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Here Are All the Panels Happening on Thursday at San Diego Comic-Con

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3:00pm – 4:00pm
Adobe Photoshop: The Artist’s Journey Room 30CDE
Panelists Daniel Presedo (Photoshop imagineer), Chris Cox (Photoshop engineer), Brian Haberlin (Anomaly), and Rayce Bird (FaceOff) discuss how Adobe Photoshop is the world’s best digital imaging software. Find out what is new in the 2014 release and hear from these talented Pro’s as they present their insights, tips and tricks to Photoshop and answer your Photoshop questions! They will give away a one-year subscription to the Creative Cloud.

3:00pm – 4:00pm
ComicBase User Group Meeting Room 29A
Attention all comic collectors! ComicBase, the world’s premiere software program for managing comic collections, will be holding their annual user group meeting with creator Pete Bickford. This once-a-year presentation will discuss the latest features and news about ComicBase and Atomic Avenue.

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Gene Luen Yang in Conversation with Scott McCloud Room 28DE
Comic-Con special guest Gene Luen Yang (The Shadow Hero) and Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics) talk comics, creative processes, current and upcoming projects, and the general state of the industry. It’ll be awesome.

3:00pm – 4:00pm
I Can’t Write, I Can’t Draw, But I Love Comics! Room 9
SDCC’s annual jobs panel is back-and with folks who are hiring! Just because you missed out on the writing and drawing genes doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for you in the comics, animation, and gaming industries. Panelists include Blur Studio animation supervisor/motion capture choreographer Derron Ross (Batman: Arkham City), PCB Productions CEO and gaming director Keith Arem (Call of Duty), Fox Digital Entertainment VP of mobile Matt McMahon (Family Guy app), and Man at Arms star/weapons maker Tony Swatton (Pirates of the Caribbean), who will discuss their gigs and ways into the biz you many not have even considered. Moderated by Fast Company’s Susan Karlin.

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Illustrators of the Art Directors Guild Room 23ABC
Illustrators and storyboard artists use their skills and imaginations to develop the transcendent visuals of the big screen, be it adventures on distant worlds or life in earthly hovels. Moderator Tim Burgard (Jurassic World, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) talks to Donna Cline (Bones), Stephen Platt (Oblivion, Iron Man), Trevor Goring (Thor: The Dark World, X-Men), and Darrin Denlinger (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron).

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Just What Does an Editor do? Room 5AB
We’ve seen the job title, but what does it mean? There are lots of answers — join veteran editors Barbara Randall Kesel, Bob Schreck, Joe LeFavi, Maggie Thompson, Shannon Eric Denton, and others for some of the many answers!

3:00pm – 4:00pm
NASA’s Next Giant Leap Room 6A
In honor of the 45th anniversary of the moon landing, join Seth Green (actor, creator, writer, director, and producer) in a far-out discussion on NASA’s plans for the future with Dr. Jim Green (NASA’s division director of Planetary Science), Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11 Astronaut), Mike Fincke (NASA Astronaut), and “Mohawk Guy” Bobak Ferdowsi (Curiosity and Europa Missions).

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Outlander with author Diana Gabaldon Horton Grand Theatre
Diana Gabaldon (Outlander, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood) discusses her blockbuster bestselling novels and the highly anticipated STARZ original series, and reads from her 8th installment and #1 New York Times bestseller Written in My Own Heart’s Blood. With assistance from Ali T. Kokmen (Barnes & Noble/NOOK Media).

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Paramount Pictures Hall H
Paramount Pictures will provide an inside look at their upcoming films. Attendees will view exclusive footage presented by special guests and hear the latest news for some of the year’s most anticipated movies!

3:00pm – 4:00pm
The 2nd Annual Musical Anatomy of a Superhero: Bringing a Comic Book to Life Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Leading Hollywood composers discuss the creation of the musical voice behind the hero, explain the challenges when bringing a comic book character or story to life, and writing music to reflect the story line. Panelists will show examples of their work, some from never-before-seen projects. Panelists include Brian Tyler (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy), Blake Neely (CW’s The Flash), John Ottman (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Graeme Revell (Fox’s Gotham), and Christophe Beck (Edge of Tomorrow), with a special guest moderator!

3:00pm – 4:00pm
The Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con: Positive Portrayals of Women in Pop Culture Room 7AB
With so many damsels in distress, “fridged” girlfriends, and invisible women in popular culture, how’s a fangirl (or fanboy) supposed to find a lady to look up to? By banding together and making their own, that’s how! To discuss the best (and most disappointing) examples of powerful women in pop culture, Action Flick Chick Katrina Hill (Action Movie Freak) has assembled a team of women and men dangerous in their own right: Lesley Aletter (professional stuntwoman), Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia founder), Adrienne Curry (host/model/Tolkien enthusiast), Jane Espenson (Husbands), Alan Sizzler Kistler (, Bryan Q. Miller ( Batgirl), and Jennifer K. Stuller (Ink-Stained Amazon).

3:00pm – 4:00pm
The Writer’s Journey: Breaking into Comic Book and Hollywood Scriptwriting Room 32AB
This is part of the “Breaking In” series along with the Insight to Indies panel. If you are an unpublished writer with dreams of making it in the transmedia marketplace and you don’t know how or where to begin, this is the panel for you. Hollywood screenwriters and graphic novel producers Brandon M. Easton (ThunderCats [2011], Transformers: Rescue Bots), Geoffrey Thorne (TNT’s Leverage, Ben 10), Jonathan Callan (Ben 10, Generator Rex), animation showrunner Charlotte Fullerton (Ben 10: Omniverse), veteran screenwriter Tony Puryear (the Schwarzenegger film Eraser), and actress/writer Erika Alexander (Maxine Shaw from Living Single and co-creator/co-writer of Concrete Park, a graphic novel from Dark Horse) all share insider information, publishing secrets, and the professional realities on how to develop your ideas into a viable comics proposal. Topics include how to hire artists and build a strong contract, how to seek out a publisher, and how to navigate the tough new world of intellectual property management in the digital frontier.

3:00pm – 4:00pm
When Magic & Myth Meet Main Street Room 25ABC
When stories mix modern cities like Paris, L.A., and New York with magic, myth, and demon spawn, they are collectively known as Urban Fantasy, and many of today’s popular authors are adding their otherworldly ingredients to the melting pots of modern (and not-so-modern) society. Jim Butcher (Skin Game), Seanan McGuire (Sparrow Hill Road), Richard Kadrey (The Getaway God), Thomas Sniegoski (The Remy Chandler Series), Amber Benson (Calliope Reaper-Jones series), and Greg van Eekhout (California Bones) discuss why something old with something new equals gold. Moderated by Anton Strout (Incarnate).

3:15pm – 4:15pm
The Inspiration that Brought Far Cry 4′s Kyrat to Life and the Quest for Everest Room 6DE
Go behind the scenes with the research that went into building Far Cry 4′s open-world Kyrat for the next generation. The team traveled to Nepal with VICE to draw inspiration and create authentic Kyrati characters and environments native to the region. Also learn more about Far Cry 4′s Quest for Everest, when panelists pick a winner for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be the first to play a video game on Mount Everest.

3:30pm – 3:55pm
H7N3 Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina
A doctor struggles with his professional obligations as he attempts to diagnose a little girl’s alarming symptoms on the eve of a viral outbreak. Starring C. S. Lee (Dexter). Participating panelists include Iris K. Shim (director), Brian Birch (producer), and Lily Niu (producer).

