Tales of Brok Windsor: Interview with Hope Nicholson



Last year, Hope Nicholson and Rachel Richey launched the successful Kickstarter campaign Nelvana of the Northern Lights, reprinting the classic Golden Age Canadian Comic, that was thought to be lost. This year, Hope Nicholson is bringing back another classic Golden Age character Brok Windsor. The comic was created by Jon Stables and it was one most popular comics in the '40s . Today is the start of the Brok Windsor Kickstarter and you can click here to back this campaign. CBNAH spoke with Hope to talk about Brok Windsor campaign, Kickstarter, current climate of the comics industry and more.

CBNAH: Last time we chatted you were in the middle of putting the finishing touches on Nelvana and promoting Lost Heroes. Now, you're doing another Kickstarter and another documentary film. Do you sleep?

Hope Nicholson:  I will say, this makes me feel terribly guilty, but I always get at least 8 hours sleep a night. However, I rarely think of anything during the day other than my projects!

CBNAH: For our readers who are unfamiliar with Jon Stables, can you tell us a little bit about him and Brok Windsor?

HN: Jon Stables was creating pulp illustrations for serials featured in the monthly Farming Magazine called the Country Guide in Winnipeg, when he decided to move to Victoria and work in the shipyards painting signs for the war. Shortly after, he started working for Maple Leaf Publishing in Vancouver, where he created the heroes Bill Speed and Brok Windsor, as well as house ads and funny animal cartoons. Brok Windsor was named for a friend of his who died in combat overseas during the war. Brok Windsor was this gorgeous comic that showed a combination of his pulp and signmaking experience with lushly drawn illustrations. Brok was an outdoorsman and medical doctor who became a giant when he visited a futuristic land hidden in the wilderness of Canada. Here he was forced to battle all sorts of strange foes, with the aid of his new friends, the giants Starra and Torgon, who is a member of an advanced hidden aboriginal civilization.

CBNAH: Brok Windsor feels more like a pulp hero. Was Stables greatly influence by the pulp novels when he created Brok Windsor?

HN: Jon Stables had to have been influenced by pulp novels, as he worked with them so long in Winnipeg.

CBNAH: How many issues from the original series you will be able to restore?

HN: I have located 14 stories, and one script that was never turned into a comic! There should be no stories that I cannot find. There are 4 left I need to travel to Winnipeg and Vancouver to collect, but after that I'm done.  

CBNAH: How will you and Rachel approach Brok Windsor kickstarter differently from Nelvana

HN: This is a solo project, Rachel is not working on Brok Windsor with me. I have definitely learned a lot from my experience working with Nelvana, there are a few things such as printing comic issues or calendars that was too time and money extensive to repeat. In addition I'm giving myself a lot longer this time to make sure that nothing gets rushed!

CBNAH: What comics/titles did you know from The Golden Age of Canadian comics that are sadly in the sands of time?

HN: Honestly, I don't think any are completely lost! Or if they are, they are so lost that I don't know about them at all. Through luck and perseverance I have been able to find dozens of collections, and hopefully will continue to locate more as word spreads about my projects.

CBNAH: Do you think that comic industry is currently going through a new golden age?

HN: I think we're going through an exciting time for comics, but it's definitely not a golden age, but that's not a bad thing! The golden age was exciting because the entire medium was new and they had no idea what would work and what they were capable of. I'd like to think that the artists and writers now have learned from the mistakes made in the past, and are also aware that they are capable of so much more innovation in artwork and storytelling.

CBNAH: You're currently developing a documentary on the history of queer comic book representation. You are in pre-production mode and what can people expect to see in the film?

HN: Documentaries take a lot of time! We filmed some segments already at TCAF, with Trina Robbins discussing her history working with underground queer comics, and Zan from Northwest Press talking about creating a publisher that only focuses on queer comics, and both interviews were really fascinating. There's a lot more work to do on this project, but it's one that is constantly in the background of my mind, and I'll be very excited when I can start doing interviews again for it!

CBNAH: Is there anything you would like to say to the backers/fans of Nelvana and Brok Windsor?

HN: I hope if you backed Nelvana and were happy with the book that you will chip in again for Brok Windsor! It's a bit scary, choosing a character that is gorgeous, and fun, but incredibly obscure. I have no idea if he will resonate with the public like he did for me, and I'm going out on a bit of a limb. But if you do, I promise, I have even more amazing characters and history to share with you, much of which I discover day by day in my research, and is brand new information!



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VALIANT and PUNK YOUR CHUCKS Team for Custom-Made Footwear and Accessories‏

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Valiant is proud to announce a new exclusive partnership with custom-painted apparel company Punk Your Chucks – the number one destination for unique, custom hand-painted Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers, Vans, Nike Air Force Ones, tote bags, and more on the web! 

Beginning this July, Punk Your Chucks will offer a wide array of made-to-order footwear and accessories featuring Valiant's award-winning library of comic book characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Ninjak, Rai and many more. Made on-site at Punk Your Chucks' New York studio, each item is painted by hand and completely one of a kind. Submit your order today at PunkYourChucks.com.

Punk Your Chucks was founded by owner and artist “AKA MAG”, an urban graffiti artist originally from New York City. MAG started his love for painting, sculpting, and sketching in the cultural chaos of 1970s New York, where his playground was the city's subways, parks, rooftops, alleys, museums, zoos, and rivers. Valiant marks the latest addition to Punk Your Chucks extensive roster of licensors and celebrity clients, which currently includes Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Marky Ramone, Black Label Society, and more.

"It is an amazing honor to have this opportunity to collaborate with Valiant Comics on many upcoming projects," said MAG. "As an apparel artist, I can't think of a bigger thrill than to be asked to work with such an outstanding organization. It's going to be really cool to hit the fans with some awesome custom and production Valiant merch. Stay tuned!"

"Valiant is proud to be Punk Your Chuck's first exclusive partner in the comic book category," said Russell A. Brown, Valiant's President of Consumer Products, Promotions, and Ad Sales. "With an array of exciting, high-quality products in the works, the combination of Valiant's heroes and MAG's craftsmanship is something fans should look forward to."

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DYNAMITE TO PUBLISH WILL EISNER'S THE SPIRIT



Will Eisner's The Spirit has a new home at Dynamite Entertainment. Dynamite reached a licensing agreement with the Eisner estate. More of this deal will be announce at SDCC this year, but best bet is we'll see a brand new reprint of both Eisner's original run and Darwyn Cook and J. Bone's run and of course a new series too.



"We are thrilled that Will Eisner's The Spirit has found a new home with Dynamite Entertainment," state Nancy and Carl Gropper of the Eisner estate in a joint announcement.  "At Dynamite, The Spirit will be joining many iconic heroes including Flash Gordon, The Shadow, The Green Hornet, The Lone Ranger, Zorro, and others. Will Eisner created The Spirit in 1940 as a syndicated seven-page newspaper supplement, where The Spirit fought the villains of Central City weekly until 1952.  We're hoping to see Dynamite's new comics of The Spirit surpass the circulation of the Will Eisner's original series."



 
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Ride the Ranger; Justin Gray Writes New Ongoing The Lone Ranger Series

With All Star Western ending soon, writer Justin Gray will be leaving behind Jonah Hex for a brand new The Lone Ranger series from Dynamite. Justin Gray will be joining with Rey Villegas (Lady Zorro) on art, as well as covers by John Cassaday (Uncanny Avengers, Astonishing X-Men) and Marc Laming (All-New Invaders, Kings Watch).

"We are incredibly excited to have Justin on board for this title," said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. "We've had a great run with The Lone Ranger as one of our most consistent critically acclaimed comics, and needed someone who we could trust to fill these 'big boots,' continuing one of the best Western heroes ever.  With a track record like his, we're in for a Western comic that we won't soon forget!"

"I'm proud to be working with one of the longest standing and best known Western characters in all of literature, because to me The Lone Ranger represents a moral code, unquestionable justice, and a sense of adventure that embodies the classic American Western," says Justin Gray.

The Lone Ranger #1 is slated for release in November.


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DYNAMITE SIGNS RON MARZ TO NEW ONGOING JOHN CARTER: WARLORD OF MARS SERIES, LAUNCHING IN NOVEMBER‏

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Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce a brand new chapter in the history of Edgar Rice Burroughs creation, John Carter: Warlord of Mars, to be written by the masterful pen of comics legend Ron Marz.  Illustrated by newcomer Abhishek Malsuni, John Carter: Warlord of Mars is the newly-minted cornerstone of the publisher's Warlord of Mars line, launched in the wake of their May 2014 announcement of the comprehensive licensing agreement between Dynamite and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.

John Carter: Warlord of Mars welcomes science fiction and fantasy fans to the exotic landscape of Barsoom, where displaced earthling John Carter has to save his adopted world, not to mention his beloved Dejah Thoris, from an enemy like no other he has ever faced.  John Carter must truly become a Warlord of Mars against an adversary who is every bit his equal on the savage red planet.

Marz's enthusiasm for John Carter has been building for many years.  He says, "This is literally a job I've been wanting to do since I was twelve years old. I was just the right age when I discovered John Carter, Dejah Thoris, Tars Tarkas, and the wonder of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars. It fired my imagination like almost nothing else. So to finally get a chance to write these characters, to visit that world, is a dream come true for me."

Ron Marz is an industry veteran with decades of experience as a writer and editor under his belt. He is best known for his work on Green Lantern and Silver Surfer, and as one of the original creative masterminds behind CrossGen Comics. His more recent work includes Witchblade, Cyberforce, and Voodoo. He currently lives in upstate New York with four horses, three children, two dogs and one wife.

"We are incredibly excited about Ron coming on board for this project," says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. "When we originally launched the Warlord of Mars series in 2010, Ron and I ran into each other at a comic convention, and Ron grabbed me by the shoulders and said something to the effect of, 'How can you launch a John Carter series and not call me to write it?' It was a statement! As we looked at the potential creators for this series, we instinctively remembered Ron's passion for the mythos. He is simply the perfect fit. Add in the fantastic art by Abhishek Malsuni and Neeraj Menon, this series will take John Carter to new heights."

John Carter debuted in 1912 as the lead character in Edgar Rice Burroughs' first novel, serialized as Under The Moons Of Mars in the pulp magazine, The All-Story, and later published as a complete novel retitled A Princess of Mars.  The character excited the imagination of readers and quickly imprinted onto the public psyche. As many literary and popular culture scholars attest, John Carter served as the template for a litany of adventure heroes to follow, from Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, and Superman to the Jedi Knights of Star Wars fame and Avatar.



Dynamite's John Carter: Warlord of Mars comes on the heels of the reacquisition of comic book rights by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. that had been held by Walt Disney Pictures and its Marvel Entertainment subsidiary, as well as a recent legal settlement with Dynamite that cleared the way for Dynamite to introduce key characters and plot elements from the John Carter backstory that were, until now, absent from recent comic book interpretations.

John Carter: Warlord of Mars #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' September Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in November.  Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of John Carter: Warlord of Mars #1 with their local comic book retailers. John Carter: Warlord of Mars will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.


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Desdemona Metus graphic novel from DieGo Comics Publishing

The people from DieGo Comics Publishing announce a brand new kickstarter project for their graphic novel Desdemona Metus. Check it out!



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I Pledge An Allegiance To Pain! Bloody-Disgusting.com Premiere EXPAIN's New Music Video‏

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     The jazz thrash architects in EXPAIN are proud to unleash with Bloody-Disgusting.com their new music video 'Allegiance To Pain' in support of their debut album 'Just The Tip' recently released on June 24th and available at the band's Bandcamp.

    "Expain in incredibly proud to be releasing this video to you guys!  We take ourselves very seriously and you will be able to tell that a LOT of preparation went into making this video perfect.  This is one of our favorite songs to play live so sit back and enjoy!" comments guitarist Pat Peeve.

    To pledge your allegiance to Expain, please visit the following the link: http://bloody-disgusting.com/videos/3304501/expain-allegiance-pain-music-video-premiere-exclusive/ 

    The band will be performing local show dates in the Vancouver, BC area on August 1st in Richmond, BC at the International Summer Night Market w/ Lethal Halo plus a date on September 13th at Rickshaw Theatre w/ West of Hell, Revenger and Hellchamber plus EXPAIN will be local support for Onslaught w/ Artillery and Striker on November 13 at Red Room Ultra Bar.

Upcoming Show Dates:

August 1 - International Summer Night Market - Richmond, BC w/ Lethal Halo

Sept 13 - Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, BC w/ West of Hell, Revenger, Hellchamber

November 13 - Red Room Ultra Bar - Vancouver, BC w/ Onslaught, Artillery, Striker

Full Album Stream EXPAIN - 'Just The Tip' at the following links:

Bandcamp + Album Order: http://expainband.bandcamp.com 

Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/expain/sets/just-the-tip

EXPAIN video cover of John Lennon's 'Imagine




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New Trailer and Poster for CYBERNATURAL at Fantasia Film Festival‏


Here's the trailer and poster for the brand new film Cybernatural, which will be world premiering later tonight at the Fantasia Festival on Sunday, July 20th at 9:30pm at the DB Clarke Theater. The film was produced by Timur Bekmambetov and directed by Leo Gabriadze. Leo Gabriadze will be Fantasia presenting the film to the audience. You can watch the trailer here.




Cybernatural is directed by Leo Gabriadze and stars Shelley Hennig, Moses Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki, Courtney Halverson and Heather Sossaman.

Synopsis:

"While video chatting one night, six high school friends receive a Skype message from a classmate who killed herself exactly one year ago. At first they think it’s a prank, but when the girl starts revealing the friends’ darkest secrets, they realize they are dealing with something from beyong this world, something that wants them dead. Told entirely from a young girl’s computer desktop, CYBERNATURAL redefines “found footage” for a new generation of teens."




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CBNAH @ Fantasia 2014

Oz, Panagiotis and Safa will be reporting from the Fantasia 2014 film festival. From July 17 to August 6 the stuff will be writing film reviews and interviewing the guests from the festival. Check out this site for all the reviews and updates from the festival.


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DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE IN SEARCH OF LOST DRAGONS, A GORGEOUS, PAINTED FANTASY FIELD JOURNAL IN HARDCOVER FORMAT‏

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Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the October release of In Search of Lost Dragons, a gorgeous illustrated storybook that captures glimpses of the majestic flying reptiles hiding throughout our world.  For the first time ever, the sensational French art book by celebrated storytellers Elian Black'Mor and Carine-M is adapted to English in a luscious, full-color, and oversized hardcover, presenting over 200 pages of dragon illustrations and Victorian-style sketches with a captivating accompanying narrative.

Originally published in France as Sur La Piste Des Dragons Oublies, this fantastic adventure follows an intrepid illustrator and reporter's  journeys from Europe through the Middle East and finally to Saigon in search of the dark caverns and mountaintop perches where the elusive winged serpents dwell.  With the gift of seeing the invisible, our explorer friend records each encounter in a journal of gorgeous, fully painted artwork, capturing every majestic and fearsome visual detail of the scaly behemoths, and accompanies his findings with snippets of local lore as evidence that these hidden beasts continue to shape the world in ways we may never expect.



With its insightful journal entries, newspaper clippings, and incredible paintings and sketches, In Search of Lost Dragons is an experience that fully immerses the reader in a realm of magic and mythology, hidden in the far-off reaches of our own world.  Art enthusiasts will especially marvel at the hardcover's numerous fold-out pages, displaying larger dragon illustrations that measure approximately 24 inches in length.

"Reading In Search of Lost Dragons is a joyously overwhelming experience," says Keith Davidsen, Marketing Manager of Dynamite.  "Flipping through its pages, you can almost feel the same wonder and amazement as its narrator upon his discovery of a long-lost, beautiful beast.  It's full of warmth and wit, and its paintings are breathtaking.  We are proud to bring this masterpiece across the Atlantic for English language audiences to enjoy, and feel very strongly that Lost Dragons would be a perfect holiday gift item for each of the fantasy fans in our lives."



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Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, and Paolo Rivera Join THE VALIANT – A New Prestige Format Limited Series Beginning in December!‏

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THE VALIANT #1 – Cover by Paolo Rivera


Valiant Entertainment is proud to announce THE VALIANT – a new prestige format four-issue limited series beginning in December from New York Times best-selling writers Jeff Lemire (Green Arrow, Animal Man) and Matt Kindt (RAI, UNITY, Mind MGMT), and featuring interior artwork and covers by Eisner Award-winning artist Paolo Rivera (Daredevil)!

An entirely self-contained comics event spotlighting Bloodshot, Eternal Warrior, Geomancer, and a cast of heroes and villains from across the Valiant Universe, THE VALIANT is a visionary new adventure from three of the greatest creative talents in comics today.

The Eternal Warrior has protected the Earth for more than 10,000 years. A master of countless weapons and long forgotten martial arts, he is guided by the Geomancers – those who speak for the Earth. During his long watch, the Eternal Warrior has failed three times. Each time, the Geomancer was killed…and a new dark age for humanity began. Each time, he was unable to stop The Immortal Enemy – a monstrous force of nature. A civilization killer. A horror that appears differently each time it arrives…and whose seemingly only purpose is to bring disorder and darkness to the world. Now, the time has come for The Immortal Enemy to return once more. But, this time, the Eternal Warrior will be ready. This time, he has a force greater than any single warrior. This time, he has…THE VALIANT.

"I've been a huge fan of what Valiant Comics has been doing for the past two years, with a lot of my favorite creators, and favorite people, like Matt Kindt, Josh Dysart and Rob Venditti, doing incredible work for the publisher," said writer Jeff Lemire. "So, it's a huge thrill for me to now step into the Valiant Universe in a BIG way with the upcoming four-issue series, THE VALIANT, along with co-writer Matt Kindt, and one of the most incredible artists working in comics today, Paolo Rivera. THE VALIANT will not only serve as a great entry point for brand new readers to Valiant, but also enrich the existing universe and shake it up dramatically moving forward. Valiant has an incredible stable of characters to play with, and they will ALL play a role in THE VALIANT."

"Jeff and I have been threatening to work together for a long time," said writer Matt Kindt. "And we did a little bit on Sweet Tooth with the few issues I did, but this is the first time we've really created something from scratch and written a long piece of work together. Collaborating on writing isn't something I normally get excited about, but Jeff and I just got coffee after a con one night and started brainstorming different things we could do and, by the end of the night, the waitress got a big tip and we'd written an outline for this epic story. It was like being transported to your best friend's kitchen table when you're 11 and cooking up fantastic comic book ideas. But in this case, when we were done, we got Paolo to draw it. We couldn't be more excited. I was just a fan of his on his now classic run on Daredevil. He's just a great cartoonist, you know? He can tell a story so well – and I think we gave him plenty of story to draw."

"I've heard nothing but good things about Jeff and Matt, and their script does not disappoint," said artist Paolo Rivera. "One of the major things that brought me to this project was the epic scale. Most of the stories I've worked on, even when action-packed, have been on the level of individuals. While our main characters are still the heart, this story spans epochs and realms, with consequences that, quite literally, affect the entire Earth."

"I worked with [Valiant Editor-in-Chief] Warren [Simons] briefly at Marvel, but he's been doing his best to lure me (and my Dad) to Valiant since 2012," added Rivera. "We've been doing mostly covers since then, so it's awesome to be drawing comics again. That, and it's fun to draw Bloodshot getting blown to bits."

THE VALIANT #1 – Interior Pencils by Paolo Rivera


A New York Times best-selling writer and artist, Jeff Lemire is the award-winning author of some of the most acclaimed graphic novels and comic book series in recent memory, including the Essex County trilogy, Sweet Tooth, and The Underwater Welder. A recipient of the American Library Association's prestigious Alex Award and the Joe Shuster Award, Lemire's work has also been nominated for the Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz Awards. Most recently, his work for DC Comics has included critically acclaimed runs on Animal Man, Green Arrow, and Justice League United, as well as the creator-owned series Trillium for Vertigo. THE VALIANT will be Lemire's first full-length work for Valiant Entertainment.

Matt Kindt is the New York Times best-selling writer and artist of many acclaimed graphic novels and comic book series, including Mind MGMT, 3 Story: The Secret History of the Giant Man, Pistolwhip, Red-Handed: The Fine Art of Strange Crimes, Revolver, and Super Spy. A Harvey Award winner and Eisner Award nominee, his other works include Justice League of America and Suicide Squad for DC Comics, and Marvel Knights: Spider-Man for Marvel Comics. In addition to THE VALIANT, Kindt currently writes two ongoing series, RAI and UNITY, for Valiant Entertainment.

Paolo Rivera quickly gained notoriety for his painted artwork on Marvel Comics' Mythos before moving on to provide distinctive and striking covers for nearly all of the publisher's top series. With his father Joe Rivera inking his work, Rivera penciled the best-selling relaunch of Marvel's Daredevil with writer Mark Waid – a run that won the father-son duo two Eisner Awards for their work. THE VALIANT will mark Rivera's first full-length comics' work since Daredevil in 2012. He can be found online at paolorivera.blogspot.com and twitter.com/PaoloMRivera.

This December, the Geomancer's sacred mission begins anew as superstar creators Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, and Paolo Rivera bring together THE VALIANT – a new comic book milestone, coming soon from Valiant Entertainment.

THE VALIANT #1 (of 4)
Written by JEFF LEMIRE & MATT KINDT
Art & Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs.
COMING IN DECEMBER

BLOODSHOT – Character Study by Paolo Rivera


GEOMANCER – Character Study by Paolo Rivera

IMMORTAL ENEMY – Character Study by Paolo Rivera

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DYNAMITE SIGNS POPULAR THRILLBENT WEB COMIC, THE DAMNATION OF CHARLIE WORMWOOD, FOR FIRST-TIME IN PERIODICAL FORMAT‏

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Dynamite Entertainment is proud to welcome The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood, the popular web comic first published by digital platform Thrillbent, to their print publishing library, beginning in October with the release of the first issue by Christina Blanch, Chris Carr, Chee, and Troy Peteri.  The debut issue features a color cover by Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie), plus an incentive cover edition by regular series artist Chee.

The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood dares to ask:  how far will a man go to save his son?  Charlie Wormwood has a pretty normal life - a house, a wife, a job, and a kid.  With his son sick, he begins treading a dangerous path to make things right.  Teaching in prison gives him many "opportunities," but what problems will he create as he walks into the prison of darkness for his family?



"The whole Wormwood team is so excited about having our book in print," says Christina Blanch, who co-wrote and co-created the series.  "I love digital and print, so there's nothing better!  What's great about being in both digital and print is that you get a different experience while reading the comic digitally and in print form."

Co-creators Blanch and Carr originally launched the series via Thrillbent, a digital comic site created by award-winning writer Mark Waid and television writer/producer John Rogers.  Their first chapter debuted on April 3, 2013, with weekly chapters posted on Mondays.  They are currently up to the twelfth chapter of their second volume.

"One of the biggest treats for me was when I first saw the cover of the Dynamite book.  The book has always been in black and white, and we really don't have covers for the digital version.  However, for the Dynamite #1 issue, both Chee and Francesco Francavilla did covers that were in color.  When I first saw Charlie in color, I just stared and stared."



"The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood is hands-down a fantastic series.  Christina, Chris, Chee, and Troy could have set up the series with any publisher.  We're honored that they chose Dynamite.  This is a great series and I cannot wait for comic stores to make the comics and graphic novel collections available to their fans for years to come," states Dynamite CEO/President Nick Barrucci.

Critics have embraced The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood, as demonstrated below.

"The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood is really, really good... Blanch is turning out a terrific comic."
- Russ Burlingame, ComicBook.com

"A smart and fast read that I would recommend to anyone that enjoys literary references strewn about their comics, and also those that love watching characters' moral quandaries."
- We Are Comic Reviewers

The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' August Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in October.  Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood with their local comic book retailers.
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VALIANT Solicitations OCTOBER 2014



Q2: THE RETURN OF QUANTUM AND WOODY #1 (of 5)
Written by CHRISTOPHER PRIEST
Art & Cover by M.D. BRIGHT
Wraparound Variant by OSCAR JIMENEZ
Throwback Variant by M.D. BRIGHT
Variant Cover by NEAL ADAMS
Blank Cover Variant also available

The most demanded return in comics is finally here! The original Quantum and Woody are back! Legendary creators Christopher Priest and M.D. Bright return to one of the most acclaimed series of the modern era for an all-new mini-series event!

Whatever happened to the world’s worst superhero team? Twenty years past their prime, the unlikely crime-fighting duo known as Quantum and Woody (not a couple) have long since parted ways…until a middle-aged Quantum suddenly reappears with a brand-new teenage partner. Now Woody is out to break up the all-new, all-different Quantum and Woody and put an end to Quantum’s recklessness…just as Quantum takes on a life-or-death personal mission for national security. Can these former friends set aside their differences…and their age…and their numerous health difficulties…to join forces one last time without driving each other crazy?

$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE OCTOBER 15th


 
ARMOR HUNTERS: AFTERMATH #1
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CAFU
Cover by DIEGO BERNARD
Variant Cover by BRENT PEEPLES
Variant Cover by MICO SUAYAN

The fallout of the summer’s blistering crossover event starts now – and no hero can escape what happens next!

The ARMOR HUNTERS invasion has passed, leaving massive casualties and a fractured populace in its wake.  Don’t miss the epilogue to Robert Venditti’s galaxy spanning epic, ARMOR HUNTERS, in the book that will set a new status quo for all of your favorite heroes! Find out here as X-O MANOWAR, UNITY, BLOODSHOT, THE HARBINGER RENEGADES and many more forge a new frontline of defense for the people of Earth!

$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ONE-SHOT | ON SALE OCTOBER 1st


 
X-O MANOWAR #0
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CLAY MANN
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC
Cover B by CLAY MANN
Variant Cover by JEFF LEMIRE
Variant Cover by BRYAN HITCH

Lock missiles and ZERO in on the can’t–miss origin of Aric of Dacia, a.k.a. X-O MANOWAR!

After narrowly surviving the events of ARMOR HUNTERS, X-O Manowar (or what’s left of him) must look to the future, but, to do so, Aric must first learn the startling secret of his past. Be here in October and learn the TRUE, violent origin of Visigoth life under the brutality of the Roman Empire.

$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE OCTOBER 8th


 
UNITY #0
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CARY NORD
Cover by RAUL ALLEN
Variant Cover by CHRISCROSS
Variant Cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN

Before X-O Manowar… Before Ninjak… The world was changed in the trenches…

The unbreakable all-star superteam known as UNITY has saved the planet, and the world is in its debt…but is this the first time a band of exceptional heroes and soldiers has rescued humanity from a doomsday threat? The Eternal Warrior remembers, and, one hundred years ago, behind a curtain of barbed wire and corpses, he led another team of valiant champions on a life-or-death mission that changed the very course of history. Now, for the first time, find out why the world needs UNITY…and why there has always been one to stand against the threats no ordinary team could match!

$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE OCTOBER 15th



THE DEATH-DEFYING DR. MIRAGE #2 (of 5)
Written by JEN VAN METER
Art & Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE

Descent and peril! 

Leaving her mortal body in deadly danger, the spirit of Dr. Mirage is about to enter the afterlife’s web of worlds, and begin the fight to win back a partner she thought she’d lost forever. But enemies lie in wait everywhere, and while demons and beasts besiege Mirage in the spirit world, an unexpected new eruption of evil threatens her life on Earth!

$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE OCTOBER 8th


   
ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #25 (ANNIVERSARY HULLABALOO!)
Written by FRED VAN LENTE, RAY FAWKES, JUSTIN JORDAN, DONNY CATES & ELIOT RAHAL, JOEY ESPOSITO and MORE!
Art by CLAYTON HENRY, SHAWN CRYSTAL, MICHAEL WALSH, BARRY KITSON, and MORE!
Cover A by CLAYTON HENRY
Cover B by SHAWN CRYSTAL
Variant Cover by PERE PEREZ
Throwback Variant by JIM CALAFIORE
Variant Cover by MICHAEL WALSH

IT ALL ENDS HERE...SERIOUSLY...THIS TIME IT LITERALLY ALL ENDS HERE. (MAYBE?!)

Be here front and center as the original creative team of Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry lead off a 48-page A&A hollapalooza honoring Valiant’s most dysfunctional duo!  Plus: the offi cial Archer & Armstrong drinking game! Armstrong’s fi rst drink! A very special Timewalker adventure! And much more!

Featuring a who’s who of funnybook madcappery with all-new stories and shenanigans from Donny Cates (Buzzkill), Shawn Crystal (Deadpool), Ray Fawkes (Batman: Eternal), Justin Jordan (Dead Body Road), Barry Kitson (Empire), Michael Walsh (Secret Avengers), and many, many more!

$4.99 | T+ | 48 pgs. | ON SALE OCTOBER 29th


 
THE DELINQUENTS #3 (of 4)
Written by JAMES ASMUS & FRED VAN LENTE
Art by KANO
Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
Board Game Variant by JUAN DOE
Variant Cover by KHARI EVANS

GET DELINQUENT! 

As the road trip from hell enters its penultimate pit stop, our curious cuatro must make a choice that will FOREVER CHANGE THE WORLD…or at least change the course of HOBO HISTORY as we know it! With only a mysterious ass-map (yes, we said ass-map!) to guide them, Archer and Armstrong and Quantum and Woody are about out to discover the HOLE of America…uncover the secrets of their mysterious benefactor…and take down corporate America while they’re at it! It’s independent comics, we can do whatever we want, baby!

$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE OCTOBER 22nd


 
BLOODSHOT #24
Written by B. CLAY MOORE
Art by WILL ROSADO
Cover by RAFA SANDOVAL
Variant Cover by SINA GRACE

Russian super-spies don’t die easy!

Deep in the biting cold of a former Soviet state, a mysterious cell of sleeper agents – their minds clouded, but their bodies genetically enhanced – are wreaking havoc and inching the region toward war. Forced into a fight he never wanted, Bloodshot is about to discover the shocking secret of their agenda…and, when faced with the might of their unstoppable power, will meet an enemy eerily similar to himself…

$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE OCTOBER 1st


 
HARBINGER: OMEGAS #3 (of 3)
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by RAFA SANDOVAL
Cover by LEWIS LAROSA
Variant Cover by GLENN FABRY

Cold war no more!

Peter Stanchek. Toyo Harada. The two most destructive superpowers in the world — literally — have come to a reckoning of will, and in the fallout of their cataclysmic conflict, each will come to grips with a world in which the other is free…and unchecked. Their former families, the Harbinger Foundation and the Renegades, lie in shards around them. What will stop these men — either of them — from reducing the world to ashes?

$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE OCTOBER 29th



ONE DOLLAR DEBUT: ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 (NEW PRINTING) 
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by CLAYTON HENRY
Cover by MICO SUAYAN

Re-presenting ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 (2012)

$1.00 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE OCTOBER 8th



ONE DOLLAR DEBUT: HARBINGER #1 (NEW PRINTING)
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by KHARI EVANS
Cover by ARTURO LOZZI

Re-presenting HARBINGER #1 (2012)

$1.00 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE OCTOBER 8th



ONE DOLLAR DEBUT: QUANTUM AND WOODY #1
Written by JAMES ASMUS
Art by TOM FOWLER
Cover by RYAN SOOK

Re-presenting QUANTUM AND WOODY #1 (2013)

$1.00 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE OCTOBER 8th



ONE DOLLAR DEBUT: RAI #1
Written by MATT KINDT
Art& Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN

Re-presenting RAI #1 (2014)

$1.00 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE OCTOBER 8th



ONE DOLLAR DEBUT: UNITY #1
Written by MATT KINDT
Art& Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE

Re-presenting UNITY #1 (2013)

$1.00 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE OCTOBER 8th



ONE DOLLAR DEBUT: X-O MANOWAR #1 (NEW PRINTING)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CARY NORD
Cover by ESAD RIBIC

Re-presenting X-O MANOWAR #1 (2012)

$1.00 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE OCTOBER 8th



ONE DOLLAR DEBUT: VALIANT UNIVERSE HANDBOOK 2014*
Written by VARIOUS
Art by VARIOUS
Cover by LEWIS LAROSA

Re-presenting FCBD 2014: VALIANT UNIVERSE HANDBOOK #1 (2014)

$1.00 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE OCTOBER 8th

*RETAILER INCENTIVE: FOR EACH ONE DOLLAR DEBUT ORDERED, RECEIVE ONE COPY OF THE ONE DOLLAR DEBUT: VALIANT HANDBOOK 2014 FREE



RAI VOL. 1: WELCOME TO NEW JAPAN TPB
Written by MATT KINDT
Art & Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN

JAPAN IN THE 41st CENTURY!

The year is 4001 A.D. – led by the artificial intelligence called “Father,” the island nation of Japan has expanded out of the Pacific and into geosynchronous orbit with the ravaged Earth below. With billions to feed and protect, it has fallen to one solitary guardian to enforce the law of Father’s empire – the mysterious folk hero known as Rai. They say he can appear out of nowhere. They say he is a spirit…the ghost of Japan. But when the first murder in a thousand years threatens to topple Father’s benevolent reign, Rai will be forced to confront the true face of a nation transformed…and his own long-lost humanity…

Collecting RAI #1-4 by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Unity, Mind MGMT) and superstar artist Clayton Crain (X-Force, Carnage), start reading to discover an astonishing new vision of the future that Comic Book Resources calls “an immersive experience…unlike anything else in comics."

$9.99 | T+ | 112 pgs. | ON SALE OCTOBER 1st
TRADE PAPERBACK
ISBN: 9781939346414



SHADOWMAN DELUXE EDITION VOL. 1 HC
Written by JUSTIN JORDAN and PATRICK ZIRCHER
Art by PATRICK ZIRCHER, LEE GARBETT, NEIL EDWARDS, MICO SUAYAN, LEWIS LAROSA, ROBERTO DE LA TORRE, and DIEGO BERNARD
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON

An oversized deluxe hardcover collecting the best-selling origin and debut of Shadowman by acclaimed creators Justin Jordan (The Strange Talent of Luther Strode), Patrick Zircher (Futures End), and more of comics’ top talents!

There are a million dreams in the Big Easy. But now its worst nightmare is about to come true. As the forces of darkness prepare to claim New Orleans as their own, Jack Boniface must embrace the legacy he was born to uphold. As Shadowman, Jack is about to become the only thing that stands between his city and an army of unspeakable monstrosities from the dark realm known as Deadside. But is the mantle of Shadowman a blessing or a curse? And what is the true cost of his otherworldly power?

Collecting SHADOWMAN #0-10, the Shadowman Deluxe Editon oversized hardcover also comes packed with more than 20+ pages of bonus features, including covers, character designs, and process art by Patrick Zircher (Iron Man), Lee Garbett (Loki: Agent of Asgard), Mico Suayan (Harbinger), Roberto de la Torre (Daredevil), and many more!

$39.99 | T+ | 336 pgs. | ON SALE OCTOBER 22nd
OVERSIZED HARDCOVER
ISBN: 9781939346438



THE COMPLETE QUANTUM AND WOODY CLASSIC OMNIBUS HC
Written by CHRISTOPHER PRIEST witH BRIAN AUGUSTYN
Art by M.D. BRIGHT with CHARLIE ADLARD, KEITH GIFFEN, OSCAR JIMENEZ, KEVIN KOBASICK, and BART SEARS
Cover by M.D. BRIGHT

The seminal series by Christopher Priest and M.D. Bright collected in its entirety for the very first time – with more than 50 pages of extras and bonus material! 

Sometimes the best friends make the worst partners. Once inseparable, childhood friends Eric Henderson and Woody Van Chelton haven’t seen each other in years. Reunited by the mysterious deaths of their research scientist fathers, the unlikely duo find themselves stuck together all over again when a catastrophic lab accident transforms their bodies into pure energy – energy that will completely dissipate if they don’t “klang!” their control bands together every 24 hours!

Now, armed with an array of high tech gadgets…and two horribly mismatched personalities…and a goat for a sidekick…this pair of misfits has has decided to set the world straight as the world’s worst superhero team, Quantum and Woody…if they can manage to quit fighting each other first.

Now, for the first time in one complete volume, discover the defining masterwork of legendary creators Christopher Priest (Black Panther, Deadpool) and M.D. Bright (Green Lantern, Iron Man) as the complete, classic Quantum and Woody gets the deluxe oversized omnibus treatment!

Collecting QUANTUM AND WOODY (1997) #0, 1–21 and #32, THE GOAT: H.A.E.D.U.S. #1, and X-O MANOWAR (1996) #16 (guest-starring Quantum and Woody), as well as the original backup stories from the QUANTUM AND WOODY trade paperback collections, and the never-before-collected story “Thunk,” along with rarely seen sketches, character designs and process art from inside the Valiant vaults!

$99.99 | T+ | 624 pgs. | ON SALE OCTOBER 15th
HARDCOVER OMNIBUS
ISBN: 9781939346360



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VALIANT FRANCHISE "ARCHER & ARMSTRONG" HEADED TO BIG SCREEN‏

Via press release:


As revealed exclusively at the Hollywood Reporter, New York-based comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment today announced that they are adapting their award-winning comic book series, ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, into a feature film. Valiant has partnered with the Sean Daniel Company (THE MUMMY, BEST MAN HOLIDAY, MGM’s upcoming BEN-HUR) for the production and has funded a script from writer BenDavid Grabinski. The film will be produced by Sean Daniel, Jason Brown, and Dinesh Shamdasani.

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG is an action-adventure/buddy comedy colliding a drunk, delinquent immortal who has given up on saving the world and the idealistic young man who needs him for a globetrotting quest to stop history’s oldest conspiracy from toppling modern civilization.

Co-created by former Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter (AVENGERS), and legendary comics creators Barry Windsor-Smith (CONAN) and Bob Layton (IRON MAN), Archer & Armstrong first appeared in 1992 and quickly became one of the most successful comic book franchises in history, selling more than 4.5 million copies worldwide. With a devoted following that stretches around the globe, Ain't It Cool News has called Archer & Armstrong “the best buddy team book of all time,” adding that “not since Batman & Robin has a more important duo hit the comic world.” 

Most recently, Valiant re-launched the property with a new series in 2012 to an immediate worldwide sell-out and rave reviews. The series’ debut issue garnered three printings; earned numerous awards and accolades; and was named as one of the Best Comics of 2012 by Crave Online and Bloody Disgusting, as one of the Best Comics of 2013 by Comic Book Resources, and was nominated for Best New Comic Series of 2012 by IGN.

"ARCHER & ARMSTRONG is one of the greatest untapped franchises in comics, and BenDavid's script is delivering a vision for these characters that has made us all very, very excited,” said Sean Daniel. “The movie is about the relationship between these two amazing characters, the comic clash between optimism and pessimism, and how family is the most important unifier. It combines globe-spanning action with BenDavid’s singular sense of humor, and is rooted in resonant themes that give it a powerful emotional core.”

Founded in 1989, Valiant experienced a meteoric rise in the 1990s, selling 80 million comic books and quickly becoming the number three publisher in the comic book industry. One of the few companies to ever rival Marvel and DC in popularity and market share, Valiant re-launched its universe of characters to tremendous commercial and critical success in 2012. The company previously announced that SHADOWMAN, another award-winning franchise from Valiant's library of more than 1,750 comic book characters, was being adapted into a feature film. Screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski (THOR, WORLD WAR Z, and the upcoming SENSE8 for Netflix) has been hired to adapt SHADOWMAN with Valiant funding and producing alongside the Sean Daniel Company. Additionally, BLOODSHOT – another Valiant property with sales in excess of 7 million copies to date – has been optioned by Sony Pictures with Matthew Vaughn (X-MEN: FIRST CLASS) attached and a script by Jeff Wadlow (KICK-ASS 2). Valiant has partnered with Original Film for the project. Neal Moritz, Toby Jaffe and Dinesh Shamdasani are producing.

BenDavid Grabinski, writer of SKIPTRACE with Jackie Chan and Seann William Scott starring, also previously wrote an untitled project for Peter Berg (LONE SURVIVOR), as well as CON ED for Alcon Entertainment; SWIFT for Sony Pictures; and THE HOW-TO GUIDE FOR SAVING THE WORLD for MGM with Barry Sonnenfeld (MEN IN BLACK) directing, which was featured on the Black List.

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG joins a highly anticipated slate of upcoming feature film and television projects at the Sean Daniel Company, including THE MUMMY reboot for Universal in 2016, BEN-HUR for Paramount/MGM with director Timur Bekmambetov (WANTED) also in 2016, and THE EXPANSE, which received a straight-to-series commitment from the Syfy channel and is based on the New York Times bestselling series of novels by James S.A. Corey.

“We couldn’t have more apt partners than Sean Daniel – who, as an executive at Universal, shepherded the seminal movies in the genre in BLUES BROTHERS, MIDNIGHT RUN, and ANIMAL HOUSE – and BenDavid Grabinski, who just turned in a truly awesome adaptation,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “We’re bringing the same quality and creativity that established our success in comics to our film and television adaptations. SHADOWMAN, BLOODSHOT, and ARCHER & ARMSTRONG are just the beginning."

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Clay Mann Goes Valiant Exclusive for X-O MANOWAR #0 – A New Milestone Coming in October!‏

Via press release:



In the wake of the sold-out success of Valiant's blockbuster crossover event, ARMOR HUNTERS, Valiant is proud to announce that superstar artist Clay Mann has signed on as the publisher's next exclusive artist for X-O MANOWAR #0 – the first of two fan-demanded, must-read zero issues that will serve as all-new introductions to Valiant's biggest ongoing series this fall!

Also joining X-O MANOWAR #0 on store shelves, look for UNITY #0 – a brand new tale revealing the top secret origins of Valiant's elite superteam from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (THE VALIANT, RAI) and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (X-O MANOWAR)!

First, on October 8th, the true story of Aric of Dacia – aka the unstoppable X-O Manowar – will stand revealed in X-O MANOWAR #0, an essential new jumping-on point for Valiant's flagship hero from New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (ARMOR HUNTERS, Green Lantern) and Valiant's newest exclusive superstar Clay Mann (X-Men: Age of X)!

Known for his action-packed and kinetic work on titles including X-Men, X-Men: Legacy, Indestructible Hulk, and Gambit, X-O MANOWAR #0 will mark Mann's first work for Valiant. Mann is the latest in a recent string of high-profile additions to the publisher's roster of creators, including Jeff Lemire (THE VALIANT), Paolo Rivera (THE VALIANT), and Rafa Sandoval (HARBINGER: OMEGAS), and joins a stable of other acclaimed, Valiant-exclusive writers and artists that includes Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS), CAFU (UNITY), Joshua Dysart (ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER, HARBINGER: OMEGAS), Clayton Henry (HARBINGER, ARCHER & ARMSTRONG), Trevor Hairsine (ARMOR HUNTERS: BLOODSHOT), Cary Nord (X-O MANOWAR), and Brian Reber (UNITY, X-O MANOWAR).

After narrowly surviving the events of ARMOR HUNTERS, X-O Manowar – or what is left of him – must look to the future, but, to do so, Aric must first learn the startling secret of his past. Be here on October 8th to learn the violent, never-before-told origin of Visigoth life under the brutality of the Roman Empire, and how the modern day's most feared armored hero began his journey to the stars nearly two millennia ago. Don't miss the most demanded Valiant story of the year as Robert Venditti and Clay Mann usher in a brand new beginning for one of the most acclaimed series in comics today, only in X-O MANOWAR #0!

Then, on October 15th, Valiant all-stars Matt Kindt and Cary Nord come together to reveal the classified history of Valiant's biggest heroes – then…now..and forever – in UNITY #0!

The unbreakable all-star superteam known as UNITY has saved the planet, and the world is in its debt…but is this the first time a band of exceptional heroes and soldiers has rescued humanity from a doomsday threat? The Eternal Warrior remembers…and, one hundred years ago, he led another team of valiant champions on a life-or-death mission that changed the very course of history. Now, for the first time, find out why the world needs UNITY…and there has always been one to stand against the threats no ordinary team could match!

This October, start at the beginning to discover two of the most incredible series on the stands today in X-O MANOWAR #0 and UNITY #0 – two perfect introductions to the mind-blowing world of Valiant's heroes and villains!
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Desdemona special issue ready to be launched at Loncon3‏

Via press release:


DieGo Comic Publishing, the independent London-based publishing house founded by Giuseppe and Marcella Pennestri, are proud to introduce another incredible Italian comic book to the public: Desdemona by authors Giuseppe Di Bernardo and Andrea J. Polidori.

The series is scheduled for presentation next August at The 72nd World Science Fiction Convention a special issue of 32 pages will be printed for the event. The story titled Obsession is written by Giuseppe Di Bernardo and illustrated by Emanuela Lupacchino. Desdemona is a mixture of noir aesthetic, political intrigue, occultism and conspiracy theory, but does not neglect from the poetic themes of human life.  

“The 13 episodes that compose Desdemona series will be published monthly as digital graphic novel by the end of August” says Giuseppe Pennestri. “We are confident that ‘Desdy’ will receive a warm welcome by the International public, we will also launch a crowd-funding campaign to raise funds and awareness for Desdemona series. We are working to present this amazing character at its best, as it deserves. We are working closely with the author, Di Bernardo, who is preparing to celebrate his 20 years of activity in the Italian comic book scene.”

This special issue will be a limited and numbered edition designed specifically for the Loncon3 event, the book is enriched by a series of original drawing depicting Desdemona visiting London. The book is on pre-sale at www.diegopublishing.co.uk/Comics/Desdemona

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MARCH: BOOK TWO cover revealed -- the sequel to Rep. John Lewis' award-winning graphic memoir!‏

Via press release from Top Shelf Production:


Today, for the first time, we're revealing the gorgeous cover design of March: Book Two, the much-anticipated second part of the March trilogy. It's scheduled for release in early 2015, so we're still half a year away — but the interest in this title is so tremendous that we wanted to showcase something special now, as we head into Comic-Con next week.

Book Two will be significantly longer than Book One, taking a step forward into the tumultuous events of 1961-1963 while continuing the framing narrative of President Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009. Major plot lines include the famous journey of the Freedom Riders, imprisonment at Mississippi's Parchman Penitentiary, and young John Lewis' involvement in helping to plan and lead the legendary 1963 March on Washington.

Nate Powell's powerful cover showcases (on top) the Freedom Riders' bus set on fire by a white supremacist mob in Anniston, AL, May 14, 1961, and (on bottom) Lewis' fiery speech at the March on Washington, August 28, 1963.

As before, we're offering pre-orders on two special editions of March: Book Two exclusively from Top Shelf, in addition to the regular softcover — there is a hardcover edition as well as a limited edition signed & numbered hardcover.

Please join us in celebrating this first look at the next step in the record-breaking March project! Book One continues to rack up awards and honors, has been adopted by schools in 30 states, and is currently being read by 15,000 incoming freshmen at 3 major universities, so the journey of this project is truly just beginning.




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COMIC-CON 2014 Sunday Programs Schedule is Up

Finally Sunday, July 27 SDCC 2014 program panels are now online. Featuring mostly family friendly panels like IDW Kids Comics to Lego. With some mature panels going on like Sons of Anarchy and The Following.

Sunday, July 27
 
10:00am
CCAS Sunday Devotional & Christian Comics Panel
2014 looks to be the year of Biblical epics and faith-based movies. With movies such as Noah, God is not Dead, Son of God, Heaven Is Real, and Mary, Mother of Christ, Bible and faith-based movies are making an impact in the market. Yet such themes have been a longstanding tradition in comic books and related media. Please join the CCAS in a discussion on the history, influence, and future of Christian involvement in the industry. Panelists include Sergio Cariello (The Action Bible), John Schafer (Superbook), Frederick Price (Crenshaw Christian Center), and Bryan Mero (Spirit Knight). Moderated by Clint D. Johnson (Faith Walker).
Sunday July 27, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am 
Room 28DE

10:00am
Comics for the Whole Family
Everyone loves comics, and the only thing better than reading comics is sharing them with your friends and family. An all-star panel of cartoonists discuss what makes a great all-ages comic book that the whole family can enjoy. Panelists include Comic-Con special guests Brian Crane (Pickles), Eleanor Davis (Stinky, The Secret Science Alliance), Brian Haberlin (Anomaly Productions), Willie Ito (The Flintstones, Bugs Bunny), and Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge); moderated by Andrew Farago (curator, Cartoon Art Museum; author of TMNT: The Ultimate Visual History).
Sunday July 27, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am 
Room 23ABC
 
10:00am
DC Entertainment All Access: 101
Go behind the scenes of DC Entertainment with the hosts of DC All Access Blair Herter and Tiffany Smith 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 and products that make up DC Entertainment's rich history.
Sunday July 27, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am 
Room 6DE
 
10:00am
IDW: Kids Comics!
Who's got the best comics for kids? IDW, of course! My Little Pony! Angry Birds! TMNT! Littlest Pet Shop! Skylanders! Cartoon Network: Super Secret Crisis War! Editors Sarah Gaydos, Bobby Curnow, David Hedgecock, and Carlos Guzman talk about all these titles and more. With creators Louise Simonson, Katie Cook, Tony Fleecs, Andy Price, Derek Charm, and too many more to mention! Plus, free comics for kids!
Sunday July 27, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am 
Room 4
  
10:00am
Kids Draw: A Comics Live Drawing Panel
This fun-filled draw-off pits cartoonist against cartoonist as kids help tell the story-with Kelley Jones (Space Mountain), Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), Dan Santat (Comics Squad: Recess), and Kirk Scroggs (Snoop Troop) and as many monsters, aliens, princesses, and plot twists as they can fit into a single panel! Moderated by Matt and Jenni Holm (Babymouse, Squish).
Sunday July 27, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am 
Room 30CDE
  
10:00am
LEGO: Legends of CHIMA
Brian Bowler (brand marketing director, LEGO) will take you on an exclusive, inside look at the development of LEGO Legends of CHIMA with Tommy Andreasen (senior creative manager, LEGO), John Derevlany (writer, LEGO), and Samuel Johnson (senior product designer, LEGO). Hear how the TV series and toys came to life, with the team behind the theme!
Sunday July 27, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am 
Room 25ABC
  
10:00am
Nickelodeon: New Animated Comedies-Bringing You Buds, Baps & Bad Seeds!
Be the first to see an exclusive peek at Nickelodeon's new LOL-inducing animated comedies! You'll also get an insider's look at the creative processes behind these funny, warped, endearing, and booty-shaking shows. The panel features Breadwinners creators Steve Borst and Gary "Doodles" Di Raffaele, Pig Goat Banana Cricket creators Johnny Ryan and Dave Cooper, and executive producer David Sacks. Chowder creator C. H. Greenblatt will be showing off his brand new Nickelodeon series with the working title Bad Seeds. Moderated by Rich Magallanes (SVP of current series animation for Nickelodeon).
Sunday July 27, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am 
Room 7AB
  
10:00am
StreetPass San Diego
Learn more about one of the largest Nintendo 3DS meet-up groups in the country. Administrators Adam Bitting, David Denni, and Yuleni Denni are joined by Michelle Hernandez and Adolfo Coronel as they discuss the group and share competitive advice and tools for video games developed by themselves and the community.
Sunday July 27, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am 
Room 29A
  
10:00am
Supernatural Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Series stars Jared Padalecki (Friday the 13th [2009]), Jensen Ackles (My Bloody Valentine 3D), Misha Collins (Ringer), and Mark A. Sheppard (Battlestar Galactica), along with executive producer Jeremy Carver (U.S. version of Being Human), return to Hall H to answer questions from the audience about what's in store for the tenth season of this exciting series, including their upcoming 200th episode! Fans will also be treated to an exclusive video presentation featuring series highlights, as well as a portion of the special features from the upcoming Supernatural: The Complete Ninth Season DVD and Blu-ray release on September 9. The tenth season of Supernatural will premiere this fall in its Tuesday time period at 9/8c on The CW. The series is produced by Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Sunday July 27, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am 
Hall H
  
10:00am
The Emily the Strange Panel Experience
Join Emily the Strange creator Rob Reger and his cast of Strangers for their annual panel experience and get the insider scoop on the all-ages Dark Horse comic book series Emily and the Strangers, including sneak peeks at new artwork and story lines from upcoming issues. Hear some snippets of new tracks from Emily and the Strangers and see behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the Calling All Guitars animated music video. As always, audience participation will be encouraged and perhaps enforced with plenty of rewards for being strange...Oh yeah, and some Q&A with updates on the feature film development. Be there or Get lost!
Sunday July 27, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am 
Room 32AB
  
10:00am
The Fifth Beatle: The Beatles, The Big Screen, and Beyond
One of the hottest graphic novels of 2013, The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, is now one of the most highly anticipated films, having secured the approval of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, and Olivia Harrison, along with unprecedented access to the entire Beatles music catalog. Fifth Beatle writer and producer Vivek J. Tiwary (Green Day's American Idiot) introduces a series of very special guests for a discussion of The Fifth Beatle's development, and breaking news.
Sunday July 27, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am 
Room 24ABC
  
10:00am
The Annual Jack Kirby Tribute Panel
Each year, we set aside time to talk about Comic-Con's first superstar guest and the man they call The King of the Comics, Jack Kirby. Jack left us in 1994 but his influence on comics, film, and this convention has never been greater. Discussing the man and his work this year are Len Wein, Scott Shaw!, Charles Kochman (editorial director, Harry N. Abrams Books) and Kirby family attorney Paul S. Levine, plus members of Jack's family. And of course, it's moderated by Mark Evanier.
Sunday July 27, 2014 10:00am - 11:15am 
Room 5AB
  
10:00am
Comic-Con How-to: Collaborative Sequential Storytelling
Perhaps no other medium lends itself to creative collaboration better than sequential narrative. Durwin Talon and Guin Thompson, partners in storytelling, discuss the merits and challenges of creative collaboration, their methods and working with each other's strengths, as they create an on-the-spot sequential narrative with the audience. Durwin S. Talon is an illustrator, comic book creator, designer, digital artist, and educator who has produced work for DC, Oni Press, Image, and White Wolf. E. Guin Thompson is an illustrator, cartoonist, designer, dimensional artist, and educator whose clients have included DC Comics and Upper Deck. Their most recent collaborative work is Beautiful Scars from Archaia.
Sunday July 27, 2014 10:00am - 11:30am 
Room 2
 
10:00am
World Premiere of Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy
Everyone's favorite Great Dane and the Mystery Inc. gang take a trip to claim Velma's inheritance-a cursed castle inhabited by a terrifying ghost-in Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy. Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment invite you to the World Premiere of this entertaining family film and a stellar panel discussion featuring the voices of Velma and Daphne, Mindy Cohn (Family Matters) and Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated), director/producer Paul McEvoy and screenwriter Jim Krieg (Green Lantern: The Animated Series). Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy will be available August 5 on Digital HD and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on August 19 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
Sunday July 27, 2014 10:00am - 11:30am 
Room 6BCF

10:15am
Sesame Street & Pop Culture: 45 Years of Spoofs on the 'Street'
Sesame Street has continuously turned the sensations of the entertainment world into lighthearted attractions that make children and their parents laugh, sing, and learn. See a special screening of the new Sesame Street spoofs "Numeric Con" and "Star S'mores" (hilarious parodies of Comic-Con and Star Wars), debuting in the show's upcoming 45th season. Then explore the ways pop culture has played a vital role throughout the show's history during a panel discussion with the Sesame Street Muppets and Eric Jacobson (Grover and Bert), Joey Mazzarino (Murray Monster, Sesame Street head writer and director), David Rudman (Cookie Monster and Baby Bear), and Carol-Lynn Parente (executive producer). The discussion will be moderated by Chris Hardwick (Host of @midnight and Talking Dead, Nerdist).
Sunday July 27, 2014 10:15am - 11:15am 
Room 6A
 
10:30am
Batkid: The Film
Dana Nachman (documentary filmmaker, KTF Films) unveils her latest project Batkid: The Film, which chronicles the making of the overnight international phenomenon that is Batkid. The panel features Patricia Wilson (CEO of Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area and mastermind behind Batkid), Eric Johnston (Batkid's adult Batman sidekick and inventor), Mike Jutan (Batkid's nemesis, The Penguin, and Lucasfilm engineer), and Sue Graham Johnston (The Damsel in Distress and VP of operations, Oracle). Join this dynamic team for a Q&A session moderated by Chris Taylor (deputy editor, Mashable).
Sunday July 27, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am 
Room 8
  
10:30am
Comics Arts Conference Session #13: Comics and Global Concerns
Kenneth Hough (University of California, Santa Barbara) examines comic book speculations on drone warfare in the 1940s and 1950s, comparing these early images with modern debates about the use of unmanned weapons. Melissa Colleen Stevenson (Stanford University) compares Fables' Fabletown Compact with the Truth and Reconciliation commissions instituted in South Africa after apartheid and the Ley de Punto Final passed in Argentina after the fall of dictatorship there, examining how Bill Willingham's work approaches real world philosophical questions about the nature of forgiveness, the demands of justice, and the very human desire for vengeance. Hadas Marcus (Tel Aviv University) reviews how various environmental themes are depicted in comics, from classic examples that only touch upon somewhat vague ecological topics, to contemporary works that explore looming environmental and sustainability issues in a much more detailed and often darkly apocalyptic manner.
Sunday July 27, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm 
Room 26AB
  
11:00am
Cartoon Design For Creative Kids
Hey kids! It's time to get happy, have fun, and be funny! Kristian Andrew Sather (Cartoon Design Revealed, Jetsons) returns to Comic-Con with his popular cartooning workshop. Kristian will demonstrate the techniques used in drawing fun cartoon characters. You will learn how to draw your own funny cartoon characters using basic geometric shapes and more. Be sure to join Kristian for this unique and exciting session!
Sunday July 27, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm 
Room 30CDE
  
11:00am
Creating Comics the ComiXology Way
From early experiments like Box 13 and Valentine to more recent efforts like Power Play, Marvel's Infinite Comics, Atomic Robo, and DC2's Batman '66, comiXology's cinematic Guided View Native format has ushered in a new era in comic book creation! Now, you too can learn the trade secrets of creating Guided View Native comics straight from John D. Roberts, comiXology co-founder and director of digital storytelling, joined by Reilly Brown, co-creator of Power Play and artist on Deadpool: The Gauntlet Infinite Comics, and Jamal Igle creator, writer, and artist of the exciting GVN comic Molly Danger.
Sunday July 27, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm 
Room 24ABC

11:00am
Middle Grade Extravaganza
The best stories stay with you forever. They shape who we are and what we love. Join some of the industries great storytellers as they talk about stories that shape and mold and stick with you long after the book has closed. Featuring Paul Pope (The Rise of Aurora West), Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants), Rachel Renee Russell (The Dork Diaries), Brandon Mull (Sky Raiders), E. J. Altbacker (Shark Wars), Pseudonymous Bosch (Bad Magic), and P. Craig Russell (The Graveyard Book) in conversation with David Mariotte of Mysterious Galaxy.
Sunday July 27, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm 
Room 25ABC
  
11:00am
Monsterpalooza with Oni Press and Friends!
Three artists go head-to-head in a timed drawing competition! Oni Press's associate editor Robin Herrera and cartoonist Zander Cannon (Heck, Double Barrel), along with two other artists, take your suggestions and turn them into terrifying-or sometimes, adorable-monsters! Kids of all ages are welcome!
Sunday July 27, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm 
Room 32AB
  
11:00am
Robert Kirkman's Skybound Comics
Skybound's Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and other Skybound writers and artists-including Josh Williamson (Ghosted), Khary Randolph (Tech Jacket), Matt Roberts (Manifest Destiny), and Chris Dingess (Manifest Destiny)-discuss not only their own works but the ever-changing landscape of the modern comic book industry. Moderated by Skybound editorial director Sean Mackiewicz.
Sunday July 27, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm 
Room 7AB
  
11:00am
Spotlight on Chuck Dixon
Comic-Con special guest Chuck Dixon (Batman, Punisher, Winterworld, Bad Times) will conduct his own informal Q&A about comic book writing, the creation of Bane, how to live in Florida but write about life in a world of constant winter, and what it's like to be a lightning rod of controversy in a world of make-believe.
Sunday July 27, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm 
Room 28DE
  
11:00am
Spotlight on Jim Rugg
Comic-Con special guest Jim Rugg (Street Angel, The PLAIN Janes, Afrodisiac, Rambo 3.5, The Guild) discusses his experience as a cartoonist/designer/illustrator/podcaster through a visual presentation and an audience Q&A.
Sunday July 27, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm 
Room 4
  
11:00am
The Cross-Generational Appeal of Doctor Who
Moderator C.J. DeAngelus (Repo! The Genetic Opera) leads a discussion exploring the appeal of Doctor Who amongst fans of all ages. Fans are encouraged to bring their fondest memories of the Doctor to the panel. Panelists include Billy Javandel (age 11), Bob Mitch (The Big Whobowski), Ewan J. Anderson (The Doctor Games), Vickie Sebring, and E. Gerry Hoard.
Sunday July 27, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm 
Room 29A
  
11:00am
The Secret Origin of Good Readers
How important is reading at an early age? Panelists will demonstrate how students can create their own comics in a classroom and the benefits of utilizing graphic novels in academic settings. They include New York Times bestselling author Frank Beddor (The Looking Glass Wars, Hatter M), writer Anina Bennett (Boilerplate, Heartbreakers), writer/editor Dave Elliot (Weirding Willows), librarian Karen Green (Columbia University),New York Times bestselling author Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men, Dirk & Steele), Harvey Award nominee Connor McCreery (Kill Shakespeare), Nancy Silberkleit (co-CEO of Archie Comics) and comics retailer Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics). Secret Origin of Good Readers free 70+ page companion resource book PDF and reading lists at www.night-flight.com/secretorigin courtesy of XMission.com.
Sunday July 27, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm 
Room 23ABC
  
11:15am
Marvel: Women of Marvel
From Ms. Marvel to Black Widow, from Twitter to tumblr, women in comics has been one of the most talked-about topics in the industry recently. Join the conversation as women from every discipline in the creative process at Marvel discuss what it's like working as a woman in comics today and what it means for the future of the industry. Panelists include producer and photographer Judy Stephens, Marvel's The Watcher host Lorraine Cink, Marvel Studios asset manager Alexis Auditore, artist Katie Cook (All-New Marvel NOW! Animal Variants) artist Rachelle Rosenberg (Amazing X-Men), and special guest editor-in-chief Axel Alonso!
Sunday July 27, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm 
Room 5AB
  
11:15am
Spotlight on Jim Lee
Join DC Entertainment co-publisher and Comic-Con International 2014 Souvenir Book cover artist Jim Lee (Superman Unchained, Justice League, Batman) as he talks about his 25+ years in the comics industry, followed by a brief Q&A session.
Sunday July 27, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm 
Room 6DE
  
11:15am
The Following Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Hit thriller The Following returns to Comic-Con for a third year. Series stars Kevin Bacon (Mystic River), Shawn Ashmore (X-Men: The Last Stand), Sam Underwood (Dexter), and Jessica Stroup (90210) will join creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson (Scream) and executive producer Marcos Siega (The Vampire Diaries) for an on-stage Q&A and video presentation. With Joe Carroll once again behind bars, Lily Gray shot in cold blood by Mike Weston, and Luke dead at the hands of Max Hardy, Ryan Hardy's conviction to forge a new life will be put to the test in the psychologically intense third season, when a new villain emerges from the shadows, proving to be even more insidious and dangerous than his former archenemy, Joe Carroll. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Outerbanks Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, The Following's third season premieres midseason on FOX.
Sunday July 27, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm 
Hall H
  
11:30am
Comic-Con How-To: Figure Sculpting
The Shiflett Brothers walk you through their process for creating figurative sculptures for the comic book and fantasy statue industry. They will discuss armature building, bulking out the form, detailing, and finishing. Brandon and Jarrod Shiflett are 20-year veterans of the comic book statue industry. They have sculpted pieces for Sideshow Collectibles, Bowen Designs, Moore Creations, Toy Biz, and many more.
Sunday July 27, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm 
Room 2
  
11:30am
From Snidely Whiplash to Voldemort and Back: The Guys (and Gals?) We Love to Hate
Panelists Matthew Holm (Babymouse, Squish), Talia Hurwich (Johns Hopkins University), Faith Erin Hicks (Friends With Boys, Superhero Girl, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong), Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin), Jonathan Hamel (game designer, Amazon Game Studios), and Royden Lepp (Rust) discuss what makes a fan-favorite villain and what budding creators might want to think about when hatching their own knavish ne'er-do-wells. They'll tackle how villains of past and present have changed, how affective villains play foil to their heroes, and whether villains are becoming more believable and more likeable. Panelists will then ask the audience to help create an SDCC 2014 villain.
Sunday July 27, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm 
Room 8
  
11:30am
Cartoon Voices #2
Yesterday's Cartoon Voices panel will have been such a hit that today we'll have to do another one with different but equally talented actors from the world of animation voicing. Once again, moderator Mark Evanier has assembled an all-star dais that will include Gregg Berger (The Garfield Show, Transformers), Vanessa Marshall (The Spectacular Spider-Man, Young Justice), Fred Tatasciore (The Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness), Debra Wilson (MAD TV, Family Guy), Robin Atkins Downes (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Thundercats), and maybe someone else.
Sunday July 27, 2014 11:30am - 12:45pm 
Room 6A
  
11:45am
Teen Titans Go! Video Presentation and Q&A
Titans Whaaat?? If you want to experience the liveliest panel at Comic-Con...Go! here. If throwing a meatball party with your friends or singing a song about waffles sounds like a good time . . . Go! here. If you want to find out what's in store for Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy, Cyborg and Raven then you definitely want to GO!...here. The Teen Titans are back at it again with all new comedic adventures both in and out of Titans Tower. Be treated to a screening of a new episode, followed by a Q&A with producers Michael Jelenic (Batman: The Brave and The Bold) and Aaron Horvath (MAD) and members of the voice cast. But that's not all! Making a special appearance will be Puffy AmiYumi, the Japanese pop duo responsible for the iconic theme song from the original Teen Titans series. Teen Titans Go! airs Thursdays at 6/5c on Cartoon Network.
Sunday July 27, 2014 11:45am - 12:45pm 
Room 6BCF
  
12:00pm
Dark Horse Builds Characters: Tomorrow's Comics Today
Nearly 30 years ago, Dark Horse arrived with an agenda different from that of any other publisher in comics. The young company was founded on the belief that comics creators should have the option to retain the rights to their own work, and it continues to be a highly fertile breeding ground for new characters, concepts, and more! Now, the publisher is poised to make headlines again with some of the biggest news about new original work since Frank Miller brought Sin City to the pages of Dark Horse Presents! Join panelists for an exclusive look at upcoming and unannounced creator-owned work from some of the biggest names in and outside the industry! This will be THE comics panel everyone will be talking about at this year's show!
Sunday July 27, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm 
Room 24ABC
  
12:00pm
Dr. Zhivago's Innovation in Education: Basic Cartoon and Animation Using Vector Graphic Tools for Kids
Dr. Marie Zhivago (professional cartoonist and published children's book author) and Dr. Eric Banatao (principal of Eastlake Elementary School, Chula Vista, CA) discuss how students learn basic cartoon and animation using an industry standard vector-based app and software on iPads and computers. Kids learn early how to use current technological tools to help stimulate and develop young artist's creative imagination. Join Dr. Zhivago and Dr. Banatao for this Q&A session.
Sunday July 27, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm 
Room 30CDE
  
12:00pm
From Comic Books to Comic Strips and Back Again
Comic-Con special guest Graham Nolan (Batman vs. Bane) discusses his varied career and the differences between working in comic books versus comic strips, as well as his upcoming projects. Join Graham for a fun presentation and Q&A session.
Sunday July 27, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm 
Room 28DE
  
12:00pm
Overwatch: A Discussion with Marc Guggenheim
Marc Guggenheim (Arrow, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters) shares his first novel, Overwatch, which blends the espionage and legal thriller genres, while delving into the inner workings of the CIA. Join Marc and moderator Joe Kelly for this Q&A session as they discuss what inspired Marc to write his first novel and his work in television, film, and comic books.
Sunday July 27, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm 
Room 25ABC
  
12:00pm
Panels & Pictures
Learn about the latest in great graphic novels for kids, with Emily Carroll (Through the Woods), Kazu Kibuishi (Comics Squad: Recess), Sonny Liew (The Shadow Hero), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space), and Raina Telgemeier (Sisters); moderated by Jenni Holm (Babymouse, Squish). In their discussion of what makes a graphic novel "for kids," their creative processes, and their latest books, these fantastic cartoonists will show you that new young readers are the heart of the graphic novel industry.
Sunday July 27, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm 
Room 32AB
  
12:00pm
Spotlight on Michael T. Gilbert
Comic-Con special guest Michael T. Gilbert (comic book writer/cartoonist since 1973/columnist for Alter Ego magazine since 1998) will talk about Mr. Monster, Disney Comics, and his other projects. He'll also discuss how the comics field has changed since he began his professional career 40 years ago. Questions welcome. The panel will be moderated by cartoonist Batton Lash, creator of Supernatural Law.
Sunday July 27, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm 
Room 4
 
12:00pm
Warner Archive Collection: A Batman for All Seasons
As Bat Mite so eloquently stated to the extra-dimensional Comic-Con bat-fans, "There is no one correct kind of Batman." Respected producer/author Michael Uslan (The Boy Who Loved Batman), producer James Tucker (Batman: The Brave and the Bold), producer/director Brandon Vietti (Young Justice), WAC Podcast hosts Matthew Patterson and DW Ferranti, and some surprise guests examine those "other" Batman iterations and oddities throughout history, from early films like Public Defender and the Filmation Batman cartoons to new versions of the character (Young Justice, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Beware the Batman), the off-kilter takes like the cult favorite "roast" of Legends of the Superheroes, and new media (motion comics like Batman: Black and White, Batgirl: Year One, and Batman Adventures: Mad Love).
Sunday July 27, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm 
Room 7AB
  
12:00pm
Comics Arts Conference Session #14: Strips and Pin-Ups, Race and Politics
Robert C. Harvey (Meanwhile: A Biography of Milton Caniff, Creator of Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon) reviews the career of Bill Hume: sculptor, artist, actor, playwright, magician, ventriloquist, author, clown, newspaper man, photographer, animator, television and film producer, corporate art director and cartoonist, and artist of pretty girl cartoons featuring the friendly relations between American G.I.'s and the female population of Japan. Melissa Loucks (University of Florida) reminds us of the work comic strips do toward thwarting the distortions and suppressions of the dominant civil rights narrative, looking at the work of Oliver Harrington, George Herriman, and Jackie Ormes. And Dwain C. Pruitt (University of Louisville) considers the roles that Matt Baker's race and sexual orientation may have played in his work and in his most celebrated contribution, the "Baker Girl," asserting that Baker's work was shaped by the unique African-American expressive and visual culture of 1930s-1950s Harlem.
Sunday July 27, 2014 12:00pm - 1:30pm 
Room 26AB
  
