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated), director Tony Cervone (Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon) and writer Kevin Shinick (Mad, Robot Chicken). The panel will be moderated by director/actor/writer Kevin Smith, who also has a role in the film along with Jason Mewes. Scooby-Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery! will be released via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital HD July 10 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD July 21.

Comics Journalism: It’s About Ethics in Comics Journalism
Thursday July 9, 2015 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Room 24ABC
Charlie Hebdo, Gamergate, cheesecake covers, the Hugo Awards-ethics has become one of the hottest issues in pop culture today, and fandom has converged on comics news sites as a battleworld for debating who should win the culture wars. The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald, Comicbook.com’s James Viscardi, CBR’s Joe Illidge, and other leading comics journalists discuss what, if any, ethical principles should shape news stories affecting the comics community. Attorney and ethics professor Jeff Trexler moderates.

Comics Marketing & PR 101
Thursday July 9, 2015 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Room 8
Need tips on how to market your comic? Have questions about building relationships in the comics industry? This is the panel for you! Sit in on this mind-blowing roundtable discussion, revealing all the secrets of doing marketing and PR for your comics, whether you’re self-publishing or creating for a publisher. Comics marketing superstars Chip Mosher (comiXology VP of communications and marketing), Jacq Cohen (Fantagraphics Books director of publicity and promotions), Jen Vaughn (cartoonist), Janelle Asselin (publisher, Rosy Press), and Kirk Damato (creative manager at Buzzfeed) offer a wide-ranging discussion.

So, the Internet Ruined My Life
Thursday July 9, 2015 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Room 26AB
Bleeding Cool’s editor-in-chief Hannah Means-Shannon hosts Rich Johnston and special guests who have experienced the wrath of the Internet firsthand to talk about the dangers of social media hype and recovering from notoriety. Learn how fans can be part of the solution instead of part of the problem.

The Scoop at Simon & Schuster
Thursday July 9, 2015 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Room 4
Lucille Rettino (director of marketing), Chrissy Noh (associate director of marketing), Carolyn Swerdloff (associate director of marketing), Jodie Hockensmith (associate director of publicity), and Joe Monti (director of marketing, Saga Press) give a sneak peek at the hottest books and properties coming from Simon & Schuster. Their discussion will be moderated by Jon Anderson (president and publisher) ), and attendees will take home an exclusive prize.

Hall H and Ballroom 20 Thursday Playback Free Play
Thursday July 9, 2015 6:30pm – 9:00pm
The Playback Room, Omni Hotel, 4th Floor Ballroom
Didn’t get into Hall H or Ballroom 20 today? We feel your pain! On hand to kick off the panel will be the assistant to the director of programming for Comic-Con, Tommy Goldbach, in this two-and-half-hour block that rebroadcasts some of the day’s popular panels from those two giant rooms. Best of all, those in attendance will get to vote in a show of applause on what they want to see. It’s democracy at its finest, and it’s a second and maybe even a third chance to see these panels. (Please note: these playbacks will include only the panel discussions. None of the film clips or footage shown at the live events will be shown here.)

Damien
Thursday July 9, 2015 6:45pm – 7:45pm
Room 6A
From executive producer Glen Mazaara (The Walking Dead, The Shield), Damien follows the adult life of Damien Thorn, the mysterious child from the 1976 motion picture who has grown up seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny: that he is the Antichrist. StarringBradley James (Merlin), Barbara Hershey, Megalyn Echikunwoke, and Omid Abtahi. Get an exclusive first look at the show followed by a Q&A with cast and producers, plus a special guest appearance.

All Shapes and Sizes Welcome
Thursday July 9, 2015 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 14A
Outspoken actresses, talk-show hosts, models, comic book writers, and CEOs Miracle Laurie (Dollhouse), Helenna Santos (founder/CEO, Ms. In The Biz), Lynn Chen (founder, The Actor’s Diet), Sherry Lee Meredith (host and CEO, Go Curvy TV & Studios), Asha Dahya (host and editor-in-chief, GirlTalkHQ), Malia Miglino (Macabre Mondays, Love or War), and Dani Dixon (TumbleCreek Press, Five Nations share their own journey with body image, eating disorders, and the road to recovery and self-love. They will discuss societal trends, healthy lifestyles, and acceptance for women of all shapes and sizes in the entertainment industry, while inspiring others to get out there, be the change, and live their best life. Moderated by Leah Cevoli (Robot Chicken, Deadwood).