3:30pm – 4:30pm
Captain Action’s Con Custom Contest Room 24ABC
Captain Action has invited 1/6th scale customizers to compete in the Captain’s Custom Figure Contest. As the Original Superhero Action Figure, Captain Action is all about customization, change and the power of imagination. Those attending the show can bring their creations in for review on stage where their entries will be shown on the big screen. Our panel of judges, and all the fans in the room, will review the six best finalists and award prizes! Additional bonus: Captain Action Enterprises will also reveal upcoming projects, prototypes, and products. Judges/panelists include: J. C.Vaughn (The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide), Marv Wolfman (New Teen Titans, Blade, Nova), Julius Marx (Action Figure Insider), Michael Polis (Atomic Toybox , Yo Gabba Gabba), and Michael Crawford (Captain Toy, MWC Toys). Moderated by Ed Catto (Captain Action).

3:30pm – 4:30pm
Comic-Con How-To: Introducing Maya 3 3D Modeling Software with Fella Room 2
Join game artist Matthew Doyle for a trip through the process of designing and building a character for games, from 2D concept to 3D modeling, painting, and animating, and finally into a game engine. The tools used in the workflow will include Sketchbook Pro, Maya LT, Mudbox, and the Unity game engine!

3:30pm – 4:30pm
DC Comics: Batman 75: Legends of the Dark Knight Room 6BCF
In his 75-year publishing history, Batman has grown into one of the most popular and influential icons of all time. Don’t miss this historic panel with the legendary creators such as Neal Adams, Greg Capullo, Geoff Johns, Frank Miller, Grant Morrison, Denny O’Neil, and Scott Snyder, who have shaped the Dark Knight into the hero he is today.

3:30pm – 4:30pm
IDW Artist’s Editions Room 4
Artist’s Edition editor Scott Dunbier blathers on and on about Artist’s Editions past, present, and future. There will be a couple of cool announcements as well as special guests Walter Simonson and IDW president (and art lover) Greg Goldstein-what more could you possibly want?

3:30pm – 4:30pm
Teen Wolf Ballroom 20
MTV’s hit drama Teen Wolf returns to Comic-Con for the fifth consecutive year. The pack of Tyler Posey, Dylan O’Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden, and new cast members Shelley Hennig and Dylan Sprayberry, along with executive producer Jeff Davis, share secrets, debut a new mid-season trailer, and answer fan questions. Moderated by Buzzfeed senior editor Jarett Wieselman.

3:30pm – 4:30pm
That Again? Avoiding Repetition in Animated Features Room 26AB
In recent years, animated features have enjoyed an enormous financial success: the three top-grossing animated films of 2013 accounted for 10% of the total U.S. box office. Despite this unprecedented success, critics and filmmakers have complained of a sameness creeping into the design and story of many films. Charles Solomon, an internationally respected critic and author of 16 books on the subject, will lead the discussion about the state of the animated feature and its future as both a medium of artistic expression and a financially viable form of filmmaking. David Silverman (director, The Pink Panther), Doug Sweetland (director, Storks), and Morishima Taro (associate producer, Paprika) will join the discussion.

3:30pm – 4:30pm
The Sergio & Mark Show Room 8
Usually, this is the panel where Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier make empty promises of more Groo the Wanderer to come. This time though, there actually is new Groo with the release of the long-awaited Groo Vs. Conan miniseries from Dark Horse, to be followed closely by a new series of new Groo stories and a new series of old Groo stories and you’ll hear all about it at the panel with Sergio and Mark and Stan Sakai and the world’s hardest-working colorist, Tom Luth.

4:00pm – 5:00pm
ASIFA-Hollywood: Animation in Video Games Room 5AB
What does it take to animate a video game? How does animation in video games differ from conventional animated media and where does it overlap? ASIFA-Hollywood invites you to join the panel for a lively discussion on the wide array of disciplines and possibilities in video game animation, which will include artists who have experience in CG key frame, motion capture, sprites, hand-drawn and dynamic animation. This is a panel aspiring game animators don’t want to miss!

4:00pm – 5:00pm
Breaking into Comics and Staying In Room 30CDE
With the shifting landscape of the comics industry, this is your invaluable guide to breaking into the comics industry. Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt (Marvel and IDW) is joined by writers Joshua Williamson (Ghosted, Nailbiter) and Joshua Hale Fialkov (The Ultimates, The Bunker), Dark Horse editor-in-chief Scott Allie (Hellboy), and IDW Publishing editor-in-chief Chris Ryall (Zombies Vs. Robots) for what promises to be the best panel on breaking in ever!

4:00pm – 5:00pm
George R. R. Martin Discusses In the House of the Worm Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin (Game of Thrones) discusses his novels, projects, and the visceral new In the House of the Worm comic book series. Moderator William Christensen (Avatar Press publisher) conducts this Q&A with Martin live and in person!

4:00pm – 5:00pm
Insights for Independent Creators Room 32AB
The Antidote Trust teams up with Eisner Award-nominated and creative writing force (live action and animation), Brandon Easton, for two hours of in-depth discussions. This first hour concentrates on independent comic creation. Panelists include Andre Owens (writer of the sci-fi superhero comic book Force Galaxia and writer/director for the web series The Psychedelic Detective), Dani Dixon (comic book creator of 13, M.I.S.//ing, Five Nations and publisher of Tumble Creek Press), Glyph Awards Rising Star 2014 recipient Jason Reeves (freelance illustrator for USA Today and co-creator of the comic book One Nation), Glyph Award recipient with Mr. Reeves Alverne Ball (classically trained writer and consultant for the film industry), Hannibal Tabu ( 2012 Top Cow Talent Hunt winner who writes The Buy Pile for Comic Book Resources), and Robert Roach (TV and film story illustrator, comics creator of Menthu, and winner of the inaugural Glyph Rising Star Award). Moderated by DeWayne Copeland, co-creator and producer of the hit indie superhero webseries CV Nation.

4:00pm – 5:00pm
Kids’ Heroes, Capes, and Journeys: Does One Size Fit All? Room 29A
Graphic novel authors and educators discuss how kids’ heroes have grown and changed over the years. Discussing “Hero” templates, they’ll explore old and new hero favorites and whether a mold helps or hinders the development of future heroes. Panelists will then ask the audience to help create an SDCC 2014 hero as artist panelists draw/design/experiment with hero templates. Implications for fans, educators, students, and aspiring writers, and critics will be discussed.

4:00pm – 5:00pm
Putting the Epic in Epic Fantasy Room 25ABC
Swords, magic, and chivalric knights on white horses-or should that be morally ambiguous knights? In the age of Game of Thrones, the epic fantasy genre is changing. Patrick Rothfuss (The Slow Regard of Silent Things), Robin Hobb (Fool’s Assassin), Joe Abercrombie (Half a King), Raymond E. Feist (Magician’s End), Django Wexler (The Shadow Throne), Morgan Rhodes (The Falling Kingdoms series), and Sam Sykes (The City Stained Red) discuss their recent works and epic fantasy in general. Moderated by Brent Weeks (The Way of Shadows).

4:00pm – 5:00pm
Spotlight on David Lasky Room 9
Eisner Award-winning artist and Comic-Con special guest David Lasky (The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song) talks about his 25-year career in alternative comics and how it all led up to his recent historical graphic novels. Join David for this relaxed interview moderated by his old friend and former colleague Tom Spurgeon ( A clip from the upcoming documentary Bezango, WA will be shown.