12:00pm
Ball-Jointed Dolls Collectors Group
Doll owners and enthusiasts discuss the world of ball-jointed resin dolls from companies such as Elfdoll, Volks, Fairyland, Iplehouse, and many others. This year artist Bo Bergemann of Bergmann Dolls will talk about sculpting and manufacturing BJDs. You'll also have the opportunity to learn the basics about BJDs and pick up tips on customizing, maintaining, and photographing these beautiful dolls. Share the beauty of your own unique doll, or just see the many dolls on display. From tiny to towering, it's a great opportunity to experience the different types of dolls in the world of BJDs. Make new friends, both real and resin!
Sunday July 27, 2014 12:00pm - 2:00pm 
Room 29A
  
12:15pm
CBLDF: You Can't Draw That! Live Art Jam
Join Francesco Francavilla to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Comics Code and celebrate its recent demise by creating live art before your eyes. The only rule is that it would have been forbidden by the Comics Code! Artists will talk about censorship and make once-in-a-lifetime art! Get a chance to watch live art made before your eyes, learn about censorship, and bid to win the pieces made here to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
Sunday July 27, 2014 12:15pm - 1:45pm 
Room 5AB
  
12:30pm
Comic-Con How-To: Building Your Fandom Armada
Let's discuss relationships and fandom. Bring your OTPs, gather your Armada, and cross over into an expert presentation by two DeviantArt masters, with Kay Purcell (damphyr) and Aun-Juli Riddle (aunjuli), as they help you navigate more ships than have ever crossed the worlds of fandom.
Sunday July 27, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm 
Room 2
  
12:30pm
Marvel: Next Big Thing
Gather 'round friends and family to pay respect for our honored dead-the legendary X-Man, Wolverine! The Death of Wolverine is here and it will rock you to the core! Plus, what happens in the wake of this summer's murder mystery mega-event Original Sin? Join executive editor Mike Marts, senior editor Nick Lowe, and writers Gerry Duggan (Deadpool), Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine), and Mark Waid (Daredevil) for a panel discussion on the next big storylines of the Marvel Universe!
Sunday July 27, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm 
Room 6DE
  
12:30pm
Secret Origin Kids Club
A beginners introduction to comic book reading and the exciting choices available for kids! New York Times bestselling author Frank Beddor (The Looking Glass Wars, Hatter M), writer Anina Bennett (Boilerplate, Heartbreakers), writer/editor Dave Elliot (Weirding Willows), librarian Karen Green (Columbia University), New York Times bestselling author Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men, Dirk & Steele), Harvey Award nominee Connor McCreery (Kill Shakespeare), Nancy Silberkleit (co-CEO of Archie Comics) and comics retailer Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics) present a variety of comic book selections. Kids get free comic books to keep at the end of the panel.
Sunday July 27, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm 
Room 23ABC
 
12:30pm
Sons of Anarchy
Get an inside look into the final season of FX's highest-rated series ever, with creator Kurt Sutter (The Shield), executive producer/director Paris Barclay (NYPD Blue), and the full cast: Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Kim Coates, Mark Boone Junior, Tommy Flanagan, Theo Rossi, Dayton Callie, Jimmy Smits, David Labrava, Niko Nicotera, and Drea de Matteo.
Sunday July 27, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm 
Hall H
  
12:30pm
The Official Disney Publishing Worldwide Fall Book and App Preview!
Disney Publishing Worldwide gives SDCC attendees a special sneak preview of upcoming books from Disney Press, Disney-Hyperion, Marvel Press, and Disney Lucas Film Press, along with their interactive storytelling and creativity apps. Moderator Rose Brock (award-winning librarian) and panelists Nachie Marsham (executive editor for Disney Book Group), Michael Siglain (executive editor for Disney Lucas Film Press/Disney Book Group), Tomas Palacios (editor for Marvel Press), Dina Sherman (senior marketing manager for Disney Book Group/School & Library Division), Michael Zagari (lead producer for Disney Digital Media), and Brooke McKnight (marketing manager for Digital) will demonstrate and talk about some of the exciting new reads and apps coming from DPW. Disney cosplay fans are encouraged to come-as long as costumes are kid-friendly!
Sunday July 27, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm 
Room 8
 
1:00pm
All-Ages Comics Have Arrived
Quality all-ages comics are back and better than ever! We're not just talking about "kids" comics, we're talking about amazing comics that can be enjoyed by young, old, and everyone in between. Join KaBOOM! editor Shannon Watters as she has a lively and fun conversation with several all-ages creators, including David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity), Gene Yang (American Born Chinese, Boxers and Saints), and Ian McGinty (Bravest Warriors, Adventure Time: Candy Capers).
Sunday July 27, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm 
Room 24ABC
  
1:00pm
Archie Action Hour: Sonic, the Hedgehog and Mega Man
Get ready for action in San Diego! Paul Kaminski (Archie Comics executive director of editorial) is joined by Mike Pellerito (Archie Comics president) and artists Jon Gray (Sonic, the Hedgehog) and Evan Stanley (Sonic, the Hedgehog) to bring you an hour jam-packed with action and adventure as you go behind the scenes and get the latest news on all things Sonic and Mega Man. Attendees will power-up with a free gift bag ticket chock full of Archie Action Awesomeness!
Sunday July 27, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm 
Room 32AB
 
1:00pm
How to Draw Manga for Kids
eigoMANGA's team of manga artists and animators will teach kids of all ages tutorials on manga illustrations and storytelling. Join seasoned manga artists Mino Miyabi (The Voice of Innocence, 5D), Dahveed Kolodny-Nagy (Mad Beanz), and Austin Osueke (Rumble Pak, Sakura Pakk, Alpha League).
Sunday July 27, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm 
Room 30CDE
  
1:00pm
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games present an inside look at LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, its upcoming, multiplatform game. Produced by the creative geniuses of TT Games, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham puts Batman, Superman, and the heroes of DC Comics in an out-of-this-world adventure to various Lantern worlds battling Brainiac and some of the universe's most cunning villains. More than 150 characters with amazing powers and abilities provide a whole new twist on the popular action-adventure game. Be among the first to see a Comic-Con exclusive game-play demonstrations and character reveals, receive exciting prizes and giveaways, and witness a true blockbuster announcement. Panelists include TT Games game director Arthur Parsons and executive producer Phill Ring, as well as several members of the stellar voice cast, many of whom are reprising their roles in the famous franchise, including Troy Baker (Batman: Arkham Origins ), Travis Willingham (LEGO Batman: The Movie: DC Super Heroes Unite!), Laura Bailey (Batman: Arkham Origins), Dee Bradley Baker (Phineas and Ferb), Josh Keaton (Green Lantern: The Animated Series)-and special guest star Adam West! LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be available in the fall.
Sunday July 27, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm 
Room 6BCF
  
1:00pm
Little Fish Comic Book Studio: Building The Artistic Tomorrow
San Diego's own Little Fish Comic Book Studio is proud to present a group of emerging San Diego talent discussing the unique comic work they've created under the mentorship of Klaus Janson (Dark Knight Returns, Superman). Join San Diego's buzzed-about comic and manga art studio for this session moderated by Alonso Nunez (executive director, Little Fish Comic Book Studio).
Sunday July 27, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm 
Room 28DE
  
1:00pm
Nickelodeon: Sanjay and Craig
Dude! What's up? For the first time ever at Comic-Con, the rad-awesome stars of the show will perform an episode live, accompanied by clips and storyboard panels from the series. Co-creators Jay Howell and Jim Dirschberger will operate a soundboard and pepper the performance with noiice SFX. Scheduled to perform are Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist), Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock), Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Matt Jones (Breaking Bad), John DiMaggio (Futurama), and other special guests. Following the performance will be an exclusive sneak peek at an upcoming episode and audience Q&A with cast and creators. All children, doom babies, chicken-wing-eaters and talking snakes welcome! Moderated by Claudia Spinelli (VP of current series for Nickelodeon).
Sunday July 27, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm 
Room 6A

1:00pm
Spotlight on Greg Capullo
Current Batman artist and Comic-Con special guest Greg Capullo ( X-Force, Spawn, Haunt) will talk your ear off and answer almost all of your questions.
Sunday July 27, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm 
Room 7AB
  
1:00pm
Spotlight on Michelle Nolan
Author/journalist and Comic-Con special guest Michelle Nolan (Love on the Racks) will join moderator Maggie Thompson (former editor of Comics Buyer's Guide) and Bud Plant (45 years of Bud Plant Comic Art) for a discussion and Q&A about Michelle's more than 50 years as a comics historian/entrepreneur.
Sunday July 27, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm 
Room 4
  
1:00pm
What's Hot in Young Adult Fiction
Strong protagonists, engrossing romance, humor, action, and angst! This popular annual Q&A session and chat about the hottest new titles and trends in YA fiction is moderated by Nathan Bransford (The Jacob Wonderbar series) and features Kresley Cole (The Arcana Chronicles), Kami Garcia (The Legion Series), Tessa Gratton (United States of Asgard series), Tahereh Mafi (the Shatter Me series), Natalie Parker (Beware the Wild), C. J. Redwine (The Defiance series), Brendan Reichs (The Virals series), Margaret Stohl (The Icons series), and Scott Westerfeld (Afterworlds).
Sunday July 27, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm 
Room 25ABC
  
1:30pm
Comics Arts Conference Session #15: Comics of Future/Past: Constructing Race, Space and Identity Through the Visualization of the EthnoSurreal
Recently, Afrofuturism has been making a global resurgence. Creators in all media forms have been producing speculative narratives that challenge the status quo, remix historical perceptions, and situate the black body as subject. John Jennings (University at Buffalo, SUNY), Stanford Carpenter (Institute for Comics Studies), Regina Bradley (Kennesaw State University), and Jeremy Love (Bayou) ask if the term Afrofuturism still remains the proper designation for invoking ideas of race and cultural production, examining the new notion of the "EthnoSurreal" and how it is comprised of the EthnoGothic and EthnoFuturism. This panel will also tackle the articulation of how these designations are defined and how they can possibly challenge and reimagine ideas around socially constructed ideas regarding racial identity, its visualization, and its consumption through the comics medium.
Sunday July 27, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm 
Room 26AB
  
1:30pm
Digital Comics: Going Beyond the Page
A distinguished roundtable of comic creators, digital impresarios and webcomic entrepreneurs discuss all things digital comics-the promise and the peril of the ongoing digital revolution. Panelists include Mark Waid (head honcho at Thrillbent), Ben Abernathy (editorial director at Madefire), Ron Perazza (co-founder of Comic Book Think Tank), Jen Brazas (Mystic Revolution), Hank Kanalz (senior VP of integrated publishing at DC Comics), and Josh Elder (Scribblenauts Unmasked).
Sunday July 27, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm 
Room 8
  
1:30pm
Superheroines! Power, Responsibility, and Representation
Moderated by Racebending.com, an intersectional, all-women (social) Justice League of television creators, graphic novelists, artists, and cultural commentators will explore the topic of women in the superhero world. Featured panelists include Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men), Marguerite Bennett (Batman), and Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl).
Sunday July 27, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm 
Room 23ABC
  
1:45pm
Comic-Con How-To: Frostlings - Crafting a Fantasy World
Long time Disney creators Patrick and Shelly Block discuss how they went about designing their new epic fantasy world set on Luminas. They will provide tips on crafting interesting characters, and thoughts on the art of being original. Patrick and Shelly Block are creating the graphic novel, Frostlings; Shelly writes the dialogue and provides ideas for characters, and Patrick hand paints the pages using brushed ink and watercolors.
Sunday July 27, 2014 1:45pm - 2:45pm 
Room 2
  
1:45pm
Disney's Master Teachers' Life Drawing For Animation
Disney has a long tradition (dating back to the 1930s) of running life drawing classes for its animators. The idea is that understanding and mastering actual anatomy improves animated drawings and gestures. Disney's current master teachers -- Karl Gnass, Mark McDonnell, and Bob Kato -- will talk about their creative philosophies, their approach to life drawing and gesture, how classical drawing translates to animation, and what animation studios look for in artists. Best of all, they'll alert you to the classes they run for civilians. Disney visual development artist Dan Cooper will weigh in on how these classes have improved his animation skills. Moderated by Fast Company's Susan Karlin.
Sunday July 27, 2014 1:45pm - 2:45pm 
Room 5AB
  
1:45pm
Marvel Comics' 75th and Daredevil's 50th
75 years ago the Marvel Universe first came to life with the release of Marvel Comics #1 (soon to become Marvel Mystery Comics), featuring the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner. The company was called Timely then, but as you can see, the word "Marvel" was already part of its comics world. Continuously publishing since 1939, Marvel revolutionized comics in the early 1960s with the help of legends such as Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Steve Ditko. Ever since then, Marvel has proven what remarkable staying power and worldwide appeal these characters have. Daredevil celebrates his 50th anniversary this year, for one! Newer waves of talented artists and writers have all taken the helm at developing these beloved characters' storylines and influencing their looks and appeal into the 21st century. Moderated by Mark Waid (Daredevil), Comic-Con special guests Dan Slott (writer, Superior Spider-Man, Amazing Spider-Man) and Joe Quesada (chief creative officer, Marvel Entertainment) will be on hand to discuss these heroes and what keeps them fighting the good fight.
Sunday July 27, 2014 1:45pm - 2:45pm 
Room 6DE
 
1:45pm
The Strain
Get a sneak peek at the third episode of FX's brand new series, The Strain. In episode 3, "Gone Smooth," Eph and Nora fight to save Captain Redfern's life before coming face-to-face with the horrifying effects of the virus. A spike in rat attacks signals Fet that something inexplicable is happening deep below the city. Released from jail, Setrakian begins his own merciless plan to stop the spread of the disease. Written by Chuck Hogan; directed by David Semel. After the screening, join series creators Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) and Chuck Hogan and showrunner Carlton Cuse (Lost) along with the cast members Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Miguel Gomez, Ben Hyland, and Jack Kesey.
Sunday July 27, 2014 1:45pm - 3:45pm 
Hall H
  
2:00pm
Cover Story: The Art of the Cover
What does it take to make a great cover for a comic book? Let's ask five top artists...all folks who've created some of the best. Come hear the "shop talk" of Mark Brooks (Amazing Spider-Man, The New X-Men), Amanda Conner (Power Girl, Harley Quinn), Jae Lee (Before Watchmen, Batman/Superman), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo, 47 Ronin), and Fiona Staples (Saga, Trick 'r Treat). Moderated by Mark Evanier.
Sunday July 27, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm 
Room 25ABC
  
2:00pm
Fund My Comic
Want to get in on the self-publishing revolution and looking for advice on making your new comic a smash success? From crowdfunding your own comic on Kickstarter to self-publishing with comiXology Submit, this panel is for you! John D. Roberts (comiXology co-founder and director of comiXology Submit), Jimmy Palmiotti (superstar creator and multiple-Kickstarter success story), Jamal Igle (creator of the exciting Kickstarted GVN comic Molly Danger), Kel McDonald (creator of the webcomic Sorcery 101 and the successfully Kickstarted Cautionary Fables and Fairytales), and moderator J. K. Parkin (Comic Book Resources) contribute to this nose-to-tail discussion that will show you the tricks of the trade to successfully create, fund, and promote your own comic!
Sunday July 27, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm 
Room 29A
  
2:00pm
Image Comics: I Is for...Innovation
Drawing creator-owned comics can be tough, but our panelists make it look easy. Join Amy Reeder (Rocket Girl), Chris Burnham (Nameless), Tula Lotay (Supreme: Blue Rose) and a few very special guests as they discuss work ethics, storytelling, finding collaborators, and creating some of the best comics in the business.
Sunday July 27, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm 
Room 7AB
 
2:00pm
Nerdist News Live
Jessica Chobot (Mass Effect 3) and the Nerdist News team catch you up on the latest in movie, TV, comic book, gaming, and tech news. The Nerdist team is going to break down the day's news, interview guests, and then turn some of the questions (and jokes!) over to you.
Sunday July 27, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm 
Room 24ABC
 
2:00pm
Perfect Square: Making Kids Comics Awesome
Everybody talks about comics growing up-but can they still mature without (GASP) forgetting the children? Join this eclectic group of creators and editors for a lively roundtable. What are the challenges of entertaining different age levels? Are there lessons comics should take from manga, animation, and YA literature? And what advice should any aspiring creators know if they want to make their comics truly awesome for all ages? Bring your kids along, or just your inner child, and find answers that will get you laughing, learning, and looking at the craft of all-ages comics in a whole new way! Featuring as moderator writer Tom Pinchuk (Max Steel) with writer/artist Katie Cook (My Little Pony), writer Jenni L. Holm (Baby Mouse), editor Shannon Watters (kaBOOM!, Adventure Time), editor Sarah Gaydos (IDW Kids Comics), and writer/editor Joel Enos (Ben 10, Perfect Square).
Sunday July 27, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm 
Room 32AB
  
2:00pm
Resin Casting and Silicone Moldmaking
Jeffrey Broz (Matrix Enterprises) has presented eight previous seminars about resins and casting. Sam Girgis (Biggerbox Models) is producing large-scale garage kits. Whether you want to produce a garage kit model, mold your sculpture, or reproduce a Steampunk part for your vintage costume, this year's seminar will cover new material choices and tips from previous seminars about complex silicone mold design and casting techniques including rotational molding. Learn from their pitfalls with short run 3D duplication, garage kits, and industrial design. This year, they will also talk more about vendors, guides, and material choices to cast your sculptures or models.
Sunday July 27, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm 
Room 30CDE
  
2:00pm
Spotlight on Brian Haberlin
Comic-Con special guest Brian Haberlin (Witchblade, Aria, Anomaly, Spawn) will reveal never-before-seen art and stories from his 20-plus-year career in comics. From starting one of the first computer coloring studios, to expanding his role from colorist to penciler/inker, writer and editor, get the inside scoop on the creation process of several marquee books and characters from the hundreds of issues Brian has worked on.
Sunday July 27, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm 
Room 4
 
2:00pm
Spotlight on Kelley Jones
He's worked for DC, Dark Horse, and Marvel Comics. Here's your chance to ask Comic-Con special guest Kelley Jones (Deadman, Sandman, and Batman) any question you'd ever wanted to know about his 30-year comic book career.
Sunday July 27, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm 
Room 28DE
  
2:15pm
Dynamite 10th Anniversary Panel Featuring Quentin Tarantino as He Comes to Dynamite! The Sequel to Django Unchained-Django Meets Zorro
Join Dynamite publisher Nick Barrucci, Dynamite senior editor Joseph Rybandt and moderator Alan Kistler as they present a special 10th Anniversary Celebration featuring the upcoming Django/Zorro crossover creative team of Reginald Hudlin (editor, Django/Zorro), Matt Wagner (writer, Django/Zorro) and of course the very special guest Quentin Tarantino as they help to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Dynamite Comics!
Sunday July 27, 2014 2:15pm - 3:15pm 
Room 6BCF
  
2:15pm
World Premiere of Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon
Cap your Comic-Con weekend with an enchanting presentation of the beloved cat-and-mouse combo in an all-new original movie, Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon. Filled with song, sorcery, and slapstick, this enchanting tale finds Tom and Jerry helping return a baby dragon back to its mother-while evading a powerful witch intent on capturing the little dragon for her own wicked plans. Producers/directors Spike Brandt (Tom and Jerry's Giant Adventure) and Tony Cervone (Tom and Jerry's Giant Adventure) will be on hand to present the film, which will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital HD on August 19 and on DVD on September 2.
Sunday July 27, 2014 2:15pm - 3:15pm 
Room 6A
  
2:30pm
Comics Arts Conference Session #16: The Culture of Comic-Con: Field Studies of Fans and Marketing
Comic-Con offers students of popular culture an amazing venue to study how culture is marketed to and practiced by its fans. Rahni Argo-Bryant (University of Alabama), Johnathan Butler (Florida State University), Kelsey Cute (Lynchburg College), Katherine Deck (Wittenberg University), Judith Gallegos (Lynchburg College), Madeline Geiger (Wittenberg University), Christopher McDaniel (Wittenberg University), Alora Slak (Otterbein University), Desiree Smith (Lynchburg College), and Amy Williams (State University of New York at Albany) present initial findings from a week-long ethnographic field study of the intersection of fan practice at the nexus of cultural marketing and fan culture that is Comic-Con 2014. Matthew J. Smith (Wittenberg University) moderates.
Sunday July 27, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm 
Room 26AB
  
2:30pm
Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and The Battle That Defined a Generation
Remember when Sonic took on Mario and tried to prove that Sega does what Nintendon't? Revisit the first generation of console wars with author Blake J. Harris (Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined a Generation) and some of the video game personalities who were in the trenches-Tom Kalinske (Sega of America), Al Nilsen (Sega of America), Bill White (former Nintendo of America employee), and Perrin Kaplan (former Nintendo of America employee), as well as Julian Rosenberg, producer of the upcoming Console Wars documentary.
Sunday July 27, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm 
Room 23ABC
  
2:30pm
Comic-Con Masquerade Replay
Saturday night's impressive costuming event is reviewed, audience questions can be answered, and a big-screen video of all the costume entries is presented for those who missed it or who simply want a second look. Hosted by Masquerade director Martin Jaquish and Masquerade assistant John Ruff.
Sunday July 27, 2014 2:30pm - 5:00pm 
Room 8
 
2:45pm
LEGO: Ninjago
The LEGO: Ninjago team talks about the development of the TV show and toys.Tommy Andreasen (senior creative manager, LEGO), series writers Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman, and Simon Lucas (product designer manager, LEGO) discuss the behind-the-scenes development of the LEGO Ninjago product line and TV series, with Brian Bowler (brand marketing director, LEGO) moderating the panel.
Sunday July 27, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm 
Room 5AB
  
3:00pm
Browncoats Meet-up
Stop by the meeting room this year to hang out with Browncoats and likely hear some news from around the 'verse. Wear a cunning hat. Who knows what could happen? There's no better way to share your love for Firefly, and it's a lot more practical than starting a fight in an Alliance-friendly bar on U-day.
Sunday July 27, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
Room 29A
  
3:00pm
Comic-Con How-To: Drawing with Jim Lee
DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee (Superman Unchained, Justice League, Batman) talks about his 25+ years in the comics industry and sketches your favorite characters live on the big screen in this engaging panel. This is a great opportunity to watch the creative process first-hand and learn the tips of the trade that bring DC Entertainment's characters to life.
Sunday July 27, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
Room 2
  
3:00pm
DC Comics-My Secret Origin, or How I Broke into Comics
The comics industry can be tough to break into! Come by for an inside look at how some of DC Entertainment's top talent -- Greg Capullo (Batman), Nicola Scott (Earth 2), Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Batman, Batman Eternal, The Wake), and Charles Soule (Red Lanterns, Superman/Wonder Woman, Swamp Thing) -- made their careers crafting the tales of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and more.
Sunday July 27, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
Room 6DE
  
3:00pm
Diamond Select Toys: The Best of All Worlds
DST's Chuck Terceira (president), Jason Wires (prototype painter), and Zach Oat (marketing supervisor) preview upcoming items in the company's diverse product lines, from 7-inch Select action figures to electronic vehicles to role-play items to vinyl banks.
Sunday July 27, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
Room 7AB
  
3:00pm
End Bullying! Responding to Cruelty in Our Culture
Have you or someone you love been a target of bullying? Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition is back by popular demand with this powerful discussion on how to overcome bullying. Learn strategies to create witnesses and allies out of bystanders. Panelists include Pop Culture Anti-Bullying Coalition founder actress Chase Masterson (Doctor Who: Big Finish), founder/moderator Carrie Goldman (author, Harper Collins'Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear), Brad Bell (Husbands), Anthony Breznican (author, Brutal Youth), Ashley Eckstein (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Jane Espenson (Husbands), Dr. Andrea Letamendi (The Psychology of Star Trek vs. Star Wars), and representatives from the United Nations Association and Anti-Defamation League. Special topics include geek bullying, LGBT bullying, cyber-bullying, and analyzing how media and entertainment affect attitudes toward bullying and aggression. "From now on, Comic-Con convention-goers will come for cosplay, entertainment, freebies, autographs-and healing." CNN.
Sunday July 27, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
Room 24ABC
  
3:00pm
Fictionalized Nonfiction: The Art of Combining Fact and Fiction
The Beat's Heidi MacDonald will get today's best literary cartoonists to spill their guts on just how they use moments and memories from their lives with actual facts from the time period and how they combine everything into the art of nonfiction or the fictitious memoir. Gilbert Hernandez is the cartoonist behind Marble Season, Bumperhead, and Love and Rockets that touches on his childhood but never tells the full story of his life as one of the famous Hernandez Brothers. Mimi Pond's Over Easy tells the story of Madge, an art school drop out in the '70s when hippy met punk, a story close to her own life. David Lasky's The Carter Family is a biography of the first superstar group of country. MacDonald will ask: Do they draw likenesses from memories or from photographs? Do they take liberties with the facts to tell a more engrossing story? "Fictionalized Nonfiction" will peek into the creative process of today's leading graphic novelists.
Sunday July 27, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
Room 32AB
  
3:00pm
Keenspot 2014: Giant-Size Panel of Pure Weirdness
YouTube superstar Markiplier of the markiplierGAME channel hosts this totally weird 14th annual Comic-Con panel for pioneering webcomics publisher Keenspot, again featuring their transmedia partner Red Giant Entertainment! Keenspot fans are accustomed to comics being free to read online, but Red Giant is about to "set free" the world of printed comic books! On Free Comic Book Day 2014, Red Giant previewed their revolutionary ad-supported, free-to-consumer comic book line Giant-Size Comics with a bundled four-pack of #0 issue flipbooks to incredible response (within hours, the sought-after free bundle was paradoxically being purchased on eBay for as much as twenty bucks!). Along with some of Keenspot's top webcomics creators on the dais to answer audience questions, many of the minds behind the Giant-Size line will be here to discuss and reveal all-new details on its exciting future as a free 72-page weekly event launching in stores later this year. Creators scheduled to appear on this panel include Benny Powell (Wayward Sons), David Campiti (Pandora's Blogs), Thomas Fischbach (Twokinds), D. J. Coffman and Ally Monroe (The God Child), Mort Castle (Darchon), David Lawrence (Magika), R. C. Monroe (Out There), and Giant-Size story editor Brian Augustyn. All attendees will receive the Giant-Size #0 four-pack bundle!
Sunday July 27, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
Room 4
 
3:00pm
Paper Toys from Paper Modeling
Grammy-nominated paper engineer and author Renee Jablow demonstrates techniques for creating paper toys featuring characters from the DreamWorks 3D film How to Train Your Dragon 2. Participants will create paper dragons that can actually fly, with the recently published How to Train Your Dragon 2: Time to Race! by Studio Fun International (previously Reader's Digest Children's Publishing). Examples of paper toys in the form of pop-up books will also be shared.
Sunday July 27, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
Room 30CDE
 
3:00pm
Where Do Ideas Come From?
For artists and writers who get "stuck," veteran writer/editor Barbara Randall Kesel (MLP FIM, Meathouse Man, Airwolf) brings proven tips, tricks, and strategies for vanquishing those blocked brain cells and deadline demons! Part information, part motivation, all entertaining!
Sunday July 27, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
Room 28DE
  
3:00pm
Business of Cartoon Voices
Interested in a career doing voices for animation and video games? There are plenty of people around who'll take your money and tell you how to go about it...but here's 90 minutes of absolutely free advice from folks who work in the field. Come hear cartoon voice actor Bill Farmer, talent agent Sandie Schnarr (AVO Talent) and others, along with your moderator, voice director Mark Evanier (The Garfield Show).
Sunday July 27, 2014 3:00pm - 4:30pm 
Room 25ABC
  
3:30pm
Comic-Con Talk Back
John Rogers, president of the Comic-Con board of directors, will be present to listen to attendees' concerns about this year's event.
Sunday July 27, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm 
Room 23ABC
 
3:30pm
First Second in Conversation
First Second authors Faith Erin Hicks (Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong), Lucy Knisley (Relish), Paul Pope (The Rise of Aurora West), and Gene Luen Yang (The Shadow Hero) in conversation.
Sunday July 27, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm 
Room 26AB
  
3:30pm
Buffy the Musical: Once More with Feeling
Let's end this show with a bang! The powers that be behind Whedonopolis.com, FandomCharities.org and Fandomopolis.org present an interactive screening of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode Once More with Feeling as Comic-Con's big closing event! Many say this is the finest, funniest, most ingenious episode ever to come out of the Buffyverse. But remember, the best part of the show is up to you! This episode was made for talkin'-back, that is-and singing and shouting and dancing in the aisles, with or without your dry cleaning! Audience participation: it isn't just for Rocky Horror and mob riots anymore. Special surprise guest joining the fun.
Sunday July 27, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm 
Room 6BCF
  
3:30pm
The Original Starship Smackdown XIII: Battle of the Intergalactic Stars Edition
Who will duke it out for the highly coveted Smackdown title this year? Can the Starship Enterprise defeat the Serenity? Will the Battlestar Galactica pulverize an Imperial Star Destroyer, and what would happen if Dr. Neil De Grasse Tyson's Starship of the Imagination came face-to-face with-wait for it-Carl Sagan's Starship of the Imagination? Oh, the humanity! This panel of sage spaceshipologists battle to outwit, outplay, and outphaser includes Bobak Ferdowski ("Mohawk Guy" and actual spaceship builder), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood chief film critic), Kay Reindl (Millennium, Twisted), Chris Gossett (The Red Star), Ashley E. Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor ), Steve Melching (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Transformers Prime), Robert Meyer Burnett (ST: TNG Blu-Ray, Free Enterprise), Jeff Bond (toy spaceship builder), Nikki Griffin (editor-at-large,GEEK magazine), and the Howard Cosell of the stars, moderator Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, Femme Fatales, DOA: Dead Or Alive), along with what will inevitably be some very special surprise guests.
Sunday July 27, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm 
Room 6A
  
3:45pm
LEGO/Warner Bros.: The LEGO Movie
Hear all about how key toys from the film were brought to life! Brian Bowler (brand marketing director, LEGO) will lead the discussion on the development of The LEGO Movie with Matthew Ashton (executive producer and vice president of product design, LEGO), Michael Fuller (senior product designer, LEGO), and Jadon Sands (actor, The LEGO Movie).
Sunday July 27, 2014 3:45pm - 4:45pm 
Room 5AB
  
4:00pm
Disney Pin Trading: Past, Present, and Future
Back for a second year at Comic-Con is Pin Pics, an exclusive insight into the world of Disney Pin Trading. Lead panelist Barry Koper (Disneyana expert) will take you back to the beginning of the Disney pin-trading hobby. Anthony and Samantha Medina (Pin Pics presidents) will take you through modern trends in trading and discuss the future direction of Disney pins as collectibles. Jennifer Colyn (Pin Pics event director) moderates, followed by Q&A. All pin traders, Disney enthusiasts, and collectors welcome.
Sunday July 27, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm 
Room 29A
  
4:00pm
Full-Time Creative Work on a Part Time Schedule
No matter which industry (comics, illustration, movies, webcomics, design or animation, costuming or cosplay), "breaking in" has never been a more apt term than in today's media. It is a full-time job, and you only have part-time hours to accomplish it. Topics cover a myriad of organizational subjects: different kinds of leadership that match your groups needs, the importance of starting everyone on the same page and how to keep everyone there, how to build your team, a variety of angles on deadlines and work environments. The panelists, representing a broad cross-section of levels of authority, departments, work pipelines, and sizes of organizations, come from a variety of media, including illustration, writing, design, animation, podcasting, and live-action film production. Topher Davila (art director, GeekdomWear), Sean Glumace (Adobe education leader), Brendan Creecy (Radio BrendoMan podcast), Heather Joseph-Witham, Ph.D. (Mythbusters and various TV), Gene Turnbow (general manager, KryptonRadio.com), Ron Coleman, Ph.D. (molecular geneticist), Jonelle Davila (creative director, TheGeekGirlProject.com), Chris Dickens (writer and co-creator of Vigilante Project), and Mario Martinez (co-creator, TomatoTV), provide content that is a mix of speaking, questions and some short interactive applications where the audience can directly apply the topics covered. As an added bonus to help get your creative work life further along, the panel will give away a one-year subscription to Adobe's Creative Cloud.
Sunday July 27, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm 
Room 24ABC
 
4:00pm
How to Create Your Own Novel: From First Idea to Publishing and What You Need to Sell your Work to TV and Film
The Winner Twins, multiple award-winning and national bestselling sci-fi authors, scriptwriters, and producers, teach you how to create your own novel step by step, from building your universe to overcoming writer's block to the different paths to publishing. The teenage twins have written four science fiction novels and have taught their unique award-winning creative writing method to hundreds of thousands of convention attendees, teachers, and students across the country. The Winner Twins will be joined by bestselling author and renowned actor Richard Hatch, of Battlestar Galactica fame, and other surprise guests who will teach you how to create a film or TV treatment from your novel, and how to pitch it.
Sunday July 27, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm 
Room 7AB
  
4:00pm
Pro/Fan Trivia Match
Len Wein (creator of Wolverine) leads his team of Purple Pros against the Black Ink Irregulars (fans Tom Galloway, David Oakes, Peter Svensson, Derek McCaw) in a steel cage death match of clashing comics trivia titans! Questions will focus on characters celebrating 75th (Batman, Sub-Mariner), 50th (Daredevil, Teen Titans, and others), or 40th (Wolverine, Iron Fist, and others) anniversaries. Come for the trivia, stay for the funny trash talk!
Sunday July 27, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm 
Room 4
  
4:00pm
Publishers Weekly: Creating Great Graphic Novel Events in Libraries
Librarians love graphic novels, and graphic novels make for great library events! LIbrary events create more opportunities for everyone by getting more people reading graphic novels, promoting comics to a lasting audience, and bringing the excitement of 21st-century pop culture events to the library setting. Join a spectrum of creators, librarians, and retailers who explain how these events are changing comics and how you can put one on at your own library. With Karen Green (Columbia University), Sven Larson (Papercutz), Jack Baur (Berkeley Public Library), Erwin Magbanyua (San Diego Public Library), and others, with moderator Heidi MacDonald (Publishers Weekly, The Beat).
Sunday July 27, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm 
Room 32AB
 
4:00pm
The Battle for Multicultural Heroes
The pop culture explosion through gaming, comics, TV, and film has opened up new opportunities for cultural diversity; however, many challenges and obstacles still exists in today's media. In this humorous but poignant discussion, diverse geek experts will discuss breaking ethnic stereotypes and what changes need to happen for us to boldly go into the future. Panelists include Linda Le (professional cosplayer), Andre Meadows (Black Nerd Comedy), clinical psychologist Dr. Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions), and Tony B. Kim (Crazy4ComicCon.com).
Sunday July 27, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm 
Room 28DE
  
4:00pm
The Secrets of Writing
Acclaimed comics writer James Hudnall (Harsh Realm, Espers, The Age of Heroes, Lex Luthor: The Unauthorized Biography) explains the secrets to better writing and making a story that matters and reveals seven key secrets that can turn an ordinary story into something special. He is joined by author Dr. Terry Cronin (The Skinvestigator, Students of the Unusual) for a discussion on how to make the most of your fiction.
Sunday July 27, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm 
Room 30CDE
  
4:15pm
Fantastic Fans and Where to Find Them: The Annual Harry Potter Fan Panel
What's coming next for fans as they continue to discuss, debate, and create, look forward to the JKR-penned Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them film series, plan visits to theme parks across the U.S. and Asia, visit the Leavesden Studios, support fanfic, fanart, fanfilms, and social justice projects inspired by the Wizarding World, have "fandomy reunions" at pubs, cons. and wrock concerts, play Quidditch. and, of course, reread the books-with their new covers. Join Kazu Kibuishi (Harry Potter 15th Anniversary Edition cover illustrator), Dylan Saunders (Team StarKid), Lauren Bird (HP Alliance), Madhuri Shekar (In Love and Warcraft), Mark Oshiro (MarkDoesStuff.com) and Sunny Williams (Harvey Putter and the Ridiculous Premise) at this Q&A session moderated by Heidi Tandy (FictionAlley.org).
Sunday July 27, 2014 4:15pm - 5:00pm 
Room 6DE
 
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COMIC-CON 2014 Saturday Programs Schedule is Up

The Saturday, July 26 program panels of SDCC 2014 are now online. Marvel/Disney and DC/WB are dropping some big panels on this day for their movies and tv shows.


10:00am
The Simpsons
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons-no gifts please-with creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, supervising director MikeAnderson, and director for life David Silverman. Topics include the new Treehouse of Horror, Simpsorama, a visit from Homer Simpson and much, much more.
Saturday July 26, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
Ballroom 20

10:00am
Art & Comic Book Art
As art historians look back on the great Renaissance masters of the human figure like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raphael, so too will art historians years from now look back on the great masters of the human figure of our time: the great comic book artists such as Jack Kirby, Neal Adams and Carmine Infantino (to name a few). Yet in fine art and academic circles, it is still considered crass to compare/contrast the two groups of artists and their various styles. Comic book art historian Arlen Schumer (The Silver Age of Comic Book Art) does just that with his latest, most provocative presentation, curating a fascinating journey through art and comic book art-based on his verbal/visual essay for the upcoming hardcover comix anthology A-1, edited by Dave Elliott, who'll join Schumer for a lively Q&A with the audience.
Saturday July 26, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29A

10:00am
Cartoon Network: Steven Universe
Believe in Garnet, Amethyst, Pearl...and STEVEN at this star-studded, musically inspired gem of a panel brought to you by Cartoon Network. Sure to delight your eyeballs and earlobes, you won't want to miss a moment of the magic. Get the inside scoop and exclusive content from the following guardians of the universe: Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar, Ian Jones-Quartey (supervising director), Zach Callison (Steven), Estelle (Garnet), Deedee Magno Hall (Pearl), Michaela Dietz (Amethyst), and Tom Scharpling (Greg Universe).
Saturday July 26, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

10:00am
Comic-Con How To: Establishing Shot
This presentation will involve the study and use of environments in design, treating them not as chores or equations but rather as full characters, equal participants in the practice of visual narratives. Elvin Hernandez is an illustrator, sequential artist, and author of Set the Action! (Focal Press), a book on background design for comics and animation. He has worked for companies such as Toys R' Us, Upper Deck, and Cryptozoic and is currently a faculty member of the Media Arts and Animation Department at the Art Institute of Washington.
Saturday July 26, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 2

10:00am
DC Comics-Batman 75 Too Tough Trivia: Riddle Me This!
Think you know everything there is to know about the Dark Knight Detective? How do you rank among fellow Bat-fans? Test your Bat-knowledge and rise up to the challenge, as this Batman-themed trivia panel will sure to rack the brains of even the most hardcore Bat-aficionados out there! It's your chance to go Batty and win some exclusive prizes!
Saturday July 26, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 6DE

10:00am
Diversity in Genre Lit
In the literary world, there are mystical beings, futuristic landscapes, magic and mayhem, heroes and villains, and slowly but surely, more diversity in our heroes. Panel participants are the creators that have made a more diverse world with their novels. Join authors Gene Luen Yang (The Shadow Hero), Josephine Angelini (Trial by Fire),Sherri L. Smith (Orleans), Adele Griffin (The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone), Greg Weisman (Spirits of Ash and Foam: A Rain of the Ghosts Novel), and Lydia Kang (Control), as moderator David Mariotte of Mysterious Galaxy leads the discussion of what is "diversity" in genre writing, what it looks like, and why it is important.
Saturday July 26, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 7AB

10:00am
Drawn & Quarterly Jeopardy
D+Q is one of the leading publishers in the world of literary graphic novels. As the company closes in on its 25th anniversary, managing editor Tracy Hurren and editorial manager Julia Pohl-Miranda present Drawn & Quarterly's newest titles for 2014 and 2015. Take part in a trivia contest about the cartoonists, comics, and graphic novels that make up this legendary company's lore. All winning answers will get a free book! D+Q authors will be on hand and special announcements will take place.
Saturday July 26, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 4

10:00am
IDW: Summer Blockbusters!
IDW editor-in-chief and CCO Chris Ryall with panelists Eric Shanower, Gabriel Rodriguez, Jonathan Maberry, Walter Simonson, and Chuck Dixon present a lively discussion about the four biggest creator-owned books of the summer: Little Nemo, V-Wars, Ragnarök, and Winterworld.
Saturday July 26, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 28DE

10:00am
Phineas and Ferb
"Mom! Phineas and Ferb are doing a Comic-Con panel again!" Show creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, along with voice talent Vincent Martella (The Walking Dead), Alyson Stoner (Step Up 3D), and the stars of the series present an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at what's to come for Disney Channel's hit animated series, including a sneak peek at this summer's epic crossover event: Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars. The panel will also feature sneak peeks of two new animated shows coming to Disney XD!
Saturday July 26, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 6A

10:00am
The Production Designer: Architect of Imagination
The production designer opens the script, reads, and literally dreams up the most perfect of all possible worlds in which to tell the tale-whether the story is set in the mythic past, the here and now, or any imaginable future. And then the designer must gather and lead the army of artists who, over months or years, in plaster or in pixels, will actually make the design real. Four top production designers-Patrick Tatopoulos (Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, 300: Rise of an Empire), Philip Messina (The Hunger Games franchise), Oliver Scholl (Edge of Tomorrow, Independence Day ), and John Myhre (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides)-discuss their art, the business, and their careers. Moderated by John Muto (Species, Terminator 2-3D).
Saturday July 26, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 23ABC

10:00am
Why Not Serious? Comedy vs. Drama in Animation
Around the world, animation comes in all flavors. For kids, for adults. Comedies, dramas, romances, action-adventure. But in the United States, pretty much the only animated features you see are comedies, and fewer and fewer TV series are action-adventure. Craig Miller (Curious George, Beast Wars) leads a panel of writers, producers, and network execs, including Ted Biaselli (VP, programming & development, The Hub), Brian Hohlfeld (Transformers Rescue Bots, My Friends Tigger and Pooh), and James Krieg (Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Teen Titans Go!), who'll try to explain why that is and discuss if it will ever change.
Saturday July 26, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 9

10:00am
Writers Unite: Writing and Pitching Comic Stories
Comics are everywhere and publishers are looking for fresh ideas from a new generation of talent. Listen closely as creators Charles Soule (Superman-Wonder Woman, Death of Wolverine), Fred Van Lente (Conan, Magnus Robot Fighter), and moderator Jim Zub (Samurai Jack, Skullkickers) discuss pitching story concepts and offer advice on climbing to the top of the treacherous submission mountain, along with writing techniques and amusing anecdotes.
Saturday July 26, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 25ABC

10:00am
Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Bros. returns to Hall H with a look at three upcoming movies:

Jupiter Ascending - The first original science fiction film from filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski since their game-changing "Matrix" trilogy is an action adventure starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. The story will take audiences from the streets of Chicago to the furthest galaxies of space, as Caine (Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track down Jupiter Jones (Kunis), a young woman whose genetic signature marks her for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos. Written, directed and produced by the Wachowskis, with producer Grant Hill and many of their longstanding creative collaborators, the film also stars Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, and Tuppence Middleton.

Mad Max: Fury Road - Seminal director George Miller returns to the post-apocalyptic universe he created three decades ago with the cultural phenomenon Mad Max. Tom Hardy reinvents Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road, Miller's extraordinary new take on the legendary character for a new generation of fans. The film also stars Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Hugh Keays-Byrne, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies - This December, Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson will unleash the epic final film in The Hobbit Trilogy, based on the timeless masterpiece by J. R. R. Tolkien, from New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures. Bilbo's journey culminates in a desperate and dangerous choice as darkness converges on the Lonely Mountain, and the races of Dwarves, Elves, and Men must decide: unite or be destroyed. Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The ensemble cast is led by Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Stott, and James Nesbitt, with Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, and Orlando Bloom.
Saturday July 26, 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Hall H

10:30am
Avatar the Last Airbender: Legend and Legacy
For over 5 years, The Avatar Legacy Fan Panel has proudly organized this gathering. Moderator Avatar_Mom, Kevin Coppa (Puppetbenders), Elizabeth Furr (fan artist/Amira Ink!), Gene Luen Yang (writer/cartoonist), Angela Song Mueller (character designer), Josh Hamilton (writer), and Jessie Flower (voice actor for Toph) share stories and answer questions. Cosplayers, practice your stance for the cosplay contest! Cosplay prizes include titles from Dark Horse Comics.
Saturday July 26, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 24ABC

10:30am
Fantastic Females: Heroines in Paranormal Fantasy
These authors know how to thrill readers with stories of kick-ass heroines who traverse the boundaries of other worlds and dimensions. Deborah Harkness (All Souls Trilogy), Marjorie Liu (Labyrinth of Stars), S. J. Harper (Reckoning), Christina Lauren (Sublime), Tonya Hurley (Blessed series), and moderator Chris Marie Green (Only the Good Die Young) discuss the paranormal elements in their action-packed novels that keep their protagonists on their toes and readers on the edge of their seats.
Saturday July 26, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 8

10:30am
Marvel Animation Presents!
Jeph Loeb (Marvel's head of television; Hydra Agent) returns for what's become one of the most popular television panels at San Diego. Join Jeph, Stephen Wacker (VP -animation & writing panel blurbs), Cort Lane (huge nerd, VP), and Eric Radomski (giant dork, SVP) for the latest news on the House of Ideas' hit animated shows: Marvel's Avengers Assemble and Marvel's Hulk & The Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Plus: See the eye-popping world premiere of Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors' history-making epic: "Spider-Verse"! Double plus: A special exclusivesurprise for Marvel fans that you will all be talking about for the rest of the convention!
Saturday July 26, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 6BCF

10:30am
Snoopy, His Sister Belle, and Other Sibling Relationships in Peanuts
Though he himself was an only child, Charles Schulz recognized the potential for drama and humor inherent in sibling relationships, which are among the most influential and enduring associations in our lives. Over the years Peanuts portrayed many familial antics, including bossy older sisters, embarrassment caused by a brother's inept kite-flying or chronic blanket toting, and the petty bickering that can be a staple of brother-sister interactions. However, Schulz's comic siblings were also capable of tenderhearted softness-help with homework, sage advice, comfort, and understanding. Kelly Osbourne (E!'s Fashion Police), Corry Kanzenberg (curator at The Charles M. Schulz Museum), Lisa Shirai (director of international licensing, Peanuts Worldwide), and Monte Schulz (son of Charles Schulz) discuss the many sibling relationships present in Charles M. Schulz's classic Peanuts strip with a special focus on Snoopy's siblings: Spike, Olaf, Andy, Marbles, and, of course, his sister Belle, the breakout fashion darling. Damian Hollbrook (TV Guide) will moderate the discussion and Q&A session.
Saturday July 26, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 5AB

10:30am
Comic Book Law School 303: Muy Caliente! Hot Topics 2014
In In this session noted attorney Michael Lovitz, author of the classic The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, brings you a panel discussion highlighting some of the most pressing legal issues and trends facing the creative and business communities. Professor Marc Greenberg and attorneys David Lizerbram, Larry Zerner, and Mark Reichenthal share their collective knowledge and insights while covering the following fascinating topics: contributory copyright infringement and Tarantino v Gawker; collaboration agreements between artists and writers; work-for-hire agreements for independent contractors; the case of Sherlock Holmes and the public domain; a review of the 9th Circuits decision involving Google/YouTube and the Supreme Court decision on the interplay of laches and statute of limitations in copyright suits. In addition, the entire panel will reflect on the Kirby v. Marvel appeal to the Supreme Court, and what impact the case could ultimately have on the comic book industry. Please note: The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and practice tips to practicing attorneys, as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. [This program is approved for 1.5 credits of California MCLE.]
Saturday July 26, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 30CDE

10:30am
Comics Arts Conference Session #9: Queering Comics
Ayanna Dozier (New York University Steinhardt) examines the transformative properties of the pornokitsch aesthetic featured in Golden Age comics, tracing the sociological-historical narratives that link pornokitsch to mainstream and erotic comics and questioning their use of gender, race, and sexuality. Cameron C. McKee (Northwestern University) and Shane Duncan (San Francisco State University) engage with various gay comics series to argue that the tongue-in-cheek humor of camp was (and remains) a central strategy for the construction of queer identity against the oppression of heteronormativity. And using psychological and sociological research, Benjamin Varosky (California State University, Fullerton) looks at Matt Fraction's run on Hawkeye, a single story told through the separate lenses of the masculine and feminine qualities that every superhero secretly-or not so secretly-embodies, to explore how the successes and failures of Clint and Kate individually pale in comparison to those that they share as the unified Hawkeye.
Saturday July 26, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 26AB

11:00am
Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time has Frozen over! As Elsa enters Storybrooke, she brings an icy new twist to the lives of the rest of the fairytale inhabitants. Co-creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis (Lost), and Adam Horowitz (Lost) along with Lana Parrilla (24), Josh Dallas (Thor), Emilie de Ravin (Lost), Colin O'Donoghue (The Rite), and Jared Gilmore (Mad Men) discuss the upcoming season of new characters, new adventures and new rivalries.
Saturday July 26, 2014 11:00am - 11:45am
Ballroom 20

11:00am
Cartoon Network: Regular Show
Dude, the extraordinary hit comedy from Cartoon Network is returning to the spotlight in San Diegooooooooooh! It's been the Year of the Rigby, a season filled with hilarious adventure and shockers. Brace yourselves for a special Regular Show panel with even more fun and surprises-including never-before-seen footage. The following slackers will be appearing all the way from the park: Regular Show creator J. G. Quintel (Mordecai), William Salyers (Rigby), Roger Craig Smith (Thomas), Minty Lewis (voice of Eileen and storyboard artist), Matt Price (story editor), and Sean Szeles (supervising director).
Saturday July 26, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

11:00am
Comic-Con How-To: Digital Character Sketching & Painting
TBA
Saturday July 26, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 2

11:00am
Costume Designers Guild: Costume Design
Get the inside scoop on designing costumes from the costume designers of some of the biggest blockbuster television series and movies. Panelists include Ann Foley (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Lizz Wolf (The Expendables 3), Arianne Phillips (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Mary Vogt (Men In Black I, II & III) and Kristin Burke (Sleepy Hollow). Moderated by J. August Richards (Deathlok, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).
Saturday July 26, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 23ABC

11:00am
Lion Forge Comics: Knight Rider vs. Airwolf, Rampage Jackson and New Project Debuts
Senior editor Shannon Eric Denton is joined by the next generation of creators -- Joelle Sellner, David Gorden, and Eisner Award nominee Brandon Easton -- to discuss their projects: Knight Rider vs. Airwolf, Andre the Giant, original creation Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier, and more. With special panelists Hero of Cosplay's Yaya Han, MMA champion Rampage Jackson, and WWE & Impact Wrestling champion Chavo Guerrero. Moderated by Miami Vice writer Jonathan London.
Saturday July 26, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 29A

11:00am
Pop Culture and the Robot Reality
From "Marvex the super robot" to the Metal Men to the Sentinels, robots have been a prevalent theme in comic books and science fiction. Historically, robots and androids have been depicted as both loyal servants (Rosie the Robot) and/or metallic menaces (Ultron). In this session, moderator Steve Broback (Tweet House, Parnassus Group) joins Brian David Johnson (resident futurist at Intel), Jennifer Barry (Rethink Robotics), and Jason Crusan (director, Advanced Exploration Systems Division at NASA), to survey and demonstrate our coming robot reality, what the next few years hold in store, and how it reflects on the futures depicted by the pop culture robots and androids of our time.
Saturday July 26, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 7AB

11:00am
Spotlight on Don Rosa
American cartoonist and Comic-Con special guest Don Rosa is best known for his Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck stories, especially his prize-winning Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. Join Fantagraphics publisher and life-long friend Gary Groth as he interviews the man in the ink-stained gloves who wrote and drew a whopping two decades' worth of ripping Scrooge and Donald yarns.
Saturday July 26, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 4

11:00am
Spotlight on Raymond Feist
Internationally bestselling author and Comic-Con special guest Raymond E. Feist delivers his first public address on his newest project, The War of Five Crowns. Participate with Ray in a Q&A on projects past, present, and future.
Saturday July 26, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 28DE

11:00am
Temple of Art
Temple of Art is an ongoing 2-year art and photography project, a unique conversation among over 50 artists that includes original work incorporating multiple modalities and disciplines. The show currently has a book published by Baby Tattoo, bicoastal gallery openings, and a feature-length documentary. Creator Allan Amato (commercial photographer, Justified, Wilfred, Necessary Roughness ) will be curating, discussing art as a battleground between ego, alchemy, and discipline. The panel features such greats from both the comics industry and the fine art world as Dave Mckean (Mirror Mask, Sandman), Barron Storey (Sandman:Endless Nights, Marat-Sade Journals), Kent Williams (Kent Williams: Opthalm, The Fountain), Jason Shawn Alexander (Abe Sapien, Batman: End Game), David Mack (Kabuki, Daredevil), Bill Sienkiewicz (Electra Assassin, The New Mutants), Grant Morrison (Batman: Arkham Asylum, The Filth, Happy), Jim Mahfood (Clerks, Tank Girl), Stephanie Inagaki (fine artist, Miyu Decay), and Ryan Graff (designer, publisher). Moderated by Jon Schnepp. A video presentation of original works from the show and preview of the documentary will be played as well. Giveaway T-shirts, postcards, and posters.
Saturday July 26, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 25ABC

11:00am
Top Cow: 2015 Brings a New Talent Hunt, New Projects, and More
Image and Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri and president Matt Hawkins tell it how it is, 22 years and kicking. Learn the details of the new Talent Hunt, find out the latest about Top Cow's various projects and the status of film, TV, and video game projects. Witness firsthand the awesome glory that is Top Cow! MOO! All attendees will receive a special limited-edition lithograph only available to those that attend the panel.
Saturday July 26, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 9

11:15am
Nickelodeon: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-Booyakasha!
Revel in the mutation madness as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles nunchuk their way through bad guys, eat pizza, and kick Kraang butt! Executive producers Ciro Nieli and Brandon Auman pull back the curtain to give an in-depth look at the creation of the current series and talk with the amazing voice talent behind NYC's most dangerous teenagers: Sean Astin (Raphael), Rob Paulsen (Donatello), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo), Seth Green (Leonardo), Mae Whitman (April O'Neil), Josh Peck (Casey Jones), and Kelly Hu (Karai). Moderated by Rich Magallanes (SVP of current series animation for Nickelodeon).
Saturday July 26, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 6A

11:15am
DC Comics-Superman: The Man of Tomorrow
The Last Son of Krypton is one of the most recognized pop culture icons of all time, and this year Superman is set to soar to new heights! Come by for exclusive access on what makes The Man of Steel the hero that he is with people who bring him to life, including Geoff Johns (Superman), Aaron Kuder (Action Comics), John Romita Jr. (Superman), Charles Soule (Superman/Wonder Woman), and others.
Saturday July 26, 2014 11:15am - 12:30pm
Room 6DE

11:30am
501st Costuming 101: Dressing to Serve the Empire
Learn the essentials for what it takes to create a costume that meets the standards of quality for entry into the 501st Legion. This panel provides an overview of what is involved in creating a costume, the different costume categories, and how much time is involved in creating a costume that is screen accurate. A panel of experts describe, display, and demonstrate tips and techniques used for their costume specialties and share the mission of the 501st legion.
Saturday July 26, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 8

11:30am
Inside The Writers' Room: Earth's Mightiest Writers Re-Assemble
If writers' rooms were like superhero teams then "Inside the Writers' Room" just lined up the Justice League and The Avengers for this all-star insider look at your favorite TV series. The scribes behind some of today's hottest genre shows share their candid thoughts on how to write and rewrite the series you love (and sometimes loathe). Find out the deep, dark secrets (and low-calorie snacks) of the writers' room-and why network executives actually care about what you write on message boards. Get the straight scoop on how shows go from inside their heads to a dry erase board to your television sets and tablets from some of today's most talented and outspoken writers and producers, moderated by Sony Pictures Television's jocular senior VP of drama development & production, Chris Parnell. The heroic lineup this year includes Michael Narducci (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals), Steve Holland (The Big Bang Theory), Sarah Watson (Parenthood, About a Boy), William Harper (Grey's Anatomy), Christine Boylan (Constantine, Once Upon A Time), Ashley E. Miller (The New Terminator TV series, Fringe, Andromeda), Steve Melching (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Transformers Prime), Gabrielle Stanton (Haven, Castle, Arrow), Jose Molina (Sleepy Hollow, Firefly, Agent Carter), and Mark A. Altman (Femme Fatales, Castle, Free Enterprise TV Series).
Saturday July 26, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 24ABC

11:30am
Mattel: Monster High 2014. We Are Monster High!
Don't stop rockin' your right to fright-we are Monster High! Rally with the coolest ghouls and mansters of Monster High to get a freak peek at exclusive scenes from the newest Monster High DVD, Freaky Fusion (this fall from Universal Studios Home Entertainment), a never-before-seen webisode, and more! Plus, a live performance from the freaky talented Monster High voice actors, including Erin Fitzgerald (voice of Abbey, Spectra, Scarah, and Rochelle), America Young (voice of Howleen & Toralei), Ogie Banks (voice of Clawd), Paula Rhodes (voice of Sirena & Iris), and Stephanie Sheh (voice of Jinafire and Boolittle). Moderated by Emmy Award-winning executive producer of Monster High, Audu Paden.
Saturday July 26, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 5AB

11:45am
Quick Draw
It's still the fastest, funniest panel in the whole convention! Once again, your Quick Draw Quizmaster Mark Evanier pits three super-speedy cartoonists against one another as they go mano a mano and Sharpie to Sharpie to create great cartoon art right before your very eyes. Competing this year are (as usual) Sergio Aragonés (MAD magazine, Groo the Wanderer) and Scott Shaw! (The Simpsons) and they're joined by Disney Legend Floyd Norman, plus a couple of surprising surprises!
Saturday July 26, 2014 11:45am - 1:00pm
Room 6BCF

12:00pm
TV Guide Magazine: Fan Favorites
TV Guide magazine returns to San Diego for its annual all-star panel. Moderated by senior writer Damian Holbrook, Fan Favorites brings together stars from TV's hottest shows for a lively discussion filled with behind-the-scenes scoop. Panelists (subject to change) include Misha Collins (Supernatural), Sam Heughan (Outlander), Colin O'Donoghue (Once Upon a Time), Aisha Tyler (Archer), and others.
Saturday July 26, 2014 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Ballroom 20

12:00pm
Berkeley Breathed: The Last Comic-Con Panel!
Legendary creator Berkeley Breathed (Bloom County, Opus, Flawed Dogs) makes a rare appearance at Comic-Con-International and-even more rare-will be hosting his second (and probably final) presentation. He's a bit mysterious about what he'll be presenting. However, there is unofficial word that he may be revealing recent illicit photos and art of his best friend Bill Watterson, "borrowed" from the latter's secret retreat in the foothills of Colorado.
Saturday July 26, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 9

12:00pm
CBLDF: Tales from the Code-True Stories of Censorship
For more than 50 years, American comic books were subject to the censorship of the Comics Code, a system born from a time when comics were burned in the streets and blamed for all of society's ills. Though the Code is gone, its influence remains. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund gathers Denny O'Neil, Paul Levitz, and other top storytellers who worked under the Code's strictures to tell the tales of how its censorship touched their creative visions.
Saturday July 26, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 30CDE

12:00pm
Comics Arts Conference Session #10: Brain and Body by Batman: The Art and Science of the Dark Knight
What motivations sustain Bruce Wayne? What was needed to prepare him for his career as Batman? What has this career done to his psyche, his brain, his body? Psychology professor and superherologist Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight), neuroscience and kinesiology professor Dr. E. Paul Zehr (Becoming Batman), health and exercise science expert Eric Bruce (Western Oregon University), and Comic-Con special guest Dennis O'Neil (Batman) discuss, dissect, and demystify the Dark Knight on his 75th diamond jubilee anniversary, providing an evaluation of the psychology, kinesiology, and neuroscience of Batman and discussing the physical and psychological realities of becoming and then having a career as Gotham's Dark Knight avenger.
Saturday July 26, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 26AB

12:00pm
Helix
Get top line security clearance for behind-the-scenes secrets from Syfy's hit show Helix. Kyra Zagorsky (Dr. Julia Walker), Mark Ghanime (Major Sergio Balleseros), Jordan Hayes (Dr. Sarah Jordan), Neil Napier (Dr. Peter Farragut), and executive producers Ronald D. Moore and Steven Maeda give you exclusive access to Arctic Biosystems and divulge details about what's in store for season 2 when the series returns. Moderated by journalist and author Geoff Boucher.
Saturday July 26, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

12:00pm
Hercules All-Stars
What makes each Hercules different? And which is your favorite? Witness a lively discussion and Q&A from a panel of your favorite Hercules actors including Lou Ferrigno (the first of the bodybuilders-turned-Hercules), John Hennigan (current WWE SuperStar, Hercules in The Asylum's Hercules feature), and Paul Teller (star of the "darkest" Hercules series). Surprise video tie-in with a fourth Hercules All-Star!
Saturday July 26, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

12:00pm
Meet Some of Magic
The Gathering's top creators answer your questions and share a sneak peek at upcoming releases, including September 2014's Khans of Tarkir. The panel, moderated by Mark Rosewater (head Magic designer), includes Doug Beyer (senior creative designer), Mark Purvis (brand director), and Gavin Verhey (R&D game and experience designer).
Saturday July 26, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 25ABC

12:00pm
Ray Billingsley: Life on a Deadline
Acclaimed syndicated cartoonist and Comic-Con special guest Ray Billingsley talks about literally growing up in the cartooning industry, from being a child-professional at 12 to a career that has spanned over 40 years. Join Ray for this frank discussion, with a Q&A session moderated by Andrew Farago (artist and curator of the Cartoon Art Museum).
Saturday July 26, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 4

12:00pm
Sci-Fi, Robots, and AI, Oh My!
Every day, our present begins to look more and more like science fiction. We converse with AIs on our phones, communicate by digital avatars, and maintain entire social presences online. Movies like Her demonstrate how familiar-and how close-we are to a world where Cylons co-mingle with humanity. Authors Daniel H. Wilson (Robogenesis), Andy Weir (The Martian), Jason Hough (The Dire Earth Cycle), Daniel Price (The Flight of the Silvers), M. D. Waters (Prototype), and Nick Cole (Soda Pop Soldier) discuss potential robot uprisings with moderator Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy!
Saturday July 26, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 7AB

12:00pm
Spotlight on Bryan Lee O'Malley
Comic-Con special guest Bryan Lee O'Malley, creator of the bestselling Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series, discusses his newest project, Seconds, with Laura Hudson (Wired).
Saturday July 26, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 28DE

12:00pm
Spotlight on Drew Friedman
Comic-Con special guest Drew Friedman (author/artist of Heroes of the Comics) and Gary Groth (publisher of Fantagraphics Books) discuss Friedman's new book Heroes of the Comics, debuting at Comic-Con. Friedman and Groth will discuss many of the comics legends portrayed in the book, including some they have known personally, among them Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Will Eisner, and Harvey Kurtzman.
Saturday July 26, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 23ABC

12:00pm
XYZ-Punk
As Steampunk becomes increasingly popular with the masses, many of its longtime devotees have begun to discover new genres to focus their creative energies and explore new time periods and mash-ups. Panelists will discuss the origins of Steampunk, delve into the popular Dieselpunk and Cyberpunk movements, and then start exploring some new niche areas like Nerfpunk, Rococopunk, and any other fun styles that the audience can dream up! Join moderator Glenn Freund (The League of S.T.E.A.M.) and XYZ-Punks Dina Kampmeyer (Lady Steam Designs), Royden Lepp (creator of the GN series Rust), Russell Isler (The League of S.T.E.A.M.), and Shawn Strider (Sypher Art Studios) for this discussion and Q&A.
Saturday July 26, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 29A

12:15pm
Comic-Con How-To: Advanced 3D/CG Comic Art
Brian Haberlin demonstrates advanced 3D and computer graphics comic art techniques that will speed up and improve your storytelling. He will show you how to use a wide range of programs, from Zbrush to Poser to Sketchup and many more. Learn all the tricks no other pro will show you! Comic book creator, editor, writer, penciler, inker, and colorist Brian Haberlin is the co-creator of Witchblade, Anomaly, and many other comic books and graphic novels.
Saturday July 26, 2014 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Room 2

12:25pm
Legendary Pictures
Legendary Pictures presents a panel featuring their upcoming slate of highly anticipated films.
Saturday July 26, 2014 12:25pm - 1:10pm
Hall H

12:30pm
Kodansha Comics
Kodansha Comics is back in San Diego and ready to talk about the hottest manga of the year, Attack on Titan! Penguin Random House's Dallas Middaugh and Kodansha USA's Kana Koide talk about what's happening with Sailor Moon, Attack on Titan, Fairy Tail, Vinland Saga and No. 6, to name just a few. They'll have some new title announcements and an Attack on Titan sampler for everyone to check out.
Saturday July 26, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 8

12:30pm
Marvel Video Games
The Marvel Games team and some of the most talented developers in the industry cover nearly 15(!) awesome Marvel gaming experiences spanning all platforms-many of which feature the Guardians of the Galaxy! Whether it's exclusive announcements regarding one of the year's biggest console titles (Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes), updates to current favorites (Marvel Avengers Alliance, Marvel Avengers Alliance Tactics, Marvel Heroes, Marvel Puzzle Quest, Marvel: War of Heroes, X-Men: Battle of the Atom, Marvel Pinball), or entirely new game announcements, there's something here for every True Believer of the digital age. Also, a surprise special guest appearance-and the coolest giveaway this panel has ever handed out!
Saturday July 26, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 6A

12:30pm
Sailor Moon Official Panel
VIZ Media is releasing the 200-episode classic Sailor Moon series for the first time on Blu-ray and with an all-new completely uncut and uncensored English dub. Join members of the VIZ Animation team for a presentation on all the ins and outs of the production of this legendary anime series. Bring your questions, too, for the Q&A session at the end!
Saturday July 26, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 5AB

12:30pm
We Are BOOM!
Last year was a banner year for BOOM! Studios, highlighted by the release of the company's first feature film 2 Guns (starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg) and new first-look deal with 20th Century Fox. Archaia joined BOOM! as a new imprint, the all-ages KaBOOM! lineup expanded, and the BOOM! Box imprint was launched. BOOM! Studios founder and CEO Ross Richie, editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon, VP of publishing and marketing Filip Sablik, president of development Stephen Christy, and creators Paul Jenkins (Fairy Quest, Deathmatch), Frank Gibson (The Amazing World of Gumball), and Noelle Stevenson ( Lumberjanes) plus some special guests share their mission to create the future of comics...now.
Saturday July 26, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 24ABC

12:45pm
DC Comics: The Weeklies
DC Comics -The New 52 is in the weekly business, with groundbreaking series such as Batman Eternal and Futures End. And with Earth 2: Worlds End on the horizon, the weeklies are part of the most exciting comic line since the launch of the New 52! Join the amazing cast of creators-Marguerite Bennett (upcoming Earth 2: Worlds End), Ray Fawkes (Batman Eternal), Kyle Higgins (Batman Eternal), Dan Jurgens (Futures End), Jeff Lemire (Futures End), Scott Snyder (Batman Eternal), James Tynion IV (Batman Eternal), Daniel H. Wilson (upcoming Earth 2: Worlds End)-behind this revolutionary storytelling for a look at what the future holds for these series.
Saturday July 26, 2014 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Room 6DE

1:00pm
Family Guy
The Griffins are back at Comic-Con with an exclusive sneak peek at the historicFamily Guy/The Simpsons crossover episode in which Peter and clan hit Springfield! Celebrate season 13 with Seth Green (Robot Chicken), Mike Henry (The Cleveland Show), and executive producers Rich Appel (The Simpsons, The Cleveland Show), Steve Callaghan (American Dad), Danny Smith, and co-executive producer Peter Shin, plus other surprise guests.
Saturday July 26, 2014 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Ballroom 20

1:00pm
CBLDF: Banned Comics!
Bone, Fun Home, Maus, Persepolis, Sandman, Watchmen... they're not just some of the greatest comics ever made, they're also among the most frequently targeted for bans! This year's Banned Books Week celebrates comics and graphic novels and the CBLDF has everything you need to know to celebrate in your community. Jeff Smith, Gene Yang, Carol Tilley, Charles Brownstein, and others discuss how and why comics are banned and how you can fight back by participating in this year's comics-focused Banned Books Week!
Saturday July 26, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 30CDE

1:00pm
Comics Arts Conference Session #11: Focus on Dennis O'Neil
After the 1960s' campier stories nearly ended Batman comics, Comic-Con special guest Dennis O'Neil became the writer who took the Dark Knight back to his dark roots. Working with an astounding array of fellow creators down through his years as writer and editor, he robbed Wonder Woman of her powers, sent Green Arrow's sidekick off to rehab, put the demon back in Iron Man's bottle, pulled Professor X out of one grave and oversaw planting Batman's sidekick in another, and named Optimus Prime. In addition to countless comics, Denny has written and edited scholarly works such as the book Batman Unauthorized. Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight) asks Denny about his career as writer, editor, scholar, and educator. Yes, Dennis O'Neil teaches, too! Come learn from this grand master of comic book heroes.
Saturday July 26, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 26AB

1:00pm
Defiance
The explosive second season of Defiance has kicked into gear, and nothing is as it seems. Grant Bowler (Nolan), Julie Benz (Amanda Rosewater), Jaime Murray (Stahma Tarr), and the rest of the cast of Syfy's groundbreaking multi-platform series discuss the big changes-and huge chances-their characters have taken in this dark and daring chapter of the show. Moderated by entertainment journalist and professional nerd Aaron Sagers.
Saturday July 26, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

1:00pm
Future Landscapes
Whether it's a dystopian society, the aftermath of an apocalypse, or an unknown intergalactic landing point, the way YA novels envision the future is often complex and layered with problems and untapped possibilities. A dynamic group of authors including Emily Lloyd Jones (Illusive), Benny Zelkowicz (Foundry’s Edge), Romina Russell (Zodiac), Michael Johnston (The Heart of Dread series), Pierce Brown (Red Rising), Cam Baity (Foundry's Edge), Charles Yu (How to Survive in a Science Fiction Universe), Benny Zelkowitcz (Foundry's Edge), and Cecil Castellucci (Tin Star) discuss how they create their worlds of tomorrow, the architecture and outlining involved, and what we learn about our contemporary selves as a result of these future landscapes.
Saturday July 26, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 28DE

1:00pm
Little Lulu and John Stanley Fan Group
One of the most memorable kids' comics ever created (yet with remarkable "all-ages" appeal), Little Lulu has generated a worldwide fan following. Learn more about this classic comics character and the renewed interest in the other delightful works of the great John Stanley, and join in for a scripted reading of a Golden Age Little Lulu story. All are welcome!
Saturday July 26, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 29A

1:00pm
Saga
You know Saga. You love Saga. You can't get enough of Saga. Luckily, this year, series creators Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples are ready, rested, and eager to talk to you about Saga. What's coming up next on you-know-what? How could they do that thing to you-know-who? Whether you're coming in your finest cosplay or street clothes, you need to come to this panel..
Saturday July 26, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 7AB