E-Textiles and Cosplay: Learn to Sew a Working Light Circuit
Thursday July 9, 2015 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 30CDE
Miranda Downey (event producer and partnership coordinator at SparkFun Electronics) will guide you through a beginner’s way to integrate electronics into your cosplay and projects without soldering or wires. In this free workshop you’ll hand-sew a working L.E.D. light circuit to take with you.

Geek and Sundry’s Trivia Game: How Geeky Are You?
Thursday July 9, 2015 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 23ABC
Join the Geek & Sundry Twitch channel crew in a trivia battle with you, the audience. The game will test your geek culture knowledge (and improve skills) and award you the chance to win some sweet swag.

Hip-Hop and Comics: Cultures Combining
Thursday July 9, 2015 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 29AB
Hip-Hop and comics intersect in many ways; rappers and graffiti artists utilize superheroic imagery and adopt larger-than-life alter-egos, while comic creators incorporate references to music, dance, and fashion, and draw on Hip-Hop’s rich visual vocabulary. Patrick A. Reed (Depth of Field, ComicsAlliance) brings together a group of graphic artists and musical innovators to discuss the ties between these two creative cultures.

Indie Board Games and Kickstarter
Thursday July 9, 2015 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 32AB
Do you want to make your own board game or publish via Kickstarter? Get practical advice, key resources, and tips for pitching to publishers, and learn how to avoid common Kickstarter mistakes. Panelists include game designers Jeremy Commandeur, Chris Castagnetto, and Payton Lee and publishers Brian Henk and Ali Showkati.

Manga: Lost in Translation
Thursday July 9, 2015 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 9
It seems that manga is charging back from its late ’00s slump, and anime simulcasts have become the norm. So what is it like to work in the industry? Here’s your chance to ask some of the top professionals in the manga and anime industry about their jobs and the titles they’ve worked on. Join William Flanagan (Fairy Tail), Jonathan “Jake” Tarbox (Fist of the North Star), Mari Morimoto (Naruto), Stephen Paul (One Piece), Ed Chavez (director, Vertical Comics), and Lillian Diaz-Przybyl (head of comics, Chromatic Press Inc.) for this panel.

Monkeybrain Comics
Thursday July 9, 2015 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 28DE
Since launching in 2012, Monkeybrain Comics has become recognized as a premier publisher for quality digital comics, and many of their titles have since been released in print editions by publishers such as IDW, Image/Shadowline, and Dark Horse. Co-publishers Allison Baker and Chris Roberson are joined by Monkeybrain creators to discuss what they have learned along the way, and what is in store for the future.

PodCRASH with That Chris Gore Live
Thursday July 9, 2015 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 25ABC
Host Chris Gore (Attack of the Show, Wayward Nerd) is joined by Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse, The Death of Superman Lives What Happened?), Mary Forrest (The Biloon-Forrest podcast), Tommy Bechtold (The Jimmy Kimmel Show, Geek 360), and Jeff Tucker (91 Reasons podcast), along with surprise geek guests for a raucous discussion. This collection of nerdtastic superstars will tackle geek trivia, improv comedy challenges, and fan fiction.

Power Rangers Dino Charge Unleashed: Behind the Suit
Thursday July 9, 2015 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 7AB
Saban’s Power Rangers Dino Charge cast members Brennan Mejia (Red Ranger), Camille Hyde (Pink Ranger), James Davies (Black Ranger), Michael Taber (Green Ranger), Yoshua Sudarso (Blue Ranger), and Claire Blackwelder (museum director, Kendall Morgan), explore the past, present, and future of the iconic Power Rangers franchise, now in its 22nd season on Nickelodeon. The cast will give fans an inside look at what it’s like to be a Power Ranger, as well as offer sneak peeks at upcoming episodes, exclusive giveaways, and a charged-up Q&A session. Moderated by Power Rangers enthusiast Andre Meadows (founder of BlackNerdComedy).