4:00pm – 5:00pm
Star Trek at 50: From ‘The Cage’ to Today Room 23ABC
The man The Los Angeles Times dubbed “the world’s foremost Trekspert,” Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise) moderates a panel celebrating five decades since filming began on the original Trek pilot starring Jeffrey Hunter. Panelists consist of a murderer’s row of Star Trek luminaries reflecting on 50 years of Trek history, including Scott Mantz (chief film critic, Access Hollywood), David A. Goodman (producer, Star Trek: Enterprise, author Federation: The First 150 Years), Marc Cushman (author, These Are the Voyages,Volumes 1-3), Ed Gross (legendary Trek journalist), Robert Meyer Burnett (producer, Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-rays), Jeff Bond (author, The Music of Star Trek) and Chase Masterson (actress, Deep Space Nine). Look back…and forward…at sci-fi’s first franchise. It’s like nothing you’ve encountered before.

4:00pm – 5:00pm
The 9th Annual All-Star Comic Book Podcasters Panel Room 28DE
Get ready for a no-holds-barred debate/discussion of the current state of the geek marketplace. Like sports reporters at the World Series or Super Bowl, these podcast hosts voice their opinions on their weekly shows, but what happens when they face each other, and may not get the last word on a subject? Featuring John Siuntres (Word Balloon), Heath Corson (The Nerdist Writers Panel-Comics Edition), Calvin Reid (Publisher’s Weekly Comics World), Tim Beyers (The Motley Fool), John Mayo (Comic Book Page), and Glen Weldon (NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour).

4:00pm – 5:00pm
VIZ Media Room 7AB
Get the latest updates and exciting news from VIZ Media staff on your favorite manga and anime! There will be a special giveaway for attendees as well.

4:00pm – 5:00pm
Hollywood Location Scouts Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina
Location scouts work with the director and production designer to translate their cinematic visions to reality by traveling the world to seek out exactly where the movies will be made. Six location scouts will discuss the creative and logistical aspects of their jobs, relate some exciting anecdotes, and answer audience questions. Moderator Scott Trimble (Tomorrowland) joins panelists Chris Baugh (Transcendence), Mandi Dillin (Iron Man 3), Ann Goobie (X-Men: The Last Stand), J. J. Hook (Transformers: Age of Extinction), and Michael John Meehan (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End).

4:15pm – 5:15pm
Skybound’s The Walking Dead Room 6A
Dive into the world of the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead graphic novel series with creator Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard. Moderated by The Walking Dead editor Sean Mackiewicz.

4:30pm – 5:30pm
Anime Programming in the U.S. Room 26AB
Amanda Nanawa (director of programming, FUNimation Channel), Jill Snider (senior programming manager, acquisitions, Starz), Azusa Kudo (international business development, Bang Zoom!), and Mario Rodriguez (digital development manager, Group 1200 Media/FUNimation) offer insight on programming anime for the U.S. audience. Panel moderated by Malik Forté (gaming editor, Nerdist Industries).

4:30pm – 5:30pm
Creation of Creature Room 24ABC
Neville Page (Avatar, Star Trek, Tron, Prometheus, Noah) will be sharing his techniques and vision for creating creatures and characters in the entertainment industry. Examples will be shown from various productions as well as tips and tricks from his upcoming book, Beauty in the Beast.

4:30pm – 5:30pm
Entertainment Weekly: The Visionaries Hall H
A discussion between a couple of blockbuster directors on the art of filmmaking and a wide-ranging discussion about the future of film.

4:30pm – 5:30pm
Marvel: Avengers & X-Men AXIS Room 6DE
Are you ready for Marvel’s biggest event of the year? In Avengers & X-Men: AXIS, the Red Skull has enslaved thousands, has amassed an army, and now broadcasts his message of hate across the world. Earth’s last hope hinges on the fragile alliance of two estranged teams-the Avengers and the X-Men! A who’s who of Marvel talent and editors will be on hand to discuss this Marvel blockbuster! Plus, find out the latest on current and future X-titles! Join editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, executive editor Mike Marts, senior editor Nick Lowe, Avengers & X-Men: AXIS writer Rick Remender, and other Mighty Marvel guests for a rousing discussion and Q&A session!

4:30pm – 5:30pm
Q&A: New York Times Bestseller, Gregg Hurwitz, Interviewed by Howard Chaykin Room 4
Comic book legend Howard Chaykin interviews New York Times bestselling author, comic book writer, and Comic-Con special guest Gregg Hurwitz (Tell No Lies, Batman: The Dark Knight) about comics, crime fiction, TV, movies, and all other order of fictional mayhem.

4:30pm – 5:30pm
Thunderbirds at 50 Room 8
As Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s iconic Thunderbirds series turns 50 next year, Jamie Anderson (Anderson Entertainment) executive producers of the new Thunderbirds Are Go series Richard Taylor (Jane and the Dragon, The Wot Wots, LOTR), and Giles Ridge (Harry Potter: Behind the Magic, The Illustrated Mum) talk about heritage programs, and the importance of remaining true to the ethos that made the show so successful first time around. Join the Thunderbirds team for this Q&A, moderated by head writer of the new series Rob Hoegee (Slugterra, Generator Rex, Teen Titans).

4:45pm – 5:45pm
Comic-Con How-To: Tips on pitching [Your Product/Yourself] Room 2
Matt Hawkins and John Nee present a discussion on how to pitch. They will talk about pitching your ideas and provide some mock pitches where they will alternate being the person pitching and person being pitched to. Writer, physicist, and social media maven Matt Hawkins has published over 1,000 comic books in his 21-year career at Image Comics and Top Cow and has created and/or written many, including Think Tank, Aphrodite IX, The Test, Alibi, Lady Pendragon, and Tales of Honor. Despite producing TV series, feature films, and video games, Matt still considers himself to be a comic book dude. John Nee was senior VP of business development for DC Comics, where his responsibilities included operational oversight of two publishing imprints (WildStorm and CMX Manga), global licensed publishing, international rights, interactive entertainment, book trade sales, and circulation and subscriptions for MAD magazine and DC Comics.

4:45pm – 5:45pm
Hannibal: Embrace the Madness Ballroom 20
Join the creative minds behind the award-winning TV seriesHannibal. The menu will include executive producer/creator Bryan Fuller, executive producer/writer Steven Lightfoot, director David Slade, executive producer Martha DeLaurentiis, and stars Caroline Dhavernas (Dr. Alana Bloom), Scott Thompson, and Aaron Abrams (Special Agents Jimmy Price and Brian Zeller), in a panel moderated by Jonathan Ross. They’ll serve behind-the-scenes discussion from the second season, paired with sneak previews of what’s to come in season 3, not to mention a few surprises along the way. Bon appétit, Fannibals!

4:45pm – 5:45pm
The World of Capcom Room 6BCF
Moderator Francis Mao (Capcom) and a panel of Capcom staff members share the latest updates on all the hot, new Capcom games, including Ultra Street Fighter IV, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Dead Rising 3, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy, and Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, plus sneak peeks at all the latest cool Capcom merchandise and maybe a surprise or two.

5:00pm – 5:30pm
We Wanted More Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina
A psychological thriller about a singer who loses her voice on the precipice of her first world tour, We Wanted More is a hypnotic fever dream about the sacrifices a young artist makes for her career. Participating speakers include Jennifer Shin (producer) and Margaret Rose Lester (writer, Avenue of the Stars).

5:00pm – 6:00pm
An Unofficial Look at the Final Middle-Earth Film: The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
This is it, the final Middle-Earth movie from Peter Jackson and New Zealand. The staff of, reporting the productions and all things Tolkien for 15 years, takes a non-studio-sanctioned look at what to expect from the end of The Hobbit trilogy. Rumors, conjecture, truths, and spy reports combine to prepare audiences for the final Tolkien cinematic chapter.