1:00pm
Spark Your Creativity: A Call to Action! Ladies Unite to Create More Female-Driven Content!
Female creators talk about how to cultivate your ideas and bring them to life. Leave with inspiration, confidence, a solid plan of action, and tons of new ideas. Moderated by Stephanie Pressman (Fashionably Nerdy, Stalking LeVar) and featuring America Young (Geek Therapy, The Chimaera Project), Helenna Santos (Ms. In The Biz), Heidi Cox (Stalking LeVar, Geek Speak TV), Kristen Nedopak (The Geekie Awards, The Skyrim Parodies), Patty Jean Robinson (Pike & Trident, Awkward Embraces), Samantha Mason (Fashionably Nerdy, Legends of Atoll), and Stephanie Thorpe (Elf Quest, Shelf Life).
Saturday July 26, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 23ABC

1:00pm
Spotlight on Jim Steranko
Legendary Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. co-creator Jim Steranko is interviewed by pop-culture maven J. David Spurlock. Controverial topics include the true Father of the Modern Graphic Novel; why Captain America: The Winter Soldier is dedicated to Steranko; the real origin of Mister Miracle; the Switchblade Years, motorcycles, death-defying escapes, hot redheads, Marvel, moviemaking, and more. Don't miss it, pal...
Saturday July 26, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 9

1:00pm
Spotlight on John Picacio
Hugo Award-winning book cover artist and Comic-Con special guest John Picacio (A Song of Ice and Fire, Elric of Melnibone) is one of science fiction/fantasy's most acclaimed American cover artists. Join him for this lively slideshow and Q&A, where he unveils the process behind his art, including A Song of Ice and Fire, Loteria, Elric, and sneak peeks at his latest works. If you're a fan of the art of Westeros, Mexican Tarot, book covers, comics, and/or the future of sci-fi/fantasy art, this is the place to be. Bonus: Everyone who attends will receive a free giant Loteria prototype card featuring art by Picacio!
Saturday July 26, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 4

1:00pm
Warner Archive Collection: Trailers from Hell Live!
A match made in classic movie heaven: the gurus of Trailers From Hell paired with the fan-centric trio of Warner Archive Collection podcasters taking a detailed, often humorous dissection of trailers from some of the great films in the fanboy spectrum. From sci-fi and horror to action and noir, you'll get an interesting, hilarious education on current and upcoming releases in the WAC catalog and Warner Archive Instant, from a panel that includes Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Josh Olson (A History of Violence) and WAC Podcast hosts George Feltenstein, Matthew Patterson, and D. W. Ferranti.
Saturday July 26, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 25ABC

1:00pm
Cartoon Voices #1
Each year, moderator Mark Evanier gathers together a bevy of the most talented cartoon voice actors working today and invites them to explain and demonstrate their artistry! This year's lineup includes Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh, The Penguins of Madagascar), Josh Keaton (The Spectacular Spider-Man, Green Lantern), Sherry Lynn (Wall-E, Ice Age), Arif S. Kinchen (MAD TV, Grand Theft Auto), David Sobolov (Transformers Prime, Avengers Assemble) and Colleen O'Shaugnessy (Toy Story 3, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes).
Saturday July 26, 2014 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 6BCF

1:00pm
PLAYBACK: Featuring Universal, Family Guy, and American Dad
Please note: these rebroadcasts and playbacks will include only the panel discussions and special on-stage moments with the panelists. None of the film clips or footage shown at the live events will be shown here.
Saturday July 26, 2014 1:00pm - 2:45pm
The Playback Room, Omni Hotel, 4th Floor Ballroom

1:30pm
Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Superhero Science Analysis
S.H.I.E.L.D. science advisors Ricardo Gil da Costa (Neuroverse Inc.), Preston Dyches (JPL), Randii Wessen (JPL), Leonidas Moustakis (JPL), and Sebastian Alvarado (Thwacke) will brief participants on the case files of the superheroes who make up the Avengers Initiative. For the first time, S.H.I.E.L.D. divulges some of its most confidential scientific findings on what makes these superheroes unique. Moderated by Agent Phil Plait (Bad Astronomy), this training session is for S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents at Level 4 and above.
Saturday July 26, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 5AB

1:30pm
Minimates Mini-Figures: From Marvel to Clerks to TMNT
Diamond Select Toys' Chuck Terceira (president), Jason Wires (prototype painter), and Zach Oat (marketing supervisor) discuss what's coming up for the popular 2-inch mini-figure line, including new series based on X-Men: Days of Future Past, Guardians of the Galaxy, Sin City, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Saturday July 26, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 8

1:30pm
The Boxtrolls
Focus Features presents The Boxtrolls, a new family event movie from LAIKA, the creators of Coraline and ParaNorman, that introduces audiences to a new breed of family- The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright of Game of Thrones) in the amazing cavernous home they've built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town's villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, "into the light," where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs' family. Appearing in person are actors Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, and Elle Fanning; producer and lead animator, LAIKA president and CEO Travis Knight; and directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable.
Saturday July 26, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Hall H

1:30pm
The Whedonverse
Dark Horse's continuations of Joss Whedon's cult favorites (Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer , Angel & Faith) remain some of the most-talked-about comics in the industry. Dark Horse is giving you an exclusive chance to hear all there is to tell about the current series of both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Serenity from the series' top talent, with Dark Horse editor-in-chief Scott Allie; Buffy Season 10 writer Christos Gage andco-writer and actor Nicholas Brendon; Serenity artist Georges Jeanty; and TV and comics writer Jane Espenson.
Saturday July 26, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 24ABC

1:45pm
Nerdist Podcast Network Super Panel
Get some audible chocolate in your audio peanut butter as hosts from your favorite Nerdist Podcast Network shows come together for a super podcast crossover.
Saturday July 26, 2014 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Horton Grand Theatre

1:45pm
The Blacklist
James Spader (The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Boston Legal) and executive producers Jon Bokenkamp (The Call, Taking Lives) and John Eisendrath (Alias, Beverly Hills, 90210) discuss the genesis of the NBC hit series. Join James and the executive producers for a compelling conversation moderated by Mike Schneider (executive editor, TV Guide magazine). The Blacklist returns to NBC September 22 at 10:00 following The Voice.
Saturday July 26, 2014 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Room 6A

1:45pm
Comic-Con How-To: Draw Your Imagination
Take this amazing chance to learn how to draw your imagination on white paper with a black pen. You will realize that you do not need fancy equipment to draw your heart out after seeing Kim Jung Gi's outrageous live drawing! You will get a chance to see an empty canvas transform into a completed scene with human anatomy and perspective in just 90 minutes. Kim Jung Gi is an established artist from South Korea whose artwork has attracted international attention over the last few years.
Saturday July 26, 2014 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Room 2

2:00pm
American Dad
Get an exclusive look at the new season of American Dad- soon to be in all new episodes on TBS-as well as a Q&A with fans featuring Dee Bradley Baker (Phineas and Ferb, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and executive producers Matt Weitzman and Brian Boyle, and more.
Saturday July 26, 2014 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Ballroom 20

2:00pm
Benoît Peeters: Architects of the Obscure Cities Part 1
Comic-Con special guest Benoît Peeters (internationally acclaimed author, biographer, filmmaker, lecturer, co-creator of The Obscure Cities series) discusses his career in comics, and film, his longstanding association with Hergé and Tin Tin, and the circumstances surrounding his discovery of the Obscure Cities, considered one of the most important graphic novel series in the world. Join Benoît and François Schuiten (internationally acclaimed illustrator, architect, production designer, co-creator of The Obscure Cities series) for this Q&A session moderated by Stephen Smith (translator of Schuiten and Peeters's The Leaning Girl, publisher of Alaxis Press).
Saturday July 26, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 4

2:00pm
Charting a Course: Developing the Next Mass Effect
Mass Effect developers from the Edmonton and Montreal studios discuss what it's like to expand on a well-established and beloved video game franchise. Panelists Carl Boulay (lead animator), Fabrice Condominas (producer), Mike Gamble (producer), Noel Lukasewich (senior artist), and Jessica Merizan (community manager), share their experiences in shaping the next Mass Effect game with new possibilities while staying true to the critically acclaimed series. Moderated by Nerdist.com.
Saturday July 26, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 25ABC

2:00pm
DC Comics: New Places for Familiar Faces
DC Comics is proud to have Greg Capullo, David Finch, and John Romita Jr. working on the three greatest heroes of our generation: Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. For the first time ever, these three all-star creators sit down and discuss what it is like to work on the Trinity and what is in store for everyone's favorite characters.
Saturday July 26, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 6DE

2:00pm
Endgame
Endgame: The Calling is an engrossing apocalyptic adventure novel at the core of a groundbreaking interactive project that will be published on October 7. A YA trilogy by international bestselling author James Frey and New York Times bestselling author Nils Johnson-Shelton, the Endgame trilogy follows 12 teens as catastrophic events lead them on a global quest in search of three ancient keys that will save not only their bloodlines but the world. Each book in the series is also the focal point of an interactive experience within the Endgame universe, consisting of a sequence of challenging puzzles that, when solved, will ultimately lead to the location of a hidden key. The first eligible reader to solve the final puzzle for the first book will find the key and win $500,000 dollars' worth of gold. Google's Niantic Labs is developing a location-based augmented reality game that will bring Endgame to life in the real world and allow players to join in battle to unlock the mysteries of Endgame. Panelists James Frey (co-author of Endgame and creator of Full Fathom Five), 20th Century Fox's Wyck Godfrey (producer of the Endgame film, The Maze Runner, and The Fault in Our Stars), John Hanke (leader of Google's Niantic Labs and creator of Google Maps) and Mat Laibowitz (Ph.D., founder of Futuruption) discuss the Endgame universe they've created.
Saturday July 26, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 7AB

2:00pm
Lost Podcast and Beyond
For their 8th annual SDCC panel, Jay and Jack Glatfelter (The Leftovers with Jay and Jack, Jay and Jack's Ramblecast) get "lost" in TV talk. The co-hosts of the popular Lost Podcast with Jay and Jack will discuss ABC's Lost four years after the finale and address rumors of a remake. They will also discuss shows that have filled the Lost void such as The Leftovers, Game of Thrones, True Detective, and more. Moderated by Ralph Apel (Dharmalars, Alright, Let's Do A Podcast).
Saturday July 26, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 29A

2:00pm
Spotlight on Lucy Knisley
Comic-Con special guest Lucy Knisley, author of Relish: My Life in the Kitchen and the forthcoming Age of License, discusses her creative process, her upcoming book, and her unique approach to nonfiction graphic novels.
Saturday July 26, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 28DE

2:00pm
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 30th Anniversary
In 1984, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird published the first issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The comic book was an overnight success, and three decades later, the Turtles are more popular than ever, starring in a hit Nickelodeon television series, an award-winning toy line, monthly comic books from IDW, and a new live-action movie later this summer. Join TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman for a 30th anniversary celebration featuring a who's who of talented people who have contributed to the Turtles' enduring history. Guests include Karl Aaronian (Playmates Toys), Townsend Coleman (voice of Michelangelo in the original TMNT animated series), Lloyd Goldfine (4kids TMNT, Turtles Forever), Ciro Nieli (executive producer, Nickelodeon TMNT), Ernie Reyes Jr. (Keno inTMNT II: The Secret of the Ooze), and Tom Waltz (writer, IDW TMNT comics), and panel moderator Andrew Farago (curator, Cartoon Art Museum; author of TMNT: The Ultimate Visual History).
Saturday July 26, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 23ABC

2:00pm
The Awesomes: A Hulu Original
Hulu's hit original series, The Awesomes, is back! This animated show for adults combines the thrills of comic book storytelling with the hallmark irreverent and inspired comedy of co-creators Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker (Late Night with Seth Meyers). It's the story of the greatest superhero team in history, The Awesomes, and what happens after all the most powerful members leave. Season 2 pits The Awesomes against new supervillain Malocchio Jr. (Will Forte) and his mom, Lady Malocchio (Maya Rudolph). In addition to keeping the streets safe, Prock (Meyers) will face one of his biggest challenges yet: new love interest Jocelyn Stone (Amy Poehler) and an unexpected love triangle. Join co-creators Meyers and Shoemaker, cast members Taran Killam (Saturday Night Live), and Josh Meyers (That '70s Show), and writer/producer Dan Mintz (Bob's Burgers) for a special Comic-Con panel and audience Q&A that will include never-before-seen footage. The second season of The Awesomes premieres August 4 on Hulu. It is a Hulu co-production with Broadway Video (Saturday Night Live) and Bento Box Entertainment (Bob's Burgers).
Saturday July 26, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

2:00pm
The Oni Press Comicstravaganza: All Cats Go to Purgatory!
I Was the Cat creators Paul Tobin and Benjamin Dewey share a hilarious presentation about their new graphic novel and the finer points of feline world domination. After that, it's Hemingway or the Highway when Joshua Hale Fialkov and Gabo present a live table read of The Life After #1! Come for the freebies, stay for the detailed descriptions of a future cat war, adventures in purgatory, and news and announcements about future Oni Press comics!
Saturday July 26, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 9

2:00pm
Traditional Art Training Online
Jeffrey R. Watts, owner and director of the traditional art school Watts Atelier of the Arts offers insight into what it takes to become skilled enough to work in the gaming, animation, illustration and concepting arenas. Jeff's 23 years of teaching insight will help you to understand what skill sets it will take to reach the top in your field. Jeff will field questions about training, working, and succeeding in today's ever increasingly competitive atmosphere. Jeff will also execute a live demonstration so you so you can see the efficiency of his methods firsthand.
Saturday July 26, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 30CDE

2:30pm
Creative Careers in Entertainment
Dawn Rivera-Ernster (Walt Disney Animation Studios), Kim Mackey (Dreamworks Animation Studios), Brooke Keesling (Cartoon Network), Andy Cochrane (Mirada Studios), Scott Campbell (Blizzard Entertainment), and Evan Spiridellis (Jib Jab Brothers Studios) share an insider's look at what it takes to be a part of the film, television, games, visual effects, and web businesses through the different creative roles within each. The panel will discuss the similarities and differences of each format and what it takes to be a part of these creative industries.
Saturday July 26, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 5AB

2:30pm
IDW: Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez
2014 saw the end of the Eisner Award-winning series Locke & Key. Creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, along with IDW's editor-in-chief and CCO Chris Ryall, discuss the end of that seminal series, Joe and Gabe's follow-up projects (The Wraith and Little Nemo, respectively), what they have coming for the future with IDW, and who knows what else? With these three, it's always an adventure.
Saturday July 26, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 24ABC

2:30pm
The Art of Fear
Horror novels have been keeping us up at night for years. From haunted houses to creepy-crawly worms, mysterious illnesses, demons, human extinction, and the apocalypse, these authors give you goosebumps while you read. Authors Mira Grant (Parasite), G. Michael Hopf (The New World Series), Katherine Howe (Conversion), April Genevieve Tucholke (Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea), Brenna Yovanoff (Fiendish), and James Rollins (The 6th Extinction) discuss their novels, the writing process, and why you keep the light on while you read. Moderated by Glen Hirshberg (Motherless Child).
Saturday July 26, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 8

2:45pm
Marvel: Cup O' Joe
Join Marvel's chief creative officer Joe Quesada for this no-holds-barred exposé on everything Marvel. Got a question about a favorite hero? Want to hear groundbreaking news straight from the source? Need a rundown on breaking developments in Marvel comics, film, and T.V? This panel is for you! Featuring editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, talent scout C. B. Cebulski, senior editor Nick Lowe, editor Jordan D. White, writer Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man), and other Mighty Marvel guests!
Saturday July 26, 2014 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 6BCF

2:50pm
Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Dimension Films in association with Aldamisa Entertainment present exclusive footage from the highly anticipated sequel Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For from acclaimed co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. Fans will get to experience the Sin City universe and take part in a special discussion with Rodriguez, Miller, and cast.
Saturday July 26, 2014 2:50pm - 3:50pm
Hall H

3:00pm
Grimm Season 4
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a reception with an angry wesen village! Adalind with an empty baby carriage?! Nick's Grimm powers pillaged?! Captain Renard's blood spillage?! Season 3 left us screaming for answers! Join your fellow "Grimmsters" for a panel filled with wesen, season 4 themes, and of course, a Q&A session with the cast and producers: David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz, Bree Turner, Claire Coffee, and executive producers/writers Jim Kouf, David Greenwalt, and Norberto Barba. Moderated by Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times.
Saturday July 26, 2014 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Ballroom 20

3:00pm
30 Years of Usagi Yojimbo!
Comic-Con special guest Stan Sakai, creator of Usagi Yojimbo, is interviewed by Dark Horse editor Diana Schutz about the upcoming Senso miniseries, The Sakai Project, and the return of the regular Usagi series after a two-year hiatus.
Saturday July 26, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 28DE

3:00pm
Adobe Photoshop: Enabling the Artist in the 3D Print Revolution
Daniel Presedo (Photoshop imagineer), Nikolai Svakhin (Photoshop engineer), Chris Cox (Photoshop engineer), Brian Haberlin (Anomaly), and Poet Name Life (producer, Black Eyed Peas) from within Photoshop CC teach how to create a 3D design from scratch or load a 3D model from virtually any source and print to a 3D printer or 3D print service. Find out about automatic mesh repair and automatic generation of support structures and rafts. A one-year subscription to the Creative Cloud will be given away.
Saturday July 26, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 30CDE

3:00pm
ComiXology Submit: The Future of Self-Publishing
Think you have what it takes to be comics' next indie-creator superstar? Then this panel is for you! Since its launch at SXSW in 2013, comiXology Submit has released over 1400 independent comic book series. ComiXology's marketing & PR maven Chip Mosher and comiXology co-founder and Director of comiXology Submit John D. Roberts are joined by such breakout Submit superstars as the sensational writer and co-creator of The Bunker Joshua Fialkov, Eisner Award-winning cartoonist behind The Mire Becky Cloonan, and the artist/writer team of the Eisner Award-nominated series Watson & Holmes, Brandon M. Easton and N. Steven Harris, for a discussion on how you too can join the ranks of comiXology Submit stardom!
Saturday July 26, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 23ABC

3:00pm
Doctor Who Comics Panel
Writer Nick Abadzis, artist Elena Casagrande , cover artist Alice X. Zhang, and the Titan Comics editorial team reveal exclusive secrets from the upcoming Tenth and Eleventh Doctor storylines and show never-before-seen art and concept designs. Plus, get your first look at interior art from the upcoming Twelfth Doctor ongoing series!
Saturday July 26, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 25ABC

3:00pm
François Schuiten: Architects of the Obscure Cities Part 2
Comic-Con special guest François Schuiten (internationally acclaimed Illustrator, architect, production designer, co-creator of The Obscure Cities series) discusses his career in comics, film, and architecture and the circumstances surrounding his discovery of the Obscure Cities, considered one of the most important graphic novel series in the world. Join François and Benoît Peeters (internationally acclaimed author, biographer, lecturer, co-creator of The Obscure Cities series) for this Q&A session moderated by Stephen Smith (translator of Schuiten & Peeters' The Leaning Girl, publisher of Alaxis Press).
Saturday July 26, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 4

3:00pm
Robert Kirkman Presents Skybound Entertainment Featuring Norman Reedus
Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and his producing partner David Alpert (The Walking Dead) discuss Skybound's journey into television and film beyondThe Walking Dead series. The panel will feature an exclusive, never-before-seen teaser of Skybound's first feature film, AIR starring Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), a co-production with Automatik Entertainment (Insidious franchise) that has been acquired by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. Reedus will join the panel to discuss the making of AIR and what it was like to work with Kirkman and Alpert outside of The Walking Dead. Director Christian Cantamessa (Red Dead Redemption) will also be present. Skybound's newest division, Skybound Interactive, will also share their upcoming slate of games including news about the critically acclaimed game The Walking Dead by Telltale.
Saturday July 26, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6A

3:00pm
Spotlight on Willie Ito
With nearly 60 years as an animation artist, Comic-Con special guest Willie Ito has done it all. He worked at Disney on Lady and the Tramp's spaghetti scene with mentor Iwao Takamoto and on One Froggy Evening and What's Opera Doc at Warner Bros' famed Termite Terrace under Chuck Jones' direction. He went on to The Beany and Cecil Show with Bob Clampett and then Hanna Barbera for the beginnings of The Flintstones, The Jetsons, and many other cartoons. Ito has great stories and experiences to share. After HB he went to Disney Consumer Products and spearheaded implementation of collectibles and licensed products worldwide. He has also designed comic books, comic strips, coloring books, and more. Join animation expert Leslie Combemale of ArtInsights for a spotlight on Willie's life, including the part of his childhood spent in a Japanese internment camp that inspired his most recent venture, a series of children's picture books based on the experience.
Saturday July 26, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 9

3:00pm
Strong Female Characters
Well-written, realistic female characters are celebrated in this panel featuring Comic-Con International special guests June Brigman (Power Pack), Amanda Conner (Power Girl), Colleen Coover (Bandette), Sara Mayhew (Legend of the Ztarr), Jimmy Palmiotti (Painkiller Jane), Fiona Staples (Saga), Paul Tobin (Bandette), and Brian K. Vaughan (Saga), and moderated by Maggie Thompson. Strong female characters can be heroes or villains, have weaknesses and strengths, flaws or assets, and ultimately make the stories we love to read.
Saturday July 26, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 7AB

3:00pm
The Nerdist Panel
Chris Hardwick (Comedy Central's @Midnight, AMC's Talking Dead) and some very-relevant-to-your-interests talent from across the growing Nerdist Empire will engage in lively conversation about the big things to come for Nerdist in the near future. Surprises, big announcements, and, of course, quemments await!
Saturday July 26, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

3:00pm
The World of Indiana Jones
The Indyfans gather for another year of globetrotting adventure as they discuss all things Indiana Jones. From "Hollywood Costume" to the 30th Anniversary of the Temple of Doom, this panel has something for everyone. So grab your fedora and join Brandon Kleyla (Indyfans) and other panelists.
Saturday July 26, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 29A

3:15pm
Ascension
In 1963, the U.S. government launched a covert space mission sending hundreds of people on a century-long voyage to find a new home for humanity. Lucky for us, two of those people were Tricia Helfer (Viondra Denninger) and Brian Van Holt (Captain William Denninger). Join them, the rest of the cast and executive producer Philip Levens as they give you an exclusive look deep into space-and the mysteries that unfold there-in Syfy's hotly anticipated event series, Ascension.
Saturday July 26, 2014 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Room 6DE

3:30pm
Big Trouble in Little China: Shaking the Pillars of the Comics Industry
The hilarious adventures of Jack Burton continue as Big Trouble in Little China, one of the most beloved cult films of all time, is now a BOOM! Studios comic series. The series picks up right after the end of the film and, with the guidance of director John Carpenter, it's the first time new stories of the Pork Chop Express have been told in any medium. Join series writer Eric Powell (The Goon), colorist Michael Garland (The Empty Man), and editor Ian Brill for a lively discussion of what to expect next in the series and to talk all things Big Trouble in Little China. Plus, writer Christopher Sebela (Dead Letters) will be on hand with a special announcement relevant to Big Trouble fans' interests! Moderated by Comics Alliance senior writer Chris Sims.
Saturday July 26, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 8

3:30pm
Comic-Con How-To: Fans, Love, and the Law with DeviantArt and Organization for Transformative Works
Fan art, fanfic, and fan video are delightful passions, and like all such things, if they go too far, someone might get angry. DeviantArt and the Organization for Transformative Works, together holding the largest collection of fanworks in the universe based on any intellectual property within any media, will bring out their lawyers to explain how you can go to sleep at night, dream the dream of fans, and never have to hide under the bed.
Saturday July 26, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 2

3:30pm
Fantagraphics Forward
Fantagraphics Books Inc, an alternative comics publisher since 1976, looks to 2014 and 2015 with an unwavering and tasteful eye. Founder and publisher Gary Groth and associate publisher Eric Reynolds reveal some new comics for late 2014 and 2015 that are sure to please. Comic-con special guests Eleanor Davis (How to Be Happy), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck), and Drew Friedman (Heroes of the Comics), along with Tony Millionaire (Sock Monkey Treasury), will share some of their favorite art from their comics debuting at the show.
Saturday July 26, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 26AB

3:30pm
Inside the Making of Twin Peaks-The Entire Mystery Blu-ray
Go behind the scenes of the unprecedented collection of the groundbreaking cult phenomenon from David Lynch and Mark Frost, Twin Peaks-The Entire Mystery. Join actress Kimmy Robertson ("Lucy Moran"), Blu-ray producer Charles de Lauzirika, Blu-ray co-producer Brian Kursar, and restoration and remastering executive project managers David Grant and Ryan Adams. Get an advance look at not only the staggering results of the high-definition upgrade of both the series and feature film, but also an exclusive sneak peek at the Blu-ray's massive array of bonus features, including the "holy grail" of Twin Peaks fandom, The Missing Pieces, the long-awaited deleted and extended scenes from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, directed and edited by David Lynch himself! Moderated by Robert Meyer Burnett.
Saturday July 26, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 5AB

3:30pm
Monster Hunter
Monster Hunter is one of the most popular video game franchises in Japan, and the excitement is catching in the West! A panel of Capcom staff members a share the new features and exclusive insights from Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (coming in early 2015 on the Nintendo 3DS). The game features all new weapons, monsters, and native online support. The panel will include gameplay footage, as well as some special surprises. Followed by a Q&A session.
Saturday July 26, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 24ABC

3:30pm
The Wonderful World of 'Weird Al' Yankovic
The legendary musical satirist, "Weird Al" Yankovic is here for a discussion and Q&A session on his amazing life and career and his new album. Mandatory Fun.
Saturday July 26, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

4:00pm
The Vampire Diaries Special Video Presentation and Q&A
The cast and creative team behindThe Vampire Diaries return to San Diego for a sizzling sixth appearance! Series stars Nina Dobrev (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Paul Wesley (Roll Bounce), Ian Somerhalder (Lost), and Kat Graham (Honey 2) join executive producer/writer Julie Plec (The Originals, Kyle XY) for a video screening and Q&A session. The CW's #1 series returns for season 6 this fall with more of its hallmark twists and turns, a few familiar faces-and to answer the burning question: What the hell happened to Damon and Bonnie?! From Bonanza Productions Inc., Outerbanks Entertainment, and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, The Vampire Diaries airs Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW, and The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Fifth Season will be released on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and digital HD on September 9.
Saturday July 26, 2014 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Ballroom 20

4:00pm
Abrams ComicArts Preview
Charles Kochman (Abrams ComicArts editorial director) and Chad Beckerman (Abrams ComicArts creative director) talk about Abrams ComicArt's current titles and reveal details about their fall list, with information about exciting future projects and appearances from special guests, including Mark Evanier (historian and author of The Art of the Simon and Kirby Studio), Kazu Kibuishi (writer and artist the Amulet series, and editor of the Explorer series), and David Lasky (author of The Carter Family).
Saturday July 26, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 28DE

4:00pm
Anything Goes with John Barrowman
Fan favorite John Barrowman (Doctor Who, Torchwood, Arrow, Sing Your Face Off) discusses his past, present and future projects, from Captain Jack Harkness to Malcolm Merlyn.
Saturday July 26, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

4:00pm
Cosplaying 102: Intermediate and Advanced Costuming
Catherine M. Fisher (award-winning costumer), Mike Schiffbauer (master prop maker and costumer), and Bob Mogg (steampunk expert extraordinaire) pick up where Cosplaying 101 left off; they will discuss advanced costuming techniques such as sculpting, mold making, resin casting, armor building, and more. Moderated by Melissa Gene Meyer (assistant for the Comic-Con Masquerade). Panelists will show you how to take your costuming to the next level.
Saturday July 26, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 29A

4:00pm
Creative Dynamic: The Freelancer's Guide to Building Great Business Relationships
You're an artist, a creator, writer, or penciler but those darn publishers keep asking for changes to your work! Join Comics Experience's Andy Schmidt (Marvel, IDW, Hasbro) along with superstar artist David Finch (Forever Evil, Batman: The Dark Knight), Marvel senior editor Nick Lowe (X-Men, Spider-Man), artist Reilly Brown (Deadpool), IDW Publishing editor-in-chief Chris Ryall (Zombies Vs. Robots), and Vertigo/DC Comics group editor Will Dennis (Scalped, Y: The Last Man) for a no-nonsense approach to building your freelance business while still maintaining your artistic integrity.
Saturday July 26, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 30CDE

4:00pm
DC Entertainment: Batman 75th Anniversary
Throughout his 75-year history, the Dark Knight has become one of the most popular and widely recognized superheroes in the world. From comics to TV to movies to video games, the World's Greatest Detective has permeated all entertainment mediums and beyond. Get a look at Batman's rich history and what the future holds for this pop culture icon with industry titans Kevin Conroy, Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, Ralph Garman, Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, Peter Girardi, and some surprise guests!
Saturday July 26, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 6BCF

4:00pm
Hasbro: Marvel
Adam Biehl (vice president, Global Marvel Line at Hasbro), Jesse Falcon (director of hardlines, Marvel), Dwight Stall (senior Marvel product design manager, Hasbro), Bobby Vala (Marvel product designer, Hasbro), and Laura Guilbault (senior manager, Global Marvel Line at Hasbro) discuss Hasbro's popular Marvel action figure lines. Attendees will also get a sneak peek at upcoming action figures. Adam, Jesse, Dwight, Bobby, and Laura will also host a Q&A for your burning Marvel action figure questions!
Saturday July 26, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 25ABC

4:00pm
IDW: Pop Culture Mix-Tape
IDW's VP of marketing Dirk Wood, Godzilla scribe Chris Mowry, America's Army writer M. Zachary Sherman, Andy Schmidt from Comics Experience, special guests from Darby Pop, Monkeybrain and more discuss the ever-growing slate of exciting new projects from the powerhouse publisher. Prizes, announcements, Q&A, and hilarity will ensue!
Saturday July 26, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 4

4:00pm
Spotlight on Jeff Smith
Comic-Con special guest Jeff Smith discusses his foray into the world of online comics with his new title TUKI: Save the Humans, as well as the 10th anniversary of Scholastic's color version of Bone. Moderated by Tom Spurgeon (The Comics Reporter).
Saturday July 26, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 9

4:00pm
Ways to Increase Success on Your Self-Published Kickstarter Project
Paul Roman Martinez (Adventures of the 19XX), Travis Hanson (The Bean), and Daniel Davis (Steam Crow) let you in on all the secrets that led them to a combined 10 successful crowd funded projects and over $200,000 raised toward publishing costs. Paul, Travis, and Daniel provide tips you can use on your next project and a Q&A session designed to increase your chances of crowdfunding success
Saturday July 26, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 23ABC

4:00pm
Oddball Comics with Scott Shaw!
Scott Shaw! (Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!, Sonic The Hedgehog, Simpsons Comics, Annoying Orange) once again presents his uniquely hilarious slideshow of "the craziest comic books ever published!" Once you've seen this mind-roasting presentation, you'll never forget such cover terms as "fish-in-the-face," "Robin-in-the-corner" or "crotch-centric"! See why Stan Lee calls Scott!'s show "the wildest, wackiest exposé of some of the craziest comic books I've ever seen! Or, to put it mildly, Scott's outrageous opuses are a blast!"
Saturday July 26, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Room 7AB

4:10pm
Entertainment Weekly: Women Who Kick Ass
A discussion among Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones), and other fierce, fearless, and flat-out fantastic female actors who open up about the power and privilege of playing women who redefine the rules and refuse to yield.
Saturday July 26, 2014 4:10pm - 5:10pm
Hall H

4:15pm
Rulers of the Realm
Joe Abercrombie (Half a King), Diana Gabaldon (Outlander), Lev Grossman (Magicians Trilogy), George R. R. Martin (Game of Thrones), and Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicle) have written some of the most memorable books of their time, pushing genre fiction into the mainstream. Join these bestselling authors along with moderator Ali T. Kokmen (Barnes & Noble/NOOK Media) for a discussion on fantasy literature, fandom, and how they mastered their craft.
Saturday July 26, 2014 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Room 6A

4:30pm
Creepy & Eerie: 21st-Century Horror
A ghoulish panel of horror freaks discuss the impact and influence of the classic Warren horror titles Creepy and Eerie on modern horror creators in film, TV and of course, comics. Some special guests will add to your discomfort as Dark Horse announces special plans for the 50th anniversary of Creepy. Moderated by Gemstone's J. C. Vaughn (Overstreet Price Guide) and consulting editor and writer DanBraun (Creepy), panelists include sculptor Justin Mabry (Trick or Treat Studios), Chris Zephro (Trick or Treat Studios), and New Comic Company's Josh Braun (Eerie). Throw in a couple of surprise Creepy artists and writers and they'll have quite a stew for you. Plus: awesome Creepy swag!
Saturday July 26, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 24ABC

4:30pm
E-Sports: How to Become a Pro Gamer
We're seeing a groundbreaking evolution happening in e-Sports as pro players become recognized as professional athletes who are awarded visas and salaries. However, their journey has not been easy. Esteemed panelists Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion, MMORPG.com, The Gamer in You), Ryan "Fwiz" Wyatt (VP of programming and eSports commentator, Major League Gaming), Sam "Samzorz" Hall (pro gamer, Mortality eSports, Twitch, founder of CODpedia), and John "ZeRo4" Hill (pro gamer, world champion: Quake) as they discuss the obstacles players face when seeking viable careers as e-Sports competitors. This high-powered panel will divulge exactly what it takes to become a pro gamer and how the e-Sports evolution is impacting the video game industry at large.
Saturday July 26, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 26AB

4:30pm
Image Comics: I Is for...Ideas
What does it take for a writer to get into comics? What's it like once you get in? Where do you start with writing a script? Scott Snyder (Wytches), Josh Williamson (Nailbiter, Ghosted), Kyle Higgins (C.O.W.L.), Joe Kelly (I Kill Giants), Brian K. Vaughan (Saga), and our special guests know the secrets, and they're here to share them with you.
Saturday July 26, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 6DE

4:30pm
The Ultimate Pitch: The Step-by-Step Process of Turning Your Comic into a Global Property
In today's pop culture landscape, creators are faced with the potential (and challenge) of turning their characters and series into cross-platform properties. From games to toys and television to film, the opportunities for global success have never been greater. The potential pitfalls, however, have never been more challenging. Moderator Sohaib Awan (creator of IDW Publishing's Jinnrise), along with Mairghread Scott (lead writer on Transformers: Prime the Animated Series), and Royden Lepp (creator of Archaia Entertainment's Rust), will explain the step-by-step process each creator must take to protect his or her intellectual properties. What do creators need to do from beginning to end? How long does the process from comic to TV/film take? What are the greatest obstacles to success? After over two years of development, an animated series based on Jinnrise is being produced; the panelists will explain how it was done.
Saturday July 26, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 8

4:30pm
That '70s Panel
It was a time of change in comics with a new generation intermingling with the old and taking command. Hear what it was like from Steve Leialoha (Howard the Duck, Spider-Woman), Len Wein (Swamp Thing, The New X-Men), Walt Simonson (Manhunter, Batman), LouiseSimonson (Creepy, Eerie), Anthony Tollin (Batman, Superman), and more, plus moderator Mark Evanier (Groo the Wanderer, Blackhawk).
Saturday July 26, 2014 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Room 5AB

4:45pm
Comic-Con How-To: Portrait Painting Demonstration
Nationally renowned artist and owner of Watts Atelier of the Arts Jeffrey R. Watts demonstrates an alla prima oil portrait painting from the live model. Jeff will also introduce an exciting new opportunity to train in the Watts Method online.
Saturday July 26, 2014 4:45pm - 6:30pm
Room 2

5:00pm
A Look at Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary
TwoMorrows Publishing and BrickJournal magazine present a behind the scenes look at a new LEGO documentary released at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. Moderated by Joe Meno (editor of LEGO fan magazine BrickJournal), this panel will include one of the film's directors, Oscar-nominated Kief Davidson, producer Brendan Kiernan, and stop-motion filmmaker Tommy Williamson (www.Bricknerd.com).
Saturday July 26, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 23ABC

5:00pm
Comics 101: Making Sense of the World of Comics
Just getting into comics but not sure where to start? Loving all the new comic movies and TV shows but don't know which series ties in best? Noted comics industry professionals discuss how they started reading comics, their favorite series, and what's popular and awesome in the world of comics today. Moderated by comiXology's marketing maven Chip Mosher, he'll be joined by comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger, DC Entertainment's SVP Vertigo & Integrated Publishing Hank Kanalz, BOOM! Studios' Lumberjanes editor Dafna Pleban, Fantagraphics Books marketing and outreach manager Jen Vaughn, and writer of Five Ghosts , Black Market, and Solar: Man of the Atom Frank J. Barbiere.
Saturday July 26, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 28DE

5:00pm
Disney's Gargoyles 20-Year Anniversary
"Twenty years ago, superstition and the sword ruled. It was a time of darkness. It was a world of fear. It was the age...of Gargoyles!" Help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Disney Animation television series Gargoyles with members of the cast and crew, featuring series creator Greg Weisman, supervising producer Frank Paur, and others.
Saturday July 26, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 25ABC

5:00pm
Drawing in a [+SM]Art Way: A Hands-on Workshop
Dr. Wei Xu (artist/mathematician, author of Drawing in the Digital Age) will teach you how to draw what you see efficiently with simple geometry knowledge and scientific principles. It is a new [+SM]Art approach developed by Dr. Xu that adds science and math into art. You will learn various easy and fast techniques to arrange complicated structures without using any measurement tools.
Saturday July 26, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 30CDE

5:00pm
IDW: Comics Make for Great Games!
Jerry Bennington and Nate Murray from IDW's new division, IDW Games, share top secret info on the best tabletop board games around, including X-Files, Kill Shakespeare, Chew, Machi Koro, and more. Featuring John Layman of Chew fame, and others. Who knows, you may even get to play a game or two!
Saturday July 26, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 4

5:00pm
Spotlight on Mimi Pond
Comic-Con special guest Mimi Pond reads from her New York Times bestselling debut graphic novel Over Easy, a chatty, slyly observant coming-of-age story about a young woman going from naive, sexually inexperienced art-school dropout to self-aware, self-confident artist. Pond's wry and limber anecdotes create a compelling portrait of a distinct moment in time-when hippies became punks and free love was on everybody's mind. Pond, who has written for The Simpsons and Pee Wee's Playhouse and created comics for National Lampoon, the LA Times, and Seventeen, will talk about the origins of Over Easy and share anecdotes about her creative process.
Saturday July 26, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 9

5:00pm
The Digital Revolution: The Convergence of Television and the Internet
Industry professionals discuss the obstacles, opportunities, and evolution of how new audiences are consuming their content. The era of whatever/whenever is upon us. Buzzword concepts like cord-cutting and Over The Top a la carte programming, as well as day & date theatrical/VOD movie releases, will be dissected. Subjects will also include audiences' "interactive" engagement with content (the second screen) via Twitter and other social media networks. Panelists include Daniel Alter (co-founder of Vetted Media), James Veraldi (sr. VP, strategy and business development, Fullscreen), Adrian Askarieh (producer of Machinima's digital series, Enormous), Jeff Krelitz (president of production, Heavy Metal), and Ryan Barrer (senior VP, Dolphin Digital Media).
Saturday July 26, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

5:00pm
Valiantfans.com: Rai, Armor Hunters and Beyond Valiant First
Valiant fans from around the world participate in an ask-anything panel with CEO and chief creative officer Dinesh Samdasani and publisher Fred Pierce, editor in chief Warren Simons. Moderator Brian Wells and other special guests from Valiant Entertainment will be on hand to discuss details on the Valiant Smash hit Rai and Armor Hunters, the big event surrounding the Valiant Universe. Valiant First and the big summer program will also be a topic and what is beyond for this Diamond GEM Publisher of the Year winner
Saturday July 26, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 29A

5:00pm
True Blood Panel and Q&A
Mixing romance, suspense, mystery, and humor, the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated True Blood kicked off its 10-episode seventh and final season June 22 on HBO. The series follows waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Oscar and Golden Globe Award winner Anna Paquin), who can hear people's thoughts, and vampires Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård). Brian Buckner serves as executive producer of the series, which also features Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse, Sam Trammell as Sam Merlotte, Rutina Wesley as Tara Thornton, Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette, Deborah Ann Woll as Jessica Hamby, Kristin Bauer van Straten as Pam; Joe Manganiello as Alcide, Carrie Preston as Arlene Bellefleur, and Chris Bauer as Andy Bellefleur, Anna Camp as Sarah Newlin and Nathan Parsons as James. Oscar and Emmy Award winner Alan Ball created and is also an executive producer on the series, which is based on the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. Moderated by Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly.
Saturday July 26, 2014 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Ballroom 20

5:15pm
Constantine Pilot Screening and Q&A
John Constantine is a man waging war against the forces of darkness-from both within himself and the outside world. An irreverent, working-class con man and occult expert, he's an experienced exorcist and demonologist with an extensive list of supernatural contacts, each with their own paranormal talents and abilities. Following the aftermath of a tragic incident, Constantine has voluntarily checked himself into an asylum and sworn off investigating matters of the supernatural, but when a cryptic message calls him out to reluctantly resume his old life, he finds himself saving the life of a young woman whom he's never met but is connected to in a very important way. With dark forces gathering power in the world, Constantine allies himself with Manny, a rogue warrior angel, and his giant childhood protector Chas-the only friend who's managed to stay alive. Based on characters published by DC Entertainment, Constantine reflects the lore of the fan-favorite comic, combining noirish storytelling with the evolving mythology of John Constantine, a morally challenged character who doesn't come down on the side of either good or evil...but ultimately might be the only thing defending us against the dark forces from beyond. Attendees will see a screening of the complete pilot, followed by a Q&A with series stars Matt Ryan (Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior), Harold Perrineau (Lost) and Charles Halford (True Detective) and executive producers Daniel Cerone (Dexter) and David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight trilogy). From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television, Constantine will air Fridays at 10/9c on NBC this fall, premiering October 24th.
Saturday July 26, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Room 6BCF

5:30pm
Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige and special guests provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Saturday July 26, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hall H

5:30pm
Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski
Comic-Con special guest JMS is having a Renaissance (much as the European Renaissance followed the Black Plague, but you didn't hear that from us). His Image-based imprint Joe's Comics has produced such titles as Dream Police, Sidekick, Ten Grand, and The Adventures of Apocalypse Al, alongside writing a Terminator maxiseries for Dark Horse and a Twilight Zone maxiseries for Dynamite. His new TV series Sense8 (written and produced with the Wachowskis) began filming this past June for Netflix via Studio JMS, and he has four new TV series in development, in addition to writing the new Shadowman movie for Valiant. Get the latest news on secret upcoming projects, a sneak peek into the production of Sense8, and other surprises.
Saturday July 26, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 7AB

5:30pm
UDON 2014
Meet UDON's artists and editors, including Joe Ng (Street Fighter Origins: Akuma), Long Vo (Street Fighter II HD Remix), and Chris Butcher (director of marketing, UDON) as they discuss this year's big hits and preview their upcoming 2014/2015 books, including the new Manga Classics line. Panel attendees will be the first to hear about some amazing as yet unannounced titles featuring iconic properties from across the pop culture spectrum.
Saturday July 26, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 26AB

5:30pm
Uniting the Worldwide Makecomics Community
Host Patrick Yurick (CEO of MakingComics.com), in this celebratory panel designed to connect the comic makers of the world, discusses the status of the worldwide comic-making revolution happening on- and off-line. Guest panelists include Mark Waid (Thrillbent, Daredevil), Rachel Beck (Storyforge Productions), Jim Zub (Skullkickers, Wayward), Andy Schmidt (Comics Experience), Christina Blanch (SuperMOOC2, Damnation of Charlie Wormwood), and Palle Schmidt (Comics For Beginners, Thomas Aslop).
Saturday July 26, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 8

5:30pm
Velocity: The Pursuit of the Southern Hemisphere Comic Industry
Last year the world audience was introduced to the comics of Australia and South Africa. Neville Howard and Moray Rhoda (the brains behind the Velocity Anthology) showed the quality, talent, and dedication that the two countries boast, and, more important, just how good the stories of the South can be. This year, expect to see more: bigger and better stories, new content, and the documentation of their journeys (and possibly even more offensive jokes). New panelists Rupert Greyling (Velocity artist, UK) and Däniel Hugo (The Souvenir and Velocity, South Africa) will join the team this time round to add their insights into the process...it's gonna be bonza/lekker!
Saturday July 26, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 24ABC

5:30pm
Gays in Comics XXVII: It's a Queer, Queer World!
The world spins on and gets ever queerer. And while society has miles to go, every day we see changes -from marriage being a reality in state after state to the Great NFL Draft Kiss-that show that in our society at large, as well as in the world of comics, LGBT people and their relationships are more and more mainstream. What are the responsibilities of creators to their and their audience's queerness as the radical becomes central? Prism Comics and co-moderators Roger Klorese (Prism Comics board member) and Shannon Watters (BOOM Studios) examine this and other questions with panelists Elisha Lim (100 Butches), Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes), Graham Kolbeins (Massive), James Tynion IV (Batman Eternal, The Woods), and others.
Saturday July 26, 2014 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Room 6A

5:30pm
PLAYBACK: Featuring The Vampire Diaries, True Blood, and Marvel
Please note: these rebroadcasts and playbacks will include only the panel discussions and special on-stage moments with the panelists. None of the film clips or footage shown at the live events will be shown here.
Saturday July 26, 2014 5:30pm - 8:00pm
The Playback Room, Omni Hotel, 4th Floor Ballroom

5:45pm
Salem
The star-studded cast -- including Shane West (Nikita, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), Janet Montgomery, Seth Gabel, Ashley Madekwe, Iddo Goldberg, and Elise Eberle -- along with executive producers Brannon Braga (Star Trek, Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey), Adam Simon, and Josh Barry look back at intriguing footage from the groundbreaking first season of the series, from WGN America and Fox 21. Set in the volatile world of 17th-century Massachusetts, Salem explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth hiding behind the veil of this infamous period in American history. Followed by an audience Q&A.
Saturday July 26, 2014 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Room 6DE

6:00pm
60 Years Ago: Comics on Trial
Members of Los Angeles-based Captured Aural Phantasy Theater, as a preview of their upcoming play, dramatically read excerpts from some of the offending stories and transcripts of the April 1954 Senate hearings attacking comics, highlighting a discussion led by Ben Dickow (guest lecturer, Otis College of Art) and Craig Yoe (editor, Haunted Horror comics) about how comics such as EC never were the same again.
Saturday July 26, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 9

6:00pm
Comics Journalism: The Hulk Takes a Butt Selfie and You Won't Believe What Happens Next
It's the annual comics journalism panel, and despite what you may have heard, comics journalists are still alive. Are they well? You'll find out with The Beat's Heidi MacDonald, Bleeding Cool's Rich Johnston, and Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon, as they are joined by Eisner Award-nominated Matt Meylikhov of Multiversity, Joshua Yehl of IGN, and Jill Pantozzi of The Mary Sue to talk about what's new in comics and what's new in covering them.
Saturday July 26, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 23ABC

6:00pm
Geek & Sundry: What's Next with Felicia Day
Felicia Day (The Guild, Supernatural) reveals her exciting new shows and upcoming partnerships on the Geek & Sundry network. Guests include Ashley Johnson (The Last of Us, The Avengers) gazing into the future of Spooked, and Jesse Cox (OMFGCata) and Amy Dallen (Talkin' Comics Weekly) sharing details about their upcoming shows.
Saturday July 26, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

6:00pm
Previs thru Postvis: How HALON Helped Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse to Outer Space Exploration
Dan Gregoire (HALON Entertainment CEO and founder) and Michael Jackson (postvis supervisor) bring the art of pitchvis, previs and postvis, to Comic-Con with a special presentation on their work for projects such as Paramount Pictures' World War Z, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Fox's Cosmos. Panelists will walk attendees through the process of building exciting shots and scenes from pitchvis to previs and onset to postvis. They will also delve into a discussion of 3D animation tools, motion capture, and the technology behind HALON's revolutionary hand-held cameras that allow directors to visualize complex scenes. HALON Entertainment has worked closely with notable directors Ang Lee (Life of Pi), Ridley Scott (Prometheus), and James Mangold (The Wolverine). The team is also working on a slate of highly anticipated films including: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Hercules and Jupiter Ascending.
Saturday July 26, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 5AB

6:00pm
Publishing 360°: Building a Bestseller
Authors James Dashner (The Maze Runner) and Christina Lauren (Beautiful Bastard), together with their publishing teams-literary agent Michael Bourret (Dystel & Goderich Literary Agency), executive editor Krista Marino (Random House, Delacorte), literary agent Holly Root (Waxman Leavell Literary Agency), senior editor Adam Wilson (Simon & Schuster, Gallery), and associate director of publicity Kristin Dwyer (Simon & Schuster, Gallery)-discuss their roles and interactions navigating the path from story idea to bestseller. Moderated by author Nathan Bransford (How to Write a Novel).
Saturday July 26, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 25ABC

6:00pm
Sequential Visual Storytelling: The Art at the Heart of Comics (& Film, TV, Games, etc.)
Former Marvel Comics executive editor Carl Potts, the person who mentored many top comics creators (Jim Lee, Scott Williams, Mike Mignola, June Brigman, Larry Stroman, Jon Bogdanove) will be joined by top comics creator Whilce Portacio in this seminar based on Potts' new book, The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics: Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling. Learn the principles and techniques for telling clear and compelling visual stories in comics, film, games, and other sequential visual media.
Saturday July 26, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 30CDE

6:00pm
Spiritual Themes in Comics
The Christian Comic Arts Society hosts this 17th annual panel. Spiritual themes in comics have been a major thread in the comic book and graphic novel medium. Panelists will be discussing how spiritual themes are interwoven into the matrix of comic books.Wendi Pini (ElfQuest), John Schafer (Superbook), M. Scott Verne (City of the Gods), B. Dave Walters (Warner Brothers Animation), and moderator Eric Jansen (Foursquare Mission Press) discuss the spiritual themes of their respective projects and other related media in the industry.
Saturday July 26, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 4

6:00pm
Starburner Galactic Courier Service: Birth of a Steampunk Graphic Novel
Aaron St. John (artist), Paul Bailey (writer), and story creator Kim Hutsell (Starburner Galactic Courier Service founder) discuss the process of taking the Starburner Steampunk saga from mythos to graphic novel, with teaser pages from the first issue in progress. Moderated by Jeffrey Vaca (Maker).
Saturday July 26, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 29A

6:00pm
What's New at Action Lab Entertainment
Action Lab staffers Kevin Freeman, David Dwonch, and Jason Martin team up with creators Jamal Igle (Molly Danger), Jeremy Dale (Skyward), and R. A. Height (Midnight Tiger) to discuss recent and future releases of the critically-acclaimed publisher in both their all-ages and mature readers Danger Zone lines, followed by a Q&A session.
Saturday July 26, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 28DE

6:15pm
Person of Interest Special Video Presentation and Q&A
The smash hit Person of Interest returns to San Diego for the fourth year. Executive producer Greg Plageman and series offer a special video presentation and Q&A. Join the discussion, as the science "fiction" of Person of Interest stays one step ahead of real-world events. The thrilling finale left us with a second machine-Samaritan-now online, making the elusive team targets themselves, hiding in plain sight. The only thing more frightening than the ruthless Decima organization calling the shots is leaving those decisions up to an untested Machine. Facing a dangerous tomorrow, the POI team must find a way to outsmart Samaritan, an all-seeing, all-powerful artificial intelligence that's self-governing, continually evolving, and growing stronger every day. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television, Person of Interest returns for its fourth season in the fall on Tuesdays at 10/9c on CBS. Person of Interest: The Complete Third Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 2.
Saturday July 26, 2014 6:15pm - 7:00pm
Room 6BCF

6:30pm
TeeFury-Practicing Nichecraft: Marketing & Brand Development for Independent Artists
Karen Hallion (artist and illustrator), Crystal "Bamboota" Fontan (graphic designer and illustrator), Joey "Joebot" Spiotto (artist & illustrator), and Otis Frampton (Oddly Normal) share insight and personal experiences on discovering your creative niche and provide practical advice on building your brand and increasing your fan base as an independent artist. Q&A moderated by Tom Kurzanski (art director of TeeFury.com).
Saturday July 26, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 7AB

6:30pm
The Next Chapter for ElfQuest: Bringing Elves to a Screen Near You
Many new adventures are afoot in the world of ElfQuest! With Dark Horse's Final Quest, a new ElfQuest saga by creators Wendy and Richard Pini, flying off shelves and EQ merchandise from WeLoveFine and Badali Jewelry adorning more fans each day, the ElfQuest fan tribe continues to grow. Come hear the scoop from producers Stephanie Thorpe (Night of the Zombie King) and Paula Rhodes (The New Adventures of Peter & Wendy), who hold the film/TV rights to this 35+-year-old beloved comic series. Fans of ElfQuest since they were kids, they've been working to expand the World of Two Moons into more outlets and are excited to introduce you to their new team of fellow fans: Angela Song Mueller (Legend of Korra), Joshua Hamilton (Avatar: The Last Airbender), and Luke Ryan (Harold & Kumar). Moderated by Jenna Busch (Cocktails With Stan).
Saturday July 26, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 26AB

6:30pm
The Sacred Band of Thebes
For seven years, veteran comic book writer/editor Sid Jacobson has fought to bring the world his newest graphic novel, The Sacred Band of Thebes, a truly controversial story that demands to be told in today's politically correct world. Jacobson and his fellow writers Bart Baker and Glenn Rabney will talk about their journey, including the sometimes surprising negative reaction to sensitive themes and characters and publishers' fears of dealing with hot button topics. If there's a story for a graphic novel in your soul and the powers that be all keep telling you that it's a great story, this is a panel discussion you won't want to miss.
Saturday July 26, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 8

6:30pm
Video Games and Our Future: We're All Gamers
Giants of the video game industry join forces for this panel. Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion, MMORPG.com, The Gamer in You), Ryan "Morello" Scott (League of Legends), Kate Edwards (executive director International Game Developers Association), and Jennifer Zhang (Twin Galaxies) give their insight on everything ranging from creating futuristic video games to delving into themes that span the most prevalent elements of pop culture. Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at video game story details, gameplay features, and the influence of video games in both video game culture and pop culture at large. These high-powered panelists will discuss the past of video game culture as it compares to today and how "gamification" is making it possible for everyone to become a gamer.
Saturday July 26, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 24ABC

7:00pm
American Horror Story: Coven
Who's the baddest witch in town? For the first time ever, the critically acclaimed miniseries visits Comic-Con with an exclusive look back at AHS: Coven followed by an all-star panel featuring AHS cast members Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Michael Chiklis, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, and executive producer Tim Minear. The panel will also treat fans to some exclusive secrets from the set of the next franchise instalment, AHS: Freak Show.
Saturday July 26, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 6DE

7:00pm
Best and Worst Manga of 2014
There's a lot of manga available in English now, but what's really worth reading? A panel of opinionated bloggers, retailers, manga mavens, and comics curmudgeons spotlight the best new manga that hit the shelves in the past year. Hear them rave about their favorite continuing series! Watch them rant about the excruciatingly mediocre manga that they were forced to read (so you won't have to)! Find out which manga Brigid Alverson (CBR, Robot 6, MangaBlog, Good Comics for Kids), David Brothers (4th Letter), Christopher Butcher (Comics212.net), and Deb Aoki (MangaComicsManga.com, Publishers Weekly) have loved and loathed so far this year, hear about their picks for the most anticipated upcoming releases for fall and beyond, and discover their favorite underappreciated gems that are worth picking up.
Saturday July 26, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 23ABC

7:00pm
Comics & Pop Music!
Comic books and pop music are uniquely American artforms, with many common inspirations and a large shared audience. Patrick A. Reed (Depth of Field magazine) brings together a group of artists, writers, publishers, and musicians to talk about the long, strange history of music-based comics and how these two media continue to inform and impact each other.
Saturday July 26, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 28DE

7:00pm
Fight Club: From Page to Screen and Beyond
Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club, Choke, Haunted), director David Fincher (Fight Club, Seven, The Social Network, and Gone Girl), Gerald Howard (Doubleday executive editor), and special guests discuss the seminal novel's journey from book to film and beyond. Moderated by Rick Kleffel (TheAgonyColumn.com).
Saturday July 26, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 25ABC

7:00pm
Gaia Online
Chris Castagnetto (DJ Helsing) hosts the Official Gaia Online panel, your chance to meet the Gaia staff, including Princess Angelishia, get your burning questions answered, and take a sneak peek at some of the great stuff Gaia has planned for 2014. Expect plenty of fun and some great prizes.
Saturday July 26, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 5AB

7:00pm
Gays in Comics XXVII: Prism Comics Mixer and Auction
The Gays In Comics Panel will conclude with the Annual Prism Comics Mixer and Silent Auction, hosted by and benefiting Prism Comics, the nonprofit organization that supports gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered comics, creators, and readers. Mingle with comics fans and creators and stay for the special drawing of comics swag and a silent auction of incredible comics items, including original art and more!
Saturday July 26, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 6A

7:00pm
Japanese Visual Novels: Steins;Gate and Beyond
Japan has long had a history of "visual novels", which are highly evolved story-based games for PC as well as game consoles like PS2/PS3. These games simulate interaction between the player and various characters, often with romantic elements. While many games are adult, the genre is well represented by both adult and nonadult games, and many of the top games are made into mainstream anime series. Peter Payne, owner of JASTUSA, will outline the history of these games from the 1980s to now and will include discussion of the growth of the genre, as well as covering subgenres. Examples of these are "otome games," or girl-centric romance Sims for female players (one of the hottest kind of games for girls in Japan now), and games like Steins;Gate, a hardcore sci-fi/time travel visual novel (all ages) with romantic themes. Steins;Gate was recently released in the USA in English.
Saturday July 26, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 29A

7:00pm
Onwards, Voyager! Epic Reads Await You! Sneak Preview of the Best New Fiction from Harper Voyager and Harper Teen
David Pomerico, executive editor from Harper Voyager US, provides an overview of the upcoming season's best new fiction. From the publishing powerhouse that brought you Divergent, comes the latest and greatest in teen fiction. Christina Colangelo and Lauren Flower of HarperTeen present major upcoming YA book releases that will transport you from a dystopian version of Oz to an apocalyptic battleground and beyond. Get ready to grab plenty of HarperTeen giveaways, limited-edition goodies, and advance copies!
Saturday July 26, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 9

7:00pm
Rich Johnston's Bleeding Cool Magazine Top 100 Power List Forum
Industry gossip hound Rich Johnston (Bleeding Cool) hosts this panel discussing Bleeding Cool magazine's upcoming "Top 100 Comic Industry Power Rankings" and the big comic book news breaking at Comic-Con.
Saturday July 26, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 4

7:00pm
The Secrets and Art of Great Acting and Performing
Actor, writer and director Richard Hatch (Tom Zarek, Captain Apollo) shares his 45-year journey as an actor and the secrets to breaking through to a more powerful level of performance and achieving success in today's entertainment industry. Includes scenes and improv.
Saturday July 26, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 30CDE

7:15pm
Adam and Jamie: Do It Yourself Superheroes
Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman (hosts and executive producers of Mythbusters) discuss how being able to make things and maker culture in general are, in fact, real-life superpowers. And the culture of Comic-Con, where people dress like superheroes, engenders real-world superheroes.
Saturday July 26, 2014 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Room 6BCF

7:30pm
Machinima & Friends Happy Hour: After Hours Animation
These aren't your average Saturday morning cartoons. Leave your sugared cereal and patterned onesie at the front door. It's gonna get weird. Real weird. Machinima and their animation pals Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse, The Venture Bros., Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Hail to the King), Mike Parker (Sonic for Hire, Morty Kombat), Tyler Rudolph (Happy Hour Saloon), and Greg Franklin (creative director of Six Point Harness and Rug Burn YouTube Channel) go over the top to deliver you some of the best, yet craziest animation online. Come for the screening, stay for the entertaining discussions around developing and creating animation for the web. Oh, and try to not be offended, grossed out, laugh so hard you'll puke, or leave feeling overwhelmingly satisfied. They dare you.
Saturday July 26, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 7AB

7:30pm
Phil Tippett: Analog and Digital Effects
Academy Award-winning stop-motion and CGI master Phil Tippett (Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Robocop) presents a talk spanning the history of his career in visual effects, including clips and insights on inspirations, experiences, and relationships that have inspired his creative perceptions and contributions to the world of film and animation. Joining Phil will be Corey Rosen (Lost World: Jurassic Park, The Host, Grindhouse), VP of creative development for Tippett Studio, showcasing Tippett's new mobile effects app, Efexio.
Saturday July 26, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 24ABC

7:30pm
Superheroes Are Saving Millions of Lives-for REAL!
Come to the ultimate feel-good panel! An uncanny team of comic book superheroes, The School of 5 and their comic books-distributed in 23 countries in Asia, Africa, and South America-are reaching 120 million people to save the lives of 5 million children who die every year from diarrheal diseases contracted from dirty hands. The School of 5, through comic books created by Craig Yoe, teach children and their families the importance of washing with soap and water in 22 countries like India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, China, Malaysia, Egypt, Pakistan, Ghana, Brazil, and Kenya through Unilever and partners like the UN's UNICEF, Save the Children, and local governments. Panel participants include Eisner Award winner Craig Yoe (YoeBooks.com) and Stacie June Sheldon (Lifebuoy Global Social Mission program manager). Prepare to be amazed-and get free comic books; bring a tissue to wipe away the super tears of joy!
Saturday July 26, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 26AB

7:30pm
Toy Collecting In the Modern Age: The High Price of Having Fun
Are mass-market collector toys dying? The price of raw materials and the production process continue to skyrocket. Action figures that were $7.99 five years ago are now in stores for over $20. At that price can you still be a "completist"? And will there even be a next generation of collectors if parents can't afford more than one or two figures? How have collectors' habits changed along with the economy and are toy companies doing anything to counteract price hikes and hold on to the collectors market? Moderator Daniel Pickett (ActionFigureInsider.com, Geek Shall Inherit Podcast) discusses these issues with toy industry experts Jerry Macaluso (Pop Culture Shock Collectibles), Eric "Cornboy" Mayse (The Four Horsemen Design, Mattel MOTUC), Eric Treadaway (The Four Horsemen Design, Mattel MOTUC), and Jean St. Jean (Jean St. Jean Studios, DST).
Saturday July 26, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 8

7:30pm
CBLDF Art Auction
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund hosts its biggest auction of the year at Comic-Con
Saturday July 26, 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Sapphire Ballroom EF, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

8:00pm
Internet Marketing Secrets for Authors
In this seminar, author/publisher Mark O'Bannon (The Dream Crystal, The Dark Mirrors of Heaven, Aia the Barbarian, Fantasy Imperium, Better Storytelling) discusses how to create a buying frenzy, what every author ought to know about writing and marketing, and some plain talk about a simple business that often sounds complicated.
Saturday July 26, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 30CDE

8:00pm
Science in the Stories of H. P. Lovecraft
Iconic weird tale author H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937), in his introduction to the story The Call of Cthulhu wrote: "We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age." Was he right? A panel of scientists and Lovecraft experts will discuss the science behind Lovecraft's stories and what modern research has revealed about humanity's place in the cosmos. With Cody Goodfellow (Deepest, Darkest Eden: New Tales Of Hyperborea), Shane Haggard (Chemistry instructor, San Diego City College), Leslie S. Klinger (The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft), Andrew Leman (The H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society), and Lisa Will, Ph.D. (astronomy and physics professor, San Diego City College). Moderated by Aaron Vanek (The H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon-Los Angeles).
Saturday July 26, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 4

8:00pm
Small Print 101
Johnny Cavooto (Sartana), Brandon T. Perlow (publisher, Watson and Holmes), Bryan Graham, Jeffrey Twohig (FuzzyLogixMedia), and Rebecca Nelson (FuzzyLogixMedia) discuss the process of being published and troubleshooting production issues. Moderated by Gini Koch.
Saturday July 26, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 9

8:00pm
Star Wars Trivia Panel
Members of the San Diego Star Wars Society, veteran hosts of trivia panels at Star Wars Celebration III and Comic-Con International since 2002, have prepared an even more challenging contest this year for all fans who think they know the galaxy far, far away. Returning this year will be a game round for kids (12 and under), followed by three adult game rounds (ages 13 and up). All game rounds are conducted in a Last Man Standing format. Come test your knowledge, and win valuable prizes. The trivia panel hosts are Dean Amstutz, Linda Crispien, Leia Hornedo, Brendan Prout, and Jessica Woods.
Saturday July 26, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 23ABC

8:00pm
Story Worlds: The Alchemy of Franchise Creation
Studios today are not buying movies. They are buying franchises. They want "Story Worlds" that can exist in multiple mediums. But it's not just big franchises. Even smaller stories can be enhanced by using the multitude of mediums available to modern storytellers. In this panel discussion hosted by the New York Film Academy's Screenwriting Department, industry experts weigh in on the concept of transmedia, from franchise creation to audience engagement, and how the new media landscape influences, expands, and oftentimes even enhances the storytelling process. Moderated by Adam Finer (chair of industry outreach and professional development, associate chair of media studies, New York Film Academy), the panel includes Dafna Pleban (editor, BOOM! Studios), Margaret Dunlap (The Middleman, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries), Adam Moore (Dirt3, Vendor, associate chair of screenwriting, New York Film Academy), Nunzio DeFilippis (New X-Men, Amazing Agent Luna, director of curriculum development, New York Film Academy), Christina Weir (New X-Men, Amazing Agent Luna), Joe Harris (X-Files: Season 10, Ghost Projekt), and Flint Dille (Ingress, Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay).
Saturday July 26, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 25ABC

8:00pm
The Nerd in the Classroom: Sci-fi as an Educational Tool
Education's all-things-nerd networking resource returns to Comic-Con. This year's after-school-special edition features understanding dyslexia with Max Brooks (The Harlem Hellfighters, World War Z), classroom gamification with Janina Scarlet (Alliant International University), elementary and special education with David Ross (Toronto District School Board), and English with Eric Bailey (Henderson State University). Moderating is Patrick Murphy (Fremont High, Weber State University). Topics include curriculum development strategies, national standards, and increasing student engagement. This is a great networking opportunity for professional educators and nerds alike.
Saturday July 26, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 28DE

8:00pm
Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment: The Flash, Constantine, Arrow, and the World Premiere of Gotham with Special Appearances by Casts and Producers, Hosted by Arrow's Stephen Amell
DC fans-get ready for a superhero Saturday night, designed specifically for you! For the first time ever at Comic-Con, Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment will present a three-hour event in Hall H featuring some of DC Comics's greatest characters. Kicking off the exclusive evening is the world premiere public screening of the highly anticipated new drama seriesGotham, allowing fans their first trip into the dangerous and compelling world of the iconic city. This will be the only screening of Gotham at Comic-Con, and it will be followed by a screening of the complete pilot episode of new action-drama The Flash, as well as exclusive video presentations of returning hit Arrow and new thriller Constantine. Cast and producers from all four series will make special appearances on stage throughout the night, with the festivities to be hosted by Oliver Queen himself -- Arrow star Stephen Amell.

Gotham- Before there was Batman, there was Gotham. With a reputation synonymous with law and order, Commissioner James Gordon is one of the crime world's greatest foes. Everyone knows the name. But what is known of Gordon's rise from rookie detective to police commissioner? And what did it take to navigate the layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world's most iconic villains-the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker? Gotham is the origin story of the great DC Comics supervillains and vigilantes, revealing a new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (The Mentalist, Rome), this one-hour drama follows one cop's rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the genesis of one of the most popular superheroes of our time. The series stars Ben McKenzie (Southland, The O.C.), Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy, Vikings), Sean Pertwee (Elementary), Robin Lord Taylor (The Walking Dead), Erin Richards (Being Human), David Mazouz (Touch),Camren Bicondova, Zabryna Guevara (Burn Notice), Cory Michael Smith (Carol), Victoria Cartagena (The Good Wife), Andrew Stewart-Jones (Person of Interest), and Jada Pinkett Smith (The Matrix films), and is executive produced by Heller, Danny Cannon (Nikita), and John Stephens (Gossip Girl). From Warner Bros. Television, Gotham premieres this fall, Mondays at 8/7c on FOX.

The Flash- From the Arrow creative team of executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and director David Nutter, The Flash is a fast-paced superhero drama that follows the high-speed adventures of the Fastest Man Alive. Written by Berlanti, Kreisberg, and DC Entertainment's chief creative officer Geoff Johns, the action drama follows Central City police scientist Barry Allen, an everyday guy with the heart of a hero and the genuine desire to help others. Standing still emotionally since the day his mother was murdered (and his father unjustly jailed for the crime), Barry was taken in as a child by the investigating Detective West and raised in a cop's home alongside West's super-smart daughter (and Barry's dream girl), Iris. But when an unexpected and devastating accident at the S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator facility strikes Barry, he finds himself suddenly charged with the incredible power to move at super speeds. While Barry has always been a hero in his soul, his newfound powers have finally given him the ability to act like one. With a winning personality and a smile on his face, Barry Allen-aka The Flash-is finally moving forward in life...very, very fast! The series stars Grant Gustin (Arrow), Candice Patton (The Game), Rick Cosnett (The Vampire Diaries), Danielle Panabaker (Necessary Roughness), Carolos Valdes (on Broadway: Once), with Tom Cavanagh (Ed), and Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order). From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, The Flash premieres this fall on Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW.

Constantine- John Constantine is a man waging war against the forces of darkness -from both within himself and the outside world. An irreverent, working-class con man and occult expert, he's an experienced exorcist and demonologist with an extensive list of supernatural contacts, each with their own paranormal talents and abilities. Following the aftermath of a tragic incident, Constantine has voluntarily checked himself into an asylum and sworn off investigating matters of the supernatural, but when a cryptic message calls him out to reluctantly resume his old life, he finds himself saving the life of a young woman whom he's never met but is connected to in a very important way. With dark forces gathering power in the world, Constantine allies himself with Manny, a rogue warrior angel, and his giant childhood protector, Chas-the only friend who's managed to stay alive. Based on characters published by DC Entertainment, Constantine reflects the lore of the fan-favorite comic, combining noirish storytelling with the evolving mythology of John Constantine, a morally challenged character who doesn't come down on the side of either good or evil...but ultimately might be the only thing defending us against the dark forces from beyond. The series stars Matt Ryan (Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior), Harold Perrineau (Lost), and Charles Halford (True Detective) and is executive produced by Daniel Cerone (Dexter) and David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight trilogy). From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television, Constantine will air Fridays at 10/9c on NBC, premiering October 24.