Surviving The Walking Dead: Understanding Behavior in a World Without Rules
Thursday July 9, 2015 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 6DE
In The Walking Dead, ethical lines are crossed and taboos broken as survivors adapt to a new way of life. But what drives the living to do terrible things, and how far will they go? Why do the atrocities committed by The Governor and The Hunters attract followers? Did society’s breakdown break Morgan’s psyche? Does Abraham’s traumatic past direct his “mission”? How does Rick remain sane? Is he immune to the “insanity”? Forensic psychiatrists H. Eric Bender, M.D., Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., of Broadcast Thought, and special guests analyze the minds of heroes and villains of The Walking Dead. In a world of walkers, is humanity a liability? Learn how some rise above the mayhem while others fall into the depths of derangement when walkers prey on the living, the living prey on each other, and everyone prays they survive.

Nick Carter Goes West: From Boy Band to Zombie Western
Thursday July 9, 2015 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 5AB
Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys discusses his first foray into film production with the studio behind Sharknado and Z-Nation. Fellow Backstreet Boys Howie Dorough, A.J. McLean, and The Asylum producers join the panel conversation.

Dark Matter
Thursday July 9, 2015 7:15pm – 8:15pm
Room 6BCF
Dark Matter (a new series on Syfy Channel, based on the Dark Horse graphic novel) invites you to join the crew of the Raza. Actors Melissa O’Neil, Anthony Lemke, Roger Cross, and Jodelle Ferland join executive producer Jay Firestone (Lost Girl), and creator and show runner Joseph Mallozzi (Stargate ) to discuss the mysteries of the show’s first season.

Artists as Brand: Rise of the Artist Entrepreneur-
Thursday July 9, 2015 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Room 8
Greg Spalenka (artist in publishing, film and higher education, Sandman, Titan Books, The Golden Compass) moderates this annual panel discussion on art career sustainability. Learn strategies on how to create an income from your talent on your own terms. Panelists include the Shiflett Brothers (sculptors extraordinaire of comic and original designs, Oddworld: Abe’s Odysee, Verotik comics), Jeff Soto (painter/illustrator/muralist who has exhibited in galleries and museums around the world), Daniel M. Davis (artist/designer of Steam Crow), Diana Levin (gothic fantasy artist, illustrator, jeweler), and Melissa Pagluica (illustrator and creator of the comic Above the Clouds). Giveaway will include three free Artist as Brand Workbooks.

Generations in Conversation: Terry Brooks and Pierce Brown
Thursday July 9, 2015 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Room 4
Terry Brooks (Shannara series) has been writing fantasy for nearly 40 years, and his editor Anne Groell has been editing for more than 20 years. Author Pierce Brown (Red Rising) arrived on the scene only 1 year ago, while his editor Michael Braff began his career 5 years ago. Both authors were instant New York Times bestsellers-Terry in 1977 and Pierce in 2014. Both have sold their stories to Hollywood. And both have very passionate fans. Join these authors and their editors as they discuss the changing landscape of book publishing, genre fiction, and how their experiences compare as the legend versus the rookie.

Robotech: The Next 30 Years
Thursday July 9, 2015 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Room 24ABC
Kevin McKeever (VP of marketing at Harmony Gold) showcases all the latest merchandise, along with the latest updates on the live-action Robotech film.

Tattooine Law: Legal Lessons from Star Wars
Thursday July 9, 2015 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Room 26AB
Federal Magistrate JudgePaul Grewal, Gerry O’Brien (NY political consultant and novelist), Jessica Mederson, Esq. (The Legal Geeks), and Joshua Gilliland, Esq. (The Legal Geeks) explore the legal system from a galaxy far, far away. The panel will jump to light speed to explore the many legal lessons on Tatooine, including the intricacies of property ownership of R2-D2 and C-3PO; employee and independent contractor safety issues in Jabba’s Palace; and Han’s legal justification to shoot first.