5:00pm – 6:00pm
Breaking Barriers: Transgender Trends in Popular Culture Room 28DE
In recent years, transgender creators have gained visibility in comics, movies, and television after long being consigned to the shadows. From coming out and transition to navigating gender politics in a world still struggling to understand, cartoonists, writers, and filmmakers are investing their work with unique personal experiences as their characters learn to live and love in new and unexpected ways. Prism Comics and moderator Tara Madison Avery (Dirtheads, Gooch, Prism Comics) present panelists Dylan Edwards (Transposes), Melanie Gillman (As the Crow Flies), J. D. Saxon (Mahou Shounen Fight!), Elizabeth Lain (F*** the Limits!: The 30-Day Art Project, This Is Where), Ashley Love (Trans Forming Media, journalist, transsexual advocate), and Comic-Con special guest, famed comics historian Michelle Nolan (Love on the Racks: A History of American Romance Comics) for an exploration of a range of exciting new themes and stories for contemporary audiences.

5:00pm – 6:00pm
Color Design in Comics Room 32AB
Some of the most memorable color decisions in comics can happen before the first page is drawn. Ian Herring (Ms. Marvel), Ryan Hill (Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two), Sloane Leong (Change), and José Villarrubia (Trillium) discuss the art of color design with moderator Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics).

5:00pm – 6:00pm
Costume Designer’s Guild: Costumes as a Career Room 23ABC
Ever wanted to know what it takes to design costumes for some of the biggest TV shows and movies? I.A.T.S.E. Union Local 892 Costumer Designers Guild has put together a panel of experts to fill you in. Panelists include Kristin Burke, costume designer (Sleepy Hollow); Brigitta Romanov, assistant costume designer (Glee); Gina Dedomenico, costume illustrator (Godzilla); and Cate Adair (VP, Costume Designers Guild Local 892 Union), as well as Eddie Marks (Western Costume Company), Celia Sedwick Rogus (creative director, FIDM Film & TV Costume Design Advanced Study Program), and Shane Mahan (co-founder of Legacy Effects). Moderated by Chrisi Karvonides (UCLA-Theater Film & TV Costume Design Program department head, CDG Member).

5:00pm – 6:00pm
DC Comics-Master Class: Art History Room 30CDE
Class is in session, as some of the greatest artists in the industry-Lee Bermejo (Before Watchmen: Rorschach, upcoming Suiciders), John Romita Jr. ( Superman), Nicola Scott (Earth 2)-take this panel to school with an in-depth look at their creative process. DC Comics is proud to spotlight these talented individuals for this exclusive, all-access look at what it’s like drawing for DC.

5:00pm – 6:00pm
How to Kickstart Your Dream Like a Pro Room 25ABC
A lineup of all-star creators who’ve used Kickstarter to launch their dream projects help you learn first-hand from the pros how to create your own successful Kickstarter campaign. Panelists include legendary TV writer/producers Jane Espenson and Brad “Cheeks” Bell (Husbands), comics icon Jimmy Palmiotti (Denver, Forager), and artist extraordinaire John Picacio (The 2014 John Picacio Calendar). Moderated by Craig Engler (Kickstarter).

5:00pm – 6:00pm
Spotlight on Eleanor Davis Room 9
Eleanor Davis (How to be Happy) will do an autobiographical presentation that has something to do with finding truth in fiction & the strange passions inside an author/reader relationship.

5:00pm – 6:00pm
Teaching Content Through Comics: Math, Science, and History Room 29A
Comics and graphic novels are highly effective tools not only for improving literacy but also for teaching mathematics, science, and history/social studies. Join the experts from Reading With Pictures as they present the best in comics and graphic novels for teaching in content areas, including recommended titles and lesson ideas, and hear from the creators of some of the best graphic texts for content study. Moderated by Tracy Edmunds (curriculum director at Reading With Pictures) and featuring Nick Dragotta (Howtoons), Geoffrey Golden (Sesame Street), Chuck Dixon (The Forgotten Man), Jonathan Hennessey (The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation), and Josh Elder (Comics That Make Kids Smarter).

5:00pm – 6:00pm
The Fusion of Art and Style in Sunset Overdrive Room 5AB
A critically acclaimed artist group famous for its renditions of limited-run movie posters will showcase its first-ever video game-inspired print for Sunset Overdrive, a new open-world action game coming exclusively to the Xbox One this fall. Audience members will get to hear from Ted Price (president and CEO of Insomniac Games), Drew Murray/Marcus Smith (Sunset Overdrive), and the lead artist as they discuss the creation of the print as well as key game features for Sunset Overdrive.

5:00pm – 6:00pm
Understanding Stories: The Making of a Graphic Novel Room 7AB
Comics creator and author Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics) literally wrote the book on making comics. Now he’s returned to fiction with The Sculptor, a nearly 500-page epic story of love, loss, art, and memory. Join the man Frank Miller called “just about the smartest guy in comics” for a fast-moving visual presentation on the challenges of building stories, bringing characters to life on the page, and constructing the worlds they live in.

5:30pm – 6:10pm
The Dark Shift Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina
Alex has been convinced for some time that something otherwordly lives in the bookstore where he works. He takes a late-night inventory shift to find it once and for all, but whatever he’s looking for is about to find him first…Participating panelists include writer/director Colin Johnson (artistic director, BattleStache Studios) and lead actor Joshua Han (co-founder, BattleStache Studios).

5:30pm – 6:30pm
Cartoon Hangover: Bee and PuppyCat and Friends Room 6A
Frederator’s Cartoon Hangover channel presents Bee and PuppyCat and Friends, with the creator of Bee and PuppyCat, Natasha Allegri, and the cast and crew of the most successful crowdfunded animation series ever, including the voice of Bee, Ally Rachel; the voice of Deckard, Kent Osborne; Efrain Farias (art director); character designer Becky Dreistadt; writer (and voice of Wallace) Frank Gibson; and writer Madeleine Flores. Cartoon Hangover will also present the upcoming short film Manly and a conversation with the creators Justin Moynihan and Jesse Moynihan. Moderated by Frederator’s VP of development, Eric Homan.

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

5:30pm – 6:30pm
Mad About MAD Room 4
MAD, the country’s #1-selling humor magazine (in a field of 1), is dumber than ever! MAD editor John Ficarra and art director Sam Viviano take 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!)

5:30pm – 6:30pm
Making a Living in Manga: In Japan! Room 26AB
What’s it like to work as a comics creator in Japan? What does it take to get your manga published in top magazines like Shonen Jump or Morning? How do you get a job as an assistant to a top manga-ka (comics artist)? Felipe Smith (writer/artist, All-New Ghost Rider, Peepo Choo, MBQ), Jamie Lynn Lano (former assistant manga-ka on The Prince of Tennis, author and artist,, and Steve Cummings (Wayward, Uglies, and Pantheon High) are three people who lived the dream in the motherland of manga, and boy, have they got stories to tell! They, along with editor/manga publishing pro Lillan Diaz-Pryzbyl (head comics editor, Sparker Monthly, former senior editor, TOKYOPOP Inc.), offer insights about what it really takes to make a living in manga in Japan (and North America), followed by what should be a lively Q&A session moderated by Deb Aoki (editor,

5:30pm – 6:30pm
Pitch Your Comic to Mark Waid and Thrillbent Room 8
Think you have a one-shot digital comic in you that the world should see? Here’s your chance to pitch it to Mark Waid (Daredevil, Superman: Birthright, Empire), James Tynion IV (Batman, The Eighth Seal, The House in the Wall), Christina Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood),Chris Mancini (Comedy Film Nerds), Nicholas Rucka (Kitchen Death Match), Lori Matsumoto (Thrillbent general manager), and Raygun (Thrillbent web development/design). They’ll listen to your verbal pitch and select the best they hear for further development. Along the way, there’ll be frank discussion about how Mark and his partners do what they do, what works and doesn’t work in digital comics, what makes this medium unique, and what new projects are coming up from Thrillbent!