Arrow- Arrow series stars Stephen Amell (Private Practice), Katie Cassidy (Supernatural), David Ramsey (Dexter), Emily Bett Rickards (Flicka: Country Pride), Colton Haynes (Teen Wolf), Willa Holland (The O.C.), Paul Blackthorne (The River), and John Barrowman (Torchwood -- with executive producers Greg Berlanti (The Flash), Marc Guggenheim (Green Lantern), and Andrew Kreisberg (Fringe) -- will take aim at San Diego with a special video presentation and discussion previewing the show's highly anticipated third season. Based upon characters appearing in comic books and graphic novels published by DC Comics, Arrow is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television. The series returns for a third season this fall, airing Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.
Saturday July 26, 2014 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Hall H

8:15pm
PLAYBACK: Hall H and Ballroom 20 Saturday Free Play
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 one hour and forty-five minute 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 with 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.)
Saturday July 26, 2014 8:15pm - 10:00pm
The Playback Room, Omni Hotel, 4th Floor Ballroom

8:30pm
Cartoon Network: The Regular Show Rock-a-Thon
You and your best bros are totally invited to take the stage at The Regular Show Rock-a-Thon. Awwwwww yeauuuuh! Cartoon Network presents the most rockin' hour ever, cutting a rug to some classic episodes and jamming out to a brand new one before anyone else gets to see it. But that's not all-you are challenged to come up with your best Regular Show number. The more awesome your performance, the more likely you are to win a prize! So what are you waiting for? Practice your funky fresh flow and let's get this party started! Participation is limited.
Saturday July 26, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 7AB

8:30pm
Classic Festival of Animation
The 2014 Spike and Mike's Classic Festival of Animation features award-winning, critically acclaimed, and hilarious short animated films. Entries from six different countries include Sundance winner Yearbook, student Oscar winner Peck Pocketed, the George Takei-narrated The Missing Scarf, a montage of award-winning and side splitting animated commercials, and the beautiful Salmon Deadly Sins featured at Annecy Animation Festival in France. Extra bonus: glow-in-the-dark hand clappers will be given away.
Saturday July 26, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 6BCF

8:30pm
Legit Fanfic: How Fan-Made Content Is Good for Audiences, Filmmakers, and Hollywood
Alex LeMay (Resignation Superhero, BZRK), Bernie Su (The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Welcome to Sanditon), and Josh Caldwell (Resignation Superhero, Anthony Zuiker's: Cybergedon) lead a conversation about how filmmakers are premiering high-quality fan films that catch the eyes of millions-and the movie industry, too. This panel brings together some top fan filmmakers, comic book creators, and Hollywood executives to discuss the evolution of fan-made content, how it's important to filmmakers, and why comic publishers and film producers are watching.
Saturday July 26, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 24ABC

8:30pm
Not So Strange Bedfellows: Comics and Wrestling
Some have called the spectacle of pro wrestling "a comic book come to life." That is not so far from the truth. From the heroics of Hulk Hogan, antiheroes such as John Cena, and villains like Ric Flair, the panel explores the parallels in character development and storyline advancement between these outrageous forms. Featuring Rik Offenberger (FirstComicsNews.com), Francis Szyskowski (The Massacre Twins), Todd Tochioka (WorkingSnug.com), Scott Lost and Eburonson (The 2nd Shift), Michael Kingston (Headlocked), and potential superstars of the squared circle. Moderated by Joshua Waldrop (pwnedcast.com).
Saturday July 26, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 8

8:30pm
The Psychology of Star Trek vs. Star Wars: Episode IV
Step into the pop culture ring with geeky psychologists Dr. Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions) and Dr. Ali Mattu (Super Fantastic Nerd Hour) as they bring their popular, intergalactic sci-fi battle back to Comic-Con for round 4! Special guests Sam Witwer (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Being Human) and Rod Roddenberry (Trek Nation, Roddenberry Entertainment) join the psych pros to debate, tackle, and explain some of the most fascinating aspects of both universes. Pick a side and cast your vote as they crown one the winner! Impartially refereed by Brian Ward (Shout! Factory).
Saturday July 26, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 26AB

8:30pm
HBO Presents the Comic-Con International 2014 Masquerade
2014 marks the 40th Comic-Con Masquerade, and Ballroom 20 becomes a theater as fabulous original and re-created costumes crafted by our talented attendees are showcased on stage before an audience of thousands, with impressive awards and cash prizes bestowed on those deemed most outstanding by the guest judges. Doors will open for audience seating at 7:45, but the line will start much earlier. Tickets are required for seating and will be given out free to those lining up near Ballroom 20 beginning at 2:00 Saturday. Any tickets left over will be available at the Masquerade Desk near Ballroom 20 later in the afternoon. The Masters of Ceremonies will once again be writer/artists and Girl Genius creators Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio of Studio Foglio. Intermission entertainment will feature the impressive Saber Guild performance group. Ballroom 20 (with overflow seating available in Rooms 5AB, 6A and in the Sails Pavilion; tickets not required for overflow areas)
Saturday July 26, 2014 8:30pm - 11:30pm
Ballroom 20

9:00pm
Get your Tromatons Tingling!
Celebrate Troma Entertainment's 40th anniversary with Lloyd Kaufman (president of Troma)! Stories, quips, jokes, and anecdotes, with Liz Lee (MTV), James Rolfe (Angry Video Game Nerd), Skinner (alternative artist), and others! Find out about the new releases from Troma and what lies ahead for the future of Tromaville. Watch a never-before-seen clip from Return to Nuke Em High Vol. 2! Meet the Toxic Avenger! Panel moderated by Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics) and Megan Silver (Troma). Join in the Tro-merriment!
Saturday July 26, 2014 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 23ABC

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COMIC-CON 2014 Friday Programs Schedule is Up

The Friday SDCC program panels are now online. There's a lot of great panels to check out on this day ranging from Legend of Korra Book 3 to Milestone @ 21. Here are the panels:

10:00am Cartoon Network: Uncle Grandpa & Clarence

Good mornin'! What's better than a panel of one Cartoon Network Comedy? Two cartoon network comedies! That's right fans, prepare yourself for double the comedy, double the fun and double the friends with Uncle Grandpa and Clarence! Join the always-entertaining cast and crew for a behind-the-scenes look at two of the newest hit shows on Cartoon Network. It's woooooorth it. Apppearing from Uncle Grandpa are creator Pete Browngardt (Uncle Grandpa), Kevin Michael Richardson (Mr. Gus), and Eric Bauza (Belly Bag). Appearing from Clarence are creator Spencer Rothbell (writer), Tom Kenny (Tiny Miracle, Uncle Grandpa and Sumo, Clarence), and Eric Edelstein (Chad).
Friday July 25, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

10:00am Comic-Con How-To: Anatomy of a Fight Scene, Part One

Stories are about conflict. And there is no purer form of conflict than a good ol' fisticuffs-style brawl. (Or sword fight, laser battle, western shootout...) Yet, how to put that much action down on paper and not only make it believable, but enjoyable and exciting to read? Award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake brings you deep inside the violence, breaking it down piece by piece, and giving you some tricks you can use to create more realistic and exciting fights.
Friday July 25, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 2

10:00am From Fan to Creator: Making the Dream a Reality

Which side of the convention table do you want to be on: fan or creator? And what's keeping you from getting there? What's holding you back? If you're having trouble starting or finishing your creative projects, then 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, you'll walk away from this workshop with the energy and tools you need to bring your dream to life.
Friday July 25, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 23ABC

10:00am Gender in Comics
Panelists explore both the role of gender in mainstream and independent comics, as well as the impact of gender politics on the business side of the industry and in the media. Moderated by comics editor Janelle Asselin, the panel inclides ComicsAlliance.com senior editor Andy Khouri, BOOM! Studios editor Dafna Pleban, comics writer James Tynion IV (The Woods), Image comics director of trade book sales Jennifer de Guzman, and WIRED writer Laura Hudson.
Friday July 25, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 4

10:00am Inside The Big Bang Theory Writers' Room
Back by popular demand! The Big Bang Theory writers are back in San Diego and ready to share secrets behind TV's #1 comedy, which is coming off its most climactic season yet (a first kiss! an engagement! Professor Proton became one with The Force!). Uncover the writers' room mysteries and learn how intimidating it was to write for Darth Vader. (Answer: Very.) The hit show's executive producers and writers take the stage for a lively discussion to discuss the creative process. From Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television, The Big Bang Theory returns for season 8 this fall, Monday nights at 8/7c on CBS. The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Sixth Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 16.
Friday July 25, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Ballroom 20

10:00am Marvel: Spider-Verse
It's the most epic Spider-Man event of all time as every Spider-Man EVER come together to face a world-ending threat! Senior editor Nick Lowe, Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man) and Mark Waid (Daredevil) will be taking any and all questions from you, the fans! This is one panel no Spidey fan can miss!
Friday July 25, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 6DE

10:00am Publishers Weekly: Behind the Digital Line
As digital comics have become a driving force of the medium, more publishers and creators have launched digital first lines of comics. How do publishers and creators deal with the unique properties of the web and tablet? How do readers react? Are they an evolution from webcomics or their own medium? And how will technological evolution affect storytelling as more choices arise? PW's Calvin Reid discusses the digital evolution with the people behind digital lines, including Aces Weekly's David Lloyd, Monkeybrain's Alison Baker, New Paradigm's Brandon Perlow, Black Mask Studio's Matt Pizzolo, and Sequential's Russell Willis.
Friday July 25, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 28DE

10:00am Spotlight on Neal Adams
Comic-Con special guest Neal Adams (Batman, X-Men, Ms Mystic) is one of the living legends of comics. His impact on the Dark Knight, nearly 30 years ago, paved the way for a darker Caped Crusader, one that echoes in the movies and animated shows that we all love. From being a champion of creator rights to drawing just about every iconic comic book character who ever graced a page, Neal Adams has done it all, and he talks about some of it in this Spotlight panel!
Friday July 25, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 9

10:00am Star Wars Origami
Origami master folder Chris Alexander (author of Star Wars Origami) demonstrates and teaches the master folding techniques to make Star Wars origami figures. Attendees will fold an exclusive Comic-Con model along with other art from the Star Wars universe. Materials included!
Friday July 25, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 7AB

10:00am Vengeance & Villains
Vengeance: punishment inflicted in retaliation for an injury or offense. Villain: a character in a story who does bad things. Hear your favorite authors talk about the dubious bad guys they write about and the characters that teach them a lesson. Moderated by Michael Carroll (The Super Human Series) and featuring Rachel Caine (Prince of Shadows), Marie Lu (The Young Elites), Arwen Elys Dayton (Seeker), Ann Aguirre (Mortal Danger), Kimberly Derting (The Taking), Kiersten White (In the Shadows), and Allen Zadoff (The Unknown Assassin).
Friday July 25, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 32AB

10:00am VIZ Animation Featuring Neon Alley
Find out all that's new and awesome with the VIZ Animation team! We'll be talking about upcoming releases, share some announcements and tell you all about the anime streaming service Neon Alley. Bring all your anime questions, too.
Friday July 25, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 25ABC

10:00am Will Eisner: Teacher and Mentor
For a magic moment, New York City's School of Visual Arts had Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman, and Art Spiegelman all teaching classes on comics. Hear stories about those classes from students Joe Quesada (Marvel Entertainment), Drew Friedman (Heroes of the Comics), Batton Lash (Supernatural Law), Mike Carlin (DC Entertainment), and a surprise guest. Plus a not-to-be missed discussion about Will Eisner's other educational efforts. Moderated by Paul Levitz, who is writing Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel for release next year by Abrams ComicArts.
Friday July 25, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 29A

10:00am The Black Panel
This year's panelists feature media movers and shakers from film, television, comics, and music: Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow, MAD TV), Ne-Yo (actor, artist, writer, singer, etc.), J. August Richards (Angel, Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Kevin Grevioux (I, Frankenstein; Underworld), Cree Summer (Batman Beyond, Rugrats, A Different World), and Erika Alexander (Living Single, Concrete Park). The Black Panel is produced by Tatiana El Khouri and hosted by its founder, Michael Davis.
Friday July 25, 2014 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 5AB

10:15am Animation Show of Shows
Ron Diamond's 15th Annual Animation Show of Shows features a selection of the best award-winning animated shorts from around the world. Kicking things off is Chris Sanders's newly remastered Fun with Father, the comically sinister student film that launched the career of the director of Lilo and Stitch, How to Train Your Dragon, and The Croods. That's followed by a selection of awesome shorts, including the hysterical Sisyphean climb to the top in Ascension from France's Supinfocom, Canadian Jonathan Ng's breakup parable of two mismatched Korean lovers in Requiem for Romance, and Muscovite Yulia Aronova's adorable tale of a very special mom in My Mom Is an Airplane.
Friday July 25, 2014 10:15am - 11:15am
Hall H

10:15am Halo: The Master Chief Collection Panel
343 Industries's executive producer Dan Ayoub , senior producer Dennis Ries, and franchise director Frank O'Connor, along with Certain Affinity's president and original Halo 2 multiplayer designer, Max Hoberman, offer an in-depth conversation about Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Fans can hear about what to expect from the highly anticipated compilation and discuss the efforts being made to bring the story of the Master Chief and Halo's legendary multiplayer to a new generation.
Friday July 25, 2014 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 6BCF

10:30am Comics Arts Conference Session #5: Rescued by Batman: Finding Hope in Something Terrible
Superhero comic books are often dismissed or derided as "power fantasies" or "escapism," but is that always a negative? Incongruous as it may seem for Dean Trippe's Something Terrible to deal with childhood trauma, sexual abuse, and Batman, Trippe has used his comic to deal with his own past, which has then helped other people with difficult backgrounds. Tommy Cash (The Comic Arts Council) and Dean Trippe (Something Terrible) examine misconceptions regarding victims of sexual abuse and the potential value in identifying with superheroes as a coping mechanism.
Friday July 25, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 26AB

10:30am Evangeline Lilly Discusses Her First Book The Squickerwonkers
Superstar Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit, Lost) introduces her first illustrated children's book The Squickerwonkers (Titan Books)-a mischievous and uproarious tale about a clever and unruly child called Selma who meets the remarkable Squickerwonkers of the fabulous Squickershow, a band of traveling marionettes. Evangeline will discuss this enchanting and gorgeous project and her collaboration with illustrator Johnny Fraser Allan of WETA.
Friday July 25, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 6A

10:30am Tarzan, John Carter of Mars, and Edgar Rice Burroughs: What's New?
Jim Sullos (president, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Incorporated), Scott Tracy Griffin (Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration),Joe Rybandt (senior editor, Dynamite Entertainment), Diana Leto (The Cave Girl), and Ron Marz (Korak the Killer) discuss upcoming projects featuring Edgar Rice Burroughs's famous literary heroes, including online comic strips, the Warner Bros. big-screen Tarzan feature (planned for 2016), and Dynamite Comics's pending relaunch of John Carter: Warlord of Mars.
Friday July 25, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 8

10:30am Writing for TV: From First Draft to Getting Staffed
Spiro Skentzos (Grimm), Karen Horne (VP, NBC programming talent development and inclusion), Keto Shimizu (Arrow), David Schulner (Emerald City), and David Slack (Person of Interest) come together to share their TV writing experiences on such topics as getting started, basic script mistakes, how to get representation, writing programs, staying motivated, and negotiating today's turbulent TV terrain. There will be a large Q&A component, so bring your questions.
Friday July 25, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 24ABC

10:30am Comic Book Law School 202: Moving Forward: Marketing, Monetizing, and More!
After the successes of Harry Potter, Twilight, The Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones, not to mention the billions made by the Star Wars universe, the latest Batman trilogy and the Marvel Universe, its no surprise that Hollywood's appetite for comic book properties continues to rise. Now that geek is chic, the entertainment industry has increased its mining efforts through all forms of popular culture, but nowhere more than in the comic book industry. But with tens of thousands of characters and properties competing for attention, actually making money from your creations requires understanding the legalities and pitfalls of contracts and license agreements in general, along with an understanding of the business models used by the companies looking to make you an offer. Noted attorney Michael Lovitz, author of the acclaimed The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, and entertainment attorney Mona Metwalli present an interactive seminar tackling a number of the more advanced issues facing authors, artists, and designers (and the businesses that hire them) as they begin marketing their properties and creative ideas, including: the key things you should know when Hollywood comes knocking; production, merchandising, and distribution agreements; potential pitfalls when dealing in contracts, assignments and licenses; and (time permitting) participating in a contract negotiation role-playing exercise.Note: The Comic Book Law School® seminars are designed to provide relevant information and practice tips to practicing attorneys, as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. [This program is approved for 1.5 credits of California MCLE.]
Friday July 25, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 30CDE

11:00am Cartoon Network: Adventure Time
Oh my glob, what would Comic-Con be without Adventure Time? Never fear, fans, Cartoon Network is bringing back the most mathematical show on TV to Comic-Con. You know what time it is! So get off your lumps and hang out with the fantastical cast and crew as they dish on all things Adventure Time and share never-before-seen footage. The following friends will be appearing from the Land of Ooo for a super sick panel: Jeremy Shada (Finn), John DiMaggio (Jake), Tom Kenny (Ice King), and more. Moderated by the super-talented and man-of-many-voices Tom Kenny.
Friday July 25, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

11:00am Comic-Con How-To: Anatomy of a Fight Scene, Part Two
Understanding when and how to use physical conflict in your story is all well and good. But how do you write it? How do authors paint such a vivid, action-packed fight scene that readers can "see" in their mind using only the written word? Award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake peels back the mystery and looks at using words to craft action that your readers will not simply read, but experience.
Friday July 25, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 2

11:00am Image Comics: I Is for...Inception
Collaboration is the lifeblood of comics. Writers, artists, colorists, and letterers team up to create the comics you know and love. Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly), Fiona Staples (Saga), Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals), John Layman (Chew), Steve Seagle (Imperial), and some special surprise guests will discuss creating entire universes from scratch and the teamwork it takes to make their comics the best they can be.
Friday July 25, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 23ABC

11:00am Mattel: Mattypalooza 2014
Get the inside scoop on your favorite collectible toys from Mattel: Masters of the Universe, DC Comics, Ghostbusters, and more! Plus the latest news on the future of MOTU Classics. Get exclusive sneak peeks at 2015 product that will not be shown anywhere else! This panel will also include a Q&A with Mattel marketing manager Scott "Toy Guru" Neitlich, toy designer Brandon Sopinsky, digital content strategist Eve Orio, and special guests The Four Horsemen. It's the place to be for the world premiere of tons of new toys and collectibles!
Friday July 25, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 25ABC

11:00am Moving Forward by Looking Back: This is the Golden Age of Classic Comic Collections
President of IDW Publishing Greg Goldstein leads a spirited discussion about the recent boom in prestige collections of archival comic material. Joining Greg will be renowned comic book historian Craig Yoe, VP of book trade sales at Dark Horse Comics Michael Martens, founder of Sunday Press Peter Maresca, associate publisher of Fantagraphics Eric Reynolds, and IDW senior editor of special projects Scott Dunbier. If you have a bookshelf bowing under the weight of great big books full of comics and still crave more, this is the panel for you! Plus announcements and giveaways.
Friday July 25, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 32AB

11:00am Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy
For the first time, Lucasfilm has opened its Archives to present comprehensive storyboards for the original Star Wars trilogy-the world-changing A New Hope and its operatic sequels, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi-as well as never-before-published art from early conceptual and deleted scenes, in a new book from Abrams: Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy. Former ILM art director Joe Johnston will discuss the newest addition to the Abrams Star Wars Library and the singular experience of creating the iconic trilogy's storyboards with his stellar art department team. Johnston won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for his work on Raiders of the Lost Ark and has directedHoney, I Shrunk the Kids, The Rocketeer, Jumanji, Jurassic Park III, Hidalgo, and Captain America: The First Avenger. Moderated by Lucasfilm editor J. W. Rinzler.
Friday July 25, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 7AB

11:00am Teen Wolf Fanworks Discussion
Panelists daunt (artist), Febricant (Not As Described), magneticwave (we knew every line), rashaka (The Next Level Is Real), the_deep_magic (Pack Up; Don't Stray), and zjofierose (Holding Your Own Weight) provide an in-depth discussion on Teen Wolf Fanworks. They'll talk about process, tropes, controlling one's own fandom space, interacting with other members of the fandom, the challenges vs. joys of creating fanworks, and more.
Friday July 25, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 29A

11:00am The Official Aspen Comics 2014 Panel
Frank Mastromauro (co-owner), Peter Steigerwald (co-owner), Vince Hernandez (VP, editor-in-chief), Mark Roslan (VP, director of design and production), David Wohl (Executive Assistant: Iris), J. T. Krul (Jirni), Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), Scott Lobdell (Superman), Paolo Pantalena (Jirni),Giuseppe Cafaro (Fathom: Kiani), Jordan Gunderson (EA: Assassins), Lori Hanson (EA Assassins), and Beth Sotelo (Fathom) will reveal upcoming Aspen titles as well as projects on the horizon. They will also hold a Q&A session with fans. All fans in attendance will receive a gift courtesy of the publisher.
Friday July 25, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 9

11:00am Where Is the Love? The Strange Disappearance of Romance Comics
Romance anthologies were once the most popular American comics genre, with over 150 titles published each month; by the end of the '70s, they'd vanished, never to return. Michelle Nolan (Love on the Racks), Colleen Coover (Gingerbread Girl), and moderator Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics) reveal the glories and heartbreak of comics' lost romances.
Friday July 25, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 28DE

11:15am DC Comics: Champions of Justice
The New 52 return to San Diego for a star-studded, action-packed panel with David Finch (Forever Evil, upcoming Wonder Woman), Meredith Finch (upcoming Wonder Woman), Van Jensen (Green Lantern Corps), Geoff Johns (Justice League, Superman), Jeff Lemire (Futures End, Green Arrow, Justice League United), Charles Soule (Red Lanterns, Superman/Wonder Woman, Swamp Thing), Robert Venditti (The Flash, Green Lantern) and others. Join the creators of DC Comics's most powerful and influential heroes and heroines for a sneak peek at what is to come for these champions of justice!
Friday July 25, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 6DE

11:15am Nickelodeon: Legend of Korra: Book 3
Executive producer and creator team Bryan Konietzko and Mike DiMartino (Avatar: The Last Airbender) give a behind-the-scenes peek at how they create one of animation's most stunning television productions. Panelists include voice actors Janet Varney (Korra), David Faustino (Mako), P. J. Byrne (Bolin), Seychelle Gabriel (Asami), and Mindy Sterling (Lin Beifong). Including an exclusive sneak peek screening of a new episode for Book 3, "Change." Moderated by Megan Casey (VP of current series for Nickelodeon).
Friday July 25, 2014 11:15am - 12:15pm
Ballroom 20

11:30am Sneak Peek
Friday July 25, 2014 11:30am - 12:00pm
Hall H

11:30am Beyond the Page
Watching your favorite science fiction and fantasy stories come to life is a thrilling adventure; fiction is fabulous fodder for film, and graphic tales make for great games. Books often inspire multimedia projects that allow fans to fully immerse themselves in the interactive worlds authors have created. From books to movies to TV shows and games, these tales resonate with fans beyond the pages of a novel. James Frey (Endgame), Chris Weitz (The Young World), James Dashner (Maze Runner & The Rule of Thoughts), Andrew Kaplan (Homeland), Fred Van Lente (Make Comics Like Pros), James Silvani (Draw-a-sauras), and Melissa De La Cruz (Ring and the Crown) discuss life as writers in the Digital Age and how technology has transformed both their projects and the publishing industry as a whole. Moderated by Walter Jury (Scan).
Friday July 25, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 24ABC

11:30am iZombie Pilot Screening and Q&A
Olivia "Liv" Moore, a 25-year-old medical resident, is on the fast track to a perfect life...until she's turned into a zombie. Now stuck somewhere between half-alive and undead, Liv loses all traces of her former drive and ambition. She transfers her medical residency to the city morgue in order to reluctantly access the only real form of sustenance left available to her-and the only thing that allows her to maintain her humanity-human brains. But there are side effects to Liv's new diet: With each brain she consumes, Liv experiences "visions"-flashes of the corpse's memories-including, in some cases, clues as to how they were killed.iZombie makes its Comic-Con debut with a screening of the complete pilot episode, followed by a Q&A with series stars Rose McIver (Once Upon a Time), Malcolm Goodwin (Breakout Kings), Rahul Kohli (newcomer from the UK), and Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill), as well as executive producers Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars) and Diane Ruggiero-Wright (Veronica Mars). From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Spondoolie Productions and Warner Bros. Television and based on characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, published by DC Entertainment's Vertigo imprint, iZombie premieres Midseason on The CW.
Friday July 25, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 6BCF

11:30am Milestone @ 21
Milestone Media is all grown up, and here's your chance to get the lowdown on what's really the deal with all those rumors. Milestone partners and founders Denys Cowan, (Django Unchained, Green Arrow), Derek Dingle (Black Enterprise magazine), and Michael Davis (The Hidden Beach) are ready to spill. The Milestone @ 21 panel is produced by Reggie Hudlin (Django Unchained, Django/Zorro) and hosted by Phil LaMarr (Static Shock, Mad TV). If you're not there, you just won't get it...and your friends will never let you forget it.
Friday July 25, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 5AB

11:30am Rocky and Bullwinkle Short U.S. Premiere & Panel
In celebration of the 55th anniversary of Rocky and Bullwinkle, join Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and DreamWorks Animation for the U.S. premiere of a new Rocky and Bullwinkle short that will appear on the upcoming release of Mr. Peabody & Sherman on Blu-ray and DVD on October 14. Director Gary Trousdale (Beauty and the Beast) and executive producer and Bullwinkle Studios president Tiffany Ward (daughter of Jay Ward) discuss the film and the legacy of Rocky and Bullwinkle on animation, followed by a Q&A session moderated by film critic and animation expert Leonard Maltin (Of Mice and Magic).
Friday July 25, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 8

11:30am Comics Arts Conference Session #6: Comics and Form
Storytelling in comic books and graphic novels relies on an array of diverse and powerful techniques that engage readers and construct a sense of time and space in fictional "realities," to varying degrees of success. Keegan Lannon (Aberystwyth University) and Aaron Poppleton examine how color influences emotions and how color (or lack thereof as in Art Spiegelman's Maus) may immerse readers and create an artistic ideology. Michael J. Muniz (Broward College) exposes how the breaking of the fourth wall in comics prevents the reader from properly engaging the depicted reality, and explores the philosophical nature of the fourth wall itself. Poe Johnson (University of Texas at Dallas) and Amal Shafek (University of Texas at Dallas) use Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis as a case study for analyzing how comics and films construct time and space. Specific creative techniques do more than just reflect aesthetic goals; they also affect the way each medium constructs meaning.
Friday July 25, 2014 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 26AB

11:45am Hasbro Studios: My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic and My Little Pony Equestria Girls
Guests from Hasbro Studios My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic airing on the Hub Network in the U.S. and My Little Pony Equestria Girls share details of the making of the popular animated series and a sneak peek into the new My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rock movie coming this fall. Q&A with members of the Hasbro Studios team and voice talent.
Friday July 25, 2014 11:45am - 12:45pm
Room 6A

12:00pm Bandai Namco Games Fighting Panel
Katsuhiro Harada (director of the Tekken series, Bandai Namco Games Inc.) and a special guest discuss all things Tekken as well as Harada-san's newest title. In addition, producers from Rise of Incarnates, a game developed from the same DNA as the Tekken and Soulcaliber series, will be showing off this exciting new franchise from Bandai Namco Games. Moderated by Mark "Markman" Julio (Mad Catz).
Friday July 25, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 25ABC

12:00pm CBLDF: Graphic Novels and Their Turbulent Past: Now Classroom Tools of Tolerance
Graphic novels are often associated with violence and aggression. They can, however, be used to help kids gain a greater understanding of the often violent world around them, and they can often be used to defuse anger. Finally, they can be used to teach history, social studies, and social organization. This panel of educators, authors, and artists will show you how. They'll discuss the intertwining history of comics, violence, and censorship and provide teachers with classroom tools to integrate incredible graphic novels within language arts, social studies and science, effectively meeting Common Core State Standards while addressing ever-present resistance to the graphic text artform. Panelists include Meryl Jaffe, Betsy Gomez, Matt Holm, and Jennifer L. Holm.
Friday July 25, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 30CDE

12:00pm For Love or Money: Creating Personal and Professional Art
If an artist is paid for his or her work, does that mean it's not personal? The creation of art is such a personal thing, but does it always have to be this way? Hear creators Ray Billingsley (Curtis), Michael T. Gilbert, (Mr. Monster), David Lasky (The Carter Family: Don't Forget This Song), Mimi Pond (Over Easy), and Jim Rugg (Supermag) share their views on when or if a project can be for love and money.
Friday July 25, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 28DE

12:00pm Hasbro: Star Wars
Members of the Hasbro brand and design team including Jeff Labovitz (director, global brand marketing, Hasbro), Bill Rawley (design manager, Hasbro), and others discuss the popular Hasbro Star Wars line. Attendees will also get a sneak peek at upcoming, never-before-seen action figures from the highly anticipated Star Wars Rebels animated series.
Friday July 25, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 7AB

12:00pm Is It Steampunk?
You've heard of Steampunk, but what exactly distinguishes this unique subgenre from other branches of science fiction? Andrew Fogel (The League of S.T.E.A.M.), Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett (Boilerplate, Frank Reade), Claire Hummel (Bioshock: Infinite), and Thomas Willeford (The Steampunk Adventurer's Guide) dissect and debate pop culture examples of literature, movies, TV, video games, comics, and more in a rapid-fire showdown that will push boundaries and defy expectations in a quest to finally answer the question, "Is it Steampunk?"
Friday July 25, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 29A

12:00pm Spotlight on Batton Lash
Comic-Con special guest writer/artist Batton Lash celebrates 35 years of is characters Wolff & Byrd Counselors of the Macabre, from newspaper strip to the Supernatural Law comic books, webcomic, and graphic novels. Interviewed by author/futurist Rob Salkowitz, Batton will discuss his influences, self-publishing, crowdfunding, the mixing of humor and horror, writing for Archie and Bongo, and his new series for Aces Weekly, "The First Gentleman of the Apocalypse."
Friday July 25, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 4

12:00pm Spotlight on Sara Mayhew
Comic-Con special guest Sara E. Mayhew (Legend of the Ztarr, Secrets of Sorcerers, Love Pet) introduces her new Kickstarter-backed manga series Legend of the Ztarr and how she works to promote humanism and critical thinking through pop culture entertainment. Learn all about this new rising star in the manga scene with Q&A about creating manga, storytelling, and popularizing science and skepticism.
Friday July 25, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 9

12:00pm The Art of Babylon 5
Members of the iconic show's art department, under production designer John Iacovelli, with art director Mark-Louis Walters, art director Roland Rosenkranz, graphic artist Alan Kobayashi, and concept artist and set designer Timothy Earls, reunite to discuss how they were able to design 110 episodes over five years and six TV movies while keeping the sets fresh, exciting and, well, out of this world.
Friday July 25, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 23ABC

12:00pm Top Shelf Productions Featuring Kevin O'Neill and More!
Top Shelf is so excited to debut the The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century hardcover that they flew artist Kevin O'Neill all the way from England for his first U.S. visit in years! You think in his 15 years of collaboration with Alan Moore on the League, he's picked up a good story or two? Plus: Top Shelf continues to innovate with new digital projects; meet the genius minds behind their latest graphic novels, and get a look at the much-anticipated Book Two of March, the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic memoir trilogy by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell!
Friday July 25, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 32AB

12:15pm [adult swim]: The Venture Bros.
The fifth annual [adult swim] panel block at Comic-Con will be kicked off with the cult-favorite series The Venture Bros. Co-creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer take the stage to discuss the upcoming sixth season of their original series and to answer fan questions.
Friday July 25, 2014 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

12:15pm Comic-Con How-To: Graphic Novels from Idea to Finish
Learn how to take your idea and make a graphic novel using Brian Haberlin's graphic novels Shifter and Anomaly as test cases. Subjects discussed include idea to script, page format, panel layout, art style, distribution, printing, and more. Comic book creator, editor, writer, penciler, inker, and colorist Brian Haberlin is the co-creator of Witchblade, Anomaly, and many other comic books and graphic novels.
Friday July 25, 2014 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Room 2

12:20pm AMC's The Walking Dead
Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman, and Michael Cudlitz join executive producer and showrunner Scott Gimple, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Dave Alpert, and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero in a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist, Talking Dead) to discuss the shocking finale of season 4 of The Walking Dead and what to look forward to in season 5, debuting this fall on AMC. Join the panelists for a Q&A session and an official sneak preview of season 5.
Friday July 25, 2014 12:20pm - 1:20pm
Hall H

12:30pm Batman in the '80s and '90s
2014 marks the 75th anniversary of Batman, but also several other anniversaries for the character. It's the 100th birthday of writer Bill Finger who wrote many of the character's adventures through the 1960s, and is responsible for many additions to the legend and some of the Dark Knight's most infamous villains. It's the 50th anniversary of the "New Look" Batman, which started in 1964 under editor Julius Schwartz and including artist Carmine Infantino's interpretation of the Caped Crusader, which saved Detective Comics from possible cancellation. And it's the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton's Batman movie, which brought the character back to a whole new audience, in a new-and much darker-form. Comic-Con special guest Denny O'Neill (writer/editor, Batman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow) will moderate fellow Comic-Con special guests Chuck Dixon (writer, Batman, Airboy), Kelley Jones (artist, Batman, Deadman), Graham Nolan (artist, Detective Comics, The Phantom, Joe Frankenstein), and Brian Stelfreeze (artist, Shadow of the Bat, Daymen) in a discussion on how they kept the world's greatest detective going strong through the '80s and '90s.
Friday July 25, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 5AB

12:30pm Bones
Fan-favorite actors David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel and executive producer Stephen Nathan share secrets from the set, upcoming twists and turns, and what's in store for Booth and Brennan as Bones enters its milestone tenth season.
Friday July 25, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Ballroom 20

12:30pm Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor
Explore the realm of the Ring like never before when Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment presents an in-depth look at the groundbreaking Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor video game. Focus on the time between The Hobbit and LOTR and learn the secret history of the Rings of Power and their relationship to the Wraith-and maybe get some tips on how to dominate the Dark Lord Sauron's army and other enemies. Panelists Michael de Plater (director of design, Monolith Productions, Tom Clancy's EndWar, Rome: Total War), lead writer Christian Cantamessa (Red Dead Redemption), Phil Straub (art director, Monolith Productions, Utherworlds, D'artiste Digital Painting), the voice of Talion Troy Baker (The Last of Us , Batman: Arkham Origins, BioShock Infinite, Batman: Arkham City), and moderator Professor Janet Croft reveal new gameplay and story details and discuss the innovative approach to storytelling through the Nemesis System. Surprises, revelations and giveaways await you! Middle-Earth: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC Shadow of Mordor will be released on October 7 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Friday July 25, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 8

12:30pm Resurrection
What if someone you lost...returned? For the first time ever, ABC brings hit-dramaResurrection to Comic-Con! Moderator Michael Schneider (TV Guide executive editor) and executive producers Michelle Fazekas (Marvel's Agent Carter), Tara Butters (Marvel's Agent Carter), and Aaron Zelman (The Killing), along with Omar Epps (House), Kurtwood Smith (That 70's Show), Frances Fisher (Titanic), and Devin Kelley (Chernobyl Diaries), explore the mysterious return of residents of Arcadia, MO. Get an exclusive first look into the new season and join in for a Q&A panel full of surprises.
Friday July 25, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 6DE

12:30pm Spotlight on Mike Mignola
Comic-Con special guest Mike Mignola celebrates the 20th anniversary of his iconic creation Hellboy, star of comics, movies, and animation. Ask Mike about the Mignolaverse in this casual Q&A.
Friday July 25, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 24ABC

12:45pm Marvel: The Avengers
Find out what's going on with your favorite Avengers titles in this can't-miss panel!
Friday July 25, 2014 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Room 6BCF

1:00pm [adult swim]: The Triumph/McBrayer Panel
The beloved Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and fan-favorite Jack McBrayer team up to star in a new live-action original comedy series set to premiere in 2015 on [adult swim]. Co-creator and voice of Triumph Robert Smigel (Conan, SNL's TV Funhouse), co-creator Michael Koman (Eagleheart, Nathan For You), and star Jack McBrayer (30 Rock, Wreck It Ralph) discuss the new series.
Friday July 25, 2014 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront


1:00pm 101 Ways to Kill a Man
Coming up with creative ways to commit mayhem and murder is the lifeblood of these talented thriller authors. A fatal chimera virus; hybridized bioengineered parasites; murderous microchips; lethal electric stimuli; deathstrike via satellite targeting-how many ways can you kill someone? Top thriller authors Tobias Buckell (Hurricane Fever), Alex Hughes (Marked), M. A. Lawson (Rosarito Beach), Stephen Blackmoore (Broken Souls), Gregg Hurwitz (Don't Look Back), and moderator Jeff Ayers (Long Overdue) discuss the art of delivering deadly thrills. But don't worry too much. A little light reading never killed anyone.
Friday July 25, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 32AB

1:00pm Archie Forever: Life, Afterlife, and Beyond
Learn about the story that shocked the world-the Death of Archie-and find out more about the hit horror series Afterlife with Archie. Get exclusive news on upcoming classic Archie storylines, the new Sabrina ongoing series, and what's to come from Archie's superhero imprint. The panel features Jon Goldwater (co-CEO/publisher), Victor Gorelick (co-president/editor-in-chief), Mike Pellerito (president), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (chief creative officer/writer of Afterlife with Archie), Francesco Francavilla (artist of Afterlife with Archie), Dan Parent (writer/artist, Kevin Keller), Michael Uslan (writer, Farewell, Betty & Veronica), and moderator Alex Segura (SVP-publicity and marketing/editor of Red Circle Comics). Plus, an exclusive gift bag ticket!
Friday July 25, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 4

1:00pm CBLDF: Dr. Wertham's War on Comics
How did a pioneering neuroscientist become one of the 20th century's most notorious censors? In 1954, psychiatrist Fredric Wertham published the popular book Seduction of the Innocent, which inspired such moral panic that comics were placed on trial by the U.S. Senate. Wertham's efforts, although presented as science, were actually carefully manipulated to discredit the medium. The results nearly destroyed the comics artform in the United States. Carol Tilley, the professor whose recent research helped debunk Wertham once and for all, will take you back in time, behind the scenes, as she shares some of the little-known stories of Dr. Wertham's war on comics.
Friday July 25, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 30CDE

1:00pm Cosplaying 101: Costuming for Beginners
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 will show you how you can get in on the all the fun even if you've never sewn before in your life. Moderated by Melissa Gene Meyer (assistant for the Comic-Con Masquerade).
Friday July 25, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 29A

1:00pm Costume Designers Guild: Costume Illustration
The hottest costume illustrators of the day will talk about their latest blockbuster projects, the creative process, and what it's like working with some of the top costume designers. Panelists include Alan Villaneuva (The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 1 & 2), Constantine Sekeris (Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice), Christian Cordella (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Phillip Boutte Jr. (X-Men: Days of Future Past), and Arianne Phillips (Kingsman: The Secret Service).
Friday July 25, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 23ABC

1:00pm Gravity Falls
Creator and executive producer Alex Hirsch (Grunkle Stan) is joined by series stars Kristen Schaal (Mabel), Jason Ritter (Dipper), and Thurop Van Orman (L'il Gideon) to uncover the mysteries of Disney Channel's hit series Gravity Falls. Find out what's in store for television's spookiest town with exclusive clips from the show's exciting upcoming season and an audience Q&A. The panel will also feature sneak peeks of two new animated shows coming to Disney XD!
Friday July 25, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 6A

1:00pm Spotlight on Rina Piccolo
Comic-Con special guest Rina Piccolo (gag cartoonist and creator of Tina's Groove syndicated comic strip) presents her comic narrative: A Career In The Comics: How I Started & What I Learned, followed by some fun cartoon videos, comics, and Q&A.
Friday July 25, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 9

1:00pm Spotlight on Veronica Roth
Comic-Con special guest Veronica Roth, author of FOUR: A Divergent Collection, joins authors Walter Jury, Leigh Bardugo and Laini Taylor as they divulge what led them on the road to writerdom. From books to movies to comics and more, what are these authors geeking out about? Hear about their literary muses, their author crushes, and all things awe-worthy that inspire them to write the books they write. Moderator Aaron Hartzler will coax the most titillating answers out of these panelists as they dish on their evolutions and revolutions.
Friday July 25, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 25ABC

1:00pm Star Wars: Collectibles Update
Join eFX, Gentle Giant Studios, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow Collectibles for product development insights and exclusive previews of the latest in Star Wars collectibles. Moderated by Anita Castellar of Lucas Licensing.
Friday July 25, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 7AB

1:00pm The Future of Geek
Will comics' takeover of pop culture continue, or has geek peaked? Industry-watchers Heidi MacDonald (The Beat), Rob Salkowitz (Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture), and Tim Beyers (Motley Fool) follow the money in conventions, movies, and publishing to forecast the future of the fandom business. John Siuntres (Word Balloon podcast) moderates.
Friday July 25, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 28DE

1:00pm Comics Arts Conference Session #7: Comics and Gender
How sexist are superhero comic books? How fairly do comic book creators depict females and femininity, and how do we view the creators who attempt to introduce feminist values? Rebecca Sader (University of Texas at Dallas) looks at how well Birds of Prey fares in light of methodology like the Bechdel test. Matthew J. Brown (University of Texas at Dallas) delves into the psychology and (unorthodox) feminist values of psychologist William Moulton Marston, the creator of Wonder Woman and a pioneer in the invention of the lie detector. Annamarie O'Brien (Bowling Green State University) looks at mommy issues in Jack Kirby's Fourth World saga, from idealized Mother Box to the monstrous depiction of mothering gone awry via the villainous Granny Goodness.
Friday July 25, 2014 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 26AB

1:30pm Game Your Brain to Superhero Status
National Geographic Channel's Eric LeClerc (illusionist, Brain Games), David Rees (Going Deep with David Rees), Tony Gonzalez (The NFL Today analyst, You Can't Lick Your Elbow), and Dr. Armand Dorian (ER physician, You Can't Lick Your Elbow) join together for a series of interactive experiments that will mess with your mind and show you that what may seem superhuman is actually within your reach.
Friday July 25, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 24ABCn

1:30pm IDW & Hasbro: Transformers, Ponies, and More!
IDW editors John Barber and Carlos Guzman, along with Michael Kelly, Hasbro's director for global publishing, offer a comprehensive overview of all things IDW & Hasbro. Transformers! My Little Pony! G.I. Joe! Dungeons & Dragons! Announcements! Prizes! Featuring writer Mairghread Scott, writer/artist Tom Scioli, and many more special guests.
Friday July 25, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 8

1:30pm Wayward Pines World Premiere Screening of Episode One and Q&A with Cast Members and Executive Producers
Based on the bestselling novel Pines by Blake Crouch and brought to life by suspenseful storyteller M. Night Shyamalan, Wayward Pines is the intense new mind-bending 10-episode FOX event thriller evocative of the classic hit Twin Peaks. The episode is directed by M. Night Shyamalan and written by Chad Hodge. Scheduled to participate are cast members Matt Dillon (Crash), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Toby Jones (Harry Potter franchise), Carla Gugino (Watchmen), Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow), Reed Diamond (24), Shannyn Sossamon (40 Days and 40 Nights), Tim Griffin (Prime Suspect), and Charlie Tahan (Charlie St. Cloud) and executive producers M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense), Donald De Line (The Italian Job), Chad Hodge (The Playboy Club) and Ashwin Rajan (After Earth). Moderated by Rob Moynihan (TV Guide).
Friday July 25, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 5AB

1:40pm Game of Thrones Panel and Q&A
Based on the bestselling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, HBO's Game of Thrones concluded its 10-episode fourth season in June and will begin filming its fifth season this summer. The series, executive produced and written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, is an epic story of treachery and nobility, set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years. Featured cast include (in alphabetical order) Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Natalie Dormer as Margaery Baratheon, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Rose Leslie as Ygritte, Rory McCann as Sandor Clegane ("The Hound"), Pedro Pascal as Oberyn Martell, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, and Maisie Williams as Arya Stark.
Friday July 25, 2014 1:40pm - 2:40pm
Hall H

1:45pm [adult swim]: Rick and Morty
Executive producers Dan Harmon (Community) and Justin Roiland (Adventure Time) invite fans for a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming second season. They will be joined by cast members Spencer Grammer (Greek) and Chris Parnell (Archer).
Friday July 25, 2014 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

1:45pm DC Comics-Batman: The Eternal Dark Knight
Even after 75 years of stories, the Bat-family comics couldn't be any hotter! Join the talent behind the Dark Knight for an exclusive look at what's in store for the World's Greatest Detective. With Marc Andreyko (Batwoman), Brian Buccellato (Detective Comics), Greg Capullo (Batman), Pat Gleason (Batman and Robin), Greg Pak (Batman/Superman), Scott Snyder (Batman, Batman Eternal), Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin) and others, there has never been a better time to walk the streets of Gotham City!
Friday July 25, 2014 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Room 6DE

1:45pm Entertainment Weekly: Brave New Warriors
A discussion among several of today's buzziest actors heroes including Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel), Brenton Thwaites (The Giver) and others who will discuss the thrills and fears of taking on iconic characters, reveal how they broke into the business, and share their favorite stories from set.
Friday July 25, 2014 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Ballroom 20

1:45pm Comic-Con How-To: Color Copic Markers
Allison Sohn will take a drawing from penciled line-art through to completed colors using Copic Markers. She'll answer questions and share tips and tricks with panel attendees. Allison has been illustrating sketch and trading cards for licenses like Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Marvel, and DC.
Friday July 25, 2014 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Room 2

2:00pm Convincing Hand and Facial Expressions
Ron Lemen (Wizards of the Coast) demonstrates basic guidelines that will help you draw more convincing gestures and expressions in both the face and hands of your characters. Ron will demonstrate some quick anatomy and design principles, as well as share examples and diagrams simplifying the information for an artist to use. Regardless of your form of art-commercial or personal-these guidelines are universal in helping you build stronger expressions or actions. Bring a sketchbook and draw along and/or take notes.
Friday July 25, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 30CDE

2:00pm Cosplay Makeup 101
This panel goes into what it takes to perfect your cosplay by having great makeup to go with it. It will cover beauty makeup, appliance application, special fx makeup, sculpting, molding, and casting. A talented group of women -- Dawnielle Banks (makeupbysiryn.com), Chrissy Lynn (nerdy-girlz.com), Aubriana Zurilgen (Star Trek: Renegades), Angie Davis (Goldiestarling), and Daniela Bernotas (danielabernotas.com) -- who have honed their craft in the makeup, film, fashion, and cosplay photography worlds will help answer your questions about makeup to match your costuming and cosplay. Turn your great cosplay into an amazing one with awesome makeup!
Friday July 25, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 29A

2:00pm Heads Will Roll! Assassin's Creed Unity Demo and Q&A
Learn about how the blockbuster Assassin's Creed franchise has been re-imagined for the next generation of gaming. Meet mysterious Arno, the new hero in Assassin's Creed Unity, learn more details about the game, and be the first to hear about new announcements for the Assassin's Creed franchise! Rob Zombie and Tony Moore (The Walking Dead co-creator) will be debut an animated short inspired by Assassin's Creed Unity. Meet and ask questions from the team behind Assassin's Creed Unity.
Friday July 25, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 6BCF

2:00pm June Brigman: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Marvel's Power Pack
Comic-Con special guest June Brigman will discuss the creation of Power Pack, as well as her 30-year career as a comics penciler. A PowerPoint presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with Ms. Brigman.
Friday July 25, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 9

2:00pm LGBT Comics for Young Readers
Comics today present an amazing range of stories and characters, including more LGBT stories and characters than ever before. Since comics appeal to young and old alike, how do creators use the medium to present LGBT content and characters for younger audiences? What comics are out there for teens and younger readers? How can parents, librarians, and educators introduce such books to young people? Prism Comics, moderator P. Kristen Enos (Active Voice, Creatures of Grace), and creators who produce comics for younger readers-Brian Andersen (So Super Duper), Charles "Zan" Christensen (Northwest Press, The Power Within), Dusty Jack (Scuttlebutt Ink, Mahou Shounen Fight!), Grace Ellis (Lumberjanes), Dan Parent (Kevin Keller), Robert Paul (Little Rainbow Comics), and Elizabeth Watasin (Charm School)- look at the world of LGBT and LGBT-friendly comics for younger readers.
Friday July 25, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 28DE

2:00pm Spotlight on Brian K. Vaughan
Comic-Con special guest Brian K. Vaughan, the Eisner Award-winning co-creator of Saga, Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina and Runaways, takes the stage for no-holds-barred Q&A session about writing, Image Comics, his time in the Hollywood trenches, gin, his new pay-what-you-want digital comics initiative PanelSyndicate.com, money, and just about anything else YOU feel like asking.
Friday July 25, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 25ABC

2:00pm Spotlight on Mark Brooks: A Day in the Life of Your Friendly Neighborhood Comic Artist
Join Comic-Con special guest Mark Brooks for an open and fun discussion about the average day in the life of a comic book artist. With over a decade of professional experience working for companies such as Marvel, Disney, Sideshow Collectibles, Hasbro, and Sega-Mark will offer his unique insight into time management (being a slave to deadlines), work-life balance (Kids! Nagging spouse! Video games!), working the convention scene (spend money to make money), and ways to market yourself (social media is your friend-sometimes). At the end of the panel, Mark will give away a copy of his new Marvel art book and a sketch!
Friday July 25, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 4

2:00pm Star Wars: A New Dawn
The new era of Star Wars storytelling begins in September with Star Wars: A New Dawn. New York Times bestselling author John Jackson Miller, Shelly Shapiro (editor, Del Rey), Frank Parisi (editor, Del Rey), Jennifer Heddle (senior editor, Lucasfilm), Pablo Hidalgo (Lucasfilm Story Group), Vanessa Marshall (Hera in Star Wars Rebels), and Dave Filoni (executive producer, Star Wars Rebels) discuss the planning and process of Star Wars: A New Dawn and present the list of upcoming Star Wars novels from Del Rey.
Friday July 25, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 7AB

2:00pm Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Action Figure Revue
Join Playmates Toys-the master toy licensee for TMNT since the 1980s -as members of the mutant marketing team prepare to "unleash shell" and discuss what's new and next for the articulated heroes on a half shell. Get sneak peeks at Turtle toys based on Nickelodeon's animated series, Paramount's blockbuster movie, and the original comic series. It's a great chance to ask questions of "team green" members who've worked on all incarnations of the Turtles since their debut three decades ago.
Friday July 25, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 23ABC

2:00pm The Character of Music
Composer and executive producer teams discuss the dynamics of music in film and television. Paul Haslinger and Christopher C. Rogers (Halt & Catch Fire), Chris Bacon and Christopher Nelson (Bates Motel), and Danny Jacob with Dan Povenmire and Swampy Marsh (Phineas & Ferb) will discuss their working relationships, how music plays a character in their stories, and the intense process of scoring their projects. Moderated by BMI director of film & TV relations Anne Cecere. Attendees will receive fun giveaways.
Friday July 25, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 32AB

2:15pm Outlander
Starz presents its highly anticipated new TV series Outlander with writer/executive producer Ronald D. Moore, author Diana Gabaldon, and cast members from the series, including Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Graham McTavish, and Lotte Verbeek.
Friday July 25, 2014 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 6A

2:30pm [adult swim]: Mike Tyson Mysteries
In this new animated comedy series, Mike Tyson is taking the fight from the boxing ring to the streets...by solving mysteries! Mike is aided by the Mike Tyson Mystery Team-the Ghost of the Marquess of Queensbury, Mike's adopted Korean daughter and a pigeon who was once a man. If you have a problem that needs solving, Iron Mike is in your corner. Get a first look at the new series premiering this fall and panel discussion featuring Mike Tyson, Rachel Ramras (MAD), Jim Rash (Community), and producer Hugh Davidson (The Looney Tunes Show).
Friday July 25, 2014 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

2:30pm Battlefield Hardline: A Visceral World of Crime and Revenge
Taking lessons from their success on Dead Space, Steve Papoutsis (executive producer) and Ian Milham (creative director), discuss how they are moving the Battlefield series in a bold new direction with Battlefield Hardline. Learn how the team at Visceral Games is collaborating withBill Johnson (Justified), Kelly Hu (Arrow), Eugene Byrd (Bones), and Benito Martinez (House of Cards) to fuse the interactive medium of video games with the creative presentation of TV crime dramas to deliver a wholly new and unique experience to gamers. New footage of the engaging single player campaign will be on display showcasing the game's story about the war on crime in the gritty and glamorous streets of LA and Miami.
Friday July 25, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 5AB

2:30pm Comics Arts Conference Session #8: Who Created Batman?
Who really created Batman? Was it the Caped Crusader's officially credited creator, Bob Kane, or was it his secret collaborator, Bill Finger? What did editor Vince Sullivan, artist Jerry Robinson, writer Gardner Fox, and others contribute when first shaping the Batman mythos, from the Dark Knight's debut in 1939 until he gained a young crime-fighting partner, a clownish arch-foe, and a feline femme fatale one year later? Pulling from interviews, biographies, personal communications, and external evidence, experts conduct a forensic investigation into this question of historical, cultural, and ethical importance. Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight) asks Tom Andrae (Batman & Me), Brad Ricca (Super Boys), Athena Finger (The Cape Creator: A Tribute to Bill Finger), Marc Tyler Nobleman (Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman), Denny O'Neil (Batman), Arlen Schumer (The Silver Age of Comic Book Art), Jens Robinson (CartoonArts International), Michael Uslan (The Dark Knight films), and Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson (granddaughter of DC Comics's founder) the basic question: Who built the bat?
Friday July 25, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 26AB

2:30pm Secret Origins: How the Industry's Best and Brightest Began
Everyone has an origin story, the defining moment where they thrust themselves to greatness, and so do the comic industry's best and brightest. ComiXology's marketing maven Chip Mosher hosts a panel with comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger; executive editor at Marvel Comics in charge of the X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy franchises Mike Marts; BOOM! Studios/KaBOOM! editor and Lumberjanes co-creator Shannon Watters; co-creator of the forthcoming Top Cow series Genius, television writer on Syfy's Alphas, and senior editor of The Hollywood Reporter Marc Bernardin; and writer of Five Ghosts, Black Market, and Solar: Man of the Atom, Frank J. Barbiere, who will fill you in on the extraordinary events that transformed them from everyday comics fans into comic industry heroes!
Friday July 25, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 8

2:30pm The Witty Women of Steampunk
While the Victorian era was known for its constraints on morals, behaviors and bosoms, Steampunks have turned things on their head by reimagining a history that never was. Women creators have loosened those traditional corset laces and have begun to explore multiculturalism, science, sexuality, class politics, and much more. Panelists explore just how liberating the age of steam can be, featuring witty women Anina Bennett (Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel), Ay-leen the Peacemaker (editor for BeyondVictoriana.com and Tor Books), Claire Hummel (Bioshock: Infinite), Robin Blackburn (The League of S.T.E.A.M.), Sarah Hunter (Steampunk model/performer), Sheyne Fleischer ( The League of S.T.E.A.M.), and moderator Dina Kampmeyer (Lady Steam Designs).
Friday July 25, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 24ABC

3:00pm Art Lessons from Great Illustrators: Heinrich Kley
Marshall Vandruff (MarshallArt.com) will present over a hundred slides of Heinrich Kley's drawings to showcase his virtuoso skills. Kley's character design, knowledge of anatomy, mastery of form and movement, and wild pen & ink technique have inspired artists for the past 100 years. Marshall will explain the training involved for today's artists who want to apply these classic disciplines and standards to their work in any medium.
Friday July 25, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 30CDE

3:00pm Big Ideas for Movies: Crossing Borders with Mexican Animation
It all started with a little idea-creative Mexicans team up with producers and talent from Hollywood to make a big movie. The panel will share the adventures, mishaps and experiences of Mexican filmmaker Ricardo Arnaiz and his producing partners Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica), Phil Roman (The Simpsons), Verónica Arceo, Alex Flores, Gerry Cardoso, and Michael D. Olmos, who armed with a tiny budget, a big dream, and a heartfelt story managed to deliver the animated film El Americano 3D, coming to theaters worldwide 2015. They are joined by talents Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family), Raul Garcia (Aladdin), Mike Kunkel (Tarzan), and Richard Pursel (SpongeBob Squarepants) and the voices of Gabriel Iglesias (The Fluffy Movie), Cheech Marin (Cheech and Chong), Kate del Castillo (Under the Same Moon), Erik Estrada (CHIPs), and Lisa Kudrow (Friends), among many others.
Friday July 25, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 23ABC

3:00pm Marvel Television Presents
Jeph Loeb (Marvel's head of television) returns with exciting news and fun surprises for fans! Join Jeph and the casts of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel's Agent Carter in this can't-miss panel that will take you behind the scenes and into the future of Marvel's live-action television series.
Friday July 25, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ballroom 20

3:00pm Origins of the Comic Strip: The Untold Story of Artists and Anarchy, 1895-1915
For the first time at Comic-Con, a detailed look at the origins of the American Sunday comic strip-the art form that gave birth to modern comics. Learn about the artists and publishers who launched a completely new type of entertainment that would influence all popular culture for a century to come. Host Peter Maresca (editor, Sunday Press Books), along with cartoonist and publisher Denis Kitchen (editor, The Yellow Kid, plus dozens of strip collections) and writer and historian R. C. Harvey (The Genius of Winsor McCay and Meanwhile...A Biography of Milton Caniff), will guide you through the earliest days of American comics. View rare examples of the seminal work of Outcault, Dirks, Swinnerton, McCay, Herriman, and dozens more known and unknown "Founders of the Funnies."
Friday July 25, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 29A
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3:00pm RADiUS-TWC Previews Horns and Everly
First-time Comic-Con attendee and star of Horns Daniel Radcliffe joins co-star Juno Temple, director Alexandre Aja, and novelist Joe Hill to debut the world premiere of the Horns movie trailer, chat about the film, and hold an audience Q&A. In addition, Salma Hayek will be introducing new footage from her kick-ass film Everly. The panel will also reveal new scenes from upcoming RADiUS titles with some special surprises.
Friday July 25, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hall H

3:00pm Spotlight on Fiona Staples
Talk digital art, character design, and naked monsters with comic artist and Comic-Con special guestFiona Staples (Saga). Moderated by Image Comics director of trade book sales Jennifer de Guzman.
Friday July 25, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 25ABC

3:00pm Spotlight on Jae Lee
Join Comic-Con special guest and recluse, Jae Lee, artist of Stephen King's Dark Tower comics and current artist of Batman/Superman, for a rare and candid Q&A about anything you wish to discuss. Ask Jae anything. Whether this session is exciting or boring is entirely up to you!
Friday July 25, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 32AB

3:00pm Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight
Ralph McQuarrie's art for the original Star Wars trilogy is introduced to a new generation of young readers in Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight. New York Times bestselling author Tony DiTerlizzi a talks about the conceptualization of this project and the process, challenges, and privileges of writing to the works of a legend; along with Troy Alders (art director, Lucasfilm), J. W. Rinzler (executive editor, Lucasfilm), and Joanne Chan (children's book editor, Lucasfilm)
Friday July 25, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 7AB

3:00pm Terry Moore
Writer/artist Terry Moore (Rachel Rising, SIP Kids, Strangers In Paradise, ECHO) discusses new projects, describes upcoming storylines, and answers all of those burning questions you have always wanted to ask. This fan-favorite event is chock full of fun and games!
Friday July 25, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 4

3:00pm Walking the Line: An Investigation into Alternative vs. Mainstream Comics and Beyond
Calvin Reid (Publishers Weekly editor) moderates a panel with Nick Abadzis (author of The Cigar That Fell in Love with a Pipe, Titan's Doctor Who comic series, and the award-winning graphic novel Laika) Frank Cammuso (author of The Misadventures of Salem Hyde series), Kazu Kibuishi (writer and artist of theAmulet series, and editor of the Explorer series) and Gene Luen Yang (writer and artist of the graphic novel Boxers & Saints) about the overlap between mainstream and alternative comics, and the possibility of a greater collaboration between the two.
Friday July 25, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 28DE

3:00pm Words and Pictures
Presenting some of the most exciting voices in graphic novels today: Michael Cho (Shoplifter), Faith Erin Hicks (Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong), Lucy Knisley (Relish), Jen Wang (In Real Life), and Gene Luen Yang (The Shadow Hero). The age of the graphic novel is truly beginning in the comics industry, and these panelists will discuss their own work, their process, and the future they see for graphic novels today. Moderated by Lev Grossman (TIME).
Friday July 25, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 9

3:00pm DC Comics: The Multiversity Enrollment
It's open enrollment for the biggest adventure in DC Comics's history: THE MULTIVERSITY! Visionary writer Grant Morrison, Cameron Stewart and a cast of unforgettable characters from 52 alternate Earths of the known DC Multiverse present a behind-the-scenes look at the cosmos-spanning, soul-shaking series that asks the question "How safe is your head?"
Friday July 25, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6DE

3:15pm [adult swim]: Robot Chicken
Co-creators/executive producers Seth Green and Matthew Senreich are joined by co-head writer Tom Root, writer/director Zeb Wells, and actor/writer Breckin Meyer to discuss the Emmy-winning series and fan-favorite character Bitch Pudding, who gets her time to shine in the all-new Bitch Pudding Special. Get a sneak peek at the upcoming special and get your questions answered about the current seventh season, airing Sundays at 11:30 pm on [adult swim].
Friday July 25, 2014 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

3:15pm The 100 Special Video Presentation and Q&A
As anticipation builds for the new season, join The 100 as they return to San Diego for their sophomore appearance at Comic-Con. After the stunning events in the season finale that found all of the survivors of the Ark attempting to return to the surface, and The 100 in an epic battle with the Grounders, be among the first to get the scoop on what's in store for season 2. Who are the mysterious Mountain Men? Who survived the battle with the Grounders? What's with that mysterious white room? See a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series stars as well as executive producer Jason Rothenberg. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Alloy Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, The 100 returns this fall with all-new episodes on Wednesdays at 9/8c on The CW. The 100: The Complete First Season will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 23.
Friday July 25, 2014 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Room 6BCF

3:30pm A Celebration of Walt Kelly's 101st Birthday
Last year, we had such a good time celebrating the 100th birthday of the creator of one of comics' great newspaper strips that we've decided to keep the party going. Kelly's magnum opus, Pogo, is now receiving its first ever complete reprinting in an Eisner-winning series from Fantagraphics Books. Let's remember him with David Silverman (The Simpsons), Jeff Smith (Bone), comic historian Maggie Thompson (Comics Buyer's Guide), film critic Leonard Maltin, Carolyn Kelly (co-editor of the Complete Pogo series and Walt's daughter), and moderator Mark Evanier (Groo the Wanderer).
Friday July 25, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 8

3:30pm A&E Bates Motel
Bates Motel reopens in San Diego! Executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost, The Strain) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) will debut an exciting video with the cast of the highly acclaimed drama series, exclusively for Comic-Con attendees. The executive producers will be joined by the cast, including Vera Farmiga in her Emmy-nominated role as Norma Bates, Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates), Olivia Cooke (Emma), and Nestor Carbonell (Sheriff Alex Romero) to discuss the hit series. Fans will hear firsthand details about what is to come in season 3 debuting in 2015 on A&E and will have a chance to ask the cast and creators questions during a Q&A. The panel will be moderated by Dan Snierson from Entertainment Weekly.
Friday July 25, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 6A

3:30pm Comic-Con How-To: Building Your Fan Following with Superstars of DeviantArt
Host Angelo Sotira (DeviantArt's co-founder) interviews some of the community's leading members to get guidance on building your audience and your rep, as well as tips for expanding your experience as an artist. Hear Stanley Lau (Artgerm), Wenqing Yan (Yummei), Brian Kesinger, Stjepan Sejic (Nebezial), and some mystery guests. Ron Martino (editor-in-chief of DepthRadius, DeviantArt's editorial arm) will also join Angelo.
Friday July 25, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 2

3:30pm Digging E.T.: Behind the Scenes of the Xbox Originals Documentary, Atari: Game Over
Comic-Con fans will get the first glimpse at Atari: Game Over, the Xbox Originals documentary that chronicles the fall of the Atari Corporation through the lens of one of the biggest mysteries of all time, dubbed "The Great Video Game Burial of 1983." As the story goes, the Atari Corporation, faced with overwhelmingly negative response to the E.T. video game, disposed of hundreds of thousands of unsold game cartridges by burying them in the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico. Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, original Atari video game designer Howard Scott Warshaw (E.T., Yar's Revenge, Raiders of the Lost Ark), two-time Academy Award-winning executive producer Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugar Man and Man on Wire), Emmy Award-winning executive producer Jonathan Chinn (FX's 30 Days and PBS's American High), director Zak Penn (X-Men 3, Avengers, and Incident at Loch Ness), Fuel CEO Mike Burns, and more as they take fans behind the scenes and share an inside look into the making of this weird and wonderful film. Moderated by Larry Hyrb (Xbox's Major Nelson).
Friday July 25, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 5AB

3:30pm Free Enterprise: 15th Anniversary Reunion
It's time to party like it's 1999 as Access Hollywood's Scott Mantz moderates a panel celebrating the 15th anniversary of the theatrical release of Free Enterprise, starring William Shatner and Eric McCormack, the film that The New York Times called "a bright, clever romantic comedy" and US magazine's Andrew Johnston hailed as "a very funny comedy that jubilantly celebrates geek culture." Writer/producer Mark A. Altman (Castle, Necessary Roughness) and director/writer Robert Meyer Burnett (Agent Cody Banks, The Hills Run Red) are interviewed along with some special surprise guests who will take part in a freewheeling discussion about this beloved cult classic and share the latest news about their Kickstarter campaign to produce a new Free Enterprise TV pilot.
Friday July 25, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 24ABC

3:30pm Women Below the Line
Sheyne Fleischer (assistant editor, The Bachelor, Hells Kitchen), Tess Folwer (writer/illustrator Game of Thrones Exclusive Animation, Rat Queens), Alicia Minette (prop fabrication: Sushi Girl, Man at Arms), and Aubriana Zurilgen (creature creation: Steve Wang's Creature Workshop, MasterFX), will explore the nontraditional roles of women in the comic and entertainment industries. Female editors, illustrators, prop fabricators, and creature creators will relate their success stories and how to follow your dreams in the industry, while exploring gender roles in the creative professions. Moderated by Glenn Freund (League of S.T.E.A.M.).
Friday July 25, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 26AB

3:30pm Exclusive Sneak Peek Screening of the Showrunners Documentary Film
Be one of the first to see Showrunners, described by The Hollywood Reporter as "an intriguing behind-the-scenes expose of the men and women responsible for TV's recent revolution," at an exclusive sneak peek event. Showrunners is the first ever feature-length documentary to explore the fascinating world of U.S. television showrunners and the creative forces aligned around them. These people are responsible for creating, writing, and overseeing every element of production on one of the United State's biggest exports-television drama and comedy series. The film shows the huge amount of work that goes into making sure that favorite TV series airs on time, as well as the many challenges that showrunners have to overcome to ensure that a new series makes it onto the schedules at all! Featuring contributions from J. J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, Ronald D.Moore, Damon Lindelof, Bill Prady, Hart Hanson, Jane Espenson, Jonathan Nolan, and many more, this screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and guests.
Friday July 25, 2014 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

4:00pm Bob's Burgers
You never know what to expect from the cast and producers of Bob's Burgers. Creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard, executive producer Jim Dauterive, and the hilarious cast including H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal, and Larry Murphy will entertain with never-before-seen footage followed by a Q&A panel discussion.
Friday July 25, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

4:00pm Brands Gone Geek: How Media and Marketers Are Harnessing the Might of the Superfan
Geek culture is winning the war for the hearts, minds, and wallets of consumers. Comic book-inspired stories dominate both the box office and overnight ratings. Major brands are doubling down on their embrace of geek-centric content and its creators. Yesterday's nerds are today's key decision makers across all business sectors. What does this all mean for a marketplace that strives to remain relevant? How are producers and publishers of content responsible for turning you into a "superfan" reacting and responding to the challenge? And how are brands and advertisers working together with industry advocates-including your friendly neighborhood comic shop-to keep the "comic" in "comic culture"? Bonfire Agency and a diverse panel of pop culture professionals present a lively discussion and debate. Panelists include publisher Filip Sablik (BOOM! Studios), journalist Heidi MacDonald (The Beat,Publishers Weekly), entertainment marketer Jeff Dellinger (Hero Complex), author Rob Salkowitz (Comic Con and the Business of Pop Culture), comics retailer Joe Field (Flying Colors Comics) media strategist Kris Longo (Geek Riot Media), and Ed Catto (Bonfire Agency). Moderated by Steve Rotterdam, former senior VP of sales & marketing at DC Comics and founding partner of Bonfire Agency.
Friday July 25, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 25ABC

4:00pm Cartoon Saloon's Song of the Sea
Cartoon Saloon, an Irish Animation Studio based in Kilkenny whose film The Secret of Kells garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature in 2010, will launch its much anticipated art book Designing The Secret of Kells, with the filmmakers on hand. They will also offer a sneak peek at their upcoming 2014 animated release Song of the Sea by providing exclusive footage along with a behind-the-scenes presentation by the film's director, Tomm Moore. Panelists include Tomm Moore (director) and Paul Young (producer), emcee Jamie Kezlarian Bolio (Cartoon Saloon-US; business development, PR & marketing), and moderator Don Hahn (producer Maleficent, Beauty & the Beast).
Friday July 25, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 23ABC

4:00pm Creating Comics with the iPad
The iPad has transformed the way you read comics, but did you know you can create comic art on it too? See a comic book character come to life as Hi-Fi's Brian Miller (Wolverine: An Origin Story) and Kristy Miller (The Wick and Kelty Adventures) demonstrate how to pencil, ink, and paint comics on the iPad. Learn the basic tools and techniques, including which apps work best and how you too can transform your iPad into a portable art studio. Q&A session.
Friday July 25, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 30CDE

4:00pm Getting the Most out of Graphic Novels in Your Classroom and Library
Reading With Pictures provides you with the latest research and proven practical strategies for using comics and graphic novels in your classroom or library. Josh Elder (founder of Reading With Pictures) moderates a panel of experts that includes Dr. Katie Monnin (associate professor of literacy, University of North Florida), Jeff Barbanell (co-founder, Scholastic Innovations), Andrea Shockling (Comics Therapy), David Cutler (founder, SpinEdu), Andrea Colvin (VP of content, Andrews McMeel Publishing), and Tracy Edmunds (curriculum director, Reading With Pictures).
Friday July 25, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 29A

4:00pm IDW: Rock This Town!
IDW invites you to join in their 15th anniversary celebration with this panel featuring IDW's own "Martin & Lewis," Dirk Wood and Chris Ryall, alongside special panelists Gabriel Rodriguez, Jonathan Maberry, Scott Tipton, and more to come for a spirited chat filled with announcements galore!
Friday July 25, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 4

4:00pm Spotlight on Francesco Francavilla
From the critically acclaimed classic pulp feel of The Black Beetle to the unnerving horrors of Afterlife with Archie and everything in between, join Comic-Con special guest Francesco Francavilla for this Q&A session moderated by Jimmy Aquino (Comic News Insider podcast).
Friday July 25, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 32AB