Cartoon Network: Adventure Time Royal Ball
Thursday July 9, 2015 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Room 7AB
It’s the 2nd annual Adventure Time Royal Ball! Last year Cartoon Network filled a ballroom with the most righteous of warriors and the fairest in all the Land of Ooo, and this year they’re returning with more fan-favorites, another first-look Adventure Time episode, and a very special world premiere screening of the newest Cartoon Network hit series We Bare Bears! Don’t forget to dress up in your most inspired outfit for the royal procession and your chance to win righteous prizes. Now come one, come all for a night of mathematical magic!

Character Creation
Thursday July 9, 2015 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Room 30CDE
The realm of creation has never been a more accessible thing. With the rise of self-publishing, e-books, webseries, webcomics, podcasting, and cosplay, how do you know where to start? This panel looks at how to create a character from scratch as well as how to create the back-story, personality, and design of that character. Panelists include Claire Hummel (Bioshock Infinite, artist), Sheyne Fleischer (League of S.T.E.A.M., editor), Andrew Fogel (League of S.T.E.A.M., director), and Glenn Freund (UC Berkeley) to discuss, things to look out for when creating a character, how your character can thrive, and the functionality and forum in your character.

LARP Hits the Big Time
Thursday July 9, 2015 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Room 14A
Live-action role playing (LARP) has become one of the hottest fan experiences of the decade thanks to huge events like The College of Wizardry, a Harry Potter inspired multi-day extravaganza set in an actual Polish castle; Monitor Celestra, an intense interactive Battlestar Galactica LARP adaptation set aboard a Swedish battleship, and Inside Hamlet, which reinvented Shakespeare’s classic play inside the real Castle Elsinore. With increased media exposure like the new feature documentary Treasure Trapped, more people than ever are discovering and enjoying this thrilling performance artform. Panelists will explain what LARPs are and how you can get involved, show off clips from these blockbuster LARPs, and make a few big announcements. Featuring Kaza Marie Ayersman (The LARP Girl), CeciliaDolk (marketing director, Odyssé), MoMo O’Brien (YouTuber), DavidPulcifer (The Larp City Project), Matthew Sturdy (editor, Treasure Trapped), and Alex Taylor (director, Treasure Trapped). Moderated by Aaron Vanek (co-creator, the LARP Census).

Larry Nemecek’s Trekland: 2015 Losses, Rumors, and Birthdays Edition
Thursday July 9, 2015 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Room 28DE
Larry “Dr. Trek” Nemecek ( The Con of Wrath, Star Trek Continues) digs into his archives, images, bloopers, and memories from 30 years with a front-row seat in Trekland, for his annual look at the state of things Trek (TV revival rumors, Trek 3, fandom attitudes) as well as the losses (Nimoy, Bennett, and Whitney); and the anniversaries (50 years of Shatner’s Kirk; 10 years since the end of Enterprise in TV Trek).

Nerdist Comics Panel: SDCC Edition
Thursday July 9, 2015 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Room 23ABC
Hosts Ben Blacker (Thunderbolts; The Thrilling Adventure Hour) and Heath Corson (Batman: Assault on Arkham) present The Nerdist Comics Panel, where the process and business of writing for comics will be discussed. Catch this special San Diego Comic-Con edition.

Psychology of Cult TV Shows Episode 2
Thursday July 9, 2015 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Room 25ABC
Back by popular demand, this panel of geeky experts discuss the psychology behind such cult TV shows as Doctor Who, Sherlock, Buffy, Firefly, Arrow, The Walking Dead, The Legend of Korra, and others. Experts includeDr. Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy; Star Wars Psychology), Jane Espenson (writer,Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly), Dr. Travis Langley (Star Trek Psychology: The Mental Frontier, Doctor Who Psychology: A Madman with a Box), Dr. Billy San Juan ( The Walking Dead Psychology; Star Wars Psychology), Alan Kistler (Doctor Who, A History; Walking Dead Psychology), Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia; Star Wars Psychology), Alex Langley (Geek Handbook 2; Kill the Freshman), and moderator Katrina Hill (Action Movie Freak). Participate in a live discussion of such fundamental questions as Does Korra have PTSD? What is happening to the 12th Doctor? What is the role of these TV shows in our lives?