5:45pm – 6:45pm
Witches of East End Room 6DE
Darkness is rising! Get an exclusive look at what’s in store as season two unfolds, plus an audience Q&A with the entire star-studded cast: Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rachel Boston, Mädchen Amick, Daniel DiTomasso, and Eric Winter, plus executive producers Rich Hatem (Supernatural, Grimm) and Maggie Friedman (Eastwick).

6:00pm – 7:00pm
A Universe of Terror Drawn to One Panel: Aliens, Predator, Prometheus, and Beyond Room 9
Nearly 30 years ago, Dark Horse rewrote the rules of licensed comics with the release of Aliens, continuing the story lines of Ridley Scott’s iconic film franchise. Predator and the iconic crossover Aliens Vs. Predator followed, with each series practically outselling the last. Now, the publisher partners with Scott again, to bring sci-fi epic Prometheus to comics. With just under two months away from the launch of the ambitious and highly anticipated crossover, Fire and Stone, Dark Horse editor-in-chief Scott Allie, writers Chris Roberson (Aliens), Joshua Williamson (Predator), Christopher Sebela (Aliens Vs. Predator), and the Prometheus team of Paul Tobin and Juan Ferrerya, reveal just what’s in store for this grand universe!

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Batman ’66 Hall H
Holy Bat Panels! Get all the details on the most anticipated home entertainment release in fanboy history when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment reunites pop icons Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar on the Hall H stage for a Bat-tastic look at Batman: The Complete TV Series. The actors behind Batman, Robin. and Catwoman, along with moderator Ralph Garman, will give you an inside sneak peek at all the exclusive content within this blockbuster home entertainment release, as well as exhibiting dazzling HD remastered footage from the landmark series. Batman: The Complete TV Series will be released in November 2014.

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Breaking into Animation Writing Room 32AB
How do you get in? How do you get that first assignment? Craig Miller (Curious George, Beast Wars) leads a panel including Charlotte Fullerton (Ben 10: Omniverse, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic), Patrick Rieger (Thunderbirds Are Go), Dean Stefan (X-Men, Darkwing Duck), and Cort Lane (VP, animation development & partnerships, Marvel Studios) who will tell you the truth about what you need to know and do.

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Childrens Hospital Special Video Presentation and Q&A Room 25ABC
Adult Swim’s two-time Emmy-winning live-action comedy returns to Comic-Con for a fifth year! Creator and star Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) will share an exclusive video sneak peek at season 6, and will be joined onstage by select cast for a lively and medically accurate Q&A. From Abominable Pictures, The Corddry Company and Warner Bros. Television Group’s Studio 2.0, Childrens Hospital will premiere with new episodes on Adult Swim in 2015.

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Comic-Con How-To: Break into Digital Comics using the Motion Book Tool Room 2
From Batman to My Little Pony, Madefire and DeviantArt have revolutionized the comic book online. Learn how to publish your comic to DeviantArt in less than 5 minutes using Madefire’s unique cloud-based tool! Panelists for this session include Dave Gibbons, Bill Sienkiewicz, Liam Sharp, Yuumei, and Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau.

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Figure Drawing for Popular Media Room 30CDE
Emilio Soltero, Ph.D. (John Buscema: A Life in Sketches), and panelists present a primer on drawing the figure for popular media, including drawing for comics and character design. The focus will be on anatomy and figure drawing. There will be time to draw as well. Professionals and beginners are welcome. Bring your drawing supplies to draw models/cosplayers during this interactive presentation. Come ready to take notes and to draw.

6:00pm – 7:00pm
geekEd. IV: A New Hope-Bringing Geek Back to Higher Education Room 29A
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 jobs and in their campus communities! Alex Belisario (UC Santa Cruz), Alfred Day (University of California, Berkeley), Eugene Frier (University of North Texas), Brian MacDonald (Rutgers University), and Patricia Nguyen (UCLA) 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 are Geralyn Williams and Eric Francisco from Rutgers University to share their unique student perspective. 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!

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Goonies Never Say Die Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
With Richard Donner’s announcement that a sequel to his beloved 1985 classic The Goonies is on the way, join Goonies cast members to explore how it became an iconic movie for an entire generation, why the film has stood the test of time, and possible insights into the much anticipated sequel. Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) moderates a panel of cast members and special surprise guests, including a Q&A session.

6:00pm – 7:00pm
LGBT Geek Year in Review Room 28DE
In the past few years, the geek world has been filled with many noteworthy moments of importance to the queer fan. Some were fabulous, some were unfortunate, some were misguided, and some were “blink and you missed it.” LGBT activist and columnist P. Kristen Enos (Active Voice, Creatures of Grace) leads a discussion with Diane Anderson-Minshall (The Advocate), Trish Bendix (, Matt Kane (GLAAD), and Sean Z. Maker (Bent-Con) on the events of LGBT interest in the past year, why they think they were so important, and what they might mean for the future for LGBT fans.

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Masquerade 101 Room 23ABC
For costumers, future costumers, and those who simply enjoy watching on-stage costuming, this brief overview of fan convention costume competitions will discuss their workings, their history, how contests differ from one type of convention to another, how judging is done, and creating original designs and re-creations, plus costume research, planning, fabrication, and stage presentation tips for taking a costume creation from beginning idea to stage-ready showpiece-and most important, how to have fun doing it! Presented by Comic-Con Masquerade director for the past 23 years Martin Jaquish, Masquerade assistant John Ruff, award-winning fan costumer Allan Lavigne, and award-winning member of the HCC cosplay group, Judy Grivich.

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Showtime: Penny Dreadful Ballroom 20
Creator and showrunner John Logan is joined by spellbinding stars Josh Hartnett (Ethan Chandler), Reeve Carney (Dorian Gray), and Harry Treadaway (Victor Frankenstein), as the monstrous new series possesses Ballroom 20. Enter the demimonde to find out what moments haunt the writer and cast from the first season and view a sneak peek to see what the cards reveal about the season ahead. The panel will be moderated by Emmy Award-nominated actress and host Aisha Tyler (Archer, The Talk), followed by a Q&A session with the “Dreadfuls.” Penny Dreadful returns to Showtime in 2015.

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Skylanders Room 7AB
The Skylanders team offers an inside look at the creative process that brings toys to life-and for the first time, life to toys. A talented cast of panel participants will discuss everything from the process of creating Skylanders’ charming roster of characters, to the critical role that voice-over acting plays in animating each character. Comic book writer David A. Rodriguez and editor David Hedgecock will also delve into the comic world of Skylanders and how this brand extension is taking Skylanders to a new level.

6:00pm – 7:00pm
The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels Room 6BCF
The almost 20-year stretch of Star Wars history between Episodes III and IV is a dark time in the galaxy that has never before been explored on screen. The evil Galactic Empire has tightened its grip and only a select few are brave enough to stand against tyranny and ignite a rebellion. Join Star Wars Rebels executive producers Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg as well as series stars Freddie Prinze, Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar, and Taylor Gray for an exclusive preview of what’s to come this Fall on Disney XD in this eagerly awaited television series from Lucasfilm Animation.