4:00pm The Art of Video Games
A lot has changed since Dark Horse first released Mass Effect: Redemption #1 back in 2010. For the first time ever, video game franchises found a legitimacy in comics that had been practically unheard of previously. Adding new titles to a line of comics and deluxe art books, which includes the bestselling Hyrule Historia: The Legend of Zelda, the publisher now works with some of the biggest studios and brands in the business. Get news and announcements on everything from Tomb Raider, Plants vs. Zombies, The Witcher, Dragon Age, HALO, Naughty Dog Studios, and of course, Mass Effect!
Friday July 25, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 7AB

4:00pm Wonder Women of the 21st Century: Female Protagonists
We couldn't imagine our favorite comic book, TV show, novel or film without our beloved superheroines. However, the journey for them has not been easy. Whether it's cultural barriers or societal sexism, super women have had to fight more than just crime in order to survive. Creators Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion, MMORPG.com, The Gamer in You), Adrianne Curry (America's Next Top Model), Michele R. Wells (Disney Publishing Worldwide, DK Publishing, Penguin), and Adam Simon (Man Down, Synapse) discuss the challenges and obstacles to creating relevant female protagonists in today's male-dominated industries.
Friday July 25, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 9

4:00pm So You Want to Be a Comics Retailer?
This program is not just a great opportunity for those interested in opening their own comic book specialty store, it’s also a chance to get a peek into the comics retail profession. Bring your best questions for this panel of veteran comic book specialty retailers. Hosted by Joe Field (Flying Colors Comics, CA). (This panel is open to all Comic-Con attendees.)
Friday July 25, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 28DE

4:15pm DC Comics: No Boundaries!
Prepare to redefine your definition of hero! The status quo of your favorite characters is jettisoned for a new beginning as Grayson, Teen Titans, and Harley Quinn bring a fresh and gritty edge to DC Comics. Join the talent behind this group of new comics-Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn), Tom King (Grayson), Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn), Sean Ryan (New Suicide Squad), Tim Seeley (Grayson) and others-in a panel that is unlike any out there.
Friday July 25, 2014 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Room 6DE

4:15pm The Originals Special Video Presentation and Q&A
The Originals, The CW's top new series last season, will be returning for more sexy, supernatural intrigue, romance, alliances and bloodshed in New Orleans this fall. Join executive producer Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries) and co-executive producer Michael Narducci (The Vampire Diaries), along with series stars Joseph Morgan (The Vampire Diaries), Daniel Gillies (The Vampire Diaries), Phoebe Tonkin (The Vampire Diaries), Charles Michael Davis (Grey's Anatomy), Leah Pipes (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), and Danielle Campbell (Prison Break), for a special video presentation followed by a Q&A. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with My So-Called Company, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, The Originals will air in its new timeslot this fall-Mondays at 8/7c on The CW.
Friday July 25, 2014 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Ballroom 20

4:20pm 20th Century FOX Presentation
Friday July 25, 2014 4:20pm - 6:20pm
Hall H

4:30pm Ask An Agent!
Literary agents Holly Root (Waxman Leavell Literary Agency) and Jane Putch (Eyebait Licensing and Literary Management) team up with film agent Brandy Rivers (Gersh Agency) to take your questions and discuss the wild world of manuscript querying, the role of agents in the publication and film rights process, and more! No pitches, please.
Friday July 25, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 24ABC

4:30pm Falling Skies: Season 4 Panel
TNT's epic drama Falling Skies-from Amblin Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg-tells the extraordinary story about life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. Stars and producers provide details on the series' upcoming season 4 premiere. In addition, fans will get to enjoy exclusive, never-before-seen footage from the upcoming season.
Friday July 25, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 6BCF

4:30pm Famous Monsters: Stake of the Union 2014
Following FM's giant Godzilla issue with Hugo winner Bob Eggleton, it's time once again to invade SDCC. Join FM publisher Philip Kim and executive editor Ed Blair as they discuss the future of the world's first monster fan magazine, including celebrating its legendary cover art with FM artists 2014 Rondo Award winners Jason Edmiston (Planet of the Apes, Vincent Price) and Simon Thorpe (Doctor Who, Wicked Witch), and Terry Wolfinger (Ghostbusters). New covers revealed, included Terry's Bruce Campbell and Jason's Big Trouble in Little China. Plus new projects and exciting surprises!
Friday July 25, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 8

4:30pm Humor in Graphic Novels and Illustration
Moderated by the Comics Reporter himself, Tom Spurgeon, this panel will explore the use of humor by today's best cartoonists slash illustrators. Drew Friedman (Old Jewish Comedians)'s newest bookHeroes of the Comics debuts right here at Comic-Con, and his comics and illustrations have appeared in National Lampoon and High Times. Lisa Hanawalt is the James Beard Award winner for humor for her comics in Lucky Peach and is the cartoonist behind My Dirty Dumb Eyes. Mimi Pond wrote the pilot of The Simpsons, the cult classic The Valley Girl's Guide to Life, and her new fictionalized memoir Over Easy. Spurgeon will get out of these cartoonists' way when they lay it on thick, explain when to go easy, and share how to always get a laugh.
Friday July 25, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 26AB

4:30pm Max Brooks-Zombies vs. Vampires: The Extinction Parade Survival Panel
New York Times bestselling author Max Brooks (The Zombie Survival Guide) is renowned for his zombie survival lectures but this year he returns to provide intel and anecdotes on how to survive a Vampires vs. Zombies apocalypse! Moderated by William Christensen (Avatar Press publisher), this panel and Q&A introduces readers to Max Brooks's new all-original comic book series, Extinction Parade: War!
Friday July 25, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 5AB

4:45pm History: Vikings Blood Legacy
History's Vikings return to SDCC fresh from the set of season 3. Count on the Lothbrok clan -- Travis Fimmel (Ragnar), Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha), Clive Standen (Rollo), and Alexander Ludwig (Bjorn) -- along with Michael Hirst (writer/creator), and Julian Hobbs (History VP, scripted and nonfiction development and programming) to reveal an exclusive sneak peek at the new season. Find out what the gods have in store for season 3!
Friday July 25, 2014 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Room 6A

4:45pm Comic-Con How-To: Proper Pitching and Promoting Yourself 1.5
This is a continuation from the popular panel from last year. You will learn about presentation, body language, elevator pitches, standing out, interview skills, and how to make an opportunity when there isn't one. This year's lecture has more time to explore and demonstrate the proper way to pitch and promote yourself and your product. Bryan Tillman is currently the academic director for game art and design, visual effects and motion graphics, media arts and animation and visual game programming at the Art Institute of Washington DC. He is also the owner and CEO of Kaiser Studio Productions, a production studio for comics, toys, animation, and games.
Friday July 25, 2014 4:45pm - 6:15pm
Room 2

5:00pm Archer Screening and Q&A
The popular animated comedy revolves around the International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS) and its employees who use every covert operation and global crisis as another excuse to undermine, sabotage and betray each other for personal gain. See an exclusive screening of an original short animation piece created specifically for SDCC, plus the upcoming never-before-seen season 6 premiere episode. Then join the voice cast of H. Jon Benjamin (Bob's Burgers), Aisha Tyler (The Talk), Chris Parnell (21 Jump Street), Judy Greer (Arrested Development), Amber Nash (Frisky Dingo), and Lucky Yates (Good Eats), plus creator Adam Reed (Sealab 2021) and co-executive producer Casey Willis as they discuss bringing this animated series to life.
Friday July 25, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm

5:00pm Chip Kidd with Pantheon Graphic Novelist Michael Cho
Michael Cho and his four-time Eisner Award-winning editor Chip Kidd talk about comics and the making of graphic novels, specifically Michael Cho's upcoming debut, Shoplifter (Pantheon Books, Sept. 2). Shoplifter tells the story of a young woman's search for meaning, happiness, and self-fulfillment as she works as a millennial urban professional. She dabbles in small time shoplifting as a means of coming to terms with her conflicting emotions. Cho is an illustrator, cartoonist, and writer based in Toronto. Kidd is designer and author of Batman: Animated, Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz, and Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross.
Friday July 25, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 28DE

5:00pm Hermes Press: A Celebration of The Phantom, the First Masked Hero
Be the first to see the premiere, concept, and design of Peter David and Sal Velluto's New Phantom comic book series together with a multimedia presentation about the history of the The Ghost Who Walks. Sal Velluto (The Phantom, Flash, Justice League Task Force, Black Panther), the artist for the new series, will discuss the direction and philosophy of the book and show off artwork from issue #1. Daniel Herman (publisher, Hermes Press), Graham Nolan (Batman, The Phantom, Rex Morgan, M.D.), and Thomas Andrae ( Batman and Me, Creators of the Superheroes, Walt Kelly: the Life and Art of the Creator of the Art of Pogo) will discuss the history of the character, the classic strip and comic books, and the all-new version (which brings back the classic Phantom) of this iconic character.
Friday July 25, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 9

5:00pm Popular Media in the Elementary Classroom
Popular media can be a powerful teaching tool that is easily accessible and engaging. Elementary educators share their experiences using popular media in the classroom. Summer Keller (Davis Magnet School, Newport-Mesa USD) will discuss the benefits of using media to design integrated lessons, develop student writing, and explore scientific concepts used in stories. Danielle Lopez (Davis Magnet School, Newport-Mesa USD) will discuss ways to geek out your classroom management and environment. Christy Flores (Davis Magnet School, Newport-Mesa USD) will share her observations from a principal's perspective.
Friday July 25, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 29A

5:00pm Prismacolor Power! Marker and Pencil Techniques that Make You a Super Artist
Shelley Minnis (fine art specialist) will show you how to take Prismacolor Colored Pencils and Markers to the next level to get the effects you desire when you are creating your comic and manga drawings. Samples and door prizes provided.
Friday July 25, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 30CDE

5:00pm Street Fighter!
Moderator Francis Mao (Capcom) and a panel of Capcom's Street Fighter experts share the latest news on the greatest fighting game franchise in the world! Find out about the latest updates for Ultra Street Fighter IV and how you can earn big money and everlasting fame by competing in the Capcom Pro Tour culminating in the Capcup Finals in December. Panelist Joey Ansah (writer/director/actor of the smash hit Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist web series on Machinima.com) makes an exclusive appearance to share behind-the-scenes details of making the film as well as answer questions. Ultra-special guest Yoshinori Ono (Street Fighter franchise producer), returns to SDCC for his trademark special appearance and who knows what kind of hijinks are in store? Hadoken!
Friday July 25, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 25ABC

5:00pm The Greatest GEEK Movies & TV Never Made
In the panel that wowed WonderCon Anaheim, take a look at some of the greatest genre projects that never made it to the silver and small screens, ranging from Philip Kaufman's Star Trek: Planet of Titans (the original '70sStar Trek reboot that was never made) to David Lynch's Ronnie Rocket and One Saliva Bubble to Bryan Singer's Battlestar Galactica to an incredible look at Alejandro Jodorowsky's mind-blowing adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune. The discussion will include filmmakers Steve Scarlata (Jodorowksy's Dune), Tom DeSanto (Transformers, X2), Thomas P. Vitale (EVP Chiller strategic operations, Syfy Original Movies and Co-Productions),Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class), Charles de Lauzirika (Crave, Blade Runner Blu-ray, Twin Peaks Blu-ray), Steve Melching (The Clone Wars, Batman: The Brave & The Bold), David E. Williams (editor, GEEK magazine), Chris Gossett (The Red Star), and Mark A. Altman (Femme Fatales, Free Enterprise).
Friday July 25, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 7AB

5:00pm The State of the Animation Industry
How is animation doing in 2014? How can I enter the field? Is 2D dead? Panelists Miguel Jiron (Despicable Me 2), Raul Garcia (Melon Digital S.L.), Brooke Keesling (Cartoon Network), Steve Hulett (The Animation Guild), Danny Young (Blurr Studios), and moderator Tom Sito (Beauty and the Beast, Shrek) discuss the industry across all disciplines as it is today, from motion picture production to creating animated shorts for the Internet. The panel will also talk about how animators find and create jobs.
Friday July 25, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 4

5:00pm The World of Mouse Guard
Get updated on everything Mouse Guard, including news on upcoming projects, collectibles, and other surprises with creator, writer, and artist David Petersen. Plus, enjoy a live reading of several Mouse Guard short stories with David and panelists Hal Lublin (The Thrilling Adventure Hour), Meredith Salenger (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Hollywood Heights), and a surprise guest! Moderated by BOOM! Studios marketing manager Mel Caylo.
Friday July 25, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 32AB

5:00pm We Are Husbands and You Can Too!
The creators and creative staff of Husbands (Brad Bell, Jane Espenson, Sean Hemeon and director Eli Gonda) talk about the huge year in the history of this progressive comedy, moving to a network home on CWSeed, and earning CW's first Writers' Guild Award nomination ever. They'll also discuss the future of the show and the democratization of TV making and walk you through how you can create a TV empire and change the world. This panel will be moderated by Jenna Busch.
Friday July 25, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 23ABC

5:15pm Celebration of 24-Hour Comic Day
This year marks the 10th anniversary of 24-Hour Comic Day. Come by and help celebrate! Participants will reminisce about past years while also discussing how to make October 4, 2014 the best 24-Hour Comic Day ever. (This panel is open to all Comic-Con attendees.)
Friday July 25, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Room 18

5:30pm Arrow Special Video Presentation and Q&A
With Oliver Queen's arch-nemesis Slade Wilson now behind bars, Team Arrow can breathe a long sigh of relief and shift their focus to recounting their most recent conquests with all their fans at Comic-Con 2014. However, they better act fast, as the threat of Malcolm Merlyn is once again looming over Starling City. Arrow series stars Stephen Amell (Private Practice), Katie Cassidy (Supernatural), David Ramsey (Dexter), Emily Bett Rickards (Flicka: Country Pride), Colton Haynes (Teen Wolf), Willa Holland (The O.C.), Paul Blackthorne (The River), and John Barrowman (Torchwood) -- with executive producers Greg Berlanti (The Flash), Marc Guggenheim (Green Lantern ), and Andrew Kreisberg (Fringe) -- will take aim at San Diego with a special video presentation and panel discussion previewing the show's upcoming and highly anticipated third season. Arrow: The Complete Second Season will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and UltraViolet on September 16. Based upon characters appearing in comic books and graphic novels published by DC Comics, Arrow is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television. The series returns this fall, airing Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.
Friday July 25, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Ballroom 20

5:30pm Brickleberry
Be treated to a live table read and never-before-seen episode of Comedy Central's hilarious Brickleberry! Join creators and executive producers Waco O'Guin and Roger Black along with David Herman (Futurama), Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), Jerry Minor (Eastbound & Down), and Natasha Leggero (Suburgatory, Burning Love) for a so-wrong-it's-right live reading and all new episode, as well as a Q&A with producers and stars.
Friday July 25, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 24ABC

5:30pm DC Comics: Too Tough Trivia
Think you know everything from Crisis on Infinite Earths to Blackest Night to Flashpoint? Come by and test your knowledge of the DC Universe from its inception all the way to The New 52 against DC's finest minds to win some exclusive prizes!
Friday July 25, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 5AB

5:30pm Dominion
When angels wage war on humans, you can bet it'll make for one hell of a Comic-Con panel. Join series' stars and executive producer Vaun Wilmott as they initiate you into the world of Dominion, Syfy's all-new hit series. They'll also share details about what goes on behind the scenes in post-apocalyptic Vega.
Friday July 25, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 6DE

5:30pm Roar Comics: Saved by the Bell, Punky Brewster, and More
Saved By The Bell! Punky Brewster! Magical girls! Teen mermaids! As Jessie Spano would say, "I'm So Excited!" Roar Comics is making its debut at SDCC! Check out Lion Forge's new all-ages and YA comics imprint as the company brings together genre-busting talent with fan-favorite characters. Join senior editor Adam Staffaroni to hear what's next for Punky and the gang at Bayside High, and learn about Roar's new digital-first original titles-Roboy, Crystal Cadets, and MER. Featuring creators Chynna Clugston Flores (Blue Monday), Joelle Sellner (Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes), Anne Toole (The Lizzy Bennet Diaries), Lesley Vamos, and Eisner Award nominee Brandon Easton. Fun all for all ages, plus some big new announcements!
Friday July 25, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 8

5:30pm The Business of Geek Fashion
When you see Star Wars T-shirts, Mass Effect leggings, and other unique pop culture apparel, do you ever wonder how they were made? Join industry professionals for a behind-the-scenes look at the business of geek fashion. Moderated by Lisa Granshaw (The Daily Dot, Fashionably Geek), panelists Ed Labay (Hot Topic), Mike Kochis (ThinkGeek), Nicole Campos (WeLoveFine), Cameron Parker (Black Milk Clothing), and Victoria Schmidt (Gold Bubble Clothing) discuss how their businesses choose designs, what the licensing process is like, how trends affect their work, and how fashion options for geek girls have increased over the years. Ample time will be left for audience members to ask questions and voice their opinions about what they'd like to see more of in the geek fashion market.
Friday July 25, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 26AB

5:45pm Sleepy Hollow
Executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Fringe, Spider Man 2), Len Wiseman (Underworld, Total Recall), Mark Goffman, and Heather Kadin return to Comic-Con with the breakout show of the year, featuring an exclusive look at the highly-anticipated second season followed by a fan Q&A featuring cast members Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, John Noble, Orlando Jones, and Lyndie Greenwood!
Friday July 25, 2014 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Room 6BCF

6:00pm Calling All Heroes! Comics and the Crisis of Higher Education
Hot on the heals of his free, 39,000-person, online course on comics, William Kuskin (professor, University of Colorado Boulder, editor, Graphia: The Graphic Novel and Literary Criticism) will discuss the transformative power of comics in education. Join him for a reading of Spider-Man, MJ Watson, Molten Man, making comics, and the imagination. You will leave motivated to think BIG thoughts!
Friday July 25, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 29A

6:00pm Closing the Deal: Everything You Need to Know About Publishing Deals and Contracts
Your project is going to make millions of dollars-but you have to sign this contract first-yikes! Andy Schmidt (Comics Experience, Marvel, IDW Publishing) and Joe Sergi, attorney and author of Comic Book Law: Cautionary Tales for the Comic Book Creator, offer an in-depth look at comics contracts. If you want to work in the entertainment industry-especially publishing-you can't afford to miss this panel!
Friday July 25, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 30CDE

6:00pm Comic Book Entrepreneurs: The Business of Comics
A rare behind-the-scenes look as leading pop culture entrepreneurs share the secrets of building successful pop culture businesses! J. K. Parkin from Comic Book Resources and Robot 6 moderates an inspirational talk with comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger, the Harvey Award-nominated cartoonist behind Nimona and Lumberjanes co-creator Noelle Stevenson, Dark Horse president and co-founder Mike Richardson,and Valiant CEO & chief creative officer Dinesh Shamdasani. It's an inside look at the business side of pop culture no future comics entrepreneur can miss!
Friday July 25, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 9

6:00pm Dream States and Lunacy: New Books and Films by Dave McKean
Dave McKean shows images and clips from his new film Luna and his new books Pictures That Tick 2: Exhibition from Dark Horse, and Dream States: The Collected Dreaming, Sandman Presents, and Sandman Overture covers from DC Comics. Plus a few surprises, including Comics Unmasked, a massively successful exhibition that Dave designed for the British Library in London, and 9 Lives, a performance piece premiered at the Sydney Opera House in Australia.
Friday July 25, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 4

6:00pm International Association of Media Tie-in Writers: Scribe Awards
Max Allan Collins (Mike Hammer), co-founder of the IAMTW, will announce the winners of this year's Scribe Awards for excellence in tie-in writing, including honoring this year's Grandmaster Award "Faust" winner, Diane Duane (Star Trek). Join panelists Michael A. Black (Executioner), Stacia Deutsch (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), Nathan Collins (Battle Royale), Glenn Hauman (Star Trek), Nancy Holder (Chicago Fire), Robyn King (Shadowrun), and Jonathan Maberry (Wolfman) for a freewheeling look at one of the most popular and yet underappreciated branches of the writing trade. Followed by a Q&A session.
Friday July 25, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 23ABC

6:00pm Orphan Black
BBC America's award-winning original series Orphan Black returns to Comic-Con. Stars Tatiana Maslany (Sarah, Alison, Cosima, Rachel, Helena, and more) Jordan Gavaris (Felix), Dylan Bruce (Paul), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Mrs. S), Evelyne Brochu (Delphine) and Ari Millen (Mark) join co-creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett in a panel moderated by Entertainment Weekly's Dalton Ross. The Clone Club gathers to discuss the second season of the conspiracy thriller, which just wrapped in June and is now available on Blu-ray, DVD, and across all digital platforms to download.
Friday July 25, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 6A

6:00pm The Jim Henson Company: Upcoming Comics with Archaia
Thus far in 2014, Archaia-an award-winning imprint of BOOM! Studios-has published beautiful hardcover reprints of the novelizations of favorite Henson properties Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, and The Storyteller. Panelists reveal details of Archaia's Henson publishing plan for the rest of the year, including sneak peeks at a never-before-seen project from the Henson Archives. Featuring panelists Jeff Stokely (Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Witches), Jake Myler (Fraggle Rock), Ian Herring (Jim Henson's Tale of Sand), and Shane-Michael Vidaurri (Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Witches) and moderated by Henson line editor at Archaia Rebecca "Tay" Taylor.
Friday July 25, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 32AB

6:00pm The Science of Science Fiction
In Hollywood, everybody "knows" that scientists are typically treated as supervillains or antisocial nerds. But more and more, scientist characters are playing the hero. A panel-moderated by IEEE Spectrum senior editor Stephen Cass (Coming Soon Enough) and featuring Kevin Grazier (Defiance), Andrea Letamendi, Ph.D. (Under the Mask), Jessica Cail, Ph.D. (The Hunted), Phil Plait (The Bad Astronomer), writers and producers Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy), and the team of Zack Stenz and Ashley E. Miller (Fringe)-will debate whether or not scientists have truly escaped the stereotypes.
Friday July 25, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 7AB

6:00pm The Superheroes of Legacy Effects
Take a look into the art and imagination behind many of your favorite films with special effects industry leaders, Legacy Effects. Studio co-founders and industry veterans Alan Scott, John Rosengrant, Shane Mahan, and Lindsay MacGowan show you some incredible behind-the-scenes footage from some of your favorite films. From superheroes to fantasy and sci-fi, Legacy Effects has designed and created many of the coolest iconic characters to come to the silver screen. Get a rare look at on-set images, super secret B-roll footage, and even a few screen-used props from several films such as Avatar, Iron Man, Pacific Rim, Captain America, and many more. Engage in a Q&A with the actual creators and get an inside look from lead 3D systems engineer, Jason Lopes, on how the future of 3D scanning and printing is changing the industry. You may even have the chance to win some special prizes and swag.
Friday July 25, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 28DE

6:00pm Three Flavors of Zombie: Expanding the Universe of Dead Island
The multi-million blockbuster zombie franchise is expanding its universe! With three Dead Island games spanning three different genres concurrently in development, sit in on discussions with producers and developers from all games, moderated by Aubrey Norris (director of marketing & PR, Deep Silver). The panel will detail both newly announced games, Dead Island 2 and Escape Dead Island, as well as detail how all three games tell their own unique perspective on the larger Dead Island universe. Attendees can look forward to receiving exclusive swag, only given away during this panel presentation.
Friday July 25, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 25ABC

6:15pm Adventure Time: A Totally Algebraic Dramatic Reading
After over two years of Adventure Time comic books, BOOM! Studios and Cartoon Network continue to break new ground with the July debut of a new limited series, Adventure Time: Banana Guard Academy. This marks the first time that one of the writers behind the animated show will write the Adventure Time comic! To mark the occasion, Kent Osborne, current head writer, has crafted a brand-new, original Adventure Time radio play that will tie into this new comic series, and for the first time anywhere, it will be performed live by voice actors from the show. Plus, learn more about the series and come prepared with all of your burning questions about the Land of Ooo!
Friday July 25, 2014 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Horton Grand Theatre

6:30pm Grimm Fairy Tales #100 Celebration
Zenescope Entertaiment reaches a landmark issue! Many companies don't make it to issue #50, much less #100. Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco, along with other Zenescope creators and artists, will talk about their experiences in the industry, the history and success of Grimm Fairy Tales, and how the series paved the way for other titles like Wonderland, Neverland, and Oz. With the release of Grimm Fairy Tales #100, find out what's in store for the entire Grimm Universe!
Friday July 25, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 8

6:30pm Making X-Men: Days of Future Past
Jeff Goldsmith (publisher of Backstory on the iPad) interviews screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (Mr. & Mrs. Smith) about what it took to write and produce the worldwide box office smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past. Kinberg will take you behind the scenes as to how he and the film's creative team evolved the longstanding film franchise to an all new high. From the standout Quicksilver sequence to managing the same comic characters at different points in time and beyond-he'll discuss how the film was made and take your questions.
Friday July 25, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 5AB

6:30pm Nerdist Cosplay
Explore the ins and outs of cosplay with the fabricators and cosplayers leading the way. Chloe Dykstra (SyFy's Heroes of Cosplay) and Johnny Wickham (JustCos, Cosplay Confidential) find out how some of the best cosplayers around the world create their looks, exploring fabrication, design, and character. Are you a cosplayer? Come show off your work!
Friday July 25, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 24ABC

6:30pm The Steam Engines of Oz, HP Lovecraft, and Pixies: Arcanamation
The animated feature film Pixies is coming to theaters this winter starring the voices of Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music), Alexa Vega (Spy Kids) and Carlos Pena (Big Time Rush), with music by Michael Bublé. Watch the world premiere of the opening scene for Pixies in its entirety. This will be followed by a behind-the-scenes look at the production of the animated features The Steam Engines of Oz and Howard Lovecraft & The Frozen Kingdom. All three animated features are based on the Arcana graphic novels and produced by Arcanamation. Sneak peek world movie premiere, free comics, door prizes, Steampunk, HP Lovecraft, and Pixies. Come celebrate Arcana's 10th year!
Friday July 25, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 26AB

6:35pm The Musk of Tusk: An Evening with Kevin Smith
After all the interesting and exciting movie panels are over, Hall H belongs to a middle-aged man who once worked with BatFleck! Ask ComiKev questions and get ready to say #WalrusYes as Kev premieres the trailer to his first film in three years: the twisted, transformative tale of Tusk! Wrap up a busy Friday with the Clown Prince of Comic-Con!
Friday July 25, 2014 6:35pm - 8:05pm
Hall H

6:45pm How to Get a Job in Video Games
Moderator Francis Mao (Capcom) returns with another edition of this popular panel shedding insight on the wide variety of professions available in the video game industry. You'll find out that it's not all programming and digital art, as a panel of industry insiders from various companies share the unique ways that they got into the video game business, tell what they do each day, and most importantly share suggestions on how you can get into the industry, too. Q&A session as well as networking opportunity with panelists after the panel.
Friday July 25, 2014 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Room 6DE

7:00pm 'Tallica Parking Lot Screening and Q&A
What happens at the tailgate party before a Metallica concert? Part music video, part acid trip, this animated adventure is a jam-packed frenzy with surprise cameos that features an original score by Metallica. A Q&A with Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), and Chris Prynoski (Titmouse, Inc.) follows the screening.
Friday July 25, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 6BCF

7:00pm Adding Special Effects to Cosplay Pictures and Video
Award-winning VFX artists from the film Cosplay Dreams 3D show how to add special effects to your cosplay photos and videos using Adobe Photoshop and After Effects. Join Gulliver Parascandolo (director & VFX artist of Cosplay Dreams 3D) and other VFX artists to see how to add realistic laser beams, fireballs, glowing magical elements, and sci-fi backgrounds that will bring your cosplay photography or movie to the next level! Moderated by Christine Kasal Parascandolo (executive producer of Cosplay Dreams 3D).
Friday July 25, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 30CDE

7:00pm An Inside Look at Shout! Factory, Shout! Kids, and Scream Factory
Brian Ward (DVD producer), Melissa Boag (VP, kids & family), and Jeff Nelson (senior marketing director) give you an exclusive sneak peek at upcoming Blu-ray and DVD collector's editions and make some very special announcements. Moderated by Kyle Anderson (Nerdist).
Friday July 25, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 23ABC

7:00pm Evolution of the Action RPG
David Brevik (CEO Gazillion, visionary behind Diablo and Diablo II) sits down and discusses with his friends in the industry the evolution of the action-RPG genre. From turn-based to real-time action, hear from the movers and shakers on how far the action-RPG genre has come and where it will be going in the future. Don't miss this chance to ask those burning questions you have in the Q&A session moderated by Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion,MMORPG.com, The Gamer in You).
Friday July 25, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 25ABC

7:00pm Neil Gaiman Documentary
Neil Gaiman is one of our most beloved modern storytellers, crafting amazing fantasy worlds across comics, novels, films, and music. But what is his story? This new documentary takes you along for the ride on Neil's record-setting 2013 signing tour, and explores a life as fantastical as one of his stories. Filmmakers Patrick Meaney (Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods) and Jordan Rennert (Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts), Neil's "Pepper Potts" Cat Mihos, and a special guest present an exclusive first look at the film.
Friday July 25, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 4

7:00pm Queer Horror
Horror films, TV shows, books, and comics are more popular than ever. Authors, filmmakers, and comics creators are always looking for new twists to the medium, including presenting LGBT subtext, plot elements, and characters. But does a gay horror genre exist, and if so what makes it different from mainstream horror? Do queer horror creators bring a different sensibility to the medium? Has the current surge of LGBTQ acceptance and civil rights influenced the horror genre? Prism Comics and moderator/horror expert Sean Abley (Fangoria's Gay of the Dead, Out in the Dark) and panelists Jeffrey Reddick (Final Destination, Day of the Dead), J. T. Seaton (George: A Zombie Intervention, NOLA Horror Film Festival), Tim Sullivan (2001 Maniacs, Chillerama), and Michael Varrati (Tales of Poe, Sins of Dracula) explore these and other aspects of this popular medium from a queer perspective.
Friday July 25, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 28DE

7:00pm Showcasing the Best in Korean Comics, Animation, and Its Influence in Today's Hottest Comics
A team of Korea's prolific artists and animation studios represented by Jongmin Shin (Padak, Breakups, Demian) showcases the latest and greatest trends in Korean comics and animation. They will also showcase their recent and upcoming productions on some of today's hottest comics. Join Jongmin and crew for this session moderated by Austin Osueke (publisher of eigoMANGA).
Friday July 25, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 32AB

7:00pm Simpsons Collectors Group
Simpsons collectors of the world, unite! Take a break from the busy Comic-Con floor and get a chance to meet some of your fellow collectors of Simpsons merchandise from all over the country. Meet the other Simpsons collectors you see on the message board and put faces to names. This gathering, hosted by the staff of the SimpsonsCollectors.com website, is a great chance to network with other collectors and share your experiences in the hobby with others.
Friday July 25, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 29A

7:00pm The Unexplained Files
The Unexplained Files is back with all new tales that will dare you to question everything. Each episode includes some of the world's best and most baffling true stories, including bizarre occurrences, mysterious disappearances, mutated species, strange buildings, and more. Science Channel is serving up an all-new lineup of incredible, unexplained mysteries with a deep science twist including the exploration of the real exorcist, paranormal highways and the Russian Lake Beast to name a few. Gripping never-before-seen footage, eyewitness experts, and the world's greatest scientific minds will be on hand to talk about their experiences and findings, shedding light on these age-old mysteries of the unknown. Exclusive prizes and collector items will be given to a few lucky audience members.
Friday July 25, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 7AB

7:00pm What's Up with Penguin!
Anne Sowards (executive editor, Ace/Roc), Diana Gill (executive editor, Ace/Roc), and Mia Garcia (Penguin Young Readers Group) give you the dish on forthcoming books from their exciting authors and licensed properties, such as Cherie Priest, Rick Yancey, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Rachel Caine, Marie Lu, Morgan Rhodes, Ilona Andrews, Katherine Howe, Adventure Time, and many more. You can expect giveaways like finished books or advanced reading copies!
Friday July 25, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 9

7:00pm World Premiere of Batman: Assault on Arkham
Be among the first to experience Batman: Assault on Arkham, the highly anticipated next entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Original Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation, the film is based on the bestselling Batman: Arkham video game series. We find Gotham in great danger when the government assembles a group of villains-code-named The Suicide Squad-and forces them to break into Arkham Asylum to retrieve top-secret information stolen by the Riddler. Things take a turn for the worse when Harley Quinn frees the Joker, who is intent on using a dirty bomb to blow up Arkham Asylum and Gotham City. Batman must use his superhero wits and strength to thwart the wicked plans of the Joker and the Suicide Squad. When the film ends, stay in your seat for a star-studded panel discussion featuring fan-favorite Batman voice Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series), as well as Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds), Troy Baker (The Last of Us), and John DiMaggio (Futurama), plus the filmmaking team of producer James Tucker (Son of Batman), director Jay Oliva (Justice League: War), dialogue director Andrea Romano (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns), screenwriter Heath Corson (Justice League: War) and moderator Victor Lucas (Electric Playground). As usual, there will be special announcements, exclusive prizes for a few lucky fans, and a few potential surprises. Batman: Assault on Arkham will be available on Digital HD on July 29 and as a Blu-ray Combo Pack on August 12.
Friday July 25, 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Ballroom 20

7:15pm Banshee
After an explosive second season, Cinemax's Banshee is back at Comic-Con with a few of its heroes and badass villains. Banshee centers on an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, PA, where he continues his criminal activities as he tries to maintain order in a chaotic and corrupt town. Writer/creator/executive producer Jonathan Tropper (This is Where I Leave You), and cast members Antony Starr (Rush, Wish You Were Here), Ivana Milicevic (Casino Royale, Mind of the Married Man), Ulrich Thomsen (The Celebration), and Geno Segers (Pair of Kings), in a panel moderated by Andy Greenwald (staff writer at Grantland.com, host of Andy Greenwald podcast), will discuss the shocking moments from season 2. Join the panelists for an audience Q&A session as they share their experiences working in one of America's most crooked fictional small towns, with a sneak preview of exclusive footage from the upcoming third season.
Friday July 25, 2014 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Room 6A

7:30pm Creativity Is Magic: Fandom, Transmedia, and Transformative Works
In the last 18 months, fans have been paid for fanfic, have licensed their fanart to networks and shows for use on T-shirts, DVDs, and crowdfunded projects, have created and played apps for and with actors and films, have published books that started out as fanfic ,and have advanced creativity and discussions every day. Compared to 2004-or even 2010-connections between fandom and transmedia storytelling have changed vastly, but on ArchiveOfOurOwn, Wattpad, tumblr, and Vine and at fancons the "gift culture" and traditions of transformative works endure. Explore the landscape with Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow), Flourish Klink (chief participation officer at The Alchemists), Professor Henry Jenkins (provost professor of communication, journalism, and cinematic arts, USC) and Aron Levitz (Wattpad) in a discussion moderated by Heidi Tandy (FYeahCopyright.com).
Friday July 25, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 26AB

7:30pm Nerdist Gaming
Take a trip to the frontiers of gaming culture as Nerdist Gaming editor Malik Forté and guests look ahead at the exciting year of video games to come. Join Malik to discuss everything from next gen systems to the state of gaming culture directly with the people behind the bits.
Friday July 25, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 24ABC

7:30pm Nobility on Earth: Meet the Crew of the Starship Nobility
To premiere the new sci-fi series Nobility, the cast-including Doug Jones (Falling Skies, Pan's Labyrinth), Walter Koenig (Star Trek: TOS, Babylon 5), Cas Anvar (Assassin'sCreed, Lost), Adrienne Wilkinson (Xena: Warrior Princess, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Darren Jacobs (Starship: Rising), and James Kyson (Heroes)-will appear in character to entertain you. The second half of the panel will be a Q&A with the cast, director Neil Johnson (Starship: Rising) and series creator E. J. De la Pena (Jingle All the Way, Run Ronnie Run, Boy Meets World). Attendees will be captivated by the antics of the misfit crew of the Starship Nobility as they debut a teaser for this action-packed new series while they interact directly with the audience and deal with a surprise from some scheming series villains!
Friday July 25, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 5AB

7:30pm Your Opinions Sucks: Rotten Tomatoes Critics vs. Fans
Face off with your favorite Rotten Tomatoes critics, including Alonso Duralde (TheWrap), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), and Fandango Fangirl Tiffany Smith when they join editor-in-chief Matt Atchity and senior editor Grae Drake of Rotten Tomatoes along with their editorial team. As Matt and Grae invite audience members to share movies they love, hate, or love to hate, everyone in the room uses their "Personal Tomatometer Paddle" to dis/agree with the score. Remember: fortune favors the bold.
Friday July 25, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 8

8:00pm Be a Financial Superhero Even If You Aren't Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne
Do you dream about quitting your day job to pursue your passion of being an artist, writer, or professional in the industry? Are you already in the business and need help with figuring out how to budget between paid contracts, or need to determine the best way to raise and save cash for future projects? Perhaps you just want to be a Financial Superhero for yourself and your family, and invest in your future! Karen Martin (Junior Achievement and WheelerFrost Wealth Managers) and Sean Nisil (Sigdestad Financial) will present an entertaining and educational panel on superhero financial planning for artists, writers, industry professionals, and all others interested. The discussion will follow with a Q&A of industry panel guests who will talk about financial challenges and successes in their fields.
Friday July 25, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 4

8:00pm How to Write a TV Pilot
Have you ever thought of a perfect idea for a TV series? Find out how to write it! Gray Jones (host, TV Writer Podcast, partner of Script Magazine) moderates a discussion and Q&A with powerhouse panelistsJen Grisanti (writing instructor, NBC's Writers on the Verge), Lisa Alden (Entourage), William Rabkin (author, Writing the Pilot), Bill Taub (author, Automatic Pilot), and Carole Kirschner (director of the WGA Showrunner Training Program).
Friday July 25, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 23ABC

8:00pm Sixty Years of Seduction: Right, Wrong, and Wertham
In his book Seduction of the Innocent, published 60 years ago, psychiatrist Fredric Wertham claimed that comic books were a leading cause of juvenile delinquency. Forever cast as a villain in the eyes of comic fandom, Wertham is, at worst, represented as an enemy of free speech and, at best, a misguided moral crusader. But is either characterization correct? Was Wertham right, wrong, or both? Do his mid-century hypotheses about media violence have any relevance today? And why are we still talking about him? Author Bradford W. Wright (Comic Book Nation) will offer an historical perspective of Wertham. Library and information science professor Carol Tilley (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) will explore and critique Dr. Wertham's research methodology, while psychiatrists Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D. and Praveen R. Kambam, M.D. (Broadcast Thought) will discuss Wertham' s views on juvenile delinquency within the context of current media violence research. Professor Robert A. Emmons, Jr., director of the forthcoming documentary film Diagram for Delinquents, will share his insights in his effort to create a more complete picture of Wertham. Emmons will also discuss the zeitgeist of America during the crusade against comics as one of the first media backlashes in American history. Attorney Jeff Trexler (The Beat, The Comics Journal) moderates.
Friday July 25, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm

8:00pm Space Command: Bold Adventures in the Far Reaches of Space
Science fiction legends Marc Scott Zicree (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Iain McCaig (Star Wars VII), Geoff Mark (Battlestar Galactica), and Mike Philpot (Spider-Man), premiere footage from the highly anticipated epic adventure series spanning 200 years of Galactic History. Doug Jones (Hellboy), Bob Picardo (Star Trek Voyage), Mira Furlan (Babylon 5), composer David Raiklen, and worldwide talent search winners Ethan McDowell, Bryan McClure, Aaron Gaffey, and Sara Maraffino will discuss their roles. The visionary team gives you an early look at stunning scenes and spectacular new visual effects just shot this summer! Inspired by heroic science fiction of the '50s. This is a revolution in film funding and distribution, made by A-list creators for the fans. Free signed poster.
Friday July 25, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 25ABC

8:00pm Star Trek: The State of the Franchise Fan Forum
Come join the spout-off! Trekland author, producer, actor, and interviewer "Dr. Trek" Larry Nemecek (Star Trek Continues, The Con of Wrath, TNG Companion) brings his 20+ years in the franchise and panel facilitators to lead fan crosstalk (that's you, audience) aimed at sharing and challenging the memes of where corporate and fandom Star Trek are headed. Warning: No one admitted without an opinion!
Friday July 25, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 28DE

8:00pm Intruders
BBC AMERICA presents an exclusive world premiere screening of its new original series, Intruders, from writer and executive producer Glen Morgan (The X-Files) and based on British novelist Michael Marshall Smith's 'The Intruders.' Celebrated British actor John Simm (Life on Mars,State of Play, Doctor Who), Oscar winner Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite, Norma Jean & Marilyn, Human Trafficking), Millie Brown (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland) and executive producer Julie Gardner (Doctor Who, Torchwood) Glen Morgan for a panel discussion. Intruders is about a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others. A contemporary, chilling, paranormal tale set in the moody Pacific Northwest, the eight part series spins a fascinating and complex web of drama. As strange, apparently unrelated events start happening, multiple story-lines - a missing wife, an assassin covering his crimes, a child on the run - begin to intertwine to reveal a conspiracy that will forever change our understanding of human nature. Intruders premieres Saturday, August 23, 10/9c on BBC AMERICA.
Friday July 25, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 7AB

8:00pm Showtime Presents the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
The 26th annual Eisner Awards (the "Oscars" of the comics industry) honor comics creators and works in 30 categories. Presenters will include British talk show host/comics writer Jonathan Ross, actor/screenwriter/comedian Thomas Lennon (Reno 911, Balls of Fury), actor/comedian Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow, The MAD Show), actor Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica), nominee Reginald Hudlin (writer, Black Panther; producer, Django Unchained), Belgian graphic novelists Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten (Obscure Cities series), nominees Matt Fraction (Hawkeye, Sex Criminals) and Kelly DeConnick (Pretty Deadly, Captain Marvel), Hall of Fame cartoonist Sergio Aragonés (Groo, MAD), writer/artist Bill Morrison (Bongo Comics), writer/artist nominee Terry Moore (Rachel Rising, Strangers in Paradise) and voice actors Phil LaMarr (Samurai Jack, Justice League Unlimited, MADtv) and Vanessa Marshall (Young Justice, Spectacular Spider-Man), and David Herman (Office Space, Futurama), plus some special surprises! Other prestigious awards to be given out include the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award, the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comics Writing, and the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award.
Friday July 25, 2014 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

8:15pm Worst Cartoons Ever!
For the 10th year, Jerry Beck (Cartoon Research) presents a new selection of the most terribly written, ugliest drawn, and unintentionally funniest animated films ever made. Cartoons include Mighty Mr. Titan (a physical fitness superhero) and Super President (a one-man weapon of mass destruction)! Be sure to enjoy some of the worst there is out there in this hilarious salute.
Friday July 25, 2014 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Room 6BCF

8:30pm From Spider-Man to Darth Vader: How Does Personality Influence Our Favorite Characters?
April Fugett, Ph.D. (associate professor, Department of Psychology, Marshall University), Keith W. Beard, Psy.D. (professor, Department of Psychology, Marshall University), Elijah Wise, Britani Black, and Josh Carter (doctoral student, Marshall University) discuss how personality informs our choices of the characters we identify with and follow. Specific traits and characters will be reviewed in the context of research, movie ideas, game alignment, and sales.
Friday July 25, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 24ABC


8:30pm Klingon Lifestyles
Klingons, weapons and ohhhh, yes there will be live action bat'leth sword battles. Come join the fun and mayhem for the 21st annual Klingon stage play. Watch the Stranglehold Klingons travel to distant worlds to bring glory back to the empire! Enter the Trek costume contest-prizes awarded for best dressed, largest red shirt group, and more. All alien races welcomed. If you love stage plays and love SWAG even more, come and support the only live-action Star Trek fan-based play to boldly go where no play has gone before!
Friday July 25, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 6A


8:30pm The Christian Comic Arts Society Mixer
Come join the CCAS for its annual mixer. This is an opportunity for Christian professionals and fans to intermingle, socialize, and network. Meet creators such as Eric Jansen (God and Country Graphics), Luis Serrano (Samson), Josh Burns (music composer), and John Schafer (Superbook).
Friday July 25, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 26AB

8:30pm The Thrilling Adventure Hour
Stage show for 9+ years, web series and podcast on the Nerdist Network rated #4 in comedy by Rolling Stone (May 2014), Eisner Award-nominated graphic novel from Archaia Entertainment, highly anticipated concert film-The Thrilling Adventure Hour is a cult phenomenon coming to San Diego in the midst of their nationwide con tour to celebrate current and future plans for comics, TV, and beyond. Creators Ben Acker and Ben Blacker (Marvel) will discuss 2014 plans and exclusive announcements, featuring the WorkJuice Players including Hal Lublin, Marc Evan Jackson, Mark Gagliardi, Autumn Reeser, and Craig Cackowski, plus special guests Molly Quinn (Castle), Janet Varney (Legend of Korra), Paul and Storm, and special surprise guests.
Friday July 25, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 8


8:30pm Zombie Myths and Misconceptions
Zombie Research Society and experts Max Brooks (World War Z), Matt Mogk (AMC's Talking Dead), Steven Schlozman (Harvard Medical School), Scott Kenemore (Zombie, Indiana), Brendan Riley (Columbia College, Chicago), Cameron Carlson (U.S. Navy), Brad Voytek (UCSD), and Craig Engler (Syfy's Z Nation) discuss the evolution of the modern zombie in science, survival, and pop culture, with a special focus on little known facts and common misconceptions.
Friday July 25, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 5AB


9:00pm Cartoon Network: A Lott'a Funny, Featuring Clarence, Uncle Grandpa, Steven Universe, and The Amazing World of Gumball!
C'mon, get in here! Join the hug force! After a long and exhausting day at the Con, come chillax with some Clarence, Uncle Grandpa, Steven Universe, and Gumball as they SQUEEEEZE into an hour of laughs for all to enjoy! Back-to-back-to-back-to-back episodes of never-before-seen fun stuffs is what awaits you at this exclusive San Diego Comic-Con screening event! And don't forget to massage your mind muscles because if you can answer some 'toon trivia, you might just win a prize! Aaaaw...new friends!
Friday July 25, 2014 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 7AB


9:00pm The Aquabats! Super Show! The Saga Continues
The Aquabats (M. C. Bat Commander, EagleBones FalconHawk, Jimmy the Robot, Crash McLarson, Ricky Fitness) and Super Show! co-creator and director Jason Devilliers (Flyboys, Yo Gabba Gabba!) present a behind-the-scenes look at the last two-almost three-seasons of the Aquabats! Super Show! As this year's Comic-Con also marks the 20-year anniversary of the The Aquabats, join them for a frank conversation about the ongoing saga of the world's greatest underdog champions of nerd-core and superhero rock band! Never-before-seen scenes and video clips from the TV show and an open Q&A session to be moderated by a very special surprise guest! Don't miss it!
Friday July 25, 2014 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 25ABC


9:30pm Encore Presentation of Batman: Assault on Arkham
So good, we had to show it twice. Join Warner Bros. Home Entertainment for a late-night encore screening of Batman: Assault on Arkham, the highly anticipated next entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Original Movies.
Friday July 25, 2014 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Ballroom 20


9:30pm Sick & Twisted Gauntlet of Animation
The glorious return of the greatest interactive live-voting festival known to mankind! This screening is not for the faint of heart! You, the lunatic fringe will vote with your voices, Love or Hate, on the newest batch of Sick & Twisted short animations from across the globe as they play LIVE on screen. More than 35 films will be put to the ultimate test. Entries include award-winning European commercials, including the banned in Denmark Voteman, new and epically violent Japanese zombie Claymation Star Trek spoofs, grossed out and sexy mock commercials featuring aliens and the Progressive Insurance Lady and an episode of Cartoon Hangover's Bravest Warriors, directed by Breehn Burns, creator of Dr. Tran. Extra bonus: glow-in-the-dark hand clappers and Sick & Twisted Barf Bags will be given away. "And on the 13th day, God created Spike and Mike, so sayeth the D."-Actor Jack Black of Tenacious D.
Friday July 25, 2014 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Room 6BCF



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COMIC-CON 2014 Thursday Programs Schedule is Up

For the rest of this week, SDCC will be announcing the all of the panels at this year's con. Let's take a look for the Thursday, July 24th schedule:

10:00am #FreeBabylon5: A Fan Campaign

Jan Schroeder (freebabylon5.com) and Jon Del Arroz (flyingsparkscomic.com) discuss a growing fan campaign that sprang up after J. Michael Straczynski tweeted the hashtag #FreeBabylon5 and urged fans to “get organized and loud” if Babylon 5fandom is to grow. See what has been accomplished so far and help brainstorm what can be done in the future to promote this seminal science fiction show and bring it to new viewers.

10:00am – 11:00am
Room 29A

10:00am 24

Jack is back at Comic-Con, damn it! Kiefer Sutherland takes the stage to celebrate24‘s most iconic moments and highlights of Jack Bauer’s triumphant return in 24: Live Another Day. Catch the exclusive sneak peek at highly anticipated Blu-ray and DVD featurette, Worlds Collide, illustrating how the pulse-pounding storytelling was created for this thrilling new season. Screening and discussion moderated by executive producer Jon Cassar to be followed by Q&A.

10:00am – 11:00am
Ballroom 20

10:00am Comic-Con How-To: Don’t Tell Your Story, Show It!

Ever wonder how the really good books suck readers in and hold their attention page after page? It’s not the characters, nor the plot of the book. It is the way in which the author writes that separates his or her story from the pack. Award-winning authorMaxwell Alexander Drake will use current examples to help you gain insight into how to put your story together in a compelling way that will keep your readers turning the pages to see what happens next.

10:00am – 11:00am
Room 2

10:00am DC Collectibles

Action figures, statues, busts, PVC figures…DC Collectibles has them all-and more! The DC Collectibles crew-including DVP for creative services Kevin Kiniry, director for creative services Jim Fletcher, artists Greg Capullo (Batman) and Dustin Nguyen(Batman: Li’l Gotham), and sculptor Jon Matthews-tell how they come up with so many great products, and what’s coming up from comics’ top makers of awesome collectibles!

10:00am – 11:00am
Room 9

10:00am God Is Disappointed in You with Shannon Wheeler & Mark Russell

God Is Disappointed in You, published by Top Shelf, is the tongue-in-cheek “condensed” version of the Bible you never knew you needed-hilariously modern, but surprisingly authentic-with illustrations and gags by New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler(Too Much Coffee Man). Wheeler and writer Mark Russell join together for an hour of unforgettable irreverence, including Q&A, audience sketches, and the hilarious-yet-accurate “ten-minute Bible.” Plus: a taste of the new audiobook, read by Dr. Venture himself, James Urbaniak (The Venture Bros.)!

10:00am – 11:00am
Room 32AB

10: 00 am Graphic Novel Programming at Your Library

“I just don’t know what to do!” say many librarians and other educators who don’t have graphic novel/comic book-themed programs. Greg Evans (Luann), Joe Field(Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff), and Hillary W. Chang (McCully-Moiliili Public Library) discuss the process to accomplish such programs as an artist speaking tour, Free Comic Book Day, and even a Library Con.

10:00am – 11:00am
Room 23ABC

10: 00am Marvel: Breaking into Comics the Marvel Way

Have a passion for the inner workings of the comics industry? Curious about breaking into the field as a writer or artist? Marvel professionals from every corner of the business give insider tips, advice, and first-hand accounts of what it takes to start a career in comics today. Panelists include editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, talent scout C. B. Cebulski, and a slew of Marvel talent!

10:00am – 11:00am
Room 7AB

10:00am My Adventures in Storytelling

Brian Stelfreeze (Batman Black-and-White, Wednesday’s Comics, Day Men) talks about his career as a comics illustrator and shares what he’s learned along the way. Welcome to this lively discussion and Q&A moderated by his good friend Doug Wagner (Gun Candy, I.C.E.).

10:00am – 11:00am
Room 28DE

10:00am The Witcher

A franchise spanning literature, comics, film & television, board games, and widely popular video games, The Witcher has touched millions with its engaging characters and exciting adventures. A diverse panel of experts discuss the many aspects of this renowned universe. Be the first to see new Dark Horse publications, see the first-ever live consumer demo of the upcoming The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video game, and get a chance to meet the team behind Wild Hunt. Panelists include actors Doug Cockle (Geralt of Rivia, The Witcher franchise), Dark Horse Comics author Paul Tobin (The Witcher House of Glass), Nick McWhorter, CD PROJEKT RED’s game developers Damien Monnier and Lukasz Wnek (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt), andRafal Jaki. Moderated by SpikeTV’s Geoff Keighley.

10:00am – 11:00am
Room 6A

10:00am Wonderbook: Writers on Creativity and Inspiration

Jeff VanderMeer (award-winning author of Wonderbook) and Lev Grossman (novelist and journalist for TIME magazine, as well as contributor to Wonderbook), Charles Yu(novelist and contributor to Wonderbook), and Anina Bennett and Paul Guinan(authors of the science fiction comic Heartbreakers, as well as the books Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel) partake in a discussion led by Ann VanderMeer about the creative process and “sense of wonder” that is key to the writing process, in the context of the participants’ current works as well as the innovative visuals in the Hugo Award-nominated Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction.

Room 25ABC

10:00am Shonen Jump: Naruto

Naruto is one of the world’s most popular manga series, with over 60 bestselling volumes published. Get all the latest news on the Naruto manga, anime, video games, and more at this super-sized panel, featuring guests from VIZ Media, Bandai Namco games, and a special guest you’ll have to see to believe!

10:00am – 11:30am
Room 8

10:15am Mattel and WWE: Over-the-Top-Action!

Two of the world’s top entertainment companies have teamed up for the ultimate panel at SDCC. WWE Superstars and Mattel designers will talk about the all-new WWE Network and give exclusive sneak peeks of Mattel’s upcoming WWE figure releases! Incredible guest appearances by Hulk Hogan, Daniel Bryan, Michael Cole,Paul Heyman, and you never know what else will be unveiled. This is a panel you won’t want to miss, brother!

10:15am – 11:15am
Room 6DE

10:30am Behind the Music: Crime, Death and Resurrection

Murder, mayhem, mystery and more are all at the center of crime, death and resurrection, a Behind the Music panel featuring composers that create the music to some of your favorite television shows and movies! Nathan Barr (True Blood, Hemlock Grove, The Americans), James Levine (American Horror Story), Jeff Russo (Fargo), Trevor Morris (Dracula, Reign), Daniel Licht (Dexter), Brian Reitzell (Hannibal, 30 Days of Night), Sean Callery (24, Bones, Elementary) Steve Jablonsky (Transformers, The Last Ship, Ender’s Game), Christopher Young (Deliver Us From Evil, Dominion, SpiderMan 3) as they share their secrets for getting us to the edge of our seats as blood spills on screen. Special guest moderator to be announced soon! share their secrets for getting us to the edge of our seats as blood spills on screen. With exclusive giveaways for fans!

10:30am – 11:30am
Room 4

10:30am Legends of TV Land

Get up close and personal with icons of television! Superstar Betty White (The Golden Girls, Hot in Cleveland) and other TV celebs will answer questions about their work and making history on television. Plus, get a special sneak peek at the animated episode of TV Land’s original sitcom Hot in Cleveland, airing July 30th.

10:30am – 11:30am
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

10:30am Taming the Web: The Nuts and Bolts of Web Series Creation

Career at a dead-end? Not sure how to make your talents known? Our panelists are veteran Web series producers, directors, and stars who’ve figured out how to successfully launch their own online series and parlay them into moneymaking ventures. They’re dolling out tips on producing, content creation, crowdsourcing funds and luring advertisers, marketing and branding and—when TV comes calling—negotiating the transition so you retain ownership. Panelists include producer/director/actor Satu Runa (Queen Gorya), producer/actor/crowdfunding queen Leah Cevoli (FanBacked), producer/director/writer/actor Freddie Wong(Video Game High School), master weaponsmaker Tony Swatton (Man At Arms), and YouTube programming strategist Nathan Kitada. Moderated by Fast Company’sSusan Karlin.

10:30am – 11:30am
Room 24ABC

10:30am The Legacy and Return of Battlestar Galactica

Richard Hatch (Tom Zarek, Captain Apollo), Jamie Bamber (Lee Adama), and Dr. Kevin Grazier (science consultant for Falling Skies, Battlestar Galactica, Eureka) host a discussion and Q&A on the upcoming Battlestar Galactica movie and where fans would like to see the story and characters go. Panelists include Luciana Carro(Battlestar Galactica, Falling Skies) and producer Alec Peters (Propworks, Battlestar Galactica auction, Axanar), plus surprise guests and theatrical trailers.

10:30am – 11:30am
Room 6BCF

10:30am Comic Book Law School 101: The Beginning Is the Most Important Part

Ideas, characters, plots, designs, stories, paintings, photos, titles, names, logos, brands-it’s enough to drive one crazy if you don’t know your copyright from your trademark from your trade secret. But never fear-help is only a 90-minute program away. Noted IP attorney Michael Lovitz, author of The Trademark and Copyright Bookcomic book, offers the first of three fun and informative programs, which taken together are designed to provide you with a basic foundation in intellectual property law and related areas, including securing and enforcing your rights, contracts and licensing, fair use, parody, social media and much more. This first installment focuses on “The Basics” in an effort to provide a foundation for understanding the different intellectual property rights available to creators and business owners and teach ways to protect those rights, focusing on how best to safeguard ideas, inventions, works of authorship, characters, brands and names, from conception through publication and beyond. Attendees are invited to participate in an interactive discussion about basic rights provided under U.S. copyright and trademark laws, including their intersection with new media, as well as new decisions and changes in the law and how they could affect those rights (and if time permits, he’ll touch on issues of joint authorship, fair use, parody and/or piracy). 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: The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and practice tips to practicing attorneys, as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. [This program is approved for 1.5 credits of California MCLE.]

10:30am – 12:00pm
Room 30CDE

10:30am Comics Arts Conference Session #1: Comics and Nations

Aerum Jeong (University of California, Los Angeles) examines how Lob and Rochette’s graphic novel trilogy Le Transperceneige and the filmic adaptationSnowpiercer use local cultural and political motifs to construct a space in which the readers/viewers can imagine themselves as part of a nation. Sam Cannon (University of Texas at Austin) analyzes how the creators of Detective Heredia use locations in Santiago, Chile to conjure violent places of memory that synthesize past, present, and future meanings of the city. Cathy Thomas (University of California, Santa Cruz) uses recent work in hemispheric American border studies to explain how the misread love missive, such as the brick thrown by a mouse named Ignatz that always “creases the bean” of a cat called Krazy, re-stages courtship and colonial imagination.

10:30am – 12:00pm
Room 26AB

11:00am Comic Creator Connection All-Stars

Have you heard of the CCC? The Comic Creator Connection is the original “speed-dating” event that introduces writers and artists who are struggling to find their creative counterparts and is featured exclusively at the Comic-Con International family of conventions. This All-Star panel spotlights newly published teams who first 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 draw from our veterans the lessons they learned starting and maintaining a successful creative partnership, covering everything from the first handshake to the first draft to the first sale. If you are an aspiring comic book creator, you do not want to miss this panel!

11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 32AB

11:00am Comic-Con How-To: Point of View: What’s the Point?

With so many terms and styles, diving into the mechanics of the craft of writing can be scary. And Point of View (POV) can be one of the toughest to tackle. Yet, if used correctly, POV is a wonderful and powerful tool that is the backbone of your story. Award-winning author Maxwell Alexander Drake helps break this piece of the writing puzzle down into something you can use to enhance your writing style.

11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 2

11:00am Flesk Publications Exposed! The Artists Spill Their Guts!

With a lineup including Frank Cho (Drawing Beautiful Women, Savage Wolverine ), Terry Dodson (Red One, Uncanny X-Men), Mark Schultz (Xenozoic, Storms at Sea), and William Stout (Hallucinations,Legends of the Blues) talking new projects-and publisher John Fleskes frankly discussing future Flesk titles and the latest on the renowned Spectrum Fantastic Art series-you can expect an entertaining hour!

11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 28DE

11:00am Godzilla and The Master of Monsters

August Ragone (Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters), David E. Chapple (Famous Monsters of Filmland), and Arian Hinojosa (Monster Attack Team) present a discussion on the man who brought Godzilla and Ultraman to life, establishing the art of Japanese visual effects and creating the genre known as the “kaiju eiga” (Japanese monster movies). See rare, behind-the-scenes photographs of how the original Godzilla films were made and the men and women who made them.

11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 23ABC

11:00am Hasbro: Transformers

Members of the Hasbro and Hasbro Studios team will give fans an exclusive sneak peek at the new animated series Transformers: Robots In Disguise airing in early 2015 on Hub Network in the U.S. and globally. Attendees will also get a first look at the third season of Transformers: Rescue Bots, also airing on the Hub Network. In addition, attendees can celebrate the 30-year legacy of the Transformers brand and experience exclusive reveals of never-beefore-seen product. The Transformers team members will also host some Q&A for your burning Transformers questions!

11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 25ABC

11:00am How Fan Fiction Can Lead to Being a Professional

Fan fiction can lead to jobs in several fields as a professional, including writing books, acting, screenwriting, and many others. Panelists include Katherine Fugate(Valentine’s Day), a selected member of the board of directors of the WGAW, who created/executive produced/wrote Army Wives; Melissa Good (Tropical Storm), a fan fiction writer and novelist who has written episodes for Xena, Warrior Princess; Nancy Holder (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Watcher’s Guide), New York Times bestselling author whose fan fiction street cred includes Robin of Sherwood; Dru Pagliassotti, a novelist and professor at a California university who has researched Western manga fandom and teaches courses on film and comics analysis; Nancy Cornell-Healy(Intersection), comedian/novelist/playwright; Justin Robinson (Get Blank), a multitalented novelist; and Sherri Rabinowitz (Fantasy Time Inc.), a writer of fan fiction, playwright and award-nominated novelist and host of the popular blog talk radio show Chatting With Sherri.

11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 29A

11:00am Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature

Dr. David Brin (Hugo, Locus and Nebula Award-winning author of the Uplift trilogy),Jim Butcher (NY Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files series), Rachel Caine(NY Times bestselling author of the Morganville Vampires series), Jason Hough (NY Times bestselling author of The Darwin Elevator series), Marie Lu (NY Timesbestselling author of the Legend series), and Jonathan Maberry (NY Times bestselling author of the Joe Ledger series) discuss writing science fiction and fantasy novels and their adaptation to TV and movies. Moderated by Henry Herz (editor of Beyond the Pale).

11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 5AB

11:00am Spotlight on Dan Slott

NY Times bestselling comic book author and Comic-Con special guest Dan Slott(Amazing Spider-Man, Superior Spider-Man, Silver Surfer) shares stories about working in comics, from his early days on Ren & Stimpy to Batman: Arkham Asylum Living Hell to his current runs on Spidey and Surfer. Moderated by Dan’s pal, comic book journalist Jill Pantozzi (TheMarySue.com). Attendees be warned: mind-swapping might occur.

11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 7AB

11:00am The Simpsons and SpongeBob Smile-Time Hour

Creative director Nathan Kane and managing editors Terry Delegeane and Chris Duffy give you the lowdown on how Bongo Comics Group and United Plankton Pictures make the best humor comic books in the business. Meet some of the Bongo and United Plankton artists and writers who have tickled your four-color funny bone. Find out what’s in stores in the coming months!

11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 9

11:15am Under the Dome: Panel and Exclusive Sneak Preview

The hit summer series is back for its second season, bigger than ever with higher stakes and catastrophic developments that leave no one safe under the dome. The inhabitants of Chester’s Mill must decide who to rally behind as Big Jim continues to fight for the town’s trust and allegiance, all while resources dwindle and the post-apocalyptic conditions continue to intensify. There are new faces, bigger mysteries, betrayal of alliances, and monumental revelations about the dome, which will lead to a shocking discovery of what is behind it. Journey back under the dome, where you can’t always believe what you see and nothing is impossible. An exclusive sneak preview at what’s to come in season 2 will be followed by a panel discussion with the cast: Mike Vogel (Bates Motel), Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Rachelle Lefevre (Twilight),Alexander Koch, Colin Ford, and Mackenzie Lintz, along with executive producerNeal Baer.

11:15am – 12:00pm
Ballroom 20

11:15am Toy Story That Time Forgot

Calling all Toy Story fans! ABC and Disney•Pixar present an exclusive first look at the upcoming holiday special, Toy Story That Time Forgot. Executive producer Galyn Susman (Toy Story OF TERROR!), director Steve Purcell (Brave), and head of storyDerek Thompson (WALL•E) give you an exclusive inside look at the sketches, storyboards, and concepts that went into the making of this Disney•Pixar special!

11:15am – 12:15pm
Room 6A

11:30am DC Entertainment All Access: 101

DC Comics’s backlist is full of the most exciting stories ever told! New fans and veteran fans alike are welcome for an in-depth tutorial on the essential stories and products that make up DC Comics’s rich history. At DC Entertainment, there’s never been a better time to be a comics fan!

11:30am – 12:30pm
Room 6DE

11:30am Dig: A USA Network Event Series

USA Network’s highly anticipated new television event series, Dig, makes its debut at Comic-Con! From co-creators Tim Kring (creator and executive producer of Heroes) and Gideon Raff (executive producer of Homeland), Dig follows an FBI agent stationed in Israel who, while investigating the murder of a young American archaeologist, uncovers a global conspiracy 2,000 years in the making. The panel will give fans an inside look into this fast-paced international thriller as Tim Kring and cast members discuss the new series. Gideon Raff and series stars Jason Isaacs(Awake, Harry Potter) and Anne Heche (Save Me, Hung) will join the discussion LIVE from location in Israel via satellite for an interactive Q&A. Attendees will be the first to see an exclusive preview from the new series and learn how they can #DigDeeper into the action before the series premieres this fall on USA.

11:30am – 12:30pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

11:30am How to Get News Coverage

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 submissions. Panelists include (in alphabetical order) Albert Ching (Comics Book Resources), Amy Chu (DC Comics), Holly Golightly (BroadSword Comics), Glenn Hauman (Comic Mix), Rich Johnston (Bleeding Cool), Alan Kistler (The Mary Sue), Francis Sky (First Comics News), Tanya Tate (First Comics News), J. C. Vaughn (Scoop), Josh Waldrop(M1W Entertainment), and Bryan Young (Huffington Post, Big Shiny Robot). Find out what it takes to self-promote and make a significant impact on your ability to sell your comic.

11:30am – 12:30pm
Room 8

11:30am Masters of the Web: Comic Book Movies

A discussion of the state and slate of current and upcoming major comic book movies with top YouTube movie pundits, including Manu Bennett (TV’s Arrow), John Campea (AMC Movie Talk), Jeremy Jahns (YouTube film critic), Tiffany Smith (DC All Access), Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis (Schmoes Know), and Jon Schnepp (AMC Movie Talk).

11:30am – 12:30pm
Room 24ABC

11:30am Spotlight on Bill Finger, the Co-Creator of Batman

2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the movie Batman, the 50th anniversary of Batman’s “New Look,” the 75th anniversary of Batman’s debut, and the 100th anniversary of the birth of Bill Finger, the Caped Crusader’s uncredited co-creator. Not only did Bill Finger breathe life into Batman, Robin, Alfred, Commissioner Gordon, Gotham City, and one fantastic villain after another, he co-created bat-free icons such as Green Lantern, Wildcat, and Lana Lang. Bill’s only living descendants Athena Finger (The Cape Creator: A Tribute to Bill Finger) and her son Benjamin invite you to celebrate the life and achievements of the man who first put the dark in the Dark Knight. Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight) moderates a bat-tastic panel, featuring Bob Kane’s biographer Tom Andrae (Batman and Me), writer Mark Evanier (Bill Finger Awards), actress Lee Meriwether (Batman: The Movie‘s Catwoman), author Marc Tyler Nobleman (Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman), Cartoons Arts’ Jens Robinson (son of Joker co-creator Jerry Robinson), and executive producer Michael Uslan (Batman, The Dark Knight film trilogy), plus special messages from legends like DC’s last surviving Golden Age artist, Wildcat co-creator Irwin Hasen.

11:30am – 12:30pm
Room 4

11:30am Dreamworks Animation

TBA

11:30am – 1:00pm
Hall H

11:45am Halo: Nightfall: A First Look

Prepare for your next step in the Halo Journey with a deep dive into Halo: Nightfall, the upcoming live-action digital series from 343 Industries and Scott Free Productions. Panelists include 343′s Kiki Wolfkill (executive producer) and Frank O’Connor (franchise development director) along with key Halo: Nightfall cast and crew. Be among the first to get the details of the story and production. They’ll also share a groundbreaking new experience that will play a big part in how stories are told in the Halo Universe.

11:45am – 12:45pm
Room 6BCF

12:00pm CBLDF: Using Graphic Novels in Education

Comics and graphic novels are amazing resources for inspiring a love of reading and learning among students of all ages. CBLDF experts Betsy Gomez, Meryl Jaffe, Carol Tilley, and more examine how to use comics in classrooms, and provide strategies for combating the confusion that often leads graphic novels to be targeted by censors. They’ll also offer suggestions for how to use specific comics in the classroom. Bring your challenges, questions and success stories!

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 30CDE

12:00pm Charles Schulz and Social Commentary in Peanuts

Through the unassuming medium of a daily comic strip, Charles Schulz gently communicated the social and political climate of the changing world around him. Explore the intersection of Peanuts and topical issues through the lens of today’s socially attuned humor in cartoons and television. Presentation by Corry Kanzenberg (curator, Charles M. Schulz Museum). Panel discussion and Q&A to follow with Seth Green (Robot Chicken, Family Guy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Art Roche (content director, Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates). Moderated by Tom Gammill (The Simpsons, Futurama, Seinfeld).

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 25ABC

12:00pm Color Me RADD

We wanna color you up! You’ll never look at color comics the same way again! Oni Press editor-in-chief James Lucas Jones and rock star colorists Lee Loughridge, Ryan Hill, and some special guests discuss the role of colorists in storytelling and the processes behind their particular brands of eye-melting magic.

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 9

12:00pm Comics Arts Conference Session #2: Clouds or Sunshine: Forecasting How Business and Law Will Affect Creativity in Comics

Law professor Marc H. Greenberg (Golden Gate University School of Law, author ofComic Art, Creativity and the Law) and business professor and futurist Rob Salkowitz(University of Washington, author of Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture) consider how changes such as derivative copyright law, digital delivery of comics, and transmediation will affect the creative process and the comics industry in the near and long-term future.

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 26AB

12:00pm Editing Comics the BOOM! Way

BOOM! Studios creators Paul Jenkins (Fairy Quest), James Tynion IV (The Woods),Megan Hutchison (An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will O’ the Wisp), Christopher Sebela(Dead Letters), and Frank Barbiere (Black Market), along with BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon and editor Dafna Pleban, look into the editing secrets of one of the comic book industry’s leading independent publishers and discuss editing dos and don’ts.