Son of Name That Movie
Thursday July 9, 2015 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Room 9
Returning for a third record-breaking year is the combination game show and visual/audio event known as Son of Name That Movie. Inkpot Award-winning host and creator John Field presents the fu- filled program shown to a packed house of film fans the last two years running. In this all-new version, 50 clips from 50 different sci-fi, horror, and fantasy films are presented. Place your ticket in the Magic Film Can. If picked from among audience members, you get to play the game by simply naming as many of the clips as possible. There will be first- through fourth-place prizes. And, if someone on the panel cannot name the clip and an audience member can, that person will get a bonus prize as well.

The Science of Science Fiction: The Science Accuracy Pendulum
Thursday July 9, 2015 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Room 5AB
For science fiction productions, there is an implied bargain between the screenwriter and the audience: Suspend your disbelief on one or two fantastic notions, and the rest of the story will be grounded in the believable. The genre is, in essence, predicated on the expectation of one or two key inaccuracies per story. In recent years, though, experts and fans alike have been nitpicking even the main story conceits of films like Gravity and Interstellar. From the “anything goes” storytelling approach of the 1950s and 1960s sci-fi, our panelists discuss whether or not the scientific accuracy pendulum of audience expectations has swung too far in the other direction. The panel will be moderated by Kevin Grazier, Ph.D. (science advisor for Defiance and Battlestar Galactica) and will feature psychologists Andrea Letamendi, Ph.D., and Jessica Cail, Ph.D., as well as Kevin Murphy (showrunner for Defiance and Caprica), Nicole Perlman (writer, Guardians of the Galaxy), Andre Bormanis (writer, Star Trek and Threshold), and Rick Loverd (program director of the Science and Entertainment Exchange).

Toy Break: Independent Toy Design
Thursday July 9, 2015 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Room 32AB
Learn how independent toy producers are bringing their original and licensed creations to life. Leading toy designers George Gaspar (October Toys), Scott Tolleson (Stolle Art), Nate Mitchell (Squid Kids Ink), and H. Eric “Cornboy” Mayse (The Four Horsemen) discuss toy production and brand development and answer audience questions. Moderated by Ayleen Gaspar (Toy Break).

Web Series Creators: The Next Generation
Thursday July 9, 2015 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Room 29AB
Web series have established themselves as providing some of the most innovative content in the entertainment world. But where do they go from here? Jeff Burns (chairman of the International Academy of Web Television and host of Super Geeked Up) leads a discussion about the future of the digital space and how you can get involved. Featuring a panel of some of the best-known stars of the web series world: Sandeep Parikh (The Guild, The Real Housewives of Horror), Joanna Sotomura (Video Game High School, Emma Approved), Jonathan Robbins (Out With Dad, Clutch), Nicole Wright (Progress, Super Geeked Up), Christine Lakin ( Telltale Games The Walking Dead, Lovin’ Lakin), and Brea Grant (Heroes, The Real Housewives of Horror). Come find out what exciting series you’ll be able to watch from these creators soon.

18th Annual Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza
Thursday July 9, 2015 8:00pm – 10:30pm
Room 6A
Ric Meyers (Inside Kung Fu, Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Movie [& Book]) has got a whole new bunch of eye-bulging, jaw-dropping, breath-taking, goose-bumping, funny-bone-cracking fight scenes from the best, worst, and weirdest films in the whole world. With his co-hosts Graham Eldwood and Chris J. Mancini (Comedy Film Nerds, Ear Buds) back in action; a report direct from Beijing by the king of YouTube kung-fu Eric Jacobus (as well as the Comic-Con premiere of his amazing new Rope-A-Dope 2); and their standard operating surprises, it’s not just awe-some, it’s awe-all. Be there or be in Tiananmen Square!

Dominion
Thursday July 9, 2015 8:15pm – 10:00pm
Room 6DE
All hell is breaking loose as the battle between angels and mankind continues in a second season of Syfy’s hit show Dominion. Join executive producer Vaun Wilmott for an exclusive screening of the first two episodes of Season 2. See episode 2 one week before it premieres on Syfy!