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Vertigo: Defy Conventions Room 5AB
Vertigo is ready to blow your mind with trend-setting comics and topnotch talent, including Lee Bermejo (upcoming Suiciders), Mark Buckingham (Fables, Fairest), Tula Lotay (Bodies), Simon Oliver (FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics), Scott Snyder (American Vampire, The Wake), and others! 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!

6:10pm – 6:50pm
From the Woods Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina
A recently single mother must learn to let go of her fear and obsession over her abusive husband in order to save her son from the Slender Man hiding in the woods near their new home. Participating panelists include Nicolas Wendl (director), Jamil Afzali (producer), and Cameron McIntyre (actor).

6:30pm – 7:30pm
Firefly Online: Bringing Back the ‘Verse Room 24ABC
Firefly Online (FFO), the first and only officially licensed video game based on the cult-hit TV show Firefly, aims for nothing less than to bring Firefly back to life for millions of fans. Executive producer Andy Gore, technical director John O’Neill, voice-over and casting director Andrea Romano (Batman: The Animated Series plus many others), game director Adam Cogan, art director Ben Lichius, and composer David Joseph Wesley present the first official public demonstration of FFO. FFO is a multi-user strategic role-playing game set in the universe of Joss Whedon’s beloved TV show Firefly. You’ll see how to get a ship, hire a ragtag crew, and do whatever it takes to survive in The Black! The demonstration will be followed by Q&A. Also, expect a few surprises.

6:30pm – 7:30pm
Indie Comics Marketing & PR 101 Room 8
Have a comic but don’t know how to get it in front of the most people possible? Learn essential marketing and PR tips and tricks from the industry’s best in this roundtable discussion, revealing all the secrets of pulling off effective marketing & PR to get your comic noticed. Host Chip Mosher (comiXology’s marketing & PR maven) is joined by BOOM! Studio’s dynamic marketing & PR duo Mel Caylo and Christine Dinh, along with Fantagraphics Books’s stellar PR and marketing team Jacq Cohen and Jen Vaughn, for an inspiring and wide-ranging discussion that will teach you how to market yourself and your comic to the widest audience possible.

6:30pm – 7:30pm
Manga: Lost in Translation Room 26AB
Manga sales have started coming back from the recession lows, and simultaneous publishing is starting to make inroads. So how are the people in the industry faring? Questions will be answered, and stories will be told! Hear it directly from long-time professionals William Flanagan (Fairy Tail), Jonathan Tarbox (Fist of the North Star), Stephen Paul (One Piece), Ed Chavez (marketing director, Vertical), Nathan Collins (Battle Royale Remastered), and Lillian Diaz-Przybyl (head editor, comics, Chromatic Press).

6:30pm – 7:30pm
What Video Games Can Teach Room 4
Advocating for a learner-centered approach often brings up the question, “Won’t my kids just play video games all day?” Although the answer to that is multifaceted, no experience is devoid of learning. In fact, some experiences may have more opportunities for development than first believed. Genese Davis (The Holder’s Dominion,, The Gamer in You) and special guest speakers discuss the benefits and potential drawbacks to video games and how to navigate both. This high-powered panel will plunge into video game culture and its social development, divulging how video games affect our lives and education.

6:45pm – 7:45pm
Bad Hat Harry and Geek & Sundry Get Spooked Again! Room 6A
The cast and crew of Spooked reveal what’s next for the Paranormal Investigation Team! Executive produced by Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Sheri Bryant, Jason Taylor, and Felicia Day, Spooked is a paranormal comedy following the “Paranormal Investigation Team” (P.I.T.) as they set out to uncover the awesomeness of the unknown. The show stars Julian Curtis (Captured), Neil Grayston (Eureka), Ashley Johnson (The Killing), Derek Mio (Greek), and Shyloh Oostwald (In Time). Meet the cast and crew, including director Richard Martin and creator Michael Gene Conti, as they look into the show’s future!

6:50pm – 7:15pm
Trauma Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina
Proof that there’s nothing lurking in the attic of her childhood home is the only thing standing between Isabelle and freedom. But even with her doctor’s insistence, something still feels dreadfully amiss. Participating panelists include Ethan Young (director, writer, editor), Hannah Baker (production designer), and Adrien DeFontaine (director of photography).

7:00pm – 8:00pm
Everything Old Is New Again: The ’90s Live On! Room 29A
Vintage and retro are still hot with Boomers and Gen X, but Millennial collectors are now coming into the marketplace looking for their childhood “new classics” toys of the 1990s! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Batman Animated, and Aliens are all on the rise again and in demand (to say nothing of the My Little Pony renaissance!). Can Furby’s comeback be far behind? Come talk to creators and collectors of all generations about Total Justice, Street Sharks, and Dexter’s Lab among many other totally rad ’90s toys and find out what Clinton-era toyline is now the “new Star Wars” for collectors! Moderator Daniel Pickett (, Geek Shall Inherit podcast) discusses this and much more with a panel of toy industry experts, including Reis O’Brien (Funko), Jeff Trojan (Playmates Toys), Kevin Kiniry (DC Collectibles), Randy Falk (NECA), and Jeremy Sung (Spy Monkey Creations).

7:00pm – 8:00pm
Hip-Hop & Comics: Cultures Combining Room 23ABC
Hip-Hop and comics reflect each other in many ways: graffiti and album covers incorporate superheroic imagery, rappers adopt secret identities and grandiose aliases, writers base their characters in urban settings, and artists draw on Hip-Hop’s rich visual vocabulary. Both forms thrive on excitement and energy, inspire passionate fanbases, and have risen from modest beginnings to achieve global recognition. Here, Patrick A. Reed (Depth of Field magazine) brings together graphic artists and musical innovators to discuss the ties between these two creative cultures.

7:00pm – 8:00pm
Inside the Voice Actors Studio 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. Panel guests include voice director Andrea Toyias (World of Warcraft), and other top actors from the game.

7:00pm – 8:00pm
PodCRASH with That Chris Gore Live Room 25ABC
A Justice League of geeky comedians including Judah Friedlander (30 Rock), Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Program), Brody Stevens (Kroll Show, Comedy Bang Bang), Yoshi Obayashi (Comedy Central), and Tommy Bechtold (Glee, The Middle) along with surprise guests are on hand for a live podcast hosted by comedian Chris Gore (Attack of the Show, Geektime on SiriusXM Howard 101).

7:00pm – 8:00pm
Reinventing Horror Room 5AB
For seven years at Comic-Con, Mark L. Miller (Ain’t It Cool News, Pirouette) has gathered a ghoulish ensemble of creative minds to discuss and dissect how they create nightmares and what (if anything) scares them. This year, Mark gathers a talented panel of filmmakers, writers, artists, and musicians to discuss how to reinvent and revitalize the horror genre; pushing new limits, twisting new concepts, and crafting new terrors to keep you up at night.

7:00pm – 8:00pm
Robotech Industries Panel Room 6DE
Tommy Yune, director of Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles and Steve Yun, screenwriter of Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles showcase all the latest live-action and animated Robotech projects in production.

7:00pm – 8:00pm
Scratch Lightning Strikes Room 28DE
Executives Sam F. Park and Kevin G. Dardano (Scratch Lightning Productions and Monsterverse Entertainment) discuss the exciting new horror TV, film and media projects of Scratch Lightning Productions with creators Robert Myer Burnett (Free Enterprise, Hills Run Red), Emmy winner Robert Sexton (Death Angel), Todd Livingston (The Black Forest) and Henry Mayo (Ted).