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 28DE

12:00pm Fairy Tale Remix

Toto, I’ve a feeling these aren’t your typical fairy tales…From cyborg Cinderellas to swashbuckling pirates, fairy tales are just full of possibilities for retelling and reimagining. A fantastic lineup of authors will discuss how they take well-known stories (such as Rapunzel, The Wizard of Oz, Tam Lin) and remix them for a new audience and how they create their very own fairy tales. Moderated by Shannon Hale (Ever After High series), this panel featuring Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles series), Katherine Harbour (Thorn Jack), John Peck (Charming series),Cornelia Funke (Mirrorworld series), Tony DiTerlizzi (The Search for WondLa), Ben Tripp (The Accidental Highwayman), and Danielle Page (Dorothy Must Die) will give insight to the fairy tales of old, and new!

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 32AB

12:00pm Meet Bill Plympton

Meet Bill Plympton, “The King of Indie Animation,” and find out his plans for his new animated feature, Cheatin‘. The film premiered at Slamdance in 2014 and is on the festival circuit now-find out what it took to run a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $100,000 to help finance the production of the film. Bill will screen some of his recent work, including music video The Deep End and clips from Cheatin‘, and discuss his method for making hand-drawn cartoons in the new digital age. Also appearing will be Jim Lujan, who’s co-directing the upcoming animated featureRevengeance with Bill, so come and get an early look at this “biker revenge dark comedy.” Plus everyone who attends will get a free Bill Plympton drawing!

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 23ABC

12:00pm The Pitching Hour

Jill Sanford (VP, Nickelodeon original series TV animation), Duncan Rouleau(executive producer, Man of Action), Kevin Burke and Chris “Doc” Wyatt (head writers, Avengers Assemble), Charlie Chu (editor, Oni Press), Lindsay Rostal (VP /producer, The Odd Gentlemen), Jennie Kong (publicist, Geek & Sundry), a surprise guest or two, and your moderator Dan Evans III (director current, Marvel TV Animation) 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 example 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!

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 5AB

12:00pm The Smitten Word

Christina Lauren (Sweet Filthy Boy), Kresley Cole (Dark Skye), and Alice Clayton (Rusty Nailed) turn up the temperature at SDCC with blush-inducing readings, smutty discussion and a hilarious battle over movies, TV shows, and Hollywood’s hottest geeks.

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

12:00pm The Switch to Digital

From mail to photographs and now comics, everything is making the move to digital. Comic-Con International special guests Colleen Coover (Bandette), Batton Lash(Supernatural Law), Jeff Smith (Bone), Rina Piccolo (Tina’s Groove), and Paul Tobin(Bandette) discuss with moderator Mark Waid (Daredevil) when and why they make the switch to digital.

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 7AB

12:00pm When Steampunk and Pop Culture Collide

Karen Hallion (TeeFury pop artist) joins a lively discussion regarding why Steampunk continues to invade all aspects of pop culture, along with fellow Steampunks, maker Brian Uiga (Inspector Spacetime), writer Madeleine Holly-Rosing(Boston Metaphysical Society), and costumer CJ DeAngelus. They’ll explore how Steampunk has influenced comics, television, cosplay, and pop art. Moderated byAnastasia Hunter (chair and director of programming for Gaslight Gathering).

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 29A

12:05pm Scorpion: World Premiere Screening and Panel

Discover the new CBS drama coming this fall, based on the true story of Walter O’Brien, an eccentric genius with the world’s fourth highest IQ who has created a company of brilliant misfits who use their mental muscle to defend the planet against complex high-tech threats of the modern age. In this high-octane thrill ride from the makers of Star Trek, Transformers, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and The Fast and the Furious, O’Brien’s team uses their exceptional brainpower to solve the nation’s crises, while also helping each other learn how to fit in. The world premiere screening of the pilot episode will be followed by a panel discussion with the real-life Walter O’Brien, along with series stars Elyes Gabel (World War Z), Robert Patrick(Terminator 2), and Katharine McPhee (Smash),and executive producers Nick Santora,Nicholas Wootton, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Justin Lin.

12:05pm – 1:10pm
Ballroom 20

12:15pm Comic-Con How-To: Advanced Digital Inking Techniques

Learn how to digitally ink and take all your black-and-white artwork to the next level. Comics artist Brian Haberlin will delve into Photoshop’s treasure trove of features old and new-as well as features in other programs-that not only enhance comic applications, but make possible countless creative pen and ink opportunities rarely seen before. If you’re serious about your black-and-white artwork, this session is a must. Comic book creator, editor, writer, penciler, inker, and colorist Brian Haberlin is the co-creator of Witchblade, Anomaly, and many other comic books and graphic novels.

12:15pm – 1:30pm
Room 2

12:30pm Roddenberry Entertainment Presents

Trevor Roth (COO, head of development, creator of Days Missing, Worth), Tory Mell(producer, Roddenberry Entertainment), Rod Roddenberry (CEO, Roddenberry Entertainment), Chris Moreno (artist, Worth), Aubrey Sitterson (writer, Worth), andPaul Morrissey (Eisner Award-winning editor) talk about their newest graphic novelWorth, their new short film Instant, and hold an awesome iPad Mini giveaway. Moderated by Tory Mell.

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Room 24ABC

12:30pm Sony Pictures Entertainment

Get your first look at two of next summer’s most anticipated films. First, Scholastic’s iconic book series Goosebumps, written by R. L. Stine, has already captured the world’s imagination-selling over 400 million books worldwide. Now it’s coming to the big screen, with Jack Black starring as the author himself and Rob Lettermandirecting. Jack and Rob will tell you all about how Stine’s monsters are coming to life on the big screen. The film hits theaters on August 7, 2015. Then, stay tuned as director Chris Columbus has a special video announcement about his upcoming filmPixels, starring Adam Sandler (in theaters May 15, 2015)-you’ll find out how one lucky Comic-Con badge-holder might win a chance to be a part of the movie.

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

12:30pm Still Pickled After All These Years

Comic-Con special guest Brian Crane discusses his 25 years of creating the Picklescomic strip, using a PowerPoint presentation. He will give a behind-the-scenes look at how he got started and how he creates his daily comic strip, which is syndicated in over 800 newspapers around the world. The presentation will be followed by a short Q&A session.

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Room 4

12:30pm TNT’s Legends Screening & Panel

TNT presents an exclusive screening of the new suspense-filled drama Legends fromHomeland producers Howard Gordon and Alexander Cary and Fringe co-executive producer David Wilcox, starring Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) as Martin Odum, an undercover agent working for the FBI’s Deep Cover Operations (DCO) division. Martin has the uncanny ability to transform himself into a completely different person for each job. But he begins to question his own identity when a mysterious stranger suggests that Martin isn’t the man he believes himself to be. Following the screening, stars and producers will provide fans with an exclusive sneak peek at this new series and an opportunity to hear about the exciting first season.

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Room 6A

12:30pm What’s At Comic Shops with Previews

Before it’s at comic shops, it’s in the Previews catalog! This panel shows you how to use the Diamond Comic Distributors’ Previews catalog for preordering all of your favorite comics, graphic novels, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Attendees will get a free copy of the August issue and have a chance to win other exciting prizes! Plus, see how Previewsworld.com interacts with the catalog to inform fans about everything they need to know to get what they want at their local comic shop. Panelists include Previews editor Marty Grosser, Previewsworld.com editor Vince Brusio, and Diamond consumer marketing manager Andy Mueller.

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Room 8

12:45pm Behind the Scenes of Science Fiction in Movies and on TV

Jane Espenson (Husbands), Amy Berg (Eureka), Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) discuss what it’s like to create blockbuster science fiction in the media: their adventures and challenges, what’s working now, what the future will look like, and all the factors that will change how we consume our personal fandoms. Moderated by Phil Plait (Bad Astronomy Blog).

12:45pm – 1:45pm
Room 6DE

1:00pm Comics Arts Conference Session #3: British Comics, Genre, and the Special Relationship with American Comics

Chris Murray (University of Dundee) discusses the often-overlooked and peculiar history of British superheroes, arguing that they reflect the changing relationship between the two countries in the aftermath of World War II. Julia Round(Bournemouth University) investigates the use of gothic and horror tropes in British girls’ comics of the 1970s and 1980s, which, she argues, draw on some of the tropes of the previous generation of American horror comics. Phillip Vaughan (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design) analyses British science fiction comics in terms of the influence from American comics, and considering their relationship to British and American television and film.

1:00pm – 1:30pm
Room 26AB

1:00pm A Mercs Life For Me: What It Takes to Be a Mandalorian

James Sebree (San Diego chapter leader), Sal Attinello (Manda’galaar), Todd Mullin(Haran’galaar Clan), and Quinn Pendleton (member approval rep.) discuss the ins and outs of the Mandalorian Mercs Costuming Club. Topics include introduction to costume construction, overview of member requirements, and getting your costume approved. Also, Loren Toy (Manda’galaar) on 3D printing for costuming, and Kristina Schlosser (Haran’galaar clan) and Erica Heinrich (Manda’galaar) on building a custom female Mandalorian.

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 29A

1:00pm Batman in the ’70s

In celebration of Batman’s 75th birthday, panelists look back at a crucial decade in the life of the Caped Crusader. It was a time of change as new writers and artists brought forth new interpretations of this classic character. On hand to discuss it are many of the those who were there: Neal Adams, Denny O’Neil, Michael Uslan, Len Wein, and Anthony Tollin, along with moderator Mark Evanier.

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 5AB

1:00pm Breaking into Comics Right Now

If you’re an aspiring comic book creator, this is a panel you don’t want to miss! BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon and managing editor Bryce Carlson, along with some of the industry’s most exciting up-and-coming and established talent, including Frank Barbiere (Black Market), Chris Miskiewicz (Thomas Alsop),Palle Schmidt (Thomas Alsop), Vanesa R. Del Rey (Hit, The Empty Man), Christopher Sebela (Dead Letters), and Royden Lepp (Rust), share their breaking-in experiences and give you the most up-to-date and practical advice on how to break into the comic book industry right now.

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 28DE

1:00pm CBLDF: The History of the Comics Code

60 years ago this month, comics were put on trial in a nationally televised Senate subcommittee hearing that had shattering repercussions for this great American artform. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund presents the shocking history of moral panic that led to this historic hearing and the birth of the Comics Code Authority, which regulated the medium’s content for more than 50 years. CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein tells the tale at this CBLDF presentation.

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 30CDE

1:00pm Drawing on Your Nightmares: Modern Horror in Comics

Hot on the heels of the premiere of the Dark Horse comic turned television seriesThe Strain, you are invited to explore the darker corners of comics. Horror has been one of the cornerstones of the Dark Horse publishing line for years, and 2014 will be no exception! Join panelists for an hour of all that is guaranteed to thrill and chill you, with resident horror junkies, editor-in-chief Scott Allie and PR director Jeremy Atkins, along with Eric Powell (The Goon), Mike Huddleston (The Strain), the first U.S. appearance of Colder artist Juan Ferreyra, and more for sneak peeks, announcements, and other surprises along the way!

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 23ABC

1:00pm Evolving the League of Legends Experience

The game’s always changing for League of Legends-it’s a constantly evolving universe. Whether it is adding new content, updating champions and maps, reworking gameplay, or just giving older art a fresh face, League of Legends is constantly trying to level up the quality and player experience wherever it can. Sit down with members of the art, game design, sound, and production teams as they share insights and swap stories from their time spent working on League of Legends. The panel will kick off with a discussion about current and recent releases before opening it up for Q&A.

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 6BCF

1:00pm Female Heroes, Then and Now

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Heartbreakers, a groundbreaking science fiction series that was one of the first action comics starring female heroes, and the only one written by a woman when it debuted in Dark Horse Presents. Today, there are more women than ever reading and creating comics-not to mention cosplaying and writing about comics-but it seems a lot of the old biases are still entrenched. What’s changed in 25 years, and what hasn’t? Join Heartbreakers creators Anina Bennett andPaul Guinan, along with friends Jimmy Palmiotti (Painkiller Jane), Kiala Kazebee(Vaginal Fantasy), Allison Baker (Monkeybrain Comics), and Claire Hummel (Bioshock: Infinite), for a lively discussion of sexism, science fiction, comic books, and geek culture.

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 32AB

1:00pm I Know That Voice: Insights from the Cutting Room Floor

John DiMaggio (executive producer of IKTV, also the voice of Bender from Futurama, Jake The Dog from Adventure Time, IFC’s Out There, and many more) has reassembled the cast and crew of IKTV to take a deep dive into the hundreds of hours of documentary footage that didn’t make it to the big screen. Panelists Fred Tatasciore(Hulk, Ben 10, Mad), Andrea Romano (25-time Emmy nominee, 8-time Emmy winner for Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, and more), Rob Paulsen (Darkwing Duck, Animaniacs), Lawrence Shapiro (director, IKTV), Dee Bradley Baker (Gravity Falls, Phineas and Ferb), and Steve Broback (Tweet House, IKTV Social Team), discuss behind-the-scenes stories, techniques that voice actors use to deliver great performances, and much more!

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 25ABC

1:00pm Marvel: House of Ideas

Love having the best comics in the industry on your mobile devices? Want to know how Marvel stays on the cutting edge of technology while bringing you what you love? Want to learn more about Infinite Comics? Well, this panel is for you, True Believer! Get exciting news from Ryan Penagos (executive editorial director of digital) and other guests on what’s happening with the Marvel Comics App, Marvel AR, Marvel.com, Marvel’s vast social media presence, and more in this can’t-miss panel!

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 7AB

1:00pm Spotlight on Colleen Coover & Paul Tobin (How to Succeed in Comics Without Ever Crying)

Comic-Con special guests Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover discuss their Eisner Award-winning digital comic Bandette, as well as such titles as Colder, I Was the Cat,Prometheus, Plants vs. Zombies, Angry Birds, Paul’s novels, and the commonsense fact that Hulk could beat Thor.

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 9

1:15pm Reign: Panel & Exclusive Sneak Preview

The saga of Mary, Queen of Scots continues when Reign returns for its second season this fall. Mary and Francis will rule a nation burning with plague, famine, and religious strife. Powerful lords will rise from the ashes, fears and superstitions will take terrifying forms, marriages deemed sacred will be violated; all as Mary tries to save herself and her friends, and Francis learns his true enemy might be his own family. An exclusive sneak preview at what’s to come in season 2 will be followed by a panel discussion with the cast Adelaide Kane (Teen Wolf), Megan Follows (Anne of Green Gables) and Toby Regbo (Mr. Nobody), along with executive producer Laurie McCarthy.

1:15pm – 2:00pm
Ballroom 20

1:30pm Avatar Press: Cutting-Edge Publishing and Mega Writers

New York Times bestselling author Max Brooks (World War Z) and William Christensen (Avatar Press publisher) discuss the scoop on new projects and creators joining the Avatar Press lineup! Plus, an inside look at projects by Garth Ennis, Alan Moore, Kieron Gillen, and of course, Max Brooks. William Christensen moderates and runs the Q&A session for this event.

1:30pm – 2:30pm
Room 4

1:30pm Digital Manga

The staff of Digital Manga, Inc. talk about the current state of the manga industry, their partnership with Tezuka Productions, and their newest releases and tell you how you can get started working in the manga industry. A few lucky attendees will also walk away with some great prizes.

1:30pm – 2:30pm
Room 8

1:30pm End of Series…or Not?

Waiting for the next book in your favorite series to release can be agonizing…and yet, oh so worthwhile. Whether you’ve suffered through the wait time for each installment or held out until the release of the last book to binge read, bestselling series authors succeed at keeping countless readers hooked, book after book! Join authors Laini Taylor (Dreams of Gods & Monsters/Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy),Lev Grossman (The Magician’s Land/The Magicians Trilogy), Leigh Bardugo (Ruin & Rising/The Grisha Trilogy), Jonathan Maberry (Fire & Ash/Rot & Ruit Series), Ben H. Winters (World of Trouble/The Last Policeman Trilogy), Lynn Flewelling (Shards of Time/ Nightrunner Series), and Kresley Cole (Dark Skye/Immortals After Dark Series), as they chat with Maryelizabeth Hart (Mysterious Galaxy) about the trials and tribulations of plotting multinovel story arcs, keeping momentum going between books, and knowing when (if ever) to end a bestselling series.

1:30pm – 2:30pm
Room 24ABC

1:30pm Science Fiction Author Cosplay

John Scalzi (Redshirts, Lock In) reads from his forthcoming near-future thriller, answers audience questions, and maybe even serenades them on the ukulele(!).

1:30pm – 2:30pm
Horton Grand Theatre

1:30pm The Giver

Twenty years in the making, fans of the novel can rejoice: The Giver is coming to the big screen. The Weinstein Company and Walden Media will premiere exclusive footage from the upcoming film with stars Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush, director Phillip Noyce, and bestselling author Lois Lowry.

1:30pm – 2:30pm
Hall

1:30pm Comedy Central: Key & Peele and Introducing Moonbeam City!

Key & Peele stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, who are best known for their impressive ability for improv, celebrity impressions, and conjuring up original characters including “Obama and Luther,” “The Valet Guys,” “Mr. Garvey, the Substitute Teacher” and the players from the annual “East/West College Bowl.” Whether it’s satirizing the President, spoofing musical acts, or taking on religion, Key & Peele showcases their chemistry, camaraderie and unique point of view, born from their shared background and experiences growing up biracial in a not quite post-racial world. Join the stars of Comedy Central’s Key & Peele as they go behind the scenes, reveal details on their upcoming new season, and more! Panel to be moderated by actor and comedian, Tom Lennon. - The party continues with a FIRST EVER look at Comedy Central’s newest animated series Moonbeam City. Moonbeam City is an absurdist take on the gritty, sex-drenched crime dramas from the 1980s. The series follows undercover detective Dazzle Novak (voiced by Rob Lowe), a handsome idiot who commits more crimes than most criminals. His tyrannical chief, Pizzaz Miller (Elizabeth Banks), won’t get off his back, and hotshot rookie Rad Cunningham (Will Forte) is dying to see him fail. With the world against him, Dazzle is thrust into a living nightmare: having to do actual police work. Join series creator and executive producer, Scott Gairdner and the voice of Dazzle, Rob Lowe, as they reveal details for the first time on Comedy Central’s next big animated series! Panel to be moderated by Moonbeam City head-writer, Tommy Blacha.

1:30pm – 3:00pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

1:45pm The Last Ship: Season 1 Panel

TNT’s new action-packed drama The Last Ship-from executive producer Michael Bay-is the epic tale of the Navy captain and crew of the U.S.S. Nathan James who find themselves in the midst of a global catastrophe that nearly decimates the world’s population. Join the stars and producers as they provide details on the making of the series. In addition, fans will get to enjoy an exclusive sneak peek of the show.

1:45pm – 2:45pm
Room 6A

1:45pm Comic-Con How-To: Gray Scale Copic Markers

Adam Hughes will use the warm and cool gray Copic markers to render the tones on a drawing. Fellow artist Allison Sohn will narrate the process while Adam draws. Hughes has been working in comics for over 25 years. Some of his work from the past year includes a story in Batman Black and White as well as the covers to the Vertigo series Fairest and the Dark Horse series Rebel Heist.

1:45pm – 3:15pm
Room 2

2:00pm 1984′s Greatest Geek Movies: Big Brother Wasn’t The Only One Watching While Doves Cried

While Eurasia was still at war with Eastasia and Big Brother was watching you, some amazing movies slipped into cinemas and our panel of experts are going to wax on, wax off about the great geek year of 1984 as they look back at such films as The Terminator, Gremlins, Repo Man, Ghostbusters, Dune, Splash, This is Spinal Tap, Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, Star Trek III, Buckaroo Banzai, Body Double, The Karate Kid, Red Dawn, Night of the Comet, Once Upon a Time in America, This is Spinal Tap, and, of course, the incomparable Purple Rain. Celebrating the fact that they still love the ’80s will be Ashley E. Miller (Thor, new Terminator TV series), David E. Williams (editor,GEEK magazine), Robert Meyer Burnett (Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-rays), Marc Berandin (The Hollywood Reporter), Steve Melching (The Clone Wars, Transformers Prime), Joe Kraemer (Jack Reacher), and moderator Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, DOA: Dead or Alive). This panel is sure to get turned up to 11.

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 5AB

2:00pm Beyond Clichés: Creating Awesome Female Characters for Film, TV, Comics, Video Games, and Novels

Explore the past, present, and the future of female character creation for film, TV, comics, video games, and novels and examine the traps of common tropes, clichés, and stereotypes, while discussing how content creators can create wonderful, relatable, and realistic female characters with moderator Michele Brittany (West Coast Bleeding Cool News correspondent), Neo Edmund (Red Riding-Werewolf Huntress, Kaijudo Rise of the Duel Masters), Charlotte Fullerton (My Little Pony, Ben 10 Omniverse), Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Geek Nation), Marv Wolfman(Teen Titans, creator of countless comic book characters), Andrew Robinson (Kaijudo Rise of the Duel Masters, Rescue Bots), and Mairghread Scott (Transformers Prime, Rescue Bots).

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 28DE

2:00pm DC Digital: Download This!

DC Entertainment’s digital initiative has been a pioneer in digital comics. Get an exclusive look at the exciting series that make up the future of digital comics with the all-star talent behind them, including Ralph Garman (Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet), Marc Guggenheim (Arrow), Kyle Higgins (Batman Beyond), Kevin Smith(Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet), Cat Staggs (Sensation Comics), and others.

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 6DE

2:00pm Digital Color for Comics

In print or digital, comic books need color, but do you know how comic books are colored? Learn about the creative art of comic book coloring as Hi-Fi’s Brian Miller(DC’s weekly series Future’s End) and Kristy Miller (SpongeBob SquarePants) demonstrate step-by-step the 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. Followed by Q&A session.

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 30CDE

2:00pm Image Comics: I Is For…Infinity

The future of comics is bright, and Nick Dragotta (East of West), Rick Remender(Deadly Class), Richard Starkings (Elephantmen), Jason Latour (Southern Bastards),Stuart Moore (EGOs), and Ryan Burton (Dark Engine) are proof of that fact. Sci-fi, western, apocalyptic, kid-friendly. Realistic, cartoony, abstract, painterly. Anything goes in comics, and there are an infinite number of stories to tell.

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 23ABC

2:00pm Jules Feiffer Goes Noir

Oscar-Pulitzer-Eisner Hall of Fame winner Jules Feiffer turns to the noir genre with his new graphic novel Kill My Mother. Come hear a conversation with this comics pioneer who started with Will Eisner, went on to become one of the world’s most-read comic strip creators, and eventually conquered the Broadway stage and Hollywood. Now, preview his return to his first love with a daring new work that stretches his talent yet again. Questioning by comics historians Mark Evanier andPaul Levitz, as well as audience members.

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 9

2:00pm Pop Culture Happy Hour Podcast

National Public Radio’s lively weekly podcast began in 2010, co-created by NPRMonkey See writer-editor Linda Holmes and NPR Music writer-editor Stephen Thompson. Regular panelist Glen Weldon has kept comics commentary an essential ingredient, and Stephen’s mother (and Comic-Con Toucan blogger) Maggie Thompson has appeared on the show from time to time. Maggie’s Spotlight panel introduces the PCHH team to Comic-Con for a roundtable discussion.

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 32AB

2:00pm The 2000 AD Zarjaz Hour Featuring Judge Dredd

Superstar creators Jock (Batman), Chris Burnham (Batman), Henry Flint (Judge Dredd), and Michael Carroll (Jennifer Blood) are all here as the legendary British comic book kicks off San Diego with all the 2000 AD and Judge Dredd talk and games you can handle! Moderated by 2000 AD‘s Michael Molcher and definitely not for Thrill-suckers!

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 29A

2:00pm The Art of Big Hero Six

Walt Disney Animation Studios presents director Don Hall, producer Roy Conli, production designer Paul Felix and character designer Shiyoon Kim as they share the visual development of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ November 7, 2014 film,Big Hero 6. The action-packed comedy adventure tells the story of robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius – thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion – a robot named Baymax – and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name.

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 7AB

2:00pm Wander Over Yonder

Creator Craig McCracken and stars Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), April Winchell (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse), and Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) explore the wonders of Disney XD’s newest series Wander Over Yonder. Find out what’s in store for the friendliest face in outer space with exclusive clips from upcoming episodes and an audience Q&A. The panel will also feature sneak peeks of two new animated shows coming to Disney XD!

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 25ABC

2:15pm Blizzard Entertainment Showcase

Chris Metzen (Blizzard Entertainment SVP story and franchise development) and a team of esteemed Blizzard guests reveal next year’s lineup of never-before-seen loot! Interact with designers, writers, and artists as they dig into toys, books, collectibles, and more! Panel and Q&A moderated by Kim Phan (host of DirecTV’s BlizzCon coverage).

2:15pm – 3:15pm
Room 6BCF

2:15pm Greendale Forever: TV Guide Magazine’s Tribute to Community

Will “six seasons and a movie” come true? Has Greendale Community College been saved? What happens next to Jeff Winger and the study group? Moderator Michael Schneider, TV Guide magazine’s executive editor, joins Community creator Dan Harmon and members of the cast and producers as they recap last season (including Dan’s heralded return to the show) and discuss what the future holds for this fan-favorite comedy.

2:15pm – 3:15pm
Ballroom 20

2:30pm Comics Arts Conference Session #4: Teaching Critical Comics in an Era of Standardization and the Common Core: The Pragmatics of a Transformative Pedagogy

Antero Garcia (Colorado State University) and Peter Carlson (Green Dot Public Schools) provide educators with specific planning and facilitation strategies for using graphic novels and comics in the classroom to enhance student participation, academic discourse, and achievement. Rubrics, lesson plan templates, and instructional questions will be provided for attendees.

2:30pm – 3:30pm
Room 26AB

2:30pm ComiXology: Ask Me Anything

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! Learning everything from how to publish your own comic book through comiXology Submit to how to begin your own successful startup just like comiXology, from co-founders and panelists David Steinberger and John D. Roberts. Moderated by comiXology’s marketing & PR maven, Chip Mosher.

2:30pm – 3:30pm
Room 8

2:30pm Meet the Flintstones, Meet George Jetson: Hanna Barbera Beginnings

Wouldn’t it be great to be a fly on the wall in 1963 in Hanna Barbera Studios with three men who helped make it such an essential part of cartoon history? Comic-Con special guest animator Willie Ito gathers his friends and cohorts Tony Benedict(writer, Flintstones, The Jetsons) and Jerry Eisenberg (layout artist, Flintstones, Jetsons) to discuss what made early Hanna Barbera into the powerhouse of cartoon history it became. Moderated by Leslie Combemale (film artist advocate/owner, ArtInsights Animation & Film Art Gallery).

2:30pm – 3:30pm
Room 24ABC

2:30pm Spotlight on Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti

Comic-Con special guests Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti, the award-winning writers of Harley Quinn, Painkiller Jane, and owners of the multimedia company Paperfilms, sit down for a talk in an intimate, interactive panel, discussing their work and future projects inside and out of comics.

2:30pm – 3:30pm
Room 4

3:00pm Adobe Photoshop: The Artist’s Journey

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
Room 30CDE

3:00pm ComicBase User Group Meeting

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
Room 29A

3:00pm Gene Luen Yang in Conversation with Scott McCloud

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
Room 28DE

3:00pm I Can’t Write, I Can’t Draw, But I Love Comics!

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 byFast Company’s Susan Karlin.

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 9

3:00pm Illustrators of the Art Directors Guild

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
Room 23ABC

3:00pm Just What Does an Editor do?

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
Room 5AB

3:00pm NASA’s Next Giant Leap

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
Room 6A

3:00pm Outlander with author Diana Gabaldon

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
Horton Grand Theatre

3:00pm Paramount Pictures

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
Hall H

3:00pm The 2nd Annual Musical Anatomy of a Superhero: Bringing a Comic Book to Life

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
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

3:00pm The Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con: Positive Portrayals of Women in Pop Culture

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 (TheMarySue.com), Bryan Q. Miller (Batgirl), and Jennifer K. Stuller (Ink-Stained Amazon).

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 7AB

3:00pm The Writer’s Journey: Breaking into Comic Book and Hollywood Scriptwriting

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
Room 32AB

3:00pm When Magic & Myth Meet Main Street

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).

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 25ABC

3:15pm The Inspiration that Brought Far Cry 4′s Kyrat to Life and the Quest for Everest

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.

3:15pm – 4:15pm
Room 6DE

3:30pm Captain Action’s Con Custom Contest

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
Room 24ABC

3:30pm Comic-Con How-To: Introducing Maya 3 3D Modeling Software with Fella

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
Room 2

3:30pm DC Comics: Batman 75: Legends of the Dark Knight

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
Room 6BCF

3:30pm IDW Artist’s Editions

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
Room 4

3:30pm Teen Wolf

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
Ballroom 20

3:30pm That Again? Avoiding Repetition in Animated Features

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
Room 26AB

3:30pm The Sergio & Mark Show

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 newGroo 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 andStan Sakai and the world’s hardest-working colorist, Tom Luth.

3:30pm – 4:30pm
Room 8

4:00pm ASIFA-Hollywood: Animation in Video Games

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
Room 5AB

4:00pm Breaking into Comics and Staying In

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) andJoshua 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
Room 30CDE

4:00pm George R. R. Martin Discusses In the House of the Worm

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
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

4:00pm Insights for Independent Creators

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 Todayand 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
Room 32AB

4:00pm Kids’ Heroes, Capes, and Journeys: Does One Size Fit All?

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
Room 29A

4:00pm Putting the Epic in Epic Fantasy

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 byBrent Weeks (The Way of Shadows).

4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 25ABC

4:00pm Spotlight on David Lasky

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(ComicsReporter.com). A clip from the upcoming documentary Bezango, WA will be shown.

4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 9

4:00pm Star Trek at 50: From ‘The Cage’ to Today

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
Room 23ABC

4:00pm The 9th Annual All-Star Comic Book Podcasters Panel

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
Room 28DE

4:00pm VIZ Media

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
Room 7AB

4:15pm Skybound’s The Walking Dead

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.

4:15pm – 5:15pm
Room 6A

4:30pm Anime Programming in the U.S.

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
Room 26AB

4:30pm Creation of Creature

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
Room 24ABC

4:30pm Entertainment Weekly: The Visionaries

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
Hall H

4:30pm Marvel: Avengers & X-Men AXIS

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
Room 6DE

4:30pm Q&A: New York Times Bestseller, Gregg Hurwitz, Interviewed by Howard Chaykin

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
Room 4

4:30pm Thunderbirds at 50

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).

4:30pm – 5:30pm
Room 8

4:45pm Comic-Con How-To: Tips on pitching [Your Product/Yourself]

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
Room 2

4:45pm Hannibal: Embrace the Madness

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 starsCaroline 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
Ballroom 20

4:45pm The World of Capcom

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.

4:45pm – 5:45pm
Room 6BCF

5:00pm An Unofficial Look at the Final Middle-Earth Film: The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies

This is it, the final Middle-Earth movie from Peter Jackson and New Zealand. The staff of TheOneRing.net, 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
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

5:00pm Breaking Barriers: Transgender Trends in Popular Culture

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
Room 28DE

5:00pm Color Design in Comics

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
Room 32AB

5:00pm Costume Designer’s Guild: Costumes as a Career

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
Room 23ABC

5:00pm DC Comics-Master Class: Art History

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
Room 30CDE

5:00pm How to Kickstart Your Dream Like a Pro

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
Room 25ABC

5:00pm Spotlight on Eleanor Davis

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
Room 9

5:00pm Teaching Content Through Comics: Math, Science, and History

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
Room 29A

5:00pm The Fusion of Art and Style in Sunset Overdrive

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
Room 5AB

5:00pm Understanding Stories: The Making of a Graphic Novel

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.

5:00pm – 6:00pm
Room 7AB

5:30pm Cartoon Hangover: Bee and PuppyCat and Friends

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 writerMadeleine Flores. Cartoon Hangover will also present the upcoming short filmManly and a conversation with the creators Justin Moynihan and Jesse Moynihan. Moderated by Frederator’s VP of development, Eric Homan.

5:30pm – 6:30pm
Room 6A

5:30pm FUNimation Industry Panel

From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news and information from North America’s largest anime distributor-FUNimation.

5:30pm – 6:30pm
Room 24ABC

5:30pm Mad About MAD

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
Room 4

5:30pm Making a Living in Manga: In Japan!

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, www.jamieism.com), 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, MangaComicsManga.com).

5:30pm – 6:30pm
Room 26AB

5:30pm Pitch Your Comic to Mark Waid and Thrillbent

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!

5:30pm – 6:30pm
Room 8

5:45pm Witches of East End

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).

5:45pm – 6:45pm
Room 6DE

6:00pm A Universe of Terror Drawn to One Panel: Aliens, Predator, Prometheus, and Beyond

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 andJuan Ferrerya, reveal just what’s in store for this grand universe!

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 9

6:00pm Batman ’66

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
Hall H

6:00pm Breaking into Animation Writing

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
Room 32AB

6:00pm Childrens Hospital Special Video Presentation and Q&A

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
Room 25ABC

6:00pm Comic-Con How-To: Break into Digital Comics using the Motion Book Tool

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 includeDave Gibbons, Bill Sienkiewicz, Liam Sharp, Yuumei, and Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau.

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 2

6:00pm Figure Drawing for Popular Media

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
Room 30CDE

6:00pm geekEd. IV: A New Hope-Bringing Geek Back to Higher Education

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
Room 29A

6:00pm Goonies Never Say Die

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
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

6:00pm LGBT Geek Year in Review

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 withDiane Anderson-Minshall (The Advocate), Trish Bendix (AfterEllen.com), 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
Room 28DE

6:00pm Masquerade 101

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
Room 23ABC

6:00pm Showtime: Penny Dreadful

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
Ballroom 20

6:00pm Skylanders

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 takingSkylanders to a new level.

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 7AB

6:00pm The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels

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 Filoniand 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
Room 6BCF

6:00pm Vertigo: Defy Conventions

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!

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 5AB

6:30pm Firefly Online: Bringing Back the ‘Verse

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 composerDavid 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
Room 24ABC

6:30pm Indie Comics Marketing & PR 101

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 andChristine 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
Room 8

6:30pm Manga: Lost in Translation

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
Room 26AB

6:30pm What Video Games Can Teach

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, MMORPG.com, 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.

6:30pm – 7:30pm
Room 4

6:45pm Bad Hat Harry and Geek & Sundry Get Spooked Again!

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!

6:45pm – 7:45pm
Room 6A

7:00pm Everything Old Is New Again: The ’90s Live On!

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 Labamong many other totally rad ’90s toys and find out what Clinton-era toyline is now the “new Star Wars” for collectors! Moderator Daniel Pickett(ActionFigureInsider.com, 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
Room 29A

7:00pm Hip-Hop & Comics: Cultures Combining

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
Room 23ABC

7:00pm Inside the Voice Actors Studio

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
Room 30CDE

7:00pm PodCRASH with That Chris Gore Live

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
Room 25ABC

7:00pm Reinventing Horror

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
Room 5AB

7:00pm Scratch Lightning Strikes

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
Room 28DE

7:00pm The Scoop at Simon & Schuster

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) andChristian 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
Room 9

7:00pm World Building and Storytelling

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
Room 32AB

7:00pm WWE Studios and Lionsgate: A Look Behind the Horror of Leprechaun: Origins and See No Evil 2

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 2directors 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.

7:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 7AB

7:15pm Sharknado 2: The Second One

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.

7:15pm – 8:15pm
Room 6BCF

7:30pm Artist as Brand: Rise of the Artist Entrepreneur

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
Room 8

7:30pm Bride of Name That Movie!

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
Room 4

7:30pm Star Blazers 2199

The legendary Star Blazers series is coming back! Join the crew to learn more aboutStar 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
Room 24ABC

7:30pm The Lost 1978 Comic Book Documentary

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 ShowBehind 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.

7:30pm – 8:30pm
Room 26AB

8:00pm Del Rey: Robin Hobb

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
Room 9

8:00pm Freddy vs. Jason vs. Michael: Inside the Minds of Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Michael Myers

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
Room 7AB

8:00pm Horror Stories of Creating Comics: How to Produce Tricky Books

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
Room 30CDE

8:00pm Making It Happen: Independent Toy Design

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 (SpankyStokes.com) discuss toy production, brand development, and answer audience questions. Moderated by Ayleen Gaspar(Toy Break).

8:00pm – 9:00pm
Room 32AB

8:00pm Monkeybrain Comics: Digital and Beyond

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
Room 28DE

8:00pm Nerdist Science

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
Room 25ABC

8:00pm Psychology of Cult TV Shows

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
Room 23ABC

8:00pm Tournament of Nerds

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 – 9:00pm
Room 5AB

8:00pm Ric Meyers’ Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza

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!

8:00pm – 10:30pm
Room 6A

8:30pm Star Trek’s Ships of the Line

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
Room 4

8:30pm Storytellers with a Mission: The Bold Writers & Artists at Black Mask Studios

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 – 9:30pm
Room 8

8:30pm Comics on Comics LIVE!

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
Room 26AB

8:30pm Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Sing-Along

Join the fun and sing along as the California Browncoats screen Internet sensationDr. 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!

8:30pm – 10:00pm
Room 6BCF

9:00pm 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

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
Room 9

9:00pm Cartoon Network: Adventure Time Royal Ball

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 Timeepisodes, including a world premiere! But wait, there’s more: wear your favoriteAdventure 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!

9:00pm – 10:00pm
Room 7AB





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Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth Set for Global Launch on October 24, 2014‏


Today 2K and Firaxis Games announced that Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth will be released globally on Friday, October 24, 2014 for Windows PC. Fans who pre-order the game from participating retailers will receive the Exoplanets Map Pack at launch, which includes six custom maps inspired by real exoplanets. In addition, we are releasing a new narrated gameplay walkthrough video, as well as a behind the scenes look at the making of the game.

Previously only available to view live at E3, these videos provide a chance to see why Civilization: Beyond Earth won “Best Strategy Title” from the E3 Game Critics Awards. 
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BANZAI GIRL Graphic Novel Preview

Via press release:

FHM lingerie model-turned-comics-creator/writer/artist Jinky Coronado's BANZAI GIRL webcomic comes alive in a full-color graphic novel!


A dozen years ago, around the time Jinky moved to the USA, where she created, wrote, was cover model for, and drew -- with colorist Mike Kelleher and co-artist Wilson Tortosa -- the series BANZAI GIRL for Sirius Comics and, later, its sequel series BANZAI GIRLS for Arcana Studio.



More recently, Jinky resurrected BANZAI GIRL on Keenspot.com as a serialized webcomic!



Now:  Jinky is trying to collect my first BANZAI GIRL series into a big, beautiful, 160-page full-color graphic novel, using Kickstarter ( https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1395445173/banzai-girl-graphic-novel-volume-1-by-jinky-corona )  as a means and this is what she says about it herself: "Although I'm currently drawing PANDORA's BLOGS and EXPOSURE for Red Giant Entertainment and drew Meg Cabot's AVALON HIGH graphic novel series at HarperCollins, BANZAI GIRL is my personal project, full of Filipino culture and environments and even characters based on my own family.  I'm thrilled with the idea of bringing it back into print."



BANZAI GIRL - VOLUME 1

Format: Softcover Graphic Novel

Pages: 160 full color pages + Cover

Writer/Artist: Jinky Coronado (w/Wilson Tortosa)

What's it all about?  BANZAI GIRL's Jinky Coronado is a girl of three worlds; she just doesn't know it yet. Her nightmares of being both a Princess and a Future Freedom Fighter collide with her real-life as an Asian schoolgirl. Where her biggest obstacles should be homework, boys, and her Dad's new girlfriend, she is thrust into a world of monsters and madness. An alien invasion possessing her town's parents! Strange creatures known as the Duwende, the Kapre`, the Tikbalang, and the Manananggal! A schoolgirl-eating snake creature hidden beneath a shopping mall! Jinky becoming a model and recording star! And much more!
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Community Will Be Getting a Sixth Season on Yahoo Screen



Yes, Community will be back for a sixth season on Yahoo Screen. The show was cancelled by NBC in May. The show will be moving away from broadcast television to online video service. Which means, Dan Harmon will be able make the show a bit more mature humor-wise and no television censors. Here's what we know about the show: The season will be 13 episodes long, each episode will still remain the half-hour format, and stars Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Ken Jeong, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Jim Rash will return. All of this just awesome news and I personally can't wait!

For additional information check out the Wrap article here.


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There's a Leak at DC/Warner Bros. Both Flash and Constantine Pilots Out On Torrent Sites



So, within the last few weeks both CW's The Flash and NBC's Constantine pilots leaked online, a few months before their premieres in the fall. In both cases seems to be someone got their hands on promotional copies of both pilots and put them online for the world to see. Could it be someone from the press leaking the pilots? Someone from DC/Warner Bros. wanting to build interest for both shows before SDCC? Someone has a grudge with DC/Warner Bros. or who knows what's going on? This looks pretty bad for all parties involved with both shows. But hopefully this someone builds interest and momentum for these shows in the fall.
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12-GAUGE COMICS September 2014 Solicitations‏



SHERWOOD, TX #3 (of 5)
Written By: Shane Berryhill
Artist: Daniel Hillyard
Colors: Charlie Kirchoff
Covers A and B: Andrew Robinson
Price: $3.99, 24 pages

It's time to go on the offensive! Rob Hood and the Jesters hatch a plan to rob John Prince and free the kidnapped Mexican girls he and the Nobles have forced into their sex-slave business. Meanwhile, Maria puts her life on the line for Hood, doing everything she can to bring justice to the men who murdered his father.
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Guillermo Del Toro Announces Pacific Rim 2 For 2017 Along With More Comics And A Cartoon Series

Guillermo Del Toro Announces Pacific Rim 2 for April 7, 2017. Along with the announcement of the sequel, there will be a cartoon series coming out around the same time as the second film and a sequal to the Tales From Year Zero graphic novel. Zak Penn (The Avengers, X-Men 2) will be working on the script along with Del Toro. Check out the video below:

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PSYCHOSTICK Announce Blood, Guts, and Sprinkles Tour; Post 'Reading Rainbow' Cover; New Video‏

Via press release:



Wrapping up their 'Merica F*ck Yeah Tour' this week w/ Dog Fashion Disco and The Bunny The Bear, Psychostick are taking a break in July to reboot and get back on the road for a three week 'The Blood, Guts, and Sprinkles Tour' in August w/ One Eyed Doll and Wild Throne. The band will be premiering upcoming material  on the tour from their forthcoming fan funded album to follow up 2011's comedic adventure 'Space Vampires VS Zombie Dinosaurs in 3-D'.

Guitarist Josh 'The J' Key explains:

"The fan-funded studio we finished building is working out better than cheese on a nacho! We've been recording our new album, which we feel tops our last release (Space Vampires VS Zombie Dinosaurs in 3-D), so we have some new songs that we've been dying to play for people. We have still have many hands to shake and people to thank for donating to our successful Indiegogo campaign for our new recording studio / album."

'Merica F*ck Yeah Tour w/ Dog Fasion Disco, The Bunny The Bear
June 27 - Fubar - St Louis, MO
June 28 - Emerson Theater - St. Louis, MO
June 29 - Alrosa Villa - Columbus, OH

The Blood, Guts And Sprinkles Tour w/ One Eyed Doll, Wild Throne
August 15 - Newport, KY @ Thompson House
August 16 - Beckley, WV @ Muncheez
August 17 - South Bend, IN @ Cheers Pub
August 19 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
August 20 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
August 21 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
August 22 - Eau Claire, WI @ Hipps Pub-N-Grub
August 23 - Bismarck, ND @ Rise Festival - Missouri Valley Fair Grounds
August 24 - Williston, ND @ DK's Lounge
August 25 - Minot, ND @ The 'O'riginal Bar and Nightclub
August 26 - Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
August 28 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
August 29 - Pontiac, IL @ Freaksters Roadhouse
August 30 - New Albany, IN @ The Rustic Frog
August 31 - Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse at The International
September 02 - Raleigh, NC @ The Maywood
September 03 - Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
September 04 - Destin, FL @ Club LA
September 05 - Orlando, FL @ Bombshells
September 06 - Jacksonville, FL @ Aqua In the Roc Bar Room
September 07 - Tallahassee, FL @ Atmosphere


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REMINDER - MONTREAL - JULY 6 - ADRENECHROME Announce Ontario/ Quebec CHROMED Tour‏

Via press release:


L-R – (floor) Tim Kehoe – Guitar | Chris Friesen – Guitar /Vocals | Mike Van Dyk – Bass |  Matt Copeland – Drums (photo credit William Smart) 

Orillia, ON’s thrash progressive metal band ADRENECHROME has added more dates to their summer Ontario and Quebec CHROMED Tour, which includes supporting Threat Signal on June 28th in Kitchener, ON. (all dates listed below).

"ADRENECHROME is extremely proud to announce that after three month's of intensive "labour" [and 6 years in the making] we will be giving birth to a 13 day extended tour of madness and chaos across Ontario and Quebec. This "child monster" of a tour will be taking us from Sarnia to Quebec City, and all points between, wreaking new born rock'n'roll havok at every stop. Come join us as we show CANADA that we're a big boy band....and look out! cause this tour is leaving a trail of head's all over central CANADA :] much love all.....see you on the road." comments vocalist/guitarist Chris Freisen.

The tour is in support of forthcoming new material and their 2012 debut EP ‘Hideous Appetites’ that has garnered rave reviews from metal media and strong support from Canadian loud radio charts for its seven explosive tracks that blend innovative guitar shredding, furious operatic vocals, thundering drums and rumbling, gut-busting bass. 'Hideous Appetites' was produced by Darius Szcespaniak whom has engineered on such albums by SACRIFICE, SUM 41, BLACK CROWES to name a few. This beast truly stands out from the herd as Adrenechrome have crafted old school classic thrash to meet today’s modern prog evolution to bring back good ol’ fashioned face melting rock n’ roll that has lead them to share the stage with Corrosion of Conformity, Green Jelly, Ninjaspy, Manahan, The Isosceles Project, Caym, Exes For Eyes, Odium.

CHROMED TOUR DATES:

* = date change

# = date added

June:

June 27 - Windsor, ON @ The Dominion House Tavern

#June 28 - Kitchener, ON @ The Hive w/ Threat Signal

*June 29 - Hamilton, ON @ Doors Pub (moved from Club Absinthe on June 26)

June 30 - Toronto, ON @ Club 751

July:

July 1 - Oshawa, ON @ The Atria

July 2 - Belleville, ON @ The Belle Pub

July 3 - Quebec City, QC - Salle Unisson

July 4 - Trois Rivieres @ Rock Cafe Le Stage

July 5 - Brossard, QC - Tasty Fest 2014 @ The Tasty Hut

July 6 - Montreal, QC @ Piranha Bar

July 10 - Barrie, ON - Fox Lounge

July 11 - Orillia, ON @ Slaughter On The Water 2 on the Island Princess Cruise Ship at the Port of Orillia

July 12 - Guelph, ON - Van Gogh's Ear




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NoCleanSinging.com Premiere DISPLAY OF DECAY Title Track From Upcoming EP 'Outbreak of Infection'

Via press release:


60 Day Countdown Till The Outbreak Begins! August 26th!

L-R - Tyler Goudreau (Guitarist), Sean Watson (Guitarist), Avery Desmarais (Drums) – Credit – Kylee Thompson

     The countdown to the outbreak begins today as the human population wait for Display of Decay to reveal their newest EP 'Outbreak of Infection' set for official release on August 26th. The Edmonton, AB based corpses are spreading a taste of the infection with the help of NoCleanSinging.com premiering their latest single and the title track at the following link: http://www.nocleansinging.com/2014/06/27/an-ncs-premiere-display-of-decay-outbreak-of-infection/ 

“This EP is the catalyst for Display of Decay because we all put a piece of ourselves into these songs." comments guitarist Sean Watson.



Track Listing: Display of Decay - Outbreak of Infection
1. Born of Rot (3:37)
2. Manchurian Candidate (4:24)
3. Praise The Gore (3:30)
4. Outbreak of Infection (3:50)
5. Black Diamond (KISS cover) (3:13)

EP Length: 18:37

EP Teaser Video - http://youtu.be/fqkS5Hqvfuo


Display of Decay paint audiences a picture of a much darker and more hostile world than our own. Their gore-filled lyrics and rhythmic brutal death metal ring true throughout ‘Outbreak of Infection’. The band wraps up the EP with a KISS cover (Black Diamond), which showcases their dynamic influences and how they impact their song writing. The trio is slotted to play Loud As Hell in Drumheller, AB on Sunday, August 31st on the same day as Protest The Hero along with Alberta dates prior to the festival, which allows people to catch their EP live.

The ‘Outbreak of Infection’ 60 day countdown begins now!

Upcoming Show Dates:

July 17 - Calgary, AB - Dicken's Pub w/ Wilt, Bushwacker, Dethgod
July 18 - Edmonton, AB - DV8 w/ Death Assembly, Breaking Affliction
July 19 - Red Deer, AB - Slumland Theater w/ Cryptosis, Armifera, Morbidly Depraved, The Avulsion, Love & Lies, Grendel's Awakening
August 31 - Drumheller, AB - Loud As Hell Festival


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Jeffrey Brown's INCREDIBLE CHANGE-BOTS Are Back! ...Or Something

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It's been a while since beloved indie cartoonist Jeffrey Brown released his shape-changing robot parody Incredible Change-Bots and its hilarious sequel Incredible Change-Bots Two... In the meantime, he's gone and launched TWO best-selling Star Wars series for kids, Darth Vader and Jedi Academy! And now he's back, with the biggest Change-Bots book yet.

Collecting over 200 pages of rare "odds, ends, and missing parts," Incredible Change-Bots Two Point Something Something includes short stories, gallery art show pieces, game and toy designs, artwork created for fan club members, interviews with almost every Change-Bot, and more. Click here for a ten-page preview, and pre-order now with your favorite retailer!

Note: a limited HARDCOVER edition of Change-Bots Two Point Something Something is also available, exclusively from Top Shelf! Click here for details.



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Amigo Comics Solicitations For SEPTEMBER 2014


Rogues! Volume 3, issue #1 (of 5)

Author: El Torres
Artist: Juan José Ryp
Cover Artist:  Juan José Ryp (wraparound cover)

Intended Audience: Mature Themes
Genre : Fantasy
Format : Comic book sized, FC, 32 pages
Retail Price: $3,99

At last! The long-lost story where the Rogues were born, now remastered and with new-brand-extra pages. The first work of Juan José Ryp and El Torres with their creation, the Rogues!

Follow the first adventure of Bram and Weasel: A robbery to a nobleman went really well. Now they are the owners of an unique bright jewel... that everybody in Gerada, thiefs, soldiers and even mages want!



BEAST COMMANDOS #1 (OF 4) (MR)

Author(s): Roger Bonet
Artist(s): Roger Bonet
Cover Artist(s):  Diego Galindo

Item Code: JUL140782
In Shops: 9/24/2014
Intended Audience: Teen
Genre : Humor
Format : Comic book sized, FC, 32 pages
Retail Price: $3,99

If you think that White Sharks are bad, prepare yourself to meet DarkShark! A commando in a solo mission - hunting down Don Walrus the Narco, an evil drug lord and gun-addict - with a water gun, guy is in rehab. But Walrus controls the Duckong and brutal mercenaries! Did you miss all the gun-toting grim-and-gritty nonsense from the 90's? This is your book! Guns! Poaches! Grinned teeth! Duck shooting!



Roman Ritual  #1 (of 4)

Author: El Torres
Artist(s): Jaime Martínez, Diego Galindo
Cover Artist(s):  Áurea Muñoz, Diego Galindo

Intended Audience: Mature
Genre : Horror
Format : Comic book sized, FC, 32 pages
Retail Price: $3,99

A new horror miniseries by El Torres!

A murder involving a cardinal is shaking the Vatican, so cruel and vicious that goes far beyond any crime and conspiracy that may have taken place in the Vatican before. The self-exiled priest John Brennan is summoned to Rome as the boldest exorcist in the Church… because there is an ancient evil spreading inside the Holy See itself.

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Valiant Entertainment Promotes Executive Editor Warren Simons to Editor-in-Chief

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   Valiant Entertainment today announced that Executive Editor Warren Simons has been promoted to the position of Editor-in-Chief. Since joining Valiant as Executive Editor in 2011, Simons has overseen the relaunch of the resurgent publisher's comic book line with an array of best-selling, critically acclaimed series including X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Bloodshot, Archer & Armstrong, Unity, Rai, and more.

   In his new role as Editor-in-Chief, Simons will continue to preside over all day-to-day operations of Valiant's editorial department, and manage Valiant's growing editorial team. Additionally, Simons will also continue to edit a stable of Valiant's flagship series and special projects, including Rai, Unity, Harbinger, X-O Manowar, and this summer's Armor Hunters crossover event.


   Warren has been an enormous asset in Valiant's tremendous success. He's built one of the most talented rosters of creators anywhere in comics today, and has played an integral role in accomplishing the numerous critical and commercial successes that Valiant has achieved in a very short time," said Valiant Chairman Peter Cuneo.

   "Warren has played an essential part in making Valiant one of the most well-regarded and formidable publishers in the industry. Our exceptional success to date has built the perfect platform for future growth. We have even bigger plans for the next three years. The future is bright for Valiant and we're proud to have Warren playing an even bigger role," said Valiant CEO and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani.

   "Valiant is a company that was built and defined by some of the greatest visionaries in the medium, and it's an honor to be named Editor-in-Chief at this extraordinary publisher," said Simons. "It's an absolute privilege to work alongside such incredibly talented and dedicated colleagues and creators every day. In the last three years, the teams have helped fashion a new, bold voice in the industry, and 2014 is going to be an amazing year for Valiant and our fans. I'm energized and excited for what's on the horizon."

   One of the most critically acclaimed editors in the comic book industry today, Simons spent seven years at Marvel Entertainment, revitalizing some of the publisher's classic properties to great critical and commercial success. Simons' credits during this time included Invincible Iron Man, Thor, Daredevil, Immortal Iron Fist, and Sensational Spider-Man – titles which garnered numerous Eisner and Harvey Award nominations. 

   During his tenure at Valiant thus far, Simons' co-architected the hugely successful revival of the Valiant Universe – the third largest library of its kind in comics – beginning with X-O Manowar #1 by New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord in 2012. Selling in excess of 50,000 copies, the issue ranked as one of the year's best-selling new series from an independent publisher, and was followed in quick succession by the "Summer of Valiant" – a slate of new ongoing titles, including Harbinger, Bloodshot, and Archer & Armstrong, that each debuted to rave reviews and sold-out status. 

   After multiple awards and nominations, including a 2012 Diamond Gem Award for Publisher of the Year, Valiant forged even farther in 2013 with the debut of its first crossover event, Harbinger Wars, and the release of Unity #1 by writer Matt Kindt and artist Doug Braithwaite – the year's highest charting debut  issue from a non-premier publisher with sales in excess of 70,000 copies. Just this past May, Valiant followed up with "Valiant First" – an all-new line of titles led by the smash-hit ongoing series, Rai, and its biggest crossover event to date, Armor Hunters



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BREACHED Announce USA 'Piece By Piece Tour' In Support of Latest EP 'Left Behind'





   The fun loving, melodic rocking, heavy hitting Toronto, ON's BREACHED are proud to announce USA dates for the 'Piece By Piece Tour' in support of their latest EP 'Left Behind' with the title track circling the FM dial in both Canada and USA and recorded during last year's tour between the borders. A new music video for their track 'Piece By Piece' is also in the works and will be released at later date to be announced.

Vocalist Bobby Noakes comments:

"July 11th marks the start of the 'Piece by Piece' tour and for the first time, we are making an extended visit across the border. After playing in Long Island last summer, we knew we needed to return. We will be announcing a few more dates in the coming weeks and can't wait to hit the stage again! See you there." 

'Piece By Piece' Tour Dates:

July 11 - Rochester, NY @ Monty's Krown

July 12 - Orange, NJ @ Hat City Kitchen

July 14 - Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus

July 16 - Washington, DC @ The Electric Maid

July 17 - Fayetteville, NC @ Drunk Horse Pub

July 18 - Murrell's Inlet, NC @ Rockin' Hard Saloon

July 19 - Charlotte, NC @ Tommy's Pub

July 24 - New York, NY @ The Delancey

July 25 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Legendary Dobbs

July 27 - Buffalo, NY @ The Forvm

BREACHED's tight harmonies and nail-hitting screams combined with overdriven guitars, intricate tempos and powerful lyrics provide a unique blend that audiences can’t seem to get enough of and has the band winning over fans with their live shows across their home province of Ontario and beyond including this past April at Toronto's 102.1 FM The Edge Fred Fest with Hollerado and Pup. 'Left Behind' was released in October 2013 to follow up ‘Revolution Sessions’, an acoustic EP of their self titled debut that included a bonus stripped down cover of Alice In Chains' ‘No Excuses’ and was joined by a series of in-studio music videos.  




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JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER TAKES THE REINS AS BOTH WRITER AND ARTIST OF DAWN / VAMPIRELLA!‏

Via press release:



   Dawn/Vampirella #1 is the historic crossover series being released from Dynamite this September! Not only is this Dawn's FIRST ever crossover, but this series also celebrates the 25th anniversary of Dawn and the 45th anniversary of Vampirella! And as icing on the cake, this series is written and drawn by Dawn creator Joseph Michael Linsner!



   In Dawn/Vampirella #1, our story begins when the silver tongued demon Masodik tricks and kidnaps both Dawn and Vampirella. He tells these two "Bad Girls" they are the most beautiful women in all of the worlds. Their demon host demands a "cat fight" to see who is best suited to his purposes, but the ladies suggest something more feminine -- a storytelling contest. Together they take us to the bloody shores of Draculon, to post-apocalyptic New York and to worlds beyond imagination. Only Ravana knows what rewards and punishment await the winner and the loser in this duel of horror hostesses.



"Fans of good comics should love this book because I am giving it 200 percent," says writer/artist Joseph Michael Linsner. "I've been in the game for 25 years, so I've learned a thing or two. I'll be summoning all of my resources together to make this book rock. It's not going to be the ultimate "bad girl" comic, it's going to be a great comic with something in it for everyone."



"What a privilege it is for Joe (Michael Linsner) to work with us on Dawn's first cross-over ever," adds Dynamite CEO / Publisher Nick Barrucci. "To have that cross-over be with a character as iconic as Vampirella, and for Joe to make time in his schedule to both write and draw the series is just an incredible thrill!"


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DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI LEADS CREATIVE TEAM FOR EX-CON ONGOING SERIES!‏

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   Dynamite is proud to present the next book in a series of creator driven comics, featuring all new characters from the industry's best and brightest! Ex-Con is written by the acclaimed author Duane Swierczynski (Cable, Deadpool, Judge Dredd) - accompanied by the incredible art of Keith Burns! Single issues in this line will be priced at $2.99 MSRP, allowing fans the opportunity to affordably try all of the new series! And to help retailers stock up with confidence, each launch issue will be completely returnable! To sweeten the deal for fans and retailers alike, Ex-Con #1 will feature covers by fan-favorite Tim Bradstreet! Be sure to look for Ex-Con #1, coming this August to September and digital platforms!



   Ex-Con #1 begins in 1985 with L.A. con artist Cody Pomeray, who had a gift for looking inside a mark's soul with just a glance. But one fateful night, he targeted the wrong man -- and was sentenced to the most savage prison in California. Pomeray would have been beaten to death on his first day if not for the intervention of Barnaby Creed, the most powerful crime lord in the Southland. Now it is 1989 and Pomeray's out on parole, robbed of his special ability and tasked with doing Creed "a little favor." He has no idea he's just stepped into a long con, and this time, *he's* the mark!



   "Ex-Con is probably my first balls-out crime story for comics, as opposed to other comics that have had a superhero or science-fiction element to them," says writer Duane Swierczynski. "Granted, Cody has an ability that could be considered a superpower, but he's no hero, believe me. Fans who've liked my darker novels -- The Wheelman or The Blonde, for instance -- will feel at home in Cody's twisted little noir world."

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FRANK TIERI TAKES ON RED SONJA IN THE BLACK TOWER!‏

Via press release:

Join fan favorite writer Frank Tieri (SAVAGE WOLVERINE, DEADPOOL), artist extraordinaire Cezar Razek (RED SONJA/ WITCHBLADE), and captivating cover artist Amanda Conner (HARLEY QUINN), as they tell a decades spanning, mind-blowing tale that could spell the end for our favorite She-Devil with a Sword in Red Sonja: The Black Tower #1. Look for Red Sonja: The Black Tower #1 in stores and digitally this coming September!

In Red Sonja: The Black Tower #1, the question is posed; what is the Black Tower? What startling mysteries does it contain within its walls? And most shockingly...how will its very existence cause the death of Red Sonja?!

"Simply put, THE BLACK TOWER is an old fashioned mystery-and as we all know, everybody loves a mystery," says writer Frank Tieri. "In fact, I'd say at times, this story is more in line with a Stephen King story than your typical Sonja tale. The Tower just appears out of nowhere one day-nobody knows why, nobody knows how. People are scared, they're confused-and they start turning on each other. That's when Red Sonja enters the picture. And what she finds is mystery that will span decades, which will pit people against each other, that will cost many lives… including her own. Now, I think that's a story fans will want to see how it turns out, don't you? I like that she's this total bad ass-that she's the WOLVERINE of her world, that she's The Man With No Name-- but she's also a woman. Because you don't often see that. You don't often see it being a woman that walks into a bar and everybody tenses up, everybody pees their pants. And in Sonja's case, if you underestimate her, if you just dismiss her as ‘just a woman'-she's going to make you pay for it. And then some."

"Frank brings his rough and tumble writing to Red Sonja, to create a no-holds-barred adventures of thrills, twists and grit." - Joseph Rybandt, Dynamite Senior Editor

"Gail Simone's Red Sonja series has received so many accolades, we have been very selective about our Red Sonja series or specials," adds Dynamite CEO / Publisher Nick Barrucci. "But when Frank pitched this mini-series to me, I knew that this would be a perfect stand-alone mini-series. And having Amanda on covers is icing on the cake!"





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BIONIC WOMAN: SEASON FOUR #1 COMING THIS SEPTEMBER FROM DYNAMITE!‏

Via press release:

   Continuing from the TV series comes The Bionic Woman: Season Four! Jaime Sommers - THE BIONIC WOMAN - has earned a classic series continuation of her own, just as Dynamite has recently done so successfully with Six Million Dollar Man: Season Six! Written by Brandon Jerwa, with interior art by David T. Cabrera, The Bionic Woman: Season Four #1 features an eye-catching action-packed cover by Sean Chen and an Exclusive Photo incentive cover featuring Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers! Look for The Bionic Woman: Season Four #1 in stores and digitally this coming September!

   In Bionic Woman: Season Four #1, Jaime is trying to balance the hope of a normal life with that of a government agent...but when you work for the O.S.I., even a routine mission to Mexico can prove to be far more dangerous than anyone expected!

   "If you've never seen the show, or haven't read James Kuhoric's Six Million Dollar Man comic, you're still totally fine," says writer Brandon Jerwa. "Longtime fans won't be left out in the cold, though. The Bionic Woman: Season Four is a continuation of the classic TV series, so I'm definitely treating it as such in terms of continuity and thematic carry-through."

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Priest & Bright Return with Q2: The RETURN OF QUANTUM AND WOODY and THE COMPLETE QUANTUM AND WOODY CLASSIC OMNIBUS – Coming in October from VALIANT!‏

Via press release:

Valiant is proud to announce the release of Q2: THE RETURN OF QUANTUM AND WOODY #1 (of 5) on October 15th – the FIRST ISSUE of an all-new new mini-series reuniting legendary creators Christopher Priest (Black Panther, Deadpool) and M.D. Bright (Green Lantern, Iron Man) with the world's worst superhero team!

Set in the original series continuity, 20 years on from Quantum and Woody's last adventure, Q2 marks the beginning of an all-new chapter for one of the most acclaimed series and creative teams of the last two decades.

"As a longtime Quantum and Woody fan, this project is a dream come true, as is diving into the material and working with these amazingly talented creators," said series editor Alejandro Arbona. "Getting in all-new scripts and all-new art of the new adventures of Eric Henderson and Woody Van Chelton is surreal. Quantum and Woody are back!"

Whatever happened to the world’s worst superhero team? Twenty years past their prime, the unlikely crime-fighting duo known as Quantum and Woody (not a couple) have long since parted ways…until a middle-aged Quantum suddenly reappears with a brand-new teenage partner. Now Woody is out to break up the all-new, all-different Quantum and Woody and put an end to Quantum’s recklessness…just as Quantum takes on a life-or-death personal mission for national security. Can these former friends set aside their differences…and their age…and their numerous health difficulties…to join forces one last time without driving each other crazy?

Find out when the world's worst superhero team strikes back on October 15th in Q2: THE RETURN OF QUANTUM AND WOODY #1 (of 5)!

Q2: THE RETURN OF QUANTUM AND WOODY #1 (of 5)
Written by CHRISTOPHER PRIEST
Art & Cover by M.D. BRIGHT
$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE 10/15/14



Also hitting stores alongside Q2's first issue on October 15th, Priest and Bright's seminal run on Quantum and Woody's original series will be collected in its entirety for the first time anywhere in THE COMPLETE QUANTUM AND WOODY CLASSIC OMNIBUS! 

The first in a new line of oversized hardcover omnibuses re-presenting the most demanded series and runs from the Valiant archives, THE COMPLETE QUANTUM AND WOODY CLASSIC OMNIBUS hardcover will collect QUANTUM AND WOODY (1997) #0–21 and #32, THE GOAT: H.A.E.D.U.S. #1, and X-O MANOWAR (1996) #16 (guest-starring Quantum and Woody), the original backup stories from the QUANTUM AND WOODY trade paperback collections, and the never-before-collected story "Thunk" – plus a wealth of rarely seen sketches, character design, process art and promotional materials!



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JIM BUTCHER SIGNS DEAL WITH DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

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Dynamite Entertainment is pleased to announce its expanded agreement with New York Times Bestselling Jim Butcher to create two additional all-new original graphic novels based on The Dresden Files.

Dynamite published the best-selling Original Graphic Novel "Ghoul Goblin", an all-new, original story that takes place in the official continuity of the Dresden Files novels, subsequent to the events in the 2nd novel "Fool Moon", to critical and commercial acclaim in 2013.  The Ghoul Goblin gn was a top seller over the 2013 Holidays, and continues to move copies at a brisk pace online and in brick and mortar stores like Barnes and Noble.

Currently in the works is "War Cry" another original story taking place four months after the events depicted in Dead Beat, the 7th novel in the Dresden Files series. The first issue of War Cry ships next month, and the graphic novel will be published later this year.

Two more original Dresden Files graphic novels will be coming in 2015 and 2016.  The details around the creative teams and stories in each graphic novel will be announced at a later date.

"We're happy to see Jim Butcher and Dynamite developing more graphic novels together. Ghoul Goblin turned out terrific and it sounds like War Cry is shaping up to be a winner! We're excited to see what great stories these new projects will bring to Jim's fans," said Jennifer Jackson Vice President of Donald Maass Literary Agency and Butcher's literary agent.

"I couldn't be more pleased to announce our new agreement with Jim expanding our current agreement to release a trilogy of Original Graphic Novels," said Nick Barrucci CEO/Publisher of Dynamite.  "The response to Ghoul Goblin was incredible, and we expect the two upcoming graphic novels to build on our success.  Jim is a brilliant writer who knows both comics and prose, and has helped us by working hand in hand with Mark (Powers) to ensure that these are the best Graphic Novels available in both the comics fans and his prose fan base.  We look forward to continuing the series of Original Graphic Novels."

And be on the lookout for Skin Game, the latest Dresden Files novel, published by Roc Books and released to stores everywhere May 27th!



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DYNAMITE ANNOUNCES NEW, ORIGINAL MERCY THOMPSON GRAPHIC NOVEL PROJECT

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Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce its latest project with New York Times Bestselling author Patricia Briggs.  This brand new, original story based on her popular Mercy Thompson character and series of novels is in the works and coming your way soon!

This all new story is called "Hopcross Jilly".  In Hopcross Jilly, Mercy Thompson, shapeshifting coyote and member of the Tri-Cities werewolf pack, stumbles upon the buried bones of numerous dead children, and is soon hip deep in the mystery of a legendary fae--a mystery that could be the death of her!

Hopcross Jilly is an original story written by Patricia Briggs.  Writer Rik Hoskins is on board to script the comics, and Tom Garcia is delivering the stunning artwork to this new series.  The first issue of the 6-issue series is shipping monthly from Dynamite beginning in October, and will be available both digitally and in print.  The graphic novel collection will be published in 2015.

"Rik Hoskin, Tom Garcia and I have put together a creepy little tale for readers enjoyment," said author Patricia Briggs.  "Tom's art is just the right feel for this story and Rik shares my fondness for horror and humor.  It was a project that is better than any of us could have done alone.  I am delighted with the results."

Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci added: "Patricia is a fantastic writer who has woven an incredible tapestry within the world of Mercy Thompson.  The brand new story she laid out is fantastic and we're fortunate that she's involved every step of the way.  She hand-picked Rik (Hoskins) and Tom (Garcia) to help craft this incredible tale.  We're honored that Patricia is working with us to bring this new chapter in Mercy's life to her fans around the world."



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DYNAMITE ANNOUNCES DEAL WITH BRANDON SANDERSON FOR "WHITE SAND"

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 Dynamite Entertainment is pleased to announce its agreement with New York Times Bestselling Author Brandon Sanderson for a brand new project titled "White Sand."  Sanderson gained renown for his Mistborn series of novels and his work in completing Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time fantasy series.  His current YA series The Reckoners commenced in 2013 with Steelheart, a #1 NY Times Young Adult bestseller, and his most recent novel, Words of Radiance, was a #1 NY Times Hardcover Fiction bestseller, continuing his Stormlight Archive epic fantasy series.

A brilliant, new fantasy world, White Sand is split into two halves: on one side are the Daysiders, and on the other the Darksiders.  Daysiders have a unique ability to control and manipulate sand, bending it to their will to attack, or protect, as they wish.  Darksiders have their own unique abilities and culture, and must wear thick dark lenses while on the Dayside.  Generally speaking, Daysiders and Darksiders do not get along…and White Sand follows the adventures of one particular Daysider, a boy named Kenton.

The White Sand Graphic Novels are based on Brandon Sanderson's manuscript, and the graphic novels are the first published work to explore these worlds. As with Brandon's other fantasy novels, White Sand takes place in his larger universe called the Cosmere, where consistent rules and themes are followed.  The White Sand Graphic Novels will be as integrated into the Cosmere as any of Brandon's other novels with many "Easter Eggs" for Brandon's large fan base.

Dynamite plans to produce White Sand as a series of 3 original graphic novels, the first of which will be published in 2015.  Look for more details on this exciting new project later this year!