Alien Civilizations
Thursday July 9, 2015 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Room 8
Award winning science fiction authors, a scientist/futurist, screenwriters, SFX artists, and actors talk about alien civilizations and how to design alien species, ships, and societies for use in storytelling. Join David Brin (The Uplift War, Existence), Marc Scott Zicree (Star Trek TNG, Space Command), Geoff Mark (Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica), Jimmy Diggs (Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Beyond he Stars), Gigi Edgley (Farscape, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge), Rebekah R. Ganiere (author at Kensington & Fallen Angel Press, The Society Series, Fairelle Series, Skyward Bound), and James Ganiere (CEO & creative, Rio Vista Universal, chief editor, Fallen Angel Press). Moderated by Mark O’Bannon (The Dream Crystal, Aia the Barbarian).

Webcomics Advocates and the Webcomics Gathering
Thursday July 9, 2015 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Room 4
Webcomics Advocates co-founders Phil Vecchio and Brendan Creecy (Brax the Alien Rocker, Radio BrendoMan podcast) celebrate and discuss the exciting world of webcomics. Joined by Patrick Scullin (Super Siblings) and moderator Josh Anderson (Extra Damage podcast), they will give any webcomic creators in the audience 30 seconds to promote their comic to the crowd.

Comics on Comics: Live!
Thursday July 9, 2015 8:30pm – 10:00pm
Room 26AB
The hit talk show that pits comedians against comic creators in nerd debates kicks off SDCC in style for its 7th year running. Join hosts Juan-Manuel Rocha and Vito Lapiccola as they welcome The King of Detroit himself, comedian Clayton Thomas (writer for Martin Lawrence, Bounce TV) and a surprise creator guest in what is always one of the most hilarious and entertaining panels at the Con!

Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog
Thursday July 9, 2015 8:30pm – 10:00pm
Room 6BCF
Join the fun and sing along as the California Browncoats screen Internet sensation Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Enter the horrible costume contest and win horrible prizes in four categories: Best Dr. Horrible, Captain Hammer, Penny, and “other” character from the show. A grand prize will be awarded to one well-prepared individual for “Best in Show.” Do not bounce!

Nerdist Gaming
Thursday July 9, 2015 9:00pm – 10:00pm
Room 23ABC
On the hot, thirsty roads of the summer video games drought, Nerdist Gaming editor Malik Forté (Nerdist Play) and company are looking to provide relief in the form of insightful, uplifting, and hyperenthusiastic discussions about everything game-related. Join Malik and guests for an easygoing powwow about the state of the gaming industry and what its future holds.

Floyd Norman Documentary
Thursday July 9, 2015 9:00pm – 10:30pm
Room 9
Filmmakers Michael Fiore (producer of the upcoming feature Home Invasion) and Erik Sharkey (director of Drew: The Man Behind the Poster) will show clips from their original feature-length documentary and reunite Floyd Norman (legendary Disney and Hanna Barbera animator and story artist) with many animators and artists that he influenced and worked with over his 60-year career. Panelists will include notables featured in the documentary includingPaul Dini (animation writer/producer), Gary Trousdale (co-director of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast), Scott Shaw! (cartoonist, humorist, historian), Leo Sullivan (animator, producer, publisher), Ken Mitchroney (writer, director, story artist), Adrienne Nichelle Brown-Norman (illustrator, Disney Publishing), and Tom Sito (animator, professor of animation, USC). The documentary also features interviews with such notables as actress Whoopi Goldberg, cartoonist Sergio Aragonés, Disney music composer Richard Sherman, producer Don Hahn, Maleficent), Ralph Guggenheim (former Pixar VP of animation), and film critic/historian Leonard Maltin. The documentary is supported by a musical score composed by Ryan Shore (composer, Disney’s Penn Zero and WB’s Scooby-Doo!). The filmmakers will moderate a Q&A session and celebrate Mr. Norman’s 80th birthday

Spirited Away Screening
Thursday July 9, 2015 9:00pm – 11:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre
Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away has captured the hearts of viewers all over the world. Join Her Universe and Hot Topic for Studio Ghibli trivia, prizes and a special screening of the beloved film, hosted by Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein.

via SDCC

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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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