7:00pm – 8:00pm
The Scoop at Simon & Schuster Room 9
Get the inside word on Simon & Schuster’s upcoming books and the chance to win exclusive prizes. Chrissy Noh (associate marketing director), Matt Pantoliano (digital marketing), Liesa Abrams (marketing manager), Hayley Gonnason (publicist) and Christian Trimmer (publicity manager) give you the scoop on upcoming books from exciting authors, including Cassandra Clare, Scott Westerfeld, Tony DiTerlizzi, Rachel Renée Russell, and Brandon Mull. Hear what’s going on with S&S’s hot properties and get a chance to win exclusive giveaways. All attendees will receive a limited edition T-shirt for Brandon Mull’s Five Kingdoms.

7:00pm – 8:00pm
World Building and Storytelling Room 32AB
Robert Roach (Menthu, The Roach), Gini Koch (Alien Collective), Ed Erdelac (Terovolas), Nathan Long (Blackhhearts Omnibus), and Nancy Holder (Wicked Saga) discuss structure and storytelling, the use of pacing, and how certain creators use a timeline to build flow. Moderated by Jeffrey Twohig.

7:00pm – 8:00pm
WWE Studios and Lionsgate: A Look Behind the Horror of Leprechaun: Origins and See No Evil 2 Room 7AB
WWE Studios and Lionsgate host a panel for their soon to be released collaborationsLeprechaun: Origins and See No Evil 2. The panel will feature See No Evil 2 directors Jen and Sylvia Soska-the twisted twins of American Mary fame, who will be joined by their on-screen psychopath WWE Superstar Kane. Also in attendance will be director and VFX guru Zach Lipovsky (Tasmanian Devils), director of Leprechaun: Origins; and the star of the cult classic reboot, WWE Superstar Hornswoggle. The panel will include See No Evil 2 and Leprechaun: Origins producer and WWE Studios president Michael Luisi, who will unveil the hotly anticipated and re-imagined looks of the new Leprechaun and Jacob Goodnight.

7:15pm – 7:45pm
Ashley Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina
As a girl prepares to go to college, she’s haunted by a recurring nightmare and obsesses over what it means. Then, on the one day she tries to forget about it, she’s unexpectedly confronted with the horrifying truth. Participating panelists include Valerie Roque Ontiveros (executive producer), Jeffrey Schultz (producer), Austen Emme (assistant director), and Jeremy Lei Ontiveros (writer and director).

7:15pm – 8:15pm
Sharknado 2: The Second One Room 6BCF
Get your chainsaws ready! A Sharknado is about to hit the Big Apple. Sharknado 2: The Second One stars Ian Ziering (Fin Shepard), Tara Reid (April Wexler), Kari Wuhrer (Ellen Brody), and Judah Friedlander (Bryan) and director Anthony C. Ferrante take you into the eye of the social media and pop culture storm of the century. Get exclusive details on Syfy’s global blockbuster, which will ravage nearly 90 countries, this July.

7:30pm – 8:30pm
Artist as Brand: Rise of the Artist Entrepreneur Room 8
Greg Spalenka (professional artist in publishing, film, and higher education, Sandman, Titan Books, The Golden Compass, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) moderates a panel discussion on art career sustainability. Learn strategies on how to create an income from your talent on your own terms with panelists Donato Giancola (professional artist in publishing, film, and games, Tor, National Geographic, Microsoft, Vivendi/Universal, LucasArts), Daniel M. Davis (artist/designer of Steam Crow, publishers of monster books, serigraphs, and other art products), Drew Brophy (professional surf artist and ambassador of adventure travel lifestyle), Maria Brophy (art agent, author of How to Understand Art Licensing Contracts and expert on art licensing and the business of art), and Dawn M. Schiller (Odd Fae and Autumn Things, author of FaeMaker, artist/designer of sculpted handmade dolls).

7:30pm – 8:30pm
Bride of Name That Movie! Room 4
Every great film deserves a great sequel and in this case last year’s hit presentation gets a sequel as well. Tired of your typical game show? Boring questions and even more boring things to look at? Here is something completely different. Film fan extraordinaire and Inkpot Award winner John Field hosts this exciting game and you can be part of it! John has taken clips from 50 different sci-fi, horror and fantasy films. The contestants’ job is to name as many clips as they can. Whoever names the most clips within the show, wins. Yes, John will have prizes for first, second, third and even fourth place. Put your name in the magic film can; if it’s drawn, you could play. Anyone in the audience can guess the film that stumps the panel wins a prize as well.

7:30pm – 8:30pm
Star Blazers 2199 Room 24ABC
The legendary Star Blazers series is coming back! Join the crew to learn more about Star Blazers 2199 movie releases at this exciting and riveting panel! You’ll have a chance to witness the screening of episode 10 of the new TV show as well as other never-before-seen footage and learn more about DVD and Blu-ray releases.

7:30pm – 8:30pm
The Lost 1978 Comic Book Documentary Room 26AB
John Siuntres (Word Balloon Comics Podcast host) and Mark Waid (Thrillbent Comics) present this rarely seen in the U.S. short film. In 1978 the Canadian TV Show Behind The Scene produced a 20-minute look at the comic book business featuring footage shot at the offices of DC and Marvel Comics. Narrated by comedian Jonathan Winters, the film stands as a time capsule look at how comics were made and marketed in the pre-digital world of the mid-20th century. You’ll see footage and comments from Stan Lee, Archie Goodwin, Neal Adams, Julie Schwartz, Denny O’Neil, Jim Steranko, John Romita, and many more! The audience will get the chance to answer trivia questions about the footage they see and win prizes.

7:45pm – 8:05pm
Divergence Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina
Two individuals fall in love, and their lives intertwine together, but when they begin to lead each other down a destructive path, they face the difficult decision to continue or go separate ways. Participating panelists include director Matt Gibson (Towers of Terror), producer Chet Callahan (Winter Gardens), and actor Aleksander D’Avignon (The Turtle).

8:00pm – 9:00pm
Del Rey: Robin Hobb Room 9
Bestselling author Robin Hobb (Fool’s Assassin) and Del Rey executive editor Anne Groell discuss the return of the beloved Fitz and the Fool story. Also, hear what’s coming from Del Rey and Random House, including details on upcoming titles from authors Joe Abercrombie, Terry Brooks, Pierce Brown, George R. R. Martin, Peter F. Hamilton, and more!

8:00pm – 9:00pm
Freddy vs. Jason vs. Michael: Inside the Minds of Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Michael Myers Room 7AB
This terrible trio has terrified audiences worldwide…but what makes each one tick? Is Michael simply a sociopathic stalker, Freddy merely a manipulative monster, and Jason just a killing machine? Or will we find there’s more to these slashers when we slice below the surface? Join forensic psychiatrists H. Eric Bender, M.D., Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., from Broadcast Thought, and very special guest Mark Swift (writer of Freddy vs. Jason, Friday the 13th [2009]), as they analyze these villains’ murderous motivations. Can we make sense of a vengeful boogeyman’s sister obsession? Could fire turn a violent predator into a sadistic serial killer? Did “mommy issues” and bullying birth a brutish butcher? Who is the most dangerous killer, and which, if any, would be considered insane? Join the discussion moderated by horror-meister Evan Dickson of Bloody Disgusting! Discover the answers to these and other questions, and take a stab at these iconic slashers!