"So far this has been a fantastic experience. I'm super excited to be doing this. For years we've wanted to do a graphic novel of one of my books, but I dragged my feet because I knew that my fans would want something new, not just an adaptation of one of the stories they've already read. It took us years to find the right project, but we finally settled on White Sand, which is one of the books in the Cosmere that I haven't published yet. We'll be doing it exclusively as a graphic novel, and this is awesome. I love graphic novels, and I love the company Dynamite. We took our time finding the exact right product, which I can endorse enthusiastically. I've hand chosen the artist and the writer who will be working on this. I hope that you will all really love the product we're producing. I look forward to showing you White Sand, the graphic novel," said author Brandon Sanderson.

"I can't express how excited we are that Brandon is entrusting us with creating original gns from his manuscript," said Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci.  "It's an incredible responsibility, and we're working hard to execute the best trilogy of Graphic Novels possible.  As his fans know, Brandon's worlds are interconnected and build on each other.  His characters and universe truly are the ‘Marvel Universe' of prose.  This series of Graphic Novels continues to build on his mythos.  The best part, is that Brandon is completely vested in the project and overseeing it.  And we wouldn't have it any other way."



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In Search of Captain Crown: Interview with Tristan Roulot & Patrick Hénaff

Early this year CBNAH caught up with writer and artist duo of Tristan Roulot and Patrick Hénaff to talk about their two part book series The Will of Captain Crown, which was first published in France and successfully funded on Kickstarter for an English version of the comic. Both men are from France and are now currently living in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Captain Crown is something unique, it's a hard boiled pirate crime story about the death of Captain Alexander Crown and his will. His chief officer, Red is entrusted to reunite the five children of Captain Crown. In this interview, they talk about the comic, using Kickstarter, living in Montreal and much more!    



CBNAH: First off, how do you feel with the Kickstarter project in the last stage of sending out the rewards to the backers?

Patrick Hénaff: Well, we're pretty excited because we've been working on that for a few months now. Going through the campaign, it was very successful and sending out the final product, the book.

Tristan Roulot: That for us was our final sprint. The book is printed. We received it and are very content with the printing, the printer did a very well job, all that is left are the displays, the prints and little bonuses we promised to print. It is an end of a lengthy process.




CBNAH: Can you tell us the genesis of Captain Crown?

PH: It all started (it was the book in French) with me meeting Tristan. He had this story, he worked on the story long time ago, and tried it with another artist and never went through. When I moved into my own studio, I met with Tristan there and after awhile we wanted to do something together. He has this story with pirates that he told me about. We started to do a few pages and we sent that to the French publisher. The publisher was probably looking for that type of story. We signed the contract with them, very fast, and we started to work on the book right away.

TR: It was nice, I had arrived in Montreal, it had been five or six years, I went to a studio where Patrick and other comic book authors were at, and so Patrick and I, we thought about doing a project together, and for me being in North America, I had to do projects rather than comics, so I started proposing a story about Spider-Man, and, so one drunken night he asked why I proposed Spider-Man related things. He said, "I'm a Breton, my interests are boats, the sea, etc." And, well, there it was, a story of pirates was hatched, to which I replied "Sure". I had that story sitting inside my boxes for a very long time and so we went for it right after that evening. (laughs).

CBNAH: For those who didn't back the Kickstarter for the comic, what's the story of the comic?

PH: The story it's a little bit of a crime story set in a pirate environment. It's about an old sailor, an old pirate-- a legendary captain in the Caribbean. Who's killed and his second in command need to find all of the captain's children in order to give them the inheritance. Also, he has to unmask one of the children as the murderer of the father. He knows it's one of the children but doesn't know who. He has this double task to do in the comic.

CBNAH: Growing up were you either a big fan of Tintin or Spirou magazine?

PH: A little bit of both. I had a lot of them. My father used to collect them, so I had piles of both of those magazines. I also read those old style European, Belgium comic books and I learn to draw from them. And I was reading a lot of American comic books that were available in France at that time. But I had piles of Spirou at home, like the old ones from the 60s and 70s.

TR: I discovered Tintin when I was 16-17 years of age. My father bought a lot of comics, and that's what I read instead of magazines, there were tons of comics, piles and piles of them. I rather Tintin than Spirou, when it comes down to reading Tintin remains immortal.

CBNAH: What was your favorite strip from each magazine?

PH: Favorite one? They were a lot of great titles from both magazines. I used to like Gil Jordan. A lot of those titles are totally forgotten now. Too different kind of art that I do now, things like that I appreciate still.

TR: Something I read at the time and still read with great pleasure is Thorgal. Anything writer Jean Van Hamme does, I'm big fan of his work.



CBNAH: Who were your main influences growing up?

PH: Pretty much all the great talents that worked for both magazines.

TR:I had told you about Jean Van Hamme. He's a big influence because he is the best in France in terms of scenario, in technical scenario, meaning the narration is very precise, very condensed. He knows everything. The dialogues are complete, nothing gets disposed, it's perfection. So, Van Hamme, or else I'd say Alan Moore, he has a philosophical and social dimension. Alan Moore is in my opinion number one, and has been for a long time.

CBNAH: How's life living in Montreal compare to France?

PH: It's strange because I didn't do the transition from France to Montreal. I used to live in Alberta for about six years and then moved from Alberta to Montreal. So the transition was from the west of Canada to the east of Canada. I had my cultural shock while living in Alberta, and it wasn't all that different here(Montreal). I never been an artist in France, so I have no idea what's it like to be a comic artist in France.

TR: For me, it's very different because I had done a tour of Quebec, and I had plans of moving from France. I arrived in Montreal and found it absolutely incredible, the type of mix between the American and French culture, the people of Quebec have a really interesting culture, as well as a very interesting energy, an energy we may not have enough of in France. However, what hasn't changed for my career is that the culture in France is subsidized, which means that every single festival takes tremendous care of the authors, they go to big restaurants, big hotels, etc every weekend. They visit the castles! Here, on the contrary, during the Comiccons, the authors pay for their tables, they are the traders of their work. That's a big difference, in comparing the statuses of authors and artisan author...The kind of mix where you have to sell your production. It's very different.



CBNAH: Were there any doubts for starting a Kickstarter for Captain Crown?

PH: Yes, there were a lot of doubts of doing the Kickstarter at every stage. We did the Kickstarter campaign if there was some sort of interest for this type of title. We weren't sure at all if anyone wanted to fund this comic. Once we reached our stretch goal, our next thought was how to present a good looking book.

TR: The campaign was a real roller coaster. It did not stop from the beginning. You see the first 100$, 200$, 300$. We got up to 1000$ and still needed to gain 6000$. You tell yourself that you'll never make it and that there's only 30 days left. At the end of day 8 or 10 we had practically arrived at 5000$ or 7000$, and, once again, you tell yourself "Ouf, it's happening." and it continues. And, it happened again at day 10 or 12, and, reaching the three last days it was at around 15 000$. There's something extreme towards the end, you are immensely psychologically exhausted, it's that intense.  It requires a ton of work, to question and ask what we have to put as a new objective for the campaign, to keep things rolling and active, and what we would do differently, but overall it is amazing. For me, it's completely unexpected. We didn't know what was going to happen.

CBNAH: Will you do a Kickstarter for any of your previous works?

PH: Well, we're going to do a Kickstarter for the second volume of Captain Crown in the same exact model. We're hoping to be as successful as the first one. Going to plan that campaign around spring or in the summer. Also, we already kept the rights for North America on our current three book series called Hedge Fund, which deals with banks and the financial crisis of 2008. And by contact we kept all of the rights so we can do the same thing like Captain Crown. But for the future that's the plan to keep on doing this.

TR: Well, indeed, it is true that Kickstarter reaching the American continent is an absolutely amazing solution for us Europeans. Effectively, we have our public in Europe, and yes, the news for a new series is accurate, now that we can negotiate the contracts - we keep the American rights, as well as our chances, and introduce our work...Kickstarter is very interesting...I see no other way to commence it for the moment because we're not only talking about translation, we're talking about completely reformatting the album into a comic, it takes a lot of time, it needs funding...We cannot do it on our own, we need funding!

CBNAH: Has any North American publishers got in contact with you to publish Captain Crown?

PH: No, not yet. But once we got the two books, we're definitely going to send it out to all of the different publishers to see if there's an interest. Maybe or maybe there will be and if not the book still exists.

TR:  We went...In its inception, actually, when we imagined doing this translation, we had gone to check out Comiccon in New York to see if there was a possible interest and well we spoke to them about a story of pirates in theme of an Agatha Christie crime story and they asked if there were any zombies in our pirate story, so we very quickly noticed that they were a little skeptical in comparison to European productions, we had mentioned that the story had a historical background and it frightened them, they were maybe scared it would be a little boring, that is why we started Kickstarter. What is certain is that the books made by Kickstarter can't be found anywhere else, even if we go to another editor where we will consider a do-format graphic novel compiling the two books into one, but the object book offered by Kickstarter's backers will however be a specific kind.

CBNAH: Any upcoming Con appearances?

PH: We're going to do that. First one will be at the one in Montreal in the fall. We're going to contact someone from the con to see if we can get a table there.

TR: Yes, it's going to be really interesting to meet and get feedback from our readers. There will definitely be a return. We sent Captain Crown's PDF about a month and a half ago and we already have very pleasant replies, but it will be interesting to see once people have the physical copy of the book in hand.

CBNAH: Where you do see yourselves in three to five years from now?

PH: That's a very good question. I would like to have the answer for that (laughs). We're working on Hedge Fund at the moment and it's going to be done around 2015. And after that, I'm going to be unemployed (laughs).

TR: I heard about a reward. I don't know, it interests me (laughs).


Special Thanks to Lori T. for helping out on this interview.

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FREE DOWNLOAD - EXPAIN Offer 'Aggressions Progression' On SMNNEWS From Upcoming Album 'Just The Tip'‏


FREE DOWNLOAD ALERT! That's right! The guys in Vancouver, BC's comedic blenders of tech/prog/thrash/jazz metal EXPAIN (formerly known as The Almighty Excruciating Pain) have teamed up with SMNNEWS.com for an exclusive FREE DOWNLOAD of their new track 'Aggressions Progression' from their forthcoming debut album 'Just The Tip' set for official release on Tuesday, June 24th.



In additional news, EXPAIN will be performing at this year's Vancouver concert promoter The Invisible Orange's 5th anniversary metal cruise on May 31st.


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Top Shelf joins Humble Bundle: Pay what you want for DRM-free WIZZYWIG, FROM HELL, and MARCH!‏

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We at Top Shelf Productions are very pleased to partner with the team at Humble Bundle to offer several of the comic industry’s most acclaimed graphic novels, completely free of DRM restrictions, as part of “Humble eBook Bundle IV.” For the next two weeks, customers can name their own price for the bundle, which marks the first ever DRM-free release of Wizzywig by Ed Piskor and From Hell by Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell, plus March: Book One, the award-winning civil rights graphic memoir by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell.

Those three titles alone are worth a cover price of $70, but the eBook Bundle also features work by many other authors, including George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Terry Goodkind, and Yahtzee Croshaw. What's more, this project serves as a fund-raiser for both Doctors Without Borders and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Upon purchasing the bundle and choosing how much to pay, customers can select how they’d like the funds to be split among the books’ creators, the two charities, and a “tip” for the Humble Bundle team.

For more details and to name your own price for these outstanding books, visit Humble Bundle now! The promotion ends after two weeks, on June 11th.


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First Look: July's Massive HARBINGER #25 Anniversary Spectacular Adds VIVEK J. TIWARY, JANET LEE, LEWIS LAROSA, and More to All-Star Line-Up!

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Hot on the heels of this month's X-O MANOWAR #25, Valiant is gearing up to celebrate yet another precedent-setting milestone for the most daring and real team of teenage superheroes in comics today – the Harbinger Renegades!

Just as "DEATH OF A RENEGADE" steals one of the team away in today's HARBINGER #23, Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of HARBINGER #25 – July's oversized, 48-page anniversary spectacular, capping off the first two years of Joshua Dysart's widely acclaimed vision of superpowers in the real world, and a direct introduction to a bold new year of Harbinger beginning with August's HARBINGER: OMEGAS #1 (of 3)!

Joining previously solicited creators Joshua Dysart (Harbinger Wars), Khari Evans (Archer & Armstrong), Dan Goldman (Red Light Properties), Justin Jordan (The Strange Talent of Luther Strode), Barry Kitson (Empire), Lucy Knisley (Relish: My Life in the Kitchen), Rafer Roberts (Carpool Buddies of Doom), and Riley Rossmo (Bedlam), Valiant is proud to add all-new contributions from New York Times best-selling writer and Eisner nominee Vivek J. Tiwary (The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story), Eisner Award-winning artist Janet Lee (Return of the Dapper Men), and acclaimed artist Lewis LaRosa (Punisher MAX) to the all-star line-up for HARBINGER #25!

Discover a definitive new vision of what superhero comics can be right here with an all-new climax to "DEATH OF RENEGADE" by the original series creative team of Joshua Dysart & Khari Evans, plus a never-before-seen exploration of the past of troubled runaway superhuman harbinger Peter Stanchek with a new tale from Vivek J. Tiwary & Janet Lee. Plus: the origin of Peter Stanchek and the Renegades by Joshua Dysart & Lewis LaRosa; Zephyr's first solo outing by Lucy Knisley; the complete cast of Harbinger universe by Barry Kitson; a new short story by Justin Jordan & Rafer Roberts; and much, much more!

A Renegade has fallen and, now, there is no turning back. Stripped of his allies and all sense of self-preservation, the world’s most powerful “harbinger,” super-powered billionaire Toyo Harada, is about to inflict a terrible reckoning on a world he thought he could control…and everything we thought we knew will be forever changed in its wake.

On July 16th, the future of Harbinger starts here with a star-studded, 48-page anniversary milestone – packed with brand new contributions from an all-star cast of creators and shocking new revelations about the fate of Valiant’s acclaimed teenage superteam! Featuring covers by Mico Suayan, Jenny Frison, Lucy Knisley, Sean Chen, and Barry Kitson, don't miss a pivotal turning point for the series that The Onion/A.V. Club calls “the crown jewel of Valiant’s lineup,” only in HARBINGER #25!


HARBINGER #25 (ANNIVERSARY SPECTACULAR!)
Written by JOSHUA DYSART with VIVEK J. TIWARY, JUSTIN JORDAN, and LUCY KNISLEY
Art by KHARI EVANS with JANET LEE, DAN GOLDMAN, RAFER ROBERTS, BARRY KITSON, RILEY ROSSMO, LUCY KNISLEY, and LEWIS LAROSA
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN (MAY141659)
Cover B by JENNY FRISON (MAY141660)
Variant Cover by LUCY KNISLEY (MAY141661)
Throwback Variant by SEAN CHEN (MAY141662)
Variant Cover by BARRY KITSON (MAY141663)
$4.99/T+/48 pgs.
ON SALE 7/16/14 (FOC – 6/23/14)



   
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Montreal Thrashers MUTANK Announce Festival Dates in Quebec, Newfoundland; New Video ‘The Heavy Hand of The Doomsday Clock’

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Montreal, QC thrash band MUTANK are proud to announce they will be performing a series of festival show dates this summer that includes a stop at the 709 Metal Fest in St. John’s, Newfoundland, which includes headliners Havok. MUTANK will be on tour in support of their latest release ‘M.E.C.H. Metal’, which is available as a pay what you want download on bandcamp http://mutankthrash.bandcamp.com/ plus audio cassette.

MUTANK vocalist / bassist Stephen Reynolds comments:

“Hey thrash addicts we are back at it. Mosh in horror as MUTANK enters your vicinity and leaves you with an affinity for warp-speed heavy metal. Catch us this summer at the following dates, including shows with Havok in St. John’s, NL!”

Show Dates:

May 28 – Katacombes – Wacken Metal Battle Canada Semi-Final – Montreal, QC

June 14 - Vieux St. Paul – Repentigny, QC w/ Warsenal

July 4 – Rockhouse – 709 Metal Fest – St. John’s, NL w/ Havok

July 5 – The Deck – 709 Metal Fest – St. John’s, NL (two shows: Early Show TBA and Late Show TBA)

July 12 – Samstock – St-Liguori, QC w/ Warsenal, Vicious, Venomenon

Aug 22 – Trailer Thrash Fest – Saint-Pie, QC w/ Reanimator, Eternal Judgment, Death Lullaby, Venomenon, Dissension and more!

Music Video – The Heavy Hand of The Doomsday Clock’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNjbkeCtUjs





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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel - PAX East 2014 Narrated Gameplay Walkthrough

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2K and Gearbox just released a narrated gameplay walkthrough of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel based on their PAX East presentation, which gave fans a closer look at the all-new Borderlands set on Pandora’s moon. The 15 minute co-op walkthrough is narrated by James Lopez of Gearbox Software and Joel Eschler of 2K Australia and is from the POV of Athena the Gladiator with Wilhelm the Enforcer joining her in battle as the main co-op player. Also, make sure to look out for a special cameo from the one and only Claptrap the Fragtrap!





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Edgar Wright Leaving Ant-Man

Shocking news coming out today that Edgar Wright is dropping out of the Ant-Man movie. Here's from the official statement:

Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on ANT-MAN due to differences in their vision of the film. The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly.

So, what happened between Marvel and Edgar Wright? Who will be the new director? Hopefully we'll get some news on this situation between now and around SDCC.

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2K and Turtle Rock Studios Announce Release Date for Evolve: October 21, 2014‏

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2K and Turtle Rock Studios today announced that their highly anticipated multiplayer shooter experience Evolve™ will be released globally on October 21, 2014 for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and PC.

All those who pre-order Evolve from participating retailers will receive the Monster Expansion Pack, which includes the Savage Goliath skin at launch, and a new monster character when available after the release of the game.



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CHARIOTS OF THE GODS Comment On Departure of Vocalist and Drummer; New Members To Be Added To Line U‏p


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   Touring Eastern Canada aggressively over the years plus their first international tour in Cuba for the 'Brutal Winter Fest Tour' in December of 2013 in promotion of their debut album 'Tides of War', Ottawa, ON melodic death thrashers Chariots of The Gods  are announcing the departure of vocalist Renaud Jobin and drummer Richard O'Neil plus addressing new members to line up.

In a statement posted on their facebook, COTG comments: (french translation follows)

"As some of your might have heard, Chariots of the Gods recently parted ways with 2 of its members. Both Renaud Jobin and Richard O’Neil will no longer perform their respective vocal and drumming duties for us. There is no denying the great contribution that these two individuals have brought to our development as a group and to our music. We wish them nothing but luck and success in their future endeavours and we will be supporting them all the way through.

That being said, people, cheer up ; this is NOT the end for Chariots of the Gods! We are carrying on throughout these difficult times and rebuilding ourselves to come back stronger. We even have some big announcements coming soon!!

Once again, we thank all our fans and friends out there who are supporting us, in hope that they will continue to do so. We will be coming back with new members and with them we will create new music and a new era for Chariots of the Gods.

Thanks to every past members of Chariots for their great contributions on so many levels.

TO BE CONTINUED!!


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New Batman vs Superman Photo

Today, Zack Snyder on his Twitter account released a brand new image of the Batmobile with Batman standing next to it:


The batsuit looks great and is a cross between Batman: Earth One and The Dark Knight ReturnsBatman vs Superman aka Man of Steel 2, which will open up against Captain America 3 on May 6, 2016. Tell us what do you think of the new Batman suit and Batmobile? 

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Borderlands Animated Short Films Now Available‏

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Three all-new animated short films set in the popular Borderlands universe are now available for free on Machinima’s YouTube channel. The student-made shorts are a result of an exciting partnership between The Academy of Art University in San Francisco, video game publisher 2K, and the developer of the Borderlands franchise Gearbox Software. Through a project that began in March 2013 called Borderlands Cooperative, students at the Academy of Art experienced once-in-a-lifetime career development opportunities, and a chance to jump-start their careers in the video game industry with internships at 2K.

You can watch/embed the three shorts here:
Loose Cannon Claptrap: http://youtu.be/3pamsKbpglg
The Darkest Day: http://youtu.be/pEFhaop5u2E
Bride of Frankentrap: http://youtu.be/BQ2coXaTM8Y

Additionally, you can go behind the scenes of these short films to see how they were made in The Art of the Game, a feature-length documentary that not only follows the students from the Academy of Art, but explores the passion, creativity, and change taking place in interactive entertainment, and its oftentimes misunderstood artistic culture. The Art of the Game features insight into the medium from some of the video game industry’s top talent, including Sid Meier, Randy Pitchford, Jake Solomon, Anthony Burch, Mikey Neumann, and many more.

You can watch/embed The Art of the Game here: http://youtu.be/-aiBSNumx0A



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Bloody-Disgusting Exclusive Album Stream PSYCHOTIC GARDENING 'Hymnosis'; New Music Video 'Origin Of The Infection'

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Winnipeg, MB death metal band Psychotic Gardening is creeping closer to the release date of their new album 'Hymnosis' out on Tuesday, May 13th. Teaming up with Bloody-Disgusting.com, the band is exclusively streaming the album at the following link.

Album Stream - Psychotic Gardening - 'Hymnosis' - http://bloody-disgusting.com/exclusives/3292975/psychotic-gardening-hymnosis-exclusive-album-premiere/ 

Guitarist Andrew Wiens comments on the album:

“What we do is instinctual. We write for ourselves, to appease our own desire for music and art, it’s what motivates us. We rely on our own instincts and trust that what works for us will work for our fans. We believe in dynamics, that the juxtaposition of our faster songs with our slower songs lends power to our music. I’d like to think that HYMNOSIS takes you on a musical journey, through peaks and valleys - metaphorical musical textures - so that at the end of the day, you’re affected by this as a collective work.”

The band returns in 2014 with new material and the return of Chuck Labossiere after he filled in with Broken Hope for tour dates in Europe and Canada. The album is the follow up to 2011's 'Humanitorium' and 2007's debut ‘Hürdür’ and features nine heavy hitting assaults sure to bang skulls with its full-throttle, go-for-the-throat execution of doom and black metal. In this release the band digs into its death metal roots for a concoction of their most vicious material while still hammering down on doom-laden monster riffs.

Psychotic Gardening will also be holding an album launch in their hometown of Winnipeg, MB on May 9th at The Zoo with local support from Endless Chaos and Entity. Show Details:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1514897748737555/

Winnipeg CD Launch - Promo Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0foeQI9BRMM

Upcoming Show Dates:

May 9 -  The Zoo - Winnipeg, MB (CD Release Show) w/ Endless Chaos and Entity
May 23 - The North Hill Inn - Brandon, MB
May 24 - The Exchange - Regina, SK w/Planet Eater & Psyborum
June 14 - Farmageddon Open Air @ Sniper Paintball Field - Tofield/Ryley, AB





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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. III: Century - Hardcover!

From the press release:


The wait is over! Five years after Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill first brought their famous League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series to the trans-Atlantic partnership of Top Shelf (US) & Knockabout (UK), we're officially opening pre-orders for our most requested item: the collected "Century"!
This 256-page hardcover, scheduled to stores in July 2014, will collect all three installments of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. III: Century. Spanning the League's adventures in 1910, 1969, and 2009, this metafictional epic sees Mina Murray and her dwindling allies race across time to prevent an apocalyptic conspiracy, while the world they once knew crumbles around them. Woven throughout, of course, are countless colorful characters from 100 years of British popular culture, from Marxist opera to reality television, pulp fiction to experimental film, and even a touch of rock 'n' roll.
Discover the saga CBR called "arguably one of the greatest comics of all time"!
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol III): Century - HARDCOVER
by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill
-- 256-page full-color hardcover with dust jacket
-- 6 5/8" x 10 3/8"
-- ISBN 978-1-60309-329-3
-- Diamond order code: MAY14-1615
-- For mature readers (18+)
-- $29.95 (US)
-- Co-published by Top Shelf Productions (US) and Knockabout Comics (UK)
-- Pre-order now for release in July!
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Justice League Movie Will Be Directed By Zack Snyder, With Shazam, Metal Men, 100 Bullets and Fables Films Planned



It's finally official with The Wall Street Journal broke the news last night. Zack Snyder will be directing  Justice League after Batman/Superman:

First came “Man of Steel.” Next up is “Batman vs. Superman.” And then, “Justice League.”

Confirming the studio’s plans for a movie based on its iconic super-team for the first time, Warner Bros. president of worldwide production Greg Silverman said the studio has set plans to make a “Justice League” movie.

Like “Man of Steel” and its follow-up, which starts production next month, “Justice League” will be directed by Zack Snyder. Henry Cavill is expected to return as Superman, along with Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot, who play Batman and Wonder Woman, respectively, in 2016’s “Man of Steel” sequel tentatively titled “Batman vs. Superman.”

“It will be a further expansion of this universe,” said Mr. Silverman. “’Superman vs Batman’ will lead into ‘Justice League.’”

A script is still in development and Warner has not set a release date, though the movie is unlikely to come out before 2018. Mr. Silverman would not comment on what other heroes might join Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman in the movie. However the studio has recently been casting the role of Cyborg, a half-robotic hero who is expected to have a cameo in “Batman vs. Superman” and then appear in “Justice League.” Other DC heroes who have been in Justice League comic books include Aquaman, Flash and Green Lantern.

Also announced in the article is that Warner Bros. will be making films based on Shazam, Metal Men, 100 Bullets and Fables:

Warner Bros. has several other movies in development unconnected to the Justice League that are based on DC superheroes and fantasy and crime titles from its Vertigo line of genre comics, said Mr. Silverman and Toby Emmerich, president of Warner’s New Line Cinema label. They include “Shazam,” “Metal Men,” “100 Bullets,” and “Fables.”

All four of those properties have been in development by WB for years now. But the most confusing part of the article is that Shazam and Metal Men won't be connected to the DC Cinematic Universe, which is odd because these character have played huge roles in the DC comics universe for years. I don't know if this could be a misquote or the people at WB have a different vision on using these intellectual properties. I'll guess we have to wait and see at SDCC for any furthermore announcements.


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New Evolve Trailer Showcases 4v1 Action from All Five Perspectives‏


From the press release:

2K and Turtle Rock Studios are proud to release the “Evolve – 4v1 Interactive Trailer.” In this trailer, viewers can switch between six channels to view the entirety of an Evolve match from whichever perspective they choose: Griffin the Trapper, Markov the Assault, Hank the Support, Val the Medic, the Goliath monster, or a sixth channel combining all five perspectives and featuring commentary by Aaron “Ayesee” Chambers and Chris Ashton, co-founder and design director at Turtle Rock Studios. To experience the full “Evolve – 4v1 Interactive Trailer”, visit http://youtu.be/m97O1dQAyhc.

To download the sixth channel featuring commentary by Aaron "Ayesee" Chambers and Chris Ashton, please visit the 2K Press Hub at https://www.2kpresshub.com/login or download it here: https://www.hightail.com/download/elNJNHA1MGt5UkV3anNUQw

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VALIANT Reveals World's Largest MEGA-COVER for ARMOR HUNTERS – Limited to Six Participating Retailers!‏


The summer's biggest crossover event is about to get even bigger! 

Valiant is proud to announce the ARMOR HUNTERS 18-PART MEGA-COVER – a limited edition, one-of-a-kind interlocking cover divided across all 18 issues of ARMOR HUNTERS, this summer's hotly anticipated crossover event featuring X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, the Unity team, and many more of Valiant's most formidable heroes. 

Featuring a colossal, four foot tall by two-and-half foot wide cover image by heat-seeking rising star Diego Bernard (X-O Manowar, Red Lanterns), the ARMOR HUNTERS 18-PART MEGA-COVER is the biggest comic book cover ever attempted in the history of the medium, and will span all issues of the ARMOR HUNTERS crossover event beginning this June – ARMOR HUNTERS #1-4, UNITY #8-11, X-O MANOWAR #26-29, ARMOR HUNTERS: BLOODSHOT #1-3, and ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER #1-3. 

Spotlighting each of Valiant's greatest heroes – and a few select classified recruits – as they combat the ARMOR HUNTERS' brutal invasion of Earth in search of the X-O Manowar armor, this is the only place to witness the true size and scale of the Hunters' deadliest asset – the gigantic alien robot simply called GIN-GR.

"As soon as we saw Clayton Crain's amazing character designs for GIN-GR, and the rest of the Armor Hunters, we knew that this was going to be an enemy and a crossover unlike anything else in comics. But we also wanted to present it in an equally bold manner on the shelf. When it comes to the biggest story that Valiant has attempted to date, what could be more appropriate than the world's biggest cover?" said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce.

Available in limited quantities per issue, each component piece of the ARMOR HUNTERS 18-PART MEGA-COVER will be available exclusively from these six participating retailers nationwide:

DCBS
customer.service@dcbservice.com
10202-C Coldwater Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Graham Crackers Comics
At all 9 locations in Illinois!

Laughing Ogre
At all 3 three location in Virginia and Ohio!
(703) 437-9530
(703) 250-6479
(614) A-MR-OGRE

M & M Comic Service
830-438-6131
service@mmcomics.com
3128 Hidden Haven
San Antonio TX, 78261

Midtown Comics
info@midtowncomics.com
212-302-8192
800-411-3341

Mile High Comics
back_issue@milehighcomics.com
1-800-676-6423
(303) 455-2659
4600 Jason Street, Denver CO, 80211 

In the tradition of the universe-shaking HARBINGER WARS, the year's can't-miss crossover event begins in ARMOR HUNTERS #1 (of 4) – and then continues with new arcs beginning in UNITY #8 and X-O MANOWAR #26 in June; and ARMOR HUNTERS: BLOODSHOT #1 (of 3) and ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER #1 (of 3) beginning in July – each featuring one of five wraparound Chromium covers by some of the biggest talents in comics today!

To get in on all the action from start to finish – and to assemble your own ARMOR HUNTERS 18-PART MEGA-COVER – contact a participating retailer today to pre-order!




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LADY ZORRO #1 FROM DYNAMITE THIS JULY!

From the press release:



Originally introduced from Matt Wagner's epic Zorro Rides Again epic series, comes Lady Zorro #1 this July from Dynamite Entertainment!  The series is written by Alex De Campi, working with Dynamite for the first time.  Lady Zorro #1 is drawn by Rey Villegas and has a beautiful cover by Joseph Michael Linsner. Other cover incentives include a Steampunk cover by Sergio Fernandez Davila and a special retailer shared exclusive variant cover by Joseph Cooper!

"I'm thrilled to be able to take on Lady Zorro," says writer Alex De Campi.  "She's such a clean slate, having only appeared in three issues of the main Zorro book, and as a kid who grew up devouring swashbuckling adventure stories, being able to have my own lady heroine with a sword is like a dream come true.  For those that don't know much about her, she's a Spanish gal whose family was killed by soldiers and, burning with vengeance, she decides she will become... a fox (Zorro means "fox" in Spanish).  Unlike the noble, never-kills-if-he-can-help-it Zorro, Lady Zorro is a bit more bloodthirsty.  We're joining her in exile up the coast of California, where she is cultivating roses... and forgiveness."

In the new series, Lady Zorro is called back to Alta California to recover a sacred Indian war axe, stolen by mercenary soldiers.  Only she can stop an all-out war across the ranchos, and more deaths like the one that consumed her family…if she can stay on the mission.  When an opportunity for ultimate vengeance presents itself, can she ignore it?  Will the raging fire that drives Lady Zorro consume her... and all of Alta California with it?  What follows is a violent, sexy tale of intrigue and swashbuckling as the female Fox must use all her wits and skills to get herself out of trouble.

De Campi expands upon the premise, "A wicked Spanish countess is buying up the local ranchos and has hired German mercenaries to wipe out indigenous peoples so she can have a vast cattle ranch.  The evil countess has even tried to get her hands on Zorro's estates, so he must go back to Spain to try to stop her.  But before he leaves, he recruits Lady Zorro to pick up her sword and mask once more, and steal back the important Indian artifact that would hopefully avert war between the Spanish settlers and the Indians."

"I've wanted to work with Alex De Campi for quite a while," adds Dynamite CEO / Publisher Nick Barrucci. "Lady Zorro is a new character with endless possibilities, and there's no better writer than Alex to spearhead Lady Zorro into the future!"

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JUSTICE, INC. #1! WRITTEN BY MICHAEL USLAN!

From the press release:



An event 75 years in the making!  Stretched across time, The Shadow, Doc Savage, and The Avenger meet for the first time in Justice, Inc. #1! With the stakes this high, it will take three heroes to fight together as the Justice, Inc.! In time for Dynamite's 10th Anniversary celebration, Justice, Inc. #1 will be released in August 2014 and is written by Michael Uslan with interiors by Giovanni Timpano.  The Original Avenger has been the star of his own Justice, Inc. series and previously drawn by some of the greatest artists in comics: Jack Kirby! Joe Kubert! Kyle Baker! And now joining those illustrious ranks of illustrators, come covers by Alex Ross, Francesco Francavilla, Stephen Segovia, Ardian Syaf and Gabriel Hardman!

"Doc Savage inspired the creation of Superman. The Shadow directly inspired the creation of Batman. The Avenger sparked the creation of a multitude of... Well... Avengers! What an honor to write a story starring them all! It's always been beyond my comprehension how Street & Smith pulp magazines and comics never ever in 75 years teamed the three of them up! Can you imagine if up till now DC had never crossed/over Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman? Could you grasp Marvel never teaming up Captain America, Sub-Mariner and The Human Torch? I love history! And THIS, fellow fan-boys, IS history! I am so excited that this task has fallen to me. I love these characters and knew Walter Gibson, creative force behind The Shadow. I feel a personal obligation to him to do the very best job I can, and I'm grateful to Nick Barrucci and the Dynamite team for making this happen at last!" - Michal Uslan, writer of Justice, Inc.

"Michael is one of the most inspired and versatile writers in the industry with his experience in comics, film and prose," says Dynamite CEO / Publisher Nick Barrucci. "Michael doesn't write many series due to his schedule, but when he does, he puts all of his energy and a passion that few can bring to a series, and it shows.  This IS a historic cross-over, and we couldn't be more pleased that Michael is the person spearheading the series.  And the best part is that Michael will use his PR machine to help promote the series every issue in stores for retailers to help them have higher sell through as more fans will know of the series.  And nothing is more exciting than having a series reach as many readers as possible."

In Justice, Inc. #1, an airliner vanishes without a trace! It's the crisis that brings together, in a historic team-up for the first time ever, Street & Smith's super-star trinity: The Shadow! Doc Savage! The Avenger! 75 years in the making, JUSTICE, INC. begins here, spawned by a horrific tragedy of death and destruction secretly orchestrated by some of the most powerful and unexpected villains in the history of the pulps! Chapter 1 (of 6): "The Time Machine!"

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DYNAMIC FORCES WANTS TO HELP YOU CELEBRATE THE 20TH DAY OF THE MONTH!‏ TOP 20 COLLECTOR'S SET FOR THE 20TH!

Celebrate today's date, Dynamic Forces is giving fans 20 reasons to check out this DF Daily Special! This collector's set has 20 amazing collectibles, all topped off by a classic Marvel comic signed by Stan "The Man" Lee! It has more signed Marvel and DC books, retailer variants, limited editions, rare foil editions, DF exclusives, and a remarked book, giving each set an original piece of art! Signatures from the industry's most talented creators! Covers created specifically for Dynamic Forces! Those hard to find variants that can help you complete your set! Everything a fan needs!

Stan Lee is the marvelous co-creator of classic characters like Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, and the Incredible Hulk. His creations are part of comic book, and now TV and movie history. Don't miss your chance to own a piece of history with this one day only special!

TOP 20 COLLECTOR'S SET FOR THE 20TH! - $220.00

* 1 CLASSIC MARVEL COMIC - SIGNED BY STAN LEE! ($399.99 MSRP or Higher)
* 3 SIGNED MARVEL COMICS! (Regular MSRP $29.99 MSRP or Higher each)
* 3 SIGNED DC COMICS! (Regular MSRP $29.99 MSRP or Higher each)
* 1 DF EXCLUSIVE EDITION MARVEL COMIC! (Regular MSRP $14.99 MSRP or higher)
* 1 DF EXCLUSIVE EDITION INDEPENDENT COMIC! (Regular MSRP $14.99 MSRP or higher)
* 1 REMARKED EDITION COMIC BOOK! (Regular MSRP $79.99 MSRP or higher)
* 3 RETAILER VARIANT EDITION COMIC BOOKS! (Regular MSRP $14.99 MSRP or Higher each)
* 6 LIMITED EDITION COMIC BOOKS! (Regular MSRP $9.99 MSRP or Higher each)
* 1 RARE FOIL EDITION COMIC! (Regular MSRP $19.99 MSRP or higher)

DF Daily Specials are our way of saying an extra special thanks to our customers! A new special is available every day at noon, only on dynamicforces.com. Numbers are limited and once they are gone, they are gone.

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WonderCon 2014: HARBINGER #25 and HARBINGER: OMEGAS #1 – A Brand New Era Begins This Summer!‏


Spinning out of the deadly consequences of "Death of a Renegade" in next week's HARBINGER #22, Valiant is proud to announce two major milestones coming this summer for the wildly acclaimed ongoing series HARBINGER by New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart!

As detailed today at WonderCon 2014, the title will reach its long-planned finale with July's HARBINGER #25 – an oversized, anniversary milestone issue featuring the final chapter of Dysart's long-running confrontation between Harbinger's super-powered team of teenage Renegades and their omega-powered ex-mentor, telekinetic zealot Toyo Harada. 

"I've always tried to remind readers that these are kids and they're in over their heads and they've never been very good at what they do. There's just repercussions to this kind of behavior even if you have superpowers," writer Joshua Dysart told Comic Book Resources. "That's what we're moving toward, we're moving toward that final statement – really saying that strongly for the reader, 'This is what the story was always about.' It was about inexperience in the face of great danger."

Clocking in at a massive 48 pages, HARBINGER #25 will also feature the return of original series artist Khari Evans (Archer & Armstrong) – plus all-new stories and artwork from an incredible cast of talents, including Barry Kitson (Adventures of Superman), Justin Jordan (The Strange Talent of Luther Strode), Lucy Knisley (Relish: My Life in the Kitchen), Riley Rossmo (Bedlam), Ron Wimberly (Prince of Cats), and many, many more.

Then, in August – out of the ashes of HARBINGER #25's devastating climax – find out what happens next to the most powerful players in the Harbinger universe as Joshua Dysart and heat-seeking artist Rafa Sandoval (Red Hood and the Outlaws) pick up of the pieces with an all-new, three-issue mini-series – HARBINGER: OMEGAS #1 (of 3) – that closes the door on one generation of Harbinger Renegades…and prepares the foundation for another.

"[HARBINGER: OMEGAS is] about both the surviving members of Harbinger and how they move on from the loss and the finality of the event at the end of the Harbinger book; and it's also about Harada rebranding, changing his empire, dismantling Harada Global HTC and refashioning himself as really, for lack of a better term, what we would see as a more traditional super villain in comics, because he hasn't been given a choice," said Dysart. "It's a bridge story about the change in these environments and how we're going to get to the next chapter of the Valiant Universe."

Jump on board the convention-defying series that the Onion/A.V. Club calls "the crown jewel of Valiant's line-up" with HARBINGER: OMEGAS #1 (of 3) in August – an all-new starting point that reveals what happens when the full extent of Harada's secret superhuman empire is exposed to the public, and just the how the surviving members of the Renegades recover from a catastrophic loss that will change their lives… their team… and their destinies forever. 

HARBINGER #25 (ANNIVERSARY SPECTACULAR)
Written by JOSHUA DYSART with JUSTIN JORDAN, LUCY KNISLEY, and MORE!
Art by KHARI EVANS, BARRY KITSON, LUCY KNISLEY, RILEY ROSSMO, RON WIMBERLY, and MORE!
Covers by MICO SUAYAN and JENNY FRISON
Variant Cover by LUCY KNISLEY
Throwback Cover by SEAN CHEN
Variant Cover by BARRY KITSON
$4.99/T+/48 pgs.
COMING IN JULY!

HARBINGER: OMEGAS #1 (of 3)
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by RAFA SANDOVAL
Cover by LEWIS LAROSA
Variant Cover by GLENN FABRY
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
COMING IN AUGUST!

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JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV KICKS OFF A NEW CHAPTER AT DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT!‏

From the press release:

Dynamite is proud to present the first book in a series of creator driven comics, featuring all new characters from the industry's best and brightest! The Devilers is written by the acclaimed author Joshua Hale Fialkov, working with us for the first time, and accompanied by the incredible art of Matt Triano! Single issues in this line will be priced at $2.99, allowing fans the opportunity to affordably try all of the new series! And to help retailers stock up with confidence, each launch issue will be completely returnable! To sweeten the deal for fans and retailers alike, The Devilers #1 will feature covers by Eisner Award Nominee Jock and a beautiful retailer incentive by the masterful Marc Silvestri! Be sure to look for The Devilers, coming this July to retailers and digital platforms!



The following creator driven books are a small sampling of titles that will come after The Devilers, beginning August 2014 through 2015, to keep the momentum going, from the best comics has to offer!

Peter Milligan - Terminal Hero
Duane Swierczynski - Ex-Con
Andy Diggle, Angela Cruickshank, and Ben Oliver - Control
James Robinson - Grand Passion

More creators and titles to be announced!

When the world is under siege from the pits of hell, it's up to The Devilers to set things right. The world's greatest exorcists pit themselves against Satan's army, while all of creation hangs in the balance.  From the writer of The Bunker, The Ultimates, and I, VAMPIRE comes a horror-fueled adventure through hell itself.



"Fans of the work I did on I, VAMPIRE will find a continuation of a lot of the themes and ideas I started over there, but  in a completely new package," says best-selling comic book writer Joshua Hale Fialkov,  "It's been a blast to tell a big ol' supernatural horror adventure story again."

"There's a great tradition of team books in comics and we've worked hard to continue that tradition here." - Joseph Rybandt, Dynamite Senior Editor

"This series is the ‘Magnificent Seven' of different religious figures banding together to fight off an evil that will take all of their powers. Joshua is an incredibly gifted writer who has proven that he can tackle any genre.  He has an impressive track record from Elk's Run and Tumor to his I, Vampire, Ultimates, Bunker comic series and more, and I will be biased in stating that The Devilers is his best work to date.  His writing is crisp and smart.  Add to that the incredible artwork that Matt Triano is delivering, and the unbelievably captivating covers by Jock, and you have an incredible series.  This is the first in an incredible line of creator driven books and we're launching off our creator-driven the line up with an incredible group of creators bring incredible passion for the launch series to help celebrate and usher in for the next chapter at Dynamite."

Joshua Hale Fialkov is the Eisner, Harvey, and Emmy award nominated creator of The Bunker, Tumor, Punks, and Echoes. He was the writer of the critically acclaimed I, VAMPIRE for DC's New 52, and is an architect of the ULTIMATE UNIVERSE at Marvel Comics. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, daughter, two dogs, and a disgruntled cat.



The Devilers #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' May Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release on July 16, 2014.  Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of The Devilers #1 with their local comic book retailers.  The Devilers #1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

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DYNAMITE CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO THE WEDDING OF THE YEAR!‏

From the press release:

Dynamite is proud to announce that Ash is going to tie the knot this upcoming July in Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #1. Written by the best-selling comic writer, Steve Niles and interiors by Nacho Tenorio, this monumental event comes with covers by the who's who of comic artists today: Jae Lee, Lucio Parrillo, Francesco Francavilla, Nick Bradshaw, Arthur Suydam, and Stephanie Buscema!



In Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #1, Ash and Sheila are reunited and Ash vows they will never be separated again. Can evil stop evil? This will be the question Ash has to answer, now that he has unleashed the Faceless Man on the land.

"I think fans of the films will really enjoy what we're doing in Ash & the Army of Darkness," says Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched writer Steve Niles. "It was a dream come true for me to create the sequel we never got and I hope fans enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Now we head into the next chapter, the marriage of Ash and Sheila. This is pretty huge for the AoD universe because it means Ash is going to stay in the Dark Ages and be a father and husband. It's going to be a very strange and fun trip."

"Ash has always been a very important character at Dynamite, given Army of Darkness was our first book launched back in July of 2004," says Dynamite CEO / Publisher Nick Barrucci. "We've had a great relationship with MGM over the last 10 years and are grateful for their support and our ability to continue with such an iconic character and a great license. As we continue to celebrate our 10th Anniversary in July, it was very important to us that Steve Niles, someone who is an incredible talent, would be the writer of this milestone story continuing his stellar work from Ash and the Army of Darkness, and be the person to write such a defining moment in the life of Ash!"

Steve Niles is an American comic book writer and novelist, known for works such as 30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre, Simon Dark, Mystery Society, and Batman: Gotham County Line. He is credited among other contemporary writers as bringing horror comics back to prominence, authoring such works as 30 Days of Night, its sequel, Dark Days, and Criminal Macabre. Steve currently writes Ash and the Army of Darkness for Dynamite Entertainment.

Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' May Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release on July 9, 2014.  Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #1 with their local comic book retailers.  Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

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DYNAMITE AND UBISOFT TEAM UP TO PUBLISH TOM CLANCY'S SPLINTER CELL ECHOES!‏

From the press release:


Today, Dynamite Entertainment announced it is teaming up with Ubisoft to release Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Echoes, a thrilling comic book series based on the award-winning Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell video game franchise that has sold more than 27 million copies worldwide since its introduction in 2002.

Splinter Cell Echoes takes place between the events of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction® and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist™. The comic book series bridges the gap between the two games with a realistic, original story that sets the tone for the opening events in Splinter Cell Blacklist.



Sam Fisher, once a Splinter Cell--a clandestine elite operative operating in the shadows of the NSA--is now retired. His enemies, however, are not. Haunted by dreams and memories of his past, he struggles to put his life back together. But when a mysterious terrorist organization called KROWE begins pursuing targets around the globe, Sam's expertise is needed to uncover their endgame and stop them before the deadly plot unfolds.

The project is written by Nathan Edmondson, the critically-acclaimed writer of BLACK WIDOW and THE PUNISHER, who is working with Dynamite for the very first time.  Marc Laming, the artist behind EXILE ON THE PLANET OF THE APES, THE RINSE, THE ACTIVITY and Dynamite's own KINGS WATCH, will be joining him.

"With Ubisoft, Marc Laming and I had the unique opportunity to take on one of the most successful and recognizable franchises in video games," says writer Nathan Edmonson. "I'm telling a full and original story that stands on its own as an action-espionage tale that we're both proud of, bringing a narrative element to the thrill of the game in a way that only a comic can do."

"I've had a great time working with Dynamite on Kings Watch & Flash Gordon so it's really good news that the publisher is going to be the home for Splinter Cell Echoes. It's a rattling good spy-fi yarn full of the sort of story elements that Nathan does best. It's a tale that gives good fan service while equally accessible to folk who don't know the Splinter Cell world - this is a kick ass, globe-trotting secret operative without restraints," said Marc Laming.

"We are very pleased to be working with Ubisoft on this project, and know that it is just the start of a great relationship between the companies," said CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci. "This book looks and reads fantastic, and we really thought it deserved getting out to a broad audience via Dynamite. When you read the series, you'll see why Ubisoft entrusted Nathan and Marc to be able to tell a story in continuity with the games, definitely a high honor.  Nathan Edmonson took a video game, and made it one of the best comics today. It doesn't shock me at all that Marvel entrusted him with such important properties with The Punisher and Black Widow. And with those books, he's knocking them out of the park! Combined with the art of the incredibly talented Marc Laming, it's just a perfect fit all around."



Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Echoes was previously only available in a limited print run as part of the Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist Collector's Edition. Dynamite will release the project as a four issue mini-series shipping July to October, with a collection to be published shortly thereafter. The project will feature new covers by Marc Laming and include bonus behind-the-scenes material in each issue from Ubisoft.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Echoes #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' May Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release on July 2nd, 2014. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Echoes #1 with their local comic book retailers. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Echoes #1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.


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CHASTITY, THE POPULAR CHAOS! CHARACTER GETS HER OWN SERIES!

From the press release:



 Following hot on the heels of Dynamite's Chaos! series relaunch with Tim Seeley, Dynamite is proud to announce another great Chaos! character return - she's reimagined and ready for blood! Join fan-favorite scribe Marc Andreyko (Batwoman, Torso, Manhunter) and artist Dave Acosta for the blood-curdling adventures of a girl who is most definitely NOT your father's vampire! Chastity #1 will be released by Dynamite this July, featuring covers by Emanuela Lupacchino and Tim Seeley, as well as a shared retailer cover by José Luis!

In Chastity #1, in the 1980's, after a career-ending injury shatters her (and, really, her mother's) Olympic dreams, 17-year-old Chastity Marks finds an escape in a popular series of vampire novels... but little does she know that the novels conceal a secret underworld of blood, agony, and death- a world that she will be dragged into kicking and screaming.



"Chastity has been a blast to write and update for the post-Twilight, romantic, warm fuzzy view of bloodsuckers," says Chastity writer Marc Andreyko, "As Chas and the readers will soon discover: be careful what you wish for. Her adventures will uncover the true faces of supernatural evil as she tries to find a world, any world, in which she belongs."

"Marc has taken the current conventions of vampires and vampire fiction and spun them into a new backstory for Chastity in a way that is a perfect and seamless blend of the old and new." - Joseph Rybandt, Dynamite Senior Editor

"We have been very deliberate when putting together the creative teams for the Chaos! books, as we build this beloved universe," says Dynamite CEO / Publisher Nick Barrucci. "With so many acclaimed books under Marc Andreyko's belt such as Batwoman and Manhunter, he is the perfect choice to spearhead Chastity's ongoing series!"



Marc Andreyko is a comic book and screenwriter, known for his work on books such Manhunter for DC Comics and Torso, a creator-owned true crime series he has co-written with Brian Michael Bendis. Marc currently writes Batwoman for DC Comics.

Chastity #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' May Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release on July 9, 2014.  Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Chastity #1 with their local comic book retailers.  Chastity #1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

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DYNAMITE SIGNS WARREN ELLIS

Press Release from Dynamite Entertainment:

BEST-SELLING AUTHOR TO RELAUNCH DYNAMITE'S SUPERPOWERS UNIVERSE!

Dynamite is honored to announce that Warren Ellis, one of the greatest and most respected comic book writers in comics, will be working with Dynamite for the very first time! Warren Ellis plans to take control of the Project Superpowers universe in late 2014, as Dynamite Entertainment continues to celebrate its 10th Anniversary.


"I've long been fascinated by the period in comics that produced these characters, and I'm very much looking forward to working out the strange, atmospheric take on the weird thriller that they inspired.  Also, it's going to be a pleasure to finally do a job through the good offices of my old friend Nick Barrucci."  - Warren Ellis

"I've wanted to work with Warren for many years, and have approached him more than a few times," says Dynamite CEO / Publisher Nick Barrucci, "I can honestly say that when his schedule allowed for us to work together, I was speechless.  We've been waiting for the right creative vision to bring back Dynamite's Superpowers Universe, and I can't think of anyone better than Warren to do so.  I was elated that both came together.  He will make this series his own and will bring a larger audience to Dynamite's Super Powers universe.  This is truly an honor to be working with him, as Warren elevates Dynamite to a new level."


"Warren is truly a visionary storyteller and he's been given carte blanche to reimagine these characters and this world," adds Dynamite Senior Editor Joe Rybandt. "The results will appeal to his existing fans for sure, but the world he is creating is accessible to all from the start."


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What Do You Read First? | May 2014‏

Teaser from Valiant:


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VALIANT Plans Star-Studded Anniversary Celebration for X-O MANOWAR #25 – with ROBERT VENDITTI, BRYAN HITCH, J.G. JONES, JUSTIN JORDAN, PETER MILLIGAN and More!

From the Press Release:

   Valiant is proud to announce that it is pulling out all the stops for X-O Manowar #25 – the publisher's first 48-page anniversary spectacular from ongoing series creators Robert Venditti and Diego Bernard, and an all-star cast of special guests including Bryan Hitch, J.G. Jones, Justin Jordan,Peter Milligan, Rafer Roberts, and more!

   Before X-O Manowar steps front and center for the Armor Hunters crossover event beginning in June, he'll be celebrating 25 chart-topping, critically acclaimed issues with a special oversized anniversary issue, bursting with all-new content from the top creators in comics today, including:
  • ARMOR HUNTERS: PART ZERO by ROBERT VENDITTI (Green LanternThe Flash) & DIEGO BERNARD (Eternal Warrior)
  • THE ORIGIN OF X-O MANOWAR retold by ROBERT VENDITTI (Green LanternThe Flash) &J.G. JONES (Before Watchmen: ComedianFinal Crisis)
  • Plus: all-new tales of X-O Manowar by PETER MILLIGAN (X-Force), BRYAN HITCH (The Ultimates), JUSTIN JORDAN (Dead Body Road), RAFER ROBERTS (Carpool Buddies of Doom), and more special surprise guests!
   Whether you've been reading X-O Manowar since issue #1 or you have yet to pick up your first issue, X-O Manowar #25 is a can't-miss comic book event celebrating the character's past and future with a spectacular array of brand new stories! Featuring stunning shelf covers by JELENA-KEVIC DJURDJEVIC (Thor) and BRYAN HITCH (Age of Ultron), X-O Manowar #25 will also feature an Armors Variant spotlighting the different incarnations of the X-O Manowar armor throughout the ages by artistARTURO LOZZI (Bloodshot); as well as Valiant's very first throwback cover by Valiant icon SEAN CHEN(Iron Man); and an iconic, fully painted variant cover by superstar artist TERRY DODSON (X-Men) – his first piece for Valiant!

   "X-O Manowar #1 was the first issue of a monthly comic book series that I’d ever written, so I didn't know what to expect. I hoped I’d at least make it a year, and I really hoped I’d make it two.  So to be at #25 now, and to be planning far beyond, I feel very fortunate," said series writer Robert Venditti.

   "When X-O Manowar #1 by Robert Venditti and Cary Nord hit shelves in 2012, it didn't just mark the return of one of the greatest characters in comics – it also marked the return of Valiant," said Valiant Executive Editor Warren Simons. "Now, with our biggest story yet – Armor Hunters – just over the horizon, X-O Manowar #25 is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the incredible work that Robert, Cary, Lee Garbett, Trevor Hairsine, Stefano Gaudiano, Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic and Diego Bernard have accomplished."

   "We're overjoyed to be celebrating our first major anniversary with X-O Manowar #25, and we're packing this issue to capacity to make sure it's the must-read milestone that this series deserves. With the Armor Hunters crossover event about to come crashing down on Aric of Dacia's world, summer 2014 is going to be the summer of X-O Manowar – and issue #25 is the perfect place to jump on board," said Valiant CEO and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani.

   Since debuting in the pages of X-O Manowar #1 in 1992, X-O Manowar has sold more than 8 million copies and featured work by a distinguished roster of comics luminaries including current Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, former Marvel Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter, and comics legends Barry Windsor-Smith and Bob Layton.

   Two decades later, as the first title of Valiant's 2012 relaunch, the all-new X-O Manowar #1 by Robert Venditti and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord became one of the year's highest selling debut issues, warranting four sold-out printings. In the two years since, the series has continued to accrue critical and commercial accolades, including "Best Revival of 2012" by The Onion/A.V. Club, "Best Ongoing Series" by Ain't It Cool News, and a 2012 Diamond Gem Award nomination for Best Comic Book of the Year.

   This May, find out why Valiant's X-O Manowar is a legend in the making, only in X-O Manowar #25 – a milestone 48-page celebration from a colossal cast of all-star talents!


X-O MANOWAR #25 (OVERSIZED ANNIVERSARY ISSUE)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI with PETER MILLIGAN, JUSTIN JORDAN, and MORE!
Art by DIEGO BERNARD with J.G. JONES, BRYAN HITCH, RAFER ROBERTS and MORE!
Covers by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC and BRYAN HITCH
Armors Variant by ARTURO LOZZI
Throwback Variant by SEAN CHEN
Variant Cover by TERRY DODSON
$4.99/T+/48 pgs.
COMING IN MAY!

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9 Page Preview of TEN GRAND by JMS and Templesmith!

TEN GRAND, the first title to come out from Joe's Comics, will be published by Image Comics and officially debut May 1st, with a convention variant to be unveiled at C2E2 in Chicago the week before.

The premise: Joe Fitzgerald was a mob enforcer until the day he met Laura, who convinced him to leave that world behind. Before quitting, Joe agrees to one last job, little realizing that the man he's been sent to kill was deeply involved in demonlogy. He survives Joe's attempt and comes after him, fatally wounding Joe and killing Laura. As he lies dying, an angelic force promises that if Joel agrees to work for them as a different kind of enforcer, they will bring him to life and keep on bringing him to life every time he is killed in a righteous cause. The reward: for those five minutes of death, he will be with Laura again. Would you endure an eternity of pain and death, dying over and over, to be with the woman you love for just five minutes each time you died? Most people might say no. But Joe Fitzgerald isn't most people.


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Joe's Comics' TEN GRAND Comes to Image

From Image:

The solicitations that went out the weekend of February 16th confirm the news: the relaunch of Joe's Comics, the imprint that created Midnight Nation and Rising Stars, is officially underway with the first of what will be an entire line of new, original titles.

TEN GRAND, the first title to come out from Joe's Comics, will be published by Image Comics and officially debut May 1st, with a convention variant to be unveiled at C2E2 in Chicago the week before.

The premise: Joe Fitzgerald was a mob enforcer until the day he met Laura, who convinced him to leave that world behind. Before quitting, Joe agrees to one last job, little realizing that the man he's been sent to kill was deeply involved in demonlogy. He survives Joe's attempt and comes after him, fatally wounding Joe and killing Laura. As he lies dying, an angelic force promises that if Joel agrees to work for them as a different kind of enforcer, they will bring him to life and keep on bringing him to life every time he is killed in a righteous cause. The reward: for those five minutes of death, he will be with Laura again. Would you endure an eternity of pain and death, dying over and over, to be with the woman you love for just five minutes each time you died? Most people might say no. But Joe Fitzgerald isn't most people.

The return of Joe's Comics has been in the works for several years, awaiting the right time to go forth.

"The temptation to bring back Joe's Comics has been very powerful over the last few years,” said creator J. Michael Straczynski, "but I really wanted to wait until I had a collection of stories that I absolutely had to tell, that, like Midnight Nation, wouldn't let me go until they were told. Stories that could be dark, funny, deeply personal but also played out on a large stage in terms of action. As those started to show up over the last few years – often in the middle of the night, which is why Joe's Comics bears the slugline 'where it's always five minute to midnight' – I began to pull them together until I felt I had what I needed, and made the deal with Image to move forward.”

The art on TEN GRAND (interiors and covers) is being provided by Ben Templesmith, the New York Times best-selling Australian comic artist and writer most widely known for co-creating 30 Days of Night with Steve Niles and Fell with Warren Ellis.

"How could I say no to working with the guy that created Babylon 5, that fairly well shaped how I think about science fiction and long form TV?” Templesmith said. "It was an honor to be asked and I can but hope to rise to the occasion.”

Straczynski spoke about TEN GRAND to MTVGeek , which also ran an exclusive preview of Templesmith's interior art.

Issues #1 and #2 will also feature variant covers by Bill Sienkiewicz as well as Phantom variants. Like the other Joe's Comics titles, TEN GRAND will run in twelve-issue installments, with two to three months in between each installment to make any corrections and get ahead on finished books.

"Watching this project come together with JMS and Ben has been thrilling,” said Patricia Tallman, CEO of Studio JMS, parent company of Joe's Comics. "The ideas and concepts flying between them are so edgy and awesome, I can't wait to share them with fans everywhere. Hang on, you're in for one hell of a ride!”

Phil Smith, production editor for Joe's Comics, had this to say: "Whenever someone suggests a small way to do something, Joe comes back with 'Why don't we do it bigger?' Bigger? In an age of figuring how to get something for nothing, Joe is pushing himself and his work to the cutting edge. Tapping not just the best creators but the right creators to express, not just his ideas, but their artistic ideas through his name branded line of books, will, again, set a new standard in the world of creator-owned works.”

"The most important thing we would do with this launch was, and is, to ensure that the issues hit retailers on schedule,” Straczynski said. "So we started early, stockpiling scripts and art. We had our first lettered, finished issue last November, for a book that wouldn't be coming out until May.”

In keeping with the innovation and experimentation that has been the hallmark of Joe's Comics, readers will find a QR code in the back of the first issue that will lead them directly to an audio performance of the book's dialogue by some of the top voice actors in the business, including Babylon 5 alumnus Robin Atkin Downes, Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt.

"We wanted to give readers an option of reading the book in the usual way, or sitting back to listen to the parts being performed while enjoying Ben's amazing artwork. We're very happy with how the first staged reading worked out,” Straczynski said, "and if there's enough demand, we may do more of these in the future.”

TEN GRAND #1 is available for pre-order in the March issue of Previews.

SIDEKICK, the second title to be launched from Joe's Comics, will debut at Comic-Con International in San Diego with a convention variant. This will be followed in the fall by ALONE and PROTECTORS, INC. (artist announcements pending).


Here's what some of the best lights in the comics business have to say about the first issue of TEN GRAND:

"Ten Grand is equal parts PI noir thriller and supernatural revenge tale. JMS is in cracking form as is Ben Templesmith's moody, disturbing art. Like its damned hero, Joe Fitzgerald, Ten Grand is worth every cent!”
– Andy Lanning (Guardians of the Galaxy, Nova, Legion Lost)

"Ten Grand is grim and ugly and disturbing ... which is exactly the way it's supposed to be. This is Straczynski and Templesmith doing what they do best.”
– Ron Marz (Witchblade, Artifacts, Shinku, Green Lantern)

"Straczynski's new book brings the supernatural back down to earth in a way we haven't seen since John Constantine – all the way down to the bar, the back-alley and the gutter. Joe Fitzgerald is a hitman with values. Straczynki's hard-edged narrative is perfectly matched with Ben Templesmith's raw, uncompromising and hopefully beer-stained art.”
– David Hine (Spawn, The Darkness, Bulletproof Coffin, Storm Dogs)

"With Ten Grand, Straczynski and Templesmith deliver a heartbreaking story about a former hitman named Joe who, unfortunately for him and those around him, knows all too well that the reality we all know and love isn't the only reality out there. No, sir. There's also a reality where demons run amok, angels communicate by possessing the bodies of strippers, and a special keyboard shows you the real Internet. This is great stuff. More, please!”
– William Harms, award-winning writer of InFamous and Impaler
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Sequential Pulp To Publish Edgar Rice Burroughs' JUNGLE TALES OF TARZAN Graphic Novel

From Dark Horse:

Sequential Pulp Comics, a graphic novel imprint distributed by Dark Horse Comics, specializing in works of classic and pulp literature is proud to announce a new graphic novel based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic novel, Jungle Tales of Tarzan.

The one hundred and forty four page graphic novel will be authorized by ERB, Inc. through Sequential Pulp’s distribution arrangement with Dark Horse Comics. The book will be designed as an anthology collecting the twelve loosely connected short stories written by Edgar Rice Burroughs chronicling the life of his most famous character, Tarzan of the Apes. All the events of the original work take place within chapter eleven of Tarzan of the Apes between Tarzan’s avenging of his ape foster mother’s death and his becoming the leader of his ape tribe. The original stories ran in Blue Book magazine from September 1916 through August 1917 prior to the book’s publication in 1919.

Writer Martin Powell will helm the graphic novel. Powell is well known for his work as the author of hundreds of science fiction, mystery, and horror stories. He has worked in the comic book industry since 1986, writing for Marvel, DC, Malibu, Caliber, Moonstone, and Disney, among others, and has been nominated for the coveted Eisner Award. He is also a respected and award winning author of children’s books, and frequently contributes prose for many short story anthologies. He resides in Saint Paul, MN.

Along with Powell, Sequential Pulp is bringing a veritable who’s who of exciting illustration talent.  With an amazing cover and specialty art by Daren Bader to exciting story art by Pablo Marcos, Terry Beatty, Will Meugniot, Nik Poliwko, Antonio Romero Olmedo, Mark Wheatley, Diana Leto, Steven E. Gordon, Lowell Isaac, Tom Floyd and Jamie Chase. Each story has been matched up with an artist whose passion and love for Burroughs’ Tarzan and specifically for the story selected will go a long way towards making this one highly anticipated book in the Tarzan canon.

Each story will run twelve pages in length and the book will be in full color. Sequential Pulp is planning a standard trade paperback and a very limited signature deluxe signed edition.
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Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell return to FROM HELL, Jess Fink says WE CAN FIX IT!

In this month's DIAMOND PREVIEWS (for pre-order), we explore the past with two incredible books of the future: Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell reveal the secrets of their creative partnership on the legendary FROM HELL, and Jess Fink brings her erotic whimsy to bear on a hilarious and thoughtful sci-fi memoir.

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Dark Horse and Happygiant Announce Usagi Yojimbo Game

From Dark Horse:
New York, NY, ­February 22, 2013 - HappyGiant, in association with Dark Horse Comics, announce “Usagi Yojimbo: Way of The Ronin”, a game now available for iPhones & iPads, and coming soon to Android devices and desktop PC’s (www.usagiyojimbogame.com).

In conjunction with the release of the game, Dark Horse Comics is announcing the first new Usagi Yojimbo collection after a year hiatus working on 47 Ronin. The first new book will be Usagi Yojimbo: A Town Called Hell, which will see release on July 17.

Usagi Yojimbo is the beloved character and world created by award winning author and illustrator Stan Sakai, following the tales of a ronin (masterless samurai), set in feudal Japan. This is the first videogame based on the property in over 25 years and will introduce the epic series to a new generation of fans.

“It’s been far too long since the last Usagi game, and I am so excited to be working with HappyGiant to bring Usagi and his friends back to these new platforms,” said Stan Sakai, “The game turned out great!”

“Happy Giant is thrilled to be working with Stan Sakai and Dark Horse to bring Usagi Yojimbo to the mobile and gaming worlds”, said Michael Levine, CEO of HappyGiant. “This is one of the most treasured properties in the comics world, and we are proud to be adapting it as a game for fans, and for a new generation of fans who will discover it for the first time. This is a real labor of love.”

The title is a “2D side-scrolling hack-and-slash game”, done in the comic’s art style, and in the vein of the old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade game, to which Usagi is often linked, as the characters have appeared in each other’s comics and TV series over the years. The game features over 60 different enemies, over 13 boss monsters and several of Usagi’s friends who fight along his side as companions.


About HappyGiant
Founded by veterans of LucasArts and Pileated Pictures (Pileated.com), HappyGiant develops and publishes games for mobile, tablets and emerging platforms.

About Dark Horse Comics
Founded in1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, Guillermo Del Toro and comics legends such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Emily the Strange, Tim Burton’s Tragic Toys for Girls and Boys, Serenity, Game of Thrones and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

About Usagi Yojimbo
Usagi Yojimbo is a comic book series created by Stan Sakai in 1987. In 2011 IGN ranked Miyamoto Usagi in the top 100 comic books heroes of all time. Set primarily at the beginning of Edo period of Japan (early 17th century), with anthropomorphic animals replacing humans, the series features a rabbit ronin, Miyamoto Usagi, whom Stan Sakai based partially on the famous swordsman Miyamoto Musashi. Usagi wanders the land on a musha shugyo (warrior's pilgrimage) occasionally selling his services as a bodyguard. Usagi Yojimbo is heavily influenced by Japanese cinema and has included references to the work of Akira Kurosawa (the title of the series is derived from Kurosawa's 1960 film Yojimbo) and to icons of popular Japanese cinema such as Lone Wolf and Cub, Zatoichi, and Godzilla. The series is also influenced somewhat by Groo the Wanderer by Sergio Aragonés (Sakai is the letterer for that series), but the overall tone of Usagi Yojimbo is more serious and reflective.
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Living to the Maximum While Making the Minimum

From Image:

Fumbling lives and loves, a New York City so real you can smell it, people with everyday problems, hopes, and heartbreak — this is the world of Bob Fingerman's Minimum Wage, a slice-of-life comic that captured a devoted following in the late 1990s. One of that following is Robert Kirkman, who writes the introduction to the definitive edition of Fingerman's seminal work, MAXIMUM MINIMUM WAGE, a hardcover collection to be released in March.

"Minimum Wage is an important comic," Kirkman writes in the introduction. "If I were tasked with introducing someone to comics in an attempt to make them love and cherish the medium as much as I do, I'd give them Watchmen, Bone, Savage Dragon, and Minimum Wage."

At the center of Minimum Wage are Rob and Sylvia, a freelance cartoonist and a beauty salon manager — young, in love, and just trying to make their way to their real lives. An array of vivid characters and New York City "personalities" round out the supporting cast. Fingerman's previous collection of Minimum Wage, Beg the Question, was nominated for two 2003 Eisner Awards (Best Graphic Novel — Reprint and Best Publication Design), one 2003 Harvey Award (Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work), and one 2003 Ignatz Award (Outstanding Graphic Novel or Collection).

MAXIMUM MINIMUM WAGE includes the "lost" first issue of Minimum Wage, Minimum Wage Book One, as well as the script for the never-drawn eleventh issue, and an impressive collection of pin-ups by top comics artists, including Peter Bagge, Guy Davis, Dean Haspiel, Gilbert Hernandez, Joe Infurnani, Roger Langridge, Kevin Nowlan, Dave Johnson, Ted McKeever, Mike Mignola, Jill Thompson and more!

A 384-page, black-and-white hardcover book (with 16 pages in full-color), MAXIMUM MINIMUM WAGE will be in stores on March 20 and retail for $34.99. Its ISBN is 978-1-60706-674-3.


PRAISE FOR BOB FINGERMAN

"Fingerman is a brilliant satirist, artist and mind.” ⎯ Trey Parker (South Park, The Book of Mormon)

"Bob Fingerman is a narrative master, as brilliantly adept with words as with images. His vision is urbane, riotous, and unflinching.” ⎯ Jonathan Lethem (The Fortress of Solitude, Omega: The Unknown)

"Mr. Fingerman is a deeply talented, creative, and disturbed man.” — Max Brooks (World War Z)

"It doesn't seem fair that Bob Fingerman gets to be such a funny, savvy, cool and smart writer who can also draw. It gives him an advantage and I may need to have him assassinated.” — Augusten Burroughs (Running With Scissors)


PRAISE FOR BOB FINGERMAN'S MINIMUM WAGE (previous editions):

"Fingerman's visual style is a witty combo of old-school underground-comics grunginess and new-school precision; his dialogue is worthy of the stage — it's terrific screwball-comedy byplay that rings true. A-” — Entertainment Weekly

"Fingerman's dialogue is biting and realistic, and his drawing is exceptional.” — Publishers Weekly

"Beg The Question's episodic, interwoven tales of career disappointments and romantic complications take on the mesmeric quality of a good soap opera…the writing and the art contain plenty of stark, truthful moments.” — The A.V. Club

"Fingerman depicts their eventful if directionless lives with humor and empathy… Anyone who has lived or envied la vie bohème should relate to this dead-on evocation of a contemporary version of it.” — Booklist

"Beg the Question is a coming-of-age graphic novel for twenty-somethings and anyone who remembers being that age. It is a funny, heartwarming, and poignant work. It helps make the case for comics being THE great American art form.” — The Comic Buyers' Guide

"…a meticulous, smutty, hilarious quasi-autobiographical slice of life about a young cartoonist maintaining grownup relationships while struggling to rise from the 'low-end of the New York food chain.' Funny if you've been there, even funnier if you still are.” — The New York Press
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Diggle and Jock's Snapshot #1 gets Snapped Up

From Image:

SNAPSHOT #1 by Andy Diggle and Jock, the Image Comics debut of the renowned creative team, has sold out after hitting stores on February 6. A second printing (JAN138087) is set to be on shelves on March 13.

The four-issue, black-and-white mini-series follows Jake Dobson, an ordinary comic book nerd who becomes entangled in a bizarre murder plot when he finds a cell phone with a gruesome photo stored on it. Now, whoever is responsible for the killing depicted wants the phone back and Jack out of the way... permanently!

To celebrate the success of SNAPSHOT — and as a nod to its City-by-the-Bay setting —James Sime, owner of Isotope Comic Book Lounge in San Francisco, is launching a special SNAPSHOT contest for fans of the book!

Simply take a picture of a staged "murder" on your cell phone and post it to Twitter with the hashtag #snapshotcomic or on the Tumblr page snapshotcomic.tumblr.com. The pictures will be posted on the Tumblr page, and selected fans whose pictures are posted will receive a limited edition SNAPSHOT bookplate signed by the series creators. In addition, Diggle and Jock will choose their favorite picture as the grand prize winner, who will receive a piece of original art by Jock from SNAPSHOT!

"Diggle & Jock's SNAPSHOT is so great, definitely one of the best reads on store shelves!" said Sime. "And the action takes place in a comic store here in San Francisco? On Fell street at Gough?! The Isotope had to celebrate!"

The first issue has garnered excellent reviews:

"Reading Snaphot #1, the world that Jock draws has the paradoxical feeling of being both detailed and minimalistic at once. He is selective -- choosing to focus the reader's attention in certain places with densely rendered patches of texture and depth and in other places, using only a few lines to suggest space and presence. The reader gets a sense that every line was precisely placed and serves a purpose, just like how in good prose, every word counts."

- Comic Book Resources

"Jock and Diggle have established strong creative chemistry over the years, and Snapshot takes advantage of both creators' strengths to create a satisfying story with striking visuals."
-The A.V. Club

SNAPSHOT #2 will be in stores on March 6.
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This May, One Adjective isn't Enough for Skullkickers!

From Image:


This May, Image Comics forces you to wonder why we keep pushing this silly comic book over and over again in a new adjective-laden comic called– THE ALL-NEW SECRET SKULLKICKERS!

"We can't stop now. It... it has a life of its own. This reboot-itis has permeated our souls,” said Image PR and Marketing Director Jennifer de Guzman. "I hated it at first but now it feels kind of good. Warm... safe... In a darkened world full of uncertainty it's all we have left.”

THE ALL-NEW SECRET SKULLKICKERS #1, written by promotional broken record Jim Zub and drawn by innocent mp3 Edwin Huang, continues the epic six-arc SKULLKICKERS storyline on a haunted island of mystery, apes and rampant violence. It's good.


"At this rate I figure we're still a couple months away from using up any goodwill I might have built up in this industry,” said series creator Jim Zub. "This is the kind of thing that can happen when you let creators write their own press releases.”

If you're a diehard collector of SKULLKICKERS who's sad that you won't have a SKULLKICKERS #22 to add to your collection, fret no longer. In addition to the regular "All-New Secret” cover we're offering a special "issue #22 variant” B cover to make sure your numbers stay in order. You can tell everyone you started reading "before they became horrible sell-outs.”

We're sick. We can't help it. Comic price guide makers will curse this stupid string of title changes for the rest of their natural lives. THE ALL-NEW SECRET SKULLKICKERS #1 will be available in May wherever fine comics are sold. Pre-order it now from the March issue of Previews and stop the hurting.

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Simon Roy's Tiger Lung to Debut in Dark Horse Presents


From Dark Horse:

February 18, MILWAUKIE, OR–Set to hit the pages of Dark Horse’s Eisner-winning anthology, writer Simon Roy and artist Jason Wordie’s Tiger Lung is going back in time!

“The Tiger Lung concept is about taking the animist, shamanistic worldview of the hunter-gatherer and exploring what it would look and feel like to the shamans that literally lived within that worldview. Setting it in the ice age also gives us a chance to touch on more varied themes, too—mainly, how the world would have looked to humans who did not rule nature, but who were just a part of it,” explained Simon Roy.

Tiger Lung: Under the Ice is a story about Tiger Lung, an ice-age shaman, and his journey underneath a glacier and into the spirit world beneath it to retrieve the corpse of his father. But dark spirits abound beneath the ice, and should Tiger Lung fall, the souls of both him and his father will be trapped there forever.

“We found the format for Dark Horse Presents to be very interesting. It seemed to be well suited for exactly what we wanted to do with a Tiger Lung story—classic adventure!” added Jason Wordie. “Being that the format is split into three parts, it insured that we kept it fresh and exciting every step of the way, including lots of twists and turns. We focused on old-school serialized adventure, while also trying to bring in some more modern ideas.”

Catch Tiger Lung appearing in Dark Horse Presents #21, on sale Wednesday, February 20th.
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Superbia #1 Goes to a Third Printing!

From BOOM!:

February 18th, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA – BOOM! Studios is proud to announce that GRACE RANDOLPH’S SUPURBIA #1 has completely sold out of its second printing at the distributor level and the publisher will be going to a third printing as BOOM! Studios works actively to meet market demand.

GRACE RANDOLPH’S SUPURBIA #1 third print will be available through Diamond Comic Distributors in the February 18th Previews Plus.

Comic book fans should keep in mind second printings of GRACE RANDOLPH’S SUPURBIA may still be found at the local comic shop nearest you. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use www.comicshoplocator.com to find one!

Meet the Meta Legion, the world’s foremost faction of crime-fighting capes. But what happens when the masks come off and the heroes are faced with the sordid problems of everyday life in the suburbs? From rising star writer Grace Randolph (Marvel’s NATION X, HER-OES) and hot new talent Russell Dauterman, GRACE RANDOLPH’S SUPURBIA is a unique new twist on the superhero genre that appeals to both diehard fans and readers completely new to comics. New stories, new characters, new drama... Don’t miss out on what Bleeding Cool called “The Superhero Comic We’ve Been Waiting For”!

GRACE RANDOLPH’S SUPURBIA #1 third print ships with a must- have all new cover by Joshua Covey with colors by Gabriel Cassata, with a Diamond order code of JAN138116
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Happy Free Comic Book Day!

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Happy Free Comic Book Day! grab all your mates and head down to your local comic shop to score a free comic! here's the list of all the books being published for FCBD:

Gold Comic Books
Archaia Entertainment: Mouse Guard, Labyrinth & Other Stories HC


Archie Comics: Mega Man: Let The Games Begin
Bongo Comics: Bongo Comics Free-For-All/SpongeBob Freestyle Funnies Flip Book
BOOM! Studios: Peanuts/Adventure Time Flip Book
Dark Horse Comics: Star Wars/Serenity Flip Book
DC Comics: DC Comics-The New 52 #1
IDW Publishing: Transformers #80.5
Image Comics: Image Comics: 20 Anthology
Marvel Comics: The Avengers #12.1
Oni Press: Yo Gabba Gabba! Free Comic Book Time!

Silver Comic Books
Antarctic Press: Diary of a Zombie Kid
Arcana Studios: Arcana Presents: The Intrinsic #1
Archie Comics: Sonic The Hedgehog: Two Steps Back…Special Edition
Aspen MLT: Worlds of Aspen 2012
Boundless Comics: Lady Death: The Beginning
Bluewater Productions: Burt Ward, Boy Wonder #1
BOOM! Studios: Dune: Origins #1
Capstone: The Incredible Rockhead & Zinc Alloy 2-For-None
Caption Box: Muqtatafaht: A Middle East Comics Anthology
CBLDF: The Censored Howard Cruse
Dark Horse Comics: Buffy The Vampire Slayer/The Guild Flip Book
DC Comics: DC Nation Super Sampler/Superman Family Adventures Flip Book
Drawn & Quarterly: Marble Season Preview
Drawn & Quarterly: Moomin Color Special
Fantagraphics Books: Walt Disney's Donald Duck Family Comics
Fantagraphics Books: Crockett Johnson's Barnaby Sampler
Gemstone Publishing: Overstreet's Comic Book Marketplace 2012
Hermes Press: My Favorite Martian Special Edition
Image Comics: Witchblade: Unbalanced Pieces
Liquid Comics: FCDB 2012 Dinosaurs Versus Aliens
Liquid Comics: Graphic Elvis Preview
Marvel Comics: Spider-Man: Season One
Oni Press: Bad Medicine #1
Papercutz/NBM Publishing: The Smurfs/Disney Fairies Featuring Tinker Bell Flip Book
Radical Publishing: Under The Faerie Moon
Rebellion: 2000AD Judge Dredd Special
Red 5 Comics: Atomic Robo & Friends 2012
Th3rd World Studios: Finding Gossamyr & The Stuff of Legend IV
Top Shelf Comics: Top Shelf Kids Club 2012
12-Gauge Comics: Anti #1 Preview
Valiant Entertainment: Valiant Comics 2012 Preview
VIZ Media: Voltron Force: Shelter from the Storm
Yen Press: The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel
Zenescope Entertainment: Jurassic Strikeforce 5 Preview
Zenescope Entertainment: Animal Planet Presents: The World Most Dangerous Animals 2012
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BOOM! Teaser: What is it For?

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Dark Horse Presents Publishers Sabertooth Vampire!

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From Dark Horse: Dark Horse Comics announces the latest character to be added to its flagship anthology, Dark Horse Presents: the Sabertooth Vampire! 

Penned by Mike Russell (SabertoothVampire.com), The Sabertooth Vampire is a webcomic about a tiny vampire hampered by his giant fangs. Will he pull his teeth out of the ground long enough to actually bite someone? Probably not.


“One of the first books that got me into comics in the nineties was the original black-and-white Dark Horse Presents—back when it was serializing stuff like Sin City and The One Trick Rip-Off and Hellboy: The Wolves of Saint August,” said Russell. “So as you can imagine, getting to submit a few strips for DHP was a huge moment for me personally as well as professionally.”
Russell has collected The Sabertooth Vampire in two self-published minicomics: the 28-page Beware the Sabre-Toothed Vampire and the 56-page Sabertooth Vampire Unleashed. The strips frequently contradict themselves as Russell dives into the Sabertooth Vampire’s personal life—his awkward teenage years, his stints as King Arthur and a caveman, his solo dance parties, his run-ins with Abbott and Costello and assorted angry mobs, and his awkward trip around the world after someone mistakes him for a garden gnome.
“Porting my webcomic over to DHP was an awesome experience for three very specific reasons,” said Russell. “One, I got to add color to the strip, with the help of ace cartoonist/colorist/brother-in-arms Bill Mudron. Two, I received some first-class professional editing from Scott Allie and Daniel Chabon. And three, I swung for the fences and asked if I could draw a crossover strip where the Sabertooth Vampire fought one particular world-famous Dark Horse character, and to my delighted surprise, that character’s creator said yes.”
 Said Russell, “The Sabertooth Vampire is basically a ‘Road Runner’ riff on a single tragic idea: The dental feature that defines him as a vampire keeps him from being an effective vampire. Also he turns into a really pathetic bat.”
Look for The Sabertooth Vampire in Dark Horse Presents #12 and #14, on sale May 23 and July 18, 2012!
 
About Dark Horse Comics
Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Gerard Way, Will Eisner, and best-selling prose author Janet Evanovich, Dark Horse has developed such successful characters as the Mask, Timecop, and the Occultist. Additionally, its highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan the Barbarian, Mass Effect, Serenity, and Domo. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic-book publisher in the United States and is recognized as both an innovator in the cause of creator rights and the comics industry’s leading publisher of licensed material.
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Hickman's Secret Coming in April

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A man shot in London, a break-in at a law firm, an accountant's computer decrypted. Random, unconnected events. Or are they? Jonathan Hickman will reveal the connection in his new espionage thriller series SECRET, drawn by Ryan Bodenheim, and debuting from Image Comics in April.

At the intersection of government and private security firms lies a secret that can destroy two governments.

It has lay dormant for twenty years, but if it awakens, civilization as we know may be what pays the price. And keeping this secret hidden are men and women who know the power they hold all too well.

SECRET is the first ongoing series by Hickman (Fantastic Four, Ulitmate Comics) with Image Comics, following the science fiction miniseries THE RED WING. Hickman's previous Image work includes the breakout miniseries THE NIGHTLY NEWS and PAX ROMANA and his previous collaboration with Bodenheim, A RED MASS FOR MARS.

SECRET #1 will be in stores and on digital platforms on April 11. It is a monthly 32-page, full color comic book for $3.50 per issue. It is available for pre-order from Diamond Comics (FEB120405).

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
www.imagecomics.com.

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Dark Horse Graphic Novels Come to NOOK!

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From Dark Horse: "Just under a year after the launch of Dark Horse’s digital initiative, it is announced today that the company has expanded the number of platforms on which comics fans can access their favorite Dark Horse titles! After an incredibly successful first year of Dark Horse’s proprietary iOS app and digital storefront, Dark Horse is proud to partner with Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media, and educational products, to make a library of titles available on Barnes & Noble’s award-winning NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color™.



Dark Horse digital graphic novels are now available for purchase in the NOOK Comics™ store, featuring over 100 of the company’s top titles, like Mass Effect, Hellboy, Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, Sin City, and more!
“Making our content available on new platforms outside of the Apple iOS is an incredibly exciting proposition,” said Matt Parkinson, Dark Horse’s senior director of Marketing. “As we move into new areas and new devices, we look forward to the opportunity to find new readers. I can’t think of a better partner than Barnes & Noble, the leading retailer of digital content and media and the folks behind the number-one chain of bookstores in the country.”
“Barnes & Noble is committed to offering customers a broad array of digital comics and graphic novels. We’re excited to bring NOOK customers Dark Horse’s fan favorite digital collection of graphic novels,” said Theresa Horner, vice president of digital content for Barnes & Noble. “The high resolution of our VividView color touchscreen makes the action virtually jump off the page, and takes these graphic novels to a whole new level of entertainment.”
Starting today, the world’s Dark Horse graphic novels arrive on NOOK! Experience NOOK at any Barnes & Noble bookstore or at
Nook.com. Look for more and more titles to be added every month!
To find a comic shop near you, call 1-888-comicbook or visit ComicShopLocator.com.
 
About Dark Horse Comics
Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists.  In addition to publishing comics from top talent like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Gerard Way, Will Eisner, and best-selling prose author Janet Evanovich, Dark Horse has developed such successful characters as the Mask, Timecop, and the Occultist. Additionally, its highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan the Barbarian, Mass Effect, Serenity, and Domo. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic-book publisher in the United States and is recognized as both an innovator in the cause of creator rights and the comics industry’s leading publisher of licensed material.
 
 
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BOOM! Presents Space Ducks: An Infinite Comic Book of Musical Greatness!

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From BOOM!: "BOOM! Town and Wieden + Kennedy Entertainment bring world-famous underground musician and artist Daniel Johnston to comics this April with his new graphic novel SPACE DUCKS: AN INFINITE COMIC BOOK OF MUSICAL GREATNESS.

A celebrated musician and recording artist with a 30-year career that includes over 20 albums -- including covers by Death Cab for Cutie, The Flaming Lips, Tom Waits, Beck, and TV on the Radio -- Johnston was the subject of the 2006 documentary "The Devil and Daniel Johnston" which won the Sundance Film Festival Director's Award.

His drawings and paintings have hung in art galleries and museums across the world, including the Whitney Museum of American Art. Johnston rocketed to global notoriety in the early 1990s when album artwork from his "Hi, How Are You?" record was featured on a t-shirt worn by Kurt Cobain at the height of Nirvana's exploding popularity.

SPACE DUCKS: AN INFINITE COMIC BOOK OF MUSICAL GREATNESS is Johnston’s debut graphic novel. Johnston, a long-time and dedicated fan of comic books, realizes his life-long dream of being a comic book artist with this release.

SPACE DUCKS is more than just a graphic novel, it’s a one-of-a-kind interactive comic book experience, complimented by the Space Ducks album and iOS App. The companion app will virtually take readers through Daniel's Outer-Space world of Ducks and Devils, with games to play, surprising voices from different talents, animations and videos from the comic book, links to exciting new Space Ducks merchandise, and a slew of Easter eggs, including contributions from some of the critically-acclaimed musicians who number amongst Daniel’s biggest fans. The app will also debut Daniel Johnston’s first new album since 2009.

On March 13th, in Austin Texas, SPACE DUCKS launches at SXSW with a show and invite-only, launch party, including headliners Built to Spill, along with Daniel Johnston and many more.

“This is another instance of bringing it all back home for me personally because I'm a native of San Antonio and went to school in Austin,” says Ross Richie, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BOOM! Studios. “Daniel is a fixture of the central Texas music scene and an international symbol of the unique creativity the region offers. Getting a chance to work with a seminal voice like Daniel is exactly why I got into publishing in the first place."

SPACE DUCKS follows a banner first year of publishing for BOOM! Studios' lit comix imprint, BOOM! Town, which saw Shannon Wheeler win an Eisner Award for his work I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER. BOOM! Studios is enjoying back-to-back "Best Publisher" awards from Diamond Comic Distributors for 2009 and 2010.

SPACE DUCKS: AN INFINITE COMIC BOOK OF MUSICAL GREATNESS, written and drawn by Daniel Johnston, will ship this April. This title features 96 pages of story and carries a price point of $19.99 and a Diamond code of FEB120868.
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Image Comics' Moriarty to Become a Musical!

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From Image Comics: "Announced at the 2012 Image Comics Expo, Daniel Corey is partnering with composer Raymond Schnurr to create a new stage musical based on the Image Comics series MORIARTY, written by Daniel Corey and illustrated by Anthony Diecidue.

Currently titled MORIARTY, the stage musical will be loosely based on the first story arc of the MORIARTY series,
MORIARTY: THE DARK CHAMBER. Corey will be writing the story while Schnurr - who is also currently scoring We Can Get It For You Wholesale for Neil Gaiman -

will be composing the music. Corey and Schnurr will collaborate together on the lyrics. Like the comic, MORIARTY the stage musical will be a very gritty and dark piece with a sense of high adventure. The music will be based in hard rock, and the staging style will be a cousin to shows such as Les Misérables, Sweeny Todd and Phantom of the Opera.

"I am very excited to be collaborating with Ray on the upcoming MORIARTY stage musical," states creator Daniel Corey. "Ray is very in tune with the sort of storytelling style and sensibility that Anthony and I have worked so hard to convey with this series. This show will be epic in scale, and Ray's music will bring that extra level of dynamite that will be sure to knock the audience into the abyss where the Professor resides. It will be a dark journey, but an exciting and entertaining one."


Raymond Schnurr adds, "When I read MORIARTY for the first time, I was riveted. I contacted Daniel immediately and said, 'Let's turn this into a kick-ass musical!' I am excited to work with Daniel and create a musical as intelligent and exhilarating as his comic book series!"


MORIARTY: THE DARK CHAMBER, VOL. 1 TP (JUL110470, ISBN: 978-1-60706-450-3), a 128-page full-color paperback for $14.99, is available in all fine books stores and comic book retailers (www.comicshoplocator.com).
 
MORIARTY: THE LAZARUS TREE, VOL. 2 TP (JAN120526, ISBN: 978-1-60706-490-9), a 136-page full-color paperback, will be on sale in stores March 14th for $14.99 and is available to order in the January 2012 edition of Diamond Previews. 

For more information, please visit  
www.professorjamesmoriarty.com and www.facebook.com/daniel.corey.

About Daniel Corey
Daniel Corey is a director, screenwriter, playwright, and novelist. He has authored screenplays, teleplays, stage plays, two comic series, and a novel. In 2007, Daniel created DANGERKATT CREATIVE STUDIO, a company that serves as an umbrella for all of his creative endeavors. www.professorjamesmoriarty.com

About Raymond Schnurr
Raymond Schnurr is an experienced film composer, music producer, orchestrator and session conductor, working for many prestigious companies including Warner Brothers, Endemol, HBO and Walt Disney Pictures. In addition, Raymond has taken his work to recognized venues like the Hollywood Bowl. 

Having studied under respected composers including Lee Sanders, Robert Drasnin and Steven Scott Smalley, he has worked in nearly every aspect of the film music industry: orchestration, music preparation, conducting, and more. He proficiently composes in all musical genres with an emphasis in orchestral, electronica, and orchestral hybrid styles. Raymond works comfortably in the studio creating midi productions, behind the conductors stand, or in partnership with other industry professionals.


About Image Comics
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit  www.imagecomics.com

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Simon Pegg Wishes 2000AD a Happy Birthday!

From Rebellion: "British comedian turned Hollywood star, Simon Pegg, has wished the legendary British comic book 2000 AD a happy 35th birthday in a special video message.


The star of Star Trek, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Paul sent the video from the set of the latest Star Trek film currently being produced in the US.

And in a massive treat for fans, who are eagerly awaiting the new Dredd film, due for release in September, Pegg enlisted the services of his co-star, Karl Urban, who will play the Lawman of the Future in the DNA/Lionsgate movie. Urban gives just a taste of what cinema-goers can look forward in the gritty reboot of the Dredd franchise, which has been written by Alex Garland.

A big fan of 2000 AD, Pegg made numerous references to the Galaxy's Greatest Comic throughout his breakout TV comedy series Spaced, and has been a very vocal proponent of the Galaxy's Greatest Comic.

"What a fantastic birthday treat," said 2000 AD editor Matt Smith. "Simon's been a fan of 2000 AD since he was a kid and it's great to see him still spreading the word of Thrill-power. It's also brilliant to see for the first time Karl Urban put on the voice - and the chin - of Dredd! Thanks to Simon for the wonderful birthday wishes!"
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Top Shelf Digital Discount Bonanza!

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From Top Shelf: It's been three months since Top Shelf launched headfirst into the world of digital comics distribution -- and we've got to call it a huge success! Now to celebrate, we're announcing tons of new discounts on our digital comics. These universal prices apply to our two official iPhone/iPad apps as well as every other ebook store (Comixology, Graphicly, iVerse, Google Books, Apple iBooks, Nook, etc).


Here are some of the new amazing deals:

(prices are in US dollars but are proportional worldwide)

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IT'S MIGHTY FINE AT 9.99!
Every single graphic novel is now priced under $10, across the board!

TOP SHELF HEAVYWEIGHTS: HUGE BOOKS FOR TINY PRICES!

-- Alec: The Years Have Pants by Eddie Campbell - only 9.99!

-- Box Office Poison by Alex Robinson - only 9.99!
-- Essex County by Jeff Lemire - only 9.99!

-- From Hell by Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell - only 9.99!
-- Infinite Kung Fu by Kagan McLeod - only 9.99!

-- Lucille by Ludovic Debeurme - only 9.99!

PARTY WITH THE TOP SHELF KIDS CLUB - FOR PEANUTS!


-- Owly vol 1 by Andy Runton - only .99!

-- all other Owly books by Andy Runton - only 1.99 each!

-- Korgi by Christian Slade (all 3 books) - only 2.99 each!

-- Johnny Boo by James Kochalka (all 4 books) - only 2.99 each!

-- Dragon Puncher by James Kochalka (both books) - only 2.99 each!

-- Yam by Corey Barba - only 2.99!

-- Bighead by Jeffrey Brown - only 2.99!

-- Incredible Change-Bots by Jeffrey Brown (both books) - only 6.99 each!
AND THAT'S JUST THE BEGINNING...

-- Little Paintings by James Kochalka - only .99!

-- Underwire by Jennifer Hayden - only 3.99!

-- BB Wolf and the Three LPs by JD Arnold and Rich Koslowski - only 3.99!

-- The Surrogates by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele (both volumes) - only 5.99 each!

-- Too Cool to be Forgotten by Alex Robinson - only 4.99!

...and so much more.

So download the official
Top Shelf app at iTunes, or the Top Shelf Kids Club app at iTunes, or look for the "buy digital" buttons throughout our web site catalog and download books through your preferred vendor! Or check out the books available at our digital partners: Comixology, Graphicly, Google Books, Apple iBooks, Comics+ by iVerse.
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Exploding from BOOM! this April: Fanboys vs Zombies!

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When there is no more room in Hell, the undead shall take over Comic-Con! It's every zombie fan's wish fulfillment in comic book form this April in the epic new title from BOOM! Studios -- FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES #1 written by indie sensation Sam Humphries (OUR LOVE IS REAL, SACRIFICE) with art by hot newcomer Jerry Gaylord! BOOM! Studios offers the first full 22-page issue of this brand new horror-comedy ongoing series for only $1!




A crew of feuding best friends find themselves trapped inside America’s largest comic convention transformed into a seething cauldron of zombies. Is a horde of starving brain-eaters any match against reflexes battle-hardened by video games, nerves tested by horror flicks, and courage crystallized by comic books? Find out as an unlikely band of nerds use their genre savvy to survive in Fanboys vs. Zombies!


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“FVZ is the UFC of nerd battles," says writer Sam Humphries. "Hall H is going to be turned into an action/horror/comedy abattoir. I've been going to San Diego Comic Con for ten years. Plenty of time to formulate a zombie apocalypse getaway AND a plan for total Comic Con devastation. It is going to be so on."



“This is the real 'Revenge of The Nerds',” says BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon.  “It's a fun story where nerds really do get to save the day. All the skills these characters have honed in the geek world finally get to be used in real life.”



“With the full first issue priced at only $1, you better grab your zombie escape plan and get down to your local comic shop!,” says BOOM! Studios Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ross Richie. “This is a book for everyone in the tradition of great zombie fiction like SHAUN OF THE DEAD!" Title ships in April with main covers in a 30/30/30/10 split by Humberto Ramos (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), Alé Garza (FATHOM), Khary Randolph (NEW MUTANTS, SPAWN), and Matteo Scalera (DEADPOOL), a 1-in-25 wrap around "Where's the zombie?" incentive by Ulises Farinas, a 1-in-50 sketch incentive by Humberto Ramos, and a 1-in-75 sketch incentive by Alé Garza.



A special 1-in 200 CGC 9.8 Near Mint variant by MARVEL ZOMBIES artist and Zombie King Arthur Suydam functions as an homage to the cover of CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS #7. 

FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES launches this April with a Diamond Order Code of FEB120828.

FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES is created by Jimmy Fox and Ben Silverman.

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Blacksad Returns!

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From Dark Horse: "Eisner and Harvey Award–winning duo Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido are back with another incredible tale to shock and awe crime-fiction fans and comics-art aficionados alike! 

Detective John Blacksad returns, with a new case that takes him to a 1950s New Orleans filled with hot jazz and cold-blooded murder!

Hired to discover the fate of a celebrated pianist, Blacksad finds his most dangerous mystery yet in the midst of drugs, voodoo, the rollicking atmosphere of Mardi Gras, and the dark underbelly that it hides!

Dark Horse’s Blacksad collection is already in its fourth printing, with 20,000 copies sold. Artist Juanjo Guarnido was voted the winner of the 2011 Eisner Award for Best Painter, and Blacksad Volume 1 won the Harvey Award for Best American Edition of Foreign Material.

“A lovingly crafted homage to the Hammett-Chandler chestnuts of old . . . and Guarnido’s watercolor panels feel like the unearthed film-noir storyboards of a master...
A.”—Entertainment Weekly

Blacksad: A Silent Hell features an extensive making-of section, with tons of prelim sketches and watercolor studies, written by artist Juanjo Guarnido! This volume also includes two never-before-collected Blacksad short stories!
Blacksad: A Silent Hell is on sale July 11, 2012.
 
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About Dark Horse Comics
Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Gerard Way, Will Eisner, and best-selling prose author Janet Evanovich, Dark Horse has developed such successful characters as the Mask, Timecop, and the Occultist. Additionally, its highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan the Barbarian, Mass Effect, Serenity, and Domo. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic-book publisher in the United States and is recognized as both an innovator in the cause of creator rights and the comics industry’s leading publisher of licensed material.
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Image Expo Program Announced

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From Image Comics: "Opening with a keynote address from Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson on Friday night that will include some exclusive announcements, the programming at the upcoming Image Expo on February 24-26 in Oakland, California features some of comics’ most creative personalities discussing the industry’s hottest topics, as well as talking about their own work.


   
The programming ranges from large event panels, like those with Saga creators Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples and The Walking Dead superstar Robert Kirkman, to small, intimate workshops with the Image Comics founders that will require advance registration to attend. Panels on topics such as women in comics, writing and art, and comics on TV will offer cogent conversation; and workshops on retailing, combating censorship, writing, and design will engage with attendees’ creativity and passion for comics. And, of course, there will be an Image Comics 20th Anniversary panel that will reunite seven of Image Comics’ founders to talk about the future of comics and reminisce about their decision to leave work-for-hire behind for independent creator ownership.
   
A full list of programming follows.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
www.imagecomics.com.

ABOUT IMAGE EXPO
Image Expo is the premier Northern California comics convention in 2012. The three-day event takes place at the Oakland Convention Center February 24, 25 and 26. Celebrating the creative spirit of independence, Image Expo commemorates the twentieth anniversary of the formation of Image Comics. But more than just looking to the past, the event showcases the evolving the comic market by spotlighting the future of independent publishing.
Headline guests include Image Comics Founders & Partners Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino. Special guests for Image Comic Expo include Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, Blair Butler, Ed Brubaker, Joe Casey, John Layman, Jonathan Hickman, and many more!

FRIDAY

6 p.m.
Keynote Address
Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson welcomes you to Image Expo, the comics convention that celebrates independent creativity. Expect some incisive commentary as only Stephenson can provide, plus some exclusive announcements.

SATURDAY

11 a.m
Womanthology: What Zeitgeist?
It's no secret that diversity in comics takes up a large part of the critical discussion of the medium online. How does gender relate to who is telling a story, what story they're choosing to tell, and how that story is perceived by an audience? Womanthology started as an online discussion, then quickly blossomed into a full-fledged idea. And from there it went on to be one of the most successful comics projects on Kickstarter. Join some of the contributors and editors to discuss the experience of making Womanthology, the role of women in comics, as well the need for more anthologies that feature new creators from a variety of backgrounds. Plus, jokes about giant crab attacks and superheroes wearing underwear.
Panelists: Bonnie Butler, Mariah Huehner, Trina Robbins, Nicole Sixx, Fiona Staples
Moderator: Blair Butler

12 p.m.
Stories and Scripts: Writing Comics
How do comics readers get their vision from their minds, to script, to the drawn page? What do you need to know about successful collaboration with artists? Some of comics’ best writers will talk about the challenges, triumphs, and idiosyncrasies of the comics creative process. Find out how comics like Fatale, Haunt, Chew, Morning Glories and Saga are conceived, written, and brought to the printed page from the writers who knew them from “PAGE ONE, PANEL ONE.”
Panelists: Ed Brubaker, Steve Seagle, Joe Casey, Jonathan Hickman, John Layman, Nick Spencer, and Brian K. Vaughan
Moderator: Richard Starkings

1 p.m
Twenty Years of Independence: The Image Comics 20th Anniversary Panel
Twenty years ago, a group of young artists left their work-for-hire jobs to forge their own path in comics. The result was Image Comics, a publisher dedicated to creators’ individual visions and a champion of creative ownership. The Image Comics partners and some of the original founders now come together to talk about that momentous meeting of minds and talent.
Panelists: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino
Moderator: Eric Stephenson

2 p.m.
Saga: A Conversation with Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
One of the most-anticipated new comics of 2012 is Saga, by best-selling writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Pride of Baghdad) and the amazing artist Fiona Staples (Northlanders, Jonah Hex). The sweep of the series is epic, but its emotions are intimate: a forbidden romance and a young family on the run, set against the backdrop of galactic war and racial hatred. Vaughan and Staples will talk about the conception of their gorgeous new comic, the creative process, and the overwhelming response that it has gotten from the media months before its first issue even hits stores.
Panelists: Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

3 p.m.
From Page to Screen: Comics on TV
How do producers go about translating comics for the small screen? How does working in comics compare to working in television? A panel of comics creators who have worked in television — whether as producers like Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and Brian K. Vaughan (Lost), writers like Jay Faerber (Ringer), creators like Joe Casey (Ben 10) and Todd McFarlane (Spawn), or a little bit of everything like Blair Butler — will assemble to talk about the ins and outs of the industry.
Panelists: Blair Butler, Joe Casey, Jay Faerber, Robert Kirkman, Todd McFarlane, and Brian K. Vaughan

4 p.m.
The Talking Dead Live
Is watching the recap talk show The Talking Dead after every episode of The Walking Dead part of your weekly viewing ritual? Then you won’t want to miss this panel! Chris Hardwick sits down with creator of The Walking Dead comic and executive producer of the hit AMC television series Robert Kirkman and actor Steven Yeun, who plays the fan-favorite character Glenn, for a lively conversation with The Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick about the latest shocking plot twists and what it’s like working on a show that has taken the world by storm.
Panelists: Robert Kirkman and Steven Yeun
Moderator: Chris Hardwick

5 p.m.
Spotlight on Chew
How does it feel for your comic book about an FDA agent who gathers clues by eating things — including people
— to sell out, become a critical darling, win multiple awards, and appear on a New York Times bestseller list? Wait, how do you even come up with the idea for a comic about a cibopathic police-officer-turned-food-plant-inspector? You have questions about Chew. Creators Rob Guillory and John Layman just might be the right guys to answer them.
Panelists: Rob Guillory and John Layman

6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
CAPTURED GHOSTS Screening
Warren Ellis sees the future. He is a comic book writer and cyberpunk philosopher living on the edge of tomorrow. He speaks to a cult audience of artists, journalists, scientists and fans who hail him as Internet Jesus. The new film Captured Ghosts features the most extensive interview Ellis has ever given, covering his life from his first memory watching the moon landing as a child, to his recent cross-media success with the film adaptation of Red. Along the way, Ellis' acerbic wit and core belief in humanity come across like never before. Complimenting Ellis' own words are interviews with his artistic collaborators, friends and admirers from across all media. Ellis' comic book collaborators also provide insight into Ellis' mind and creative workings. The film features numerous ambient interludes that spotlight Ellis' prose and writing from both his online columns and his comics.


SUNDAY

Instructions for Workshops
Admission to workshop panels is limited and attendees will require tickets for entry. Tickets for each panel may be picked up at the Image Comics booth
no sooner than one hour before the workshop begins. Tickets are given out on a first-come, first-served basis and quantities are limited.

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
MAN OF ACTION: Ben 10 and Explosive Creativity
Join two of animation’s most influential creators as they talk about their creation - Ben 10 - the story of a shape-shifting boy that burst on to Cartoon Network and now boasts hit television series, movies, and video games all over the world. What’s in store for MAN OF ACTION? Founding members Joe Casey & Steven T. Seagle talk Ben 10, Generator Rex, their upcoming TV shows and the Image Comics projects all rolling out of their action-filled creative development company!
MAIN ROOM
Panelists: Joe Casey and Steven Seagle

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Pro Tips with Todd McFarlane
In a world of comic book icons, comic superstar Todd McFarlane and his creation Spawn have clearly stood the test of time. Now McFarlane himself is inviting aspiring creators and fans to an extended workshop where he'll share behind-the-scenes tips and tricks about his creative process. Armed with a Wacom and more than 20 years of experience as one of the most successful pros in the business, McFarlane will show fans how to unleash their own creative beast within!
WORKSHOP ROOM A

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Putting Words in Their Mouths: The Art of Lettering
With over 150 fonts in his Comicraft library, chances are you’ve read a comic lettered with a font designed by Richard Starkings. Join him, Chew co-creator and letterer John Layman, and letterer J.G. Roshell for a workshop on creating professional, pleasing lettering.
Panelists: Richard Starkings, John Layman and J.G. Roshell
WORKSHOP ROOM B

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Image Introduces...
Some of Image Comics’ most exciting new creators assemble to talk about their new work and life as independent comics creators. Join the creators of Moriarty, Li’l Depressed Boy, Hell Yeah!, Witch Doctor, Peter Panzerfaust, and Skullkickers for an eye-opening conversation about what it’s really like to work in comics.
Panelists: Daniel Corey, Sina Grace, Joe Keatinge, Brandon Seifert, Kurtis Wiebe, Steven Struble, and Jim Zubkavich
MAIN ROOM

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Retailing the New Generation of Comics
With creator-owned hits like The Walking Dead, Morning Glories, and Chew grabbing their places on the sales charts and bringing in new readers to comic shops, the comics industry is excited about new titles and new ideas. What are the best retailers in comics doing to strengthen and support the creator-owned comic revolution while competing with faceless online outlets or big box bookstores? If you're a comic creator, retailer or fan, we'll help you understand how to stay on top of the next wave of hidden gems.
PANELISTS: Brian Hibbs (Comix Experience), Steve (Third Eye), James Sime (Isotope), Todd Martinez (Image Comics), Jim Zub (Skullkickers)
WORKSHOP ROOM B

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Crossing the Line: Twenty Years of Shadowline
Join Jim Valentino and some Shadowline superstars for a rollicking question-and-answer session about Shadowline Comics past, present and future — plus dancing bears and a few surprises. Well, maybe not the bears (but we'll try).
Panelists: Jim Valentino, Jimmie Robinson, Kurtis Wiebe, Tyler Jenkins, Joshua Williamson and Jade Dodge
MAIN ROOM

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Portfolio Reviews with Erik Larsen (a.k.a. Larsen Tears You a New One)

Image Comics partner and Savage Dragon creator Erik Larsen, will be imparting artistic wisdom via no-holds-barred portfolio reviews... for those that have the guts! A random drawing will be done during the workshop to determine which aspiring artists in attendance will be chosen to have the brutal light of truth shine upon their work. Larsen's ready to tell you what he really thinks! Can you handle it?
WORKSHOP ROOM A

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Design Workshop with Jonathan Hickman
The creator of The Nightly News, Pax Romana, A Red Mass for Mars, and the upcoming Secret and The Manhattan Projects will address the basics of making your work stand out: cover design, book design, design strategies, personal branding, and understanding what appeals to your market.
WORKSHOP ROOM B

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Top Cow Panel
Top Cow: We Create... REBIRTH
2012 is the best time EVER to jump into the Top Cow Universe with Rebirth. Get the scoop on what's changed, what remains the same, and where things are headed for the rest of the year. Get behind-the-scenes information on the making of The Darkness II video game and be the first to hear about what exciting new projects Top Cow has lined up for their 20th anniversary! Plus special surprise guests and a free giveaway for every attendee. Moo!
Panelists: Marc Silvestri, Matt Hawkins, Filip Sablik, and Joshua Hale Fialkov
MAIN ROOM

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Jim Valentino Workshop
Shadowline publisher and Image co-founder Jim Valentino discusses what he's looking for in new projects, the founding of Image, and his work with the Hero Initiative. He will be doing portfolio reviews with a donation to the Hero Initiative ONLY. We will have a donation jar in the room.
WORKSHOP ROOM A

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
CBLDF: The History (and Future) of Comics Censorship
Learn the shocking history of comics censorship and how even today comics and the people who make, sell and read them are still threatened.  CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein tells the sordid tale, from the public book burnings and Senate hearings that led to the Comics Code Authority in the 1950s through the attacks on retailers in the 1980s, artists in the 1990s, and readers today that the CBLDF is working to combat!
WORKSHOP ROOM B

3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Portfolio Reviews with Whilce Portacio
Whilce Portacio, creator of Wetworks and current artist on Incredible Hulk, will offer thoughtful tips and critiques for artists looking to break into the comic book industry. A random drawing will determine which lucky artists will get a personal review during the workshop. Bring your portfolio for an hour of a guidance from a master of the medium!
WORKSHOP ROOM A

3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Writing Workshop with John Layman
The writer of the best-selling comic Chew (drawn by Rob Guillory) will talk about the fundamentals of crafting a story, drafting a script, and effectively communicating your intentions to artists.
WORKSHOP ROOM B

3 p.m. 4 p.m.
Take to the Sky: Skybound and the Next Generation of Independence
Things continue to look up for Skybound, Robert Kirkman's imprint at Image Comics. The premiere original Witch Doctor has sold out nationwide, the all-ages hit Super Dinosaur  continues to soar, and And Kirkman’s first-ever writer’s room-driven crime drama, Thief of Thieves, is a critical success… what’s next? Join Robert Kirkman as he discusses the future of the imprint with his stable of creators, including the creative teams behind Witch Doctor, Thief of Thieves, and more! Expect only AWESOMENESS.
Panlists: Robert Kirkman, Brandon Seifert, and Nick Spencer
MAIN ROOM

4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Robert Kirkman Q&A
Kirkman, one of the most successful writers in comics today, best known for his work on The Walking Dead, Invincible, and Haunt, will offer fans some insight into the genius behind their favorite hit comics. After becoming an Image Comics partner in 2009, introducing the internationally renowned hit TV show based on the comic, The Walking Dead on AMC, and recently announcing an upcoming video game adaptation of the same series from TellTale Games, he has proven to be an unstoppable creative force.
MAIN ROOM

4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Covers and an Eye for Talent: Marc Silvestri Workshop
Join Top Cow founder, Image partner, and top industry artist Marc Silvestri as he takes a look at two facets that have helped define his career. Silvestri is best known in the industry as a highly-sought cover artist and as an incredible mentor for young artists who have come through his studio system at Top Cow. In this intimate workshop, Marc will present his thoughts on what makes a dynamic, memorable cover using his own pieces as examples and also tell young, aspiring artists what he looks for in undiscovered talent. Find out what draws the eye of the man who discovered Michael Turner, David Finch, Joe Benitez, Francis Manapul, Mike Choi, and many, many others!
WORKSHOP ROOM A

4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Creating Living Legend: Eric Shanower and Age of Bronze
Relive the Trojan War in Age of Bronze, Eric Shanower’s award-winning comics version of the world's greatest story. With words and pictures, Shanower will detail his creative process from initial idea, through research into literary sources and archaeological remains, to writing and drawing comics pages and coloring for the digital edition.
WORKSHOP ROOM B
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Image Announces Pilot Season Winner!

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From Image Comics: "Top Cow Productions, Inc. is proud to announce that the winner of the Pilot Season 2011 event is Jeremy Haun’s and Jason Hurley's THE BEAUTY.

THE BEAUTY beat out seven other competitors to take the Pilot Season crown in the most competitive voting period in the history of Pilot Season. This year saw the adoption of elimination-style voting as titles competed over three rounds to determine the overall winner.

At the deadline, nearly one million votes total had been cast by fans for the Pilot Season 2011 titles. Other Pilot Season 2011 contenders included THEORY OF EVERYTHING by Dan Casey, Nick Nantell and Thomas Nachlik, ANONYMOUS by Matt Hawkins, Alan McElroy and Michael Montenat, MISDIRECTION by Filip Sablik and Chris DiBari, THE TEST by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Rahsan Ekedal, SERAPH by Lance Briggs, Phil Hester and Jose Luis, FLESHDIGGER by Shannon Eric Denton, Brad Keene and Alex Sanchez and CITY OF REFUGE by Morgan Davis Foehl and Dennis Calero.

In the world of THE BEAUTY, a new STD spreads across the world, but this is a disease you want to catch. It makes all infected people unspeakably attractive. But after the world's face-lift, two detectives discover some nasty, undesirable side effects. Will the world decide to stay beautiful at an unspeakable cost, or resign themselves to an ordinary-looking life?

With THE BEAUTY having been declared the official winner, the creative team will now work with Top Cow's editorial department to plan out the full series.

"Now that we've won we're going to be able to finish the story. I'm really excited to do that. It's exciting to be co-writing and drawing something like this," said Haun. "The process is surprisingly fast and a hell of a lot of fun. The trick of it is going to be balancing work on The Beauty with my regular art duties on The Darkness monthly book. Luckily, they're both books that I absolutely love. It also doesn't hurt that I just love to work. As crazy as it may seem, drawing two books is kind of my idea of fun.”

"Winning Pilot Season is easily the biggest moment of my career so far, and I couldn't be happier. It was a hard-fought battle, but thanks to all of the fans of The Beauty, we came out on top," exclaimed Hurley. "I can't wait to get back to work on the book. We've got a lot of exciting stuff planned for the future of The Beauty, and since we've won Pilot Season, we'll be able to share all of that with our fans. More than anything, I just want to send a huge thank you out to all of our family, friends, and fans for their support throughout the entire voting process. It's thanks to them that we're able to continue The Beauty."

This PILOT SEASON, the fans came out in full force, crashing the first poll several times for the chance to vote for their favorite 2011 Pilot Season one-shots.  Pilot Season is an annual initiative Top Cow began in 2007, inspired by a concept from the television industry: a number of “pilot issues” are submitted for consideration to be “picked up for a season,” except instead of TV executives deciding their fates, it's the fans!

Previous winners of Pilot Season include: CYBLADE, VELOCITY, TWILIGHT GUARDIAN, GENIUS and 39 MINUTES.  The CYBLADE, VELOCITY and TWILIGHT GUARDIAN series have been released and can currently be found at your local comic book shop or through Top Cow’s digital distribution partners. 39 MINUTES and GENIUS are currently in production and  will be given release dates soon. All eight of the 2011 competitors are available at your local comic shop or through Top Cow’s digital distribution partners including comiXology, Graphicly, and iVerse. A trade paperback collecting all eight titles is planned for release in March 2012 and will carry a price of $19.99.

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DC Announces 'Before Watchmen'!

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From DC, By David Hyde: "This summer, DC Entertainment will publish all-new stories expanding on the acclaimed WATCHMEN universe. As highly anticipated as they are controversial, the seven inter-connected prequel mini-series will build on the foundation of the original WATCHMEN, the bestselling graphic novel of all time. BEFORE WATCHMEN will be the collective banner for all seven titles, from DC Comics.
“It’s our responsibility as publishers to find new ways to keep all of our characters relevant,” said DC Entertainment Co-Publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee.

“After twenty five years, the Watchmen are classic characters whose time has come for new stories to be told. We sought out the best writers and artists in the industry to build on the complex mythology of the original.”

Stepping up to the challenge is a group of the comic book industry’s most iconoclastic writers and artists – including Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS), Lee Bermejo (JOKER), Amanda Conner (POWER GIRL), Darwyn Cooke (JUSTICE LEAGUE: NEW FRONTIER), John Higgins (WATCHMEN), Adam Hughes (CATWOMAN), J.G. Jones (FINAL CRISIS), Andy Kubert (FLASHPOINT), Joe Kubert (SGT. ROCK), Jae Lee (BATMAN: JEKYLL AND HYDE), J. Michael Straczynski (SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE) and Len Wein (SWAMP THING).

BEFORE WATCHMEN includes:
                Each week, a new issue will be released, and will feature a two-page back-up story called CURSE OF THE CRIMSON CORSAIR, written by original series editor Len Wein and with art by original series colorist John Higgins. There will also be a single issue, BEFORE WATCHMEN: EPILOGUE, featuring the work of various writers and artists, and a CRIMSON CORSAIR story by Wein and Higgins.

                “The original series of WATCHMEN is the complete story that Alan Moore and I wanted to tell. However, I appreciate DC’s reasons for this initiative and the wish of the artists and writers involved to pay tribute to our work. May these new additions have the success they desire,” said Dave Gibbons, WATCHMEN co-creator and original series artist.
                “Comic books are perhaps the largest and longest running form of collaborative fiction,” said DiDio and Lee. “Collaborative storytelling is what keeps these fictional universes current and relevant.”

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                Adventure Time #1 Sells Out!

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                From BOOM! – “KaBOOM!, BOOM! Studios’ all-ages imprint, is proud to announce that eight days before the first issue goes on-sale ADVENTURE TIME #1 has completely sold out of its first printing, sending best pals Jake and Finn into a second print!

                Fans should keep in mind, while Diamond Comic Distributors is completely sold out, first printings of ADVENTURE TIME #1 may still be found at a direct market retailer near you when the issue goes on-sale February 8th. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer?

                Use www.comicshoplocator.com to find one!

                Diamond Comic Distributors is making the second printing of ADVENTURE TIME #1, featuring an all-new cover drawn by Chris Houghton, available for retailers to order immediately.

                ADVENTURE TIME #1 is the first installment of the exciting new ongoing ADVENTURE TIME series written by Ryan North (DINOSAUR COMICS) with cover art and interiors drawn by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb (THE MUPPET SHOW, ICE AGE: ICED IN) with a back-up story by Aaron Renier (THE UNSINKABLE WALKER BEAN) and alternate covers by Jeffrey Brown and Chris Houghton.

                In this first issue of ADVENTURE TIME join Finn the Human, Jake the Dog, and Princess Bubblegum for all-new adventures through The Land of Ooo! The top-rated Cartoon Network show now has its own comic book! With the show exploding in the ratings, garnering rave online reviews, major cosplay at the San Diego Comic-Con, and huge displays dominating the New York Comic Con, it's clear fandom is obsessed and 2012 is the Year of Adventure Time! Don't miss out on the phenomenon!
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                Ed Brubaker joins Image Expo Lineup

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                From Image Comics: "Image Expo, the one-of-a-kind celebration commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Image Comics and showcasing creator-owned comics, has announced that Ed Brubaker, writer of FATALE, will be the latest independent comics star to be added the impressive list of special guests. At Image Expo for a limited appearance on Saturday, February 25, Brubaker will be joining the Image Comics

                partners Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino, Image founders Rob Liefeld and Whilce Portacio, and a who's who of other creator-owned comics stars!

                Brubaker will be part of a panel on writing comics on Saturday at 12 p.m., where he and fellow writers Steve Seagle, Joe Casey, Jonathan Hickman, John Layman, Nick Spencer, and Brian K. Vaughan will discuss the art of crafting scripts and stories.

                FATALE, Image Comics' hit new ongoing series drawn by Sean Phillips and colored by Dave Stewart, has been a runaway best-seller, with issue one selling out multiple printings and issue two getting a reprint before it even hits stores.

                Previously announced guests include:

                Joe Casey (Ben 10, BUTCHER BAKER, THE RIGHTEOUS MAKER, HAUNT)
                Jay Faerber (Ringer, DYNAMO 5, NEAR DEATH)
                Jonathan Hickman (THE NIGHTLY NEWS, THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS)
                Ryan Ottley (INVINCIBLE)
                Fiona Staples (SAGA)
                Richard Starkings (Comicraft, ELEPHANTMEN)
                Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Runaways, SAGA)

                IMAGE EXPO, a three-day celebration of creator-owned comics happening at the Oakland Convention Center, is Northern California's premier comic con experience in 2012. Berkeley-based Image Comics will be filling the demand for a 2012 Bay Area comic book convention that arose when WonderCon announced their temporary relocation to Anaheim, California. The three-day event takes place at the Oakland Convention Center in the heart of the bustling nightlife and restaurant center of downtown Oakland, CA on February 24-25-26.

                Experience the creativity of the men and women making the best creator owned comics in America at this one-of-a-kind celebration commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Image Comics!

                To purchase tickets and find more information about the show, visit
                www.imagecomicexpo.com.

                ABOUT ED BRUBAKER
                Ed Brubaker is one of the most acclaimed writers in comics, having won six Best Writer awards, between the Eisners, the Harveys, and most recently, the 2011 Scream Award. With Sean Phillips, he has created Sleeper, Incognito, and Criminal, all of which have been optioned for film. His epic run on Captain America for Marvel has been one of the best-selling comics of the 21st century, with his "Death of Captain America" storyline garnering international headlines.

                ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
                Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
                www.imagecomics.com.
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                Fatale #2 Sells out, #1 Get's a Third Printing

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                From Image Comics: "FATALE, the critically lauded horror crime noir by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, continues its overwhelming popularity as its much-anticipated second issue has sold out at the distribution level before it is even in stores. FATALE #1 also sold out, despite a generous overprinting, and a second printing of that issue — which also has sold out — will be on the shelves on the same day that FATALE #2 hits shelves, February 1. FATALE #2 has also gone back to press, and its second printing will be in stores on February 22.


                FATALE tells the story of Nicolas Lash, a modern-day reporter who stumbles on a secret that leads him down the darkest path imaginable… to a seductive woman named Jo. She’s been on the run since 1935, entangled with a mobster who may be a monstrous immortal demon. As the stories of all the doomed men who have encountered Jo rise to the surface, Lash realizes that he too is caught in a deadly web. In addition to a riveting epic that blends noir and horror, each issue of FATALE also includes an essay on the history of horror of by renowned literary historian Jess Nevins.

                Reviews for FATALE #1 have hailed it as another superlative work by the creative team of Brubaker and Phillips.

                “FATALE is just as good as you were hoping it might be...” writes
                Weekly Comic Book Review. “Brubaker and Phillips can do no wrong.”

                “FATALE is dark, sexy, discomforting, and above all, one hell of a read,” proclaims
                Multiversity. “Brubaker and Phillips have proven themselves to be two of the strongest collaborators in the industry time and time again.”

                And
                Trouble with Comics writes, “FATALE #1 is exactly the sort of comic readers need; an engrossing story, superbly illustrated, sharply written and with enough substance and ancillary material to justify the cover price.”

                FATALE #1 and #2, 32-page full-color noir horror comic books priced at $3.50 each, are on sale from February 1 until supplies run out. A third printing of FATALE #1 (NOV118214) and a second printing of FATALE #2 (NOV118215) are available to order now, and will go on sale February 22.

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                Rich Johnson Parodies The Avengers!

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                From BOOM! Studios - "A fundamentalist Islamic terrorist codenamed The Iron Muslim, the world’s leading for-profit deity ScienTHORlogy, and Captain American Idol, a reality TV star thawed out from the 1940s: Avengefuls Assemble! This April BLEEDING COOL's Rich Johnston parodies The Avengers in four one-shots that anticipate the biggest movie release this summer! No, we're not talking about Step Up 4…

                Each one-shot will be released on one of the four Wednesdays leading up to THE AVENGERS' big screen release on May 4th: first up, on April

                11th, is THE AVENGEFULS drawn by Joshua Covey, followed the next week on April 18th with THE IRON MUSLIM drawn by Bryan Turner. The week after, April 25th, sees the release of CAPTAIN AMERICAN IDOL, penciled by Chris Haley, with the final title, SCIENTHORLOGY, shipping on May 2nd drawn by the great Bronze Age Batman artist Michael Netzer! 

                Each issue comes with a special Hembeck (yep, that Hembeck!) retailer order incentive.

                "Rich Johnston takes us on a raucous ride through politics, fanaticism and the healing power of Hollywood and no one is spared," says Ross Richie, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BOOM! Studios. "Expect his typical irreverent personality, along with a big dollop of black humor and some scathing satire. This one's not for the feint of heart!"

                "It's very flattering when someone calls you up and asks you to write for them. It's even better when they actually let you write. And when you go past your deadline, not to start screaming," Rich Johnston said. "Many people ask me how to break into comics. Now I can tell them, write a gossip column about comics for twenty years and then they'll let you write four of them. I don't know what BOOM! is thinking. My only conclusion is that they think by employing me, I'll drop that story about Ross Richie being found unconscious in the backroom of a Tijuana strip joint with three budgerigars that had to be removed surgically. Come to think of it, it might actually work."
                "I don't want to have anything to do with this," said Matt Gagnon, BOOM!'s Editor-in-Chief.

                THE AVENGEFULS #1: Can The Hoff assemble this rag-tag group together into a team ready to face Earth’s greatest threats? Well, he better, because that’s why we’re making this comic! Written by Rich Johnston (yeah, him again) and drawn by Joshua Covey with a cover by Mark Stafford. The Avengefuls ships on April 11th with a Diamond order code of FEB12 0845.
                        

                IRON MUSLIM #1: Trapped in a warzone, Al Stark has an epiphany: “Americans are a superstitious and cowardly lot. I shall become a Muslim!" Al, newly inspired, takes his jihad to New York City, and a showdown with a Freedom Fighter who resembles a certain Caped Crusader… THE IRON MUSLIM is written by Rich Johnston (search us!) and drawn by Bryan Turner with a cover by Mark Stafford, shipping on April 18th with a Diamond order code of FEB12 0849.
                 CAPTAIN AMERICAN IDOL #1: During World War II, Captain American was America’s #1 entertainer, thrilling audiences stateside and on the front lines — until a Komikaze attack on his show seemingly took him away forever. But now, a TV talent show looking for fresh blood instead finds the Captain’s frozen body. Written by Rich Johnston (no, really!), drawn by Chris Haley with a cover by Mark Stafford, CAPTAIN AMERICAN IDOL ships on April 25th with a Diamond order code of FEB12 0847.

                 SCIENTHORLOGY #1: Norse (& comic book) legend says Thor is the son of Odin. But what if he was really the spawn of alien overlords who harness volcanoes for ammunition for their intergalactic war and inspire a sci-fi writer to create a church? What if that church was created to deal with the fallout of that war and recruits movie stars to aid their cause? Written by Rich Johnston (yeah, we couldn't find anyone else) and drawn by the great Bronze Age talent Michael Netzer (Batman, Marvel Team-Up), featuring a cover by Mark Stafford, SCIENTHORLOGY ships on May 2nd with a Diamond order code of FEB12 0851.
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                Be A Superhero In “Idolized”!

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                From Aspen: "First, Aspen Comics offered you the chance to vote on what the characters in their upcoming series “IDOLIZED” would look like. Now, they’re offering you the chance to actually appear as a character in the series.
                “IDOLIZED” is Aspen's first-ever superhero series.  It tells the story of girl with super-powers and a dark past, who seeks revenge, and ultimately finds redemption, over the course of competing in a televised super-hero competition show.  Essentially, it’s “True Grit” meets “American Idol”…with capes.  


                Now, you can be drawn into an issue of IDOLIZED as one of the superheroes auditioning to win the coveted title of “Superhero Idol”.
                Simply tell Aspen what super-powers you would have if you were a superhero, and why. Your entry can be purely text, or can include drawings and/or photos of yourself as the super-hero you’d dream of being.
                You can enter any time between now and February 13, simply by posting your submission on Facebook.com/IdolizedComic and/or tweeting it with the hash-tag “#Idolized” in your tweet. There’s no limit on the number of entries you can make.
                Aspen will choose their five favorite entries, and the fans will then have the chance to vote among those five finalists to choose the ultimate winner. That winner will be drawn into issue #2 of IDOLIZED, and their name and likeness will appear in multiple panels as they join in a large-scale superhero battle.
                And, as if actually being a superhero in a comic book wasn’t enough, the winner will also receive a page of original art that they appear in, and all five of the finalists will receive copies of each issue of IDOLIZED, signed by series writer David B. Schwartz and series artist Micah Gunnell.
                “Given the subject matter of IDOLIZED, having a contest like this, and allowing our fans to really interact with and be a part of the series, seemed like a no-brainer,” said Aspen President Frank Mastromauro. “And, after all, who
                wouldn’t want to be a super-hero?”
                “IDOLIZED is shaping up to be an absolutely mind-blowingly amazing book,” added Aspen Editor-in-Chief Vince Hernandez. “The story is a blast, the artwork that Micah’s turning in is some of the best art I’ve ever seen, and I think that whoever ends up winning is going to be incredibly proud to have been a part of this series.”
                The full rules for the contest are available at
                http://aspencomics.com/community/default.asp in the IDOLIZED section.
                For more information on Aspen Comics, please check
                www.aspencomics.com or www.aspenstore.com

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                Trackers Pioneers B.P.R.D. Training Camp!

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                From Dark Horse: "Do you or someone you know have a penchant for the supernatural? Do you like spending time in the great outdoors? Are you between the ages of 9 and 17? Will you be in Portland, Oregon, from July 16 to July 20? If so, Trackers Earth has the ultimate summer-camp experience for you! Dark Horse Comics is proud to announce a partnership with Trackers Earth offering officially licensed B.P.R.D. and Hellboy camps, made possible through the generous permission of Mike Mignola, creator of B.P.R.D.

                and Hellboy.
                 
                “Trackers Earth is part of what makes Portland such an interesting place to live, and the most fun place in the country to raise a kid. This year my 6-year-old did Trackers camps focusing on forest ninja skills and stealth archery, and attended a school of magic. I wish he were old enough for B.P.R.D. camp, and I can’t wait to participate myself,” said B.P.R.D. editor Scott Allie. 
                 
                Trackers Earth is looking for a few good recruits that have got what it takes to join an elite team of paranormal investigators combating the forces of darkness from all across the globe. They immerse you in tactical training of all forms, including survival skills in any environment (both earthly and non), martial arts and self-defense specific to preternatural entities, hand-to-hand weaponry (foam swords, bows, and more) and forensic investigation. All these are key skills that every agent must have; plus, you will be steeped in the history of the Bureau and the legacy of paranormal research. 

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                Recruits get actual field time during the entire camp. Learning is hands-on, with essential survival skills such as shelter building, stealth, and tactical and martial-arts training.

                Younger Recruits

                Ages 9–10: Younger recruits train in survival and field skills in local green spaces. They also spend their day investigating the haunted history of our city, piecing together the larger mystery revolving around the legend of Adolph Aschoff.
                 

                Older Recruits

                Ages 11–13 and 14–17: Older recruits also investigate nearby “haunts,” then finally travel to Camp Trackers near Sandy, Oregon, to investigate reports of dark figures and strange happenings at the remnants of the old, defunct town of Marmot. Here they search for a legendary and lost pioneer cemetery (true story) to ask local specters and spirits about the town’s history and the legend of Adolph Aschoff, the man who is said to have sealed away an ancient evil upon the founding of the town.
                 
                Wednesday–Friday Overnight: Older recruits culminate their week with a two-night stay at Camp Trackers’ outdoor wilderness site in Sandy, Oregon. This is the perfect opportunity to focus on many of the skills taught at the camp.
                 
                The B.P.R.D. Training Camp includes:
                • Tactical training
                • Survival in any environment
                • Martial arts and self-defense specific to preternatural entities
                • Hand-to-hand weaponry (foam swords, bows, and more)
                • Investigation and forensics
                • Folklore and mythology
                • Potions and charms 101
                • Telepathy training
                • Gadgets of the occult: EMF detectors, polarized lenses, and other paranormal investigative gear
                • Comparative analogy and physiology of monsters
                • Construction of your own quality foam swords and training weapons
                • Meeting with the artists of the comic book that documents the adventures of the B.P.R.D.
                • Bureau history and paranormal research 
                “It’s good to be a kid in Portland. Which other camp teaches you not only survival skills but also telepathy.”—Bleeding Cool
                To find out more about B.P.R.D. Camp (AKA Hellboy Camp), head over to the official website:
                http://trackerspdx.com/youth/summer-camp/day/hellboy-camp.php.
                 
                About Trackers Earth
                Tony and Molly Deis founded Trackers Earth in 2004. Tony based Trackers on his personal work in outdoor education since 1992 while teaching and developing programs with the Audubon Society of Portland, Metro Regional Parks and Greenspaces, Portland State University and many more. Since then, referrals from both parents and students has grown Trackers into one of the largest and most well respected camp and outdoor programs in Portland, Oregon and beyond.
                About Dark Horse Comics
                Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists.  In addition to publishing comics from top talent like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Gerard Way, Will Eisner, and best-selling prose author Janet Evanovich, Dark Horse has developed such successful characters as the Mask, Timecop, and the Occultist. Additionally, its highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan the Barbarian, Mass Effect, Serenity, and Domo. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic-book publisher in the United States and is recognized as both an innovator in the cause of creator rights and the comics industry’s leading publisher of licensed material.
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                Steve Niles and Menton3 Debut Nosferatu Wars

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                From Dark Horse: "When Steve Niles (Criminal Macabre, 30 Days of Night) premiered artwork from his upcoming collaboration with artist Menton3 (Monocyte, Proof: Endangered, Crawl to Me) via his Twitter feed, speculation and anticipation spread like wildfire across the Internet. Today, Dark Horse is proud to announce that this new vampiric tale will premiere in Dark Horse Presents! 
                The Black Plague was a time of death and misery . . . except for the undead. For vampires, the Black Death was a welcome relief from being hunted and a time of incredible growth for the undead.

                On the night of their wedding, two vampire lovers are torn apart and separated for five hundred years, setting off a sequence of events that will bring the modern world to its knees!
                “I haven’t been this excited about working on something in a long time. Menton3 is the perfect artist and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be doing this at Dark Horse,” Niles said. “This year I’m making a big push to become 100 percent creator owned. Nosferatu Wars will be a big part of that, I hope.”
                Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith redefined the vampire genre with the groundbreaking comic series 30 Days of Night in 2002. Ten years later, Niles is poised to make history again, as he and Menton3 blow the sparkle off of the undead in Nosferatu Wars, premiering in Dark Horse Presents later this year!
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                Man Out of Time - Prophet Sells Out Before Release

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                From Image Comics - "Brandon Graham and Simon Roy's brilliant re-imagining of Rob Liefeld's PROPHET doesn't hit stores until Wednesday, but it's already sold out at the distribution level today. Image has announced a second printing of PROPHET #21 is being rushed to press as back orders for the first issue of the Extreme relaunch continue to grow.

                Kicking off an all-new era for Rob Liefeld's Extreme titles, PROPHET #21 opens with John Prophet awakening from cryosleep in the distant


                future on an Earth that has been inhabited by alien settlers. His mission is simple: Re-start the human empire. Critically acclaimed KING CITY creator Brandon Graham heads up the visionary new creative team on PROPHET, with up and coming artist Simon Roy (JAN'S ATOMIC HEART) providing the breathtaking visuals. The first issue features a painted cover by Russ Manning Award winner Marian Churchland (BEAST, ELEPHANTMEN), plus a variant cover by Rob Liefeld. The second printing cover will feature an all-new image by Roy.

                "This is one of those situations where I hate to say something as glib as 'We told you so,' but in the nicest way possible: We did," said Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson. "There's been review after glowing review, along with rousing endorsements from the likes of Warren Ellis – it's not a secret Brandon and Simon have turned in a brilliant first issue. It's always nice to be able to say orders on a book have continued to climb post-FOC, but personally, I think it's better to actually have books on the stands.

                "We're going back to press on PROPHET #21 to help retailers grow their orders on this excellent new series, but I'd recommend taking a second look at orders on issue #22 and GLORY #23, as well. PROPHET only gets better from here, and for it's just the tip of the Extreme iceberg."

                Added Graham: "I'm really looking forward to being able to do all the barbarian science fiction ideas we've got planned for this series. The freedom Rob and Eric are giving us to take this character and run off the board with it has been fantastic."

                PROPHET #21 (NOV110358), a 32-page full-color comic book for $2.99, is on sale in stores and digital platforms this Wednesday, January 18, while supplies last. The second printing of PROPHET #21 (NOV118136) is now available for reorder and will be back in stores the week before PROPHET #22 (DEC110566) hits on February 15.

                ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
                Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit 
                www.imagecomics.com.

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                Avengers Vs X-Men Tournament!

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                Come join us in our avengers Vs X-Men tournament on Facebook! It's easy. Just join our group, go to photos, open the folder called CBNAH Avengers vs X-Men Tournament (round 1) and get to voting! the first round consists of 82 battles! Every avenger and everyone who was on a main X-Men team duke it out for superhero supremacy! Here's a few sample match ups.







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                Groo Vs Conan! For Real This Time!

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                From Dark Horse - "What was rumored as an April Fools’ joke has turned into a full-blown miniseries sure to bring laughs and excitement. Dark Horse Comics is proud to announce Groo vs. Conan!
                It had to happen: The most heroic warrior in history meets the stupidest, as Robert E. Howard’s immortal Conan the Barbarian crosses swords with Sergio Aragonés’s Groo the Wanderer in Groo vs. Conan #1! 
                This four-issue miniseries was concocted by the Eisner Award–winning team of Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragonés, aided by master illustrator

                Thomas Yeates and master colorist Tom Luth. Will Conan annihilate Groo? Will Groo turn out to be the man who can defeat Conan? We’ll see.

                Groo vs. Conan is on sale April 18, 2012! 
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                About Dark Horse Comics
                Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists.  In addition to publishing comics from top talent like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Gerard Way, Will Eisner, and best-selling prose author Janet Evanovich, Dark Horse has developed such successful characters as the Mask, Timecop, and the Occultist. Additionally, its highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan the Barbarian, Mass Effect, Serenity, and Domo. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic-book publisher in the United States and is recognized as both an innovator in the cause of creator rights and the comics industry’s leading publisher of licensed material.
                 
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                Matt Kindt and Gilbert Hernandez Return with New Projects!

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                From Dark Horse - "Dark Horse Originals is proud to announce two new amazing series from critically acclaimed creators Matt Kindt and Gilbert Hernandez!
                Matt Kindt, the most original voice in genre comics, outdoes himself in his bold new espionage series, Mind MGMT.

                Reporting on a commercial flight where everyone aboard lost their memories, a young journalist stumbles onto a much bigger story, the top-secret Mind Management program. Her ensuing journey involves weaponized psychics, hypnotic advertising, talking dolphins, and seemingly immortal pursuers, as she attempts to find the flight’s missing passenger, the man who was Mind Management’s greatest success—and its most devastating failure. But in a world where people can rewrite reality itself, can she trust anything she sees? If you think you know what Matt Kindt can deliver, you haven’t seen anything yet! 
                Comics luminary Gilbert Hernandez envisions his strangest, most thrilling future yet in Fatima: The Blood Spinners, a horrifying new take on zombies! A drug called “spin” offers the wildest trip imaginable, followed by its users’ inevitable, rapid deterioration into undead flesh eaters. Despite the side effect, the drug is so popular that the human population is dying out! With no cure to be found, the beautiful, lovesick Fatima may be the only thing standing between the survivors and the apocalypse. Get ready for four issues of zombies, drug lords, and gorgeous women!
                Also, announced last week was multiple Harvey and Eagle Award winner Peter Bagge’s Reset, which leads off the Dark Horse Originals variant-cover program. 
                Reset #1 is on sale April 18, 2012, and features a variant cover by Matt Kindt!
                Mind MGMT #1 is on sale May 23, 2012, and features a variant cover by Gilbert Hernandez!
                Fatima #1 is on sale June 20, 2012, and features a variant cover by Peter Bagge! 
                About Dark Horse Comics
                Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Gerard Way, Will Eisner, and best-selling prose author Janet Evanovich, Dark Horse has developed such successful characters as the Mask, Timecop, and the Occultist. Additionally, its highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan the Barbarian, Mass Effect, Serenity, and Domo. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic-book publisher in the United States and is recognized as both an innovator in the cause of creator rights and the comics industry’s leading publisher of licensed material.

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                All the Avengers Vs X-Men Teasers In One Spot!


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                You've seen them all over the place. you know it's going down. Here's all 12 of the Avengers Vs X-Men ads released by Marvel! Enjoy.







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