8:00pm – 9:00pm
Horror Stories of Creating Comics: How to Produce Tricky Books Room 30CDE
Producing complicated and unusual books takes more than just ink and paper-sometimes it takes blood, sweat, and tears. For anyone who’s ever been interested in making their own books, join Cesare Asaro (creator, Finding Frank and His Friend), Calista Brill (senior editor, First Second Books), Peter Maresca (editor, Sunday Press Books), Dave Marshall (editor, Dark Horse Comics), and Kirstie Shepherd (author, Gadabout Time Machine User’s Manual) for a panel discussion on the red flags to watch out for on the long journey to get the details right, and to hear funny stories of where things went wrong.

8:00pm – 9:00pm
Making It Happen: Independent Toy Design Room 32AB
Learn how independent toy producers are bringing their creations to life in plastic, resin, and plush! Leading artists and toy designers George Gaspar (October Toys), Scott Tolleson (Stolle Art), Dave Bondi (toy designer), Carlos East (The Beast Brothers), and John “Spanky” Stokes ( discuss toy production, brand development, and answer audience questions. Moderated by Ayleen Gaspar (Toy Break).

8:00pm – 9:00pm
Monkeybrain Comics: Digital and Beyond 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 (Monkeybrain Comics) and Chris Roberson (Edison Rex) are joined by Anina Bennett (Heartbreakers), Christopher Sebela (High Crimes), Jen Vaughn ( Avery Fatbottom), and Gabriel Hardman (Kinski) to discuss the advantages of publishing digitally and how digital and print can work together.

8:00pm – 9:00pm
Nerdist Science Room 25ABC
Nerdist Science editor Kyle Hill and panelists discuss the science hidden in your favorite fandoms. From Star Wars to Game of Thrones, scientists, writers, and engineers will dissect everything geek and answer audience questions.

8:00pm – 9:00pm
Psychology of Cult TV Shows Room 23ABC
A panel of therapists and scientists (mad or otherwise), including Dr. Janina Scarlet (The Superhero Manual), Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight), Dr. Ali Mattu (Nerd Hour), and Billy San Juan (Alliant International University) discuss the psychology behind TV shows, such as Doctor Who, Sherlock, Firefly, Grimm, and Buffy. Find out how TV shows might help us cope with painful experiences and geek out in discussing such fundamental questions as: With all the regenerations, what is the Doctor’s true identity? What makes Sherlock a better detective than London’s finest? What does psychology tell us about the demons that live inside us? With these questions and more, this panel is a must for loyal fans of these shows.

8:00pm – 9:00pm
Tournament of Nerds Room 5AB
The hit comedy show from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre returns to Comic-Con. Who would win in a fight, Batman or Wolverine? Superman or Gandalf? Questions like these have plagued humankind for decades, but only Tournament of Nerds can settle these disputes…by pitting two comedians against each other to battle it out in heated debate! Hosted by Justin Donaldson (Reno 911!) and Hal Rudnick (Screen Junkies), the panel features Marc Andreyko (Batwoman), Maddox (The Best Page in the Universe), Jesse Snider (Evil Ernie), Roger Barr (I-Mockery), Mike Carlson (Conan), Aaron Sparrow (Darkwing Duck), and a bunch of surprise celebrity guests!

8:00pm – 10:30pm
Ric Meyers’ Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza Room 6A
Ric Meyers-the Inside Kung-Fu writer of the year, world martial art hall of famer, and author/scripter of Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie and book-is back with another gang of the greatest Asian action film fights you’ve ever laughed, gasped, and cheered at…and that’s not all. Also back are his Comedy Film Nerd co-hosts Graham Elwood (Palm Strike Dance Party) and Chris J. Mancini (Ear Buds: The Pod Doc), as well as Eric Jacobus and The Stunt People, and even more. This is Ric’s 17th year, so if you don’t know the drill by now, here are some hints: Premieres! Sneak peeks! Surprise guest stars! Eye-chopping! Mind-kicking! Fun!

8:05pm – 8:15pm
Psychedelic Breakfast Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina
A peeping tom is conducting experiments in a film lab, but suddenly everything goes out of control and he becomes a victim of his practice.

8:15pm – 8:30pm
The Box Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina
A young woman wakes up locked in a wooden box and all she wants is out until she discovers an ominous scheme awaits her.

8:30pm – 8:40pm
Job Interview Marriott Hall 2, Marriott Marquis & Marina
Lisa’s excitement over her potential new job quickly dissipates when interviewer Marie begins asking her a series of increasingly bizarre and pointed questions.

8:30pm – 9:30pm
Star Trek’s Ships of the Line Room 4
A team of Star Trek designers will take fans into the art department as they showcase the art and inspiration of Star Trek’s most famous Ships of the Line. The panelists include John Eaves (concept artist and senior illustrator, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Enterprise, and more), Andy Probert (production illustrator, Star Trek: The Motion Picture and consulting illustrator, Star Trek: The Next Generation), Doug Drexler (makeup artist, scenic artist, graphic designer, illustrator, and visual effects artist, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Mike Okuda (lead graphic designer and tech consultant, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), ILM’s John Goodson (model maker and digital artist, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek Into Darkness), and Greg Jein (model maker, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine). Join the team of Star Trek designers for a Q&A moderated by Ben Robinson, editor for the long-running Star Trek Fact Files and the manager of Eaglemoss’ new Starship Collection. Limited edition collectibles from Eaglemoss will be distributed to every attendee.

8:30pm – 9:30pm
Storytellers with a Mission: The Bold Writers & Artists at Black Mask Studios Room 8
From legendary storytellers to new comics voices, Black Mask Studios has captured the imaginations of the most forward-thinking creators with a simple promise: robust creator rights plus storytelling to new audiences across media. With insight from some of Black Mask’s partners helping expand these stories to new audiences, the creators will discuss their unique (and often surprising) missions for their stories, from saving the lives of abused animals to preparing readers for the afterlife.

8:30pm – 10:00pm
Comics on Comics LIVE! Room 26AB
Comics on Comics returns to Comic-Con for it’s fearsome fifth year! Juan-Manuel Rocha and Vito Lapiccola are joined by the intensely incredible Jon Schnepp (The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?) and other strange guests! Watch as the greatest comic minds meet the greatest minds in comics!

8:30pm – 10:00pm
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Sing-Along 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; and a grand prize awarded to one well-prepared individual for “Best in Show.” DO NOT BOUNCE!

9:00pm – 10:00pm
Behind the Making of Better Things: The Life and Choices of Jeffrey Catherine Jones -A Tribute Documentary to an Inspiring Comic Book Artist and the Spirit of Creativity Room 9
Better Things is a documentary about Jeffrey Catherine Jones, an enigmatic comic book artist from the ’70s. His entrance into the comic book art world paved the way for many of today’s popular comic book artists to produce work that incorporate fine art influences. His fame did not guarantee a controversy-free reputation. In fact, his personal challenges have stood in the way of a more economically viable existence-in particular, the development of his transgender persona. Unlike most people who have undergone this dramatic and drastic change, Jones maintained a huge loyal following in his industry. The film follows the stories behind his success and it also showcases his artwork through interviews with his family and peers. Excerpts from the film will be shown, followed by a brief discussion with the cast and crew.

9:00pm – 10:00pm
Cartoon Network: Adventure Time Royal Ball Room 7AB
Hear ye, Hear ye! Princess Bubblegum cordially invites you to the first ever Royal Ball of Ooo at San Diego Comic-Con! Join panelists for an hour filled with mathematical magic as they screen a royal handful of your favorite Adventure Time episodes, including a world premiere! But wait, there’s more: wear your favorite Adventure Time-inspired outfit for this special celebration and you have the chance to walk away with a righteous prize! Now come one, come all for a ball of laughs, a ball of costumes, and a ball of royal awesomesauce!

What’s on your to-attend list?

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